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Fall 2017

Volume 40 No. 1 Contents »

Erica Stacy
Assistant Editor
Mason Adams
Art Director
Tiffany Pruden
Graphic Designers
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Amanda Robinson '18
Shay Barnhart
Marya Barlow
Erica Corder
Juliet Crichton
Corinne Diggins
Shirley Fleet
Christina Franusich
Jud Froelich
Kristi Hedges ’92
Sookhan Ho
Ida Evret Jarin
Mark S. Lawrence ’80
Amanda Loman
Richard Lovegrove
Shelby Lum
Annie McCallum
Eleanor Nelsen
Althea Olinger ’16
Justice Smith ’19
Jim Stroup
Susan Trulove
Travis Williams
Tori Upton ’19
Copy Editor
Richard Lovegrove
Olivia Coleman
Christina Franusich
Ray Meese
Mai Khanh Nguyen ’17
Logan Wallace
Webmaster, Digital Editor
Bruce B. Harper '78
Director of Content Strategy
Jesse Tuel
Director of Design & Digital Strategy
Brad Soucy
Senior Associate Vice President for Alumni Relations
Matthew M. Winston Jr. '90
Tracy Vosburgh

Senior associate vice president for university relations


To the editor

Dogged attention

Virginia Tech Magazine, fall 2016

Growley II

I was a proud Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets member for two years in B squadron and an Eager Squad member during my rat year in 1961-1962. I started on the Lower Quad and finished in Brodie.

I am also a dog person, so I enjoyed the Corps of Cadets story that appeared in the spring 2017 edition featuring Growley II, call sign Tank. He appears to be a valued member of the corps with more than a few fans, but I’m a little concerned that Tank may not be getting enough tummy rubs. I am very experienced at this type of therapy and hereby volunteer to correct this obvious mistake.

Bill Fravel (electrical engineering ’65)

Jupiter, Florida

Editor’s note: We shared your letter with the Corps of Cadets. They have assured us that Tank is the center of attention everywhere he goes and gets frequent ear scratches and tummy rubs. They asked us to pass along this picture to assuage your concerns. However, the next time you visit Blacksburg, we are sure that Tank would welcome your willingness to volunteer for a few extra tummy rubs.

Hokie to Hokie

Virginia Tech Magazine, fall 2016

I am writing to respond to Woody White’s request, which appeared in the spring issue of Virginia Tech Magazine.

My grandfather, Earl Thomas Swink, graduated from VPI in 1930. He went on to become a professor and head of the agricultural engineering department. I have attached a photo of his diploma. Unfortunately, it had been stored rolled up and got smashed at some point, so there are some creases.

I hope that Mr. White enjoys seeing his father’s handiwork on this diploma.

Rick Swink ’07

Blacksburg, Virginia

Editor’s note: The spring 2017 edition of Virginia Tech Magazine included a request from Woody White ’66. White’s father, Edward White ’31, lettered diplomas for the university from 1926 to 1931. On behalf of White, we reached out to find one of the hand-lettered documents.

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