Center Activities

Listed below are the current student activities offered at the Northern Virginia Center.  If you have any ideas or suggestions for new activities to add, please e-mail GSSONVC@vt.edu.

GSSO Social Events

Throughout the year the Graduate Student Services Office (GSSO) host many social events where you can meet and greet with other students and faculty.  Events include:

  • Welcome Week Receptions: Held at the beginning of the spring and fall semesters.  Food Served.
  • Chinese New Year Potluck Dinner: Celebrate the Lunar New Year and bring a Chinese inspired dish to share.
  • Halloween Pumpkin Carving: Held the week of halloween in October.  Pumpkins, tools, and stencils provided. Refreshments served
  • Thanksgiving Celebration: Please join us in celebrating autumn and Thanksgiving at our annual Thanksgiving potluck celebration. All NCR students, faculty, and staff are welcome to attend.

Data Science Study Group

The Data Science Study Group is a group of staff, faculty, and students who are interested in learning more about data science.  For more information on when we meet and how to participate, please see this linked document.

Tai Chi

Dr. Lu also leads a Tai Chi group on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings, 7:30 - 8:30 A.M., in the gardens at the Northern Virginia Center. What a great way to greet the day! "Immediate benefits from participating tai chi tend to be clearer and more relaxed mind - and this can happen on day 1. Clinical studies in the US report improved balance and peace of mind only 8 weeks of very simple set of movements taken from a variety of tai chi styles. Other, less expected, benefits of tai chi include improved working of internal organs, better breathing, and finding it easier to sleep at night. People report more strength, stamina, and suppleness as a direct result of doing their tai chi. For others, tai chi benefits come in the form of reduced stress, and an improved ability to deal with difficult situations."

3D Printing

The Northern Virginia Center Library is equipped with 3D printers, laser scanners, and CAD workstations for student use. There are no fees to use the printers, and we are open to the community.

Table Tennis

New equipment is installed in the Community Cafe on the first floor of the Northern Virginia Center. Chang-Tien (CT) Lu, associate professor in the Department of Computer Science, has organized weekly tournaments on Wednesday afternoons beginning at 3:00 P.M., all are welcome to participate.

Billiards

A billiards table is available for use in the Community Cafe on the first floor of the Northern Virginia Center. The billiards table can be accessed during normal building hours. Billiard equipment can be checked out from the NVC Library, across from cafe.