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RU welcomes alumni back to campus
for a February Homecoming

“A Whole New Ballgame” is the theme for the two-day Homecoming event that tips off Friday, Feb. 1, and concludes the following day with two basketball games. The first contest begins at 3 p.m., Feb. 2, with the RU women’s team hosting UNC Asheville at the Dedmon Center. The Highlander men take the floor at 7 p.m. for a match with Liberty.

RU Homecoming 2008A pep rally is scheduled for noon Saturday in the Peter’s Hall gymnasium, followed by a Homecoming social at 2 p.m. at the Dedmon Center. The Homecoming queen and king will be crowned during halftime of the men’s game.

A social will follow the game at approximately 9:30 p.m. A separate post-game event complete with music and light refreshments is scheduled for 9 p.m. to midnight in the Bonnie Hurlburt Student Center.

To view the complete Homecoming schedule, visit

Campus News

Radford University Statement on Admissions Policy
Regarding Application by Non-Documented Aliens

Recent state-wide discussions have addressed admissions policies and the possible matriculation of illegal aliens at Virginia’s public colleges and universities. Attention to this issue resulted in a number of newspaper articles on the topic. In order to keep the campus community informed and up to date about Radford's policy on the matter, the University has released the following statement. (See Statement)

Bakari Kitwana Speaks Tonight

Radford University welcomes journalist, activist and political analyst Bakari Kitwana to campus for the university’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration. Tonight, Kitwana will deliver the keynote address “Dr. Martin Luther King’s Legacy and the Hip-Hop Generation” in the Bonnie Auditorium at 7 p.m. (More)

American Red Cross Bloodmobile Seeking Donations

The American Red Cross Bloodmobile will be in Radford today and again Jan. 28-31 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. The organization is in critical need of donations due to recent holidays and inclement weather. The bloodmobile will be parked by Dalton and Bonnie Plaza. Appointments are required and may be made at 1-800-GIVE LIFE. To learn more about the Bloodmobile and donor qualifications, please visit

Tickets for Taylor Swift Concert on Sale Today

With “Our Song” currently number one on the Hot Country Chart, Taylor Swift is not only nominated for a Grammy but she is coming to Radford University! 

The show will be held in Preston’s Bondurant Auditorium on Saturday, March 1, at 8 p.m. Tickets for RU I.D. holders are on sale now at the Hurlburt Student Center Information Office and will remain on sale through 8 p.m. on Jan. 28.

Due to limited seating, RU I.D. holders must present his or her personal RU I.D. at the time of purchase. Limit one RU ticket ($20) and one general public ticket ($30) per RU I.D. Any remaining tickets will go on sale to the general public on Jan. 29 starting at 9 a.m.  For ticket information, please call 540-831-5420.


RU Professor Researches Connection
Between Movement and Learning

Early in her career as a health and physical education teacher, Susan Miller noticed something surprising: children who were having trouble with certain physical tasks in her classes were also having trouble with certain learning tasks in their academic classes. She started looking for research and found a few early studies about the connection between movement and learning.

Now, Miller trains physical education and classroom teachers across Virginia to connect motor activities and the development of learning skills. Last fall, Miller began a collaborative project at Elliston-Lafayette Elementary School, where she and her RU students work with selected children in an action-based learning lab. The research-based program includes sessions during which children work through a series of developmental motor activities designed to improve visual tracking, balance, cross-lateral movements, spinning and eye-hand coordination. Miller says that these skills prepare children to read and focus in the classroom.

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Can you guess where or what it is?  The location will be revealed in the next RU Today.

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