Virginia Tech has named Katelyn C. Keefe, a resident of Oakton, Va., as the Outstanding Graduating Senior for the College of Architecture and Urban Studies.

“Miss. Keefe received this award because of her services to the university, as well as her many accomplishments throughout her academic career,” said Paul Knox, dean of the College of Architecture and Urban Studies.

Keefe is expected to receive her bachelor’s degree in Environmental Policy and Planning from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences along with a minor in Spanish in May of this year. During her time at Virginia Tech, Keefe has received a variety of awards, as well as held leadership positions in her many activities on campus.

In 2005, Keefe was given the Urban Affairs and Planning Book Award in recognition of her outstanding undergraduate achievements. Additionally Keefe has been a project chair for Alpha Phi Omega and an officer for Environmental Coalition.

The Outstanding Senior Awards are presented at the Student Honors Day Banquet each spring. These awards are co-sponsored by the Virginia Tech Alumni Association and the senior class.

The purpose of the award is recognition of outstanding student performance in each college of the university. Students are selected on the basis of their quality credit average (3.4 or higher) and outstanding performance in several or all of the following areas: academic achievement, extracurricular activities, leadership positions and contributions of service to the university and/or community.

The College of Architecture and Urban Studies is one of the largest of its type in the nation. The college is composed of two schools and the departments of landscape architecture, building construction, and art and art history. The School of Architecture + Design includes programs in architecture, industrial design and interior design. The School of Public and International Affairs includes programs in urban affairs and planning, public administration and policy, and government and international affairs. The college enrolls more than 2,000 students offering 22 degrees programs taught by 160 faculty members.

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