New Alumni Association officers and board members for 2002-03
New Alumni Association President John B. Higginbotham (civil
engineering '77), President-Elect Paul M. Saunders (agricultural engineering '54), and
Vice President Kimble "Jay" Reynolds Jr. (English '88; M.S. health and
physical education '95) have begun one-year terms.
Higginbotham, founder and chairman of the
venture capital firm SpaceVest, earned an MBA from
Harvard Business School in 1979, serves on the College of
Engineering Committee of 100, and was the recipient of the
Outstanding Young Alumnus Award in 1986.
Saunders, owner of Saunders Brothers Inc., an orchard and nursery in
Piney River, Va., has served on the College of
Agriculture and Life Sciences Leadership Council and the
Ag Alumni Board of Directors.
Reynolds, who received a J.D.
Washington and Lee University School
of Law in 1993, owns a general practice law firm in
Martinsville, Va. He has served on the Pamplin
Advisory Council, the German Club Alumni
Foundation Board of Directors, and the
Reynolds Homestead Advisory Board and is a director of the Diversity and
Conflict Resolution Leadership Program.
Newly elected board members are Ronald Ball (political science
'70), Douglas Graham (forestry and wildlife '94; DVM '98), Joseph Harris
(architecture '68), Wayland Hundley (marketing management '84), Gregory Jones
(accounting '77), Cecil Maxson (building construction '52), Roberta
Minish (vocational-technical education '77), Brian Slingerland (finance '00), and
Jean Swartz (chemical engineering '84). Incumbents elected to a second term
are Scott Cappiello '94, B. Keith Fulton '89, Susan Hensley '77, Melissa Nelson
'92, and Nicholas Valdrighi '57. Terms are three years.
Jermoluk addresses L.A., Orange County alumni
Alumni from the Los Angeles (L.A.) and Orange County, Calif.,
chapters recently gathered at the famous Century Club to hear fellow Hokie Tom
Jermoluk (computer science '78; M.S. '79) speak on venture funding and what it takes to
make it as a venture capitalist or an entrepreneur since
the bursting of the dot-com bubble. Jermoluk, a recipient of the
L.A. chapter's distinguished alumni award, is a
general partner with the venture capital firm Kleiner
Perkins Caufield & Byers, and was featured in the fall
2001 issue of Virginia Tech Magazine.
"Virginia Tech Student Media Alumni: Celebrating Milestones"
Virginia Tech's student-run newspaper, the Collegiate Times, celebrates its centennial in 2003.
In honor of the past 100 years of student-run media
and their indelible mark on campus life, the first reunion of student
media alumni will be held on March 14-15, 2003 at Virginia Tech. This
event will celebrate the many
accomplishments of the Collegiate
Times, as well as the literary magazine Silhouette, the Bugle yearbook, radio station
WUVT, television station VTTV, and the student publications photo staff.
If you have friends or classmates to add to the mailing list, please contact
the Alumni Association by phone at 540/231-6285 or by email at VaTechAlumni@vt.edu. For questions or to share suggestions
about the event, please contact Kellie Wolff, general manager, Educational
Media Company at Virginia Tech (540/231-4054 or email@example.com).
NOVA chapter endows scholarship
Tom Tillar, vice president for alumni
relations, and Debbie Shelton, associate vice president
for alumni relations, were at the winter Chilifest,
a popular annual fund-raising event, to accept a $25,000 check from the Northern
Virginia (NOVA) alumni chapter. The gift will be used
to establish an endowment to support scholarships.
In the past five years, the NOVA chapter has
provided over $40,000 in scholarships to local area
high school students planning to attend Virginia Tech.