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.