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Faculty & Staff News

  • Mew published in Information Systems journal

    Dr. Lionel Mew, assistant professor and program chair of information systems, recently published Designing and Implementing an Undergraduate Data Analytics Program for Non-Traditional Students in the Information Systems Education Journal.

  • Thornton a featured expert in COVID-19 jobs report

    Linda Fisher Thornton, SPCS adjunct associate professor of HR Management and CEO of Leading in Context, LLC, is a featured expert commenting on unemployment rates and claims in a WalletHub report, Cities with the Biggest Growth in Unemployment Due to COVID-19.

  • Shelton offers job search tips

    Becca Shelton, SPCS and alumni career advisor and assistant director of career services, offers 5 job search tips to those seeking a job during the global pandemic in How To Find A Job In A Global Pandemic on The Girlfriend from AARP

  • Shields featured on Academic Minute

    Dr. Tom Shields, associate dean and associate professor of education and leadership studies, discusses the benefits of school rezoning on The Academic Minute, part of a weeklong Jepson Takeover featuring a different Jepson School of Leadership Studies professor each day.

  • Scharf co-authors Style Weekly op-ed

    Dr. Adria Scharf, adjunct assistant professor of nonprofit studies, co-authored a Style Weekly op-ed titled “Pulling Together” that urges local leaders to “step up to the plate with a bold, practical and inclusive vision for our city’s future” in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Authored with Dr. Thad Williamson, associate professor in the Jepson School of Leadership Studies.

  • Roberts interviewed on Virginia This Morning

    Dr. Dan Roberts, chair of the liberal arts program and host of A Moment in Time, shares insights about the history of world pandemics and the importance of physical separation in an interview on CBS 6’s Virginia This Morning show.

  • Nielson interviewed with co-author on BLEU

    Dr. Erik Nielson, associate professor & assistant chair of liberal arts, is interviewed with his Rap on Trial co-author, Andrea Dennis, on the website BLEU.

  • 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.

Alumni & Graduate News

  • Orly Lewis, C'99, named CEO of Weinstein JCC

    Orly Lewis, C’99, was named Chief Executive Officer of the Carole and Marcus Weinstein Jewish Community Center (JCC) effective April 1, 2020. Lewis earned a bachelor’s degree in HR Management through the school. She serves as the tenth CEO in the JCC’s history and the first woman named to this leadership position.

  • Jimmy Comer, GC'17, shares challenges facing businesses during COVID-19 outbreak

    Jimmy Comer, GC’17, co-owner of RBI Services in Hanover County, discusses the impact of responses to the COVID-19 outbreak on local small business owners in a CBS6 News story, Small Business Owners Face Barriers in Applying for Government Loans. Comer earned a Master of Liberal Arts degree in 2017 through SPCS. 

  • 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.

In the Media

@urspcs on Instagram

Your support for #SPCS during #URHere Giving Day was staggering & humbling.
The #SPCS Alumni Association Board introduces the #URHere Giving Day Happy Hour Challenge.
Fantastic UR Here Giving Day news!
UR Summer School update for students in @urichmondas, @urichmondrobins & @jepsonschool: All UR Summer School classes starting June 22 (5-Week II and 6-Week II terms) will now be offered online.
We've launched #URHere Giving Day, a 36-hour fundraiser to support the work of #SPCS in the greater Richmond area.
We remember and honor those who've served and sacrified.
Jerry Thornton, owner of @bryantsciderrva and 2017 graduate of the #SPCS Beer Brewer Professional Certificate program, began work on his new cidery and tasting room in Shockoe Bottom at the beginning of January 2020.
Then the coronavirus hit, the governor shut down the Commonwealth and the beautiful new location was shuttered from the public eye.
Follow link in bio to Feature Stories to read more about Jerry's story and small-business life during the pandemic.
#cider #smallbusiness #pandemic #rvabeer #urbrewer #rva
New webinar on Thursday, May 28, 12-1pm --
UR Summer School update for students in @urichmondas, @urichmondrobins & @jepsonschool: We just added CHEM 113 Catching Criminals with Chemistry as an online class to the 5-Week II term starting June 22.
As we focus on supporting #SPCS students during challenging times of social distancing & job insecurity, @urichmond has rescheduled #URHere Giving Day 2020 for May 27-28.
We're initiating virtual Information Webinars for our #SPCS degree programs.
Believe it or not, UR Summer School launches today for students in @urspcs, @urichmondas, @urichmondrobins & @jepsonschool!

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