Half a million dollars going to upgrades at Roanoke College

Published: Jul. 29, 2019 at 11:58 PM EDT
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Roanoke College is set to get half-a-million dollars worth of upgrades. The money is going towards improvements from academic to athletics, and it's mostly thanks to a major grant out of Richmond.

Aaron Fetrow, the Vice President for Development at Roanoke College, says the improvements coming to campus will be a particular boon to education majors.

"That being a big major for us, we were in need for an upgrade, as far as technology especially," he said.

The grant will provide three state-of-the are classrooms for future teachers to train in. Other changes include new fitness studio spaces at the Bast Center, as well as brand new classrooms at Fintel Library.

"It'll provide spaces for humanities faculty and students to work in seminar settings, lab settings, some communications classrooms," said Fetrow.

The money is mostly, coming from the Cabell Foundation. About two years ago, Cabell, a Richmond based group that gives money to charities and non-profits throughout Virginia, awarded the grant to Roanoke college. But there was a catch.

"What they did was challenge us to raise $250,000. And if we did that, they would contribute $250,000 towards new projects," said Fetrow.

It took between 18 and 24 months to meet that fundraising goal, but by this summer, the College was able to put together the quarter of a million dollars.

"We were very lucky with our alumni donors," said Fetrow.

With the cash now in hand, some construction is set to begin almost immediately, with those technology upgrades expected to be in place by during this fall semester.

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