2019-2020 Town-Gown meetings to continue strengthening partnership between university and town

From: Student Affairs

Virginia Tech’s town-gown relations have consistently been ranked among the top in the nation, due in part to the continued excellence of the town-gown committee made up of Virginia Tech and Town of Blacksburg representatives.

Co-chaired by Senior Associate Vice President for Student Affairs Frank Shushok and Blacksburg Deputy Town Manager Steven Ross, the town-gown team holds six forums each year on issues that generate conversation across campus and throughout Blacksburg. Student voices are a key part of the meetings, with members of the Virginia Tech Student Life Council taking an active role in the discussions. Students, faculty, staff, and town residents are invited to attend.

The 2019-2020 Blacksburg/Virginia Tech Town-Gown meetings take place Thursdays, 6-7:30 p.m. in Ambler Johnston Hall Great Room (second floor) on the Virginia Tech campus.

October 17

A collaborative adventure: Building an infrastructure for a growing town and university

  • Chris Lawrence, Deputy Town Manager of Community Development, Town of Blacksburg
  • Liza Morris, Assistant Vice President for Planning and University Architect, Virginia Tech
  • Catherine Potter, Associate Vice President and Legal Counsel, Virginia Tech Foundation

November 21

The Fraternity and Sorority Life Commission Report: Being good neighbors

  • Frank Shushok, Senior Associate Vice President for Student Affairs, Virginia Tech
  • Ro Settle, Director of Fraternity and Sorority Life, Virginia Tech
  • Steve Ross, Deputy Town Manager, Town of Blacksburg

February 13

Mental health and wellbeing: It takes a village

  • Chris Flynn, Executive Director of Mental Health Initiatives, Virginia Tech
  • Anthony Wilson, Chief of Police, Blacksburg Police Department
  • Melanie Adkins, New River Valley Community Services
  • Christian Shushok, Senior, Blacksburg High School, mental health awareness advocate

March 19

Love where you live: Experiencing the great outdoors around Blacksburg

  • Dean Crane, Director of Parks and Recreation, Town of Blacksburg
  • Lisa Bleakley, Director of Tourism, Montgomery County

April 16

A community conversation: Childcare in our community

  • Ana Agud, Wellness Coordinator, Human Resources, Virginia Tech
  • Lisa Wilkes, Vice President for Business Affairs, Virginia Tech
  • Kristi Snyder, Owner, Rainbow Riders Daycare
  • Kerri Edwards, Owner, Children’s Nest Daycare