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The Newsletter for RU Alumni & Friends

RU Homecoming | Jan. 28 – 29, 2011
The Radford memories we share.
    The exciting changes to campus.
       The chill of the air.
          The embrace of an old friend or roommate.

homecoming tailgate partyJoin us for a wonderful weekend at Radford University as we celebrate homecoming on the RU campus. There are many fun-filled activities awaiting you and your family, so register today. All online registrants will automatically be entered into a drawing for a homecoming prize package that includes two nights' lodging for Jan. 28 and 29 at a local Radford hotel, two men’s and women’s basketball game tickets and two passes to the Homecoming tailgate. The winning recipient will be selected from online registrants and notified on Jan. 21. For a schedule of events, details on the prize package and to register, visit

Make Your Annual Fund Gift by Dec. 31
Our alumni are leaders in their communities and fields of expertise because of their experiences at Radford. Today’s students deserve the same educational and enriching opportunities that you enjoyed – those that foster learning, responsibility and service. How do we sustain this legacy? Thanks to the generosity of alumni, parents and friends. Make your gift online at

Update Your Records:
RU Moving? RU Changing Jobs or an E-mail Address?
The most important way to stay current on news from your alma mater is to let us know of any changes you may have to your contact information. Stay connected to RU by making sure the university has up-to-date mailing/contact information today at

Recognizing Your Generosity
radford societyRadford University thanked its most generous supporters during the second annual Radford Society Celebration on Nov. 12 in the university’s Covington Center for Visual and Performing Arts. With more than 300 members and growing, the society represents loyal alumni, faculty, staff, parents and friends who make annual gifts of $1,000 or more, or who have cumulatively given more than $100,000 to sustain and enhance the academic programs and facilities of Radford University. “Your support means everything to Radford University,” said RU President Penelope W. Kyle as she welcomed and thanked about 150 guests who attended the elegant “red-tie” evening. See photos from the Radford Society event on the official RU Facebook page.

Painting the Perfect Campus Tour
watercolor of RU campusThe highlight of the Radford Society festivities was the unveiling, by artist Wanda Prillaman ’57, of the first panel of a spectacular watercolor panorama of the Radford University campus that she created to commemorate the university’s Centennial celebration. The piece, known as “Campus Tour 2010,” is comprised of three panels, each 33 feet in length. As part of the painstaking research conducted as part of the project, Prillaman photographed each side of every building on campus.

MLK Day Speaker Has Had Golden Moments
Dominique Dawes Former Olympian Dominique Dawes will serve as the keynote speaker for Radford University’s fifth annual Martin Luther King Jr. Tribute on Jan. 19, 2011 at 7 p.m. in Preston Hall’s Bondurant Auditorium. Many may remember Dawes for her contributions on the 1996 women's national gymnastics team during the summer games in Atlanta. Dawes is also notable as being the first African-American woman to win an individual Olympic medal in artistic gymnastics, the first black person of any nationality or gender to win an Olympic gold medal in gymnastics, and one of only three female American gymnasts to compete in three Olympics, winning medals at all three. For more information, contact the Center for Diversity and Inclusion at (540) 831-5765 or email

Need a Gift for the Highlander on Your List This Holiday Season?
cookbook coverIf you’re shopping for the perfect gift for the Highlander in your life, consider two great books available from the university that are certain to bring holiday cheer. Read more for ordering information.

Coming to Radford: Van Gogh, Lichtenstein, Whistler and Other Fine Works by Artistic Masters
Radford University has been chosen by the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts to kick off its 75th anniversary celebration by hosting the “Van Gogh, Lichtenstein, Whistler: Masterpieces of World Art from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts” art collection from Jan. 21 - March 4 at the RU Art Museum in the Covington Center. The timeless collection showcases some of the finest works from more than 30 artistic masters, highlighted by selected pieces from legends such as post-Impressionistic icon Vincent Van Gogh, American impressionist James Abbot McNeil Whistler, pop artist Roy Lichtenstein, contemporary artist and Virginia-native Sally Mann and much more. “What we’re truly getting is a microcosm of their entire collection,” said Richard Bay, associate professor of art/art education and Co-Director of the RU Art Museum. “Other than making a special trip to Washington, D.C., or Richmond, some of the students and people in Southwest Virginia may never get a chance to see anything like this again.”

Calling All Alumni!

Alumni Chapter Volunteers
Our alumni are an invaluable asset to Radford University, and by volunteering for your local chapter, you can make a difference. Volunteering options include chapter activities, student recruitment, career networking and athletic events. If you are interested in becoming a chapter volunteer, please e-mail Melissa Vidmar at for details.

Class Reunions
The level of alumni volunteer involvement is an important factor for any reunion, and we need your help. We are currently seeking volunteers from all class years. In 2011, we will be highlighting the following classes: 1961, 1966, 1971, 1976, 1981, 1986, 1991, 1996, 2001 and 2006. Any volunteer for any class year is needed. Show your Highlander pride and volunteer to be your class representative today. Contact Sandra Bond at for more information.

Upcoming Alumni Events

Baltimore Chapter
Happy Hour
Monday, Jan. 17 at 6 p.m.
Water Front Hotel
1710 Thames Street, Baltimore, MD
Host: Gordon Southard ‘03
RSVP to:

Charlotte Chapter
RU vs. Winthrop Basketball Social
Thursday, Jan. 20 at 5 p.m.
Whitehorse Restaurant
1022 Camden Avenue, Rock Hill, SC

Northern Virginia Chapter
Wear Your Red Happy Hour
Thursday, Jan. 20; Thursday, Feb. 17 and Thursday, March 17
6 p.m.
First Down Sports Bar & Grill, Arlington, VA
Host: Darvell Wooden ‘02

New River Valley Chapter
Pre-Game Men’s Basketball Social
with complimentary light appetizers
RU vs. Presbyterian (Plus 20% off your food order)
Tuesday, Feb. 15 from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Sharkey’s, 1202 E. Main Street, Radford, VA 24141

Chapter event information, contact Melissa Vidmar at


Radford University’s women’s golf team became Santa’s elves this holiday season for two area boys. The team chose to sponsor the children through the Salvation Army Angel Giving Tree Foundation. “We had a great time shopping for two little boys from the community,” commented head coach Jeff Beeler. “This was a great opportunity to bring the girls together off the golf course and will bring joy to everyone knowing that we’ve brightened the day of two young boys on Christmas Day.” The program provides gifts to children and seniors who, as a result of financial hardship, may not otherwise receive a Christmas gift.

For more information on Highlander sports, visit RU Athletics.

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