Week of 11.23.15

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Delegates! Don’t forget about your action items!


Please review your email from President of GSA, Matt Chan regarding the Faculty Senate Resolution and our stance on the Diploma change.

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.


  • Discussion forumis a collaborative digital space for thoughtful, innovative, and futuristic thinking.
  • Video vignettescapture 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.

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 Memberkpdepauw@vt.edu
– Rosemary Blieszner, Associate Dean of the Graduate School, Beyond Boundaries Co-Chair, rmb@vt.edu.

HOKIE DAY: Applications due TONIGHT

Below is a link to the Hokie Day application. You will need to login in to Gobbler Connect to apply. The application deadline has been extended FOR GRADUATE STUDENTS SPECIFICALLY to Monday, November 23rd at 11:45 p.m.


Please contact the Vice President, Tara Reel (tdreel@vt.edu) with any 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

Is Sustainability Important to You?

The Office of Energy and Sustainability is trying to determine what sustainability issues are most important to the Virginia Tech Community. The survey is quick and should only take about 5-10 minutes. 

Link to survey found here

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. 


 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 Hall (NLI Learning Studio)

UPDATES on the following GSA Programs

Did you apply to any of the following GSA programs?

  1. TFP,
  2. GRDP, or
  3. Cap & Gown Rental?

Click on each of the links below to access the Frequently Asked Questions for each of these programs. Here you can find information on notification dates, and persons of contact.