Alumni spotlight: Fred Wayne

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Alumni spotlight: Fred Wayne

It’s rare that you can without hesitation describe someone’s connection to a place as extraordinary but that’s the case for Fred Wayne (BA History ’70/H&S and MS Rehab Counseling ‘86/AH) and the lifelong relationship he has had with VCU. From his early days on the Monroe Park campus as a student of history to his […]

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Alumni spotlight: Samantha Wetzel

Samantha Wetzel (BA Political Science ’08/H&S) is now at the helm as the Executive Director of an exciting urban agricultural project in Washington DC called Common Good City Farm. Their mission is to create a vibrant, informed, and well-nourished community through urban farming. As an undergraduate student at VCU, Sam grew an interest in the […]

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Physics Grad Wins Young Investigator Award

Anita Olsen, who graduated in May with her Ph.D. in nanoscience with a primary training in physics, received the 2018 Young Investigator Award from the International Society of Laboratory Hematology (ISLH). The award was presented to her at the organization’s 2018 conference in Brussels, Belgium. The ISLH is the premier professional association focused on clinical […]

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Class notes May 2018

Updates 1960s Randy Powell (B.S.’68/MC) and his band held a Christmas concert at the Boys Home of Virginia in December 2017. 1970s David Walrond** (B.S.’78/MC) sold his business, Home Oil & Gas Co., in Hot Springs, Va., and has retired. He now lives near Roanoke, Va. 1980s Pamela K. El (B.S.’83/MC) was inducted into the Virginia […]

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Alumni spotlight: August Wallmeyer

After a long and successful career that began in local newsrooms and culminated with over 40 years of work at the Virginia General Assembly in a variety of capacities, August “Augie” Wallmeyer (BS Mass Communications ‘77/H&S) has not quietly entered retirement. Rather, he’s used his investigative and research skills to illuminate the cultural and economic […]

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Alumna Keyanna Conner Appointed to Gov. Northam’s Cabinet

In the span of a single month in 2013, Keyanna Conner went from being a research and teaching assistant in the Chemistry Department at VCU to working as Political Director of Mark Warner’s campaign for Virginia Senate. Today she has a Ph.D. in organic chemistry and serves on the Cabinet of Gov. Ralph Northam as […]

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Class notes February 2018

Updates 1960s Sam Forrest (B.S.’63/H&S) is an internationally published furniture designer, trans-Atlantic solo sailor and globe-trotter who has traveled 37 countries. He worked in China as a senior design consultant for Gold Mantis Construction and as a professor of debating and argumentative writing at Gongdong University of Foreign Language. 1970s Stan Orchowsky, Ph.D. (M.S.’78/H&S; Cert.’80/AHP; Ph.D.’82/H&S), started […]

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New award in Chemistry given by local entrepreneur

Kevin Theisen, a relative newcomer to Richmond, has established a generous new award in the Department of Chemistry to recognize students with an interest in software programming. As a successful software developer and entrepreneur, Kevin knows the potential for new ideas and applications in this specialized field and is paying it forward to the next […]

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Class notes December 2017

Updates 1980s Dale Brumfield (B.F.A.’82/A; M.F.A.’15/H&S) published “Virginia State Penitentiary: A Notorious History.” The book delves into the 190-year history of the prison, designed by Thomas Jefferson, which set the standard for the future American prison system. Jamie Olson** (B.S.’84/H&S) is a clinical specialist/intensive foster care and clinical services manager at the South Carolina Department […]

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Alumni spotlight: Jessica Williams

Jessica Williams (BS Mass Communications/Public Relations ’10) has shifted a successful career in technology sales and consulting to special education with the national corps of teachers, Teach for America. Her irrepressible enthusiasm and honed advocacy skills are proving invaluable tools as she supports the Teach for America mission to provide educational equity and excellence in […]

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