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Spring 2020

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Erica Stacy

Art Director

Shanin Glenn

Section Editors/Writers

Mason Adams, Jenny Kincaid Boone, Richard Lovegrove, Travis Williams, Brendan Coffey (student intern), Haley Cummings (student intern)

Graphic Design

Summer Wood

Digital Design

Bruce B. Harper (Webmaster)

Production Coordinator

Megan Zalecki


Ray Meese, Dan Mirolli, Erin Williams, Ryan Young

Director of Design and Digital Strategy

Brad Soucy

Executive Editor

Jesse Tuel


Tracy Vosburgh

From the editor


For Hokies, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve) is more than a motto. It’s a way of life. Giving back is a theme that crosses generations of Virginia Tech graduates and inspires future students.

When unexpected natural disasters or other crises strike, Hokies like Mickey Hayes ’64, are always among the first to respond.

(Photo by Surrey Westrupp, courtesy of Mickey & Sarah Hayes)

Last fall, Hayes and his wife, Sarah, saw their home on the island of Abaco destroyed by Hurricane Dorian. They responded by partnering with Kyle Falwell, who managed and flew Hayes’ Cessna jet, to transport relief supplies, including a significant amount of Hokie apparel, to the weather-ravaged island. Although the couple and their Bahamian neighbors still face significant challenges in rebuilding their community, they are persevering, wearing not only Hokie colors but also Hokie spirit.

“It’s what Ut Prosim is all about,” Hayes said. “That we may serve.”

Read more about Hayes and the rebuilding efforts.

Virginia Tech Magazine welcomes stories about the many ways that our readers make an impact in communities across the globe through their research, careers, and service. Send your ideas to vtmag@vt.edu.

Erica Stacy

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