This week in GSA 2.17.16

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Welcome Reception for New Provost for Inclusion & Diversity

Virginia Tech will host welcome receptions for two of the newest members of the university’s leadership team. The public is invited to welcome them to the community.

  • When: Wednesday, Feb. 24, 3 to 5 p.m.
  • Where: Latham Ballroom, Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center, 901 Prices Fork Road

The community is welcome to attend the receptions and no RSVP is required. For informationemail Shannon Harvey or visit  http://www.vtnews.vt.edu/articles/2016/02/020116-provost-welcomereceptions.html 


Serve as a Delegate-at-Large: Available Immediately

  • Commission on Equal Opportunity & Diversity

More info here, meets Mondays, bi-monthly, 10:30am – 12n (GLC Rm B)

  • Commission on Staff Policies and Affair
    More info here, monthly, 4th Tuesday, 2pm – 3:30pm (NECTR 2317)

What is a delegate-at-large?

  • A delegate-at-large can be any graduate student. They are appointed by the executive board and approved by the GSA rather individual departments.

What does this position do?

Your duty in this position is to attend the meetings to represent the GSA and graduate student body. If interested contact Tara Reel


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)

The GSA will have representatives from Virginia Tech come and speak to delegates at our February 25th meeting. We will have a presentation on the rationale behind the two-factor login system and provide opportunity for students to ask questions.


Celebrate Black History Month!

It is the third week of Black History Month! Celebrations continue with events each week. Upcoming events for this week include the following:

Friday, February 19th

Friday-Saturday, February 19-20th

Saturday February 20th

  • Soul Food Sampling ($20, tickets by phone or at Alexander Black House & Cultural Center) Contact: Thomas Sherman, tsherman@vt.edu

The Intercultural Engagement Center will include information throughout the month.

For more information (summary and contact info) on the  events:

http://www.iec.vt.edu/assets/docs/bhmevents.pdf


Health Field Day

The American Heart Association’s HeartChase here at Virginia Tech wants to encourage graduate students and the Graduate Student Assembly to take part in this fun event on April 6th.

HeartChase is a 1-day, “adult field day” with the mission of ending heart disease and stroke through fundraising and getting the community active!

Please email Savannah Kramer (Executive Chair of the American Heart Association’s HeartChase here at Virginia Tech) smkramer@vt.edu for more information. Or check out their website at Health Field Day.


Open Forum with Provost Rikikas

Graduate students! You are invited to an open forum hosted by the American Association of University Professors on Friday, February 19th from 2:30 – 4:30 pm.

More information can be found here: http://vtaaup.org/2016/01/27/open-forum-with-provost-rikakis/


GSA Officers 2016-2017

Each year the members of the executive board are elected by members of the GSA.  If you are interested in serving in any of the following positions, please contact us at gsa@vt.edu to get more information on procedures, nominations, and elections.

Officers up for election:

§  President §  Vice President
§  Director of Programs §  Director of Communications
§  Director of Finance

Elections will be run by members of the Judiciary Committee of the GSA. Elections are held in the last meeting (April).


 

Navigating Schiffert Health Center
in the Summer:
Information for Graduate Students

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Clinical Services

With Spring Break fast approaching and exams in full swing, here is a refresher on mental health, academic relief, and counseling resources for all Virginia Tech students. Remember, as graduate students, especially instructors, we have a lot of interaction with students. If you or someone you know is having trouble, there is no shame is reaching out for more information and assistance:

Not sure if you need to refer or contact services?

Contact Office of Student Conduct: (540) 231-3787 or Online

Calls to Dean of Students Office are welcomed and encouraged.