January 2017   [ Archives ]
Video: Virginia Tech researchers assess injury risk from unmanned aircraft
Making drone flights safer
Researchers at Virginia Tech — home to both a Federal Aviation Administration-designated test site for unmanned aircraft systems and a world-renowned injury biomechanics group — are developing methods to evaluate the risks posed by small unmanned aircraft.
Around the Drillfield
WVTF podcast: Why your computer slows down
Sloooooow computer?
Affecting supercomputers to personal laptops, computer "variability" is a drag. Professor of Computer Science Kirk Cameron and his team were awarded a five-year, $3 million National Science Foundation grant to find ways to minimize these slowdowns.
Virginia Tech FutureHAUS
FutureHAUS at KBIS
College of Architecture and Urban Studies faculty and students earned rave reviews for their work on FutureHAUS, debuting the Bedroom and Home Office of the Future in mid-January at KBIS, the world's largest kitchen and bath industry expo.
Photo gallery
Julia Ross; photo by Marlayna Demond '11, UMBC
College of Engineering dean appointed

Following an international search process, Virginia Tech has named Julia Ross dean of the College of Engineering. Ross, dean of engineering and information technology at University of Maryland, Baltimore County, will begin at Tech on July 31.

VT-Shaped Learning at Virginia Tech
New program highlights enrichment

The College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences has launched Tech's first Office for VT-Shaped Learning, which aims to help undergraduates excel academically through disciplinary depth, interdisciplinary capacities, experiential learning, and a strong humanistic perspective.

Virginia Tech President Tim Sands, Vice President for Strategic Affairs and Vice Provost for Inclusion and Diversity Menah Pratt-Clarke, and Holly Mendelson of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine
Virginia Tech named one of 10 Diversity Champion colleges and universities

From INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine: Committed to its InclusiveVT initiative, Tech integrates diversity and inclusion into all aspects of university life — from the curriculum and community outreach to recruitment and retention efforts.

In Memoriam
Paul "Tony" Distler
Paul 'Tony' Distler,
legendary Voice of the Marching Virginians
Paul "Tony" Distler, director of the School of the Arts emeritus at Virginia Tech and former Voice of the Marching Virginians, died Dec. 28, 2016. He was 79.
After arriving at Virginia Tech in 1967, Distler helped build the performing arts program from a handful of faculty members into a division 10 times its original size. He served as the founder and leader of the Department of Performing Arts and Communications, head of the Department of Theatre Arts, and director of both the School of the Arts and the Division of Performing Arts.  More >>
Edward Spencer, Jo Ann Underwood, and Mark Weber
From left, Vice President Emeritus for Student Affairs Edward Spencer, Jo Ann Underwood, and Mark Weber '87 at the 2014 Lavender Commencement Ceremony
Jo Ann Murphy Underwood,
loyal advocate
Jo Ann Murphy Underwood, Virginia Tech's first health educator and adviser to its first gay and lesbian student organization, died Nov. 16, 2016. She was 87.
A proponent of sexual education, prevention, and contraceptives during her 20-year tenure at the university through the 1980s and 1990s, Underwood was named Tech's 2014 Ally of the Year by the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Caucus at the annual Lavender Commencement Ceremony. In honor of her longtime service and advocacy, the recognition was henceforth renamed the Underwood Ally of the Year Award.  More >>
Video: Virginia Tech athletics, 2016
Tech's triumphs
The Hokies were outstanding in 2016! Remember to check out the winter edition of Virginia Tech Magazine — mailing in late February — for a roundup of some of the year's athletic highlights.
Follow @hokiesports on Twitter and hokiesports on Instagram.
Alumni Association
Virginia Tech Day at Kings Dominion
Virginia Tech Day at Kings Dominion
Saturday, April 29
Doswell, Virginia
Wear your maroon and orange, and join us for an exciting day as the Hokie Nation takes over Kings Dominion. Don't miss the giveaways and special guest appearances!
Buy tickets
Virginia Tech Alumni Association reunion
Class reunions, 2017
Start planning now: This year, we're welcoming back the classes of 1967, 1972, 1977, 1982, 1987, and 1992 to celebrate their reunions during the fall football season. In the meantime, stay in touch with your classmates on your class's Facebook page.
Class of 1992  |  Class of 1987  |  Class of 1982  |  Class of 1977  |  Class of 1972  |  Class of 1967

Hokie freebies? Yes, please.

Update your contact information with the Alumni Association
Update your contact information with the Alumni Association by Feb. 15 to be entered for a chance to win your choice of Tech merchandise pictured above. Career news and updates also may be emailed to alumnidata@vt.edu. Congratulations to our latest winners: Bob Armstrong '68, Ed Ward '78, Ann Hall '86, Kevin Nicholls '89, and Danh Nguyen '16.
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