The Franklin Street Gem
The concerts. The basketball games. The brushes with celebrity. Seventy years after Franklin Street Gym opened, two years after it was torn down and as a new building rises where it once stood, an ode to VCU’s beloved, sweltering, cubby-size gymnasium ... and all it witnessed.
Art Is Afoot
Inspired by social media, Jaden Mitchell, a sprinter on the VCU track and field team, started making sneaker art. Now his painted kicks are worn by NBA and Olympic stars.
Terry Austin and the ‘very important thing’
The just-retired band director reflects on how he’s changed and what he’s learned over nearly half a century at the podium
Letters from Franklin Street
Stories from alumni underscore Franklin Street Gym’s charm. Among them: a chance encounter with a future basketball Hall of Famer and an underwater photo shoot.
Terry Austin’s encore
The band director’s friends, colleagues and former students celebrate his VCU career — and retirement — with a concert in his honor
A star is born
Glass artist Neil Duman takes us into his workshop to share how he created the 2022 VCU Alumni Stars awards
Elizabeth Hoettels is in the air
The Air Force officer and nurse — on the way to her latest assignment — reflects on her extensive travel log and shares the story behind her call sign
Up, up and away from superheroes
A look at some deep cuts and rarities in the VCU Libraries’ Comic Arts Collection
The roots of medical mistrust
In his ethics course, dentistry professor Carlos Smith teaches the dark history of medical exploitation of Blacks in America — and how to address its persistent effects
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Preventing domestic violence
Y. Joon Choi helps Asian immigrant women by showing their religious leaders how to intervene
Tiny particles to solve big problems
Physics professor and alum Khaled Saoud uses nanoscience to tackle issues in health, historic preservation and safety
Black women, like me
Producer Morgan Saunders promotes diversity in reality TV and advertising
His commute is killer
David Baldacci's latest thriller, an ex-pirate gone straight, and more from the world of books
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Teri Stockham: Godmother to the CSI generation
The forensic toxicologist helps students find success in an ever-changing field
Love and basketball (and health care)
Michael Elliott takes the reins as VCU Health System’s first operating officer
How a family of Byrds built their careers in medicine
Nick Kaviani crosses the finish line
With assistance from a Completion Grant, the engineering graduate begins his ‘next chapter’ at Estée Lauder