APR 2016  •  Archives Virginia Tech
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Virginia Tech seniors, quadruplets Chris, Greg, Kate, and Steve Lomaka
The spring edition of Virginia Tech Magazine features stories on the Flint Water Study team and its work that exposed lead poisoning in Flint, Michigan; the university's first set of graduating quadruplets — Chris, Greg, Kate, and Steve Lomaka — whose family was named the 2016 Family of the Year by the Division of Student Affairs; essays by three university leaders who share their dreams for Virginia Tech and why they've made Blacksburg home; and more.
Virginia Tech Magazine
Virginia Tech Magazine, spring 2016
Fighting for Flint: A Virginia Tech team exposes lead poisoningVirginia Tech water research engineers
removing snow at the Virginia Tech War Memorial
Virginia Tech soccer forward Murielle Tiernan

Get your Hokiemoji on!
Virginia Tech Hokiemoji keyboard
Unveiled on April 27, the Virginia Tech emoji keyboard — more than 80 emojis of iconic Tech imagery, inside jokes (ohhhh, the horse on a treadmill), and HokieBird emoji faces — is available on the App Store and on Google Play.

Video: Thank a Hokie Donor
Nearly a thousand students came out to the Drillfield to thank our incredible donors for all they make possible at Virginia Tech.
2016 Outstanding Senior Award winners
Meet the eight seniors selected by their respective colleges' faculty and students to receive the 2016 Outstanding Senior Award, which recognizes exceptional academic achievement and leadership. The awards are sponsored by the Alumni Association and the senior class.
Virginia Tech senior Claire Kelling
spacer Claire Kelling, the College of Science's Outstanding Senior, was honored as a White House Champion of Change at an April 14 event at the White House. spacer
Virginia Tech senior Matthew "Jake" Mathey
spacer Mechanical engineering senior Matthew "Jake" Mathey won a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant grant to teach at a university in Poland. spacer
Engineer Paige Kassalen
Alumna Paige Kassalen (electrical engineering '15) is the sole American among only three women to serve on the specialized ground crew for Solar Impulse, the world's first solar-powered airplane to fly around the world.
Featured earlier this month in The Institute (the member newspaper of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) and in Glamour, Kassalen documents her crew experiences on Instagram, Twitter, Tumbler, and Snapchat (paigekassalen).
Virginia Tech ringing the NYSE closing bell
President Tim Sands, Pamplin College of Business Dean Robert Sumichrast, and a group of alumni rang the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange on April 26 in celebration of Virginia Tech's initiatives in innovation and entrepreneurship.
After the closing bell, CNBC financial journalist and Virginia Tech Alumni Association board member Brian Sullivan (political science '93) interviewed President Sands about the initiatives and the evolving student experience at the university.
Learn more about the trip, which was also made by 18 students and included a Hokies on Wall Street alumni reception at Citigroup.
Virginia Tech President Tim Sands interviewed by CNBC's Brian Sullivan

Virginia Tech Alumni Association
Ut Prosim in action
Virginia Tech Alumni Association's San Diego chapter
San Diego Hokies' Big Event: Mission Beach cleanup
Nearly 30 alumni chapters across the country participated in a variety of local events in April, including Habitat for Humanity builds; community cleanups; tree plantings; assisting at humane societies, food banks, and children's charities; memorial blood drives, and April 16 Remembrance events.
Interested in participating with fellow alumni in community service projects in your area? Contact your local chapter.
Pop-up event held for seniors
Virginia Tech Alumni Association pop-up event
On April 18, approximately 400 future alumni gathered on the Alumni Lawn for free pizza, drinks, games, and music at the Alumni Association's first-ever pop-up event. Promoted primarily via social media and Drillfield placards, the event also featured giveaways and free Frisbees, which advertised upcoming Thank-A-Donor days on the Drillfield.
Veterinarian and mentor
Virginia Tech alumna Claudia True
A member of the Virginia Tech Alumni Association Board, Claudia True (biology '81, D.V.M. '86) was named the Virginia Veterinary Medical Association's 2016 Veterinarian of the Year. Learn more about her commitment to mentoring and service in the Alumni Association section of Virginia Tech Magazine's spring edition.
Black Alumni Reunion
The largest and most successful Black Alumni Reunion to date was held April 21-24 on campus. More than 400 alumni returned home for a sold-out slate of activities to reconnect with classmates, make new friends, network with current students and alumni, and learn about the university's new InclusiveVT initiative. Looking back also played a significant part as the 25th anniversary of the Black Cultural Center in Squires Student Center was celebrated.
La Verne Hairston Harris, Linda Edmonds Turner, and Marguerite Harper Scott
La Verne Hairston Harris, Linda Edmonds Turner, and Marguerite Harper Scott
Three of the first black women to attend Virginia Tech — La Verne Hairston Harris, Linda Edmonds Turner (clothing and textiles '70, M.B.A. '75, Ph.D. general business '79), and Marguerite Harper Scott (history '70) — were present and were recognized with a resolution from the Virginia Tech Alumni Association.
Irving L. Peddrew III with Virginia Tech President Tim Sands
Irving L. Peddrew III with President Sands
Now age 80, Irving L. Peddrew III, the first black student admitted to Virginia Tech in 1953, learned from President Tim Sands that he will be awarded an honorary degree in electrical engineering at this year's commencement exercises.
The only black student on campus during his freshman year, Peddrew was required to participate in the Corps of Cadets, but was not allowed to live or eat on campus. Disillusioned with his treatment, he left at the end of his junior year and did not return.
Five alumni received the Influential Black Alumni Award.
Virginia Tech alumni Sharnnia Artis, LaChelle Waller, Tyrod Taylor, Kunmi Otitoju, and Apryl Alexander
Sharnnia Artis, LaChelle Waller, Tyrod Taylor, Kunmi Otitoju, and Apryl Alexander
Sharnnia Artis (industrial and systems engineering '02, '05, Ph.D. '07) was named Educator of the Year for her work teaching computing and engineering at The Ohio State University; University of California, Berkeley; and University of California, Irvine.
LaChelle Waller (Ph.D. '06), assistant professor of chemistry at Virginia Commonwealth University, received the Ut Prosim Award for founding TRAK'D, an organization working to increase exposure to the sciences among students in underserved communities.
Tyrod Taylor (apparel, housing, and resource management '11), former quarterback for the Hokies, starting quarterback for the Buffalo Bills, and the NFL's 2015 Breakout Player of the Year, was named Athlete of the Year.
Kunmi Otitoju (M.S. computer science '07), head designer and founder of Minku, a fast-growing company specializing in leather bags and luggage, was named Entrepreneur of the Year.
Apryl Alexander (psychology '07), an assistant clinical professor in Auburn University's Department of Psychology, was presented with the Outstanding Recent Alumni Award.
Greta Harris (architecture '83) was named Philanthropist of the Year.
LGBTQA Reunion
Sponsored by the Ex Lapide Society for LGBTQA Alumni and the Virginia Tech Alumni Association, the LGBTQA Reunion will be held May 12 at 7-11 p.m. All students, alumni, faculty, and staff are invited to join the celebration of this year's graduates. Food and drink will be provided by the Ex Lapide Society. Please register here.
Alumni play major role in Best Southern College Town win
Garden & Gun's Best Southern College Towns
The Hokie Nation flexed some serious muscle in a social media contest launched by Garden & Gun magazine to determine the Best Southern College Town among 32 competitors.
Blacksburg first took down Morgantown, West Virginia, followed by Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and then Charlottesville, Virginia. Up next was our toughest and most memorable contest: a dramatic come-from-behind Final Four win over Athens, Georgia, which moved us into the championship round against Oxford, Mississippi.
After more than 18,000 votes had been cast, Blacksburg emerged victorious as THE best Southern college town! Overall, more than 625,000 votes were cast in the contest.
Special thanks are extended to all alumni, students, faculty, staff, parents, and friends of Virginia Tech who voted, liked, shared, and retweeted our way to the top of the heap!
Dates to remember
May 13Spring Commencement
May 18-20Old Guard Reunion
June 10-11 – Drillfield Series | Human and Animal Health: We're All in This Together!
June 13Fourth Annual Hokie Classic Golf Tournament
June 25Third Annual Summer Beer Festival at Virginia Tech
July 8-9 – Drillfield Series | Day in the Life of College Admissions

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