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Adam Kendrick
Adam Kendrick’s workplace is often a circus — literally. But as a former HokieBird used to entertaining a stadium filled with Virginia Tech fans, he is undaunted by having to cue clowns, signal crew members to bring up spotlights, and ensure acrobats are properly placed. It’s that fearlessness th...

Finding Home as a Hokie

Justin Graves
Justin Graves keeps the Ut Prosim pylon close to his heart, literally. “Whenever I would have a bad day, if I did bad on a test or got in an argument with a friend or something, this would be my happy place,” said the two-time Virginia Tech alumnus. During a recent visit to campus, Graves — who ea...
Timothy Miles
The written Arabic language is like reading sheet music for Timothy Miles, and the culture of the Middle East has a bittersweet resonance for the 2019 Outstanding Senior of the Virginia Tech College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences. Miles, a religion and culture major, uses this complicated...
Saul Halfon (left) and Lee Vinsel playfully consider an EasyMile electric automated shuttle undergoing testing at the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute.
In Blacksburg, drivers ride amid hybrid electric vehicles, gas guzzlers, pickup trucks, and buses. But as a science fiction–like future looms for autonomous-driving automobiles, the Virginia Tech Choices and Challenges Forum is asking what the outlook for self-driving cars will mean to the local com...

HokieBird Goes to Washington

During his recent stroll through Washington, D.C., HokieBird pauses for a photo with the U.S. Capitol Building in the background.
The lovable Virginia Tech mascot recently had a capital idea: Why not hightail it up to Northern Virginia, home to so many Hokies? Earlier this month Virginia Tech began blanketing one of the nation’s busiest corridors in maroon and orange. Overnight, dozens of ads for the university appeared in ...
Christina Miller
Christina Miller brings nearly seven years of experience in alumni relations to the college, which has more than 60,000 graduates.
Chris Thomas
With a little love and maintenance, a trumpet can shine, and its sound — intensely bright and occasionally darker — also deepens with attention and care. Allen Bachelder gave to his trumpet students similar care to help them excel in Virginia Tech’s School for the Performing Arts. And because of...
Dean Rosemary Blieszner (center) joined some of Giving Day team members for a little frivolity. Note the “VT” salute that includes a Marching Virginians director Dave McKee bobblehead.
Everyone knew Virginia Tech’s inaugural Giving Day would entail a great deal of work. But few expected it to be so much fun. “The Hokie spirit was alive and well on Giving Day,” said Rosemary Blieszner, dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences. The first to show his spirit was Je...
In 1920, members of the Overseas Club — Virginia Polytechnic Institute students who fought in Europe during World War One — gathered around The Rock, a stone memorial the Class of 1919 erected in memory of VPI students and alumni lost during the war.
All was quiet on the Western Front — until about one o’clock in the morning of September 12, 1918, when, infantryman Clifford Hubbard later wrote, an artillery barrage nearly drowned out the sound of his voice. It was on the World War I battlefield of Saint-Mihiel in France that Hubbard, ...
Captain Michael Fisher
Captain Michael Fisher — a highly decorated officer in the U.S. Navy — has been named commanding officer of Virginia Tech’s Naval ROTC. When Capt. Fisher was a young boy, he dreamed of one day commanding a submarine, despite growing up more than a hundred miles from the nearest ocean. So it was w...