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College of Architecture and Urban Studies announces Outstanding Graduating Senior award recipient


Jane Jennings Jane Jennings

BLACKSBURG, Va., April 8, 2011 – Virginia Tech has named Jane Jennings of Roanoke, Va., as the Outstanding Graduating Senior in the College of Architecture and Urban Studies for the 2010-2011 academic year.

In May of 2011, Jennings is expected to graduate with a Bachelor of Architecture Degree. With a grade point average of 3.96 (on a 4.0 scale), she is ranked number one in her class of over 300 students.

Because of her academic success she is a member of several collegiate honor societies.  She has been a member of Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society since 2009, Tau Sigma Delta Architecture Honor Society Since 2008, and the National Society of Collegiate Scholars since 2007.

Jennings already has a significant amount of experience in the world of architecture. She has produced schematic design and masterplan books for large senior living projects, along with producing project programs, schedules, and marketing graphics in a summer internship position she held from 2006-2008.This internship with SFCS Inc. Architecture, Engineering , Planning allowed her to develop real-world skills by communicating with clients and product representatives, and working on construction documents under a project architect.

In the summer of 2010, she held another summer internship with Interactive Design Group of Roanoke, Va. Jennings created and edited construction documents for new construction projects as well as renovations.  She was able to further hone previous skills as she visited project sites for as-built measurements, client meetings, and construction visits. Jennings also had the opportunity to produce marketing graphics, project renderings, and preliminary design concepts.

Jennings’ academic and scholarship success is not limited to Blacksburg, Va. In the fall of 2009 she traveled to Riva San Vitale, Switzerland, with the Center of European Studies and Architecture at Virginia Tech and studied in their architecture program.

Jennings is the daughter of Barbara Jennings and the late Curtis R. Jennings of Roanoke, 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.

Virginia Tech’s College of Architecture and Urban Studies is composed of four schools: the School of Architecture + Design, including architecture, industrial design, interior design and landscape architecture; the School of Public and International Affairs, including urban affairs and planning, public administration and policy and government and international affairs; the Myers-Lawson School of Construction, which includes building construction in the College of Architecture and Urban Studies and construction engineering management in the College of Engineering; and the School of the Visual Arts, including programs in studio art, visual communication and art history.

Written by Shelby Ward of Bluefield, Va. Ward is a junior majoring in English in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences.