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On October 1, 1872, Addison " Add " Caldwell从克雷格县步行26英里来到弗吉尼亚农业机械学院,成为该校的第一个学生. 从那时起,弗吉尼亚理工大学一直在履行其作为一所领先的赠地大学的角色. The tiny college, originally housed in the old Olin and Preston Institute near what is now Alumni Mall, has grown into a world-class university.

从1872年到现在,通过网上赌博网站十大排行作为一流大学的遗产,探索弗吉尼亚理工大学丰富的历史和传统.

What is a “Hokie”?

In the 1890s, a student named O.M. 斯图尔,1896届的毕业生,因为想出了一种新的精神欢呼,现在被称为“老霍基”,赢得了5美元的奖金.” The original went:

Hoki, Hoki, Hoki, Hy.
Techs, Techs, V.P.I.
Sola-Rex, Sola-Rah.
Polytechs - Vir-gin-ia.
Rae, Ri, V.P.I.

Later, an “e” was added to “Hoki” to make “Hokie,” and “Team! Team! Team!” was attached to the end.

What’s in a name?

1896年重大的学术变化带来了一个更适合大学更高知名度的新名称-弗吉尼亚农业机械学院和理工学院, commonly known as Virginia Polytechnic Institute, or VPI.

  • 1944: The shortened Virginia Polytechnic Institute became the official name.
  • 1970: The Virginia General Assembly bestowed university status, 大学的正式名称成为全球十大赌博靠谱的平台.
  • Today: 弗吉尼亚理工大学是这所大学的官方昵称,除了最正式的场合外,其他场合都使用.

Colors and mascot

Virginia Tech colors

During 1896, 成立了一个委员会来寻找合适的颜色组合来代替原来的黑色和灰色, which made athletic uniforms resemble prison garb. 委员会选择了焦橙色和芝加哥栗色,因为没有其他大学使用这种特殊的颜色组合.

在10月26日与罗阿诺克学院的足球比赛中,他们首次穿上了焦橙色和芝加哥栗色的衣服, 1896.

Virginia Tech mascot: From Gobbler to HokieBird

Hokies were once called “Gobblers,” a nickname whose origin is widely disputed. One story claims it resulted from the way student athletes would “gobble” up their food.

The name was already popular when Floyd Meade, a local resident, trained a large turkey to pull a cart at a football game in 1913. Throughout the years, trained turkeys would continue to gobble on command and perform stunts. In 1962, a student raised $200 for a costume; the result was an unusual turkey with a cardinal-like head, known as the Gobbler and then the Fighting Gobbler.

Floyd Meade with the VPI Mascot in 1921

When the Gobbler nickname fell out of favor, student George Wills sketched new designs for a class project. The updated mascot appeared at a football game in September 1981. The current HokieBird, which conveys power and strength, debuted in September 1987.

Did you know? Students who dress as the HokieBird remain anonymous until commencement, 当他们穿着HokieBird的脚在进入莱恩体育场的队伍中透露他们的秘密时.

Athletic traditions

Fight song

“Tech Triumph,” the university's most popular fight song, was composed in 1919 by Wilfred P. Maddux (Class of 1920) and his neighbor, Mattie Eppes. It was officially adopted by the student body in December 1919.

Techmen, we’re Techmen, with spirit true and faithful,
Backing up our teams with hopes undying;
Techmen, oh, Techmen, we’re out to win today,
Showing “pep” and life with which we’re trying;
V.P., old V.P., you know our hearts are with you
In our luck which never seems to die;
Win or lose, we’ll greet you with a glad returning,
You’re the pride of V.P.I.

Chorus:
Just watch our men so big and active
Support the Orange and Maroon. Let’s go Techs.
We know our ends and backs are stronger,
With winning hopes, we fear defeat no longer.
To see our team plow through the line, boys.
Determined now to win or die:
So give a Hokie, Hokie, Hokie, Hy,
Rae, Ri, old V.P.I.

"Alma Mater"

The "Alma Mater" was born in spring 1939 when Ernest T. Sparks (Class of 1940) composed music and L.G. Chase (Class of 1941) wrote lyrics for a student contest.

Verse:
Sing praise to Alma Mater dear,
For V.P.I. we'll ever cheer;
Come lift your voices, swell the song,
Our loyalties to her belong.

Chorus:
So stand and sing, all hail to thee.
VT, all hail to thee.

Verse:
The Orange and Maroon you see,
That’s fighting on to victory;
Our strife will not be long this day,
For glory lies within this fray.

Verse:
All loyal sons and daughters, one,
We raise our banner to the sun;
Our motto brings a spirit true,
That we may ever serve you.

“Enter Sandman”

Written and recorded by the heavy metal band Metallica, 自2000年以来,当球队进入球场时,就会在莱恩体育场播放“进入睡魔”. The tradition of students jumping up and down during the song started on December 1, 2001, 当时一名维吉尼亚游行乐队的成员开始在歌曲中跳跃,他的同事们也跟着跳了起来. The tradition eventually spread to the basketball teams’ entrances in Cassell Coliseum.

The lunch pail

著名的弗吉尼亚理工大学午餐桶象征着北基队的蓝领防守方式, developed by assistant head coach and defensive coordinator Bud Foster. 福斯特的午餐桶防御基金会为来自新河和罗阿诺克山谷的高中生提供奖学金, as well as assisting the families of those awaiting organ transplants.

The lunch pail

In 1995, 最初的午餐桶是由共同防御协调员罗德·夏普勒斯的岳母获得的. The pail once belonged to a coal miner, and after the record-setting defensive season, the lunch pail became an iconic element of the Hokie football lore. The battered and rusting pail, which now contains the names of the 32 Hokies who died in the tragedy on April 16, 2007, travels wherever the Hokies go, and its care is entrusted to a defensive leader.

Game-Ball Run

Ranger Company, the Army ROTC company, has performed the Game-Ball Run every year since 1977, 尽管这一传统可能起源于几年前的弗吉尼亚理工大学橄榄球赛.

在一年一度的返校节足球赛举行的那一周,游侠连的成员们在校园里跑了100英里的比赛用球,然后在比赛当天举行仪式, which includes running the ball into the stadium.

Firing cannons: Skipper

At a football game against Virginia Military Institute (VMI), 1964届的两名学员约定,他们将建造一门大炮,使VMI的“小约翰”相形见绌.” The cadets, Homer Hadley “Sonny” Hickam (of “October Sky” fame) and Alton B. “Butch” Harper Jr., collected brass from fellow cadets and added it to metal provided by Hickam’s father. On its first firing, the eager cadets tripled the charge, 把一半VMI Keydets的帽子吹掉,把罗阿诺克胜利体育场(Roanoke’s Victory Stadium)新闻记者室的玻璃震得粉碎.

Skipper cannon

“Skipper” is named for President John F. Kennedy, who had been a PT-boat skipper. Today, Skipper is fired at football games and for other notable occasions.

More athletics history

已知的第一次有组织的与校外球队的比赛发生在1877年,当时是VAMC棒球队, which probably included townspeople, played Roanoke College and won by a record score of 53-13.

1891年秋天,当VAMC体育协会成立时,第一次努力将体育活动正式化. The following year, a football team and tennis association were added. In one long-running and affectionately remembered football tradition, Tech played VMI in Roanoke on Thanksgiving Day for nearly 75 years.

Women finally joined the athletics fold in 1970 with a swimming team. Women’s basketball followed in 1972.

The Hokies have been a member of several conferences over the years. They joined the Atlantic Coast Conference in 2004. NCAA Division I-A men’s varsity sports at Tech are football, basketball, baseball, soccer, indoor and outdoor track, swimming and diving, wrestling, tennis, golf, and cross country. Women’s varsity sports are basketball, tennis, volleyball, swimming and diving, indoor and outdoor track, soccer, softball, lacrosse, golf, and cross country.

The Student-Athlete Performance Center benefits recruiting, nutrition, and performance for all 22 varsity sports. 在2021-22学年,该校350多名学生运动员的平均成绩在3分以上.0.

Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets

Our oldest tradition

The Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets became official in the 1890s, 这所大学始建于1872年,并要求学生接受军事训练. As the university changed and innovated, so did the corps. 1923年,所有男性入伍四年的规定改为两年——同年,女性首次被允许入伍——然后在1964年成为自愿参军.

Members of the Corps of Cadets cheer during a football game

Today, 弗吉尼亚理工大学是全国三所公立大学之一,校园里既有活跃的学员队伍,又有“平民”的生活方式.

Upper Quad
Centered in Virginia Tech’s early history, the university’s Upper Quad has long been the home of the Corps of Cadets. Lane Hall, completed in 1888, is a state and national historic landmark originally known as Barracks No. 1. In front of the hall is an orange and maroon sidewalk that forms the largest “VT” on campus.

In recent updates, Pearson and New Cadet halls have replaced older cadet residence halls, and a new plaza between the halls displays the Corps’ monuments, honoring those who have served in the past and present.

Marching in memory of Caldwell

学员团通过追溯Add Caldwell从克雷格县走过的路,向大学的开端致敬,并庆祝一年级学员的进步. 学员们在秋天跑完前13英里,在春天跑完后13英里,标志着第一年训练的结束.

Campus buildings and memorials

Hokie Stone

Virginia Tech exhibits its character and pride every day via its buildings, most of which are made of Hokie Stone, a limestone common in Southwest Virginia. It was first used in campus building construction in 1899, and today, all new central campus buildings must bear the distinctive stone.

Hokie Stone on Eggleston Hall

Hewed by hand and varying from grays, browns, and blacks to pinks, oranges, and maroons, no two stones are the same color. Since the mid-1950s, the university has operated its own quarry.

The Pylons and War Memorial Chapel
One of the most important and symbolic structures on campus, 战争纪念教堂(War Memorial Chapel)上方的塔上刻着弗吉尼亚理工学院每一位为捍卫国家自由而牺牲的学生和毕业生的名字, beginning with those lost during World War I. The Pylons evoke Virginia Tech’s core values. From left to right, they represent Brotherhood, Honor, Leadership, Sacrifice, Service, Loyalty, Duty, and Ut Prosim.


The War Memorial Pylons

At the memorial’s center, the cenotaph displays the names of Virginia Tech’s seven Medal of Honor recipients.

April 16 Memorial
The April 16 Memorial, located on the Drillfield, remembers the 32 university community members who lost their lives on April 16, 2007.

Day of Remembrance vigil

The Hokie Stone symbolizes our relentless spirit, our courage to move forward, and our determination never to forget.

Gargoyles and grotesques
Their hunched bodies and contorted faces are the stuff of Hokie legend. At least 15 “gargoyles” at Virginia Tech fit right into our neo-Gothic architecture. And for some students, finding every one of them before graduation is a rite of passage.

Functional gargoyles are waterspouts that move water away from the roof of a building. So while the “cowgoyles” of Saunders Hall might not function as waterspouts, they are a beloved decorative element.

List of known gargoyles:

  • 4 Eggleston Hall
  • 4 Hillcrest Hall
  • 3 Smyth Hall
  • 4 Saunders Hall

Virginia Tech motto, seal, and logos

In 1896, the university adopted Ut Prosim, Latin for "That I May Serve," as its motto, and a college seal was developed. The Virginia Tech Board of Visitors did not officially adopt the seal, which is still used, until 1963.

Virginia Tech seal

In 1991, Virginia Tech adopted a university logo, which incorporates an image of the War Memorial with its eight pylons, each representing a different virtue.

The inclusion of the numerals “1872,” the founding year of the university, reinforces the traditions of more than a century of service to the Commonwealth of Virginia, the nation, and the world.

In 2017, a new brand platform and accompanying logo were launched. The new Virginia Tech mark is grounded in tradition, yet focused on the future. The lettering reflects our VT-shaped educational experience.

The vertical bar of the T represents disciplinary depth, while the horizontal bar reflects the ability to work across disciplines. The arms of the V represent experiential learning and the spirit of Ut Prosim. 标志的开放性和形状突出了弗吉尼亚理工大学作为一个包容性社区的身份,在学科交叉点蓬勃发展.

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The university also has an athletic logo: a streamlined “VT,” which is used only for sports and sports merchandise. Unveiled in 1984, 这个运动标志是由两名弗吉尼亚理工大学学生提交的设计组合而成的,他们参加了由该校艺术系赞助的比赛.

More Virginia Tech history

Firming and building the foundations

John M. McBryde 在19世纪90年代为现代弗吉尼亚理工大学奠定了基础,其中包括B.S. degrees and graduate study, granting permanent status for the Corps of Cadets, and starting the athletics program. McBryde and his son also developed the university’s motto: Ut Prosim (That I May Serve).

T. Marshall Hahn Jr. transformed VPI from college status to a major research university in the 1960s and 1970s. 他支持大学教育的发展,并领导了创建研究部的运动. The student body tripled, and eight residence halls and 10 other major facilities were added.

Charles W. Steger expertly guided the university’s growth and scope during the first 14 years of the 2000s. Research funding and private fundraising increased. 他建立了弗吉尼亚理工大学卡里隆医学院和研究所以及生物医学工程学院. 他是莫斯艺术中心的一位富有远见的领导者,并提升了弗吉尼亚理工大学在弗吉尼亚北部的地位.

That “huge” Virginia Tech ring

Colleges across the country offer students the chance to buy a class ring, but very few annually redesign the ring to be unique to each class. This tradition began at Virginia Tech in 1911-12, and the resulting ring always invokes memories, traditions, and pride.

Each year, the sophomore class selects a Ring Committee to design their ring collection, which always includes the screaming eagle, American flag, campus buildings, and an interlocking chain around the bezel. From there, the Ring Committee incorporates characteristics unique to its class.

Since 1934, 在弗吉尼亚理工大学的戒指舞会上,情侣们随着“月光与VPI”的旋律交换了戒指,这首歌是作曲家弗雷德·韦林和作词人查尔斯·盖纳专门为《全球十大赌博靠谱的平台》写的.