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Alumni who now work at Monumental Sports & Entertainment hold out their championship rings. From left to right: Megan Garner, Darren Montgomery, Travis Lucente, Ryan Shapiro, Greg Turner, and Lauren Zavaleta.

Ringing in the Stanley Cup

Last year, Washington, D.C., went wild when the Capitals won the Stanley Cup.

But nowhere was the excitement more palpable than at Monumental Sports and Entertainment, which owns and operates the Capitals, and where six Virginia Tech alumni worked at the time. “You almost felt like you were in Blacksburg at a Hokies’ football game because everybody in D.C. was rocking the red, as we say,” said Darren Montgomery ’95.

Read more about their experiences as part of the championship >>


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Hokie Highlights

location map showing landmarks around the new site in Northern Virginia

Prime location set for Virginia Tech’s Innovation Campus

The 1 million-square-foot graduate campus will be part of a 65-acre mixed-use district in National Landing. It will be just steps away from the future Potomac Yard Metrorail Station and near the nation’s capital, diverse industries, and leading tech companies, including Amazon and its HQ2 project.

More about the location and the vision for it >>

Hokie alums at Reunion Weekend 2019 take a walking tour.

Alums swarm Blacksburg for Reunion 2019

More than 400 Hokie alums from 23 states across the country descended on campus for the university’s second annual Reunion Weekend.

Check out photos, video, and more about the weekend >>

Virginia Smith, Class of 1939. Photo by Steven Mackay.

Virginia Smith celebrates 80 years as alumna

Having just celebrated her 100th birthday, Virginia Smith returned to Blacksburg to celebrate her 80th reunion in May. Accompanied by her son, Henry B. Smith III ’69, she was acknowledged as a Virginia Tech Centenarian and awarded a piece of Hokie Stone by the Old Guard Society of Golden Alumni during their annual celebration.

Read more about her visit and memories from the past century >>

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Around the Drillfield

Thanassis Rikakis is the founding director of the Calhoun Discovery Program

High-achieving inaugural cohort set for Calhoun Discovery Program

The 41 students will be the first to experience a new curriculum that cuts across traditional academic boundaries by fostering teamwork among students and faculty from vastly different majors.

More about this talented group and the innovative program >>

Virginia map showing CCI’s four nodes and other certified nodes in the system

Commonwealth Cyber Initiative’s statewide network certified, 5G test bed planned

Since its inception, Virginia Tech has been called on by the commonwealth to serve as an anchoring collaborator throughout the visionary and implementation process of the cybersecurity network.

More about the latest CCI developments >>

Eastern Virginia AREC Superintendent Joseph Oakes out standing in his field with a drone

SmartFarm Innovation Network to build the future of farming

Virginia Tech’s interdisciplinary researchers and Virginia Cooperative Extension specialists and agents will partner with producers and the commercial sector to develop and deploy a wide array of innovative technologies that will increase overall efficiency, resilience, and sustainability of agricultural and natural resources production systems.

Read more about this farming innovation effort >>

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Hokies In The Headlines

Giselle Joseph is the first woman from the Caribbean to earn a Ph.D. in aerospace engineering

More from The Voice >>

Jessica Shen is trying her hand at software development in GM’s two-year program, TRACK

More from Fortune >>

Drew Hodges parachutes into Normandy as part of historic D-Day commemoration

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Alumni Happenings

Debbie ’78, Allie ’15, Ian ’15, and Dan Tillotson.

A powerful new gift option

Debbie Tillotson ’78 was looking for a way to support the Corps of Cadets and engage her son and daughter-in-law in the family tradition of giving back to Virginia Tech. She found it by becoming the first Hokie to take advantage of the Virginia Tech Foundation Donor-Advised Fund, a new way to structure gifts to the university.

Learn more about the fund >>

Don’t miss the Beer Festival at Virginia Tech June 22

There will be live entertainment, beers from dozens of breweries, and food from local restaurants and food trucks.

Check out a complete listing of breweries and vendors >>

2020 alumni travel tours announced

Make a memorable trip better, travel with fellow Hokies. The 2020 travel tours for alumni, their families, and friends are now available.

Learn more about the tours >>

Upcoming Events

Hokies in London (June 29)

A Day in the Life of College Admissions (July 12-13)

Black Alumni Summit (Aug. 9-11)

Black Young Alumni and Student Workshop (Aug. 8)

Class of 1969 50th Reunion (Oct. 17-19)

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