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Alumna wins national educator award

Caroline Eschenbach was the lone teacher in Virginia to be named a Milken Educator for the 2018-2019 school year. The 2010 graduate is a literacy teacher at Virginia Heights Elementary School in Roanoke where she’s become well-known for her hands-on, relationship-building approach to education.

“Rhymes, rhythms, dances, and whatever it may take to make more of an impact,” are all classroom standards according to Eschenbach. “You build rapport first and have academics second.”

Read more about Eschenbach and her honor >>


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Hokie Highlights

Start of the run

Thousands take part in the 2019 Run in Remembrance

An estimated 14,500 took part in the annual 3.2-mile event that honors and remembers the 32 individuals who lost their lives on April 16, 2007.

Check out photos and video of the run >>

group photo from the celebration

Forty years later, Virginia Tech recognizes once-ridiculed LGBTQ+ event

The university commemorated the 40th anniversary of Denim Day on April 5. The anniversary was held in conjunction with Pride Week, April 1-8.

“For me, it confirmed that our 1979 Denim Day was a catalyst for change at Virginia Tech where the campus went from non-acceptance to acceptance of the LGBTQ+ community. I am grateful to all who took part in making the 40th anniversary an empowering experience,” said Sue Manero ’82.

Check out photos from the Denim Day Do Over >>

Learn how the anniversary event came to be >>

Juan Espinoza

Admissions director beginning to see fruits of labor to lower barriers

“With a bold outreach plan and re-imagined admissions process, Virginia Tech has reinforced its commitment to students in the state of Virginia while setting a national example to improve access to higher ed,” said Jeremiah Quinlan, chairman of the board of directors of the Coalition for Access, Affordability, and Success. •

More about this work, which resulted the most diverse applicant pool ever >>

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Around the Drillfield

Brandy Salmon, founding managing director of the Innovation Campus, and other campus leaders

University leaders talk Innovation Campus

Plans were shared and questions fielded during the first Blacksburg Town Hall dedicated to Virginia Tech’s new campus and the state’s $1 billion higher education package.

Learn more about Innovation Campus >>

Madison Brodnax and Nick Angle conduct a final inspection of the Ceres satellite prior to integration at NanoRacks.

Hokie-built satellite takes off to space

In a giant leap for Virginia Tech, the satellite built by an interdisciplinary team of 50 undergraduate students was launched into space on April 17.

Read more about their work >>

Students promote Giving Day

Record number of Hokies step up on Giving Day

More than 6,600 people combined to give more than $2.8 million during Virginia Tech’s second annual event.

Read more about the historic generosity >>

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Hokies In The Headlines

Eric Collins embraces technology to keep blacksmithing alive

More about Eric from The Roanoke Times >>

Erica Grant unlocks simple way to keep your hotel key safer

More from Knox News >>

Rena Johnson and high-tech milking parlor draw international interest

More about Rena from The Roanoke Times >>

Alumni Happenings

Happy Hokie alumni clean up nice

Alumni chapters across the country participate in the Big Event

The Big Event, a student-run day of community service, was April 6. Alumni chapters across the country also participate. It's a way for Hokies to live our motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve).

Check out Big Event alumni pictures from this year >>

Class members promote the upcoming reunion

Registration for the 50th Reunion is open

The Class of 1969 will celebrate its 50th Reunion Oct. 17-19.• • Each year a new group of alumni celebrates 50 years since their commencement and returns to campus for induction into Virginia Tech's Old Guard Society of Golden Alumni.•

Learn more about the 50th Reunion >>

Upcoming Events

50th Anniversary Celebration of Graduate Education in the National Capital Region (April 23)

Old Guard (May 22-24)

Beer Festival (June 22)

Hokies in London (June 29)

Black Alumni Summit (Aug. 9-11)

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