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Summer 2005

Each year, members of the corps of cadets retrace the steps of Virginia Tech's first student, Addison Caldwell. This spring, they were joined by two adventurous authors: Homer Hickam '64, author of October Sky, and Virginia Tech Magazine's own Clara B. Cox M.A. '84.

Caldwell March


Today's Virginia Tech is finding ways to embrace the fine arts. The Department of English--home to some of the country's best writers--recently launched a master of fine arts in creative writing program, which stands to be nationally ranked in five years.

Hot topic: Skyrocketing prices at the pump

Is there any end in sight to the exhorbitant gas prices Americans are paying at the pump?
Virginia Tech Magazine consulted Virginia Tech finance expert G. Rodney Thompson
to get his take on the current situation and what lies ahead.

In the world of higher education, it's hard to imagine that there is a more difficult, demanding, and dangerous job than that faced by Sami Al-Mudhaffar (Ph.D. biochemistry '67), the recently appointed minister of higher education in Iraq.

Sami Al-Mudhaffer


The College of Architecture and Urban Studies not only creates the built environment, but also studies how that environment shapes or defines society. Today, the college is dedicated to preparing students for lifelong learning in an ever-changing social, political, and professional landscape.