Apr 28 – May 4, 2014

1.  WEEKLY SERVICES IN THE GLC – updated 4/21

  • 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 or GLC side patio – 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. MEDITATION SESSION
Tuesday, Apr 29, 3:00-4:30pm, Squires Student Center Room 341-45
Come and experience enhanced focus and concentration, greater peace of mind, more enthusiasm and energy, reduced anxiety levels and better health. This event is an introduction to meditation and guided meditation would be provided by the instructors. This free event is open to public and is brought to you by grad student Mohammad Hazzanzadeh, member of the VT Art of Living club.

3. FREE ANXIETY AND OCD SUPPORT GROUP – Last meeting for this semester!
Tuesday, Apr 29, 7:00pm, VT Psyc Services Center, 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. Please join the group at the VT Psychological Services Center (3110 Prices Fork Road, directly across the road from Blacksburg Middle School) 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 center at 231-6914, visit www.psyc.vt.edu/outreach/psc, or email doctoral student Brenna Maddox at bmaddox7@vt.edu.

4. SCHOLAR-ACTIVISM ROUNDTABLE
Wednesday, Apr 30, 11:30am, Black Cultural Center in Squires
The event will begin with a meet and greet at 11:30, followed by the roundtable starting promptly at noon. The roundtable will include a conversation on how we can use our training, commitments, passions, privileges and perspectives to make a positive social impact. For more information visit https://www.facebook.com/events/231788830348555/, or contact doctoral student Devon Lee at devonlee@vt.edu.

5. CONFLICT RESOLUTION WORKSHOP
Wednesday, Apr 30, 4:00-6:00pm, GLC Room F
This workshop is organized as part of a diversity scholar project with the main objectives of helping participants understand (1) culture from an individualist and collectivist perspective (2) culture from masculine and feminine perspective (3) cultural communications such as indirect vs. direct approaches (4) the impact of avoiding and yielding in conflict situations. Speakers Dale Robinson and Ennis McCrery are experts in compliance and conflict resolution management. Food and coffee will be served. Register at: https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1397674698002 by Apr 25 if planning to attend. Contact Nasibeh at nasibeh@vt.edu with questions.

6. GLC CAFÉ: INTERNATIONAL WORKERS’ DAY
Thursday, May 1, 3:30-5:00pm, GLC Reading Room or side patio in nice weather
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. Either inside or outside, pending on the weather!

7. GRADUATION 101 WEBINAR SERIES: PREPARING FOR GRADUATION
Friday, May 2, 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. May’s Topic: Preparing for Graduation – Final steps for completing your degree. Meeting Number: 645 026 642. This meeting does not require a password. Join at: https://virginiatech.webex.com/virginiatech/j.php?ED=274584262&UID=508438147&RT=MiMxMQ%3D%3D. Host: Marija Telbis-Forster. For assistance contact Marija at mtelbisf@vt.edu.

8. HONOR SYSTEM SEARCH FOR CHIEF JUSTICE NOW OPEN – 2nd posting
The Graduate Honor System is searching for a new chief justice due to the impending graduation of the current chief justice, Jordan Booker. Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • must be a graduate student in good standing who has been in residence for a minimum of one semester
  • be able to serve as Chief Justice for at least one year while enrolled full-time in the Blacksburg campus.

Preferably applicants should have experience as a GHS investigator or panelist. Apply by May 16 by submitting a statement of intent, a resume, and one letter of reference to gibsonm@vt.edu. The new Chief Justice will be selected by a committee and ratified by the Graduate Student Assembly and the Commission on Graduate Studies and Policies before final appointment by the president. If you have any questions, email to Monika Gibson at gibsonm@vt.edu.

9. CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS FOR MONTHLY CONTEST “CREATIVITY ON CAMPUS – 2nd posting
The Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology (ICAT) at Virginia Tech has organized a monthly contest named "Creativity on Campus," which encourages and provides a platform for students to showcase their creativity. Learn more about the contest and submission guidelines at http://www.icat.vt.edu/creativity. For more information contact Manpreet at khmanp8@vt.edu.

10. GLC FELLOW POSITION OPEN FOR 2014-2015 – 1st posting
Residence Life and the Graduate School are seeking a motivated graduate student who is committed to building graduate community, for one GLC Fellow position 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=1398450507299 . Information about cover letter requirements is at the survey link; full job description is at www.graduatelifecenter.vt.edu. Applications are due May 5. Contact Lauren Surface at lkeister@vt.edu or Sarah Loth at sloth85@vt.edu if you have questions.

11. GLC WAGE POSITION OPEN FOR STUDENT BUILDING MANAGER – 1st posting
The GLC Student Building Manager works closely with the Operations Manager for Student Centers and Activities as well as the Graduate School to provide services to the patrons who use the GLC. This includes providing excellent customer service, overall building management, reserving rooms, oversight of the welcome center, basic cleaning (wiping tables, vacuuming, etc.) and administrative support. The Student Building Manager has primary responsibility, including emergency response, for the building during evening and weekend hours. Up to 3 positions open to start during the FALL semester at a rate of $12/hour. Please apply online at: https://listings.jobs.vt.edu/postings/47854. Contact Eric Margiotta, Margiotta@vt.edu, with questions.

12. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR GAIT STUDY – 1st posting
Research subjects are needed for a study investigating balance and gait in the Kevin P. Granata Lab in Norris Hall. The study will take about 1-1.5 hours to complete, and subjects will be paid $20.  If interested, please email grad student John at vt.biomech@gmail.com. Overweight individuals are especially needed.

13. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR DIET AND MUSCLE METABOLISM STUDY – 1st posting
Volunteers are needed for a study examining how diet influences muscle metabolism. Must be: non-smoking males between ages 18-40; not currently taking any medications; without any major medical problems; willing to eat a high fat diet for 5 days. You will receive extensive health information. You may receive up to $400 to compensate you for your time. Please email: heartlab@vt.edu <mailto:heartlab@vt.edu>  for more information.

14. FOCUS GROUP PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR STUDY ON MARRIED ADULTS – 1st posting
Participants are sought for a focus group concerning married adults’ perceptions, beliefs, and attitudes about seeking treatment from a marriage and family therapist for them and their partner. If you are married and at least 18, you are invited to participate in one of two focus groups. Participation is confidential. Schedule: (1)  Saturday 5/3/2014 1:00-2:30pm; (2) Saturday 5/10/2014 1:00-2:30pm, held at the Family Therapy Center of Virginia Tech. Refreshments will be provided and all participants will receive $30 cash for their time. This research study has received VT IRB approval. If you are interested in participating, contact Jason Austin at jpaustin@vt.edu for a reservation in one of the listed focus groups.

15. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR DECISION-MAKING STUDY – 1st posting
VT researchers seek study participants to help determine how people process information. Participants will be asked to play simple computer games using the keyboard and mouse in a two-hour experiment session. Participants will get $5 compensation for their time and $5 for completing a survey with the opportunity to receive up to an additional $25, based on performance on research tasks, depending on the outcome of choices made by all participants.  If you decide to take part in this study, you may be asked to view a variety of pictures that have been categorized to be pleasant, neutral, or unpleasant. All information will be kept confidential. The experiment will take place on campus the weeks of April 21-25 and April 28-May 2. To signup, please email vteconlab@gmail.com. Slots are limited and reserved on a first-come-first-served basis.

16. GOLF CULTURE SURVEY – 1st posting
In an effort to advance the services and convenience of golf opportunities at Virginia Tech, the VT Foundation is conducting a research study with students, faculty, and staff. Your input can help evaluate the golf culture at VT that will guide operations and policies. The survey will take 4-5 minutes to complete. Respondents will have the opportunity at the end of the survey to enter into a raffle to win a choice of a Virginia Tech branded golf bag or two (2) tickets to a VT home football game in the upcoming season. Access the survey at http://studentvoice.com/vt/campusgolfculture by Friday, May 2. Responses are confidential. If you have any questions or problems, contact grad student Joe Edens at jedens@vt.edu.

17. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR SHORT SURVEY ON YMCA – 2nd posting
Four graduate students in the the Center for Public Administration and Policy are looking for participants in a short survey to support their research paper on the efficiency of the organizational methods of the YMCA. Please help them by completing this two-minute anonymous survey: https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1397596726366. If you have any questions, contact Christina Downie at christinadownie@gmail.com.

18. RESEARCH PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR LOAD CARRIAGE STUDY – 2nd posting
Participants are needed for a VT study investigating different load carriage methods on flat and inclined surfaces, and how these methods influence injury risk. The study (IRB # 14-347) consists of one session for about 3 hours. Requirements: male or female, 18-60 years of age, with no recent history of balance disorders, concussions, musculoskeletal injury in the past affecting normal walking or turning. Participants will be compensated $10/hr. If interested, please contact:  hema85@vt.edu or 540-449-9481.

19. SURVEY PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR STUDY ON LIFE SCIENCE COMMUNITIES – 3rd posting
Researchers are working to define how best to support community knowledge sharing in life science online resources; from sharing data within a small group of colleagues to sharing expertise and opinions across broader biological science communities. Preferred participants are familiar with web applications for biological scientists (e.g., NCBI, PubMed) and/or bioinformatics tools. The survey should not take more than 15 minutes and participants will be entered in a raffle for one of twelve $25 Amazon gift cards. If you want to participate in the raffle, leave your email at the end of the survey. Access the survey at https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1384815139346, or contact Jongsoon Park at babirong@vbi.vt.edu with questions.

20. EMOTIONAL RESPONSES SURVEY – 3rd posting
Researchers are recruiting adults (men and women 18 and older) for a study on emotional responses to better understand the relationship between empathy, emotion regulation, and helping behaviors. Every participant who takes the survey will be included in a raffle to win 1 of 4 $50.00 Amazon gift cards. All responses will be kept anonymous and estimated survey completion time is under 30 minutes. Access the study at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/3ZM38BK. If you have any questions, contact Haley at  hgordon2@vt.edu

21. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR LUMBAR SPINE STUDY    3rd posting
The VT Industrial Ergonomics and Biomechanics Laboratory will conduct a study examining the mechanics of the lumbar spine in healthy adults. Participants will work with a research assistant to twist and bend the subject’s torso within the limits of daily living. The study requires a single experimental session that lasts for 2-3 hours.  Participating subjects will be compensated $10/hr for their time. Subjects 25 years and older are preferred, but subjects over 18 will be considered. Subjects must not suffer from any systemic inflammatory condition or any other series medical condition, or have a history of a spinal disorder, spinal fracture, or spinal surgery. For more information, e-mail: voinier3@vt.edu.

Apr 28 – May 4, 2014

1.  WEEKLY SERVICES IN THE GLC – updated 4/21

  • 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 or GLC side patio – 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. MEDITATION SESSION
Tuesday, Apr 29, 3:00-4:30pm, Squires Student Center Room 341-45
Come and experience enhanced focus and concentration, greater peace of mind, more enthusiasm and energy, reduced anxiety levels and better health. This event is an introduction to meditation and guided meditation would be provided by the instructors. This free event is open to public and is brought to you by grad student Mohammad Hazzanzadeh, member of the VT Art of Living club.

3. FREE ANXIETY AND OCD SUPPORT GROUP – Last meeting for this semester!
Tuesday, Apr 29, 7:00pm, VT Psyc Services Center, 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. Please join the group at the VT Psychological Services Center (3110 Prices Fork Road, directly across the road from Blacksburg Middle School) 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 center at 231-6914, visit www.psyc.vt.edu/outreach/psc, or email doctoral student Brenna Maddox at bmaddox7@vt.edu.

4. SCHOLAR-ACTIVISM ROUNDTABLE
Wednesday, Apr 30, 11:30am, Black Cultural Center in Squires
The event will begin with a meet and greet at 11:30, followed by the roundtable starting promptly at noon. The roundtable will include a conversation on how we can use our training, commitments, passions, privileges and perspectives to make a positive social impact. For more information visit https://www.facebook.com/events/231788830348555/, or contact doctoral student Devon Lee at devonlee@vt.edu.

5. CONFLICT RESOLUTION WORKSHOP
Wednesday, Apr 30, 4:00-6:00pm, GLC Room F
This workshop is organized as part of a diversity scholar project with the main objectives of helping participants understand (1) culture from an individualist and collectivist perspective (2) culture from masculine and feminine perspective (3) cultural communications such as indirect vs. direct approaches (4) the impact of avoiding and yielding in conflict situations. Speakers Dale Robinson and Ennis McCrery are experts in compliance and conflict resolution management. Food and coffee will be served. Register at: https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1397674698002 by Apr 25 if planning to attend. Contact Nasibeh at nasibeh@vt.edu with questions.

6. GLC CAFÉ: INTERNATIONAL WORKERS’ DAY
Thursday, May 1, 3:30-5:00pm, GLC Reading Room or side patio in nice weather
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. Either inside or outside, pending on the weather!

7. GRADUATION 101 WEBINAR SERIES: PREPARING FOR GRADUATION
Friday, May 2, 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. May’s Topic: Preparing for Graduation – Final steps for completing your degree. Meeting Number: 645 026 642. This meeting does not require a password. Join at: https://virginiatech.webex.com/virginiatech/j.php?ED=274584262&UID=508438147&RT=MiMxMQ%3D%3D. Host: Marija Telbis-Forster. For assistance contact Marija at mtelbisf@vt.edu.

8. HONOR SYSTEM SEARCH FOR CHIEF JUSTICE NOW OPEN – 2nd posting
The Graduate Honor System is searching for a new chief justice due to the impending graduation of the current chief justice, Jordan Booker. Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • must be a graduate student in good standing who has been in residence for a minimum of one semester
  • be able to serve as Chief Justice for at least one year while enrolled full-time in the Blacksburg campus.

Preferably applicants should have experience as a GHS investigator or panelist. Apply by May 16 by submitting a statement of intent, a resume, and one letter of reference to gibsonm@vt.edu. The new Chief Justice will be selected by a committee and ratified by the Graduate Student Assembly and the Commission on Graduate Studies and Policies before final appointment by the president. If you have any questions, email to Monika Gibson at gibsonm@vt.edu.

9. CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS FOR MONTHLY CONTEST “CREATIVITY ON CAMPUS – 2nd posting
The Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology (ICAT) at Virginia Tech has organized a monthly contest named "Creativity on Campus," which encourages and provides a platform for students to showcase their creativity. Learn more about the contest and submission guidelines at http://www.icat.vt.edu/creativity. For more information contact Manpreet at khmanp8@vt.edu.

10. GLC FELLOW POSITION OPEN FOR 2014-2015 – 1st posting
Residence Life and the Graduate School are seeking a motivated graduate student who is committed to building graduate community, for one GLC Fellow position 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=1398450507299 . Information about cover letter requirements is at the survey link; full job description is at www.graduatelifecenter.vt.edu. Applications are due May 5. Contact Lauren Surface at lkeister@vt.edu or Sarah Loth at sloth85@vt.edu if you have questions.

11. GLC WAGE POSITION OPEN FOR STUDENT BUILDING MANAGER – 1st posting
The GLC Student Building Manager works closely with the Operations Manager for Student Centers and Activities as well as the Graduate School to provide services to the patrons who use the GLC. This includes providing excellent customer service, overall building management, reserving rooms, oversight of the welcome center, basic cleaning (wiping tables, vacuuming, etc.) and administrative support. The Student Building Manager has primary responsibility, including emergency response, for the building during evening and weekend hours. Up to 3 positions open to start during the FALL semester at a rate of $12/hour. Please apply online at: https://listings.jobs.vt.edu/postings/47854. Contact Eric Margiotta, Margiotta@vt.edu, with questions.

12. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR GAIT STUDY – 1st posting
Research subjects are needed for a study investigating balance and gait in the Kevin P. Granata Lab in Norris Hall. The study will take about 1-1.5 hours to complete, and subjects will be paid $20.  If interested, please email grad student John at vt.biomech@gmail.com. Overweight individuals are especially needed.

13. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR DIET AND MUSCLE METABOLISM STUDY – 1st posting
Volunteers are needed for a study examining how diet influences muscle metabolism. Must be: non-smoking males between ages 18-40; not currently taking any medications; without any major medical problems; willing to eat a high fat diet for 5 days. You will receive extensive health information. You may receive up to $400 to compensate you for your time. Please email: heartlab@vt.edu <mailto:heartlab@vt.edu>  for more information.

14. FOCUS GROUP PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR STUDY ON MARRIED ADULTS – 1st posting
Participants are sought for a focus group concerning married adults’ perceptions, beliefs, and attitudes about seeking treatment from a marriage and family therapist for them and their partner. If you are married and at least 18, you are invited to participate in one of two focus groups. Participation is confidential. Schedule: (1)  Saturday 5/3/2014 1:00-2:30pm; (2) Saturday 5/10/2014 1:00-2:30pm, held at the Family Therapy Center of Virginia Tech. Refreshments will be provided and all participants will receive $30 cash for their time. This research study has received VT IRB approval. If you are interested in participating, contact Jason Austin at jpaustin@vt.edu for a reservation in one of the listed focus groups.

15. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR DECISION-MAKING STUDY – 1st posting
VT researchers seek study participants to help determine how people process information. Participants will be asked to play simple computer games using the keyboard and mouse in a two-hour experiment session. Participants will get $5 compensation for their time and $5 for completing a survey with the opportunity to receive up to an additional $25, based on performance on research tasks, depending on the outcome of choices made by all participants.  If you decide to take part in this study, you may be asked to view a variety of pictures that have been categorized to be pleasant, neutral, or unpleasant. All information will be kept confidential. The experiment will take place on campus the weeks of April 21-25 and April 28-May 2. To signup, please email vteconlab@gmail.com. Slots are limited and reserved on a first-come-first-served basis.

16. GOLF CULTURE SURVEY – 1st posting
In an effort to advance the services and convenience of golf opportunities at Virginia Tech, the VT Foundation is conducting a research study with students, faculty, and staff. Your input can help evaluate the golf culture at VT that will guide operations and policies. The survey will take 4-5 minutes to complete. Respondents will have the opportunity at the end of the survey to enter into a raffle to win a choice of a Virginia Tech branded golf bag or two (2) tickets to a VT home football game in the upcoming season. Access the survey at http://studentvoice.com/vt/campusgolfculture by Friday, May 2. Responses are confidential. If you have any questions or problems, contact grad student Joe Edens at jedens@vt.edu.

17. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR SHORT SURVEY ON YMCA – 2nd posting
Four graduate students in the the Center for Public Administration and Policy are looking for participants in a short survey to support their research paper on the efficiency of the organizational methods of the YMCA. Please help them by completing this two-minute anonymous survey: https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1397596726366. If you have any questions, contact Christina Downie at christinadownie@gmail.com.

18. RESEARCH PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR LOAD CARRIAGE STUDY – 2nd posting
Participants are needed for a VT study investigating different load carriage methods on flat and inclined surfaces, and how these methods influence injury risk. The study (IRB # 14-347) consists of one session for about 3 hours. Requirements: male or female, 18-60 years of age, with no recent history of balance disorders, concussions, musculoskeletal injury in the past affecting normal walking or turning. Participants will be compensated $10/hr. If interested, please contact:  hema85@vt.edu or 540-449-9481.

19. SURVEY PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR STUDY ON LIFE SCIENCE COMMUNITIES – 3rd posting
Researchers are working to define how best to support community knowledge sharing in life science online resources; from sharing data within a small group of colleagues to sharing expertise and opinions across broader biological science communities. Preferred participants are familiar with web applications for biological scientists (e.g., NCBI, PubMed) and/or bioinformatics tools. The survey should not take more than 15 minutes and participants will be entered in a raffle for one of twelve $25 Amazon gift cards. If you want to participate in the raffle, leave your email at the end of the survey. Access the survey at https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1384815139346, or contact Jongsoon Park at babirong@vbi.vt.edu with questions.

20. EMOTIONAL RESPONSES SURVEY – 3rd posting
Researchers are recruiting adults (men and women 18 and older) for a study on emotional responses to better understand the relationship between empathy, emotion regulation, and helping behaviors. Every participant who takes the survey will be included in a raffle to win 1 of 4 $50.00 Amazon gift cards. All responses will be kept anonymous and estimated survey completion time is under 30 minutes. Access the study at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/3ZM38BK. If you have any questions, contact Haley at  hgordon2@vt.edu

21. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR LUMBAR SPINE STUDY    3rd posting
The VT Industrial Ergonomics and Biomechanics Laboratory will conduct a study examining the mechanics of the lumbar spine in healthy adults. Participants will work with a research assistant to twist and bend the subject’s torso within the limits of daily living. The study requires a single experimental session that lasts for 2-3 hours.  Participating subjects will be compensated $10/hr for their time. Subjects 25 years and older are preferred, but subjects over 18 will be considered. Subjects must not suffer from any systemic inflammatory condition or any other series medical condition, or have a history of a spinal disorder, spinal fracture, or spinal surgery. For more information, e-mail: voinier3@vt.edu.

April 21-27, 2014

1.  WEEKLY SERVICES IN THE GLC – updated 4/21

  • 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 or GLC side patio – 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. CELEBRATE SISTERHOOD WITH BAC
Monday-Sunday, Apr 21-27
Grad student Brielle Wright, along with the Blacksburg Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority inc. invites you to join in celebrating Sisterhood all week long through activities that empower you to serve, lead you to inspire, and provide the essence of true fellowship. If you would like to volunteer at the Food Drive Across the NRV event or have any questions regarding the week of events, email Brielle Wright at ppd@bacdst13.org.

3. PERSONAL FINANCE WORKSHOP FOR GRADS – 1st posting
Tuesday, Apr 22, 6:30pm, Pamplin 1045
Personal financial planning is not a topic that most young professionals understand well.  It includes understanding how to conduct personal financial planning in order to assure security and financial well-being in your later years. The MBA program offers a personal finance workshop to all graduate students, presented by MBA alumnus Derek Klock, a faculty member in  Pamplin’s Finance Department. 

4. GRADS SOUGHT FOR FOCUS GROUP FOR “FOOD SECURITY” COURSE DEVELOPMENT – sign up now
Wednesday, Apr 23, 5:30-7:30pm, 1810 Litton Reaves
The Appalachian Foodshed Project (AFP) is working with communities, farmers, policymakers, non-profits, and institutions to better understand community food security in Appalachia.  Faculty involved with the AFP are planning a graduate-level Community Food Security Course to be offered to any graduate student interested in this topic from both a practitioner and scholarly perspectives.  To ensure this course meets student needs, your input is needed! For example:  What do you know about food security?  What do you want to know? What information do you need for a future career? There will be two focus groups for graduate students to discuss how the upcoming course should be designed. Your participation will help with the design of course content, course activities and assessment techniques. Participants in the 90-min focus group will be provided with dinner prior to the meeting. If interested, contact Garland Mason at garlandm@vt.edu.

5. TIE-DYE AND TACOS
Thursday, Apr 24, 11:00am-1:00pm, Graduate School Lawn
The GLC Fellows want to add bit of color to your wardrobe. All grad students are invited to the free lunch and tie dying event. There will be a limited number of shirts/items available at the lunch, but you can also bring anything else you want to have tie dyed. Please register at https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1396601582380.

6. STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES IN THE CLASSROOM: WHAT FACULTY NEED TO KNOW
Thursday, Apr 24, 12:00-1:00pm, North End Center Conference Room 3600
Presenter Robyn Hudson will cover this important topic that could be relevant to GTA’s teaching undergraduate classes or to graduate students who have disabilities themselves. Drinks and desserts provided.

7. GLC CAFÉ: CORNHOLE EDITION
Thursday, Apr 24, 3:30-5:00pm, GLC Reading Room or GLC side patio if it’s sunny
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. If the weather allows, we’ll be painting a new cornhole set on the side patio. Come and help!

8. 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.

9. COMMUNITY VOICES PRESENTS: CULTURAL DIPLOMACY AND ENGAGEMENT IN DIFFICULT PLACES
Thursday, Apr 24, 7:00pm, The Lyric
Grad student Sabith Khan invites all grad students to this talk by John Ferguson about the work they do through American Voices – an NGO that promotes cultural engagement through music and art in the MENA and South Asia region. Ferguson will highlight the work American Voices, whose ground breaking cultural diplomacy and engagement efforts in nations emerging from conflict or isolation have won several national and international awards. Ferguson’s talk will address the need for both long-term projects as well as single high profile events for successful cultural diplomacy. For more information contact Sabith at khanpgg@vt.edu.

10. VETERANS IN SOCIETY CONFERENCE
Sunday, Apr 27 – Monday, Apr 28, Hotel Roanoke, Roanoke, VA
For anyone interested in issues related to veterans and military families, this conference features outstanding events, including nationally acclaimed live theater, award-winning film screenings, invited speakers, compelling research presentations, and opportunities for important dialogue. Free for all students; half-price for any non-student veterans. Read more and register online at http://veteransinsociety.wordpress.com/2014-conference/. For questions, please contact grad student Heidi Nobles, hgn2013@vt.edu.

11. INTERNATIONAL STREET FAIR
Sunday, Apr 27, 12:00-5:00pm, Downtown Blacksburg
International Street Fair is organized by the Council of International Student Organizations (CISO) and Cranwell International Center and is held in downtown Blacksburg where College Avenue is transformed into a multicultural marketplace where vendors sell international foods, handicrafts, and more. The fair also features live performances of traditional music and dance from around the world. For more information contact the CISO advisor at international@vt.edu, or visit the event website at http://www.international.vt.edu/programs_and_activities/events/international_street_fair/index.html. 

12. GSA ELECTIONS FOR EXEC BOARD MEMBERS
The Graduate Student Assembly will hold elections for its executive board officers at the April delegate meeting. If you are interested in being involved with the governance process at Virginia Tech or helping to work with the GSA to plan events, now is the time to step up. Elections will be for the President, Vice-President of Membership, Vice-President of Programs, Treasurer, and Secretary. The duties and responsibilities for these positions can be found in the GSA Bylaws at http://www.gsa.graduateschool.vt.edu/about/bylaws. If interested in running for any of these positions, send a one-page letter of interest to Jenn Gooding, jgooding@vt.edu, by Apr 22, 5:00pm. The letter should indicate which position you are interested in, your relevant experience, and what you hope to bring to the position. Candidates will also need to prepare a two minute speech for the April delegate meeting to be held on Thursday, Apr 24, 5:30-7:00pm. GLC Multi-purpose Room. If you have questions about the elections process or any of the positions, contact GSA Executive Assistant, Jenn Gooding (jgooding@vt.edu) or the GSA President, Greg Purdy (gtpurdy@vt.edu).

13. HONOR SYSTEM SEARCH FOR CHIEF JUSTICE NOW OPEN – 1st posting
The Graduate Honor System is searching for a new chief justice due to the impending graduation of the current chief justice, Jordan Booker. Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • must be a graduate student in good standing who has been in residence for a minimum of one semester
  • be able to serve as Chief Justice for at least one year while enrolled full-time in the Blacksburg campus.
  • Preferably applicants should have experience as a GHS investigator or panelist. Apply by May 16 by submitting a statement of intent, a resume, and one letter of reference to gibsonm@vt.edu. The new Chief Justice will be selected by a committee and ratified by the Graduate Student Assembly and the Commission on Graduate Studies and Policies before final appointment by the president. If you have any questions, email to Monika Gibson at gibsonm@vt.edu.

14. CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS FOR MONTHLY CONTEST “CREATIVITY ON CAMPUS – 1st posting
The Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology (ICAT) at Virginia Tech has organized a monthly contest named "Creativity on Campus," which encourages and provides a platform for students to showcase their creativity. Learn more about the contest and submission guidelines at http://www.icat.vt.edu/creativity. For more information contact Manpreet at khmanp8@vt.edu.

15. (VIDEO) GRADUATION 101 SERIES: ETD REVIEW
A video is available at http://youtu.be/aLRTzPOdsp8 for those who missed the April ETD  webinar. See Graduate School website at http://graduateschool.vt.edu/academics/degree_completion for information on degree completion guidelines and deadlines.

16. ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP DRIVE FOR PHI BETA DELTA INTL HONOR SOCIETY – 3rd posting
The annual spring membership drive for VT’s Gamma Omega chapter of Phi Beta Delta, the first honor society dedicated to recognizing scholarly achievement in international education, is open. The society’s goals are to recognize the scholarly achievement of international students and scholars, U.S. students who have studied abroad, and faculty and staff who are involved in international activities, to advance the development of academic-based international programming, to provide a network on each campus for faculty, staff, and international students involved in international endeavors, and to extend the network of members in chapters worldwide. New members are sought who are willing to help expand program activities and increase visibility on campus through work with special events, public relations, awarding of scholarships and recognitions, and membership development. For more information, contact Betty Watts (bettyw@vt.edu, 540-231-7220). See http://www.iss.vt.edu/index.php/phi-beta-delta-international-honor-society/membership-and-applications for more info. Apply by Apr 25. 

17. GOVERNOR’S FELLOWS PROGRAM APPLICATION OPEN – 2nd posting
This program offers an opportunity to experience firsthand the administration of state government in the Commonwealth.  The deadline to apply for the 2014 summer program is April 21, 2014.  For more information visit  https://governor.virginia.gov/commonwealth/governors-fellows-program/. Contact Amy McPherson in Career Services (amcphers@vt.edu) about stipends offered for accepted VT students.

18. GA POSITION FOR 2014-15 OPEN IN OFFICE OF DIVERSITY & INCLUSION – 3rd posting
Full-time (20 hrs/wk) graduate assistant needed in the Office for Diversity and Inclusion for 2014-2015 academic year. Possibility of renewal at the end of the academic year. A monthly stipend, tuition remission, and insurance subsidy provided. Responsibilities include: event coordination and support; general office assistance; alumni, student and faculty correspondence; volunteer supervision. The successful applicant will have a dedication and passion for diversity and inclusion, along with the ability to organize and multitask. Proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint preferred.  Some evening and weekend hours are required for several alumni events held throughout the year. Email both Latanya Walker (latanya@vt.edu) and Mia Mickenberg (miam87@vt.edu) with your resume and cover letter if interested.

19. GA OPPORTUNITY FOR 2014-15 – 3rd posting
The Student Success Center is hiring a full-time (20 hrs/wk) Graduate Assistant for the 2014-15 academic year, reporting to the Assistant Director in The Student Success Center (SSC). The successful candidate will be responsible for assisting with the development, implementation and assessment of The Student Success Center Tutoring Program, provide group and individual tutoring to undergrads enrolled in math courses at VT, focusing on courses offered through the Virginia Tech Math Emporium including Math 1015, 1016, 1525, and 1526. This position requires a high level of initiative and strong interpersonal, organizational, leadership, and presentation skills. Preference will be given to graduate students pursuing a degree in Math, but those who have a strong Math background (undergraduate major/minor) will also be considered. For more details and application instructions, visit http://www.studentsuccess.vt.edu/Employment/gatut.pdf. If you have questions about The Tutoring Program or the position, contact Dana McGuire at dana.mcguire@vt.edu. Apply by May 1.

20. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR SHORT SURVEY ON YMCA – 1st posting
Four graduate students in the the Center for Public Administration and Policy are looking for participants in a short survey to support their research paper on the efficiency of the organizational methods of the YMCA. Please help them by completing this two-minute anonymous survey: https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1397596726366. If you have any questions, contact Christina Downie at christinadownie@gmail.com.

21. RESEARCH PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR LOAD CARRIAGE STUDY – 1st posting
Participants are needed for a VT study investigating different load carriage methods on flat and inclined surfaces, and how these methods influence injury risk. The study (IRB # 14-347) consists of one session for about 3 hours. Requirements: male or female, 18-60 years of age, with no recent history of balance disorders, concussions, musculoskeletal injury in the past affecting normal walking or turning. Participants will be compensated $10/hr. If interested, please contact:  hema85@vt.edu or 540-449-9481.

22. SURVEY PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR STUDY ON LIFE SCIENCE COMMUNITIES – 2nd posting
Researchers are working to define how best to support community knowledge sharing in life science online resources; from sharing data within a small group of colleagues to sharing expertise and opinions across broader biological science communities. Preferred participants are familiar with web applications for biological scientists (e.g., NCBI, PubMed) and/or bioinformatics tools. The survey should not take more than 15 minutes and participants will be entered in a raffle for one of twelve $25 Amazon gift cards. If you want to participate in the raffle, leave your email at the end of the survey. Access the survey at https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1384815139346, or contact Jongsoon Park at babirong@vbi.vt.edu with questions.

23. EMOTIONAL RESPONSES SURVEY – 2nd posting
Researchers are recruiting adults (men and women 18 and older) for a study on emotional responses to better understand the relationship between empathy, emotion regulation, and helping behaviors. Every participant who takes the survey will be included in a raffle to win 1 of 4 $50.00 Amazon gift cards. All responses will be kept anonymous and estimated survey completion time is under 30 minutes. Access the study at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/3ZM38BK. If you have any questions, contact Haley at  hgordon2@vt.edu

24. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR QUICK PILOT SURVEY ON HEALTHY LIVING ATTITUDES – 2nd posting
Any and all participants are needed for a quick, 38-question, pilot survey on healthy-living attitudes. The survey will take no longer than 5 minutes to complete and your participation will assist in finalizing a master’s thesis questionnaire. If you have any questions, contact Mallory Taylor at mtay16@vt.edu. The survey is accessible at https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_ePPF9TkQ8A060Rf.

25. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR LUMBAR SPINE STUDY    2nd posting
The VT Industrial Ergonomics and Biomechanics Laboratory will conduct a study examining the mechanics of the lumbar spine in healthy adults. Participants will work with a research assistant to twist and bend the subject’s torso within the limits of daily living. The study requires a single experimental session that lasts for 2-3 hours.  Participating subjects will be compensated $10/hr for their time. Subjects 25 years and older are preferred, but subjects over 18 will be considered. Subjects must not suffer from any systemic inflammatory condition or any other series medical condition, or have a history of a spinal disorder, spinal fracture, or spinal surgery. For more information, e-mail: voinier3@vt.edu.

26. USER-STUDY PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR FLEXIBLE INPUT STUDY – 3rd posting
Researchers will be studying how you use, create and design objects using a flexible input computer system during one max. 2-hr session, including what you create, and how your system applies to your expertise. The location is at Knowledgeworks II, and times are flexible to adhere to your busy schedule. If selected for the study, you will be given a pre-questionnaire gauging your experiences with surface design, design, and art, and you will be trained on how to use the system. For the experimental session, you will be asked to design a set of scenes, concluding with a scene of your own creation. A video camera will be recording you and what you do during the training and experimental session. Afterwards, you will be given a post-questionnaire, and interviewed on the interactions performed. Participants must be 18-64 years old, free of health detriments that could impede, delay or harm them in performing hand movements and completing questionnaires. You must also have a minimum of a month experience in 3D modeling or art in a tangible medium. Contact Anamary Leal at leal@vt.edu to participate & schedule a meeting time.

27. CALL FOR PARTICIPATION FOR 10 MINUTE SURVEY ON EMAIL USE – 3rd posting
Participants are sought for a research study to investigate email practices, with the goal of gaining insight into the habits and practices of daily email users. The study consists of a 10-15 minute online questionnaire that asks about the reasons that you use email. If you are interested in participating in this study, go to https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_3QaboJsZ0hrmOFv to take the online questionnaire. Your answers will be kept confidential and your participation is voluntary. If you have any questions or comments about this study, contact Ben Hanrahan at bhanraha@vt.edu.

28. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR MENTAL WORKLOAD STUDY – 3rd posting
Participants are needed for a study to investigate how mental and postural demands affect our overall mental workload.  Participants will be asked to do some simple mental tasks while researchers measure your postural stability and brain activity using EEG.  Must be right-handed between the ages of 18-30 with no history of low back pain to participate. The study will take 3 hours and you will be compensated $10 per hour of participation.  Participation is voluntary and confidential.  Please contact Ralph at rhcullen@vt.edu if interested.

29. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR AUTOMATIC RECOGNITION OF FACIAL EXPRESSIONS STUDY – 3rd posting
Researchers are developing a new system for automatic recognition of facial expressions using the Kinect. Participants will be asked to watch a computer monitor and make some different emotional expressions. Participation time: about 45 mins; must be 10-30 years old to participate. Students eligible for SONA credit will receive One Credit Hour. Others will be entered in a raffle to win a $25 gift card from Amazon. https://filebox.ece.vt.edu/~abbott/expressions. If interested, call 540-231-8276 or email to atruban@vt.edu.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

AEL LEADERSHIP WORKSHOP
Monday, Apr 28, 10:00am-5:00pm
This workshop offers hands-on training on managerial techniques that are useful for graduate students to excel in real-life jobs. The training will be conducted by business leaders in Rackspace (an IT company). Upon completion, a certificate will be awarded to each participant, endorsed by AEL, Graduate School, and Rackspace. Registration is required at http://goo.gl/dylVFb.

GLC MARIO KART 64 TOURNAMENT
Monday, Apr 28, 8:00pm-10:00pm, GLC Student Lounge
Think you can still race around the track like you used to? Prove it! The GLC Mario Kart Tournament is open to grad students of all racing skill levels. There will be a first place prize and best of all: everyone gets pizza! Because of the limited amount of spots, you must register online at https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1396599070249.

MEDITATION SESSION
Tuesday, Apr 29, 3:00-4:30pm, Squires Student Center Room 341-45
Come and experience enhanced focus and concentration, greater peace of mind, more enthusiasm and energy, reduced anxiety levels and better health. This event is an introduction to meditation and guided meditation would be provided by the instructors. This free event is open to public and is brought to you by grad student Mohammad Hazzanzadeh, member of the VT Art of Living club.

SCHOLAR-ACTIVISM ROUNDTABLE
Wednesday, Apr 30, 11:30am, Black Cultural Center in Squires
The event will begin with a meet and greet at 11:30, followed by the roundtable starting promptly at noon. The roundtable will include a conversation on how we can use our training, commitments, passions, privileges and perspectives to make a positive social impact. For more information visit https://www.facebook.com/events/231788830348555/, or contact doctoral student Devon Lee at devonlee@vt.edu.

CONFLICT RESOLUTION WORKSHOP
Wednesday, Apr 30, 4:00-6:00pm, GLC Room F
This workshop is organized as part of a diversity scholar project with the main objectives of helping participants understand (1) culture from an individualist and collectivist perspective (2) culture from masculine and feminine perspective (3) cultural communications such as indirect vs. direct approaches (4) the impact of avoiding and yielding in conflict situations. Speakers Dale Robinson and Ennis McCrery are experts in compliance and conflict resolution management. Food and coffee will be served. Register at: https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1397674698002 by Apr 25 if planning to attend. Contact Nasibeh at nasibeh@vt.edu with questions.

 HISPANIC-LATINO ACHIEVEMENT CEREMONY – register now!
Thursday, May 15, 4:30 pm, Recital Salon in Squires
The 10th annual VT Hispanic-Latino Achievement Ceremony celebrates the graduation of students who recognize their Hispanic roots. Family, colleagues, and friends gather to honor the graduating student. Coordinated by the Hispanic and Latino Faculty and Staff Caucus, LASO, and MPS. The ceremony will take place on Thursday, May 15 at 4:30 in the Recital Salon, followed by a reception in Old Dominion Ballroom, Squires Student Center. Please RSVP at https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?surveyId=1395332349807 no later than Friday Apr 11.

April 21-27, 2014

1.  WEEKLY SERVICES IN THE GLC – updated 4/21

  • 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 or GLC side patio – 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. CELEBRATE SISTERHOOD WITH BAC
Monday-Sunday, Apr 21-27
Grad student Brielle Wright, along with the Blacksburg Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority inc. invites you to join in celebrating Sisterhood all week long through activities that empower you to serve, lead you to inspire, and provide the essence of true fellowship. If you would like to volunteer at the Food Drive Across the NRV event or have any questions regarding the week of events, email Brielle Wright at ppd@bacdst13.org.

3. PERSONAL FINANCE WORKSHOP FOR GRADS – 1st posting
Tuesday, Apr 22, 6:30pm, Pamplin 1045
Personal financial planning is not a topic that most young professionals understand well.  It includes understanding how to conduct personal financial planning in order to assure security and financial well-being in your later years. The MBA program offers a personal finance workshop to all graduate students, presented by MBA alumnus Derek Klock, a faculty member in  Pamplin’s Finance Department. 

4. GRADS SOUGHT FOR FOCUS GROUP FOR “FOOD SECURITY” COURSE DEVELOPMENT – sign up now
Wednesday, Apr 23, 5:30-7:30pm, 1810 Litton Reaves
The Appalachian Foodshed Project (AFP) is working with communities, farmers, policymakers, non-profits, and institutions to better understand community food security in Appalachia.  Faculty involved with the AFP are planning a graduate-level Community Food Security Course to be offered to any graduate student interested in this topic from both a practitioner and scholarly perspectives.  To ensure this course meets student needs, your input is needed! For example:  What do you know about food security?  What do you want to know? What information do you need for a future career? There will be two focus groups for graduate students to discuss how the upcoming course should be designed. Your participation will help with the design of course content, course activities and assessment techniques. Participants in the 90-min focus group will be provided with dinner prior to the meeting. If interested, contact Garland Mason at garlandm@vt.edu.

5. TIE-DYE AND TACOS
Thursday, Apr 24, 11:00am-1:00pm, Graduate School Lawn
The GLC Fellows want to add bit of color to your wardrobe. All grad students are invited to the free lunch and tie dying event. There will be a limited number of shirts/items available at the lunch, but you can also bring anything else you want to have tie dyed. Please register at https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1396601582380.

6. STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES IN THE CLASSROOM: WHAT FACULTY NEED TO KNOW
Thursday, Apr 24, 12:00-1:00pm, North End Center Conference Room 3600
Presenter Robyn Hudson will cover this important topic that could be relevant to GTA’s teaching undergraduate classes or to graduate students who have disabilities themselves. Drinks and desserts provided.

7. GLC CAFÉ: CORNHOLE EDITION
Thursday, Apr 24, 3:30-5:00pm, GLC Reading Room or GLC side patio if it’s sunny
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. If the weather allows, we’ll be painting a new cornhole set on the side patio. Come and help!

8. 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.

9. COMMUNITY VOICES PRESENTS: CULTURAL DIPLOMACY AND ENGAGEMENT IN DIFFICULT PLACES
Thursday, Apr 24, 7:00pm, The Lyric
Grad student Sabith Khan invites all grad students to this talk by John Ferguson about the work they do through American Voices – an NGO that promotes cultural engagement through music and art in the MENA and South Asia region. Ferguson will highlight the work American Voices, whose ground breaking cultural diplomacy and engagement efforts in nations emerging from conflict or isolation have won several national and international awards. Ferguson’s talk will address the need for both long-term projects as well as single high profile events for successful cultural diplomacy. For more information contact Sabith at khanpgg@vt.edu.

10. VETERANS IN SOCIETY CONFERENCE
Sunday, Apr 27 – Monday, Apr 28, Hotel Roanoke, Roanoke, VA
For anyone interested in issues related to veterans and military families, this conference features outstanding events, including nationally acclaimed live theater, award-winning film screenings, invited speakers, compelling research presentations, and opportunities for important dialogue. Free for all students; half-price for any non-student veterans. Read more and register online at http://veteransinsociety.wordpress.com/2014-conference/. For questions, please contact grad student Heidi Nobles, hgn2013@vt.edu.

11. INTERNATIONAL STREET FAIR
Sunday, Apr 27, 12:00-5:00pm, Downtown Blacksburg
International Street Fair is organized by the Council of International Student Organizations (CISO) and Cranwell International Center and is held in downtown Blacksburg where College Avenue is transformed into a multicultural marketplace where vendors sell international foods, handicrafts, and more. The fair also features live performances of traditional music and dance from around the world. For more information contact the CISO advisor at international@vt.edu, or visit the event website at http://www.international.vt.edu/programs_and_activities/events/international_street_fair/index.html. 

12. GSA ELECTIONS FOR EXEC BOARD MEMBERS
The Graduate Student Assembly will hold elections for its executive board officers at the April delegate meeting. If you are interested in being involved with the governance process at Virginia Tech or helping to work with the GSA to plan events, now is the time to step up. Elections will be for the President, Vice-President of Membership, Vice-President of Programs, Treasurer, and Secretary. The duties and responsibilities for these positions can be found in the GSA Bylaws at http://www.gsa.graduateschool.vt.edu/about/bylaws. If interested in running for any of these positions, send a one-page letter of interest to Jenn Gooding, jgooding@vt.edu, by Apr 22, 5:00pm. The letter should indicate which position you are interested in, your relevant experience, and what you hope to bring to the position. Candidates will also need to prepare a two minute speech for the April delegate meeting to be held on Thursday, Apr 24, 5:30-7:00pm. GLC Multi-purpose Room. If you have questions about the elections process or any of the positions, contact GSA Executive Assistant, Jenn Gooding (jgooding@vt.edu) or the GSA President, Greg Purdy (gtpurdy@vt.edu).

13. HONOR SYSTEM SEARCH FOR CHIEF JUSTICE NOW OPEN – 1st posting
The Graduate Honor System is searching for a new chief justice due to the impending graduation of the current chief justice, Jordan Booker. Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • must be a graduate student in good standing who has been in residence for a minimum of one semester
  • be able to serve as Chief Justice for at least one year while enrolled full-time in the Blacksburg campus.
  • Preferably applicants should have experience as a GHS investigator or panelist. Apply by May 16 by submitting a statement of intent, a resume, and one letter of reference to gibsonm@vt.edu. The new Chief Justice will be selected by a committee and ratified by the Graduate Student Assembly and the Commission on Graduate Studies and Policies before final appointment by the president. If you have any questions, email to Monika Gibson at gibsonm@vt.edu.

14. CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS FOR MONTHLY CONTEST “CREATIVITY ON CAMPUS – 1st posting
The Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology (ICAT) at Virginia Tech has organized a monthly contest named "Creativity on Campus," which encourages and provides a platform for students to showcase their creativity. Learn more about the contest and submission guidelines at http://www.icat.vt.edu/creativity. For more information contact Manpreet at khmanp8@vt.edu.

15. (VIDEO) GRADUATION 101 SERIES: ETD REVIEW
A video is available at http://youtu.be/aLRTzPOdsp8 for those who missed the April ETD  webinar. See Graduate School website at http://graduateschool.vt.edu/academics/degree_completion for information on degree completion guidelines and deadlines.

16. ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP DRIVE FOR PHI BETA DELTA INTL HONOR SOCIETY – 3rd posting
The annual spring membership drive for VT’s Gamma Omega chapter of Phi Beta Delta, the first honor society dedicated to recognizing scholarly achievement in international education, is open. The society’s goals are to recognize the scholarly achievement of international students and scholars, U.S. students who have studied abroad, and faculty and staff who are involved in international activities, to advance the development of academic-based international programming, to provide a network on each campus for faculty, staff, and international students involved in international endeavors, and to extend the network of members in chapters worldwide. New members are sought who are willing to help expand program activities and increase visibility on campus through work with special events, public relations, awarding of scholarships and recognitions, and membership development. For more information, contact Betty Watts (bettyw@vt.edu, 540-231-7220). See http://www.iss.vt.edu/index.php/phi-beta-delta-international-honor-society/membership-and-applications for more info. Apply by Apr 25. 

17. GOVERNOR’S FELLOWS PROGRAM APPLICATION OPEN – 2nd posting
This program offers an opportunity to experience firsthand the administration of state government in the Commonwealth.  The deadline to apply for the 2014 summer program is April 21, 2014.  For more information visit  https://governor.virginia.gov/commonwealth/governors-fellows-program/. Contact Amy McPherson in Career Services (amcphers@vt.edu) about stipends offered for accepted VT students.

18. GA POSITION FOR 2014-15 OPEN IN OFFICE OF DIVERSITY & INCLUSION – 3rd posting
Full-time (20 hrs/wk) graduate assistant needed in the Office for Diversity and Inclusion for 2014-2015 academic year. Possibility of renewal at the end of the academic year. A monthly stipend, tuition remission, and insurance subsidy provided. Responsibilities include: event coordination and support; general office assistance; alumni, student and faculty correspondence; volunteer supervision. The successful applicant will have a dedication and passion for diversity and inclusion, along with the ability to organize and multitask. Proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint preferred.  Some evening and weekend hours are required for several alumni events held throughout the year. Email both Latanya Walker (latanya@vt.edu) and Mia Mickenberg (miam87@vt.edu) with your resume and cover letter if interested.

19. GA OPPORTUNITY FOR 2014-15 – 3rd posting
The Student Success Center is hiring a full-time (20 hrs/wk) Graduate Assistant for the 2014-15 academic year, reporting to the Assistant Director in The Student Success Center (SSC). The successful candidate will be responsible for assisting with the development, implementation and assessment of The Student Success Center Tutoring Program, provide group and individual tutoring to undergrads enrolled in math courses at VT, focusing on courses offered through the Virginia Tech Math Emporium including Math 1015, 1016, 1525, and 1526. This position requires a high level of initiative and strong interpersonal, organizational, leadership, and presentation skills. Preference will be given to graduate students pursuing a degree in Math, but those who have a strong Math background (undergraduate major/minor) will also be considered. For more details and application instructions, visit http://www.studentsuccess.vt.edu/Employment/gatut.pdf. If you have questions about The Tutoring Program or the position, contact Dana McGuire at dana.mcguire@vt.edu. Apply by May 1.

20. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR SHORT SURVEY ON YMCA – 1st posting
Four graduate students in the the Center for Public Administration and Policy are looking for participants in a short survey to support their research paper on the efficiency of the organizational methods of the YMCA. Please help them by completing this two-minute anonymous survey: https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1397596726366. If you have any questions, contact Christina Downie at christinadownie@gmail.com.

21. RESEARCH PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR LOAD CARRIAGE STUDY – 1st posting
Participants are needed for a VT study investigating different load carriage methods on flat and inclined surfaces, and how these methods influence injury risk. The study (IRB # 14-347) consists of one session for about 3 hours. Requirements: male or female, 18-60 years of age, with no recent history of balance disorders, concussions, musculoskeletal injury in the past affecting normal walking or turning. Participants will be compensated $10/hr. If interested, please contact:  hema85@vt.edu or 540-449-9481.

22. SURVEY PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR STUDY ON LIFE SCIENCE COMMUNITIES – 2nd posting
Researchers are working to define how best to support community knowledge sharing in life science online resources; from sharing data within a small group of colleagues to sharing expertise and opinions across broader biological science communities. Preferred participants are familiar with web applications for biological scientists (e.g., NCBI, PubMed) and/or bioinformatics tools. The survey should not take more than 15 minutes and participants will be entered in a raffle for one of twelve $25 Amazon gift cards. If you want to participate in the raffle, leave your email at the end of the survey. Access the survey at https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1384815139346, or contact Jongsoon Park at babirong@vbi.vt.edu with questions.

23. EMOTIONAL RESPONSES SURVEY – 2nd posting
Researchers are recruiting adults (men and women 18 and older) for a study on emotional responses to better understand the relationship between empathy, emotion regulation, and helping behaviors. Every participant who takes the survey will be included in a raffle to win 1 of 4 $50.00 Amazon gift cards. All responses will be kept anonymous and estimated survey completion time is under 30 minutes. Access the study at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/3ZM38BK. If you have any questions, contact Haley at  hgordon2@vt.edu

24. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR QUICK PILOT SURVEY ON HEALTHY LIVING ATTITUDES – 2nd posting
Any and all participants are needed for a quick, 38-question, pilot survey on healthy-living attitudes. The survey will take no longer than 5 minutes to complete and your participation will assist in finalizing a master’s thesis questionnaire. If you have any questions, contact Mallory Taylor at mtay16@vt.edu. The survey is accessible at https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_ePPF9TkQ8A060Rf.

25. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR LUMBAR SPINE STUDY    2nd posting
The VT Industrial Ergonomics and Biomechanics Laboratory will conduct a study examining the mechanics of the lumbar spine in healthy adults. Participants will work with a research assistant to twist and bend the subject’s torso within the limits of daily living. The study requires a single experimental session that lasts for 2-3 hours.  Participating subjects will be compensated $10/hr for their time. Subjects 25 years and older are preferred, but subjects over 18 will be considered. Subjects must not suffer from any systemic inflammatory condition or any other series medical condition, or have a history of a spinal disorder, spinal fracture, or spinal surgery. For more information, e-mail: voinier3@vt.edu.

26. USER-STUDY PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR FLEXIBLE INPUT STUDY – 3rd posting
Researchers will be studying how you use, create and design objects using a flexible input computer system during one max. 2-hr session, including what you create, and how your system applies to your expertise. The location is at Knowledgeworks II, and times are flexible to adhere to your busy schedule. If selected for the study, you will be given a pre-questionnaire gauging your experiences with surface design, design, and art, and you will be trained on how to use the system. For the experimental session, you will be asked to design a set of scenes, concluding with a scene of your own creation. A video camera will be recording you and what you do during the training and experimental session. Afterwards, you will be given a post-questionnaire, and interviewed on the interactions performed. Participants must be 18-64 years old, free of health detriments that could impede, delay or harm them in performing hand movements and completing questionnaires. You must also have a minimum of a month experience in 3D modeling or art in a tangible medium. Contact Anamary Leal at leal@vt.edu to participate & schedule a meeting time.

27. CALL FOR PARTICIPATION FOR 10 MINUTE SURVEY ON EMAIL USE – 3rd posting
Participants are sought for a research study to investigate email practices, with the goal of gaining insight into the habits and practices of daily email users. The study consists of a 10-15 minute online questionnaire that asks about the reasons that you use email. If you are interested in participating in this study, go to https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_3QaboJsZ0hrmOFv to take the online questionnaire. Your answers will be kept confidential and your participation is voluntary. If you have any questions or comments about this study, contact Ben Hanrahan at bhanraha@vt.edu.

28. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR MENTAL WORKLOAD STUDY – 3rd posting
Participants are needed for a study to investigate how mental and postural demands affect our overall mental workload.  Participants will be asked to do some simple mental tasks while researchers measure your postural stability and brain activity using EEG.  Must be right-handed between the ages of 18-30 with no history of low back pain to participate. The study will take 3 hours and you will be compensated $10 per hour of participation.  Participation is voluntary and confidential.  Please contact Ralph at rhcullen@vt.edu if interested.

29. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR AUTOMATIC RECOGNITION OF FACIAL EXPRESSIONS STUDY – 3rd posting
Researchers are developing a new system for automatic recognition of facial expressions using the Kinect. Participants will be asked to watch a computer monitor and make some different emotional expressions. Participation time: about 45 mins; must be 10-30 years old to participate. Students eligible for SONA credit will receive One Credit Hour. Others will be entered in a raffle to win a $25 gift card from Amazon. https://filebox.ece.vt.edu/~abbott/expressions. If interested, call 540-231-8276 or email to atruban@vt.edu.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

AEL LEADERSHIP WORKSHOP
Monday, Apr 28, 10:00am-5:00pm
This workshop offers hands-on training on managerial techniques that are useful for graduate students to excel in real-life jobs. The training will be conducted by business leaders in Rackspace (an IT company). Upon completion, a certificate will be awarded to each participant, endorsed by AEL, Graduate School, and Rackspace. Registration is required at http://goo.gl/dylVFb.

GLC MARIO KART 64 TOURNAMENT
Monday, Apr 28, 8:00pm-10:00pm, GLC Student Lounge
Think you can still race around the track like you used to? Prove it! The GLC Mario Kart Tournament is open to grad students of all racing skill levels. There will be a first place prize and best of all: everyone gets pizza! Because of the limited amount of spots, you must register online at https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1396599070249.

MEDITATION SESSION
Tuesday, Apr 29, 3:00-4:30pm, Squires Student Center Room 341-45
Come and experience enhanced focus and concentration, greater peace of mind, more enthusiasm and energy, reduced anxiety levels and better health. This event is an introduction to meditation and guided meditation would be provided by the instructors. This free event is open to public and is brought to you by grad student Mohammad Hazzanzadeh, member of the VT Art of Living club.

SCHOLAR-ACTIVISM ROUNDTABLE
Wednesday, Apr 30, 11:30am, Black Cultural Center in Squires
The event will begin with a meet and greet at 11:30, followed by the roundtable starting promptly at noon. The roundtable will include a conversation on how we can use our training, commitments, passions, privileges and perspectives to make a positive social impact. For more information visit https://www.facebook.com/events/231788830348555/, or contact doctoral student Devon Lee at devonlee@vt.edu.

CONFLICT RESOLUTION WORKSHOP
Wednesday, Apr 30, 4:00-6:00pm, GLC Room F
This workshop is organized as part of a diversity scholar project with the main objectives of helping participants understand (1) culture from an individualist and collectivist perspective (2) culture from masculine and feminine perspective (3) cultural communications such as indirect vs. direct approaches (4) the impact of avoiding and yielding in conflict situations. Speakers Dale Robinson and Ennis McCrery are experts in compliance and conflict resolution management. Food and coffee will be served. Register at: https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1397674698002 by Apr 25 if planning to attend. Contact Nasibeh at nasibeh@vt.edu with questions.

 HISPANIC-LATINO ACHIEVEMENT CEREMONY – register now!
Thursday, May 15, 4:30 pm, Recital Salon in Squires
The 10th annual VT Hispanic-Latino Achievement Ceremony celebrates the graduation of students who recognize their Hispanic roots. Family, colleagues, and friends gather to honor the graduating student. Coordinated by the Hispanic and Latino Faculty and Staff Caucus, LASO, and MPS. The ceremony will take place on Thursday, May 15 at 4:30 in the Recital Salon, followed by a reception in Old Dominion Ballroom, Squires Student Center. Please RSVP at https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?surveyId=1395332349807 no later than Friday Apr 11.

April 14-20, 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. 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.

3. SEE YOURSELF IN A HIJAB
Tuesday, Apr 15, 1:00-3:00pm, Info Booth A in Squires
On behalf of the Islamic Student Assembly, grad student Haitham Elmarakeby invites you to visit the info table and try the experience of wearing a Hijab. Pick your favorite color and design. Your Muslim colleagues will help you wear Hijab in a stylish way, and you can get your picture taken and sent directly to your email to share it with your friends and have fun. Contact Haitham Elmarakeby at  for more information or visit this site.

4. FULBRIGHT RECRUITMENT RECEPTION – registration required
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 here.  For questions and comments email Tobias Ecker.

5. GRADS SOUGHT FOR FOCUS GROUP FOR “FOOD SECURITY” COURSE DEVELOPMENT – sign up now
Tuesday, Apr 15 and Wednesday, Apr 23, 5:30-7:30pm, 1810 Litton Reaves
The Appalachian Foodshed Project (AFP) is working with communities, farmers, policymakers, non-profits, and institutions to better understand community food security in Appalachia. Faculty involved with the AFP are planning a graduate-level Community Food Security Course to be offered to any graduate student interested in this topic from both a practitioner and scholarly perspectives. To ensure this course meets student needs, your input is needed! For example: What do you know about food security? What do you want to know? What information do you need for a future career? There will be two focus groups for graduate students to discuss how the upcoming course should be designed. Your participation will help with the design of course content, course activities and assessment techniques. Participants in the 90-min focus group will be provided with dinner prior to the meeting. If interested, contact Garland Mason.

6. SPRING/EASTER CARD CREATION
Wednesday, Apr 16, 10am-12pm and 4-6pm, GLC Lobby
Stop by the table in the lobby and make spring and Easter cards that will be delivered to local nursing home residents. Give them some cheer while letting your creative juices run wild. Materials, as well as candy, will be provided. Sponsored by the GLC Fellows.

7. CAN THERE BE JUSTICE WITHOUT EQUALITY?
Thursday, Apr 17, 12:00-1:00pm, North End Ctr Conference Room 3600
Dannette Beane, director of recruitment and diversity initiatives in the Graduate School, invites you to join the conversation about justice, equality, and accessibility with presenter Alicia P. Cohen. Drinks and desserts will be provided.

8. GLC CAFÉ
Thursday, Apr 17, 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. 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.

10. HIGHLIGHTER EXTRAVAGANZA
Friday, Apr 18, 8:30pm, Squires Old Dominion Ballroom
Omega Tau Sigma will be hosting a Social event called the "Highlighter Extravaganza." With finals here soon, students will be breaking out the highlighters to study. This social event is intended to give graduate students a chance to relax before cranking into finals mode. Proceeds from the event will benefit Relay for Life as well as other charitable organizations. Ticket cost is 10 dollars in advance – this provides 3 drink tickets (alcohol) upon admission, as well as access to food and all the music you can listen too. Non-alcoholic ticket(s), cost $5. At-the-door tickets prices will be $13 for general access ticket and $8 for non-alcoholic access ticket. No one under 21 will be admitted.

11. YMCA HEALTHY KIDS DAY
Saturday, Apr 19, 11:00am-3:00pm, War Memorial Hall
Grad student Zejing Wu invites grad students with families to this family-friendly event that challenges families to keep kids active, learning, and healthy all summer long. This free community event will feature a variety of active play and educational activities such as Zumba classes, field-day games, aquatics safety demos, and ambulance tours. Guests from local youth-serving organizations will also be in attendance to lead educational workshops and help families identify summer activity opportunities. Learn more here.

12. THE COLOR WAR 2014
Saturday, Apr 19, 11:30am, Duck Pond
Field Its time for year two of the biggest Color Party at VT with Students Helping Honduras at Virginia Tech, SIA VT and VT ISA. Music by TMMPO. Register for the event here.

13. SPEED DATING SPRING 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 here. Contact Cory Brunson or Mordecai Harvey if you have any questions or concerns.

14. (VIDEO) GRADUATION 101 SERIES: ETD REVIEW
A video is available here for those who missed the April ETD webinar. See Graduate School website for information on degree completion guidelines and deadlines.

15. ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP DRIVE FOR PHI BETA DELTA INTL HONOR SOCIETY – 2nd posting
The annual spring membership drive for VT’s Gamma Omega chapter of Phi Beta Delta, the first honor society dedicated to recognizing scholarly achievement in international education, is open. The society’s goals are to recognize the scholarly achievement of international students and scholars, U.S. students who have studied abroad, and faculty and staff who are involved in international activities, to advance the development of academic-based international programming, to provide a network on each campus for faculty, staff, and international students involved in international endeavors, and to extend the network of members in chapters worldwide. New members are sought who are willing to help expand program activities and increase visibility on campus through work with special events, public relations, awarding of scholarships and recognitions, and membership development. For more information, contact Betty Watts (bettyw@vt.edu, 540-231-7220). Click here for more info. Apply by Apr 25.

16. GOVERNOR’S FELLOWS PROGRAM APPLICATION OPEN – 1st posting
This program offers an opportunity to experience firsthand the administration of state government in the Commonwealth. The deadline to apply for the 2014 summer program is April 21, 2014. For more information visit https://governor.virginia.gov/commonwealth/governors-fellows-program/. Contact Amy McPherson in Career Services about stipends offered for accepted VT students.

17. GA POSITION IN COE INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMS – 1st posting
Full-time GA position sought to support activities and initiatives of the Office of International Programs in the College of Engineering, including development, implementation and support of the Rising Sophomore Abroad Program (RSAP), International Research Experience for Students (IRES), International Alumni Planning Board, Student Engineers’ Abroad Council (SEAC), International Programs Faculty Committee and international internships. Must have excellent oral and written communication skills, proficiency in MS Office, a positive attitude, outstanding organization skills, and detail orientation. Interested applicants may submit their resume and cover letter outlining their qualifications and interest in the position to Samantha Schaller at schaller@ vt.edu by 5:00pm on Thursday, Apr 17.

18. GA POSITION FOR 2014-15 OPEN IN OFFICE OF DIVERSITY & INCLUSION – 2nd posting
Full-time (20 hrs/wk) graduate assistant needed in the Office for Diversity and Inclusion for 2014-2015 academic year. Possibility of renewal at the end of the academic year. A monthly stipend, tuition remission, and insurance subsidy provided. Responsibilities include: event coordination and support; general office assistance; alumni, student and faculty correspondence; volunteer supervision. The successful applicant will have a dedication and passion for diversity and inclusion, along with the ability to organize and multitask. Proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint preferred. Some evening and weekend hours are required for several alumni events held throughout the year. Email both Latanya Walker (latanya@vt.edu) and Mia Mickenberg (miam87@vt.edu) with your resume and cover letter if interested.

19. GA OPPORTUNITY FOR 2014-15 – 2nd posting
The Student Success Center is hiring a full-time (20 hrs/wk) Graduate Assistant for the 2014-15 academic year, reporting to the Assistant Director in The Student Success Center (SSC). The successful candidate will be responsible for assisting with the development, implementation and assessment of The Student Success Center Tutoring Program, provide group and individual tutoring to undergrads enrolled in math courses at VT, focusing on courses offered through the Virginia Tech Math Emporium including Math 1015, 1016, 1525, and 1526. This position requires a high level of initiative and strong interpersonal, organizational, leadership, and presentation skills. Preference will be given to graduate students pursuing a degree in Math, but those who have a strong Math background (undergraduate major/minor) will also be considered. For more details and application instructions, visit http://www.studentsuccess.vt.edu/Employment/gatut.pdf. If you have questions about The Tutoring Program or the position, contact Dana McGuire at dana.mcguire@vt.edu. Apply by May 1.

20. GA POSITION OPEN IN INSTITUTIONAL RESEARCH & EFFECTIVENESS FOR FALL 2014 – 3rd 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.

21. SURVEY PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR STUDY ON LIFE SCIENCE COMMUNITIES – 1st posting
Researchers are working to define how best to support community knowledge sharing in life science online resources; from sharing data within a small group of colleagues to sharing expertise and opinions across broader biological science communities. Preferred participants are familiar with web applications for biological scientists (e.g., NCBI, PubMed) and/or bioinformatics tools. The survey should not take more than 15 minutes and participants will be entered in a raffle for one of twelve $25 Amazon gift cards. If you want to participate in the raffle, leave your email at the end of the survey. Contact Jongsoon Park to participate or with any questions.

22. EMOTIONAL RESPONSES SURVEY – 1st posting

Researchers are recruiting adults (men and women 18 and older) for a study on emotional responses to better understand the relationship between empathy, emotion regulation, and helping behaviors. Every participant who takes the survey will be included in a raffle to win 1 of 4 $50.00 Amazon gift cards. All responses will be kept anonymous and estimated survey completion time is under 30 minutes. Access the study here. If you have any questions, contact Haley.

23. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR QUICK PILOT SURVEY ON HEALTHY LIVING ATTITUDES – 1st posting
Any and all participants are needed for a quick, 38-question, pilot survey on healthy-living attitudes. The survey will take no longer than 5 minutes to complete and your participation will assist in finalizing a master’s thesis questionnaire. If you have any questions, contact Mallory Taylor. The survey is accessible here.

24. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR LUMBAR SPINE STUDY – 1st posting
The VT Industrial Ergonomics and Biomechanics Laboratory will conduct a study examining the mechanics of the lumbar spine in healthy adults. Participants will work with a research assistant to twist and bend the subject’s torso within the limits of daily living. The study requires a single experimental session that lasts for 2-3 hours. Participating subjects will be compensated $10/hr for their time. Subjects 25 years and older are preferred, but subjects over 18 will be considered. Subjects must not suffer from any systemic inflammatory condition or any other series medical condition, or have a history of a spinal disorder, spinal fracture, or spinal surgery. For more information, e-mail: voinier3@vt.edu.

25. USER-STUDY PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR FLEXIBLE INPUT STUDY – 2nd posting
Researchers will be studying how you use, create and design objects using a flexible input computer system during one max. 2-hr session, including what you create, and how your system applies to your expertise. The location is at Knowledgeworks II, and times are flexible to adhere to your busy schedule. If selected for the study, you will be given a pre-questionnaire gauging your experiences with surface design, design, and art, and you will be trained on how to use the system. For the experimental session, you will be asked to design a set of scenes, concluding with a scene of your own creation. A video camera will be recording you and what you do during the training and experimental session. Afterwards, you will be given a post-questionnaire, and interviewed on the interactions performed. Participants must be 18-64 years old, free of health detriments that could impede, delay or harm them in performing hand movements and completing questionnaires. You must also have a minimum of a month experience in 3D modeling or art in a tangible medium. Contact Anamary Leal to participate & schedule a meeting time.

26. CALL FOR PARTICIPATION FOR 10 MINUTE SURVEY ON EMAIL USE – 2nd posting Participants are sought for a research study to investigate email practices, with the goal of gaining insight into the habits and practices of daily email users. The study consists of a 10-15 minute online questionnaire that asks about the reasons that you use email. If you are interested in participating in this study, go here to take the online questionnaire. Your answers will be kept confidential and your participation is voluntary. If you have any questions or comments about this study, contact Ben Hanrahan.

27. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR MENTAL WORKLOAD STUDY – 2nd posting
Participants are needed for a study to investigate how mental and postural demands affect our overall mental workload. Participants will be asked to do some simple mental tasks while researchers measure your postural stability and brain activity using EEG. Must be right-handed between the ages of 18-30 with no history of low back pain to participate. The study will take 3 hours and you will be compensated $10 per hour of participation. Participation is voluntary and confidential. Please contact Ralph if interested.

28. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR AUTOMATIC RECOGNITION OF FACIAL EXPRESSIONS STUDY – 2nd posting
Researchers are developing a new system for automatic recognition of facial expressions using the Kinect. Participants will be asked to watch a computer monitor and make some different emotional expressions. Participation time: about 45 mins; must be 10-30 years old to participate. Students eligible for SONA credit will receive One Credit Hour. Others will be entered in a raffle to win a $25 gift card from Amazon. https://filebox.ece.vt.edu/~abbott/expressions. If interested, call 540-231-8276 or email to atruban@vt.edu.

29. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR DOCUMENTATION STYLES STUDY – 3rd 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.

30. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR HUMAN GAIT STUDY – 3rd 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.

31. LGBQ YOUTH & YOUNG ADULTS WANTED FOR RESEARCH PROJECT – 3rd 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 here.

32. PARENTS OF LGB YOUTH/YOUNG ADULTS WANTED FOR RESEARCH PROJECT – 3rd 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 here.

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

UPCOMING EVENTS:

CELEBRATE SISTERHOOD WITH BAC
Monday-Sunday, Apr 21-27
Grad student Brielle Wright, along with the Blacksburg Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority inc. invites you to join in celebrating Sisterhood all week long through activities that empower you to serve, lead you to inspire, and provide the essence of true fellowship. If you would like to volunteer at the Food Drive Across the NRV event or have any questions regarding the week of events, email Brielle Wright at ppd@bacdst13.org.

TIE-DYE AND TACOS
Thursday, Apr 24, 11:00am-1:00pm, Graduate School Lawn
The GLC Fellows want to add bit of color to your wardrobe. All grad students are invited to the free lunch and tie dying event. There will be a limited number of shirts/items available at the lunch, but you can also bring anything else you want to have tie dyed. Please register here.

COMMUNITY VOICES PRESENTS: CULTURAL DIPLOMACY AND ENGAGEMENT IN DIFFICULT PLACES
Thursday, Apr 24, 7:00pm, The Lyric
Grad student Sabith Khan invites all grad students to this talk by John Ferguson about the work they do through American Voices – an NGO that promotes cultural engagement through music and art in the MENA and South Asia region. Ferguson will highlight the work American Voices, whose ground breaking cultural diplomacy and engagement efforts in nations emerging from conflict or isolation have won several national and international awards. Ferguson’s talk will address the need for both long-term projects as well as single high profile events for successful cultural diplomacy. For more information contact Sabith at khanpgg@vt.edu.

VETERANS IN SOCIETY CONFERENCE

Sunday, Apr 27 – Monday, Apr 28, Hotel Roanoke, Roanoke, VA
For anyone interested in issues related to veterans and military families, this conference features outstanding events, including nationally acclaimed live theater, award-winning film screenings, invited speakers, compelling research presentations, and opportunities for important dialogue. Free for all students; half-price for any non-student veterans. Read more and register online at http://veteransinsociety.wordpress.com/2014-conference/. For questions, please contact grad student Heidi Nobles.

INTERNATIONAL STREET FAIR
Sunday, Apr 27, 12:00-5:00pm, Downtown Blacksburg
International Street Fair is organized by the Council of International Student Organizations (CISO) and Cranwell International Center and is held in downtown Blacksburg where College Avenue is transformed into a multicultural marketplace where vendors sell international foods, handicrafts, and more. The fair also features live performances of traditional music and dance from around the world. For more information contact the CISO advisor at international@vt.edu, or visit the event website here .

GLC MARIO KART 64 TOURNAMENT
Monday, Apr 28, 8:00pm-10:00pm, GLC Student Lounge
Think you can still race around the track like you used to? Prove it! The GLC Mario Kart Tournament is open to grad students of all racing skill levels. There will be a first place prize and best of all: everyone gets pizza! Because of the limited amount of spots, you must register online.

HISPANIC-LATINO ACHIEVEMENT CEREMONY – register now!
Thursday, May 15, 4:30 pm, Recital Salon in Squires
The 10th annual VT Hispanic-Latino Achievement Ceremony celebrates the graduation of students who recognize their Hispanic roots. Family, colleagues, and friends gather to honor the graduating student. Coordinated by the Hispanic and Latino Faculty and Staff Caucus, LASO, and MPS. The ceremony will take place on Thursday, May 15 at 4:30 in the Recital Salon, followed by a reception in Old Dominion Ballroom, Squires Student Center. Please RSVP here no later than Friday Apr 11.

April 14-20, 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. 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.

3. SEE YOURSELF IN A HIJAB
Tuesday, Apr 15, 1:00-3:00pm, Info Booth A in Squires
On behalf of the Islamic Student Assembly, grad student Haitham Elmarakeby invites you to visit the info table and try the experience of wearing a Hijab. Pick your favorite color and design. Your Muslim colleagues will help you wear Hijab in a stylish way, and you can get your picture taken and sent directly to your email to share it with your friends and have fun. Contact Haitham Elmarakeby at  for more information or visit this site.

4. FULBRIGHT RECRUITMENT RECEPTION – registration required
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 here.  For questions and comments email Tobias Ecker.

5. GRADS SOUGHT FOR FOCUS GROUP FOR “FOOD SECURITY” COURSE DEVELOPMENT – sign up now
Tuesday, Apr 15 and Wednesday, Apr 23, 5:30-7:30pm, 1810 Litton Reaves
The Appalachian Foodshed Project (AFP) is working with communities, farmers, policymakers, non-profits, and institutions to better understand community food security in Appalachia. Faculty involved with the AFP are planning a graduate-level Community Food Security Course to be offered to any graduate student interested in this topic from both a practitioner and scholarly perspectives. To ensure this course meets student needs, your input is needed! For example: What do you know about food security? What do you want to know? What information do you need for a future career? There will be two focus groups for graduate students to discuss how the upcoming course should be designed. Your participation will help with the design of course content, course activities and assessment techniques. Participants in the 90-min focus group will be provided with dinner prior to the meeting. If interested, contact Garland Mason.

6. SPRING/EASTER CARD CREATION
Wednesday, Apr 16, 10am-12pm and 4-6pm, GLC Lobby
Stop by the table in the lobby and make spring and Easter cards that will be delivered to local nursing home residents. Give them some cheer while letting your creative juices run wild. Materials, as well as candy, will be provided. Sponsored by the GLC Fellows.

7. CAN THERE BE JUSTICE WITHOUT EQUALITY?
Thursday, Apr 17, 12:00-1:00pm, North End Ctr Conference Room 3600
Dannette Beane, director of recruitment and diversity initiatives in the Graduate School, invites you to join the conversation about justice, equality, and accessibility with presenter Alicia P. Cohen. Drinks and desserts will be provided.

8. GLC CAFÉ
Thursday, Apr 17, 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. 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.

10. HIGHLIGHTER EXTRAVAGANZA
Friday, Apr 18, 8:30pm, Squires Old Dominion Ballroom
Omega Tau Sigma will be hosting a Social event called the "Highlighter Extravaganza." With finals here soon, students will be breaking out the highlighters to study. This social event is intended to give graduate students a chance to relax before cranking into finals mode. Proceeds from the event will benefit Relay for Life as well as other charitable organizations. Ticket cost is 10 dollars in advance – this provides 3 drink tickets (alcohol) upon admission, as well as access to food and all the music you can listen too. Non-alcoholic ticket(s), cost $5. At-the-door tickets prices will be $13 for general access ticket and $8 for non-alcoholic access ticket. No one under 21 will be admitted.

11. YMCA HEALTHY KIDS DAY
Saturday, Apr 19, 11:00am-3:00pm, War Memorial Hall
Grad student Zejing Wu invites grad students with families to this family-friendly event that challenges families to keep kids active, learning, and healthy all summer long. This free community event will feature a variety of active play and educational activities such as Zumba classes, field-day games, aquatics safety demos, and ambulance tours. Guests from local youth-serving organizations will also be in attendance to lead educational workshops and help families identify summer activity opportunities. Learn more here.

12. THE COLOR WAR 2014
Saturday, Apr 19, 11:30am, Duck Pond
Field Its time for year two of the biggest Color Party at VT with Students Helping Honduras at Virginia Tech, SIA VT and VT ISA. Music by TMMPO. Register for the event here.

13. SPEED DATING SPRING 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 here. Contact Cory Brunson or Mordecai Harvey if you have any questions or concerns.

14. (VIDEO) GRADUATION 101 SERIES: ETD REVIEW
A video is available here for those who missed the April ETD webinar. See Graduate School website for information on degree completion guidelines and deadlines.

15. ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP DRIVE FOR PHI BETA DELTA INTL HONOR SOCIETY – 2nd posting
The annual spring membership drive for VT’s Gamma Omega chapter of Phi Beta Delta, the first honor society dedicated to recognizing scholarly achievement in international education, is open. The society’s goals are to recognize the scholarly achievement of international students and scholars, U.S. students who have studied abroad, and faculty and staff who are involved in international activities, to advance the development of academic-based international programming, to provide a network on each campus for faculty, staff, and international students involved in international endeavors, and to extend the network of members in chapters worldwide. New members are sought who are willing to help expand program activities and increase visibility on campus through work with special events, public relations, awarding of scholarships and recognitions, and membership development. For more information, contact Betty Watts (bettyw@vt.edu, 540-231-7220). Click here for more info. Apply by Apr 25.

16. GOVERNOR’S FELLOWS PROGRAM APPLICATION OPEN – 1st posting
This program offers an opportunity to experience firsthand the administration of state government in the Commonwealth. The deadline to apply for the 2014 summer program is April 21, 2014. For more information visit https://governor.virginia.gov/commonwealth/governors-fellows-program/. Contact Amy McPherson in Career Services about stipends offered for accepted VT students.

17. GA POSITION IN COE INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMS – 1st posting
Full-time GA position sought to support activities and initiatives of the Office of International Programs in the College of Engineering, including development, implementation and support of the Rising Sophomore Abroad Program (RSAP), International Research Experience for Students (IRES), International Alumni Planning Board, Student Engineers’ Abroad Council (SEAC), International Programs Faculty Committee and international internships. Must have excellent oral and written communication skills, proficiency in MS Office, a positive attitude, outstanding organization skills, and detail orientation. Interested applicants may submit their resume and cover letter outlining their qualifications and interest in the position to Samantha Schaller at schaller@ vt.edu by 5:00pm on Thursday, Apr 17.

18. GA POSITION FOR 2014-15 OPEN IN OFFICE OF DIVERSITY & INCLUSION – 2nd posting
Full-time (20 hrs/wk) graduate assistant needed in the Office for Diversity and Inclusion for 2014-2015 academic year. Possibility of renewal at the end of the academic year. A monthly stipend, tuition remission, and insurance subsidy provided. Responsibilities include: event coordination and support; general office assistance; alumni, student and faculty correspondence; volunteer supervision. The successful applicant will have a dedication and passion for diversity and inclusion, along with the ability to organize and multitask. Proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint preferred. Some evening and weekend hours are required for several alumni events held throughout the year. Email both Latanya Walker (latanya@vt.edu) and Mia Mickenberg (miam87@vt.edu) with your resume and cover letter if interested.

19. GA OPPORTUNITY FOR 2014-15 – 2nd posting
The Student Success Center is hiring a full-time (20 hrs/wk) Graduate Assistant for the 2014-15 academic year, reporting to the Assistant Director in The Student Success Center (SSC). The successful candidate will be responsible for assisting with the development, implementation and assessment of The Student Success Center Tutoring Program, provide group and individual tutoring to undergrads enrolled in math courses at VT, focusing on courses offered through the Virginia Tech Math Emporium including Math 1015, 1016, 1525, and 1526. This position requires a high level of initiative and strong interpersonal, organizational, leadership, and presentation skills. Preference will be given to graduate students pursuing a degree in Math, but those who have a strong Math background (undergraduate major/minor) will also be considered. For more details and application instructions, visit http://www.studentsuccess.vt.edu/Employment/gatut.pdf. If you have questions about The Tutoring Program or the position, contact Dana McGuire at dana.mcguire@vt.edu. Apply by May 1.

20. GA POSITION OPEN IN INSTITUTIONAL RESEARCH & EFFECTIVENESS FOR FALL 2014 – 3rd 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.

21. SURVEY PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR STUDY ON LIFE SCIENCE COMMUNITIES – 1st posting
Researchers are working to define how best to support community knowledge sharing in life science online resources; from sharing data within a small group of colleagues to sharing expertise and opinions across broader biological science communities. Preferred participants are familiar with web applications for biological scientists (e.g., NCBI, PubMed) and/or bioinformatics tools. The survey should not take more than 15 minutes and participants will be entered in a raffle for one of twelve $25 Amazon gift cards. If you want to participate in the raffle, leave your email at the end of the survey. Contact Jongsoon Park to participate or with any questions.

22. EMOTIONAL RESPONSES SURVEY – 1st posting

Researchers are recruiting adults (men and women 18 and older) for a study on emotional responses to better understand the relationship between empathy, emotion regulation, and helping behaviors. Every participant who takes the survey will be included in a raffle to win 1 of 4 $50.00 Amazon gift cards. All responses will be kept anonymous and estimated survey completion time is under 30 minutes. Access the study here. If you have any questions, contact Haley.

23. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR QUICK PILOT SURVEY ON HEALTHY LIVING ATTITUDES – 1st posting
Any and all participants are needed for a quick, 38-question, pilot survey on healthy-living attitudes. The survey will take no longer than 5 minutes to complete and your participation will assist in finalizing a master’s thesis questionnaire. If you have any questions, contact Mallory Taylor. The survey is accessible here.

24. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR LUMBAR SPINE STUDY – 1st posting
The VT Industrial Ergonomics and Biomechanics Laboratory will conduct a study examining the mechanics of the lumbar spine in healthy adults. Participants will work with a research assistant to twist and bend the subject’s torso within the limits of daily living. The study requires a single experimental session that lasts for 2-3 hours. Participating subjects will be compensated $10/hr for their time. Subjects 25 years and older are preferred, but subjects over 18 will be considered. Subjects must not suffer from any systemic inflammatory condition or any other series medical condition, or have a history of a spinal disorder, spinal fracture, or spinal surgery. For more information, e-mail: voinier3@vt.edu.

25. USER-STUDY PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR FLEXIBLE INPUT STUDY – 2nd posting
Researchers will be studying how you use, create and design objects using a flexible input computer system during one max. 2-hr session, including what you create, and how your system applies to your expertise. The location is at Knowledgeworks II, and times are flexible to adhere to your busy schedule. If selected for the study, you will be given a pre-questionnaire gauging your experiences with surface design, design, and art, and you will be trained on how to use the system. For the experimental session, you will be asked to design a set of scenes, concluding with a scene of your own creation. A video camera will be recording you and what you do during the training and experimental session. Afterwards, you will be given a post-questionnaire, and interviewed on the interactions performed. Participants must be 18-64 years old, free of health detriments that could impede, delay or harm them in performing hand movements and completing questionnaires. You must also have a minimum of a month experience in 3D modeling or art in a tangible medium. Contact Anamary Leal to participate & schedule a meeting time.

26. CALL FOR PARTICIPATION FOR 10 MINUTE SURVEY ON EMAIL USE – 2nd posting Participants are sought for a research study to investigate email practices, with the goal of gaining insight into the habits and practices of daily email users. The study consists of a 10-15 minute online questionnaire that asks about the reasons that you use email. If you are interested in participating in this study, go here to take the online questionnaire. Your answers will be kept confidential and your participation is voluntary. If you have any questions or comments about this study, contact Ben Hanrahan.

27. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR MENTAL WORKLOAD STUDY – 2nd posting
Participants are needed for a study to investigate how mental and postural demands affect our overall mental workload. Participants will be asked to do some simple mental tasks while researchers measure your postural stability and brain activity using EEG. Must be right-handed between the ages of 18-30 with no history of low back pain to participate. The study will take 3 hours and you will be compensated $10 per hour of participation. Participation is voluntary and confidential. Please contact Ralph if interested.

28. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR AUTOMATIC RECOGNITION OF FACIAL EXPRESSIONS STUDY – 2nd posting
Researchers are developing a new system for automatic recognition of facial expressions using the Kinect. Participants will be asked to watch a computer monitor and make some different emotional expressions. Participation time: about 45 mins; must be 10-30 years old to participate. Students eligible for SONA credit will receive One Credit Hour. Others will be entered in a raffle to win a $25 gift card from Amazon. https://filebox.ece.vt.edu/~abbott/expressions. If interested, call 540-231-8276 or email to atruban@vt.edu.

29. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR DOCUMENTATION STYLES STUDY – 3rd 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.

30. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR HUMAN GAIT STUDY – 3rd 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.

31. LGBQ YOUTH & YOUNG ADULTS WANTED FOR RESEARCH PROJECT – 3rd 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 here.

32. PARENTS OF LGB YOUTH/YOUNG ADULTS WANTED FOR RESEARCH PROJECT – 3rd 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 here.

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

UPCOMING EVENTS:

CELEBRATE SISTERHOOD WITH BAC
Monday-Sunday, Apr 21-27
Grad student Brielle Wright, along with the Blacksburg Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority inc. invites you to join in celebrating Sisterhood all week long through activities that empower you to serve, lead you to inspire, and provide the essence of true fellowship. If you would like to volunteer at the Food Drive Across the NRV event or have any questions regarding the week of events, email Brielle Wright at ppd@bacdst13.org.

TIE-DYE AND TACOS
Thursday, Apr 24, 11:00am-1:00pm, Graduate School Lawn
The GLC Fellows want to add bit of color to your wardrobe. All grad students are invited to the free lunch and tie dying event. There will be a limited number of shirts/items available at the lunch, but you can also bring anything else you want to have tie dyed. Please register here.

COMMUNITY VOICES PRESENTS: CULTURAL DIPLOMACY AND ENGAGEMENT IN DIFFICULT PLACES
Thursday, Apr 24, 7:00pm, The Lyric
Grad student Sabith Khan invites all grad students to this talk by John Ferguson about the work they do through American Voices – an NGO that promotes cultural engagement through music and art in the MENA and South Asia region. Ferguson will highlight the work American Voices, whose ground breaking cultural diplomacy and engagement efforts in nations emerging from conflict or isolation have won several national and international awards. Ferguson’s talk will address the need for both long-term projects as well as single high profile events for successful cultural diplomacy. For more information contact Sabith at khanpgg@vt.edu.

VETERANS IN SOCIETY CONFERENCE

Sunday, Apr 27 – Monday, Apr 28, Hotel Roanoke, Roanoke, VA
For anyone interested in issues related to veterans and military families, this conference features outstanding events, including nationally acclaimed live theater, award-winning film screenings, invited speakers, compelling research presentations, and opportunities for important dialogue. Free for all students; half-price for any non-student veterans. Read more and register online at http://veteransinsociety.wordpress.com/2014-conference/. For questions, please contact grad student Heidi Nobles.

INTERNATIONAL STREET FAIR
Sunday, Apr 27, 12:00-5:00pm, Downtown Blacksburg
International Street Fair is organized by the Council of International Student Organizations (CISO) and Cranwell International Center and is held in downtown Blacksburg where College Avenue is transformed into a multicultural marketplace where vendors sell international foods, handicrafts, and more. The fair also features live performances of traditional music and dance from around the world. For more information contact the CISO advisor at international@vt.edu, or visit the event website here .

GLC MARIO KART 64 TOURNAMENT
Monday, Apr 28, 8:00pm-10:00pm, GLC Student Lounge
Think you can still race around the track like you used to? Prove it! The GLC Mario Kart Tournament is open to grad students of all racing skill levels. There will be a first place prize and best of all: everyone gets pizza! Because of the limited amount of spots, you must register online.

HISPANIC-LATINO ACHIEVEMENT CEREMONY – register now!
Thursday, May 15, 4:30 pm, Recital Salon in Squires
The 10th annual VT Hispanic-Latino Achievement Ceremony celebrates the graduation of students who recognize their Hispanic roots. Family, colleagues, and friends gather to honor the graduating student. Coordinated by the Hispanic and Latino Faculty and Staff Caucus, LASO, and MPS. The ceremony will take place on Thursday, May 15 at 4:30 in the Recital Salon, followed by a reception in Old Dominion Ballroom, Squires Student Center. Please RSVP here no later than Friday Apr 11.

April Fools’ Day Special Edition

1. GRADUATE SCHOOL CLOSURE DUE TO CLEMENT WEATHER
Tuesday, Apr 1, 12:00am-11:59pm, Graduate Life Center
The Graduate School will be closed due to a sudden outbreak of incredibly good weather. Since the sun will be shining and the air warm, students will not be expected to brave these unexpectedly good elements in order to go to class and labs or take care of administrative matters. It is anticipated that the good weather will not remain for long, so stay tuned to Virginia Tech’s clement weather postings for updates about delayed openings due to clement weather the rest of the week.

2. GLC CAFÉ: SMART EDITION
Thursday, Apr 3, 3:30pm, GLC Reading Room
The GLC Café: Smart Edition welcomes all super-smart graduate students to celebrate big brains for one afternoon. If you don’t feel smart enough to attend, eat a Newton cookie (which has been scientifically proven to increase human IQ) upon entry and you will feel your brain expand immediately. Free Newtons will be supplied to all who suffer from impostor syndrome.

3. INTERDISCIPLINARY SPEAKER SERIES PRESENTS: DAMN, YELLED THE SALMON WHEN IT HIT A CONCRETE WALL
Friday, Apr 31, 4:00-5:00pm, Room Q in the GLC
Ig Noble Prize winner Richard Stephens will share the details of his research on swearing as a response to pain. Participants will be inflicted with some pain to test the validity of the research findings, and the range of responses in various languages will be recorded.  The speaker series allows graduate students and faculty from across the university to share their teaching and research passions in a casual atmosphere. Light refreshments will be served. Some may be excruciatingly hot.

4. APPLICATION FEE REFUNDS
Due to an unforeseen surplus in its operational budget, the Graduate School will be offering a one-time application fee refund for all currently enrolled graduate students. To be issued a cash refund of your application fee, you must present yourself in person to Ms. Sandy Hall in 100 Graduate Life Center between 8:00pm and 8:01pm on Tuesday, April 1, 2014. To be eligible for the refund, you will need to supply a notarized copy of your Virginia Tech admission letter and  your HokiePassport with a short-hair photo of you.

5. NEW GRAD COURSE STARTING SUMMER 2014: GRAD 8004 PRODUCTIVE PROCRASTINATION
Associate Deans Hajj and Blieszner will team-teach a new special study course beginning Summer I, 2014 and continuing every term including Maymester and Wintersession. GRAD 8004, Very Special Study: Productive Procrastination, will cover basic and advanced techniques for extending opportunities to remain in a comfortable graduate student status for as long as possible. Extensive practice in applying procrastination techniques in multiple disciplines, with assignments tailored to students’ major and level of procrastination experience. Upon successful completion of this course, students shall be able to: (1)  complete enrollment,  drop, and withdraw forms with mistakes and significant delays; (2) manage emotions and guilt associated with watching TV instead of completing school work; (3) deliver convincingly the known/most common excuses to request multi-purpose extensions; (4) lead a team of procrastinators for the purposes of collecting, counting, and adding to uncompleted tasks; (5) take more and more days to write extensive letters several pages in length to request deadline extensions. Prerequisite: Graduate standing or sitting. Credits: Variable (1-19, >19 with special permission).  May be repeated up to 10 times with different topics. Instructional Type: Hybrid (lectures, labs, on-line, on-TV, on-couch).  Grading Options: A-F, P/F, NG, NR, EQ, X, WP, or WF.

6. STEGER TRAVEL INITIATIVE
The Division of Outreach and International Activities is pleased to announce the Steger Travel Initiative.  This new initiative provides free trips to exotic international locales for conducting personal research into the culture, geography, anthropology, sociology and history of these locations.  Destinations include Cancun, Cabo San Lucas, Aruba, Barbados, Capetown, Johannesburg, Cairo, Casa Blanca, London, Edinburgh, Dublin, Paris, Berlin, Zurich, Vienna, Budapest, Prague, Bombay, Katmandu, Bangkok, Singapore, Bali, Manila, Hong Kong, Beijing, and Tokyo. Send applications  to dreamland@vt.edu.  All costs for travel, lodging, and food are included, plus a $500/day stipend.  All graduate students are eligible and all applications will be accepted.  15 hours of course credit is available upon request.  Bon voyage!

7. NEW CHILD-CARE ALTERNATIVE IN THE GLC
The Graduate School offers a new, low-cost child-care opportunity for female graduate students. After some renovations, Room C will be turned into a giant ball pit, where children can be dropped off daily (aged new born to 3, must be potty trained) from 7:00-7:05am. Students must pay $125 per child/month. Each additional child gets a 10% discount. Children can be retrieved from the ball pit between 8:00-8:05pm daily. This program supports graduate student parents who need some time away from their children to conduct their research.

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Special thanks to the anonymous contributors for their creative and witty submissions, and a nod to two former graduate students who inspired the April Fool’s edition with their prank posting to the GLC-programs listserv in 2007. Please call them at 231-FOOLS if you have any questions or concerns about any of these announcements, or visit http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/April_Fools%27_Day for more information.
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April Fools’ Day Special Edition

1. GRADUATE SCHOOL CLOSURE DUE TO CLEMENT WEATHER
Tuesday, Apr 1, 12:00am-11:59pm, Graduate Life Center
The Graduate School will be closed due to a sudden outbreak of incredibly good weather. Since the sun will be shining and the air warm, students will not be expected to brave these unexpectedly good elements in order to go to class and labs or take care of administrative matters. It is anticipated that the good weather will not remain for long, so stay tuned to Virginia Tech’s clement weather postings for updates about delayed openings due to clement weather the rest of the week.

2. GLC CAFÉ: SMART EDITION
Thursday, Apr 3, 3:30pm, GLC Reading Room
The GLC Café: Smart Edition welcomes all super-smart graduate students to celebrate big brains for one afternoon. If you don’t feel smart enough to attend, eat a Newton cookie (which has been scientifically proven to increase human IQ) upon entry and you will feel your brain expand immediately. Free Newtons will be supplied to all who suffer from impostor syndrome.

3. INTERDISCIPLINARY SPEAKER SERIES PRESENTS: DAMN, YELLED THE SALMON WHEN IT HIT A CONCRETE WALL
Friday, Apr 31, 4:00-5:00pm, Room Q in the GLC
Ig Noble Prize winner Richard Stephens will share the details of his research on swearing as a response to pain. Participants will be inflicted with some pain to test the validity of the research findings, and the range of responses in various languages will be recorded.  The speaker series allows graduate students and faculty from across the university to share their teaching and research passions in a casual atmosphere. Light refreshments will be served. Some may be excruciatingly hot.

4. APPLICATION FEE REFUNDS
Due to an unforeseen surplus in its operational budget, the Graduate School will be offering a one-time application fee refund for all currently enrolled graduate students. To be issued a cash refund of your application fee, you must present yourself in person to Ms. Sandy Hall in 100 Graduate Life Center between 8:00pm and 8:01pm on Tuesday, April 1, 2014. To be eligible for the refund, you will need to supply a notarized copy of your Virginia Tech admission letter and  your HokiePassport with a short-hair photo of you.

5. NEW GRAD COURSE STARTING SUMMER 2014: GRAD 8004 PRODUCTIVE PROCRASTINATION
Associate Deans Hajj and Blieszner will team-teach a new special study course beginning Summer I, 2014 and continuing every term including Maymester and Wintersession. GRAD 8004, Very Special Study: Productive Procrastination, will cover basic and advanced techniques for extending opportunities to remain in a comfortable graduate student status for as long as possible. Extensive practice in applying procrastination techniques in multiple disciplines, with assignments tailored to students’ major and level of procrastination experience. Upon successful completion of this course, students shall be able to: (1)  complete enrollment,  drop, and withdraw forms with mistakes and significant delays; (2) manage emotions and guilt associated with watching TV instead of completing school work; (3) deliver convincingly the known/most common excuses to request multi-purpose extensions; (4) lead a team of procrastinators for the purposes of collecting, counting, and adding to uncompleted tasks; (5) take more and more days to write extensive letters several pages in length to request deadline extensions. Prerequisite: Graduate standing or sitting. Credits: Variable (1-19, >19 with special permission).  May be repeated up to 10 times with different topics. Instructional Type: Hybrid (lectures, labs, on-line, on-TV, on-couch).  Grading Options: A-F, P/F, NG, NR, EQ, X, WP, or WF.

6. STEGER TRAVEL INITIATIVE
The Division of Outreach and International Activities is pleased to announce the Steger Travel Initiative.  This new initiative provides free trips to exotic international locales for conducting personal research into the culture, geography, anthropology, sociology and history of these locations.  Destinations include Cancun, Cabo San Lucas, Aruba, Barbados, Capetown, Johannesburg, Cairo, Casa Blanca, London, Edinburgh, Dublin, Paris, Berlin, Zurich, Vienna, Budapest, Prague, Bombay, Katmandu, Bangkok, Singapore, Bali, Manila, Hong Kong, Beijing, and Tokyo. Send applications  to dreamland@vt.edu.  All costs for travel, lodging, and food are included, plus a $500/day stipend.  All graduate students are eligible and all applications will be accepted.  15 hours of course credit is available upon request.  Bon voyage!

7. NEW CHILD-CARE ALTERNATIVE IN THE GLC
The Graduate School offers a new, low-cost child-care opportunity for female graduate students. After some renovations, Room C will be turned into a giant ball pit, where children can be dropped off daily (aged new born to 3, must be potty trained) from 7:00-7:05am. Students must pay $125 per child/month. Each additional child gets a 10% discount. Children can be retrieved from the ball pit between 8:00-8:05pm daily. This program supports graduate student parents who need some time away from their children to conduct their research.

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Special thanks to the anonymous contributors for their creative and witty submissions, and a nod to two former graduate students who inspired the April Fool’s edition with their prank posting to the GLC-programs listserv in 2007. Please call them at 231-FOOLS if you have any questions or concerns about any of these announcements, or visit http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/April_Fools%27_Day for more information.
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