March 2015 Archives
Video: The HokieBird sets a world record
The HokieBird's world record
On Feb. 26 in Shanks Hall, the HokieBird got friendly in order to surpass the current Guinness World Record for the most hugs given by a mascot in one minute.
The event was sponsored by Hokies For Home, the Virginia Tech chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America's Bateman Competition team dedicated to raising awareness of Home Matters, a nonprofit working to combat homelessness and ensure more affordable homes and better communities nationwide.

Around the Drillfield
Virginia Tech Undergraduate Admissions staff
Congratulations to our newest Hokies, who were selected from a record number of undergraduate applications for admission to the Class of 2019. The nearly 22,500 freshman applications received by Feb. 1 represented a 7.6 percent increase over last year's total of 20,897.
To help spread the good news, newly accepted students have been invited to share their #HokieSpirit photos.
Research at Virginia Tech
Virginia Tech is ranked No. 248 on U.S. News & World Report's 2015 Best Global Universities, which focuses on schools' academic research and overall reputation.
Video: Pamplin College of Business celebrates 50th anniversary
Celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, the Pamplin College of Business kicked off a yearlong series of events, displays, and publications to mark the milestone.
Video: Virtual reality in the Cube
Virtual reality in the Cube
Reporting on the "intersection of technology, science, art, and culture," The Verge sent Adi Robertson to Virginia Tech to experience the Moss Arts Center's Cube, an adaptable, four-story-high space for research and experimentation, immersive environments, intimate performances, audio and visual installations, and experimental investigations. Photo courtesy of The Verge.
Virginia Tech Career Services' post-graduation survey and report
Sixty percent of Virginia Tech's 2013-14 graduates who responded to a Career Services' survey are employed or have a job offer. Reports from 1995 onward are available on the Career Services website.
Virginia Tech Police Department K-9, Nika
The Virginia Tech Police Department welcomed a new K-9, Nika, a German Shepherd being trained to detect explosives. She will work alongside Bax and Boomer, who is set to retire in January 2016.
Hands-on, Minds-on
Floral design class teaches flower power
Students in special 'tweet seats' during performance
'Tweet seats' enhance arts education

Accolades for Hokies' track and field program
Virginia Tech men's track and field team claimed its third ACC indoor title since 2011
Virginia Tech HokiesThe eighth-ranked men's track and field team won four individual events and outscored its nearest competitor by nearly 15 points to claim the title at the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) indoor track and field championships held at Rector Field House in late February. The indoor title is the squad's third since 2011.
At the NCAA indoor track and field championships hosted by the University of Arkansas in mid-March, Hokies Thomas Curtin, Hanna Green, and Manuel Ziegler earned first team All-America honors.
First team All-Americans Thomas Curtin, Hanna Green, and Manuel Ziegler
A week after the NCAA championships, Dave Cianelli, director of track and field and cross country, was named ACC Men's Coach of the Year for the ninth time since arriving at Virginia Tech. Ziegler was named ACC Men's Field Performer of the Year.
For the latest on Virginia Tech athletics, follow @hokiesports on Twitter.

Virginia Center for Civil War Studies
'Lincoln in Our Time' symposium and exhibit
Lincoln in Our Time symposium and exhibit
Kim Kutz, the Virginia Center for Civil War Studies' postdoctoral scholar, researches the changing commemoration of Abraham Lincoln since 1865, and her work promises to be more timely than ever on April 15, the 150th anniversary of Lincoln's death. From March 1 to April 15 in Newman Library, Kutz's exhibit of images and artifacts related to remembrances of Lincoln will be open to the public. In addition, on April 10-11, a public symposium will feature several speakers and a screening of the 2012 film "Lincoln." Learn more ...
Campaigning with Lee:
Summer seminar in Civil War history
May 24-29
Campaigning with Lee summer seminar
Along with presentations from historians Edward L. Ayers, former Tech professor James I. "Bud" Robertson Jr., Robert E. L. Krick, and Christy Coleman, the Virginia Center for Civil War Studies' annual summer seminar in Richmond, Virginia, will feature a guided tour of Lee's retreat to Appomattox, a visit to the Museum of the Confederacy (before its collections are moved to their new location), and the Richmond Symphony's Sesquicentennial Finale Concert, which will be narrated by Robertson. For full details and registration, go to

Fit for a Hokie
Virginia Tech sweatshirts
Update your contact information with the Alumni Association by April 1 to be automatically entered for a chance to win a Virginia Tech sweatshirt. In addition, employment and business updates can be emailed to
After logging on, be sure to update the "mailing address" field in order to receive Virginia Tech Magazine, invitations to networking events, university updates, and information about local alumni events and reunions.
Congratulations to our first round of winners: Brandon J. Butterworth '10, David G. Francis '65, Derek A. Jones '14, and Sandra L. Poliachick '87. Let's go, Hokies!

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Twitter Takeover
Because Virginia Tech is a community of really cool people, we want those voices to take over the university's @im_a_hokie Twitter account for a week to give our followers an inside look at life on campus and encourage students to choose Virginia Tech. Not only will we change our avatar to your picture, we'll let the Hokie Nation know that you're doing the tweeting. We also encourage you to request a specific week to tweet during an event on campus. Tweeters have to agree to some ground rules and cannot use the program to promote themselves or their friends or to sell anything. Alumni, students, faculty, and staff are invited to apply now.

Alumni Association News and Events
Virginia Tech Alumni Association
The Rich Heritage of Southwest Virginia
June 5-6
Smithfield Plantation
Enjoy lectures and tours of regional homes in this historical look at the pioneers who settled the area in the 18th and 19th centuries, influencing the origin of Virginia Tech. Highlights include a lunch and tour at Smithfield Plantation—the original home of four Virginia governors—with a presentation on the contributions of Col. William Preston and the opening of Kentucky lands for settlement by colonists pushing westward. Alumni Distinguished Professor Emeritus James I. Robertson Jr. will be among the featured speakers.
* $150 per person; $100 for ages 5–12
Learn more ...
Women's Weekend at Virginia Tech
July 17-19
Smithfield Plantation
Make plans to connect and network with amazing alumnae and female friends, family members, and fans during a special weekend in Blacksburg that will feed the soul, enlighten the mind, and invigorate the body. Joined by faculty, staff, administrators, and students, participants will engage and celebrate with women who love Virginia Tech and will get to know several of our female leaders, including Virginia Tech's first lady, Laura P. Sands, professor of human development; and Virginia Tech Board of Visitors Rector Deborah Petrine, president and CEO of Commonwealth Care of Roanoke Inc. Don't miss this special weekend to care for yourself, deepen connections with others, and connect or reconnect with Virginia Tech.
* $150 per person
Learn more ...
2015 reunions and homecomings
Registration opens April 1 for 2015 reunions and homecomings. Check the Alumni Association's reunion pages for more details.

Sept. 7 – Ohio State University
Class of 1990 – 25th reunion
Veterinary Medicine
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Sept. 12 – Furman University
Corps of Cadets
College of Natural Resources and Environment

Oct. 3 – University of Pittsburgh
Class of 1975 – 40th Reunion
College of Architecture and Urban Studies
Pamplin College of Business

Oct. 9 – North Carolina State University
Class of 1980 – 35th reunion
Class of 1970 – 45th reunion
Graduate School

Oct. 24 – Duke University
Class of 1965 – 50th reunion
Young alumni
Alumni center open house and tailgate
College of Engineering
Marching Virginians

Nov. 21 – University of North Carolina
Class of 1985 – 30th reunion
College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences
College of Science
Home + auto = protected
Has it been a while since you looked at your car insurance? How about your homeowners insurance? Your Alumni Insurance program 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.
Fore the Hokies
Fore the HokiesThe perfect gift for the Hokie golfer who has it all, Fore the Hokies is ready to hit the links in his finest maroon and orange apparel. At 2 feet tall, each bird is individually cast using high-quality resin and is hand-painted to ensure that he's at the top of his game.