by Alondra Alba
On Sat. April 9, the Heritage Ball was held in Wortmann Ballroom. Heritage Ball is a bi-annual event during Alumni Weekend sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) and Black Student Alliance at Roanoke College. This year’s theme was “The Roaring 20’s” with music provided by The Domino Band. The event was open to all of the Roanoke College community, especially alumni who have been affiliated with OMA before.
Heritage Ball is intended to present to the college the different faces of RC, past and present, that have taken leadership roles on campus and beyond. Student Chris Davis said, “This event showcases the diversity of our alumni and the current student body”.
The event was a success, as it brought together alumni of RC of all years. All in all, it allowed for current students to meet those before them and alumni to meet those who are following in their own footsteps. This sense of community is essential to OMA’s vision for Heritage Ball.
“It is an event that fosters love, support, and family that isn’t necessarily seen during Alumni Weekend, ” said RC current student Yerisbel Jimenez.
Although Heritage Ball is an opportunity to for alumni to catch up with those they left behind, current students, especially juniors and seniors, made a new memory of their own. For them, this was their last Heritage Ball as students.
“It is a chance for organizations on campus that focuses on diversity to come together and celebrate our OMA alumni and the current students,” said Tamia Moore. “But it also wraps up the year in a fun way for the current seniors who have made such a tremendous impact throughout their Roanoke College career.”