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Join us July 14 -16 for a weekend of fun, sharing, and learning. Spend time with a community of Hokie women and explore what connects us all.

Women's Weekend Schedule

Friday | Saturday | Sunday

Participants at Women's Weekend talk

Friday, July 14

2-6 p.m.

Weekend registration and information
Holtzman Alumni Center, Grand Hall, First Floor
901 Prices Fork Road, Blacksburg, Virginia

1-3 p.m.

Building Blocks Nature Walk, hosted by John Peterson of the College of Natural Resources and Environment
Learn about Appalachian history, geology, fire, critters, plants, folks and lore on this leisurely hike around Pandapas Pond. Please wear comfortable clothes and walking shoes along with bug spray to keep the gnats away. Transportation is on own. Please meet in the Pandapas Lower Parking Lot (the one furtherest from Route 460 and closer to the pond).

3-5 p.m.

Open House: P. Buckley Moss Gallery Blacksburg
223 Gilbert St., Blacksburg, Virginia
Browse the gallery and visit with world-renowned artist P. Buckley Moss.
Transportation on own. Paid parking is available on the street or in the North End Center Garage.

6:30-8:30 p.m.

Welcome Reception
Virginia Tech Visitor and Undergraduate Admissions Center
925 Prices Fork Road, Blacksburg, Virginia
Meet in the lobby at The Inn at Virginia Tech at 6:15 p.m. to walk to the reception. Transportation available for those with mobility restrictions. Self parking available at Virginia Tech Visitor Center. Heavy hors d’ oeuvres and beer and wine will be served. A brief program will begin at 7:15 p.m.

A woman touches the Hokie Stone in the tunnel leading to Lane Stadium

Saturday, July 15

8-9 a.m.

Continental Breakfast
Holtzman Alumni Center, Grand Hall, First Floor

8 a.m. to noon

Carilion Wellness
Holtzman Alumni Center, Alumni Museum, First Floor
Event sponsor Carilion Wellness will provide free services for those in attendance. Participants can receive a free chair massage from a Carilion certified massage therapist and free blood pressure screenings.

9-10 a.m.

Holtzman Alumni Center, Assembly Hall, First Floor

  • VT Stories: Katrina M. Powell, Center for Rhetoric in Society and Ph.D. Program in Rhetoric and Writing director
    Powell will introduce VT Stories, an oral history project in collaboration with the Virginia Tech Alumni Association and others, and operated through the Center for Rhetoric in Society. Powell will highlight the ways that undergraduate interns and graduate student research assistants are provided experiential learning as they interview alumni, faculty, staff, and other students to create this unique oral history database. 
  • IWILL: Lee Hawthorne, Division of Student Affairs chief of staff
    Virginia Tech’s I WILL program intends to ignite, connect and celebrate women who will make a difference in their own ways. Students, staff, faculty, and alumni are partnering to create learning opportunities to inspire women and impact the world. Come learn more about what we are doing.
  • Liberation in Process: Developing a Social Justice Identity: Shekila Melchior, a recent graduate of the counselor education and supervision Ph.D. program and future University of Tennessee at Chattanooga faculty
    This talk will discuss the findings of a dissertation study that explored the social justice identity development of school counselors who advocate for undocumented students. The findings of this study showed the value of connection and introspection as central parts to the advocates development.
  • Sally Morton, College of Science dean, "No Regrets"

10:15–11:15 a.m.

Breakout Sessions

Introduction to Mindfulness
Holtzman Alumni Center, Alumni Board Room, Second Floor

Now is a wonderful time to start learning strategies to relax and live in the present moment. This program will introduce mindfulness through experiential exercises, highlight the benefits of adopting a mindfulness practice, and offer tips on how to apply it to your daily life. Led by Cathy Kropff, Hokie Wellness director, and Amy Epperley, Hokie Wellness assistant director.

Communicating Across Generations
Holtzman Alumni Center, Assembly Hall, Second Floor

Participants will work toward building inclusive communities by interrogating generation-based assumptions and practicing interpersonal communication. Led by Samantha Winn, MLIS, collections archivist, Virginia Tech and InclusiveVT representative, University Libraries.

Noon-2 p.m.

Lunch and Networking by Topic Round Table Discussions
Graduate Life Center at Donaldson Brown, Multipurpose Room
155 Otey St., Blacksburg, Virginia

2:15-3:30 p.m.

What's Your Story
Multipurpose Room, Newman Library
560 Drillfield Drive, Blacksburg, Virginia

  • Moderator: Deseria Creighton-Barney ’87, Communication
    Vice President, Virginia Tech Alumni Association
  • Kimberly Davis-Riffe ’91, Accounting
    Partner, Mortgage and Consumer Lending Advisory, KPMG
  • Traci DeShazor ’07, International Studies & Political Science
    Deputy Secretary of the Commonwealth of Virginia
  • Jean Foody Hall ’85, Chemical Engineering
    Vice President for Human Resources in the Performance and Protective Fabrics Division of Milliken
  • Laura Sands, Ph.D.,  M.A.,  B.A. University of California, Berkeley
    Professor of Gerontology
  • LaChelle Waller ‘10 Ph.D., Genetics, Bioinformatics, Computational  Biology
    Director of Undergraduate Advising and Research, VCU

6-8 p.m.

Station Dinner and Wine Pairing
Hahn Horticulture Garden and the Peggy Lee Hahn Garden Pavilion
200 Garden Lane
Roundtrip transportation provided from The Inn at Virginia Tech or self parking available at the pavilion parking lot or on Washington Street.

Laura Sands talks with participants at Women's Weekend.

Sunday, July 16

8:30-9:30 a.m.

Continental Breakfast
Holtzman Alumni Center, Grand Hall, First floor

9:30-10:45 a.m.

The Importance of Friendships
Assembly Hall, Holtzman Alumni Center
Rosemary Blieszner, interim dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences and alumni distinguished professor, explores why we should take care of our friendships. Blieszner will share important reasons to make and keep friends because of their contributions to our physical health and psychological well-being.

11-12:30 p.m.

Farewell Brunch: Hosted by President Tim Sands and Dr. Laura Sands
President’s Suite, Lane Stadium
285 Beamer Way, Blacksburg, Virginia
Transportation is on own. Self-Parking is available in the Cassell Coliseum Parking Lot. Enter through the North Tower door near Gate 5.  


Register now. The cost  is $150 per person.


A block of rooms is available for Friday, July 14, and Saturday, July 15.

A link to reserve your room will be available upon completion of your registration. For more information, contact The Inn at Virginia Tech at 877-200-3360.


Please contact Debbie Day at 540-231-6285 or or Kathleen Green Malcolm at 540-231-4853 or