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VRYou no longer have to come to Blacksburg to experience the college. A new series of virtual reality images posted on Google Maps allows viewers to peek inside a classroom, laboratory, a dairy, and even Lane Stadium. The images highlight the diversity of directions a degree from the college can take you.
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IMG_1549Earlier this year, Kathleen Jamison brought 4-H mission goals across the Atlantic to the West African nation of Senegal. She and her team helped scale up the Positive Youth Development Program in Agriculture in three locations throughout the country.

Jamison, professor emerita and Virginia Cooperative Extension specialist in 4-H youth development, and her team completed a series of training workshops designed to motivate young people to understand agriculture, become agriculturalists, and get involved in family farms and their communities.

“4-H provides opportunities for younger members of the community to express themselves and be heard,” Jamison said. “This is important since young people continue to spread knowledge about new technologies and approaches to problem-solving in their own communities.”

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The college partnered with Ag Is America to host its first Twitter town hall meeting this spring. The subject? Food safety. Experts from our Department of Food Science and Technology chatted and shared their knowledge in an hour-long event that engaged everyone from local politicians to Virginia Tech President Tim Sands. Our food safety experts tackled questions that ran the gamut: Are probiotics healthy? Do I have to refrigerate ketchup, soy sauce, and other condiments? What temperature is safe for grilled meat? You get the idea.

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NHOCThe National Health Outreach Conference took place at the Hotel Roanoke in April. Faculty members from Virginia Tech and specialists and agents from Virginia Cooperative Extension gathered to hear about the latest nutrition and health research and help develop policies to cure the obesity epidemic.  Virginia’s first lady, Dorothy McAuliffe, made an appearance to show her support for nutrition initiatives.
Melissa Chase (left), the manager of Extension’s Consumer Food Safety Program, welcomed Cynthia Lawrence, the chairwoman of Food for Thought, to the event.



gov-at-state-faiurMore than 500 people had their photos taken at our photobooth at the State Fair of Virginia, including Gov. Terry McAuliffe. Find all the photos on the college’s Facebook page.






Catherine Larochelle


Vitor Mercadante

The college welcomed eight tenure-track new faculty members this year, including Vitor Mercadante, assistant professor of animal and poultry sciences and Catherine Larochelle, assistant professor of agricultural and applied economics. Learn about our new faculty members in our online directory.