Alumni making a difference

Entomology graduate students, from left, Molly Stedfast, Tim Jordan, and James Wilson cycle through Southwest Virginia to raise money for multiple sclerosis research.

Molly Stedfast, a 2010 biochemistry graduate, was never much of a cyclist, but when the chance to raise money for multiple sclerosis research came up this summer, the entomology graduate student from Norfolk, Va., jumped at the opportunity. Stedfast rode for two days with other entomology graduate students James Wilson of Southport, N.C., Tim Jordan of Staunton, Va., and Brittany Delong of Rome, Ga., as part of a fundraiser for Bike the US for MS — a nonprofit based in Blacksburg, Va. The trek through Southwest Virginia was part of a larger cross-country ride that has raised more than $40,000 in donations and pledges.

“I gained a whole new appreciation for road biking and a great respect for the riders who were raising money and awareness for an awful disease,” Stedfast said.

Do you know of alumni living up to the Ut Prosim motto? Send nominations for the next Alumni Making a Difference feature to Jamie Lucero, director of alumni relations, at 540-231-9666 or