From the Alumni Director
Preparing for Corps Reunion 2018 (an eight-month labor of love) and canceling three days before felt like training for a marathon and breaking a leg the week before.
It was extremely frustrating but mostly sad because we did not get to complete our mission of hosting YOU, our alumni, for a fantastic weekend, which is our favorite part. Michele Messner and I missed seeing all of our alumni friends and families.
With fingers crossed for no more hurricanes, we believe next year will be even better! We want to see you in 2019.
Col. Patience Larkin (retired) E-’87
Reunions are a celebration of the strong connection between Hokies. Take advantage of these occasions to reach out to classmates and make plans to return to Blacksburg to reconnect with each other and the university. These spring and summer reunions are opportunities to re-live your collegiate experience on campus. All alumni are welcome, regardless of class year.
Reunion Weekend will feature parties on the Drillfield, guided tours, open houses for each college, presentations from faculty and researchers, opportunities to re-enact those Corps PT mornings, and more. There will be special reunion recognition for the classes of 1974, 1979, 1984, 1989, 1994, 1999, 2004, 2009, and 2014.
Our Old Guard Society of Golden Alumni Reunion connects alumni who have already celebrated their 50th reunion. There will be special recognition for the classes of 1939, 1944, 1949, 1954, 1959, and 1964.
We hope to see you back on campus!
VTCC Distinguished Alumni Award
The Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets (VTCC) Alumni Office will accept nomination packages for the 2019 VTCC Distinguished Alumni award until Jan. 7, 2019. Please note that nominees must be living.
The recipient(s) will be notified in the beginning of February. The selection committee includes the commandant, the VTCC Alumni Board chairman, the university’s senior associate vice president for alumni relations, and the VTCC alumni director.
Information concerning criteria, selection process, and package information can be found online. There, you can also read about the 2018 award recipients, David E. Lowe ’63 and Gen. Thomas C. Richards ’56.
A meeting in France
Cadets who traveled to France in May as part of the VTCC Global Scholars Program attended the Centennial Remembrance Ceremony of Belleau Wood and ran into alumnus and U.S. Marine Corps Col. Christian Harshberger ’92. Of course, cadets carry the VTCC flag everywhere they go, so they had to take pictures. Hokie Nation is worldwide!
Janet (James) Escobedo ’77 Writes Book
Forty-five years after women enrolled in the VTCC in 1973, U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Janet Escobedo (retired) L-’77, one of the first ladies to enter the Corps, is a newly published author, writing under her maiden name, Janet James.
Her historical fiction novel, “Come to Poppa,” is about a young woman who joins the VTCC and goes into intelligence training. During her first assignment at an Air Force drone group, she becomes involved in an operation called Guardian Angel that rescues girls kidnapped to be sex slaves.
More information is at janetjames.org.
A Reminder of Home
Alumnus Amanda Morgan ’99 and husband, Justin, attended the Virginia Tech Alumni Association’s Hokies in London event in June. She says she loves how these alumni events bring “a refreshing piece of Blacksburg to town.”
You are always welcome home, Amanda! Go Hokies!