Leigh-Anne Krometis: Engineering Smiles

Dr. Leigh-Anne Krometis first toured Virginia Tech when she was junior in high school. She did not immediately have an “I’m a Hokie!” moment, but she came to Virginia Tech in 1998 and was glad she did. Krometis graduated from Virginia Tech with a Bachelor’s in Biological Systems Engineering in 2002, a Masters in Biological Systems Engineering in 2004, and …

Rock Roszak: Unknown Decision Becomes Lifelong Commitment

When Virginia Tech Class of 1971 alum, Richard “Rock” Roszak, checked yes to the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) program on his Virginia Tech application, he had no idea how extensively this one decision would affect his life. Raised by European immigrants who endured the struggles of World War II, Rock was expected by his parents to donate a portion …

Kelly Tallman Clements: A Public Servant Abroad

Kelly T. Clements came to Virginia Tech knowing she wanted to be a public servant. She graduated in 1988 from her undergraduate career with a double major in International Studies and French. She continued her graduate studies at VT and earned a Master’s degree in Urban Affairs in 1990. She entered public service through the prestigious Presidential Management Fellow program. …

Todd Ogle: Leaving Hokie Nation Better Than He Found It

Growing up four hours away from Blacksburg in the outer beltway of Alexandria, Virginia, Todd Ogle had few ties to the Hokies. Despite an older cousin that attended Virginia Tech in the early ‘80s, Todd never considered Blacksburg to be the place of his future college – much less his future home. Instead, Todd planned on going to school at …

Rob Jacks: Planting the SEEDS for Bright Futures

Robert Jacks first visited Virginia Tech on a bright and beautifully sunny day – the type of Blacksburg day that every Virginia Tech student has experienced, where the Hokie Stone shines brightly, illuminated in the sunshine, and the temperature is perfect for strolling around the Drillfield. During his initial visit to campus with his father, Rob Jacks, the former academic advisor …

Stephen Biscotte: VT Pathways Spear Header

Growing up in Botecourt County near Roanoke, Stephen Biscotte didn’t foresee himself in the education field as a kid; he presumed he’d become a doctor. With earning his Masters and Ph.D. in Science Curriculum Education at Virginia Tech and due to his time as a teacher at inner city schools in South Carolina as well as a rural school, Stephen …

Matt Winston: Spokesman for Hokies

As one of Virginia Tech’s first black graduates, Matt Winston’s father was able to share a number of stories, both positive and negative, about the university. While he did hear stories of his father being called by the university’s president and asked to not attend ring dance so as to avoid stirring racial tensions, Winston was also told stories of …

Rich and Libby Carpenter: Building a Hokie Home

Although Rich and Libby Carpenter each experienced their own unique version of Virginia Tech, they can both attest to the sense of community that they felt during their time here. Rich Carpenter, class of 1967, did not join the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets until after he had already served in the United States Army, so his college lifestyle was …

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 …