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Robertson alumna and adjunct faculty member named to '40 Under 40, '10 Under 10' lists

Oct 26, 2017

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By Tim Bajkiewicz, Ph.D., Robertson School Associate Director

Christina Dick (second from right) with her MASC 338 Professionalism in PR class in spring 2017.

Christina Dick, a 2010 Robertson School alumna and current adjunct faculty member, has been named one of the “2017 Top 40 Under 40” by Richmond’s Style Weekly magazine and “2017 10 Under 10” by the VCU Alumni group.

“Dick's career and volunteerism have traveled a frenetic continuum,” the Style Weekly article said, noting her first job as a community manager at The Martin Agency and her TFB Agency, a social media advertising company.

The agency’s website lists work with Giorgio Armani and Saks Fifth Avenue, and cites Dick’s previous experience with GEICO, Walmart and Capital One.

The VCU Alumni website says its award honors those who, within 10 years of earning their first degree from the university, have “enjoyed remarkable professional success, made important contributions to their community (and) loyally supported the university.”

About making the lists, Dick said, “I’m grateful and excited for it.”

At 29, Dick is older than only five other people on Style Weekly’s list. The youngest is Lucy Dacus, a 22-year-old local musician.

Scott Sherman, an advertising professor in the Robertson School, remembers Dick as a dedicated student who composed herself very professionally and “always had a gazillion things going on.”

Style Weekly noted Dick’s help with, and support of, non-profits addressing human trafficking, sexual assault and domestic abuse.

“She’s a hugely good person, and she’s always trying to help others and connect people,” Sherman said. “That’s what makes her influential.”

Dick said she didn’t think she was that good of a student and that she loves the three years she’s been teaching for the Robertson School.

“It’s been so amazing. It’s a huge part of my identity, and I take it seriously. And obviously it’s so rewarding. It gives me credibility in the community,” Dick said.

She said she’s been pleased to hire former students and that she’s seen the positive effect of teaching on her as a media professional.

“In having the experience with the students, it’s helped me put things in a way that’s relatable,” Dick said.

Dick will receive the VCU award during a reception on Saturday, Nov. 11.