June 2015  •  Archives Virginia Tech
Video: Tech Territory
'Tech Territory: Where real life is combined with the knowledge of life'
Feeling nostalgic? This gem of a video produced in 1971 by the Virginia Tech Motion Picture Unit and the Division of Information Services features fantastic footage of campus and students, along with narration that captures Tech's essence at what proved to be a crucial decade in the university's development:
"In the mountains of Southwest Virginia, there is a unique university, unique because it has achieved a delicate balance between life and learning that is necessary to make education meaningful. Academic ingredients influenced by urban and rural thinking create a balance between a liberal atmosphere and the disciplines of campus life."

Around the Drillfield
Brodie Hall
The next step in the transformation of Virginia Tech's Upper Quad began in early June with the demolition of Brodie Hall to allow for the construction of the Corps of Cadets' second new residence hall.
Virginia Tech researcher Deborah Kelly
Virginia Tech ranked among the top 100 universities worldwide for U.S. utility patents granted in 2014, according to the National Academy of Inventors and the Intellectual Property Owners Association.
Nepalese villagers receiving supplies
Receiving supplies, Nepalese villagers stand under a bamboo structure that, covered with plastic sheeting, will serve as a temporary shelter.
Program assists in post-earthquake recovery in Nepal
After two earthquakes hit Nepal in April and May, a Virginia Tech-led agricultural development program in the mountain kingdom shifted focus in order to quickly grow crops and build shelter in the short-term.
Upon learning that an earthquake had leveled his hometown, Tupche in central Nepal, Tech doctoral student Sanam Aksha—who for several years has studied how governments can better prepare for disasters—led a fundraising drive on campus that donated $5,000 to relief efforts.

Worldwide Hokie pride
Tech alumni Matthew Gloe '09 and Javier Osorio '12
(From left) Matthew Gloe (biological systems engineering '09) and Javier Osorio (Ph.D. biological systems engineering '12) in Bolivia on the Salar de Uyuni, the largest salt flat in the world
Hokies are inventing the future around the globe, and we've been pinning their pics on our Pinterest board.
Submit your photos at http://bit.ly/vtsocial. And be sure to tell us where in the world you are!

In the Lab, in the Field
zebra finches
Tech neuroscientist investigates how our social lives affect our brains
Destructive power of bubbles could lead to new industrial applications
Video: Bioluminescence in millipedes
The mysterious origins of bioluminescence
Assistant Professor of Entomology Paul Marek discovered that bioluminescence may not have originated as a means to ward off predators, but instead evolved as a way to survive in harsh climates—at least in one millipede.
• Video from the New York Times: "A Millipede's Poisonous Glow" by David Frank and James Gorman, June 22

Hands-on, Minds-on
Video: ESCHER, Virginia Tech's latest student-made robot
International robotics competition: Lessons for future research
Although they weren't among the top winners, two Virginia Tech-affiliated robots both made an impact—and their robotics teams learned valuable lessons for future research—at the worldwide DARPA Robotics Challenge held June 5-6 in Los Angeles. The competition was initiated by the U.S. Department of Defense's research unit to build prototype robots to respond to possible catastrophic events.

All of Tech's athletic teams make NCAA's APR grade
Virginia Tech's Lane Stadium
Virginia Tech HokiesAll 21 of Virginia Tech's athletic teams made the grade in the most recent release of Academic Progress Rate (APR) data by the NCAA. Each of the teams exceeded a score of 930 in the 2013-14 academic year, meeting the NCAA's multi-year requirement to avoid sanctions that could include a postseason ban.
Academic Progress Rate is a metric used by the NCAA to track academic achievement. Each athlete can earn one point for staying in school and one point for being academically eligible. A team's total points are divided by points possible and then multiplied by 1,000 to give the APR score.

Sophomore javelin thrower claims national title in record fashion
Virginia Tech javelin thrower Irena Sediva
Photo by Cheryl Treworgy, Prettysporty.com
In Virginia Tech's final athletic competition of the year, javelin thrower Irena Sediva provided the brightest highlight, winning the event at the NCAA Division I outdoor track and field championships in Eugene, Oregon. The sophomore's mark of 192-9 (58.76 meters) on her final throw won the title and set new school and Atlantic Coast Conference records. Sediva became the seventh individual national champion in Virginia Tech track and field history.
The Hokie women finished 15th in the nation with 16 points, while the men finished in 37th place.

Jon Laaser hired as 'The Voice of the Hokies'
Jon Laaser
The Virginia Tech Department of Athletics and IMG, the school's multimedia rights partner, have announced the hiring of Jon Laaser as "The Voice of the Hokies." Laaser, who has covered Richmond Flying Squirrels baseball and Virginia Commonwealth University basketball, brings a great appreciation for the history and tradition of Virginia Tech athletics, along with a smooth delivery that set him apart from a talented field of candidates nationwide.
For the latest on Virginia Tech athletics, follow @hokiesports on Twitter.

Fit for a Hokie
Virginia Tech sweatshirts
Update your contact information with the Alumni Association by July 5 to be automatically entered for a chance to win a Virginia Tech sweatshirt. In addition, employment and business updates can be emailed to alumnidata@vt.edu
In order to receive Virginia Tech Magazine, invitations to networking events, university updates, and information about local alumni events and reunions, alumni must update the "mailing address" field.
The "permanent street address" field is reserved for current students or those who use post office boxes for their mail receipt. The university does not send any mail to an alum's permanent street address.
Congratulations to the second round of winners: Mohomad Raseem Farook '14, Wayne Hewitt '65, Joe Kantor '05, Anna M. Locke '00, and Grant M. Otto '06. Let's go, Hokies!

Twitter Takeover
Our Twitter Takeover program was created so that real Hokies—Tech students, faculty, staff, and alumni—can tweet from our @im_a_hokie account for a week and show our followers what life is like on campus. Since the program's inception in August 2014, more than two dozen Hokies have taken over our Twitter account. What about you?
Not only will we change our avatar to your picture, we'll let the Hokie Nation know that you're doing the tweeting. And if you want to request a specific week to tweet during an event on campus, that's fine. Tweeters have to agree to some ground rules and cannot use the program to promote themselves or their friends or to sell anything.
Apply now.
Virginia Tech's Twitter Takeover
Samantha Parish (@HokieCulture) is an energetic, non-traditional graduate student from Pittsburgh.
Meet our tweeters, and learn more about the Twitter Takeover program in Virginia Tech News' recent story, "Hokies share glimpses of their lives through Twitter."

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Alumni Association News and Events
Virginia Tech Alumni Association
Tom Tillar to step down as vice president after 40 years serving alumni
Tom Tillar '69Tom Tillar '69, who has served as interim senior vice president for advancement since February and vice president for alumni relations for the past 20 years, has announced his plan to step down from his current post in December. In January, Tillar will join the Pamplin College of Business as special assistant to Dean Robert Sumichrast.

"We are thoroughly delighted to have Tom join our team in Pamplin and help us advance several strategic initiatives within our college," said Sumichrast. In this capacity, Tillar will interact with alumni who are advocates and supporters of its planned residential college, referred to as the Business Learning Community; he also will assist the new Alumni Investor Network tied to innovation and entrepreneurship programs within the college and broader university.

During Tillar's career at Virginia Tech, the university's alumni base has grown from 40,000 members to more than 240,000 today, and the number of active alumni chapters nearly doubled. More ...
Women's Weekend at Virginia Tech • July 17-19
women at Virginia Tech
Join amazing women in Blacksburg for an enjoyable weekend that will feed the soul, enlighten the mind, and invigorate the body as alumnae, female friends, family members, and fans connect and network. Participating women will be joined by faculty, staff, and students. Learn more ...
11th Annual Scramble for Scholars golf tournament
Scramble for Scholars golf tournament
The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) Alumni Organization will host its 11th annual Scramble for Scholars golf tournament on Aug. 10 at the Spring Creek Golf Club in Zion Crossroads, Virginia. Over the past decade, the tournament has raised more than $53,000 for the college's annual and endowed scholarship funds and student programming. Money raised this year will fund the "CALS Alumni Organization Excellence Fund in memory of Dr. Glenn A. Anderson," which will support experiential learning opportunities for CALS students. Learn more ...
2015 reunions and homecomings
Learn more and register online at the Alumni Association's reunion website.

Sept. 7 – Ohio State University
Class of 1990 – 25th reunion
Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Black Alumni Society joint scholarship tailgate with OSU African-American Alumni Society

Sept. 12 – Furman University
Corps of Cadets
College of Natural Resources and Environment

Oct. 3 – University of Pittsburgh
Class of 1975 – 40th Reunion
College of Architecture and Urban Studies
Pamplin College of Business

Oct. 9 – North Carolina State University
Class of 1980 – 35th reunion
Class of 1970 – 45th reunion
Graduate School
Multicultural alumni tailgate
Ex Lapide Alumni Society (LGBTQA) fall reunion
Marching Virginians

Oct. 24 – Duke University
Class of 1965 – 50th reunion
Young alumni
Alumni center open house and tailgate
College of Engineering
Resident advisor and Residence Hall Federation reunion

Nov. 21 – University of North Carolina
Class of 1985 – 30th reunion
College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences
College of Science
Certified ScrumMaster training
Offered by Excella Consulting, the Certified ScrumMaster (CSM) training class is a two-day learning experience that provides full immersion into Agile principles and the concepts and practices that define the Scrum framework. The class imparts the basics of how to structure and run a project team from requirements-gathering through production deployments, making it ideal for all members of a project team.
Training classes led by Richard Cheng, a certified Scrum trainer, will be held this summer in College Park, Maryland, and in Blacksburg, Virginia. Learn more at Excella's training site or CSM page.
When registering for the event, alumni can use the following discount codes: "VTDiscount" for the Blacksburg class, and "UMDDiscount" for the College Park class.