April Cheek-Messier: A Historian and Patriot

April Cheek Messier, 1996-1998, followed her passion for American history to serve her country at the National D-Day Memorial. Growing up in Bedford, Virginia, the American town with the highest per-capita D-Day casualties, April was constantly reminded of the sacrifices made by her community. Bringing the history of WWII to a new generation, April served to educate the masses about …

Tara Fortune, Jeryl Payne, Kaye Pereras, Emily Haynes Cooper: Champions Against Adversity

Hokies always remember their first time on Virginia Tech’s campus. Whether it be a the sun illuminating the limestone buildings or the students shuffling across the Drillfield in a cold winter wind, Virginia Tech’s campus leaves a strong first impression. Various paths led Tara Fortune, Jeryl Payne, Catherine (Kay) Perez, Emily Haynes Cooper to Virginia Tech’s campus as incoming freshmen; …

Tekisha Everette, Jennifer Cole, Yolanda Avent, and Nakeina Douglas-Glenn: Friends, Family, Hokies

The four years an undergraduate spends at Virginia Tech are not only defined by classes and football games, but also by the relationships built within the Hokie community. This rings true for Tekisha D’Wann Everette, Nakeina Douglas-Glenn, Jennifer Cole, and Yolanda Latrice Avent–Class of 1998. Remaining close friends over the years, these four women embody the powerful, lasting bonds within …

Jess Fowler: An Ambassador of Ethics

As a Cadet in Virginia Tech’s Corps of Cadets, a student becomes an ethical ambassador for the Virginia Tech student body. Beyond the demanding physical challenges and regimented schedules, Cadets must follow a strict code of behavior. For Jess Fowler, Class of 1964, these principles became the foundation for the rest of his personal and professional career. Serving in the …