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Governor McDonnell to Join RU in Celebrating 100 Years of Service

RADFORD -- Virginia Governor Robert F. McDonnell will join the Radford University community on March 24 for RU’s Centennial Charter Day Celebration.

The day will mark the 100th anniversary of the signing of the charter that created what was then known as The State Normal and Industrial School for Women at Radford. The school became Radford University in 1979.

Centennial Banners“We are honored Governor McDonnell will be joining us as we celebrate 100 years of education and service to the Commonwealth and the nation,” said RU President Penelope W. Kyle. “His participation enhances the meaning and significance of the day and we look forward to welcoming him to our campus.”

The Centennial Charter Day Celebration will begin at 11 a.m. in the Dedmon Center. McDonnell and Kyle will be joined on stage by keynote speaker Blake Mycoskie, founder and “chief shoe giver” of TOMS Shoes. TOMS Shoes is a footwear company focused on socially responsible free enterprise, donating a pair of shoes to a needy child for every pair it sells. The theme of the university’s year-long Centennial celebration is service to others.

The Charter Day Celebration will conclude with a “birthday cake” and reception.

The event is free and the public is invited and encouraged to attend.

For more information, visit the Centennial Web site or call (540) 831-7745.

March 4, 2010
Contact: Christy Jackson (; 540-831-7745)

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