About the Student Alumni Associates

The Student Alumni Associates (SAA) is an official affiliate of the Virginia Tech Alumni Association. In 1974, the SAA was chartered by the Alumni Association to assist with various alumni programs. In addition, the SAA was organized to better orient undergraduates concerning the programs of the Alumni Association. Traditionally, SAA has approximately 100 members who are engaged in a variety of activities to promote Virginia Tech.

Membership Information

The Student Alumni Associates (SAA) is a bridge between the student population and the alumni of Virginia Tech. It offers its members unparalleled leadership opportunities through volunteer events, conferences and networking with alumni. Many of the events at Virginia Tech are organized by SAA such as pep rallies, HokieHype, Hokies Respect programs, Seniors Movin' On, Faculty Appreciation and Founders Day activities. SAA also supports many Alumni Association programs such as reunions, chapter and college constituency events. The STAT (Students Today Alumni Tomorrow) Team is a smaller group with SAA that works on strategic planning with Alumni Association staff to improve ways to reach out to students. Our members consist of fraternity and sorority officers, members of the VT Corps of Cadets, cultural organization leaders, elected Class representatives, and involved students from across our diverse campus. The bonds forged between the members and the alumni as well as the Alumni Association staff, has proved invaluable as many have created long lasting friendships and networking relationships in the corporate world. We're not just an organization where you'll meet people from different socio-economic backgrounds, but an organization where you'll make long lasting friendships with the university's diverse student and staff populations here and abroad.

Unlike any other organization, we recruit for new members only once a year during the spring semester (typically in late January to early February). To learn more about SAA, please attend one of the information sessions and submit the required application. There is an interview process for potential members.

NOTE: Attendence to one of the information sessions is required to apply. Attendees' name and email address will be recorded at each session.

SAA's 2019 Leadership

President: Frankie Czesak
VP - Communications: Grace Stevens
VP - Programming: Matthew Schmidheiser
VP - Membership: Tyler Pugh
VP - Alumni Relations: Ashlyn Pugh
Director of Spirit: Lexi Estrada
Director of Marketing: Maggie Swain
Director of Internal Affairs: Danielle Sperry
Director of Community Outreach: Hanna Kiryluk
VTAA Staff Adviser: Laura Wedin
Andy Foiles
Webmaster: Benjamin Lung (ISE - 2002)

Virginia Tech Alumni Association (VTAA)

•   VTAA Web Site
•   VT's History & Traditions
Alumni Reunions

A class reunion is a meeting of former classmates, typically organized at or near their former school by one of the class on or around an anniversary of their graduation. Former teachers may be invited as well. Usually, participants nostalgically reminisce about their old school days, fondly remember their school pranks, and bring each other up to date on what has happened to each of them since they went their separate ways. Alumni are quite often concerned about how their lives have turned out when compared with the lives of their former classmates, and will sometimes feel pressured enough to go to great lengths to concoct stories about their fruitful careers, personal accomplishments and relationships with others.

Virginia Tech holds reunions for 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 45 & 50 years.

Spirit Rallies

A pep rally is an event occurring in the United States and Canada. A pep rally is a gathering of people, typically students, before a sports event. The purpose of such a gathering is to encourage school spirit and to support members of the team for which the rally is being thrown. At a pep rally, cheerleaders will often lead in boisterous chants intended to get the student body involved and supporting the school's team. Games between competing classes with small prizes may be held. The school's band will often play upbeat music in between demonstrations, and the drumline may play. In the case of a Homecoming game, the Homecoming "court" may be chosen and announced.

The Student Alumni Associates puts on the pep rallies for Virginia Tech with the help of the Alumni Association. The rallies used to be held in front of Alumni Hall across from Squires Student Center. They are now held at various locations including the Holtzman Alumni Center and Cassell Coliseum.
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