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College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences announces Outstanding Graduating Senior award recipient


Rena Glavas Rena Glavas

BLACKSBURG, Va., April 6, 2011 – Virginia Tech has named Rena Glavas of Waynesboro, Va., as the Outstanding Graduating Senior in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences.

Glavas is expected to graduate in May with a two degrees, one in classical studies and the other in history, both from the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences at Virginia Tech.

Glavas is active both inside and outside the classroom. She has received a variety of scholarships and honors including the Virginia Tech John Rathbone Scholarship in 2010, the Virginia Tech Education Abroad Scholarship in 2009, the Virginia Tech Robichaud Family Scholarship, and the Virginia Tech Pamplin Leader Award among many other academic achievements.

During the summer and fall of 2010, Glavas conducted undergraduate research at Virginia Tech where she studied mental illness in first century BCE Rome.

Along with her academic achievements, Glavas is heavily involved in the community. She has been a Team Leader for both Relay for Life and the Big Event at Virginia Tech. She has also served as a Latin tutor for home schooled students since fall 2009. In other co-curricular experiences she had an internship at the Wilderness Road Regional Museum in Pulaski, Va., but what she says she considers most valuable in her learning experience is her education abroad in Riva San Vitale, Switzerland, and Rome in the summer of 2009.

While on her trip, Glavas says she was able to recall information from class notes in certain situations which helped her to learn further in places like Rome and Switzerland. “It’s one thing to translate an inscription from a piece of paper given to you in class and it is a completely different thing to be able to look at the real thing with all of its imperfections and damages from over the years,” Glavas states in reflection of her time spent abroad. Glavas says she still applies what she learned from her trip to different aspects in life. She uses photos and knowledge gained in her Latin tutoring sessions to help students grasp different concepts.

Glavas is the daughter of Devera Stavrakis and Peti Glavas of Waynesboro, Va.

The Outstanding Senior Awards are presented at the Student Honors Day Banquet each spring. These awards are co-sponsored by the Virginia Tech Alumni Association and the senior class.

The purpose of the award is to recognize outstanding student performance in each college of the university. Students are selected on the basis of their grade point average (3.4 or higher on a 4.0 scale) and outstanding performance in several or all of the following areas: academic achievement, extracurricular activities, leadership positions, and contributions of service to the university and/or community.

The College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences at Virginia Tech includes programs in the arts, humanities, social and human sciences, and education. The college seeks to illuminate human experience and expression by creating works of lasting scholarly, cultural, and aesthetic value; empower individuals to engage critically with the complexities of a diverse, global society; and foster the inquiry, innovation, and growth that produce individual and social transformation.

Written by Tim Sweet. Sweet of Newtown, Pa., is a junior majoring in communication in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences.