Where Are Our Alumni Today? Shining the Spotlight on Bridget Tainer-Parkins


At the Public Affairs Honorary Reception on Monday, sixteen PA majors were newly inducted into three honor societies: Sigma Iota Rho (international relations), Alpha Phi Sigma (criminal justice), and Pi Sigma Alpha (political science). Congratulations to the following students:

Sigma Iota Rho
1. Mariana N. Araujo
2. Emily K. Bayens  
3. Lydia M. Delamatta
4. Shaina C. Lidd
5. Mathilda Nassar
6. Halley L. Taylor
7. Ei Phyu Kyaw Tint

Alpha Phi Sigma
1. Darren W. Barr
2. Lauren A. O’Brien
3. Savannah N. Price

Pi Sigma Alpha
1. Emily K. Bayens
2. Steven M. Davis
3. Yerisbel Jimenez
4. Halley L. Taylor
5. Aubrey E. Teague
6. Zahava R. Urecki

The guest speaker at this reception was alumna Bridget Tainer-Parkins. Bridget graduated from Roanoke College in 2006. She was a double-major (Political Science and IR) who was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa her senior year. Bridget subsequently attended the Washington and Lee School of Law, where she graduated at the top of her class and served as executive editor of the Washington and Lee Law Review. After graduation, she clerked for the Honorable James C. Turk and worked as an associate in a local Roanoke law firm. She presently serves as a lecturer at Roanoke College.

In her speech, Bridget highlighted the importance of a liberal arts education, especially the one here at Roanoke College. She said she was prepared for law school because she had learned how to write well in her four years at RC. “A liberal arts degree prepares you to go out into the world and interact with people, and it makes you well rounded” she said. Of course, she couldn’t have done all of these things without the guidance of the excellent PA faculty.