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National Capital Region Notices

Books can now be returned at the WAAC library in Alexandria

Books obtained through ILLiad, the single request system through which extended campus users (students and faculty) can obtain – at no charge --materials owned by the Virginia Tech Libraries or other libraries, can now be returned at the Washington-Alexandria Architecture Center (WAAC) library, 1001 Prince Street, in Old Town Alexandria. The WAAC library is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday.

CommonHealth Session set for Sept. 30

CommonHealth’s new health campaign, WellGOnomics: How You Move Matters, focuses on Ergonomics, which is the study of the relationship between people and the objects and environments they interact with. Ergonomically incorrect work (and home) environments can cause an increase in injuries, aches, and pains. We will help you focus on how you move throughout the day and how to evaluate your activities, such as electronics use, sitting, standing, driving, and lifting. Join CommonHealth Coordinator Amy Moore to learn how to improve your day (whistle while you work), so you feel fabulous and better able to enjoy your accomplishments. She will be at the Virginia Tech Research Center — Arlington on Tuesday, Sept. 30 at 10:30 a.m. in Room 3-024 and at the Northern Virginia Center in Falls Church at 1:30 p.m. in Room T3. If you work in Alexandria and you want in-person programming or to be included via broadcast, please email Debbie Cash to discuss options.

Volunteers needed for Virginia Tech sponsored festival in Loudoun County on Saturday, Oct. 4

Virginia Tech is partnering in the first annual Virginia Tech Science Festival, which will take place on Oct. 4 in Blacksburg and Oct. 11 in Roanoke and feature more than 100 exhibitors who will provide hands-on activities, live performances, interactive demonstrations, and family-oriented science entertainment. In conjunction with this major event, Virginia Tech Cooperative Extension is participating in the Northern Virginia 4-H Maker Festival, a day full of creativity, engineering, and resourcefulness that explores the fields of STEM. Visitors can learn to make just about anything -- natural dyes, play dough circuits, LED paintbrushes, t-shirt jewelry, robots, rockets, and more. The festival is being held on Saturday, Oct. 4, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Loudoun County Fairgrounds, 17558 Dry Mill Road, Leesburg, VA 20175. Virginia Tech is looking for general volunteers, project presenters, and demonstrations of current innovative VT projects in the National Capital Region. Faculty, staff, students, and their families are welcome to volunteer. (No registration is required for volunteers.) If interested, email Jennifer Carter, associate director of Continuing Professional Education in the National Capital Region at by Tuesday, Sept. 30.

Project Management Certification Prep course week of Oct. 6

Virginia Tech Continuing and Professional Education offers Project Management Certification Prep courses in the National Capital Region throughout the year. The next five-day prep course in the NCR will be in Arlington, Oct. 6-10. Check here for more information and to register.

Winter apparel collection for needy students

In the spirit of Ut Prosim, Jeny Beausoliel, administrative and program specialist for the Civil and Environmental Engineering and Industrial and Systems Engineering programs, has organized a community service effort for JEB Stuart High School students in need of winter apparel. The Falls Church high school has a student population of more than 55 percent eligible for free and reduced lunch. Nearly new or very gently used coats, jackets, sweatshirts, hats, gloves, and scarves are needed. (No boots please.) A box for donations will be located in the main second floor lobby area of the Northern Virginia Center at 7054 Haycock Road, from Oct. 1, 2014 through Feb. 20, 2015.

Free flu shots in National Capital Region

A healthy work environment is important to Virginia Tech, and as a service to employees, the university makes it as easy as possible for employees to get flu vaccinations every year by hosting dozens of clinics across campus, and at other Virginia Tech locations across the state.

In the National Capital Region, flu shots are being offered at the Virginia Tech Research Center — Arlington on Tuesday, October 7, 1 to 3 p.m.; at the Northern Virginia Center in Falls Church, on Wednesday, Oct. 8, 1 to 3 p.m.; and at the Equine Medical Center in Leesburg on Thursday, Oct. 9, from 2 to 5 p.m.

Click here for more details and to register for Oct. 7 in Arlington; click here for more details and to register Oct. 8 in Falls Church.

Participants needed for vehicle technology study; respond by Sept. 26

If you are 25-50 years old and have a valid U.S. driver’s license, you are invited to participate in a Virginia Tech vehicle technology study. The study involves approximately one hour of driving a research vehicle on Lee Highway and Gallows Road in the Merrifield area in Fairfax County, Va. Participants will receive $30 in compensation.

If you qualify and are interested, please call Virginia Tech at703-538-3764 or email by Friday, Sept. 26. Mention the study’s name “Emergency Vehicle” as the subject of your message.

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.

NCR Commencement photos now available

Photographs taken at the National Capital Region Commencement on May 18, 2014, are now available from Gray Area Photography. Visit the photographer’s website to browse and order photos.

Attention bicyclists: Sign up for Virginia Tech National Bike Challenge team

Virginia Tech has joined the National Bike Challenge, which began on May 1 and will run through Sept. 30. You can register for the “Virginia Tech” team now and start to record your miles. Check out Youtube videos for information about how to register, log miles, etc.

The National Bike Challenge is a nationwide event uniting thousands of current bicyclists -- and encouraging countless new riders. In its simplest form it is a logging center for users to record miles ridden and be part of the national community of bicyclists. It is a free and easy way to challenge yourself, colleagues, and the greater community to ride more. Users compete on a local, state and national level. The challenge aims to unite 50,000 riders to pedal 30 million miles. Now in its third year, the challenge is a successful partnership between the League of American Bicyclists and Kimberly-Clark’s Scott Natural Brand.

Email Stephanie Shipp with any questions.

Add information to faculty research expertise page linked from NCR website

National Capital Region Operations has begun an effort to update and augment the National Capital Region (NCR) website to include more information about the research being done by NCR faculty. Thanks to all those who responded to the recent request to select expertise keywords, we now have a faculty expertise page accessible from the NCR home page, the Research in the NCR page, and the About the NCR page. If you have not yet responded or would like to update your information, please refer to the email you received on February 25 from VT NCRO with subject, “VT-NCR Website Request for Keyword Review,” or contact Robert Brown.

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.