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Current degree-seeking SPCS students are invited to nominate 1 graduating student and 1 adjunct professor to receive Commencement awards. Nominations will be accepted through Thursday, March 21.

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Join the SPCS Alumni Association for Spiders & Hops at Kindred Spirit Brewing on Apri 11 to network and celebrate UR Here Giving Day!

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Faculty & Staff News

  • Laing quoted in AP article

    Program manager of the Institute on Philanthropy Kathy Laing, C’08, GC’16, is quoted in an Associated Press story on the nonprofit Southern Poverty Law Center’s firing of its co-founder. The story has appeared in dozens of additional publications.

  • Hocutt presents at national conference

    SPCS web manager and adjunct professor of liberal arts Daniel Hocutt, R’92 and G’98, recently presented research on holding digital search algorithms accountable at the annual conference of the Association of Teachers of Technical Writing (ATTW) in Pittsburgh.

  • Nielson files SCOTUS amicus brief

    SPCS associate professor & assistant chair of liberal arts Erik Nielson joins artist Killer Mike and other rappers, scholars and industry leaders in filing an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in the case of rapper Jamal Knox, convicted based largely on his lyrics.

  • Spires addresses human trafficking

    Assistant professor of education Bob Spires published an opinion titled There’s No Way to Stop Human Trafficking by Treating It as an Immigration Enforcement Problem in which he notes that grassroots nonprofits may more effectively address the root causes of human trafficking.

  • Hocutt presents at national symposium

    Daniel Hocutt, web manager and adjunct professor of liberal arts in SPCS, presented “UX Studies of Complex Websites: Proposing Methods for Studying Posthuman UX” at the 2019 Symposium for Communicating Complex Information (SCCI) held February 25-26 in Shreveport, La.

  • Wilson recognized for leadership

    SPCS dean Jamelle Wilson is featured in a Facebook post by Karla Redditte, NBC12 news anchor. The post highlights Wilson’s accomplishments as the first African American and first woman to lead Hanover County Public Schools as superintendent.

  • Osher grant award

    The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute received its third and final renewal of a capacity-building grant for $25,000 from the Bernard Osher Foundation. Stewardship assistant Amy Edwards and director Peggy Watson, W’76 (pictured), were co-writers of the proposal.

  • Lee featured in grant announcement

    Adjunct assistant professor of liberal arts Lauranett Lee, who also serves as a visiting lecturer in the Jepson School of Leadership Studies, is pictured identifying fingerprints in the bricks at Menokin in an announcement of new grant awards from Virginia Humanities.

  • Bryant mentioned in Richmond Magazine

    Nora Bryant, Adjunct Instructor of Education, is mentioned in an article titled A Family-Friendly Outfit in Richmond Magazine. Bryant co-owns Little Nomad, a children’s clothing shop, with her husband, Anthony. She teaches courses related to special education.

  • Hanel hired as accreditation specialist

    Dr. Joel Hanel has been hired as Accreditation & Assessment Specialist in SPCS. Hanel coordinates school-wide accreditation and assessment efforts. He comes to Richmond from Radford University.

Alumni & Graduate News

  • Tracey Zaval, GC'17, named 2018 Social Studies Teacher of the Year

    Tracey Zaval, GC’17, has been named the 2018 Outstanding Middle School Level Social Studies Teacher of the Year by the National Council on the Social Studies (NCSS). The award was announced at the NCSS Annual Conference, where Zaval led a session titled “Tonight in the Classroom — Incorporating The Tonight Show’s Games Into Your Classroom.”

  • Bianca Spurlock, GC'12, named emerging leader by national library association

    Bianca Spurlock, GC’12, has been selected as one of two participants sponsored by the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) in the American Library Association’s (ALA) 2019 Emerging Leaders program. Spurlock earned a Master of Liberal Arts and now works as the middle and upper school librarian at St. Catherine’s School.

  • Jimmy Comer, GC'17, featured for good work in the RVA community in Boomer magaine

    Jimmy Comer, GC’17, is recognized for “working behind the scenes for good in the RVA community” in an article titled Jimmy Comer: A One-Man Band in the October-November 2018 edition of Boomer magazine. Comer earned a Master of Liberal Arts degree in 2017.

  • Monica Jefferson, GC'18, featured decision maker in Richmond Times-Dispatch

    Monica L. Jefferson, GC’18, is featured as a Decision Maker in the October 21, 2018, edition of the Richmond Times-Dispatch Metro Business section. Jefferson earned a Master of Nonprofit Studies degree in 2018.

  • George Fohl, GC'17, named Chesterfield County gifted coordinator

    George Fohl, GC’17, has been named Gifted Education Coordinator for Chesterfield County Public Schools. Fohl completed the post-master’s certificate in educational leadership & policy studies in December 2017.

  • Peggy Boon, GC'17, named principal of Bishop Sullivan High School

    Peggy Boon, GC’17, has been named principal of Bishop Sullivan High School in Virginia Beach, Va. Prior to this appointment, Boon served as Dean of Faculty and Academics at Saint Gertrude High School in Richmond. She earned a M.Ed. in educational leadership & policy studies at SPCS.

  • Padraic Hampton, GC'18, named lead teacher

    Padraic Hampton, GC,’18, who earned a M.Ed. in Educational Leadership & Policy Studies in May 2018, has established and will serve as Lead Teacher for the Swansboro Elementary School 5th Grade Success Academy. The Academy supports academic achievement of students as they transition to middle school. Hampton was also named the 2018 Teacher of the Year for Swansboro Elementary School.

  • Manyang Kher, C'14, lauded for sustainable development

    Manyang Reath Kher, C’14, is recognized by the United Nations Association of the USA (UNA-USA) for establishing 734 Coffee, a Richmond-based impact-focused business that supports a scholarship program for Sudanese children and employs over 100 people.

  • Brittany Schaal, GC'16, hired as risk manager at Capital One

    Brittany Schaal, GC’16, has been hired as Risk Manager, Crisis Management with Capital One. Schaal has served as the University’s Director of Emergency Management, completing her service on August 17, 2018. Schael earned a Master of Nonprofit Studies through SPCS.

  • Eric Beatty, '01, GC'12, earns promotion

    Eric Beatty, ’01, GC’12, Past-President of the SPCS Alumni Association Board of Directors, has been promoted to Police Captain in the University of Richmond Police Department. The promotion was earned July 23, 2018.

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Springtime at the Special Programs Building.
Registration is now open for UR Summer School classes!
SPCS faculty & staff have loads of #spiderpride — not just in the Special Programs Building, but all over us!
SPCS is in full of #spiderpride celebration mode on this National Spider Day!
At the halfway point of 10 Days of Spider Pride, we're getting ready for next Thursday's National Spiders Day by packing specialty Spider packs for SPCS faculty & staff!
UR is kicking off 10 Days of Spider Pride starting today & culminating in National Spider Day on March 14.
Application deadline for spring admission to the Beer Brewer Professional Certificate is March 4.
On February 2, SPCS Dean Jamelle Wilson hosted a reception for members of School-related volunteer boards and additional guests at the Spiders Men's Basketball game against La Salle.
We’re at James Madison University today for the inaugural Leading Change Conference where three of our Master of Nonprofit Studies students are presenting their capstone papers.
On February 2, SPCS awarded professional certificates to graduates of UR Coding Boot Camp, a 6-month intensive professional education experience offered in partnership with Trilogy Education Services.
Sophie Blackall, two-time Caldecott Medal winner and author and illustrator of Hello Lighthouse, spoke this evening about the power of books at University of Richmond as part of the Graduate Education speaker series.
On Thursday, January 31, a day you may remember for being among the coldest of the winter, graduating students from UR Coding Boot Camp presented their projects to local employers and other guests during Demo Day.

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