Arts: Fashion alumna lands design position at shapewear headquarters


Tiffany Jones

Fashion designer Tiffany Jones (B.F.A. ’10/B) was featured on on July 30 for her position as technical design coordinator for the product development department at Spanx.

Jones is responsible for include casting local fit models and executing development and fit for shapewear. Jones attributes her landing of the position to persistence and her previous experience.

“My B.F.A. in fashion design from Virginia Commonwealth University and New York internships provided me with the experience I needed for the job.” says Jones to



Amy Whitaker Rudenko Memorial Fund established

Amy Rudenko, Pharm.D.

A memorial fund has been established in honor and memory of VCU School of Pharmacy associate professor and alumna Amy Whitaker Rudenko (Pharm.D. ’98), who died May 25 at age 38.

The school will use the fund to make awards to selected Pharm.D. students who have demonstrated leadership qualities.

“It was created to help keep Dr. Rudenko’s name and spirit alive into perpetuity,” said Victor Yanchick, Ph.D., dean of the School of Pharmacy.


Nursing: Grant helps school expand community-based care model for seniors

Pamela Parsons, Ph.D.

Pamela Parsons, Ph.D.

A $1.5 million grant will allow the VCU School of Nursing to expand an interdisciplinary, community-based pilot program that helps underserved older adults better manage their chronic health conditions and coordinate their care.

The three-year grant from the United States Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) will expand and refine an existing model of interprofessional health care education and clinical service focused on improving the health and well-being of residents in their homes. The project eventually will serve as a model across the city and beyond.

Students in the Richmond Health and Wellness Program (RWHP) from the VCU schools of NursingPharmacyMedicine and Social Work, overseen by licensed clinical faculty, already work in teams to provide chronic disease management and medication management to seniors living in the Dominion Place, a Richmond senior living facility owned by the Beacon Communities.


VCU Libraries develops free research website for health care providers

Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences at Virginia Commonwealth University will now offer a free online resource of vital health care information for public health care professionals and community health center practitioners seeking information to better care for their patients.

VCU librarians organized the materials for the new website, “A Common Wealth of Public and Primary Care Information,” to provide the most up-to-date information for health care practitioners – physicians, nurses, dentists, nutritionists and health educators in medically underserved areas. The information will support research, clinical practice, interdisciplinary training and continuing education.

“Now a health care provider in downtown Petersburg or rural Pulaski or on the water in Reedville on the Northern Neck has equal and easy access to important medical information,” said Barbara Wright, research and education librarian and project manager with VCU Libraries. “It’s all free and reliable.”


Allied Health: Virginia Center on Aging newsletter released

The Virginia Center on Aging of the School of Allied Health Professions has released its summer 2013 issue of the quarterly, Age in Action. This edition celebrates the center’s 35th anniversary.

This issue features highlights of the Center’s accomplishments over the past 35 years. It also contains information about new Alzheimer’s research and a case study on a strategy that uses high-tech photography and avatars to detect physical triggers for falling.

Read the summer 2013 Age in Action issue here.

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Education: Alumnus and former VCU track coach dies

Cliff Hardison

Cliff Hardison (M.Ed.’89/E), alumnus and VCU track coach in the 1980s, died from lung cancer on Tuesday, July 23. He was 60.

Also the principal of West Potomac High School since 2009, Hardison was dedicated to his students.

“It’s really a sad day and really a shock to everyone,” said Del. Scott A. Surovell (D-44). “Cliff was a real gentleman; his first priority was his students. He loved West Potomac High School and his staff respected him.”

He completed his M.Ed. in guidance and counseling from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1989.


Medicine: Second-year student leads fundraising against Alzheimer’s disease

David Goldberg, a second-year medicine student, founded the organization “Rams for Memory”, a team of medical students and faculty who promote ending Alzheimer’s disease. Goldberg has previous experience in fundraising to fight Alzheimer’s disease and hopes to apply that within the Virginia Commonwealth University community.

David Goldberg at his White Coat Ceremony in 2012.

“I’ve been involved with Alzheimer’s advocacy since August 2010, when my maternal grandfather passed away from complications of Alzheimer’s disease,” said Goldberg. “It was the start of my fourth year of college at the University of Virginia, and my friends and I started an Alzheimer’s awareness, fundraising and volunteering organization called Hoos for Memory.”

Since its launch last year, Goldberg would like to assemble a larger Rams for Memory team. His next step will be the 2013 Walk to End Alzheimer’s in Greater Richmond.

“I’m hoping that students from all across VCU, faculty, staff and alumni will join the team,” said Goldberg.

The Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the nation’s largest event to raise awareness and funds to fight Alzheimer’s disease. The Greater Richmond will take place Saturday, Oct. 5  at 4600 Cox Road in Glen Allen. Registration for the walk is free, and money is raised when walkers ask their friends and family for donations. All funds raised from the walk will benefit the local chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.

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Medicine: Alumnus recognized for research during radiology residency

Judson M. Frye, M.D.

Judson M. Frye, M.D., will be awarded The Virginia Chapter of the American College of Radiology‘s first place award for research conducted during residency.

A graduate of the medical school’s Class of 2008, Frye remained on the MCV Campus to complete his residency training in radiology in June 2013. Now a fellow at the Mayo Clinic, he will return to Virginia in August to present the results of his research at the Virginia Chapter meeting of the American College of Radiology.

His project focused on the use of biphasic CT imaging to improve the identification of splenic hemorrhage in the setting of blunt abdominal trauma.


Life Sciences: Rice Center receives major grant for sturgeon research

sturgeonThe VCU Rice Center and Center for Environmental Studies have been funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to conduct research on the federally endangered Atlantic sturgeon under their Section 6 (endangered species) program. The $700,000, three-year award to VCU is part of a $2.5 million grant to understand the biology and ecology of this fish in the Chesapeake Bay region.

A national reputation has been earned by the Rice Center for its work on Atlantic sturgeon and other migratory fishes that depend on the James River estuary. As a result of the award, VCU will develop and deploy cutting-edge acoustic telemetry and geographic information systems (GIS) technologies to track migrating sturgeon and determine habitat preferences in real time. Also as part of the reward, the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Council has invited VCU fish biologists to serve as technical advisers on a national sturgeon recovery panel this fall.

A third Atlantic sturgeon spawning reef will be constructed in the James River beginning the week of July 22. The Rice Center will be conducting post-construction monitoring of the habitat. The reef will be constructed by the James River Association in partnership with Luck Stone.

Other institutions partnering for the research include the University of Maryland and the Virginia Institute of Marine Science.

Athletics: ‘VCU Rising’ strategic five-year plan released

VCU RisingSeeking to build on one of the most successful periods in the department’s 45-year history, VCU Athletics released its new five-year strategic plan, “VCU Rising: The Black & Gold Standard”, on July 17.

“VCU Athletics has enjoyed unprecedented success this year in many areas. ‘VCU Rising: The Black & Gold Standard’ will help us continue to elevate our national brand and create sustainable success at an elite level nationally,” Director of Athletics Ed McLaughlin said. “Our focus remains on our student-athletes who wear the VCU uniform every day and our plans to provide them, along with our coaches and staff, the ability to succeed and achieve.”

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