May 2012 News for Radford University Alumni and Friends

News for Radford University Alumni and Friends
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Snapshot of the Month

Whitt Hall
Bidding farewell to Whitt Hall, some COBE faculty, staff and students gather for a photo in front of the campus landmark.

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This Month in RU History

May 24, 2007: Radford University's Board of Visitors approved the creation of the College of Humanities and Behavioral Sciences and the College of Science and Technology.

Campus News

Event Highlights

May 9-31
First annual Radford University photography exhibition
Gallery 205, RU Campus

May 16
Classes of 1962, 1963, 1972, 1973, 1982, 1983, 1992, 1993 Reunion Planning Meeting
Ruby Tuesday
1025 N. 4th Street, Wytheville, VA
RSVP to Sandra Bond, Associate Director of Alumni Relations, at or 1-888-4RUGRAD.

May 22-26
Big South Baseball Tournament and Highlander Gathering at High Point University.
Look for details in your inbox soon. To purchase game tickets, visit the Big South Conference online.

May 23
Classes of 1962, 1963, 1972, 1973, 1982, 1983, 1992, 1993 Reunion Planning Meeting
Alison's Restaurant
1220 W. Main Street, Abingdon, VA
RSVP to Sandra Bond, Associate Director of Alumni Relations, at or 1-888-4RUGRAD.

June 1, 2012
Highlander Happy Hour
11 Street Taphouse Bar & Grille
1011 Atlantic Avenue, Virginia Beach, VA
6-8 p.m.
Alumni hosts: Liz Boyd '04, Ray Gunter '07 and Michelle Carlson '08

For a complete list of events with details, visit our online calendar.

Staying Connected?

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Did you get an amazing job thanks to your RU degree? Maybe you'll never forget the first time you walked across the stage to receive your diploma. Share your story on our Facebook page or update us online through class notes today.

In the News

Spring Commencement 2012

2012 commencement
In a ceremony shortened by rain, Radford University observed its 2012 Spring Commencement on Saturday, May 5, with President Penelope W. Kyle conferring degrees on nearly 2,000 undergraduate and graduate students.

To see photos from 2012 Spring Commencement, visit Radford University's Facebook page.

Lisa Throckmorton '94: Top 10 Most Powerful Women in the DC Startup Community

Lisa ThrockmortonFor Lisa Throckmorton '94, most of life's decisions are rooted in community. This was the case when she chose Radford for her college education. Her godfather is David Wilborn, grandson of David Peters, Radford College's second president. He encouraged her to take a look at the school, and she liked what she saw.

"I had not heard of Radford before my college search but was sold once I came down to visit," Throckmorton said. "I thought the campus was beautiful and loved the midsize-school-in-a-small-town feel."


Meet Radford University's Top Student-Athletes for 2011-12

Athletes of the Year

Radford University Athletics took time away from competition to recognize its student-athletes at the 2011-12 Athletics Awards Banquet on April 23.

Megan Rhodes of women's soccer was tabbed Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year while Brett Olinger of men's track and field and Jason Patten of baseball were the Co-Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year recipients.

Every Highlander success is the result of excellent teachers, coaches and supporters. If you would like to consider a gift to the Radford Athletics Club, visit us online today to learn more. To read more on additional award recipients, visit Radford University Athletics online.

Pictured above: Megan Rhodes, Brett Olinger, Jason Patten.

Fall Homecoming and Reunion Extravaganza: Oct. 5-6, 2012

Fall Homecoming

Fall Homecoming and Reunion weekend is the largest alumni and friends gathering of the year. Each fall alumni and friends come together for a fun weekend of reminiscing, BBQ tailgating, soccer games, alumni receptions, special milestone class reunions and affinity reunions and much more. During this weekend, we will be celebrating the Fall Homecoming and Reunion Extravaganza and Family Weekend at the same time, so the entire RU community can enjoy come together.

  • Honor the past, celebrate the future. Classes celebrating a reunion this weekend include 1962, 1972, 1982 and 1992. Although the campus has grown, it's still the RU you know and love, so be part of this important tradition. You can also show your pride, by giving to the Radford Fund or other area of importance to you on behalf of your class at You don't have to celebrate a reunion this fall to give a gift of support.
  • Calling all class reunion volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering to help with your special milestone reunion, please contact Sandra Bond, Associate Director of Alumni Relations, at or 1-888-4RUGRAD.

Stay current on all the weekend activities by visiting our website often and don't forget to become a fan of our Facebook page.