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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.


“Volunteer when you can because it may not seem like it is beneficial for you at the time, but the connections you build will really help you in life. If you have the opportunity to volunteer take a risk and do it. Pay it forward,” said Nathan Charlton ’09.

Today, Charlton is the Director of Operations for the Atlanta Silverbacks. He coordinates the team’s pre-season and season travel and game schedules. This can be difficult at times since the Silverbacks rent time for games and schedule around other organizations using the same facility. Charlton is also in charge of writing player’s contracts.

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“My biggest take away from Radford was the relationships.  Everyone will get the degree which is important, but, what you do with the relationships you make as a student—that is what matters,” says Mike Dolinger ‘91.

As a student, Dolinger played on the soccer team and was involved in Greek Life.

“Both of these experiences taught me many valuable lessons.  On the soccer team I was able to find my internal motivation and learn to always strive to do my best.  In the fraternity, I was on the leadership board.

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The word ardent comes to mind when speaking about Mark Argenziano ’90.  He is a basketball enthusiast whose passion guides him on and off the court. 

Argenziano is currently an English as a Second Language (ESL) Middle School teacher in Lawrence, Massachusetts. He is also Director of Scouting for the United States Basketball League (USBL) and previously held the same position with the Continental Basketball Association (CBA). 

When Argenziano was in high school, his family moved to Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico.  While there, Argenziano continued his devotion to the game of basketball.

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Fernando Sigui ‘95, a native of El Salvador, enrolled at Radford University in 1991 as an international student.

Sigui was drawn to Radford University’s campus and the region by the beauty of Virginia’s changing seasons. Once he was here, Radford University had a lot more to offer Sigui than the seasons, including Radford’s social, athletic and academic opportunities.

“Being in a new geographic region with new cultures and plenty of new friends to choose from really helped solidify the platform for my success. I give a lot of credit to the College of Business and Economics. It taught me the essentials of business.

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The path Michelle O’Connor ’91 took to her current role as CEO of a multimillion dollar company was not an easy one.

While attending Radford, O’Connor was influenced by two professors in the psychology department, both of whom remained active in their fields of study and were able to share real life experience. They also genuinely cared for their students.  O’Connor’s biggest take away from the university though was the confidence that she gained in herself and the desire to continue her education. 

“After I graduated, I went on to earn my Masters of Education degree in curriculum and instruction with a cognate in training and development at Virginia Tech,” says O’Connor. 

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