Douglas Martin: A Beacon of Service

Douglas Martin has spent the better part of a century in service of his fellow Americans. As a 2010 Virginia Tech Daily press release puts it, he has “provided guidance and support to thousands”. That’s no small feat, but it’s all in a lifetime’s work for the director emeritus. Every employee, retiree, student, faculty member and administrator to come through …

James “Jim” Hatch: Gratitude and Giving Back

Jim Hatch never expected to end up at Virginia Tech. As he says himself, apart from attending a few Hokie football games during his time as a member of his high school marching band, Tech just “wasn’t on [his] radar.” As a young man, it’s hard to imagine that he would’ve foreseen the major impact Virginia Tech would eventually have …

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 …

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 …

Katie Frazier: Advocate for Agriculture

Virginia Tech is known for its large campus and its striking architecture, and while it is easy to appreciate these features, many incoming students are easily intimidated by them. When Katie Frazier, Class of 2004, began her studies at Tech, she was among those who initially struggled with the size of the school and its population. Although she had seen …