May 31-Jun 5, 2011

1. GRADUATE SCHOOL SUMMER HOURS
Graduate School will operate with summer hours, opening at 9:00am each day and closing at 4:00pm starting May 16 and ending July 29. The Graduate Life Center will remain accessible 24/7 to all graduate students with a valid Hokie Passport: just use the card readers at the Bookstore side entrance or at the Otey Street entrance.

2. LISA WALK-IN CONSULTING

Monday-Friday, May 23-Aug 12, 1:00-3:00pm
Closed: May 30th (Memorial Day) and July 4th (Independence Day).
Summer walk-in consulting will be available from next week: a statistical consultant is available to answer your quick questions or to help with research projects requiring less than 30 minutes of assistance. For more in-depth questions or longer projects, complete the LISA Request Form and a team of statistical collaborators will be assigned to work with you. Note: LISA does not assist with class projects or homework. More information about LISA’s services>>>.

3. YMCA OPEN UNIVERSITY SUMMER CLASSES
Registration started May 16
If you are looking for activities to do this summer, take a class in pottery, art, photography, music, gardening, fitness and more! New workshops in pottery techniques, glass fusing weekend intensives, fitness classes such as Zumba, Body Groove and Water Aerobics, or learn to grow a salad garden or how to start composting.  Get the schedule and register for classes>>>. If you have any questions, contact graduate student Erik Olsen.

4. EVENING SHORT COURSES IN STATS THIS SUMMER
LISA (Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Statistical Analysis) is providing a series of evening short courses to help graduate students use statistics in their research.  The focus of these two-hour courses is on teaching practical statistical techniques for analyzing or collecting data.  Instructions on how to register and to learn more>>>. Summer 2011 Schedule:

  • Jun 13: What LISA Can Do for You and a Tutorial in T-Tests and ANOVA*;
  • Jun 21 & 22: Introduction to R;
  • Jun 28 & 29: Linear Regression and Structural Equation Models;
  • Jul 5 & 6: Generalized Linear Models;
  • Jul 11: Mixed Models and Random Effects*;

*Course to be held in Fralin Auditorium. Other courses will be in 3060 Torgerson Hall.

5. FACULTY DEVELOPMENT SESSIONS OPEN FOR GTA’S -AUG 16, 17 + STUDY GROUPS
The Center for Student Engagement & Community Partnerships invites graduate teaching assistants to participate in its information sessions and workshops for Aug 16-17. Information sessions are 45 minutes in length and provide straightforward presentations on general topics. Workshops are 90 minutes in length and are interactive sessions focused on course design. CSECP is also proposing topics for Faculty Study Groups through CIDER.  Faculty Study Groups meet approximately 5-6 times over the year for 75-min meetings.  The link below provides times and titles of information sessions, workshops and study groups.  Please use this link to sign up for any sessions, and to request information or consultations. Contact Michele James-Deramo by email or call 231-6947 with questions.

6. FT GRADUATE ASSISTANTSHIP AVAILABLE IN ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGIES – 1st posting
This position consists of a student wage internship followed by a 12-month assistantship, if successful, with Assistive Technologies. During the internship the incumbent must learn to translate physics, math, astronomy, and/or chemistry textbooks into literary Braille and tactile graphics. Braille will be produced from a variety of media formats, such as Word, MathType, LaTeX, pdf and more. The position will require proper usage and general maintenance of Enabling Technologies (Juliet Pro), View Plus (Empring and SpotDot) embossers, and other specialized software and equipment. Also required is the ability to provide accurate information for technical or software issues to the system administrators when problems occur. Must have ugrad degree with a background in physics, astronomy, math, chemistry, or closely related field of science, math, engineering or technology. Must be enrolled in graduate school in fall 2011 to qualify for summer wage internship and subsequent 12-month GA position.  Learn more about the position.

7. FULL TIME GRA SOUGHT FOR 2011-12 ACADEMIC YEAR – 2nd posting
Virginia Tech Information Technology’s Enterprise GIS unit, in conjunction with the Blacksburg Electronic Village, is searching for graduate students with an interest in developing GIS-based web applications as a full-time GRA in the Fall and Spring (11-12) semesters. Please see http://www.gis.it.vt.edu/jobs/ for the full position description.  Interested candidates should forward resumes and cover letters to egisjobs@bev.net.

8. PART-TIME SUMMER POSITION AVAILABLE – 1st posting
The Upward Bound program seeks a PT summer work-study coordinator to work 10-12 hrs/wk at $10/hr from Jun 13 to Aug 1. Responsibilities include: conduct student orientation on Jun 19; collect student papers and ensure complete and timely submissions; maintain student files; collect paperwork from supervisors; maintain regular contact with students and supervisors; develop final student survey to assess growth and work-study satisfaction and collect suggestions for future; develop final supervisor survey; and other duties as assigned. Must be able to work independently and reliably, both with students and supervisors. Effective communication skills and familiarity with MS Office Suite are a must. If interested, submit resume to Latanya Walker, fax: 231-1266.

9. STUDY PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT – 1st posting
Voluntary participants are sought for a project on the “Effects of Immersion on Military Training.” Participants will get the opportunity to experience high-end virtual reality equipment in the Black Lab at VT Knowledgeworks II, and will help researchers gather important insights about how field of view and scene complexity influence performance and strategy in a virtual reality military training environment. The study will consist of performing a visual scanning task to find threats hidden along busy city streets. More details will be provided on site. The whole experiment will last about 65-75 minutes. Please contact Cheryl Stinson to sign up for the study.

10. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR BIOMECHANICS STUDY – 1st posting

Participants are needed for a study investigating the effects of job rotation on muscle fatigue and performance. The study consists of 6 separate experimental sessions (each lasting 2.5 hours) and one preliminary screening session. Participants will be compensated $10/hour with a $10 bonus after completing all sessions. Requirements: female, age 18-25, low body fat, right handed, 20/20 vision (corrected okay), no recent history of musculoskeletal disorders, and exercise 2-3 times per week. If interested, please contact Leanna Horton.

11. RESEARCH SUBJECTS NEEDED FOR HNFE STUDY – 1st posting
Research subjects are wanted for a study to determine whether daily consumption of corn oil/omega-3 fat will influence muscle soreness, damage and inflammation that occurs after weight training. Must consume supplement for 45 days, perform strenuous weight training bout, go through several weeks of weight training program developed by the researchers, and provide seven blood samples over 45 days. Eligibility: must be healthy males (non-smokers, no orthopedic limitations to exercise; no chronic health conditions such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, bleeding, or inflammatory diseases); 18-28; schedule compatible with testing and training. Benefits: development of personal weight training program by experienced professionals, financial compensation up to $175. Looking for individuals who will be able to participate over the summer (May-Aug). If interested, contact vthnfe@gmail.com for more information.

12. FULBRIGHT GRANT APPLICATIONS FOR U.S. STUDENTS
Fulbright scholarships are awarded to graduating seniors and graduate students (U.S. citizens) to pursue a project in their major field at a university in another country during a year abroad. The scholarship includes round-trip transportation, tuition, living expenses, and frequently an accelerated language course. Of particular consideration are language proficiency and careful selection of the site of study for your specific goals.  The campus deadline is late September. Due to the timing and components of the application, students need to start the application in the early summer. Learn more at  http://us.fulbrightonline.org/home.html, or contact Christina McIntyre at cmcintyre@vt.edu for additional information.

13. NSF GRADUATE RESEARCH FELLOWSHIPS

NSF Fellowships provide a yearly stipend for three years of graduate study in math, science, engineering, or social sciences plus a cost-of-education allowance to the institution. The National Science Foundation grants over 900 new fellowships to 1st year graduate students who have demonstrated ability and special aptitude in social science, mathematics, computer science, science, and engineering. The national deadlines are early November. Learn more at https://www.fastlane.nsf.gov/grfp/Login.do, or contact Christina McIntyre at cmcintyre@vt.edu for additional information.

14. RHODES SCHOLARSHIPS
Rhodes Scholarships provide support for tuition, fees, room, board, transportation, books to 32 seniors or masters students for two years of graduate study at Oxford University. The Rhodes Foundation looks for students with very strong academic records, integrity of character, physical vigor, demonstrated leadership, and extensive public service. Alumni can also apply but must not have reached the age of 24 by October 1 of the application year. Applicants selected to be endorsed by Virginia Tech will prepare for the national application. The campus deadline is in early September. Due to the timing and components of the application, and the specifics of the campus process, students are encouraged start this application early summer a full year before their intended year of entry to Oxford. [U.S citizenship required for U.S. Rhodes]. Learn more at http://www.rhodesscholar.org/, or contact Christina McIntyre at cmcintyre@vt.edu for additional information.

15. GATES CAMBRIDGE SCHOLARSHIP
Gates Cambridge Scholarships are full-cost awards for graduate study and research in any subject available at the University of Cambridge. The scholarships are highly competitive and are awarded to citizens of any country outside of the United Kingdom on the basis of the candidate’s academic excellence, a good fit between the Scholar and the University of Cambridge, evidence of leadership potential and a commitment to improving the lives of others. Learn more at http://www.gatesscholar.org/, or contact Christina McIntyre at cmcintyre@vt.edu for additional information.

16. OTHER FINANCIAL OPPORTUNITIES
You can learn more about these (12-16.) and other financial opportunities at http://graduateschool.vt.edu/financial/funding_opp/index.html.

17. UPCOMING EVENTS:

INTRODUCTION TO CRICKET
Thursday, Jun 9, 5:30-7:30pm, tennis court at corner of Patrick Henry Drive and Progress Street (http://bit.ly/lAjkwl)
Are you interested in learning a new sport? The GSA brings you this opportunity to join other grad students for a game of cricket. Learn English cricket and a variant of French cricket. Rain date is Jun 10. For more information or with questions contact Shree Narayanan at snsnair@vt.edu.

May 31-Jun 5, 2011

1. GRADUATE SCHOOL SUMMER HOURS
Graduate School will operate with summer hours, opening at 9:00am each day and closing at 4:00pm starting May 16 and ending July 29. The Graduate Life Center will remain accessible 24/7 to all graduate students with a valid Hokie Passport: just use the card readers at the Bookstore side entrance or at the Otey Street entrance.

2. LISA WALK-IN CONSULTING

Monday-Friday, May 23-Aug 12, 1:00-3:00pm
Closed: May 30th (Memorial Day) and July 4th (Independence Day).
Summer walk-in consulting will be available from next week: a statistical consultant is available to answer your quick questions or to help with research projects requiring less than 30 minutes of assistance. For more in-depth questions or longer projects, complete the LISA Request Form and a team of statistical collaborators will be assigned to work with you. Note: LISA does not assist with class projects or homework. More information about LISA’s services>>>.

3. YMCA OPEN UNIVERSITY SUMMER CLASSES
Registration started May 16
If you are looking for activities to do this summer, take a class in pottery, art, photography, music, gardening, fitness and more! New workshops in pottery techniques, glass fusing weekend intensives, fitness classes such as Zumba, Body Groove and Water Aerobics, or learn to grow a salad garden or how to start composting.  Get the schedule and register for classes>>>. If you have any questions, contact graduate student Erik Olsen.

4. EVENING SHORT COURSES IN STATS THIS SUMMER
LISA (Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Statistical Analysis) is providing a series of evening short courses to help graduate students use statistics in their research.  The focus of these two-hour courses is on teaching practical statistical techniques for analyzing or collecting data.  Instructions on how to register and to learn more>>>. Summer 2011 Schedule:

  • Jun 13: What LISA Can Do for You and a Tutorial in T-Tests and ANOVA*;
  • Jun 21 & 22: Introduction to R;
  • Jun 28 & 29: Linear Regression and Structural Equation Models;
  • Jul 5 & 6: Generalized Linear Models;
  • Jul 11: Mixed Models and Random Effects*;

*Course to be held in Fralin Auditorium. Other courses will be in 3060 Torgerson Hall.

5. FACULTY DEVELOPMENT SESSIONS OPEN FOR GTA’S -AUG 16, 17 + STUDY GROUPS
The Center for Student Engagement & Community Partnerships invites graduate teaching assistants to participate in its information sessions and workshops for Aug 16-17. Information sessions are 45 minutes in length and provide straightforward presentations on general topics. Workshops are 90 minutes in length and are interactive sessions focused on course design. CSECP is also proposing topics for Faculty Study Groups through CIDER.  Faculty Study Groups meet approximately 5-6 times over the year for 75-min meetings.  The link below provides times and titles of information sessions, workshops and study groups.  Please use this link to sign up for any sessions, and to request information or consultations. Contact Michele James-Deramo by email or call 231-6947 with questions.

6. FT GRADUATE ASSISTANTSHIP AVAILABLE IN ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGIES – 1st posting
This position consists of a student wage internship followed by a 12-month assistantship, if successful, with Assistive Technologies. During the internship the incumbent must learn to translate physics, math, astronomy, and/or chemistry textbooks into literary Braille and tactile graphics. Braille will be produced from a variety of media formats, such as Word, MathType, LaTeX, pdf and more. The position will require proper usage and general maintenance of Enabling Technologies (Juliet Pro), View Plus (Empring and SpotDot) embossers, and other specialized software and equipment. Also required is the ability to provide accurate information for technical or software issues to the system administrators when problems occur. Must have ugrad degree with a background in physics, astronomy, math, chemistry, or closely related field of science, math, engineering or technology. Must be enrolled in graduate school in fall 2011 to qualify for summer wage internship and subsequent 12-month GA position.  Learn more about the position.

7. FULL TIME GRA SOUGHT FOR 2011-12 ACADEMIC YEAR – 2nd posting
Virginia Tech Information Technology’s Enterprise GIS unit, in conjunction with the Blacksburg Electronic Village, is searching for graduate students with an interest in developing GIS-based web applications as a full-time GRA in the Fall and Spring (11-12) semesters. Please see http://www.gis.it.vt.edu/jobs/ for the full position description.  Interested candidates should forward resumes and cover letters to egisjobs@bev.net.

8. PART-TIME SUMMER POSITION AVAILABLE – 1st posting
The Upward Bound program seeks a PT summer work-study coordinator to work 10-12 hrs/wk at $10/hr from Jun 13 to Aug 1. Responsibilities include: conduct student orientation on Jun 19; collect student papers and ensure complete and timely submissions; maintain student files; collect paperwork from supervisors; maintain regular contact with students and supervisors; develop final student survey to assess growth and work-study satisfaction and collect suggestions for future; develop final supervisor survey; and other duties as assigned. Must be able to work independently and reliably, both with students and supervisors. Effective communication skills and familiarity with MS Office Suite are a must. If interested, submit resume to Latanya Walker, fax: 231-1266.

9. STUDY PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT – 1st posting
Voluntary participants are sought for a project on the “Effects of Immersion on Military Training.” Participants will get the opportunity to experience high-end virtual reality equipment in the Black Lab at VT Knowledgeworks II, and will help researchers gather important insights about how field of view and scene complexity influence performance and strategy in a virtual reality military training environment. The study will consist of performing a visual scanning task to find threats hidden along busy city streets. More details will be provided on site. The whole experiment will last about 65-75 minutes. Please contact Cheryl Stinson to sign up for the study.

10. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR BIOMECHANICS STUDY – 1st posting

Participants are needed for a study investigating the effects of job rotation on muscle fatigue and performance. The study consists of 6 separate experimental sessions (each lasting 2.5 hours) and one preliminary screening session. Participants will be compensated $10/hour with a $10 bonus after completing all sessions. Requirements: female, age 18-25, low body fat, right handed, 20/20 vision (corrected okay), no recent history of musculoskeletal disorders, and exercise 2-3 times per week. If interested, please contact Leanna Horton.

11. RESEARCH SUBJECTS NEEDED FOR HNFE STUDY – 1st posting
Research subjects are wanted for a study to determine whether daily consumption of corn oil/omega-3 fat will influence muscle soreness, damage and inflammation that occurs after weight training. Must consume supplement for 45 days, perform strenuous weight training bout, go through several weeks of weight training program developed by the researchers, and provide seven blood samples over 45 days. Eligibility: must be healthy males (non-smokers, no orthopedic limitations to exercise; no chronic health conditions such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, bleeding, or inflammatory diseases); 18-28; schedule compatible with testing and training. Benefits: development of personal weight training program by experienced professionals, financial compensation up to $175. Looking for individuals who will be able to participate over the summer (May-Aug). If interested, contact vthnfe@gmail.com for more information.

12. FULBRIGHT GRANT APPLICATIONS FOR U.S. STUDENTS
Fulbright scholarships are awarded to graduating seniors and graduate students (U.S. citizens) to pursue a project in their major field at a university in another country during a year abroad. The scholarship includes round-trip transportation, tuition, living expenses, and frequently an accelerated language course. Of particular consideration are language proficiency and careful selection of the site of study for your specific goals.  The campus deadline is late September. Due to the timing and components of the application, students need to start the application in the early summer. Learn more at  http://us.fulbrightonline.org/home.html, or contact Christina McIntyre at cmcintyre@vt.edu for additional information.

13. NSF GRADUATE RESEARCH FELLOWSHIPS

NSF Fellowships provide a yearly stipend for three years of graduate study in math, science, engineering, or social sciences plus a cost-of-education allowance to the institution. The National Science Foundation grants over 900 new fellowships to 1st year graduate students who have demonstrated ability and special aptitude in social science, mathematics, computer science, science, and engineering. The national deadlines are early November. Learn more at https://www.fastlane.nsf.gov/grfp/Login.do, or contact Christina McIntyre at cmcintyre@vt.edu for additional information.

14. RHODES SCHOLARSHIPS
Rhodes Scholarships provide support for tuition, fees, room, board, transportation, books to 32 seniors or masters students for two years of graduate study at Oxford University. The Rhodes Foundation looks for students with very strong academic records, integrity of character, physical vigor, demonstrated leadership, and extensive public service. Alumni can also apply but must not have reached the age of 24 by October 1 of the application year. Applicants selected to be endorsed by Virginia Tech will prepare for the national application. The campus deadline is in early September. Due to the timing and components of the application, and the specifics of the campus process, students are encouraged start this application early summer a full year before their intended year of entry to Oxford. [U.S citizenship required for U.S. Rhodes]. Learn more at http://www.rhodesscholar.org/, or contact Christina McIntyre at cmcintyre@vt.edu for additional information.

15. GATES CAMBRIDGE SCHOLARSHIP
Gates Cambridge Scholarships are full-cost awards for graduate study and research in any subject available at the University of Cambridge. The scholarships are highly competitive and are awarded to citizens of any country outside of the United Kingdom on the basis of the candidate’s academic excellence, a good fit between the Scholar and the University of Cambridge, evidence of leadership potential and a commitment to improving the lives of others. Learn more at http://www.gatesscholar.org/, or contact Christina McIntyre at cmcintyre@vt.edu for additional information.

16. OTHER FINANCIAL OPPORTUNITIES
You can learn more about these (12-16.) and other financial opportunities at http://graduateschool.vt.edu/financial/funding_opp/index.html.

17. UPCOMING EVENTS:

INTRODUCTION TO CRICKET
Thursday, Jun 9, 5:30-7:30pm, tennis court at corner of Patrick Henry Drive and Progress Street (http://bit.ly/lAjkwl)
Are you interested in learning a new sport? The GSA brings you this opportunity to join other grad students for a game of cricket. Learn English cricket and a variant of French cricket. Rain date is Jun 10. For more information or with questions contact Shree Narayanan at snsnair@vt.edu.

May 23-29, 2011

1. GRADUATE SCHOOL SUMMER HOURS
Graduate School will operate with summer hours, opening at 9:00am each day and closing at 4:00pm starting May 16 and ending July 29. The Graduate Life Center will remain accessible 24/7 to all graduate students with a valid Hokie Passport: just use the card readers at the Bookstore side entrance or at the Otey Street entrance.

2. LISA WALK-IN CONSULTING
Monday-Friday, May 23-Aug 12, 1:00-3:00pm
Closed: May 30th (Memorial Day) and July 4th (Independence Day).
Summer walk-in consulting will be available from next week: a statistical consultant is available to answer your quick questions or to help with research projects requiring less than 30 minutes of assistance. For more in-depth questions or longer projects, complete the LISA Request Form and a team of statistical collaborators will be assigned to work with you. Note: LISA does not assist with class projects or homework. More information about LISA’s services>>.

3. YMCA OPEN UNIVERSITY SUMMER CLASSES
Registration started May 16
If you are looking for activities to do this summer, take a class in pottery, art, photography, music, gardening, fitness and more! New workshops in pottery techniques, glass fusing weekend intensives, fitness classes such as Zumba, Body Groove and Water Aerobics, or learn to grow a salad garden or how to start
composting.  Get the schedule and register for classes here. If you have any questions, contact graduate student Erik Olsen.

4. EVENING SHORT COURSES IN STATS THIS SUMMER

LISA (Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Statistical Analysis) is providing a series of evening short courses to help graduate students use statistics in their research.  The focus of these two-hour courses is on teaching practical statistical techniques for analyzing or collecting data.  Registration and more information. Summer 2011 Schedule:
— Jun 13: What LISA Can Do for You and a Tutorial in T-Tests and ANOVA*;
— Jun 21 & 22: Introduction to R;
— Jun 28 & 29: Linear Regression and Structural Equation Models;
— Jul 5 & 6: Generalized Linear Models;
— Jul 11: Mixed Models and Random Effects*;
*Course to be held in Fralin Auditorium. Other courses will be in 3060 Torgerson Hall.

5. SUMMER TOUR GUIDES SOUGHT – 1st posting

The Office of Graduate Recruitment and Diversity Initiatives is seeking summer tour guides. One hour of training is required; you must have a driver’s license and have a familiarity with campus and Blacksburg. Compensation is given for each tour. Please contact Dannette Beane if you’re interested.

6. FULL TIME GRA SOUGHT FOR 2011-12 ACADEMIC YEAR – 1st posting
Virginia Tech Information Technology’s Enterprise GIS unit, in
conjunction with the Blacksburg Electronic Village, is searching for
graduate students with an interest in developing GIS-based web applications as a full-time GRA in the Fall and Spring (11-12) semesters. Full position description.  Interested candidates should forward resumes and cover letters to egisjobs@bev.net.

7. GTA OPENINGS IN ENGINEERING EDUCATION – 2nd posting
Graduate students in the College of Engineering may apply. Must have interest in teaching first-year engineering students; GPA ≥3.4; previous employment at VT and knowledge of contemporary issues in engineering preferred. Submit cover letter, statement of purpose, resume and two references. Read more about requirements and application procedures here.

8. RESEARCH OPPORTUNITY OVER SUMMER 2011 – 1st posting
Doctoral student Marc Christian is performing a study to investigate the effect of spinal compression on biomarker responses. Biomarkers are chemicals produced by the body in response to tissue loads and damage. This study involves three 2.5-hour sessions, during which you will have spinal compression induced for one hour followed by an hour of rest.  Several blood samples will be taken to allow researchers to measures the levels of three biomarkers. Compensation for your time will be $10/hour. The protocols used in this study have been approved by the Virginia Tech Institutional Review Board (IRB #11-442).  If you are interested please contact Marc Christian, 236 Durham Hall. 

9. OPPORTUNITY FOR FIRST-TIME PARENTS – 3rd posting

The Mindful Transition to Parenthood Program is currently enrolling participants. This 4-week program is focused on supporting couples in the transition to parenthood through a variety of mindfulness and relationship enhancement activities. Participants meet for 2 hours each week. Learn how to be happy partners and parents, and to meet other couples who are going through the same life transition. This program is part of the doctoral research of Laura Gambrel in the human development department. All participants will have the opportunity to win a $250 gift card or several smaller prizes. Enrollment is free and space is limited, so sign up now! The next group will begin Tuesday, May 31, 6:30pm; deadline for registration is May 24. To register or find out more information visit www.lauragambrel.com or e-mail lauraeg@vt.edu.

10. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR VIDEO VIGNETTES – 3rd posting

The VT Office of Emergency Management is developing a series of approximately 10 video vignettes – each between 5 to 10 minutes – on a variety of emergency preparedness topics from outdoor safety to evacuation in an emergency and more. The final deliverables will be presented on the Office of Emergency Management’s new website (to be launched Summer 2011) and will be discussed at many national presentations on emergency preparedness. Though there won’t be any monetary compensation, these videos will be seen throughout the VT and Blacksburg communities as well as at other colleges and universities nationwide.  Both the exposure and the experience can be great resume builders. If interested in participating, contact Jeff Dalton.  The level of involvement is flexible: from minor rolls (roles) in cut-scenes (edited scenes) to the onscreen narration of an entire chapter.  Filming will be taking place throughout the summer months and potentially into the Fall semester.  Please direct question or concerns to either Jeff Dalton or Kendall Woodard.

11. SUBMIT IDEAS/REQUESTS FOR SUMMER PROGRAMMING
If you wish to see any particular kind of programming this summer (social/entertainment, personal or professional development or anything else), please email your idea(s) to Graduate Student Services, and we’ll see what we can do. Your input matters!

May 23-29, 2011

1. GRADUATE SCHOOL SUMMER HOURS
Graduate School will operate with summer hours, opening at 9:00am each day and closing at 4:00pm starting May 16 and ending July 29. The Graduate Life Center will remain accessible 24/7 to all graduate students with a valid Hokie Passport: just use the card readers at the Bookstore side entrance or at the Otey Street entrance.

2. LISA WALK-IN CONSULTING
Monday-Friday, May 23-Aug 12, 1:00-3:00pm
Closed: May 30th (Memorial Day) and July 4th (Independence Day).
Summer walk-in consulting will be available from next week: a statistical consultant is available to answer your quick questions or to help with research projects requiring less than 30 minutes of assistance. For more in-depth questions or longer projects, complete the LISA Request Form and a team of statistical collaborators will be assigned to work with you. Note: LISA does not assist with class projects or homework. More information about LISA’s services>>.

3. YMCA OPEN UNIVERSITY SUMMER CLASSES
Registration started May 16
If you are looking for activities to do this summer, take a class in pottery, art, photography, music, gardening, fitness and more! New workshops in pottery techniques, glass fusing weekend intensives, fitness classes such as Zumba, Body Groove and Water Aerobics, or learn to grow a salad garden or how to start
composting.  Get the schedule and register for classes here. If you have any questions, contact graduate student Erik Olsen.

4. EVENING SHORT COURSES IN STATS THIS SUMMER

LISA (Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Statistical Analysis) is providing a series of evening short courses to help graduate students use statistics in their research.  The focus of these two-hour courses is on teaching practical statistical techniques for analyzing or collecting data.  Registration and more information. Summer 2011 Schedule:
— Jun 13: What LISA Can Do for You and a Tutorial in T-Tests and ANOVA*;
— Jun 21 & 22: Introduction to R;
— Jun 28 & 29: Linear Regression and Structural Equation Models;
— Jul 5 & 6: Generalized Linear Models;
— Jul 11: Mixed Models and Random Effects*;
*Course to be held in Fralin Auditorium. Other courses will be in 3060 Torgerson Hall.

5. SUMMER TOUR GUIDES SOUGHT – 1st posting

The Office of Graduate Recruitment and Diversity Initiatives is seeking summer tour guides. One hour of training is required; you must have a driver’s license and have a familiarity with campus and Blacksburg. Compensation is given for each tour. Please contact Dannette Beane if you’re interested.

6. FULL TIME GRA SOUGHT FOR 2011-12 ACADEMIC YEAR – 1st posting
Virginia Tech Information Technology’s Enterprise GIS unit, in
conjunction with the Blacksburg Electronic Village, is searching for
graduate students with an interest in developing GIS-based web applications as a full-time GRA in the Fall and Spring (11-12) semesters. Full position description.  Interested candidates should forward resumes and cover letters to egisjobs@bev.net.

7. GTA OPENINGS IN ENGINEERING EDUCATION – 2nd posting
Graduate students in the College of Engineering may apply. Must have interest in teaching first-year engineering students; GPA ≥3.4; previous employment at VT and knowledge of contemporary issues in engineering preferred. Submit cover letter, statement of purpose, resume and two references. Read more about requirements and application procedures here.

8. RESEARCH OPPORTUNITY OVER SUMMER 2011 – 1st posting
Doctoral student Marc Christian is performing a study to investigate the effect of spinal compression on biomarker responses. Biomarkers are chemicals produced by the body in response to tissue loads and damage. This study involves three 2.5-hour sessions, during which you will have spinal compression induced for one hour followed by an hour of rest.  Several blood samples will be taken to allow researchers to measures the levels of three biomarkers. Compensation for your time will be $10/hour. The protocols used in this study have been approved by the Virginia Tech Institutional Review Board (IRB #11-442).  If you are interested please contact Marc Christian, 236 Durham Hall. 

9. OPPORTUNITY FOR FIRST-TIME PARENTS – 3rd posting

The Mindful Transition to Parenthood Program is currently enrolling participants. This 4-week program is focused on supporting couples in the transition to parenthood through a variety of mindfulness and relationship enhancement activities. Participants meet for 2 hours each week. Learn how to be happy partners and parents, and to meet other couples who are going through the same life transition. This program is part of the doctoral research of Laura Gambrel in the human development department. All participants will have the opportunity to win a $250 gift card or several smaller prizes. Enrollment is free and space is limited, so sign up now! The next group will begin Tuesday, May 31, 6:30pm; deadline for registration is May 24. To register or find out more information visit www.lauragambrel.com or e-mail lauraeg@vt.edu.

10. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR VIDEO VIGNETTES – 3rd posting

The VT Office of Emergency Management is developing a series of approximately 10 video vignettes – each between 5 to 10 minutes – on a variety of emergency preparedness topics from outdoor safety to evacuation in an emergency and more. The final deliverables will be presented on the Office of Emergency Management’s new website (to be launched Summer 2011) and will be discussed at many national presentations on emergency preparedness. Though there won’t be any monetary compensation, these videos will be seen throughout the VT and Blacksburg communities as well as at other colleges and universities nationwide.  Both the exposure and the experience can be great resume builders. If interested in participating, contact Jeff Dalton.  The level of involvement is flexible: from minor rolls (roles) in cut-scenes (edited scenes) to the onscreen narration of an entire chapter.  Filming will be taking place throughout the summer months and potentially into the Fall semester.  Please direct question or concerns to either Jeff Dalton or Kendall Woodard.

11. SUBMIT IDEAS/REQUESTS FOR SUMMER PROGRAMMING
If you wish to see any particular kind of programming this summer (social/entertainment, personal or professional development or anything else), please email your idea(s) to Graduate Student Services, and we’ll see what we can do. Your input matters!

May 16-22, 2011

1. GRADUATE SCHOOL SUMMER HOURS
Graduate School will operate with summer hours, opening at 9:00am each day and closing at 4:00pm starting May 16 and ending July 29. The Graduate Life Center will remain accessible 24/7 to all graduate students with a valid Hokie Passport: just use the card readers at the Bookstore side entrance or at the Otey Street entrance.

2. NO WEEKLY SERVICES IN THE GLC IN SUMMER
No weekly services will be offered in the GLC in the summer. If you need any counseling assistance, please visit the Cook Counseling Center; if you need writing assistance, please visit the Writing Center in Shanks Hall. Services in the GLC will resume in the fall semester.

3. COMMENCEMENT DVD SALES
– DVDs of the graduate commencement are 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.
– Commencement bulletins: Only a limited number of programs were printed for the commencement ceremonies and printed copies are no longer available. If you missed it, a PDF of the bulletin is available online.

4. LISA WALK-IN CONSULTING
Monday-Friday, May 23-Aug 12, 1:00-3:00pm
Closed: May 30th (Memorial Day) and July 4th (Independence Day).
Summer walk-in consulting will be available from next week: a statistical consultant is available to answer your quick questions or to help with research projects requiring less than 30 minutes of assistance. For more in-depth questions or longer projects, complete the LISA Request Form and a team of statistical collaborators will be assigned to work with you. Note: LISA does not assist with class projects or homework. For more information about LISA’s services, please visit their homepage.

5. NEW IN FALL 2011: PARKING PERMIT PAYROLL DEDUCTION FOR GRAD ASSISTANTS
Beginning in fall 2011, graduate assistants (Gas, GTAs and GRAs) will be able to purchase VT parking permits using payroll deduction!  This new benefit will allow qualified students* to purchase permits with pre-tax dollars and spread the cost over the duration of their assistantship appointment (maximum 17 pay periods). *The hiring department will need to enter the position into Banner before eligible students will be able to enroll in the pre-tax permit deduction program.  *This benefit is only available to Graduate Assistants whose appointment begins in the fall semester. More information to follow in late summer.

6. GTA OPENINGS IN ENGINEERING EDUCATION – 1st posting

Graduate students in the College of Engineering may apply. Must have interest in teaching first-year engineering students; GPA ≥3.4; previous employment at VT and knowledge of contemporary issues in engineering preferred. Submit cover letter, statement of purpose, resume and two references. Read more about requirements and application procedures.

7. TWO GRADUATE ASSISTANT POSITIONS AVAILABLE IN GRADUATE SCHOOL – 2nd posting
The Graduate School Student Services office is hiring two full-time GA’s for 2011-12 to provide administrative and program-specific support for (1) GLC reservations, event planning and student services; and (2) the Graduate Scholars’ Society (GSS), Citizen Scholar Engagement (CSE), and other transformative graduate education initiatives in 2011-12. Duties for both positions include planning and executing educational programs, coordinating activities, managing communication, creating promotional materials, and assisting with other administrative duties as assigned. Excellent organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills (written and verbal) and ability to work independently as well as in a team are a must. Experience with program planning and execution and familiarity with VT services is preferred.  More information on the GLC; for info on  GSS and CSE, or TGE. To apply, submit a resume and cover letter highlighting relevant organizational experiences, and one letter of reference to Monika Gibson;  117 GLC, Graduate School 0325, or by fax to 231-3714 by Friday, May 20. Applicants will be considered for both positions depending on experience and interest. Selected applicants will be interviewed in late May or early June.

8. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR MULTIMODALITY EFFECTS IN STORY TELLING STUDY – 1st posting
Voluntary participants are sought for the "Study of Multimodality Effects in Story Telling" to help researchers gather both quantitative and qualitative insights into how different digitally mediated multimodality inputs can affect people’s communication. The study will consist of enjoying two stories and answering a few questions related to your understanding and feeling about the stories. The whole experiment will last for about 40 minutes at McBryde Hall 106A. The study has been approved by the VT Institutional Review Board. Must be 18 or older to participate in this study. To sign up, please contact Rongrong Wang at wangr06@vt.edu with your preferred time slots. Available Slots.

9. OPPORTUNITY FOR FIRST-TIME PARENTS – 2nd posting
The Mindful Transition to Parenthood Program is currently enrolling participants. This 4-week program is focused on supporting couples in the transition to parenthood through a variety of mindfulness and relationship enhancement activities. Participants meet for 2 hours each week. Learn how to be happy partners and parents, and to meet other couples who are going through the same life transition. This program is part of the doctoral research of Laura Gambrel in the human development department. All participants will have the opportunity to win a $250 gift card or several smaller prizes. Enrollment is free and space is limited, so sign up now! The next group will begin Tuesday, May 31, 6:30pm; deadline for registration is May 24. Register or find out more   or e-mail Laura.

10. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR VIDEO VIGNETTES – 2nd posting

The VT Office of Emergency Management is developing a series of approximately 10 video vignettes – each between 5 to 10 minutes – on a variety of emergency preparedness topics from outdoor safety to evacuation in an emergency and more. The final deliverables will be presented on the Office of Emergency Management’s new website (to be launched Summer 2011) and will be discussed at many national presentations on emergency preparedness. Though there won’t be any monetary compensation, these videos will be seen throughout the VT and Blacksburg communities as well as at other colleges and universities nationwide.  Both the exposure and the experience can be great resume builders. If interested in participating, contact Jeff Dalton.  The level of involvement is flexible: from minor rolls (roles) in cut-scenes (edited scenes) to the onscreen narration of an entire chapter.  Filming will be taking place throughout the summer months and potentially into the Fall semester.  Please direct question or concerns to either Jeff Dalton or Kendall Woodard.

11. LGBTQ HEALTH SURVEY – 3rd posting

A regular topic at GSA delegate meetings has been the Graduate Health Insurance program and other graduate healthcare issues. QG&A has set up a survey to collect data relevant to queer graduate experiences with Schiffert Health Center, Cook Counseling Center and the graduate health insurance program.  Please take a moment to fill it out; it will be very helpful to share the results of the survey with the GSA members involved with graduate health policies, as well as guide future QG&A sponsored programs and initiatives! Data collection is anonymous. Access the survey here.

May 16-22, 2011

1. GRADUATE SCHOOL SUMMER HOURS
Graduate School will operate with summer hours, opening at 9:00am each day and closing at 4:00pm starting May 16 and ending July 29. The Graduate Life Center will remain accessible 24/7 to all graduate students with a valid Hokie Passport: just use the card readers at the Bookstore side entrance or at the Otey Street entrance.

2. NO WEEKLY SERVICES IN THE GLC IN SUMMER
No weekly services will be offered in the GLC in the summer. If you need any counseling assistance, please visit the Cook Counseling Center; if you need writing assistance, please visit the Writing Center in Shanks Hall. Services in the GLC will resume in the fall semester.

3. COMMENCEMENT DVD SALES
– DVDs of the graduate commencement are 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.
– Commencement bulletins: Only a limited number of programs were printed for the commencement ceremonies and printed copies are no longer available. If you missed it, a PDF of the bulletin is available online.

4. LISA WALK-IN CONSULTING
Monday-Friday, May 23-Aug 12, 1:00-3:00pm
Closed: May 30th (Memorial Day) and July 4th (Independence Day).
Summer walk-in consulting will be available from next week: a statistical consultant is available to answer your quick questions or to help with research projects requiring less than 30 minutes of assistance. For more in-depth questions or longer projects, complete the LISA Request Form and a team of statistical collaborators will be assigned to work with you. Note: LISA does not assist with class projects or homework. For more information about LISA’s services, please visit their homepage.

5. NEW IN FALL 2011: PARKING PERMIT PAYROLL DEDUCTION FOR GRAD ASSISTANTS
Beginning in fall 2011, graduate assistants (Gas, GTAs and GRAs) will be able to purchase VT parking permits using payroll deduction!  This new benefit will allow qualified students* to purchase permits with pre-tax dollars and spread the cost over the duration of their assistantship appointment (maximum 17 pay periods). *The hiring department will need to enter the position into Banner before eligible students will be able to enroll in the pre-tax permit deduction program.  *This benefit is only available to Graduate Assistants whose appointment begins in the fall semester. More information to follow in late summer.

6. GTA OPENINGS IN ENGINEERING EDUCATION – 1st posting

Graduate students in the College of Engineering may apply. Must have interest in teaching first-year engineering students; GPA ≥3.4; previous employment at VT and knowledge of contemporary issues in engineering preferred. Submit cover letter, statement of purpose, resume and two references. Read more about requirements and application procedures.

7. TWO GRADUATE ASSISTANT POSITIONS AVAILABLE IN GRADUATE SCHOOL – 2nd posting
The Graduate School Student Services office is hiring two full-time GA’s for 2011-12 to provide administrative and program-specific support for (1) GLC reservations, event planning and student services; and (2) the Graduate Scholars’ Society (GSS), Citizen Scholar Engagement (CSE), and other transformative graduate education initiatives in 2011-12. Duties for both positions include planning and executing educational programs, coordinating activities, managing communication, creating promotional materials, and assisting with other administrative duties as assigned. Excellent organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills (written and verbal) and ability to work independently as well as in a team are a must. Experience with program planning and execution and familiarity with VT services is preferred.  More information on the GLC; for info on  GSS and CSE, or TGE. To apply, submit a resume and cover letter highlighting relevant organizational experiences, and one letter of reference to Monika Gibson;  117 GLC, Graduate School 0325, or by fax to 231-3714 by Friday, May 20. Applicants will be considered for both positions depending on experience and interest. Selected applicants will be interviewed in late May or early June.

8. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR MULTIMODALITY EFFECTS IN STORY TELLING STUDY – 1st posting
Voluntary participants are sought for the "Study of Multimodality Effects in Story Telling" to help researchers gather both quantitative and qualitative insights into how different digitally mediated multimodality inputs can affect people’s communication. The study will consist of enjoying two stories and answering a few questions related to your understanding and feeling about the stories. The whole experiment will last for about 40 minutes at McBryde Hall 106A. The study has been approved by the VT Institutional Review Board. Must be 18 or older to participate in this study. To sign up, please contact Rongrong Wang at wangr06@vt.edu with your preferred time slots. Available Slots.

9. OPPORTUNITY FOR FIRST-TIME PARENTS – 2nd posting
The Mindful Transition to Parenthood Program is currently enrolling participants. This 4-week program is focused on supporting couples in the transition to parenthood through a variety of mindfulness and relationship enhancement activities. Participants meet for 2 hours each week. Learn how to be happy partners and parents, and to meet other couples who are going through the same life transition. This program is part of the doctoral research of Laura Gambrel in the human development department. All participants will have the opportunity to win a $250 gift card or several smaller prizes. Enrollment is free and space is limited, so sign up now! The next group will begin Tuesday, May 31, 6:30pm; deadline for registration is May 24. Register or find out more   or e-mail Laura.

10. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR VIDEO VIGNETTES – 2nd posting

The VT Office of Emergency Management is developing a series of approximately 10 video vignettes – each between 5 to 10 minutes – on a variety of emergency preparedness topics from outdoor safety to evacuation in an emergency and more. The final deliverables will be presented on the Office of Emergency Management’s new website (to be launched Summer 2011) and will be discussed at many national presentations on emergency preparedness. Though there won’t be any monetary compensation, these videos will be seen throughout the VT and Blacksburg communities as well as at other colleges and universities nationwide.  Both the exposure and the experience can be great resume builders. If interested in participating, contact Jeff Dalton.  The level of involvement is flexible: from minor rolls (roles) in cut-scenes (edited scenes) to the onscreen narration of an entire chapter.  Filming will be taking place throughout the summer months and potentially into the Fall semester.  Please direct question or concerns to either Jeff Dalton or Kendall Woodard.

11. LGBTQ HEALTH SURVEY – 3rd posting

A regular topic at GSA delegate meetings has been the Graduate Health Insurance program and other graduate healthcare issues. QG&A has set up a survey to collect data relevant to queer graduate experiences with Schiffert Health Center, Cook Counseling Center and the graduate health insurance program.  Please take a moment to fill it out; it will be very helpful to share the results of the survey with the GSA members involved with graduate health policies, as well as guide future QG&A sponsored programs and initiatives! Data collection is anonymous. Access the survey here.

Title

1. WEEKLY SERVICES IN THE GLC

  • Walk-in counseling: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, 1:00-5:00pm, Green Room (across from G)
  • Writing support/consultations: will be back in the GLC in the fall. In the meantime, visit the Writing Center in Shanks Hall for assistance

2. GROUP EXERCISE CLASSES – FREE DURING EXAM WEEK
Friday–Wednesday, May 6-11
Take a break from studying and attend a group exercise class. All group exercise classes, from abs to zumba, are free for students during exam week so that you can relieve some stress and boost your energy for exams. All WMH classes are also free for faculty, staff, and students. Brought to you by Rec Sports.

3. ALLY CAMPAIGN AND PHOTO OP FOR ALLY WALL
Wednesday, May 11, 9:00am-1:00pm or 4:00pm-6:00pm, GLC Room D
Do you support your LGBTQ friends, family members, and community members? Do you believe in equal rights for all regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity? Then you’re an ally — come "out" yourself as one! Queer Grads and Allies would love your participation and support in the new Virginia Tech’s own Ally Campaign! Any and all Allies from Virginia Tech and the NRV community are invited to show support and acceptance for the LGBTQ community. Please stop by to have your picture taken for the Ally Wall on Wednesday to "out" yourself as an ally for the LGBTQ community. Email for more information.

4. COMMENCEMENT NEWS: BROADCAST, DVD SALES AND PORTRAIT OPPORTUNITY

  • The spring 2011 graduate commencement ceremony will be broadcast live on campus cable channels 2, 3 and 4 starting at 2:15pm, Friday, May 13.
  • DVDs of the graduate commencement 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.
  • Chappell Graduation Images will offer free portrait sittings on Thursday, May 12 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. Purchase of photo not required — Chappell will mail your proofs to you approximately one week after the ceremony. No appointment is needed.

5. NEW IN FALL 2011: PARKING PERMIT PAYROLL DEDUCTION FOR GRAD ASSISTANTS
Beginning in fall 2011, graduate assistants (Gas, GTAs and GRAs) will be able to purchase VT parking permits using payroll deduction!  This new benefit will allow qualified students* to purchase permits with pre-tax dollars and spread the cost over the duration of their assistantship appointment (maximum 17 pay periods). *The hiring department will need to enter the position into Banner before eligible students will be able to enroll in the pre-tax permit deduction program.  *This benefit is only available to Graduate Assistants whose appointment begins in the fall semester. More information to follow in late summer.

6. NEW GRAD ASSISTANTSHIP POSITION IN UNIV ORG & PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT – 1st posting

This 20-hr per wk position for current master’s or doctoral students in I/O psychology, management, organizational development, or related field will support research and administrative needs for organizational assessment and consulting services for university clients.  The graduate assistant is responsible for supporting a variety of OD projects that address the organizational effectiveness of the VT community. Responsibilities: review, administer, analyze data and create reports from organizational and individual assessments; provide support for survey research and research projects of UOPD faculty; support other research functions. Interested candidates should have strong analytical and problem solving skills, experience analyzing data with SPSS, SAS, MS Excel and/or other statistical applications, excellent communication skills (verbal and written) and the ability to work independently as well as collaboratively. Interested graduate students can email their information to UOPD by May 11, 2011 or until the position is filled.

7. TWO GRADUATE ASSISTANT POSITIONS AVAILABLE IN GRADUATE SCHOOL

The Graduate School Student Services office is hiring two full-time GA’s for 2011-12 to provide administrative and program-specific support for (1) GLC reservations, programming and student services; and (2) the Graduate Scholars’ Society (GSS), Citizen Scholar Engagement (CSE), and other transformative graduate education initiatives in 2011-12. Duties for both positions include planning and executing educational programs, coordinating activities, managing communication, creating promotional materials, and assisting with other administrative duties as assigned. Excellent organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills (written and verbal) and ability to work independently as well as in a team are a must. For more information on the GLC, visit  the GLC website; for info on  GSS and CSE, or TGE visit  the TGE website. To apply, submit a resume and cover letter highlighting relevant organizational experiences, and one letter of reference to Monika Gibson;  117 GLC, Graduate School 0325, or by fax to 231-3714 by Friday, May 20. Selected applicants will be interviewed in late May or early June.

8. GA POSITION OPEN IN EDUCATION ABROAD IN OIRED FOR 2011-12 – 2nd posting

A Graduate Assistant is sought to support the Education Abroad unit of OIRED, primarily through managing the database and supporting staff, faculty, and student users of the database system. The position reports directly to the Program Director for Education Abroad and works with the Assistant Director.  The position is an excellent opportunity for students interested in a career in international education.  For further information about OIRED and Education Abroad please refer to the OIRED website.  This is a full time, 9-month Graduate Assistant position for the 2011 – 2012 academic year.  The position is offered pending budgetary approval. Learn more about the position.

9. GRADUATE FELLOW POSITIONS OPEN FOR 2011-12 IN HONORS RESIDENTIAL COLLEGE – 3rd posting
Residence Life and the Graduate School are seeking motivated graduate students to live in the Honors Residential College and take on Residence Life and programming duties. An ideal candidate would have previous Residence Life and/or event planning experience. Compensation includes a $9,000 partial housing stipend and a partial tuition waiver. Application materials must be turned in to the University Honors office (137 Hillcrest Hall – Ashley Wills) by 5:00pm on Friday, May 6, 2011. Review details and download the application form here. For more information, contact Robert Stephens.

10. OPPORTUNITY FOR FIRST-TIME PARENTS – 1st posting

The Mindful Transition to Parenthood Program is currently enrolling participants. This 4-week program is focused on supporting couples in the transition to parenthood through a variety of mindfulness and relationship enhancement activities. Participants meet for 2 hours each week. Learn how to be happy partners and parents, and to meet other couples who are going through the same life transition. This program is part of the doctoral research of Laura Gambrel in the human development department. All participants will have the opportunity to win a $250 gift card or several smaller prizes. Enrollment is free and space is limited, so sign up now! The next group will begin Tuesday, May 31, 6:30pm; deadline for registration is May 24. Register or find out more information or e-mail Laura.

11. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR VIDEO VIGNETTES – 1st posting

The VT Office of Emergency Management is developing a series of approximately 10 video vignettes – each between 5 to 10 minutes – on a variety of emergency preparedness topics from outdoor safety to evacuation in an emergency and more.
The final deliverables will be presented on the Office of Emergency Management’s new website (to be launched Summer 2011) and will be discussed at many national presentations on emergency preparedness. Though there won’t be any monetary compensation, these videos will be seen throughout the VT and Blacksburg communities as well as at other colleges and universities nationwide.  Both the exposure and the experience can be great resume builders. If interested in participating, contact Jeff Dalton.  The level of involvement is flexible: from minor rolls (roles) in cut-scenes (edited scenes) to the onscreen narration of an entire chapter.  Filming will be taking place throughout the summer months and potentially into the Fall semester.  Please direct question or concerns to either Jeff Dalton or Kendall Woodard.

12. PUBLIC KNOWLEDGE JOURNAL EDITORIAL BOARD CALL FOR APPLICATIONS – 3rd posting

Are you looking for an opportunity to serve the graduate student community in a scholarly fashion?  Do you want experience working with a peer-reviewed scholarly journal?  Consider applying for a position on the editorial board of the multidisciplinary student journal Public Knowledge Journal (ISSN 1948-3511).  You can contact the current Editor-in-Chief to learn more about the available positions, or read about each position under “2011-2012 Editorial Board.” The deadline for applications (statement of interest, CV, and contact information) is May 6, 2011.  Please contact Ashley Patriarca with questions or concerns.

13. LGBTQ HEALTH SURVEY – 2nd posting
A regular topic at GSA delegate meetings has been the Graduate Health Insurance program and other graduate healthcare issues. QG&A has set up a survey to collect data relevant to queer graduate experiences with Schiffert Health Center, Cook Counseling Center and the graduate health insurance program.  Please take a moment to fill it out; it will be very helpful to share the results of the survey with the GSA members involved with graduate health policies, as well as guide future QG&A sponsored programs and initiatives! Data collection is anonymous. Access the survey.

14. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR VR-MICRO-CT-DATA-ANALYSIS STUDY: PHASE-II – 3rd posting

Voluntary participants are sought for the “Benefits of immersion for analysis of micro-CT datasets” project to help researchers gather both quantitative and qualitative insights into immersion benefits while exploring a complex scientific dataset like that of microscopic computed tomography data. The study consists of carrying out few tasks (answering few questions) related to two selected micro-CT datasets, which will be volume visualized on a state-of-the-art spatially immersive stereo display system, in the Visionarium at 3050 Torgersen. More details will be provided on site. The whole experiment will last for about an hour and a half. This study has been approved by VT’s Institutional Review Board. This is Phase-II of the study, for which 40 participants are needed. Participation is on first come first served basis. Participants must be over 18 with no or minimal background in micro-CT imaging to participate in this experiment. Review available time slots for participation. Please email to Bireswar Laha with your preferred time slot from the above page to sign up for your participation.

15. GRADUATE SCHOOL SUMMER SCHEDULE
Starting Monday, May 16, the Graduate School will operate with summer hours, opening at 9:00am each day and closing at 4:00pm. The Graduate Life Center will remain accessible 24/7 to all graduate students with a valid Hokie Passport.

Title

1. WEEKLY SERVICES IN THE GLC

  • Walk-in counseling: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, 1:00-5:00pm, Green Room (across from G)
  • Writing support/consultations: will be back in the GLC in the fall. In the meantime, visit the Writing Center in Shanks Hall for assistance

2. GROUP EXERCISE CLASSES – FREE DURING EXAM WEEK
Friday–Wednesday, May 6-11
Take a break from studying and attend a group exercise class. All group exercise classes, from abs to zumba, are free for students during exam week so that you can relieve some stress and boost your energy for exams. All WMH classes are also free for faculty, staff, and students. Brought to you by Rec Sports.

3. ALLY CAMPAIGN AND PHOTO OP FOR ALLY WALL
Wednesday, May 11, 9:00am-1:00pm or 4:00pm-6:00pm, GLC Room D
Do you support your LGBTQ friends, family members, and community members? Do you believe in equal rights for all regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity? Then you’re an ally — come "out" yourself as one! Queer Grads and Allies would love your participation and support in the new Virginia Tech’s own Ally Campaign! Any and all Allies from Virginia Tech and the NRV community are invited to show support and acceptance for the LGBTQ community. Please stop by to have your picture taken for the Ally Wall on Wednesday to "out" yourself as an ally for the LGBTQ community. Email for more information.

4. COMMENCEMENT NEWS: BROADCAST, DVD SALES AND PORTRAIT OPPORTUNITY

  • The spring 2011 graduate commencement ceremony will be broadcast live on campus cable channels 2, 3 and 4 starting at 2:15pm, Friday, May 13.
  • DVDs of the graduate commencement 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.
  • Chappell Graduation Images will offer free portrait sittings on Thursday, May 12 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. Purchase of photo not required — Chappell will mail your proofs to you approximately one week after the ceremony. No appointment is needed.

5. NEW IN FALL 2011: PARKING PERMIT PAYROLL DEDUCTION FOR GRAD ASSISTANTS
Beginning in fall 2011, graduate assistants (Gas, GTAs and GRAs) will be able to purchase VT parking permits using payroll deduction!  This new benefit will allow qualified students* to purchase permits with pre-tax dollars and spread the cost over the duration of their assistantship appointment (maximum 17 pay periods). *The hiring department will need to enter the position into Banner before eligible students will be able to enroll in the pre-tax permit deduction program.  *This benefit is only available to Graduate Assistants whose appointment begins in the fall semester. More information to follow in late summer.

6. NEW GRAD ASSISTANTSHIP POSITION IN UNIV ORG & PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT – 1st posting

This 20-hr per wk position for current master’s or doctoral students in I/O psychology, management, organizational development, or related field will support research and administrative needs for organizational assessment and consulting services for university clients.  The graduate assistant is responsible for supporting a variety of OD projects that address the organizational effectiveness of the VT community. Responsibilities: review, administer, analyze data and create reports from organizational and individual assessments; provide support for survey research and research projects of UOPD faculty; support other research functions. Interested candidates should have strong analytical and problem solving skills, experience analyzing data with SPSS, SAS, MS Excel and/or other statistical applications, excellent communication skills (verbal and written) and the ability to work independently as well as collaboratively. Interested graduate students can email their information to UOPD by May 11, 2011 or until the position is filled.

7. TWO GRADUATE ASSISTANT POSITIONS AVAILABLE IN GRADUATE SCHOOL

The Graduate School Student Services office is hiring two full-time GA’s for 2011-12 to provide administrative and program-specific support for (1) GLC reservations, programming and student services; and (2) the Graduate Scholars’ Society (GSS), Citizen Scholar Engagement (CSE), and other transformative graduate education initiatives in 2011-12. Duties for both positions include planning and executing educational programs, coordinating activities, managing communication, creating promotional materials, and assisting with other administrative duties as assigned. Excellent organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills (written and verbal) and ability to work independently as well as in a team are a must. For more information on the GLC, visit  the GLC website; for info on  GSS and CSE, or TGE visit  the TGE website. To apply, submit a resume and cover letter highlighting relevant organizational experiences, and one letter of reference to Monika Gibson;  117 GLC, Graduate School 0325, or by fax to 231-3714 by Friday, May 20. Selected applicants will be interviewed in late May or early June.

8. GA POSITION OPEN IN EDUCATION ABROAD IN OIRED FOR 2011-12 – 2nd posting

A Graduate Assistant is sought to support the Education Abroad unit of OIRED, primarily through managing the database and supporting staff, faculty, and student users of the database system. The position reports directly to the Program Director for Education Abroad and works with the Assistant Director.  The position is an excellent opportunity for students interested in a career in international education.  For further information about OIRED and Education Abroad please refer to the OIRED website.  This is a full time, 9-month Graduate Assistant position for the 2011 – 2012 academic year.  The position is offered pending budgetary approval. Learn more about the position.

9. GRADUATE FELLOW POSITIONS OPEN FOR 2011-12 IN HONORS RESIDENTIAL COLLEGE – 3rd posting
Residence Life and the Graduate School are seeking motivated graduate students to live in the Honors Residential College and take on Residence Life and programming duties. An ideal candidate would have previous Residence Life and/or event planning experience. Compensation includes a $9,000 partial housing stipend and a partial tuition waiver. Application materials must be turned in to the University Honors office (137 Hillcrest Hall – Ashley Wills) by 5:00pm on Friday, May 6, 2011. Review details and download the application form here. For more information, contact Robert Stephens.

10. OPPORTUNITY FOR FIRST-TIME PARENTS – 1st posting

The Mindful Transition to Parenthood Program is currently enrolling participants. This 4-week program is focused on supporting couples in the transition to parenthood through a variety of mindfulness and relationship enhancement activities. Participants meet for 2 hours each week. Learn how to be happy partners and parents, and to meet other couples who are going through the same life transition. This program is part of the doctoral research of Laura Gambrel in the human development department. All participants will have the opportunity to win a $250 gift card or several smaller prizes. Enrollment is free and space is limited, so sign up now! The next group will begin Tuesday, May 31, 6:30pm; deadline for registration is May 24. Register or find out more information or e-mail Laura.

11. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR VIDEO VIGNETTES – 1st posting

The VT Office of Emergency Management is developing a series of approximately 10 video vignettes – each between 5 to 10 minutes – on a variety of emergency preparedness topics from outdoor safety to evacuation in an emergency and more.
The final deliverables will be presented on the Office of Emergency Management’s new website (to be launched Summer 2011) and will be discussed at many national presentations on emergency preparedness. Though there won’t be any monetary compensation, these videos will be seen throughout the VT and Blacksburg communities as well as at other colleges and universities nationwide.  Both the exposure and the experience can be great resume builders. If interested in participating, contact Jeff Dalton.  The level of involvement is flexible: from minor rolls (roles) in cut-scenes (edited scenes) to the onscreen narration of an entire chapter.  Filming will be taking place throughout the summer months and potentially into the Fall semester.  Please direct question or concerns to either Jeff Dalton or Kendall Woodard.

12. PUBLIC KNOWLEDGE JOURNAL EDITORIAL BOARD CALL FOR APPLICATIONS – 3rd posting

Are you looking for an opportunity to serve the graduate student community in a scholarly fashion?  Do you want experience working with a peer-reviewed scholarly journal?  Consider applying for a position on the editorial board of the multidisciplinary student journal Public Knowledge Journal (ISSN 1948-3511).  You can contact the current Editor-in-Chief to learn more about the available positions, or read about each position under “2011-2012 Editorial Board.” The deadline for applications (statement of interest, CV, and contact information) is May 6, 2011.  Please contact Ashley Patriarca with questions or concerns.

13. LGBTQ HEALTH SURVEY – 2nd posting
A regular topic at GSA delegate meetings has been the Graduate Health Insurance program and other graduate healthcare issues. QG&A has set up a survey to collect data relevant to queer graduate experiences with Schiffert Health Center, Cook Counseling Center and the graduate health insurance program.  Please take a moment to fill it out; it will be very helpful to share the results of the survey with the GSA members involved with graduate health policies, as well as guide future QG&A sponsored programs and initiatives! Data collection is anonymous. Access the survey.

14. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR VR-MICRO-CT-DATA-ANALYSIS STUDY: PHASE-II – 3rd posting

Voluntary participants are sought for the “Benefits of immersion for analysis of micro-CT datasets” project to help researchers gather both quantitative and qualitative insights into immersion benefits while exploring a complex scientific dataset like that of microscopic computed tomography data. The study consists of carrying out few tasks (answering few questions) related to two selected micro-CT datasets, which will be volume visualized on a state-of-the-art spatially immersive stereo display system, in the Visionarium at 3050 Torgersen. More details will be provided on site. The whole experiment will last for about an hour and a half. This study has been approved by VT’s Institutional Review Board. This is Phase-II of the study, for which 40 participants are needed. Participation is on first come first served basis. Participants must be over 18 with no or minimal background in micro-CT imaging to participate in this experiment. Review available time slots for participation. Please email to Bireswar Laha with your preferred time slot from the above page to sign up for your participation.

15. GRADUATE SCHOOL SUMMER SCHEDULE
Starting Monday, May 16, the Graduate School will operate with summer hours, opening at 9:00am each day and closing at 4:00pm. The Graduate Life Center will remain accessible 24/7 to all graduate students with a valid Hokie Passport.

May 2-8, 2011

1. WEEKLY SERVICES IN THE GLC

  • Career services walk-in advising: not available in the GLC for rest of Spring 2011; please visit the Career Services Center on weekdays 12:00-3:00pm
  • Walk-in counseling: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, 1:00-5:00pm, Green Room (across from G)
  • Writing support/consultations: Thursdays, 1:00-6:00pm, Video Conference Room (don’t wait until your paper is due, get assistance now!)

2. AAUW: "POWERFUL PRESENCE" BROWNBAG LUNCH: TECHNICAL ASPECTS OF SOCIAL MEDIA
Monday, May 2, 12:00-1:00pm, Hillcrest Hall Dining Room (Room 143)
Join AAUW Blacksburg-Virginia Tech for the May Powerful Presence Brown Bag Lunch! Many of us have heard of and probably have accounts with one or more social media sites like Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Youtube. The question is: are we utilizing these platforms to their fullest potential? Do we know how? Aimee Brenner of the Faculty Development Institute will discuss the technical aspects of utilizing social media sites to promote scholarly ideas, research, and professional information, as well as how to combine the forces of several sites to maximize the exposure of these ideas. The presentation will conclude with a discussion on how to apply these principles to our own disciplines to aid in accomplishing our professional goals. For more information, visit the AAUW chapter’s Facebook page.

3. DIALOGUE WITH THE DEAN II  
 
Wednesday, May 4, 5:30–7:30pm, GLC Room D
Get your questions answered over dinner with Vice President and Dean for Graduate Education, Dr. Karen DePauw. This is your opportunity to bring up the issues that matter most to you! Dinner will be provided but space is limited; please RSVP here: https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1303484188971. Questions? Contact: Amanda Cronin Rumore, VP of Programs.

4. I SCREAM EXAM BREAK
Thursday, May 5, 5:00-7:00pm, GLC Lounge
Take a break on Reading Day to enjoy a scoop of ice cream and re-energize yourself! The GLC Fellows are sponsoring this event and serving ice cream to all graduate students who stop by; you add the topping(s) of your choice from their selection. Contact GLC Fellow Nicole Engel if you have any questions.

5. AN EVENING AT THE DIAMOND WITH GRADS

Friday, May 6, meet at 6:15pm in GLC lobby
It’s baseball season and grad students are invited to spend an evening at the diamond with fellow graduate students. The Salem Red Sox will take on the Myrtle Beach Pelicans. Meet in the GLC lobby at 6:15pm and head over to the stadium to enjoy America’s pastime and postgame fireworks. Cost: $8.00 Reserve your spot here. Contact GLC Fellow Scott Lail for more information.

6. COMMENCEMENT VOLUNTEERS SOUGHT

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

7. FUNDRAISER  RAFFLE TO WIN VT PRINTS SIGNED BY FRANK BEAMER

Donate $2 or more to the non-profit organization Bike & Build and you will be automatically entered to win one of two prints made by the only licensed VT local artist Jane Blevins, signed by Frank Beamer. All proceeds will go to graduate student Kati Span’s Bike & Build fund, which is directly used by Habitat for Humanity to build affordable homes across the country. Read about Kati’s journey and donate/enter the raffle to win here. The winners of the raffle will be contacted on May 12. Contact Kati for more information.

8. GA POSITION OPEN IN EDUCATION ABROAD IN OIRED FOR 2011-12 – 1st posting
A Graduate Assistant is sought to support the Education Abroad unit of OIRED, primarily through managing the database and supporting staff, faculty, and student users of the database system. The position reports directly to the Program Director for Education Abroad and works with the Assistant Director.  The position is an excellent opportunity for students interested in a career in international education.  For further information about OIRED and Education Abroad please refer to the OIRED website.  This is a full time, 9-month Graduate Assistant position for the 2011 – 2012 academic year.  The position is offered pending budgetary approval. More details about the position.

9. GA POSITION OPEN IN INSTITUTIONAL RESEARCH & EFFECTIVENESS FOR 2011-12 – 2nd posting

VT’s IRE is looking for a Graduate Assistant for the 2011-12 academic year to assist with the conversion of some static web-site activity to dynamic, user-driven, SQL-Server apps. Required skills include SQL, with ideally at least an awareness of SQL Server Reporting Services. Additionally some experience with ASP.NET, using C# or VB.NET would be great. Preferred skills include HTML, IIS, a fun personality, dependability, and good communication skills. Interested grad students can send their information to Dennis Catley by May 6, 2011 or until position is filled.

10. GRADUATE FELLOW POSITIONS OPEN FOR 2011-12 IN HONORS RESIDENTIAL COLLEGE – 2nd posting
Residence Life and the Graduate School are seeking motivated graduate students to live in the Honors Residential College and take on Residence Life and programming duties. An ideal candidate would have previous Residence Life and/or event planning experience. Compensation includes a $9,000 partial housing stipend and a partial tuition waiver. Application materials must be turned in to the University Honors office (137 Hillcrest Hall – Ashley Wills) by 5:00pm on Friday, May 6, 2011. Review details and download the application form here. For more information, contact Robert Stephens.

11. PUBLIC KNOWLEDGE JOURNAL EDITORIAL BOARD CALL FOR APPLICATIONS – 2nd posting
Are you looking for an opportunity to serve the graduate student community in a scholarly fashion?  Do you want experience working with a peer-reviewed scholarly journal?  Consider applying for a position on the editorial board of the multidisciplinary student journal Public Knowledge Journal (ISSN 1948-3511). You can contact the current Editor-in-Chief to learn more about the available positions, or read about each position  under “2011-2012 Editorial Board.” The deadline for applications (statement of interest, CV, and contact information) is May 6, 2011.  Please contact Ashley Patriarca with questions or concerns.

12. JOIN THE LEAN TEAM AND LEARN – 3rd posting

LeanTeam@VirginiaTech is recruiting and developing high-performing students from across disciplines who are keen to learn to be lean. Students get the chance to develop and run Lean workshops and summits for professionals from a broad range of organizations, participate in continuous improvement events, and undertake fun team events. If this is what you always wanted, then the Lean Team looks forward to hearing from you by email or phone at 540-443-6688. Please visit the Lean Team website to learn more.

13. LGBTQ HEALTH SURVEY – 1st posting

A regular topic at GSA delegate meetings has been the Graduate Health Insurance program and other graduate healthcare issues. QG&A has set up a survey to collect data relevant to queer graduate experiences with Schiffert Health Center, Cook Counseling Center and the graduate health insurance program.  Please take a moment to fill it out; it will be very helpful to share the results of the survey with the GSA members involved with graduate health policies, as well as guide future QG&A sponsored programs and initiatives! Data collection is anonymous. Access the survey >>.

14. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR RESEARCH PROJECT ON BARRIERS TO ACADEMIC SUCCESS IN APPALACHIA  – 2nd posting

Your participation is requested in this project about barriers to academic success in Appalachia: if interested, please complete this confidential and anonymous survey that will only take a few minutes. Participation is completely voluntary. The survey will be open until May 2, 2011. If you have any questions, please contact Cyndi Booth. Access the survey >>. Please feel free to pass this survey along to others.

15. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR VR-MICRO-CT-DATA-ANALYSIS STUDY: PHASE-II – 2nd posting

Voluntary participants are sought for the “Benefits of immersion for analysis of micro-CT datasets” project to help researchers gather both quantitative and qualitative insights into immersion benefits while exploring a complex scientific dataset like that of microscopic computed tomography data. The study consists of carrying out few tasks (answering few questions) related to two selected micro-CT datasets, which will be volume visualized on a state-of-the-art spatially immersive stereo display system, in the Visionarium at 3050 Torgersen. More details will be provided on site. The whole experiment will last for about an hour and a half. This study has been approved by VT’s Institutional Review Board. This is Phase-II of the study, for which 40 participants are needed. Participation is on first come first served basis. Participants must be over 18 with no or minimal background in micro-CT imaging to participate in this experiment. The available time slots for participation are posted here. Please email to Bireswar Laha with your preferred time slot from the above page to sign up for your participation.

16. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR STUDY OF FACTORS INFLUENCING PHYSICAL ACTIVITY – 3rd posting

Participants are needed for a study examining the effects of various psychological and behavioral factors influencing physical activity. The study consists of a survey that will take approximately 1-1.5 hours to complete. Participants must be over 18; there is no minimum requirement for level of physical activity that the participant is currently engaging in.  If interested, please click on this link or contact Matthew Cox for more information.

17. 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 Neema.

18. RESEARCH SUBJECT SOUGHT FOR SUPPLEMENT’S EFFECT ON MUSCLE SORENESS –  3rd posting

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

May 2-8, 2011

1. WEEKLY SERVICES IN THE GLC

  • Career services walk-in advising: not available in the GLC for rest of Spring 2011; please visit the Career Services Center on weekdays 12:00-3:00pm
  • Walk-in counseling: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, 1:00-5:00pm, Green Room (across from G)
  • Writing support/consultations: Thursdays, 1:00-6:00pm, Video Conference Room (don’t wait until your paper is due, get assistance now!)

2. AAUW: "POWERFUL PRESENCE" BROWNBAG LUNCH: TECHNICAL ASPECTS OF SOCIAL MEDIA
Monday, May 2, 12:00-1:00pm, Hillcrest Hall Dining Room (Room 143)
Join AAUW Blacksburg-Virginia Tech for the May Powerful Presence Brown Bag Lunch! Many of us have heard of and probably have accounts with one or more social media sites like Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Youtube. The question is: are we utilizing these platforms to their fullest potential? Do we know how? Aimee Brenner of the Faculty Development Institute will discuss the technical aspects of utilizing social media sites to promote scholarly ideas, research, and professional information, as well as how to combine the forces of several sites to maximize the exposure of these ideas. The presentation will conclude with a discussion on how to apply these principles to our own disciplines to aid in accomplishing our professional goals. For more information, visit the AAUW chapter’s Facebook page.

3. DIALOGUE WITH THE DEAN II  
 
Wednesday, May 4, 5:30–7:30pm, GLC Room D
Get your questions answered over dinner with Vice President and Dean for Graduate Education, Dr. Karen DePauw. This is your opportunity to bring up the issues that matter most to you! Dinner will be provided but space is limited; please RSVP here: https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1303484188971. Questions? Contact: Amanda Cronin Rumore, VP of Programs.

4. I SCREAM EXAM BREAK
Thursday, May 5, 5:00-7:00pm, GLC Lounge
Take a break on Reading Day to enjoy a scoop of ice cream and re-energize yourself! The GLC Fellows are sponsoring this event and serving ice cream to all graduate students who stop by; you add the topping(s) of your choice from their selection. Contact GLC Fellow Nicole Engel if you have any questions.

5. AN EVENING AT THE DIAMOND WITH GRADS

Friday, May 6, meet at 6:15pm in GLC lobby
It’s baseball season and grad students are invited to spend an evening at the diamond with fellow graduate students. The Salem Red Sox will take on the Myrtle Beach Pelicans. Meet in the GLC lobby at 6:15pm and head over to the stadium to enjoy America’s pastime and postgame fireworks. Cost: $8.00 Reserve your spot here. Contact GLC Fellow Scott Lail for more information.

6. COMMENCEMENT VOLUNTEERS SOUGHT

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

7. FUNDRAISER  RAFFLE TO WIN VT PRINTS SIGNED BY FRANK BEAMER

Donate $2 or more to the non-profit organization Bike & Build and you will be automatically entered to win one of two prints made by the only licensed VT local artist Jane Blevins, signed by Frank Beamer. All proceeds will go to graduate student Kati Span’s Bike & Build fund, which is directly used by Habitat for Humanity to build affordable homes across the country. Read about Kati’s journey and donate/enter the raffle to win here. The winners of the raffle will be contacted on May 12. Contact Kati for more information.

8. GA POSITION OPEN IN EDUCATION ABROAD IN OIRED FOR 2011-12 – 1st posting
A Graduate Assistant is sought to support the Education Abroad unit of OIRED, primarily through managing the database and supporting staff, faculty, and student users of the database system. The position reports directly to the Program Director for Education Abroad and works with the Assistant Director.  The position is an excellent opportunity for students interested in a career in international education.  For further information about OIRED and Education Abroad please refer to the OIRED website.  This is a full time, 9-month Graduate Assistant position for the 2011 – 2012 academic year.  The position is offered pending budgetary approval. More details about the position.

9. GA POSITION OPEN IN INSTITUTIONAL RESEARCH & EFFECTIVENESS FOR 2011-12 – 2nd posting

VT’s IRE is looking for a Graduate Assistant for the 2011-12 academic year to assist with the conversion of some static web-site activity to dynamic, user-driven, SQL-Server apps. Required skills include SQL, with ideally at least an awareness of SQL Server Reporting Services. Additionally some experience with ASP.NET, using C# or VB.NET would be great. Preferred skills include HTML, IIS, a fun personality, dependability, and good communication skills. Interested grad students can send their information to Dennis Catley by May 6, 2011 or until position is filled.

10. GRADUATE FELLOW POSITIONS OPEN FOR 2011-12 IN HONORS RESIDENTIAL COLLEGE – 2nd posting
Residence Life and the Graduate School are seeking motivated graduate students to live in the Honors Residential College and take on Residence Life and programming duties. An ideal candidate would have previous Residence Life and/or event planning experience. Compensation includes a $9,000 partial housing stipend and a partial tuition waiver. Application materials must be turned in to the University Honors office (137 Hillcrest Hall – Ashley Wills) by 5:00pm on Friday, May 6, 2011. Review details and download the application form here. For more information, contact Robert Stephens.

11. PUBLIC KNOWLEDGE JOURNAL EDITORIAL BOARD CALL FOR APPLICATIONS – 2nd posting
Are you looking for an opportunity to serve the graduate student community in a scholarly fashion?  Do you want experience working with a peer-reviewed scholarly journal?  Consider applying for a position on the editorial board of the multidisciplinary student journal Public Knowledge Journal (ISSN 1948-3511). You can contact the current Editor-in-Chief to learn more about the available positions, or read about each position  under “2011-2012 Editorial Board.” The deadline for applications (statement of interest, CV, and contact information) is May 6, 2011.  Please contact Ashley Patriarca with questions or concerns.

12. JOIN THE LEAN TEAM AND LEARN – 3rd posting

LeanTeam@VirginiaTech is recruiting and developing high-performing students from across disciplines who are keen to learn to be lean. Students get the chance to develop and run Lean workshops and summits for professionals from a broad range of organizations, participate in continuous improvement events, and undertake fun team events. If this is what you always wanted, then the Lean Team looks forward to hearing from you by email or phone at 540-443-6688. Please visit the Lean Team website to learn more.

13. LGBTQ HEALTH SURVEY – 1st posting

A regular topic at GSA delegate meetings has been the Graduate Health Insurance program and other graduate healthcare issues. QG&A has set up a survey to collect data relevant to queer graduate experiences with Schiffert Health Center, Cook Counseling Center and the graduate health insurance program.  Please take a moment to fill it out; it will be very helpful to share the results of the survey with the GSA members involved with graduate health policies, as well as guide future QG&A sponsored programs and initiatives! Data collection is anonymous. Access the survey >>.

14. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR RESEARCH PROJECT ON BARRIERS TO ACADEMIC SUCCESS IN APPALACHIA  – 2nd posting

Your participation is requested in this project about barriers to academic success in Appalachia: if interested, please complete this confidential and anonymous survey that will only take a few minutes. Participation is completely voluntary. The survey will be open until May 2, 2011. If you have any questions, please contact Cyndi Booth. Access the survey >>. Please feel free to pass this survey along to others.

15. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR VR-MICRO-CT-DATA-ANALYSIS STUDY: PHASE-II – 2nd posting

Voluntary participants are sought for the “Benefits of immersion for analysis of micro-CT datasets” project to help researchers gather both quantitative and qualitative insights into immersion benefits while exploring a complex scientific dataset like that of microscopic computed tomography data. The study consists of carrying out few tasks (answering few questions) related to two selected micro-CT datasets, which will be volume visualized on a state-of-the-art spatially immersive stereo display system, in the Visionarium at 3050 Torgersen. More details will be provided on site. The whole experiment will last for about an hour and a half. This study has been approved by VT’s Institutional Review Board. This is Phase-II of the study, for which 40 participants are needed. Participation is on first come first served basis. Participants must be over 18 with no or minimal background in micro-CT imaging to participate in this experiment. The available time slots for participation are posted here. Please email to Bireswar Laha with your preferred time slot from the above page to sign up for your participation.

16. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR STUDY OF FACTORS INFLUENCING PHYSICAL ACTIVITY – 3rd posting

Participants are needed for a study examining the effects of various psychological and behavioral factors influencing physical activity. The study consists of a survey that will take approximately 1-1.5 hours to complete. Participants must be over 18; there is no minimum requirement for level of physical activity that the participant is currently engaging in.  If interested, please click on this link or contact Matthew Cox for more information.

17. 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 Neema.

18. RESEARCH SUBJECT SOUGHT FOR SUPPLEMENT’S EFFECT ON MUSCLE SORENESS –  3rd posting

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