Town-gown meetings set for 2018-2019

Intersection of Main Street and Alumni Mall

Intersection of Main Street and Alumni Mall
Intersection of Main Street and Alumni Mall.

From: Student Affairs

In the recently published 2019 Princeton Review, Virginia Tech was ranked #2 in the category Town-Gown Relations are Great. The continued recognition is largely due to the planning and purposeful dialogue facilitated by the town-gown committee, a group 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 monthly 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 upcoming town-gown meetings for 2018-2019 are:

·         Thursday, Sept. 13: Why Blacksburg? A History Lesson about a College Town with John Bush and Hugh Campbell. Location: Ambler Johnston Residence Hall Great Room, 700 Washington Street.  

·         Thursday, Oct. 11: Future Development in in Blacksburg Downtown Core with Matt Hanratty and Steve Ross. Location: Alexander Black House, 204 Draper Road.

·         Thursday, Nov. 29: The Affordable Housing Puzzle in Blacksburg and a tour of the newly renovated O’Shaughnessy Hall with Matt Hanratty and Frank Shushok. Location: O’Shaughnessy Residence Hall Classroom, 530 Washington Street.

·         Thursday, Feb. 21: A Conversation with Blacksburg and Virginia Tech Police Chiefs with Chiefs Kevin Foust and Anthony Wilson. Location: Ambler Johnston Residence Hall Great Room, 700 Washington Street.

·         Thursday, March 21: 21st Century Transportation and Emerging Plans. Location: Ambler Johnston Residence Hall Great Room, 700 Washington Street.

·         Thursday, April 18: Working Together: Blacksburg and Virginia Tech Senior Leaders Talk. Location: Ambler Johnston Residence Hall Great Room, 700 Washington Street.  

All town-gown meetings are held at 6 p.m. The meetings are open to all interested members of the town and university communities.