April 16-22, 2012

1. WEEKLY SERVICES IN THE GLC

  • Career services advising: Wednesdays, 1:30-5:00pm, Study Room
  • Counseling:  Wednesdays and Thursdays, 1:00-5:00pm, Green Room (across from Room G)
  • GLC Café: AM 9-10 on first and last Thursdays; PM 3:30-5:00 every Thursday, Reading Room
  •  Statistical consulting by LISA: Weekdays, 1:00-3:00pm, GLC Videoconference Room
  • Writing support: Thursdays 7:00-9:00pm, GLC Videoconference Room; contact Emily Love, remily4@vt.edu

2. H.O.K.I.E. ROUNDTABLE EVENTS
Tuesday, Apr 17, 7:00pm, GLC Room C – Ability Wednesday, Apr 18, 6:30pm, GLC Room C – Race and Age Monday, Apr 23, 5:00pm, GLC Room D – Religion Tuesday, Apr 24, 7:00pm, GLC Room C – Sexual Orientation To facilitate a movement toward developing and maintaining inclusive excellence at VT, H.O.K.I.E. roundtable events (Honoring Our Kinship Through Inclusive Excellence) will take place to offer the opportunity for faculty, staff, and students to share their perspectives and offer suggestions for improvement. The goal of H.O.K.I.E. is to evaluate where VT currently stands in relation to the core principles of diversity, inclusion, and equity. This event is posted on behalf of Natasha Amanda Cox, nacox@vt.edu, doctoral student in human development.

3.GSA COMEDY FOR A CURE
Tuesday, Apr 17, 7:00pm, GLC Auditorium
Come out and support American Cancer Society Relay For Life with a full night of comedy! Natasha Leggero, who frequently appears on ‘Chelsea Lately’ and has been a judge on ‘Last Comic Standing’ will be headlining this show, with local comedian Anthony Quinn as the feature act. This event is free and open to the public; a suggested donation of $10 is encouraged.  All proceeds will go directly to Relay for Life. Laugh and help a good cause! Questions? Contact Swetha Kumar, swethak@vt.edu.

4. EARN YOUR AMATEUR (HAM) RADIO LICENSE
Tuesday, Apr 17, 7:00pm, Dogwood Room, Squires Student Ctr
The VTAmateur Radio Association will be administering amateur radio license exams. To obtain study materials or learn more about amateur radio, visit http://www.arrl.org/licensing-preparation-exams or contact doctoral student Nathaniel Frissell at nafrissell@vt.edu or 973-787-4506. Exams are $15, and a photo ID and social security number are required.

5. COMMUNITY VOICES: GRAD LUNCH ROUNDTABLE AND EVENING TALK I
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Wednesday, Apr 18, 12:00-1:00pm, GLC Room B; Talk at 6:30pm, Old Dominion Ballroom, Squires
Dr. Avila Kilmurray, Director of the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland, will deliver the VT Ut Prosim Lecture on “Peacebuilding & Partnerships.” Avila Kilmurray has a distinguished international career in areas related to social justice work, global peace making, and the Northern Ireland peace process. The graduate student brownbag roundtable will take place both days (4/18 & 4/19) at 12pm in the GLC, with dessert provided. Contact Andy Morikawa for information at andymorikawa@vt.edu. This event was submitted by graduate student Kate Preston.

6. CHALLENGING YOUth TO BE AN EDUCATED VOTER
Wednesday, Apr 18, 6:00-8:00pm, 129 McBryde
The purpose of this non-partisan forum will be to encourage and challenge students to be educated voters. Find out about trusted sources of information, electoral process, and issues impacting the 2012 presidential election. Get your questions answered by knowledgeable panelists: Dr. Craig Brains, associate prof, and Dr. Karen Hult, prof in political science; Dr. Brian Cook, prof in Center for Public Administration and Policy, Dr. Marco Grimaldo, president and CEO of the VA Interfaith Ctr for Public Policy;  No specific candidates will be endorsed. Panelists will highlight and discuss hot topics in today’s politics that affect our generation. A Twitter feed will be available during the discussion. This event is posted on behalf of doctoral student Kacie Allen, kaciea1@vt.edu.

7. DE-MYSTIFYING THE MIDDLE EAST AND ITS PEOPLE: A FRANK DISCUSSION Wednesday, Apr 18, 6:30–8:30pm, GLC Room F
Workshop presented by Barbara Petzen, Education Director for the Middle East Policy Council’s Teach Mideast program. Do you have questions about the Middle East and Islam? Most do. This two-hour seminar will help to illuminate these critical and often misunderstood topics. Presenter and participants will analyze stereotypes and more complex realities, foster media literacy, introduce the diversity of the Middle East and Muslim cultures and religious experience, and weigh multiple points of view. This invitation is posted on behalf of doctoral student Heba El-Shazli.
 
8. COMMUNITY VOICES: GRAD LUNCH ROUNDTABLE AND EVENING TALK II.
Thursday, Apr 19, 12:00-1:00pm, GLC Room C; Talk at 7:00pm, The Lyric
Dr. Craig Ramey will challenge your thinking on the role of the early years in our society and economy with his talk, “Democracy, Employment, and Civility: The Crisis in Early Childhood Supports.”  Ramey is a distinguished research scholar and professor at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine and Research Institute, and specializes in the study of factors affecting children’s health and the development of intelligence, social competence, and academic achievement.

9. GSS TOURS PRESENTS: THE HORTICULTURE GARDENS
Thursday, Apr 19, 1:00-2:30pm, meet at the gardens off Washington St
Spring has come to Blacksburg, and what better time is there to have a walk with horticulture professor Stephanie Huckestein through the gardens during blooming season! Space is limited, so register early: https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1333560115140. Accepted registrations will be confirmed by email. If you have any questions, please contact Wes Cardwell at wcardwel@vt.edu.

10. GLC CAFÉ PM
Thursday, Apr 19, 3:30-5:00pm, GLC Reading Room   
If you missed all Graduate Education Week events but would like to have a GEW 2012 t-shirt, please stop by the GLC café this week to get one, while supplies last. Bring your own mug if you can for your coffee/tea break. Coffee, tea and light snacks provided every week.

11. CAMPUS CLIMATE FOCUS GROUP
Thursday, Apr 19, 4:00-5:30pm, GLC Room F
Have you ever felt like Virginia Tech could be doing more to promote diversity and inclusion or possibly that Virginia Tech does some really great things in those areas? Are there issues you have dealt with as a graduate student surrounding the current campus climate and do you have ideas on ways to improve them? Come out to this discussion on the issues of campus climate here at Virginia Tech and become a part of the solution as we take time to gauge current problems and to build a stronger sense of community for graduate students! Food and drinks will be served. Please RSVP to Bianca Baker at bbaker07@vt.edu.

12. GSS TOURS PRESENTS: PIZZA SOCIAL & TOUR OF HONORS RESIDENTIAL COLLEGE (HRC)
Thursday, Apr 19, 5:30-7:30pm, meet outside D2 dining facility on campus **Note – originally scheduled for April 17, date was changed**
Did you know there is a community of 300 plus University Honors students (both graduate and undergraduate) staying in Ambler Johnston Hall on campus? This is a special opportunity to mingle with some of the honors students at a pizza social as the last GSS event of the semester. Come learn about the lifestyle of Honors students and their focus on multidisciplinary experiences. Space is limited, so register early: https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1334584448653. Accepted registrations will be confirmed by email. If you have any questions, please contact Wes Cardwell at wcardwel@vt.edu.

13. CULTURAL DIVERSITY AND INTERDISCIPLINARY COLLABORATION WORKSHOP Friday, Apr 20, 10:00-11:30am, GLC C
Please join presenters Franny Howes and Michelle Seref, doctoral students in rhetoric and writing, for a workshop on the social relations of interdisciplinary collaboration. Presenters will explore how different systems of power relations act as metaphors in the academy.  The workshop will also examine interdisciplinary communication as a form of intercultural communication, and how cultural awareness can prepare scholars to collaborate and avoid misunderstanding. This workshop is sponsored by the Diversity Scholars program of the Graduate School. Please register by contacting Franny Howes at fhowes@vt.edu.

14. $TART $MART SALARY NEGOTIATION WORKSHOP FOR GRADS
Friday, Apr 20, 2:00-4:30pm,  GLC Room G
The Women‘s Center is proud to partner with AAUW-Blacksburg/VT to host $tart$mart, a collaboration between the American Association of University Women (AAUW) and the WAGE Project, developed to empower college women and provide them with the tools to negotiate salaries and benefits as they approach the job market. This salary-negotiation workshop provides nuts-and-bolts training to help college women obtain fair and realistic first salaries. Workshop participants participate in exercises to gain concrete negotiation skills, learn about the personal consequences of the gender wage gap, learn how to benchmark reasonable salaries and benefits, and gain insight into their own bottom line and personal budget. Registration is required at https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1333550876460. For more information please contact Sharbari Dey at sharbari@vt.edu.

15. VT CREW CLUB SEEKS COACHES FOR 2012-2013 SEASON
VT Crew club is looking for graduate students who have experience rowing or coxing and would be interested in coaching the rowing team for the upcoming academic year. No previous coaching experience required. Multiple positions are available for varsity, novice, men’s, or women’s team coaching. The team is a club team, but competes against other collegiate programs from club to D1 throughout the US. If you are interested, please contact the current women’s novice coach, Meghan McNulty mkmcnult@vt.edu.

16. GRAD STUDENT ACTION PHOTOS SOUGHT FOR SPOTLIGHT – 2nd posting
The Graduate School spotlights the activities of current graduate students in photos that could be used in various PowerPoint presentations and displays throughout the year, including reflection slideshows during the fall and spring graduate commencement ceremonies. Please share your digital photos in which you are engaged in some type of academic endeavor – teaching, tutoring, performing research, giving a workshop, attending a conference or professional society meeting, or any aspect of your life as a graduate student. Send digital photos to grads@vt.edu.

17. PUBLIC KNOWLEDGE JOURNAL EDITORIAL BOARD CALL FOR APPLICATIONS – 2nd posting
Are you looking for an opportunity to serve the graduate student community in a scholarly fashion?  Do you want experience working with a peer-reviewed scholarly journal?  Consider applying for a position on the editorial board of the multidisciplinary student journal Public Knowledge Journal (ISSN 1948-3511).  You can contact the current Editor-in-Chief to learn more about the available positions, or read about each position at http://pkjournal.org under “call for 2012-2013 Editorial Board.” Deadline for applications (statement of interest, CV, and contact information): May 2.  Please contact Sarah Surak at editor@pkjournal.org with questions or concerns.

18. COMMENCEMENT VOLUNTEERS SOUGHT
The university commencement committee is seeking graduate student volunteers to serve as ushers at the Spring ceremonies on May 11. The University Graduate Commencement will be held at 8:30 am in Cassell Coliseum and the University Ceremony will be at 12 noon.  Ushers should arrive at least one hour prior to the ceremony. If you are interested in serving the university community in this manner, please contact Thomas W. Broyles, tbroyles@vt.edu, or by phone at 540-239-4365.

19. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR A SENSORY EVALUATION OF A NEW FOOD PRODUCT – 1st posting
Participants are sought to evaluate a new food prototype: a gluten-free cookie bar.  The test will be conducted at the Food Science and Technology Building in the Sensory Laboratory (room 127) on Apr 18, from noon to 5:30 PM.  The evaluation should last no longer than 15 minutes.  If you have any questions, contact Margo Duckson at maduckgo@vt.edu.

20. SUBJECTS NEEDED FOR FALL IMPACT STUDY -1st posting
The Locomotion Research Laboratory in the ISE Department is looking for male and female volunteers, ages 18-70, to participate in a biomechanics experiment involving impact force predictions in fall accidents. The experiment will take place in Whittemore 556, and participants  will have to perform tasks that measure grip strength, object striking force, and natural reactions during the initial phase of a fall. The entire experiment will require one session of about 2-3 hours. This may include non-business hours such as nights and weekends for those who have many classes during the day. Participants will be compensated $10/hour. If you are interested, please complete this survey at https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1332271377038, and you will be contacted if you match schedule and qualification needs. If you know anybody who may be interested, please forward this message to them.

21. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR STUDY OF SITTING EFFECTS – 2nd posting
You are invited to participate in a study aimed at testing muscle activities in a seated posture. Participants must be in no current or recent history (1 year) of physical disorders affecting the shoulder, knee, or lower back, exercise on a regular basis (2-3/wk), and be between ages 18-64. Participants must perform a one-hour computer-based typing tasks in a laboratory setting. Each experiment session will last 3 to 4 hours and Participants will be compensated $10/hour. For more information, please respond to sjayvt@gmail.com.

22. CALL FOR STUDENT CONDUCT PEER ADVISORS – 3rd posting
Applications to serve as a Student Conduct Peer Advisor (PA) for the 2012-2013 academic year are now available. This is an exciting leadership opportunity available to undergraduate and graduate students interested in serving in a peer support role in the Virginia Tech community. Applications are available in the Student Conduct office in 141 New Hall West. If you have any questions, contact Mark McKenzie at mtmckenz@vt.edu or studentconduct@vt.edu. Apply at https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1332526447439.

23. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR STUDY OF INFANTS’ REFERENTIAL LEARNING – 3rd posting
VT’s Infant Perception Lab is recruiting 13-15 month old infants for a study of referential learning and social attention. Infants are seated on their parents’ lap and watch movies of colorful objects while hearing lists of words repeated by an adult woman for two of the three tasks involved in this study. In between these two movie tasks, researchers conduct a brief assessment of the infant’s joint attention, by looking at posters and playing with wind-up toys in a play interaction with a research assistant. Each appointment should take no longer than an hour, and each participant receives a certificate of participation as a keepsake. If you are interested in having your child participate or would like more information, please email Laura Mills (lmills11@vt.edu).

24.  MORE PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR SLIP AND FALL STUDY – 3rd posting Participants aged 20-64 are needed for a Locomotion Research Lab study about the effects of localized muscle fatigue on risks of slips and falls. This study consists of four sessions, with each session lasting 2-3 hours. Compensation will be paid on an hourly basis at $10/hour, with $40 bonus for those who finish the entire study. Please contact Xuefang Wu at xfwu@vt.edu for more details.

25. RESEARCH PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR CANDY PRODUCT SURVEY AND STUDY – 3rd posting
Participants are sought for a candy product survey and study. Anyone may participate in the survey. For the study, participants will be asked to consume candy products and answer questions about those products. The study will take approximately 10 minutes and participants will be compensated with a small snack. If you are interested, please fill out the survey at https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1333335032666 

26. GRA OPENING FOR 2012-13: GIS WEB APP DEVELOPER – 1st posting
The Enterprise GIS division of VT Information Technology, in conjunction with the Blacksburg Electronic Village, seeks a highly motivated graduate student for a full-time GRA (Fall 2012 to Spring 2013, with the possibility of renewal) to develop interactive GIS-based web applications.  Please see http://www.gis.it.vt.edu/jobs/ for the full position description.  Qualified candidates should forward resumes and cover letters to egisjobs@bev.net.

27. UPCOMING EVENTS:

DIALOGUE WITH THE DEAN
Monday, Apr 23, 5:30-7:00pm, GLC Room B
End of the semester and still haven’t met the Dean of the Graduate School? Join other grads for Dialogue with the Dean to discuss graduate student life and university policy issues with Dean Karen DePauw. Dinner will be provided. Please register if you wish to attend: https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1334084232611. This event is sponsored by the GSA. Questions, contact Swetha Kumar at swethak@vt.edu.

OVERCOMING STRESS IN GRAD SCHOOL WITH COOK COUNSELING
Wednesday, Apr 25, 4:00-5:00 pm, GLC Room C As the semester is coming to a close and deadlines, exams, and assignments are approaching, it’s important to not get overwhelmed. Learn valuable strategies from Cook Counseling Ctr staff on ways to maintain your sanity as a graduate student. Light snacks will be provided. Sponsored by the GLC Fellows. Questions: Contact Megan Stuart,stuartma@vt.edu.

FOCUS GROUPS FOR ASSESSMENT OF DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION INITIATIVES
The VP of Diversity and Inclusion at VT is seeking to review and strengthen systemic assessment, planning and evaluation processes for Diversity and Inclusion initiatives. As part of this effort, focus groups will be held to discuss a range of related topics and to engage participants in an exercise designed to generate innovative approaches to assessing LGBTQ faculty and staff  satisfaction and needs, as well as initiatives designed to support the LGBTQ community. The focus group will be held on Apr 25, 4:30–6:30pm (Intended for the LGBTQ Community and Allies); register by 4/22.
If you are interested and willing to participate, register by completing this survey: https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1333650393328/.

COUPONING 101
Thursday, Apr 26, 4:00-5:00pm, GLC Room G
If you’re like the typical graduate student, looking for ways to stretch your grad school dollars (and often questioning why you’re so poor), this workshop is for you! Learn with other grads all about the technique of couponing and other money-saving strategies from Lauren Surface, student services coordinator in the Graduate School. Not only has Lauren been couponing for years, but she has learned how to capitalize on savings in the New River Valley area. Sponsored by the GLC Fellows. Questions: Contact Megan Stuart, stuartma@vt.edu.

MOVIE ON THE LAWN
Friday, Apr 27, 8:00pm, Graduate School Lawn
Kick back and relax with the movie Inception.  Free drinks and popcorn will be provided. Bring a blanket or chair and enjoy the evening. Rain location: Graduate Life Center Multipurpose Room. Contact Swetha Kumar at swethak@vt.edu if you have questions.

BIKE THE HUCKLEBERRY
Sunday, April 29th @ 10:30am, GLC Lobby
Join the GLC Fellows and other graduate students for a bike tour of the beautiful Huckleberry trail.  The ride is approximately 13 miles and mostly flat.  We will also stop at the Coal Mining Heritage park to have a picnic lunch and to do a brief hike on the Cool Mining Loop trail.  We suggest that you bring your own bike and  helmet but if you do not have a bike, the GLC has five bikes to rent.  If you’re interested in participating, please fill out this survey: https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1334332167508  The first five to register who do not have bikes will have access to the GLC bikes.  We will meet outside the GLC Lobby on Otey Street.  For more information, contact Eric Hodges at hodgeseb@vt.edu

April 16-22, 2012

1. WEEKLY SERVICES IN THE GLC

  • Career services advising: Wednesdays, 1:30-5:00pm, Study Room
  • Counseling:  Wednesdays and Thursdays, 1:00-5:00pm, Green Room (across from Room G)
  • GLC Café: AM 9-10 on first and last Thursdays; PM 3:30-5:00 every Thursday, Reading Room
  •  Statistical consulting by LISA: Weekdays, 1:00-3:00pm, GLC Videoconference Room
  • Writing support: Thursdays 7:00-9:00pm, GLC Videoconference Room; contact Emily Love, remily4@vt.edu

2. H.O.K.I.E. ROUNDTABLE EVENTS
Tuesday, Apr 17, 7:00pm, GLC Room C – Ability Wednesday, Apr 18, 6:30pm, GLC Room C – Race and Age Monday, Apr 23, 5:00pm, GLC Room D – Religion Tuesday, Apr 24, 7:00pm, GLC Room C – Sexual Orientation To facilitate a movement toward developing and maintaining inclusive excellence at VT, H.O.K.I.E. roundtable events (Honoring Our Kinship Through Inclusive Excellence) will take place to offer the opportunity for faculty, staff, and students to share their perspectives and offer suggestions for improvement. The goal of H.O.K.I.E. is to evaluate where VT currently stands in relation to the core principles of diversity, inclusion, and equity. This event is posted on behalf of Natasha Amanda Cox, nacox@vt.edu, doctoral student in human development.

3.GSA COMEDY FOR A CURE
Tuesday, Apr 17, 7:00pm, GLC Auditorium
Come out and support American Cancer Society Relay For Life with a full night of comedy! Natasha Leggero, who frequently appears on ‘Chelsea Lately’ and has been a judge on ‘Last Comic Standing’ will be headlining this show, with local comedian Anthony Quinn as the feature act. This event is free and open to the public; a suggested donation of $10 is encouraged.  All proceeds will go directly to Relay for Life. Laugh and help a good cause! Questions? Contact Swetha Kumar, swethak@vt.edu.

4. EARN YOUR AMATEUR (HAM) RADIO LICENSE
Tuesday, Apr 17, 7:00pm, Dogwood Room, Squires Student Ctr
The VTAmateur Radio Association will be administering amateur radio license exams. To obtain study materials or learn more about amateur radio, visit http://www.arrl.org/licensing-preparation-exams or contact doctoral student Nathaniel Frissell at nafrissell@vt.edu or 973-787-4506. Exams are $15, and a photo ID and social security number are required.

5. COMMUNITY VOICES: GRAD LUNCH ROUNDTABLE AND EVENING TALK I
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Wednesday, Apr 18, 12:00-1:00pm, GLC Room B; Talk at 6:30pm, Old Dominion Ballroom, Squires
Dr. Avila Kilmurray, Director of the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland, will deliver the VT Ut Prosim Lecture on “Peacebuilding & Partnerships.” Avila Kilmurray has a distinguished international career in areas related to social justice work, global peace making, and the Northern Ireland peace process. The graduate student brownbag roundtable will take place both days (4/18 & 4/19) at 12pm in the GLC, with dessert provided. Contact Andy Morikawa for information at andymorikawa@vt.edu. This event was submitted by graduate student Kate Preston.

6. CHALLENGING YOUth TO BE AN EDUCATED VOTER
Wednesday, Apr 18, 6:00-8:00pm, 129 McBryde
The purpose of this non-partisan forum will be to encourage and challenge students to be educated voters. Find out about trusted sources of information, electoral process, and issues impacting the 2012 presidential election. Get your questions answered by knowledgeable panelists: Dr. Craig Brains, associate prof, and Dr. Karen Hult, prof in political science; Dr. Brian Cook, prof in Center for Public Administration and Policy, Dr. Marco Grimaldo, president and CEO of the VA Interfaith Ctr for Public Policy;  No specific candidates will be endorsed. Panelists will highlight and discuss hot topics in today’s politics that affect our generation. A Twitter feed will be available during the discussion. This event is posted on behalf of doctoral student Kacie Allen, kaciea1@vt.edu.

7. DE-MYSTIFYING THE MIDDLE EAST AND ITS PEOPLE: A FRANK DISCUSSION Wednesday, Apr 18, 6:30–8:30pm, GLC Room F
Workshop presented by Barbara Petzen, Education Director for the Middle East Policy Council’s Teach Mideast program. Do you have questions about the Middle East and Islam? Most do. This two-hour seminar will help to illuminate these critical and often misunderstood topics. Presenter and participants will analyze stereotypes and more complex realities, foster media literacy, introduce the diversity of the Middle East and Muslim cultures and religious experience, and weigh multiple points of view. This invitation is posted on behalf of doctoral student Heba El-Shazli.
 
8. COMMUNITY VOICES: GRAD LUNCH ROUNDTABLE AND EVENING TALK II.
Thursday, Apr 19, 12:00-1:00pm, GLC Room C; Talk at 7:00pm, The Lyric
Dr. Craig Ramey will challenge your thinking on the role of the early years in our society and economy with his talk, “Democracy, Employment, and Civility: The Crisis in Early Childhood Supports.”  Ramey is a distinguished research scholar and professor at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine and Research Institute, and specializes in the study of factors affecting children’s health and the development of intelligence, social competence, and academic achievement.

9. GSS TOURS PRESENTS: THE HORTICULTURE GARDENS
Thursday, Apr 19, 1:00-2:30pm, meet at the gardens off Washington St
Spring has come to Blacksburg, and what better time is there to have a walk with horticulture professor Stephanie Huckestein through the gardens during blooming season! Space is limited, so register early: https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1333560115140. Accepted registrations will be confirmed by email. If you have any questions, please contact Wes Cardwell at wcardwel@vt.edu.

10. GLC CAFÉ PM
Thursday, Apr 19, 3:30-5:00pm, GLC Reading Room   
If you missed all Graduate Education Week events but would like to have a GEW 2012 t-shirt, please stop by the GLC café this week to get one, while supplies last. Bring your own mug if you can for your coffee/tea break. Coffee, tea and light snacks provided every week.

11. CAMPUS CLIMATE FOCUS GROUP
Thursday, Apr 19, 4:00-5:30pm, GLC Room F
Have you ever felt like Virginia Tech could be doing more to promote diversity and inclusion or possibly that Virginia Tech does some really great things in those areas? Are there issues you have dealt with as a graduate student surrounding the current campus climate and do you have ideas on ways to improve them? Come out to this discussion on the issues of campus climate here at Virginia Tech and become a part of the solution as we take time to gauge current problems and to build a stronger sense of community for graduate students! Food and drinks will be served. Please RSVP to Bianca Baker at bbaker07@vt.edu.

12. GSS TOURS PRESENTS: PIZZA SOCIAL & TOUR OF HONORS RESIDENTIAL COLLEGE (HRC)
Thursday, Apr 19, 5:30-7:30pm, meet outside D2 dining facility on campus **Note – originally scheduled for April 17, date was changed**
Did you know there is a community of 300 plus University Honors students (both graduate and undergraduate) staying in Ambler Johnston Hall on campus? This is a special opportunity to mingle with some of the honors students at a pizza social as the last GSS event of the semester. Come learn about the lifestyle of Honors students and their focus on multidisciplinary experiences. Space is limited, so register early: https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1334584448653. Accepted registrations will be confirmed by email. If you have any questions, please contact Wes Cardwell at wcardwel@vt.edu.

13. CULTURAL DIVERSITY AND INTERDISCIPLINARY COLLABORATION WORKSHOP Friday, Apr 20, 10:00-11:30am, GLC C
Please join presenters Franny Howes and Michelle Seref, doctoral students in rhetoric and writing, for a workshop on the social relations of interdisciplinary collaboration. Presenters will explore how different systems of power relations act as metaphors in the academy.  The workshop will also examine interdisciplinary communication as a form of intercultural communication, and how cultural awareness can prepare scholars to collaborate and avoid misunderstanding. This workshop is sponsored by the Diversity Scholars program of the Graduate School. Please register by contacting Franny Howes at fhowes@vt.edu.

14. $TART $MART SALARY NEGOTIATION WORKSHOP FOR GRADS
Friday, Apr 20, 2:00-4:30pm,  GLC Room G
The Women‘s Center is proud to partner with AAUW-Blacksburg/VT to host $tart$mart, a collaboration between the American Association of University Women (AAUW) and the WAGE Project, developed to empower college women and provide them with the tools to negotiate salaries and benefits as they approach the job market. This salary-negotiation workshop provides nuts-and-bolts training to help college women obtain fair and realistic first salaries. Workshop participants participate in exercises to gain concrete negotiation skills, learn about the personal consequences of the gender wage gap, learn how to benchmark reasonable salaries and benefits, and gain insight into their own bottom line and personal budget. Registration is required at https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1333550876460. For more information please contact Sharbari Dey at sharbari@vt.edu.

15. VT CREW CLUB SEEKS COACHES FOR 2012-2013 SEASON
VT Crew club is looking for graduate students who have experience rowing or coxing and would be interested in coaching the rowing team for the upcoming academic year. No previous coaching experience required. Multiple positions are available for varsity, novice, men’s, or women’s team coaching. The team is a club team, but competes against other collegiate programs from club to D1 throughout the US. If you are interested, please contact the current women’s novice coach, Meghan McNulty mkmcnult@vt.edu.

16. GRAD STUDENT ACTION PHOTOS SOUGHT FOR SPOTLIGHT – 2nd posting
The Graduate School spotlights the activities of current graduate students in photos that could be used in various PowerPoint presentations and displays throughout the year, including reflection slideshows during the fall and spring graduate commencement ceremonies. Please share your digital photos in which you are engaged in some type of academic endeavor – teaching, tutoring, performing research, giving a workshop, attending a conference or professional society meeting, or any aspect of your life as a graduate student. Send digital photos to grads@vt.edu.

17. PUBLIC KNOWLEDGE JOURNAL EDITORIAL BOARD CALL FOR APPLICATIONS – 2nd posting
Are you looking for an opportunity to serve the graduate student community in a scholarly fashion?  Do you want experience working with a peer-reviewed scholarly journal?  Consider applying for a position on the editorial board of the multidisciplinary student journal Public Knowledge Journal (ISSN 1948-3511).  You can contact the current Editor-in-Chief to learn more about the available positions, or read about each position at http://pkjournal.org under “call for 2012-2013 Editorial Board.” Deadline for applications (statement of interest, CV, and contact information): May 2.  Please contact Sarah Surak at editor@pkjournal.org with questions or concerns.

18. COMMENCEMENT VOLUNTEERS SOUGHT
The university commencement committee is seeking graduate student volunteers to serve as ushers at the Spring ceremonies on May 11. The University Graduate Commencement will be held at 8:30 am in Cassell Coliseum and the University Ceremony will be at 12 noon.  Ushers should arrive at least one hour prior to the ceremony. If you are interested in serving the university community in this manner, please contact Thomas W. Broyles, tbroyles@vt.edu, or by phone at 540-239-4365.

19. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR A SENSORY EVALUATION OF A NEW FOOD PRODUCT – 1st posting
Participants are sought to evaluate a new food prototype: a gluten-free cookie bar.  The test will be conducted at the Food Science and Technology Building in the Sensory Laboratory (room 127) on Apr 18, from noon to 5:30 PM.  The evaluation should last no longer than 15 minutes.  If you have any questions, contact Margo Duckson at maduckgo@vt.edu.

20. SUBJECTS NEEDED FOR FALL IMPACT STUDY -1st posting
The Locomotion Research Laboratory in the ISE Department is looking for male and female volunteers, ages 18-70, to participate in a biomechanics experiment involving impact force predictions in fall accidents. The experiment will take place in Whittemore 556, and participants  will have to perform tasks that measure grip strength, object striking force, and natural reactions during the initial phase of a fall. The entire experiment will require one session of about 2-3 hours. This may include non-business hours such as nights and weekends for those who have many classes during the day. Participants will be compensated $10/hour. If you are interested, please complete this survey at https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1332271377038, and you will be contacted if you match schedule and qualification needs. If you know anybody who may be interested, please forward this message to them.

21. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR STUDY OF SITTING EFFECTS – 2nd posting
You are invited to participate in a study aimed at testing muscle activities in a seated posture. Participants must be in no current or recent history (1 year) of physical disorders affecting the shoulder, knee, or lower back, exercise on a regular basis (2-3/wk), and be between ages 18-64. Participants must perform a one-hour computer-based typing tasks in a laboratory setting. Each experiment session will last 3 to 4 hours and Participants will be compensated $10/hour. For more information, please respond to sjayvt@gmail.com.

22. CALL FOR STUDENT CONDUCT PEER ADVISORS – 3rd posting
Applications to serve as a Student Conduct Peer Advisor (PA) for the 2012-2013 academic year are now available. This is an exciting leadership opportunity available to undergraduate and graduate students interested in serving in a peer support role in the Virginia Tech community. Applications are available in the Student Conduct office in 141 New Hall West. If you have any questions, contact Mark McKenzie at mtmckenz@vt.edu or studentconduct@vt.edu. Apply at https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1332526447439.

23. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR STUDY OF INFANTS’ REFERENTIAL LEARNING – 3rd posting
VT’s Infant Perception Lab is recruiting 13-15 month old infants for a study of referential learning and social attention. Infants are seated on their parents’ lap and watch movies of colorful objects while hearing lists of words repeated by an adult woman for two of the three tasks involved in this study. In between these two movie tasks, researchers conduct a brief assessment of the infant’s joint attention, by looking at posters and playing with wind-up toys in a play interaction with a research assistant. Each appointment should take no longer than an hour, and each participant receives a certificate of participation as a keepsake. If you are interested in having your child participate or would like more information, please email Laura Mills (lmills11@vt.edu).

24.  MORE PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR SLIP AND FALL STUDY – 3rd posting Participants aged 20-64 are needed for a Locomotion Research Lab study about the effects of localized muscle fatigue on risks of slips and falls. This study consists of four sessions, with each session lasting 2-3 hours. Compensation will be paid on an hourly basis at $10/hour, with $40 bonus for those who finish the entire study. Please contact Xuefang Wu at xfwu@vt.edu for more details.

25. RESEARCH PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR CANDY PRODUCT SURVEY AND STUDY – 3rd posting
Participants are sought for a candy product survey and study. Anyone may participate in the survey. For the study, participants will be asked to consume candy products and answer questions about those products. The study will take approximately 10 minutes and participants will be compensated with a small snack. If you are interested, please fill out the survey at https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1333335032666 

26. GRA OPENING FOR 2012-13: GIS WEB APP DEVELOPER – 1st posting
The Enterprise GIS division of VT Information Technology, in conjunction with the Blacksburg Electronic Village, seeks a highly motivated graduate student for a full-time GRA (Fall 2012 to Spring 2013, with the possibility of renewal) to develop interactive GIS-based web applications.  Please see http://www.gis.it.vt.edu/jobs/ for the full position description.  Qualified candidates should forward resumes and cover letters to egisjobs@bev.net.

27. UPCOMING EVENTS:

DIALOGUE WITH THE DEAN
Monday, Apr 23, 5:30-7:00pm, GLC Room B
End of the semester and still haven’t met the Dean of the Graduate School? Join other grads for Dialogue with the Dean to discuss graduate student life and university policy issues with Dean Karen DePauw. Dinner will be provided. Please register if you wish to attend: https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1334084232611. This event is sponsored by the GSA. Questions, contact Swetha Kumar at swethak@vt.edu.

OVERCOMING STRESS IN GRAD SCHOOL WITH COOK COUNSELING
Wednesday, Apr 25, 4:00-5:00 pm, GLC Room C As the semester is coming to a close and deadlines, exams, and assignments are approaching, it’s important to not get overwhelmed. Learn valuable strategies from Cook Counseling Ctr staff on ways to maintain your sanity as a graduate student. Light snacks will be provided. Sponsored by the GLC Fellows. Questions: Contact Megan Stuart,stuartma@vt.edu.

FOCUS GROUPS FOR ASSESSMENT OF DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION INITIATIVES
The VP of Diversity and Inclusion at VT is seeking to review and strengthen systemic assessment, planning and evaluation processes for Diversity and Inclusion initiatives. As part of this effort, focus groups will be held to discuss a range of related topics and to engage participants in an exercise designed to generate innovative approaches to assessing LGBTQ faculty and staff  satisfaction and needs, as well as initiatives designed to support the LGBTQ community. The focus group will be held on Apr 25, 4:30–6:30pm (Intended for the LGBTQ Community and Allies); register by 4/22.
If you are interested and willing to participate, register by completing this survey: https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1333650393328/.

COUPONING 101
Thursday, Apr 26, 4:00-5:00pm, GLC Room G
If you’re like the typical graduate student, looking for ways to stretch your grad school dollars (and often questioning why you’re so poor), this workshop is for you! Learn with other grads all about the technique of couponing and other money-saving strategies from Lauren Surface, student services coordinator in the Graduate School. Not only has Lauren been couponing for years, but she has learned how to capitalize on savings in the New River Valley area. Sponsored by the GLC Fellows. Questions: Contact Megan Stuart, stuartma@vt.edu.

MOVIE ON THE LAWN
Friday, Apr 27, 8:00pm, Graduate School Lawn
Kick back and relax with the movie Inception.  Free drinks and popcorn will be provided. Bring a blanket or chair and enjoy the evening. Rain location: Graduate Life Center Multipurpose Room. Contact Swetha Kumar at swethak@vt.edu if you have questions.

BIKE THE HUCKLEBERRY
Sunday, April 29th @ 10:30am, GLC Lobby
Join the GLC Fellows and other graduate students for a bike tour of the beautiful Huckleberry trail.  The ride is approximately 13 miles and mostly flat.  We will also stop at the Coal Mining Heritage park to have a picnic lunch and to do a brief hike on the Cool Mining Loop trail.  We suggest that you bring your own bike and  helmet but if you do not have a bike, the GLC has five bikes to rent.  If you’re interested in participating, please fill out this survey: https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1334332167508  The first five to register who do not have bikes will have access to the GLC bikes.  We will meet outside the GLC Lobby on Otey Street.  For more information, contact Eric Hodges at hodgeseb@vt.edu