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Virginia Tech Monthly
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JT Addair (center) is the co-founder and president of 1G@VT

A force for first-generation success

A partnership between first-generation students, administrators, and an alumna donor is paving the way for Hokies who are first in their family to attend college to have an even better experience.

Read more about those who have benefitted >>


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Hokie Highlights

Virginia Tech's drone racing team demonstrated their skills at the drone park's opening last year

Drone racing lands on campus

When the Virginia Tech Drone Park opened last spring, the high-speed aerial acrobatics of the university’s drone racing team earned acclaim from the audience. Now, the team is hosting a full-fledged drone race in the park on Sept. 21 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Learn how to get involved in drone racing >>

Tommy Stump (from left), Taylor Pesek, Jack Geissinger, and Tim Pote; and Andrew Bocklund

Engineering students top international product-pitching competition

Big business ideas were turned into big prizes in late August as a student team of mechanical engineers from Virginia Tech bested a dozen teams from around the globe to win $25,000 for their idea to create exoskeletons that make lifting easier.

Read more about their work and winnings >>

Nearly 100 local government officials convened at a joint public forum in Roanoke

Forum reveals partnership’s ‘limitless potential’

Nearly 100 local government officials from 20 localities spanning the New River Valley and Roanoke-Alleghany Valley convened at a joint public forum in Roanoke on Thursday to discuss how Virginia Tech, Carilion Clinic, and Roanoke’s emerging academic health center are transforming health care and redefining Southwest Virginia’s economy.

Read more about this monumental effort >>

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Around the Drillfield

President Tim Sands

President Sands highlights goals and growth

In his fourth State of the University address, President Tim Sands explained to the campus and community crowd that Virginia Tech’s growth is happening in many ways and in many places.

Read more and watch the video >>

Artist rendering of War Memorial Gym

Renovations to boost student well-being

Improvements to enhance health and wellness on the Virginia Tech campus will include significant renovations to War Memorial Hall and portions of McComas Hall. The renovations are part of the university’s commitment to supporting holistic student well-being through enhanced student health, wellness, counseling, and recreational sport resources and programs.

Learn more about the coming improvements >>

Mike Zhang

Working toward vaccines to fight opioid addiction

Fueled by the gravity of an epidemic that claims 130 lives each day from overdose, Mike Zhang, a Department of Biological Systems Engineering scientist and expert on protein expression, bio-nanoparticles, and vaccine development, is combining his specialties in order to potentially save millions of lives.

Learn more about their work and its potential >>

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Hokies In The Headlines

Jonathon Perrelli is introducing an electronic smart bottle

More from The Washington Post >>

Shanice Hairston aims to be one of the strongest women in the world

More from The Roanoker >>

Mike Karanikolas helps run one of the fastest-growing e-commerce clothing companies

More from the Los Angeles Times >>

Alumni Happenings

Happy Hokies at a tailgate

Notre Dame tailgate and travel options

Join us at the Morris Inn in South Bend before the game for good company and great food! Martin Travel is also offering travel packages to the game

Make plans to attends the tailgate now >>

Hokies listen to a pregame talk

Attend our Pregame HokieTalks

Our game day lecture series features top faculty giving 10-minute talks followed by a Q&A session with the audience. This year’s series will explore climate, health, and technology.

Check out this year’s dates >>

Save the Date: 2020 Black Alumni Reunion

Mark your calendars for the 2020 Black Alumni Reunion, which will be held during Spring Game Weekend April 17-19.

Learn how to get involved >>

Upcoming Events

College of Science (Sept. 27)

Away tailgate at Miami (Oct. 5)

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

Highty-Tighty Reunion (Oct. 18-19)

Homecoming (Oct. 14-19)

College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences Tailgate (Oct. 19)

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (Oct. 19)

Away tailgate at Georgia Tech (Nov. 16)

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