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Experience CALS: A day behind the scenes for alumni and friends

Friday, April 1, 2022

Celebrate Virginia Tech’s sesquicentennial with the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and Virginia Cooperative Extension, whose roots run deep as the foundation of the university’s land-grant model! 

This inaugural event will show our gratitude to our supporters and welcome all of our alumni and friends to experience firsthand the driving force of impact and innovation that is CALS and VCE.  

Join us for a look behind the scenes with tours, immersion into student classroom experiences, 4-H STEM presentations led by Extension professionals, and faculty-led “CALS Talks” showcasing our teaching, research, and outreach missions.

Experience the beauty of Blacksburg in the spring on self-guided tours of the Hahn Horticulture Garden, the Holtzman Alumni Center Museum, and scavenger hunts around campus to qualify for special V.I.P. experiences and prizes.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS (subject to change)
Attire: Hokie Casual/walking shoes
Rain or Shine           
Some tours and meals are outdoors or under tents
Some tours have capacity limitations

Morning Programming



Welcome
and Breakfast with the Deans (7:30 - 9 am)     


Dr. Alan Grant, Dr. Saied Mostaghimi, Dr. Susan Sumner, Dr. Tom Thompson
Dr. Chevon Thorpe, Dr. Cathy Sutphin, and Vernon Meacham
Hahn Horticulture Garden
                                                                                         

Session 1 Tour Options (9:30 - 10:30 am)
Integrated Agriculture Technologies Learning Sandbox                                                      
Dr. Mike Evans, School of Plant and Environmental Sciences

349 Smyth Hall

Lyme Disease Research                                                   
Dr. Brandon Jutras, Biochemistry
360-366 North Wing, Steger Hall



Leadership Discussion with Agricultural, Leadership, and Community Education faculty and students                                                                           
Dr. Eric Kaufman, Dr. Curtis Friedel and ALCE students
232 Litton-Reaves Hall


What's in your water Virginia?                           
Dr. Leigh Anne Krometis and Erin Ling, Biological Systems Engineering

Group will meet in 108 Human & Ag Biosciences Building I then move to the BSE Water Quality Lab in 302 Human & Ag Biosciences Building I

Session 2 Tour Options (10:45 - 11:45 am)
Soybean Breeding Program                                                                                                          
Dr. Bo Zhang, School of Plant and Environmental Sciences
533 Latham Hall


COINS Demonstration                                                                                                                     
Dr. Olga Isengildina Massa, Agricultural and Applied Economics & COINS members
302 Hutcheson Hall



Leadership Discussion with Agricultural, Leadership, and Community Education faculty and students                                                                           

Dr. Eric Kaufman, Dr. Curtis Friedel and ALCE students
1890 Litton-Reaves Hall

Hokie Bugfest                                                                                                                               
Hokie Bugfest Team
1810 Litton-Reaves Hall

Lunch Programming (11:30 am - 1 pm)                                                              

Gameday Tailgate   
                                                                                             

Fightin' Hokies Lager development
Dr. Sean O'Keefe, Food Science and Technology



CALS Academic Programs information table

East End Zone Club, Lane Stadium

Afternoon Programming

Session 3 Tour for all (1 - 2 pm) 
Turfgrass Programs                                                                                                         
Dr. Dan Sandor, Dr. Mike Goatley and turfgrass students

Worsham Field/Lane Stadium (meet in East End Zone Club, Lane Stadium)

Session 4 Tour Options (2:30 - 3:30 pm)
StREAM Lab                                                                                                                       
Dr. Cully Hession, Biological Systems Engineering

BSE Research Building, 120 Inventive Lane


Bee keeping                                             
Dr. James Wilson, Entomology
Alphin-Stuart Livestock Teaching Arena Classroom, Plantation Road



Precision agriculture and drone demonstration            
Dr. Hasan Seyyedhasani, School of Plant and Environmental Sciences
1880 Pratt Drive, Room 1008, VT Corporate Research Center



World Crops cooking demonstration                                                                                          
Dr. Ozzie Abaye, School of Plant and Environmental Sciences
405 Wallace Hall

Session 4 Tour Options - FULL 2 hours (2:30 - 4:30 pm)
Floral arranging
Barbara Leshyn, School of Plant and Environmental Sciences
101 Saunders Hall


Animal impacts on climate change/Companion animals
Dr. Robin White and Dr. Erica Feuerbacher, Animal and Poultry Sciences
Campbell Arena, Plantation Road

Session 5 Tour Options (3:45 - 4:45 pm)

Bee keeping                                             

Dr. James Wilson, Entomology
Alphin-Stuart Livestock Teaching Arena Classroom, Plantation Road


World Crops cooking demonstration                                                                                         

Dr. Ozzie Abaye, School of Plant and Environmental Sciences
405 Wallace Hall

HNFE Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism Lab                                                            
Dr. Enette Larson-Meyer, Human Nutrition, Foods and Exercise

2270 Kraft Drive, Suite 1000, VT Corporate Research Center

 

Session 5 Tour Option giving extra time for travel (4 - 5 pm)
Dairy Facility
Dave Winston and Catherine Parsons, Dairy Science
Kentland Farm, 5250 Whitethorne Road




Evening Programming (6-8:30 pm)                                                                                   
Reception and Stationed Dinner                                                                           
CALS Talk: 4-H STEM Programs  - Dr. Erika Bonnett
CALS Talk: Human Nutrition, Foods and Exercise - Dr. Michelle Rockwell
CALS Talk: Center for Advanced Innovation in Agriculture
and Agricultural Research and Extension Centers - Dr. Matthew Chappell
Meet the State FFA Officer Team and State 4-H Cabinet and Ambassadors
Hahn Horticulture Garden                                            




Tours will be selected during registration. Some tours have capacity limitations.
There is no cost to attend.


Hotel room blocks are available until March 10 at the following hotels under "Experience CALS":
The Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center

(540) 231-8000
“CALS Volunteer and Donor Appreciation” room block
Rate: $169+
Hilton Garden Inn

(540) 552-5005
“VTALUM” room block
Rate: $119+
Hyatt Place Blacksburg

(540) 739-3600

(540) 739-3600
"G-AGLI" room block
Rate: $129+


Questions:
CALS Advancement
calsadvancement@vt.edu
Jamie Lucero '21, Director of Alumni Relations (540) 231-9666
Tara Nepper, Assistant Director of Alumni Relations (540) 231-5532