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Upcoming Chapter Events:

All alumni, family and friends of the university are invited to attend events. To view a detailed list of events and to register, visit

New River Valley Chapter
RU vs. Presbyterian Basketball

Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2011
5 - 6:30 p.m.
Complimentary appetizers provided, plus 20 percent off food purchases
Game starts at 7 p.m.
Sharkey's, 1202 E. Main Street
Radford, VA
RSVP to:

Northern Virginia Chapter
Wear your Red Happy Hour
Thursday, Feb. 17, 2011
6 p.m.
First and Down Sports Bar & Grill
4213 North Fairfax Drive
Arlington, VA
Host: Darvell Wooden '02
RSVP to:

Become a Chapter Volunteer!
No other volunteer opportunity has the ability to reach more alumni than our chapter volunteers! Chapters are a wonderful way to bring alumni and friends together to share Radford University enthusiasm, support, recruit students and develop networking opportunities. You can…

  • Help select and plan events in your area
  • Help organize events by calling or e-mailing fellow alumni, family and friends
  • Attend social and educational functions
  • Network with other professionals

If you are interested in giving time to our chapter program, please contact Melissa Vidmar at or 1-888-4RUGRAD.

Chapters Near You!

  • Roanoke
  • Northern Virginia
  • New River Valley
  • Richmond
  • Virginia Beach
  • Bristol
  • Martinsville
  • Baltimore
  • Raleigh/Durham

To find out more, visit our chapter page online today!

In the News

Homecoming 2011 -- There’s Still Time to Register!
Radford University Homecoming 2011From a dip in the icy waters of the New River to a taste of Radford nostalgia during the “Chrusties Celebration,” RU Homecoming 2011 is sure to offer something for everyone. Read more

Van Gogh, Other Artistic Masterpieces on Display at Radford University

Van Gogh's Wheatfield
Community leaders and officials from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) and Radford University gathered on Thursday evening, Jan. 20, for a preview of “Van Gogh, Lichtenstein, Whistler: Masterpieces of World Art from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts,” an exhibition commemorating the museum’s 75th anniversary. Supported by Altria Group, the special exhibition is open to the public and is featured in the Radford University Art Museum, located in the Covington Center for Visual and Performing Arts, from Jan. 21 - March 4, 2011. Admission is free. Featured pieces include those from masters such as Post-Impressionistic icon Vincent Van Gogh, American impressionist James Abbot McNeil Whistler, pop artist Roy Lichtenstein and contemporary artist Sally Mann. Read more

See the New!
new RU HomepageRadford University’s website redesign project seeks to create a consistent image for the university through words, images, site architecture, colors, fonts and key messages to its many audiences. Read more

Welcome Back Reunion Weekend October 2011
Alumni at Welcome Back ReunionWhat’s better than a trip back to campus? Knowing your classmates will be waiting when you get here! Welcome Back Reunion Weekend will be held in October 2011 (exact date TBD). We will celebrate the class reunions for 1961,1966, 1971, 1976, 1981, 1986, 1991, 1996, 2001 and 2006. For all the latest information and an up-to-date schedule, visit the Alumni & Friends webpage. Can’t wait until the reunion? You can also relive your Radford days anytime by visiting the online archive of RU yearbooks.

Make an Impact Today: Give to the Radford University Annual Fund
Gifts to the Annual Fund from alumni, family and friends of the university have a direct and immediate impact on the quality of a Radford University education. The Annual Fund is critical in maintaining the tradition of excellence we have come to expect from our university. The Annual Fund provides operating resources for all areas of the university and enhances the ability for us to seek and obtain outside funding, as many grants and corporate contributions made to higher education are based upon the Annual Fund participation rate by alumni, family and friends. Your contribution is important to help us reach our $5 million goal by June 30, 2011. Making a gift ensures you join a valuable list of donors who recognize the value of empowering Radford University with immediate cash resources to fund new ideas and initiatives as they emerge at the university.

Become part of the excellence and make a gift today!

RU Athletics
The RU women’s basketball team rallied from a 15-point deficit to capture a stunning 62-53 Big South Conference victory over Liberty, a first for the Highlanders on the Flames’ home court in 15 years.

Coming Up in RU Athletics:
Jan. 28 – Women’s Tennis vs. UNC Charlotte, 5 p.m.
Jan. 28-29 – Men’s and Women’s Track & Field at Liberty Open, TBA
Jan. 29 – Women’s Tennis at Davidson, 10 a.m.
Jan. 29 – Women’s Basketball vs. Coastal Carolina, 3 p.m.
Jan. 29 – Men’s Basketball vs. Coastal Carolina, 6 p.m.
Jan. 30 – Men’s Tennis vs. Cornell, 10 a.m.
Feb. 1 – Men’s Basketball vs. Winthrop, 7 p.m.

For more on these and other Highlander highlights, visit RU Athletics.

The Arts @ RU
Jan. 21 - Feb. 14 -- Student Ceramic Show
Feb. 7 -- The Opole, Philharmonic of Poland
Feb. 11 -- Faculty Jazz Concert
For more information on these and other events, visit the arts calendar.

This Month in RU History
picture of the Grapurchat newspaperRadford’s first student newspaper, the Grapurchat, was first published on Jan. 27, 1921. See it online.

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