John Hoppenthaler publishes third collection of poetry

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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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Alumni spotlight: Jonathan Ward

Jonathan Ward, Political Science ’10, is off to an impressive professional start as the Confidential Assistant & Executive Aide to Virginia’s Attorney General, Mark Herring. But a career in politics was not always what Jon envisioned. Jon began his undergraduate career at VCU as a pre-nursing student. During his first semester on campus, however, his […]

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Alumni spotlight: Patrick Harwood

Patrick Harwood, BS Mass Communications ’84, moved to Charleston, South Carolina in 1990 to take a news reporting position with the local CBS affiliate and quickly fell in love with his new city. He enjoyed occasional jaunts around the historic sites of Charleston, taking in its storied architecture and coastal vistas, in later years sometimes […]

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Alumni Spotlight: Kevin Ferris

photo credit: Tania Gail at taniagail.smugmug.com Alumnus Kevin Ferris, BS Mass Communications ’83, has built a successful journalistic career, with 28 years as a writer and editor at The Philadelphia Inquirer, and his freelance work appearing in the Weekly Standard, the Wall Street Journal and the Christian Science Monitor. Now the commentary editor with the Inquirer’s […]

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Alumni Spotlight: Jeffrey Gibson

Dr. Jeffrey Gibson, BS Biology ’87, recalls his first taste of academic research assisting Dr. Charles Blem and Dr. John Pagels in the Department of Biology collect salamander specimens from the banks of the James River after flooding. The opportunity to gain hands-on experience alongside other student and faculty researchers was enough for Jeff to […]

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