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Installation of Timothy D. Sands, 16th president of Virginia Tech

October 2014
Presidential Installation

Schedule of Events

Spirit Rally and
Virginia Tech vs. Pittsburgh Football
Game Viewing Party

Lane Stadium South End Zone Concourse

Spirit Rally
6:45PM • Location

Cheerleaders, High-Techs, Low-Techs, and more…Let’s Go Hokies! Cheer on the football team while watching the Virginia Tech vs. Pittsburgh away game on several screens in Lane Stadium.

Spirit Rally and
Virginia Tech vs. Pittsburgh Football
Game Viewing Party
6:45 p.m. • Lane Stadium South End Zone Concourse

Cheerleaders, High-Techs, Low-Techs, and more…Let’s Go Hokies! Cheer on the football team while watching the Virginia Tech vs. Pittsburgh away game on several screens in Lane Stadium.
“Morning with the President”
featuring Brian Lamb

Anne and Ellen Fife Theatre, Street and Davis Performance Hall, Moss Arts Center

Hands-on, Minds-on
Various Locations Throughout the Moss Arts Center

Lunch in the Dining Halls

Installation Ceremony
Burruss Hall Auditorium

“Morning with the President”
10:00 a.m. • Anne Ellen Fife Theatre, Street and Davis Performance Hall, Moss Art Center

President Sands will be interviewed onstage at the Moss Arts Center by Brian Lamb, founder of C-SPAN and former host of the network’s “Booknotes.” Following their conversation, Sands and Lamb will engage students in a discussion of the meaning of Virginia Tech’s motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve).

Brian Lamb founded C-SPAN (Cable-Satellite Public Affairs Network) in late 1977, and the network’s live, unfiltered telecasts of U.S. congressional proceedings commenced in 1979.

Providing public access to the political process, the nonprofit network evolved into a staple of balanced public affairs programming, which also includes call-in, interview, historical, and other special programs.

For “Booknotes,” a weekly program that aired on C-SPAN from 1989 to 2004, Lamb interviewed a total of 801 non-fiction authors, including presidents and world leaders, in his distinctive, unobtrusive style. He currently hosts “Q and A,” an hour-long program during which prominent thinkers in politics, media, education, and science are interviewed.

In 2010, Lamb stepped down as CEO of C-SPAN after 33 years, but serves as executive chairman of the C-SPAN board of directors and continues on-air work.

A Purdue University alumnus and the recipient of numerous awards and honorary degrees, Lamb was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2007 for his “dedication to a transparent political system and to the free flow of ideas.”

Hands-on, Minds-on
11:00 a.m. • Moss Arts Center

Interactive activities presented by the Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology.
“FutureHaus” — The Cube
Venture into “FutureHaus” and become part of an architectural test bed with the ability to collect and measure EEG and other bio signals that can be used to assess what’s best for housing in the future.

Exhibits — The Grand Lobby
Science: Measuring emotional responses to food
Susan Duncan, professor of food science and technology in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Engineering: Intelligent textiles and wearable technologies for space flight
Tom Martin, professor of electrical and computer engineering in the College of Engineering, and Paola Zellner, assistant professor of architecture in the College of Architecture and Urban Studies

Art: SeeMore, a living sculpture of computational data movement
Sam Blanchard, assistant professor of sculpture in the College of Architecture and Urban Studies

Design: The Flower Wall, a dynamic facade
The Center for Design Research in the College of Architecture and Urban Studies

Lunch in the Dining Halls
11-2 p.m.

Virginia Tech’s campus food is ranked No. 1 by the Princeton Review. Experience the award-winning food by visiting one of the dining centers. Click here for more information. Please note: Hokie passport accounts : (flex, dining dollars, commuter cash, Hokie passport account), credit cards (MC/VISA/Discover), and cash is accepted in all locations EXCEPT no cash or check in Turner Place at Lavery Hall, Au Bon Pain in Signature Engineering Building and West End Market in Cochrane Hall.

Installation Ceremony
2 p.m. • Burruss Hall Auditorium

Attend the formal installation of Timothy D. Sands as the 16th president of Virginia Tech.
Faculty and staff are invited to participate in the processional for the installation ceremony. Academic regalia is recommended but not required. Business attire is also appropriate. Arrive at the Chapel by 1:15 p.m for queuing and processional to Burruss Hall. Download the installation program.
Corps Pass in Review
3:30 PM
Ice Cream Social and Student Performances
Movie on the Drillfield
"The Internship"

(Rain Location: Colonial Hall)

Ice Cream Social and Student Performances • 3:30 p.m. • Drillfield

Ice cream! Milkshakes! Student performances!

Black Graduate Student Organization
Spoken-word performance piece addressing the challenges and excitement of graduate school

Contemporary Dance Ensemble
Energetic dance routines

Hill and Veil
Authentic belly dance routines

Mixed Emotions
Co-ed a cappella group … with a beat-boxer

Naturally Sharp
All-male a cappella group

All-female a cappella group

Soulstice a cappella
All-female a cappella group

In case of inclement weather, the Ice Cream Social and Student Performances will be moved to Commonwealth Ballroom in Squires Student Center and Alumni Mall. A decision will be made by 8:00 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 17. Please visit the Virginia Tech homepage for updates.
9AM - Noon
Experience Virginia Tech: Learn, Explore, Engage
The Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center

View the Full Schedule
Noon - 2PM
Community Pizza Party
Dietrick Lawn
Pick-Up Basketball Game
Hoopin' with @VTSandsman

McComas Hall

Experience Virginia Tech: Learn, Explore, Engage
9:00 a.m. - Noon • The Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center

This special event will highlight Virginia Tech’s teaching, research, and outreach while offering learning and fun for all interests and ages! Lectures from dynamic faculty, interdisciplinary panels, hands-on demonstrations, and engaging displays will transform The Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center into an open classroom. See the full schedule

Pizza Party
Noon - 2:00 p.m. • Dietrick Lawn

Participate in a variety of family-friendly activities while enjoying pizza provided by Virginia Tech Dining Services.

Participating student organizations
Ballroom Dance Club
Delta Epsilon Mu Interest Group
Focused Photography
German Culture Club
Hospitality Management Association
Kan Jam Club
Kappa Delta Pi
Lutheran Campus Ministry
Phi Sigma Biological Sciences Honor Society
Relay For Life of Virginia Tech
Residence Hall Federation
Scuba Club at Virginia Tech
Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers
Student Alumni Associates
Student Virginia Education Association
Students Inspiring Children
The Knit and Crochet Club
Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine
Virginia Tech’s Women’s Tennis
Virginia Tech Wrestling
Walking for Water

Pick-Up Basketball Game
2:00 p.m. • McComas Hall

Watch as President Sands takes the court for pick-up basketball games with faculty, staff, and students. Pre-registration is required to participate.

Event Registration

Meet The President

Sands' Path to Virginia Tech

Timothy D. Sands joined Virginia Tech as its 16th president on June 1, 2014. His distinguished academic career includes faculty and leadership positions at several leading American universities. Before coming to Tech, Sands, 56, served as Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. He served as Purdue’s acting president during the Fall semester of 2012. Earlier, Sands served in several roles at his alma mater, the University of California, Berkeley. Sands has published more than 250 refereed papers and conference proceedings and has been granted 17 patents in electronic and optoelectronic materials and devices. He is a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the Materials Research Society (MRS), and the National Academy of Inventors (NAI). Sands and his wife, Laura, an accomplished academic herself, have four adult children.

News and Highlights

Social Media Highlights

See more posts on the special social media page. Send your own greeting using the #entervtsandsman tag.

Event Highlights

Photo galleries: Morning with the President | Installation ceremony and pass in review | Saturday showcase, pizza party, and basketball tournament | Weekend overview

Video: Morning with the President | Installation ceremony | Weekend recap

Event News

National Science Foundation Director France Córdova to deliver remarks at Sands installation

Córdova is president emerita of Purdue University, where she served as president from 2007 to 2012. While president at Purdue, she appointed Sands to become vice president for academic affairs and provost.

Flags of 128 nations to honor Virginia Tech's international students during installation ceremony

Virginia Tech has more international students enrolled than it ever has before. And to honor these students, flags from all 128 nations will be flown in front of Burruss Hall as part of the university's presidential installation celebration Oct. 17 and 18.

‘Experience Virginia Tech: Learn, Explore, Engage’ to celebrate all that we are

This academic showcase will be held on Saturday, Oct. 18, from 9 a.m. to noon at The Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center and is free and open to the public. A community pizza party will follow at noon on Dietrick Lawn.

Timothy D. Sands to be installed as 16th president during afternoon ceremony Friday, Oct. 17

Following the 2 p.m. ceremony, the Corps of Cadets will present a pass in review for the new president, which starts at 3:15 p.m., and an ice cream social and performances by student organizations will start at 3:30 p.m. All events are free and open to the public.

More installation stories

Attending Installation Events

Where To Stay

Area hotels include:

  • The Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center
  • Courtyard by Marriott
  • Hilton Garden Inn
  • Holiday Inn University

Getting To Blacksburg

The main Virginia Tech campus is located in Blacksburg, Va., about 38 miles southwest of Roanoke, Va. Use the address of 925 Prices Fork Road, Blacksburg, VA 24061 as a destination for on-line routing and mapping software. This is the location of the Visitor and Undergraduate Admissions Center. Coordinates for this point are 37.23117N, -80.43359W

Send Your Greetings to Dr. Sands

Alumni chapters, student organizations, and friends of the university near and far are encouraged to send Dr. Sands video greetings, photos wishing him well, or various tweets or posts using the hashtag #enterVTsandsman. Visit the university's social media page for postings.

Contact Information

For additional information, please contact:
Virginia Tech Office of Special Events
by phone at 540-231-2190 or via email to

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