Metagenes 50th Anniversary

Come join us April 5th-7th, 2019

the Metagenes Chapter of Alpha Rho Chi will celebrate our

50th anniversary

back where we began in Blacksburg, VA



What: Come celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Metagenes Chapter of Alpha Rho Chi!

When: April 5th-7th, 2019

Where: Blacksburg, VA

Who: All alumni and collegiate brothers, plus their families

Cost: See each event below for more details




Friday April 5, 2019

Happy Hour

  • 7pm-9pm
  • Location: Hokie House (1st Floor), 322 N. Main Street, Blacksburg, VA 24060
  • Cost: on your own
  • Some of our younger brothers will be available to drive those of us “of age” back to the hotel in the evening as necessary! 
  • Please do NOT wear your letters, or anything fraternity affiliated, to this event!! Risk management purposes. 

Saturday April 6, 2019

Breakfast – join us for the food if you’re staying at the Holiday Inn Express, come hang out if you are not staying at the hotel!

  • 7am-9am
  • Holiday Inn Express, meeting space next to the main breakfast area
  • Cost: included with your room cost


  • 8:30am – Noon
  • ​Location: Cascades, 2068 Cascade Dr, Pembroke, VA 24136 
  • Cost: free
  • Led by Allison Baker
  • Details:
    • Meet at the Holiday Inn Express to carpool at 8:30am. It’s about a 30 minute drive, and is $3/car for parking at the main lot. 
    • We will meet at the parking lot in Pembroke at 9:15am to start the hike. 
    • Cascades Falls Trail is a 3.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Pembroke, Virginia that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. We are planning to hike the main trail. 
    • Be sure to wear comfortable shoes, wear layers and bring a water bottle! 

Student Showcase

  • 1:30pm – 3:30pm
  • Cowgill Lobby, 2nd floor
  • Cost: free
  • Parking: VT Visitor Parking information 
    • Weekends is open parking around campus, except in 24 hour spots 


  • 6pm-10pm
  • Owens Banquet Hall (on VT campus) – 150 Kent Street, Blacksburg, VA
  • Parking: VT Visitor Parking information 
    • Weekends is open parking around campus, except in 24 hour spots 
    • DO NOT PARK IN THE OWENS PARKING LOT – you will get ticketed and/or towed! (exception is handicapped parking)
    • Closest parking is near the Graduate Life Center across the street or around the Drillfield
    • OR feel free to Uber or Lyft!
  • Cost: $40 per adult, $15 per kids under 12
  • **Cash only bar**
  • Cocktail attire
  • The chapter will be selling merchandise 6-7pm and again 9-10pm – cash or Venmo only. 
  • Buffet dinner will have options including a gluten-free citrus-infused chicken with a tequila pineapple salsa, a three-cheese vegetarian ravioli in a Parmesan cream sauce, assorted salad and side dishes, ending with a celebratory cake.  If you have any dietary restrictions, please indicate this on your registration so that we can provide an alternative dish. 

Sunday April 7, 2019


  • 10am-12noon
  • Location: Henri de Hahn’s House, 203 E. Main Street, Christiansburg, VA 24073
  • Cost: $20 per person
  • Parking: street parking



Cost are tentatively set and will be based on the number of attendees, and if adjustments are needed, we will let you know once everyone has signed up.  The Alumni Association doesn’t have a large bank account to make up for any large swings of costs, so we ask your understanding.

Currently, the costs are projected to be the following:

  • Happy Hour – on your own
  • Breakfast – included in hotel cost
  • Hike – free
  • Campus Tour – free
  • Banquet – $40 per adult / $15 for children under 12, cash bar for drinks
  • Brunch – $20 per person


We have reserved a block of rooms at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites of Blacksburg at a rate of $109/night.  Click here to reserve your room. 

This special rate will expire March 3, 2019 so be sure to reserve before then.

  1. Once on the Holiday inn page directed by the link, please enter in the dates to access the block of rooms [April 5th or the date that you can attend]
  2. Below the quantity of adults Verify IATA number down below says 99801505
  3. Group code says ARC
  4. …or please call 1.877.666.3243 to make the reservation!

Should you desire to add a day before or after the anniversary events, the hotel rate will still apply.

Photos over the years

If you have photos from your archive, we’d love to include them for the banquet. Please upload your photos in the appropriate folder in our Google Drive folder


Contact anyone on the 50th Anniversary Planning Committee, or: 

  • Michele LeTourneur at
  • Lauren Hughes at
  • Kristen Ruch at


MemberPlanet will become our primary method of communication from this point forward; while Facebook will be used sporadically for events and get-togethers, please complete your profile on MemberPlanet so you continue to get all emails that we send out!