Student Affairs celebrates Virginia Tech’s 150th anniversary with special events | VTx

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Since its founding in 1872, Virginia Tech has provided a rich array of extracurricular activities to complement students’ academic education. During the month of April, Student Affairs will mark Virginia Tech’s Sesquicentennial with events that celebrate on-going traditions of student leadership, service, and accomplishment.

A complete calendar of Student Affairs Sesquicentennial events is available online.

Highlights include:

· Greeks Giving Back: April 2, 17, and 30. Since 2008, an annual community service day during which students from Virginia Tech’s fraternities and sororities work with the Town of Blacksburg on projects in the downtown area and surrounding neighborhoods. Host: Fraternity and Sorority Life. Contact: Mon-Cheri Robinson, [email protected]

· Queer in Appalachia Presents Crys Matthews: Monday, April 4, 6:45 to 8 pm in Burruss Auditorium. Crys Matthews is among the brightest stars of the new generation of social justice music-makers – a powerful lyricist whose songs of compassionate dissent reflect her lived experience as what she lightheartedly calls “the poster-child for intersectionality.” Part of 2022 Pride Week. Free and open to the public with virtual option. Sponsors: LGBTQ + Caucus, VT Engage: The Center for Leadership and Service Learning, and the Moss Arts Center. Contact: Jes Davis, [email protected]

· Sesquicentennial Hokie Movement Challenge, Monday, April 4, through Saturday, April 10. Complete 150 minutes of physical activity of your choice and enter to win a custom VT Rec Sports 150th Moving More Matters sticker. Presented by Recreational Sports. Contact: Kelly McPherson, [email protected]

· Asian Pacific Islander Desi American (APIDA) Heritage Month Dining Event: Friday, April 8. A special event featuring menus from our five executive chefs inspired by the cross-cutting themes from Virginia Tech’s Sesquicentennial celebration. Host: Dining Services. Cost: a la carte. Contact: Brandon Hendricks, [email protected]

· The 20th Big Event: Saturday, April 9. Celebrating its 20th year, The Big Event at Virginia Tech is a student-run community service effort that has grown into the second largest event of its kind in the nation. Every spring, thousands of students, faculty, and staff come together to complete more than 1,000 community service projects throughout Blacksburg, Christiansburg, and the New River Valley. Host: The Big Event at Virginia Tech. Contact: Jes Davis, [email protected]

· Spring Family Weekend: Friday, April 15, through Sunday, April 17. Family Weekends are a time for students and families to reconnect and explore the Virginia Tech community. Activities and programming will be held throughout the weekend, giving families the chance to learn more about student life at Virginia Tech. Host: New Student and Family Programs. Cost: Free, registration required. Contact: [email protected]

· 61st International Street Fair: Sunday, April 24, 12 noon to 6 pm on Alumni Mall. A social event where international and cultural student organizations at Virginia Tech celebrate and share their traditions, culture, and heritage with the community of Blacksburg and the New River Valley. Hosts: Council of International Student Organizations and Cranwell International Center. Cost: Free. Contact: Fawna Zwart, [email protected]

· 100th Anniversary of Women in Student Affairs and at Virginia Tech panel and reception: Thursday, April 28, at 4 pm in Squires Commonwealth Ballroom. Virtual participation also available. Features prominent alumnae and trailblazers in Student Affairs, Sandra Sullivan ’66 (Virginia Tech’s first female-identified vice president for Student Affairs), Barbara Pendergrass ’87 (Virginia Tech’s first Black female-identified Dean of Students), and Lt. Col. Denise Greenfield ’88 (first female-identified regimental commander, Corps of Cadets). Hosts: Student Affairs Advancement and VT Engage. Cost: Free, registration required. Contact: Emily White, [email protected]

· Aspire! Awards 10th Anniversary: Friday, April 29. The Student Affairs Aspire! Awards celebrates 10 years of student, faculty, staff, and alumni recognition. Hosts: Office for Learning Partnerships, Vice President for Student Affairs, and Student Affairs Advancement. Cost: Free, registration required. Contact: Andrew Dolbin-MacNab, [email protected]

· Student Organization Leadership Awards: Saturday, April 30. Student Engagement and Campus Life is pleased to celebrate the phenomenal contributions Virginia Tech students make across campus and in the greater community through their membership in student organizations. Host: Student Engagement and Campus Life. Contact: Katy Smith, [email protected]


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