Welcome, Hokies, to a new year. For those returning and for those beginning their journeys, the 2019-20 school year has so much in store for you!  

August 1 marked the beginning of my eighth year at Virginia Tech, and I have been reflecting on what I have learned. I’ve learned that given the right tools and support, Virginia Tech students will surprise and impress me in unexpected ways. I’ve learned that Virginia Tech really does have the best dining program in the country. I’ve learned to avoid crossing the Drillfield on a windy winter day. I’ve learned that the call for service in the spirit of Ut Prosim (That I May Serve) is strong and bold here. I’ve learned that the Hokie Nation is a powerfully connected community of servant-leaders. And, I’ve learned that no matter how much time I spend at Virginia Tech, I will always have more to learn.

My time with Student Affairs has been made complete by a team of more than 3,600 incredible colleagues who touch nearly every aspect of your lives. And whether it is as an administrator or advisor, chef or commandant, designer or dietitian, electrician or editor, fiscal technician or farmer, housekeeper or web designer — the people of Student Affairs are here for you to make the Hokie experience as personally enlightening as it is academically rewarding. Student Affairs creates programs, offers opportunities, and provides services that enhance and complement how you ExperienceVT. Our driving purpose is to make a positive difference in your lives and we are committed to supporting you as you become successful and effective leaders within your organizations, hometowns, or around the globe.

This is a unique and exciting year as we welcome more Hokies than ever before. Please know that the university is committed to ensuring a quality collegiate experience for all. But we also need your help, so I want to share some tips, helpful hints, and information. I encourage you to consider how you, personally, can make our campus a more welcoming environment for all. I also ask that you think about how your schedule, decisions, and actions play a critical role in making the most of your time and maximizing your experience.

We are here to support and help you in any and every way. If you are struggling and don't know where to go, visit the Dean of Students Office in New Hall West.

And remember… What’s a Hokie? YOU ARE!

Welcome home, Hokies!

Patricia A. Perillo, Ph.D.

Vice President for Student Affairs