Janell Watson

Janell Watson Named Chair of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures

Languages extend beyond grammars and vocabularies; they also encompass the cultures and histories of the people who speak them. This is the cornerstone of Janell Watson’s philosophy, which guides her as department chair.

Cadets Meredith Oakes, at left, and Logan Grow discuss training as they prepare for the arrival of the cadet Class of 2022.

First-Year Cadets to Arrive on Campus for New Cadet Week

What cadet Meredith Oakes remembers most from being a first-year student in the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets is the enthusiasm and energy upper-class cadets brought to her training. “They ...
Maria Jernigan, Undergraduate Student of the Year, inside one of her favorite rooms in Hillcrest Hall where she has lived during her four years at Virginia Tech. She says she loves the history of the space and the fact you can still see the marks in the hardwood floor from the heeled shoes of early, all-female residents.

Maria Jernigan Named Undergraduate Student of the Year

Maria Jernigan, a triple major from Virginia Beach, Virginia, thinks about how virtual reality could enhance high school learning. She absently taps an old-fashioned fountain pen against her not...
Maria del Carmen Cana Jimenez

María del Carmen Caña Jiménez Receives Presidential Principles of Community Award

María del Carmen Caña Jiménez, a professor in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, has received the university’s 2018 Pre...
Alexander Dickow

Alexander Dickow Receives Prestigious Grant for French Poetry Translation

The words create instant visuals. One imagines the clandestine African migrants traveling in small, unreliable vessels across the Mediterranean in search of a better destiny. This may sound like a...
Rachel Iwicki

Rachel Iwicki to Represent Undergraduates on Board of Visitors

Rachel Iwicki, a double major in mechanical engineering and Russian, has been named the undergraduate student representative of Virginia Tech’s Board of Visitors, the university’s governing body. Her ...
Pamphlets and newspaper articles are arranged in stone as a monument to Hans and Sophie School and the White Rose resistance movement against the Nazi regime.

White Rose Exhibit Commemorates Student Resistance Against Hitler

The German Program and the University Libraries will host a traveling exhibit, “The White Rose: The Student Resistance against Hitler, Munich 1942/43,” March 13–30 in the fourth-floor commons of N...
Herman Doswald

In Memoriam: Herman Doswald, Dean Emeritus, College of Arts and Sciences

Herman Doswald, a Virginia Tech professor and dean emeritus, died on Jan. 8, 2018. He was 85. Doswald served as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, now the College of Liberal Arts and Human S...
Anna Bolton

Translating on the Fly

Anna Bolton dodged the cooler of Gatorade aimed at Cleveland Indians shortstop José Ramírez, but she couldn’t avoid the cooler of water that followed. “Bienvenida al equipo,” Indians’ shortstop Franci...
Kelly Clements

A Public Servant Abroad

Kelly Tallman Clements arrived at Virginia Tech knowing she wanted to go into public service. After graduating with a double major in international studies and French in 1988, she went on to earn a ma...
Nyusya Milman-Miller

Nyusya Milman-Miller Receives Award for Excellence in International Education

Nyusya Milman-Miller, associate professor of Russian in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, has received the university’s 201...
Janell Watson

Janell Watson Receives Alumni Award for Excellence in Research

Janell Watson, professor of French in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, has received the university’s 2017 Alumni Award for Excellence in Research. Sponsored by the Virgi...

Students Organize the University’s First Powwow

A small yet dedicated group of individuals — including several College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences students — organized the university’s first powwow, which took place on April 1 on the...
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 ...
Ariana Mollers (left) is welcomed to the orientation stage by Gwen Coleman.

Keystone Fellow Ends Her Student Experience by Serving Those Just Starting

“This recent grad’s got Georgia on her mind, but Virginia Tech is never far behind. From Chantilly, Virginia, it’s Ariana Mollers!” This booming introduction prompts Mollers to run across the stage...
Jeanne DaDamio

Jeanne Centracchio DaDamio Receives Alumni Distinguished Service Award

Virginia Tech has named Jeanne Centracchio DaDamio of Vienna, Virginia, one of its two 2016 Alumni Distinguished Service Award winners. Alumni Distinguished Service Awards are presented annually at...
Seniors Daniel Stevens (left) and Andres Morana gained cultural awareness and language skills by studying abroad.

Well-Traveled Cadets Tout Study Abroad at National Conference

The U.S. military makes international competence a priority, and two members of the Virginia Tech Army ROTC and Corps of Cadets have embraced the new emphasis. Andres Morana of Aldie, Virgi...
From left: Nicole Guilbault, Lillian Phan, and Madeline Yaskowski

Students Win Common Book Essay Contest

Two of the three undergraduates who won Virginia Tech’s Common Book Project essay contest are majors in the Department of Communication. The contest, titled “My Virginia Tech Values: An Ess...
Sleeping Beauty

Interdisciplinary Conference on Sexual Violence

The earliest rendition of “Sleeping Beauty” culminated not in a chaste kiss, but in a violent deflowering. That historical and literary insight will be one of many presented at the Interdisciplinary a...
Kelly Tallman Clements

Offering Refuge

In 2015, as hundreds of thousands of refugees and vulnerable migrants fled their homes in war-torn regions and arrived in Europe, a Hokie dropped into the heart of the crisis. In June 2015,...


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