1. WEEKLY WALK-IN SERVICES IN THE GLC – FALL SCHEDULE
- Career services: Wednesdays 2:00-5:00pm, GLC Lobby
- Counseling by Cook: Thursdays and Fridays, 1:00-5:00pm, Green Room
- Financial aid advising: Tuesdays 3:30-5:00, 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: Tuesdays 6:00-8:00, Room A (additional hours in the Library)
2. FREE FITNESS CLASSES THROUGH REC SPORTS
Monday-Friday, Aug 25-29
Take a free peek this week at all the classes rec sports offers for students. Review the schedule at https://recsports.vt.edu/fitness and learn more about how to sign up for a fitness pass or training for fall.
3. THIRIVING IN GRADUATE SCHOOL: A CONVERSATION ON SUCCESS
Monday, Aug 25, 6:00-7:30pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
Discover resources for academic and personal success at this free dinner, panel discussion and community dialogue co-sponsored by the InterVarsity Graduate Christian Fellowship (http://gcfvt.wordpress.com/) and the Black Graduate Student Organization (BGSO, http://www.bgso.org.vt.edu/index.php ).
4. HEALTH SERVICES AND INSURANCE INFO SESSION
Tuesday, Aug 26, 5:30pm, GLC Room F
Representatives from Aetna Student Health and Schiffert Health Center will discuss how to enroll in the university-sponsored insurance, what the plan covers, and what services are offered at the health center.
5. FREE ANXIETY AND OCD SUPPORT GROUP
Tuesday, Aug 26, 7:00pm, GLC Meeting Room D
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 to learn more about anxiety disorders and OCD, hear success stories from those who have worked to overcome their anxiety and OCD, and receive support in an informal setting. Family members and significant others are also welcome. If you have questions or would like more information, please contact the Psychological Services Center at 231-6914, visit http://www.psyc.vt.edu/outreach/psc, or email doctoral student Kelsey Banes at firstname.lastname@example.org.
6. EXTERNAL FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES IN THE HUMANITIES
Wednesday, Aug 27, 6:30pm, GLC Room G
Learn about fellowships, travel grants and other kinds of funding in the humanities, with emphasis on grants for short-term projects.
7. INTERVARSITY GRADUATE CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP
Wednesdays, starting Aug 27, 6:30pm, GLC Rooms B (8/27) and G (9/3 and later)
InterVarsity Graduate Christian Fellowship (http://gcfvt.wordpress.com/) meets weekly for a free dinner and interactive Bible discussion. All are welcome!
8. GSA ICE CREAM SOCIAL AND GLC CAFÉ COMBINED
Thursday, Aug 28, 3:30-5:00pm, Graduate Student Lounge and GLC side patio
Take a break and enjoy ice cream and/or coffee, tea and cookies in the company of your graduate student and Grad School colleagues, co-hosted by the Graduate Student Assembly and the Graduate School. Regular GLC Café to resume on Sep 4.
9. CENTER FOR THE ARTS TOUR
Friday, Aug 29, 1:30pm, Center for the Arts
Take a tour of the amazing new Center for the Arts building with your fellow graduate students. The tour will include visiting both exhibition galleries, the Cube, and the Fife Theatre. Sign-up for the tour at https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1408374743129.
10. GAME NIGHT WITH QGP&A
Friday, Aug 29, 6:30-9:00pm, Shenandoah Conference Room (314) Squires
Celebrate the end of the first week of classes with an evening of board/card games with Queer Grads, Professionals, and Allies. Bring your favorite game to share! For questions or more information contact Darren at email@example.com.
11. CASCADES HIKE AND PICNIC LUNCH
Saturday, Aug 30, 9:00am, meet outside GLC lobby
Join fellow grads for a leisurely hike to a local waterfall followed by a picnic lunch! Anyone is welcome, but space is limited, so please sign up at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0d48a4ab29aafe3-cascades2. Sponsored by InterVarsity Graduate Christian Fellowship.
12. GRAD STUDENT FOOTBALL TAILGATE
Saturday, Aug 30, 1:00pm, meet in the GLC Lobby
Join other grad students at a tailgate sponsored by the grad student representative to the Board of Visitors, Ashley Francis. Meet in the GLC Lobby and walk with the group to the reserved tailgating spot. Learn about VT football and some popular cheers. Brink a snack to share, and your football ticket, if you are attending the game.
13. INTERNATIONAL COSPLAY DAY
Sunday, Aug 31, 11:00am-4:00pm, Duck Pond Gazebo
International Cosplay Day on Aug 31, 11am-4pm, at Duck Pond Gazebo
The SciFi and Fantasy Club and Rocky Horror Picture Show Fan Club are co-hosting the first International Cosplay Day at Virginia Tech. Cosplay is an art form where one wears a costume or accessories of a character, whether from TV shows, video games, and more, utilizing acting and craftsmanship skills. Costumes are optional and encouraged. There will be a costume craftsmanship contest with prizes, a photo scavenger hunt, potluck, costume design and improv workshops and more! For more info, please RSVP at: http://tinyurl.com/VTCosplay. This message is posted on behalf of grad student Anamary Leal.
14. ENROLLMENT OPEN FOR STUDENT MEDICAL INSURANCE FOR 2014-15
Enroll now in the VT-sponsored student medical insurance plan through Aetna: the open enrollment period is from Jul 25-Sep 15. Learn more at http://www.co.vt.edu/Risk/studenthealthinsr/.
15. SIGN UP NOW FOR PAYROLL DEDUCTION OF COMP FEES FOR GRAD ASSISTANTS
The registration system for paying comprehensive fees through payroll deduction is now open. Graduate students on an assistantship must either pay their comprehensive fees or enroll for payroll deductions before the payment deadline. To enroll in payroll deductions, first register for classes, then login to Hokie SPA, choose University Account Information menu, and click on Graduate Students on Assistantship, enroll in Payroll Deduction. You must enroll in payroll deduction each semester in which you wish to take advantage of this opportunity.
16. REGISTER FOR “GRAD” COURSES FOR FALL 2014 – deadline 8/29
The Graduate School offers a wide array of courses to complement your major studies each semester. Open to all, no pre-requisites. Fall opportunities include:
- GRAD 5014, Academic Integrity and Plagiarism – online course on writing ethics and correct citation of sources
- GRAD 5104, Preparing the Future Professoriate – overview of higher education and faculty roles
- GRAD 5124, Library Research Skills – online course on finding sources to support your work
- GRAD 5204, Citizen Scholar Seminar – apply your research interests for the good of society
- GRAD 5214, Diversity for a Global Society – prepare to work effectively in contemporary society
- GRAD 5224G, Advanced Global Aspects of Intellectual Property Law – controversial topics related to medicine, knowledge, biological materials
- GRAD 5314, Future Industrial Professional in Science and Engineering – guidance for pursuing careers in business and industry.
Learn more at http://graduateschool.vt.edu/gs/tge/fp_courses .
17. NSF GRFP APPLICATION PERIOD NOW OPEN – 2nd posting
The National Science Foundation is soliciting applications for the Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) until the posted deadlines in late October and early November 2014. Since 1952, GRFP has provided Fellowships to individuals selected early in their graduate careers based on their demonstrated potential for significant achievements in science and engineering. Three years of support is provided by the program for graduate study in science or engineering and leads to a research-based master’s or doctoral degree. The NSF expects to award 2,000 Graduate Research Fellowships under this program solicitation pending availability of funds: GRFP Program Solicitation (NSF 14-590), http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2014/nsf14590/nsf14590.pdf.
18. GRAD ASSISTANTSHIP OPEN IN CTR FOR INNOVATION AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP – 2nd posting
Full GA position for 2014-15, incumbent will organize, supervise, follow through to completion of various projects; review and data entry of graduate assistantship contracts and scholarships; research for trends in private and public funding for innovation and entrepreneurship; provide reference to students, faculty and academic departments in person as well as by telephone and email; assist in the supervision of student workers and interns. Applicants must have knowledge of grant writing and funding research; have experience with MS Office, especially Word and Excel; must have good command of the English language; good communication skills with a customer service orientation; able to work independently; have the ability to multi-task in a highly demanding office environment. Send cover letter, resume, and letters of reference to Chelsea Keating by mail or email by Sep 1. Pamplin College of Business, 1064 Pamplin Hall, Blacksburg, VA 24061. firstname.lastname@example.org, 540-231-6595.
19. NIGHT STUDY HALL HEAD MONITOR WAGE POSITION OPEN – 2nd posting
The SAASS Study Hall Head Monitor reports to the Assistant Director for Student Athlete Academic Support Services in charge of study hall and is responsible for maintaining an environment for student-athletes that is conducive to studying. The Head Monitor enforces the rules and regulations that the student-athletes are expected to follow, maintaining a working environment during study hall hours, and communicating issues to the Assistant Directors. The operator will also monitor team study hall in the event of a monitor cancellation. Hours are 6:00-10:00pm Sunday through Thursday. Wage is $12.00/hour. Applicants must exhibit professional conduct, have excellent problem-solving skills, and be able to work well with others. Must also be passionate about wanting to help undergraduate students. For more information or to apply, contact Michael Swanhart at email@example.com.
20. MENTORS SOUGHT FOR FUTURE FORWARD MENTORING PROGRAM – 1st posting
Graduate students are sought to mentor undergraduate students who self-identify as a members of underrepresented student populations. Mentor commit 2 hours a month of their time to provide guidance to a student who is forward driven to create a brighter future. Benefits of becoming a mentor include but are not limited to: imparting information that you have learned to others, networking with prominent VT alumni, and learning more about VT and Blacksburg. The purpose of Future Forward is to ensure underrepresented students have an impactful experience intertwined with a strong faculty and student support system during their tenure at VT. There will be an information session about the program on Wednesday, Sep 3, 6:30 pm in Room B in the GLC. If you are interested in participating, fill out this survey https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_3OtpuN1YtY0ZyIJ, or contact Whitley Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
21. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR ONLINE SURVEY ABOUT ACADEMIC INTEGRITY – 2nd posting
New and current VT graduate students are sought to complete an anonymous 20-minute online survey about academic integrity. Must be at least 18 years old to participate. This study examines the current state of graduate student understanding about academic integrity; results will be used to better understand how graduate students learn about academic integrity, how it affects them, and what measures are in place to preserve academic integrity at Virginia Tech. Results of this survey may be used for publication. Results from this study will be used to enhance graduate education. Access the survey at https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_2tLTjMH2ilQp6El. For more information, please contact Martina Svyantek at email@example.com.
22. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR “SLOW DOWN” PROGRAM FOR MOTHERS – 2nd posting
Are you a mother with a child in grades K-5 for the 2014-5 school year? Would you like to learn a new way to approach eating with your family? Do you drink three or more sugar-sweetened drinks each day? (i.e. Soda, sweet tea, sports drinks, specialty coffee, fruit punch/juice, etc.) This program will help you learn about slowing down for meals and reconnecting with food. You will learn strategies for enjoying food and sharing that joy with your family. Participation involves completing a few short questionnaires and providing a salivary sample during the introductory meeting and participating in four group educational sessions. Each of the first three group meetings should take 60 minutes and the fourth will be 90 minutes. Light refreshments will be provided. As a thank-you, participants will be compensated $10-$60 on a gift card for participating in and completing the study. Contact Lauren Kennedy, firstname.lastname@example.org or call/text 540-808-5358 for more information.
First Mondays, starting Sep 1, 12:00-1:00pm, GLC Room B
Every first Monday of the month you are invited to let-it-all out! M/E/S/S Hall is an informal brownbag lunch gathering to provide a safe space of support to talk about the graduate school process. Please join new and returning graduate students on Sep 1 to share and discuss fears, frustration and successes during the graduate school process. (Sep 1, Oct 6, Nov 3, Dec 1, Feb 2, Mar 2, Apr 6) For the monthly topics refer to www.graduateschool.vt.edu/M_E_S_S_Hall.
GRADUATION 101 WEBINAR SERIES: START OF SEMESTER DEFENSE EXCEPTION (SSDE)
Monday, Sep 1, 1:00-2:00pm, online
The Graduate School will be hosting monthly Graduation 101 Webinars. Webinar participants will need a computer with Internet access, microphone and speakers to fully participate. Fall semester schedule:
- Oct 6: Graduation Guidelines for Graduate Students
- Nov 3: Removing the Mystery of the ETD Review
- Dec 1: Preparing for Graduation – Final steps for completing your degree
HBCU CONNECT LUNCH
Wednesday, Sep 3, 12:30-1:30pm, GLC Room B
Did you graduate from a Historically Black College or University? Please join other HBCU alumni at the annual Graduate School HBCU Luncheon – food provided. Details and sign up https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1408723465103 are at http://www.graduateschool.vt.edu/connect_lunch. Contact Dannette G. Beane at Dannette@vt.edu with questions.
Saturday, Sep 6, 2:00-6:00pm, Nellie’s Cave Park
Grad students are invited to the annual semester kick-off cookout hosted by the Black Graduate Student Organization (BGSO). For more information contact doctoral student Jennifer Turner at email@example.com.
A shout-out to our wonderful graduate student volunteers who have helped with the Graduate School’s welcome week events, including the GTA training workshop, information fair, new student orientation and more. Our thanks goes to Priyanka Munipalle, Shabnam Kavousi, Briana Petruzzi, Zhilei Qiao, Gary Nave, Anca Mihalcea, Martin Battaglia, Chris Cirenza, Arun Sharma, Yichao Mao, Maleshia Jones, Martina Svyantek, Lauren Sheehan, Moonyoung Choi, Garima Malhotra, Katie Goodrich, Jianqiang Zhang, Haseeb Chaudry, Lin Tan, Ashish Agrawal, Naerin Baek, Cheryl Montgomery, Carlos Landaverde Alvarado, Oxana Brenes, Jenn Gooding, Ashima Athri, April Stapp, Atashi Sharma, and Mary Minarovich-Cheniae who have given their time and shared their experiences with new students. Our events wouldn’t have been successful without their very able assistance, and without the leadership of Ashley Francis, who trained them. Thank you!