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National Capital Region Notices

CLiGS announces new professional certificate; Feb.13 application deadline

Virginia Tech’s Center for Leadership in Global Sustainability (CLiGS) has announced the new Professional Certificate in International Sustainability Consulting. In 2015, the pilot program is open exclusively to alumni of Virginia Tech who have a background in natural resources, environmental studies or science, and/or sustainability, and are looking to build their consulting and cross-cultural skills to work at the international level. For this inaugural year, alumni will receive a significant reduction in cost. The program includes sustainability, consulting skills, and cultural competency online courses, an International Field Experience (IFE), and an Individual Development Planning (IDP) session to round it out.

Each of the online courses is self-paced. Consulting Skills introductory course will cover skills needed by professionals in the field, including but not limited to consulting frameworks, project implementation, and field skills. The online Sustainability 101 course will offer a primer on sustainable development concepts, and the Cultural Competency course will provide an awareness of cultural frameworks and norms, and the skills needed to adapt to new cultural contexts. The IDP will allow students to develop a personalized plan, in conjunction with faculty, that is tailored toward their individual career goals.

As part of the certificate, students will also participate in an IFE, working on a real-world project that explores market approaches to conservation and development strategies. The IFE includes 10 days of travel and fieldwork on either the island of Bali, Indonesia or in South Africa in May 2015. Both IFEs provide students with an opportunity to collaborate with CLiGS and partnering organizations in context.

Visit here to learn more or to apply.

ISCE 2015 Summer Scholars Program applications due March 5, 2015

Applications for the Institute for Society, Culture and Environment (ISCE) 2015 Summer Scholars Program are due on March 5, 2015. The Request for Applications (RFA) and required forms (application coversheet and itemized budget form) are posted on the ISCE website under announcements. Summer Scholars awards are for up to $20,000; Summer Scholar In-Residence awards are in the range of $30,000 to $35,000; and up to 33 percent of the total budget may be requested for use in Summer Session II (July/Aug).

Proposals are welcome from faculty members in all departments, centers, and programs at Virginia Tech whose research/scholarship is grounded in the social sciences, humanities, or arts. The PI is expected to be a full-time, tenure-track/tenured faculty member; at least one primary member of the proposal team must be from a college represented by the ISCE stakeholders, i.e., College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences (CLAHS), College of Science (COS), Pamplin College of Business, College of Architecture and Urban Studies (CAUS), or an ISCE-supported center (Center for Public Health Practice and Research, Virginia Tech Applied Research Corporation, and the Metropolitan Institute). Email Karen Roberto with any questions.

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.

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.