The formal installation of Timothy D. Sands as Virginia Tech’s 16th president on Oct. 17 was part of a three-day celebration that engaged students, faculty, staff, and members of the community. Events ranged from a spirit rally and a pick-up basketball game to a Corps of Cadets pass review, ice cream social, and pizza party.

Several college faculty and students participated in “Experience Virginia Tech,” an academic showcase highlighting innovative teaching and research through activities, displays, and lectures. Presentations included “The Water We Drink” by Stephen Schoenholtz and Kevin McGuire, “Contagion” by Kathleen Alexander and Korine Kolivras, and “Endangered Cats” by Marcella Kelly.