Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Photos: Scenes from the annual LCI/ISS Thanksgiving Lunch and Variety Show

Follow us on Facebook to see more photos from our annual Thanksgiving Lunch and Variety Show.

Now posted: Watch video of students, teachers -- and even Director Don Back -- doing the "Hokie Pokie"!

We are grateful to all our students and scholars who contributed their talents and time to make a wonderful variety show.
Posted by Virginia Tech Language and Culture Institute on Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Photos: LCI welcomes delegation from Vietnam People's Security Academy

The LCI was honored to welcome a delegation from the People's Security Academy of Vietnam to Virginia Tech today.

Lt. Gen. Nguyễn Văn Ngọc, Maj. Gen. Phí Đức Tuấn, Dr. Nguyễn Thị Phương Lan, and Dr. Nguyen Văn Ly met with Provost Cyril Clarke and Vice President for Outreach and International Affairs Guru Ghosh, as well as LCI Director Don Back and Associate Director for Partnerships and New Enterprises Patricia Parera.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Photos: Hokies football player Terrell Edmunds visits the LCI

Thank you to Hokies football player Terrell Edmunds, who spoke to LCI students this morning about his grueling schedule, why he loves playing football, and what it's like coming out of the tunnel in Lane Stadium with "Enter Sandman" blaring and thousands of fans cheering.

Students, perhaps more familiar with soccer than football, peppered Edmunds with questions about what it's like to make such powerful hits, what his most memorable plays were, what his favorite position is, and what it takes to make it to the NFL.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

LCI students tour National Museum of African American History and Culture

Students from the LCI Fairfax recently visited the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington.

It is the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African-American life, history, and culture. It was established by Act of Congress in 2003, following decades of efforts to promote and highlight the contributions of African Americans.

Read what some students had to say about the field trip below.

Monday, August 21, 2017


Virginia Tech is a dynamic and inclusive community that consists of students, scholars, faculty, staff, visitors, and neighbors from a wide variety of cultures, backgrounds, and perspectives. We recognize and value the diversity that is present within the Hokie Nation. We practice the Principles of Community as we appreciate differences and embrace the complexities of living in a multicultural, global society.

To members of the Virginia Tech community from countries throughout the world, know that we welcome your ideas and perspectives. We believe the collaboration of cultures brings forth greater creativity, innovation, understanding, and learning for everyone. Every student deserves to thrive, and a sense of belonging and wellbeing are crucial for academic, personal, and social success. We are dedicated to affirming our new community members, creating connections for them, and assuring an ongoing commitment to their development.

Welcome to Virginia Tech and to the Language and Culture Institute!

Photos from Virginia Tech's partnership with Shandong University

Xuhao, Siangtong, and Shubham work on a microphone array to record ultrasound from bats.
Our friend Liujun Zhang, at Shandong University, sent us some photos of Virginia Tech students working to unravel the intricacies of bats' remarkable sensing and flight skills.

The students are part of professor Rolf Mueller's lab at Shandong, part of a collaborative partnership between the two universities.

Andrew, Jonathan, Liujun, and Michael hike on Yellow Mountain in Anhui province.
"The VT students help us do experiments and analyze data," Liujun says. The students have had a busy summer but have found some time for activities such as hiking mountains in China.

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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Are you ready to watch Monday's eclipse?

About 2:39 on Monday, Aug. 21, the shadow of the moon will cover the sun, and there will be an eclipse. In Blacksburg, the skies will darken (though it won't be pitch black) as about 90 percent of the sun is covered.

If you want to look at the eclipse, you MUST wear special glasses with special-purpose solar filters. Sunglasses are NOT good. If you look at the sun without special glasses, you can hurt your eyes forever. Special eclipse glasses may still be available at local retailers.

You can also get glasses provided by Virginia Tech Alumni Association, which is having a watch party from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Monday on the Holtzman Alumni Center Lawn. The party is free and open to the public, and pizza will be served. People are also encouraged to bring lunch.

Eclipse glasses will be given out by the Alumni Association.