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      • May 30, 2019 We are all in this together. It's as simple as that.

        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 (That I May Serve), as a way of life.

      • Dr. John Ferris. Photo credit: Christina Franusich
      • May 28, 2019 "Stand up and do what is right. You know in your heart what is right."

        In 2017, Student Affairs began a journey to improve the lives of our staff employees by forming the Staff Enrichment Task Force. We didn’t know where this journey would take us and we didn’t know the friends and colleagues it would bring into our lives. One of them is Dr. John Ferris, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering, who is our 2019 faculty-staff recipient of the Aspire! Award for embracing Ut Prosim as a way of life.

      • Mackenzie Lewis. Photo credit: Christina Franusich
      • May 24, 2019 Embracing Ut Prosim through love, dignity, and respect

        Mackenzie Lewis’ nominator is someone who’s known her since birth. Her nominator wrote, “Mackenzie wholeheartedly believes that it’s our moral obligation as humans to help each other and give back to our communities in times of need. I’m in awe of the lives she’s touched and the impact she has made. I think of the joy she’s brought to athletes with disabilities or children experiencing homelessness, blowing out the candles on their very first birthday cake. It’s remarkable to see her interact with those individuals. She treats them all with overwhelming love, dignity, and respect.”  

      • From left to right: Dr. Patty Perillo, Josh Redding, Anna Bondy, Laura Sands, President Tim Sands. Photo credit: Christina Franusich
      • May 22, 2019 Asking for help shows strength, not weakness

        Not all leaders have formal titles. Some are simply called “friend” or “mentor.” They lead by example in their communities and peer groups. They lift others up and bring them along. They know that relationships are the heart of leadership.

      • Derek Lawrence. Photo credit: Christina Franusich
      • May 20, 2019 The only constant is change

        Derek Lawrence found his place at Virginia Tech through trial and error, which is probably something most students can relate to. “I’ve been involved in perhaps a dozen different activities since I arrived, and I’ve been to dozens of other interest meetings,” said Derek. “I was a member of some organizations for over a year before discovering that they didn’t fit me, and I only recently joined some of the things I’m now passionate about. In the same way, the place I’ve found now may not be the place I will be next semester. The only constant is change, and as I grow in my personal self-understanding, my interests change.”

      • Carl Yao. Photo credit: Christina Franusich
      • May 16, 2019 "Couch cooperation"

        After interviewing Carl Yao for a peer leadership class, his nominator wrote a beautiful tribute to him, and I’d like to read it to you now.

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