Palistinian playground
Alumnus Bashar Masri engineers first new Palestinian city in 1,000 years

A decades-long quest of the 1983 graduate, the $1.4 billion project, a city known as Rawabi, is now home to 4,000 people and welcomes about 10,000 visitors each day. Masri’s efforts recently earned him a spot on Forbes’ 2018 list of The World’s 50 Greatest Leaders.

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Hokie Highlights

Fireworks over Drill Field seen through Pylons
Hundreds of Hokies help make history with #VTReunion18g

Virginia Tech alumni from across the country came to campus this month to start a new tradition, gathering for the university's first four-day, summer reunion weekend.

Check out photos, videos, and more from a great weekend >>>

2017 Beer Fest view
Looking for another chance to connect on campus? The fifth-annual Beer Festival at Virginia Tech is Saturday!

Set for June 23 at the Holtzman Alumni Center Lawn and Terrace, this year’s festival will feature more than 50 beers, dishes from local restaurants, food trucks, and live entertainment.

More info on planning your visit >>>

Polly Middleton
Polly Middleton named director of The Marching Virginians

Next month, the former associate director of athletic bands at Virginia Tech will become the fifth director of The Spirit of Tech.

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Around the Drillfield

President Sands
President Sands’ contract extended by unanimous vote of the Board of Visitors

“The board has full confidence in Tim’s vision, his plan, and his ability to provide transformative leadership in service to Virginia Tech.” -- Dennis Treacy, rector of the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors.

More from the quarterly meeting >>>

Students participate in a crisis simulation that includes a mass cyber attack.
Virginia Tech to lead $25 million Commonwealth Cyber Initiative

As a part of the 2018-20 Virginia Budget, the initiative calls for a primary “hub” located in Northern Virginia and a network of “spoke” sites at universities and private industries across the commonwealth.

Learn more about what’s to come >>>

autonomous watermelon harvester
The future of watermelon harvesting is now at Virginia Tech

A team of Hokies clinched first place in the 2018 agBOT Challenge at Gerrish Farms by creating an autonomous system that could locate, identify, sort, and harvest ripe watermelons.

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Hokies In The Headlines

Spotlight on Rob Jones

Today, the U.S. Marine who became a double above-knee amputee after being wounded in Afghanistan helps raise awareness and funds for veterans through running events.

More from WNYW-NY (Fox) in New York, NY. >>>

Things I’ve Learned: Ellen Jefferson

The Executive Director of Austin Pets Alive shares knowledge gained during her climb from working as a vet in Rocky Mount, Virginia, where she was paid in moonshine, to helping Austin, Texas become the nation’s largest no-kill city.

More from the Austin Monthly, in Austin, TX >>>

Hamish Brewer named 2018 Northern Virginian of the Year

A native of New Zealand, the newly installed principal at Fred M. Lynn Middle School in Woodbridge was also the 2017 Nation Distinguished Principal for Virginia.

More on Brewer from Northern Virginia Magazine >>>

Alumni Happenings

Dan Larimer, Block.one chief technology officer and blockchain pioneer
Block.one, Virginia Tech team up to build skills in blockchain

Block.one, a global leader in blockchain and publisher of the EOSIO blockchain software, has made an initial $3 million commitment to the Department of Computer Science in Virginia Tech’s College of Engineering to help students build skills in blockchain. As part of the collaboration, Dan Larimer, Block.one chief technology officer and blockchain pioneer, will advise the university on curricula development, including participation in live classroom sessions, seminars, and symposia.

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Kathryn Thompson Leckie (left) with her sister, Elaine Thompson (right), and Pam Meade
Friends and family honor Kathryn Thompson Leckie’s dedication to journalism

Carolyn Smith Corsi ’83, Mike Anderson ’83, and family and friends of Kathryn Thompson Leckie ’83 created a memorial scholarship to help multimedia students who share Leckie’s passion for reporting.

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Save the date

We’re holding our next summertime reunion weekend June 6-9, 2019. All Hokies (and their families) are welcome. Experience campus, connect with classmates, and celebrate milestone class anniversaries from 1974 to 2014 at Reunion 2019.

Other upcoming Events

Corps of Cadets Reunion (Sept. 14-15)

Highty-Tighty Alumni Reunion (Nov. 2-3)

Homecoming (Nov. 2-4)

Class of 1968 50th Reunion (Nov. 1-4)

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