Developments at Virginia Tech

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Congratulations to Virginia Tech student David Mackanic! The junior from Cary, N.C., double majoring in engineering in the College of Engineering and chemistry in the College of Science and a University Honors student, has been awarded a Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship for the 2014-15 academic year.

Mackanic is also the recipient of a Pratt Scholarship through the College of Engineering. The scholarship is made possible through an endowment established by the estate of Mr. John Lee Pratt of Stafford County in 1975.

Click on the photo above to read more about the Goldwater Scholarship.

Dwight D. Viehland, professor of materials science and engineering in the College of Engineering at Virginia Tech, was recently named the Jack E. Cowling Professor of Engineering by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors.

The Jack E. Cowling Endowed Professorship was established as part of the bequest by the late John E. “Jack” Cowling who graduated from Virginia Tech in 1939 with a chemical engineering degree. The professorship recognizes faculty excellence and recipients hold the professorship for a period of five years.

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Congratulations to Hesham A. Rakha, professor of civil and environmental engineering in the College of Engineering at Virginia Tech and director of the Center for Sustainable Mobility at the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute. He was recently named the Samuel Reynolds Pritchard Professor of Engineering by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors.

The Samuel Reynolds Pritchard Professorship was established by the late Walter A. Buchanan Sr. in 1992 in honor of Prichard, who served as the dean of the College of Engineering from 1918 to 1928. The professorship recognizes excellence in engineering research.

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Virginia Tech Dairy Science Professor Katharine Knowlton

Congratulations to Virginia Tech College of Agriculture and Life Sciences professor Katharine Knowlton, who was recently named the Colonel Horace E. Alphin Professor in Dairy Science by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors.

The professorship was established in 2013 through a gift from Alphin, a member of the Virginia Tech Class of 1934, to support outstanding teaching and research faculty in the Department of Dairy Science. The recipient holds the professorship for a five-year term.

Knowlton, a member of the Virginia Tech community since 1998, has been widely recognized for excellence in teaching, advising, and scholarship.

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Former U.S. Secretary of Education, host of the nationally syndicated “Morning in America” radio show, and author William J. Bennett will give the Cutchins Distinguished Lecture, “The Promise of America in Challenging Times,” at Virginia Tech on Thursday, March 27, 7:30 p.m., in Burruss Auditorium.

The event is free and open to the public, no tickets needed. Free parking for the event is available around the Drillfield, in the Perry Street lots, and in the Perry Street parking garage near Prices Fork Road. Find more parking information online, or call 540-231-3200.

The Cutchins Distinguished Lecture is sponsored by the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets Rice Center for Leader Development and the Pamplin College of Business and is also held in celebration of Founders Day.

The lecture series is named for the late Clifford A. Cutchins III, a former bank chairman and rector of the Board of Visitors. Cutchins received a degree in accounting in 1944.

Click on the photo for more details about Bennett’s lecture.

Congratulations to Austin Larrowe on being selected by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors as the new undergraduate student representative, who will serve as a liaison between the student body and the board beginning July 1.

Larrowe, a fourth year University Honors student majoring in applied economic management and agricultural sciences in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, was recently featured in Impact magazine and in a Spotlight on Impact.

Click on the photo above to read more about Larrowe’s selection by the BOV.


"I came to VT because I knew it would be my home. I’m a 4th generation Hokie. My great-grandfather, grandfather, and father all went here. Without this school I literally wouldn’t be alive, because my parents met here. I love this school and I’m proud to be a Hokie"

Virginia Tech is a family tradition for so many. What’s your family connection to Virginia Tech?

The Marching Virginians are doing their part to make their new home a reality.

Together, members of the student band contributed $3,300 toward the campaign to build a new facility behind the southeast corner of Chicken Hill parking lot.

The project’s first phase will cost around $4.75 million, with $1.8 million of that total coming from private support.

Officers of the Marching Virginians presented a check to the then-dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, Sue Ott Rowlands, and its director of development, John King, on behalf of the 2013-14 band. Members are, from left to right, Brianna Corleto, Matthew Bollinger, executive officer Katie Plummer, Sarah Frame, Liam Dillon, and Rachel Felix.

Click on the photo above to learn more about the building project.

Brent Ashley made a promise to himself when he started his academic career at Virginia Tech: He’d never sit idly in his residence hall and let life pass him by. Not only is Ashley double majoring in dairy science and animal and poultry sciences and minoring in political science, he is also the Student Government Association president, has been involved in various campus projects, and is an active member of more than 15 different organizations.

Pictured with university President Charles W. Steger above, Ashley credits his success not only to his supportive parents, but to someone he’s never even met: Phyllis Cragle.

Cragle established the Ray Cragle Scholarship at Virginia Tech, of which Ashley is a recipient. Ashley said the scholarship has gone a long way toward helping him realize his dreams.

Click on the photo above to read more about Ashley in a profile on the last page of Innovations, the newsletter of our College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, (PDF).

One of the most frequently asked questions young alumni ask is “Why should I give back to my alma mater?”

While there are many answers to this question, Hank Coleman, a financial planner and publisher of the popular personal finance blog Money Q&A, identifies some key reasons why giving back is not only a good idea, but also a good investment.

"[Giving back] helps increase the stature of the college, making it a better place. Our giving back also affects how employers, grad schools and others see our alma maters."

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