RU Today summer edition
An electronic newsletter published by the Office of University Relations, Radford University.

Today's Stories:
Governor Kaine Visits RU Campus
RU Student Is Recipient of Distinguished Collegian Award
Former Highlander Nava Qualifies for 2008 Summer Olympics
DC Renovations Move Forward with New Steel Trusses
Professor to Provide Training Manuals for AICPA Through 2011
Dalton Dining Schedule Information
Big South Honors RU Program and Athletes
Kudos: 1984 Alum Brian "Chris" Cork

This Week's Top News

Governor Kaine Visits RU Campus
Governor VisitsVirginia Governor Timothy M. Kaine recently visited the RU campus to learn about university efforts and accomplishments related to the 7-17 Strategic Plan and to tour the campus. Greeted by a standing room only crowd in the Martin Hall Board Room, Governor Kaine was welcomed to the campus by the Rector of RU's Board of Visitors, R.J. Kirk. The Rector noted Governor Kaine's strong commitment to higher education in the Commonwealth and thanked him for his continuing interest in the success of Radford University. To learn more, see the RU News Release.

RU Student Is Recipient of Distinguished Collegian Award
Nana “T-Chee” Kum, an RU student and member of the Theta Iota chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, was recently named a recipient of one of three national Distinguished Collegian Awards by the Alpha Phi Alpha Education Foundation, Inc.

The Alpha Phi Alpha Education Foundation, Inc., is a nonprofit charitable arm of Alpha Phi Alpha. The foundation focuses on scholarships, programs, training and development of the membership.

Nana KumKum recently received a medallion at the General Convention of Alpha Phi Alpha in Kansas City. He will also be featured in an upcoming issue of the fraternity's magazine and the nation's second oldest African-American publication still in existence, The Sphinx.

"The Radford University community, Greek Life and the National Pan-Hellenic Council are very proud of the accomplishments of T-Chee,” says Steve Leist, RU's coordinator of student activities-Greek Life. “He is an outstanding student and university leader. I look forward to continuing to work with T-Chee as he assumes the presidency of the Theta Iota chapter.”

Campus News

Former Highlander Nava Qualifies for 2008 Summer Olympics
Goran NavaFormer Radford University track and field standout Goran Nava recently qualified for the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China. He will represent Serbia, which is the native country of his mother.

Nava, who hails from Castello Di Brianza, Italy, qualified for the squad by posting a time of 3:38:35 in the 1500 meter run on July 2 in Milan, Italy. He will compete in the athletics event at the 29th Summer Games, scheduled for August 15-24.

To learn more, see Highlanders sports.

DC Renovations Move Forward with New Steel Trusses
Dedmon Center renovations are moving forward with the delivery of nine tri-cord trusses. Delivery of the trusses is expected the third week of August with installation to follow. The trusses, which weigh more than 20 tons, measure six feet in diameter and 14 feet in height. To learn more about renovations at the Dedmon Center, see the RU News Release.

Professor to Provide Training Manuals for AICPA Through 2011
Bruce ChaseRadford University accounting professor Bruce Chase recently received a contract extension for two training manuals published through the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA).

AICPA provides a variety of support to certified public accountants, including professional training manuals that meet state-mandated continuing education requirements. Chase's manuals, Not-for-Profit Accounting and Reporting: From Start to Finish and Foundations in Governmental Accounting: In GASB We Trust, were designed to help professionals within the AICPA complete part of the organization's annual professional development requirements. To learn more, see the RU News Release.

Dalton Dining Schedule Information
Dalton Dining Center is currently closed and will re-open with limited dining hours starting Monday, August 11, at 7:30 a.m. Muse continues to be closed for renovations and will reopen the start of the fall semester.

To learn more, see the Dalton hours flyer (PDF file).

Women's Basketball Program, Dante Washington,
Martin Sayer Honored at BSC 25th Anniversary

The Radford women's basketball program (1986-96), former Highlander men's soccer player Dante Washington (1988-92) and current men's tennis standout Martin Sayer were honored at the Big South Conference's 25th Anniversary Banquet recently. The celebration recognized and honored the conference's Top 25 “Best of the Best” moments from its first 25 years, as well as paid homage to the early leaders of the Big South Conference. See Highlanders Sports story for more.


1984 Grad Qualifies for North American
Endurance Race Championships

Brian "Chris" Cork, a 1984 RU graduate, recently took home second place overall in the Western States Raid Endurance Race, qualifying for the North American Championships. Cork, also a team captain, led his group Human Capital to a third place finish. The race included several mountain bike rides across various terrains, multiple trail runs, open-water swimming across the Colorado River, rafting, canoeing and rappelling. “It's the kind of hardship no amount of training can prepare you for,” said Cork. “One minute you're completing a three-mile whitewater swim in the river. The next, you're in the middle of a scorching 20-mile cross-country mountain bike ride. It's just one extreme to the next.”

Cork will be featured in the September issue of Inc. Magazine as a successful entrepreneur who has started and sold five companies. The article will also focus on a typical day of his endurance race training.

The Back Page

On this day in 1936, author Margaret Mitchell sold the film rights for Gone With the Wind to MGM. Mitchell's asking price was $50,000. It was more than any studio had ever paid for rights to a first novel. --

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Coming Up at RU

8/4-7, Boys' Basketball Camp
8/18-21, Girls' Basketball Camp
8/20-22, August "Our Turn"
8/29-30, Residence Halls Open
9/1, First Day of Classes for 2008-2009 School Year
(See RU Calendar for more listings;
contact RU Athletics at 831-5228 for information on summer sports camps)

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