Jerry W. Via is a native of Roanoke, Virginia. He graduated from Roanoke College with a Bachelor of Science, obtained his master’s in zoology from the College of William and Mary, and completed his doctorate at Virginia Tech. He served Virginia Tech in several capacities, starting as an assistant professor in the department of biology, then as assistant registrar, and coordinator of athletic advising. Jerry was then appointed to assistant dean for curriculum and advising for the College of Arts and Sciences and later the College of Science. His specialty is the ecology and natural history of birds. Jerry has led many field trips for bird watchers around the state as well as Costa Rica, and was the coordinator for an education abroad program in the Dominican Republic for seven years. He has taught for 23 years in Elderhostel/Road Scholar programs across Virginia as well. Jerry serves as the president of the New River Valley Bird Club and gives many natural history presentations for bird clubs and other groups. He is also a lifelong member of First Church of the Brethren in Roanoke, Virginia. As he just retired from the College of Science, after 37 years of teaching and advising, Jerry looks forward to travelling and other opportunities for teaching and helping others.