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From Friends to future farmers, leaders and students, Virginia Tech hosts thousands of summer visitors


BLACKSBURG, Va., May 23, 2005 – Approximately 16,500 guests participating in approximately 90 different programs will visit the Virginia Tech campus this summer to participate in a wide variety of youth oriented programs, scholarly workshops and conferences, athletics camps, and other learning opportunities.

From the Future Farmers of America with 1,200 participants (June 26-30) and 880 taking part in women’s basketball camps (beginning June 17), to eight participants in the Marine Resource Population Dynamics workshop and 10 in the “Creating a Web Site” seminar, Virginia Tech’s Office of Student Programs will be called upon to provide the best accommodations and work spaces for meetings large and small.

In addition, approximately 6,000 students will enroll in classes held on campus over two summer sessions. About 5,000 new students and 3,000 parents will attend “Hokie Hi” (the university’s undergraduate new student orientation program), and some 3,000 young people will attend sports camps. Finally, approximately 3,500 adults and families attend various programs held on campus, and around 2,000 others attend academic and leadership programs.

Virginia Tech’s first summer session begins Monday, May 23; The second summer session begins Tuesday, July 5. The fall semester begins Monday, August 22.

Younger people seen on campus are likely attending one of the many educational or leadership programs, including the 4-H Congress (June 20-24), Commonwealth Youth Conference for Leadership Effectiveness (June 19-August 5), Upward Bound (June 18-July 26), College Bound (June 15-17), VT Stars (June 25-July 16), and many other camps, conferences, and meetings. In addition, tykes and teens carrying sports equipment are most likely among the thousands of participants in tennis, soccer, basketball, swimming, baseball, running, volleyball, softball, football, wrestling, and lacrosse camps.

But there also will be older students and participants. The Friends, or Quakers, will hold their Friends General Conference at Virginia Tech July 2-9. The Southeast Unitarian Universalist Summer Institute will follow July 15-29.

Some guests, including those attending the Friends General Conference, will bring their families. Other groups focus on professional pursuits and hobbies, such as the Institute for Leadership in Changing Times (beginning June 19), the Association for Biology Laboratory Education (June 20-26), the Master Gardeners (June 21-26), and Service Training for Environmental Progress (June 26-July 30).

Guests come to Virginia Tech to learn to conserve the Earth’s resources, play music, grapple with subjects such as genomics and bioinformatics or high-performance manufacturing, prepare for college life, consider architecture as a career, learn about leadership in public-safety areas, or experience hands-on work in technology, engineering, and science. Professors from other universities or high school teachers come to communicate their work and participate in laboratory exercises. Youth ages eight to 18 will experience the adventure of writing. Some 100 people will come to hear about the important roles of women in the Civil War, including that of women soldiers in disguise.

For a complete schedule of summer conferences and activities, go to the Office of Student Programs website athttpwww.studentprograms.vt.edu/summer/calendar.php.



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