Alumni Association

Outstanding young alumni awards presented for 2002-03
The Alumni Association congratulates the following alumni for their recognition as Outstanding Young Alumni for 2002-03, acknowledging their career achievements, community service, and university service. These alumni represent each of the eight colleges of the university:

  • Bradley W. Bryant '89, '94, '01, Dinwiddie, Va., agriculture and life sciences
  • Dao Huynh-Vuong '93, Richmond, Va.,architecture and urban studies
  • Li Li '89, '92, Simi Valley, Calif., arts and sciences
  • J. Cedric Reynolds '93, New York, N.Y., business
  • Zane W. Mitchell '93, '98, Fort Campbell, Ky., engineering
  • Michael S. Schroder '92, '94,Blacksburg, Va., human resources and education
  • Vijay S. Reddy '94, Mountoursville, Pa., natural resources
  • William D. Tyrrell '90, '92, Annapolis, Md., veterinary medicine

Ring collection still growing
A miniature 1929 VPI class ring was recently donated to the university's ring display collection by Lawanda Pryor Watts Billingsley of Mechanicsville, Va., whose uncle, Pryor Lindsay Watts (electrical engineering '29), originally gave the ring to his future wife, Lawanda Clara Watts. The Class of 1929 had the university's first known miniature class ring. Miniature rings were often given by a male student to his favorite girl and were occasionally used as engagement rings. Another ring from the Class of 1946 was recently donated by Robert Preston Dickinson.

These recent donations have been added to the Class Ring Display in the Williamsburg Room of Squires Student Center. Still needed are men's rings for the years 1911, 1915 through 1919, 1924, 1925, 1927, 1929, 1932, 1934, and 1935, as well as miniature or women's rings for the years 1930 through 1936, 1938, 1941, 1947, 1953, and 1963. Anyone wishing to donate a Virginia Tech class ring to the Alumni Association, please contact Laura Wedin at 540/231-6285 or

Spring/Summer 2003 Alumni Events

Civil War Weekend, March 7-9

Student Media Reunion, March 14-15; "Virginia Tech Student Media: Celebrating Milestones, 100th anniversary of the Collegiate Times, 25th anniversary of the Silhouette literary magazine, and all other student media alumni.

Black Alumni 50th Anniversary
March 28-30; 2003 marks the 50th anniversary of the arrival of Virginia Tech's first African American student.Please make plans for this special alumni weekend that will officially kick off a year-long celebration recognizing the accomplishments of black alumni, faculty, staff, and students.

Ag. Econ 75th Anniversary, April 4-5

Biochemistry 50th Anniversary, April 11-12

Old Guard Reunion, May 15-16; plus special anniversary dinners for the classes of 1943 and 1948 on May 14.

Virginia Tech Summer Escape!
June 26-29; a summer vacation experience on campus.

Sept. 11 victims honored at game
The families of Patricia Dillaber Mickley (marketing '82) and Richard M. Blood Jr. (electrical engineering '87), two alumni who lost their lives in the Sept. 11 tragedy, were presented with resolutions from the Alumni Association during a pre-game ceremony at the Tech-Pittsburgh game on Nov. 2. President Charles Steger and Vice President for Alumni Relations Tom Tillar presented the resolutions that commemorated both alumni for their integrity, character, and passion for life. Mickley was a budget officer for the Defense Intelligence Agency in the Pentagon. Blood was an insurance broker with Aon Corporation who worked in the World Trade Center Tower Two and whose actions helped save the lives of others that day.

Alumni Association Board Ballot
The nominating committee of the Alumni Board of Directors has proposed the following nominees for election to three-year terms from July 2003 through June 2006. Please vote for up to five and return the ballot by March 1, 2003. Results will be announced at the Alumni Association's semi-annual board meeting in April 2003.

___J. Thomas Carter '81, Simpsonville, S.C., mechanical engineering

___Drew W. Lichtenberger '00, Richmond, Va., finance

___James L. Mahon '73, Wilmington, Ohio, management & student personnel services

___James E. Smith '66, Hockessin, Del., chemistry

___E. Ann Spencer '76, Jackson, Wy., accounting & M.B.A.

Write-in nomination____________________________________________


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