November 29-December 5

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. HOLIDAY CARDS FOR THE YOUNG AT HEART
Tuesday, Nov 30, 4:00-7:00pm, GLC Room C
For those in nursing homes, the holidays can often be very lonely and depressing. The GLC Fellows and Interdisciplinary Partnership for Aging (IPA) will co-sponsor a holiday card-making event for local nursing homes. The GLC Fellows will provide card-making materials, food and music. If you wish to contribute a card but can’t make the session, please bring the card to Lauren Surface in the Graduate School (110 GLC).  For more information, contact Eric Hodges.

3. NATURALLY SHARP PRESENTS: FIGHTING CAVITIES

Friday, Dec 3, 7:00pm, GLC Auditorium
Naturally Sharp, an all-male a cappella group of VT students, presents its fall concert in the GLC. Admission $5.00 at the door. Learn more about the group.

4. MUSIC DONATION & PAJAMA DANCE
Friday, Dec 3, 7:30-8:30pm (lessons), 8:30pm-12:00am (dance), Y Ctr on 1000 N Main
SVSDS and Solely Swing are inviting all the graduate students to attend this fun dance event. Admission: Looking for music donations in the form either iTunes gift cards or pressed CDs in lieu of the regular $3 members/$5 non-members fee. This message is posted on behalf of grad student Matt Bays.

5. TOYS FOR TOTS – 2nd posting
Toys for Tots is a national organization, sponsored by the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, that collects new toys and distributes them to needy children for Christmas. The GLC Fellows are excited to sponsor a Toys for Tots box in the GLC Lobby and hope to collect a lot of toys for children in the surrounding area. Drop off a new, unwrapped toy in the box in the GLC Lobby and help the Fellows make Christmas a little brighter for those in need. Toys can be dropped off until December 17.  If you have questions, please contact Lauren Surface, 231-9561.

6. ONE-TIME BONUS FOR GRADUATE ASSISTANTS

In recognition of the efforts of graduate assistants (GAs, GTAs, and GRAs) and their significant contribution to the University community, a bonus plan has been designed to mirror the Commonwealth’s bonus for salaried employees. Graduate students on assistantship are eligible for the bonus if they: (1) were employed (GA, GRA, GTA, faculty, or staff) during the 2009-10 fiscal year, and (2) are contracted as a graduate assistant (GA, GRA, GTA) on Dec 1, 2010. The bonus is 3% of the graduate student’s projected annual pay as of Dec 1, 2010, based on an academic year or calendar year basis.  The graduate student’s 2009-10 employment history determines the AY or CY appointment basis.  The bonus is included in the Dec 1 paycheck.  Applicable taxes and deductions will apply. Learn more .

7. ISA NEWSLETTER IS INVITING SUBMISSIONS FROM GRAD STUDENTS
The Indian Student Association (a grad student organization) is celebrating its 50th year as an organization at Virginia Tech, a great milestone in itself. To commemorate this success, they are planning to start an ISA newsletter soon and invite all ISA members as well as non-members to contribute to its content by submitting  poems, stories, blogs, pictures, photographs and anything and everything you wish the world should know. There will be an online vote on these contributions online and the highest vote receivers will win prizes. The contributions must be sent to vtech.isa@gmail.com by Dec 30, 2010. Contact Aditya Vasta, ISA Public Relations Officer, at adityavasta@gmail.com if you have any questions.

8. COMMENCEMENT VOLUNTEERS SOUGHT – 3rd posting
The university commencement committee is seeking graduate student volunteers to serve as ushers at the fall commencement ceremonies. If you are interested in serving the university community in this manner, please contact Thomas W. Broyles by email or phone at 540-239-4365.

9. COMMENCEMENT NEWS: DVD SALES AND PORTRAIT OPPORTUNITY – 2nd posting

  • A DVD of the Fall 2010 Graduate Commencement Ceremony, to be held Dec 17, will be available from the University Bookstore for a limited time at a cost of $19.99. Click the Graduation button on the bookstore’s homepage for ordering information: www.bookstore.vt.edu. The commencement ceremony will be broadcast live on campus cable channels 3 and 4 starting at 2:30 pm.
  • Chappell Graduation Images will offer free portrait sittings on Thursday, Dec 16 at the Holtzman Alumni Center Library 9:00am-3:00pm. Graduates should wear their own cap and gown. You may wear as many accoutrements as you wish for the portrait sitting. Although a professional photographer has been commissioned, you will not be required to purchase photos. Chappell will mail your proofs to you approximately one week after the ceremony. No appointment is needed.

10. FUNDRAISER FOR VT GRAD STUDENT ORGANIZATION: FOOTBALL RAFFLE
Are you looking for a great holiday gift for the football fan in your life? Buy a raffle ticket to win an autographed football signed by Coach Frank Beamer. Tickets are $5. All proceeds will benefit the VT Chapter of the National Organization for Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Related Sciences. Posted on behalf of graduate student Keira Banks; contact her at kebanks@vt.edu for more information.

11. INVITATION TO PARTIPCIATE IN A SURVEY FOR A NEW TYPE OF BROWNIE – 1st posting
You are invited to participate in a survey regarding demographics, consumption and purchasing habits, and interest in a new type of brownie product. The survey consists of 32 questions and requires approximately 15 minutes to complete. The information you provide in the survey will be used in the development of a new food product by the VT Food Science and Technology Product Development Team.  If you are interested in participating, please complete the survey. Contact grad student Margo Duckson with any questions.

12. RESEARCH PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR TECHNOLOGY STUDY – 2nd posting

VT researchers are conducting a study to understand the effect of user’s mood on technology acceptance of Hi-fidelity and Lo-fidelity (quality) prototypes of a product concept. This study may show that the mood of the participant may discourage the development process of a certain product. The participants with a neutral mood state may provide an unbiased review of the product concept. Results may eventually help in improving the process of usability testing. There will no monetary compensation for this study, which will take only one session of about an hour or less. The study will take place in 530 Whittemore Hall. If you have any questions about the study or want to participate, contact Gurjot Singh Dhillon at gurjotsd@vt.edu.

13. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR RESEARCH PROJECT: ImADiva – 2nd posting
ImADiva is a project designed to provide better understanding of how to increase physical activity for college black women. You may participate if you are a Black woman between the ages of 18-25, English speaking, enrolled in at least 3 credit hrs at VT, have no physician contraction towards physical activity, and are not pregnant or planning to become pregnant. This research is conducted through the Translational Obesity Research Program of the Department of Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise. There is an opportunity to receive compensation for your participation! For more information or if interested in participating, please contact Kacie Allen.  An information session will be held on Wednesday, Dec 1, 6:00-7:15pm in GLC room G.

14. UPCOMING EVENTS:

A CONVERSATION ON HAJJ
Tuesday, Dec 7, 7:00-9:30pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
The Intercultural Understanding Club (ICUC) invites the VT community to a conversation on Hajj (=Islamic pilgrimage) with dinner. The conversation will answer questions and give information about: What is Hajj? Why do five million Muslims visit the city of Makkah each year? What are the rituals and the meaning of those rituals to a Muslim? What are social and spiritual aspects/benefits of performing Hajj for a Muslim?  The event is designed to be interactive. Learn more details of this event and register. Contact grad student Haktan Suren at hsuren@vt.edu if you have any questions.

DIALOGUE WITH THE DEAN
Wednesday, Dec 8, 5:30-7:00pm, GLC Room G
Discuss graduate student life and university policies that impact you over dinner with Dean DePauw. This is your opportunity to bring up issues that matter most to you! Space is limited; please register here. Questions? Contact: Amanda Cronin Rumore, VP of Programs.

November 29-December 5

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. HOLIDAY CARDS FOR THE YOUNG AT HEART
Tuesday, Nov 30, 4:00-7:00pm, GLC Room C
For those in nursing homes, the holidays can often be very lonely and depressing. The GLC Fellows and Interdisciplinary Partnership for Aging (IPA) will co-sponsor a holiday card-making event for local nursing homes. The GLC Fellows will provide card-making materials, food and music. If you wish to contribute a card but can’t make the session, please bring the card to Lauren Surface in the Graduate School (110 GLC).  For more information, contact Eric Hodges.

3. NATURALLY SHARP PRESENTS: FIGHTING CAVITIES

Friday, Dec 3, 7:00pm, GLC Auditorium
Naturally Sharp, an all-male a cappella group of VT students, presents its fall concert in the GLC. Admission $5.00 at the door. Learn more about the group.

4. MUSIC DONATION & PAJAMA DANCE
Friday, Dec 3, 7:30-8:30pm (lessons), 8:30pm-12:00am (dance), Y Ctr on 1000 N Main
SVSDS and Solely Swing are inviting all the graduate students to attend this fun dance event. Admission: Looking for music donations in the form either iTunes gift cards or pressed CDs in lieu of the regular $3 members/$5 non-members fee. This message is posted on behalf of grad student Matt Bays.

5. TOYS FOR TOTS – 2nd posting
Toys for Tots is a national organization, sponsored by the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, that collects new toys and distributes them to needy children for Christmas. The GLC Fellows are excited to sponsor a Toys for Tots box in the GLC Lobby and hope to collect a lot of toys for children in the surrounding area. Drop off a new, unwrapped toy in the box in the GLC Lobby and help the Fellows make Christmas a little brighter for those in need. Toys can be dropped off until December 17.  If you have questions, please contact Lauren Surface, 231-9561.

6. ONE-TIME BONUS FOR GRADUATE ASSISTANTS

In recognition of the efforts of graduate assistants (GAs, GTAs, and GRAs) and their significant contribution to the University community, a bonus plan has been designed to mirror the Commonwealth’s bonus for salaried employees. Graduate students on assistantship are eligible for the bonus if they: (1) were employed (GA, GRA, GTA, faculty, or staff) during the 2009-10 fiscal year, and (2) are contracted as a graduate assistant (GA, GRA, GTA) on Dec 1, 2010. The bonus is 3% of the graduate student’s projected annual pay as of Dec 1, 2010, based on an academic year or calendar year basis.  The graduate student’s 2009-10 employment history determines the AY or CY appointment basis.  The bonus is included in the Dec 1 paycheck.  Applicable taxes and deductions will apply. Learn more .

7. ISA NEWSLETTER IS INVITING SUBMISSIONS FROM GRAD STUDENTS
The Indian Student Association (a grad student organization) is celebrating its 50th year as an organization at Virginia Tech, a great milestone in itself. To commemorate this success, they are planning to start an ISA newsletter soon and invite all ISA members as well as non-members to contribute to its content by submitting  poems, stories, blogs, pictures, photographs and anything and everything you wish the world should know. There will be an online vote on these contributions online and the highest vote receivers will win prizes. The contributions must be sent to vtech.isa@gmail.com by Dec 30, 2010. Contact Aditya Vasta, ISA Public Relations Officer, at adityavasta@gmail.com if you have any questions.

8. COMMENCEMENT VOLUNTEERS SOUGHT – 3rd posting
The university commencement committee is seeking graduate student volunteers to serve as ushers at the fall commencement ceremonies. If you are interested in serving the university community in this manner, please contact Thomas W. Broyles by email or phone at 540-239-4365.

9. COMMENCEMENT NEWS: DVD SALES AND PORTRAIT OPPORTUNITY – 2nd posting

  • A DVD of the Fall 2010 Graduate Commencement Ceremony, to be held Dec 17, will be available from the University Bookstore for a limited time at a cost of $19.99. Click the Graduation button on the bookstore’s homepage for ordering information: www.bookstore.vt.edu. The commencement ceremony will be broadcast live on campus cable channels 3 and 4 starting at 2:30 pm.
  • Chappell Graduation Images will offer free portrait sittings on Thursday, Dec 16 at the Holtzman Alumni Center Library 9:00am-3:00pm. Graduates should wear their own cap and gown. You may wear as many accoutrements as you wish for the portrait sitting. Although a professional photographer has been commissioned, you will not be required to purchase photos. Chappell will mail your proofs to you approximately one week after the ceremony. No appointment is needed.

10. FUNDRAISER FOR VT GRAD STUDENT ORGANIZATION: FOOTBALL RAFFLE
Are you looking for a great holiday gift for the football fan in your life? Buy a raffle ticket to win an autographed football signed by Coach Frank Beamer. Tickets are $5. All proceeds will benefit the VT Chapter of the National Organization for Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Related Sciences. Posted on behalf of graduate student Keira Banks; contact her at kebanks@vt.edu for more information.

11. INVITATION TO PARTIPCIATE IN A SURVEY FOR A NEW TYPE OF BROWNIE – 1st posting
You are invited to participate in a survey regarding demographics, consumption and purchasing habits, and interest in a new type of brownie product. The survey consists of 32 questions and requires approximately 15 minutes to complete. The information you provide in the survey will be used in the development of a new food product by the VT Food Science and Technology Product Development Team.  If you are interested in participating, please complete the survey. Contact grad student Margo Duckson with any questions.

12. RESEARCH PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR TECHNOLOGY STUDY – 2nd posting

VT researchers are conducting a study to understand the effect of user’s mood on technology acceptance of Hi-fidelity and Lo-fidelity (quality) prototypes of a product concept. This study may show that the mood of the participant may discourage the development process of a certain product. The participants with a neutral mood state may provide an unbiased review of the product concept. Results may eventually help in improving the process of usability testing. There will no monetary compensation for this study, which will take only one session of about an hour or less. The study will take place in 530 Whittemore Hall. If you have any questions about the study or want to participate, contact Gurjot Singh Dhillon at gurjotsd@vt.edu.

13. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR RESEARCH PROJECT: ImADiva – 2nd posting
ImADiva is a project designed to provide better understanding of how to increase physical activity for college black women. You may participate if you are a Black woman between the ages of 18-25, English speaking, enrolled in at least 3 credit hrs at VT, have no physician contraction towards physical activity, and are not pregnant or planning to become pregnant. This research is conducted through the Translational Obesity Research Program of the Department of Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise. There is an opportunity to receive compensation for your participation! For more information or if interested in participating, please contact Kacie Allen.  An information session will be held on Wednesday, Dec 1, 6:00-7:15pm in GLC room G.

14. UPCOMING EVENTS:

A CONVERSATION ON HAJJ
Tuesday, Dec 7, 7:00-9:30pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
The Intercultural Understanding Club (ICUC) invites the VT community to a conversation on Hajj (=Islamic pilgrimage) with dinner. The conversation will answer questions and give information about: What is Hajj? Why do five million Muslims visit the city of Makkah each year? What are the rituals and the meaning of those rituals to a Muslim? What are social and spiritual aspects/benefits of performing Hajj for a Muslim?  The event is designed to be interactive. Learn more details of this event and register. Contact grad student Haktan Suren at hsuren@vt.edu if you have any questions.

DIALOGUE WITH THE DEAN
Wednesday, Dec 8, 5:30-7:00pm, GLC Room G
Discuss graduate student life and university policies that impact you over dinner with Dean DePauw. This is your opportunity to bring up issues that matter most to you! Space is limited; please register here. Questions? Contact: Amanda Cronin Rumore, VP of Programs.

November 22-28, 2010

1. THANKSGIVING BREAK CLOSURE OF THE GLC
The GLC is closed for Thanksgiving Break. The Graduate School will be open with regular business hours (8-5) on Monday and Tuesday and close at noon on Wednesday. After the Thanksgiving break we will reopen on Monday, Nov 29. The public areas of the GLC remains accessible 24/7 to current graduate student  with a Hokie Passport.

2. 3.14159265 FEST
Tuesday, Nov 23, 12:00-1:30, GLC Lobby
Maybe you are not alone! See who else is on campus working away during the break: join us for a luncheon of some savory and sweet π’s, casseroles and good conversation. Meet other chained-to-their-desks, no-money-for-gas, don’t-celebrate-thanksgiving, hungry-for-a-home-cooked-meal graduate students and grad school staff and enjoy this potluck lunch. Please fill out this quick survey to give us an idea of how many to cook for. Feel free to contribute your own favorite pie(s)!

3. TOYS FOR TOTS
Toys for Tots is a national organization, sponsored by the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, that collects new toys and distributes them to needy children for Christmas. The GLC Fellows are excited to sponsor a Toys for Tots box in the GLC Lobby and hope to collect a lot of toys for children in the surrounding area. Drop off a new, unwrapped toy in the box in the GLC Lobby and help the Fellows make Christmas a little brighter for those in need. Toys can be dropped off until December 17.  If you have questions, please contact Lauren Surface or 231-9561.

4. ISA NEWSLETTER IS INVITING SUBMISSIONS FROM GRAD STUDENTS

The Indian Student Association (a grad student organization) is celebrating its 50th year as an organization at Virginia Tech, a great milestone in itself. To commemorate this success, they are planning to start an ISA newsletter soon and invite all ISA members as well as non-members to contribute to its content by submitting  poems, stories, blogs, pictures, photographs and anything and everything you wish the world should know. There will be an online vote on these contributions online and the highest vote receivers will win prizes. The contributions must be sent to vtech.isa@gmail.com by Dec 30, 2010. Contact Aditya Vasta, ISA Public Relations Officer,  if you have any questions.

5. COMMENCEMENT VOLUNTEERS SOUGHT – 2nd posting

The university commencement committee is seeking graduate student volunteers to serve as ushers at the fall commencement ceremonies. If you are interested in serving the university community in this manner, please contact Thomas W. Broyles, or by phone at 540-239-4365.

6. COMMENCEMENT NEWS: DVD SALES AND PORTRAIT OPPORTUNITY

— A DVD of the Fall 2010 Graduate Commencement Ceremony, to be held Dec 17, will be available from the University Bookstore for a limited time at a cost of $19.99. Click the Graduation button on the bookstore’s homepage for ordering information. The commencement ceremony will be broadcast live on campus cable channels 3 and 4 starting at 2:30 pm.
— Chappell Graduation Images will offer free portrait sittings on Thursday, Dec 16 at the Holtzman Alumni Center Library 9:00am-3:00pm. Graduates should wear their own cap and gown. You may wear as many accoutrements as you wish for the portrait sitting. Although a professional photographer has been commissioned, you will not be required to purchase photos. Chappell will mail your proofs to you approximately one week after the ceremony. No appointment is needed.

7. GLC WAGE POSITIONS OPEN FOR SPRING 2011

Applications are being accepted for Spring 2011 GLC wage positions. To apply, go to the VT job site, click on Search All Jobs, then click on Student Search for the following position names and posting numbers: UUSA Graduate Information Associate, posting #0100953; Graduate Services Associate, posting # 0100954.  For more information about the GLC Graduate Services or Information Associates positions, please visit the UUSA/GLC Employment Page http://www.uusa.vt.edu/uusaServices/employment.php. On-line applications will be accepted through November 28. No late or paper applications will be accepted. For more information, please contact Jordan DeWitt, Coordinator of Graduate Life Center Operations.

8. RESEARCH PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR TECHNOLOGY STUDY – 1st posting
VT researchers are conducting a study to understand the effect of user’s mood on technology acceptance of Hi-fidelity and Lo-fidelity (quality) prototypes of a product concept. This study may show that the mood of the participant may discourage the development process of a certain product. The participants with a neutral mood state may provide an unbiased review of the product concept. Results may eventually help in improving the process of usability testing. There will no monetary compensation for this study, which will take only one session of about an hour or less. The study will take place in 530 Whittemore Hall. If you have any questions about the study or want to participate, contact Gurjot Singh Dhillon.

9. INVITATION TO SURVEY PARTICIPATION ON ETHNIC FOODS AND CHOCOLATE – 3rd posting

You are invited to participate in a survey regarding demographics, consumption habits, purchasing habits, and interest in ethnic foods and chocolate. The survey consists of 25 questions and requires approximately 15 minutes to complete. The information you provide will be used in the development of a new food product by the VT Food Science and Technology Product Development Team. If you are interested in participating, please complete the questionnaire. Contact Renee Felice at felicer@vt.edu with any questions. 

10. FOCUS GROUPS FOR PARENTS & CHILDREN ABOUT SNACK FOODS – 3rd posting
You and your child are invited to participate in two focus group session to help develop nutritious snack foods for kids. Parents with children between the ages of 5-10 are eligible. Children must be accompanied by at least one parent or guardian. The focus group sessions will be held (1) Dec 2, 4-5:30 (complete questionnaire and participate in group discussion while children meet in separate group to discuss food products and Disney characters) and (2) Feb 10, 4-5pm (parents and children will try yogurt and fruit based snacks; after tasting, children and parents will separate and discuss with the researchers their likes and dislikes about the products sampled) in classroom 132 in the Food Science and Technology Building (on corner of Duck Pond Dr and Washington St). The first session will last 90 min and the second session will last 60 min. Participants will receive a healthy snack. The focus groups will help with designing and developing a nutritious low-fat dairy and fruit product for kids. If you are interested in participating in both of the focus group sessions, register here. Contact Renee Felice at  with any questions. 

11. UPCOMING EVENTS:

HOLIDAY CARDS FOR THE YOUNG AT HEART
Tuesday, Nov 30, 4:00-7:00pm, GLC Room C
For those in nursing homes, the holidays can often be very lonely and depressing. The GLC Fellows and Interdisciplinary Partnership for Aging (IPA) will co-sponsor a holiday card-making event for local nursing homes. The GLC Fellows will provide card-making materials, food and music. If you wish to contribute a card but can’t make the session, please bring the card to Lauren Surface in the Graduate School (110 GLC).  For more information, contact Eric Hodges at hodgeseb@vt.edu.

MUSIC DONATION & PAJAMA DANCE
Friday, Dec 3, 7:30-8:30pm (lessons), 8:30pm-12:00am (dance), Y Ctr on 1000 N Main
SVSDS and Solely Swing are inviting all the graduate students to attend this fun dance event. Admission: Looking for music donations in the form either iTunes gift cards or pressed CDs in lieu of the regular $3 members/$5 non-members fee. This message is posted on behalf of grad student Matt Bays.

November 22-28, 2010

1. THANKSGIVING BREAK CLOSURE OF THE GLC
The GLC is closed for Thanksgiving Break. The Graduate School will be open with regular business hours (8-5) on Monday and Tuesday and close at noon on Wednesday. After the Thanksgiving break we will reopen on Monday, Nov 29. The public areas of the GLC remains accessible 24/7 to current graduate student  with a Hokie Passport.

2. 3.14159265 FEST
Tuesday, Nov 23, 12:00-1:30, GLC Lobby
Maybe you are not alone! See who else is on campus working away during the break: join us for a luncheon of some savory and sweet π’s, casseroles and good conversation. Meet other chained-to-their-desks, no-money-for-gas, don’t-celebrate-thanksgiving, hungry-for-a-home-cooked-meal graduate students and grad school staff and enjoy this potluck lunch. Please fill out this quick survey to give us an idea of how many to cook for. Feel free to contribute your own favorite pie(s)!

3. TOYS FOR TOTS
Toys for Tots is a national organization, sponsored by the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, that collects new toys and distributes them to needy children for Christmas. The GLC Fellows are excited to sponsor a Toys for Tots box in the GLC Lobby and hope to collect a lot of toys for children in the surrounding area. Drop off a new, unwrapped toy in the box in the GLC Lobby and help the Fellows make Christmas a little brighter for those in need. Toys can be dropped off until December 17.  If you have questions, please contact Lauren Surface or 231-9561.

4. ISA NEWSLETTER IS INVITING SUBMISSIONS FROM GRAD STUDENTS

The Indian Student Association (a grad student organization) is celebrating its 50th year as an organization at Virginia Tech, a great milestone in itself. To commemorate this success, they are planning to start an ISA newsletter soon and invite all ISA members as well as non-members to contribute to its content by submitting  poems, stories, blogs, pictures, photographs and anything and everything you wish the world should know. There will be an online vote on these contributions online and the highest vote receivers will win prizes. The contributions must be sent to vtech.isa@gmail.com by Dec 30, 2010. Contact Aditya Vasta, ISA Public Relations Officer,  if you have any questions.

5. COMMENCEMENT VOLUNTEERS SOUGHT – 2nd posting

The university commencement committee is seeking graduate student volunteers to serve as ushers at the fall commencement ceremonies. If you are interested in serving the university community in this manner, please contact Thomas W. Broyles, or by phone at 540-239-4365.

6. COMMENCEMENT NEWS: DVD SALES AND PORTRAIT OPPORTUNITY

— A DVD of the Fall 2010 Graduate Commencement Ceremony, to be held Dec 17, will be available from the University Bookstore for a limited time at a cost of $19.99. Click the Graduation button on the bookstore’s homepage for ordering information. The commencement ceremony will be broadcast live on campus cable channels 3 and 4 starting at 2:30 pm.
— Chappell Graduation Images will offer free portrait sittings on Thursday, Dec 16 at the Holtzman Alumni Center Library 9:00am-3:00pm. Graduates should wear their own cap and gown. You may wear as many accoutrements as you wish for the portrait sitting. Although a professional photographer has been commissioned, you will not be required to purchase photos. Chappell will mail your proofs to you approximately one week after the ceremony. No appointment is needed.

7. GLC WAGE POSITIONS OPEN FOR SPRING 2011

Applications are being accepted for Spring 2011 GLC wage positions. To apply, go to the VT job site, click on Search All Jobs, then click on Student Search for the following position names and posting numbers: UUSA Graduate Information Associate, posting #0100953; Graduate Services Associate, posting # 0100954.  For more information about the GLC Graduate Services or Information Associates positions, please visit the UUSA/GLC Employment Page http://www.uusa.vt.edu/uusaServices/employment.php. On-line applications will be accepted through November 28. No late or paper applications will be accepted. For more information, please contact Jordan DeWitt, Coordinator of Graduate Life Center Operations.

8. RESEARCH PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR TECHNOLOGY STUDY – 1st posting
VT researchers are conducting a study to understand the effect of user’s mood on technology acceptance of Hi-fidelity and Lo-fidelity (quality) prototypes of a product concept. This study may show that the mood of the participant may discourage the development process of a certain product. The participants with a neutral mood state may provide an unbiased review of the product concept. Results may eventually help in improving the process of usability testing. There will no monetary compensation for this study, which will take only one session of about an hour or less. The study will take place in 530 Whittemore Hall. If you have any questions about the study or want to participate, contact Gurjot Singh Dhillon.

9. INVITATION TO SURVEY PARTICIPATION ON ETHNIC FOODS AND CHOCOLATE – 3rd posting

You are invited to participate in a survey regarding demographics, consumption habits, purchasing habits, and interest in ethnic foods and chocolate. The survey consists of 25 questions and requires approximately 15 minutes to complete. The information you provide will be used in the development of a new food product by the VT Food Science and Technology Product Development Team. If you are interested in participating, please complete the questionnaire. Contact Renee Felice at felicer@vt.edu with any questions. 

10. FOCUS GROUPS FOR PARENTS & CHILDREN ABOUT SNACK FOODS – 3rd posting
You and your child are invited to participate in two focus group session to help develop nutritious snack foods for kids. Parents with children between the ages of 5-10 are eligible. Children must be accompanied by at least one parent or guardian. The focus group sessions will be held (1) Dec 2, 4-5:30 (complete questionnaire and participate in group discussion while children meet in separate group to discuss food products and Disney characters) and (2) Feb 10, 4-5pm (parents and children will try yogurt and fruit based snacks; after tasting, children and parents will separate and discuss with the researchers their likes and dislikes about the products sampled) in classroom 132 in the Food Science and Technology Building (on corner of Duck Pond Dr and Washington St). The first session will last 90 min and the second session will last 60 min. Participants will receive a healthy snack. The focus groups will help with designing and developing a nutritious low-fat dairy and fruit product for kids. If you are interested in participating in both of the focus group sessions, register here. Contact Renee Felice at  with any questions. 

11. UPCOMING EVENTS:

HOLIDAY CARDS FOR THE YOUNG AT HEART
Tuesday, Nov 30, 4:00-7:00pm, GLC Room C
For those in nursing homes, the holidays can often be very lonely and depressing. The GLC Fellows and Interdisciplinary Partnership for Aging (IPA) will co-sponsor a holiday card-making event for local nursing homes. The GLC Fellows will provide card-making materials, food and music. If you wish to contribute a card but can’t make the session, please bring the card to Lauren Surface in the Graduate School (110 GLC).  For more information, contact Eric Hodges at hodgeseb@vt.edu.

MUSIC DONATION & PAJAMA DANCE
Friday, Dec 3, 7:30-8:30pm (lessons), 8:30pm-12:00am (dance), Y Ctr on 1000 N Main
SVSDS and Solely Swing are inviting all the graduate students to attend this fun dance event. Admission: Looking for music donations in the form either iTunes gift cards or pressed CDs in lieu of the regular $3 members/$5 non-members fee. This message is posted on behalf of grad student Matt Bays.

November 15-21, 2010

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. INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION WEEK (IEW)
Monday-Friday, Nov 15-19, locations vary
November 15-19 is International Education Week! Student organizations and departments have worked together to compile several fun, educational, and exciting events to celebrate international education for this week. View the schedule and details here.

3. VT ON-CAMPUS FARMERS MARKET
Monday, Nov 15, 11:00-3:00pm, GLC Plaza
Stop by for an on-campus showcase of baked goods, produce, crafts and more. Learn about the delicious local foods the market has to offer to campus and the community.

4. INTRO TO CHINESE CALLIGRAPHY & PAINTING
Monday, Nov 15, 5:30-7:00pm, GLC Room C
Learn the basic strokes of calligraphy with the bamboo brush, ink, xuan paper, and inkstone as well as the "Four Gentlemen" in Chinese painting: plum blossom, orchid, bamboo, and chrysanthemum. All materials will be provided. This event is part of the IEW celebrations.

5. CELEBRATE IEW WITH ZUMBA
Tuesday, Nov 16, 5:00-6:00pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
Shake, Shimmy, Slide, Pop…join fellow graduate students for ZUMBA!! This one hour class full of international dance moves is free. Contact Nicole Engel, nme001@vt.edu for more information. This event is part of the IEW celebrations.

6. SHORT COURSES IN STATISTICS: USING R FOR YOUR BASIC STATISTICAL NEEDS
Monday and Tuesday, Nov 15-16, 5:00-7:00pm, 3060 Torg
These two-hour courses teach practical statistical techniques for analyzing or collecting data. Many statistical practitioners prefer JMP, SPSS, and Minitab to R and SAS because using the latter two requires learning a computer software language instead of point and click interface. However, the point and click interface programs tend to be more limited in the kinds of analyses that they can handle. The key to successful coding in R (and SAS) means being comfortable with reading the help files. I this session participants will go through several simple data analysis examples (e.g. t-test) from start to finish. For example, for a t-test will first import the data, graph it to make sure a t-test is appropriate, look up what function in R does a t-test, what options there are when doing the analysis, etc. Register or learn more. Refreshments provided at the end of each short course.  LISA also provides free statistical collaboration and consulting: the LISA website to schedule an appointment. Free daily walk-in consulting service is available from 12-2pm in 401 Hutcheson Hall.

7. LAUGHING WITH FIROOZEH DUMAS

Tuesday, Nov 16, 7:00pm, GLC Auditorium
Author Firoozeh Dumas will discuss cultural differences and her personal way of dealing with them while growing up as an Iranian in America. Her best selling book, Funny in Farsi, was created as a sitcom by ABC but was not selected. Dumas latest book, Laughing Without an Accent, was published in 2008. Event is co-sponsored by CISO, Multicultural Programs and Services (MPS), and Women and Gender Studies (WGS). This event is part of the IEW celebrations.

8. CHAND RAAT FESTIVAL
Wednesday, Nov 17, 6:30-9:00pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
Throughout South Asia, Chand Raat is a time of celebration where families and friends gather together to celebrate the coming of Eid. Cities and homes are decorated with lights, and women and girls decorate their hands with henna. Enjoy food from Taaza, dance to cultural music and a concert by fellow students, and decorate yourself with henna at this fun-filled celebration! Co-sponsored by the Pakistani Student Alliance, GLC Resident Fellows, and the Council of International Student Organizations (CISO). This event is part of the IEW celebrations.

9. BELLY DANCE WITH HILL AND VEIL: DANCE WORKSHOP

Thursday, Nov 18, 6:30-8:00pm, GLC Room F
This is the last event for the Fall Women and Wellness HealthCARE (Healthy Consumption, Attitudes, Relationships and Exercise) series. Belly dance is a fun way to relieve stress and become more comfortable in your own skin.  It’s something that anyone can learn with time and practice! Join for fun, community, and exercise. This event is co-sponsored by the Women’s Center, the GSA and the Graduate School. Registration is required.

10. NEW RESOURCE WEBSITE LAUNCHED FOR STUDENT VETERANS
On Veterans’ Day, Nov 11, the VT Center for Academic Enrichment and Excellence, in collaboration with the College of Engineering and the Graduate School, launched a new website for student and employee veterans at Virginia Tech to help veterans transition from military service to successful academic and civilian careers.  A virtual “one-stop shop,” the website provides information and links to university and community resources in the areas of academics, finances, health, and work-life balance, among others. Feedback is welcome. Please contact Dr. Karen Sanders with questions or comments at 540/231-5499.

11. CITIZEN SCHOLAR APPLICATIONS INVITED

Have you used your research to benefit society in any way? If so, consider applying for the Citizen Scholar award.  If not, consider designing a Citizen Scholar project! Learn more about program requirements.   Applications are due December 2.  For more information, email Eric Hodges.

12. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR RESEARCH PROJECT
ImADiva is a program designed to provide better understanding of how to increase physical activity in college black women. Individuals who meet the following criteria are sought: Black women between the ages of 18-25, English speaking, enrolled in 3 credit hrs at VT, no physician contraction towards physical activity, and not pregnant or planning to become pregnant. This research will be conducted through the Translational Obesity Research Program of the Department of Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise. There is an opportunity to receive compensation for your participation! For more information or if interested in participating, please contact Kacie Allen by Nov 18.

13. INVITATION TO SURVEY PARTICIPATION ON ETHNIC FOODS AND CHOCOLATE – 2nd posting
You are invited to participate in a survey regarding demographics, consumption habits, purchasing habits, and interest in ethnic foods and chocolate. The survey consists of 25 questions and requires approximately 15 minutes to complete. The information you provide will be used in the development of a new food product by the VT Food Science and Technology Product Development Team. If you are interested in participating, please complete the questionnaire. Contact Renee Felice with any questions. 

14. FOCUS GROUPS FOR PARENTS & CHILDREN ABOUT SNACK FOODS – 2nd posting
You and your child are invited to participate in two focus group session to help develop nutritious snack foods for kids. Parents with children between the ages of 5-10 are eligible. Children must be accompanied by at least one parent or guardian. The focus group sessions will be held (1) Dec 2, 4-5:30 (complete questionnaire and participate in group discussion while children meet in separate group to discuss food products and Disney characters) and (2) Feb 10, 4-5pm (parents and children will try yogurt and fruit based snacks; after tasting, children and parents will separate and discuss with the researchers their likes and dislikes about the products sampled) in classroom 132 in the Food Science and Technology Building (on corner of Duck Pond Dr and Washington St). The first session will last 90 min and the second session will last 60 min. Participants will receive a healthy snack. The focus groups will help with designing and developing a nutritious low-fat dairy and fruit product for kids. If you are interested in participating in both of the focus group sessions, register here. Contact Renee Felice with any questions.

15. GRA OPENING IN VTTI – 3rd posting
The Virginia Tech Transportation Institution (VTTI) has an opening for a 12-m GRA starting Jan 2011. The ideal candidate has strong skill sets in vehicle dynamics, signal processing, programming, and technical writing. Master’s and doctoral students in ME, ESM or related disciplines with relevant interests and skills are encouraged to apply. Responsibilities include: 1) conducting comprehensive literature review on project-relevant materials, 2) defining methods to achieve objectives of development cycles, 3) programming and software development, and 4) composing technical documents for software modules. Must have demonstrated proficiency in producing quality technical documents and the ability to communicate research results clearly and effectively.  Strong programming background in MATLAB and/or other scripting languages required.  Coursework or research experience in vehicle dynamics is preferred. If interested, email a resume and cover letter to Leslie Harwood by Nov 30.  Interviews will be conducted by mid-December.

16. THEATRE & CINEMA BLOG NOW AVAILABLE

Jon Catherwood, MFA student in the VT School of Performing Arts and Cinema invites you to subscribe to VT’s Department of Theatre & Cinema blog to receive updates no more than once per week. The blog includes interviews with students, faculty, and guest artists; reviews of theatre and cinema events; videos, pics, and links to supplement your experience of theatre and film projects and more.

17. COMMENCEMENT VOLUNTEERS SOUGHT   
The university commencement committee is seeking graduate student volunteers to serve as ushers at the fall commencement ceremonies. If you are interested in serving the university community in this manner, please contact Thomas W. Broyles, or by phone at 540-239-4365.

18. UPCOMING EVENTS:

3.14159265 FEST
Tuesday, Nov 23, 12:00-1:30, GLC
Maybe you are not alone! Or if you are, you won’t be on Nov 23, because Grad School staff will be here too. Stop feeling sorry for yourself and feel sorry for us instead. It will make you feel better, especially since we are throwing in some savory and sweet pies, casseroles and good conversation. Meet other chained-to-their-desks, no-money-for-gas, don’t-celebrate-thanksgiving, hungry-for-a-home-cooked-meal graduate students and grad school staff and enjoy this potluck lunch. Please fill out this quick survey to give us an idea of how many to cook for. Feel free to contribute your own favorite pie(s)!

HOLIDAY CARDS FOR THE YOUNG AT HEART

Tuesday, Nov 30, 4:00-7:00pm, GLC Room C
For those in nursing homes, the holidays can often be very lonely and depressing. The GLC Fellows and Interdisciplinary Partnership for Aging (IPA) will co-sponsor a holiday card-making event for local nursing homes. The GLC Fellows will provide card-making materials, food and music. If you wish to contribute a card but can’t make the session, please bring the card to Lauren Surface in the Graduate School (110 GLC).  For more information, contact Eric Hodges.

MUSIC DONATION & PAJAMA DANCE
Friday, Dec 3, 7:30-8:30pm (lessons), 8:30pm-12:00am (dance), Y Ctr on 1000 N Main
SVSDS and Solely Swing are inviting all the graduate students to attend this fun dance event. Admission: Looking for music donations in the form either iTunes gift cards or pressed CDs in lieu of the regular $3 members/$5 non-members fee. This message is posted on behalf of grad student Matt Bays.

November 15-21, 2010

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. INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION WEEK (IEW)
Monday-Friday, Nov 15-19, locations vary
November 15-19 is International Education Week! Student organizations and departments have worked together to compile several fun, educational, and exciting events to celebrate international education for this week. View the schedule and details here.

3. VT ON-CAMPUS FARMERS MARKET
Monday, Nov 15, 11:00-3:00pm, GLC Plaza
Stop by for an on-campus showcase of baked goods, produce, crafts and more. Learn about the delicious local foods the market has to offer to campus and the community.

4. INTRO TO CHINESE CALLIGRAPHY & PAINTING
Monday, Nov 15, 5:30-7:00pm, GLC Room C
Learn the basic strokes of calligraphy with the bamboo brush, ink, xuan paper, and inkstone as well as the "Four Gentlemen" in Chinese painting: plum blossom, orchid, bamboo, and chrysanthemum. All materials will be provided. This event is part of the IEW celebrations.

5. CELEBRATE IEW WITH ZUMBA
Tuesday, Nov 16, 5:00-6:00pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
Shake, Shimmy, Slide, Pop…join fellow graduate students for ZUMBA!! This one hour class full of international dance moves is free. Contact Nicole Engel, nme001@vt.edu for more information. This event is part of the IEW celebrations.

6. SHORT COURSES IN STATISTICS: USING R FOR YOUR BASIC STATISTICAL NEEDS
Monday and Tuesday, Nov 15-16, 5:00-7:00pm, 3060 Torg
These two-hour courses teach practical statistical techniques for analyzing or collecting data. Many statistical practitioners prefer JMP, SPSS, and Minitab to R and SAS because using the latter two requires learning a computer software language instead of point and click interface. However, the point and click interface programs tend to be more limited in the kinds of analyses that they can handle. The key to successful coding in R (and SAS) means being comfortable with reading the help files. I this session participants will go through several simple data analysis examples (e.g. t-test) from start to finish. For example, for a t-test will first import the data, graph it to make sure a t-test is appropriate, look up what function in R does a t-test, what options there are when doing the analysis, etc. Register or learn more. Refreshments provided at the end of each short course.  LISA also provides free statistical collaboration and consulting: the LISA website to schedule an appointment. Free daily walk-in consulting service is available from 12-2pm in 401 Hutcheson Hall.

7. LAUGHING WITH FIROOZEH DUMAS

Tuesday, Nov 16, 7:00pm, GLC Auditorium
Author Firoozeh Dumas will discuss cultural differences and her personal way of dealing with them while growing up as an Iranian in America. Her best selling book, Funny in Farsi, was created as a sitcom by ABC but was not selected. Dumas latest book, Laughing Without an Accent, was published in 2008. Event is co-sponsored by CISO, Multicultural Programs and Services (MPS), and Women and Gender Studies (WGS). This event is part of the IEW celebrations.

8. CHAND RAAT FESTIVAL
Wednesday, Nov 17, 6:30-9:00pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
Throughout South Asia, Chand Raat is a time of celebration where families and friends gather together to celebrate the coming of Eid. Cities and homes are decorated with lights, and women and girls decorate their hands with henna. Enjoy food from Taaza, dance to cultural music and a concert by fellow students, and decorate yourself with henna at this fun-filled celebration! Co-sponsored by the Pakistani Student Alliance, GLC Resident Fellows, and the Council of International Student Organizations (CISO). This event is part of the IEW celebrations.

9. BELLY DANCE WITH HILL AND VEIL: DANCE WORKSHOP

Thursday, Nov 18, 6:30-8:00pm, GLC Room F
This is the last event for the Fall Women and Wellness HealthCARE (Healthy Consumption, Attitudes, Relationships and Exercise) series. Belly dance is a fun way to relieve stress and become more comfortable in your own skin.  It’s something that anyone can learn with time and practice! Join for fun, community, and exercise. This event is co-sponsored by the Women’s Center, the GSA and the Graduate School. Registration is required.

10. NEW RESOURCE WEBSITE LAUNCHED FOR STUDENT VETERANS
On Veterans’ Day, Nov 11, the VT Center for Academic Enrichment and Excellence, in collaboration with the College of Engineering and the Graduate School, launched a new website for student and employee veterans at Virginia Tech to help veterans transition from military service to successful academic and civilian careers.  A virtual “one-stop shop,” the website provides information and links to university and community resources in the areas of academics, finances, health, and work-life balance, among others. Feedback is welcome. Please contact Dr. Karen Sanders with questions or comments at 540/231-5499.

11. CITIZEN SCHOLAR APPLICATIONS INVITED

Have you used your research to benefit society in any way? If so, consider applying for the Citizen Scholar award.  If not, consider designing a Citizen Scholar project! Learn more about program requirements.   Applications are due December 2.  For more information, email Eric Hodges.

12. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR RESEARCH PROJECT
ImADiva is a program designed to provide better understanding of how to increase physical activity in college black women. Individuals who meet the following criteria are sought: Black women between the ages of 18-25, English speaking, enrolled in 3 credit hrs at VT, no physician contraction towards physical activity, and not pregnant or planning to become pregnant. This research will be conducted through the Translational Obesity Research Program of the Department of Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise. There is an opportunity to receive compensation for your participation! For more information or if interested in participating, please contact Kacie Allen by Nov 18.

13. INVITATION TO SURVEY PARTICIPATION ON ETHNIC FOODS AND CHOCOLATE – 2nd posting
You are invited to participate in a survey regarding demographics, consumption habits, purchasing habits, and interest in ethnic foods and chocolate. The survey consists of 25 questions and requires approximately 15 minutes to complete. The information you provide will be used in the development of a new food product by the VT Food Science and Technology Product Development Team. If you are interested in participating, please complete the questionnaire. Contact Renee Felice with any questions. 

14. FOCUS GROUPS FOR PARENTS & CHILDREN ABOUT SNACK FOODS – 2nd posting
You and your child are invited to participate in two focus group session to help develop nutritious snack foods for kids. Parents with children between the ages of 5-10 are eligible. Children must be accompanied by at least one parent or guardian. The focus group sessions will be held (1) Dec 2, 4-5:30 (complete questionnaire and participate in group discussion while children meet in separate group to discuss food products and Disney characters) and (2) Feb 10, 4-5pm (parents and children will try yogurt and fruit based snacks; after tasting, children and parents will separate and discuss with the researchers their likes and dislikes about the products sampled) in classroom 132 in the Food Science and Technology Building (on corner of Duck Pond Dr and Washington St). The first session will last 90 min and the second session will last 60 min. Participants will receive a healthy snack. The focus groups will help with designing and developing a nutritious low-fat dairy and fruit product for kids. If you are interested in participating in both of the focus group sessions, register here. Contact Renee Felice with any questions.

15. GRA OPENING IN VTTI – 3rd posting
The Virginia Tech Transportation Institution (VTTI) has an opening for a 12-m GRA starting Jan 2011. The ideal candidate has strong skill sets in vehicle dynamics, signal processing, programming, and technical writing. Master’s and doctoral students in ME, ESM or related disciplines with relevant interests and skills are encouraged to apply. Responsibilities include: 1) conducting comprehensive literature review on project-relevant materials, 2) defining methods to achieve objectives of development cycles, 3) programming and software development, and 4) composing technical documents for software modules. Must have demonstrated proficiency in producing quality technical documents and the ability to communicate research results clearly and effectively.  Strong programming background in MATLAB and/or other scripting languages required.  Coursework or research experience in vehicle dynamics is preferred. If interested, email a resume and cover letter to Leslie Harwood by Nov 30.  Interviews will be conducted by mid-December.

16. THEATRE & CINEMA BLOG NOW AVAILABLE

Jon Catherwood, MFA student in the VT School of Performing Arts and Cinema invites you to subscribe to VT’s Department of Theatre & Cinema blog to receive updates no more than once per week. The blog includes interviews with students, faculty, and guest artists; reviews of theatre and cinema events; videos, pics, and links to supplement your experience of theatre and film projects and more.

17. COMMENCEMENT VOLUNTEERS SOUGHT   
The university commencement committee is seeking graduate student volunteers to serve as ushers at the fall commencement ceremonies. If you are interested in serving the university community in this manner, please contact Thomas W. Broyles, or by phone at 540-239-4365.

18. UPCOMING EVENTS:

3.14159265 FEST
Tuesday, Nov 23, 12:00-1:30, GLC
Maybe you are not alone! Or if you are, you won’t be on Nov 23, because Grad School staff will be here too. Stop feeling sorry for yourself and feel sorry for us instead. It will make you feel better, especially since we are throwing in some savory and sweet pies, casseroles and good conversation. Meet other chained-to-their-desks, no-money-for-gas, don’t-celebrate-thanksgiving, hungry-for-a-home-cooked-meal graduate students and grad school staff and enjoy this potluck lunch. Please fill out this quick survey to give us an idea of how many to cook for. Feel free to contribute your own favorite pie(s)!

HOLIDAY CARDS FOR THE YOUNG AT HEART

Tuesday, Nov 30, 4:00-7:00pm, GLC Room C
For those in nursing homes, the holidays can often be very lonely and depressing. The GLC Fellows and Interdisciplinary Partnership for Aging (IPA) will co-sponsor a holiday card-making event for local nursing homes. The GLC Fellows will provide card-making materials, food and music. If you wish to contribute a card but can’t make the session, please bring the card to Lauren Surface in the Graduate School (110 GLC).  For more information, contact Eric Hodges.

MUSIC DONATION & PAJAMA DANCE
Friday, Dec 3, 7:30-8:30pm (lessons), 8:30pm-12:00am (dance), Y Ctr on 1000 N Main
SVSDS and Solely Swing are inviting all the graduate students to attend this fun dance event. Admission: Looking for music donations in the form either iTunes gift cards or pressed CDs in lieu of the regular $3 members/$5 non-members fee. This message is posted on behalf of grad student Matt Bays.

November 8-14, 2010

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. GLC SPECIAL EDITION WATER BOTTLES – HERE IS YOUR CHANCE TO GET ONE!
On Friday, Nov 5, the Graduate School celebrated the 5-year anniversary of the opening of the GLC with cake, cider, awards and more, including special edition water bottles for those in attendance. If you can find yourself in any of the photos posted in the GLC, you may also get a water bottle! This offer is valid only this week and as long as supplies last.

3. SHORT COURSES IN STATISTICS: INTRODUCTION TO JMP

Monday and Tuesday, Nov 8-9, 5:00-7:00pm, 3060 Torg
This short course provides an introduction to SAS statistical software for people who have little or no experience using SAS. The course will be broken down into 3 sections: (1) introduction to SAS datasets and the process of importing data into SAS (2) overview of the procedures that can be used to summarize the datasets, such as descriptive statistics, plots, and frequency tables (3) common procedures used for statistical analysis, including correlation, association, ANOVA, linear regression, and logistic regression. 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. Register and to learn more. Refreshments provided at the end of each short course.  Remaining schedule and topics:
Nov 15 & 16: *Using R for Your Basic Statistical Needs;

4. WOMENS’ HEALTH AND WELLNESS SERIES: BREATHWORKS WITH ANNA PITTMAN
Monday, Nov 8, 6:30-8:00pm, GLC Room D
Breathworks is a healing modality designed to bring the nervous system back into relaxation. Breath is directly affected by stress, emotional distress, anxiety and chronic worry, yet these conditions are changeable with simple tools. This workshop is designed to introduce one breathing technique and one mindfulness technique.  Combined, the participant should walk away with a life tool that could mean the difference between experiencing struggle or joy. Co-sponsored by the Women’s Center and the Graduate School. Contact Sharbari Dey with any questions.

5. STUDENT VOICES: STORIES OF STUDENT VETERANS AT VT

Tuesday, Nov 9, 5:30-7:00pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
A panel of VT student veterans will bring to light important issues and concerns that student veterans face when entering or resuming their college studies. This event is part of the Principles of Community Speaker Series, developed to provide the campus community more frequent facilitated interactions and dialog concerning diversity issues at VT. The series is sponsored by the Office for Diversity and Inclusion and the Center for Instructional Development and Educational Research.

6. VT STAND PRESENTS: VALENTINO ACHAK DENG
Tuesday, Nov 9, 7:00pm, GLC Auditorium
The Virginia Tech STAND Chapter, in conjunction with many other departments and student organizations, will host distinguished speaker Valentino Achak Deng, one of the Sudanese "Lost Boys," who will talk about his experiences in Sudan at the outbreak of the second Civil War (1983-2005) and as a refugee within Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, and finally the United Sates.

7. BGSO GENERAL BODY MEETING: NAVIGATING DEPARTMENTAL POLITICS

Tuesday, Nov 9, 7:15-8:30pm, Black Cultural Center, Squires
A crucial part of graduate school is learning how departmental politics and networking impact your graduate experience. The panel consists of influential faculty and staff members of the university and "senior" graduate students who will provide tips, and share experiences on how to successfully (or unsuccessfully!) navigate departmental politics.

8. HBCU CONNECT LUNCH

Wednesday, Nov 10, 12:00-1:30pm, Room C in the GLC
The Graduate School’s Office of Recruitment and Diversity Initiatives is hosting a lunch for graduates of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU).  Have lunch, meet and greet fellow HBCU grads and faculty and visit with the Graduate School deans.  This is also an opportunity to share ideas and discuss issues relating to the African-American community at Virginia Tech. RSVP here. For information contact Dannette Gomez Beane.

9. WORKING MOMS’ BROWN BAG LUNCH
Wednesday, Nov 10, 12:00-1:00pm, GLC Room G
Join this informal support network for students, staff, and faculty that provides an opportunity for working mothers to get together and support one another as they try to balance family with school and/or work. Contact Christine Dennis Smith in the Women’s Center if you have any questions.

10. WRITING YOUR CURRICULUM VITAE
Wednesday, Nov 10, 5:30-6:30pm, GLC Room F
Having a well-constructed and informative Curriculum Vita (CV) is an important first step in your academic job search. Whether you are searching for a faculty position or a post-doc opportunity, a CV will be required. Attend this seminar to learn the basics of CV construction or tips on how to polish your current version. Contact Amy McPherson if you have any questions.

11. ETD WORKSHOP SERIES: GRAD SCHOOL REVIEW OF YOUR ETD
Wednesday, Nov 10, 7:00-8:00pm, GLC Room G
Learn more about what the Graduate School does with your ETD after you submit it: what items are checked, what is the timeline of the submission process, what you might need to do if corrections are needed. Contact Janice Austin if you have any questions about this program.

12. 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.

13. GSA HEALTH INSURANCE SURVEY AND OPEN FORUM

Thursday, Nov 11, 5:00-6:00pm, GLC Room F
The GSA Health Care Committee invites you to fill out a brief survey about the new Request for Proposals for potential health insurance vendors. Survey results will be used to guide the discussion at the Open Forum; the forum will focus solely on the issues raised by the survey questions. Please fill out the survey and participate in the forum. For any questions, please contact Akiko Nakamura.

14. 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.

15. GETTING STARTED IN A FACULTY CAREER: PERSPECTIVES FROM TEACHING & RESEARCH UNIVERSITIES
Friday, Nov 12, 12:00pm–1:30pm, GLC Room F
Are you are interested in pursuing a faculty career and would like to learn more about working at different types of institutions?  Please join our panelists for a discussion of strategies for success that will allow ample time for questions from the audience.  Panelists are Dr. Olga Pierrakos, Assistant Professor, Engineering, James Madison University; Dr. Morgan Wilson, Associate Professor and Head, Biology, Hollins University; and Dr. Julie Dunsmore, Associate Professor, Psychology, Virginia Tech.  AdvanceVT Graduate Student Lunch Seminars are designed to help graduate students prepare for careers in academe.  All graduate students and postdocs are welcome, and lunch is provided.  To register, click on this link by November 10.

16. 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.

17. BGSO COMMUNITY EVENT: REV. DR. LISA TABOR’S BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION

Sunday, Nov 14, 2:00-6:00pm, Saint Paul AME, 102 Penn St SE, Bburg
The Black Graduate Student Organization invites you to remember Rev.Dr. Lisa Tabor, a former graduate student and member of the community, and celebrate her life and legacy as a person of solace. If you would like to submit reflections on how Lisa positively impacted your life, please do so here  by Nov 9. These reflections  may be included in the BGSO newsletter and during the celebration. You may submit you reflections anonymously if you choose. Contact Kenya L. King at klking@vt.edu if you have any questions.

18. CONNECT WITH THE GLC FELLOWS ON FACEBOOK

Three GLC Fellows reside in the GLC and organize programs and activities for GLC residents and the graduate student population in general. You can follow their efforts or submit programming ideas and requests on Facebook. Become their fan on Facebook.

19. CITIZEN SCHOLAR APPLICATIONS INVITED
Have you used your research to benefit society in any way? If so, consider applying for the Citizen Scholar award.  If not, consider designing a Citizen Scholar project! Program requirements are described on the CSE website.  Applications are due December 2.  For more information, email Eric Hodges at hodgeseb@vt.edu.

20. INVITATION TO SURVEY PARTICIPATION ON ETHNIC FOODS AND CHOCOLATE – 1st posting
You are invited to participate in a survey regarding demographics, consumption habits, purchasing habits, and interest in ethnic foods and chocolate. The survey consists of 25 questions and requires approximately 15 minutes to complete. The information you provide will be used in the development of a new food product by the VT Food Science and Technology Product Development Team. If you are interested in participating, please complete the questionnaire. Contact Renee Felice at felicer@vt.edu with any questions. 

21. FOCUS GROUPS FOR PARENTS & CHILDREN ABOUT SNACK FOODS – 1st posting
You and your child are invited to participate in two focus group session to help develop nutritious snack foods for kids. Parents with children between the ages of 5-10 are eligible. Children must be accompanied by at least one parent or guardian. The focus group sessions will be held (1) Dec 2, 4-5:30 (complete questionnaire and participate in group discussion while children meet in separate group to discuss food products and Disney characters) and (2) Feb 10, 4-5pm (parents and children will try yogurt and fruit based snacks; after tasting, children and parents will separate and discuss with the researchers their likes and dislikes about the products sampled) in classroom 132 in the Food Science and Technology Building (on corner of Duck Pond Dr and Washington St). The first session will last 90 min and the second session will last 60 min. Participants will receive a healthy snack. The focus groups will help with designing and developing a nutritious low-fat dairy and fruit product for kids. If you are interested in participating in both of the focus group sessions, register here. Contact Renee Felice with any questions. 

22. GRA OPENING IN VTTI – 2nd posting

The Virginia Tech Transportation Institution (VTTI) has an opening for a 12-m GRA starting Jan 2011. The ideal candidate has strong skill sets in vehicle dynamics, signal processing, programming, and technical writing. Master’s and doctoral students in ME, ESM or related disciplines with relevant interests and skills are encouraged to apply. Responsibilities include: 1) conducting comprehensive literature review on project-relevant materials, 2) defining methods to achieve objectives of development cycles, 3) programming and software development, and 4) composing technical documents for software modules. Must have demonstrated proficiency in producing quality technical documents and the ability to communicate research results clearly and effectively.  Strong programming background in MATLAB and/or other scripting languages required.  Coursework or research experience in vehicle dynamics is preferred. If interested, email a resume and cover letter to Leslie Harwood by Nov 30.  Interviews will be conducted by mid-December.

23. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR BIOMECHANICS STUDY – 3rd posting
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

24. BROADBAND MAPPING: BE A PART OF HISTORY – 3rd posting

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, 231-2270.

25. UPCOMING EVENTS:

INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION WEEK
Monday-Friday, Nov 15-19, locations vary
November 15-19 is International Education Week! Student organizations and departments have worked together to compile several fun, educational, and exciting events to celebrate international education  for this week. View the schedule and details at www.graduateschool.vt.edu/iew.

November 8-14, 2010

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. GLC SPECIAL EDITION WATER BOTTLES – HERE IS YOUR CHANCE TO GET ONE!
On Friday, Nov 5, the Graduate School celebrated the 5-year anniversary of the opening of the GLC with cake, cider, awards and more, including special edition water bottles for those in attendance. If you can find yourself in any of the photos posted in the GLC, you may also get a water bottle! This offer is valid only this week and as long as supplies last.

3. SHORT COURSES IN STATISTICS: INTRODUCTION TO JMP

Monday and Tuesday, Nov 8-9, 5:00-7:00pm, 3060 Torg
This short course provides an introduction to SAS statistical software for people who have little or no experience using SAS. The course will be broken down into 3 sections: (1) introduction to SAS datasets and the process of importing data into SAS (2) overview of the procedures that can be used to summarize the datasets, such as descriptive statistics, plots, and frequency tables (3) common procedures used for statistical analysis, including correlation, association, ANOVA, linear regression, and logistic regression. 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. Register and to learn more. Refreshments provided at the end of each short course.  Remaining schedule and topics:
Nov 15 & 16: *Using R for Your Basic Statistical Needs;

4. WOMENS’ HEALTH AND WELLNESS SERIES: BREATHWORKS WITH ANNA PITTMAN
Monday, Nov 8, 6:30-8:00pm, GLC Room D
Breathworks is a healing modality designed to bring the nervous system back into relaxation. Breath is directly affected by stress, emotional distress, anxiety and chronic worry, yet these conditions are changeable with simple tools. This workshop is designed to introduce one breathing technique and one mindfulness technique.  Combined, the participant should walk away with a life tool that could mean the difference between experiencing struggle or joy. Co-sponsored by the Women’s Center and the Graduate School. Contact Sharbari Dey with any questions.

5. STUDENT VOICES: STORIES OF STUDENT VETERANS AT VT

Tuesday, Nov 9, 5:30-7:00pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
A panel of VT student veterans will bring to light important issues and concerns that student veterans face when entering or resuming their college studies. This event is part of the Principles of Community Speaker Series, developed to provide the campus community more frequent facilitated interactions and dialog concerning diversity issues at VT. The series is sponsored by the Office for Diversity and Inclusion and the Center for Instructional Development and Educational Research.

6. VT STAND PRESENTS: VALENTINO ACHAK DENG
Tuesday, Nov 9, 7:00pm, GLC Auditorium
The Virginia Tech STAND Chapter, in conjunction with many other departments and student organizations, will host distinguished speaker Valentino Achak Deng, one of the Sudanese "Lost Boys," who will talk about his experiences in Sudan at the outbreak of the second Civil War (1983-2005) and as a refugee within Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, and finally the United Sates.

7. BGSO GENERAL BODY MEETING: NAVIGATING DEPARTMENTAL POLITICS

Tuesday, Nov 9, 7:15-8:30pm, Black Cultural Center, Squires
A crucial part of graduate school is learning how departmental politics and networking impact your graduate experience. The panel consists of influential faculty and staff members of the university and "senior" graduate students who will provide tips, and share experiences on how to successfully (or unsuccessfully!) navigate departmental politics.

8. HBCU CONNECT LUNCH

Wednesday, Nov 10, 12:00-1:30pm, Room C in the GLC
The Graduate School’s Office of Recruitment and Diversity Initiatives is hosting a lunch for graduates of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU).  Have lunch, meet and greet fellow HBCU grads and faculty and visit with the Graduate School deans.  This is also an opportunity to share ideas and discuss issues relating to the African-American community at Virginia Tech. RSVP here. For information contact Dannette Gomez Beane.

9. WORKING MOMS’ BROWN BAG LUNCH
Wednesday, Nov 10, 12:00-1:00pm, GLC Room G
Join this informal support network for students, staff, and faculty that provides an opportunity for working mothers to get together and support one another as they try to balance family with school and/or work. Contact Christine Dennis Smith in the Women’s Center if you have any questions.

10. WRITING YOUR CURRICULUM VITAE
Wednesday, Nov 10, 5:30-6:30pm, GLC Room F
Having a well-constructed and informative Curriculum Vita (CV) is an important first step in your academic job search. Whether you are searching for a faculty position or a post-doc opportunity, a CV will be required. Attend this seminar to learn the basics of CV construction or tips on how to polish your current version. Contact Amy McPherson if you have any questions.

11. ETD WORKSHOP SERIES: GRAD SCHOOL REVIEW OF YOUR ETD
Wednesday, Nov 10, 7:00-8:00pm, GLC Room G
Learn more about what the Graduate School does with your ETD after you submit it: what items are checked, what is the timeline of the submission process, what you might need to do if corrections are needed. Contact Janice Austin if you have any questions about this program.

12. 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.

13. GSA HEALTH INSURANCE SURVEY AND OPEN FORUM

Thursday, Nov 11, 5:00-6:00pm, GLC Room F
The GSA Health Care Committee invites you to fill out a brief survey about the new Request for Proposals for potential health insurance vendors. Survey results will be used to guide the discussion at the Open Forum; the forum will focus solely on the issues raised by the survey questions. Please fill out the survey and participate in the forum. For any questions, please contact Akiko Nakamura.

14. 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.

15. GETTING STARTED IN A FACULTY CAREER: PERSPECTIVES FROM TEACHING & RESEARCH UNIVERSITIES
Friday, Nov 12, 12:00pm–1:30pm, GLC Room F
Are you are interested in pursuing a faculty career and would like to learn more about working at different types of institutions?  Please join our panelists for a discussion of strategies for success that will allow ample time for questions from the audience.  Panelists are Dr. Olga Pierrakos, Assistant Professor, Engineering, James Madison University; Dr. Morgan Wilson, Associate Professor and Head, Biology, Hollins University; and Dr. Julie Dunsmore, Associate Professor, Psychology, Virginia Tech.  AdvanceVT Graduate Student Lunch Seminars are designed to help graduate students prepare for careers in academe.  All graduate students and postdocs are welcome, and lunch is provided.  To register, click on this link by November 10.

16. 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.

17. BGSO COMMUNITY EVENT: REV. DR. LISA TABOR’S BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION

Sunday, Nov 14, 2:00-6:00pm, Saint Paul AME, 102 Penn St SE, Bburg
The Black Graduate Student Organization invites you to remember Rev.Dr. Lisa Tabor, a former graduate student and member of the community, and celebrate her life and legacy as a person of solace. If you would like to submit reflections on how Lisa positively impacted your life, please do so here  by Nov 9. These reflections  may be included in the BGSO newsletter and during the celebration. You may submit you reflections anonymously if you choose. Contact Kenya L. King at klking@vt.edu if you have any questions.

18. CONNECT WITH THE GLC FELLOWS ON FACEBOOK

Three GLC Fellows reside in the GLC and organize programs and activities for GLC residents and the graduate student population in general. You can follow their efforts or submit programming ideas and requests on Facebook. Become their fan on Facebook.

19. CITIZEN SCHOLAR APPLICATIONS INVITED
Have you used your research to benefit society in any way? If so, consider applying for the Citizen Scholar award.  If not, consider designing a Citizen Scholar project! Program requirements are described on the CSE website.  Applications are due December 2.  For more information, email Eric Hodges at hodgeseb@vt.edu.

20. INVITATION TO SURVEY PARTICIPATION ON ETHNIC FOODS AND CHOCOLATE – 1st posting
You are invited to participate in a survey regarding demographics, consumption habits, purchasing habits, and interest in ethnic foods and chocolate. The survey consists of 25 questions and requires approximately 15 minutes to complete. The information you provide will be used in the development of a new food product by the VT Food Science and Technology Product Development Team. If you are interested in participating, please complete the questionnaire. Contact Renee Felice at felicer@vt.edu with any questions. 

21. FOCUS GROUPS FOR PARENTS & CHILDREN ABOUT SNACK FOODS – 1st posting
You and your child are invited to participate in two focus group session to help develop nutritious snack foods for kids. Parents with children between the ages of 5-10 are eligible. Children must be accompanied by at least one parent or guardian. The focus group sessions will be held (1) Dec 2, 4-5:30 (complete questionnaire and participate in group discussion while children meet in separate group to discuss food products and Disney characters) and (2) Feb 10, 4-5pm (parents and children will try yogurt and fruit based snacks; after tasting, children and parents will separate and discuss with the researchers their likes and dislikes about the products sampled) in classroom 132 in the Food Science and Technology Building (on corner of Duck Pond Dr and Washington St). The first session will last 90 min and the second session will last 60 min. Participants will receive a healthy snack. The focus groups will help with designing and developing a nutritious low-fat dairy and fruit product for kids. If you are interested in participating in both of the focus group sessions, register here. Contact Renee Felice with any questions. 

22. GRA OPENING IN VTTI – 2nd posting

The Virginia Tech Transportation Institution (VTTI) has an opening for a 12-m GRA starting Jan 2011. The ideal candidate has strong skill sets in vehicle dynamics, signal processing, programming, and technical writing. Master’s and doctoral students in ME, ESM or related disciplines with relevant interests and skills are encouraged to apply. Responsibilities include: 1) conducting comprehensive literature review on project-relevant materials, 2) defining methods to achieve objectives of development cycles, 3) programming and software development, and 4) composing technical documents for software modules. Must have demonstrated proficiency in producing quality technical documents and the ability to communicate research results clearly and effectively.  Strong programming background in MATLAB and/or other scripting languages required.  Coursework or research experience in vehicle dynamics is preferred. If interested, email a resume and cover letter to Leslie Harwood by Nov 30.  Interviews will be conducted by mid-December.

23. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR BIOMECHANICS STUDY – 3rd posting
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

24. BROADBAND MAPPING: BE A PART OF HISTORY – 3rd posting

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, 231-2270.

25. UPCOMING EVENTS:

INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION WEEK
Monday-Friday, Nov 15-19, locations vary
November 15-19 is International Education Week! Student organizations and departments have worked together to compile several fun, educational, and exciting events to celebrate international education  for this week. View the schedule and details at www.graduateschool.vt.edu/iew.

November 1-7, 2010

1. WEEKLY SERVICES IN THE GLC

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

2. SHORT COURSES IN STATISTICS: INTRODUCTION TO JMP
Monday, Nov 1, 5:00-7:00pm, 3060 Torg
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. Remaining schedule and topics:

  • Tuesday, 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.

3. 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.

4. 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. Questions? Please contact Jay Pembridge.

5. NETWORKING: THE BACKBONE OF YOUR JOB SEARCH
Wednesday, Nov 3, 5:30pm, GLC Room G
Networking. You’ve heard the word and possibly even know what it means – but are you using this essential job search skill appropriately – or at all? Attend this session to demystify networking and learn the basics of how to get started. This program is brought to you by Career Services. Contact Amy McPherson, amcphers@vt.edu with any questions.

6. 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 to schedule your audition or if you have any questions.

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. GLC 5-YR CELEBRATION
Friday, Nov 5, 2:00-4:00pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
You are invited to the 5-year celebration of the opening of the GLC. The program will include displays depicting the 5-year history of the GLC in pictures and words, photo and art by current graduate students, a “dream wall” to envision the future of the GLC, cake and refreshments, remarks by Dean Karen DePauw, and awards to GLC contributors and students. Learn more and test your knowledge about the GLC. Please let us know if you are planning to attend by completing the survey here.

9. 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.

10. CONNECT WITH THE GLC FELLOWS ON FACEBOOK
Three GLC Fellows reside in the GLC and organize programs and activities for GLC residents and the graduate student population in general. You can follow their efforts or submit programming ideas and requests on Facebook. Become their fan!

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

12. FITNESS MID-TERM SPECIAL
Rec Sports’ group exercise passes are now 50% off from now until the end
of the semester. Now is your chance to get a pass and head to a class to help reduce your mid-term stress, increase your concentration and make some new friends.  Learn more about this offer and other Rec Sports events and services.

13. GRA OPENING IN VTTI – 1st posting
The Virginia Tech Transportation Institution (VTTI) has an opening for a 12-m GRA starting Jan 2011. The ideal candidate has strong skill sets in vehicle dynamics, signal processing, programming, and technical writing. Master’s and doctoral students in ME, ESM or related disciplines with relevant interests and skills are encouraged to apply. Responsibilities include: 1) conducting comprehensive literature review on project-relevant materials, 2) defining methods to achieve objectives of development cycles, 3) programming and software development, and 4) composing technical documents for software modules.  Must have demonstrated proficiency in producing quality technical documents and the ability to communicate research results clearly and effectively.  Strong programming background in MATLAB and/or other scripting languages required.  Coursework or research experience in vehicle dynamics is preferred. If interested, email a resume and cover letter to Leslie Harwood, lharwood@vtti.vt.edu by Nov 30.  Interviews will be conducted by mid-December.

14. GRADUATE RESEARCH ASSISTANTSHIP OPPORTUNITY – 3rd 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 and is paid for by the grant. 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 Dec. More information >> .

15. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR BIOMECHANICS STUDY – 2nd posting
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 – 2nd posting
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. CALL FOR GRDP REVIEWERS – 3rd 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).

18. UPCOMING EVENTS:

WOMENS’ HEALTH AND WELLNESS SERIES: BREATHWORKS WITH ANNA PITTMAN
Monday, Nov 8, 6:30-8:00pm, GLC Room D
Breathworks is a healing modality designed to bring the nervous system back into relaxation. Breath is directly affected by stress, emotional distress, anxiety and chronic worry, yet these conditions are changeable with simple tools. This workshop is designed to introduce one breathing technique and one mindfulness technique.  Combined, the participant should walk away with a life tool that could mean the difference between experiencing struggle or joy. Co-sponsored by the Women’s Center and the Graduate School. Contact Sharbari Dey with any questions, sharbari@vt.edu.

STUDENT VOICES: STORIES OF STUDENT VETERANS AT VT
Tuesday, Nov 9, 5:30-7:00pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
A panel of VT student veterans will bring to light important issues and concerns that student veterans face when entering or resuming their college studies. This event is part of the Principles of Community Speaker Series, developed to provide the campus community more frequent facilitated interactions and dialog concerning diversity issues at VT. The series is sponsored by the Office for Diversity and Inclusion and the Center for Instructional Development and Educational Research, http://www.cider.vt.edu/.

VT STAND PRESENTS: VALENTINO ACHAK DENG
Tuesday, Nov 9, 7:00pm, GLC Auditorium
The Virginia Tech STAND Chapter, in conjunction with many other departments and student organizations, will host distinguished speaker Valentino Achak Deng, one of the Sudanese "Lost Boys," who will talk about his experiences in Sudan at the outbreak of the second Civil War (1983-2005) and as a refugee within Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, and finally the United Sates.

ETD WORKSHOP SERIES: GRAD SCHOOL REVIEW OF YOUR ETD
Wednesday, Nov 10, 7:00-8:00pm, GLC Room G
Learn more about what the Graduate School does with your ETD after you submit it: what items are checked, what is the timeline of the submission process, what you might need to do if corrections are needed. Contact Janice Austin if you have any questions about this program.

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.

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.

November 1-7, 2010

1. WEEKLY SERVICES IN THE GLC

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

2. SHORT COURSES IN STATISTICS: INTRODUCTION TO JMP
Monday, Nov 1, 5:00-7:00pm, 3060 Torg
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. Remaining schedule and topics:

  • Tuesday, 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.

3. 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.

4. 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. Questions? Please contact Jay Pembridge.

5. NETWORKING: THE BACKBONE OF YOUR JOB SEARCH
Wednesday, Nov 3, 5:30pm, GLC Room G
Networking. You’ve heard the word and possibly even know what it means – but are you using this essential job search skill appropriately – or at all? Attend this session to demystify networking and learn the basics of how to get started. This program is brought to you by Career Services. Contact Amy McPherson, amcphers@vt.edu with any questions.

6. 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 to schedule your audition or if you have any questions.

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. GLC 5-YR CELEBRATION
Friday, Nov 5, 2:00-4:00pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
You are invited to the 5-year celebration of the opening of the GLC. The program will include displays depicting the 5-year history of the GLC in pictures and words, photo and art by current graduate students, a “dream wall” to envision the future of the GLC, cake and refreshments, remarks by Dean Karen DePauw, and awards to GLC contributors and students. Learn more and test your knowledge about the GLC. Please let us know if you are planning to attend by completing the survey here.

9. 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.

10. CONNECT WITH THE GLC FELLOWS ON FACEBOOK
Three GLC Fellows reside in the GLC and organize programs and activities for GLC residents and the graduate student population in general. You can follow their efforts or submit programming ideas and requests on Facebook. Become their fan!

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

12. FITNESS MID-TERM SPECIAL
Rec Sports’ group exercise passes are now 50% off from now until the end
of the semester. Now is your chance to get a pass and head to a class to help reduce your mid-term stress, increase your concentration and make some new friends.  Learn more about this offer and other Rec Sports events and services.

13. GRA OPENING IN VTTI – 1st posting
The Virginia Tech Transportation Institution (VTTI) has an opening for a 12-m GRA starting Jan 2011. The ideal candidate has strong skill sets in vehicle dynamics, signal processing, programming, and technical writing. Master’s and doctoral students in ME, ESM or related disciplines with relevant interests and skills are encouraged to apply. Responsibilities include: 1) conducting comprehensive literature review on project-relevant materials, 2) defining methods to achieve objectives of development cycles, 3) programming and software development, and 4) composing technical documents for software modules.  Must have demonstrated proficiency in producing quality technical documents and the ability to communicate research results clearly and effectively.  Strong programming background in MATLAB and/or other scripting languages required.  Coursework or research experience in vehicle dynamics is preferred. If interested, email a resume and cover letter to Leslie Harwood, lharwood@vtti.vt.edu by Nov 30.  Interviews will be conducted by mid-December.

14. GRADUATE RESEARCH ASSISTANTSHIP OPPORTUNITY – 3rd 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 and is paid for by the grant. 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 Dec. More information >> .

15. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR BIOMECHANICS STUDY – 2nd posting
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 – 2nd posting
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. CALL FOR GRDP REVIEWERS – 3rd 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).

18. UPCOMING EVENTS:

WOMENS’ HEALTH AND WELLNESS SERIES: BREATHWORKS WITH ANNA PITTMAN
Monday, Nov 8, 6:30-8:00pm, GLC Room D
Breathworks is a healing modality designed to bring the nervous system back into relaxation. Breath is directly affected by stress, emotional distress, anxiety and chronic worry, yet these conditions are changeable with simple tools. This workshop is designed to introduce one breathing technique and one mindfulness technique.  Combined, the participant should walk away with a life tool that could mean the difference between experiencing struggle or joy. Co-sponsored by the Women’s Center and the Graduate School. Contact Sharbari Dey with any questions, sharbari@vt.edu.

STUDENT VOICES: STORIES OF STUDENT VETERANS AT VT
Tuesday, Nov 9, 5:30-7:00pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
A panel of VT student veterans will bring to light important issues and concerns that student veterans face when entering or resuming their college studies. This event is part of the Principles of Community Speaker Series, developed to provide the campus community more frequent facilitated interactions and dialog concerning diversity issues at VT. The series is sponsored by the Office for Diversity and Inclusion and the Center for Instructional Development and Educational Research, http://www.cider.vt.edu/.

VT STAND PRESENTS: VALENTINO ACHAK DENG
Tuesday, Nov 9, 7:00pm, GLC Auditorium
The Virginia Tech STAND Chapter, in conjunction with many other departments and student organizations, will host distinguished speaker Valentino Achak Deng, one of the Sudanese "Lost Boys," who will talk about his experiences in Sudan at the outbreak of the second Civil War (1983-2005) and as a refugee within Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, and finally the United Sates.

ETD WORKSHOP SERIES: GRAD SCHOOL REVIEW OF YOUR ETD
Wednesday, Nov 10, 7:00-8:00pm, GLC Room G
Learn more about what the Graduate School does with your ETD after you submit it: what items are checked, what is the timeline of the submission process, what you might need to do if corrections are needed. Contact Janice Austin if you have any questions about this program.

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.

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.