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Faby Helme Feature

The summer before my freshman year

Ahead of the fall semester, eight VCU graduates and students share memories about their last summers before college and their advice for the newest Rams.

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Tracey Gendron Feature

The elder in all of us

By disrupting ageism and defining elderhood, alumna and gerontologist Tracey Gendron, Ph.D., brings us together through a universal truth: We’re all getting older.

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Lesly Turcios-Hernandez in Alaattin Kaya’s biology lab. Feature

Experience that pays off

VCU students develop their skills and pay for school through the university’s Work-Study Research Assistant Program.

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From left, Rodney Klima, D.D.S. (D.D.S.’74/D; Cert.’76/D), Carol Klima (B.S.’72/H&S; B.S.’74/D), Michelle Toms, D.D.S. (D.D.S.’08/D), and Katie Berkman (B.S.’05/D) Legacy family

A dental school Ramily tree

An alumni family’s VCU roots that began at the School of Dentistry now span generations and campuses.

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Lana Golob Alumni profile

‘It’s surreal’: Soccer standout Lana Golob chases her dream in Italy

The Atlantic 10’s top defender in 2021 has had an adventurous year, signing with Napoli Femminile and playing for the Slovenian national team while finishing her degree.

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Paul Massawe Student profile

Paul Massawe’s ‘mission impossible’ life is a story of perseverance

The Pharm.D. student’s path from a small village near Mount Kilimanjaro to a doctoral program at VCU proves no dream is too big.

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Frances Burch Alumni support

Supporting students and pursuing her passions

Frances Burch’s latest contribution: a gift to the university’s Invest In Me student scholarship initiative.

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Soyoung Min Alumni profile

Soyoung Min embraces change and her creative side

The School of Education graduate made a career shift to launch a jewelry business.

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Norma and Charles Wood (B.S.’64/B) Alumni profile

The family ties that bind

One neighborhood creates deep roots for an alumni couple‘s family tree.

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