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A newsletter published by the Office of University Relations, Radford University.

Today's Stories:
RU Celebrates Student Athlete Appreciation Day
RU Hosts Faculty Lecture Series April 8-9
Changes in University Advancement Office
Complete Parking and Transportation Survey for a Chance to Win $100
Astronomy Night Is Wednesday
New RU faces Profiles Online
St. Petersburg Ballet Theatre Presents Carmen April 10
Sociology/Anthropology Spring Speaker Series Continues
Kudos: RU Student Ashley Raburn

Today's Top Story

RU Celebrates Student Athlete Appreciation Day
On Sunday, RU celebrated National Student Athlete Appreciation Day during the women's softball game vs. Winthrop. Congratulations to all of our student athletes!

Student Athlete Appreciation Day

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RU Hosts Faculty Lecture Series April 8-9
The eighth annual Faculty Lecture Series will be held Tuesday, April 8 - Wednesday, April 9, in the Bonnie Hurlburt Student Center Auditorium. Four presentations of original scholarly work by RU faculty members were selected for the series.

Tuesday, April 8, 3:30 - 5 p.m.
Professor of Criminal Justice Tod Burke: Examining Teaching Strategies for Effective Student Learning: Are We Really Making a Difference?
Assistant Professor of English Don Cunningham: Law and Order in the Age of the Samurai

Wednesday, April 9, 3 - 4:30 p.m.
Assistant Professors of Social Work Etty Vandsburger and Rana Duncan-Daston: The Effects of the Poverty Simulation, an Experimental Learning Modality, on Students' Understanding of Life in Poverty
Professor of Geography Grigory Ioffe: Understanding Belarus, 'Europe's Last Dictatorship'

The Faculty Lecture Series, sponsored by the Faculty Development Center, is open to faculty, students, staff and the general public. Admission is free.

Changes in University Advancement Office
Vice President of University Advancement Sherri Mylott has accepted another position and has left the university as of the end of March. The university is grateful to Sherri for her service to Radford and wishes her every success in her new position.

A national search for a new Vice President will begin immediately. Until a replacement is hired, Cathy Greenberg has been named to serve as the Interim Vice President for University Advancement and the Interim Executive Director of the Radford University Foundation. Any questions about the university's development efforts, services and ongoing programs should be directed to the office of advancement at 831-6008.

Reminder: Complete Parking and Transportation
Survey for a Chance to Win $100

As a result of the RU 7-17 Strategic Plan and the current process to update the Campus Master Plan, Radford University is undertaking a study to improve its parking and transportation system. To enable this planning effort to be as comprehensive as possible, the campus community will have the opportunity to fill out a parking and travel survey sent to faculty, staff and students' official RU email address March 26. The survey will be available until Wednesday, April 9.

Two randomly chosen survey respondents -- one faculty/staff and one student -- will be the recipients of a $100 bill. The winners will be contacted by email and will also be named in a Tartan article along with a summary of the results of the survey.

The survey is administered by the RU office of institutional research, planning and analysis. The transportation planning firm of Martin/Alexiou/Bryson out of Raleigh, N.C., is conducting the survey and providing the $100 bills for the raffle winners.

RU Society of Physics Students
to Host Astronomy Night Wednesday

The RU Society of Physics Students is hosting an Astronomy Night on Wednesday, April 9, from 9-11 p.m. on Moffet Quad. Several telescopes will be set up so participants can view Saturn and its rings, Mars, nebulae and more. The event is free and open to the public. In the event of rain, Astronomy Night will be held at the same time and location on Wednesday, April 16. To learn more, contact Lecky Stone at

New RU faces Profiles Online
New profiles of outstanding RU faculty, staff, students and alumni are now available at RU faces. At RU faces, you will find stories about Highlanders whose caring, drive and success have created positive opportunities for themselves and those around them. To submit nominations for inclusion in RU faces, please contact Ann Hillenbrand at

St. Petersburg Ballet Theatre Presents Carmen April 10
The St. Petersburg Ballet Theatre will present Carmen on Thursday, April 10, at 8 p.m. in Bondurant Auditorium, Preston Hall. The show is part of RU's Performing Arts Series.

CarmenChoreographed by Yuri Petukhov with music by George Bizet, the ballet follows the story of a captivating and dangerously charming gypsy.

The St. Petersburg Ballet, founded in 1966, is considered one of the most distinguished classical companies in Russia. It has toured more than 50 countries and has performed in the Mariinsky and Hermitage theatres. Admission is $15 for general public and children $7.50. Tickets are on sale at the Hurlburt Student Center and can be purchased by calling (540) 831-5420.

Sociology/Anthropology Spring Speaker Series Continues
The Department of Sociology and Anthropology 2008 Spring Speaker Series, "Exploring the Human Condition," continues Thursday, April 10, with Christian Peterson presenting "Comparative Settlement Pattern Research on Early Chiefdom Communities: Eastern Inner Mongolia, the Northern Andes, and Mesoamerica" from 2 - 3 p.m. in the Bonnie Auditorium. Peterson is with the Chifeng International Collaborative Archaeological Research Project in Northeast China. The event is free and open to the public. To learn more, contact Paula Brush at


RU Student Ashley Raburn Publishes Two Poems
Undergraduate student Ashley Raburn has published two poems, "Scratch the Surface" and "Death Gives Life," in the Bluestone Review, associated with Bluefield College. She will participate in an on-site reading at the college on Monday, April 21. Raburn was inspired to write "Scratch the Surface," a poem about victims of domestic violence, after attending a presentation made by a woman who was almost killed by her ex-husband. The theme of the poem "Death Gives Life" centers around a heart transplant and a person dying in order to give someone else life. "I have been writing since I was 9, and I don't plan on ever stopping," says Raburn.

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4/7-8, Student Choreography Showcase
4/8, Softball vs. NC State
4/8, Baseball vs. ETSU
4/8, Jazz Ensemble Concert
4/9-13, RU Presents "Pippin"
4/10, St. Petersburg Ballet Theatre
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