Commemorate history at Roanoke’s annual Founders Day

by rcnewsblog on November 9, 2012

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The legacy of David Bittle, Roanoke College’s first president, runs deep in the College’s heart.

On banners flying across campus, you see the faces of all of the presidents throughout Roanoke’s rich history. Each of them has played a significant role in where the College is today.

Bittle would be 201 years old this year, and Roanoke will mark this occasion with its annual Founders Day celebration on Monday, Nov. 12.

Since 1993, faculty, staff and students have celebrated the president’s birthday. Each year Roanoke’s History Department hosts a bonfire on the back quad, horse-drawn carriage rides and a torch-lit parade to Bittle’s grave at East Hill Cemetery in Salem.

In addition to these events, this year Roanoke is hosting a college history trivia contest for teams of three or four people in the Commons.

At the end of the evening, there will be a birthday party, known as Bittle’s Bash, in the Wortmann Ballroom, with karaoke and a cash bar.

Come and learn more about Roanoke’s founder and the College’s storied history.

Founders Day Event Schedule:

6:45 p.m.—RC history trivia contest in the Commons

7:30 p.m.— Bonfire on the back quad, with horse drawn carriage rides

8 p.m.—Torch-lit parade to East Hill Cemetery in Salem

9 p.m.—Bittle’s Bash in the Wortmann Ballroom


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