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...
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 ...


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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!).