Stories of Giving
Opportunity to Excel and Serve
Bowen Sheng ’16 said, “the decision to pursue medicine was gained through a gradual exposure to the science and art of it through my classes, nursing experience and my own research.”
Radford University is a special place for Darin ’93 and Jennifer ’96 Ely, who met at Radford University and married while Jennifer was a senior at the University. Darin was a resident assistant for three years while a student and said it helped him break out of his shell. “I was very shy in high school, and something about Radford helped me grow into who I am today,” he said.
Investing in Futures
James M.S. ’75 and Doris Sink ’74, M.S. ’77 never had children, but they are invested in the education and well-being of young students.
All gifts to Radford University make a difference. Many times we hear about the large gifts that endow scholarships and fund athletic facilities. These gifts are vital to creating opportunities for our students to achieve their academic and athletic goals.
Continuing the Tradition of Excellence
It would be safe to assume that the Pompa family bleeds “Radford Red.” How else would you explain the family’s strong ties to and continued support of Radford University?
“When I reflect on my time at Radford, I am filled with happiness and a yearning for that time again,” says Lisa Pompa ’86. “I’m inspired to relive those memories and share with today’s students how the University helped me find confidence, accountability, integrity, the most incredible lifelong friends, and how that has impacted the success I have today both personally and professionally.”
Painting the Future
Internationally renowned artist and Radford University art professor Z. L. Feng M.F.A. ’89 is no stranger to finding inspiration for his work from the world around him. When forming the Zheng L. Feng International Scholarship Endowment in Art, he did not have to look very far.
Opportunity to Care
"This scholarship means the world to me. It means my future career, it means the families I can comfort will be comforted, and it means that I can grow to my full potential as a nurse at the school I love,” said senior nursing major and Lettie Pate Whitehead Scholarship in Nursing recipient Maggie McDaniel.
David ’85 and Yvette “Pebbles” ’85 Smith are passionate about Radford University and basketball. Both were standout players for the Highlanders and scholarship recipients during their time at Radford University. Now, they are courtside season ticket holders and generous members of the Radford Athletics Club.
Shaping Lives through Competition and Generosity
Former Radford University women’s basketball coach (1984-1990) and player Charlene Curtis ’76 said that her time as a student-athlete in college helped shape her into the person she is today. This is why for the past 30 years, she has been a staunch supporter of Radford University athletics, its student-athletes and women’s basketball. “Athletics offers the student-athlete the opportunity to grow, mature and learn how to deal with controversy. It helps them gain leadership skills and self-discipline that applies to their daily lives,” said Curtis.
A Lasting Legacy
Kate Harshberger ’91 was known as a faithful community volunteer and dedicated Radford University employee. When she passed away in March 2016, the Radford City community, her Radford University colleagues and her family acutely felt the loss of this kind and caring person.
Up to the Challenge
A $350,000 two-to-one challenge grant from the Mary Morton Parsons Foundation of Richmond will help fund a variety of resources in Radford University’s new Center for the Sciences.
“The grant would be transformative for the College of Science and Technology,” states Orion Rogers, Dean of the College of Science and Technology (CSAT). “It would provide new resources for our students and faculty as well as inspire our college to pursue funding challenges and work collaboratively to accomplish them.
Time, Talent and Treasure
When President Brian O. Hemphill spoke to alumni during his regional tour, he would make sure to mention at each stop how important it was for alumni to give their “time, talent and treasure.” Few Radford University alumni personify that mantra more than Kathy Grimes ’75 and her children Christopher Flor ’00, Scott Flor ’02, Doug Grimes ’10 and John Grimes ’14.