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Basil I Gooden named new outreach coordinator. Taking another step in its efforts to become more diversified, Virginia Tech has created and filled a position of coordinator of outreach and community relations. Basil I. Gooden, a former Extension specialists with the university, began working in the new job October 1. Gooden's duties include helping the Office of Multicultural Affairs, Office of Alumni Relations and Virginia Cooperative Extension (VCE) to create and sustain a more diverse and inclusive university community through outreach and community-development activities.

Marilyn Kershaw, a higher education administrator with more than ten years of experience in student and academic affairs was named director of graduate student recruitment.

Cadet Lieutenant Vaughn Dickenson is the first African American Regimental Band Drum Major.

Marquea D. King (Ph.D., 2002), first black chair, Commission on Student Affairs, 2000-2001


Basil I Gooden coordinator of outreach and community relations at Virginia Tech, named President of the Montgomery county chapter of the NAACP.

Valerie Giddings was named Interim Associate Dean for Outreach and External Relations in the College of Human Resources and Education. Her duties include outreach, continuing education, alumni relations, and providing leadership to the dean's ambassadors. Giddings worked previously in the college as an associate professor of clothing and textiles in the Department of Near Environments.

Virginia Tech's quarterback for the 2000 and 2001 seasons, Michael Vick, was selected number one overall by the Atlanta Falcons in the 2001 NFL Draft. With the selection, Vick became the youngest player ever (at 20) to be taken number one, the first college sophomore to be drafted first, and the first black quarterback selected with the top choice in the draft.

James Watkins (class of 1971), D.D.S., of Hampton, dentist and former president of Virginia State Dental Board, appointed by Governor Gilmore to the Virginia Board of Dentistry for 2001 - 2005.

Marquea D. King (Ph.D., 2002), president, Graduate Student Assembly, 2001-2002.


Bevlee Watford, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Director of the Office of Minority Engineering Programs is awarded the national 2002 Black Engineer of the Year Award/College Level Educator in February. Dr. Watford is also a Virginia Tech alumnus.

Robyn Daniel (class of 2005) is the first black female class president.

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