Information sessions for those interested in running for any of eight class officer lifetime positions are held in fall and early winter. Interested candidates must petition to run for office and abide by campaigning rules governing the spring election. For more information, contact Laura Wedin, who serves as advisor to the class system.
Class Officers at Virginia Tech are elected in the spring of their freshmen year and serve for life. So in 1993, a natural relationship was formed when the supervision of the Class Programs transferred from Student Affairs to the Alumni Association. Since then, a full-time position has been added to handle these responsibilities, and Class Officers automatically became members of SAA.
Class Programs consist of activities associated with one of the oldest and most treasured Tech traditions - the class ring tradition. Beginning with the Class of 1914, a specially appointed student Ring Design Committee creates a ring unique to each Class. Not only does Tech have one of the largest class rings, but also is one of the most coveted ring programs in the nation. For seventy years, the annual Ring Dance has been the grand event on campus, with a sell-out banquet Friday evening and a capacity crowd for the Formal Dance on Saturday. The Corps D Company still releases a small pig onto the dance floor in Squires after the rings are exchanged, to the delight and thrill of dance-goers. New traditions have been added over the years and now the HokieBird is very much a part of Ring Dance, wearing top hat and tux, receiving a HokieBird-sized ring and dancing on stage. The festivities culminate with the display of fireworks on the Drillfield, the playing of 'Silver Taps' and the firing of the Skipper Cannon.
Resources and Links
Each class level at Virginia Tech has an announcement-only listserv used to inform the Class members of Class activities and student programs of the Alumni Association. Class listservs are compiled by a student's academic level indicated by the registrar's office of Virginia Tech. Because of this, entering students with Advanced Placement credit with be automatically placed on the Class listserv for their academic level. For example, if you have enough credit hours to be included with the Class of 2009 but consider yourself part of the Class of 2008, please email the Class Listmaster at firstname.lastname@example.org and ask to be changed.
To unsubscribe to a Class listserv, e-mail email@example.com and type SIGNOFF CLASS-OF-(your class year here) in the BODY of the note NOT on the subject line.