Class notes February 2018

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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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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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