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.