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Alumni Spotlight

Learn more about Radford University alumni - where they are now, what they are accomplishing, and why their connection to Radford University is important to them.


Securing Success as a Pioneer and Entrepreneur in Web security

For someone whose work for nearly 30 years has been with “the most paranoid people in the world,” Matt Donlon ’82 is open and outgoing.

Donlon, who graduated with a double major in criminal justice and political science, and his colleagues and clients in the security industry are charged with protecting valuable data and sensitive information. They must be vigilant for sure and paranoid occasionally.

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RU MBA prepared Lund for success in his native Denmark

Ove Lund MBA '98 was born and raised on a farm in Jutland, Denmark. The experiences and knowledge he gained from his farming youth are beneficial in his position as a consultant for an agriculture knowledge center.

Lund also credits much of his career success to the masters of business education (MBA) degree he earned at Radford University.

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RU alumna dances her way to success in Nashville

Whether she is choreographing a dance routine for a pop music tribute band or rehearsing for a national beverage commercial, Katherine (Sammons) Tyler '08 said she is often reflecting on her experiences at Radford University.

Upon graduation, Tyler, a double-major in political science and dance, moved to Nashville where she has found success as a choreographer, a percussionist and, most recently, as a dancer with the national-champion winning indoor football team, the Nashville Venom.

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In 1934, Lucille Pettyjohn Stewart ’38 was 16 years of age when she was greeted at the Radford train station by Radford College students. 

“I came on the train 110 miles from Bristol, Virginia.  It took me four hours because we stopped often.  No one was with me that I knew, and I had my best clothes on,” she remembers.

Mrs. Stewart is now 96 years old and still remembers the welcome she received.  “They were waiting to meet me and carry my baggage up the hill to campus.  I checked in at the administration building and learned of where I would be staying,” says Stewart.

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Dr. Racquel Collins-Underwood ’01, a cancer researcher at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, knew at an early age that she wanted to make a difference in children’s lives. 

“I knew at the age of 12 that I would be a cancer researcher at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.  When Danny Thomas was alive, he would have fundraising telethons throughout the year.  I was glued to every one of them.  When I asked my parents why these kids were dying, they couldn’t answer my questions.  I then made it my mission to find out why.  Unfortunately, big dreams like this are hard to achieve on your own,” says Collins-Underwood.

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