October 28 – November 3, 2013

1. WEEKLY SERVICES IN THE GLC – updated 10/28

  • Career Services walk-in advising: Wednesdays 2:00-5:00pm, GLC Lobby
  • Cook Counseling walk-in services: Thursdays and Fridays 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. FREE ANXIETY AND OCD SUPPORT GROUP AVAILABLE
Tuesday, Oct 29, 7:00pm, 3110 Prices Fork Rd, VT Psyc Services Ctr
Are you feeling overwhelmed by anxiety? Do you struggle with OCD? A free monthly support group meets the last Tuesday of every month. Please join us the group to learn more about anxiety disorders and OCD, hear success stories from those who have worked to overcome their anxiety and OCD, and receive support in an informal setting. Family members are also welcome. If you have questions or would like more information, please contact the Psychological Services Center at 231-6914, visit www.psyc.vt.edu/outreach/psc, or email doctoral student Brenna Maddox at bmaddox7@vt.edu.

3. HALLOWEEN POTLUCK
Wednesday, Oct 30, 5:00pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
The GLC Fellows are sponsoring this Halloween themed potluck. Bring a dish to share with your fellow graduate students and gear up for the spooky holiday! There may also be a demonstration by the Virginia Tech Police Department canine unit outside of the GLC. Fill out the following survey to register for this family-friendly event: https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1379476191090

4. HALLOWEEN CHALLENGE 2013: TRICK OR TREAT!
Thursday, Oct 31, 8:00am-5:00pm, Graduate School offices
Stop by the student service area (120 GLC) wearing a costume and get some candy! Children are also welcome. The first 5 students who visit the Graduate School dean’s office dressed in a Halloween costume demanding to be seen by the dean immediately will receive a stress ball. The rest may be escorted out by campus police… Take your chances!

5. GRADUATION 101 SERIES: COMPLETION GUIDELINES/CHECKLIST
Thursday, Oct 31, 1:00 pm EDT, at your computer
The Graduate School hosts monthly graduation 101 webinars.  Webinar participants will need a computer with Internet access, microphone and speakers to fully participate. Meeting Number: 649 351 827 Meeting Password: (This meeting does not require a password.) To join the online meeting, go to https://virginiatech.webex.com/virginiatech/j.php?ED=252644572&UID=0&RT=MiMxMQ%3D%3D. If requested, enter your name and email address. Click "Join".

 6. GLC CAFÉ: HALLOWEEN SPECIAL
Thursday, Oct 31, 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. Come in costume and eat candy eyeballs and worms with your coffee and tea! Best costume by popular vote wins a prize.

7. SHORT STAT COURSES BY LISA THIS FALL: T-TESTS and ANOVA
Thursday, October 31, 5:00-7:00pm, GLC Room G
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. Remaining Fall 2013 schedule:

  • 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.

8. BGSO EBONY AFFAIR 2013
Friday, Nov 1, 7:00-9:00pm, Custom Catering
The Ebony Affair is a formal/semi-formal dinner banquet in which those who actively engaged in BGSO’s motto: "Lifting as we climb" are recognized. It’s a great excuse to get dressed up for an evening of dinner and entertainment. Tickets can be purchased at http://www.bgso.org.vt.edu/sponsors.html for $12.

9. STOP HUNGER NOW
Saturday, Nov 2
The Blacksburg Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. will volunteer at the New Life Christian Fellowship Church at 130 Jackson St. Blacksburg VA. Volunteers will help the church package food that will be shipped to countries in need. The times to volunteer are: 10:00am-12:00pm and 12:30-2:00pm. If you are interested in helping, please email ppd@bacdst13.org with the time you can attend. This event is posted on behalf of grad student Brielle Wright, bswright@vt.edu. 

10. BUFFALO WILD WINGS FUNDRAISER
Sunday, Nov 3, 4:00pm
Join the BeAutiful Ladies of Blacksburg Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. for their Buffalo Wild Wings fundraiser. Watch the Ravens take on the Browns and enjoy food and fellowship with BAC. This event is posted on behalf of grad student Brielle Wright, bswright@vt.edu. 

11. INDIAN STUDENT ASSOCIATION CELEBRATES DIWALI
Sunday, Nov 3, 5:00pm, Burruss Hall The VT Indian Students Association invites you along with your friends and family to their annual celebration of the Festival of Lights, Diwali. The event starts at 5:00pm with a cultural show where President Steger and Dr. Guru Ghosh are honored guests. This will be followed by fireworks on the Drillfield at 7:30pm, after which there will be a grand Indian feast catered by Taaza (Roanoke) in the Commonwealth Ballroom in Squires starting at 8:00pm. Contact Akshay Kumar with questions at akshay2@vt.edu. Facebook: http://goo.gl/6tOxQX; Website: http://goo.gl/HqUMCd.

12. SPRING GRAD COURSES – SIGN UP NOW!
The following grad courses will be available in Spring 2014:

  • GRAD 5014 – Academic Integrity & Plagiarism
  • GRAD 5104 – Preparing the Future Professoriate
  • GRAD 5114 – Pedagogical Practices in Contemporary Contexts
  • GRAD 5304 – Career Development for the Future Professional
  • GRAD 5404 – Research International Context – (base course for Graduate Certificate in International Research Abroad,
  • GRAD 5984 – Special Study – Communicating Science

For more details on these courses visit: http://graduateschool.vt.edu/academics/class_schedules/grad_courses/index.html

13. CALL FOR POSTER CONTEST ENTRIES FOR INTL EDUCATION WEEK – 2nd posting
In celebration of International Education Week (http://eca.state.gov/programs-initiatives/international-education-week), VT’s chapter of the Phi Beta Delta international honor society is sponsoring a poster contest for all students. The theme is ‘How has international education benefitted you?’ and students are encouraged to incorporate their experiences during study abroad, service learning, exchange programs, or international research into their posters. Cash prizes will be awarded. Submit a short (+/- 100 word) abstract describing your poster, along with the following information: Title of poster; Author’s name; Contact information (email and phone); Degree sought/Major and minor; to Betty Watts at bettyw@vt.edu by 5:00 pm Monday, Nov 4. All posters must fit a 3 x 3’ freestanding format. All posters must be brought to Squires Student Center between 8–10 on Friday, Nov 15. Posters will be displayed for public viewing in Squires Nov 18–21. Posters can be picked up from Squires 4–5pm on Thursday, Nov 21.  Winners will be announced at Phi Beta Delta’s Fall induction ceremony on Nov 18. Please direct any questions to Betty Watts (bettyw@vt.edu; 231-6452).

14. AEL CALL FOR NOMINATIONS – 2nd posting
Alpha Epsilon Lambda graduate leadership honor society at VT is calling for nominations of  graduate students. Faculty, staff and colleagues are encouraged to nominate graduate students who have shown dedication to serving their graduate community. The requirements are: (1) Graduate student has completed 12 credits (2) has at least 3.80 GPA or be in top 35% of the department. AEL board members will request the designated personnel in the Graduate School to check the nominees’s GPA in order to extend an official invitation to the nominee. Nominators should provide the name of the nominee and a short paragraph describing the graduate student services at http://goo.gl/fWgfyO.

15. AEL LEADERSHIP SEMINAR – REQUEST FOR IDEAS – 2nd posting
AEL board members are in the process of planning the AEL leadership seminars for the spring semester, and would like to shape the seminars to address the needs of the graduate students in their field. This short survey allows you to share your ideas, challenges and needs regarding your career and leadership skills:  http://goo.gl/MVQLNI. Your input will guide AEL board members in their planning. If you have any questions, please contact Marwa Abdel Latif at marlatif04@gmail.com.

16. CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS FOR OPEN LAB AT VT CENTER FOR THE ARTS – 2nd posting
The Center for the Arts at Virginia Tech invites professional artists or graduate art students living in Virginia to submit proposals for OpenLab, the first in a new series of exhibitions celebrating the innovative work of Virginia artists. The inaugural summer 2014 OpenLab sequence will include two solo exhibitions, each featuring an inventive, three-dimensional sculptural installation in one of the galleries. Room environments, sound, and multimedia installations will all be considered. Apply online at  https://tickets.artscenter.vt.edu/Online/openlabsummer.

17. GRADUATE STUDENTS INVITED TO SERVE AS GLOBAL AMBASSADORS – 1st posting
The Global Ambassadors program is an exciting and engaging leadership development program for current VT students seeking to develop their global leadership skills. Global Ambassadors are charged with welcoming new international students to the VT community and continuing meaningful interactions with students and the community throughout the academic year. Cranwell International Center is seeking currently enrolled student (ugrad or grad, domestic or intl) who have been at VT for at least one semester. International students, returning Study Abroad students, and students with a strong interest in learning about the world are encouraged to apply. Apply online by Tue Nov 12 by 5:00pm at:  https://gobblerconnect.vt.edu/form/start/32257. Optional interest meetings at Cranwell: Wednesday, Nov 6, 12:00pm. Reference form due by Friday, Nov 22 by 5:00pm. After the application there will be interviews, and required training and retreats for selected students. Learn more at http://www.international.vt.edu/programs_and_activities/global_ambassadors/index.html.

18. MENTORING PROGRAM SEEKS MENTORS FROM ALL FIELDS – 1st posting
The Graduate–Undergraduate Mentorship Program (GUMP) is seeking mentors from all fields. This program allows graduate students to mentor undergraduate students considering graduate school. Undergrads and grads are matched according to their area of study, allowing the undergraduate to get a taste for graduate school and to ask questions of current graduate students. Each graduate mentor will be matched with 2–4 mentees, who will shadow them at times convenient for the graduate mentor during the spring semester. Mentoring can help build leadership skills and provide an experience to discuss with future employers. Mentors must attend one program orientation meeting the second week of the Spring semester, after which they will coordinate mentoring activities independently with their undergraduate mentees. GUMP is sponsored by the Graduate Student Association (GSA). If you have any questions, please contact gump@vt.edu. All interested graduate students should fill out the application at: https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1380140661981 .

19. TANDEM LANGUAGE PROGRAM SEEKS PARTICIPANTS – 2nd posting
Native speakers of German are particularly encouraged to sign up for the “Tandem Program” at Virginia Tech, which matches international students with American language students.  There is currently a surplus of domestic learners of German looking for language partners; if your native language is German and you already speak perfect English, then please consider signing up to help an American learn your language! The Tandem Program, which strengthens participants’ language skills while promoting closer bonds between international and domestic students, offers opportunities in all foreign languages taught at Virginia Tech: Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Russian, and Spanish.  There is no deadline to sign up, so feel free to fill out the form at any time: http://virginiatechtandem.blogspot.com/.

20. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR FALL RISK WITH LOW-BACK FATIGUE STUDY – 2nd posting
Participants are needed for a study assessing the effect of localized muscle fatigue on slip and fall risks. The study consists of 2 experimental sessions (each lasting approximately 2-3 hours). Participants will be compensated $10/hour with a $20 bonus after completing all sessions. Requirements: male or female, age 35-64, no recent history of musculoskeletal disorders. If interested, please contact Rahul Soangra at locomotionVT@gmail.com for further details.

21. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR INFORMATION RE-FINDING STUDY-3rd posting
Do you have a ton of stuff on your computer?  Is it spread out across your file system, web browser and mail app?  Researchers are interested in how you manage all this information and what you do when you need to find it again later.  They are also interested in how your different strategies might align with some of your meetings and events.  This might mean you send emails and utilize file-sharing apps or it might mean you use and share information during meetings, classes, etc.  There is a 15-minute survey where two (2) participants will be randomly selected to receive a $25 cash prize.  Using your survey response, you may qualify to participate in a 2-week diary study.  For those who participate in the diary study, two (2) will be randomly selected to receive a $50 cash prize.  Please sign up by contacting Blake Sawyer (basawyer@vt.edu).  Participants must be 18+ years old.

22. INTERNATIONAL STUDENT VOLUNTEERS NEEDED-3rd  posting
What would you like to see in the arts at Virginia Tech? The newly opening Center for the Arts at VT is seeking input from international students and scholars in the Virginia Tech and surrounding communities on potential visiting artists, new arts programs, and so on. Your ideas could have a significant impact on the Center’s future arts activities as the Center seeks to create arts programs that meet the needs and interests of our community.  If the opportunity to discuss this topic in an informal 2-hour session with staff from the Center for the Arts interests you, please contact Jon at rjginn@vt.edu.

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. Remaining Fall 2013 schedule:

  • 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.

PHI BETA KAPPA VISITING SCHOLAR: INTERSECTIONS OF SCIENCE, PUBLIC HEALTH AND ART
Wednesday, Nov 6 and Thursday, Nov 7,Various times and locations
Timothy Bromage, professor of biomaterials and biomimetics at NYU College of Dentistry, will present three sessions open to the public. Professor Bromage’s research focuses on bone and tooth biology, with an emphasis on its translation to environmental and evolutionary studies. The session details are as follows: “What Cells will do for Global Climate Change” – Wednesday, Nov 6, 7pm, Virginia Bioinformatics Institute Auditorium; “Avoid Infection, and While You’re At It, Have a Demographic Transition” – Thursday Nov 7, 12-1pm, Shanks Hall Room 370-380; “What is Art?” – Thursday, Nov 7, 4:00-6:00pm, Squires Student Center Rooms 341/345. These sessions are co-sponsored by the VT Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology, the Everyday Imaging Series, and Departments of STS and Philosophy.

ENTREPRENEURIAL WORKSHOP
Wednesday, Nov 13, 4:30-7:30pm, Room G
Presented by VT KnowledgeWorks, this innovative session is for VT grad students who are interested in learning what it takes to start a business.  VT KnowledgeWorks encourages and enables creative entrepreneurship world-wide. If you have any questions, contact Ashley Frances, ashleyf@vt.edu.

October 28 – November 3, 2013

1. WEEKLY SERVICES IN THE GLC – updated 10/28

  • Career Services walk-in advising: Wednesdays 2:00-5:00pm, GLC Lobby
  • Cook Counseling walk-in services: Thursdays and Fridays 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. FREE ANXIETY AND OCD SUPPORT GROUP AVAILABLE
Tuesday, Oct 29, 7:00pm, 3110 Prices Fork Rd, VT Psyc Services Ctr
Are you feeling overwhelmed by anxiety? Do you struggle with OCD? A free monthly support group meets the last Tuesday of every month. Please join us the group to learn more about anxiety disorders and OCD, hear success stories from those who have worked to overcome their anxiety and OCD, and receive support in an informal setting. Family members are also welcome. If you have questions or would like more information, please contact the Psychological Services Center at 231-6914, visit www.psyc.vt.edu/outreach/psc, or email doctoral student Brenna Maddox at bmaddox7@vt.edu.

3. HALLOWEEN POTLUCK
Wednesday, Oct 30, 5:00pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
The GLC Fellows are sponsoring this Halloween themed potluck. Bring a dish to share with your fellow graduate students and gear up for the spooky holiday! There may also be a demonstration by the Virginia Tech Police Department canine unit outside of the GLC. Fill out the following survey to register for this family-friendly event: https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1379476191090

4. HALLOWEEN CHALLENGE 2013: TRICK OR TREAT!
Thursday, Oct 31, 8:00am-5:00pm, Graduate School offices
Stop by the student service area (120 GLC) wearing a costume and get some candy! Children are also welcome. The first 5 students who visit the Graduate School dean’s office dressed in a Halloween costume demanding to be seen by the dean immediately will receive a stress ball. The rest may be escorted out by campus police… Take your chances!

5. GRADUATION 101 SERIES: COMPLETION GUIDELINES/CHECKLIST
Thursday, Oct 31, 1:00 pm EDT, at your computer
The Graduate School hosts monthly graduation 101 webinars.  Webinar participants will need a computer with Internet access, microphone and speakers to fully participate. Meeting Number: 649 351 827 Meeting Password: (This meeting does not require a password.) To join the online meeting, go to https://virginiatech.webex.com/virginiatech/j.php?ED=252644572&UID=0&RT=MiMxMQ%3D%3D. If requested, enter your name and email address. Click "Join".

 6. GLC CAFÉ: HALLOWEEN SPECIAL
Thursday, Oct 31, 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. Come in costume and eat candy eyeballs and worms with your coffee and tea! Best costume by popular vote wins a prize.

7. SHORT STAT COURSES BY LISA THIS FALL: T-TESTS and ANOVA
Thursday, October 31, 5:00-7:00pm, GLC Room G
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. Remaining Fall 2013 schedule:

  • 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.

8. BGSO EBONY AFFAIR 2013
Friday, Nov 1, 7:00-9:00pm, Custom Catering
The Ebony Affair is a formal/semi-formal dinner banquet in which those who actively engaged in BGSO’s motto: "Lifting as we climb" are recognized. It’s a great excuse to get dressed up for an evening of dinner and entertainment. Tickets can be purchased at http://www.bgso.org.vt.edu/sponsors.html for $12.

9. STOP HUNGER NOW
Saturday, Nov 2
The Blacksburg Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. will volunteer at the New Life Christian Fellowship Church at 130 Jackson St. Blacksburg VA. Volunteers will help the church package food that will be shipped to countries in need. The times to volunteer are: 10:00am-12:00pm and 12:30-2:00pm. If you are interested in helping, please email ppd@bacdst13.org with the time you can attend. This event is posted on behalf of grad student Brielle Wright, bswright@vt.edu. 

10. BUFFALO WILD WINGS FUNDRAISER
Sunday, Nov 3, 4:00pm
Join the BeAutiful Ladies of Blacksburg Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. for their Buffalo Wild Wings fundraiser. Watch the Ravens take on the Browns and enjoy food and fellowship with BAC. This event is posted on behalf of grad student Brielle Wright, bswright@vt.edu. 

11. INDIAN STUDENT ASSOCIATION CELEBRATES DIWALI
Sunday, Nov 3, 5:00pm, Burruss Hall The VT Indian Students Association invites you along with your friends and family to their annual celebration of the Festival of Lights, Diwali. The event starts at 5:00pm with a cultural show where President Steger and Dr. Guru Ghosh are honored guests. This will be followed by fireworks on the Drillfield at 7:30pm, after which there will be a grand Indian feast catered by Taaza (Roanoke) in the Commonwealth Ballroom in Squires starting at 8:00pm. Contact Akshay Kumar with questions at akshay2@vt.edu. Facebook: http://goo.gl/6tOxQX; Website: http://goo.gl/HqUMCd.

12. SPRING GRAD COURSES – SIGN UP NOW!
The following grad courses will be available in Spring 2014:

  • GRAD 5014 – Academic Integrity & Plagiarism
  • GRAD 5104 – Preparing the Future Professoriate
  • GRAD 5114 – Pedagogical Practices in Contemporary Contexts
  • GRAD 5304 – Career Development for the Future Professional
  • GRAD 5404 – Research International Context – (base course for Graduate Certificate in International Research Abroad,
  • GRAD 5984 – Special Study – Communicating Science

For more details on these courses visit: http://graduateschool.vt.edu/academics/class_schedules/grad_courses/index.html

13. CALL FOR POSTER CONTEST ENTRIES FOR INTL EDUCATION WEEK – 2nd posting
In celebration of International Education Week (http://eca.state.gov/programs-initiatives/international-education-week), VT’s chapter of the Phi Beta Delta international honor society is sponsoring a poster contest for all students. The theme is ‘How has international education benefitted you?’ and students are encouraged to incorporate their experiences during study abroad, service learning, exchange programs, or international research into their posters. Cash prizes will be awarded. Submit a short (+/- 100 word) abstract describing your poster, along with the following information: Title of poster; Author’s name; Contact information (email and phone); Degree sought/Major and minor; to Betty Watts at bettyw@vt.edu by 5:00 pm Monday, Nov 4. All posters must fit a 3 x 3’ freestanding format. All posters must be brought to Squires Student Center between 8–10 on Friday, Nov 15. Posters will be displayed for public viewing in Squires Nov 18–21. Posters can be picked up from Squires 4–5pm on Thursday, Nov 21.  Winners will be announced at Phi Beta Delta’s Fall induction ceremony on Nov 18. Please direct any questions to Betty Watts (bettyw@vt.edu; 231-6452).

14. AEL CALL FOR NOMINATIONS – 2nd posting
Alpha Epsilon Lambda graduate leadership honor society at VT is calling for nominations of  graduate students. Faculty, staff and colleagues are encouraged to nominate graduate students who have shown dedication to serving their graduate community. The requirements are: (1) Graduate student has completed 12 credits (2) has at least 3.80 GPA or be in top 35% of the department. AEL board members will request the designated personnel in the Graduate School to check the nominees’s GPA in order to extend an official invitation to the nominee. Nominators should provide the name of the nominee and a short paragraph describing the graduate student services at http://goo.gl/fWgfyO.

15. AEL LEADERSHIP SEMINAR – REQUEST FOR IDEAS – 2nd posting
AEL board members are in the process of planning the AEL leadership seminars for the spring semester, and would like to shape the seminars to address the needs of the graduate students in their field. This short survey allows you to share your ideas, challenges and needs regarding your career and leadership skills:  http://goo.gl/MVQLNI. Your input will guide AEL board members in their planning. If you have any questions, please contact Marwa Abdel Latif at marlatif04@gmail.com.

16. CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS FOR OPEN LAB AT VT CENTER FOR THE ARTS – 2nd posting
The Center for the Arts at Virginia Tech invites professional artists or graduate art students living in Virginia to submit proposals for OpenLab, the first in a new series of exhibitions celebrating the innovative work of Virginia artists. The inaugural summer 2014 OpenLab sequence will include two solo exhibitions, each featuring an inventive, three-dimensional sculptural installation in one of the galleries. Room environments, sound, and multimedia installations will all be considered. Apply online at  https://tickets.artscenter.vt.edu/Online/openlabsummer.

17. GRADUATE STUDENTS INVITED TO SERVE AS GLOBAL AMBASSADORS – 1st posting
The Global Ambassadors program is an exciting and engaging leadership development program for current VT students seeking to develop their global leadership skills. Global Ambassadors are charged with welcoming new international students to the VT community and continuing meaningful interactions with students and the community throughout the academic year. Cranwell International Center is seeking currently enrolled student (ugrad or grad, domestic or intl) who have been at VT for at least one semester. International students, returning Study Abroad students, and students with a strong interest in learning about the world are encouraged to apply. Apply online by Tue Nov 12 by 5:00pm at:  https://gobblerconnect.vt.edu/form/start/32257. Optional interest meetings at Cranwell: Wednesday, Nov 6, 12:00pm. Reference form due by Friday, Nov 22 by 5:00pm. After the application there will be interviews, and required training and retreats for selected students. Learn more at http://www.international.vt.edu/programs_and_activities/global_ambassadors/index.html.

18. MENTORING PROGRAM SEEKS MENTORS FROM ALL FIELDS – 1st posting
The Graduate–Undergraduate Mentorship Program (GUMP) is seeking mentors from all fields. This program allows graduate students to mentor undergraduate students considering graduate school. Undergrads and grads are matched according to their area of study, allowing the undergraduate to get a taste for graduate school and to ask questions of current graduate students. Each graduate mentor will be matched with 2–4 mentees, who will shadow them at times convenient for the graduate mentor during the spring semester. Mentoring can help build leadership skills and provide an experience to discuss with future employers. Mentors must attend one program orientation meeting the second week of the Spring semester, after which they will coordinate mentoring activities independently with their undergraduate mentees. GUMP is sponsored by the Graduate Student Association (GSA). If you have any questions, please contact gump@vt.edu. All interested graduate students should fill out the application at: https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1380140661981 .

19. TANDEM LANGUAGE PROGRAM SEEKS PARTICIPANTS – 2nd posting
Native speakers of German are particularly encouraged to sign up for the “Tandem Program” at Virginia Tech, which matches international students with American language students.  There is currently a surplus of domestic learners of German looking for language partners; if your native language is German and you already speak perfect English, then please consider signing up to help an American learn your language! The Tandem Program, which strengthens participants’ language skills while promoting closer bonds between international and domestic students, offers opportunities in all foreign languages taught at Virginia Tech: Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Russian, and Spanish.  There is no deadline to sign up, so feel free to fill out the form at any time: http://virginiatechtandem.blogspot.com/.

20. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR FALL RISK WITH LOW-BACK FATIGUE STUDY – 2nd posting
Participants are needed for a study assessing the effect of localized muscle fatigue on slip and fall risks. The study consists of 2 experimental sessions (each lasting approximately 2-3 hours). Participants will be compensated $10/hour with a $20 bonus after completing all sessions. Requirements: male or female, age 35-64, no recent history of musculoskeletal disorders. If interested, please contact Rahul Soangra at locomotionVT@gmail.com for further details.

21. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR INFORMATION RE-FINDING STUDY-3rd posting
Do you have a ton of stuff on your computer?  Is it spread out across your file system, web browser and mail app?  Researchers are interested in how you manage all this information and what you do when you need to find it again later.  They are also interested in how your different strategies might align with some of your meetings and events.  This might mean you send emails and utilize file-sharing apps or it might mean you use and share information during meetings, classes, etc.  There is a 15-minute survey where two (2) participants will be randomly selected to receive a $25 cash prize.  Using your survey response, you may qualify to participate in a 2-week diary study.  For those who participate in the diary study, two (2) will be randomly selected to receive a $50 cash prize.  Please sign up by contacting Blake Sawyer (basawyer@vt.edu).  Participants must be 18+ years old.

22. INTERNATIONAL STUDENT VOLUNTEERS NEEDED-3rd  posting
What would you like to see in the arts at Virginia Tech? The newly opening Center for the Arts at VT is seeking input from international students and scholars in the Virginia Tech and surrounding communities on potential visiting artists, new arts programs, and so on. Your ideas could have a significant impact on the Center’s future arts activities as the Center seeks to create arts programs that meet the needs and interests of our community.  If the opportunity to discuss this topic in an informal 2-hour session with staff from the Center for the Arts interests you, please contact Jon at rjginn@vt.edu.

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. Remaining Fall 2013 schedule:

  • 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.

PHI BETA KAPPA VISITING SCHOLAR: INTERSECTIONS OF SCIENCE, PUBLIC HEALTH AND ART
Wednesday, Nov 6 and Thursday, Nov 7,Various times and locations
Timothy Bromage, professor of biomaterials and biomimetics at NYU College of Dentistry, will present three sessions open to the public. Professor Bromage’s research focuses on bone and tooth biology, with an emphasis on its translation to environmental and evolutionary studies. The session details are as follows: “What Cells will do for Global Climate Change” – Wednesday, Nov 6, 7pm, Virginia Bioinformatics Institute Auditorium; “Avoid Infection, and While You’re At It, Have a Demographic Transition” – Thursday Nov 7, 12-1pm, Shanks Hall Room 370-380; “What is Art?” – Thursday, Nov 7, 4:00-6:00pm, Squires Student Center Rooms 341/345. These sessions are co-sponsored by the VT Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology, the Everyday Imaging Series, and Departments of STS and Philosophy.

ENTREPRENEURIAL WORKSHOP
Wednesday, Nov 13, 4:30-7:30pm, Room G
Presented by VT KnowledgeWorks, this innovative session is for VT grad students who are interested in learning what it takes to start a business.  VT KnowledgeWorks encourages and enables creative entrepreneurship world-wide. If you have any questions, contact Ashley Frances, ashleyf@vt.edu.

October 21-27, 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 and Fridays 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. ATOMIC FORCE MICROSCOPY (AFM) WORKSHOPS
Mondays, Oct 21, 28 and November 4, 9:30am, Randolph Hall
These AFM session titles are: "Imaging with AFM", "High Resolution Force Measurements with AFM" and "How to Custom Design an AFM,” respectively. This workshop is organized by COLLOIDS AND SURFACES in association with the laboratories of Prof. William Ducker and Prof. John Walz.  This four-series workshop is designed for faculty, post-doctoral associates, graduate students and undergraduate students who are planning on using atomic force microscopy for research or need some support with various applications. Participation in the workshop is free but limited to 20 persons.  For more information on each session and registration, visit http://www.colloidsvt.org.vt.edu/events.  For more information on events, workshops and annual symposia visit http://www.colloidsvt.org.vt.edu/index.  To join the COLLOIDS AND SURFACES society and listserve, contact Milad Radiom at mradiom@vt.edu.

3. MIND AND MEDITATION CLASS
Tuesdays, Oct 22-Nov 5, 3:00-4:00pm, Cranwell International Center
If you would like to experience enhanced focus and concentration, greater peace of mind, reduced anxiety levels and better health, please join this class hosted at Cranwell International Center. The class will start with an introduction to meditation, then lead into stretching and guided meditation as a group. At the end, participants will share experiences and open the floor for questions and discussions. There are no prerequisites and all above 14 years of age are welcome to join.

4. BELMASRY – ARABIC CONVERSATION TABLE
Tuesday, Oct 22, 6:30-8:30pm, North Lounge (Room 300), Johnston Student Center
Come out and chat about Egypt and practice your Arabic at this Egyptian themed Arabic conversation table. Light Egyptian refreshments and tea will be served. Sponsored by Egypt Friends.

5. EARN YOUR AMATEUR/HAM RADIO LICENSE
Tuesday, Oct 22, 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 grad student Nathaniel Frissell at nafrissell@vt.edu. If you want to learn more about ham radio in general, visit http://www.arrl.org.

6. CUPCAKES WITH THE DEAN
Wednesday, Oct 23, 12:00-1:30pm, GLC Student Lounge
The GSA invites you to come and meet grad dean Karen DePuaw and fellow graduate students over some delicious treats from Our Daily Bread. Please contact Mordecai Harvey at mordie02@vt.edu with questions.

7. EFFECTIVE READING WORKSHOP
Wednesday, Oct 23, 5:00-8:00pm, GLC Room C
Educational researchers estimate that, at best, we retain only about 10 percent of the information that we read. The key to becoming a more effective reader is to learn how academic information in published papers is structured and then to discipline one’s self to hunt for information actively rather than passively wait for the information to appear on the page. This workshop will describe how you can read more actively and purposely in order to locate needed information, increase comprehension, and boast retention for later use. Please register at https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1379444665069 if you are planning to attend.

8. GLC CAFÉ
Thursday, Oct 24, 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. There will be a surprise raffle 3:50pm this Thursday in honor of GLC open house and grad alumni homecoming.

9. SHORT STAT COURSES BY LISA THIS FALL: DESIGN OF EXPERIMENTS
Thursday, Oct 24, 5:00-7:00pm, GLC Room G
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. Remaining Fall 2013 schedule:

  • 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.

 10. COMMUNITY VOICES: THEATRE IN CONFLICT ZONES
Thursday, Oct 24, 7:00-8:00pm, The Lyric Theatre
Joanna Sherman, Artistic Director, and Michael McGuigan, Managing Director, from The Bond Street Theatre in New York, will present a video-lecture exploring the impact and value of the expressive arts in areas of conflict. The lecture will show how theatre-based practices are applied in different communities, with specific focus on their work in Afghanistan. Their presentation introduces the idea of theatre as a useful tool for social improvement and bringing peace, and emphasizing why cross-cultural artistic conversations are crucial for mutual understanding. Contact Andy Morikawa at andrjm7@vt.edu if you have questions.

11. GLC OPEN HOUSE
Friday, Oct 25, 10:00am-3:00pm, Graduate Life Center
Students, faculty, staff and members of the community are invited to the nationally recognized, award-winning Graduate Life Center and learn more about what it has to offer to graduate students and how it supports graduate education. View the newest entries in the graduate student art and photography contest, tour the GLC residential areas, learn about the GLC and its services through a fun Monopoly-themed scavenger hunt, play with dogs on the side patio, enjoy free coffee and more! Visit http://www.graduatelifecenter.vt.edu/openhouse2013.html  for more details.

12. GLC OPEN HOUSE RESIDENTIAL TOURS
Friday, Oct 25, 11:00am and 1:00pm, Meet in GLC Lobby
Curious about what the upper floors look like in the GLC? Take a tour of the GLC, including the residential part of the building, and learn about life as a resident in the GLC. Tours will be led by a GLC Fellow and will start in the GLC Lobby by the Welcome Desk. You must pre-register for this tour here: https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1380912040628.

13. IDR SPEAKER SPOTLIGHT: DR. DEBORAH E. YOUNG-CORBETT
Friday, Oct 25, 12:00 -1:00pm, Room 341 Squires Student Center
Iota Delta Rho, the graduate interdisciplinary research honor society at VT presents Dr. Deborah E. Young-Corbett, who will discuss an interdisciplinary approach to control construction pollutants. Enjoy a lively talk along with a complimentary Friday lunch! If you have any questions, please contact Souvick Chatterjee, the Social Spotlight Series Chair at souvick8@vt.edu. Dr. Young-Corbett is an assistant professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the Myers-Lawson School of Construction at Virginia Tech.  With degrees in biological sciences, environmental science, and industrial engineering, she is no stranger to trans-disciplinary work. She has been engaged in interdisciplinary research activities since joining the faculty in 2007 and will discuss the challenges and rewards of inquiry that transcends traditional academic boundaries.

14. GSA FALL WINE AND BEER SOCIAL
Friday, Oct 25, 5:00-9:00pm, University Club
The GSA invites you to its fall wine and beer social: admission is $8 for general, $4 for GSA delegates, and $2 for non-drinking guest. You must be 21+ with valid state ID to drink! Hor d’oeuvres will be provided. Please contact Mordecai Harvey at mordie02@vt.edu if you have questions or wish to volunteer.  Volunteers will have admission fees waived!

15. INTL FALL SOCIAL: AN EVENING OF CROSS-CULTURAL EXCHANGE
Friday, Oct 25, 6:00-8:00pm, Commonwealth Ballroom, Squires Student Center
This event provides cross-cultural interaction between the VT and local communities and all international visitors at Virginia Tech (students, researchers/scholars, and families). The event will include an ice breaker activity, a chili dinner, a fall-themed group activity and lots of opportunity for conversation. Sponsored by the Community Events Committee at the Cranwell International Center.

16. SUBMISSIONS DEADLINE FOR GLC ART AND PHOTO CONTEST – TODAY!
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.

17. GRADUATE AMBASSADORS NEEDED FOR GLC OPEN HOUSE ON 10/25
It’s that time of year again! The GLC’s Annual Open House is October 25, 2013 from 10am-3pm. Graduate Ambassadors are needed to assist with GLC Monopoly – an interactive Scavenger Hunt. Graduate Ambassador volunteers will answer (answers provided) trivia questions asked by Open House participants. If you would like to help make this event a success, please indicate your availability on this survey: https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1381267628306 .

18. REGISTER NOW FOR GRAD HOUSING TEAM DESIGN CONTEST ON 10/25
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 as part of the GLC Open House. Find more information and register at http://www.graduatelifecenter.vt.edu/openhouse2013-charrette.html . Contact Monika Gibson at gibsonm@vt.edu with questions.

19. CALL FOR POSTER CONTEST ENTRIES FOR INTL EDUCATION WEEK
In celebration of International Education Week (http://eca.state.gov/programs-initiatives/international-education-week), VT’s Gamma Omega chapter of the Phi Beta Delta international honor society is sponsoring a poster contest for all students, graduate and undergraduate, U.S. and international. The theme is ‘How has international education benefitted you?’ and students are encouraged to incorporate their experiences during study abroad, service learning, exchange programs, or international research into their posters. Cash prizes will be awarded. Submit a short (+/- 100 word) abstract describing your poster, along with the following information: Title of poster; Author’s name; Contact information (email and phone); Degree sought/Major and minor; to Betty Watts at bettyw@vt.edu by 5:00 pm Monday, Nov 4. All posters must fit a 3 x 3’ freestanding format. All posters must be brought to Squires Student Center between 8–10 on Friday, Nov 15. Posters will be displayed for public viewing in Squires Nov 18–21. Posters can be picked up from Squires 4–5pm on Thursday, Nov 21.  Winners will be announced at Phi Beta Delta’s Fall induction ceremony on Nov 18. Please direct any questions to Betty Watts (bettyw@vt.edu; 231-6452).

20. AEL CALL FOR NOMINATIONS – 1st posting
Alpha Epsilon Lambda graduate leadership honor society at VT is calling for nominations of  graduate students. Faculty, staff and colleagues are encouraged to nominate graduate students who have shown dedication to serving their graduate community. The requirements are: (1) Graduate student has completed 12 credits (2) has at least 3.80 GPA or be in top 35% of the department. AEL board members will request the designated personnel in the Graduate School to check the nominees’s GPA in order to extend an official invitation to the nominee. Nominators should provide the name of the nominee and a short paragraph describing the graduate student services at http://goo.gl/fWgfyO. 

21. AEL LEADERSHIP SEMINAR – REQUEST FOR IDEAS – 1st posting
AEL board members are in the process of planning the AEL leadership seminars for the spring semester, and would like to shape the seminars to address the needs of the graduate students in their field. This short survey allows you to share your ideas, challenges and needs regarding your career and leadership skills:  http://goo.gl/MVQLNI.  Your input will guide AEL board members in their planning. If you have any questions, please contact Marwa Abdel Latif at marlatif04@gmail.com.

22. CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS FOR OPEN LAB AT VT CENTER FOR THE ARTS – 1st posting
The Center for the Arts at Virginia Tech invites professional artists or graduate art students living in Virginia to submit proposals for OpenLab, the first in a new series of exhibitions celebrating the innovative work of Virginia artists. The inaugural summer 2014 OpenLab sequence will include two solo exhibitions, each featuring an inventive, three-dimensional sculptural installation in one of the galleries. Room environments, sound, and multimedia installations will all be considered. Apply online at  https://tickets.artscenter.vt.edu/Online/openlabsummer.

23. TANDEM LANGUAGE PROGRAM SEEKS PARTICIPANTS – 1st posting
Native speakers of German are particularly encouraged to sign up for the “Tandem Program” at Virginia Tech, which matches international students with American language students.  There is currently a surplus of domestic learners of German looking for language partners; if your native language is German and you already speak perfect English, then please consider signing up to help an American learn your language! The Tandem Program, which strengthens participants’ language skills while promoting closer bonds between international and domestic students, offers opportunities in all foreign languages taught at Virginia Tech: Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Russian, and Spanish.  There is no deadline to sign up, so feel free to fill out the form at any time: http://virginiatechtandem.blogspot.com/.

24. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR FALL RISK WITH LOW-BACK FATIGUE STUDY – 1st posting
Participants are needed for a study assessing the effect of localized muscle fatigue on slip and fall risks. The study consists of 2 experimental sessions (each lasting approximately 2-3 hours). Participants will be compensated $10/hour with a $20 bonus after completing all sessions. Requirements: male or female, age 35-64, no recent history of musculoskeletal disorders. If interested, please contact Rahul Soangra at locomotionVT@gmail.com for further details.

25. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR INFORMATION RE-FINDING STUDY-2nd posting
Do you have a ton of stuff on your computer?  Is it spread out across your file system, web browser and mail app?  Researchers are interested in how you manage all this information and what you do when you need to find it again later.  They are also interested in how your different strategies might align with some of your meetings and events.  This might mean you send emails and utilize file-sharing apps or it might mean you use and share information during meetings, classes, etc.  There is a 15-minute survey where two (2) participants will be randomly selected to receive a $25 cash prize.  Using your survey response, you may qualify to participate in a 2-week diary study.  For those who participate in the diary study, two (2) will be randomly selected to receive a $50 cash prize.  Please sign up by contacting Blake Sawyer (basawyer@vt.edu).  Participants must be 18+ years old.

26. INTERNATIONAL STUDENT VOLUNTEERS NEEDED-2nd posting
What would YOU like to see in the arts at Virginia Tech? The newly opening Center for the Arts at VT is seeking input from international students and scholars in the Virginia Tech and surrounding communities on potential visiting artists, new arts programs, and so on. Your ideas could have a significant impact on the Center’s future arts activities as the Center seeks to create arts programs that meet the needs and interests of our community.  If the opportunity to discuss this topic in an informal 2-hour session with staff from the Center for the Arts interests you, please contact Jon at rjginn@vt.edu.

27. CALLING SOCIAL SCIENCE AND HUMANITIES GRAD STUDENTS – 3rd  posting
The Kevin P. Granata Biomechanics Lab is performing a study on walking, slipping and tripping.  The study involves one lab session, during which the subject will perform a series of walking trials while gait measurements are collected.  The participant may be slipped or tripped during the session, but all participants wear a harness to ensure safety.  The session takes approximately 1.5 hours, and each participant will receive $20 compensation.  Participants must be 18-30 or 60-80 years old.  Both healthy-weight and overweight subjects are needed.  If interested, please contact biomechanics.esm@gmail.com.

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. Remaining Fall 2013 schedule:

  • 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.

HALLOWEEN POTLUCK
Wednesday, Oct 30, 5:00pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
The GLC Fellows are sponsoring this Halloween themed potluck. Bring a dish to share with your fellow graduate students and gear up for the spooky holiday! There may also be a demonstration by the Virginia Tech Police Department canine unit outside of the GLC. Fill out the following survey to register for this family-friendly event: https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1379476191090

BGSO EBONY AFFAIR 2013
Friday, Nov 1, 7:00-9:00pm, Custom Catering
The Ebony Affair is a formal/semi-formal dinner banquet in which those who actively engaged in BGSO’s motto: "Lifting as we climb" are recognized. It’s a great excuse to get dressed up for an evening of dinner and entertainment. Tickets can be purchased at http://www.bgso.org.vt.edu/sponsors.html for $12.

STOP HUNGER NOW
Saturday, Nov 2
The Blacksburg Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. will volunteer at the New Life Christian Fellowship Church at 130 Jackson St. Blacksburg VA. Volunteers will help the church package food that will be shipped to countries in need. The times to volunteer are: 10:00am-12:00pm and 12:30-2:00pm. If you are interested in helping, please email ppd@bacdst.org with the time you can attend. This event is posted on behalf of grad student Brielle Wright, bswright@vt.edu. 

BUFFALO WILD WINGS FUNDRAISER
Sunday, Nov 3, 4:00pm
Join the BeAutiful Ladies of Blacksburg Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. for their Buffalo Wild Wings fundraiser. Watch the Ravens take on the Browns and enjoy food and fellowship with BAC. This event is posted on behalf of grad student Brielle Wright, bswright@vt.edu. 

PHI BETA KAPPA VISITING SCHOLAR: INTERSECTIONS OF SCIENCE, PUBLIC HEALTH AND ART
Wednesday, Nov 6 and Thursday, Nov7, Various times and locations
Timothy Bromage, professor of biomaterials and biomimetics at NYU College of Dentistry, will present three sessions open to the public. Professor Bromage’s research focuses on bone and tooth biology, with an emphasis on its translation to environmental and evolutionary studies. The session details are as follows: “What Cells will do for Global Climate Change” – Wednesday, Nov 6, 7pm, Virginia Bioinformatics Institute Auditorium; “Avoid Infection, and While You’re At It, Have a Demographic Transition” – Thursday Nov 7, 12-1pm, Shanks Hall Room 370-380; “What is Art?” – Thursday, Nov 7, 4:00-6:00pm, Squires Student Center Rooms 341/345. These sessions are co-sponsored by the VT Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology, the Everyday Imaging Series, and Departments of STS and Philosophy.

October 21-27, 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 and Fridays 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. ATOMIC FORCE MICROSCOPY (AFM) WORKSHOPS
Mondays, Oct 21, 28 and November 4, 9:30am, Randolph Hall
These AFM session titles are: "Imaging with AFM", "High Resolution Force Measurements with AFM" and "How to Custom Design an AFM,” respectively. This workshop is organized by COLLOIDS AND SURFACES in association with the laboratories of Prof. William Ducker and Prof. John Walz.  This four-series workshop is designed for faculty, post-doctoral associates, graduate students and undergraduate students who are planning on using atomic force microscopy for research or need some support with various applications. Participation in the workshop is free but limited to 20 persons.  For more information on each session and registration, visit http://www.colloidsvt.org.vt.edu/events.  For more information on events, workshops and annual symposia visit http://www.colloidsvt.org.vt.edu/index.  To join the COLLOIDS AND SURFACES society and listserve, contact Milad Radiom at mradiom@vt.edu.

3. MIND AND MEDITATION CLASS
Tuesdays, Oct 22-Nov 5, 3:00-4:00pm, Cranwell International Center
If you would like to experience enhanced focus and concentration, greater peace of mind, reduced anxiety levels and better health, please join this class hosted at Cranwell International Center. The class will start with an introduction to meditation, then lead into stretching and guided meditation as a group. At the end, participants will share experiences and open the floor for questions and discussions. There are no prerequisites and all above 14 years of age are welcome to join.

4. BELMASRY – ARABIC CONVERSATION TABLE
Tuesday, Oct 22, 6:30-8:30pm, North Lounge (Room 300), Johnston Student Center
Come out and chat about Egypt and practice your Arabic at this Egyptian themed Arabic conversation table. Light Egyptian refreshments and tea will be served. Sponsored by Egypt Friends.

5. EARN YOUR AMATEUR/HAM RADIO LICENSE
Tuesday, Oct 22, 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 grad student Nathaniel Frissell at nafrissell@vt.edu. If you want to learn more about ham radio in general, visit http://www.arrl.org.

6. CUPCAKES WITH THE DEAN
Wednesday, Oct 23, 12:00-1:30pm, GLC Student Lounge
The GSA invites you to come and meet grad dean Karen DePuaw and fellow graduate students over some delicious treats from Our Daily Bread. Please contact Mordecai Harvey at mordie02@vt.edu with questions.

7. EFFECTIVE READING WORKSHOP
Wednesday, Oct 23, 5:00-8:00pm, GLC Room C
Educational researchers estimate that, at best, we retain only about 10 percent of the information that we read. The key to becoming a more effective reader is to learn how academic information in published papers is structured and then to discipline one’s self to hunt for information actively rather than passively wait for the information to appear on the page. This workshop will describe how you can read more actively and purposely in order to locate needed information, increase comprehension, and boast retention for later use. Please register at https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1379444665069 if you are planning to attend.

8. GLC CAFÉ
Thursday, Oct 24, 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. There will be a surprise raffle 3:50pm this Thursday in honor of GLC open house and grad alumni homecoming.

9. SHORT STAT COURSES BY LISA THIS FALL: DESIGN OF EXPERIMENTS
Thursday, Oct 24, 5:00-7:00pm, GLC Room G
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. Remaining Fall 2013 schedule:

  • 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.

 10. COMMUNITY VOICES: THEATRE IN CONFLICT ZONES
Thursday, Oct 24, 7:00-8:00pm, The Lyric Theatre
Joanna Sherman, Artistic Director, and Michael McGuigan, Managing Director, from The Bond Street Theatre in New York, will present a video-lecture exploring the impact and value of the expressive arts in areas of conflict. The lecture will show how theatre-based practices are applied in different communities, with specific focus on their work in Afghanistan. Their presentation introduces the idea of theatre as a useful tool for social improvement and bringing peace, and emphasizing why cross-cultural artistic conversations are crucial for mutual understanding. Contact Andy Morikawa at andrjm7@vt.edu if you have questions.

11. GLC OPEN HOUSE
Friday, Oct 25, 10:00am-3:00pm, Graduate Life Center
Students, faculty, staff and members of the community are invited to the nationally recognized, award-winning Graduate Life Center and learn more about what it has to offer to graduate students and how it supports graduate education. View the newest entries in the graduate student art and photography contest, tour the GLC residential areas, learn about the GLC and its services through a fun Monopoly-themed scavenger hunt, play with dogs on the side patio, enjoy free coffee and more! Visit http://www.graduatelifecenter.vt.edu/openhouse2013.html  for more details.

12. GLC OPEN HOUSE RESIDENTIAL TOURS
Friday, Oct 25, 11:00am and 1:00pm, Meet in GLC Lobby
Curious about what the upper floors look like in the GLC? Take a tour of the GLC, including the residential part of the building, and learn about life as a resident in the GLC. Tours will be led by a GLC Fellow and will start in the GLC Lobby by the Welcome Desk. You must pre-register for this tour here: https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1380912040628.

13. IDR SPEAKER SPOTLIGHT: DR. DEBORAH E. YOUNG-CORBETT
Friday, Oct 25, 12:00 -1:00pm, Room 341 Squires Student Center
Iota Delta Rho, the graduate interdisciplinary research honor society at VT presents Dr. Deborah E. Young-Corbett, who will discuss an interdisciplinary approach to control construction pollutants. Enjoy a lively talk along with a complimentary Friday lunch! If you have any questions, please contact Souvick Chatterjee, the Social Spotlight Series Chair at souvick8@vt.edu. Dr. Young-Corbett is an assistant professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the Myers-Lawson School of Construction at Virginia Tech.  With degrees in biological sciences, environmental science, and industrial engineering, she is no stranger to trans-disciplinary work. She has been engaged in interdisciplinary research activities since joining the faculty in 2007 and will discuss the challenges and rewards of inquiry that transcends traditional academic boundaries.

14. GSA FALL WINE AND BEER SOCIAL
Friday, Oct 25, 5:00-9:00pm, University Club
The GSA invites you to its fall wine and beer social: admission is $8 for general, $4 for GSA delegates, and $2 for non-drinking guest. You must be 21+ with valid state ID to drink! Hor d’oeuvres will be provided. Please contact Mordecai Harvey at mordie02@vt.edu if you have questions or wish to volunteer.  Volunteers will have admission fees waived!

15. INTL FALL SOCIAL: AN EVENING OF CROSS-CULTURAL EXCHANGE
Friday, Oct 25, 6:00-8:00pm, Commonwealth Ballroom, Squires Student Center
This event provides cross-cultural interaction between the VT and local communities and all international visitors at Virginia Tech (students, researchers/scholars, and families). The event will include an ice breaker activity, a chili dinner, a fall-themed group activity and lots of opportunity for conversation. Sponsored by the Community Events Committee at the Cranwell International Center.

16. SUBMISSIONS DEADLINE FOR GLC ART AND PHOTO CONTEST – TODAY!
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.

17. GRADUATE AMBASSADORS NEEDED FOR GLC OPEN HOUSE ON 10/25
It’s that time of year again! The GLC’s Annual Open House is October 25, 2013 from 10am-3pm. Graduate Ambassadors are needed to assist with GLC Monopoly – an interactive Scavenger Hunt. Graduate Ambassador volunteers will answer (answers provided) trivia questions asked by Open House participants. If you would like to help make this event a success, please indicate your availability on this survey: https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1381267628306 .

18. REGISTER NOW FOR GRAD HOUSING TEAM DESIGN CONTEST ON 10/25
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 as part of the GLC Open House. Find more information and register at http://www.graduatelifecenter.vt.edu/openhouse2013-charrette.html . Contact Monika Gibson at gibsonm@vt.edu with questions.

19. CALL FOR POSTER CONTEST ENTRIES FOR INTL EDUCATION WEEK
In celebration of International Education Week (http://eca.state.gov/programs-initiatives/international-education-week), VT’s Gamma Omega chapter of the Phi Beta Delta international honor society is sponsoring a poster contest for all students, graduate and undergraduate, U.S. and international. The theme is ‘How has international education benefitted you?’ and students are encouraged to incorporate their experiences during study abroad, service learning, exchange programs, or international research into their posters. Cash prizes will be awarded. Submit a short (+/- 100 word) abstract describing your poster, along with the following information: Title of poster; Author’s name; Contact information (email and phone); Degree sought/Major and minor; to Betty Watts at bettyw@vt.edu by 5:00 pm Monday, Nov 4. All posters must fit a 3 x 3’ freestanding format. All posters must be brought to Squires Student Center between 8–10 on Friday, Nov 15. Posters will be displayed for public viewing in Squires Nov 18–21. Posters can be picked up from Squires 4–5pm on Thursday, Nov 21.  Winners will be announced at Phi Beta Delta’s Fall induction ceremony on Nov 18. Please direct any questions to Betty Watts (bettyw@vt.edu; 231-6452).

20. AEL CALL FOR NOMINATIONS – 1st posting
Alpha Epsilon Lambda graduate leadership honor society at VT is calling for nominations of  graduate students. Faculty, staff and colleagues are encouraged to nominate graduate students who have shown dedication to serving their graduate community. The requirements are: (1) Graduate student has completed 12 credits (2) has at least 3.80 GPA or be in top 35% of the department. AEL board members will request the designated personnel in the Graduate School to check the nominees’s GPA in order to extend an official invitation to the nominee. Nominators should provide the name of the nominee and a short paragraph describing the graduate student services at http://goo.gl/fWgfyO. 

21. AEL LEADERSHIP SEMINAR – REQUEST FOR IDEAS – 1st posting
AEL board members are in the process of planning the AEL leadership seminars for the spring semester, and would like to shape the seminars to address the needs of the graduate students in their field. This short survey allows you to share your ideas, challenges and needs regarding your career and leadership skills:  http://goo.gl/MVQLNI.  Your input will guide AEL board members in their planning. If you have any questions, please contact Marwa Abdel Latif at marlatif04@gmail.com.

22. CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS FOR OPEN LAB AT VT CENTER FOR THE ARTS – 1st posting
The Center for the Arts at Virginia Tech invites professional artists or graduate art students living in Virginia to submit proposals for OpenLab, the first in a new series of exhibitions celebrating the innovative work of Virginia artists. The inaugural summer 2014 OpenLab sequence will include two solo exhibitions, each featuring an inventive, three-dimensional sculptural installation in one of the galleries. Room environments, sound, and multimedia installations will all be considered. Apply online at  https://tickets.artscenter.vt.edu/Online/openlabsummer.

23. TANDEM LANGUAGE PROGRAM SEEKS PARTICIPANTS – 1st posting
Native speakers of German are particularly encouraged to sign up for the “Tandem Program” at Virginia Tech, which matches international students with American language students.  There is currently a surplus of domestic learners of German looking for language partners; if your native language is German and you already speak perfect English, then please consider signing up to help an American learn your language! The Tandem Program, which strengthens participants’ language skills while promoting closer bonds between international and domestic students, offers opportunities in all foreign languages taught at Virginia Tech: Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Russian, and Spanish.  There is no deadline to sign up, so feel free to fill out the form at any time: http://virginiatechtandem.blogspot.com/.

24. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR FALL RISK WITH LOW-BACK FATIGUE STUDY – 1st posting
Participants are needed for a study assessing the effect of localized muscle fatigue on slip and fall risks. The study consists of 2 experimental sessions (each lasting approximately 2-3 hours). Participants will be compensated $10/hour with a $20 bonus after completing all sessions. Requirements: male or female, age 35-64, no recent history of musculoskeletal disorders. If interested, please contact Rahul Soangra at locomotionVT@gmail.com for further details.

25. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR INFORMATION RE-FINDING STUDY-2nd posting
Do you have a ton of stuff on your computer?  Is it spread out across your file system, web browser and mail app?  Researchers are interested in how you manage all this information and what you do when you need to find it again later.  They are also interested in how your different strategies might align with some of your meetings and events.  This might mean you send emails and utilize file-sharing apps or it might mean you use and share information during meetings, classes, etc.  There is a 15-minute survey where two (2) participants will be randomly selected to receive a $25 cash prize.  Using your survey response, you may qualify to participate in a 2-week diary study.  For those who participate in the diary study, two (2) will be randomly selected to receive a $50 cash prize.  Please sign up by contacting Blake Sawyer (basawyer@vt.edu).  Participants must be 18+ years old.

26. INTERNATIONAL STUDENT VOLUNTEERS NEEDED-2nd posting
What would YOU like to see in the arts at Virginia Tech? The newly opening Center for the Arts at VT is seeking input from international students and scholars in the Virginia Tech and surrounding communities on potential visiting artists, new arts programs, and so on. Your ideas could have a significant impact on the Center’s future arts activities as the Center seeks to create arts programs that meet the needs and interests of our community.  If the opportunity to discuss this topic in an informal 2-hour session with staff from the Center for the Arts interests you, please contact Jon at rjginn@vt.edu.

27. CALLING SOCIAL SCIENCE AND HUMANITIES GRAD STUDENTS – 3rd  posting
The Kevin P. Granata Biomechanics Lab is performing a study on walking, slipping and tripping.  The study involves one lab session, during which the subject will perform a series of walking trials while gait measurements are collected.  The participant may be slipped or tripped during the session, but all participants wear a harness to ensure safety.  The session takes approximately 1.5 hours, and each participant will receive $20 compensation.  Participants must be 18-30 or 60-80 years old.  Both healthy-weight and overweight subjects are needed.  If interested, please contact biomechanics.esm@gmail.com.

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. Remaining Fall 2013 schedule:

  • 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.

HALLOWEEN POTLUCK
Wednesday, Oct 30, 5:00pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
The GLC Fellows are sponsoring this Halloween themed potluck. Bring a dish to share with your fellow graduate students and gear up for the spooky holiday! There may also be a demonstration by the Virginia Tech Police Department canine unit outside of the GLC. Fill out the following survey to register for this family-friendly event: https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1379476191090

BGSO EBONY AFFAIR 2013
Friday, Nov 1, 7:00-9:00pm, Custom Catering
The Ebony Affair is a formal/semi-formal dinner banquet in which those who actively engaged in BGSO’s motto: "Lifting as we climb" are recognized. It’s a great excuse to get dressed up for an evening of dinner and entertainment. Tickets can be purchased at http://www.bgso.org.vt.edu/sponsors.html for $12.

STOP HUNGER NOW
Saturday, Nov 2
The Blacksburg Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. will volunteer at the New Life Christian Fellowship Church at 130 Jackson St. Blacksburg VA. Volunteers will help the church package food that will be shipped to countries in need. The times to volunteer are: 10:00am-12:00pm and 12:30-2:00pm. If you are interested in helping, please email ppd@bacdst.org with the time you can attend. This event is posted on behalf of grad student Brielle Wright, bswright@vt.edu. 

BUFFALO WILD WINGS FUNDRAISER
Sunday, Nov 3, 4:00pm
Join the BeAutiful Ladies of Blacksburg Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. for their Buffalo Wild Wings fundraiser. Watch the Ravens take on the Browns and enjoy food and fellowship with BAC. This event is posted on behalf of grad student Brielle Wright, bswright@vt.edu. 

PHI BETA KAPPA VISITING SCHOLAR: INTERSECTIONS OF SCIENCE, PUBLIC HEALTH AND ART
Wednesday, Nov 6 and Thursday, Nov7, Various times and locations
Timothy Bromage, professor of biomaterials and biomimetics at NYU College of Dentistry, will present three sessions open to the public. Professor Bromage’s research focuses on bone and tooth biology, with an emphasis on its translation to environmental and evolutionary studies. The session details are as follows: “What Cells will do for Global Climate Change” – Wednesday, Nov 6, 7pm, Virginia Bioinformatics Institute Auditorium; “Avoid Infection, and While You’re At It, Have a Demographic Transition” – Thursday Nov 7, 12-1pm, Shanks Hall Room 370-380; “What is Art?” – Thursday, Nov 7, 4:00-6:00pm, Squires Student Center Rooms 341/345. These sessions are co-sponsored by the VT Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology, the Everyday Imaging Series, and Departments of STS and Philosophy.

October 14 – 20

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. SHORT STAT COURSES BY LISA THIS FALL: Survey Design and Analysis
Thursday, Oct 17, 5:00-7:00pm, GLC Room G
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. Remaining Fall 2013 schedule:
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.

3. ATOMIC FORCE MICROSCOPY (AFM) WORKSHOP
Mondays, Oct 14, 21, 28 and November 4, 9:30am, Randolph Hall
These AFM session titles are: "History and Application of AFM", "Imaging with AFM", "High Resolution Force Measurements with AFM" and "How to Custom Design an AFM,” respectively. This workshop is organized by COLLOIDS AND SURFACES in association with the laboratories of Prof. William Ducker and Prof. John Walz.  This four-series workshop is designed for faculty, post-doctoral associates, graduate students and undergraduate students who are planning on using atomic force microscopy for research or need some support with various applications. Participation in the workshop is free but limited to only 20 persons.  For more information on each session and registration please visit http://www.colloidsvt.org.vt.edu/events.  For more information on our events, workshops and annual symposia please visit http://www.colloidsvt.org.vt.edu/index.  To join the COLLOIDS AND SURFACES society and listserve please contact Milad Radiom at mradiom@vt.edu

4. OFF-CAMPUS HOUSING FAIR
Wednesday, Oct. 16, 10:00am-4:00pm, Commonwealth Ballroom, Squires Student Center
Multiple housing vendors, moving and storage companies, insurance companies, legal services, and the Off-Campus Housing office will be available in a single location to provide housing options and information.  There will be giveaways from the vendors, free pizza from 11am-2pm, and a chance to win tickets to the Jason Mraz Concert later that night- Courtesy of The Virginia Tech Union!

5. HOKIE BIKE HUB FIX-A-FLAT WORKSHOPS
Every Wednesday, 12:00-12:30pm, Alternative Transportation Center, 1330 Perry St.
Do you have a flat tire on your bike? Not sure what needs to be done to repair it? Visit the Hokie Bike Hub in the Alternative Transportation Center to learn how to fix a flat tire in no time! The workshop will cover tube replacement, wheel removal and installation, as well as proper inflation of the tire.
Please bring your own replacement tube. The Alternative Transportation Center is located at 1330 Perry St on the ground floor of the Perry St. Parking Garage. For additional information about the Hokie Bike Hub, visit: https://www.facebook.com/VTAlternativeTransportation

6. GLC CAFÉ
Thursday, Oct 17, 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. GLOBAL CAFÉ – FALL BREAK SESSION
Friday, Oct 18, 10:00am-12:00pm, Cranwell International Center
Gather and converse in a relaxed atmosphere over refreshments and snacks courtesy of Party Positive.  Everyone is welcome. Co-sponsored by Campus Alcohol Abuse Prevention Center (CAAPC) and the Cranwell International Center.

8. TRIP TO SINKLAND FARMS
Saturday, Oct. 19, 10:00am, Meet in GLC Lobby
The GLC Fellows and Cranwell International Center invite you to a trip to Sinkland Farms. Sinkland Farms is a nearby farm with its own corn maze, hayrides, pumpkin patch, and plenty of food and fun.  Transportation will be provided but there are a limited number of seats. Vans will be leaving from the GLC at 10am and returning around 1pm; students are welcome to drive themselves if they wish to stay longer, but will have to cover their own parking admission ($5/car).  Be sure to bring some of your own money (cash) in case you want to purchase some delicious food or pumpkins for fall!  You can register by filling out this brief survey: https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1381414902266

9. GONE WITH THE WIND FREE SCREENING
Saturday, Oct. 19, 1:00-5:30pm, The Lyric
The Virginia Center for Civil War Studies invites you to a free screening of Gone with the Wind at Blacksburg’s historic Lyric Theatre. The afternoon will begin with a brief presentation on the historical significance of this iconic movie. This is the opening event in the Civil War Film Series. Over the next couple of years, we’ll screen the best Civil War movies, old and new—from Birth of a Nation to Glory, from Shenandoah to Lincoln. The Lyric Theatre is located at 135 College Avenue in downtown Blacksburg. http://www.thelyric.com/; 540/951-0604.For more information, contact VCCWS director Paul Quigley: pquigley@vt.edu; 540/231-9090. You can keep up with the latest news and events at the Virginia Center for Civil War Studies website (http://www.civilwar.vt.edu/ ) or our Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/VCCWS).

10. DURGA PUJO 2013
October 19, 4:00pm-8:30pm, Commonwealth Ballroom, Squires Student Center.
 
It is the time of the year to celebrate one of the biggest Indian festival- Durga Pujo. Continuing the tradition of the past few years, the Bengali Students’ Association at Virginia Tech is proud to present this year’s Durga Pujo celebration. Even though Durga Pujo literally translates to ‘Worship of the Goddess Durga’, Durga Pujo is much more than a religious occasion. It’s a time for families and friends to get together, for cultural celebration, and to share and wish love and prosperity amongst all. Please find details of the event and steps for buying dinner coupons at our website: http://www.bengali.org.vt.edu/puja2013/ Please feel free to contact at vtpujo@gmail.com if you have any questions.

11. GREEN RFP APPLICATIONS NOW ONLINE
The Green RFP directs university funds to student-generated sustainability projects that support energy efficiency and energy conservation. Examples of this past year’s Green RFP projects include the new bike repair stations found across campus, new bike racks, and outdoor recycling bins. There is no funding ceiling for Green RFP ideas, so all sustainability project ideas are encouraged! Please find the application and additional information at: http://www.facilities.vt.edu/sustainability/greenrfp.asp All applications are due OCTOBER 18th.

12. CALL FOR PROPOSALS
Proposals are invited for the upcoming conference Gender, Bodies & Technology: Performing the Human. The conference will be held May 1-3, 2014 at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia.  Proposals are invited from scholars in the humanities, social and natural sciences, feminist science studies, visual and performing arts, life sciences, and STEM fields for papers, panels, workshops, new media, art, and performance pieces that explore the intersections of gender, bodies & technology in contexts ranging from classrooms to the military, and from health care to the media.You can find more information about the conference and submit proposals at: http://www.cpe.vt.edu/gbt/proposals.html The website and previous announcements list a deadline of October 1, but that has been extended to October 15.

13. CALLING ALL GRADUATE STUDENT PERFORMERS –2nd posting
The Graduate School is seeking graduate students who would like to provide entertainment for the Graduate Life Center Open House on Friday, October 25.  The open house will run from 10am-3pm. Musicians, singers, dancers, comedians, jugglers, etc, are welcome. To join the slate of performers, please fill out the following survey: https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1380295200436   You will be contacted via email with more details.  Please contact Lauren Surface at 231-9561 or lkeister@vt.edu if you have questions.

14. SUBMISSIONS ARE INVITED FOR GLC ART AND PHOTO CONTEST – 3rd postingThe 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.

15. GRAD STUDENTS INVITED TO SERVE ON STUDENT CONDUCT COMMITTEES – 3rd posting
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. 

16. GLC STUDENT BUILDING MANAGER POSITION OPENINGS – 2nd posting
The GLC Student Building Manager works closely with the Student Centers and Activities Operations Manager and Graduate School to provide services to the patrons who use the GLC. Building Managers are expected to be “building generalists” charged with general trouble-shooting, making and supervising event reservations and/or services, providing a safe and secure environment for students, guests, and clients alike, supporting custodial, maintenance and event management staffs working within the building whenever necessary, and maintaining superior customer service for all guests. The Student Building Manager has primary responsibility, including emergency response, for the building during evening and weekend hours. Applicants must be currently enrolled in a graduate program at Virginia Tech; must possess demonstrated customer service skills and excellent communication skills; ability to work independently and interface effectively with a diverse clientele. Must be able to move and handle up to 50 lbs. Graduate coursework in Property Management, Hospitality and Tourism Management or Business Management, knowledge of campus and previous facility management work a plus. To apply visit http://jobs.vt.edu, click “Wage” and then “Student Jobs.”  Apply in the “Student Centers & Activities ‘VT Graduate Student’ Pool.” Please contact Eric Margiotta (Margiotta@vt.edu) with any questions.

17. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR INFORMATION RE-FINDING STUDY-1st posting
Do you have a ton of stuff on your computer?  Is it spread out across your file system, web browser and mail app?  We are interested in how you managed all this information and what you do when you need to find it again later.  We are also interested how your different strategies might align with some of your meetings and events.  This might mean you send emails and utilize file-sharing apps or it might mean you use and share information during meetings, classes, etc.  If this sounds like you, we would like to invite you to participant in our study.  There is a 15-minute survey where two (2) participants will be randomly selected to receive a $25 cash prize.  Using your survey response, you may qualify to participate in a 2-week diary study.  For those who participate in the diary study, two (2) will be randomly selected to receive a $50 cash prize.  Please sign up by contacting Blake Sawyer (basawyer@vt.edu).  Participants must be 18+ years old.

18. GRADUATE AMBASSADORS NEEDED FOR GLC OPEN HOUSE
It’s that time of year again! The GLC’s Annual Open House is October 25, 2013 from 10am-3pm. Graduate Ambassadors are needed to assist with GLC Monopoly – an interactive Scavenger Hunt. Graduate Ambassador volunteers will answer (answers provided) trivia questions asked by Open House participants. If you would like to help make this event a success, please indicate your availability on this survey:
https://survey.vt.edu/survey/viewResults.jsp?id=1381267628306

19. INTERNATIONAL STUDENT VOLUNTEERS NEEDED-1st posting
What would YOU like to see in the arts at Virginia Tech? The newly opening Center for the Arts at VT is seeking input from international students and scholars in the Virginia Tech and surrounding communities on potential visiting artists, new arts programs, and so on. Your ideas could have a significant impact on the Center’s future arts activities as the Center seeks to create arts programs that meet the needs and interests of our community.  If the opportunity to discuss this topic in an informal 2-hour session with staff from the Center for the Arts interests you, please contact Jon at rjginn@vt.edu.

20. CALLING SOCIAL SCIENCE AND HUMANITIES GRAD STUDENTS – 2nd posting
Gilbert Linkous Elementary School in Blacksburg is hosting the Second Annual Social Science Fair on Nov 14, 6:00-8:00pm where students in grades 3-5 will present their studies in a poster session. A group of brilliant-minded volunteers are needed to inspire a new generation of social scientist. Volunteers will serve as judges and work in teams of three. For more information or to volunteer, please contact Brett Shadle, assoc. prof. history, at shadle@vt.edu.

21. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR WALKING, SLIPPING & TRIPPING STUDY – 2nd posting
The Kevin P. Granata Biomechanics Lab is performing a study on walking, slipping and tripping.  The study involves one lab session, during which the subject will perform a series of walking trials while gait measurements are collected.  The participant may be slipped or tripped during the session, but all participants wear a harness to ensure safety.  The session takes approximately 1.5 hours, and each participant will receive $20 compensation.  Participants must be 18-30 or 60-80 years old.  Both healthy-weight and overweight subjects are needed.  If interested, please contact biomechanics.esm@gmail.com.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

EFFECTIVE READING WORKSHOP
Wednesday, Oct 23, 5:00-8:00pm, GLC Room C
Educational researchers estimate that, at best, we retain only about 10 percent of the information that we read. The key to becoming a more effective reader is to learn how academic information in published papers is structured and then to discipline one’s self to hunt for information actively rather than passively wait for the information to appear on the page. This workshop will describe how you can read more actively and purposely in order to locate needed information, increase comprehension, and boast retention for later use. Please register at https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1379444665069 if you are planning to attend.

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. Remaining Fall 2013 schedule:

  • 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.

COMMUNITY VOICES: THEATRE IN CONFLICT ZONES
Thursday, Oct 24, 7:00-8:00pm, The Lyric Theatre
Joanna Sherman, Artistic Director, and Michael McGuigan, Managing Director, from The Bond Street Theatre in New York, will present a video-lecture exploring the impact and value of the expressive arts in areas of conflict. The lecture will show how theatre-based practices are applied in different communities, with specific focus on their work in Afghanistan. Their presentation introduces the idea of theatre as a useful tool for social improvement and bringing peace, and emphasizing why cross-cultural artistic conversations are crucial for mutual understanding. Contact Andy Morikawa at andrjm7@vt.edu if you have questions.

GLC OPEN HOUSE
Friday, Oct 25, 10:00am-3:00pm, Graduate Life Center
The Graduate School, Student Centers and Activities, and Housing and Residence life invite students, faculty, staff and members of the community to visit the nationally recognized, award-winning Graduate Life Center and learn more about what it has to offer to graduate students how it supports graduate education. View the newest entries in the graduate student art and photography contest, tour the GLC residential areas, learn about the GLC and its services through a fun Monopoly themed scavenger hunt, play with dogs on the side patio, enjoy free coffee and much more! Visit http://www.graduatelifecenter.vt.edu/openhouse2013.html for more details.


GLC OPEN HOUSE RESIDENTIAL TOURS
Friday, Oct 25, 11am and 1pm, Meet in GLC Lobby
Curious about what the upper floors look like in the GLC? Take a tour of the GLC, including the residential part of the building, and learn about life as a resident in the GLC. Tours will be led by a GLC Fellow and will start in the GLC Lobby by the Welcome Desk. You must pre-register for this tour here: https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1380912040628

HALLOWEEN POTLUCK
Wednesday, Oct 30, 5:00pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
The GLC Fellows are sponsoring this Halloween themed potluck. Bring a dish to share with your fellow graduate students and gear up for the spooky holiday! There may also be a demonstration by the Virginia Tech Police Department canine unit outside of the GLC. Fill out the following survey to register for this family-friendly event: https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1379476191090

BGSO EBONY AFFAIR 2013
Friday, Nov 1, 7:00-9:00pm, Custom Catering
The Ebony Affair is a formal/semi-formal dinner banquet in which we recognize those who actively engaged in BGSO’s motto: "Lifting as we climb". It’s a great excuse to get dressed up for an evening of dinner and entertainment. Tickets can be purchased at http://www.bgso.org.vt.edu/sponsors.html for only $12! If you know of someone or a group of individuals who have made a significant impact on the VT community, please take a moment to complete the online nomination form by October 10th: https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1379341927202.

PHI BETA KAPPA VISITING SCHOLAR: INTERSECTIONS OF SCIENCE, PUBLIC HEALTH AND ART
Wednesday, Nov 6 and Thursday, Nov7, Various times and locations
Timothy Bromage, professor of biomaterials and biomimetics at NYU College of Dentistry, will present three sessions open to the public. Professor Bromage’s research focuses on bone and tooth biology, with an emphasis on its translation to environmental and evolutionary studies. The session details are as follows: “What Cells will do for Global Climate Change” – Wednesday, Nov 6, 7pm, Virginia Bioinformatics Institute Auditorium; “Avoid Infection, and While You’re At It, Have a Demographic Transition” – Thursday Nov 7, 12-1pm, Shanks Hall Room 370-380; “What is Art?” – Thursday, Nov 7, 4:00-6:00pm, Squires Student Center Rooms 341/345. These sessions are co-sponsored by the VT Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology, the Everyday Imaging Series, and Departments of STS and Philosophy.

October 14 – 20

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. SHORT STAT COURSES BY LISA THIS FALL: Survey Design and Analysis
Thursday, Oct 17, 5:00-7:00pm, GLC Room G
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. Remaining Fall 2013 schedule:
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.

3. ATOMIC FORCE MICROSCOPY (AFM) WORKSHOP
Mondays, Oct 14, 21, 28 and November 4, 9:30am, Randolph Hall
These AFM session titles are: "History and Application of AFM", "Imaging with AFM", "High Resolution Force Measurements with AFM" and "How to Custom Design an AFM,” respectively. This workshop is organized by COLLOIDS AND SURFACES in association with the laboratories of Prof. William Ducker and Prof. John Walz.  This four-series workshop is designed for faculty, post-doctoral associates, graduate students and undergraduate students who are planning on using atomic force microscopy for research or need some support with various applications. Participation in the workshop is free but limited to only 20 persons.  For more information on each session and registration please visit http://www.colloidsvt.org.vt.edu/events.  For more information on our events, workshops and annual symposia please visit http://www.colloidsvt.org.vt.edu/index.  To join the COLLOIDS AND SURFACES society and listserve please contact Milad Radiom at mradiom@vt.edu

4. OFF-CAMPUS HOUSING FAIR
Wednesday, Oct. 16, 10:00am-4:00pm, Commonwealth Ballroom, Squires Student Center
Multiple housing vendors, moving and storage companies, insurance companies, legal services, and the Off-Campus Housing office will be available in a single location to provide housing options and information.  There will be giveaways from the vendors, free pizza from 11am-2pm, and a chance to win tickets to the Jason Mraz Concert later that night- Courtesy of The Virginia Tech Union!

5. HOKIE BIKE HUB FIX-A-FLAT WORKSHOPS
Every Wednesday, 12:00-12:30pm, Alternative Transportation Center, 1330 Perry St.
Do you have a flat tire on your bike? Not sure what needs to be done to repair it? Visit the Hokie Bike Hub in the Alternative Transportation Center to learn how to fix a flat tire in no time! The workshop will cover tube replacement, wheel removal and installation, as well as proper inflation of the tire.
Please bring your own replacement tube. The Alternative Transportation Center is located at 1330 Perry St on the ground floor of the Perry St. Parking Garage. For additional information about the Hokie Bike Hub, visit: https://www.facebook.com/VTAlternativeTransportation

6. GLC CAFÉ
Thursday, Oct 17, 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. GLOBAL CAFÉ – FALL BREAK SESSION
Friday, Oct 18, 10:00am-12:00pm, Cranwell International Center
Gather and converse in a relaxed atmosphere over refreshments and snacks courtesy of Party Positive.  Everyone is welcome. Co-sponsored by Campus Alcohol Abuse Prevention Center (CAAPC) and the Cranwell International Center.

8. TRIP TO SINKLAND FARMS
Saturday, Oct. 19, 10:00am, Meet in GLC Lobby
The GLC Fellows and Cranwell International Center invite you to a trip to Sinkland Farms. Sinkland Farms is a nearby farm with its own corn maze, hayrides, pumpkin patch, and plenty of food and fun.  Transportation will be provided but there are a limited number of seats. Vans will be leaving from the GLC at 10am and returning around 1pm; students are welcome to drive themselves if they wish to stay longer, but will have to cover their own parking admission ($5/car).  Be sure to bring some of your own money (cash) in case you want to purchase some delicious food or pumpkins for fall!  You can register by filling out this brief survey: https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1381414902266

9. GONE WITH THE WIND FREE SCREENING
Saturday, Oct. 19, 1:00-5:30pm, The Lyric
The Virginia Center for Civil War Studies invites you to a free screening of Gone with the Wind at Blacksburg’s historic Lyric Theatre. The afternoon will begin with a brief presentation on the historical significance of this iconic movie. This is the opening event in the Civil War Film Series. Over the next couple of years, we’ll screen the best Civil War movies, old and new—from Birth of a Nation to Glory, from Shenandoah to Lincoln. The Lyric Theatre is located at 135 College Avenue in downtown Blacksburg. http://www.thelyric.com/; 540/951-0604.For more information, contact VCCWS director Paul Quigley: pquigley@vt.edu; 540/231-9090. You can keep up with the latest news and events at the Virginia Center for Civil War Studies website (http://www.civilwar.vt.edu/ ) or our Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/VCCWS).

10. DURGA PUJO 2013
October 19, 4:00pm-8:30pm, Commonwealth Ballroom, Squires Student Center.
 
It is the time of the year to celebrate one of the biggest Indian festival- Durga Pujo. Continuing the tradition of the past few years, the Bengali Students’ Association at Virginia Tech is proud to present this year’s Durga Pujo celebration. Even though Durga Pujo literally translates to ‘Worship of the Goddess Durga’, Durga Pujo is much more than a religious occasion. It’s a time for families and friends to get together, for cultural celebration, and to share and wish love and prosperity amongst all. Please find details of the event and steps for buying dinner coupons at our website: http://www.bengali.org.vt.edu/puja2013/ Please feel free to contact at vtpujo@gmail.com if you have any questions.

11. GREEN RFP APPLICATIONS NOW ONLINE
The Green RFP directs university funds to student-generated sustainability projects that support energy efficiency and energy conservation. Examples of this past year’s Green RFP projects include the new bike repair stations found across campus, new bike racks, and outdoor recycling bins. There is no funding ceiling for Green RFP ideas, so all sustainability project ideas are encouraged! Please find the application and additional information at: http://www.facilities.vt.edu/sustainability/greenrfp.asp All applications are due OCTOBER 18th.

12. CALL FOR PROPOSALS
Proposals are invited for the upcoming conference Gender, Bodies & Technology: Performing the Human. The conference will be held May 1-3, 2014 at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia.  Proposals are invited from scholars in the humanities, social and natural sciences, feminist science studies, visual and performing arts, life sciences, and STEM fields for papers, panels, workshops, new media, art, and performance pieces that explore the intersections of gender, bodies & technology in contexts ranging from classrooms to the military, and from health care to the media.You can find more information about the conference and submit proposals at: http://www.cpe.vt.edu/gbt/proposals.html The website and previous announcements list a deadline of October 1, but that has been extended to October 15.

13. CALLING ALL GRADUATE STUDENT PERFORMERS –2nd posting
The Graduate School is seeking graduate students who would like to provide entertainment for the Graduate Life Center Open House on Friday, October 25.  The open house will run from 10am-3pm. Musicians, singers, dancers, comedians, jugglers, etc, are welcome. To join the slate of performers, please fill out the following survey: https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1380295200436   You will be contacted via email with more details.  Please contact Lauren Surface at 231-9561 or lkeister@vt.edu if you have questions.

14. SUBMISSIONS ARE INVITED FOR GLC ART AND PHOTO CONTEST – 3rd postingThe 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.

15. GRAD STUDENTS INVITED TO SERVE ON STUDENT CONDUCT COMMITTEES – 3rd posting
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. 

16. GLC STUDENT BUILDING MANAGER POSITION OPENINGS – 2nd posting
The GLC Student Building Manager works closely with the Student Centers and Activities Operations Manager and Graduate School to provide services to the patrons who use the GLC. Building Managers are expected to be “building generalists” charged with general trouble-shooting, making and supervising event reservations and/or services, providing a safe and secure environment for students, guests, and clients alike, supporting custodial, maintenance and event management staffs working within the building whenever necessary, and maintaining superior customer service for all guests. The Student Building Manager has primary responsibility, including emergency response, for the building during evening and weekend hours. Applicants must be currently enrolled in a graduate program at Virginia Tech; must possess demonstrated customer service skills and excellent communication skills; ability to work independently and interface effectively with a diverse clientele. Must be able to move and handle up to 50 lbs. Graduate coursework in Property Management, Hospitality and Tourism Management or Business Management, knowledge of campus and previous facility management work a plus. To apply visit http://jobs.vt.edu, click “Wage” and then “Student Jobs.”  Apply in the “Student Centers & Activities ‘VT Graduate Student’ Pool.” Please contact Eric Margiotta (Margiotta@vt.edu) with any questions.

17. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR INFORMATION RE-FINDING STUDY-1st posting
Do you have a ton of stuff on your computer?  Is it spread out across your file system, web browser and mail app?  We are interested in how you managed all this information and what you do when you need to find it again later.  We are also interested how your different strategies might align with some of your meetings and events.  This might mean you send emails and utilize file-sharing apps or it might mean you use and share information during meetings, classes, etc.  If this sounds like you, we would like to invite you to participant in our study.  There is a 15-minute survey where two (2) participants will be randomly selected to receive a $25 cash prize.  Using your survey response, you may qualify to participate in a 2-week diary study.  For those who participate in the diary study, two (2) will be randomly selected to receive a $50 cash prize.  Please sign up by contacting Blake Sawyer (basawyer@vt.edu).  Participants must be 18+ years old.

18. GRADUATE AMBASSADORS NEEDED FOR GLC OPEN HOUSE
It’s that time of year again! The GLC’s Annual Open House is October 25, 2013 from 10am-3pm. Graduate Ambassadors are needed to assist with GLC Monopoly – an interactive Scavenger Hunt. Graduate Ambassador volunteers will answer (answers provided) trivia questions asked by Open House participants. If you would like to help make this event a success, please indicate your availability on this survey:
https://survey.vt.edu/survey/viewResults.jsp?id=1381267628306

19. INTERNATIONAL STUDENT VOLUNTEERS NEEDED-1st posting
What would YOU like to see in the arts at Virginia Tech? The newly opening Center for the Arts at VT is seeking input from international students and scholars in the Virginia Tech and surrounding communities on potential visiting artists, new arts programs, and so on. Your ideas could have a significant impact on the Center’s future arts activities as the Center seeks to create arts programs that meet the needs and interests of our community.  If the opportunity to discuss this topic in an informal 2-hour session with staff from the Center for the Arts interests you, please contact Jon at rjginn@vt.edu.

20. CALLING SOCIAL SCIENCE AND HUMANITIES GRAD STUDENTS – 2nd posting
Gilbert Linkous Elementary School in Blacksburg is hosting the Second Annual Social Science Fair on Nov 14, 6:00-8:00pm where students in grades 3-5 will present their studies in a poster session. A group of brilliant-minded volunteers are needed to inspire a new generation of social scientist. Volunteers will serve as judges and work in teams of three. For more information or to volunteer, please contact Brett Shadle, assoc. prof. history, at shadle@vt.edu.

21. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR WALKING, SLIPPING & TRIPPING STUDY – 2nd posting
The Kevin P. Granata Biomechanics Lab is performing a study on walking, slipping and tripping.  The study involves one lab session, during which the subject will perform a series of walking trials while gait measurements are collected.  The participant may be slipped or tripped during the session, but all participants wear a harness to ensure safety.  The session takes approximately 1.5 hours, and each participant will receive $20 compensation.  Participants must be 18-30 or 60-80 years old.  Both healthy-weight and overweight subjects are needed.  If interested, please contact biomechanics.esm@gmail.com.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

EFFECTIVE READING WORKSHOP
Wednesday, Oct 23, 5:00-8:00pm, GLC Room C
Educational researchers estimate that, at best, we retain only about 10 percent of the information that we read. The key to becoming a more effective reader is to learn how academic information in published papers is structured and then to discipline one’s self to hunt for information actively rather than passively wait for the information to appear on the page. This workshop will describe how you can read more actively and purposely in order to locate needed information, increase comprehension, and boast retention for later use. Please register at https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1379444665069 if you are planning to attend.

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. Remaining Fall 2013 schedule:

  • 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.

COMMUNITY VOICES: THEATRE IN CONFLICT ZONES
Thursday, Oct 24, 7:00-8:00pm, The Lyric Theatre
Joanna Sherman, Artistic Director, and Michael McGuigan, Managing Director, from The Bond Street Theatre in New York, will present a video-lecture exploring the impact and value of the expressive arts in areas of conflict. The lecture will show how theatre-based practices are applied in different communities, with specific focus on their work in Afghanistan. Their presentation introduces the idea of theatre as a useful tool for social improvement and bringing peace, and emphasizing why cross-cultural artistic conversations are crucial for mutual understanding. Contact Andy Morikawa at andrjm7@vt.edu if you have questions.

GLC OPEN HOUSE
Friday, Oct 25, 10:00am-3:00pm, Graduate Life Center
The Graduate School, Student Centers and Activities, and Housing and Residence life invite students, faculty, staff and members of the community to visit the nationally recognized, award-winning Graduate Life Center and learn more about what it has to offer to graduate students how it supports graduate education. View the newest entries in the graduate student art and photography contest, tour the GLC residential areas, learn about the GLC and its services through a fun Monopoly themed scavenger hunt, play with dogs on the side patio, enjoy free coffee and much more! Visit http://www.graduatelifecenter.vt.edu/openhouse2013.html for more details.


GLC OPEN HOUSE RESIDENTIAL TOURS
Friday, Oct 25, 11am and 1pm, Meet in GLC Lobby
Curious about what the upper floors look like in the GLC? Take a tour of the GLC, including the residential part of the building, and learn about life as a resident in the GLC. Tours will be led by a GLC Fellow and will start in the GLC Lobby by the Welcome Desk. You must pre-register for this tour here: https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1380912040628

HALLOWEEN POTLUCK
Wednesday, Oct 30, 5:00pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
The GLC Fellows are sponsoring this Halloween themed potluck. Bring a dish to share with your fellow graduate students and gear up for the spooky holiday! There may also be a demonstration by the Virginia Tech Police Department canine unit outside of the GLC. Fill out the following survey to register for this family-friendly event: https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1379476191090

BGSO EBONY AFFAIR 2013
Friday, Nov 1, 7:00-9:00pm, Custom Catering
The Ebony Affair is a formal/semi-formal dinner banquet in which we recognize those who actively engaged in BGSO’s motto: "Lifting as we climb". It’s a great excuse to get dressed up for an evening of dinner and entertainment. Tickets can be purchased at http://www.bgso.org.vt.edu/sponsors.html for only $12! If you know of someone or a group of individuals who have made a significant impact on the VT community, please take a moment to complete the online nomination form by October 10th: https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1379341927202.

PHI BETA KAPPA VISITING SCHOLAR: INTERSECTIONS OF SCIENCE, PUBLIC HEALTH AND ART
Wednesday, Nov 6 and Thursday, Nov7, Various times and locations
Timothy Bromage, professor of biomaterials and biomimetics at NYU College of Dentistry, will present three sessions open to the public. Professor Bromage’s research focuses on bone and tooth biology, with an emphasis on its translation to environmental and evolutionary studies. The session details are as follows: “What Cells will do for Global Climate Change” – Wednesday, Nov 6, 7pm, Virginia Bioinformatics Institute Auditorium; “Avoid Infection, and While You’re At It, Have a Demographic Transition” – Thursday Nov 7, 12-1pm, Shanks Hall Room 370-380; “What is Art?” – Thursday, Nov 7, 4:00-6:00pm, Squires Student Center Rooms 341/345. These sessions are co-sponsored by the VT Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology, the Everyday Imaging Series, and Departments of STS and Philosophy.

October 7-13, 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. SHORT STAT COURSES BY LISA THIS FALL: Graphing in R
Monday and Tuesday, Oct 7 & 8 (same session twice)
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 here for instructions on how to register and learn more. Remaining Fall 2013 schedule:
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 or Twitter  to be the first to know about LISA events! More information

3. 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.

4. ARE YOU LINKEDIN?
Wednesday, Oct 9, 5:30-6:30pm, GLC Room G
Networking is essential in any job search, and LinkedIn can be a powerful tool in that process.  Attend this session to learn how to write a professional profile, basics of networking etiquette on LinkedIn, and tips for making LinkedIn work for you! Contact Amy McPherson if you have any questions at amcphers@vt.edu.

5. BELMASRY EVENT
Wednesday, Oct 9, 6:30-8:30pm, North Lounge, 3rd Floor Johnston Student Center
Come out and chat about Egypt and practice your Arabic at this Egyptian themed Arabic conversation table. Light Egyptian refreshments and tea will be served. Sponsored by Egypt Friends.

6. PEACE CORPS INTEREST MEETING
Wednesday, Oct 9, 7:30-8:30pm, GLC Room F
What will you do with your degree?  Want to work internationally? 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.

7. FALL FOCUS CAREER FAIR
Thursday, Oct 10, 10:00am-4:00pm, Squires Student Center
See more information including list of participating employers and those seeking Master’s and PhD students here.

8. MIND AND BODY CHECK FAIR
Thursday, Oct 10, 11:00am-3:00pm, Lobby of McComas Hall (Health Ed/Rec Sports side)
The Cook Counseling Center in collaboration with Schiffert Health Center’s Health Education, Recreational Sports, the Women’s Center, and HNFE is sponsoring a Mind and Body Check fair:  students will have the opportunity to get a mental health check, talk to fitness staff and nutrition counselors, learn about sustainable happiness and get information on how to protect their skin from the sun (Facial Dermascan skin self-checks available).  Information will be provided to help improve your health and overall wellbeing. Giveaways and t-shirts for all student participants! For additional information, contact Charlotte Amenkhienan  (231-6557) or David Andrews  (231-7780).

9. GLC CAFÉ
Thursday, Oct 10, 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.

10. 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.

11. VIRTUAL GLC (vGLC) CAFÉ
Fridays, starting October 11, 12:00-1:00 pm, Lobby of vGLC.  
Join the Graduate School Staff weekly for online chats in the vGLC. This week’s topic: Completion Guidelines. Enter the vGLC lobby here. The vGLC extends VT’s graduate-education community from campus to computer. Using avatars, visitors to the vGLC can currently visit with Graduate School staff about general academic questions; find Grad-School forms and policy information; consult with the Graduate Student Ombudsperson; attend virtual seminars and workshops; socialize with other vGLC visitors; and explore the vGLC space, which mirrors the real-world Graduate Life Center on the Blacksburg campus. For instructions on creating an account and downloading the software please visit this site. If you have questions or suggestions, please email Marija Telbis-Forster. Looking forward to seeing you in the virtual world!

12. HUGH AND ETHEL KELLY LECTURE SERIES
Friday, Oct. 11, 1:00-2:30pm, Burruss Hall Auditorium
Dr. Steven Chu, Nobel Laureate and distinguished 12th Secretary of Energy, now professor at Stanford University will be speaking.   This is a great opportunity to hear from one of the world’s leading scientists and administrators. More information can be found here.

13. BLACKSBURG SUPERHERO OBSTACLE CHALLENGE
Sunday, Oct 13
The Blacksburg Superhero Obstacle Challenge is a 5k (3 miles) run similar to Tough Mudder or Spartan Race.  Enter yourself or join our graduate student team. Kids over 13 are allowed to compete with a parent’s signature, kids 10 and over can compete if there is a parent or guardian competing with them and we have a parent’s signature). It’s a great course, the weather looks great, and there is no water (maybe around your ankles) and little to no mud. There is lots of climbing, crawling, carrying, throwing and laughing. You will love this type of adventure.  Participants get finisher medals AND a T-shirt. Sign up here and email christk@vt.edu if you want to get together.

14. CALLING ALL GRADUATE STUDENT PERFORMERS – 1st posting
The Graduate School is seeking graduate students who would like to provide entertainment for the Graduate Life Center Open House on Friday, October 25.  The open house will run from 10am-3pm. Musicians, singers, dancers, comedians, jugglers, etc, are welcome. To join the slate of performers, please fill out the this survey.   You will be contacted via email with more details.  Please contact Lauren Surface at 231-9561 if you have questions.

 
 

15. SUBMISSIONS ARE INVITED FOR GLC ART AND PHOTO CONTEST – 2nd 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 to be printed by the Graduate School. Submission deadline: Monday, Oct 21, 5:00pm. Learn more here. www.graduatelifecenter.vt.edu/contest.html.

16. GRAD STUDENTS INVITED TO SERVE ON STUDENT CONDUCT COMMITTEES – 2nd posting
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 here.  Online applications are due by Oct 10  (Recommendations are accepted after this date). Contact Jeff Gardner at 540-231-3790 with any questions. 

17. GRADUATE SCHOOL FEATURED GRADUATE STUDENT NOMINATIONS OPEN – 3rd 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 this site

18. VT ENGAGE ANNUAL TRAVEL GRANTS OPEN – 3rd 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
this site.  Application can be found here. For more information contact Lauren Kennedy  or go here.

19. GLC STUDENT BUILDING MANAGER POSITION OPENINGS
The GLC Student Building Manager works closely with the Student Centers and Activities Operations Manager and Graduate School to provide services to the patrons who use the GLC. Building Managers are expected to be “building generalists” charged with general trouble-shooting, making and supervising event reservations and/or services, providing a safe and secure environment for students, guests, and clients alike, supporting custodial, maintenance and event management staffs working within the building whenever necessary, and maintaining superior customer service for all guests. The Student Building Manager has primary responsibility, including emergency response, for the building during evening and weekend hours. Applicants must be currently enrolled in a graduate program at Virginia Tech; must possess demonstrated customer service skills and excellent communication skills; ability to work independently and interface effectively with a diverse clientele. Must be able to move and handle up to 50 lbs. Graduate coursework in Property Management, Hospitality and Tourism Management or Business Management, knowledge of campus and previous facility management work a plus. Apply here,  click “Wage” and then “Student Jobs.”  Apply in the “Student Centers & Activities ‘VT Graduate Student’ Pool.” Please contact Eric Margiotta with any questions.

20. CALLING SOCIAL SCIENCE AND HUMANITIES GRAD STUDENTS – 1st posting
Gilbert Linkous Elementary School in Blacksburg is hosting the Second Annual Social Science Fair on Nov 14, 6:00-8:00pm where students in grades 3-5 will present their studies in a poster session. A group of brilliant-minded volunteers are needed to inspire a new generation of social scientist. Volunteers will serve as judges and work in teams of three. For more information or to volunteer, please contact Brett Shadle.

21. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR VISUAL NUMBER SENSE STUDY – 1st posting
This study is to learn more about how people make sense of numbers. In particular, your ability to estimate different numbers of objects will be studied. You will be asked to make decisions about the number of objects briefly presented on a computer screen and to make responses to the images by pressing a button. The study lasts no longer than an hour and you will be paid $10 for participating.Please contact vtvneurolab@gmail.com for more information or to sign up. (VT IRB #13-354)

22. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR WALKING, SLIPPING & TRIPPING STUDY – 1st posting
The Kevin P. Granata Biomechanics Lab is performing a study on walking, slipping and tripping.  The study involves one lab session, during which the subject will perform a series of walking trials while gait measurements are collected.  The participant may be slipped or tripped during the session, but all participants wear a harness to ensure safety.  The session takes approximately 1.5 hours, and each participant will receive $20 compensation.  Participants must be 18-30 or 60-80 years old.  Both healthy-weight and overweight subjects are needed.  If interested, please contact biomechanics.esm@gmail.com.

23. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR STUDY WITH WALKING TRIALS – 3rd 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.  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.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

ATOMIC FORCE MICROSCOPY (AFM) WORKSHOP
Mondays, Oct 14, 21, 28 and November 4, 9:30am, Randolph Hall
These AFM session titles are: "History and Application of AFM", "Imaging with AFM", "High Resolution Force Measurements with AFM" and "How to Custom Design an AFM,” respectively. This workshop is organized by COLLOIDS AND SURFACES in association with the laboratories of Prof. William Ducker and Prof. John Walz.  This four-series workshop is designed for faculty, post-doctoral associates, graduate students and undergraduate students who are planning on using atomic force microscopy for research or need some support with various applications. Participation in the workshop is free but limited to only 20 persons.  For more information on each session and registration click here.  For more information on our events, workshops and annual symposia please visit here. To join the COLLOIDS AND SURFACES society and listserve please contact Milad Radiom.

GLOBAL CAFÉ – FALL BREAK SESSION
Friday, Oct 18, 10:00am-12:00pm, Cranwell International Center
Gather and converse in a relaxed atmosphere over refreshments and snacks courtesy of Party Positive.  Everyone is welcome. Co-sponsored by Campus Alcohol Abuse Prevention Center (CAAPC) and the Cranwell International Center.

GONE WITH THE WIND FREE SCREENING
Saturday, Oct. 19, 1:00-5:30pm, The Lyric
The Virginia Center for Civil War Studies invites you to a free screening of Gone with the Wind at Blacksburg’s historic Lyric Theatre. The afternoon will begin with a brief presentation on the historical significance of this iconic movie. This is the opening event in the Civil War Film Series. Over the next couple of years, we’ll screen the best Civil War movies, old and new—from Birth of a Nation to Glory, from Shenandoah to Lincoln. The Lyric Theatre is located at 135 College Avenue in downtown Blacksburg. 540/951-0604. For more information, contact VCCWS director Paul Quigley; 540/231-9090. You can keep up with the latest news and events at the Virginia Center for Civil War Studies website or our Facebook page.

EFFECTIVE READING WORKSHOP
Wednesday, Oct 23, 5:00-8:00pm, GLC Room C
Educational researchers estimate that, at best, we retain only about 10 percent of the information that we read. The key to becoming a more effective reader is to learn how academic information in published papers is structured and then to discipline one’s self to hunt for information actively rather than passively wait for the information to appear on the page. This workshop will describe how you can read more actively and purposely in order to locate needed information, increase comprehension, and boast retention for later use. Please register here if you are planning to attend.

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 here for instructions on how to register and learn more. Remaining Fall 2013 schedule:
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 or Twitter  to be the first to know about LISA events! More information

BGSO EBONY AFFAIR 2013
Friday, Nov 1, 7:00-9:00pm, Custom Catering
The Ebony Affair is a formal/semi-formal dinner banquet in which we recognize those who actively engaged in BGSO’s motto: "Lifting as we climb". It’s a great excuse to get dressed up for an evening of dinner and entertainment. Tickets can be purchased here for only $12! If you know of someone or a group of individuals who have made a significant impact on the VT community, please take a moment to complete the online nomination form by October 10th.

October 7-13, 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. SHORT STAT COURSES BY LISA THIS FALL: Graphing in R
Monday and Tuesday, Oct 7 & 8 (same session twice)
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 here for instructions on how to register and learn more. Remaining Fall 2013 schedule:
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 or Twitter  to be the first to know about LISA events! More information

3. 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.

4. ARE YOU LINKEDIN?
Wednesday, Oct 9, 5:30-6:30pm, GLC Room G
Networking is essential in any job search, and LinkedIn can be a powerful tool in that process.  Attend this session to learn how to write a professional profile, basics of networking etiquette on LinkedIn, and tips for making LinkedIn work for you! Contact Amy McPherson if you have any questions at amcphers@vt.edu.

5. BELMASRY EVENT
Wednesday, Oct 9, 6:30-8:30pm, North Lounge, 3rd Floor Johnston Student Center
Come out and chat about Egypt and practice your Arabic at this Egyptian themed Arabic conversation table. Light Egyptian refreshments and tea will be served. Sponsored by Egypt Friends.

6. PEACE CORPS INTEREST MEETING
Wednesday, Oct 9, 7:30-8:30pm, GLC Room F
What will you do with your degree?  Want to work internationally? 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.

7. FALL FOCUS CAREER FAIR
Thursday, Oct 10, 10:00am-4:00pm, Squires Student Center
See more information including list of participating employers and those seeking Master’s and PhD students here.

8. MIND AND BODY CHECK FAIR
Thursday, Oct 10, 11:00am-3:00pm, Lobby of McComas Hall (Health Ed/Rec Sports side)
The Cook Counseling Center in collaboration with Schiffert Health Center’s Health Education, Recreational Sports, the Women’s Center, and HNFE is sponsoring a Mind and Body Check fair:  students will have the opportunity to get a mental health check, talk to fitness staff and nutrition counselors, learn about sustainable happiness and get information on how to protect their skin from the sun (Facial Dermascan skin self-checks available).  Information will be provided to help improve your health and overall wellbeing. Giveaways and t-shirts for all student participants! For additional information, contact Charlotte Amenkhienan  (231-6557) or David Andrews  (231-7780).

9. GLC CAFÉ
Thursday, Oct 10, 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.

10. 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.

11. VIRTUAL GLC (vGLC) CAFÉ
Fridays, starting October 11, 12:00-1:00 pm, Lobby of vGLC.  
Join the Graduate School Staff weekly for online chats in the vGLC. This week’s topic: Completion Guidelines. Enter the vGLC lobby here. The vGLC extends VT’s graduate-education community from campus to computer. Using avatars, visitors to the vGLC can currently visit with Graduate School staff about general academic questions; find Grad-School forms and policy information; consult with the Graduate Student Ombudsperson; attend virtual seminars and workshops; socialize with other vGLC visitors; and explore the vGLC space, which mirrors the real-world Graduate Life Center on the Blacksburg campus. For instructions on creating an account and downloading the software please visit this site. If you have questions or suggestions, please email Marija Telbis-Forster. Looking forward to seeing you in the virtual world!

12. HUGH AND ETHEL KELLY LECTURE SERIES
Friday, Oct. 11, 1:00-2:30pm, Burruss Hall Auditorium
Dr. Steven Chu, Nobel Laureate and distinguished 12th Secretary of Energy, now professor at Stanford University will be speaking.   This is a great opportunity to hear from one of the world’s leading scientists and administrators. More information can be found here.

13. BLACKSBURG SUPERHERO OBSTACLE CHALLENGE
Sunday, Oct 13
The Blacksburg Superhero Obstacle Challenge is a 5k (3 miles) run similar to Tough Mudder or Spartan Race.  Enter yourself or join our graduate student team. Kids over 13 are allowed to compete with a parent’s signature, kids 10 and over can compete if there is a parent or guardian competing with them and we have a parent’s signature). It’s a great course, the weather looks great, and there is no water (maybe around your ankles) and little to no mud. There is lots of climbing, crawling, carrying, throwing and laughing. You will love this type of adventure.  Participants get finisher medals AND a T-shirt. Sign up here and email christk@vt.edu if you want to get together.

14. CALLING ALL GRADUATE STUDENT PERFORMERS – 1st posting
The Graduate School is seeking graduate students who would like to provide entertainment for the Graduate Life Center Open House on Friday, October 25.  The open house will run from 10am-3pm. Musicians, singers, dancers, comedians, jugglers, etc, are welcome. To join the slate of performers, please fill out the this survey.   You will be contacted via email with more details.  Please contact Lauren Surface at 231-9561 if you have questions.

 
 

15. SUBMISSIONS ARE INVITED FOR GLC ART AND PHOTO CONTEST – 2nd 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 to be printed by the Graduate School. Submission deadline: Monday, Oct 21, 5:00pm. Learn more here. www.graduatelifecenter.vt.edu/contest.html.

16. GRAD STUDENTS INVITED TO SERVE ON STUDENT CONDUCT COMMITTEES – 2nd posting
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 here.  Online applications are due by Oct 10  (Recommendations are accepted after this date). Contact Jeff Gardner at 540-231-3790 with any questions. 

17. GRADUATE SCHOOL FEATURED GRADUATE STUDENT NOMINATIONS OPEN – 3rd 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 this site

18. VT ENGAGE ANNUAL TRAVEL GRANTS OPEN – 3rd 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
this site.  Application can be found here. For more information contact Lauren Kennedy  or go here.

19. GLC STUDENT BUILDING MANAGER POSITION OPENINGS
The GLC Student Building Manager works closely with the Student Centers and Activities Operations Manager and Graduate School to provide services to the patrons who use the GLC. Building Managers are expected to be “building generalists” charged with general trouble-shooting, making and supervising event reservations and/or services, providing a safe and secure environment for students, guests, and clients alike, supporting custodial, maintenance and event management staffs working within the building whenever necessary, and maintaining superior customer service for all guests. The Student Building Manager has primary responsibility, including emergency response, for the building during evening and weekend hours. Applicants must be currently enrolled in a graduate program at Virginia Tech; must possess demonstrated customer service skills and excellent communication skills; ability to work independently and interface effectively with a diverse clientele. Must be able to move and handle up to 50 lbs. Graduate coursework in Property Management, Hospitality and Tourism Management or Business Management, knowledge of campus and previous facility management work a plus. Apply here,  click “Wage” and then “Student Jobs.”  Apply in the “Student Centers & Activities ‘VT Graduate Student’ Pool.” Please contact Eric Margiotta with any questions.

20. CALLING SOCIAL SCIENCE AND HUMANITIES GRAD STUDENTS – 1st posting
Gilbert Linkous Elementary School in Blacksburg is hosting the Second Annual Social Science Fair on Nov 14, 6:00-8:00pm where students in grades 3-5 will present their studies in a poster session. A group of brilliant-minded volunteers are needed to inspire a new generation of social scientist. Volunteers will serve as judges and work in teams of three. For more information or to volunteer, please contact Brett Shadle.

21. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR VISUAL NUMBER SENSE STUDY – 1st posting
This study is to learn more about how people make sense of numbers. In particular, your ability to estimate different numbers of objects will be studied. You will be asked to make decisions about the number of objects briefly presented on a computer screen and to make responses to the images by pressing a button. The study lasts no longer than an hour and you will be paid $10 for participating.Please contact vtvneurolab@gmail.com for more information or to sign up. (VT IRB #13-354)

22. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR WALKING, SLIPPING & TRIPPING STUDY – 1st posting
The Kevin P. Granata Biomechanics Lab is performing a study on walking, slipping and tripping.  The study involves one lab session, during which the subject will perform a series of walking trials while gait measurements are collected.  The participant may be slipped or tripped during the session, but all participants wear a harness to ensure safety.  The session takes approximately 1.5 hours, and each participant will receive $20 compensation.  Participants must be 18-30 or 60-80 years old.  Both healthy-weight and overweight subjects are needed.  If interested, please contact biomechanics.esm@gmail.com.

23. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR STUDY WITH WALKING TRIALS – 3rd 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.  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.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

ATOMIC FORCE MICROSCOPY (AFM) WORKSHOP
Mondays, Oct 14, 21, 28 and November 4, 9:30am, Randolph Hall
These AFM session titles are: "History and Application of AFM", "Imaging with AFM", "High Resolution Force Measurements with AFM" and "How to Custom Design an AFM,” respectively. This workshop is organized by COLLOIDS AND SURFACES in association with the laboratories of Prof. William Ducker and Prof. John Walz.  This four-series workshop is designed for faculty, post-doctoral associates, graduate students and undergraduate students who are planning on using atomic force microscopy for research or need some support with various applications. Participation in the workshop is free but limited to only 20 persons.  For more information on each session and registration click here.  For more information on our events, workshops and annual symposia please visit here. To join the COLLOIDS AND SURFACES society and listserve please contact Milad Radiom.

GLOBAL CAFÉ – FALL BREAK SESSION
Friday, Oct 18, 10:00am-12:00pm, Cranwell International Center
Gather and converse in a relaxed atmosphere over refreshments and snacks courtesy of Party Positive.  Everyone is welcome. Co-sponsored by Campus Alcohol Abuse Prevention Center (CAAPC) and the Cranwell International Center.

GONE WITH THE WIND FREE SCREENING
Saturday, Oct. 19, 1:00-5:30pm, The Lyric
The Virginia Center for Civil War Studies invites you to a free screening of Gone with the Wind at Blacksburg’s historic Lyric Theatre. The afternoon will begin with a brief presentation on the historical significance of this iconic movie. This is the opening event in the Civil War Film Series. Over the next couple of years, we’ll screen the best Civil War movies, old and new—from Birth of a Nation to Glory, from Shenandoah to Lincoln. The Lyric Theatre is located at 135 College Avenue in downtown Blacksburg. 540/951-0604. For more information, contact VCCWS director Paul Quigley; 540/231-9090. You can keep up with the latest news and events at the Virginia Center for Civil War Studies website or our Facebook page.

EFFECTIVE READING WORKSHOP
Wednesday, Oct 23, 5:00-8:00pm, GLC Room C
Educational researchers estimate that, at best, we retain only about 10 percent of the information that we read. The key to becoming a more effective reader is to learn how academic information in published papers is structured and then to discipline one’s self to hunt for information actively rather than passively wait for the information to appear on the page. This workshop will describe how you can read more actively and purposely in order to locate needed information, increase comprehension, and boast retention for later use. Please register here if you are planning to attend.

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 here for instructions on how to register and learn more. Remaining Fall 2013 schedule:
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 or Twitter  to be the first to know about LISA events! More information

BGSO EBONY AFFAIR 2013
Friday, Nov 1, 7:00-9:00pm, Custom Catering
The Ebony Affair is a formal/semi-formal dinner banquet in which we recognize those who actively engaged in BGSO’s motto: "Lifting as we climb". It’s a great excuse to get dressed up for an evening of dinner and entertainment. Tickets can be purchased here for only $12! If you know of someone or a group of individuals who have made a significant impact on the VT community, please take a moment to complete the online nomination form by October 10th.