Reunion or not, classes stay current

COVID-19 might be responsible for the cancellation of Reunion Weekend 2020, but it won’t cut the ties that have bound the thousands of friends and classmates whose paths first crossed on the MCV Campus.

From historian to horticulturist

When John “Ike” Carter Jr. (B.S.’82/H&S) graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University, he faced a job market with few opportunities for newly minted history majors. So he got innovative and turned to his past experience working for nurseries and maintaining landscapes at Colonial Williamsburg and Jamestown to cultivate a new career path.  When did you start […]

VCU Alumni Richmond Chapter offers virtual fall events

The VCU Alumni Richmond Chapter, in partnership with the VCU Alumni African American Alumni council and other regional alumni chapters, is excited to bring four series of virtual panels to discuss topics ranging from social justice to financial wellness to women empowerment. Learn more and register below. Financial wellness webinars Investing in an Election YearNoon-1 […]

Alumni authors read their children’s books in storytime series recognizing National Read a Book Day

Alumni, families and friends are invited to join alumni authors on VCU Alumni’s Facebook page Sept. 1-6 as they read their children’s books to promote National Read a Book Day on Sept. 6.  Sept. 2Shweta Ujaoney, D.D.S. (D.D.S.’16/D)“A Caterpillar at the Dentist” Ira is nervous about her dentist visit. She has never had a filling […]

Ride-booking platform transports patients to doctors

Ankit Mathur (B.S.’03/B; M.B.A.’12/B; M.S.’13/B) wants to get you to the doctor. In particular, he wants everyone to have transportation to the doctor. A three-time Virginia Commonwealth University alumnus who’s devoted his career to building software systems and improving inefficiencies, Mathur is co-founder and chief technology officer of RoundTrip, a startup that connects people to reliable medical […]

Stay financially well during COVID-19

With the pandemic and subsequent economic crisis, basic financial advice is more important than ever, and the VCU Office of Alumni Relations is here to help. In partnership with the VACU Financial Success Center at VCU, we’re pleased to present the alumni finance webinar series. These free webinars, led by VCU alumni and community members, cover a variety of financial education topics. All webinars are held at noon EDT. Learn […]

REAL-world experience

Student-centered initiative seeks to measure and improve invaluable hands-on learning By Sarah Lockwood When Nana Afia Twumasi-Ankrah took a Phage Discovery lab course in the spring of 2018, she knew what she wanted to major in at Virginia Commonwealth University: bioinformatics. But it wasn’t until her first internship that summer, using skills she had learned […]

Culture connection

Seven family members find acceptance in diverse campus By Sarah Lockwood When business senior Elyzha Casaje’s younger cousin, Lannie Dasal, enrolled at VCU in 2018, Casaje started to take stock of just how many family members were fellow Rams. She called her mom, and they began to count together — there was this uncle, that […]

A Blooming Business

Former teacher Deanna King blossoms as a flower shop owner As a teacher, Deanna King (B.A.’94/H&S; M.T.’97/E) found herself looking to fill her summers off with something creative and colorful. A gig at Strawberry Fields Flowers & Finds in Richmond, Virginia, turned into an opportunity for King to grow the business she always wanted.  As […]

Sweet success

Alumna’s D.C.-based ice cream brand expands to a retail location in Richmond For nearly five years, Ruby Scoops has been dishing up locally sourced, small-batch ice cream at farmers’ markets and events as well as to online sugar shoppers in the Washington, D.C., area.  “Our priority is to create happy and sweet memories,” says Ruby […]

Cultural conversations: Alumni provide an important voice in virtual discussions with students

Maeya Bland (left), Cristelle Brown, Jenaé Harrington, Alex Boothe and Anita Nadal The VCU Office of Multicultural Student Affairs sponsored a series of identity-based virtual discussion groups this summer, offering students a safe space to discuss issues related to the social, cultural and political aspects of their identities with supportive peers. A number of alumni […]