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 …

Matt Eick: Coming Full Circle in Soil Sciences

Starting at a young age, growing up in suburban New Jersey, Matt Eick became interested in science. Coming to Virginia Tech on a swimming scholarship, Eick started his Hokie journey as a geology major, but soon after transferred into the Soil Sciences Department. Soil Sciences encompassed all of the subjects Eick was interested in: biology, chemistry, physics, and microbiology. Eick …

Neal Henshaw: The Unexpected Hokie

Growing up in Buckingham, Virginia, Neal Henshaw was no stranger to Virginia Tech. Henshaw’s family attended an awards banquet on campus when he was a child. Later on in life, Neal attended his church’s annual youth conference on the campus of Virginia Tech as well. After graduating high school, Henshaw had no interest in coming to Blacksburg to receive his …