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Class Champion Update

Jan. 4, 2022

Happy New Year! As an alumni community, we continue to either build our own events or leverage existing university events to provide opportunities to live a lifelong Hokie experience! Please see the information below on some opportunities to maintain your connection to Virginia Tech, the Corps of Cadets, and your fellow alumni.

Recent Events

Release of the fall Corps Review (December): If you did not receive your Corps Review, please let us know at vtccalumni@vt.edu and provide an address so we can get your copy to you as soon as possible.

“Live from Lane Hall” (Dec. 14): The alumni director held the first of a monthly recurring online meeting with interested alumni. At the meeting, an account of recent and future events was discussed, as well as an opportunity for questions, discussion, and camaraderie. The member of the most senior class (Robert Vaughan ’71) and the most junior class (Kevin Taylor ’05) attedees will be receiving a prize in the mail.

Corps Graduation and Commissioning (Dec. 17): Graduating seniors conducted a ceremony in the chapel honoring their completion of the Corps of Cadets program. Later in the day, those graduates electing to serve in the Armed Forces received their commissions. The commissioning guest speaker was Rear Adm. Mike Steffen ’92.

Upcoming Events

“Live from Lane Hall” Episode 2 (Jan. 11): The second of a monthly online meeting with interested alumni will be at 6 p.m. ET Jan. 11. Contact vtccalumni@vt.edu for the link. An account of recent and future events will be discussed, as well as an opportunity for questions, discussion, and camaraderie. The member of the most senior class and the most junior class will receive a prize in the mail.

Distinguished Alumni Award Nominations (Jan. 14): Instructions and process for nominating alumni for this prestigious award are online. Nominations are due Jan. 14.

Spirit of Community Inaugural Parade (Jan. 15): The Highty-Tighties, the Gregory Guard, and the Color Guard will march in the Spirit of Community Inaugural Parade, following the Virginia governor's swearing-in ceremony on Jan. 15. Our Corps’ representation curtailed the full winter break for these cadets. If you are able to attend the parade and cheer loudly when they pass by, it would be much appreciated! Parade participants will march through Capitol Square.

Spring Gunfighter Panel (Feb. 10): We will conduct the Spring Gunfighter panel at 3:30 p.m. Feb. 10 in Burruss Hall Auditorium. The timing and theme of the Gunfighter Panel supports not only the celebration of the 100th year of Virginia Tech women but is also linked to the Military Women’s Memorial traveling exhibit “Color of Freedom” that will be showcased in the Newman Library Feb. 10-March 1. Gunfighter Panel members will be:

  • Lt. Col. Mollie Franke ’90, U.S. Army retired
  • Capt. Sharon Pinder ’98, U.S. Navy
  • Lt. Col. Kara Miller ’99, U.S. Air Force Reserves
  • Maj. Christine (Barry) Durham ’12, U.S. Air Force

Military Ball (Feb. 18): Cadets will conduct and enjoy Military Ball.

Giving Day (Feb. 23-24): Save the date for the 2022 Giving Day, when we will once again have the Commandant’s Decade Challenge. It was a hard-fought battle last year when the classes of the 2000s took the prize!

VTCC Alumni Diversity Panel (March 21): Since 2017, we have supported a diversity panel as part of the first-year cadets’ Corps Lab. At 7 p.m. March 21, we are requesting alumni volunteers from under-represented communities (race, sexual orientation, religion) who would be willing to virtually participate and share your perspectives with the cadets. If interested or if you know someone we should reach out to, please contact the alumni director at nhbrown@vt.edu.

Ring Dance (March 25): We are very excited to rekindle this time-honored tradition that was curtailed last year because of the pandemic.

Distinguished Alumni Award Ceremony (March 31): An opportunity to celebrate one of our own! Nominations are due by Jan 14.

Spring Caldwell March (April 23): First-year cadets and their cadre will execute the second portion of the Caldwell March. We are looking at options to allow alumni to participate virtually.

Change of Command Parade (April 30): At 10 a.m. on the Drillfield, the junior class will relieve the senior class in leadership of the Corps of Cadets.

Corps Graduation and Joint Commissioning Ceremony (May 13): Graduating seniors will have a ceremony honoring their completion of the Corps of Cadets program.

Reunion Weekend and 50th Reunion for the Class of ’72 (June 8-12): Reunion Weekend is June 9-12. The 50th Reunion kicks off with special events on June 8 and 9. The reunion weekend celebrates milestone class anniversaries (5th, 10th, 15th, 25th) but all classes and their families are welcome. Learn more and register for Reunion Weekend.

Administrative Notes

Summer Internships: It is that time of the year when many employers are going through the selection process for summer interns. If you have internship opportunities for our cadets, please pass to us at vtccalumni@vt.edu so we can share with our Corps.

N and O: We are seeking N and O alumni who would be willing to virtually meet and tell us about your cadet unit, company, squadron, battery. As we look to re-establish N Company and O Company, we want to ensure that today’s cadets have the benefit of the traditions and heritage that you share with us. Please contact vtccalumni@vt.edu if you are willing to share.

March 21 Diversity Panel: The Alumni Office is seeking volunteers for this virtual opportunity to share your experiences with the Class of 2025. Please contact the alumni director at nhbrown@vt.edu if you would like to participate.

Athletics Tickets: For those looking to return for a Hokie sporting event, tickets can be purchased at hokiesports.com/sports/tickets. If you would like seats in close proximity to where the Corps of Cadets may be sitting, please reach out to us and we can provide you information.

Corps Scholarships: If you are interested in supporting a current cadet, please let us know and we will put you in contact with our Scholarship coordinator.

Let us Celebrate YOU: Let us know what’s happening with you: Submit your deployments, job and rank changes, awards and honors, family announcements, photos, and more to be included in the next Corps Review magazine at vtcc.vt.edu/classnotes.

Social Media

Facebook: The Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets Alumni has an official Facebook page that is regularly used to put out information. Many classes have their own class-only Facebook pages as well. Contact your class champion for details.

Corps Website: The Corps’ website has a lot of useful information for alumni and the upcoming schedule for VTCC-related activities. Feel free to bookmark it and visit frequently.

“Hokies with a Flag” pictures on Facebook: We have received and displayed on the Alumni Facebook page some really great photos of Hokies serving overseas and displaying their Hokie pride while in uniform. Service can come in many forms, not just in uniform and not just overseas. I challenge our alumni community: Send us some pictures of you doing something service-related and showing Hokie pride (conducting a community service project, helping at an animal shelter, in front of the hospital you work at, in front of the volunteer fire department, you get the idea). Let’s show the world examples of Ut Prosim in action

In Case You Missed It

Can’t get back, but interested in seeing Upper Quad again? Consider watching this video from last year. Our cadets take you on a virtual tour.

This projection debuted on Friday night of Corps Reunion to celebrate the university’s sesquicentennial.

Our Condolences to the Families, Friends, And Classmates of:

Bertram Donald Aaron ’43 (Dec. 31)

George Edward Fisher ’53 (Dec. 13)

James P. Cassada Jr. ’64 (Jan. 1)

 

Ut Prosim,

Nate Brown ’98

Alumni Director

nhbrown@vt.edu

 

Class Champion Update

Dec. 7, 2021

It is our hope that everyone had a happy and fulfilling Thanksgiving and that your winter holidays are warm and safe! As an alumni community, we continue to either build our own events, or leverage existing university events, to provide opportunities to live a lifelong Hokie experience! Please see below information on some recent and future opportunities to maintain your connection to Virginia Tech, the Corps of Cadets, and your fellow alumni.

Recent Events

Cutchins Leadership Lecture Series, Medal of Honor recipient Britt Slabinski, Nov. 4: Master Chief Special Warfare Operator (SEAL) Slabinski received the Medal of Honor during a White House ceremony May 24, 2018, for his actions during combat operations on March 4, 2002, while deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. He shared his inspirational story and leadership insights with cadets.

A-Squadron Class of ’64 Mini Reunion, Nov. 10-12: A-Squadron alumni from the Class of 1964 conducted a mini reunion in conjunction with Homer Hickam ’64’s return to campus to talk with cadets and conduct a book signing.  

Veterans Day Remembrance Ceremony, Nov. 11: Col. Gregory Lowe ’97, commander of Virginia Tech Air Force ROTC Detachment 875, provided a fitting tribute in honor of Veterans Day that was followed by a wreath-laying at the Pylons.

“Don’t Blow Yourself Up” Book Signing with Homer Hickam, Nov. 11: Homer Hickam appeared at a public meet and greet, hosted by the New River Valley Hokies. He shared highlights from his newest book, “Don’t Blow Yourself Up,” which was followed by a reception and book signing. A portion of the proceeds was designated for the Skipper Fund.

Cadets for a Cause Engagement with Dan Gladden, Nov. 17: Dan Gladden B’99 is the executive director for a U.S.-based nonprofit, Hope Shines, that does work in Rwanda focused on providing kids and young people skills and opportunities for a better life. He offered his insights on a career in this type of profession with members of the Cadets for a Cause organization. This was a great example of how we can link alumni who have unique experiences with cadets who may be pursuing a similar career path. If you would be interested in volunteering in a similar fashion, please let us know!

Cutchins Leadership Lecture Series, Jesse Iwuji, Nov. 18: NASCAR driver Jesse Iwuji went from a D1A college football player to a lieutenant commander in the U.S. Navy.

Upcoming Events

Distinguished Alumni Award Nominations: Instructions and process for nominating alumni for this prestigious award are online. Nominations are due by Jan. 14.

Release of the Fall Corps Review, December: We are putting the finishing touches on the fall edition of the Corps Review. We are really pleased with how the Corps Review is looking and can’t wait to get it in your hands. If you do not receive your Corps Review by the New Year, please let us know at vtccalumni@vt.edu and provide the address that you would like your publication to be sent.

Live from Lane Hall, Dec. 14: The alumni director will hold the first of a monthly recurring online meeting with all interested alumni at 6 p.m. EST Dec. 14. An account of recent and future events will be discussed as well as an opportunity for questions, discussion, and camaraderie. The member of the most senior class and the most junior class will receive a “prize” in the mail for attending. For dial-in information, email vtccalumni@vt.edu.

Corps Graduation, Dec. 17: Graduating seniors will have a ceremony honoring their completion of the Corps of Cadets program.

New Era Pinstripe Bowl, Dec. 29: Hokie football will be taking on the Maryland Terapins at 2:15 p.m. at Yankee Stadium in Bronx, New York. There is discussion in the larger Virginia Tech alumni channels that a pregame tailgate is being planned. Keep on the lookout if you plan to attend the game a desire to attend the pregame festivities with fellow Hokies.

Spring Gunfighter Panel, Feb. 10: The event begins at 3:30 p.m. in Burruss Hall. The timing and theme of the event supports not only the celebration of the 100th year of Virginia Tech women but is also linked to the Military Women’s Memorial traveling exhibit titled “Color of Freedom” that will be showcased in the Newman Library Feb. 8-March 1. Panel members will be:

  • LTC Mollie Franke ’90, U.S. Army retired
  • CAPT Sharon Pinder ’98, U.S. Navy
  • Lt Col Kara Miller ’99, U.S. Air Force Reserves
  • Maj Christine (Barry) Durham ’12, U.S. Air Force

Military Ball, Feb. 18: Cadets will conduct and enjoy Military Ball.

Giving Day, Feb. 23-24: Save the date for the 2022 Giving Day, where we will once again have the Commandant’s Decade Challenge. It was a hard-fought battle last year, where the Classes of the 2000s took the prize!

VTCC Alumni Diversity Panel, March 21: Since 2017, we have supported a diversity panel as part of the freshman Corps Lab, and this year’s event starts at 7 p.m. We are requesting alumni volunteers from under-represented communities (race, sexual orientation, religion) who would be willing to virtually participate and share your perspectives with the freshmen. If interested, or if you know someone that we should reach out to, please email the alumni director.

Ring Dance, March 25: We are very excited to rekindle this “in-person” time-honored tradition that was curtailed last year.

Distinguished Alumni Award Ceremony, March 31: An opportunity to celebrate one of our own! Nominations are due by Jan 14. Details are online.

Spring Caldwell March, April 23: Freshmen cadets and their cadre will execute the second portion of the Caldwell March. We are looking at options to allow alumni to participate virtually.

Cadet Change of Command, April 30: At 10 a.m. on the Drillfield, the junior class will relieve the senior class of the leadership of the Corps of Cadets.

Corps Graduation and Joint Commissioning Ceremony, May 13: Graduating seniors will have a ceremony honoring their completion of the Corps of Cadets program.

Reunion Weekend and 50th Reunion for Class of ’72, June 8-12: The Reunion Weekend is June 9-12, but 50th Reunion kicks off with special events on June 8 and 9. The reunion weekend celebrates milestone class anniversaries (5th, 10th, 15th, 25th …) but all classes and their families are welcome. Learn more and register online.

Administrative Notes

Summer internships: It is that time of the year when many employers are going through the selection process for summer interns. If you have any information on opportunities for our current cadets this summer, please pass to vtccalumni@vt.edu so that we can share.

N and O: We are seeking N and O alumni who would be willing to virtually meet and tell us about your cadet unit, company, squadron, and battery. As we look to re-active N and O, we want to ensure that the companies have the benefit of the traditions and heritage that you share with us. Please contact the Alumni Office at vtccalumni@vt.edu if you are willing to share.

Assistant to the alumni director: Anthony Gaspar ’21 had been serving as our interim assistant to the alumni director following Michele Messner’s departure. He will be commissioned as an ensign in the U.S. Navy this December and commence his Naval career in the Surface Warfare Community. Anthony has been amazing, not only as our temporary assistant, but throughout his time at Virginia Tech and the Corps of Cadets. We wish him “fair winds” as he embarks on his Navy journey and look forward to welcoming him back to Blacksburg as a part of our alumni community.

New assistant to the alumni director: After an extensive search, we are pleased to announce that our next assistant to the alumni director is LTC Edie Mangibin Fairbank, ‘95. Edie retired from the U.S. Army in 2020 and we are excited to have her back on Upper Quad.

Athletics tickets: For those looking to return for a Hokie sporting event, tickets can be purchased at https://hokiesports.com/sports/tickets. If you would like seats in close proximity to where the Corps of Cadets may be sitting, please reach out to us and we can provide you with where we expect the Corps to be located for that event.

Corps scholarships: If you are interested in supporting a current cadet, please let us know and we will put you in contact with our scholarship coordinator.

Let us Celebrate YOU: Let us know what’s happening with you: Submit your deployments, job and rank changes, awards and honors, family announcements, photos and more to be included in the next Corps Review magazine at www.vtcc.vt.edu/classnotes.

Social Media

Facebook: The Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets Alumni has an official Facebook page that is regularly used to put out information. It is a great mechanism to keep up with alumni events and Corps of Cadets activities. Many classes have their own class-only Facebook page as well. Contact your class champion for details.

“Hokies with a VT Flag” pictures on Facebook: We have received and displayed on the VTCC alumni Facebook page some really great photos of Hokies serving overseas and displaying their Hokie pride while in uniform. Service can come in many forms, not just in uniform and not just overseas. I challenge our alumni community: Send us some pictures of you doing something service-related and showing Hokie pride (Conducting a Community service project, helping at an animal shelter, in front of the hospital you work at, in front of the volunteer fire department, you get the idea). Let’s show the world examples of Ut Prosim in action.

In Case You Missed It

Can’t get back but interested in seeing Upper Quad again? Consider watching this video from last year, where our cadets take you on a virtual tour.

Watch the projection shown during Corps Reunion to celebrate the Sesquicentennial:

Take a behind-the-scenes look at that projection on Lane Hall:

Our Condolences to the Families, Friends, and Classmates of

  • David Pierce Johnson Jr. ’56 (Sept. 29, 2021)
  • LTC William W. Bird Jr. ’60 (Aug. 13, 2021)
  • Robert "Bob" Marshall ’61 (Sept. 22, 2021)
  • Warren R. Jones ’61, (Nov. 10, 2021)
  • Steven Davenport Moore ’62 (Nov. 12, 2021)
  • Richard B. Robertson ’65 (Sept. 13, 2021)
  • Richard Monroe ’66 (Oct. 18, 2021)
  • Dick Glancy ’66 (Oct. 21, 2021)
  • Donald Matheson ’67 (Oct. 15, 2021)
  • Paul Whitehead Jr. ’67 (Nov. 19, 2021)
  • Renee Stewart Pickard ’81 (Sept. 30, 2021)
  • Timothy Bandy’83 (Nov. 9, 2021)
  • Jerry Snead ’85 (Sept. 12, 2021)

 

Ut Prosim,

Nate Brown ’98

Alumni Director

nhbrown@vt.edu

 

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.