March 31 – April 6, 2014

1.  WEEKLY SERVICES IN THE GLC – updated 3/17

  • 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
  • Financial Aid advising: Tuesdays 8:30-10:30 by appointment; 10:30-12:30 by walk-in, Room A
  • 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. VIRTUAL CAREER FAIR – REGISTER NOW!
April 1-3, live online      
Register online at http://secacc.careereco.net/students-alumni/virtual-career-fair-registration/; meet more than 60 employers and explore opportunities for full-time jobs, internships, co-ops in engineering, technology, business, accounting, marketing, sales, science, HR and more.

3. EVERYONE MATTTERS DAY: HOKIE IDENTITY DIGITAL EXHIBIT
Wednesday, Apr 2, 10:30am-2:00pm,  Newman Library Multipurpose Room
This event will highlight the diversity that exists within the Hokie community. Everyone Matters is a global campaign advocating for everyone’s dignity and respect. This digital exhibit will feature photographs and video clips of VT students, faculty, and staff. Organizers are looking for a picture or video clip highlighting who you are and why you matter. Photos and videos will be continuously displayed from 10:30am to 2:00pm. Refreshments will be served.

4. WOMEN’S CENTER CHOCOLATE FESTIVAL 2014
Wednesday, Apr 2, 3:00-6:00pm, Old Dominion Ballroom in Squires
The Women’s Center invites all grad students to its annual chocolate festival and culminating event of their 20th anniversary celebrations. The event will feature chocolate and baked goods from local restaurant and bakers, a women and wellness resource fair, live music, fun games, and a silent auction. Proceeds will benefit programming and outreach efforts of the Women’s Center and the Women’s Resource Center of the NRV. Advance tickets $8 for students; at the event $10 for students. Learn more at http://www.womenscenter.vt.edu/.

5. GLC CAFÉ
Thursday, Apr 3, 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, or test your luck in the mug raffle.

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

7. GRADUATION 101 SERIES: ETD REVIEW
Friday, Apr 4, 1:00pm, Online
The Graduate School is hosting monthly Graduation 101 Webinars.  Webinar participants will need a computer with Internet access, microphone and speakers to fully participate. Meeting number: 645 468 465. This meeting does not require a password. Hosted by Marija Telbis-Forster.  Join at https://virginiatech.webex.com/virginiatech/j.php?ED=268947082&UID=0&RT=MiMxMQ%3D%3D. For assistance contact Marija at mtelbisf@vt.edu. 

8. DATA SCIENCE MEETUP
Saturday, Apr 5, 3:00-5:00pm, GLC Room B
Graduate students, faculty and professionals can benefit from learning more about how to apply data science in their work. Data Science with R Meetup is a local platform for discussing interesting problems and their solutions from a data science perspective, using R, Python and other programming languages. On Saturday the group will examine a case study with data available from LinkedIn, the world largest professional network. Join to learn more!

9. GSA WINE AND BEER SOCIAL
Saturday, Apr 5, 5:00-9:00pm, University Club
The GSA invites you to its spring wine and beer social for an evening of fun and socializing with fellow students. An assortment of beer, wine and hors d’oeuvres will be provided. Must be 21+ with a valid state ID to consume alcohol. General admission is $8 and delegates will be admitted for $4. Non-drinking guests are welcome for $2. Please contact Mordecai Harvey at mordie02@vt.edu with questions. 

10. CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS FOR GLC-NEWS APR 1 SPECIAL EDITION – deadline tonight
Here is your opportunity to get published in a peer-viewed online weekly notice: Submit your fake event description, faux call for research subjects, and other nonexistent opportunities for graduate students for the April 1 special edition of the GLC weekly listserv posting. Exercise your imagination and writing skills and earn extra points (in the form of chocolates and candy in 117 GLC) for a creative event or research idea, succinct description, and completeness of details. Submission deadline: March 31, midnight. Send to gibsonm@vt.edu, with subject line: You are a fool.

11. QUEER GRADS, PROFESSIONALS AND ALLIES WEB UPDATE
The Queer Grads, Professionals, and Allies group has done a major overhaul to its website and would like to get the word out to all graduate students about their existence and the website changes. Learn more about the group at their newly refurbished site at http://qgpavt.wix.com/qgpavt. For more information contact Ayanda at ayamm12@vt.edu.

12. VT ENGAGE APPLICATION DEADLINE EXTENDED TO MAR 31 – deadline today
The John E. Dooley Student Engagement Grant (JEDSEG) application deadline has been extended until Mar 31 at midnight. This grant funds highly motivated students or student teams who plan to invest in their community by creating an opportunity for active civic engagement. Two awards of $750 each are available. Student teams can be informal or formal registered student organizations. Undergraduate and graduate students are eligible to apply. Check out all the details and apply for the grant at www.engage.vt.edu or contact Lauren at kennedy0@vt.edu with any questions.

13. ON-CAMPUS COMMENCEMENT LODGING FOR FAMILIES – 3rd posting
Family and friends of graduating students who plan to attend commencement ceremonies and celebrations in Blacksburg May 15 to 18 may wish to consider convenient overnight accommodations right on campus. Virginia Tech will again provide residence hall rooms and suites for families and guests of graduates. Guests may opt for a two-night or three-night package which include on campus parking and all-you-care-to-eat meals in VT’s award-winning D2 Dining Center.  Visit http://www.housing.vt.edu/conference/commencement/lodging.html to make reservations. 

14. GA POSITION OPEN IN INSTITUTIONAL RESEARCH & EFFECTIVENESS FOR FALL 2014 – 1st posting
VT’s IRE office is looking for a Graduate Assistant for Fall 2014 and possibly immediately to assist with the conversion of some static web-site activity to dynamic, user-driven, SQL-Server apps. Required skills include SQL, with ideally at least an awareness of SQL Server Reporting Services. Additionally some experience with JavaScript and ASP.NET, using C# or VB.NET would be great. Preferred skills include HTML, IIS, a fun personality, dependability, and very good communication skills. Interested grad students can send their information to Dennis Catley, dcatley@vt.edu by April 15, 2014, or until the position is filled.

15. RESIDENTIAL GRAD FELLOW OPENING IN HONORS RESIDENTIAL COLLEGE – 1st posting
The HRC Grad Fellow serves the intellectual life and educational mission of the HRC and University Honors, and works closely with the faculty principal. Duties include:  maintaining a collegial working relationships with HRC-affiliated students and staff; residing and participating in life of HRC, including weekly events and meetings; work 20 hrs/wk under supervision of HRC principal, organizing events, overseeing blogging; coordinating publicity and leadership; serving as a resource and liaison; possessing general knowledge of residential and judicial policies and procedures as well as Grad School role and responsibilities. Compensation: housing and meal plan (approx.. = $14,500 provided by HRL and UH), meals during training periods, in-state tuition scholarship from Graduate School. Grad Fellow may not take up any additional employment without prior approval of Faculty Principal. To apply, send one pdf document that includes cover letter and resume or CV, to Jamie Penven, jpenven@vt.edu, by Friday, Apr 4. Send all inquiries about the position to Mr. Penven.

16. PARTICIPATE IN VT COMMUTING SURVEY – 1st posting
The VT Office of Alternative Transportation is conducting the university’s first commuting survey, the results of which will provide invaluable data about commuting patterns and needs on the Blacksburg campus. The survey will be live until Friday, Apr 11 and is open to all students, faculty and staff. Please access the survey at https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_88QKrTnUKK4U8jH. 

17. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR DOCUMENTATION STYLES STUDY – 1st posting
VT researchers are seeking participants 18 or older for a study on how-to documentation styles. Sign-up at https://doodle.com/v8p52i8e36cchuzr for a one-hour session. Location: McBryde Hall 110. The experiment will take about one hour. Prior to testing, participants will be asked to complete a pre-questionnaire asking basic demographic and background information, then will be presented with three short how-to documents for questions and document evaluation. Afterwards, they will complete a post-questionnaire on their experience. The survey is online, thus participants will be asked to bring their laptops. If a participant does not have access to a laptop, he or she is asked to please contact Rebecca Zeitz at razeitz@vt.edu. Data collected during this study will contribute knowledge in terms of technical documentation discourse and format type, relating to both authorship and readership.  The findings will be analyzed for contributions towards a foundation for technical communications.

18. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR HUMAN GAIT STUDY – 1st posting
Participants are needed for a VT study investigating the biomechanics of human gait, including low-back fatigue. The study (IRB # 10-117) consists of one session for about 3-4 hours. Requirements: male or female with no recent history of musculoskeletal disorders within the age range of 18-30. Participants will be compensated $10/hr. If interested, please email your name, gender, age, height, and weight to rashedi@vt.edu.

19. LGBQ YOUTH & YOUNG ADULTS WANTED FOR RESEARCH PROJECT – 1st reposting
VT researchers are recruiting lesbian, gay, bisexual, and queer youth and young adults age 13-21 to participate in a project exploring the decision to come out to family as gay, lesbian, bisexual or queer.  The questionnaire and in-depth interview will take about 2-2.5 hours and participants will receive a $10 gift card for their feedback. The PI is in the process of developing a program to help youth make safe and successful disclosure decisions to family; this research will help inform that project.  Researchers would like to hear from youth that have and have not yet come out to family.  Participation is voluntary and strictly confidential (VT IRB 13-331).  If you have questions or would like to discuss eligibility, email VTProjectSMYLE@gmail.com or call (540)-231-4235, or visit https://www.facebook.com/VTProjectSMYLE

20. PARENTS OF LGB YOUTH/YOUNG ADULTS WANTED FOR RESEARCH  PROJECT -1st reposting
Researchers are recruiting parents who have had a child disclose to them in the last five years that they are lesbian, gay or bisexual when the child was 13-21.  The brief questionnaire and in-depth interview will take approximately 1-2 hours and participants will receive a $10 gift card for their feedback.  The PI is in the process of developing a program to help youth make safe and successful disclosure decisions to family; this research will help inform that project. Participation is voluntary and strictly confidential(VT IRB 13-331).   If you have questions or would like to discuss eligibility, email VTProjectSMYLE@gmail.com or call (540)-231-4235, or visit https://www.facebook.com/VTProjectSMYLE.

21. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR STUDY ON MOTHERS AND CHILDREN – 1st posting
Are you a mother who sometimes worries or has fears? Do you have a child between 7 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.

22. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR DRIVING SIMULATOR STUDY – 2nd posting
VT-SCORES (VT Signal Control & Operation Research and Education Systems lab) is conducting a driving simulator study to investigate driver behavior, performance, and attention when encountering car-following situations.  The study looks at the effects of emotions on driver behavior through the use of psychological (emotion) and physiological (heart rate, skin conductance) data. The study will take no more than two hours, and participants will deal with driving simulation equipment to help contribute to the understanding of dangerous driving behaviors that could reduce frequency of these behaviors and ultimately save lives. You can opt out of the experiment at any time if you experience dizziness or any similar minimal risks associated with driving simulation studies, or for any other reason. Must be licensed drivers at least 18 or older. Data obtained from the simulator will be confidential. If you are interested in participating or have questions about the procedure, contact Bryan at 540-921-7150, bryan.higgs@vt.edu.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

EXPLORING SPACE IN SEARCH OF OUR COSMIC ROOTS AND GALACTIC COUSINS
Tuesday, Apr 8, 7:00-9:00pm, GLC Auditorium
ISVT and CISO are proud to present Dr. Firouz Naderi, director of NASA’s solar system exploration directorate. He has lead noteworthy projects such as the Mars Exploration Program, and oversaw the successful launch of Mars Odyssey, the landing of the Mars Exploration Rovers, Spirit and Opportunity, and the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter construction. The talk is open to the public and aimed for a general audience. For more information visit Virginia Tech’s Iranian Society website: www.iranian.org.vt.edu.

IMRPOV WORKSHOP
Tuesday, Apr 8, 7:00-9:00, GLC Room B
Ever wanted to try Imrpov? Come out and learn the basics from VT’s Bob Leonard of Theater Arts. This workshop is open to all grads. Seating is limited. RSVP to Ashley at ashleyf@vt.edu.

DMV SERVICES AT THE CRANWELL LOT
Monday-Tuesday, Apr 14 – 15, 9:00am– 3:00pm, Cranwell International Center Parking Lot
The DMV (The Department of Motor Vehicles) is coming to the Cranwell International Center, performing all functions that are normally done at the Christiansburg location (i.e. Driver’s License and Virginia State IDs) can be performed.

FULBRIGHT RECRUITMENT RECEPTION
Tuesday, Apr 15, 5:30-7:30pm
The VT Honors Program and the Blue Ridge Chapter of the Fulbright Alumni Association announces the 2014 Fulbright Recruitment Dinner Reception at Virginia Tech. This invitation-only event offers contacts and information for students, staff and faculty alike who are interested in applying for this most prestigious U.S. Exchange Program. Food will be provided. Due to space limitations, seats for interested students, staff and faculty will be given away on a first come first serve basis; please register at: https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1395055465780. For questions and comments email Tobias Ecker ecker@vt.edu.

SPEED DATING SPRIING 2014
Saturday, Apr 19, 7:00pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
The GSA, QGPA and BGSO invites all grad students to Speed Dating Spring 2014! Doors will open at 6:30. This is a great opportunity to meet potential dating interests or new friends, and it is an inclusive event for graduate students of all genders and orientations. Please sign up for the event at https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1390769895999. Contact Cory Brunson at jabrunso@vt.edu or Mordecai Harvey at mordie02@vt.edu if you have any questions or concerns. 

March 31 – April 6, 2014

1.  WEEKLY SERVICES IN THE GLC – updated 3/17

  • 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
  • Financial Aid advising: Tuesdays 8:30-10:30 by appointment; 10:30-12:30 by walk-in, Room A
  • 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. VIRTUAL CAREER FAIR – REGISTER NOW!
April 1-3, live online      
Register online at http://secacc.careereco.net/students-alumni/virtual-career-fair-registration/; meet more than 60 employers and explore opportunities for full-time jobs, internships, co-ops in engineering, technology, business, accounting, marketing, sales, science, HR and more.

3. EVERYONE MATTTERS DAY: HOKIE IDENTITY DIGITAL EXHIBIT
Wednesday, Apr 2, 10:30am-2:00pm,  Newman Library Multipurpose Room
This event will highlight the diversity that exists within the Hokie community. Everyone Matters is a global campaign advocating for everyone’s dignity and respect. This digital exhibit will feature photographs and video clips of VT students, faculty, and staff. Organizers are looking for a picture or video clip highlighting who you are and why you matter. Photos and videos will be continuously displayed from 10:30am to 2:00pm. Refreshments will be served.

4. WOMEN’S CENTER CHOCOLATE FESTIVAL 2014
Wednesday, Apr 2, 3:00-6:00pm, Old Dominion Ballroom in Squires
The Women’s Center invites all grad students to its annual chocolate festival and culminating event of their 20th anniversary celebrations. The event will feature chocolate and baked goods from local restaurant and bakers, a women and wellness resource fair, live music, fun games, and a silent auction. Proceeds will benefit programming and outreach efforts of the Women’s Center and the Women’s Resource Center of the NRV. Advance tickets $8 for students; at the event $10 for students. Learn more at http://www.womenscenter.vt.edu/.

5. GLC CAFÉ
Thursday, Apr 3, 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, or test your luck in the mug raffle.

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

7. GRADUATION 101 SERIES: ETD REVIEW
Friday, Apr 4, 1:00pm, Online
The Graduate School is hosting monthly Graduation 101 Webinars.  Webinar participants will need a computer with Internet access, microphone and speakers to fully participate. Meeting number: 645 468 465. This meeting does not require a password. Hosted by Marija Telbis-Forster.  Join at https://virginiatech.webex.com/virginiatech/j.php?ED=268947082&UID=0&RT=MiMxMQ%3D%3D. For assistance contact Marija at mtelbisf@vt.edu. 

8. DATA SCIENCE MEETUP
Saturday, Apr 5, 3:00-5:00pm, GLC Room B
Graduate students, faculty and professionals can benefit from learning more about how to apply data science in their work. Data Science with R Meetup is a local platform for discussing interesting problems and their solutions from a data science perspective, using R, Python and other programming languages. On Saturday the group will examine a case study with data available from LinkedIn, the world largest professional network. Join to learn more!

9. GSA WINE AND BEER SOCIAL
Saturday, Apr 5, 5:00-9:00pm, University Club
The GSA invites you to its spring wine and beer social for an evening of fun and socializing with fellow students. An assortment of beer, wine and hors d’oeuvres will be provided. Must be 21+ with a valid state ID to consume alcohol. General admission is $8 and delegates will be admitted for $4. Non-drinking guests are welcome for $2. Please contact Mordecai Harvey at mordie02@vt.edu with questions. 

10. CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS FOR GLC-NEWS APR 1 SPECIAL EDITION – deadline tonight
Here is your opportunity to get published in a peer-viewed online weekly notice: Submit your fake event description, faux call for research subjects, and other nonexistent opportunities for graduate students for the April 1 special edition of the GLC weekly listserv posting. Exercise your imagination and writing skills and earn extra points (in the form of chocolates and candy in 117 GLC) for a creative event or research idea, succinct description, and completeness of details. Submission deadline: March 31, midnight. Send to gibsonm@vt.edu, with subject line: You are a fool.

11. QUEER GRADS, PROFESSIONALS AND ALLIES WEB UPDATE
The Queer Grads, Professionals, and Allies group has done a major overhaul to its website and would like to get the word out to all graduate students about their existence and the website changes. Learn more about the group at their newly refurbished site at http://qgpavt.wix.com/qgpavt. For more information contact Ayanda at ayamm12@vt.edu.

12. VT ENGAGE APPLICATION DEADLINE EXTENDED TO MAR 31 – deadline today
The John E. Dooley Student Engagement Grant (JEDSEG) application deadline has been extended until Mar 31 at midnight. This grant funds highly motivated students or student teams who plan to invest in their community by creating an opportunity for active civic engagement. Two awards of $750 each are available. Student teams can be informal or formal registered student organizations. Undergraduate and graduate students are eligible to apply. Check out all the details and apply for the grant at www.engage.vt.edu or contact Lauren at kennedy0@vt.edu with any questions.

13. ON-CAMPUS COMMENCEMENT LODGING FOR FAMILIES – 3rd posting
Family and friends of graduating students who plan to attend commencement ceremonies and celebrations in Blacksburg May 15 to 18 may wish to consider convenient overnight accommodations right on campus. Virginia Tech will again provide residence hall rooms and suites for families and guests of graduates. Guests may opt for a two-night or three-night package which include on campus parking and all-you-care-to-eat meals in VT’s award-winning D2 Dining Center.  Visit http://www.housing.vt.edu/conference/commencement/lodging.html to make reservations. 

14. GA POSITION OPEN IN INSTITUTIONAL RESEARCH & EFFECTIVENESS FOR FALL 2014 – 1st posting
VT’s IRE office is looking for a Graduate Assistant for Fall 2014 and possibly immediately to assist with the conversion of some static web-site activity to dynamic, user-driven, SQL-Server apps. Required skills include SQL, with ideally at least an awareness of SQL Server Reporting Services. Additionally some experience with JavaScript and ASP.NET, using C# or VB.NET would be great. Preferred skills include HTML, IIS, a fun personality, dependability, and very good communication skills. Interested grad students can send their information to Dennis Catley, dcatley@vt.edu by April 15, 2014, or until the position is filled.

15. RESIDENTIAL GRAD FELLOW OPENING IN HONORS RESIDENTIAL COLLEGE – 1st posting
The HRC Grad Fellow serves the intellectual life and educational mission of the HRC and University Honors, and works closely with the faculty principal. Duties include:  maintaining a collegial working relationships with HRC-affiliated students and staff; residing and participating in life of HRC, including weekly events and meetings; work 20 hrs/wk under supervision of HRC principal, organizing events, overseeing blogging; coordinating publicity and leadership; serving as a resource and liaison; possessing general knowledge of residential and judicial policies and procedures as well as Grad School role and responsibilities. Compensation: housing and meal plan (approx.. = $14,500 provided by HRL and UH), meals during training periods, in-state tuition scholarship from Graduate School. Grad Fellow may not take up any additional employment without prior approval of Faculty Principal. To apply, send one pdf document that includes cover letter and resume or CV, to Jamie Penven, jpenven@vt.edu, by Friday, Apr 4. Send all inquiries about the position to Mr. Penven.

16. PARTICIPATE IN VT COMMUTING SURVEY – 1st posting
The VT Office of Alternative Transportation is conducting the university’s first commuting survey, the results of which will provide invaluable data about commuting patterns and needs on the Blacksburg campus. The survey will be live until Friday, Apr 11 and is open to all students, faculty and staff. Please access the survey at https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_88QKrTnUKK4U8jH. 

17. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR DOCUMENTATION STYLES STUDY – 1st posting
VT researchers are seeking participants 18 or older for a study on how-to documentation styles. Sign-up at https://doodle.com/v8p52i8e36cchuzr for a one-hour session. Location: McBryde Hall 110. The experiment will take about one hour. Prior to testing, participants will be asked to complete a pre-questionnaire asking basic demographic and background information, then will be presented with three short how-to documents for questions and document evaluation. Afterwards, they will complete a post-questionnaire on their experience. The survey is online, thus participants will be asked to bring their laptops. If a participant does not have access to a laptop, he or she is asked to please contact Rebecca Zeitz at razeitz@vt.edu. Data collected during this study will contribute knowledge in terms of technical documentation discourse and format type, relating to both authorship and readership.  The findings will be analyzed for contributions towards a foundation for technical communications.

18. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR HUMAN GAIT STUDY – 1st posting
Participants are needed for a VT study investigating the biomechanics of human gait, including low-back fatigue. The study (IRB # 10-117) consists of one session for about 3-4 hours. Requirements: male or female with no recent history of musculoskeletal disorders within the age range of 18-30. Participants will be compensated $10/hr. If interested, please email your name, gender, age, height, and weight to rashedi@vt.edu.

19. LGBQ YOUTH & YOUNG ADULTS WANTED FOR RESEARCH PROJECT – 1st reposting
VT researchers are recruiting lesbian, gay, bisexual, and queer youth and young adults age 13-21 to participate in a project exploring the decision to come out to family as gay, lesbian, bisexual or queer.  The questionnaire and in-depth interview will take about 2-2.5 hours and participants will receive a $10 gift card for their feedback. The PI is in the process of developing a program to help youth make safe and successful disclosure decisions to family; this research will help inform that project.  Researchers would like to hear from youth that have and have not yet come out to family.  Participation is voluntary and strictly confidential (VT IRB 13-331).  If you have questions or would like to discuss eligibility, email VTProjectSMYLE@gmail.com or call (540)-231-4235, or visit https://www.facebook.com/VTProjectSMYLE

20. PARENTS OF LGB YOUTH/YOUNG ADULTS WANTED FOR RESEARCH  PROJECT -1st reposting
Researchers are recruiting parents who have had a child disclose to them in the last five years that they are lesbian, gay or bisexual when the child was 13-21.  The brief questionnaire and in-depth interview will take approximately 1-2 hours and participants will receive a $10 gift card for their feedback.  The PI is in the process of developing a program to help youth make safe and successful disclosure decisions to family; this research will help inform that project. Participation is voluntary and strictly confidential(VT IRB 13-331).   If you have questions or would like to discuss eligibility, email VTProjectSMYLE@gmail.com or call (540)-231-4235, or visit https://www.facebook.com/VTProjectSMYLE.

21. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR STUDY ON MOTHERS AND CHILDREN – 1st posting
Are you a mother who sometimes worries or has fears? Do you have a child between 7 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.

22. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR DRIVING SIMULATOR STUDY – 2nd posting
VT-SCORES (VT Signal Control & Operation Research and Education Systems lab) is conducting a driving simulator study to investigate driver behavior, performance, and attention when encountering car-following situations.  The study looks at the effects of emotions on driver behavior through the use of psychological (emotion) and physiological (heart rate, skin conductance) data. The study will take no more than two hours, and participants will deal with driving simulation equipment to help contribute to the understanding of dangerous driving behaviors that could reduce frequency of these behaviors and ultimately save lives. You can opt out of the experiment at any time if you experience dizziness or any similar minimal risks associated with driving simulation studies, or for any other reason. Must be licensed drivers at least 18 or older. Data obtained from the simulator will be confidential. If you are interested in participating or have questions about the procedure, contact Bryan at 540-921-7150, bryan.higgs@vt.edu.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

EXPLORING SPACE IN SEARCH OF OUR COSMIC ROOTS AND GALACTIC COUSINS
Tuesday, Apr 8, 7:00-9:00pm, GLC Auditorium
ISVT and CISO are proud to present Dr. Firouz Naderi, director of NASA’s solar system exploration directorate. He has lead noteworthy projects such as the Mars Exploration Program, and oversaw the successful launch of Mars Odyssey, the landing of the Mars Exploration Rovers, Spirit and Opportunity, and the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter construction. The talk is open to the public and aimed for a general audience. For more information visit Virginia Tech’s Iranian Society website: www.iranian.org.vt.edu.

IMRPOV WORKSHOP
Tuesday, Apr 8, 7:00-9:00, GLC Room B
Ever wanted to try Imrpov? Come out and learn the basics from VT’s Bob Leonard of Theater Arts. This workshop is open to all grads. Seating is limited. RSVP to Ashley at ashleyf@vt.edu.

DMV SERVICES AT THE CRANWELL LOT
Monday-Tuesday, Apr 14 – 15, 9:00am– 3:00pm, Cranwell International Center Parking Lot
The DMV (The Department of Motor Vehicles) is coming to the Cranwell International Center, performing all functions that are normally done at the Christiansburg location (i.e. Driver’s License and Virginia State IDs) can be performed.

FULBRIGHT RECRUITMENT RECEPTION
Tuesday, Apr 15, 5:30-7:30pm
The VT Honors Program and the Blue Ridge Chapter of the Fulbright Alumni Association announces the 2014 Fulbright Recruitment Dinner Reception at Virginia Tech. This invitation-only event offers contacts and information for students, staff and faculty alike who are interested in applying for this most prestigious U.S. Exchange Program. Food will be provided. Due to space limitations, seats for interested students, staff and faculty will be given away on a first come first serve basis; please register at: https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1395055465780. For questions and comments email Tobias Ecker ecker@vt.edu.

SPEED DATING SPRIING 2014
Saturday, Apr 19, 7:00pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
The GSA, QGPA and BGSO invites all grad students to Speed Dating Spring 2014! Doors will open at 6:30. This is a great opportunity to meet potential dating interests or new friends, and it is an inclusive event for graduate students of all genders and orientations. Please sign up for the event at https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1390769895999. Contact Cory Brunson at jabrunso@vt.edu or Mordecai Harvey at mordie02@vt.edu if you have any questions or concerns. 

March 24-30, 2014

1.  WEEKLY SERVICES IN THE GLC – updated 3/17

  • 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
  • Financial Aid advising: Tuesdays 8:30-10:30 by appointment; 10:30-12:30 by walk-in, Room A
  • 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. GRAD STUDENT ART AND PHOTO CONTEST – VOTE THIS WEEK!
Monday-Friday, Mar 24-28, all day all week
Vote on your favorite grad student art and photography displayed throughout the first floor of the GLC. Pick up voting sheets at the Welcome Desk and earn a raffle ticket by voting. Easy as pie.

3. GRAD ED WEEK KICKOFF AT NEWMAN
Monday, Mar 24, 8:30-10:30am, Newman Library 1st floor Multipurpose Room
Jumpstart Grad Ed Week with coffee and a continental breakfast at Newman and meet, chat, and have coffee with experts at the library who can help you with a number of things related to your research and teaching.

4. MINDFULNESS TECHNIQUES SESSION
Monday, Mar 24, 1:00-2:00pm, GLC Room B
Learn how to get rid of some of your stress and relax in 15 minutes. Sponsored by Cook Counseling Center.

5. CITIZEN SCHOLAR RECOGNITION CEREMONY
Monday, Mar 24, 4:00-5:30, GLC Room B
Graduate students who have put theory into practice for the advancement of a community will present their projects and receive the Citizen Scholar award. Stop by to meet our newest-minted citizen scholars and see what they are doing to make the world a better place!

6. STUDENT HEALTH INSURANCE FORUM
Monday, Mar 24, 4:00-6:00pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
Representatives from the Student Medical Insurance office as well as the Graduate School will be on hand to answer questions and listen to student feedback. E-mail gsa@vt.edu with any questions.

7. BUILDING RESEARCH CAPACITY IN DEVELOPING COUNTRIES
Monday, Mar 24, 6:00-7:30pm, GLC Room G
Learn how the Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Statistical Analysis can help you in your research and the efforts they are making to create a network of 20 statistical collaboration laboratories in developing countries by 2020. Free pizza!

8. DEANS’ FORUM ON GLOBAL ENGAGEMENT
Tuesday-Thursday, Mar 25-27, The Inn, Squires, Library
Explore the many programs, including performances, featured speakers, panel discussions, and break-out sessions, at this 3-day forum that highlight the many ways in which faculty and students at Virginia Tech engage in projects that span the globe. http://www.eng.vt.edu/deansforum.

9. KEYS TO DEVELOPING A SUCCESSFUL ACADEMIC CAREER
Tuesday, Mar 25, 9:00-11:30am, GLC Room F
Dr. Dale Shunk, former dean of the School of Education at UNC Greensboro, will provide tips on becoming a successful scholar. Open to all faculty and students.

10. TIE-DYE T-SHIRTS
Tuesday, Mar 25, 10:00am-1:00pm, Graduate School Lawn
Bring your GEW t-shirt or pick one up at this event and tie-dye it with the help of GLC Fellows. If the weather is bad, this event will be postponed to Friday and will be held during the big cookout.

11. BUILDING A PROFESSIONAL CAREER WITH PURPOSE: DR. RACHEL WILLIAMS
Tuesday, Mar 25, 12:00-1:15pm, GLC Room C
Meet over lunch with graduate alumna Dr. Rachel K. Williams, director of operations and deputy at a business in Northern Virginia. Learn about Dr. William’s journey through graduate school and the steps she took to build a highly successful professional career, balancing work and life. Free lunch provided; registration is requested at https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1395091735519 .

12. NETWORK LUNCHEON FOR JEWISH GRADUATE STUDENTS
Tuesday, Mar 25, 12-1pm, GLC Room D
Come and connect with fellow graduate students of Jewish background and hear their experiences with their culture and religion. Lunch will be provided. Fill out this survey: https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_9F5STTXYKtiYsaV by Monday, March 24!

13. GRAD YOGA
Tuesday, Mar 25, 3:30-4:30pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
In-Balance Yoga Studio invites you to enjoy a free yoga session led by grad student instructors. All levels of practice are welcome.

14. WORK-LIFE GRANT REUNION AND INFO SESSION FOR EXPECTANT GRADS
Tuesday, Mar 25, 4:00-6:00pm, GLC Room B
Meet past and current beneficiaries of the work-life grant and learn how the program supports expectant graduate assistants. Stop by to chat if you are thinking about starting a family while in graduate school! This is a family-friendly event. Please sign up at https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1394219808683.

15. GRAD NIGHT AT THE LYRIC: THE MONUMENTS MEN
Tuesday, Mar 25, showings at 7:00 and 9:15pm, The Lyric Theatre
Enjoy a night at the movies, courtesy of the Graduate School and The Lyric. Pick up your free ticket at the GLC Welcome Desk or in 120 GLC, the Graduate School’s student service area.

16. FREE ANXIETY AND OCD SUPPORT GROUP AVAILABLE
Tuesday, Mar 25, 7:00pm, VT Psyc Services Ctr (3110 Prices Fork Rd)
Are you feeling overwhelmed by anxiety? Do you struggle with OCD? A free monthly support group meets the last Tuesday of every month. Join the group at the VT Psychological Services Center (3110 Prices Fork Road) 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 and significant others 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.

17. REMOVING THE MYSTERY OF THE ETD REVIEW
Tuesday, Mar 25, 7:00-8:00pm, GLC Room G
Learn how to format your electronic thesis/dissertation, use EndNote for citations, and what happens to your ETD after you submit it to the Graduate School. Bring your laptop and a pdf copy of your ETD.

18. GSA RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM AND EXPO
Wednesday, Mar 26, all day, GLC Multipurpose Room and meeting rooms
Review the latest in graduate research at this interactive networking forum and poster session, and sit in on presentations as your time allows. Brought to you by the Graduate Student Assembly.

19. GLOBAL CAFÉ AT DEETS
Wednesday, Mar 26, 11:00am-1:00pm, Deet’s Place (first floor of D2)
This is a time for international and domestic students to come together in candid conversation, in hopes of encouraging relationships across diverse student groups. Come and go as you please; there will be free drinks and snacks provided by Deet’s Place.

20. CENTER FOR THE ARTS TOUR
Wednesday, Mar 26, 12:15pm, meet in the Grand Lobby at the Center for the Arts
Tour the newly opened Moss Center for the Arts and feel the inspiration! This exclusive tour offers a "behind the scenes look" at current exhibits and more. There is no cost for the tour, but registration is required: https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1395081030126. Space is limited so please let us know if you sign-up and can no longer make it. (grads@vt.edu)

21. LINKED-IN LAB AND PROFESSIONAL PHOTO OP
Wednesday, Mar 26, 2:00-5:00pm, GLC Lobby
Have a free professional headshot photo taken for your LinkedIn profile and learn about how you can use LinkedIn for your job search. Career Services staff will assist you with a review of your profile. Wear appropriate shirt/top for your photo.

22. ISLAMIC STUDENT ASSEMBLY SOCIAL/CULTURAL EVENT
Thursday, Mar 27, 12:00-1:00pm, Cardinal Room, Squires Student Center
Haithem Taha, doctoral student and member of the Islamic Student Assembly, invites all grad students to this social and cultural event that will include oriental food along with a middle-eastern cultural video show. For more information contact Haithem at hezzat@vt.edu.

23. GLC CAFÉ: GEW EDITION WITH MUG RAFFLE
Thursday, Mar 20, 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, or test your luck in the mug raffle.

24. PARADE OF NATIONS – SIGN UP NOW!
Friday, Mar 28, 3:30-4:15pm, GLC Plaza (Starting point)
Register at http://www.recsports.vt.edu/events/parade-nations now to showcase a flag representing one of the 108 countries at Virginia Tech!  This event is free and open to everyone. Participants will walk from GLC Plaza to Burruss Hall, to West Campus Drive and McComas Hall showcasing global Hokie pride.  All participants are also welcome to enjoy free food and fun at the Hokie World Games which will begin immediately afterwards in McComas Gym.  Sponsored by Recreational Sports.

25. GRAD ED WEEK BIG COOKOUT
Friday, Mar 28, 4:30-6:30pm, Graduate School Lawn and GLC Multipurpose Room
As is our tradition, Graduate Education Week will wrap with the annual favorite big cookout on the lawn. All graduate students and their families are invited to enjoy free food (vegetarian and meat options), music, and games. Bring a blanket!

26. CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS FOR GLC-NEWS APR 1 SPECIAL EDITION
Here is your opportunity to get published in a peer-viewed online weekly notice: Submit your fake event description, faux call for research subjects, and other nonexistent opportunities for graduate students for the April 1 special edition of the GLC weekly listserv posting. Exercise your imagination and writing skills and earn extra points (in the form of chocolates and candy in 117 GLC) for a creative event or research idea, succinct description, and completeness of details. Submission deadline: March 31, midnight. Send to gibsonm@vt.edu, with subject line: You are a fool.

27. VT ENGAGE APPLICATION DEADLINE EXTENDED TO MAR 31
The John E. Dooley Student Engagement Grant (JEDSEG) application deadline has been extended until Mar 31 at midnight. This grant funds highly motivated students or student teams who plan to invest in their community by creating an opportunity for active civic engagement. Two awards of $750 each are available. Student teams can be informal or formal registered student organizations. Undergraduate and graduate students are eligible to apply. Check out all the details and apply for the grant at www.engage.vt.edu or contact Lauren at kennedy0@vt.edu with any questions.

28. ON-CAMPUS COMMENCEMENT LODGING FOR FAMILIES – 2nd  posting
Family and friends of graduating students who plan to attend commencement ceremonies and celebrations in Blacksburg May 15 to 18 may wish to consider convenient overnight accommodations right on campus. Virginia Tech will again provide residence hall rooms and suites for families and guests of graduates. Guests may opt for a two-night or three-night package which include on campus parking and all-you-care-to-eat meals in VT’s award-winning D2 Dining Center.  Visit http://www.housing.vt.edu/conference/commencement/lodging.html to make reservations. 

29. REGISTER NOW TO PARTICIPATE IN GRAD OLYMPICS 2014 DURING GRAD ED WEEK – 3rd posting
Grad student teams of 3-4 are invited to register for this light-hearted competition to put their wit, physical skills and team spirit to the test. Up to ten teams of 3-4 members may compete for great prizes, including $50 gift certificates to local restaurants. No prior experience necessary, but resourcefulness and knowledge of the GLC are a plus. All materials are provided. Teams must pre-register and wait for confirmation that their registration was accepted: https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1395069004640.

30. GSA TRAVEL FUND PROGRAM ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS MARCH 10–28  – 3rd posting
From Mar 10 to Mar 28 5pm, the Graduate Student Assembly’s Travel Fund Program (TFP), a small grants program that supports student travel for conference presentations, will accept online applications for reimbursement of travel-related expenses for eligible graduate students who have presented or will present at professional conferences with rigorous peer-review standards during the 2013 – 2014 academic year (July 1, 2013 – June 30, 2014). Visit http://blogs.lt.vt.edu/graduatestudentassembly/travel-fund-program/travel-fund-application-form/ to view frequently asked questions and submit your application. Disregard all information on the GSA TFP website and refer only to the above link. Email any questions to the TFP Chair at tfp2014@vt.edu; note that if you have emailed gsatfpchair@gmail.com with questions before now, this email address is now defunct, so please resubmit them at tfp2014@vt.edu.

31. CALL FOR NOMINATIONS FOR CISO BOARD MEMBERS – 2nd posting
Nominations are now being accepted for Council of International Student Organizations (CISO) board members.  Deadline: Mar 31.  To apply or for more information visit:  http://www.international.vt.edu/programs_and_activities/ciso/index.html.

32. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR DRIVING SIMULATOR STUDY – 1st posting
VT-SCORES (VT Signal Control & Operation Research and Education Systems lab) is conducting a driving simulator study to investigate driver behavior, performance, and attention when encountering car-following situations.  The study looks at the effects of emotions on driver behavior through the use of psychological (emotion) and physiological (heart rate, skin conductance) data. The study will take no more than two hours, and participants will deal with driving simulation equipment to help contribute to the understanding of dangerous driving behaviors that could reduce frequency of these behaviors and ultimately save lives. You can opt out of the experiment at any time if you experience dizziness or any similar minimal risks associated with driving simulation studies, or for any other reason. Must be licensed drivers at least 18 or older. Data obtained from the simulator will be confidential. If you are interested in participating or have questions about the procedure, contact Bryan at 540-921-7150, bryan.higgs@vt.edu.

33. FEEDBACK SOUGHT ABOUT STUDENT HEALTH INSURANCE PLAN – 3rd posting
The student health insurance plan provided by Aetna must make some changes for the 2014-2015 academic year in order to meet minimum requirements for health plans under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The Graduate Student Assembly and the Graduate School request student feedback about potential plan changes that will minimize cost increases, and gauge interest in student dental insurance. Please share your feedback at https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1393610658427. There will be a student health-care forum on Monday, Mar 24 in the Graduate Life Center Multipurpose Room from 4-6 PM. Representatives from student health insurance services as well as the Graduate School will be on hand to answer questions and listen to student feedback. E-mail gsa@vt.edu with any questions.

34. GRAD STUDENTS INVITED TO PARTICIPATE IN THE BIG EVENT-3rd posting
The Big Event at Virginia Tech is a student-run community service effort that has grown into the 2nd largest event of its kind over the past 13 years. On Saturday, Apr 5, over 7,000 undergraduate and graduate students will come together to complete more than 1,000 community service projects throughout Blacksburg, Christiansburg and the New River Valley. Sign up to participate at http://www.registration.vtbigevent.org/signup?utm_campaign=gradschool&utm_medium=referral&utm_source=email, or email bigevent@vt.edu for more information. Follow The Big Event on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/VTBigEvent.

35. UPCOMING EVENTS:

VIRTUAL CAREER FAIR – REGISTER NOW!
April 1-3, live online      
Register online at http://secacc.careereco.net/students-alumni/virtual-career-fair-registration/; meet more than 60 employers and explore opportunities for full-time jobs, internships, co-ops in engineering, technology, business, accounting, marketing, sales, science, HR and more.

EVERYONE MATTTERS DAY: HOKIE IDENTITY DIGITAL EXHIBIT
Wednesday, Apr 2, 10:30am-2:00pm,  Newman Library Multipurpose Room
This event will highlight the diversity that exists within the Hokie community. Everyone Matters is a global campaign advocating for everyone’s dignity and respect. This digital exhibit will feature photographs and video clips of VT students, faculty, and staff. Organizers are looking for a picture or video clip highlighting who you are and why you matter. Photos and videos will be continuously displayed from 10:30am to 2:00pm. Refreshments will be served.

GRADUATION 101 SERIES: ETD REVIEW
Friday, Apr 4, 1:00pm, Online
The Graduate School is hosting monthly Graduation 101 Webinars.  Webinar participants will need a computer with Internet access, microphone and speakers to fully participate. Meeting number: 645 468 465. This meeting does not require a password. Hosted by Marija Telbis-Forster.  Join at https://virginiatech.webex.com/virginiatech/j.php?ED=268947082&UID=0&RT=MiMxMQ%3D%3D. For assistance contact Marija at mtelbisf@vt.edu. 

HIKE TO THE CASCADES
Sunday, Apr 6, 9:30am, meet at the GLC Lobby
The GLC Fellows invite all grad students for a hike to Cascade Falls. Transportation will be provided or you can drive separately and meet the group there. Those who need transportation, meet at the GLC at 9:30 am; organizers will cover the vehicle access fees. The hike will be of moderate difficulty and shouldn’t take more than 4 hours total. The number of spots is limited so please register  at https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1395420464518 and receive updates on the trip.

March 24-30, 2014

1.  WEEKLY SERVICES IN THE GLC – updated 3/17

  • 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
  • Financial Aid advising: Tuesdays 8:30-10:30 by appointment; 10:30-12:30 by walk-in, Room A
  • 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. GRAD STUDENT ART AND PHOTO CONTEST – VOTE THIS WEEK!
Monday-Friday, Mar 24-28, all day all week
Vote on your favorite grad student art and photography displayed throughout the first floor of the GLC. Pick up voting sheets at the Welcome Desk and earn a raffle ticket by voting. Easy as pie.

3. GRAD ED WEEK KICKOFF AT NEWMAN
Monday, Mar 24, 8:30-10:30am, Newman Library 1st floor Multipurpose Room
Jumpstart Grad Ed Week with coffee and a continental breakfast at Newman and meet, chat, and have coffee with experts at the library who can help you with a number of things related to your research and teaching.

4. MINDFULNESS TECHNIQUES SESSION
Monday, Mar 24, 1:00-2:00pm, GLC Room B
Learn how to get rid of some of your stress and relax in 15 minutes. Sponsored by Cook Counseling Center.

5. CITIZEN SCHOLAR RECOGNITION CEREMONY
Monday, Mar 24, 4:00-5:30, GLC Room B
Graduate students who have put theory into practice for the advancement of a community will present their projects and receive the Citizen Scholar award. Stop by to meet our newest-minted citizen scholars and see what they are doing to make the world a better place!

6. STUDENT HEALTH INSURANCE FORUM
Monday, Mar 24, 4:00-6:00pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
Representatives from the Student Medical Insurance office as well as the Graduate School will be on hand to answer questions and listen to student feedback. E-mail gsa@vt.edu with any questions.

7. BUILDING RESEARCH CAPACITY IN DEVELOPING COUNTRIES
Monday, Mar 24, 6:00-7:30pm, GLC Room G
Learn how the Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Statistical Analysis can help you in your research and the efforts they are making to create a network of 20 statistical collaboration laboratories in developing countries by 2020. Free pizza!

8. DEANS’ FORUM ON GLOBAL ENGAGEMENT
Tuesday-Thursday, Mar 25-27, The Inn, Squires, Library
Explore the many programs, including performances, featured speakers, panel discussions, and break-out sessions, at this 3-day forum that highlight the many ways in which faculty and students at Virginia Tech engage in projects that span the globe. http://www.eng.vt.edu/deansforum.

9. KEYS TO DEVELOPING A SUCCESSFUL ACADEMIC CAREER
Tuesday, Mar 25, 9:00-11:30am, GLC Room F
Dr. Dale Shunk, former dean of the School of Education at UNC Greensboro, will provide tips on becoming a successful scholar. Open to all faculty and students.

10. TIE-DYE T-SHIRTS
Tuesday, Mar 25, 10:00am-1:00pm, Graduate School Lawn
Bring your GEW t-shirt or pick one up at this event and tie-dye it with the help of GLC Fellows. If the weather is bad, this event will be postponed to Friday and will be held during the big cookout.

11. BUILDING A PROFESSIONAL CAREER WITH PURPOSE: DR. RACHEL WILLIAMS
Tuesday, Mar 25, 12:00-1:15pm, GLC Room C
Meet over lunch with graduate alumna Dr. Rachel K. Williams, director of operations and deputy at a business in Northern Virginia. Learn about Dr. William’s journey through graduate school and the steps she took to build a highly successful professional career, balancing work and life. Free lunch provided; registration is requested at https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1395091735519 .

12. NETWORK LUNCHEON FOR JEWISH GRADUATE STUDENTS
Tuesday, Mar 25, 12-1pm, GLC Room D
Come and connect with fellow graduate students of Jewish background and hear their experiences with their culture and religion. Lunch will be provided. Fill out this survey: https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_9F5STTXYKtiYsaV by Monday, March 24!

13. GRAD YOGA
Tuesday, Mar 25, 3:30-4:30pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
In-Balance Yoga Studio invites you to enjoy a free yoga session led by grad student instructors. All levels of practice are welcome.

14. WORK-LIFE GRANT REUNION AND INFO SESSION FOR EXPECTANT GRADS
Tuesday, Mar 25, 4:00-6:00pm, GLC Room B
Meet past and current beneficiaries of the work-life grant and learn how the program supports expectant graduate assistants. Stop by to chat if you are thinking about starting a family while in graduate school! This is a family-friendly event. Please sign up at https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1394219808683.

15. GRAD NIGHT AT THE LYRIC: THE MONUMENTS MEN
Tuesday, Mar 25, showings at 7:00 and 9:15pm, The Lyric Theatre
Enjoy a night at the movies, courtesy of the Graduate School and The Lyric. Pick up your free ticket at the GLC Welcome Desk or in 120 GLC, the Graduate School’s student service area.

16. FREE ANXIETY AND OCD SUPPORT GROUP AVAILABLE
Tuesday, Mar 25, 7:00pm, VT Psyc Services Ctr (3110 Prices Fork Rd)
Are you feeling overwhelmed by anxiety? Do you struggle with OCD? A free monthly support group meets the last Tuesday of every month. Join the group at the VT Psychological Services Center (3110 Prices Fork Road) 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 and significant others 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.

17. REMOVING THE MYSTERY OF THE ETD REVIEW
Tuesday, Mar 25, 7:00-8:00pm, GLC Room G
Learn how to format your electronic thesis/dissertation, use EndNote for citations, and what happens to your ETD after you submit it to the Graduate School. Bring your laptop and a pdf copy of your ETD.

18. GSA RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM AND EXPO
Wednesday, Mar 26, all day, GLC Multipurpose Room and meeting rooms
Review the latest in graduate research at this interactive networking forum and poster session, and sit in on presentations as your time allows. Brought to you by the Graduate Student Assembly.

19. GLOBAL CAFÉ AT DEETS
Wednesday, Mar 26, 11:00am-1:00pm, Deet’s Place (first floor of D2)
This is a time for international and domestic students to come together in candid conversation, in hopes of encouraging relationships across diverse student groups. Come and go as you please; there will be free drinks and snacks provided by Deet’s Place.

20. CENTER FOR THE ARTS TOUR
Wednesday, Mar 26, 12:15pm, meet in the Grand Lobby at the Center for the Arts
Tour the newly opened Moss Center for the Arts and feel the inspiration! This exclusive tour offers a "behind the scenes look" at current exhibits and more. There is no cost for the tour, but registration is required: https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1395081030126. Space is limited so please let us know if you sign-up and can no longer make it. (grads@vt.edu)

21. LINKED-IN LAB AND PROFESSIONAL PHOTO OP
Wednesday, Mar 26, 2:00-5:00pm, GLC Lobby
Have a free professional headshot photo taken for your LinkedIn profile and learn about how you can use LinkedIn for your job search. Career Services staff will assist you with a review of your profile. Wear appropriate shirt/top for your photo.

22. ISLAMIC STUDENT ASSEMBLY SOCIAL/CULTURAL EVENT
Thursday, Mar 27, 12:00-1:00pm, Cardinal Room, Squires Student Center
Haithem Taha, doctoral student and member of the Islamic Student Assembly, invites all grad students to this social and cultural event that will include oriental food along with a middle-eastern cultural video show. For more information contact Haithem at hezzat@vt.edu.

23. GLC CAFÉ: GEW EDITION WITH MUG RAFFLE
Thursday, Mar 20, 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, or test your luck in the mug raffle.

24. PARADE OF NATIONS – SIGN UP NOW!
Friday, Mar 28, 3:30-4:15pm, GLC Plaza (Starting point)
Register at http://www.recsports.vt.edu/events/parade-nations now to showcase a flag representing one of the 108 countries at Virginia Tech!  This event is free and open to everyone. Participants will walk from GLC Plaza to Burruss Hall, to West Campus Drive and McComas Hall showcasing global Hokie pride.  All participants are also welcome to enjoy free food and fun at the Hokie World Games which will begin immediately afterwards in McComas Gym.  Sponsored by Recreational Sports.

25. GRAD ED WEEK BIG COOKOUT
Friday, Mar 28, 4:30-6:30pm, Graduate School Lawn and GLC Multipurpose Room
As is our tradition, Graduate Education Week will wrap with the annual favorite big cookout on the lawn. All graduate students and their families are invited to enjoy free food (vegetarian and meat options), music, and games. Bring a blanket!

26. CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS FOR GLC-NEWS APR 1 SPECIAL EDITION
Here is your opportunity to get published in a peer-viewed online weekly notice: Submit your fake event description, faux call for research subjects, and other nonexistent opportunities for graduate students for the April 1 special edition of the GLC weekly listserv posting. Exercise your imagination and writing skills and earn extra points (in the form of chocolates and candy in 117 GLC) for a creative event or research idea, succinct description, and completeness of details. Submission deadline: March 31, midnight. Send to gibsonm@vt.edu, with subject line: You are a fool.

27. VT ENGAGE APPLICATION DEADLINE EXTENDED TO MAR 31
The John E. Dooley Student Engagement Grant (JEDSEG) application deadline has been extended until Mar 31 at midnight. This grant funds highly motivated students or student teams who plan to invest in their community by creating an opportunity for active civic engagement. Two awards of $750 each are available. Student teams can be informal or formal registered student organizations. Undergraduate and graduate students are eligible to apply. Check out all the details and apply for the grant at www.engage.vt.edu or contact Lauren at kennedy0@vt.edu with any questions.

28. ON-CAMPUS COMMENCEMENT LODGING FOR FAMILIES – 2nd  posting
Family and friends of graduating students who plan to attend commencement ceremonies and celebrations in Blacksburg May 15 to 18 may wish to consider convenient overnight accommodations right on campus. Virginia Tech will again provide residence hall rooms and suites for families and guests of graduates. Guests may opt for a two-night or three-night package which include on campus parking and all-you-care-to-eat meals in VT’s award-winning D2 Dining Center.  Visit http://www.housing.vt.edu/conference/commencement/lodging.html to make reservations. 

29. REGISTER NOW TO PARTICIPATE IN GRAD OLYMPICS 2014 DURING GRAD ED WEEK – 3rd posting
Grad student teams of 3-4 are invited to register for this light-hearted competition to put their wit, physical skills and team spirit to the test. Up to ten teams of 3-4 members may compete for great prizes, including $50 gift certificates to local restaurants. No prior experience necessary, but resourcefulness and knowledge of the GLC are a plus. All materials are provided. Teams must pre-register and wait for confirmation that their registration was accepted: https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1395069004640.

30. GSA TRAVEL FUND PROGRAM ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS MARCH 10–28  – 3rd posting
From Mar 10 to Mar 28 5pm, the Graduate Student Assembly’s Travel Fund Program (TFP), a small grants program that supports student travel for conference presentations, will accept online applications for reimbursement of travel-related expenses for eligible graduate students who have presented or will present at professional conferences with rigorous peer-review standards during the 2013 – 2014 academic year (July 1, 2013 – June 30, 2014). Visit http://blogs.lt.vt.edu/graduatestudentassembly/travel-fund-program/travel-fund-application-form/ to view frequently asked questions and submit your application. Disregard all information on the GSA TFP website and refer only to the above link. Email any questions to the TFP Chair at tfp2014@vt.edu; note that if you have emailed gsatfpchair@gmail.com with questions before now, this email address is now defunct, so please resubmit them at tfp2014@vt.edu.

31. CALL FOR NOMINATIONS FOR CISO BOARD MEMBERS – 2nd posting
Nominations are now being accepted for Council of International Student Organizations (CISO) board members.  Deadline: Mar 31.  To apply or for more information visit:  http://www.international.vt.edu/programs_and_activities/ciso/index.html.

32. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR DRIVING SIMULATOR STUDY – 1st posting
VT-SCORES (VT Signal Control & Operation Research and Education Systems lab) is conducting a driving simulator study to investigate driver behavior, performance, and attention when encountering car-following situations.  The study looks at the effects of emotions on driver behavior through the use of psychological (emotion) and physiological (heart rate, skin conductance) data. The study will take no more than two hours, and participants will deal with driving simulation equipment to help contribute to the understanding of dangerous driving behaviors that could reduce frequency of these behaviors and ultimately save lives. You can opt out of the experiment at any time if you experience dizziness or any similar minimal risks associated with driving simulation studies, or for any other reason. Must be licensed drivers at least 18 or older. Data obtained from the simulator will be confidential. If you are interested in participating or have questions about the procedure, contact Bryan at 540-921-7150, bryan.higgs@vt.edu.

33. FEEDBACK SOUGHT ABOUT STUDENT HEALTH INSURANCE PLAN – 3rd posting
The student health insurance plan provided by Aetna must make some changes for the 2014-2015 academic year in order to meet minimum requirements for health plans under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The Graduate Student Assembly and the Graduate School request student feedback about potential plan changes that will minimize cost increases, and gauge interest in student dental insurance. Please share your feedback at https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1393610658427. There will be a student health-care forum on Monday, Mar 24 in the Graduate Life Center Multipurpose Room from 4-6 PM. Representatives from student health insurance services as well as the Graduate School will be on hand to answer questions and listen to student feedback. E-mail gsa@vt.edu with any questions.

34. GRAD STUDENTS INVITED TO PARTICIPATE IN THE BIG EVENT-3rd posting
The Big Event at Virginia Tech is a student-run community service effort that has grown into the 2nd largest event of its kind over the past 13 years. On Saturday, Apr 5, over 7,000 undergraduate and graduate students will come together to complete more than 1,000 community service projects throughout Blacksburg, Christiansburg and the New River Valley. Sign up to participate at http://www.registration.vtbigevent.org/signup?utm_campaign=gradschool&utm_medium=referral&utm_source=email, or email bigevent@vt.edu for more information. Follow The Big Event on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/VTBigEvent.

35. UPCOMING EVENTS:

VIRTUAL CAREER FAIR – REGISTER NOW!
April 1-3, live online      
Register online at http://secacc.careereco.net/students-alumni/virtual-career-fair-registration/; meet more than 60 employers and explore opportunities for full-time jobs, internships, co-ops in engineering, technology, business, accounting, marketing, sales, science, HR and more.

EVERYONE MATTTERS DAY: HOKIE IDENTITY DIGITAL EXHIBIT
Wednesday, Apr 2, 10:30am-2:00pm,  Newman Library Multipurpose Room
This event will highlight the diversity that exists within the Hokie community. Everyone Matters is a global campaign advocating for everyone’s dignity and respect. This digital exhibit will feature photographs and video clips of VT students, faculty, and staff. Organizers are looking for a picture or video clip highlighting who you are and why you matter. Photos and videos will be continuously displayed from 10:30am to 2:00pm. Refreshments will be served.

GRADUATION 101 SERIES: ETD REVIEW
Friday, Apr 4, 1:00pm, Online
The Graduate School is hosting monthly Graduation 101 Webinars.  Webinar participants will need a computer with Internet access, microphone and speakers to fully participate. Meeting number: 645 468 465. This meeting does not require a password. Hosted by Marija Telbis-Forster.  Join at https://virginiatech.webex.com/virginiatech/j.php?ED=268947082&UID=0&RT=MiMxMQ%3D%3D. For assistance contact Marija at mtelbisf@vt.edu. 

HIKE TO THE CASCADES
Sunday, Apr 6, 9:30am, meet at the GLC Lobby
The GLC Fellows invite all grad students for a hike to Cascade Falls. Transportation will be provided or you can drive separately and meet the group there. Those who need transportation, meet at the GLC at 9:30 am; organizers will cover the vehicle access fees. The hike will be of moderate difficulty and shouldn’t take more than 4 hours total. The number of spots is limited so please register  at https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1395420464518 and receive updates on the trip.

March 17-23, 2014

1.  WEEKLY SERVICES IN THE GLC – updated 3/17

  • 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
  • Financial Aid advising: Tuesdays 8:30-10:30 by appointment; 10:30-12:30 by walk-in, Room A
  • 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. CUPCAKES WITH THE FELLOWS
Monday, Mar 17, 5:00pm, GLC Student Lounge
Enjoy St. Patrick’s Day themed cupcakes and goodies and learn what being a GLC Fellow is all about. There are two Fellow slots open for next year (application info is above in the listserve posting) and this is your chance to meet with the three current graduate students in the role and ask them about their life as a Fellow.

3. MIND AND MEDITATION
Tuesdays, Mar 18-Apr 19, 1:30-2:30pm, Cranwell International Center
Come and experience: enhanced focus and concentration, greater peace of mind, more enthusiasm and energy, effortless meditation, reduced anxiety levels and better health. This introduction to meditation involves some gentle stretches and provides guided meditation as a group. There are no prerequisites and everyone above the age of 14 is welcome to join. Please do not bring children to this meditation class.

4. SHORT STAT COURSE FOR GRADS: ADVANCED TOPICS IN R
Tuesday, Mar 18, 4:00-6:00pm, 3060 Torg
R is a powerful open-source programming environment primarily known for its statistical capabilities. This workshop will cover some advanced applications of R: distributed computing using the snowfall package, applications of the bootstrap, and structural equation modeling (SEM), as well as the basic theory and application of the bootstrap, show how it can be parallelized across a single multicore machine, and conclude with an application of the bootstrap to SEM. The prerequisites for the course are a basic familiarity with R, familiarity with the apply suite of functions, and the ability to define one’s own functions. For more information, visit www.lisa.stat.vt.edu. See www.lisa.stat.vt.edu/?q=short_courses for instructions on how to register and to learn more. Remaining Spring 2014 Schedule:

  • Tuesday, Apr 1 (no kidding): Survey Design and Analysis;
  • Tuesday, Apr 10: Accelerating statistical calculations using inexpensive graphics cards;
  • Tuesday, Apr 15: Multiple Imputation and Missing Data.

5. MARKETING THE BRAND: YOU!
Wednesday, Mar 19, 11:30 am-1:00pm, Brush Mountain Room A, Squires
Marketing “you” as a brand is not just about finding a new job. Join this Women’s Month program exploring how perception is brand; a job title does not define you; how to use online media, networking and traditional tactics to build a loyalty base among your colleagues, supervisors, and executives.  Light lunch will be served. Sponsored by Multicultural Academic Opportunities Program (MAOP) and The Graduate School. Register at https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1392930036869.   

6. WINE TASTING FOR GRADS
Wednesday, Mar 19, 4:00pm, Meet in GLC Lobby
Walk to Beliveau Estate Wine Bar (just a short walk from the GLC) to sip some vino with fellow grad students! Taste 6 glasses for only $5. Email ashleyf@vt.edu to RSVP as space is limited.

7. SURVIVAL IN ACADEMIC AMERICA: MULTICULTURAL ACADEMIC INTEGRITY FOR INTL STUDENTS
Thursday, Mar 20, 12:00-1:00pm, GLC Room C
Designed primarily for VT international students, this presentation will explain the concepts of academic integrity, plagiarism, and citations. Students will be guided in hands-on practice to easily make citations correctly and learn how to avoid infringement of the VT Undergraduate and Graduate Honor Systems.  Lunch provided.

8. GLC CAFÉ
Thursday, Mar 20, 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.

9. JER THORP: MAKING BIG DATA HUMAN
Thursday, Mar 20, 5:45pm, GLC Auditorium
Jer Thorp’s work focuses on adding meaning and narrative to huge amounts of data as a way to help people take control of the information that surrounds them. Jer Thorp, distinguished innovator in residence, will give a TED Talks-style presentation on big data visualization and digital art. Jer Thorp has given several TED Talks and was the former data-artist-in-residence for the New York Times. The Distinguished Innovator in Residence is a program co-sponsored by Technology-enhanced Learning and Online Strategies (TLOS) and the University Libraries. Event is free and open to the public.

10. TOASTMASTERS INTEREST MEETING GLC
Thursday, Mar 20, 7:00-9:00pm, GLC Room F "Looking to improve your speaking and leadership skills? Ace a job interview, conference presentation or thesis defense? Blacksburg Toastmasters Club can help grad students achieve these goals in a no-pressure atmosphere, through prepared and impromptu speeches and peer feedback. Come see us at work, learn what is in it for you and get acquainted with our practices! http://www.toastmasters.org/"

11. ON-CAMPUS COMMENCEMENT LODGING FOR FAMILIES – 1st posting
Family and friends of graduating students who plan to attend commencement ceremonies and celebrations in Blacksburg May 15 to 18 may wish to consider convenient overnight accommodations right on campus. Virginia Tech will again provide residence hall rooms and suites for families and guests of graduates. Guests may opt for a two-night or three-night package which include on campus parking and all-you-care-to-eat meals in VT’s award-winning D2 Dining Center.  Visit http://www.housing.vt.edu/conference/commencement/lodging.html to make reservations. 

12. REGISTER NOW TO PARTICIPATE IN GRAD OLYMPICS 2014 DURING GRAD ED WEEK – 2nd posting
Grad student teams of 3-4 are invited to register for this light-hearted competition to put their wit, physical skills and team spirit to the test. Up to ten teams of 3-4 members may compete for great prizes, including $50 gift certificates to local restaurants. No prior experience necessary, but resourcefulness and knowledge of the GLC are a plus. All materials are provided. Teams must pre-register and wait for confirmation that their registration was accepted: https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1395069004640.

13. GRADUATE EDUCATION WEEK
The 14th annual Graduate Education Week (GEW) will be held March 24-28. A series of entertaining, celebratory and professional development events is offered to bring attention to graduate students and graduate education, including a movie night, workshops, research symposium, grad Olympics and more.  Check out the GEW website at http://graduateschool.vt.edu/GEW for more information and to register for events.

14. vGLC ONLINE HOURS – 1st posting
Can’t make it to campus? Want a quick answer? No worries. Get Inspired. Even if you can’t visit the Graduate School, you can connect with staff online.  Virtual office hours are offered 1:00pm-3:00pm EST Monday-Thursday. Virtual office hours and chats are an interactive and quick way to ask graduate policy/procedures and academic questions of Graduate School staff. To use, download the software at http://openlife01.cc.vt.edu:9500/wifi (Create Avatar) http://imprudence.googlecode.com/files/Imprudence-1.4.0-beta-2 (Imprudence Viewer/Software) 1.4.0-beta-2 Mac (Intel) http://imprudence.googlecode.com/files/imprudence-1.4.0-beta-2-mac.zip. If you have questions or suggestions, please email Marija Telbis-Forster mtelbisf@vt.edu.

15. CALL FOR NOMINATIONS FOR CISO BOARD MEMBERS – 1st posting
Nominations are now being accepted for Council of International Student Organizations (CISO) board members.  Deadline: Mar 31.  To apply or for more information visit:  http://www.international.vt.edu/programs_and_activities/ciso/index.html.

16. FEEDBACK SOUGHT ABOUT STUDENT HEALTH INSURANCE PLAN – 2nd posting
The student health insurance plan provided by Aetna must make some changes for the 2014-2015 academic year in order to meet minimum requirements for health plans under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The Graduate Student Assembly and the Graduate School request student feedback about potential plan changes that will minimize cost increases, and gauge interest in student dental insurance. Please share your feedback at https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1393610658427. There will be a student health-care forum on Monday, Mar 24 in the Graduate Life Center Multipurpose Room from 4-6 PM. Representatives from student health insurance services as well as the Graduate School will be on hand to answer questions and listen to student feedback. E-mail gsa@vt.edu with any questions.

17. GRAD STUDENTS INVITED TO PARTICIPATE IN THE BIG EVENT – 2nd posting
The Big Event at Virginia Tech is a student-run community service effort that has grown into the 2nd largest event of its kind over the past 13 years. On Saturday, Apr 5, over 7,000 undergraduate and graduate students will come together to complete more than 1,000 community service projects throughout Blacksburg, Christiansburg and the New River Valley. Sign up to participate at http://www.registration.vtbigevent.org/signup?utm_campaign=gradschool&utm_medium=referral&utm_source=email, or email bigevent@vt.edu for more information. Follow The Big Event on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/VTBigEvent.

18. GIVE YOUR "TAKE" IN THE CENTER FOR THE ARTS’ GALLERIES – 2nd posting
The Center for the Arts’ “My Take” series invites people from all walks of life to share their “take” on the visual art in the center’s galleries. These short talks (15 minutes) provide an inviting space for university faculty, students, and community members to experience exemplary works of art through the lenses of diverse disciplines. Previous speakers include computer scientists, biologists, geographers, designers, community leaders, and more. We invite graduate students to contact us if you are interested in giving a talk on your take for the next series, “Aspect of the Self: Portraits of Our Times,” an exhibition that traces the evolution of how many of the most prominent artists of our times have presented the self: exploring issues of race, class and gender, and merging diverse media such as painting, photography, 3-D, virtual and internet-based art. If interested, contact Sarah at sarahhf@vt.edu with why this series and exhibition appeal to you.

19. GSA TRAVEL FUND PROGRAM ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS MARCH 10–28  – 2nd posting
From Mar 10 to Mar 28 5pm, the Graduate Student Assembly’s Travel Fund Program (TFP), a small grants program that supports student travel for conference presentations, will accept online applications for reimbursement of travel-related expenses for eligible graduate students who have presented or will present at professional conferences with rigorous peer-review standards during the 2013 – 2014 academic year (July 1, 2013 – June 30, 2014). Visit http://blogs.lt.vt.edu/graduatestudentassembly/travel-fund-program/travel-fund-application-form/ to view frequently asked questions and submit your application. Disregard all information on the GSA TFP website and refer only to the above link. Email any questions to the TFP Chair at tfp2014@vt.edu; note that if you have emailed gsatfpchair@gmail.com with questions before now, this email address is now defunct, so please resubmit them at tfp2014@vt.edu.

20. CALL FOR POSTER ABSTRACTS – THE FIRST ANNUAL COLLOIDS AND SURFACES SYMPOSIUM – 2nd posting
Submit your abstract for an interdisciplinary symposium sponsored by Colloids and Surfaces at Virginia Tech.  If you wish to gain experience presenting your research to a large audience and talk about your research to fellow scientists, then submit an abstract for this symposium’s poster session.  All graduate and undergraduate students may participate.  World-renowned scientist Jacob Israelachvili will deliver the keynote speech preceded by student posters sessions and faculty oral presentations. Submission deadline is Mar. 20st, and registration is required for attendance at: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/16LbvBEcxP7KMhc7anUyfYerUSV-WXtlUY8an3BjUJzk/viewform or go to www.colloidsvt.org.vt.edu/events<http://www.colloidsvt.org.vt.edu/events Once registered, students will be notified of approval of participation and/or attendance. For more information contact Milad Radiom at mradiom@vt.edu.

21. GRADUATE RESEARCH DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS – 3rd posting
The Graduate Student Assembly’s Graduate Research Development Program (GRDP) will be accepting applications Mar 24-31 for the 2014 spring cycle. GRDP provides monetary support to graduate students for research associated with their thesis or dissertation. The maximum awards are $500 for master’s students and $700 for doctoral students. To submit applications or for more information about the program, eligibility, application process, and FAQs, search scholar for “GSA GRDP Spring 2014” to access the site. Note that the current GSA website does not have the most up to date forms and information. Please disregard all information found on the GSA website.  Applications are due by Apr 1, 2014. Email Amanda Nelson (GSAGRDPChair@gmail.com) with any questions.

22. STREET FAIR REGISTRATION NOW OPEN – 3rd posting
The Council of International Student Organization (CISO) invites student organizations to participate in the 55th annual International Street Fair on Sunday, Apr 27 from 12:00-5:00pm on College Avenue near Squires Student Center.  You can participate by applying for a booth at https://docs.google.com/a/vt.edu/spreadsheet/viewform?usp=drive_web&formkey=dGw3UjJIdXpOVU1QWmdERDJGV3hFMmc6MA#gid=0 and/or applying for a performance slot here https://docs.google.com/a/vt.edu/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0Ah5WfC33KALWdDFPU0JBdUdId1o2WVJ4QURHZzFOSGc&usp=drive_web#gid=0. Contact Noha at noha@vt.edu with any questions.

23. SUBMISSIONS ARE INVITED FOR GLC ART AND PHOTO CONTEST – deadline today
The Graduate School invites submissions of art work and photography by graduate students for display in the GLC during Graduate Education Week (Mar 24-28) and beyond. Submissions are limited to three pieces (art and/or photography) per graduate student. Photos may be submitted online at https://secure.graduateschool.vt.edu/imageupload/ to be printed by the Graduate School. Submission deadline: Monday, Mar 17, 2014.  Learn more at http://www.graduatelifecenter.vt.edu/contest.html.

24. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR STUDY ON INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS- 3rd posting
International students 18 or older who have left their country to study in the United States are sought for this study. Must not have grown up in the US and have English as a second language to participate in an online survey on “International Students’ Barriers While Pursuing Higher Education in the US.” As an international student, your thoughts and experiences are valuable in helping researchers raise awareness about foreign students` difficulties, facilitate international students` adjustment process, and improve international college students’ well-being and health in the U.S.  Access the survey at https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_bHMGR1zzZP7ue4l; takes 30-40 minutes to complete. If you have any questions, please contact Elmira Hamidi at elmirah@vt.edu.

25. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR FOCUS GROUPS ON GRAD STUDENT NEEDS – 3rd posting
Graduate students are conducting focus groups in order to better understand and serve the needs of VT graduate students. Following a Graduate School Climate Survey completed last April, three themes were identified which will drive the continuing discussion. The last focus group will be held on:

Adult learners/students over the age of 30: Mar 21, 3:30-4:30pm, GLC Room G. 

All graduate students are welcome to come and voice their experiences on what can be done to make the Graduate School accommodating to all! No registration required.  If interested, please attend. For more information, contact Bethany Martindale at blmart@vt.edu.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

GRAD ED WEEK 2014: http://graduateschool.vt.edu/GEW !

GEW KICKOFF AT NEWMAN
Monday, Mar 24, 8:30-10:30am, Newman Library 1st floor Multipurpose Room
Jump-start Grad Ed Week with coffee and a continental breakfast at Newman and meet, chat, and have coffee with experts at the library who can help you with a number of things related to your research and teaching.

MINDFULNESS TECHNIQUES SESSION
Monday, Mar 24, 1:00-2:00pm, GLC Room B
Learn how to get rid of some of your stress and relax in 15 minutes. Sponsored by Cook Counseling Center.

STUDENT HEALTH INSURANCE FORUM
Monday, Mar 24, 4:00-6:00pm, GLC Multipurpose Room Representatives from the Student Medical Insurance office as well as the Graduate School will be on hand to answer questions and listen to student feedback. E-mail gsa@vt.edu with any questions.

BUILDING A PROFESSIONAL CAREER WITH PURPOSE: DR. RACHEL WILLIAMS Tuesday, Mar 25, 12:00-1:15pm, GLC Room C
Meet over lunch with graduate alumna Dr. Rachel K. Williams, director of operations and deputy at a business in Northern Virginia. Learn about Dr. William’s journey through graduate school and the steps she took to build a highly successful professional career, balancing work and life. Free lunch.

NETWORK LUNCHEON FOR JEWISH GRADUATE STUDENTS
Tuesday, Mar 25, 12-1pm, GLC Room D Come and connect with fellow graduate students of Jewish background and hear their experiences with their culture and religion. Lunch will be provided. Fill out this survey: https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_9F5STTXYKtiYsaV by Monday, March 24!

GLOBAL CAFÉ AT DEETS
Wednesday, Mar 26, 11:00am-1:00pm, Deet’s Place (first floor of D2) This is a time for international and domestic students to come together in candid conversation, in hopes of encouraging relationships across diverse student groups. Come and go as you please; there will be free drinks and snacks provided by Deet’s Place. All are welcome!

PARADE OF NATIONS – SIGN UP NOW!
Friday, Mar 28, 3:30-4:15pm, GLC Plaza (Starting point)
Register now to showcase a flag representing one of the 108 countries at Virginia Tech!  This event is free and open to everyone. Participants will walk from GLC Plaza to Burruss Hall, to West Campus Drive and McComas Hall showcasing global Hokie pride!  All participants are also welcome to enjoy free food and fun at the Hokie World Games which will begin immediately afterwards in McComas Gym.  Sponsored by Recreational Sports.

March 17-23, 2014

1.  WEEKLY SERVICES IN THE GLC – updated 3/17

  • 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
  • Financial Aid advising: Tuesdays 8:30-10:30 by appointment; 10:30-12:30 by walk-in, Room A
  • 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. CUPCAKES WITH THE FELLOWS
Monday, Mar 17, 5:00pm, GLC Student Lounge
Enjoy St. Patrick’s Day themed cupcakes and goodies and learn what being a GLC Fellow is all about. There are two Fellow slots open for next year (application info is above in the listserve posting) and this is your chance to meet with the three current graduate students in the role and ask them about their life as a Fellow.

3. MIND AND MEDITATION
Tuesdays, Mar 18-Apr 19, 1:30-2:30pm, Cranwell International Center
Come and experience: enhanced focus and concentration, greater peace of mind, more enthusiasm and energy, effortless meditation, reduced anxiety levels and better health. This introduction to meditation involves some gentle stretches and provides guided meditation as a group. There are no prerequisites and everyone above the age of 14 is welcome to join. Please do not bring children to this meditation class.

4. SHORT STAT COURSE FOR GRADS: ADVANCED TOPICS IN R
Tuesday, Mar 18, 4:00-6:00pm, 3060 Torg
R is a powerful open-source programming environment primarily known for its statistical capabilities. This workshop will cover some advanced applications of R: distributed computing using the snowfall package, applications of the bootstrap, and structural equation modeling (SEM), as well as the basic theory and application of the bootstrap, show how it can be parallelized across a single multicore machine, and conclude with an application of the bootstrap to SEM. The prerequisites for the course are a basic familiarity with R, familiarity with the apply suite of functions, and the ability to define one’s own functions. For more information, visit www.lisa.stat.vt.edu. See www.lisa.stat.vt.edu/?q=short_courses for instructions on how to register and to learn more. Remaining Spring 2014 Schedule:

  • Tuesday, Apr 1 (no kidding): Survey Design and Analysis;
  • Tuesday, Apr 10: Accelerating statistical calculations using inexpensive graphics cards;
  • Tuesday, Apr 15: Multiple Imputation and Missing Data.

5. MARKETING THE BRAND: YOU!
Wednesday, Mar 19, 11:30 am-1:00pm, Brush Mountain Room A, Squires
Marketing “you” as a brand is not just about finding a new job. Join this Women’s Month program exploring how perception is brand; a job title does not define you; how to use online media, networking and traditional tactics to build a loyalty base among your colleagues, supervisors, and executives.  Light lunch will be served. Sponsored by Multicultural Academic Opportunities Program (MAOP) and The Graduate School. Register at https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1392930036869.   

6. WINE TASTING FOR GRADS
Wednesday, Mar 19, 4:00pm, Meet in GLC Lobby
Walk to Beliveau Estate Wine Bar (just a short walk from the GLC) to sip some vino with fellow grad students! Taste 6 glasses for only $5. Email ashleyf@vt.edu to RSVP as space is limited.

7. SURVIVAL IN ACADEMIC AMERICA: MULTICULTURAL ACADEMIC INTEGRITY FOR INTL STUDENTS
Thursday, Mar 20, 12:00-1:00pm, GLC Room C
Designed primarily for VT international students, this presentation will explain the concepts of academic integrity, plagiarism, and citations. Students will be guided in hands-on practice to easily make citations correctly and learn how to avoid infringement of the VT Undergraduate and Graduate Honor Systems.  Lunch provided.

8. GLC CAFÉ
Thursday, Mar 20, 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.

9. JER THORP: MAKING BIG DATA HUMAN
Thursday, Mar 20, 5:45pm, GLC Auditorium
Jer Thorp’s work focuses on adding meaning and narrative to huge amounts of data as a way to help people take control of the information that surrounds them. Jer Thorp, distinguished innovator in residence, will give a TED Talks-style presentation on big data visualization and digital art. Jer Thorp has given several TED Talks and was the former data-artist-in-residence for the New York Times. The Distinguished Innovator in Residence is a program co-sponsored by Technology-enhanced Learning and Online Strategies (TLOS) and the University Libraries. Event is free and open to the public.

10. TOASTMASTERS INTEREST MEETING GLC
Thursday, Mar 20, 7:00-9:00pm, GLC Room F "Looking to improve your speaking and leadership skills? Ace a job interview, conference presentation or thesis defense? Blacksburg Toastmasters Club can help grad students achieve these goals in a no-pressure atmosphere, through prepared and impromptu speeches and peer feedback. Come see us at work, learn what is in it for you and get acquainted with our practices! http://www.toastmasters.org/"

11. ON-CAMPUS COMMENCEMENT LODGING FOR FAMILIES – 1st posting
Family and friends of graduating students who plan to attend commencement ceremonies and celebrations in Blacksburg May 15 to 18 may wish to consider convenient overnight accommodations right on campus. Virginia Tech will again provide residence hall rooms and suites for families and guests of graduates. Guests may opt for a two-night or three-night package which include on campus parking and all-you-care-to-eat meals in VT’s award-winning D2 Dining Center.  Visit http://www.housing.vt.edu/conference/commencement/lodging.html to make reservations. 

12. REGISTER NOW TO PARTICIPATE IN GRAD OLYMPICS 2014 DURING GRAD ED WEEK – 2nd posting
Grad student teams of 3-4 are invited to register for this light-hearted competition to put their wit, physical skills and team spirit to the test. Up to ten teams of 3-4 members may compete for great prizes, including $50 gift certificates to local restaurants. No prior experience necessary, but resourcefulness and knowledge of the GLC are a plus. All materials are provided. Teams must pre-register and wait for confirmation that their registration was accepted: https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1395069004640.

13. GRADUATE EDUCATION WEEK
The 14th annual Graduate Education Week (GEW) will be held March 24-28. A series of entertaining, celebratory and professional development events is offered to bring attention to graduate students and graduate education, including a movie night, workshops, research symposium, grad Olympics and more.  Check out the GEW website at http://graduateschool.vt.edu/GEW for more information and to register for events.

14. vGLC ONLINE HOURS – 1st posting
Can’t make it to campus? Want a quick answer? No worries. Get Inspired. Even if you can’t visit the Graduate School, you can connect with staff online.  Virtual office hours are offered 1:00pm-3:00pm EST Monday-Thursday. Virtual office hours and chats are an interactive and quick way to ask graduate policy/procedures and academic questions of Graduate School staff. To use, download the software at http://openlife01.cc.vt.edu:9500/wifi (Create Avatar) http://imprudence.googlecode.com/files/Imprudence-1.4.0-beta-2 (Imprudence Viewer/Software) 1.4.0-beta-2 Mac (Intel) http://imprudence.googlecode.com/files/imprudence-1.4.0-beta-2-mac.zip. If you have questions or suggestions, please email Marija Telbis-Forster mtelbisf@vt.edu.

15. CALL FOR NOMINATIONS FOR CISO BOARD MEMBERS – 1st posting
Nominations are now being accepted for Council of International Student Organizations (CISO) board members.  Deadline: Mar 31.  To apply or for more information visit:  http://www.international.vt.edu/programs_and_activities/ciso/index.html.

16. FEEDBACK SOUGHT ABOUT STUDENT HEALTH INSURANCE PLAN – 2nd posting
The student health insurance plan provided by Aetna must make some changes for the 2014-2015 academic year in order to meet minimum requirements for health plans under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The Graduate Student Assembly and the Graduate School request student feedback about potential plan changes that will minimize cost increases, and gauge interest in student dental insurance. Please share your feedback at https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1393610658427. There will be a student health-care forum on Monday, Mar 24 in the Graduate Life Center Multipurpose Room from 4-6 PM. Representatives from student health insurance services as well as the Graduate School will be on hand to answer questions and listen to student feedback. E-mail gsa@vt.edu with any questions.

17. GRAD STUDENTS INVITED TO PARTICIPATE IN THE BIG EVENT – 2nd posting
The Big Event at Virginia Tech is a student-run community service effort that has grown into the 2nd largest event of its kind over the past 13 years. On Saturday, Apr 5, over 7,000 undergraduate and graduate students will come together to complete more than 1,000 community service projects throughout Blacksburg, Christiansburg and the New River Valley. Sign up to participate at http://www.registration.vtbigevent.org/signup?utm_campaign=gradschool&utm_medium=referral&utm_source=email, or email bigevent@vt.edu for more information. Follow The Big Event on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/VTBigEvent.

18. GIVE YOUR "TAKE" IN THE CENTER FOR THE ARTS’ GALLERIES – 2nd posting
The Center for the Arts’ “My Take” series invites people from all walks of life to share their “take” on the visual art in the center’s galleries. These short talks (15 minutes) provide an inviting space for university faculty, students, and community members to experience exemplary works of art through the lenses of diverse disciplines. Previous speakers include computer scientists, biologists, geographers, designers, community leaders, and more. We invite graduate students to contact us if you are interested in giving a talk on your take for the next series, “Aspect of the Self: Portraits of Our Times,” an exhibition that traces the evolution of how many of the most prominent artists of our times have presented the self: exploring issues of race, class and gender, and merging diverse media such as painting, photography, 3-D, virtual and internet-based art. If interested, contact Sarah at sarahhf@vt.edu with why this series and exhibition appeal to you.

19. GSA TRAVEL FUND PROGRAM ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS MARCH 10–28  – 2nd posting
From Mar 10 to Mar 28 5pm, the Graduate Student Assembly’s Travel Fund Program (TFP), a small grants program that supports student travel for conference presentations, will accept online applications for reimbursement of travel-related expenses for eligible graduate students who have presented or will present at professional conferences with rigorous peer-review standards during the 2013 – 2014 academic year (July 1, 2013 – June 30, 2014). Visit http://blogs.lt.vt.edu/graduatestudentassembly/travel-fund-program/travel-fund-application-form/ to view frequently asked questions and submit your application. Disregard all information on the GSA TFP website and refer only to the above link. Email any questions to the TFP Chair at tfp2014@vt.edu; note that if you have emailed gsatfpchair@gmail.com with questions before now, this email address is now defunct, so please resubmit them at tfp2014@vt.edu.

20. CALL FOR POSTER ABSTRACTS – THE FIRST ANNUAL COLLOIDS AND SURFACES SYMPOSIUM – 2nd posting
Submit your abstract for an interdisciplinary symposium sponsored by Colloids and Surfaces at Virginia Tech.  If you wish to gain experience presenting your research to a large audience and talk about your research to fellow scientists, then submit an abstract for this symposium’s poster session.  All graduate and undergraduate students may participate.  World-renowned scientist Jacob Israelachvili will deliver the keynote speech preceded by student posters sessions and faculty oral presentations. Submission deadline is Mar. 20st, and registration is required for attendance at: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/16LbvBEcxP7KMhc7anUyfYerUSV-WXtlUY8an3BjUJzk/viewform or go to www.colloidsvt.org.vt.edu/events<http://www.colloidsvt.org.vt.edu/events Once registered, students will be notified of approval of participation and/or attendance. For more information contact Milad Radiom at mradiom@vt.edu.

21. GRADUATE RESEARCH DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS – 3rd posting
The Graduate Student Assembly’s Graduate Research Development Program (GRDP) will be accepting applications Mar 24-31 for the 2014 spring cycle. GRDP provides monetary support to graduate students for research associated with their thesis or dissertation. The maximum awards are $500 for master’s students and $700 for doctoral students. To submit applications or for more information about the program, eligibility, application process, and FAQs, search scholar for “GSA GRDP Spring 2014” to access the site. Note that the current GSA website does not have the most up to date forms and information. Please disregard all information found on the GSA website.  Applications are due by Apr 1, 2014. Email Amanda Nelson (GSAGRDPChair@gmail.com) with any questions.

22. STREET FAIR REGISTRATION NOW OPEN – 3rd posting
The Council of International Student Organization (CISO) invites student organizations to participate in the 55th annual International Street Fair on Sunday, Apr 27 from 12:00-5:00pm on College Avenue near Squires Student Center.  You can participate by applying for a booth at https://docs.google.com/a/vt.edu/spreadsheet/viewform?usp=drive_web&formkey=dGw3UjJIdXpOVU1QWmdERDJGV3hFMmc6MA#gid=0 and/or applying for a performance slot here https://docs.google.com/a/vt.edu/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0Ah5WfC33KALWdDFPU0JBdUdId1o2WVJ4QURHZzFOSGc&usp=drive_web#gid=0. Contact Noha at noha@vt.edu with any questions.

23. SUBMISSIONS ARE INVITED FOR GLC ART AND PHOTO CONTEST – deadline today
The Graduate School invites submissions of art work and photography by graduate students for display in the GLC during Graduate Education Week (Mar 24-28) and beyond. Submissions are limited to three pieces (art and/or photography) per graduate student. Photos may be submitted online at https://secure.graduateschool.vt.edu/imageupload/ to be printed by the Graduate School. Submission deadline: Monday, Mar 17, 2014.  Learn more at http://www.graduatelifecenter.vt.edu/contest.html.

24. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR STUDY ON INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS- 3rd posting
International students 18 or older who have left their country to study in the United States are sought for this study. Must not have grown up in the US and have English as a second language to participate in an online survey on “International Students’ Barriers While Pursuing Higher Education in the US.” As an international student, your thoughts and experiences are valuable in helping researchers raise awareness about foreign students` difficulties, facilitate international students` adjustment process, and improve international college students’ well-being and health in the U.S.  Access the survey at https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_bHMGR1zzZP7ue4l; takes 30-40 minutes to complete. If you have any questions, please contact Elmira Hamidi at elmirah@vt.edu.

25. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR FOCUS GROUPS ON GRAD STUDENT NEEDS – 3rd posting
Graduate students are conducting focus groups in order to better understand and serve the needs of VT graduate students. Following a Graduate School Climate Survey completed last April, three themes were identified which will drive the continuing discussion. The last focus group will be held on:

Adult learners/students over the age of 30: Mar 21, 3:30-4:30pm, GLC Room G. 

All graduate students are welcome to come and voice their experiences on what can be done to make the Graduate School accommodating to all! No registration required.  If interested, please attend. For more information, contact Bethany Martindale at blmart@vt.edu.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

GRAD ED WEEK 2014: http://graduateschool.vt.edu/GEW !

GEW KICKOFF AT NEWMAN
Monday, Mar 24, 8:30-10:30am, Newman Library 1st floor Multipurpose Room
Jump-start Grad Ed Week with coffee and a continental breakfast at Newman and meet, chat, and have coffee with experts at the library who can help you with a number of things related to your research and teaching.

MINDFULNESS TECHNIQUES SESSION
Monday, Mar 24, 1:00-2:00pm, GLC Room B
Learn how to get rid of some of your stress and relax in 15 minutes. Sponsored by Cook Counseling Center.

STUDENT HEALTH INSURANCE FORUM
Monday, Mar 24, 4:00-6:00pm, GLC Multipurpose Room Representatives from the Student Medical Insurance office as well as the Graduate School will be on hand to answer questions and listen to student feedback. E-mail gsa@vt.edu with any questions.

BUILDING A PROFESSIONAL CAREER WITH PURPOSE: DR. RACHEL WILLIAMS Tuesday, Mar 25, 12:00-1:15pm, GLC Room C
Meet over lunch with graduate alumna Dr. Rachel K. Williams, director of operations and deputy at a business in Northern Virginia. Learn about Dr. William’s journey through graduate school and the steps she took to build a highly successful professional career, balancing work and life. Free lunch.

NETWORK LUNCHEON FOR JEWISH GRADUATE STUDENTS
Tuesday, Mar 25, 12-1pm, GLC Room D Come and connect with fellow graduate students of Jewish background and hear their experiences with their culture and religion. Lunch will be provided. Fill out this survey: https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_9F5STTXYKtiYsaV by Monday, March 24!

GLOBAL CAFÉ AT DEETS
Wednesday, Mar 26, 11:00am-1:00pm, Deet’s Place (first floor of D2) This is a time for international and domestic students to come together in candid conversation, in hopes of encouraging relationships across diverse student groups. Come and go as you please; there will be free drinks and snacks provided by Deet’s Place. All are welcome!

PARADE OF NATIONS – SIGN UP NOW!
Friday, Mar 28, 3:30-4:15pm, GLC Plaza (Starting point)
Register now to showcase a flag representing one of the 108 countries at Virginia Tech!  This event is free and open to everyone. Participants will walk from GLC Plaza to Burruss Hall, to West Campus Drive and McComas Hall showcasing global Hokie pride!  All participants are also welcome to enjoy free food and fun at the Hokie World Games which will begin immediately afterwards in McComas Gym.  Sponsored by Recreational Sports.

March 10-16, 2014

1.  WEEKLY SERVICES IN THE GLC – updated 3/10

Weekly services are on hiatus this week, except for the GLC Café, which is on, rain or shine, all year.

  • 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

2. CRITICAL CONVERSATIONS ON DIVERSITY: TEACHING WHILE BLACK AT AN HWCU
Thursday, Mar 13, 3:00-4:30pm, Peace Center, Norris Hall
This conversation will be led by Ellington Graves, Africana Studies. Participants are encouraged to register at: http://www.cider.vt.edu.

3. GLC CAFÉ
Thursday, Mar 13, 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.

4. SPRING BREAK SWEET TREATS AND GAMES
Friday, Mar 14, 2:00-4:00pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
You are not alone! Join others who are working through spring break and enjoy some home-baked sweets, coffee and tea, brought to you by your friendly volunteer bakers who work in the Graduate School and the GLC. It is also pie day, so there might be some sweet and savory pies as well. Bring your favorite board game or cards and stick around to play! Please register at https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1393863784460 to help organizers plan for the food.

5. REGISTER NOW TO PARTICIPATE IN GRAD OLYMPICS 2014 DURING GRAD ED WEEK
Grad student teams of 3-4 are invited to register for this light-hearted competition to put their wit, physical skills and team spirit to the test. Up to ten teams of 3-4 members may compete for great prizes, including $50 gift certificates to local restaurants. No prior experience necessary, but resourcefulness and knowledge of the GLC are a plus. All materials are provided. Teams must pre-register and wait for confirmation that their registration was accepted: https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1394042941741.

6. GRADUATE EDUCATION WEEK
The 14th annual Graduate Education Week (GEW) will be held March 24-28. GEW highlights the importance of graduate education, increases the university community’s awareness of the contributions of graduate students to teaching, research and service, and enhances the graduate student experience through professional development programs and celebratory events. Check out the GEW website at graduateschool.vt.edu/GEW for more information and to register for events.

7. FEEDBACK SOUGHT ABOUT STUDENT HEALTH INSURANCE PLAN – 1st posting
The student health insurance plan provided by Aetna must make some changes for the 2014-2015 academic year in order to meet minimum requirements for health plans under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The Graduate Student Assembly and the Graduate School request student feedback about potential plan changes that will minimize cost increases, and gauge interest in student dental insurance. Please share your feedback at https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1393610658427. There will be a student health-care forum on Monday, Mar 24 in the Graduate Life Center
Multipurpose Room from 4-6 PM. Representatives from student health insurance services as well as the Graduate School will be on hand to answer questions and listen to student feedback. E-mail gsa@vt.edu with any questions.

8. GRAD STUDENTS INVITED TO PARTICIPATE IN THE BIG EVENT-1st posting
The Big Event at Virginia Tech is a student-run community service effort that has grown into the 2nd largest event of its kind over the past 13 years. On Saturday, Apr 5, over 7,000 undergraduate and graduate students will come together to complete more than 1,000 community service projects throughout Blacksburg, Christiansburg and the New River Valley. Sign up to participate at http://www.registration.vtbigevent.org/signup?utm_campaign=gradschool&utm_medium=referral&utm_source=email, or email bigevent@vt.edu for more information. Follow The Big Event on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/VTBigEvent.

9. GIVE YOUR "TAKE" IN THE CENTER FOR THE ARTS’ GALLERIES – 1st posting
The Center for the Arts’ “My Take” series invites people from all walks of life to share their “take” on the visual art in the center’s galleries. These short talks (15 minutes) provide an inviting space for university faculty, students, and community members to experience exemplary works of art through the lenses of diverse disciplines. Previous speakers include computer scientists, biologists, geographers, designers, community leaders, and more. We invite graduate students to contact us if you are interested in giving a talk on your take for the next series, “Aspect of the Self: Portraits of Our Times,” an exhibition that traces the evolution of how many of the most prominent artists of our times have presented the self: exploring issues of race, class and gender, and merging diverse media such as painting, photography, 3-D, virtual and internet-based art. If interested, contact Sarah at sarahhf@vt.edu with why this series and exhibition appeal to you.

10. GSA TRAVEL FUND PROGRAM ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS MARCH 10 – 28  
From March 10 at 8am until March 28 at 5pm, the Graduate Student Assembly’s Travel Fund Program (TFP), a small grants program that supports student travel for conference presentations, will accept online applications for reimbursement of travel-related expenses for eligible graduate students who have presented or will present at professional conferences with rigorous peer-review standards during the 2013 – 2014 academic year (July 1, 2013 – June 30, 2014). We invite you to visit http://blogs.lt.vt.edu/graduatestudentassembly/travel-fund-program/travel-fund-application-form/ to view frequently asked questions and submit your application. Since we have moved the procedure to a new system, please disregard all information on the GSA TFP website and refer only to the above link. Please email any questions to the TFP Chair at tfp2014@vt.edu; note that if you have emailed gsatfpchair@gmail.com with questions before now, this email address is now defunct, so please resubmit them at tfp2014@vt.edu. We look forward to receiving your application!

11. CALL FOR POSTER ABSTRACTS – THE FIRST ANNUAL COLLOIDS AND SURFACES SYMPOSIUM-1st posting
Submit your abstract for an interdisciplinary symposium sponsored by COLLOIDS and SURFACES at VIRGINIA TECH.  If you would like to win scholarships based on your research, obtain experience presenting your research to a large audience and wish to talk about your research to fellow scientists then submit an abstract for this symposium’s poster session.  All graduate and undergraduate students are encouraged to submit an abstract.  World renowned scientist, Jacob Israelachvili will deliver the keynote speech preceded by student posters sessions and faculty oral presentations. Submission deadline is Mar. 20st, and registration is required for attendance at: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/16LbvBEcxP7KMhc7anUyfYerUSV-WXtlUY8an3BjUJzk/viewform or go to www.colloidsvt.org.vt.edu/events<http://www.colloidsvt.org.vt.edu/events Once registered, students will be notified of approval of participation and/or attendance. For more information please contact Akhil Jindal at akhil108@vt.edu or Milad Radiom at mradiom@vt.edu.

12. GRADUATE RESEARCH DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS – 2nd posting
The Graduate Student Assembly’s Graduate Research Development Program (GRDP) will be accepting applications Mar 24-31 for the 2014 spring cycle. GRDP provides monetary support to graduate students for research associated with their thesis or dissertation. The maximum awards are $500 for master’s students and $700 for doctoral students. To submit applications or for more information about the program, eligibility, application process, and FAQs, search scholar for “GSA GRDP Spring 2014” to access the site. Note that the current GSA website does not have the most up to date forms and information. Please disregard all information found on the GSA website.  Applications are due by Apr 1, 2014. Email Amanda Nelson (GSAGRDPChair@gmail.com) with any questions.

13. STREET FAIR REGISTRATION NOW OPEN – 2nd posting
The Council of International Student Organization (CISO) invites student organizations to participate in the 55th annual International Street Fair on Sunday, Apr 27 from 12:00-5:00pm on College Avenue near Squires Student Center.  You can participate by applying for a booth at https://docs.google.com/a/vt.edu/spreadsheet/viewform?usp=drive_web&formkey=dGw3UjJIdXpOVU1QWmdERDJGV3hFMmc6MA#gid=0 and/or applying for a performance slot here https://docs.google.com/a/vt.edu/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0Ah5WfC33KALWdDFPU0JBdUdId1o2WVJ4QURHZzFOSGc&usp=drive_web#gid=0. Contact Noha at noha@vt.edu with any questions.

14. CALL FOR ABSTRACTS FOR GSA ANNUAL RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM – 3rd posting
The Graduate Student Assembly (GSA) will hold its 30th annual Graduate Research Symposium on Wednesday, Mar 26 in the Graduate Life Center as part of Graduate Education Week. This event showcases the best of graduate research and offers a unique opportunity for graduate students to present their research in a collegial, on-campus conference. This is a competitive conference, and top presenters receive monetary awards. Submission deadline: Monday, Mar 10. Submit your research abstract at: http://blogs.lt.vt.edu/graduatestudentassembly/graduate-research-symposium/graduate-research-symposium-abstract-submission/. Please note that abstracts should be written in a widely accessible style. If you have any questions, contact Joyce Zhu, Research Symposium Chair: niz@vt.edu, or Jenn Gooding, GSA Executive Assistant: jgooding@vt.edu.

15. SUBMISSIONS ARE INVITED FOR GLC ART AND PHOTO CONTEST – 3rd posting
The Graduate School invites submissions of art work and photography by graduate students for display in the GLC during Graduate Education Week (Mar 24-28) and beyond. Submissions are limited to three pieces (art and/or photography) per graduate student. Photos may be submitted online at https://secure.graduateschool.vt.edu/imageupload/ to be printed by the Graduate School. Submission deadline: Monday, Mar 17, 2014.  Learn more at http://www.graduatelifecenter.vt.edu/contest.html.

16. VT ENGAGE CALL FOR PROPOSALS – 3rd posting
VT Engage requests proposals for the ’14-’15 John E. Dooley Student Engagement Grant (JEDSEG). This grant funds highly motivated students or student teams who plan to invest in their community by creating an opportunity for active civic engagement. Two awards of $750 each are available. For more information and to access the application materials, please visit www.engage.vt.edu or email Lauren Kennedy at kennedy0@vt.edu. Application deadline: Mar 28, 5pm.

17. GLC FELLOWS APPLICATION PROCESS OPEN FOR 2014-15 – 3rd posting
Residence Life and the Graduate School are seeking motivated graduate students who are committed to building graduate community, for two GLC Fellow positions for the 2014-15 academic year. An ideal candidate would have previous residence life and/or event planning experience, though it is not a requirement. Applicants must submit a formal cover letter, resume and letter of recommendation, as well as complete the following survey: https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1392921221707. Information about cover letter requirements is at the survey link; full job description is at www.graduatelifecenter.vt.edu. Apply by Mar 19, 2014. Contact Lauren Surface at lkeister@vt.edu or Sarah Loth at sloth85@vt.edu  if you have questions.

18. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR STUDY ON INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS- 2nd posting
International students 18 or older who have left their country to study in the United States are sought for this study. Must not have grown up in the US and have English as a second language to participate in an online survey on “International Students’ Barriers While Pursuing Higher Education in the US.” As an international student, your thoughts and experiences are valuable in helping researchers raise awareness about foreign students` difficulties, facilitate international students` adjustment process, and improve international college students’ well-being and health in the U.S.  Access the survey at https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_bHMGR1zzZP7ue4l; takes 30-40 minutes to complete. If you have any questions, please contact Elmira Hamidi at elmirah@vt.edu.

19. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR FOCUS GROUPS ON GRAD STUDENT NEEDS – 2nd posting
Graduate students are conducting focus groups in order to better understand and serve the needs of VT graduate students. Following a Graduate School Climate Survey completed last April, three themes were identified which will drive the continuing discussion. One focus group will be held on: 

Adult learners/students over the age of 30: Mar 21, 3:30-4:30pm, GLC Room G.  

All graduate students are welcome to come and voice their experiences on what can be done to make the Graduate School accommodating to all! No registration required.  If interested, please attend. For more information, contact Bethany Martindale at blmart@vt.edu

20. ABSTRACT REVIEWERS SOUGHT FOR GSA RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM – 3rd posting
The Graduate Student Assembly is looking for abstract reviewers for its 30th annual Graduate Research Symposium to be held on Wednesday, Mar 26 in the GLC. This is a chance to see the other side of conferences as a peer reviewer, as well as an excellent item for your CV.  Abstracts are written in a cross-disciplinary style, and reviewers are not required to be experts in each discipline. If you are interested, please sign up at: http://blogs.lt.vt.edu/graduatestudentassembly/graduate-research-symposium/graduate-research-symposium-abstract-reviewer-sign-up-2/. If you have any questions, contact Joyce Zhu, Research Symposium Chair: niz@vt.edu, or Jenn Gooding, GSA Executive Assistant: jgooding@vt.edu.

21. SURVEY PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR RESEARCH ON SMART PHONE APP – 3rd posting
To assist a computer science graduate student in her researching and implementing a smartphone application for campus-wide communication, consider taking a short research survey on mobile device usage.  The survey should take less than approximately ten minutes.  Your anonymous contributions will provide valuable statistics for the research project.  Please email any questions or inquiries to Kimberly Zeitz at kazeitz@vt.edu. The survey is accessible at https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1392736001836.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

CUPCAKES WITH THE FELLOWS
Monday, Mar 17, 5:00pm, GLC Student Lounge
Enjoy St. Patrick’s Day themed cupcakes and goodies and learn what being a GLC Fellow is all about. There are two Fellow slots open for next year (application info is above in the listserve posting) and this is your chance to meet with the three current graduate students in the role and ask them about their life as a Fellow.

SHORT STAT COURSE FOR GRADS: ADVANCED TOPICS IN R
Tuesday, Mar 18, 4:00-6:00pm, 3060 Torg

R is a powerful open-source programming environment primarily known for its statistical capabilities. This workshop will cover some advanced applications of R: distributed computing using the snowfall package, applications of the bootstrap, and structural equation modeling (SEM), as well as the basic theory and application of the bootstrap, show how it can be parallelized across a single multicore machine, and conclude with an application of the bootstrap to SEM. The prerequisites for the course are a basic familiarity with R, familiarity with the apply suite of functions, and the ability to define one’s own functions. For more information, visit www.lisa.stat.vt.edu. See www.lisa.stat.vt.edu/?q=short_courses for instructions on how to register and to learn more. Remaining Spring 2014 Schedule:
Tuesday, Apr 1 (no kidding): Survey Design and Analysis;
Tuesday, Apr 10: Accelerating statistical calculations using inexpensive graphics cards;
Tuesday, Apr 15: Multiple Imputation and Missing Data.


MARKETING THE BRAND: YOU!
Wednesday, Mar 19, 11:30 am-1:00pm, Brush Mountain Room A, Squires

Marketing “you” as a brand is not just about finding a new job. Join this Women’s Month program exploring how perception is brand; a job title does not define you; how to use online media, networking and traditional tactics to build a loyalty base among your colleagues, supervisors, and executives.  Light lunch will be served. Sponsored by Multicultural Academic Opportunities Program (MAOP) and The Graduate School. Register at https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1392930036869.    

TOASTMASTERS INTEREST MEETING GLC

Thursday, Mar 20, 7:00-9:00pm, GLC Room F

"Looking to improve your speaking and leadership skills? Ace a job interview, conference presentation or thesis defense? Blacksburg Toastmasters Club can help grad students achieve these goals in a no-pressure atmosphere, through prepared and impromptu speeches and peer feedback. Come see us at work, learn what is in it for you and get acquainted with our practices! http://www.toastmasters.org/"

 

NETWORK LUNCHEON FOR JEWISH GRADUATE STUDENTS

Tuesday, Mar 25, 12-1pm, GLC Room D
Come and connect with fellow graduate students of Jewish background and hear their experiences with their culture and religion. Lunch will be provided. Fill out this survey: https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_9F5STTXYKtiYsaV by Monday, March 24!

 

March 10-16, 2014

1.  WEEKLY SERVICES IN THE GLC – updated 3/10

Weekly services are on hiatus this week, except for the GLC Café, which is on, rain or shine, all year.

  • 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

2. CRITICAL CONVERSATIONS ON DIVERSITY: TEACHING WHILE BLACK AT AN HWCU
Thursday, Mar 13, 3:00-4:30pm, Peace Center, Norris Hall
This conversation will be led by Ellington Graves, Africana Studies. Participants are encouraged to register at: http://www.cider.vt.edu.

3. GLC CAFÉ
Thursday, Mar 13, 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.

4. SPRING BREAK SWEET TREATS AND GAMES
Friday, Mar 14, 2:00-4:00pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
You are not alone! Join others who are working through spring break and enjoy some home-baked sweets, coffee and tea, brought to you by your friendly volunteer bakers who work in the Graduate School and the GLC. It is also pie day, so there might be some sweet and savory pies as well. Bring your favorite board game or cards and stick around to play! Please register at https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1393863784460 to help organizers plan for the food.

5. REGISTER NOW TO PARTICIPATE IN GRAD OLYMPICS 2014 DURING GRAD ED WEEK
Grad student teams of 3-4 are invited to register for this light-hearted competition to put their wit, physical skills and team spirit to the test. Up to ten teams of 3-4 members may compete for great prizes, including $50 gift certificates to local restaurants. No prior experience necessary, but resourcefulness and knowledge of the GLC are a plus. All materials are provided. Teams must pre-register and wait for confirmation that their registration was accepted: https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1394042941741.

6. GRADUATE EDUCATION WEEK
The 14th annual Graduate Education Week (GEW) will be held March 24-28. GEW highlights the importance of graduate education, increases the university community’s awareness of the contributions of graduate students to teaching, research and service, and enhances the graduate student experience through professional development programs and celebratory events. Check out the GEW website at graduateschool.vt.edu/GEW for more information and to register for events.

7. FEEDBACK SOUGHT ABOUT STUDENT HEALTH INSURANCE PLAN – 1st posting
The student health insurance plan provided by Aetna must make some changes for the 2014-2015 academic year in order to meet minimum requirements for health plans under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The Graduate Student Assembly and the Graduate School request student feedback about potential plan changes that will minimize cost increases, and gauge interest in student dental insurance. Please share your feedback at https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1393610658427. There will be a student health-care forum on Monday, Mar 24 in the Graduate Life Center
Multipurpose Room from 4-6 PM. Representatives from student health insurance services as well as the Graduate School will be on hand to answer questions and listen to student feedback. E-mail gsa@vt.edu with any questions.

8. GRAD STUDENTS INVITED TO PARTICIPATE IN THE BIG EVENT-1st posting
The Big Event at Virginia Tech is a student-run community service effort that has grown into the 2nd largest event of its kind over the past 13 years. On Saturday, Apr 5, over 7,000 undergraduate and graduate students will come together to complete more than 1,000 community service projects throughout Blacksburg, Christiansburg and the New River Valley. Sign up to participate at http://www.registration.vtbigevent.org/signup?utm_campaign=gradschool&utm_medium=referral&utm_source=email, or email bigevent@vt.edu for more information. Follow The Big Event on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/VTBigEvent.

9. GIVE YOUR "TAKE" IN THE CENTER FOR THE ARTS’ GALLERIES – 1st posting
The Center for the Arts’ “My Take” series invites people from all walks of life to share their “take” on the visual art in the center’s galleries. These short talks (15 minutes) provide an inviting space for university faculty, students, and community members to experience exemplary works of art through the lenses of diverse disciplines. Previous speakers include computer scientists, biologists, geographers, designers, community leaders, and more. We invite graduate students to contact us if you are interested in giving a talk on your take for the next series, “Aspect of the Self: Portraits of Our Times,” an exhibition that traces the evolution of how many of the most prominent artists of our times have presented the self: exploring issues of race, class and gender, and merging diverse media such as painting, photography, 3-D, virtual and internet-based art. If interested, contact Sarah at sarahhf@vt.edu with why this series and exhibition appeal to you.

10. GSA TRAVEL FUND PROGRAM ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS MARCH 10 – 28  
From March 10 at 8am until March 28 at 5pm, the Graduate Student Assembly’s Travel Fund Program (TFP), a small grants program that supports student travel for conference presentations, will accept online applications for reimbursement of travel-related expenses for eligible graduate students who have presented or will present at professional conferences with rigorous peer-review standards during the 2013 – 2014 academic year (July 1, 2013 – June 30, 2014). We invite you to visit http://blogs.lt.vt.edu/graduatestudentassembly/travel-fund-program/travel-fund-application-form/ to view frequently asked questions and submit your application. Since we have moved the procedure to a new system, please disregard all information on the GSA TFP website and refer only to the above link. Please email any questions to the TFP Chair at tfp2014@vt.edu; note that if you have emailed gsatfpchair@gmail.com with questions before now, this email address is now defunct, so please resubmit them at tfp2014@vt.edu. We look forward to receiving your application!

11. CALL FOR POSTER ABSTRACTS – THE FIRST ANNUAL COLLOIDS AND SURFACES SYMPOSIUM-1st posting
Submit your abstract for an interdisciplinary symposium sponsored by COLLOIDS and SURFACES at VIRGINIA TECH.  If you would like to win scholarships based on your research, obtain experience presenting your research to a large audience and wish to talk about your research to fellow scientists then submit an abstract for this symposium’s poster session.  All graduate and undergraduate students are encouraged to submit an abstract.  World renowned scientist, Jacob Israelachvili will deliver the keynote speech preceded by student posters sessions and faculty oral presentations. Submission deadline is Mar. 20st, and registration is required for attendance at: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/16LbvBEcxP7KMhc7anUyfYerUSV-WXtlUY8an3BjUJzk/viewform or go to www.colloidsvt.org.vt.edu/events<http://www.colloidsvt.org.vt.edu/events Once registered, students will be notified of approval of participation and/or attendance. For more information please contact Akhil Jindal at akhil108@vt.edu or Milad Radiom at mradiom@vt.edu.

12. GRADUATE RESEARCH DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS – 2nd posting
The Graduate Student Assembly’s Graduate Research Development Program (GRDP) will be accepting applications Mar 24-31 for the 2014 spring cycle. GRDP provides monetary support to graduate students for research associated with their thesis or dissertation. The maximum awards are $500 for master’s students and $700 for doctoral students. To submit applications or for more information about the program, eligibility, application process, and FAQs, search scholar for “GSA GRDP Spring 2014” to access the site. Note that the current GSA website does not have the most up to date forms and information. Please disregard all information found on the GSA website.  Applications are due by Apr 1, 2014. Email Amanda Nelson (GSAGRDPChair@gmail.com) with any questions.

13. STREET FAIR REGISTRATION NOW OPEN – 2nd posting
The Council of International Student Organization (CISO) invites student organizations to participate in the 55th annual International Street Fair on Sunday, Apr 27 from 12:00-5:00pm on College Avenue near Squires Student Center.  You can participate by applying for a booth at https://docs.google.com/a/vt.edu/spreadsheet/viewform?usp=drive_web&formkey=dGw3UjJIdXpOVU1QWmdERDJGV3hFMmc6MA#gid=0 and/or applying for a performance slot here https://docs.google.com/a/vt.edu/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0Ah5WfC33KALWdDFPU0JBdUdId1o2WVJ4QURHZzFOSGc&usp=drive_web#gid=0. Contact Noha at noha@vt.edu with any questions.

14. CALL FOR ABSTRACTS FOR GSA ANNUAL RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM – 3rd posting
The Graduate Student Assembly (GSA) will hold its 30th annual Graduate Research Symposium on Wednesday, Mar 26 in the Graduate Life Center as part of Graduate Education Week. This event showcases the best of graduate research and offers a unique opportunity for graduate students to present their research in a collegial, on-campus conference. This is a competitive conference, and top presenters receive monetary awards. Submission deadline: Monday, Mar 10. Submit your research abstract at: http://blogs.lt.vt.edu/graduatestudentassembly/graduate-research-symposium/graduate-research-symposium-abstract-submission/. Please note that abstracts should be written in a widely accessible style. If you have any questions, contact Joyce Zhu, Research Symposium Chair: niz@vt.edu, or Jenn Gooding, GSA Executive Assistant: jgooding@vt.edu.

15. SUBMISSIONS ARE INVITED FOR GLC ART AND PHOTO CONTEST – 3rd posting
The Graduate School invites submissions of art work and photography by graduate students for display in the GLC during Graduate Education Week (Mar 24-28) and beyond. Submissions are limited to three pieces (art and/or photography) per graduate student. Photos may be submitted online at https://secure.graduateschool.vt.edu/imageupload/ to be printed by the Graduate School. Submission deadline: Monday, Mar 17, 2014.  Learn more at http://www.graduatelifecenter.vt.edu/contest.html.

16. VT ENGAGE CALL FOR PROPOSALS – 3rd posting
VT Engage requests proposals for the ’14-’15 John E. Dooley Student Engagement Grant (JEDSEG). This grant funds highly motivated students or student teams who plan to invest in their community by creating an opportunity for active civic engagement. Two awards of $750 each are available. For more information and to access the application materials, please visit www.engage.vt.edu or email Lauren Kennedy at kennedy0@vt.edu. Application deadline: Mar 28, 5pm.

17. GLC FELLOWS APPLICATION PROCESS OPEN FOR 2014-15 – 3rd posting
Residence Life and the Graduate School are seeking motivated graduate students who are committed to building graduate community, for two GLC Fellow positions for the 2014-15 academic year. An ideal candidate would have previous residence life and/or event planning experience, though it is not a requirement. Applicants must submit a formal cover letter, resume and letter of recommendation, as well as complete the following survey: https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1392921221707. Information about cover letter requirements is at the survey link; full job description is at www.graduatelifecenter.vt.edu. Apply by Mar 19, 2014. Contact Lauren Surface at lkeister@vt.edu or Sarah Loth at sloth85@vt.edu  if you have questions.

18. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR STUDY ON INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS- 2nd posting
International students 18 or older who have left their country to study in the United States are sought for this study. Must not have grown up in the US and have English as a second language to participate in an online survey on “International Students’ Barriers While Pursuing Higher Education in the US.” As an international student, your thoughts and experiences are valuable in helping researchers raise awareness about foreign students` difficulties, facilitate international students` adjustment process, and improve international college students’ well-being and health in the U.S.  Access the survey at https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_bHMGR1zzZP7ue4l; takes 30-40 minutes to complete. If you have any questions, please contact Elmira Hamidi at elmirah@vt.edu.

19. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR FOCUS GROUPS ON GRAD STUDENT NEEDS – 2nd posting
Graduate students are conducting focus groups in order to better understand and serve the needs of VT graduate students. Following a Graduate School Climate Survey completed last April, three themes were identified which will drive the continuing discussion. One focus group will be held on: 

Adult learners/students over the age of 30: Mar 21, 3:30-4:30pm, GLC Room G.  

All graduate students are welcome to come and voice their experiences on what can be done to make the Graduate School accommodating to all! No registration required.  If interested, please attend. For more information, contact Bethany Martindale at blmart@vt.edu

20. ABSTRACT REVIEWERS SOUGHT FOR GSA RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM – 3rd posting
The Graduate Student Assembly is looking for abstract reviewers for its 30th annual Graduate Research Symposium to be held on Wednesday, Mar 26 in the GLC. This is a chance to see the other side of conferences as a peer reviewer, as well as an excellent item for your CV.  Abstracts are written in a cross-disciplinary style, and reviewers are not required to be experts in each discipline. If you are interested, please sign up at: http://blogs.lt.vt.edu/graduatestudentassembly/graduate-research-symposium/graduate-research-symposium-abstract-reviewer-sign-up-2/. If you have any questions, contact Joyce Zhu, Research Symposium Chair: niz@vt.edu, or Jenn Gooding, GSA Executive Assistant: jgooding@vt.edu.

21. SURVEY PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR RESEARCH ON SMART PHONE APP – 3rd posting
To assist a computer science graduate student in her researching and implementing a smartphone application for campus-wide communication, consider taking a short research survey on mobile device usage.  The survey should take less than approximately ten minutes.  Your anonymous contributions will provide valuable statistics for the research project.  Please email any questions or inquiries to Kimberly Zeitz at kazeitz@vt.edu. The survey is accessible at https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1392736001836.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

CUPCAKES WITH THE FELLOWS
Monday, Mar 17, 5:00pm, GLC Student Lounge
Enjoy St. Patrick’s Day themed cupcakes and goodies and learn what being a GLC Fellow is all about. There are two Fellow slots open for next year (application info is above in the listserve posting) and this is your chance to meet with the three current graduate students in the role and ask them about their life as a Fellow.

SHORT STAT COURSE FOR GRADS: ADVANCED TOPICS IN R
Tuesday, Mar 18, 4:00-6:00pm, 3060 Torg

R is a powerful open-source programming environment primarily known for its statistical capabilities. This workshop will cover some advanced applications of R: distributed computing using the snowfall package, applications of the bootstrap, and structural equation modeling (SEM), as well as the basic theory and application of the bootstrap, show how it can be parallelized across a single multicore machine, and conclude with an application of the bootstrap to SEM. The prerequisites for the course are a basic familiarity with R, familiarity with the apply suite of functions, and the ability to define one’s own functions. For more information, visit www.lisa.stat.vt.edu. See www.lisa.stat.vt.edu/?q=short_courses for instructions on how to register and to learn more. Remaining Spring 2014 Schedule:
Tuesday, Apr 1 (no kidding): Survey Design and Analysis;
Tuesday, Apr 10: Accelerating statistical calculations using inexpensive graphics cards;
Tuesday, Apr 15: Multiple Imputation and Missing Data.


MARKETING THE BRAND: YOU!
Wednesday, Mar 19, 11:30 am-1:00pm, Brush Mountain Room A, Squires

Marketing “you” as a brand is not just about finding a new job. Join this Women’s Month program exploring how perception is brand; a job title does not define you; how to use online media, networking and traditional tactics to build a loyalty base among your colleagues, supervisors, and executives.  Light lunch will be served. Sponsored by Multicultural Academic Opportunities Program (MAOP) and The Graduate School. Register at https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1392930036869.    

TOASTMASTERS INTEREST MEETING GLC

Thursday, Mar 20, 7:00-9:00pm, GLC Room F

"Looking to improve your speaking and leadership skills? Ace a job interview, conference presentation or thesis defense? Blacksburg Toastmasters Club can help grad students achieve these goals in a no-pressure atmosphere, through prepared and impromptu speeches and peer feedback. Come see us at work, learn what is in it for you and get acquainted with our practices! http://www.toastmasters.org/"

 

NETWORK LUNCHEON FOR JEWISH GRADUATE STUDENTS

Tuesday, Mar 25, 12-1pm, GLC Room D
Come and connect with fellow graduate students of Jewish background and hear their experiences with their culture and religion. Lunch will be provided. Fill out this survey: https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_9F5STTXYKtiYsaV by Monday, March 24!

 

March 3-9, 2014

1.  WEEKLY SERVICES IN THE GLC – updated 3/3

  • 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
  • Financial Aid advising: Tuesdays 8:30-10:30 by appointment; 10:30-12:30 by walk-in, Room A
  • 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)

NO WALK-IN SERVICES DURING SPRING BREAK

2. SHORT STAT COURSE FOR GRADS: INTRO TO JMP
Tuesday & Wednesday, Mar 4 & 5
LISA (Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Statistical Analysis) provides a series of evening short courses to help graduate students use statistics in their research and learn practical statistical techniques for analyzing or collecting data. See www.lisa.stat.vt.edu/?q=short_courses for instructions on how to register and to learn more. Remaining Spring 2014 Schedule:

  • Tuesday, Mar 18: Advanced Topics in R: parallel processing, structural equation modeling, and the bootstrap;
  • Tuesday, Apr 1 (no kidding): Survey Design and Analysis;
  • Tuesday, Apr 10: Accelerating statistical calculations using inexpensive graphics cards;
  • Tuesday, Apr 15: Multiple Imputation and Missing Data;

*Two sessions of the same course to accommodate more attendees.

3. SALARY NEGOTIATION 101 FOR WOMEN
Wednesday, Mar 5, 4:00-5:30pm, GLC Room C
This workshop is designed to empower college women and provide them with the tools to negotiate salaries and benefits as they approach the job market. Participants work through some exercises to gain concrete negotiation skills, learn about the personal consequences of the gender wage gap, learn how to benchmark reasonable salaries and benefits, and gain insight into their own bottom line and personal budget. Please register at https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1393857918884.

4. INTERVIEWING SKILLS
Wednesday, Mar 5, 5:30-6:30pm, GLC Room G
Be prepared for initial screening interviews as well as on-site interviews. This seminar addresses interviewing basics, employer expectations, and insights into behavioral interviews. Sponsored by Career Services. Contact Amy McPherson at amcphers@vt.edu if you have questions.

5. CRITICAL CONVERSATIONS ON DIVERSITY: TEACHING RACE AT HWCU’S
Thursday, Mar 6, 3:00-4:45pm, Global Technology Ctr, 2nd floor, Norris Hall
Hosted by the Inclusive Pedagogy Initiative in the Office for Diversity and Inclusion and presented by David Brunsma, this event explores the walls of whiteness through conversation about race at Historically White Colleges and Universities. Please register at www.cider.vt.edu.

6. ENOUGH: BASICS OF SELF-DEFENSE
Wednesday, Mar 6, 6:00-7:30pm, RLRO Center in Detrick Hall
The Blacksburg Alumni Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. inviteS women of all ages to attend this program. Presenter Officer John Tarter will provide information on how to prevent domestic violence, statistics on domestic violence, and resources that will help you or someone you know who may be experiencing domestic abuse. There will also be an interactive self-defense demonstration that you won’t want to miss. If you have any questions. please email ppd@bacdst13.org. This message is posted on behalf of grad student Brielle Wright, bswright@vt.edu.

7. MONTHLY VIRTUAL GLC (vGLC) CAFÉ: COMPLETION GUIDELINES
1st Thursday each month, starting Mar 6, 12:00-1:00pm, vGLC Lobby
Join Graduate School staff once a month for online chats in the vGLC. Enter  the vGLC lobby at http://virtual.glc.vt.edu. The vGLC extends VT’s graduate-education community from campus to computer. Download the software at http://openlife01.cc.vt.edu:9500/wifi (Create Avatar) http://imprudence.googlecode.com/files/Imprudence-1.4.0-beta-2 (Imprudence Viewer/Software) 1.4.0-beta-2 Mac (Intel) http://imprudence.googlecode.com/files/imprudence-1.4.0-beta-2-mac.zip. If you have questions or suggestions, please email Marija Telbis-Forster mtelbisf@vt.edu

8. GLC CAFÉ WITH BLUEBERRY MUFFINS
Thursday, Mar 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.

9. SPRING BREAK
Friday, Mar 7 5:00pm to Sunday, Mar 16
Does spring break exist if no graduate student gets to take it?

10. GRADUATE RESEARCH DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS – 1st posting
The Graduate Student Assembly’s Graduate Research Development Program (GRDP) will be accepting applications Mar 24-31 for the 2014 spring cycle. GRDP provides monetary support to graduate students for research associated with their thesis or dissertation. The maximum awards are $500 for master’s students and $700 for doctoral students. To submit applications or for more information about the program, eligibility, application process, and FAQs, search scholar for “GSA GRDP Spring 2014” to access the site. Note that the current GSA website does not have the most up to date forms and information. Please disregard all information found on the GSA website.  Applications are due by Apr 1, 2014. Email Amanda Nelson (GSAGRDPChair@gmail.com) with any questions.

11. STREET FAIR REGISTRATION NOW OPEN – 1st posting
The Council of International Student Organization (CISO) invites student organizations to participate in the 55th annual International Street Fair on Sunday, Apr 27 from 12:00-5:00pm on College Avenue near Squires Student Center.  You can participate by applying for a booth online and/or applying for a performance slot here https://docs.google.com/a/vt.edu/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0Ah5WfC33KALWdDFPU0JBdUdId1o2WVJ4QURHZzFOSGc&usp=drive_web#gid=0. Contact Noha at noha@vt.edu with any questions.

12. CALL FOR ABSTRACTS FOR GSA ANNUAL RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM – 2nd posting
The Graduate Student Assembly (GSA) will hold its 30th annual Graduate Research Symposium on Wednesday, Mar 26 in the Graduate Life Center as part of Graduate Education Week. This event showcases the best of graduate research and offers a unique opportunity for graduate students to present their research in a collegial, on-campus conference. This is a competitive conference, and top presenters receive monetary awards. Submission deadline: Monday, Mar 10. Submit your research abstract at: http://blogs.lt.vt.edu/graduatestudentassembly/graduate-research-symposium/graduate-research-symposium-abstract-submission/. Please note that abstracts should be written in a widely accessible style. If you have any questions, contact Joyce Zhu, Research Symposium Chair: niz@vt.edu, or Jenn Gooding, GSA Executive Assistant: jgooding@vt.edu.

13. 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 Graduate Education Week (Mar 24-28) and beyond. Submissions are limited to three pieces (art and/or photography) per graduate student. Photos may be submitted online at https://secure.graduateschool.vt.edu/imageupload/ to be printed by the Graduate School. Submission deadline: Monday, Mar 17, 2014.  Learn more at http://www.graduatelifecenter.vt.edu/contest.html.

14. LISA STATISTICAL COLLABORATION SERVICES – 2nd posting
Since 2008 more than 1,200 graduate students have advanced their research by collaborating with statisticians from LISA (Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Statistical Analysis). Request a collaboration meeting today (www.lisa.stat.vt.edu/www.lisa.stat.vt.edu/?q=loginredirector) for advice on designing your study or experiment, analyzing your data, or interpreting your results. Initial meetings typically last for one hour and can be followed-up with additional meetings if necessary to help you answer your research questions. LISA collaborations often result in co-authored publications finished faster and published in a more prestigious journal than what would be possible without expert help from a LISA statistical collaborator. For more information about LISA’s free services, visit www.lisa.stat.vt.edu.

15. VT ENGAGE CALL FOR PROPOSALS – 2nd posting
VT Engage requests proposals for the ’14-’15 John E. Dooley Student Engagement Grant (JEDSEG). This grant funds highly motivated students or student teams who plan to invest in their community by creating an opportunity for active civic engagement. Two awards of $750 each are available. For more information and to access the application materials, please visit www.engage.vt.edu or email Lauren Kennedy at kennedy0@vt.edu. Application deadline: Mar 28, 5pm.

16. A DAY IN THE LIFE OF… PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT – 3rd posting
Do you want to help raise awareness about diversity and cultural differences? If so, consider collaborating for the “A day in the life…” project. Participants will be asked to provide information about a typical day and to send a current picture; posters will be shown around the University. For more information, email grad student Homero Murzi at hmurzi@vt.edu.

17. GLC FELLOWS APPLICATION PROCESS OPEN FOR 2014-15 – 2nd posting
Residence Life and the Graduate School are seeking motivated graduate students who are committed to building graduate community, for two GLC Fellow positions for the 2014-15 academic year. An ideal candidate would have previous residence life and/or event planning experience, though it is not a requirement. Applicants must submit a formal cover letter, resume and letter of recommendation, as well as complete the following survey: https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1392921221707. Information about cover letter requirements is at the survey link; full job description is at www.graduatelifecenter.vt.edu. Apply by Mar 19, 2014. Contact Lauren Surface at lkeister@vt.edu or Sarah Loth at sloth85@vt.edu  if you have questions.

18. GLC SOFTBALL TEAM RECRUITING MEMBERS – 1st posting
Spring means: Softball! GLC fellows invite all grad students to be a part of the GLC  intramural softball team (open to males and females). There is no prior softball experience required but if you have played before, you can help the team. This is a great way to make friends and play a great game. Games will start in late March. Complete a quick survey at https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1393602070192 and secure a spot on the team.

19. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR STUDY ON INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS- 1st posting
International students 18 or older who have left their country to study in the United States are sought for this study. Must not have grown up in the US and have English as a second language to participate in an online survey on “International Students’ Barriers While Pursuing Higher Education in the US.” As an international student, your thoughts and experiences are valuable in helping researchers raise awareness about foreign students` difficulties, facilitate international students` adjustment process, and improve international college students’ well-being and health in the U.S.  Access the survey at https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_bHMGR1zzZP7ue4l; takes 30-40 minutes to complete. If you have any questions, please contact Elmira Hamidi at elmirah@vt.edu.

20. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR FOCUS GROUPS ON GRAD STUDENT NEEDS – 1st posting
Graduate students are conducting focus groups in order to better understand and serve the needs of VT graduate students. Following a Graduate School Climate Survey completed last April, three themes were identified which will drive the discussion of the following focus groups:

  • Students with families: Mar 3, 3:30-4:30pm, GLC Room C;
  • Students with disabilities: Mar 6, 5:00-6:00pm, GLC Room B
  • Adult learners/students over the age of 30: Mar 21, 3:30-4:30pm, GLC Room G. 

All graduate students are welcome to come and voice their experiences on what can be done to make the Graduate School accommodating to all! No registration required.  If interested, please attend. For more information, contact Bethany Martindale at blmart@vt.edu.

21. ABSTRACT REVIEWERS SOUGHT FOR GSA RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM – 2nd posting
The Graduate Student Assembly is looking for abstract reviewers for its 30th annual Graduate Research Symposium to be held on Wednesday, Mar 26 in the GLC. This is a chance to see the other side of conferences as a peer reviewer, as well as an excellent item for your CV.  Abstracts are written in a cross-disciplinary style, and reviewers are not required to be experts in each discipline. If you are interested, please sign up at: http://blogs.lt.vt.edu/graduatestudentassembly/graduate-research-symposium/graduate-research-symposium-abstract-reviewer-sign-up-2/. If you have any questions, contact Joyce Zhu, Research Symposium Chair: niz@vt.edu, or Jenn Gooding, GSA Executive Assistant: jgooding@vt.edu.

22. SURVEY PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR RESEARCH ON SMART PHONE APP – 2nd posting
To assist a computer science graduate student in her researching and implementing a smartphone application for campus-wide communication, consider taking a short research survey on mobile device usage.  The survey should take less than approximately ten minutes.  Your anonymous contributions will provide valuable statistics for the research project.  Please email any questions or inquiries to Kimberly Zeitz at kazeitz@vt.edu. The survey is accessible at https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1392736001836.

23. LGBQ YOUTH & YOUNG ADULTS WANTED FOR RESEARCH PROJECT – 3rd posting
VT researchers are recruiting lesbian, gay, bisexual, and queer youth and young adults age 13-21 to participate in a project exploring the decision to come out to family as gay, lesbian, bisexual or queer.  The questionnaire and in-depth interview will take about 2-2.5 hours and participants will receive a $10 gift card for their feedback. The PI is in the process of developing a program to help youth make safe and successful disclosure decisions to family; this research will help inform that project.  Researchers would like to hear from youth that have and have not yet come out to family.  Participation is voluntary and strictly confidential (VT IRB 13-331).  If you have questions or would like to discuss eligibility, email VTProjectSMYLE@gmail.com or call (540)-231-4235, or visit https://www.facebook.com/VTProjectSMYLE

24. PARENTS OF LGB YOUTH/YOUNG ADULTS WANTED FOR RESEARCH  PROJECT -3rd posting
Researchers are recruiting parents who have had a child disclose to them in the last five years that they are lesbian, gay or bisexual when the child was 13-21.  The brief questionnaire and in-depth interview will take approximately 1-2 hours and participants will receive a $10 gift card for their feedback.  The PI is in the process of developing a program to help youth make safe and successful disclosure decisions to family; this research will help inform that project. Participation is voluntary and strictly confidential(VT IRB 13-331).   If you have questions or would like to discuss eligibility, email VTProjectSMYLE@gmail.com or call (540)-231-4235, or visit https://www.facebook.com/VTProjectSMYLE.

25. RESEARCH PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR USER STUDY OF BIOINFORMATICS RESOURCE – 3rd  posting
Participate in a study to investigate the underlying processes of bioinformatics experiments. The study will take approximately 2 hours and will involve eye-tracking with think-aloud while you perform tasks using a computer. Preferred participants are proficient in the use of bioinformatics resources, are familiar with the process of functionally analyzing a gene sequence.We will compensate participants at a rate of $10 per hour for a maximum of 2 hours, or a maximum of $20 total. The protocols in this study have been approved by the VT IRB (14-055). If you are interested, please contact Jongsoon Park via email babirong@vt.edu or call 540-558-8369.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

SPRING BREAK SWEET TREATS AND GAMES
Friday, Mar 14, 2:00-4:00pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
You are not alone! Join others who are working through spring break and enjoy some home-baked sweets, coffee and tea, brought to you by your friendly volunteer bakers who work in the Graduate School and the GLC. It is also pie day, so there might be some sweet and savory pies as well. Bring your favorite board game or cards and stick around to play! Please register at https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1393863784460 to help organizers plan for the food.

MARKETING THE BRAND: YOU!
Wednesday, Mar 19, 11:30 am-1:00pm, Brush Mountain Room A, Squires
Marketing “you” as a brand is not just about finding a new job. Join this Women’s Month program exploring how perception is brand; a job title does not define you; how to use online media, networking and traditional tactics to build a loyalty base among your colleagues, supervisors, and executives.  Light lunch will be served. Sponsored by Multicultural Academic Opportunities Program (MAOP) and The Graduate School. Register at https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1392930036869.   

 

March 3-9, 2014

1.  WEEKLY SERVICES IN THE GLC – updated 3/3

  • 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
  • Financial Aid advising: Tuesdays 8:30-10:30 by appointment; 10:30-12:30 by walk-in, Room A
  • 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)

NO WALK-IN SERVICES DURING SPRING BREAK

2. SHORT STAT COURSE FOR GRADS: INTRO TO JMP
Tuesday & Wednesday, Mar 4 & 5
LISA (Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Statistical Analysis) provides a series of evening short courses to help graduate students use statistics in their research and learn practical statistical techniques for analyzing or collecting data. See www.lisa.stat.vt.edu/?q=short_courses for instructions on how to register and to learn more. Remaining Spring 2014 Schedule:

  • Tuesday, Mar 18: Advanced Topics in R: parallel processing, structural equation modeling, and the bootstrap;
  • Tuesday, Apr 1 (no kidding): Survey Design and Analysis;
  • Tuesday, Apr 10: Accelerating statistical calculations using inexpensive graphics cards;
  • Tuesday, Apr 15: Multiple Imputation and Missing Data;

*Two sessions of the same course to accommodate more attendees.

3. SALARY NEGOTIATION 101 FOR WOMEN
Wednesday, Mar 5, 4:00-5:30pm, GLC Room C
This workshop is designed to empower college women and provide them with the tools to negotiate salaries and benefits as they approach the job market. Participants work through some exercises to gain concrete negotiation skills, learn about the personal consequences of the gender wage gap, learn how to benchmark reasonable salaries and benefits, and gain insight into their own bottom line and personal budget. Please register at https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1393857918884.

4. INTERVIEWING SKILLS
Wednesday, Mar 5, 5:30-6:30pm, GLC Room G
Be prepared for initial screening interviews as well as on-site interviews. This seminar addresses interviewing basics, employer expectations, and insights into behavioral interviews. Sponsored by Career Services. Contact Amy McPherson at amcphers@vt.edu if you have questions.

5. CRITICAL CONVERSATIONS ON DIVERSITY: TEACHING RACE AT HWCU’S
Thursday, Mar 6, 3:00-4:45pm, Global Technology Ctr, 2nd floor, Norris Hall
Hosted by the Inclusive Pedagogy Initiative in the Office for Diversity and Inclusion and presented by David Brunsma, this event explores the walls of whiteness through conversation about race at Historically White Colleges and Universities. Please register at www.cider.vt.edu.

6. ENOUGH: BASICS OF SELF-DEFENSE
Wednesday, Mar 6, 6:00-7:30pm, RLRO Center in Detrick Hall
The Blacksburg Alumni Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. inviteS women of all ages to attend this program. Presenter Officer John Tarter will provide information on how to prevent domestic violence, statistics on domestic violence, and resources that will help you or someone you know who may be experiencing domestic abuse. There will also be an interactive self-defense demonstration that you won’t want to miss. If you have any questions. please email ppd@bacdst13.org. This message is posted on behalf of grad student Brielle Wright, bswright@vt.edu.

7. MONTHLY VIRTUAL GLC (vGLC) CAFÉ: COMPLETION GUIDELINES
1st Thursday each month, starting Mar 6, 12:00-1:00pm, vGLC Lobby
Join Graduate School staff once a month for online chats in the vGLC. Enter  the vGLC lobby at http://virtual.glc.vt.edu. The vGLC extends VT’s graduate-education community from campus to computer. Download the software at http://openlife01.cc.vt.edu:9500/wifi (Create Avatar) http://imprudence.googlecode.com/files/Imprudence-1.4.0-beta-2 (Imprudence Viewer/Software) 1.4.0-beta-2 Mac (Intel) http://imprudence.googlecode.com/files/imprudence-1.4.0-beta-2-mac.zip. If you have questions or suggestions, please email Marija Telbis-Forster mtelbisf@vt.edu

8. GLC CAFÉ WITH BLUEBERRY MUFFINS
Thursday, Mar 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.

9. SPRING BREAK
Friday, Mar 7 5:00pm to Sunday, Mar 16
Does spring break exist if no graduate student gets to take it?

10. GRADUATE RESEARCH DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS – 1st posting
The Graduate Student Assembly’s Graduate Research Development Program (GRDP) will be accepting applications Mar 24-31 for the 2014 spring cycle. GRDP provides monetary support to graduate students for research associated with their thesis or dissertation. The maximum awards are $500 for master’s students and $700 for doctoral students. To submit applications or for more information about the program, eligibility, application process, and FAQs, search scholar for “GSA GRDP Spring 2014” to access the site. Note that the current GSA website does not have the most up to date forms and information. Please disregard all information found on the GSA website.  Applications are due by Apr 1, 2014. Email Amanda Nelson (GSAGRDPChair@gmail.com) with any questions.

11. STREET FAIR REGISTRATION NOW OPEN – 1st posting
The Council of International Student Organization (CISO) invites student organizations to participate in the 55th annual International Street Fair on Sunday, Apr 27 from 12:00-5:00pm on College Avenue near Squires Student Center.  You can participate by applying for a booth online and/or applying for a performance slot here https://docs.google.com/a/vt.edu/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0Ah5WfC33KALWdDFPU0JBdUdId1o2WVJ4QURHZzFOSGc&usp=drive_web#gid=0. Contact Noha at noha@vt.edu with any questions.

12. CALL FOR ABSTRACTS FOR GSA ANNUAL RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM – 2nd posting
The Graduate Student Assembly (GSA) will hold its 30th annual Graduate Research Symposium on Wednesday, Mar 26 in the Graduate Life Center as part of Graduate Education Week. This event showcases the best of graduate research and offers a unique opportunity for graduate students to present their research in a collegial, on-campus conference. This is a competitive conference, and top presenters receive monetary awards. Submission deadline: Monday, Mar 10. Submit your research abstract at: http://blogs.lt.vt.edu/graduatestudentassembly/graduate-research-symposium/graduate-research-symposium-abstract-submission/. Please note that abstracts should be written in a widely accessible style. If you have any questions, contact Joyce Zhu, Research Symposium Chair: niz@vt.edu, or Jenn Gooding, GSA Executive Assistant: jgooding@vt.edu.

13. 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 Graduate Education Week (Mar 24-28) and beyond. Submissions are limited to three pieces (art and/or photography) per graduate student. Photos may be submitted online at https://secure.graduateschool.vt.edu/imageupload/ to be printed by the Graduate School. Submission deadline: Monday, Mar 17, 2014.  Learn more at http://www.graduatelifecenter.vt.edu/contest.html.

14. LISA STATISTICAL COLLABORATION SERVICES – 2nd posting
Since 2008 more than 1,200 graduate students have advanced their research by collaborating with statisticians from LISA (Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Statistical Analysis). Request a collaboration meeting today (www.lisa.stat.vt.edu/www.lisa.stat.vt.edu/?q=loginredirector) for advice on designing your study or experiment, analyzing your data, or interpreting your results. Initial meetings typically last for one hour and can be followed-up with additional meetings if necessary to help you answer your research questions. LISA collaborations often result in co-authored publications finished faster and published in a more prestigious journal than what would be possible without expert help from a LISA statistical collaborator. For more information about LISA’s free services, visit www.lisa.stat.vt.edu.

15. VT ENGAGE CALL FOR PROPOSALS – 2nd posting
VT Engage requests proposals for the ’14-’15 John E. Dooley Student Engagement Grant (JEDSEG). This grant funds highly motivated students or student teams who plan to invest in their community by creating an opportunity for active civic engagement. Two awards of $750 each are available. For more information and to access the application materials, please visit www.engage.vt.edu or email Lauren Kennedy at kennedy0@vt.edu. Application deadline: Mar 28, 5pm.

16. A DAY IN THE LIFE OF… PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT – 3rd posting
Do you want to help raise awareness about diversity and cultural differences? If so, consider collaborating for the “A day in the life…” project. Participants will be asked to provide information about a typical day and to send a current picture; posters will be shown around the University. For more information, email grad student Homero Murzi at hmurzi@vt.edu.

17. GLC FELLOWS APPLICATION PROCESS OPEN FOR 2014-15 – 2nd posting
Residence Life and the Graduate School are seeking motivated graduate students who are committed to building graduate community, for two GLC Fellow positions for the 2014-15 academic year. An ideal candidate would have previous residence life and/or event planning experience, though it is not a requirement. Applicants must submit a formal cover letter, resume and letter of recommendation, as well as complete the following survey: https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1392921221707. Information about cover letter requirements is at the survey link; full job description is at www.graduatelifecenter.vt.edu. Apply by Mar 19, 2014. Contact Lauren Surface at lkeister@vt.edu or Sarah Loth at sloth85@vt.edu  if you have questions.

18. GLC SOFTBALL TEAM RECRUITING MEMBERS – 1st posting
Spring means: Softball! GLC fellows invite all grad students to be a part of the GLC  intramural softball team (open to males and females). There is no prior softball experience required but if you have played before, you can help the team. This is a great way to make friends and play a great game. Games will start in late March. Complete a quick survey at https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1393602070192 and secure a spot on the team.

19. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR STUDY ON INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS- 1st posting
International students 18 or older who have left their country to study in the United States are sought for this study. Must not have grown up in the US and have English as a second language to participate in an online survey on “International Students’ Barriers While Pursuing Higher Education in the US.” As an international student, your thoughts and experiences are valuable in helping researchers raise awareness about foreign students` difficulties, facilitate international students` adjustment process, and improve international college students’ well-being and health in the U.S.  Access the survey at https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_bHMGR1zzZP7ue4l; takes 30-40 minutes to complete. If you have any questions, please contact Elmira Hamidi at elmirah@vt.edu.

20. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR FOCUS GROUPS ON GRAD STUDENT NEEDS – 1st posting
Graduate students are conducting focus groups in order to better understand and serve the needs of VT graduate students. Following a Graduate School Climate Survey completed last April, three themes were identified which will drive the discussion of the following focus groups:

  • Students with families: Mar 3, 3:30-4:30pm, GLC Room C;
  • Students with disabilities: Mar 6, 5:00-6:00pm, GLC Room B
  • Adult learners/students over the age of 30: Mar 21, 3:30-4:30pm, GLC Room G. 

All graduate students are welcome to come and voice their experiences on what can be done to make the Graduate School accommodating to all! No registration required.  If interested, please attend. For more information, contact Bethany Martindale at blmart@vt.edu.

21. ABSTRACT REVIEWERS SOUGHT FOR GSA RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM – 2nd posting
The Graduate Student Assembly is looking for abstract reviewers for its 30th annual Graduate Research Symposium to be held on Wednesday, Mar 26 in the GLC. This is a chance to see the other side of conferences as a peer reviewer, as well as an excellent item for your CV.  Abstracts are written in a cross-disciplinary style, and reviewers are not required to be experts in each discipline. If you are interested, please sign up at: http://blogs.lt.vt.edu/graduatestudentassembly/graduate-research-symposium/graduate-research-symposium-abstract-reviewer-sign-up-2/. If you have any questions, contact Joyce Zhu, Research Symposium Chair: niz@vt.edu, or Jenn Gooding, GSA Executive Assistant: jgooding@vt.edu.

22. SURVEY PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR RESEARCH ON SMART PHONE APP – 2nd posting
To assist a computer science graduate student in her researching and implementing a smartphone application for campus-wide communication, consider taking a short research survey on mobile device usage.  The survey should take less than approximately ten minutes.  Your anonymous contributions will provide valuable statistics for the research project.  Please email any questions or inquiries to Kimberly Zeitz at kazeitz@vt.edu. The survey is accessible at https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1392736001836.

23. LGBQ YOUTH & YOUNG ADULTS WANTED FOR RESEARCH PROJECT – 3rd posting
VT researchers are recruiting lesbian, gay, bisexual, and queer youth and young adults age 13-21 to participate in a project exploring the decision to come out to family as gay, lesbian, bisexual or queer.  The questionnaire and in-depth interview will take about 2-2.5 hours and participants will receive a $10 gift card for their feedback. The PI is in the process of developing a program to help youth make safe and successful disclosure decisions to family; this research will help inform that project.  Researchers would like to hear from youth that have and have not yet come out to family.  Participation is voluntary and strictly confidential (VT IRB 13-331).  If you have questions or would like to discuss eligibility, email VTProjectSMYLE@gmail.com or call (540)-231-4235, or visit https://www.facebook.com/VTProjectSMYLE

24. PARENTS OF LGB YOUTH/YOUNG ADULTS WANTED FOR RESEARCH  PROJECT -3rd posting
Researchers are recruiting parents who have had a child disclose to them in the last five years that they are lesbian, gay or bisexual when the child was 13-21.  The brief questionnaire and in-depth interview will take approximately 1-2 hours and participants will receive a $10 gift card for their feedback.  The PI is in the process of developing a program to help youth make safe and successful disclosure decisions to family; this research will help inform that project. Participation is voluntary and strictly confidential(VT IRB 13-331).   If you have questions or would like to discuss eligibility, email VTProjectSMYLE@gmail.com or call (540)-231-4235, or visit https://www.facebook.com/VTProjectSMYLE.

25. RESEARCH PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR USER STUDY OF BIOINFORMATICS RESOURCE – 3rd  posting
Participate in a study to investigate the underlying processes of bioinformatics experiments. The study will take approximately 2 hours and will involve eye-tracking with think-aloud while you perform tasks using a computer. Preferred participants are proficient in the use of bioinformatics resources, are familiar with the process of functionally analyzing a gene sequence.We will compensate participants at a rate of $10 per hour for a maximum of 2 hours, or a maximum of $20 total. The protocols in this study have been approved by the VT IRB (14-055). If you are interested, please contact Jongsoon Park via email babirong@vt.edu or call 540-558-8369.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

SPRING BREAK SWEET TREATS AND GAMES
Friday, Mar 14, 2:00-4:00pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
You are not alone! Join others who are working through spring break and enjoy some home-baked sweets, coffee and tea, brought to you by your friendly volunteer bakers who work in the Graduate School and the GLC. It is also pie day, so there might be some sweet and savory pies as well. Bring your favorite board game or cards and stick around to play! Please register at https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1393863784460 to help organizers plan for the food.

MARKETING THE BRAND: YOU!
Wednesday, Mar 19, 11:30 am-1:00pm, Brush Mountain Room A, Squires
Marketing “you” as a brand is not just about finding a new job. Join this Women’s Month program exploring how perception is brand; a job title does not define you; how to use online media, networking and traditional tactics to build a loyalty base among your colleagues, supervisors, and executives.  Light lunch will be served. Sponsored by Multicultural Academic Opportunities Program (MAOP) and The Graduate School. Register at https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1392930036869.