Virginia Tech Magazine

Virginia Tech Magazine


Volume 14, Number 1
Fall 1991

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Contents

5 Smart Highways
When highways and vehicles "talk," driving becomes safer and more efficient. The university's Center for Transportation Research, together with the Virginia Department of Transportation, are spearheading plans for a smart highway project between Roanoke and Blacksburg.
10 The Big Pinch
Funding cutbacks this year to Virginia's system of higher education have been equal to chopping the budgets of three universities from the system. Virginia Tech President James McComas and other university officials survey the damage and ask hard questions: Who will Virginia's colleges and universities serve? Who will pay for it? How?
16 The First Student
Sixteen-year-old William Addison Caldwell hiked over two mountains to register as Virginia Tech's first student in 1872. Looking back over his memorabilia, writer Clara Cox gives us glimpses of student life at Virginia Tech in the 1870s.

Departments

Orange and Maroon 2
Around the Drillfield 3
Calendar 8
Research 14
Alumni Profile 19
Sports 20
Philanthropy 24
Alumni Association 25
Class Notes 26

Cover Photo: Gary Colbert




Director of University Relations
Larry Hincker

Associate Director for Publications
David C. Lotts

Editor
Su Clauson

Editorial Assistance by
Mary Holliman

Designer
Glen Duncan

Photography Editor
Gary Colbert

Business Manager
Kathy Eschenmann

Alumni Notes
Jo Farmer
Dale Alvarez



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