November 2011 News for Radford University Alumni and Friends

News for Radford University Alumni and Friends
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Snapshot of the Month

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Graduates wore eco-friendly gowns at Spring Commencement. Winter Commencement will be Dec. 16–17.

This Month in RU History

Radford Highlander Dante Washington finished his career in 1992 as the second leading scorer in NCAA soccer history, with 82 goals and an NCAA record of 66 assists. He went on to become a two-time all-American, a member of the U.S. Olympic Team and the U.S. men's national soccer team, and a major league soccer all-star.

Campus Highlights

Basketball Season Tickets on Sale

Season tickets for the 2011–12 Radford University men's and women's basketball seasons are now on sale. For more information, visit us online or call the Dedmon Center Ticket Office at (540) 831-RUTX (7889) to reserve your seats.
Get your season tickets now

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 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 or (888) 4RUGRAD.

In the News

The perfect holiday gift

History Book CoverThere's nothing like curling up next to a warm fireplace with a good read to kick off the holiday season. You will enjoy giving Radford University's "Celebrating the Century: Forging the Future" history book as a gift for that special Highlander in your life, for yourself or for close friends and relatives who may enjoy reading about the place that helped shape your future. Learn about Radford University's history, the founding of the school, the presidents who led during different eras, the various expansions of the physical campus, and relish the engaging faculty and student stories told through photographs, anecdotes and the voices of those who lived the Radford experience.

To purchase your copy for $35 (plus shipping and handling), visit us online today. If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Alumni Relations at (888) 4RUGRAD.


Dr. Nathaniel Ray Tuck Jr. '94 is making a difference to future chiropractors at Radford University

Dr. Nathaniel TuckDr. Nathaniel Ray Tuck Jr. recently established the Dr. Nathaniel R. Tuck Sr. Memorial Student Scholarship in honor of his late father, a well-known chiropractor in the New River Valley. Scholarships will be awarded annually in the College of Science and Technology and will give preference to students who plan to attend chiropractic school, have at least a 3.0 GPA and plan to practice in Virginia.

"Our vision is simple: to make a significant impact on as many lives as possible," Tuck said. Tuck Chiropractic has clinics in Bedford, Blacksburg, Christiansburg, Fairlawn, Galax, Hillsville, Pulaski, Roanoke-Cave Spring, Roanoke-Peters Creek, Rocky Mount and Vinton.


Winter Homecoming—Feb. 24–25, 2012

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All alumni are invited to join us for our Winter Homecoming celebration Feb. 24–25, 2012. Alumni will enjoy men's and women's basketball games, HOOPla BBQ Bash, Highlander Polar Plunge, a young-alumni reunion for the classes of 2001-2011, Alumni Teaching Day and so much more.

Check for updates on the Office of Alumni Relations website beginning in December at

  • Call for Alumni Teaching Day volunteers. The Alumni Teaching Day program invites alumni back to the classroom to share insights and perspectives about their professions with current students. If you are interested in participating or have questions, please contact Sandra Bond at or call (888) 4RUGRAD.
  • "Like" us on our Radford University Alumni Association Facebook page for your chance to win a FREE Winter Homecoming 2012 event package (does not include hotel). "Like" us on The winner will be notified Jan. 9, 2012, and will have five business days to confirm. Good luck!

Radford Society gala honors benefactors

President Kyle and Georgia Anne Snyder-Falkinham Radford University thanked its most generous donors at the annual Radford Society Celebration at the Covington Center for Visual and Performing Arts on Oct. 29.

A highlight of the evening was a performance by Jacqueline Holtzhauer, a junior music therapy major from Stafford, who played three musical selections on a Steinway Model D concert grand piano, one of 37 Steinways on campus. In her remarks to the gathering, President Kyle noted that Radford was recognized in September as an All-Steinway School, a distinction made possible by gifts from private donors. She thanked the Radford Society for its generosity and emphasized the importance of gifts from alumni, faculty, friends, parents and staff.

The Radford Society includes loyal alumni, parents and friends who have made annual gifts to Radford University of $1,000 or more and those who have cumulatively given more than $100,000 in support of RU's ongoing drive to sustain and enhance excellence in the academic, leadership and service-learning experiences available to its students.

Pictured: President Kyle and Foundation Board President Georgia Anne Snyder-Falkinham

Have a happy holiday season!

The Office of University Advancement wishes all alumni and friends a very happy holiday season. We are immersed in another exciting academic year, and our students and faculty are hard at work bolstering the success of the university that has helped to shape each of your lives. In the coming weeks, you will be receiving information on supporting Radford University during this season of giving. Whether you choose to support your degree-granting college or department, the Radford Fund or Highlander athletics, your gift will impact the lives of current and future students.

On behalf of the entire RU family, we wish you a safe and happy holiday season.