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Wreaths are laid at the April 16th Memorial

Wreaths were laid at the April 16th Memorial on April 16, 2021.

April is always a special time at Virginia Tech, and this year was no exception.

Members of the Virginia Tech community visited the April 16 Memorial during the 2021 Day of Remembrance, and more than 5,600 Hokies around the world took part in the virtual Run in Remembrance.

With spring commencement around the corner, Francis S. Collins, National Institutes of Health director, was announced as the speaker for the virtual ceremony on May 14. Virginia Tech will also host 16 in-person commencement ceremonies in Lane Stadium from May 10-16.

This month, Virginia Tech also laid out a bold vision for how Hokie sports will become the premier program in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Meanwhile, much work continues as the university moves closer to an in-person fall semester.

And the spring edition of Virginia Tech Magazine, featuring the university’s multilayer approach to navigating substance misuse and tips on staying safe in the digital age, made its debut online and in mailboxes across the country.

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Around the Drillfield

Students hang out while following public health guidelines

Virginia Tech students received first dose shots of the Moderna vaccine at a clinic held in Lane Stadium on April 15. Photo by Ryan Young for Virginia Tech.

Vaccine clinic draws thousands to Lane Stadium >>

Hokie beer available in stores; supports research and scholarships >>

Community mural project a perfect ending for Pride Week >>

Corps growth leads to reactivation of Mike Company >>

Enhanced services help students' needs in Northern Virginia >>

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Hokies Helping

students in social distance circles on lawn

Jake Swartz (left), Dorsa Naimi (center), and Joonyoung Kang (right) sit inside the circles spray painted on the ground as part of the Hokie Circles project to encourage physical distancing at the Blacksburg Farmers Market. Photo by Aki Ishida.

Students design safe-distancing circles for community >>

COVID-19 lab passes 100,000-sample milestone >>

Equipping emergency responders for the future >>

Students answer the call at COVID-19 helpline >>

Soles4Souls shoe drive nets more than 1,100 pairs of shoes >>

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Hokies in the Headlines

Friends join parade to wish Elizabeth Overton a happy 100th birthday
From the South Boston News & Record >>

Karen Thole is paving the way for sustainable aviation, women in engineering
From Daily Collegian >>

Laura Jones-Wilson has her sights set on outer space
From Cornell Chronicle >>

Alumni Happenings

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Softball catcher Grace Chavez is pictured in the Student Athlete Performance Center. “I think this is a complete next level to everything related to athletic performance,” she said of the facility. Photo by Dave Knachel for Virginia Tech.

Together we’re transforming Hokie sports

Virginia Tech recently laid out a bold vision for how Hokie sports will become the premier program in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

The Reach for Excellence initiative will prepare generations of student-athletes for success in life and raise the university’s profile nationwide. Be part of change and help student-athletes.

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Hear from former student-athletes headed to the Olympics

Tune in May 4 to a panel discussion moderated by Mike Burnop '73 with Hokie Olympians to hear about their Olympic Games experiences and learn what it takes to compete at the highest level in athletics.

Register now

Deadline for Hokie swag is coming up!

Sign up for virtual Reunion Weekend by Saturday to get your Hokie swag in time for the event and gain access to have Fightin’ Hokies Lager shipped right to your door.

Make plans now

Get your garden ready for spring

Join us May 6 for an online demonstration and discussion on plant propagation (growing more plants through cuttings), hosted by gardening expert Ashley Appling '12.

Make plans now

Ready fore golf?

Our first-ever Hokie Golf Classic is May 20 through June 30. Participating in our virtual golf tournament is easy! Sign up, get Hokie golf gear, play golf at your favorite course, then share your score.

Register to play.

Kick off summer right!

Join Hokie Nation for a party with alumnus Chris Kopec ’00 (aka DJ Kopec), who gained internet fame in 2020 for his family-friendly online events.

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Help a student from your neighborhood

Chapters across the country have launched crowdfunding campaigns for local student scholarships.

Across the country chapters are challenging local Hokies to step up and support students in their own backyard.

Check our crowdfunding page and find your chapter

Help mentor young Hokies

Virginia Tech’s mentoring platform Hokie Mentorship Connect has different ways for you to help young Hokies and share your expertise. Sign up to mentor.

Cornerstone Alumni Reunion celebrates our most passionate Hokies

Registration for the Cornerstone Alumni Reunion is now open. The event is for our most passionate alumni, those who graduated 50 or more years ago.

University match helps fuel inclusion and diversity scholarships

Virginia Tech will double the impact of up to $100K in gifts to the InclusiveVT Excellence Scholarship Fund.

The fund is a crucial tool for the university to recruit, retain, and graduate high-achieving Hokies who come from a variety of underrepresented and underserved backgrounds.

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