Three alumnae laughing at Reunion Weekend

Hokie alums gather at an event

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.

  • Admissions Seminar and Campus Tour
    • Learn about Virginia Tech history, traditions, and the application process in a 45-minute session before taking an hour-long walking tour of campus with a student tour guide.
    • Location: Virginia Tech Visitor and Undergraduate Admissions Center 

3-5 p.m.

  • 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

7 p.m.

Friday, June 7

10–10:45 a.m.

  • Seminar with Virginia Tech's Brandy Salmon, associate vice president for innovation and partnerships and 

    founding managing director of the Innovation Campus

    • 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 devloping skills of communication.
    • Location: Holtzman Alumni Center (Boardroom)

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  
  • Champion Trees Tour
    • Join Dr. 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.
    • Location: Departing from Solitude and ending at D2

Additional morning options and programming coming soon!

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
    • Join Meredith as he provides an overview of the happenings at the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, which consists of more than 180 high-technology companies and research centers.
    • Location: Holtzman Alumni Center (Assembly Hall)
     
  • The Changing Face of On-Campus Housing: Living-Learning Programs
    • After a day of classes, students walk across the Drillfield still learning and bringing that learning to where they live—our on-campus residence halls. One of the ways we are changing this environment is with our Living-Learning Programs which 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
  • Women in STEM Panel
    • Location: Holtzman Alumni Center (Boardroom)

1:30-4 p.m.

  • Admissions Seminar and Campus Tour
    • Learn about Virginia Tech history, traditions, and the application process in a 45-minute session before taking an hour-long walking tour of campus with a student tour guide.
    • Location: Virginia Tech Visitor and Undergraduate Admissions Center

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: 2062 Derring Hall

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.
    • Location: Holtzman Alumni Center (Lawn)

2:30-3:15 p.m.

  • Communication Panel with Bill Roth, Matt Arden '99, and Jummy Olabanji Sands '06
    • 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.
    • Location: Holtzman Alumni Center (Assembly Hall)

3:30-4:15 p.m.

  • Seminar with Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute Executive Director Michael Friedlander
    • Hear about Virginia Tech's research into cancer, human brain diseases, and psychology.
    • Location: Holtzman Alumni Center (Assembly Hall)

4:30-5:15 p.m.

  • Wine 101 Seminar with Instructor John Boyer
    • 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)

4:30-5:30 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: TBD

 

5-6 p.m.

  • Ware Lab Tour
    • Location: Ware Lab, 404 Old Turner St., Blacksburg, VA 24060
  • Marching Virginians Tour Experience
    • Location: Marching Virginians Practice Field

6-8:30 p.m.

  • Class Dinners
    • Enjoy dinner with your classmates and family members.
    • Location: Drillfield

8-10 p.m.

  • Zero Year Reunion and Young Alumni Party
    • Connect with recent grads and alumni from the past four years.
    • Location: Top of the Stairs, 217 College Ave., Blacksburg, VA 24060

8:30-11 p.m.

  • Robert Randolf and the Family Band
    • Enjoy soulful music from 2018 Grammy-nominated Robert Randolf 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 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 devloping skills of communication.
    • Location: TBD

9-9:45 a.m.

9-10 a.m.

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

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: TBD

11-11:45 a.m.

  • 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.
    • Location: Various locations around campus

2–2:45 p.m.

  • Seminar on Blockchain as a Growing Technology with Dan Larimer '03
    • Location: Squires Student C
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  • 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
  • Seminar: Women in Business
    • Location: Squires (Colonial Hall)

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)

3–4 p.m.

  • Tour basketball facitlities and hear from former players and Mike Burnop

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

2-5 p.m.

  • More program information coming soon!

4-6 p.m.

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

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 Team
    • Location: Drillfield

8:50-9 p.m.

  • Fireworks
    • Gaze at a fireworks show.
    • 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.
    • Location: Drillfield

Sunday, June 9

9:30–11 a.m.

  • Farewell Brunch featuring various coaches (More information coming soon)
    • Hear about Virginia Tech Athletics' big wins and where teams are headed.
    • Location: McComas Hall

The cost for Reunion Weekend 2019 is $175, which includes all campus programming; special lunches and dinners on Friday and Saturday; Carol Lee donuts and coffee on Saturday; and brunch on Sunday. Additional pricing is listed on the Price webpage.