Up Front

Limitless Love and Positive Passion

After great anticipation, Radford University announced a landmark $8 million gift as a part of a campus-wide Momentous Occasion.


The Radford Family

Radford graduates have a remarkable influence in their communities. Read their stories and find out how you can get involved, too.


Radford on the Runway

Under the bright lights of New York, New York, student's fashion collection shines in New York City!  

The Experience

Imagine. Hope. Learn.

Radford University honors the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. during the annual Day of Service events and award ceremony.

The Arts

Once a Highlander, always a Highlander

Andrew Ross made a significant impact on the Radford University community during his time as an assistant professor of photography.

Up Front

Radford University Carilion

Bringing a Bold Vision to Life

I am responsive. I am resilient. I am real.

Responsive. Resilient. Real.

Through being responsive, resilient, and real, Highlanders are making a positive impact and leaving a lasting legacy on our campus and in communities around the world.

Read our newest series that celebrates the Highlander spirit of students, faculty, staff and alumni by sharing their unique stories and their strong sense of Highlander pride.


The Highlander Family Tour

Radford University is taking the Highlander spirit on the road this spring and summer as the 2019 Highlander Family Tour is now underway. President Brian O. Hemphill, Ph.D., and First Lady Marisela Rosas Hemphill, Ph.D., are welcoming the extended Highlander family to eight events from Atlanta, Georgia to Northern Virginia.

During this event series, alumni and friends of the University have the opportunity to meet campus leaders and hear how the institution is moving forward together.

“We have to be intentional about being innovative within the work we are conducting,” Hemphill said at the inaugural Highlander Family Tour event in Bristol, where nearly 100 close supporters came together in celebration. President Hemphill shared how Radford University must embrace tradition, while envisioning the future in bold and innovative ways. One such example is the Innovative Mobile Personalized Accelerated Competence Training, or IMPACT program, which started in the fall of 2017 and now has about 700 students enrolled.

President Brian O. Hemphill, Ph.D., and First Lady Marisela Rosas Hemphill, Ph.D., honor the first recipient of The Spirit of the Tartan Award, Tom McGlothlin, joined by his wife, Sandy McGlothlin.
President Brian O. Hemphill, Ph.D., and First Lady Marisela Rosas Hemphill, Ph.D., honor the first recipient of The Spirit of the Tartan Award, Tom McGlothlin, joined by his wife, Sandy McGlothlin.

President Hemphill also spoke of the University’s renewed goal of producing scholars with a high level of applied learning capabilities. Highlander alumni heard ways in which Radford University is garnering recognition in established and new academic programs in health sciences and healthcare, and how that will evolve as the merger with Jefferson College of Health Sciences continues to completion. The Highlander Family Tour also provides an opportunity to share and celebrate the successes of students. At each stop, a video highlighting the Highlander experience of one student is shared with attendees. (In doing so, the Radford campus can be enjoyed by alumni, supporters and friends of the University both near and far.) Attendees also hear firsthand how the University is positively impacting students from a variety of backgrounds through transformative educational experiences.

“I think it was very uplifting, and I think we’re right on target for growing with the times,” said Emily Gibson ’02, who attended the Bristol event and reconnected with Highlanders in her community.

At each stop, The Spirit of The Tartan Award is bestowed upon Highlander alumni or friends in recognition of their work to support the greater Radford family and their communities. Join your Radford family at any of the tour locations to reconnect with long-lost friends, share meaningful stories, enjoy amazing food and broaden your Highlander network.

View the remaining dates in the Highlander Family Tour and to view galleries from the events thus far.


Radford Highlanders Festival logo

Returning to campus this fall!

Radford University is thrilled to welcome the Radford Highlanders Festival back to campus on Oct. 12, 2019!

This event represents a long-standing collaboration with the City of Radford and is an opportunity to celebrate our region’s Scots-Irish heritage with heavyweight games, live music, sheepherding, food, vendors and a variety of festivities suitable for all ages.

We invite you to spend this weekend in October in the beautiful highlands of Southwest Virginia and visit our historic city that runs alongside the New River, the second oldest river in the world. Take some time throughout your visit to tour the university’s campus and meet our Radford family.

Save the date and come prepared to demonstrate your Highlander spirit!

Snap Back

Women's 1930s basketball team black and white photo

Team Tradition!

Predecessors of the Big South Conference champion Radford University women's basketball team pause for a photo.

We want to hear from you!

Let us know what you think of the stories and photos you find in The Magazine of Radford University. The magazine staff welcomes readers' comments.

Send submissions to editor@radford.edu or The Magazine of Radford University, P.O. Box 6916, Radford University, Radford, VA, 24142.


Radford University retirees.


  • Mary D. Alderman Feb. 1, 2018
  • Richard S. Alvarez July 1, 2018
  • Micheal K. Baker Feb. 1, 2019
  • Judy K. Beebe Jan. 1, 2019
  • Ellen C. Birx, Ph.D. Jan. 1, 2018
  • Kenneth J. Bonk June 1, 2018
  • James E. Borling June 1, 2018
  • Harry T. Branch Sept. 1, 2018
  • Nan C. Brown Oct. 1, 2018
  • Tod Burke, Ph.D. Jan. 1, 2018
  • Carvel A. Brumfield July 1, 2018
  • Debra D. Carr July 1, 2018
  • Mark Deisher Feb. 1, 2019
  • J. Grady DeVilbiss March 1, 2019
  • Shirley B. Duncan March 1, 2018
  • John W. Fox June 1, 2018
  • Mary S. Gilmore March 1, 2019
  • Lora L. Gordon March 1, 2018
  • D.J. Gumaer, Ed.D. June 1, 2018
  • Martha J. Hall May 1, 2019
  • Sharon Hartline, Ph.D. Jan. 1, 2019
  • Vanessa Haskins June 1, 2018
  • Lucy Hochstein, Ph.D. Jan. 1, 2019
  • Kathryn Hoover, Ph.D. July 1, 2018
  • Phillip M. Huff Nov. 1, 2018
  • Garnett Koger March 1, 2019
  • Susan E. Kwilecki, Ph.D. Jan. 1, 2019
  • Theodore S. McKosky June 1, 2018
  • Georgia Montgomery July 1, 2018
  • Patsy Poff March 1, 2019
  • Timothy C. Poland, Ph.D. Aug. 1, 2018
  • Jeanette C. Sarver Jan. 1, 2019
  • Lynn K. Saubert, Ph.D. July 1, 2018
  • Gregg H. Shadel July 1, 2018
  • Terry K. Smith, Ed.D. June 1, 2018
  • James P. Toler May 1, 2018
  • Robert L. Turner Feb. 1, 2018
  • Karen A. Ughetta Aug. 1, 2018
  • Etty Vandsburger, Ph.D. March 1, 2019
  • Patricia D. Williamson Feb. 1, 2019
  • Allen F. Wojtera Jan. 1, 2018
  • Jeffery D. Woods June 1, 2018
  • Lynn M. Zoch, Ph.D. Jan. 1, 2019


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