Alumni News

Alumni Association staff appointments

John King


Linda Stroh


Kellie Trail


Claire Childress


Jen MacDonald


Tom Tillar, vice president for alumni relations, announces five new staff appointments. Several of these appointments support and enhance various academic college alumni programs. John King recently joined the staff as assistant director of alumni relations for the Pamplin College of Business. Linda Stroh was appointed director of alumni relations for the College of Engineering and also will assist with donor stewardship activities. Kellie Trail was named assistant director of alumni relations for the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences. Each of these three college liaisons will develop and expand alumni involvement through various special events and programs, and strive to increase awareness of alumni opportunities among their respective college graduate and undergraduate students.

Claire Childress was appointed assistant director of alumni relations and career services for the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, where she will provide leadership for the career and job placement activities in the college and strengthen relationships with alumni. Jen MacDonald has joined the staff as alumni and student programs coordinator, responsible for advising the Class Officer System and the Student Alumni Associates. MacDonald previously staffed the Virginia Tech Union in the department of Student Activities.

2004 Alumni Association Scholars

The Alumni Association Presidential Scholarship endowment awarded scholarships totaling approximately $117,000 to 34 freshmen enrolling in the Honors Program this fall. In addition, 53 alumni chapters throughout the nation awarded 142 merit-based scholarships totaling $145,000 for the fall. Both programs encourage talented high school students to choose Virginia Tech over other universities.

2005 Alumni Travel Tours

Alpine Winter Adventure in Salzburg: Feb. 19-26
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic: March 12-17
Legends of the Nile (Egypt): March 17-27
Holland in Bloom Cruise: April 15-26
Normandy, France: April 18-26
Isle of Poros, Greece: May 28-June 4
Chianti, Italy: June 12-20
Andalucia, Spain: June 13-22
Kingdoms of the Baltic: July 6-18
Scandinavian Capitals Cruise: July 13-23
Village Life in Bruges, Belgium: July 25-Aug. 2
Trans-Canada Rail: Aug. 7-19
Danube Cruise: Aug. 21-30
Italian Riviera: Oct. 1-9
China and Yangtze River Cruise: Oct. 7-28

For details, see travel programs at or call 540/231-6285.

Upcoming Fall 2004 Alumni Events

For complete schedules, registration information, and details for away game events, please go to or call 540/231-6285.

Sept. 25 - N.C. State
Class of '69 35th Anniversary Reunion
Classes of '88, '89, and '90 Joint Reunion
College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences Homecoming
Class of '58 Civil Engineering Reunion

Oct. 2 - West Virginia
Class of '74 30th Anniversary Reunion
College of Natural Resources Homecoming
College of Science Homecoming

Oct. 9 at Wake Forest

Oct. 16 - Florida A&M (traditional homecoming parade)
Class of '54 50th Anniversary Reunion (and Old Guard induction)
Order of the Gavel Reunion
College of Engineering Homecoming
Highty-Tighties Alumni Reunion
Marching Virginians 30th Anniversary Reunion

Oct. 28 at Georgia Tech

Nov. 6 at North Carolina

Nov. 18 - Maryland
Class of '59 45th Anniversary Reunion
VMRCVM (veterinary medicine) Homecoming

Nov. 27 - Virginia
Classes of '98, '99, and '00 Joint Reunion
Corps of Cadets Homecoming

Dec. 4 at Miami