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Mitchell O. Carr (DASC) and his company, Augusta Lumber, along with Kentucky Wood Floors, provided the quartered white oak lumber used in the Alumni Museum in the new Holtzman Alumni Center.
Richard T. Crowder (AGEC) was nominated by President George W. Bush to serve as chief agriculture negotiator, with the rank of ambassador, for the U.S. Trade Representative.
H. Lynn Hopewell Jr. (PHYS) received the Financial Planning Association’s lifetime achievement award.
James B. Kelly III (BAD) is president and CEO of Flight Explorer, providing Internet-based real-time global flight-tracking information systems.
Francis F. Falls (BAD) is president of Community First Bank and Community First Financial Corp.
Thomas E. Myers (ME) retired from the U.S. Navy after 44 years.
William L. Griffith (BAD) retired from the Virginia Department of Taxation after 35 years.
William W. Reynolds (ME) is a senior vice president in the energy practice of R.W. Beck Inc. in Orlando, Fla.
Donnie R. Wheeler (BIOL) is president of the National Association of Clean Water Agencies.
Samuel L. Camden (SOC) received the Askew Award from the Amercian Academy of Certified Public Managers.
Harry W. Johnson Jr. (BAD) opened a family business, Buckhorn Creek Nursery.
John P. Stern (IE) and his company, Kentucky Wood Floors, along with Augusta Lumber, provided the Fontainebleau flooring for the Alumni Museum in the new Holtzman Alumni Center.
Ross H. Taylor Jr. (BAD) retired after 28 years as an airline captain and was named vice president of operations for PBAir.
Raymond D. Smoot Jr. (EDBS) received the Community Leadership Award from the Association of University Parks.
Thomas J. Carlson (ARCH) was elected principal at Marshall Craft Associates Inc.
A. Ross Myers (CE) is sharing equally with a fraternity brother a $10 million pledge to start the proposed Virginia Tech Myers-Lawson School of Construction.
Allen W. Patton (IAED) received the Virginia Technology Education Association's Academy of Scholars Citation prior to his retirement.
John R. Lawson (GEOP) is sharing equally with a fraternity brother a $10 million pledge to start the proposed Virginia Tech Myers-Lawson School of Construction.
Jack W. Smith Jr. (PHYS) was named dean of the University of Texas School of Health Information Sciences at Houston.
Wayne N. Trout (BIOL) was named president of the International Association of Assessing Officers.
June S. Atkinson (EDVT) is the first woman to be elected North Carolina state superintendent of public instruction.
Ben J. Fink (ME) rejoined Hayes, Seay, Mattern & Mattern Inc. as project manager.
Garry C. Zettersten (ESEN) joined TEC Inc. of Charlottesville, Va., as principal and manages TEC's San Antonio office.
Carol N. Sykes (BIOL) served as a People to People Ambassadors' school nutrition delegate to China.
Victor S. Lyons (EDSS), senior pastor of Fellowship Baptist Church in Mount Airy, N.C., was visiting professor at the Moscow Theological Seminary of Evangelical and Baptist Churches in Russia.
Audrey R. Rockman (MHFD) received the New Jersey Department of Environment Protection's 2004 Commissioner’s Award for her book, A Place for Everything.
Richard L. Ford III (GEOL) earned tenure at Weber State University and was elected national president of Sigma Gamma Epsilon.
Louis J. Podbelski (ARCH) was named vice president of marketing at SAGE Electrochromics Inc.
Andrew O. Selsky (COMM) was named The Associated Press' chief of Caribbean news, based in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Jane A. Williams (IS) was named director of education and training for multicultural affairs at Virginia Tech.
Thomas N. Langhorne III (PSCI) led a U.N. international evaluation team into Serbia to assess democratic reform progress.
Jeffery A. Critzer (ARCH) was promoted to unit chief of planning, design, and construction in the training and development division at the F.B.I. Academy in Quantico, Va.
Ervin V. Griffin Sr. (EDCC) is the first president of West Virginia State Community and Technical College.
J. Christopher Clough (COMM) was named director of marketing and strategic communications at Virginia Tech.
William R. Huckle (BION) was awarded the 2005 Pfizer Animal Health Award for Research Excellence.
James Johnson (FOR) received the Society of American Foresters' Technology Transfer Award.
Timothy L. Miller (CE) is exam development engineer for the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying.
Stephannia F. Cleaton (COMM) wrote, produced, and directed her first film short, "God Is in Control," for the African-American Women in Cinema Film Festival in New York City.
Miles H. Holtzman (PSCI) is chief of plans, policy, and assessment management at the Defence Logistics Agency in Ft. Belvoir, Va.
Julia O. Beamish (HIDM) was named an at-large delegate to the White House Conference on Aging in Washington, D.C.
Debra S. Gursha (CT) received the Commonweath of Massachusetts' Pride and Performance Award and the Patriot's Trail Girl Scout Council Award.
Lisa J. McAdam (CE) is a senior civil engineer with McKinney and Co. in Williamsburg, Va.
Thomas D. Perry (HIST) received the North Carolina Society of Historians D.T. Smithwick Newspaper/Magazine Award.
T. Clayton Davis (FIN) was named chief financial officer/vice president of information technology for Community First Bank and Community First Financial Corp.
Scott W. Doyle (EE) joined Steptow & Johnson LLP as a partner in intellectual property.
Tridib Mazumdar (BMKT) was appointed associate dean for faculty development and research in Syracuse University's Martin J. Whitman School of Management.
R. Scott Pleasant (BIOL) was awarded the 2005 Student American Veterinary Medical Association's Teaching Excellence Award in Clinical Services.
James P. Wilson III (TA), a professional playwright, published two plays, "Manly Men" and "Outside the Box."
Lynne M. Doughtie (ACCT) was named national managing partner for KPMG LLP, an audit, tax, and advisory firm.
Gary S. Michel (ME) was promoted to president of Ingersoll Rand Co.'s road development group.
Richard S. Schultz Jr. (COMM) was named president and CEO of the board of directors of Meals on Wheels serving central Virginia.
Gregory M. Cupka (ARCH), who rejoined Hayes, Seay, Mattern & Mattern Inc. as a project manager, serves on the Roanoke Redevelopment and Housing Authority's board of commissioners.
Stuart C. Johnson (ECON) joined the Atlanta law firm of Powell Goldstein.
Melinda J. Micheletto (MKTG) joined Saint Michael's College as an assistant professor of business administration.
Elizabeth F. Smith (CE) was named chair of the alumni advisory board of the Charles E. Via Jr. Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Virginia Tech.
David A. Keith (ARCH) was elected the Virginia Society of the American Institute of Architects' vice president for advocacy.
Lisa A. Parrish (ACCT) is chief of staff for the U.S. Jaycees and was elected the next national president of the Jaycees board.
Jimmie Reynolds (EDSP) published Learning-Centered Learning: A Philosophy for Lifelong Learning.
Jane C. Amaba (FIN) was promoted to managing director of financial planning and analysis at FedEx in Miami.
Deborah S. Moeller (ACCT) joined Brown, Edwards & Co. LLP as a senior accounting associate.
Christopher M. Connors (HRIM) joined Apple Computer as an information architect.
Karen D. Daugherty (BIOL), who specializes in tax planning and compliance, was promoted to manager with LarsonAllen.
Peter J. Donahue (ENGL) published a novel, Madison House.
Simon J. Emanuels (GER) retired from the U.S. Air Force and was appointed political-military adviser for U.S. Air Forces in Europe at Ramstein AB, Germany.
Kellie C. Sorey (EDSP) was promoted to registrar of Tidewater Community College in Hampton Roads, Va.
Sharon Williams (AGED) is executive director of the Western Virginia Public Education Consortium in Radford, Va.
David J. Santoro Jr. (ACCT) was promoted to partner at Accenture and will lead the firm's global revenue assurance, credit, and collections consulting and outsourcing practice.
Rick H. Schneider (ARCH) was named the 2005 Young Architect of the Year for his youth mentorship and work in the design of sustainable communities.
Brent T. Williams (AT) received an M.B.A. from Radford University and is operations manager of New River Resource Authority.
Gwendolyn L. Baker (MGT) joined Venable LLP, a banking/financial service practice, as counsel.
Jess W. Jones (PSYC) was awarded the Virginia Tech Graduate School's William Preston Thesis Award for the best original research with the potential to benefit all people.
Kimberly M. Lowe (EDSP) was named assistant director of student life for parent relations at Virginia Tech.
Michael D. Miller (COMM) received an M.S. in strategic intelligence from the Joint Military Intelligence College.
Kimberly J. Mitchell (HIDM) was awarded an Early Doctoral Student Research Grant by the U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development.
Tom P. Shen (ARCH) was promoted to director of Consulting Studio in Washington, D.C.
Daniel L. Goerlich (FW) was promoted to central district program leader for the Virginia Cooperative Extension.
C.P. Hogeboom IV (CE) was promoted to the rank of major in the U.S. Army.
Peter D. Brown (ID) was named chief interior designer of Hayes, Seay, Mattern & Mattern.
Jeffrey D. Graveline (HIST) joined Hand Arendall, L.L.C. as an associate.
Christopher M. Chown (HIST) was selected to participate in the operational evaluation of the Marine Corps' new UH-1Y and AH-1Z aircraft.
Susan D. Kerns (HNFE) graduated from the University of North Carolina and is a registered nurse in the Newborn Critical Care Center at UNC Children's Hospital in Chapel Hill, N.C.
Ronnie Bartley (EDCC) was named the dean of academic affairs at West Virginia State Community and Technical College.
Katharine M. Howard (ANSC), who received an M.A. in English from Virginia Commonwealth University, won the university's 2004-05 graduate nonfiction writing award.
Stephanie L. Johnson (ARCH) joined Guernsey Tingle Architects in Williamsburg, Va., as a designer/techician.
John W. Kilareski (MGT) earned an M.S. from Embry-Riddle University.
Susan D. Strayer (COMM), an M.B.A. candidate in Vanderbilt's Owen Graduate School of Management, published The Guide to HR Careers for Vault. A text on career strategy will be published in 2007.
David C. Szwed (AE) was selected to participate in the operational evaluation of the Marine Corps' new UH-1Y and AH-1Z aircraft.
Myra Blanco (ISE) was inducted into the Hispanic Scholarship Fund Hall of Fame.
Anne S. Martin (CLTX) is the retail relationship manager for First Citizens Bank in Charleston, W.Va.
Meredith J. O'Connor (ECAS) joined the law firm of Ober/Kaler as an associate.
Jeffrey M. Scattergood (PSCI) received a master of public policy degree from George Mason University.
Kelly M. Brooks (ENGL) was promoted to associate editor of Radio World newspaper and was named production editor.
Arturo B. Gonzalez II (BIOL) received a doctor of chiropractic degree from Logan College of Chiropractic and has opened a private practice in Virginia Beach, Va.
William R. Jenkins III (HIDM), a residential real estate manager and administrative recruiter, was interviewed by BET news as an up-and-coming entrepreneur.
Ross D. Vierra (PSCI), a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy, received an M.S. in human resource management from Georgetown University.
Fangxing Li (CPE) is an assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Tennessee.
Kimberly A. Porcaro (SOC) is an associate with the law firm Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland & Perretti, LLP.
Steven R. Srenaski (PSCI) is an associate with the law firm of Florio Perrucci & Steinhardt.
John D. Taliaferro (AAEC) joined Kaye Scholer, LLP as an associate in the Washington, D.C., office.
Mary Grace T. Campos (ELPS) was named assistant director of multicultural programs and services at Virginia Tech.
Jennifer R. McLendon (MKTG) is a marketing specialist for Technology Conservation Group, a worldwide electronic recycling company.
Rosa N. Jones (ELPS) was named assistant director of multicultural programs and services at Virginia Tech.
Cheryl D. Klein (IDST) joined Belk Store Services in Charlotte, N.C., as a merchandise assistant.
Gabrielle A. Laskey (TA), who received an M.S. in psychology from the New School for Social Research in New York City, won both the Spirit of the University Award and the Community Leadership and Civic Engagement Award for involvement with Peer Health Advocates.
Thomas H. O'Hare (APSC) received an M.S. in animal science from the University of California and is working on a Ph.D. in genetics.
Lindsay C. Hutto (COMM) joined the civil and environmental division of Hayes, Seay, Mattern & Mattern Inc. in Roanoke, Va.
Littany C. Newell (ITDS) joined the interiors practice group of Hayes, Seay, Mattern & Mattern Inc.
'88 Douglas P. Milewski and Jennifer G. Donaldson, 4/30/05.
'77 Timothy H. Mullins, a daughter, 9/8/05.
Warren H. Strother, 80, long-time director of public relations for Virginia Tech, died on Jan. 22. Strother held a series of positions at the university from 1964-90, including director of public relations and director of the Division of Information Services, which encompassed all university information, visual aid media, and printing services. Strother co-wrote, with professor of history Peter Wallenstein, From VPI to State University: President T. Marshall Hahn Jr. and the Transformation of Virginia Tech, 1962-1974, which was published in 2004. Strother also edited Duncan Lyle Kinnear's definitive history of Virginia Tech, The First 100 Years, published in 1972. Some of Strother's papers are retained in the University Libraries' Special Collections, including papers on the Hahn presidency and articles about university leaders.
Tech loses pioneering alumna
Clarice Slusher Pritchard (business '27), one of Virginia Tech's first women graduates, died June 29, 2005. Indicative of the campus atmosphere when Pritchard attended what was then called VPI was the exclusion of female students from The Bugle, the student yearbook. In response, Pritchard's sister, Mary Vernon Slusher, started a women-only yearbook, the tongue-in-cheek Tin Horn. Despite the atmosphere, however, Pritchard was once quoted as saying that her only regret was that women were not allowed in the corps of cadets: "If I could have, I'd have been in the corps. I like the regimented life." After earning her M.B.A. from VPI, Pritchard took a job in the Office of the Registrar. She went on to serve as registrar from 1937-1963, one of the few women on campus in a high-level position, yet she said that was never a problem. In recognition of Pritchard's role as a pioneer for women at Virginia Tech, in 1974, the university named Slusher Hall for her. It is one of only four buildings at Virginia Tech named for a woman.
Two former board members die
Virginia Tech has lost two former members of the university's board of visitors.
Gary Clisham (political science '75; M.Ed. '77), a member of the board from 1998 to 2002, died on Dec. 18. Clisham began his legacy of service to Virginia Tech as a student, when he served as president of the Student Government Association. During his years as a board member, he also served as a member of the Student Affairs Committee, the Academic Affairs Committee, and the Special Committee on Research. Clisham also supported Virginia Tech athletics and was a member of the Ut Prosim Society, yet his generosity extended to organizations beyond his alma mater, including serving as chair of the Goochland Republican Committee and on the board of the Make-A-Wish Foundation. At the time of his death, Clisham was serving on the Virginia Tech Bioinformatics Board, was the chair and founder of MMR Holdings Inc., and was the chair and CEO of IMRT Radiation Therapy. He is survived by his wife and two daughters.
Former rector of the board Gen. Thomas Rice (civil engineering '34) died Feb. 5. After graduating from what was then called VPI, Rice joined the Pennsylvania Railroad, beginning a long career in that industry that would culminate in his becoming chair of SCL Industries and chair emeritus of the CSX Corporation. He also served with distinction in the U.S. Army during World War II, eventually earning the rank of major general in the Army Reserves and the Legion of Merit with two Oak Leaf Clusters. Rice, who was on the board of trustees for many businesses, including Borden, Bank of America, and the Chemical Bank of New York, received several awards, including the Lee Integrity Award from the Robert E. Lee Memorial. Virginia Tech bestowed him with two of its highest honors, the Ruffner Medal and the Alumni Distinguished Service Award, for his dedication to the university. Rice also was the namesake of the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets' Rice Center, which seeks to foster leadership among cadets through courses, public service, and public lectures.ents and assist