Not fast, but first: The desegregation of Virginia Tech
When Virginia Tech admitted Irving Peddrew in 1953, the school became the first historically white, four-year, public university in the former Confederacy to admit a black undergraduate. Nowhere in the South did a black undergraduate spend four years at a historically white, state institution and earn a bachelor's degree before Charlie Yates '58 did. But despite these firsts, the process of desegregation at Virginia Tech has often seemed slow and painful.

James McGrath: The "plastic" man with a heart of gold
University Distinguished Professor of Chemistry James McGrath has an international reputation for generating basic knowledge in the field of polymers. But he's into more than plastic--he also rides a Harley and plays a mean trombone in a rock band, which just happens to be named Poly and the Mers.

Adventures along the road to Virginia Tech
Getting here is half the fun when you stop at some of western Virginia's attractions, especially if you're hungry for organic potato chips, Civil War history, or a visual feast of natural beauty.

Peggy Fox: Our lady on the D.C. news
She's bad news for lead-contaminated playgrounds and elementary schools with lax security. WUSA-TV morning anchor Peggy Fox '86 has just won an Emmy for all her trouble.

Take a peek at some of the latest books by Virginia Tech faculty, staff, and alumni.

Short Features About Alumni
Virginia Tech alumni are involved in many interesting ventures. Here are the stories of a few of them.

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