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Jesse J. Richardson receives W.E. Wine Achievement Award


BLACKSBURG, Va., Sept. 17, 2004 – Jesse J. Richardson, of Blacksburg, associate professor of urban planning in the College Architecture and Urban Studies, has received one of three university 2004 W.E. Wine Achievement Awards.

The William E. Wine Achievement Awards were established in 1957 by the Virginia Tech Alumni Association in memory of William E. Wine, Class of 1904, who served on the university’s board of visitors and as president of the Alumni Association. Three faculty members are selected to receive the teaching award by a committee representing all eight colleges of the university. One person is nominated from each college following a college-level selection from candidates nominated by students, faculty members, or alumni.

In his real-estate and land-use courses, Richardson consistently has earned extraordinary student perception ratings and respect for his uncanny ability to draw everyone in his classroom into discussion.

He received a bachelor's in agricultural economics magna cum laude from Virginia Tech, a master's in agricultural and applied economics from Virginia Tech, and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Virginia School of Law. He is a member of the American Agricultural Law Association, the American Bar Association, the Virginia Bar Association, the West Virginia State Bar Association, and the American Planning Association. He has won the Alpha Chi Omega Sorority and Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity Certificate of Recognition for excellence in teaching and dedication to students, the University Certificate of Teaching Excellence, and the American Agricultural Law Association Award for Excellence for Professional Scholarship.

The College of Architecture and Urban Studies at Virginia Tech is comprised of two schools, the School of Architecture and Design and the School of Public and International Affairs, and includes programs in architecture, art and art history, building construction, public administration and policy, interior design, industrial design, landscape architecture, government and international affairs, and urban affairs and planning. All programs strive to promote an understanding of the complexity of our environment and ways to improve that environment through thoughtful teaching and research in the design, planning, and construction fields. The college enrolls more than 2,200 students, offering 22 degrees programs taught by 130 faculty members.

Founded in 1872 as a land-grant college, Virginia Tech has grown to become the largest university in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Today, Virginia Tech’s eight colleges are dedicated to putting knowledge to work through teaching, research, and outreach activities and to fulfilling its vision to be among the top research universities in the nation. At its 2,600-acre main campus located in Blacksburg and other campus centers in Northern Virginia, Southwest Virginia, Hampton Roads, Richmond, and Roanoke, Virginia Tech enrolls more than 28,000 full- and part-time undergraduate and graduate students from all 50 states and more than 100 countries in 170 academic degree programs.