September/October 2014 Archives
Presidential Installation
The Presidential Installation
The installation of Timothy D. Sands as Virginia Tech's 16th president signifies a momentous occasion in the life of the university, and all are cordially invited to attend the special events planned for the three-day celebration.
The formal presidential installation ceremony will be held Friday, Oct. 17, at 2 p.m. in Burruss Hall Auditorium. For those unable to be present, the 90-minute event will be streamed live on the Virginia Tech home page.
Events scheduled across campus include a one-on-one interview with President Sands conducted by journalist Brian Lamb, the founder, executive chairman, and now-retired CEO of C-SPAN; interactive activities presented by the Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology throughout the Moss Arts Center; an ice cream social and a movie on the Drillfield; and a pizza party on Dietrick Lawn.
Highlighting the university's far-reaching impact on the world around us, an academic showcase — "Experience Virginia Tech: Learn, Explore, Engage" — will offer learning and fun for all interests and ages. This unique three-hour event will feature lectures by Virginia Tech's master teachers, interdisciplinary panels and presentations, hands-on demonstrations, and dynamic displays that will transform The Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center into an open classroom.
For up-to-the-minute information about the celebration's events, visit the presidential installation website. All events are free and open to the public, but registration via the website is encouraged.

Send your greetings to President Sands
Alumni chapters, student organizations, and friends of Virginia Tech near and far are invited to send video greetings, photos wishing the president well, or tweets or posts using the hashtag #enterVTSandsman. Submissions will be curated on the university's Storify page.
In the meantime, be sure to follow President Sands on Twitter: @VTSandsman

Resolutions honoring President Sands
resolutions honoring President Sands
Resolution from Purdue University, where President Sands formerly served as executive vice president for academic affairs and provost
To mark the presidential installation, universities across the country are submitting resolutions to congratulate President Sands and Virginia Tech. Browse the resolutions received by the university.

Around the Drillfield
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Tech makes PayScale's list of highest-paid grads
Virginia Tech is one of six Virginia colleges included in the top 100 of PayScale's list of schools producing the highest-paid graduates. Among public land-grant university graduates, Tech grads rank fourth in average mid-career salaries.
Virginia Tech students
Colleges of business and engineering among Top 10
U.S. News & World Report continues to rank Virginia Tech among the best undergraduate public colleges, with the College of Engineering at eighth and the Pamplin College of Business at 23rd in the "America's Best Colleges 2015" rankings.
Video: 2014 halftime spot
"The view is just different from here"
Creating new technologies and discovering new solutions to common problems often require changing one's perspective. At Virginia Tech, forward-thinking innovators are accustomed to seeing things differently.
Virginia Tech Magazine feature story
Get ready for the read
Keep an eye out for the fall edition of Virginia Tech Magazine, which will begin reaching mailboxes on Oct. 15. Features include the first installment of a two-part story examining the university's efforts to feed and water a burgeoning population; and a look at Tech's multifaceted involvement with canines explores research and activities that help both animals and humans.
Goodwin Hall
Engineering building named
Virginia Tech has renamed its Signature Engineering Building in recognition of the philanthropy of Bill (mechanical engineering '62) and Alice Goodwin, who committed the largest single donation in Virginia Tech history. Goodwin Hall, located near the corner of Prices Fork Road and Stanger Street, will be formally dedicated on Oct. 24 at 10:30 a.m.
Virginia's Blue Ridge
Virginia's Blue Ridge — and the ultimate game-day experience
Virginia Tech has long been a key partner in Virginia's Blue Ridge, which collaborates with local entities to facilitate the financial and cultural growth of the region as an exceptional place to live, work, and recreate. Not only does Virginia Tech fill a seat on the organization's board of directors, several university administrators participate on relevant committees.
In the spirit of such collaboration, Virginia's Blue Ridge invites Hokies to enter for a chance to win a free three-night getaway that includes accommodations, dining, VIP passes to attractions, a gas card, and the ultimate game-day experience in Lane Stadium when the Hokies take on the University of Virginia on Nov. 28.

Tech's Twitter takeover
Because Virginia Tech is a community of really cool people, we want those voices to take over the university's @im_a_hokie Twitter account for a week to give our followers an inside look at life on campus and encourage students to choose Virginia Tech. Not only will we change our avatar to your picture, we'll let the Hokie Nation know that you're doing the tweeting. We also encourage you to request a specific week to tweet during an event on campus. Tweeters have to agree to some ground rules and cannot use the program to promote themselves or their friends or to sell anything. Alumni, students, faculty, and staff are invited to apply now.

Inductees to Virginia Tech Sports Hall of Fame
Virginia Tech Sports Hall of Fame
Virginia Tech HokiesSix former student-athletes representing five different sports comprise the newest class selected for induction to the Virginia Tech Sports Hall of Fame: Brendon de Jonge, an All-American golfer for the Hokies in the early 2000s who is enjoying success on the PGA Tour; Ashlee Dobbe, one of the softball program's top performers on the field and in the classroom; Jake Grove, a unanimous All-American in football and the 2003 winner of the Rimington Trophy, presented to the nation's top collegiate center; Ieva Kublina, whose stellar career and 95 consecutive starts helped the women's basketball program to four consecutive postseason appearances; Lee Suggs, one of the most productive tailbacks in Tech football history, who overcame injuries to rewrite the school record book for touchdowns; and the women's lacrosse program's first honoree, Dawn Will Cliffe, who earned All-American recognition twice and remains the sport's top scorer.
Established in 1982, the Virginia Tech Sports Hall of Fame is located at the south end of the Cassell Coliseum ambulatory. With this year's inductees, the total number of Hokie athletes enshrined now stands at 175.
Stop by Hokie Village for pregame fun
Hokie Village
In an ongoing effort to foster a fan-friendly atmosphere on football game days, the Virginia Tech Athletics Department has introduced Hokie Village, a festival that provides free pregame entertainment, inflatables, tailgating games, concessions, and other activities. Opening three hours before kickoff and ending 45 minutes before game time, the village is held on the turf soccer practice field, which can be accessed by both the Spring Road gate entrance and the Thompson Field entrance.
Submit your photos at #VTFanPhoto
Virginia Tech Hokies fans
Hokies, submit your fan photos during games and throughout the week via Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #VTFanPhoto. With a little luck, your photo may be featured on the new video board in Lane Stadium and in HokieSports Weekly.
For the latest on Virginia Tech athletics, follow @hokiesports on Twitter.

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Alumni Association News and Events
Cheer on the team with your local Hokies
Virginia Tech football team
Visit the Alumni Association football page for information on away-game tailgates and Hokie Club gatherings, Martin Travel packages, and chapter game-watching gatherings.
Build a successful career strategy
On Oct. 1, noted author Rick Gillis presented "The Mechanics of Job Search and Getting Your Next Job Fast" as part of a new webinar series that features prominent authors, speakers, and experts who share tips, tools, and best practices for managing career and job searches. These webinars are just one component of the Hokie Nation Network, the Alumni Association's suite of career resources that also includes an active LinkedIn group and a free job board. More webinars will follow in coming months.
President and CEO of Better Housing Coalition to speak during Ex Lapide Reunion
Greta HarrisGreta Harris (architecture '83), president and CEO of the Richmond, Virginia-based Better Housing Coalition, will be the keynote speaker for the "Out at Work" networking reception hosted by Virginia Tech's Career Services on Oct. 24. Harris returns to campus during the second annual reunion of the Ex Lapide Society, a Virginia Tech organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and ally alumni. Several special events will be held during the weekend, including the university's 10th annual Gay in Appalachia Festival, which showcases filmmakers, theatre readings, and authors.
Win football tickets!
Update your contact information with the Alumni Association by Oct. 30, and you'll automatically be entered for a chance to win two tickets to Virginia Tech's game against U.Va. on Nov. 28. In addition, employment and business updates can be emailed to By updating your information, not only will you be entered to win tickets to the game, you'll also stay better connected to Virginia Tech by receiving Virginia Tech Magazine, invitations to networking events, university updates, and information about local alumni events and reunions. Let's go, Hokies!