Kiwus, who has served as Virginia Tech’s associate vice president and chief facilities officer since 2014, will focus on the care of Virginia Tech’s campuses in Blacksburg, Roanoke, and the greater Washington, D.C., metro area; research and agricultural facilities throughout the commonwealth; and the Steger Center for International Scholarship in Riva San Vitale, Switzerland.
Juneteenth marked the end of slavery, and the beginning of a long and arduous struggle for freedom and equality by African Americans. That struggle, which played out across the nation, the commonwealth, and on our campus, continues today.
The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon Design Challenge was even more difficult his year because students completed their projects and competed remotely after the COVID-19 pandemic forced them to return home.
Ryan Pieper, associate professor at the Washington-Alexandria Architecture Center, found the key to his contribution in the times of COVID-19 in designing a more efficient and widely accessible version of the handheld tools he saw being marketed as germ-free ways to open doors and use on touchscreens.=https://video.vt.edu/media/t/1_8n1z2tof
Ryan Pieper from the College of Architecture and Urban Studies has designed a more efficient and widely accessible version of the handheld tools to reduce physically touching such areas as door pulls and touchscreens. He has made his design plan available for distribution.
A leading hospitality and event management professional for more than 30 years, Fitch is a practicing attorney specializing in hospitality law. Her scholarship also focuses on risk management, contract negotiations, and meeting and event planning.
Earlier this year, the Commonwealth Cyber Initiative sought proposals for scalable pilot programs for experiential learning from member institutions across Virginia that would provide students with industry experience and enhance their skillsets to better prepare them to enter the cybersecurity workforce. Six experiential learning projects have been funded.
As part of the Hokies@Home collection, the project will include all official digital content from Virginia Tech related to COVID-19, including news articles, public announcements, websites, social media, emails, and recordings of public town hall events. But project leaders stress that a key part of this collection will be crowdsourced personal experiences from Hokies, near and far.
Mike and Kathy Melo are working to ensure that Virginia Tech and the College of Natural Resources and Environment will be ready to take on what may be the next great challenge in the sustainable management of natural resources: environmental security.
Perhaps the greatest legacy of an alumnus, said Kevin Lane, a principal at Deloitte who received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in accounting, is in the other Hokies they inspire and whose lives they touch or make a difference, not just in building successful careers but in developing a deeper and richer relationship with Virginia Tech.