This week in GSA 01.19.16

WELCOME BACK STUDENTS! Here’s to a great 2016. 

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More information about all announcements below: 

Wednesday, Jan 20, 8:30am10:00am, GLC Room G

Stop by to chat with Karen DePauw – vice president for graduate education and dean of the Graduate School – and fellow graduate students while enjoying a light breakfast from Our Daily Bread!

This event is come-and-go and free to all graduate students. Stay on the look-out for future “with the Dean” events throughout the school year. Hosted by the Graduate Student Assembly.

Visi for more information.



The deadline to submit abstracts for the 32nd annual GSA Research Symposium & Expo has been extended to Feb 1.

The Graduate Student Assembly looks forward to receiving submissions from graduate and advanced undergraduate students from various disciplines for the theme of “Beyond Boundaries, Across Disciplines.”

The symposium will be held Wednesday, March 23rd in the Graduate Life Center. The top presentations will be awarded cash prizes!

Submission guidelines and more information at: If you submitted an abstract prior to the original deadline of Jan 1, you will receive an email update from GSA by the end of this week. Please do NOT resubmit your abstract if you have already submitted.

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BoV Representative Applications are Open

Do you want to help make decisions that affect the entire university community? Apply to serve as the graduate student representative to the Board of Visitors (BoV).

More information can be found here:

Applications due February 12th, 2016


Need health insurance?

If you would like to sign up for health insurance for the Spring 2016 semester, health insurance open enrollment ends on January 31st. Coverage begins retroactively, Jan 1st, and ends July 31st, 2016.

Open enrollment for the Spring 2106 Student Medical Insurance Plan will remain open through January 31, 2016.

QUESTIONS ABOUT INSURANCE? Contact the Student Medical Insurance Office.

At the Student Medical Insurance office, staff members can assist you by:

  • Explaining important Virginia Tech health insurance requirements.
  • Clarifying the often-confusing language of insurance (e.g. what’s a co-pay? an “in network” provider?).
  • Talking with you about Virginia Tech’s Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP).

NOTE** They are not an insurance company. They are customer service office for Virginia Tech’s Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP). Please e-mail, call or stop by Student Services Building to confer with their staff.

Phone: 540-231-6226
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Office Hours

Monday through Friday

8:00 am – 5:00 pm (closed for lunch from Noon to 1pm)


Health & Wellness Resources: Student Fair this FRIDAY!

Student Health and Wellness Fair in McComas Hall

Friday, January 22nd, 11 am – 3 pm

Participate in health screenings, workouts, and opportunities to learn things about your health and wellness that you didn’t already know. Explore, plan, and open yourself to opportunities to better yourself in areas of wellness including emotional, environmental, occupational, cultural intellectual, physical, social, and spiritual.

Graduate students encouraged to attend, share your needs and wants with Rec Sports!

FREE HEART SCREENINGS, Sat Jan. 23rd, 9 am to 3 pm

Pre-registration Required 


Child Care Co-Op for Graduate Students: SPACES OPEN FOR SPRING SEMESTER

The Little Hokie Hangout have spaces available for the Spring semester!  They will be open 8:30am-6:30pm this spring. We are here to help you with your child care needs in a way that is affordable and accessible.

Please email to set up a time to come see our program and to ask any questions you might have. Half-day tuition at LHH for the entire Spring semester is only $840.00! That’s a one-time charge for all 78 days that your child attends our program!

Here are some FAQs about our program:

Q: What is the Little Hokie Hangout?

A: It’s a parent-cooperative child care program run by the Graduate School for student families

Q: Who can attend?

A: Children who are turning 2 during the semester they are enrolled, through age 5

Q: What does it cost?

A: LHH costs a fraction of what other local programs cost. This spring the tuition for a half-day is just $840.00

Q: What does Cooperative mean?

A: It means that on a rotating basis one of your child’s parents works in the LHH as a classroom helper. This is actually really fun, and helps you see what your child’s experience at LHH is like.

Q: How often would I have to work?

A: This depends on enrollment, but usually works out to be about one day every 2-3 weeks

Q: Where is the Little Hokie Hangout?

A: The LHH operates out of the Luther Memorial Lutheran Church, 600 Prices Fork Road, directly across the street from campus.

Q: Where can I pick up an application?

A: The graduate school front desk will have some, or you can email