David McKee expresses his signature enthusiasm at the grand opening of the new practice facility for The Marching Virginians.

The Leader of the Band

In 1986, a slight underestimation was made about graduate assistant Dave McKee’s future at Virginia Tech. “They said, ‘Take the band and run it for a year,’” said McKee, in March. “And I said, ‘Sur...
Pamela Teaster

Gerontology Expert Recognized for Advocacy of Older Adults

The Virginia Tech Center for Gerontology director received the prestigious Judge Isabella Horton Grant Guardianship Award for innovative work in protecting elders and vulnerable adults.
Amelia Dirks

Virginia Tech Alumna Wins Fulbright English Teaching Assistant Grant to Greece

Recent alumna Amelia Dirks, of Bloomington, Illinois, will teach at the Hellenic-American Educational Foundation, a private institution in Athens, Greece, in September as one of two alumni chosen for ...
Christina Miller

Christina Miller Joins College as Director of Alumni Relations

Christina Miller brings nearly seven years of experience in alumni relations to the college, which has more than 60,000 graduates.
In 1983, Kathryn Thompson Leckie (left) enjoyed a day at Lane Stadium with her sister, Elaine Thompson (right), and Pam Meade, then the Collegiate Times editor-in-chief.

Alumna’s Devotion to Journalism Remembered

After pursuing her passion for heralding truth in journalism at Virginia Tech, Kathryn Thompson Leckie forged a lifelong career as an investigative journalist. Her family and friends are honoring her devotion—and hoping to inspire future generations of journalists—through a memorial scholarship.
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History Course Examines Tumultuous Student Life at Virginia Tech in the 1960s

Department of History faculty member Marian Mollin wanted to make her course, A Nation Divided: America in the 1960s, a bit more personal than a broad sweep coverage of American history ...
Latanya Walker

Latanya Walker Receives Presidential Principles of Community Award

Latanya Walker, director of alumni relations for diversity, inclusion, and community engagement, has received the university’s 2018 Presidential Principles of Community Award. The award was establi...
Traci DeShazor

Photo Gallery: Black Alumni Reunion

Spirits were high during Virginia Tech’s Black Alumni Reunion 2018, held in Blacksburg from April 13 to 15. Hokies returned to campus to catch up with friends, commemorate historical milestones, and c...
Deseria Creighton-Barney

Deseria Creighton-Barney Named Co-Recipient of Ut Prosim Award

Public service is a theme in Deseria Creighton-Barney’s life, so it’s no surprise that Virginia Tech has chosen to recognize her as co-recipient of the Ut Prosim Award during the Influential Black Alu...
David Clowney

David Clowney Named Athlete of the Year

Virginia Tech will recognize David Clowney as Athlete of the Year during the Influential Black Alumni Awards ceremony on April 13. This year’s ceremony is held on the first day of Virginia Tech’s Blac...
Carmen Sanders

Carmen Sanders Named Educator of the Year

Virginia Tech will recognize Carmen Sanders as Educator of the Year during the Influential Black Alumni Awards ceremony on April 13. This year’s ceremony is held on the first day of Virginia Tech’s Bl...
Erick King

Erick King Named Co-Recipient of Ut Prosim Award

Virginia Tech will recognize Erick King as co-recipient of the Ut Prosim Award during the Influential Black Alumni Awards ceremony on April 13. This year’s ceremony is held on the first day of Virgini...
Faculty and students prepare for ASPECT's 10-year anniversary and conference. From left: Mary Ryan, graduate student; François Debrix, professor and director of ASPECT; Rob Flahive, graduate student; Mauro Caraccioli, assistant professor; and Shelby Ward, graduate student.

ASPECT to Celebrate Its Tenth Anniversary During Graduate Conference

A party with cake, champagne, and dancing may help mark traditional anniversary celebrations. In the case of ASPECT — the Alliance for Social, Political, Ethical, and Cultural Thought — at Virginia Te...
Jerry Hulick

Ardent Hokie Issues Giving Day Challenges for Two Colleges

When Jerry Hulick studied political science in the early 1970s, he was in Virginia Tech’s College of Arts and Sciences. Decades later, when the college divided into two, Hulick remained loyal to...
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...


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