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.