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Virginia Tech to dedicate Alwood Plaza

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The Alwood Plaza on Virginia Tech's campus will be dedicated on Tuesday, August 13. 

The plaza is a tribute to Professor William Bradford Alwood, Virginia Tech's first entomologist. 

Read the press release below for more information:

The Alwood Plaza, adjacent to Burruss Hall on the Virginia Tech campus, will be dedicated on Tuesday, August 13, at 4 p.m.

Ed Jones, director of Virginia Cooperative Extension; Loke Kok, head of the Department of Entomology; and other officials will speak. Mike Weaver, director of Virginia Tech Pesticide Programs, organized the event. Several members of the Alwood family will attend.

The Alwood Plaza is a tribute to Professor William Bradford Alwood, Virginia Tech's first entomologist. Professor Alwood was instrumental in establishing the Virginia Agricultural Experiment Station as well as the entomology, horticulture, plant pathology, and agricultural education disciplines at Virginia Tech. His career at Virginia Tech spanned 16 years (from 1888 to 1904).

The Alwood Plaza project began with fundraising in 2011 and ended with the recent rose planting in June. Its completion fulfills a pledge made to Alwood in 1927 by then-VPI President Julian Burruss to establish a permanent memorial on campus to honor Alwood's contributions:

"The splendid service which you rendered this institution will ever be remembered, and it is my hope that some day your name will be honored in some permanent manner, which will remain here for all time to let those who come after us know of your part in the making of this institution."

The memorial plaza was funded by private donors and is located on the site of the original Virginia Agricultural Experiment Station. It is directly across Drillfield Drive from a magnificent bur oak planted by Alwood around 1895.

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