BLACKSBURG, Va., May 26, 2005 –  Over 200 members of the Old Guard, an organization of members who have been Virginia Tech alumni for 50 years or more, visited Virginia Bioinformatics Institute (VBI) facilities on May 19, 2005.

The visit was included in the two days of special reunion activities for the graduating classes of 1935, 1940, 1945, and 1960. VBI Director of Systems Biology Dr. Susan Martino-Catt presented an overview and answered questions about VBI in the institute’s new conference facilities. The alumni also participated in tours of the facilities, led by VBI staff members Dr. Susan Faulkner, Education and Outreach Coordinator; Susan Bland, public relations practitioner; and Lea Hamblin, office assistant and events planner.

The Old Guard, started in 1967, was created to provide a means for continuing contact, reunions, and fellowship for class members that can no longer maintain class activities. Reunions, held each spring on campus, usually consist of visits to the campus' newest facilities, and a special anniversary dinner for the members of the organization. In addition to visiting VBI, the Old Guard also met with the Director of Athletic Training and toured the campus training facilities at the Merryman Center.

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Published by Susan Bland, May 25, 2005