October 2012 News for Radford University Alumni and Friends

News for Radford University Alumni and Friends
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Snapshot of the Month

2011 homecoming
Left to right: Kyle Carlson '10, Kallen Harcourt '11 and Tom Lesinski '11 proudly sport their RU gear.

Do you have a photo that you would like to share? Send to alumni@radford.edu with your name, class year and a brief description.

This Month in RU History

Oct. 29, 1977: Entertainer, rock musician and songwriter Billy Joel appeared in concert at RU.

Campus News

Upcoming Events

RU Spirit Tailgates
Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2012

Onsite RU tent at Virginia Tech's Thompson Field, 5-7 p.m.

Men's Soccer at Virginia Tech
7 p.m. game time

Bring your chair and Highlander spirit!

In Memory

Radford University honors classmates and friends who have passed away this month. View the memory list.

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In the News

And the Emmy Goes to… Alumnus Monte Haught

Monte HaughtIf you like what you do, so it's said, success will follow. This has certainly been the case for Monte Haught '91.

A hair stylist for TV and movie actors, Haught won the 2012 Emmy award for Outstanding Hairstyling for a Miniseries and Movie for his work on the horror-drama TV series "American Horror Story." Read more.

RU Kudos – Recognizing recent academic and faculty achievements

    The Doctor of Nursing Practice (D.N.P.) program was granted full initial accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education in Washington, D.C.

    John Phillips, undergraduate program coordinator for the School of Nursing, was appointed by the state health commissioner to serve a second term as a member and chair of the Virginia Nurse Practitioner/Nurse Midwife and Nurse Educator Advisory Committee of the Virginia Department of Health.

    Moira Baker and Renee Dickinson, English professors in Radford University's College of Humanities and Behavioral Sciences, are the recipients of the highest honor given by the college to its faculty. Baker and Dickinson were named winners of CHBS's Distinguished Teaching Award and Distinguished Scholarship Award.

    For the second year in a row, Professor Bruce Chase, director of the university's Governmental and Nonprofit Assistance Center, has been named a Super CPA in the Educator category by the Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants (VSCPA). Chase was selected in a poll of more than 7,000 VSPCA members. Super CPAs were named in 12 categories based on their contributions to the profession and the prosperity of the Commonwealth of Virginia. He will be featured in a special Super CPAs report in the November 2012 issue of Virginia Business magazine.

To view all colleges for the latest news and kudos, visit www.radford.edu/content/radfordcore/home/academics/colleges-and-departments.html.

Classes Began in the New College of Business and Economics Building This Fall

2012 homecoming and reunion extravaganza October 5-7

The new building includes auditorium-style classrooms, conference rooms, and gathering spaces designed to stimulate collaboration and teamwork. It also features the latest in educational technology and financial research capabilities, including a 'trading room.' View the new building and ribbon cutting ceremony video.

Going Deep into Mountain Lake Mystery

The new COBE buildingA voice crackling over the "underwater com" told the researchers that something was there and may be the largest one yet. Ken Dunker, owner and instructor of Diving Enterprises in Salem, is surveying the bottom of one of four mapped depressions in Mountain Lake in Giles County. As principal investigator and geology professor Skip Watts and geology faculty members Beth McClellan and Paki Stephenson wait, the bright pink string attached to a white wooden "bowtie" unravels from the large metal bolt Dunker placed in the "piping hole." Dunker donated his time to help survey the depression using classic search and rescue diving techniques. The excitement on the retrofitted pontoon boat floods over when the white marker pops to the surface of the lake and the team waits for more news from Dunker.

As Dunker breaks the surface, he exclaims, "This is the biggest hole yet. It was this big, and the water flow looked significant," as he holds his hands and arms above the water in a circle the size of a large beach ball. Dunker says he placed a pole about three feet into the hole before he felt any closure or reduction of diameter. "That is great and definitely the largest hole that we have found yet," says Watts.

The trio of researchers, along with co-principal investigator Professor Parvinder Sethi, spent the summer measuring, analyzing and diving for hours at a time from a pontoon research vessel converted from a vintage "lake cruiser."
Read more.

SCUBA diver Ken Dunker examines the lake bed.