Week of 1.26.16

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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: https://blogs.lt.vt.edu/graduatestudentassembly/graduate-research-symposium/. 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.

Send questions and/or concerns to gsa.symposium16@gmail.com.


Labor Day Survey

Discussed the possibility of making a recommendation to the Commission for Academic Planning about closing on Labor Day next September.  30 second survey to capture the graduate student sentiment on this issue, please fill it out at: 
https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_bEGn2q4lDnndECF. Contact GSA representative on the Commission on University Support Henry Murray,henryiv4@vt.edu.


Flint Michigan Water Crisis Talk

A presentation by the Flint Water Study Team, mostly comprising of graduate students and led by Dr. Marc Edwards of the CEE department will be giving a presentation on 

Jan 28, 7:00-8:00pm

Quillen Auditorium, Goodwin Hall

Flint, MI is currently in a state of emergency because of unsafe drinking water and a resulting increase in childhood lead poisoning caused by a bad policy decision to save money. Combining citizen science, laboratory experimentation, investigative reporting and social media, and backed by an NSF grant, the team of students and faculty led by Dr. Marc Edwards’ team helped expose a widespread lead-in-water problem and galvanized local, state, and federal efforts to protect Flint families and provide safe drinking water.

The event is free and open to the public. Email celong@vt.edu with questions.


GLC Welcome Back Event – FREE FOOD

The GLC fellows are hosting a welcome (back) social on Friday, Feb 5,5:00-7:00pm at the Multipurpose Room at the GLC with food catered by Due South. There will be a prize for the student with the most Hokie Spirit given away at 6pm, so bring you best Tech gear and show it off!

Please register if you plan to come at http://tinyurl.com/WelcomeBackSocialSurvey.

Email the GLCFellows any questions: Kevin at kmpark07@vt.edu, Scarlet at scarlet7@vt.edu, or Shiwani at shiwanid@vt.edu.


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: http://www.dsa.vt.edu/BOV/apply.php

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.


Curriculum Changes: Review

The newest version of the Pathways Proposal for General Education (which will replace the current CLE course system) implementation plan has been revealed. The University Curriculum Committee on General Education will vote on its first round of governance approval on 2/3. The proposal can be accessed here: http://www.pathways.prov.vt.edu/1AboutPathways/implementation-plan.html.

Questions and concerns can be directed to gened@vt.edu. We recommend copying gsa@vt.edu on correspondence to the general education office so that the GSA officers can follow up during the governance process.


Nominate Faculty and Staff for Their Efforts on Diversity & Inclusion!

The Vice Provost for Inclusion and Diversity is now accepting nominations for the Presidential Principles of Community Awards. Two awards to recognize members of the Virginia Tech community who exemplify the Principles of Community and have demonstrated an active commitment to inclusion and diversity at Virginia Tech, one for faculty and one for staff. Nominate at:https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_aWyoq3sRjMD0hH7 by 5 p.m.February 5, 2016. Recipients will each receive a $2,000 cash. For more info, contact Marcy Schnitzer, mhs@vt.edu.