Stories of Giving Archive

Radford University Thanks Its Donors

“There are so many personal reasons to give. However, there is one common theme in all of your generosity and that is Radford University,” said Radford University President Penelope W. Kyle to guests at the annual stewardship event held at the Governor Tyler House on Saturday, April 23. Read More

Fifth Give Your Heart to Art celebrates all who contribute to Radford's vibrant art community

Supporters and friends of the Radford University Arts Society gathered for the fifth annual Give Your Heart to Art, a celebration of campus' artistic life. Read more

Radford University Receives Challenge Grant for Science Outreach

A $350,000 challenge grant from The Mary Morton Parsons Foundation of Richmond will help enhance the academic and outreach facilities in Radford University’s new Center for the Sciences, which opened this spring semester. Read more

Extra Help for Student Teachers

Joyce and William Esterhuizen were impressed with what their daughter-in-law, Anne, told them about Radford University’s education programs as she completed her post-baccalaureate certification in elementary education. Read more

Caring is Priceless: Lettie Pate Whitehead Foundation is one of the School of Nursing’s Most Loyal Supporters

Over the years, Radford University-trained nurses have earned a sterling reputation in the health care industry. Read more

Judge James C. Turk, Sr. was a firm believer in giving back and helping students

When he wasn't sitting on the federal bench – which he did for 42 years – he was tirelessly volunteering his time and effort for the betterment of Radford University and his community. Read more

For the future of education

Karol Hull ’62 has dedicated her life to education. Her devotion is a product of where she grew up, in Southwest Virginia’s Carroll County. Read more

In Honor of a Mentor, Teacher and Friend

For Mark Curran ’82, Radford University was the place where he stood out and became a leader. One faculty member, theatre professor Charles L. "Chuck" Hayes, encouraged him to do just that. Read more

Radford changes, a legacy continues

Radford University has changed much over the past century, but many legacies created in its history still shape campus today. Read more

Raising the Bar for Student Experiences

For lawyers, the road to the bar exam can be a long and arduous trip. Long days and nights spent studying reams of case law and working at fast-paced internships are prerequisites to becoming a licensed attorney. Read more

Leading the Charge

The College of Humanities and Behavioral Sciences (CHBS) is home to more than 2,000 students across eight departments.  Alumni from across the college’s disciplines are passionate about helping these students succeed. The CHBS Advisory Board - a group of dedicated alumni and friends of the college – is on hand to assist with networking, fundraising and the promotion of the college’s successes. Read more

Science Programs Fan the Flames of Youngsters’ Imagination

The honor roll of corporate partners investing in Summer Bridge and Science Days, both College of Science and Technology (CSAT) key outreach initiatives, keeps growing. Read more

For Love of Family and Baseball

Philanthropic is an adjective describing someone who seeks to promote the welfare of others. There is no better way to describe the heart of Paul Sioros and his late wife Shirley. Read more

Balleins Believe in Student-Athletes’ Success

As senior intercollegiate athletic administrators and former athletes, Stephanie and John Ballein have a unique appreciation for the potential of the student-athlete experience. Read more

Scholarship Recipient Embodies Hard Work and Success

At Radford University, Hannah Gullickson, a senior chemistry major and biology minor from Evans, Georgia, has flourished. Read more

Opening Eyes to the Spirit of Giving

When your phone rings and the caller ID reads "Radford University," you can expect to speak with an enthusiastic student, such as Mac McMullen. Read more

Scholarships Aid Student Nurses in Providing Elder Care

Because of Richfield Living, Radford University nursing students will receive much needed financial assistance to finish their degrees. When they graduate, these students will make a significant difference in the lives of older adults.  Read more.

Longtime Benefactor Makes Sound Investment in the Arts

For more than four decades, Johann Norstedt has been a key supporter of the arts at Radford University. Following his retirement, he knew he wanted to continue that support with a special scholarship.  Read more.

Alumnus Creates Scholarship to Help Students Seize Opportunities

Marquett Smith ’85 knows the importance of a good education, and helping others achieve higher learning is a priority.  Read more.

The Passion and Power of the Collective

The division that knits the campus together digitally and electronically to support the everyday functions of the university pulled together to create a scholarship for deserving students.  Read more.

Honoring a Lasting Legacy

In 1911, Dr. John Preston McConnell, a Scott County native, was appointed the first president of the State Normal and Industrial School for Women at Radford, now known as Radford University. He was a tireless advocate for the education of women, and his tenure at Radford was marked by efforts to ensure equal access to information, courses and materials for female students. The university’s library is named in honor of Dr. McConnell.  Read more.

Leaving the Door Open to Opportunity

To cap her distinguished career as a social scientist, professor and administrator, Carole Seyfrit, RU professor emerita of sociology, left the door open for Radford University students to follow in her footsteps.  Read more.

Alumnus Believes in Life-Changing Support

A native of Forest, Virginia, Curtis Martin became the first in his family to graduate from college. Curtis attended Radford from 1988-1992, earning his B.B.A. in marketing. “RU provided the best fit for my personal and academic growth,” Martin says. “I felt that the professors were invested in my success and fostered a positive learning environment.” His fellow Highlanders also taught him how to appreciate different cultures and opinions, helping prepare him for his career in law.  Read more.

To Honor Love

Mike and Marybeth Morsberger found more than classrooms and career ideas at Radford University — they found one another.  Read more.

Planning to Make a Difference

Lisa Holland Ridpath, Radford University’s associate vice president for finance and administration, has strong ties and appreciation for the education and career opportunities she has received at RU. Recently, she decided to give back with a planned gift.  Read more.

New Locker Rooms Make New Opportunities for Success

The men’s and women’s basketball locker rooms inside the Dedmon Center underwent substantial renovations prior to the beginning of the 2014-15 season.  Read more.

Students Celebrate Their Biggest Fan

A coach’s dream is a team that does good things on and off the field together.  Read more.