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.