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Registration Times

Registration will be at the Holtzman Alumni Center on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday during the the following times:

  • Thursday: 1-6 p.m.
  • Friday: 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Saturday: 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

Thursday, June 6

(Optional events in the area and on campus)

  • The Cascades
    • Travel this scenic, 4-mile round-trip trail along a shaded mountain creek to a 66-foot waterfall
    • Location: 2068 Cascades Drive, Pembroke, VA 24136
  • McAfee Knob
    • Enjoy the most photographed view on the Appalachian Trail
    • Location: Catawba Valley Drive, Salem, VA 24153
  • Tube down the New River
    • Escape the summer heat with New River Junction.
    • Location: 2591 Big Falls Road, Blacksburg, VA 24060
  • Pete Dye River Course
    • Play 18 holes alongside 2.5 miles of the scenic New River.
    • Location: 8400 River Course Drive, Radford, VA 24141

1:30-4 p.m.

3 p.m.

  • Venture Out Challenge Course
  • Helicopter Tour of Campus and Blacksburg
    • Take a 15-minute helicopter tour of Virginia Tech and the surrounding area, including the Hokie Stone rock quarry, Smart Road, and Lane Stadium. Register online. Separate registration is required. Review of a waiver release to be signed on location is also required. 
    • Location: Flights take off from the Holtzman Alumni Center Lawn

3 and 4 p.m. (one hour tours)

  • Tour Virginia Tech's Kentland Farm featuring Homefield Farm and the Dairy Facility
    • Homefield Farm, a partnership between Dining Services and the School of Plant and Environmental Sciences, grows fruits, vegetables, and herbs specifically for Virginia Tech's dining halls — and serves as a site of hands-on student learning, interdisciplinary research, and community outreach. The Virginia Tech Dairy Science Complex is a state-of-the art facility that enhances the department’s teaching and research of the basic and applied science and technology of animal nutrition, physiology, lactation, genetics, reproduction, and the business of dairy enterprise management.
    • Location: 5250 Whitethorne Road, Blacksburg, VA 24060

4:30-6 p.m.

  • WLP and IWILL Council Reception
    • Dr. Laura Sands hosts a reception in honor of former members of the WLP (Women in Leadership and Philanthropy) and current members of the IWILL (Inspiring Women in Lifelong Leadership) Council.
    • Location: The Grove

6:30 p.m.

Friday, June 7

8:30-11 a.m.

10–10:45 a.m.

  • Virginia Tech's Innovation Campus with Kristie Caddick
    • Get the chance to learn about Virginia Tech's Innovation Campus taking shape in Northern Virginia and how the university played a part in Amazon locating its second headquarters in Virginia.
    • Location: Holtzman Alumni Center (Assembly Hall)
  • Bridging Difference: The Art of Connection (Part 1 of 2) Patty Raun
    • In this two-part experiential workshop, Patricia Raun, director of the Center for Communicating Science at Virginia Tech, will lead participants through a series of practical and unusual exercises to developing skills of communication.
    • Location: Holtzman Alumni Center (Boardroom)

10:30 a.m.

  • Friends of Bill W
    • Location: Holtzman Alumni Center (Third Floor Conference Room)

11 a.m-Noon

  • Walking Tour of What's New on Campus
    • Explore campus by visiting new buildings and familiar spots that have a new look.
    • Location: Holtzman Alumni Center
  • Hahn Horticulture Garden Tour
    • Take a guided tour of these 6-acre gardens, which include perennial borders, water gardens, shade gardens, a meadow garden, and more.
    • Location: Hahn Garden 
  • Tour newly renovated Sandy Hall and learn about the research in School of Neuroscience
    • Sandy Hall is the home of the School of Neuroscience. Get a behind-the-scenes tour of the building before it reopens to the public. Learn more about how the school is making an impact on the College of Science and the university as a whole.
    • Location: Sandy Hall
  • Champion Trees Tour
    • Join Eric Wiseman, urban forestry professor and coordinator of the Virginia Big Tree Program, for a tour around campus to see several remarkable trees that are among the largest of their species in Virginia.
    • New Location: Cheatham Hall

11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.

  • Lunch at D2
    • Eat at our award-winning on-campus dining center, which is one of the largest nonmilitary dining halls in the country.
    • Location: D2 at Dietrick Dining Center

12:45-1:15 p.m.

  • The Virginia Tech Student Experience: Then and Now with Patty Perillo
    • The collegiate experience has changed drastically in recent decades. Join Vice President for Student Affairs Patty Perillo as she takes us for a walk down memory lane while sharing what university life is like for today’s iGen students as they ExperienceVT.
    • Location: D2 at Dietrick Dining Center

1:30-2:15 p.m.

  • Seminar with Virginia Tech's Corporate Research Center President Joe Meredith '69
    • Hear an overview of the expansion at the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, which consists of more than 180 high-technology companies and research centers.
    • Location: Holtzman Alumni Center (Boardroom)
  • The Changing Face of On-Campus Housing: Living-Learning Programs
    • After a day of classes, students walk across the Drillfield still learning and bringing learning to where they live. Living-Learning Programs are unique communities where students can elect to live with other students who have a similar major, or similar interest area. Come learn more about these communities and take a tour of some of the renovated spaces in our residence halls!
    • Location: West AJ, Great Room (2nd Floor)
  • Women in STEM Panel
    • Why so few women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics? Join us for a panel discussion around this topic. We’ll hear from influential women from Virginia Tech who will share their experiences and stories. It will also be a chance to build networks and explore industry trends.
    • Panelist: Dr. Laura Sands, Dean Julia Ross, and Dean Sally Morton
    • Location: Holtzman Alumni Center (Assembly Hall)

1:30-4 p.m.

2-4 p.m.

  •  Museum of Geosciences Open House 
    • Check out gems, minerals, rocks, fossils, and a full-scale cast of an Allosaurus dinosaur skeleton. Family-friendly hands-on activities will also be available.
    • Location: Derring Hall, Room 2062

2-5 p.m.

  • Taste of Virginia: Wine and Beer Experience
    • Meet and reconnect with friends and enjoy samplings from local wineries and various Virginia craft breweries.
    • New Location: Holtzman Alumni Center (Grand Hall - inside) 

2:30-3:15 p.m.

  • Communication Panel with Bill Roth, Matt Arden '99, Jummy Olabanji Sands '06, and Nicole Gabe '19
    • Hear from three Hokies with amazing careers in the communication field: Roth, professor of practice in the Department of Communication and former Voice of the Hokies; Arden, head of content and media, NBA2K League; and Olabanji Sands, weekend anchor and reporter for NBC 4 New York. The panel will be led by recent Hokie Grad, Nicole Gabe '19.
    • Location: Holtzman Alumni Center (Assembly Hall)
  • Tour: Chemical Engineering Unit Operations Laboratory
    • Experience the lab and hear an overview of the Chemical Engineering program from current students and professor and department head, David Cox
    • Location: 109 Hancock Hall, 490 Old Turner St.

3-5 p.m.

  • Student Alumni Associates 45th Anniversary Open House
    • Grab a drink at Taste of Virginia, get a behind-the-scenes tour of the Alumni Center and see the SAA work room. Bring pictures from the past to share with the group!
    • Location: Holtzman Alumni Center

3:30-4:15 p.m.

  • Seminar with Fralin Biomedical Research Institute Executive Director, Michael Friedlander
    • Hear about Virginia Tech's research on cancer, human brain diseases, and psychology as well as Virginia Tech's growing presence in Roanoke.
    • Location: Holtzman Alumni Center (Assembly Hall)

4:30-5:15 p.m.

  • Wine 101 and Spirit Evolution with Instructor John Boyer '96
    • Learn about the evolution of alcohol in America, how behaviors, spaces, and diversity of alcoholic products have changed in the past two decades.
    • Location: Holtzman Alumni Center (Assembly Hall)

4:30-6 p.m.

  • Order of the Gavel – 35th Anniversary Celebration
    • Hosted by the vice president for student affairs, this Reunion Weekend reception recognizes and celebrates former student leaders alumni involved with Order of the Gavel across its 35 year history.
    • Location: Burruss Hall (First Floor Lobby)

5-6 p.m.

  • Tour: Ware Lab
    • See where undergraduate engineering student competition teams build their projects such as steel bridges, concrete canoes, and a variety of motorized vehicles.
    • Location: Ware Lab, 404 Old Turner St., Blacksburg, VA 24060
  • Marching Virginians Tour Experience
    • Take a tour of the Marching Virginia's practice field with Band Director Polly Middleton.
    • Location: Marching Virginians Practice Field

6-8:30 p.m.

  • Class Dinners
    • Enjoy dinner with your classmates and family members.
    • New Location: Commonwealth Ballroom, Squires

8-10 p.m.

8:30-11 p.m.

  • Robert Randolph and the Family Band
    • Enjoy soulful music from 2018 Grammy-nominated Robert Randolph and the Family Band.
    • Location: Moss Arts Center (Street and Davis Performance Hall's Anne and Ellen Fife Theatre)
    • Purchase tickets here to take advantage of the Reunion Weekend 2019 discount.

Saturday, June 8

7:30-8:30 a.m.

  • PT with Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets
    • Put yourself to the test with calisthenics and a short run around campus.
    • Location: Drillfield (near the Chapel)

8:30-10:15 a.m.

  • Grab and Go Carol Lee Donuts, Fruit and Coffee
    • Get a quick breakfast before a day of fun.
    • Location: Holtzman Alumni Center (Lobby)

8:30-10 a.m.

  • Bridging Difference: The Art of Connection (Part 2 of 2) Patty Raun
    • In this two-part experiential workshop, Patricia Raun, director of the Center for Communicating Science at Virginia Tech, will lead participants through a series of practical and unusual exercises to developing skills of communication.
    • Location: Squires Student Center, Old Dominion Ballroom

9-9:45 a.m.

  • Seminar: Fog Harp
    • Learn how fog can be turned into drinking water. Virginia Tech's Fog Harp has three times the efficiency of regular fog nets to provide a clean water source.
    • Location: Holtzman Alumni Center (Assembly Hall)
  • Tour: Occupational Ergonomics and Biomechanics Laboratories (OEB Labs) Tour with Divya Srinivasan
    • Srinivasan, assistant professor in the Grado Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering in the College of Engineering, is leading the $3 million grant, “Whole-body Exoskeletons for Advanced Vocational Enhancement.” Awarded by NSF’s Future of Work at the Human Technology Frontier program, this project aims to develop and evaluate new controls and human-machine interfaces for powered exoskeletons, for increasing industrial worker productivity and lowering injury risks, while also preserving human skill for operating in dynamic, unstructured environments.
    • Location: Whittemore Hall, 1185 Perry St., Rooms 526, 528, and 556

9-10 a.m.

  • Yoga on the Drillfield
    • Stretch, breathe, and relax in your favorite yoga studio.
    • New Location: McComas Hall 

10-11 a.m.

  • Giving Societies and Volunteer Brunch
    • A thank you to donor society members and reunion committee members who contributed to Reunion Weekend 2019.
    • Location: Moss Arts Center (Street and Davis Performance Hall's Anne and Ellen Fife Theatre)
  • Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets Upper Quad Tour
    • Tour Pearson Hall and the VTCC Museum with guides from the commandant's staff.
    • Location: Pearson Hall
  • The New Frontier of Geospatial Technology with Thomas Pingel
    • Thomas Pingel’s work focuses on using new remote sensing techniques using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to shed light on human geographic problems and is part of the university’s Data and Decisions Destination Area, one of several areas where teams work collaboratively across disciplines to address complex problems. Come see how maps today are created and applied; these are not your mother’s maps!
    • Location: Torgersen Hall, Room 1060
  • Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology (ICAT) Tour at the Moss Arts Center with Founding Executive Director Ben Knapp
    • Join Founding Executive Director Ben Knapp for a tour of the Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology at the Moss Arts Center to discover what happens at the intersection of science, engineering, arts, and design. The tour will feature a stop in the Cube, a research space that is unique in the world. The Cube is a theatre and high tech laboratory that serves creative practice as well as research and experimentation in big data exploration, immersive environments, and audio and visual installations.
    • Location: Moss Arts Center

11-11:45 a.m.

  • Town Hall and Alumni Recognition with the president
    • President Tim Sands will recognize alumni celebrating their class year anniversaries.
    • Location: Moss Arts Center

Noon-1:45 p.m.

  • College Luncheons: Spend time with classmates and hear what's new in your college.
  • Locations:
    • College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences: Turner Place
    • College of Agriculture and Life Sciences: Owens Banquet Hall
    • College of Architecture and Urban Studies: Cowgill Hall
    • College of Natural Resources and Environment: 622 North Restaurant
    • College of Engineering: Goodwin Hall
    • College of Science: Hahn Hall, North Lobby
    • Pamplin College of Business: Owens Banquet Hall

2–2:45 p.m.

  • Seminar From Brainstorms to Breakthroughs
    • Learn about Dan Larimer's (’03, Computer Science) journey from concept to reality!
    • Location: Torgersen Hall, Room 1060
  • Seminar and bee demonstration with the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Professor James Wilson
    • Take an in-depth look at a beehive with Wilson as we discuss the importance of bee conservation.
    • Location: Owens Banquet Hall
  • “Raise your VOICE, Raise your Value” – Women in Business
    • Join the Pamplin College of Business as we are celebrating 10 years with this program regionally connecting strong Hokie women as they strive to advance in their career and support others. Donna Wertalik, Director of Marketing Strategy & Analytics and a member of the Pamplin Women's Leadership team hosts and moderates this event with participating Pamplin faculty: Nancy Gard McGehee, Lara Khansa, Kimberly A. Carlson, and Nadia A. Rogers.
    • Location: Squires Student Center, Old Dominion Ballroom
  • 3D Printing Basics Workshop
    • Come tinker with 3D modeling software, learn design techniques, and see 3D printing in action! Beginners encouraged to participate.
    • Location: Newman Library, Room 207-A

3–4 p.m.

  • Seminar with Alumni Distinguished Professor Emeritus James "Bud" Robertson Jr.
    • Hear the untold stories of the university's history in a lecture entitled "Remembering Virginia Tech."
    • Location: Squires (Colonial Hall)
  • Tour basketball facilities and hear from former players and Mike Burnop '73
    • Tour Hahn/Hurst with Mike Burnup and hear from the 1979 Metro Conference Champion Men's Basketball Team
      • Join players Wayne Robinson '80, Marshall Ashford '79, George "Tic" Price '79, and Head Coach Charlie Moir
  • Friends of Bill W
    • Location: Holtzman Alumni Center (Third Floor Conference Room)

3–5 p.m.

  • Kids' Carnival
    • Recreational Sports staff will have activities just for kids.
    • Location: War Memorial Hall
  • Open Gym for Teens and Kids 10 years and older
    • Recreational Sports will supervise an open gym option for interested kids 10 years and older
    • Location: War Memorial Hall

4-6 p.m.

  • Class-Organized Happy Hours
    • Relax and catch up with friends.
    • New Location: War Memorial
  • Virginia Tech Alumni Travel Showcase
    • Learn about the travel opportunities available to you through Virginia Tech!
    • New Location: War Memorial

5-7 p.m.

6:30-9 p.m.

  • Class Dinners
    • Enjoy dinner with your classmates and a special presentation for the 1979 Men's Basketball Metro Conference Champions.
    • New Location: Commonwealth Ballroom, Squires

8:50-9 p.m.

  • Fireworks
    • Location: Drillfield

9-11:30 p.m.

  • Band Party
    • The Lone Rangers will play covers of classics from Springsteen to Hall & Oates, to today's hits from the Black Keys and Bruno Mars.
    • New Location: Commonwealth Ballroom, Squires

Sunday, June 9

9:30–11 a.m.


The cost for Reunion Weekend 2019 is $195, which includes all campus programming; special lunches and dinners on Friday and Saturday; Carol Lee donuts and coffee on Saturday; and brunch on Sunday. Find additional pricing details here.