December 2011 News for Radford University Alumni and Friends

News for Radford University Alumni and Friends
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Snapshot of the Month

cupola atop the new cobe building
The cupola for the College of Business and Economics building weighs more than seven tons.

This Month in RU History

Dec. 9, 1981: The Dedmon Center opened, and Rowdy Red premiered as the first school mascot.

Campus Highlights

Dec. 31 is fast approaching

As this year draws to a close, Radford University is grateful to all of our alumni, families and friends who support RU with gifts to the Radford Fund. Your gift is an important investment in the future of the university and our students. Because of this philanthropic spirit, Radford University continues to offer a world-class education and an unparalleled campus experience.

As a reminder for the current tax year, gifts made to the university before Dec. 31 are tax deductible. Click here to choose how you can make a difference by year's end.

In the News

class challenge

Are you ready for a celebration on the beautiful campus of Radford this February? Mark your calendars now and get ready to join us for your winter homecoming!

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

  • 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.
  • Alumni Teaching Day past participant Emily Williamson '09 said, "I'm thankful for the many experiences and opportunities I had at RU because I would not have been as successful professionally without them."
  • "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). The winner will be notified Jan. 9, 2012, and will have five business days to confirm. Good luck!

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

3 Generations + 1 University = an RU Legacy

Christina and Teresa MeadowsFamily and college ties sometimes intertwine through the years, as Radford University 2011 alumna Christina Meadows is proud to tell.
Christina is her family's third generation of Radford alumni, joining the legacy started by her late grandmother Martha Graham '56, uncle Thomas Graham '88, mother Teresa Meadows '90, and aunts Cathy Gillen '95 and Robin Graham '02.

"They never pushed it, but they always joked about it," she said. "I always said, 'I'm not going to Radford because everyone in my family went to Radford—I'm determined to not go there.'"

However, a visit to campus with her Aunt Cathy in 2007, when Christina was a high school senior, soon had her singing a different tune.

"She showed me around, and after seeing the campus I just fell in love," Christina said. "The search was over. I knew I wasn't going anywhere else. I felt right at home."

Pictured above: Christina Meadows with her mother and fellow RU alumna, Teresa Meadows '90, after Christina's 2011 spring commencement ceremony.


RU Alumni Hope to Make the Internet Safer

Matt Donlon, Kevin Rogers and Art PayneAre you cyber ready? That's the question two Radford University alumni are asking as they build a company designed to provide its customers with innovative learning solutions and critical skills in cyber security.


Novozymes Biologicals names laboratory, supports STEM education at Radford University

International bio innovation company Novozymes Biologicals has made a $50,000 gift to Radford University for a laboratory in the new Center for the Sciences building. The Novozymes Biology Lab will be a teaching laboratory for introductory biology courses for undergraduate students. The lab is the second Radford University program supported by the company. It has supported the Summer Bridge Program for the previous three years and has made a $10,000 gift to the 2012 event.