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.