VT Stories Remembers April 16th

We are the Hokies. We will prevail. We will prevail. We will prevail. We are Virginia Tech. Ten years have passed since the events on April 16th, and prevail we have. Regardless of age, Hokies everywhere unite and take pause to remember the lives lost on that day. While an event such as this could have easily broken the university …

Nikki Giovanni: Poet, Dreamer, and Hokie

Renowned poet, eight time NAACP award winner, University Distinguished Professor, and the list of achievements goes on, but much to Virginia Tech’s credit–Nikki Giovanni is a Hokie. Although she didn’t attend Virginia Tech for her degree, she is part of the VT Stories featured faculty selection. Nikki is a vital member of the Virginia Tech family and an inspiration for …

Sam Lionberger: A Builder of Giving

The university motto of Ut Prosim (That I May Serve) which adorns the steps in front of the Pylons that rest atop of the War Memorial Chapel illuminate the significance of the spirit of the university. For Samuel (Sam) Lewis Lionberger, Jr. who was born and raised in Roanoke, VA, this is not only the motto of the university he …

Apryl Alexander: The Power of Mentorship

As part of a military family, Apryl Alexander, class of 2005, grew accustomed to a lifestyle that took her to many parts of the world. At Virginia Tech, however, Apryl found a community and a home in which she could finally settle down. Due to the constant movement that characterized her adolescence, April quickly learned to view her pets as …

Katie Frazier: Advocate for Agriculture

Virginia Tech is known for its large campus and its striking architecture, and while it is easy to appreciate these features, many incoming students are easily intimidated by them. When Katie Frazier, Class of 2004, began her studies at Tech, she was among those who initially struggled with the size of the school and its population. Although she had seen …

Bill Latham: A Lifelong Dedication to Ut Prosim

On the residential side of campus, there is an academic building where researchers from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) and College of Natural Resources and Environment (CNRE) work diligently to find solutions to environmental issues and improve the quality of life for all of Earth’s inhabitants. This is Latham Hall. In 2006, Latham Hall was named after …

Angi Ackerman, Cecilia Beverine, Chiny Driscoll, and Kristan Saunders: Hokies and Friends for Life

They say that college is where you find lifelong friends, and this couldn’t be any more true for Angi Ackerman, Cecilia Beverine, Chiny Driscoll, and Kristan Saunders. These women are exemplary of the friendships you can find at Virginia Tech. Business majors, Class of 1991 graduates, and Delta Gamma Sorority sisters, these friends share many fond memories of their times …

Lawrence “Lonnie” Johns: A Sedulous Architect

Hard work pays off. Just ask Lawrence “Lonnie” Johns, who took his lifelong passion for drawing and turned it into an illustrious career in architecture. When Johns developed a love for drawing in 8th grade, he knew he wanted to continue to use that skill. He took drafting classes in high school and, afterwards, jumped right into the architecture program …

Nick Moga: Witnessing Change

It is easy for us to view today’s version of Virginia Tech as a technologically advanced university that is particularly superior in the fields of science and math. Each day students utilize lab equipment and technology without considering what research and experimentation would be like without these devices. Nick Moga, Class of 1976, however, began his studies at Virginia Tech …

Daniel Swanson: A Well-Traveled Hokie

Daniel Swanson grew up on a farm in between the towns of Pound and Wise in Southwest Virginia. Although he didn’t travel much as a child, he knew from a young age that he wanted to be an engineer and attend Virginia Tech. He probably never imagined all the places he would travel and the accomplishments he would make as …