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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.

Virginia Tech Transportation Institute seeks Northern Virginia drivers for study

The Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI) is seeking individuals -- with a valid U.S. driver’s license -- in Northern Virginia, ages 18 to 29 or 50 to 65, to participate in a Roadrunner Study. Participants will drive a VTTI research vehicle on public roads (Interstate 66, or similar roadway) around the Fairfax, Virginia, area on a regular basis. Estimated participation time is one daytime visit lasting about two to three hours. This research project pays $60 for full participation during non-peak hours or $75 for full participation during peak-hours. Data will be kept strictly confidential. For more information, call 540-231-2125 or email and reference "the Roadrunner Study" in your message.

NCR Alumni Association picnic rescheduled for Saturday, July 25

All students, alumni, family, and friends (children and pets included!) are invited to the annual National Capital Region Chapter Alumni Association picnic at the Wolf Trap National Park, 1645 Trap Road Vienna, Virginia, on Saturday, July 25, from 2 to 6 p.m. This event offers a great opportunity to network, enjoy great food, and play fun games. The picnic is free; food and non-alcoholic beverages will be provided. However, please register to ensure appropriate accommodations. Guests are welcomed to BYOB; in addition, drinks can be purchased at Ovations Restaurant and enjoyed at the picnic.

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.