September 2006

The Graduate School is pleased to announce the events for our Grand Opening,
October 2 – 6, 2006. We hope you can join us in celebrating the Graduate Life Center at Donaldson Brown, a unique place and space for graduate education at Virginia Tech!

Monday, October 2: Marty Party! 7:00p-9:30p, GLC Multipurpose Room
The Graduate Arts Council and the Department of Theatre Arts present Obie-
Award winning solo performance artist, Marty Pottenger, for an evening of lecture/demonstration of her work, including Homeland Security and Arts & Equity Initiative.

Tuesday, October 3: Graduate School Distinguished Lecturer: Daniel Pink
4:00p-5:30p; GLC Multipurpose Room
Daniel Pink’s latest book, A Whole New Mind, provides a snapshot of the new
world of work where "right brain" thinking trumps "left brain" thinking and a host of profound new rules and strategies apply. The lecture will be followed by a book signing and reception.

Wednesday, October 4: GLC Open House; 10:00a-6:00p; GLC Lobby & Corridors
You are invited to explore the newly renovated GLC and join us for some fun!
Vote on graduate student art and photography, take a tour of the GLC, view displays, enter raffle drawing for door prizes, compete in a scavenger hunt, enjoy free samples from Au Bon Pain, and more!

Thursday, October 5: GLC Graduate Student Art Contest; 7:00a-11:00p; GLC Lobby & Corridors
Please visit the GLC and vote on the graduate student photos and artwork
displayed throughout the GLC. Students with the most votes on their art will receive prizes

NCR Graduate Alumni Organization
In an effort to promote graduate education in the National Capital Region, The Alumni Association and the Graduate Student Services office have combined forces. The first event was hosted on 9/19/06 showcasing the college of Natural Resources which included a documentary, Down in the Old Belt: Voices from the Tobacco South by Jim Crawford, a VT Geography Alum. The event was attended by alumni, current students, faculty and deans from college of Natural Resources. It provided a sense of community, and an opportunity to make connections. Another program will be hosted next semester.

Policies & procedures updates
Application fees
After a review of our current application fee structure, the Graduate School will be moving to a change in application fees. Beginning November 1st, all degree-seeking applicants will be charged $45 per application; all Commonwealth Campus, visiting students, expedited, and non-degree applicants, plus readmission and certificate applicants will be charged $25 per application. To compliment this change, we are asking that all students who are moving degree status (i.e., non-degree seeking to degree- seeking) submit a new application to the graduate school. This will provide a cleaner process for individuals, departments, and the graduate school, and it will also ensure that all appropriate documentation is in place for the student to be considered for the new degree level.

Commonwealth Campus Applications
Currently, the Commonwealth Campus applicant is allowed to apply directly to a department for admission. In some cases, the department will make a recommendation on the application for admission; in others, the review is being done by the Graduate School. Beginning with spring 2007 applicants, all Commonwealth Campus applicants will be listed with the "major" of Graduate Studies and will be reviewed by the Graduate School.

Admissions Decisions
The Graduate School encourages departments to make final decisions on all applicants for each upcoming term two weeks prior to the start of the new semester in which they intend to enroll. To that end, the Graduate School will be communicating directly with departments regarding their admission/enrollment cycle and the actions to be taken (accept, reject, withdraw) to clear up any outstanding decisions for the term. Your assistance in this endeavor is greatly appreciated.


  • Graduate Fair, National Capital Region, October 18, 2006, Northern Virginia Center, Falls Church, VA 22043, room 100 at 6:30-9:00. If you have any questions, please contact the Graduate Student Services Office at 703-538-8327.
  • Graduate Preview Weekend is February 15-18, 2007. Nomination forms will be available online on November 1st.