Alumni spotlight: Yvette Orihuela

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Alumni spotlight: Yvette Orihuela

Yvette Orihuela, M.S. Forensic Science ’08, works as a Level III Criminalist in the Forensic Biology Department of the Office of Chief Medical Examiner in New York City. With an undergraduate concentration in Biology, Yvette did not plan on a career in the Forensic Science field but after two years performing research at Harvard Medical […]

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Mass Communications alumna publishes book

After leaving VCU, Tasha Bullock, B.S. Mass Communications ’03, earned her master’s in News Media Studies and Public Relations, worked as a News Producer for NBC12 in Richmond for over 9 years and is currently serving as the morning show producer for WTKR in Norfolk. She recently published her first book Blood & Water: Daddy’s Girl and looks to […]

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Alumni spotlight: Chip Suttles

Chip Suttles, B.S. Recreation, Parks & Tourism ’94, learned a valuable skill at VCU that changed his career path and earned him a Super Bowl Ring with the 2014 Seattle Seahawks professional football team. A resourceful professor who used his network to connect students with impactful internship experiences gave Chip his start in the sports […]

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Alumni spotlight: Marian Gatley Mahon

Marian Gatley Mahon, B.S. Mass Communication and Journalism ’54, enrolled as a junior, transfer student at Richmond Professional Institute (RPI) in 1952 after earning an Associate of Arts degree at the Norfolk Division of the College of William and Mary (now Old Dominion University). Marian came to RPI because in the 1950’s it was the […]

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John Hoppenthaler publishes third collection of poetry

John Hoppenthaler (MFA Creative Writing ’88) has published Domestic Garden, his third collection of poetry with Carnegie Mellon University Press. His previous books of poetry are Lives of Water (2003) and Anticipate the Coming Reservoir (2008).

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Rudolph Keith Dunn publishes award-winning short story

Rudolph Keith Dunn, B.S. Mass Communications ’82, published his first-place 2013 Virginia Writers Club state-wide fiction short story “A Mother’s Kept Promise” in the March edition of the Linden Avenue Literary Journal. Dunn is a former Peace Corps volunteer who served in the Dominican Republic, helping impoverished villagers with educational, economic, and health-related development projects. He […]

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Alumni spotlight: Brian Schaneberg

Brian Schaneberg, Ph.D. Chemistry ’00, first came to Virginia Commonwealth University as a participant in the Research Experience for Undergraduates summer program in the Department of Chemistry. In addition to the urban campus that greatly differed from the small Midwest school he attended, Brian also found a nurturing academic environment that inspired him to pursue […]

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Alumni spotlight: David Akana

After two years working for the World Bank in Washington D.C, David Akana, M.S.’12 Mass Communications, joins the African Development Bank as Senior KM and Communications Specialist. At the Independent Development Evaluation Department where he will work, David is expected to continue applying the practical lessons and skills he acquired from Robertson School of Media […]

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Alumni spotlight: Derick Rivers

Derick L. Rivers, M.S. Mathematical Sciences ’09 and Ph.D. Systems Modeling & Analysis ’14, enjoyed a number of teaching positions during the time he pursued his graduate education, but his next position with the Food and Drug Administration will give him the opportunity to educate an entire nation. Derick earned his Bachelor’s in Mathematics from Morris […]

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Alumni spotlight: Micah Risk

Micah Risk, Health, Physical Education and Exercise Science ’07, is changing the way people eat. With her business venture, a meal plan and curated grocery delivery service called Lighter, Micah is making strides in how her clients connect with nutrition. Before Micah and her co-founder Alexis successfully grew Lighter to six major U.S. cities,—Boston, Los Angeles, […]

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