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Alumni Newsletter - April 2023

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(From left) Zack Sowder, Marlene Preston, Rachel Holloway, and Brandi Quesenberry gathered at the 2023 NACC Excellence at the Center Conference. Preston was honored with the Distinguished Service Award for her commitment and service to CommLab.


Message from the Director

I am delighted to share with you some exciting updates from the School of Communication.


Can you believe that it is already April? Our students, faculty and staff have been working diligently throughout the course of the semester. The graduating seniors will walk across the stage and join you in the alumni family before you know it.


I want to thank you for your ongoing support and for the valuable contributions you have made to our school and the wider community. Please enjoy some stories and spotlights from your School of Communication family.


John Tedesco

Director, School of Communication




Michelle Gabe



Michelle Gabe ‘13 has helped TRUFF become a premier name among condiments. Gabe was named to Ad Age’s 40 Under 40 list for her work as the brand’s director of marketing. Read More



Caleb Henegar


Caleb Henegar visited the Blacksburg campus as a part of Toby’s Dream Foundation. He met up with Bill Roth and sports media and analytics students in the School of Communication as well as the men’s basketball team. Read More



Matthew Wells

Matthew Wells, a junior in the School of Communication, was deployed to Iraq from December 2021 to December 2022. Since returning to Virginia Tech, he’s continued to model the Ut Prosim spirit. Read More





Catch a behind-the-scenes glimpse of our sports media & analytics students in action inside the Digital Media Center. Watch now

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Assistant Professor of Practice Anthony Amey (far right) and several students attended the Sports Events Marketing Experience conference at American University in Washington, D.C.
Coach Pry
Virginia Tech Football Head Coach Brent Pry and Head Football SID Travis Wells visited Assistant Professor Natalia Mielczarek's Media Writing class to give students hands-on experience covering a press conference.

Jessica Hotter '16, '18 M.A. was the keynote speaker for Pamplin's Women's Summit.


Tomas Williamson

Tomas Williamson, a multimedia journalism senior, was honored with the Pursue Self-Understanding and Integrity award at Virginia Tech's Aspire! Awards ceremony.



Emily Peterson


We all know LinkedIn as the most popular social media site to connect with your professional network. Emily Peterson ‘03 helps make all of this happen as LinkedIn’s senior content solutions consultant.


“My favorite part of my job is helping to solve new challenges. It’s really cool to see a brand’s content change and evolve when they realize what’s possible!” - Peterson



Long-time School of Communication faculty Douglas Cannon, Wat Hopkins and Emily Stallings are retiring at the end of this semester. We invite all alumni to share memories you've made with these valued members of our school. We plan to surprise them by sharing these memories at a reception to end the year.


Share your submissions by emailing Cory Van Dyke, communication and marketing specialist, at



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