Four Virginia Tech communication professionals were winners in the Virginia Press Women (VPW) 2005 Communications Contest. First place winners advance to the National Federation of Press Women competition.

Clara Cox of Blacksburg, director of publications and outreach communications, received a first place award for Special Articles – History, and three second-place awards for Writing for the Web, Public Relations - four-color newsletter, and Public Relations - four-color brochure.

Sally Harris of Christiansburg, communications manager, won first place for Special Articles – science. The winning entries were about research in the College of Science: "Studying growth of Himalayan mountains takes geology professor to cold, lofty heights" and "Virginia Tech researchers discover defense mechanisms in some plants believed bred out by humans." She also won two second place awards for News Reporting - general publication, and Newspaper Advertising - black-and-white display; and an honorable mention for Special Articles - science.

Lynn Nystrom of Christiansburg, director of news and external relations for the College of Engineering, received a first place award for Public Relations Marketing Program; two second place awards, Information for the Media - single news release, and Information for the Media - multiple news releases; and third place for Public Relations Annual Report.

Susan Trulove, Pulaski County, communications manager for the Virginia Tech Research Division, received three second-place awards, for Public Relations Magazine for Virginia Tech Research magazine, Feature Story for the article, "Life in the fast lane enriches Virginia's landscape," and Special Articles – Science for articles on a new paclitaxel analog developed by David Kingston, a toxin for broomrape developed by James Westwood's student Radi Aly, and about Shuhai Xiao's discovery of evidence that supports three major glaciation events in the distant past. Trulove also received an honorable mention for Information to the Media, for a single news release about Roan Yoon's coal cleaning technology to be used to recover coal from waste.

Founded in 1872 as a land-grant college, Virginia Tech has grown to become among the largest universities in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Today, Virginia Tech’s eight colleges are dedicated to putting knowledge to work through teaching, research, and outreach activities and to fulfilling its vision to be among the top research universities in the nation. At its 2,600-acre main campus located in Blacksburg and other campus centers in Northern Virginia, Southwest Virginia, Hampton Roads, Richmond, and Roanoke, Virginia Tech enrolls more than 28,000 full- and part-time undergraduate and graduate students from all 50 states and more than 100 countries in 180 academic degree programs.