Class Champions Update
April 27, 2020
Update from the Corps of Cadets Alumni Office:
1) Alumni Row football game tickets: This is the row of seats behind the Corps that traditionally goes on sale 1 May. Due to the uncertainty of fall season events at this time, we must postpone this to 15 June. We will send out a link to order tickets closer to the date, but at this time we plan for the “ticket office” to open at 7 a.m. 15 June. Limit is eight per game for all except Penn State, which is limited to four per alumnus/alumna. Note: Prices for 2020 tickets are $50 for non-ACC games, $65 for ACC games, and $135 for the Penn State game. We can take checks only (made out to the VT Foundation.) Please note: There will be new cadets standing in front of you during every game (except for Virginia). Do not purchase from us if this is an issue. More information to follow.
2) We are planning for our fall 2020 reunions in hopes we will be able to have you back on campus in September and October! Registration for Corps Reunion 2020 (25-26 Sept.) and HT Reunion (2-3 Oct.) will open in early May! We will announce, via your Class Champion and on our Facebook page, when registration is live. We hope to see as many folks as possible back on Upper Quad!
3) Deployed Corps alumni: Realizing there are a lot of unknowns at this time in the area of military deployments and when our alumni are coming home or going over, know that we are in search of Corps alumni who will be deployed during the fall football season so we can honor them as a Hokie Hero. If you or any fellow alumni you know will for certain be deployed any time between August through the end of the calendar year, please send names and email addresses to the VTCC Alumni Office at email@example.com.
4) A huge thank you to the over 200 Corps alumni who participated in Project Graduation! Ut Prosim!
5) Our alumni and future alumni are never far from our thoughts. Please be well and practice lessons learned in the Corps: Take care of your buds, your family, and those you lead; remain flexible; and find the positive and focus on that! (Words taken from Project Graduation.)
Col. Patience C. Larkin E'87
2020 Distinguished Alumni Award
Feb. 6, 2020
The Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets Distinguished Alumni Award selection committee met at the end of January. Members had an extremely difficult decision as all the nominees were excellent.
These two recipients were chosen for the 2020 award:
Robert A. Archer '69, of Salem, Virginia, is chairman and CEO of Blue Ridge Beverage Co. Inc. The company is one of the largest, full-service wholesale beverage distributors in Virginia employing 500 people at five locations in central and southwest Virginia. Archer commissioned into the U.S. Army and served with the 82nd Airborne Division, including service in Vietnam with the 22nd Replacement Battalion. He attained the rank of colonel and retired from the U.S. Army Reserve in 1999 after 30 years of service. Archer is a past chairman of the Virginia Chamber of Commerce. In April 2015, he was appointed by then-Gov. Terry McAuliffe to serve on the Expert Panel to Review ABC Law Enforcement. He is on the board of directors of the Virginia War Memorial Foundation and was recognized in March 2018 by Virginia Business magazine as one of its “50 Most Influential Virginians.” He is currently the rector of Radford University’s Board of Visitors.
Donald D. Sowder '59, originally of Franklin County, Virginia, is a retired pharmaceutical industry executive with Lederle/Wyeth Laboratories (now part of Pfizer Labs) and career U.S. Army Reservist. In pharmaceuticals, he worked his way up the ranks to national sales management and ultimately had worldwide responsibility for all U.S. government business. He also served as chairman, sustaining member, of the national association that represents federal healthcare providers. In the Army, he served one active duty tour as a field artillery officer, then transferred to the Virginia National Guard and later to the U.S. Army Reserve, where he finished his 30-year career at the rank of colonel serving as the inspector general at the U.S. Military Academy. He also served on the Chesterfield County Board of Supervisors as the Midlothian District supervisor. Sowder joined the Corps of Cadets' alumni board in its early years. He helped develop a recruitment-training manual and served as chairman of the Government Affairs Task Force, where he met with key legislators to raise awareness about the Corps. For his efforts, he was honored as a director emeritus of the board.
They will be honored in a ceremony this fall.