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Alumni Spotlight

Learn more about Radford University alumni - where they are now, what they are accomplishing, and why their connection to Radford University is important to them.


“The connections that I made through Radford University have impacted my life tremendously.  It kick-started my career and gave me lifelong friends. I appreciate my alma mater,” says Jay Rupert ’95.

Rupert has worked in the Press Galleries on Capitol Hill for more than 15 years.  “I started off as Assistant Director in the Senate Press Photographers Gallery and stayed there for three years.  I then moved to the House Radio/TV Gallery as the Third Assistant for seven years,” says Rupert.  Currently, Rupert serves as the Deputy Director at the House Periodical Press Gallery. 

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“As a student I worked in the Radford University Office of University Relations, and spent most of my time with designers in that office’s Creative Services area.  I mostly designed posters, brochures, newsletters and postcards.  After I graduated, the office hired me as a graphic designer,” says Trina Lambert ‘00.

Currently, Lambert works as the graphic designer at Red Orange Design.  “Red Orange Design has a wonderful clientele base that is growing and striving to grow more and more.  This industry continues to change and evolve every day, so it requires you to stay on your toes and really be a life-long learner,” says Lambert.

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 “I was encouraged by my professor Dr. Ray Penn to get an internship.  He said it would help me figure out my future path.  Today, I am the broadcasting director for performance racing network (PRN).  Without his advice, I would never be here,” says Alicia Lingerfeldt ’90.

As a student at Radford University, Lingerfeldt majored in speech communication and was involved in the Sigma Kappa sorority.  “At Radford, I matured in more ways than I knew I could.  The university gives you more than just an education.  It gives you freedom, responsibility, guidance and many life lessons,” says Lingerfeldt.

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“With the skills I learned at Radford University, my transition into the real world was very smooth.  I always had my hands in something and graduated with experience that still serves me today,” says Cyndi Todd ’86. 

Today, Todd is a freelance television producer, a media specialist and a publicist.  She recently published her first nonfiction biography, Babe Ruth, The Bride, The Battle: The Remarkable Life of Paratrooper Lewis P. Fern.

 “The book is a love story.  It is one of faith, commitment, triumph and tragedy.  Lewis had such a ‘Forest Gump’ type of life and witnessed things that I don’t think anyone will ever get to see.  The book is different, but my name is spelled different and that is how I like it,” says Todd.

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“After 30 years of hard work, it was such an honor when I got a call from the White House informing me that the president would like to appoint me as the United States Commercial Commissioner,” says Eugenio Pineiro ’79.

Pineiro serves on the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT).  ICCAT is a governmental fishery organization responsible for the conservation of tunas and tuna-like species in the Atlantic Ocean and other seas.

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