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Principles of Community Speaker Series to feature Virginia Tech student-athletes, coaches


BLACKSBURG, Va., April 6, 2011 – Debunking myths about student-athletes is the topic for the fourth Principles of Community Speaker Series that will be held Tuesday, April 12, at 6:30 p.m. in Torgersen Museum, 1100 Torgersen Hall. A panel of Virginia Tech students and coaches will headline the discussion.

The student-athletes will share some of the challenges they have faced and also highlight the best part of being a student-athlete. The coaches will remark on what they see as some of the challenges student-athletes face as well as some ways the university could be more accommodating.

Panelists include

  • Jim Cavanaugh, director of recruiting and high school relations;
  • Darian Fisher, Virginia Tech football player;
  • Hasheem Halim, Virginia Tech track and field athlete;
  • Meaghan Holloway, Virginia Tech swim team;
  • Heather Savage, Virginia Tech swim team; and
  • Ned Skinner, head coach of Virginia Tech’s swimming and diving teams.

Please RSVP to Alicia Cohen if you plan to attend this event. There will be a reception immediately following the panel discussion. For more information please contact the Office for Diversity and Inclusion or by phone at (540) 231-1822.

The Principles of Community Speaker Series was developed as a way to provide the campus community more frequent facilitated interactions and dialog concerning diversity issues at Virginia Tech.

The Principles of Community Speaker Series is sponsored by the Office for Diversity and Inclusion.

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech takes a hands-on, engaging approach to education, preparing scholars to be leaders in their fields and communities. As the commonwealth’s most comprehensive university and its leading research institution, Virginia Tech offers 225 undergraduate and graduate degree programs to more than 31,000 students and manages a research portfolio of $496 million. The university fulfills its land-grant mission of transforming knowledge to practice through technological leadership and by fueling economic growth and job creation locally, regionally, and across Virginia.