Avery Sefcik

Mastering the Elements of Style

When Avery Sefcik ’03 hosted events at his home in Richmond, Virginia, guests frequently marveled at the elegance of the space. The interior decor featured touches of modernism in th...
Battery F. 60th Regiment Coast Artillery, Fortress Monroe, Virginia, March 1918

The Transformational Effects of War

World War I marked a great juncture in history, ending the Gilded Age and making way for the modern era. The conflict forever altered the nature of warfare, with industrialization producing...
Maggie Callahan

Breaking with Tradition

At two o’clock one morning, Maggie Callahan created a diamond. As she faceted her concoction like a gem and coated it with drips and splatters, her commercial kitchen looked like Jackson Pollock had t...
Marco Shepherd

Working with the Big Picture

As Marco Shepherd sat in the darkened movie theatre and watched the premiere of Independence Day: Resurgence, he waited for the credits to roll. Then he felt his heart race. There on the b...
Sharyn McCrumb sits high atop an overlook on Potts Mountain in Craig County, Virginia.

Inspiration from the American South

The bestselling author takes inspiration from the history and folklore of the American South.
Atia Atawi

Atia Abawi Turns from Foreign Correspondent to Novelist

One evening while watching the news, Atia Abawi was struck by the faces of young Syrian refugees. It was 2015, and she was curled up in her Jerusalem apartment nursing her infant son. “I was seeing...
Adam Kendrick

Adam Kendrick Named Outstanding Recent Alumnus

Adam Kendrick’s workplace is often a circus — literally. But as a former HokieBird used to entertaining a stadium filled with Virginia Tech fans, he is undaunted by having to cue clowns, signal crew m...
Raven Weaver

Alumni Spotlight: Raven Weaver

Raven Weaver earned her doctorate in human development, with a focus on adult development and aging, in 2017 at Virginia Tech, where she also completed a master’s degree in 2012. Her major professor w...
Justin Graves

Finding Home as a Hokie

Justin Graves keeps the Ut Prosim pylon close to his heart, literally. “Whenever I would have a bad day, if I did bad on a test or got in an argument with a friend or something, this would be my happ...
Gathering for a reunion panel on communication were, clockwise from left, Bill Roth, long-time and legendary Voice of the Hokies; Jummy Olabanji Sands ’06, news anchor at NBC New York (soon to be at NBC Washington); Matt Arden ’99, head of content and media for the NBA 2K League; and Moose, celebrated Virginia Tech therapy dog.

Reunion Weekend Is a Growing Tradition

A new Virginia Tech tradition recently expanded when more than 400 Hokie alumni from 23 states descended on the Blacksburg campus for the university’s second annual Reunion Weekend. “This wee...
Elizabeth Berg

A Passion for Preservation Combines Technology and University History

Virginia Tech senior art history major Elizabeth Berg is using drones, photogrammetry, and her love of preservation to recreate former Corps of Cadets residences Monteith and Thomas halls. The...
Lin Tan

Alumni Spotlight: Lin Tan

In 2017, Lin Tan earned a doctorate in human development and a master’s in data analysis and applied statistics, both from Virginia Tech. Her advisor was Cindy Smith and she was a part of the child an...
Erin Lavender-Stott

Alumni Spotlight: Erin Lavender-Stott

Erin Lavender-Stott earned her doctorate in human development in the Virginia Tech Department of Human Development and Family Science in May 2018. Her principal professor was Katherine Allen. Laven...
Hoa Nguyen

Alumni Spotlight: Hoa Nguyen

Hoa Nguyen earned her doctorate in human development from Virginia Tech in May 2017 through the Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) Program, where her advisors were Erika Grafsky and Fred Piercy. Nguyen...
Sonia Molloy

Alumni Spotlight: Sonia Molloy

Sonia Molloy graduated from Virginia Tech in May 2017 with a doctoral degree in human development with a focus on family studies. She wrote her dissertation on a qualitative study of fathers of infant...
Show host Jeff Probst awards Rick Devens with the Immunity Necklace during the 10th episode of "Survivor: Edge of Extinction" on the CBS Television Network.

Hokie Hopes to Be Lone Survivor

Like many Hokies, Rick Devens is aiming to survive the weeks of May. Unlike others, however, the 2006 graduate is attempting to do so in front of millions of viewers. Devens was one of 18 ...

Photo Gallery: Hokies in Hollywood

Virginia Tech graduates gathered at the Netflix Studio in Los Angeles on March 19 for the Hokies in L.A. Alumni Networking event. Alumni took the opportunity to share experiences, build professional n...
Heather Massie recently brought her one-woman show, “HEDY! The Life & Inventions of Hedy Lamarr," to the Moss Arts Center at Virginia Tech. Massie, a Blacksburg native and Virginia Tech alumna, wrote and performed in the play.

Virginia Tech Alumna Blends Theatre and Science to Capture Vibrancy of Hedy Lamarr

In the opening scene of “HEDY! The Life & Inventions of Hedy Lamarr,” the eponymous actress once dubbed “the most beautiful girl in the world” answers a landline telephone ring. It’s 1...
Donna Mitchell

Alumni Pay the Challenge Forward

A playful graphic with golden keys graced the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences’ social media account last year to encourage the unlocking of a Giving Day challenge grant by Jerry Hulick,...
Maria Jernigan and Team

Tech Products and Services Win Top Prizes at Entrepreneur Challenge

Engineering, architecture, and liberal arts students swept the Virginia Tech Entrepreneur Challenge, where 10 finalist teams that included students from business and other disciplines pitched th...


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Will you be shaking your tail feathers or accused of being Cavalier? If you’ve read the recent issue of Illumination, you should score well on this quiz. If you haven’t, go ahead and test your wits (then read and be inspired!).