Virginia Tech has named Gregory J. Sagstetter, a resident of Sterling, Va., as the Outstanding Graduating Senior for the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences.

“Mr. Sagstetter received this award because of his services to the university, as well as his many accomplishments throughout his academic career,” said Dr. Jerome A. Niles, dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences.

Sagstetter is expected to receive his honors baccalaureate dual degree in Philosophy and Political Science along with a minor in African American Studies from the College of Liberal Arts and Human Science’s in December of this year. During his time at Virginia Tech, Sagstetter has participated in many extracurricular activities on campus as well as received multiple honors and awards.

In 2006, Sagstetter was named to the USA Today’s 2006 All-USA College Academic Second Team. In addition, Sagstetter is the co-founder of Virginia Tech’s Student Alliance for Sound Financial Planning and Investment, as well as the first male peer educator for the Women’s Center.

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 Liberal Arts and Human Sciences embraces the arts, humanities, social and human sciences, and education. The college nurtures intellect and spirit, enlightens decision-making, inspires positive change, and improves the quality of life for people of all ages. It is home to the departments of apparel, housing and resource management, communication, educational leadership and policy studies, English, foreign languages and literatures, history; human development, interdisciplinary studies, music, philosophy, political science, ROTC, science and technology in society, sociology, teaching and learning, and theatre arts.