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. …

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 …

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 …

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 …