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National Capital Region Notices

VT NCR Alumni Chapter Sponsors Blood Drive at NVC on April 16

The Virginia Tech National Capital Region Alumni Association is holding its annual blood drive in remembrance of those who died in the April 16, 2007 campus tragedy. The drive will be held at the Northern Virginia Center, 7054 Haycock Road, Room 100, from 1 to 7 p.m., on Thursday, April 16. All faculty, staff, students, and alumni are encouraged to participate in this effort to give the gift of life. Blood is needed for emergencies and for people who have various illnesses. For nearly 5 million people who receive blood transfusions every year, a blood donation can make the difference between life and death. While walk-ins are welcome, advance scheduling is preferable. Click here to sign up. For more information contact Sean Callanan.

NCR Alumni Association scholarships available to graduate students; application deadline May 8

The National Capital Region Chapter of the Virginia Tech Alumni Association awards annual merit-based scholarships to graduate students. Part-time or full-time students enrolled in a masters or doctoral degree program in the National Capital Region who have a 3.75 GPA or above are eligible to apply. Each scholarship is a minimum of $2,000 and will be paid via a credit to the scholarship recipient’s student account before either the fall and/or spring semesters. Click here for more information. Encourage students in your programs to apply. Completed scholarship applications must be received by Friday, May 8.

Nominate Graduate Student Speaker for National Capital Region Commencement

Please nominate a student to be considered as the Graduate Student Speaker for the 2015 National Capital Region Commencement scheduled for Sunday, May 17. To be eligible, students must be graduating spring 2015, or they must have graduated in summer or fall 2014. Click here for more details. Send nominations to Elise Visser.

2015 Outstanding Staff Award nominations due April 16

National Capital Region Vice President Steve McKnight has announced the call for nominations for the 2015 Outstanding Staff Award. Faculty, staff, or a student can initiate a staff nomination. This special recognition includes a monetary award of $500. Email the nomination form to Nick Stone by Thursday, April 16.

Virginia Tech offers new Online Master of Agricultural and Life Science program

Virginia Tech’s Online Master of Agricultural and Life Sciences program is uniquely positioned to meet the evolving and dynamic needs of today’s agricultural professionals, offering concentrations in the areas of education, environmental science, food safety and biosecurity, leadership studies, and plant science and pest management.

This degree provides practical application taught by faculty experts who are both in the classroom and in the field, researching and practicing what they teach daily. The online format allows students to study the world-class curriculum that Virginia Tech is known for, while earning the same regionally accredited degree as an on-campus student. With this tailored educational experience, graduates from the program have greater knowledge of industry competencies to effectively and strategically lead in one of the dynamic agricultural and life science industries. Click here to learn more, request information, or apply to the program.

Executive Briefing Center Fund available to support ad hoc meetings at Virginia Tech Research Center — Arlington

Virginia Tech entities in need of meeting and/or event space for activities not otherwise supported by sponsored grants/contracts or registration fees, may apply for financial support through the Executive Briefing Center (EBC) Fund. The EBC Fund – limited in size and distributed on a yearly basis -- is subsidized by Virginia Tech and may be applied to cover facility rental fees at the Virginia Tech Research Center — Arlington.

This resource can be utilized to support pop-up meetings with both internal and external entities. Located on the second floor of the Virginia Tech Research Center — Arlington, the EBC provides guests easy access to meeting space. Accommodations will be made until the funds for the year are exhausted. To qualify for funding, programs/requests must meet the following criteria:

  • Sponsor/event coordinator must be a Virginia Tech faculty/staff member conducting official Virginia Tech business and must be present at the meeting
  • Requests for space may be made no more than 30 days in advance of the meeting/event date for the East/West Falls Church Room, and 60 days in advance for all other EBC rooms
  • Meeting/event has no financial support from sponsored grants/contracts or registration fees

If your department is in need of a meeting space and meets the above criteria, contact Larissa LaCour, EBC Manager, at For more information on the EBC, click here.

Hokie Passports available at Northern Virginia Center

Hokie Passports are Virginia Tech’s official identification card. Employees and current students are eligible to receive one. Bring photo identification (such as a driver’s license or passport) to the Northern Virginia Center, 7054 Haycock Road, Falls Church, on the lower level; complete a card request; and have a Hokie Passport made Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. or by appointment. Contact Debbie Cash at or 703-538-8341 for an appointment or with any questions.

Use and correct version of the National Capital Region logo

The National Capital Region logo is an official sub brand of the university logo and can be used for documents, presentations, stationery, etc. Please use the correct version of the logo and discard the older, “stacked” version of the logo which you may have in your files. To request a copy of the logo in a particular format, please contact

The University Brand Guide, published by University Relations, and a download site for Virginia Tech logos and templates can be accessed from this website.

Do you have surplus items to send to Blacksburg?

The Virginia Tech Purchasing Department will plan to pick up surplus items from the National Capital Region when there are enough items to warrant the cost/time it takes to make the trip from Blacksburg. Please complete surplus forms and submit them to the department on an ongoing basis. Contact Ron Barrett with any questions.

Scholar of the Week feature seeks nominations

From: Office of the Vice President for Research

The Office of the Vice President for Research presents the online Scholar of the Week as a way to recognize individuals while also telling people about research and scholarly activities at Virginia Tech.

Recognition is based on research and/or scholarship. If you'd like to nominate an individual, provide a sentence describing the nominee's research, scholarship, or creative work in non-technical, generally accessible language. A second sentence with an example or application would be helpful.

Nominations may be submitted to Beth Tranter.