June 2016  •  Archives Virginia Tech
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Missing campus?
(We know you are.)
 
Although most Tech students hustle out of Blacksburg in May, summer days on campus are far from sleepy. But don't take our word for it: Monitor the action on the Drillfield at any time via Burruss Hall's live webcam.
 
Video: "Tech Triumph" by Bob Crosby's Bobcats, 1940
 
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If gazing longingly upon the Drillfield doesn't get you in the spirit, this swinging 1940 recording of "Tech Triumph" by Bob Crosby's Bobcats should make you give a Hokie, Hokie, Hokie, Hi!
One last thing: Our Instagram account is updated daily with the best of campus, ensuring that you'll never feel far from home.
 

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Around the Drillfield
 
Virginia Tech President Emeritus T. Marshall Hahn Jr.
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Menah Pratt-Clarke (right), Virginia Tech's vice president for strategic affairs and vice provost for inclusion and diversity, at the 2016 Black Alumni Reunion
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Video: The Weather Channel's Jim Cantore in Virginia Tech's Stability Wind Tunnel
 
When The Weather Channel's Jim Cantore drops by campus, it's bound to get windy. The intrepid meteorologist took on category 5 sustained wind speeds generated by the College of Engineering's Stability Wind Tunnel.
Virginia Tech's College of Natural Resources and Environment offers the state's only bachelor's degree in meteorology.
 
Virginia Tech students working out
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Robotic exoskeleton glove
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Freebies for Hokies!
 
Virginia Tech merchandise
 
Update your contact information with the Alumni Association by Sept. 1 to be automatically entered for a chance to win your choice of Virginia Tech merchandise pictured above. 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.
 

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Athletics
 
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Former Tech and NFL great André Davis pledges gift benefiting Hokie athletics
 
Former Hokie football player André Davis
 
Former Virginia Tech and NFL wide receiver André Davis, who has used leadership skills he learned as a Hokie to continue giving back to the community through his 2LiveBeyond Foundation, is now hoping to help prepare the next generation of Tech student-athletes for life beyond college. On June 21, the Virginia Tech Department of Athletics announced an undisclosed philanthropic gift from Davis to help support the Hokies' Leadership Institute and the football program.
 
2015-16 Year in review
 
Virginia Tech men's track and field ACC champions
 
Two Atlantic Coast Conference titles, big wins, and great finishes highlighted an exciting year of Virginia Tech sports!
 
For the latest on Virginia Tech athletics,
follow @hokiesports on Twitter and hokiesports on Instagram.
 

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ALUMNI ASSOCIATION NEWS and EVENTS
 
Virginia Tech Alumni Association
 
Battle at Bristol tailgate
 
Battle at Bristol
 
For the Hokies' Sept. 10 game versus the University of Tennessee, Bristol Motor Speedway will transform its iconic track into a world-class football stadium — college football's biggest venue ever — for the inaugural Battle at Bristol.
Although Tech's allotment of game tickets is sold out, stop by and visit with Virginia Tech representatives at 6 p.m. on both Sept. 8 and Sept. 9 at the Quaker Steak and Lube restaurant. Mingle with fellow Hokies, and grab some Tech giveaways.
On game day, join the Hokie Nation at the official Battle at Bristol tailgate hosted by the Virginia Tech Alumni Association and the Hokie Club. Beginning at 4 p.m. at Roger's Garden Campground, directly across from the speedway, the festivities will feature tailgate-style food and drinks, beer, and music, along with guest appearances by President Tim Sands, Director of Athletics Whit Babcock, and the HokieBird. Tickets are limited, so register now. Please note that game tickets and parking are not included in the registration.
 
Welcome parties for the Class of 2016
 
Alumni Association's chapter welcome parties for the Class of 2016
 
At 6 p.m. on Aug. 25, alumni chapters in Charlotte, the New River Valley, the National Capital Region, Tidewater, and Richmond are hosting alumni welcome parties for the Class of 2016. Enjoy complimentary appetizers, pick up some Tech swag, and network with your area Hokies.
 
It's student send-off season!
 
Virginia Tech Alumni Association's New England chapter student send-off picnic
The Boston-based New England Alumni Chapter hosted a student send-off for Hokies in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine, and Rhode Island.
 
A long-standing summer tradition for our alumni chapters, student send-offs welcome incoming freshmen to the Hokie Nation and send returning students back to campus in style. Contact your local chapter to learn what's planned throughout the summer.
 
Alumna reaches Cliburn amateur semifinals
 
Jeanne Backofen Craig '91 performed works by Brahms and Liszt in the semifinals of the Seventh Cliburn International Amateur Piano Competition in Fort Worth, Texas. Photo by Ralph Lauer, Cliburn Foundation.
 
Among 68 pianists from 18 countries, Jeanne Backofen Craig (music '91), of Forest, Virginia, advanced through the preliminary and quarterfinal rounds to reach the semifinals of the Seventh Cliburn International Amateur Piano Competition held in mid-June in Fort Worth, Texas.
One of 11 pianists in the semifinal round, Craig performed Brahms' Intermezzo in A major, Op. 118, No. 2, and Liszt's "Vallée d'Obermann" from "Années de Pèlerinage" and Hungarian Rhapsody No. 11 in A minor.
Learn more about Craig and her competition repertoire.
 
Hokie Gold ring melt
 
Virginia Tech's Class of 2018 Ring Design Committee with Jim Flynn '64
 
Joined by Hokie Gold co-founder Jim Flynn '64 (above, far right), the Class of 2018 Ring Design Committee assisted with the Hokie Gold Legacy Program melt on June 18. Included in this year's melt were eight Virginia Tech rings ranging from the Class of 1943 to the Class of 1971, along with a saved bit of gold from the previous melt, which ensures that gold from the original melt is part of all future Tech class rings.
William Beach '43 and his wife, Norma Vollmer Beach, a "Bugle Beauty"
The rings of William Beach '43 and his wife Norma Vollmer Beach rest atop pages from the 1943 Bugle.
 
Among the donated rings were those belonging to William Beach '43 — a World War II veteran who received the French Croix de Guerre and the Bronze Star as captain of his artillery unit — and his wife, Norma Vollmer Beach, a former "Bugle Beauty," whose miniature ring served as her engagement ring. The Beaches' only child, Deborah Beach Creamer, shared that although her parents had died before the introduction of the Hokie Gold program, she felt it would be meaningful to them as avid supporters of Virginia Tech who often returned to campus for reunions and sporting events.
 
Learn more about donating your class ring either for display by the university or for inclusion in a Hokie Gold melt via the Hokie Gold Legacy Program. Learn more about the melt process conducted at the Virginia Tech Foundry Institute for Research and Education (VT-FIRE) in "Golden Oldies: How donated class rings are reborn" in the spring 2015 edition of Virginia Tech Magazine.
 
Hanging with the Alumni Association
 
Summer Beer Festival at Virginia Tech
Approximately 1,400 alumni, community members, and friends from 10 states gathered on the Holtzman Alumni Center lawn for the June 25 Summer Beer Festival at Virginia Tech. Along with more than 40 different beers from local, regional, and national breweries, the event featured three bands — including, for the first time, a polka band — tailgating games, favorite foods from local restaurants, and a live broadcast by WBRW-FM 105.3 The Bear.
A polka band performed during the Summer Beer Festival at Virginia Tech
 
Make plans now to attend a fall reunion or homecoming!
Virginia Tech reunions and homecomings
 

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