Bryanne Peterson stands in the lobby of War Memorial Hall, one of her favorite quiet spots on campus.

Doctoral Student Wins Prestigious Army Scholarship

When Staff Sergeant Bryanne Peterson turned 17, she had a plan. She would become the first woman in her family to join the military, following in the footsteps of her father and grandfathers. Now ...
Simeon Gwayi, director of studies for Mzuzu University, discusses library designs with Virginia Tech students and Mzuzu delegates.

School of Education Graduate Leads Delegation to Review Architectural Designs

The ashes of burned books formed piles that looked like small mountain ranges. Melted metal beams lay in heaps, and broken glass littered the ground. “It was eerie,” said Amanda Milella, one of fiv...
Obaid Rehman

Religion and Culture Graduate Seeks to Build Bridges

Obaid Rehman believes human connectivity can change the world. “Real, meaningful relationships — that is what I think will truly bring about change,” said Rehman, who earned degrees in biological scie...
Mario Calixte in a Virginia Tech cap and gown

School of Education Graduate Gives Back to Haiti

In Haiti, the workday starts early, at 4 a.m. The sun won’t be fully out for several more hours when Mario Calixte, a graduate of Virginia Tech, heads to his day job in the bustle of motorbik...
A 1615 painting of Barbary pirates confronting a French ship

From Piracy to Poetry

Buccaneers in search of Spanish doubloons had home lives, too. That’s the conclusion of a Virginia Tech College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences alumna who spent years studying the private lives of ...
Mary Tackett

Reading Between the Lines

The stories were raw and honest. Charged with emotion, words pooled out from the study participants, who were parents and teachers involved with educating students with autism in remote, rural Appalac...
A boy and a girl sketch out a concept together

Thinkabit Inspires a New Lab

“This was better than Disney World! Do we get to come back?” a Cedar Point Elementary School student exclaimed after visiting the Qualcomm Thinkabit Lab at Virginia Tech back in April. Cedar Point Pr...
Yolanda Avent

Yolanda Avent Named Senior Director of Cultural and Community Centers

Yolanda Avent has been named senior director of Cultural and Community Centers at Virginia Tech. Avent, who graduated from Virginia Tech in 1998 with a degree in history, is returning to he...
Daniel Crosson

Giving Back to Those Who Serve

The day Paul Austin ’65 and his wife, Linda, met Daniel Crosson ’17 was perfect for tailgating. The temperate autumn breeze complemented the warm October sunshine. Chicago maroon and burnt orange blen...
Andrew Prunty

Major Andrew Prunty Named Miami Game Hokie Hero

U.S. Army Maj. Andrew Prunty, a Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets alumnus who earned a degree in history from the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences and a minor in leadership studies from ...
Kristi Hedges

How to Be an Inspiration

Kristi Hedges (Communication ’92) is a leadership coach to senior executives and C-level leaders at companies around the world. Recognized for her expertise in leadership communication, sh...
U.S. Navy Lieutenant Commander Lauren Lawson

Navy Lieutenant Commander Lauren Lawson Named Duke Game Hokie Hero

U.S. Navy Lieutenant Commander Lauren Lawson, a Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets alumnus who earned a degree in communication from the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences and a minor in le...
Anna Bolton

Translating on the Fly

Anna Bolton dodged the cooler of Gatorade aimed at Cleveland Indians shortstop José Ramírez, but she couldn’t avoid the cooler of water that followed. “Bienvenida al equipo,” Indians’ shortstop Franci...
Nate Bier

U.S. Army Captain Nate Bier Named Clemson Game Hokie Hero

U.S. Army Capt. Nate Bier, a Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets alumnus who earned a degree in history from the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences and a minor in leadership studies from the...
Kelly Clements

A Public Servant Abroad

Kelly Tallman Clements arrived at Virginia Tech knowing she wanted to go into public service. After graduating with a double major in international studies and French in 1988, she went on to earn a ma...
Amy Azano, an assistant professor in the School of Education, spoke about autism care in rural America at TEDxVirginiaTech's 2016 event.

Center for Autism Research to Host Symposium on Technology, Education, and Clinical Care f...

The Virginia Tech Center for Autism Research will host a one-day symposium Sept. 15 in Falls Church, Virginia, bringing experts on autism spectrum disorder from Blacksburg to the National Capital Regi...
Christian Matheis

Christian Matheis Appointed Director of Recruitment and Diversity Initiatives

Christian Matheis has been appointed director of the Office of Recruitment and Diversity Initiatives of the Virginia Tech Graduate School. Matheis, a visiting assistant professor in the Col...
Mallory Noe-Payne

Mallory Noe-Payne Joins WVTF

Mallory Noe-Payne was one of three highly experienced journalists to join the staff of the WVTF Radio IQ News Department this spring. Noe-Payne, who graduated from Virginia Tech in 2013 with degree...
Captain Kidd's House

Pirates Were People, Too

In late March 1717, as part of a gang of nearly 250 pirates who’d spent the year raiding ships in the Caribbean, Captain Paulsgrave Williams sailed north up the coast of New England in the Marianne,...
Nancy Moga

Nancy Moga Honored with Alumni Distinguished Service Award

Virginia Tech has named Nancy Moga, of Covington, Virginia, a recipient of its 2017 Alumni Distinguished Service Award. The award, which recognize alumni for contributions to Virginia Tech, is pres...



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