Virginia Tech Magazine

Volume 14, Number 3
Spring 1992


"Summer Around the Drillfield" scheduled

The Virginia Tech Alumni Association's third annual Summer Around the Drillfield program offers alumni and their families the chance to spend a long July 4 weekend relaxing on campus while attending lectures, hikes, picnics, trips, and activities for children.

Scheduled for July 1-5, Summer Around the Drillfield offers the opportunity to stay in Slusher Hall near the Drillfield.

Summer Around the Drillfield has attracted 130-150 people every summer since it started. The idea, says Alumni Association Assistant Director Tom Brown, was to create a reasonably priced vacation, while establishing an alumni function with educational and entertaining activities for children as well as adults.

The cost of $170 per adult and $150 per child (ages 2 to 18) covers meals, lodging, and all programs. Children younger than 2 attend free. A reservation deposit of $50 per family is due by June 1. For further information or to make reservations call (703) 231-6285.

Maryland Hokies do some "stream cleaning"

If you were to name a capital district river, chances are it would not be the Anacostia, locally known as the Potomac's foul cousin.

The river, which runs through eastern Washington, D.C., has more of a reputation for its floating trash than for its beauty. So when John Harman, president elect of the Maryland National Capital Chapter, discovered Prince George County was planning a clean-up of Quincy Manor Run, a tributary of the Anacostia, he enlisted the help of fellow Virginia Tech alumni. The chapter had, after all, put environmental projects high on their list of annual goals.

On Oct. 12, Harman and other alumni joined Boy Scouts, church groups, and county workers in hauling bottles, cans, paper, car parts, and even old home water heaters from the stream.

In November, Harman was notified he would receive an environmental award from the Maryland National Capital Chapter, to be presented by the Citizens Concerned for a Cleaner County.

Outstanding young alumnus and alumna named

Dr. Julia E. Little has been named Virginia Tech's Outstanding Young Alumna for 1991-92, and A.W. "Bill" Homan has been selected Virginia Tech's Outstanding Young Alumnus.

Little, '83, who majored in chemical engineering, became the first Virginia Tech graduate to study medicine at Harvard. Little was selected for the Armed Services Health Professions Scholarship Program and upon graduation, was assigned to Walter Reed Medical Center where she is a captain in the Army and currently is a senior resident in surgery.

During her undergraduate years at Virginia Tech, Little was active in ODK, Mortar Board, and the Virginia Tech Rescue Squad. She and her husband, Dr. William F. VorderBruegge, live in Silver Spring, Md.

Homan is a 1982 economics graduate from the College of Arts & Sciences. He attended the University of Virginia School of Law and received his J.D. in 1985. Following law school, Homan joined the law firm of Bronson, Bronson, and McKinnon in San Francisco. After four years with the firm, he was named corporate counsel for Varian Associates Inc., a manufacturer of diversified electronics. Since graduation he has had an impressive career as both a litigator and corporate counsel for a leading international corporation.

Homan was active in student leadership as an undergraduate, serving the Honor System, the SGA Tenants Union, ODK, and Beta Theta Pi fraternity. Homan also helped organize alumni meetings in San Francisco and helped start a program to provide legal services to an organization serving abused children. Homan and his wife, Rebecca, live in San Mateo, Calif.

Alumni chapter highlights

In January, the First State Chapter celebrated its fourth anniversary with Barrett Carson, Virginia Tech's new associate vice president for university development. The Eastern Shore Chapter supplied a crowd with plenty of steamed oysters and clam chowder at its annual oyster roast in Willis Wharf, Va. The Northern Virginia Chapter heated things up the day before the Super Bowl with its second annual chili fest.

In February, the New River Valley Chapter kicked off a scholarship fund raiser. The New England Chapter hosted a theater and brunch outing in Boston. C.P. Miles Professor of History James I. "Bud" Robertson lectured on the Civil War to the Wythe-Bland and Triad chapters (he also visited Tideneck in January). The Baltimore Chapter presented its annual bull and oyster roast in late February.

March saw activity in other chapters. Engineering professor Paul Torgersen spoke to members and guests of the Amherst-Nelson Chapter, and the Annapolis Chapter hosted Wayland Winstead, director of University Planning, who spoke on "Virginia Tech in the Year 2000."

University President James McComas is scheduled to speak to several chapters during the spring. Admissions personnel and chapter members will be working to bring a series of informative Meet Virginia Tech nights to alumni and prospective students. In addition, the Hokie Club has planned spring tours for football coach Frank Beamer and basketball coach Bill Foster. The Richmond Chapter has scheduled its Spring Fling for the last Friday in May.

If you need information concerning your local chapter, contact the Virginia Tech Alumni Association at (703) 231-6285.

Virginia Tech Magazine Volume 14, Number 3 Spring 1992