A CLASS UNITED
The freshmen who gathered four years ago for their class photo could not have known the extraordinary challenges they would face. In this issue of The Magazine of Radford University, we honor their dedication, resourcefulness and ultimate success.
A LIFETIME OF HIGHLANDER LOVE
A chance encounter develops into a lifetime of Highlander love. The encounter was random, but the connection made outside the Bonnie Hurlburt Student Center between two students from Zimbabwe was life-changing.
That moment was significant: not only were Brian and Nicole Gwanzura about to meet for the first time as freshmen, but they were also finding a piece of home in each other from a world away.
Both of them were born and raised in Zimbabwe. At the time, the two of them were the only students on campus with roots there.
HIGHLANDER WISDOM SERIES
As the nation adjusted to the impacts of COVID-19 in the spring of 2020, the Radford family, like many other families, relied on a new way of communicating — via Zoom.
Alumni and supporters offered their time and talent to present webinars in a new series created by Alumni Relations called the Highlander Wisdom Series.
The participants presented on a wealth of subjects — yoga and golf, healthcare and business, education and art, just to name a few.
“This has allowed us to continue to reach our alumni in new ways and engage alumni who haven’t been able to participate, due to physical distance, in new and different things,” said Executive Director of Alumni Relations Laura Turk ’87, M.S. ’90.
MOVING FORWARD WITH RESILIENCE AND HOPE
As students, they supported a war effort at home and dealt with the effects of a global pandemic on campus. As graduates, the Class of 1920 looked to a brighter future.
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