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Roan leadership experience 2015: New York City

May 21, 2015

The week after final exams and commencement is often a quiet one for college students as they start their summer break.  For current Roan Scholars (and the four newest Roan Alumni), though, the past week was anything but quiet, as they visited New York City…

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Roan Scholars continue tradition of academic excellence

May 20, 2015

During an extremely busy spring semester in which Roan Scholars excelled in numerous ways outside of the classroom, these outstanding student-leaders also managed to continue a longstanding tradition of academic excellence. Following the early graduation (after just five semesters on campus) of Phi Kappa Phi…

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ETSU student profile: Roan Scholar Tiffani Carrasco ’18

May 15, 2015

East Tennessee State University takes pride in serving many students who are the first in their family to attend college. Tiffani Carrasco, who just completed her freshman year as a Roan Scholar, is among those “first generation” students. “My parents knew each other as children…

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Seniors launch ‘Leaving Our Legacy’ campaign

April 6, 2015

The Class of 2015 at East Tennessee State University launched its “Leaving Our Legacy” campaign on April 6, kicking off the first-ever senior gift initiative in the institution’s history. Five seniors, all Roan Scholars, are organizing the campaign, which aims to raise money for student…

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Walking a Mile in Her Shoes . . .

April 2, 2015

The Roan men stepped out of their comfort zone and into high-heeled shoes last week, joining other male student leaders on campus, and a few staff members, to “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” April 2, 2015. This marked the second straight year that ETSU…

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County Commission honors incoming Roan Scholar

March 23, 2015

During their March meeting, the Board of Commissioners of Washington County, Tennessee, presented Chase Partin with a Proclamation honoring his selection as a Roan Scholar, Class of 2019, at East Tennessee State University. Presented by County Mayor Dan Eldridge, the proclamation read, in part: “We…

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National Geographic Adventurer of the Year visits ETSU

March 23, 2015

The D.P. Culp University Center auditorium was packed when Jennifer Pharr Davis, a 2012 National Geographic Adventurer of the Year, came to ETSU to share stories about her life and time as a long distance hiker. Pharr Davis currently holds the unofficial record for fastest…

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Sharing the Roan story in Banner Elk

March 17, 2015

The Roan story came to Banner Elk, NC this week, as Director Scott Jeffress, Steering Committee Vice-Chair Sharon Boles, and senior Zach McCamey had the privilege of speaking with members of the Kiwanis Club of Banner Elk, and other guests – including the Avery County…

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The Red Bus is Back!

March 16, 2015

The Red Bus Project returned to campus on March 16-17, once again kicking off their spring tour of southern colleges and universities with two exciting days at ETSU.  The Red Bus – an authentic British double-decker bus – functions as a rolling thrift store; allowing…

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Roan ’18s know “Who We Are Counts”

February 27, 2015

Roan Alumnus Lucas Hitechew ’14 was back in the Gump Conference Room last month, facilitating a two-part workshop series for Roan freshman.  The “Who We Are Counts” series, a product of the locally-based Who We Are Counts Institute, uses the DiSC personal profile assessment, to…

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