February 3-9, 2014

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 Thursday, 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 4:30-7:30, Room D (additional hours in the Library)

 2. VT ARAB FEST
Monday-Friday, Feb 3-7, times and locations vary
Celebrate Arab culture through five days of events that include arts and fashion show, coffee night, trivia night, panel discussion and dance. See http://vtarabfest.weebly.com/ for event details, or contact doctoral student Noha ElSherbiny at noha@vt.edu for more information.

3. STARTUP CHATUP @ VT
Tuesday and Wednesday, Feb 4-5. South Lounge in Johnston Student Ctr.
Discuss your entrepreneurial aspirations on campus with Jim Flowers, executive director of VT KnowledgeWorks.  Register for a time slot on February 4 or 5 at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080B4CA4AD28A75-startup1. Free to anyone with a Hokie passport.

4. A CONVERSATION ON RACE: DIVERSITY & UNITY ON CAMPUS
Tuesday, Feb 4, 7:00-8:15pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
What’s your experience of racial, ethnic, and cultural diversity at Virginia Tech? Join fellow graduate students seeking a healthier campus climate through this interactive panel discussion and table dialogue. Dessert will be served! Sponsored by InterVarsity Graduate Christian Fellowship, http://gcfvt.wordpress.com.

5. POSITIONING YOU FOR SUCCESS WITH MORRIS MORRISON
Tuesday, Feb 4, 7:00pm, Squires Haymarket Theater Motivational speaker and entrepreneur Morris Morrison will share his insights. Free iPad giveaway, reception afterwards. This event is sponsored by BSA and VT SWAGG. For more information contact grad student Tommy Amal, tamal2@vt.edu.

6. WOMEN’S CENTER OPEN HOUSE & ART EXHIBIT
Wednesday, Feb 5, 4:00-6:00pm, 206 Washington Street
Join Women’s Center staff and students as they launch their 20th anniversary celebration. Enjoy conversation, refreshments and the beautiful work of local artist Diane Relf. The Women’s Center supports graduate students through many programs, including kids’ night out, working mom’s support group, dissertation writing work group, and more http://www.womenscenter.vt.edu/Outreach/Support.html.

7. GLC CAFÉ
Thursday, Feb 6, 3:30-5:00pm, GLC Reading Room
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. Bring your own mug if you can.

8. CROSS-CULTURAL BUSINESS COMMUNICATION
Thursdays, 5:30-6:30pm, GLC Room C
A six-week highly participatory course in which students from various cultures meet and discuss the social skills and non-verbal behaviors from their respective cultures. This group is taught by Nico Wood.  Sponsored by the Cranwell International Center. For more information email Karen Howe at khowe@vt.edu.

9. WELCOME SOCIAL
Friday, Feb 7, 4:00-7:00pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
Enjoy food, games, and great conversation at this welcome social sponsored by the GLC Fellows. Learn about several graduate student organizations on campus and how you can be involved. Meat and vegetarian food options will be available. Open to all graduate students and their families.

10. CALL FOR POSTER ABSTRACTS FOR INTERDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH DAY – 2nd posting
Submission deadline extended to Wed, Jan 29. Want to present your research to fellow students? Want to practice showcasing your research to a broad audience? Submit an abstract for the IDR Day poster session! All grad and ugrad students are eligible to enter. Prizes will be given. Notification date: Feb 8, 2014. IDR Day: Feb 27(2 poster sessions in the afternoon). For more information and submission guidelines: http://www.idrsociety.org/idr-day-2014/call-for-abstracts/. To submit an abstract, please fill out the form at:  https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1386293281414.

11. APPLY NOW FOR BOV GRAD REPRESENTATIVE POSITION  – 2nd posting Applications for the graduate representative for the Board of Visitors (BOV) are accepted now. Download the application at http://www.dsa.vt.edu/BOV/apply.php. The graduate student representative to the BOV serves as a liaison between graduate students and the board. The position provides a great leadership experience, as well as an opportunity to learn about the university’s governance structure and decision-making process. Please consider the position or encourage deserving peers to apply.  Contact Nick Warrington at nick.warrington@vt.edu with any questions.

12. INTERDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH HONOR SOCIETY ACCEPTING APPS NOW – 2nd posting
Iota Delta Rho, the Interdisciplinary Research Honor Society, is accepting applications for membership from Monday, Jan 27 through midnight on Sunday, Feb 17.  IDR was founded at Virginia Tech in 2011 by graduate students promoting interdisciplinary cooperation and research at Virginia Tech and all other colleges and universities. Two levels of membership: full and associate.   Membership application and information about IDR: http://www.idrsociety.org/membership/application/.  Direct all questions to Tammy Parece at tammyep@vt.edu.

13. VT KNOWLEDGEWORKS STUDENT BUSINESS CONCEPT CHALLENGE – 3rd posting
Competition is open to all full-time registered VT students. Average team age must be 27 or less. The competition encourages students to develop their entrepreneurial ideas, enhance understanding of requirements for a successful business venture, and showcase the creativity of students at Virginia Tech. Must register by Feb 14, 2014. Learn more at http://www.vtknowledgeworks.com/echallenge/studentcompetition2014.

14. JEAN B. DUERR MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP – 2nd posting
This is a scholarship for women who plan to attend, or are already enrolled in, an accredited college or university for the entire 2014-2015 academic year. Awards of $2000 will be given to those applicants who best demonstrate academic achievement and community service. – See more at: http://graduateschool.vt.edu/financial/funding/students/duerr.

15. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR MANUAL MATERIAL HANDLING STUDY – 1st posting
Participants are needed for a study on manual material handling tasks.  The study consists of two sessions for about 1-2 and 3-4 hours, respectively.  Requirements: male or female with no recent history of musculoskeletal disorders within the age range of 18-40.  Participants will be compensated $10/hr.  If interested, please contact Alireza Sedighi at sedighia@vt.edu for further details.

16. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR METABOLISM STUDY – 1st posting
Volunteers are needed for a study examining how cocoa influences metabolism in individuals with pre-diabetes (high glucose levels). Participants must be: adults between the ages of 40-75; overweight or obese (body mass index 25-40); not currently taking any blood pressure or diabetes medications; non-smokers; without any major medical problems; willing to eat a controlled study diet for 4 weeks; Pregnant women or those who plan to become pregnant or have taken antibiotics in the past 3 months are not eligible for this study. Participants will receive information about glucose and cholesterol levels, body composition, and blood pressure, and may receive up to $300 compensation for their time. If you meet the above requirements and are interested in participating in this research study, please contact Karen at the Human Integrative Physiology Laboratory at Virginia Tech by email: heartlab@vt.edu. 

17. SURVEY PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT – 1st posting
Clemson-University doctoral student Younsuk Kong invites you to participate in this research study that examines leisure-time physical activity behavior of graduate students in order to identify factors that influence physical activity behavior. The questionnaire will take approximately 10 minutes to complete: https://qtrial.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_6DXcU3PdFlLtQSp. Contact Younsuk Kong at younsuk@clemson.edu with questions.

18. VT LGBT JOURNAL, THE INTERLOPER, SEEKING WRITERS, EDITORS, STAFF  – 3rd posting
The Interloper’s focus is to provide advocates of the queer community a platform to express their otherwise overlooked opinions and perspectives. With this focus in mind, The Interloper is determined to present progressive content through a queer lens by challenging what is often deemed “socially acceptable.” For the Spring 2014 semester, the journal is looking for progressive, sassy, talented staffers for the following positions: (a) Editorial: features editor, writers (for articles, creative pieces, etc.), copy editors, fact checkers (b) Visuals: art director, photography director, illustrators/artists, photographers. To apply for a position, send 2-3 samples of your writing, photography, and/or art to matthew@vt.edu by Friday, Jan 24. Include a paragraph detailing the position you are applying for and why you think you will be a good fit for The Interloper.

19. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR STUDY ON MOTHERS AND CHILDREN – 3rd  posting
Are you a mother who sometimes worries or has fears? Do you have a child between 7 and 12 years of age? An ongoing study is investigating how mothers and children interpret situations in their day-to-day lives. The study is being conducted at the Child Study Center at 460 Turner Street, Suite 207, Blacksburg. For more information please contact Kristin Austin at momanxiety@vt.edu or call 540-231-8276. Compensation: $50.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

‘I LOVE BLACK HISTORY MONTH’ SPEED NETWORKING LUNCH
Monday, Feb 10, 12:00-1:00pm, Multipurpose Room All graduate students, faculty, and staff are invited to this luncheon hosted by the Black Graduate Student Organization and the Graduate School. Please RSVP by Thursday, February 6th at https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1389381294334

HOW TO MAKE ENDS MEET
Monday, Feb 10, 5:00pm, GLC Room D
Learn creative ways to live within a meager budget using money-saving strategies specific to the New River Valley. Contact Lauren Surface at lkeister@vt.edu if you have questions.

GRADUATION FAIR
Wednesday, Feb 12, 11:30am-7:30pm,
Holtzman Alumni Center Tour the Alumni Center, enjoy free pizza and drinks, and get your graduation supplies: announcements, commencement info, caps and gowns, diploma frames and more. For more information contact Gwen Harrington, gwharrin@vt.edu.

WHAT HAVE I GOTTEN MYSELF INTO?
Tuesday, Feb 11, 12:00-1:30pm, GLC Room D
If you’re a new (or returning) graduate student who has asked yourself this question, the Graduate School wants you to know that you are not alone! Meet fellow graduate students, new and returning, to talk about graduate school as an exciting-but possibly overwhelming-life adventure. There will be pizza! Complete this survey if you plan to attend: https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1390838381481

LUNCH WITH THE DEAN – registration required
Wednesday, February 12, 12-1pm, GLC Room C
Meet Graduate School Dean Dr. Karen DePauw and several graduate student leaders at a free lunch. Learn about the latest in graduate education and share your perspectives in a casual setting. Sign-up here: https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1389213455685

BEHIND THE SCENES TOUR OF MOSS CENTER FOR THE ARTS
Wednesday, Feb 12, 1:00-2:00pm, meet at Grand Lobby of Center for the Arts
This is an exclusive opportunity for graduate students to tour the newly opened Moss Center for the Arts here at Virginia Tech. Look behind the scenes and feel the inspiration! Space is limited and the tour is free. Register at https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1389211704974.

CAREER FAIR PREPARATION
Wednesday, Feb 12, 5:30-6:30pm, GLC Room G
Learn how to present yourself to an employer and what to ask at a job fair. Sponsored by Career Services. Contact Amy McPherson at amcphers@vt.edu if you have questions.

INTL SPRING SOCIAL: LOVE AROUND THE WORLD – registration required
Friday, Feb 14, 6:00–8:00pm, GLC Multipurpose Room The Cranwell International Center and the Campus Alcohol and Abuse Prevention Center (CAAPC) are partnering to present the annual international spring social with food and drinks from across the globe and an opportunity to interact with others from around the world.  This event requires pre-registration at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/70A0C4EADAE2CA13-love and only those who register will be admitted to the event.  For more info contact the Cranwell International Center at international@vt.edu.

February 3-9, 2014

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 Thursday, 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 4:30-7:30, Room D (additional hours in the Library)

 2. VT ARAB FEST
Monday-Friday, Feb 3-7, times and locations vary
Celebrate Arab culture through five days of events that include arts and fashion show, coffee night, trivia night, panel discussion and dance. See http://vtarabfest.weebly.com/ for event details, or contact doctoral student Noha ElSherbiny at noha@vt.edu for more information.

3. STARTUP CHATUP @ VT
Tuesday and Wednesday, Feb 4-5. South Lounge in Johnston Student Ctr.
Discuss your entrepreneurial aspirations on campus with Jim Flowers, executive director of VT KnowledgeWorks.  Register for a time slot on February 4 or 5 at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080B4CA4AD28A75-startup1. Free to anyone with a Hokie passport.

4. A CONVERSATION ON RACE: DIVERSITY & UNITY ON CAMPUS
Tuesday, Feb 4, 7:00-8:15pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
What’s your experience of racial, ethnic, and cultural diversity at Virginia Tech? Join fellow graduate students seeking a healthier campus climate through this interactive panel discussion and table dialogue. Dessert will be served! Sponsored by InterVarsity Graduate Christian Fellowship, http://gcfvt.wordpress.com.

5. POSITIONING YOU FOR SUCCESS WITH MORRIS MORRISON
Tuesday, Feb 4, 7:00pm, Squires Haymarket Theater Motivational speaker and entrepreneur Morris Morrison will share his insights. Free iPad giveaway, reception afterwards. This event is sponsored by BSA and VT SWAGG. For more information contact grad student Tommy Amal, tamal2@vt.edu.

6. WOMEN’S CENTER OPEN HOUSE & ART EXHIBIT
Wednesday, Feb 5, 4:00-6:00pm, 206 Washington Street
Join Women’s Center staff and students as they launch their 20th anniversary celebration. Enjoy conversation, refreshments and the beautiful work of local artist Diane Relf. The Women’s Center supports graduate students through many programs, including kids’ night out, working mom’s support group, dissertation writing work group, and more http://www.womenscenter.vt.edu/Outreach/Support.html.

7. GLC CAFÉ
Thursday, Feb 6, 3:30-5:00pm, GLC Reading Room
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. Bring your own mug if you can.

8. CROSS-CULTURAL BUSINESS COMMUNICATION
Thursdays, 5:30-6:30pm, GLC Room C
A six-week highly participatory course in which students from various cultures meet and discuss the social skills and non-verbal behaviors from their respective cultures. This group is taught by Nico Wood.  Sponsored by the Cranwell International Center. For more information email Karen Howe at khowe@vt.edu.

9. WELCOME SOCIAL
Friday, Feb 7, 4:00-7:00pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
Enjoy food, games, and great conversation at this welcome social sponsored by the GLC Fellows. Learn about several graduate student organizations on campus and how you can be involved. Meat and vegetarian food options will be available. Open to all graduate students and their families.

10. CALL FOR POSTER ABSTRACTS FOR INTERDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH DAY – 2nd posting
Submission deadline extended to Wed, Jan 29. Want to present your research to fellow students? Want to practice showcasing your research to a broad audience? Submit an abstract for the IDR Day poster session! All grad and ugrad students are eligible to enter. Prizes will be given. Notification date: Feb 8, 2014. IDR Day: Feb 27(2 poster sessions in the afternoon). For more information and submission guidelines: http://www.idrsociety.org/idr-day-2014/call-for-abstracts/. To submit an abstract, please fill out the form at:  https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1386293281414.

11. APPLY NOW FOR BOV GRAD REPRESENTATIVE POSITION  – 2nd posting Applications for the graduate representative for the Board of Visitors (BOV) are accepted now. Download the application at http://www.dsa.vt.edu/BOV/apply.php. The graduate student representative to the BOV serves as a liaison between graduate students and the board. The position provides a great leadership experience, as well as an opportunity to learn about the university’s governance structure and decision-making process. Please consider the position or encourage deserving peers to apply.  Contact Nick Warrington at nick.warrington@vt.edu with any questions.

12. INTERDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH HONOR SOCIETY ACCEPTING APPS NOW – 2nd posting
Iota Delta Rho, the Interdisciplinary Research Honor Society, is accepting applications for membership from Monday, Jan 27 through midnight on Sunday, Feb 17.  IDR was founded at Virginia Tech in 2011 by graduate students promoting interdisciplinary cooperation and research at Virginia Tech and all other colleges and universities. Two levels of membership: full and associate.   Membership application and information about IDR: http://www.idrsociety.org/membership/application/.  Direct all questions to Tammy Parece at tammyep@vt.edu.

13. VT KNOWLEDGEWORKS STUDENT BUSINESS CONCEPT CHALLENGE – 3rd posting
Competition is open to all full-time registered VT students. Average team age must be 27 or less. The competition encourages students to develop their entrepreneurial ideas, enhance understanding of requirements for a successful business venture, and showcase the creativity of students at Virginia Tech. Must register by Feb 14, 2014. Learn more at http://www.vtknowledgeworks.com/echallenge/studentcompetition2014.

14. JEAN B. DUERR MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP – 2nd posting
This is a scholarship for women who plan to attend, or are already enrolled in, an accredited college or university for the entire 2014-2015 academic year. Awards of $2000 will be given to those applicants who best demonstrate academic achievement and community service. – See more at: http://graduateschool.vt.edu/financial/funding/students/duerr.

15. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR MANUAL MATERIAL HANDLING STUDY – 1st posting
Participants are needed for a study on manual material handling tasks.  The study consists of two sessions for about 1-2 and 3-4 hours, respectively.  Requirements: male or female with no recent history of musculoskeletal disorders within the age range of 18-40.  Participants will be compensated $10/hr.  If interested, please contact Alireza Sedighi at sedighia@vt.edu for further details.

16. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR METABOLISM STUDY – 1st posting
Volunteers are needed for a study examining how cocoa influences metabolism in individuals with pre-diabetes (high glucose levels). Participants must be: adults between the ages of 40-75; overweight or obese (body mass index 25-40); not currently taking any blood pressure or diabetes medications; non-smokers; without any major medical problems; willing to eat a controlled study diet for 4 weeks; Pregnant women or those who plan to become pregnant or have taken antibiotics in the past 3 months are not eligible for this study. Participants will receive information about glucose and cholesterol levels, body composition, and blood pressure, and may receive up to $300 compensation for their time. If you meet the above requirements and are interested in participating in this research study, please contact Karen at the Human Integrative Physiology Laboratory at Virginia Tech by email: heartlab@vt.edu. 

17. SURVEY PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT – 1st posting
Clemson-University doctoral student Younsuk Kong invites you to participate in this research study that examines leisure-time physical activity behavior of graduate students in order to identify factors that influence physical activity behavior. The questionnaire will take approximately 10 minutes to complete: https://qtrial.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_6DXcU3PdFlLtQSp. Contact Younsuk Kong at younsuk@clemson.edu with questions.

18. VT LGBT JOURNAL, THE INTERLOPER, SEEKING WRITERS, EDITORS, STAFF  – 3rd posting
The Interloper’s focus is to provide advocates of the queer community a platform to express their otherwise overlooked opinions and perspectives. With this focus in mind, The Interloper is determined to present progressive content through a queer lens by challenging what is often deemed “socially acceptable.” For the Spring 2014 semester, the journal is looking for progressive, sassy, talented staffers for the following positions: (a) Editorial: features editor, writers (for articles, creative pieces, etc.), copy editors, fact checkers (b) Visuals: art director, photography director, illustrators/artists, photographers. To apply for a position, send 2-3 samples of your writing, photography, and/or art to matthew@vt.edu by Friday, Jan 24. Include a paragraph detailing the position you are applying for and why you think you will be a good fit for The Interloper.

19. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR STUDY ON MOTHERS AND CHILDREN – 3rd  posting
Are you a mother who sometimes worries or has fears? Do you have a child between 7 and 12 years of age? An ongoing study is investigating how mothers and children interpret situations in their day-to-day lives. The study is being conducted at the Child Study Center at 460 Turner Street, Suite 207, Blacksburg. For more information please contact Kristin Austin at momanxiety@vt.edu or call 540-231-8276. Compensation: $50.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

‘I LOVE BLACK HISTORY MONTH’ SPEED NETWORKING LUNCH
Monday, Feb 10, 12:00-1:00pm, Multipurpose Room All graduate students, faculty, and staff are invited to this luncheon hosted by the Black Graduate Student Organization and the Graduate School. Please RSVP by Thursday, February 6th at https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1389381294334

HOW TO MAKE ENDS MEET
Monday, Feb 10, 5:00pm, GLC Room D
Learn creative ways to live within a meager budget using money-saving strategies specific to the New River Valley. Contact Lauren Surface at lkeister@vt.edu if you have questions.

GRADUATION FAIR
Wednesday, Feb 12, 11:30am-7:30pm,
Holtzman Alumni Center Tour the Alumni Center, enjoy free pizza and drinks, and get your graduation supplies: announcements, commencement info, caps and gowns, diploma frames and more. For more information contact Gwen Harrington, gwharrin@vt.edu.

WHAT HAVE I GOTTEN MYSELF INTO?
Tuesday, Feb 11, 12:00-1:30pm, GLC Room D
If you’re a new (or returning) graduate student who has asked yourself this question, the Graduate School wants you to know that you are not alone! Meet fellow graduate students, new and returning, to talk about graduate school as an exciting-but possibly overwhelming-life adventure. There will be pizza! Complete this survey if you plan to attend: https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1390838381481

LUNCH WITH THE DEAN – registration required
Wednesday, February 12, 12-1pm, GLC Room C
Meet Graduate School Dean Dr. Karen DePauw and several graduate student leaders at a free lunch. Learn about the latest in graduate education and share your perspectives in a casual setting. Sign-up here: https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1389213455685

BEHIND THE SCENES TOUR OF MOSS CENTER FOR THE ARTS
Wednesday, Feb 12, 1:00-2:00pm, meet at Grand Lobby of Center for the Arts
This is an exclusive opportunity for graduate students to tour the newly opened Moss Center for the Arts here at Virginia Tech. Look behind the scenes and feel the inspiration! Space is limited and the tour is free. Register at https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1389211704974.

CAREER FAIR PREPARATION
Wednesday, Feb 12, 5:30-6:30pm, GLC Room G
Learn how to present yourself to an employer and what to ask at a job fair. Sponsored by Career Services. Contact Amy McPherson at amcphers@vt.edu if you have questions.

INTL SPRING SOCIAL: LOVE AROUND THE WORLD – registration required
Friday, Feb 14, 6:00–8:00pm, GLC Multipurpose Room The Cranwell International Center and the Campus Alcohol and Abuse Prevention Center (CAAPC) are partnering to present the annual international spring social with food and drinks from across the globe and an opportunity to interact with others from around the world.  This event requires pre-registration at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/70A0C4EADAE2CA13-love and only those who register will be admitted to the event.  For more info contact the Cranwell International Center at international@vt.edu.