Save the Date: SCI Symposium Spring 2017

  • What: SCI Symposium, a part of the Student Engagement Forum
  • When: Wed. April 19, 2017
  • Where: Heth (Bottom Floor)
  • Scholar-Citizens and Scholar-Citizen Fellows will showcase their professional development during the SCI ePortfolio Showcase.

ePortfolio Defenses

ePortfolio Defenses will be taking place between now and April 7, 2017. Graduating seniors should contact the SCI Office at ext. 2569 as soon as possible to schedule a date and time for their defense.

Her-Story 2017

Her-Story 2017 Call for Participants

On behalf of the Radford University Women’s Studies Committee, Women’s Studies Club, and Scholar-Citizen Initiative, you are invited to take part in the 14th annual Radford University Women’s History Month Her-Story Celebration.  The theme for this year’s celebration is When We Dare and is inspired by the words of writer Audre Lorde,

“When I dare to be powerful, to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid.”

Our History is Our Strength--Participate in RU's 2017 Her-Story Project

March is National Women’s History Month. As part of a campus-wide series of events, for the fourteenth consecutive year we are re-establishing the Her-Story listserv which is dedicated to sharing stories written by members of the Highlander community about the women or the aspects of womanhood that have shaped their lives.  This year’s theme, When We Dare, presents an opportunity to celebrate the extraordinary in ordinary women’s lives.

How it Works – Sharing Our Stories

Beginning March 1st and extending through March 31st, subscribers to the Her-Story Listserv receive a daily posting from one of the list’s members. (See below for instructions on how to contribute a posting to this year’s celebration.)  The function of the list and of the celebration is to preserve and honor the voices and experiences of our contributors.  For this reason, you must subscribe to the list to participate and you must agree to abide by the rules of our community.  The Her-Story listserv is a safe zone where contributors can share their experiences without fear of judgment or reprisal.   

ALL MEMBERS OF THE RADFORD UNIVERSITY COMMUNITY ARE ENCOURAGED TO PARTICIPATE.  One of the beauties of our celebration is its inclusivity.  Contributions of students, staff, faculty, alumni, and community members are published alongside one another with no hierarchical distinctions.  We are all valuable, and all our voices matter.  For this reason, while we do not publish anonymous pieces, we also do not identify our contributors in terms of their rank as students, faculty, staff, or alumni members. 

To subscribe to the Her-Story Listserv for the Month of March, send an email to Erin Webster-Garrett ( with SUBSCRIBE in the subject line. 

Call for Contributors and Publication Guidelines

To sign-up for a date on which to share your contribution with the listserv, send an email to  Our goal is to publish one piece each day of the month of March. 

We welcome all forms of narratives including short essays, poems, short stories, photo journals, and short films.  All tributes should take as their subjects the women or aspects of womanhood that have had an important impact upon or been a source of inspiration for the writers.  In addition, because of our email platform, contributions should be:

  • titled. Usually this is the name of the celebrant.
  • under 1 MB in size;
  • if a digital narrative or film, hosted on Vimeo or some similar web-based service and no longer than 3 minutes in length; and in the case of traditional essays, no more 500 words.

Pieces are shared “as –is.” Beyond basic formatting (TNR 12 pt font, etc.), we do not edit, censure, or otherwise intervene with content.

Reserve a Date to Share your Story

Contributions are accepted throughout the month of March, but we encourage contributors to reserve their day now.  To sign-up for a date and for additional information regarding submission deadlines, please contact Erin Webster-Garrett <> .  

Spread the Word and Encourage Participation 
Though this is primarily a University community event, tributes and subscribers from the larger community are welcome. Encourage friends, family, neighbors, and colleagues to join us.

We also urge faculty members to forward this invitation to their students, possibly offering them academic incentives or extra credit for their work. 

A sampling of past tributes are posted on a Her-Story webpage. I hope you’ll visit and perhaps feel inspired to write a tribute for Her-Story 2017. 

Alternative Spring Break Trip to Eastern Kentucky to Plant Hardwoods on Mountaintop Removal Site

*The application process for this year is now closed.

Drs. Matt Close (Biology), Rick Roth (Geospatial Science), and Laura Vernon (English) will lead an alternative spring break trip to the Daniel Boone National Forest in eastern Kentucky to plant trees on former mountain lands stripped for coal mining. The group will stay at Cumberland Falls State Resort Park ( Students will sleep in cabins with beds, and linens and towels will be provided. Cabins have heat and indoor plumbing. 

Students should plan for hard physical labor in unpredictable weather. All students should bring hiking/work boots and layers of clothing. In the past, groups have planted in white-out snow conditions, which are actually great for the young trees but not so much for humans.

Participating students will receive preparatory lectures on policy, ecology, and Appalachian culture on Monday, March 6, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., in Cook Hall on RU’s campus. The group will depart campus early morning on Tuesday, March 7, and may tour an active coal mine if time permits and it can be arranged. On Wednesday, March 8, the group will plant hardwood trees in the Daniel Boone National Forest on an abandoned mountaintop removal site (a.k.a. legacy land) in partnership with a federal mining reclamation agency, the Appalachian Regional Reforestation Initiative, a nonprofit organization called Green Forests Work, and other students from Drew and Xavier universities. The RU group will leave Cumberland Falls Thursday, March 9 in the morning and arrive in Radford late afternoon. Transportation, lodging, and most food expenses will be covered. 

Students who would like to participate should send a one-page narrative and resume (specifying major/minor and anticipated year of graduation) to Dr. Vernon ( explaining why they are interested and want to contribute to the work. The application deadline is Friday, February 24. All three professors will determine who is eligible to attend, and Dr. Vernon will notify applicants via email by Monday, February 27. The trip is limited to 18 students. 

Any questions can be directed to Dr. Roth ( or Dr. Close (