Alumni Association

Matt Winston Jr. '90

Matthew M. Winston Jr. (marketing management '90) was named the senior associate vice president for alumni relations in September 2015.

Welcome home

Matthew M. Winston Jr. '90

It may have been nearly 30 years ago since I moved into Vawter Hall as a freshman, but I remember it like it was yesterday.

The fall day was crisp, and the sky was cloudless. Half of the residents had already set up their lofts and taped posters on their walls. My roommate and I trudged up three flights of stairs with our bags, our small refrigerator, and our stereo equipment—which turned out to be our most important possession. Our hall mates' musical tastes were broad and diverse, and we used these new inventions known as compact discs to introduce ourselves to those who came together from around the world to join the Hokie Nation.

Over the next four years, I learned from faculty members who were experts in their fields and cared for students like me. I logged countless miles on that wind-blown Drillfield in the heat, rain, sleet, and snow. I spent hours sitting on the walls in front of McBryde Hall, Dietrick Dining Hall, and Pamplin Hall, waiting to talk with friends. And I hung out in the stacks in the Newman Library, seeking a quiet place to study.

Since those days as an undergraduate, I've enjoyed being an alumnus. Like many of you, I have attended reunions and game-watching parties. I have contributed to scholarships, recruited students to Tech, and helped fellow Hokies find job opportunities. And I have returned to campus to cheer for our student-athletes, visit with a former professor, and hang out with old friends—all while sporting the familiar colors of Chicago maroon and burnt orange.

My history with Virginia Tech is just a glimpse into the shared experiences of the Hokie Nation. Whether you came from a large or small school, whether you were in-state or out-of-state, or whether you were in the Corps of Cadets or the Marching Virginians, you have so many things in common with the person beside whom you sat in class, your next-door neighbor in your apartment or dorm, or the person with whom you shared a bus seat. We are almost 250,000 strong, and we have a collective legacy of service, success, and memories. We are all Hokies, and that means something.

That legacy is what makes my new role in alumni relations so incredibly exciting. I get to explore the ties that bind us, celebrate with you those shared experiences, and engage with you in service to an institution that has given each of us so much. Thank you for taking this journey with me.

Go, Hokies!

Alumni Association events

For alumni and their families and friends, the Alumni Association is offering weekend programs devoted to history, health, behind-the-scenes glimpses of Virginia Tech, and the interests of college-bound students. Additional events offer opportunities to connect with fellow alumni at a golf tournament or a microbrew festival.

For more information, visit Accommodations at The Inn at Virginia Tech are available for all events. For reservations and special alumni pricing, call 877-200-3360.

Civil War reenactor

Civil War Weekend – March 18-20

For a quarter century, our annual Civil War Weekend has showcased Virginia Tech's many contributions to the study of Civil War history. Virginia Tech alumni and other Civil War enthusiasts will gather once again at The Inn at Virginia Tech. Sponsored in partnership with the Virginia Center for Civil War Studies, the program includes lectures from leading historians, such as James I. "Bud" Robertson Jr. and William C. "Jack" Davis, as well as Civil War-era music from two bands.

– $275 per person, or $100 for Saturday only

Behind the Scenes at Virginia Tech – April 8-10

Take in tours of new research laboratories, computing operations, athletic facilities, and academic buildings. Hear from faculty about how their research is making an impact.

– $125 per person

A Day in the Life of College Admissions – July 8-9

This program assists 2017 and 2018 high school graduates and their parents with navigating the college application process. Highlights include pointers for conducting an effective college search, a behind-the-scenes look at college admissions, and application preparation tips from admissions professionals. Register early to secure your spot in a program that regularly sells out.

– $130 per adult, $100 per student

Pete Dye River Course

Pete Dye River Course of Virginia Tech

Fourth Annual Hokie Classic Golf Tournament – June 13

Join fellow alumni, guests, and friends for a captain's choice golf tournament at the award-winning Pete Dye River Course. Registration includes greens fees, cart, scoring and door prizes, a commemorative polo shirt, adult beverages, lunch, and a post-tournament dinner in the beautiful clubhouse overlooking the New River. Enjoyable for golfers of every skill level, the tournament will feature Virginia Tech coaches and former varsity players.

– $135 per person, $500 per foursome

Alumni Association Board of Directors ballot

The board of directors nominating committee has proposed the following nominees for election to three-year terms from 2016 through 2019. Please vote for up to 11 nominees, and return the ballot by Friday, April 1. Results will be announced at the Alumni Association board meeting in late April.

_____  Justin O. Graves (sociology '12, M.A. educational leadership and policy studies '14), Fairfax, Virginia

_____  Travis E. Hardy (geography '01), Leesburg, Virginia

_____  Matthew T. Joy (M.D. '14), Roanoke, Virginia

_____  Mark S. Lawrence (management '80), Roanoke, Virginia

_____  Melissa Byrne Nelson (finance '92), Richmond, Virginia

_____  Richard S. Roszak (management '71), Blacksburg, Virginia

_____  Susan Bull Ryan (biological sciences '68), Fredericksburg, Virginia

_____  Winston A. Samuels (M.S. animal science '81, Ph.D. '83), Warwick, New York

_____  Judy McIntire Springer (international studies, communication '95), Swedesboro, New Jersey

_____  Keith J. Stemple (history '95), Washington, D.C.

_____  Kai M. Zuehlke (engineering science and mechanics '05), Atlanta, Georgia

Write-in nomination  _______________________________________________________________________

Signature  __________________________________________________________________________________

Return to:

Virginia Tech Alumni Association

Holtzman Alumni Center (0102)

901 Prices Fork Road

Blacksburg, VA 24061

Virginia Tech alumni chapter contacts

Get involved with the Alumni Association through one of the 130-plus chapters and clubs around the world. Find a chapter or club near you today. Questions? Contact Ginny Ritenour,


Alleghany Highlands – Kathleen All, | Augusta – Carrie Covey, | Central Virginia – Larry Grant II, | Charlottesville – Martin Harar, | CommonwealthVolunteer needed | DanvilleVolunteer needed | Eastern Shore – Worth Saunders, | Emporia/Roanoke Rapids – Kevin Swenson, | Fauquier – Robert Miller, | Franklin County/Smith Mountain Lake – Tom Curling, | Fredericksburg Area – Frank Eak, | Halifax – Carlyle Wimbish, | Loudoun County – Lynnette Mergler, | Massanutten – Britt Hockenberry, | National Capital Region – Brent Blevins, | New River Valley – Cyndy Graham, | Patrick HenryVolunteer needed | PeanutVolunteer needed | Peninsula – Lindsay Helbing, | Piedmont (Culpeper Area)Volunteer needed | Prince William – Krysta Ardigo, | Richmond – Charlie Wood, | Roanoke Valley – Amanda Downing, | Rockbridge – Lynn Jones, | Shenandoah – Robin McCall, | Southside – Frank R. Turner, | Southwest Virginia – Hugh Ferguson, | Tideneck – Ronnie Gill, | Tidewater – Chris Jennings, | Tri-Cities – F.W. Abernathy Jr., | Williamsburg – Karen Rehm,


ALABAMA: Birmingham – Chrissy Behnke, | North Alabama – Mark Zesinger,

ARIZONA: Flagstaff – Volunteer needed | Greater Phoenix – Volunteer needed | Tucson – Diane Manzini,

CALIFORNIA: Los Angeles – Caroline Harrison Kohler, | Orange County – Todd Dale, | Sacramento – Julia Bartens, | San Diego – Chris Waskiewicz, | San Francisco Bay Area – Hans Bernhardt,

COLORADO: Colorado Springs – Russell Bolish, | Denver – Amana East,

CONNECTICUT: Volunteer needed

DELAWARE: First State – Steve Cason,

FLORIDA: Central Florida – Alfred Reaves, | Gainesville – Volunteer needed | Jacksonville – Neil McLellan, | Northwest Fla./Mobile, Ala. – Carla Cuilik, | South Florida – Scott Fairbrother, | Southwest Florida – Mark Hembling, | Tallahassee – Jim Pennington, | Tampa Bay – Chris Boggs, | The Villages – Dave Pierce,

GEORGIA: Athens – Sherry Clouser, | Atlanta – Chris Cassell, | Central Savannah River Area – Robyn Sharpe Williams, | Savannah – Chelsea Hall,

HAWAII: Meagan O'Neil,

ILLINOIS: Chicago – Joe Riccio,

INDIANA: Indianapolis – Bob Brown,

IOWA: Kelley Drowne,

KANSAS: Wichita – Nathan Kane,

KENTUCKY: Kentuckiana – Steve Heifner, | Lexington – Patrick Walsh,

LOUISIANA: New Orleans/Baton Rouge – Volunteer needed

MARYLAND: Annapolis – Becky Oaksmith, | Baltimore – Tim Fouts, | Western Maryland – Jennifer Griesbach,

MASSACHUSETTS: New England – Bill Saam,

MICHIGAN: Southeastern Michigan – Abigail Lynn Prout,

MINNESOTA: Mark Gingrich,

MISSOURI: Kansas City – Alexis Bozzo, | St. Louis – Raymond Chang,

NEBRASKA: Omaha – Tracey Beck,

NEVADA: Las Vegas – Florence Jordan,

NEW JERSEY: Mark Maloney, mark.maloney@compass–

NEW YORK: New York Capital District – Melissa Wolf, New York City – Steve White, | Rochester/Buffalo – Volunteer needed | Syracuse – Lynnette Wright,

NORTH CAROLINA: Charlotte – Melanie Langmead, | Coastal Carolina – Joe Rumsey, | Crystal Coast – Kristine Obusek, | Greenville – Heather Dunnigan, | NC Triad – James Goff, | Pinehurst – Edward Duffy, | Triangle – Daniel Stevens,

OHIO: Cincinnati – Dave Dorton, | Columbus – Volunteer needed | Dayton – Christy Herman, | Northeast Ohio – David Rasmussen,

OKLAHOMA: Jamison Shaffer,

OREGON: Portland – Volunteer needed

PENNSYLVANIA: Central Pennsylvania – Heather Weeks, | Eastern Pennsylvania – Benjamin Schleicher, | Philadelphia – Joanne Wright, | Pittsburgh – Ashley Roth,

SOUTH CAROLINA: Charleston – Tiffany Ritchie, | Columbia – Stefanie Kitchen, | Grand Strand/Myrtle Beach – Jeff Mense, | Palmetto – Tyler Sites,

TENNESSEE: Chattanooga – Keith Hagy, | East Tennessee – Keith Parker, | Knoxville – Jim Warren, | Memphis – Volunteer needed | Middle Tennessee – Katherine Forbes,

TEXAS: Austin – Kiel Dolence, | Dallas/Ft. Worth – Kristin Donnally, | Houston – Jeff Danto, | San Antonio – Katie Riddick,

UTAH: Marita Viselli,

WASHINGTON: Greater Seattle – Gautam Sawhney,

WEST VIRGINIA: Vandalia – Les O'Connor,

WISCONSIN: Andrew Purner,


Belgium – Dennis Hollich,

Germany – James Pauly,

Hong Kong – Kelly Cox,

India (Hyderabad) – Sujana Reddy,

India (Mumbai) – Mayur Aggarwal,

Turkey – Firat Fidan,

2014-15 chapter awards

Outstanding Chapter:


Alleghany Highlands, Atlanta, Baltimore, Central Florida, Charlotte, Denver, First State, Fredericksburg, Middle Tennessee, Minnesota, National Capital Region, New River Valley, Palmetto, Richmond, Roanoke Valley, San Antonio, Shenandoah, Southwest Virginia, Tidewater


Central Pennsylvania, Charleston, Chicago, Jacksonville, Kentuckiana, NC Triad, North Alabama, Seattle, Tampa Bay, Williamsburg


Columbia, Dallas/Fort Worth, East Tennessee, Emporia/Roanoke Rapids, Grand Strand/Myrtle Beach, Rockbridge, San Diego, South Florida, The Villages

Outstanding Chapter Event:

First State – Spring Fling Speaker Event and Gourmet Farm-to-Table Dinner

Outstanding Community Service Project:

Williamsburg – Big Event 2015

Outstanding Golf Tournament:

Southwest Virginia – Bow Tie Classic

Outstanding Fundraising Event:

Prince William – 8th Annual Virginia Tech Alumni Golf Tournament

Outstanding Chapter Marketing Program:


Outstanding Networking Event:

Tidewater – Tidewater Hokie Business Network (Re)Launch Event

Innovation Award:

North Alabama – Virginia Tech vs. Ohio State Under the Stars

Broadening Alumni Engagement Award:

Denver – Young Alumni Stranahan's Distillery Tour

Most Improved Chapter:

Southwest Virginia

Outstanding New Chapter:


Outstanding Chapter Volunteer:

Richard Ruckman (civil engineering '81), Shenandoah chapter

Outstanding Chapter Officer:

Amy Zielenbach (political science '98), Tampa Bay chapter

2016 travel tours

Majestic North America

Travel across the beautiful North American countryside with your fellow Hokies on one of our new domestic tours.


Southwest National Parks

June 5-14

Join us on a 10-day journey through a spectacular series of natural wonders in the American Southwest. At Bryce Canyon, Monument Valley, Zion National Park, and the Grand Canyon, admire the otherworldly formations famously photographed by Ansel Adams. Go river rafting along Glen Canyon, walk narrow Antelope Slot Canyon, marvel at the scenic vistas of Arches and Canyonlands national parks, and share a peaceful evening with Navajo storytelling.

Alaska Passages

July 25-Aug. 4

Experience Alaska's rugged beauty while sailing aboard Oceania Cruises' graceful Regatta. From Seattle, sail north to the picturesque Alaskan ports of Ketchikan, Wrangell, Juneau, Skagway, and Sitka; marvel at the magnificent Hubbard Glacier; and explore lovely Victoria, British Columbia.

Canadian Rockies Parks and Lodges

Aug. 11-17

World-class resorts and breathtaking scenery highlight this seven-day journey into the Canadian Rockies. Accompanied by two Orbridge expedition leaders, find adventure in the vast lands and magnificent ranges of the Banff, Yoho, and Jasper national parks, the crystal waters of Lake Louise and Maligne Lake, and the glacial masses of Icefields Parkway. Then, return to the region's premier resort lodgings, and enjoy the comforts these exceptional facilities have to offer.

The Magnificent Great Lakes

Aug. 22-31

Picture yourself surrounded by pristine islands draped in verdant wilderness and rocky shores caressed by sparkling blue waters. From Chicago to Montreal, cruise all five Great Lakes and the scenic St. Lawrence River aboard the new 210-guest MS Saint Laurent. Treat yourself to elegant amenities and stunning vistas as this luxurious ship takes you to charming islands and lakeside towns steeped in intriguing maritime history.

View our complete list of tours and book your travel at