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Brian SheaA True Globetrotter
Always active as a student, it should come as no surprise that Brian Shea is now working with an organization that utilizes a combination of physical activity, education and business development: PeacePlayers International (PPI). >> See Profile
Katherine SuriFrom Radford to the Moon
When Apollo 17 was launched in December 1972, Katherine Suri stood just three miles away, watching the liftoff with a sense of pride, knowing that her work had played a significant role in the success of the mission. >> See Profile
Bob Yang and Yongli XiA Love Story and Then Some
“It has always been my wish to give back to Radford,” says Yuanhang (Bob) Yang. “That’s the place I started my new life.” >> See Profile
Asha Benson HollomanCompleting Circles
As Director of the Office of Virginia’s First Lady, Asha Benson Holloman has met many interesting people. In October 2006, Holloman brushed fame at her own alma mater when she attended President Kyle’s inauguration. >> See Profile
Corey ReedA Global Graduate
In 1998, Corey Reed was on the basketball court when the Highlanders won their first Big South championship.That moment ranks high on Reed’s list of RU recollections, but it’s not the only thing he remembers. >> See Profile
Delta Chi Seat of HonorRemembering Brothers
Alumni of Delta Chi and Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternities are honoring the memories of their brothers through gifts to the “Seat of Honor” campaign for the Covington Center for Visual and Performing Arts. >> See Story
James AshurstChanneling Travelers to Exotic Locations
When the World Poker Tour premiered on the Travel Channel five years ago, James Ashurst found himself in the middle of the action, standing in the glamorous Bellagio in Las Vegas surrounded by the best poker players in the world. >> See Profile
Kim BergAn Expert Nose
Kim Berg is proof positive that you may not always end up where you were headed in college. A 1990 RU graduate with a major in fashion merchandising, Berg received her first job in fragrance in the marketing department of a fragrance development company. >> See Profile
Nathaniel BishopA Leader in Service
Nathaniel L. Bishop ’88 of Christiansburg is a man of many layers, using all of his knowledge to serve patients and guests at Carilion Clinic’s Roanoke Memorial Hospital and other Roanoke-based facilities. >> See Profile

Student Profiles

Vandy PullenA Team Player
If basketball has taught Vandy Pullen anything, it’s how to be a better team player, both on and off the hardwood. >> See Profile
Jasmine ElmoreBroadening His Horizons
Radford University junior Justin Shelton, an information technology major from Richlands, is one of 10 RU students who recently received a $6,000 scholarship to participate in a new foreign language training and international internship program. >> See Profile
Jasmine ElmoreA Visionary
When Jessica Waldron starts a project, it’s not just a project: it’s a vision. >> See Profile
Jasmine ElmoreStep By Step
Jasmine Elmore describes her life as a stairway, and RU has become one of her chosen steps. The choice has led to a multitude of opportunities for her.  >> See Profile
Carly HetmanekAn International Education
In Coogee Beach, Australia, Carly Hetmanek spent a semester studying at the University of New South Wales. Seeking a different cultural perspective on business, she took classes on globalization, organizational management, marketing -- and marine biology “just for fun.”  >> See Profile
Greg MurphyUplifting Sounds
The sounds of Radford University’s Gospel Deliverance Choir have been described in many different ways. If you sit in on a rehearsal, the first word that comes to mind is “spirited.”  >> See Video Profile
Hannah DillonDancing Through Life
Junior elementary education major and dance minor Hannah Dillon has been dancing since she could walk and has performed in hundreds of dance competitions.  >> See Profile
Tori EwingCaring for a Community
Tori Ewing always knew she wanted to go into the field of healthcare, and because of its reputation of producing top graduates dedicated to the well being of individuals and the community at large, she decided that RU was the place to pursue her aspirations.  >> See Profile
Greg MurphyHighlander Pride
Senior finance major Greg Murphy loves RU and isn’t afraid to tell you why. As a student, he has been involved in the 2004-2005 rugby team, intramural sports and the Student Managed Investment Portfolio Organization (SMIPO).  >> See Profile

Faculty and Staff Profiles

Jim BorlingStrength in Music
RU music professor Jim Borling, a board certified music therapist, believes music can be a source of strength when specific events yield to the need for nonverbal communication and expressions of emotion. >> See Profile
Cliff and Donna BoydForensics 101
Students looking to pursue careers in the forensic sciences must be highly trained in recovery, analyses and interpretation of forensic evidence. Experience is essential to securing a job in the forensics field.These are classroom experiences students get at RU. >> See Profile
Matt FranckSupreme Language
Matt Franck is working to clarify some things, particularly the language used by the U.S. Supreme Court when rendering its opinions. >> See Profile
Theresa BurrissInspiring Successful Students
As director of RU's Learning Assistance and Resource Center, Theresa Burriss helps provide Radford University students and faculty with many support services. >> See Profile
Tony RamseyGuiding Students
As Tony Ramsey sits in his office in Waldron Hall reminiscing about his time as a student at Radford University enrolled in the RN to BSN program, he recalls the help and encouragement he received from his professors. >> See Profile
Rick Van NoyOutside Adventures
Experiences and adventures with his own children inspired Rick Van Noy to write his most recent book, A Natural Sense of Wonder: Connecting Kids with Nature Through the Seasons. >> See Profile
Dan DavidsonEncouraging Student Success
“First and foremost, learning is fun, and that must be communicated to students through my approach.” That is the answer you will get if you ask Dan Davidson about his teaching philosophy. >> See Profile
Matt DunleavyHard Fun
Matt Dunleavy’s Web site opens with a quote about “hard fun,” defined as “the joy in meeting and mastering a challenge.” It takes only one conversation with Dunleavy to see that he’s a full subscriber to the hard fun concept -- for himself and for students at all levels. >> See Profile
Jeremy WojdakAquatic Community Ecologist
Assistant professor and biologist Jeremy Wojdak studies interactions between creatures that live in ponds, streams and lakes. He’s known to take classroom lessons outside of the four-wall environment and into nature. >> See Profile

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