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The Extraordinary Employee program was created to spotlight Virginia Tech employees who are doing great work on the job and in their communities.  Many of Virginia Tech's employees are deeply involved in non-profits and philanthropic activities, giving back in countless ways. Their efforts bring Virginia Tech's motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), to life beyond campus boundaries. Nominate an employee.

Commitment to service and others is a way of life for Extraordinary Employee Tim Sheppard

    Photo of Tim Sheppard

March 2014

Tim Sheppard is a self-proclaimed ordinary guy. But the story others tell is something different. He’s extraordinarily well loved by his friends and colleagues, as well as the dozens of community members he impacts each year.

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Lylah Shelor creates community through day-to-day interactions and commitment to excellence

    Lylah Shelor, Extraordinary Employee

January 2014

During her time at Virginia Tech, Lylah Shelor has remained a steady fixture in the Department of Information Technology. During those same 30 years, she’s traveled the country, visiting more than 43 states and improved the lives of hundreds of people she’s never met through her year-round community service initiatives.

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Margie Lawrence credited with bringing residence hall housekeeping into 21st century

    Margie Lawrence

November 2013

Margie E. Lawrence is the kind of person movies are made of. She’s kind, compassionate, caring, hardworking, and successful. She’s proud to be an American and loves sports. She’s turned a job into a successful career, married the love of her life, and raised three boys.

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Employee goes the extra mile in service to others at work and in her community

    Angela Hayes

September 2013

Angela Hayes, who works as the chief of staff for Vice President of Development and University Relations Elizabeth Flanagan, works largely behind the scenes for the university and volunteers her time at football games. Outside work, she mentors young girls and uses her expertise to help the elderly.

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Employee exemplifies the limitless possibilities that come from hard work and the Ut Prosim spirit

    Scuba diving

July 2013

Laura Tollin was born deaf and, at 15-years-old, diagnosed with a degenerative neurological disease that will leave her paralyzed. The Virginia Tech graduate, who works at the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, spends her free-time swimming and enjoys working out, but in recent years, scuba diving has become her passion. Learn more about just how extraordinary Tollin is in the fifth installment of the Extraordinary Employee series.

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Colleagues and customers make the 2 ½ hour daily commute to Blacksburg well worth it for Greg Pratt

    Greg Pratt

May 2013

Assistant Director of Procurement Greg Pratt spends his days buying the goods and services that make it possible for Virginia Tech students, faculty, and staff to live, learn, and work in some of the nation’s most well-recognized buildings. He spends his free time running a 300-acre farm in Smyth County where he and his family are active in their church, agricultural, and school communities. Learn more about just how extraordinary Pratt is in the fourth installment of the Extraordinary Employee series.

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Leisa Osborne shares passion for reading by helping others learn the fundamental life skill

    Leisa Osborne with books

March 2013

For nearly a dozen years, Leisa Osborne has helped hundreds of undergraduate students navigate the undergraduate course requirements in the Philosophy department. Her desire to make a difference in the lives of others isn’t something she leaves behind when she leaves campus either. She spends her free time volunteering with the New River Valley Literacy Volunteers.

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For 55 years, Helen Williams has served the residents of Amherst County

    Helen Williams

January 2013

Helen B. Williams has dedicated her life to serving the community in Amherst County, Va., and in the process, she’s earned the distinction of being the longest serving employee at Virginia Tech, an institution with more than 7,000 employees across the country.

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Lynn Brammer’s commitment to serve benefits hundreds of people, animals in the community

    Lynn Brammer

November 2012

A self-described small-town girl, Lynn Brammer makes a big difference in the lives of everyone she meets. Her mission in life, she says, is to help make her community a better place for people and animals. 

During the workday, Brammer works as a small animal medicine technician at the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine’s (VMRCVM) Small Animal Hospital.

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Anthony Watson’s commitment ensures campus runs smoothly year-round

    Anthony Watson

September 2012

Chances are, if you’ve ever attended an event on campus – Anthony S. Watson had something to do with it. Watson, Virginia Tech’s associate director of facilities operations, building trades and grounds, is involved in just about everything that happens on campus. 


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For more information about the Extraordinary Employee series, contact Employee Communications Manager Laura Neff-Henderson at 540-231-7643.

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