Alumni News

Outstanding young alumni awards for 2005-06

The Alumni Association congratulates the following alumni for their
recognition as Outstanding Young Alumni for 2005-06, acknowledging
their career achievements, community service, and university service.
These alumni represent each of the eight academic colleges:

Amy Kathleen Kyger '04, Bridgewater, Va., agriculture and life sciences

Stephen Paul Carter '96, Wesley Chapel, Fla., architecture & urban studies

Steven G. Dishner '97, Richmond, Va., business

Andrea Jean Hill '03, Christiansburg, Va., engineering

Michael P. Rohd '00, Portland, Ore., liberal arts and human sciences

Donald C. Bright '98, Clarksville, Va., natural resources

Colin C. Hill '96, Ithaca, N.Y., science

Rhonda Rathgeber '95, Lexington, Ky., veterinary medicine

    2006 Alumni Events

    Hokie Sweethearts Weekend

    Is that special person in your life a Hokie, too? Make plans now to enjoy the perfect romantic weekend together June 9-11, 2006, just as the campus is coming into full bloom. Bring your special someone (Hokie or not) for a unique getaway and enjoy champagne and strawberries, recollections of Ring Dance, and strolls by the Duck Pond. Join Tech faculty for lively discussions on ways that relationships change and couples communicate, plus sessions on cooking and staying fit together. Accommodations will be at the brand new Inn at Virginia Tech. For more information, visit

    Summer Around the Drillfield

    A long-time favorite event for alumni, friends, and families returns with a focus on a science that affects our everyday lives: nanotechnology. From June 22-25, 2006, join College of Science faculty who are leaders in this emerging field for discussions on its potential social, economic, and environmental impact. Other highlights include the new Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center and many fun summer outdoor activities. To learn more, go to

    Class of '55 celebrates 50th

    Class of 1955

    The Class of 1955 returned to campus Oct. 6-8 to celebrate its 50th Anniversary reunion. Despite being the smallest class following WWII, the Class of 1955 demonstrated great enthusiasm for the reunion with more than 240 class members and guests in attendance. Their class gift was equally impressive: nearly $800,000 was raised to support the new Holtzman Alumni Center, Solitude, a University Honors Scholarship, a garden, and a scholarship for the corps. This was the first 50th reunion class to gather in the new alumni and conference center. The alumni also enjoyed tours of campus, including the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute, presentations about the corps and academic programs, and a pass-in-review and memorial service to honor deceased classmates. President Charles Steger joined the class for its 50th reunion banquet, where classmates were inducted into the Old Guard and invited to the next Old Guard Reunion, May 18-19, 2006. Festivities continued on Saturday with a champagne brunch and celebration of the Hokies victory over Marshall University.

    Alumni Association board ballot (Click here to open a PDF of ballot to print.)

    The Alumni Board of Directors nominating committee has proposed the following nominees for election to three-year terms from 2006 through 2009.

    Please vote for up to five nominees and return the ballot by March 31. Results will be announced at the Alumni Association board meeting in April.

    ___ J. Thomas Carter '81, Simpsonville, S.C., mechanical engineering
    ___ Ryan Michelle Esleeck '97, Centreville, Va., finance
    ___ Drew W. Lichtenberger '00, Blacksburg, Va., finance
    ___ James L. Mahon '73, Wilmington, Ohio, management and student personnel services
    ___ E. Ann Spencer '76, Jackson, Wyo., accounting and M.B.A.

    Write-in nomination _________________________________________

    Signature _________________________________________________

    Return to: Virginia Tech Alumni Association, Holtzman Alumni Center (0102), Blacksburg, VA 24061.