The Division of Student Affairs touches on every facet of student life at Virginia Tech and it’s only natural that students want to be a part of that experience. In as many departments as possible, DSA incorporates students in different ways, whether as interns, volunteers, or by offering events and programming. Many of those students stick around and stay involved throughout their university career. These are our DSA alumni. Below are some of their stories.
Growing up in Beckley, West Virginia, John Lemons couldn’t speak until he was 6 years old. His mother’s greatest fear was that John would get lost and not be able to tell anyone where he lived. With the help of his teachers, his situation improved until he got to high school. That’s when he began stuttering and stammering, suffering speech difficulties which have lasted nearly his entire life.
Lemons, who graduated from Virginia Tech in 1960 with a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering, recently agreed to endow a $100,000 gift to Virginia Tech’s Services for Students with Disabilities in the Division of Student Affairs. The John Lemons Enrichment Fund is intended to support current students who suffer speech impairment, including stuttering and stammering.
Jennifer Jessie, a 2006 graduate who studied political science and sociology, owns a social media communication company in Woodbridge, Virginia. She is convinced her time on the board prepared her with a level of versatility and adaptability that contributes every day to her professional success.
On April 25, 2015 Robby Moser '97 received the inaugural Alumni Aspire! Award for Ut Prosim. This award goes to a Virginia Tech alumnus who represents our hopes for all our students—that they live lives of curiosity, integrity, innovation, leadership, success, fulfillment, and that they continue to embody the university’s motto, Ut Prosim, as a way of life.
It was a perfect autumn afternoon when Ben Ames was inducted into the Order of the Gavel – 66 years after he served as Virginia Tech student body president. The special induction ceremony to honor alumni leadership and service at Virginia Tech was held at War Memorial Chapel homecoming weekend, September 26-28.
Paul Reeder (management ’97) is one of many donors who, combined, have funded a scholarship in the Division of Student Affairs named for the division’s retired vice president, Edward Spencer, and his late wife, Norrine Bailey Spencer, who served as associate provost and undergraduate admissions.
“There may be geniuses out there. You can name any number of famous people who were nurtured beyond their disabilities to become eminent in their field. … It’s important to allow a student to reach his or her full potential."
Former SGA presidents have established an endowed scholarship to be made in perpetuity to future SGA presidents to recognize the significant contributions in time and talent given to the university.