Paul Heilker

Paul Heilker Receives Alumni Award for Excellence in Teaching

Paul Heilker, an associate professor in the Department of English in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, has received the university’s 2018 Alumni Award for Excellence in Teaching....
Ashley Reed

Ashley Reed Receives XCaliber Award

Ashley Reed, an assistant professor in the Department of English in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, has received the university’s 2018 XCaliber Award. Established in 1...
Nancy Metz

Nancy Metz Receives William E. Wine Award for Teaching Excellence

Nancy Metz, a professor in the Department of English in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, has received the university’s 2018 William E. Wine Award. The William E. Wine Award was estab...
Nikki Giovanni at poetry ceremony 2017

Steger Poetry Prize Winners to Be Celebrated, Along with Poetry Itself

“I share with the painters the desire,” wrote poet Nikki Giovanni, “to put a three-dimensional picture on a one-dimensional surface.” Giovanni will help bring poetry alive in all its dimensions...
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...
Piercing the Veil

Piercing the Veil

What would Neil Armstrong have tweeted in 1969 after he set foot on the surface of the moon?  How would each of the astronauts from the Apollo 11 mission — Buzz Aldrin, Neil Armstrong, and Michael Col...
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...
Cheryl Strayed

Cheryl Strayed Offers Insights from her ‘Wild Life’

Author Cheryl Strayed discusses her experience hiking more than 1,000 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail — a trip that inspired her New York Times–bestselling memoir, Wild — during a talk at the M...
The head of a man connected to exterior by threads

Interdisciplinary Scholars Awards Represent Meetings of the Minds

Faculty members in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences are collaborating in three of the six teams receiving 2017–18 Scholars Awards from the Virginia Tech Institute for Society, Culture an...
Su Fang Ng

Su Fang Ng Named Clifford A. Cutchins III Professor of English

Su Fang Ng, who will join the faculty of the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences at Virginia Tech this fall, has been named the Clifford A. Cutchins III Professor of English by the Virg...
Captain Kidd's House

Pirates Were People, Too

In late March 1717, as part of a gang of nearly 250 pirates who’d spent the year raiding ships in the Caribbean, Captain Paulsgrave Williams sailed north up the coast of New England in the Marianne,...
Steger Poetry Prize winners joined several of their champions following the awards ceremony, from left: Sarah McCliment, third-place winner; Donna Treacy, supporter; Nikki Giovanni, University Distinguished Professor of English; Aidan Kincaid, second-place winner; Janet Steger, supporter and wife of Charles W. Steger, president emeritus of Virginia Tech, who could not attend; Dennis Treacy, supporter; and Leilani Kassandra Padilla, first-place winner.

Nikki Giovanni Announces Winners of 2017 Steger Poetry Prize

In a demonstration of the creative confluence of art and science, a microbiology major has won the 2017 Steger Poetry Prize. Leilani Kassandra Padilla, of Los Angeles, a sophomore in the College of...
Lucinda Roy

Lucinda Roy Honored for Helping Young Women of Color Advance in Academia

Lucinda Roy, Alumni Distinguished Professor in Creative Writing at Virginia Tech, has received the first annual Zenobia Lawrence Hikes Award. The award was created in memory of Zenobia Lawrence Hik...

Poetry Reading to Celebrate Diversity

Lucinda Roy, Alumni Distinguished Professor in Creative Writing at Virginia Tech, will give a multimedia reading from Fabric, her new collection of poems, April 5 at 7 p.m. in the Cube in the Moss Art...
Recipients of the college's 2017 faculty awards

Awards Ceremony Celebrates Faculty Throughout College

The 2017 College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences Faculty Awards ceremony took place in the Owens Banquet Hall on March 14. Presenting this year’s awards were Rosemary Blieszner, interim dean of ...
Justin Cronin

Best-Selling Author Justin Cronin to Offer Performance and Craft Talk

On the heels of releasing the final book in his popular trilogy The Passage, New York Times best-selling author Justin Cronin will take part in a multiday residency at Virginia Tech, which will includ...
Lynda Barry

Creativity Unbounded

“The original digital device is this,” cartoonist Lynda Barry said, holding up a hand and waggling her fingers. “Plus! It’s wireless and biofueled.” As part of the Virginia Tech Department of Englis...
Bobbie Allen

Portrait of the Artist as a Young Woman

How should Bobbie Allen’s music be characterized? Stumped, she turns to Wikipedia. “It says here I’m an indie-pop alternative artist,” she says, laughing. “I guess that’s about right.” Allen’s hesi...

Poets as Astronauts of the Future

When the head of NASA visits a university founded in the polytechnic tradition, you might expect him to be addressing aerospace engineers. Instead, Charles Bolden, Jr. visited Virginia Tech in Februar...

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