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HIGHLANDER HIGHLIGHTS

An e-newsletter for the parents and families of Radford University students

Issue 24, Feburary 2021

Sent on behalf of the Academic Success Center

IN THIS ISSUE:
  • COVID-19: Dashboard Shows Continued Strong Start to Spring 2021 Semester
  • Center for Career & Talent Development: Spring Career Week
  • RAD48: 48 Hours of Giving for Radford Athletics
  • Student Perspective: Hannah's Story

 

Important Dates

 
Feb. 5: Foundation scholarship application closes 
Feb. 9: LinkedIn workshop (click here)
Feb. 10: Virtual Career and Networking workshop (click here)
Feb. 10 - 12: Radford Athletics Giving Challenge
Feb. 15: Priority Housing Application for Fall 2021 closes (click here)
Feb. 17: Resume workshop (click here)
Feb. 21: RA applications for Fall 2021 due
Feb. 22 - 26: Career Week 
Feb. 25 - Mar. 1: Online room selection opens for priority applicants 

    Resident Assistant Applications 

Resident Assistant (RA) applications for positions starting Fall 2021 are now being accepted and are due by February 21! For more information about the position, application process, and qualifications, your student can visit the Housing and Residential Life website. If your student is interested in this opportunity, encourage them to to talk with their Resident Assistant or Resident Director to learn more about the position. 

   
        Academic Success Center 


Advisors in the Academic Success Center (ASC) now have access to text! If your student loves to use their phone, ask them to speak with their advisor about receiving important deadlines via text message.

Initial meetings with advisors have started! Ask your student about their advising experience this semester and encourage them to reach out to their advisor for any questions or concerns.

There is a phenomenal art exhibit on display in the Covington Center, including pieces by Picasso and Warhol, that students can sign up to see! Click here for more information. 

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       February is for Highlanders:

Join the Office of Alumni Relations for a month-long virtual celebration highlighting what we love most about our alma mater. Highlanders from across the globe are encouraged to participate! Highlights include

  • #WebinarWednesdays each week at 2 pm ET
  • Annual Alumni Love Story Series
  • "Ask me about Radford?” initiative
  • Alumni Admissions Ambassadors opportunity
  • Coffee Chats with the Alumni Relations Team
  • Kick-off of the “1000 Volunteer Challenge"
  • Black History Month programming
  • Virtual Highlander Athletics events
  • Social media contests and prizes
This event will last until February 28; click here for more information. 



         Submitting your FAFSA

The FAFSA for the 2021-2022 academic year is available now! When you and your studdent are completing the FAFSA, make sure to have your 2019 tax information available. If you have questions regarding the FAFSA filing process, you can reach the Financial Aid Office at (540) 831-5408 or finaid@radford.edu. 

COVID-19: Dashboard Shows Continued Strong Start to Spring 2021 Semester

As part of the University’s continued commitment to transparency and weekly updates in reporting, President Brian O. Hemphill recently shared the latest testing data as part of the University COVID-19 Dashboard. To date, as part of the Spring 2021 semester, the University has administered a total of 2,294 tests with 36 positives, representing an overall positivity rate of 1.57 percent. For the most recent reporting period, January 25-31, 2021, the University administered 407 tests with five positives, representing a weekly positivity rate of 1.23 percent.

Both physical distancing and face covering requirements remain in place, and the gathering limit remains at 10 individuals throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia. As such, the same gathering limitation applies to Radford University and must be followed both on campus and in the community. Classroom and laboratory instruction, as well as clinical rotations and field experiences, are not included as part of this limitation.

Center for Career & Talent Development: Spring Career Week

Hands-on work experience is quickly becoming a requirement to break into many fields. To help students meet this challenge head on, the Center for Career and Talent Development is hosting its Spring 2021 Career Week from February 22 - 26. These five days will offer your student unique opportunities to practice their skills with Radford alumni, learn from industry experts, and connect with employers. Each Career Day will occur between 11 am - 3 pm, virtually, via Zoom. 

Dates to Share with Your Student:

Monday, February 22          Business & Technology Career Day
Tuesday, February 23         Government Career Day
Wednesday, February 24    Diversity Career Day
Thursday, February 25        Healthcare and Human Services Career Day
Friday, February 26             Education Career Day

Students can register for Career Week on OneCampus through the Handshake app.  

RAD48: 48 Hours of Giving for Radford Athletics

Over the last year and a half, Radford Athletics’ operating budget has been reduced by over $1.5 million, and additional reductions from the loss of revenue from NCAA distributions, basketball season tickets, sponsorships and game contracts have only intensified the budgetary constraints. 

We look to our alumni, donors, friends, parents and colleagues to assist us in any way possible in our first-ever Radford Athletics giving initiative for all 16 Division I sports, called RAD48. Over the next 48 hours, we hope you will join us as we #RiseAndDonate to rebuild the foundation of Radford Athletics and come out stronger than ever! 

This two-day initiative is focused on the three unrestricted funds within Radford Athletics:

  • The Highlander Club Annual Fund
  • The Student-Athlete Scholarship Fund
  • The Women's Sports Leadership Fund
Click here to learn more about this initiative and how you can help!

Student Perspective: Hannah's Story 

Hannah Martin, a senior, shares how transferring here from community college has helped her grow into a leader. 

My name is Hannah, and I am a senior in the Communication Sciences and Disorders major. In my transition to Radford University from community college, I was excited about new possibilities and friendships but also anxious about the unknown. Looking back, many of my fears were just a part of experiencing such a big change, and I could not be happier with my decision to come to Radford. My instructors are inspiring leaders who are willing to help me succeed. In my junior year, they encouraged me to become a member of the National Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association, which led me to take a leadership position as Secretary this year. Having the support of students and faculty through this organization has not only made me feel included on campus, but has provided me with a way to continue learning outside of class. Taking a work-study position this year has also given me the opportunity to connect with the campus community and hone my leadership skills. I am grateful to those who have supported me in my path to earning a degree from Radford University and made this place feel like home! 

Cammie's Corner

From the time you and your student commit to Radford University until graduation day, we are here to support you! One of our main goals of this e-newsletter is to help you feel more connected to our campus community by providing you with information and insight on our campus resources, events, and much more. Please don't hesitate to reach out to the Academic Success Center should you need anything! We can be reached by phone (540-831-2139) or by email
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