VT Stories Oral History Collection (Ms2016-015)

Title

VT Stories Oral History Collection (Ms2016-015)

Subject

University history

Description

Initiated in 2015 by the President’s Office and managed by faculty and staff in History, English, TLOS, VT Libraries, and the Alumni Association, the VT Stories Oral History Project collects and examines stories, memories, tall tales, tragedies, and triumphs of all members of the Hokie community to help us know our shared history and to make sense of it. At the heart of the project is Hokies interviewing Hokies—largely student-staffed and trained by oral historians, interviewers engage with VT Alumni to learn their history and to make mentoring connections that go beyond the student experience. As we seek to understand why Virginia Tech is top rated in its success in engaging alumni, we highlight the exciting, memorable, historic moments in Hokie lives that have forged strong and enduring connections.

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Identifier

Ms2016-015

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Ida Powell graduated from Virginia Tech in 1958 with a bachelor's degree in home economics. In this hour-long interview, Powell discusses her…
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In an hour and 10 minute interview of Mary Nolen
Blackwood and Willis Blackwood, Ren Harman asks about
their lives as they connect to Virginia Tech.…
Martin-Doug.jpeg

Douglas Martin, Ed.D. is Director Emeritus in the
Department of Human Resources at Virginia Tech. This
nearly hour-long interview contains his…
William Starnes.jpg

William (Bill) Starnes, Jr., Virginia Tech class of 1955, never seriously considered any other school. Bill always knew that he was going to college,…
Susan Anderson.jpg

Susan Anderson got her passion for social justice and community service from her family. From a young age, she was taught by her mother to stand up…
Kimberly Williams.png

For Kimberly Williams, Virginia Tech has filled many roles. From 2002 to 2008 it was her university, and recently her place of employment – but it is,…
Rich and Libby Carpenter.jpg

Although Rich and Libby Carpenter each experienced their own unique version of Virginia Tech, they can both attest to the sense of community that they…
Matt Winston Jr..jpg

As one of Virginia Tech’s first black graduates, Matt Winston’s father was able to share a number of stories, both positive and negative, about the…
Linda Plaut.jpg

You don’t have to graduate from Virginia Tech to be a Hokie. After moving to Blacksburg as a faculty spouse, Linda Plaut joined the university’s staff…
Bob Bates.jpg

Education has always been important in the life of Robert “Bob” Bates, former dean of the College of Arts and Sciences (now College of Science). Both…
Mickey Hayes.jpg

Mickey Hayes, born as Charles Joseph Hayes, Jr. was born in Pittsburgh in 1941, moved to Norfolk very shortly after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, and…
Bill Latham.jpg

On the residential side of campus, there is an academic building where researchers from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) and…
Rhonda and Phil Rogers.jpeg

For Rhonda and Phil Rogers, “the rest of history” isn’t just a well worn phrase or one that is used to indicate their place in the history of Virginia…
Ackerman, Beverine, Driscoll, and Saunders.jpg

They say that college is where you find lifelong friends, and this couldn’t be any more true for Angi Ackerman, Cecilia Beverine, Chiny Driscoll, and…
Sam Lionberger.jpg

The university motto of Ut Prosim (That I May Serve) which adorns the steps in front of the Pylons that rest atop of the War Memorial Chapel…
Kim Muller.jpg

While college is often a place where students can broaden their social horizons by meeting new people, joining clubs, playing sports, and attending…
Joe Frazier.jpg

Joe Frazier began his undergraduate career at Virginia Tech in 2009, and remains a part of the Hokie community through his work as assistant director…
Christopher Kraft Jr..jpg

Christopher Columbus Kraft, Jr. is a Class of 1944 Virginia Tech graduate born. He was born on February 28, 1924 in the small town of Phoebus,…
Wesley and Linda Patterson.jpeg

At a time when the world was undergoing revolution, Wesley and Linda Patterson were enjoying the academic seclusion of Virginia Tech. They both began…
Charles Tynan.jpg

A proud alumnus, Charles Tynan is no stranger to the Blacksburg area or Virginia Tech. From the years of 1947 to 1952 he was an undergraduate student,…
General Carlton Everhart.jpg

Since childhood, General Carlton Everhart has strongly believed in the importance of honesty, integrity, and humility. He has lived life with these…
Nick Moga.jpg

It is easy for us to view today’s version of Virginia Tech as a technologically advanced university that is particularly superior in the fields of…
Katie Frazier.png

Virginia Tech is known for its large campus and its striking architecture, and while it is easy to appreciate these features, many incoming students…
Greg Fansler.jpg

fter graduation, some Virginia Tech students are left with four years worth of memories, while others have memories surrounding the university that…
Curry Roberts.jpg

Curry Roberts grew up not too far from Virginia Tech’s campus in a small village in the western part of Bedford County. His parents grew up in the…
Stephen Nehrt.jpg

Steve Nehrt was born outside of St. Louis, Missouri in a town called Florissant, but he grew up in Springfield, VA. Drawn to the mountainous region of…
John Frasier.jpg

The son of a head bookkeeper and a civil servant, John Frasier was born in 1933 and grew up in Arlington, Virginia. Although he grew up on the heels…
Nikki Giovanni.png

Renowned poet, eight time NAACP award winner, University Distinguished Professor, and the list of achievements goes on, but much to Virginia Tech’s…
Apryl Alexander.jpg

As part of a military family, Apryl Alexander, class of 2005, grew accustomed to a lifestyle that took her to many parts of the world. At Virginia…
Douglas Beaver.jpg

Captain Douglas J. Beaver was born in Honolulu, Hawaii. During his childhood, his father’s naval career took them all over the world to places like:…
James Godek.jpg

We mourn the loss of a persevering and inspiring member of the Hokie community. James Godek did a lot of things in his life, but one thing he never…

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