Class notes December 2017

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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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Make a difference at VCU (and save on taxes)

Convert a Burden into a Philanthropic Gift If you are 70½ or older you are likely familiar with the Individual Retirement Account (IRA) Required Minimum Distribution. Each year, the IRS requires you to withdraw a certain amount from your IRA whether you need the funds or not, and you pay income tax on every distribution […]

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David and Michelle Baldacci give $1.1M to support H&S students

Bestselling novelist and Virginia Commonwealth University alumnus David Baldacci and his wife, Michelle, are making a $1.1 million gift to VCU’s College of Humanities and Sciences that will establish a scholarship for political science students and will create a fund to provide students with a variety of experiential learning opportunities. “Our continuing partnership with VCU is incredibly meaningful to us both,” […]

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Class notes October 2017

Updates 1970s Patricia Brincefield (B.A.’76/MC) was named director of communication and marketing at St. Margaret’s School in Tappahannock, Va. 1980s Ronnie Greene (B.S.’86/MC) edits investigative stories for Reuters and teaches graduate writing at Johns Hopkins University, where he received a master’s in nonfiction writing in 2013. His second book, “Shots on the Bridge: Police Violence […]

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Alumni spotlight: Teri Stockham

Teri Stockham, MSFS, PhD (Ph.D. Pharmacology and Toxicology ’87/School of Medicine) always knew she wanted to be in the field of forensic science. Well before television crime scene investigation dramas boosted the visibility of the profession, Teri had already carefully charted her educational and career path to becoming a chief toxicologist.  And, in a lot […]

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Alumni spotlight: Jose Ortiz

Jose Ortiz, (BS, Physics and Computer Engineering ’08 and MS Electrical and Computer Engineering ’10) has worked as an avionics lead engineer on several record-breaking, unmanned aircraft projects since completing his undergraduate and graduate studies at VCU. A double major in physics in the College of Humanities and Sciences, and computer and electrical engineering from […]

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Alumni spotlight: Lucinda Huffaker

Lucinda Huffaker, Ph.D., (BS Psychology ’75) currently serves as Yale University’s Director of Supervised Ministries, single-handedly advising and mentoring 50 Master of Divinity students annually. While guiding students through the curriculum and coaching their first steps toward their future careers, she not only draws upon her innate enthusiasm and years of experience in teaching, but […]

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Class notes August 2017

Updates 1980s David Baldacci (B.A.’83/H&S) received the 2017 Literary Lifetime Achievement Award from the Library of Virginia, which recognizes outstanding and long-lasting contributions to literature by an author with Virginia ties. Rudy Burwell** (B.S.’86/H&S), owner of the Northern Virginia-based electrical supplier Encompass Supply, opened the company’s first Richmond office in January 2017. Encompass, founded in […]

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Class notes June 2017

Updates 1970s Isabel Dowrick** (B.A.’74/H&S; M.Ed.’92/E) has mostly retired from her work at the University of Richmond as head of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. She works part time for the READ Center teaching adults who want to improve their reading skills. She also is a volunteer mentor for Education for Ministry, a study program […]

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