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The Richmond web reaches far. While we can't be at the place many of us have come to call home, we are still connected by our Spider spirit. As Dean Quiñones said, "Our closest held value at the Robins School is being student-centered. This current situation will challenge our ingenuity, adaptability, and cooperative spirit as we seek to live out this value in new ways."

In light of this new situation, the Robins School hopes to provide resources and information to help you navigate these uncharted waters. Revisit this page for weekly updates.

Get Exam Ready

Boatwright Library gives you access to online databases and resources online to help you close out the semester successfully. 

Has your job searching plans or prospects changed? Sign up to attend the webinarFocused Job Search in a COVID World on May 7, with Career Services and Richard Coughlan, associate professor of management, to learn about a purposeful job search in today's changing job market.

Preparing for summer internships and other opportunities? Career Services is here to help. Schedule a virtual advising appointment.

Robins School Executives in Residence remain available for one-on-one sessions by phone, email, or Zoom. These super mentors have decades of experience and are ready to provide advice, assistance, and partnership during this time. Find their contact information here and reach out today.

Spider Accolades

We are continually impressed by our Spiders' accomplishments, and this semester is no exception. We're sending virtual high fives to all that you've done this semester!

Students Recognized by Poets&Quants

Two University of Richmond business school students were named to Poets&Quants' 100 Best and Brightest Class of 2020.
Griffiths Claire Griffiths
Business Administration, Concentrations in Finance, Economics, and International Business 
Lankler Hanna Lankler
Business Administration, Marketing Concentration

Professor Awarded for Sustainability Efforts

Trey Sutton, assistant professor of management, was awarded the Sustainability Leadership Award at the (Virtual) Sustainability Banquet organized by UR’s Office of Sustainability. The Sustainability Leadership award recognizes members of the University of Richmond community for their outstanding contributions to sustainability. His involvement on campus and Environmental Management class is cited time and again by students for the lasting impact on their academic career. Congratulations Dr. Sutton!

Inaugural Sustainable Solutions Challenge Winners

Emily George, Rachel Perry, Ana Salitan-Alvarez, and Jack Bergstrom are the winners of the Robins School's and UR's Office of Sustainability's first-ever Sustainable Solutions Challenge. Teams were tasked with eliminating single use plastic water bottles on campus. The winning solution focused on introduction of a mobile application on campus that promote long-term usage of reusable bottles and tracks students' water consumption.  

Robins Elects SGA Officers for 2020-21

We look forward to the leadership of these Robins students in the coming academic year.   

Executive Board
President: Maddie Hoffman
VP Administration: Rider Tuff
VP Student Affairs: Romie Tufaro
VP Finance: Luke Salvati

Senators
John Collier
Pete Columbia 
Luke Pojero
Will Troutman
Brock Cannon
Hannah Burke

Our Web Gets Stronger

From food donations to creating PPE, our Robins School Spiders are working together to fight COVID-19 from coast to coast. We thank everyone who is helping combat this pandemic and invite you to share your stories with us.

“In the wake of our factories being deemed non-essential and closed as well as the frightening surge in infections here in New York and the lack of medical protective equipment, we wanted to do something to help,” said John D’Addario, ’93, whose company, D’Addario, developed a prototype for face shields out of drumheads in three days.

The company created a production process, expedited additional raw materials, and is now underway manufacturing face shields for medical institutions, as well as other essential services like fire departments.  

“I am very proud of our team’s ingenuity and we are very eager to do what we can to help,” D’Addario said.

Similarly, Jason Ellis, R’89, senior vice president of medical textiles at Cupron, Inc., began working with Sentara Healthcare in Virginia Beach to create reusable masks out of the company’s hospital-grade bedsheets.

“What a month,” Ellis said. “The transition has been rewarding and exhausting for a company of only 12 people.”

Cupron, a copper-based antimicrobial technology company based in Richmond, has a specific product, copper-based bedsheets, that it makes for hospitals.

“We permanently embed our proprietary copper technology into synthetic polymers, such as polyester and nylon, to create materials with antimicrobial properties,” Ellis said. “Our core business is manufacturing and selling copper-infused medical textiles to hospitals. After conducting years of research and clinical trials, the study results proved that replacing regular patient textiles with our copper textiles is an effective complement to infection prevention practices.” 

The fabric’s unique features make it ideal for reusable PPE, which Cupron is now selling to hospitals, commercial laundries, the U.S. Navy, shipbuilders, and warehouse workers.

“Finding new uses for our technology and creating new products is exciting, but we can’t drop the ball when it comes to serving the customers who helped us grow to this point,” Ellis said. “How we allocate our resources is as important today as it has ever been.”

But the Spider web of helpers doesn’t end there. John Leahy, B’79, of Target Marketing Group is sourcing PPE and hand sanitizers for hospitals. In just three weeks, CEO Dave Raiser, ’06, and his team at Aldatu Biosciences, developed a test for detecting the coronavirus. Last month, we featured James Orioli, '21, and his business, At Your Service Party Rentals LLC., which has developed tents for multiple hospitals in the New York area, providing space to expand triage units to accommodate incoming patients. 

You can find out more about Spiders doing their part on Spider Pride

Now, more than ever, Spider business-owners need our support. If you are looking to support small businesses during this time, consider visiting our Support Spider Businesses page, featuring alumni entrepreneurs and their ventures.