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Madalyn Chapman: An RC Icon

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Written by Joyelle Ronan

If you told me that in her limited free time Madalyn Chapman found the answer to world peace, it wouldn’t surprise me at all. It just sounds like something Maddy could do.  


If you don’t already know Maddy, you probably know of her work on campus. She is a social media assistant for both the Marketing and Communications Department and the English/Communication Studies Department. Her academic success has led her to be a part of Phi Beta Kappa, and Lambda Pi Eta. She is also a member of the french club, a WRKE radio host, and of course, the Brackety-Ack’s beloved business manager. In addition to her many extracurriculars, Maddy managed to graduate a year early with a B.A. in Communication Studies and a minor in foreign politics. 


While there is no denying that Maddy’s resume is very impressive, what stands out to me is how kind and thoughtful she is. She truly embodies what it means to be a maroon.  


I met Maddy freshman year in our INQ 120 class. In the last three years, Maddy has always been happy to give me advice. Whether it’s about school, politics (especially Pete Buttigieg,) or scoring Broadway tickets, she is a wealth of knowledge. I loved tuning into her Musical Theatre radio show and chatting with her about the latest Marvel movie.  


It’s hard saying goodbye to someone who has had such an impact on our campus. When it comes to Maddy, it’s not really about saying “goodbye,” it’s more like “see you later” because she is the type of alum who will one day return to Roanoke College and share the stories of her success with the newest group of Maroons. 


Maddy, the Brackety-Ack will miss your incredible insight and patience with our timesheets. However, we are so excited for your next chapter. The University of Chicago is so lucky to have you. You are going to be a great diplomat, President, or whatever you choose to pursue.   


“There’s a million things that Madalyn Chapman hasn’t done, but just you wait, just you wait.”       


   Congratulations, Maddy!