RU News Briefs

November 21, 2002

The Radford University Board of Visitors has approved a mid-year tuition increase to help offset some of the effects of almost $3 million in state budget cuts at the university.

RU's Emergency Response Plan is online. You can get the comprehensive overview at, but most people will want to bookmark the more succinct guide at To obtain a copy of the Emergency Response Guide in a booklet that you can keep by your phone please call the Safety Office at ext. 7790.

USA Today is seeking nominations for the All-USA Academic Team for four-year colleges and universities. Nominees must be of at least sophomore standing. Judges will choose 20 students as representatives of all outstanding undergraduates in the country. Judges consider grades, honors, leadership and how nominees apply their intellectual skills outside the classroom to benefit society. An essay by the nominee describing his or her most outstanding intellectual endeavor carries the most weight in the judging process. Nominations must be postmarked by Saturday, Nov. 30, 2002. Nomination forms are available from the Office of Public Relations. Contact Kathie Dickenson (5324;

The RU MultiMedia Center is sponsoring a Multimedia Festival, Wednesday, Dec. 4, at 5 p.m. on the 4th level of the library. The festival will showcase student work in video, audio, web and animation.

RU students benefit from a competitive forum where they display their accomplishments in multimedia development. Prizes and certificates will be awarded in each category. In conjunction with the festival, a virtual gallery will be on display at the Multimedia Center's website.

Entry forms can be downloaded from All students are encouraged to enter by Monday, Dec. 2, 5 p.m. Please submit questions by calling 5974 or stopping by the Multimedia Center (4th level of McConnell Library).

Check the RU Online Shopping Guide for great gift ideas! Sit back and relax in the new RU Captain's Chair and read the latest by an RU author or listen to new music from Highlander Records.

SPORTS - For more sports info, go to
It's tipoff time for Highlander hoops. The men's and women's basketball teams both open on the road this weekend then return home for their Dedmon Center debuts next week. Both teams feature new head coaches and high hopes for the upcoming campaigns.

The men's team opens at Richmond Friday night, Nov. 22, then plays at William & Mary Sunday afternoon, Nov. 24. Area Highlander fans will get their first look at new head coach Byron Samuels and his young squad Tuesday, Nov. 26, when RU hosts Howard University at 7 p.m. in the DC.

Jeri Porter is the new head coach of the women's squad and she takes her team halfway across the country for its opener against Savannah State Saturday afternoon, Nov. 23, in the first round of a tournament at the University of Minnesota. The tournament concludes Sunday, Nov. 24, and RU then returns to the DC for its home opener against East Tennessee State Wednesday, Nov. 27, at 7 p.m.

You can tune into the men's games, with RU's own Rick Watson doing play by play, online at

Interested in hearing what Samuels and Porter have to say? See our Basketball Preview Video at

Tickets are available at a discount for faculty and staff. Learn more at

For information and schedules on all RU teams and sports events, visit the Highlanders home page at

NOTEWORTHY ITEMS - for more information go to

*** Nursing assistant professor Joni Goldwasser and RU clinics family nurse practitioner Vicki Arbuckle were featured in a WDBJ-7 news story about a school nurse workshop for Giles County and Pulaski County nurses.  The workshop reviewed assessment tools for the ears, nose and throat and communicable diseases prevalent in public schools.   School nurses were given the latest textbooks and learning tools to take back to their schools for later reference.

*** Geology professors Parvinder Sethi and Robert Whisonant were recently awarded a $19,000 grant from Shenandoah National Park for the development of an educational CD-ROM. The development effort will be collaborative, with Park Service members and faculty from James Madison University assisting. Both parties have done prior academic investigations in the park.

According to Sethi, this type of collaborative grant is likely to be more common in the future, as the Commonwealth seeks to spread limited funding among state universities and colleges.

*** Hilary Lips, psychology professor and director of the Center for Gender Studies, was interviewed on WPSK radio about a Center for Gender Studies research project. Over several years, hundreds of students at institutions in the U.S. and abroad were asked about their academic self-views. The findings show a striking divergence between young men and women in their visions of future possibilities for themselves.
*** Mike Dunn, director of new student programs and services, was quoted extensively in a Richmond Times-Dispatch article on how parents can help high school students prepare for the transition to college. The article appeared in a special annual section, the "School and College Guide."

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