Mike joined Radford University in August, 1985 as Associate Dean of Students serving under Dean Bonnie Hurlburt, for whom the Student Center is named. In 1994, he became RU’s first director of the New Student Programs office, a move designed to be more intentional in setting up a comprehensive array of support services for first year students. In the past 18 years, Mike has coordinated programs such as orientation (Quest), first year experience (UNIV100, Success Starts Here, Core Connections) and other university retention efforts.
Michele began her career at Radford University in 2004, where she worked in the Office of Residential Life. From 2004-2007, she oversaw Moffett Quad. In 2007, she began working with New Student Programs. Her primary responsibilities include coordinating University 150, a course for academically at-risk students, organizing the Quest Parent Program, and supervising the Parent Orientation Guides. Outside of work, Michele is an avid runner and enjoys spending time with her family, friends, and pups.
Joel is an RU Alumni and ran on the Track & Field Team as an undergraduate student. He first worked in the office as a Quest Assistant in 2006, followed by a Student Director in 2007. He was so influenced by his experience that he found his passion for working with college students. He went on to pursue a Master’s Degree in Higher Education Administration at Syracuse University, worked at the University of South Carolina before finding his way back to RU and New Student Programs in 2013. Joel works most closely with Quest and the Quest Assistants, but loves to help with University 100. Joel still runs like a champ!
Brianna came to Radford in July 2014 to work primarily with student retention intitiatives and to help with University 100. Before joining the New Student Programs team at RU, she received her Master's degree in College Student Personnel from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. As an undergraduate, she majored in Marketing at Appalachian State University. She found her passion for working with college students while serving as a student director of orientation and engaging in student programming at Appalachian. Brianna enjoys being outdoors and traveling, and loves singing and listening to live music.
Brianna joined the New Student Programs staff in June 2014 and works primarily with University 100. Originally from Illinois, she attended Illinois State University, where she double majored in graphic design and arts technology. She found her love for working with college students while serving as an orientation leader and working in the Dean of Students Office. She then went on to pursue her Master's degree in College Student Personnel from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. In her spare time, Brianna loves traveling and cheering on the Chicago Cubs (regardless of their win/loss record).
Debbie has been at Radford for 19 years and with New Student Programs for 17 years. She keeps everyone on their toes, and has a list for everything. Debbie handles all of the purchasing and personnel paperwork, not only for NSP but the Learning Assistance and Resource Center as well.