Class notes December 2018

Updates

1970s

Anne Cooper-Chen, Ph.D.** (M.S.’79/MC), retired from Ohio University and moved back to Virginia after 33 years in Arhens, Ohio. Still involved in media research, she received a national top faculty paper award in August 2018.

1980s

Ronald Greene (B.S.’86/MC) edits investigative stories for Reuters and teaches graduate writing at Johns Hopkins University. He returned to the Robertson School in November 2018 to give a talk on his book, “Shots on the Bridge: Police Violence and Cover-Up in the Wake of Katrina.”

1990s

Roblyn Lewter, Ph.D. (B.S.’97/H&S), was selected as one of the founding members of USA Today’s “I Survived It” Facebook group. She is a practicing clinician who helps group members with issues including mental health, trauma and cultural differences.

2000s

Oscar Holmes IV** (B.S.’02/H&S) co-authored a research paper, “Transforming Research on Diversity and Firm Performance: a dynamic capabilities perspective,” which was published in the Academy of Management Annals and which won one of 2018’s Bright Idea Awards from the New Jersey Policy Research Organization Foundation and the Stillman School of Business at Seton Hall University in South Orange, N.J.

2010s

Kayla Diggs Brody (B.S.’10/H&S; Cert.’12/GPA; M.P.H.’12/M; Cert.’16/E) launched Richmond Mural Tours, a small business that offers guided walking tours of the murals in the Jackson Ward district. She plans to expand into Church Hill and Oregon Hill.

Sean Collins-Smith (B.A.’10/A; B.S.’10/MC; M.S.’12/MC) received the prize for best drama TV pilot at the Austin (Texas) Film Festival.

Lucas Fritz (B.M.’11/A) and Jessica Gordon, Ph.D. (B.A.’96/H&S; M.A.’00/H&S; Ph.D.’17/H&S), founded The Broadberry Entertainment Group, which books live entertainment in the Richmond area. The Group books exclusively for venues including The Broadberry, The Camel, Richmond Music Hall at Capitol Alehouse Downtown and the historic Ashland Theatre and non-exclusively for other area venues.

Randi Lee (B.S.’10/MC) was promoted from patient services representative to bookkeeper at Richmond Allergy and Asthma.

Caelynn Miller-Keyes  (B.S.’17/MC) reigned as Miss North Carolina USA until October 2018. She was first runner-up in the Miss USA pageant in May 2018. It is rumored that she will appear in the next season of “The Bachelor,” which will premiere in January 2019.

Charlotte Rene Woods (M.S.’18/MC) is a reporter for Richmond BizSense.

Sara Yaseen (B.A.’17/H&S) started a career in grassroots and field organizing as a fellow in the Democratic Party of Virginia during the 2016 presidential election and later interned at Environment Virginia. After graduation, she became a field organizer at For Our Future. She currently works as Virginia organizing manager at Need to Impeach.

 

Alumni Books

Improving race relations by Charles Nathaniel Smith

In “Diversity: A Reality for America, Racism Still Its Nightmare,” Smith (B.S.’76/H&S; M.S.’80/HP) proposes that if the public school system in America focused on the issue of race differently, white Americans and African Americans could interact and relate to one another in a more positive and significant way. The book also touches on similar themes surrounding the military and cultural institutions such as television.