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.

Shyla Vesitis '96

“To carve my own path,” says Shyla Vesitis ’96 when asked about what she learned during her time at Radford University. “And to not be afraid to take risks.”

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When Jessica Maples ’01 came to Radford University she had one goal in mind, to become an interior designer.

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George Kite '03

“What got me in the door were my work ethic and my experience from Radford University,” says Chief Financial Officer at Call Federal Credit Union, George Kite III ’03.

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“Radford was truly some of the best years of my life. I learned so much about myself during those years, which I feel has led to my successes,” says Sandy Lutton 93'. 

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“Radford University was a game changer in my life. I was at a fork in the road -- by deciding to turn down Tyler Ave, I knew my life was about to change,” said Shay Carson Onorio ’99.

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David Adkins '89 was hired by the Wizards in July of 2014 upon recommendation from a friend. He took the job after coaching stints with the University of Maryland’s women’s basketball team, and before that, a handful of assistant coaching jobs at high schools around Virginia.

Adkins has a solid reputation for developing players’ skills from the high school ranks to the professional, including 2013-14 NBA Most Valuable Player (MVP) Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder, whom Adkins coached at Montrose Christian School in Rockville, Maryland.

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Stacey Fraser ’90 came to Radford University to pursue her passion in fashion design. “In high school I was always designing and making my own clothes. I love colors and textures and always enjoy making something that is unique and stands,” says Fraser.

As a student at Radford University, Fraser seized opportunities to expand her expertise and experiences. “I did a semester studying in London and was able to do an internship for a small designer. This internship reassured me that I was in the right field. I also was interested in fashion because both of my grandmothers were in the business. It brings me such joy to know that we all share that passion,” says Fraser.

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Joshua Taylor ’13 is the Marketing and Sponsorship Sales Manager at The Greenbrier Resort – marketing and selling sponsorships for the resorts major sporting events.  The recreation, parks and tourism graduate says that he is passionate about promoting the resort and his hometown.

“I grew up in this area, so selling this place is like second nature to me.  There has been so much history on our grounds; it is hard not to get excited about it.  Just recently, the New Orleans Saints built a training facility for their summer training camp here.  We have so much going on, so much growth here; it makes The Greenbrier the ideal place to be.  I care passionately about this resort and the surrounding area,” says Taylor.

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