August 20-26, 2012

1. WEEKLY SERVICES IN THE GLC
Weekly services are on hiatus for the summer, except for GLC Café and Statistical Consulting:

  • GLC Café: 3:30-5:00 every Thursday, Reading Room
  • Statistical consulting by LISA: Weekdays, 1:00-3:00pm, GLC Videoconference Room

2. HEALTH INSURANCE SIGN UP
Tuesday, Aug 21, 1:00-3:00pm, GLC Lobby
Sign up for the university-approved student health insurance plan administered by Aetna! Representatives will be available in the GLC to assist you with the enrollment process. Graduate students on at least 50% assistantship receive a 90% subsidy for the Aetna plan.

3. OPTIMIZE YOUR GRAD EXPERIENCE: UNDERREPRESENTED MINORITY PERSPECTIVES FROM STUDENTS, FACULTY AND STAFF
Wednesday, Aug 22, 11:00am-1:00pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
This event gives new students the opportunity to interact with those who have been in Blacksburg for a while and ask questions about student life that will make transition to VT easier. The event brings together new and returning students, faculty, and staff, and is an excellent opportunity to network and meet others. representatives from the Black Graduate Student Organization (BGSO), the Latin American & Iberian Grad Students Association (LAIGSA), and Queer Grads and Allies (QG&A) will be present to welcome you. Please register by emailing to Shernita Lee. The event is open to all and refreshments will be served. See the event on Facebook.

4. GSA WELCOME BACK BBQ!

Wednesday, Aug 22, 4:00-7:00pm, University Club Lawn
Start the semester off right at the Welcome Back BBQ sponsored by the Graduate Student Assembly (GSA). Come and meet new and returning students while enjoying a selection of yard games and music with accompanying free BBQ provided by Log Cabin BBQ (vegetarian options available).   Bring your friends and family.  We hope to see you there!  Questions: Elaine Mathis, VP of Programs.

5. HEALTH SERVICES AND INSURANCE INFORMATION SESSION
August 22, 2pm, GLC Room B; August 28, 5pm, GLC Room F
Representatives from Aetna Student Health and Schiffert Health Center will discuss how to enroll in the university-sponsored insurance, what the plan covers, and what services are offered at the health center.

6. GLC CAFÉ PM – REPLACED THIS WEEK BY “MAKE YOURSELF AT HOME” EVENT
Thursday, Aug 23
The GLC Café will resume next week and continue throughout the semester with free coffee and tea in the company of your graduate-student and Grad-School colleagues in the Reading Room. Regular time is 3:30-5:00pm; bring your own mug if you can. 

7. MAKE YOURSELF AT HOME IN BBURG
Thursday, Aug 23, 4:30-6:00pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
This event replaces this week’s GLC Café: New and returning students are welcome to connect with faculty, staff, and community resources that can help you succeed in graduate school and maintain a healthy life balance. Food and fun (and practical) door prizes provided! Registration is encouraged, though not required, if you plan to attend.  Contact Dannette Beane  with any questions.

8. HOKIE HI! LGBTQ AND ALLY WELCOME EVENT
Friday, Aug 24, 9:00am-2:00pm, Old Dominion Ballroom, Squires Student Ctr
If you are interested in learning about resources and support for the LGBTQ community at VT, take the opportunity to meet returning and new students and get information on different areas of campus that support the community. This event is open to anyone and everyone, not just new students or those who identify as LGBTQ! Breakfast and lunch will be provided. Schedule:
9:00-10:00 Breakfast and Welcome
10:00-11:00 Venture Out Icebreaker session (outside area between Squires and Henderson)11:00-12:00 Campus and Community Information Fair – Tables/Booths
12:00-1:00 Lunch and Panel
1:00-2:00 Optional tours of important places on campus
Register here if interested in attending.

9. HEALTH INSURANCE SIGN UP
Friday, Aug 24, 10:00am-1:00pm, GLC Lobby
Sign up for the university-approved student health insurance plan administered by Aetna! Representatives will be available in the GLC to assist you with the enrollment process. Graduate students on at least 50% assistantship receive a 90% subsidy for the Aetna plan.

10. FALL COURSE: GRAD 5984: RESEARCH ETHICS AND PROFESSIONAL COMMUNICATION IN THE SCIENCES

Principles of and skill development in research ethics, conducting research, and communication to enhance professional preparation in the sciences. This course is taught as two separate modules. Module 1: Research Ethics and Skills runs Aug 27-Oct 15. Module 2: Communication Skills runs Oct 22-Dec 10. Students may enroll in one or both modules. To enroll in BOTH modules, use CRN 98378. To enroll in ONE module only, use CRN 98377 and notify the instructor (hscherer@vt.edu) of your choice of module. Class will be held on Mondays from 5:30-7:30 pm in Litton-Reaves Hall Rm. 1770.

11. NEW FALL COURSE: COS 5984 – GLOBAL ASPECTS OF INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW
CRN 98397, Tuesdays 5:00–8:00pm / MCB238
Find out how you can protect your dream, idea, invention, research, paper and more, and what this means to the rest of the world. International protection of patents, copyrights, and trademarks will be covered as well as policy analysis of the globalized intellectual property “system”. Current problems relating to technological advances will be highlighted. For more details please contact annambs@vt.edu or visit this site.

12. NEW FALL COURSE: GRAD 5214, DIVERSITY FOR GLOBAL SOCIETY
Taught by Grad School Dean Karen DePauw, this course examines research and scholarship on diversity and inclusion for a global society from a multi-disciplinary perspective. Learn how your discipline is affected by global issues. This course is offered this fall on Tuesdays from 6-9pm in GLC Room C.

13. QG&A WELCOME

Queer Grads and Allies (QG&A) is a registered graduate student organization that provides resources, support, events, and activities for individuals; both queer and allied. Founded in the Fall of 2010 with just three members, this organization has grown to over sixty students and faculty from the Graduate School at Virginia Tech, medical students at the Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM), students at the Veterinary School (VMRCVM), as well as young professionals in the NRV. The organization maintains strong ties with the two other organizations on campus dedicated to LGBTQ awareness and support: the LGBT Caucus for faculty and staff, and the undergraduate organization, the LGBTA of VT. Check out their website and Facebook page.

14. WAGE POSITION OPEN FOR WEB DEVELOPER – 2nd posting
The Institute for Society, Culture and Environment, is seeking a part-time Web Developer for redesign an existing Virginia Tech website and custom design of new associated site based on established requirements.  Thorough knowledge of Drupal or other equivalent content-management systems required.  One time set up only, paid on hourly wage basis.  Pay range $15-22/hr, commensurate with experience. Send cover letter including related experience and resume/CV to Carlene Arthur.

15. GRAD ASSISTANTSHIP OPENING IN IT FOR ADMIN SERVICES – 2nd posting
IT for Admin Services (VPAS IT) currently has a GA position available for the 2012-2013 academic year. The position is also open to non-technical candidates. Individuals with IT experience can expect to support the department in day-to-day operations, short and long terms IT projects, and technical documentation. Responsibilities for those without IT experience will be determined based on professional experience and courses of study. This is a standard 20-hrs/wk GA position. Flexible scheduling options are available, based on academic and professional commitments. Resumes/CVs should be sent to VPASHelpdesk@vt.edu with the subject line ‘GA Application’. Technical applicants must provide a relevant Technical Skills list with their resume/cv. If you are a non-technical applicant, please include a brief cover letter with your resume/cv.  Start date: Fall 2012 Semester; Rate: TBD – Based on qualifications; Contact: Tracy McElroy | Director, Information Technology Services for VPAS | vpashelpdesk@vt.edu .

16. REVIEWERS NEEDED FOR GSA GRADUATE RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM PROPOSALS – 1st posting

Want to learn more about the grant proposal writing and reviewing process? Join the Graduate Research and Development Program (GRDP) Panel of Reviewers!  GRDP provides graduate students from any department an opportunity to apply for funding for research projects. The application cycle is open once per semester and graduate students from all departments are needed to review these applications.  No experience is necessary- there will be a short workshop (with food provided!) on grant proposal review during the semester. If you are interested in joining the panel, please fill out the following survey: https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1342903476622.  For more information, contact Amanda Shea (ashea04@vt.edu).

17. LEADERSHIP TECH YR 3: ENGAGING LEADERSHIP – 1st posting
The Department of Student Centers and Activities is seeking 2 graduate student volunteers to serve as small-group facilitators for the Community and Environmental Sustainability group in the Leadership Tech Year 3 program.  Participants develop their potential for responsible citizenship and leadership through group-directed community service projects.  Facilitators will work in teams of two or three to guide a group of 10-15 junior and/or senior students through leadership development activities and the project management process.  Training is provided, as is the curriculum for the program.  The time commitment is approximately 2.5 hours a week and it is a two-semester commitment. Participation as a facilitator can count towards field hours for the Citizen Scholar program with the Graduate School. To apply, complete the application and submit your resume to Allison Dunn at adunn@vt.edu. An interview will be scheduled for those who meet the minimum qualifications.

18. RESEARCH STUDY SEEKING PARTICIPANTS – 1st posting
Seeking mothers of children aged 4-17 years old with or without an Autism Spectrum Disorder for an online research study that will take approximately 30-40 minutes to complete. This study is approved by the VA Tech IRB.  Participants will be able to enter into a raffle for a chance at a $20 Target gift card. Please call or email for more information.540-231-6744 or cconner4@vt.edu or sww@vt.edu. Learn more at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/VTMMS.

19. PARTICIPANTS SOUNG FOR SPATIAL PERCEPTION STUDY – 1st posting

Participants  are sought for a study in the “Exploration of Human Spatial Perception in 3D Immersive Virtual Environments.” 80 students will take part in the experiment to evaluate interaction techniques in an immersive virtual environment (i.e., CAVE). Participants will explore several virtual objects and accurately perceive the spatial aspects, e.g., size, shape and distance between two objects, of the objects, by using a given interface. Due to the tasks that may require some physical activities, you should have no problem with moving your body, e.g., head, arm/hand/finger and leg/foot, including turning your upper body. Location: Visionarium Lab (3050 of Torgersen Hall). Review schedule for available dates/times. The experiment  will approximately take 90 minutes, including filling up questionnaires and short breaks. If interested and/or have questions, email to hideaway@vt.edu.

20. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR READING PRACTICES STUDY – 2nd posting
Participants are needed for a study investigating reading practices on different media (i.e., paper, computer, iPad). This study will take around 3 hours to complete and participants will be compensated $10/hour (total $30). Requirements: Native English speaker, age 50-80. If interested, please contact Kyunghui Oh at khoh@vt.edu for further details.

21. VOLUNTEERS SOUGHT FOR GSA WELCOME BACK BBQ! – 3rd posting
The GSA is looking for volunteers to help set-up and serve food at the Welcome Back BBQ on Wednesday, Augt 22, 4:00-7:00pm, University Club Lawn.  Come and support the GSA all while enjoying the biggest event before the start of the semester.  Please sign up with and direct any questions to Elaine Mathis, VP of Programs (efm28@vt.edu).

22. VT CLUB CREW TEAM IS IN NEED OF COACHES – 3rd posting
Unfortunately, the crew team has lost its entire coaching staff this past semester and is looking for interested people with coxing/rowing experience (coaching experience not necessary). If anyone is interested or would like more information about coaching this upcoming year, please contact the team at snolta92@vt.edu. Please pass this on to anyone else you may know who might be interested as well!

23. CHILD PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR STORYTELLING ACTIVITY – 3rd posting
Researchers are looking for children aged 8-10 to participate in a study on motion-based creative storytelling.  The child will be asked to enact and create stories using gestures and physical objects.  The storytelling session will last around an hour, and will take place on the Virginia Tech campus.  The session will be conducted by researchers from the VT Center for Human-Computer Interaction.  Researchers are also willing to keep your child for longer should it be more convenient for you.  Transport arrangements can also be made if necessary.  Please contact Sharon at sharilyn@vt.edu or 540-998 6488 if interested in participating.

24. UPCOMING EVENTS:

The Fall 2012 semester is coming up! Welcome, new and returning students!

August 20-26, 2012

1. WEEKLY SERVICES IN THE GLC
Weekly services are on hiatus for the summer, except for GLC Café and Statistical Consulting:

  • GLC Café: 3:30-5:00 every Thursday, Reading Room
  • Statistical consulting by LISA: Weekdays, 1:00-3:00pm, GLC Videoconference Room

2. HEALTH INSURANCE SIGN UP
Tuesday, Aug 21, 1:00-3:00pm, GLC Lobby
Sign up for the university-approved student health insurance plan administered by Aetna! Representatives will be available in the GLC to assist you with the enrollment process. Graduate students on at least 50% assistantship receive a 90% subsidy for the Aetna plan.

3. OPTIMIZE YOUR GRAD EXPERIENCE: UNDERREPRESENTED MINORITY PERSPECTIVES FROM STUDENTS, FACULTY AND STAFF
Wednesday, Aug 22, 11:00am-1:00pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
This event gives new students the opportunity to interact with those who have been in Blacksburg for a while and ask questions about student life that will make transition to VT easier. The event brings together new and returning students, faculty, and staff, and is an excellent opportunity to network and meet others. representatives from the Black Graduate Student Organization (BGSO), the Latin American & Iberian Grad Students Association (LAIGSA), and Queer Grads and Allies (QG&A) will be present to welcome you. Please register by emailing to Shernita Lee. The event is open to all and refreshments will be served. See the event on Facebook.

4. GSA WELCOME BACK BBQ!

Wednesday, Aug 22, 4:00-7:00pm, University Club Lawn
Start the semester off right at the Welcome Back BBQ sponsored by the Graduate Student Assembly (GSA). Come and meet new and returning students while enjoying a selection of yard games and music with accompanying free BBQ provided by Log Cabin BBQ (vegetarian options available).   Bring your friends and family.  We hope to see you there!  Questions: Elaine Mathis, VP of Programs.

5. HEALTH SERVICES AND INSURANCE INFORMATION SESSION
August 22, 2pm, GLC Room B; August 28, 5pm, GLC Room F
Representatives from Aetna Student Health and Schiffert Health Center will discuss how to enroll in the university-sponsored insurance, what the plan covers, and what services are offered at the health center.

6. GLC CAFÉ PM – REPLACED THIS WEEK BY “MAKE YOURSELF AT HOME” EVENT
Thursday, Aug 23
The GLC Café will resume next week and continue throughout the semester with free coffee and tea in the company of your graduate-student and Grad-School colleagues in the Reading Room. Regular time is 3:30-5:00pm; bring your own mug if you can. 

7. MAKE YOURSELF AT HOME IN BBURG
Thursday, Aug 23, 4:30-6:00pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
This event replaces this week’s GLC Café: New and returning students are welcome to connect with faculty, staff, and community resources that can help you succeed in graduate school and maintain a healthy life balance. Food and fun (and practical) door prizes provided! Registration is encouraged, though not required, if you plan to attend.  Contact Dannette Beane  with any questions.

8. HOKIE HI! LGBTQ AND ALLY WELCOME EVENT
Friday, Aug 24, 9:00am-2:00pm, Old Dominion Ballroom, Squires Student Ctr
If you are interested in learning about resources and support for the LGBTQ community at VT, take the opportunity to meet returning and new students and get information on different areas of campus that support the community. This event is open to anyone and everyone, not just new students or those who identify as LGBTQ! Breakfast and lunch will be provided. Schedule:
9:00-10:00 Breakfast and Welcome
10:00-11:00 Venture Out Icebreaker session (outside area between Squires and Henderson)11:00-12:00 Campus and Community Information Fair – Tables/Booths
12:00-1:00 Lunch and Panel
1:00-2:00 Optional tours of important places on campus
Register here if interested in attending.

9. HEALTH INSURANCE SIGN UP
Friday, Aug 24, 10:00am-1:00pm, GLC Lobby
Sign up for the university-approved student health insurance plan administered by Aetna! Representatives will be available in the GLC to assist you with the enrollment process. Graduate students on at least 50% assistantship receive a 90% subsidy for the Aetna plan.

10. FALL COURSE: GRAD 5984: RESEARCH ETHICS AND PROFESSIONAL COMMUNICATION IN THE SCIENCES

Principles of and skill development in research ethics, conducting research, and communication to enhance professional preparation in the sciences. This course is taught as two separate modules. Module 1: Research Ethics and Skills runs Aug 27-Oct 15. Module 2: Communication Skills runs Oct 22-Dec 10. Students may enroll in one or both modules. To enroll in BOTH modules, use CRN 98378. To enroll in ONE module only, use CRN 98377 and notify the instructor (hscherer@vt.edu) of your choice of module. Class will be held on Mondays from 5:30-7:30 pm in Litton-Reaves Hall Rm. 1770.

11. NEW FALL COURSE: COS 5984 – GLOBAL ASPECTS OF INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW
CRN 98397, Tuesdays 5:00–8:00pm / MCB238
Find out how you can protect your dream, idea, invention, research, paper and more, and what this means to the rest of the world. International protection of patents, copyrights, and trademarks will be covered as well as policy analysis of the globalized intellectual property “system”. Current problems relating to technological advances will be highlighted. For more details please contact annambs@vt.edu or visit this site.

12. NEW FALL COURSE: GRAD 5214, DIVERSITY FOR GLOBAL SOCIETY
Taught by Grad School Dean Karen DePauw, this course examines research and scholarship on diversity and inclusion for a global society from a multi-disciplinary perspective. Learn how your discipline is affected by global issues. This course is offered this fall on Tuesdays from 6-9pm in GLC Room C.

13. QG&A WELCOME

Queer Grads and Allies (QG&A) is a registered graduate student organization that provides resources, support, events, and activities for individuals; both queer and allied. Founded in the Fall of 2010 with just three members, this organization has grown to over sixty students and faculty from the Graduate School at Virginia Tech, medical students at the Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM), students at the Veterinary School (VMRCVM), as well as young professionals in the NRV. The organization maintains strong ties with the two other organizations on campus dedicated to LGBTQ awareness and support: the LGBT Caucus for faculty and staff, and the undergraduate organization, the LGBTA of VT. Check out their website and Facebook page.

14. WAGE POSITION OPEN FOR WEB DEVELOPER – 2nd posting
The Institute for Society, Culture and Environment, is seeking a part-time Web Developer for redesign an existing Virginia Tech website and custom design of new associated site based on established requirements.  Thorough knowledge of Drupal or other equivalent content-management systems required.  One time set up only, paid on hourly wage basis.  Pay range $15-22/hr, commensurate with experience. Send cover letter including related experience and resume/CV to Carlene Arthur.

15. GRAD ASSISTANTSHIP OPENING IN IT FOR ADMIN SERVICES – 2nd posting
IT for Admin Services (VPAS IT) currently has a GA position available for the 2012-2013 academic year. The position is also open to non-technical candidates. Individuals with IT experience can expect to support the department in day-to-day operations, short and long terms IT projects, and technical documentation. Responsibilities for those without IT experience will be determined based on professional experience and courses of study. This is a standard 20-hrs/wk GA position. Flexible scheduling options are available, based on academic and professional commitments. Resumes/CVs should be sent to VPASHelpdesk@vt.edu with the subject line ‘GA Application’. Technical applicants must provide a relevant Technical Skills list with their resume/cv. If you are a non-technical applicant, please include a brief cover letter with your resume/cv.  Start date: Fall 2012 Semester; Rate: TBD – Based on qualifications; Contact: Tracy McElroy | Director, Information Technology Services for VPAS | vpashelpdesk@vt.edu .

16. REVIEWERS NEEDED FOR GSA GRADUATE RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM PROPOSALS – 1st posting

Want to learn more about the grant proposal writing and reviewing process? Join the Graduate Research and Development Program (GRDP) Panel of Reviewers!  GRDP provides graduate students from any department an opportunity to apply for funding for research projects. The application cycle is open once per semester and graduate students from all departments are needed to review these applications.  No experience is necessary- there will be a short workshop (with food provided!) on grant proposal review during the semester. If you are interested in joining the panel, please fill out the following survey: https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1342903476622.  For more information, contact Amanda Shea (ashea04@vt.edu).

17. LEADERSHIP TECH YR 3: ENGAGING LEADERSHIP – 1st posting
The Department of Student Centers and Activities is seeking 2 graduate student volunteers to serve as small-group facilitators for the Community and Environmental Sustainability group in the Leadership Tech Year 3 program.  Participants develop their potential for responsible citizenship and leadership through group-directed community service projects.  Facilitators will work in teams of two or three to guide a group of 10-15 junior and/or senior students through leadership development activities and the project management process.  Training is provided, as is the curriculum for the program.  The time commitment is approximately 2.5 hours a week and it is a two-semester commitment. Participation as a facilitator can count towards field hours for the Citizen Scholar program with the Graduate School. To apply, complete the application and submit your resume to Allison Dunn at adunn@vt.edu. An interview will be scheduled for those who meet the minimum qualifications.

18. RESEARCH STUDY SEEKING PARTICIPANTS – 1st posting
Seeking mothers of children aged 4-17 years old with or without an Autism Spectrum Disorder for an online research study that will take approximately 30-40 minutes to complete. This study is approved by the VA Tech IRB.  Participants will be able to enter into a raffle for a chance at a $20 Target gift card. Please call or email for more information.540-231-6744 or cconner4@vt.edu or sww@vt.edu. Learn more at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/VTMMS.

19. PARTICIPANTS SOUNG FOR SPATIAL PERCEPTION STUDY – 1st posting

Participants  are sought for a study in the “Exploration of Human Spatial Perception in 3D Immersive Virtual Environments.” 80 students will take part in the experiment to evaluate interaction techniques in an immersive virtual environment (i.e., CAVE). Participants will explore several virtual objects and accurately perceive the spatial aspects, e.g., size, shape and distance between two objects, of the objects, by using a given interface. Due to the tasks that may require some physical activities, you should have no problem with moving your body, e.g., head, arm/hand/finger and leg/foot, including turning your upper body. Location: Visionarium Lab (3050 of Torgersen Hall). Review schedule for available dates/times. The experiment  will approximately take 90 minutes, including filling up questionnaires and short breaks. If interested and/or have questions, email to hideaway@vt.edu.

20. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR READING PRACTICES STUDY – 2nd posting
Participants are needed for a study investigating reading practices on different media (i.e., paper, computer, iPad). This study will take around 3 hours to complete and participants will be compensated $10/hour (total $30). Requirements: Native English speaker, age 50-80. If interested, please contact Kyunghui Oh at khoh@vt.edu for further details.

21. VOLUNTEERS SOUGHT FOR GSA WELCOME BACK BBQ! – 3rd posting
The GSA is looking for volunteers to help set-up and serve food at the Welcome Back BBQ on Wednesday, Augt 22, 4:00-7:00pm, University Club Lawn.  Come and support the GSA all while enjoying the biggest event before the start of the semester.  Please sign up with and direct any questions to Elaine Mathis, VP of Programs (efm28@vt.edu).

22. VT CLUB CREW TEAM IS IN NEED OF COACHES – 3rd posting
Unfortunately, the crew team has lost its entire coaching staff this past semester and is looking for interested people with coxing/rowing experience (coaching experience not necessary). If anyone is interested or would like more information about coaching this upcoming year, please contact the team at snolta92@vt.edu. Please pass this on to anyone else you may know who might be interested as well!

23. CHILD PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR STORYTELLING ACTIVITY – 3rd posting
Researchers are looking for children aged 8-10 to participate in a study on motion-based creative storytelling.  The child will be asked to enact and create stories using gestures and physical objects.  The storytelling session will last around an hour, and will take place on the Virginia Tech campus.  The session will be conducted by researchers from the VT Center for Human-Computer Interaction.  Researchers are also willing to keep your child for longer should it be more convenient for you.  Transport arrangements can also be made if necessary.  Please contact Sharon at sharilyn@vt.edu or 540-998 6488 if interested in participating.

24. UPCOMING EVENTS:

The Fall 2012 semester is coming up! Welcome, new and returning students!