Embrace UT PROSIM as a way of life
Ryan Hopkins has tried to get Ut Prosim tattooed on his body half a dozen times. He says it’s a fight he’ll always lose—his mom refuses to allow a tattoo, and Ryan will always honor his mom.
But, it’s the thought that counts, and if we were to guess what tattoo Ryan wanted, it’d probably be that motto. Or a class ring, or an orientation group number, or the Hokie Camp logo. Ryan is a Hokie, through and through.
His nominator said, “Ryan Hopkins is truly, hands-down, 100 percent, the most valiant example of Ut Prosim I could possibly identify in any of the students I know at Virginia Tech.”
A first generation student, Ryan came to Virginia Tech the summer before his first semester weary, scared, intimidated, and unprepared, but he was anxious to get out of his hometown. It all changed at Orientation and Hokie Camp, where he fell in love with this university. Come this spring when he graduates, Virginia Tech will never be the same.
Ut Prosim – That I May Serve – means being attentive to the needs around you and being proactive in fixing those needs. Ryan Hopkins has spent the last three-and-a-half years at Virginia Tech doing just that.
His resume warrants an entire PowerPoint presentation, and even that may not cover it all. Right now, he’s serving as a Hokie Camp Student Director, RA in the Residential College at West Ambler Johnston, Hokie Ambassador, director of marketing for the Student Alumni Associates, alumni secretary for the GERMAN Club and lead peer mentor for University Studies. He works as the leadership intern with Fraternity and Sorority Life and recently had the honor of serving on the April 16, 2017 Advising Committee.
His nominator said, “His accomplishments aren’t just a laundry list of organizations joined or affiliations made. Ryan is so incredibly selfless with his time and energy.”
This fall, Ryan worked tirelessly running for Homecoming King with the platform of “Hopkins for the Homeless,” bringing awareness to homelessness in our valley. Though he put his heart and soul into the campaign, Ryan didn’t win, but his service platform is unwavering. He still plans to host Sleepout for Shelter, an event this spring where students will spend a night outdoors and fundraise for local homeless shelters.
Coincidentally, Ryan found out he received an Aspire! Award just days after Homecoming, and he said it couldn’t have come at a better time.
Ryan said, “To be honest, this award is what I’d rather receive.”
When asked what he is most proud of, he simply said, “I’m proud of always being myself. High school wasn’t a good time for me, but I was always myself then. Virginia Tech didn’t have to change me, and I didn’t have to change for Virginia Tech. This university just gave me the space to be who I have always been. That’s what I love about higher education. What more could you ask for in a school?”
The best example of Ryan being himself is the fact that, at a special lunch with President Sands, Ryan found himself gushing to the fearless leader of our university about his obsession with the ‘Fearless’ celebrity Taylor Swift.
Following graduation this spring, Ryan plans to attend graduate school to study higher education and student affairs.
Ryan, we’re your biggest fans, and we can’t wait to continue cheering you on until you find yourself back in Blacksburg for an undoubtedly illustrious career with Virginia Tech’s Division of Student Affairs.
For living a life defined by service, for caring more about those around you than yourself, and for always staying true to who you are, we're pleased to present the Aspire! Award for UT PROSIM to Ryan Hopkins.
2017-2018 Aspirations Breakfasts*
December 1, 2017
Owens Banquet Room, 8-10 a.m.
*Registration is required to attend the Breakfast.
April 21, 2017 Recipients
Bobby Hollingsworth - Curiosity
Annemarie Bresson - Self-Understanding and Integrity
Christopher Bardo - Civility
Nala Chehade - Courageous Leadership
Elizabeth Galbreath - Ut Prosim
Hillary Kovacs – Ut Prosim
Robert and Kara Julius – Ut Prosim
Jerry Colyer [posthumous award] – Ut Prosim
March 17, 2017 Recipients
Lt. Tony Haga – Courageous Leadership
February 17, 2017 Recipients
Danielle Jeffers - Curiosity
Colleen McGovern - Self-Understanding and Integrity
Min Kyung “Julie” Sim - Civility
Lamont “Gucci” Livingston - Courageous Leadership
Jacob Long - Ut Prosim
Alece Alderson – Civility
November 4, 2016 Recipients
Rhiannon Hasenauer - Ut Prosim
Zack Sever - Civility
David Gardner - Courageous Leadership
Zachary Hoopes - Curiosity
Bridger Johnson - Self-Understanding and Integrity
Jon Fritsch – Self-Understanding and Integrity
October 7, 2016 Recipients
Zachariah Ewen - Ut Prosim
Jordan Evans - Civility
Megan Lee Myklegard - Courageous Leadership
Alex Hamilton - Curiosity
Bryan Faulkner - Self-Understanding and Integrity
Catherine Cotrupi – Curiosity
April 22, 2016 Recipients
Samantha Hall - Ut Prosim
Charelle Berry - Civility
Audrey Semel - Courageous
Jess King - Curiosity
Mike Schoka - Self-Understanding
Frances Keene – Ut Prosim
John Graham – Ut Prosim
Susan Anderson – Courageous
February 19, 2016 Recipients
Javier González-Rocha – Self-Understanding and Integrity
Obaid Rehman – Civility
Claire Kelling – Courageous
Meghan McLoughlin – Ut Prosim
Erica Nagotko – Curiosity
Anthony Purcell – Civility
Gladys Sartin– Self-Understanding
October 2, 2015 Recipients
Walter Gonsiewski – Self-Understanding
Seyi Olusina – Civility
Skyler Mueller – Courageous
Anastasia Matusiewicz – Ut Prosim
Natasha Laramie – Curiosity
Vera Kidd – Curiosity
Residence Life Resource Officer John Tarter – Ut Prosim
Robby Moser – Ut Prosim
March, 2015 Recipients
Juan de la Rosa Diaz – Courageous
Jamaica Sykes – Curiosity
Luke Birch –
Self-Understanding and Integrity
Jake Voorhees – Ut Prosim
Turki Saad Al-Zahrani – Civility
Captain Jim Snyder – Courageous Leadership
February, 2015 Recipients
Catherine Goggins – Courageous
Allison Laclede – Curiosity
Samuel Aguilar Chavez –
Self-Understanding and Integrity
Larissa Perara – Ut Prosim
Lauren Cashman – Civility
Jay Read – Civility
Scott Busiel – Self–understanding and Integrity
Robin Boucher – Curiosity
Tricia Smith – Ut Prosim