October 25-31

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. GREAT EXPECTATIONS: WHEN WORLDS COLLIDE IN 3 PLAYS
Monday-Wednesday, Oct 25-27, 7:30pm, Theatre 101
Graduate students in Theatre Arts invite you to three showings of these plays:
* HELEN AT RISK by Dana Yeaton. Conducting a workshop in creative mask-making at a prison, Helen winsomely shares her artistic skills along with her ideals. When a wise-guy inmate starts acting up, however, self-expression takes a nasty turn.
* COLD by David Mamet. Waiting on a subway platform, two strangers from different worlds encounter one another.
* THE MOON PLEASE by Diana Son. On the morning of 9/11, new parents hastily prepare for a day in Manhattan packed with job interviews and high-profile "pitches" to clients. When the babysitter neglects to show-up, the young parents must decide: who will stay home with the baby? As the minutes tick toward the first attack on the World Trade Center, the drama illuminates how we adapt to the challenges of our ever-changing lives. Doors open at 7pm, admission is FREE!

3. NEGOTIATING ACADEMIC RELATIONSHIPS AND NAVIGATING THE UNIVERSITY’S POLITICAL SYSTEM

Tuesday, Oct 26, 3:00-4:30 pm, Room C
As a graduate student, life can often feel overwhelming, & balancing personal and professional matters may sometimes feel like the biggest challenge.  Managing relationships with colleagues and advisors may seem stressful. You may be dealing with issues like prelims, thesis, dissertations, teaching, research etc. that may create stress and anxiety. So come to this program to talk about your life as a graduate student and to learn ways to navigate the university’s political system – to explore resources & support systems that will help you succeed and graduate.

4. APPLYING FOR FEDERAL GOVERNMENT JOBS – CAREER SERVICES SERIES
Tuesdays at 3:30pm; remaining sessions are on Oct  26, Nov 2 and 9
Learn the 10 steps in 5 weeks. Learn more about this series.

5. SHORT COURSES IN STATISTICS: T-TESTS, ANOVA AND ANCOVA
Tuesday, Oct 26, 5:00-7:00pm, Fralin Auditorium
The Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Statistical Analysis (LISA) offers a series of evening short courses to help graduate students use statistics in their research. These two-hour courses teach practical statistical techniques for analyzing or collecting data. See www.lisa.stat.vt.edu/?q=short_courses for instructions on how to register and to learn more. Refreshments provided at the end of each short course. Upcoming schedule and topics:

  • Nov 1: *Introduction to JMP;
  • Nov 2: Analyzing Non-Normal Data with Generalized Linear Models (GLMs);
  • Nov 8 & 9: *Intro to SAS;
  • Nov 15 & 16: *Using R for Your Basic Statistical Needs;

*Class will be held in 3060 Torgersen Hall
LISA also provides free statistical collaboration and consulting: visit www.lisa.stat.vt.edu to schedule an appointment. Free daily walk-in consulting service is available from 12-2pm in 401 Hutcheson Hall.

6. RELAY FOR LIFE KICK OFF

Wednesday Oct 27, 5:00-7:00pm, GLC Lawn/GLC Plaza
Kick off the 2011 Relay For Life year with the GSA and celebrate 10 years of fighting cancer at VT! VT Relay is taking over the GLC Plaza with performances and free food/drinks. Performances by Soulstice, Juxtaposition, drawings for footballs signed by Tyrod and Coach Beamer, and special guest speaker and survivor DJ Robynn Jaymes from Star Country. For more information visit the official VT Relay site or contact Kristin Canavera.

7. 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.

8. HALLOWEEN CHALLENGE 2010
Friday, Oct 29, 8:00am-5:00pm, Graduate School Dean’s Suite (232 GLC)
The first 10 students who visit the Graduate School dean’s office dressed in a Halloween costume demanding to be seen by the dean immediately will receive a monster stress ball. The second 10 may be escorted out by campus police… Take your chances!

9. DIYOTSAV: CELEBRATING DIWALI
Saturday, Oct 30, 5:00-8:00pm, Burruss Auditorium
The Indian Students Association invites you to its biggest celebration this semester, the Indian Festival of Lights, which will include Bollywood & folk dances and performances hosted by the famous comedian Rajiv Satyal, followed by a fireworks display on the Drillfield. Dinner afterwards is at Johnston Student Center, catered by Taaza from Roanoke. Event is open to all. Please register on Facebook  or at ISA’s website.

10. LUNCH WITH THE PRESIDENT – Sign up now!
Tuesday, Nov 2, 12:00-1:30pm, The Inn at Virginia Tech
Chat with President Steger, Provost McNamee, and Dean DePauw! Lunch will be provided. All graduate students are invited to attend. This is a chance for you to talk about your graduate experiences to the administration. Sign up by Oct 30. If you have any questions, please contact Deepu George, grad rep to the BOV.

11. AEL LEADERSHIP WORKSHOP: APPLY NOW – 3rd posting
Alpha Epsilon Lambda (AEL) graduate leadership honor society will be hosting a leadership workshop on Friday, Nov 5 from 5:00-9:00pm and Saturday, Nov 6 from 8:30am-12:30pm. This two-day, interactive workshop is for VT graduate students  who want to learn more about the secrets to successful leadership in academic, professional, and community settings. Participants will complete an assessment of leadership strengths, gain insights from proven leaders, and apply this knowledge toward a personal leadership philosophy and development plan. If you are interested in attending, please visit: https://www.fdi.vt.edu/public/?term_pk1=12520 to register (limited to 60 people). If you have any questions, contact AEL at ael2010@vt.edu.

12. GRADUATE RESEARCH ASSISTANTSHIP OPPORTUNITY – 2nd posting
Long-term funding is available for two GRAs beginning January 2011 to help with multi-year project in Department of Engineering Education.  Initial research responsibilities include 1) conducting interviews with engineering faculty and focus groups with engineering students at multiple university locations, 2) data transcription and data analysis, 3) survey development and deployment, 4) teacher intervention development, deployment and assessment.   Travel is required periodically throughout and paid for by the grant.  Native-level English proficiency is required.  Coursework or research experiences with qualitative and or quantitative data collection and analysis methods are preferred.  Familiarity with the engineering classroom settings is highly desirable.  Doctoral students from engineering, education, social science, or related disciplines with relevant interests and skills are encouraged to apply. If interested, please email a resume or CV and cover letter to Dr. Holly M. Matusovich at matushm@vt.edu. Apply by November 15th.  Interviews will be conducted by early December. More information >>.

13. SOCIAL ENTREPRENEUR GRANT PROGRAM – 3rd posting
The VT Center for Student Engagement and Community Partnerships (CSECP) invites students to “Invent the Future” by proposing innovative projects that will address community needs.  CSECP’s Social Entrepreneur grant program will provide seed funding to a limited number of student service-related projects this semester.  Please visit CSECP’s website (http://www.vtserves.vt.edu/) for more information about the grant program. Students will need to fill out the application survey (http://tiny.cc/fug73) by October 30th to be eligible for grant funding this cycle.  Questions can be directed to emilybar@vt.edu.

14. JEAN PHILLIPS SCHOLARSHIP – 3rd posting
Due by Sunday, October 31
The Peacock-Harper Culinary History Collection Committee is now taking applications for the Jean Phillips Scholarship. Preference will be given to applicants from the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences whose scholarly pursuits encompass topics related to material in the Peacock-Harper Culinary Collection, such as the history of foods, human nutrition or food culture. Applicants must be of good character and have a record of leadership and service. Application and details can be found at: http://www.graduateschool.vt.edu/financial/for_departments/gs_funding.html#janet

15. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR BIOMECHANICS STUDY
Participants are sought for a study investigating the effects of flexion and lifting on the biomechanics and neuromuscular control of the human torso.  The study consists of six separate experimental sessions (each lasting approximately 2 hours) and participants will be compensated $10/hour.  To qualify you must be between the ages of 18-29, have a lean body, and regularly exercise at least 2-3 times per week.  For more information or to inquire about participation, please contact Khoirul at khoirul@vt.edu

16. BROADBAND MAPPING: BE A PART OF HISTORY

In an effort to expand high-speed Internet access across the state, VT’s eCorridors <http://www.ecorridors.vt.edu/>  program presents “Accelerate Virginia,” a new broadband mapping project. Consumers have a unique opportunity to provide information about Internet accessibility in their homes and communities. Along with other sources, this data will be used to inform the Virginia and national broadband maps, and identify areas in need of broadband infrastructure investment. If broadband is important to you, please visit  http://acceleratevirginia.org/speedtest/ and run a speed test from your off campus residence.  For more information please contact Jean Plymale at  vplymale@vt.edu, 231-2270.

17. RESEARCH SUBJECTS WANTED FOR STUDY OF EFFECTS OF YOGA – 3rd posting
Research subjects are needed for a study to evaluate the effects of Yoga exercises on improving low back stability, endurance and strength. Participant must be available for pre- and post-tests that are 6 weeks apart. Two pools of participants are wanted: (1) Must have recently started practicing yoga exercises, preferably Hatha yoga, under a qualified instructor; do yoga exercises at least 3 times a week, ~90 minutes per session. (2) Not enrolled in any yoga or like-wise classes (pilates, tai-chi). Both pools of participants must continue following their exercising schedule for 6 weeks after the first experimental session. Eligibility: 18-35 years old; not have experienced low back injuries/pain in the past year. Compensation: $10 per hour, $5 after completion of experiment, $5 for the best performance in respective categories (stability, endurance and strength). If interested, contact anujdm@vt.edu for more information.

18. CALL FOR GRDP REVIEWERS – 2nd posting

The Graduate Student Assembly (GSA) is looking for candidates to serve as reviewers for the Graduate Research and Development Program (GRDP). The GRDP provides monetary support for degree-contingent research conducted by graduate students. More information can be found on the GSA website. Reviewers will be responsible for assessing research proposals in their research area or related fields, using specific rubrics provided to them. The proposals are about 1-2 pages in length. This is a great opportunity for those who are interested in applying to the GRDP to learn about the process and also for those who would like to be involved with the GSA. If you are interested please fill out this survey. Direct any questions to Ranjana Mehta, GRDP Chair (gsagrdpchair@gmail.com).

19. UPCOMING EVENTS:

BIKE MAINTENANCE BASICS

Monday, Nov 1, 5:30-6:30pm, GLC Room B
If you ride a bike, you need this class! In this informative presentation you’ll learn how to lube a chain, fix a flat tire in record time, and make other minor adjustments to your bike. No experience necessary. For more information please contact Scott Lail, GLC Resident Fellow, at slail87@vt.edu.

GSA FAMILY GAME NIGHT
Tuesday, Nov 2, 6:00-9:00pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
Come out and enjoy some quality time with your family and friends. All students, post-docs, faculty and their families are invited to enjoy an evening full of gaming! If you have a particular game that you want to play, feel free to bring it with you. Refreshments, snacks, and music will be provided. To sign up for the event, please register at https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1287152304566. If you are bringing your family or a group of friends, only one person needs to register. Questions? Please contact Jay Pembridge at jpembrid@vt.edu.

GSA GRADS GOT TALENT AUDITIONS
Wednesday, Nov 3, 8:30pm, GLC Auditorium
Do you have a talent that you would like to show off? Dreams of being the next American Idol? Then come on out to audition for the Annual GSA Grads Got Talent – a fundraiser for Relay for Life. All proceeds from the event will go towards Relay and the American Cancer Society. Please contact Jay Pembridge at jpembrid@vt.edu to schedule your audition or if you have any questions.

SINKLAND FARMS CHILI COOK-OFF AND WINE & BEER FESTIVAL
Saturday, Nov 6, 11:30am, Meet in the GLC Lobby
The GLC Resident Fellows are sponsoring a trip to the Sinkland Farms’ 3rd Annual "Up In Smoke" Chili Cook-Off and Wine & Beer Festival! Cost is $10 for chili tasting & live music, and an additional $10 if you would like to partake in the wine & beer tasting. Worried about how to get to/from the event? No problem! The GLC Fellows will host a free van carpool that will meet in the GLC Lobby at 11:30am. Let us know if you plan on attending the event, and if you need a ride by completing this survey .

GSA GRADS GOT TALENT
Thursday, Nov 11, 8:30pm, GLC Auditorium
Grads Got Talent is a fundraiser for Graduate Relay for Life Teams. Come on out and support your fellow grad students as they showcase their talents and skills while raising money for Relay for Life, one of the  main volunteer-driven cancer fundraising event of the American Cancer Society. During the event you will have the opportunity to vote for your favorite act through donations to Relay. Questions? Contact Jay Pembridge (jpembrid@vt.edu).

INTERNATIONAL BEER TASTING
Friday, Nov 12, 5:00-7:00pm, GLC Student Lounge
The GSA is sponsoring this international beer tasting to kick-off International Education Week. The cost is $5.00 per person (cash) at the door for 2 beers and snacks ($2 for snacks only). All grad students, post-docs, and faculty members are invited to come and enjoy beers from around the world! Must be 21 & older to attend. Please direct any questions to Amanda Cronin Rumore at arumore@vt.edu.

October 25-31

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. GREAT EXPECTATIONS: WHEN WORLDS COLLIDE IN 3 PLAYS
Monday-Wednesday, Oct 25-27, 7:30pm, Theatre 101
Graduate students in Theatre Arts invite you to three showings of these plays:
* HELEN AT RISK by Dana Yeaton. Conducting a workshop in creative mask-making at a prison, Helen winsomely shares her artistic skills along with her ideals. When a wise-guy inmate starts acting up, however, self-expression takes a nasty turn.
* COLD by David Mamet. Waiting on a subway platform, two strangers from different worlds encounter one another.
* THE MOON PLEASE by Diana Son. On the morning of 9/11, new parents hastily prepare for a day in Manhattan packed with job interviews and high-profile "pitches" to clients. When the babysitter neglects to show-up, the young parents must decide: who will stay home with the baby? As the minutes tick toward the first attack on the World Trade Center, the drama illuminates how we adapt to the challenges of our ever-changing lives. Doors open at 7pm, admission is FREE!

3. NEGOTIATING ACADEMIC RELATIONSHIPS AND NAVIGATING THE UNIVERSITY’S POLITICAL SYSTEM

Tuesday, Oct 26, 3:00-4:30 pm, Room C
As a graduate student, life can often feel overwhelming, & balancing personal and professional matters may sometimes feel like the biggest challenge.  Managing relationships with colleagues and advisors may seem stressful. You may be dealing with issues like prelims, thesis, dissertations, teaching, research etc. that may create stress and anxiety. So come to this program to talk about your life as a graduate student and to learn ways to navigate the university’s political system – to explore resources & support systems that will help you succeed and graduate.

4. APPLYING FOR FEDERAL GOVERNMENT JOBS – CAREER SERVICES SERIES
Tuesdays at 3:30pm; remaining sessions are on Oct  26, Nov 2 and 9
Learn the 10 steps in 5 weeks. Learn more about this series.

5. SHORT COURSES IN STATISTICS: T-TESTS, ANOVA AND ANCOVA
Tuesday, Oct 26, 5:00-7:00pm, Fralin Auditorium
The Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Statistical Analysis (LISA) offers a series of evening short courses to help graduate students use statistics in their research. These two-hour courses teach practical statistical techniques for analyzing or collecting data. See www.lisa.stat.vt.edu/?q=short_courses for instructions on how to register and to learn more. Refreshments provided at the end of each short course. Upcoming schedule and topics:

  • Nov 1: *Introduction to JMP;
  • Nov 2: Analyzing Non-Normal Data with Generalized Linear Models (GLMs);
  • Nov 8 & 9: *Intro to SAS;
  • Nov 15 & 16: *Using R for Your Basic Statistical Needs;

*Class will be held in 3060 Torgersen Hall
LISA also provides free statistical collaboration and consulting: visit www.lisa.stat.vt.edu to schedule an appointment. Free daily walk-in consulting service is available from 12-2pm in 401 Hutcheson Hall.

6. RELAY FOR LIFE KICK OFF

Wednesday Oct 27, 5:00-7:00pm, GLC Lawn/GLC Plaza
Kick off the 2011 Relay For Life year with the GSA and celebrate 10 years of fighting cancer at VT! VT Relay is taking over the GLC Plaza with performances and free food/drinks. Performances by Soulstice, Juxtaposition, drawings for footballs signed by Tyrod and Coach Beamer, and special guest speaker and survivor DJ Robynn Jaymes from Star Country. For more information visit the official VT Relay site or contact Kristin Canavera.

7. 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.

8. HALLOWEEN CHALLENGE 2010
Friday, Oct 29, 8:00am-5:00pm, Graduate School Dean’s Suite (232 GLC)
The first 10 students who visit the Graduate School dean’s office dressed in a Halloween costume demanding to be seen by the dean immediately will receive a monster stress ball. The second 10 may be escorted out by campus police… Take your chances!

9. DIYOTSAV: CELEBRATING DIWALI
Saturday, Oct 30, 5:00-8:00pm, Burruss Auditorium
The Indian Students Association invites you to its biggest celebration this semester, the Indian Festival of Lights, which will include Bollywood & folk dances and performances hosted by the famous comedian Rajiv Satyal, followed by a fireworks display on the Drillfield. Dinner afterwards is at Johnston Student Center, catered by Taaza from Roanoke. Event is open to all. Please register on Facebook  or at ISA’s website.

10. LUNCH WITH THE PRESIDENT – Sign up now!
Tuesday, Nov 2, 12:00-1:30pm, The Inn at Virginia Tech
Chat with President Steger, Provost McNamee, and Dean DePauw! Lunch will be provided. All graduate students are invited to attend. This is a chance for you to talk about your graduate experiences to the administration. Sign up by Oct 30. If you have any questions, please contact Deepu George, grad rep to the BOV.

11. AEL LEADERSHIP WORKSHOP: APPLY NOW – 3rd posting
Alpha Epsilon Lambda (AEL) graduate leadership honor society will be hosting a leadership workshop on Friday, Nov 5 from 5:00-9:00pm and Saturday, Nov 6 from 8:30am-12:30pm. This two-day, interactive workshop is for VT graduate students  who want to learn more about the secrets to successful leadership in academic, professional, and community settings. Participants will complete an assessment of leadership strengths, gain insights from proven leaders, and apply this knowledge toward a personal leadership philosophy and development plan. If you are interested in attending, please visit: https://www.fdi.vt.edu/public/?term_pk1=12520 to register (limited to 60 people). If you have any questions, contact AEL at ael2010@vt.edu.

12. GRADUATE RESEARCH ASSISTANTSHIP OPPORTUNITY – 2nd posting
Long-term funding is available for two GRAs beginning January 2011 to help with multi-year project in Department of Engineering Education.  Initial research responsibilities include 1) conducting interviews with engineering faculty and focus groups with engineering students at multiple university locations, 2) data transcription and data analysis, 3) survey development and deployment, 4) teacher intervention development, deployment and assessment.   Travel is required periodically throughout and paid for by the grant.  Native-level English proficiency is required.  Coursework or research experiences with qualitative and or quantitative data collection and analysis methods are preferred.  Familiarity with the engineering classroom settings is highly desirable.  Doctoral students from engineering, education, social science, or related disciplines with relevant interests and skills are encouraged to apply. If interested, please email a resume or CV and cover letter to Dr. Holly M. Matusovich at matushm@vt.edu. Apply by November 15th.  Interviews will be conducted by early December. More information >>.

13. SOCIAL ENTREPRENEUR GRANT PROGRAM – 3rd posting
The VT Center for Student Engagement and Community Partnerships (CSECP) invites students to “Invent the Future” by proposing innovative projects that will address community needs.  CSECP’s Social Entrepreneur grant program will provide seed funding to a limited number of student service-related projects this semester.  Please visit CSECP’s website (http://www.vtserves.vt.edu/) for more information about the grant program. Students will need to fill out the application survey (http://tiny.cc/fug73) by October 30th to be eligible for grant funding this cycle.  Questions can be directed to emilybar@vt.edu.

14. JEAN PHILLIPS SCHOLARSHIP – 3rd posting
Due by Sunday, October 31
The Peacock-Harper Culinary History Collection Committee is now taking applications for the Jean Phillips Scholarship. Preference will be given to applicants from the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences whose scholarly pursuits encompass topics related to material in the Peacock-Harper Culinary Collection, such as the history of foods, human nutrition or food culture. Applicants must be of good character and have a record of leadership and service. Application and details can be found at: http://www.graduateschool.vt.edu/financial/for_departments/gs_funding.html#janet

15. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR BIOMECHANICS STUDY
Participants are sought for a study investigating the effects of flexion and lifting on the biomechanics and neuromuscular control of the human torso.  The study consists of six separate experimental sessions (each lasting approximately 2 hours) and participants will be compensated $10/hour.  To qualify you must be between the ages of 18-29, have a lean body, and regularly exercise at least 2-3 times per week.  For more information or to inquire about participation, please contact Khoirul at khoirul@vt.edu

16. BROADBAND MAPPING: BE A PART OF HISTORY

In an effort to expand high-speed Internet access across the state, VT’s eCorridors <http://www.ecorridors.vt.edu/>  program presents “Accelerate Virginia,” a new broadband mapping project. Consumers have a unique opportunity to provide information about Internet accessibility in their homes and communities. Along with other sources, this data will be used to inform the Virginia and national broadband maps, and identify areas in need of broadband infrastructure investment. If broadband is important to you, please visit  http://acceleratevirginia.org/speedtest/ and run a speed test from your off campus residence.  For more information please contact Jean Plymale at  vplymale@vt.edu, 231-2270.

17. RESEARCH SUBJECTS WANTED FOR STUDY OF EFFECTS OF YOGA – 3rd posting
Research subjects are needed for a study to evaluate the effects of Yoga exercises on improving low back stability, endurance and strength. Participant must be available for pre- and post-tests that are 6 weeks apart. Two pools of participants are wanted: (1) Must have recently started practicing yoga exercises, preferably Hatha yoga, under a qualified instructor; do yoga exercises at least 3 times a week, ~90 minutes per session. (2) Not enrolled in any yoga or like-wise classes (pilates, tai-chi). Both pools of participants must continue following their exercising schedule for 6 weeks after the first experimental session. Eligibility: 18-35 years old; not have experienced low back injuries/pain in the past year. Compensation: $10 per hour, $5 after completion of experiment, $5 for the best performance in respective categories (stability, endurance and strength). If interested, contact anujdm@vt.edu for more information.

18. CALL FOR GRDP REVIEWERS – 2nd posting

The Graduate Student Assembly (GSA) is looking for candidates to serve as reviewers for the Graduate Research and Development Program (GRDP). The GRDP provides monetary support for degree-contingent research conducted by graduate students. More information can be found on the GSA website. Reviewers will be responsible for assessing research proposals in their research area or related fields, using specific rubrics provided to them. The proposals are about 1-2 pages in length. This is a great opportunity for those who are interested in applying to the GRDP to learn about the process and also for those who would like to be involved with the GSA. If you are interested please fill out this survey. Direct any questions to Ranjana Mehta, GRDP Chair (gsagrdpchair@gmail.com).

19. UPCOMING EVENTS:

BIKE MAINTENANCE BASICS

Monday, Nov 1, 5:30-6:30pm, GLC Room B
If you ride a bike, you need this class! In this informative presentation you’ll learn how to lube a chain, fix a flat tire in record time, and make other minor adjustments to your bike. No experience necessary. For more information please contact Scott Lail, GLC Resident Fellow, at slail87@vt.edu.

GSA FAMILY GAME NIGHT
Tuesday, Nov 2, 6:00-9:00pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
Come out and enjoy some quality time with your family and friends. All students, post-docs, faculty and their families are invited to enjoy an evening full of gaming! If you have a particular game that you want to play, feel free to bring it with you. Refreshments, snacks, and music will be provided. To sign up for the event, please register at https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1287152304566. If you are bringing your family or a group of friends, only one person needs to register. Questions? Please contact Jay Pembridge at jpembrid@vt.edu.

GSA GRADS GOT TALENT AUDITIONS
Wednesday, Nov 3, 8:30pm, GLC Auditorium
Do you have a talent that you would like to show off? Dreams of being the next American Idol? Then come on out to audition for the Annual GSA Grads Got Talent – a fundraiser for Relay for Life. All proceeds from the event will go towards Relay and the American Cancer Society. Please contact Jay Pembridge at jpembrid@vt.edu to schedule your audition or if you have any questions.

SINKLAND FARMS CHILI COOK-OFF AND WINE & BEER FESTIVAL
Saturday, Nov 6, 11:30am, Meet in the GLC Lobby
The GLC Resident Fellows are sponsoring a trip to the Sinkland Farms’ 3rd Annual "Up In Smoke" Chili Cook-Off and Wine & Beer Festival! Cost is $10 for chili tasting & live music, and an additional $10 if you would like to partake in the wine & beer tasting. Worried about how to get to/from the event? No problem! The GLC Fellows will host a free van carpool that will meet in the GLC Lobby at 11:30am. Let us know if you plan on attending the event, and if you need a ride by completing this survey .

GSA GRADS GOT TALENT
Thursday, Nov 11, 8:30pm, GLC Auditorium
Grads Got Talent is a fundraiser for Graduate Relay for Life Teams. Come on out and support your fellow grad students as they showcase their talents and skills while raising money for Relay for Life, one of the  main volunteer-driven cancer fundraising event of the American Cancer Society. During the event you will have the opportunity to vote for your favorite act through donations to Relay. Questions? Contact Jay Pembridge (jpembrid@vt.edu).

INTERNATIONAL BEER TASTING
Friday, Nov 12, 5:00-7:00pm, GLC Student Lounge
The GSA is sponsoring this international beer tasting to kick-off International Education Week. The cost is $5.00 per person (cash) at the door for 2 beers and snacks ($2 for snacks only). All grad students, post-docs, and faculty members are invited to come and enjoy beers from around the world! Must be 21 & older to attend. Please direct any questions to Amanda Cronin Rumore at arumore@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 25

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 with questions. **Please note that the theme for this display is: “Building graduate community since 2005: The Graduate Life Center and student life through graduate students’ eyes.”

 

3. APPLYING FOR FEDERAL GOVERNMENT JOBS – CAREER SERVICES SERIES

Tuesdays, remaining sessions are on Oct 19, 26, Nov 2 and 9, all at 3:30pm.

Learn the 10 steps in 5 weeks. Learn more here.

 

4. LISA SHORT COURSES IN STATISTICS

See dates below; 5-7pm; Fralin Auditorium

LISA (Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Statistical Analysis) is providing a series of evening short courses to help graduate students use statistics in their research. The focus of these two-hour courses is on teaching practical statistical techniques for analyzing or collecting data. Visit the LISA website  for instructions on how to REGISTER and to learn more. Refreshments provided at the end of each short course.

Oct 19: *Introduction to JMP;

Oct 26: T-tests, ANOVA, and ANCOVA;

Nov. 1: *Introduction to JMP;

Nov 2: Analyzing Non-Normal Data with Generalized Linear Models (GLMs);

Nov 8 & 9: *Intro to SAS;

Nov 15 & 16: *Using R for Your Basic Statistical Needs;

*Class will be held in 3060 Torgersen Hall

Oct. 19 and Nov. 1 Introduction to JMP: This short course is designed for beginners who are not yet familiar with JMP. It will begin with basic data manipulation, demonstrate JMP’s summary and analysis capabilities, and move to some advanced features. Topics covered in this course include importing data, graphing data, descriptive statistics, simple inferential tests such as t-tests and ANOVA, regression and design of experiments. Instructed by Wandi Huang.

LISA also provides free statistical collaboration and consulting: visit the LISA website  to schedule an appointment. Free daily walk-in consulting service is available from 12-2pm in 401 Hutcheson Hall.

 

5. ETD WORKSHOP SERIES: COPYRIGHT ISSUES

Tuesday, Oct 19, 7:00-8:00pm, GLC Room F

Gail McMillan from Newman Library will discuss copyright, permissions and representing other author’s works in your ETD.

 

6. TECHNOTIPS: USING ELECTRONIC RESOURCES EFFECTIVELY IN YOUR JOB SEARCH
Wednesday, Oct. 20, 5:30pm, GLC Room G
Have you tapped into the robust electronic job search resources available through Career Services?  Attend this session to learn what they are and how to effectively use these programs in your job search.

 

7. IT GETS BETTER RALLY

Wednesday, Oct 20, 5:30-7pm, GLC Plaza
In memory of the many recent gay teen suicides, the LGBTA and LGBT Caucus, and the new grads group QG&A are hosting a rally to educate the local community on the bullying of LGBTQ individuals and its effects on youth. Members of the local LGBTQ community will share their own "It Gets Better" stories. This rally will kick off a new anti-bullying campaign sponsored by the LGBTA and Alpha Omicron Phi. Remember to wear purple!  Purple represents Spirit on the LGBTQ flag and that’s exactly what you should bring with you: spirit.

 

8. 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.

 

9. JAZZ ON THE PLAZA    

Thursday, Oct 21, 6:00-7:30pm, GLC Plaza
Relax and enjoy the sounds of smooth saxophone and guitar on the GLC Plaza. Take five and join us for a relaxing evening of jazz under the autumn leaves. Sponsored by the GLC Resident Fellows. For more information, please contact Scott Lail.

 

10. DURGA PUJA

Saturday, Oct 23, 5:00-9:30pm, Old Dominion Ballroom, Squires Student Center

The VT Bengali Student Association is organizing Durga Puja, and important Indian festival that celebrates their passion for life, culture and traditions. It heralds the destruction of evil and the triumph of Shakti or strength and is in today’s world, a metaphor for the rejuvenation and rebirth of our spiritual selves. Cost is $10/person and can be purchased herePlease check the website for our e-magazine “Sharod Sombhar 1417” for photographs, paintings and literary contributions from the VT Bengali community. For further queries about tickets and donations, contact us by email. For other questions, email Manjushree. More information can be found here.

 

11.HIKE TO THE CASCADES

Sunday, Oct 24, 10:30am, meet in front of the GLC on Otey Street

The GLC Fellows will lead this hike for graduate students, up to the beautiful Cascades waterfalls and enjoy the fall foliage. For those people who don’t have a car, transportation can be arranged.  If you’re interested, please sign up here.  For more information contact Eric Hodges.

 

12. GSA HIKE TO THE CASCADES

Sunday, Oct 24, 10:30am in the GLC lobby
The hike to the Cascades Falls is something that all Hokies should complete before graduation. If you haven’t seen this local beauty or you just want to see it again consider joining the GSA for a hike that will surely be a beautiful and fun showcase of Southwestern Virginia. The hike is four miles round trip and the falls are at the turnaround point, so altogether it will most likely take around three to four hours for the total excursion with the drive. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes and bring water. We have reserved a large passenger van and will also caravan if necessary. Please join in and bring your friends and family! Please RSVP here so we have a headcount.
Questions? Contact Eric Williams if you need any more info.

 

13. ONE-TIME BONUS FOR RETURNING GRADUATE ASSISTANTS

To recognize the significant efforts of graduate students, the University will provide a 3% bonus to graduate students returning on assistantship during 2010-11. Graduate students on assistantship are eligible for the bonus if they were employed (GA, GRA, GTA, faculty, or staff) during the 2009-10 fiscal year, and are contracted as a graduate assistant (GA, GRA, GTA) on December 1st, 2010.  The bonus will be 3% of the graduate student’s projected annual pay as of December 1, 2010 based on an academic year or calendar year basis.  The graduate student’s 2009-10 employment history will determine an academic or calendar year appointment basis. The bonus will be included in the Dec 1, 2010 paycheck. Applicable taxes and deductions will apply.

 

14. JEAN PHILLIPS SCHOLARSHIP – 2nd posting

Due by Sunday, October 31

The Peacock-Harper Culinary History Collection Committee is now taking applications for the Jean Phillips Scholarship. Preference will be given to applicants from the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences whose scholarly pursuits encompass topics related to material in the Peacock-Harper Culinary Collection, such as the history of foods, human nutrition or food culture. Applicant must be of good character and have a record of leadership and service. Application and details can be found here.

 

15. RESEARCH SUBJECTS WANTED FOR STUDY OF EFFECTS OF YOGA – 2nd posting

Research subjects are needed for a study to evaluate the effects of Yoga exercises on improving low back stability, endurance and strength. Participant must be available for pre and post-tests that are 6 weeks apart. Two pools of participants are wanted: (1) Must have recently started practicing yoga exercises, preferably Hatha yoga, under a qualified instructor; do yoga exercises at least 3 times a week, ~90 minutes per session. (2) Not enrolled in any yoga or like-wise classes (pilates, tai-chi). Both pools of participants must continue following their exercising schedule for 6 weeks after the first experimental session. Eligibility: 18-35 years old; not have experienced low back injuries/pain in the past year. Compensation: $10 per hour, $5 after completion of experiment, $5 for the best performance in respective categories (stability, endurance and strength). If interested, contact anujdm@vt.edu for more information.

 

16. RESEARCH SUBJECTS SOUGHT FOR NSF PROJECT ON GAIT ANALYSIS AND FALL RISK – 3rd posting

Male and female participants are sought for a VT research experiment involving the development and testing of a gait analysis system. The experiment requires participants to walk on a linear way and on a treadmill, as well as perform some daily activities such as sitting, lying down, bending, etc. A slippery floor surface will be randomly introduced when the participant walk on the linear way, but participants will be fully protected by a safety harness. The experiment will be conducted at the Locomotion Lab in the ISE department and will take 2 to 3 hours. Each participant will be compensated at a rate of $10/hour and will receive snacks during the experiment. If you’re in good general health condition, within the age range of 18-30, and interested in helping us out, please contact: Selina Zhang, at (540) 808-9247.

 

17. FISH AND SEAFOOD SENSORY PANELISTS SOUGHT – 2nd posting

You are invited to participate in a series of seafood sensory panels! The sensory panels will occur October–November on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays,  10:30am–12:00pm in the Sensory Laboratory (Room 127) in the Food Science and Technology Building at the corner of Duck Pond Drive and Washington Street. Each sensory panel will take no more than 15 minutes and you will receive a snack for your participation. The information that you will provide from participating will help with establishing optimal cooking guidelines for fish and seafood for ensuring acceptability and safety for consumers. If you are interested in participating in the sensory panels, please click here to register and learn more.

 

18. WAGE JOB OPENING WITH VT-MENA – 2nd posting
A short-term
web position is available doing website design and updates for VT-MENA.  Experience in website design is preferred.  Pay is $10-$12/hour, commensurate with experience. If interested, please email VT Mena.

 

19. SOCIAL ENTREPRENEUR GRANT PROGRAM – 2nd posting

The VT Center for Student Engagement and Community Partnerships (CSECP) invites students to “Invent the Future” by proposing innovative projects that will address community needs.  CSECP’s Social Entrepreneur grant program will provide seed funding to a limited number of student service-related projects this semester.  Please visit CSECP’s website for more information about the grant program. Students will need to fill out the application survey by October 30th to be eligible for grant funding this cycle.  Questions can be directed here.

 

20. CALL FOR GRDP REVIEWERS
The Graduate Student Assembly (GSA) is looking for candidates to serve as reviewers for their Graduate Research and Development Program (GRDP). The GRDP provides monetary support for degree contingent research conducted by graduate students. More information on the GRDP can be found on the GSA website.  The reviewer will be responsible for assessing research proposals in their research area or related fields, using specific rubrics provided to them. The proposals are about 1-2 pages in length. This is a great opportunity for those who are interested in applying to the GRDP to learn about the process and also for those who would like to be involved with the GSA. If you are interested please fill out this survey.
Direct any questions to Ranjana Mehta, GRDP Chair.

 

21. GRADUATE RESEARCH ASSISTANTSHIP OPPORTUNITY

Long-term funding is available for two GRAs beginning January 2011 to help with multi-year project in Department of Engineering Education.  Initial research responsibilities include 1) conducting interviews with engineering faculty and focus groups with engineering students at multiple university locations, 2) data transcription and data analysis, 3) survey development and deployment, 4) teacher intervention development, deployment and assessment.   Travel is required periodically throughout and paid for by the grant.  Native-level English proficiency is required.  Coursework or research experiences with qualitative and or quantitative data collection and analysis methods are preferred.  Familiarity with the engineering classroom settings is highly desirable. Ph.D. students from engineering, education, social science, or related disciplines with relevant interests and skills are encouraged to apply. If interested, please email a resume or CV and cover letter to matushm@vt.edu. Apply by November 15th.  Interviews will be conducted by early December. More information can be found here

 

22. UPCOMING EVENTS:

 

NEGOTIATING ACADEMIC RELATIONSHIPS AND NAVIGATING THE UNIVERSITY’S POLITICAL SYSTEM

Tuesday, Oct 26, 3:00-4:30 pm, Room C

As a graduate student, life can often feel overwhelming, & balancing personal and professional matters may sometimes feel like the biggest challenge.  Managing relationships with colleagues and advisors may seem stressful. You may be dealing with issues like prelims, thesis, dissertations, teaching, research etc. that may create stress and anxiety. So come rendezvous with us Thursday afternoon 10/30/10 from 3:00 – 4:30 at the GLC to talk about your life as a graduate student here at Tech and to learn ways to navigate the university’s political system – to explore resources & support systems that will help you succeed and graduate.

 

DIYOTSAV, CELEBRATING DIWALI
October 30, 4:30PM, Burruss Hall
The Indian Students Association invite you to it’s biggest celebration this semester! The Indian festival of lights will include Bollywood & folk dances and performances hosted by the famous comedian Rajiv Satyal, followed by a fireworks display on the Drillfield. Dinner afterwards is at Johnston Student Center and is catered by Taaza, from Roanoke. Event is open to all! RSVP on our facebook page 
or visit the ISA website.  

 

 VOLUNTEER AT DIYOTSAV
Saturday, Oct 30, 5-8pm, Burruss Auditorium

ISA  needs volunteers to help with Reception and Production at Diyotsav. At the Reception desk, volunteers will usher people inside and outside the auditorium, distribute programs, and usher people in and out of the dinner hall. Production volunteers will help with prop setup and removal, green room management and clean up after the show. For more details contact Sindhuja. The survey here  has a description of the work you will have to do and the time interval during which you will be expected to stay. The survey will be open till October 18, 2010. Please indicate your availability along with your name and email and join us in our celebrations!

 

GSA FAMILY GAME NIGHT

Tuesday, Nov 2, 6:00-9:00pm, GLC Multipurpose Room

Come out and enjoy some quality time with your family and friends. All students, post-docs, faculty and their families are invited to enjoy an evening full of gaming! If you have a particular game that you want to play feel free to bring it with you. Refreshments, snacks, and music will be provided. To sign up for the event please register here. If you are bringing your family or a group of friends only one person needs to register.  Please contact Jay Pembridge if you have questions.

 

GSA GRADS GOT TALENT AUDITIONS

Wednesday, Nov 3, 8:30pm, GLC Auditorium

Do you have a talent that you would like to show off? Dreams of being the next American Idol? Then come on out and audition for the Annual GSA Grads Got Talent – a fundraiser for Relay for Life. All proceeds from the event will go towards Relay and the American Cancer Society. Please contact Jay Pembridge  to schedule your audition or if you have any questions.

  

ALPHA EPSILON LAMBDA GRADUATE LEADERSHIP HONOR SOCIETY

Friday Nov 5, 5:00-9:00pm and Saturday, Nov 6, 8:30am-12:30pm, 1100 Torgersen Hall
This two-day, interactive workshop is for graduate students at Virginia Tech who want to learn more about the secrets to successful leadership in academic, professional, and community settings. Participants will complete an assessment of leadership strengths, gain insights from proven leaders, and apply this knowledge toward a personal leadership philosophy and development plan. If you are interested in attending this workshop, please register here (registration will be limited to the first 60 enrollees). If you have any questions, contact AEL at ael2010@vt.edu.

 

SINKLAND FARMS CHILI COOK-OFF AND WINE & BEER FESTIVAL

Saturday, Nov 6, 11:30am, Meet in the GLC Lobby

The GLC Resident Fellows are sponsoring a trip to the Sinkland Farms’ 3rd Annual "Up In Smoke" Chili Cook-Off and Wine & Beer Festival! Cost is $10 for chili tasting & live music, and an additional $10 if you would like to partake in the wine & beer tasting. Worried about how to get to/from the event? No problem! The GLC Fellows will be hosting a free van carpool that will meet in the GLC Lobby at 11:30am. Let us know if you plan on attending the event, and if you need a ride by completing the survey. We hope to see you there!

 

GSA GRADS GOT TALENT
Thursday, Nov 11, 8:30pm, GLC Auditorium

Grads Got Talent is a fundraiser for Graduate Relay for Life Teams. Come on out and support your fellow grad students as they showcase their talents and skills while raising money for Relay for Life, one of the  main volunteer-driven cancer fundraising event of the American Cancer Society. During the event you will have the opportunity to vote for your favorite act through donations to Relay.  Contact Jay Pembridge if you have questions.

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 25

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 with questions. **Please note that the theme for this display is: “Building graduate community since 2005: The Graduate Life Center and student life through graduate students’ eyes.”

 

3. APPLYING FOR FEDERAL GOVERNMENT JOBS – CAREER SERVICES SERIES

Tuesdays, remaining sessions are on Oct 19, 26, Nov 2 and 9, all at 3:30pm.

Learn the 10 steps in 5 weeks. Learn more here.

 

4. LISA SHORT COURSES IN STATISTICS

See dates below; 5-7pm; Fralin Auditorium

LISA (Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Statistical Analysis) is providing a series of evening short courses to help graduate students use statistics in their research. The focus of these two-hour courses is on teaching practical statistical techniques for analyzing or collecting data. Visit the LISA website  for instructions on how to REGISTER and to learn more. Refreshments provided at the end of each short course.

Oct 19: *Introduction to JMP;

Oct 26: T-tests, ANOVA, and ANCOVA;

Nov. 1: *Introduction to JMP;

Nov 2: Analyzing Non-Normal Data with Generalized Linear Models (GLMs);

Nov 8 & 9: *Intro to SAS;

Nov 15 & 16: *Using R for Your Basic Statistical Needs;

*Class will be held in 3060 Torgersen Hall

Oct. 19 and Nov. 1 Introduction to JMP: This short course is designed for beginners who are not yet familiar with JMP. It will begin with basic data manipulation, demonstrate JMP’s summary and analysis capabilities, and move to some advanced features. Topics covered in this course include importing data, graphing data, descriptive statistics, simple inferential tests such as t-tests and ANOVA, regression and design of experiments. Instructed by Wandi Huang.

LISA also provides free statistical collaboration and consulting: visit the LISA website  to schedule an appointment. Free daily walk-in consulting service is available from 12-2pm in 401 Hutcheson Hall.

 

5. ETD WORKSHOP SERIES: COPYRIGHT ISSUES

Tuesday, Oct 19, 7:00-8:00pm, GLC Room F

Gail McMillan from Newman Library will discuss copyright, permissions and representing other author’s works in your ETD.

 

6. TECHNOTIPS: USING ELECTRONIC RESOURCES EFFECTIVELY IN YOUR JOB SEARCH
Wednesday, Oct. 20, 5:30pm, GLC Room G
Have you tapped into the robust electronic job search resources available through Career Services?  Attend this session to learn what they are and how to effectively use these programs in your job search.

 

7. IT GETS BETTER RALLY

Wednesday, Oct 20, 5:30-7pm, GLC Plaza
In memory of the many recent gay teen suicides, the LGBTA and LGBT Caucus, and the new grads group QG&A are hosting a rally to educate the local community on the bullying of LGBTQ individuals and its effects on youth. Members of the local LGBTQ community will share their own "It Gets Better" stories. This rally will kick off a new anti-bullying campaign sponsored by the LGBTA and Alpha Omicron Phi. Remember to wear purple!  Purple represents Spirit on the LGBTQ flag and that’s exactly what you should bring with you: spirit.

 

8. 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.

 

9. JAZZ ON THE PLAZA    

Thursday, Oct 21, 6:00-7:30pm, GLC Plaza
Relax and enjoy the sounds of smooth saxophone and guitar on the GLC Plaza. Take five and join us for a relaxing evening of jazz under the autumn leaves. Sponsored by the GLC Resident Fellows. For more information, please contact Scott Lail.

 

10. DURGA PUJA

Saturday, Oct 23, 5:00-9:30pm, Old Dominion Ballroom, Squires Student Center

The VT Bengali Student Association is organizing Durga Puja, and important Indian festival that celebrates their passion for life, culture and traditions. It heralds the destruction of evil and the triumph of Shakti or strength and is in today’s world, a metaphor for the rejuvenation and rebirth of our spiritual selves. Cost is $10/person and can be purchased herePlease check the website for our e-magazine “Sharod Sombhar 1417” for photographs, paintings and literary contributions from the VT Bengali community. For further queries about tickets and donations, contact us by email. For other questions, email Manjushree. More information can be found here.

 

11.HIKE TO THE CASCADES

Sunday, Oct 24, 10:30am, meet in front of the GLC on Otey Street

The GLC Fellows will lead this hike for graduate students, up to the beautiful Cascades waterfalls and enjoy the fall foliage. For those people who don’t have a car, transportation can be arranged.  If you’re interested, please sign up here.  For more information contact Eric Hodges.

 

12. GSA HIKE TO THE CASCADES

Sunday, Oct 24, 10:30am in the GLC lobby
The hike to the Cascades Falls is something that all Hokies should complete before graduation. If you haven’t seen this local beauty or you just want to see it again consider joining the GSA for a hike that will surely be a beautiful and fun showcase of Southwestern Virginia. The hike is four miles round trip and the falls are at the turnaround point, so altogether it will most likely take around three to four hours for the total excursion with the drive. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes and bring water. We have reserved a large passenger van and will also caravan if necessary. Please join in and bring your friends and family! Please RSVP here so we have a headcount.
Questions? Contact Eric Williams if you need any more info.

 

13. ONE-TIME BONUS FOR RETURNING GRADUATE ASSISTANTS

To recognize the significant efforts of graduate students, the University will provide a 3% bonus to graduate students returning on assistantship during 2010-11. Graduate students on assistantship are eligible for the bonus if they were employed (GA, GRA, GTA, faculty, or staff) during the 2009-10 fiscal year, and are contracted as a graduate assistant (GA, GRA, GTA) on December 1st, 2010.  The bonus will be 3% of the graduate student’s projected annual pay as of December 1, 2010 based on an academic year or calendar year basis.  The graduate student’s 2009-10 employment history will determine an academic or calendar year appointment basis. The bonus will be included in the Dec 1, 2010 paycheck. Applicable taxes and deductions will apply.

 

14. JEAN PHILLIPS SCHOLARSHIP – 2nd posting

Due by Sunday, October 31

The Peacock-Harper Culinary History Collection Committee is now taking applications for the Jean Phillips Scholarship. Preference will be given to applicants from the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences whose scholarly pursuits encompass topics related to material in the Peacock-Harper Culinary Collection, such as the history of foods, human nutrition or food culture. Applicant must be of good character and have a record of leadership and service. Application and details can be found here.

 

15. RESEARCH SUBJECTS WANTED FOR STUDY OF EFFECTS OF YOGA – 2nd posting

Research subjects are needed for a study to evaluate the effects of Yoga exercises on improving low back stability, endurance and strength. Participant must be available for pre and post-tests that are 6 weeks apart. Two pools of participants are wanted: (1) Must have recently started practicing yoga exercises, preferably Hatha yoga, under a qualified instructor; do yoga exercises at least 3 times a week, ~90 minutes per session. (2) Not enrolled in any yoga or like-wise classes (pilates, tai-chi). Both pools of participants must continue following their exercising schedule for 6 weeks after the first experimental session. Eligibility: 18-35 years old; not have experienced low back injuries/pain in the past year. Compensation: $10 per hour, $5 after completion of experiment, $5 for the best performance in respective categories (stability, endurance and strength). If interested, contact anujdm@vt.edu for more information.

 

16. RESEARCH SUBJECTS SOUGHT FOR NSF PROJECT ON GAIT ANALYSIS AND FALL RISK – 3rd posting

Male and female participants are sought for a VT research experiment involving the development and testing of a gait analysis system. The experiment requires participants to walk on a linear way and on a treadmill, as well as perform some daily activities such as sitting, lying down, bending, etc. A slippery floor surface will be randomly introduced when the participant walk on the linear way, but participants will be fully protected by a safety harness. The experiment will be conducted at the Locomotion Lab in the ISE department and will take 2 to 3 hours. Each participant will be compensated at a rate of $10/hour and will receive snacks during the experiment. If you’re in good general health condition, within the age range of 18-30, and interested in helping us out, please contact: Selina Zhang, at (540) 808-9247.

 

17. FISH AND SEAFOOD SENSORY PANELISTS SOUGHT – 2nd posting

You are invited to participate in a series of seafood sensory panels! The sensory panels will occur October–November on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays,  10:30am–12:00pm in the Sensory Laboratory (Room 127) in the Food Science and Technology Building at the corner of Duck Pond Drive and Washington Street. Each sensory panel will take no more than 15 minutes and you will receive a snack for your participation. The information that you will provide from participating will help with establishing optimal cooking guidelines for fish and seafood for ensuring acceptability and safety for consumers. If you are interested in participating in the sensory panels, please click here to register and learn more.

 

18. WAGE JOB OPENING WITH VT-MENA – 2nd posting
A short-term
web position is available doing website design and updates for VT-MENA.  Experience in website design is preferred.  Pay is $10-$12/hour, commensurate with experience. If interested, please email VT Mena.

 

19. SOCIAL ENTREPRENEUR GRANT PROGRAM – 2nd posting

The VT Center for Student Engagement and Community Partnerships (CSECP) invites students to “Invent the Future” by proposing innovative projects that will address community needs.  CSECP’s Social Entrepreneur grant program will provide seed funding to a limited number of student service-related projects this semester.  Please visit CSECP’s website for more information about the grant program. Students will need to fill out the application survey by October 30th to be eligible for grant funding this cycle.  Questions can be directed here.

 

20. CALL FOR GRDP REVIEWERS
The Graduate Student Assembly (GSA) is looking for candidates to serve as reviewers for their Graduate Research and Development Program (GRDP). The GRDP provides monetary support for degree contingent research conducted by graduate students. More information on the GRDP can be found on the GSA website.  The reviewer will be responsible for assessing research proposals in their research area or related fields, using specific rubrics provided to them. The proposals are about 1-2 pages in length. This is a great opportunity for those who are interested in applying to the GRDP to learn about the process and also for those who would like to be involved with the GSA. If you are interested please fill out this survey.
Direct any questions to Ranjana Mehta, GRDP Chair.

 

21. GRADUATE RESEARCH ASSISTANTSHIP OPPORTUNITY

Long-term funding is available for two GRAs beginning January 2011 to help with multi-year project in Department of Engineering Education.  Initial research responsibilities include 1) conducting interviews with engineering faculty and focus groups with engineering students at multiple university locations, 2) data transcription and data analysis, 3) survey development and deployment, 4) teacher intervention development, deployment and assessment.   Travel is required periodically throughout and paid for by the grant.  Native-level English proficiency is required.  Coursework or research experiences with qualitative and or quantitative data collection and analysis methods are preferred.  Familiarity with the engineering classroom settings is highly desirable. Ph.D. students from engineering, education, social science, or related disciplines with relevant interests and skills are encouraged to apply. If interested, please email a resume or CV and cover letter to matushm@vt.edu. Apply by November 15th.  Interviews will be conducted by early December. More information can be found here

 

22. UPCOMING EVENTS:

 

NEGOTIATING ACADEMIC RELATIONSHIPS AND NAVIGATING THE UNIVERSITY’S POLITICAL SYSTEM

Tuesday, Oct 26, 3:00-4:30 pm, Room C

As a graduate student, life can often feel overwhelming, & balancing personal and professional matters may sometimes feel like the biggest challenge.  Managing relationships with colleagues and advisors may seem stressful. You may be dealing with issues like prelims, thesis, dissertations, teaching, research etc. that may create stress and anxiety. So come rendezvous with us Thursday afternoon 10/30/10 from 3:00 – 4:30 at the GLC to talk about your life as a graduate student here at Tech and to learn ways to navigate the university’s political system – to explore resources & support systems that will help you succeed and graduate.

 

DIYOTSAV, CELEBRATING DIWALI
October 30, 4:30PM, Burruss Hall
The Indian Students Association invite you to it’s biggest celebration this semester! The Indian festival of lights will include Bollywood & folk dances and performances hosted by the famous comedian Rajiv Satyal, followed by a fireworks display on the Drillfield. Dinner afterwards is at Johnston Student Center and is catered by Taaza, from Roanoke. Event is open to all! RSVP on our facebook page 
or visit the ISA website.  

 

 VOLUNTEER AT DIYOTSAV
Saturday, Oct 30, 5-8pm, Burruss Auditorium

ISA  needs volunteers to help with Reception and Production at Diyotsav. At the Reception desk, volunteers will usher people inside and outside the auditorium, distribute programs, and usher people in and out of the dinner hall. Production volunteers will help with prop setup and removal, green room management and clean up after the show. For more details contact Sindhuja. The survey here  has a description of the work you will have to do and the time interval during which you will be expected to stay. The survey will be open till October 18, 2010. Please indicate your availability along with your name and email and join us in our celebrations!

 

GSA FAMILY GAME NIGHT

Tuesday, Nov 2, 6:00-9:00pm, GLC Multipurpose Room

Come out and enjoy some quality time with your family and friends. All students, post-docs, faculty and their families are invited to enjoy an evening full of gaming! If you have a particular game that you want to play feel free to bring it with you. Refreshments, snacks, and music will be provided. To sign up for the event please register here. If you are bringing your family or a group of friends only one person needs to register.  Please contact Jay Pembridge if you have questions.

 

GSA GRADS GOT TALENT AUDITIONS

Wednesday, Nov 3, 8:30pm, GLC Auditorium

Do you have a talent that you would like to show off? Dreams of being the next American Idol? Then come on out and audition for the Annual GSA Grads Got Talent – a fundraiser for Relay for Life. All proceeds from the event will go towards Relay and the American Cancer Society. Please contact Jay Pembridge  to schedule your audition or if you have any questions.

  

ALPHA EPSILON LAMBDA GRADUATE LEADERSHIP HONOR SOCIETY

Friday Nov 5, 5:00-9:00pm and Saturday, Nov 6, 8:30am-12:30pm, 1100 Torgersen Hall
This two-day, interactive workshop is for graduate students at Virginia Tech who want to learn more about the secrets to successful leadership in academic, professional, and community settings. Participants will complete an assessment of leadership strengths, gain insights from proven leaders, and apply this knowledge toward a personal leadership philosophy and development plan. If you are interested in attending this workshop, please register here (registration will be limited to the first 60 enrollees). If you have any questions, contact AEL at ael2010@vt.edu.

 

SINKLAND FARMS CHILI COOK-OFF AND WINE & BEER FESTIVAL

Saturday, Nov 6, 11:30am, Meet in the GLC Lobby

The GLC Resident Fellows are sponsoring a trip to the Sinkland Farms’ 3rd Annual "Up In Smoke" Chili Cook-Off and Wine & Beer Festival! Cost is $10 for chili tasting & live music, and an additional $10 if you would like to partake in the wine & beer tasting. Worried about how to get to/from the event? No problem! The GLC Fellows will be hosting a free van carpool that will meet in the GLC Lobby at 11:30am. Let us know if you plan on attending the event, and if you need a ride by completing the survey. We hope to see you there!

 

GSA GRADS GOT TALENT
Thursday, Nov 11, 8:30pm, GLC Auditorium

Grads Got Talent is a fundraiser for Graduate Relay for Life Teams. Come on out and support your fellow grad students as they showcase their talents and skills while raising money for Relay for Life, one of the  main volunteer-driven cancer fundraising event of the American Cancer Society. During the event you will have the opportunity to vote for your favorite act through donations to Relay.  Contact Jay Pembridge if you have questions.

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 here  or contact Monika Gibson with questions.

 

3. APPLYING FOR FEDERAL GOVERNMENT JOBS – CAREER SERVICES SERIES

Sessions are on Oct 12, 19, 26, Nov 2 and 9, all at 3:30pm.

Learn the 10 steps in 5 weeks. Learn more here.

 

4. LISA SHORT COURSES IN STATISTICS

See dates below, 5-7pm, Fralin Auditorium

LISA (Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Statistical Analysis) is providing a series of evening short courses to help graduate students use statistics in their research. The focus of these two-hour courses is on teaching practical statistical techniques for analyzing or collecting data. See the LISA website  for instructions on how to REGISTER and to learn more. Refreshments provided at the end of each short course.

Oct 12: Design of Experiments;

Oct 19: *Introduction to JMP;

Oct 26: T-tests, ANOVA, and ANCOVA;

Nov 2: Analyzing Non-Normal Data with Generalized Linear Models (GLMs);

Nov 9: *Intro to SAS;

Nov 16: *Using R for Your Basic Statistical Needs;

*Class will be held in 3060 Torgersen Hall (no refreshments at this location).

LISA also provides free statistical collaboration and consulting: visit the LISA website  to schedule an appointment. Free daily walk-in consulting service is available from 12-2pm in 401 Hutcheson Hall.

 

5. BGSO PRESENTS: FINANCIAL PLANNING

Tuesday, Oct 12, 7:15-8:30pm, Black Cultural Center in Squires

The Black Graduate Student Organization invites you to its next event about financial planning. A representative from Wachovia Bank will answer any of your financial questions and will also provide general information on maintaining your financial integrity. Please contact Shernita Lee, BGSO president, at shernita@vt.edu if you have any questions.

 

6. GRAD FAIR

Wednesday, Oct 13, 11:30am-7:30pm, Holtzman Alumni Center
Pick up all of your graduation needs in one location: announcements, diplomas, and caps and gowns!  Free pizza, drinks, iTunes and University Bookstore gift card drawings. Plus, music, prizes and giveaways from the University Bookstore and Volume Two Bookstore. For more information visit the Grad Fair website. 

 

7. HISPANIC/LATINO GRADUATE STUDENT LUNCHEON
Wednesday, Oct 13, 12:00-1:00pm, GLC RoomG
The Office of Graduate Recruitment and Diversity Initiatives invites you to share in a casual discussion about life at Virginia Tech as a Latino/Hispanic student.  Lunch is free!  Please RSVP here.

 

8. 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.

 

9. GLC FELLOWS MOVIE NIGHT: BE AFRAID, BE VERY AFRAID!!!!!

Thursday, Oct 14, 8:00pm in the GLC Student Lounge

The GLC Fellows will be hosting this movie night for all graduate students.  In the spirit of the season, they will show the horror movie "Paranormal Activity."  Drinks and Popcorn will be provided. If you’re planning to attend, please register here.   For more information contact Eric Hodges at hodgeseb@vt.edu. Popcorn and drinks will be provided.

 

10. CPR TRAINING

Friday, Oct 15, 1:00-4:30pm, and

Friday, Nov 5, 8:30am-12pm, both in GLC Room G

The GLC Fellows are sponsoring this training instructed by an Environmental Health and Safety Services representative. The cost is $20 and will be charged to your VT account. The training fee covers the cost for a quick reference manual, full training manual (with DVD), barrier mask and a two year certification from the National Safety Council.  Please note that registration is limited to 10 students per class. If you are not in the first 10 that sign up, you will be notified that you will be put on a waiting list and will not be charged at that time. More sessions may be scheduled later this semester and in the spring semester. Sign up here

 

11. GSA FALL 2010 WINE SOCIAL

Friday, Oct 15, 5:30-9:00pm, University Club

Join the GSA and your fellow grad students at the GSA Fall Wine Social! Wine service will stop at 8:30pm). Tickets are $10 and can be pre-purchased online or at the door. GSA Delegate and Cabinet members can get in for $5 at the door. If you have any questions or would like to volunteer to help with the event, please contact Amanda Cronin Rumore, VP of Programs.

 

12. ONE-TIME BONUS FOR RETURNING GRADUATE ASSISTANTS

To recognize the significant efforts of graduate students, the University will provide a 3% bonus to graduate students returning on assistantship during 2010-11. Graduate students on assistantship are eligible for the bonus if they were employed (GA, GRA, GTA, faculty, or staff) during the 2009-10 fiscal year, and are contracted as a graduate assistant (GA, GRA, GTA) on December 1st, 2010.  The bonus will be 3% of the graduate student’s projected annual pay as of December 1, 2010 based on an academic year or calendar year basis.  The graduate student’s 2009-10 employment history will determine an academic or calendar year appointment basis. The bonus will be included in the Dec 1, 2010 paycheck. Applicable taxes and deductions will apply.

 

13. JEAN PHILLIPS SCHOLARSHIP – 1st posting

Due by Sunday, October 31

The Peacock-Harper Culinary History Collection Committee is now taking applications for the Jean Phillips Scholarship. Preference will be given to applicants from the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences whose scholarly pursuits encompass topics related to material in the Peacock-Harper Culinary Collection, such as the history of foods, human nutrition or food culture. Applicant must be of good character and have a record of leadership and service. Application and details can be found here.

 

14. WAGE JOB OPPORTUNITY IN OIRED – 2nd posting

Administrative assistant sought for Women in International Development within the Office of Intl Research, Education and Development. The position reports directly to the director of WID, and supports donor-funded collaborative research projects, assists with administration, provides research and writing support for funding proposals and papers, helps prepare materials for meetings and more. Learn more about the position here. Must have excellent organizational, communication and writing skills; attention to detail; enthusiasm; interest in international development and gender; 3.5 GPA or above. 10-20 hrs/wk. To apply: send cover letter describing your interests and experience, resume, two examples of your disciplinary writing, and a copy of academic transcript (photocopy/ PDF is OK) to Betty Watts. Use “WID Administrative Assistant” in the subject heading of your email.

 

15. PRESIDENTIAL MANAGEMENT FELLOWSHIP (PMF) OPPORTUNITY – 3rd 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.

 

16. RESEARCH SUBJECTS WANTED FOR STUDY OF EFFECTS OF YOGA – 1st posting

Research subjects are needed for a study to evaluate the effects of Yoga exercises on improving low back stability, endurance and strength. Participant must be available for pre and post-tests that are 6 weeks apart. Two pools of participants are wanted: (1) Must have recently started practicing yoga exercises, preferably Hatha yoga, under a qualified instructor; do yoga exercises at least 3 times a week, ~90 minutes per session. (2) Not enrolled in any yoga or like-wise classes (pilates, tai-chi). Both pools of participants must continue following their exercising schedule for 6 weeks after the first experimental session. Eligibility: 18-35 years old; not have experienced low back injuries/pain in the past year. Compensation: $10 per hour, $5 after completion of experiment, $5 for the best performance in respective categories (stability, endurance and strength). If interested, contact anujdm@vt.edu for more information.

 

17. RESEARCH SUBJECTS SOUGHT FOR NSF PROJECT ON GAIT ANALYSIS AND FALL RISK – 2nd posting

Male and female participants are sought for a VT research experiment involving the development and testing of a gait analysis system. The experiment requires participants to walk on a linear way and on a treadmill, as well as perform some daily activities such as sitting, lying down, bending, etc. A slippery floor surface will be randomly introduced when the participant walk on the linear way, but participants will be fully protected by a safety harness. The experiment will be conducted at the Locomotion Lab in the ISE department and will take 2 to 3 hours. Each participant will be compensated at a rate of $10/hour and will receive snacks during the experiment. If you’re in good general health condition, within the age range of 18-30, and interested in helping us out, please contact Selina Zhang, at (540) 808-9247.

 

18. FISH AND SEAFOOD SENSORY PANELISTS SOUGHT

You are invited to participate in a series of seafood sensory panels! The sensory panels will occur October–November on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays,  10:30am–12:00pm in the Sensory Laboratory (Room 127) in the Food Science and Technology Building at the corner of Duck Pond Drive and Washington Street. Each sensory panel will take no more than 15 minutes and you will receive a snack for your participation. The information that you will provide from participating will help with establishing optimal cooking guidelines for fish and seafood for ensuring acceptability and safety for consumers. If you are interested in participating in the sensory panels, please fill out this survey  to register and learn more.

 

19. RESEARCH SUBJECTS AGES 6-7-8 SOUGHT FOR STUDY- 3rd 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  for more information.

 

20. 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 here Applications are due December 2.  For more information, email Eric Hodges.

 

21. GSA TRAVEL FUND PROGRAM (TFP): Cycle I, apply by Oct 15

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). Please review the GSA website  for more information or email Courtney Gleason .

 

22. 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 GSA website  to learn more about this opportunity. All questions should be directed to the GRDP chair, Ranjana Mehta.

 

23. WAGE JOB OPENING WITH VT-MENA
A short-term
web position is available doing website design and updates for VT-MENA.  Experience in website design is preferred.  Pay is $10-$12/hour, commensurate with experience. If interested, please email VT Mena.

 

24. SOCIAL ENTREPRENEUR GRANT PROGRAM

The VT Center for Student Engagement and Community Partnerships (CSECP) invites students to “Invent the Future” by proposing innovative projects that will address community needs.  CSECP’s Social Entrepreneur grant program will provide seed funding to a limited number of student service-related projects this semester.  Please visit CSECP’s website for more information about the grant program. Students will need to fill out the application survey by October 30th to be eligible for grant funding this cycle.  Questions can be directed to emilybar@vt.edu.

 

 

25. UPCOMING EVENTS:

 

ETD WORKSHOP SERIES: COPYRIGHT ISSUES

Tuesday, Oct 19, 7:00-8:00pm, GLC Room F

Gail McMillan from Newman Library will discuss  copyright, permissions and representing other author’s works in your ETD.

 

ADVANCE VT GRAD STUDENT LUNCH SEMINAR: CREATING A RESEARCH PROGRAM FROM THE GROUND UP

Wednesday, Oct 20, 12:00pm–1:30pm, GLC Room F

If you are interested in a faculty or research career and would like to learn more about how to set up a successful research program, this seminar is for you.  This session will be led by Dr. Barbara Ryder, Professor and Chair of the Department of Computer Science at Virginia Tech.  AdvanceVT Graduate Student Lunch Seminars are designed to help graduate students prepare for careers in academe.  All graduate students are welcome, and lunch is provided.  Please register by October 18. 

 

TECHNOTIPS: USING ELECTRONIC RESOURCES EFFECTIVELY IN YOUR JOB SEARCH
Wednesday, Oct. 20, 5:30pm, GLC Room G
Have you tapped into the robust electronic job search resources available through Career Services?  Attend this session to learn what they are and how to effectively use these programs in your job search.

 

IT GETS BETTER RALLY

Wednesday, Oct 20, 5:30-7pm, GLC Plaza
In memory of the many recent gay teen suicides, the LGBTA and LGBT Caucus, and the new grads group QG&A are hosting a rally to educate the local community on the bullying of LGBTQ individuals and its effects on youth. Members of the local LGBTQ community will share their own "It Gets Better" stories. This rally will kick off a new anti-bullying campaign sponsored by the LGBTA and Alpha Omicron Phi. Remember to wear purple!  Purple represents Spirit on the LGBTQ flag and that’s exactly what you should bring with you: spirit.

 

GLC FELLOWS HIKE TO THE CASCADES

Sunday, Oct 24, 10:30am, meet in front of the GLC on Otey Street

The GLC Fellows will lead this hike for graduate students, up to the beautiful Cascades waterfalls and enjoy the fall foliage. For those people who don’t have a car, transportation can be arranged.  If you’re interested, please sign up here.  For more information contact Eric Hodges.

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 here  or contact Monika Gibson with questions.

 

3. APPLYING FOR FEDERAL GOVERNMENT JOBS – CAREER SERVICES SERIES

Sessions are on Oct 12, 19, 26, Nov 2 and 9, all at 3:30pm.

Learn the 10 steps in 5 weeks. Learn more here.

 

4. LISA SHORT COURSES IN STATISTICS

See dates below, 5-7pm, Fralin Auditorium

LISA (Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Statistical Analysis) is providing a series of evening short courses to help graduate students use statistics in their research. The focus of these two-hour courses is on teaching practical statistical techniques for analyzing or collecting data. See the LISA website  for instructions on how to REGISTER and to learn more. Refreshments provided at the end of each short course.

Oct 12: Design of Experiments;

Oct 19: *Introduction to JMP;

Oct 26: T-tests, ANOVA, and ANCOVA;

Nov 2: Analyzing Non-Normal Data with Generalized Linear Models (GLMs);

Nov 9: *Intro to SAS;

Nov 16: *Using R for Your Basic Statistical Needs;

*Class will be held in 3060 Torgersen Hall (no refreshments at this location).

LISA also provides free statistical collaboration and consulting: visit the LISA website  to schedule an appointment. Free daily walk-in consulting service is available from 12-2pm in 401 Hutcheson Hall.

 

5. BGSO PRESENTS: FINANCIAL PLANNING

Tuesday, Oct 12, 7:15-8:30pm, Black Cultural Center in Squires

The Black Graduate Student Organization invites you to its next event about financial planning. A representative from Wachovia Bank will answer any of your financial questions and will also provide general information on maintaining your financial integrity. Please contact Shernita Lee, BGSO president, at shernita@vt.edu if you have any questions.

 

6. GRAD FAIR

Wednesday, Oct 13, 11:30am-7:30pm, Holtzman Alumni Center
Pick up all of your graduation needs in one location: announcements, diplomas, and caps and gowns!  Free pizza, drinks, iTunes and University Bookstore gift card drawings. Plus, music, prizes and giveaways from the University Bookstore and Volume Two Bookstore. For more information visit the Grad Fair website. 

 

7. HISPANIC/LATINO GRADUATE STUDENT LUNCHEON
Wednesday, Oct 13, 12:00-1:00pm, GLC RoomG
The Office of Graduate Recruitment and Diversity Initiatives invites you to share in a casual discussion about life at Virginia Tech as a Latino/Hispanic student.  Lunch is free!  Please RSVP here.

 

8. 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.

 

9. GLC FELLOWS MOVIE NIGHT: BE AFRAID, BE VERY AFRAID!!!!!

Thursday, Oct 14, 8:00pm in the GLC Student Lounge

The GLC Fellows will be hosting this movie night for all graduate students.  In the spirit of the season, they will show the horror movie "Paranormal Activity."  Drinks and Popcorn will be provided. If you’re planning to attend, please register here.   For more information contact Eric Hodges at hodgeseb@vt.edu. Popcorn and drinks will be provided.

 

10. CPR TRAINING

Friday, Oct 15, 1:00-4:30pm, and

Friday, Nov 5, 8:30am-12pm, both in GLC Room G

The GLC Fellows are sponsoring this training instructed by an Environmental Health and Safety Services representative. The cost is $20 and will be charged to your VT account. The training fee covers the cost for a quick reference manual, full training manual (with DVD), barrier mask and a two year certification from the National Safety Council.  Please note that registration is limited to 10 students per class. If you are not in the first 10 that sign up, you will be notified that you will be put on a waiting list and will not be charged at that time. More sessions may be scheduled later this semester and in the spring semester. Sign up here

 

11. GSA FALL 2010 WINE SOCIAL

Friday, Oct 15, 5:30-9:00pm, University Club

Join the GSA and your fellow grad students at the GSA Fall Wine Social! Wine service will stop at 8:30pm). Tickets are $10 and can be pre-purchased online or at the door. GSA Delegate and Cabinet members can get in for $5 at the door. If you have any questions or would like to volunteer to help with the event, please contact Amanda Cronin Rumore, VP of Programs.

 

12. ONE-TIME BONUS FOR RETURNING GRADUATE ASSISTANTS

To recognize the significant efforts of graduate students, the University will provide a 3% bonus to graduate students returning on assistantship during 2010-11. Graduate students on assistantship are eligible for the bonus if they were employed (GA, GRA, GTA, faculty, or staff) during the 2009-10 fiscal year, and are contracted as a graduate assistant (GA, GRA, GTA) on December 1st, 2010.  The bonus will be 3% of the graduate student’s projected annual pay as of December 1, 2010 based on an academic year or calendar year basis.  The graduate student’s 2009-10 employment history will determine an academic or calendar year appointment basis. The bonus will be included in the Dec 1, 2010 paycheck. Applicable taxes and deductions will apply.

 

13. JEAN PHILLIPS SCHOLARSHIP – 1st posting

Due by Sunday, October 31

The Peacock-Harper Culinary History Collection Committee is now taking applications for the Jean Phillips Scholarship. Preference will be given to applicants from the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences whose scholarly pursuits encompass topics related to material in the Peacock-Harper Culinary Collection, such as the history of foods, human nutrition or food culture. Applicant must be of good character and have a record of leadership and service. Application and details can be found here.

 

14. WAGE JOB OPPORTUNITY IN OIRED – 2nd posting

Administrative assistant sought for Women in International Development within the Office of Intl Research, Education and Development. The position reports directly to the director of WID, and supports donor-funded collaborative research projects, assists with administration, provides research and writing support for funding proposals and papers, helps prepare materials for meetings and more. Learn more about the position here. Must have excellent organizational, communication and writing skills; attention to detail; enthusiasm; interest in international development and gender; 3.5 GPA or above. 10-20 hrs/wk. To apply: send cover letter describing your interests and experience, resume, two examples of your disciplinary writing, and a copy of academic transcript (photocopy/ PDF is OK) to Betty Watts. Use “WID Administrative Assistant” in the subject heading of your email.

 

15. PRESIDENTIAL MANAGEMENT FELLOWSHIP (PMF) OPPORTUNITY – 3rd 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.

 

16. RESEARCH SUBJECTS WANTED FOR STUDY OF EFFECTS OF YOGA – 1st posting

Research subjects are needed for a study to evaluate the effects of Yoga exercises on improving low back stability, endurance and strength. Participant must be available for pre and post-tests that are 6 weeks apart. Two pools of participants are wanted: (1) Must have recently started practicing yoga exercises, preferably Hatha yoga, under a qualified instructor; do yoga exercises at least 3 times a week, ~90 minutes per session. (2) Not enrolled in any yoga or like-wise classes (pilates, tai-chi). Both pools of participants must continue following their exercising schedule for 6 weeks after the first experimental session. Eligibility: 18-35 years old; not have experienced low back injuries/pain in the past year. Compensation: $10 per hour, $5 after completion of experiment, $5 for the best performance in respective categories (stability, endurance and strength). If interested, contact anujdm@vt.edu for more information.

 

17. RESEARCH SUBJECTS SOUGHT FOR NSF PROJECT ON GAIT ANALYSIS AND FALL RISK – 2nd posting

Male and female participants are sought for a VT research experiment involving the development and testing of a gait analysis system. The experiment requires participants to walk on a linear way and on a treadmill, as well as perform some daily activities such as sitting, lying down, bending, etc. A slippery floor surface will be randomly introduced when the participant walk on the linear way, but participants will be fully protected by a safety harness. The experiment will be conducted at the Locomotion Lab in the ISE department and will take 2 to 3 hours. Each participant will be compensated at a rate of $10/hour and will receive snacks during the experiment. If you’re in good general health condition, within the age range of 18-30, and interested in helping us out, please contact Selina Zhang, at (540) 808-9247.

 

18. FISH AND SEAFOOD SENSORY PANELISTS SOUGHT

You are invited to participate in a series of seafood sensory panels! The sensory panels will occur October–November on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays,  10:30am–12:00pm in the Sensory Laboratory (Room 127) in the Food Science and Technology Building at the corner of Duck Pond Drive and Washington Street. Each sensory panel will take no more than 15 minutes and you will receive a snack for your participation. The information that you will provide from participating will help with establishing optimal cooking guidelines for fish and seafood for ensuring acceptability and safety for consumers. If you are interested in participating in the sensory panels, please fill out this survey  to register and learn more.

 

19. RESEARCH SUBJECTS AGES 6-7-8 SOUGHT FOR STUDY- 3rd 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  for more information.

 

20. 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 here Applications are due December 2.  For more information, email Eric Hodges.

 

21. GSA TRAVEL FUND PROGRAM (TFP): Cycle I, apply by Oct 15

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). Please review the GSA website  for more information or email Courtney Gleason .

 

22. 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 GSA website  to learn more about this opportunity. All questions should be directed to the GRDP chair, Ranjana Mehta.

 

23. WAGE JOB OPENING WITH VT-MENA
A short-term
web position is available doing website design and updates for VT-MENA.  Experience in website design is preferred.  Pay is $10-$12/hour, commensurate with experience. If interested, please email VT Mena.

 

24. SOCIAL ENTREPRENEUR GRANT PROGRAM

The VT Center for Student Engagement and Community Partnerships (CSECP) invites students to “Invent the Future” by proposing innovative projects that will address community needs.  CSECP’s Social Entrepreneur grant program will provide seed funding to a limited number of student service-related projects this semester.  Please visit CSECP’s website for more information about the grant program. Students will need to fill out the application survey by October 30th to be eligible for grant funding this cycle.  Questions can be directed to emilybar@vt.edu.

 

 

25. UPCOMING EVENTS:

 

ETD WORKSHOP SERIES: COPYRIGHT ISSUES

Tuesday, Oct 19, 7:00-8:00pm, GLC Room F

Gail McMillan from Newman Library will discuss  copyright, permissions and representing other author’s works in your ETD.

 

ADVANCE VT GRAD STUDENT LUNCH SEMINAR: CREATING A RESEARCH PROGRAM FROM THE GROUND UP

Wednesday, Oct 20, 12:00pm–1:30pm, GLC Room F

If you are interested in a faculty or research career and would like to learn more about how to set up a successful research program, this seminar is for you.  This session will be led by Dr. Barbara Ryder, Professor and Chair of the Department of Computer Science at Virginia Tech.  AdvanceVT Graduate Student Lunch Seminars are designed to help graduate students prepare for careers in academe.  All graduate students are welcome, and lunch is provided.  Please register by October 18. 

 

TECHNOTIPS: USING ELECTRONIC RESOURCES EFFECTIVELY IN YOUR JOB SEARCH
Wednesday, Oct. 20, 5:30pm, GLC Room G
Have you tapped into the robust electronic job search resources available through Career Services?  Attend this session to learn what they are and how to effectively use these programs in your job search.

 

IT GETS BETTER RALLY

Wednesday, Oct 20, 5:30-7pm, GLC Plaza
In memory of the many recent gay teen suicides, the LGBTA and LGBT Caucus, and the new grads group QG&A are hosting a rally to educate the local community on the bullying of LGBTQ individuals and its effects on youth. Members of the local LGBTQ community will share their own "It Gets Better" stories. This rally will kick off a new anti-bullying campaign sponsored by the LGBTA and Alpha Omicron Phi. Remember to wear purple!  Purple represents Spirit on the LGBTQ flag and that’s exactly what you should bring with you: spirit.

 

GLC FELLOWS HIKE TO THE CASCADES

Sunday, Oct 24, 10:30am, meet in front of the GLC on Otey Street

The GLC Fellows will lead this hike for graduate students, up to the beautiful Cascades waterfalls and enjoy the fall foliage. For those people who don’t have a car, transportation can be arranged.  If you’re interested, please sign up here.  For more information contact Eric Hodges.

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 on our website, or contact Monika Gibson with questions.

3. 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. Questions? Contact: Amanda Cronin Rumore, VP of Programs. This event is sponsored by the GSA.

4. KOHL’S DRESS FOR SUCCESS: DRESS TO IMPRESS!

Tuesday, Oct 5, 5:30-7:00pm, Pamplin 30
This fashion show combined with a seminar on dressing for business occasions will provide explanations of casual, business casual, and professional dress codes. If you are uncertain about how to dress for interviews or your first day on a new job, attend this program and learn more. Offered by Career Services.

5. START SMART: HOW TO IMPROVE PUBLIC SPEAKING SKILLS
Wednesday, Oct 6, 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.

6. 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.

7. PEACE CORPS INFO SESSION
Thursday, Oct 7, 6:00-7:00pm, GLC Room F
This session provides an opportunity to speak with a former Peace Corps volunteer about her volunteer experience, information about serving in the Peace Corps, and the application process. Peace Corps volunteers serve in over 70 countries around the globe in various program areas including health, education, the environment, agriculture, and business. For questions please contact Corrie Kramer.

8. INDIAN CULTURAL DANCE EVENT: RAAS GARBHA

Saturday, Oct 9, 6:00pm, Commonwealth Ballroom in Squires
The Indian Student Association, a registered graduate student organization, invites you to this lively and entertaining cultural dance show.

9. 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. Learn more.

10. TECHNICAL WRITING WORKSHOP – Sign up by Oct 15
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.

11. WAGE JOB OPPORTUNITY IN OIRED
Administrative assistant sought for Women in International Development within the Office of Intl Research, Education and Development. The position reports directly to the director of WID, and supports donor-funded collaborative research projects, assists with administration, provides research and writing support for funding proposals and papers, helps prepare materials for meetings and more. Learn more about the position. Must have excellent organizational, communication and writing skills; attention to detail; enthusiasm; interest in international development and gender; 3.5 GPA or above. 10-20 hrs/wk. To apply: send cover letter describing your interests and experience, resume, two examples of your disciplinary writing, and a copy of academic transcript (photocopy/ PDF is OK) to Betty Watts. Use “WID Administrative Assistant” in the subject heading of your email.

12. PRESIDENTIAL MANAGEMENT FELLOWSHIP (PMF) OPPORTUNITY – 2nd 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
  • 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.

These may also be faxed to 540-231-3714 by Oct 15. Do not send any application materials directly to Dean DePauw. For questions call 540-231-4558.

13. RESEARCH SUBJECTS SOUGHT FOR  NSF PROJECT ON GAIT ANALYSIS AND FALL RISK – 1st posting
Male and female participants are sought for a VT research experiment involving the development and testing of a gait analysis system. The experiment requires participants to walk on a linear way and on a treadmill, as well as perform some daily activities such as sitting, lying down, bending, etc. A slippery floor surface will be randomly introduced when the participant walk on the linear way, but participants will be fully protected by a safety harness. The experiment will be conducted at the Locomotion Lab in the ISE department and will take 2 to 3 hours. Each participant will be compensated at a rate of $10/hour and will receive snacks during the experiment. If you’re in good general health condition, within the age range of 18-30, and interested in helping us out, please contact: Selina Zhang, at (540) 808-9247.

14. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR SURVEY ABOUT BELIEFS ABOUT STEM EDUCATION
Participants are needed to take a survey on their beliefs about science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education. The survey is available online and will take approximately 25 minutes to complete. There are two demographic questions and 30 questions about beliefs on STEM education. To be eligible, participants must have formal training or employment experience in education and be at least 21 years old. Experience in STEM education is NOT required. For more information, contact Patricia Watson.  To participate, fill out the survey here. The survey will be open until October 11, 2010.

15. FISH AND SEAFOOD SENSORY PANELISTS SOUGHT
You are invited to participate in a series of seafood sensory panels! The sensory panels will occur October–November on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays,  10:30am–12:00pm in the Sensory Laboratory (Room 127) in the Food Science and Technology Building at the corner of Duck Pond Drive and Washington Street. Each sensory panel will take no more than 15 minutes and you will receive a snack for your participation. The information that you will provide from participating will help with establishing optimal cooking guidelines for fish and seafood for ensuring acceptability and safety for consumers. If you are interested in participating in the sensory panels, please fill out this survey to register and learn more.

16. RESEARCH SUBJECTS AGES 6-7-8 SOUGHT FOR STUDY- 2nd 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 for more information.

17. 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.

18. 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 fill in your contact information in this survey and you will be contacted about scheduling the first meeting. Contact Aly Tawfik at tawfik@vt.edu with questions.

19. PROPOSALS DUE FOR CONFERENCE ON HIGHER ED PEDAGOGY – 3rd 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 conference website.

20. GSA TRAVEL FUND PROGRAM (TFP): Cycle I, apply by Oct 15

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). Please review the GSA website  for more information or email Courtney Gleason at GSATFPChair@gmail.com.

21. 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 GSA website to learn more about this opportunity. All questions should be directed to the GRDP chair, Ranjana Mehta, at GSAGRDPChair@gmail.com 

22. UPCOMING EVENTS:

APPLYING FOR FEDERAL GOVERNMENT JOBS – CAREER SERVICES SERIES
Learn the 10 steps in 5 weeks. Sessions are on Oct 12, 19, 26, Nov 2 and 9, all at 3:30pm. Learn more at http://www.career.vt.edu/Events/FederalJobs.htm

BGSO PRESENTS: FINANCIAL PLANNING

Tuesday, Oct 12, 7:15-8:30pm, Black Cultural Center in Squires
The Black Graduate Student Organization invites you to its next event about financial planning. A representative from Wachovia Bank will answer any of your financial questions and will also provide general information on maintaining your financial integrity. Please contact Shernita Lee, BGSO president, at shernita@vt.edu if you have any questions.

GLC FELLOWS MOVIE NIGHT: BE AFRAID, BE VERY AFRAID!!!!!

Thursday, Oct 14, 8:00pm in the GLC Student Lounge
The GLC Fellows will be hosting this movie night for all graduate students.  In the spirit of the season, they will show the horror movie "Paranormal Activity."  Drinks and Popcorn will be provided. If you’re planning to attend, please register.  For more information contact Eric Hodges at hodgeseb@vt.edu. Popcorn and drinks will be provided.

GSA FALL 2010 WINE SOCIAL
Friday, Oct 15, 5:30-9:00pm, University Club
Join the GSA and your fellow grad students at the GSA Fall Wine Social! Wine service will stop at 8:30pm). Tickets are $10 and can be pre-purchased online or at the door. GSA Delegate and Cabinet members can get in for $5 at the door. If you have any questions or would like to volunteer to help with the event, please contact Amanda Cronin Rumore, VP of Programs, at arumore@vt.edu.

CPR TRAINING
Friday, Oct 15, 1:00-4:30pm, and
Friday, Nov 5, 8:30am-12pm, both in GLC Room G
The GLC Fellows are sponsoring this training instructed by an Environmental Health and Safety Services representative. The cost is $20 and will be charged to your VT account. The training fee covers the cost for a quick reference manual, full training manual (with DVD), barrier mask and a two year certification from the National Safety Council.  Please note that registration is limited to 10 students per class. If you are not in the first 10 that sign up, you will be notified that you will be put on a waiting list and will not be charged at that time. More sessions may be scheduled later this semester and in the spring semester. Sign up here.

ETD WORKSHOP SERIES: COPYRIGHT ISSUES
Tuesday, Oct 19, 7:00-8:00pm, GLC Room F
Gail McMillan from Newman Library will discuss  copyright, permissions and representing other author’s works in your ETD.

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 on our website, or contact Monika Gibson with questions.

3. 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. Questions? Contact: Amanda Cronin Rumore, VP of Programs. This event is sponsored by the GSA.

4. KOHL’S DRESS FOR SUCCESS: DRESS TO IMPRESS!

Tuesday, Oct 5, 5:30-7:00pm, Pamplin 30
This fashion show combined with a seminar on dressing for business occasions will provide explanations of casual, business casual, and professional dress codes. If you are uncertain about how to dress for interviews or your first day on a new job, attend this program and learn more. Offered by Career Services.

5. START SMART: HOW TO IMPROVE PUBLIC SPEAKING SKILLS
Wednesday, Oct 6, 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.

6. 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.

7. PEACE CORPS INFO SESSION
Thursday, Oct 7, 6:00-7:00pm, GLC Room F
This session provides an opportunity to speak with a former Peace Corps volunteer about her volunteer experience, information about serving in the Peace Corps, and the application process. Peace Corps volunteers serve in over 70 countries around the globe in various program areas including health, education, the environment, agriculture, and business. For questions please contact Corrie Kramer.

8. INDIAN CULTURAL DANCE EVENT: RAAS GARBHA

Saturday, Oct 9, 6:00pm, Commonwealth Ballroom in Squires
The Indian Student Association, a registered graduate student organization, invites you to this lively and entertaining cultural dance show.

9. 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. Learn more.

10. TECHNICAL WRITING WORKSHOP – Sign up by Oct 15
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.

11. WAGE JOB OPPORTUNITY IN OIRED
Administrative assistant sought for Women in International Development within the Office of Intl Research, Education and Development. The position reports directly to the director of WID, and supports donor-funded collaborative research projects, assists with administration, provides research and writing support for funding proposals and papers, helps prepare materials for meetings and more. Learn more about the position. Must have excellent organizational, communication and writing skills; attention to detail; enthusiasm; interest in international development and gender; 3.5 GPA or above. 10-20 hrs/wk. To apply: send cover letter describing your interests and experience, resume, two examples of your disciplinary writing, and a copy of academic transcript (photocopy/ PDF is OK) to Betty Watts. Use “WID Administrative Assistant” in the subject heading of your email.

12. PRESIDENTIAL MANAGEMENT FELLOWSHIP (PMF) OPPORTUNITY – 2nd 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
  • 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.

These may also be faxed to 540-231-3714 by Oct 15. Do not send any application materials directly to Dean DePauw. For questions call 540-231-4558.

13. RESEARCH SUBJECTS SOUGHT FOR  NSF PROJECT ON GAIT ANALYSIS AND FALL RISK – 1st posting
Male and female participants are sought for a VT research experiment involving the development and testing of a gait analysis system. The experiment requires participants to walk on a linear way and on a treadmill, as well as perform some daily activities such as sitting, lying down, bending, etc. A slippery floor surface will be randomly introduced when the participant walk on the linear way, but participants will be fully protected by a safety harness. The experiment will be conducted at the Locomotion Lab in the ISE department and will take 2 to 3 hours. Each participant will be compensated at a rate of $10/hour and will receive snacks during the experiment. If you’re in good general health condition, within the age range of 18-30, and interested in helping us out, please contact: Selina Zhang, at (540) 808-9247.

14. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR SURVEY ABOUT BELIEFS ABOUT STEM EDUCATION
Participants are needed to take a survey on their beliefs about science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education. The survey is available online and will take approximately 25 minutes to complete. There are two demographic questions and 30 questions about beliefs on STEM education. To be eligible, participants must have formal training or employment experience in education and be at least 21 years old. Experience in STEM education is NOT required. For more information, contact Patricia Watson.  To participate, fill out the survey here. The survey will be open until October 11, 2010.

15. FISH AND SEAFOOD SENSORY PANELISTS SOUGHT
You are invited to participate in a series of seafood sensory panels! The sensory panels will occur October–November on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays,  10:30am–12:00pm in the Sensory Laboratory (Room 127) in the Food Science and Technology Building at the corner of Duck Pond Drive and Washington Street. Each sensory panel will take no more than 15 minutes and you will receive a snack for your participation. The information that you will provide from participating will help with establishing optimal cooking guidelines for fish and seafood for ensuring acceptability and safety for consumers. If you are interested in participating in the sensory panels, please fill out this survey to register and learn more.

16. RESEARCH SUBJECTS AGES 6-7-8 SOUGHT FOR STUDY- 2nd 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 for more information.

17. 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.

18. 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 fill in your contact information in this survey and you will be contacted about scheduling the first meeting. Contact Aly Tawfik at tawfik@vt.edu with questions.

19. PROPOSALS DUE FOR CONFERENCE ON HIGHER ED PEDAGOGY – 3rd 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 conference website.

20. GSA TRAVEL FUND PROGRAM (TFP): Cycle I, apply by Oct 15

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). Please review the GSA website  for more information or email Courtney Gleason at GSATFPChair@gmail.com.

21. 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 GSA website to learn more about this opportunity. All questions should be directed to the GRDP chair, Ranjana Mehta, at GSAGRDPChair@gmail.com 

22. UPCOMING EVENTS:

APPLYING FOR FEDERAL GOVERNMENT JOBS – CAREER SERVICES SERIES
Learn the 10 steps in 5 weeks. Sessions are on Oct 12, 19, 26, Nov 2 and 9, all at 3:30pm. Learn more at http://www.career.vt.edu/Events/FederalJobs.htm

BGSO PRESENTS: FINANCIAL PLANNING

Tuesday, Oct 12, 7:15-8:30pm, Black Cultural Center in Squires
The Black Graduate Student Organization invites you to its next event about financial planning. A representative from Wachovia Bank will answer any of your financial questions and will also provide general information on maintaining your financial integrity. Please contact Shernita Lee, BGSO president, at shernita@vt.edu if you have any questions.

GLC FELLOWS MOVIE NIGHT: BE AFRAID, BE VERY AFRAID!!!!!

Thursday, Oct 14, 8:00pm in the GLC Student Lounge
The GLC Fellows will be hosting this movie night for all graduate students.  In the spirit of the season, they will show the horror movie "Paranormal Activity."  Drinks and Popcorn will be provided. If you’re planning to attend, please register.  For more information contact Eric Hodges at hodgeseb@vt.edu. Popcorn and drinks will be provided.

GSA FALL 2010 WINE SOCIAL
Friday, Oct 15, 5:30-9:00pm, University Club
Join the GSA and your fellow grad students at the GSA Fall Wine Social! Wine service will stop at 8:30pm). Tickets are $10 and can be pre-purchased online or at the door. GSA Delegate and Cabinet members can get in for $5 at the door. If you have any questions or would like to volunteer to help with the event, please contact Amanda Cronin Rumore, VP of Programs, at arumore@vt.edu.

CPR TRAINING
Friday, Oct 15, 1:00-4:30pm, and
Friday, Nov 5, 8:30am-12pm, both in GLC Room G
The GLC Fellows are sponsoring this training instructed by an Environmental Health and Safety Services representative. The cost is $20 and will be charged to your VT account. The training fee covers the cost for a quick reference manual, full training manual (with DVD), barrier mask and a two year certification from the National Safety Council.  Please note that registration is limited to 10 students per class. If you are not in the first 10 that sign up, you will be notified that you will be put on a waiting list and will not be charged at that time. More sessions may be scheduled later this semester and in the spring semester. Sign up here.

ETD WORKSHOP SERIES: COPYRIGHT ISSUES
Tuesday, Oct 19, 7:00-8:00pm, GLC Room F
Gail McMillan from Newman Library will discuss  copyright, permissions and representing other author’s works in your ETD.