Student News

Melissa Velez Nazario holds her t-shirt from the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, where she completed an internship for her Humanities for Public Service major.
At Virginia Tech, a day rarely passes without the university’s motto — Ut Prosim (That I May Serve) — coming up in conversation. But seeing the idea in action at the student level is the inspiration behind a new major in humanities for public service. As the faculty principal for ...
Morgan Blackwell, a junior criminology and theatre major, and Joey Barth, a junior theatre major, play the roles of Li’l Bit and Uncle Peck in Paula Vogel’s play “How I Learned to Drive.”
The School of Performing Arts will present its first Mainstage Theatre show of the season, “How I Learned to Drive,” by Paula Vogel, Oct. 1-4 and 6-9 in the Squires Studio Theatre. “How I Learned to Drive” tells the story of Li’l Bit, a woman coming to terms with her emotionally complex a...
Madelyn Hart sits at a keyboard
Laura Beaudet, a junior psychology major, has aspirations for a career in special education. Through her pursuit of a Pathways minor in disabilities studies, she has learned a great deal about herself and the people around her. Beaudet first heard about the minor as a freshman when her advi...
Nick Anthony and Jillian Doerr
The slight sulfuric scent of lit matches, the flaring-up of sparklers, and the sudden loud bang of firecrackers are as familiar to the Fourth of July as are the admonishments to use caution when handling fireworks. Yet the freedoms Americans celebrate in this idealistic scene are not always the ...
A portrait of Andrew Pregnall in Riva San Vitale, Switzerland
While pursuing a dual degree in microbiology and history at Virginia Tech, Andrew Pregnall has also made it his goal to improve health care for the LGBTQ community. Raised in one of the wealthiest counties in the nation near Washington, D.C., Pregnall witnessed the insidious effects of ...
Timothy Miles
The written Arabic language is like reading sheet music for Timothy Miles, and the culture of the Middle East has a bittersweet resonance for the 2019 Outstanding Senior of the Virginia Tech College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences. Miles, a religion and culture major, uses this complicated...
Katherine Louis
Katherine Louis’ passion for languages started developing in third grade. The senior from Norfolk, Virginia, says she has always been “fascinated by the way words manifest themselves into ideas differently across cultures.” That fascination spurred her to study abroad not once but twice. ...
Eleanor Franc with Growley II
Cadet Eleanor Franc found her place at Virginia Tech through a dog named Growley II. Franc will graduate on May 17 with a degree in political science from the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences. After graduation, she will report to Marine Officer Candidates School, chasing a dream...
Corps of Cadets Regimental Commander Cadet Colleen Pramenko addresses the first-year cadet class after the spring Caldwell March.
Mistakes are inevitable, and the true test of grit is how well you recover and get back on track. That’s one of the key lessons Cadet Colleen Pramenko will take with her as she finishes her four years in the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets. “Nothing works out perfectly,” she said. “I’ve ...
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...