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Graduate Education Speaker Series - Spring 2018

The Spring 2018 line-up for the Graduate Education Speaker Series is now available for review. Includes a talk and signing with children’s author Carmen Agra Deedy and a panel discussion on supporting adolescents’ health and well-being.

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Thanks for Giving to the Osher Annual Fund

Thanks to many donors, the Osher Annual Fund exceeded its goal of raising $10,000 in 2017. We are grateful to all who contributed!

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Think Again Registration for Spring 2018

Registration is now open for Spring 2018 Think Again classes using our new online registration system. All customers must create a new online account, and UR employees must include their 8-digit UR ID during account setup. Review instructions for most customers and instructions for UR employees.Visit the Schedule

Osher Institute Registration for Spring 2018

Online registration is open for spring 2018 classes and events offered by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute! Current members log in to enroll, and new and renewing members can purchase memberships online as well. New to Osher? Visit our online registration instructions.

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SPCS Strategic Plan Implementation Update

Provides an implementation update as of Fall 2018 that addresses goals one and four of the Strategic Plan.Read the Update

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More than 50 years ago, the School of Professional and Continuing Studies (SPCS) pioneered professional and continuing education in Richmond. Today, we enrich the lives and careers of thousands of part-time and nontraditional students of all ages.

As one of the five schools of the University of Richmond, we make available to nontraditional students the resources of the University. We’re the only school in the nation’s top 25 national liberal arts colleges with a dedicated division for professional and continuing education.

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Faculty & Staff News

  • Lee receives trailblazer award

    Dr. Lauranett Lee, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Liberal Arts, was awarded the John Jasper Trailblazer Award by Sixth Mount Zion Baptist Church in Richmond. The award is presented to those who have made significant contributions to the African-American community.

  • Watson receives Osher grant

    Peggy Watson, W’77, recently received a second $25,000 capacity-building grant on behalf of UR’s Osher Institute from The Bernard Osher Foundation. The award supports local membership and fundraising development efforts.

  • McAdams partners in receiving $1.3M grant

    Rob McAdams, director of University of Richmond’s Partners in the Arts, collaborated with Richmond Public Schools to receive a $1.3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education for a partnership to establish the Arts Integrated Learning Certificate Project. 

  • Artist-in-Residence Mad Skillz featured on Virginia Currents

    SPCS Artist-in-Residence Donnie “Mad Skillz” Lewis was featured in an episode of Virginia Currents that highlights how he helped put Virginia on the hip-hop map in the mid 1990s by promoting the ”Virginia sound.”

  • Voice of Hip-Hop class featured in Times-Dispatch

    “The Voice of Hip-Hop in America,” a class team-taught by SPCS professor Dr. Erik Nielson and SPCS artist-in-residence Donnie “Mad Skillz” Lewis, is featured in a Richmond Times-Dispatch article, Teaching Hip-Hop: Mad Skillz at University of Richmond; Rapper-songwriter-DJ covers Hip-Hop History, Culture in Class.

  • Hocutt publishes article in Present Tense journal

    Daniel Hocutt, Web Manager and Adjunct Professor of Liberal Arts in SPCS, published an article titled Algorithms as Information Brokers: Visualizing Rhetorical Agency in Platform Activities in Present Tense: A Journal of Rhetoric in Society.

  • Kuti uses DOE grant to develop online ESOL training

    Dr. Laura Kuti, Interim Assistant Chair, Teacher Licensure Preparation and Assistant Chair, Curriculum & Instruction, has received a $25,000 grant from the Virginia Department of Education to offer a fully online, statewide ESOL Praxis training module. Region 6 teachers will participate in the training module this spring.

  • Laursen receives SPCS Innovation in Teaching Award

    Dr. Erik Laursen, Adjunct Associate Professor of Education, has been named the 2018 recipient of the SPCS Innovations in Teaching Award, which honors an adjunct professor for creativity and innovation in the classroom.

  • Thornton Among Top 100 Leadership Speakers

    Linda Fisher Thornton, Adjunct Associate Professor of HR Management & Leadership, was named one of The Top 100 Leadership Speakers for 2018 in an Inc. magazine list curated by Kevin Kruse, founder of LEADx and producer of the LEADx Leadership podcast.

  • Leeper named by ALA to advisory board

    Angela Leeper, Director of the UR Curriculum Materials Center (CMC), has been named by the American Library Association (ALA) to the ALA-Children's Book Council Joint Committee for a two-year term through June 2019. The committee fosters collaboration and communication on the content, format, distribution, and promotion of materials for children and young adults.

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Alumni & Graduate News

  • Nicole Hood, GC'15, named director at The Bryn Mawr School

    Dr. Nicole G. Hood, GC’15, has been named to the position of Upper School Director at The Bryn Mawr School in Baltimore effective July 1, 2018. Hood earned a Graduate Certificate in Educational Leadership & Policy Studies at the School of Professional & Continuing Studies.

  • Ruby Decker, GC'15, earns grant for school

    Ruby M. Decker, GC’15, who earned her Graduate Certificate in Teacher Licensure Preparation at SPCS, applied for and received a Crayola-funded Champion Creatively Alive Children grant for the school where she teaches, Montpelier Elementary School in Prince George County, Maryland. 

  • David Johns, IOP graduate, named Ferrum College president

    Dr. David Johns, who earned a Fund Development certificate from the University of Richmond Institute on Philanthropy last summer to help prepare himself for a higher education leadership position, has been named the 12th president of Ferrum College in Ferrum, Virginia, effective January 1, 2018.

  • Manyang Kher, C'17

    To raise money for the Sudanese refugee crisis, Manyang Kher, C’17, a Sudanese refugee himself, started his own coffee company last year called 734 Coffee, named for the Gambela region where they source their coffee beans. Read more on Spider Pride.

  • Frenishee Smith, GC'12, GC'16

    Frenishee Smith, GC’12, GC’16, has been awarded a 2017 R.E.B. Award for Teaching Excellence by The Community Foundation and the R.E.B. Foundation. Smith’s award will fund visiting schools that engage students living in poverty in innovative ways along with attending The International Conference on Urban Education in Nassau, Bahamas.

  • Grace Creasey, GC'14

    Grace Creasey, GC’14, has been named the Executive Director for the Virginia Council for Private Education, effective October 16, 2017. Creasey earned a master of education degree in educational leadership and policy studies in December 2014.

  • Dan Sullivan, C'17

    Dan Sullivan, C’17, a graduate of the SPCS Weekend College program, was featured in a Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star article highlighting his success overcoming adversity to graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies.

  • Zack Grossfield, '15, GC'17

    Zack Grossfield, '15, GC'17, recently published an article based on research completed in his Master of Liberal Arts class, Rap Lyrics on Trial, taught by Dr. Erik Nielson. The article, Bad News Beartrap: Twain Gotti, addressed the use of rap lyrics as evidence in rapper Twain Gotti's criminal trial for a 2007 double homicide.

  • Jerry Clemmer, C'11, GC'14

    Jerry Clemmer, C’11, GC’14, credits his Master of Human Resource Management (MHRM) as a signficant contributing factor in his recent promotion to Director of One Card and Business Development for Campus Services. Clemmer has earned both degrees through the School of Professional & Continuing Studies.

  • Joseph Sattelmaier, C'17

    Joseph Sattelmaier, C’17, a recent graduate of the School’s Information Systems program, was selected for a newly created position at Wells Fargo, responsible for managing all inventory and technicians at their technology center. Sattelmaier directly credits his new degree for the promotion. 


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