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Alumni travel tours set for 2001

The alumni association has educational tour opportunities planned for the following destinations: South Africa (Feb. 28-March 16); Egypt (Feb. 27-March 8); BIG EAST Paris Escapade (March 16-23); China (April 15-May 5); Alumni College on the Rhine River (May 10-18); England's Cotswolds (June 3-11); Gems of the Baltic Cruise (June 29-July 13); Alumni College in Sicily (June 30-July 9); Treasures of the Seine Cruise (July 10-21); Alumni College in Scotland (July 18-26); Alumni College in Cortona (July 18-26); BIG EAST Holland/Hungary Tour (Aug. 2-17); Grand European Capitals by Rail (Sept. 24-Oct. 8); National Parks of the Southwest (Sept. 24-Oct.3).

Alumni board actions

At its spring meeting, the Alumni Board of Directors approved an increase in the level of scholarship awards made from the Alumni Presidential Scholarship endowment. Current awards of $3,000 per year will be increased to $8,000 per student in 2001. According to Vice President Tom Tillar, this increase has been made possible through successful investment returns managed by the Virginia Tech Foundation. In other actions, the board approved the establishment of two additional faculty excellence awards: for graduate academic advising and for university outreach. These awards carry stipends of $2,000 per faculty recipient and bring the total to 13 faculty alumni excellence awards presented annually.

New Alumni Honors Scholars, Class of '04

Karen Berger, Durham, N.C., general engineering
Corrine Bigler, Gibsonia, Penn., architecture
Jonathan D. Hanks, Danville, Va., computer science
Joseph A. Hanlin, Manassas, Va., biology
Jeremy P. Hannon, Oak Ridge, Tenn., general engineering
Elizabeth D. Johns, Damascus, Md., applied science
David D. Longley, Woodbridge, Va., computer science
Adriana Smith, Reston, Va., applied science
Mark Taczak, Reston, Va., general engineering
Lara C. Townsend, Mathews, Va., psychology
Vinh Xuan Tran, Burke, Va., political science
Carolyn Wine, Middleburg, Va., computer science

New Alumni Presidential Scholars, Class of '04

Jerome Buescher, Virginia Beach, Va., history
Aaron J. Dalton, Salem, Va., computer science
Jennifer Drake, Lexington, Ky., biology
Michael T. Gorman, Decatur, Ala., history
David Hansch, Mt. Airy, Md., general engineering
Robin L. Howard, Austin, Tex., general engineering
Jennifer T. Javins, Charleston, W. Va., computer science
Lauren Senske, Annandale, N.J., math
Evan Stell, Blacksburg, Va., computer science

Alumni chapters award scholarships

Virginia Tech chapters have successfully raised $125,000 in scholarship funds for incoming freshman; an increase from last year's record. Deborah Day Shelton, director for alumni relations, says the amount exemplifies the commitment chapters have to students. "Our chapters realize that supporting student scholarships strengthens alumni," she says. "A strong student population means strong, active alumni." Chapters coordinate many fundraising events--including golf tournaments, dinners, and raffles--over the course of a year to raise funds for scholarships.

Alumni Events Calendar
Class of '50 Reunion
Oct. 6-7, 2000
Technology Leadership Summit
April (TBA) 2001
Classes of '55 & '60 Reunions
MBA Reunion
Oct. 11-12, 2000
Old Guard Reunion
May 16-18, 2001
Corps of Cadets Reunion
Nov. 25, 2000
Summer around the Drillfield
June 20-June 24, 2001
(early arrival June 19)
Civil War Weekend
March 9-11, 2001