March 2014
Virginia Tech's War Memorial Chapel
The Pylons atop War Memorial Court are surely as recognizable an emblem of Virginia Tech as the Rotunda is of that other state school. Bearing the names of Tech alumni who died in military service, each of the eight sculptured limestone pylons is also etched with a value that has long defined the Hokie Nation.
On the court's lower level, however, the War Memorial Chapel incorporates design elements whose symbolism, though equally significant, is less readily apparent.

Virginia Tech quarry
Mining native stone
Just how does Virginia Tech keep up with the demand for Hokie Stone? The local limestone—dolomite—is extracted from a university-owned quarry in Blacksburg.
Virginia Tech aerospace engineering students, 1967
VPI rocket boys, 1967
"Computers fascinate me. I knew a little bit about them. This gave me a chance, almost unlimited computer time, to just experiment, develop a specialized program."
Human and Agricultural Biosciences Building 1, Virginia Tech College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
In the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences' new Human and Agricultural Biosciences Building 1, researchers and students from multiple disciplines are collaborating on issues ranging from fermentation and food safety to bioprocessing and biofuels. Located at the intersection of Duck Pond Drive and Washington Street, the $53.7 million building is the first of four planned for the Biosciences Precinct, where faculty members and students from various departments within the college will work together to advance research, academic, and Extension efforts.
Virginia Tech researcher Boris Vinatzer
A new naming system
Virginia Tech researcher Boris Vinatzer has developed a new way to classify and name organisms based on their genome sequence, resulting in a universal language that scientists can use to communicate with unprecedented specificity about all life on Earth.
Jeff Reed, Jung-Min Park, and Taeyoung Yang of Wireless@Virginia Tech
Wireless improving safety
One way to reduce medical errors in hospitals—dense electromagnetic environments with multiple wireless devices—is to adopt new wireless technologies, according to researchers with Virginia Tech's Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science.
Hands-on, Minds-on
Anatomage's simulated high-tech operating table
Virtual patient teaches
A virtual patient embedded in a high-tech operating table's electronic display allows students at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine to learn anatomy like never before.
Weather map
Real-world weather
The meteorology program in the College of Natural Resources and Environment's geography department reinforces classroom learning with hands-on forecasting.

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ACC champions, baby!
Virginia Tech HokiesEven though the wide world of sports is enmeshed in March Madness, basketball isn't the only game in town.

Four new school records lifted the Virginia Tech men's swimming and diving teams, known as the H2Okies, to their first conference title since 2000—Tech's final year in the Atlantic 10 Conference—and their first in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC). The NCAA men's swimming and diving championships will be held March 27-29 in Austin, Texas.
Virginia Tech men's swimming and diving team
Not to be outdone, the Virginia Tech wrestling squad captured the ACC wrestling championship, pulling away from the University of Pittsburgh, the regular-season champion, to take the team title with 87 points. All 10 Hokies placed in the top four of their respective weight class. Learn how the Hokies fared in the NCAA wrestling championships, held March 20-22 in Oklahoma City.
Virginia Tech's wrestling team
Virginia Tech has now won 18 ACC team titles since joining the conference for the 2004-05 season. For the latest on Virginia Tech athletics, follow @hokiesports on Twitter.

Hokie Highlight
Alumna's research leads to protection of endangered shark species
Lucy Howey-Jordan conducting research; phot by Lance Jordan, operations manager with Microwave Telemetry Inc.
Photo by Lance Jordan, operations manager with Microwave Telemetry Inc.
Referred to as "the most dangerous of all sharks" by 20th-century conservationist Jacques Cousteau, oceanic whitetip sharks were long considered relatively unstudied in comparison to other large open-ocean sharks—until Lucy Howey-Jordan (biology '04) and her research team conducted a remarkable study.

In 2010, Howey-Jordan and a group of international scientists launched a pilot study in the Bahamas using satellite-linked archival transmitters to track the movements of whitetip sharks, which have suffered an estimated 90 percent decrease in population. The team's findings, published in the February 2013 edition of the science journal PLoS ONE, not only received widespread press coverage, but also spearheaded a successful effort to protect the critically endangered species.

Learn more about the whitetip research in the Virginia Tech College of Science Quarterly.

Alumni Association News and Events
Focus on Photography, May 30-31
The Duckpond at Virginia Tech; photo by Jim Stroup
The fourth consecutive year of this popular program will feature sessions on sports photography, techniques for better portraits, high-dynamic-range (HDR) photography, and more. The weekend begins with a photographer's boot camp and closes with a critique session during which presenters will help identify ways to improve photos. In addition to instruction, participants will have time to take photos and will receive an information packet to keep. Photographers of all levels are welcome to attend. Learn more at
Fall reunions and homecomings
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Virginia Tech football game
August 30 – College of William & Mary
College of Veterinary Medicine
Graduate School

September 13 – East Carolina University
Corps of Cadets
College of Natural Resources and Environment
College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences

September 20 – Georgia Tech
Class of 1974 40th Reunion
Class of 1979 35th Reunion
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

September 27 – Western Michigan University
Class of 1964 50th Reunion
Alumni Center Open House and Tailgate
College of Engineering

October 23 – University of Miami
Class of 1984 30th Reunion
Class of 1989 25th Reunion
College of Science

November 1 – Boston College
Class of 1969 45th Reunion
Pamplin College of Business

November 28 – University of Virginia
Young Alumni Reunion
College of Architecture and Urban Studies
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 beautiful photo of Burruss Hall or Lane Stadium. Every application and card use will benefit the university and its programs through the Alumni Association.

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Affordable travel insurance through alumni program
Spring travel is upon us—and with it comes the frustrations of trip delays, cancellations, and baggage loss. Are you prepared? Developed with alumni travelers in mind, affordable travel insurance is available through Virginia Tech's Alumni Insurance Program, which includes a range of coverage options to insure your adventures, no matter where they take you.