For Rhonda and Phil Rogers, “the rest of history” isn’t just a well worn phrase or one that is used to indicate their place in the history of Virginia Tech. The story that would take them from small towns in Southwest Virginia to the growing campus of Virginia Tech in the early 1970s is one that stands as a list of “firsts” for the Rogers’ and the university. Rhonda was one of the first African-American secretaries hired at Virginia Tech in 1973. Phil, a 2011 Virginia Tech Sports Hall of Fame inductee, led the football team in his senior year in 1975 as the first African-American starting quarterback for the Hokies to an impressive 8-3 record. In this VT Story, the virtues of humility and gratefulness highlight the contributions Rhonda and Phil Rogers have made to Virginia Tech and the impact of their legacy and service in ways both big and small.

VT Stories Shorts

A Challenging Year

"I was the first staff member to serve as a constituent on the Board of Visitors, and that happened to be 2006–2007..."

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A Good Shirt Tuck

"He took out a pair of suspenders, and, with great care, attached two of the snaps to the tops of his socks..."

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Read more of Russ Neal, Jr.'s story on our Hokie Tales page.

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Every Hokie has a story, and VT Stories is committed to preserving and sharing as many of these stories as we can.

The VT Stories Oral History Project began in early 2015 as the result of some informal discussions among a small group of faculty, staff, and administrators across disciplines about utilizing the power of story in a number of different ways in a signature pilot project.

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