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September 2021 Issue


The Hokies are taking on the Fighting Irish on October 9, and such rivalry should always be preceded by revelry. You’ll find all the friendship and fortification you need at the college’s annual tailgate, featuring a buffet, beer, wine, and the HokieBird’s oversized tail feathers shaking to live music! Learn more

Tamara Brown, a 2015 multimedia journalism graduate, is making her mark as the new team reporter and producer for the New England Patriots. Her example is paving the way for other School of Communication women seeking careers in sports. Read more

You know it’s autumn when landscapes turn maroon and orange in honor of Hokie Nation. Join us in celebrating the great outdoors — and see how far Hokies can go together — by registering for this year’s Hokie Hike. Then hike anywhere and anytime between October 16 and November 20! Learn more

This cowboy would make one of Clint Eastwood’s most memorable antiheroes — the Man with No Name — tremble. He’d likely be trembling with laughter, though, because this menacing character is only ten years old and four feet tall. Yet she has the fastest Silly String draw in all the land. Hadley Teaster, who plays the cowboy, is part of the ensemble cast behind Spaghetti Western, a nine-minute film-festival winner that represents a collaboration among Virginia Tech community members and local schoolchildren. Read more

Strangers at first, Midhat Urooj and Hamdah Munir recently spent time together at Virginia Tech to gain new perspectives on their future STEM careers. Through support from the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, they gained insights into how they can help inspire other women to find similar opportunities in their home country of Pakistan. Read more

As part of the university’s sesquicentennial celebration, the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences will sponsor the first-ever Virginia Tech Humanities Week from February 7 to 11, 2022. The organizers invite the college’s alumni to propose engaging, interactive events to highlight the vitality of the humanities — broadly defined — at Virginia Tech. Read more


August 2021 Issue


Political scientist Brandy Faulkner has created a video game aimed at helping activists and organizers learn how to succeed as change-makers in their communities. Read more

In a tribute to Andrew Jackson Oliver and his family, Virginia Tech has named the space in front of the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences building the Vaughn-Oliver Plaza. Read more

Historians and computer scientists are harnessing technologies such as virtual reality and artificial intelligence to enable the public to immerse themselves in broadened perspectives, from those of Black soldiers during the Civil War to those of Army soldiers during World War II. Read more

Monica Kimbrell is drawing on her own rich memories as a College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences student for her new role as the college’s associate dean for undergraduate academic affairs. Read more

Joe Jacko, a 2019 graduate in communication, is applying the principles he learned in his undergraduate research to foster more diversity and inclusivity in the esports industry. Read more

Tonisha Lane
Tonisha Lane

Tonisha Lane, an assistant professor in the School of Education, is joining with a Department of Physics collaborator to study the development of science identity among underrepresented undergraduates. The two have found that directly engaging undergraduates in what they call the “doing of science” allows those students to perceive themselves—and be seen by others—as future scientists. Read more

History graduate Meghan Jester is poised to help students in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences make history of their own. Read more

Clark Ruhland, a 2007 communication graduate, delights in capturing Virginia Tech Athletics memories, one design at a time. Read more


June 2021 Issue


Kwame Alexander swears Nikki Giovanni gave him a “C” in her poetry class; she can’t imagine having done so. That might be their only disagreement in three decades of collaboration and friendship. Read more

In late spring, Reid Campbell ’21 was handing in school assignments to his professor, Robin Reed. Now the young producer is handing Reed, a local television anchor, his nightly rundown. Campbell is just one of many recent School of Communication graduates getting scooped up by television stations throughout Virginia. Read more

Through an endowed scholarship, Tracey Beck ’87 and his family are creating opportunities for underrepresented students in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences. Read more

Part of the Nasty Women cover
Part of the Nasty Women cover

Virginia Tech history students recently published Nasty Women: Transgressive Womanhood in American History, a book that focuses on American women’s protest of societal norms and perceived boundaries through the decades. Read more

A National Endowment for the Humanities grant will support a new food studies minor at Virginia Tech. “Yes, you’ll learn about the global food system on which we all rely for sustenance,” says Anna Zeide, director of the Food Studies Program. “But you’ll also learn how to connect the dots across disciplines, seeing how the humanities, sciences, and social sciences interrelate and support one another.” Read more

Last year, Evan Hughes ’21 was named the second-best collegiate sportscaster in the country. So this year he decided to top that honor. Read more

Faculty members in the inaugural cohort of the college’s Juneteenth Scholars Program have researched topics spanning the Americas from present day to times less recent, all in the name of inclusion and diversity. Read more

Virginia Tech has set the alumni-giving goal at 20 percent for this fiscal year. Our college is now at 19 percent, with just a week to reach our goal. Please consider helping us achieve a game-winning touchdown—and thank you for all your support! (The touchdown in this photo was courtesy of a college alumnus, Greg Stroman ’18, in the homecoming game against UNC in 2017.) Please consider giving