Student 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, ...
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...
Amina Rahimi
Virginia Tech student Amina Rahimi, of Burke, Virginia, a double major in biochemistry and microbiology in the College of Science, has been selected as a 2017 Goldwater Scholar. The Goldwater Scholarship is the premier undergraduate award of its type in the fields of natural sciences, mathe...
Kelly Cooper
Kelly Cooper’s first glimpse of the Great East Window of York Minster was otherworldly. The moment she approached the historic stained-glass window, sunlight broke through the clouds. The angelic voices of a nearby choir soared as she stood in the nave of the grand cathedral, watching the li...
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...

The Language of Belonging

Rachel Hargrave
Rachel Hargrave studies how language — specifically dialects, such as those in southern Appalachia — connects to one’s sense of home, identity, and culture.
Danielle Jeffers offers a nutshell talk at the Ut Prosim Society celebration in April 2017
At the beginning of Danielle Jeffers’ senior year of high school, her parents sat her down and said, “You need to go to college, but we can’t pay for it.” This conversation launched Jeffers into a life and a purpose that is making an impact and creating opportunities for her generat...
Powwow
A small yet dedicated group of individuals — including several College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences students — organized the university’s first powwow, which took place on April 1 on the Graduate Life Center lawn. The intertribal powwow opened with a prayer offered by renowned schol...