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Alumni and donors

Make It Real campaign for VCU

The College of Humanities and Sciences is not an ordinary educational enterprise. We are the foundation of educational and intellectual life at Virginia Commonwealth University. Our goal is not just the education, but also the transformation of the students who move through their experiences here with our encouragement to explore opportunities they may have never imagined, and providing them the tools to pursue these opportunities.

Our students represent the world at large; many are the first in their families to attend college. From our humble beginnings we have advanced to a place of distinction in American education.

We are not an ivory tower, quiet and removed from our surroundings. We were born and bred in a city and we are immersed in its energy.

We transform lives in an urban environment that is both nurturing and challenging. We are the VCU College of Humanities and Sciences. Together, we make it real.

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Alumni and donor news:

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Scholarship students thank donors at College breakfast
Donors and students gathered for a celebration of thanks when the College of Humanities and Sciences hosted its Donor Scholarship Breakfast at the Institute for Contemporary Art on December 3.
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Alumni Spotlight: Laura Bryant (H&S ’18)
As a student, alumna Laura Bryant was preoccupied with state and local races in Virginia rather than federal elections. But that all changed in 2016 when she participated in an intersession class titled Political Campaigns and Communication taught by Professor Allie Reckendorf, Ph.D., in the Department of Political Science.
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Read the November '19 alumni newsletter
Enjoy the latest articles about the research, achievements and successes of our students, faculty and alumni. Feel the Ram pride!
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Three CHS alumni to be honored at Alumni Stars
VCU Alumni celebrates and honors the 2019 Alumni Stars Nov. 7 at the Dewey Gottwald Center at the Science Museum of Virginia.
Alyssa Ward
Alumni Spotlight: Alyssa Ward, Ph.D.
Ward is at the helm of the most expansive redesign of behavioral health services in the commonwealth of Virginia in a generation.
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CHS announces new Student Emergency Fund
The fund helps to keep minor or temporary financial emergencies from derailing students’ progress toward a degree.
Paule Marshall
In memoriam: Paule Marshall, acclaimed writer and VCU professor emeritus
Marshall published nine books and was the recipient a MacArthur Fellowship in 1992.
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Class notes August 2019
Check out the latest and greatest accomplishments from alumni, faculty and staff.
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Alumna is exploring the relationship between sleep and how the mind works
While completing a doctorate in clinical psychology, Amma Agyemang, Ph.D., developed an interest in the effects that chronic medical conditions have on sleep and cognitive functioning.
Drew Tierney
Alumni Spotlight: Drew Tierney, M.D.
Drew Tierney first made a trip to Richmond from Baltimore to attend the University of Richmond, but a seminal moment with a take-home biochemistry exam dramatically changed his future plans.
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$2M gift will support students, faculty and create a science communications fund
Patricia T. Kirkpatrick, a retired Richmond native who now lives in Northern Virginia, made a $2M gift on behalf of herself and her late husband, David W. Kirkpatrick.
a student visiting a spot along the Civil Rights Trail
In their own words: Students on the Civil Rights Trail
Thanks to the help of alumni and friends, 13 College of Humanities and Sciences students got the opportunity to experience historically significant sites along the U.S. Civil Rights Trail this June.
Ravon Ruffin
Alumni spotlight: Ravon Ruffin
Ravon Ruffin (B.S. Anthropology ‘13/H&S) has enjoyed an impressive start to her career as a member of the founding social media engagement team for the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.
VCU students at the Civil Rights Memorial at the Southern Poverty Law Center in Montgomery, Alabama
Being there: A weeklong trip along the Civil Rights Trail helps VCU students connect history with the present
For student Jordan Moye, visiting the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama — where civil rights marchers calling for voting rights legislation were attacked by law enforcement officers in 1965 in what came known as “Bloody Sunday” — was a powerful experience.
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Class notes June 2019
Catch up with all the latest and greatest news from CHS alumni.
Niki Farahmand in front of CNN headquarters
‘There will always be a need for the truth’: Journalism alumni cover the big stories for CNN
Two recent graduates of the Richard T. Robertson School of Media and Culture in the College of Humanities and Sciences have defied warnings about the death of journalism jobs to find early success. Amir Vera and Niki Farahmand, both 2014 graduates, landed jobs at CNN in 2018, Vera as an associate writer and Farahmand as a news producer.
VCU alumna Ashley McCuistion pilots a drone to take photographs of the Robert E. Lee monument that will be used to create a 3D model. (Photo by Brian McNeill, University Public Affairs)
A VCU lab and Virginia nonprofit are using drones to create 3D models of Monument Avenue’s monuments
A drone piloted by Ashley McCuistion is circling the Robert E. Lee monument on Richmond’s Monument Avenue, taking detailed photographs that will allow her to create a 3D digital model of the controversial monument.
David Baldacci visiting VCU
Students share stories of life-changing experiences made possible by Baldacci gift
Bestselling novelist and VCU alumnus David Baldacci met with students who have received awards through an experiential learning fund and a political science scholarship he created with his wife, Michelle. (Photo by Kevin Morley, University Relations)
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Class notes for April 2019
Check out the latest and greatest accomplishments from alumni, faculty and staff.
Art Stone
Alumni Spotlight: Art Stone
Originally from Raleigh, North Carolina, Art Stone (BGS ’90/H&S) has taken a little taste of the south to Seattle in a big way with his made-to-order biscuit business, Honest Biscuits.