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.