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