Roanoke Student Named VA Tech Outstanding Graduating Senior


Jane Jennings

Virginia Tech has named Jane Jennings of Roanoke as the Outstanding Graduating Senior in the College of Architecture and Urban Studies for the 2010-2011 academic year.

Jennings will graduated in May with a Bachelor of Architecture Degree and a grade point average of 3.96 (on a 4.0 scale). She is ranked number one in her class of over 300 students.

Because of her academic success she is a member of several collegiate honor societies including the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, Tau Sigma Delta Architecture Honor Society and the National Society of Collegiate Scholars.

Jennings already has a significant amount of experience in the world of architecture. She has produced schematic design and masterplan books for large senior living projects, along with producing project programs, schedules, and marketing graphics in a summer internship position she held from 2006-2008.This internship with SFCS Inc. Architecture, Engineering and Planning allowed her to develop real-world skills by communicating with clients and product representatives, and working on construction documents under a project architect.

In the summer of 2010, she held another summer internship with Interactive Design Group of Roanoke where Jennings created and edited construction documents for new construction projects as well as renovations.  She was able to further hone previous skills as she visited project sites for as-built measurements, client meetings, and construction visits. Jennings also had the opportunity to produce marketing graphics, project renderings, and preliminary design concepts.

Jennings’ academic and scholarship success is not limited to Blacksburg. In the fall of 2009 she traveled to Riva San Vitale, Switzerland, with the Center of European Studies and Architecture at Virginia Tech and studied in their architecture program.

The Outstanding Senior Awards are presented at the Student Honors Day Banquet each spring. These awards are co-sponsored by the Virginia Tech Alumni Association and the senior class.

The purpose of the award is to recognize outstanding student performance in each college of the university. Students are selected on the basis of their grade point average (3.4 or higher on a 4.0 scale) and outstanding performance in several or all of the following areas: academic achievement, extracurricular activities, leadership positions, and contributions of service to the university and/or community.

Jennings is the daughter of Barbara Jennings and the late Curtis R. Jennings of Roanoke.