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RU Board Member Honors University Centennial
with Gift to Support Faculty Excellence

RADFORD -- A member of the Radford University Board of Visitors and major university benefactor has presented the university with an $11,000 gift in honor of RU’s Centennial. Ms. Nancy Artis, a 1973 biology alumna and her husband, Dr. H. Pat Artis, have donated the funds to create the Artis Centennial Early Career Development Program in the university’s College of Science and Technology (CSAT).

“Nancy and Pat Artis are exceptional friends and benefactors of our university, and we’re very grateful for this newest expression of support as we begin our Centennial year,” said Radford University President Penelope W. Kyle. “Their decision to invest in programs that promote faculty/student collaborations and professional excellence goes to the heart of the academic experience at our university.”

The program will support CSAT tenure-track faculty members' professional travel to present original research at regional, national and international conferences and meetings. Funding priority is given to faculty members who will present faculty/student collaborative research.

"As an RU Board of Visitors member, I clearly understand the impact that the commonwealth's budget cuts have had on our faculty. It is our intent to provide funding to allow faculty members to participate in conferences and advance Radford's, as well as their own reputations during RU's centennial year," said Ms. Artis, who also serves on the university’s Centennial Steering Committee.

"We believe that a donation of this kind is the clearest way for us to demonstrate our support of Radford University and its centennial theme - Celebrating the Century - Forging the Future," adds Ms. Artis.

Nancy and Pat Artis own and manage Performance Associates, Inc. (PAI), a magnetic storage and replication technology company with a clientele that includes Fortune 500 companies and government agencies worldwide. The Artises are long-time supporters of RU and CSAT, and this gift is one of a long list of generous commitments they have made to educational enterprises.

"The College of Science and Technology is thankful for the Artises' support of our college, faculty and students,” said CSAT Dean Orion Rogers. “This program will make a direct impact on our faculty's professional opportunities and development.”

“Additionally,” said Rogers, “the unique opportunity for our students to present research at regional, national and international conferences with their faculty mentors is invaluable to their educational and professional development."

Jan. 7, 2010
Contact: Ann Brown (; 540-831-6277)

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