Week of March 29-April 2
Reminder: Tuesday, April 6, is a Spring Break day for students
According to the university’s official academic calendar, there should be no class meetings, assignments due, or exams administered on these Spring Break dates. It is also requested that faculty do their best to avoid assignment due dates and scheduling of exams on instructional days immediately following one of these holidays so that students do not feel obligated to spend their down time studying or completing course requirements.
Update: Spring commencement, plans for in-person events
Virginia Tech announced this week that it will host 15 in-person commencement ceremonies in Lane Stadium, May 10-16, that will be divided up by college to celebrate graduates while also adhering to public health guidelines. The virtual university commencement will take place on Friday, May 14 at 6:15 p.m., at which time degrees will be conferred.
Registration for graduating students and their guests is required by April 16 and each graduate may invite up to four guests. Graduates can see the schedule of in-person college commencement ceremonies and sign up online. In order to comply with the state guidelines, information for each guest must be submitted when signing up for tickets, which will be required to enter and attend in-person events. Ceremonies will include a message from the dean, and graduates will be able to walk across the stage as their name is read.
The schedule for in-person college ceremonies in Lane Stadium is as follows:
Monday, May 10
- 2:00 p.m. – Graduate School (ceremony 1 of 2)
- 6:30 p.m. – Virginia–Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine
Tuesday, May 11
- 4:00 p.m. – Graduate School (ceremony 2 of 2)
Wednesday, May 12
- 6:00 p.m. – College of Engineering (ceremony 1 of 3)
Thursday, May 13
- 8:00 a.m. – College of Engineering (ceremony 2 of 3)
- 1:00 p.m. – College of Engineering (ceremony 3 of 3)
- 6:00 p.m. – College of Architecture and Urban Studies
Friday, May 14
- 8:00 a.m. – College of Science (ceremony 1 of 2)
- 1:00 p.m. – College of Science (ceremony 2 of 2)
- 6:15 p.m. – UNIVERSITY COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY (virtual)
Saturday, May 15
- 8:00 a.m. – College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences (ceremony 1 of 2)
- 1:00 p.m. – College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences (ceremony 2 of 2)
- 6:00 p.m. – College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Sunday, May 16
- 8:00 a.m. – College of Natural Resources and Environment
- 1:00 p.m. – Pamplin College of Business (ceremony 1 of 2)
- 6:00 p.m. – Pamplin College of Business (ceremony 2 of 2)
The Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine (VTCSOM) and the greater Washington, D.C. area will also have in-person ceremonies to celebrate their graduates. The VTCSOM ceremony will take place in Roanoke on May 8 and the Washington D.C. area ceremony will take place in Falls Church on May 18.
For more information on university and/or college commencement ceremonies, visit the university commencement website.
Graduate School: Open Forums for dean finalists
The search committee for Virginia Tech’s next dean of the Graduate School will hold virtual Open Forum discussions with the three finalists for the position. Members of the university community are invited to meet the candidates during their virtual visits to campus this month and participate in the Open Forums where each candidate will share their perspectives on “A Vision for the Future of Graduate Education: Key Opportunities for Virginia Tech.”
Questions may be submitted via email during the live discussions, and feedback on each candidate is encouraged and can be shared with the search committee following each session. The Open Forums and candidates are as follows:
- Wednesday, April 7
3:45 - 4:45 p.m.
Current position: Vice Provost for Graduate Studies – University of Kansas
Join via Zoom
Provide feedback following Jennifer Roberts’ Open Forum session
- Monday, April 12
3:45 - 4:45 p.m.
Current position: Associate Vice President (Academic) and Dean of the School of Graduate Studies – Memorial University (St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada)
Join via Zoom
Provide feedback following Aimeé Surprenant’s Open Forum session
- Tuesday, April 20
3:45 - 4:45 p.m.
Current position: Dean of the Graduate College – Iowa State University
Join via Zoom
Provide feedback following William Graves’ Open Forum session
Outreach and International Affairs: Invitation to attend “Within Reach: Zero Hunger” conference
Outreach and International Affairs (OIA), in conjunction with the Deaton Institute for University Leadership in International Development at the University of Missouri, is participating in the inaugural Within Reach: Zero Hunger conference to inspire, empower, and challenge students to take action against hunger in a world plagued by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, challenges of virtual education, and economic hardship.
The conference, which examines world hunger through an interdisciplinary lens, will take place April 12-15 and feature national and international partners as well as renowned World Food Prize Laureates, international food security experts such as Catherine Bertini and Roger Thurow, and a number of scientists, business executives, and subject matter experts. Each day of the conference will include keynote speakers, moderated discussions, panels, and side events focused on specific topic area. There will also be a student pitch competition, research flash talks, and networking opportunities.
Through the generous support of OIA, all Virginia Tech students, staff, and faculty can attend the entire conference free of charge.
Register to attend as soon as possible using the code 2021WR-VIRGINIATECH at checkout.
ICYMI: Update on Phase 1c COVID-19 vaccinations
The New River Health District (NRHD) has begun administering the COVID-19 vaccine to people classified in Phase 1c, which includes employees of Virginia Tech. Although Virginia Tech supports the prioritization of vaccinations for faculty, staff, and graduate teaching assistants working on-site and/or conducting in-person instruction and support operations, the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) encourages everyone to pre-register for vaccinations through the state system. Health districts throughout the state continue to use the VDH pre-registration survey to contact individuals in their areas to schedule appointments which are required for first-dose vaccinations.
When registering, include information about your living and working environment and medical conditions, as well as your contact information. It is important that employees fill out the pre-registration survey as completely and accurately as possible. When you complete and submit the pre-registration form, the system will send a confirmation number once and you will receive regular updates from the VDH. The NRHD is using a new automated notification service for larger clinics that pulls names from the statewide pre-registration database and will email, text, and call people to schedule appointments.
Human Resources and Emergency Management are working closely with the NRHD to offer future vaccination clinics for Virginia Tech employees. Faculty, staff, and students need to continue following all public health guidelines (wearing masks, maintaining physical distance, avoiding large crowds, and washing hands frequently) both prior to and after vaccination.
Read the VT News article for more information on vaccinations for the Virginia Tech community. Updates and information on future clinics will be provided as soon as possible through VT News, and the Virginia Tech Ready and Provost’s Office websites.
Recent resource and information updates
- University Council meeting discussion items for April 5
Meeting will be held virtually beginning at 3:30 p.m. Please contact April Myers by 12:00 noon on Monday, April 5, to receive the Zoom log-in information.
- Research Development: Accelerating Applied Research for Societal Impact
Andrea Belz, director of industrial innovation and partnerships for NSF, will share how NSF innovation programs move ideas from the lab to marketplace.
- Secure your Zoom meetings while including invited guests
Zoom hosts can now allow guests to join meetings from outside the vt.edu domain, even when ‘need to be signed into Virginia Tech’ setting is used.
- Submit nominations for the Project-Based Learning Award
Award recognizes faculty, teams who have incorporated project-based learning pedagogy into courses, demonstrating a positive impact on student learning.
- Zoom fatigue and what you can do to protect yourself
Information to help identify four consequences of prolonged video conferencing and proposed solutions to help combat fatigue.
- Update: Annual notice on rights, responsibilities of Virginia Tech community
Under the Virginia Tech COVID-19 response, changes made re: Community Wellness Commitment, role in adhering to current public health guidelines.
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