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.