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Radford University

Annual Fund Report

Make Your Annual Gift by June 30
There still is time to join an elite list of donors who recognize the value of empowering Radford University with immediate cash resources to fund new ideas and initiatives as they emerge at the university. Through the Radford Fund you can direct your giving to those areas of the University for which you are most passionate. Funds received can be used immediately to meet Radford University's most important needs and priorities and support initiatives of RU's 7-17 strategic plan. The Radford Fund is the administrative umbrella for all the annual giving programs at RU and is the bridge that joins private support with the needs of the university.

What Can I Support?
RU Annual FundAre you a graduate of the College of Business and Economics who has a passion for the arts? Perhaps you majored in biology and played basketball. Through the Radford Fund, you may direct your support to any of your interests. You may also choose to leave a portion of your gift unrestricted, allowing Radford University the flexibility to direct funds to programs and projects with the greatest need. Make a gift before June 30 to any RU program of your choice.

The Annual Fund has a goal of $2.3 million and 4,000 alumni participants. As of May 31, we've raised $1,853,685 and have 3,306 alumni participants. Please help us reach our goal today.

Welcome Back Reunion Weekend Invites Alumni to Campus this Fall

Since Homecoming moved to February two years ago, it has been a rousing success. Last year's Homecoming registration reached an all-time high. Still, we know that you, our alumni, want to visit RU in the fall, one of the most beautiful times of the year to be on campus. We have heard your request, and this year we are giving you an opportunity to relive just how wonderful autumn is on your campus with a new event, Welcome Back Reunion Weekend. Read More>>

Volunteer for Commonwealth Games, See a Free Concert

The Coventry Commonwealth Games of Virginia are July 17-19 in Roanoke and Lauren McMillan ’08 is calling on her fellow RU graduates for some assistance with the event’s Opening Ceremonies. McMillan, the Games’ director of operations, is asking volunteers to sport their RU gear and assist with either the athlete picnic, parade of athletes, seating athletes or directing people to their seats. For their hard work, volunteers will be treated to a special event. “After your task is done, you can sit back and enjoy a concert by American Idol finalist, Elliott Yamin,” McMillan said. “Then meet your fellow RU graduates afterward at the RU tent on Alumni Row.” This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Coventry Commonwealth Games. The Opening Ceremonies begin at 7:30 p.m. and volunteers are asked to be on site at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, July 17, at the Roanoke Civic Center. To learn more, contact RU Alumni Relations at 540-831-5248.

Beth MeyerHow a Recent RU Grad Is Helping
Monitor a Bat Species

Just weeks after graduating from RU, Beth Meyer is spending three weeks in Pennsylvania catching bats. Why? It's all part of an important effort to save the endangered Indiana bat. Read More>>

RU Magazine Now in Your Mailbox and Online

Find out about the many exciting and innovative changes happening at RU in the spring edition of The Magazine of Radford University. View the online edition now and check your mailbox for your copy, which will be mailed soon.

Kirk Scholars Journey to China

RU graduate and Board of Visitors member R.J. Kirk established the Zylphia Shu-En Kirk Endowment 10 years ago. In early May, the most recent group of Kirk scholars embarked on a four-week academic adventure to China that is allowing the students to experience the Chinese culture firsthand. Read More>>

Alumni Profiles

Joe KraftyRU Alum's Web Site Scores with D.C. Hockey Fans
Joe Krafty '00 has a fever, and it involves a lot of redness. But Krafty's fever doesn't concern him. Instead, he's rather excited about it. There's no medical term for this spreading condition, but many, particularly in the Washington, D.C. area, refer to it as Caps Fever. Read More>>

Work by Interior Design Grad Featured in Prestigious Publication
Kelsie Hornby's redesign of a Fairfax Station home is described as "an art deco beauty that has the grace, styling and elegant air of an ocean liner." Those words and a review of the 1985 RU graduate's work is featured in the spring edition of Washington Spaces magazine, one of the most prestigious professional publications in the world of interior design. To learn more, see the RU News Release.

Also making news in the design world is Jessica Maples, whose team of designers transformed a 112,000 square feet office building into a space that promotes its occupant's brand "in every detail and connotes professionalism while encouraging creativity," says Interior Design magazine.

The Runners Book CoverAlumnus is Off and Running with First Novel
RU alumnus Fiachra Sheridan recently penned his first novel, The Runners, which follows the adventures of two 13-year-old boys growing up in inner city Dublin in the 1980s.

Read about the inspiration behind Sheridan's book and about how Darryl Strawberry and William "The Refrigerator" Perry influenced him to leave his home in Ireland to study at Radford University. Read More>>

RU Athletics

BSC BestThe RU women's basketball program during the 1986-96 seasons and Highlander men's tennis standout Martin Sayer were ranked in the top 10 "Best of the Best Moments" in Big South Conference history as the final voting was announced recently at the league's 25th Anniversary Banquet. For more information, see the RU Sports Information release.

The men's and women's track and field squads wrapped up competition at the NCAA Regionals May 30. For the men, the 4X400 relay team tied a school record and Matt Dobson placed 10th in the hammer throw (see Sports Release). Aimee Veatch's sixth-place performance in the hammer throw was the highlight for the women's squad (see Sports Release).

With three Big South regular season crowns and a school-tying mark of four tournament titles, Radford finished the 2008-09 athletic season fourth in the Sasser Cup Standings. For more information, see the Sports Information Release.

RU is offering sports camps this summer for individuals and teams in men's and women's basketball, baseball, softball, soccer and volleyball. For more on individual camps, dates and fees, visit the Web sites below.

* Brad Greenberg's Basketball Camps
* Taj Ngongba Basketball Camps & Clinics
* Joe Raccuia Baseball Camps
* Mickey Dean's Softball Camps
* Spencer Smith Soccer Camps
* Richmond Volleyball Club Camp (under the direction of RU coach Marci Jenkins)

For more RU's sports news, visit the RU Athletics web site.

Upcoming Alumni Events

Wednesday, June 10
Bristol Coach Event
Guest Speaker: President Penelope W. Kyle and
Men's Basketball Coach Brad Greenberg
Hosted by Tom McGlothlin
6:30 p.m.
Register Online

Tuesday, June 16
Roanoke Coach Event
Guest Speaker: Men's Basketball Coach Brad Greenberg
Trios Bistro (315 Market Street, Roanoke)
5:30 p.m.
Register Online

Monday, June 22 - Friday, June 26
Summer Camp - The College of Science and Technology is partnering with the National Inventors Hall of Fame Foundation to offer a science camp for elementary school children.
Contact: Ann Brown at or visit

Wednesday, June 24
NOVA/D.C. Coach Event
Guest Speaker: Men's Basketball Coach Brad Greenberg
Belmont Country Club (19661 Belmont Manor Lane, Ashburn)
6:30 p.m.
Early Bird: $30 per person/$50 per couple
At the Door: $35 per person/$65 per couple
Register Online

Visit the Alumni Relations web site for a complete events schedule.

Alumni in the News

RU Grad Leads 'Heels Fundraising Efforts
John MontgomeryJohn Montgomery '81, the senior associate athletics director and executive director of the Rams Club at the University of North Carolina, recently was named national fundraiser of the year by the National Association of Athletic Development Directors. "I feel very honored to be recognized by my peers," Montgomery said. "It is always nice to have your work recognized, but I think the award reflects our excellent athletic program, committed donors and the work of our superb staff. I just feel fortunate to be in the position to lead the Rams Club's efforts." Read more about Montgomery's award in The News & Observer. See Story>>

Top Teacher
In addition to teaching pre-algebra at Prospect Heights Middle School in Orange, Va., Lynn Belvin serves as math department chair, co-advisor for the broadcast team and yearbook sponsor. Those are just a few responsibilities for the RU alumna who recently was named Orange County's Teacher of the Year. Read more from Orange County Review. See Story>>

RU Alumna Gets Creative with Interior Design Firm
RU graduate Jill Mastrostefano has been named partner and creative director for P Four, a comprehensive sales, marketing and interior merchandising firm serving residential and commercial real estate partners in the Washington, D.C. area. Read more>>

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