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We invite you to explore ways to get involved. There are multiple opportunities to make a difference in the lives of students. Please see below.

We would like to highlight a few things: First, thanks to a generous legacy gift, we will hire a professor of Catholic Studies in the future. Read more about that gift and the vision here.  Second, we are proud to host the regular Hammond Lectureship in Religious Ethics and Society.  Third, RLCL is also the home of the endowed Malcolm and Diane Rosenberg Program in Judaic Studies, and the informal program in Appalachian Studies.

Read more about some of our endowments, such as the Malcolm and Diane Rosenberg Program in Judaic Studies, the Hammond Lectureship, and the future Monsignor Chester Michael Professorship in Catholic Studies.

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Share Your Expertise

We welcome alumni to speak with students and faculty about their work. We want to encourage them to take action in the world around them. If you wish to volunteer to speak to a class or provide a lecture, please contact Department Head, Matthew Gabriele.

Each of you has tremendous knowledge and experience to share with our students. We're always looking for new internships and externships and opportunities for our students.

If you are willing to sponsor an internship, please send specifics to Matthew Gabriele. who will post the information for our students.

We also are looking for externship sponsors. An externship is a "shadow" program. A student would observe you at work for a few days during a break between semesters. You can sign up through Career Services.

You can also sign up to be a Career Link mentor at Click on Career Link and sign up to network with current Hokies.

If your organization would be interested in participating in career fairs, please contact our Director of Recruitment and Career Development Monica Kimbrell.

Other ideas? Email Matthew Gabriele.

Share Your Wealth

Our students benefit from gifts and support from alumni and friends who invest in expanding opportunities. These include endowed scholarships, a program excellence endowed fund, and an endowed lecture. Gifts are made in two categories: annual or major. 

Annual gifts of any size demonstrate your recognition of the value of your degree and your desire to see the program thrive. Please designate your annual gifts to the Department of Religion and Culture.

Read more about the Department of Religion and Culture’s current endowments here.

If you wish to make a major gift, please contact Michael Webb, the college’s assistant dean for advancement, at 540-231-8014 or