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‘I will always turn up for humanity’

Bol Gai Deng (B.A.’08/GPA) is running for president of South Sudan, but no one can say when the election is or whether it will happen at all.

Physician, pilot, average Joe?

By Erica Naone Juk “J” Ting, D.O. (B.S.’90/H&S), 49, insists he’s an “average Joe.” Coming from a Virginia Commonwealth University alumnus who’s both a practicing physician and an airline pilot, the claim is a bit hard to swallow. Ting worked as a stadium doctor at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles for 11 years. His passion […]

Fun with forensics

A well-known forensic toxicologist, Peace has traveled the world presenting research on groundbreaking subjects such as uses and misuses of electronic cigarettes.

Mr. Klean Kut dresses for success

Alumnus Keylon Mayo (B.S.’06/MC) describes his bow tie business, Mr. Klean Kut, and how he caught Jimmy Kimmel’s attention.

A mission to protect vulnerable children

By Erica Naone Robin Foster, M.D. (M.D.’89/M; H.S.’92/M), has barely slept. She worked a night shift in VCU Health’s pediatric emergency department, she explains, as she navigates the hallways of the Children’s Pavilion at Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU. She excuses herself briefly to check on a family. She can’t stay with them long […]

All dressed up with somewhere to go

By Erica Naone Rhonda Williams (A.S.’68/En) has lived a life of dramatic change. She left Halifax County in rural Virginia after high school for the bustling state capital, Richmond. Over the years, she forged a career in the then-nascent field of software engineering, pursued a new path as an entrepreneur, came out as transgender and […]

VCU Alumni and MCVAA welcome new leaders: Alumnae Dale Kalkofen and Ellen Byrne bring deep ties to VCU, decades of experience in education

By Erica Naone New presidents took office this month for both VCU Alumni and the MCV Alumni Association of VCU. They’re the first new leaders since both organizations approved an inclusive model for all graduates in November 2017. Dale Kalkofen, Ed.D. (M.A.E.’76/A), leads VCU Alumni’s Board of Governors, and Ellen Byrne, D.D.S., Ph.D. (B.S.’77/P; D.D.S.’83/D; […]

Help welcome VCU’s newest students this summer

Join VCU Alumni and VCU New Student and Family Programs for our summer send-offs. Come enjoy conversation with members of VCU’s Class of 2022 before they start their college careers. We will have hearty hors d’oeuvres and beverages to savor while welcoming VCU’s newest students and their families. The summer send-offs are a great opportunity […]

Red Eye Cookie Co. delivers late-night sugar rush

Brayden Pleasants (B.S.’13/B) craved sweets during his late-night study sessions as an undergraduate at Virginia Commonwealth University. But unless he had a candy bar or stash of cookies tucked away, he couldn’t get his sugar fix. Pleasants, a business major, recognized a potential market and, in March 2014, opened the late-night cookie delivery service Red […]

Alumni give thanks for VCU professors

Alumni responded enthusiastically to a post on Facebook in the spirit of Thanksgiving. VCU Alumni asked, “Is there a VCU professor you are thankful for?” Kadie Chandler: Saladino. His blank map and making us name every single country has been more help in life (and my career) than I ever would have thought when I […]

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