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Division of Student Affairs recognizes students with Aspire! Awards


BLACKSBURG, Va., Oct. 13, 2011 – The Division of Student Affairs has created the Aspire! Awards, which recognize students who embody Virginia Tech’s five Aspirations for Student Learning.

Students are encouraged to develop habits of interpersonal awareness, intentional actions, and self-reflections through the five aspirations, which are committing to unwavering curiosity, pursuing self-understanding and integrity, practicing civility, preparing for a life of courageous leadership, and embracing the values of Virginia Tech’s motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve).

“We are delighted to make these awards available to students,” said Vice President for Student Affairs Edward Spencer. “The lives of so many of our students vividly illustrate these aspirations and we would therefore like to recognize and honor those students who truly exemplify these aspirations.”

Five different students will be honored in the months of October, November, February, March, and April, with a total of 25 students receiving recognition. A breakfast will be held each month in their honor. Those selected will also have their stories featured on the aspirations website.

A student can be nominated by anyone who believes the student deserves credit for living up to one of the five aspirations. Nominations are accepted through an online form at the aspirations website, and should include an essay of up to 750 words focusing on why the nominee fits the spirit of a specific aspiration.

Once a nomination is received, the different aspiration committees will review each submission and choose the students they believe best represent the essence of the aspiration.

Visit the Aspire! Awards website for more information.

The Division of Student Affairs at Virginia Tech encompasses departments dedicated to providing a rich co-curricular experience and essential student services. Virtually every aspect of a student's life outside the classroom is represented through the division's departments.

Written by Jennifer Gibson.