"Responsive. Resilient. Real.” is an online story series published by Radford University that began in spring 2019. The ongoing series celebrates the Highlander spirit of students, faculty, staff and alumni by sharing their unique stories and their strong sense of Highlander pride. Through being responsive, resilient and real, Highlanders are making a positive impact and leaving a lasting legacy on our campus and in communities around the world.

  1. Adwoa Agyekum: making a difference in patients’ lives through compassion and empathy »

    3/31/2021

    When Radford University Carilion family nurse practitioner student Adwoa Agyekum migrated to the United States from Ghana 11 years ago, she had no idea she would find herself on the front lines of a global pandemic as it swept through southwest Virginia in 2020.

  2. Milena Khodjaeva: breathing life into patient care and compassion »

    3/23/2021

    Radford University Carilion respiratory therapy student Milena Khodjaeva is no stranger to experiencing big life changes. Since she was a child, those changes have defined who she is and what path she would follow, including a move at 7 years old from Uzbekistan to the United States.

  3. Ivonne Valdovinos: making a difference in patients’ lives from the lab »

    3/15/2021

    Ivonne Valdovinos made a 2,442-mile journey from East Los Angeles, California to Roanoke, Virginia, to study Medical Laboratory Science at Radford University Carilion. Her journey to a healthcare career, though, began much earlier when she endured a childhood illness.

  4. Brian Kriever: Supporting surgical patients at their most vulnerable »

    3/15/2021

    As a first-year student in the Radford University Carilion surgical technology program, Brian Kriever is dedicated to easing the fear and stress patients go through leading up to and during surgical procedures. His compassion comes from his personal experience.

  5. Melissa Akers: Balancing family and a Respiratory Therapy education »

    2/24/2021

    Heading back to school at 46 wasn’t an easy decision for RUC Respiratory Therapy student Melissa Akers, but she knew that the long-term benefits of returning to school outweighed the short-term challenges she and her family would face. Learn more about Melissa’s path to becoming a Respiratory Therapist.

  6. Far from home, a Radford-trained teacher finds her calling »

    2/2/2021

    Sarah Chase M.S. ‘18 has an unquenchable thirst for teaching. She’s not content, at the moment however, with being in one setting, or teaching a particular subject. She’s on the move, imparting her knowledge and utilizing the skills she gained at Radford University to students around the world.

  7. Thomas Serebrov: Compassionately Connecting with Patients »

    12/28/2020

    Radford University Carilion Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing student Thomas Serebrov says, “I chose this profession because of a love of people and a desire to help carry them through difficult times.”

  8. Andrew Lewis: A Lifelong Journey to Learning »

    12/14/2020

    For Radford University Carilion student Andrew Lewis, his fascination with all things “creepy-crawly” began in elementary school and has led to his education in the Medical Laboratory Science program.

  9. Lauren Singley: Accelerating a Dream »

    12/7/2020

    Lauren Singley, a student in the Radford University Carilion Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing program, said that through the COVID-19 global pandemic, she and her classmates learned to adapt to the challenges they were presented with, just as nurses do in their everyday profession.

  10. Alexandria Pilot: Passionate about Public Health and Higher Education »

    10/23/2020

    From the moment Alexandria Pilot graduated with her master’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke in 2014, she planned to continue her education. However, she wasn’t sure how that educational journey would continue and where until she arrived at Radford University Carilion.

  11. Tyler Lee: Advocating for Healthier Communities »

    10/12/2020

    Tyler Lee, a student in the Radford University Carilion Master of Healthcare Administration program, has ambitious goals after he graduates, but first he wants to help improve the lives of his friends and neighbors in Rocky Mount, Virginia.

  12. Kara Bowman: inspired to care for others »

    9/10/2020

    Kara Bowman, a senior in the biomedical science program at Radford University Carilion, has aspired to be a physician assistant since she was in seventh grade. It all started during a conversation with her mother.

  13. Cierra Womack: passionate about healthcare and medicine »

    8/26/2020

    Cierra Womack, a student in the Radford University Carilion (RUC) Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration program, is proudly passionate about healthcare and medicine. It was a twist of fate during her high school years that led her down her current path and pointed her toward her career aspirations.

  14. Senior Starr Woods shares her journey to and through Radford »

    2/28/2020

    Starr hopes her story inspires others to continue their education at Radford University, despite any circumstances standing in their way.

  15. Counting Helen Roybark’s contributions »

    2/12/2020

    “Dr. Roybark represents everything that is good about Radford University,” wrote a colleague when recommending the accounting professor for the Dalton Eminent Scholar Award.

  16. Connie Leathers: A lifetime educator »

    2/3/2020

    As a lifetime educator, Connie's journey is having an impact on peoples’ lives of all ages – from elementary school students to college students. In her current role, as an IT Support Specialist, she continues teaching, just to a different audience: Radford University faculty and staff.

  17. Faith Rising: A global education experience »

    1/14/2020

    Faith Rising '15 took her international educational experience at Radford University and moved to Spain after graduation.

     

  18. Adversity is no hurdle as Radford student reaches new heights »

    12/19/2019

    Like many Highlanders, Hunter Mundy wants to make a difference and contribute. Her perception of both what was possible for her future and what she is capable of have expanded during her time at Radford University.

  19. Sinclair Constantine Allen: A moment worth waiting for »

    12/12/2019

    Sinclair Constantine Allen ‘19, of Haymarket, Virginia, stood on the stage as Colonel Paul Mele officiated his commissioning ceremony. Sinclair soaked in that special moment and reflected on what it took to arrive at that landmark occasion.

  20. Yesun-Erdene Jugdersuren: A goal and a dream »

    12/10/2019

    When she was 8 years old, Yesun came to the United States from Mongolia at the behest of her mother, who was completing her studies at Johns Hopkins University. Gradually, she came to call the metro-D.C. area home. Now, Yesun is becoming a proud Radford alumna.