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  • Roberts profiled in Veterans Day feature

    Dan Roberts, SPCS professor and chair of liberal arts, host of A Moment in Time and Vietnam War veteran, was profiled in a Veterans Day feature in the Richmond Times-Dispatch. His successful but ongoing fight against cancer, attributed in part to Agent Orange exposure, is highlighted.

  • Edinger publishes journal article

    Matthew J. Edinger, adjunct professor of education, has published the article What’s in Your Gifted Education Online Teacher Professional Development? Incorporating Theory- and Practice-Based Elements of Instructional Learning Design in the October 2020 issue of Gifted Child Quarterly.

  • Thornton's '7 Lenses' a book club selection

    The book 7 Lenses: Learning the Principles and Practices of Ethical Leadership by Linda Fisher Thornton, adjunct associate professor of HR management and CEO of Leading in Context, LLC, was selected by Skillsoft as its as its Off-the-Shelf Book Club selection for October 2020.

  • Nielson quoted in NPR News article

    Erik Nielson, associate professor & assistant chair of liberal arts and expert on the use of rap lyrics as evidence in criminal trials, was interviewed for an NPR Music article about the case of Louisiana rap artist Mac Phipps, who was convicted for manslaughter based in part on his lyrics.

  • Shuai, Chmura awarded for best paper

    Xiaobing Shuai, adjunct professor of HR Management, and Christine Chmura, adjunct assistant professor of HR Management, co-authored a paper with James Stinchcomb, “COVID-19, Labor Demand, and Government Responses: Evidence from Job Posting Data,” that received the National Association for Business Economics (NABE) Contributed Paper Award for 2020.

  • Chmura, Shuai awarded for best paper

    Christine Chmura, adjunct assistant professor of HR Management, and Xiaobing Shuai, adjunct professor of HR Management, co-authored a paper with James Stinchcomb, “COVID-19, Labor Demand, and Government Responses: Evidence from Job Posting Data,” that received the National Association for Business Economics (NABE) Contributed Paper Award for 2020.

  • Hiller receives community-engaged teaching award

    George Hiller, L’91, SPCS adjunct professor of liberal arts and Robins School of Business lecturer in international business, received the 2020 Community-Engaged Teaching Award from the Bonner Center for Center Engagement at its third annual Engage for Change! awards ceremony.

  • Hocutt co-chairs virtual conference, co-edits proceedings

    Daniel Hocutt, SPCS web manager & adjunct professor of liberal arts, served as program co-chair of SIGDOC 2020, the 38th ACM International Conference on Design of Communication. In this role, Hocutt also served as co-editor of the conference Proceedings.

  • Nielson receives 1st Amendment award

    Erik Nielson, SPCS assistant chair and associate professor of liberal arts and expert on rap lyrics used in criminal trials, has received the 2020 Hugh M. Hefner First Amendment Award in Book Publishing with co-author Andrea L. Dennis for their book their book Rap on Trial: Race, Lyrics, and Guilt in America.

  • Lee publishes 'Performance Conversations' book

    Chris Lee, adjunct associate professor of HR management and chief HR officer at William & Mary, has published the book Performance Conversations: Using Questions to Coach Employees, Improve Productivity and Boost Confidence (Without Appraisals) with the Society for HR Management.

Alumni & Graduate News

  • Brian Peyton, C'09, shares impact of Grassroots Lobbying & Advocacy program

    Brian Peyton, C’09, president of Teamsters Local 322 and the political coordinator for Teamsters Joint Council 83, shares in The Collegian how lessons he learned while earning the SPCS Grassroots Lobbying & Advocacy Professional Certificate helps him to gather grassroots coalitions in support of issues. Peyton earned a Bachelor of Liberal Arts through Weekend College at SPCS.

  • Orly Lewis, C'99, Jewish Community Center CEO, featured in UR Magazine

    Orly Lewis, C’99, was featured in the August 2020 edition of the University of Richmond Magazine as a community servant for the calm she’s brought to the Carole and Marcus Weinstein Jewish Community Center as its CEO throughout the tumultuous period of pandemic response. Lewis earned a bachelor’s degree in HR Management through SPCS.

  • Jenny Andrews, GB'94, C'04 and GC'17, named principal at Greenfield Elementary School

    Jenny Andrews, GB’94, C’04 and GC’17, has been named principal at Greenfield Elementary School in Chesterfield County Public Schools. Andrews earned an MBA in the Reynolds Graduate School, Robins School of Business in 1994, an undergraduate certificate in Teacher Licensure Preparation at SPCS in 2004, and a Graduate Certificate in Educational Leadership & Policy Studies at SPCS in 2016.

  • Tom Parfitt, C'14 and GC'17, to open bakery in Manchester area

    Tom Parfitt, C’14 and GC’17, will be opening a new bakery, Wildcraft Focaccia Co., in Manchester’s Old Town section with a business partner. The launch of the new venture is highlighted in Richmond BizSense. Parfitt is the former Senior Program Manager for Professional Education at SPCS and also worked and taught in the now-closed UR Center for Culinary Arts. He earned a Bachelor of Liberal Arts in 2014 and a Master of Liberal Arts in 2017.

  • Tavorise K. Marks, C'18, authors column on Nov. ballot's Amendment 1

    Tavorise K. Marks, C’18, published a Richmond Times-Dispatch column titled On Amendment 1, Let’s Say the Quiet Part Out Loud in support of approving Amendment 1 on Virginia ballots in November. Marks writes, “I support Amendment 1 on this year’s ballot because it is a straightforward way to help fix a system [of redrawing Virginia voting districts] that we all agree is broken.”

  • Jarmal Bevels Jr., GC'20, named in 'Richmond's Inno Under 25'

    Jarmal Bevels Jr., GC’20, has been named in Richmond’s Inno Under 25 list of top Richmond-area innovators under age 25. Each year, Richmond Inno compiles a list of the area’s most promising and notable entrepreneur and technologists who are 25 and under. Bevels earned a Master of HR Management at SPCS.

  • Krystle Yarbrough, GC'16, named assistant principal at Battlefield Park Elementary School

    Krystle Yarbrough, GC’16, has been named assistant principal at Battlefield Park Elementary School in Hanover County Public Schools. Yarbrough earned a Master of Education in Educational Leadership & Policy Studies at SPCS.

  • Beth Morris, GC'20, named assistant principal at Providence Middle School

    Beth Morris, GC’20, has been named assistant principal at Providence Middle School in Chesterfield County Public Schools. Morris completed a Graduate Certificate in Educational Leadership & Policy Studies at SPCS.

  • Chris White, C'17 & L'20, hired as public defender in Glendive, Montana

    Chris White, C’17 and L’20, has been hired as a lawyer in the Montana Office of the State Public Defender working in the Region 10 office in Glendive. White earned a B.A.L.A. in Weekend College at SPCS and a J.D. in the Richmond School of Law in 2020.

  • Lauren Bischoff, GC'17, named principal at Baker Elementary School

    Lauren Bischoff, GC'17, has been hired as the principal at Baker Elementary School in Henrico County Public Schools. She worked as a resource teacher & associate principal at the school before being named its principal. She earned a Graduate Certificate in Educational Leadership & Policy Studies in December 2016 at SPCS.

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