"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. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

     

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. Katie Ikenberry: A positive passion for the field of nursing and the value of service »

    12/9/2019

    Katie Ikenberry ‘20 believes you have to be honest with yourself about what you want, stop comparing yourself to others and take the initiative to make a change. This spring, that belief will result in her Nursing degree at RUC.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. ‘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.”