|Campus Alcohol Abuse Prevention Center||Dean of Students Office||Recreational Sports|
|Career Sevices||Dining Services||Schiffert Health Center|
|Cook Counseling Center||Fraternity & Sorority Life||Services for Students with Disabilities|
|Corps of Cadets||Housing & Residence Life||Student Centers and Activities|
|Cranwell International Center||Multicultural Programs & Services||Student Conduct|
Later this month I am traveling to Wilmington, Del., to talk with the First State Chapter of the Virginia Tech Alumni Association. The gathering will include alumni, prospective students, and families of current students. The topic is “Virginia Tech Student Life: Then and Now”―what’s changed, what’s stayed the same, new projects and initiatives, and the state of the Hokie Nation today.
As I was preparing for this presentation, I was looking at some old photos of the campus and students―vintage VT. The first thing that struck me was how different things are today. Upon deeper reflection, however, I found myself thinking about the Virginia Tech traditions that have endured over time. Even as students are shaping the future of the Hokie Nation in innovative ways, there is continuity to the Virginia Tech experience.
More than 140 years and the beginning of a new millennium have passed since what was then called Virginia Agricultural and Mechanical College was founded in 1872 as a land-grant institution. Today, Virginia Tech offers 225 undergraduate and graduate degree programs to 31,000 students and manages a research portfolio of $454 million. We are known throughout the world for our groundbreaking research, eminent scholarship, internationally ranked programs, and our commitment to serve.
But there is so much more to a Virginia Tech education than just the facts and figures. It is about growing as a person; a deeper learning; and a richer understanding of one’s self, one’s values, and one’s purpose.
One of our students who personifies this is Michael Muldoon. In 2012, just after his freshman year at Virginia Tech, Michael was diagnosed with brain cancer. It’s been a long, hard journey, but Michael is back at the university and thriving. When we published Michael’s story on Feb. 19, its message of resilience and courage resonated with the university community and beyond. I hope you will find it as inspirational as I did.
Needless to say, Michael’s family played such an important role. My deepest thanks to John and Sylvie Muldoon for reaching out to us and letting us know how we could help their extraordinary son.
If we can assist you in any way, please don’t hesitate to contact us. You can contact our Director of Parent and Alumni Relations, Penny Helms White, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 540-231-3284. You can also send a message to email@example.com if you have questions, comments, or concerns. And, of course, you can always contact me. We welcome your ideas and suggestions about topics you would like to see addressed in the Hokie Family E-news, as well as ways we can better serve you.
Don’t forget to register online for Spring Family Weekend 2014, April 25–27!
Patricia A. Perillo, Ph.D.
Vice President for Student Affairs
The Spring Family Weekend website is now live and even more activities have been added to the schedule for April 25-27. You can find information about registration, lodging, and activities, including the Maroon and White Scrimmage, a free event where the whole family can watch the Hokies football team divide and conquer ... the Hokies. Which color will win? To find out about this and many more of the exciting things planned for you, visit the Spring Family Weekend website. Also, see the Virginia Tech Visitor's Guide for more information on where to stay, where to eat, and more.
By Nicholas Hyer, assistant director at the Student Success Center
Very soon, 23,000+ undergraduate students who have created structure, routine, and patterns will be left wondering what to do with all the sudden free time over spring break. We often hear of students filling that time with vacations, services trips, work, and heading back home to visit family and friends. “Caught up on sleep,” is a common answer when we ask students how they spent their spring break days. While the break is designed for rejuvenation, at the Student Success Center we don’t want students to lose the momentum they have created the first half of the semester. Wherever your student is spending spring break, the following are some things to remind them of:
The Office of University Scholarships and Financial Aid is busy reviewing FAFSAs for the 2014-15 academic year. Students should closely monitor their Virginia Tech email for communication from our office. Financial aid funds are often limited and we strongly encourage families to submit all requested documentation as quickly as possible.
Director of Career Services Donna Cassell Ratcliffe and her staff believe that a college education is not just about getting a job; it's about the overall journey that forms a meaningful career. Learn what that means for Virginia Tech students and how Career Services can help all along the way in this ‘In the Loop’ podcast.
‘In the Loop’ is produced specifically for the Hokie Family E-News by Virginia Tech University Relations. ‘In the Loop’ addresses topics of interest to Hokie families. You can listen to previous editions of the podcasts at the ‘In the Loop’ archives.
In January 2014 Career Services published our post-graduation report on 2012-2013 graduates. Sixty percent of these graduates responded to the survey, which is open for six months after commencement. Response rates vary by college. This report provides students and families with a wealth of information about VT graduates’ post graduate activities and how they prepared for life after college. Read more highlights of the report.
Make this year’s spring break memorable by having fun and helping yourself, your friends, and others stay safe and healthy. For spring break health and safety tips please visit the CDC website.
The 3.2 Run in Remembrance will be held Saturday, April 12 at 9:00 a.m. The Run is held to remember the 32 Hokies who lost their lives on April 16, 2007. The event brings fellow Hokies together to feel the support of the community, and celebrate the lives of our friends and family members. Registration may be completed online.
Students can register online for a free EKG screening at the Ryan Lopynski Big Heart Foundation. Please remind your student that receiving a screening is an investment in his or her health because 70 percent of heart conditions can be discovered with an EKG. You can also volunteer at the event. Let’s keep the Hokie Nation healthy and proactive for their well-being!
The Virginia Tech Alumni Association invites the families of current and former students to participate in alumni events held around the country. We hope you are interested in connecting with other Hokies in your local community and at events on campus. Upcoming events include:
March 8 at 6:00 p.m.
2014 Wine Tasting and Silent Auction
For more information, visit www.denverhokies.com
April 5 at 11:00 a.m.
15th Annual Charlotte VT Alumni Golf Classic
For more information, visit www.charlottehokies.com
The Drillfield Series offers a variety of weekend programs for alumni, families, and friends that are centered on special themes and include a stay on campus. For a complete listing of upcoming events, please visit the Drillfield Series online.
Virginia Tech News and Information offers a daily email that serves as your connection to the latest Virginia Tech news and information. Delivered overnight, Monday through Friday, it includes the latest news, campus notices, events, and Blacksburg weather forecast, with extensive links to the Virginia Tech News website for detailed coverage. The student edition email is distributed every Wednesday during the academic year to all Virginia Tech students. Faculty, staff, parents, alumni, family, friends, and those interested in receiving either the daily or weekly email can subscribe online.
The Facebook and Twitter icons on the top right side of this web page will connect you to the Division of Student Affairs social media pages. Join in the lively conversation and find out what is happening on campus each day. In the same spot, you can also check out current and past editions of the ‘In the Loop’ podcast, produced specifically for Virginia Tech families.
Do you have comments or suggestions for future issues of Hokie Family E-news? Send them to DSA New Student and Family Programs.