July 2014
Video: Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets' Highty-Tighties
 
Firsts in Virginia Tech History
 
The Highty-Tighties
 
In 1881, the 10-piece Glade Cornet Band was organized at Virginia Agricultural and Mechanical College (VAMC)—today's Virginia Tech—to provide music for cadet drills and parades. Comprised of VAMC cadets and Blacksburg locals, the cornet band was followed in 1892 by a 16-member cadet marching band that evolved into Band Company, popularly known as the Highty-Tighties. The regimental band has remained a distinct unit within the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets ever since.
 
Glade Cornet Band, May 1884
Glade Cornet Band – May 3, 1884. Photo courtesy of Historical Photograph Collection, Special Collections, University Libraries, Virginia Tech.
 
For more firsts in Virginia Tech history, check out the summer edition of Virginia Tech Magazine. Along with the stroll back in time, read about the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine's first 40 doctors; a research lab measuring how and why humans react emotionally to food; trailblazing black alumni who integrated the university in the late '60s and early '70s; the pursuit of historic status for Lane Hall; and Hokie power couple, Kansas State University President Kirk Schulz and his wife, Noel Schulz, Paslay Professor of Electrical Engineering and associate dean for research and graduate programs.
 

 
"Fiske Guide to Colleges 2015"
'Fiske Guide to Colleges' features Virginia Tech
Recognized for its excellent undergraduate experience, Virginia Tech is featured in the 2015 edition of the "Fiske Guide to Colleges," which highlights 300 colleges and universities in the United States, Canada, and Great Britain.
map of Virginia Tech's target regions in Virginia
Tech granted 'economic prosperity' status
Virginia Tech was designated an Innovation and Economic Prosperity University by the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities. The award acknowledges the role that Tech plays in strengthening local and regional economies.
Virginia Tech President Timothy Sands, Virginia Tech Foundation Board Chairman Ben Davenport Jr., former Virginia Tech President Charles W. Steger, and Virginia Tech Board of Visitors member William Holtzman
(From left) Virginia Tech President Timothy Sands, Virginia Tech Foundation Board Chairman Ben Davenport Jr., former Virginia Tech President Charles W. Steger, and Virginia Tech Board of Visitors member William Holtzman. Photo by Larry Hincker.
 
Virginia Tech's primary international facility, the Center for European Studies and Architecture, located in Riva San Vitale, Switzerland, has been renamed the Steger Center for International Scholarship in tribute to former Tech President Charles W. Steger's vision of broadening the university's global presence, a defining element of his tenure. More than $2.6 million in gifts made in Steger's honor by major donors to the university enabled the center's renovation and expansion.
 
Steger Center for International Scholarshipin Riva San Vitale, Switzerland
The Steger Center for International Scholarshipin Riva San Vitale, Switzerland. Photo by Larry Hincker.
fluorescence micrograph of breast cancer cells
New markers for breast cancer identified
Researchers in the Medical Informatics and Systems Division at Virginia Tech's Virginia Bioinformatics Institute have discovered additional diagnostic markers that may aid clinicians to better forecast and prevent breast cancer.
couple with smartphones
Mobile phones undermine in-person conversations
According to a research study led by Shalini Misra, assistant professor of urban affairs and planning in Tech's National Capital Region, the mere presence of a cell phone or smartphone can lessen the quality of an in-person conversation.
 

 
Hands-on, Minds-on
 
Gobble Hawk UAS designed by Virginia Tech engineering students
Virginia Tech team wins NASA competition
A team of Tech engineering students was awarded first place in NASA's 2013-14 University Aeronautics Engineering Design Challenge, which solicited designs to address the technological limitations of the uncrewed aerial systems used to track and collect data on hurricanes.
video production studio
Stand by, camera 2; zoom, dissolve, mic, cue
Offered during the university's summer sessions for the first time, Video Production: Studio, taught by Derley Aguilar of the Department of Communication, has allowed students to spend considerable time working with state-of-the-art professional gear in the Moss Arts Center.
 

 
Virginia Tech Magazine app
Virginia Tech Magazine APP
 
Mac App Store
 
Google Play
 

 
Athletics
 
2014 football media guide available
 
Virginia Tech football media guide
 
Virginia Tech HokiesAre you ready for some football? Virginia Tech's 2014 football media guide is now available on hokiesports.com. The guide, which includes bios of the coaches and players, opponent information, records, awards, and more, can be digitally downloaded for easy access.
 
For the latest on Virginia Tech athletics, follow @hokiesports on Twitter.
 

 
Hokie Highlight
 
Delivering digital content to K-12 classrooms worldwide
 
James Rosenstock '95 The mission statement of his prospective new employer—"to satisfy curiosity"—resonated with him, as his parents had been teachers, says Pamplin College of Business alumnus James Rosenstock, recalling a big career move in 2007. It didn't hurt, he adds, that the company, Discovery Communications, also owned three of his favorite TV networks.

Rosenstock, who earned a bachelor's degree in finance in 1995, joined Discovery as a senior vice president—in charge of global mergers and acquisitions, corporate strategy, and new business development—and part of a new management team that would help the company go public in 2008. Last year, he was promoted to the newly created position of president of Discovery Education International to lead international growth strategy of the company's fast-growing education division.

Rosenstock says Discovery is "unparalleled" as a global brand: "It's the world's No. 1 nonfiction media company, with brands in 220 countries and territories and 190 television networks worldwide that truly inspire people's curiosity about the world around them."

Read more in the spring edition of Virginia Tech Business, the magazine of the Pamplin College of Business.
 

 
Alumni Association News and Events
 
2014 Reunions and Homecomings
Virginia Tech's Lane Stadium
During the fall football season, the Alumni Association will present a full schedule of class reunions ('64, '69, '74, '79, '84, '89, and Young Alumni) and college/constituency homecomings. Don't miss the chance to celebrate with classmates and fellow alumni. Enjoy sitting together at Lane Stadium, and make it a true Hokie weekend by staying at The Inn at Virginia Tech. Learn more and register ....
Happy and Healthy Pet Weekend: Aug. 8-9
During this special pet-themed weekend, learn about pet care and diets, along with the state-of-the-art research taking place at the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine. Receive a behind-the-scenes tour of the animal hospital, and hear from faculty members and the dean in a Q-and-A panel. Also included are the dean's reception and dinner on Friday, lunch on Saturday, and an evening picnic. Register and reserve accommodations at The Inn at Virginia Tech ....
Virginia Tech Day at VIRginia International Raceway: Aug. 9
Virginia Tech Day at VIRginia International Raceway
Don't miss Virginia Tech Day at VIRginia International Raceway featuring the 24-hour ChumpCar World Series. In addition to the race, daylong fun is scheduled, including a car and motorcycle show, kart racing, skeet shooting, and a cook-off competition. Concessions will be available, but tailgating and coolers are welcome. Learn more ....
2015 travel tours announced
Travel tours in 2015 are now listed on the Alumni Association travel website. Broaden your horizons, enjoy new adventures with other Hokies, and take advantage of great values on land tours and cruises to exciting destinations.
Display your Virginia Tech pride with Discover in your wallet
 
Virginia Tech Discover cardHokies are invited to enjoy the benefits of owning a Discover card, which features a photo of Burruss Hall or Lane Stadium. Importantly, every application and card use will benefit the university and its programs through the Alumni Association.

Apply now at www.Discover.com/VT.