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Pitching for a new future: Entrepreneurial alumnus’s climate-friendly business wins VCU Alumni Pitch Competition

By Brelyn Powell Within a year of graduating from Virginia Commonwealth University, Elliot Roth (B.S.’15/En; Cert.’15/DVC) founded Spira Inc., a food technology company that creates replacements for artificial colorants and animal proteins in food, cosmetic and textile products using spirulina algae.  The Los Angeles-based company that Roth started in a garage in Richmond, Virginia, produces […]

Giving back to those who have given so much

VCU Military Student Services fund helps student veterans thrive on campus By Brelyn Powell After he earned his master’s degree in the VCU School of Business, Thomas Burton (M.B.A.’82/B) worked in finance for more than 25 years. Then, in 2010, he returned to campus to share his experiences in the field with undergraduate and graduate […]

Election 2020: What’s happening and what’s next?

This year’s election is like no other in modern history. Join alumni online Nov. 3 to watch the results roll in and then Nov. 5 for a discussion with experts to learn how this year’s events played a role in the outcome. What’s Happening? Election Night Watch Party Join VCU alumni and faculty for this virtual election event with real-time analysis […]

Social Justice-Injustice webinar series

The VCU Alumni Richmond Chapter and the VCU Alumni African American Alumni Council present a series of social justice panel discussions focused on spreading awareness and spawning conversations around topics of social justice and disparities concerning Black people and people of color. Follow the VCU Alumni Richmond Chapter Facebook page for updates. Legislative Action6 p.m. […]

VCU Alumni Richmond Chapter offers virtual fall events

The VCU Alumni Richmond Chapter offers a 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 Charitable PlanningNoon- 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 10 For individuals who are charitably inclined, there are several strategies that will also help reduce their […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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