Peter Potter

Peter Potter Advocates for Open Access Initiative

Peter Potter, publishing director for the University Libraries at Virginia Tech and a 1984 history graduate of Virginia Tech, has stepped into the spotlight to advocate for two of his passions — creat...
The “Electing the House of Representatives, 1840–2016” website offers the option of viewing a map (western half of the graphic) or a cartogram (eastern half of the graphic). Red and blue are not the only color options; moving the cursor back in time reveals, for example, the Whig Party, illustrated in orange.

Interactive Website Reveals the History of Political Boundaries

What if you could look at a digital map and see how your hometown voted in the last election? What if you could also see how its voting history changed over the past century? A recent web project makes this possible.

Nikki Giovanni wears a baseball cap on backward and a pink tie slightly askew

Calling All Hokies!

Virginia Tech always encourages its graduates to return to campus. As enticement, the university and the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences are offering events that engage both mind and spirit...
Robert “Robbie” Werth, founder and president of Diamond Transportation Service, with one of their accessible fleet vehicles in Lorton, Va. Diamond Transportation serves the elderly and disabled communities in the greater Washington, DC area.

Werth Gift Increases Testing Capacity for Students with Disabilities

Compassionate, loyal, and dedicated, Robert “Robbie” Werth has devoted his professional career to equalizing opportunity. Now Werth — who earned his political science degree in 1974 and his...
Charles Bolden talks with three creative writing students

Career Conference to Explore the Versatility of the English Degree

English Career Connections allows students to explore professional opportunities with alumni in a range of fields.
Lisa Wilkes

Alumna Lisa Wilkes Named Vice President for Business Affairs at Virginia Tech

Lisa Wilkes, who earned her doctorate in higher education administration at the Virginia Tech School of Education, has been named the university’s vice president for business affairs. In th...
Alana Hassett, dressed in the maroon-and-orange striped overalls of The Marching Virginians, jumps in the air.

Start Jumping

It’s always a great time to return to Blacksburg, whether it’s Homecoming or the college’s tailgate under a fall canopy of maroon-and-orange foliage, or spring events that will add spring to your step!
Daniel Thorp, Virginia Tech’s historical adviser to The Smithfield Review, stands on the grounds of the journal’s namesake plantation.

Department of History Becomes Co-Publisher of The Smithfield Review

Smithfield Plantation is many things — a treasured property commemorating the beginnings of Virginia Tech, a landmark rich in the history of Southwest Virginia, a museum dedicated to portraying la...
Angela Scarpa (left) and Jen Pollard Scott, both part of the Virginia Tech Center for Autism Research, will present at the fourth annual Northern Virginia Autism Research Symposium.

Virginia Tech Center for Autism Research Hosts Symposium in Northern Virginia

The Virginia Tech Center for Autism Research will host its fourth annual Northern Virginia Autism Research Symposium Sept. 21 in Falls Church, Virginia. The symposium brings together scientis...
Fireworks displayed behind Virginia Tech’s Pylons

Mark Your Calendar

This is home. Signs throughout Blacksburg proclaim the truism that Virginia Tech graduates often feel: the Drillfield, the town, and the nearby rolling hills are all infused with memories of a special...
Rebecca Williams with her father, Philip Williams, in the stacks in Special Collections.

Hokie Time Travel

For Rebecca Williams, working in Newman Library’s Special Collections meant traveling through time to meet her parents as mid-80s college students. On her first day, Rebecca intentionally sou...
Emily Blair

Alumni Spotlight: Emily Blair Blends Writing with Teaching

When she was 18, Emily Blair made it clear she planned to teach composition at a college or university in the South. Now, at age 25, this first-generation college student who grew up rural in Fort ...
Matt Arden (left) enjoys a lighthearted moment with Bill Roth, a sports broadcaster who was a longtime and legendary Voice of the Hokies. Roth, who now serves as a professor of practice in multimedia journalism in the Department of Communication, asked Arden back to campus to talk with his students.

Alumnus Shares Expertise and Creativity with Virginia Tech Students

Matt Arden, a three-time Emmy Award winner, offers Virginia Tech students real-world insights and inspiration.

Mallory Noe-Payne

Mallory Noe-Payne Honored with Public Radio Award

Mallory Noe-Payne, who graduated from Virginia Tech in 2013 with degrees in communication and political science, was honored with an award from Public Radio News Directors Inc (PRNDI). The ...
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.
Brandon Flowers

The Completion of a Dream

When Brandon Flowers departed Virginia Tech as a second-round draft pick of the Kansas City Chiefs in 2008, there was always a voice that would eventually draw him back to Blacksburg. “I can’t than...


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Director of Alumni Relations



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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!).