Tag: College of Humanities and Sciences

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 […]

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.

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.

It’s a well-rounded life

Mitesh Amin, M.D. (B.S.’95/H&S; M.D.’99/M; H.S.’10), might well qualify as a modern-day Renaissance man … and not just because he followed an atypical career path.

From a dare, VCU got its first female Rodney the Ram in more than 15 years

Danielle Hiser and her husband pose with V-C-U mascot Rodney the Ram at their wedding.

Danielle Hiser’s (B.S.’12/E; B.S.’12/H&S) more than three-year tenure provided outrageous tales, including the time she sprinted off the court and tripped over a cameraman.

Alumna is exploring the relationship between sleep and how the mind works

A woman holds up a watch.

While completing a doctorate in clinical psychology, Amma Agyemang, Ph.D. (M.S.'12/H&S; Ph.D.'16/H&S), developed an interest in the effects that chronic medical conditions have on sleep and cognitive functioning.

Authors visit VCU

Literary enthusiasts have plenty to look forward to this fall at VCU, where the events calendar includes visits from several prominent authors.

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.

Identity invention

Ravon Ruffin poses for a professional photo.

Ravon Ruffin (B.S.'13/WS) started with the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture's social media engagement team just as the institution was preparing to open its doors in 2016. She enjoyed a unique opportunity to shape public perception of a major new museum and helped to build its social media presence from the ground up.

Alumnus espouses the importance of storytelling

Jeffrey Blount wearing headphones in a new control room.

Ahead of the upcoming release of his third book, “The Emancipation of Evan Walls,” Jeffrey Blount (B.S.’81/H&S) shares his path to journalism and becoming an award-winning author.