May 2013 News for Radford University Alumni and Friends

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May Day Court, 1960
Radford University celebrates spring with May Day court, 1960. Photo from Radford University Archives

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This Month in RU History

May 3, 2008: Radford Men's Rugby Club won its second Division II Men's Collegiate National Championship in Palo Alto, Ca.

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In the News

Alumnus on the front lines of the new age in television

Eric ClaytorRadford University criminal justice alumnus Eric Claytor '94 is the newly appointed senior vice president of affiliate distribution and marketing for Entertainment Studios Networks (ESN). Claytor says his RU experience has helped him to move through the ranks of the challenging corporate world of television. "RU provided me with an environment to explore these areas with a support system that emphasized the qualities necessary towards achieving a fruitful career." The television industry is in the midst of a dramatic shift in terms of how consumers access content and how it's delivered. "There are so many cool technologies, applications and social networking tools that are changing the consumer experience. The next five to ten years should be interesting," says Claytor.

RU ranks among the greenest U.S. campuses

For the fourth year in a row, Radford University has been recognized by The Princeton Review for its commitment to building and maintaining a sustainable, environmentally friendly campus. The Princeton Review singled out RU for receiving the Environmental Protection Agency's Energy Star certification for five buildings, four of which are residence halls, noting that Radford is the "only university in Virginia to receive certification for residence halls."

Students present research on the National Mall

Last month, a team of eight Radford University students presented their water purification research and design project at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's People, Prosperity and Planet Student Design Competition on the National Mall. Led by chemistry professors Cindy Burkhardt and Francis Webster, the RU team included geology, biology and chemistry students.

COBE junior wins spot in prestigious summer program

Geena McDanielA junior in Radford University's College of Business and Economics is one of a select number of college students chosen to participate in the Interactive Marketing Analytics Xperience this summer in New York. Geena McDaniel, a marketing major from McLean, was chosen for five days of seminars and workshops designed to reveal the abundance of data available to marketers and the opportunities and challenges this presents.

McGlothlin Awards go to two Southwest Virginia teachers

Pamela MacDonald and Steve Ahn
Pamela MacDonald and Steve Ahn
An elementary teacher in Giles County and high school teacher in Washington County were awarded $25,000 each on Thursday, April 18, as winners of the 14th Annual McGlothlin Awards for Teaching Excellence. Actor, children's author and education advocate Henry Winkler served as keynote speaker for the awards ceremony. The annual teaching awards are co-sponsored by the McGlothlin Foundation, Blue Ridge Public Television, the Radford University College of Education and Human Development, and the Radford University Foundation Inc.

ESHE student receives national recognition

Suzanne TalleySuzanne Talley, a senior in Radford University's College of Education and Human Development (CEHD), has won the Major of the Year Award from the National Association of Sport and Physical Education. Talley, a Virginia Beach native, received the honor at the national meeting of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance in Charlotte, N.C. She is RU's first Exercise, Sport and Health Education (ESHE) major to receive the award at the national level and one of only five students in Virginia to be honored this year.


May 21-25
Big South Baseball Tournament
Lynchburg, Va.

June 8
Radford University Night at the Whitewater River Jam
7-9 p.m.; alumni reception; Big Drop Tents area
7 p.m.; concert by Porch Dog Revival; Main Stage,
U.S. National Whitewater Center
Charlotte, N.C.
Parking: $5 per car
RSVP: (540) 831-5248 or

June 13
RU Night at Party in Elmwood Park featuring The Wallers
5:30-8:30 p.m.
Elmwood Park on Jefferson Street
Roanoke, Va.
Admission: $5 per person; children 12 and under are admitted free
RSVP: (540) 831-5248 or by June 12

June 20
Highlander Hour at Gia
5 p.m.
1941 New Garden Road, Suite 208
Greensboro, N.C.

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