Week of 11.9.15Cap and Gown Program

Cap and Gown Program

This fall, graduate students may be able to borrow a cap and gown for MS or PhD degrees for free! Following graduation, students return the cap and gown to be dry cleaned. You may sign up for the lottery system here:

Note: We are unable to provide gowns or caps for students receiving the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree.

Click Here to Access the Survey

Any further questions?

Presenter and Poster Tube Rentals Program

The GSA is now offering Presenters and Poster Tubes for students to borrow for presentations.  These will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis, and participants will be notified within three days if their rental is not available.

Click Here to Access the Rental Survey

Faculty Senate Resolution: Special Session

Our special information meeting regarding the Faculty Senate Resolution will be held on this Tuesday 11/10 at 5:30pm in Room F of the GLC. This will be an informal brown bag meeting to help the GSA leadership develop a strategy and a unified (as much as it can be) rhetoric when we go into the negotiation meeting with the Faculty Senate and the Provost Office on Wednesday. Folks who would like to stay informed but have other obligations can access the meeting remotely via WebEx using this link:  https://virginiatech.webex.com/virginiatech/onstage/g.php?MTID=efd3bfbd48cd82dd91db733fcfb186642

(The meeting will also be recorded for those who would like to access it later)

We will also have a google doc where we can take notes collaboratively. It is in the Delegate Google Drive folder, or you can access it here: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1hZqCa21kZccI67o7stsxH5aOFTcsI4ZLxH_-LAJYZ0Q  (make sure you log in to your vt.edu account)

Finally, for those who are interested, please see the newest version of the FS resolution and the corresponding PowerPoint presentation attached.

Little Hokies Donate and Swap

The Little Hokies Donate and Swap is an opportunity for students, community members, faculty, and staff to provide gently used items for children ages 0-10. Come donate, trade, or take! This event is free!

November 18, 2015 from 3-7pm in the GLC Multipurpose Room

Donations accepted Nov 4-17

Locations for Donations:

  • GSA office
  • the GLC Welcome Desk, or
  • the Women’s Center:

Items Wanted:

  • Any and all gently used items for kids ages 0-10

Want to volunteer?

We need volunteers! You can volunteer as little as one hour anytime from 2-8pm (11/18). Refreshments provided. Ut Prosim.

Email kasey@vt.edu to volunteer or with questions with “Donate and Swap” in the subject line.

This event is co-hosted by the Graduate School and the VT Women’s Center.

Parking and Transportation Master Plan Meetings

As previously discussed our consultant, VHB, will be returning to campus next week to update us on their planning efforts to date and to solicit our input.

This time we will hold 5 identical meetings from which you can choose the date/time that works best for you.  If you know of other stakeholders – who were not able to attend the September meeting – but want to attend this one please feel free to forward this invitation to them.

November Stakeholder Meetings:

Nov 11: Smithfield Rm at Inn@VT

  • 2-3pm
  • 6-7pm

Nov 12: Smithfield Rm at Inn@VT

  • 9-10am
  • 11-12noon

Nov 13: Draper Meadow Rm at Inn@VT

  • 9-10am

Questions? Contact Steve Mouras at stmouras@vt.edu.


The  Graduate Research Development Program (GRDP) will be accepting applications October 28-November 13, 2015 for the 2015 Fall Cycle. Winners will be announced in the beginning of December. You can submit your application here.

The application consists of:

  • Abstract (250 words)
  • Project description (1,200 words)
  • Itemized Project Budget and Fund Request Justification
  • Timeline (a document outlining the timeline of your project)
  • Validation (a statement from your advisor that he/she has read and approved your application and supports your project, and must include his/her signature.)
  • Any Supporting Documents that enhance your application: this includes tables or graphs that help explain your project. You may also choose to submit references here to reduce your word count on the project description.  This also includes any necessary IRB approvals, etc.

Any questions about the application process can be fielded by the GRDP Chair, Hannah Lane at hglane07@vt.edu.  Please indicate “GRDP” in the subject line.