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Summer 2016

Volume 38 No. 4 Contents »

Jesse Tuel
Assistant Editor
Mason Adams
Art Director
Robin Dowdy
Graphic Designers
Tiffany Pruden, Eric Vernon
Kim Bassler '12, Carrie Cox '99, Juliet Crichton, Shirley Fleet, Richard Lovegrove, Joseph Eska, Katie Gehrt '97, '02, Larry Hincker '72, '94, Zachary Hoopes '16, Amy Loeffler, Alison Matthiessen '05, '16, A. Carole Pratt '72, Albert Raboteau, Jimmy Robertson, Erica Stacy, Sherrie Whaley
Copy Editors
Juliet Crichton, Richard Lovegrove
Jim Stroup, Logan Wallace
Webmaster, Digital Editor
Juliet Crichton
Creative Services Manager
Ed Lemire
Senior Associate Vice President for University Relations
Tracy Vosburgh
Senior Associate Vice President for Alumni Relations
Matthew M. Winston Jr. '90


The color guard »

It's great to see that the Corps of Cadets Color Guard is alive and well. I loved the article on their outreach efforts with elementary school students. There is nothing more important than giving back, and it is great to see this starting so early in life. Ut Prosim in action!

Col. Dave DeMartino (civil engineering '86), San Antonio

On the quads »

Kudos to Alison Matthiessen and Juliet Crichton for their story on the Lomaka quadruplets. I am sure a lot of work went into the piece, and they should be proud of the result. It is interesting to see how different four people born in four minutes can be. I lost 30 minutes at work reading it and then going through the analyses at the end! As a former Collegiate Times reporter, I appreciate good research and good presentation, and I thought the readers got the benefit of both in this story.

Ken Hancock (communication '85), Bassett, Virginia

Virginia Tech and Flint »

If there is an award for the Best Magazine Cover I've Ever Seen, your spring 2016 edition will surely win. What a precious little boy. To think that anyone — city officials, the governor, city emergency managers, the EPA — anyone — could cause harm to this child through actions or inactions, cover-up attempts, dereliction of duty, slowness of response, or otherwise, is a gross moral failure and is probably illegal at a minimum. Elected and appointed officials have no higher duty than the protection of citizens, especially children. In Flint, they all failed. I am so proud of my university and Professor Marc Edwards and his team for their involvement in the Flint crisis. Sometimes you just have to do what's right, especially for the children, and these Hokies did that. This is a wonderful example of the Ut Prosim philosophy lived every day at Virginia Tech.

Dan Bailey (English '67), Danville, Virginia

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