Outstanding young alumni awards presented

The Alumni Association has recognized the following young alumni for 2001-02 for exceptional career achievements, community service, and university service. Congratulations to each of these alumni representing the eight colleges:

Philip M. Fravel '81, '97, Stephens City, Va., agriculture and life sciences;

Andreas R. Becher '91, Berlin, Germany, architecture and urban studies;

R. Gregory Lavender '88, '93, Austin, Texas, arts and sciences;

Marc J. Palumbo '96, Randolph, N. J., business;

Keith Van Houten '91, Howell, Mich., engineering;

Kathleen Walsh Piercy '96, Logan, Utah, human resources and education;

Michael G. Van Ness '93, Roanoke, Va., natural resources;

Rebecca L. Rice '91, Mansfield, Texas, veterinary medicine.

New alumni staff appointment

Tom Tillar, vice president of alumni relations, announces the appointment of Robin H. Jackson as assistant director of alumni relations for the College of Architecture and Urban Studies and the Pamplin College of Business. Jackson's primary role will be to support and enhance each college's existing alumni programs, as well as to develop and expand additional alumni involvement through various special events and programs. In addition, she will assist each college in heightening the awareness of alumni opportunities for their respective current student bases. She is a native of North Carolina and a graduate of the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. All of the university's colleges have alumni relations staff assigned to assist their programs.

Alumni directory will be published in 2002

Our Virginia Tech alumni family now numbers 170,000! We are in the process of gathering updated information in preparation for the official 2002 edition of the Virginia Tech Alumni Directory. Please be sure to complete and return the directory questionnaire that you should have recently received in the mail. Alumni who prefer may complete the questionnaire online by going to www.VaTechAlumni.com and selecting the button labeled "2002 Alumni Directory" or by calling 800/982-1590. You may order your personal copy of the 2002 Directory in hard cover, soft cover, or CD-ROM format. The directory will be delivered in fall 2002. This valuable resource will include listings by class year, geographic location, occupation, and e-mail address to make it easy to find your fellow Hokies. Thank you for taking the time to help us with our 2002 records update as we prepare for the publication of the directory. Only pre-publication orders are being accepted.

Spring/summer 2002 alumni events

Civil War Weekend, March 8-10

Black Alumni Reunion, March 22-23

Founders Day, April 26

Old Guard Reunion, May 16-17

Summer Escape, June 27 - 30

For more information about any Alumni Association item, please contact the Virginia Tech Alumni Association, Alumni Hall (0102), Blacksburg, VA 24061; phone 540/231-6285; fax 540/231-3039; e-mail VaTechAlumni@vt.edu. Alumni can register with the Alumni Association at http://www.VaTechAlumni.com.

Alumni Association Board Ballot

The nominating committee has proposed the following nominees for election to three-year terms from mid-2002 to 2005. Please vote for up to 14 and return the ballot by March 1, 2002. Results will be announced at the Alumni Association's semi-annual board meeting in April 2002.


___Ronald E. Ball '70, Mount Sidney, Va., political science

___Scott C. Cappiello '94, Arlington, Va., computer engineering

___B. Keith Fulton '89, Ashburn, Va., urban affairs

___Douglas S. Graham '94, Urbana, Md., forestry, veterinary medicine

___Joseph M. Harris '68, Cornelius, N.C., architecture

___Susan Wiley Hensley '77, Salem, Va., general home economics

___Wayland E. Hundley '84, Cary, N.C., marketing management

___Gregory B. Jones '77, Alpharetta, Ga., accounting, M.B.A.

___Cecil R. Maxson '52, Richmond, Va., building construction

___Roberta Myers Minish '77, Blacksburg, Va., vocational-technical education

___Melissa Byrne Nelson '92, New York, N.Y., finance

___Brian C. Slingerland '00, Palo Alto, Ca., finance

___Jean Skomorucha Swartz '86, Newport News, Va., chemical engineering

___Nicholas P. Valdrighi '57, Richmond, Va., mechanical engineering

Write-in Nomination ___________________________________________


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