April 30-May 6, 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. BROWN BAG LUNCH: USING SURVEY DATA FROM CIRP & NSSE
Monday, Apr 30, 12:00-1:30pm, GLC Room C
The Office of Assessment and Evaluation offers this talk over lunch:  The CIRP survey is administered to entering freshmen at VT and the NSSE (National Survey on Student Engagement) provides a measure of how engaged our VT freshmen and seniors are with their classes, their colleagues, and their professors.  This session will discuss how the results of these surveys can inform our delivery of programs.

3. POKER TOURNAMENT
Tuesday, May 1, 8:00pm, GLC Room D
Compete in a poker game with graduate students for a chance to win some cool Hokie gear and other awards. Refreshments and snacks will be provided! To sign up, email GLC Fellow Kiril at kiril@vt.edu.

4. DIVERSITY SPOTLIGHT
Wednesday, May 2, 9:30-11:30am, GLC Multipurpose Room
The Graduate School Office of Recruitment and Diversity Initiatives invites you to presentations and dialogue led by 2012 Diversity Scholars. Business casual attire requested; light refreshments will be served. Contact Dannette Beane at dannette@vt.edu with questions.

5. GSA JEWELRY MAKING AT BEADSBURG
Wednesday, May 2, 6:00-8:00pm, Beadsburg
Reward yourself for a semester of hard work by making your own jewelry! No experience is necessary – just bring yourself! Tools and professional assistance will be provided along with $5 towards your jewelry. Please fill out the following survey to attend, as space is limited: https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1334770251750. Participants will meet in the GLC lobby at 5:45 if you would like a ride. For any questions, contact Swetha Kumar (swethak@vt.edu).

6. SPECIAL STUDY-ROOM SCHEDULE IN THE GLC FOR READING DAY AND EXAMS
To help grad students study for exams, work on papers, and complete group projects, GLC meeting rooms will operate on a special schedule starting reading day:
Room B and C will be open 10am-10pm on Saturday, May 5
Room D will be open 24/7 on May 3,4,5, 6,7,8; 
Room G will be open 1:00-9:30pm on May 3,4,7,8, 9; and 10am-10pm on May 5
No reservations required; spaces are available on a first-come first-served basis. Look out for a refreshment cart coming through from time to time with treats to keep your spirits high and your body well sugared and caffeinated.

7. GLC CAFÉ AM and PM!
Thursday, May 3, 9:00-10:00am and 3:30-5:00pm, GLC Reading Room   
Take a quick break and grab a cup of coffee or tea and chat with fellow grads before you resume your studying/working/grading/defending or whatever it is that you are doing at this time of the semester. Bring your own mug if you can for your coffee/tea break. Free coffee, tea and light snacks provided every week.

8. RELAX AND RECHARGE

Thursday, May 3, 5:30-8:00pm, GLC Student Lounge
Don’t miss the last event for the academic year organized by the GLC Fellows. This will be a great opportunity to take a break from studying or just hang out with fellow graduate students before the end of the semester. There will be great food, music and games! For more info contact GLC Fellow Kiril at kiril@vt.edu.

9. FOCUS ON PHOTOGRAPHY: SEEING PHOTOGRAPHICALLY

Friday-Saturday, May 4–5
The Virginia Tech Alumni Association announces a special weekend event designed to take your photography to the next level: you already know the technical basics of digital photography, but there are still tools to learn and techniques to master. Sessions begin with fast and fun instructions, allowing plenty of time for hands-on activities that reinforce fundamental photography principles and lead participants on the journey to seeing photographically. More information>>.

10. DIRECTIONS FOR GRADUATE STUDENTS WHO PLAN TO ATTEND UNDERGRADUATE CEREMONY
Graduate students who plan to process at the Undergraduate (University) Ceremony should arrive at 10:45 am at the Rector Field House. Please do not arrive earlier or later than the scheduled time. The visit of First Lady Michelle Obama will cause it to take longer for processors to be cleared through security to enter Lane Stadium. Additional security measures will include metal detection screening. Once screened, participants will not be permitted to leave the staging area. Robes should remain unzipped for security screening. Students and guests who wish to watch the university commencement from the stands should proceed directly to Lane Stadium for security check and seating. More details>>

11. HONOR SYSTEM SEARCH FOR CHIEF JUSTICE NOW OPEN – 2nd posting

The Graduate Honor System is searching for a new chief justice due to the impending graduation of the current chief justice, Katelin Shugart-Schmidt. Applicants must meet the following criteria:
— must be a graduate student in good standing who has been in residence for a minimum of one semester
— be able to serve as Chief Justice for at least one year while enrolled full-time in the Blacksburg campus
Preferably applicants should have experience as a GHS investigator or panelist. Apply by May 25 by submitting a statement of purpose and a resume to gibsonm@vt.edu. The new Chief Justice will be selected by a committee and ratified by the Graduate Student Assembly and the Commission on Graduate Studies and Policies before final appointment by the president.

12. ART, PHOTO AND WRITING CONTEST WINNERS POSTED
Winners (by popular vote) of the spring 2012 grad art, photo and writing contest have been posted in the GLC. Congratulations also go  to the winners of the GLC International “Hokies Around the World” photo contest: Tied for first place: Joowon Im and Neeraj Pramodkumar; Second place: Mostefa Brougui.

13. CALL FOR TEDxVT SPEAKER NOMINATIONS
TED is coming to Virginia Tech! On Saturday, Nov 10, 2012, the inaugural TEDxVirginiaTech event will take place; currently speaker nominations are invited from the VT community. Submit nominations by Friday, May 18. Nominees should be excellent presenters with amazing ideas… ideas worth spreading.  This year’s theme is "knowing." To learn more about TEDxVirginiaTech, the theme, the nomination process, and to nominate someone to speak at this event, please visit http://tedxvirginiatech.com. If you have any questions, please contact the TEDxVirginiaTech Steering Committee Chair, Dr. C. Edward Watson, Associate Director of the Center for Instructional Development and Educational Research (CIDER) at edwatson@vt.edu (540-231-7930).

14. STUDY SEEKS CHILDREN WITH ASD OR CONCERNS OF ASD – 2nd posting
A new study at the VT Autism Clinic is examining mother-child interactions in children with a diagnosis or concerns of an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Children ages 4-11 with an ASD (Autism, Asperger’s, or PDD-NOS) or concerns of an ASD are sought for age-appropriate play-based tasks involving mother and child (1 visit) at the VT Autism Clinic in Blacksburg, VA or Roanoke Higher Education Center in Roanoke, VA. Flexible scheduling – daytime, evening, or weekend appointments available. A brief summary of the autism and cognitive assessments is available upon request. If you are interested in participating, please contact Tyler Hassenfeldt at thassen@vt.edu or call 412-600-8304.

15. VT CREW CLUB SEEKS COACHES FOR 2012-2013 SEASON – 3rd posting
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. SUBJECTS NEEDED FOR FALL IMPACT STUDY -3rd 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, 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.

17. SUMMER INSTRUCTOR NEEDED FOR UPWARD BOUND, ALGEBRA 2 – 1st posting
The VT Upward Bound Program is looking for someone to teach high-school-age participants this summer in the Summer Residence Program on campus Jun 25 – Jul 26. Instructor(s) needed for Geometry and higher. Classes meet Mon–Thu except  (Jul 4 week, classes will be M, T, Th, F). Pay:  $800 per section (2 sections likely). If interested, call and/or forward a resume and reference letter to: Tom Wilson, director of Upward Bound, tom.wilson@vt.edu, 540-231-6911; fax  540-231-1266, ub.ts@vt.edu. Upward Bound is designed to prepare first generation and/or low-income high school students to pursue a college education. 

18. GSA CALL FOR PROGRAM CHAIRS
The GSA is still accepting applications for the following positions: Website Director and GSA Events Chair.  If you are looking to get involved and gain valuable leadership experience, consider serving the graduate student community as a GSA Program Chair. As program chair, you will have the opportunity to be creative, work with a diverse group of students, and actively participate in an assortment of events.  Please view the GSA website at http://www.gsa.graduateschool.vt.edu/ for a full description of each position. Contact the current chairs with any position-specific questions. Application deadline: until position is filled. Submit letter of interest, resume/CV, and goals for 2012-2013. Interviews will be conducted shortly after applications are received. Direct general questions and send resumes to Elaine Mathis, efm28@vt.edu.

19. GRA OPENING FOR 2012-13: GIS WEB APP DEVELOPER – 3rd 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.

April 30-May 6, 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. BROWN BAG LUNCH: USING SURVEY DATA FROM CIRP & NSSE
Monday, Apr 30, 12:00-1:30pm, GLC Room C
The Office of Assessment and Evaluation offers this talk over lunch:  The CIRP survey is administered to entering freshmen at VT and the NSSE (National Survey on Student Engagement) provides a measure of how engaged our VT freshmen and seniors are with their classes, their colleagues, and their professors.  This session will discuss how the results of these surveys can inform our delivery of programs.

3. POKER TOURNAMENT
Tuesday, May 1, 8:00pm, GLC Room D
Compete in a poker game with graduate students for a chance to win some cool Hokie gear and other awards. Refreshments and snacks will be provided! To sign up, email GLC Fellow Kiril at kiril@vt.edu.

4. DIVERSITY SPOTLIGHT
Wednesday, May 2, 9:30-11:30am, GLC Multipurpose Room
The Graduate School Office of Recruitment and Diversity Initiatives invites you to presentations and dialogue led by 2012 Diversity Scholars. Business casual attire requested; light refreshments will be served. Contact Dannette Beane at dannette@vt.edu with questions.

5. GSA JEWELRY MAKING AT BEADSBURG
Wednesday, May 2, 6:00-8:00pm, Beadsburg
Reward yourself for a semester of hard work by making your own jewelry! No experience is necessary – just bring yourself! Tools and professional assistance will be provided along with $5 towards your jewelry. Please fill out the following survey to attend, as space is limited: https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1334770251750. Participants will meet in the GLC lobby at 5:45 if you would like a ride. For any questions, contact Swetha Kumar (swethak@vt.edu).

6. SPECIAL STUDY-ROOM SCHEDULE IN THE GLC FOR READING DAY AND EXAMS
To help grad students study for exams, work on papers, and complete group projects, GLC meeting rooms will operate on a special schedule starting reading day:
Room B and C will be open 10am-10pm on Saturday, May 5
Room D will be open 24/7 on May 3,4,5, 6,7,8; 
Room G will be open 1:00-9:30pm on May 3,4,7,8, 9; and 10am-10pm on May 5
No reservations required; spaces are available on a first-come first-served basis. Look out for a refreshment cart coming through from time to time with treats to keep your spirits high and your body well sugared and caffeinated.

7. GLC CAFÉ AM and PM!
Thursday, May 3, 9:00-10:00am and 3:30-5:00pm, GLC Reading Room   
Take a quick break and grab a cup of coffee or tea and chat with fellow grads before you resume your studying/working/grading/defending or whatever it is that you are doing at this time of the semester. Bring your own mug if you can for your coffee/tea break. Free coffee, tea and light snacks provided every week.

8. RELAX AND RECHARGE

Thursday, May 3, 5:30-8:00pm, GLC Student Lounge
Don’t miss the last event for the academic year organized by the GLC Fellows. This will be a great opportunity to take a break from studying or just hang out with fellow graduate students before the end of the semester. There will be great food, music and games! For more info contact GLC Fellow Kiril at kiril@vt.edu.

9. FOCUS ON PHOTOGRAPHY: SEEING PHOTOGRAPHICALLY

Friday-Saturday, May 4–5
The Virginia Tech Alumni Association announces a special weekend event designed to take your photography to the next level: you already know the technical basics of digital photography, but there are still tools to learn and techniques to master. Sessions begin with fast and fun instructions, allowing plenty of time for hands-on activities that reinforce fundamental photography principles and lead participants on the journey to seeing photographically. More information>>.

10. DIRECTIONS FOR GRADUATE STUDENTS WHO PLAN TO ATTEND UNDERGRADUATE CEREMONY
Graduate students who plan to process at the Undergraduate (University) Ceremony should arrive at 10:45 am at the Rector Field House. Please do not arrive earlier or later than the scheduled time. The visit of First Lady Michelle Obama will cause it to take longer for processors to be cleared through security to enter Lane Stadium. Additional security measures will include metal detection screening. Once screened, participants will not be permitted to leave the staging area. Robes should remain unzipped for security screening. Students and guests who wish to watch the university commencement from the stands should proceed directly to Lane Stadium for security check and seating. More details>>

11. HONOR SYSTEM SEARCH FOR CHIEF JUSTICE NOW OPEN – 2nd posting

The Graduate Honor System is searching for a new chief justice due to the impending graduation of the current chief justice, Katelin Shugart-Schmidt. Applicants must meet the following criteria:
— must be a graduate student in good standing who has been in residence for a minimum of one semester
— be able to serve as Chief Justice for at least one year while enrolled full-time in the Blacksburg campus
Preferably applicants should have experience as a GHS investigator or panelist. Apply by May 25 by submitting a statement of purpose and a resume to gibsonm@vt.edu. The new Chief Justice will be selected by a committee and ratified by the Graduate Student Assembly and the Commission on Graduate Studies and Policies before final appointment by the president.

12. ART, PHOTO AND WRITING CONTEST WINNERS POSTED
Winners (by popular vote) of the spring 2012 grad art, photo and writing contest have been posted in the GLC. Congratulations also go  to the winners of the GLC International “Hokies Around the World” photo contest: Tied for first place: Joowon Im and Neeraj Pramodkumar; Second place: Mostefa Brougui.

13. CALL FOR TEDxVT SPEAKER NOMINATIONS
TED is coming to Virginia Tech! On Saturday, Nov 10, 2012, the inaugural TEDxVirginiaTech event will take place; currently speaker nominations are invited from the VT community. Submit nominations by Friday, May 18. Nominees should be excellent presenters with amazing ideas… ideas worth spreading.  This year’s theme is "knowing." To learn more about TEDxVirginiaTech, the theme, the nomination process, and to nominate someone to speak at this event, please visit http://tedxvirginiatech.com. If you have any questions, please contact the TEDxVirginiaTech Steering Committee Chair, Dr. C. Edward Watson, Associate Director of the Center for Instructional Development and Educational Research (CIDER) at edwatson@vt.edu (540-231-7930).

14. STUDY SEEKS CHILDREN WITH ASD OR CONCERNS OF ASD – 2nd posting
A new study at the VT Autism Clinic is examining mother-child interactions in children with a diagnosis or concerns of an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Children ages 4-11 with an ASD (Autism, Asperger’s, or PDD-NOS) or concerns of an ASD are sought for age-appropriate play-based tasks involving mother and child (1 visit) at the VT Autism Clinic in Blacksburg, VA or Roanoke Higher Education Center in Roanoke, VA. Flexible scheduling – daytime, evening, or weekend appointments available. A brief summary of the autism and cognitive assessments is available upon request. If you are interested in participating, please contact Tyler Hassenfeldt at thassen@vt.edu or call 412-600-8304.

15. VT CREW CLUB SEEKS COACHES FOR 2012-2013 SEASON – 3rd posting
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. SUBJECTS NEEDED FOR FALL IMPACT STUDY -3rd 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, 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.

17. SUMMER INSTRUCTOR NEEDED FOR UPWARD BOUND, ALGEBRA 2 – 1st posting
The VT Upward Bound Program is looking for someone to teach high-school-age participants this summer in the Summer Residence Program on campus Jun 25 – Jul 26. Instructor(s) needed for Geometry and higher. Classes meet Mon–Thu except  (Jul 4 week, classes will be M, T, Th, F). Pay:  $800 per section (2 sections likely). If interested, call and/or forward a resume and reference letter to: Tom Wilson, director of Upward Bound, tom.wilson@vt.edu, 540-231-6911; fax  540-231-1266, ub.ts@vt.edu. Upward Bound is designed to prepare first generation and/or low-income high school students to pursue a college education. 

18. GSA CALL FOR PROGRAM CHAIRS
The GSA is still accepting applications for the following positions: Website Director and GSA Events Chair.  If you are looking to get involved and gain valuable leadership experience, consider serving the graduate student community as a GSA Program Chair. As program chair, you will have the opportunity to be creative, work with a diverse group of students, and actively participate in an assortment of events.  Please view the GSA website at http://www.gsa.graduateschool.vt.edu/ for a full description of each position. Contact the current chairs with any position-specific questions. Application deadline: until position is filled. Submit letter of interest, resume/CV, and goals for 2012-2013. Interviews will be conducted shortly after applications are received. Direct general questions and send resumes to Elaine Mathis, efm28@vt.edu.

19. GRA OPENING FOR 2012-13: GIS WEB APP DEVELOPER – 3rd 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.