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Throughout the worlds of art, business, education, service and health care, VCU alumni reflect the brilliance of the university. Their knowledge and experience shine in all areas of human endeavor, illuminating problems, creating solutions and strengthening the quality of our lives. 

VCU Alumni celebrates and honors the 2019 Alumni Stars Nov. 7 at the Dewey Gottwald Center at the Science Museum of Virginia. Event is at capacity.  

2019 Alumni Stars

Randy Adams, D.D.S. (Cert.’80/D)

Randy Adams credits his time at the VCU School of Dentistry and the Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU for fostering his love for pediatric dentistry. As a member of the first pediatric dentistry residency class in 1980, he learned he had “the responsibility to advance and push for optimal oral health for all children, including those with special health care needs.” Heeding the lesson, Adams now works in private practice as a pediatric and special needs dentist in historic downtown Richmond, Virginia.

Throughout his career, Adams has volunteered for countless initiatives that promote infant, child, adolescent and special needs health and welfare, including the ADA Foundation’s Give Kids a Smile program and the Fan Free Clinic (now known as Health Brigade), the Crossover Clinic and the Virginia Dental Associations’ MOM Project. This work underscores Adams’ philosophy that “a person’s dental health should not be limited because they are medically or financially compromised.”

Adams is a member of numerous professional associations and served eight years as the Old Dominion Dental Society liaison to the Virginia Dental Association’s board of directors. He is a Fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry and American College of Dentists. He is also a member and fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons, Special Care Dentistry, in Edinburgh, Scotland; at the time he was named in 2005, he was one of fewer than 20 individuals in the U.S. to hold that membership.

Adams has several awards for his service and volunteer work. In 2002, the VCU School of Dentistry recognized him for 25 years of service as an adjunct clinical faculty member where he still serves in the pediatric dental clinic. In 2015, he was presented the National Dental Association award from the Virginia House of Delegates; and in 2018, Adams became a Life Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.

Jeffrey Blount (B.S.'81/MC)

A humble stint at his hometown paper blossomed into an award-winning career for this media professional. Jeffrey Blount was working part time at The Smithfield (Virginia) Times when publisher John Edwards took him under his wing and molded him into a consummate journalist. Edwards later introduced Blount to the VCU School of Mass Communications, now the Richard T. Robertson School of Media and Culture.

“VCU allowed me to be me. I found my stride as a young adult in a comfortable and helpful environment,” Blount says. “When I left, I was confident in my abilities and socially ready to face the world.”

Facing the world yielded several noteworthy career opportunities for Blount, including 16 years as senior director for NBC News’ Washington bureau and as director of the “Today” show, the first African American to hold that position. Blount has written scripts for the National Museum of African American History and Culture, the Newseum, the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum and many other nationally recognized institutions. He has appeared at events such as the Writers Conference at Christopher Newport University, the NAACP Martin Luther King Jr. banquet, TEDx – Middlebury College and the 2011 Robertson School graduation ceremony.

Blount is an accomplished author who has recently published his third novel, “The Emancipation of Evan Walls.” His second book, “Almost Snow White,” won the American Book Fest’s 2013 USA Best Book Award. Blount has also been recognized for his scriptwriting and television work, most notably with a 2008 Emmy Award for NBC’s election night coverage. In 2016, he was inducted into the Virginia Communications Hall of Fame.

Julia Cain (B.S.’01/En) and Nicholas Cain (B.S.’01/En)

Julia and Nicholas Cain began attending VCU College of Engineering a year after it opened, before any buildings or labs were complete, and they watched the school grow. “We experienced firsthand the development of an institution, which prepared us for building and growing a successful company,”Julia says.

The Cains helped build Ballast Point Brewing Co., one of the nation’s most influential craft brewing businesses, into an internationally recognized brand. Nicholas joined San Diego-based Ballast Point in 2010 and worked his way up to the executive team, with Julia joining the team in 2014. From brewer to vice president, Nicholas established and led the quality and engineering programs for the company. Julia created a research and development program, including a new product development and introduction program and an employee education program. Their leadership contributed to the development of a unique company culture centered on quality, innovation and continuous improvement. In 2015, Constellation Brands Inc., maker of Corona and Modelo, acquired Ballast Point for $1 billion. Julia remains director of special projects and engineering for Constellation Brands; Nicholas joined Kairoa Brewing Co. as principal brewer and is one of the founding instructors of the UC San Diego Extension professional brewing certificate program.

The Cains have always stayed connected to their alma mater. Julia served on the College of Engineering Alumni Board, with stints as both vice president and president, and on the VCU Alumni Board; she currently sits on the College of Engineering Foundation board of trustees. She also served as an alumnae adviser for five years to the VCU Chapter of Alpha Gamma Delta fraternity.

In 2016, the couple established the Julia and Nicholas Cain Scholarship for VCU chemical engineering undergraduates, the college’s first alumni-endowed scholarship. “We are grateful for the engineering education VCU provided and the positive impact it had on our lives. It is the foundation we have built our accomplishments on,” Nicholas says. The Cains are thrilled to be able to give back to a school that has provided so much to them.

Ricardo Capilla (B.S.’99/B; M.B.A.'00/B)

Studying in France as a VCU student opened Ricardo Capilla’s eyes to the world of international business. As a result, the multilingual executive has been well equipped with the confidence to move easily among several countries throughout his 18-year career.

Capilla, CEO of Airbus Mexico, joined the company, then known as Eurocopter Mexico, in 2003 as a regional sales representative. He became a sales manager for Mexico and part of Latin America in 2007 and, two years later, moved to the helicopter division’s headquarters in Marignane, France, where he assumed the role of global supply chain executive assistant for France and Germany.

Capilla was promoted in 2014 to corporate secretary and chief of staff, leading corporate security, political affairs, crisis management and corporate responsibility and sustainability. After four years, he returned to Mexico to assume the role of head of country and serve as lead representative and managing director.

“I believe that as head of a company, it is my duty to develop people, be a model leader through my actions and [base my daily behavior] on strong values,” Capilla shared.

At VCU, Capilla was a three-time All-CAA soccer player and named CAA Soccer Player of the Year in 1998. He credits the university for helping him develop a foundation for success based on a strong work ethic.

Rosalyn Dance (M.P.A.’94/GPA)

The seventh of 11 children, Virginia state Sen. Rosalyn Dance honed her political chops playing negotiator and peacemaker between older and younger siblings. Her middle-child sensibilities molded her into a justice seeker and empathetic people’s champion.

“Even today in my family, I am that go-to person or the one that they expect to bring peace in the valley,” Dance says. “I think those instinctive skill sets may have influenced how I came to be in the position I am now.”

A native of Chesterfield County, Virginia, Dance represents District 16, which covers portions of Chesterfield and Prince George counties, part of Richmond and all of Dinwiddie County and the cities of Petersburg and Hopewell.

Dance’s political causes are education, voting rights, Medicaid expansion, mental health and increasing the minimum wage. In 1992, a friend persuaded her to run for Petersburg City Council. Dance won the seat and was voted mayor by her council peers.

She held that position until 2004, then ran for the Virginia House of Delegates, serving from until 2014. That year, she won the seat vacated by state Sen. Henry L. Marsh III, which she holds until 2020. Among leadership triumphs, she lists leading Petersburg through reconstruction after a 1993 tornado, ensuring that Fort Lee remains an active military base and spearheading legislation this year to replace Central State Hospital, built in 1870, with a state-of-the-art mental health facility.

Rodney F. Ganey, Ph.D. (B.S.’75/H&S)

Long before renowned sociologist Rodney F. Ganey, Ph.D., launched a company that would transform how hospitals use analytics to improve patient experiences, he was a graduate student and instructor at Iowa State University, where he taught the graduate-level measurement class. He completed his doctorate in sociology at the university and, in 1980, he took his talents to the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana. He served as a research and statistical consultant in Notre Dame’s social science training and research laboratory and later served as director of the university’s social science data center.

In 1985, Ganey teamed up with fellow faculty member and anthropologist Irwin Press, Ph.D., to launch Press Ganey Associates, providing a patient survey system to health care providers. A two-person operation eventually grew to more than 1,000 employees mailing 60 million surveys annually for hospitals and teaching/research health care systems. Ganey left Notre Dame in 1996 to run the company full time, but he remains active at the university. He serves on the Graduate Studies and Research Advisory Council, and he sponsors the annual Rodney F. Ganey, Ph.D., Community-Based Research Award, presented to a faculty member whose research addresses needs in the South Bend area.

Ganey’s service extends to the larger community. He has served as vice chair and director on the board of Michiana Public Broadcasting Corp., board chair and campaign chair for United Way in South Bend and as a trustee of Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center-South Bend Campus.

Ganey says he credits VCU for teaching him the “value of study, hard work and community involvement.” This is not the first time Ganey has been recognized by a VCU alumni-affiliated entity. In 1975, the proud sociology department graduate received the Alumni Award, which recognized an outstanding senior or graduate student.

Charles Larry Horne, FASID (B.F.A.’69/A)

A chance project jump-started Charles Horne’s career. Horne was a senior in the VCU School of the Arts when he was tapped by Robert Hester, chair of the interior design department, for a special assignment: create interior plans for the “Moon” house, an eccentric, crescent-shaped glass and copper house that Howard H. Hughes, better known as used-car salesman Mad Man Dapper Dan, had built overlooking the James River.

“On a trip to New York City showrooms, we bought the best of modern design from Herman Miller, Dunbar, Jack Lenor Larsen, Laverne and Koch and Lowy. What an amazing first project!” Horne reminisced.

Horne graduated with the first VCUarts class in 1969 and went on to work for various interior design firms before launching Horne International Designs in 1982. As president and CEO, Horne built a client list that includes former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, King Abdullah Al Saud of Saudi Arabia and many princes of the Al Saud royal family. His firm has completed installations around the globe, including England, Morocco and China.

A historic preservationist, Horne has worked to restore old homes in Fredericksburg, Virginia, and his hometown of Laurinburg, North Carolina, where he was instrumental in securing National Trust historic property designations for the E. Hervey Evans house and St. Andrews University. He is a member of the American Society of Interior Designers and served as an officer and board member. In 2006, the society inducted him as a fellow, an honor bestowed upon less than 1% of its membership.

Lauren Kern (M.Envs.’13/LS; M.T.’15/E)

Lauren Kern is passionate about making science real for her students in Richmond, Virginia. Learning about VCU Rice Rivers Center’s K-12 education programs during her teaching residency only amplified her passion. Drawn to the power of partnerships and collaborations, Kern worked with the center and community-based programs to enhance her curricula.

While teaching at Armstrong High School from 2014-17, Kern collaborated with fellow VCU alumnus Arthur Kay (B.S.’14/LS) on an aquaponics project so students could grow strawberries on the school roof. Her students also participated in a project to reduce stormwater pollution in Richmond, an effort led by the Community Greening Project. “I’ve been able to take my students out to the center and develop [their] interests in science,” Kern says. “As a result, some of my students have gone on to agricultural studies at Virginia Union University and Virginia State University. Some of the kids study life sciences at other colleges.” Another impactful project allowed students to raise oysters and seagrass in the classroom for species and habitat restoration in the James River. Kern now teaches at John Marshall High.

Kern’s work has garnered awards from Armstrong High School (2017-18 Teacher of the Year), WWBT NBC12 (2017 Excellence in the Classroom Award) and the Virginia Association of Biology Teachers (2016 Biology Award).

Kern is grateful to Rice Rivers Center director Greg Garman, Ph.D., for supporting experiential learning in her classroom. “I don’t fit the typical life sciences graduate. I’m not a researcher; I’m an educator,” she says. “My main concern is getting students interested in science. He has been so supportive of me sharing that passion with them.”

Ali Khan, M.D., MPP, FACP (B.S.’05/MC; M.D.’10/M)

Ali Khan, M.D., MPP, FACP, is on a mission to improve health care access and service for vulnerable populations. For the past nine years, he has worked in health care organizations across the U.S. to change health care delivery through policy and clinical program design.

A highly driven professional, Khan graduated in 2010 from Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government as a Harvard Public Service fellow — the same year he received a Doctor of Medicine degree from VCU.

A board-certified internist, Khan joined CareMore Health in Northern California in 2016 as a regional medical officer. Two years later, he was appointed clinical design officer, where he directed national clinical program design, implementation and innovation. He currently serves as associate chief medical officer at Oak Street Health in Chicago, where he oversees 25 value-based primary care centers, which champion quality of care over volume and fees.

Khan serves on several national boards, including Doctors for America, the American College of Physicians and Physicians for Human Rights. In 2008 and 2012 he was a member of the National Health Policy Advisory Committees for Obama for America. In this role, he managed and trained physicians from around the country in political organizing, health policy education, messaging strategy and media cultivation.

The National Minority Quality Forum honored Khan as a 2019 40 Under 40 Leader in Health. In 2016, MedTech Boston named him a 40 Under 40 Healthcare Innovator and in 2015, the California Health Care Foundation named him a Health Leadership fellow. Khan lives in Chicago with his wife Asima Ahmad, M.D., MPH, a reproductive endocrinologist and social entrepreneur. Together with their three children – Arya, 6, Feras, 4 and Nafisa, 2 – they explore adventure wherever it may be.

Jeanine Harper Maruca (B.S.W.’86/SW; M.S.W.’93/SW)

Asked to describe children’s advocate Jeanine Harper Maruca, colleagues respond with words like “kind,” “capable,” “extraordinary leader” and “gifted in the field of social work.” For the past 20 years, Maruca has served as executive director of Greater Richmond (Virginia) SCAN, which addresses child abuse and neglect. She is credited with expanding SCAN’s footprint in service and partnerships, including the Child Advocacy Centers, one of the notable initiatives she has spearheaded. The centers are safe, stable, child-friendly facilities that provide comprehensive services, including forensic interviews, mental health therapy and family advocacy, to more than 1,000 children and 600 adults recovering from trauma and abuse last year.

While an undergraduate and graduate student at VCU’s School of Social Work, she met faculty and students who were deeply committed to uplifting their community through research, policy and practice. Learning that she wasn’t trying to “save” people, but rather recognizing that each person has unique gifts and strengths has shaped her career from the beginning.

“My role as a social worker is to help uncover their strengths and uplift” the people she serves, she said. Maruca’s work and dedication has been recognized on multiple occasions, most recently with the Richmond, Virginia, YWCA’s 2018 Outstanding Women Award and Voices for Virginia’s Children’s 2016 Making Kids Count Award.

Nancy McFarlane (B.S.’80/P)

Nancy McFarlane didn’t set out to become a politician and lead Raleigh, North Carolina, as mayor. Her journey began as a tireless community advocate, serving in leadership roles for organizations such as the Wake County (North Carolina) PTA and the Greystone Homeowners Association, to name a few. Among many projects, McFarlane worked to protect the lakes in the Crabtree Creek watershed from stormwater runoff and partnered with the Coalition to Unchain Dogs to build fences for pets that had been left chained outdoors.

In 2002, while she was volunteering for various community initiatives, McFarlane became an entrepreneur, launching MedPro Rx Inc., a specialty infusion pharmacy that serves clients with chronic illnesses. As CEO, she led a team of health care and business professionals and community advocates. The Triangle Business Journal recognized MedPro Rx as 2008’s No. 1 fastest-growing privately held company in the area, as a top woman-owned business in 2009 and as a Best Place to Work in 2010.

McFarlane started several company-sponsored community outreach programs, including a national scholarship program for local students with bleeding disorders; more than 400 recipients have received a total of $421,000 in scholarship money. The business was sold in 2014.

McFarlane’s business acumen and passion for her community led her to run for city council in 2007, and, after two terms, she was elected mayor in 2011. Under her leadership, the city of Raleigh has, among several achievements, expanded public transit, increased affordable housing, strengthened the arts and improved green spaces. She is credited with establishing the city as a center for technology and innovation through initiatives with North Carolina State University and local businesses. McFarlane led the city in purchasing 308 acres of open space to create a world-class destination park. She also helped bring the World of Bluegrass festival to the city, which generated $219 million in tax revenue and helped set a tourism record in 2014 with 14.3 million visitors.

Cindy Munro, Ph.D. (Ph.D.’92/N; Cert.’97/N)

Cindy L. Munro, Ph.D., RN, is a nationally recognized researcher in oral health and immunity, known for her contributions to improving outcomes in critical illnesses. Munro, co-editor-in-chief of the American Journal of Critical Care, has focused her research on the relationship between oral health and disease prevention during hospitalization. She has received more than $18 million in funding from various organizations as principal or co-investigator. Her current study of oral care in adults receiving mechanical ventilation has received continuous funding from the National Institute of Nursing Research since 2001.

Munro is professor and dean of the University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies. From 2011-17, she served as associate dean of research and innovation at the University of South Florida College of Nursing. Munro was a faculty member for 19 years at VCU’s School of Nursing, where she was named a Nursing Alumni Endowed Professor in 2011.

Munro holds numerous patents, including one for a vaccine to prevent streptococcal endocarditis, an infection of the inner lining of the heart. She is a member of the National Academy of Inventors and a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. She is also a founding ambassador of the Friends of the National Institute of Nursing Research. In 2016, the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing inducted her into its Research Hall of Fame.

Thomas Porter, M.D. (H.S.’87/M; H.S.’91/M)

Thomas Porter, M.D. is on the brink of a scientific breakthrough. Now the Theodore F. Hubbard Distinguished Chair of Cardiology at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, Porter has spent many years studying use of microbubbles to break up blood clots. He presented his most recent findings from a clinical trial in March 2019 at the American College of Cardiology meeting.

The study demonstrated that the procedure improved blood flow in the major blood vessels that are the source of heart attacks and also, improved blood flow to the microvasculature, the smallest blood vessels in the body, where scarring can occur.

“For probably the better part of 20 to 25 years, we’ve been trying to find ways to address this problem of the scarring and damage that occurs downstream in a heart attack,” he said. A lot of research has gone into this. But this is really one of the first treatments that’s been tested in humans that actually works.”

Porter’s interest in microbubbles began in 1990, when he was a cardiology fellow at VCU. At that time, he explored using the tiny bubbles as an ultrasound-enhancing agent for imaging, work that he continued when he joined the faculty of UNMC in 1992.

Porter plans further study in Amsterdam, where ambulance technicians will inject heart attack patients with the microbubbles. The next step is a multinational ambulance trial and, ideally, Food and Drug Administration approval in the U.S.

Rodney Robinson (M.Ed.’11/E)

Since 2015, Rodney Robinson has taught history to students in sixth through 12th grades at Virgie Binford Education Center, part of the Richmond, Virginia, public schools that serves kids in the Richmond Juvenile Detention Center. Many of the students at the center haven’t been to class regularly in years, often because of chaotic life circumstances that have caused school attendance to fall through the cracks. Robinson sees one of his main duties as helping his students deal with trauma and confusion enough to reset and get on track.

Robinson, who has taught in Richmond-area public schools since 2000, was recruited to the Binford Education Center by principal Ta’Neshia Ford (M.Ed.’06/E; Cert.’09/E). Ford had worked with Robinson when both were at Armstrong High School in Richmond. “I saw firsthand his passion for at-risk students, his love of history and his mentorship for our male students,” she says. “It is so powerful to see his interactions with young men of color.”

Robinson also works with other educators at the center to create a plan for the students to help change their relationship to the classroom. His efforts have earned him increasing recognition: He was named Teacher of the Year for the Richmond region in September 2018, the 2018-19 Virginia Teacher of the Year and, in May, Robinson was named National Teacher of the Year.

The heightened attention has given him the chance to spread the word about the need to fund programs for at-risk kids, to build detention centers that are more conducive to learning and to find positive role models for students throughout the school system.

DaNika Neblett Robinson, Ed.D. (B.A.’11/H&S; Cert.’14/GPA; M.P.A.’15/GPA; Ed.D.’18/E)

In 2006, DaNika Neblett Robinson, Ed.D., founded Wailing Women Ministries. The Richmond, Virginia-based nonprofit offers an annual scholarship for female high school seniors to help pay tuition at a college of their choice. Since 2013, a special event celebrates all applicants and awards the scholarship.

In 2018, she self-published the novella “The Metamorphic Journey;” proceeds from book sales support the scholarship. Robinson also serves on the VCU Alumni Board of Governors and spoke at the VCU School of World Studies’ May 2019 graduation ceremony.

Robinson spent more than 18 years on the VCU campus as an employee and student. She began her career with the university in 1997 as a medical transcriptionist at MCV Hospitals.

“As an employee, I took advantage of every learning opportunity afforded me,” she says. From 2011-18, she earned three degrees and a certificate from VCU.

In addition to her educational accomplishments, Robinson held several high-level positions at the university, including assistant administrator for VCU’s Department of Human and Molecular Genetics and associate director of finance and administration for University Student Commons and Activities. She currently works as chief financial officer of the Virginia Institute of Marine Science at William & Mary.

Fred Sammons (Cert.’55/HP)

Alumni Stars 2019 honoree on starred backgroundFred Sammons is credited with changing the face of modern occupational therapy. His many inventions can be found in clinics across the country. Surprisingly, he never patented his ideas. "l made a useful gadget and sold it for the best price, and if others copied it, I didn't care. I had new gadgets coming all the time," he said.

Sammons earned a degree in industrial arts education at California University of Pennsylvania and taught high school in Follensbee, West Virginia, for one year before serving in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He later enrolled in a course in occupational therapy at Richmond Professional Institute, which later became VCU.

Sammons’ first job in occupational therapy was at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, where he worked with patients and supervised the clinic for five years. He later specialized in artificial arm research for children and adults. In this role, he quickly discovered a knack for finding solutions to the problems his patients were experiencing and began making sample devices. Sammons developed products and professional contacts over 10 years, which allowed him to start his own mail-order business in 1970 selling directly to occupational and physical therapy clinics. He sold the business in 1985 and began a long career as a consultant for the company he started.

Sammons received many awards, including an honorary doctorate degree in public service from Western Michigan University in 1984 and a Making a Difference Alumni Award from VCU’s Department of Occupational Therapy in 2013.

Past honorees


2017 Alumni Stars

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2017 Alumni Star

School of Nursing
Judith B. Collins, RN, WHNP, BC, FAAN (Cert.’75/N)
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2017 Alumni Star

Richard T. Robertson School of Media and Culture
Anne M. Cooper-Chen, Ph.D. (M.S.’79/MC)
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2017 Alumni Star

School of Engineering
Fahad Saif Harhara, Ph.D. (B.S.’00/En)
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2017 Alumni Star

School of the Arts
Emerson Hughes (B.M.E.’65/A)
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2017 Alumni Star

School of Allied Health Professions
Jess N. Judy (M.H.A.'77/AHP)
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2017 Alumni Star

School of Dentistry
Gerald M. “Jerry” Kluft, D.D.S. (D.D.S.’73/D)
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2017 Alumni Star

School of Pharmacy
Harvey B. Morgan (B.S.’55/P)
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2017 Alumni Star

School of Social Work
Robert W. “Bob” Peay (M.S.W.’74/SW)
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2017 Alumni Star

VCU Life Sciences
Elizabeth Prom-Wormley, Ph.D. (M.P.H.’99/M; Ph.D.’07/LS)
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2017 Alumni Star

School of Medicine
Eduardo D. Rodriguez, M.D., D.D.S. (M.D.’99/M)
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2017 Alumni Star

VCU Honors College
Amy T. Rose, M.D., FACS (B.S.’90/H&S)
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2017 Alumni Star

School of Education
Anna Lou Schaberg (B.S.’66/H&S; M.Ed.’70/E)
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2017 Alumni Star

School of Business
Linda M. Warren (B.S.’75/B)
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2017 Alumni Star

L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs
Gregory H. Wingfield (B.S.’75/GPA; M.U.R.P.’76/GPA)
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2017 Alumni Star

College of Humanities and Sciences
Peter Zucker, Ph.D. (M.S.’81/H&S; Ph.D.’84/H&S)
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2015 Alumni Stars

View event photos and a video montage that captures the personal and professional side of the 2015 honorees. View the 2015 program.


College of Humanities and Sciences
Barbara L. Hartung (B.A.’72/H&S)


The Honors College
Minh Q. Tran, M.D. (B.S.'92/H&S; M.D.'96/M)


School of Allied Health Professions
Christine S. Zambricki, D.N.A.P. (D.N.A.P.’12/AHP)


School of the Arts
Morgan E. Yacoe (B.F.A.’11/A)


School of Business
Thomas J. Dorsey (B.S.’75/B)


School of Dentistry
Del. Todd E. Pillion, D.D.S. (D.D.S.’01/D)


School of Education
Michael T. Gamel-McCormick, Ph.D. (Ph.D.’95/E)


School of Engineering
Bradley T. Trevillian (B.S.’06/En)


L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs
Keith T. Parker (B.A.’90/H&S; M.U.R.P.’93/GPA)


Richard T. Robertson School of Media and Culture
Katherine Wintsch (M.S.’01/MC)


School of Medicine
Norma S. Kenyon, Ph.D. (Ph.D.’87/M)


School of Nursing
Wilsie S. Bishop, D.P.A. (B.S.’70/N; M.S.’78/N)


School of Pharmacy
Jean-Venable R. Goode, Pharm.D. (B.S.’89/P; Pharm.D.’94/P)


School of Social Work
Grace E. Harris, Ph.D. (M.S.W.’60/SW)


School of World Studies
Jonathan W. Waybright (B.A.’90/WS)


VCU Life Sciences
Sterling W. Thomas, Ph.D. (Ph.D.’10/LS)


2013 Alumni Stars 

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Art Layne

School of Allied Health Professions
Arthur W. Layne (B.S.'72/H&S; M.H.A.'76/AHP) 


School of the Arts
Angela Bacskocky (B.F.A.'09/A)

Jane Watkins

School of Business
Jane G. Watkins (B.S.'75/B)

Jane Watkins' remarks

Julian Metts
School of Dentistry
Julian C. Metts Jr., D.D.S. (D.D.S.'63/D)

School of Education 
S. Dallas Dance (M.Ed.'02/E; Ph.D.'07/E)

Dallas Dance's Remarks

Oscar Martin
School of Engineering
Oscar L. Martin Jr., Ph.D. (Ph.D.'09/En)
HDL Tonya
College of Humanities & Sciences
Tonya Mallory (B.S.'88/H&S; M.S.'90/H&S)
Jesse Vaughan
School of Mass Communications
Jesse E. Vaughan (B.S.'80/MC)
Dionne Raymond
School of Medicine
Raymond A. Dionne, Ph.D. (Ph.D.'80/M)
Josephine L. Hargis
School of Nursing
Josephine L. Hargis (B.S.'55/N)
Susan Learned

School of Pharmacy
Susan M. Learned (Pharm.D.'97/P;  Ph.D.'97/P)

Susan Learned's remarks

Stephen S. Harms
School of Social Work
Stephen S. Harms (M.S.W.'82/SW)
Joseph F. Damico

L. Douglas Wilder School of Government & Public Affairs
Joseph F. Damico (M.P.A.'97/H&S)

Joe Damico's remarks

Sainath R. Iyer
School of World Studies
Sainath R. Iyer (B.S.'10/MC; B.A.'12/H&S)

2011 Alumni Stars

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School of Allied Health Professions
Panelpha "Penny" Kyler
B.S.'72, Occupational Therapy

Glen Davis

School of Business 
Glenn A. Davis
B.S.'86, Information Systems


School of Education
Dale Christina Kalkofen


College of Humanities & Sciences
Edmond F. Bowden
Ph.D.'82, Chemistry


School of Social Work
Paul D. McWhinney
B.S.'74, M.S.W.'79


School of the Arts 
Tara Donovan
M.F.A.'99, Sculpture


School of Dentistry
Ronald L. Tankersley


School of Engineering
Jason T. Roe
B.S.'00, Electrical Engineering


School of Medicine
Tadataka "Tachi" Yamada


School of Pharmacy
Jonathon C. Roberts

Debra Lyons

School of Nursing
Debra E. Lyon
B.S.'84, M.S.'94, Cert. Nurse Practitioner'96, Ph.D.'97


View the 2008 Alumni Stars Program.