Fall 2017 Corps Review    |    Back

From the Desk of the Alumni Director

As we cap off another successful season with the Corps and Highty-Tighty reunions, we thank the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets (VTCC) alumni who participated! The best parts were getting to see friends, marching with buds onto Worsham Field, and participating in the homecoming parade. Great memories were made! If you did not make it this year, please plan to be here in 2018.  

On another note, I’ve received so many great alumni pictures recently I’m including as many as I can fit in this edition. Please send us more! Ut Prosim!

— Col. Patience Larkin (retired) ’87

JROTC cadets participated in a STEM Camp in Pearson Hall in June.

JROTC cadets stand in formation.

Summer JRTOC STEM Program

JROTC cadets participated in a STEM Camp in Pearson Hall in June. During the week, they raised and lowered the colors, participated in daily physical training, and attended sessions such as first aid and map reading. This camp hits many university priorities in a meaningful way for at-risk students and “first in family” to go to college.

Urban Saber Ceremony

Lt. Alan C. Urban ’86 died in the December 1988 crash of an Army Chinook helicopter in Honduras. His family recently donated his saber back to his former Corps unit, Alpha Company, for future unit commanders to carry.  Alpha held a ceremony on the “VT” sidewalk in September to honor Urban and symbolically pass the saber to the first company commander. Cadets also framed Urban’s biography and senior year picture and will keep it on display in their company room in Pearson Hall.

In 2014, Matt Bellina ’05, at center, a U.S. Navy Prowler pilot, was diagnosed with ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) at 30 years old. Bellina and his wife, Caitlin, as well as their family and friends, have worked for years to fight for the Right To Try and to raise funds for ALS Research for a Cure. In September, Matt and his team raised over $311,000 by participating in Philadelphia’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon.

Matt Bellina ’05, at center, at Philadelphia’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon

Fighting Back

In 2014, Matt Bellina ’05, at center, a U.S. Navy Prowler pilot, was diagnosed with ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) at 30 years old.  Bellina and his wife, Caitlin, as well as their family and friends, have worked for years to fight for the Right To Try and to raise funds for ALS Research for a Cure. In September, Matt and his team raised over $311,000 by participating in Philadelphia’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon. Ut Prosim, Matt! 

Ken Pryor ’89, at left, gave Eric Zimmerman ’16 a tour of his workplace at the National Center for Weather and Climate Predication.

Ken Pryor ’89, at left, gave Eric Zimmerman ’16 a tour of his workplace at the National Center for Weather and Climate Predication.

Career Networking

Ken Pryor ’89 gave Eric Zimmerman ’16 a tour of his workplace at the National Center for Weather and Climate Prediction. Zimmerman was able to check out the Center for Satellite Applications and Research and the Weather Prediction Center. Alumni mentoring our own!

 

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Upcoming Events

  • Dec. 11: VTCC Alumni Board of Directors Executive Committee meeting 
  • Feb. 22, 2018: Gunfighter Panel 
  • March 23, 2018: Ring Dance, Class of 2019
  • April 5, 2018: Cutchins Distinguished Lecture
  • April 27, 2018: VTCC Alumni Board of Directors meeting
  • April 28, 2018: VTCC Change of Command and Highty-Tighty Alumni Board Meeting
  • May 1, 2018: Tickets for the VTCC Alumni Row for fall 2018 home football games go on sale

Note: Dates for the 2018 Corps and Highty-Tighty Reunions will be sent out via Class Champions as soon as the Virginia Tech Alumni Association sets them.