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Wednesday, May 19

Space@VT rocket launch
Space@VT rocket launch

Frontiers of Space
Released at noon

Cornerstone Alumni will experience the premier of a video highlighting both alumni and the university's impact on the space program.

Hillcrest Hall
Hillcrest Hall, present day

First 50 Years of Women at VPI
Live at 4 p.m. ET

Join a panel discussion to hear stories from alumnae reflecting on the first 50 years of women at VPI (1921-1970).

Debbie has served Virginia Tech and Alumni Relations for over 30 years.  She began her career in the National Capital Region, establishing Virginia Tech’s first satellite office for alumni in 1987.  She moved to Blacksburg in the mid-1990’s and has worked in a variety of areas within Alumni Relations including chapters programs, reunions, student programs, community service and diversity and inclusion.

She is the team leader for alumni directors in nine colleges and four units at Virginia Tech, including Inclusion and Diversity, Student Affairs, the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets, and the Graduate School.  Debbie was appointed Director of the Office of Recovery and Support in 2008 and continues to work with families and the university on matters related to the April 16 tragedy at Virginia Tech.

Debbie and her husband, JS Brown '89 ESM, are proud that their three children have followed in their footsteps as Hokies.

Dorothy received both her bachelors in home economics and masters in secondary education for home economics from Virginia Tech.

She served as a member of the Home Economics Club, was Miss VPI, and lived at Hillcrest Hall. After graduation, she was an advisor and instructor at the Roanoke Valley campus, volunteered in the community, and served on various alumni boards.

During her time with the previously named Old Guard Society of Golden Alumni, she moved to add “Society of Golden Alumni” to ensure women and civilian alumni felt included. She served as president of the organization from 2017-2018. She is still an active member today.

Prim was one of the first women to graduate from the university with a mechanical engineering degree and was the only woman in her engineering class.

Prim was part of various honors societies, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and the Homecoming Court. After graduation, she was the first woman to be a registered professional mechanical engineer in Virginia and received her masters in engineering mechanics from George Washington University.

Prim’s 46 year career was focused on designing rockets with Atlantic Research Corporation. Prim served on Virginia Tech’s Board of Visitors, along with various other notable alumni committees.

Marguerite was one of the first six black women to enroll at Virginia Tech.

During her time as a student, she joined the Human Relations Council and Student Government Association to fight for social change on campus. Her work proved successful, with a resolution for the band to stop playing the song “Dixie” and for the removal of the confederate flag from VPI Coliseum.

After graduation, she earned a masters in liberal studies from Duke University. She was a teacher for more than 38 years in Norfolk City schools and Wake County schools. Marguerite has been active in various alumni programs and committees, most recently her 50th class reunion committee.

Sandy was a member of Phi Mu and lived in Hillcrest Hall while studying chemistry. She is most remembered as the first female vice president at Virginia Tech.

Sandy received her masters in student personnel services from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville and her doctorate in educational administration from Florida State University.

During her time as the vice president of student affairs from 1982-1988, she founded the Order of the Gavel – an organization to recognize the contributions of student leaders in major student organizations.

Thursday, May 20

Innovation Campus

Innovation Campus: The Why
Live at 4 p.m. ET

Join in a discussion with Lance Collins, Vice President and Executive Director of the Innovation Campus.  Hear an update about the progress of the Innovation Campus and how it will make a global impact.

Class of 1966 ring

Class Anniversary Happy Hours
Live at 5 p.m. ET

Tune in to join happy hours to connect with your classmates. Sessions will be divided into multiple five class year cohorts i.e. (1960-1964).

Friday, May 21

Virginia Tech in Roanoke

Impact of Virginia Tech Carilion and Fralin Biomedical Research Institute Update
Live at noon

Hear updates and news from Michael Friedlander and Lee Learman about the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine and the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute in Roanoke, VA.