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National Capital Region Notices

University to close on Labor Day, Sept. 7

Virginia Tech has long held classes on Labor Day, a national holiday, sometimes creating scheduling problems for university offices and scheduled classes. This year, in observance of Labor Day, the university will be closed on Sept. 7, 2015. For more information contact the Human Resources Service Center: Send an email, start an online chat using the link on the right, or call 540-231-9331.

Open enrollment for New York Life insurance on guaranteed basis with no medical questions

New York Life open enrollment period has begun and is expected to run through September. New York Life is a portable, whole life insurance policy that employees can purchase to insure themselves and eligible family members. The initial enrollment period is a once in a lifetime opportunity for employees to purchase whole life insurance on a guaranteed issue basis with no medical questions. The policy is available to employees in addition to the employer-provided life insurance and optional supplemental life insurance term life policies available through Minnesota Life.

An information and enrollment session will be held at the Virginia Tech Research Center — Arlington (West Falls Church Room) on Tuesday, Sept. 8, at 11 a.m. If you are interested in attending, please register here. If your site would like to connect to this session via videoconference, please email Dianka Murphy or call 571- 858-3016. Please note that this option will be provided on a first come first serve basis.)

More details regarding the New York Life benefit, including eligibility requirements and required enrollment documentation, are available on the Human Resources website.

Support for Meetings at the Virginia Tech Research Center — Arlington Executive Briefing Center through June 30, 2016

In support of the university's Plan for a New Horizon – emphasizing the need for research and innovation to meet challenges associated with global interdependence and the needs and challenges of a data-driven society -- the Office of the Vice President for the National Capital Region annually solicits proposals for a limited number of meetings and events held at the Virginia Tech Research Center – Arlington (VTRC-A).

The VTRC-A's Executive Briefing Center has distinctive facilities that can accommodate a variety of meeting formats, and specialized facilities for HD videoconferencing, immersive visualization, and briefings. The facility also has excellent connectivity with fiber links to Internet2, several federal networks, and the commercial Internet. A few blocks from the Ballston Metro station, and with easy access to both Washington-Dulles and Ronald Reagan National Airports, VTRC-A is in an ideal location to host national and international meetings.

Proposals may be submitted at any time, but meetings must be scheduled to ensure that all funds will be expended within the current fiscal year. Special consideration is given to opportunities that promote the long-range goals of the university in security, resilience, health and sustainability; foster innovation; enhance collaboration with external partners; and heighten the visibility of Virginia Tech in the National Capital Region Check out the current Call for Proposals for more detailed information about the funding program and submitting a proposal.

Nominate an NCR employee for Virginia Tech’s Extraordinary Employee web series

Last November Myriam Lechuga, administrative assistant and graduate coordinator in the School of Public and International Affairs in Alexandria, was featured in the Virginia Tech Extraordinary Employee web series.

Virginia Tech is now seeking online nominations for Extraordinary Employees for 2015-16. Remember that the person you nominate must be a valuable employee AND involved in the community in some way. Please consider nominating an employee who meets the criteria. If you have any questions, please contact Laura Neff-Henderson.

2015 Commencement photos now available for purchase

Photos of graduates taken by Gray Area Photography and Video during Commencement can now be viewed and purchased here. A link to more general photos of the event will be announced soon.

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.