August 26 – September 1, 2013

1. WEEKLY SERVICES IN THE GLC

  • GLC Café: 3:30-5:00 every Thursdays, Reading Room – year round!
  • Career Services, the Writing Center and Cook Counseling will start their fall hours in the GLC on Sep 2.

2. FREE ANXIETY AND OCD SUPPORT GROUP AVAILABLE
Tuesday, Aug 27, 7:00pm, VT Psyc Services Ctr, 3110 Prices Fork Rd
Are you feeling overwhelmed by anxiety? Do you struggle with OCD? A free monthly support group meets the last Tuesday of every month. Join this support group at the Virginia Tech Psychological Services Center (3110 Prices Fork Road) to learn more about anxiety disorders and OCD, hear success stories from those who have worked to overcome their anxiety and OCD, and receive support in an informal setting. Family members are also welcome. If you have questions or would like more information, please contact the Psychological Services Center at 231-6914, or email doctoral student Brenna Maddox at bmaddox7@vt.edu.

3. HEALTH SERVICES AND INSURANCE INFO SESSION
Tuesday, Aug 27, 5:00-6:00pm, GLC Room F
Representatives from Aetna and the Schiffert Health Center will discuss how to enroll in the university-sponsored health insurance plan, what it covers, what the Schiffert Student Health Center provides, and how to make the best of these services.

4. THRIVING IN GRAD SCHOOL: A CONVERSATION ON SUCCESS
Tuesday, Aug 27, 6:00-7:30pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
Discover resources for academic and personal success at this free dinner, panel discussion, and community dialogue co-sponsored by InterVarsity Graduate Christian Fellowship and the Black Graduate Student Organization (BGSO).

5. INTERVARSITY GRADUATE CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP
Wednesdays, starting Aug 28, 6:30pm, GLC Room B
InterVarsity Graduate Christian Fellowship meets weekly for a free dinner and interactive Bible discussion. All are welcome! Learn more at http://gcfvt.wordpress.com/.

6. GLC CAFÉ
Thursday, Aug 29, 3:30-5:00pm GLC Reading Room or side patio if it’s sunny
The GLC Café is offered throughout the year with free coffee, tea, and cookies in the company of your graduate-student and Grad-School colleagues. This week’s special: ugly mug giveaway. Get an ugly mug for your office so that no one would ever want to steal it.

7. GSA ICE CREAM SOCIAL
Friday, Aug 30, 2:00-5:30pm, GLC Student Lounge
Cool off at the end of the first week of classes with some ice cream in the company of your grad student colleagues. Meet new students and catch up with old friends. Sponsored by the Graduate Student Assembly.

8. QG&A WELCOME BACK GAME NIGHT
Friday, Aug 30, 6:30-9:30pm, GLC Room B
Join the QG&A, LGBTA and LGBT Caucus to unwind after an arduous first week of classes with board games. Cranium, Sorry! and Cards Against Humanity will all be available, but bring your own favorite to share as well. Light snacks will be provided.  Direct any questions to Darren.

9. CASCADES HIKE AND PICNIC LUNCH
Saturday, Aug 31, 9:00am, meet GLC lobby to carpool Join grad students for a leisurely hike to a local waterfall followed by a picnic lunch. All are welcome. Sign up here. Sponsored by InterVarsity Graduate Christian Fellowship.

10. BGSO WELCOME BACK COOK OUT
Saturday, Aug 31, 1:00-7:00pm, Nellies Cave Park (1900 Grissom Ln, Bburg)
Join the annual welcome back cookout hosted by the Black Graduate Student Organization at Virginia Tech. Come out to support, meet new and old graduate students, play games, and enjoy some good food and fun. Follow BGSO on Facebook.

11. REGISTER NOW FOR TEAM DESIGN CONTEST FOR GRAD HOUSING COMPLEX – 1st posting
Exercise your imagination and creativity in a short design contest based on a real-world project that’s coming to Blacksburg. The challenge includes generating conceptual design and naming ideas for a new grad housing complex. Teams of up to three may compete for $100 gift certificates to local restaurants.  Background in architecture, landscape architecture or construction is helpful but not required. Paper, sketching tools and some modeling materials will be provided; teams may also use any tools and supplies they bring. The contest will take place on Friday, Sep 20, 1-5pm. Register here. Contact Monika Gibson with questions.

12. P.E.O. SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION FOR 2014-15
Local application deadline is Sep 16, 2013 for this merit-based $15K award for women in doctoral programs. Eligibility requirements: (1) must be nominated by a local P.E.O. chapter and must be a citizen of the US or Canada; (2) must be within two years of completing doctoral degree and have one full academic year of work left at the time of award payment (Aug 1, 2014); (3) must be enrolled full time in degree program at accredited college or university; (4) must demonstrate academic excellence, with a strong research path, publications, awards and service activities, have clearly defined career objectives, unique academic and global experiences, maturity,  and show promise of making a significant contribution to her field. Local application components: (1) 1-2 pg letter of application highlighting current work and career goals. (2) Resume. Send application to: Elva Miller, 205 Woods Edge Court, Blacksburg, VA 24060.  Questions: elva.miller@comcast.net or 951-8407.

13. REGISTRATION STILL OPEN FOR PAYROLL DEDUCTION OF COMP FEES FOR GRAD ASSISTANTS
The registration system for paying comprehensive fees through payroll deduction now open.  Graduate students on an assistantship must either pay their comprehensive fees or enroll for payroll deductions no later than Sep 6, 2013.  To enroll in payroll deductions, login to Hokie SPA, choose University Account Information menu, and click on Graduate Students on Assistantship, enroll in Payroll Deduction. You must enroll in payroll deduction each semester in which you wish to take advantage of this opportunity. 

14. OPEN ENROLLMENT FOR STUDENT MEDICAL INSURANCE FOR 2013-14
Enroll now in the VT-sponsored student medical insurance plan through Aetna: the open enrollment period is from Jul 26-Sep 30. Read more at http://www.co.vt.edu/Risk/studenthealthinsr/.

15. REGISTER NOW FOR “COMMUNICATING SCIENCE” WORKSHOP
Learn more about effectively communicating your work to propel your research and career forward at this free event on Oct 18, 9:00am-2:00pm, led by experts in scientific communication. This workshop is sponsored by the Science and Technology Policy Initiative and the Graduate Student Assembly and is open to all graduate students. Sessions will examine the topics of science communication techniques, science writing, science and the media, and communicating with policy-makers.  Lunch will be provided.  Reserve your space by completing this short survey. Contact Anne Hyman at vtmaroon@vt.edu with any questions. 

16. SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY POLICY INITIATIVE (STPI) FALL DISCUSSION SERIES
Join the STPI for lunch and learn how your work can have a broader impact on society at this brown bag science policy discussion series. Bring your lunch and join in on lively discussions led by experts on topics such as science graduate education policy; water quality and the CDC/EPA; science, intellectual property and innovation policy; and cognitive enhancements, ethics, and policy implications. These lunches will be on the second Tuesday of each month during the fall semester (Sep 10, Oct 8, Nov 12, and Dec 10), 12:00-1:00pm in GLC Room C.  Contact Anne Hyman at  vtmaroon@vt.edu with any questions.

17. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR STUDY ON PSYCHOLOGY OF MUSIC PREFERENCES – 1st posting
This study aims to develop the fullest picture to date of people’s likes and dislikes in the field of music, examining music genre; the emotions that music arouse and personality, and how all these variables inter-relate. This study is the first to bring all of the variables together, allowing researchers to understand the relationships among variables and their impact. This study is organized by Queen’s University, an Irish University partnered with VT. Participation involves completing a number of questionnaires that are designed to measure a number of personal characteristics. Participation is voluntary and anonymous, and you can withdraw at any stage. It takes about 20 minutes to complete. If interested, please contact Gerard Breaden-Madden, postgraduate research student, at gbreadenmadden01@qub.ac.uk to participate or to request more information. This study is closing soon and participants are needed urgently.

18. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR “iGENERATION: THINKING ABOUT OURSELVES” STUDY – 1st posting
Graduate students are needed for an anonymous online survey about their self-care and self-harm behaviors. The survey will be open through the end of the fall semester and takes approximately 45 minutes to complete. All participants must be 18 or older. Students not eligible for Sona extra credit will receive entry into a raffle for a chance to win one of four $20 cash prizes. Access the survey>> . Please contact vtpilab@gmail.com with any questions or concerns.

19. PARTICIPATE IN GRAD HOUSING PREFERENCES SURVEY – 1st posting
Dedicated graduate student and graduate family housing has been a concern of graduate students, the GSA and the Graduate School for several years now. The Graduate School was contacted by local developers for thoughts and suggestions about ways to improve the variety and availability of graduate housing within the Town of Blacksburg. We have developed this survey to inquire about your interest and needs for graduate housing. A site has already been identified and the local developers intend to begin construction of new housing in the South Main Kroger vicinity within the next 18-24 months. The survey will take approximately 10-12 minutes to complete. The information you provide will help us better understand the housing needs of our current and future graduate student community. Access the survey>>.

20. VT CREW TEAM SEEKS COACHES
The VT Crew team is a club sport organization, run by students through the VT Recreational Sports Department.  Currently they are looking for coaches for the upcoming seasons. Must have coxing/rowing experience; coaching experience not required. If interested, please contact snolta92@vt.edu for more information.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

HOW TO MAKE ENDS MEET
Tuesday, Sep 3, 5:00-6:00pm, GLC Room D
Learn creative ways to live within a meager budget using money-saving strategies specific to the NRV.

RESUME WRITING WORKSHOP
Wednesday, Sep 4, 5:30pm, GLC Room G
Having a well-polished resume is one of the most critical steps toward getting a job interview. Start early to ready for fall career fairs and on-campus interviews. Brought to you by the Smith Career Center, career@vt.edu.

DISSERTATION WRITING WORK GROUP (DWG)
Thursdays bi-weekly, starting Sep 5, 9:30am, Women’s Center
Organized by the Women’s Center, this work group is designed for women graduate students and post-docs who are working dissertation/thesis, preparing for prelim, or writing an article, and need some support, motivation, goal-setting, accountability, and a place to simply unwind during the research and writing phase. All are welcome! The Center has limited parking available. The fall DWG will meet on Thursday mornings @ 9:30AM at the Women’s Center on the following dates: 9/5, 9/19, 10/3, 10/17, 10/31, 11/14, 12/5.  If you have questions about the group, please contact Anna LoMascolo at 231-7806.

August 26 – September 1, 2013

1. WEEKLY SERVICES IN THE GLC

  • GLC Café: 3:30-5:00 every Thursdays, Reading Room – year round!
  • Career Services, the Writing Center and Cook Counseling will start their fall hours in the GLC on Sep 2.

2. FREE ANXIETY AND OCD SUPPORT GROUP AVAILABLE
Tuesday, Aug 27, 7:00pm, VT Psyc Services Ctr, 3110 Prices Fork Rd
Are you feeling overwhelmed by anxiety? Do you struggle with OCD? A free monthly support group meets the last Tuesday of every month. Join this support group at the Virginia Tech Psychological Services Center (3110 Prices Fork Road) to learn more about anxiety disorders and OCD, hear success stories from those who have worked to overcome their anxiety and OCD, and receive support in an informal setting. Family members are also welcome. If you have questions or would like more information, please contact the Psychological Services Center at 231-6914, or email doctoral student Brenna Maddox at bmaddox7@vt.edu.

3. HEALTH SERVICES AND INSURANCE INFO SESSION
Tuesday, Aug 27, 5:00-6:00pm, GLC Room F
Representatives from Aetna and the Schiffert Health Center will discuss how to enroll in the university-sponsored health insurance plan, what it covers, what the Schiffert Student Health Center provides, and how to make the best of these services.

4. THRIVING IN GRAD SCHOOL: A CONVERSATION ON SUCCESS
Tuesday, Aug 27, 6:00-7:30pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
Discover resources for academic and personal success at this free dinner, panel discussion, and community dialogue co-sponsored by InterVarsity Graduate Christian Fellowship and the Black Graduate Student Organization (BGSO).

5. INTERVARSITY GRADUATE CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP
Wednesdays, starting Aug 28, 6:30pm, GLC Room B
InterVarsity Graduate Christian Fellowship meets weekly for a free dinner and interactive Bible discussion. All are welcome! Learn more at http://gcfvt.wordpress.com/.

6. GLC CAFÉ
Thursday, Aug 29, 3:30-5:00pm GLC Reading Room or side patio if it’s sunny
The GLC Café is offered throughout the year with free coffee, tea, and cookies in the company of your graduate-student and Grad-School colleagues. This week’s special: ugly mug giveaway. Get an ugly mug for your office so that no one would ever want to steal it.

7. GSA ICE CREAM SOCIAL
Friday, Aug 30, 2:00-5:30pm, GLC Student Lounge
Cool off at the end of the first week of classes with some ice cream in the company of your grad student colleagues. Meet new students and catch up with old friends. Sponsored by the Graduate Student Assembly.

8. QG&A WELCOME BACK GAME NIGHT
Friday, Aug 30, 6:30-9:30pm, GLC Room B
Join the QG&A, LGBTA and LGBT Caucus to unwind after an arduous first week of classes with board games. Cranium, Sorry! and Cards Against Humanity will all be available, but bring your own favorite to share as well. Light snacks will be provided.  Direct any questions to Darren.

9. CASCADES HIKE AND PICNIC LUNCH
Saturday, Aug 31, 9:00am, meet GLC lobby to carpool Join grad students for a leisurely hike to a local waterfall followed by a picnic lunch. All are welcome. Sign up here. Sponsored by InterVarsity Graduate Christian Fellowship.

10. BGSO WELCOME BACK COOK OUT
Saturday, Aug 31, 1:00-7:00pm, Nellies Cave Park (1900 Grissom Ln, Bburg)
Join the annual welcome back cookout hosted by the Black Graduate Student Organization at Virginia Tech. Come out to support, meet new and old graduate students, play games, and enjoy some good food and fun. Follow BGSO on Facebook.

11. REGISTER NOW FOR TEAM DESIGN CONTEST FOR GRAD HOUSING COMPLEX – 1st posting
Exercise your imagination and creativity in a short design contest based on a real-world project that’s coming to Blacksburg. The challenge includes generating conceptual design and naming ideas for a new grad housing complex. Teams of up to three may compete for $100 gift certificates to local restaurants.  Background in architecture, landscape architecture or construction is helpful but not required. Paper, sketching tools and some modeling materials will be provided; teams may also use any tools and supplies they bring. The contest will take place on Friday, Sep 20, 1-5pm. Register here. Contact Monika Gibson with questions.

12. P.E.O. SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION FOR 2014-15
Local application deadline is Sep 16, 2013 for this merit-based $15K award for women in doctoral programs. Eligibility requirements: (1) must be nominated by a local P.E.O. chapter and must be a citizen of the US or Canada; (2) must be within two years of completing doctoral degree and have one full academic year of work left at the time of award payment (Aug 1, 2014); (3) must be enrolled full time in degree program at accredited college or university; (4) must demonstrate academic excellence, with a strong research path, publications, awards and service activities, have clearly defined career objectives, unique academic and global experiences, maturity,  and show promise of making a significant contribution to her field. Local application components: (1) 1-2 pg letter of application highlighting current work and career goals. (2) Resume. Send application to: Elva Miller, 205 Woods Edge Court, Blacksburg, VA 24060.  Questions: elva.miller@comcast.net or 951-8407.

13. REGISTRATION STILL OPEN FOR PAYROLL DEDUCTION OF COMP FEES FOR GRAD ASSISTANTS
The registration system for paying comprehensive fees through payroll deduction now open.  Graduate students on an assistantship must either pay their comprehensive fees or enroll for payroll deductions no later than Sep 6, 2013.  To enroll in payroll deductions, login to Hokie SPA, choose University Account Information menu, and click on Graduate Students on Assistantship, enroll in Payroll Deduction. You must enroll in payroll deduction each semester in which you wish to take advantage of this opportunity. 

14. OPEN ENROLLMENT FOR STUDENT MEDICAL INSURANCE FOR 2013-14
Enroll now in the VT-sponsored student medical insurance plan through Aetna: the open enrollment period is from Jul 26-Sep 30. Read more at http://www.co.vt.edu/Risk/studenthealthinsr/.

15. REGISTER NOW FOR “COMMUNICATING SCIENCE” WORKSHOP
Learn more about effectively communicating your work to propel your research and career forward at this free event on Oct 18, 9:00am-2:00pm, led by experts in scientific communication. This workshop is sponsored by the Science and Technology Policy Initiative and the Graduate Student Assembly and is open to all graduate students. Sessions will examine the topics of science communication techniques, science writing, science and the media, and communicating with policy-makers.  Lunch will be provided.  Reserve your space by completing this short survey. Contact Anne Hyman at vtmaroon@vt.edu with any questions. 

16. SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY POLICY INITIATIVE (STPI) FALL DISCUSSION SERIES
Join the STPI for lunch and learn how your work can have a broader impact on society at this brown bag science policy discussion series. Bring your lunch and join in on lively discussions led by experts on topics such as science graduate education policy; water quality and the CDC/EPA; science, intellectual property and innovation policy; and cognitive enhancements, ethics, and policy implications. These lunches will be on the second Tuesday of each month during the fall semester (Sep 10, Oct 8, Nov 12, and Dec 10), 12:00-1:00pm in GLC Room C.  Contact Anne Hyman at  vtmaroon@vt.edu with any questions.

17. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR STUDY ON PSYCHOLOGY OF MUSIC PREFERENCES – 1st posting
This study aims to develop the fullest picture to date of people’s likes and dislikes in the field of music, examining music genre; the emotions that music arouse and personality, and how all these variables inter-relate. This study is the first to bring all of the variables together, allowing researchers to understand the relationships among variables and their impact. This study is organized by Queen’s University, an Irish University partnered with VT. Participation involves completing a number of questionnaires that are designed to measure a number of personal characteristics. Participation is voluntary and anonymous, and you can withdraw at any stage. It takes about 20 minutes to complete. If interested, please contact Gerard Breaden-Madden, postgraduate research student, at gbreadenmadden01@qub.ac.uk to participate or to request more information. This study is closing soon and participants are needed urgently.

18. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR “iGENERATION: THINKING ABOUT OURSELVES” STUDY – 1st posting
Graduate students are needed for an anonymous online survey about their self-care and self-harm behaviors. The survey will be open through the end of the fall semester and takes approximately 45 minutes to complete. All participants must be 18 or older. Students not eligible for Sona extra credit will receive entry into a raffle for a chance to win one of four $20 cash prizes. Access the survey>> . Please contact vtpilab@gmail.com with any questions or concerns.

19. PARTICIPATE IN GRAD HOUSING PREFERENCES SURVEY – 1st posting
Dedicated graduate student and graduate family housing has been a concern of graduate students, the GSA and the Graduate School for several years now. The Graduate School was contacted by local developers for thoughts and suggestions about ways to improve the variety and availability of graduate housing within the Town of Blacksburg. We have developed this survey to inquire about your interest and needs for graduate housing. A site has already been identified and the local developers intend to begin construction of new housing in the South Main Kroger vicinity within the next 18-24 months. The survey will take approximately 10-12 minutes to complete. The information you provide will help us better understand the housing needs of our current and future graduate student community. Access the survey>>.

20. VT CREW TEAM SEEKS COACHES
The VT Crew team is a club sport organization, run by students through the VT Recreational Sports Department.  Currently they are looking for coaches for the upcoming seasons. Must have coxing/rowing experience; coaching experience not required. If interested, please contact snolta92@vt.edu for more information.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

HOW TO MAKE ENDS MEET
Tuesday, Sep 3, 5:00-6:00pm, GLC Room D
Learn creative ways to live within a meager budget using money-saving strategies specific to the NRV.

RESUME WRITING WORKSHOP
Wednesday, Sep 4, 5:30pm, GLC Room G
Having a well-polished resume is one of the most critical steps toward getting a job interview. Start early to ready for fall career fairs and on-campus interviews. Brought to you by the Smith Career Center, career@vt.edu.

DISSERTATION WRITING WORK GROUP (DWG)
Thursdays bi-weekly, starting Sep 5, 9:30am, Women’s Center
Organized by the Women’s Center, this work group is designed for women graduate students and post-docs who are working dissertation/thesis, preparing for prelim, or writing an article, and need some support, motivation, goal-setting, accountability, and a place to simply unwind during the research and writing phase. All are welcome! The Center has limited parking available. The fall DWG will meet on Thursday mornings @ 9:30AM at the Women’s Center on the following dates: 9/5, 9/19, 10/3, 10/17, 10/31, 11/14, 12/5.  If you have questions about the group, please contact Anna LoMascolo at 231-7806.