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Summer programs, renovations keep campus busy


BLACKSBURG, Va., May 17, 2010 – As spring semester draws to a close, Virginia Tech is gearing up for orientation sessions, renovations, and summer conferences that will take place during the university's first summer session, which runs from May 24 through July 1, and second summer session, which will take place from July 6 through Aug. 12.

Orientation



Freshman orientation will be held from July 6 through July 23, during which all incoming freshmen must attend a two-day session. Transfer students must attend one of the required one-day transfer orientation sessions, which run from June 21 through June 23.

During orientation, students will have the opportunity to register for fall semester courses, meet current and incoming Virginia Tech students, and receive a personal identification card. Details relating to the 2010 orientation program are available through the New Student Programs website.

Renovations



With the residence halls empty, Virginia Tech Housing Services will use the opportunity to clean all residence hall rooms, paint approximately 1,500 rooms, and review for any necessary repairs. In addition, Miles Hall has been scheduled for major upgrades, including refinished casework, new vanities and countertops, and new furniture.

In Peddrew-Yates Hall, a storage area is going to be converted into a unisex bathroom, and several rooms that were being used as offices will be converted back into student rooms to allow for additional residents. Carpeting will also be replaced throughout the residence hall.

Finally, renovations will continue in Lee Hall, with work being completed on the elevators that was not completed last summer.

Special programs and events



As the summer begins, Conferences and Guest Services prepares to welcome and accommodate 98 different groups and programs, and an estimated 13,000 visitors. Among this year’s scheduled conferences, sports camps, conventions, and other events are the following:

4-H Congress: From June 14-17, the Virginia 4-H will hold its 90th State Congress at Virginia Tech. The congress will bring more than 600 4-H members, volunteer leaders, and Virginia Cooperative Extension agents to campus. The 4-H Congress is an annual statewide event offering educational experiences and competitions for outstanding 4-H members and adult volunteer leaders. More information is available at Virginia 4-H online.

Computers and Technology Camp: Virginia Tech’s College of Engineering is holding a program called C-Tech², “Computers and Technology at Virginia Tech,” from June 27-July 10. The primary focus of the program is to help develop and sustain the interests of women in engineering and the sciences. The program gives participants the opportunity to explore applications of engineering, math, and science in a way that is fun and exciting. The program is targeted to rising high school junior and senior girls. More information about the camp is available at the engineering website.

College Bound 2010: College Bound is a college transition program for high school juniors, seniors, rising college freshman with disabilities, their parents, and professionals in the fields of education and transition services. The event will be held from June 23-25. Learn more about College Bound at Virginia Tech at the Continuing and Professional Education website.

Master Gardener College: The Virginia Master Gardener Association will hold its 23rd annual Master Gardener College on campus from June 21-27. Participants will attend numerous horticultural workshops, training sessions, tours, and meetings. For more information, visit the Virginia Master Gardener Program website.

VivaVA International Festival of Music: Designed to attract music lovers from around the globe, Viva Virginia will hold a series of concerts and master classes on the Virginia Tech campus from June 21-July 3. Developed in cooperation with the International Vocal Arts Institute, the festival aims to celebrate and nurture vocal and instrumental talents. To learn more, visit the VivaVA website.

A detailed list of summer activities coordinated by Conferences and Guest Services can be found on the 2010 guest calendar.

Fall classes begin at Virginia Tech on Monday, Aug. 23.