Events, services and opportunities for graduate students

1. WEEKLY SERVICES IN THE GLC

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

2. GRADUATE STUDENT PHOTO & ART DISPLAY FALL 2010 – enter by Oct 15
To celebrate the 5-year anniversary of the opening of the Graduate Life Center, the Graduate School is inviting submissions of photography and artwork by graduate students for display in the GLC. Selected pieces will be displayed from November 1, 2010 through March 21, 2011. Submissions are limited to three pieces (art and/or photography) per graduate student. Learn more here, or contact Monika Gibson at gibsonm@vt.edu with questions.

3. FREE SELF-DEFENSE CLASS
Tuesday, Sep 28, 5:00-6:00pm, GLC Room F
Interested in learning self defense? Participate in this free self-defense class taught by VTPD Officer Hamilton. Lots of learning, as well as light refreshments provided. This event is sponsored by the GLC Fellows, so please send questions or requests for more information to Nicole Engel at nme001@vt.edu. 

4. PATENTS AND PATENT LAW: HOW DO SCIENTISTS AND ENGINEERS GET LEGAL PROTECTION FOR THEIR INNOVATIONS

Tuesday, Sep 28, 6:15-7:30pm, 1760 Litton Reaves
Student Intellectual Property Society at Virginia Tech invites graduate students to this presentation by Michael Greenbaum, registered patent attorney and partner at Blank Rome LLP in Washington, DC, to explore how engineers and scientists can get legal protection for their innovations.

5. ACOUSTIC CAFÉ
Tuesday, Sep 28, 7:00-9:30pm, GLC Student Lounge
The Graduate Student Assembly is co-sponsoring an Acoustic Café in conjunction with VTU, and they want graduate students to participate by sharing their gifts (spoken word, instrumental, voice, etc.)!  For more information or interested talent, please contact vtualtsd@vt.edu.

6. START SMART: HOW TO IMPROVE PUBLIC SPEAKING SKILLS

Wednesday, Sep 29, 12:00-1:00pm, GLC Room C
Guest speaker: Brandi Quesenberry, Director of Public Speaking and CommLab. Hosted by the Cranwell International Center, this lunch series helps new international graduate students become familiar with various elements of the American higher education system, expectations and culture. Students who attend at least three Start Smart sessions will receive a gift card to Kroger or Food Lion. Bring your own lunch.

7. HOW TO THRIVE IN GRAD SCHOOL: THE IMPOSTER SYNDROME

Thursday, Sep 30, 1:30-3:00pm, GLC Room C
Do you ever wonder about your own competence? Worry about being found out, that you are not good enough for graduate school after all? There are ways to accurately assess yourself and your abilities, overcome the doubts the “imposter syndrome” can plant in your head, and become the successful student you can be. Attend this workshop and learn more about how to empower yourself. 

8. LATIN AMERICA ART EXPOSITION: “FRAGMENTOS TROPICALES”

Thu-Sat, Sep 30-Oct 2, Cranwell International Center (Th 5-9p; F 9am-7pm; Sa 9a-12n)
The Latin American and Iberian Graduate Student Association invites you to this exhibit of Latin American art. Meet with the artists and enjoy some Latin American food. The artists are from Argentina, Colombia, Mexico, Panama, and Spain. This event is co-sponsored by LAIGSA and Multicultural Programs and Services. Attendance free.

9. GRAD STUDENT GROUP: THRIVE OR SURVIVE?
Thursdays, 4:00-5:00pm, GLC Room C
You may feel overwhelmed by having to manage relationships with colleagues, advisors, family, friends, roommates; your support system may be in a different state or a different country; you may have a family to take care of in addition to graduate school. And then there are issues like prelims, theses, dissertations, teaching, research, etc. Meet on Thursday afternoons with Cook Counseling staff and fellow graduate students to talk about these and other issues, seek and provide support, empower each other, and learn how to navigate the university’s systems and resources.

10. GSA POTLUCK AND POT PAINTING
Thursday, Sep 30, 6:00-7:30pm, GLC Room B
Join GSA for a potluck dinner and artistic escape: use your creativity to paint a terra cotta pot and relax with friends while enjoying a potluck dinner. Pots, paints, and brushes will be provided, but feel free to bring your own paint or decorations to add to the rainbow of choices. All guests are asked to bring a covered dish to add to the collective dinner.  Be sure to wear clothes you can paint in!  Children, spouses, and friends are welcome. Please register  here. Contact Amanda Cronin Rumore, VP of Programs, at ajcronin@vt.edu with any questions.

11. OUTDOOR CLUB WHITEWATER RAFTING – SIGN UP NOW!
Sunday, Oct 3, 7:00am to 6:30pm.
The Outdoor Club of Virginia Tech (OCVT) is organizing a whitewater rafting trip to raft the entire Gauley, upper and lower; 23 miles of river, over a 100 rapids, in 1 day.  Experience one of the best whitewater rafting in the country!  Rafters have to be at base camp in WV, at 7:00am and will finish rafting at 6:30 pm. For detailed trip information and costs please check the OCVT website http://www.outdoor.org.vt.edu/trips/gauley_2.htm. Sign up deadline is Sep 30 and you must know how to swim. Sign up  or send questions to  Nimal, nlobo@vt.edu.

12. PRESIDENTIAL MANAGEMENT FELLOWSHIP (PMF) OPPORTUNITY – 1st posting 
The PMF Program helps federal agencies attract outstanding master’s and doctoral students who have a clear interest in excellence in the leadership and management of public policies and programs. Students who meet all graduate degree requirements, including the completion or successful defense of any required thesis or dissertation, between Sep 1, 2010 and Aug 31, 2011, are eligible to apply in fall 2010 for the PMF class of 2011. Apply online. Applicants must be nominated by Graduate Dean Karen P. DePauw. Applicants should send by email to grads@vt.edu a completed PMF Form 1300 along with their CV and a brief essay that addresses:  1) breadth and quality of accomplishments;  2) capacity for leadership;  3) commitment to excellence in leadership and management of public policies and programs, or fax these to 540-231-3714 by Oct 15. Do not send directly to Dean DePauw. For questions call 540-231-4558.

13. RESEARCH SUBJECTS AGES 6-7-8 SOUGHT FOR STUDY- 1st posting
The Cognitive, Affect and Psychophysiology (C.A.P.) Laboratory in the Psychology
Department is recruiting 6-, 7- and 8-year-olds for a fun new study examining emotion and memory. Participants will be entered into a drawing for a $50.00 gift certificate to a local store of choice as well as receive a small gift card for Books-A-Million. If you have a 6-, 7- or 8-year-old and would like to participate or learn more about the study, please contact Anjolii Diaz at adiaz07@vt.edu for more information.

14. CITIZEN SCHOLAR EXPERIENCE
Have you used your research to benefit society in any way? If so, consider applying for the Citizen Scholar award.  If not, why not consider designing a Citizen Scholar project?  Learn more about program requirements.  Applications are due December 2.  For more information, email Eric Hodges at hodgeseb@vt.edu.

15. INTERDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH HONOR SOCIETY
With the objective of establishing the nation’s first honor society to recognize and promote interdisciplinary research, a group of graduate students are starting a student-led focus group to discuss and pursue this objective. If you are involved in or believe in the value of interdisciplinary research, if you have insights about the challenges and benefits of pursuing interdisciplinary research, you are strongly encouraged to join this student-led effort. Please submit your contact information and you will be contacted about scheduling the first meeting: . Contact Aly Tawfik at tawfik@vt.edu with questions.

16. VT’S PHI BETA KAPPA CHAPTER INVITES GRAD STUDENT PARTICIPATION
Graduate students who became members of Phi Beta Kappa as undergraduates are invited to join in the activities of VT’s Mu of Virginia chapter, which has been active on campus since 1977, sponsoring public forums and more intimate luncheon talks, initiating students, and awarding endowed prizes for student writing and for faculty research and creative achievement. If you are a PBK member who would enjoy the opportunity to meet your fellow VT members in an atmosphere of discovery and dialogue, please contact Paul Metz  for more information.

17. PROPOSALS DUE FOR CONFERENCE ON HIGHER ED PEDAGOGY – 2nd posting
Proposals are due on Oct 7 for the 3rd annual Conference on Higher Education Pedagogy, focused on teaching excellence, best practices, and the scholarship of teaching and learning. Sessions address disciplinary and interdisciplinary instructional strategies, outcomes, and research. Proposals are invited for Research, Practice or Poster sessions.

  •    Proposals Due: October 7, 2010
  •    Notification of Acceptance: October 21, 2010
  •    Registration Due: January 21, 2011
  •    Conference Date: February 3-4, 2011

There is no registration fee; however, both presenters and participants must register. For more information and registration visit the conference website.

18. GSA TRAVEL FUND PROGRAM (TFP): Cycle I
The Travel Fund Program (TFP) is here to help relieve some of your financial burdens associated with traveling to conferences to present your research. If you are traveling to present between July 1, 2010 to December 31, 2010, you are eligible to apply to the TFP to be reimbursed up to $350 as a master’s or $500 as a doctoral student. Applications open Sep 6-Oct 15, 2010 (5pm). There will be a joint workshop with the GRDP program to answer any of your questions about the application process on Wednesday, Sep 14. Please review http://www.gsa.uusa.vt.edu/programs/travel_fund for more information or email Courtney Gleason at GSATFPChair@gmail.com.

19. GSA-GRADUATE RESEARCH DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM (GRDP); CYCLE I

The GSA-GRDP is a competitive research funding program administered by the GSA to support qualified research and innovative ideas proposed by VT graduate students. Applications go through a rigorous review process by a panel of graduate students and faculty. Visit http://www.gsa.uusa.vt.edu/programs/research_program to learn more about this opportunity. A joint workshop with GSA-TFP program will be held on Sep 14 to answer any questions you may have about the application process. All questions should be directed to the GRDP chair, Ranjana Mehta, at GSAGRDPChair@gmail.com 

20. UPCOMING EVENTS:

DIALOGUE WITH THE DEAN
Tuesday, Oct 5, 5:30-7:00pm, GLC Room F
Discuss graduate student life and university policies over dinner with Dean DePauw. This is your opportunity to bring up issues that matter most to you! Space is limited, so please register here: https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1284307471940. Questions? Contact: Amanda Cronin Rumore, VP of Programs arumore@vt.edu. This event is sponsored by the GSA.

ETIQUETTE DINNER – register by Oct 8
Monday, Oct 25, 5:30-8:00pm, The Inn at Virginia Tech
Career Services offers this learning experience/etiquette dinner to help you practice your networking skills over dinner. The theme is “Meet, greet, and eat: A networking and fine dining experience.” Register by Oct 8 at the Smith Career Center. Space is limited, so sign up early. A $10 registration fee includes light hors d’oeuvres and a three course meal. Business attire required. 

TECHNICAL WRITING WORKSHOP – SIGN UP NOW!
Saturday, Oct 30, 10:00am-2:30pm, Fralin Auditorium
Sponsored by the Fralin Life Science Institute and the Graduate School, this technical writing workshop allows faculty and students to work together. Topics include: components of a manuscript; searching literature; technical writing and grammar, plagiarism and referencing, and editor’s perspective. A handbook and a pizza lunch will be provided to participants. Must register by Oct 15 by emailing to Dr. Janet Webster, jbwebste@vt.edu.

Events, services and opportunities for graduate students

1. WEEKLY SERVICES IN THE GLC

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

2. GRADUATE STUDENT PHOTO & ART DISPLAY FALL 2010 – enter by Oct 15
To celebrate the 5-year anniversary of the opening of the Graduate Life Center, the Graduate School is inviting submissions of photography and artwork by graduate students for display in the GLC. Selected pieces will be displayed from November 1, 2010 through March 21, 2011. Submissions are limited to three pieces (art and/or photography) per graduate student. Learn more here, or contact Monika Gibson at gibsonm@vt.edu with questions.

3. FREE SELF-DEFENSE CLASS
Tuesday, Sep 28, 5:00-6:00pm, GLC Room F
Interested in learning self defense? Participate in this free self-defense class taught by VTPD Officer Hamilton. Lots of learning, as well as light refreshments provided. This event is sponsored by the GLC Fellows, so please send questions or requests for more information to Nicole Engel at nme001@vt.edu. 

4. PATENTS AND PATENT LAW: HOW DO SCIENTISTS AND ENGINEERS GET LEGAL PROTECTION FOR THEIR INNOVATIONS

Tuesday, Sep 28, 6:15-7:30pm, 1760 Litton Reaves
Student Intellectual Property Society at Virginia Tech invites graduate students to this presentation by Michael Greenbaum, registered patent attorney and partner at Blank Rome LLP in Washington, DC, to explore how engineers and scientists can get legal protection for their innovations.

5. ACOUSTIC CAFÉ
Tuesday, Sep 28, 7:00-9:30pm, GLC Student Lounge
The Graduate Student Assembly is co-sponsoring an Acoustic Café in conjunction with VTU, and they want graduate students to participate by sharing their gifts (spoken word, instrumental, voice, etc.)!  For more information or interested talent, please contact vtualtsd@vt.edu.

6. START SMART: HOW TO IMPROVE PUBLIC SPEAKING SKILLS

Wednesday, Sep 29, 12:00-1:00pm, GLC Room C
Guest speaker: Brandi Quesenberry, Director of Public Speaking and CommLab. Hosted by the Cranwell International Center, this lunch series helps new international graduate students become familiar with various elements of the American higher education system, expectations and culture. Students who attend at least three Start Smart sessions will receive a gift card to Kroger or Food Lion. Bring your own lunch.

7. HOW TO THRIVE IN GRAD SCHOOL: THE IMPOSTER SYNDROME

Thursday, Sep 30, 1:30-3:00pm, GLC Room C
Do you ever wonder about your own competence? Worry about being found out, that you are not good enough for graduate school after all? There are ways to accurately assess yourself and your abilities, overcome the doubts the “imposter syndrome” can plant in your head, and become the successful student you can be. Attend this workshop and learn more about how to empower yourself. 

8. LATIN AMERICA ART EXPOSITION: “FRAGMENTOS TROPICALES”

Thu-Sat, Sep 30-Oct 2, Cranwell International Center (Th 5-9p; F 9am-7pm; Sa 9a-12n)
The Latin American and Iberian Graduate Student Association invites you to this exhibit of Latin American art. Meet with the artists and enjoy some Latin American food. The artists are from Argentina, Colombia, Mexico, Panama, and Spain. This event is co-sponsored by LAIGSA and Multicultural Programs and Services. Attendance free.

9. GRAD STUDENT GROUP: THRIVE OR SURVIVE?
Thursdays, 4:00-5:00pm, GLC Room C
You may feel overwhelmed by having to manage relationships with colleagues, advisors, family, friends, roommates; your support system may be in a different state or a different country; you may have a family to take care of in addition to graduate school. And then there are issues like prelims, theses, dissertations, teaching, research, etc. Meet on Thursday afternoons with Cook Counseling staff and fellow graduate students to talk about these and other issues, seek and provide support, empower each other, and learn how to navigate the university’s systems and resources.

10. GSA POTLUCK AND POT PAINTING
Thursday, Sep 30, 6:00-7:30pm, GLC Room B
Join GSA for a potluck dinner and artistic escape: use your creativity to paint a terra cotta pot and relax with friends while enjoying a potluck dinner. Pots, paints, and brushes will be provided, but feel free to bring your own paint or decorations to add to the rainbow of choices. All guests are asked to bring a covered dish to add to the collective dinner.  Be sure to wear clothes you can paint in!  Children, spouses, and friends are welcome. Please register  here. Contact Amanda Cronin Rumore, VP of Programs, at ajcronin@vt.edu with any questions.

11. OUTDOOR CLUB WHITEWATER RAFTING – SIGN UP NOW!
Sunday, Oct 3, 7:00am to 6:30pm.
The Outdoor Club of Virginia Tech (OCVT) is organizing a whitewater rafting trip to raft the entire Gauley, upper and lower; 23 miles of river, over a 100 rapids, in 1 day.  Experience one of the best whitewater rafting in the country!  Rafters have to be at base camp in WV, at 7:00am and will finish rafting at 6:30 pm. For detailed trip information and costs please check the OCVT website http://www.outdoor.org.vt.edu/trips/gauley_2.htm. Sign up deadline is Sep 30 and you must know how to swim. Sign up  or send questions to  Nimal, nlobo@vt.edu.

12. PRESIDENTIAL MANAGEMENT FELLOWSHIP (PMF) OPPORTUNITY – 1st posting 
The PMF Program helps federal agencies attract outstanding master’s and doctoral students who have a clear interest in excellence in the leadership and management of public policies and programs. Students who meet all graduate degree requirements, including the completion or successful defense of any required thesis or dissertation, between Sep 1, 2010 and Aug 31, 2011, are eligible to apply in fall 2010 for the PMF class of 2011. Apply online. Applicants must be nominated by Graduate Dean Karen P. DePauw. Applicants should send by email to grads@vt.edu a completed PMF Form 1300 along with their CV and a brief essay that addresses:  1) breadth and quality of accomplishments;  2) capacity for leadership;  3) commitment to excellence in leadership and management of public policies and programs, or fax these to 540-231-3714 by Oct 15. Do not send directly to Dean DePauw. For questions call 540-231-4558.

13. RESEARCH SUBJECTS AGES 6-7-8 SOUGHT FOR STUDY- 1st posting
The Cognitive, Affect and Psychophysiology (C.A.P.) Laboratory in the Psychology
Department is recruiting 6-, 7- and 8-year-olds for a fun new study examining emotion and memory. Participants will be entered into a drawing for a $50.00 gift certificate to a local store of choice as well as receive a small gift card for Books-A-Million. If you have a 6-, 7- or 8-year-old and would like to participate or learn more about the study, please contact Anjolii Diaz at adiaz07@vt.edu for more information.

14. CITIZEN SCHOLAR EXPERIENCE
Have you used your research to benefit society in any way? If so, consider applying for the Citizen Scholar award.  If not, why not consider designing a Citizen Scholar project?  Learn more about program requirements.  Applications are due December 2.  For more information, email Eric Hodges at hodgeseb@vt.edu.

15. INTERDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH HONOR SOCIETY
With the objective of establishing the nation’s first honor society to recognize and promote interdisciplinary research, a group of graduate students are starting a student-led focus group to discuss and pursue this objective. If you are involved in or believe in the value of interdisciplinary research, if you have insights about the challenges and benefits of pursuing interdisciplinary research, you are strongly encouraged to join this student-led effort. Please submit your contact information and you will be contacted about scheduling the first meeting: . Contact Aly Tawfik at tawfik@vt.edu with questions.

16. VT’S PHI BETA KAPPA CHAPTER INVITES GRAD STUDENT PARTICIPATION
Graduate students who became members of Phi Beta Kappa as undergraduates are invited to join in the activities of VT’s Mu of Virginia chapter, which has been active on campus since 1977, sponsoring public forums and more intimate luncheon talks, initiating students, and awarding endowed prizes for student writing and for faculty research and creative achievement. If you are a PBK member who would enjoy the opportunity to meet your fellow VT members in an atmosphere of discovery and dialogue, please contact Paul Metz  for more information.

17. PROPOSALS DUE FOR CONFERENCE ON HIGHER ED PEDAGOGY – 2nd posting
Proposals are due on Oct 7 for the 3rd annual Conference on Higher Education Pedagogy, focused on teaching excellence, best practices, and the scholarship of teaching and learning. Sessions address disciplinary and interdisciplinary instructional strategies, outcomes, and research. Proposals are invited for Research, Practice or Poster sessions.

  •    Proposals Due: October 7, 2010
  •    Notification of Acceptance: October 21, 2010
  •    Registration Due: January 21, 2011
  •    Conference Date: February 3-4, 2011

There is no registration fee; however, both presenters and participants must register. For more information and registration visit the conference website.

18. GSA TRAVEL FUND PROGRAM (TFP): Cycle I
The Travel Fund Program (TFP) is here to help relieve some of your financial burdens associated with traveling to conferences to present your research. If you are traveling to present between July 1, 2010 to December 31, 2010, you are eligible to apply to the TFP to be reimbursed up to $350 as a master’s or $500 as a doctoral student. Applications open Sep 6-Oct 15, 2010 (5pm). There will be a joint workshop with the GRDP program to answer any of your questions about the application process on Wednesday, Sep 14. Please review http://www.gsa.uusa.vt.edu/programs/travel_fund for more information or email Courtney Gleason at GSATFPChair@gmail.com.

19. GSA-GRADUATE RESEARCH DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM (GRDP); CYCLE I

The GSA-GRDP is a competitive research funding program administered by the GSA to support qualified research and innovative ideas proposed by VT graduate students. Applications go through a rigorous review process by a panel of graduate students and faculty. Visit http://www.gsa.uusa.vt.edu/programs/research_program to learn more about this opportunity. A joint workshop with GSA-TFP program will be held on Sep 14 to answer any questions you may have about the application process. All questions should be directed to the GRDP chair, Ranjana Mehta, at GSAGRDPChair@gmail.com 

20. UPCOMING EVENTS:

DIALOGUE WITH THE DEAN
Tuesday, Oct 5, 5:30-7:00pm, GLC Room F
Discuss graduate student life and university policies over dinner with Dean DePauw. This is your opportunity to bring up issues that matter most to you! Space is limited, so please register here: https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1284307471940. Questions? Contact: Amanda Cronin Rumore, VP of Programs arumore@vt.edu. This event is sponsored by the GSA.

ETIQUETTE DINNER – register by Oct 8
Monday, Oct 25, 5:30-8:00pm, The Inn at Virginia Tech
Career Services offers this learning experience/etiquette dinner to help you practice your networking skills over dinner. The theme is “Meet, greet, and eat: A networking and fine dining experience.” Register by Oct 8 at the Smith Career Center. Space is limited, so sign up early. A $10 registration fee includes light hors d’oeuvres and a three course meal. Business attire required. 

TECHNICAL WRITING WORKSHOP – SIGN UP NOW!
Saturday, Oct 30, 10:00am-2:30pm, Fralin Auditorium
Sponsored by the Fralin Life Science Institute and the Graduate School, this technical writing workshop allows faculty and students to work together. Topics include: components of a manuscript; searching literature; technical writing and grammar, plagiarism and referencing, and editor’s perspective. A handbook and a pizza lunch will be provided to participants. Must register by Oct 15 by emailing to Dr. Janet Webster, jbwebste@vt.edu.

Events, opportunities and services for graduate students

1. WEEKLY SERVICES IN THE GLC

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

2. GRADUATE STUDENT PHOTO & ART DISPLAY FALL 2010 – enter by Oct 15
To celebrate the 5-year anniversary of the opening of the Graduate Life Center, the Graduate School is inviting submissions of photography and artwork by graduate students for display in the GLC. Selected pieces will be displayed from November 1, 2010 through March 21, 2011. Submissions are limited to three pieces (art and/or photography) per graduate student. Learn more about the project, or contact Monika Gibson with questions.

3. SUSTAINABILITY WEEK 2010: SEP 18-25, 2010
A variety of programs and opportunities are offered during sustainability week to engage as many people as possible. Programs include green initiatives, Lumenhaus tours, the showing of “Gasland,” a movie, workshops, and more. Check out the details.

4. START SMART: GETTING ALONG – RELATIONSHIP WITH YOUR FACULTY ADVISOR
Wednesday, Sep 22, 12:00-1:00pm, GLC Room C
Guest speaker: Ennis McCrery, Graduate Student Ombudsperson. Hosted by the Cranwell International Center, this lunch series helps new international graduate students become familiar with the American higher education system and local culture. Students who attend at least three Start Smart sessions will receive a gift card to Kroger or Food Lion. Bring your own lunch.

5. GRAD STUDENT GROUP: THRIVE OR SURVIVE?
Thursdays, 4:00-5:00pm, GLC Room C
You may feel overwhelmed by having to manage relationships with colleagues, advisors, family, friends, roommates; your support system may be in a different state or a different country; you may have a family to take care of in addition to graduate school. And then there are issues like prelims, theses, dissertations, teaching, research, etc. Meet on Thursday afternoons with Cook Counseling staff and fellow graduate students to talk about these and other issues, seek and provide support, empower each other, and learn how to navigate the university’s systems and resources.

6. DROP-IN EVENING CHILDCARE
Thursdays, 6:00-8:30pm, VT Women’s Ctr, 206 Washington St.
Drop-in evening childcare is available for the children (aged 2-12, toilet trained) of any VT students. Crafts, toys, games, new friends, fun – and a snack. No need to pre-register. For additional information contact Jessie Meltsner.

7. ETD WORKSHOP SERIES: ETD FORMATS
Thursday, Sep 23, 7:00-8:00pm,  GLC Room F
Dr. Karen P. DePauw will discuss manuscript and standard thesis/dissertation formats.

8. APPALACHIA FIELD TRIP – SIGN UP NOW!

Saturday, Sep 25, 9:00am-4:30pm, leave from Squires/GLC parking lot
The field trip includes a short hike to Hanging Rock Raptor Observatory, a visit to Hallow Hill Buffalo Farm, lunch at the Swinging Bridge Café in Paint Bank, VA and visits to an old caboose, a grist mill, a country store, and a fish hatchery. The cost is $27 that includes bus transportation and all tours. Lunch additional (plan to spend $10-15; limited vegetarian options). Register here.

9. GRRLFRIENDS AND GARDENS
Saturday, Sep 25, 8:00am-12:00pm, Community Gardens of VTYMCA
This community service project is designed to celebrate relationships among women and is offered twice a semester for students, staff and faculty. The first service day for Fall 2010 is designed to bring women graduate students together. Each volunteer who signs up is invited to bring along a significant woman in her life (mothers, daughters, sisters, friends) to participate in the service project. The participants will spend the day volunteering at the Community Gardens of VTYMCA. This project is in partnership with the Graduate School and YMCA at VT. For more information contact Sharbari Dey at 231-7806 or visit the project website.

10. ASHA CUP FUNDRAISER CRICKET TOURNAMENT
Saturday-Sunday, Sep 25-26, CCVT cricket ground
Graduate student members of ASHA, a non-profit charitable organization, invite you to a “six a side tennis ball cricket” tournament. Register your team with Amit before Sep 23. Entry fees: $36 per team or $6 per head. More details.  Single entries are welcome – organizers with match single entries to teams based on mutual interest. Contact Karthik Nithyanandam if you have any questions.

11. RURAL TADKA – HOME COOKED INDIAN FOOD FUNDRAISER LUNCHEON
Saturday, Sep 25, 11:30-1:30, Old Dominion Ballroom in Squires
AID-VT, a registered graduate student organization, invites you to its annual fundraiser to help the underprivileged in India. The luncheon consists  exclusively of home-cooked meals prepared by dedicated volunteers; the group is proud of its reputation of hosting the best quality of home-cooked Indian food at Virginia Tech. Menu: Papad, Idli, Punjabi Chole, Sambar, Aloo Matar, Karahi Chicken, Pulao, Paratha, Raita, Kheer and soft drinks. Tickets are available online.

12. CHINESE MOON FESTIVAL
Saturday, Sep 25, 7:00-9:00pm, GLC Auditorium
The Association of Chinese Students and Scholars(ACSS) invites everyone to come and enjoy traditional Chinese cultural performance and traditional moon-cake. A
Karaoke competition will be held at the same time. For more information please contact Yingcheng Ye, event coordinator.

13. WAGE POSITION OPENING IN GRADUATE SCHOOL: DIGITAL SIGNAGE PROGRAMMER  
 
The Graduate School is seeking to hire a digital signage programmer to collect, develop, schedule and maintain content for the digital sign in the GLC Lobby to creatively advertise events and services for graduate students. Minimum qualifications: must be full-time graduate student; hands on experience with Dreamweaver/Macromedia Flash/Photoshop; MS PowerPoint; MS Paint or similar software and "any to Flash" converters; web design. Must be creative and have good communication skills. 10-12 hrs/wk. For more information or to apply (with resume and cover letter), contact Monika Gibson by Sep 24. 

14. PROPOSALS DUE FOR CONFERENCE ON HIGHER ED PEDAGOGY – 2nd posting
Proposals are due on Oct 7 for the 3rd annual Conference on Higher Education Pedagogy, focused on teaching excellence, best practices, and the scholarship of teaching and learning. Sessions address disciplinary and interdisciplinary instructional strategies, outcomes, and research. Proposals are invited for Research, Practice or Poster sessions.
   Proposals Due: October 7, 2010
   Notification of Acceptance: October 21, 2010
   Registration Due: January 21, 2011
   Conference Date: February 3-4, 2011
There is no registration fee; however, both presenters and participants must register. For more information and registration visit the conference website.

15. GSA TRAVEL FUND PROGRAM (TFP): Cycle I
The Travel Fund Program (TFP) is here to help relieve some of your financial burdens associated with traveling to conferences to present your research. If you are traveling to present between July 1, 2010 to December 31, 2010, you are eligible to apply to the TFP to be reimbursed up to $350 as a master’s or $500 as a doctoral student. Applications open Sep 6-Oct 15, 2010 (5pm). There will be a joint workshop with the GRDP program to answer any of your questions about the application process on Wednesday, Sep 14. Please review http://www.gsa.uusa.vt.edu/programs/travel_fund for more information or email Courtney Gleason.

16. GSA-GRADUATE RESEARCH DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM (GRDP); CYCLE I
The GSA-GRDP is a competitive research funding program administered by the GSA to support qualified research and innovative ideas proposed by VT graduate students. Applications go through a rigorous review process by a panel of graduate students and faculty. Visit http://www.gsa.uusa.vt.edu/programs/research_program to learn more about this opportunity. A joint workshop with GSA-TFP program will be held on Sep 14 to answer any questions you may have about the application process. All questions should be directed to the GRDP chair, Ranjana Mehta.

17. INVITATION TO LGBTA STUDENT GROUP – 3rd posting

The predominantly undergrad organization, Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Alliance (LGBTA), is putting together a monthly or bimonthly laid back get together for GRADUATE students. These events are open to anyone, gay or straight, who would enjoy getting together for drinks and discussion downtown or at a coffee shop nearby. Sociology grad student Catherine Cotrupi is coordinating the meetings, so email her for more information or contact the LGBTA directly.

18. RESEARCH SUBJECTS WANTED – 3rd posting
Research subjects are wanted for a study to determine whether daily consumption of corn oil/omega-3 fat will influence muscle soreness, damage and inflammation that occurs after weight training. Must consume supplement for 45 days, perform strenuous weight training bout, go through several weeks of weight training program developed by the researchers, and provide seven blood samples over 45 days. Eligibility: must be healthy males (non-smokers, no orthopedic limitations to exercise; no chronic health conditions such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, bleeding, or inflammatory diseases); 18-28; schedule compatible with testing and training. Benefits: development of personal weight training program by experienced professionals, financial compensation up to $175. If interested, contact vthnfe@gmail.com for more information.

19. NEW MEMBERS SOUGHT FOR AEL GRAD HONOR SOCIETY – 3rd posting
Applications are now acceptedfor Alpha Epsilon Lambda (AEL), a graduate honor society for academic and leadership excellence. Graduate students may become members based on their academic achievements and leadership experiences (must meet some minimum GPA requirements). Apply here by September 24, 2010. The induction ceremony for new members will take place on October 13, 2010 at the Graduate School. Please contact Ganesh Balasubramanian for any questions.

20. UPCOMING EVENTS:

FREE SELF-DEFENSE CLASS
Tuesday, Sep 28, 5:00-6:00pm, GLC Room F
Interested in learning self defense? Participate in this free self-defense class taught by VTPD Officer Hamilton. Lots of learning, as well as light refreshments provided. This event is sponsored by the GLC Fellows, so please send questions or requests for more information to Nicole Engel

ACOUSTIC CAFÉ
Tuesday, Sep 28, 7:00-9:30pm, GLC Student Lounge
The Graduate Student Assembly is co-sponsoring an Acoustic Café in conjunction with VTU, and they want graduate students to participate by sharing their gifts (spoken word, instrumental, voice, etc.)!  For more information or interested talent, please contact vtualtsd@vt.edu.

HOW TO THRIVE IN GRAD SCHOOL: THE IMPOSTER SYNDROME
Thursday, Sep 30, 1:30-3:00pm, GLC Room C
Do you ever wonder about your own competence? Worry about being found out, that you are not good enough for graduate school after all? There are ways to accurately assess yourself and your abilities, overcome the doubts the “imposter syndrome” can plant in your head, and become the successful student you can be. Attend this workshop and learn more about how to empower yourself. 

GSA POTLUCK AND POT PAINTING
Thursday, Sep 30, 6:00-7:30pm, GLC Room B
Join GSA for a potluck dinner and artistic escape: use your creativity to paint a terra cotta pot and relax with friends while enjoying a potluck dinner. Pots, paints, and brushes will be provided, but feel free to bring your own paint or decorations to add to the rainbow of choices. All guests are asked to bring a covered dish to add to the collective dinner.  Be sure to wear clothes you can paint in!  Children, spouses, and friends are welcome. Please register here. Contact Amanda Cronin Rumore, VP of Programs,  with any questions.

LUNCH WITH THE PRESIDENT – SIGN UP NOW!
Friday, Oct 1, 12:00-1:30pm, The Inn at Virginia Tech.
Chat with President Steger, Provost McNamee, and Dean DePauw over lunch. There will be open dialogue about graduate student issues and concerns. All graduate students are invited to attend. Sign up by September 25. If you have any questions, please contact grad BOV rep Deepu George .

OUTDOOR CLUB WHITEWATER RAFTING – SIGN UP NOW!
Sunday, Oct 3, 7:00am to 6:30pm.
The Outdoor Club of Virginia Tech (OCVT) is organizing a whitewater rafting trip to raft the entire Gauley, upper and lower; 23 miles of river, over a 100 rapids, in 1 day.  Experience one of the best whitewater rafting in the country!  Rafters have to be at base camp in WV, at 7:00am and will finish rafting at 6:30 pm. For detailed trip information and costs please check the OCVT website. Sign up deadline is Sep 30 and you must know how to swim.  Send questions to  Nimal.

DIALOGUE WITH THE DEAN I.
Tuesday, Oct 5, 5:30-7:00pm, GLC Room F
Discuss graduate student life and university policies over dinner with Dean DePauw. This is your opportunity to bring up issues that matter most to you! Space is limited, so please register. Questions? Contact: Amanda Cronin Rumore, VP of Programs arumore@vt.edu. This event is sponsored by the GSA.

TECHNICAL WRITING WORKSHOP – SIGN UP NOW!
Saturday, Oct 30, 10:00am-2:30pm, Fralin Auditorium
Sponsored by the Fralin Life Science Institute and the Graduate School, this technical writing workshop allows faculty and students to work together. Topics include: components of a manuscript; searching literature; technical writing and grammar, plagiarism and referencing, and editor’s perspective. A handbook and a pizza lunch will be provided to participants. Must register by Oct 15 by emailing to Dr. Janet Webster.

Events, opportunities and services for graduate students

1. WEEKLY SERVICES IN THE GLC

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

2. GRADUATE STUDENT PHOTO & ART DISPLAY FALL 2010 – enter by Oct 15
To celebrate the 5-year anniversary of the opening of the Graduate Life Center, the Graduate School is inviting submissions of photography and artwork by graduate students for display in the GLC. Selected pieces will be displayed from November 1, 2010 through March 21, 2011. Submissions are limited to three pieces (art and/or photography) per graduate student. Learn more about the project, or contact Monika Gibson with questions.

3. SUSTAINABILITY WEEK 2010: SEP 18-25, 2010
A variety of programs and opportunities are offered during sustainability week to engage as many people as possible. Programs include green initiatives, Lumenhaus tours, the showing of “Gasland,” a movie, workshops, and more. Check out the details.

4. START SMART: GETTING ALONG – RELATIONSHIP WITH YOUR FACULTY ADVISOR
Wednesday, Sep 22, 12:00-1:00pm, GLC Room C
Guest speaker: Ennis McCrery, Graduate Student Ombudsperson. Hosted by the Cranwell International Center, this lunch series helps new international graduate students become familiar with the American higher education system and local culture. Students who attend at least three Start Smart sessions will receive a gift card to Kroger or Food Lion. Bring your own lunch.

5. GRAD STUDENT GROUP: THRIVE OR SURVIVE?
Thursdays, 4:00-5:00pm, GLC Room C
You may feel overwhelmed by having to manage relationships with colleagues, advisors, family, friends, roommates; your support system may be in a different state or a different country; you may have a family to take care of in addition to graduate school. And then there are issues like prelims, theses, dissertations, teaching, research, etc. Meet on Thursday afternoons with Cook Counseling staff and fellow graduate students to talk about these and other issues, seek and provide support, empower each other, and learn how to navigate the university’s systems and resources.

6. DROP-IN EVENING CHILDCARE
Thursdays, 6:00-8:30pm, VT Women’s Ctr, 206 Washington St.
Drop-in evening childcare is available for the children (aged 2-12, toilet trained) of any VT students. Crafts, toys, games, new friends, fun – and a snack. No need to pre-register. For additional information contact Jessie Meltsner.

7. ETD WORKSHOP SERIES: ETD FORMATS
Thursday, Sep 23, 7:00-8:00pm,  GLC Room F
Dr. Karen P. DePauw will discuss manuscript and standard thesis/dissertation formats.

8. APPALACHIA FIELD TRIP – SIGN UP NOW!

Saturday, Sep 25, 9:00am-4:30pm, leave from Squires/GLC parking lot
The field trip includes a short hike to Hanging Rock Raptor Observatory, a visit to Hallow Hill Buffalo Farm, lunch at the Swinging Bridge Café in Paint Bank, VA and visits to an old caboose, a grist mill, a country store, and a fish hatchery. The cost is $27 that includes bus transportation and all tours. Lunch additional (plan to spend $10-15; limited vegetarian options). Register here.

9. GRRLFRIENDS AND GARDENS
Saturday, Sep 25, 8:00am-12:00pm, Community Gardens of VTYMCA
This community service project is designed to celebrate relationships among women and is offered twice a semester for students, staff and faculty. The first service day for Fall 2010 is designed to bring women graduate students together. Each volunteer who signs up is invited to bring along a significant woman in her life (mothers, daughters, sisters, friends) to participate in the service project. The participants will spend the day volunteering at the Community Gardens of VTYMCA. This project is in partnership with the Graduate School and YMCA at VT. For more information contact Sharbari Dey at 231-7806 or visit the project website.

10. ASHA CUP FUNDRAISER CRICKET TOURNAMENT
Saturday-Sunday, Sep 25-26, CCVT cricket ground
Graduate student members of ASHA, a non-profit charitable organization, invite you to a “six a side tennis ball cricket” tournament. Register your team with Amit before Sep 23. Entry fees: $36 per team or $6 per head. More details.  Single entries are welcome – organizers with match single entries to teams based on mutual interest. Contact Karthik Nithyanandam if you have any questions.

11. RURAL TADKA – HOME COOKED INDIAN FOOD FUNDRAISER LUNCHEON
Saturday, Sep 25, 11:30-1:30, Old Dominion Ballroom in Squires
AID-VT, a registered graduate student organization, invites you to its annual fundraiser to help the underprivileged in India. The luncheon consists  exclusively of home-cooked meals prepared by dedicated volunteers; the group is proud of its reputation of hosting the best quality of home-cooked Indian food at Virginia Tech. Menu: Papad, Idli, Punjabi Chole, Sambar, Aloo Matar, Karahi Chicken, Pulao, Paratha, Raita, Kheer and soft drinks. Tickets are available online.

12. CHINESE MOON FESTIVAL
Saturday, Sep 25, 7:00-9:00pm, GLC Auditorium
The Association of Chinese Students and Scholars(ACSS) invites everyone to come and enjoy traditional Chinese cultural performance and traditional moon-cake. A
Karaoke competition will be held at the same time. For more information please contact Yingcheng Ye, event coordinator.

13. WAGE POSITION OPENING IN GRADUATE SCHOOL: DIGITAL SIGNAGE PROGRAMMER  
 
The Graduate School is seeking to hire a digital signage programmer to collect, develop, schedule and maintain content for the digital sign in the GLC Lobby to creatively advertise events and services for graduate students. Minimum qualifications: must be full-time graduate student; hands on experience with Dreamweaver/Macromedia Flash/Photoshop; MS PowerPoint; MS Paint or similar software and "any to Flash" converters; web design. Must be creative and have good communication skills. 10-12 hrs/wk. For more information or to apply (with resume and cover letter), contact Monika Gibson by Sep 24. 

14. PROPOSALS DUE FOR CONFERENCE ON HIGHER ED PEDAGOGY – 2nd posting
Proposals are due on Oct 7 for the 3rd annual Conference on Higher Education Pedagogy, focused on teaching excellence, best practices, and the scholarship of teaching and learning. Sessions address disciplinary and interdisciplinary instructional strategies, outcomes, and research. Proposals are invited for Research, Practice or Poster sessions.
   Proposals Due: October 7, 2010
   Notification of Acceptance: October 21, 2010
   Registration Due: January 21, 2011
   Conference Date: February 3-4, 2011
There is no registration fee; however, both presenters and participants must register. For more information and registration visit the conference website.

15. GSA TRAVEL FUND PROGRAM (TFP): Cycle I
The Travel Fund Program (TFP) is here to help relieve some of your financial burdens associated with traveling to conferences to present your research. If you are traveling to present between July 1, 2010 to December 31, 2010, you are eligible to apply to the TFP to be reimbursed up to $350 as a master’s or $500 as a doctoral student. Applications open Sep 6-Oct 15, 2010 (5pm). There will be a joint workshop with the GRDP program to answer any of your questions about the application process on Wednesday, Sep 14. Please review http://www.gsa.uusa.vt.edu/programs/travel_fund for more information or email Courtney Gleason.

16. GSA-GRADUATE RESEARCH DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM (GRDP); CYCLE I
The GSA-GRDP is a competitive research funding program administered by the GSA to support qualified research and innovative ideas proposed by VT graduate students. Applications go through a rigorous review process by a panel of graduate students and faculty. Visit http://www.gsa.uusa.vt.edu/programs/research_program to learn more about this opportunity. A joint workshop with GSA-TFP program will be held on Sep 14 to answer any questions you may have about the application process. All questions should be directed to the GRDP chair, Ranjana Mehta.

17. INVITATION TO LGBTA STUDENT GROUP – 3rd posting

The predominantly undergrad organization, Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Alliance (LGBTA), is putting together a monthly or bimonthly laid back get together for GRADUATE students. These events are open to anyone, gay or straight, who would enjoy getting together for drinks and discussion downtown or at a coffee shop nearby. Sociology grad student Catherine Cotrupi is coordinating the meetings, so email her for more information or contact the LGBTA directly.

18. RESEARCH SUBJECTS WANTED – 3rd posting
Research subjects are wanted for a study to determine whether daily consumption of corn oil/omega-3 fat will influence muscle soreness, damage and inflammation that occurs after weight training. Must consume supplement for 45 days, perform strenuous weight training bout, go through several weeks of weight training program developed by the researchers, and provide seven blood samples over 45 days. Eligibility: must be healthy males (non-smokers, no orthopedic limitations to exercise; no chronic health conditions such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, bleeding, or inflammatory diseases); 18-28; schedule compatible with testing and training. Benefits: development of personal weight training program by experienced professionals, financial compensation up to $175. If interested, contact vthnfe@gmail.com for more information.

19. NEW MEMBERS SOUGHT FOR AEL GRAD HONOR SOCIETY – 3rd posting
Applications are now acceptedfor Alpha Epsilon Lambda (AEL), a graduate honor society for academic and leadership excellence. Graduate students may become members based on their academic achievements and leadership experiences (must meet some minimum GPA requirements). Apply here by September 24, 2010. The induction ceremony for new members will take place on October 13, 2010 at the Graduate School. Please contact Ganesh Balasubramanian for any questions.

20. UPCOMING EVENTS:

FREE SELF-DEFENSE CLASS
Tuesday, Sep 28, 5:00-6:00pm, GLC Room F
Interested in learning self defense? Participate in this free self-defense class taught by VTPD Officer Hamilton. Lots of learning, as well as light refreshments provided. This event is sponsored by the GLC Fellows, so please send questions or requests for more information to Nicole Engel

ACOUSTIC CAFÉ
Tuesday, Sep 28, 7:00-9:30pm, GLC Student Lounge
The Graduate Student Assembly is co-sponsoring an Acoustic Café in conjunction with VTU, and they want graduate students to participate by sharing their gifts (spoken word, instrumental, voice, etc.)!  For more information or interested talent, please contact vtualtsd@vt.edu.

HOW TO THRIVE IN GRAD SCHOOL: THE IMPOSTER SYNDROME
Thursday, Sep 30, 1:30-3:00pm, GLC Room C
Do you ever wonder about your own competence? Worry about being found out, that you are not good enough for graduate school after all? There are ways to accurately assess yourself and your abilities, overcome the doubts the “imposter syndrome” can plant in your head, and become the successful student you can be. Attend this workshop and learn more about how to empower yourself. 

GSA POTLUCK AND POT PAINTING
Thursday, Sep 30, 6:00-7:30pm, GLC Room B
Join GSA for a potluck dinner and artistic escape: use your creativity to paint a terra cotta pot and relax with friends while enjoying a potluck dinner. Pots, paints, and brushes will be provided, but feel free to bring your own paint or decorations to add to the rainbow of choices. All guests are asked to bring a covered dish to add to the collective dinner.  Be sure to wear clothes you can paint in!  Children, spouses, and friends are welcome. Please register here. Contact Amanda Cronin Rumore, VP of Programs,  with any questions.

LUNCH WITH THE PRESIDENT – SIGN UP NOW!
Friday, Oct 1, 12:00-1:30pm, The Inn at Virginia Tech.
Chat with President Steger, Provost McNamee, and Dean DePauw over lunch. There will be open dialogue about graduate student issues and concerns. All graduate students are invited to attend. Sign up by September 25. If you have any questions, please contact grad BOV rep Deepu George .

OUTDOOR CLUB WHITEWATER RAFTING – SIGN UP NOW!
Sunday, Oct 3, 7:00am to 6:30pm.
The Outdoor Club of Virginia Tech (OCVT) is organizing a whitewater rafting trip to raft the entire Gauley, upper and lower; 23 miles of river, over a 100 rapids, in 1 day.  Experience one of the best whitewater rafting in the country!  Rafters have to be at base camp in WV, at 7:00am and will finish rafting at 6:30 pm. For detailed trip information and costs please check the OCVT website. Sign up deadline is Sep 30 and you must know how to swim.  Send questions to  Nimal.

DIALOGUE WITH THE DEAN I.
Tuesday, Oct 5, 5:30-7:00pm, GLC Room F
Discuss graduate student life and university policies over dinner with Dean DePauw. This is your opportunity to bring up issues that matter most to you! Space is limited, so please register. Questions? Contact: Amanda Cronin Rumore, VP of Programs arumore@vt.edu. This event is sponsored by the GSA.

TECHNICAL WRITING WORKSHOP – SIGN UP NOW!
Saturday, Oct 30, 10:00am-2:30pm, Fralin Auditorium
Sponsored by the Fralin Life Science Institute and the Graduate School, this technical writing workshop allows faculty and students to work together. Topics include: components of a manuscript; searching literature; technical writing and grammar, plagiarism and referencing, and editor’s perspective. A handbook and a pizza lunch will be provided to participants. Must register by Oct 15 by emailing to Dr. Janet Webster.

Events, services and opportunities for graduate students

1. WEEKLY SERVICES IN THE GLC

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

2. HONOR SYSTEM PANELIST TRAINING SESSIONS
Tuesday, Sep 14, 12:00-1:00pm in Room B in the GLC
Thursday, Sep 16, 5:30-6:30pm in Room G in the GLC
The Graduate Honor System, charged with enforcing the graduate honor code and improving and upholding academic integrity at Virginia Tech, is seeking new student and faculty panelists to work with the Honor System in this academic year and beyond. To become a panelist, you just need to attend one of the hour-long training sessions. To learn more about the GHS and its role in the university community, please visit the GHS homepage or email to the chief justice.

3. FIRST BGSO MEETING OF THE YEAR
Tuesday, Sep 14, 7:15-8:45pm, Black Cultural Center, 146 Squires
The Black Graduate Student Organization invites you to its first meeting of the year, which will focus on developing mentoring relationships. Information on services and businesses that serve the needs of the Black community will be presented. "Senior" members of the BGSO community are encouraged to come and share their knowledge with new students (and old!). More info on the BGSO’s events and meetings.

4. INTEREST MEETING FOR WOMEN GRADUATE STUDENTS
Wednesday, Sep 15, 4:30-5:30pm in Room D in the GLC
Been out in the workforce? Returned for a degree? Looking for a community of people with similar life experiences? Attend this initial meeting to network, and identify common needs and resources. The group will discuss the opportunity of relaunching the Blacksburg chapter of the AAUW (American Association of University Women). Contact Vera Novak with your interest and time availability.

5. GRAD STUDENT GROUP: THRIVE OR SURVIVE?
Thursdays, starting Sep 9, 4:00-5:00pm, GLC Room C
Life can often feel overwhelming for graduate students: managing relationships with family, friends, roommates, colleagues, and advisors; your support system may be in a different state or a different country; you may have a family to take care of in addition to graduate school. And then, of course, there are issues like prelims, theses, dissertations, teaching, researching, etc. Meet on Thursday afternoons with Cook Counseling staff and fellow graduate students to talk about these and other issues, seek and provide support, empower each other, and learn how to navigate the university’s systems and resources.

6. GROOVE TO BOLLYWOOD MOVES!
Thursday, Sep 16, 5:30-6:30pm, GLC Plaza
Get your groove on with Bollywood Dance!  Burn a few calories in grace, style, and rhythm and spice up your personal dancing style by learning some classic Bollywood dance moves. Join in for a free dance session organized by GSA. Show up with high energy and a passion to dance at the GLC Plaza. Bring water and wear comfortable clothes and shoes. Please register by filling out this survey. Questions? Contact Ranjana Mehta.

7. ADVANCE VT GRAD STUDENT LUNCH SEMINAR: MAKING A SUCCESSFUL TRANSITION FROM STUDENT TO TEACHER
Friday, Sep 17, 12:00–1:30pm, GLC Room F
Are you interested in a faculty career but don’t have much teaching experience? Are you a GTA who would like to learn from the experiences of your peers? Please join Eileen Shugart, Jessica StClair, and Alexis Johnston for a discussion of strategies that can help you to make a smooth transition from graduate student to course instructor.  Lunch will be provided. AdvanceVT was created with support from NSF to increase the representation and advancement of women in academic careers at VT. All graduate students are welcome. Please register here by Sep 14.

8. "MATURE" STUDENTS GET TOGETHER

Friday, Sep 17, 4:00-5:00pm, GLC Room D
If you have returned to get a degree after working and/or raising a family and are looking for a community of people with similar experiences, attend this interest meeting to network and identify common needs and resources. Coffee and snacks will be provided. Contact Patricia Grace with your interest and availability, or fill out this survey. [Editor’s note: Students who do not attend this meeting will not be considered immature by default].

9. ANNUAL GSA TAILGATE

Saturday, Sep 18, 9:00am – 12:30pm; Prices Fork Parking Lot
Celebrate with your fellow graduate students before the Hokies take on the East Carolina Pirates! GSA will provide food and games, but it is BYOB. To help organizers better estimate food, please register here. A map to the tailgate can be found on the GSA website. Contact Amanda Cronin Rumore, VP of Programs, if you have any questions.

10. GSA DOG DAYS AT FLYING FUR!
Sunday, Sep 19, 3:30-5:30pm, meet at 3:15 at the GLC Otey St. entrance
Join the GSA and their four legged friends for a fun filled afternoon at Flying Fur! Dog DayCare. The GSA has rented out the Flying Fur facility for this event: there will be games and activities for humans and canines to enjoy as well as tasty treats for the dogs. Meet outside the GLC at 3:15 if you would like to caravan with GSA to the facility, or meet everyone there. Please bring a copy of your dog’s vaccination records and register here. For more information about FlyingFur, visit their site. Contact Jay Pembridge with questions.

11. PROPOSALS DUE FOR CONFERENCE ON HIGHER ED PEDAGOGY
Proposals are due on Oct 7 for the 3rd annual Conference on Higher Education Pedagogy, focused on teaching excellence, best practices, and the scholarship of teaching and learning. Sessions address disciplinary and interdisciplinary instructional strategies, outcomes, and research. Proposals are invited for Research, Practice or Poster sessions.
   Proposals Due: October 7, 2010
   Notification of Acceptance: October 21, 2010
   Registration Due: January 21, 2011
   Conference Date: February 3-4, 2011
There is no registration fee; however, both presenters and participants must register. For more information and registration visit the conference website.

12. GSA TRAVEL FUND PROGRAM (TFP): Cycle I
The Travel Fund Program (TFP) is here to help relieve some of your financial burdens associated with traveling to conferences to present your research. If you are traveling to present between July 1, 2010 to December 31, 2010, you are eligible to apply to the TFP to be reimbursed up to $350 as a master’s or $500 as a doctoral student. Applications open Sep 6-Oct 15, 2010 (5pm). There will be a joint workshop with the GRDP program to answer any of your questions about the application process on Wednesday, Sep 14. Please review the TFP website for more information or email Courtney Gleason.

13. GSA-GRADUATE RESEARCH DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM (GRDP); CYCLE I
The GSA-GRDP is a competitive research funding program administered by the GSA to support qualified research and innovative ideas proposed by VT graduate students. Applications go through a rigorous review process by a panel of graduate students and faculty. Visit the GRDP website to learn more about this opportunity. A joint workshop with GSA-TFP program will be held on Sep 14 to answer any questions you may have about the application process. All questions should be directed to the GRDP chair, Ranjana Mehta.

14. GRADUATE SCHOLARS SOCIETY REGISTRATION STILL OPEN

If you enjoy exploring and discussing important social issues with fellow graduate students, join the Graduate Scholar Society (GSS).  The GSS is composed of small discussion groups based on relevant and current topics in society. This semester’s topics include: second amendment in society and on campus; Appalachian studies; public engaged scholarship; non-violence and peace studies; and understanding Islam. Registration for the Graduate Scholar Society will remain open until Sep 17.  Please register here. For more information, contact Eric Hodges, or visit the GSS website.

15. GSA FALL EVENTS ON GOOGLE CALENDAR AND FACEBOOK
The GSA is excited to bring you a semester full of fun! Visit the Google Calendar on the GSA Website  for dates of upcoming events, including Dialogue with the Dean, and the Fall Wine Social. You can also join the GSA Facebook group page (search: VT Graduate Student Assembly) to get up-to-date info for events. Details of each event will be sent out in the weekly GSA and Graduate School announcements and posted to the Facebook page. Please direct any questions to the VP of Programs, Amanda Cronin Rumore.

16. INVITATION TO LGBTA STUDENT GROUP – 2nd posting
The predominantly undergrad organization, Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Alliance (LGBTA), is putting together a monthly or bimonthly laid back get together for GRADUATE students. These events are open to anyone, gay or straight, who would enjoy getting together for drinks and discussion downtown or at a coffee shop nearby. Sociology grad student Catherine Cotrupi is coordinating the meetings, so email her for more information or contact the LGBTA directly.

17. RESEARCH SUBJECTS WANTED – 2nd posting
Research subjects are wanted for a study to determine whether daily consumption of corn oil/omega-3 fat will influence muscle soreness, damage and inflammation that occurs after weight training. Must consume supplement for 45 days, perform strenuous weight training bout, go through several weeks of weight training program developed by the researchers, and provide seven blood samples over 45 days. Eligibility: must be healthy males (non-smokers, no orthopedic limitations to exercise; no chronic health conditions such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, bleeding, or inflammatory diseases); 18-28; schedule compatible with testing and training. Benefits: development of personal weight training program by experienced professionals, financial compensation up to $175. If interested, contact the researchers for more information.

18. HNFE RESEARCH STUDY SEEKS PARTICIPANTS FOR EVALUATION OF BRIEF DIETARY QUESTIONNAIRE – 3rd posting
Researchers in Human Nutrition, Foods and Exercise are conducting a study to determine the sensitivity to change of a brief dietary intake questionnaire. You may be eligible to participate if you are 21 or older, and are in good health. The study involves 14 weekly visits to the Virginia Tech Campus. Each visit will be less than 30 minutes (excluding the initial visit which will last about 1 hour). Participants will be compensated a total of $45. For more information, please contact Valisa in the Laboratory for Eating Behaviors and Weight Management at 231-7983

19. NEW MEMBERS SOUGHT FOR AEL GRAD HONOR SOCIETY – 2nd posting
Applications are now accepted for Alpha Epsilon Lambda (AEL), a graduate honor society for academic and leadership excellence. Graduate students may become members based on their academic achievements and leadership experiences (must meet some minimum GPA requirements). Apply by September 24, 2010. The induction ceremony for new members will take place on October 13, 2010 at the Graduate School. Please contact Ganesh Balasubramanianbganesh@vt.edu for any questions.

20. UPCOMING EVENTS:

ETD WORKSHOP SERIES: ETD FORMATS
Thursday, Sep 23, 7:00-8:00pm,  GLC Room F
Dr. Karen P. DePauw will discuss manuscript and standard thesis/dissertation formats.

GRRLFRIENDS AND GARDENS
Saturday, Sep 25, 8:00am-12:00pm, Community Gardens of VTYMCA
This community service project is designed to celebrate relationships among women and is offered twice a semester for students, staff and faculty. The first service day for Fall 2010 is designed to bring women graduate students together. Each volunteer who signs up is invited to bring along a significant woman in her life (mothers, daughters, sisters, friends) to participate in the service project. The participants will spend the day volunteering at the Community Gardens of VTYMCA. This project is in partnership with the Graduate School and YMCA at VT. For more information contact Sharbari Dey at 231-7806 or visit the project website.

FREE SELF-DEFENSE CLASS
Tuesday, Sep 28, 5:00-6:00pm, GLC Room F
Interested in learning self defense? Participate in this free self-defense class taught by VTPD Officer Hamilton. Lots of learning, as well as light refreshments provided. This event is sponsored by the GLC Fellows, so please send questions or requests for more information to Nicole Engel

LUNCH WITH THE PRESIDENT – SIGN UP NOW!

Friday, Oct 1, 12:00-1:30pm, The Inn Inn at Virginia Tech.
Chat with President Steger, Provost McNamee, and Dean DePauw over lunch. There will be open dialogue about graduate student issues and concerns. All graduate students are invited to attend. Sign up by September 25. If you have any questions, please contact grad BOV rep Deepu George.

OUTDOOR CLUB WHITEWATER RAFTING – SIGN UP NOW!

Sunday, Oct 3, 7:00am to 6:30pm.
The Outdoor Club of Virginia Tech (OCVT) is organizing a whitewater rafting trip to raft the entire Gauley, upper and lower; 23 miles of river, over a 100 rapids, in 1 day.  Experience one of the best whitewater rafting in the country!  Rafters have to be at base camp in WV, at 7:00am and will finish rafting at 6:30 pm. For detailed trip information and costs please check the OCVT website. Sign up deadline is Sep 30 and you must know how to swim. Sign up here or send questions to  Nimal.

TECHNICAL WRITING WORKSHOP – SIGN UP NOW!

Saturday, Oct 30, 10:00am-2:30pm, Fralin Auditorium
Sponsored by the Fralin Life Science Institute and the Graduate School, this technical writing workshop allows faculty and students to work together. Topics include: components of a manuscript; searching literature; technical writing and grammar, plagiarism and referencing, and editor’s perspective. A handbook and a pizza lunch will be provided to participants. Must register by Oct 15 by emailing to Dr. Janet Webster.

Events, services and opportunities for graduate students

1. WEEKLY SERVICES IN THE GLC

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

2. HONOR SYSTEM PANELIST TRAINING SESSIONS
Tuesday, Sep 14, 12:00-1:00pm in Room B in the GLC
Thursday, Sep 16, 5:30-6:30pm in Room G in the GLC
The Graduate Honor System, charged with enforcing the graduate honor code and improving and upholding academic integrity at Virginia Tech, is seeking new student and faculty panelists to work with the Honor System in this academic year and beyond. To become a panelist, you just need to attend one of the hour-long training sessions. To learn more about the GHS and its role in the university community, please visit the GHS homepage or email to the chief justice.

3. FIRST BGSO MEETING OF THE YEAR
Tuesday, Sep 14, 7:15-8:45pm, Black Cultural Center, 146 Squires
The Black Graduate Student Organization invites you to its first meeting of the year, which will focus on developing mentoring relationships. Information on services and businesses that serve the needs of the Black community will be presented. "Senior" members of the BGSO community are encouraged to come and share their knowledge with new students (and old!). More info on the BGSO’s events and meetings.

4. INTEREST MEETING FOR WOMEN GRADUATE STUDENTS
Wednesday, Sep 15, 4:30-5:30pm in Room D in the GLC
Been out in the workforce? Returned for a degree? Looking for a community of people with similar life experiences? Attend this initial meeting to network, and identify common needs and resources. The group will discuss the opportunity of relaunching the Blacksburg chapter of the AAUW (American Association of University Women). Contact Vera Novak with your interest and time availability.

5. GRAD STUDENT GROUP: THRIVE OR SURVIVE?
Thursdays, starting Sep 9, 4:00-5:00pm, GLC Room C
Life can often feel overwhelming for graduate students: managing relationships with family, friends, roommates, colleagues, and advisors; your support system may be in a different state or a different country; you may have a family to take care of in addition to graduate school. And then, of course, there are issues like prelims, theses, dissertations, teaching, researching, etc. Meet on Thursday afternoons with Cook Counseling staff and fellow graduate students to talk about these and other issues, seek and provide support, empower each other, and learn how to navigate the university’s systems and resources.

6. GROOVE TO BOLLYWOOD MOVES!
Thursday, Sep 16, 5:30-6:30pm, GLC Plaza
Get your groove on with Bollywood Dance!  Burn a few calories in grace, style, and rhythm and spice up your personal dancing style by learning some classic Bollywood dance moves. Join in for a free dance session organized by GSA. Show up with high energy and a passion to dance at the GLC Plaza. Bring water and wear comfortable clothes and shoes. Please register by filling out this survey. Questions? Contact Ranjana Mehta.

7. ADVANCE VT GRAD STUDENT LUNCH SEMINAR: MAKING A SUCCESSFUL TRANSITION FROM STUDENT TO TEACHER
Friday, Sep 17, 12:00–1:30pm, GLC Room F
Are you interested in a faculty career but don’t have much teaching experience? Are you a GTA who would like to learn from the experiences of your peers? Please join Eileen Shugart, Jessica StClair, and Alexis Johnston for a discussion of strategies that can help you to make a smooth transition from graduate student to course instructor.  Lunch will be provided. AdvanceVT was created with support from NSF to increase the representation and advancement of women in academic careers at VT. All graduate students are welcome. Please register here by Sep 14.

8. "MATURE" STUDENTS GET TOGETHER

Friday, Sep 17, 4:00-5:00pm, GLC Room D
If you have returned to get a degree after working and/or raising a family and are looking for a community of people with similar experiences, attend this interest meeting to network and identify common needs and resources. Coffee and snacks will be provided. Contact Patricia Grace with your interest and availability, or fill out this survey. [Editor’s note: Students who do not attend this meeting will not be considered immature by default].

9. ANNUAL GSA TAILGATE

Saturday, Sep 18, 9:00am – 12:30pm; Prices Fork Parking Lot
Celebrate with your fellow graduate students before the Hokies take on the East Carolina Pirates! GSA will provide food and games, but it is BYOB. To help organizers better estimate food, please register here. A map to the tailgate can be found on the GSA website. Contact Amanda Cronin Rumore, VP of Programs, if you have any questions.

10. GSA DOG DAYS AT FLYING FUR!
Sunday, Sep 19, 3:30-5:30pm, meet at 3:15 at the GLC Otey St. entrance
Join the GSA and their four legged friends for a fun filled afternoon at Flying Fur! Dog DayCare. The GSA has rented out the Flying Fur facility for this event: there will be games and activities for humans and canines to enjoy as well as tasty treats for the dogs. Meet outside the GLC at 3:15 if you would like to caravan with GSA to the facility, or meet everyone there. Please bring a copy of your dog’s vaccination records and register here. For more information about FlyingFur, visit their site. Contact Jay Pembridge with questions.

11. PROPOSALS DUE FOR CONFERENCE ON HIGHER ED PEDAGOGY
Proposals are due on Oct 7 for the 3rd annual Conference on Higher Education Pedagogy, focused on teaching excellence, best practices, and the scholarship of teaching and learning. Sessions address disciplinary and interdisciplinary instructional strategies, outcomes, and research. Proposals are invited for Research, Practice or Poster sessions.
   Proposals Due: October 7, 2010
   Notification of Acceptance: October 21, 2010
   Registration Due: January 21, 2011
   Conference Date: February 3-4, 2011
There is no registration fee; however, both presenters and participants must register. For more information and registration visit the conference website.

12. GSA TRAVEL FUND PROGRAM (TFP): Cycle I
The Travel Fund Program (TFP) is here to help relieve some of your financial burdens associated with traveling to conferences to present your research. If you are traveling to present between July 1, 2010 to December 31, 2010, you are eligible to apply to the TFP to be reimbursed up to $350 as a master’s or $500 as a doctoral student. Applications open Sep 6-Oct 15, 2010 (5pm). There will be a joint workshop with the GRDP program to answer any of your questions about the application process on Wednesday, Sep 14. Please review the TFP website for more information or email Courtney Gleason.

13. GSA-GRADUATE RESEARCH DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM (GRDP); CYCLE I
The GSA-GRDP is a competitive research funding program administered by the GSA to support qualified research and innovative ideas proposed by VT graduate students. Applications go through a rigorous review process by a panel of graduate students and faculty. Visit the GRDP website to learn more about this opportunity. A joint workshop with GSA-TFP program will be held on Sep 14 to answer any questions you may have about the application process. All questions should be directed to the GRDP chair, Ranjana Mehta.

14. GRADUATE SCHOLARS SOCIETY REGISTRATION STILL OPEN

If you enjoy exploring and discussing important social issues with fellow graduate students, join the Graduate Scholar Society (GSS).  The GSS is composed of small discussion groups based on relevant and current topics in society. This semester’s topics include: second amendment in society and on campus; Appalachian studies; public engaged scholarship; non-violence and peace studies; and understanding Islam. Registration for the Graduate Scholar Society will remain open until Sep 17.  Please register here. For more information, contact Eric Hodges, or visit the GSS website.

15. GSA FALL EVENTS ON GOOGLE CALENDAR AND FACEBOOK
The GSA is excited to bring you a semester full of fun! Visit the Google Calendar on the GSA Website  for dates of upcoming events, including Dialogue with the Dean, and the Fall Wine Social. You can also join the GSA Facebook group page (search: VT Graduate Student Assembly) to get up-to-date info for events. Details of each event will be sent out in the weekly GSA and Graduate School announcements and posted to the Facebook page. Please direct any questions to the VP of Programs, Amanda Cronin Rumore.

16. INVITATION TO LGBTA STUDENT GROUP – 2nd posting
The predominantly undergrad organization, Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Alliance (LGBTA), is putting together a monthly or bimonthly laid back get together for GRADUATE students. These events are open to anyone, gay or straight, who would enjoy getting together for drinks and discussion downtown or at a coffee shop nearby. Sociology grad student Catherine Cotrupi is coordinating the meetings, so email her for more information or contact the LGBTA directly.

17. RESEARCH SUBJECTS WANTED – 2nd posting
Research subjects are wanted for a study to determine whether daily consumption of corn oil/omega-3 fat will influence muscle soreness, damage and inflammation that occurs after weight training. Must consume supplement for 45 days, perform strenuous weight training bout, go through several weeks of weight training program developed by the researchers, and provide seven blood samples over 45 days. Eligibility: must be healthy males (non-smokers, no orthopedic limitations to exercise; no chronic health conditions such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, bleeding, or inflammatory diseases); 18-28; schedule compatible with testing and training. Benefits: development of personal weight training program by experienced professionals, financial compensation up to $175. If interested, contact the researchers for more information.

18. HNFE RESEARCH STUDY SEEKS PARTICIPANTS FOR EVALUATION OF BRIEF DIETARY QUESTIONNAIRE – 3rd posting
Researchers in Human Nutrition, Foods and Exercise are conducting a study to determine the sensitivity to change of a brief dietary intake questionnaire. You may be eligible to participate if you are 21 or older, and are in good health. The study involves 14 weekly visits to the Virginia Tech Campus. Each visit will be less than 30 minutes (excluding the initial visit which will last about 1 hour). Participants will be compensated a total of $45. For more information, please contact Valisa in the Laboratory for Eating Behaviors and Weight Management at 231-7983

19. NEW MEMBERS SOUGHT FOR AEL GRAD HONOR SOCIETY – 2nd posting
Applications are now accepted for Alpha Epsilon Lambda (AEL), a graduate honor society for academic and leadership excellence. Graduate students may become members based on their academic achievements and leadership experiences (must meet some minimum GPA requirements). Apply by September 24, 2010. The induction ceremony for new members will take place on October 13, 2010 at the Graduate School. Please contact Ganesh Balasubramanianbganesh@vt.edu for any questions.

20. UPCOMING EVENTS:

ETD WORKSHOP SERIES: ETD FORMATS
Thursday, Sep 23, 7:00-8:00pm,  GLC Room F
Dr. Karen P. DePauw will discuss manuscript and standard thesis/dissertation formats.

GRRLFRIENDS AND GARDENS
Saturday, Sep 25, 8:00am-12:00pm, Community Gardens of VTYMCA
This community service project is designed to celebrate relationships among women and is offered twice a semester for students, staff and faculty. The first service day for Fall 2010 is designed to bring women graduate students together. Each volunteer who signs up is invited to bring along a significant woman in her life (mothers, daughters, sisters, friends) to participate in the service project. The participants will spend the day volunteering at the Community Gardens of VTYMCA. This project is in partnership with the Graduate School and YMCA at VT. For more information contact Sharbari Dey at 231-7806 or visit the project website.

FREE SELF-DEFENSE CLASS
Tuesday, Sep 28, 5:00-6:00pm, GLC Room F
Interested in learning self defense? Participate in this free self-defense class taught by VTPD Officer Hamilton. Lots of learning, as well as light refreshments provided. This event is sponsored by the GLC Fellows, so please send questions or requests for more information to Nicole Engel

LUNCH WITH THE PRESIDENT – SIGN UP NOW!

Friday, Oct 1, 12:00-1:30pm, The Inn Inn at Virginia Tech.
Chat with President Steger, Provost McNamee, and Dean DePauw over lunch. There will be open dialogue about graduate student issues and concerns. All graduate students are invited to attend. Sign up by September 25. If you have any questions, please contact grad BOV rep Deepu George.

OUTDOOR CLUB WHITEWATER RAFTING – SIGN UP NOW!

Sunday, Oct 3, 7:00am to 6:30pm.
The Outdoor Club of Virginia Tech (OCVT) is organizing a whitewater rafting trip to raft the entire Gauley, upper and lower; 23 miles of river, over a 100 rapids, in 1 day.  Experience one of the best whitewater rafting in the country!  Rafters have to be at base camp in WV, at 7:00am and will finish rafting at 6:30 pm. For detailed trip information and costs please check the OCVT website. Sign up deadline is Sep 30 and you must know how to swim. Sign up here or send questions to  Nimal.

TECHNICAL WRITING WORKSHOP – SIGN UP NOW!

Saturday, Oct 30, 10:00am-2:30pm, Fralin Auditorium
Sponsored by the Fralin Life Science Institute and the Graduate School, this technical writing workshop allows faculty and students to work together. Topics include: components of a manuscript; searching literature; technical writing and grammar, plagiarism and referencing, and editor’s perspective. A handbook and a pizza lunch will be provided to participants. Must register by Oct 15 by emailing to Dr. Janet Webster.

Events, services and opportunities for graduate students

1. WEEKLY SERVICES IN THE GLC

  • Career services walk-in advising: Wednesdays, 1:30-5:00pm, GLC Study Room
  • Writing support: Mondays (4-7pm) and Wednesdays (4-6pm), GLC Videoconference Room

2. GSA VT-BOISE STATE GAME SOCIAL
Monday, Sep. 6, 7:30pm, GLC Student Lounge
Didn’t get tickets the Boise State game? Join the GSA and your fellow graduate students in the GLC to watch your VT Hokies take on the Boise State Broncos in the opening game of the 2010 season. Light refreshments and snacks will be supplied, as well as some traditional tailgating games of cornhole and tailgate golf to fill the time during TV breaks and half time. So bring your friends, your family, and your Hokie pride. Questions? Please contact Jay Pembridge, GSA Events Chair.

3. COFFEE AND CONVERSATION
Tuesday, Sep 7, 5:00-6:00pm, GLC Student Lounge
Though primarily targeted to new graduate students, this event provides an opportunity for all graduate students to gather and enjoy some refreshments and good conversation and get their questions answered by Graduate School staff and student leaders.

4. WORKING MOMS’ SUPPORT GROUP
Wednesday, Sep 8, 12:00pm, Room G in the GLC
Meeting on the second Wednesday of each month, this gathering provides an opportunity for working mothers to share, vent, network, and support one another. For more information, contact Christine Dennis Smith in the Women’s Center.

5. 30-MIN CHRISTIAN WORSHIP: LUNCHTIME AT THE CHAPEL – 3rd posting
Wednesdays, 12:10-12:40 pm, War Memorial Chapel
Graduate students are invited to join together for half an hour of Christian worship, including singing, prayer, and a brief Bible message, at 12:10 pm on Wednesdays at War Memorial Chapel.  University employees are also welcome to come.  "Take a break  in the middle of the week to worship God and meet other Christian graduate students."  Sponsored by registered graduate student organization R. P. Missions.

6. RESUME KICK OFF
Thursday, Sep 9, 9:00-5:00pm, Smith Career Center
Get ready for the upcoming Career Fairs at wlk-in resume critiques by employers and career advisors. Extended wlk-in advising hours, no appointment necessary. Stop in with your resume!

7. GRADUATE SCHOLARS SOCIETY INTEREST MEETING
Thursday, Sep 9, 12:00-1:00pm, GLC Room C
Should there be a mosque near Ground Zero?  Do you favor gun rights or gun control?  Does the international community have a responsibility to prevent tragedies such as the Rwandan genocide?  If you enjoy debating issues such as these, consider joining the Graduate Scholar Society (GSS).  The GSS is composed of small discussion groups based on relevant and current topics in society. Lunch will be provided. If you’re interested, please sign up for a group. For more information, contact Eric Hodges, or visit the GSS website.

8. LABORATORY SAFETY
Thursday & Friday, Sep 9 & 10, 12:00-1:00pm, GLC Room B
Learn about hazards that may be present in a laboratory research environment and the actions that must be taken to comply with university policy and state and federal law.

9. GRAD STUDENT SUPPORT GROUP: THRIVE OR SURVIVE?
Thursdays, starting Sep 9, 4:00-5:00pm, GLC Room C
Life can often feel overwhelming for graduate students: managing relationships with family, friends, roommates, colleagues, and advisors; your support system may be in a different state or a different country; you may have a family to take care of in addition to graduate school. And then, of course, there are issues like prelims, theses, dissertations, teaching, researching, etc. Meet on Thursday afternoons with Cook Counseling staff and fellow graduate students to talk about these and other issues, seek and provide support, empower each other, and learn how to navigate the university’s systems and resources.

10. FANTASY FOOTBALL
Thursday, Sep 9, 6:00pm, GLC Room G
Are you ready for some football?  The GLC Fellows are creating a fantasy football league for the 2010-2011 NFL season. There will be a live “draft” and then participants will gather to watch the opening game starting at 8:00pm.  If you don’t know anything about football but would like to participate, there will be an information session on how fantasy football works and how football works in general. It’s fun! Pizza will be provided. If you would like to sign up for a team in advance, visit this website. or more information, contact GLC Fellow Eric Hodges.

11. TOWN OF BLACKSBURG TOUR

Friday, Sep 10, 2:45pm, Meet in the GLC Lobby
Join your fellow graduate students on a tour of Blacksburg and explore the original town limits and some of the oldest structures in Blacksburg. Sign up here.

12. HONOR SYSTEM PANELIST TRAINING SESSIONS
Friday, Sep 10, 9:00-10:00am, Room B in the GLC
The Graduate Honor System, charged with enforcing the graduate honor code and improving and upholding academic integrity at Virginia Tech, is seeking new student and faculty panelists to work with the Honor System in this academic year and beyond. To become a panelist, you just need to attend one of the hour-long training sessions. To learn more about the GHS and its role in the University community, please visit the GHS website or send questions to ghs@vt.edu. Additional training sessions:
– Tuesday, Sep 14, 12:00-1:00pm in Room B in the GLC
– Wednesday, Sep 16, 5:30-6:30pm in Room G in the GLC

13. INTEREST MEETING FOR WOMEN GRADUATE STUDENTS
Friday, Sep 10, 3:30pm in Room D in the GLC
Been out in the workforce? Returned for a degree? Looking for a community of people with similar life experiences? Attend this initial meeting to network, identify common needs, and resources. The group will discuss the opportunity of relaunching the Blacksburg chapter of the AAUW (American Association of University Women). Coffee and snacks will be provided. Contact Vera Novak with your interest, and time availability. vnovak@vt.edu.

14. U.S. OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP TENNIS VIEWING PARTY
Sunday, Sep 12, 6:00-7:00pm, GLC Graduate Student Lounge
The GLC Fellows invite you to watch the U.S. Open Championship with other grads.  Whether you have never played tennis or you are an expert, this is an opportunity for students to share their passion for the game. Could it be another Federer v. Nadal matchup? Snacks will be provided. For more information, contact Scott Lail.

15. GRA OPENING: WEB APPLICATION DEVELOPER
The VT eCorridors program and Center for Geospatial Information Technology seek a Graduate Research Assistant for a 20 hr/wk appointment to develop, enhance and maintain multiple database-driven, dynamic websites associated with the Commonwealth of Virginia’s statewide broadband mapping initiative funded by the National Telecommunications and Information Association (NTIA); develop web forms; integrate sites with backend databases; update sites and load bulk data and more. Ideal candidate will have proficiency in PHP, MySQL or other relational databases, JavaScript, HTML/CSS, and a general understanding of web design principles. An academic research interest in telecommunications and/or the applications of same in urban and regional planning or economic development would be beneficial. Interested students, or their faculty advisors, should contact Jean Plymale at the eCorridors program, 540.231.2270. Open until filled.

16. P.E.O SCHOLAR AWARD 2011-12 – APPLY NOW!
The $15,000. P.E.O. Scholar Award provides opportunity for 85 women graduate students for 2011-12. The three Blacksburg Chapters coordinate efforts to identify potential applicants to nominate for the prestigious merit-based awards. Eligibility: be within two years of completing doctoral degree or postgraduate study or research by August 1, 2011 (granting date); have at least one academic year remaining from the granting date to complete doctoral program; demonstrate academic excellence with a strong research path, publications, awards and service activities, maturity and seriousness of purpose; have clearly defined career objectives, showing promise of making a significant   contribution to field; be a citizen of the US or Canada at the time of nomination. For local application review submit: 1. 1-2pg letter of application highlighting current work and career goals; 2. Resume to: Elva Miller -205 Woods Edge Court, Blacksburg, VA 24060. Questions: e-mail or call 540-951-8407. If nominated by a local chapter, the applicant will receive an official application package from the P.E.O. Scholar Awards office.

17. INVITATION TO LGBTA STUDENT GROUP
The predominantly undergrad organization, Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Alliance (LGBTA), is putting together a monthly or bimonthly laid back get together for GRADUATE students. These events are open to anyone, gay or straight, who would enjoy getting together for drinks and discussion downtown or at a coffee shop nearby. Sociology grad student Catherine Cotrupi is coordinating the meetings, so email her  for more information or contact the LGBTA directly.

18. GRAD SCHOOL PLANNERS STILL AVAILABLE

Graduate School Handbook and Planners are still available in the GLC, while supplies last. Pick up your free copy in the Information and Registration area (120 GLC) or in the Reading Room. We’ve heard your comments and extended the planners by a week and updated some other features as well to make it more user-friendly. These free planners are brought to you by the Graduate School.

19. RESEARCH SUBJECTS WANTED – 1st posting

Research subjects are wanted for a study to determine whether daily consumption of corn oil/omega-3 fat will influence muscle soreness, damage and inflammation that occurs after weight training. Must consume supplement for 45 days, perform strenuous weight training bout, go through several weeks of weight training program developed by the researchers, and provide seven blood samples over 45 days. Eligibility: must be healthy males (non-smokers, no orthopedic limitations to exercise; no chronic health conditions such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, bleeding, or inflammatory diseases); 18-28; schedule compatible with testing and training. Benefits: development of personal weight training program by experienced professionals, financial compensation up to $175. If interested, contact vthnfe@gmail.com for more information.

20. NEW GRADUATE ASSISTANTS – WIN A $250 GIFT CERTIFICATE! – 2nd posting
New graduate assistants starting in the 2010 Fall semester: Would you like to help a fellow VT student with her research while getting a chance to win a $250 gift certificate? If so, please take a short survey from the Department of Management. With this study researchers hope to better understand the socialization process that new graduate assistants experience as they start their assignments. Only you can help with this! Access the survey here. If you have any questions, please contact Gretchen Schaupp.

21. HNFE RESEARCH STUDY SEEKS PARTICIPANTS FOR EVALUATION OF BRIEF DIETARY QUESTIONNAIRE – 2nd posting
Researchers in Human Nutrition, Foods and Exercise are conducting a study to determine the sensitivity to change of a brief dietary intake questionnaire. You may be eligible to participate if you are 21 or older, and are in good health. The study involves 14 weekly visits to the Virginia Tech Campus. Each visit will be less than 30 minutes (excluding the initial visit which will last about 1 hour). Participants will be compensated a total of $45. For more information, please contact Valisa in the Laboratory for Eating Behaviors and Weight Management at 231-7983.

22. NEW MEMBERS SOUGHT FOR AEL GRAD HONOR SOCIETY – 1st posting
Applications are now acceptedfor Alpha Epsilon Lambda (AEL), a graduate honor society for academic and leadership excellence. Graduate students may become members based on their academic achievements and leadership experiences (must meet some minimum GPA requirements). Apply by September 24, 2010. The induction ceremony for new members will take place on October 13, 2010 at the Graduate School. Please contact Ganesh Balasubramanian for any questions.

23. GRADUATE SCHOOL FEATURED GRADUATE STUDENT
Nominate yourself, a friend, or fellow graduate student to be recognized on the Graduate School website as a Featured Graduate Student! This program is designed to showcase the diversity of perspectives graduate students bring to our community and to present a more personal side of graduate student life. View the Graduate School’s current Featured Graduate Student and to nominate a graduate student here.

24. UPCOMING EVENTS:

FIRST BGSO MEETING OF THE YEAR
Tuesday, Sep 14, 7:15-8:45pm, Black Cultural Center, 146 Squires
The Black Graduate Student Organization invites you to its first meeting of the year, which will focus on developing mentoring relationships. Information on services and businesses that serve the needs of the Black community will be presented. "Senior" members of the BGSO community are encouraged to come and share their knowledge with new students (and old!). More info on the BGSO’s events and meetings can be found at http://www.bgso.org.vt.edu/events.html.

GRRLFRIENDS AND GARDENS
Saturday, Sep 25, 8:00am-12:00pm, Community Gardens of VTYMCA
This community service project is designed to celebrate relationships among women and is offered twice a semester for students, staff and faculty. The first service day for Fall 2010 is designed to bring women graduate students together. Each volunteer who signs up is invited to bring along a significant woman in her life (mothers, daughters, sisters, friends) to participate in the service project. The participants will spend the day volunteering at the Community Gardens of VTYMCA. This project is in partnership with the Graduate School and YMCA at VT. For more information contact Sharbari Dey at 231-7806 or visit the project website.

LUNCH WITH THE PRESIDENT – SIGN UP NOW!
Friday, Oct 1, 12:00-1:30pm, The Inn Inn at Virginia Tech.
Chat with President Steger, Provost McNamee, and Dean DePauw over lunch. There will be open dialogue about graduate student issues and concerns. All graduate students are invited to attend. Sign up by September 25, at https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1283480813283. If you have any questions, please contact grad BOV rep Deepu George at georgedv@vt.edu.

TECHNICAL WRITING WORKSHOP – SIGN UP NOW!
Saturday, Oct 30, 10:00am-2:30pm, Fralin Auditorium
Sponsored by the Fralin Life Science Institute and the Graduate School, this technical writing workshop allows faculty and students to work together. Topics include: components of a manuscript; searching literature; technical writing and grammar, plagiarism and referencing, and editor’s perspective. A handbook and a pizza lunch will be provided to participants. Must register by Oct 15 by emailing to Dr. Janet Webster, jbwebste@vt.edu.

Events, services and opportunities for graduate students

1. WEEKLY SERVICES IN THE GLC

  • Career services walk-in advising: Wednesdays, 1:30-5:00pm, GLC Study Room
  • Writing support: Mondays (4-7pm) and Wednesdays (4-6pm), GLC Videoconference Room

2. GSA VT-BOISE STATE GAME SOCIAL
Monday, Sep. 6, 7:30pm, GLC Student Lounge
Didn’t get tickets the Boise State game? Join the GSA and your fellow graduate students in the GLC to watch your VT Hokies take on the Boise State Broncos in the opening game of the 2010 season. Light refreshments and snacks will be supplied, as well as some traditional tailgating games of cornhole and tailgate golf to fill the time during TV breaks and half time. So bring your friends, your family, and your Hokie pride. Questions? Please contact Jay Pembridge, GSA Events Chair.

3. COFFEE AND CONVERSATION
Tuesday, Sep 7, 5:00-6:00pm, GLC Student Lounge
Though primarily targeted to new graduate students, this event provides an opportunity for all graduate students to gather and enjoy some refreshments and good conversation and get their questions answered by Graduate School staff and student leaders.

4. WORKING MOMS’ SUPPORT GROUP
Wednesday, Sep 8, 12:00pm, Room G in the GLC
Meeting on the second Wednesday of each month, this gathering provides an opportunity for working mothers to share, vent, network, and support one another. For more information, contact Christine Dennis Smith in the Women’s Center.

5. 30-MIN CHRISTIAN WORSHIP: LUNCHTIME AT THE CHAPEL – 3rd posting
Wednesdays, 12:10-12:40 pm, War Memorial Chapel
Graduate students are invited to join together for half an hour of Christian worship, including singing, prayer, and a brief Bible message, at 12:10 pm on Wednesdays at War Memorial Chapel.  University employees are also welcome to come.  "Take a break  in the middle of the week to worship God and meet other Christian graduate students."  Sponsored by registered graduate student organization R. P. Missions.

6. RESUME KICK OFF
Thursday, Sep 9, 9:00-5:00pm, Smith Career Center
Get ready for the upcoming Career Fairs at wlk-in resume critiques by employers and career advisors. Extended wlk-in advising hours, no appointment necessary. Stop in with your resume!

7. GRADUATE SCHOLARS SOCIETY INTEREST MEETING
Thursday, Sep 9, 12:00-1:00pm, GLC Room C
Should there be a mosque near Ground Zero?  Do you favor gun rights or gun control?  Does the international community have a responsibility to prevent tragedies such as the Rwandan genocide?  If you enjoy debating issues such as these, consider joining the Graduate Scholar Society (GSS).  The GSS is composed of small discussion groups based on relevant and current topics in society. Lunch will be provided. If you’re interested, please sign up for a group. For more information, contact Eric Hodges, or visit the GSS website.

8. LABORATORY SAFETY
Thursday & Friday, Sep 9 & 10, 12:00-1:00pm, GLC Room B
Learn about hazards that may be present in a laboratory research environment and the actions that must be taken to comply with university policy and state and federal law.

9. GRAD STUDENT SUPPORT GROUP: THRIVE OR SURVIVE?
Thursdays, starting Sep 9, 4:00-5:00pm, GLC Room C
Life can often feel overwhelming for graduate students: managing relationships with family, friends, roommates, colleagues, and advisors; your support system may be in a different state or a different country; you may have a family to take care of in addition to graduate school. And then, of course, there are issues like prelims, theses, dissertations, teaching, researching, etc. Meet on Thursday afternoons with Cook Counseling staff and fellow graduate students to talk about these and other issues, seek and provide support, empower each other, and learn how to navigate the university’s systems and resources.

10. FANTASY FOOTBALL
Thursday, Sep 9, 6:00pm, GLC Room G
Are you ready for some football?  The GLC Fellows are creating a fantasy football league for the 2010-2011 NFL season. There will be a live “draft” and then participants will gather to watch the opening game starting at 8:00pm.  If you don’t know anything about football but would like to participate, there will be an information session on how fantasy football works and how football works in general. It’s fun! Pizza will be provided. If you would like to sign up for a team in advance, visit this website. or more information, contact GLC Fellow Eric Hodges.

11. TOWN OF BLACKSBURG TOUR

Friday, Sep 10, 2:45pm, Meet in the GLC Lobby
Join your fellow graduate students on a tour of Blacksburg and explore the original town limits and some of the oldest structures in Blacksburg. Sign up here.

12. HONOR SYSTEM PANELIST TRAINING SESSIONS
Friday, Sep 10, 9:00-10:00am, Room B in the GLC
The Graduate Honor System, charged with enforcing the graduate honor code and improving and upholding academic integrity at Virginia Tech, is seeking new student and faculty panelists to work with the Honor System in this academic year and beyond. To become a panelist, you just need to attend one of the hour-long training sessions. To learn more about the GHS and its role in the University community, please visit the GHS website or send questions to ghs@vt.edu. Additional training sessions:
– Tuesday, Sep 14, 12:00-1:00pm in Room B in the GLC
– Wednesday, Sep 16, 5:30-6:30pm in Room G in the GLC

13. INTEREST MEETING FOR WOMEN GRADUATE STUDENTS
Friday, Sep 10, 3:30pm in Room D in the GLC
Been out in the workforce? Returned for a degree? Looking for a community of people with similar life experiences? Attend this initial meeting to network, identify common needs, and resources. The group will discuss the opportunity of relaunching the Blacksburg chapter of the AAUW (American Association of University Women). Coffee and snacks will be provided. Contact Vera Novak with your interest, and time availability. vnovak@vt.edu.

14. U.S. OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP TENNIS VIEWING PARTY
Sunday, Sep 12, 6:00-7:00pm, GLC Graduate Student Lounge
The GLC Fellows invite you to watch the U.S. Open Championship with other grads.  Whether you have never played tennis or you are an expert, this is an opportunity for students to share their passion for the game. Could it be another Federer v. Nadal matchup? Snacks will be provided. For more information, contact Scott Lail.

15. GRA OPENING: WEB APPLICATION DEVELOPER
The VT eCorridors program and Center for Geospatial Information Technology seek a Graduate Research Assistant for a 20 hr/wk appointment to develop, enhance and maintain multiple database-driven, dynamic websites associated with the Commonwealth of Virginia’s statewide broadband mapping initiative funded by the National Telecommunications and Information Association (NTIA); develop web forms; integrate sites with backend databases; update sites and load bulk data and more. Ideal candidate will have proficiency in PHP, MySQL or other relational databases, JavaScript, HTML/CSS, and a general understanding of web design principles. An academic research interest in telecommunications and/or the applications of same in urban and regional planning or economic development would be beneficial. Interested students, or their faculty advisors, should contact Jean Plymale at the eCorridors program, 540.231.2270. Open until filled.

16. P.E.O SCHOLAR AWARD 2011-12 – APPLY NOW!
The $15,000. P.E.O. Scholar Award provides opportunity for 85 women graduate students for 2011-12. The three Blacksburg Chapters coordinate efforts to identify potential applicants to nominate for the prestigious merit-based awards. Eligibility: be within two years of completing doctoral degree or postgraduate study or research by August 1, 2011 (granting date); have at least one academic year remaining from the granting date to complete doctoral program; demonstrate academic excellence with a strong research path, publications, awards and service activities, maturity and seriousness of purpose; have clearly defined career objectives, showing promise of making a significant   contribution to field; be a citizen of the US or Canada at the time of nomination. For local application review submit: 1. 1-2pg letter of application highlighting current work and career goals; 2. Resume to: Elva Miller -205 Woods Edge Court, Blacksburg, VA 24060. Questions: e-mail or call 540-951-8407. If nominated by a local chapter, the applicant will receive an official application package from the P.E.O. Scholar Awards office.

17. INVITATION TO LGBTA STUDENT GROUP
The predominantly undergrad organization, Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Alliance (LGBTA), is putting together a monthly or bimonthly laid back get together for GRADUATE students. These events are open to anyone, gay or straight, who would enjoy getting together for drinks and discussion downtown or at a coffee shop nearby. Sociology grad student Catherine Cotrupi is coordinating the meetings, so email her  for more information or contact the LGBTA directly.

18. GRAD SCHOOL PLANNERS STILL AVAILABLE

Graduate School Handbook and Planners are still available in the GLC, while supplies last. Pick up your free copy in the Information and Registration area (120 GLC) or in the Reading Room. We’ve heard your comments and extended the planners by a week and updated some other features as well to make it more user-friendly. These free planners are brought to you by the Graduate School.

19. RESEARCH SUBJECTS WANTED – 1st posting

Research subjects are wanted for a study to determine whether daily consumption of corn oil/omega-3 fat will influence muscle soreness, damage and inflammation that occurs after weight training. Must consume supplement for 45 days, perform strenuous weight training bout, go through several weeks of weight training program developed by the researchers, and provide seven blood samples over 45 days. Eligibility: must be healthy males (non-smokers, no orthopedic limitations to exercise; no chronic health conditions such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, bleeding, or inflammatory diseases); 18-28; schedule compatible with testing and training. Benefits: development of personal weight training program by experienced professionals, financial compensation up to $175. If interested, contact vthnfe@gmail.com for more information.

20. NEW GRADUATE ASSISTANTS – WIN A $250 GIFT CERTIFICATE! – 2nd posting
New graduate assistants starting in the 2010 Fall semester: Would you like to help a fellow VT student with her research while getting a chance to win a $250 gift certificate? If so, please take a short survey from the Department of Management. With this study researchers hope to better understand the socialization process that new graduate assistants experience as they start their assignments. Only you can help with this! Access the survey here. If you have any questions, please contact Gretchen Schaupp.

21. HNFE RESEARCH STUDY SEEKS PARTICIPANTS FOR EVALUATION OF BRIEF DIETARY QUESTIONNAIRE – 2nd posting
Researchers in Human Nutrition, Foods and Exercise are conducting a study to determine the sensitivity to change of a brief dietary intake questionnaire. You may be eligible to participate if you are 21 or older, and are in good health. The study involves 14 weekly visits to the Virginia Tech Campus. Each visit will be less than 30 minutes (excluding the initial visit which will last about 1 hour). Participants will be compensated a total of $45. For more information, please contact Valisa in the Laboratory for Eating Behaviors and Weight Management at 231-7983.

22. NEW MEMBERS SOUGHT FOR AEL GRAD HONOR SOCIETY – 1st posting
Applications are now acceptedfor Alpha Epsilon Lambda (AEL), a graduate honor society for academic and leadership excellence. Graduate students may become members based on their academic achievements and leadership experiences (must meet some minimum GPA requirements). Apply by September 24, 2010. The induction ceremony for new members will take place on October 13, 2010 at the Graduate School. Please contact Ganesh Balasubramanian for any questions.

23. GRADUATE SCHOOL FEATURED GRADUATE STUDENT
Nominate yourself, a friend, or fellow graduate student to be recognized on the Graduate School website as a Featured Graduate Student! This program is designed to showcase the diversity of perspectives graduate students bring to our community and to present a more personal side of graduate student life. View the Graduate School’s current Featured Graduate Student and to nominate a graduate student here.

24. UPCOMING EVENTS:

FIRST BGSO MEETING OF THE YEAR
Tuesday, Sep 14, 7:15-8:45pm, Black Cultural Center, 146 Squires
The Black Graduate Student Organization invites you to its first meeting of the year, which will focus on developing mentoring relationships. Information on services and businesses that serve the needs of the Black community will be presented. "Senior" members of the BGSO community are encouraged to come and share their knowledge with new students (and old!). More info on the BGSO’s events and meetings can be found at http://www.bgso.org.vt.edu/events.html.

GRRLFRIENDS AND GARDENS
Saturday, Sep 25, 8:00am-12:00pm, Community Gardens of VTYMCA
This community service project is designed to celebrate relationships among women and is offered twice a semester for students, staff and faculty. The first service day for Fall 2010 is designed to bring women graduate students together. Each volunteer who signs up is invited to bring along a significant woman in her life (mothers, daughters, sisters, friends) to participate in the service project. The participants will spend the day volunteering at the Community Gardens of VTYMCA. This project is in partnership with the Graduate School and YMCA at VT. For more information contact Sharbari Dey at 231-7806 or visit the project website.

LUNCH WITH THE PRESIDENT – SIGN UP NOW!
Friday, Oct 1, 12:00-1:30pm, The Inn Inn at Virginia Tech.
Chat with President Steger, Provost McNamee, and Dean DePauw over lunch. There will be open dialogue about graduate student issues and concerns. All graduate students are invited to attend. Sign up by September 25, at https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1283480813283. If you have any questions, please contact grad BOV rep Deepu George at georgedv@vt.edu.

TECHNICAL WRITING WORKSHOP – SIGN UP NOW!
Saturday, Oct 30, 10:00am-2:30pm, Fralin Auditorium
Sponsored by the Fralin Life Science Institute and the Graduate School, this technical writing workshop allows faculty and students to work together. Topics include: components of a manuscript; searching literature; technical writing and grammar, plagiarism and referencing, and editor’s perspective. A handbook and a pizza lunch will be provided to participants. Must register by Oct 15 by emailing to Dr. Janet Webster, jbwebste@vt.edu.