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Music Graduate Selected for New York Lyric Opera Theatre Program

  Monday, July 29, 2019
— A Christopher Newport alumna performed this summer on three of the world’s most prestigious stages: Carnegie Hall, the Lincoln Center and the National Opera Center. Jennifer Moore Woods (‘09) was one of about 50 singers ...

MAT Graduate Named York County Teacher of the Year

  Monday, June 10, 2019
— Mandy Rocamontes Poe (‘11, ‘12) knew from the moment she stepped on Christopher Newport’s campus that it was the place she wanted to pursue her teaching career. The Virginia Beach native graduated with her ...

Virginia Accountants Salute Captains

  Monday, June 03, 2019
— CPAs with Luter degrees are earning statewide recognition. Three graduates of the Luter School of Business were recognized at the 2019 Virginia Society of CPAs (VSCPA) annual award ceremony. J.J. Edmunds (‘10), was named in the Top 5 ...

MAT Graduate Helps Provide Resources to a Community in Zambia

  Thursday, April 18, 2019
— The photos show Zambian laborers using handmade bricks to build a library, the first in a village that is without electricity and where the literacy rate is low. The photos show a rural, isolated corner of our world that is about to be ...

Alumni Profile: Keith Windle

  Thursday, March 21, 2019
— As renewable energy gains support, so too have the efforts of power companies to meet that demand. Read the full story below.  

Alumni Profile: Shelia Trice-Myers

  Sunday, February 24, 2019
— The 1989 Division III Women's Indoor Track and field championships set the stage for one of Christopher Newport's greatest athletic accomplishments. Read the full story below.  

Alumni Profile: Bryan Austin

  Thursday, January 03, 2019
— Visitors to Colonial Williamsburg often cross paths with one of America's Founding Fathers, James Madison, vividly brought to life by Bryan Austin '10. Read the full story below.  

Alumni Profile: Kayla Clark

  Thursday, December 06, 2018
— On track to pursue her master's degree in psychology, Kayla Clark '18 saw her future change when her dance professor Christie McCall opened her eyes to other possibilities. Read the full story below.  

Alumni Profile: Ali Nayeff

  Monday, November 05, 2018
— For Ali Nayeff '17, the road to Christopher Newport began in Iraq. Now a U.S. citizen, Virginia Army National Guard member and CNU alumnus, he proudly calls America home. Read the the full story below.

From CNU to the NFL

  Wednesday, September 05, 2018
— For James Hardy ‘03, the path to joining the staff of the New England Patriots began not on the playing field, but in the classroom. “I didn’t play any sports at CNU,” he explains. “The football ...

Alumni Spotlight: Mitchell Kerver

  Tuesday, September 04, 2018
— Mitchell Kerver ’17 is one of four winners of a Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility Electron-Ion Collider (EIC) Fellowship. Jefferson Lab is a U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science national laboratory. During the ...

Cracking the Code

  Thursday, August 09, 2018
— The birthplace of the atomic bomb may seem like an unconventional summer destination, but for a programmer like Andrew Garmon ’13, it’s exactly where he wants to be. Through the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Science ...

Alumni Profile: Kris Ward

  Tuesday, July 24, 2018
— Sgt. Kris Ward feels called to police work. “With this job, you don’t do it for the money,” he says. “You do it because you want to serve a purpose in the community.” Employed by the ...

A ’Vishion’ of the Future

  Wednesday, June 06, 2018
— A 2011 communication graduate, Sam Smith has spent the past seven years laying the groundwork for her startup company, Vishion, which is slated to launch in February of 2019. She plans for Vishion to be a mobile application that uses every color ...

Alumni Spotlight: Christopher Ojeda

  Thursday, April 26, 2018
— After finishing his PhD in political science at Penn State in 2015, Ojeda moved on to Stanford University to work as a postdoctoral scholar and was hired as an assistant professor at the University of Tennessee in 2017. “The University ...

Singing Scholar

  Tuesday, March 27, 2018
— For the past five years, Matt Kelly ‘15 has been a regular on stage with the Virginia Opera. “It’s been an honor to perform in my home state since I began singing with the Opera as an undergraduate,” he ...

Alumni Spotlight: Jerald Lancaster

  Wednesday, March 21, 2018
— After graduating from Christopher Newport, Lancaster immediately put his skills to use in other classroom settings. “I taught at the Choir and Drama School in Newport News,” he says. “I spent the next 12 years ...

Alumni Profile: Ambre Delpopolo

  Tuesday, February 06, 2018
— After graduating Christopher Newport with a BS in biology in 2011, and earning her MS in environmental science in 2014, Ambre Delpopolo’s career took off, starting with her first professional position as a wildlife manager. ...

Alumni Profile: Courtney Duquette

  Monday, January 29, 2018
— Duquette’s advancement in the computer science field is significant not just for her impressive skills, but also in light of the statistical odds against her. In 2015, a survey done by The Huffington Post reported that women held only ...

Rockin' Road to Dublin

  Wednesday, January 17, 2018
— From performing in his high school marching band to tackling technical theater work in college, Chris Smith ’07 exudes a passion for the performing arts. Today he travels the nation with “Rockin’ Road to ...

Alumni Mobilize Aid for Hurricane Harvey Victims

  Wednesday, January 10, 2018
— Fraternity brothers, fellow Captains and now co-workers. Two Christopher Newport alumni entrepreneurs joined forces this fall to make their businesses, Munchies Bus and The Exchange, a platform to support hurricane relief efforts. After the ...

Alumni Take Local Concrete Company to the Next Level

  Monday, December 11, 2017
— When Laughton “Buddy” Cockrell ‘74 and his partners started RPC Industries in 1979, he couldn’t have envisioned that a generation later, a core group of his employees would be fellow Captains. He founded ...

Alumni Spotlight: Erin Plisco

  Monday, November 13, 2017
— When Erin Plisco (’09, MAT ’10) graduated from Christopher Newport, it set her on an exciting path toward fulfilling her dreams. From winning a Gates Scholarship, to being named a Distinguished Graduate Student, to serving as ...

Alumni Spotlight: Kenlontae' Turner

  Tuesday, November 07, 2017
— For as long as Kenlontae’ Turner ’17 can remember, art has been a part of his life. “Whether it be visual art, film, dance or fashion, I always felt like I was destined to be an artist,” he says. A studio ...

Alumni Spotlight: Allie Polansky

  Tuesday, November 07, 2017
— Allie Polansky’s (’13) student work as a theater technician helped guide Christopher Newport to four years of memorable productions. Now she continues to apply her talents at CNU as lighting director in the Ferguson Center for ...

Alumna Takes On An Island of Natural Resource Management

  Thursday, October 26, 2017
— Botany Bay Island, nestled among South Carolina's Sea Islands, lies just off the coast, about 40 miles south of Charleston. It is a varied landscape of wetlands, marshes, woods and beachfront that is home to diverse plants and wildlife, including ...

Start Me Up

  Wednesday, August 02, 2017
— Alumni discuss the innovative businesses they have launched – some while they were still students – reflecting what has become a burgeoning entrepreneurship scene at Christopher Newport. Click below to read the full story and ...

Heart of a Healer

  Monday, July 17, 2017
— Veterinary care provides unique challenges, given the ways an animal’s body responds differently to ailments compared to humans. Yet these are challenges Justin Hansford ’16 feels equipped to conquer at the Virginia-Maryland ...

Given the Green Light

  Monday, June 26, 2017
— In the 17 years since leaving Christopher Newport with her English degree, Casey Johnson (’00) has exemplified a life of significance with her contributions to the GreenLight Fund, a venture philanthropy firm based in Boston. Venture ...

All His World’s a Stage

  Friday, June 16, 2017
— A dedicated theater major since first stepping foot on campus, Christopher Embrey (15’) now forges ahead with his promising acting career. “When I was younger my favorite movie was the 1982 version of ...

Alumna Wins Teaching Excellence Award

  Wednesday, March 29, 2017
— DaShawn White '10 is the winner of the ETHOS Excellence Award from Success Academy Charter Schools, a network of 41 free public K-12 schools in New York City that enrolls 14,000 students, primarily low-income children of color. The ETHOS award ...

Serving Through Song

  Thursday, March 09, 2017
— While most students typically spend four years in college, Drew Poplin ’16 has been on campus for a large part of his life. “My mother, brother and sister all went to CNU at the same time while I was in ...

Collin Davis '16 Gets Feet Wet at Bahamas Shark Lab

  Monday, February 20, 2017
— Below is an excerpt of a blog post written by Collin Davis and published on the Bimini Biological Field Station (BBFS) blog. Davis graduated in 2016 with a bachelor of science in biology. You can read his entire post at the link below. Splash! ...

Building the Future – Today

  Thursday, February 16, 2017
— When Jay Epstein graduated from Christopher Newport in 1976, it was still a branch of the College of William & Mary, and was a commuter college until the first residence hall was built in the 1990s. The larger campus transformation began a ...

Philosophy Alum to Publish Paper

  Friday, October 21, 2016
— Jacqueline Thornley ’13 will have her senior seminar paper in philosophy published by Dialogue, the journal of Phi Sigma Tau, the international philosophy honor society. Her article is titled, “More Than We Can Chew: The True ...

The Intersection of Theater and the Sciences

  Thursday, October 20, 2016
— Christopher Newport’s commitment to the liberal arts and sciences prepared Danielle Hartman ’07 to explore her passions in unique ways. A member of the Honors Program, Hartman double-majored in English, with a writing ...

Alumni Society Award – Dr. Andrew Falk

  Thursday, October 20, 2016
— Collaboration with students motivates and inspires Dr. Andrew Falk’s teaching and scholarship. “I look at teaching and mentoring as very collaborative,” he explains of his approach. “Teaching is often ...

Brewer Named National Bonner Fellow

  Thursday, October 20, 2016
— Brad Brewer ’02, Director of the Center for Community Engagement (CCE) at Christopher Newport, has been named a National Bonner Fellow for the Corella & Bertram F. Bonner Foundation. This fellowship seeks to leverage and support ...

Captains Spotlight: Ben Watkins

  Thursday, October 20, 2016
— During his days playing hoops for Christopher Newport, Ben Watkins ’16 contributed to the Captains’ success as both a player and a student assistant coach. He assumed the latter role from 2013–15 while working his ...

The Composer

  Wednesday, October 19, 2016
— Dr. Chris Lamb ’11 and Steven Brindle ’10 go way back. Both were music majors at the same time, and both played off each other as they developed as music professionals: Lamb composing and Brindle conducting. The latter ...

The Maestro

  Wednesday, October 19, 2016
— When Fort Monroe was built in the 19th century, it was a key part of the coastal defenses of the young American nation. Though its role changed over time, “Freedom’s Fortress” has always been a landmark in the ...

Of the Highest Caliber

  Wednesday, October 19, 2016
— Never forget your roots. For Robert Green Jr. ’74, that sentiment has defined a professional journey that began in college. “Christopher Newport embraced me and gave me an opportunity to go to school,” he says. ...

Coding Coast to Coast

  Wednesday, October 19, 2016
— It’s a long way from the farmland of Fauquier County, Virginia, to metro Los Angeles, but it’s the road Mandy Rogers ’10 has taken since her days growing up in that bucolic setting west of Washington, ...

Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained

  Wednesday, October 19, 2016
— Not only are small businesses breaking new ground in today’s business world, they also have a new ally: crowdfunding websites. These sites, such as Kickstarter and GoFundMe, have allowed anyone with a marketable idea to have the online ...

A Passion for Politics

  Wednesday, October 19, 2016
— Late this summer Carolina Hurley (’14) began serving as director of television for the Republican National Committee (RNC). In this role she pitches RNC staff, surrogates and content to TV producers, reporters and anchors to garner ...

The Systems Thinker

  Monday, February 01, 2016
— Although it was just six years ago that Dr. Willy Donaldson first stood in front of a Christopher Newport classroom, he has been a fixture in the local business community for more than 30 years. He’s been CEO of eight companies and run ...

The Language of Family

  Tuesday, September 01, 2015
— As one often hears, the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. Just ask Judy Montgomery Hicks. Her passion for all things German inspired her teaching of the language at various Virginia schools, including Denbigh High in Newport News ...

A Captain's Viewpoint: On Honor

  Tuesday, September 01, 2015
— I still remember the nerves I felt sitting in the Community of Scholars Convocation, the freshman welcome ceremony. I recall intently watching the faculty members adorned in academic regalia as they filed into the hall, wondering which ones I ...

A Captain's Viewpoint: On Service

  Tuesday, September 01, 2015
— My parents always enforced the value and necessity of helping others. From a young age I not only enjoyed service but felt I could make an impact. When I heard about the Bonner Service Scholars Program, I had found my way. Launched in 1989 at ...

A Captain's Viewpoint: On Leadership

  Tuesday, September 01, 2015
— As a 17-year-old boy in the rural town of Hardyville, Virginia, I viewed my capacity to change the world in a limited light. Although I was intrigued by international diplomacy and history, the world outside of small-town baseball, roaming the ...

Captains Spotlight: Jerry Brown

  Tuesday, September 01, 2015
— A four-year member of the Captains football team from Emporia, Jerry Brown (’15) attended Greensville County High School where he played his sport of choice. Named team MVP his senior year there, he graduated salutatorian of his ...

A Life of Purpose

  Tuesday, September 01, 2015
— Elise Sjogren '11 loves teaching third grade at an American school for Palestinian children in East Jerusalem. “We use American curriculum and English instruction, but our students are all native Arabic-speaking Palestinians,” ...
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