Week of 11.16.15

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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 Lottery

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 Sign Up

Two-Factor Log In System Changes

You may have seen the notifications regarding the two-factor login system at Virginia Tech.

Virginia Tech will enhance the security of all major university data systems through the implementation of two-factor authentication protocols at login.  

The initiative will protect users, data, and applications from account breaches due to credential theft. Once implemented, users will enter a code received through a secondary device when logging in to data portals such as:

  • My.VT,
  • HokieSPA, and
  • Banner.


 There will be a town-hall meeting held to provide more information and discussion.

Town hall meeting on:
December 17, 2015
8:30 to 10:00 am


  • 1100 Torgersen, the NLI Learning Studio

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

Want to volunteer? Email kasey@vt.edu

We need volunteers! You can volunteer as little as one hour anytime from 2-8pm (11/18). Refreshments provided. Ut Prosim.
This event is co-hosted by the Graduate School and the VT Women’s Center.

HOKIE DAY: Taking Grad Student Applications

Every year, the Student Government Association (SGA) sponsors Hokie Day. The SGA selects 100 students to attend meetings during the General Assembly session. Hokie Day has a significant purpose since decisions made at the state level can make a huge impact on our campus. For instance, the amount of funding Virginia Tech receives from the state delegation affects the amount of tuition you pay. This year Hokie Day will be held between February 3-4.

The application is currently open and we encourage you to sign up. While hosted by the SGA, graduate students are welcome to apply. Click this link for more information and to apply: http://www.sga.vt.edu/job/hokie-day-2016/

The application for graduate students has been pushed to Monday, November 20th.

If you have specific questions, please contact Harvey with the SGA government relations team at harv@vt.edu.



Next meeting for delegates will be held THIS THURSDAY, November 19th from 5:30 – 7pm in the GLC Multi-Purpose Room.



 Graduate Student Input Requested!

In May, President Sands challenged the university to engage in a year-long visioning process called “Envisioning Virginia Tech – Beyond Boundaries.”


What is Envisioning Virginia Tech – Beyond Boundaries?

The project centers around four thematic areas of inquiry –

  • advancing as a global land-grant university,
  • preparing students for the world in which they will live and work,
  • envisioning the campus of the future, and
  • discovering new funding models.

These topics were advanced by graduate students,  who completed research on the field of higher education, in consultation with the project co-chairs and president.




In November, VT Beyond Boundaries launched two additional platforms for idea construction and gathering:

  • Discussion forum is a collaborative digital space for thoughtful, innovative, and futuristic thinking.
  • Video vignettes capture the stories of Hokies—both students and the broader Virginia Tech community. Having a hard time predicting the future?  We ask that you share your story instead.



To engage in the discussion, please visit http://www.beyondboundaries.vt.edu.

We ask that you join the conversation and let your voice be heard by advancing others’ ideas through posted forums or by beginning your own idea.

We are facing complex challenges, and we need your views to think critically about the future and learn from your experiences as a graduate student. Your voice will help shape the vision of Virginia Tech, and, in turn, will provide insight to more intermediate planning processes.

If you have questions, contact:

– Karen P. DePauw, Dean of the Graduate School, Steering Committee Member, kpdepauw@vt.edu
– Rosemary Blieszner, Associate Dean of the Graduate School, Beyond Boundaries Co-Chair, rmb@vt.edu.