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Virginia Tech Raises Funds to Send 90 Students to the 2021 ASLA Conference in Nashville

Dr. CL Bohannon provides instructions to landscape architecture students during a sketch walk on the Virginia Tech campus in Blacksburg, VA in 2019. / Taylor Cupp with School of Architecture + Design, Virginia Tech

With the support of twenty-one corporate and many individual sponsors, the Virginia Tech Landscape Advisory Board, led by Caren Yglesias, Affil. ASLA, and Charles W. Ware Jr., ASLA, succeeded in raising funds to cover transportation, housing, and conference fees for 90 undergraduate and graduate landscape architecture students to attend the ASLA Conference on Landscape Architecture in Nashville. All students sent to the conference are also ASLA members.

“We undertook this campaign in order to re-engage students with the post-pandemic profession and revitalize their passion for what we do. We don't believe something like this has been accomplished before,” Yglesias and Ware stated.  

Virginia Tech’s landscape architecture program, led by Terry Clements, FASLA, has maintained a long-standing “multi-purpose, action-oriented” landscape architecture advisory board with a “well-defined mission and ongoing set of initiatives to address current program priorities and needs.” Advisory Board members will also attend the conference to mentor students in smaller groups and help them navigate all the educational opportunities and EXPO exhibits.

“We can really see the benefits of major academic programs working more closely with industry and the profession through ASLA's wonderful conference,” Yglesias and Ware said.

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