November 16-22, 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. PHOTO CONTEST: VOTE ON YOUR FAVORITE PHOTO
All week: View the newly installed photo display in the GLC and vote on your favorite pieces. Pick up the voting form at the GLC Information Desk. Winners will receive a prize.  All photos were submitted by currently enrolled graduate students as 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.

3. H1N1 FLU VACCINE CLINIC CANCELLED
The flu clinic scheduled for Monday, Nov 16, 10:00am-6:00pm in McComas is cancelled due to the unavailability of the vaccine.

4. RICE AROUND THE WORLD
Monday, Nov 16, 5:00-7:00pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
The GLC Fellows host this showcase of international student organizations: each organization will bring a rice dish based on their own culinary heritage and share information about their organization and culture. Enjoy international rice snacks and dance to world music! This event is part of International Education Week. 

5. GROOVE TO BOLLYWOOD MOVES
Tuesday, Nov 17, 12:00-1:00pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
Celebrate International Education Week by burning a few calories in grace, style, and rhythm. Participate in a 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 or Ranjana Mehta with questions.

6. YOGA
Tuesday, Nov 17, 5:30-6:30pm, GLC Room F
In honor of International Education Week, Nancy Mignone facilitates this Traditional Hatha Yoga Asana (physical exercises), Pranayama (breathwork), and Meditation program. Those interested in experiencing this traditional form of yoga will feel release of tension, development of mental calmness, clarity and inner peace.  $5-10 suggested donation to attend.  A handout describing how to do each pose and its benefits, as well as a description of the breath exercise and meditation will be provided for a $10 minimum donation.  Please wear loose, comfortable clothing which allows you to move and breathe with ease. Bring a pillow, blanket, and yoga mat. If you do not have a mat, please check out one at the GLC Information Desk.  Questions: Sandy Jahmi Burg with Circle Toward Wholeness.

7. THE CULTURAL IMPLICATIONS OF WORKING ABROAD: A FOCUS ON STUDENT PROJECTS
Tuesday, Nov 17, 7:00-8:00pm, McBryde 113
Engineers Without Borders (EWB) will present their international projects taking place in the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Haiti, and Uganda and explain how cultural differences can make an impact on these kinds of aid projects. A Q&A  session will follow the presentation. EWB is a student run chapter of Engineers Without Borders-USA whose mission is to: partner with disadvantaged communities to improve their quality of life through implementation of environmentally, equitable, and economically sustainable engineering projects, while developing internationally responsible engineers and engineering students through education, encouragement, and experience.

8. WORKING MOMS’ SUPPORT GROUP
Wednesday, Nov 18, Noon-1:00pm, GLC Room C
Topic:  Healthy Kids: Food and Fun; Speaker: Paula Bolte – The Toy Lady – Imaginations & Annie Kays). Paula will share information about vitamins, food, and toys – and she’ll bring toys! This program offers an opportunity for working mothers (including graduate students) to come together to share, vent, network, and support one another. For more information, contact Christine Dennis Smith.

9. LEADING DIVERSITY: OPPORTUNITIES AND CHALLENGES
Wednesday, Nov 18, 5:00-6:30pm, GLC Room F
Alpha Epsilon Lambda, the VT Chapter of the National Academic Excellence and Leadership Honor Society, invites you to its Fall seminar exploring the potential and the challenges inherent in our diversity: its relationship to effectiveness and excellence, the often subtle impacts of biases and assumptions, and our capacity for communicating across differences. Diversity is broadly defined to include intellectual, experiential and ideological differences as well as age, race, ethnicity, gender, ability, sexual orientation, religion, veteran status and national origin. The seminar will be led by Professor Susanna C. Rinehart, Director of Education for Diversity and Inclusion in the Office for Equity and Inclusion, and Associate Professor in the Department of Theatre and Cinema. Light refreshments will be available from 4:30 and everyone is encouraged to come early for socializing.

10. IRANIAN CULTURAL SHOWCASE
Wednesday, Nov 18, 5:00-7:00pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
Enjoy Persian tea and pastries and browse Iranian art, handcrafts and Persian rugs at this event sponsored by the Iranian Society at VT. Short presentations as well as violin, guitar and daf performances will also be part of this event.

11. GLOBAL CAREER SKILLS: SECRETS FOR SUCCESS

Wednesday, Nov 18, 7:00pm, GLC Auditorium
Learn about international careers from best-selling author Jean-Marc Hachey and his book, The BIG Guide to Living and Working Overseas. Discover what skills are required to be successful overseas; long-term career strategies; how to gain international experience and build an “International I.Q.”; step-by-step tactics for finding international work; targeted job search and more. Hachey’s seminars are brimming with practical tips, expert advice and humorous stories to help you go abroad and prepare for work in the new global economy. This event is free and open to the public. Sponsored by the Council of International Student Organizations.

12. INTERNATIONAL TEA AFTERNOON
Thursday, Nov 19, 1:30-3:30pm, GLC Student Lounge
Celebrate, learn about, and drink different teas from around the world. Sponsored by the GLC Resident Fellows.

13. GRADUATE STUDENT ENGAGEMENT FOCUS GROUP
Thursday, Nov 19, 2:30-4:00pm
Dr. John Dooley, VP for Outreach and International Affairs, is supporting a research project to enhance community engagement opportunities and related scholarship at Virginia Tech.  As part of this effort, the research team will hold a graduate student focus group to ascertain the graduate student experience with community engagement. If you are interested in community engagement, please consider attending this focus group. For more information or to sign up, contact Nicole Sanderlin.

14. INTERNATIONAL EXPERIENCES SPEECH CONTEST
Thursday, Nov 19, 7:00pm, Fralin Auditorium
The Gamma Omega chapter of the Phi Beta Delta International Honor Society invites you to this speech contest as part of International Education Week. The deadline for contestant applications has been extended through Monday, November 16.  All Virginia Tech faculty, staff, and students are eligible to enter the contest, which consists of presenting a five-minute speech based on the topic:  ‘choose one facet of your international experience and describe how it has changed your life.’  $50 cash prizes will be awarded to winners.  Attendance at the event is open to all. Details and applications can be found on the Phi Beta Delta website.

15. GSA TAILGATE
Saturday, Nov 21, 9:00am-2:30pm, Prices Fork Lot
Celebrate the last home game with the GSA Tailgate! The GSA will provide food and games, but BYOB. Please fill out the survey  to help them estimate the food. The exact location of the tailgate can be found on the GSA homepage .  Questions: contact Lindsay Moss, VP of Programs.

16. CALL FOR ARTISTS FOR A COMMUNITY ARTS PROJECT
Connections is a community arts project that engages artists (all media welcome), set designers (light, sound, design, electronics, mechanical), and independent film makers (camera, documentary, editing, direction)  from Blacksburg and Virginia Tech to create an art display. The final art/cinematic feature will be on display during the April 2010 engagement month. Interested applicants are sought to be part of this team project. Talent, willingness to work with others and commitment are crucial. For all participants, this is an opportunity for professional and personal development through positive mentorship. If you are interested, send a brief note about your interest, experience, and how you think you can be part of this project. Open to all disciplines and you are encouraged to apply. Send your requests to Lyusyena Kirakosyan  (Project Manager) by November 21. The project team includes Deepu George, John Kayrouz and Vishnu Vinay.

17. CITIZEN SCHOLAR AWARD
Have you spent at least 16 hours this semester using your research to benefit the community?  If so, why not submit an application for the VT Citizen Scholar Award?  For more information visit the CSE website  or contact Eric Hodges.

18. GRAD SCHOOL AND GLC HOURS DURING THANKSGIVING BREAK
The GLC will operate with reduced hours during the Thanksgiving break:  Friday, Nov 20 – 7:30am-6pm; Saturday-Sunday, Nov 21 – CLOSED; Monday, Nov 30 – re-open with normal semester schedule. During the break, the Graduate School will be open Monday and Tuesday 8-5, and Wednesday 8-12. Graduate students have 24/7 access to the GLC even during the break. Use your Hokie Passport to enter the building through one of the two Hokie Passport-controlled doors (Otey Street entrance and Bookstore side entrance).

19. GRADUATE ASSISTANTSHIPS IN RESIDENCE LIFE, 2010-11
The Office of Residence Life is seeking graduate assistants for next academic year.  Anticipated openings include Graduate Hall Directors, Oak Lane House Advisor, a First Year Programs Assistant, an Imaginarium Manager Assistant, a Theme Housing Assistant, and a Student Leadership Advisor. Review a full descriptions of these positions.  An information session regarding the positions and the selection process will be held on Wednesday, December 9th at 6:30pm in GLC C. Interviews will be held from Feb 27 through March 2, 2010. Applications are currently being accepted via the website.  Priority will be given to application received by Mar 1, 2010.

20. GSA EVENTS CHAIR APPLICATION CALL

The GSA is seeking an Events Chair. Duties include but are not limited to: beginning spring 2010, chair and develop the events committee, coordinating between 5-7 major events for the spring term, creating events that provide a forum for graduate students to come together and build community, targeting a large range of graduate student interests, and working closely with the VP of Programs. The Events Chair will be compensated through the GSA generated funds $200 per semester at the completion of the semester. To apply or for questions, please contact Laura Freeman or Lindsay Moss.

21. FREE NUTRITION COUNCELING 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.

22. CALL FOR NOMINATIONS FOR GRADUATE STUDENT AWARDS 2010
A number of prestigious awards are granted to graduate students each year, carrying a monetary prize ($500-$1000 each) and award certificate. Consider applying or discuss the possibility of your nomination by your advisor/department for any of the following awards that will be given out during our annual awards banquet on March 25, 2010:
– Outstanding Dissertation in (1) math, sciences and engineering, and (2) in social sciences and humanities
– Graduate Student Teaching Excellence
– Graduate Student Service Excellence
– Graduate Man and Woman of the Year
Review additional information on the specifics and requirements for each award.  Nomination/Application deadline is February 5, 2010.

23. STUDY PARTICIPANTS NEEDED – 2nd posting
40 Latina mothers are sought to participate in a study on beliefs about emotions and experiences with dichos and consejos (sayings passed on from generation to generation). Mothers will complete questionnaires and then close with an interview. The study will take no longer than 1.5 hours and participants will be paid $10. Mothers can participate in the comfort of their own homes or in the research lab. If you are interested or have any questions, please email Marie Belle.

24. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR USER STUDY – 3rd 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, http://disis.music.vt.edu, for directions. Review the calendar of open times. 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.

25. RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM FOR ARTS & SCIENCES GRADS-3rd posting
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 contact Chasity Roberts.

26. UPCOMING EVENTS:

HAWK-EYED READERS UNITE: CHILI LUNCH
Tuesday, Nov 24, 11:30am-1:00pm, GLC
Maybe you are not alone! Join others who don’t get to leave for Thanksgiving break for some chili (meat and vegetarian versions) and conversation. Meet other overly-dedicated-to-their-work, no-money-for-gas, don’t-celebrate-thanksgiving, who-knows-why-i’m-still-here graduate students and enjoy some home-made chili and corn bread. Exact location TBA. Please fill out this quick survey to give us an idea of how many to cook for. Brought to you by your humble servants Ennis Ombudsperson McCrery and Monika Studentservices Gibson.

November 16-22, 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. PHOTO CONTEST: VOTE ON YOUR FAVORITE PHOTO
All week: View the newly installed photo display in the GLC and vote on your favorite pieces. Pick up the voting form at the GLC Information Desk. Winners will receive a prize.  All photos were submitted by currently enrolled graduate students as 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.

3. H1N1 FLU VACCINE CLINIC CANCELLED
The flu clinic scheduled for Monday, Nov 16, 10:00am-6:00pm in McComas is cancelled due to the unavailability of the vaccine.

4. RICE AROUND THE WORLD
Monday, Nov 16, 5:00-7:00pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
The GLC Fellows host this showcase of international student organizations: each organization will bring a rice dish based on their own culinary heritage and share information about their organization and culture. Enjoy international rice snacks and dance to world music! This event is part of International Education Week. 

5. GROOVE TO BOLLYWOOD MOVES
Tuesday, Nov 17, 12:00-1:00pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
Celebrate International Education Week by burning a few calories in grace, style, and rhythm. Participate in a 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 or Ranjana Mehta with questions.

6. YOGA
Tuesday, Nov 17, 5:30-6:30pm, GLC Room F
In honor of International Education Week, Nancy Mignone facilitates this Traditional Hatha Yoga Asana (physical exercises), Pranayama (breathwork), and Meditation program. Those interested in experiencing this traditional form of yoga will feel release of tension, development of mental calmness, clarity and inner peace.  $5-10 suggested donation to attend.  A handout describing how to do each pose and its benefits, as well as a description of the breath exercise and meditation will be provided for a $10 minimum donation.  Please wear loose, comfortable clothing which allows you to move and breathe with ease. Bring a pillow, blanket, and yoga mat. If you do not have a mat, please check out one at the GLC Information Desk.  Questions: Sandy Jahmi Burg with Circle Toward Wholeness.

7. THE CULTURAL IMPLICATIONS OF WORKING ABROAD: A FOCUS ON STUDENT PROJECTS
Tuesday, Nov 17, 7:00-8:00pm, McBryde 113
Engineers Without Borders (EWB) will present their international projects taking place in the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Haiti, and Uganda and explain how cultural differences can make an impact on these kinds of aid projects. A Q&A  session will follow the presentation. EWB is a student run chapter of Engineers Without Borders-USA whose mission is to: partner with disadvantaged communities to improve their quality of life through implementation of environmentally, equitable, and economically sustainable engineering projects, while developing internationally responsible engineers and engineering students through education, encouragement, and experience.

8. WORKING MOMS’ SUPPORT GROUP
Wednesday, Nov 18, Noon-1:00pm, GLC Room C
Topic:  Healthy Kids: Food and Fun; Speaker: Paula Bolte – The Toy Lady – Imaginations & Annie Kays). Paula will share information about vitamins, food, and toys – and she’ll bring toys! This program offers an opportunity for working mothers (including graduate students) to come together to share, vent, network, and support one another. For more information, contact Christine Dennis Smith.

9. LEADING DIVERSITY: OPPORTUNITIES AND CHALLENGES
Wednesday, Nov 18, 5:00-6:30pm, GLC Room F
Alpha Epsilon Lambda, the VT Chapter of the National Academic Excellence and Leadership Honor Society, invites you to its Fall seminar exploring the potential and the challenges inherent in our diversity: its relationship to effectiveness and excellence, the often subtle impacts of biases and assumptions, and our capacity for communicating across differences. Diversity is broadly defined to include intellectual, experiential and ideological differences as well as age, race, ethnicity, gender, ability, sexual orientation, religion, veteran status and national origin. The seminar will be led by Professor Susanna C. Rinehart, Director of Education for Diversity and Inclusion in the Office for Equity and Inclusion, and Associate Professor in the Department of Theatre and Cinema. Light refreshments will be available from 4:30 and everyone is encouraged to come early for socializing.

10. IRANIAN CULTURAL SHOWCASE
Wednesday, Nov 18, 5:00-7:00pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
Enjoy Persian tea and pastries and browse Iranian art, handcrafts and Persian rugs at this event sponsored by the Iranian Society at VT. Short presentations as well as violin, guitar and daf performances will also be part of this event.

11. GLOBAL CAREER SKILLS: SECRETS FOR SUCCESS

Wednesday, Nov 18, 7:00pm, GLC Auditorium
Learn about international careers from best-selling author Jean-Marc Hachey and his book, The BIG Guide to Living and Working Overseas. Discover what skills are required to be successful overseas; long-term career strategies; how to gain international experience and build an “International I.Q.”; step-by-step tactics for finding international work; targeted job search and more. Hachey’s seminars are brimming with practical tips, expert advice and humorous stories to help you go abroad and prepare for work in the new global economy. This event is free and open to the public. Sponsored by the Council of International Student Organizations.

12. INTERNATIONAL TEA AFTERNOON
Thursday, Nov 19, 1:30-3:30pm, GLC Student Lounge
Celebrate, learn about, and drink different teas from around the world. Sponsored by the GLC Resident Fellows.

13. GRADUATE STUDENT ENGAGEMENT FOCUS GROUP
Thursday, Nov 19, 2:30-4:00pm
Dr. John Dooley, VP for Outreach and International Affairs, is supporting a research project to enhance community engagement opportunities and related scholarship at Virginia Tech.  As part of this effort, the research team will hold a graduate student focus group to ascertain the graduate student experience with community engagement. If you are interested in community engagement, please consider attending this focus group. For more information or to sign up, contact Nicole Sanderlin.

14. INTERNATIONAL EXPERIENCES SPEECH CONTEST
Thursday, Nov 19, 7:00pm, Fralin Auditorium
The Gamma Omega chapter of the Phi Beta Delta International Honor Society invites you to this speech contest as part of International Education Week. The deadline for contestant applications has been extended through Monday, November 16.  All Virginia Tech faculty, staff, and students are eligible to enter the contest, which consists of presenting a five-minute speech based on the topic:  ‘choose one facet of your international experience and describe how it has changed your life.’  $50 cash prizes will be awarded to winners.  Attendance at the event is open to all. Details and applications can be found on the Phi Beta Delta website.

15. GSA TAILGATE
Saturday, Nov 21, 9:00am-2:30pm, Prices Fork Lot
Celebrate the last home game with the GSA Tailgate! The GSA will provide food and games, but BYOB. Please fill out the survey  to help them estimate the food. The exact location of the tailgate can be found on the GSA homepage .  Questions: contact Lindsay Moss, VP of Programs.

16. CALL FOR ARTISTS FOR A COMMUNITY ARTS PROJECT
Connections is a community arts project that engages artists (all media welcome), set designers (light, sound, design, electronics, mechanical), and independent film makers (camera, documentary, editing, direction)  from Blacksburg and Virginia Tech to create an art display. The final art/cinematic feature will be on display during the April 2010 engagement month. Interested applicants are sought to be part of this team project. Talent, willingness to work with others and commitment are crucial. For all participants, this is an opportunity for professional and personal development through positive mentorship. If you are interested, send a brief note about your interest, experience, and how you think you can be part of this project. Open to all disciplines and you are encouraged to apply. Send your requests to Lyusyena Kirakosyan  (Project Manager) by November 21. The project team includes Deepu George, John Kayrouz and Vishnu Vinay.

17. CITIZEN SCHOLAR AWARD
Have you spent at least 16 hours this semester using your research to benefit the community?  If so, why not submit an application for the VT Citizen Scholar Award?  For more information visit the CSE website  or contact Eric Hodges.

18. GRAD SCHOOL AND GLC HOURS DURING THANKSGIVING BREAK
The GLC will operate with reduced hours during the Thanksgiving break:  Friday, Nov 20 – 7:30am-6pm; Saturday-Sunday, Nov 21 – CLOSED; Monday, Nov 30 – re-open with normal semester schedule. During the break, the Graduate School will be open Monday and Tuesday 8-5, and Wednesday 8-12. Graduate students have 24/7 access to the GLC even during the break. Use your Hokie Passport to enter the building through one of the two Hokie Passport-controlled doors (Otey Street entrance and Bookstore side entrance).

19. GRADUATE ASSISTANTSHIPS IN RESIDENCE LIFE, 2010-11
The Office of Residence Life is seeking graduate assistants for next academic year.  Anticipated openings include Graduate Hall Directors, Oak Lane House Advisor, a First Year Programs Assistant, an Imaginarium Manager Assistant, a Theme Housing Assistant, and a Student Leadership Advisor. Review a full descriptions of these positions.  An information session regarding the positions and the selection process will be held on Wednesday, December 9th at 6:30pm in GLC C. Interviews will be held from Feb 27 through March 2, 2010. Applications are currently being accepted via the website.  Priority will be given to application received by Mar 1, 2010.

20. GSA EVENTS CHAIR APPLICATION CALL

The GSA is seeking an Events Chair. Duties include but are not limited to: beginning spring 2010, chair and develop the events committee, coordinating between 5-7 major events for the spring term, creating events that provide a forum for graduate students to come together and build community, targeting a large range of graduate student interests, and working closely with the VP of Programs. The Events Chair will be compensated through the GSA generated funds $200 per semester at the completion of the semester. To apply or for questions, please contact Laura Freeman or Lindsay Moss.

21. FREE NUTRITION COUNCELING 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.

22. CALL FOR NOMINATIONS FOR GRADUATE STUDENT AWARDS 2010
A number of prestigious awards are granted to graduate students each year, carrying a monetary prize ($500-$1000 each) and award certificate. Consider applying or discuss the possibility of your nomination by your advisor/department for any of the following awards that will be given out during our annual awards banquet on March 25, 2010:
– Outstanding Dissertation in (1) math, sciences and engineering, and (2) in social sciences and humanities
– Graduate Student Teaching Excellence
– Graduate Student Service Excellence
– Graduate Man and Woman of the Year
Review additional information on the specifics and requirements for each award.  Nomination/Application deadline is February 5, 2010.

23. STUDY PARTICIPANTS NEEDED – 2nd posting
40 Latina mothers are sought to participate in a study on beliefs about emotions and experiences with dichos and consejos (sayings passed on from generation to generation). Mothers will complete questionnaires and then close with an interview. The study will take no longer than 1.5 hours and participants will be paid $10. Mothers can participate in the comfort of their own homes or in the research lab. If you are interested or have any questions, please email Marie Belle.

24. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR USER STUDY – 3rd 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, http://disis.music.vt.edu, for directions. Review the calendar of open times. 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.

25. RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM FOR ARTS & SCIENCES GRADS-3rd posting
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 contact Chasity Roberts.

26. UPCOMING EVENTS:

HAWK-EYED READERS UNITE: CHILI LUNCH
Tuesday, Nov 24, 11:30am-1:00pm, GLC
Maybe you are not alone! Join others who don’t get to leave for Thanksgiving break for some chili (meat and vegetarian versions) and conversation. Meet other overly-dedicated-to-their-work, no-money-for-gas, don’t-celebrate-thanksgiving, who-knows-why-i’m-still-here graduate students and enjoy some home-made chili and corn bread. Exact location TBA. Please fill out this quick survey to give us an idea of how many to cook for. Brought to you by your humble servants Ennis Ombudsperson McCrery and Monika Studentservices Gibson.