January 2015 Archives
Video: Virginia Tech Year in Review
 
Virginia Tech Year in Review
 
Hear from President Sands, and learn more about the myriad accomplishments of Virginia Tech faculty and students in 2014.
 
Video: 30 shots in 30 seconds
 
Take a whirlwind tour—we're talking 30 shots in 30 seconds—of Virginia Tech's videos from 2014. As an added bonus, some of this footage has not yet been seen outside our studios.
 
Photo gallery: Photographers' favorites of 2014
 
Our photographers—Michael Kiernan, Jim Stroup, Logan Wallace, and former intern Chelsey Allder—handpicked their favorite photos from 2014, and included commentary explaining their selections.
 
Photographers' favorites
 

 
Around the Drillfield
 
Photo Gallery: Fall 2014 Commencement
 
Fall 2014 Commencement
The Hokie Nation gained more than 2,500 new alumni at the university's two commencement ceremonies on Dec. 19, 2014. Pictured above, undergraduate Archer Ruffin III (agricultural technology '14) received the first diploma handed out by President Timothy Sands as the university's 16th president.
 
PHOTOS
 
Virginia Tech Magazine, winter 2014-15
Virginia Tech Magazine,
winter 2014-15
The latest edition of Virginia Tech Magazine features the second installment of a two-part series on the university's efforts to feed and water a growing global population; Tech's work with big data; Goodwin Hall's sensors; the inaugural Virginia Science Festival; and more.
Signing metal beams for new residence hall
'Topping off' ceremony for residence hall
On Jan. 21, Virginia Tech cadets, corps officers, alumni, and friends of the university signed metal beams that were later hoisted into place atop the highest section of one of the Corps of Cadets' two new residence halls, part of a major transformation happening on the Upper Quad.
Video: The kitchen of the future
 
'The kitchen of the future is now'
The Virginia Tech Center for Design Research, part of the College of Architecture and Urban Studies, unveiled the innovative future of kitchen design and construction on Jan. 20 in Las Vegas at the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show, North America's premier annual event dedicated to the kitchen and bath industry.
 
Virginia Tech classroom
A best value—for 10 years running
For the 10th consecutive year, Virginia Tech has been named to Kiplinger Personal Finance's list of the best values in higher education. Having appeared on the list every year since its inception, Tech is ranked 26th among public colleges and 151st among all universities for 2015.
Blacksburg
Blacksburg among best places to retire
Among more than 400 U.S. cities, the Town of Blacksburg has been ranked among the "25 Best Places to Retire" by Forbes.com. Factors considered included overall cost of living and home prices, as compared to national averages, and general tax climates for retirees.
Video: A brain-imaging technique for detecting autism spectrum disorder
 
A speedy test for autism spectrum disorder
Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute scientists have developed a brain-imaging technique that may be able to identify children with autism spectrum disorder in just two minutes.
 

 
More maroon & orange
 
Virginia Tech sweatshirts
 
Update your contact information with the Alumni Association by Feb. 1, and you'll automatically be entered for a chance to win a Virginia Tech sweatshirt. In addition, employment and business updates can be emailed to alumnidata@vt.edu.
By updating your information, not only will you be entered to win a sweatshirt, you'll stay better connected to the university by receiving Virginia Tech Magazine, the Virginia Tech Monthly email newsletter, invitations to networking events, university updates, and information about local alumni events and reunions. Let's go, Hokies!
 

 
Tech's 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.
 

 
Athletics
 
Hokies soar at opening meet
 
Triple jumper Manuel Ziegler
 
Virginia Tech HokiesIn his first meet competing as a Hokie, Manuel Ziegler leapt to the nation's second-best mark in the men's triple jump at 53'00.75" (16.17 meters), which placed him atop the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) leaderboard and second overall in the Virginia Tech record book behind former Hokie standout Hasheem Halim. Ziegler, a native of Dresden, Germany, out-jumped his nearest competitor by almost three feet at the Hokies' first home meet of 2015, the Virginia Tech Invitational.
Pole vaulter Chris Uhle
To conclude the Virginia Tech Invitational, Chris Uhle cleared 17'09.00" (5.41 meters), a new personal best, for a first-place finish in the men's pole vault, a mark that ranked fifth nationally. At the Hokie Invitational the next week, Uhle's mark of 18'1.25" (5.52 meters)—his third personal best for the season—kept the vaulter in first place in the ACC and moved him into third nationally based on marks set prior to the weekend meets. Uhle's latest mark moved him into a tie for second all-time in the Virginia Tech record book.
 
For the latest on Virginia Tech athletics, follow @hokiesports on Twitter.
 

 
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Alumni Association News and Events
 
Virginia Tech Alumni Association
 
2015 Drillfield Series
 
Drillfield Series
 
Food for Thought, Feb. 20-21
This year's annual food and wine-pairing weekend features a light, healthy lunch paired with delicious labels from Australia and New Zealand, as well as a dinner of locally sourced food inspired by the flavors of Latin America and enhanced by wines from Chile, Argentina, and elsewhere. A food demonstration by The Grove chef and a wine presentation by Attimo winery vintner are also included. A Friday option includes preparing a meal with an executive chef at one of Tech's award-winning dining halls.
 
What Fuels Our Planet?, March 20-21
At panel discussions with Virginia Tech faculty and industry representatives, hear unbiased perspectives on the energy sources that power the planet. Tour Virginia Tech's energy research facilities. Learn how technology advancements are creating new opportunities to harness alternative energy sources and how developments at the university have the potential to change local communities and the world. The weekend culminates with the Union Bank Innovation Challenge, at which student teams will present business plans focused on clean energy.
 
Coming in February:
The fall 2015 schedule for reunions and homecomings
 
Virginia Tech homecoming
 
Dates for class reunions and college/constituency homecomings will be posted on the Alumni Association website in February, after the home football schedule has been released by the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Look for reunion schedules and registration information for the classes of '65, '70, '75, '80, '85, and '90, plus events for younger alumni, along with homecomings for the eight colleges and the Graduate School, multicultural alumni, and the Corps of Cadets. These events are spread over the six-game home football schedule. Don't miss an opportunity to reunite with your class, college, or constituency this fall.