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Colleen Kraft

Alumna practices medicine and Ut Prosim

Colleen Kraft ’81 made headlines last year as president of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) for bringing public attention to the toxic stress experienced by migrant children separated from their families in U.S.-Mexico border detention facilities. She has also recently emerged as a powerful voice against the sale and marketing of e-cigarettes to youths.

“The greatest reward is seeing progress made in the general public recognizing the inherent value of children,” Kraft said. “Virginia Tech was my foundation for science, problem-solving, innovation, and service. My career has been remarkable because I have had the privilege to work in a profession that uses science to promote innovation through service and solutions.”

More about her life and work >>


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Hokie Highlights

Camille Schrier at the pagent

Alumna dominates on pageant stage with science

In June, Camille Schrier took her science skills to a large stage. Wearing a lab coat, goggles, and high heels, she performed an exploding chemistry demonstration as her talent in the Miss Virginia competition in Lynchburg—and she won.

Check out what Camile did >>

Pablo Tarazaga, his wife, Vanessa, and their four children

Professor and family take campus life to the next level

Pablo Tarazaga, his wife, Vanessa, and their four children live in the Honors Residential Commons located in East Ambler Johnston. As faculty principal of the HRC, Tarazaga is responsible for coordinating educational programs, fostering academic engagement, and enriching the residential college's unique culture.•

Watch the video about their lives >>

letter to Michael Collins from Charles Lindbergh

University Libraries exhibit celebrates 50th anniversary of Apollo 11

Special Collections has one of the most extensive collections of documents, memorabilia, and personal papers from this and other historic NASA missions, thanks to Virginia Tech aeronautical engineering graduate Christopher Kraft ’44. In the 1980s, Kraft, former director of NASA’s Johnson Space Center and head of flight operations during Apollo 11, donated his papers to the University Libraries at Virginia Tech and encouraged his NASA colleagues to do the same.

Read more about the collection >>

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Around the Drillfield

Steve Rowson, the director of the Virginia Tech Helmet Lab, and Mark Begonia, the lab's director of testing

Setting the safety standard for flag football

The Virginia Tech Helmet Lab recently turned its attention to the fastest-growing sport in the United States and their work is having an impact. (Pun intended.)

Read more about their work and watch the video >>

Map of Virginia showing participants

U.S. Cyber Range launched to boost nation’s cybersecurity education

The U.S. Cyber Range will provide a cost-effective service for schools and businesses that are looking to provide cybersecurity education and training.

Read more about the Cyber Range project >>

Students viewing animals

VetTRAC introduces underrepresented students to veterinary student life

The InclusiveVT summer program at the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine offers a week of experiential learning and career exploration.

Read more about the summer program >>

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Hokies In The Headlines

Barton Ross named Young Architect of the Year

More from The Kent Island Bay Times and Record Observer >>

Katie DeSouza Henley among featured mid-Atlantic winemakers

More from Wine Industry Network’s Advisor >>

Adam Wilson hopes technology will curb farming costs

More from SWVA Today >>

Alumni Happenings

Having fun at a reunion

Don’t miss the Black Alumni Summit in Arlington

Join us Aug. 9-10 for networking, workshops, and fun. This year’s summit will focus on building community among students and alumni.

Make plans now >>

New Alumni Welcome Parties set for Aug. 22

Help your local chapter welcome the Class of 2019 to the Hokie alumni family!

Find a party near you >>

Starting jumping: Football watch parties

This is our year! If you can't be in Lane Stadium, the next best thing is to watch the Hokies with Hokies.

Find a watch party near you >>

Photos from our Hokes in London event

Hokies gathered at The Royal Automobile Club on June 29.

Photos from the event >>

Upcoming Events

Black Young Alumni and Student Workshop (Aug. 8)

Hokies in 757 (Sept. 4)

Class of 1969 50th Reunion (Oct. 17-19)

Homecoming (Oct. 14-19)

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