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Ashley Vollrath portrait
While other Virginia Tech graduating seniors prepare for commencement, Ashley Vollrath, a multimedia journalism major, is boarding a plane. Her destination is Shreveport, Louisiana, where she will participate in one of the most competitive interviews of her life. As the reigning Miss Virgini...
Ivica Ico Bukvic, seated, gathers with members of an earlier iteration of the Linux Laptop Orchestra.
Zip. Whoosh. Zip. Zip. These are the sounds of a needle moving in a vinyl record’s groove while someone moves a turntable back and forth. With a closer listen, the sounds transform into a melodic, rhythmic moment — or an evolving musical instrument. Record scratching — along with Virginia Tech’s ...
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, 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 notebook as she outlines a project that transports students to Washington, D.C., and Beijing to explore...
As they wait for the National Cherry Blossom Parade to start, Margaret O’Meara, right, and Risako Takenaka, the 2018 Japan Cherry Blossom Queen, strike a playful pose on their float.
With just a spin of a roulette-style wheel, Margaret O’Meara has been selected to represent the United States on a goodwill trip to Japan. The junior, a communication studies major from Alexandria, Virginia, will leave this month for a two-week visit to Tokyo, where she will participate in meetin...
The finalists gather in the lobby of the Moss Arts Center. Pictured in the front row are, from left, Shalini Rana, third-place winner; Katherine Louis, second-place winner; and Jillian Mouton, first-place winner. In the middle row, from left, are finalists Mara DePena, Jessica Mardian, Allison Lee Craft, and Nima Trivedi. In the back row are H. H. Hsueh; Alison Miller; AnnRea Fowler; Fintan Kelly; Donna and Dennis Treacy, supporters of the competition; Nikki Giovanni, University Distinguished Professor of English; and Taylor Thackaberry.
One of the world’s oldest art forms was recently celebrated in one of the most technologically advanced performance spaces, when the ceremony honoring Steger Poetry Prize winners was, for the first time, held in the Cube at the Moss Arts Center. Now in its 13th year, Virginia Tech’s annual poetry...
Stephanie Arnold, a human development major with minors in medicine and society and in disabilities studies, focuses her research on assistive technologies for the blind, such as this desktop magnifier in Virginia Tech’s Accessible Technologies lab.
Stephanie Arnold had a decision to make. The Virginia Tech junior could do a culminating project on any topic related to her Technology and Disability course. For someone studying to be a geriatric occupational therapist, the options were many. Yet she chose assistive technologies for the blind b...
Cadets with the Naval Special Preparatory Team train in War Memorial Pool.
Of the 18 ROTC students chosen to train as U.S. Navy SEALs this year, four are from the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets and the university’s Naval ROTC. Another six Hokies are among the 53 men and women nationwide to begin the rigorous SEAL selection process. In fact, in the past two years,...
Nikki Giovanni at poetry ceremony 2017
“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 on April 17, at the 13th annual celebration of the Steger Poetry Prize. This year, for the first ti...
Yiran Zhao
Virginia Tech’s annual fashion show, organized by the Fashion Merchandising and Design Society, will be held the evening of April 12. This year’s theme, Enchanted, encompasses light and romantic fashions, as well as dark and edgier ones. The show will feature 31 student designers and 33 student m...
Rendering of the first act of “The Importance of Being Earnest”
The School of Performing Arts at Virginia Tech presents Oscar Wilde’s “The Importance of Being Earnest: A Trivial Comedy for Serious People” as the final Mainstage Theatre performance of the 2017–18 season. Performances run April 18–21 at the Moss Arts Center. This iconic farce follows two friend...