Outdoor Adventure Program

by Katherine Beck
For most people when they think of VCU, they think of an urban campus nestled in the beautiful city of Richmond, Virginia. While being surrounded by city living is great and has many of its own perks and opportunities, sometimes it’s nice to get in touch with one’s “outdoorsy” side (if you have one!). That’s why VCU’s Recreational Sports created the Outdoor Adventure Program, which serves VCU students, staff, alumni and guests by providing low-cost outdoor activity-based trips. Kayaking, canoeing, hiking, skiing and whitewater rafting are just some of the activities the Outdoor Adventure program. Check out the following website for more information about upcoming trips and how to sign up:
Outdoor Adventure Program/.

Counselor Spotlight: Katherine Beck

by Katherine Beck
Hi everyone! My name is Katherine Beck and I am one of the admissions counselors here at VCU. Mostly, you’ll find me traveling to Northern Virginia – GPS handy and always finding routes around traffic! I grew up here in Richmond and absolutely love sharing everything that I know with students about VCU, our admissions process and our great city.
Like I mentioned, I grew up here in Richmond and actually now live in the historic fan district, which is where VCU’s Monroe Park Campus is located. When I’m not traveling, you can usually catch me somewhere around the fan, either walking my pug Oscar or eating out at one of Richmond’s fabulous restaurants.
Not only am I a huge VCU fan, but my family is too! Both my mom and my sister graduated from VCU’s School of the Arts – my mom studied interior design and my sister studied sculpture and fashion design. Our love for VCU must have rubbed off on my brother, because now he is considering returning to VCU’s School of Nursing. I guess you can say we are just one of many VCU families out there!
Look for me in your high school and at college fairs because I would enjoy talking to you about your opportunities here at VCU. If you don’t see me on the road but have a question or concern, the best way to reach me during the fall is to shoot me an email at kmbeck@vcu.edu.
I look forward to seeing some of you guys out of the road this fall!

Primeros Pasos – RSVP Reminder!

by Katherine Beck
Don’t forget to RSVP for VCU’s annual event – PRIMEROS PASOS! We hope that you are planning to join us for this unique event and ask that you let us know by this Friday, September 24, 2010. If you’re planning to attend, go to the following website to RSVP: http://www.ugrad.vcu.edu/primerospasos/. If you have any questions about Primeros Pasos, feel free to contact our very own Elmer Campos at camposeo@vcu.edu. He’ll be happy to speak with you!

Counselor Spotlight: Tremell Jeffries

by Tremell Jeffries
Hello everyone! My name is Tremell Jeffries and I’m an admissions counselor visiting schools in Richmond city, Eastern Henrico and Southside Virginia. As a VCU student, I was an active member of the University’s campus life – through participating in Greek life, serving on the activity programming board and being a resident assistant. I was even on VCU’s homecoming court! That being said, I am very familiar with VCU and the resources available to you as a potential student.
I love my job, the University and being in a position where I can provide students with clarity on the many opportunities provided by VCU.
I will be meeting with prospective students and their families, conducting information sessions and attending college fairs throughout the fall. Please let me know if I can assist you in any way as I would be more than happy to meet and discuss your future at VCU.
You can contact me at (804) 828-3841 or send me an email at jeffriest@vcu.edu. I love talking about VCU and I hope to hear from you soon! Best wishes!

Counselor Spotlight: Elmer Campos

by Elmer Campos
┬íHola! My name is Elmer Campos and I’m an admissions counselor at VCU. I am really looking forward to hitting the road once again, getting ready for my 5th travel season with VCU. Traveling and the opportunity to meet with prospective students and parents is one of the things I love the most about my job. I travel all over Virginia and you may even find me in New York, New Jersey, Maryland and definitely in Washington D.C. I will be starting my travel season in southwest Virginia visiting high schools and participating in college fairs in Franklin County, Patrick County, Danville and Lynchburg. After Southwest Virginia I will be returning to my old home in Northern Virginia. I grew up in Alexandria (I’m a T.C. Williams High School alumnus – Go Titans!) and Woodbridge, Virginia, which makes my travel in the area very enjoyable.
Be on the lookout for me and visit our campus so that you can experience all the exciting things going on at VCU. The best way to ensure that VCU is the right place for you is by visiting and getting to know the campus and the community. I am sure you will find something that appeals to you, from the 400-plus student organizations to the various activities on and off campus.
If you do not see me on the road you can reach me through e-mail at camposeo@vcu.edu. I look forward to discussing the various opportunities VCU has to offer you.

Counselor Spotlight: Ryan Hannifin

by Ryan Hannifin
Hello to all. My name is Ryan Hannifin and I graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a degree in Mass Communications. I now work as an admissions counselor in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.
I will be traveling primarily in New Jersey this fall. I’ll be attending many different college fairs as well as making visits to many high schools throughout the entire state. To find out when I’ll be in your area, check out our online database: VCU On the Road. Please stop by and say hello when you see me in your school!
VCU’s campus is truly dynamic and diverse, where opportunities are endless. As a student here I was involved in many different organizations and was surprised at how easy it was to get involved. I always enjoyed going to basketball games, as well as viewing the free weekend movies that take place in the commons.
I fell in love with the city of Richmond, where there is always something to do. Often times, I would go on the First Friday Art walks with my friends. Spending a Saturday afternoon visiting Carytown was always relaxing.
I love meeting with prospective students and their families and telling them about the endless opportunities that exist at VCU, so if you have any questions, simply shoot me an email at hannifinrm@vcu.edu. I look forward to meeting you this fall.