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.


“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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“I never had a big plan for my career, nor did I have everything mapped out.  Each job has been a leap of faith.  Yet, there has been a common theme of building and growing organizations and taking some risks,” says Colony Brown ’91.

Brown is currently the Vice President of Marketing and Communications at ZERO—The End of Prostate Cancer.  “Our mission is in our name, we want to end prostate cancer.  We plan to achieve our mission through advancing research, encouraging action, providing education and supporting men and their families.

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After John Lyon ‘91 graduated from Radford University with a business management degree, he answered an employment advertisement by Central Parking System, a national parking company. That one application led to an unexpected decades-long career.

“The parking business is an industry that is not known to many people.  It is an industry that provides the opportunity to experience many areas of business.  It allows you to wear many hats and expose yourself to several disciplines.  I happened upon this industry just by applying through an advertisement many years ago.  I have not left since,” says Lyon.

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