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NEWCOMER DELIGHTS

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Within the space of
a few short weeks, Ambruzs' partner found a
job in the city, the pair
bought a house near
Morningside Park, and
Ambruzs discovered
the perfect retail space
for his new venture-
Downshift Bikes, a
commuter-geared cycling shop and cafe.
Although the people
of Roanoke originally
sold the city to the pair,
cost of living played a
huge role and allowed
them to not only buy
a house, but start up a
brand new business at
the same time.
These days, Ambruzs is busy running Downshift Bikes
and exploring Roanoke through the lens
of bicycles and good
f riends. Downshift
Bikes itself serves as
a gathering place with
its attached café where
one can grab a cup of
coffee or share a pint
with others. For someone so new to Roanoke, Ambruzs has
certainly made it his
home and is excited
to share it with other
newcomers. As he so
succinctly put it, "the
people here are the best
part of Roanoke," and
Roanoke is certainly
lucky that it can now
count Ambruzs as one
of its people.

EMILY SAVOIE DIROMA
PUTTING THE COMMUTE IN COMMUNITY

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OANOKE IS SURPRISINGLY blessed with a plethora of higher education choices within a one or twohour drive from downtown. For a medium-sized city in a rural part of the state, 25 different colleges
and universities are located within the greater Roanoke region-something that brought one couple
together after a year spent four states apart.
Emily met Tom DiRoma in graduate school at Indiana University of Pennsylvania near Pittsburgh, where
both were working toward their degrees in Student Affairs in Higher Education. A unique degree, the program prepares students for careers in higher education, and the couple knew that their odds of landing jobs at
the same university-or even in the same region-were slim.
"When we looked for jobs, Tom was able to find one at Lynchburg College as the Assistant Director of
Student Involvement, but I ended up at Georgia Southern in Statesboro, Georgia," she explains. After a year
of traveling back and forth between the two states, they knew something needed to change, and fast.
Each applied for jobs closer to the other, but Emily lucked out first and was hired by Ferrum College to
be its Coordinator for First Generation Success. With almost 50% of Ferrum's student body comprised of
first generation students, DiRoma's role was not only crucial for the college's success, but also allowed her to
live with her now-husband. Since the two work in polar opposite directions (Ferrum is 45 minutes south of
Roanoke while Lynchburg College is just over an hour northwest of the city), "most of our time is spent in a
car," DiRoma laughs.
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