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Video: Tech-or-Treat 2015
Creatures from the Cube
Virginia Tech students and faculty affiliated with the Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology and departments campus-wide put a spooky twist on their research projects, engaging more than 1,000 children in the creativity that flourishes at the intersection of science, engineering, art, and design.

Virginia Tech Magazine
fall 2015
Virginia Tech Magazine, fall 2015
The networking power of the Hokie Nation campus cemeteries reveal our past CNBC journalist Brian Sullivan '93 the logistics and choreography of football game fireworks in Lane Stadium a Cold War-era bomb shelter's array of seismic systems a 1946 live recording of Mel Feldenheimer '44 and the Southern Colonels; and more.
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Around the Drillfield
Virginia Tech Homecoming parade
Tech's homecoming tradition
A Virginia Tech tradition that brings together the Hokie Nation to celebrate our university, the Homecoming parade in downtown Blacksburg featured the Corps of Cadets, the Highty-Tighties, the Marching Virginians, Tech spirit squads, and other student groups. The festivities culminated with the announcement of the 2015 Homecoming king and queen on the field during halftime in Lane Stadium.
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PayScale's calculations based on a salary survey completed by Hokie alumni rank Virginia Tech in the top 6 percent of universities by return on investment.
automated vehicle
Cars outfitted with automated- and connected-vehicle technology by Virginia Tech Transportation Institute researchers traveled a 10-mile stretch of interstate in Northern Virginia.
Curtis, the boxer, with owners and vet school staff
Skewer-eating boxer saved by College of Veterinary Medicine
Curtis, a 5-year-old boxer who swallowed a wooden barbecue skewer, beat out a tape-eating cat, a snake-fighting dachshund, and nine other animals to win the 2015 Hambone Award, a contest for the most unusual pet-insurance claim of the year. The Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine, where Curtis was treated, received a $10,000 award from the contest sponsor, Nationwide Mutual Insurance Co.
At the Nexus entrepreneurship conference
Entrepreneurship conference
Mark your calendars for At the Nexus, an entrepreneurship conference scheduled for Nov. 12-14 at The Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center. Network, exchange ideas, and discover what it takes to conceive, launch, and grow an entrepreneurial venture. Register online through Nov. 5.

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Straight from the Hokie's Mouth
My Friend with PTSD
by Robert "Bob" Allnutt
(industrial engineering '57)
When I started engineering school in Blacksburg, just three months after the Korean War had ended, a substantial fraction of my incoming class were veterans of that conflict. Among them was a Marine, Lawrence Baker '57, who I learned had fought through some of the toughest battles, including the long, fighting withdrawal from the Chosin Reservoir in the far, frozen North, under heavy Chinese fire.
Over the next four years, Larry and I became buddies and then close friends. After graduation, he joined a manufacturer of then-new transistors and made inventions that proved key to making transistors economically producible. When he was married, in Philadelphia, a couple of years later, I served as his best man.
Years passed, we each started families, moved several times, and eventually lost touch with each other. Then, in connection with our 50th college graduation celebration, I learned that he had moved back to his childhood home in Gate City, Virginia. We resumed contact, became regular email correspondents, and once rendezvoused at Tech, halfway between our homes. He brought me a Mason jar of moonshine. We shared it.
Only then did I find out that Larry had suffered from post-traumatic stress syndrome (PTSD) ever since leaving Korea. "I tried to hide it, and you never noticed, but I have this tremor in my right hand," he said, showing me. "I'm sure you did notice my anger problems"—this I had—"but worst of all is the dreams. Every night since 1953, I have had the same nightmare. I dream I'm being captured by the Chinese. That was my worst fear in Korea—not death, not being wounded, but capture. I wake up with a racing heart, way over 100 beats per minute, sweating, and more."
He sent me a copy of a photo taken of him as he had reentered U.N. lines from the Chinese encirclement. "Look at my eyes," he instructed. There, plain to see, was a vacant, blurry look—what has sometimes been called "the thousand-yard stare."
A few weeks later, I went to an exhibit of selections from Yale University's art collection. One portrait practically jumped off the wall at me: Painted in 1885, it showed a quite handsome former Union Army officer who had won the Medal of Honor in the Civil War—with that unmistakable look in his eyes, decades after the war. I sent a copy to Larry. "Look at the eyes," I said. "That's it!" came the reply.
In World War II, we called it "combat fatigue." In World War I, it was "shell shock." All too frequently we simply, and wrongly, called it cowardice. I imagine that if an expert could look into the eyes of veterans of any war in history, he could find victims of PTSD over the millennia.
In recent years, the Veterans Administration, finally recognizing chronic PTSD among Iraq and Afghanistan vets, began to offer help to older veterans like Larry. With drug and personal interventions, his problems lessened somewhat.
A few days ago, Larry's widow told me of his death from cancer. For Larry, after 62 years, the Korean War had finally ended.
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Veterans Day ceremony
To recognize all veterans and to honor the service of Virginia Tech men and women to our nation, the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets will hold a Veterans Day remembrance ceremony on Nov. 11. Open to the public, the ceremony will begin at 10:30 a.m. in in the War Memorial Chapel on the Drillfield. Learn more...

Curtin wins ACC cross country championship
Virginia Tech senior Thomas Curtin
Photo by Ross Obley
Virginia Tech HokiesVirginia Tech senior Thomas Curtin became the second cross country runner in Tech history to win an Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) championship, beating a field of 134 runners at the 2015 ACC cross country championships held Oct. 30 at Apalachee Regional Park in Tallahassee, Florida. Setting a new course record of 23 minutes, 23 seconds, Curtin joins former Tech runner Will Mulherin, who won the individual championship in 2012, as the only Hokies to win an ACC cross country crown.

Monteiro wins ITA Atlantic Region singles title
Senior Joao Monteiro
In mid-October, senior Joao Monteiro claimed the ITA Atlantic Region Singles title, advancing to the Indoor National Championships to be held Nov. 12-15 in Flushing Meadows, New York. Monteiro defeated his competitors in all six rounds without losing a single set.
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Virginia's Blue Ridge and the ultimate game-day experience
Virginia's Blue Ridge—and the ultimate game-day experience
Virginia Tech has long been a key partner in Virginia's Blue Ridge, which collaborates with local entities to facilitate the financial and cultural growth of the region as a premier mountain-vacation destination.
In the spirit of such collaboration, the Roanoke Valley in Virginia's Blue Ridge invites Hokies to enter for a chance to win a free two-night Blue Ridge Mountain Getaway for four that includes accommodations, dining, VIP passes to attractions, a gas card, and the ultimate game-day experience in Lane Stadium when the Hokies take on the University of North Carolina on Nov. 21: premium seats, an on-field experience, a meet-and-greet with "The Voice of the Hokies" Jon Laaser, a signed football, and more. You could also win free airfare from Allegiant.

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Congratulations to the the fourth round of winners: Amy L. Alderton '96, Cory B. Boyce '87, Lea Mary Carmichael '15, Michael Holbrook '72, and Nathan L. Varnier '01. Let's go, Hokies!

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