May 6-12, 2013

1. WEEKLY SERVICES IN THE GLC – Some ending on May 8, 2013 (last day of classes)

  • Career advising: 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 – year round!
  • Statistical consulting by LISA: Weekdays, 1:00-3:00pm, GLC Videoconference Room; find out each consultant’s software expertise here
  • Writing Center support for grads: Thursdays 4:00-6:00pm, GLC Videoconference Room (additional hours are available in the Library)

2. BOV GRAD LUNCHEON WITH PRESIDENT, PROVOST, GRADUATE DEAN & VP of STUDENT AFFAIRS
Tuesday, May 7, 12:00-1:30pm, The Inn at Virginia Tech
There are still spaces remaining to attend the final  graduate student luncheon of the semester with President Steger, Provost McNamee,  Vice President and Dean for graduate education Dr. Karen DePauw, and Vice President for Student Affairs Dr. Patricia Perillo at the Inn at Virginia Tech.  Spaces are limited.  If you are interested in attending, please contact Robyn Jones, Graduate Representative to the BOV at bovgradrep@vt.edu today!

3. END OF YEAR PARTY
Tuesday, May 7, 5:00-7:00pm, GLC Multipurpose room and side patio
All graduate students are welcome to come celebrate the end of the school year with free food, music, and tie-dying t-shirts! Please bring a white shirt, and if you plan on eating please fill out this survey. This event is sponsored by the GLC Fellows. For more information contact Emily at eceskew@vt.edu.

4. FREE OCD AND ANXIETY SUPPORT GROUPS AVAILABLE
Tuesday, May 7, 7:00pm, VT Psyc Services Center
Do you struggle with OCD? A free monthly support group meets this Tuesday at the VT Psychological Services Center (3110 Prices Fork Road) to learn more about OCD and treatment options, hear success stories from those who have worked to overcome their OCD, and receive support from others. Family members are also welcome. In addition, the center offers a free monthly support group for individuals with all types of anxiety, with the next meeting on Tuesday, May 28 at 7:00pm at the Psychological Services Center. If you have questions or would like more information, contact the Psychological Services Center at 231-6914, or email doctoral students Nathaniel Van Kirk at nvankirk@vt.edu or Brenna Maddox at bmaddox7@vt.edu.

5. GHS THANK YOU BREAKFAST

Thursday, 9, 9:00-10:30am, GLC Student Organization Offices area (across from ABP)
Graduate Honor System panelists and anyone interested in learning more about the GHS are invited to this end-of-the-year breakfast to recognize and thank those who have participated in honor system activities this fall as volunteer panelists, and provide an opportunity for students to learn more about the GHS and their possible roles in it. Please stop by as your time allows. Please register if you plan to attend .

6. GLC CAFÉ – MUG SWAP!
Thursday, May 9, 3:30-5:00pm, GLC Reading Room
The GLC Café is offered throughout the year with free coffee, tea, maybe hot chocolate, and definitely cookies in the company of your graduate-student and Grad-School colleagues. Based on student request there will be a first ever mug swap at the café: bring a mug you no longer want and swap it for one another grad student doesn’t want! Ugly mugs, funny mugs, beautiful mugs, non-traditional mugs, whatever you have are welcome. One man’s un-wanted mug is another man’s treasure….

7. JOIN QPOC @ VT
Thursday, May 9, 6:30-8:00pm, Black Cultural Center, Squires
Do you identify as a queer person of color? Join Queer People of Color at Virginia Tech (QPOC @ VT) for an evening of fun and a night of making lots of new friends through Speed Friending! Speed Friending events are a fast and very low pressure way to make lasting friendships. This event welcomes all QPOC-ers to get connected, get comfortable, mix and mingle with lots of food, fun and laughter. Contact Natasha Cox, NACox@vt.edu for more information.

8. FALL GRAD CLASS: GLOBAL ASPECTS OF INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW
Taught by Anna-Marion Bieri, GRAD 5224G explores how our globalized society, shaped by mobility,  international capital flow, digitalization, and constant advancements in communication technologies, calls for international intellectual property protection and standards. The expansion of the western IP system in the global arena is increasingly being criticized. The class covers the key aspects of this controversy: the protection of and access to medicines, knowledge and biological materials. Tuesdays 5:00 – 8:00 pm / DER 1076. For questions please contact Anna-Marion Bieri annambs@vt.edu.

9. FALL CLASS OFFERING: PEDAGOGY FOR NATURAL RESOURCE SCIENCES CRN 97426
This 2-credit course may be used toward the grad certficiate in Preparing the Future Professoriate. The 10-week course is organized around 5 major themes in higher education: (1) How people learn (theories in educational psychology, brain function, learning styles; metacognition; learning for transfer; lifelong learning); (2) Paradigms in teaching (instruction-centered and  learning-centered; teaching for improved  thinking [critical, creative, reflective] vs. teaching for  content and coverage; teaching styles; distance learning) (3) Teaching for student engagement (creating meaningful learning experiences; passive vs. active & collaborative learning; peer instruction; deep learning; etc) (4) Tools for teaching (technology; improving lectures; alternatives to lecture; Socratic teaching; etc.; assessing learning)  (5) Life as a professor (teaching millennials; trends in higher ed; school types; teaching vs. research; publish or perish; the tenure process; non-tenure appointments; balancing the professional and the personal) . For more information contact Dr. Brian Murphy at murphybr@vt.edu.

10. CALL FOR ABSTRACT SUBMISSIONS – EXTENDED! – 3rd posting
Abstracts are being accepted for the upcoming symposium "Poverty Today: Challenges and Opportunities" on Jul 19, 2013 at the Roanoke Higher Education Center. This event is intended to explore how poverty is currently defined, how it is viewed in our society, and who can take action for those in need. By uniting citizens, politicians, academics, aid workers, and major community organizations in open conversation, organizers hope to achieve a deeper understanding of the challenges as well as novel opportunities for progress.  Papers on this topic are solicited from students, professionals, and interest organizations for oral and posters presentations  by May 15. Please contact grad alum Risa Pesapane at pesapane.risa@gmail.com for more information.

11. CALL FOR GSA PROGRAM CHAIR APPLICATIONS – 1st 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. Program chairs have the opportunity to be creative, work with a diverse group of students, and actively participate in an assortment of events. The GSA is accepting applications from proactive students for the following positions: website director; research symposium chair; graduate & professional school fair chair; graduate research & development program chair; travel fund program chair; GSA events chair; and GSA historian/media coordinator. View the GSA website for a full description of each position. Contact the current chairs with any questions specific to a position. Application deadline: (letter of interest, resume/CV, and goals for 2013-14) is Friday, May 3, or Monday May 6, or Friday May 10. Please ask Mordecai. Interviews will be conducted the following week. Direct any questions and send resumes to Mordecai Harvey, mordie02@vt.edu.

12. STUDENT BUILDING MANAGER FOR GLC – WAGE POSITION OPENINGS – 1st posting
The GLC Student Building Manager works closely with the Operations Manager for Student Centers and Activities as well as the Graduate School to provide services to the patrons who use the GLC. This includes providing excellent customer service, overall building management, reserving rooms, oversight of the information desk, basic cleaning (wiping tables, vacuuming, etc.) and administrative support. The Student Building Manager has primary responsibility, including emergency response, for the building during evening and weekend hours. Filling 2-3 positions to start in August at a rate of $12/hour. Please apply online; click the “Student Centers and Activities ‘VT Graduate Student’ Pool.” Please contact Eric Margiotta (Margiotta@vt.edu) with questions.

13. GA POSITION AS PEACE CORPS RECRUITER 2013-14 – 2nd posting

The Peace Corps is looking for a recruiter for the VT campus during academic year 2013-2014.  The position is 20 hours a week and involves planning and executing a recruitment campaign as well as interviewing potential candidates.  This position is for Returned Peace Corps Volunteers only.  Please see the job description for more information and how to apply at www.peacecorps.vt.edu or contact Christopher Hickey at peacecorps@vt.edu for more information.

14. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR MENTAL AND POSTURAL STUDY – 2nd posting

Participants are needed for a study to investigate how mental demands affect neuromuscular control.  Participants will be asked to do some simple mental tasks while researchers measure their postural stability. Both people with no history of low back pain or those that have suffered form it continuously or periodically in the last 6 months are needed. The study will take 1-2 hours and participants will be compensated $10 per hour.  Please contact Ralph for more information or to sign up.

15. LIBRARY SURVEY INVITATION – 2nd posting
University Libraries asks that you please participate in this survey even if you responded to a previous one in 2012. As part of the continuing assessment of the Summon Discovery Service by VT University Libraries, feedback is sought on its use and effectiveness among faculty, students, and staff. Through this second survey, the Library is requesting your feedback on your use of, and experiences with Summon, and your perception of its effectiveness in finding research information. The information collected will provide insight into how the Libraries might enhance the service to meet research needs of users. The survey should take approximately 12-15 minutes, and you may exit the survey at any time. Must be at least 18 years old to participate. Access the survey>>.

16. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR STUDY ON FUN AND GAMES – 3rd  posting

Researchers at VT’s Center for Human-Computer Interaction are studying fun and games and are interested in talking with people with a range of views about: rules, games, play, fun, competition, cooperation, replay value, house rules, and fairness. Please contact cse@vt.edu to participate in an interview not lasting more than an hour (IRB# 13-266). Interviews will take place at the Corporate Research Center.

17. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR COUPLES, TALK AND TECHNOLOGY STUDY – 3rd posting
You are invited to participate in a study to explore how people talk about things that matter to them with their partners. Researchers ask you and your partner to talk about something you disagree about, in one of several technological conditions. Available 2-hour time slots are listed here: http://poet.cs.vt.edu/couple_study/. Email Samantha Yglesias at ygles07@vt.edu for more information, to request any of the available slots, or to request a different time slot. The study takes place in McBryde 106A. Participating couples will be compensated $20.00 per person ($40.00 per couple).

May 6-12, 2013

1. WEEKLY SERVICES IN THE GLC – Some ending on May 8, 2013 (last day of classes)

  • Career advising: 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 – year round!
  • Statistical consulting by LISA: Weekdays, 1:00-3:00pm, GLC Videoconference Room; find out each consultant’s software expertise here
  • Writing Center support for grads: Thursdays 4:00-6:00pm, GLC Videoconference Room (additional hours are available in the Library)

2. BOV GRAD LUNCHEON WITH PRESIDENT, PROVOST, GRADUATE DEAN & VP of STUDENT AFFAIRS
Tuesday, May 7, 12:00-1:30pm, The Inn at Virginia Tech
There are still spaces remaining to attend the final  graduate student luncheon of the semester with President Steger, Provost McNamee,  Vice President and Dean for graduate education Dr. Karen DePauw, and Vice President for Student Affairs Dr. Patricia Perillo at the Inn at Virginia Tech.  Spaces are limited.  If you are interested in attending, please contact Robyn Jones, Graduate Representative to the BOV at bovgradrep@vt.edu today!

3. END OF YEAR PARTY
Tuesday, May 7, 5:00-7:00pm, GLC Multipurpose room and side patio
All graduate students are welcome to come celebrate the end of the school year with free food, music, and tie-dying t-shirts! Please bring a white shirt, and if you plan on eating please fill out this survey. This event is sponsored by the GLC Fellows. For more information contact Emily at eceskew@vt.edu.

4. FREE OCD AND ANXIETY SUPPORT GROUPS AVAILABLE
Tuesday, May 7, 7:00pm, VT Psyc Services Center
Do you struggle with OCD? A free monthly support group meets this Tuesday at the VT Psychological Services Center (3110 Prices Fork Road) to learn more about OCD and treatment options, hear success stories from those who have worked to overcome their OCD, and receive support from others. Family members are also welcome. In addition, the center offers a free monthly support group for individuals with all types of anxiety, with the next meeting on Tuesday, May 28 at 7:00pm at the Psychological Services Center. If you have questions or would like more information, contact the Psychological Services Center at 231-6914, or email doctoral students Nathaniel Van Kirk at nvankirk@vt.edu or Brenna Maddox at bmaddox7@vt.edu.

5. GHS THANK YOU BREAKFAST

Thursday, 9, 9:00-10:30am, GLC Student Organization Offices area (across from ABP)
Graduate Honor System panelists and anyone interested in learning more about the GHS are invited to this end-of-the-year breakfast to recognize and thank those who have participated in honor system activities this fall as volunteer panelists, and provide an opportunity for students to learn more about the GHS and their possible roles in it. Please stop by as your time allows. Please register if you plan to attend .

6. GLC CAFÉ – MUG SWAP!
Thursday, May 9, 3:30-5:00pm, GLC Reading Room
The GLC Café is offered throughout the year with free coffee, tea, maybe hot chocolate, and definitely cookies in the company of your graduate-student and Grad-School colleagues. Based on student request there will be a first ever mug swap at the café: bring a mug you no longer want and swap it for one another grad student doesn’t want! Ugly mugs, funny mugs, beautiful mugs, non-traditional mugs, whatever you have are welcome. One man’s un-wanted mug is another man’s treasure….

7. JOIN QPOC @ VT
Thursday, May 9, 6:30-8:00pm, Black Cultural Center, Squires
Do you identify as a queer person of color? Join Queer People of Color at Virginia Tech (QPOC @ VT) for an evening of fun and a night of making lots of new friends through Speed Friending! Speed Friending events are a fast and very low pressure way to make lasting friendships. This event welcomes all QPOC-ers to get connected, get comfortable, mix and mingle with lots of food, fun and laughter. Contact Natasha Cox, NACox@vt.edu for more information.

8. FALL GRAD CLASS: GLOBAL ASPECTS OF INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW
Taught by Anna-Marion Bieri, GRAD 5224G explores how our globalized society, shaped by mobility,  international capital flow, digitalization, and constant advancements in communication technologies, calls for international intellectual property protection and standards. The expansion of the western IP system in the global arena is increasingly being criticized. The class covers the key aspects of this controversy: the protection of and access to medicines, knowledge and biological materials. Tuesdays 5:00 – 8:00 pm / DER 1076. For questions please contact Anna-Marion Bieri annambs@vt.edu.

9. FALL CLASS OFFERING: PEDAGOGY FOR NATURAL RESOURCE SCIENCES CRN 97426
This 2-credit course may be used toward the grad certficiate in Preparing the Future Professoriate. The 10-week course is organized around 5 major themes in higher education: (1) How people learn (theories in educational psychology, brain function, learning styles; metacognition; learning for transfer; lifelong learning); (2) Paradigms in teaching (instruction-centered and  learning-centered; teaching for improved  thinking [critical, creative, reflective] vs. teaching for  content and coverage; teaching styles; distance learning) (3) Teaching for student engagement (creating meaningful learning experiences; passive vs. active & collaborative learning; peer instruction; deep learning; etc) (4) Tools for teaching (technology; improving lectures; alternatives to lecture; Socratic teaching; etc.; assessing learning)  (5) Life as a professor (teaching millennials; trends in higher ed; school types; teaching vs. research; publish or perish; the tenure process; non-tenure appointments; balancing the professional and the personal) . For more information contact Dr. Brian Murphy at murphybr@vt.edu.

10. CALL FOR ABSTRACT SUBMISSIONS – EXTENDED! – 3rd posting
Abstracts are being accepted for the upcoming symposium "Poverty Today: Challenges and Opportunities" on Jul 19, 2013 at the Roanoke Higher Education Center. This event is intended to explore how poverty is currently defined, how it is viewed in our society, and who can take action for those in need. By uniting citizens, politicians, academics, aid workers, and major community organizations in open conversation, organizers hope to achieve a deeper understanding of the challenges as well as novel opportunities for progress.  Papers on this topic are solicited from students, professionals, and interest organizations for oral and posters presentations  by May 15. Please contact grad alum Risa Pesapane at pesapane.risa@gmail.com for more information.

11. CALL FOR GSA PROGRAM CHAIR APPLICATIONS – 1st 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. Program chairs have the opportunity to be creative, work with a diverse group of students, and actively participate in an assortment of events. The GSA is accepting applications from proactive students for the following positions: website director; research symposium chair; graduate & professional school fair chair; graduate research & development program chair; travel fund program chair; GSA events chair; and GSA historian/media coordinator. View the GSA website for a full description of each position. Contact the current chairs with any questions specific to a position. Application deadline: (letter of interest, resume/CV, and goals for 2013-14) is Friday, May 3, or Monday May 6, or Friday May 10. Please ask Mordecai. Interviews will be conducted the following week. Direct any questions and send resumes to Mordecai Harvey, mordie02@vt.edu.

12. STUDENT BUILDING MANAGER FOR GLC – WAGE POSITION OPENINGS – 1st posting
The GLC Student Building Manager works closely with the Operations Manager for Student Centers and Activities as well as the Graduate School to provide services to the patrons who use the GLC. This includes providing excellent customer service, overall building management, reserving rooms, oversight of the information desk, basic cleaning (wiping tables, vacuuming, etc.) and administrative support. The Student Building Manager has primary responsibility, including emergency response, for the building during evening and weekend hours. Filling 2-3 positions to start in August at a rate of $12/hour. Please apply online; click the “Student Centers and Activities ‘VT Graduate Student’ Pool.” Please contact Eric Margiotta (Margiotta@vt.edu) with questions.

13. GA POSITION AS PEACE CORPS RECRUITER 2013-14 – 2nd posting

The Peace Corps is looking for a recruiter for the VT campus during academic year 2013-2014.  The position is 20 hours a week and involves planning and executing a recruitment campaign as well as interviewing potential candidates.  This position is for Returned Peace Corps Volunteers only.  Please see the job description for more information and how to apply at www.peacecorps.vt.edu or contact Christopher Hickey at peacecorps@vt.edu for more information.

14. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR MENTAL AND POSTURAL STUDY – 2nd posting

Participants are needed for a study to investigate how mental demands affect neuromuscular control.  Participants will be asked to do some simple mental tasks while researchers measure their postural stability. Both people with no history of low back pain or those that have suffered form it continuously or periodically in the last 6 months are needed. The study will take 1-2 hours and participants will be compensated $10 per hour.  Please contact Ralph for more information or to sign up.

15. LIBRARY SURVEY INVITATION – 2nd posting
University Libraries asks that you please participate in this survey even if you responded to a previous one in 2012. As part of the continuing assessment of the Summon Discovery Service by VT University Libraries, feedback is sought on its use and effectiveness among faculty, students, and staff. Through this second survey, the Library is requesting your feedback on your use of, and experiences with Summon, and your perception of its effectiveness in finding research information. The information collected will provide insight into how the Libraries might enhance the service to meet research needs of users. The survey should take approximately 12-15 minutes, and you may exit the survey at any time. Must be at least 18 years old to participate. Access the survey>>.

16. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR STUDY ON FUN AND GAMES – 3rd  posting

Researchers at VT’s Center for Human-Computer Interaction are studying fun and games and are interested in talking with people with a range of views about: rules, games, play, fun, competition, cooperation, replay value, house rules, and fairness. Please contact cse@vt.edu to participate in an interview not lasting more than an hour (IRB# 13-266). Interviews will take place at the Corporate Research Center.

17. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR COUPLES, TALK AND TECHNOLOGY STUDY – 3rd posting
You are invited to participate in a study to explore how people talk about things that matter to them with their partners. Researchers ask you and your partner to talk about something you disagree about, in one of several technological conditions. Available 2-hour time slots are listed here: http://poet.cs.vt.edu/couple_study/. Email Samantha Yglesias at ygles07@vt.edu for more information, to request any of the available slots, or to request a different time slot. The study takes place in McBryde 106A. Participating couples will be compensated $20.00 per person ($40.00 per couple).