July 2012 News for Radford University Alumni and Friends

News for Radford University Alumni and Friends
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Snapshot of the Month

Students in a convertible
Students from the '70s enjoy a car ride on campus.

To submit a photo from your days at RU, email alumni@radford.edu.

This Month in RU History

July 9, 1949: Ingles Hall is dedicated as part of Homecoming festivities.

Did you know?

An RU faculty member has done groundbreaking work in the field of augmented reality, resulting in the university's first patent.

Campus News

Event Highlights

Through July 24
Art Exhibit

From Andy Warhol to Pablo Picasso, some of the world's best-known artists are represented in a summer exhibition at the RU Art Museum.
10 a.m.- 4 p.m.
Free admission

Aug. 16, 2012
RU at the Ballpark with Head Baseball Coach Joe Raccuia

Private Club Level Box
LewisGale Field
1004 Texas St.
Salem, VA 24153
Begins at 6 p.m.
$20 per person
     Register and see more details

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

In Memory

Radford University would like to honor our fellow classmates and friends who have passed away this month. We remember…

Wilbur E. Grant '80
June 13

Ruth Horton
June 18

Wayne Thomas Massey '85
June 12

To view a complete "in memory of" list, please visit us online.

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In the News

RU Remembers Dr. Covington as Gentleman, Scholar and Friend

Dr. Douglas Covington
The entire Radford family was saddened to hear of the death of the university's fifth president, Dr. H. Douglas Covington, on Wednesday, June 27, 2012. Since then, remembrances have poured in to campus by email and phone, and hundreds have paid tribute to Dr. Covington on Facebook and Twitter. Overwhelmingly, they have honored him as a gentleman and a scholar.

Colleagues, students and friends recall his brilliant mind and his dazzling smile. They remember him as calm, courteous and self-deprecating—he could laugh at himself. At the same time, he spoke and wrote with eloquence and insight. Many say they were touched personally by his genuine affection for each person he knew, no matter his or her station in life.

Alumna Patrice Gentile Creates a Fashion Career Piece by Piece

Patrice Gentile and models
Patrice Gentile (fifth from the left) poses with models from the showing of her spring 2012 line.

Patrice Gentile '07 knew she wanted to be a fashion designer when she enrolled at Radford University. What she didn't know was where that choice would take her. Near the halfway mark in her college career, she knew she wanted to start her own business. Out of that revelation was born Aliceanna clothing.

The Pasadena, Md., native's high school guidance counselor recommended Radford to her. "I applied because the fashion design program sounded well-rounded and focused," said Gentile, who lived in Annapolis after graduating from Radford and started Aliceanna there. She now lives in Los Angeles.

Every designer's mark on the fashion world is unique. Gentile's is that she makes each piece by hand.


RU's new home for the College of Business and Economics opens in August!

The new COBE building

Plans are under way already for the opening of the new building, which will provide students, faculty and staff with state-of-the-art classrooms, conference rooms and gathering spaces along with a trading room that will simulate an actual financial operations center. In addition to the grand opening ceremonies (more information to follow), there will be two events to put on your calendar during the 2012 Fall Homecoming weekend.

  • Oct. 5
    Global Capitalism Lecture Series
    Speakers: Mary Rose Carosia and Theresa Werner from Standard & Poor's
    10 a.m.
    Hurlburt Student Center auditorium

    A luncheon presentation is planned with limited seating available. If you have questions or to RSVP, please contact Mary Weeks at (540) 831-5382 or mweeks@radford.edu.

    Standard & Poor's has offices in 23 countries and a history that dates back more than 150 years. Standard & Poor's is known to investors worldwide as a leader of financial market intelligence.
  • Oct. 6
    Tours for alumni and friends of the building begin at 10 a.m. and continue every 30 minutes until 2 p.m.

Look for more information in your mailbox soon about Fall Homecoming and the College of Business and Economics alumni and friends tours.


A weekend getaway! Mark your calendars, and get ready for an extravaganza. The 2012 Fall Homecoming and Reunion Extravaganza: Oct. 5-6

RU Pennant

Join us for a fabulous fall weekend to reminisce, reconnect and rediscover Radford University at its finest. Connect with peers, students and family through the weekend, and enjoy a few days of Highlander pride! All parents, alumni, family and friends are invited back to celebrate!

Weekend highlights:
     - Class reunions for 1962, 1972, 1982 and 1992
     - Golden reunion welcome reception with President Penelope
        W. Kyle
     - "Women of Radford" luncheon
     - Athletics Hall of Fame luncheon
     - Alumni, family and friends BBQ
     - Phi Kappa Sigma 30th reunion
     - 40th Anniversary celebration of nursing
     - Volleyball and softball reunions
     - And much more!

Highlander "call out" – Frank, we want to see you and your fellow classmates back on campus this fall.

Frank Fitzgerald
Page 337 from the 1982 Beehive yearbook.

The weekend is still several months away, but we need your help now.

    Pitch in! We're looking for volunteers to help organize their class activities and spread the word about this year's reunions. Interested? Contact Sandra Bond at (540) 831-5248 or smbond@radford.edu.

    Freshen up! Make sure we have your current information in our database. Update your information by visiting www.radford.edu/alumniupdate.

    Stay posted! Get the latest news about your classmates and the weekend on our website, Facebook and Twitter.

    Support RU! Your classmates are counting on you! Make a gift today, and help your class win the reunion gift challenge. The winning class will be recognized during the weekend.