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President Tim Sands’ bold vision for the university's future will be propelled by Boundless Impact: The Campaign for Virginia Tech.

Virginia Tech launches its most ambitious fundraising campaign

Boundless Impact: The Campaign for Virginia Tech has a goal to raise $1.5 billion to fuel excellence across all university programs and drive forward major strategic priorities. A second goal is to engage 100,000 alumni in meaningful ways over the course of the campaign.

The campaign goal was announced at a multimedia event at the Moss Arts Center on Friday night.

“I wouldn’t be where I am without having been here,” said Bob Hogan ’78, ’79.

Debbie McDonald ’77, ’99, traveled from Herndon, Virginia with her husband, Dennis McDonald ’76. The couple has always been impressed with the university’s wide breadth of research.

“The impact is so broad and so beautiful,” she said. “We are proud to associate with everything they do.”

Hokies of all ages appeared even more impressed following the dazzling campaign kickoff event.

“It was a privilege for those of us who got to be there last night; we could really feel the excitement,” said Camille Siskoy ’11. “The opening of the show, with the Pylons coming to life, was very exciting and then the choir at the end, it brought me close to tears.”

And many left greatly anticipating what’s to come.

“It looks like the next 50 years are going to be just as exciting as the last were,” said Frank Turner ’72.

Read more about this historic effort and watch the launch event >>


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Hokie Highlights

Troy Fujimura

Alum blends science and art to light the campaign stage

Troy Fujimura ’96 put his interdisciplinary skill set to work as the lighting director for the multimedia kickoff of Boundless Impact: The Campaign for Virginia Tech.

Check out his story >>

Drillfield concert

Thousands celebrate with concert on the Drillfield

Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals, Fitz and The Tantrums, and DJ Earworm drew thousands of Virginia Tech students and friends to the Drillfield on Friday to celebrate the launch of the Boundless Impact campaign.

Check out photos from the event >>

New campaign takes aim at historic milestones

Boundless Impact: The Campaign for Virginia Tech is the fourth major campaign in the university’s history. Philanthropic support of Virginia Tech actually dates all the way back to 1872. However, it was not until the 1980s that the university began to fundraise on a national scale.

Learn more about campaign histories >>

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Around the Drillfield

Dave Christofaro of Teradata Corporation

Calhoun Discovery Scholars explore real-world problems with partners

Partners from industry and the nonprofit sector recently came to campus for their first joint meeting with the 41 members of the program’s inaugural cohort.

Read more about their collaborative work >>

Students work in Goodwin Hall. (Photo by Thomas Miller)

Ground gained in global rankings

Virginia Tech gained momentum in the latest Times Higher Education World University rankings. The advance reflects the first fruits of the numerous projects that make up the president’s Beyond Boundaries vision for Virginia Tech. That vision was later incorporated into the university's strategic plan.

Learn more about our progress >>

An architectural rendering of the new Virginia Seafood Agricultural Research and Extension Center in Hampton, Virginia

Virginia Tech Foundation secures grant funding to build new Virginia Seafood AREC

A $3 million grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration to construct a state-of-the-art Virginia Seafood Agricultural Research and Extension Center in Hampton, Virginia, paves the way for further economic growth and collaboration in the commonwealth’s $550 million seafood industry.

Read more about the potential impact of the new AREC >>

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Hokies In The Headlines

Zach Toth and Chris Brown’s Blacksburg-born pizza chain booms

Read more from The Roanoke Times >>

Hyundai hires ex-NASA expert, Shin Jai-won, for urban air mobility business

Read more from The Investor >>

Paul Bugas retires after more than four decades with Virginia’s Department of Game and Inland Fisheries

More from the Stanton News Leader >>

Alumni Happenings

Happy Hokies in a huddle

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 travel plans now >>

It’s Homecoming!

It’s Homecoming Week and there’s lots of activities for students, alumni, community members, and friends. Don’t miss the parade, tailgate, HokieTalks, Class of 1969 50th Reunion, and more.

Learn more about Homecoming events >>

Upcoming Events

Graduate School Alumni Social (Nov. 12)

Hokies in New York (Nov. 14)

Away tailgate at Georgia Tech (Nov. 16)

Black Alumni Reunion (April 17-19)

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