Newsletter of the School of Professional & Continuing Studies
A Note from the Dean
The SCS celebrated a number of significant milestones this academic year.
- Our graduating class of 254 was the second largest in the School’s history.
- Our graduates included both the University’s oldest (age 72) and youngest (age 20) graduate.
- This year’s Commencement represented our 50th graduating class.
As we look to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the School—once named University College, renamed the School of Continuing Studies, and now the School of Professional & Continuing Studies—we have an opportunity to reflect on past milestones and build upon past success toward an ever-brighter future.
We’re spending the summer months preparing for a gala 50th anniversary celebration. We’ll kick things off on the first day of classes by celebrating the official name change from SCS to SPCS. September will see SPCS Week, which will include a series of activities and events for prospective students, current students, alumni, faculty, staff, and the entire University community.
We’ll also debut a new 50th anniversary logo on our website and on print publications. We’ll create a web presence on Facebook that reviews various milestones throughout our history. And we’ll identify 50 people and groups who’ve made a significant difference in the life of the School, the University, or the larger community.
We’re looking forward to celebrating 50 years of enriching lives and careers. Whatever your relationship with the School and University, we hope you’ll engage with us online, on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Pinterest—and, as always, in person, here on the remarkable campus of the University of Richmond.With all best wishes.
James L. Narduzzi, Ph.D.
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Kellie Amberger, C‘11, finds in Weekend College both the challenge of academic rigor and the pattern for success in business.
John Miers, C‘13, never lost sight of his dream to earn a bachelor’s degree despite a twenty-five-year postponement.
Award-winning author, columnist, speaker, and writing coach Stacy Hawkins Adams, C‘13, is back in the classroom pursuing her passion for lifelong learning.
After spending two years teaching in the Mississippi Delta region with Teach for America, Collin Wilson, C‘13, decided to go back into classroom to pursue a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction.
Dr. Thomas Shields, assistant professor of education in the School of Professional & Continuing Studies and director of the University’s Center for Leadership in Education, has been elected President-Elect of the Virginia Professors of Education Leadership.
Dr. Ellen Walk, assistant professor and program chair of information systems in the School of Professional & Continuing Studies, has been awarded the 2012 International Education Award by the Office of International Studies at the University of Richmond.
Anna Kay Travis, non-credit programs operations coordinator in the School of Professional & Continuing Studies—and an undergraduate student in the School—was recently recognized by Omicron Delta Kappa, a national leadership honor society.
Dr. Christine Contrada, assistant professor and liberal arts program coordinator, recently presented a guest lecture on the development of the Italian nation at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at George Mason University.
J. Ron Smith, award-winning poet and adjunct professor of liberal arts in the School of Professional & Continuing Studies, has recently published poems in Plume online and in an anthology released this month.
Adjunct faculty of the School of Professional & Continuing Studies earned promotions along with 5-, 10-, 15-, 20- and 35-year service awards during the annual awards ceremony at the Spring faculty meeting on January 5, 2012.
Anne Marie Morgan, adjunct professor of liberal arts in the School of Professional & Continuing Studies, recently co-edited a college-level textbook on Virginia history and government.
Dr. Patricia B. Strait, Human Resource Management program chair, recently published the second article in her immigration trilogy in The International Journal of Interdiscplinary Social Sciences.
Dr. Erik Nielson, program coordinator of the School of Professional & Continuing Studies Communications Core and assistant professor of liberal arts, presented a paper at the Annual Conference of the National Women’s Studies Association.
Linda Hutson, C‘12, refused to let her past become an obstacle to earning a bachelor’s degree at the University of Richmond School of Professional & Continuing Studies.
UR Downtown joins the MetroCASH coalition and offers free tax assistance to Richmond area residents.
Japanese Ambassador Ichiro Fujisaki joined UR professors to examine the physical, economic and psychological impacts of Japan's spring 2011 disaster and evaluate the recovery one year later.
The Digital Scholarship Lab uses dense historic materials as the foundation for interactive learning projects, making high-level scholarship accessible to the general public.
As UR’s ensemble-in-residence prepares to return to campus, flutist Tim Munro talks about the group’s influences and how it felt to win a Grammy.
Assistant director of dance Anne Van Gelder talks about this year’s University Dancers spring concert and which student-choreographed pieces had faculty judges jazzed.
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