Generations of alumnae come together for Women of Radford luncheon
Generations of Radford University alumnae came together for the 6th annual Women of Radford luncheon on Oct. 20 at noon in Kyle Hall. The “Grit, Grace and Gratitude” themed event welcomed more than 140 women and guests donning colorful hats and pearls – the signature attire for the event.
Alumnae and students from the classes of 1957 to 2022 reminisced about their days as Radford students and shared stories about campus life. Some expressed excitement about connecting each year for the event and catching up with old friends, while a few were back on campus for the first time since graduation and marveled at the changes and growth at the university.
Radford’s executive director of Alumni Relations, Laura Turk ’87, M.S. ’90 reflected on the “amazing female students, faculty and staff” whose stories helped to coin the theme for this year’s event. “I have witnessed grace, grit and gratitude from many of you in this room, and the amazing women in our alumnae ranks,” she said.
Turk mentioned trailblazers like M’Ledge Moffett, who earned a Ph.D. in 1929; Charlene Curtis ‘76 and Pat Barrett ’69 who paved the way for women in athletics in the pre-Title IX era; Nancy Artis ’73 for her continuing support of Radford education through the Artis Endowed Scholarship Fund; and current students like Student Government Association President Julianna Stanley who understands the importance of taking advantage of the many opportunities afforded Radford students to get involved and make a difference.
Keynote speaker Angela Joyner, Ph.D., executive director of Radford University’s Career and Talent Center, shared what role grit, grace and gratitude have played in her life and career and referenced women who have inspired and motivated her to pursue her passions. She stressed the importance of women, particularly those in the position to be mentors and motivators, supporting each other.
“We are all meant to shine…when we do, we give others permission to shine,” shared Joyner.
The event marked the 50th anniversary of the Class of 1968, who were inducted into the Golden Society at an evening event at the home of Radford President Brian O. Hemphill. Many from the Class of 1958 also were in attendance and celebrating their 60th reunion.
Other event highlights included the all-female group Radford Acabellas’ pitch perfect rendition of Demi Lovato’s song Skyscraper; the best hat competition, which was awarded to Diane Whitehead ’69 for her spirited Radford-themed hat; and former dean of students Bonnie Hurlburt ’58 and 2018 Golden Reunion leader Beth James ’68, M.S. ’69 leading the singing of the Alma Mater.
The Women of Radford luncheon is a memorable annual affair and signature Homecoming Weekend event. Radford women look forward to returning each year with plans to renew friendships, make new memories and share what Radford means to them.