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Virginia Tech Board of Visitors names 2004-05 undergraduate student representative

BLACKSBURG, Va., April 19, 2004 – The Board of Visitors has named Melinda Cep of Cordova, Md., as its undergraduate student representative for the 2004-2005 academic year. Cep, along with a graduate student representative, will serve as a liaison between Virginia Tech students and the Board of Visitors.

As part of her responsibilities, Cep must maintain contact with the administration, including the Office of the President, the Office of the Provost, and Virginia Tech students. Cep will present ideas and viewpoints of students to the Board of Visitors and serve on specific task forces or search committees.

Cep, a senior majoring in animal and poultry sciences and biochemistry in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, hopes to improve communication between the Board of Visitors and the student body. "I appreciate the opportunity to represent the opinions and concerns of the undergraduates at Virginia Tech, and am excited to represent their interests on the Board," Cep said.

Cep has served in many university organizations, including Block & Bridle, Poultry Club, Alpha Zeta and the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. She also has served as a teaching assistant and a member to the Virginia 4-H Poultry Judging Team.

The Virginia Tech Board of Visitors is the governing body of the university. It is composed of 14 members, 13 of which are appointed by the governor and the 14th member is the president of the Board of Agriculture and Consumer Services, who serves ex-officio. The term of office for each member is four years.

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech takes a hands-on, engaging approach to education, preparing scholars to be leaders in their fields and communities. As the commonwealth’s most comprehensive university and its leading research institution, Virginia Tech offers 240 undergraduate and graduate degree programs to more than 31,000 students and manages a research portfolio of $513 million. The university fulfills its land-grant mission of transforming knowledge to practice through technological leadership and by fueling economic growth and job creation locally, regionally, and across Virginia.