Philanthropy News

Daniel Crosson
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 blended into a landscape of tents and banners around Lane Stadium. At the Austins’ tailgate, Crosson ...
Jasmine Castillo
When high schooler Jasmine Castillo of Fairfax, Virginia, learned that Virginia Tech had offered her a Beyond Boundaries Scholarship, she rushed into the living room to find her mother. “Mom,” she cried, “I’m going to college! You don’t have to pay for it; you’re good.” “My mother said, ...
Jonathan Caldwell and the Wind Ensemble
The moment the Virginia Tech Wind Ensemble tooted its own horn, the crowd went wild — with funding. For the first time, the Wind Ensemble had been invited to perform at a national conference. When director Jonathan Caldwell announced the launch of a 45-day crowdfunding campaign during the ensembl...
Cheryl Strayed
Author Cheryl Strayed discusses her experience hiking more than 1,000 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail — a trip that inspired her New York Times–bestselling memoir, Wild — during a talk at the Moss Arts Center on Sept. 28 at 7:30 p.m. Presented in partnership with Virginia Tech’s Department...
Owen Callahan
Virginia Tech’s incoming class for fall 2017 will include at least 90 Beyond Boundaries Scholars — the first students to benefit from a matching gift program launched in November by university President Tim Sands. “The scholarship I’m getting makes so much difference,” said one of those students ...
Claire Petrie and William Owen
As an engineering student with a demanding course load, Claire Petrie, of Glen Allen, Virginia, may sometimes have been too preoccupied to start band rehearsal with a smile. “But by the end,” she said, “I have a grin that stretches from ear to ear. Mark Twain once said, ‘The best way to che...
Steger Poetry Prize winners joined several of their champions following the awards ceremony, from left: Sarah McCliment, third-place winner; Donna Treacy, supporter; Nikki Giovanni, University Distinguished Professor of English; Aidan Kincaid, second-place winner; Janet Steger, supporter and wife of Charles W. Steger, president emeritus of Virginia Tech, who could not attend; Dennis Treacy, supporter; and Leilani Kassandra Padilla, first-place winner.
In a demonstration of the creative confluence of art and science, a microbiology major has won the 2017 Steger Poetry Prize. Leilani Kassandra Padilla, of Los Angeles, a sophomore in the College of Science, was honored for her poem, “To My City of Lost Angels.” Now in its 12th year, the annual...
Carol Jantsch
Carol Jantsch, principal tuba of The Philadelphia Orchestra, will perform a recital at Virginia Tech on Feb. 25 in the Squires Recital Salon and with the Virginia Tech Wind Ensemble on Feb. 26 at the Moss Arts Center. Jantsch is a firm believer in hard work over innate talent. This fact has led t...

It Is Rocket Science

When a Mars Rover crosses Marathon Valley, Juno orbits Jupiter, or a Cassini Spacecraft surveys Saturn’s Rings, it’s the pioneering work of Nasa’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Realizing the visions of the lab’s engineers involves years of planning and production. Unfortunately, some of the intricate ...

Everyday Ambassador

Morgan Sykes
As an undergraduate Morgan Sykes worked with prospective Hokies, was at the table when major university decisions were made, and spearheaded an effort to bring young students to Virginia Tech for a taste of college life. And that was all before she even collected her college degree. The ...