March 29-April 4, 2010

1. WEEKLY SERVICES IN THE GLC

  • Career services walk-in advising: Wednesdays, 1:30-5:00pm, GLC Study Room
  • Walk-in counseling: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, 1:00-5:00pm, Green Room (across from G)
  • Writing support: Mondays (4-6pm) and Wednesdays (4-7pm), Student Lounge

2. CALL FOR LISTSERV POSTING SUBMISSIONS FOR APR 1 SPECIAL EDITION
Here is your opportunity to get published in a peer-viewed online weekly non-journal! Submit your fake event description, faux call for research subjects, and other nonexistent opportunities for graduate students for the April 1 special edition of the GLC weekly listserv posting. Exercise your imagination and writing skills and earn extra points (in the form of chocolates and candy in 117 GLC) for creative event or research idea, succinct description, and completeness of details. Submission deadline: March 31, 5:00pm. Send to gibsonm@vt.edu, with subject line: You are a fool.

3. SHORT COURSES IN STATISTICS: REGRESSION
Monday, Mar 29, 5:00-7:00pm, Fralin Auditorium
During this session participants will learn about the use of regression analysis to study the relationship between a response variable and one or more explanatory variables, and will be introduced to simple linear regression and multiple linear regression. Regression models, assumptions and interpretation will also be covered. Graphical methods useful for understanding relationships and checking assumptions are described and illustrated using the SAS software package. LISA (Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Statistical Analysis) is providing a series of evening short courses to help graduate students use statistics in their research.  The focus of these two-hour courses is on teaching practical statistical techniques for analyzing or collecting data.  Register and learn more. Refreshments will be provided at the end of each short course! All courses are held in Fralin Auditorium from 5-7PM. Rest of Spring 2010 Schedule:

  • April 6, Tuesday, Mark Seiss – General Linear Models
  • April 12, Monday, Nels Johnson and Matt Williams – Multivariate Regression
  • April 20, Tuesday, Dr. Eric Vance – Analyzing Real Data

4. PANEL DISCUSSION ON SEXUALITY AND HUMAN RIGHTS IN VA
Tuesday, Mar 30, 12:30-1:45PM, GLC Multipurpose Room   
The Office for Diversity and Inclusion and the Provost’s Office co-sponsor this event with panelists including Virginia Senator John Edwards; Claire Guthrie Gastañaga, Former Chief Deputy Attorney General of Virginia and current General Counsel to Equality Virginia; and VT Professor Peter Wallenstein, Author of Tell the Court I Love My Wife: Race, Marriage, and Law-An American History.  Gerry Kearns, Virginia Tech Professor and Director of the School of Public and International Affairs, will moderate the panel and facilitate discussion. The university community is encouraged to attend; bring a brown-bag lunch. The LGBT Caucus will provide free pizza and other refreshments will be provided.

5. JEWISH AWARENESS MONTH LUNCH

Wednesday, Mar 31, 12:00-1:30pm, GLC Room F
Join the Graduate School’s Office of Recruitment and Diversity Initiatives in the university-wide celebration of Jewish American Heritage Month.  Have lunch and meet and greet fellow Jewish graduate students and faculty as well as the Graduate School deans.  This is also an opportunity to share ideas and discuss issues related to the Jewish community at Virginia Tech.  Please register here.  Contact Jane Rorrer, 231-2494, with questions.

6. GA POSITION OPEN IN INSTITUTIONAL RESEARCH & EFFECTIVENESS

VT’s IRE is looking for a Graduate Assistant for the 2010-11 academic year to assist with the conversion of some static web-site activity to dynamic, user-driven, SQL-Server apps. Required skills include SQL Server, with ideally at least an awareness of SQL Server Reporting Services. Additionally some experience with ASP.NET, using C or VB.NET would be great. Preferred skills include HTML, IIS, a fun personality, dependability, and good communication skills. Interested grad students can send their information to Dennis Catley by April 2, 2010. Summer 2011 hours may also be available.

7. GSA PROGRAM CHAIR POSITIONS – APPLICATION DEADLINE EXTENDED
If you are looking to serve the graduate student community and gain valuable leadership experience, consider applying for a GSA Program Chair position! The GSA is currently accepting applications for the following positions: Website Director, Research Symposium Chair, Graduate and Professional School Day Chair, Graduate Research and Development Program Chair, Travel Fund Program Chair, GSA Events Chair, and GSA Historian.  Please view the GSA website at http://www.gsa.uusa.vt.edu for a full description of each position.  The deadline for application submission (letter of interest, resume/CV, and 2010-2011 goals) is Friday, Apr 2. Interviews will be conducted in early April.  Please direct any questions to Amanda Cronin Rumore.

8. GSA EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT 0.5 GA POSITION OPEN

Consider applying for a GSA Executive Assistant Position for the 2010-2011 academic year. The GSA Executive Assistant works with members of the executive board and program chairs to ensure the success of GSA programs and events.  The office assistant position is a 10-hour assistantship for the full academic year. The deadline for applications (resume and cover letter) is Monday, Mar 30. Please direct all questions and applications to Michelle McLeese.

9. RESEARCH SUBJECTS NEEDED FOR BIOMECHANICS STUDY – 1st posting
Research subjects are needed for a study to investigate various aspects of balance in the Kevin P. Granata Biomechanics Lab.  Subjects must be aged 18-28, and will be paid $10/hour for their participation. If you are interested, please email Sara Matrangola and include your name, age, gender, height, weight in the body of the email.

10. iPHONE STUDY PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT – 2nd posting
Participants sought for a study on mobile information in everyday human activity to explore how iPhone users look up and capture information with their device in their everyday activities. The study consists of three parts, including a short questionnaire, a diary study, and a follow-up interview. Two $25 gift cards will be raffled off among active participants in the diary study, those who participate in the follow-up interview get a $10 gift card. Must be at least 18 years old, own and use an iPhone for at least 6 months, and have an unlimited data plan from your wireless provider. Please contact Ricardo for more details.

11. STUDY PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT TO EVALUATE LEARNING ASSESSMENT TOOL – 2nd posting
Doctoral student in the VT School of Education is looking for graduate students to evaluate a learning assessment tool developed as part of a dissertation research. The evaluation is one-on-one, conducted in the Educational Technology Lab in 220 War Memorial Hall. The entire process can be completed in about 1.5 hours. If you are interested or have questions, please email to Jianhua Liu.

12. GRAD STUDENTS SOUGHT FOR LEADERSHIP PROGRAM – 2nd posting

The Department of Student Activities is seeking graduate students to serve as small group facilitators for an undergraduate leadership development program, Leadership Tech. Facilitators will work in teams of two or three to guide a group of 10-15 junior and/or senior students organized around one of the following issues: Environmental Sustainability, Community Vitality, Social Justice, Global Issues, Multiculturalism, and Health and Wellness. Positions open until filled. Submit your resume to Allison Dunn, and complete the application. An interview will be scheduled for those who meet minimum qualifications.

13. INVITATION TO PARTICIPATE IN HOKIE STONE EVENT – 2nd posting

April 16, 2010 will mark the first “Hokie Stone: An Event of Student-Shared Knowledge,” the beginning of a new university tradition to honor those lost three years ago.  This live event, held in Squires Colonial from 11:00am to 4:00pm, will also have streaming video to bring together Hokies from all around the world in our shared remembrance. Participants will be highlighting a core value that each individual held with utmost significance: the undeniable passion to learn and share knowledge to better the world. Your opportunity is now to show how you are committed to service and/ or learning at Virginia Tech. Organizers are now accepting proposals to find charismatic, dramatic and thought-provoking student presenters to give the talk of their lives. Submit a proposal or recommend a speaker by April 2, 2010.

14. HAITIAN AMBASSADOR’S ENGAGEMENT QUILT
Now until Mar 31, 2010
On Apr 15, the Haitian Ambassador, the Honorable Raymond Joseph, will be speaking at Virginia Tech. The Center for Student Engagement and Community Partnerships (CSECP) and Hokies United will present him with a gift, an engagement quilt. Students and student organizations are invited to help decorating the quilt squares. If you want to represent your organization by decorating a quilt square please email Carmen Byker.

15. GRADUATE STUDENT WAITLIST FOR 2010-11 HOUSING AVAILABLE NOW
Graduate students interested in living on-campus in either the Graduate Life Center or in Main Campbell Hall will need to sign up on the waitlist online in order to be considered for housing. Room and board rates for next year are not yet available, but they will be posted as soon as possible.  Offers to eligible students will be sent every 2-3 weeks via email until all of the beds are filled.

16. CALL FOR PROPOSALS
The VT Center for Peace Studies and Violence Prevention is accepting proposals for the first ACCIAC Student Research Symposium, Cultivating Peace: A Symposium for Violence Prevention, to take place on Nov 12–14, 2010, on campus in conjunction with VT’s International Summit on Transdisciplinary Approaches to Violence Prevention.  Proposals may include both individual and collaborative work from diverse fields and in a range of presentation formats, such as papers, oral or poster presentations, and multi-media projects.  Topics of particular interest include: campus violence prevention and university community partnerships, violence prevention in socioeconomic and cultural context, sustainable development and peace, social media and violence, and creatively fostering nonviolence: peace, the arts, and literature.  Individuals and teams should submit one-page proposals for review by April 30, 2010.  Please contact Dr. Marc Lucht with any questions.

17. UPCOMING EVENTS:

BIKE TO UGANDA ON APR 10 – FUNDRAISER
Saturday, Apr 10, 12:00-5:00pm, Weight Club in University Mall
A grad student-led organization, Poverty Awareness Coalition for Equality (PACE), and the Weight Club will host the second annual Bike to Uganda event for members of VT and the surrounding community to collectively bike the distance to Uganda, and for each mile raise money to build a school in Uganda. Sign up today for a vigorous spin class for a great cause (you do not need to be a weight club member to participate). Register here.  For registering and meeting your minimum fundraising goal ($25/ first hour, $10/each additional hour) you will get a free T-shirt, a raffle ticket for a chance to win great local prizes, and an after party with free food at the Weight Club. Prize for the top fund-raiser is a brand new Trek FX 7.3 bike from East Coasters!  Please email  for more information, or visit onepace.org for details about PACE and events.

BOB DUNCAN 5K RUN/WALK
Saturday, Apr 17, 11:00am, VT Cross Country Course
Registration: $20 before Apr 3. Join veterinary students and support the Vet School and the Diagnostic Pathology Scholarship.  Entry fee includes t-shirt, race support, finish-line food, music, and great door prizes.  Visit the website for more information or contact Ellen Binder with questions.

March 29-April 4, 2010

1. WEEKLY SERVICES IN THE GLC

  • Career services walk-in advising: Wednesdays, 1:30-5:00pm, GLC Study Room
  • Walk-in counseling: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, 1:00-5:00pm, Green Room (across from G)
  • Writing support: Mondays (4-6pm) and Wednesdays (4-7pm), Student Lounge

2. CALL FOR LISTSERV POSTING SUBMISSIONS FOR APR 1 SPECIAL EDITION
Here is your opportunity to get published in a peer-viewed online weekly non-journal! Submit your fake event description, faux call for research subjects, and other nonexistent opportunities for graduate students for the April 1 special edition of the GLC weekly listserv posting. Exercise your imagination and writing skills and earn extra points (in the form of chocolates and candy in 117 GLC) for creative event or research idea, succinct description, and completeness of details. Submission deadline: March 31, 5:00pm. Send to gibsonm@vt.edu, with subject line: You are a fool.

3. SHORT COURSES IN STATISTICS: REGRESSION
Monday, Mar 29, 5:00-7:00pm, Fralin Auditorium
During this session participants will learn about the use of regression analysis to study the relationship between a response variable and one or more explanatory variables, and will be introduced to simple linear regression and multiple linear regression. Regression models, assumptions and interpretation will also be covered. Graphical methods useful for understanding relationships and checking assumptions are described and illustrated using the SAS software package. LISA (Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Statistical Analysis) is providing a series of evening short courses to help graduate students use statistics in their research.  The focus of these two-hour courses is on teaching practical statistical techniques for analyzing or collecting data.  Register and learn more. Refreshments will be provided at the end of each short course! All courses are held in Fralin Auditorium from 5-7PM. Rest of Spring 2010 Schedule:

  • April 6, Tuesday, Mark Seiss – General Linear Models
  • April 12, Monday, Nels Johnson and Matt Williams – Multivariate Regression
  • April 20, Tuesday, Dr. Eric Vance – Analyzing Real Data

4. PANEL DISCUSSION ON SEXUALITY AND HUMAN RIGHTS IN VA
Tuesday, Mar 30, 12:30-1:45PM, GLC Multipurpose Room   
The Office for Diversity and Inclusion and the Provost’s Office co-sponsor this event with panelists including Virginia Senator John Edwards; Claire Guthrie Gastañaga, Former Chief Deputy Attorney General of Virginia and current General Counsel to Equality Virginia; and VT Professor Peter Wallenstein, Author of Tell the Court I Love My Wife: Race, Marriage, and Law-An American History.  Gerry Kearns, Virginia Tech Professor and Director of the School of Public and International Affairs, will moderate the panel and facilitate discussion. The university community is encouraged to attend; bring a brown-bag lunch. The LGBT Caucus will provide free pizza and other refreshments will be provided.

5. JEWISH AWARENESS MONTH LUNCH

Wednesday, Mar 31, 12:00-1:30pm, GLC Room F
Join the Graduate School’s Office of Recruitment and Diversity Initiatives in the university-wide celebration of Jewish American Heritage Month.  Have lunch and meet and greet fellow Jewish graduate students and faculty as well as the Graduate School deans.  This is also an opportunity to share ideas and discuss issues related to the Jewish community at Virginia Tech.  Please register here.  Contact Jane Rorrer, 231-2494, with questions.

6. GA POSITION OPEN IN INSTITUTIONAL RESEARCH & EFFECTIVENESS

VT’s IRE is looking for a Graduate Assistant for the 2010-11 academic year to assist with the conversion of some static web-site activity to dynamic, user-driven, SQL-Server apps. Required skills include SQL Server, with ideally at least an awareness of SQL Server Reporting Services. Additionally some experience with ASP.NET, using C or VB.NET would be great. Preferred skills include HTML, IIS, a fun personality, dependability, and good communication skills. Interested grad students can send their information to Dennis Catley by April 2, 2010. Summer 2011 hours may also be available.

7. GSA PROGRAM CHAIR POSITIONS – APPLICATION DEADLINE EXTENDED
If you are looking to serve the graduate student community and gain valuable leadership experience, consider applying for a GSA Program Chair position! The GSA is currently accepting applications for the following positions: Website Director, Research Symposium Chair, Graduate and Professional School Day Chair, Graduate Research and Development Program Chair, Travel Fund Program Chair, GSA Events Chair, and GSA Historian.  Please view the GSA website at http://www.gsa.uusa.vt.edu for a full description of each position.  The deadline for application submission (letter of interest, resume/CV, and 2010-2011 goals) is Friday, Apr 2. Interviews will be conducted in early April.  Please direct any questions to Amanda Cronin Rumore.

8. GSA EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT 0.5 GA POSITION OPEN

Consider applying for a GSA Executive Assistant Position for the 2010-2011 academic year. The GSA Executive Assistant works with members of the executive board and program chairs to ensure the success of GSA programs and events.  The office assistant position is a 10-hour assistantship for the full academic year. The deadline for applications (resume and cover letter) is Monday, Mar 30. Please direct all questions and applications to Michelle McLeese.

9. RESEARCH SUBJECTS NEEDED FOR BIOMECHANICS STUDY – 1st posting
Research subjects are needed for a study to investigate various aspects of balance in the Kevin P. Granata Biomechanics Lab.  Subjects must be aged 18-28, and will be paid $10/hour for their participation. If you are interested, please email Sara Matrangola and include your name, age, gender, height, weight in the body of the email.

10. iPHONE STUDY PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT – 2nd posting
Participants sought for a study on mobile information in everyday human activity to explore how iPhone users look up and capture information with their device in their everyday activities. The study consists of three parts, including a short questionnaire, a diary study, and a follow-up interview. Two $25 gift cards will be raffled off among active participants in the diary study, those who participate in the follow-up interview get a $10 gift card. Must be at least 18 years old, own and use an iPhone for at least 6 months, and have an unlimited data plan from your wireless provider. Please contact Ricardo for more details.

11. STUDY PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT TO EVALUATE LEARNING ASSESSMENT TOOL – 2nd posting
Doctoral student in the VT School of Education is looking for graduate students to evaluate a learning assessment tool developed as part of a dissertation research. The evaluation is one-on-one, conducted in the Educational Technology Lab in 220 War Memorial Hall. The entire process can be completed in about 1.5 hours. If you are interested or have questions, please email to Jianhua Liu.

12. GRAD STUDENTS SOUGHT FOR LEADERSHIP PROGRAM – 2nd posting

The Department of Student Activities is seeking graduate students to serve as small group facilitators for an undergraduate leadership development program, Leadership Tech. Facilitators will work in teams of two or three to guide a group of 10-15 junior and/or senior students organized around one of the following issues: Environmental Sustainability, Community Vitality, Social Justice, Global Issues, Multiculturalism, and Health and Wellness. Positions open until filled. Submit your resume to Allison Dunn, and complete the application. An interview will be scheduled for those who meet minimum qualifications.

13. INVITATION TO PARTICIPATE IN HOKIE STONE EVENT – 2nd posting

April 16, 2010 will mark the first “Hokie Stone: An Event of Student-Shared Knowledge,” the beginning of a new university tradition to honor those lost three years ago.  This live event, held in Squires Colonial from 11:00am to 4:00pm, will also have streaming video to bring together Hokies from all around the world in our shared remembrance. Participants will be highlighting a core value that each individual held with utmost significance: the undeniable passion to learn and share knowledge to better the world. Your opportunity is now to show how you are committed to service and/ or learning at Virginia Tech. Organizers are now accepting proposals to find charismatic, dramatic and thought-provoking student presenters to give the talk of their lives. Submit a proposal or recommend a speaker by April 2, 2010.

14. HAITIAN AMBASSADOR’S ENGAGEMENT QUILT
Now until Mar 31, 2010
On Apr 15, the Haitian Ambassador, the Honorable Raymond Joseph, will be speaking at Virginia Tech. The Center for Student Engagement and Community Partnerships (CSECP) and Hokies United will present him with a gift, an engagement quilt. Students and student organizations are invited to help decorating the quilt squares. If you want to represent your organization by decorating a quilt square please email Carmen Byker.

15. GRADUATE STUDENT WAITLIST FOR 2010-11 HOUSING AVAILABLE NOW
Graduate students interested in living on-campus in either the Graduate Life Center or in Main Campbell Hall will need to sign up on the waitlist online in order to be considered for housing. Room and board rates for next year are not yet available, but they will be posted as soon as possible.  Offers to eligible students will be sent every 2-3 weeks via email until all of the beds are filled.

16. CALL FOR PROPOSALS
The VT Center for Peace Studies and Violence Prevention is accepting proposals for the first ACCIAC Student Research Symposium, Cultivating Peace: A Symposium for Violence Prevention, to take place on Nov 12–14, 2010, on campus in conjunction with VT’s International Summit on Transdisciplinary Approaches to Violence Prevention.  Proposals may include both individual and collaborative work from diverse fields and in a range of presentation formats, such as papers, oral or poster presentations, and multi-media projects.  Topics of particular interest include: campus violence prevention and university community partnerships, violence prevention in socioeconomic and cultural context, sustainable development and peace, social media and violence, and creatively fostering nonviolence: peace, the arts, and literature.  Individuals and teams should submit one-page proposals for review by April 30, 2010.  Please contact Dr. Marc Lucht with any questions.

17. UPCOMING EVENTS:

BIKE TO UGANDA ON APR 10 – FUNDRAISER
Saturday, Apr 10, 12:00-5:00pm, Weight Club in University Mall
A grad student-led organization, Poverty Awareness Coalition for Equality (PACE), and the Weight Club will host the second annual Bike to Uganda event for members of VT and the surrounding community to collectively bike the distance to Uganda, and for each mile raise money to build a school in Uganda. Sign up today for a vigorous spin class for a great cause (you do not need to be a weight club member to participate). Register here.  For registering and meeting your minimum fundraising goal ($25/ first hour, $10/each additional hour) you will get a free T-shirt, a raffle ticket for a chance to win great local prizes, and an after party with free food at the Weight Club. Prize for the top fund-raiser is a brand new Trek FX 7.3 bike from East Coasters!  Please email  for more information, or visit onepace.org for details about PACE and events.

BOB DUNCAN 5K RUN/WALK
Saturday, Apr 17, 11:00am, VT Cross Country Course
Registration: $20 before Apr 3. Join veterinary students and support the Vet School and the Diagnostic Pathology Scholarship.  Entry fee includes t-shirt, race support, finish-line food, music, and great door prizes.  Visit the website for more information or contact Ellen Binder with questions.

March 22-28, Graduate Education Week Special Edition

1. GRADUATE EDUCATION WEEK: MARCH 19-26!

  • Participate in events: visit the GEW website for full list and details
  • Play the GEW Challenge
  • Register for Grad Olympics
  • Vote on the photo & art contest entries in the GLC (voting sheets at the Info Desk)

2. WEEKLY SERVICES IN THE GLC

  • Career services walk-in advising: Wednesdays, 1:30-5:00pm, GLC Study Room
  • Walk-in counseling: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, 1:00-5:00pm, Green Room (across from G)
  • Writing support: Mondays (4-6pm) and Wednesdays (4-7pm), Student Lounge

3. TEACHING AND LEARNING WITH TECHNOLOGIES
Monday, Mar 22, 9:00-10:00am, Room B in the GLC
Test drive some state-of-the-art technology tools that can enhance both teaching and learning.

4. HOW TO GET THINGS DONE WITH TECHNOLOGY
Monday, Mar 22, 10:15-11:00am, Room B in the GLC
Learn a few simple methods to help manage information flow and boost your productivity.

5. SOCIAL NETWORKING
Monday, Mar 22, 5:30pm, Multipurpose Room in the GLC   
Through this interactive event learn why networking is important, how to do it the right way, and how to integrate social media in your networking. Brought to you by the GLC Resident Fellows.

6. ZUMBA
Tuesday, Mar 23, 12:00-1:00pm, Multipurpose Room in the GLC
Burn some calories and relax your mind with this combination of fast- and slow-rhythm fusion of Latin and international music and aerobic/fitness interval training.

7. LOUNGE AT THE LIBRARY
Tuesday, Mar 23, 1:00pm, Graduate Study Lounge, 416 Newman
Enjoy free refreshments and take in the view while chatting with fellow grads and subject expert librarians. Brought to you by University Libraries, proud co-sponsor of Graduate Education Week.

8. SHORT COURSES IN STATISTICS: INTRO TO STATISTICAL ANALYSIS
Tuesday, Mar 23, 5:00-7:00pm, Fralin Auditorium
During this session participants will: review how statistics can be used to solve research problems and answer scientific questions; learn key aspects of experimental design necessary to ensure that data can be statistically analyzed to answer research questions; learn about some common statistical techniques such as t-tests, ANOVA, regression; and plots to analyze and visualize data. LISA (Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Statistical Analysis) is providing a series of evening short courses to help graduate students use statistics in their research.  The focus of these two-hour courses is on teaching practical statistical techniques for analyzing or collecting data.  Visit LISA’s website for instructions on how to REGISTER and to learn more.  Refreshments will be provided at the end of each short course! All courses are held in Fralin Auditorium from 5-7PM. Rest of Spring 2010 Schedule:

  • March 29, Monday, Dr. Eric Smith – Regression
  • April 6, Tuesday, Mark Seiss – General Linear Models
  • April 12, Monday, Nels Johnson and Matt Williams – Multivariate Regression
  • April 20, Tuesday, Dr. Eric Vance – Analyzing Real Data

9. AEL INDUCTION AND SPEAKER
Tuesday, Mar 23, 5:30pm, Room F in the GLC
Listen to Dr. Jim Dubinsky’s presentation on "A Leader’s Legacy," and cheer for the new inductees of Alpha Epsilon Lambda, graduate honor society.

10. GSA RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM AND EXPO
Wednesday, Mar 24, 9:00-5:00pm, All rooms in the GLC + GLC Plaza
Review the latest in graduate and advanced undergraduate research and academic pursuits.

11. GSA SYMPOSIUM KEYNOTE ADDRESS
Wednesday, Mar 24, 7:00-8:00pm, GLC Auditorium
Nobel Laureate Dr. Andrew Weaver, lead author in the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, will offer the keynote address.

12. REMOVING THE MYSTERY OF THE ETD REVIEW
Wednesday, Mar 24, 7:00-8:00pm, Room F in the GLC
Learn what happens to your ETD after you submit it to the Graduate School: timeline, corrections, and final approval.

13. GRAD MOVIE NIGHT AT THE LYRIC: Shutter Island
Thursday, Mar 25, 7:00 and 9:00pm, The Lyric
Enjoy a night at the movies, compliments of the Graduate School and The Lyric. Get your free ticket (while supplies last) at the GLC Information Desk or in Grad Student Services.

14. GRADUATE OLYMPICS 2010 – REGISTER NOW!
Friday, Mar 26, 3:00-4:30pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
Put your wit, physical skills and team spirit to the test in a light-hearted competition among graduate student teams.  Up to ten teams of 4-6 members may compete for great prizes ($50+ gift certificates to local restaurants) on March 26 before the Big Cook Out. No prior experience necessary, but resourcefulness and knowledge of the GLC are a plus. All materials are provided. Teams will receive extra points for a creative team name, flag design and team cheer. All teams must pre-register. You will be notified when your registration is accepted. Registration:

15. BIG COOK OUT
Friday, Mar 26, 4:30-6:30pm, GLC and GLC Lawn
Enjoy free food, music, good company, a caricaturist, and indoor/outdoor games in this family-friendly closing event of Grad Ed Week. The theme is black and white!

16. CELEBRATE INDIAN SPRING FESTIVAL, HOLI
Friday, Mar 26, 6:30pm, Cranwell International Center
The Indian Student Association, a graduate student organization, invites you to a viewing of the mother-of-all Bollywood movies, Sholay. Released in 1975, this movie is the highest grossing film of all time in Indian cinema and ran for a record 286 weeks. The story of a small town terrorized by the baddest of all villains, Gabbar Singh, who meets his match in two criminals-turned-heroes, Jai and Veeru. Screened as a part of the celebrations for the festival of colors, Holi. Popcorn and drinks provided.

17. SPLASH SOME COLOR AT HOLI
Saturday, Mar 27, 11:00am, Amphitheater near Duckpond
The Indian Student Association (ISA) invites you to an outdoor party like no other: splash some red, green, blue and yellow while dancing to Indian grooves, and join ISA in celebrating Holi, the festival of colors! Event is free and open to all. Finger-licking snacks will be provided at nominal costs.

18. BECOME A FAN OF THE GRADUATE SCHOOL ON FACEBOOK
Our Facebook fan page is new, in honor of our tenth annual Graduate Education Week. Look for “Virginia Tech Graduate School.”

19. GA POSITION OPEN IN INSTITUTIONAL RESEARCH & EFFECTIVENESS
VT’s IRE is looking for a Graduate Assistant for the 2010-11 academic year to assist with the conversion of some static web-site activity to dynamic, user-driven, SQL-Server apps. Required skills include SQL Server, with ideally at least an awareness of SQL Server Reporting Services. Additionally some experience with ASP.NET, using C or VB.NET would be great. Preferred skills include HTML, IIS, a fun personality, dependability, and good communication skills. Interested grad students can send their information to Dennis Catley, by April 2, 2010. Summer 2011 hours may also be available.

20. CALL FOR GSA PROGRAM CHAIR APPLICATIONS
Are you looking to serve the graduate student community and gain valuable leadership experience? If yes, then consider applying for a GSA Program Chair position! Applications are accepted for the following positions: Website Director, Research Symposium Chair, Graduate and Professional School Day Chair, Graduate Research and Development Program Chair, Travel Fund Program Chair, GSA Events Chair, and GSA Historian.  Please view the GSA website for a full description of each position.  The deadline for applications (letter of interest, resume/CV, and 2010-2011 goals) is Friday, Mar 26. Interviews will be conducted in early April.  Please direct any questions to Amanda Cronin Rumore.

21. GSA EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT 0.5 GA POSITION OPEN
Consider applying for a GSA Executive Assistant Position for the 2010-2011 academic year. The GSA Executive Assistant works with members of the executive board and program chairs to ensure the success of GSA programs and events.  The office assistant position is a 10-hour assistantship for the full academic year. The deadline for applications (resume and cover letter) is Monday, Mar 30. Please direct all questions and applications to Michelle McLeese.

22. iPHONE STUDY PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT – 1st posting
Participants sought for a study on mobile information in everyday human activity to explore how iPhone users look up and capture information with their device in their everyday activities. The study consists of three parts, including a short questionnaire, a diary study, and a follow-up interview. Two $25 gift cards will be raffled off among active participants in the diary study, those who participate in the follow-up interview get a $10 gift card. Must be at least 18 years old, own and use an iPhone for at least 6 months, and have an unlimited data plan from your wireless provider. Please contact Ricardo for more details.

23. STUDY PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT TO EVALUATE LEARNING ASSESSMENT TOOL – 1st posting
Doctoral student in the VT School of Education is looking for graduate students to evaluate a learning assessment tool developed as part of a dissertation research. The evaluation is one-on-one, conducted in the Educational Technology Lab in 220 War Memorial Hall. The entire process can be completed in about 1.5 hours. If you are interested or have questions, please email to Jianhua Liu.

24. GRAD STUDENTS SOUGHT FOR LEADERSHIP PROGRAM
The Department of Student Activities is seeking graduate students to serve as small group facilitators for an undergraduate leadership development program, Leadership Tech. Facilitators will work in teams of two or three to guide a group of 10-15 junior and/or senior students organized around one of the following issues: Environmental Sustainability, Community Vitality, Social Justice, Global Issues, Multiculturalism, and Health and Wellness. Positions open until filled. Submit your resume to Allison Dunn, and complete the application. An interview will be scheduled for those who meet minimum qualifications. Questions: contact Allison Dunn.

25. PHI BETA DELTA ANNUAL ESSAY CONTEST
The Gamma Omega chapter of the Phi Beta Delta International Honor Society invites members of the Virginia Tech community to participate in our annual essay contest. All Virginia Tech faculty, staff, and student members are eligible to enter the contest based on the topic: ‘What does it mean to be a Global Hokie?’ $200, $100, $50 cash prizes will be awarded to winners first through third, respectively. 500 word limit. Please submit hardcopy to Betty Watts by 5:00pm Monday, March 29.

26. NUTRITION COUNSELING AVAILABLE NOW
Want to work on some nutrition and health goals this spring?  Senior nutrition students in the VT Department of Human Nutrition, Foods and Exercise are here to help.  Sign up for a one-on-one session to assess your current nutrition habits and help you set goals for improvement. All information will be kept confidential. This service is available both Spring and Fall (except during breaks) and is free.  For more information and to locate the online registration, visit HNFE and click on Nutrition Counseling.

27. INVITATION TO PARTICIPATE IN HOKIE STONE EVENT
April 16, 2010 will mark the first “Hokie Stone: An Event of Student-Shared Knowledge,” the beginning of a new university tradition to honor those lost three years ago.  This live event, held in Squires Colonial from 11:00am to 4:00pm, will also have streaming video to bring together Hokies from all around the world in our shared remembrance. Participants will be highlighting a core value that each individual held with utmost significance: the undeniable passion to learn and share knowledge to better the world. Your opportunity is now to show how you are committed to service and/ or learning at Virginia Tech. Organizers are now accepting proposals to find charismatic, dramatic and thought-provoking student presenters to give the talk of their lives. Submit a proposal or recommend a speaker here. Proposal submissions are due by April 2, 2010.

28. UPCOMING EVENTS:

JEWISH AWARENESS MONTH LUNCH
Wednesday, Mar 31, 12:00-1:30pm, GLC Room F

Join the Graduate School’s Office of Recruitment and Diversity Initiatives in the university-wide celebration of Jewish American Heritage Month.  Have lunch and meet and greet fellow Jewish graduate students and faculty as well as the Graduate School deans.  This is also an opportunity to share ideas and discuss issues related to the Jewish community at Virginia Tech.  Please register here.
Questions?  Contact Jane Rorrer, Coordinator of Recruitment and Diversity Initiatives, 231-2494.

CPR TRAINING
Friday, Apr 9, 1:00-5:00pm, GLC Room G
According to the American Heart Association, about 80% of cardiac arrests occur in private residential settings, so being trained to perform CPR can mean the difference between life and death for a loved one. Knowing CPR is an invaluable skill and the GLC Resident Fellows bring a CPR class to the GLC. Training is limited to the first ten registrants. To register for the CPR training, please complete this survey. If you have any questions, contact GLC Fellow Josey Chacko.

March 22-28, Graduate Education Week Special Edition

1. GRADUATE EDUCATION WEEK: MARCH 19-26!

  • Participate in events: visit the GEW website for full list and details
  • Play the GEW Challenge
  • Register for Grad Olympics
  • Vote on the photo & art contest entries in the GLC (voting sheets at the Info Desk)

2. WEEKLY SERVICES IN THE GLC

  • Career services walk-in advising: Wednesdays, 1:30-5:00pm, GLC Study Room
  • Walk-in counseling: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, 1:00-5:00pm, Green Room (across from G)
  • Writing support: Mondays (4-6pm) and Wednesdays (4-7pm), Student Lounge

3. TEACHING AND LEARNING WITH TECHNOLOGIES
Monday, Mar 22, 9:00-10:00am, Room B in the GLC
Test drive some state-of-the-art technology tools that can enhance both teaching and learning.

4. HOW TO GET THINGS DONE WITH TECHNOLOGY
Monday, Mar 22, 10:15-11:00am, Room B in the GLC
Learn a few simple methods to help manage information flow and boost your productivity.

5. SOCIAL NETWORKING
Monday, Mar 22, 5:30pm, Multipurpose Room in the GLC   
Through this interactive event learn why networking is important, how to do it the right way, and how to integrate social media in your networking. Brought to you by the GLC Resident Fellows.

6. ZUMBA
Tuesday, Mar 23, 12:00-1:00pm, Multipurpose Room in the GLC
Burn some calories and relax your mind with this combination of fast- and slow-rhythm fusion of Latin and international music and aerobic/fitness interval training.

7. LOUNGE AT THE LIBRARY
Tuesday, Mar 23, 1:00pm, Graduate Study Lounge, 416 Newman
Enjoy free refreshments and take in the view while chatting with fellow grads and subject expert librarians. Brought to you by University Libraries, proud co-sponsor of Graduate Education Week.

8. SHORT COURSES IN STATISTICS: INTRO TO STATISTICAL ANALYSIS
Tuesday, Mar 23, 5:00-7:00pm, Fralin Auditorium
During this session participants will: review how statistics can be used to solve research problems and answer scientific questions; learn key aspects of experimental design necessary to ensure that data can be statistically analyzed to answer research questions; learn about some common statistical techniques such as t-tests, ANOVA, regression; and plots to analyze and visualize data. LISA (Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Statistical Analysis) is providing a series of evening short courses to help graduate students use statistics in their research.  The focus of these two-hour courses is on teaching practical statistical techniques for analyzing or collecting data.  Visit LISA’s website for instructions on how to REGISTER and to learn more.  Refreshments will be provided at the end of each short course! All courses are held in Fralin Auditorium from 5-7PM. Rest of Spring 2010 Schedule:

  • March 29, Monday, Dr. Eric Smith – Regression
  • April 6, Tuesday, Mark Seiss – General Linear Models
  • April 12, Monday, Nels Johnson and Matt Williams – Multivariate Regression
  • April 20, Tuesday, Dr. Eric Vance – Analyzing Real Data

9. AEL INDUCTION AND SPEAKER
Tuesday, Mar 23, 5:30pm, Room F in the GLC
Listen to Dr. Jim Dubinsky’s presentation on "A Leader’s Legacy," and cheer for the new inductees of Alpha Epsilon Lambda, graduate honor society.

10. GSA RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM AND EXPO
Wednesday, Mar 24, 9:00-5:00pm, All rooms in the GLC + GLC Plaza
Review the latest in graduate and advanced undergraduate research and academic pursuits.

11. GSA SYMPOSIUM KEYNOTE ADDRESS
Wednesday, Mar 24, 7:00-8:00pm, GLC Auditorium
Nobel Laureate Dr. Andrew Weaver, lead author in the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, will offer the keynote address.

12. REMOVING THE MYSTERY OF THE ETD REVIEW
Wednesday, Mar 24, 7:00-8:00pm, Room F in the GLC
Learn what happens to your ETD after you submit it to the Graduate School: timeline, corrections, and final approval.

13. GRAD MOVIE NIGHT AT THE LYRIC: Shutter Island
Thursday, Mar 25, 7:00 and 9:00pm, The Lyric
Enjoy a night at the movies, compliments of the Graduate School and The Lyric. Get your free ticket (while supplies last) at the GLC Information Desk or in Grad Student Services.

14. GRADUATE OLYMPICS 2010 – REGISTER NOW!
Friday, Mar 26, 3:00-4:30pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
Put your wit, physical skills and team spirit to the test in a light-hearted competition among graduate student teams.  Up to ten teams of 4-6 members may compete for great prizes ($50+ gift certificates to local restaurants) on March 26 before the Big Cook Out. No prior experience necessary, but resourcefulness and knowledge of the GLC are a plus. All materials are provided. Teams will receive extra points for a creative team name, flag design and team cheer. All teams must pre-register. You will be notified when your registration is accepted. Registration:

15. BIG COOK OUT
Friday, Mar 26, 4:30-6:30pm, GLC and GLC Lawn
Enjoy free food, music, good company, a caricaturist, and indoor/outdoor games in this family-friendly closing event of Grad Ed Week. The theme is black and white!

16. CELEBRATE INDIAN SPRING FESTIVAL, HOLI
Friday, Mar 26, 6:30pm, Cranwell International Center
The Indian Student Association, a graduate student organization, invites you to a viewing of the mother-of-all Bollywood movies, Sholay. Released in 1975, this movie is the highest grossing film of all time in Indian cinema and ran for a record 286 weeks. The story of a small town terrorized by the baddest of all villains, Gabbar Singh, who meets his match in two criminals-turned-heroes, Jai and Veeru. Screened as a part of the celebrations for the festival of colors, Holi. Popcorn and drinks provided.

17. SPLASH SOME COLOR AT HOLI
Saturday, Mar 27, 11:00am, Amphitheater near Duckpond
The Indian Student Association (ISA) invites you to an outdoor party like no other: splash some red, green, blue and yellow while dancing to Indian grooves, and join ISA in celebrating Holi, the festival of colors! Event is free and open to all. Finger-licking snacks will be provided at nominal costs.

18. BECOME A FAN OF THE GRADUATE SCHOOL ON FACEBOOK
Our Facebook fan page is new, in honor of our tenth annual Graduate Education Week. Look for “Virginia Tech Graduate School.”

19. GA POSITION OPEN IN INSTITUTIONAL RESEARCH & EFFECTIVENESS
VT’s IRE is looking for a Graduate Assistant for the 2010-11 academic year to assist with the conversion of some static web-site activity to dynamic, user-driven, SQL-Server apps. Required skills include SQL Server, with ideally at least an awareness of SQL Server Reporting Services. Additionally some experience with ASP.NET, using C or VB.NET would be great. Preferred skills include HTML, IIS, a fun personality, dependability, and good communication skills. Interested grad students can send their information to Dennis Catley, by April 2, 2010. Summer 2011 hours may also be available.

20. CALL FOR GSA PROGRAM CHAIR APPLICATIONS
Are you looking to serve the graduate student community and gain valuable leadership experience? If yes, then consider applying for a GSA Program Chair position! Applications are accepted for the following positions: Website Director, Research Symposium Chair, Graduate and Professional School Day Chair, Graduate Research and Development Program Chair, Travel Fund Program Chair, GSA Events Chair, and GSA Historian.  Please view the GSA website for a full description of each position.  The deadline for applications (letter of interest, resume/CV, and 2010-2011 goals) is Friday, Mar 26. Interviews will be conducted in early April.  Please direct any questions to Amanda Cronin Rumore.

21. GSA EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT 0.5 GA POSITION OPEN
Consider applying for a GSA Executive Assistant Position for the 2010-2011 academic year. The GSA Executive Assistant works with members of the executive board and program chairs to ensure the success of GSA programs and events.  The office assistant position is a 10-hour assistantship for the full academic year. The deadline for applications (resume and cover letter) is Monday, Mar 30. Please direct all questions and applications to Michelle McLeese.

22. iPHONE STUDY PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT – 1st posting
Participants sought for a study on mobile information in everyday human activity to explore how iPhone users look up and capture information with their device in their everyday activities. The study consists of three parts, including a short questionnaire, a diary study, and a follow-up interview. Two $25 gift cards will be raffled off among active participants in the diary study, those who participate in the follow-up interview get a $10 gift card. Must be at least 18 years old, own and use an iPhone for at least 6 months, and have an unlimited data plan from your wireless provider. Please contact Ricardo for more details.

23. STUDY PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT TO EVALUATE LEARNING ASSESSMENT TOOL – 1st posting
Doctoral student in the VT School of Education is looking for graduate students to evaluate a learning assessment tool developed as part of a dissertation research. The evaluation is one-on-one, conducted in the Educational Technology Lab in 220 War Memorial Hall. The entire process can be completed in about 1.5 hours. If you are interested or have questions, please email to Jianhua Liu.

24. GRAD STUDENTS SOUGHT FOR LEADERSHIP PROGRAM
The Department of Student Activities is seeking graduate students to serve as small group facilitators for an undergraduate leadership development program, Leadership Tech. Facilitators will work in teams of two or three to guide a group of 10-15 junior and/or senior students organized around one of the following issues: Environmental Sustainability, Community Vitality, Social Justice, Global Issues, Multiculturalism, and Health and Wellness. Positions open until filled. Submit your resume to Allison Dunn, and complete the application. An interview will be scheduled for those who meet minimum qualifications. Questions: contact Allison Dunn.

25. PHI BETA DELTA ANNUAL ESSAY CONTEST
The Gamma Omega chapter of the Phi Beta Delta International Honor Society invites members of the Virginia Tech community to participate in our annual essay contest. All Virginia Tech faculty, staff, and student members are eligible to enter the contest based on the topic: ‘What does it mean to be a Global Hokie?’ $200, $100, $50 cash prizes will be awarded to winners first through third, respectively. 500 word limit. Please submit hardcopy to Betty Watts by 5:00pm Monday, March 29.

26. NUTRITION COUNSELING AVAILABLE NOW
Want to work on some nutrition and health goals this spring?  Senior nutrition students in the VT Department of Human Nutrition, Foods and Exercise are here to help.  Sign up for a one-on-one session to assess your current nutrition habits and help you set goals for improvement. All information will be kept confidential. This service is available both Spring and Fall (except during breaks) and is free.  For more information and to locate the online registration, visit HNFE and click on Nutrition Counseling.

27. INVITATION TO PARTICIPATE IN HOKIE STONE EVENT
April 16, 2010 will mark the first “Hokie Stone: An Event of Student-Shared Knowledge,” the beginning of a new university tradition to honor those lost three years ago.  This live event, held in Squires Colonial from 11:00am to 4:00pm, will also have streaming video to bring together Hokies from all around the world in our shared remembrance. Participants will be highlighting a core value that each individual held with utmost significance: the undeniable passion to learn and share knowledge to better the world. Your opportunity is now to show how you are committed to service and/ or learning at Virginia Tech. Organizers are now accepting proposals to find charismatic, dramatic and thought-provoking student presenters to give the talk of their lives. Submit a proposal or recommend a speaker here. Proposal submissions are due by April 2, 2010.

28. UPCOMING EVENTS:

JEWISH AWARENESS MONTH LUNCH
Wednesday, Mar 31, 12:00-1:30pm, GLC Room F

Join the Graduate School’s Office of Recruitment and Diversity Initiatives in the university-wide celebration of Jewish American Heritage Month.  Have lunch and meet and greet fellow Jewish graduate students and faculty as well as the Graduate School deans.  This is also an opportunity to share ideas and discuss issues related to the Jewish community at Virginia Tech.  Please register here.
Questions?  Contact Jane Rorrer, Coordinator of Recruitment and Diversity Initiatives, 231-2494.

CPR TRAINING
Friday, Apr 9, 1:00-5:00pm, GLC Room G
According to the American Heart Association, about 80% of cardiac arrests occur in private residential settings, so being trained to perform CPR can mean the difference between life and death for a loved one. Knowing CPR is an invaluable skill and the GLC Resident Fellows bring a CPR class to the GLC. Training is limited to the first ten registrants. To register for the CPR training, please complete this survey. If you have any questions, contact GLC Fellow Josey Chacko.

March 15-21, 2010

0. GRADUATE EDUCATION WEEK COMING MARCH 19-26!
Review the week’s events on the official GEW 2010 website, win great prizes by participating in the GEW Challenge and the Grad Olympics, and receive a Grad Ed Week t-shirt by attending qualifying programs.

1. WEEKLY SERVICES IN THE GLC

– Career services walk-in advising: Wednesdays, 1:30-5:00pm, GLC Study Room
– Walk-in counseling: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, 1:00-5:00pm, Green Room (across from G)
– Writing support: Mondays (4-6pm) and Wednesdays (4-7pm), Student Lounge

2. FINANCIAL FORTITUDE
Monday, Mar 15, 6:30-8:00pm, GLC Room C
Meet with a Wachovia financial advisor and learn about making smart personal finance decisions. Brought to you by  the BAC of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. as part of Delta Week 2010.

3. STRESS MANAGEMENT COUNSELING GROUP
Tuesdays, Mar 16 through Apr 27, 5:00-6:30pm, GLC Room D
Stress management is a common problem for all college students, especially for graduate students. This small group will help you explore sources of personal stress and practice simple stress management techniques you can perform to prevent counter-productive stress. If you are interested in attending the stress management group or if you have any questions, please contact Jodie Kern-Bowen, 231-1719.

4. GROOVE TO BOLLYWOOD MOVES

Tuesday, Mar 16, 5:30pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
In the spirit of Women’s Month, the Dance Series will continue with Bollywood!  Burn a few calories in grace, style, and rhythm in this free dance session and spice up your personal dancing style by learning some classic Bollywood dance moves. Bring water and wear comfortable clothes and shoes. Add your personal twist: dance barefoot and/or style up by wearing flowing skirts!  Contact Ranjana Mehta with questions. 

5. TECHNO TIPS: USING ELECTRONIC TOOLS IN YOUR JOB SEARCH
Tuesday, Mar 16, 5:30pm in GLC Room F
Tap into the robust electronic job search resources to which Career Services purchases subscriptions.  Attend this session to learn what they are and how to effectively use these programs in your job search.

6. GET FIT FOR SPRING: GROUP FITNESS CLASS
Tuesday, Mar 16, 6:30-8:00pm in GLC Room F
Please bring water and a towel. *The Fitness Class will be from 7:00-8:00pm. Come between 6:30-7:00 PM to get your blood pressure checked. Brought to you by  the BAC of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. as part of Delta Week 2010.

7. 2010 CENSUS: BE COUNTED!
Wednesday, Mar 17, 10:00am-4:00pm, GLC Lobby
Come find out about the 10 easy questions that can make a huge difference in Blacksburg! Brought to you by  the BAC of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. as part of Delta Week 2010.

8. EVENING WITH THE INDUSTRIES
Wednesday, Mar 17, 6:30pm, Old Dominion Ballroom in Squires
Sponsored by the Society of Women Engineers, Evening with the Industries can help you meet potential employers from all backgrounds of engineering. This is a sit down dinner prior to CAMEO’s Careerfest in March. Cost: $10. Pre-registration and payment are required. Contact Coco McBride to register.

9. EVENING OF POETRY AND SPOKEN WORD
Thursday, Mar 18, time and location TBA
March 15-19 is Delta Week!  During this week the Blacksburg Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc will hold several events in the Blacksburg community, among them a special evening of poetry and spoken word on Thursday, Mar 18. If you are a graduate student or professional who would like to share some of your work with a crowd of your peers, please contact doctoral student Alicia Feagins.

10. FREE FUNDRAISER YOGA CLASSES
Thursdays, Mar 18, 25, 4:00pm, In Balance Yoga Studio, downtown Blacksburg Suggested donation $10/class (donations over $10 will be entered to win raffles!) Money raised will be donated to Bike the US for MS as they collect funds to donate to a Multiple Sclerosis Clinic in Charlottesville, VA. Bike the US for MS organizes yearly cross-country bike trips during the summer to fundraise and volunteer to raise awareness and money for Multiple Sclerosis clinics and research. To sign up for the yoga classes, please call or visit  In Balance Yoga Studio, 961-1030. This message is posted on behalf of vet med student Carmen Ledesma.

11. BALANCING MOTHERHOOD AND ACADEME
Friday, Mar 19, 12:00-1:30pm, GLC Room F
Are you considering a career in academe but aren’t sure how this might fit with plans to have children? Join us to learn more about how female graduate students and junior faculty at Virginia Tech are managing responsibilities at both work and home.  Lunch will be provided.  Register here.

12. INTERNATIONAL FOLK DANCE
Friday, Mar 19, 5:30pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
Join your fellow classmates, staff, faculty and community members through traditional Romanian and Hungarian dances to celebrate Women’s Month. Joc De Leagane is a women’s dance that is hundreds of years old and Somogyi Karikazo is a group circle dance that begins with graceful movements and builds into a joyous celebration.  Neither dances are difficult to learn.  Questions: contact Ellen Pilonen.  

13. GSA WINE SOCIAL
Friday, Mar 19, 5:30pm, University Club
The Graduate Student Assembly is hosting a special 10th Annual Graduate Education Week “Black & White” themed Wine Social. Tickets are $10 for regular admission and can be purchased online, or paid at the door. GSA delegates and cabinet members can get in for just $5.00 at the door. If you would like to volunteer or have any questions, please contact Lindsay Moss, VP of Programs.
   
14. GRAD CONFERENCE & PUBLIC TALK ON CIVIL RIGHTS LEADER MAGGIE WALKER
Friday-Saturday, Mar 19-20, Skelton Center at The Inn at Virginia Tech
The History Graduate Student Association and the VT Department of History invite you to the 13th Annual Brian Bertoti Innovative Perspectives in History Graduate Conference. Events will include a keynote address by Dr. Heather Huyck of William & Mary in Alumni Assembly Hall on Friday, Mar 19 at 6:00pm on “Doing History in Public: Preserving Maggie Walker’s St. Luke’s Church." For more information, please visit  the conference website or contact Jillian Ketron.

15. GRADUATE OLYMPICS 2010 – REGISTER NOW!

Put your wit, physical skills and team spirit to the test in a light-hearted competition among graduate student teams.  Up to ten teams of 4-6 members may compete for great prizes ($50+ gift certificates to local restaurants) on March 26 before the Big Cook Out. No prior experience necessary, but resourcefulness and knowledge of the GLC are a plus. All materials are provided. Teams will receive extra points for a creative team name, flag design and team cheer. All teams must pre-register by filling out this survey. You will be notified if your registration is accepted.

16. LISA SHORT COURSES IN STATISTICS
LISA (Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Statistical Analysis) is providing a series of evening short courses to help graduate students use statistics in their research.  The focus of these two-hour courses is on teaching practical statistical techniques for analyzing or collecting data.  See instructions on how to register and to learn more.  Refreshments will be provided at the end of each short course! All courses will be held in Fralin Auditorium from 5-7PM. Spring 2010 Schedule:
March 23, Tuesday, Dr. Eric Vance – An Introduction to Statistical Analysis
March 29, Monday, Dr. Eric Smith – Regression
April 6, Tuesday, Mark Seiss – General Linear Models
April 12, Monday, Nels Johnson and Matt Williams – Multivariate Regression
April 20, Tuesday, Dr. Eric Vance – Analyzing Real Data
LISA also provides free statistical collaboration and consulting by appointment and free daily walk-in Consulting Service from 12-2pm in 401 Hutcheson Hall. 

17. CALL FOR GSA PROGRAM CHAIR APPLICATIONS
Are you looking to serve the graduate student community and gain valuable leadership experience? If yes, then consider applying for a GSA Program Chair position! Applications are accepted for the following positions: Website Director, Research Symposium Chair, Graduate and Professional School Day Chair, Graduate Research and Development Program Chair, Travel Fund Program Chair, GSA Events Chair, and GSA Historian.  Please view the GSA website for a full description of each position.  The deadline for applications (letter of interest, resume/CV, and 2010-2011 goals) is Friday, March 26, 2010. Interviews will be conducted in early April.  Please direct any questions to Amanda Cronin Rumore.

18. GSA EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT 0.5 GA POSITION OPEN
Consider applying for a GSA Executive Assistant Position for the 2010-2011 academic year. The GSA Executive Assistant works with members of the executive board and program chairs to ensure the success of GSA programs and events.  The office assistant position is a 10-hour assistantship for the full academic year. The deadline for applications (resume and cover letter) is Monday, March 30, 2010. Please direct all questions and applications to Michelle McLeese.

19. NEED INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR HONORS/AWARDS/SCHOLARSHIPS for 2009-10
Every year the Graduate School publishes Graduate Students of Distinction, an online document listing awards, honors, fellowships and scholarships received by graduate students. Please let us know of any honors, awards, etc. that you have received since April 2009 by completing a quick, simple survey  by April 15.

20. INVITATION TO PARTICIPATE IN ArtsFusion 2010
VT’s School of Performing Arts and Cinema is facilitating ArtsFusion 2010, April 17-25, and they would love to have graduate students be part of it. Dor Cosby Atkinson, graduate student in Theatre Arts, invites you to join if you’ve planned or will plan an arts event (including music, dance, visual arts, theater arts, film and much more) for that week. By partnering with ArtsFusion, your organization will be paired with an established event. Your event would be included in the ArtsFusion marketing campaign at no cost to you. Contact them as soon as possible if you are interested. Contact 231-5200 or e-mail susansanders@vt.edu if you are interested in participating.

21. GRAD RESEARCH ASST POSITION IN OIRED FOR 2010-11

The Office of Int’l Research, Education and Development is seeking a 12-m GRA to conduct research on gendered knowledge, beliefs and perceptions supporting conservation agriculture production systems (CAPS). Strong writing and analytic skills and experience in database management and/or statistical analysis, report and journal article development, and searching library databases required. Cross-disciplinary experience in agricultural technology studies, human geography, sociology (or related discipline), and outreach and communication with a special interest in international development issues expected. Demonstrated interest in gender studies. French, Spanish (or other) language capability desired. Experience with Scholar and teaching a plus. Send cover letter describing your interests and experience, resume, two examples of your disciplinary writing, and a copy of academic transcript (photocopy/ PDF is OK) to Betty Watts; use “SANREM Gender GRA” in the subject heading of your email. SANREM CRSP

22. GRAD STUDENTS SOUGHT FOR LEADERSHIP PROGRAM
The Department of Student Activities is seeking graduate students to serve as small group facilitators for an undergraduate leadership development program, Leadership Tech. Facilitators will work in teams of two or three to guide a group of 10-15 junior and/or senior students organized around one of the following issues: Environmental Sustainability, Community Vitality, Social Justice, Global Issues, Multiculturalism, and Health and Wellness. Positions open until filled. Submit your resume to Allison Dunn and complete the application. An interview will be scheduled for those who meet minimum qualifications. Questions: contact Allison Dunn.

23. UPCOMING EVENTS:

10TH ANNUAL GRADUATE EDUCATION WEEK: Mar 19-26
This week-long celebration offers opportunities to all members of the university community to be involved with graduate education:  dance zumba, play with state-of-the-art technology tools, learn about leadership, visit the GSA’s research showcase, go to The Lyric, compete in teams in Grad Olympics, eat at the Big Cook Out and more! See the GEW 2010 website for details.

March 15-21, 2010

0. GRADUATE EDUCATION WEEK COMING MARCH 19-26!
Review the week’s events on the official GEW 2010 website, win great prizes by participating in the GEW Challenge and the Grad Olympics, and receive a Grad Ed Week t-shirt by attending qualifying programs.

1. WEEKLY SERVICES IN THE GLC

– Career services walk-in advising: Wednesdays, 1:30-5:00pm, GLC Study Room
– Walk-in counseling: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, 1:00-5:00pm, Green Room (across from G)
– Writing support: Mondays (4-6pm) and Wednesdays (4-7pm), Student Lounge

2. FINANCIAL FORTITUDE
Monday, Mar 15, 6:30-8:00pm, GLC Room C
Meet with a Wachovia financial advisor and learn about making smart personal finance decisions. Brought to you by  the BAC of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. as part of Delta Week 2010.

3. STRESS MANAGEMENT COUNSELING GROUP
Tuesdays, Mar 16 through Apr 27, 5:00-6:30pm, GLC Room D
Stress management is a common problem for all college students, especially for graduate students. This small group will help you explore sources of personal stress and practice simple stress management techniques you can perform to prevent counter-productive stress. If you are interested in attending the stress management group or if you have any questions, please contact Jodie Kern-Bowen, 231-1719.

4. GROOVE TO BOLLYWOOD MOVES

Tuesday, Mar 16, 5:30pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
In the spirit of Women’s Month, the Dance Series will continue with Bollywood!  Burn a few calories in grace, style, and rhythm in this free dance session and spice up your personal dancing style by learning some classic Bollywood dance moves. Bring water and wear comfortable clothes and shoes. Add your personal twist: dance barefoot and/or style up by wearing flowing skirts!  Contact Ranjana Mehta with questions. 

5. TECHNO TIPS: USING ELECTRONIC TOOLS IN YOUR JOB SEARCH
Tuesday, Mar 16, 5:30pm in GLC Room F
Tap into the robust electronic job search resources to which Career Services purchases subscriptions.  Attend this session to learn what they are and how to effectively use these programs in your job search.

6. GET FIT FOR SPRING: GROUP FITNESS CLASS
Tuesday, Mar 16, 6:30-8:00pm in GLC Room F
Please bring water and a towel. *The Fitness Class will be from 7:00-8:00pm. Come between 6:30-7:00 PM to get your blood pressure checked. Brought to you by  the BAC of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. as part of Delta Week 2010.

7. 2010 CENSUS: BE COUNTED!
Wednesday, Mar 17, 10:00am-4:00pm, GLC Lobby
Come find out about the 10 easy questions that can make a huge difference in Blacksburg! Brought to you by  the BAC of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. as part of Delta Week 2010.

8. EVENING WITH THE INDUSTRIES
Wednesday, Mar 17, 6:30pm, Old Dominion Ballroom in Squires
Sponsored by the Society of Women Engineers, Evening with the Industries can help you meet potential employers from all backgrounds of engineering. This is a sit down dinner prior to CAMEO’s Careerfest in March. Cost: $10. Pre-registration and payment are required. Contact Coco McBride to register.

9. EVENING OF POETRY AND SPOKEN WORD
Thursday, Mar 18, time and location TBA
March 15-19 is Delta Week!  During this week the Blacksburg Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc will hold several events in the Blacksburg community, among them a special evening of poetry and spoken word on Thursday, Mar 18. If you are a graduate student or professional who would like to share some of your work with a crowd of your peers, please contact doctoral student Alicia Feagins.

10. FREE FUNDRAISER YOGA CLASSES
Thursdays, Mar 18, 25, 4:00pm, In Balance Yoga Studio, downtown Blacksburg Suggested donation $10/class (donations over $10 will be entered to win raffles!) Money raised will be donated to Bike the US for MS as they collect funds to donate to a Multiple Sclerosis Clinic in Charlottesville, VA. Bike the US for MS organizes yearly cross-country bike trips during the summer to fundraise and volunteer to raise awareness and money for Multiple Sclerosis clinics and research. To sign up for the yoga classes, please call or visit  In Balance Yoga Studio, 961-1030. This message is posted on behalf of vet med student Carmen Ledesma.

11. BALANCING MOTHERHOOD AND ACADEME
Friday, Mar 19, 12:00-1:30pm, GLC Room F
Are you considering a career in academe but aren’t sure how this might fit with plans to have children? Join us to learn more about how female graduate students and junior faculty at Virginia Tech are managing responsibilities at both work and home.  Lunch will be provided.  Register here.

12. INTERNATIONAL FOLK DANCE
Friday, Mar 19, 5:30pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
Join your fellow classmates, staff, faculty and community members through traditional Romanian and Hungarian dances to celebrate Women’s Month. Joc De Leagane is a women’s dance that is hundreds of years old and Somogyi Karikazo is a group circle dance that begins with graceful movements and builds into a joyous celebration.  Neither dances are difficult to learn.  Questions: contact Ellen Pilonen.  

13. GSA WINE SOCIAL
Friday, Mar 19, 5:30pm, University Club
The Graduate Student Assembly is hosting a special 10th Annual Graduate Education Week “Black & White” themed Wine Social. Tickets are $10 for regular admission and can be purchased online, or paid at the door. GSA delegates and cabinet members can get in for just $5.00 at the door. If you would like to volunteer or have any questions, please contact Lindsay Moss, VP of Programs.
   
14. GRAD CONFERENCE & PUBLIC TALK ON CIVIL RIGHTS LEADER MAGGIE WALKER
Friday-Saturday, Mar 19-20, Skelton Center at The Inn at Virginia Tech
The History Graduate Student Association and the VT Department of History invite you to the 13th Annual Brian Bertoti Innovative Perspectives in History Graduate Conference. Events will include a keynote address by Dr. Heather Huyck of William & Mary in Alumni Assembly Hall on Friday, Mar 19 at 6:00pm on “Doing History in Public: Preserving Maggie Walker’s St. Luke’s Church." For more information, please visit  the conference website or contact Jillian Ketron.

15. GRADUATE OLYMPICS 2010 – REGISTER NOW!

Put your wit, physical skills and team spirit to the test in a light-hearted competition among graduate student teams.  Up to ten teams of 4-6 members may compete for great prizes ($50+ gift certificates to local restaurants) on March 26 before the Big Cook Out. No prior experience necessary, but resourcefulness and knowledge of the GLC are a plus. All materials are provided. Teams will receive extra points for a creative team name, flag design and team cheer. All teams must pre-register by filling out this survey. You will be notified if your registration is accepted.

16. LISA SHORT COURSES IN STATISTICS
LISA (Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Statistical Analysis) is providing a series of evening short courses to help graduate students use statistics in their research.  The focus of these two-hour courses is on teaching practical statistical techniques for analyzing or collecting data.  See instructions on how to register and to learn more.  Refreshments will be provided at the end of each short course! All courses will be held in Fralin Auditorium from 5-7PM. Spring 2010 Schedule:
March 23, Tuesday, Dr. Eric Vance – An Introduction to Statistical Analysis
March 29, Monday, Dr. Eric Smith – Regression
April 6, Tuesday, Mark Seiss – General Linear Models
April 12, Monday, Nels Johnson and Matt Williams – Multivariate Regression
April 20, Tuesday, Dr. Eric Vance – Analyzing Real Data
LISA also provides free statistical collaboration and consulting by appointment and free daily walk-in Consulting Service from 12-2pm in 401 Hutcheson Hall. 

17. CALL FOR GSA PROGRAM CHAIR APPLICATIONS
Are you looking to serve the graduate student community and gain valuable leadership experience? If yes, then consider applying for a GSA Program Chair position! Applications are accepted for the following positions: Website Director, Research Symposium Chair, Graduate and Professional School Day Chair, Graduate Research and Development Program Chair, Travel Fund Program Chair, GSA Events Chair, and GSA Historian.  Please view the GSA website for a full description of each position.  The deadline for applications (letter of interest, resume/CV, and 2010-2011 goals) is Friday, March 26, 2010. Interviews will be conducted in early April.  Please direct any questions to Amanda Cronin Rumore.

18. GSA EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT 0.5 GA POSITION OPEN
Consider applying for a GSA Executive Assistant Position for the 2010-2011 academic year. The GSA Executive Assistant works with members of the executive board and program chairs to ensure the success of GSA programs and events.  The office assistant position is a 10-hour assistantship for the full academic year. The deadline for applications (resume and cover letter) is Monday, March 30, 2010. Please direct all questions and applications to Michelle McLeese.

19. NEED INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR HONORS/AWARDS/SCHOLARSHIPS for 2009-10
Every year the Graduate School publishes Graduate Students of Distinction, an online document listing awards, honors, fellowships and scholarships received by graduate students. Please let us know of any honors, awards, etc. that you have received since April 2009 by completing a quick, simple survey  by April 15.

20. INVITATION TO PARTICIPATE IN ArtsFusion 2010
VT’s School of Performing Arts and Cinema is facilitating ArtsFusion 2010, April 17-25, and they would love to have graduate students be part of it. Dor Cosby Atkinson, graduate student in Theatre Arts, invites you to join if you’ve planned or will plan an arts event (including music, dance, visual arts, theater arts, film and much more) for that week. By partnering with ArtsFusion, your organization will be paired with an established event. Your event would be included in the ArtsFusion marketing campaign at no cost to you. Contact them as soon as possible if you are interested. Contact 231-5200 or e-mail susansanders@vt.edu if you are interested in participating.

21. GRAD RESEARCH ASST POSITION IN OIRED FOR 2010-11

The Office of Int’l Research, Education and Development is seeking a 12-m GRA to conduct research on gendered knowledge, beliefs and perceptions supporting conservation agriculture production systems (CAPS). Strong writing and analytic skills and experience in database management and/or statistical analysis, report and journal article development, and searching library databases required. Cross-disciplinary experience in agricultural technology studies, human geography, sociology (or related discipline), and outreach and communication with a special interest in international development issues expected. Demonstrated interest in gender studies. French, Spanish (or other) language capability desired. Experience with Scholar and teaching a plus. Send cover letter describing your interests and experience, resume, two examples of your disciplinary writing, and a copy of academic transcript (photocopy/ PDF is OK) to Betty Watts; use “SANREM Gender GRA” in the subject heading of your email. SANREM CRSP

22. GRAD STUDENTS SOUGHT FOR LEADERSHIP PROGRAM
The Department of Student Activities is seeking graduate students to serve as small group facilitators for an undergraduate leadership development program, Leadership Tech. Facilitators will work in teams of two or three to guide a group of 10-15 junior and/or senior students organized around one of the following issues: Environmental Sustainability, Community Vitality, Social Justice, Global Issues, Multiculturalism, and Health and Wellness. Positions open until filled. Submit your resume to Allison Dunn and complete the application. An interview will be scheduled for those who meet minimum qualifications. Questions: contact Allison Dunn.

23. UPCOMING EVENTS:

10TH ANNUAL GRADUATE EDUCATION WEEK: Mar 19-26
This week-long celebration offers opportunities to all members of the university community to be involved with graduate education:  dance zumba, play with state-of-the-art technology tools, learn about leadership, visit the GSA’s research showcase, go to The Lyric, compete in teams in Grad Olympics, eat at the Big Cook Out and more! See the GEW 2010 website for details.

March 8-14

1. WEEKLY SERVICES IN THE GLC
Please note that there will not be career services walk-in advising, and writing support in the GLC during spring break. All weekly services will resume next week.

2. GRADUATE STUDENT PHOTO & ART CONTEST 2010 – enter by March 10
The Graduate School seeks submissions of photographs and artwork by graduate students for display in the Graduate Life Center. All selected entries will be displayed in the GLC on a temporary, rotating basis. Enter by March 10. This year’s theme: The NRV through Graduate Students’ Eyes. The new set of photos and artwork will be unveiled during Graduate Education Week, March 22-26; winners will receive a prize! More information.

3. SPRING AFTERNOON BREAK
Wednesday, Mar 10, 2:00-3:00pm, GLC Lobby
If you can’t take spring break, take an afternoon break! Instead of feeling sorry for yourself in your lab, office or at home, commiserate with fellow graduate students over some home-made baked goods, coffee and other refreshments.  Please help us estimate the amount of food needed by letting us know if you are planning to come. Remember that you can enter the GLC with your valid Hokie Passport any time.

4. JOIN OUR ETHICAL PURSUITS IN ACADEME FAN PAGE
Join the Graduate School’s Facebook fan page for ethics, where we post articles, stories, and media on ethics in scholarship, teaching, service, and life. oin, you do have to get back to work.

5. NEED INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR HONORS/AWARDS/SCHOLARSHIPS for 2009-10
Every year the Graduate School publishes Graduate Students of Distinction, an online document listing awards, honors, fellowships and scholarships received by graduate students. Please let us know of any honors, awards, etc. that you have received since April 2009 by completing a quick, simple survey by April 15.

6. GLOBAL HOKIE ESSAY CONTEST
The Gamma Omega chapter of the PBD International Honor Society invites you to participate in their annual essay contest: submit your essay by Monday, Mar 22, 5:00pm. All VT faculty, staff, and students are eligible to enter. Topic: ‘What does it mean to be a Global Hokie?’ Word limit: 500. Cash prizes of $200, $100, $50 will be awarded. Winners will be announced at Phi Beta Delta’s Spring Induction Ceremony on Tuesday, Apr 13. For more information contact Betty Watts, 1-6452. Please submit hardcopy to: Betty Watts, International Affairs Office, 526 Prices Fork Road (MRC 0378), Blacksburg, VA 24060.

7. MOVIE MANIA – SURVEY OF INTEREST – 2nd posting

The GLC Fellows are working on bringing a series of movies to the GLC that would interest graduate students. The Fellows would appreciate your assistance in selecting the kind of movies you would like to see. Please complete this survey. If you have any questions, contact Josey Chacko.

8. INVITATION TO PARTICIPATE IN ArtsFusion 2010
VT’s School of Performing Arts and Cinema is facilitating ArtsFusion 2010, April 17-25, and they would love to have graduate students be part of it. Dor Cosby Atkinson, graduate student in Theatre Arts, invites you to join if you’ve planned or will plan an arts event (including music, dance, visual arts, theater arts, film and much more) for that week. By partnering with ArtsFusion, your organization will be paired with an established event. Your event would be included in the ArtsFusion marketing campaign at no cost to you. Contact them as soon as possible if you are interested. Contact 231-5200 or e-mail  if you are interested in participating.

9. GRAD RESEARCH ASST POSITION IN OIRED FOR 2010-11
The Office of Int’l Research, Education and Development is seeking a 12-m GRA to conduct research on gendered knowledge, beliefs and perceptions supporting conservation agriculture production systems (CAPS). Strong writing and analytic skills and experience in database management and/or statistical analysis, report and journal article development, and searching library databases required. Cross-disciplinary experience in agricultural technology studies, human geography, sociology (or related discipline), and outreach and communication with a special interest in international development issues expected. Demonstrated interest in gender studies. French, Spanish (or other) language capability desired. Experience with Scholar and teaching a plus. Send cover letter describing your interests and experience, resume, two examples of your disciplinary writing, and a copy of academic transcript (photocopy/ PDF is OK) to Betty Watts, bettyw@vt.edu; use “SANREM Gender GRA” in the subject heading of your email. SANREM CRSP.

10. HELP BRING GOOGLE FTTH PROJECT TO BLACKSBURG
Blacksburg and Virginia Tech have teamed up to submit a joint application for Google’s project to build ultra-high speed fiber networks in a number of locations across the country. If selected, Blacksburg would be the recipient of Internet speeds 100 times faster than what most Americans have access to today. The local project team is calling on the community for their help. There are two steps to completing the Google Request for Information (RFI): (1) the government response, and (2) the community response, due by Mar 26, 2010. Residents are asked to fill out a short online form and clicking on “Nominate Your Community.” The form requires a name, city and state, and a paragraph or more explaining why you would like to have Google locate in Blacksburg. Reasons could include the need for increased broadband access for business, education, arts, entertainment, etc. Google is particularly interested in creative thinking and next generation ideas. See a sample template response. For additional information please contact Brenda van Gelder.

11. UPCOMING EVENTS:

EVENING WITH THE INDUSTRIES
Wednesday, Mar 17, 6:30pm, Old Dominion Ballroom in Squires
Sponsored by the Society of Women Engineers, Evening with the Industries can help you meet potential employers from all backgrounds of engineering. This is a sit down dinner prior to CAMEO’s Careerfest in March. Cost: $10. Pre-registration and payment are required. Contact Coco McBride to register.

EVENING OF POETRY AND SPOKEN WORD
Thursday, Mar 18, time and location TBA
March 15-19 is Delta Week!  During this week the Blacksburg Alumnae Chapter of
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc will hold several events in the Blacksburg community, among them a special evening of poetry and spoken word on Thursday, Mar 18. If you are a graduate student or professional who would like to share some of your work with a crowd of your peers, please contact doctoral student Alicia Feagins.

FREE FUNDRAISER YOGA CLASSES AT IN BALANCE YOGA STUDIO
Thursdays, Mar 18, 25, 4:00pm, In Balance Yoga Studio, downtown Blacksburg Suggested donation $10/class (donations over $10 will be entered to win raffles!) Money raised will be donated to Bike the US for MS as they collect funds to donate to a Multiple Sclerosis Clinic in Charlottesville, VA. Bike the US for MS organizes yearly cross-country bike trips during the summer to fundraise and volunteer to raise awareness and money for Multiple Sclerosis clinics and research. To sign up for the yoga classes, please call In Balance Yoga Studio, 961-1030. Find out more about Bike the US for MS. This message is posted on behalf of vet med student Carmen Ledesma.

March 8-14

1. WEEKLY SERVICES IN THE GLC
Please note that there will not be career services walk-in advising, and writing support in the GLC during spring break. All weekly services will resume next week.

2. GRADUATE STUDENT PHOTO & ART CONTEST 2010 – enter by March 10
The Graduate School seeks submissions of photographs and artwork by graduate students for display in the Graduate Life Center. All selected entries will be displayed in the GLC on a temporary, rotating basis. Enter by March 10. This year’s theme: The NRV through Graduate Students’ Eyes. The new set of photos and artwork will be unveiled during Graduate Education Week, March 22-26; winners will receive a prize! More information.

3. SPRING AFTERNOON BREAK
Wednesday, Mar 10, 2:00-3:00pm, GLC Lobby
If you can’t take spring break, take an afternoon break! Instead of feeling sorry for yourself in your lab, office or at home, commiserate with fellow graduate students over some home-made baked goods, coffee and other refreshments.  Please help us estimate the amount of food needed by letting us know if you are planning to come. Remember that you can enter the GLC with your valid Hokie Passport any time.

4. JOIN OUR ETHICAL PURSUITS IN ACADEME FAN PAGE
Join the Graduate School’s Facebook fan page for ethics, where we post articles, stories, and media on ethics in scholarship, teaching, service, and life. oin, you do have to get back to work.

5. NEED INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR HONORS/AWARDS/SCHOLARSHIPS for 2009-10
Every year the Graduate School publishes Graduate Students of Distinction, an online document listing awards, honors, fellowships and scholarships received by graduate students. Please let us know of any honors, awards, etc. that you have received since April 2009 by completing a quick, simple survey by April 15.

6. GLOBAL HOKIE ESSAY CONTEST
The Gamma Omega chapter of the PBD International Honor Society invites you to participate in their annual essay contest: submit your essay by Monday, Mar 22, 5:00pm. All VT faculty, staff, and students are eligible to enter. Topic: ‘What does it mean to be a Global Hokie?’ Word limit: 500. Cash prizes of $200, $100, $50 will be awarded. Winners will be announced at Phi Beta Delta’s Spring Induction Ceremony on Tuesday, Apr 13. For more information contact Betty Watts, 1-6452. Please submit hardcopy to: Betty Watts, International Affairs Office, 526 Prices Fork Road (MRC 0378), Blacksburg, VA 24060.

7. MOVIE MANIA – SURVEY OF INTEREST – 2nd posting

The GLC Fellows are working on bringing a series of movies to the GLC that would interest graduate students. The Fellows would appreciate your assistance in selecting the kind of movies you would like to see. Please complete this survey. If you have any questions, contact Josey Chacko.

8. INVITATION TO PARTICIPATE IN ArtsFusion 2010
VT’s School of Performing Arts and Cinema is facilitating ArtsFusion 2010, April 17-25, and they would love to have graduate students be part of it. Dor Cosby Atkinson, graduate student in Theatre Arts, invites you to join if you’ve planned or will plan an arts event (including music, dance, visual arts, theater arts, film and much more) for that week. By partnering with ArtsFusion, your organization will be paired with an established event. Your event would be included in the ArtsFusion marketing campaign at no cost to you. Contact them as soon as possible if you are interested. Contact 231-5200 or e-mail  if you are interested in participating.

9. GRAD RESEARCH ASST POSITION IN OIRED FOR 2010-11
The Office of Int’l Research, Education and Development is seeking a 12-m GRA to conduct research on gendered knowledge, beliefs and perceptions supporting conservation agriculture production systems (CAPS). Strong writing and analytic skills and experience in database management and/or statistical analysis, report and journal article development, and searching library databases required. Cross-disciplinary experience in agricultural technology studies, human geography, sociology (or related discipline), and outreach and communication with a special interest in international development issues expected. Demonstrated interest in gender studies. French, Spanish (or other) language capability desired. Experience with Scholar and teaching a plus. Send cover letter describing your interests and experience, resume, two examples of your disciplinary writing, and a copy of academic transcript (photocopy/ PDF is OK) to Betty Watts, bettyw@vt.edu; use “SANREM Gender GRA” in the subject heading of your email. SANREM CRSP.

10. HELP BRING GOOGLE FTTH PROJECT TO BLACKSBURG
Blacksburg and Virginia Tech have teamed up to submit a joint application for Google’s project to build ultra-high speed fiber networks in a number of locations across the country. If selected, Blacksburg would be the recipient of Internet speeds 100 times faster than what most Americans have access to today. The local project team is calling on the community for their help. There are two steps to completing the Google Request for Information (RFI): (1) the government response, and (2) the community response, due by Mar 26, 2010. Residents are asked to fill out a short online form and clicking on “Nominate Your Community.” The form requires a name, city and state, and a paragraph or more explaining why you would like to have Google locate in Blacksburg. Reasons could include the need for increased broadband access for business, education, arts, entertainment, etc. Google is particularly interested in creative thinking and next generation ideas. See a sample template response. For additional information please contact Brenda van Gelder.

11. UPCOMING EVENTS:

EVENING WITH THE INDUSTRIES
Wednesday, Mar 17, 6:30pm, Old Dominion Ballroom in Squires
Sponsored by the Society of Women Engineers, Evening with the Industries can help you meet potential employers from all backgrounds of engineering. This is a sit down dinner prior to CAMEO’s Careerfest in March. Cost: $10. Pre-registration and payment are required. Contact Coco McBride to register.

EVENING OF POETRY AND SPOKEN WORD
Thursday, Mar 18, time and location TBA
March 15-19 is Delta Week!  During this week the Blacksburg Alumnae Chapter of
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc will hold several events in the Blacksburg community, among them a special evening of poetry and spoken word on Thursday, Mar 18. If you are a graduate student or professional who would like to share some of your work with a crowd of your peers, please contact doctoral student Alicia Feagins.

FREE FUNDRAISER YOGA CLASSES AT IN BALANCE YOGA STUDIO
Thursdays, Mar 18, 25, 4:00pm, In Balance Yoga Studio, downtown Blacksburg Suggested donation $10/class (donations over $10 will be entered to win raffles!) Money raised will be donated to Bike the US for MS as they collect funds to donate to a Multiple Sclerosis Clinic in Charlottesville, VA. Bike the US for MS organizes yearly cross-country bike trips during the summer to fundraise and volunteer to raise awareness and money for Multiple Sclerosis clinics and research. To sign up for the yoga classes, please call In Balance Yoga Studio, 961-1030. Find out more about Bike the US for MS. This message is posted on behalf of vet med student Carmen Ledesma.

March 1-7, 2010

1. WEEKLY SERVICES IN THE GLC

  • Career services walk-in advising: Wednesdays, 1:30-5:00pm, GLC Study Room
  • Walk-in counseling: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, 1:00-5:00pm, Green Room (across from G)
  • Writing support: Mondays (4-6pm) and Wednesdays (4-7pm), Student Lounge

2. GRADUATE STUDENT PHOTO & ART CONTEST 2010 – enter by March 10
Help us decorate the GLC and win an award during Grad Ed Week! The Graduate School seeks submissions of photographs and artwork by graduate students for display in the Graduate Life Center. All selected entries will be displayed in the GLC on a temporary, rotating basis. Enter by March 10. This year’s theme: The NRV through Graduate Students’ Eyes. The new set of photos and artwork will be unveiled during Graduate Education Week, March 22-26. More information.

3. ETHICS BOWL 2010
Tuesday, Mar 2, 3:00-4:30pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
It’s still not too late to register for the Ethics Bowl to test your sense of ethics, communication and critical thinking skills. Consider, discuss and resolve case-study based ethical dilemmas with fellow students and faculty. You may sign up as a team of 3-4, or as an individual and be assigned to a team by the organizers. Teams may include current VT students, faculty or staff, but team leaders must be graduate students. Register here.

4. CLOGGING – WOMEN’S MONTH DANCE SERIES
Tuesday, Mar 2, 12:00-1:00pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
Join a few Hoorah Cloggers in an easy clogging lesson and learn to do a few traditional clogging steps yourself.  Learn a bit about local Appalachian history, music and dance and impress all your friends next time you go dancing!  Please wear shoes that have slippery soles (leather, hard plastic, etc. (Tennis shoes are hard to dance in). Questions?  Contact Lindsay Moss.

5. STRESS MANAGEMENT COUNSELING GROUP
Tuesdays, Mar 16 through Apr 27, 5:00-6:30pm, GLC Room D
Stress management is a common problem for all college students, especially graduate students. This small group will help you explore sources of personal stress and practice simple stress management techniques you can perform to prevent counter-productive stress. If you are interested in attending the stress management group or if you have any questions, please contact Jodie Kern-Bowen,  540-231-1719.

6. NETWORKING: THE BACKBONE OF YOUR JOB SEARCH
Tuesday, Mar 2, 5:30pm, GLC Room F
Networking: You’ve heard the word and possibly even know what it means – but are you using this essential job search skill appropriately–or at all?  Too many job searches shy away from networking because they say they don’t know anyone or feel like they’re using people-or any number of other excuses.  Attend this session to demystify networking and learn the basics of how to get started.

7. HOOP DANCE – WOMEN’S MONTH DANCE SERIES
Tuesday, Mar 2, 5:30-6:30pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
In this one-hour workshop, Becca of Wild Earth Hoops will instruct participants on the basics of hoop dance including hooping on the waist, hips and hands. More advanced instruction will be available at the end of the workshop for those familiar with hoop dance.  Grab your favorite Sister Friend and come see what the hoopla is all about!  Hoops will be available for the duration of the workshop. Questions?  Contact Lindsay Moss.

8. SPEAKERS ON LEADERSHIP & SKILLS IN AN HOUR (SPLASH): GENDER & LEADERSHIP
Tuesday, Mar 2, 5:30pm, Brush Mountain A
This event is part of Women’s Month 2010: How does society look at the relationship between gender and leadership? Do we have different expectations for male vs. female leaders? If so why? What biases do we have regarding gender and leadership? Join Ana LoMascolo and Kathy Lokale from the Women’s Center to discuss more about gender differences and leadership. For further information contact Ana Barrenechea.

9. TEACHER RESPONSES TO EXPRESSIONS OF VIOLENCE

Tuesday, Mar 2, 7:00-8:30pm, Torgersen Museum Room (1100)
The Women’s and Gender Studies (WGS) program sponsors this forum that consists of a panel, followed by general discussion, to explore ways to limit and respond to threats and expressions of violence in the classroom. Panelists include Ann Kilkelly (Theater Arts and WGS), Neal King (WGS and Sociology), Bob Leonard (Theater Arts), Lucinda Roy (English) and Barbara Ellen Smith (WGS and Sociology). The forum is open to all, but is designed particularly for instructors of any rank (including GTAs) or department who wish to discuss these issues. Contact: Barbara Ellen Smith or Neal King.

10. AMATEUR READIO TEST SESSION
Tuesday, Mar 2, 8:15pm in Dogwood Room in Squires
The VT Amateur Radio Association will hold an amateur radio test session. The test fee is $14, payable by cash (preferably) or check (made out to VT Amateur Radio Association). Photo ID required (Hokie Passport or a driver’s license is sufficient). Please plan on arriving five to ten minutes early. All three license classes will be offered (Technician, General, and Extra).  If you pass the first test, you may take the next test (all the way up to Extra).  You may bring a calculator, but you may not store any data in it that was not programmed at the factory. Contact ECE grad student Mike Benonis mjb8h@vt.edu for more information, or visit  VTARA Website.

11. CLIMATE CHANGE DOCUMENTARY
Wednesday, Mar 3; 7:00pm, GLC Student TV Lounge
Come out and hear from a fellow graduate student who attended COP15 to watch the documentary “Home” about mother earth and our life.  Scientists tell us that we have 10 years to change the way we live, avert the depletion of natural resources and the catastrophic evolution of the Earth’s climate.  Participate in a lively discussion before and after the film.  Questions? Contact Xiaochen Zhang.

12. MONTHLY BOOK CLUB
Thursday Mar 4, 6:00-8:00pm, Easy Chair Coffee Shop
The Blacksburg Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc will hold its monthly Book Club with special guest discussion leader Dr. Gena Chandler, asst professor of English. Each month the club reads a different book and then meets to discuss it.  The book for March is Victoire: My Mother’s Mother by Maryse Conde (participants secure their own copies). If you are a graduate student who enjoys extra-curricular reading and lively discussion, please join. All are welcome.  For more information please contact Alicia Feagins:  afeagins@vt.edu

13. WOMEN’S MONTH CELEBRATION
Thursday, Mar 4, 6:00-9:00pm, University Club
Co-sponsored by the Graduate Student Assembly and the Iranian Society at Virginia Tech, this event promises to offer a joyful night of music, wine, art and dance. Purchase ticket at the door. If you have any questions please contact Mana.

14. WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH 2010 LUNCHEON
Friday, Mar 5, 12:00-1:30pm, Torgersen Museum
Celebrate Women’s Month 2010 with the Graduate School’s office of recruitment and diversity initiatives during a lunch and an informal discussion with women in graduate studies, faculty, and the Graduate School deans. Women’s Month recognizes, affirms, and showcases the achievements, concerns, and diversity of women. Please RSVP by March 3. For further information contact Jane Rorrer, jrorrer@vt.edu. 

15. NEED INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR HONORS/AWARDS/SCHOLARSHIPS for 2009-10
Every year the Graduate School publishes Graduate Students of Distinction,  an online document listing awards, honors, fellowships and scholarships received by graduate students. Please let us know of any honors, awards, etc. that you have received since April 2009 by completing a quick, simple survey by April 15.

16. GLOBAL HOKIE ESSAY CONTEST
The Gamma Omega chapter of the PBD International Honor Society invites you to participate in their annual essay contest: submit your essay by Monday, Mar 22,  5:00pm. All VT faculty, staff, and students are eligible to enter. Topic: ‘What does it mean to be a Global Hokie?’ Word limit: 500. Cash prizes of $200, $100, $50 will be awarded. Winners will be announced at Phi Beta Delta’s Spring Induction Ceremony on Tuesday, Apr 13. For more information contact Betty Watts, 1-6452. Please submit hardcopy to: Betty Watts, International Affairs Office, 526 Prices Fork Road (MRC 0378), Blacksburg, VA 24060.

17. WALK-IN STATISTICAL CONSULTING

A statistical consultant is available Mon-Fri 12:00-2:00pm through May 6 to answer your quick questions or to help with research projects requiring less than 30 minutes of assistance. The LISA Walk-in Consulting Service is located in 401 Hutcheson Hall near the elevator by the east side stairwell. Knock loudly. For more in-depth questions or longer projects, complete the LISA Request Form and a team of statistical collaborators will be assigned to work with you. Note: LISA does not assist with class projects or homework. Closed: Spring Break (March 6-14) and on the Day of Remembrance (April 16).  To learn more about the Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Statistical Analysis (LISA), visit www.lisa.stat.vt.edu/.

18. MOVIE MANIA – SURVEY OF INTEREST
The GLC Fellows are working on bringing a series of movies to the GLC that would interest graduate students. The Fellows would appreciate your assistance in selecting the kind of movies you would like to see. Please complete the survey at: https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1265248650396. If you have any questions, contact Josey Chacko.

19. JOB FAIR IN NORTHERN VA GRAD CENTER (FALLS CHURCH, VA)
Attend the 19th Annual National Capital Region Job Fair sponsored by the Virginia Tech Alumni Association. More than 65+ professional and high tech companies from Virginia, Maryland, and DC will be recruiting for all levels and disciplines. No cost to attend and all job seekers are welcome. Parking is limited, so please take the Orange Line Metro to the West Falls Church – VT/UVA Metro Station. Register online and submit your resume by March 5. Even if you can’t attend, you may submit your resume for inclusion in the resume book provided to all recruiters. More information and a complete list of participating companies.

20. GSA TRAVEL FUND APPLICATIONS ACCEPTED NOW

The GSA Travel Fund Program (TFP) offers awards to support the cost of presenting at a conference.  Master’s students may receive up to $350 and doctoral students up to $500.  The application period for travel between January 1 and June 30 will be open from February 1 to March 5.  Visit http://www.gsa.uusa.vt.edu/programs/travel_fund for instructions on how to apply.  Please contact Lora Cavuoto with any questions.

21. UPCOMING EVENTS:

EVENING WITH THE INDUSTRIES
Wednesday, Mar 17, 6:30pm, Old Dominion Ballroom in Squires
Sponsored by the Society of Women Engineers, Evening with the Industries can help you meet potential employers from all backgrounds of engineering. This is a sit down dinner prior to CAMEO’s Careerfest in March. Cost: $10. Pre-registration and payment are required. Contact Coco McBride to register.

March 1-7, 2010

1. WEEKLY SERVICES IN THE GLC

  • Career services walk-in advising: Wednesdays, 1:30-5:00pm, GLC Study Room
  • Walk-in counseling: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, 1:00-5:00pm, Green Room (across from G)
  • Writing support: Mondays (4-6pm) and Wednesdays (4-7pm), Student Lounge

2. GRADUATE STUDENT PHOTO & ART CONTEST 2010 – enter by March 10
Help us decorate the GLC and win an award during Grad Ed Week! The Graduate School seeks submissions of photographs and artwork by graduate students for display in the Graduate Life Center. All selected entries will be displayed in the GLC on a temporary, rotating basis. Enter by March 10. This year’s theme: The NRV through Graduate Students’ Eyes. The new set of photos and artwork will be unveiled during Graduate Education Week, March 22-26. More information.

3. ETHICS BOWL 2010
Tuesday, Mar 2, 3:00-4:30pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
It’s still not too late to register for the Ethics Bowl to test your sense of ethics, communication and critical thinking skills. Consider, discuss and resolve case-study based ethical dilemmas with fellow students and faculty. You may sign up as a team of 3-4, or as an individual and be assigned to a team by the organizers. Teams may include current VT students, faculty or staff, but team leaders must be graduate students. Register here.

4. CLOGGING – WOMEN’S MONTH DANCE SERIES
Tuesday, Mar 2, 12:00-1:00pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
Join a few Hoorah Cloggers in an easy clogging lesson and learn to do a few traditional clogging steps yourself.  Learn a bit about local Appalachian history, music and dance and impress all your friends next time you go dancing!  Please wear shoes that have slippery soles (leather, hard plastic, etc. (Tennis shoes are hard to dance in). Questions?  Contact Lindsay Moss.

5. STRESS MANAGEMENT COUNSELING GROUP
Tuesdays, Mar 16 through Apr 27, 5:00-6:30pm, GLC Room D
Stress management is a common problem for all college students, especially graduate students. This small group will help you explore sources of personal stress and practice simple stress management techniques you can perform to prevent counter-productive stress. If you are interested in attending the stress management group or if you have any questions, please contact Jodie Kern-Bowen,  540-231-1719.

6. NETWORKING: THE BACKBONE OF YOUR JOB SEARCH
Tuesday, Mar 2, 5:30pm, GLC Room F
Networking: You’ve heard the word and possibly even know what it means – but are you using this essential job search skill appropriately–or at all?  Too many job searches shy away from networking because they say they don’t know anyone or feel like they’re using people-or any number of other excuses.  Attend this session to demystify networking and learn the basics of how to get started.

7. HOOP DANCE – WOMEN’S MONTH DANCE SERIES
Tuesday, Mar 2, 5:30-6:30pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
In this one-hour workshop, Becca of Wild Earth Hoops will instruct participants on the basics of hoop dance including hooping on the waist, hips and hands. More advanced instruction will be available at the end of the workshop for those familiar with hoop dance.  Grab your favorite Sister Friend and come see what the hoopla is all about!  Hoops will be available for the duration of the workshop. Questions?  Contact Lindsay Moss.

8. SPEAKERS ON LEADERSHIP & SKILLS IN AN HOUR (SPLASH): GENDER & LEADERSHIP
Tuesday, Mar 2, 5:30pm, Brush Mountain A
This event is part of Women’s Month 2010: How does society look at the relationship between gender and leadership? Do we have different expectations for male vs. female leaders? If so why? What biases do we have regarding gender and leadership? Join Ana LoMascolo and Kathy Lokale from the Women’s Center to discuss more about gender differences and leadership. For further information contact Ana Barrenechea.

9. TEACHER RESPONSES TO EXPRESSIONS OF VIOLENCE

Tuesday, Mar 2, 7:00-8:30pm, Torgersen Museum Room (1100)
The Women’s and Gender Studies (WGS) program sponsors this forum that consists of a panel, followed by general discussion, to explore ways to limit and respond to threats and expressions of violence in the classroom. Panelists include Ann Kilkelly (Theater Arts and WGS), Neal King (WGS and Sociology), Bob Leonard (Theater Arts), Lucinda Roy (English) and Barbara Ellen Smith (WGS and Sociology). The forum is open to all, but is designed particularly for instructors of any rank (including GTAs) or department who wish to discuss these issues. Contact: Barbara Ellen Smith or Neal King.

10. AMATEUR READIO TEST SESSION
Tuesday, Mar 2, 8:15pm in Dogwood Room in Squires
The VT Amateur Radio Association will hold an amateur radio test session. The test fee is $14, payable by cash (preferably) or check (made out to VT Amateur Radio Association). Photo ID required (Hokie Passport or a driver’s license is sufficient). Please plan on arriving five to ten minutes early. All three license classes will be offered (Technician, General, and Extra).  If you pass the first test, you may take the next test (all the way up to Extra).  You may bring a calculator, but you may not store any data in it that was not programmed at the factory. Contact ECE grad student Mike Benonis mjb8h@vt.edu for more information, or visit  VTARA Website.

11. CLIMATE CHANGE DOCUMENTARY
Wednesday, Mar 3; 7:00pm, GLC Student TV Lounge
Come out and hear from a fellow graduate student who attended COP15 to watch the documentary “Home” about mother earth and our life.  Scientists tell us that we have 10 years to change the way we live, avert the depletion of natural resources and the catastrophic evolution of the Earth’s climate.  Participate in a lively discussion before and after the film.  Questions? Contact Xiaochen Zhang.

12. MONTHLY BOOK CLUB
Thursday Mar 4, 6:00-8:00pm, Easy Chair Coffee Shop
The Blacksburg Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc will hold its monthly Book Club with special guest discussion leader Dr. Gena Chandler, asst professor of English. Each month the club reads a different book and then meets to discuss it.  The book for March is Victoire: My Mother’s Mother by Maryse Conde (participants secure their own copies). If you are a graduate student who enjoys extra-curricular reading and lively discussion, please join. All are welcome.  For more information please contact Alicia Feagins:  afeagins@vt.edu

13. WOMEN’S MONTH CELEBRATION
Thursday, Mar 4, 6:00-9:00pm, University Club
Co-sponsored by the Graduate Student Assembly and the Iranian Society at Virginia Tech, this event promises to offer a joyful night of music, wine, art and dance. Purchase ticket at the door. If you have any questions please contact Mana.

14. WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH 2010 LUNCHEON
Friday, Mar 5, 12:00-1:30pm, Torgersen Museum
Celebrate Women’s Month 2010 with the Graduate School’s office of recruitment and diversity initiatives during a lunch and an informal discussion with women in graduate studies, faculty, and the Graduate School deans. Women’s Month recognizes, affirms, and showcases the achievements, concerns, and diversity of women. Please RSVP by March 3. For further information contact Jane Rorrer, jrorrer@vt.edu. 

15. NEED INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR HONORS/AWARDS/SCHOLARSHIPS for 2009-10
Every year the Graduate School publishes Graduate Students of Distinction,  an online document listing awards, honors, fellowships and scholarships received by graduate students. Please let us know of any honors, awards, etc. that you have received since April 2009 by completing a quick, simple survey by April 15.

16. GLOBAL HOKIE ESSAY CONTEST
The Gamma Omega chapter of the PBD International Honor Society invites you to participate in their annual essay contest: submit your essay by Monday, Mar 22,  5:00pm. All VT faculty, staff, and students are eligible to enter. Topic: ‘What does it mean to be a Global Hokie?’ Word limit: 500. Cash prizes of $200, $100, $50 will be awarded. Winners will be announced at Phi Beta Delta’s Spring Induction Ceremony on Tuesday, Apr 13. For more information contact Betty Watts, 1-6452. Please submit hardcopy to: Betty Watts, International Affairs Office, 526 Prices Fork Road (MRC 0378), Blacksburg, VA 24060.

17. WALK-IN STATISTICAL CONSULTING

A statistical consultant is available Mon-Fri 12:00-2:00pm through May 6 to answer your quick questions or to help with research projects requiring less than 30 minutes of assistance. The LISA Walk-in Consulting Service is located in 401 Hutcheson Hall near the elevator by the east side stairwell. Knock loudly. For more in-depth questions or longer projects, complete the LISA Request Form and a team of statistical collaborators will be assigned to work with you. Note: LISA does not assist with class projects or homework. Closed: Spring Break (March 6-14) and on the Day of Remembrance (April 16).  To learn more about the Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Statistical Analysis (LISA), visit www.lisa.stat.vt.edu/.

18. MOVIE MANIA – SURVEY OF INTEREST
The GLC Fellows are working on bringing a series of movies to the GLC that would interest graduate students. The Fellows would appreciate your assistance in selecting the kind of movies you would like to see. Please complete the survey at: https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1265248650396. If you have any questions, contact Josey Chacko.

19. JOB FAIR IN NORTHERN VA GRAD CENTER (FALLS CHURCH, VA)
Attend the 19th Annual National Capital Region Job Fair sponsored by the Virginia Tech Alumni Association. More than 65+ professional and high tech companies from Virginia, Maryland, and DC will be recruiting for all levels and disciplines. No cost to attend and all job seekers are welcome. Parking is limited, so please take the Orange Line Metro to the West Falls Church – VT/UVA Metro Station. Register online and submit your resume by March 5. Even if you can’t attend, you may submit your resume for inclusion in the resume book provided to all recruiters. More information and a complete list of participating companies.

20. GSA TRAVEL FUND APPLICATIONS ACCEPTED NOW

The GSA Travel Fund Program (TFP) offers awards to support the cost of presenting at a conference.  Master’s students may receive up to $350 and doctoral students up to $500.  The application period for travel between January 1 and June 30 will be open from February 1 to March 5.  Visit http://www.gsa.uusa.vt.edu/programs/travel_fund for instructions on how to apply.  Please contact Lora Cavuoto with any questions.

21. UPCOMING EVENTS:

EVENING WITH THE INDUSTRIES
Wednesday, Mar 17, 6:30pm, Old Dominion Ballroom in Squires
Sponsored by the Society of Women Engineers, Evening with the Industries can help you meet potential employers from all backgrounds of engineering. This is a sit down dinner prior to CAMEO’s Careerfest in March. Cost: $10. Pre-registration and payment are required. Contact Coco McBride to register.