Hometown: Saugus, Massachusetts Sophomore, University Studies Student since fall 2005 Posthumous degree(s): Bachelor of Arts, English, French/Department of Foreign Languages and Literature Virginia Tech University Studies sophomore Ross Alameddine had recently declared a major in English and minors in French and business, fields that reflected his creativity and his computer knowledge. He was the son of Lynnette Alameddine and Dr. Abdallah Alameddine and brother of Yvonne Alameddine. Ross, of Saugus, Mass., formerly of Melrose, Mass., attended St. Mary’s Grammar School in Melrose and was a 2005 graduate of Austin Preparatory School in Reading, Mass. Ross loved computer games and played

Christopher James Bishop

Residence in Blacksburg Instructor, German/Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures Joined Virginia Tech on August 10, 2005 Jamie Bishop, beloved husband, devoted son, gentle colleague, and generous friend, died at the age of 35 while teaching introductory German. Although his courses were legendarily rigorous, “Herr Bishop” was popular with students as he was always available to give whatever individual attention they needed to succeed. Jamie was a fun-loving but no-nonsense man; easy-going but passionate about the environment, nature, art, and teaching. Tall and thin, with a striking long ponytail, Jamie regularly cut his hair to donate it to Locks of

Brian R. Bluhm

Hometown: Cedar Rapids, Iowa Masters student, Civil Engineering Student since fall 2000 Posthumous degree(s): Master of Science, Civil Engineering Brian R. Bluhm was born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on July 19, 1981. His family moved to Detroit, Mich., in 1984 and then to Louisville, Ky., in 1990. He graduated secondary school at duPont Manual in Louisville and then earned his bachelor of science in civil engineering from Virginia Tech in December 2004. While Brian was serving as a teacher’s assistant and earning his master's degree at Tech, he focused on water resources, and his main area of research was sustainability

Ryan Christopher Clark

Hometown: Martinez, Georgia Senior, Psychology Student since fall 2002 Posthumous degree(s): Bachelor of Science, Biological Sciences Bachelor of Arts, English Bachelor of Science, Psychology Ryan Christopher Clark, known to his friends as “Stack,” leaves memories that will be forever cherished by his immediate and extended family, band mates, residents in his dormitory, colleagues, and friends. Ryan was born in Landstuhl, West Germany, on May 29, 1984, to Letitie and Stanley Clark. He grew up in Martinez, Ga., and graduated from Lakeside High School in May 2002. There, he was a member of the Lakeside Marching Band and the Boy Scouts

Austin Michelle Cloyd

Hometown: Blacksburg, Virginia Sophomore, Honors Program, International Studies Student since fall 2006 Posthumous degree(s): Bachelor of Arts, French/Foreign Languages Bachelor of Arts, International Studies Austin Michelle Cloyd lived life boldly. She sought out new experiences and embraced those she felt passionate about. She was not afraid of failing because she knew that, even in failure, she would learn from the experience. And she lived her life with purpose—she knew what she wanted to accomplish and she knew how to get there. Austin was born in Charlotte, N.C., the daughter of Bryan Cloyd, professor of accounting and information systems at Virginia

Jocelyne Couture-Nowak

Residence in Blacksburg Instructor, French/Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures Joined Virginia Tech on August 10, 2001 Jocelyne Couture-Nowak, French Canadian, beloved mother, wife, and a member of the Blacksburg community, in which she and her family have lived since 2001, passed away on April 16, 2007, while engaged in her passion, teaching Intermediate French at Virginia Tech. Jocelyne was born in Montreal, Canada, in 1958 and lived both in Quebec and Nova Scotia before moving to Blacksburg. Her family, friends, students, and colleagues will remember her community spirit, her love of nature, and her dedication to the preservation of

Kevin P. Granata

Residence in Blacksburg Professor, Engineering Science and Mechanics and Biomedical Engineering and Sciences Joined Virginia Tech on January 10, 2003 Dr. Kevin Granata, a professor in the Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics (ESM), was known by friends and colleagues as a man who was passionate — first and foremost about his wife, Linda, and their children, Eric, Alex, and Ellen, and also about his work as an educator and researcher. “Professor Granata distinguished himself by making many outstanding scholarly contributions,” said ESM Department Head Dr. Ishwar Puri. “He has been hailed by experts in the field of biomechanics as

Matthew Gregory Gwaltney

Hometown: Chesterfield, Virginia Masters student, Environmental Engineering Student since fall 2001 Posthumous degree(s): Master of Science, Environmental Engineering Matthew was born Dec. 11, 1982, to Karen P. and G. Gregory Gwaltney Jr. He was a 2001 graduate of Thomas Dale High School in Chester, Va. Among the awards and recognition Matthew received were acceptance in the National Honor Society and Spanish Honor Society at Thomas Dale and into Chi Epsilon, the civil engineering undergraduate honor society; Tau Beta Pi, engineering honor society; National Society of Collegiate Scholars; Phi Eta Sigma; Golden Key International Honor Society; and Phi Kappa Phi at

Caitlin Millar Hammaren

Hometown: Westtown, New York Sophomore, International Studies Student since fall 2005 Posthumous degree(s): Bachelor of Arts, International Studies, French/Department of Foreign Languages and Literature Caitlin Millar Hammaren, who was born on May 4, 1987, and was from Westtown, N.Y., had a way of making everyone feel as if they were her best friend. Her smile was contagious under any circumstances. A sophomore double majoring in international studies and French with a minor in leadership and social change, she was events chair for her sorority, Kappa Kappa Gamma. Her role as a resident advisor in the Residential Leadership Community was her

Jeremy Michael Herbstritt

Hometown: Bellefonte, Pennsylvania Masters student, Civil Engineering Student since fall 2006 Posthumous degree(s): Master of Science, Civil Engineering Jeremy Michael Herbstritt, a master’s student in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, loved to hike, kayak, bike, ski, and work on the family farm. Born in St. Mary’s, Pa., in November 1979, his family later moved to Bellefonte, Pa., where he grew up on the Herbstritt farm. Jeremy attended elementary school at St. John the Evangelist Catholic School in Bellefonte and then the Bellefonte Area Middle and High Schools before graduating in 1998. He went on to Pennsylvania State University,