Mark A. Weber Papers (Ms2014-010)

Title

Mark A. Weber Papers (Ms2014-010)

Subject

Sexual minorities

University History

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Description

The Mark A. Weber Papers include minutes, correspondence, constitution, handouts, notes, and newspaper and magazine articles concerning the Virginia Tech gay and lesbian student organization, Lambda Horizon, from 1971-1991. The collection includes materials regarding the AIDS education committee, which was a primary focus of Lambda Horizon. The constitution of the Gay Alliance, a previous student organization, is included. The collection also includes papers from Weber's class projects related to the LGBTQ+ community, a photograph of Weber and his date who were the first same-sex couple to attend the Mid-Winter's Dance, and a video of Weber's Virginia Tech graduation party.

About Lambda Horizon

Established in 1985 as Lambda Horizon, the LGBTA has undergone many transformations. The early goals of the organization included providing a place on campus for members of the university community to meet without judgement, to help education the campus community, and to create a positive image of people, regardless of orientation.

During the early 1990's the organization changed its name to LGBT and later to LGBTA. Most recently, they have changed their name to HokiePRIDE of Virginia Tech. In 1998, the organization became a University Chartered Student Organization and began the Safe Zone program. Safe Zone was a collaborative effort between the Dean of Student's office, the LGBTA, the LGBT Caucus, and the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action. Today, the organization's main focus is programmatic, not political.

The current mission is to work to promote an environment of equality, understanding, and harmony for people of all sexual orientations, sexualities, gender identities and expressions by providing a LGBT Resource Center and campus-wide programs to raise awareness, community visibility, and increase support.

For more information on the current organization, see their website: Hokie Pride

About Mark Weber

Mark Weber was a student at Virginia Tech from 1983 to 1987, during which he served first as secretary and then as president of the gay student group, Lambda Horizon. Weber graduated from Virginia Tech with a Bachelor of Science in Marketing and went on to complete a Master of Business Administration in Marketing at The George Washington University School of Business. Following his education, Weber served as Director of the Office of Communications for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and later as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs/Human Services with the United States Department of Health and Human Services.

Creator

Weber, Mark A.

Lambda Horizon (LGBTA of Virginia Tech)

Date

1971/1991

Identifier

Ms2014-010

Bibliographic Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: Mark A. Weber Papers, Ms2014-010, Special Collections, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.

Collection Tree

The AIDS Education Forum was held on March 3, 1986 in McBryde Hall on the Virginia Tech campus. It was organized and sponsored by a variety of campus…

This film was originally a 35mm slideshow created by Mark Weber as an assignment for hia 'Design in the New Environment' class at Virginia Tech. The…
Ms2014-010_WeberMark_TentCardLambdaHorizon_nd.jpg

Dining hall table tent card created by Lambda Horizon advertisingg the group's presence on Virginia Tech's campus.
Ms2014-010_WeberMark_StickerLifeFest_nd.jpg

Sticker for Life Fest, Virginia Tech's concert for AIDS education, research, and treatment held in Lane Stadium on September 8, 1989.
Ms2014-010_WeberMark_RadioAnnouncement_nd.jpg

Announcement card from Virginia Tech's radio station WUVT promoting Lambda Horizon. The card has graffiti and a series of comments and gay slurs…
Ms2014-010_WeberMark_RadioAnnouncemenBeingGayt_nd.jpg

Being Gay announcement card from Virginia Tech's radio station WUVT. The public service announcement promotes Lambda Hoizon and gay and lesbian life…
Ms2014-010_WeberMark_QuestionnaireAIDSEducation_nd.pdf

Questionnaire created by Mark Weber, President of Lambda Horizon, for an independent class project. The questionnaire was distributed to members of…
Ms2014-010_WeberMark_ProposalforStaffPosition_1987_0407a.jpg

A proposal for the creation of a university designated staff position for Gay Student Concerns, submitted by Mark Weber to Dr. Sandra M. Sullivan,…
Ms2014-010_WeberMark_ProposalDraftforStaffPosition_1987_04a.jpg

Edited draft of a proposal and letter to Dr. Sandra M. Sullivan, Vice President of Student Affairs, regarding the creaqtion of a staff position for…
Ms2014-010_WeberMark_ProgramLifeFest_1989_0908a.jpg

Program of scheduled events for Life Fest, Virginia Tech's concert for AIDS education, research, and treatment held in Lane Stadium on September 8,…
Ms2014-010_WeberMark_ProgramGayAwarenessWeek_1985_0407.jpg

Program of events for Gay Awareness Week 1985 hosted by Lambda Horizon.
Ms2014-010_WeberMark_ProgramAIDSEducation_1986_0301.pdf

Program for the March 1, 1986 AIDS Education Forum held at Virginia Tech (one orange colored program and one blue).
Ms2014-010_WeberMark_PressReleaseAIDSEducation_1986_0217.jpg

Press relese sent to local news media outlets regarding the March 1st AIDS Education Forum at Virginia Tech.
Ms2014-010_WeberMark_PosterLambdaHorizon_nd.jpg

Poster offering information about Virginia Tech's gay and lesbian student group Lmabda Horizon.
Ms2014-010_WeberMark_PosterLambdaHorizonParty__0411.jpg

Poster promoting a "'Til the Cock Crows Party" hosted by Lambda Horizon on Aril 11th (no year given on poster).
Ms2014-010_WeberMark_PosterLambdaHorizonMeeting_1984_1115a.jpg

Lambda Horizon poster advertising the group's upcoming meeting on November 15, 1984. Handwritten notes are on the back of the poster.
Ms2014-010_WeberMark_PosterLambdaHorizonEvents_nd.jpg

Poster advertising an upcoming Lambda Horizon event. The group's campus phone number and contact information is listed on the poster.
Ms2014-010_WeberMark_PosterAIDSEducation_1986_0301.jpg

Poster advertising the AIDS Education Forum held at Virginia Tech on march 1, 1986. (2 copies)
Ms2014-010_WeberMark_PhotographKeithMcIlhenny_nd.jpg

Photograph of Lambda Horizon's Mark Weber and Keith McIlhenny at the Mid Winter's dance, 1986 .
Ms2014-010_WeberMark_ObjectivesAIDSEducation_1986_0109.jpg

AIDS Education Committee objectives, composed by Lucretia Cavan, Graduate Intern and Mark Weber, Lambda Horizon President, to help obtain support and…
Ms2014-010_WeberMark_MinutesAIDSEducation_1986_0122a.jpg

Minutes from the 7th AIDS Education Committee, meeting along with an invitation letter to Administrators, Directors, Deans, and Department Heads at…
Ms2014-010_WeberMark_MinutesAIDSEducation_1985_1023.jpg

Minutes from an unofficial meeting to discuss the feasibility of hosting an AIDS Education Conference at Virginia Tech during the upcoming winter…
Ms2014-010_WeberMark_MemorandaAidsEducation_1986_0121a.jpg

An inter-office memo to Mr. King seeking the approval for the placement of AIDS Awareness tebnt cards on dining hall tables with a photocopy of the…
Ms2014-010_WeberMark_Map_nd.jpg

Map providing direction to a house party held outside of Blacksburg.
Ms2014-010_WeberMark_LetterRolandFollot_nd.jpg

Letter to other Vriginia college gay and lesbian groups from Roland Follot regarding a planned trip to Kings Dominion Amusement Park.

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