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Our alumni class champions and their guests enjoyed a fantastic buffet dinner at the Farmhouse Restaurant during the Class Champion Conclave. Discussing the day’s events are, from left, Sharon Brown, class champion John Brown ’65, class champion Buck Hodges ‘73, Kathy Hodges, and class champion Zach Oman ’12.

The class champions and their guests enjoy conversation and dinner.
Our alumni class champions and their guests enjoyed a fantastic buffet dinner at the Farmhouse Restaurant during the Class Champion Conclave. Discussing the day’s events are, from left, Sharon Brown, class champion John Brown ’65, class champion Buck Hodges ‘73, Kathy Hodges, and class champion Zach Oman ’12.

Class Champion Conclave Recap

The Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets (VTCC) held a gathering of its alumni class champions at Virginia Tech on April 28-29. Of the 58 champions, 27 attended and enjoyed several days of camaraderie and received current information on all things Corps. 

The weekend started with a happy hour event for those in town April 27, followed by an early morning April 28 with the VTCC Alumni Board, where several university guest speakers and the commandant provided updates on the state of the Corps and the progress on Upper Quad construction. The champions then met for a special session in the afternoon, where they discussed best practices and potential improvements to networking with Corps alumni. 

This was followed by a tour of Pearson Hall and an enjoyable dinner together at the newly reopened Farmhouse Restaurant. Several in the group, along with alumni board members in town, stood in the reviewing party during the VTCC’s change of command ceremony on the Drillfield the next day. 

We thank all of you who joined us for that weekend! 

If you are interested and graduated with the classes of ’95 or ’03, we are still looking for a champion for your class! Please get in touch with Col. Patience Larkin at patience@vt.edu.

 

Alumni Mentor Program on LinkedIn

Thanks to alumni and cadets alike for your support over the last few months to help us get this program off the ground. 

Our mentor group on LinkedIn has grown from just an idea to a group of 162 alumni and cadets who share information. 

Over the summer, the activity will likely slow because the cadets will be busy with summer trainings and internships. The program will pick back up in the fall, and we encourage you all to continue conversations that may have already started. If you are a VTCC alumnus who has not joined yet, find the VTCC Alumni Mentor Group at linkedin.com/groups/8576000 and write up a small bio on yourself. 

You may be able to help a cadet out there looking for career or internship guidance! 

Thank you!

 

To the Class of 1967: Homecoming Weekend is Our 50th Reunion 

By the ’67 Reunion Planning Committee

The 50th anniversary of our graduation from VPI is here, and it will be our best reunion ever! There will be time to share with friends, rekindle past friendships, and learn about the internationally recognized research university that is our alma mater. 

The dates for our reunion weekend could not be better: Oct. 19-22. Not only will the weekend celebrate our 50th anniversary, but also it will be homecoming at Virginia Tech that will include a great football game against the University of North Carolina.

The VPI of over 5,000 students that we left has grown into Virginia Tech and a student population of over 31,000 enrolled in programs that are among the best in the world. 

While much has changed, the qualities that define our alma mater have endured — a commitment of service embodied in Ut Prosim (That I May Serve) and a strong sense of family that the world has come to know as the Hokie Nation. 

The Alumni Association predicts that this will be the “highest attended” reunion for the Class of ’67 ever. Please attend this very special celebration. A large turnout is the key ingredient to our 50th anniversary! Register today and encourage other classmates to register, too. 

We look forward to seeing you in October!

 

Hokie Gold Legacy Program

Virginia Tech alumni or families of alumni can bequeath or donate their class rings, which are either 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.

Learn about how to donate a ring, tax deductions, and shipping instructions at www.alumni.vt.edu/hokiegold.

Maj. Gen. Randal Fullhart gives a birthday gift to Growey II (call sign "Tank").

Happy Birthday, Tank
Maj. Gen. Randal Fullhart gives a birthday gift to Growey II (call sign "Tank").

In the Doghouse

Corps ambassador, Growley II (call sign “Tank”), celebrated his fourth birthday on April 24 with presents from Commandant of Cadets Maj. Gen. Randal D. Fullhart. 

As the third roommate in a triple room, Growley II lives with his cadet handlers in Pearson Hall during the academic year. When the residence halls are closed, Growley goes home with one of the handlers, and he is now on summer break with Cadet Eleanor Franc ’18. 

This arrangement allows cadets to maintain Growley’s rigorous training and care schedule and allows him to explore new environments and preserve his canine confidence.

 

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 information. Update your contact information and share your email address with us at alumni.vt.edu/service/index1.html or by email to alumnidata@vt.edu

Upcoming Events

Ongoing: Home game football tickets for the VTCC alumni row are on sale now. Contact phosner@vt.edu.

Sept. 21: Gunfighter Panel, 3 p.m. in Burruss Hall

Sept. 22: VTCC Alumni Board meeting in the Holtzman Alumni Center

Sept. 22-23: Corps Reunion, registration starts at 3 p.m. at The Inn at Virginia Tech

Oct. 7: Fall Caldwell March

Oct. 20-21: Highty-Tighty Reunion