AUGUST 2016  •  Archives Virginia Tech
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Time-lapse video: Hahn Horticulture Garden
The flowers of summer
Compressed into a 90-second time-lapse video, thousands of photos taken over five months capture the unfurling summer in Virginia Tech's Hahn Horticulture Garden, nearly six acres of teaching and display gardens tended by the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences' Department of Horticulture.
Established in 1984, the garden serves as a learning resource for plant materials, landscaping concepts, and environmental awareness.
Visit the garden

Around the Drillfield
Virginia Tech President Tim Sands
President Sands' first State of the University Address
Virginia Tech President Tim Sands will deliver his first State of the University Address on Sept. 30 in the Anne and Ellen Fife Theatre, located within the Moss Arts Center's Street and Davis Performance Hall at 190 Alumni Mall. A student performance will precede the address, and a community reception will follow on the lawn outside the arts center.
Free and open to the public, the event will also be live-streamed for those unable to attend. As the date approaches, more information will be shared via Virginia Tech News emails, the event website, and social media channels.
Video: Virginia Tech's new Classroom Building
Newest building on campus
Designed to support interactive and technology-driven learning, Tech's newest facility—the Classroom Building—includes 15 classrooms and four labs. The three-story structure at the corner of Perry Street and West Campus Drive is the first academic building on campus without administrative office space.
Virginia Tech President Tim Sands with Summer Academy peer mentors
President Sands joined Summer Academy peer mentors at an ice cream social.
Living the Hokie life
Easing the transition into the fall semester, Tech's six-week Summer Academy provides incoming freshmen and transfer students with small classes—called "tracks"—and opportunities to learn their way around campus, enjoy meals in the dining halls, and connect with faculty and peers.
Now in its fifth year, Summer Academy has benefited more than 1,300 students since its launch, and this year offered a total of 18 tracks, including three specifically for transfer students. Tracks allow students to select a course of study aligned with the major or field they wish to pursue.
And because Hokies are rarely all work and no play, academy students also participated in a variety of recreational activities—hiking, tubing, cookouts, movies, and an ice cream social with President Tim Sands—organized by their peer mentors.

That I May Serve
Former Tech All-American and NFL safety Aaron Rouse '07 (far right)
Promoting education through giving—at home
Former NFL safety Aaron Rouse (sociology '07) is giving back to his hometown community: Virginia Beach's Friendship Village.
Sustaining a legacy, sharing their time and resources
For Jeff (finance '84) and Sheila (biology '86) Brown, the parents of three Hokies, Blacksburg has become a second home.
Caitlin McHale '06
Caitlin McHale '06 speaking at a TEDx event
Project Esperanza: A decade of service
Founded as a student organization by Caitlin McHale (interdisciplinary studies '06) and Kristin Preve (English '07) after two service trips to the Dominican Republic, Project Esperanza is thriving as a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that helps Haitian immigrants achieve better lives.
Annually, Project Esperanza's two grassroots schools educate nearly 200 students (ages 5 to 18), many who live in a group home operated by the organization, which also administers community development and social aid programs.
As Project Esperanza's director, McHale, who was named the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences' Outstanding Recent Alumna in 2009, continues to work with Virginia Tech volunteers ("Learning and making connections through a service project in the Dominican Republic").
Caitlin's Positively Honest Blog

VPI Fighting Gobbler apparel
A triumphant return!
Celebrate Virginia Tech's storied history with the revival of a coveted character from the college vault: the VPI Fighting Gobbler.
Virginia Tech has collaborated with sports lifestyle brand '47 to bring back the nostalgic bird, whose familiar face adorns premium headwear and apparel in this special collection.
The VPI Gobbler gear will be available in-store and online at the University Bookstore on Sept. 1 and at Campus Emporium on Oct. 1.
Gobble on, Hokies.

Virginia Tech Hokies
Former Tech standout Kristi Castlin '10 won a bronze medal in the 100-meter hurdles at the Summer Olympic Games.
Kristi Castlin '10 at the Summer Olympics. Photo by Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports.
Hokie wins bronze in Team USA sweep
Kristi Castlin (political science '10) became the first Tech female to win an Olympic medal—and the first Hokie since Bimbo Coles (housing, interior design, and resource management '03) in 1988—capturing the bronze in the 100-meter hurdles at the Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
U.S. teammates Brianna Rollins and Nia Ali joined Castlin on the podium, the first time in Olympic history that one country has swept the 100-meter hurdles.
Virginia Tech Olympians (1976-2016) >>
Virginia Tech football team with head coach Justin Fuente
Football support club established
The Virginia Tech athletics department has announced the formation of the Inside Backers Gridiron Club, a group designated to provide support to the Hokies' football program. The newly established club will resemble the Hokie Hardwood Club, a group of donors and fans supporting the women's basketball program at Tech.
The mission of the Inside Backers Gridiron Club is to preserve the football program's traditions, foster its ideals, and raise the financial support necessary to maintain its success. Join the club >>
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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. 16 to be entered for a chance to win your choice of Tech merchandise pictured above. Career news and updates also may be emailed to

Alumni Association News and Events
Virginia Tech Alumni Association
Welcoming the Class of 2016
Virginia Tech Alumni Association Tidewater Chapter event
Tidewater Chapter
On Aug. 25 in five locations, the Alumni Association kicked off its first-ever "Welcome, New Alumni" events for newly minted alumni of the Class of 2016.
Events hosted by the Charlotte, National Capital Region, New River Valley, Richmond, and Tidewater chapters brought together Hokies of all ages to mingle with fellow alumni and enjoy complimentary appetizers.
Don't miss out on the fun—and resources—your chapter has to offer. Find your local chapter, and check out the opportunities to network, socialize, and even compete in local sports leagues.

Reunions and homecomings
Class of 1966 50th Reunion
Sept. 22-24
Homecoming Parade and Tailgate
Sept. 24
Class of 1971 45th Reunion
Oct. 20-21
Class of 1976 40th Reunion
Oct. 20-21
Multicultural Alumni Reunion
Oct. 20
Class of 1991 25th Reunion
Nov. 11-12
Class of 1981 35th Reunion
Nov. 11-26
Class of 1986 30th Reunion
Nov. 25-26
Young Alumni Reunion
Nov. 25-26

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