February 2023 Newsletter

Highlander Pride

What is Highlander Pride? Great question. If you've been paying attention you would see that this spring semester has been full of spirit, gratitude, and pride for all things Radford University. If you need to catch up on the news, make sure you check out the University social media pages and take a closer look at the stories below. 

Learning From Failure

Dr. Rhonda Bryant, Director of Retention
Dr. Rhonda Bryant, Director of Retention

Amy Edmonson, a notable Harvard Business School professor, observes that three kinds of failure exist. First, preventable failure is caused by straying from a known and proven process. Students who fare well in college learn to adapt their academic skills and abilities from the known and proven techniques they used in high school. Fear or concern about straying from typical high school study behaviors can prevent them from learning new and proven processes for excelling in college – often taught by their faculty and staff instructors.

Complex failure occurs when systems break down, such as when people working together communicate ineffectively, resulting in duplication or omission of steps necessary for success. Avoiding complex failure in college means that students have sound knowledge about navigating systems associated with college, such as financial aid, managing meal plan dollars, and tracking their progress to graduation. Students who avoid complex failure utilize campus resources to get answers to their questions. Along these lines, campus systems are responsible for clearly articulating resources and pathways students can use to navigate campus systems.

Finally, intelligent failure occurs when students plan thoughtfully and carefully but do achieve their desired outcome. In college, intelligent failure can happen when a student takes a challenging class, studies diligently, meets with the professor, and gets regular tutoring, yet, still earns a low final grade in the class. Nonetheless, students who fail intelligently analyze their behaviors (e.g., what went well and what did not), apply what they learned from this situation, and meet their tasks better prepared and ready when faced with similar challenges in the future.  

We know that failure is inevitable, but failure can also be overcome. Thoughtful consideration of the three types of failure can establish pathways for identifying solutions and incorporating campus faculty and staff input to overcome failure and proceed forward in college. 

Career & Talent Development Events

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February 8 -1 pm -4 pm. Healthcare Pathways: Be the Future Expo, Student Recreation and Wellness Center. Provides students with a unique opportunity to connect with employers from various sectors in the healthcare field. All majors welcome to explore diverse opportunities! 

February 14 -12 pm -1 pm. Find Your Perfect Career Match, Young Hall 412. Find and develop career competencies and skills that align with your ideal career match. 

February 24 -10 am -3 pm. Education Career Fair, Student Recreation and Wellness Center. With a career in the growing field of education, you can make an impact in the world and on the lives of others that will stand the test of time. 

March 14 -6 pm -7:30 pm, Etiquette Dinner, Kyle Hall 340. Enjoy a FREE three-course meal while you learn how to interact with others in a professional setting. Attend the Etiquette Dinner to develop your professional networking and dining etiquette skills. 

March 15 -1 pm -3 pm. Spring Career & Internship Fair--All Majors Welcome, Student Recreation and Wellness Center. This fair will give students an unparalleled opportunity to network, explore various career avenues, and connect with recruiters from a wide range of career fields. 

March 22 -1 pm -3 pm. Spring Virtual Career & Internship Fair--All Majors Welcome, Virtual on Handshake platform. Pull back the curtain on your career journey and take this powerful first step in finding your dream job! 

March 28 -3 pm -4 pm. Linkedln Lounge, Young Hall 412. Learn how to best articulate your skills and career competencies on this professional online platform. 

April 5 -4 pm. -6:30 pm. Local Internships with Impact, Cross Pointe Conference Center, Christiansburg, VA. Come connect with local employers and young professionals in a fun and casual environment, whether you're actively hunting for a summer internship, or just looking to start your networking journey. 

April 11 -3 pm -4 pm. Handshake Happy Hour, Young Hall 412. Learn how to navigate this on line job platform to find your next opportunity. 

May 2 -12 pm -1 pm. Senior Launch and Lunch, Young Hall 412. Come and discuss your next plans with your Career Coaches over lunch. 

Spring Break Safety


A timely message from Radford University Chief of Police, Eric Plummer, Ph.D.

As we are approaching Spring Break, it always helpful to remind our Highlanders of safety tips before they travel away from campus.

Before They Leave

  • Secure your residence hall room or apartment.
  • Unplug appliances.
  • Make sure all windows are closed and locked.
  • Leave a copy of your travel itinerary with someone back home.


  • Keep track your baggage and personal belongings at all times.
  • Keep those with whom you are traveling and someone back home informed of any changes to your itinerary.
  • If you travel out of the USA (that includes Canada and Mexico), make sure you have an up-to-date passport, proper visa, and know the rules and regulations for transporting perfume, food, animals, cigarettes, alcohol, and other drugs across borders.  Also, take time to sign up for the Department of State Smart Traveler Enrollment Program.
  • Avoid carrying large amounts of cash. Traveler’s checks are always a good idea. Leave credit and ATM cards locked in a secure place or within an RFID protector.
  •  If you are taking prescription medication, be sure to pack enough to last the length of your trip


  • Know the laws regarding possession of alcoholic beverages and drugs. Outside of the United States blood alcohol content (BAC) levels used to determine DUI (Driving Under the Influence) are set at lower readings than in the United States (fewer drinks = higher risk = arrest).
  • Do not get involved in illegal drugs; the penalty in some countries is severe.
  • If you are of legal drinking age and you do decide to drink – do so responsibly 98% of spring breakers injured were intoxicated.
  • Keep your drink in sight at all times. Leaving it unattended gives anyone the opportunity to “slip” something into your drink -- acid, “roofies,” or other dangerous substances.
  •  DO NOT DRIVE AFTER DRINKING. Use a designated driver or choose public transportation.
  • Should members of your group become intoxicated, never leave them alone. If they pass out, make sure they sleep on their side to prevent choking, and if their level of consciousness is too low to get a response, call 911 or the local emergency number.


  • Lock your door and use the peephole before opening your door.
  •  Don’t leave valuables in your hotel; most hotels have a safe you can rent.
  • Know where the emergency exits are located.
  • DO NOT climb on balconies or sit on balcony rails. This can be fatal!


  • When you get to the venue, keep track of where the exits are located. In an emergency, the closest exit might not always be the best one to use.
  • Be aware of your surroundings.
  • Don’t stand near or climb on temporary structures; these could collapse and fall.
  • Don’t go to a crowded event alone. A helping hand in a crush can mean the difference between life and death if you’ve fallen or become injured.
  • Always have your ID and any special medical information, but DO NOT flash your hotel key or let strangers know where you are staying.

Personal Safety

  • Always walk, talk, sit, and act with confidence. Avoid looking like you’re lost.
  • There’s safety in numbers. Try your best to stay around your friends.
  • Outside the USA, never drink local water, no matter how clean it looks.
  • Beware of pickpockets. Robbery and acquaintance rape top the list of crimes committed against college students on spring break.
  • The most important spring break safety tip is to use common sense. With these safety tips in mind, stay safe, and enjoy your sun-filled spring break….with sunscreen, of course!

Download and Use the Radford Safe App

Radford Safe is the safety app used as an essential tool to enhance safety for Radford University students, faculty, and staff.  The app provides instant access to safety resources on campus or off.

One of the key features which can be used while traveling is "Friend Walk!"  Send your location to a friend through email or SMS on your device. Once the friend accepts the Friend Walk request, the user picks their destination and their friend tracks their location in real time; they can keep an eye on them to make sure they make it safely to their destination.

Spring Break Campus Housing Notes

Radford University Spring Break is Friday, March 3 - Sunday, March 12, 2023

  • Residence Halls close for Spring Break at 5:00 p.m. Friday, March 3, 2023.
  • Break housing is only available to:
    • Current residents of Madison Hall
    • Current residents of Jefferson Hall
    • New River Bridge residents in Ingles Hall
    • Residents in any University Operated Apartments who register for break via the housing portal
  •  Students not residing in a break hall location who require break housing are advised to speak to their Resident Director about relocating to a break hall prior to Spring Break.
  • Unless staying for an approved university-related reason, a nightly fee for break housing will be applied to any resident of Madison Hall, Jefferson Hall, or Ingles Hall who remains on campus for the break period.
  • Halls will re-open at 12:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 12, 2023.
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Upcoming Dates to Remember

Find events to engage your Highlander at https://calendar.radford.edu/

February 16thHousing & Residential Life orders open for Spring Surprise care packagesCare Packages
March 4th - 12thSpring BreakClasses Not In Session
March 17thMid-semester grades dueStudent can check grades through One Campus
March 31stLast Day to Withdrawal from a class with a "W" 
Early AprilRegistration Begins for Fall 2023 
April 3rd - 8thTraditions Week 2023Traditions Week