Category: Alumni

Lift Every Voice

VCU Alumni presents Lift Every Voice – Black Alumni Across the Industries Panel Series to celebrate Black History Month. Attend one (or more) webinars in February to celebrate and discuss the unique voice Black professionals have in myriad industries from health care to politics. Panelists will share successes as well as lessons learned as they […]

Solving problems by creating balance

Alumna’s second career positions her for success Robyn Bentley (B.S.’85/MC) found her first career as a radio broadcaster at an early age. Her father owned a radio station where she worked as one of the first females on the radio in Virginia (and then followed in his path). While earning a mass communications degree from […]

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 […]

Passion for parties

Janice Choudhury (B.S.’12/H&S) finds joy in hosting dinner parties and themed get-togethers at her house for friends, and she’s never short on decor. One day, she realized she had accumulated an overabundance of decorations and put two and two together. Why not take her passion for parties and penchant for crafting and start a business?   […]

Alumna carries on family traditions at 94-year-old bakery

Tracy Stevens (B.S.’00/H&S; M.T.’00/E) remembers her grandma and her mom taking her to The Mixing Bowl Bakery in Richmond, Virginia, to pick out her birthday cake. Opened in 1926, the bakery has a longstanding tradition in many local families, and Stevens is sustaining those food memories as its owner since 2009. “The orders come in […]

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 […]

The makeup artist: Turning passion into profession

Christal Davis (B.S.’14/E) started experimenting with makeup as a drama kid in high school. When she came to Virginia Commonwealth University to study health, PE and exercise science in the School of Education, she took a part-time job scooping ice cream at Cold Stone Creamery to help pay for books and other expenses but, she […]

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. […]

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 […]