June 2014
Video tribute to President Charles W. Steger
Hail and Farewell
As Virginia Tech President Charles W. Steger prepared to step down after 14 years as the university's leader, colleagues and friends reflected on his tenure.
"Courage"University Distinguished Professor Nikki Giovanni reads "Courage," her poem in honor of President Steger. [01:28]
Photos of President Timothy Sands' first week at Virginia Tech
Timothy Sands, who officially took office as Virginia Tech's 16th president on June 1, had a busy first week on the job.
Follow President Sands on Twitter: @VTSandsman

Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine
VTC School of Medicine accredited
The Virginia Tech Carilion (VTC) School of Medicine received full accreditation from two key organizations, making it the nation's newest fully accredited medical school.
Virginia Tech's Crafter Licensing Program
Crafter Licensing Program underway
Virginia Tech has launched a program for independent crafters who produce handmade products bearing university trademarks such as the "VT" logo and "Hokies" wordmark.
Signature Engineering Building
More than classrooms, offices, and laboratories, Virginia Tech's Signature Engineering Building incorporates a ground-breaking experiment to measure even the smallest vibrations made inside the building. The project, spearheaded by Department of Mechanical Engineering faculty members Pablo Tarazaga and Mary Kasarda and their Smart Infrastructure Laboratory, is designed as a test bed to track data related to building design and security, occupancy monitoring for emergency response, structural health monitoring, and more.
Photos of the Signature Engineering BuildingThe progress of the Signature Engineering Building's construction is documented in an ongoing series of photos compiled by the College of Engineering.
Virginia Tech Research blog
Blogging the gee-whiz worldwide
A magazine-style blog, Virginia Tech Research lifts the lid on the influential, awe-inspiring work of Tech's scientists, engineers, artists, and designers on campus and around the world.
Virginia Tech researcher Jasmin Bavarva
Smoking-cessation products suspect
Nicotine is proving to be a formidable carcinogen, according to Virginia Tech researchers who discovered that the chemical excessively mutates exposed cells' DNA.

Hands-on, Minds-on
3-D printed vehicle
Remote-controlled 3-D printed vehicles
Virginia Tech hosted a university-wide competition for students to deign on-demand, remote-controlled 3-D printed aircraft and ground vehicles.
The Atmospheric Teaching Experiment
Using a high-altitude weather balloon, the Atmospheric Teaching Experiment helps grade-school students better understand science.

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Year in review, 2013-14
Virginia Tech golfer Scott Vincent
Scott Vincent is the first-ever Hokie golfer to be named a first-team All-American.
Virginia Tech HokiesFor the 2013-14 academic year, 14 of Virginia Tech's 21 sports were represented in postseason play either as a team or by individuals. Two teams—men's swimming and diving and wrestling—won ACC championships. Tech student-athletes won 16 individual or relay/medley ACC titles, and 24 different Hokies earned All-American honors. Learn more in HokieSports Weekly's 2013-14 Year in Review.
For the third straight year and for the fourth time in the past five years, the Hokies are on pace to finish in the top 40 of the Learfield Sports Directors' Cup, which is awarded annually to the nation's best overall collegiate athletics program.

Hokie Highlight
Good food, good people
Dana Beegle '94Weaving together science and small business practices, Dana Beegle (forestry '94) applied her forestry background while working as a technical writer for Virginia Tech Pesticide Programs, initially developing training manuals for commercial pesticide applicators and now helping to revise the state's crop profiles on a part-time basis.

These days, Beegle and her husband, Jon, keep busy with StoneRoot Farm, their 70-acre property in Floyd County, Virginia. Through Good Food–Good People, a Floyd-based local-food distributor, they sell shiitake mushrooms grown in their woodlands, along with pasture-raised beef directly to local families. Jon also operates Bootleg BBQ, a mobile kitchen serving customers in town. The couple often tows the kitchen to catering gigs and festivals, and their four varieties of homemade barbecue sauce are sold in local stores.

Learn more about Beegle in the spring edition of the College of Natural Resources and Environment Newsmagazine.

First and Foremost
Pranks, 1872-1925
Virginia Agricultural and Mechanical College
Boredom was a constant during the early days of Virginia Agricultural and Mechanical College, today's Virginia Tech. To alleviate the tedium, cadets turned to a standby from ancient times—pranks.

Although no one recorded the first prank, among the earliest was the magical transformation of President Charles L.C. Minor's red cow into a white one. Other early standards included sending a roommate's belongings home to his girlfriend or staging a fake duel.

Sophomore Night, a later development, became a cadet "tradition" that culminated in 1925, when sophomore cadets took cows to the top floor of the barracks; placed a farm wagon, harrows, grain drill, skeleton, and horse-drawn hearse on the roofs of various barracks; took two steam rollers from a highway construction job and brought them to campus for a "bullfight" between two students; headed a grocery truck down a basement stairway; filled the barracks quadrangle with all manner of livestock; and hauled a fully assembled fire hose reel up a flag pole.
Can't get enough of Virginia Tech history? Keep an eye out for the summer edition of Virginia Tech Magazine—mailing in mid-July and also available online—which features a wide-ranging collection of university firsts.

Alumni Association News and Events
2014 Reunions and Homecomings
Virginia Tech's Lane Stadium
The Alumni Association is hosting a full schedule of class reunions ('64, '69, '74, '79, '84, æ89, and young alumni) and college/constituency homecomings during the fall football season. 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. To register or learn more, visit www.alumni.vt.edu/reunion.
Happy and Healthy Pet Weekend, Aug. 8-9
During this special pet-themed weekend on campus, learn about pet care, diets, vaccines, toxins, sight, and state-of-the-art research in cancer and translational medicine taking place at the Virginia-Maryland Regional 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. To register and reserve accommodations at The Inn at Virginia Tech, click HERE.
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, the day will include 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 at www.alumni.vt.edu/vir/.
New online career speaker series for alumni
The Alumni Association Career Resources program is offering a new online speaker series that features leading career authors who share tips and best practices for job searches, interviewing, social media use, networking, and more. Don't miss Greg Link on Aug 6. Along with these free live events, a large archive of past events is available. To learn more, click HERE.
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. Importantly, every application and card use will benefit the university and its programs through the Alumni Association.

Apply now at www.Discover.com/VT.
Planning a summer getaway?
No one expects to cancel or interrupt a trip, experience a medical emergency while traveling, or lose baggage, but such situations occur. The Alumni Association offers Travel Insurance Select® through The Alumni Insurance Program® to help protect travelers from the unexpected. Before you plan take your next adventure, call 1-800-937-1387 or visit www.travelinsure.com/vt to learn more about these affordable benefits and services.