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A shop worth checking out

Alumnus-owned indie bookstore in Baltimore doubles as a community hub Located in Baltimore’s historic Pigtown neighborhood, Charm City Books offers the quintessential quirkiness and warm personal service indie bookstores are known for but also doubles as a community hub. “Pigtown doesn’t have a lot of retail locations but has a really vibrant population and a […]

Sowing success

Savvy gardener plants the seeds for a blooming business Alex Little (B.S.’14/B) was working at the Neighborhood Resource Center in Richmond, Virginia, running their garden program and working with children on garden education, when a volunteer asked if she wanted to start a gardening business. She took a leap of faith, and thanks to her […]

Need an angel investor?

Alumna Bethann Kassman, D.B.A., shares what it takes to get that check As co-founder and chairman of the board of Go-Beyond AG in Zurich and co-founder and CEO of Go Beyond Network in Naples, Florida, both angel investment companies, Bethann Kassman, D.B.A. (M.S.W.’74/SW), funds the dreams of entrepreneurs, allowing their businesses to grow wings and […]

Celebrating alumni nurses during National Nurses Month

During National Nurses Month this May, VCU Alumni extends a special thanks to our alumni nurses, as they continue to provide the highest level of quality care to their patients during the COVID-19 pandemic. The American Nurses Association first declared May 6-12 as National Nurses Week in 1993 “to recognize the vast contributions and positive […]

Empowering Nonprofits: Alumnus creates an organization to helps other organizations achieve their mission

Growing up in Northern Virginia, Correy Faciane (B.S.’16/H&S) volunteered with Eddie’s Club, a nonprofit recreational center that provided events and activities for disabled youth. He returned in 2013, on a trip home from Virginia Commonwealth University, and was disheartened by what he found.  “The organization was completely different. I was taken back by the condition […]

Brewing up a partnership: VCU Alumni and Garden Grove Brewing and Urban Winery celebrate National Beer Day with the “Don’t Start No Stuff” Hazy IPA

The craft beer industry has cultivated creative ways to give back to the community. For Ryan Mitchell (B.S.’12/H&S), supporting his hometown of Richmond, Virginia, began when he opened Garden Grove Brewing and Urban Winery in Carytown in 2015.  “I really enjoy community outreach, and one thing that I’ve always said is that owning a business […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Ride-booking platform transports patients to doctors

Ankit Mathur (B.S.’03/B; M.B.A.’12/B; M.S.’13/B) wants to get you to the doctor. In particular, he wants everyone to have transportation to the doctor. A three-time Virginia Commonwealth University alumnus who’s devoted his career to building software systems and improving inefficiencies, Mathur is co-founder and chief technology officer of RoundTrip, a startup that connects people to reliable medical […]

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