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Alumni Spotlight

Read about the inspiring lives and careers of our alumni who leveraged their RMS education as a launching pad for success in various fields! Each month we “spotlight” an RMS alumnus. Take a moment to read about our featured alum!

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November 2017 Alumni Spotlight: Gioia Casso, M.B.A., class of 2003

If you are in the working world, what are you doing and where are you working?

I am a Grant and Contract Administrator for the School of Pharmacy at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Do you think your time at RMS helped you to pursue this? If yes, how?

Yes, RMS taught me time management and how to stay organized to accomplish more throughout the day.

Did you ever envision doing this while you were at RMS?

No, when I attended RMS I wanted to be a designer or engineer of some sort.

Where do you live now?

I still live in Downtown Richmond, VA.

Where did you live when you were a student?

I lived in Richmond City (Southside) when I attended RMS.

Did you enjoy your time at RMS?

I did enjoy RMS throughout my time there. I think that the teachers and the education techniques are what made a difference in my education as a whole. What and how I learned at RMS set me up for success throughout high school, college and when I pursued my Masters.

Who was your favorite teacher and why?

Mrs. V because she took the time to help me with my reading and then encouraged me to keep pushing. Mrs. Flake is also very special to me – she taught me that we all fail sometimes but it’s how you make your comeback that matters.

What were RMS students campaigning for/ most interested in when you were a student?

Save the Manatees

What was your most memorable moment as a student?

The one things that will always stick out in my mind was the sense of community at RMS. The environment encouraged older students to interact with the younger students, sharing things we learned and just having fun while making new friends.

What was your funniest moment as a student?

My funniest moment was when I ran into the polls while walking to the playground; this happened more than once sadly.

Are you still friends with anybody you met at RMS?

I keep in touch with people I have met at RMS through social media. Many of the people in my class are scattered across the country.

Would you send your children to RMS?

Yes, I would love to send my children to RMS, once I have some.

Describe RMS in 3 words.

Transformative, memorable, diversity

Do you still believe in the same principles as you did when you were a student?

I believe I do.

What is your lasting impression of RMS?

RMS forever changed my life and prepared me for a successful future.