Virginia Tech Magazine
Alumni Association News
Summer 2008
Alumni board elects new officers and members
David E. Lowe '63
Kevin W. Leclaire '95
Curry A. Roberts '80
New Alumni Association President David E. Lowe (business administration '63), President-Elect Kevin W. Leclaire (economics and systems engineering '95), and Vice President Curry A. Roberts (political science '80) have begun their one-year terms. Lowe, who lives in Blacksburg, Va., is retired from a 35-year career in the telecommunications industry, including CEO at Bell Atlantic of West Virginia. Leclaire resides in Reston, Va., and is managing director of ISDR Consulting. Roberts resides in Richmond, Va., and is president of the State Fair of Virginia.

Newly elected board members beginning terms are William A. Aden (civil engineering '67; M.S. sanitary engineering '72), Todd F. Hearp (finance '89), Pamela A. McConnell (horticulture '72), Kylene Barker McNeill (clothing and textiles '78), Gregory D. Merritt (marketing management '93), Jeanette I. Poole (home economics '64), and Glenn P. Reynolds (architecture '76). Two new lifetime honorary directors were elected: Mary Virginia Jones Berry (mechanical engineering '62) and The Honorable Daniel W. Bird Jr. (dairy science '60), both of whom are former alumni board presidents.

Academic college homecomings popular

Since the Alumni Association began featuring homecomings for individual constituency groups in 2002, attendance for these events has grown by more than 50 percent.

Usually held on the weekends of home football games, homecomings give alumni more opportunities to return to campus to be part of formal gatherings and to talk to representatives of their constituencies.

Fall 2008 will see seven college homecomings and homecomings for alumni of the corps of cadets and the Graduate School. Visit for schedules and registration information.

Alumni Board met in May

The Alumni Association Board of Directors held its spring meeting on campus May 2-3. The board reviewed fall and spring reunion and constituency programs and the VirginiaTechforlife service project blood drives, and it received an update on plans for the future Virginia Tech-Carilion School of Medicine.

Additionally, the board unanimously passed proposals favoring the creation of an Alumni Board Emeriti Society to recognize retiring board members and keep them more closely involved in the affairs of the association.

Approval also was given to hold Spirit of the Hokie Nation Service Days each April to encourage service activities that honor the university’s culture of service.

2008 and 2009 alumni tours

Join us in 2008 and 2009 for a wide array of tours planned especially for alumni. Travel with other Hokies and experience new corners of the world. For tour details, visit us at

2008 tour schedule

Aug. 3–11: Cruise the Baltic (Crystal)
Oct. 2–16: Australia/South Pacific Wonders
Oct. 8–20: China/Yangtze River
Nov. 9–16: Mayan Riviera-Yucatan Peninsula
Dec. 2–10: Holiday Markets of Austria

2009 tour schedule

Jan. 24–Feb. 2: Israel
February (dates TBA): Legends of the Nile
April 30–May 18: Cruise from Singapore to Dubai
May 1–9: Waterways of Holland and Belgium
June (dates TBA): Canada
June 13–21: Cruise the Mediterranean
June 19 – 28: Greece
June 21–29: Chianti in a Tuscan Villa
July 2–10: Iceland
July 7–15: Norway
Aug. 9–22: Passage of Peter the Great
August (dates TBA): Alaska

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