January 2013 News for Radford University Alumni and Friends

News for Radford University Alumni and Friends
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IRA rollovers

IRA Charitable Rollover Extension: What You Need to Know Now

The IRA Charitable Rollover has been extended through the end of 2013. The recently passed American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (ATRA) reinstated the ability to make a Qualified Charitable Distribution (QCD) directly from your IRA. The IRA Charitable Rollover is a way that alumni and friends may make a gift to Radford University from their IRA. Read more.

Snapshot of the Month

winter commencement
Radford University celebrated the accomplishments of its newest alumni on Dec. 15 at its 2012 Winter Commencement ceremonies. More students were awarded undergraduate degrees at this year's ceremonies than at any previous Winter Commencement, a total of 417. View the Winter Commencement video.

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

Jan. 26, 1921: The first student newspaper, the Grapurchat, was published. The first two syllables of the word Grapurchat were formed from the colors of the Normal School, as Radford University was then called, GRAy and PURple. CHAT made for an appropriate title ending. Today, the student newspaper is called The Tartan.

Read the first issue online.

Campus News

In Memory

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

Stay Connected

RU is aware that alumni are often on the move. We would love to keep in touch with you, and many of your classmates are looking to do the same! I would like to update my information.

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In the News

Alumni Homecoming: Winter Jam 2013

winter jam

It's time to catch up with classmates, see the campus and relive those special college memories, so gather your classmates and join us for RU's Winter Jam weekend March 1-2. Homecoming is one of the best times to return and to celebrate your RU connections.

Weekend highlights

  • Young alumni reunion for the classes of 2002-12
  • Alumni teaching week
  • Men's and women's basketball games
  • Men's and women's alumni basketball games
  • School of Nursing 40th anniversary gala
  • Alpha Sigma Tau 60th anniversary
  • Highlander Polar Plunge
  • Reunion volunteer training
  • Highlander Hoopla with door prizes and chili tasting to vote on the best recipe
  • Following men's and women's basketball games, two exciting events to close out the weekend will include "Say Cheese" and "I'll Have an Olive with That Martini Bar"

send an ecardEncourage classmates to attend Alumni Homecoming: Winter Jam weekend, or just say hello by sending a personal Highlander e-card.

  1. Choose your photo.
  2. Write your message.
  3. Hit "send."

It's that simple! Send your message now...

To register for Winter Jam and alumni teaching week, and to view a detailed schedule of events, visit us online today.

Alumnus' career firmly grounded in highlander pride

Jim EsinhartIn men's lacrosse, as in any sport, key attributes for success are teamwork, communication, responsibility and fairness. One former Radford University lacrosse player and statistics major, James Esinhart '86 of Wrightsville Beach, N.C., applied those same principles to his personal life, and in November 2012 he was appointed chief executive officer of Chiltern, a global pharmaceutical research company.

Training the educators of the future

Brittany WilliamsAt Radford University, investing in future leaders of education has always been a primary goal. Our innovative programs at RU prepare teachers, administrators, counselors and others for professions in general education, special education, physical education and community settings.

This goal of nurturing future teachers is also at the heart of the Hattie M. Strong Foundation (HMSF), established in 1928. HMSF operates two programs, the first offering scholarships for college students enrolled in teacher-training programs at selected partnering institutions. The second program offers charitable grants that serve at-risk school-age children enrolled in public or public charter schools in the Washington, D.C., area.

Read the full article online.