On what was certainly a bittersweet evening, Roan Scholars Mollie Bellows, Lucas Hitechew, Matt Pencarinha, and Erika Wild reminisced about the past four years with Roan and ETSU leaders, including the Roan Program Founder, Mr. Louie Gump, and ETSU's President, Dr. Brian Noland. The Roan Senior Recognition Dinner, an annual event held each spring, provides an opportunity to formally recognize not only the excellence routinely exhibited by these students, but also their growth and leader development since being initially selected as Roan Scholars.
Roan Alumna Keely Goodwin '06, representing her fellow Alumni, shared with the seniors some thoughts about how the Roan has impacted her – especially in the time since graduation. In what has quickly become a tradition during the past couple years, Roan Alumni collectively sponsored the dinner and made gifts to the Program in honor of the graduating seniors – a special gesture intended to symbolize the transition from current Scholar to Roan Alumna/us, and to reinforce the importance of 'giving back.'
Following dinner, each senior was presented with a memento from their time at ETSU – and a challenge, to continuing learning and growing as leaders. The seniors spoke to the group about what the Roan Program has meant to them, the opportunities they've been given, and the friends they've made. Emotional at times, these senior reflections highlighted a fantastic evening, and emphasized for the entire group just what a difference the Roan can make in the lives of those chosen as Roan Scholars.