Dec 7-13, 2009

0. 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
These services are offered when school is in session. They will not be available after the last day of classes. Services will resume in the spring semester.

1. YOGA
Tuesday, Dec 8, 5:30-6:30pm, GLC Room F
Nancy Mignone developed this series of relaxation techniques to specifically address physical and mental stress relief from exams and studying. Participants will practice several techniques for relief of tension, including self-massage, breathing, progressive relaxation, yoga postures, and meditation. You can choose your favorite 10-minute technique from this hour to use as the semester ends (and beyond!) $5-10 suggested donation to attend. A handout summary of the techniques explored is available 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 Information Desk in the lobby.  Sponsored by Circle Toward Wholeness. Contact Sandy with questions.

2. BEAD PARTY
Tuesday, Dec 8, 6:00-9:00pm, Room C in the GLC
Support International Women in Need (IWiN) on by doing your holiday shopping & purchasing beautiful beads made by Ugandan women out of colorful recycled paper.  The beads thus become income, food, medicine, school fees and hope.  BeadforLife eradicates extreme poverty by creating bridges of understanding between impoverished Africans and concerned world citizens. For more information contact Ashley Tomisek.

3. INTRODUCTION TO LATEX SOFTWARE
Wednesday, Dec 9, 5:00-6:30pm, GLC Room F
LaTeX is a family of programs designed to produce publication-quality typeset documents, particularly ones including mathematical symbols and formulas. The software can be extremely useful in the preparation of your ETD or other publications if you are in engineering or a science field. Learn the basics from a fellow graduate student who has recently defended his dissertation and completed his ETD using LaTeX. Please complete this short survey if you are interested in attending.

4. EXAM BREAK ‘PICK ME UP’

Wednesday, Dec 9, 5:00-8:00pm, GLC Lobby
Need a study break? You know you do….. The GLC Fellows provide a relaxed ambiance for a study break. Come and enjoy a cup of hot chocolate / hot cider with other fellow graduate students. Questions? Contact GLC Resident Fellow Josey Chacko at jchacko@vt.edu.

5. READING DAY
Thursday, Dec 10, 0:01am-12:00pm, various locations
Read whatever you want or need to read, at the location of your choice.

6. HBCU CONNECT LUNCH
Thursday, Dec 10, 11:30am-1:00pm, GLC Room B
The Graduate School Office of Recruitment and Diversity Initiatives is hosting a lunch for HBCU graduates.  Have lunch, meet and greet fellow HBCU grads and faculty and visit with the Graduate School deans.  This is also an opportunity to share ideas and discuss issues relating to the African American community at Virginia Tech.  If you have any questions, please contact Jane Rorrer by e-mail, or phone at 231-2494. Please RSVP by December 8, 2009.

7. GRADUATE CAMPUS CLIMATE SURVEY-2nd posting
Graduate students in GRAD 5984 Topics on Diversity and Inclusion in a Global Society are reassessing a survey once administered in March of 1998.  This survey assesses diversity and inclusion on a broad base within Virginia Tech.  Please help them by filling out this IRB approved 20-minute survey on graduate cultural climate.  Questions? Please contact Lindsay Moss or Michelle McLeese.

8. CALL FOR NOMINATIONS FOR XCALIBER AWARD
The XCaliber award recognizes faculty, graduate teaching assistants, and teams (faculty/ staff/ students) who have made significant contributions to integrating technology in teaching and learning in a course or in a significant technology-enriched project.   All graduate students and faculty are eligible for the award. If you know of someone who has done outstanding technology-enriched teaching and learning in 2009, or a group of individuals who have contributed to a significant technology-enriched project, please complete the online nomination form by January 26, 2010. Self-nominations are also welcome.

9. 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 .

10. 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
– Outstanding master’s and doctoral student in each college
Review additional information on the specifics and requirements for each award. Nomination/Application deadline is February 5, 2010.

11. 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. Read the descriptions of these positions and attend an information session regarding the positions and the selection process on Wednesday, Dec 9 at 6:30pm in GLC Room C. Interviews will be held from Feb 27 through Mar 2, 2010. Applications are currently being accepted via the website.  Priority will be given to application received by Mar 1, 2010.

12. VIRTUAL FELLOWSHIPS & SCHOLARSHIPS FAIR
Fellowship and scholarship information is grouped by disciplines as represented by each college, and organized by the title headings: sponsoring organization, name of award, type of award, eligibility, amount, and application deadline. There is also an “All” link to a complete listing of all fellowships regardless of discipline. Review this listing of fellowships, scholarships and awards available to graduate students from organizations located all over the United States. Fellowships are available for U.S. citizen students and international students, and range from $500 to over $30,000.

13. ORDER YOUR GRADUATE COMMENCEMENT DVD NOW

The University Bookstore will be selling Graduate School Commencement DVDs. Order your copy online now. Please contact the University Bookstore if you have any questions or problems with ordering.


Dec 7-13, 2009

0. 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
These services are offered when school is in session. They will not be available after the last day of classes. Services will resume in the spring semester.

1. YOGA
Tuesday, Dec 8, 5:30-6:30pm, GLC Room F
Nancy Mignone developed this series of relaxation techniques to specifically address physical and mental stress relief from exams and studying. Participants will practice several techniques for relief of tension, including self-massage, breathing, progressive relaxation, yoga postures, and meditation. You can choose your favorite 10-minute technique from this hour to use as the semester ends (and beyond!) $5-10 suggested donation to attend. A handout summary of the techniques explored is available 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 Information Desk in the lobby.  Sponsored by Circle Toward Wholeness. Contact Sandy with questions.

2. BEAD PARTY
Tuesday, Dec 8, 6:00-9:00pm, Room C in the GLC
Support International Women in Need (IWiN) on by doing your holiday shopping & purchasing beautiful beads made by Ugandan women out of colorful recycled paper.  The beads thus become income, food, medicine, school fees and hope.  BeadforLife eradicates extreme poverty by creating bridges of understanding between impoverished Africans and concerned world citizens. For more information contact Ashley Tomisek.

3. INTRODUCTION TO LATEX SOFTWARE
Wednesday, Dec 9, 5:00-6:30pm, GLC Room F
LaTeX is a family of programs designed to produce publication-quality typeset documents, particularly ones including mathematical symbols and formulas. The software can be extremely useful in the preparation of your ETD or other publications if you are in engineering or a science field. Learn the basics from a fellow graduate student who has recently defended his dissertation and completed his ETD using LaTeX. Please complete this short survey if you are interested in attending.

4. EXAM BREAK ‘PICK ME UP’

Wednesday, Dec 9, 5:00-8:00pm, GLC Lobby
Need a study break? You know you do….. The GLC Fellows provide a relaxed ambiance for a study break. Come and enjoy a cup of hot chocolate / hot cider with other fellow graduate students. Questions? Contact GLC Resident Fellow Josey Chacko at jchacko@vt.edu.

5. READING DAY
Thursday, Dec 10, 0:01am-12:00pm, various locations
Read whatever you want or need to read, at the location of your choice.

6. HBCU CONNECT LUNCH
Thursday, Dec 10, 11:30am-1:00pm, GLC Room B
The Graduate School Office of Recruitment and Diversity Initiatives is hosting a lunch for HBCU graduates.  Have lunch, meet and greet fellow HBCU grads and faculty and visit with the Graduate School deans.  This is also an opportunity to share ideas and discuss issues relating to the African American community at Virginia Tech.  If you have any questions, please contact Jane Rorrer by e-mail, or phone at 231-2494. Please RSVP by December 8, 2009.

7. GRADUATE CAMPUS CLIMATE SURVEY-2nd posting
Graduate students in GRAD 5984 Topics on Diversity and Inclusion in a Global Society are reassessing a survey once administered in March of 1998.  This survey assesses diversity and inclusion on a broad base within Virginia Tech.  Please help them by filling out this IRB approved 20-minute survey on graduate cultural climate.  Questions? Please contact Lindsay Moss or Michelle McLeese.

8. CALL FOR NOMINATIONS FOR XCALIBER AWARD
The XCaliber award recognizes faculty, graduate teaching assistants, and teams (faculty/ staff/ students) who have made significant contributions to integrating technology in teaching and learning in a course or in a significant technology-enriched project.   All graduate students and faculty are eligible for the award. If you know of someone who has done outstanding technology-enriched teaching and learning in 2009, or a group of individuals who have contributed to a significant technology-enriched project, please complete the online nomination form by January 26, 2010. Self-nominations are also welcome.

9. 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 .

10. 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
– Outstanding master’s and doctoral student in each college
Review additional information on the specifics and requirements for each award. Nomination/Application deadline is February 5, 2010.

11. 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. Read the descriptions of these positions and attend an information session regarding the positions and the selection process on Wednesday, Dec 9 at 6:30pm in GLC Room C. Interviews will be held from Feb 27 through Mar 2, 2010. Applications are currently being accepted via the website.  Priority will be given to application received by Mar 1, 2010.

12. VIRTUAL FELLOWSHIPS & SCHOLARSHIPS FAIR
Fellowship and scholarship information is grouped by disciplines as represented by each college, and organized by the title headings: sponsoring organization, name of award, type of award, eligibility, amount, and application deadline. There is also an “All” link to a complete listing of all fellowships regardless of discipline. Review this listing of fellowships, scholarships and awards available to graduate students from organizations located all over the United States. Fellowships are available for U.S. citizen students and international students, and range from $500 to over $30,000.

13. ORDER YOUR GRADUATE COMMENCEMENT DVD NOW

The University Bookstore will be selling Graduate School Commencement DVDs. Order your copy online now. Please contact the University Bookstore if you have any questions or problems with ordering.