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Galina Belolipetski

Stamp of approval

In a moment while riding the Metro, Galina Belolipetski’s path to college became clear.

Belolipetski received an email telling her she’d been selected as one of four undergraduate students in Virginia Tech’s inaugural class of Stamps Leadership Scholars in the fall of 2014. The generous support cemented her decision to attend Virginia Tech as an out-of-state student in the Honors College and ultimately propelled her to employment with Sonos, an electronics company known for producing smart speakers. Today, she works in app development for Sonos in Seattle, Washington.

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What moment during your time at Virginia Tech had the greatest impact on your life? Email us VTMag@VT.edu.

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Hokie Highlights

Volunteers cook and serve grilled cheese, cookies, fruit, and hot beverages to students in Newman Library during finals week in December. Photo by Liz McVoy for Virginia Tech.

Service is cheesy for University Libraries

Cheesy Nights began in 2011 with $100 worth of cheese, butter, bread, and a small griddle. During fall 2019 finals week, volunteers from across the Virginia Tech community, the region, and beyond served close to 4,000 sandwiches to hard-working students during finals week.

Read more about this tradition >>

(From left) Isa, Vanessa, Penelope, Pablo, Valentina, and Lucas Tarazaga

Living, learning, and loving it

Practically overnight, Associate Professor Pablo Tarazaga’s clan morphed from a band of six into a tight-knit family of hundreds as part of a Virginia Tech living-learning community.

Learn more about the family and this program >>

Taylor in foreground pipetting a liquid with Bowers looking over in background. Both wear lab coats and stand at lab bench.

Researcher and alumnus seek cause, cure for stuttering

A joint effort of John Lemons ’60 and Mike Bowers, an assistant professor in the Virginia Tech School of Neuroscience, seeks answers to this and other speech difficulties, including communication issues related to autism.

Read more about this important research >>

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Around the Drillfield

From left: Bill Goodwin, Pete Dye, and then-Virginia Tech President Charles Steger attended the dedication ceremony of the Pete Dye River Course of Virginia Tech in May 2006.

In memoriam: Pete Dye, architect of award-winning golf course

A World Golf Hall of Famer, Dye was regarded as one of the game’s great course architects. He is credited with designing more than 130 public and private courses around the globe, including such renowned locations as TPC Sawgrass and Whistling Straits. He is also the artist behind the golf gem nestled between Blacksburg and Radford – the Pete Dye River Course of Virginia Tech.

More about his legacy >>

New funding from the Department of Defense will support the work of students from a range of engineering disciplines.

Hume Center awarded $3.8 million by Department of Defense

The funding will help establish programs to better position the current and next-generation manufacturing workforce to produce military systems and components that assure technological superiority of the department, according to the Department of Defense’s website.

Learn more about this work >>

Virginia Tech was selected to host the National Student Steel Bridge Competition on May 22-23, 2020.

Virginia Tech to host National Student Steel Bridge Competition

Hundreds of engineering students from across the country will come to Blacksburg for the national contest in May.

Learn more about the event >>

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Hokies In The Headlines

Wendy Meetze directs a rock-concert performing chorus

More from WBFO 88.7 in Buffalo, New York >>

Alexis Tuason among rising stars of autonomous car development

More from Business Insider >>

Dan Routh shares 5 tips on hiring financial planners or advisors

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Alumni Happenings

Young alumni at an event

Calling all San Francisco young alumni

Join us at Buzzworks Jan. 28 for HYPE, short for Hokie Young Professional Event. Hang out and network with young alums, plus learn about what's happening at Virginia Tech and how to give back.

Get the details >>

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Register now for the biennial Black Alumni Reunion

Come back to campus April 17-19 to celebrate and commemorate milestones, meet students, and learn what’s happening at our university.

Make plans now >>

Reunion Weekend registration is open

Early Bird registration will open in January. Make plans to join us for four days of on-campus fun June 4-7.

Learn more about Reunion Weekend >>

Alumni Travel Tour: UK Soccer Sabbatical

Join Virginia Tech faculty lecturers from March 31 to April 6 on a fast-paced journey exploring English football. Experience a match between Manchester City and Liverpool, discover the connected history and culture of clubs and their communities, visit the National Football Museum, and more!

Learn more about the tour >>

Upcoming Events

Women in STEM D.C. (Feb. 19)

Women in STEM Richmond (Feb. 20)

HYPE Charlotte (Feb. 26)

HYPE Virginia Beach (March 18)

HYPE New York City (April 8)

Old Guard Society of Golden Alumni (May 21-23)

HYPE Richmond (June 19)

Class of 1970 50th Reunion (Fall 2020)

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