September 2011 News for Radford University Alumni and Friends

News for Radford University Alumni and Friends
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Snapshot of the Month

students moving in
Students on Move-in Day: Aug. 26, 2011

This Month in RU History

Sept. 15, 1913: The first student to arrive on campus was Ara Lee Hicks of Shawver Mill, Va.

Exceed the Challenge by June 30, 2012

Visit us on Facebook to learn more about the challenge and on the Web to donate today.

Campus Highlights

Radford University Bookstore

The Radford University Bookstore offers many options for you and your family to enjoy.

Browse the vast selection of all things Radford, and show your spirit today!

Want to Volunteer?

If you are interested in giving time to our chapter program or your reunion committee, please contact the Office of Alumni Relations at or call (888) 4RUGRAD.

RU Connected?

There's a special connection alumni and friends have with Radford University and with each other. Help us keep you connected by updating your information today. You can change your home, work or email addresses, and let us know what you have been doing since graduation for inclusion in the class notes section of The MAGAZINE of Radford University by completing our online form today! By updating your information, you will receive the Alumni e-News each month as well as the magazine.

If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Alumni Relations at or (888) 4RUGRAD.

In the News

Fall Homecoming and Reunion Weekend: We want to see you back on campus!
Oct. 14-15, 2011

There is something special about returning to the place that holds so many cherished memories from your college days. Coming home to Radford in the fall is a spectacular experience. At this time of year, our campus changes from beautiful to amazing. Those of you who have not been on campus for many years are sure to notice the new faces and changes on campus due to Radford's growth. There is something for everyone during this celebration weekend, so make plans to spend time with old friends while making new ones.

This year we are also celebrating reunions for the classes of '56, '61, '66, '71, '76, '81, '86, '91, '96, '01 and '06. There is still time to make your class the Class Gift Challenge winner. Congratulations to the current class leader, 1961. The class winner will have a private reception with President Kyle.

  • Register by Oct. 10 to receive the homecoming discount!
  • Schedule of Events
  • Give to the Class Gift Challenge
    Your donation of any size will count – the key is to be among those taking part in the challenge. When you make your contribution in honor of your class, you show your alumni pride as well as your commitment to the university.
  • Encourage classmates to attend! Visit us on Facebook and let classmates know you are coming to homecoming!

Update: The Marietta McNeill Morgan & Samuel Tate Morgan, Jr. Trust Challenge for the College of Business and Economics(COBE) capital building project has been met!

Image of the New COBE buildingOur alumni and friends were challenged by the Morgan Foundation to raise $75,000 to go toward the College of Business and Economics' capital building project by Sept. 30, 2011. If the university met this goal, the Morgan Foundation would then donate $25,000 for a total of $100,000.

Because of your support, Radford University has met the challenge... and before the deadline of Sept. 30! Thank you for your gifts, which are necessary to help make this signature building a reality. The new building will feature state-of-the-art classrooms, conference rooms and gathering spaces designed to stimulate collaboration and teamwork. It will also feature the latest in educational technology and financial research capabilities, including a trading room that will simulate an actual financial operations center.

Radford University recognizes two new pledges to help support the COBE building campaign.

  • Don Strehle ('78 and RU parent), BB&T's regional president for Northern Virginia, made a pledge of $25,000 on behalf of BB&T.
  • Robinson, Farmer, Cox Associates of Christiansburg made a pledge of $30,000 to help support the work of the Governmental and Nonprofit Assistance Center.

Thank you to Don Strehle with BB&T and Robinson, Farmer, Cox Associates for their generous support. Join them by visiting us online today.

Alumnus receives FBI Medal of Valor

Richard SchweinRadford University alumnus Richard Schwein Jr. '83 was honored in June with the Medal of Valor, presented to recognize FBI agents who show exceptional heroism in the line of duty. On hand for the ceremony at FBI headquarters in Washington was Schwein's father, who received the Medal of Valor in 1984. The Schweins are the only father-son recipients in FBI history.


You can make an immediate difference today!

Radford University depends on unrestricted gifts to the Annual Fund to help strengthen its operating budget. Unrestricted donations allow Radford University to allocate resources where they are needed most. The areas of need may change from year to year, but by giving an unrestricted gift, you are helping the greatest number of Radford University students. By giving to the Annual Fund, you are showing pride and spirit that can only come from our alumni, family and friends.

If each of our alumni gave an additional gift to the Annual Fund, the impact would look like this:

  • $20 = more than $1.3 million
  • $50 = more than $3.4 million
  • $100 = more than $6.8 million

Please give today to the Annual Fund and be part of the difference!

Give Now

  • Pledge online
  • Mail in pledge card
  • Give by check - make your check payable to Radford University Foundation and mail to P.O. Box 6893, 801 East Main Street, Radford, VA 24142 with your gift designation indicated on the memo line.

University again makes Princeton Review's "Best In The Southeast"

For the fourth year in a row, Radford University is on the Princeton Review's list of best colleges and universities in the Southeast.

The college and universities included on this year's list were chosen primarily for their "excellent academic programs," according to Robert Franek, senior vice president and publisher of the Princeton Review. Radford University has recently added doctoral programs in both nursing and physical therapy and awarded its first doctor of nursing practice degrees this summer. It has also added an undergraduate degree in geospatial science, the first of its kind in Virginia, which begins this fall.