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C+I Fall 2021 Newsletter

Director's Welcome

With a challenging year now behind us, on behalf of C+I, I am thrilled to welcome both faculty and students back on campus. Indeed, we have entered a "new normal". Yet, regardless of what this "new normal" may bring, with such a resilient, creative, and innovative group of faculty and students, C+I is ready. Being at the very forefront of Virginia Tech's curricular innovation, we continue to build on the innovative approaches to instruction and research and actively explore their integration into existing, as well entirely new experiential learning opportunities. And as we continue to expand our student outreach and engagement, this year we will focus on ensuring the sustainability of our efforts, with particular focus on the integration of curricular innovation, experiential learning, research and entrepreneurship. This year's theme,  "New Frontiers" aptly summarizes our goals. Central to this theme is broader engagement of all Virginia Tech students. As a result, we have already launched a number of initiatives that will ensure C+I's presence at this semester's key student-centric events and engagement opportunities. And as we look forward to a new year, I wish to thank you all for your ongoing commitment to C+I and cannot wait to see what we will achieve, together.

Upcoming Events

C+I Question of the Week

Heading into the new school year, C+I is eager to meet with students and experience campus life to the fullest! We would like to get students’ feedback on our “Question of the Week” social media campaign. Give us a follow on Twitter (@CIatVT) and Facebook (VT Creativity and Innovation) to get updates on current events, Virginia Tech/ICAT news, student opportunities and more! You are also encouraged to sign up for the C+I’s mailing list which will deliver those same opportunities periodically directly to your inbox. Go Hokies!

Business Horizons

Looking for a job or internship? Students obtaining a degree in the Pamplin School of Business are welcome to register for the annual job fair, Business Horizons. The fair is going to take place on September 8 from 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. in Squires Commonwealth Ballroom.


With school back in session, Virginia Tech’s annual Gobblerfest is bound to be as lively as ever. You can plan on seeing C+I on the Drillfield this year, offering some goodies, brochures, and an opportunity to win some prizes!

Come join us on September 4 from 2:00-5:00 p.m. on the Drillfield. We are excited to finally see some new faces as we welcome everyone back to campus this fall.

BANDALOOP, Moss Arts Center

Moss Arts Center is hosting BANDALOOP, a dynamic dance group, on September 17 at 5:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. and September 18 1:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. BANDALOOP will be located along the exterior wall of Moss Arts Center performing acrobatic-like choreography.

Recent Event: Cube Fest 2021

ICAT’s and Moss Arts Center’s collaboration in this year's Cube Fest was unlike any other. This year, the event offered a “hybrid” option, where various events were offered online. This allowed audiences to explore the event both safely and interactively. 

Cube Fest 2021 featured elements of Afrofuturism, which is the movement of music, art, and science fiction that encompasses black history and culture. Afrofuturist composers and performers were able to conduct various visual representations of “spatialization” within the Cube, which is a 360-degree virtual environment where audiences can completely immerse themselves within the art and environment.

Around Campus: Coffee Bike 

C+I’s very own Martha Sullivan has introduced a free Coffee Bike to Virginia Tech’s campus this year. The bike will be making appearances on campus providing a cup of coffee for students and faculty, while also opening the floor to talk about Virginia Tech’s Recovery Community. VT’s Recovery Community is a group that offers a safe place for students seeking sobriety. The delicate topic will now be presented in a friendly environment with students all over campus. The bike will be hosted and ridden by a member of the Recovery Community, who will have all of the materials needed to serve pour-over coffee for a relaxing, yet interactive experience as students chat and grind their own coffee beans.

As the Coffee Bike puts VT’s motto Ut Prosim into action, make sure to keep an eye out for some free coffee throughout the semester!