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



The National Capital Region Graduate Student Assembly hold many social events throughout the calendar year. Upcoming events for the fall 2018 semester include:

Top Golf Loudoun - October 6th, 2018
Meet other students and enjoy food and drinks, no golf skill necessary!
Location: 20356 Commonwealth Center Dr. Ashburn, VA 20147
Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Football: Virginia Tech vs. Miami - November 17th, 2018
Enjoy a day of tailgating and football in Blacksburg
More information will be sent out via newsletters and emails
Location: Lane Stadium, Blacksburg VA

For more information on NCR GSA events, please visit their twitter page:


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.


The professional development workshops are conducted by experts in their fields who are offering their time and experience free of charge. Some workshops are in-person, some are webinars and some will be a combination of both. These workshops are open to all NCR students.

The Trials and Tribulations of Starting Your Own Business
November 8, 5pm to 6pm (Light Refreshments and YaU yogurt; In-person Discussion and on Zoom)

Presenters: Fred Chen Phuong Nguyen, owners of the Vietnamese Yogurt Start Up, YaU
Location: Northern Virginia Center, Room 325
RSVP: Susan Merten,


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.


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.


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."


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. Click Here for hours and more information.


Kick off the beginning of each spring and fall semester with food in the lobby, as well as the opportunity for students, faculty, and staff to meet up for casual conversation and informal advising/Q&A.



Join us for pumpkin carving in October. We will provide —tools, instructions, inspiration/carving stencils, and refreshments. Come learn how to carve a pumpkin, or show off your skills and show others how it’s done!

NVC Community Cafe October 25, 2018 5pm - 8pm



Please join us in celebrating fall and Thanksgiving at our upcoming annual Thanksgiving potluck celebration. All NCR students, faculty, and staff are welcome to attend.

NVC Community Cafe November 15, 2018 Noon to 3pm