October 31-November 6, 2011

1. WEEKLY SERVICES IN THE GLC (on a walk-in basis unless otherwise noted)

  • Career services advising: Wednesdays, 1:30-5:00pm, GLC Study Room
  • Counseling:  Wednesdays and Thursdays, 1:00-5:00pm, Green Room (across from Room G)
  • GLC Café: Thursdays, 3:30-5:00pm, Reading Room
  • Statistical consulting by LISA: Wednesdays, 1:00-3:00pm, GLC Videoconference Room
  • Writing support: Wednesdays (6-9pm) and Thursdays (6-9pm), GLC Videoconference Room – more information and registration>>

2. NETWORKING: THE BACKBONE OF YOUR JOB SEARCH
Wednesday, Nov 2, 5:30-6:30pm, GLC Room F
You’ve heard the word and possibly even know what it means– but are you using this essential job search skill appropriately– or at all? Attend this session to demystify networking and learn the basics of how to get started. This workshop is presented by Amy McPherson of Career Services.

3. FREE ZUMBA CLASS
Wednesday, Nov 2, 7:00-8:00pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
The GLC Fellows and GSA invite you to attend a free fitness class with Laura from VT Rec Sports. Zumba is a calorie-burning dance party that features Latin and International music. This fitness routine uses a combination of aerobic and interval training that tones and sculpts the body. Bring your friends to this high-energy dance party! Questions: Contact Megan Stuart, stuartma@vt.edu

4. GLC CAFÉ
Thursdays, 3:30-5:00pm, GLC Reading Room
Enjoy free coffee and tea in the GLC Reading Room on Thursday afternoons and socialize with your fellow grads. This week’s special: nothing. This is just another week, maybe average, maybe worse. Bring your own mug if you can. Please contact us at grads@vt.edu if you have any comments or suggestions about this event.

5. INTERNATIONAL CAREERS SEMINAR

Thursday, Nov 3, 5:00-6:00pm, Smith Career Center
Learn more about prospects, preparation, issues and choices during this one-hour seminar presented by Bill Anderson, professor of international studies and USAID representative to the European Union.

6. COMMUNITY CONVERSATION BETWEEN VT STUDENTS AND TOWN STAFF

Thursday, Nov 3, 7:00-9:00pm, 113 McBryde Hall
You are invited to the community conversation between VT students and town staff.  This is a follow-up event to the recently circulated Town of Blacksburg Community Conversations online survey. The results of the survey will be discussed and students will have the opportunity to provide additional thoughts, opinions, and suggestions about the Town of Blacksburg.  The event is open to all students, regardless of participation in the online survey. If you have any questions, please contact Alyssa Halle at ahalle@blacksburg.gov.

7. LUNCH WITH DEAN DEPAUW, PROVOST MCNAMEE, AND PRESIDENT STEGER– SIGN UP NOW
Friday, Nov 4, 11:30am-1:00pm, The Inn
Attend the second of 3 graduate luncheons of the fall semester with President Steger, Provost McNamee, Graduate Dean Dr. DePauw and VP of Student Affairs, Dr. Spencer at the Inn at Virginia Tech. Spaces are limited, so if you are interested in attending, please fill out this survey and include any issues (positive or negative) that you believe need to be discussed. Please indicate if you are unable to attend this luncheon and whether you wish to be considered for future lunches (next one on Nov 28). Graduate students selected for attendance will be contacted by Wednesday, Nov 2. Contact Michelle McLeese at mmcleese@vt.edu or bovgradrep@vt.edu with any questions.

8. NEW SPRING COURSE: FROM MEMEX TO YOUTUBE: CONGNITION, LEARNING & THE INTERNET
Register for GRAD 5984 for spring 2012, TR 9:30-10:45am, location TBA.
So far education has used the Internet primarily as a delivery device, not a connectivity platform. If we change that paradigm, however, interesting questions emerge: How is Wikipedia not simply a reference work, but a learning environment and a community of practice? How does Google both model and shape human cognition? How can globally networked interactive computing augment human intellect and thus address the primary mission of education itself? This course explores the intersections of computing, information science, education, Internet studies, the humanities, and the visual and performing arts, as well as the crucial and long-contested relationships among making, doing, and knowing. Course readings will be supplemented by various  texts and artifacts, from podcasts to MMORPGs to machinima, and will include hands-on experience with blogging, tweeting, social bookmarking, and other more. For more details see the syllabus (beta).

9. VISIT THE BOV GRAD REP FACEBOOK PAGE!
The Graduate Representative to the Board of Visitors has launched a Facebook page to keep you informed about announcements about lunches with the dean of the Graduate School, the president, and provost; updates on meetings and events;  polling questions; and other happenings. Visit the BOV graduate rep facebook page and LIKE it if you like it!

10. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR BIOMECHANICS STUDY – 1st posting
Participants are sought for a study investigating the effects of flexion on the biomechanics and neuromuscular behavior of the human torso.  The study consists of five separate experimental sessions (each lasting approximately 1 hour) and participants will be compensated $10/hour.  To qualify you must be 18-29 and regularly exercise at least 2-3 times/wk. For more information or to inquire about participation, please contact Neema.  Please include your age, gender, and general availability when responding.

11. GRAD STUDENT INPUT NEEDED ABOUT VT POLICY ON CONFLICT OF INTEREST
DRSCAP, a committee of the Commission on Graduate Studies and Policies, would like to meet with several graduate students who are funded by a faculty-owned company to hear their experiences. The committee has been asked to provide input on protections for graduate students as part of the revision of the university’s policy on conflict of interest. Hearing about experiences from a variety of perspectives would be helpful in thinking through proposed policy options. DRSCAP would be especially interested in talking to graduate students who:

  • Are funded by a grant or contract where the source of funds was their advisor’s private company;
  • Are paid directly by the faculty-owned company;
  • Are working for a faculty member on his or her outside consulting.

DRSCAP will meet on Tuesday, Nov 1 and Tuesday, Nov 15, 4:00-5:00pm in 238 GLC, the Graduate School’s conference room. If you are available and willing to participate in the discussion on one of these two dates, please contact Akiko Nakamura, a GSA representative to the committee, and provide your name, department, and preferred date.
12. SURVEY PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR FOOD PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT INTEREST SURVEY – 2nd posting
Graduate students from the Food Science and Technology Department competing in the Danisco Knowledge Award Competition invite you to participate in a survey regarding demographics, consumption- and purchasing habits, and interest in a new type of nutrition bar product.  The survey consists of 29 questions and will require approximately 15 minutes to complete. The information you will provide in the questionnaire will be used in the development of a new food product.  If you are interested, please complete this survey.  E-mail Margo Duckson with any questions.

13. SURVEY PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT: FARMED VS. WILD-CAUGHT FISH PREFERENCES – 3rd posting
Graduate student is seeking fellow grad students to fill out a short survey (less than 5 min) titled "Virginia Tech Graduate Students’ Preference for Farmed Versus Wild-caught Fish". This survey is a class project. The survey will be open through Nov 2.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

HYGIENE DRIVE FOR NRV HOMELESS SHELTERS
Nov 7-15, GLC Lobby
National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness week is Nov 12-20, 2011. The GLC Fellows and GSA are asking for hygiene donations for local New River Valley (NRV) homeless shelters. Some needed items include (must be new and unused): toothbrushes, toothpaste, travel-size shampoo and conditioner, body wash, razors, shaving cream, soap, tissues, deodorant, q-tips, hand sanitizer, brushes, combs, and washcloths. Drop off your items for donation at the front desk of the GLC Lobby between Nov 7-15. Thank you, and please stay tuned for more events in November recognizing these important issues of hunger and homelessness! Questions: Contact Megan Stuart, stuartma@vt.edu

2011 INNOVATION-BASED MANUFACTURING WORKSHOP – REGISTER NOW

Tuesday, Nov 8, 8:00am-4:00pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
The VT Center for Innovation-based Manufacturing invites graduate students to its 2011 workshop to give you an understanding of why innovation-based manufacturing is critical to achieve economic development and how it can be pursued. Participants will better understand the basics of innovation-based manufacturing; comprehend how innovation policy plays a key role in economic development; understand the impact of open innovation in manufacturing solutions; and recognize the main aspects of embedding innovation into an organization’s structure. Learn more >> and register

AEL PRESENTS: LAST LECTURE WITH NIKKI GIOVANNI

Wednesday, Nov 9, 5:00pm, Auditorium in Holden Hall
The Last Lecture Series provides an opportunity for the audience to interact with motivational speakers and draw inspiration from their professional and personal lives. Free and open to all. This lecture is presented by University Distinguished Professor and poet Nikki Giovanni. Enjoy the last lecture of Dr. Michael Hochella, Jr. presented on Sep 28: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jW4JicgwnoU. Alpha Epsilon Lambda is a national graduate honor society founded upon leadership and scholarly merit.

HOW TO BRING PASSION AND PURPOSE TO YOUR CAREER
Wednesday, Nov 9, 7:00-8:30pm, GLC Auditorium
Author and speaker Dr. Gregg Levoy will help you look for answers to questions such as choosing a career you love vs. one that will make  you the most money; finding a major and future career that honors your passion and purpose; how to make your life original rather than a knock-off. More information about this event>>.

OXFAM HUNGER BANQUET – REGISTER NOW
Wednesday, Nov 9, 7:30-9:00pm, Old Dominion Ballroom, Squires
The Graduate Student Assembly and GLC Fellows invite you to the Oxfam Hunger banquet, during which participants will engage with invited guest experts in an interactive meal depicting the global economic stratification. Through the program they will learn about the causes of hunger worldwide and how to make a difference. Catered dinner will be served. Suggested admission is $5 or 4 non-perishable goods to be donated to Interfaith Food Pantry and Oxfam America. Please register here. Questions: contact Swetha Kumar at swethak@vt.edu.

ADVANCE VT GRAD SEMINAR: GETTING STARTED IN A FACULTY CAREER – HOW TO SUCCEED ON THE TENURE TRACK – REGISTER NOW   
Thursday, Nov 10, 12:00–1:30pm, Squires 341
Are you interested in pursuing a faculty career and would like to learn more about how to succeed as a new tenure-track faculty member? Panelists will share their personal experiences and strategies for success. AdvanceVT Graduate Student Lunch Seminars are designed to help graduate students prepare for careers in academe. All graduate students and postdocs are welcome, and lunch is provided. Please register by Monday, Nov 7.

GRAD SCHOLARS SOCIETY PRESENTS: VT COAL PLANT TOUR

Thursday, Nov 10, 2:30-4:00pm
Learn more about the VT coal plant from Byron Nichols, associate director of the power plant, and take a tour of the plant guided by staff engineers. Participants will get a chance to see the inside of a working coal furnace. Space is limited, so sign up early by completing this short survey. Your registration will be confirmed by email with further details about the tour and meeting place. For more information contact Wes Cardwell at wcardwel@vt.edu.

COMMUNICATION SKILLS WORKSHOP FOR INTL STUDENTS – PLS REGISTER

Thursday, Nov 10, 6:30-8:00pm, GLC Room F
In this communication skills workshop specifically for international graduate students, two family therapists will discuss, demonstrate, and provide learning activities related to specific communication skills applicable in a range of relationships. Workshop leaders will be Dr. Fred Piercy, professor of marriage and family therapy, and Manjushree Palit, a doctoral student in marriage and family therapy, both within human development. If you are an international graduate student and interested in participating in this workshop, please contact the presenters at mpalit@vt.edu and register so that they know how many people to expect. Feel free to bring a friend, partner or spouse to this workshop. If you have any queries, call 231-1764. Sponsors of this workshop include the Department of Human Development, the Family Therapy Center of Virginia Tech, and the Graduate School.

October 31-November 6, 2011

1. WEEKLY SERVICES IN THE GLC (on a walk-in basis unless otherwise noted)

  • Career services advising: Wednesdays, 1:30-5:00pm, GLC Study Room
  • Counseling:  Wednesdays and Thursdays, 1:00-5:00pm, Green Room (across from Room G)
  • GLC Café: Thursdays, 3:30-5:00pm, Reading Room
  • Statistical consulting by LISA: Wednesdays, 1:00-3:00pm, GLC Videoconference Room
  • Writing support: Wednesdays (6-9pm) and Thursdays (6-9pm), GLC Videoconference Room – more information and registration>>

2. NETWORKING: THE BACKBONE OF YOUR JOB SEARCH
Wednesday, Nov 2, 5:30-6:30pm, GLC Room F
You’ve heard the word and possibly even know what it means– but are you using this essential job search skill appropriately– or at all? Attend this session to demystify networking and learn the basics of how to get started. This workshop is presented by Amy McPherson of Career Services.

3. FREE ZUMBA CLASS
Wednesday, Nov 2, 7:00-8:00pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
The GLC Fellows and GSA invite you to attend a free fitness class with Laura from VT Rec Sports. Zumba is a calorie-burning dance party that features Latin and International music. This fitness routine uses a combination of aerobic and interval training that tones and sculpts the body. Bring your friends to this high-energy dance party! Questions: Contact Megan Stuart, stuartma@vt.edu

4. GLC CAFÉ
Thursdays, 3:30-5:00pm, GLC Reading Room
Enjoy free coffee and tea in the GLC Reading Room on Thursday afternoons and socialize with your fellow grads. This week’s special: nothing. This is just another week, maybe average, maybe worse. Bring your own mug if you can. Please contact us at grads@vt.edu if you have any comments or suggestions about this event.

5. INTERNATIONAL CAREERS SEMINAR

Thursday, Nov 3, 5:00-6:00pm, Smith Career Center
Learn more about prospects, preparation, issues and choices during this one-hour seminar presented by Bill Anderson, professor of international studies and USAID representative to the European Union.

6. COMMUNITY CONVERSATION BETWEEN VT STUDENTS AND TOWN STAFF

Thursday, Nov 3, 7:00-9:00pm, 113 McBryde Hall
You are invited to the community conversation between VT students and town staff.  This is a follow-up event to the recently circulated Town of Blacksburg Community Conversations online survey. The results of the survey will be discussed and students will have the opportunity to provide additional thoughts, opinions, and suggestions about the Town of Blacksburg.  The event is open to all students, regardless of participation in the online survey. If you have any questions, please contact Alyssa Halle at ahalle@blacksburg.gov.

7. LUNCH WITH DEAN DEPAUW, PROVOST MCNAMEE, AND PRESIDENT STEGER– SIGN UP NOW
Friday, Nov 4, 11:30am-1:00pm, The Inn
Attend the second of 3 graduate luncheons of the fall semester with President Steger, Provost McNamee, Graduate Dean Dr. DePauw and VP of Student Affairs, Dr. Spencer at the Inn at Virginia Tech. Spaces are limited, so if you are interested in attending, please fill out this survey and include any issues (positive or negative) that you believe need to be discussed. Please indicate if you are unable to attend this luncheon and whether you wish to be considered for future lunches (next one on Nov 28). Graduate students selected for attendance will be contacted by Wednesday, Nov 2. Contact Michelle McLeese at mmcleese@vt.edu or bovgradrep@vt.edu with any questions.

8. NEW SPRING COURSE: FROM MEMEX TO YOUTUBE: CONGNITION, LEARNING & THE INTERNET
Register for GRAD 5984 for spring 2012, TR 9:30-10:45am, location TBA.
So far education has used the Internet primarily as a delivery device, not a connectivity platform. If we change that paradigm, however, interesting questions emerge: How is Wikipedia not simply a reference work, but a learning environment and a community of practice? How does Google both model and shape human cognition? How can globally networked interactive computing augment human intellect and thus address the primary mission of education itself? This course explores the intersections of computing, information science, education, Internet studies, the humanities, and the visual and performing arts, as well as the crucial and long-contested relationships among making, doing, and knowing. Course readings will be supplemented by various  texts and artifacts, from podcasts to MMORPGs to machinima, and will include hands-on experience with blogging, tweeting, social bookmarking, and other more. For more details see the syllabus (beta).

9. VISIT THE BOV GRAD REP FACEBOOK PAGE!
The Graduate Representative to the Board of Visitors has launched a Facebook page to keep you informed about announcements about lunches with the dean of the Graduate School, the president, and provost; updates on meetings and events;  polling questions; and other happenings. Visit the BOV graduate rep facebook page and LIKE it if you like it!

10. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR BIOMECHANICS STUDY – 1st posting
Participants are sought for a study investigating the effects of flexion on the biomechanics and neuromuscular behavior of the human torso.  The study consists of five separate experimental sessions (each lasting approximately 1 hour) and participants will be compensated $10/hour.  To qualify you must be 18-29 and regularly exercise at least 2-3 times/wk. For more information or to inquire about participation, please contact Neema.  Please include your age, gender, and general availability when responding.

11. GRAD STUDENT INPUT NEEDED ABOUT VT POLICY ON CONFLICT OF INTEREST
DRSCAP, a committee of the Commission on Graduate Studies and Policies, would like to meet with several graduate students who are funded by a faculty-owned company to hear their experiences. The committee has been asked to provide input on protections for graduate students as part of the revision of the university’s policy on conflict of interest. Hearing about experiences from a variety of perspectives would be helpful in thinking through proposed policy options. DRSCAP would be especially interested in talking to graduate students who:

  • Are funded by a grant or contract where the source of funds was their advisor’s private company;
  • Are paid directly by the faculty-owned company;
  • Are working for a faculty member on his or her outside consulting.

DRSCAP will meet on Tuesday, Nov 1 and Tuesday, Nov 15, 4:00-5:00pm in 238 GLC, the Graduate School’s conference room. If you are available and willing to participate in the discussion on one of these two dates, please contact Akiko Nakamura, a GSA representative to the committee, and provide your name, department, and preferred date.
12. SURVEY PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR FOOD PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT INTEREST SURVEY – 2nd posting
Graduate students from the Food Science and Technology Department competing in the Danisco Knowledge Award Competition invite you to participate in a survey regarding demographics, consumption- and purchasing habits, and interest in a new type of nutrition bar product.  The survey consists of 29 questions and will require approximately 15 minutes to complete. The information you will provide in the questionnaire will be used in the development of a new food product.  If you are interested, please complete this survey.  E-mail Margo Duckson with any questions.

13. SURVEY PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT: FARMED VS. WILD-CAUGHT FISH PREFERENCES – 3rd posting
Graduate student is seeking fellow grad students to fill out a short survey (less than 5 min) titled "Virginia Tech Graduate Students’ Preference for Farmed Versus Wild-caught Fish". This survey is a class project. The survey will be open through Nov 2.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

HYGIENE DRIVE FOR NRV HOMELESS SHELTERS
Nov 7-15, GLC Lobby
National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness week is Nov 12-20, 2011. The GLC Fellows and GSA are asking for hygiene donations for local New River Valley (NRV) homeless shelters. Some needed items include (must be new and unused): toothbrushes, toothpaste, travel-size shampoo and conditioner, body wash, razors, shaving cream, soap, tissues, deodorant, q-tips, hand sanitizer, brushes, combs, and washcloths. Drop off your items for donation at the front desk of the GLC Lobby between Nov 7-15. Thank you, and please stay tuned for more events in November recognizing these important issues of hunger and homelessness! Questions: Contact Megan Stuart, stuartma@vt.edu

2011 INNOVATION-BASED MANUFACTURING WORKSHOP – REGISTER NOW

Tuesday, Nov 8, 8:00am-4:00pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
The VT Center for Innovation-based Manufacturing invites graduate students to its 2011 workshop to give you an understanding of why innovation-based manufacturing is critical to achieve economic development and how it can be pursued. Participants will better understand the basics of innovation-based manufacturing; comprehend how innovation policy plays a key role in economic development; understand the impact of open innovation in manufacturing solutions; and recognize the main aspects of embedding innovation into an organization’s structure. Learn more >> and register

AEL PRESENTS: LAST LECTURE WITH NIKKI GIOVANNI

Wednesday, Nov 9, 5:00pm, Auditorium in Holden Hall
The Last Lecture Series provides an opportunity for the audience to interact with motivational speakers and draw inspiration from their professional and personal lives. Free and open to all. This lecture is presented by University Distinguished Professor and poet Nikki Giovanni. Enjoy the last lecture of Dr. Michael Hochella, Jr. presented on Sep 28: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jW4JicgwnoU. Alpha Epsilon Lambda is a national graduate honor society founded upon leadership and scholarly merit.

HOW TO BRING PASSION AND PURPOSE TO YOUR CAREER
Wednesday, Nov 9, 7:00-8:30pm, GLC Auditorium
Author and speaker Dr. Gregg Levoy will help you look for answers to questions such as choosing a career you love vs. one that will make  you the most money; finding a major and future career that honors your passion and purpose; how to make your life original rather than a knock-off. More information about this event>>.

OXFAM HUNGER BANQUET – REGISTER NOW
Wednesday, Nov 9, 7:30-9:00pm, Old Dominion Ballroom, Squires
The Graduate Student Assembly and GLC Fellows invite you to the Oxfam Hunger banquet, during which participants will engage with invited guest experts in an interactive meal depicting the global economic stratification. Through the program they will learn about the causes of hunger worldwide and how to make a difference. Catered dinner will be served. Suggested admission is $5 or 4 non-perishable goods to be donated to Interfaith Food Pantry and Oxfam America. Please register here. Questions: contact Swetha Kumar at swethak@vt.edu.

ADVANCE VT GRAD SEMINAR: GETTING STARTED IN A FACULTY CAREER – HOW TO SUCCEED ON THE TENURE TRACK – REGISTER NOW   
Thursday, Nov 10, 12:00–1:30pm, Squires 341
Are you interested in pursuing a faculty career and would like to learn more about how to succeed as a new tenure-track faculty member? Panelists will share their personal experiences and strategies for success. AdvanceVT Graduate Student Lunch Seminars are designed to help graduate students prepare for careers in academe. All graduate students and postdocs are welcome, and lunch is provided. Please register by Monday, Nov 7.

GRAD SCHOLARS SOCIETY PRESENTS: VT COAL PLANT TOUR

Thursday, Nov 10, 2:30-4:00pm
Learn more about the VT coal plant from Byron Nichols, associate director of the power plant, and take a tour of the plant guided by staff engineers. Participants will get a chance to see the inside of a working coal furnace. Space is limited, so sign up early by completing this short survey. Your registration will be confirmed by email with further details about the tour and meeting place. For more information contact Wes Cardwell at wcardwel@vt.edu.

COMMUNICATION SKILLS WORKSHOP FOR INTL STUDENTS – PLS REGISTER

Thursday, Nov 10, 6:30-8:00pm, GLC Room F
In this communication skills workshop specifically for international graduate students, two family therapists will discuss, demonstrate, and provide learning activities related to specific communication skills applicable in a range of relationships. Workshop leaders will be Dr. Fred Piercy, professor of marriage and family therapy, and Manjushree Palit, a doctoral student in marriage and family therapy, both within human development. If you are an international graduate student and interested in participating in this workshop, please contact the presenters at mpalit@vt.edu and register so that they know how many people to expect. Feel free to bring a friend, partner or spouse to this workshop. If you have any queries, call 231-1764. Sponsors of this workshop include the Department of Human Development, the Family Therapy Center of Virginia Tech, and the Graduate School.

October 24-30, 2011

1. WEEKLY SERVICES IN THE GLC (on a walk-in basis unless otherwise noted)

  • Career services advising: Wednesdays, 1:30-5:00pm, GLC Study Room
  • Counseling:  Wednesdays and Thursdays, 1:00-5:00pm, Green Room (across from Room G)
  • GLC Café: Thursdays, 3:30-5:00pm, Reading Room
  • Statistical consulting by LISA: Wednesdays, 1:00-3:00pm, GLC Videoconference Room
  • Writing support: Wednesdays (6-9pm) and Thursdays (6-9pm), GLC Videoconference Room – for information on reserving a spot, visit: www.composition.english.vt.edu/wc

2. CELEBRATE FOOD DAY!
Monday, Oct 24, various locations
Check out the listing of events on Facebook at "FOOD DAY 2011 at Virginia Tech" or at http://www.sfcvt.org/. There will be an On Campus Market, an Eat Real Challenge, Dinner at Pita Vera, Movie Screening of Ingredients and more!  Food Day 2011 is sponsored by the Sustainable Food Corps and the Civic Agriculture and Food Systems Minor.

3. GRAD STUDENT PHOTO-ART-WRITING CONTEST: VOTE ON YOUR FAVORITES THIS WEEK
Vote this week on the art, photo and writing entries submitted by your fellow graduate students. You can pick up and drop off the voting sheet at the Information Desk in the GLC. The students whose entries receive the most votes in each category will receive a gift card.

4. GSA PUMPKIN-CARVING POTLUCK
Tuesday, Oct 25, 5:30-7:00pm, GLC Room C
Join GSA for a potluck dinner and Halloween escape: use your creativity to carve a pumpkin and relax with friends while enjoying a potluck dinner. Pumpkins, carving tools and paint will be provided. All guests are asked to bring a covered dish to add to the collective dinner.  Be sure to wear appropriate clothing.  As always, children, spouses, and friends are welcome. Please register here. Questions: Swetha Kumar, VP of Programs.

5. COMMUNITY VOICES: YOUTH IN FOSTER CARE – A COMMUNITY OPPORTUNITY
Tuesday, Oct 25, 7:00pm, The Lyric
The next talk in the series is given by Norma Wood, a Western Region Independent Living Consultant with Project LIFE, who will share developments in the foster care system. She will be joined by a panel of youth transitioning from the foster care system to adulthood. Panel members will address how the community as a system might improve their chances for success. A graduate student roundtable on this topic will take place on Tuesday, October 25th from 3:30-4:30pm in GLC Room C. Contact Andy Morikawa for information. This message is posted on behalf of doctoral student Katherine Preston.

6. THE SOCIOLOGY OF FILIPINO GHOST STORIES
Tuesday, Oct 25, 8:00pm, GLC Auditorium
Leighton Vila, grad student in sociology, will give this talk about ghost stories. Sponsored by the Filipino American Student Association.

7. GLC CAFÉ
Thursdays, 3:30-5:00pm, GLC Reading Room
Enjoy free coffee and tea in the GLC Reading Room on Thursday afternoons and socialize with your fellow grads. This week’s special: Halloween props, to get you in the mood. Maybe some spicy coffee as well. Bring your own mug if you can. Please contact us if you have any comments or suggestions about this event.

8. TECH TALK WITH INTEL
Thursday, Oct 27, 7:00pm, Robeson 210
This semi-technical info session is specifically geared toward graduate students as the presenter from Intel is recruiting PhD’s in specific fields. The discussion will include new research and development facility at Intel, and what kinds of persons they are hiring (chemistry, chemical engineering, materials engineering, physics and electrical engineering are primary target areas).

9. CALLING ALL CLEMSON TIGER GRADS IN BBURG
Saturday, Oct 29, 7:15pm, Champs
Grad students who are also Clemson Tigers are invited to get together and watch the game vs Georgia Tech. Game starts at 8:00pm, so the gathering will begin at Champs at 7:15. Email Catherine Cotrupi for more information and RSVP on the facebook event to secure enough tables.

10. HAUNTED FOR A HOUSE – FUNDRAISER
Saturday, Oct 29, 8:00pm-midnight, on the lawn b/w the Thomas-Conner and Black Houses, 104 Draper Rd
Take a tour through Take a tour through Blacksburg’s only outdoor haunted adventure this Halloween weekend. Admission: $2/students, $5/all others. Proceeds to benefit the restoration of the Alexander Black House. Sponsored by Public Administrators of VT, Design Build International Association VT Chapter, Construction Consortium, Habitat for Humanity VT Chapter, and Sigma Lambda Chi.

11. HALLOWEEN DANCE & COSTUME PARTY
Saturday, Oct 29, 8:00pm-2:00am, Abella’s Café
Brought to you by LAIGSA, the Latin American and Iberian Graduate Students Association, this event is open to the public. Admission: $3 for 21 and over, $5 for under 21. House, techno, salsa, merengue, latin hip hop, reggaeton, and more. Prizes for best costumes, originality and more. Tickets on sale through LAIGSA members. Contact Raul Saucedo  for more information.

12. GSA LOGO DESIGN CONTEST – final posting
The Graduate Student Assembly is seeking entries from students to re-design their logo. The logo will be used on GSA marketing materials including but not limited to those imprinted or in electronic form. You can win a $100 university bookstore sponsored gift card and build your resume! The deadline for submission of the color and B&W logo and release form is Nov 4. Details, submission and release form are available online at http://www.gsa.uusa.vt.edu/logodesign. Email any questions to gsa@vt.edu. No e-mail or offline submissions will be accepted.

13. GRAD STUDENT INPUT NEEDED ABOUT VT POLICY ON CONFLICT OF INTEREST
DRSCAP, a committee of the Commission on Graduate Studies and Policies, would like to meet with several graduate students who are funded by a faculty-owned company to hear their experiences. The committee has been asked to provide input on protections for graduate students as part of the revision of the university’s policy on conflict of interest. Hearing about experiences from a variety of perspectives would be helpful in thinking through proposed policy options. DRSCAP would be especially interested in talking to graduate students who:
– Are funded by a grant or contract where the source of funds was their advisor’s private company;
– Are paid directly by the faculty-owned company;
– Are working for a faculty member on his or her outside consulting.
DRSCAP will meet on Tuesday, Nov 1 and Tuesday, Nov 15, 4:00-5:00pm in 238 GLC, the Graduate School’s conference room. If you are available and willing to participate in the discussion on one of these two dates, please contact Akiko Nakamura, a GSA representative to the committee, and provide your name, department, and preferred date.

14. SURVEY PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR FOOD PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT INTEREST SURVEY – 1st posting
Graduate students from the Food Science and Technology Department competing in the Danisco Knowledge Award Competition invite you to participate in a survey regarding demographics, consumption- and purchasing habits, and interest in a new type of nutrition bar product.  The survey consists of 29 questions and will require approximately 15 minutes to complete. The information you will provide in the questionnaire will be used in the development of a new food product.  If you are interested, please complete the survey here.  E-mail Margo Duckson  with any questions.

15. SURVEY PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT: FARMED VS. WILD-CAUGHT FISH PREFERENCES – 2nd posting
Graduate student is seeking fellow grad students to fill out a short survey (less than 5 min) titled "Virginia Tech Graduate Students’ Preference for Farmed Versus Wild-caught Fish". This survey is a class project. The survey will be open through Nov 2. Access the survey here.

16. SURVEY INVITATION FOR COMMUNITY CONVERSATIONS – 3rd posting

All VT students are invited to express their opinions about the town of Blacksburg. This is your opportunity to share what you like about the town and what you would like to see changed, whether it’s housing, transportation, the environment, or the feel of downtown. Please take this 10-minute survey to provide your feedback. The survey will be open Oct 12-26. Survey results will be discussed during a “Community Conversation” between town staff and VT students on Nov 3, 7-9pm, 113 McBryde.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

FREE ZUMBA CLASS
Wednesday, Nov 2, 7:00-8:00pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
The GLC Fellows and GSA invite you to attend a free fitness class with Laura from VT Rec Sports. Zumba is a calorie-burning dance party that features Latin and International music. This fitness routine uses a combination of aerobic and interval training that tones and sculpts the body. Bring your friends to this high-energy dance party! Questions: Contact Megan Stuart, stuartma@vt.edu

HYGIENE DRIVE FOR NRV HOMELESS SHELTERS

Nov 7-15, GLC Lobby
National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness week is Nov 12-20, 2011. The GLC Fellows and GSA are asking for hygiene donations for local New River Valley (NRV) homeless shelters. Some needed items include (must be new and unused): toothbrushes, toothpaste, travel-size shampoo and conditioner, body wash, razors, shaving cream, soap, tissues, deodorant, q-tips, hand sanitizer, brushes, combs, and washcloths. Drop off your items for donation at the front desk of the GLC Lobby between Nov 7-15. Thank you, and please stay tuned for more events in November recognizing these important issues of hunger and homelessness! Questions: Contact Megan Stuart.

OXFAM HUNGER BANQUET – REGISTER NOW
Wednesday, Nov 9, 7:30-9:00pm, Old Dominion Ballroom, Squires
The Graduate Student Assembly and GLC Fellows invite you to the Oxfam Hunger banquet, during which participants will engage with invited guest experts in an interactive meal depicting the global economic stratification. Through the program they will learn about the causes of hunger worldwide and how to make a difference. Catered dinner will be served. Suggested admission is $5 or 4 non-perishable goods to be donated to Interfaith Food Pantry and Oxfam America. Please register here. Questions: contact Swetha Kumar at swethak@vt.edu.

COMMUNICATION SKILLS WORKSHOP FOR INTL STUDENTS – PLS REGISTER
Thursday, Nov 10, 6:30-8:00pm, GLC Room F
In this communication skills workshop specifically for international graduate students, two family therapists will discuss, demonstrate, and provide learning activities related to specific communication skills applicable in a range of relationships. Workshop leaders will be Dr. Fred Piercy, professor of marriage and family therapy, and Manjushree Palit, a doctoral student in marriage and family therapy, both within human development. If you are an international graduate student and interested in participating in this workshop, please contact the presenters at mpalit@vt.edu and register so that they know how many people to expect. Feel free to bring a friend, partner or spouse to this workshop. If you have any queries, call 231-1764. Sponsors of this workshop include the Department of Human Development, the Family Therapy Center of Virginia Tech, and the Graduate School.

October 24-30, 2011

1. WEEKLY SERVICES IN THE GLC (on a walk-in basis unless otherwise noted)

  • Career services advising: Wednesdays, 1:30-5:00pm, GLC Study Room
  • Counseling:  Wednesdays and Thursdays, 1:00-5:00pm, Green Room (across from Room G)
  • GLC Café: Thursdays, 3:30-5:00pm, Reading Room
  • Statistical consulting by LISA: Wednesdays, 1:00-3:00pm, GLC Videoconference Room
  • Writing support: Wednesdays (6-9pm) and Thursdays (6-9pm), GLC Videoconference Room – for information on reserving a spot, visit: www.composition.english.vt.edu/wc

2. CELEBRATE FOOD DAY!
Monday, Oct 24, various locations
Check out the listing of events on Facebook at "FOOD DAY 2011 at Virginia Tech" or at http://www.sfcvt.org/. There will be an On Campus Market, an Eat Real Challenge, Dinner at Pita Vera, Movie Screening of Ingredients and more!  Food Day 2011 is sponsored by the Sustainable Food Corps and the Civic Agriculture and Food Systems Minor.

3. GRAD STUDENT PHOTO-ART-WRITING CONTEST: VOTE ON YOUR FAVORITES THIS WEEK
Vote this week on the art, photo and writing entries submitted by your fellow graduate students. You can pick up and drop off the voting sheet at the Information Desk in the GLC. The students whose entries receive the most votes in each category will receive a gift card.

4. GSA PUMPKIN-CARVING POTLUCK
Tuesday, Oct 25, 5:30-7:00pm, GLC Room C
Join GSA for a potluck dinner and Halloween escape: use your creativity to carve a pumpkin and relax with friends while enjoying a potluck dinner. Pumpkins, carving tools and paint will be provided. All guests are asked to bring a covered dish to add to the collective dinner.  Be sure to wear appropriate clothing.  As always, children, spouses, and friends are welcome. Please register here. Questions: Swetha Kumar, VP of Programs.

5. COMMUNITY VOICES: YOUTH IN FOSTER CARE – A COMMUNITY OPPORTUNITY
Tuesday, Oct 25, 7:00pm, The Lyric
The next talk in the series is given by Norma Wood, a Western Region Independent Living Consultant with Project LIFE, who will share developments in the foster care system. She will be joined by a panel of youth transitioning from the foster care system to adulthood. Panel members will address how the community as a system might improve their chances for success. A graduate student roundtable on this topic will take place on Tuesday, October 25th from 3:30-4:30pm in GLC Room C. Contact Andy Morikawa for information. This message is posted on behalf of doctoral student Katherine Preston.

6. THE SOCIOLOGY OF FILIPINO GHOST STORIES
Tuesday, Oct 25, 8:00pm, GLC Auditorium
Leighton Vila, grad student in sociology, will give this talk about ghost stories. Sponsored by the Filipino American Student Association.

7. GLC CAFÉ
Thursdays, 3:30-5:00pm, GLC Reading Room
Enjoy free coffee and tea in the GLC Reading Room on Thursday afternoons and socialize with your fellow grads. This week’s special: Halloween props, to get you in the mood. Maybe some spicy coffee as well. Bring your own mug if you can. Please contact us if you have any comments or suggestions about this event.

8. TECH TALK WITH INTEL
Thursday, Oct 27, 7:00pm, Robeson 210
This semi-technical info session is specifically geared toward graduate students as the presenter from Intel is recruiting PhD’s in specific fields. The discussion will include new research and development facility at Intel, and what kinds of persons they are hiring (chemistry, chemical engineering, materials engineering, physics and electrical engineering are primary target areas).

9. CALLING ALL CLEMSON TIGER GRADS IN BBURG
Saturday, Oct 29, 7:15pm, Champs
Grad students who are also Clemson Tigers are invited to get together and watch the game vs Georgia Tech. Game starts at 8:00pm, so the gathering will begin at Champs at 7:15. Email Catherine Cotrupi for more information and RSVP on the facebook event to secure enough tables.

10. HAUNTED FOR A HOUSE – FUNDRAISER
Saturday, Oct 29, 8:00pm-midnight, on the lawn b/w the Thomas-Conner and Black Houses, 104 Draper Rd
Take a tour through Take a tour through Blacksburg’s only outdoor haunted adventure this Halloween weekend. Admission: $2/students, $5/all others. Proceeds to benefit the restoration of the Alexander Black House. Sponsored by Public Administrators of VT, Design Build International Association VT Chapter, Construction Consortium, Habitat for Humanity VT Chapter, and Sigma Lambda Chi.

11. HALLOWEEN DANCE & COSTUME PARTY
Saturday, Oct 29, 8:00pm-2:00am, Abella’s Café
Brought to you by LAIGSA, the Latin American and Iberian Graduate Students Association, this event is open to the public. Admission: $3 for 21 and over, $5 for under 21. House, techno, salsa, merengue, latin hip hop, reggaeton, and more. Prizes for best costumes, originality and more. Tickets on sale through LAIGSA members. Contact Raul Saucedo  for more information.

12. GSA LOGO DESIGN CONTEST – final posting
The Graduate Student Assembly is seeking entries from students to re-design their logo. The logo will be used on GSA marketing materials including but not limited to those imprinted or in electronic form. You can win a $100 university bookstore sponsored gift card and build your resume! The deadline for submission of the color and B&W logo and release form is Nov 4. Details, submission and release form are available online at http://www.gsa.uusa.vt.edu/logodesign. Email any questions to gsa@vt.edu. No e-mail or offline submissions will be accepted.

13. GRAD STUDENT INPUT NEEDED ABOUT VT POLICY ON CONFLICT OF INTEREST
DRSCAP, a committee of the Commission on Graduate Studies and Policies, would like to meet with several graduate students who are funded by a faculty-owned company to hear their experiences. The committee has been asked to provide input on protections for graduate students as part of the revision of the university’s policy on conflict of interest. Hearing about experiences from a variety of perspectives would be helpful in thinking through proposed policy options. DRSCAP would be especially interested in talking to graduate students who:
– Are funded by a grant or contract where the source of funds was their advisor’s private company;
– Are paid directly by the faculty-owned company;
– Are working for a faculty member on his or her outside consulting.
DRSCAP will meet on Tuesday, Nov 1 and Tuesday, Nov 15, 4:00-5:00pm in 238 GLC, the Graduate School’s conference room. If you are available and willing to participate in the discussion on one of these two dates, please contact Akiko Nakamura, a GSA representative to the committee, and provide your name, department, and preferred date.

14. SURVEY PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR FOOD PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT INTEREST SURVEY – 1st posting
Graduate students from the Food Science and Technology Department competing in the Danisco Knowledge Award Competition invite you to participate in a survey regarding demographics, consumption- and purchasing habits, and interest in a new type of nutrition bar product.  The survey consists of 29 questions and will require approximately 15 minutes to complete. The information you will provide in the questionnaire will be used in the development of a new food product.  If you are interested, please complete the survey here.  E-mail Margo Duckson  with any questions.

15. SURVEY PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT: FARMED VS. WILD-CAUGHT FISH PREFERENCES – 2nd posting
Graduate student is seeking fellow grad students to fill out a short survey (less than 5 min) titled "Virginia Tech Graduate Students’ Preference for Farmed Versus Wild-caught Fish". This survey is a class project. The survey will be open through Nov 2. Access the survey here.

16. SURVEY INVITATION FOR COMMUNITY CONVERSATIONS – 3rd posting

All VT students are invited to express their opinions about the town of Blacksburg. This is your opportunity to share what you like about the town and what you would like to see changed, whether it’s housing, transportation, the environment, or the feel of downtown. Please take this 10-minute survey to provide your feedback. The survey will be open Oct 12-26. Survey results will be discussed during a “Community Conversation” between town staff and VT students on Nov 3, 7-9pm, 113 McBryde.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

FREE ZUMBA CLASS
Wednesday, Nov 2, 7:00-8:00pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
The GLC Fellows and GSA invite you to attend a free fitness class with Laura from VT Rec Sports. Zumba is a calorie-burning dance party that features Latin and International music. This fitness routine uses a combination of aerobic and interval training that tones and sculpts the body. Bring your friends to this high-energy dance party! Questions: Contact Megan Stuart, stuartma@vt.edu

HYGIENE DRIVE FOR NRV HOMELESS SHELTERS

Nov 7-15, GLC Lobby
National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness week is Nov 12-20, 2011. The GLC Fellows and GSA are asking for hygiene donations for local New River Valley (NRV) homeless shelters. Some needed items include (must be new and unused): toothbrushes, toothpaste, travel-size shampoo and conditioner, body wash, razors, shaving cream, soap, tissues, deodorant, q-tips, hand sanitizer, brushes, combs, and washcloths. Drop off your items for donation at the front desk of the GLC Lobby between Nov 7-15. Thank you, and please stay tuned for more events in November recognizing these important issues of hunger and homelessness! Questions: Contact Megan Stuart.

OXFAM HUNGER BANQUET – REGISTER NOW
Wednesday, Nov 9, 7:30-9:00pm, Old Dominion Ballroom, Squires
The Graduate Student Assembly and GLC Fellows invite you to the Oxfam Hunger banquet, during which participants will engage with invited guest experts in an interactive meal depicting the global economic stratification. Through the program they will learn about the causes of hunger worldwide and how to make a difference. Catered dinner will be served. Suggested admission is $5 or 4 non-perishable goods to be donated to Interfaith Food Pantry and Oxfam America. Please register here. Questions: contact Swetha Kumar at swethak@vt.edu.

COMMUNICATION SKILLS WORKSHOP FOR INTL STUDENTS – PLS REGISTER
Thursday, Nov 10, 6:30-8:00pm, GLC Room F
In this communication skills workshop specifically for international graduate students, two family therapists will discuss, demonstrate, and provide learning activities related to specific communication skills applicable in a range of relationships. Workshop leaders will be Dr. Fred Piercy, professor of marriage and family therapy, and Manjushree Palit, a doctoral student in marriage and family therapy, both within human development. If you are an international graduate student and interested in participating in this workshop, please contact the presenters at mpalit@vt.edu and register so that they know how many people to expect. Feel free to bring a friend, partner or spouse to this workshop. If you have any queries, call 231-1764. Sponsors of this workshop include the Department of Human Development, the Family Therapy Center of Virginia Tech, and the Graduate School.

October 17-23, 2011

1. WEEKLY SERVICES IN THE GLC (on a walk-in basis unless otherwise noted)

  • Career services advising: Wednesdays, 1:30-5:00pm, GLC Study Room
  • Counseling:  Wednesdays and Thursdays, 1:00-5:00pm, Green Room (across from Room G)
  • GLC Café: Thursdays, 3:30-5:00pm, Reading Room
  • Statistical consulting by LISA: Wednesdays, 1:00-3:00pm, GLC Videoconference Room
  • Writing support: Wednesdays (6-9pm) and Thursdays (6-9pm), GLC Videoconference Room – information on reserving a spot>>

2. SIGN UP NOW FOR GLC OPEN HOUSE EVENTS:

3. ETD WORKSHOP SERIES:  COPYRIGHT, PERMISSIONS AND MORE
Tuesday, Oct 18, 7:00pm, GLC Room G
Gail McMillan, director of the digital library and archives in the University Libraries, will discuss copyright, permissions and representing other author’s works in your ETD.

4. THE VP IS IN: DR. ED SPENCER IN THE GLC
Tuesday, Oct 18, 3:30-5:00pm, GLC Room C
The GSA invites you to attend an afternoon conversation with the Vice President of Student Affairs, Dr. Edward Spencer. It is open dialogues such as this where you can speak your mind and express your concerns and thoughts about your graduate life experience at VT. Please register here.  

5. EARN YOUR AMATEUR (HAM) RADIO LICENSE
Tuesday, Oct 18, 7:00pm, Dogwood Room in Squires
The VT Amateur Radio Association will administer amateur radio license exams on campus. To obtain study materials or learn more about amateur radio, visit http://www.arrl.org/licensing-preparation-exams or contact grad student Nathaniel Frissell at nafrissell@vt.edu or 973-787-4506.  Exams are $15, and a photo ID and social security number are required.

6. INTERDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH HONOR SOCIETY SOCIAL

Wednesday, Oct 19, 12:30-1:30pm, 310 ICTAS bldg
The Interdisciplinary Research Honor Society (IDR) invites you to its first social / seminar series event with guest speaker Professor Rolf Mueller from mechanical engineering. Dr. Mueller will give a talk about "Biology, Physics, Engineering and the Quest for the Synthetic Bat". Food and drinks will be served. To help organizers estimate the food order, please register here. If you have any questions please contact Shaimaa Lazem (shlazem@vt.edu).

7. MIND & BODY CHECK FAIR
Thursday, Oct 20, 11:00am-3:00pm, McComas Hall
All students are invited to this free mind and body check fair that includes visits with personal trainers and nutrition counselors, mental health check-ups, non-smoking Hokie t-shirt sign ups, facial skin checks, general info on health and well-being, giveaways and more. Details>>.

8. GLC CAFÉ
Thursdays, 3:30-5:00pm, GLC Reading Room
Enjoy free coffee and tea in the GLC Reading Room on Thursday afternoons and socialize with your fellow grads. This week’s special: Costa Rican coffee, thanks to LAIGSA-member Lisa V. Bring your own mug if you can. Please contact us at grads@vt.edu if you have any comments or suggestions about this event.

9. DOCUMENTARY & PRESENTATION: WE ARE EGYPT – VOICES LEADING TO REVOLUTION
Thursday, Oct 20, 6:00pm, GLC Auditorium
Sponsored by a variety of organizations including ASPECT, the Alliance for Social, Political, Ethical and Cultural Thought, this event brings to VT film director Lillie Paquette for a showing of the documentary followed by discussion. Contact Heba El-Shazli at heba@vt.edu if you have any questions.

10. GLC OPEN HOUSE
Friday, Oct 21, 10:00am-3:00pm, everywhere in the GLC
The Graduate School will host an open house in the nationally recognized, award-winning Graduate Life Center (GLC).  Special events for graduate students include:

  • art, writing and photo contest – vote on your favorite entries
  • scavenger hunt – win one of 300 limited-edition GLC t-shirts
  • cornhole tournament
  • free refreshments all day
  • photos with the Hokie Bird, and more.

Visit  the open house website for details.

11. GSA FALL 2011 WINE SOCIAL

Friday, Oct 21, 5:30-9:00, University Club
Join your fellow grad students for the GSA Fall Wine Social! Wine service ends at 8:30pm. Tickets are $10 for wine and snacks; $5 for GSA delegates and cabinet members and $2 for just snacks. Volunteers get in for free. If you would like to volunteer to help with the event, please fill out this survey. Valid state-issued ID required for entry. Questions? Contact Amanda Shea.

12. FREE MOVIE: EL LABERINTO DE FAUNO (PAN’S LABYRINTH)
Friday, Oct 21, 7:00pm, Colonial Hall in Squires
LAIGSA, the Latin American and Iberian Graduate Students Association, invites you to the free showing of Pan’s Labyrinth (with English subtitles). The movie won 3 Academy Awards. For more information contact Raul Saucedo.

13. DIWALI AND ISA GOLDEN JUBILEE CELEBRATION

Sunday, Oct 23, 5:00-10:00pm, various locations
The Indian Student Association invites you to their exuberant celebration of Diwali and their golden jubilee, with Indian music, dance, cultural show, fireworks, and dinner, and a special performance by America’s got Talent performers Kruti Dance Academy from Atlanta. The program includes: 5:30-7:30pm cultural show in Burruss Auditorium (free); 7:30-8:00pm fireworks on the Drillfield (free); and 8:00-10:00pm – dinner in Commonwealth Ballroom in Squires (ticket required). Dinner consists of unlimited, full course authentic Indian cuisine catered by Taaza. Ticket price: 12$ for members; $14 for non-members. Purchase your ticket here.

14. GSA LOGO DESIGN CONTEST
The Graduate Student Assembly is seeking entries from students to re-design their logo. The logo will be used on GSA marketing materials including but not limited to those imprinted or in electronic form. You can win a $100 university bookstore sponsored gift card and build your resume! The deadline for submission of the color and B&W logo and release form is Nov 4. Details, submission and release form are available online at http://www.gsa.uusa.vt.edu/logodesign. Email any questions to gsa@vt.edu. No e-mail or offline submissions will be accepted.

15. FALL MEMBERSHIP DRIVE FOR PHI BETA DELTA HONOR SOCIETY IN INTL EDUCATION
Phi Beta Delta recognizes the scholarly achievement of international students and scholars, U.S. students who have studied abroad, and faculty and staff who are involved in international activities. There are four categories of members: (1) intl students who have demonstrated high scholastic achievement at their US institutions; (2) domestic students who have demonstrated high scholastic achievement in the pursuit of academic studies abroad; (3) distinguished faculty, staff, and visiting scholars; and (4) honorary members. More information and application; or contact Betty Watts at bettyw@vt.edu or 231.6452. Application deadline: Oct 18.

16. TUTOR/INTERNSHIP COORDINATOR (PT WAGE)
Upward Bound/Talent Search seeks coordinator for in-school, on-line, and individual tutoring for programs during the academic year and summer work-study/internship program. Must manage correspondence with schools, tutors, parents, etc. to ensure student needs are being met; maintain accurate records; coordinate program volunteers (including, but not limited to tutors). Qualifications: VT graduate student with bachelor’s degree in education, human development or related field, experience working with high-school-age students (preferably first generation). Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Experience with databases and word processing. Approx. 20 hrs/wk, M-F with some Saturdays possible; $13/hr wage. Apply by 1:00pm on Oct 23.

17. SURVEY PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT: FARMED VS. WILD-CAUGHT FISH PREFERENCES
Graduate student is seeking fellow grad students to fill out a short survey (less than 5 min) titled “Virginia Tech Graduate Students’ Preference for Farmed Versus Wild-caught Fish”. This survey is a class project. Access the survey here.

18. NEED YOUR INPUT ABOUT PROGRAMMING – 3rd posting
The GLC Fellows need your input regarding bringing workshops of interest to the Graduate Life Center that are geared towards graduate students. Please fill out this short survey to help GLC Fellows plan according to your interests. Email Megan at stuartma@vt.edu if you have any questions.

19. SURVEY INVITATION FOR COMMUNITY CONVERSATIONS
All VT students are invited to express their opinions about the town of Blacksburg. This is your opportunity to share what you like about the town and what you would like to see changed, whether it’s housing, transportation, the environment, or the feel of downtown. Please take this 10-minute survey to provide your feedback. The survey will be open Oct 12-26. Survey results will be discussed during a “Community Conversation” between town staff and VT students on Nov 3, 7-9pm, 113 McBryde. Take the survey and join the Community Conversation event to make your voice heard!

20. UPCOMING EVENTS:

CELEBRATE FOOD DAY!
Monday, Oct 24, various locations
Check out the listing of events on Facebook at "FOOD DAY 2011 at Virginia Tech" or at http://www.sfcvt.org/. There will be an On Campus Market, an Eat Real Challenge, Dinner at Pita Vera, Movie Screening of Ingredients  <http://www.ingredientsfilm.com/> and more!  Food Day 2011 is sponsored by the Sustainable Food Corps and the Civic Agriculture and Food Systems Minor.

GSA PUMPKIN-CARVING POTLUCK

Tuesday, Oct 25, 5:30-7:00pm, GLC Room C
Join GSA for a potluck dinner and Halloween escape: use your creativity to carve a pumpkin and relax with friends while enjoying a potluck dinner. Pumpkins, carving tools and paint will be provided. All guests are asked to bring a covered dish to add to the collective dinner.  Be sure to wear appropriate clothing.  As always, children, spouses, and friends are welcome. Please register here. Questions: Swetha Kumar, VP of Programs at swethak@vt.edu.

COMMUNITY VOICES: YOUTH IN FOSTER CARE – A COMMUNITY OPPORTUNITY
Tuesday, Oct 25, 7:00pm, The Lyric
The next talk in the series is given by Norma Wood, a Western Region Independent Living Consultant with Project LIFE, who will share developments in the foster care system. She will be joined by a panel of youth transitioning from the foster care system to adulthood. Panel members will address how the community as a system might improve their chances for success. A graduate student roundtable on this topic will take place on Tuesday, October 25th from 3:30-4:30pm in GLC Room C. Contact Andy Morikawa for information at andymorikawa@vt.edu. This message is posted on behalf of doctoral student Katherine Preston.

THE SOCIOLOGY OF FILIPINO GHOST STORIES
Tuesday, Oct 25, 8:00pm, GLC Auditorium
Leighton Vila, grad student in sociology, will give this talk about ghost stories. Sponsored by the Filipino American Student Association.

TECH TALK WITH INTEL
Thursday, Oct 27, 7:00pm, Robeson 210
This semi-technical info session is specifically geared toward graduate students as the presenter from Intel is recruiting PhD’s in specific fields. The discussion will include new research and development facility at Intel, and what kinds of persons they are hiring (chemistry, chemical engineering, materials engineering, physics and electrical engineering are primary target areas).

HALLOWEEN DANCE & COSTUME PARTY
Saturday, Oct 29, 8:00pm-2:00am, Abella’s Café
Brought to you by LAIGSA, the Latin American and Iberian Graduate Students Association, this event is open to the public. Admission: $3 for 21 and over, $5 for under 21. House, techno, salsa, merengue, latin hip hop, reggaeton, and more. Prizes for best costumes, originality and more. Tickets on sale through LAIGSA members. Contact Raul Saucedo at rsaucedo@vt.edu for more information.

2ND LUNCH WITH GRAD DEAN, PROVOST, AND PRESIDENT – SIGN UP NOW
Friday, Nov 4, 11:30am-1:00pm, The Inn at Virginia Tech
Attend the second of 3 graduate luncheons of the fall semester with President Steger, Provost McNamee, Graduate Dean DePauw and VP of Student Affairs Spencer at the Inn at Virginia Tech. Spaces are limited, so if you are interested in attending, fill out this survey and include any issues (positive or negative) that you believe need to be discussed. If you are unable to attend this luncheon, indicate whether you wish to be considered for future lunches. Graduate students selected for attendance will be contacted by Wednesday, Nov 2. Contact BOV grad rep Michelle McLeese with any questions.

October 17-23, 2011

1. WEEKLY SERVICES IN THE GLC (on a walk-in basis unless otherwise noted)

  • Career services advising: Wednesdays, 1:30-5:00pm, GLC Study Room
  • Counseling:  Wednesdays and Thursdays, 1:00-5:00pm, Green Room (across from Room G)
  • GLC Café: Thursdays, 3:30-5:00pm, Reading Room
  • Statistical consulting by LISA: Wednesdays, 1:00-3:00pm, GLC Videoconference Room
  • Writing support: Wednesdays (6-9pm) and Thursdays (6-9pm), GLC Videoconference Room – information on reserving a spot>>

2. SIGN UP NOW FOR GLC OPEN HOUSE EVENTS:

3. ETD WORKSHOP SERIES:  COPYRIGHT, PERMISSIONS AND MORE
Tuesday, Oct 18, 7:00pm, GLC Room G
Gail McMillan, director of the digital library and archives in the University Libraries, will discuss copyright, permissions and representing other author’s works in your ETD.

4. THE VP IS IN: DR. ED SPENCER IN THE GLC
Tuesday, Oct 18, 3:30-5:00pm, GLC Room C
The GSA invites you to attend an afternoon conversation with the Vice President of Student Affairs, Dr. Edward Spencer. It is open dialogues such as this where you can speak your mind and express your concerns and thoughts about your graduate life experience at VT. Please register here.  

5. EARN YOUR AMATEUR (HAM) RADIO LICENSE
Tuesday, Oct 18, 7:00pm, Dogwood Room in Squires
The VT Amateur Radio Association will administer amateur radio license exams on campus. To obtain study materials or learn more about amateur radio, visit http://www.arrl.org/licensing-preparation-exams or contact grad student Nathaniel Frissell at nafrissell@vt.edu or 973-787-4506.  Exams are $15, and a photo ID and social security number are required.

6. INTERDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH HONOR SOCIETY SOCIAL

Wednesday, Oct 19, 12:30-1:30pm, 310 ICTAS bldg
The Interdisciplinary Research Honor Society (IDR) invites you to its first social / seminar series event with guest speaker Professor Rolf Mueller from mechanical engineering. Dr. Mueller will give a talk about "Biology, Physics, Engineering and the Quest for the Synthetic Bat". Food and drinks will be served. To help organizers estimate the food order, please register here. If you have any questions please contact Shaimaa Lazem (shlazem@vt.edu).

7. MIND & BODY CHECK FAIR
Thursday, Oct 20, 11:00am-3:00pm, McComas Hall
All students are invited to this free mind and body check fair that includes visits with personal trainers and nutrition counselors, mental health check-ups, non-smoking Hokie t-shirt sign ups, facial skin checks, general info on health and well-being, giveaways and more. Details>>.

8. GLC CAFÉ
Thursdays, 3:30-5:00pm, GLC Reading Room
Enjoy free coffee and tea in the GLC Reading Room on Thursday afternoons and socialize with your fellow grads. This week’s special: Costa Rican coffee, thanks to LAIGSA-member Lisa V. Bring your own mug if you can. Please contact us at grads@vt.edu if you have any comments or suggestions about this event.

9. DOCUMENTARY & PRESENTATION: WE ARE EGYPT – VOICES LEADING TO REVOLUTION
Thursday, Oct 20, 6:00pm, GLC Auditorium
Sponsored by a variety of organizations including ASPECT, the Alliance for Social, Political, Ethical and Cultural Thought, this event brings to VT film director Lillie Paquette for a showing of the documentary followed by discussion. Contact Heba El-Shazli at heba@vt.edu if you have any questions.

10. GLC OPEN HOUSE
Friday, Oct 21, 10:00am-3:00pm, everywhere in the GLC
The Graduate School will host an open house in the nationally recognized, award-winning Graduate Life Center (GLC).  Special events for graduate students include:

  • art, writing and photo contest – vote on your favorite entries
  • scavenger hunt – win one of 300 limited-edition GLC t-shirts
  • cornhole tournament
  • free refreshments all day
  • photos with the Hokie Bird, and more.

Visit  the open house website for details.

11. GSA FALL 2011 WINE SOCIAL

Friday, Oct 21, 5:30-9:00, University Club
Join your fellow grad students for the GSA Fall Wine Social! Wine service ends at 8:30pm. Tickets are $10 for wine and snacks; $5 for GSA delegates and cabinet members and $2 for just snacks. Volunteers get in for free. If you would like to volunteer to help with the event, please fill out this survey. Valid state-issued ID required for entry. Questions? Contact Amanda Shea.

12. FREE MOVIE: EL LABERINTO DE FAUNO (PAN’S LABYRINTH)
Friday, Oct 21, 7:00pm, Colonial Hall in Squires
LAIGSA, the Latin American and Iberian Graduate Students Association, invites you to the free showing of Pan’s Labyrinth (with English subtitles). The movie won 3 Academy Awards. For more information contact Raul Saucedo.

13. DIWALI AND ISA GOLDEN JUBILEE CELEBRATION

Sunday, Oct 23, 5:00-10:00pm, various locations
The Indian Student Association invites you to their exuberant celebration of Diwali and their golden jubilee, with Indian music, dance, cultural show, fireworks, and dinner, and a special performance by America’s got Talent performers Kruti Dance Academy from Atlanta. The program includes: 5:30-7:30pm cultural show in Burruss Auditorium (free); 7:30-8:00pm fireworks on the Drillfield (free); and 8:00-10:00pm – dinner in Commonwealth Ballroom in Squires (ticket required). Dinner consists of unlimited, full course authentic Indian cuisine catered by Taaza. Ticket price: 12$ for members; $14 for non-members. Purchase your ticket here.

14. GSA LOGO DESIGN CONTEST
The Graduate Student Assembly is seeking entries from students to re-design their logo. The logo will be used on GSA marketing materials including but not limited to those imprinted or in electronic form. You can win a $100 university bookstore sponsored gift card and build your resume! The deadline for submission of the color and B&W logo and release form is Nov 4. Details, submission and release form are available online at http://www.gsa.uusa.vt.edu/logodesign. Email any questions to gsa@vt.edu. No e-mail or offline submissions will be accepted.

15. FALL MEMBERSHIP DRIVE FOR PHI BETA DELTA HONOR SOCIETY IN INTL EDUCATION
Phi Beta Delta recognizes the scholarly achievement of international students and scholars, U.S. students who have studied abroad, and faculty and staff who are involved in international activities. There are four categories of members: (1) intl students who have demonstrated high scholastic achievement at their US institutions; (2) domestic students who have demonstrated high scholastic achievement in the pursuit of academic studies abroad; (3) distinguished faculty, staff, and visiting scholars; and (4) honorary members. More information and application; or contact Betty Watts at bettyw@vt.edu or 231.6452. Application deadline: Oct 18.

16. TUTOR/INTERNSHIP COORDINATOR (PT WAGE)
Upward Bound/Talent Search seeks coordinator for in-school, on-line, and individual tutoring for programs during the academic year and summer work-study/internship program. Must manage correspondence with schools, tutors, parents, etc. to ensure student needs are being met; maintain accurate records; coordinate program volunteers (including, but not limited to tutors). Qualifications: VT graduate student with bachelor’s degree in education, human development or related field, experience working with high-school-age students (preferably first generation). Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Experience with databases and word processing. Approx. 20 hrs/wk, M-F with some Saturdays possible; $13/hr wage. Apply by 1:00pm on Oct 23.

17. SURVEY PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT: FARMED VS. WILD-CAUGHT FISH PREFERENCES
Graduate student is seeking fellow grad students to fill out a short survey (less than 5 min) titled “Virginia Tech Graduate Students’ Preference for Farmed Versus Wild-caught Fish”. This survey is a class project. Access the survey here.

18. NEED YOUR INPUT ABOUT PROGRAMMING – 3rd posting
The GLC Fellows need your input regarding bringing workshops of interest to the Graduate Life Center that are geared towards graduate students. Please fill out this short survey to help GLC Fellows plan according to your interests. Email Megan at stuartma@vt.edu if you have any questions.

19. SURVEY INVITATION FOR COMMUNITY CONVERSATIONS
All VT students are invited to express their opinions about the town of Blacksburg. This is your opportunity to share what you like about the town and what you would like to see changed, whether it’s housing, transportation, the environment, or the feel of downtown. Please take this 10-minute survey to provide your feedback. The survey will be open Oct 12-26. Survey results will be discussed during a “Community Conversation” between town staff and VT students on Nov 3, 7-9pm, 113 McBryde. Take the survey and join the Community Conversation event to make your voice heard!

20. UPCOMING EVENTS:

CELEBRATE FOOD DAY!
Monday, Oct 24, various locations
Check out the listing of events on Facebook at "FOOD DAY 2011 at Virginia Tech" or at http://www.sfcvt.org/. There will be an On Campus Market, an Eat Real Challenge, Dinner at Pita Vera, Movie Screening of Ingredients  <http://www.ingredientsfilm.com/> and more!  Food Day 2011 is sponsored by the Sustainable Food Corps and the Civic Agriculture and Food Systems Minor.

GSA PUMPKIN-CARVING POTLUCK

Tuesday, Oct 25, 5:30-7:00pm, GLC Room C
Join GSA for a potluck dinner and Halloween escape: use your creativity to carve a pumpkin and relax with friends while enjoying a potluck dinner. Pumpkins, carving tools and paint will be provided. All guests are asked to bring a covered dish to add to the collective dinner.  Be sure to wear appropriate clothing.  As always, children, spouses, and friends are welcome. Please register here. Questions: Swetha Kumar, VP of Programs at swethak@vt.edu.

COMMUNITY VOICES: YOUTH IN FOSTER CARE – A COMMUNITY OPPORTUNITY
Tuesday, Oct 25, 7:00pm, The Lyric
The next talk in the series is given by Norma Wood, a Western Region Independent Living Consultant with Project LIFE, who will share developments in the foster care system. She will be joined by a panel of youth transitioning from the foster care system to adulthood. Panel members will address how the community as a system might improve their chances for success. A graduate student roundtable on this topic will take place on Tuesday, October 25th from 3:30-4:30pm in GLC Room C. Contact Andy Morikawa for information at andymorikawa@vt.edu. This message is posted on behalf of doctoral student Katherine Preston.

THE SOCIOLOGY OF FILIPINO GHOST STORIES
Tuesday, Oct 25, 8:00pm, GLC Auditorium
Leighton Vila, grad student in sociology, will give this talk about ghost stories. Sponsored by the Filipino American Student Association.

TECH TALK WITH INTEL
Thursday, Oct 27, 7:00pm, Robeson 210
This semi-technical info session is specifically geared toward graduate students as the presenter from Intel is recruiting PhD’s in specific fields. The discussion will include new research and development facility at Intel, and what kinds of persons they are hiring (chemistry, chemical engineering, materials engineering, physics and electrical engineering are primary target areas).

HALLOWEEN DANCE & COSTUME PARTY
Saturday, Oct 29, 8:00pm-2:00am, Abella’s Café
Brought to you by LAIGSA, the Latin American and Iberian Graduate Students Association, this event is open to the public. Admission: $3 for 21 and over, $5 for under 21. House, techno, salsa, merengue, latin hip hop, reggaeton, and more. Prizes for best costumes, originality and more. Tickets on sale through LAIGSA members. Contact Raul Saucedo at rsaucedo@vt.edu for more information.

2ND LUNCH WITH GRAD DEAN, PROVOST, AND PRESIDENT – SIGN UP NOW
Friday, Nov 4, 11:30am-1:00pm, The Inn at Virginia Tech
Attend the second of 3 graduate luncheons of the fall semester with President Steger, Provost McNamee, Graduate Dean DePauw and VP of Student Affairs Spencer at the Inn at Virginia Tech. Spaces are limited, so if you are interested in attending, fill out this survey and include any issues (positive or negative) that you believe need to be discussed. If you are unable to attend this luncheon, indicate whether you wish to be considered for future lunches. Graduate students selected for attendance will be contacted by Wednesday, Nov 2. Contact BOV grad rep Michelle McLeese with any questions.

October 10-16, 2011

1. WEEKLY SERVICES IN THE GLC (on a walk-in basis unless otherwise noted)

  • Career services advising: Wednesdays, 1:30-5:00pm, GLC Study Room
  • Counseling:  Wednesdays and Thursdays, 1:00-5:00pm, Green Room (across from Room G)
  • GLC Café: Thursdays, 3:30-5:00pm, Reading Room
  • Statistical consulting by LISA: Wednesdays, 1:00-3:00pm, GLC Videoconference Room
  • Writing support: Wednesdays (6-9pm) and Thursdays (6-9pm), GLC Videoconference Room – information on reserving a spot>>

2. ONE-WOMAN SHOW: WONG FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO’S NEST
Tuesday, Oct 11, 8:00pm, GLC Auditorium
Performance artist Kristina Wong examines a very serious topic (displacement and depression) through a comic lens. While Wong doesn’t know the answer to the questions she raises, she puts the onus on herself to figure it out through humor, wit, and heaps of unfinished knitting, all in 70 minutes. While the performance is based on the experiences of a particular group, Asian-American women, the issues raised are relevant to a much broader audience – practically anyone who has been displaced from their own culture into another can relate to the pains of trying to fit in, to not being understood by one’s own family and/or the new environment, to feeling like an alien, and more. Free refreshments will be provided prior to the performance. See more >>.  

3. THE PHD MOVIE ADVANCE TICKETS ON SALE NOW!

Wednesday, Oct 12, 7:00 pm, The Lyric
The GSA brings to you The PHD Movie, based on the popular web-comic by Jorge Cham (see www.phdcomics.com). The film delves into the unique and funny culture of academia and follows four graduate students as they struggle to find balance between research, teaching, and their personal lives. Tickets are $5.00 and will be available during GSA Office Hours Tue 8-10am and Wed 1:30-3:30pm in the GLC Graduate Student Organization Office (21 GLC). Questions: Contact Swetha Kumar.

4. GLC CAFÉ
Thursdays, 3:30-5:00pm, GLC Reading Room
Enjoy free coffee and tea in the GLC Reading Room on Thursday afternoons and socialize with your fellow grads. This week’s special: a surprise – you’ll have to come to find out what it is. Bring your own mug if you can. Please contact us at grads@vt.edu if you have any comments or suggestions about this event.

5. GRAD STUDENT RESPONSIBILITIES IN ADVISOR-ADVISEE RELATIONSHIPS
Thursday, Oct 13, 5:30-7:00pm, GLC Room C
Learn more about how to build a successful relationship with your academic advisor and how to find the mentoring you need. Light refreshments will be served. Contact Akiko  with any questions.

6. HISPANIC-LATINO HERITAGE MONTH LUNCHEON
Friday, Oct 14, 11:30AM-1:00pm GLC room F
The Graduate School hosts the Hispanic-Latino Heritage Month luncheon open to all students, featuring Douglas Garcia, Executive Director of Federal Relations and Outreach for the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities. Topics discussed will include internship and fellowship opportunities, trends of Hispanics in education, and how to get involved in HACU. Please complete this survey if interested in attending.

7. GRAD STUDENT PHOTO-ART-WRITING CONTEST: GRAD LIFE THROUGH THE EYES OF GRADS
The Graduate School invites submissions of art work, photography and written work by graduate students for display in the GLC for the Graduate School’s Open House on October 21 and beyond. All pieces will be displayed on October 21 and November 12; selected pieces will be displayed from October 21, 2011 through March 2012. Submissions are limited to three pieces (art, photography, or written work) per graduate student. Learn more>>.

8. GRAD STUDENT TALENT SOUGHT FOR GLC OPEN HOUSE

The Graduate School is seeking bands and solo acts to provide entertainment on the GLC Plaza and in the Graduate Life Center (GLC) at the Oct 21 GLC open house. Performers will receive applause and a t-shirt! The open house will run from 10am-3pm. To join the slate of performers, please fill out this survey. Please contact Monika Gibson if you have any questions: 540-231-4558 or gibsonm@vt.edu. Learn more about the GLC Open House.

9. REGISTRATION NOW OPEN FOR CORNHOLE TOURNAMENT DURING GLC OPEN HOUSE
The first ever GLC Open House Cornhole Tournament will take place on Friday, Oct 21, 1:00-3:00pm on the GLC Lawn.  Up to ten teams of two will compete in a double-elimination tournament. At least one member of each team must be a graduate student. Sign up here. Learn more about the GLC Open House.

10. GSA LOGO DESIGN CONTEST
The Graduate Student Assembly is seeking entries from students to re-design their logo. The logo will be used on GSA marketing materials including but not limited to those imprinted or in electronic form. You can win a $100 university bookstore sponsored gift card and build your resume! The deadline for submission of the color and B&W logo and release form is Nov 4. Details, submission and release form are available online. Email any questions to GSA. No e-mail or offline submissions will be accepted.

11. FALL MEMBERSHIP DRIVE FOR PHI BETA DELTA HONOR SOCIETY IN INTL EDUCATION
Phi Beta Delta recognizes the scholarly achievement of international students and scholars, U.S. students who have studied abroad, and faculty and staff who are involved in international activities. There are four categories of members:
(1) intl students who have demonstrated high scholastic achievement at their US institutions; (2) domestic students who have demonstrated high scholastic achievement in the pursuit of academic studies abroad; (3) distinguished faculty, staff, and visiting scholars; and (4) honorary members. More information and application; or contact Betty Watts at bettyw@vt.edu or 231.6452. Application deadline: Oct 18.

12. NEED YOUR INPUT ABOUT PROGRAMMING – 2nd posting
The GLC Fellows need your input regarding bringing workshops of interest to the Graduate Life Center that are geared towards graduate students. Please fill out this short survey to help GLC Fellows plan according to your interests. Email Megan at stuartma@vt.edu if you have any questions.

13. FREE SUPPORT GROUP FOR EXPECTING COUPLES – 2nd posting
As many as 90% of couples experience a significant decline in relationship satisfaction after having their first child. The Mindful Transition to Parenthood Program can help couples prepare for this transition in a healthier way: participants will learn how to connect more deeply with their partner; practice effective communication and stress management; reduce pain during birth; ways to lower risk of postpartum depression. Participants will engage in research-based mindfulness practices and couples activities to enhance their relationships. Understand more about how becoming parents can change your relationship and meet other couples in the same shoes. This group is led by Laura Gambrel, a doctoral candidate in marriage and family therapy. Meetings are on Sundays, Oct 23-Nov 13, 3:30-5:30pm. Register by Oct 16 at http://www.lauragambrel.com/, or e-mail her at lauraeg@vt.edu.

14. IDR ACCEPTING MEMBERSHIP APPLICATIONS NOW – 3rd posting
Iota Delta Rho, the Interdisciplinary Research Honor Society, is accepting applications for membership beginning, Monday, Sep 26 through Monday, Oct 24.    Information on the society, the application process and the membership application packet are available at  http://www.idrsociety.org/membership/application/. If you have any questions about the application process, please send an email to Tammyep@vt.edu

15. CTR FOR STUDENT ENGAGEMENT AND COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS ORG FUNDS PROGRAM
The Organization Funds Program is now available to registered student organizations who wish to complete a project or event that impacts the community and is service-oriented. Your organization could be awarded up to $1000 to make the project or event a reality. Read the announcement for more information and details about applying at: http://tinyurl.com/OrganizationFundsAnnouncement. To apply, fill out the online application at http://tinyurl.com/OrganizationFundsProgram11-12. Applications for fall cycle are due Oct 14. If you need some help honing your ideas or have logistical questions, please contact Jake Grohs at jrgrohs@vt.edu.

16. CONFERENCE TRAVEL FUNDS THROUGH CSECP -3rd posting

The Center for Student Engagement and Community Partnerships (CSECP) invites you to apply for the Conference Travel Fund Program that offers up to $500 to students who are accepted to present on a civic engagement-related topic, research, or project at a professional meeting or conference. Grants are awarded in 2 cycles, Fall (conference dates 10/21-2/27) and Spring (conference dates 2/27-9/10). Learn more>>.

17. SURVEY INVITATION FOR COMMUNITY CONVERSATIONS

All VT students are invited to express their opinions about the town of Blacksburg. This is your opportunity to share what you like about the town and what you would like to see changed, whether it’s housing, transportation, the environment, or the feel of downtown. Please take this 10-minute survey to provide your feedback. The survey will be open Oct 12-26. Survey results will be discussed during a “Community Conversation” between town staff and VT students on Nov 3, 7-9pm, 113 McBryde.

18. GRAD-UGRAD MENTORING PROGRAM SEEKING VOLUNTEERS – 3rd posting
The GSA’s Graduate Undergraduate Mentoring Program (GUMP) is looking for graduate volunteers to serve as mentors and advisors to undergraduates interested in pursuing graduate school. GUMP matches undergraduate and graduate students in mentoring relationships in order to expose undergraduate students to the graduate experience as they consider further study and to provide graduate students with the opportunity to develop mentoring skills as they share their own personal experiences with the undergraduate students in the program. There’s more than one way to get involved! Please visit http://www.gsa.uusa.vt.edu/programs/gump or email gump@vt.edu if you’re interested.

19. GRDP REVIEWERS SOUGHT – 3rd posting
The Graduate Research Development Program (GRDP) of the GSA provides monetary support to graduate students for research conducted at Virginia Tech. The GSA is looking for graduate students who are not applying for funding during the current application cycle to serve as GRDP reviewers. This can be a great resume-building experience. Please fill out the following survey if you are interested in getting involved: https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1316547868011. Questions: Contact Milad Radiom, GRDP Chair, at mradiom@vt.edu.

20. UPCOMING EVENTS:

ADVANCE-VT GRAD LUNCH SEMINAR: TIPS ON PURSUING POSTDOC POSITIONS – REGISTER NOW!
Monday, Oct 17, 12:00–1:30pm, GLC Room F
In many academic disciplines, students complete postdoctoral positions prior to becoming faculty members. Join Dr. Daniela Cimini to learn more about the many opportunities that postdoctoral positions can provide as well as things to consider when applying for such positions. AdvanceVT Graduate Student Lunch Seminars are designed to help graduate students prepare for careers in academe. All graduate students and postdocs are welcome, and lunch is provided. Register by Wednesday, Oct 12.

ETD WORKSHOP SERIES:  COPYRIGHT, PERMISSIONS AND MORE
Tuesday, Oct 18, 7:00pm, GLC Room G
Gail McMillan, director of the digital library and archives in the University Libraries, will discuss copyright, permissions and representing other author’s works in your ETD.

EARN YOUR AMATEUR (HAM) RADIO LICENSE
Tuesday, Oct 18, 7:00pm, Dogwood Room in Squires
The VT Amateur Radio Association will administer amateur radio license exams on campus. To obtain study materials or learn more about amateur radio, visit http://www.arrl.org/licensing-preparation-exams or contact grad student Nathaniel Frissell at nafrissell@vt.edu or 973-787-4506.  Exams are $15, and a photo ID and social security number are required.

DOCUMENTARY & PRESENTATION: WE ARE EGYPT – VOICES LEADING TO REVOLUTION
Thursday, Oct 20, 6:00pm, GLC Auditorium
Sponsored by a variety of organizations including ASPECT, the Alliance for Social, Political, Ethical and Cultural Thought, this event brings to VT film director Lillie Paquette for a showing of the documentary followed by discussion. Contact Heba El-Shazli at heba@vt.edu if you have any questions.

GLC OPEN HOUSE
Friday, Oct 21, 10:00am-3:00pm, everywhere in the GLC
The Graduate School will host an open house in the nationally recognized, award-winning Graduate Life Center (GLC).  Students, faculty, staff, and community members are invited to attend to learn more about the services and spaces the facility offers. Special events for graduate students include an art, writing and photo contest, cornhole tournament, scavenger hunt, free refreshments, and more. Details>>.

GSA FALL 2011 WINE SOCIAL

Friday, Oct 21, 5:30-9:00, University Club
Join your fellow grad students for the GSA Fall Wine Social! Wine service ends at 8:30pm. Tickets are $10 for wine and snacks; $5 for GSA delegates and cabinet members and $2 for just snacks. Volunteers get in for free. If you would like to volunteer to help with the event, please fill out this survey: https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1317947153695. Valid state-issued ID required for entry. Questions? Contact Amanda Shea at ashea04@vt.edu.

FREE MOVIE: EL LABERINTO DE FAUNO (PAN’S LABYRINTH)
Friday, Oct 21, 7:00pm, Colonial Hall in Squires
LAIGSA, the Latin American and Iberian Graduate Students Association, invites you to the free showing of Pan’s Labyrinth (with English subtitles). The movie won 3 Academy Awards. For more information contact Raul Saucedo at rsaucedo@vt.edu.

DIWALI AND ISA GOLDEN JUBILEE CELEBRATION
Sunday, Oct 23, 5:00-10:00pm, various locations
The Indian Student Association invites you to their exuberant celebration of Diwali and their golden jubilee, with Indian music, dance, cultural show, fireworks, and dinner, and a special performance by America’s got Talent performers Kruti Dance Academy from Atlanta. The program includes: 5:30-7:30pm cultural show in Burruss Auditorium (free); 7:30-8:00pm fireworks on the Drillfield (free); and 8:00-10:00pm – dinner in Commonwealth Ballroom in Squires (ticket required). Dinner consists of unlimited, full course authentic Indian cuisine catered by Taaza. Ticket price: 12$ for members; $14 for non-members. Purchase your ticket>>.

October 10-16, 2011

1. WEEKLY SERVICES IN THE GLC (on a walk-in basis unless otherwise noted)

  • Career services advising: Wednesdays, 1:30-5:00pm, GLC Study Room
  • Counseling:  Wednesdays and Thursdays, 1:00-5:00pm, Green Room (across from Room G)
  • GLC Café: Thursdays, 3:30-5:00pm, Reading Room
  • Statistical consulting by LISA: Wednesdays, 1:00-3:00pm, GLC Videoconference Room
  • Writing support: Wednesdays (6-9pm) and Thursdays (6-9pm), GLC Videoconference Room – information on reserving a spot>>

2. ONE-WOMAN SHOW: WONG FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO’S NEST
Tuesday, Oct 11, 8:00pm, GLC Auditorium
Performance artist Kristina Wong examines a very serious topic (displacement and depression) through a comic lens. While Wong doesn’t know the answer to the questions she raises, she puts the onus on herself to figure it out through humor, wit, and heaps of unfinished knitting, all in 70 minutes. While the performance is based on the experiences of a particular group, Asian-American women, the issues raised are relevant to a much broader audience – practically anyone who has been displaced from their own culture into another can relate to the pains of trying to fit in, to not being understood by one’s own family and/or the new environment, to feeling like an alien, and more. Free refreshments will be provided prior to the performance. See more >>.  

3. THE PHD MOVIE ADVANCE TICKETS ON SALE NOW!

Wednesday, Oct 12, 7:00 pm, The Lyric
The GSA brings to you The PHD Movie, based on the popular web-comic by Jorge Cham (see www.phdcomics.com). The film delves into the unique and funny culture of academia and follows four graduate students as they struggle to find balance between research, teaching, and their personal lives. Tickets are $5.00 and will be available during GSA Office Hours Tue 8-10am and Wed 1:30-3:30pm in the GLC Graduate Student Organization Office (21 GLC). Questions: Contact Swetha Kumar.

4. GLC CAFÉ
Thursdays, 3:30-5:00pm, GLC Reading Room
Enjoy free coffee and tea in the GLC Reading Room on Thursday afternoons and socialize with your fellow grads. This week’s special: a surprise – you’ll have to come to find out what it is. Bring your own mug if you can. Please contact us at grads@vt.edu if you have any comments or suggestions about this event.

5. GRAD STUDENT RESPONSIBILITIES IN ADVISOR-ADVISEE RELATIONSHIPS
Thursday, Oct 13, 5:30-7:00pm, GLC Room C
Learn more about how to build a successful relationship with your academic advisor and how to find the mentoring you need. Light refreshments will be served. Contact Akiko  with any questions.

6. HISPANIC-LATINO HERITAGE MONTH LUNCHEON
Friday, Oct 14, 11:30AM-1:00pm GLC room F
The Graduate School hosts the Hispanic-Latino Heritage Month luncheon open to all students, featuring Douglas Garcia, Executive Director of Federal Relations and Outreach for the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities. Topics discussed will include internship and fellowship opportunities, trends of Hispanics in education, and how to get involved in HACU. Please complete this survey if interested in attending.

7. GRAD STUDENT PHOTO-ART-WRITING CONTEST: GRAD LIFE THROUGH THE EYES OF GRADS
The Graduate School invites submissions of art work, photography and written work by graduate students for display in the GLC for the Graduate School’s Open House on October 21 and beyond. All pieces will be displayed on October 21 and November 12; selected pieces will be displayed from October 21, 2011 through March 2012. Submissions are limited to three pieces (art, photography, or written work) per graduate student. Learn more>>.

8. GRAD STUDENT TALENT SOUGHT FOR GLC OPEN HOUSE

The Graduate School is seeking bands and solo acts to provide entertainment on the GLC Plaza and in the Graduate Life Center (GLC) at the Oct 21 GLC open house. Performers will receive applause and a t-shirt! The open house will run from 10am-3pm. To join the slate of performers, please fill out this survey. Please contact Monika Gibson if you have any questions: 540-231-4558 or gibsonm@vt.edu. Learn more about the GLC Open House.

9. REGISTRATION NOW OPEN FOR CORNHOLE TOURNAMENT DURING GLC OPEN HOUSE
The first ever GLC Open House Cornhole Tournament will take place on Friday, Oct 21, 1:00-3:00pm on the GLC Lawn.  Up to ten teams of two will compete in a double-elimination tournament. At least one member of each team must be a graduate student. Sign up here. Learn more about the GLC Open House.

10. GSA LOGO DESIGN CONTEST
The Graduate Student Assembly is seeking entries from students to re-design their logo. The logo will be used on GSA marketing materials including but not limited to those imprinted or in electronic form. You can win a $100 university bookstore sponsored gift card and build your resume! The deadline for submission of the color and B&W logo and release form is Nov 4. Details, submission and release form are available online. Email any questions to GSA. No e-mail or offline submissions will be accepted.

11. FALL MEMBERSHIP DRIVE FOR PHI BETA DELTA HONOR SOCIETY IN INTL EDUCATION
Phi Beta Delta recognizes the scholarly achievement of international students and scholars, U.S. students who have studied abroad, and faculty and staff who are involved in international activities. There are four categories of members:
(1) intl students who have demonstrated high scholastic achievement at their US institutions; (2) domestic students who have demonstrated high scholastic achievement in the pursuit of academic studies abroad; (3) distinguished faculty, staff, and visiting scholars; and (4) honorary members. More information and application; or contact Betty Watts at bettyw@vt.edu or 231.6452. Application deadline: Oct 18.

12. NEED YOUR INPUT ABOUT PROGRAMMING – 2nd posting
The GLC Fellows need your input regarding bringing workshops of interest to the Graduate Life Center that are geared towards graduate students. Please fill out this short survey to help GLC Fellows plan according to your interests. Email Megan at stuartma@vt.edu if you have any questions.

13. FREE SUPPORT GROUP FOR EXPECTING COUPLES – 2nd posting
As many as 90% of couples experience a significant decline in relationship satisfaction after having their first child. The Mindful Transition to Parenthood Program can help couples prepare for this transition in a healthier way: participants will learn how to connect more deeply with their partner; practice effective communication and stress management; reduce pain during birth; ways to lower risk of postpartum depression. Participants will engage in research-based mindfulness practices and couples activities to enhance their relationships. Understand more about how becoming parents can change your relationship and meet other couples in the same shoes. This group is led by Laura Gambrel, a doctoral candidate in marriage and family therapy. Meetings are on Sundays, Oct 23-Nov 13, 3:30-5:30pm. Register by Oct 16 at http://www.lauragambrel.com/, or e-mail her at lauraeg@vt.edu.

14. IDR ACCEPTING MEMBERSHIP APPLICATIONS NOW – 3rd posting
Iota Delta Rho, the Interdisciplinary Research Honor Society, is accepting applications for membership beginning, Monday, Sep 26 through Monday, Oct 24.    Information on the society, the application process and the membership application packet are available at  http://www.idrsociety.org/membership/application/. If you have any questions about the application process, please send an email to Tammyep@vt.edu

15. CTR FOR STUDENT ENGAGEMENT AND COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS ORG FUNDS PROGRAM
The Organization Funds Program is now available to registered student organizations who wish to complete a project or event that impacts the community and is service-oriented. Your organization could be awarded up to $1000 to make the project or event a reality. Read the announcement for more information and details about applying at: http://tinyurl.com/OrganizationFundsAnnouncement. To apply, fill out the online application at http://tinyurl.com/OrganizationFundsProgram11-12. Applications for fall cycle are due Oct 14. If you need some help honing your ideas or have logistical questions, please contact Jake Grohs at jrgrohs@vt.edu.

16. CONFERENCE TRAVEL FUNDS THROUGH CSECP -3rd posting

The Center for Student Engagement and Community Partnerships (CSECP) invites you to apply for the Conference Travel Fund Program that offers up to $500 to students who are accepted to present on a civic engagement-related topic, research, or project at a professional meeting or conference. Grants are awarded in 2 cycles, Fall (conference dates 10/21-2/27) and Spring (conference dates 2/27-9/10). Learn more>>.

17. SURVEY INVITATION FOR COMMUNITY CONVERSATIONS

All VT students are invited to express their opinions about the town of Blacksburg. This is your opportunity to share what you like about the town and what you would like to see changed, whether it’s housing, transportation, the environment, or the feel of downtown. Please take this 10-minute survey to provide your feedback. The survey will be open Oct 12-26. Survey results will be discussed during a “Community Conversation” between town staff and VT students on Nov 3, 7-9pm, 113 McBryde.

18. GRAD-UGRAD MENTORING PROGRAM SEEKING VOLUNTEERS – 3rd posting
The GSA’s Graduate Undergraduate Mentoring Program (GUMP) is looking for graduate volunteers to serve as mentors and advisors to undergraduates interested in pursuing graduate school. GUMP matches undergraduate and graduate students in mentoring relationships in order to expose undergraduate students to the graduate experience as they consider further study and to provide graduate students with the opportunity to develop mentoring skills as they share their own personal experiences with the undergraduate students in the program. There’s more than one way to get involved! Please visit http://www.gsa.uusa.vt.edu/programs/gump or email gump@vt.edu if you’re interested.

19. GRDP REVIEWERS SOUGHT – 3rd posting
The Graduate Research Development Program (GRDP) of the GSA provides monetary support to graduate students for research conducted at Virginia Tech. The GSA is looking for graduate students who are not applying for funding during the current application cycle to serve as GRDP reviewers. This can be a great resume-building experience. Please fill out the following survey if you are interested in getting involved: https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1316547868011. Questions: Contact Milad Radiom, GRDP Chair, at mradiom@vt.edu.

20. UPCOMING EVENTS:

ADVANCE-VT GRAD LUNCH SEMINAR: TIPS ON PURSUING POSTDOC POSITIONS – REGISTER NOW!
Monday, Oct 17, 12:00–1:30pm, GLC Room F
In many academic disciplines, students complete postdoctoral positions prior to becoming faculty members. Join Dr. Daniela Cimini to learn more about the many opportunities that postdoctoral positions can provide as well as things to consider when applying for such positions. AdvanceVT Graduate Student Lunch Seminars are designed to help graduate students prepare for careers in academe. All graduate students and postdocs are welcome, and lunch is provided. Register by Wednesday, Oct 12.

ETD WORKSHOP SERIES:  COPYRIGHT, PERMISSIONS AND MORE
Tuesday, Oct 18, 7:00pm, GLC Room G
Gail McMillan, director of the digital library and archives in the University Libraries, will discuss copyright, permissions and representing other author’s works in your ETD.

EARN YOUR AMATEUR (HAM) RADIO LICENSE
Tuesday, Oct 18, 7:00pm, Dogwood Room in Squires
The VT Amateur Radio Association will administer amateur radio license exams on campus. To obtain study materials or learn more about amateur radio, visit http://www.arrl.org/licensing-preparation-exams or contact grad student Nathaniel Frissell at nafrissell@vt.edu or 973-787-4506.  Exams are $15, and a photo ID and social security number are required.

DOCUMENTARY & PRESENTATION: WE ARE EGYPT – VOICES LEADING TO REVOLUTION
Thursday, Oct 20, 6:00pm, GLC Auditorium
Sponsored by a variety of organizations including ASPECT, the Alliance for Social, Political, Ethical and Cultural Thought, this event brings to VT film director Lillie Paquette for a showing of the documentary followed by discussion. Contact Heba El-Shazli at heba@vt.edu if you have any questions.

GLC OPEN HOUSE
Friday, Oct 21, 10:00am-3:00pm, everywhere in the GLC
The Graduate School will host an open house in the nationally recognized, award-winning Graduate Life Center (GLC).  Students, faculty, staff, and community members are invited to attend to learn more about the services and spaces the facility offers. Special events for graduate students include an art, writing and photo contest, cornhole tournament, scavenger hunt, free refreshments, and more. Details>>.

GSA FALL 2011 WINE SOCIAL

Friday, Oct 21, 5:30-9:00, University Club
Join your fellow grad students for the GSA Fall Wine Social! Wine service ends at 8:30pm. Tickets are $10 for wine and snacks; $5 for GSA delegates and cabinet members and $2 for just snacks. Volunteers get in for free. If you would like to volunteer to help with the event, please fill out this survey: https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1317947153695. Valid state-issued ID required for entry. Questions? Contact Amanda Shea at ashea04@vt.edu.

FREE MOVIE: EL LABERINTO DE FAUNO (PAN’S LABYRINTH)
Friday, Oct 21, 7:00pm, Colonial Hall in Squires
LAIGSA, the Latin American and Iberian Graduate Students Association, invites you to the free showing of Pan’s Labyrinth (with English subtitles). The movie won 3 Academy Awards. For more information contact Raul Saucedo at rsaucedo@vt.edu.

DIWALI AND ISA GOLDEN JUBILEE CELEBRATION
Sunday, Oct 23, 5:00-10:00pm, various locations
The Indian Student Association invites you to their exuberant celebration of Diwali and their golden jubilee, with Indian music, dance, cultural show, fireworks, and dinner, and a special performance by America’s got Talent performers Kruti Dance Academy from Atlanta. The program includes: 5:30-7:30pm cultural show in Burruss Auditorium (free); 7:30-8:00pm fireworks on the Drillfield (free); and 8:00-10:00pm – dinner in Commonwealth Ballroom in Squires (ticket required). Dinner consists of unlimited, full course authentic Indian cuisine catered by Taaza. Ticket price: 12$ for members; $14 for non-members. Purchase your ticket>>.

October 3-9, 2011

1. WEEKLY SERVICES IN THE GLC (on a walk-in basis unless otherwise noted)
– Career services advising: Wednesdays, 1:30-5:00pm, GLC Study Room
– Counseling:  Wednesdays and Thursdays, 1:00-5:00pm, Green Room (across from Room G)
– GLC Café: Thursdays, 3:30-5:00pm, Reading Room
– Statistical consulting by LISA: Wednesdays, 1:00-3:00pm, GLC Videoconference Room
– Writing support: Wednesdays (6-9pm) and Thursdays (6-9pm), GLC Videoconference Room – reserve a spot here

2. DIALOGUE WITH THE DEAN I.
Tuesday, Oct 4, 5:30-7:00pm, GLC Rm C
Discuss graduate student life and university policies with Dean DePauw over dinner. This is your opportunity to bring up issues that matter most to you! Space is limited; please register here. If you have questions, contact: Swetha Kumar, GSA VP of Programs, at swethak@vt.edu.

3. SHORT STAT COURSES FOR NON-STAT MAJORS: APPLYING STATS IN RESEARCH – CASE STUDIES
Tuesday, Oct 4, 5:00-7:00pm, Fralin Auditorium.
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 2-hr courses is on teaching practical statistical techniques for analyzing or collecting data. Instructions on how to register and to learn more >>. For more information, please visit www.lisa.stat.vt.edu.

4. CAREER SERVICES PRESENTS: INTERVIEWING SKILLS

Wednesday, Oct 5, 5:30-6:30pm, GLC Room F
Be prepared for initial screening interviews as well as on-site interviews. This seminar addresses interviewing basics, employer expectations, and insights into behavioral interviews. Presented by Amy McPherson.

5. BGSO PRESENTS: NAVIGATING DEPARTMENTAL POLITICS, PART II.

Wednesday, Oct 5, 7:15pm, GLC Room B (note room change!)
There’s more to grad school than research, teaching, and taking classes: departmental/university politics can make or break a graduate career. A panel will discuss how to navigate departmental politics, and give advice on what to do if you get stuck! Panelists include Dr. Karen DePauw, VP and Dean of Graduate Education; Dr. Guy Sims, Asst VP for Student Affairs; Dr. Manbeena Sekhon, licensed professional counselor; Ms. Ennis McCreary, Ombudswoman; grad students Ms. Jasmine Graham, Ms. Keyana Ellis, Ms. Kenya King, and newly minted Ph.D. Jonathan Gaines.

6. GLC CAFÉ JAMAICA
Thursdays, 3:30-5:00pm, GLC Reading Room
Enjoy free coffee and tea in the GLC Reading Room on Thursday afternoons and socialize with your fellow grads. This week’s special: Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee, courtesy of LAIGSA, and home-made coffee cake. Bring your own mug if you can. Or bring your own can if you mug. Please contact us at grads@vt.edu if you have any comments or suggestions about this event.

7. GLC FELLOWS MIAMI TAILGATE
Saturday, Oct 8, 12:00-3:30pm, Lawn between GLC and University Club
Come out and enjoy free food and games before the Hokies battle the Miami Hurricanes. Rain location: GLC TV Lounge. Contact GLC Fellow Megan Stuart with any questions.

8. GRAD STUDENT PHOTO-ART-WRITING CONTEST: GRAD LIFE THROUGH THE EYES OF GRADS

The Graduate School invites submissions of art work, photography and written work by graduate students for display in the GLC for the Graduate School’s Open House on October 21 and beyond. All pieces will be displayed on October 21 and November 12; selected pieces will be displayed from October 21, 2011 through March 2012. Submissions are limited to three pieces (art, photography, or written work) per graduate student. Learn more >>.

9. GSA LOGO DESIGN CONTEST – 1st posting
The Graduate Student Assembly is seeking entries from students for a re-designed logo. The new logo will be used on GSA marketing materials, including but not limited to those imprinted or in electronic form. This is an opportunity to win a $100 university-bookstore-sponsored gift card and build your resume. Deadline for submission of the color and B&W logo and release form is Nov 4. Details, submission and release form are available online. Email any questions to gsa@vt.edu. No e-mail or offline submissions will be accepted.

10. NEED YOUR INPUT ABOUT PROGRAMMING
The GLC Fellows need your input regarding bringing workshops of interest to the Graduate Life Center that are geared towards graduate students. Please fill out this short survey to help GLC Fellows plan according to your interests: https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1316783190937. Email Megan at stuartma@vt.edu if you have any questions.

11. FREE SUPPORT GROUP FOR EXPECTING COUPLES – 1st posting
As many as 90% of couples experience a significant decline in relationship satisfaction after having their first child. The Mindful Transition to Parenthood Program can help couples prepare for this transition in a healthier way: participants will learn how to connect more deeply with their partner; practice effective communication and stress management; reduce pain during birth; ways to lower risk of postpartum depression. Participants will engage in research-based mindfulness practices and couples activities to enhance their relationships. Understand more about how becoming parents can change your relationship and meet other couples in the same shoes. This group is led by Laura Gambrel, a doctoral candidate in marriage and family therapy. Meetings are on Sundays, Oct 23-Nov 13, 3:30-5:30pm. Register by Oct 16 at http://www.lauragambrel.com/, or e-mail her at lauraeg@vt.edu.

12. ABSTRACT SUBMISSION AND REGISTRATION FOR INTERDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM
The Interdisciplinary Research Honor Society (ΙΔΡ) is organizing the first Interdisciplinary Research Symposium at Virginia Tech on Nov 4, 9am-4pm, in the Graduate Life Center (GLC) Multipurpose room. The goal of this symposium is to showcase student research projects to promote and recognize the interdisciplinary work being performed at Virginia Tech by both graduate and undergraduate students. Visit their website for free registration to the event and view additional information about abstract submission: http://symposium.idrsociety.org. Submit abstracts to symposium@idrsociety.org by Oct 9.

13. IDR ACCEPTING MEMBERSHIP APPLICATIONS NOW – 2nd posting
Iota Delta Rho, the Interdisciplinary Research Honor Society, is accepting applications for membership beginning, Monday, Sep 26 through Monday, Oct 24.    Information on the society, the application process and the membership application packet are available at  http://www.idrsociety.org/membership/application/. If you have any questions about the application process, please send an email to Tammyep@vt.edu

14. CTR FOR STUDENT ENGAGEMENT AND COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS ORG FUNDS PROGRAM
The Organization Funds Program is now available to registered student organizations who wish to complete a project or event that impacts the community and is service-oriented. Your organization could be awarded up to $1000 to make the project or event a reality. Read the announcement for more information and details about applying at: http://tinyurl.com/OrganizationFundsAnnouncement. To apply, fill out the online application at http://tinyurl.com/OrganizationFundsProgram11-12. Applications for fall cycle are due Oct 14. If you need some help honing your ideas or have logistical questions, please contact Jake Grohs at jrgrohs@vt.edu.

15. SOCIAL ENTREPRENEUR STUDENT GRANT
Do you have a unique idea that could help improve your community? The Social Entrepreneur grant is available to help you do this by providing seed money for students who have a creative project or idea in mind to address a specific need in their community. You could be awarded up to $1000 to start your project. Review the program and application details at http://tinyurl.com/SESGPFallAnnouncement and download the application at http://tinyurl.com/SESGP-Fall2011. Deadline for fall is Oct 10.  If you need help developing your ideas, recruiting community partners or a faculty advisor, please contact Jake Grohs at CSECP, jrgrohs@vt.edu. 

16. CONFERENCE TRAVEL FUNDS THROUGH CSECP -2nd posting
The Center for Student Engagement and Community Partnerships (CSECP) invites you to apply for the Conference Travel Fund Program that offers up to $500 to students who are accepted to present on a civic engagement-related topic, research, or project at a professional meeting or conference. Grants are awarded in 2 cycles, Fall (conference dates 10/21-2/27) and Spring (conference dates 2/27-9/10). Learn more at http://tinyurl.com/ConferenceTravelFundsProgram.

17. GRAD-UGRAD MENTORING PROGRAM SEEKING VOLUNTEERS – 2nd posting

The GSA’s Graduate Undergraduate Mentoring Program (GUMP) is looking for graduate volunteers to serve as mentors and advisors to undergraduates interested in pursuing graduate school. GUMP matches undergraduate and graduate students in mentoring relationships in order to expose undergraduate students to the graduate experience as they consider further study and to provide graduate students with the opportunity to develop mentoring skills as they share their own personal experiences with the undergraduate students in the program. There’s more than one way to get involved! Please visit http://www.gsa.uusa.vt.edu/programs/gump or email gump@vt.edu if you’re interested.

18. GRDP REVIEWERS SOUGHT – 2nd posting
The Graduate Research Development Program (GRDP) of the GSA provides monetary support to graduate students for research conducted at Virginia Tech. The GSA is looking for graduate students who are not applying for funding during the current application cycle to serve as GRDP reviewers. This can be a great resume-building experience. Please fill out the following survey if you are interested in getting involved: https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1316547868011. Questions: Contact Milad Radiom, GRDP Chair, at mradiom@vt.edu.

19. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR BIOMECHANICS STUDY – 3rd 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 approximately 2 hours) and one screening session. Participants will be compensated $10/hour with a $10 bonus after completing all sessions. Requirements: male or 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 at lhorton@vt.edu <mailto:lhorton@vt.edu> .

UPCOMING EVENTS:

ONE-WOMAN SHOW: WONG FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO’S NEST
Tuesday, Oct 11, 8:00pm, GLC Auditorium
Performance artist Kristina Wong examines a very serious topic (displacement, depression, suicide) through a comic lens. While Wong doesn’t know the answer to the questions she raises, she puts the onus on herself to figure it out through humor, wit, and heaps of unfinished knitting, all in 70 minutes. While the performance is based on the experiences of a particular group, Asian-American women, the issues raised are relevant to a much broader audience – practically anyone who has been displaced from their own culture into another can relate to the pains of trying to fit in, to not being understood by one’s own family and/or the new environment, to feeling like an alien, and more. Free refreshments will be provided prior to the performance. See more at http://www.vtnews.vt.edu/articles/2011/09/092911-dsa-wongflewoverthecuckoosnest.html.  

THE PHD  MOVIE ADVANCE TICKETS ON SALE NOW!

Wednesday, Oct 12, 7:00 pm, The Lyric
The GSA brings to you The PHD Movie, based on the popular web-comic by Jorge Cham (see www.phdcomics.com). The film delves into the unique and funny culture of academia and follows four graduate students as they struggle to find balance between research, teaching, and their personal lives. Tickets are $5.00 and will be available during GSA Office Hours Tue 8-10am and Wed 1:30-3:30pm in the GLC Graduate Student Organization Office (21 GLC). Questions: Contact Swetha Kumar at swethak@vt.edu.

CALL FOR POSTERS FOR INTL YEAR OF FORESTS SHOWCASE: REGISTER NOW
Thursday, Oct 13

As part of VT’s celebration of the International Year of Forests, there will be a poster-display in Commonwealth Ballroom, Squires, on the afternoon of Thursday, Oct 13.  Students and faculty who study forests in any way are encouraged to present a poster during the reception between the panel discussion and movie. Register here: https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1317151994331 by Oct 5.

GRAD STUDENT RESPONSIBILITIES IN ADVISOR-ADVISEE RELATIONSHIPS

Thursday, Oct 13, 5:30-7:00pm, GLC Room C
Learn more about how to build a successful relationship with your academic advisor and how to find the mentoring you need. Contact Akiko at anakamur@vt.edu with any questions.

OCVT BACKCOUNTRY COOK OFF: REGISTER NOW
Thursday, October 13, 8:00-9:00pm, GLC Plaza
The Outdoor Club at Virginia Tech invites creative outdoor enthusiasts to share ideas for cooking meals in the backcountry: each contestant must cook one course of a backcountry meal. Entries may fall into the main course (entrée) or dessert category. All ingredients, cooking implements, and techniques should be optimized for the expedition environment (multi-day backpacking, kayaking, biking trips, etc). Must supply own food and equipment. Stove and cook-kits are available for rent from Venture Out. Be prepared to share recipes and cooking techniques with OCVT club members. Entries must be sufficient to be tasted by at least six people. Prizes will be awarded for the winning dishes!  For more information or to enter, contact Nathaniel Frissell at nafrissell@vt.edu, or Dan Grohol at danielg1@vt.edu. Register by Oct 9.

HISPANIC-LATINO HERITAGE MONTH LUNCHEON
Friday, Oct 14, 11:30AM-1:00pm GLC room F
The Graduate School hosts the Hispanic-Latino Heritage Month luncheon open to all students, featuring Douglas Garcia, Executive Director of Federal Relations and Outreach for the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities. Topics discussed will include internship and fellowship opportunities, trends of Hispanics in education, and how to get involved in HACU. Please complete the following survey if interested in attending: https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1314727806340.

GLC FELLOWS/GSA HIKE TO THE CASCADES

Saturday, Oct 15, 10:30am, meet in front of GLC on Otey Street
The GLC Fellows and GSA members will lead this hike up to the Cascades waterfall. Join for a nice hike and enjoy the spectacular fall foliage.  For those who don’t have a car, transportation can be arranged. Bring lunch and have a picnic at the top of the falls. If you are interested, sign up at: https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1317392685924. For more information please contact GLC Fellow Eric Hodges at hodgeseb@vt.edu.

DINING ETIQUETTE DINNER – REGISTER NOW
Wednesday, Oct 19, 5:30-8:00pm, The Inn at Virginia Tech
Register now for Career Services’ fall etiquette dinner, Shine While you Dine: A Networking and Fine Dining Experience. Learn how to stand out from other candidates in this interactive dining experience. The program begins with networking and hors d’oeuvres and is followed by an evening of fine dining and question facilitation. Registration is required in person at the Smith Career Center.  The cost for the evening is $10 and includes light hors d’oeuvres and a three course meal. Register by Oct 7. To learn more visit: www.career.vt.edu/DiningEtiquette/DiningEtiquette.html

October 3-9, 2011

1. WEEKLY SERVICES IN THE GLC (on a walk-in basis unless otherwise noted)
– Career services advising: Wednesdays, 1:30-5:00pm, GLC Study Room
– Counseling:  Wednesdays and Thursdays, 1:00-5:00pm, Green Room (across from Room G)
– GLC Café: Thursdays, 3:30-5:00pm, Reading Room
– Statistical consulting by LISA: Wednesdays, 1:00-3:00pm, GLC Videoconference Room
– Writing support: Wednesdays (6-9pm) and Thursdays (6-9pm), GLC Videoconference Room – reserve a spot here

2. DIALOGUE WITH THE DEAN I.
Tuesday, Oct 4, 5:30-7:00pm, GLC Rm C
Discuss graduate student life and university policies with Dean DePauw over dinner. This is your opportunity to bring up issues that matter most to you! Space is limited; please register here. If you have questions, contact: Swetha Kumar, GSA VP of Programs, at swethak@vt.edu.

3. SHORT STAT COURSES FOR NON-STAT MAJORS: APPLYING STATS IN RESEARCH – CASE STUDIES
Tuesday, Oct 4, 5:00-7:00pm, Fralin Auditorium.
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 2-hr courses is on teaching practical statistical techniques for analyzing or collecting data. Instructions on how to register and to learn more >>. For more information, please visit www.lisa.stat.vt.edu.

4. CAREER SERVICES PRESENTS: INTERVIEWING SKILLS

Wednesday, Oct 5, 5:30-6:30pm, GLC Room F
Be prepared for initial screening interviews as well as on-site interviews. This seminar addresses interviewing basics, employer expectations, and insights into behavioral interviews. Presented by Amy McPherson.

5. BGSO PRESENTS: NAVIGATING DEPARTMENTAL POLITICS, PART II.

Wednesday, Oct 5, 7:15pm, GLC Room B (note room change!)
There’s more to grad school than research, teaching, and taking classes: departmental/university politics can make or break a graduate career. A panel will discuss how to navigate departmental politics, and give advice on what to do if you get stuck! Panelists include Dr. Karen DePauw, VP and Dean of Graduate Education; Dr. Guy Sims, Asst VP for Student Affairs; Dr. Manbeena Sekhon, licensed professional counselor; Ms. Ennis McCreary, Ombudswoman; grad students Ms. Jasmine Graham, Ms. Keyana Ellis, Ms. Kenya King, and newly minted Ph.D. Jonathan Gaines.

6. GLC CAFÉ JAMAICA
Thursdays, 3:30-5:00pm, GLC Reading Room
Enjoy free coffee and tea in the GLC Reading Room on Thursday afternoons and socialize with your fellow grads. This week’s special: Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee, courtesy of LAIGSA, and home-made coffee cake. Bring your own mug if you can. Or bring your own can if you mug. Please contact us at grads@vt.edu if you have any comments or suggestions about this event.

7. GLC FELLOWS MIAMI TAILGATE
Saturday, Oct 8, 12:00-3:30pm, Lawn between GLC and University Club
Come out and enjoy free food and games before the Hokies battle the Miami Hurricanes. Rain location: GLC TV Lounge. Contact GLC Fellow Megan Stuart with any questions.

8. GRAD STUDENT PHOTO-ART-WRITING CONTEST: GRAD LIFE THROUGH THE EYES OF GRADS

The Graduate School invites submissions of art work, photography and written work by graduate students for display in the GLC for the Graduate School’s Open House on October 21 and beyond. All pieces will be displayed on October 21 and November 12; selected pieces will be displayed from October 21, 2011 through March 2012. Submissions are limited to three pieces (art, photography, or written work) per graduate student. Learn more >>.

9. GSA LOGO DESIGN CONTEST – 1st posting
The Graduate Student Assembly is seeking entries from students for a re-designed logo. The new logo will be used on GSA marketing materials, including but not limited to those imprinted or in electronic form. This is an opportunity to win a $100 university-bookstore-sponsored gift card and build your resume. Deadline for submission of the color and B&W logo and release form is Nov 4. Details, submission and release form are available online. Email any questions to gsa@vt.edu. No e-mail or offline submissions will be accepted.

10. NEED YOUR INPUT ABOUT PROGRAMMING
The GLC Fellows need your input regarding bringing workshops of interest to the Graduate Life Center that are geared towards graduate students. Please fill out this short survey to help GLC Fellows plan according to your interests: https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1316783190937. Email Megan at stuartma@vt.edu if you have any questions.

11. FREE SUPPORT GROUP FOR EXPECTING COUPLES – 1st posting
As many as 90% of couples experience a significant decline in relationship satisfaction after having their first child. The Mindful Transition to Parenthood Program can help couples prepare for this transition in a healthier way: participants will learn how to connect more deeply with their partner; practice effective communication and stress management; reduce pain during birth; ways to lower risk of postpartum depression. Participants will engage in research-based mindfulness practices and couples activities to enhance their relationships. Understand more about how becoming parents can change your relationship and meet other couples in the same shoes. This group is led by Laura Gambrel, a doctoral candidate in marriage and family therapy. Meetings are on Sundays, Oct 23-Nov 13, 3:30-5:30pm. Register by Oct 16 at http://www.lauragambrel.com/, or e-mail her at lauraeg@vt.edu.

12. ABSTRACT SUBMISSION AND REGISTRATION FOR INTERDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM
The Interdisciplinary Research Honor Society (ΙΔΡ) is organizing the first Interdisciplinary Research Symposium at Virginia Tech on Nov 4, 9am-4pm, in the Graduate Life Center (GLC) Multipurpose room. The goal of this symposium is to showcase student research projects to promote and recognize the interdisciplinary work being performed at Virginia Tech by both graduate and undergraduate students. Visit their website for free registration to the event and view additional information about abstract submission: http://symposium.idrsociety.org. Submit abstracts to symposium@idrsociety.org by Oct 9.

13. IDR ACCEPTING MEMBERSHIP APPLICATIONS NOW – 2nd posting
Iota Delta Rho, the Interdisciplinary Research Honor Society, is accepting applications for membership beginning, Monday, Sep 26 through Monday, Oct 24.    Information on the society, the application process and the membership application packet are available at  http://www.idrsociety.org/membership/application/. If you have any questions about the application process, please send an email to Tammyep@vt.edu

14. CTR FOR STUDENT ENGAGEMENT AND COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS ORG FUNDS PROGRAM
The Organization Funds Program is now available to registered student organizations who wish to complete a project or event that impacts the community and is service-oriented. Your organization could be awarded up to $1000 to make the project or event a reality. Read the announcement for more information and details about applying at: http://tinyurl.com/OrganizationFundsAnnouncement. To apply, fill out the online application at http://tinyurl.com/OrganizationFundsProgram11-12. Applications for fall cycle are due Oct 14. If you need some help honing your ideas or have logistical questions, please contact Jake Grohs at jrgrohs@vt.edu.

15. SOCIAL ENTREPRENEUR STUDENT GRANT
Do you have a unique idea that could help improve your community? The Social Entrepreneur grant is available to help you do this by providing seed money for students who have a creative project or idea in mind to address a specific need in their community. You could be awarded up to $1000 to start your project. Review the program and application details at http://tinyurl.com/SESGPFallAnnouncement and download the application at http://tinyurl.com/SESGP-Fall2011. Deadline for fall is Oct 10.  If you need help developing your ideas, recruiting community partners or a faculty advisor, please contact Jake Grohs at CSECP, jrgrohs@vt.edu. 

16. CONFERENCE TRAVEL FUNDS THROUGH CSECP -2nd posting
The Center for Student Engagement and Community Partnerships (CSECP) invites you to apply for the Conference Travel Fund Program that offers up to $500 to students who are accepted to present on a civic engagement-related topic, research, or project at a professional meeting or conference. Grants are awarded in 2 cycles, Fall (conference dates 10/21-2/27) and Spring (conference dates 2/27-9/10). Learn more at http://tinyurl.com/ConferenceTravelFundsProgram.

17. GRAD-UGRAD MENTORING PROGRAM SEEKING VOLUNTEERS – 2nd posting

The GSA’s Graduate Undergraduate Mentoring Program (GUMP) is looking for graduate volunteers to serve as mentors and advisors to undergraduates interested in pursuing graduate school. GUMP matches undergraduate and graduate students in mentoring relationships in order to expose undergraduate students to the graduate experience as they consider further study and to provide graduate students with the opportunity to develop mentoring skills as they share their own personal experiences with the undergraduate students in the program. There’s more than one way to get involved! Please visit http://www.gsa.uusa.vt.edu/programs/gump or email gump@vt.edu if you’re interested.

18. GRDP REVIEWERS SOUGHT – 2nd posting
The Graduate Research Development Program (GRDP) of the GSA provides monetary support to graduate students for research conducted at Virginia Tech. The GSA is looking for graduate students who are not applying for funding during the current application cycle to serve as GRDP reviewers. This can be a great resume-building experience. Please fill out the following survey if you are interested in getting involved: https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1316547868011. Questions: Contact Milad Radiom, GRDP Chair, at mradiom@vt.edu.

19. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR BIOMECHANICS STUDY – 3rd 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 approximately 2 hours) and one screening session. Participants will be compensated $10/hour with a $10 bonus after completing all sessions. Requirements: male or 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 at lhorton@vt.edu <mailto:lhorton@vt.edu> .

UPCOMING EVENTS:

ONE-WOMAN SHOW: WONG FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO’S NEST
Tuesday, Oct 11, 8:00pm, GLC Auditorium
Performance artist Kristina Wong examines a very serious topic (displacement, depression, suicide) through a comic lens. While Wong doesn’t know the answer to the questions she raises, she puts the onus on herself to figure it out through humor, wit, and heaps of unfinished knitting, all in 70 minutes. While the performance is based on the experiences of a particular group, Asian-American women, the issues raised are relevant to a much broader audience – practically anyone who has been displaced from their own culture into another can relate to the pains of trying to fit in, to not being understood by one’s own family and/or the new environment, to feeling like an alien, and more. Free refreshments will be provided prior to the performance. See more at http://www.vtnews.vt.edu/articles/2011/09/092911-dsa-wongflewoverthecuckoosnest.html.  

THE PHD  MOVIE ADVANCE TICKETS ON SALE NOW!

Wednesday, Oct 12, 7:00 pm, The Lyric
The GSA brings to you The PHD Movie, based on the popular web-comic by Jorge Cham (see www.phdcomics.com). The film delves into the unique and funny culture of academia and follows four graduate students as they struggle to find balance between research, teaching, and their personal lives. Tickets are $5.00 and will be available during GSA Office Hours Tue 8-10am and Wed 1:30-3:30pm in the GLC Graduate Student Organization Office (21 GLC). Questions: Contact Swetha Kumar at swethak@vt.edu.

CALL FOR POSTERS FOR INTL YEAR OF FORESTS SHOWCASE: REGISTER NOW
Thursday, Oct 13

As part of VT’s celebration of the International Year of Forests, there will be a poster-display in Commonwealth Ballroom, Squires, on the afternoon of Thursday, Oct 13.  Students and faculty who study forests in any way are encouraged to present a poster during the reception between the panel discussion and movie. Register here: https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1317151994331 by Oct 5.

GRAD STUDENT RESPONSIBILITIES IN ADVISOR-ADVISEE RELATIONSHIPS

Thursday, Oct 13, 5:30-7:00pm, GLC Room C
Learn more about how to build a successful relationship with your academic advisor and how to find the mentoring you need. Contact Akiko at anakamur@vt.edu with any questions.

OCVT BACKCOUNTRY COOK OFF: REGISTER NOW
Thursday, October 13, 8:00-9:00pm, GLC Plaza
The Outdoor Club at Virginia Tech invites creative outdoor enthusiasts to share ideas for cooking meals in the backcountry: each contestant must cook one course of a backcountry meal. Entries may fall into the main course (entrée) or dessert category. All ingredients, cooking implements, and techniques should be optimized for the expedition environment (multi-day backpacking, kayaking, biking trips, etc). Must supply own food and equipment. Stove and cook-kits are available for rent from Venture Out. Be prepared to share recipes and cooking techniques with OCVT club members. Entries must be sufficient to be tasted by at least six people. Prizes will be awarded for the winning dishes!  For more information or to enter, contact Nathaniel Frissell at nafrissell@vt.edu, or Dan Grohol at danielg1@vt.edu. Register by Oct 9.

HISPANIC-LATINO HERITAGE MONTH LUNCHEON
Friday, Oct 14, 11:30AM-1:00pm GLC room F
The Graduate School hosts the Hispanic-Latino Heritage Month luncheon open to all students, featuring Douglas Garcia, Executive Director of Federal Relations and Outreach for the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities. Topics discussed will include internship and fellowship opportunities, trends of Hispanics in education, and how to get involved in HACU. Please complete the following survey if interested in attending: https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1314727806340.

GLC FELLOWS/GSA HIKE TO THE CASCADES

Saturday, Oct 15, 10:30am, meet in front of GLC on Otey Street
The GLC Fellows and GSA members will lead this hike up to the Cascades waterfall. Join for a nice hike and enjoy the spectacular fall foliage.  For those who don’t have a car, transportation can be arranged. Bring lunch and have a picnic at the top of the falls. If you are interested, sign up at: https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1317392685924. For more information please contact GLC Fellow Eric Hodges at hodgeseb@vt.edu.

DINING ETIQUETTE DINNER – REGISTER NOW
Wednesday, Oct 19, 5:30-8:00pm, The Inn at Virginia Tech
Register now for Career Services’ fall etiquette dinner, Shine While you Dine: A Networking and Fine Dining Experience. Learn how to stand out from other candidates in this interactive dining experience. The program begins with networking and hors d’oeuvres and is followed by an evening of fine dining and question facilitation. Registration is required in person at the Smith Career Center.  The cost for the evening is $10 and includes light hors d’oeuvres and a three course meal. Register by Oct 7. To learn more visit: www.career.vt.edu/DiningEtiquette/DiningEtiquette.html