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News for and about Our Alumni | May/June 2017
The Spirit of Tech
What makes Claire Peters grin from ear to ear? The triumphant sounds and sheer ebullience of The Marching Virginians, a 330-member-strong band.
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Hokies at Carnegie Hall
Practice, practice, practice. The classic punchline about the best way to get to Carnegie Hall proved true for 165 Virginia Tech students in April, when they performed at the storied performance venue.
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Nikki Giovanni Announces Poetry Prize Winners
The internationally renowned poet led the 12th-annual celebration of the Steger Poetry Prize, which offers the largest monetary award of any university-sponsored poetry competition in the Western Hemisphere.
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The Loss of a Legend
Peggy Meszaros, the highest-ranking woman in Virginia Tech’s history, died in the city of her birth — Hopkinsville, Kentucky — on April 18. She was 79.
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Call of the Wild
In just 40 years, the world lost more than half its animals. An interdisciplinary team is looking at the enormous loss of biodiversity in a new way, with hope pinned on the empowerment of women.
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Historical Inspiration
Mark Barrow, who finds his own curiosity piqued by the natural history of the American alligator, was recently honored for his ability to stoke the imaginations of history students.
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Designs for Real Life
A newly launched center offers a multifaceted laboratory for exploring home solutions for people with a range of physical and cognitive abilities as well as consumers aiming for sustainability.
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Paying It Forward
While a high-school student, Danielle Jeffers would awaken before dawn each morning to try to win a scholarship. When it failed to come through, she won far more — and now, with her shared expertise, so can other prospective college students.
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Alumni Who Fought in France During World War I
All was quiet on the Western Front — until about one o’clock in the morning of September 12, 1918, when, Virginia Polytechnic Institute alumnus Clifford Hubbard later wrote, an artillery barrage nearly drowned out the sound of his voice.
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Leadership in Action
Virginia Tech has recognized Nancy Moga’s exceptional support with its Alumni Distinguished Service Award.
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The Living Past
Kelly Cooper, named Outstanding Senior for 2017, seeks to preserve history through architectural restoration.
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