February 2015 Archives
The HokieBird sledding
Snow Days
Winter weather? Hokies know how to deal with that.
HokieBird photo courtesy of Virginia Tech senior Brendan Little on Twitter.
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Around the Drillfield
Video: What do you love about Virginia Tech?
In the spirit of Valentine's Day, students on campus took a moment to share what they love about Virginia Tech. Pay heed: There's an appearance by a special guest!
Video: Jim Cantore in the Moss Art Center's Cube
Those who've experienced Blacksburg's notoriously unpredictable weather won't be surprised that Weather Channel meteorologist Jim Cantore reported live from Virginia Tech on Feb. 6—but he wasn't in town for the "real" weather. The intrepid meteorologist was on campus to walk into an EF-5 tornado re-created in 3-D in the Moss Arts Center's Cube.
Students on the Virginia Tech campus
Virginia Tech earned a spot on The Princeton Review's 2015 "Colleges that Pay You Back" list that highlights 200 universities.
Virginia Tech faculty and student in lab
Virginia Tech reached 38th in the National Science Foundation's annual survey of higher education research expenditures.
Video: Family gives back on campus in memory of son
Family gives back on campus in memory of son
In 2009, Virginia Tech freshman Ryan Lopynski succumbed to sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). Because many heart conditions cannot be detected simply by a stethoscope, Ryan's parents founded The Ryan Lopynski Big Heart Foundation to help prevent SCA in children and young adults.
Video: Microsoft's TV commercial featuring the work of Virginia Tech professor Wu Feng
Tech professor featured in Microsoft commercial
You may have seen Microsoft's TV commercial featuring the work of Virginia Tech's Wu Feng, professor and the Elizabeth and James Turner Fellow in the Department of Computer Science and professor with the Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.
The commercial, which has aired on all the major networks—and during the Super Bowl—highlights Feng's use of Microsoft technology to digitize laboratory science and accelerate cancer research through computation.
As part of its print campaign, Microsoft has run full-page ads featuring Virginia Tech and Feng in such publications as The Washington Post, The New York Times, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg Businessweek, The Economist, Forbes, Fortune, Time, Popular Mechanics, and Wired.

Hands-on, Minds-on
Video: Engineering students make history with firefighting humanoid robot
Engineering students make history with firefighting humanoid robot
Video: Programmers, developers gather for 36-hour VTHacks marathon
Programmers, developers gather for 36-hour VTHacks marathon

ACC wrestling takes center stage—literally
Video: Virginia Tech wrestling in the Moss Arts Center
Virginia Tech HokiesIn early February, the ninth-ranked Virginia Tech wrestling team defeated Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) opponents University of Virginia, University of Pittsburgh, and North Carolina State University in a special three-match stand in the Anne and Ellen Fife Theatre in the Moss Arts Center's Street and Davis Performance Hall.
Since then, the squad claimed its first-ever ACC dual-meet championship with a win over Duke University on Feb. 14 in Cassell Coliseum. Tech wrestlers have won 33 of their past 36 ACC dual meets, including all five this season. The ACC championships begin March 8 in Pittsburgh.
Virginia Tech has now won 19 ACC team titles since joining the conference for the 2004-05 season.
For the latest on Virginia Tech athletics, follow @hokiesports on Twitter.

Virginia Center for Civil War Studies
Civil War Weekend
The 24th annual Civil War Weekend will showcase contributions to Civil War history from Virginia Tech and beyond. Hear from leading historians—including former Tech professors James I. "Bud" Robertson Jr. and William C. "Jack" Davis—on such topics as water and the Civil War; the education of Ulysses S. Grant; the Abraham Lincoln robot built by Walt Disney for the 1964 World's Fair; and Civil War doctors' attitudes toward wounded enemies. To register or to learn more about the weekend's events, which will be held at The Inn at Virginia Tech, go to www.cpe.vt.edu/cww.
"Lincoln in Our Time" symposium and exhibit
Kim Kutz, the Virginia Center for Civil War Studies' postdoctoral scholar, researches the changing commemoration of Abraham Lincoln since 1865, and her work promises to be more timely than ever on April 15, the 150th anniversary of Lincoln's death. From March 1 to April 15 in Newman Library, Kutz's exhibit of images and artifacts related to remembrances of Lincoln will be open to the public. In addition, on April 10-11, a public symposium will feature several speakers and a screening of the 2012 film "Lincoln." Learn more ...

Fit for a Hokie
Virginia Tech sweatshirts
Update your contact information with the Alumni Association by April 1 to be automatically entered for a chance to win a Virginia Tech sweatshirt. In addition, employment and business updates can be emailed to alumnidata@vt.edu
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Congratulations to our first round of winners: Brandon J. Butterworth '10, David G. Francis '65, Derek A. Jones '14, and Sandra L. Poliachick '87. Let's go, Hokies!

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What Fuels Our Planet? March 20-21
Part of the 2015 Drillfield Series
Drillfield Series
At panel discussions with Virginia Tech faculty and industry representatives, hear perspectives on the energy sources that power the planet. Tour Virginia Tech's energy research facilities. Learn how technology advancements are creating new opportunities to harness alternative energy sources and how developments at the university have the potential to change local communities and the world. The weekend culminates with the Union Bank Innovation Challenge, during which student teams will present business plans focused on clean energy. Learn more ...
2015 reunions and homecomings
Registration for class reunions and college/constituency homecomings will be available no later than March 1. Learn more and register online at www.alumni.vt.edu/reunion/.

Sept. 7 – Ohio State University
Class of 1990 – 25th reunion
Veterinary Medicine
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Sept. 9 – Furman University
Corps of Cadets
College of Natural Resources and Environment

Oct. 3 – University of Pittsburgh
Class of 1975 – 40th Reunion
College of Architecture and Urban Studies
Pamplin College of Business

Oct. 9 – North Carolina State University
Class of 1980 – 35th reunion
Class of 1970 – 45th reunion
Graduate School

Oct. 24 – Duke University
Class of 1965 – 50th reunion
Young alumni
Alumni center open house and tailgate
College of Engineering
Marching Virginians

Nov. 21 – University of North Carolina
Class of 1985 – 30th reunion
College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences
College of Science
"Feeding a Growing World"
Haynie Farm LLC
As part of Virginia Tech's Black History Month program, Philip Haynie III (agricultural and applied economics '99), owner of Haynie Farm LLC, will speak at 6 p.m. on Feb. 25 in Fralin Hall Auditorium. In his presentation, "Feeding a Growing World," Haynie will discuss the present state and future of agriculture, including how the agricultural community will feed an estimated 9 billion people in 2050. The program will also highlight Haynie's experiences as a black farmer, precision agriculture, the need for scientists and engineers within agriculture, and using a Virginia Tech education to serve the world.