Week of 12.7.15

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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)

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 https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_6PhpW8AZ9RfHkGN

Graduate Student Mentor Program

The Graduate–Undergraduate Mentorship Program (GUMP) is seeking mentees from all fields! This program allows undergraduate students to shadow 1–2 graduate mentors for several hours over the course of the Spring semester. Undergraduates and graduates are matched according to their area of study (or interest), allowing the undergraduate to get a taste for graduate school and to ask questions of current graduate students. This is program is great for resumes, interviews, and will have a reflection component in order to maximize your experience. More information can be found here: http://blogs.lt.vt.edu/graduatestudentassembly/graduate-undergraduate-mentorship-program/

The Graduate Student Association (GSA) sponsors GUMP. Mentees/mentors must commit to attend:

  • all shadowing activities, coordinated independently by mentees together with their mentors (as convenient for their schedules)

If you have any questions please contact gump@vt.edu.

Graduate student application: https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1448905481133

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 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.

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

  • Discussion forums and
  • Video vignettes

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.