Alum and Donor News

Deonte Young

Alum spotlight: Young named to VCU's Top 10 Under 10

Oct. 6, 2021

Deonte Young (B.A. '11/H&S; M.Ed.'13/E) is co-founder of Alchemy InCoaching and education administrator for Fairfax County Public Schools.

Daryl Van Tongeren

Alum spotlight: Van Tongeren named to VCU's Top 10 Under 10

Oct. 6, 2021

Daryl Van Tongeren, Ph.D., ('11/H&S) is an author and associate professor of psychology at Hope College.

Deandra Clark

Alumni Biz Spotlight: Studio 4 Dance

Sep 20, 2021

Alumna Deandra Clarke (B.S.’02/H&S) started dancing at VCU. A non traditional student of the art form, she found herself in love with the opportunity to try something new. As a radio broadcasting major she learned the skills necessary to become a professional in LA and then start her own Agency and Studio back in Richmond.

Dabney and Joe Cortina

Alum couple creates fund for student emergency relief

Aug 18, 2021

In May 2019, Dabney (B.S. '75/H&S) and Joe Cortina (B.F.A. ‘76/A) founded the College of Humanities and Sciences Student Emergency Fund, aimed at resolving small financial hurdles for students within a semester of graduation.

Once fully funded, the Dorothy Fillmore Scholarship — named for a longtime VCU employee and diversity and inclusion champion — will be awarded to full-time, degree-seeking students actively engaged with the LGBTQIA+ community. (Getty Images)

New scholarship will support students and honor a longtime LGBTQIA+ champion

June 23, 2021

The Dorothy Fillmore Scholarship will help VCU students actively engaged with the LGBTQIA+ community who face housing instability, food insecurity, tuition issues or other financial hurdles.

Enjoli and Sesha Joi Moon's work on The JXN Project is unearthing under-told truths about Richmond's Jackson Ward neighborhood and the pivotal role it plays in the evolution of the Black American experience. (Keshia Eugene)

Enjoli and Sesha Joi Moon’s JXN Project is an effort to tell Black Richmond stories ‘truthfully and completely’

June 16, 2021

Their work, which celebrates 150 years of history in Jackson Ward, is capturing the neighborhood's pivotal role in the evolution of the Black American experience.

Dorothy Pauley. (Tom Kojcsich, University Marketing)

In memoriam: Philanthropist and alum Dorothy Pauley. She ‘carried an air of happiness everywhere she went.’

May 24, 2021

The longtime university benefactor was the namesake — along with her husband, Stan — of VCU Health Pauley Heart Center and also helped lay the foundation for the VCU College of Engineering.

Carlos David Jimenez Morales is set to become the first graduate of VCU’s Graduate Certificate in Health Care Innovation program. (Tom Kojcsich, University Marketing)

Class of 2021: Problem solver Carlos David Jimenez Morales wants to make an impact on health care

May 5, 2021

Later this month, he will become the first graduate of VCU’s Graduate Certificate in Health Care Innovation program.

gabby beckford

Alum spotlight: Gabby Beckford (B.S.’17/H&S) shares her best secret travel tips

May 4, 2021

Beckford is the author of the blog Packs Light, which provides resources, information and tips for aspiring travelers.

Josly Pierre-Louis is planning a career in research and education with the help of a national fellowship from the Ford Foundation and the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine. (Allen Jones, University Marketing)

‘It takes a village to succeed’: Student earns national scholarship to finish her Ph.D.

April 30, 2021

Josly Pierre-Louis’ parents immigrated to America from Haiti. Their daughter, a VCU grad, is the rising tide for all boats when it comes to her success in chemistry and health research.