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Summer 2019

Volume 41 No. 3 Contents »


Erica Stacy

Art Director

Shanin Glenn

Section Editors/Writers

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

Digital Design

Bruce B. Harper (Webmaster)

Production Coordinator

Megan Zalecki


Olivia Coleman, Dan Mirolli, Ray Meese, Erin Williams

Director of Design & Digital Strategy

Brad Soucy

Executive Editor

Jesse Tuel

Senior Associate Vice President for Alumni Relations

Matthew M. Winston Jr.


Tracy Vosburgh


To the editor

World View

I read with interest your article on the trip to South Africa by the 17 agricultural students (VT Monthly, March; also see the story here. )

I lived in South Africa for 13 years, coming back to the U.S. in 2010. I’ve experienced being in a huge combine on a wheat farm, visiting Kruger National Park, living on a mountain alongside baboons outside Cape Town, living next to a grape farm in the wine district, ministering to people in the townships and experiencing the wonderful people and foods of this richest country of Africa.

I’ve watched the neighboring country, Zimbabwe, fall from the breadbasket of Africa to 95 percent unemployment and talked with the people who fled to South Africa to find work so they could send money back to their families. Your students are greatly blessed, and I am pleased that they had the opportunity to see the struggles others face.

A great article and well done.

L. Eugene Hayden ’58

Raleigh, North Carolina

Volunteer Appreciation

I am the uncle of Justin Graves who was featured on p. 42 of the spring edition.

I admire all that the Virginia Tech community has done to support my nephew’s success academically and professionally.

I thank God for the VT family for creating a place of study that welcomes all. Being from Tennessee, I’m a big Tennessee Vols fan, but I’m also a VT fan. Go HOKIES!

Jessie J. Gillis Jr.

Humboldt, Tennessee

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