Marc Zaldivar: Inventing the Future of Education

Marc Zaldivar began his adventure as a Hokie in 1987 as an undergraduate student. Throughout his years of service at Virginia Tech, Marc has filled various roles ranging from student to instructor to director. In these various fields Marc has revealed his passions for technology, education, and how those two fields of study intersect. After completing his undergraduate career and …

Matt Eick: Coming Full Circle in Soil Sciences

Starting at a young age, growing up in suburban New Jersey, Matt Eick became interested in science. Coming to Virginia Tech on a swimming scholarship, Eick started his Hokie journey as a geology major, but soon after transferred into the Soil Sciences Department. Soil Sciences encompassed all of the subjects Eick was interested in: biology, chemistry, physics, and microbiology. Eick …

Neal Henshaw: The Unexpected Hokie

Growing up in Buckingham, Virginia, Neal Henshaw was no stranger to Virginia Tech. Henshaw’s family attended an awards banquet on campus when he was a child. Later on in life, Neal attended his church’s annual youth conference on the campus of Virginia Tech as well. After graduating high school, Henshaw had no interest in coming to Blacksburg to receive his …

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 …

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 …