23 March 2011

GEW 2011, Oh What a Week!

For a downloadable copy of the GEW flyer, click here.
Looking for something fun and intellectually stimulating to help enliven your week? Well, your in luck! Although it is already midweek, it is also Graduate Education Week 2011, which means (although it's probably redundant) there's plenty of exciting events to enjoy! Hooray for GEW 2011! Below are distillations for some of the highlights yet-to-come.

Be sure to take a look at the VT Graduate Education Week website for more information about (and photos from) GEW 2011. You can also savor this year's celebration of you with a commemorative, collectable, and easily downloadable copy of the colorful and informative GEW flyer (see above).

Introducing the pièce de résistance of GEW (or at least of Thursday). Please come check it out, with your patronage, we might be able to make this a more regular feature. Grab an americano from Greenberry's (or elsewhere around town), nibble on a baked good, and soak up the academic ambiance and agri-culture.

The On-Campus Farmers Market at Virginia Tech:
Blacksburg Farmers Market Vendors Visit Campus

Stop by for an on-campus showcase of baked goods, produce, crafts, and more. Learn about the delicious local foods the market has to offer the campus and the community!

THURSDAY March 24, 2011
11:00am-3:00pm
GLC PLAZA


In celebration of Graduate Education Week, Virginia Tech's Graduate School and the Center for Student Engagement and Community Partnerships are sponsoring an on-campus farmers market featuring vendors from the Blacksburg Farmers Market. In addition, Fred Kirschenmann, distinguished fellow for the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture at Iowa State University will visit the market from 2:00pm until 3:00pm to meet and greet students.

An Evening with Farmer Philosopher Fred Kirschenmann
Thursday, March 24, 2011 @ 7:00pm
Fralin Auditorium
If you don't have a chance to chat with Fred at the on-campus farmers market, be sure to spend the evening listening to stories from his career and discussing the importance of maintaining soil health, developing small- and medium-sized farms, and incorporating biodynamic techniques into farms. Take a look at the event flyer and review the previous GEDI blog post here.

Bill Bradley
“Leadership in a Changing World” - Cutchins Distinguished Lecture
Thursday, March 24 @ 7:30 pm
Burruss Auditorium
Ok, technically not a part of GEW 2011, but how often does VT host a former U.S. senator, presidential candidate, Basketball Hall of Famer, Olympic gold medalist, Rhodes Scholar, and bestselling author? Well, to be frank...not very often. If you're not already planning to attend the Fred Kirschenmann event, head over to Burruss for an evening with Bill. More information found here.

Big Cook Out
Friday, March 25, 2011 @ 4:30pm until 6:30pm
Graduate School Lawn & GLC Multipurpose Room
Graduate students and their families are invited to enjoy FREE food, music, and games. Come hungry and bring a blanket for lawn lounging!

And finally, courtesy of a former (and now successfully employed) GEDI, a brief comic interlude during an otherwise hectic Graduate Education Week. If nothing else, this helps remind us how great it is to be a grad student.