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COVID-19 Coronavirus Information & Updates

In response to the spread of coronavirus, we’ve has developed a page summarizing changes and updates. In addition to reviewing these updates, please monitor your email and SPCS social media channels closely for course- and program-specific updates.

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Faculty & Staff News

  • Roberts interviewed on WRVA

    Dr. Dan Roberts, chair of the liberal arts program and host of A Moment in Time, discusses the coronavirus outbreak in the context of historical plagues in an interview on Richmond’s Morning News with John Reid on Newsradio 1140 WRVA.

  • Hocutt presents at national communication symposium

    Dr. Daniel Hocutt, R’92 and G’98, proposed new methods for testing user experience in algorithm-driven web technologies at the 9th annual Symposium for Communication Complex Information (SCCI) at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va.

  • Spires earns promotion to associate professor

    Dr. Bob Spires, professor in the SPCS graduate education program, has been approved by the University Board of Trustees for promotion from assistant professor to the rank of associate professor.

  • Wilson delivers address at award ceremony

    Dr. Jamelle Wilson, dean of the School of Professional & Continuing Studies, was the featured speaker at Westminster Canterbury Richmond’s 41st Annual Lettie Pate Whitehead Evans Award Ceremony. Wilson’s address was titled “Paying the Rent: Finding Value through a Life of Service.”

  • Wilson named local visionary

    Dr. Jamelle Wilson, dean of the School of Professional & Continuing Studies, was named a local visionary and profiled in a speciality publication of the Richmond Times-Dispatch titled “Local Visionaries Reflect on Black History Month” in the February 7 print and e-editions of the paper.

  • Madron to offer conference keynote

    Justin Madron, GIS Project Manager & Analyst in the University of Richmond Digital Scholarship Lab, will join the lab’s director, Robert K. Nelson, in delivering the keynote address at the Virginia Association for Mapping & Land Information Systems (VAMLIS) GIS Conference in April. Madron is a lead instructor for the GIS Professional Certificate.

  • Wilson moderates MLK Day event

    Dr. Jamelle Wilson, dean of the School of Professional & Continuing Studies, moderated Virginia Commonwealth University’s MLK Day 2020 keynote event, Reflections on the Fierce Urgency of Now, on the eve of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The event featured remarks, discussion and screening of the film Woke Vote.

  • Spires co-authors journal article

    Dr. Bob Spires, Assistant Professor of Education, co-authored Cambodian Youth Perspectives on Social and Educational Barriers, a case study published in the Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies in Education. Spires’ co-authors are Jeremy Tost of Colorado Mesa University and Sokleng In of Love Without Boundaries in Poipet, Cambodia.

  • Wilson addresses leadership summit

    Dr. Jamelle Wilson, dean of the School of Professional & Continuing Studies, recently addressed attendees of the Virginia Foundation of Independent College’s inaugural Women’s Leadership Development Summit in Richmond. She spoke on “Leading Authentically,” positing that we lead most effectively from a place of knowing who we are and where we are at a particular time.

  • Greenan featured in SpiderTalks with Pres. Crutcher

    Dr. April Greenan, adjunct assistant professor of liberal arts, is featured in a recent episode of SpiderTalks with President Crutcher. Greenan’s research as a musicologist focuses on 18th century Western art music, the art music tradition in the U.S., and the intersection of music and medicine.

Alumni & Graduate News

  • Kelly Maiden, C'18, named Beginning Teacher of the Year

    Kelly Maiden, C’18, was named Beginning Teacher of the Year at Beaverdam Elementary School in Hanover County Public Schools. Maiden earned elementary teacher licensure in 2018 while completing a BA in liberal arts and a concentration in elementary education.

  • Jerry Thornton, Bryant's Small Batch Cider owner, recognized by Gov. Northam

    Jerry Thornton, 2018 graduate of the Richmond-area Beer Brewer Professional Certificate and owner of Bryant’s Small Batch Cider, has been recognized by Governor Ralph Northam for plans to open a new hard cider production facility and tasting room in the City of Richmond’s historic Shockoe Bottom neighborhood. The cidery will revitalize a historic commercial building and plans to plant several apple trees on site.

  • SPCS grads active on pro teams highlighted in UR Magazine

    SPCS graduates are included among Spiders active on pro sports teams in the University of Richmond Magazine. Jonathan de Marte, ’15 and GC’17, who earned his bachelor’s degree at Richmond and his Master of HR Management in SPCS, plays baseball for the York Revolution in the professional Atlantic League. Tyler Plantier, GC’19, who earned a Master of HR Management in SPCS, plays baseball for the Boise Hawks, minor league affiliate of the Colorado Rockies.

  • Kendyl Crawley Crawford, GC'18, featured in UR Magazine

    Kendyl Crawley Crawford, GC’18, is profiled in a brief titled In Pursuit of Justice for All in the Winter 2020 edition of University of Richmond Magazine. Crawley Crawford earned a Master of Nonprofit Studies degree and serves as director of Virginia Interfaith Power & Light, a faith-based group dedicated to organizing statewide efforts surrounding climate change and environmental justice.

  • Late John Miers, C'13, honored by NMSU with memorial scholarship

    The late John Miers, C’13, an SPCS Weekend College graduate inspired by his learning experience to become a research librarian, has been honored by New Mexico State University with a new scholarship in his name. The John & Teresa Miers Current Use Scholarship honors Miers’ dedication to continual learning, supporting students who have returned to university studies after a gap in their education.

  • LeKiesha White, GC'19, describes teaching experience in published book

    LeKiesha White, GC’19, shared her experience using project-based learning to teach biology to English learners (EL) in a book published by ASCD. The book, Team Up, Speak Up, Fire Up! brings together research, best practices, and voices from educators to help teachers support ELs and their families. White earned an M.Ed. in Educational Leadership & Policy Studies in 2019 and teaches in Chesterfield County.

  • Jason Martin, C'13, earns master of science in cybersecurity

    Jason Martin, C’13, currently serving as secretary of the SPCS Alumni Association Board of Directors, successfully completed a Master of Science degree in Cyber Security at Liberty University in December 2019. Martin earned a Bachelor of Liberal Arts degree in 2013 at SPCS.

  • Dustin Engels, GC'14, publishes book related to MLA research topic

    Dustin Engels, GC’14, recently released his first book, Around the Worlds in 80 Days: One Fan’s Journey to Conquer Disney’s Magic Kingdoms. Engels earned a Master of Liberal Arts degree in 2014 with a focus on American popular culture. The book documents his travels from April-June 2018 to visit every Disney park in the world.

  • Slade Gormus, C'18, to lead UR's collegiate recovery program

    Slade Gormus, C’18, will lead UR’s collegiate recovery program using grant funds received from the state’s Department of Behavioral Health to establish programs to tackle substance abuse issues on campus. Gormus is a Registered Nurse who earned a BA in liberal arts through Weekend College. She is currently working to earn a Master of HR Management degree through SPCS.

  • Brian Peyton, C'09, addresses presidential candidate at Teamsters forum

    Brian Peyton, C’09, Principal Officer of Teamsters Local 322 in Richmond, recently questioned U.S. presidential candidate Cory Booker about collective bargaining at the Teamsters Presidential Forum on Worker Issues on December 7, 2019. Peyton’s question and Booker’s response are captured in the recording of the event (start at 1:01:45). Peyton earned a BA in Liberal Arts through Weekend College.

In the Media

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First week of #URSummerSchool registration in the books!
Midway thru our first week of shifting to online learning, how's it going?
UR Summer School registration now open in BannerWeb for students in @urichmondas, @urichmondrobins & @jepsonschool!
With sorrow we announce the passing of Jean H.

In addition to 38 years of service as a staff member, Ms.
Jean was a beloved colleague and will be dearly missed by the University of Richmond community.
The University of Richmond flag will fly at half-staff from Thursday, March 19, through Saturday, March 21 in recognition of our colleague's passing.
In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, @urichmond has shifted classes online through the end of the spring semester.
We understand there's been confusion about SPCS registrations for degree-program classes.
The University of Richmond has suspended classes next week until Monday, March 23, in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.
The @urichmond Summer School 2020 schedule is now available for viewing, and registration opens at 9am on March 17 for continuing students.
It's Spring Break at @urichmond!
Jackson Knox, '12, won 42% of the vote for @henricocountyschools Board representing the Brookland District this past election season.
Ready to recognize #SPCS staff during @urichmond Service Awards!
We'll be releasing the official Summer School schedule for @urichmond and #SPCS by March 3.

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