News and events for College of Humanities and Sciences alumni
VCU College of Humanities & Sciences
Dec. 9, 2014
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Alumni spotlight: Patrick Harwood

Patrick Harwood, BS Mass Communications Patrick Harwood (B.S.'84/MC) moved to Charleston, South Carolina, in 1990 to take a news reporting position with the local CBS affiliate and quickly fell in love with his new city. He enjoyed occasional jaunts around the historic sites of Charleston, taking in its storied architecture and coastal vistas, sometimes planning a quick trip between classes as a communication professor at the College of Charleston in later years. It wasn’t until a visit to Magnolia Cemetery in 2008 that his sojourns took on a new purpose. Read more about Patrick's new book on Charleston's Magnolia Cemetery on our blog.

New College of Humanities and Sciences website

The College's website has a new look! Our updated website will feature recent news and upcoming events as well as alumni information in a new, accessible format. View the alumni page.

New College of Humanities and Science Website

Alumni return to campus

This fall, several departments hosted alumni back on campus to reconnect with faculty and share exciting updates. View photos from the events: 

New book by Psychology professor

Faye BelgraveA new book co-authored by Faye Belgrave, professor and doctoral student in the Department of Psychology, explores how to best help African-American boys succeed. The book, "African American Boys: Identity, Culture, and Development," comes five years after Belgrave authored a similar book focused on African-American girls titled, "African American Girls: Reframing Perceptions and Changing Experiences." Read more about Faye's work at VCU News.

More news . . .

Physics: Li-ion batteries contain toxic halogens, but environmentally friendly alternatives exist, VCU physicists discover

African American Studies: $20M in research funding boosts African American Studies

Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies: Educating inmates, creating a sanctuary

Robertson School: Martin Agency COO announced as commencement speaker for December graduation ceremony

World Studies: Lab creates 3-D scans of military miniatures for Virginia War Memorial

Why we are looking at the 'value' of college all wrong

VCU grad crowned Miss Maryland USA

Mamé AdjeiMamé Adjei (B.A.'14/H&S), who graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University in May, has been crowned Miss Maryland USA and will compete in the Miss USA pageant in summer 2015. Adjei, a 23-year-old Ghanaian-American from Silver Spring, Maryland, and a double major in political science and African American studies in VCU's College of Humanities and Sciences, said she decided to enter the Miss Maryland competition as a way to challenge herself. "I am a shy person and I wanted to do something that would force me to interact with others in various capacities and teach me to become a better public speaker," she said. "I also wanted to do this because I knew that when I won the title, I would have the opportunity to use my title to truly affect change in the ways that I envisioned." Read more about what's next for Mamé Adjei on VCU News.

Alumni spotlight

Doug BurfordDoug Burford (B.S.'65/MC), Richard T. Robertson School of Media and Culture alumnus and CEO/founder of Buford Advertising, has written an autobiography that traces his roots from VCU all the way to creating his own advertising company. The book was laid out in Word Press by Robertson School professor Scott Sherman. Read the book online.
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