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National Capital Region Notices

Virginia Tech National Capital Region Alumni Association Blood Drive, Wednesday, April 16

On Wednesday, April 16, the Virginia Tech National Capital Region Alumni Association is holding its annual blood drive in memory of those who lost their lives at Virginia Tech on April 16, 2007. The blood drive will be held from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Northern Virginia Center (NVC) in Falls Church, at 7054 Haycock Road, Room 100. To make an appointment, visit Schedule a Donation on the INOVA website. Or email Sean Callanan to sign up.


Nominations now open for NCR Outstanding Staff Award; deadline is April 17

Nominations are being accepted for the 2014 National Capital Region Outstanding Staff Award in recognition of one or more achievements in the following areas:

  • Outstanding or noteworthy performance in position responsibilities
  • Outstanding initiative, self-motivation, integrity, and/or commitment to diversity
  • Exceptional teamwork and evidence of commitment to the goals of the university, National Capital Region, and department
  • Exceptional service to students and faculty

See letter from Steve McKnight, vice president of the National Capital Region, and the nomination form for more details.


National Capital Region is community partner for TandemNSI’s Deal Day on May 7

Virginia Tech National Capital Region is one of the community partners for TandemNSI’s Deal Day, which will be held at the Artisphere in Arlington on Wednesday, May 7. This event is designed to bridge the gap and help provide the inside scoop on building a company, selling products to national security agencies, and explaining, in plain English, how best to get “free money” from the government for a startup. Agencies, including DARPA, DHS, and AFOSR, will share ways to work with them to address such cutting edge fields such as additive manufacturing, artificial intelligence, avionics, and robotics. More details and sign up here.


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 llacour@vt.edu. For more information on the EBC, click here.


Complimentary copies of NVTC 2014 Techtopia Map available

For more than a decade, NVTC's Techtopia Map has celebrated tech innovation in Northern Virginia. The 2014 map includes the Virginia Tech logo placed in six National Capital Region locations. A limited number of the poster size map are available to Virginia Tech free of charge. It measures 36 x 24 inches and fits a standard frame. If you would like a copies of the map, please contact blmicale@vt.edu.


Submit nominations for student speaker at National Capital Region Commencement on May 18

Nominate a graduate student speaker for the 2014 NCR Commencement, Sunday, May 18, 2014. To be eligible, students must be graduating Spring 2014, or they must have graduated in Summer or Fall 2013. More details 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 dcash@vt.edu 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 blmicale@vt.edu.

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.


Virginia Tech-NCR Internship Program

Purpose: To connect Virginia Tech undergraduate and graduate students to internship and coop opportunities specifically in the National Capital Region; to provide NCR businesses and organizations access to the future workforce and participate in their training and preparation.

Method: Invite organizations and businesses with intern or student work needs and opportunities to post on the Virginia Tech-NCR web site and the Virginia Tech Hokies4Hire web site; host “employer days” in Blacksburg and the NCR.

To Participate: Submit the following information to Andrea Morris

  • Position Description-including whether the internship is a paid or non-paid opportunity
  • Work Location-including directions/public transit accessibility
  • Work Hours
  • Length of Internship
  • Intern Position Point of Contact
  • Deadline for Filling Intern Position

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.