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The Summer Corps Review will be Online Only

We’re trying something new. The summer 2017 edition of Corps Review will be published online at vtcc.vt.edu/corpsreview. We’ll provide you with your regular paper edition this fall.

Moving the summer edition of the magazine online helps us reduce production costs and gives us ways to provide you more updates about the Corps and your buds. If you are unable to access the magazine online and require a printed copy, please email phosner@vt.edu and include your name and address.

Raymond F. Burmester ’56

Raymond F. Burmester ’56
Raymond F. Burmester ’56

Ut Prosim in Action: A Saber and More

A picture of a Corps of Cadets saber in a previous Corps Review edition inspired Raymond F. Burmester ’56 to donate his saber to the Corps of Cadets in July 2016. Burmester came to Virginia Tech in 1952 at age 16 and received a $500 state scholarship for financial need. He has expressed his gratitude by establishing an extensive endowment for scholarships for seniors at Northumberland High School in Heathsville, Virginia. Seventy-five students have attended college with financial assistance from one of his scholastic achievement scholarships started in 1997. Twelve of them studied at Virginia Tech.

Corps Museum: A Six-Month Checkup
By Samantha Riggin VT’16, Corps museum curator

As I wrap up my first six months as the museum curator for the Corps of Cadets, I would like to thank everyone for their assistance and donations. Receiving everything from yearbooks to World War II war trophies has been both amazing and necessary to produce exhibits that will best tell the Corps’ story.

Corps alumni, please consider allowing me to produce a video interview about your time at Virginia Tech and your life afterward. The preservation of your histories enables me and future curators to back up the storied objects within our collection with real-life details. These interviews help to put museum items into context, and they underscore the achievements of our alumni.

My current focus is on interviewing Corps alumni who served in World War II, capturing their stories and relating them to today’s cadets before they are lost forever. In addition, I am interested in talking with any former cadets willing to share their experiences — especially those who live within a day’s drive of the Blacksburg campus.

If you’re interested, please feel free to contact me at samsales@vt.edu or 540- 231-8807. I’ll come to you with camera in hand!

Class Champions to Return to Blacksburg

We are planning a first-time Class Champions Conclave April 28-29 on campus. All class champions from the ’50s through today will be invited to attend the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets Alumni Board meeting. Afterward, they will break o for updates on the university, the Corps, and the new University Advancement division, followed by a tour of Pearson Hall and dinner that evening at the Farmhouse Restaurant. The group will be invited to attend the Corps’ change of command ceremony the following day on the Drillfield. More details will be sent out via email. If you are in the classes of ’95 or ’03, let Col. Patience Larkin know at patience@vt.edu if you are interested in becoming your classes’ representative. Those years still need a rep.

Passing the Baton

The position of editor of the Corps Review passed this fall from Alumni Director Col. (Ret) Patience Larkin ’87 to our new communications director, Shay Barnhart. She comes to us from Virginia Tech’s University Relation’s staff and, before that, many years of working as a reporter, page designer, and editor at newspapers around the country. We are happy to have her on board and know she will take our communications efforts to a higher level.

Keep Us in the Loop

As you move or change duty stations throughout your career, make sure you continue to get the Corps Review and other updated university and Corps of Cadets information. Update your address, email, and phone number and let us know about any name or rank changes at alumni.vt.edu/gateway/index.html or by email at alumnidata@vt.edu. If you have any questions, please contact the Corps alumni office at phosner@vt.edu.

Hokie Gold Legacy Program

Virginia Tech alumni or their families can bequeath or donate their class rings, which either are melted down to create Hokie Gold to be included in the class rings of the next junior class or retained for future display. To continue the program in perpetuity, a small amount of Hokie Gold will be reserved from each year’s melt to be included in the following year’s Hokie Gold melting for the next class.

Hokie Gold Legacy Program questions can be directed to Laura Wedin at 540-231-6285 or lwedin@vt.edu. You can learn about how to donate a ring, tax deductions, and shipping instructions at alumni.vt.edu/hokiegold

Upcoming Events

  • March 24: Class of 2018 Ring Dance

  • April 15: Caldwell March (please visit vtcc.vt.edu/give/caldwell-march.html to sponsor a cadet!)
  • April 22: Spring Football Game and Ut Prosim Weekend
  • April 28: Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets Alumni Board meeting and Class Champions Conclave event
  • April 29: Change of command ceremony and Highty-Tighty Alumni Board Meeting
  • May 1: 2017 home football game tickets for the Corps’ alumni row go on sale. To purchase, contact phosner@vt.edu.
  • Sept. 23: 2017 Corps Reunion for the Old Dominion football game
  • Oct. 21: 2017 Highty-Tighty Reunion and University Homecoming for the North Carolina football game