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.