From the Alumni Director
It has been a busy spring for the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets (VTCC) Alumni Office! We welcomed back alumni who shared their perspective and life lessons with the regiment this spring during the Gunfighter and Black Corps Alumni panels. Junior and senior cadets interacted with Corps alumni during the annual Future Alumni Dinner and Social as we introduced the cadets to our program. Check out the upcoming alumni events calendar, and we will see you this fall!
Col. Patience Larkin (retired) E-’87
Fall Corps Alumni Events
- Sept. 13: Gunfighter Panel, 3:30 p.m. in Burruss Hall
- Sept. 14-15: Corps Reunion
A new Friday event is Last Call at Lane Hall, a low-key social from 9 to 11 p.m. on the Lane Hall porch for a limited number of attendees. Register for Corps Reunion online.
- Nov. 2-3: Highty-Tighty Reunion
Register for Highty-Tighty Reunion online. It’s also the Class of ’68’s 50th reunion.
- Note: Limited home football tickets for the VTCC Alumni Row are on sale. Email Michele Messner at firstname.lastname@example.org to order.
Welcome to Our New Assistant
In fall 2017, we welcomed Michele Messner as the new alumni director assistant for the VTCC.
She spent nearly 16 years as a stay-at-mom to her two daughters, Olivia, 16, and Lilly, 14. During this time, she volunteered in their schools, both in the classroom and on the executive board of the parent-teacher organization.
Michele is a 1988 Radford University graduate and, after returning to the area in 2007, spent much time volunteering there. She is on the board of directors for the Radford University Alumni Association and enjoys supporting Highlander athletics.
Michele has been living the Virginia Tech motto, Ut Prosim, for years and is excited to continue doing so for the Corps alumni.
Memories of Skipper
U.S. Army Col. Chip Daniels ’93 reminisces about polishing the original Skipper, now housed in New Cadet Hall. Daniels was in town with his son, who participated in a Spend the Night recruiting event with the Corps. We hope to have another Daniels join our ranks!
Distinguished Alumni Awards
David E. Lowe ’63 and Air Force Gen. Thomas C. Richards ’56 followed two different paths to successful careers and dedication to community service. Both were honored in April with our first-ever Distinguished Alumni Award.
The Distinguished Alumni Award formalizes the Corps’ long tradition of honoring men and women who graduated from its ranks and are the inspiration and mentors to current cadets. Corps alumni can make nominations to honor living alumni who were enrolled in the Corps for a minimum of two years (four semesters or eight quarters).
Lowe built a career with the C&P Telephone Company of West Virginia — which became Bell Atlantic and eventually, Verizon. Richards is the first four-star general among the Corps’ alumni and illuminates the idea of selfless service.
Lowe has a history of leading community, educational, and economic development activities that bring untold benefits to the places he calls home. He champions long-range and strategic planning efforts and is a guiding force on the Corps alumni board of directors.
He is an honorary lifetime board member of the Virginia Tech Alumni Association. The Class of 2013 honored him as its class ring namesake, and he was awarded Virginia Tech’s Distinguished Alumni Award in 2013.
Richards amassed 4,700 flying hours, including 624 combat missions in Vietnam, and went on to command positions with the Air Force Academy, the Basic Military Training School, 8th Air Force, and Air University. He earned his fourth star as deputy commander in chief of the U.S. European Command in Germany and, after retirement from the military, went on to lead the Federal Aviation Administration.
In 1990, Virginia Tech awarded him the University Distinguished Achievement Award, and the Class of 1992 dedicated its class ring collection to him.
“These two recipients epitomize both the Military-Leader Track and Citizen-Leader Track that our Corps provides today’s generation of cadets as they become the kind of global, ethical leaders that are needed now, more than ever,” said Maj. Gen. Randal Fullhart, commandant of cadets.