Video by J. Scott Parker
Photos by Logan Wallace
Battle at Bristol
Eighteen years in the making, an outrageous idea by Speedway Motorsports Inc. owner and CEO Bruton Smith roared to life on Sept. 10 at Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tennessee: a football game in the middle of the track. Despite the Hokies' 45-24 loss to the University of Tennessee, the Battle at Bristol was one for the ages. A record-breaking crowd of 156,990 packed the historic speedway, surpassing the 115,109 in attendance at a 2013 game between the University of Michigan and Notre Dame in Michigan Stadium. The Corps of Cadets' cannon, Skipper, made its first out-of-state trip, firing each time the Hokies scored. Photos by Jim Stroup; videos by HokieVision.
Formerly an investment banker, Brian Slingerland '00 (right), with research scientist Scott Dylla, founded Stemcentrx, which has five cancer drugs now in human clinical trials.
What's in it?
Students in the College of Natural Resources and Environment's Wood Enterprise Institute gave new life to two historic campus trees felled by disease.
John Thompson '70, '72, vice chairman of Heidrick & Struggles' global CEO and board of directors practice, describes the qualities he looks for when hiring executives.
Corps of Cadets
After a semester studying the tactical, operational, and strategic leadership challenges of the 1944 Allied invasion of Europe, 12 cadets traveled to Normandy and Paris.
Assistant director for admissions and recruitment at Tech's Language and Culture Institute, Jacqueline Nottingham '88 roams the world to recruit the very best into the Hokie Nation.
A director and acting coach, Associate Professor Greg Justice also teaches Fortune 500 executives, professional speakers, and others how to use stage techniques to keep audiences engaged.
Modifications that Jeff Beck '85 (far right, with former Tech pitcher Brad Clontz and the Dodgers' Yasiel Puig) integrated into his baseball agency, Proformance, have helped business thrive again.
R.B. Pamplin Professor of Management Richard Wokutch (in hat) has spent long stretches as a participant-observer among workers in international settings to assess corporate social responsibility.
by Kim Bassler '12, University Libraries communications coordinator. Images courtesy of libraries' Special Collections; more can be found at imagebase.lib.vt.edu.