Doss finished engraving on the Pylon
Vietnam War veteran added to Pylons

Luther “Jim” Doss planned to graduate from Virginia Tech in 1970, but in April of that year, he was killed in action while serving as a U.S. Army Ranger in Vietnam. Almost 50 years later, the research of a Hokie alum and Fiji fraternity brother paved the way to honor Doss.

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Roanoke Mayor Sherman Lea (from left), Virginia Tech President Tim Sands, Vice President for Health Sciences and Technology Michael Friedlander, Gov. Terry McAuliffe, Carilion Clinic President and CEO Nancy Agee, and Carilion Clinic Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer Patrice M. Weiss break ground to officially announce construction on the VTC Biomedical Research Expansion.
Virginia Tech Carilion Biomedical Research Expansion in Roanoke breaks ground

“This new facility will allow scientists and clinicians to intersect and exchange ideas that will provide tremendous benefits to the people of Virginia and the world,” said Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe during the ceremony for the future 139,000-gross-square-foot building.

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Thanassis Rikakis (left) and Cyril Clarke
Cyril Clarke named interim executive vice president and provost; Thanassis Rikakis to become Presidential Fellow for Academic Innovation

Effective Nov. 1, Rikakis will step down from his position as executive vice president and provost and will assist Clarke in this transition before becoming the Presidential Fellow for Academic Innovation to continue his research on innovation in academe.

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Jennifer Willard, a first-year student at the Myers-Lawson School of Construction, speaks with recruiters from Scott Long Construction during the fall career fair at the Inn at Virginia Tech.
Virginia Tech construction grads are a hot commodity

“Each student gets multiple offers and many get five to six offers,” said Brian Kleiner, director of the Myers-Lawson School of Construction. “Rather than compete for jobs, our students have companies competing for them.”

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Jump logo Hybrid Electric Vehicle Team of Virginia Tech in action in the Ware Lab garage as they work on the latest EcoCar automobile
Virginia Tech community to again “Jump” to support crowdfunding initiatives

From fighting breast cancer and saving birds to engineering an electric Camaro and helping students influence national science policy, the Hokie community has the opportunity to take part in 22 fall fundraising projects on Virginia Tech’s official crowdfunding platform, Jump.

Robot arm at ACCelerate festival
Cheyenne Clevenger (left), a studio art and theatre double major, discusses the Crowd-Sourced Sculpture exhibition with Matthew Wheelock of the University of Virginia.
Hokies host and showcase skills at ACCelerate festival in D.C.

About 36,000 people attended the three-day ACCelerate: ACC Smithsonian Creativity and Innovation Festival hosted by Virginia Tech's Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology, and Smithsonian's Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation in Washington, D.C. Check out videos and photos from Virginia Tech’s five exhibitions, a musical performance, and others.

Hokies visit Africa to see sports’ role in rebuilding a nation

During a study abroad trip in Rwanda, Tech students, student-athletes, and athletics department staff members got a first-hand view of how sports can impact international development in the wake of widespread genocide. Read the full story >>>

Alec Luong and Emily Chisolm Luong, who received her master's degree in landscape architecture in 2011, stand in their Houston neighborhood.
Hokies helping Hokies

After Hurricane Harvey struck Houston, Virginia Tech alumnus Alec Luong sought a classmate's help to assist his neighborhood and, in the process, provided a true example of Ut Prosim (That I May Serve).

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Hoops4Hurricane exhibition game
Get a preview of the Hokies and support hurricane relief

The Virginia Tech men’s basketball team has scheduled a contest against the University of South Carolina in the “Hoops 4 Hurricane Relief” exhibition at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 5, in the Colonial Life Arena in Columbia, S.C. The game’s net proceeds, as well as online donations, will go to support relief efforts in Texas, South Florida, and Puerto Rico. The Hokies men’s team will begin its regular season by hosting Detroit Mercy at Cassell Coliseum at 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 10, as a part of the 2K Classic. Learn More >>>

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Alumni Association News & Events

Beyond Boundaries Scholars recently met with program donors, including Mary “Prim” Jones (mechanical engineering ’62) and Virginia Tech President Tim Sands.
Generosity spearheads surge of first Beyond Boundaries Scholars
More than $803,000 in aid is being provided to the first group of Beyond Boundaries Scholars to enroll. Through the program, which is ongoing, Virginia Tech doubles the impact of certain qualifying scholarship gifts.

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Black Alumni reunion
A call for nominations

The Alumni Association is accepting nominations for the Virginia Tech Influential Black Alumni Awards, which will be presented during the 2018 Virginia Tech Black Alumni Reunion, April 13-15. The awards are an opportunity to acknowledge the achievements of our black alumni. Nominate someone >>>

Upcoming events

Alumnus speaking engagement: Billy Hardee (Nov. 14)
Class of 1987 30th Anniversary Reunion (Nov. 17-19)
Class of 1982 35th Anniversary Reunion (Nov. 17-19)
Pregame HokieTalks (Nov. 18)
Old Guard -- Society of Golden Alumni Reunion (May 16-18)
Reunion 2018 (June 7-10)

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