Week of 11.30.15

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*A previous version wrongly stated GRDP was due January 1st, this should instead be the Graduate Research Symposium and Expo

Town-Gown Meeting This Week

A town-gown (Town of Blacksburg+Virginia Tech) meeting will be 

Thursday, Dec. 3rd
6 p.m.
Great Room of Ambler Johnston Hall

Topic of Discussion:

What challenges face Virginia Tech as enrollment grows?
Ken Smith, vice provost for resource management and institutional effectiveness, will lead a discussion about Virginia Tech’s plans to grow enrollment and the potential implications for both the town and the university.

What is Town-Gown?

This is a term used to talk about members of the Blacksburg town and community (Town) and students (undergraduate and graduate) at Virginia Tech (Gown) and their interactions and relationship to each other.

Presenter and Poster Tube Rentals Program

The GSA is now offering FREE Presenters and Poster Tubes RENTALS for graduate 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. Email gsa@vt.edu with questions.

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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 

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Two-Factor Log In System Changes

You may have seen the notifications regarding the two-factor login system at Virginia Tech. (see http://www.vtnews.vt.edu/articles/2015/08/081115-it-2factorauthentication.html)

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

Town hall meeting on:
Thursday, December 17, 2015
8:30 to 10:00 am
1100 Torgersen Hall (NLI Learning Studio)

College of Science: Take Part in Search for New Dean

The College of Science is currently in the process of a Dean search after Dean Lay Nam Chang announced his stepping down earlier this year.

The Provost office is seeking graduate students to form a panel to interview incoming candidates in late January to mid-February 2016. Those interested in participating please email Matt Chan (mychan@vt.edu).

Graduate Students – SHARE YOUR VOICE!

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 –

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

GRADUATE STUDENT voices will help shape the vision of Virginia Tech, and, in turn, will provide insight to more intermediate planning processes.


Visit: http://www.beyondboundaries.vt.edu/

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-Chairrmb@vt.edu.