JULY 2016  •  Archives Virginia Tech  
 
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Wallet Hub report: Most patriotic states
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Patriotic Virginia
 
To identify patriotic hot spots in the U.S., WalletHub compared the 50 states across 12 key metrics, such as volunteerism, civic engagement, and military service. Anyone surprised that Virginia topped the overall list?
 
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Around the Drillfield
 
Virginia Tech passes $100 million in record fundraising year
 
Your generosity = record fundraising year
 
In the university's first fiscal year under a new advancement model unifying fundraising, communications, and alumni relations, Virginia Tech raised more than $100 million in donations for the first time, surpassing the previous record of $92.23 million set in fiscal 2011, and a 13 percent increase over the fiscal 2015 amount.
 
Virginia Tech recognized as 'leader in using technology to teach, have fun' in latest Money magazine ranking
 
Money magazine rankings
 
Virginia Tech is ranked No. 18 overall and No. 9 among public institutions in Money magazine's latest best college rankings list. The university also earned high rankings for value and admissions.
 
Virginia Tech's first immersive environment specialist makes virtual reality accessible
 
Accessible virtual reality
 
Research activities in the Moss Arts Center's Cube are led by the Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology, which recently hired Zach Duer, the university's first immersive environment specialist.
 
Video: Virginia Tech researchers itching to learn more about poison ivy on the Appalachian Trail
 
Demystifying poison ivy
 
While poison ivy's ability to cause an all-consuming itch is familiar, remarkably little is known about the plant itself or how it grows — a situation that Virginia Tech researchers are working to change.
 

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That I May Serve
 
Basil I Gooden '88 named Virginia's next secretary of agriculture and forestry
 
Virginia's new secretary of agriculture and forestry
 
Basil I. Gooden (political science '88) was appointed Virginia's next secretary of agriculture and forestry by Gov. Terry McAuliffe.
 
Former Hokie and Jacksonville Jaguar Ernest Wilford '03 transitioned from football player to patrol officer
 
From the playing field to the police beat
 
Former Hokies and NFL receiver Ernest Wilford (sociology '03) now serves in Florida as an officer with the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office.
 
(From left) Letitia "Trish" A. Long '82, Harold L. Martin Sr. '80, and Doug Winter '91
 
(From left) Letitia "Trish" A. Long (electrical engineering '82), former director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, has joined the advisory board of Virginia Tech's Ted and Karyn Hume Center for National Security and Technology. Harold L. Martin Sr. (Ph.D. electrical engineering '80), chancellor of North Carolina A&T State University, was named among the "Triad's Most Admired CEOs." Doug Winter (electrical engineering '91), founder and CEO of Seismic, a sales enablement service, was featured in a Forbes magazine profile, "Thought Leaders Changing the Business Landscape."
 
Pete Womack '15
 
A member of the Virginia Tech Rescue Squad, Pete Womack (economics '15) has returned from a six-month stint as a medical volunteer at Monkey Jungle Park in Sosúa, Dominican Republic. Not only do the park's admission fees go to charity, the park's clinic provides free medical and dental services to the community. At the park, Womack served as chief medic during the week and worked with the clinic's visiting doctors on weekends. He also participated in outreach programs that provided medical and dental care to the Mariposa Foundation's Center for Girls in Cabarete. Ut Prosim!
 

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Athletics
 
Virginia Tech Hokies
 
Former Tech standout Kristi Castlin '10 (far right) finished second in the 100-meter hurdles to make the U.S. Olympic team
The 100-meter women's hurdles final at the U.S. Olympic track and field trials in Eugene, Oregon: (from left) Nia Ali, Queen Harrison '10, Brianna Rollins, and Kristi Castlin '10. (Photo by Matt Slocum)
Former Tech standout makes U.S. Olympic team
 
Running a personal best of 12.50 seconds, Kristi Castlin (political science '10) finished second in the finals of the 100-meter hurdles at the U.S Olympic track and field trials and is headed to the Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro. Castlin's former Tech teammate Queen Harrison (sociology '10) finished fourth.
 
Tech athletics secures $1.2 million for upcoming project to benefit the Hokies' academic support center and student-athlete development
Tech athletics secures $1.2 million for upcoming project
 
The Department of Athletics announced in early June that $1.2 million in funding has been secured to enhance the Hokies' academic support center, technology, and student-athlete development. The funding is a combination of private donations, a corporate gift, and a foundation grant.
 
Men's basketball coach Buzz Williams earns contract extension, endows two scholarships
Williams earns contract extension, endows scholarships
 
In mid-July, athletics director Whit Babcock announced that men's basketball head coach Buzz Williams agreed to a contract extension through the 2022-23 season. In addition, Williams and his wife, Corey, funded two endowed scholarships: The Buzz's Bunch Scholarship, which will be awarded annually to a Tech undergraduate registered with Services for Students with Disabilities; and The Buzz and Corey Williams Family Student-Athlete Scholarship – In Memory of T. Marshall Hahn.
 

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Freebies for Hokies!
 
Update your contact information for a chance to win 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. Career news and updates may 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 mail receipt. The university does not send any mail to an alum's permanent street address.
 

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Alumni Association News and Events
 
Virginia Tech Alumni Association
 
Burruss Hall sandcastle
 
A senior aerospace engineering major and president of Tech's Equestrian Club, Glendon Mohan (right) and fellow Hokies showed some serious pride on North Carolina's Outer Banks. (Rumor has it that the woman reading in the background went to UVA.)
 
Alumni Association display at the Class of 2020's orientation
 
During new student orientation, the Class of 2020 was introduced to Hokie traditions and class leadership programs. Alumni Association representatives also greeted parents at the Division of Student Affairs' dessert receptions and encouraged connections with local alumni chapters.
 
Learn more about the Battle at Bristol
 
Don't have tickets to the Battle at Bristol football game on Sept. 10? Although Tech's allotment of game tickets is sold out, you can still get in on the action.
 
If you plan to be in Bristol prior to the game, join Tech representatives at 6 p.m. on both Sept. 8 and Sept. 9 at the Quaker Steak and Lube restaurant to 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 Alumni Association and the Hokie Club. Beginning at 4 p.m. at Roger's Garden Campground across from the speedway, the festivities will feature tailgate-style food and drinks, beer, and music, along with 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.
 
Find an Alumni Association chapter send-off event in your area  
Student send-offs
 
August is an important month as alumni chapters across the country continue to host student send-off events for the newest members of the Hokie Nation. Find an event in your area.
 
Virginia Tech reunions and homecomings  
Fall reunions and homecomings
 
Now's the time to start making plans to attend a fall reunion or homecoming!
 

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