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Gov. Kaine Challenges Graduates at RU Commencement

Commencement 2009Storm clouds brewed outside, but the inside of Dedmon Center was full of light as Virginia Governor Timothy M. Kaine joined Radford University to applaud its new graduates during Saturday's Spring Commencement of the 96th session. (See Story and Photos.)

Among those graduates was RU business student Lee Bradshaw who, along with Virginia Tech student Wade Hammes, has launched one of the first area websites dedicated to fitness information. Today, that website,, has been dubbed by Yahoo! News as "the Internet's first big step in the cohesion of fitness and social networking."

To learn more, see the RU News Release.

Reunion Weekend: Alumni College Gives Grads
a Chance to Go Back to School

Rick Van NoyRadford University English professor Rick Van Noy enjoys getting his kids away from TV and into the great outdoors to climb mountains, catch snakes and dig for salamanders. He enjoys it so much that he wrote a book about it. Physics professor Rhett Herman takes his students on research journeys to Guadalcanal and to the North Pole where he "nearly freezes the students' souls," he said. Want to know more? You can at Alumni College during Reunion Weekend. Read More>>

Doug FenderAlumni Profile: Danger Can Be a Tick Away

Doug Fender gets scared just like the rest us, but the FBI bomb technician can't let nerves interfere with his job because one small slip could cause one heck of a mess. Read more in RU faces >>

Radford Society: A Cycle of Giving

Radford SocietyThe Radford Society is completing its inaugural year and celebrating the most generous contributors whose giving ensures the continued success of the university and its students. The society represents loyal alumni, parents and friends who make annual gifts to the university of $1,000 or more or those who have cumulatively given more than $100,000 in an ongoing drive to sustain and enhance the outstanding academic, leadership and service-learning experiences available to RU students. Read More>>

Annual Fund Update

Make Your Annual Gift by June 30
Join an elite 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. Through the Radford Fund you can direct your giving to those areas of the University for which you are most passionate. Funds received can be used immediately to meet Radford University's most important needs and priorities and support initiatives of RU's 7-17 strategic plan. The Radford Fund is the administrative umbrella for all the annual giving programs at RU and is the bridge that joins private support with the needs of the university.

What Can I Support?
Are you a graduate of the College of Business and Economics who has a passion for the arts? Perhaps you majored in criminal justice and played soccer. Through the Radford Fund, you may direct your support to any of your interests. You may also choose to leave a portion of your gift unrestricted, allowing Radford University the flexibility to direct funds to programs and projects with the greatest need. Make a gift before June 30 to any RU program of your choice.

The Annual Fund has a goal of $2.3 million dollars and 4,000 alumni participants. As of April 30, we've raised $1,732,502 and have 3,143 alumni participants. Please help us reach our goal today.

RU Athletics

Softball TeamThe RU softball team claimed the Big South Conference tournament championship with a 10-1 victory over Liberty Saturday in the conference title game. The championship marks RU's fourth of the year, following men's basketball and tennis and women's soccer. The win propelled the Highlanders into the 2009 NCAA Championships, where they will play the University of Georgia at 1 p.m. Thursday in Chapel Hill, N.C., in the opening round of the double-elimination tournament. Read More>>

RU's men's tennis team recently concluded its successful season by competing in the 2009 NCAA Tennis Tournament. The Highlanders fell 4-0 to Duke in the tournament's opening round, but finished the season with an impressive 20-4 record. RU's Martin Sayer will compete in the NCAA Singles Championships and he and teammate Zack Watson will compete in the Doubles Championships May 20-25 in College Station, Texas. Read More>>

The RU baseball team is looking to close out the regular season on a winning note. The Highlanders, who are 23-21 overall and 14-8 in the Big South, close the 2009 campaign with a three-game series May 14-16 at Liberty. Big South baseball tournament action begins May 20 in Asheville, N.C.

RU Junior Olajuwon Jones recently ran for a new school 400m record and finished first to highlight RU track and field's day of competition at the UNC Elite Meet. Read More>>

For more on all of RU's sports teams, see Radford Athletics.

Alumni in the News

RU alumna Anna McClain has been appointed principal at an elementary school in Panama City, Fla. Read More>>

Upcoming Alumni Events

Saturday, May 16
Virginia Beach Sunset Celebration at Baja Restaurant
The Baja Restaurant (3701 Sandpiper Rd., Virginia Beach)
5 - 8 p.m.
Guest speaker: RU men's basketball coach Brad Greenberg
$20 per person early bird; $25 per person at the door
Register online

Saturday, May 16
NOVA/D.C. RU Alumni Bash
Clarendon Ballroom (3185 Wilson Blvd., Arlington)
9 p.m.
$5 early entry fee
Event Contact: Darvell Wooden at (571) 212-7458

1959 photoFriday, June 12 - Saturday, June 13
Alumni Class Reunion Weekend
Classes of 1959, 1974, 1979, 1984 & 1999
will all be celebrating reunions
Event Contact: or (540) 831-5248
Register online

Monday, June 22 - Friday, June 26
Summer Camp - The College of Science and Technology is partnering with the National Inventors Hall of Fame Foundation to offer a science camp for elementary school children.
Contact: Ann Brown at or visit the camp web site.

Visit the Alumni Relations web site for a complete events schedule.

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