The Alwood Plaza, adjacent to Burruss Hall, will be dedicated on Tuesday, Aug. 13, at 4 p.m.
Ed Jones, director of Virginia Cooperative Extension, and Loke Kok, head of the Department of Entomology, will speak. Mike Weaver, director of Virginia Tech Pesticide Programs, organized the event. Members of the Alwood family are expected to attend.
The Alwood Plaza is a tribute to Professor William Bradford Alwood, Virginia Tech’s first entomologist. Professor Alwood was instrumental in establishing the Virginia Agricultural Experiment Station as well as the entomology, horticulture, plant pathology, and agricultural education disciplines at Virginia Tech. His career at Virginia Tech spanned 16 years (1888-1904).
The Alwood Plaza project began with fundraising in 2011 and ended with the recent rose planting in June. Its completion fulfills a pledge made to Alwood in 1927 by then-VPI President Julian Burruss to establish a permanent memorial on campus to honor Alwood’s contributions to the making of the institute. The memorial plaza was funded by private donors and is located on the site of the original Virginia Agricultural Experiment Station.