November 2-8, 2009

1. WEEKLY SERVICES IN THE GLC
– Writing support: Mondays (4-6pm) and Wednesdays (4-7pm), Student Lounge
– Walk-in counseling: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, 1:00-5:00pm, Videoconference Room
– Career services walk-in advising: Wednesdays, 1:30-5:00pm, GLC Study Room

2. MASSAGE TECHNIQUE
Tuesday, Nov 3, 5:30-6:30pm, GLC Room F
Learn massage techniques that will improve body awareness, your ability to calm yourself, as well as your ability to soothe your own aches and pains.  $5-10 suggested donation to attend.  A handout summary of the techniques practiced in this session is available with a $10 minimum donation.  Please wear loose, comfortable clothing which allows you to move and breathe with ease. Questions: contact Sandy Jahmi Burg with Circle Toward Wholeness. 

3. STAT SHORT COURSE—INTRODUCTION TO SAS
Wednesday, Nov 4, 5:00-7:00pm, Fralin Auditorium
This short course provides an introduction to SAS statistical software for people who have little or no experience using SAS. The course is broken down into 3 sections: (1) introduction to SAS datasets and various methods of manipulation; (2) overview of the procedures that can be used to summarize the datasets, such as plots and frequency tables; (3)common procedures used for statistical analysis, including correlation, association, ANOVA, linear regression, and logistic regression. The Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Statistical Analysis (LISA) offers a series of short courses by registration to help graduate students use statistics in their research through teaching practical statistical techniques for analyzing or collecting data. 

4. STUDENT CONDUCT FORUM
Wednesday, Nov 4, 6:30pm in GLC Auditorium
The Office of Student Conduct is sponsoring this open forum for undergraduate, graduate, and professional students to solicit feedback regarding the Hokie Handbook, specifically the Code of Student Conduct that governs student conduct at Virginia Tech. This is your chance to voice your opinion about VT standards of conduct, judicial procedures, and other aspects of the Hokie Handbook .

5. YOGA
Thursday, Nov 5, 5:15-6:15pm, GLC Room F
This program is for those interested in an experience of traditional yoga, health of the body, relaxation, stilling the mind, and meditation practice in    45-min of traditional Hatha yoga backbends, forward bends, and twists for health and the release of muscle tension, 5 minutes of breathwork (pranayama) for balance and energy, and 10 minutes of guided mediation focused on quieting the mind. Release tension, develop mental calmness, clarity, and peace. Wear comfortable clothing and bring a mat if you own one. $5-10 suggested donation to attend.  Questions: contact Sandy Jahmi Burg with Circle Toward Wholeness. 

6. DIALOGUE WITH THE DEAN
Thursday, Nov 5, 6:00-7:00pm, GLC Room C
Register online to attend the last Dialogue with the Dean for the fall semester, hosted by the GSA. Visit with Dr. Karen DePauw and discuss issues that matter to you most!  Questions: contact Lindsay Moss

7. AMERICAN INDIAN HERITAGE MONTH CONNECT LUNCH

Friday, Nov 6, 11:30am-1:30pm, GLC Room F
Join the Graduate School Office of Diversity Initiatives in the university-wide celebration of American Indian Heritage Month. Have lunch, meet and greet Native American students, and visit with the Gradate School deans. This is also an opportunity for graduate students to share ideas and discuss issues relating to the American Indian community. Please RSVP by Nov 4.  For more information, contact Jane Rorrer by phone at 231-2494 or e-mail.

8. VT GRAD PHILOSOPHY CONFERENCE – CONTEMPORARY PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE
Friday, Nov 6, 4:00-7:30pm, and Saturday, Nov 7, 9:00am-6:30pm, Torgersen 3100
The VT Graduate Philosophy Club invites the Virginia Tech community to its 6th annual graduate philosophy conference. The topic this year is contemporary philosophy of science, featuring keynote speaker Dr. James F. Woodward, Professor of Philosophy at California Institute of Technology and President-Elect of the Philosophy of Science Association.  Dr. Woodward’s address, “Causation in Biology: Stability, Specificity, and the Choice of Levels of Explanation”, will be delivered at 6:00pm on November 6th, 2009 in Torgersen 3100.  Visit the conference website or contact Tanya Hall for more information.

9. PHOTO CONTEST AND DISPLAY FOR INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION WEEK
Graduate students are invited to submit up to three 11" x 14" unframed photographs of study, research, travel, or life outside the United States. All entries must reflect at least one of the following: local culture, landscape or cityscape views, person or group portraits. Submit photos with entry forms to International Graduate Student Services at the Graduate School (Rooms 111 or 112) by Monday, Nov 9, 5:00pm. Selected photos will be displayed in the GLC during International Education Week and beyond. Some entries will be displayed through the end of the semester, while others will remain on display through March 2010. Photographs must be your own original work. Questions: contact Ruth Athanson. This photo contest is part of the celebration of International Education Week, observed by campuses across the U.S. to showcase how international education promotes learning and builds understanding and respect among different cultures.

10. INTERNATIONAL EXPERIENCES SPEECH CONTEST
Thursday, Nov 19, 7:00pm, Fralin Auditorium
In celebration of International Education Week, Virginia Tech’s chapter of the Phi Beta Delta international honor society will sponsor an ‘International Experiences’ speech contest for VT faculty, staff, and students. Participants must prepare a five-minute speech based on ‘one facet of your international experience, describing how it has changed your life.’ $50 cash prizes will be awarded to winners in the following categories: (1) international, (1) US undergraduate student, (1) international and (1) US graduate student, and faculty/staff. Kevin McDonald, VP for Equity and Inclusion, will serve as master of ceremonies. Download details and applications or contact Kathryn Ticknor for more information. Apply by Thursday, Nov 12.  Attendance at the event is open to all.

11. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR USER STUDY – 1ST POSTING
40 students are sought to participate in an experiment to evaluate a new system for aural representation. Participants will listen to sound sources using a speaker-array (24 speakers) and describe their location and shape using a pointing device (Wii mote). The experiment will take no longer than one hour, including filling out questionnaires, in the DISIS lab (located next to UPS store in downtown). Please refer to the project website for directions and to the calendar of open times for availability. Each participant must be 18+ years of age and have no problem of hearing sound with normal volume. If you are interested or have further questions, please email to doctoral student Ji-Sun Kim,  indicating your availability.

12. FREE NUTRITION COUNSELING AVAILABLE
Take advantage of free one-on-one nutrition counseling with senior level dietetics students: improve your food choices, manage your weight,  receive guidance on shopping and dining out in town or on campus, learn about nutrition, exercise and disease prevention, and more. Receive consultation in person or through email. To sign up, visit http://www.hnfe.vt.edu and click on Nutrition Counseling.

13. RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM FOR ARTS & SCIENCES GRADS
The College of William and Mary’s Graduate Research Symposium Committee invites VT arts and sciences graduate students to their 9th Annual Graduate Research Symposium in Williamsburg on March 26-27, 2010. Abstract submissions from the following disciplines are sought: American Studies, Anthology, Applied Science, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, History, Physics, Psychology and Public Policy. A unique educational and networking event, the conference is designed to bring together graduate students from differing areas of study and from all stages of the degree process. The congenial setting and professionally-oriented environment provide an opportunity for students to discuss their research, while fostering community relationships across discipline boundaries. Cash prizes will be awarded for top papers presented by both William and Mary Arts & Sciences students and students in Arts & Sciences from outside institutions. Deadline for abstract submission is December 4, 2009.  For more information visit their website or contact Chasity Roberts.

14. CALL FOR SURVEY PARTICIPANTS – 2nd posting

An MBA marketing class needs your opinion! The group is doing a marketing plan for a company that created a local website to advertise events in the NRV.  They need as many people as possible to complete their survey. Feel free to share this survey with your friends! If you have questions, contact Josey Chacko.

15. FACEBOOK FAN PAGE ON ETHICS

Please join the Graduate School’s new Facebook fan page for ethics, where we post articles, stories, and media on ethics in scholarship, teaching, service, and life. Follow the ethics conversation on Twitter.

16. SHORT COURSES IN STATISTICS
Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Statistical Analysis (LISA) offers a series of short courses to help graduate students use statistics in their research through teaching practical statistical techniques for analyzing or collecting data.  Registration required. Refreshments will be provided at the end of each short course! All courses will be held in Fralin Auditorium from 5:00-7:00pm. Remaining courses in the Fall 2009 schedule:
Tuesday, Nov 10: How to Analyze Repeated Measures and Other Random Effects
LISA also provides free statistical collaboration and consulting by appointment. Free daily walk-in consulting service is also available from 12-2pm in 401 Hutcheson Hall. 

17. UPCOMING EVENTS:

FILM DUO I: TOUGH GUISE
Monday, Nov 9, 7:00-9:00pm, GLC Student Lounge
While the social construction of femininity has been widely examined, the dominant role of masculinity has, until recently, remained largely invisible.  Tough Guise (1999) is the first educational video geared toward college and high school students to systematically examine the relationship between pop-cultural imagery and the social construction of masculine identities in the U.S. at the dawn of the 21st century. Sponsored by the GLC Fellows.  Questions: Lindsay Moss at lcmoss@vt.edu or Jeanne Mouton at jmouton@vt.edu.

ETD SERIES: GRADUATE SCHOOL REVIEW OF YOUR ETD

Tuesday, Nov 10, 7:00-8:30pm in Room F in the GLC
Graduate School staff will discuss items they check during the review of your submitted ETD, and the timeline of the submission process.  Visit the Graduate School’s website to learn more.

MOVE TO BOLLYWOOD: TWO WORKSHOPS!
Wednesday, Nov 11, 7:00-8:00pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
Tuesday, Nov 17, 12:00-1:00pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
Celebrate International Education Week by burning a few calories in grace, style, and rhythm. Join one or both of these free dance session and learn some classic Bollywood dance moves. Bring water and wear comfortable clothes and shoes. To spice it up, dance barefoot and/or wear a flowy skirt! Please RSVP. Contact Sruthi Atmakur at satmakur@vt.edu or Ranjana Mehta at rkmehta@vt.edu with questions.

FILM DUO II: KILLING US SOFTLY 3
Thursday, Nov 12, 7-9pm, GLC Student Lounge
Killing Us Softly 3 (2001) provides a groundbreaking analysis of advertising’s depiction of women in this most recent update of the pioneering Killing Us Softly series.  The film decodes an array of print and television advertisements to reveal a pattern of disturbing and destructive gender stereotypes.  The analysis challenges us to consider the relationship between advertising and broader issues of culture, identity, sexism, and gender violence.  Sponsored by the GLC Fellows.  Questions: contact Lindsay Moss at lcmoss@vt.edu or Jeanne Mouton.

GSA WINE SOCIAL
Friday, Nov 13, 5:30-9:00pm, University Club
Mark your calendars because the fall semester GSA Wine Social is coming up!  Tickets are just $10.00 for regular admission and $5.00 for all GSA delegates and cabinet members.  If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Lindsay Moss.

November 2-8, 2009

1. WEEKLY SERVICES IN THE GLC
– Writing support: Mondays (4-6pm) and Wednesdays (4-7pm), Student Lounge
– Walk-in counseling: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, 1:00-5:00pm, Videoconference Room
– Career services walk-in advising: Wednesdays, 1:30-5:00pm, GLC Study Room

2. MASSAGE TECHNIQUE
Tuesday, Nov 3, 5:30-6:30pm, GLC Room F
Learn massage techniques that will improve body awareness, your ability to calm yourself, as well as your ability to soothe your own aches and pains.  $5-10 suggested donation to attend.  A handout summary of the techniques practiced in this session is available with a $10 minimum donation.  Please wear loose, comfortable clothing which allows you to move and breathe with ease. Questions: contact Sandy Jahmi Burg with Circle Toward Wholeness. 

3. STAT SHORT COURSE—INTRODUCTION TO SAS
Wednesday, Nov 4, 5:00-7:00pm, Fralin Auditorium
This short course provides an introduction to SAS statistical software for people who have little or no experience using SAS. The course is broken down into 3 sections: (1) introduction to SAS datasets and various methods of manipulation; (2) overview of the procedures that can be used to summarize the datasets, such as plots and frequency tables; (3)common procedures used for statistical analysis, including correlation, association, ANOVA, linear regression, and logistic regression. The Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Statistical Analysis (LISA) offers a series of short courses by registration to help graduate students use statistics in their research through teaching practical statistical techniques for analyzing or collecting data. 

4. STUDENT CONDUCT FORUM
Wednesday, Nov 4, 6:30pm in GLC Auditorium
The Office of Student Conduct is sponsoring this open forum for undergraduate, graduate, and professional students to solicit feedback regarding the Hokie Handbook, specifically the Code of Student Conduct that governs student conduct at Virginia Tech. This is your chance to voice your opinion about VT standards of conduct, judicial procedures, and other aspects of the Hokie Handbook .

5. YOGA
Thursday, Nov 5, 5:15-6:15pm, GLC Room F
This program is for those interested in an experience of traditional yoga, health of the body, relaxation, stilling the mind, and meditation practice in    45-min of traditional Hatha yoga backbends, forward bends, and twists for health and the release of muscle tension, 5 minutes of breathwork (pranayama) for balance and energy, and 10 minutes of guided mediation focused on quieting the mind. Release tension, develop mental calmness, clarity, and peace. Wear comfortable clothing and bring a mat if you own one. $5-10 suggested donation to attend.  Questions: contact Sandy Jahmi Burg with Circle Toward Wholeness. 

6. DIALOGUE WITH THE DEAN
Thursday, Nov 5, 6:00-7:00pm, GLC Room C
Register online to attend the last Dialogue with the Dean for the fall semester, hosted by the GSA. Visit with Dr. Karen DePauw and discuss issues that matter to you most!  Questions: contact Lindsay Moss

7. AMERICAN INDIAN HERITAGE MONTH CONNECT LUNCH

Friday, Nov 6, 11:30am-1:30pm, GLC Room F
Join the Graduate School Office of Diversity Initiatives in the university-wide celebration of American Indian Heritage Month. Have lunch, meet and greet Native American students, and visit with the Gradate School deans. This is also an opportunity for graduate students to share ideas and discuss issues relating to the American Indian community. Please RSVP by Nov 4.  For more information, contact Jane Rorrer by phone at 231-2494 or e-mail.

8. VT GRAD PHILOSOPHY CONFERENCE – CONTEMPORARY PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE
Friday, Nov 6, 4:00-7:30pm, and Saturday, Nov 7, 9:00am-6:30pm, Torgersen 3100
The VT Graduate Philosophy Club invites the Virginia Tech community to its 6th annual graduate philosophy conference. The topic this year is contemporary philosophy of science, featuring keynote speaker Dr. James F. Woodward, Professor of Philosophy at California Institute of Technology and President-Elect of the Philosophy of Science Association.  Dr. Woodward’s address, “Causation in Biology: Stability, Specificity, and the Choice of Levels of Explanation”, will be delivered at 6:00pm on November 6th, 2009 in Torgersen 3100.  Visit the conference website or contact Tanya Hall for more information.

9. PHOTO CONTEST AND DISPLAY FOR INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION WEEK
Graduate students are invited to submit up to three 11" x 14" unframed photographs of study, research, travel, or life outside the United States. All entries must reflect at least one of the following: local culture, landscape or cityscape views, person or group portraits. Submit photos with entry forms to International Graduate Student Services at the Graduate School (Rooms 111 or 112) by Monday, Nov 9, 5:00pm. Selected photos will be displayed in the GLC during International Education Week and beyond. Some entries will be displayed through the end of the semester, while others will remain on display through March 2010. Photographs must be your own original work. Questions: contact Ruth Athanson. This photo contest is part of the celebration of International Education Week, observed by campuses across the U.S. to showcase how international education promotes learning and builds understanding and respect among different cultures.

10. INTERNATIONAL EXPERIENCES SPEECH CONTEST
Thursday, Nov 19, 7:00pm, Fralin Auditorium
In celebration of International Education Week, Virginia Tech’s chapter of the Phi Beta Delta international honor society will sponsor an ‘International Experiences’ speech contest for VT faculty, staff, and students. Participants must prepare a five-minute speech based on ‘one facet of your international experience, describing how it has changed your life.’ $50 cash prizes will be awarded to winners in the following categories: (1) international, (1) US undergraduate student, (1) international and (1) US graduate student, and faculty/staff. Kevin McDonald, VP for Equity and Inclusion, will serve as master of ceremonies. Download details and applications or contact Kathryn Ticknor for more information. Apply by Thursday, Nov 12.  Attendance at the event is open to all.

11. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR USER STUDY – 1ST POSTING
40 students are sought to participate in an experiment to evaluate a new system for aural representation. Participants will listen to sound sources using a speaker-array (24 speakers) and describe their location and shape using a pointing device (Wii mote). The experiment will take no longer than one hour, including filling out questionnaires, in the DISIS lab (located next to UPS store in downtown). Please refer to the project website for directions and to the calendar of open times for availability. Each participant must be 18+ years of age and have no problem of hearing sound with normal volume. If you are interested or have further questions, please email to doctoral student Ji-Sun Kim,  indicating your availability.

12. FREE NUTRITION COUNSELING AVAILABLE
Take advantage of free one-on-one nutrition counseling with senior level dietetics students: improve your food choices, manage your weight,  receive guidance on shopping and dining out in town or on campus, learn about nutrition, exercise and disease prevention, and more. Receive consultation in person or through email. To sign up, visit http://www.hnfe.vt.edu and click on Nutrition Counseling.

13. RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM FOR ARTS & SCIENCES GRADS
The College of William and Mary’s Graduate Research Symposium Committee invites VT arts and sciences graduate students to their 9th Annual Graduate Research Symposium in Williamsburg on March 26-27, 2010. Abstract submissions from the following disciplines are sought: American Studies, Anthology, Applied Science, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, History, Physics, Psychology and Public Policy. A unique educational and networking event, the conference is designed to bring together graduate students from differing areas of study and from all stages of the degree process. The congenial setting and professionally-oriented environment provide an opportunity for students to discuss their research, while fostering community relationships across discipline boundaries. Cash prizes will be awarded for top papers presented by both William and Mary Arts & Sciences students and students in Arts & Sciences from outside institutions. Deadline for abstract submission is December 4, 2009.  For more information visit their website or contact Chasity Roberts.

14. CALL FOR SURVEY PARTICIPANTS – 2nd posting

An MBA marketing class needs your opinion! The group is doing a marketing plan for a company that created a local website to advertise events in the NRV.  They need as many people as possible to complete their survey. Feel free to share this survey with your friends! If you have questions, contact Josey Chacko.

15. FACEBOOK FAN PAGE ON ETHICS

Please join the Graduate School’s new Facebook fan page for ethics, where we post articles, stories, and media on ethics in scholarship, teaching, service, and life. Follow the ethics conversation on Twitter.

16. SHORT COURSES IN STATISTICS
Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Statistical Analysis (LISA) offers a series of short courses to help graduate students use statistics in their research through teaching practical statistical techniques for analyzing or collecting data.  Registration required. Refreshments will be provided at the end of each short course! All courses will be held in Fralin Auditorium from 5:00-7:00pm. Remaining courses in the Fall 2009 schedule:
Tuesday, Nov 10: How to Analyze Repeated Measures and Other Random Effects
LISA also provides free statistical collaboration and consulting by appointment. Free daily walk-in consulting service is also available from 12-2pm in 401 Hutcheson Hall. 

17. UPCOMING EVENTS:

FILM DUO I: TOUGH GUISE
Monday, Nov 9, 7:00-9:00pm, GLC Student Lounge
While the social construction of femininity has been widely examined, the dominant role of masculinity has, until recently, remained largely invisible.  Tough Guise (1999) is the first educational video geared toward college and high school students to systematically examine the relationship between pop-cultural imagery and the social construction of masculine identities in the U.S. at the dawn of the 21st century. Sponsored by the GLC Fellows.  Questions: Lindsay Moss at lcmoss@vt.edu or Jeanne Mouton at jmouton@vt.edu.

ETD SERIES: GRADUATE SCHOOL REVIEW OF YOUR ETD

Tuesday, Nov 10, 7:00-8:30pm in Room F in the GLC
Graduate School staff will discuss items they check during the review of your submitted ETD, and the timeline of the submission process.  Visit the Graduate School’s website to learn more.

MOVE TO BOLLYWOOD: TWO WORKSHOPS!
Wednesday, Nov 11, 7:00-8:00pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
Tuesday, Nov 17, 12:00-1:00pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
Celebrate International Education Week by burning a few calories in grace, style, and rhythm. Join one or both of these free dance session and learn some classic Bollywood dance moves. Bring water and wear comfortable clothes and shoes. To spice it up, dance barefoot and/or wear a flowy skirt! Please RSVP. Contact Sruthi Atmakur at satmakur@vt.edu or Ranjana Mehta at rkmehta@vt.edu with questions.

FILM DUO II: KILLING US SOFTLY 3
Thursday, Nov 12, 7-9pm, GLC Student Lounge
Killing Us Softly 3 (2001) provides a groundbreaking analysis of advertising’s depiction of women in this most recent update of the pioneering Killing Us Softly series.  The film decodes an array of print and television advertisements to reveal a pattern of disturbing and destructive gender stereotypes.  The analysis challenges us to consider the relationship between advertising and broader issues of culture, identity, sexism, and gender violence.  Sponsored by the GLC Fellows.  Questions: contact Lindsay Moss at lcmoss@vt.edu or Jeanne Mouton.

GSA WINE SOCIAL
Friday, Nov 13, 5:30-9:00pm, University Club
Mark your calendars because the fall semester GSA Wine Social is coming up!  Tickets are just $10.00 for regular admission and $5.00 for all GSA delegates and cabinet members.  If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Lindsay Moss.