VCU Alumni and MCVAA welcome new leaders: Alumnae Dale Kalkofen and Ellen Byrne bring deep ties to VCU, decades of experience in education

Dale Kalkofen, Ed.D. (M.A.E.’76/A) (left), and Ellen Byrne, D.D.S., Ph.D. (B.S.’77/P; D.D.S.’83/D; Cert.’91/D; Ph.D.’91/M), are the new presidents of VCU Alumni and MCV Alumni Association of VCU, respectively. Photo by Jud Froelich.

By Erica Naone

New presidents took office this month for both VCU Alumni and the MCV Alumni Association of VCU. They’re the first new leaders since both organizations approved an inclusive model for all graduates in November 2017.

Dale Kalkofen, Ed.D. (M.A.E.’76/A), leads VCU Alumni’s Board of Governors, and Ellen Byrne, D.D.S., Ph.D. (B.S.’77/P; D.D.S.’83/D; Cert.’91/D; Ph.D.’91/M), sits at the helm of MCVAA’s Board of Trustees. Both alumnae bring decades of experience in education and administration, deep connections to VCU and a lifelong love of learning from people and the world around them.

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Help welcome VCU’s newest students this summer

New student send-offs are sponsored by VCU Alumni and New Student and Family Programs.

Join VCU Alumni and VCU New Student and Family Programs for our summer send-offs. Come enjoy conversation with members of VCU’s Class of 2022 before they start their college careers. We will have hearty hors d’oeuvres and beverages to savor while welcoming VCU’s newest students and their families.

The summer send-offs are a great opportunity for incoming students to learn from alumni in a networking-type setting about VCU, post-grad life and what it means to be a Ram. They also give alumni a chance to connect with the newest members of the community.

Send-offs have been planned for:

Philadelphia
When: 4-6 p.m. Sunday, July 22
Where: Trail’s End Cafe at Cynwyd Station, 375 Conshohocken State Road, Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004

Richmond, Virginia
When: 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, July 25
Where: District 5, 1911 W. Main St., Richmond, VA 23220

Charlotte, North Carolina
When: 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, July 25
Where: Freedom Park Shelter #3, 1900 East Blvd., Charlotte, NC 28203

Virginia Beach/Hampton Roads
When: 5:30-7 p.m. Monday, July 30
Where: Meyera E. Oberndorf Central Library, 4100 Virginia Beach Blvd., Virginia Beach, VA 23452

Washington, D.C.
When: 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 1
Where: Crystal City Sports Pub, 529 23rd St. South, Arlington, VA 22202

Roanoke, Virginia
When: 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 2
Where: Blue 5 Restaurant, Red Room, 312 Second St. SW, Roanoke, VA 24011

Alumni are invited to register here.