October 2011 News for Radford University Alumni and Friends

News for Radford University Alumni and Friends
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Snapshot of the Month

doctoral recipients
Radford's first doctoral recipients, Sept. 19 - read more

This Month in RU History

Oct. 12, 2006: Jehan Sadat, former first lady of Egypt, was a symposium guest presenter during the inauguration of President Penelope W. Kyle. Sadat was the university's first Distinguished Visiting Professor in 1985.

Exceed the Challenge by June 30, 2012

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

Upcoming Events

College of Visual & Performing Arts

Highlander Sports

Admissions Open House Nov. 12

Winter Commencement Dec. 17

Winter Homecoming featuring a Young Alumni Reunion for the classes of 2001-2011 Feb. 24-25, 2012

Campus Highlights

Radford University Bookstore

The Radford University Bookstore offers a vast selection of all things Radford. Visit us on campus or online, and make a purchase to show your Highlander spirit!

RU Connected?

Alumni and friends have a special connection 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 address 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 alumni@radford.edu or (888) 4RUGRAD.

In the News

2 alumnae win 'Morning Express with Robin Meade' song contest

Ashley Bush and Amanda DillardCNN's Headline News program "Morning Express with Robin Meade" was looking for a new theme song and found one thanks to two Radford alumnae, Ashley Reppert Bush '10 and Amanda Dillard '09. CNN producers narrowed down more than 1,600 entries to 10, then invited viewers to vote on them. Host of the Morning Express program, Robin Meade, made the final selection from the top two viewer choices.

Hear the winning song and see the interview with Ashley and Amanda.

Radford University would like to thank the following donors for their support of the College of Business and Economics capital building project in September:

  • Mary Bowman Aker '68
  • Teresa O'Flaherty Baugher '71
  • Tammy Renee Copenhaver '96
  • David Andrew Cutler '04
  • Nandita M. Dalal '96
  • Robin Bliley Daughtrey '74
  • Andrea Fuller Davis '82
  • Anthony Todd Dowdy '91
  • Samuel Wilton Gardner '00
  • Doris Hale Gunter '48
  • Julie Ann Hall '83
  • Dale A. Henderson '93
  • Cheryl Richardson Hickox '86
  • Stephanie Hewitt Hutcheson '85
  • Gordon B. Jones '92
  • David Mitchell Kincer '95
  • Gregory Randall Mays '88
  • Dematris Kittinger Meador '49
  • Nancy Deaton Ocque '57
  • Diane Ferrell Patty '71
  • Kimberly Anne Pizzi '09
  • Tracy Prillaman Calix Requeno '95
  • Lisa H. Ridpath '91
  • Brenda Evans Scudder '81
  • David Shawn Shaup '08
  • Craig Anthony Smith '98
  • Jackie Ray Sowers, Jr. '91
  • Donna Rodgers Talley '84
  • Martha Hale Thompson '81
  • Valerie Maxwell Westphal '96
  • Michael C. Williams '93

To learn more on how you can support this exciting project, please visit us online.

Studio Theatre in Porterfield Hall named for Dr. James W. Hawes

Hawes Family James W. Hawes, chair of the Department of Theatre at Radford University from 1975 to 1994, was a legend among the students he taught. During his time at Radford University he was a professor of theatre history and an expert on Henrik Ibsen, the 19th-century Norwegian playwright, poet and director.

Hawes' wife, Lilli Henriksen Hawes, and daughter, Leslie '06, M.S. '11, honored him recently by making a significant contribution in his memory to name the studio theatre in Porterfield Hall. It is now known as the "Dr. James W. and Lilli Hawes Studio Theatre."

Naming opportunities provide a way for alumni, families and friends to leave a legacy or make a gift in someone's honor or memory. These opportunities contribute in a significant way to the advancement of the university. If you are interested in naming opportunities at Radford University, please contact the Office of University Advancement at (540) 831-5407 or email at ruadvancement@radford.edu.

Pictured above, from left to right: William Justin Patton, Leslie Hawes '06, '11, Anthony Hawes, Lilli Hawes, James William Hawes

University Advancement welcomes 2 new staff members

Alex SimpsonTwo new employees have joined the Office of University Advancement. Alex Simpson is the new director of annual giving. He previously served as the annual giving officer at Virginia Tech. If you have questions about supporting Radford's Annual Fund, please contact Alex at jsimpson4@radford.edu or (540) 831-5926.

Meredith FoxMeredith Fox is the new director of University Advancement for Southwest and Southside Virginia. She recently worked as an account representative with Aqua Pharmaceuticals in Washington. If you have questions about supporting Radford and live in the Southwest or Southside area, please contact Meredith at mfox2@radford.edu or (540) 831-5812.



Women's basketballMen's and women's basketball starts in November! Whether you're a fan, alumna/alumnus, parent or student, show your Highlander pride by joining us for an exciting season. Let's join together to cheer on the new head men's basketball coach, Mike Jones, and head women's basketball coach and 2011 Big South Coach of the Year Tajama Ngongba.

If you can't make a game, catch the action for the men's and women's basketball teams on the Radford Sports Network for free!

Supporting tomorrow's leaders through the Annual Fund

As the leaves begin to change in Southwest Virginia, Radford University is busy preparing its next generation of leaders. To ensure their success, we look to our loyal alumni and friends to help provide extraordinary opportunities for learning and discovery. We pride ourselves on leading by example, and your annual gift to Radford University shows your commitment to our students and faculty.

Your annual support allows Radford the flexibility to engage students in valuable programs such as Study Abroad and other hands-on learning opportunities, to build new state-of-the-art learning facilities and to retain top-rated faculty to lead academic programs that will continue to shape the lives of RU students.

By investing in the future of Radford University, you are investing in the success of the brilliant young minds that walk our beautiful campus every day. Whether they become influential and life-shaping teachers, extraordinary health care professionals or responsible business professionals who can compete in the global economy, you are helping to shape the future for current and future Highlanders.

Thank youOn behalf of our students and faculty, thank you for your support of Radford University and our leaders of tomorrow.

If you would like to make a difference, please visit www.giveto.radford.edu or call (540) 831-5407.