From the Bay to the Blue Ridge

Faculty, staff and students from across Radford University collaborated in a new outreach project.

The Experience

Peruvian Rainforest Journey

Radford University students and faculty members returned from a three-week-long transformative experience in the Peruvian rainforest.


A bond built to last

Radford alumni have a bond to their Highlander family that is built to last. Read their stories and learn more about the lasting legacies they create.

The Experience

The nexus of politics and society

Highlander Discovery Institute's inaugural event transforms conversation on campus.

Up Front

The Up Front section of The Magazine of Radford University

This section features quick stories and profiles of outstanding Radford University students and supporters as well as initiatives and programs.


A push to grow academically

For senior Aubree Marshall of Fancy Gap, Virginia, joining the Honors College opened the doors to realizing her full potential.

Highlander Family Tour

Highlander Family Tour

Finding inspiration to flourish is simple within the Radford family. Helping alumni make those connections was the influence behind the Highlander Family Tour, a more than 2,000-mile, eight-city trek along portions of the East Coast led by President Brian O. Hemphill, Ph.D., and First Lady Marisela Rosas Hemphill, Ph.D.

The tour launched in Bristol, Virginia, where Hemphill welcomed a crowd of devoted Highlander alumni, friends and family by addressing milestones and goals for the future.

Read the full story about the Highlander Family Tour.

A dynamic rhythm for success

Ishmale Davis

Since first stepping foot on the Radford University campus, Ish, a senior from Danville, Virginia, has been a dynamic, life-changing force for many people.

He has touched the hearts of those fortunate enough to be captured by the gravitational pull that is powered by his warm personality and infectious smile.

His welcoming, familial nature is in his DNA. His warmth stems, too, from his feeling of comfort at Radford. “It feels like home here,” he explains. “Everyone here makes you feel like you belong. Everyone, President Hemphill, the faculty and staff, pushes you to succeed in every way possible. This feels like family.”

Read more about Ishmale's Highlander experience.


Research Rookies no longer

Research Rookies

Launched in Fall 2018, Research Rookies paired students with faculty mentors to conduct a yearlong research project based on their research interests.

President Brian O. Hemphill, Ph.D., first introduced the bold initiative during his inaugural State of the University address in October 2017. He envisioned the program as an avenue for “maximizing opportunities for research-based engagement and learning.”

President Hemphill announced that funding of up to $4,000 would be provided to each Highlander Research Rookie for the full year based on the number of hours devoted to research-based work in order to assist with educational expenses and other related costs.

Read more about the University's Research Rookies initiative.

Snap Back

Wilma Paris’ diploma from the Class of 1948 at Radford College.

The Graduate!

Wilma Paris’ diploma from the Class of 1948 at Radford College.

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