19 ways Hokies stayed connected during COVID-19

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  1. Hokies from everywhere participated in the annual Run in Remembrance, held virtually for three days in April.
  2. Avocado toast anyone? Hokie Wellness’ peer educators posted nutritional cooking videos via Instagram.
  3. Student clubs and organizations continued their meetings via Zoom.
  4. The Marching Virginians performed “Tech Triumph” together online.
  5. Several Hokie graduate students delivered food to Roanoke Valley school children.
  6. The PanJammers, an award-winning steel drum orchestra in Blacksburg, recorded a virtual version of the traditional graduation song, "Pomp and Circumstance," to honor the 2020 Virginia Tech graduates.
  7. Moss Arts Center created an online space, called the Student Arts Spotlight, for undergraduate and graduate students to share their art creations.
  8. Virginia Tech Rescue Squad elected new officers in virtual swearing-in ceremony.
  9. The Virginia Cooperative Extension offered numerous virtual programs, from fitness instruction to a farm e-commerce webinar.
  10. Scott Watson, executive chef at the Inn at Virginia Tech, offered online cooking tutorials.
  11. Tayo Oladele, a Hokie senior, held a Zoom photography class for his friends.
  12. This summer, each first year Hokie had a virtual orientation leader assigned to them to help them maneuver the university’s first virtual orientation for new students.
  13. Moss Arts Center offered performances and engagement opportunities online by hosting special viewings of past music, dance, and theater performances and moderated virtual chat sessions.
  14. Tatsu Takeuchi, an associate professor of physics at Virginia Tech, hosted free online origami classes for the community.
  15. The annual Relay for Life fundraiser took place virtually for five days, with musical performances, special guests, and tributes.
  16. Mental health professionals throughout campus transitioned therapy sessions to online platforms.
  17. With the Pylons as the background, Virginia Tech’s Student Government Association held its officer inauguration via Zoom.
  18. Campus Kitchen volunteers continued donating food to local nonprofits.
  19. Bioactivity, a student medical design group, met online and entered a competition to design a ventilator model that a company could produce and manufacture.