In the message to the university community, President Tim Sands and Vice President for Strategic Affairs and Diversity Menah Pratt-Clarke write that Indigenous Peoples Day is intended to celebrate Native Americans and to honor their place in our shared history and culture.
The next phase of our testing plan is focused on the health and safety of individuals in high-contact situations. These employees and students, due to the nature of their jobs or academic responsibilities, have a higher level of interaction with the public or each other and may at times be unable to maintain the recommended physical distancing.
Virginia Tech and the Town of Blacksburg are united in protecting the health of our community in compliance with local public health guidelines. We are focused on what we can achieve together, as we share both the sacrifices and the benefits.
The Innovation Campus Advisory Board includes top executives from Qualcomm, Boeing, KPMG, Northrop Grumman, The Carlyle Group and Hunch Analytics, along with several tech pioneers. The board will provide valuable perspectives and expertise to President Tim Sands and other senior leaders, including Vice President and Executive Director Lance R. Collins
Since June, Deborah Birx has visited universities in numerous states to learn about each institution’s approach to COVID-19. The universities that are most successful in managing COVID-19 worked hard during the summer to develop a plan for the fall semester, she said.
Sui, an internationally renowned researcher in the area of GIS-based spatial analysis and modeling for urban, environmental, and public health applications, has been appointed Virginia Tech’s vice president for research and innovation, effective Nov. 1, 2020.
This year’s theme, “Where Everyone Belongs,” encourages us to welcome newcomers to our community, engage in thoughtful conversations, and connect through events and activities that promote access, inclusion, and growth.
Virginia Tech President Tim Sands, Blacksburg Mayor Leslie Hager-Smith, and New River Valley Health District Director Noelle Bissell discussed a variety of topics — from management of COVID-19 cases in the community to the decision to ban tailgating this fall.
Virginia Tech will continue to monitor all parking lots on game day. Virginia Tech Police will inform anyone seeking to hold a tailgate that it is currently prohibited and are prepared to enforce this decision if individuals choose not to comply.
The university has transitioned from benchmarking the health of residential students moving onto campus to diagnostic testing, screening, and surveillance testing. To provide more current and actionable information to members of our community, updates to the dashboard will be made more frequently in the future.
Our community has done a remarkable job so far, and now it’s up to each one of us to keep our campus open. Your role is to follow the university guidelines, honor our Community Wellness Commitment, and protect your peers and community members both on and off campus.