This fall, office relocations will make way for the continued future growth of the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets.

In spring 2020, renovations began on the fourth floor of University Libraries’ Newman Library to create office space for Student Success Initiatives’ (SSI) Student Success Center and University Studies and Explore Technology. Newman Library will be swing space during the predicted two years of construction for the new downtown six-story building called Gilbert Street project, the future home of Student Success Initiatives. 

These student support offices are scheduled to be in their temporary Newman Library location on the fourth floor beginning September 2020.

Femoyer Hall, SSI’s current location, was vacated this spring to make room for a new Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets residence hall — the third since 2015. It is one of two new buildings that will help support the continued growth of the corps and give increased opportunity for young men and women to enroll in the corps’ leader development program. The second will be the new Corps Leadership and Military Science Building that will bring together corps and ROTC programs now dispersed across several buildings.

SSI faculty and staff are looking forward to their temporary home in Newman Library. “The library is a great location for helping our students succeed,” said Chenaye` Blankenship, project coordinator for student success initiatives. “We are bringing our services to where the students are.”

Patrick Tomlin, University Libraries’ director of learning environments, said the Student Success Center and University Studies and Explore Technology move into temporary space in Newman Library makes sense.

“The university is growing and providing more opportunities for students to succeed and build on their academic success,” said Tomlin. “It’s great that we can do our part in providing this temporary space while new university facilities are being built. This will also offer us a chance to collaborate with these student support offices and continue to strengthen student resources we have here in the library.”