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.

Betsy Powers Conte ’73

“I received a great degree in home economics education and a great foundation at Radford University. I loved all my classes. I just loved all of Radford. I couldn’t get enough of it,” says Betsy Powers Conte ’73.

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“I am a product of Radford University’s IT program. It is rigorous and it is competitive,” says Nana Takyi Kum ’09.

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David Silek ’94

"Radford University gives you an opportunity to do something amazing," says attorney David Silek ’94.

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Matthew Crisp ’04

“Radford University empowered me in the classroom, and more importantly, outside the classroom,” says Matthew Crisp ’04, co-founder, president and CEO of Benson Hill Biosystems.

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Taylor Ricotta '12

“Radford University is the pinnacle of my memories,” says Taylor Ricotta '12. “It introduced me to new relationships and allowed me to grow as a person. It prepared me for the real world."

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Cindi Napier ’93, MBA ’95

“It really was an incredible experience to attend Radford University while Maya Angelou was a visiting professor,” says Cindi Napier ’93, MBA ’95.

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Pam Cowan Sowder ’79

“No one raises you and tells you that you can be a millionaire. The money is just a reflection of the work. I wanted to change my family’s lifetime and our legacy,” said Pam Cowan Sowder ’79, Chief Networking Officer for It Works!®.

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Denise LaRosa ’03

“My time at Radford University was perhaps some of the most incredible years of my life,” says Denise LaRosa '03. “The best part was the support, the love and the community.”

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Corey Reed '98

“Radford University does an amazing job of preparing you for all aspects of the real world. It made a lasting impact on me," says Corey Reed '98.

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Eric Ayala ’93

“The entire Radford University economics department gave me a passion for business and economics. It’s a passion I still maintain to this day,” says Eric Ayala ’93.

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