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University Open House provides a window to the future


BLACKSBURG, Va., Sept. 14, 2011 – Virginia Tech is opening its doors so the public, parents, students, alumni, donors, and employees will have a chance to glimpse the future at a University Open House on the Blacksburg campus. 

Saturday, Nov. 12, is the day to see exhibits, take tours, and learn about all the latest at the university.

Many of the areas showing their work are places that usually only the faculty and students working there have a chance to see. But for this special event, you’ll have a chance to see laboratories where cutting-edge research is happening in such areas as cancer, energy, robots, and the environment.

The Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets will present a formal pass in review to begin the University Open House. The parade will start at 10 a.m. on the Drillfield and will be centered on Burruss Hall. The Highty-Tighties, the corps regimental band, will perform and Skipper, the Corps of Cadets cannon, will fire three shots during the parade.

Then, the open house will be in full swing as doors open around campus. In all there will be 26 different tours, 45 different exhibits and activities, and 30 booths.

Among the tours offered will be Alphin-Stuart Livestock Teaching Arena, the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, the Peggy Lee Hahn Garden Pavilion, and many other amazing places.

Solitude, the oldest building on campus, will be open and a student band playing bluegrass music. Theatre 101 will offer a chance for participants to be an artist for a day by singing a song, telling a story, or taking part in a community collage. Participants will also have a chance to learn about the new Center for the Arts at Virginia Tech that will open in 2013.

The booths, located in Squires Student Center, will provide information about the Virginia Tech Office of Outreach and International Affairs, Virginia Tech Catawba Sustainability Center, and Continuing and Professional Education, among others.

The open house will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. To learn more details and specific times for tours visit the website. There you'll find a map of events and activities, and lists of open houses divided by sponsors, location, type, and time.

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.