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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.


“After 30 years of hard work, it was such an honor when I got a call from the White House informing me that the president would like to appoint me as the United States Commercial Commissioner,” says Eugenio Pineiro ’79.

Pineiro serves on the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT).  ICCAT is a governmental fishery organization responsible for the conservation of tunas and tuna-like species in the Atlantic Ocean and other seas.

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“I will never forget driving around the corner and seeing campus in front of me.  I instantly knew that I made the right decision and that I was home,” says Angela Sheppard Underhill ’86, M.S. ‘87. 

Underhill earned her undergraduate degree in 1986 in Communications Sciences and Disorders, then her master’s degree in 1987.  “There were only four people in the graduate program at the time.  We had an advantage because we all were able to receive first-hand experience in the speech and hearing clinic, because we were responsible for staffing it,” says Underhill.

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“When I first applied to Radford University, for an undergraduate degree in Criminal Justice (CJ), I was not successful, but I did not give up.  I was encouraged to reapply by my friend’s father.  Subsequently, I tried again and was accepted!”

“I embraced all of the opportunities Radford University had to offer.  As an undergraduate, I was involved in Residential Life as a Resident Assistant and was involved in the ‘Quest’ program during the summer.  These experiences helped me figure out who I was and where my strengths were,” says Rick Walker ’87, M.S. ‘89.

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By starting Professional GFX, a web development and graphic design business and running The Gear House, Chris Pund ’08 is not shy about being an entrepreneur.

“My parents owned their own business, so I grew up around a business mindset.  Naturally, I knew that was what I wanted.  In high school I started a web development business and built websites for clients.  While at Radford University, Campus Recreation hired me to build and run its website,” says Pund.

After graduation, Northrup Grumman hired Pund as a cost volume and strategy analyst.

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“Radford had a great appeal to me because it was an all-women’s college, and I was very shy and not sure of my capabilities,” says Betty Mitchell Nelson ’57 former Dean of Students Emerita at Purdue University. 

Nelson was recently honored with the distinguished lifetime membership award by the Mortar Board National College Senior Honor Society.  These awards are presented to alumni who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in their professional lives.

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