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. …

Charles Tynan: Engineering the Future

Aproud alumnus, Charles Tynan is no stranger to the Blacksburg area or Virginia Tech. From the years of 1947 to 1952 he was an undergraduate student, living in dorms and a cadet in the Corps. He spent the majority of his time devoted to academics, and his hard work paid off when he graduated with a degree in aeronautical engineering. …

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 …

Aaron Bond: From Principal to Professor

Bond was eventually promoted to principal of the high school where he had been teaching, which he describes as the most stressful time of his life. Bond decided to leave his position as principal after two years. He had been pursuing a Ph.D. at the University of Virginia at this time, but after realizing he wanted to change careers, he …

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

Christopher Columbus Kraft Jr. is a Class of 1944, Virginia Tech graduate born February 28, 1924, in the small town of Phoebus, Virginia. Growing up, Chris knew everyone in his town, and they knew him. Despite growing up in the Depression era, Kraft enjoyed his childhood. One event that drastically affected his future was a fall into a fire at …

Kim Muller: Advocate for Education

While college is often a place where students can broaden their social horizons by meeting new people, joining clubs, playing sports, and attending events, its primary function is to provide its student body with an excellent education that will help them contribute to the world around them. Kim Muller, class of 1969, knew that learning was meant to be his …

David Roper: Small Town Farmer Turned Hokie Physicist

David Roper was first drawn to Virginia Tech because of the mountains and landscape of Southwest Virginia. He accepted a job as a physics professor in 1967 and retired in 1998. During his work as a physicist he discovered a new particle, taught physics in underdeveloped countries and was a tenured professor for over 25 years. With his success and …