A Note from Dean Grady

Greetings RU Alums,
What an exciting time to be at Radford University and involved in graduate education! If you have been on campus recently, you might have seen the signs affixed to all of the construction fencing around campus that read, “RU on the move!” That really expresses what is happening here. Once again The Princeton Review rated us one of the “Best in the South” in their ranking of universities across the nation. Even more exciting is US News and World Report identifying Radford as an “Up and Coming” university, which is a new category that identifies those very few schools across the nation whose reputation is growing among those in the know in higher ed. We have a lot to be proud of.

This fall we welcomed the first class in our Master of Occupational Therapy program. This initial class of 12 outstanding students is being taught by five highly qualified faculty in renovated space in the Waldron College Building. The national accrediting organization for Occupational Therapists has given RU the green light to continue our determined pace toward full accreditation with the graduation of the first class. We expect to see this program grow by leaps and bounds.

The founding chair and clinical director of our new Doctorate in Physical Therapy have arrived on campus to begin assembling that exciting program. We are currently locating space and developing the formal curriculum in hopes of starting this program next fall. The faculty in the School of Nursing are also working diligently away on launching our new Doctorate in Nursing Practice. This unique program is envisioned to be offered almost exclusively “on-line” with the intended audience being experienced nurses who are preparing to be nursing educators to train the next generation of nursing professionals. There is a huge unmet need for nursing educators across the Commonwealth and nation.

While everyone is feeling the pinch of the national economic downturn, the RU administration has been steadfast in its support of graduate education. This year for the first time we have been able to cover the whole tuition of graduate students we ask to be instructors in freshman level courses and half the tuition for those assisting faculty teaching those courses. This has made our graduate student financial package much more attractive and competitive allowing us to recruit the highest caliber student interested in our program offerings.

As you might imagine, we are really excited about all that is new around here. We are, at the same time, committed to retaining what is best in our traditions – the close student/faculty relationships, the caring atmosphere, the high quality instruction. We plan on staying in touch with you and hope that you stay in touch with us as our exciting future unfolds.

With best regards,
Dennis Grady, PhD

College of Graduate and Professional Studies
801 East Main Street
Radford, VA 24141
(540) 831-5724

Meeting the Needs of All Students
Sharon VanDerlynBy the time she was a high school senior, Sharon VanDerlyn knew she wanted to teach students with disabilities; she was already working with such students in her own school. She just needed her guidance counselor’s help in finding a college with a great special education program. The Caldwell, New Jersey native wanted to go out of state, and Radford University seemed the perfect choice, an impression confirmed on her first visit.

This fall VanDerlyn began the fifth-year, graduate segment of RU’s five-year program in Special Education: General Curriculum K-12. Because of the work she has done through RU and on her own, when she completes her master’s degree in spring 2010 she will be a highly desirable candidate in a market facing a nationwide shortage.
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Master of Science in Math Education Welcomes Its First Students
The Master of Science in Education with a concentration in mathematics education program is welcoming its first cohort of students. The program is the only one of its kind in the Commonwealth, and approximately 20 students began the program in fall 2009. The students hail from areas across Southwestern Virginia including Henry, Russell, Grayson and Wise counties in addition to Roanoke and Radford cities.

“This program is designed to enhance secondary mathematics teachers’ knowledge for teaching while providing the mathematical content preparation required for teaching at a two– or four– year college,” says mathematics education coordinator Laura Spielman.

MOT Program Admits First Class of Students
Radford University welcomed its inaugural class of Master of Occupational Therapy students this fall term. President Penelope W. Kyle, Provost Wilbur Stanton and Dean Raymond Linville, key players in bringing occupational therapy education to RU, were all present to express their good wishes at the new program’s orientation session in August.
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Banner Admissions Implementation is Successful
Another milestone of the Banner implementation was successfully achieved in August with the introduction of Banner Admissions. Undergraduate Admissions and the College of Graduate and Professional Studies worked together during the last year to define the processes, forms, reports, codes and rules that drive Banner Admissions. While applicant processing differs between the two offices, the team diligently sought out the common process flows and worked to make them more efficient.
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New Distance Learning Program Caters to Working Students
Radford University’s School of Social Work has students spread over three different campuses, and graduate students in social work have been pursuing their degrees on a part-time basis in Abingdon since 1997. This fall, a new weekend, distance learning program began in collaboration with representative stakeholders with the goal of creating a more ‘user-friendly’ program of study.
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Professor and Grad Student Work on “Potentially Effective Treatment for Traumatic Brain Injury”
Mark Whiting and Jason RossRadford University psychology professor Mark Whiting and graduate student Jason Ross recently presented their research into the neuroprotective properties of cerium oxide nanoparticles at the National Neurotrauma Society meeting in Santa Barbara, Calif. “We are demonstrating that these nanoparticles are a potentially effective treatment for traumatic brain injury,” Whiting said of the research that he and Ross presented in “Cerium Oxide Nanoparticles Improve Neuropathological and Functional Outcome Following Experimental Traumatic Brain Injury. Professor and Grad Student Work Full Story

Psychology Professors, Students Active at AMA Conference
Radford University psychology faculty and students played an important role in the American Psychological Association’s annual convention in Toronto in August. James Werth, director of RU’s Doctor of Psychology program, chaired a symposium on How Cultural Identity Can Help Explain Issues in Rural Areas. Two Psy. D. students, Joshua Bradley and Zetta Nicely, participated in the symposium by presenting Appalachian White Men: The Negative Implications of their Cultural Identity and Youth and Education: Perceptions of Opportunities and Possibilities, respectively.

RU Named U.S. News “Up-and-Coming” University in U.S. News Guide
Radford University has been named one of the nation’s “Top Up-and-Coming Schools” in the U.S. News and World Report’s 2010 Guide to America’s Best Colleges. The designation recognizes colleges and universities that have recently made the most “promising and innovative changes” and are projected to soar higher in the rankings. Radford University was ranked eighth among the “Top Up-and-Coming” Master’s universities in the South and fifth among the public universities honored in the category.
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RU Hires Jeffrey Douglas as New Chief Communications Officer
Radford University recently hired a public relations veteran – and one of its own – as its new chief communications officer and executive director of university relations. Jeffrey S. Douglas received both his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Radford University: a bachelor’s degree in journalism in 1977, and a master’s degree in corporate and professional communications in 1999.
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Waldron College Hires Administrators For New Doctoral Degree Programs
Edward C. Swanson, Ph.D., M.B.A., PT recently was appointed director of Radford University’s Doctor of Physical Therapy Program. He is responsible for developing and implementing the new program. Renee Huth, P.T., D.P.T., was appointed as director of clinical education. Her role at RU is to develop and manage the clinical education aspect of the curriculum including obtaining contracts with local physical therapy practices.
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COBE and MBA Program Score High in Princeton Review
The Radford University College of Business and Economics (COBE) and its Master of Business Administration Program were recognized as leaders in “Student Opinion Honors” by the Princeton Review‘s latest edition of its college guidebook.
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