April 16, 2008

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Schedule of Events

Official Events

Wednesday, April 16

10:30 a.m. to noon | University Commemoration
Drillfield (rain or shine)

Virginia Tech President Charles W. Steger will open the event and welcome those assembled. The names of the 32 students and faculty who lost their lives one year ago and a few words about the special qualities of each person will be read aloud. Governor Tim Kaine will close the program with special comments.

Sundown (approximately 8:15 p.m.) | Candlelight Vigil
Drillfield (rain or shine)

Organized by Virginia Tech students, the vigil will begin using a ceremonial candle at the university memorial site that will burn during the entire day. Candles will be provided.

Expressions of Remembrance

Wednesday, April 16

8 a.m. to 8 p.m. | Memorial Slide Show
Virginia Tech Holtzman Alumni Center Assembly Hall
The memorial slide show showcases the outpouring of support Virginia Tech and the community received after the tragedy.

10 a.m. to 10 p.m. | Art Exhibit
Perspectives Gallery, Squires Student Center
Exhibit: "April 16: Remembrance, Recognition and Healing"

7 a.m. to Midnight | Meditation
Jamestown Room, Squires Student Center

10 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. | BreakZONE
Squires Student Center
Free admission all day.

Noon to 3 p.m. | Dance/Performance
Commonwealth Ballroom
Stage available for group singing or dancing performance; sign-up on location. Signature boards available throughout the day.

Noon to 5 p.m. | Remembering Through Art Creation
Old Dominion Ballroom
Express your thoughts and feelings through creating art in various mediums.

Noon to 8 p.m. | Reflection and Music
War Memorial Chapel
Musicians will be providing music in order to create a space for reflection and remembrance.

1 p.m. to 3 p.m. | Garden Tours: Hahn Horticulture Garden
Start at Peggy Lee Hahn Garden Pavilion
Enjoy the beauty and tranquility of the Hahn Horticulture Garden in spring as the professional staff guide you through the features of the garden.  Tours start every 30 minutes.

1 p.m. to 4 p.m. | Open Microphone
Deet's Coffee Shop
Opportunity to share poetry, individual song, or writings; sign-up on location.

2 p.m. to 4 p.m. | Remembrance Through Chess
Brush Mountain Room B – Squires Student Center
Come for a quiet time to reflect and remember through the playing of chess.

3 p.m. | Virginia Tech Softball vs. Liberty
Tech Softball Park
Having been one of the first teams to return to action last spring, members of the Virginia Tech softball team wanted to play in memory of those who lost their lives and those who were injured and traumatized by the events of April 16, 2007. A pre-game remembrance will occur prior to the first pitch. For more information, contact Bryan Johnston, Athletics Communications, (540) 231-3387.

3 p.m. to 5 p.m. (doors open at 2 p.m.) | Dance/Performance
Haymarket Theatre
1st Annual Remembrance Through Dance: In Memory of Reema Samaha.  More information:

Related Events

Friday, April 11 through Sunday, April 13

4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. | Fortitude and Strength: A Community Embracing Authentic Emotions
Squires Student Center, Room 341
The concept of this workshop was conceived by students and is being created, coordinated, and planned by students. The intention of this workshop is to create a safe, non-judgmental environment where our community can come together to honor our authentic emotions and to bring healing to those affected by April 16th.

Saturday, April 12

8 p.m. | New River Valley Symphony: Johannes Brahms' Ein deutsches Requiem
Burruss Auditorium
Brian Gendron conducts the New River Valley Symphony Orchestra, The University Choirs, and the Blacksburg Master Chorale in a performance of Johannes Brahms' monumental Ein deutsches Requiem. Ein deutsches Requiem emphasizes comforting the living, beginning with the text "Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted."

Sunday, April 13

3 p.m. | Community Conversations Through the Arts
Lyric Theatre
A multidisciplinary arts event, including a visual arts display in the lobby of Lyric Theatre and a performance featuring music, dance, film, spoken word, and theatre. HERE: Honoring Experiences, Reflections, and Expressions is hosting the event with the intention to hold space for our community to come together and have the opportunity to celebrate itself, reflect on what we've come through, and look toward the future in a way that is unique and gives us ownership of our own stories.

More information:

Wednesday, April 16

8 a.m. to 8 p.m. | Alumni Center Art Exhibit
Alumni Center Museum, Holtzman Alumni Center
As part of the Day of Remembrance observance, the Alumni Center Museum will display examples of art, crafts, quilts, and other memorabilia contributed since April 16, 2007.

2 p.m. | Tree Dedication in memory of Austin Cloyd and Maxine Turner
Front lawn of Hillcrest Hall

4 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. | We ARE Prevailing Discussion
Litton-Reeves 1760
Come hear the many stories of support received from other students, families, communities, the university, and the larger world. These stories of support, as research shows, are a source of healing and prevailing, following traumatic events. Share your remembrance of support too. Our discussion is a celebration of the love and care in our beloved and united community. Dr. Mark Benson, Clinical Psychologist and Associate Professor of Human Development leads the discussion.

Sunday, April 20

1 p.m. to 4 p.m. | Hokie Spirit Community Picnic
Virginia Tech Drillfield
An event designed to promote the Hokie Spirit. Local food vendors, businesses and community members will be in attendance. This event is open to the entire Virginia Tech community and will be filled with food, games and much more. There will be a program at 1:30 p.m. at the Memorial.