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.

Craig Herndon ’98, M.S. ’00

Political knowledge and skills, along with an interest in education, has led Craig Herndon ’98, M.S. ’00 to Richmond to fight on behalf of Virginia’s college students.

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Emma Violand-Sánchez ’66, M.A. ’68

Emma Violand-Sánchez ’66, M.A. ’68 has used her life experience – including her time at Radford University – to change the lives of children in Virginia.

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Jean Bliss '45

“I was really proud of them. All my mother and daddy did was try to earn enough money support their children. That’s why they went to Radford,” says Jean Bliss ’45.

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Jim Harrison ’91, M.A. ‘92

Going on 20 years as an FBI agent, Jim Harrison ’91, M.A. ‘92 has served the Bureau in numerous roles while being stationed in places like St. Louis, Budapest and Baghdad. He never planned for it to be that way.

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Rachel Gregory '11

Rachel Gregory '11 fell in love with marketing at Radford University. “I love it because it’s the psychology of the consumer,” she said. “You get into the mind of the consumer to see how and why they purchase something.”

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Lisa Graham ’01

Radford University alumna Lisa Graham ’01 applies the skills she learned at Radford University as a marketing minor and as a student-athlete in her career as a successful real estate agent in New York City.

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Dale Ardizzone ’85, M.S. ’86

“The education I received at Radford University, both academically and through my involvement with various university initiatives and activities, played a vital role in my overall professional development,” says Dale Ardizzone, Esq. ’85, M.S. ’86.

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Standing on stage at New York’s Avery Fisher Hall in Lincoln Center, alumna Penelope Shumate ‘93 had a moment of realization.

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Ashley Rosenbaum '15

Ashley Rosenbaum’s story has all the elements of a fairytale-like story. Her plot line is this: young designer is discovered on social media and her work ends up in British Vogue.

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Route 8 Donuts

“The smaller class size really allows you to have a more direct relationship with your professor. You’re not just a number in a class. That’s why I chose Radford,” says Chris Nietzold ’10 who, with his wife Kristen ’14, opened Route 8 Donuts in Christiansburg.

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