Inaugural cohort of Keystone Fellows announced
A student’s busy academic schedule and rigorous field of study are often what come to mind when thinking about a collegiate education.
But Virginia Tech students spend the vast majority of their time outside the classroom. The Division of Student Affairs created the Keystone Experience to capture what they learn during that time. The initiative helps students explore, practice, and live the Aspirations for Student Learning in a holistic sense, while reflecting on and understanding their strengths and goals in the context of service to others.
Fifteen students have been recognized as the inaugural cohort of Keystone Fellows, a group who embody the Aspirations for Student Learning in their classrooms, student organizations, residence halls, places of employment, and within their social groups. Keystone Fellows personify a commitment to learning — both inside and outside the classroom — and they are devoted to improving themselves to better the world around them.
“Our Keystone Fellows represent our Aspirations for Student Learning at their very best,” said Patricia A. Perillo, vice president for student affairs. “They are students who know, in their head and heart, what it means to be a Hokie—to be curious, to pursue self-understanding and integrity, to practice civility, to prepare to be a courageous leader, and to embrace Ut Prosim (That I May Serve) as a way of life. The potential in these students is extraordinary, and we in student affairs cannot wait to see the impact they’ll make on our university and beyond.”
The inaugural cohort is made up of one first-year student, three sophomores, two juniors, eight seniors, and a December 2015 graduate. Fellows are pursuing a wide range of majors, and they are involved in the full gamut of organizations, activities, and communities at Virginia Tech.