Greg Fansler: Fan, Student, and Hokie

After graduation, some Virginia Tech students are left with four years worth of memories, while others have memories surrounding the university that were created before enrolling or even after graduating. Greg Fansler, Class of 2002, is one example of the way Virginia Tech can influence someone throughout their lifetime. He has gone from hearing stories from his father to visiting …

General Carlton Everhart: Four Star General, Five Star Hokie

Since childhood, General Carlton Everhart has strongly believed in the importance of honesty, integrity, and humility. He has lived life with these ideals prioritized first – from his humble beginnings on his family farm to his influential military career. A 1983 Virginia Tech graduate, Everhart pursued majors in agriculture, agriculture business, and education while involved with the Corps of Cadets. …

Marc Zaldivar: Inventing the Future of Education

Marc Zaldivar began his adventure as a Hokie in 1987 as an undergraduate student. Throughout his years of service at Virginia Tech, Marc has filled various roles ranging from student to instructor to director. In these various fields Marc has revealed his passions for technology, education, and how those two fields of study intersect. After completing his undergraduate career and …

Linda and Wesley Patterson: Living Tech Together

At a time when the world was undergoing revolution, Wesley and Linda Patterson were enjoying the academic seclusion of Virginia Tech. They both began their undergraduate careers in 1972; Linda graduated with majors in mathematics and psychology in 1976 and Wesley in 1977 with his bachelor’s in architecture. Transitions in social justice, feminism, and race were just a few prevalent …

Christopher C. Kraft Jr.: From VPI to Mission Control

Christopher Columbus Kraft, Jr. is a Class of 1944 Virginia Tech graduate born. He was born on February 28, 1924 in the small town of Phoebus, Virginia, which later merged into Hampton, Virginia. Growing up, Chris knew everyone in his town, and they knew him, which greatly shaped Chris as a person. Despite growing up in the Depression era, Kraft …