Alum and Donor News

puru and tripti jena on a sunny oceanfront

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.

Ryan Mitchell and Kevin Storm

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.

Dylan Naltraj David dressed in graduation attire with his family

VCU alum receives Fulbright research award

March 4, 2021

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

Aine Norris

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.

Ana Edwards, who earned her master's degree in history from VCU in 2020, is the first recipient of the Department of History's Graduate Alumni Achievement Award. (Thomas Kojcsich, University Marketing)

Ana Edwards is preserving Black history — and sharing it with others

Feb. 23, 2021

The VCU alumna and chair of the Sacred Ground Historical Reclamation Project, will receive the VCU history department’s highest honor for graduate alumni March 18.

Brian Castleberry

VCU alum's novel long-listed for the PEN/Faulkner Award

Feb. 17, 2021

Brian Castleberry's debut novel is "Nine Shiny Objects."