Women of 1970: Tech’s Trailblazers

As part of a class of women entering Virginia Tech, Nancy Hutchinson Webb, Noel Marts, Sue Ellen Kimmy, Beverly Quinn, Donna Price, Marilyn Vanhoozer, and Kay Meehan were pioneers on a transforming campus. Prior to the acceptance of civilian women on Tech’s campus, women, much like these seven friends, attended the women’s college at Radford. As the country and the …

Danny Bird: A Hokie Pawpaw and Judge

As a student who majored in dairy science in the College of Agriculture, Bird was involved in numerous organizations and activities during his time at Virginia Tech. Bird was also President of his class, Chairman of the Ring Committee, and, during his senior year, a Regimental Commander, the highest rank a cadet can hold. In his story, Bird tells of …

Matt Fox: A Hokie at Heart

When asked, “What’s a Hokie?” what would you say? You could begin to explain our maroon and orange feathered friend, or you might speak of the rambunctious student section and the packed cubbies of Newman Library. Virginia Tech graduates always know the answer–what’s a Hokie? I am. Fifteen years after graduating from Virginia Tech with double majors in Political Science …

Lisa Ellison: Architect of Acceptance

Acceptance and equality are cornerstones of today’s Hokie Nation. Lisa Ellison, a member of the 1986 graduating class, was a prominent leader of social change here at Virginia Tech. Serving as the President of the Black Organizations Council and a member of the Omicron Delta Kappa leadership roundtable, Lisa became more than just a student–she was a student with a …

Todd Barnes: A Lifelong Leader

The Corps of Cadets has been an essential thread in the fabric of Virginia Tech since 1872. Foregoing the typically collegiate experience, freshmen arrive to Blacksburg and quickly transform from high school graduates into Cadets of the Corps. Todd Barnes, class of 1975, arrived on campus for Rat week and was caught up in the whirlwind of haircuts and freshly-pressed …

Buddy Russell: Building a Legacy from the Soil Up

Always a bright student, Russell graduated high school at the age of sixteen and started school at Virginia Tech soon thereafter. At the time, the university had started to grow dramatically. Russell was in awe of the size and scale of his new home. Following graduation, Russell went on to earn his Master’s Degree in Agricultural Education at the University …

Marvin Boyd: That I May Serve

As the new, starry-eyed freshman class arrives to Blacksburg in August, they begin to make their home in one of Virginia Tech’s twenty-seven residences halls. Their rooms are then the stage for the countless memories of their first year as Hokies. Yet for some, this on-campus community expands beyond their freshman year. Marvin Boyd, graduate of the class of 2001, …

Levi Daniels: Fellowship, Service, Understanding, Acceptance

Fellowship and community are important to Levi Daniels. Whilst a student at Virginia Tech, he worked with other students to found the Student African American Brotherhood to offer that fellowship to African American students on campus, and opened himself up to engaging with others to find common understanding. Levi grew up in southeastern D.C. and describes himself as an academically …

Michael Goode: An Advocate for Diversity

Michael Goode grew up in an African American neighbourhood outside of Richmond. He came to Virginia Tech in 2001 and was one of the first people in his family to attend college. With an interest in information technology and computers from a young age, Michael had set his sights on going to college. After being accepted to three Virginia colleges, …

Joseph Barlow: A Harvested Leader

Joseph Barlow was born on a farm in 1928, shortly before The Great Depression. Barlow never questioned where he was going to attend college; the answer was always Virginia Tech. Like his father, Barlow enrolled at Virginia Tech, and graduated with a degree in agriculture engineering in 1950. Even though he was attending his top school, Barlow almost dropped out …