The Virginia legislature recently took time out to create budgets and pass new legislation to commend Virginia Tech for its 150th anniversary.
On February 9, Senator John Edwards, D-Roanoke, introduced a written resolution “expressing the General Assembly’s admiration for the extraordinary history of the institution.” Joint Senate Resolution 101 was passed by the Virginia Senate on February 14. Similarly, Del. Jason Ballard, R-Giles, introduced joint House Resolution 235 on February 17. The resolution was approved by the House of Representatives February 17th.
Virginia Tech President Tim Sands and Laura Sands traveled to Richmond and were recognized on February 23 on the floor of the House and Senate chambers. Elizabeth Hooper, Associate Vice President, Government and Community Relations; and Brent Pry, head football coach.
In addition, numerous Virginia Tech alumni and a group of undergraduate and graduate students attending the university’s annual Hokie Day were in attendance at the House Gallery for the special recognition.
“Since its founding in 1872, Virginia Tech has nurtured the dreams of generations and helped propel the economic growth of our region, the Commonwealth and the nation,” said Hooper. “As we head into a new era in higher education, we are grateful for this recognition and the partnerships we have with communities throughout Virginia. We are celebrating our 150th anniversary by continuing to build on our legacy of solving problems, expanding knowledge, and creating and engaging with communities throughout Virginia and beyond.”
Founded as Virginia Agriculture and Mechanical College, the university is currently celebrating its bicentennial with events that honor the past, draw attention to the present and propel the university community into the future.
A number of upcoming bicentennial events will take place throughout March, including those hosted by the Women’s Center and Graduate School, as well as a three-day celebration entitled 1872 Forward: Celebrating Virginia Tech on March 24-26. Over the weekend, the Council on Virginia Tech History, in conjunction with the More Than a Fraction Foundation (affiliated with the African American descendants of Solitude and Smithfield), will offer several days of programs to honor 150 years of Virginia Tech history.
In addition, April serves as Ut Prosim Month and offers events that emphasize the motto of the university.
“We are grateful to the General Assembly for recognizing our achievements and the impact our faculty and staff, as well as the many alumni who work in the Commonwealth, have made on this state,” said Rosemary Blieszner, acting dean of the College of Architecture and Urban Studies the chair of the Virginia Tech Sesquicentennial Steering Committee. “University this April Ut Prosim Scholars are featured at an event exploring the role of the university’s motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), on their work and the ethos of our university.”