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Spring 2012 Virginia Tech Magazine examines the future of space exploration, the region's academia-business connection


Virginia Tech Magazine, spring 2012 Virginia Tech Magazine, spring 2012. Photo illustration by Jim Stroup.

BLACKSBURG, Va., May 9, 2012 – Newly redesigned, the spring 2012 edition of Virginia Tech Magazine offers a diverse slate of feature stories, faculty and alumni profiles, and university news of particular note.

For the edition's cover story, Virginia Tech alumni and faculty weigh in on the future of spaceflight, including NASA's role in society, traveling farther out into the solar system, and the privatization of the industry.

In the first installment of a series on the tech sector in the Roanoke and New River valleys, the inner workings of a thriving, alumnus-led robotics company exemplify the increasingly important links between a research university and job creation.

A profile of National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency Director Letitia "Tish" Long, who received a degree in electrical engineering from Virginia Tech in 1982, reveals a leadership style that enacts the shift toward openness and collaboration occurring, post-9/11, across the intelligence community.

A historic presence on campus, not only does the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets hold its members to the highest standards, cadets must pay an impressive amount of attention to their attire. The latest installment of How Tech Ticks uncovers the meanings behind various elements of the corps' "Dress A" uniform, one of its most recognizable.

Five years after the April 16 tragedy, five members of the Virginia Tech community reflect on the resilience, strength, and warmth of the Hokie Nation. From a sociology professor emeritus' study of campus desk graffiti to the frontline memories of a Virginia Tech Rescue Squad officer, these essays capture the university community's prevailing sensibilities as it respects the past and looks toward the future.

Virginia Tech Magazine is available online.  Request hard copies by emailing Jesse Tuel, magazine editor.

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech takes a hands-on, engaging approach to education, preparing scholars to be leaders in their fields and communities. As the commonwealth’s most comprehensive university and its leading research institution, Virginia Tech offers 240 undergraduate and graduate degree programs to more than 31,000 students and manages a research portfolio of $513 million. The university fulfills its land-grant mission of transforming knowledge to practice through technological leadership and by fueling economic growth and job creation locally, regionally, and across Virginia.

A refreshed Virginia Tech Magazine

    These covers of Virginia Tech Magazine reflect its different designs through the years.


Starting in early November, as the regular production process continued on the winter edition of Virginia Tech Magazine, a core group of editors and graphic designers began meeting on a weekly basis to redesign the magazine — all of it, from the page numbers to the font, from the table of contents to the paper width.

We invest so much care in the magazine for sound reasons. A fall 2010 readership survey revealed that the magazine is your primary source of collecting information about the university and that it strengthens your connection to Virginia Tech at a rate above the national average for alumni magazines. In a summer 2011 survey, we learned that readers of the print edition remember more of the stories than do our online readers.

In other words, you've told us the magazine is valuable; and if you've read this, we hope you'll read our stories. As always, we welcome your feedback.

Jesse Tuel, editor

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