Category: Alumni

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 […]

Riding into a new role

Susan Ross (M.Ed.’74/E) takes the lead as president of the VCU Alumni Riding Rams Although Susan Ross (M.Ed.’74/E) has lived many places in the U.S. and overseas, the Richmond, Virgina, native moved back home six years ago and says this time, it’s for good. She grew up with wheels beneath her feet so it’s no […]

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.

Follow-up Q&A with Leigh Anne Hylton Gravatt, Pharm.D., BCPS

Leigh Anne Hylton Gravatt, Pharm.D., BCPS (Pharm.D.'03/P), associate professor and vice chair of education in the Department of Pharmacotherapy and Outcomes Science in the VCU School of Pharmacy, joined us on Facebook Live March 24 to answer questions from alumni about COVID-19, infectious disease and social distancing.

Born mentor: Alumnus Stephen Andrews, Ph.D., finds his post-retirement calling helping VCU students

Stephen Andrews, Ph.D. (Ph.D.’87/H&S) (left), started volunteering with the VCU Office of Alumni Relations, greeting alumni at events. His commitment continued to build as he next volunteered to serve on the alumni board. Then he began mentoring students, first virtually, through VCU Link, then in person at the da Vinci Center for Innovation. What he considers a “small investment of time” pays off big for the students he helps.