Bruce B. Harper (Webmaster)
Director of Design & Digital Strategy
Senior Associate Vice President for Alumni Relations
To the editor
I read with interest your article on the trip to South Africa by the 17 agricultural students (VT Monthly, March; also see the story here. )
I lived in South Africa for 13 years, coming back to the U.S. in 2010. I’ve experienced being in a huge combine on a wheat farm, visiting Kruger National Park, living on a mountain alongside baboons outside Cape Town, living next to a grape farm in the wine district, ministering to people in the townships and experiencing the wonderful people and foods of this richest country of Africa.
I’ve watched the neighboring country, Zimbabwe, fall from the breadbasket of Africa to 95 percent unemployment and talked with the people who fled to South Africa to find work so they could send money back to their families. Your students are greatly blessed, and I am pleased that they had the opportunity to see the struggles others face.
A great article and well done.
L. Eugene Hayden ’58
Raleigh, North Carolina
I am the uncle of Justin Graves who was featured on p. 42 of the spring edition.
I admire all that the Virginia Tech community has done to support my nephew’s success academically and professionally.
I thank God for the VT family for creating a place of study that welcomes all. Being from Tennessee, I’m a big Tennessee Vols fan, but I’m also a VT fan. Go HOKIES!
Jessie J. Gillis Jr.
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