"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. An opportunity to make a difference  »

    11/11/2019

    Today, Cord Hall ’04, J.D., fights for those without a voice and for those who need help the most. But, while a student at Radford University, he was not sure where his path would take him.

  2. From the court and classroom to the board room, Smith lives Radford's values »

    9/20/2019

    Few people have experienced Radford University from as many different perspectives as David Smith ’85, M.S. ’87.

  3. From FBI special agent to professor, Luke William Hunt’s unexpected career journey led him to Radford University »

    9/9/2019

    Before joining the Radford family, Luke William Hunt, J.D., Ph.D., served as an FBI Special Agent and clerked for a U.S. federal judge.

  4. Growth, Involvement and Success: Meet Raney Swanberg »

    9/9/2019

    Raney Swanberg ’19 came to Radford University open to possibilities and ready for growth. Through her involvement in a multitude of activities at Radford University, Raney discovered her true self and what she was meant to do.

  5. Greg Capps: Dedication to service and education »

    8/2/2019

    Greg Capps ’19 never thought he would attend college growing up. He ended up the top scholar for both economics and philosophy for the 2018-2019 academic year and is attending law school this fall.

  6. Mike McGuire | Radford University Women’s Basketball Coach »

    7/8/2019

    Exultant players, fans, family and friends celebrated after the Radford University women’s basketball team and head coach Mike McGuire won their first Big South Conference Tournament championship in 23 years.

  7. A desire to serve: Thomas Armel follows in his parents’ footsteps »

    6/26/2019

    Thomas Armel has known what he wants to be since he was 7 years old: a police officer.

  8. ‘You just have to care:’ Joseph Shaver shows true Highlander resiliency  »

    6/20/2019

    While it has not always been easy and there have been trying circumstances, Joseph chooses to see positivity in his experiences.  “It has a bit of a happy ending. All it takes is to care and be honest.”

  9. Passion and faith inspire graduate’s pop-up boutique »

    5/30/2019

    A fashion maven since nearly birth, Michelle Saltzman ’19 began working in gown shops and boutiques on Long Island, New York, when she was 16, fitting women into dresses, gowns, rompers or whatever their special occasion called for. Now, Michelle owns a pop-up boutique and takes her store to her customers.

  10. Morgan Johnson and an invaluable internship »

    5/6/2019

    Morgan Johnson joined the Radford family as a transfer student. Originally from the Hampton Roads, Virginia area, moving away from home was both challenging, but also an exciting endeavor.

  11. Breon Case: Family Focused »

    4/25/2019

    Breon Case came to Radford University in the fall of 2017, and it didn’t take long for him to make a profound impact as a Highlander.

  12. A Radford University welcome packet sparks first-generation college student »

    3/22/2019

    John Register's Radford University experience has had its ups and downs. He has overcome the challenges that being a first-generation college student presents but his experience has been real.  

  13. An impactful Highlander: Meet Caleb Tanner »

    3/6/2019

    For Caleb Tanner, a sharpshooting guard on Radford University’s Men’s Basketball Team, basketball is more than the acts of shooting, dribbling or passing. Caleb’s love for basketball is about impact – both on and off the court.

  14. Coaching the Highlander Spirit: Mike Jones »

    3/5/2019

    The basketball court can be a powerful place for critical life lessons, something that is not lost on Radford University Men’s Basketball Coach Mike Jones.

  15. Women’s basketball player shows what it means to be a Highlander »

    2/13/2019

    Student-athlete Sydney Nunley regularly hears that from the Women’s Basketball coaching staff. At a towering 6’4”, Nunley is proud of every inch and is described by those who know her as a “big teddy bear.” Warm and engaging, she is motivated by a deep-rooted belief in the power of a team.