MEDIA MENTIONS Media often rely on the expertise of UR faculty and staff to help explain the news of the day and give context to national issues. Here is a sample of recent media placements highlighting the expertise of our Richmond colleagues: Finance professor and retail expert TOM ARNOLD provided context for The Washington Post article “Toymakers say there is ‘widespread panic’ following Toys R Us bankruptcy.” “If the bankruptcy filing does not allay supplier fears and consumer fears, the holiday shopping season could be disastrous leading to, at a minimum, store closings or possibly a complete liquidation,” Arnold said. Robins School of Business professor and transportation economist GEORGE HOFFER was quoted in the article “As airline revenue from extra fees increases, so does consumer ire.” “You make your best deal on a car, and in the paperwork process, they spring on you a processing fee,” Hoffer said in discussing why hidden fees upset customers. “The sign was discreetly posted, but innocuous. You get mad and feel taken.” School of Arts & Sciences psychology professor and cognitive aging expert JANE BERRY led a team of UR undergraduates to Lunenburg County, Nova Scotia, to interview centenarians. Her research project caught the attention of CBC Radio-Canada, which featured Berry and her students throughout a 30-minute piece. “Many of these centenarians and nonagenarians (a person aged 90 to 99 years old) are just very fit people, and that goes beyond being healthy," Berry says. “To be fit means that you are not frail and that you probably have good bone density, good muscle mass, and good cardiovascular and pulmonary functioning.”
SOCIAL MEDIA engagement on the rise The University’s social channels are abuzz as more and more members of our community are joining the conversation about the latest UR news from around campus and around the world. In the past 12 months, the number of followers has increased significantly for Richmond’s three main channels.
21% Up 23% Up 66%
Are you part of the conversation? Follow UR on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram: @urichmond. You can find UR on LinkedIn and Snapchat, too.
Jepson School of Leadership Studies professor JULIAN HAYTER, who is a member of the Richmond Monument Avenue Commission, is featured in the Los Angeles Times piece “Confederate monuments are tributes to a whitewashed history.” “We are going to have to be honest with our history, or we will live and die by it,” Hayter told the columnist. Following the violent protests in Charlottesville in August, EDWARD AYERS, University Professor, president emeritus, and a historian of the American South, appeared on PBS NewsHour to provide historical context related to the national debate regarding Confederate monuments. “I think what these statues tell us is that people remember what they want to remember, and then they see what they want to see,” Ayers said. The Boston Globe turned to School of Arts & Sciences psychology professor SCOTT ALLISON for his expertise on heroism and leadership for an article about hero worship related to Tom Brady. “I think most of us need heroes to inspire us and to be role models,” Allison said. “Just think about what Tom Brady teaches us about work and discipline. Not giving up and believing in yourself.” DAVE MCCOY, associate vice president for public safety and chief of police, discussed the role of college law enforcement in the wake of Charlottesville with the Richmond Times-Dispatch. “You always have to continue to review policies and practices and make sure they align with current social practices,” McCoy said.
Additional placements are available at news.richmond.edu/placements. For more information, please contact University Communications’ Media and Public Relations team: Cynthia Price and Sunni Brown.
A FINE PARTNERSHIP In September, Joyner Fine Properties President and CEO Bill White and Relocation Director Rachael Joyner Meyer presented a check for $12,000 to Tom Gutenberger, vice president for advancement, and Carl Sorensen, senior associate vice president for human resources, to support student scholarships. When University employees use Joyner Fine Properties when buying or selling a home, the real-estate firm earmarks $300 from each transaction for the University’s scholarship fund. Additional benefits for Richmond faculty and staff include a 20 percent rebate on the agent's commission. Since the program’s beginning in 2013, more than 40 faculty and staff have taken advantage of the benefit. “Our partnership with Joyner helps provide scholarships to students while making the relocation process simpler and more affordable for new and current faculty and staff,” Sorensen says. Visit hr.richmond.edu/benefits to learn more about the benefits available to UR employees.
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