August 2014
Video: Parents share parting words of wisdom to their first-year students
Move-in day: Class of 2018
As thousands of students returned to campus last week for the beginning of the fall semester, several members of the Class of 2018 were bid farewell by parents who shared parting words of wisdom. Hankie alert!

Hokie Nation's newest undergraduates
On Aug. 20, the Hokie Nation gained some 6,400 new undergraduate students, including approximately 5,400 freshmen and 1,000 transfer students. The Class of 2018 includes 429 international students; 130 valedictorians and salutatorians; 1,344 high schools represented by students; 1,712 legacies whose mother, father, grandparent, sister, and/or brother previously attended the university; and 30 sets of twins. While the majority of the new students are from Virginia, about 1,800 represent other states, territories, and countries.
A new cadet in the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets
A new cadet studies his guidon during training week's requisite shearing. Photo by Logan Wallace.
Among Tech's new undergraduates are more than 330 new members of the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets, who reported to campus on Aug. 16 for New Cadet Training week. For the third consecutive year, the corps will number more than 1,000 cadets.

Hokie Camp—with the Sandses
Laura and Timothy Sands do the Harlem Shake during the Hokie Camp dance party.
Laura and Timothy Sands do the Harlem Shake at the Hokie Camp dance party. Photo by Logan Wallace.
On Aug. 19, President Timothy Sands and his wife, Laura P. Sands, headed to Hokie Camp with hundreds of other new Hokies to participate in team-building exercises and learn more about Virginia Tech traditions. Held at the W.E. Skelton 4-H Educational Conference Center at Smith Mountain Lake, Hokie Camp welcomes new students into the university community by creating a support system that allows them to build relationships, foster the principles of community, and share in the Hokie spirit. "It's a good way for me to understand just what our students are experiencing," President Sands said. "The more I can understand the student experience, the more I can help it along and be strategic in what I try to move forward."

The Presidential Installation
University Seal of Virginia Tech
Mark your calendars for the formal installation of President Timothy Sands at 2 p.m. (EST) Friday, Oct. 17, in the Burruss Hall Auditorium. The ceremony, which will be streamed live, is open to the public. Stay tuned for information about a variety of events across campus on Oct. 17 and 18 as we celebrate the installation of Virginia Tech's 16th president.
Virginia Tech's Torgersen Hall
Virginia Tech among top colleges in two new rankings
Virginia Tech is among the top 50 colleges and 25 best public colleges in Money magazine's new best college rankings and also landed for the first time among the top 25 public colleges as ranked by Forbes.
College Colors Day
To celebrate the 10th annual College Colors Day, Virginia Tech is participating in the Spirit Cup competition, a points-based rivalry on social media. Besides bragging rights, the winning university will receive $10,000 for its general scholarship fund.
Wear orange and maroon, share your school spirit on Twitter and Instagram through Aug. 28, and be sure to tag your tweets and photos with #collegecolors #VATECH. Posts, tweets, and retweets all earn points for Virginia Tech. To earn extra points, download and use the Colllege Colors mobile app.
Winners will be announced Aug. 29 on the College Colors Day website. The Spirit Cup competition and College Colors Day are sponsored by the Collegiate Licensing Company. Direct any questions to Melissa Richards, Virginia Tech's assistant vice president for marketing and publications, at 540-231-4168 or
Campus dining at Virginia Tech
Best Campus Food in the country (again!)
Virginia Tech was named No. 1 in the Princeton Review's Best Campus Food rankings for 2015. This ranking, along with those in a number of other categories, propelled Tech into Princeton Review's respected annual guide, "The Best 379 Colleges."
Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership's Unmanned Aircraft Systems test site
Unmanned aircraft test site program ready
The Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership's Unmanned Aircraft Systems test site program is fully operational and ready to conduct research vital to integrating unmanned aircraft into the nation's airspace, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.
Robot DARwin-OP on the Virginia Techcampus
DARwIn-OP, along with the Terrestrial Robotics Engineering and Controls Laboratory, made the move from Randolph Hall to the new flagship building for Virginia Tech's College of Engineering, the Signature Engineering Building, which opened in mid-May. The robotics lab, part of the Department of Mechanical Engineering, also features CHARLI, the humanoid robot; and THOR, the new robot that's part of the DARPA Robotics Challenge.
Located on the corner of Prices Fork Road and Stanger Street on the north side of campus, the Hokie Stone-clad building is home to 40 instructional and research labs, eight classrooms, an auditorium, and 150 offices for several engineering departments. The building's official dedication and naming ceremony will be held on Oct. 24. Coverage of the event will appear in the winter 2014-15 edition of Virginia Tech Magazine.

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 can apply now.

Celebrating 50 years of Lane Stadium
Video: Lane Stadium's 50th anniversary
Virginia Tech HokiesThis fall, Lane Stadium enters its 50th year as the home of Virginia Tech football. The Hokies' home-field advantage on Worsham Field has undeniably played a role in the football team's more than two decades of success, highlighted by its 21 consecutive bowl games and winning 10 or more games each season from 2004 to 2011.
Visit the site commemorating Lane's 50th to browse vintage game programs, watch videos of the stadium's greatest moments during the 1960s, and cast your votes for members of the All-Lane Team.
For the latest on Virginia Tech athletics, follow @hokiesports on Twitter.

Living easy? Hot fun? Time to sit back and unwind?
Virginia Tech Monthly tracked down a handful of faculty members—no mean feat during the traditional vacation months—and asked them about their summer activities.
Jeffrey AlwangJeffrey Alwang, professor, agricultural and applied economics
"Cuiabá, Brazil, to see the World Cup—already saw Chile vs. Australia and Russia vs. Korea."
Elizabeth FineElizabeth Fine, professor, Department of Religion and Culture
"My husband and I traveled to San Francisco on Amtrak. It's a three-day ride from Hinton, West Virginia, and a great way to see the country and meet new people. The views in the Rockies and the Sierras are spectacular."
Jessica FolkartJessica Folkart, associate professor, foreign languages and literatures
"I am currently in Spain leading the VT in Spain study-abroad program for six weeks. Then I will direct the Intensive Second Language Institute on campus in July, followed by a trip to visit relatives in California before the kids go back to school."
Celine HinCéline Hin, assistant professor, mechanical engineering
"I don't have any vacation time this summer. I am working in France because I am French, and I need to renew my passport and attend a few conferences in Europe."
Jason KellyJason Kelly, assistant professor, political science
"My wife and I are expecting our first child in mid-July, so we are not vacationing this summer, but we did go on a "baby moon" to Mexico City and the Mayan Rivera during spring break. Last summer, we went to Stockholm, Copenhagen, Prague, Budapest, Jakarta, Bali, and the Mayan Rivera, which is more typical of our travel tendencies."
Webster SantosWebster Santos, associate professor, chemistry
"In one of the atolls of the Maldives located between the Indian Ocean and Arabian Sea."

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Tech Entrepreneurship Conference, Nov. 14-15
Virginia Tech's first annual Tech Entrepreneurship Conference will provide opportunities to engage with the university's faculty, student, and alumni entrepreneurs, learn about the intellectual property generated at Tech, and investigate the potential for investment in early-stage companies related to the university. Space is limited, so register early. Registration information and program details...
Reunions and homecomings in 2014
Virginia Tech's Lane Stadium
During the fall football season, the Alumni Association will present a full schedule of class reunions ('64, '69, '74, '79, '84, '89, and Young Alumni) and college/constituency homecomings. Don't miss the chance to celebrate with classmates and fellow alumni. Enjoy sitting together at Lane Stadium, and make it a true Hokie weekend by staying at The Inn at Virginia Tech. Learn more and register...
Cheer on the team with your local Hokies
Visit the Alumni Association football page for information on away-game tailgates and Hokie Club gatherings, Martin Travel packages, and chapter game-watching gatherings.
Alumni Association homecoming tailgate, Sept. 27
Join fellow Hokies on the Holtzman Alumni Center's lawn and terrace before Virginia Tech takes on Western Michigan. There'll be free food, beer, games, fun, and live music by Train Wreck. Learn more...
Win football tickets
Virginia Tech vs. U.Va. football
Update your contact information with the Alumni Association by Oct. 30 at, and you'll automatically be entered for a chance to win two tickets to Virginia Tech's game against U.Va. on Nov. 28. In addition, employment and business updates can be emailed to By updating your information, you'll not only be entered to win tickets to the game, but also stay better connected to Virginia Tech by receiving Virginia Tech Magazine, invitations to networking events, university updates, and information about local alumni events and reunions. Let's go, Hokies!
New career webinars for alumni
The Alumni Association is offering a new webinar series featuring noted career authors, speakers, and experts. The series is free, but registration is required. Beginning in October, live webinars will be held the first Wednesday of each month; there is also an archive of the past 19 webinars. These webinars are just one component of the Hokie Nation Network, the Alumni Association's suite of career resources that also includes an active LinkedIn group and a free job board.
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