Generations of Hokies have been shopping at the University Bookstore. Now, the bookstore is giving back to its customers with a celebration of its 45th birthday with special activities and a sale.
Over its 45-year history, the University Bookstore has undergone changes in its structure, name and location, but its mission statement to “furnish books, school supplies and other services for the use and benefit of students, faculty, staff and alumni” has remained the same.
It’s that mission statement that has kept Assistant Director of the bookstore and Virginia Tech alumni, Steve Glosh, working with the bookstore for the last 33 years.
“Not a lot of people get the opportunity to come back and work for their alma matter” Glosh said, “and there’s not many university bookstores that can say everything they do in their operation goes back to help the students at the university”.
The University Bookstore is an independently operated, non-profit enterprise of Virginia Tech Services Inc. It pays its own employees and covers its own operating costs. Once operating costs are covered, the majority of its profits are used for things like scholarships and facility improvements.
This reinvestment back into campus coincides with a resounding theme of service to the students of Virginia Tech.
Glosh used the Student Government Association’s “Effect” shirts as an example.
“After their first year doing it, they came to us and asked what we could do for them, and from that point forward, a partnership started to grow between us and the SGA to sell thousands of shirts,” said Glosh “I think it gets better every year.”
On Thursday, Oct. 17, the bookstore will invite students to celebrate its 45 years of operation with free food, drinks, raffles and T-shirts on the drillfield from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.