OT: VT receives largest donation in school history

A Roanoke family is giving $50 million to Virginia Tech to be used to attract top-ranked scientists to its Roanoke research center and to hasten the pace of the region's economic growth.

Virginia Tech President Tim Sands and Gov. Ralph Northam plan Thursday morning to announce the gift from Heywood and Cynthia Fralin and the Horace G. Fralin Charitable Trust during a ceremony on the grounds of Tech's health sciences and technology campus in Roanoke. The Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute will now be called the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC.

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Really big news for some of the best people I know...they're literally trying to find a cure for cancer.

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Just wow. Great for Tech, Great for Medical Research. Wonderful.

I mean this is nice and all but will it get us any 5 stars??


I know you put /s

But if we continue to build an academic presence I would assume so. More for the school to sell

Keep calm, Gobble on

Maybe, if it creates more demand for the Roanoke airport that leads to better flight selection which leads to easier access to BBurg for 5 star recruits and their families which reduces the "Blacksburg is too rural/far from places" excuse for not getting 5 stars. Makes sense right?

Come to Blacksburg and see what the Hokie Pokie is really all about

I'd settle for an Amtrak station in Blacksburg.

We are an Engineering school dammit! We only settle for a hyperloop station

Come to Blacksburg and see what the Hokie Pokie is really all about

The Amtrak station is going into Christiansburg next to the Aquatic Center.

Still a long way away: Link Here

I'm not going to be shocked if there's no rail station in 10 years.

Invent the Fut.... wait. Now what do we say?

"What are you going to do, stab me? - Quote from Man Stabbed

Something something VT Shaped Student

"I regret nothing. The end." - Ron Swanson

Invent the future buzzwords.

It's pretty clear that they're making the Carilion Center into a real thing. Good to see it working out.

Thanks to the Fralins for that large donation.


I'll say

These people need to get their priorities straight... think of the support staff 50 million could hire... with some $ left over for an indoor putt putt golf too I'd imagine.

Nah, just another old fart who doesn't care about anything but beating UVA every year.

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The same Fralins as the Fralin Biotechnology Center, I'm assuming?

"I liked you guys a lot better when everybody told you you were terrible." -Justin Fuente

One of the articles explained that it's the same family, but a different brother made the donation for the FBC.

I'm a so happy they made those donations, but I can't imagine having enough money in my family that we make multiple 8 figure donations.

Am I wrong for wanting the money to be a donation to the football program?


For wanting that amount to be donated to the program? No.

For wanting those dollars to be spent on football vs biomedical research? My opinion would be yes.

The OP did the right thing and gave this the OT mark. Let's celebrate something positive for the University for what it is.

Definitely agree its a good thing. I just saw large donation and said YES in my head. I missed the OT part.


Yeah, let's not lose sight of the big picture.

The reason I want VT sports to succeed is because of the positive publicity for the university.

Even as I enjoy VT sports.

I lost my mother to brain cancer 16-years ago. Godspeed to their research and hopefully finding a cure.

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Im undergoing immunotherapy treatment at sloan kettering for kidney cancer currently. Cutting edge stuff. The more money for research the better.

My wife takes the kids and leaves the house while I watch my Hokie games.........nuff said

Whoever said Tech should strive to be the east coast Stanford should be happy about this. The pieces are falling into place now that we have buttered up Amazon with the NOVA graduate degree center or whatever its called. They have a cartoonish tree mascot we have a cartoonish turkey. They have obnoxious dweebs Cal as a rival we have annoying nerds GT. They are at 37.44 degrees latitude we are at 37.22. Now we only need Roanoke to become San Francisco and Christiansburg to be as awesome as Oakland and we are set!

Come to Blacksburg and see what the Hokie Pokie is really all about

Yeah but Christiansburg doesn't need/want the Raiders or Athletics. Though, moving the Warriors to Roanoke would be nice for the Curry family.

"I regret nothing. The end." - Ron Swanson

A's to Christiansburg gets my vote

Let's not have Roanoke become SanFran please

You're in luck. Austin, TX already is.

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As a cancer survivor, this is great news because cancer SUCKS!

Yeah FUCK CANCER (& all that other shit)!!!

Waho's suck
Uva swallows

you would do that to poo, wouldn't you

"Why gobble gobble chumps asks such good questions, I will never know." - TheFifthFuller

Fuck you cancer πŸ‘ πŸ‘ πŸ‘ Fuck you cancer

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That's a lot of Hardee's coupons...

Here I am, not two years ago struggling to justify adding $50/seat for better season tickets...and these two cool cats just slammed down $50,000,000. Good for them and good for the University.

Amateur superstar and idiot extraordinaire.

They're called philanthropists.

He is also a UVA alum

Even he knows where the money is best spent nowadays

"I regret nothing. The end." - Ron Swanson

He's one of the good ones.

He's a full on rapist, you know Africans, dyslexics, children you know that sort of thing.

EDIT: Apparently some of you don't watch always sunny

"Why gobble gobble chumps asks such good questions, I will never know." - TheFifthFuller

Y U do dis?

Particularly in this thread?

7LP started the thread.

"What are you going to do, stab me? - Quote from Man Stabbed

Who downvotes an Always Sunny Reference

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The gift from the Fralins will be used for packages to lure top-notch scientists and their staffs.

I should've stayed in academia. I wouldn't mind being paid to research in the NRV.

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