July 2013 News for Radford University Alumni and Friends

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Snapshot of the Month

1940 alumnae day
Elizabeth Hardwick Mayberry, Kuhn Barnett and Louise Scott Bucher gather for Alumnae Day in 1940. Photo from Radford University Archives

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

July 1, 1979: Radford celebrated its fifth name change and became known as "Radford University".

Campus News

In Memory

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

Stay Connected

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In the News

New electronic newsletter will keep "RU Connected"

The Radford University community is familiar with the weekly publication "RU Today" that focuses on campus happenings. RU Today comes out twice a month in the summer and weekly during the school year. The alumni electronic newsletter is currently distributed monthly.

The revised format has been designed keeping your needs and schedule in mind. RU Connected will offer a quick look at the latest campus and alumni news in an easier, searchable format.

Anyone currently subscribing to RU Today and the alumni electronic newsletter will receive RU Connected beginning August 1. Similar to existing newsletters, a link will be provided in RU Connected should readers desire to opt out.

We are excited about how this new format will enhance your connection with your alma mater, as we work on our first edition.

What are the advantages of changing the format? Just to name a few:

  • Everything is under one roof with a simple, but uniquely designed, format.
  • News and events will be more current.
  • You will receive RU Connected weekly every Thursday.
  • We invite you to the RU campus and alumni events. A calendar of events will be featured that is tailored for campus, athletic, performing arts and alumni specific interests, helping you keep an open date for RU events.
  • You'll stay updated on fellow alumni achievements. We will have weekly alumni stories and profiles.
  • Concerned about sustainability? We are. Learn the latest news about RU's sustainability efforts.
  • Our College of Visual and Performing Arts has a reputation for bringing the best of the best in entertainment to campus. Check the arts calendar; there'll be something for everyone.
  • We've got a lot of Highlander fans and the RU Athletics section will keep you informed on team and individual player achievements, the schedule, scores and more.
  • Reconnect with your RU family. See what's coming up in your area and keep up-to-date on plans for anniversary and homecoming celebrations as well as local and regional alumni events near you.

Get Connected with RU.

Remember to watch for RU Connected next month!

Alumnus says thank you by cranking his pedals

Carter Dages with his bicycleAs children, we hop on our bicycles for the freedom of our own transportation. As we get older, we do it for the exercise and to feel like a kid again. Carter Dages, 1983 accounting alumnus, is cranking his pedals for more than 3,800 miles across the country to say thank you. His goal is to raise $50,000 for the Wounded Warrior Project.

The Mechanicsville resident began his trek in Yorktown on May 2. He's following the TransAmerica Trail to Oregon. He will then pick up the Western Express to San Francisco. Dages thinks it will take him three to four months on his classic 1991 Schwinn road bike to complete the ride. This is something he's always wanted to do, and the time is now right. "Before embarking on the next chapter of my career, I now have the ability and the support of my family to dedicate my time and energy toward raising funds on behalf of this most worthy cause," Dages said.

Register online for Fall Homecoming Weekend Oct. 18-20

Treasure your memories of RU and make new ones during Fall Homecoming Alumni Registration is now available online for Homecoming Weekend. All alumni are welcome to attend the activities. Classes celebrating a reunion include 1958, 1963, 1968, 1973, 1978, 1983, 1988, 1993, 1998, 2003 and 2008. Go online to see a full schedule of events and to register for the weekend.

The fall colors in the mountains surrounding campus will be a beautiful backdrop for the many activities planned to showcase Radford's many educational, cultural and social opportunities. Honor outstanding alumni athletes at the Athletics Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, participate in the 5k by the New River, cheer on the Highlanders in volleyball, dine with distinguished alumnae at the Women of Radford Luncheon, and compete in the tent decorating contest in the Alumni Village on Moffett Lawn.

Local hotels sell out quickly, so make your reservations today!

If you have questions, call 1-888-478-4723 or email alumni@radford.edu.

RU alumnus and club rugby player used passion for the game to make a difference

Tal Bayer, 1993 alumnus and club rugby player, used his passion for the game to change lives in inner-city Washington, D.C. As the rugby coach for Perry Street Prep Public Charter, he used this power sport to provide structure and direction for his players. Recently he had to say "good-bye" to his team, but his work will have a lasting legacy for all of the players and their families it touched.

Gov. McDonnell speaks to Boys State at RU

Gov. McDonnell at Boys StateVirginia Governor Bob McDonnell visited Radford University on Thursday, June 20, to address attendees of the 71st session of American Legion Boys State of Virginia. This is the first year that RU has hosted Boys State.

Undergraduate researchers win prestigious EPA award

EPA award winnersA team of eight Radford University undergraduate students has received a coveted national award for its innovative approach to water purification. The People, Prosperity and the Planet (P3) competition by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was held in April at the 9th Annual National Sustainable Design Expo in Washington, D.C. Based on their project proposals and presentations, RU and six other teams will receive Phase II grants of up to $90,000 each to develop their designs and bring them to the marketplace.

Joining RU as winners of this year's P3 awards are teams from Loyola University of Chicago, University of Massachusetts Lowell, San Jose State, Georgia Southern University and two teams from Cornell University. This year's competition featured about 300 student innovators showcasing their projects before a panel of expert judges convened by the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Radford ranks nationally in teacher preparation survey

Radford University has earned top national marks in an examination of university teacher preparation programs released this week by the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ).

The NCTQ's inaugural Teacher Prep Review ranked Radford University as one of only 13 programs in the United States with "multiple strong programs."

Alumni gatherings in Roanoke, Charlotte and Greensboro bring friends together

alumni at Elmwood ParkThe Office of Alumni Relations hit the road during the last several months to host alumni gatherings in Virginia and North Carolina. Visit the RU alumni website to see photo albums from the events and learn more about alumni activities in your area. The next alumni gathering is the Highlander Band Alumni Reunion scheduled for Friday, July 26 – Saturday, July 28.


July 26-28
Highlander Band Reunion
Radford, Va.
For schedule visit www.radford.edu/alumni
Contact Amy Duncan at ycmband@gmail.com

Aug. 8
RU at the Ballpark: Salem Red Sox vs. Winston-Salem Dash
Social starts at 6 p.m.
Lewis-Gale Field
1004 Texas Street
Salem, Va.
$20 per person
Register online by Aug. 5.
Contact: (540) 831-5248

August 20
Men's Soccer at University of Virginia (exhibition)
7 p.m.
Charlottesville, Va.

August 23
Women's Soccer at Villanova (exhibition)
4 p.m.
Villanova, Pa.

To learn more about these and other events, visit us online.