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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.

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The Jenas give to honor VCU’s impact on their family

April 26, 2021

Tripti Jena, M.D., and Purusottam “Puru” Jena, Ph.D., credit much of their family’s well-being to the careers and community they found when they joined Virginia Commonwealth University in 1980.

Ashley Patino sits on picnic table

VCU alum breaks into Richmond restaurant scene

Apr 19, 2021

Ashley Patino is founder of local bakery and pizza shop, Pizza Bones.

Correy Faciane

Alum spotlight: Correy Faciane (B.S.’16/H&S) creates an organization to helps others achieve their mission

Apr 16, 2021

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.

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Brewing up a partnership: Ryan Mitchell (B.S.’12/H&S), Garden Grove Brewing and Urban Winery celebrate National Beer Day with the “Don’t Start No Stuff” Hazy IPA

Apr 6, 2021

The craft beer industry has cultivated creative ways to give back to the community. For Mitchell, supporting his hometown of Richmond, Virginia, began when he opened Garden Grove Brewing and Urban Winery in Carytown in 2015.

Cast photo from "The Donna Reed Show." Standing: Shelley Fabares and Paul Petersen. Seated: Carl Betz and Donna Reed.

What would Donna Reed do?

March 26, 2021

VCU graduate Annie Newton discusses “The Donna Reed Show” and how Reed, a celebrated actress, shaped feminism in the 1950s and 60s.

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VCU alum receives Fulbright research award

March 4, 2021

Dylan Naitraj David travels to his homeland, Trinidad, to conduct cancer research.

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VCU alum publishes research about a famous female aerialist

March 2, 2021

Aíne Norris is a writer and instructor of English and American literature.

Faculty members on a Zoom call

VCU alum establishes the Reuben Farley Award for Teaching Innovation and Excellence

Feb. 25, 2021

This award is given to two faculty members, one tenure track faculty and one term faculty, in the Department of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics.