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Families show their Hokie pride during Fall Family Weekend 2018. 

New Student and Family Programs (NSFP) at Virginia Tech will host Fall Family Weekend Sept. 17–19. 

“The purpose of Fall Family Weekend is to provide an opportunity for families to visit their students at the beginning of the semester with fun and informational programming activities,” said Jenna Sims, a senior majoring in biomedical engineering who serves as an orientation team advisor at Virginia Tech. 

The role of NSFP on campus is to offer programs, services and events that welcome incoming students and their families to the Hokie community. It handles all forms of student orientation, Welcome Week and Family Weekends.  

According to Sims, NSFP hosts a Family Weekend every spring and fall, but this semester’s events will stand out after the organization was limited to hosting virtual programs due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

“I think family weekend is especially important this year because a lot of families did not get to come to campus for orientation due to COVID-19, so for many of them this will be a great opportunity to enjoy campus with their students that they might have missed over the summer,” Sims said.  

This coming weekend, some of Virginia Tech’s orientation leaders will be helping to welcome families and manage the events and programs that are being offered on campus. 

Sims, who volunteered at the Second Year Housing events last year, recalled the housing events being popular for families to attend since many students will soon be looking to sign leases for next year. She foresees the Lane Stadium tours and the Football vs. West Virginia Watch Party also being well-attended.  

“Family weekend is a great opportunity for students and families to check in with each other and for families to see what their students are up to,” Sims said. “For many Hokies, it can be challenging to be away from home for so long, so inviting families to campus can be really comforting.” 

Associate Director for Family Programs at Virginia Tech Jonathan Tunwar also spoke on the purpose of Family Weekend and how it helps alleviate homesickness and college stressors that Hokies experience in the beginning of the fall semester.  

“We know that during the first six weeks of the Fall semester is when students are most likely to experience homesickness,” Tunwar said. “We believe creating an opportunity for families to visit their student and learn more about Virginia Tech helps to mitigate some of the stressors of the semester. It allows us to bring families alongside the university as partners in their students’ success.” 

All Hokie family members of current Virginia Tech students are welcome to attend Fall Family Weekend. The full Family Weekend schedule can also be found on the Hokies on Track app 

All Lane Stadium tours on Friday and Saturday are currently booked. Find the entire Fall Family Weekend schedule below with locations and times for each event.  

Friday, Sept. 17

 

Sunrise Hike with Venture Out 

5 a.m.-12 p.m.

Venture Out Center

 

Larry Fink: "Gathering: Pearls and Polyester" Exhibit 

10-11 a.m.

Moss Arts Center, Galleries

 

Sheila Pree Bright: "A Beautiful Struggle" Exhibit 

10-11 a.m.

Moss Arts Center, Galleries

 

Stories from West Africa Exhibit by Hollis Chatelain - Perspective Gallery 

12-9 p.m.

Squires Student Center

 

Lane Stadium Tour

3-3:30 p.m.

Merryman Athletic Center

 

Study Abroad 101 

3-4 p.m.

Owens Ballroom

 

Lane Stadium Tour 

3:30-4 p.m.

Merryman Athletic Center

 

Second Year Housing 

4-5 p.m.

Owens Ballroom

 

International Cafe Hours featuring a taste of Egypt 

4-6 p.m.

Deet’s Place

 

BANDALOOP at the Moss Arts Center 

5-5:15 p.m.

Exterior of Moss Arts Center

 

Empty Nesting with Rex Waters 

All day

Squires 219

 

BANDALOOP at the Moss Arts Center 

6-6:15 p.m.

Exterior of Moss Arts Center

 

Men's Soccer vs. Virginia 

7-9 p.m.

Thompson Field

 

Saturday, Sept. 18

 

Blacksburg Farmers Market 

8 a.m.-2 p.m.

Downtown Blacksburg

 

A Day in the Life of Your Student 

9-10 a.m.

Colonial Hall

 

Study Abroad 101 

9-10 a.m.

Haymarket Theatre

 

Parent Council and Hokie Family Annual Fund Information Booth

9-11 a.m.

Squires Info Booth B

 

Lane Stadium Tour 

10-10:30 a.m.

Merryman Athletic Center

 

Involvement is Magic: The Impact of Engaging 

10-11 a.m.

Colonial Hall

 

Larry Fink: "Gathering: Pearls and Polyester" Exhibit 

10-11 a.m.

Moss Arts Center, Galleries

 

Sheila Pree Bright: "A Beautiful Struggle" Exhibit 

10-11 a.m.

Moss Arts Center, Galleries

 

Community Day 

10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Drillfield

 

Lane Stadium Tour 

10:30-11 a.m.

Merryman Athletic Center

 

Second Year Housing 

11 a.m.-12 p.m.

Colonial Hall

 

Football vs. West Virginia Watch Party 

12-3:30 p.m.

Burruss Auditorium

 

Football vs. West Virginia Watch Party 

12-3:30 p.m.

Dietrick Lawn

 

Sibling and Family Open Rec at the Field House 

12-4 p.m.

Rec Sports Field House

 

Brew Do– 12th Annual Blacksburg Beer Festival 

12-5 p.m.

Historic Smithfield

 

BANDALOOP at the Moss Arts Center 

1-1:15 p.m.

Exterior of the Moss Arts Center

 

Stories from West Africa Exhibit by Hollis Chatelain - Perspective Gallery 

1-5 p.m.

Squires Student Center

 

BANDALOOP at the Moss Arts Center 

2-2:15 p.m.

Exterior of Moss Arts Center

 

College Agriculture and Life Sciences Open House 

2-4 p.m.

Litton Reaves Portico and Lobby

 

College of Natural Resources and Environment Open House 

2-4 p.m.

First Floor of Cheatham Hall

 

Student Success Center & University Studies and Scholarship Support Open House 

2-4 p.m.

Second Floor Commons, Newman Library

 

Second Year Housing 

2:30-3:30 p.m.

Colonial Hall

 

Family Weekend Open Rec 

4-6 p.m.

Challenge Course

 

Virginia Tech Trumpet Festival: Festival Concert 

4-6 p.m.

Squires Student Center, Recital Salon

 

Women's Soccer vs. NC State 

7-9 p.m.

Thompson Field

 

GobblerNights: Let’s Go To The Movies 

8-11 p.m.

Squires Student Center and Graduate Life Center Plaza

Sunday, Sept. 19

 

Family Yoga with VT Fitness 

9-10 a.m.

To Be Determined

 

Study Abroad 101 

9-10 a.m.

Haymarket Theatre

 

Larry Fink: "Gathering: Pearls and Polyester" Exhibit 

10-11 a.m.

Moss Arts Center, Galleries

 

Sheila Pree Bright: "A Beautiful Struggle" Exhibit 

10-11 a.m.

Moss Arts Center, Galleries

 

Divine Service 

3:30-5 p.m.

War Memorial Chapel

Visit the online schedule at https://guidebook.com/g/#/guides/hokiefamilies to register for Family Weekend events, read their detailed descriptions and view the interactive map. For more information on student orientation programs, Family Weekends and Welcome Week, visit the New Student and Family Programs website, call 540-231-3284 or email families@vt.edu

 

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