September 30 – October 6, 2013

1. WEEKLY SERVICES IN THE GLC

  • Career Services walk-in advising: Wednesdays 2:00-5:00pm, GLC Lobby
  • Cook Counseling walk-in services: Thursdays 1:00-5:00pm, Green Room
  • GLC Café: 3:30-5:00 every Thursdays, Reading Room – year round!
  • Graduate School business hours: M,Tu,Th,F: 8:00am-5:00pm; W: 9:30am-5:00pm
  • Writing Center walk-in assistance:  Thursdays 2-5pm, GLC Room D (additional hours available in the library)

 2. HISPANIC/LATINO HERITAGE MONTH GRAD STUDENT CONNECT LUNCH – register now!
Tuesday, Oct 1, 12:00-1:00pm, GLC Room C
Join students, faculty, and staff in a casual lunch to celebrate Hispanic/Latino heritage. The event is free and lunch is provided. Please register at https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1379345525927 if you plan to attend. For more information contact Dannette Gomez Beane at dannette@vt.edu.

3. INTERVIEWING SKILLS WORKSHOP
Wednesday, Oct 2, 5:30-6:30pm, GLC Room G Be prepared for initial screening interviews as well as on-site interviews. This seminar addresses interviewing basics, employer expectations, and insights into behavioral interviews. Brought to you by Career Services; contact Amy McPherson at amcphers@vt.edu with questions.

4. LEARN TURKISH AT VT FREE
Wednesdays, starting Sep 25, 6:00-7:00pm, Whittemore Hall 257
Experienced teachers are offering Turkish language classes through the Intercultural Understanding Club of VT. You don’t need to know Turkish to start Turkish classes; the club offers Turkish courses from elementary to advanced levels. One hour class per week,  four classes in a month. Register at http://www.icuc.org.vt.edu/turkish/. Direct questions to icuc.vt@gmail.com.

5. DISSERTATION WRITING WORK GROUP
Thursday, Oct 3, 9:30am, Women’s Ctr
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:  10/3, 10/17, 10/31, 11/14, 12/5. If you have questions about the group, please contact Anna LoMascolo at 231-7806.

6. GRADUATION 101 SERIES: PLANNING ON GRADUATING THIS SEMSETER?
Thursday, Oct 3, 1:00-2:00pm, Connect from your desktop The Graduate School host monthly Graduation 101 webinars to help students with the practicalities of graduating. You will need a computer with Internet access, microphone and speakers to fully participate. This week’s topic: Application for Degree. Meeting number: 648 479 170; meeting Password: (This meeting does not require a password.) Join at 1:00pm. Go to https://virginiatech.webex.com/virginiatech/j.php?ED=243760917&UID=0&RT=MiMxMQ%3D%3D  2. If requested, enter your name and email address.  3. Click "Join". If you have questions, contact Marija Telbis-Forster at mtelbisf@vt.edu.

7. GLC CAFÉ
Thursday, Oct 3, 3:30-5:00pm GLC Reading Room or side patio 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.

8. WORKING IN THE US: AN OVERVIEW FOR INTL STUDENTS
Thursday, Oct 3, 4:30-6:30pm, GLC Room C
Janet Kunz, International Tax Specialist, will review the types of income that a foreign national can earn, work restrictions, taxes required to be withheld (taken out) of payments, tax treaties, tax identification numbers, pay dates, documents required by Payroll and tax return reporting. This session may be most helpful for new international students who returning students who are working at VT for the first time and want to better understand their pay stub and tax options.

9. KIDS’ NIGHT OUT – FREE WEEKLY DROP IN CHILD CARE
Thursdays, 6:00pm, Women’s Center Need a break? Have to study or attend a lecture? Want to catch up on work? If you are a VT student with children, bring your kids aged 2-12. No need to pre-register. Childcare provided by the women of Chi Delta Alpha sorority. KNO will be held every Thursday throughout the semester with the exception of home football games and when classes are not in session. For more information, contact Jessie Meltsner at jmelts@vt.edu.

10. GHS PANELIST TRAINING
Friday, Oct 4, 11:00am, GLC Room C
The Graduate Honor System is currently recruiting student and faculty volunteers to serve as panelists. These individuals hear and decide on cases of academic and research integrity. Interested individuals need to attend a single one-hour training session and are then able to serve on panels as their schedule allows. If you have any questions, please contact graduate student and chief justice of the GHS Jordan Booker at ghs@vt.edu.

11. MOVIE NIGHT IN THE GLC
Friday, Oct 4, 6:00pm, GLC Multipurpose Room Join GLC Fellows and other grad students for a night of pizza and a movie in the GLC! Free refreshments will be provided, and you can vote on what movie to watch. Please use this survey to register and vote on your movie preference from the available selection: https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1379381138975.  Register by Friday, Sep 27 to allow enough time for planning this event.

12. RAFTING/CANOEING/KAYAKING TRIP
Sunday, Oct 6
If you are interested in rafting an epic river this fall, the Outdoor Club at VT (OCVT) has just the trip for you! OCVT will be doing the Gauley Marathon trip, which consists of rafting both the upper and lower sections of the river in one run of 23 miles. The Gauley River of WV is one of the top whitewater rivers in the world with many class 4 and 5 rapids. Gauley season is only for a few weeks of Sep and Oct each year. OCVT has worked out a great price. For more information and to sign up, visit http://www.outdoor.org.vt.edu/trips/viewtrip.php?trip=199 and/or contact Matthew Vaughan at OCVT-TRIPLEADER@listserv.vt.edu. This invitation is sent on behalf of doctoral student Christin Kastl.

13. SUBMISSIONS ARE INVITED FOR GLC ART AND PHOTO CONTEST -1st posting
The Graduate School invites submissions of art work and photography by graduate students for display in the GLC during GLC Open House on Oct 25, 2013 through end of March 2014. Submissions are limited to three pieces (art and/or photography) per graduate student. Photos may be submitted online (https://graduateschool.vt.edu/imageupload/) to be printed by the Graduate School. Submission deadline: Monday, Oct 21, 5:00pm. Learn more at http://www.graduatelifecenter.vt.edu/contest.html.

14. GRAD STUDENTS INVITED TO SERVE ON STUDENT CONDUCT COMMITTEES
VT Student Conduct invites students to submit an application to serve on the Student Conduct Committee during the 2014-2015 academic year!  Student conduct is looking for outstanding graduate students to support and advance the educational mission of Student Conduct and the VT community.  Selected candidates will complete an eight-week competency-based training program during the Spring 2014 semester that equips new committee members with the leadership, conflict resolution, communication, and critical thinking skills needed to be a successful member of our team.  Committee members will serve with a group of 4-5 other undergraduate and graduate students during the 2014-2015 academic year. Learn more at http://www.studentconduct.vt.edu/volunteers/student_conduct_committee/index.html. Online application are due by Oct 10:  https://gobblerconnect.vt.edu/form/start/25688 (Recommendations are accepted after this date). Contact Jeff Gardner at jgardn4@vt.edu or 540-231-3790 with any questions. 

15. INVITATION TO BOV GRAD REP THINK TANK
The Graduate/Professional Student Representative to the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors’ responsibility is to ensure that VT is upholding its mission and is devoted to graduate life on this campus. To assist grad rep to the BOV Nick Warrington in gaining a greater understanding of the challenges and issues graduate students face on a daily basis and to help resolve those concerns, Nick has formed a Graduate Think Tank Committee to help achieve just that. If you are interested in becoming part of the think tank, please email to nickw12@vt.edu your name, student ID, degree program and college, number of hours completed, and the reason why you are interested in participating in the think tank. Submission deadline is Monday, Sep 30.

16. GRADUATE SCHOOL FEATURED GRADUATE STUDENT NOMINATIONS OPEN – 2nd posting
Nominate yourself, a friend, or fellow graduate student to be recognized on the Graduate School website as a Featured Graduate Student! This program is designed to showcase the diversity of perspectives graduate students bring to our community and to present a more personal side of graduate student life. To view the Graduate School’s current featured graduate student and to nominate a graduate student, go to http://graduateschool.vt.edu/profiles/featured_grad/index.html?month=4&year=2013

17. VT ENGAGE ANNUAL TRAVEL GRANTS OPEN – 2nd posting
VT Engage annual travel grant is now open and accepting applications for the 2013-14 academic year. This grant awards full or part-time students up to $300 to present at or participate in a conference or professional meeting on a topic relevant to the VT Engage Core Values. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis for all travel completed between Sep 13, 2013 and May 1, 2014. For details about the grant, please visit: http://tinyurl.com/VTE-travelinfo1314.  Application can be found at http://tinyurl.com/VTE-travel1314. For more information contact Lauren Kennedy (kennedy0@vt.edu) or go to www.engage.vt.edu.

18. GRAD CERTIFICATION IN INTL RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT – 3rd posting
The Office of International Research, Education, and Development (OIRED) offers a Graduate Certificate in International Research and Development. The program encourages a multidisciplinary approach for students already working towards a graduate degree to attain special recognition for their work on international issues. Participants must take three 5000-level (or above) courses from an approved list, with one course being outside the applicant’s department and one outside the college. The deadline to apply for students graduating in December 2013 will be October 15; other applications are accepted on an ongoing basis. For more information, contact Betty Watts at bettyw@vt.edu or 231-6452, or visit http://www.oired.vt.edu/graduatecertificate.html.

19. REGISTER BY OCT 18 FOR GRAD HOUSING TEAM DESIGN CONTEST – note new date!
Exercise your imagination and creativity in a short design contest (charrette) 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; interdisciplinary teams are encouraged. Paper and sketching tools will be provided; teams may also use any tools and supplies they bring. The contest will take place on Friday, Oct 25, 1-5pm. Register at https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1379345907052. Contact Monika Gibson at gibsonm@vt.edu with questions.

20. NOTHING
Just checking to see if you are paying attention.

21. PART-TIME ASSISTANTSHIP OPENING AT FRALIN LIFE SCI INSTITUTE – 2nd posting
The Communications Assistant GA for the Fralin Life Science Institute will serve as the writer and editor of the monthly e-newsletter, Inside Fralin, and will be responsible for identifying and developing content for Fralin’s social media sites (currently Facebook and Twitter).  In addition, the GA will assist the communications officer with identifying and developing content for the website, news releases, news videos, and marketing materials, and will help with special events planning, including workshops, conferences, open houses and faculty and student events. The desired candidate will have a knack for writing, editing, and multimedia production, and will have a passion for the life sciences. Submit a cover letter and resume to Lindsay Key, Communications Officer for Fralin Life Science Institute, ltkey@vt.edu by Sept. 30.

22. CAREER SERVICES SURVEY – 2nd posting
Are you wondering what Career Services can do for you?Have you ever been to the Smith Career Center? If no, why not?The Smith Career Center wants to hear from YOU! Please take a minute to complete a short 7-question survey so that Career Services can help meet the needs of students in the liberal arts: http://studentvoice.com/vtech/careerservicesawarenesssurvey.

23. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR STUDY WITH WALKING TRIALS – 2nd posting
Does the way you move and perform daily activities determine your proneness to falls? Participants in this study on functional and movement variability in laboratory and semi-naturalistic environments will perform walking trials on treadmill and floor with various daily activities, along with pillow carriage. There may be a random slip perturbation anytime while walking, but you will be fully secured in harness. This study will include an in-person lab session, for which you may sign up by emailing the co-investigators (locomotionVT@gmail.com).  The study will last approximately 5 hours and $10/hour will be awarded to the participants. Participants must be 18-30 or 65-85 years old. Contact locomotionVT@gmail.com for further information.

24. GRAD STUDENTS SOUGHT FOR MENTOR PROGRAM – 3rd posting
Grad students are sought for a mentor program geared towards underrepresented students who are in their first and second year at VT. Mentors are expected to share their wisdom and experience in support of the success of incoming freshman and sophomore African American students.  This program is not only a benefit to the undergraduates but also to those providing mentoring. The program will also have implications for your success as you engage in dialogues, trainings and activities that support student success regardless of academic level. If you would like to learn more about this program, please fill out the survey at https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_86sUTEH5xv0qK1f. Those completing the survey will be contacted by Brielle Wright or Tere Williams about an upcoming interest meeting. 

25. PARTICIPANTS WITH SOCIAL ANXIETY OR AUSTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER SOUGHT FOR EYE GAZE STUDY – 3rd posting
VT researchers are seeking teenagers and adults ages 16-45 with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (such as Asperger’s) or Social Anxiety Disorder to participate in a study on the influence of social anxiety on gaze patterns. Involvement in the study will require one visit to the VT campus, after completing a brief telephone screen to determine eligibility. Total time commitment is 1.5-2.5 hours. If you are not a VT student who can receive Sona extra credit, you will be paid $20.00 for participating. Participants driving more than 30 miles to and from the study appointment will also receive mileage reimbursement ($0.50 per mile traveled, with a maximum mileage reimbursement of $50.00). Participants requesting mileage reimbursement will need to provide their home zip code in order to calculate the distance traveled. Please visit https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1364152698284, call 540-231-6744, or email Brenna Maddox at bmaddox7@vt.edu if you would like more information about the study.

26. PUBLIC KNOWLEDGE JOURNAL SEEKS PEER REVIEWERS – 3rd posting
Public Knowledge Journal is a multidisciplinary, graduate student-run electronic journal at Virginia Tech. The journal provides a forum for the exchange of ideas about critical issues confronting our world today and provides early-career scholars with an introduction to the academic publication process.  Reviewers are needed from all disciplines.  Anyone interested should contact the Associate Articles Editor, Elsa Camargo at ecamargo@vt.edu.  More information can be found at pkjournal.org.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

SHORT STAT COURSES BY LISA THIS FALL
The Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Statistical Analysis (LISA) is providing a series of evening short courses to help graduate students use statistics in their research. The focus of these two-hour courses is on teaching practical statistical techniques for analyzing or collecting data. See www.lisa.stat.vt.edu/?q=short_courses for instructions on how to register and learn more. Fall 2013 schedule:

  • Monday & Tuesday, October 7 & 8: Graphing in R;*
  • Thursday, October 17: Survey Design and Analysis;
  • Thursday, October 24: Design of Experiments;
  • Thursday, October 31: T-tests and ANOVA;
  • Monday & Tuesday, November 4 & 5: Introduction to JMP;*
  • Tuesday, November 12: Nonparametric methods featuring the bootstrap;
  • Thursday, November 21: Regression Methods;

 *Two sessions of the same course to accommodate more attendees. Follow LISA on Facebook (www.facebook.com/Statistical.collaboration) or Twitter (www.twitter.com/LISA_VT) to be the first to know about LISA events! More information: www.lisa.stat.vt.edu.

VT GRADUATION FAIR
Wednesday, Oct 9, 11:30am-7:30pm, Holtzman Alumni Center
VT’s graduation fair is a one-stop shop for all of your graduation needs. Purchase everything from your cap and gown to your diploma frame – specify graduate diploma and regalia! Music, free food, giveaways, and door prizes. Take a tour of the beautiful Holtzman Alumni Center and learn about all the programs and services the Virginia Tech Alumni Association has to offer. www.alumni.vt.edu/gradfair.

PEACE CORPS INTEREST MEETING
Wednesday, Oct 9, 7:30-8:30pm, GLC Room F The Peace Corps can take you to exotic locations, help you learn new skills and give you a chance to be of service in a developing nation. All are invited to learn about the six program areas, find out how to qualify for an overseas assignment, and hear what it’s really like. Stay connected at Peace Corps at Virginia Tech on Facebook. Or contact Rachael at peacecorps@vt.edu

TAXES WITHELD FROM PAYMENTS – WORKSHOP FOR INTL STUDENTS
Thursday, Oct 10, 4:30-6:30pm, GLC Room G
This workshop will provide an understanding of the tax issues surrounding payments to foreign national students directly employed by Virginia Tech.  Included in the review will be how to determine US tax status; types of employment and income taxes, tax withholding forms (Federal and Virginia State); calculation of taxes; tax treaties; travel grants (scholarship); travel reimbursements; prizes/awards and gifts. Presenter: Janet Kunz, International Tax Specialist

September 30 – October 6, 2013

1. WEEKLY SERVICES IN THE GLC

  • Career Services walk-in advising: Wednesdays 2:00-5:00pm, GLC Lobby
  • Cook Counseling walk-in services: Thursdays 1:00-5:00pm, Green Room
  • GLC Café: 3:30-5:00 every Thursdays, Reading Room – year round!
  • Graduate School business hours: M,Tu,Th,F: 8:00am-5:00pm; W: 9:30am-5:00pm
  • Writing Center walk-in assistance:  Thursdays 2-5pm, GLC Room D (additional hours available in the library)

 2. HISPANIC/LATINO HERITAGE MONTH GRAD STUDENT CONNECT LUNCH – register now!
Tuesday, Oct 1, 12:00-1:00pm, GLC Room C
Join students, faculty, and staff in a casual lunch to celebrate Hispanic/Latino heritage. The event is free and lunch is provided. Please register at https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1379345525927 if you plan to attend. For more information contact Dannette Gomez Beane at dannette@vt.edu.

3. INTERVIEWING SKILLS WORKSHOP
Wednesday, Oct 2, 5:30-6:30pm, GLC Room G Be prepared for initial screening interviews as well as on-site interviews. This seminar addresses interviewing basics, employer expectations, and insights into behavioral interviews. Brought to you by Career Services; contact Amy McPherson at amcphers@vt.edu with questions.

4. LEARN TURKISH AT VT FREE
Wednesdays, starting Sep 25, 6:00-7:00pm, Whittemore Hall 257
Experienced teachers are offering Turkish language classes through the Intercultural Understanding Club of VT. You don’t need to know Turkish to start Turkish classes; the club offers Turkish courses from elementary to advanced levels. One hour class per week,  four classes in a month. Register at http://www.icuc.org.vt.edu/turkish/. Direct questions to icuc.vt@gmail.com.

5. DISSERTATION WRITING WORK GROUP
Thursday, Oct 3, 9:30am, Women’s Ctr
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:  10/3, 10/17, 10/31, 11/14, 12/5. If you have questions about the group, please contact Anna LoMascolo at 231-7806.

6. GRADUATION 101 SERIES: PLANNING ON GRADUATING THIS SEMSETER?
Thursday, Oct 3, 1:00-2:00pm, Connect from your desktop The Graduate School host monthly Graduation 101 webinars to help students with the practicalities of graduating. You will need a computer with Internet access, microphone and speakers to fully participate. This week’s topic: Application for Degree. Meeting number: 648 479 170; meeting Password: (This meeting does not require a password.) Join at 1:00pm. Go to https://virginiatech.webex.com/virginiatech/j.php?ED=243760917&UID=0&RT=MiMxMQ%3D%3D  2. If requested, enter your name and email address.  3. Click "Join". If you have questions, contact Marija Telbis-Forster at mtelbisf@vt.edu.

7. GLC CAFÉ
Thursday, Oct 3, 3:30-5:00pm GLC Reading Room or side patio 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.

8. WORKING IN THE US: AN OVERVIEW FOR INTL STUDENTS
Thursday, Oct 3, 4:30-6:30pm, GLC Room C
Janet Kunz, International Tax Specialist, will review the types of income that a foreign national can earn, work restrictions, taxes required to be withheld (taken out) of payments, tax treaties, tax identification numbers, pay dates, documents required by Payroll and tax return reporting. This session may be most helpful for new international students who returning students who are working at VT for the first time and want to better understand their pay stub and tax options.

9. KIDS’ NIGHT OUT – FREE WEEKLY DROP IN CHILD CARE
Thursdays, 6:00pm, Women’s Center Need a break? Have to study or attend a lecture? Want to catch up on work? If you are a VT student with children, bring your kids aged 2-12. No need to pre-register. Childcare provided by the women of Chi Delta Alpha sorority. KNO will be held every Thursday throughout the semester with the exception of home football games and when classes are not in session. For more information, contact Jessie Meltsner at jmelts@vt.edu.

10. GHS PANELIST TRAINING
Friday, Oct 4, 11:00am, GLC Room C
The Graduate Honor System is currently recruiting student and faculty volunteers to serve as panelists. These individuals hear and decide on cases of academic and research integrity. Interested individuals need to attend a single one-hour training session and are then able to serve on panels as their schedule allows. If you have any questions, please contact graduate student and chief justice of the GHS Jordan Booker at ghs@vt.edu.

11. MOVIE NIGHT IN THE GLC
Friday, Oct 4, 6:00pm, GLC Multipurpose Room Join GLC Fellows and other grad students for a night of pizza and a movie in the GLC! Free refreshments will be provided, and you can vote on what movie to watch. Please use this survey to register and vote on your movie preference from the available selection: https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1379381138975.  Register by Friday, Sep 27 to allow enough time for planning this event.

12. RAFTING/CANOEING/KAYAKING TRIP
Sunday, Oct 6
If you are interested in rafting an epic river this fall, the Outdoor Club at VT (OCVT) has just the trip for you! OCVT will be doing the Gauley Marathon trip, which consists of rafting both the upper and lower sections of the river in one run of 23 miles. The Gauley River of WV is one of the top whitewater rivers in the world with many class 4 and 5 rapids. Gauley season is only for a few weeks of Sep and Oct each year. OCVT has worked out a great price. For more information and to sign up, visit http://www.outdoor.org.vt.edu/trips/viewtrip.php?trip=199 and/or contact Matthew Vaughan at OCVT-TRIPLEADER@listserv.vt.edu. This invitation is sent on behalf of doctoral student Christin Kastl.

13. SUBMISSIONS ARE INVITED FOR GLC ART AND PHOTO CONTEST -1st posting
The Graduate School invites submissions of art work and photography by graduate students for display in the GLC during GLC Open House on Oct 25, 2013 through end of March 2014. Submissions are limited to three pieces (art and/or photography) per graduate student. Photos may be submitted online (https://graduateschool.vt.edu/imageupload/) to be printed by the Graduate School. Submission deadline: Monday, Oct 21, 5:00pm. Learn more at http://www.graduatelifecenter.vt.edu/contest.html.

14. GRAD STUDENTS INVITED TO SERVE ON STUDENT CONDUCT COMMITTEES
VT Student Conduct invites students to submit an application to serve on the Student Conduct Committee during the 2014-2015 academic year!  Student conduct is looking for outstanding graduate students to support and advance the educational mission of Student Conduct and the VT community.  Selected candidates will complete an eight-week competency-based training program during the Spring 2014 semester that equips new committee members with the leadership, conflict resolution, communication, and critical thinking skills needed to be a successful member of our team.  Committee members will serve with a group of 4-5 other undergraduate and graduate students during the 2014-2015 academic year. Learn more at http://www.studentconduct.vt.edu/volunteers/student_conduct_committee/index.html. Online application are due by Oct 10:  https://gobblerconnect.vt.edu/form/start/25688 (Recommendations are accepted after this date). Contact Jeff Gardner at jgardn4@vt.edu or 540-231-3790 with any questions. 

15. INVITATION TO BOV GRAD REP THINK TANK
The Graduate/Professional Student Representative to the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors’ responsibility is to ensure that VT is upholding its mission and is devoted to graduate life on this campus. To assist grad rep to the BOV Nick Warrington in gaining a greater understanding of the challenges and issues graduate students face on a daily basis and to help resolve those concerns, Nick has formed a Graduate Think Tank Committee to help achieve just that. If you are interested in becoming part of the think tank, please email to nickw12@vt.edu your name, student ID, degree program and college, number of hours completed, and the reason why you are interested in participating in the think tank. Submission deadline is Monday, Sep 30.

16. GRADUATE SCHOOL FEATURED GRADUATE STUDENT NOMINATIONS OPEN – 2nd posting
Nominate yourself, a friend, or fellow graduate student to be recognized on the Graduate School website as a Featured Graduate Student! This program is designed to showcase the diversity of perspectives graduate students bring to our community and to present a more personal side of graduate student life. To view the Graduate School’s current featured graduate student and to nominate a graduate student, go to http://graduateschool.vt.edu/profiles/featured_grad/index.html?month=4&year=2013

17. VT ENGAGE ANNUAL TRAVEL GRANTS OPEN – 2nd posting
VT Engage annual travel grant is now open and accepting applications for the 2013-14 academic year. This grant awards full or part-time students up to $300 to present at or participate in a conference or professional meeting on a topic relevant to the VT Engage Core Values. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis for all travel completed between Sep 13, 2013 and May 1, 2014. For details about the grant, please visit: http://tinyurl.com/VTE-travelinfo1314.  Application can be found at http://tinyurl.com/VTE-travel1314. For more information contact Lauren Kennedy (kennedy0@vt.edu) or go to www.engage.vt.edu.

18. GRAD CERTIFICATION IN INTL RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT – 3rd posting
The Office of International Research, Education, and Development (OIRED) offers a Graduate Certificate in International Research and Development. The program encourages a multidisciplinary approach for students already working towards a graduate degree to attain special recognition for their work on international issues. Participants must take three 5000-level (or above) courses from an approved list, with one course being outside the applicant’s department and one outside the college. The deadline to apply for students graduating in December 2013 will be October 15; other applications are accepted on an ongoing basis. For more information, contact Betty Watts at bettyw@vt.edu or 231-6452, or visit http://www.oired.vt.edu/graduatecertificate.html.

19. REGISTER BY OCT 18 FOR GRAD HOUSING TEAM DESIGN CONTEST – note new date!
Exercise your imagination and creativity in a short design contest (charrette) 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; interdisciplinary teams are encouraged. Paper and sketching tools will be provided; teams may also use any tools and supplies they bring. The contest will take place on Friday, Oct 25, 1-5pm. Register at https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1379345907052. Contact Monika Gibson at gibsonm@vt.edu with questions.

20. NOTHING
Just checking to see if you are paying attention.

21. PART-TIME ASSISTANTSHIP OPENING AT FRALIN LIFE SCI INSTITUTE – 2nd posting
The Communications Assistant GA for the Fralin Life Science Institute will serve as the writer and editor of the monthly e-newsletter, Inside Fralin, and will be responsible for identifying and developing content for Fralin’s social media sites (currently Facebook and Twitter).  In addition, the GA will assist the communications officer with identifying and developing content for the website, news releases, news videos, and marketing materials, and will help with special events planning, including workshops, conferences, open houses and faculty and student events. The desired candidate will have a knack for writing, editing, and multimedia production, and will have a passion for the life sciences. Submit a cover letter and resume to Lindsay Key, Communications Officer for Fralin Life Science Institute, ltkey@vt.edu by Sept. 30.

22. CAREER SERVICES SURVEY – 2nd posting
Are you wondering what Career Services can do for you?Have you ever been to the Smith Career Center? If no, why not?The Smith Career Center wants to hear from YOU! Please take a minute to complete a short 7-question survey so that Career Services can help meet the needs of students in the liberal arts: http://studentvoice.com/vtech/careerservicesawarenesssurvey.

23. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR STUDY WITH WALKING TRIALS – 2nd posting
Does the way you move and perform daily activities determine your proneness to falls? Participants in this study on functional and movement variability in laboratory and semi-naturalistic environments will perform walking trials on treadmill and floor with various daily activities, along with pillow carriage. There may be a random slip perturbation anytime while walking, but you will be fully secured in harness. This study will include an in-person lab session, for which you may sign up by emailing the co-investigators (locomotionVT@gmail.com).  The study will last approximately 5 hours and $10/hour will be awarded to the participants. Participants must be 18-30 or 65-85 years old. Contact locomotionVT@gmail.com for further information.

24. GRAD STUDENTS SOUGHT FOR MENTOR PROGRAM – 3rd posting
Grad students are sought for a mentor program geared towards underrepresented students who are in their first and second year at VT. Mentors are expected to share their wisdom and experience in support of the success of incoming freshman and sophomore African American students.  This program is not only a benefit to the undergraduates but also to those providing mentoring. The program will also have implications for your success as you engage in dialogues, trainings and activities that support student success regardless of academic level. If you would like to learn more about this program, please fill out the survey at https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_86sUTEH5xv0qK1f. Those completing the survey will be contacted by Brielle Wright or Tere Williams about an upcoming interest meeting. 

25. PARTICIPANTS WITH SOCIAL ANXIETY OR AUSTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER SOUGHT FOR EYE GAZE STUDY – 3rd posting
VT researchers are seeking teenagers and adults ages 16-45 with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (such as Asperger’s) or Social Anxiety Disorder to participate in a study on the influence of social anxiety on gaze patterns. Involvement in the study will require one visit to the VT campus, after completing a brief telephone screen to determine eligibility. Total time commitment is 1.5-2.5 hours. If you are not a VT student who can receive Sona extra credit, you will be paid $20.00 for participating. Participants driving more than 30 miles to and from the study appointment will also receive mileage reimbursement ($0.50 per mile traveled, with a maximum mileage reimbursement of $50.00). Participants requesting mileage reimbursement will need to provide their home zip code in order to calculate the distance traveled. Please visit https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1364152698284, call 540-231-6744, or email Brenna Maddox at bmaddox7@vt.edu if you would like more information about the study.

26. PUBLIC KNOWLEDGE JOURNAL SEEKS PEER REVIEWERS – 3rd posting
Public Knowledge Journal is a multidisciplinary, graduate student-run electronic journal at Virginia Tech. The journal provides a forum for the exchange of ideas about critical issues confronting our world today and provides early-career scholars with an introduction to the academic publication process.  Reviewers are needed from all disciplines.  Anyone interested should contact the Associate Articles Editor, Elsa Camargo at ecamargo@vt.edu.  More information can be found at pkjournal.org.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

SHORT STAT COURSES BY LISA THIS FALL
The Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Statistical Analysis (LISA) is providing a series of evening short courses to help graduate students use statistics in their research. The focus of these two-hour courses is on teaching practical statistical techniques for analyzing or collecting data. See www.lisa.stat.vt.edu/?q=short_courses for instructions on how to register and learn more. Fall 2013 schedule:

  • Monday & Tuesday, October 7 & 8: Graphing in R;*
  • Thursday, October 17: Survey Design and Analysis;
  • Thursday, October 24: Design of Experiments;
  • Thursday, October 31: T-tests and ANOVA;
  • Monday & Tuesday, November 4 & 5: Introduction to JMP;*
  • Tuesday, November 12: Nonparametric methods featuring the bootstrap;
  • Thursday, November 21: Regression Methods;

 *Two sessions of the same course to accommodate more attendees. Follow LISA on Facebook (www.facebook.com/Statistical.collaboration) or Twitter (www.twitter.com/LISA_VT) to be the first to know about LISA events! More information: www.lisa.stat.vt.edu.

VT GRADUATION FAIR
Wednesday, Oct 9, 11:30am-7:30pm, Holtzman Alumni Center
VT’s graduation fair is a one-stop shop for all of your graduation needs. Purchase everything from your cap and gown to your diploma frame – specify graduate diploma and regalia! Music, free food, giveaways, and door prizes. Take a tour of the beautiful Holtzman Alumni Center and learn about all the programs and services the Virginia Tech Alumni Association has to offer. www.alumni.vt.edu/gradfair.

PEACE CORPS INTEREST MEETING
Wednesday, Oct 9, 7:30-8:30pm, GLC Room F The Peace Corps can take you to exotic locations, help you learn new skills and give you a chance to be of service in a developing nation. All are invited to learn about the six program areas, find out how to qualify for an overseas assignment, and hear what it’s really like. Stay connected at Peace Corps at Virginia Tech on Facebook. Or contact Rachael at peacecorps@vt.edu

TAXES WITHELD FROM PAYMENTS – WORKSHOP FOR INTL STUDENTS
Thursday, Oct 10, 4:30-6:30pm, GLC Room G
This workshop will provide an understanding of the tax issues surrounding payments to foreign national students directly employed by Virginia Tech.  Included in the review will be how to determine US tax status; types of employment and income taxes, tax withholding forms (Federal and Virginia State); calculation of taxes; tax treaties; travel grants (scholarship); travel reimbursements; prizes/awards and gifts. Presenter: Janet Kunz, International Tax Specialist

September 16-22, 2013

1. WEEKLY SERVICES IN THE GLC

  • Career Services walk-in advising: Wednesdays 2:00-5:00pm, GLC Lobby
  • Cook Counseling walk-in services: Thursdays 1:00-5:00pm, Green Room
  • GLC Café: 3:30-5:00 every Thursdays, Reading Room – year round!
  • Graduate School business hours: M,Tu,Th,F: 8:00am-5:00pm; W: 9:30am-5:00pm
  • Writing Center walk-in assistance:  Thursdays 2-5pm, GLC Room D (additional hours available in the library)

2. IP FIRM HOST INFO SESSION ON SCI/ENGR CAREERS AT LAW FIRM
Monday, Sep 16, 5:00-6:00pm, Squires 342
Master’s and doctoral students: did you know that law firms hire engineers and scientists? Consider a unique career in a law firm as a technical specialist or patent agent. Work side by side with lawyers to prepare and defend patent applications at the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Counsel clients on how to best promote and protect their inventions and technological advancements. Sterne Kessler, a Washington, D.C. intellectual property firm will host this info session to help you learn about positions, career trajectory, and the benefits of working with them. Food will be provided.

3. EARN YOUR AMATEUR/HAM RADIO LICENSE
Tuesday, Sep 17, 7:00pm, Dogwood Room of Squires Student Center
The VT Amateur Radio Association (VTARA) will be giving amateur radio license exams for a fee of $15. For more information, visit http://www.vtara.org.vt.edu/?q=node/5 or contact Nathaniel Frissell at nafrissell@vt.edu. If you want to learn more about ham radio in general, visit http://www.arrl.org.

4. BLACK MASTER’S/PHD 101: HOW TO BE STRATEGIC AND SURVIVE
Wednesday, Sep 18, 11:30am–1:00pm, GLC Room C
For many graduate students, working towards the PhD can be a rewarding, yet daunting experience. It can be especially tough when there are very few persons of color within your academic department. Questioning of students’ ability and experiences in chilly climates can have a negative effect on students.  Graduate students are invited to meet Black faculty members to get advice on strategies that will assist them in successfully matriculating from VT. Sponsored by Office of Multicultural Academic Opportunities Program (MAOP).  Refreshments will be served; register at https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1377269679880. For more information contact: Dr. Jody Thompson, jodyt@vt.edu.

5. NETWORKING PRESENTATION FOR GRAD STUDENTS
Thursday, Sep 19, 2:00-3:00pm, GLC Room C
Learn how to leverage intentional networking to thrive and grow in higher education. Research findings and anecdotal evidence in the area of using networks to advance your career, expand your academic network, creating a professional network, and tips to avoid common pitfalls of networking ruts will be discussed, as well as ideas for how faculty and mentors to graduate students can support networking practices. Brought to you by Lia Kelinsky, project manager at VT Continuing and Professional Education. Registration is requested but not required: https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1379350585535.

6. GLC CAFÉ
Thursday, Sep 19, 3:30-5:00pm GLC Reading Room or side patio
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.

7. KIDS’ NIGHT OUT – FREE WEEKLY DROP IN CHILD CARE
Thursdays, starting Sep 19, 6:00pm, Women’s Center
Need a break? Have to study or attend a lecture? Want to catch up on work? If you are a VT student with children, bring your kids aged 2-12. No need to pre-register. Childcare provided by the women of Chi Delta Alpha sorority. KNO will be held every Thursday throughout the semester with the exception of home football games and when classes are not in session. For more information, contact Jessie Meltsner at jmelts@vt.edu.

8. FALL MTG FOR FULBRIGHT STUDENTS, ALUMNI AND FRIENDS
Thursday, Sep 19, 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 register at https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1378485143938 if you plan to attend. Contact Tobias (ecker@vt.edu, (202)870-9722) for questions and comments.

9. WHERE IS GOD? A DISCUSSION ON SUFFERING AND FAITH
Friday, Sep 20, 7:00pm, 2150 Torgerson Hall
If God is all powerful, omnipotent, and loving, why does suffering exist in the world? How do we reconcile suffering with faith? Does our culture deny the value of suffering? Should we wish for a life free from pain? Why does some suffering enrich our lives, while other suffering leaves us numb, deaf and blind to others? Dr. Gabe Santos, Associate Professor of Sociology at Lynchburg College will explore all these questions and more on. Hosted by Disciples on Campus, posted on behalf of master’s student Armond Bryant.

10. PATHFINDERS – CHRISTIAN STUDY GROUP FOR GRAD STUDENTS
Sundays, 11:00am-12:15pm, Bburg Baptist Church Room 216
Join fellow graduate students for bible study and fellowship. There are other fellowship activities as well, such as hiking, cookouts, and game night throughout the semester. For more information contact graduate student Jeanette Walters at marie071@vt.edu.

11. FREE 2013-14 GRAD SCHOOL HANDBOOK-PLANNERS IN GLC READING ROOM Graduate students may pick up their free copy of the 2013-14 Graduate Student Handbook and Planner in the GLC Reading Room while supplies last. The planner includes 30 pages of customized information about graduate student life and resources, as well as monthly and weekly calendars for the year.

12. ISRAELI DANCING INTEREST GROUP FORMING – FILL OUT SURVEY TO LEARN MORE Are you interested in Israeli dancing?  VA Tech’s Israeli dance group is just forming, so fill out a short survey at https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1378094084287 to find out more. Whether you are super excited or simply curious, no experience is necessary and it’s great for all ages and genders. This message is posted on behalf of grad student Sarah Krones.

13. ENGLISH CONVERSATIONS GROUPS – 2nd posting
The Cranwell International Center offers multiple classes per week for anyone who wishes to improve their English and learn more about the local culture. Individuals can attend any number of classes per week between Sep 2 and Dec 13. All classes are held at Cranwell International Center. If you have any questions, email international@vt.edu. 

14. APPLICATIONS ACCEPTED TO INTERDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH HONOR SOCIETY -3rd posting
Iota Delta Rho, the Interdisciplinary Research Honor Society at VT is accepting applications for membership through midnight on Sunday, Sep 22.  IDR was founded at Virginia Tech in 2011 by graduate students promoting interdisciplinary cooperation and research at VT and all other colleges and universities. There are two levels of membership: full and associate.   Membership application and information about the society can be found at http://www.idrsociety.org/membership/application/.    Any questions about our memberships, the application package, or assistance with your application can be directed to Tammy Parece at tammyep@vt.edu.

15. GRAD CERTIFICATION IN INTL RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT
The Office of International Research, Education, and Development (OIRED) offers a Graduate Certificate in International Research and Development. The program encourages a multidisciplinary approach for students already working towards a graduate degree to attain special recognition for their work on international issues. Participants must take three 5000-level (or above) courses from an approved list, with one course being outside the applicant’s department and one outside the college. The deadline to apply for students graduating in December 2013 will be October 15; other applications are accepted on an ongoing basis. For more information, contact Betty Watts at bettyw@vt.edu or 231-6452, or visit http://www.oired.vt.edu/graduatecertificate.html.

16. REGISTER BY OCT 18 FOR TEAM DESIGN CONTEST FOR GRAD HOUSING COMPLEX – NOTE NEW DATE!
Exercise your imagination and creativity in a short design contest (charrette) 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; interdisciplinary teams are encouraged. Paper and sketching tools will be provided; teams may also use any tools and supplies they bring. The contest will take place on Friday, Oct 25, 1-5pm. Register at https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1379345907052. Contact Monika Gibson at gibsonm@vt.edu with questions.

17. OPEN ENROLLMENT FOR STUDENT MEDICAL INSURANCE FOR 2013-14 (NO DENTAL PLAN)
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/. Please note that due to low enrollment levels in the voluntary dental plan option, Aetna does not offer this program for the 2013-2014 academic year.  Because VT is a state agency, it cannot direct students to specific carriers with whom it has no formal relationship. The Student Medical Insurance Office recommends that students use the internet to identify dental insurance options in Virginia. In general, plans priced in the $460 – $500 range could provide comparable coverage to the previously offered plan. SMI recommend that students carefully read and understand policy waiting periods, covered services, co-payments, deductibles, etc. before committing to a plan.  Contact SMI at 231-6226, smi@vt.edu with questions and concerns about insurance.

18. REGISTER NOW FOR "COMMUNICATING SCIENCE" WORKSHOP
Learn more about effectively communicating your work to propel your research and career forward at this free event led by experts in scientific communication. This workshop will be on Oct. 18 (fall break), from 9:00am-2:00pm in the GLC Multipurpose Room. It 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 policymakers.  Lunch will be provided.  Reserve your space by completing this short survey: https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1375887458915. Contact Anne Hyman at vtmaroon@vt.edu with any questions.

19. GRAD STUDENTS SOUGHT FOR MENTOR PROGRAM – 1st posting
Grad students are sought for a mentor program geared towards underrepresented students who are in their first and second year at VT. Mentors are expected to share their wisdom and experience in support of the success of incoming freshman and sophomore African American students.  This program is not only a benefit to the undergraduates but also to those providing mentoring. The program will also have implications for your success as you engage in dialogues, trainings and activities that support student success regardless of academic level. If you would like to learn more about this program, please fill out the survey at https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_86sUTEH5xv0qK1f. Those completing the survey will be contacted by Brielle Wright or Tere Williams about an upcoming interest meeting. 

20. GOBBLERFEST EVALUATION SURVEY – 1st posting
Student opinion is very important to the success of Gobblerfest, which was held on Friday, Sep 6, 2013 on the Drillfield. Organizers in Student Centers and Activities hope that you have enjoyed it, but they want to hear any and all feedback you may have about the event. Please complete a brief survey about Gobblerfest at: http://studentvoice.com/vtech/gobblerfest13. The survey will remain open until Sep 27.

21. PARTICIPANTS WITH SOCIAL ANXIETY OR AUSTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER SOUGHT FOR EYE GAZE STUDY – 1st posting
VT researchers are seeking teenagers and adults ages 16-45 with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (such as Asperger’s) or Social Anxiety Disorder to participate in a study on the influence of social anxiety on gaze patterns. Involvement in the study will require one visit to the VT campus, after completing a brief telephone screen to determine eligibility. Total time commitment is 1.5-2.5 hours. If you are not a VT student who can receive Sona extra credit, you will be paid $20.00 for participating. Participants driving more than 30 miles to and from the study appointment will also receive mileage reimbursement ($0.50 per mile traveled, with a maximum mileage reimbursement of $50.00). Participants requesting mileage reimbursement will need to provide their home zip code in order to calculate the distance traveled. Please visit https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1364152698284, call 540-231-6744, or email Brenna Maddox at bmaddox7@vt.edu if you would like more information about the study.

22. PUBLIC KNOWLEDGE JOURNAL SEEKS PEER REVIEWERS – 1st posting
Public Knowledge Journal is a multidisciplinary, graduate student-run electronic journal at Virginia Tech. The journal provides a forum for the exchange of ideas about critical issues confronting our world today and provides early-career scholars with an introduction to the academic publication process.  Reviewers are needed from all disciplines.  Anyone interested should contact the Associate Articles Editor, Elsa Camargo at ecamargo@vt.edu.  More information can be found at pkjournal.org.

23. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR STUDY ON MOTHERS AND CHILDREN – 2nd posting
Are you a mother who sometimes worries or has fears? Do you have a child between 7-12? An ongoing 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.

24. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR DRIVING SIMULATOR STUDY – 3rd posting
VT-SCORE (VT Signal Control & Operation Research and Education Systems lab) is conducting a driving simulator study to investigate driver behavior, performance, and attention when encountering the yellow light at signalized intersections. This is a multi-state study that looks at the effect of driver experience on driver behavior near traffic signals. The study will take no more than an hour, and your participation can contribute to the development of more intelligent control systems that could reduce crashes at signalized intersections and ultimately save lives. Participation is completely voluntary, and you will get a first-hand experience dealing with interesting driving simulation equipment. You can opt out of the experiment at any time. Must be licensed drivers and at least 18. Researchers are particularly interested in recruiting participants who are originally from VA, MD, and PA. Data obtained from the simulator will be confidential. If interested or have questions, contact grad student Sahar at 540-200-7560 or via email at sahargh@vt.edu.

25. FOUR- TO FOUR-AND-A-HALF-YEAR-OLD CHILDREN SOUGHT FOR STUDY – 3rd posting
The VT C.A.P. Lab in the Psychology Department is conducting a new study focusing on children’s developing ability to control their actions during games like Simon Says. Researchers are looking for 4- to 4.5-year-old children to visit the lab for one to two hours. During this visit, researchers will play some fun word and movement games with participants. In addition to the games, they are interested in collecting information about the physiological components of the children’s abilities to control their actions.  If you are interested in this study, please contact Amanda Watson by phone (research lab-231-2320) or by e-mail (watsonaj@vt.edu). This study was approved by VT IRB, #13-440.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

LEARN TURKISH AT VT FREE
Wednesdays, starting Sep 25, 6:00-7:00pm, Whittemore Hall 257
Experienced teachers are offering Turkish language classes through the Intercultural Understanding Club of VT. You don’t need to know Turkish to start Turkish classes; the club offers Turkish courses from elementary to advanced levels. One hour class per week,  four classes in a month. Register at http://www.icuc.org.vt.edu/turkish/. Direct questions to icuc.vt@gmail.com.

FUNDAMENTALS OF IMMIGRATION REFORM FOR VA AND THE NATION WITH DR. WALTER EWING
Thursday, Sep 26, 12:00pm, Room 341/345, Squires Student Center
This is the first of a two-session forum for the VT community to get informed about the contemporary immigration policy reform debate in Washington, DC and in Virginia. Sponsored by: CLAHS Departmental Diversity Program, the Department of Political Science and Multicultural Programs & Services (MPS).  For more information contact Dr. D. Xavier Medina Vidal at dxmedina@vt.edu or grad student Elsa Camargo at ecamargo@vt.edu.

FUNDAMENTALS OF IMMIGRATION REFORM FOR VA AND THE NATION WITH EDGAR ARANDA-YANOC
Thursday, Sep 26, 12:00pm, Room 341/345, Squires Student Center
This is the second of a two-session forum for the VT community to get informed about the contemporary immigration policy reform debate in Washington, DC and in Virginia. Sponsored by: CLAHS Departmental Diversity Program, the Department of Political Science and Multicultural Programs & Services (MPS).  For more information contact Dr. D. Xavier Medina Vidal at dxmedina@vt.edu or grad student Elsa Camargo at ecamargo@vt.edu.

BGSO & LAIGSA POTLUCK
Saturday, Sep 28, 2:00pm, Cranwell International Center
The Black Graduate Student Organization and the Latin American and Iberian Graduate Student Association present an afternoon of fun and food. Join your graduate fellow students in the Cranwell International Center. Bring a dish (or a non alcoholic drink) of your own choice  to make this event special! Follow BGSO on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Black-Graduate-Student-Organization-of-Virginia-Tech/517499451609151.

September 16-22, 2013

1. WEEKLY SERVICES IN THE GLC

  • Career Services walk-in advising: Wednesdays 2:00-5:00pm, GLC Lobby
  • Cook Counseling walk-in services: Thursdays 1:00-5:00pm, Green Room
  • GLC Café: 3:30-5:00 every Thursdays, Reading Room – year round!
  • Graduate School business hours: M,Tu,Th,F: 8:00am-5:00pm; W: 9:30am-5:00pm
  • Writing Center walk-in assistance:  Thursdays 2-5pm, GLC Room D (additional hours available in the library)

2. IP FIRM HOST INFO SESSION ON SCI/ENGR CAREERS AT LAW FIRM
Monday, Sep 16, 5:00-6:00pm, Squires 342
Master’s and doctoral students: did you know that law firms hire engineers and scientists? Consider a unique career in a law firm as a technical specialist or patent agent. Work side by side with lawyers to prepare and defend patent applications at the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Counsel clients on how to best promote and protect their inventions and technological advancements. Sterne Kessler, a Washington, D.C. intellectual property firm will host this info session to help you learn about positions, career trajectory, and the benefits of working with them. Food will be provided.

3. EARN YOUR AMATEUR/HAM RADIO LICENSE
Tuesday, Sep 17, 7:00pm, Dogwood Room of Squires Student Center
The VT Amateur Radio Association (VTARA) will be giving amateur radio license exams for a fee of $15. For more information, visit http://www.vtara.org.vt.edu/?q=node/5 or contact Nathaniel Frissell at nafrissell@vt.edu. If you want to learn more about ham radio in general, visit http://www.arrl.org.

4. BLACK MASTER’S/PHD 101: HOW TO BE STRATEGIC AND SURVIVE
Wednesday, Sep 18, 11:30am–1:00pm, GLC Room C
For many graduate students, working towards the PhD can be a rewarding, yet daunting experience. It can be especially tough when there are very few persons of color within your academic department. Questioning of students’ ability and experiences in chilly climates can have a negative effect on students.  Graduate students are invited to meet Black faculty members to get advice on strategies that will assist them in successfully matriculating from VT. Sponsored by Office of Multicultural Academic Opportunities Program (MAOP).  Refreshments will be served; register at https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1377269679880. For more information contact: Dr. Jody Thompson, jodyt@vt.edu.

5. NETWORKING PRESENTATION FOR GRAD STUDENTS
Thursday, Sep 19, 2:00-3:00pm, GLC Room C
Learn how to leverage intentional networking to thrive and grow in higher education. Research findings and anecdotal evidence in the area of using networks to advance your career, expand your academic network, creating a professional network, and tips to avoid common pitfalls of networking ruts will be discussed, as well as ideas for how faculty and mentors to graduate students can support networking practices. Brought to you by Lia Kelinsky, project manager at VT Continuing and Professional Education. Registration is requested but not required: https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1379350585535.

6. GLC CAFÉ
Thursday, Sep 19, 3:30-5:00pm GLC Reading Room or side patio
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.

7. KIDS’ NIGHT OUT – FREE WEEKLY DROP IN CHILD CARE
Thursdays, starting Sep 19, 6:00pm, Women’s Center
Need a break? Have to study or attend a lecture? Want to catch up on work? If you are a VT student with children, bring your kids aged 2-12. No need to pre-register. Childcare provided by the women of Chi Delta Alpha sorority. KNO will be held every Thursday throughout the semester with the exception of home football games and when classes are not in session. For more information, contact Jessie Meltsner at jmelts@vt.edu.

8. FALL MTG FOR FULBRIGHT STUDENTS, ALUMNI AND FRIENDS
Thursday, Sep 19, 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 register at https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1378485143938 if you plan to attend. Contact Tobias (ecker@vt.edu, (202)870-9722) for questions and comments.

9. WHERE IS GOD? A DISCUSSION ON SUFFERING AND FAITH
Friday, Sep 20, 7:00pm, 2150 Torgerson Hall
If God is all powerful, omnipotent, and loving, why does suffering exist in the world? How do we reconcile suffering with faith? Does our culture deny the value of suffering? Should we wish for a life free from pain? Why does some suffering enrich our lives, while other suffering leaves us numb, deaf and blind to others? Dr. Gabe Santos, Associate Professor of Sociology at Lynchburg College will explore all these questions and more on. Hosted by Disciples on Campus, posted on behalf of master’s student Armond Bryant.

10. PATHFINDERS – CHRISTIAN STUDY GROUP FOR GRAD STUDENTS
Sundays, 11:00am-12:15pm, Bburg Baptist Church Room 216
Join fellow graduate students for bible study and fellowship. There are other fellowship activities as well, such as hiking, cookouts, and game night throughout the semester. For more information contact graduate student Jeanette Walters at marie071@vt.edu.

11. FREE 2013-14 GRAD SCHOOL HANDBOOK-PLANNERS IN GLC READING ROOM Graduate students may pick up their free copy of the 2013-14 Graduate Student Handbook and Planner in the GLC Reading Room while supplies last. The planner includes 30 pages of customized information about graduate student life and resources, as well as monthly and weekly calendars for the year.

12. ISRAELI DANCING INTEREST GROUP FORMING – FILL OUT SURVEY TO LEARN MORE Are you interested in Israeli dancing?  VA Tech’s Israeli dance group is just forming, so fill out a short survey at https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1378094084287 to find out more. Whether you are super excited or simply curious, no experience is necessary and it’s great for all ages and genders. This message is posted on behalf of grad student Sarah Krones.

13. ENGLISH CONVERSATIONS GROUPS – 2nd posting
The Cranwell International Center offers multiple classes per week for anyone who wishes to improve their English and learn more about the local culture. Individuals can attend any number of classes per week between Sep 2 and Dec 13. All classes are held at Cranwell International Center. If you have any questions, email international@vt.edu. 

14. APPLICATIONS ACCEPTED TO INTERDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH HONOR SOCIETY -3rd posting
Iota Delta Rho, the Interdisciplinary Research Honor Society at VT is accepting applications for membership through midnight on Sunday, Sep 22.  IDR was founded at Virginia Tech in 2011 by graduate students promoting interdisciplinary cooperation and research at VT and all other colleges and universities. There are two levels of membership: full and associate.   Membership application and information about the society can be found at http://www.idrsociety.org/membership/application/.    Any questions about our memberships, the application package, or assistance with your application can be directed to Tammy Parece at tammyep@vt.edu.

15. GRAD CERTIFICATION IN INTL RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT
The Office of International Research, Education, and Development (OIRED) offers a Graduate Certificate in International Research and Development. The program encourages a multidisciplinary approach for students already working towards a graduate degree to attain special recognition for their work on international issues. Participants must take three 5000-level (or above) courses from an approved list, with one course being outside the applicant’s department and one outside the college. The deadline to apply for students graduating in December 2013 will be October 15; other applications are accepted on an ongoing basis. For more information, contact Betty Watts at bettyw@vt.edu or 231-6452, or visit http://www.oired.vt.edu/graduatecertificate.html.

16. REGISTER BY OCT 18 FOR TEAM DESIGN CONTEST FOR GRAD HOUSING COMPLEX – NOTE NEW DATE!
Exercise your imagination and creativity in a short design contest (charrette) 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; interdisciplinary teams are encouraged. Paper and sketching tools will be provided; teams may also use any tools and supplies they bring. The contest will take place on Friday, Oct 25, 1-5pm. Register at https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1379345907052. Contact Monika Gibson at gibsonm@vt.edu with questions.

17. OPEN ENROLLMENT FOR STUDENT MEDICAL INSURANCE FOR 2013-14 (NO DENTAL PLAN)
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/. Please note that due to low enrollment levels in the voluntary dental plan option, Aetna does not offer this program for the 2013-2014 academic year.  Because VT is a state agency, it cannot direct students to specific carriers with whom it has no formal relationship. The Student Medical Insurance Office recommends that students use the internet to identify dental insurance options in Virginia. In general, plans priced in the $460 – $500 range could provide comparable coverage to the previously offered plan. SMI recommend that students carefully read and understand policy waiting periods, covered services, co-payments, deductibles, etc. before committing to a plan.  Contact SMI at 231-6226, smi@vt.edu with questions and concerns about insurance.

18. REGISTER NOW FOR "COMMUNICATING SCIENCE" WORKSHOP
Learn more about effectively communicating your work to propel your research and career forward at this free event led by experts in scientific communication. This workshop will be on Oct. 18 (fall break), from 9:00am-2:00pm in the GLC Multipurpose Room. It 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 policymakers.  Lunch will be provided.  Reserve your space by completing this short survey: https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1375887458915. Contact Anne Hyman at vtmaroon@vt.edu with any questions.

19. GRAD STUDENTS SOUGHT FOR MENTOR PROGRAM – 1st posting
Grad students are sought for a mentor program geared towards underrepresented students who are in their first and second year at VT. Mentors are expected to share their wisdom and experience in support of the success of incoming freshman and sophomore African American students.  This program is not only a benefit to the undergraduates but also to those providing mentoring. The program will also have implications for your success as you engage in dialogues, trainings and activities that support student success regardless of academic level. If you would like to learn more about this program, please fill out the survey at https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_86sUTEH5xv0qK1f. Those completing the survey will be contacted by Brielle Wright or Tere Williams about an upcoming interest meeting. 

20. GOBBLERFEST EVALUATION SURVEY – 1st posting
Student opinion is very important to the success of Gobblerfest, which was held on Friday, Sep 6, 2013 on the Drillfield. Organizers in Student Centers and Activities hope that you have enjoyed it, but they want to hear any and all feedback you may have about the event. Please complete a brief survey about Gobblerfest at: http://studentvoice.com/vtech/gobblerfest13. The survey will remain open until Sep 27.

21. PARTICIPANTS WITH SOCIAL ANXIETY OR AUSTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER SOUGHT FOR EYE GAZE STUDY – 1st posting
VT researchers are seeking teenagers and adults ages 16-45 with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (such as Asperger’s) or Social Anxiety Disorder to participate in a study on the influence of social anxiety on gaze patterns. Involvement in the study will require one visit to the VT campus, after completing a brief telephone screen to determine eligibility. Total time commitment is 1.5-2.5 hours. If you are not a VT student who can receive Sona extra credit, you will be paid $20.00 for participating. Participants driving more than 30 miles to and from the study appointment will also receive mileage reimbursement ($0.50 per mile traveled, with a maximum mileage reimbursement of $50.00). Participants requesting mileage reimbursement will need to provide their home zip code in order to calculate the distance traveled. Please visit https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1364152698284, call 540-231-6744, or email Brenna Maddox at bmaddox7@vt.edu if you would like more information about the study.

22. PUBLIC KNOWLEDGE JOURNAL SEEKS PEER REVIEWERS – 1st posting
Public Knowledge Journal is a multidisciplinary, graduate student-run electronic journal at Virginia Tech. The journal provides a forum for the exchange of ideas about critical issues confronting our world today and provides early-career scholars with an introduction to the academic publication process.  Reviewers are needed from all disciplines.  Anyone interested should contact the Associate Articles Editor, Elsa Camargo at ecamargo@vt.edu.  More information can be found at pkjournal.org.

23. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR STUDY ON MOTHERS AND CHILDREN – 2nd posting
Are you a mother who sometimes worries or has fears? Do you have a child between 7-12? An ongoing 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.

24. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR DRIVING SIMULATOR STUDY – 3rd posting
VT-SCORE (VT Signal Control & Operation Research and Education Systems lab) is conducting a driving simulator study to investigate driver behavior, performance, and attention when encountering the yellow light at signalized intersections. This is a multi-state study that looks at the effect of driver experience on driver behavior near traffic signals. The study will take no more than an hour, and your participation can contribute to the development of more intelligent control systems that could reduce crashes at signalized intersections and ultimately save lives. Participation is completely voluntary, and you will get a first-hand experience dealing with interesting driving simulation equipment. You can opt out of the experiment at any time. Must be licensed drivers and at least 18. Researchers are particularly interested in recruiting participants who are originally from VA, MD, and PA. Data obtained from the simulator will be confidential. If interested or have questions, contact grad student Sahar at 540-200-7560 or via email at sahargh@vt.edu.

25. FOUR- TO FOUR-AND-A-HALF-YEAR-OLD CHILDREN SOUGHT FOR STUDY – 3rd posting
The VT C.A.P. Lab in the Psychology Department is conducting a new study focusing on children’s developing ability to control their actions during games like Simon Says. Researchers are looking for 4- to 4.5-year-old children to visit the lab for one to two hours. During this visit, researchers will play some fun word and movement games with participants. In addition to the games, they are interested in collecting information about the physiological components of the children’s abilities to control their actions.  If you are interested in this study, please contact Amanda Watson by phone (research lab-231-2320) or by e-mail (watsonaj@vt.edu). This study was approved by VT IRB, #13-440.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

LEARN TURKISH AT VT FREE
Wednesdays, starting Sep 25, 6:00-7:00pm, Whittemore Hall 257
Experienced teachers are offering Turkish language classes through the Intercultural Understanding Club of VT. You don’t need to know Turkish to start Turkish classes; the club offers Turkish courses from elementary to advanced levels. One hour class per week,  four classes in a month. Register at http://www.icuc.org.vt.edu/turkish/. Direct questions to icuc.vt@gmail.com.

FUNDAMENTALS OF IMMIGRATION REFORM FOR VA AND THE NATION WITH DR. WALTER EWING
Thursday, Sep 26, 12:00pm, Room 341/345, Squires Student Center
This is the first of a two-session forum for the VT community to get informed about the contemporary immigration policy reform debate in Washington, DC and in Virginia. Sponsored by: CLAHS Departmental Diversity Program, the Department of Political Science and Multicultural Programs & Services (MPS).  For more information contact Dr. D. Xavier Medina Vidal at dxmedina@vt.edu or grad student Elsa Camargo at ecamargo@vt.edu.

FUNDAMENTALS OF IMMIGRATION REFORM FOR VA AND THE NATION WITH EDGAR ARANDA-YANOC
Thursday, Sep 26, 12:00pm, Room 341/345, Squires Student Center
This is the second of a two-session forum for the VT community to get informed about the contemporary immigration policy reform debate in Washington, DC and in Virginia. Sponsored by: CLAHS Departmental Diversity Program, the Department of Political Science and Multicultural Programs & Services (MPS).  For more information contact Dr. D. Xavier Medina Vidal at dxmedina@vt.edu or grad student Elsa Camargo at ecamargo@vt.edu.

BGSO & LAIGSA POTLUCK
Saturday, Sep 28, 2:00pm, Cranwell International Center
The Black Graduate Student Organization and the Latin American and Iberian Graduate Student Association present an afternoon of fun and food. Join your graduate fellow students in the Cranwell International Center. Bring a dish (or a non alcoholic drink) of your own choice  to make this event special! Follow BGSO on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Black-Graduate-Student-Organization-of-Virginia-Tech/517499451609151.

September 9-15, 2013

1. WEEKLY SERVICES IN THE GLC

  • Career Services walk-in advising: Wednesdays 2:00-5:00pm, GLC Lobby
  • Cook Counseling walk-in services: Thursdays 1:00-5:00pm, Green Room
  • GLC Café: 3:30-5:00 every Thursdays, Reading Room – year round!
  • Graduate School business hours: M,Tu,Th,F: 8:00am-5:00pm; W: 9:30am-5:00pm
  • Writing Center walk-in assistance:  Thursdays 2-5pm, GLC Room D (additional hours available in the library)

 2. LIBRARY POWER HOUR
Tuesday, Sep 10, sessions at 10:00am and 2:00pm, Library Grad Lounge (416)
Regardless of your area of study, this session is an excellent opportunity to learn more about the variety of library resources and services available to grad students. Meet subject librarians, ask questions and gain key library orientation info. Light refreshments will be served. Sing up here.

3. RESUME 101 FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
Tuesday, Sep 10, 4:00-5:00pm, Cranwell Intl Center
Learn how to write a resume that highlights your international experience. Sponsored by Career Services.

4. VOLUNTEER RECRUITMENT FAIR
Wednesday, Sep 11, 10:00am-1:00pm, Eggleston Quad outside
                                       2:00pm, Squires Brush Mountain A, Speaker Dwight Vick
VT Engage invites all graduate students to pledge 20 hours of service between the National Day of Service (9/11) and the VT Day of Remembrance (4/16). Remembering, serving and learning is a way for the VT community to honor individuals affected by tragedies and to make a positive impact. For more information visit www.engage.vt.edu.

5. BEHAVIORAL INTERVIEWING FOR INTL STUDENTS
Thursday, Sep 12, 2:00-3:00pm, Cranwell Intl Center
A successful interview is important for obtaining an internship, co-op or full time position. In this session students will learn about behavioral interviewing, a new practice which focuses on providing examples and telling stories. Sponsored by Career Services.

6. GLC CAFÉ
Thursday, Sep 12, 3:30-5:00pm GLC Reading Room or side patio if it’s not threatening rain
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.

7. PRESIDENTIAL SEARCH INPUT SESSION AND SURVEY
Thursday, Sep 12, 6:30pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
The search is on for Virginia Tech’s 16th president. Let your voice be heard with this short, anonymous survey (www.tinyurl.com/vt-pres-survey). This is your chance to help shape what higher education will be at Virginia Tech. Additionally, you are invited to attend an input session with representatives of the Presidential Search committee in the GLC. For more information, visit http://www.presidentialsearch.vt.edu or email graduate student Kate Preston (kapresto@vt.edu).

8. FRANK WARREN: THE MOST TRUSTED STRANGER IN THE WORLD
Thursday, Sep 12, 7:30pm, Burruss Auditorium (doors open at 7:00)
As the creator of the global phenomenon PostSecret, Frank has received thousands of anonymous postcards revealing the sender’s most personal secrets and stories. His powerful presentation includes secrets that didn’t make the books, a chance to share your secret or story, and a book signing afterwards. This is an unforgettable way to experience the stories behind all of the secrets as well as gain a new perspective on how our unique life experiences are more connected than we ever imagined. See Frank Warren’s TED Talk at http://www.ted.com/talks/frank_warren_half_a_million_secrets.html. Tickets are free with Hokie Passport – pick up yours at the Squires ticket office M-F 12-5pm, 2/person. This invitation is posted on behalf of Nick Warrington, grad student representative to the BOV.

9. WHAT HAVE I GOTTEN MYSELF INTO?
Friday, Sep 13, 12:00-1:00pm, GLC Room D
If you’re a new graduate student who has asked yourself this question, the Graduate School wants you to know that you are not alone!  Come meet fellow graduate students, new and returning, to talk about graduate school as an exciting—but possibly overwhelming—life adventure. There will be pizza! If you plan to attend, please respond to the following survey: https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1378142914609.

10. PATHFINDERS – CHRISTIAN STUDY GROUP FOR GRAD STUDENTS
Sundays, 11:00am-12:15pm, Bburg Baptist Church Room 216
Join fellow graduate students for bible study and fellowship. There are other fellowship activities as well, such as hiking, cookouts, and game night throughout the semester. For more information contact graduate student Jeanette Walters at marie071@vt.edu.

11. FREE 2013-14 GRAD SCHOOL HANDBOOK AND PLANNERS IN GLC READING ROOM
Graduate students may pick up their free copy of the 2013-14 Graduate Student Handbook and Planner in the GLC Reading Room while supplies last. The planner includes 30 pages of customized information about graduate student life and resources, as well as monthly and weekly calendars for the year.

12. ISRAELI DANCING INTEREST GROUP FORMING – FILL OUT SURVEY TO LEARN MORE
Are you interested in Israeli dancing?  VA Tech’s Israeli dance group is just forming, so fill out a short survey at https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1378094084287 to find out more. Whether you are super excited or simply curious, no experience is necessary and it’s great for all ages and genders. This message is posted on behalf of grad student Sarah Krones.

13. SIGN UP FOR INTRAMURAL SOCCER TEAM – 1st posting
Grad students living in the GLC are forming an intramural soccer team and are looking for players. No experience is required. This is a good opportunity to get some exercise and meet other grad students who share your love for soccer. For sign-up information contact GLC Fellow Herman at han11@vt.edu.

14. ENGLISH CONVERSATIONS GROUPS
The Cranwell International Center offers multiple classes per week for anyone who wishes to improve their English and learn more about the local culture. Individuals can attend any number of classes per week between Sep 2 and Dec 13. All classes are held at Cranwell International Center. If you have any questions, email international@vt.edu. 

15. APPLICATIONS ACCEPTED TO INTERDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH HONOR SOCIETY -2nd posting
Iota Delta Rho, the Interdisciplinary Research Honor Society at VT is accepting applications for membership from Monday, Sep 2 through midnight on Sunday, Sep 22.  IDR was founded at Virginia Tech in 2011 by graduate students promoting interdisciplinary cooperation and research at VT and all other colleges and universities. There are two levels of membership: full and associate.   Membership application and information about the society can be found at http://www.idrsociety.org/membership/application/.    Any questions about our memberships, the application package, or assistance with your application can be directed to Tammy Parece at tammyep@vt.edu.

16. REGISTER NOW FOR TEAM DESIGN CONTEST FOR GRAD HOUSING COMPLEX – 3rd posting
Exercise your imagination and creativity in a short design contest (charrette) 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; interdisciplinary teams are encouraged. Paper and sketching tools will be provided; teams may also use any tools and supplies they bring. The contest will take place on Friday, Sep 20, 1-5pm in the GLC. Register at https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1371157074991. Contact Monika Gibson at gibsonm@vt.edu with questions.

17. P.E.O. SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION FOR 2014-15 – 3rd posting
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.

18. 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/.

19. REGISTER NOW FOR "COMMUNICATING SCIENCE" WORKSHOP
Learn more about effectively communicating your work to propel your research and career forward at this free event led by experts in scientific communication. This workshop will be on Oct. 18 (fall break), from 9:00am-2:00pm in the GLC Multipurpose Room. It 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 policymakers.  Lunch will be provided.  Reserve your space by completing this short survey: https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1375887458915. Contact Anne Hyman at vtmaroon@vt.edu with any questions.

20. 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.

21. 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 7-12? An ongoing 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.

22. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR DRIVING SIMULATOR STUDY – 2nd posting
VT-SCORE (VT Signal Control & Operation Research and Education Systems lab) is conducting a driving simulator study to investigate driver behavior, performance, and attention when encountering the yellow light at signalized intersections. This is a multi-state study that looks at the effect of driver experience on driver behavior near traffic signals. The study will take no more than an hour, and your participation can contribute to the development of more intelligent control systems that could reduce crashes at signalized intersections and ultimately save lives. Participation is completely voluntary, and you will get a first-hand experience dealing with interesting driving simulation equipment. You can opt out of the experiment at any time. Must be licensed drivers and at least 18. Researchers are particularly interested in recruiting participants who are originally from VA, MD, and PA. Data obtained from the simulator will be confidential. If interested or have questions, contact grad student Sahar at 540-200-7560 or via email at sahargh@vt.edu.

 

23. FOUR- TO FOUR-AND-A-HALF-YEAR-OLD CHILDREN SOUGHT FOR STUDY – 2nd posting

The VT C.A.P. Lab in the Psychology Department is conducting a new study focusing on children’s developing ability to control their actions during games like Simon Says. Researchers are looking for 4- to 4.5-year-old children to visit the lab for one to two hours. During this visit, researchers will play some fun word and movement games with participants. In addition to the games, they are interested in collecting information about the physiological components of the children’s abilities to control their actions.  If you are interested in this study, please contact Amanda Watson by phone (research lab-231-2320) or by e-mail (watsonaj@vt.edu). This study was approved by VT IRB, #13-440.

 

24. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR STUDY ON PSYCHOLOGY OF MUSIC PREFERENCES – 3rd 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.

 

25. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR “iGENERATION: THINKING ABOUT OURSELVES” STUDY – 3rd  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. To access the survey, visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/8MNR3PH. Please contact vtpilab@gmail.com with any questions or concerns.

 

26. PARTICIPATE IN GRAD HOUSING PREFERENCES SURVEY – 3rd 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 at https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1368026258216.

 

27. VT CREW TEAM SEEKS COACHES – 3rd posting

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:

 

IP FIRM HOST INFO SESSION ON SCI/ENGR CAREERS AT LAW FIRM

Monday, Sep 16, 5:00-6:00pm, Squires 342

Master’s and doctoral students: did you know that law firms hire engineers and scientists? Consider a unique career in a law firm as a technical specialist or patent agent. Work side by side with lawyers to prepare and defend patent applications at the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Counsel clients on how to best promote and protect their inventions and technological advancements. Sterne Kessler, a Washington, D.C. intellectual property firm will host this info session to help you learn about positions, career trajectory, and the benefits of working with them. Food will be provided.

 

BLACK MASTER’S/PHD 101: HOW TO BE STRATEGIC AND SURVIVE

Wednesday, Sep 18, 11:30am–1:00pm, GLC Room C

For many graduate students, working towards the PhD can be a rewarding, yet daunting experience. It can be especially tough when there are very few persons of color within your academic department. Questioning of students’ ability and experiences in chilly climates can have a negative effect on students.  Graduate students are invited to meet Black faculty members to get advice on strategies that will assist them in successfully matriculating from VT. Sponsored by Office of Multicultural Academic Opportunities Program (MAOP).  Refreshments will be served; register at https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1377269679880. For more information contact: Dr. Jody Thompson, jodyt@vt.edu.

 

NETWORKING PRESENTATION FOR GRAD STUDENTS

Thursday, Sep 19, 2:00-3:00pm, GLC Room C

Learn how to leverage intentional networking to thrive and grow in higher education. Research findings and anecdotal evidence in the area of using networks to advance your career, expand your academic network, creating a professional network, and tips to avoid common pitfalls of networking ruts will be discussed, as well as ideas for how faculty and mentors to graduate students can support networking practices. Brought to you by Lia Kelinsky, project manager at VT Continuing and Professional Education.

 

KIDS’ NIGHT OUT – FREE WEEKLY DROP IN CHILD CARE

Thursdays, starting Sep 19, 6:00pm, Women’s Center

Need a break? Have to study or attend a lecture? Want to catch up on work? If you are a VT student with children, bring your kids aged 2-12. No need to pre-register. Childcare provided by the women of Chi Delta Alpha sorority. KNO will be held every Thursday throughout the semester with the exception of home football games and when classes are not in session. For more information, contact Jessie Meltsner at jmelts@vt.edu.

 

FULBRIGHT STUDENTS, ALUMNI & FRIENDS FALL KICK OFF MEETING

Thursday, Sep 19, 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. This is the first get together this semester. If interested, please register at https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1378485143938. For more information, questions or comments, contact Tobias  at ecker@vt.edu, (202)870-9722).

 

LEARN TURKISH AT VT FREE

Wednesdays, starting Sep 25, 6:00-7:00pm, Whittemore Hall 257

Experienced teachers are offering Turkish language classes through the Intercultural Understanding Club of VT. You don’t need to know Turkish to start Turkish classes; the club offers Turkish courses from elementary to advanced levels. One hour class per week,  four classes in a month. Register at http://www.icuc.org.vt.edu/turkish/. Direct questions to icuc.vt@gmail.com.

September 9-15, 2013

1. WEEKLY SERVICES IN THE GLC

  • Career Services walk-in advising: Wednesdays 2:00-5:00pm, GLC Lobby
  • Cook Counseling walk-in services: Thursdays 1:00-5:00pm, Green Room
  • GLC Café: 3:30-5:00 every Thursdays, Reading Room – year round!
  • Graduate School business hours: M,Tu,Th,F: 8:00am-5:00pm; W: 9:30am-5:00pm
  • Writing Center walk-in assistance:  Thursdays 2-5pm, GLC Room D (additional hours available in the library)

 2. LIBRARY POWER HOUR
Tuesday, Sep 10, sessions at 10:00am and 2:00pm, Library Grad Lounge (416)
Regardless of your area of study, this session is an excellent opportunity to learn more about the variety of library resources and services available to grad students. Meet subject librarians, ask questions and gain key library orientation info. Light refreshments will be served. Sing up here.

3. RESUME 101 FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
Tuesday, Sep 10, 4:00-5:00pm, Cranwell Intl Center
Learn how to write a resume that highlights your international experience. Sponsored by Career Services.

4. VOLUNTEER RECRUITMENT FAIR
Wednesday, Sep 11, 10:00am-1:00pm, Eggleston Quad outside
                                       2:00pm, Squires Brush Mountain A, Speaker Dwight Vick
VT Engage invites all graduate students to pledge 20 hours of service between the National Day of Service (9/11) and the VT Day of Remembrance (4/16). Remembering, serving and learning is a way for the VT community to honor individuals affected by tragedies and to make a positive impact. For more information visit www.engage.vt.edu.

5. BEHAVIORAL INTERVIEWING FOR INTL STUDENTS
Thursday, Sep 12, 2:00-3:00pm, Cranwell Intl Center
A successful interview is important for obtaining an internship, co-op or full time position. In this session students will learn about behavioral interviewing, a new practice which focuses on providing examples and telling stories. Sponsored by Career Services.

6. GLC CAFÉ
Thursday, Sep 12, 3:30-5:00pm GLC Reading Room or side patio if it’s not threatening rain
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.

7. PRESIDENTIAL SEARCH INPUT SESSION AND SURVEY
Thursday, Sep 12, 6:30pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
The search is on for Virginia Tech’s 16th president. Let your voice be heard with this short, anonymous survey (www.tinyurl.com/vt-pres-survey). This is your chance to help shape what higher education will be at Virginia Tech. Additionally, you are invited to attend an input session with representatives of the Presidential Search committee in the GLC. For more information, visit http://www.presidentialsearch.vt.edu or email graduate student Kate Preston (kapresto@vt.edu).

8. FRANK WARREN: THE MOST TRUSTED STRANGER IN THE WORLD
Thursday, Sep 12, 7:30pm, Burruss Auditorium (doors open at 7:00)
As the creator of the global phenomenon PostSecret, Frank has received thousands of anonymous postcards revealing the sender’s most personal secrets and stories. His powerful presentation includes secrets that didn’t make the books, a chance to share your secret or story, and a book signing afterwards. This is an unforgettable way to experience the stories behind all of the secrets as well as gain a new perspective on how our unique life experiences are more connected than we ever imagined. See Frank Warren’s TED Talk at http://www.ted.com/talks/frank_warren_half_a_million_secrets.html. Tickets are free with Hokie Passport – pick up yours at the Squires ticket office M-F 12-5pm, 2/person. This invitation is posted on behalf of Nick Warrington, grad student representative to the BOV.

9. WHAT HAVE I GOTTEN MYSELF INTO?
Friday, Sep 13, 12:00-1:00pm, GLC Room D
If you’re a new graduate student who has asked yourself this question, the Graduate School wants you to know that you are not alone!  Come meet fellow graduate students, new and returning, to talk about graduate school as an exciting—but possibly overwhelming—life adventure. There will be pizza! If you plan to attend, please respond to the following survey: https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1378142914609.

10. PATHFINDERS – CHRISTIAN STUDY GROUP FOR GRAD STUDENTS
Sundays, 11:00am-12:15pm, Bburg Baptist Church Room 216
Join fellow graduate students for bible study and fellowship. There are other fellowship activities as well, such as hiking, cookouts, and game night throughout the semester. For more information contact graduate student Jeanette Walters at marie071@vt.edu.

11. FREE 2013-14 GRAD SCHOOL HANDBOOK AND PLANNERS IN GLC READING ROOM
Graduate students may pick up their free copy of the 2013-14 Graduate Student Handbook and Planner in the GLC Reading Room while supplies last. The planner includes 30 pages of customized information about graduate student life and resources, as well as monthly and weekly calendars for the year.

12. ISRAELI DANCING INTEREST GROUP FORMING – FILL OUT SURVEY TO LEARN MORE
Are you interested in Israeli dancing?  VA Tech’s Israeli dance group is just forming, so fill out a short survey at https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1378094084287 to find out more. Whether you are super excited or simply curious, no experience is necessary and it’s great for all ages and genders. This message is posted on behalf of grad student Sarah Krones.

13. SIGN UP FOR INTRAMURAL SOCCER TEAM – 1st posting
Grad students living in the GLC are forming an intramural soccer team and are looking for players. No experience is required. This is a good opportunity to get some exercise and meet other grad students who share your love for soccer. For sign-up information contact GLC Fellow Herman at han11@vt.edu.

14. ENGLISH CONVERSATIONS GROUPS
The Cranwell International Center offers multiple classes per week for anyone who wishes to improve their English and learn more about the local culture. Individuals can attend any number of classes per week between Sep 2 and Dec 13. All classes are held at Cranwell International Center. If you have any questions, email international@vt.edu. 

15. APPLICATIONS ACCEPTED TO INTERDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH HONOR SOCIETY -2nd posting
Iota Delta Rho, the Interdisciplinary Research Honor Society at VT is accepting applications for membership from Monday, Sep 2 through midnight on Sunday, Sep 22.  IDR was founded at Virginia Tech in 2011 by graduate students promoting interdisciplinary cooperation and research at VT and all other colleges and universities. There are two levels of membership: full and associate.   Membership application and information about the society can be found at http://www.idrsociety.org/membership/application/.    Any questions about our memberships, the application package, or assistance with your application can be directed to Tammy Parece at tammyep@vt.edu.

16. REGISTER NOW FOR TEAM DESIGN CONTEST FOR GRAD HOUSING COMPLEX – 3rd posting
Exercise your imagination and creativity in a short design contest (charrette) 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; interdisciplinary teams are encouraged. Paper and sketching tools will be provided; teams may also use any tools and supplies they bring. The contest will take place on Friday, Sep 20, 1-5pm in the GLC. Register at https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1371157074991. Contact Monika Gibson at gibsonm@vt.edu with questions.

17. P.E.O. SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION FOR 2014-15 – 3rd posting
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.

18. 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/.

19. REGISTER NOW FOR "COMMUNICATING SCIENCE" WORKSHOP
Learn more about effectively communicating your work to propel your research and career forward at this free event led by experts in scientific communication. This workshop will be on Oct. 18 (fall break), from 9:00am-2:00pm in the GLC Multipurpose Room. It 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 policymakers.  Lunch will be provided.  Reserve your space by completing this short survey: https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1375887458915. Contact Anne Hyman at vtmaroon@vt.edu with any questions.

20. 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.

21. 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 7-12? An ongoing 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.

22. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR DRIVING SIMULATOR STUDY – 2nd posting
VT-SCORE (VT Signal Control & Operation Research and Education Systems lab) is conducting a driving simulator study to investigate driver behavior, performance, and attention when encountering the yellow light at signalized intersections. This is a multi-state study that looks at the effect of driver experience on driver behavior near traffic signals. The study will take no more than an hour, and your participation can contribute to the development of more intelligent control systems that could reduce crashes at signalized intersections and ultimately save lives. Participation is completely voluntary, and you will get a first-hand experience dealing with interesting driving simulation equipment. You can opt out of the experiment at any time. Must be licensed drivers and at least 18. Researchers are particularly interested in recruiting participants who are originally from VA, MD, and PA. Data obtained from the simulator will be confidential. If interested or have questions, contact grad student Sahar at 540-200-7560 or via email at sahargh@vt.edu.

 

23. FOUR- TO FOUR-AND-A-HALF-YEAR-OLD CHILDREN SOUGHT FOR STUDY – 2nd posting

The VT C.A.P. Lab in the Psychology Department is conducting a new study focusing on children’s developing ability to control their actions during games like Simon Says. Researchers are looking for 4- to 4.5-year-old children to visit the lab for one to two hours. During this visit, researchers will play some fun word and movement games with participants. In addition to the games, they are interested in collecting information about the physiological components of the children’s abilities to control their actions.  If you are interested in this study, please contact Amanda Watson by phone (research lab-231-2320) or by e-mail (watsonaj@vt.edu). This study was approved by VT IRB, #13-440.

 

24. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR STUDY ON PSYCHOLOGY OF MUSIC PREFERENCES – 3rd 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.

 

25. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR “iGENERATION: THINKING ABOUT OURSELVES” STUDY – 3rd  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. To access the survey, visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/8MNR3PH. Please contact vtpilab@gmail.com with any questions or concerns.

 

26. PARTICIPATE IN GRAD HOUSING PREFERENCES SURVEY – 3rd 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 at https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1368026258216.

 

27. VT CREW TEAM SEEKS COACHES – 3rd posting

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:

 

IP FIRM HOST INFO SESSION ON SCI/ENGR CAREERS AT LAW FIRM

Monday, Sep 16, 5:00-6:00pm, Squires 342

Master’s and doctoral students: did you know that law firms hire engineers and scientists? Consider a unique career in a law firm as a technical specialist or patent agent. Work side by side with lawyers to prepare and defend patent applications at the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Counsel clients on how to best promote and protect their inventions and technological advancements. Sterne Kessler, a Washington, D.C. intellectual property firm will host this info session to help you learn about positions, career trajectory, and the benefits of working with them. Food will be provided.

 

BLACK MASTER’S/PHD 101: HOW TO BE STRATEGIC AND SURVIVE

Wednesday, Sep 18, 11:30am–1:00pm, GLC Room C

For many graduate students, working towards the PhD can be a rewarding, yet daunting experience. It can be especially tough when there are very few persons of color within your academic department. Questioning of students’ ability and experiences in chilly climates can have a negative effect on students.  Graduate students are invited to meet Black faculty members to get advice on strategies that will assist them in successfully matriculating from VT. Sponsored by Office of Multicultural Academic Opportunities Program (MAOP).  Refreshments will be served; register at https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1377269679880. For more information contact: Dr. Jody Thompson, jodyt@vt.edu.

 

NETWORKING PRESENTATION FOR GRAD STUDENTS

Thursday, Sep 19, 2:00-3:00pm, GLC Room C

Learn how to leverage intentional networking to thrive and grow in higher education. Research findings and anecdotal evidence in the area of using networks to advance your career, expand your academic network, creating a professional network, and tips to avoid common pitfalls of networking ruts will be discussed, as well as ideas for how faculty and mentors to graduate students can support networking practices. Brought to you by Lia Kelinsky, project manager at VT Continuing and Professional Education.

 

KIDS’ NIGHT OUT – FREE WEEKLY DROP IN CHILD CARE

Thursdays, starting Sep 19, 6:00pm, Women’s Center

Need a break? Have to study or attend a lecture? Want to catch up on work? If you are a VT student with children, bring your kids aged 2-12. No need to pre-register. Childcare provided by the women of Chi Delta Alpha sorority. KNO will be held every Thursday throughout the semester with the exception of home football games and when classes are not in session. For more information, contact Jessie Meltsner at jmelts@vt.edu.

 

FULBRIGHT STUDENTS, ALUMNI & FRIENDS FALL KICK OFF MEETING

Thursday, Sep 19, 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. This is the first get together this semester. If interested, please register at https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1378485143938. For more information, questions or comments, contact Tobias  at ecker@vt.edu, (202)870-9722).

 

LEARN TURKISH AT VT FREE

Wednesdays, starting Sep 25, 6:00-7:00pm, Whittemore Hall 257

Experienced teachers are offering Turkish language classes through the Intercultural Understanding Club of VT. You don’t need to know Turkish to start Turkish classes; the club offers Turkish courses from elementary to advanced levels. One hour class per week,  four classes in a month. Register at http://www.icuc.org.vt.edu/turkish/. Direct questions to icuc.vt@gmail.com.

September 2-8, 2013

1. WEEKLY SERVICES IN THE GLC

  • Career Services walk-in advising: Wednesdays 2:00-5:00pm, GLC Lobby
  • Cook Counseling walk-in services: Thursdays 1:00-5:00pm, Green Room
  • GLC Café: 3:30-5:00 every Thursdays, Reading Room – year round!
  • Writing Center walk-in assistance:  Thursdays 2-5pm, GLC Room D (additional hours available in the library)

 2. 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.

3. JESUS & SCIENCE: A SCIENTIST’S JOURNEY OF FAITH
Tuesday, Sep 3, 7:00-8:00pm, Fralin Hall Auditorium
This lecture and dialogue will explore common ground between contemporary scientific inquiry and the story of Jesus of Nazareth. The presentation by Dr. Matthew Fleenor, associate professor of physics and astronomy at Roanoke College, will be followed by a dessert reception. Sponsored by InterVarsity Graduate Christian Fellowship.

4. FREETHINKERS AT VT MEETINGS
Tuesdays, starting Sep 3, 7:00pm, Squires Brush Mountain Room B
Freethinkers at VT is a student organization comprised of individuals interested in promoting and applying free thought. In addition to social outings to interesting movies, speakers, and debates, club members meet every Tuesday to hold lively discussions on religious, scientific, and philosophical topics. The club is open to grads, undergrads, faculty and staff. Current active members include approx. 30% graduate students. Freethinkers meetings are held every Tuesday at 7pm. At this meeting physics instructor Dr. Zack Lewis will be giving a presentation entitled "Secrets that Scientists Don’t Want You to Know About" discussing the ways that science is misappropriated in the public sphere. If interested, follow the group on Facebook or sign up for the Freethinkers listserv, "FREETHINKERS@listserv.vt.edu" or visit http://www.freeatvt.org/.

5. WORKING MOMS’ SUPPORT GROUP
Wednesday, Sep 4, 12:00pm, GLC Room C
This is an opportunity for working mothers to come together to share, vent, network, and support one another. September’s topic is: “Back to School”. To sign up for the listserv or for more information, contact Christine Dennis Smith at cdennis@vt.edu.

6. 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, amcphers@vt.edu.

7. 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/.

8. 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.

9. GLC CAFÉ
Thursday, Sep 5, 3:30-5:00pm GLC Reading Room or side patio if it’s not threatening rain
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.

10. CAREER FAIR PREPARATION WORKSHOP
Thursday, Sep 5, 5:30pm, GLC Room G
Learn how to present yourself to an employer and what to ask at a job fair. Contact Amy McPherson with any questions at amcphers@vt.edu.

11. HOW TO GET EXTERNAL FELLOWSHIPS IN HUMANITIES, SOCIAL & HUMAN SCIENCES & EDUCATION
Friday, Sep 6, 11:00am-1:00pm, GLC Room G
This information session is led by VT faculty from the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences: Tom Ewing, Erika Grafsky, Melanie Kiechle, and Petra Rivera-Rideau, and will include presentations by past holders of graduate fellowships from the Ford Foundation, Social Science Research Council, NIH, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the National Academy of Education / Spencer Foundation. Following the faculty presentations (11-12), the second part of the session (12-1) will provide additional information about locating fellowships, determining eligibility, and preparing proposals. Open to all graduate students. Registration is requested>>.  Direct questions to CLAHS Associate Dean Tom Ewing.

12. LUNCH WITH THE DEAN – REGISTER BY SEP 3
Friday, Sep 6, 12:00-1:00pm, GLC Room C
Meet Graduate School Dean Kr. Karen DePauw as well as several graduate student leaders at this free lunch and learn about the Dean’s latest plans for graduate education. Share your perspectives in a casual, intimate setting. Register by Tuesday, Sep 3.

13. GOBBLERFEST 2013
Friday, Sep 6, 4:00-8:00pm, Drillfield
Learn about VT organizations, the community of Blacksburg and local resources, and enjoy food, games and live music at this university-wide event that kicks off the new academic year.

14. FREE 2013-14 GRAD SCHOOL HANDBOOK AND PLANNERS IN GLC READING ROOM
Graduate students may pick up their free copy of the 2013-14 Graduate Student Handbook and Planner in the GLC Reading Room while supplies last. The planner includes 30 pages of customized information about graduate student life and resources, as well as monthly and weekly calendars for the year.

15. APPLICATIONS ACCEPTED TO INTERDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH HONOR SOCIETY -1st posting
Iota Delta Rho, the Interdisciplinary Research Honor Society at VT is accepting applications for membership from Monday, Sep 2 through midnight on Sunday, Sep 22.  IDR was founded at Virginia Tech in 2011 by graduate students promoting interdisciplinary cooperation and research at VT and all other colleges and universities. There are two levels of membership: full and associate.  Find membership application and information about the society online. Any questions about our memberships, the application package, or assistance with your application can be directed to Tammy Parece.

16. REGISTER NOW FOR TEAM DESIGN CONTEST FOR GRAD HOUSING COMPLEX – 2nd posting
Exercise your imagination and creativity in a short design contest (charrette) 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; interdisciplinary teams are encouraged. 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 online>> . Contact Monika Gibson with questions.

17. P.E.O. SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION FOR 2014-15 – 2nd posting
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.

18. REGISTER BY SEP 6 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. 

19. 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/.

20. REGISTER NOW FOR "COMMUNICATING SCIENCE" WORKSHOP
Learn more about effectively communicating your work to propel your research and career forward at this free event led by experts in scientific communication. This workshop will be on Oct. 18 (fall break), from 9:00am-2:00pm in the GLC Multipurpose Room. It 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 policymakers.  Lunch will be provided.  Reserve your space by completing this short survey. Contact Anne Hyman at vtmaroon@vt.edu with any questions.

21. 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.

22. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR DRIVING SIMULATOR STUDY – 1st posting
VT-SCORE (VT Signal Control & Operation Research and Education Systems lab) is conducting a driving simulator study to investigate driver behavior, performance, and attention when encountering the yellow light at signalized intersections. This is a multi-state study that looks at the effect of driver experience on driver behavior near traffic signals. The study will take no more than an hour, and your participation can contribute to the development of more intelligent control systems that could reduce crashes at signalized intersections and ultimately save lives. Participation is completely voluntary, and you will get a first-hand experience dealing with interesting driving simulation equipment. You can opt out of the experiment at any time. Must be licensed drivers and at least 18. Researchers are particularly interested in recruiting participants who are originally from VA, MD, and PA. Data obtained from the simulator will be confidential. If interested or have questions, contact grad student Sahar at 540-200-7560 or via email at sahargh@vt.edu.

23. FOUR- TO FOUR-AND-A-HALF-YEAR-OLD CHILDREN SOUGHT FOR STUDY – 1st posting
The VT C.A.P. Lab in the Psychology Department is conducting a new study focusing on children’s developing ability to control their actions during games like Simon Says. Researchers are looking for 4- to 4.5-year-old children to visit the lab for one to two hours. During this visit, researchers will play some fun word and movement games with participants. In addition to the games, they are interested in collecting information about the physiological components of the children’s abilities to control their actions.  If you are interested in this study, please contact Amanda Watson by phone (research lab-231-2320) or by e-mail (watsonaj@vt.edu).

24. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR STUDY ON PSYCHOLOGY OF MUSIC PREFERENCES – 2nd 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,  to participate or to request more information. This study is closing soon and participants are needed urgently.

25. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR “iGENERATION: THINKING ABOUT OURSELVES” STUDY – 2nd 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. To access the survey, visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/8MNR3PH. Please contact vtpilab@gmail.com with any questions or concerns.

26. PARTICIPATE IN GRAD HOUSING PREFERENCES SURVEY – 2nd 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>>  

27. VT CREW TEAM SEEKS COACHES – 2nd posting
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:

LIBRARY POWER HOUR
Tuesday, Sep 10, sessions at 10:00am and 2:00pm, Library Grad Lounge (416)
Regardless of your area of study, this session is an excellent opportunity to learn more about the variety of library resources and services available to grad students. Meet subject librarians, ask questions and gain key library orientation info. Sing up online https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1373565189378.

VOLUNTEER RECRUITMENT FAIR
Wednesday, Sep 11, 10:00am-1:00pm, Eggleston Quad outside Owens
                                       2:00pm, Squires Brush Mountain A, Speaker Dwight Vick
VT Engage invites all graduate students to pledge 20 hours of service between the National Day of Service (9/11) and the VT Day of Remembrance (4/16). Remembering, serving and learning is a way for the VT community to honor individuals affected by tragedies and to make a positive impact. For more information visit www.engage.vt.edu.

WHAT HAVE I GOTTEN MYSELF INTO?
Friday, Sep 13, 12:00-1:00pm, GLC Room D
If you’re a new graduate student who has asked yourself this question, the Graduate School wants you to know that you are not alone!  Come meet fellow graduate students, new and returning, to talk about graduate school as an exciting—but possibly overwhelming—life adventure. There will be pizza! If you plan to attend, please complete this survey.