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Alumni profile: Austin Edwards

After graduating from VCU, Austin Edwards (B.S.’15/H&S) moved to Atlanta and partnered with a fellow classmate to create Manila Nine Three, a creative content agency specializing in videography, photography and graphic design for high-profile clients and celebrities.  Although Edwards studied psychology, he says his major has served him well as an entrepreneur. “My psych skill […]

Alumni spotlight: Ike Smith

Ike Smith (B.A.’10/GPA), a project manager for PwC in Washington, D.C., started his volunteer service as president of the VCU Alumni DMV Chapter and has transitioned to a member of the VCU Alumni Council “to provide a voice for the alumni chapters and support the greater VCU alumni community.” What have been your favorite chapter […]

Alumni spotlight: Meghan Manangón

Meghan Manangón (B.S.’13/N) is a board-certified lactation consultant in a hospital on the upper east side of Manhattan. She also recently started an in-home lactation support business, which will also integrate mental health and psychiatric services once she completes her master’s in 2023 as a psychiatric nurse practitioner.  She served as the NYC chapter leader […]

Alumni spotlight: Valerie Cason Williamston

Valerie Cason Williamston (B.S.’88/B) was born and raised in Virginia Beach, Virginia. She worked at VCU, in the grants and contracts accounting department, after graduation before moving to Washington, D.C., to accept a position with the American Bar Association. She returned to the Tidewater area and has been employed with Virginia Beach City Public Schools for […]

Pride and professionalism

As the AAAC Mentoring Circle prepares for record participation in its eighth year, returning mentors share what makes the program special and what motivates their service. By Brelyn Powell  VCU’s African American Alumni Council has been connecting current Black VCU students with alumni mentors since the launch of its Mentoring Circle program in 2015. Over […]

Don’t miss all the A-10 action in D.C.

Mark your calendars for March 9-13 as the VCU Rams travel north to Washington, D.C., for the 2022 A-10 Men’s Basketball Tournament. Join VCU Alumni and the VCU community for a host of exciting tournament activities! Need help getting around D.C.? Plan your Metro trip online. If you reserved a room at the Renaissance Marriott […]

Alumni spotlight: Daniel Brisker, DMV Chapter leader

After graduating from VCU, Daniel Brisker (B.S.’09/H&S) found work in his field in the Washington, D.C., area, and earned his M.S. in biotechnology/bioinformatics in 2014 from the University of Maryland. In 2015, he joined the Food and Drug Administration. “I’m in the public health regulatory field in the Office of Compliance at the FDA,” he says. […]

Teaching from experience

A School of Education student and scholarship recipient’s military service sets her up for success in the classroom By Brelyn Powell Winter Minter is well on her way toward a career that combines her passion for teaching and the leadership skills she has developed as a member of the U.S. Army National Guard. This spring, […]

Pitch Perfect

A pair of Brandcenter alumnae hit the right note to be crowned the 2021 VCU Alumni Pitch Competition champion In 2018, Elizabeth Heinberg (M.S.’08/B), a veteran tech founder, and Claire Glisson (M.S.’16/B), a startup brand strategist, collaborated on a freelance project for a friend-of-a-colleague and never got paid. In hindsight, they admit working on a […]

Paying it forward

Through their scholarship, Iris Harrell and Ann Benson help first-generation students reach their capacity When Iris Harrell’s (M.Ed.’75/E) parents divorced during her junior year at what is now the University of Mary Washington, her college education was left in jeopardy. She didn’t have enough money to supplement the scholarships that had allowed her to be […]

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