University of Richmond Magazine

Shannon Jones stands in front of a screen displaying a diagram, presenting to a class of students
Shannon Jones stands in front of a screen displaying a diagram, presenting to a class of students

Belonging

The making of a scientist

A toxicology course is giving some students one more chance to take a class from biology professor Shannon Jones. It’s reconnecting them with the professor they say is key to their persistence and success in STEM.
A female student stands in front of a large painting taking notes in a notebook.
Experiential Learning
Pictures of the floating world

Students spent spring break in NYC selecting a new work for UR’s Harnett Museum of Art. See what they saw — and picked.

An overhead image of Courtney Paulk swimming in the James River.
Well-Being
Brain waves
Open water swimmers face immense physical challenges — but the mental strength required is laced with lessons we can all learn from.

Spiders Near and Far


John Remmes, ’15
Art
Dream work
The Pixar Story documentary led John Remmes, ’15, to a computer engineering career at Pixar. “Everyone was so passionate. I [wanted] to work there.”
#SpiderLove
Love, eventually
A kiss in the gazebo between Scott Hurd, B’89, and Diane Kraynak, W’89, was 25 years in the making.

Steve Bisese standing in the Commons with students walking by
Q&A
Thanks, Steve
Steve Bisese, VP for student development, is retiring. Spiders offer their stories, and he answers their questions about himself, his career, and the university.
Kavya Borra, ’24
Paths
Kavya Borra: A golden voice
Alongside her studies, Kavya Borra, ’24, spent her time at Richmond developing her singing talent and career. Here’s your chance to say you knew her when.

“People from all over the country were saying, ‘This is what we need. I want to use this.’ And that’s how it started.”
—Cheyenne Varner, ’13

Eye



Campus News


“Keep yourself open to the possibility that what’s going to come next for you might be exactly what you’re looking for.”
—Joe Boehman, dean of Richmond College

Grace Mittl and Eli Bank stand back to backagainst a yellow background and smile while looking up and back at one another.
Entrepreneurs
How it started/how it’s going
Grace Mittl, ’22, and Eli Bank, ’22, launched a business during an entrepreneurship course. See how they're doing two years later.
Morrie and Betty Markoff, in a still image from the film
Cinema
Aging and renewal
A 79-year marriage is the subject of a new and very moving documentary by film studies professor Sonja Bertucci.

Sports


Spider swimmer competes in the backstroke in a meet
Academic Excellence
Top scholars, too
Take a look inside one of the nation’s most academically accomplished swimming and diving teams.
UR president Kevin Hallock with Craig Kocher in the broadcast booth for a Spiders baseball game at Pitt Field
Forum
Value of sports
President Kevin F. Hallock reflects on the power of athletics to bring Spiders together.

More to Explore


Commencement 2024
Prepare to be inspired. When graduating senior Kerry-Ann Ratidzo Moyo finished her commencement remarks, her classmates rose to their feet for a well-earned standing ovation.