November 2012 News for Radford University Alumni and Friends

News for Radford University Alumni and Friends
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Snapshot of the Month

fall at RU
View of the fountain during a beautiful fall day at RU.

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This Month in RU History

Nov. 11, 1973: The first social fraternity, Phi Sigma Kappa Mu Hexaton Chapter, is founded.

Campus News

Upcoming Events

Roanoke Alumni Holiday Party
Dec. 6, 2012

Breakfast with Santa
Dec. 8, 2012

NOVA Greek Gathering
Dec. 8, 2012

For details on these and other events, please visit us online.

In Memory

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

Stay Connected

In the News

Alumnus John Smith-Sreen, '81 Works to Change the World

John Smith-StreenThe water that sustains life and the electricity that sustains a modern lifestyle are often taken for granted in developed nations. Yet in John Smith-Sreen's world, no one takes them for granted. Smith-Sreen works for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) overseeing projects such as helping to maintain a clean water supply in Jordan and providing electricity to parts of Afghanistan. Read more.


Great Things Happen When We Come Together

Great things

Your generous gift enhances programs and provides resources to ensure our students achieve today.


    RU was recognized by as one of the top 25 universities in the nation, as calculated by the positive professor and campus ratings received by the website by RU students.

    For the fifth consecutive year, Radford University's outstanding MBA program has earned recognition for the College of Business and Economics by The Princeton Review, which lists the university in its "Best 296 Business Schools: 2013 Edition."

    The Virginia Rural Health Association honored Radford University's Doctor of Psychology program with its Best Practices in Rural Health Award.

    Class of 2016 was the largest freshmen class in the university's history, with 92 percent from Virginia.

Radford University is counting on your generosity to reach this year's annual fund goal of $1.5 million. A gift online at before December 31, 2012, will help Radford University achieve today.

RU ready? Winter Commencement:
Dec. 14-15, 2012

winter commencement

Graduation tips for your senior

Graduation is just around the corner. Help your senior get ready for this special event with these important reminders:

    Stay on top of last-minute details with our handy graduation checklist.

    Look over the schedule of events to find out important times and locations.

    Encourage your student to visit the Office of Career Services where our dedicated staff provides students (and alumni) with support and knowledge for career success.

Stay connected

    The Office of Alumni Relations supports our graduates and connects them to more than 69,000 alumni around the world. New alumni (and parents) can also "like" us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. These online resources are ideal ways to stay connected to RU and keep university friendships and networks going strong.

Looking for the perfect graduation gift?

Here are some great options for your graduate.

    At the Radford University Bookstore or online, RU gear and personalized items are great gifts for graduates, as are diploma frames to display their accomplishments.

    Commemorate your senior's academic achievement with a class ring or other products like announcements to make his or her commencement a cherished moment.

    "Pay it Forward." Pay tribute to your graduate with a gift to Radford University, to his or her college, to a scholarship or to an area that has significance. Give online.

    Honor your graduate with an alumni paver that can be inscribed with a personal message from you.

    Prepare your senior for graduate school. A graduate degree not only gives students an advantage over others in the marketplace, on average, graduate degree holders earn more throughout the course of their careers.

    Encourage your graduate to update his or her information to keep connected to news and happenings at RU. Graduates can visit

    Volunteer. Encourage your senior to become a class representative to help with a class or affinity reunion in a few years. This is a great way to stay connected and make a difference.

Just the Facts! RU Publication Wins Top Award

The new COBE buildingHave you seen Radford University's 2012 Fact Book? It's chock-full of useful information specific to the university.

There's one more fact, not included in the publication, you should know. The Southern Association of Institutional Research (SAIR) has selected Radford University's Fact Book 2012 as the best-printed fact book in the competition.

RU's Fact Book 2012, compiled by the university's Office of Institutional Research, Reporting and Assessment, offers comprehensive information on admissions, enrollment, degree completion, faculty and staff, financials and many other facets of the university.

"The purpose of the fact book is to provide information in a user-friendly format," said Debra Templeton, assistant vice president and director of the Office of Institutional Research, Reporting, and Assessment.

View the Fact Book online.