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Adam Kendrick
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 members to bring up spotlights, and ensure acrobats are properly placed. It’s that fearlessness th...
Laura Belmonte
Following a national search, Virginia Tech Executive Vice President and Provost Cyril Clarke has appointed Laura Belmonte as dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences. Belmonte will begin at Virginia Tech on Aug. 1. “Laura’s strong record of scholarship, leadership, and achievement m...
The Virginia Dares team gathers in and around a tree. Top branches: Nicole Dietze and Matt Iglesias; lower branches: Erika Koekkoek and Charles Dye; in front of the tree, from left: Talisha D. Mack, Kartik Rustagi, Beth Christiansen, Vasia Ampatzi, Sam Cook, Ed Falco, Trent Neely, Allison Lee Craft, James Gaffee, and Virginia Gray.
The College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences community consistently earns university recognition for excellence in research, teaching, advising, and outreach, and this year is no exception, with a dozen awards recently announced. Mark Barrow, chair of the Department of History, won the William ...
Andrew Young poses with his guitar after his performance at Big Event 2019
Andrew Young grew up singing in the shower, playing Guitar Hero, and listening to his dad bang loudly on a drum set in the family’s basement. His father, a retired U.S. Army colonel, played in military bands and other community musician groups, and Young enjoyed dancing along to the drumbeat...
Ashley Shew
The bracelet looks unassuming, just like any other smart technology worn around the wrist. But rather than counting steps or heartbeats, it serves another purpose. The wristlet vibrates an alarm when it tracks the user subconsciously begin to pull out strands of hair. For those with trichotillom...
Polly Middleton stands in Lane Stadium, home to both Hokie football and The Marching Virginians.
After years of experience with marching bands, Polly Middleton is well-versed in homecomings. And now she’ll have a homecoming of her own as she rejoins The Marching Virginians. For five years, Middleton was the associate director of athletic bands at Virginia Tech, where she also served as assis...
Wornie Reed
Virginia Tech’s Wornie Reed, who met Martin Luther King Jr. during the Montgomery Bus Boycott and joined him on the 1963 March on Washington, feels the civil rights leader has been “whitewashed” and would be disappointed with America’s progress on poverty. Reed, a so...
Dean Rosemary Blieszner (center) joined some of Giving Day team members for a little frivolity. Note the “VT” salute that includes a Marching Virginians director Dave McKee bobblehead.
Everyone knew Virginia Tech’s inaugural Giving Day would entail a great deal of work. But few expected it to be so much fun. “The Hokie spirit was alive and well on Giving Day,” said Rosemary Blieszner, dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences. The first to show his spirit was Je...
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, ...
Sylvester Johnson
Sylvester Johnson, an award-winning scholar engaged in exploring humanity in the age of intelligent machines, has been named director of Virginia Tech’s Center for the Humanities. He will also serve as the university’s assistant vice provost for the humanities. The newly established Cente...