Ryan Hopkins

Embrace UT PROSIM as a way of life

Ryan HopkinsRyan 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 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*

April 27, 2018
Owens Banquet Room, 8-10 a.m.

*Registration is required to attend the Breakfast.

Aspire! Awards History

Past Recipients

April 27, 2018 Recipients

Akshay Rajendran - Curiosity
Lea Neumann - Self-Understanding and Integrity
Hunter Anderson - Civility
Miguel Parrado - Courageous Leadership
Matthew Morency - Ut Prosim

Stephany Brown - Ut Prosim

Dan Maguire - Ut Prosim

March 23, 2018 Recipients

Travis Bauer - Curiosity
Ben Batman - Self-Understanding and Integrity
Brian Kehs - Civility
Juan Hernandez - Courageous Leadership
Jaclyn Marmol - Ut Prosim

Krista Gwilliam - Courageous Leadership

February 23, 2018 Recipients

Sam Buck - Curiosity
Amy Chen - Self-Understanding and Integrity
Jaclyn Abramson - Civility
Andrew Peck - Courageous Leadership
Bethany Lackey - Ut Prosim

Maggie Holmes – Curiosity

December 1, 2017 Recipients

DeAngelo Haynes - Curiosity
Hadley Carter - Self-Understanding and Integrity
Nick McDaniel - Civility
Stephanie Lemus-Ortiz - Courageous Leadership
Noah Jennings - Ut Prosim

Chris Wise – Self-Understanding and Integrity

October 27, 2017 Recipients

Jordan Kuhn - Curiosity
Joseph Walker - Self-Understanding and Integrity
Harley Curran - Civility
Fahad Ashraf - Courageous Leadership
Julia Monroe - Ut Prosim

Laurie Fritsch – Curiosity

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 KovacsUt Prosim

Robert and Kara JuliusUt Prosim
Jerry Colyer [posthumous award] – Ut Prosim

March 17, 2017 Recipients

Mitch Clements - Curiosity
Samantha Nichole DiBiaso - Self-Understanding and Integrity
Maria Jernigan - Civility
Manjot Kaur - Courageous Leadership
Stephen Pistoia, Jr. - Ut Prosim

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
and Integrity

Frances KeeneUt Prosim

John GrahamUt Prosim

March 18, 2016 Recipients
Joe Frazier – Civility
Nina Miller – Self-Understanding
and Integrity
Jacob Rosenthal – Curiosity
Haley BurgessUt Prosim
Tanushri Shankar – Courageous

Susan Anderson – Courageous

February 19, 2016 Recipients
Javier González-Rocha – Self-Understanding and Integrity
Obaid Rehman – Civility
Claire Kelling – Courageous
Meghan McLoughlinUt Prosim
Erica Nagotko – Curiosity

Anthony Purcell – Civility

November 13, 2015 Recipients
Kelsi Faley – Self-Understanding
and Integrity
Nivedha Balan – Civility
Rachel Cotton – Courageous
Ryan HopkinsUt Prosim
Caroline Amodeo – Curiosity

Gladys Sartin– Self-Understanding
and Integrity

October 2, 2015 Recipients
Walter Gonsiewski – Self-Understanding
and Integrity
Seyi Olusina – Civility
Skyler Mueller – Courageous
Anastasia MatusiewiczUt Prosim
Natasha Laramie – Curiosity

Vera Kidd – Curiosity

April, 2015 Recipients
Ankit Saigal – Curiosity
Baker Martin – Courageous
Nicole Selz
Self-Understanding and Integrity
Brett MontagueUt Prosim
Conor Cosgrove – Civility

Residence Life Resource Officer John TarterUt Prosim

Robby MoserUt Prosim

March, 2015 Recipients
Juan de la Rosa Diaz – Courageous
Jamaica Sykes – Curiosity
Luke Birch
Self-Understanding and Integrity
Jake VoorheesUt 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 PeraraUt Prosim
Lauren Cashman – Civility

Jay Read – Civility

November 14, 2014 Recipients
Andrew George – – Courageous
Esther Moon – Curiosity
Kaleigh Leal – Self-Understanding
and Integrity
Stephen Bennett Ut Prosim
Philip Norman – Civility

Scott Busiel – Self–understanding and Integrity

October 3, 2014 Recipients
Patrick AckerUt Prosim
Ethan Poole – Civility
Danielle Smalls – Courageous
Emily Neer – Curiosity
Austin Dickey – Self-Understanding
and Integrity

Robin Boucher – Curiosity

April 25, 2014 Recipients
Brent AshleyUt Prosim
Anna Isserow – Civility
Daniel Evans – Courageous
Jacalyn Polis – Curiosity
Neal Moriconi – Self-Understanding
and Integrity

Tricia SmithUt Prosim

March 21, 2014 Recipients
Meredith Cahill
Natasha Chadha
Wes Williams
Emma Cohen
Emily Blair

Belinda Pauley

February 21, 2014 Recipients
Meghan Gilliam
Steven Gethard
Kylie Gilbert
Ashley Taylor
Emily Brown

Kelley Woods-Johnson

November 8, 2013 Recipients
Jordan Disney
Kelly Berry
Daniel Pierce-Parra
Anusha Rizvi
Camryn Sorg

Lyndsy Manz

October 11, 2013 Recipients
Rob Grimm
John Turbyfill
Brendan Craig
Thomas Friss
Chris Atkins

Meredith Hampton