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Alumni Biz Spotlight: Perk! Coffee & Lunchbox

Christophile Konstas (B.F.A.’00/A) and Elizabeth Ellen (B.F.A.’00/A) were randomly assigned as roommates at VCU, which led to a lifelong friendship and, eventually, a business partnership. The idea first germinated as they chatted over endless cups of coffee in between art classes, way before the third-wave coffee scene of today. After moving away from Richmond (then […]

Immersing herself in art

Christine Stoddard (B.A.’12/A; B.A.’12/H&S; Cert.’12/B), can’t be defined by one form of expression. The multitalented artist and writer’s new feature film, “Sirena’s Gallery,” tells the story of a Salvadoran American art gallery owner, played by Stoddard, who has to adapt to self-isolation, visions and navigating the world of e-commerce in the wake of her husband’s […]

Book report sparks alumna’s lifelong passion for puppetry

Presenting a book report in front of her fifth-grade classmates was the “most horrible, terrifying thing I could imagine as a new student.” Heidi Rugg’s (B.I.S.’21/UC) family had just moved to Virginia Beach, Virginia, when the then 10-year-old was tasked with preparing an oral presentation on a biography. While at the library selecting her book, […]

Celebrating alumni nurses during National Nurses Month

During National Nurses Month this May, VCU Alumni extends a special thanks to our alumni nurses, as they continue to provide the highest level of quality care to their patients during the COVID-19 pandemic. The American Nurses Association first declared May 6-12 as National Nurses Week in 1993 “to recognize the vast contributions and positive […]

The makeup artist: Turning passion into profession

Christal Davis (B.S.’14/E) started experimenting with makeup as a drama kid in high school. When she came to Virginia Commonwealth University to study health, PE and exercise science in the School of Education, she took a part-time job scooping ice cream at Cold Stone Creamery to help pay for books and other expenses but, she […]

Cultural conversations: Alumni provide an important voice in virtual discussions with students

Maeya Bland (left), Cristelle Brown, Jenaé Harrington, Alex Boothe and Anita Nadal The VCU Office of Multicultural Student Affairs sponsored a series of identity-based virtual discussion groups this summer, offering students a safe space to discuss issues related to the social, cultural and political aspects of their identities with supportive peers. A number of alumni […]

Riding into a new role

Susan Ross (M.Ed.’74/E) takes the lead as president of the VCU Alumni Riding Rams Although Susan Ross (M.Ed.’74/E) has lived many places in the U.S. and overseas, the Richmond, Virgina, native moved back home six years ago and says this time, it’s for good. She grew up with wheels beneath her feet so it’s no […]

Reunion or not, classes stay current

COVID-19 might be responsible for the cancellation of Reunion Weekend 2020, but it won’t cut the ties that have bound the thousands of friends and classmates whose paths first crossed on the MCV Campus.

Born mentor: Alumnus Stephen Andrews, Ph.D., finds his post-retirement calling helping VCU students

Stephen Andrews, Ph.D. (Ph.D.’87/H&S) (left), started volunteering with the VCU Office of Alumni Relations, greeting alumni at events. His commitment continued to build as he next volunteered to serve on the alumni board. Then he began mentoring students, first virtually, through VCU Link, then in person at the da Vinci Center for Innovation. What he considers a “small investment of time” pays off big for the students he helps.

Finding art in the every day: A conversation with artist and entrepreneur Earl Morris

In a recent interview, Morris talked about his passion for art and the meaning of, and story behind, his brand.

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