“That I May Serve”

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While many universities can brag about their stellar academics, amazing athletics, and delicious food, none can compare to Virginia Tech.  It is a place unlike anything else- a place where Beamer Ball became famous and fans notorious for school spirit. The campus has a feel of community and family, and most of all, Hokie pride. It is a school that has consistently had the largest attendance for “The Big Event” and “Relay for Life”, showing that Hokies truly believe in Virginia Tech’s motto “Ut Prosim”, meaning “that I may serve”. While there are many things that Virginia Tech is known for, there are also things few people know.

The Virginia Tech campus is unmistakable due to its signature Hokie Stone, the famous limestone that became distinguishable in most of Tech’s infrastructure. However, few people know that Virginia Tech’s Hokie Stone is actually mined at its own quarry in Blacksburg. Hokie Stone is not the only piece of rock that Virginia Tech owns; Virginia Tech also owns and displays a piece of the moon. Christopher Kraft Jr., an aerospace engineer VTech alum (1944), was awarded the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s Ambassador of Exploration Award and presented with a Lucite-encased sample of moon rock. Kraft then presented his piece of the moon to the Virginia Tech College of Engineering and it is now on display in Norris Hall.

Like many college students, I spend some of my days using Netflix to watch my favorite shows. Fall semester of my sophomore year I started watching Nikita, a show about a rogue assassin. In one of the episodes the main character, Maggie Q, meets a reporter at a fictional college called North Virginia State University located in Blacksburg, Virginia. Maggie Q analyzes a campus map to find the closest hiking trail.  I noticed that the map used in Nikita was actually the Virginia Tech Campus Map, so Virginia Tech has officially been in a television show. Virginia Tech’s main campus is also home to the Virginia Tech Montgomery Executive Airport, which has an average of forty-five aircraft operations per day. Virginia Tech cadets were even trained to fly during World War II at Virginia Tech’s airport, making it one of the few Universities that has an airport.

In 2005, Virginia Tech College of Engineering and the College of Architecture and Urban Studies built a solar house for the Solar Decathlon which is a bi-annual international collegiate competition. Later that year, their solar project was used to create a meditation room for Carol Crawford-Smith, a winner of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. Not only was their design used, they were also able to build the meditation room themselves. Producers from Extreme Makeover: Home Edition remarked that Carol Crawford-Smith’s house received the largest amount of volunteers ever seen, which further proves the sense of community and Hokie spirit that is shared among all Hokies.

These facts further prove that Virginia Tech is an amazing school. It is easy to understand why all Hokies show such strong school spirit and why I love Virginia Tech. How many schools can say, among other things, that they have their own quarry for their signature limestone, a piece of the moon, an appearance on two popular television shows, an airport, and an unfettered sense of community?


*Image courtesy of Wikipedia.com

-Morgan Miller, Virginia Tech