Cadets compete in the annual Jaffe Eager Squad and Eager Individual drill competitions, named in honor of the late Jeff Jaffe ‘42. Jaffe was a member of his unit’s Eager Squad when he was a cadet, and the experience meant so much to him that he wanted to make sure it was still a meaningful event today. Beginning in 2004, Jaffe donated the money to purchase the trophy and plaque, as well as annually giving the monetary award for the winning cadets.
News from the Development Office Thank you for sharing By Sandi Bliss, chief advancement officer First and foremost, I want to tell you all how excited I am to join the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets (VTCC). I look forward to working with and learning from you all. I am thrilled to be back at a landgrant university, notwithstanding a major weather change. As many of you may have read, I began my career in academic development at Oklahoma State University. I most recently worked as the development director for the provost at the University of Miami. The decision to move from Miami to Blacksburg was not made lightly. I was given the opportunity to apply for the position with the Corps last fall, shortly after losing my father, a Marine. I am honored and humbled to be given the chance to work with you and to honor
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my father’s legacy. In my first few months, I have learned so much about the Corps and Virginia Tech. The memory that stands Sandi Bliss out the most is meeting an amazing alumnus, Mr. Ray Carmines. He has just turned 90 years old and still ice skates, skis, plays golf, dances, and travels across the globe. Happy 90th birthday, Ray! In addition to meeting Ray, I greatly enjoyed working with a current cadet who spoke to some of you this past spring while volunteering in our student call center. As wonderful as it is for us when a busy cadet volunteers for this
effort, I had not considered the meaning this experience brought to the cadet’s life until I was included in an email this cadet sent to the commandant, Maj. Gen. Randal D. Fullhart, thanking us all for the experience he had while hearing your stories. Thank you for sharing with him!
Inspired by alumni By Scott Lyman ’84, associate director of development By now, many of you have met me in person or seen my picture in the Corps Review. I would like to take this time to tell you about my history with the Corps. I retired from the Army three years ago, after a nearly 30-year career in which I rose to the rank of colonel. I was a career Army officer and so were my father and grandfather — three generations totaling 86 years of service. Besides myself, I have 20 relatives who have either gone to or
The Summer 2017 edition of the Corps Review, the alumni magazine for the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets.