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.