Nancy McGehee, department head of the Howard Feiertag Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management, recently sat down with Pamplin College of Business Dean Robert Sumichrast to discuss the pandemic’s impact on the hospitality and tourism management industry and how it is beginning to recover.
With the safety, health, and well-being of our students and faculty as our highest priority, Virginia Tech is canceling all fall 2020 study abroad programs because of ongoing concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic and its devastating global impact.
A page created on the university's Ready site features helpful resources. On that page, users will find shareable content, material that can be printed on demand, and other resources to help communicate as the fall semester approaches.
Vice President for Student Affairs Frank Shushok Jr. writes, "Virginia Tech’s identity as a global land-grant university resonates in my core. I cannot overstate my gratitude for our international Hokies who enrich and strengthen both our community and education."
Ryan Pieper from the College of Architecture and Urban Studies has designed a more efficient and widely accessible version of the handheld tools to reduce physically touching such areas as door pulls and touchscreens. He has made his design plan available for distribution.
To address food insecurity during the pandemic, the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Integrated Pest Management is improving the ways in which it disseminates crop solutions to farmers in the developing world.
Virginia Tech is welcoming new Hokies and their families through an online orientation experience this summer. The university began working to implement the new format after announcing in the spring that orientation would be online in response to COVID-19.
To ensure the accurate dissemination of public health information and consistency of design of signage across all campus locations, Virginia Tech will engage a centralized process to approve and install signage in public-facing university spaces in campus locations across the Commonwealth.
The shields were 3D printed by faculty and students in the College of Engineering to aid health care professionals on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic.=https://video.vt.edu/media/VTCSOM+Face+Shield+Construction/1_dss1wm17
Hundreds of individuals and several working groups and task forces — at the university, in our communities, and at the state level — have contributed to the shaping of fall plans for all Virginia Tech locations. Although the plans we present here will continue to evolve over the summer with additional input and data, significant elements are firm, and it is now time for our students, faculty, and staff to shift from planning to preparation.