October 22-28, 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. GSA DELEGATE MEETING
Monday, Oct 22, 5:30–7:00pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
The GSA delegate body is comprised of graduate students who serve as representatives for their respective academic departments and are liaisons to graduate students regarding graduate student issues/concerns, activities, etc offered by the GSA. If you are interested in learning more about the delegate body and how GSA functions, please join us them at this meeting. Fill out this survey to help them estimate the food and drinks that will be served. For more information please contact Shaimaa Abdallah (shaimaa@vt.edu), GSA President.

3. THE DEBATES: YOU DECIDE
Monday, Oct 22, 9:00-10:30pm, GLC Student Lounge
Watch the nationally televised presidential debates with your fellow graduate students in the GLC TV lounge and engage in dialogue about foreign & domestic policies, campaigns and issues that matter to you and your vote for 2012 presidential elections. Sponsored by GLC Fellows. Contact Emily Eskew at eceskew@vt.edu if you have any questions.

4. TOWN OF BLACKSBURG WANTS YOUR INPUT
Tuesday, Oct 23, 11:00am-1:30pm, GLC Lobby
The Town of Blacksburg is updating its Comprehensive Plan and needs input from you, the residents. The Town of Blacksburg wants to hear from YOU! Share your thoughts on the future – stop by the GLC lobby to chat with representatives.

5. 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 at eceskew@vt.edu.

6. ETD WORKSHOP

Wednesday, Oct 24 and Oct 31, 2:00-3:00pm, GLC Room F
The Graduate School will be holding two ETD workshops for those students who need help in developing their ETD’s or those who would like their ETD looked over for minor errors before submission. There will be a list of frequently found errors, as well as formatting templates and copyright help. Whether you are just starting to develop your ETD or are ready to submit it for review, this workshop is for you!

7. 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 sign up here. Sponsored by the Graduate Student Services Office.  Questions?  Contact Tara at tara@vt.edu.

8. BIKE TUNE-UP SOCIAL
Thursday, Oct 25, 12:00-13:30pm, GLC Patio and Stage
Sponsored by the VT Bicycle Ambassador Program, this event is open to all students, faculty, and staff on campus. Two of the Emergency Bike Kits on campus are located at Squires and Newman Library, so the GLC Plaza is the perfect place between those locations. Using tools from the emergency kits, bike ambassadors will help repair bikes by patching tires, adjusting breaks, etc. For additional information contact kathrynx@vt.edu.

9. "THE HOW AND WHY OF GRADUATE SCHOOL APPLICATIONS" FOR SPANISH LANGUAGE PROGRAMS
Thursday, Oct 25, 3:00pm, Major Williams Hall, Room 327
Thinking about applying for a PhD? Come hear Dr. Zac Zimmer’s presentation on "The How and Why of Graduate School Applications," specifically for Spanish language programs or those looking to highlight Spanish language experience on their applications. Dr. Zimmer recently completed his doctoral degree from Cornell University and is an Assistant Professor of Spanish in the Department of Foreign languages and Literatures. Take advantage of this great opportunity to hear what makes a good PhD candidate and a successful application. The event is sponsored by Sigma Delta Pi, the Hispanic Honor Society.

10. GLC CAFÉ
Thursday, Oct 25, 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. Bring your own mug if you can. 

11. OCTOBER BGSO SOCIAL

Friday, Oct 26, 6:30-10:00pm, Sharkey’s (Downtown Blacksburg)
Graduate students are invited to join and mingle with members of the Black Graduate Student Organization (BGSO) at their October social. Contact Larry at lacox@vt.edu with any questions. Follow BGSO on Facebook.

12. THE PARANORMAL UNIVERSE WITH NAHUM ARAV
Friday, Oct 26, 7:00-8:15pm, GLC Auditorium
Sponsor: Freethinkers at Virginia Tech. Join astronomer Nahum Arav to explore the evidence for paranormal phenomena. What roles do human psychology, sociology, and the media play in our understanding of astrology, crop circles, UFOs, etc? Stay for discussion afterward.

13. DURGA PUJO CELEBRATION
Saturday, Oct 27, 3:15-8:30pm, Commonwealth Ballroom, Squires Student Center
The Bengali Students’ Association at VT is proud to present this year’s Durga Pujo celebration, a time for families and friends to get together for cultural celebration and to share and wish love and prosperity amongst all. The event will include a token ceremony, a sumptuous Indian dinner, and a gala cultural show. Tickets (ceremony + Indian dinner + cultural program): VT student special pricing: $11.99. Others: $14.99 per person. Children under 10 attend for free! Website: http://www.bengali.org.vt.edu. Email: vtpujo@gmail.com. Seats are limited, so please get your tickets at the earliest online.

14. HALLOWEEN COSTUME DANCE PARTY
Saturday, Oct 27, 9:00pm-2:00am, at Giovanni’s / O’s Lounge
Tickets on sale now: $ 4.00 pre-sale; $5.00 at the door. Open to all public, age 18 and up. At Giovanni’s / O’s Lounge (Formerly Abella’s) across from Sheesha and beside Bollo’s on 204 Draper Rd NW Blacksburg, VA 24060. Contact a LAIGSA active members to buy a Pre-sale ticket. Salsa, Merengue, Bachata, Reggaeton, Latín Hip-Hop, Reggae and more. For more information about this event contact grad student Raul Saucedo at rsaucedo@vt.edu.

15. AEL MEMBERSHIP APPLICATIONS NOW ACCEPTED – 1st posting
Fall 2012 Application Deadline: Nov 19 by 5 p.m. Alpha Epsilon Lambda (AEL) Graduate Honor Society, the only academic excellence and leadership honor society of graduate and professional school students, is now accepting applications for new members. Graduate students may become members based on their academic achievements and leadership experiences. Please apply by Nov 19 through http://www.ael.graduateschool.vt.edu/application-process/. For more information please visit the AEL website or contact Shernita Lee, President of AEL, at shernita@vt.edu with any questions.

16. REGISGRATION OPEN FOR SECOND ANNUAL INTERDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM
Registration is now open for the Second Annual Interdisciplinary Research Symposium, held at Virginia Tech on Nov 2nd, 9am-3pm,  in the Graduate Life Center (GLC) Multipurpose room. The Interdisciplinary Research Honor Society (ΙΔΡ) organizes this symposium to promote interdisciplinary work being performed at Virginia Tech by graduate and undergraduate students. Dr. Bill Newell, a leading scholar on interdisciplinary research, will be the keynote speaker and host an interactive panel discussion. Additionally, undergraduate and graduate students will present their research in poster sessions and compete for poster awards in their respective categories. Coffee and lunch break provided. Registration is free! To register go to symposium.idrsociety.org.

17. STUDENT TRAVEL GRANTS FROM VT ENGAGE – 2nd posting
If you are traveling to a conference to present or lead a workshop related to civic engagement, service, or social justice, VT Engage would like to help you with travel costs. VT Engage is offering travel awards for the 2012-2013 academic year, up to $300 for selected applicants. There is a brief application at http://tinyurl.com/VTEngageTravel12-13 and decisions are made on a rolling basis. For more information, visit: http://tinyurl.com/VTEngageTravelSheet12-13 or contact Lauren Kennedy, Burruss 113, kennedy0@vt.edu.

18. PRESIDENTIAL MANAGEMENT FELLOWSHIP (PMF)
Applications for the Class of 2013 application period will open on Monday, Nov 5 and close on Monday, Nov 19, 2012. Applicants must be nominated by Graduate Dean Karen P. DePauw. The PMF nomination document is Form 1300 and is part of the application. This form along with a maximum of 2-pages containing a brief CV and short essay that addresses: 1) breadth and quality of accomplishments;  2) capacity for leadership;  3) commitment to excellence in leadership and management of public policies and programs, can be emailed to grads@vt.edu or sent by fax to 540-231-3714 by Nov 15.  Do not send directly to Dean DePauw. For questions call 231-4558. Application information is available at the PMF website www.pmf.gov.  

19. SPRING COURSE OFFERINGS
The Graduate School courses for spring semester include the following:
– Preparing the Future Professoriate
– Pedagogical Practices
– Career Development for the Future Professional
– Research in International Contexts
– Communicating Science
– Effective Academic Assessment for Higher Education
– Topics in Interdisciplinary Research
Find details on these and other GRAD courses for spring 2013 in the Timetable. Web course request begins Oct 23.

20. VT STUDENTS FOR OBAMA – 1st posting
Want to help re-elect President Obama? The VT Students for Obama group has volunteer opportunities every day through the election. If you want to help to ensure that the President wins on Nov. 6th, contact Victoria Elliott at velliott@vt.edu.

21. CALL FOR PAPERS, PUBLIC KNOWLEDGE JOURNAL – 2nd posting
Submit your paper, book review, or multimedia work!
Public Knowledge Journal, an open-access peer-reviewed journal hosted by the Center for Digital Discourse and Culture at Virginia Tech, seeks articles, book reviews, essays, interviews, and multimedia submissions for Volume 4, Issue 2, on Interventions. The last day to submit for this issue is Saturday, October 20. Public Knowledge is a graduate student journal dedicated to the understanding of the journal process for new scholars, and thus only accepts submissions from current graduate students or of research conducted while enrolled as a graduate student. Some questions to consider: How does the response to the financial crisis shape or preclude social intervention? What kinds of (non)intervention would be the most socially useful? Who should be responsible for what kinds of financial interventions? What role should local authorities, state government, international bodies, corporations, and NGOs play in global environmental interventions? Submit to:  editor@pkjournal.org

22. INTERDISCIPLINARY GRAD STUDY ABROAD PROJECT IN BRAZIL – 3rd 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. To learn more and apply, visit http://gsi.cnre.vt.edu.

23. COACH SOUGHT FOR BBURG MASTERS SWIMMING – PAID POSITION!
Blacksburg Masters Swimming http://www.blacksburgmasters.com needs a weekday coach (Tue and Thu 8:00-9:30am).  Preference will be given to candidates with prior coaching experience or who have swam at the collegiate level.  All practices are held at the VT War Memorial Gym pool.  If interested, please contact Laurel Davis (ldavis52@gmail.com; 953-2515).

24. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR STUDY ON HISTORIC BATTLEFIELDS – 1st posting
Participants are needed for a survey on the public education and perception of historic battlefields among the VT community. As a potential participant, your opinions may be important. Your involvement is entirely voluntary and there are no known or anticipated risks by participating in this study. The survey should take less than 20 minutes and you will receive $5.00 as compensation. If you have any questions about this study or would like additional information, please contact Shamsul Abu Bakar (shunown1@vt.edu/540-449-9174). This study has been approved by the VT-IRB.

25. RESEARCH PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR STRESS MANAGEMENT STUDY – 1st posting
Researchers conducting a study through the VT School of Education are examining graduate student experiences and management of stress – please consider participating! Any graduate student who is currently enrolled full-time at Virginia Tech is eligible. The study involves a 30-min in-person interview with a graduate student researcher. Location and scheduling of interview are flexible, based on what is convenient for you. Your confidentiality will be protected and your name will not be shared with anyone. Participants will be compensated with a $5 Starbucks gift card. If you are interested, please contact Brock Mutcheson at rbmutch@vt.edu or (402) 618-2580.

26. GRADUATE STUDENT MENTORS NEEDED – 2nd posting
The Graduate–Undergraduate Mentorship Program (GUMP) is seeking mentors from all fields! This program allows undergraduate students to shadow a graduate mentor for 2–4 hours per week over 2 weeks. Undergraduates and graduates are matched according to their area of study, allowing the undergraduate to get a taste for graduate school and to ask questions of current graduate students. Each graduate mentor will be matched with 2–4 mentees, who will shadow them at times convenient for the graduate mentor during the Spring semester. Mentors must attend one program orientation meeting the second week of the Spring semester, after which they will coordinate shadowing activities independently with their undergraduate mentees. If you have any questions please contact gump@vt.edu.  All interested graduate students should fill out the application.

27. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR STUDY ON MOTHERS AND CHILDREN – 3rd 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 at momanxiety@vt.edu or call 540-231-8276. Compensation: $50.

28. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR STUDY OF ANXIETY AND DISRUPTIVE BEHAVIORS IN CHILDREN- 3rd 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: http://www.psyc.vt.edu/labs/csc/dropout.

29. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR ELECTION VOLUNTEERS STUDY – 3rd 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 at tanas@vt.edu. Must be 18 years of age or older.

30. UPCOMING EVENTS:

ASSESSMENT PROCESS IN THE HIGHER EDUCATION PROGRAM
Monday, Oct 29, 12:00-1:30pm, GLC Room C
Hear how the Higher Education Program in the School of Education has developed student outcomes and measures and then used the information gathered to inform decision-making regarding curriculum and other aspects of the program.  Sign up online at http://www.cideronline.org/events/events2.cfm   Sponsored by the Office of Assessment and Evaluation.

GRADUATE PUMPKIN CARVING PARTY
Monday, Oct 29, 5:30-7:30pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
The GLC Fellows and the Graduate Student Assembly (GSA) are sponsoring this Pumpkin Carving Party. Pumpkins, carving tools, and food will be provided. You are responsible for bringing the fun! Prizes will be given in several “best pumpkin” categories at 7pm.  This event is open to all graduate students and their children as well. Please contact Andrae Hash at hashas@vt.edu if you have any questions. Please complete the survey registration to indicate that you are coming: https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1349457070525.

AEL LAST LECTURE SPEAKER: DR. E. SCOTT GELLER
Monday, Oct 29, 7:30pm, GLC Room G
Alpha Lambda Epsilon (AEL), a graduate honor society, invites you to its first Last Lecture Speaker for 2012/2013 school year: Dr. E. Scott Geller will present his topic "Actively Caring for People:  A worldwide movement for safety, security, and global peace."  Refreshments will be provided.  Please direct any questions to Tammy Parece at tammyep@vt.edu.

SUPPORT YOUR GLC VOLLEBALL TEAM!
Monday, Oct 29, 7:30pm War Memorial Gym 141
Come out and support the GLC volleyball team at their first game. Interested in joining the team? Contact Mitchell Ostrout, grad student and captain of a grad Co.Rec team at ostroutm@vt.edu.

WORK-LIFE INTEGRATION WEBINAR
Tuesday, Oct 30, 12:00-1:00pm, GLC Room C
With the pressures of technology, globalization, and productivity, the typical workday has encroached upon what used to be considered home life. It’s harder than ever to maintain boundaries. Explore ways to identify the right balance between work and home, allowing you to contribute fully to both. We’ll share practices to manage it all and also how to communicate expectations to those around you. Hosted by the Central Virginia Women Transportation Seminar. For more information, please contact Renee LoSapio at rlosapio@vt.edu. Guest speakers:  Jennifer Pope, Vice President, Member Interactions, Thrivent Financial for Lutherans; Shannan Gardner, Partner at Moss Adams LLP.

LGBTQ-HISTORY SAFE ZONE SESSION
Thursday, Nov 1, 2:00-4:00pm, GLC Room G
In the world today we hear about people coming out or being outed; we hear the debate about gay marriage, we hear politicians pander to different groups using LGBT Rights as a polarizing strategy; but none of this is new. This session will look at the history of the LGBT community especially in Europe and the US hitting important moments in the struggle for equal rights; how homosexuality by definition has changed and how it is twisted; key moments that transgender and intersex individuals have faced. Hopefully you will walk away with a better understanding of how LGBT individuals have impacted history then and now. This workshop counts towards Safe Zone certification.  Space is limited.  Sign up at https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1350402760241  Questions? Contact Tara at tara@vt.edu.

GRADUATE COSMIC BOWLING NIGHT
Friday, Nov 2, 9pm-1am, BreakZone in Squires Student Center
Join your fellow graduate students for a night of friendly competition with COSMIC bowling at the BreakZone! Bowl as much as you want, for as long as you want, at no cost to you. All graduate students are welcome! Hosted by the GLC Fellows. If you have any questions, please email Marielly Ruiz at mzruiz@vt.edu.

October 22-28, 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. GSA DELEGATE MEETING
Monday, Oct 22, 5:30–7:00pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
The GSA delegate body is comprised of graduate students who serve as representatives for their respective academic departments and are liaisons to graduate students regarding graduate student issues/concerns, activities, etc offered by the GSA. If you are interested in learning more about the delegate body and how GSA functions, please join us them at this meeting. Fill out this survey to help them estimate the food and drinks that will be served. For more information please contact Shaimaa Abdallah (shaimaa@vt.edu), GSA President.

3. THE DEBATES: YOU DECIDE
Monday, Oct 22, 9:00-10:30pm, GLC Student Lounge
Watch the nationally televised presidential debates with your fellow graduate students in the GLC TV lounge and engage in dialogue about foreign & domestic policies, campaigns and issues that matter to you and your vote for 2012 presidential elections. Sponsored by GLC Fellows. Contact Emily Eskew at eceskew@vt.edu if you have any questions.

4. TOWN OF BLACKSBURG WANTS YOUR INPUT
Tuesday, Oct 23, 11:00am-1:30pm, GLC Lobby
The Town of Blacksburg is updating its Comprehensive Plan and needs input from you, the residents. The Town of Blacksburg wants to hear from YOU! Share your thoughts on the future – stop by the GLC lobby to chat with representatives.

5. 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 at eceskew@vt.edu.

6. ETD WORKSHOP

Wednesday, Oct 24 and Oct 31, 2:00-3:00pm, GLC Room F
The Graduate School will be holding two ETD workshops for those students who need help in developing their ETD’s or those who would like their ETD looked over for minor errors before submission. There will be a list of frequently found errors, as well as formatting templates and copyright help. Whether you are just starting to develop your ETD or are ready to submit it for review, this workshop is for you!

7. 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 sign up here. Sponsored by the Graduate Student Services Office.  Questions?  Contact Tara at tara@vt.edu.

8. BIKE TUNE-UP SOCIAL
Thursday, Oct 25, 12:00-13:30pm, GLC Patio and Stage
Sponsored by the VT Bicycle Ambassador Program, this event is open to all students, faculty, and staff on campus. Two of the Emergency Bike Kits on campus are located at Squires and Newman Library, so the GLC Plaza is the perfect place between those locations. Using tools from the emergency kits, bike ambassadors will help repair bikes by patching tires, adjusting breaks, etc. For additional information contact kathrynx@vt.edu.

9. "THE HOW AND WHY OF GRADUATE SCHOOL APPLICATIONS" FOR SPANISH LANGUAGE PROGRAMS
Thursday, Oct 25, 3:00pm, Major Williams Hall, Room 327
Thinking about applying for a PhD? Come hear Dr. Zac Zimmer’s presentation on "The How and Why of Graduate School Applications," specifically for Spanish language programs or those looking to highlight Spanish language experience on their applications. Dr. Zimmer recently completed his doctoral degree from Cornell University and is an Assistant Professor of Spanish in the Department of Foreign languages and Literatures. Take advantage of this great opportunity to hear what makes a good PhD candidate and a successful application. The event is sponsored by Sigma Delta Pi, the Hispanic Honor Society.

10. GLC CAFÉ
Thursday, Oct 25, 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. Bring your own mug if you can. 

11. OCTOBER BGSO SOCIAL

Friday, Oct 26, 6:30-10:00pm, Sharkey’s (Downtown Blacksburg)
Graduate students are invited to join and mingle with members of the Black Graduate Student Organization (BGSO) at their October social. Contact Larry at lacox@vt.edu with any questions. Follow BGSO on Facebook.

12. THE PARANORMAL UNIVERSE WITH NAHUM ARAV
Friday, Oct 26, 7:00-8:15pm, GLC Auditorium
Sponsor: Freethinkers at Virginia Tech. Join astronomer Nahum Arav to explore the evidence for paranormal phenomena. What roles do human psychology, sociology, and the media play in our understanding of astrology, crop circles, UFOs, etc? Stay for discussion afterward.

13. DURGA PUJO CELEBRATION
Saturday, Oct 27, 3:15-8:30pm, Commonwealth Ballroom, Squires Student Center
The Bengali Students’ Association at VT is proud to present this year’s Durga Pujo celebration, a time for families and friends to get together for cultural celebration and to share and wish love and prosperity amongst all. The event will include a token ceremony, a sumptuous Indian dinner, and a gala cultural show. Tickets (ceremony + Indian dinner + cultural program): VT student special pricing: $11.99. Others: $14.99 per person. Children under 10 attend for free! Website: http://www.bengali.org.vt.edu. Email: vtpujo@gmail.com. Seats are limited, so please get your tickets at the earliest online.

14. HALLOWEEN COSTUME DANCE PARTY
Saturday, Oct 27, 9:00pm-2:00am, at Giovanni’s / O’s Lounge
Tickets on sale now: $ 4.00 pre-sale; $5.00 at the door. Open to all public, age 18 and up. At Giovanni’s / O’s Lounge (Formerly Abella’s) across from Sheesha and beside Bollo’s on 204 Draper Rd NW Blacksburg, VA 24060. Contact a LAIGSA active members to buy a Pre-sale ticket. Salsa, Merengue, Bachata, Reggaeton, Latín Hip-Hop, Reggae and more. For more information about this event contact grad student Raul Saucedo at rsaucedo@vt.edu.

15. AEL MEMBERSHIP APPLICATIONS NOW ACCEPTED – 1st posting
Fall 2012 Application Deadline: Nov 19 by 5 p.m. Alpha Epsilon Lambda (AEL) Graduate Honor Society, the only academic excellence and leadership honor society of graduate and professional school students, is now accepting applications for new members. Graduate students may become members based on their academic achievements and leadership experiences. Please apply by Nov 19 through http://www.ael.graduateschool.vt.edu/application-process/. For more information please visit the AEL website or contact Shernita Lee, President of AEL, at shernita@vt.edu with any questions.

16. REGISGRATION OPEN FOR SECOND ANNUAL INTERDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM
Registration is now open for the Second Annual Interdisciplinary Research Symposium, held at Virginia Tech on Nov 2nd, 9am-3pm,  in the Graduate Life Center (GLC) Multipurpose room. The Interdisciplinary Research Honor Society (ΙΔΡ) organizes this symposium to promote interdisciplinary work being performed at Virginia Tech by graduate and undergraduate students. Dr. Bill Newell, a leading scholar on interdisciplinary research, will be the keynote speaker and host an interactive panel discussion. Additionally, undergraduate and graduate students will present their research in poster sessions and compete for poster awards in their respective categories. Coffee and lunch break provided. Registration is free! To register go to symposium.idrsociety.org.

17. STUDENT TRAVEL GRANTS FROM VT ENGAGE – 2nd posting
If you are traveling to a conference to present or lead a workshop related to civic engagement, service, or social justice, VT Engage would like to help you with travel costs. VT Engage is offering travel awards for the 2012-2013 academic year, up to $300 for selected applicants. There is a brief application at http://tinyurl.com/VTEngageTravel12-13 and decisions are made on a rolling basis. For more information, visit: http://tinyurl.com/VTEngageTravelSheet12-13 or contact Lauren Kennedy, Burruss 113, kennedy0@vt.edu.

18. PRESIDENTIAL MANAGEMENT FELLOWSHIP (PMF)
Applications for the Class of 2013 application period will open on Monday, Nov 5 and close on Monday, Nov 19, 2012. Applicants must be nominated by Graduate Dean Karen P. DePauw. The PMF nomination document is Form 1300 and is part of the application. This form along with a maximum of 2-pages containing a brief CV and short essay that addresses: 1) breadth and quality of accomplishments;  2) capacity for leadership;  3) commitment to excellence in leadership and management of public policies and programs, can be emailed to grads@vt.edu or sent by fax to 540-231-3714 by Nov 15.  Do not send directly to Dean DePauw. For questions call 231-4558. Application information is available at the PMF website www.pmf.gov.  

19. SPRING COURSE OFFERINGS
The Graduate School courses for spring semester include the following:
– Preparing the Future Professoriate
– Pedagogical Practices
– Career Development for the Future Professional
– Research in International Contexts
– Communicating Science
– Effective Academic Assessment for Higher Education
– Topics in Interdisciplinary Research
Find details on these and other GRAD courses for spring 2013 in the Timetable. Web course request begins Oct 23.

20. VT STUDENTS FOR OBAMA – 1st posting
Want to help re-elect President Obama? The VT Students for Obama group has volunteer opportunities every day through the election. If you want to help to ensure that the President wins on Nov. 6th, contact Victoria Elliott at velliott@vt.edu.

21. CALL FOR PAPERS, PUBLIC KNOWLEDGE JOURNAL – 2nd posting
Submit your paper, book review, or multimedia work!
Public Knowledge Journal, an open-access peer-reviewed journal hosted by the Center for Digital Discourse and Culture at Virginia Tech, seeks articles, book reviews, essays, interviews, and multimedia submissions for Volume 4, Issue 2, on Interventions. The last day to submit for this issue is Saturday, October 20. Public Knowledge is a graduate student journal dedicated to the understanding of the journal process for new scholars, and thus only accepts submissions from current graduate students or of research conducted while enrolled as a graduate student. Some questions to consider: How does the response to the financial crisis shape or preclude social intervention? What kinds of (non)intervention would be the most socially useful? Who should be responsible for what kinds of financial interventions? What role should local authorities, state government, international bodies, corporations, and NGOs play in global environmental interventions? Submit to:  editor@pkjournal.org

22. INTERDISCIPLINARY GRAD STUDY ABROAD PROJECT IN BRAZIL – 3rd 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. To learn more and apply, visit http://gsi.cnre.vt.edu.

23. COACH SOUGHT FOR BBURG MASTERS SWIMMING – PAID POSITION!
Blacksburg Masters Swimming http://www.blacksburgmasters.com needs a weekday coach (Tue and Thu 8:00-9:30am).  Preference will be given to candidates with prior coaching experience or who have swam at the collegiate level.  All practices are held at the VT War Memorial Gym pool.  If interested, please contact Laurel Davis (ldavis52@gmail.com; 953-2515).

24. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR STUDY ON HISTORIC BATTLEFIELDS – 1st posting
Participants are needed for a survey on the public education and perception of historic battlefields among the VT community. As a potential participant, your opinions may be important. Your involvement is entirely voluntary and there are no known or anticipated risks by participating in this study. The survey should take less than 20 minutes and you will receive $5.00 as compensation. If you have any questions about this study or would like additional information, please contact Shamsul Abu Bakar (shunown1@vt.edu/540-449-9174). This study has been approved by the VT-IRB.

25. RESEARCH PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR STRESS MANAGEMENT STUDY – 1st posting
Researchers conducting a study through the VT School of Education are examining graduate student experiences and management of stress – please consider participating! Any graduate student who is currently enrolled full-time at Virginia Tech is eligible. The study involves a 30-min in-person interview with a graduate student researcher. Location and scheduling of interview are flexible, based on what is convenient for you. Your confidentiality will be protected and your name will not be shared with anyone. Participants will be compensated with a $5 Starbucks gift card. If you are interested, please contact Brock Mutcheson at rbmutch@vt.edu or (402) 618-2580.

26. GRADUATE STUDENT MENTORS NEEDED – 2nd posting
The Graduate–Undergraduate Mentorship Program (GUMP) is seeking mentors from all fields! This program allows undergraduate students to shadow a graduate mentor for 2–4 hours per week over 2 weeks. Undergraduates and graduates are matched according to their area of study, allowing the undergraduate to get a taste for graduate school and to ask questions of current graduate students. Each graduate mentor will be matched with 2–4 mentees, who will shadow them at times convenient for the graduate mentor during the Spring semester. Mentors must attend one program orientation meeting the second week of the Spring semester, after which they will coordinate shadowing activities independently with their undergraduate mentees. If you have any questions please contact gump@vt.edu.  All interested graduate students should fill out the application.

27. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR STUDY ON MOTHERS AND CHILDREN – 3rd 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 at momanxiety@vt.edu or call 540-231-8276. Compensation: $50.

28. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR STUDY OF ANXIETY AND DISRUPTIVE BEHAVIORS IN CHILDREN- 3rd 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: http://www.psyc.vt.edu/labs/csc/dropout.

29. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR ELECTION VOLUNTEERS STUDY – 3rd 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 at tanas@vt.edu. Must be 18 years of age or older.

30. UPCOMING EVENTS:

ASSESSMENT PROCESS IN THE HIGHER EDUCATION PROGRAM
Monday, Oct 29, 12:00-1:30pm, GLC Room C
Hear how the Higher Education Program in the School of Education has developed student outcomes and measures and then used the information gathered to inform decision-making regarding curriculum and other aspects of the program.  Sign up online at http://www.cideronline.org/events/events2.cfm   Sponsored by the Office of Assessment and Evaluation.

GRADUATE PUMPKIN CARVING PARTY
Monday, Oct 29, 5:30-7:30pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
The GLC Fellows and the Graduate Student Assembly (GSA) are sponsoring this Pumpkin Carving Party. Pumpkins, carving tools, and food will be provided. You are responsible for bringing the fun! Prizes will be given in several “best pumpkin” categories at 7pm.  This event is open to all graduate students and their children as well. Please contact Andrae Hash at hashas@vt.edu if you have any questions. Please complete the survey registration to indicate that you are coming: https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1349457070525.

AEL LAST LECTURE SPEAKER: DR. E. SCOTT GELLER
Monday, Oct 29, 7:30pm, GLC Room G
Alpha Lambda Epsilon (AEL), a graduate honor society, invites you to its first Last Lecture Speaker for 2012/2013 school year: Dr. E. Scott Geller will present his topic "Actively Caring for People:  A worldwide movement for safety, security, and global peace."  Refreshments will be provided.  Please direct any questions to Tammy Parece at tammyep@vt.edu.

SUPPORT YOUR GLC VOLLEBALL TEAM!
Monday, Oct 29, 7:30pm War Memorial Gym 141
Come out and support the GLC volleyball team at their first game. Interested in joining the team? Contact Mitchell Ostrout, grad student and captain of a grad Co.Rec team at ostroutm@vt.edu.

WORK-LIFE INTEGRATION WEBINAR
Tuesday, Oct 30, 12:00-1:00pm, GLC Room C
With the pressures of technology, globalization, and productivity, the typical workday has encroached upon what used to be considered home life. It’s harder than ever to maintain boundaries. Explore ways to identify the right balance between work and home, allowing you to contribute fully to both. We’ll share practices to manage it all and also how to communicate expectations to those around you. Hosted by the Central Virginia Women Transportation Seminar. For more information, please contact Renee LoSapio at rlosapio@vt.edu. Guest speakers:  Jennifer Pope, Vice President, Member Interactions, Thrivent Financial for Lutherans; Shannan Gardner, Partner at Moss Adams LLP.

LGBTQ-HISTORY SAFE ZONE SESSION
Thursday, Nov 1, 2:00-4:00pm, GLC Room G
In the world today we hear about people coming out or being outed; we hear the debate about gay marriage, we hear politicians pander to different groups using LGBT Rights as a polarizing strategy; but none of this is new. This session will look at the history of the LGBT community especially in Europe and the US hitting important moments in the struggle for equal rights; how homosexuality by definition has changed and how it is twisted; key moments that transgender and intersex individuals have faced. Hopefully you will walk away with a better understanding of how LGBT individuals have impacted history then and now. This workshop counts towards Safe Zone certification.  Space is limited.  Sign up at https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1350402760241  Questions? Contact Tara at tara@vt.edu.

GRADUATE COSMIC BOWLING NIGHT
Friday, Nov 2, 9pm-1am, BreakZone in Squires Student Center
Join your fellow graduate students for a night of friendly competition with COSMIC bowling at the BreakZone! Bowl as much as you want, for as long as you want, at no cost to you. All graduate students are welcome! Hosted by the GLC Fellows. If you have any questions, please email Marielly Ruiz at mzruiz@vt.edu.