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Spring 2021 Blacksburg/Virginia Tech Town Gown Gatherings scheduled

From: Student Affairs

Open to all community members and students. RSVP to Sandy Gautier at to receive the Zoom link. 

Thursday, Feb. 18 (6:00-7:30 p.m.)

A community conversation: Reflecting on learning during COVID-19

  • Our conversation and panel will be led by Frances Keene, assistant vice president for Student Affairs, and Thomas Miller, chair of the Student Life Council and a graduating senior at Virginia Tech. The discussion will invite the panelists to reflect on their experiences almost a year into life under COVID-19. The variety of experiences from the panelists will allow for all in attendance to learn and understand how those different from themselves are persisting through difficult times.


Thursday, March 18 (6:00-7:30 p.m.)

Holistic well-being and flourishing. How does effectively managing your economic life play a role?

  • Our guest will be Kevin Sutton, assistant director for financial wellness at Virginia Tech. Sutton is a Certified Personal Finance Manager (CPFM) and has training in financial social work. As part of a broader effort at Virginia Tech to build a culture of well-being, Sutton leads a strategy to improve financial well-being, one of the Gallup Organization’s five dimensions of overall well-being.


Thursday, April 15 (6:00-7:30 p.m.)

We are Appalachia. A community dialogue about our place in, and responsibility to, the people and cultures of our region.

  • Our guest will be Emily Satterwhite, associate professor and director of Appalachian Studies in the Department of Religion and Culture at Virginia Tech. Her book, "Dear Appalachia: Readers, Identity, and Popular Fiction since 1878" (2011) won the Weatherford Award for best nonfiction about Appalachia and the Phi Beta Kappa Strum Award honoring excellent work that is recognized as significant by a wider audience.