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Jeff Hodges
Director of Public Relations
Hollins University
P.O. Box 9657
Roanoke, VA 24020-1657
(540) 362-6503
Fax: (540) 362-6500

Office location:
Cocke Memorial Building, Third Floor

Brittany Foutz
Special Programs Coordinator
(540) 362-6021

Office location:
Bradley Hall

Founder’s Day

February 20, 2014, 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Jessie Ball duPont Chapel
Reception immediately following the convocation in Presser and Talmadge Halls


The event celebrates the birth of Charles Lewis Cocke, who served as president of Hollins from 1846 until his death in 1901. Even though Cocke came to Hollins after its establishment in 1842, he is considered the school’s founder because the institution would not have survived without his leadership during financial crises, disease epidemics, the Civil War, and other challenges. (Cocke was born on February 21, 1820.) The Founder's Day program will begin that afternoon with members of the senior class and a member of the campus community chosen by that class processing to the Cocke family cemetery, located at the southeast end of campus, and placing a wreath on Mr. Cocke's grave.

Join us as we celebrate Hollins University's achievement of earning the status of an "All-Steinway School." Our musical celebration includes the following events, which are free and open to the public.

4:30 p.m.

Hollins University's annual Founder’s Day convocation will feature performances by the Hollins University Concert Choir, Chamber Singers, music faculty and students with Steinway & Sons pianos. Associate Professor of English, T. J. Anderson, will present an original jazz poem written for the occasion and a brief address will be given by Professor of Music, Judith Cline. Following the convocation, enjoy light refreshments and an open house of Presser Hall, to view and hear more of the new Steinway pianos in classrooms, studios, practice rooms, and the recital hall.

7:30 p.m.

Alexander SchimpfThe official presentation of the plaque naming Hollins as an All-Steinway School will be followed by a performance by internationally acclaimed pianist Alexander Schimpf, winner of the 2011 Cleveland International Piano Competition.

Founder’s Day has been commemorated at Hollins since 1898.



Contact Jeff Hodges, director of public relations at (540) 362-6503 or jhodges@hollins.edu.