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Andrew Pregnall, lead editor of “Welcome to the Beatles,” is a senior pursuing a dual degree in microbiology and history.
Virginia Tech history students recently got published with a little help from their friends at VT Publishing. A group of 18 students organized, authored, and edited a book, “Welcome to the Beatles,” over the course of the Spring 2018 semester. The publication is now freely accessible online a...
Cadets Meredith Oakes, at left, and Logan Grow discuss training as they prepare for the arrival of the cadet Class of 2022.
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 were eager to be there. That attitude is very contagious, and I wanted to be there, too,” said Oakes...

The Leader of the Band

David McKee expresses his signature enthusiasm at the grand opening of the new practice facility for The Marching Virginians.
In 1986, a slight underestimation was made about graduate assistant Dave McKee’s future at Virginia Tech. “They said, ‘Take the band and run it for a year,’” said McKee, in March. “And I said, ‘Sure.’ And one year turned into 32.” More than three decades later, in June, McKee is set to retire ...
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...
Michael Sherburne
Throughout his time at Virginia Tech, Michael Douglas Sherburne made it his mission to understand both the engineering he studies and the complex social issues that surround it. Sherburne, of Burke, Virginia, is graduating with honors in electrical engineering from the Bradley Department of...
Philologia Unveiling 2018
Philogia, a peer-reviewed undergraduate research journal published by the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, published its decade milestone issue.
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...
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