Student News

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...
Kelsey McMahon types on her laptop.
Kelsey McMahon, a student who is passionate about social change and equality, focused her research on how and why juveniles are sentenced to serve time in adult prisons and jails. “I want to feel like I’m making a difference in the world. I think this is the way to do it – doing research th...
“The Sap of Life” cast members rehearse a song with composer David Shire and lyricist Richard Maltby Jr. Pictured from left are Mary Wright, Tucker Miller, Taylor Cobb, Shire, Richard Masters (at piano), Maltby, Sydney Kendrick, Allison Harris, and Mary Haugh.
Students and community members are getting the rare opportunity to workshop songs and scenes from the musical “The Sap of Life” alongside the original creators. Lyricist Richard Maltby Jr. and composer David Shire are in residency at Virginia Tech this week as guest artists, working with actors a...