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Read the June '22 alum newsletter

June 14, 2022

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

david j. edwards

Edwards appointed as chair of the Department of Statistical Sciences and Operations

Sept. 24, 2021

Edwards has served as graduate program director for the department and as chair of the College Promotion and Tenure Committee.

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).

Aja Moore

VCU alumna's journey to the Virginia capitol

Jan. 19, 2021

Aja Moore '19, a graduate of the Department of Political Science, serves as a policy assistant to Governor Ralph Northam.

Seth Leibowitz and Amanda Parks

Two from CHS to receive university-level inclusive excellence awards

April 24, 2021

VCU will host this year’s PACME celebration virtually on Tuesday, April 27, 2021 at 3:00 p.m. The celebration is open to the public.

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.

ching-yu huang

Connection and inclusion in the (virtual) classroom

Jan. 19, 2021

Music, coffee hours and a variety of learning activities are a few of Ching-Yu Huang’s strategies for success in the digital space.

aerial view of the VCU logo on campus

Class notes: January 2021

Jan. 28, 2021

Catch up with all the latest and greatest news from CHS alumni.

Ris Rodina

GSWS alum takes on public health ethics

Jan. 28, 2021

Ris Rodina is pursuing their master of public health at VCU with a focus on complex trauma related to trans and non-binary identities.

krista scott

Krista N. Scott appointed as associate dean for undergraduate programs

Jan. 28, 2021

Scott most recently served as the director of undergraduate recruitment and student engagement for the College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University.

a husky lying on a blanket next to a knife

Going virtual: Crime scene reconstruction and lab techniques

Feb. 4, 2021

How do you transform labs meant for in-person instruction into successful virtual experiences? With lots of creativity and a heavy dose of technology.

Joanna Kettlewell

VCU alum works on COVID-19 response team in Hawai'i

Feb. 9, 2021

Joanna Kettlewell, Ph.D., is a scientist specializing in infectious disease.

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.

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."

shawn jones at the cabell library starbucks

Getting students to love psychology

Feb. 22, 2021

Shawn Jones, Ph.D., brings a lighthearted approach paired with pop culture knowledge and an open communication style to his Psych 101 classes.

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.

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.

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.

amy rector

Amy Rector appointed as director of the School of World Studies

May 3, 2021

Rector will assume the directorship on July 1.

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.

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.

a person in a labcoat holding a brush-link implement and a tweezer-like implement working with a white piece of clay

Sociology jumps off the page

Mar 5, 2021

Four faculty members in the Department of Sociology share creative ways their students engage with their course material.

john powers

John C. Powers reappointed chair of Department of History

Mar 11, 2021

This will be his second three-year term.

peyton rowe

Peyton Rowe appointed interim director of the Robertson School

Mar 12, 2021

Rowe has been interim associate director since January 2021 and director of undergraduate studies since August 2018.

mignonne guy

Mignonne C. Guy appointed chair of Department of African American Studies

Mar 16, 2021

Guy has worked at VCU for the past seven years, serving most recently as an associate professor in the Department of African American Studies.

susan bodnar-deren

Susan Bodnar-Deren appointed chair of Department of Sociology

Mar 18, 2021

Bodnar-Deren has worked at VCU for the past nine years, serving most recently as an associate professor and associate chair in the Department of Sociology.

jennifer malat

Dean Malat featured in VCU Voices webinar series

Mar 19, 2021

VCU Voices is a biweekly webinar series hosted by Jay Davenport, CFRE, vice president of Development and Alumni Relations.

Yaa Adarkwa Darko

VCU student works in local COVID-19 testing lab

Mar 24, 2021

Yaa Adarkwa Darko is pursuing a master's degree in bioinformatics at VCU.

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.

Students gathered looking at posters at the chemistry undergraduate research symposium

Undergraduate students present research to industry partners

Apr 7, 2021

NASA, Altria and GSK are just a few of the national companies that participate in the annual Chemistry Undergraduate Research Symposium.

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.

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.

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.

students walking on the v.c.u. campus in the fall

New faculty fellows appointed to the College of Humanities and Sciences Dean's Office

Aug 20, 2021

One fellow will serve as special assistant to the dean, one will support community engagement initiatives and the other two will support efforts in faculty mentoring.

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.

Eli Coston

VCU assistant professor working to reform the Richmond Police Department

Aug 6, 2021

Eli Coston, Ph.D., has been involved with helping the LGBTQ+ community as well as advocating for civilian oversight of the Richmond PD.

Darcy Mays

Mays appointed associate dean of research and operations

Aug 2, 2021

The CHS Dean's Office is pleased to announce the appointment of D’Arcy Mays, Ph.D., to the position of associate dean of research and operations.

robin everhart and baobao song

Song and Everhart awarded inaugural Community-Engaged Research Impact Grants

May 24, 2021

The grant was developed in partnership with VCU Real and the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program.

maryanne collinson

Maryanne Collinson, Ph.D., appointed chair of the Department of Chemistry

May 12, 2021

Collinson has been at VCU since 2005, serving most recently as interim associate chair.

erica miller

Virginia Commonwealth University participates in the 2021 STEM for All Video Showcase: COVID, Equity & Social Justice

May 12, 2021

Erica R. Miller, Ph.D., assistant professor of mathematics, presented “Training Graduate Students in Inclusive and Equitable Teaching."

signatures on a beam

View STEM building 'Topping Out' ceremony and virtual beam signing

May 10, 2021

On May 4, the future of STEM at VCU grew brighter with placement of the last steel beam in the College’s new six-story building.

sean koebley

Physics postdoc Sean Koebley receives Spring 2021 VCU Science Communication Award

May 6, 2021

The 2021 VCU Science Communication Award was awarded to Sean Koebley, Ph.D., for his presentation: “Goodbye, P-value: Practical Bayesian Statistics To Replace Frequentist Statistics.”

a person in a labcoat holding a brush-link implement and a tweezer-like implement working with a white piece of clay
Sociology jumps off the page
Four faculty members in the Department of Sociology share creative ways their students engage with their course material.
campus buildings along Franklin Street
Read the October '21 alum newsletter
Enjoy the latest articles about the research, achievements and successes of our students, faculty and alums. Feel the Ram pride!
amy rector
Amy Rector appointed as director of the School of World Studies
Rector will assume the directorship on July 1.
gabby beckford
Alum spotlight: Gabby Beckford (B.S.’17/H&S) shares her best secret travel tips
Beckford is the author of the blog Packs Light, which provides resources, information and tips for aspiring travelers.
john powers
John C. Powers reappointed chair of Department of History
This will be his second three-year term.
peyton rowe
Peyton Rowe appointed interim director of the Robertson School
Rowe has been interim associate director since January 2021 and director of undergraduate studies since August 2018.
mignonne guy
Mignonne C. Guy appointed chair of Department of African American Studies
Guy has worked at VCU for the past seven years, serving most recently as an associate professor in the Department of African American Studies.
susan bodnar-deren
Susan Bodnar-Deren appointed chair of Department of Sociology
Bodnar-Deren has worked at VCU for the past nine years, serving most recently as an associate professor and associate chair in the Department of Sociology.
jennifer malat
Dean Malat featured in VCU Voices webinar series
VCU Voices is a biweekly webinar series hosted by Jay Davenport, CFRE, vice president of Development and Alumni Relations.
Yaa Adarkwa Darko
VCU student works in local COVID-19 testing lab
Yaa Adarkwa Darko is pursuing a master's degree in bioinformatics at VCU.
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
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.
Students gathered looking at posters at the chemistry undergraduate research symposium
Undergraduate students present research to industry partners
NASA, Altria and GSK are just a few of the national companies that participate in the annual Chemistry Undergraduate Research Symposium.
Correy Faciane
Alum spotlight: Correy Faciane (B.S.’16/H&S) creates an organization to helps others achieve their mission
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.
Ashley Patino sits on picnic table
VCU alum breaks into Richmond restaurant scene
Ashley Patino is founder of local bakery and pizza shop, Pizza Bones.
Deandra Clark
Alumni Biz Spotlight: Studio 4 Dance
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.
students walking on the v.c.u. campus in the fall
New faculty fellows appointed to the College of Humanities and Sciences Dean's Office
One fellow will serve as special assistant to the dean, one will support community engagement initiatives and the other two will support efforts in faculty mentoring.
Dabney and Joe Cortina
Alum couple creates fund for student emergency relief
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.
Eli Coston
VCU assistant professor working to reform the Richmond Police Department
Eli Coston, Ph.D., has been involved with helping the LGBTQ+ community as well as advocating for civilian oversight of the Richmond PD.
Darcy Mays
Mays appointed associate dean of research and operations
The CHS Dean's Office is pleased to announce the appointment of D’Arcy Mays, Ph.D., to the position of associate dean of research and operations.
robin everhart and baobao song
Song and Everhart awarded inaugural Community-Engaged Research Impact Grants
The grant was developed in partnership with VCU Real and the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program.
maryanne collinson
Maryanne Collinson, Ph.D., appointed chair of the Department of Chemistry
Collinson has been at VCU since 2005, serving most recently as interim associate chair.
erica miller
Virginia Commonwealth University participates in the 2021 STEM for All Video Showcase: COVID, Equity & Social Justice
Erica R. Miller, Ph.D., assistant professor of mathematics, presented “Training Graduate Students in Inclusive and Equitable Teaching."
signatures on a beam
View STEM building 'Topping Out' ceremony and virtual beam signing
On May 4, the future of STEM at VCU grew brighter with placement of the last steel beam in the College’s new six-story building.
sean koebley
Physics postdoc Sean Koebley receives Spring 2021 VCU Science Communication Award
The 2021 VCU Science Communication Award was awarded to Sean Koebley, Ph.D., for his presentation: “Goodbye, P-value: Practical Bayesian Statistics To Replace Frequentist Statistics.”
Ryan K Smith

2020-21 Elske v.P. Smith Distinguished Lecture [virtual]

Oct. 12, 2021

Ryan K. Smith, Ph.D., professor in the Department of History, presents "Dead Reckoning: The Historical Recovery and Unsettled Place of Richmond's Shockoe Hill African Burying Ground."

aerial view of hibbs hall on the v.c.u. monroe park campus

15 faculty and staff members honored at annual awards ceremony

Oct. 29, 2021

The awards celebrate excellence of faculty and staff in the College of Humanities and Sciences.

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.

empty hospital beds

Pilot grants for early-career cancer researchers draw record applicants

Nov. 9, 2021

VCU Massey Cancer Center recently renewed its Institutional Research Grant (IRG) from the American Cancer Society(ACS) – a program that has been providing seed money to early-career cancer researchers at VCU for nearly 50 years.

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.

a group of indigenous women performing a ritual dance

Humanities Research Center supports Pocahontas Reframed Film Festival and launches Karenne Wood writer/artist residency

Nov. 30, 2021

With a rich menu of more than 20 films, The Pocahontas Film Festival showcased the work of nationally-acclaimed Indigenous filmmakers from the United States and Canada, as well work by emerging local artists.

rebecca segal

Segal appointed interim chair of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics

Jan. 4, 2022

Rebecca Segal, Ph.D., has been at VCU since 2006 and is a professor of applied mathematics.

mike hunnicutt flanked by two of his v.c.u. students

Thanking Our Teachers

Feb. 1, 2022

The impact of a great teacher on a student is immeasurable; just ask the students and alums below. Through their dedication to their field, their students and their community, teachers – professors, advisers, mentors, teaching assistants – can leave an impression that lasts long after the semester ends. We’d like to give a shoutout to those in VCU’s College of Humanities and Sciences who continue to guide and inspire our students. Break out the tissues!

Rima Franklin

Franklin appointed chair of the Department of Biology

March 24, 2022

Rima Franklin, Ph.D. is an associate professor of biology as well as an affiliate faculty member of the Rice Rivers Center.

catherine ingrassia

Ingrassia appointed interim dean of the College of Humanities and Sciences

May 6, 2022

Catherine Ingrassia, Ph.D., will begin her tenure as interim dean on July 1.