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We're Hiring

May 5, 2021

We're searching for the next director of the Rice Center for Leader Development. This person oversees the academic arm of our leadership development program. Details and application at

April 26, 2021

Join our team as our liaison with Undergraduate Admissions. You’ll play a critical role in planning and conducting outreach activities related to recruitment of first year and transfer students with special emphasis on the Corps of Cadets. Details and application at

April 6, 2021

We're looking for our next assistant director of the Citizen-Leader Track program. This person helps perpare cadets for the professional world and networks with employers to create opportunities for them. Details and application at


Class Champions Update

Feb. 4, 2021

Greetings from a windy and cold Upper Quad!

There is so much to tell you all and so much going on!! Trust me: you don’t want to miss a thing so keep reading until the end!


Giving Day

Virginia Tech Giving Day runs from noon Feb. 24 to noon Feb. 25. We hope you will all show your support for today’s cadets during this 24-hour window with a donation to the Corps. A small gift can make a big impact. 

The Corps will offer two Giving Day challenges this year.

First is the Commandant’s VTCC Decade Participation Challenge. Donate $5 or more and include your class year on the online giving form. The decade with the most participation will earn $40,785 added to its decade Class Endowed Scholarship provided by Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets Alumni Inc. board members.

The year groups are:

  • 1950s/1960s
  • 1970s
  • 1980s
  • 1990s
  • 2000s up to today

Don't forget: You must include your class year on the online giving form to be counted for your class decade. Follow our Facebook page at to find out the winner after Giving Day ends.

Second is the Cadet Challenge. Corps Color Guard alums Allison Laclede Tillotson '15 and Ian Tillotson '14 challenge 25 cadets to give during Giving Day. Once we reach that goal, a $2,500 donation to the Corps Global Scholars Fund will be unlocked.

Early donations toward our Giving Day challenges can be made Feb. 9-23 at

Finally, you can help us spread the word by becoming a Giving Day ambassador. Sign up at As an ambassador, you will receive a unique link to share with your friends, family, and followers to track the impact you will make on Giving Day 2021.

We can't wait to see which class decade will have the most commitment to make our Corps the strongest it can be!



As many of you have noticed, the 2021 Hokie Football schedule has been released!  You can find that here:

We do not yet know what seating capacity will be like or if we will be able to offer tickets to “Corps Alumni Row”, the last row of seats behind the Corps.  But when we find out, we will let you know.


Corps Reunion

What we DO know is that the Military Appreciation game, and thus CORPS REUNION, will be 11 SEPTEMBER.  We hope to have the registration page up and running later this spring.  Again, we will push that information out via your wonderful, dedicated Class Champions (be sure to thank them because they are the best!)

Highty-Tighties: We haven’t forgotten about you.  The date for VT Homecoming, and thus HTA Reunion, is not yet set in Hokie stone.  But as soon as it is, I will let you all know!


Diverse Alumni Needed

When: 22 March, Start time TBD but will be in the 1600-1900 (EST) range

Where: Zoom…no travel needed and very small time commitment

Under the umbrella of global leader development, we know that all of our cadets, no matter if they will enter the military or the civilian sector after graduation, will interact daily with people of all backgrounds.  To help enrich and expand the thinking of these young people, Corps alumni are needed to share their own experiences, both while in the Corps and post-graduation, and interact with today’s cadets via Zoom.

We are looking for those with diverse backgrounds of all types (race, sex, body type, abilities/disabilities, geographical, religion/culture, sexual orientation/ identity/expression, mental health, etc.)  Diversity refers to the traits and characteristics that make people unique.  If you have traits or characteristics that made you feel challenged, different, or just “left out” in the Corps or in the workplace, we would love for you to talk to the cadets about how they impacted you, how you dealt or deal with them, and how leadership can harness the power of a diverse workplace.  The goal is to impart upon the cadets the value of diversity of backgrounds, which leads to diversity of ideas and thoughts, which leads to enhanced organizational effectiveness, AND the importance empathic leaders have in creating an inclusive culture for everyone on the team who shares the “why.”

Please contact Michele Messner at by 5 March if you are able to join us.  Referrals for alumni that we should reach out to are also welcome.


Around Campus

Despite social distancing, there are so many ways to stay connected to your alma mater.  Alumni relation offices all over campus are offering a huge variety of events!  They range from informative and thought provoking to fun and entertaining.  Here are a few that are coming up and all are invited to each:

How to Get The Most Out of Your Estate Plan

Friday, Feb. 5, 1 p.m. ET

Are you curious what questions need to be answered when planning your estate? Join fellow Hokies online for a special webinar. Get the most out of your estate plan with estate planning attorney Katherine Ramsey ’86.

Hosted by the Virginia Tech Gift Planning, the online event will provide an overview of what questions need to be answered when planning your estate. Ramsey is a leading expert in estate law and a Hokie. Register to receive a link to attend. 


Healthy Habits Busting Myths and Creating Balance

Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2 p.m. ET

The month of January is flooded with information on ways to improve your diet, but not all of that information leads to healthy habits.

Join Heather Cox, MS, RDN, for a discussion with alumna Emily Massi, RDN, LDN, and graduate student, Katie Smith to learn how to digest diet information into sustainable habits!  Register to receive a link to attend. 


Tech On Tap:  Using Technology to Explore Black History in Civil War Alexandria

Thursday, Feb. 11, 4 p.m. ET

The Innovation Campus is going to explore Black Civil War History in Alexandria with the help of some artificial intelligence (AI) technology being pioneered at VT. The event will pair our own Kurt Luther and Alexandria City Councilman John Taylor Chapman.   Register to receive a link to attend.


See?  I told you there is a lot going on!  Remember to stay in touch via social media (see all the links below my name) and keep us updated with your latest contact information. If you didn’t get the fall edition of the Corps Review, then we probably don’t have your current address.  Email me the new one, and then you can check it out here online:   Thanks for sticking with me ‘til the very end.

Ut Prosim,

Michele Messner

Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets Alumni Director Assistant

Get Involved

  • Alumni events are listed on the Corps calendar that is visible on the home page.
  • Our Recruiting Office is actively seeking volunteers to attend a college fair or present an Emerging Leader Scholarship near you.