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Alum and Donor News

Victor Narro

Alum spotlight: Victor Narro, J.D. (BA History ‘86/H&S)

Nov. 23, 2021

Inspired by the lessons taught by his scholar activist professors from his VCU undergraduate experience, Narro launched a decades-long career as a champion for immigrant communities.

VCU Afghan Student Organization officers: Rida Jamal (left), Sadef Osmanzai (back), Waris Bahrami (right) and Yasameen Anwari (front). (Tom Kojcsich, University Marketing)

Mobilizing to help Afghans in need

Nov. 22, 2021

Responding to the humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan, VCU students and graduates of Afghan descent are raising money, donating supplies, assisting refugees and providing information in a chaotic time.

Derick Waller, left, with then-WABC photographer Gus Alonso, center, and WABC photographer John Sprei. (Courtesy of Derick Waller)

Emmy-winning reporter and alum Derick Waller on Trump, journalism, VCU and life in New York

Nov. 17, 2021

Waller’s journey to WABC-TV — the most watched station in the nation’s largest media market — has been one of big stories and big dreams.

campus buildings along Franklin Street

Read the November '21 alum newsletter

Nov. 9, 2021

Enjoy the latest articles about the research, achievements and successes of our students, faculty and alums. Feel the Ram pride!

Matt Cricchio’s debut novel, “Security Day,” focuses on the complex relationship between the people of Afghanistan and the U.S. military. (Courtesy of Matt Cricchio)

Grad’s war novel highlights the complicated relationship between the U.S. military and the Afghan people

Nov. 9, 2021

Navy veteran and VCU alum Matt Cricchio served in Afghanistan. His debut novel, “Security Day,” will “change how you think about American conflict overseas.”

Charlotte Wincott holding an award from the Hollywood Women’s International Film Festival. (Courtesy of Charlotte Wincott)

Filmmaker, storyteller, neuroscientist: Charlotte Wincott’s latest project is a reflection of her many skills

Nov. 8, 2021

In “The Issue with Elvis,” the VCU grad’s many talents are on full display, as she weaves together a story about people, science and mental health in a way few others can.

Iris Harrell, Ann Benson and their band

Paying it forward

Nov. 4, 2021

Through their scholarship, Iris Harrell and Ann Benson help first-generation students reach their capacity.

Biology student Anubhav Thapaliya in Erich Damm's wet lab. (Maggie Nguyen)

From red cell development to cultural preservation, VCU’s Baldacci scholars continue to further their studies

Oct. 25, 2021

The grant program, created by a gift from alum David Baldacci and his wife, Michelle, provides students with funds to pursue experiential learning opportunities.

Rodney A. Harry, former president of VCU Alumni’s African American Alumni Council. (Jud Froelich, Development and Alumni Relations)

In memoriam: Rodney Harry, former president of the VCU African American Alumni Council

Oct. 21, 2021

He was the longest serving president in the organization’s 30-year history, and was instrumental in creating programming to keep Black graduates connected to VCU.

Robyn Bentley

Alum spotlight: Robyn Bentley (B.S.’85/MC) solves problems by creating balance

Oct. 6, 2021

Bentley 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).