Mark Embree, a Virginia Tech graduate who was a student in the University Honors Program and Virginia Tech’s most recent Rhodes Scholar, is now helping develop an innovative program within the Virginia Tech Honors College called the Calhoun Discovery Program.
The gift will impact students and faculty members in the Discovery Program, which is a pilot model of transdisciplinary collaborative learning within the Honors College that is scheduled to enroll its first students in the fall 2019 semester.
A peer leader and mentor in the Honors Residential Commons at East Ambler Johnston since her sophomore year, Kocis says she loved being able to serve as a resource for them during their college journey.
After graduating in 1979 with a degree in accounting, Calhoun went to work for General Electric, starting a 26-year career that eventually led him to executive positions at Nielsen and Blackstone, one of the world's leading investment firms. Along the way, he has made many generous commitments of resources and time to Virginia Tech.
The gift from David Calhoun will also support the development and implementation of curricula for the Calhoun Honors Discovery Program, a pilot model for collaborative learning within the Honors College that will train graduates for the 21st century’s innovation economy.
Calhoun’s $20 million donation supports the launch of a pilot model of collaborative learning within the Honors College. A special event for the media and guests will be held Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. in the Moss Arts Center.
The program at the Social and Decision Analytics Laboratory in the National Capital Region will give students expert data science training, while helping policymakers in the local, state, and federal government improve quality of life in their communities.
When Cossaboom graduates with her doctor of veterinary medicine degree in May, it will cap 11 years pursuing her education goals at Virginia Tech and the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine.
The event is sponsored by the Stamps Family Charitable Foundation, which partners with 42 schools around the country to provide scholarships to students with strong leadership potential, academic merit, and exceptional character.