July 2015  •  Archives Virginia Tech
Video: Miss Virginia Tech
Meet Miss Virginia Tech
The foal of a champion miniature mare, Ginger, whose dislocated hip and locked stifle joint were repaired by surgeons at the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine's Veterinary Teaching Hospital, bears a special name bestowed by her grateful owners, Tony Benvenuto and Janet Lewis of Standing Ovation Miniatures.

Around the Drillfield
Virginia Tech Magazine, summer 2015
Virginia Tech Magazine, summer 2015
Virginia Tech community fights cancer ongoing efforts to improve campus traffic remembering the late President Emeritus Paul Torgersen student-built device flings melons hundreds of feet.
Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center
Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center
DC Inno, a Washington, D.C.-based news service, highlighted six of the most intriguing startups to originate from Virginia Tech, a testament to the university's thriving entrepreneurship.
Video: Unmanned aircraft transport medications
Research flights: Unmanned aircraft transport medications
Led by Virginia Tech, the Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership oversaw the July 17 research flights of unmanned aircraft systems, or drones, to deliver medical supplies to a health clinic in Wise, Virginia—the first Federal Aviation Administration-approved drone delivery on U.S. soil.
Want to ride along? Flirtey, the company that designed the drone, used a GoPro to record the full flight.

Our Evolving Campus
Virginia Tech's Dairy Science Complex at Kentland Farm
On July 17, more than 1,200 people celebrated the grand opening of Virginia Tech's new Dairy Science Complex – Kentland Farm.
McBryde Hall auditorium
The McBryde Hall auditorium is undergoing a $2.8 million renovation to improve accessibility, technology, seating, and acoustics.

Straight from the Hokie's Mouth
Day from Hell
by Tom Word
(business administration '59)
Tom Word '59It was first-quarter exam time during my junior year at Virginia Tech, where I was an 18-year-old day student running my family's small sheep-and-beef-cow farm on the side.

On the day in question, my schedule included an exam in corporate finance, taught by tall, dour Professor Adams, who had worked for Ford Motor before retreating into academia. The year was 1957.

I woke before dawn and, as customary, went to the kitchen window to read the outside thermometer on the north side of the farmhouse. It read minus 12. Next, I grabbed the tea kettle to fill at the sink for a cup of instant coffee. Terror struck when a turn of the tap produced nothing. Somewhere, the water line was frozen.
I changed from pajamas to coveralls and brogans, pulled on a mackinaw and knit cap, and drove 200 yards to the well house, a cinder-blocked 6x6x6 hole with a flat tin roof, a concrete floor holding a pressure tank and, at the casing head, pipe and wiring leading to the submerged pump 300 hundred feet below. With maximum effort, I lifted and slid the flat roof, tightened the bare bulb to illuminate the hole, and climbed down the wooden ladder attached to the south wall.
The pipeline between the well head and pressure tank had frozen. I prayed I could thaw it before it burst. I retrieved a blowtorch from the granary located another 200 hundred yards east and returned to the well house, prayed the torch held enough fuel, squeezed the striker, heard the hump of ignition, and thanked God.
Two hours later, I had water flowing from the well house to the barn and farmhouse. I was going to be late for my 8 o'clock exam. I expected Professor Adams would be understanding and would let me take the exam despite an announced rule that tardy students would not be so allowed. Adams was from a prominent farming family at Newport and surely would forgive my tardiness due to force majeure.
I trooped into class at 10, still clad in coveralls and brogans crusted with dried sheep and cow manure, and started to explain my tardiness. In his dry, unsmiling way, Professor Adams interrupted, "Mr. Word, you know my rule."
I exploded. "Twelve below zero and the pipes froze in the well house. I had to thaw them! Surely you understand that!"
A sly grin slowly appeared on the tall professor's face. I got to take the exam. I got an A for the quarter and for the year.
That would be my last year of college. I would enter law school the next fall at the University of Richmond and receive a B.S. in business administration from Tech at the end of my first year of law school, in 1959, a so-called combination degree. I would apply for and be granted a scholarship at the law school. I asked Professor Adams for a letter of recommendation for the scholarship, and the dean of the law school told me after graduation that it had been influential. I finished law school in 1961. I have practiced law in Richmond ever since.
Over the years, I have often said, "My idea of hell is a frozen pipe in a farm well house." Then I have said silent thanks to Professor Adams.

At home on the River Course
Video: Pete Dye River Course of Virginia Tech
Even though Virginia Tech athletics are officially on hiatus for the summer, some Hokies are lucky enough to regularly play the Virginia Tech golf team's home course, the Pete Dye River Course, one of the best in the country.
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 Oct. 1 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 third round of winners: Michael Holbrook '72, Jennifer Davis Min '93, William Thomas '13, Edson Wiley Jr. '55, and Yang Zhang '14. 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.
Meet our tweeters, and apply.

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Alumni Association News and Events
Virginia Tech Alumni Association
2015 reunions and homecomings
During the fall football season, the Alumni Association will host a full schedule of class reunions ('65, '70, '75, '80, '85, '90, and young alumni) and college/constituency homecomings. 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. Learn more and register online ...
2016 travel tours announced
Virginia Tech Class of 1976 reunion
Travel tours in 2016 are now listed on the Alumni Association travel website. Broaden your horizons, enjoy new adventures with other Hokies, and take advantage of great values on land tours and cruises to exciting destinations.
Golf Scramble for Scholars
Scramble for Scholars golf tournament
The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) Alumni Organization's 11th annual Scramble for Scholars golf tournament is scheduled for Aug. 10 at the Spring Creek Golf Club in Zion Crossroads, Virginia, with a shotgun start at 11 a.m. Learn more and register ...
Homes + auto = protected
Has it been a while since you looked at your car insurance? How about your homeowners insurance? The Alumni Association partners with Liberty Mutual to secure exclusive rates on insurance for your home or automobile. You worked hard to earn your degrees and to build your assets—now protect them. Take a few minutes to visit Liberty Mutual's website for a quote or for more details about the program.