October Family Newsletter

Hokie Wellness

Let your student know about Weekends Well Spent, a year-round guide to free or low cost activities, events, programs, and performances! Whether they are happening on campus, throughout the New River Valley, or in the Roanoke area, Weekends Well Spent gives students options for weekend activities and adventures. For more information about Weekends Well Spent or to submit an event, visit weekends.vt.edu. Weekends Well Spent is a collaborative partnership between Student Affairs and Hokie Wellness.

Recreational Sports

Fall Family Weekend Events / Friday, Oct. 12 - Sunday, Oct. 14

Family Fitness
Friday, Oct. 12 - Sunday, Oct. 14
Families are welcome to use the entire facility at McComas Hall and War Memorial Hall for free! This also includes Group X classes, small group training sessions, and dance classes.  Hours and class schedules can be found at www.recsports.vt.edu.

Price: Free
Location: McComas Hall
Friday: 12:00 pm — 11:30 pm
Saturday: 10:00 am — 10:00 pm
Sunday: 12:00 pm — 11:30 pm

Moonlight Yoga
Friday, Oct. 12 / 9pm - 10pm
Come join us under the moonlight for this unique yoga experience! This class is free and is designed for all different levels of yoga ability – bring your friends and family! We will begin at 9 p.m. on the Drillfield (in front of Burrus Hall). Please bring your own mat or towel to practice on. Can't wait to see you!

Price: Free
Location: Drillfield

Canoe the New River in VA
Saturday, Oct. 13 / 8am
Join us on the water in the beautiful southwest Virginia waters. The New River is renowned for not only its fishing, but its beautiful scenery.  Never canoed before? That’s okay! No experience necessary, and our trip price includes all Gear necessary and instruction.

Pre-registration is required. Hosted by Venture Out.

Price: $50 per person, includes transportation, food, leadership, and equipment as needed

To register and for more information, visit www.recsports.vt.edu

Contact Venture Out at (540) 321 - 4982 or ventureout@vt.edu with any questions

Venture Out Challenge Course
Saturday, Oct. 13 / 12pm - 6pm
Want to check out the brand new Venture Out Challenge Course? It’s just what it sounds like: a high ropes adventure that will get your adrenaline going! Families and students are invited to try out the course. The whole adventure will take about two hours.

Pre-registration is required.

Price: $25 per person

To register and for more information, contact Venture Out at (540) 231 - 4982 or ventureout@vt.edu with any questions

Schiffert Health Center

Flu Vaccine

We encourage all students to get their annual flu vaccine before flu activity begins in the community. CDC recommends getting vaccinated by the end of October. There are multiple opportunities to get the vaccine on campus.

Schiffert Health Center will hold a walk-in Flu Shot Clinic on October 3 from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the McComas Hall Gym. There are no appointments, students can simply walk-in. Those under the age of 18 will need a signed parental consent form, available on the Schiffert Health Center website. Forms will also be available at the clinic. For more information on cost, payment, and insurance, please visit the Virginia Tech Campus Notice.

Additionally, the flu vaccine will be available through the health center clinic. For flu shot appointments, students must call (540) 231-6444 to schedule a Nurse Appointment during our regular clinic hours. The cost is $24, which will be billed to the student’s account. You may request an itemized statement to submit to your insurance carrier.

Flu vaccinations are also available to students throughout the month of October and November from Hokie Wellness. The cost to students is $25 there is no guarantee that the pharmacy providing the vaccines will be able to accept the student's insurance. Registration is required and available now. See the schedule for clinics across campus.

For more information on the flu and flu vaccines, refer to Schiffert Health Center’s Flu FAQ.

Immunization Records

All new students must submit an immunization history form to Schiffert Health Center. Records must be complete and compliant with the state of Virginia required immunizations. Failure to receive all required immunization and to provide the university with documentation will be prevent the student from registering for Spring Semester classes. Students with incomplete immunization records will have a hold placed on their account on October 8, 2018.

Immunization records can be submitted multiple ways. Forms may be submitted via mail, fax, email, dropped off at Schiffert Health center, or uploaded to the Online Student Health Portal. More information and instructions for submitting immunization records is available on our website.

Students who are in need of vaccinations and booster shots may schedule an appointment with the Schiffert Health Center immunization clinic. Vaccinations may also be available at the Montgomery County Health Department by appointment. Some area pharmacies provide immunizations, but we recommend students call to ensure the vaccine they are seeking is available.

After Hours & Emergency Care

When students becomes ill in the middle of the night or injures themselves on a weekend, there are healthcare options available. Schiffert Health Center is open on Saturdays for urgent care walk-ins from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm. Students can also talk to an advice nurse 24 hours a day, 7 days a week simply by calling our main phone number (540)231-6444.  Some area medical clinics and urgent care facilities offer evening and weekend hours for non-emergency conditions. For medical emergencies or life-threatening conditions, student should always call 911. Transport by Virginia Tech Rescue Squad or Blacksburg Volunteer Rescue Squad to area hospitals is cost-free.  

Services for Students with Disabilities

If your student is struggling academically, the Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) office is here to help!  Not only does SSD provide students with information on how to be evaluated for a disability, but SSD also helps students connect with academic resources on campus, such as the Student Success Center, the Writing Center, their academic advisors, and their professors.  Students can schedule intake appointments or consultation appointment with the SSD office by calling 540-231-3788.

Cook Counseling

The Cook Counseling Center in collaboration with Schiffert Health Center, Hokie Wellness, Recreational Sports, and the Women’s Center, is sponsoring a Mind and Body Check fair in observance of the National Depression Screening Day on Monday, October 8th  1:00 to 4:30 pm in the lobby of McComas Hall, (Hokie Wellness/Recreational Sports’ side of the building). 

Students will have the opportunity to get a mental health check, talk with personal trainers and nutrition counselors and participate in “Unwind Offline,” an activity designed to help students learn about getting off line and developing healthier internet and phone habits.  There will be giveaways and t-shirts for all student participants.   If anyone shows signs for depression or anxiety, referrals are given to the Cook Counseling Center for a follow-up appointment.  

For additional information, contact Charlotte Amenkhienan camen@vt.edu 
or call 540-231-6557