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Jennifer Malat named dean of VCU College of Humanities and Sciences

Jennifer Malat, Ph.D., has been named dean of the Virginia Commonwealth University College of Humanities and Sciences effective July 1.

Cottom’s book, ‘Thick: And Other Essays,’ named a National Book Award finalist

Tressie McMillan Cottom's book is a collection of essays that offers a multifaceted portrayal of the experience of black womanhood.

Professor receives U.S. government’s highest honor bestowed to early career scientists and engineers

Katharine Moore Tibbetts, Ph.D., an assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry in the College of Humanities and Sciences, is a recipient of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers.

VCU bids a fond farewell to a true ‘alumni star’

By Julie Young In 1988, Virginia Commonwealth University celebrated the 150th anniversary of its founding with an event known as Founders Day. The VCU Alumni Association subsequently started the Alumni Stars program to honor accomplished graduates during the annual celebration. Since 2008, the Alumni Stars ceremony has been a stand-alone biennial event, recognizing graduates from […]

A decade of searching: Hadeer Omar finds her sweet spot among cultures and art

By Anthony Langley “I’ve had a passion for art ever since I was a little girl,” says Hadeer Omar (B.F.A.’10/A; M.F.A.’16/A). “Following that passion and coming to [Virginia Commonwealth University] has been one of the best decisions I’ve made.” In 2006, Omar was finishing high school in Alexandria, Egypt, when she was encouraged by her […]

Behind the music

Professor and son pen VCU’s first alma mater By Anthony Langley A year and a half ago, Lemont “Monty” B. Kier, Ph.D., began reflecting on his time and experiences at Virginia Commonwealth University. “I’ve been here since 1977,” says Kier, who has taught and held various roles in VCU Life Sciences’ Center for the Study […]

Making a surgeon

By Anthony Langley Mireille Truong, M.D. (B.A.’03/H&S; Cert.’04/B; M.D.’08/M), had no idea what Richmond, Virginia, would be like. “I’m originally from Canada, so when I got here, everything was brand new to me,” she says. After her parents found jobs in the city, Truong, a college freshman at the time, moved to Richmond and, with […]

The woman behind Hannah’s Women (still) finds inspiration at VCU

Some people come to college, get their degree and leave. That’s not Lucy Hudson (B.S.’04/H&S; B.A.’08/H&S; M.Ed.’11/E). “Sometimes I ask myself why I’m still here. It’s a hard question to answer,” says Hudson, assistant to the chair of the Department of Statistical Sciences and Operations Research in the Virginia Commonwealth University College of Humanities and […]