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Charles P. Fletcher (SOC) was elected chair of the board of directors of AAA Tidewater, Va.
Vann H. Johnson (BAD) received the Eagle Scout award after waiting nearly 60 years.
Donald C. Morrison (GSC) was elected mayor of Duck, N.C., and chair of the Dare County Tourism Board.
Jack L. Shagena Jr. (EE) wrote An Illustrated History of the Barrel in America.
Wayne D. Purcell (AGEC) was named Alumni Distinguished Professor Emeritus by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors.
James F. Saunders (EM) retired from Technip USA, Houston.
Francis F. Falls (BAD) is president of Community First Bank and Community First Financial Corp.
Thomas E. Myers (ME) retired from the U.S. Navy after 44 years.
Richard M. Goff (ASE) was named the W.S. "Pete" White Chair for Innovation in Engineering Education by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors.
Sara H. Henry (HORT) is a senior toxicologist/risk assessor at the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition.
Charles E. Anderson Jr. (PHYS) was elected a fellow of the American Physical Society.
F.R. Beaman III (MGT) was appointed by Gov. Mark Warner to the Virginia Interagency Coordinating Council.
Louis L. Brooking Jr. (AGRN) was elected chair of the Virginia Agribusiness Council.
J. Jefferies Miles (ECON) was selected by Nightingale's Healthcare News for its "Outstanding Healthcare Antitrust Lawyers" list.
Bobby K. Horton (BIOL) retired from Wytheville Community College after 22 years.
Lyle E. Browning (HIST) acquired Heite Consulting Inc., a cultural resource management firm located in Camden, Del.
Billy K. Cannaday Jr. (HPE) was appointed head of the Virginia Department of Education.
Gregory S. Clemmer (BIOL) received the Douglas Southall Freeman History Book Award for his biography, Old Alleghany: The Life and Wars of General Ed Johnson.
James V. Poti (ACCT) was selected to serve as vice-chair of PKF North American Network's public companies task force.
Brian R. Brown (HIST) was recognized in Business North Carolina magazine as a "Legal Elite" in tax/estate planning.
Albert L. de Richemond (ESM) was elected to the board of directors of the Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation.
Anita Vestal (MHFD) received the Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award from Nova Southeastern University.
Alice M. McCallum (EDAD) was named director of the Virginia Tech Southwest Center at the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center in Abingdon, Va.
Carol N. Sykes (BIOL) served as a People to People Ambassadors' school nutrition delegate to China.
Keith S. Webb (VIED) is vice president of operations with Melani Brothers Inc.
Arthur L. Woods III (CE) was elected to an owner of Burgess & Niple Inc.
Charles R. Sheppard (FW) is director of construction for St. Joe Towns & Resorts in Florida.
Andrew W. King (PSYC) was appointed president and chief marketing officer of Liberty National Life Insurance Co. in Birmingham, Ala.
Thomas E. Low (ARCH), an architect with Duany Plater-Zyberk & Co., designed Greensboro, N.C.'s Southside Neighborhood, designated by the Sierra Club as one of the country's 12 best new development projects.
Christopher J. Holbrook (FIN) was promoted to chief financial officer for DuPont Chemical Solutions Enterprise and DuPont Safety Resources in Wilmington, Del.
Gary S. Jacquette (ARCH) was promoted to vice president of RBK Architects Inc. in Tampa, Fla.
Wayne R. Sass (PSCI) was named chief information officer of Greater Newport Physicians in Orange County, Calif.
John C. Cosgriff Jr. (MHFD) was named an associate professor emeritus of the University Libraries by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors.
Elizabeth S. Nemura (ARCH) joined the professional staff of WTW Architects in Pittsburgh and assisted the design team with the Indiana University of Pennsylvania Foundation's student housing project.
Annette D. Shupe (ELED) is principal of Jefferson-Houston School for Arts and Academics in Alexandria, Va.
Daniel J. Murray (AOE) was promoted to chief engineer for the Boeing Co.
Pamela M. Sargent (COMM) was elected to a third and final one-year term as the judicial representative on the Virginia Bar Association Board.
Steven R. Turner (MGT) was named group private banking manager for BB&T's Southwest Virginia and Central Virginia regions.
Zafer Gurdal (AOE) was named professor emeritus by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors.
Kaaren H. Jacobsen (PAPA) was elected to a four-year term on the city commission in Bozeman, Mont., and will become mayor in 2008.
Shawn C. Johnson (AOE) was elected to a six-year term on the Berea College board of trustees.
Jeffrey N. Johnson (ARCH) was awarded a fellowship to the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.
William D. Pollard Jr. (FIN) was selected to serve as district governor of Rotary International District 7600.
Carol C. Sautner (MKTG) was awarded the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Medal for serving Catholic youth in a national organization.
Christopher M. Armstrong (ECAS) was promoted to general manager for industrial products at Premier Chemicals, LLC.
Nancy A. Cooper (PSYC) has started a new company, Wildwallflowers.com.
T. Matthew Flemer (FIN) was named Mid-Atlantic regional sales manager for A.O. Smith Corp.
C. Randolph Wimbish III (PSCI), who specializes in the defense of medical malpractice cases, is chair of the healthcare practice group at Sands Anderson Marks & Miller and was recognized by Virginia Lawyers Weekly for obtaining five of the largest defense verdicts returned in Virginia in 2005.
Robert M. Brooke (MKTG) was promoted to director of federal funding programs at Virginia's Center for Innovative Technology.
Timothy A. Clark (ARCH) was appointed director of controls at The Stellar Group in Jacksonville, Fla.
John L. Deming Jr. (IEOR) was promoted to vice president of Quality Superior Tube Co. in Collegeville, Pa.
Steve B. Ewankowich Jr. (ME) was promoted to manager of motor control products with Square D Co., a subsidiary of Schneider Electric.
Kevin R. Parker (MGT) joined The Exeter Group, a boutique executive search firm in Chicago.
Anne M. Pritchett (ART) was named deputy vice president of PhRMA.
Cheryl B. Smith (MKTG) was named director of strategic planning at Hatteras Yachts.
Frederic R. Brandt Jr. (UA) joined the Fort Lee Directorate of Public Works and Logistics as the community planner.
Bernard M. Dillard (MSCI) started Dogtail Solutions, LLC, an IT services company.
Peter J. Donahue (ENGL) won the Langum Prize for Historical Fiction in recognition of his debut novel, Madison House.
Russell J. Herakovich (FIN) was promoted to managing director of the health-care loan group of GE Healthcare Financial Services.
Michael P. Maxwell (FIN), who was appointed to the Marquette University Law School Alumni Board, completed London Business School's Directors Leadership Institute, and was designated a certified credit union director.
Christopher N. Carter (MSCI) was named assistant director of the Virginia Space Grant Consortium in Virginia Beach, Va.
Alvin C. Murphy (EE) received an Excellence in Systems Engineering Award at the Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division.
Vikram M. Pattarkine (CE) was named senior vice president for Brinjac Engineering Inc. in Pennsylvania.
John C. Schott (ESEN) is CEO of Tele-Works.
Sherry A. Clouser (PSYC) received an Ed.D. in adult education from the University of Georgia and is coordinator of instructional and distance technologies for the university's Center for Teaching and Learning.
Jeffrey W. Mangels (GEOG) composed an orchestral work, "The Trial," which was selected to be included on ERM Media's classical CD series, Masterworks of the New Era.
Babur R. Mian (CE) was promoted to senior vice president and director of operations with Geocomp Corp.
Kevin T. Barnes (LAR) was elected president of the Virginia chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects for 2007.
Kimberly M. Shanahan (FIN) joined Korn/Ferry International in the Northern Virginia office as a client partner in the global technology market.
Teresa M. Bartel (FCD) received a Ph.D. in life span human development from Kansas State University.
John E. Dooley (EDAD) was appointed commissioner of the Roanoke Regional Airport Commission.
Heather M. McElrath (COMM) received an M.B.A. from George Washington University.
Henry L. Wood III (FIN) was promoted to national business manager of lighting and fireplaces for the residential business group at Ferguson.
Christopher J. Yianilos (PSCI) is legislative director and counsel for U.S. Sen. John Warner.
Mario G. Accardo (ISE) was named lead engineer of final assembly and test systems for Ford Motor Co.'s first internally developed hybrid electric vehicle transmission.
Tracy L. Delaney (ACCT) was promoted to controller and transferred to Archon Group in Dallas.
Keith B. Gray (ENGL) is the associate head strength and conditioning coach for the University of Georgia football team.
Jennifer E. Stanislaw (BIOL) was promoted to lieutenant for the West Valley Fire District as an EMS training officer.
Tiffany Adams (CE) was named to Oregon State University's Council of Early Career Engineers, recognizing the university's outstanding engineering alumni.
Ellen H. Chirichella (HNF) graduated from Thomas Jefferson Medical School in 2002 and is a fellow in hematology/oncology at Brown University in Providence, R.I.
Erik D. Johnson (HORT) is a juvenile crimes detective with the Roanoke, Va., City Police Dept.
Howard M. Lusk (CEEN) was promoted to director of engineering at Huntley, Nyce & Associates in Leesburg, Va.
Eddie L. Pounds (PSCI) received a J.D. from the University of Baltimore School of Law in 2005.
Rebecca P. Brittain (COMM) is a White House producer with CNN in Washington, D.C.
Stephanie Ebeyer (ID) was promoted to senior associate with Gensler Architecture, Design & Planning Worldwide.
Adam J. Langer (BIOL) was accepted into the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's class of epidemic intelligence service officers and assigned to the communicable disease service of the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services.
James L. Moore (EDSP), who received the 2005 George E. Hill Counselor Educator Award, co-edited the February issue of Teachers College Record and wrote the introduction. He was selected to receive the Ohana Award and to participate in the 20th anniversary of the Johns Hopkins University Summer Seminar Series.
Jessica P. Spear (FCD) was promoted to rank of lieutenant with the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department.
James W. Barnes (AAEC) works for MetLife as a senior Internet tech specialist.
William C. Kreye II (CE) passed the professional engineer exam of the Virginia Department of Professional and Occupation Regulation.
Michael D. Zehner (PSCI) is assistant director of planning and zoning in Sandy Springs, Ga.
David A. Brown (HNFE) received a Ph.D. from the University of Colorado and accepted a post-doctoral fellowship in the cardiology department at Johns Hopkins University.
Matthew W. Yancey (WOOD) is a forestry and natural resources Extension agent for the northwest district of the Virginia Cooperative Extension.
Ryan E. Athearn (BIOL) is a clinical trial specialist with Amgen Inc. in Thousand Oaks, Calif.
Juliette M. Barnes (COMM) is an account executive with Marmillion & Co., a public relations firm in Washington, D.C.
Kathryn B. Brown (CE) received the professional engineer license and is employed by Clark Nexsen in Norfolk, Va.
Kristin G. Bryant (PSYC) accepted a clerkship with the 13th Circuit Court in Richmond, Va.
Marcos Freeman (CE) received the professional engineer license and is employed by Clark Nexsen in Norfolk, Va.
Jason J. Garofalo (CE) passed the professional engineer exam of the Virginia Department of Professional and Occupation Regulation.
Stede J. Barnes (MKTG) is marketing coordinator for Draper Aden Associates in the Richmond, Va., office.
Colleen A. French (PAPA), the assistant supervisor of the Roanoke Valley Juvenile Detention Center, received the 2005 Meritorious Award in Residential Services from the Virginia Juvenile Justice Association and was elected secretary of its Blue Ridge district.
Matthew T. Hanratty (EPP) is housing and community development manager for the Town of Blacksburg, Va.
Christine R. Lofton (ARCH) joined the architectural firm of Loebl Schlossman & Hackl in Illinois.
Lori A. Roth Gibbons (HD) is director of training and development at George Mason University.
Takiyah N. Amin (TA) was named Miss Black Virginia USA by the Miss Black USA Pageant and Scholarship Foundation.
Krysta L. Kerzner (MGT) was promoted to a human resources generalist for the technical services sector of Northrop Grumman.
Jennifer A. Lazenby-Jones (COMM) was named news bureau manager at Virginia Tech.
Robin Bachman (PAPA) joined the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine Health System as director of public policy.
Elisabeth C. Grant (PSYC) is a Web content editor at the American Historical Association.
Michael L. Steadman (IT) is president of Susquehanna Technologies in Winchester, Va.
'45 Philip B. Magruder Jr. and Constance Bohlman, 11/26/05.
'78 Charles R. Sheppard, twin girls, 11/25/05.
Marshall Fishwick, professor emeritus in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, died on May 22. Fishwick, who taught at Virginia Tech from 1976 until his retirement in 2003, is widely regarded as originator of the academic movement known as popular culture.
He held degrees from the University of Virginia, the University of Wisconsin, and Yale University, and received eight Fulbright Awards and numerous additional grants that enabled him to introduce the popular culture discipline at home and abroad.
Founder of the journal International Popular Culture and co-founder and president of the Popular Culture Association in the late 1960s, Fishwick also served as an advisory editor of both the Journal of Popular Culture and the Journal of American Culture. Throughout his career he contributed articles on American studies and popular culture to national and international papers, journals, magazines, and newspapers.
Fishwick also wrote more than 20 books -- and edited an additional dozen --in the fields of history, literature, education, theology, and communication. His most recent book, Cicero and Popular Culture, is in production and will be published posthumously.
For more on Fishwick's numerous achievements, go to www.vtnews.vt.edu/story.php?relyear=2006&itemno=290.
Sallie M. Henry, a member of the Department of Computer Science faculty in the College of Engineering for 20 years, died on March 7. During her tenure at Virginia Tech, Henry coached the student computer-programming team to numerous regional championships and a second-place finish in world competition in 2001. She also served as adviser for the student chapter of the Association for Computing Machinery during most of her years at the university. In 1986, she received the computer science department's Outstanding Instruction Award. Henry served as a visiting professor at the University of Coimbra in Portugal and at Peking University in China. She retired from teaching in 2003 and divided her time between homes in Costa Rica and Blacksburg.
Jon Polifrone, former chair of the Department of Music, died on March 11. Polifrone earned his bachelor's and master's degrees in musical composition from Michigan State University in 1958 and 1959, respectively, and his doctorate from Florida State University in 1974. He taught at several institutions -- including Jordan Conservatory in Indianapolis, Indiana State University, and the University of Nebraska -- from 1963 until 1980, when he came to Virginia Tech. At Tech, Polifrone served as the department head from 1980 until 1983, and as a professor of music until his retirement in 2002. His true passion, however, was composing contemporary classical pieces, four of which were written for the principal cellist with the Omaha Symphony and won him a Pulitzer Prize nomination in the late 1970s.
Ernest Carl Houck, professor in the Department of Business Information Technology, died on May 22. Houck, who earned a master's degree and a Ph.D. from Virginia Tech, joined the faculty in 1972. In 1995, he was appointed R.B. Pamplin Professor of Management Science. He directed the M.B.A. program from 1978 to 1982. Since 1983, he had been his department's graduate programs director. An outstanding educator and scholar, Houck received the college's Certificate of Teaching Excellence on three occasions. He was the college's first faculty member to be elected to the university's Academy of Teaching Excellence, in 1976. He was the college's first recipient of the prestigious Wine Award, given for teaching excellence, in 1977. In 2002, he received the college's Doctoral Teaching Award.