This Week in GSA 4.11.16

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More information for each announcement can be found below and don’t forget about our other programs including: 
Poster Tube & Laser Pointer Rental (Open on a rolling basis)


PhD Movie Screenings: April 12, April 27

GSA is excited to announce that we will be screening BOTH PhD Comic movies this April!

Love reading the PhD comics? Want to take a night off of research? Need to laugh at how ridiculously hilarious graduate school can be at times?? Then this event is for you!

The GSA invites you to its Spring Event, FREE SCREENINGS OFphd

Location: GLC Auditorium

Admission is free to everyone.

The first movie will begin at 7:00 pm with the second movie beginning approximately at 8:30 pm. A short intermission will be held between the two movies.

This event will also occur on April 27th, but don’t miss out on your opportunity to be the very first VT graduate students to see PhD Movie 2!

Please contact Chelsea Corkins at with questions. Trailers for each of the films can be found here:

Graduate Students Lunch with President Sands – deadline 04/12

The Graduate Representative to the Board of Visitors invites members of the graduate student community to have lunch with President Sands, Provost Rikakis, and Dean DePauw to engage in a conversation around graduate education and the graduate student experience. It is a unique opportunity where graduate students can ask questions and get answers directly from Virginia Tech leaders. If you are interested in attending a lunch on Friday, April 15, please complete a survey at by Tuesday, April 12 (5:00 pm). If you have any questions, please contact Mohammed Seyam at

Beer & Wine Social: RECAP

GSA enjoyed their biggest beer & wine social to date with over 700 attendees. Thank you for braving the madness, and please know that we are already thinking through logistics for next year!

Thanks to our volunteers! We could not have done it without you!

Graduate Student Climate Survey

Virginia Tech wants to have graduate student input on the ways that campus climate affects the graduate student experience at Virginia Tech.
To access the survey please click here.
If the survey does not open automatically, please copy and paste the following link to your internet browser’s address bar:
Note that individual responses will be confidential.
The survey closes at midnight on Friday, April 15.

As a graduate student at Virginia Tech, your feedback is especially important to this project. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Dannette Gomez-Beane.

Library Survey for Graduate Students

Do you use the on-campus library?


What about the Graduate Student lounge on the 4th floor? Didn’t even know it exists?

The Library Committee is asking that graduate students respond to the very short survey at

Let us know about how the graduate student lounge is or is not used and how it can be improved. The survey will close on April 25th. Thank you!

Nominate someone for Underwood Ally of the Year Award

We are currently soliciting nominations for the Underwood Ally of the Year Award. Nominations can be submitted electronically at

Candidates for the Virginia Tech Ally of the Year award will preferably be an individual member of the faculty or staff, a student, an auxiliary employee, or a person who has a direct affiliation with Virginia Tech. The nominee may or may not identify as LGBT. Exceptions will be made for Blacksburg community members who show exemplary action and dedication to both the university as a whole as well as the LGBT community here.

Candidates will exemplify what it means to be an active supporter of the LGBT community by going above and beyond the “call of duty” to make Blacksburg and Virginia Tech a more open, accepting, and inclusive environment for LGBT persons.

The best candidate will be one who clearly takes on not just a professional role, but a personal role that is open and affirming of individuals within the LGBT community.

Application is made via the on-line form noted above. Nominations can be made by anyone in the Virginia Tech community. Self-nominations will not be accepted.

The executive board of the LGBT Caucus will review all candidates and decide upon one award winner each year, which will be presented in May at the Lavender Commencement Ceremony. The Award was named after Jo Ann Underwood in 2014.

Completed nomination must be submitted by Tuesday, April 12, 2016 at 5:00 pm.

Green Graduates: Selfies Wanted

“If you would like to participate in the Office of Sustainability’s program “Green Graduates of Virginia Tech” send a quick blurb of how you pledge to support a sustainable world and a photo of yourself (think “Humans of New York” project or just your standard selfie) to our facebook page “Green Graduates of Virginia Tech” OR to (and we will post the photo for you) along with your name, major(s), and college(s) and we will provide you with a FREE green sustainability cord for graduation!

More information can be found:

GMO Panel: 4/26

The College of Ag & Life Sciences invites you to join an upcoming event being held on April 26th at 6pm in the Litton Reaves Auditorium. The event is entitled, “GMOs and You” and it is being hosted by the College of Ag and Life Sciences’ Graduate Student Council and the VT Food Club. Snacks and Beverages will be provided. More info in the flyer below.

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Blacksburg to Northern Virginia Shuttle Service:
5-question SURVEY

The Office of Parking and Transportation at Virginia Tech is asking all students and employees to take a brief, five-question survey tohelp the university gauge interest in a shuttle from the Blacksburg campus to Northern Virginia / National Capital Region.

Take the survey here:

Graduate Assistant Position Available: Newman Library 2016-2017


Newman Library is looking for multiple Reference Library Assistants and one Graduate Assistant for the 2016-2017 academic year. The GA position includes a tuition waiver. The RLA positions are hourly ($15/hour) and do NOT include a waiver. Please feel free to distribute this info to all your constituencies! 

Here are all the relevant links:

Please note: the deadline is April 15 at 5pm!