October 8-14, 2012

1. WEEKLY SERVICES IN THE GLC 

  • Career advising (walk in, no appointment needed): Wednesdays 2:00-5:00pm, GLC Lobby
  • Cook Counseling (walk in, no appointment needed): Thursdays and Fridays 1:00-5:00pm, Green Room
  • GLC Café: 3:30-5:00 every Thursdays, Reading Room
  • Statistical consulting by LISA: Weekdays, 1:00-3:00pm, GLC Videoconference Room
  • Writing Center support for grads: Thursdays 3:00-5:00pm, GLC Videoconference Room (additional hours are available in the Library)

2. GET INVOLVED WITH THE GRADUATE HONOR SYSTEM!
Monday, Oct 8, 4:00-5:00pm, GLC videoconference room
Wednesday, Oct 10, 2:00-3:00pm, GLC Room D
The Graduate Honor System is currently recruiting student and faculty volunteers to serve as panelists who hear and decide on cases. Interested individuals need to attend any one of the one-hour training sessions, and then will be able to serve on cases as their schedules allow. If you are interested, please email ghs@vt.edu.

3. TOUR THE HAHN HORTICULTURE GARDEN – SIGN UP NOW!
Tuesday, Oct 9, 1:30pm
The Hahn Horticulture Garden encompasses nearly six acres of teaching and display gardens on Virginia Tech’s campus. The garden serves as a Learning resource for plant material, landscaping concepts, and environmental awareness.  Features include perennial borders, water gardens, shade gardens, and meadow garden, and the Peggy Lee Hahn Garden Pavilion. Learn more about the Hahn Horticulture Garden with this special tour!  Space is limited so please sign up here. Questions? Contact Tara Frank. Sponsored by the Graduate Student Services Office.

4. FREE MOVIE NIGHT – "BIUTIFUL"
Wednesday, Oct 10, 7:00pm, GLC Auditorium
Come and join LAIGSA for a free movie night! “Biutiful” is a drama directed by Mexican director Alejandro GonzálezIñárritu and starring Javier Bardem. This movie was nominated for two Academy Awards in 2011 – Best Foreign Language Film and Best Actor. Open to everybody, organized by the Latin American and Iberian Graduate Students Association as part of the Hispanic Latino Heritage Month.

5. MIND AND BODY CHECK FAIR
Thursday, Oct 11, 11:00am-3:00pm, McComas Hall Lobby (Health Ed/Rec Sports side)
The Cook Counseling Center in collaboration with Schiffert Health Center’s Health Education, Recreational Sports, and HNFE is sponsoring this fair to provide opportunities for students to get a mental health check, talk with personal trainers and nutrition counselors, and get information on how to protect their skin from the sun (facial Dermascan skin self-checks available).  Information will be provided to help improve your health and overall well-being.  Giveaways and a raffle for massage therapy gift certificates! For additional information, contact Charlotte Amenkhienan or David Andrews, 231-7780.

5B. LITTLE HOKIES SWAP
Thursday, Oct 11, 3:00-8:00pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
Donated baby- and children’s items will be displayed in the Multipurpose Room for graduate student parents to take. Bags will be provided at entry and graduate students can fill their bag with as many items as they may need.

6. GLC CAFÉ
Thursday, Oct 11, 30-5:00pm, GLC Reading Room
The GLC Café is offered throughout the semester with free coffee and tea in the company of your graduate-student and Grad-School colleagues. Last week’s call still stands: share your favorite poetry or quote! Bring it on a piece of paper and post in on a bulletin board in the Reading Room for everyone to enjoy. Bring your own mug if you can. 

7. FULBRIGHT SCHOLARS’ FALL MEETING
Thursday, Oct 11, 6:00pm, The Cellar
Get to know fellow Fulbright Scholars (current, Alumni & friends) at Virginia Tech and enjoy a couple of hours of conversation in a multicultural and diverse group. Please RSVP. Contact Tobias (202)870-9722) for questions and comments.

8. SUBMISSIONS ARE INVITED FOR GLC ART, PHOTO AND WRITING CONTEST – 3rd posting
The Graduate School invites submissions of art work, photography and written work by graduate students for display in the GLC during GLC Open House on Oct 19, 2012 and beyond. Submissions are limited to three pieces (art, photography, or written work) per graduate student. Submission deadline: Tuesday, Oct 16, 5:00pm. Learn more >>. Don’t be shy, please share your photos, art work and writing with others!

9. REGISTRATION NOW OPEN FOR CORNHOLE TOURNAMENT – SIGN UP NOW!
The second annual GLC Open House Cornhole Tournament will take place on Friday, Oct 19, 1:00-3:00pm on the Graduate School Lawn.  Up to ten teams of two will compete in a double-elimination tournament. At least one member of each team must be a graduate student. Sign up here. Please contact Lauren Surface at lkeister@vt.edu if you have questions.

10. REC SPORTS SPECIAL FALL EVENTS
Learn what all rec sports has to offer to individuals and groups who are interested in different exercise formats.

11. DONATE ITEMS FOR LITTLE HOKIES SWAP
Donations accepted through Oct 10, GLC
The Graduate School, the Graduate Student Assembly and the Women’s Center are sponsoring a first ever grab bag for Little Hokies to benefit VT graduate students and their children. Unused or gently used children’s items for ages 0-10 are collected (toys [including music and film DVDs], clothing, formula (that is not expired), medical supplies (breast pumps, other lactation devices), strollers, car seats, school supplies, bedding, bathing and grooming supplies (bathers, unopened/unused creams, lotions, powders), feeding supplies (bibs, baby bottles, food warmers), baby gear (activity gyms, bassinets, play mats, baby carriers, swings), diapers. All donations can be dropped off at the Graduate Life Center from Oct 1-10. On Oct 11, 3:00-8:00pm, the donated items will be displayed in the GLC Multipurpose Room. Bags will be provided at entry and graduate students can fill their bag with as many items as they may need.

12. NEW BUSINESS HOURS IN GRAD STUDENT SERVICES
The Graduate School’s student services and advising area (120 GLC) will operate with new business hours starting Oct 1. On Wednesdays the service area will open at 9:30am and close at 6:00pm. This is a pilot program for the fall semester; at the end of fall we will evaluate the impact of this change and decide whether to continue with altered hours or return to an 8-5/M-F schedule. Send comments to grads@vt.edu.

13. CALL FOR ABSTRACTS FOR INTERDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM – 2nd posting
The Interdisciplinary Research Honor Society (IDR) is now accepting undergraduate and graduate student abstract submissions for the poster session of the Second Annual Interdisciplinary Research Symposium, held at Virginia Tech on Nov 2, 9:00am-3:00pm, in the Graduate Life Center (GLC) Multipurpose room. Abstracts will be selected primarily on the extent of integration of distinct disciplines into the author’s work and secondarily on the results, outcomes, impact of the work. Submission deadline: Monday, Oct 8. Abstract format & submission guidelines>>. Abstract notifications will be sent on Oct 22. Any Questions? Contact Megan Holcomb  or Elizabeth Elvington.

14. JOIN THE GRAD SCHOLARS SOCIETY NOW! – 2nd posting
Graduate students are invited to participate in the Graduate Scholars Society. The GSS believes being a graduate student should also be about scholarship, and scholars can apply their reason, training, and perspective to all issues. GSS offers a forum for graduate students from any department and any origin to examine the broader issues effecting our lives and times. Each group is limited in size and meets based on its own needs (most in the evenings, some off campus, some on). For more information, email Gold Darr at grd0001@gmail.com. The topics: The Financial Future of America! Election platforms, domestic policy–making sense of the proposed financial strategies; Current Events in Global Economics: Should Greece stay in the Euro? What are the implications of China’s currency strategies?; Future of Robotics – In 50 years and what should the world look like?; One topic TBA. Please complete this poll to determine which group you are interested in and to receive more information regarding GSS.

15. INTERDISCIPLINARY GRAD STUDY ABROAD PROJECT IN BRAZIL – 1st posting
The Center for Leadership in Global Sustainability (CNRE program in the National Capital Region – http://cligs.vt.edu) is offering a graduate-level interdisciplinary study abroad project in Brazil over winter break and the spring semester for students interested in gaining international experience in cross-sector partnerships for sustainable development. The Global Sustainability Initiative (GSI) 2013 Brazil Project will be offered as a spring course (NR 5954) for six credits. Spanning ten weeks with 10 days spent in Brazil over winter break, the GSI Brazil Project will explore innovative cross-sector strategies to conserve and enhance Brazil’s valuable ecosystem services while meeting rising global food demands. The team will travel to a variety of locations including the Atlantic Rainforest and Cerrado biomes, and cities that are leading the way for green infrastructure in Latin America. Application deadline: Nov 9, 2012. Learn more and apply >>.

16. GRADUATE RESEARCH DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS – 2nd posting
The Graduate Student Assembly’s Graduate Research Development Program (GRDP) is now accepting applications. GRDP provides monetary support to graduate students for research associated with their thesis or dissertation. The maximum award amounts are $500 for master’s students and $700 for doctoral students. Submit applications or find more information about the program, eligibility, application process, and FAQs >>.  Email Amanda Shea (ashea04@vt.edu) with any questions.

17. TRAVEL FUND PROGRAM (TFP) NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS – 3rd posting
The Graduate Student Assembly’s Travel Fund Program (TFP) is now accepting applications.  The TFP provides monetary support in the form of a reimbursement to graduate students presenting at conferences.  More information about the program, eligibility, application process, and FAQs may be found online; email if you have any questions.

18. WAGE POSITION OPEN FOR GRAD STUDENTS – 2nd posting

Drs. Holly Matusovich and Marie Paretti in the Department of Engineering Education are currently seeking graduate students to transcribe interviews associated with an NSF-funded project entitled “Understanding Barriers to Engineering as a Career Choice Among Appalachian Youth”.  The interviews are one-on-one and are approximately one hour long.  Participants range from high school students to working professionals.  The position will be approximately 10-20 hours of time per week at $10.00/hour to start. Experience with interview transcription is preferred but not required. Please contact Matthew Boynton if interested or to seek additional information.
 
19. GRA POSITION OPENING – 3rd posting
The Sustainable Agriculture and Natural Resource Collaborative Research Support Program (SANREM CRSP) is a USAID-funded project that conducts applied research to support the implementation of sustainable agriculture and natural resource management practices in developing countries. A GRA is sought to conduct research in soil and crop management for conservation agriculture farming systems, soil-based carbon sequestration, and climate change. Must have BS in agronomy, crop or soil science, chemistry, or a closely related field of study that has equipped the applicant with the necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the duties and responsibilities of the position; excellent written and oral English skills. Learn more about the position >>.

20. CALL FOR GSA PROGRAM CHAIR APPLICATIONS – 3rd posting

If you are looking to get involved on campus and gain valuable leadership experience, consider serving the graduate student community in a GSA Program Chair position! 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. The GSA is currently accepting applications from pro-active students for Website Director and GSA Historian.  Please view the GSA website for a full description of each position. Send a letter of interest, resume/CV, and goals for the academic year if interested.  Please direct any questions and send resumes to Elaine Mathis, VP of Programs at efm28@vt.edu. 

21. VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR GSA FALL WINE SOCIAL – 1st posting
The GSA is seeking volunteers to assist in the upcoming fall wine social on Friday, Oct 19, 3:45-8:30pm at the University Club. Tasks will include set-up, registration, food preparation, bottle openers, pourers, and clean-up. Regardless of the task, all volunteers must be present for a pre-social meeting to take place at 4:30pm the day of the event.  If you would like to volunteer or have additional questions please contact Elaine Mathis, VP of Programs. 

22. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR STUDY ON MOTHERS AND CHILDREN – 1st posting
Are you a mother who sometimes worries or has fears? Do you have a child between 7 and 12 years of age? A new study is investigating how mothers and children interpret situations in their day-to-day lives. The study is being conducted at the Child Study Center at 460 Turner Street, Suite 207, Blacksburg. For more information please contact Kristin Austin or call 540-231-8276. Compensation: $50.

23. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR STUDY OF ANXIETY AND DISRUPTIVE BEHAVIORS IN CHILDREN-1st posting
This project is for children ages 10-14 and their families. The family will have the opportunity to participate in an experimental treatment lasting approximately 12 sessions designed for children who worry excessively and exhibit disruptive behaviors (e.g., talking back, refusing to do things, becoming easily angered, etc.). Children participating in the study will be assessed prior to treatment, throughout treatment, immediately following treatment, and 1 month later. All assessment and treatment sessions will be free of charge.The study is being conducted at the Child Study Center of Virginia Tech. For more information please contact Maria Fraire at mgfraire@vt.edu or call 540-231-2024 or check out our website.

24. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR ELECTION VOLUNTEERS STUDY – 1st posting
A VT graduate student is looking for volunteers from the local offices of the presidential election campaigns to participate in a study about campaign messages. Respondents will be asked to complete a brief survey, and selected contributors may be asked to participate in 1-3 one-on-one interviews at their convenience, either in person or over the phone. If you are interested in participating in this study, please contact Tana Schiewer. Must be 18 years of age or older.

25. CHILDREN SOUGHT FOR STUDY – 2nd posting
A study through the VT Department of Psychology is examining mother-child interactions in children without a diagnosis of an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Researchers seek children ages 4-11 without an Autism Spectrum Disorder (Autism, Asperger’s, or PDD-NOS) to complete age-appropriate play-based tasks involving mother and child (1 visit) in the VT Autism Clinic in Blacksburg or Roanoke Higher Education Center in Roanoke. Flexible scheduling – daytime, evening, or weekend appointments available. Families will be compensated $15 for participation; a brief summary of the autism and cognitive assessments is also available. If you are interested in participating, please contact Tyler Hassenfeldt or (412) 600-8304.

26. CHILD PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR STORYTELLING ACTIVITY – 3rd posting

Researchers are looking for children aged 8-10 to participate in a study on enactment-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 VT campus 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 or 540-998 6488 if interested in participating.

27. UPCOMING EVENTS:

AN UT PROSIM INDEX: MEASURING STUDENTS’ SERVICE ORIENTATION
Monday, Oct 15, 12:00-1:30pm, GLC Room C
Bring your lunch and come hear how VT Engage is developing instruments to measure students’ service orientation. This session should be of interest to anyone who is measuring the learning outcomes of their students or outcomes of programs. Sign up online >>  Sponsored by the Office of Assessment and Evaluation.

LEARN TURKISH AT VT: FREE LANGUAGE CLASSES

Wednesdays, starting Oct 17, 6:00-7:00pm, Cranwell International Center
Sponsored by the Intercultural Understanding Club (ICUC), experienced teachers are offering Turkish language classes from beginner to advanced levels. You don’t need to know any Turkish to start. One hour class per week and four classes in a month. Registration >>; Questions: Haktan Suren – hsuren@vt.edu.

NUTRITION WORKSHOP
Thursday, Oct 18, 2:00-3:30pm, GLC Room F
Are you curious about how to eat healthy on and off campus?  How to read a food label?  How to identify serving sizes?  This interactive workshop will go over common food myths, help you examine what you are currently eating, and give you realistic tips and resources on how to create a better plate.  Please register online >>. Questions? 
Contact Tara Frank at tara@vt.edu.

GLC OPEN HOUSE 2012

Friday, Oct 19, 10:00am-3:00pm, GLC
The Graduate School and Graduate Life Center will host an open house in the nationally recognized, award-winning Graduate Life Center (GLC).  Special events for graduate students and visitors include: art, writing and photo contest; tour of the GLC residence hall on upper floors; scavenger hunt – win a limited-edition GLC t-shirt and other small prizes; cornhole tournament; free refreshments all day; and more!

GSA FALL WINE SOCIAL
Friday, Oct 19, 5:00-8:00pm. University Club
Join GSA and your fellow grad students at this popular annual event – the GSA fall wine social! Wine services will stop at 7:30pm. Tickets are $10 for food and wine or $5 for food only. GSA delegate and cabinet members can get in for $5 at the door. If you have any questions please contact Elaine Mathis, VP of Programs. 

GAME NIGHT IN THE GLC
Tuesday, Oct 23, 8:00-10:00pm, GLC Student Lounge
Take a break from homework, meetings and tests and have a little fun! Enjoy some healthy competition with other grad students in a variety of games. Feel free to bring food, drinks, and of course, your favorite games. Sponsored by the GLC Fellows. Contact Emily Eskew for more details.

STRESS MANAGEMENT WORKSHOP
Wednesday, Oct 24, 3:00pm, GLC Room D
Feeling stressed?  Learn about strategies to decrease stress in your daily life, and to cope better with stress when it does happen! Included will be ways to enhance the enjoyable activities that are already part of your life, improve your ability to manage worries, and relaxation techniques.  Space is limited, so please sign up here. Sponsored by the Graduate Student Services Office.  Questions?  Contact Tara.

October 8-14, 2012

1. WEEKLY SERVICES IN THE GLC 

  • Career advising (walk in, no appointment needed): Wednesdays 2:00-5:00pm, GLC Lobby
  • Cook Counseling (walk in, no appointment needed): Thursdays and Fridays 1:00-5:00pm, Green Room
  • GLC Café: 3:30-5:00 every Thursdays, Reading Room
  • Statistical consulting by LISA: Weekdays, 1:00-3:00pm, GLC Videoconference Room
  • Writing Center support for grads: Thursdays 3:00-5:00pm, GLC Videoconference Room (additional hours are available in the Library)

2. GET INVOLVED WITH THE GRADUATE HONOR SYSTEM!
Monday, Oct 8, 4:00-5:00pm, GLC videoconference room
Wednesday, Oct 10, 2:00-3:00pm, GLC Room D
The Graduate Honor System is currently recruiting student and faculty volunteers to serve as panelists who hear and decide on cases. Interested individuals need to attend any one of the one-hour training sessions, and then will be able to serve on cases as their schedules allow. If you are interested, please email ghs@vt.edu.

3. TOUR THE HAHN HORTICULTURE GARDEN – SIGN UP NOW!
Tuesday, Oct 9, 1:30pm
The Hahn Horticulture Garden encompasses nearly six acres of teaching and display gardens on Virginia Tech’s campus. The garden serves as a Learning resource for plant material, landscaping concepts, and environmental awareness.  Features include perennial borders, water gardens, shade gardens, and meadow garden, and the Peggy Lee Hahn Garden Pavilion. Learn more about the Hahn Horticulture Garden with this special tour!  Space is limited so please sign up here. Questions? Contact Tara Frank. Sponsored by the Graduate Student Services Office.

4. FREE MOVIE NIGHT – "BIUTIFUL"
Wednesday, Oct 10, 7:00pm, GLC Auditorium
Come and join LAIGSA for a free movie night! “Biutiful” is a drama directed by Mexican director Alejandro GonzálezIñárritu and starring Javier Bardem. This movie was nominated for two Academy Awards in 2011 – Best Foreign Language Film and Best Actor. Open to everybody, organized by the Latin American and Iberian Graduate Students Association as part of the Hispanic Latino Heritage Month.

5. MIND AND BODY CHECK FAIR
Thursday, Oct 11, 11:00am-3:00pm, McComas Hall Lobby (Health Ed/Rec Sports side)
The Cook Counseling Center in collaboration with Schiffert Health Center’s Health Education, Recreational Sports, and HNFE is sponsoring this fair to provide opportunities for students to get a mental health check, talk with personal trainers and nutrition counselors, and get information on how to protect their skin from the sun (facial Dermascan skin self-checks available).  Information will be provided to help improve your health and overall well-being.  Giveaways and a raffle for massage therapy gift certificates! For additional information, contact Charlotte Amenkhienan or David Andrews, 231-7780.

5B. LITTLE HOKIES SWAP
Thursday, Oct 11, 3:00-8:00pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
Donated baby- and children’s items will be displayed in the Multipurpose Room for graduate student parents to take. Bags will be provided at entry and graduate students can fill their bag with as many items as they may need.

6. GLC CAFÉ
Thursday, Oct 11, 30-5:00pm, GLC Reading Room
The GLC Café is offered throughout the semester with free coffee and tea in the company of your graduate-student and Grad-School colleagues. Last week’s call still stands: share your favorite poetry or quote! Bring it on a piece of paper and post in on a bulletin board in the Reading Room for everyone to enjoy. Bring your own mug if you can. 

7. FULBRIGHT SCHOLARS’ FALL MEETING
Thursday, Oct 11, 6:00pm, The Cellar
Get to know fellow Fulbright Scholars (current, Alumni & friends) at Virginia Tech and enjoy a couple of hours of conversation in a multicultural and diverse group. Please RSVP. Contact Tobias (202)870-9722) for questions and comments.

8. SUBMISSIONS ARE INVITED FOR GLC ART, PHOTO AND WRITING CONTEST – 3rd posting
The Graduate School invites submissions of art work, photography and written work by graduate students for display in the GLC during GLC Open House on Oct 19, 2012 and beyond. Submissions are limited to three pieces (art, photography, or written work) per graduate student. Submission deadline: Tuesday, Oct 16, 5:00pm. Learn more >>. Don’t be shy, please share your photos, art work and writing with others!

9. REGISTRATION NOW OPEN FOR CORNHOLE TOURNAMENT – SIGN UP NOW!
The second annual GLC Open House Cornhole Tournament will take place on Friday, Oct 19, 1:00-3:00pm on the Graduate School Lawn.  Up to ten teams of two will compete in a double-elimination tournament. At least one member of each team must be a graduate student. Sign up here. Please contact Lauren Surface at lkeister@vt.edu if you have questions.

10. REC SPORTS SPECIAL FALL EVENTS
Learn what all rec sports has to offer to individuals and groups who are interested in different exercise formats.

11. DONATE ITEMS FOR LITTLE HOKIES SWAP
Donations accepted through Oct 10, GLC
The Graduate School, the Graduate Student Assembly and the Women’s Center are sponsoring a first ever grab bag for Little Hokies to benefit VT graduate students and their children. Unused or gently used children’s items for ages 0-10 are collected (toys [including music and film DVDs], clothing, formula (that is not expired), medical supplies (breast pumps, other lactation devices), strollers, car seats, school supplies, bedding, bathing and grooming supplies (bathers, unopened/unused creams, lotions, powders), feeding supplies (bibs, baby bottles, food warmers), baby gear (activity gyms, bassinets, play mats, baby carriers, swings), diapers. All donations can be dropped off at the Graduate Life Center from Oct 1-10. On Oct 11, 3:00-8:00pm, the donated items will be displayed in the GLC Multipurpose Room. Bags will be provided at entry and graduate students can fill their bag with as many items as they may need.

12. NEW BUSINESS HOURS IN GRAD STUDENT SERVICES
The Graduate School’s student services and advising area (120 GLC) will operate with new business hours starting Oct 1. On Wednesdays the service area will open at 9:30am and close at 6:00pm. This is a pilot program for the fall semester; at the end of fall we will evaluate the impact of this change and decide whether to continue with altered hours or return to an 8-5/M-F schedule. Send comments to grads@vt.edu.

13. CALL FOR ABSTRACTS FOR INTERDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM – 2nd posting
The Interdisciplinary Research Honor Society (IDR) is now accepting undergraduate and graduate student abstract submissions for the poster session of the Second Annual Interdisciplinary Research Symposium, held at Virginia Tech on Nov 2, 9:00am-3:00pm, in the Graduate Life Center (GLC) Multipurpose room. Abstracts will be selected primarily on the extent of integration of distinct disciplines into the author’s work and secondarily on the results, outcomes, impact of the work. Submission deadline: Monday, Oct 8. Abstract format & submission guidelines>>. Abstract notifications will be sent on Oct 22. Any Questions? Contact Megan Holcomb  or Elizabeth Elvington.

14. JOIN THE GRAD SCHOLARS SOCIETY NOW! – 2nd posting
Graduate students are invited to participate in the Graduate Scholars Society. The GSS believes being a graduate student should also be about scholarship, and scholars can apply their reason, training, and perspective to all issues. GSS offers a forum for graduate students from any department and any origin to examine the broader issues effecting our lives and times. Each group is limited in size and meets based on its own needs (most in the evenings, some off campus, some on). For more information, email Gold Darr at grd0001@gmail.com. The topics: The Financial Future of America! Election platforms, domestic policy–making sense of the proposed financial strategies; Current Events in Global Economics: Should Greece stay in the Euro? What are the implications of China’s currency strategies?; Future of Robotics – In 50 years and what should the world look like?; One topic TBA. Please complete this poll to determine which group you are interested in and to receive more information regarding GSS.

15. INTERDISCIPLINARY GRAD STUDY ABROAD PROJECT IN BRAZIL – 1st posting
The Center for Leadership in Global Sustainability (CNRE program in the National Capital Region – http://cligs.vt.edu) is offering a graduate-level interdisciplinary study abroad project in Brazil over winter break and the spring semester for students interested in gaining international experience in cross-sector partnerships for sustainable development. The Global Sustainability Initiative (GSI) 2013 Brazil Project will be offered as a spring course (NR 5954) for six credits. Spanning ten weeks with 10 days spent in Brazil over winter break, the GSI Brazil Project will explore innovative cross-sector strategies to conserve and enhance Brazil’s valuable ecosystem services while meeting rising global food demands. The team will travel to a variety of locations including the Atlantic Rainforest and Cerrado biomes, and cities that are leading the way for green infrastructure in Latin America. Application deadline: Nov 9, 2012. Learn more and apply >>.

16. GRADUATE RESEARCH DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS – 2nd posting
The Graduate Student Assembly’s Graduate Research Development Program (GRDP) is now accepting applications. GRDP provides monetary support to graduate students for research associated with their thesis or dissertation. The maximum award amounts are $500 for master’s students and $700 for doctoral students. Submit applications or find more information about the program, eligibility, application process, and FAQs >>.  Email Amanda Shea (ashea04@vt.edu) with any questions.

17. TRAVEL FUND PROGRAM (TFP) NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS – 3rd posting
The Graduate Student Assembly’s Travel Fund Program (TFP) is now accepting applications.  The TFP provides monetary support in the form of a reimbursement to graduate students presenting at conferences.  More information about the program, eligibility, application process, and FAQs may be found online; email if you have any questions.

18. WAGE POSITION OPEN FOR GRAD STUDENTS – 2nd posting

Drs. Holly Matusovich and Marie Paretti in the Department of Engineering Education are currently seeking graduate students to transcribe interviews associated with an NSF-funded project entitled “Understanding Barriers to Engineering as a Career Choice Among Appalachian Youth”.  The interviews are one-on-one and are approximately one hour long.  Participants range from high school students to working professionals.  The position will be approximately 10-20 hours of time per week at $10.00/hour to start. Experience with interview transcription is preferred but not required. Please contact Matthew Boynton if interested or to seek additional information.
 
19. GRA POSITION OPENING – 3rd posting
The Sustainable Agriculture and Natural Resource Collaborative Research Support Program (SANREM CRSP) is a USAID-funded project that conducts applied research to support the implementation of sustainable agriculture and natural resource management practices in developing countries. A GRA is sought to conduct research in soil and crop management for conservation agriculture farming systems, soil-based carbon sequestration, and climate change. Must have BS in agronomy, crop or soil science, chemistry, or a closely related field of study that has equipped the applicant with the necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the duties and responsibilities of the position; excellent written and oral English skills. Learn more about the position >>.

20. CALL FOR GSA PROGRAM CHAIR APPLICATIONS – 3rd posting

If you are looking to get involved on campus and gain valuable leadership experience, consider serving the graduate student community in a GSA Program Chair position! 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. The GSA is currently accepting applications from pro-active students for Website Director and GSA Historian.  Please view the GSA website for a full description of each position. Send a letter of interest, resume/CV, and goals for the academic year if interested.  Please direct any questions and send resumes to Elaine Mathis, VP of Programs at efm28@vt.edu. 

21. VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR GSA FALL WINE SOCIAL – 1st posting
The GSA is seeking volunteers to assist in the upcoming fall wine social on Friday, Oct 19, 3:45-8:30pm at the University Club. Tasks will include set-up, registration, food preparation, bottle openers, pourers, and clean-up. Regardless of the task, all volunteers must be present for a pre-social meeting to take place at 4:30pm the day of the event.  If you would like to volunteer or have additional questions please contact Elaine Mathis, VP of Programs. 

22. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR STUDY ON MOTHERS AND CHILDREN – 1st posting
Are you a mother who sometimes worries or has fears? Do you have a child between 7 and 12 years of age? A new study is investigating how mothers and children interpret situations in their day-to-day lives. The study is being conducted at the Child Study Center at 460 Turner Street, Suite 207, Blacksburg. For more information please contact Kristin Austin or call 540-231-8276. Compensation: $50.

23. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR STUDY OF ANXIETY AND DISRUPTIVE BEHAVIORS IN CHILDREN-1st posting
This project is for children ages 10-14 and their families. The family will have the opportunity to participate in an experimental treatment lasting approximately 12 sessions designed for children who worry excessively and exhibit disruptive behaviors (e.g., talking back, refusing to do things, becoming easily angered, etc.). Children participating in the study will be assessed prior to treatment, throughout treatment, immediately following treatment, and 1 month later. All assessment and treatment sessions will be free of charge.The study is being conducted at the Child Study Center of Virginia Tech. For more information please contact Maria Fraire at mgfraire@vt.edu or call 540-231-2024 or check out our website.

24. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR ELECTION VOLUNTEERS STUDY – 1st posting
A VT graduate student is looking for volunteers from the local offices of the presidential election campaigns to participate in a study about campaign messages. Respondents will be asked to complete a brief survey, and selected contributors may be asked to participate in 1-3 one-on-one interviews at their convenience, either in person or over the phone. If you are interested in participating in this study, please contact Tana Schiewer. Must be 18 years of age or older.

25. CHILDREN SOUGHT FOR STUDY – 2nd posting
A study through the VT Department of Psychology is examining mother-child interactions in children without a diagnosis of an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Researchers seek children ages 4-11 without an Autism Spectrum Disorder (Autism, Asperger’s, or PDD-NOS) to complete age-appropriate play-based tasks involving mother and child (1 visit) in the VT Autism Clinic in Blacksburg or Roanoke Higher Education Center in Roanoke. Flexible scheduling – daytime, evening, or weekend appointments available. Families will be compensated $15 for participation; a brief summary of the autism and cognitive assessments is also available. If you are interested in participating, please contact Tyler Hassenfeldt or (412) 600-8304.

26. CHILD PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR STORYTELLING ACTIVITY – 3rd posting

Researchers are looking for children aged 8-10 to participate in a study on enactment-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 VT campus 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 or 540-998 6488 if interested in participating.

27. UPCOMING EVENTS:

AN UT PROSIM INDEX: MEASURING STUDENTS’ SERVICE ORIENTATION
Monday, Oct 15, 12:00-1:30pm, GLC Room C
Bring your lunch and come hear how VT Engage is developing instruments to measure students’ service orientation. This session should be of interest to anyone who is measuring the learning outcomes of their students or outcomes of programs. Sign up online >>  Sponsored by the Office of Assessment and Evaluation.

LEARN TURKISH AT VT: FREE LANGUAGE CLASSES

Wednesdays, starting Oct 17, 6:00-7:00pm, Cranwell International Center
Sponsored by the Intercultural Understanding Club (ICUC), experienced teachers are offering Turkish language classes from beginner to advanced levels. You don’t need to know any Turkish to start. One hour class per week and four classes in a month. Registration >>; Questions: Haktan Suren – hsuren@vt.edu.

NUTRITION WORKSHOP
Thursday, Oct 18, 2:00-3:30pm, GLC Room F
Are you curious about how to eat healthy on and off campus?  How to read a food label?  How to identify serving sizes?  This interactive workshop will go over common food myths, help you examine what you are currently eating, and give you realistic tips and resources on how to create a better plate.  Please register online >>. Questions? 
Contact Tara Frank at tara@vt.edu.

GLC OPEN HOUSE 2012

Friday, Oct 19, 10:00am-3:00pm, GLC
The Graduate School and Graduate Life Center will host an open house in the nationally recognized, award-winning Graduate Life Center (GLC).  Special events for graduate students and visitors include: art, writing and photo contest; tour of the GLC residence hall on upper floors; scavenger hunt – win a limited-edition GLC t-shirt and other small prizes; cornhole tournament; free refreshments all day; and more!

GSA FALL WINE SOCIAL
Friday, Oct 19, 5:00-8:00pm. University Club
Join GSA and your fellow grad students at this popular annual event – the GSA fall wine social! Wine services will stop at 7:30pm. Tickets are $10 for food and wine or $5 for food only. GSA delegate and cabinet members can get in for $5 at the door. If you have any questions please contact Elaine Mathis, VP of Programs. 

GAME NIGHT IN THE GLC
Tuesday, Oct 23, 8:00-10:00pm, GLC Student Lounge
Take a break from homework, meetings and tests and have a little fun! Enjoy some healthy competition with other grad students in a variety of games. Feel free to bring food, drinks, and of course, your favorite games. Sponsored by the GLC Fellows. Contact Emily Eskew for more details.

STRESS MANAGEMENT WORKSHOP
Wednesday, Oct 24, 3:00pm, GLC Room D
Feeling stressed?  Learn about strategies to decrease stress in your daily life, and to cope better with stress when it does happen! Included will be ways to enhance the enjoyable activities that are already part of your life, improve your ability to manage worries, and relaxation techniques.  Space is limited, so please sign up here. Sponsored by the Graduate Student Services Office.  Questions?  Contact Tara.