September 29 – October 5, 2014

1.  WEEKLY WALK-IN SERVICES IN THE GLC – FALL SCHEDULE

  • Career services: will start Oct 1, 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
  • Statistical consulting by LISA: Tu, Th, F, 10:00-12:00, Room A
  • Writing Center walk-in assistance: Tuesdays 6:00-8:00, Room A (additional hours in the Library)

2. PEACE CORPS GENERAL INTEREST MEETING
Monday, Sep 29, 6:00-8:00pm, Career Center
There are over 200 Peace Corps jobs waiting to be filled. With the new streamlined application process you can submit within a day and start the process now. Come to this drop-in, informal workshop to talk about how to apply your skills and knowledge in an international context. The Peace Corps has been dedicated to peace and global friendship since its inception in 1961. Serving in the Peace Corps is a great way to help a community develop sustainability, immerse yourself in a new culture, learn a new language, and have the experience of a lifetime. Contact PeaceCorps@vt.edu for information or connect on FB at Peace Corps at Virginia Tech.

3. GHS PANELIST TRAINING
Tuesday, Sep 30, 9:00am, GLC Room B
The Graduate Honor System is currently recruiting student and faculty volunteers to serve as panelists. These individuals hear and decide on cases of academic and research integrity. Interested individuals need to attend a single one-hour training session and are then able to serve on panels as their schedule allows. If you have any questions, please contact graduate student and chief justice of the GHS Nathan Carter at ghs@vt.edu. If you are unable to attend this training, there will be two others offered on Oct 23 and Nov 6.

4. DISCOVER ISLAM
Tuesday, Sep 30, 12:00-2:00pm, Info Booth A in front of Au Bon Pain in Squires
Islam is the fastest growing religion in the world with about 1.6 billion followers. Muslims come from almost every country in the world and speak almost every language. Free your mind and learn more about Islam from your Muslim colleagues. Stop by, ask questions, get your free copy of Quran interpretation in English, view Islamic art from different countries, get your name in Arabic, and enjoy tasting Arabian dates. Contact grad student Haitham Elmarakeby at marakeby@vt.edu with any questions. Hosted by Islamic Student Assembly (ISA).

5. FREE ANXIETY AND OCD SUPPORT GROUP
Tuesday, Sep 30, 7:00pm, GLC 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. 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, contact the Psychological Services Center at 231-6914, visit http://www.psyc.vt.edu/outreach/psc, or email Kelsey Banes at kbanes@vt.edu.

6. GLC CAFÉ: CLICHÉ EDITION
Thursday, Oct 2, 3:30-5:00pm, GLC Reading Room or GLC side patio (Bookstore side behind shrubs)
Take a break and enjoy coffee, tea, and cookies in the company of your graduate student and Grad School colleagues. The time has come for you to test your chops with speaking in clichés. It might be harder than you think, but you won’t know it until you try it. Don’t be scared out of your mind; think outside the box, and grad students will laugh with you, not at you. You might have the time of your life! The writing is on the wall – we have lemons, so we’ll also make lemonade. Be there, or be square! At least one cliché is expected of anyone who attends; best performer by popular vote will win a set of mugs.

7. KIDS’ NIGHT OUT – FREE WEEKLY DROP IN CHILD CARE
Thursdays, 6:00-8:30pm, Women’s Center (206 Washington Street, enter up the stairs in the parking lot)
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 (must be toilet trained). No need to pre-register. Childcare provided by the volunteers of Chi Delta Alpha sorority. KNO will be held every Thursday throughout the semester with the exception of home football games and when classes are not in session. For more information, contact Jessie Meltsner at jmelts@vt.edu, 231-7806.

8. STUDENTS WITH CHILDREN CONNECT SOCIAL – KIDS ARE WELCOME
Friday, Oct 3, 3:30-5:00pm, GLC Room B, GLC
Join other graduate student parents to talk about the graduate student experience with kids or with expecting kids. RSVP at https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1408723983089. Contact Dannette Beane with questions at dannette@vt.edu. More information at https://graduateschool.vt.edu/connect_lunch.

9. DURGA PUJO CELEBRATION 2014
Saturday, Oct 4, 4:00-8:30pm, Commonwealth Ballroom, Squires Student Center
The Bengali Students’ Association presents its annual celebration of one of India’s biggest and widely celebrated festivals – Durga Pujo. Durga Pujo transcends religion and worship, and is most importantly a time for friends and family to come together. The event will include a small ceremony, an acclaimed cultural program, and a gala Indian dinner which is sure to tickle your taste buds and leave you asking for more. Visit http://www.bengali.org.vt.edu/ for more information and dinner tickets (no tickets required for children under 10). Tickets are limited and usually don’t last long, so get yours soon. Email vtpujo@gmail.com with questions. Posted on behalf of grad student Arnab Gupta.

10. DANCE NIGHT 2014
Saturday, Oct 4, 5:30-10:00pm, Old Dominion Ballroom, Squires Student Center
The Indian Student Association at Virginia Tech invites you to their Dance Night 2014. The event will celebrate the Indian Season of Navaratri and will have the element of Garba Dance as well. Delicious Indian dinner will be provided by the famous Indian restaurant in Ronoake, Taaza. The ticket sales for dinner are open. Check Facebook for more details: https://www.facebook.com/events/286972738164452/?notif_t=plan_user_joined or http://www.isa.org.vt.edu/. Posted on behalf of Garima Malhotra.

11. SPEED-FRIENDING EVENT BY FREETHINKERS @VT
Sunday, Oct 5, 4:00-6:00pm, 342 Squires Student Center
The Freethinkers at Virginia Tech will be hosting a speed friending event for graduate students: speed-friending is the platonic version of speed dating, with 2-3 minute rounds for people to get to know each other before moving on to the next person. Come get a break from the grind of graduate school and talk to strangers! Please contact grad student Ozzie Lane at olane@vt.edu with any questions.

12. GSA TRAVEL FUND PROGRAM’S FALL APPLICATION CYCLE OCT 6-26 – 1st posting
If you’re planning to travel or have traveled to present your research at a scholarly conference between Jul 1 and Dec 31, 2014, consider applying for the Graduate Student Assembly’s Travel Fund Program (TFP). Last year, the TFP provided partial reimbursement of travel and registration expenses to over 200 graduate students. Masters/doctoral students and domestic/intl travel are all eligible. Applications accepted for the fall cycle from Mon, Oct 6 8:00am to Sun, Oct 26 5:00pm. (Reimbursement for travel Jan-Jun 2015 will take place this coming spring). Visit http://blogs.lt.vt.edu/graduatestudentassembly/travel-fund-program/ for details and to apply. Read all the eligibility requirements and the FAQ. Check out the GSA’s other programs and opportunities while you’re there! Contact Kasey Richardson, TFP Chair at tfp2014@vt.edu with questions.

13. PEO INTL PEACE SCHOLARSHIP FOR WOMEN – 1st posting
This scholarship is designed for international women who are working toward a graduate degree. Must have full year of coursework remaining and be enrolled/in residence for entire school year. For information about IPS policies, instructions and eligibility form, visit  http://www.peointernational.org/about-peo-international-peace-scholarship-ips.

14. SNAP CHALLENGE – 1st posting
Take the 2014 Blacksburg Farmers Market SNAP Challenge! Walk a mile in the shoes of hungry families in our community by pledging to live on a SNAP (Food Stamp) budget for one week, Oct 11-17, 2014. Learn how local families stretch their SNAP food budget with help from The Blacksburg Farmers Market by taking this challenge. Free tote bags for the first 100 people who sign up. Go to the Eat Smart, Move More blog http://goo.gl/6A4edy to take the pledge and learn more about the challenge.

15. SUBMISSIONS ARE INVITED FOR GLC ART AND PHOTO CONTEST – 3rd posting
The Graduate School invites submissions of art work and photography by graduate students for display in the GLC during GLC Open House on Oct 24, 2014 through end of March 2015. Submissions are limited to three pieces (art and/or photography) per graduate student. Photos may be submitted online to be printed by the Graduate School. Submission deadline: Monday, Oct 21, 5:00pm. Learn more at http://www.graduatelifecenter.vt.edu/contest/.

16. CALL FOR SHOW & TELL PRESENTATIONS AT GLC OPEN HOUSE – 3rd posting
Graduate students are sought for show & tell presentations during the fall GLC Open House on Friday, Oct 24. The purpose of these presentations is to showcase to other graduate students and the public the many ways in which graduate study and research can fun, exciting and intriguing. Demonstrations can be 10-30 minutes long, preferably highly visual and/or participatory, and should show something interesting to a general audience about your discipline, research, or materials/equipment you are working with. For examples, a chemistry student might demonstrate how to use liquid nitrogen to make ice cream; a mechanical engineering student may show how a Segway is used in research and allow the audience to test-drive one. The Graduate School may be able to assist with the purchase of supplies if needed.  Please complete this survey by Sep 30 if you are interested in participating: https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1410795455841.

17. STUDENT CONDUCT SEEKS APPLICANTS FOR COMMITTEE IN 2015-16 – 3rd posting
VT Student Conduct invites students to apply to serve on the Student Conduct Committee during the 2015-2016 academic year. The strength of the Hokie community and conduct process is defined significantly by students who serve in a committee role. Therefore, outstanding student leaders are sought to support and advance the educational mission of Student Conduct and Virginia Tech. Selected candidates will complete an eight-week training program during the Spring 2015 semester that equips new committee members with the leadership, conflict resolution, communication, and critical thinking skills needed to be a successful member of the team. Committee members will serve with a group of 3-4 other students during the 2015-2016 academic year. Attend an interest session on Wednesday, Sep 24, 6:00–7:00pm in Squires 300 to learn more, or visit  http://www.studentconduct.vt.edu; find the online application at https://gobblerconnect.vt.edu/form/start/49254. Deadline: 5:00pm, Oct 15, 2014. Contact Lexi Fisher at afisher4@ vt.edu with any questions. 

18. HR TRAINING ASSISTANT WAGE POSITION IN STUDENT AFFAIRS HR OFFICE – 3rd posting
The Division of Student Affairs HR office is looking for a graduate student for a wage position, 10-15 hrs/wk at about $10 per hour. The HR Training Assistant helps coordinate DSA HR training events, performs office administration duties including database entry, research, correspondence, listservs, reports and spreadsheets; electronic files and databases, and other duties. Qualifications: Instructional design, talent development, business school education and/or equivalent training and experience in office administration, business, and/or related experience. Previous experience with coordination of training or event planning; handling sensitive and confidential information, documents, and files; working in a customer service environment. Exceptional customer service skills with the ability to communicate in a professional and courteous manner; interact respectfully and comfortably with all individuals in a diverse, multicultural environment; exercising excellent judgment, discretion, initiative.  Demonstrated experience using computers including Windows, MSOffice suite and internet search engines for research. To Apply, email resume and cover letter to Greg Beecher, DSA Human Resources, gbeecher@vt.edu.

19. VOLUNTERS SOUGHT TO REVIEW UGRAD ESSAYS ON VT COMMON BOOK -1st posting
Dr. Megan O’Neill, Assoc. Director of First Year Experiences, is seeking graduate student reviewers to help review common-book short essays written by undergraduates. Information about the common book program can be found at http://www.commonbook.vt.edu/. Time commitment ranges from a few to several hours depending on reading speed, between Oct 15-Nov 1. Delivery will be online, using a rubric to score 1-2-page essays. No commenting needed. There is no monetary compensation; however, Megan will host an event to thank you and feed you some of Blacksburg’s finest cuisine. This also counts as service if you’re looking to build your CV. If you’re interested or have questions,  email Dr. O’Neill directly: oneill@vt.edu.

20. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR GOOGLE GLASS STUDY – 1st posting
Participants are sought for a study investigating the safety and health issues during order-picking using augmented reality technologies. Must be: 18-40 years old; no current or recent history (1 year) of physical disorder affecting shoulder, knee, lower back and ankle joints; no eyeglasses; exercise on a regular basis (2-3 times per week); must be able to lift up to 40 lbs. Participants will perform order-picking tasks (i.e., retrieving boxes from shelves, loading/unloading boxes onto/from a hand cart and maneuvering a hand cart) using a paper pick-list and a Google glass.  During data collection, participants will be asked to wear a wearable motion capture system. The weight of boxes will range 10-40 lbs. Compensation: 1-1.5 hour session, at $10/hour. If interested, call(text) or email Sunwook Kim: 540-557-7763, sunwook@vt.edu.

21. GOBBLERFEST SURVEY – 3rd posting (complete by 9/30)
Share your Gobblerfest 2014 experience by completing a short survey. If you attended Gobblerfest and respond to this survey, you can be entered to win two (2) tickets to see Chance the Rapper in concert on October 14th. Access the survey at http://studentvoice.com/vt/gobblerfest2014survey. The survey will remain open until Sep 30 at 11:59pm.

Upcoming Events:

GRADUATION 101 SERIES: GRADUATION GUIDELINES
Monday, Oct 6, 1:00-2:00pm, at your computer
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. October’s topic: Graduation Guidelines. Host: Marija Telbis-Forster. https://virginiatech.webex.com/virginiatech/j.php?ED=293561567&UID=508438147&RT=MiMxMQ%3D%3D; no password is required. For assistance contact Marija at mtelbisf@vt.edu.

SHORT STAT COURSES FOR GRADS BY LISA – FALL 2014 SCHEDULE
LISA (Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Statistical Analysis) is providing a series of evening short courses to help graduate students use statistics in their research. The focus of these two-hour courses is on teaching practical statistical techniques for analyzing or collecting data. See www.lisa.stat.vt.edu/?q=short_courses for instructions on how to register and to learn more. Fall 2014 Schedule:

  • Tuesday, Oct 7: Design of Experiments;
  • Tuesday, Oct 14: SQL in R;
  • Tuesday, Oct 21: Survey Design and Analysis;
  • Tuesday, Oct 28: Introduction to R;
  • Tuesday, Nov 4: Generalized Linear Models and Categorical Data Analysis in R;
  • Tuesday, Nov 11: Graphics in R;
  • Tuesday, Nov 18: A tutorial for shiny in R;
  • Tuesday, Dec 2: Data Analysis in SAS;

SHORT STAT COURSE: SAS – VISUAL ANALYTICS
Wednesday, Oct 15, 8:00am-12:00pm, Solitude Room, The Inn at Virginia Tech
Taught by Dr. Tom Bohannon, this short course will demo SAS Visual Analytics to show that you can explore all relevant data quickly and easily. You can look at more options, uncover hidden opportunities, identify key relationships and make more precise decisions faster than ever before. Self-service, ad hoc visual data discovery and exploration put lightning-fast insights within everyone’s reach. Absolutely no coding required. Sophisticated analytics, including decision trees, on-the-fly forecasting and scenario analysis, have been seamlessly integrated with ease-of-use features such as auto charting, "what does it mean" pop-ups, and drag-and-drop capabilities. To enroll visit: http://app.nli.tlos.vt.edu/registration/all_courses/?specificcourse=841 

SHORT STAT COURSE: SAS – MIXED MODELS
Wednesday, Oct 15, 8:00am-12:00pm, Torgersen 1100 (Learning Studio)
Taught by Dr. Michael Speed, this intro to mixed models uses SAS Enterprise Guide to analyze linear mixed models using PROC MIXED. Topics include analyzing data with random effects; learning how to determine what is being tested for the fixed effects; fitting random coefficient models; analyzing repeated measures data; and performing residual and influence diagnostic analysis. A case study will be presented to illustrate all of the concepts and procedures presented in the workshop. As part of the Global Academic Program at SAS, Michael Speed teaches classes for faculty and students and conducts research in linear models, generalized linear models, nonlinear mixed models, and data mining. Enroll at http://app.nli.tlos.vt.edu/registration/all_courses/?specificcourse=838.  Contact Anne Driscoll at agryan@vt.edu with any questions.

BLUE RIDGE FULBRIGHT ASSOCIATION FALL DINNER – register by 10/3
Friday, Oct 17, 6:30 pm, Holiday Inn Blacksburg
The local Fulbright chapter is honored to have Prof. Moira Baker from Radford University speak on “Experiencing the Academic Culture of Croatia”. (Cost: $28 / Students: $22 / Fulbright scholars: free). For more information and the official invitation email Tobias Ecker ecker@vt.edu or find them on facebook at http://www.facebook.com/FulbrightBlueRidgeVirginia. Reservations are due Oct 3.

September 29 – October 5, 2014

1.  WEEKLY WALK-IN SERVICES IN THE GLC – FALL SCHEDULE

  • Career services: will start Oct 1, 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
  • Statistical consulting by LISA: Tu, Th, F, 10:00-12:00, Room A
  • Writing Center walk-in assistance: Tuesdays 6:00-8:00, Room A (additional hours in the Library)

2. PEACE CORPS GENERAL INTEREST MEETING
Monday, Sep 29, 6:00-8:00pm, Career Center
There are over 200 Peace Corps jobs waiting to be filled. With the new streamlined application process you can submit within a day and start the process now. Come to this drop-in, informal workshop to talk about how to apply your skills and knowledge in an international context. The Peace Corps has been dedicated to peace and global friendship since its inception in 1961. Serving in the Peace Corps is a great way to help a community develop sustainability, immerse yourself in a new culture, learn a new language, and have the experience of a lifetime. Contact PeaceCorps@vt.edu for information or connect on FB at Peace Corps at Virginia Tech.

3. GHS PANELIST TRAINING
Tuesday, Sep 30, 9:00am, GLC Room B
The Graduate Honor System is currently recruiting student and faculty volunteers to serve as panelists. These individuals hear and decide on cases of academic and research integrity. Interested individuals need to attend a single one-hour training session and are then able to serve on panels as their schedule allows. If you have any questions, please contact graduate student and chief justice of the GHS Nathan Carter at ghs@vt.edu. If you are unable to attend this training, there will be two others offered on Oct 23 and Nov 6.

4. DISCOVER ISLAM
Tuesday, Sep 30, 12:00-2:00pm, Info Booth A in front of Au Bon Pain in Squires
Islam is the fastest growing religion in the world with about 1.6 billion followers. Muslims come from almost every country in the world and speak almost every language. Free your mind and learn more about Islam from your Muslim colleagues. Stop by, ask questions, get your free copy of Quran interpretation in English, view Islamic art from different countries, get your name in Arabic, and enjoy tasting Arabian dates. Contact grad student Haitham Elmarakeby at marakeby@vt.edu with any questions. Hosted by Islamic Student Assembly (ISA).

5. FREE ANXIETY AND OCD SUPPORT GROUP
Tuesday, Sep 30, 7:00pm, GLC 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. 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, contact the Psychological Services Center at 231-6914, visit http://www.psyc.vt.edu/outreach/psc, or email Kelsey Banes at kbanes@vt.edu.

6. GLC CAFÉ: CLICHÉ EDITION
Thursday, Oct 2, 3:30-5:00pm, GLC Reading Room or GLC side patio (Bookstore side behind shrubs)
Take a break and enjoy coffee, tea, and cookies in the company of your graduate student and Grad School colleagues. The time has come for you to test your chops with speaking in clichés. It might be harder than you think, but you won’t know it until you try it. Don’t be scared out of your mind; think outside the box, and grad students will laugh with you, not at you. You might have the time of your life! The writing is on the wall – we have lemons, so we’ll also make lemonade. Be there, or be square! At least one cliché is expected of anyone who attends; best performer by popular vote will win a set of mugs.

7. KIDS’ NIGHT OUT – FREE WEEKLY DROP IN CHILD CARE
Thursdays, 6:00-8:30pm, Women’s Center (206 Washington Street, enter up the stairs in the parking lot)
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 (must be toilet trained). No need to pre-register. Childcare provided by the volunteers of Chi Delta Alpha sorority. KNO will be held every Thursday throughout the semester with the exception of home football games and when classes are not in session. For more information, contact Jessie Meltsner at jmelts@vt.edu, 231-7806.

8. STUDENTS WITH CHILDREN CONNECT SOCIAL – KIDS ARE WELCOME
Friday, Oct 3, 3:30-5:00pm, GLC Room B, GLC
Join other graduate student parents to talk about the graduate student experience with kids or with expecting kids. RSVP at https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1408723983089. Contact Dannette Beane with questions at dannette@vt.edu. More information at https://graduateschool.vt.edu/connect_lunch.

9. DURGA PUJO CELEBRATION 2014
Saturday, Oct 4, 4:00-8:30pm, Commonwealth Ballroom, Squires Student Center
The Bengali Students’ Association presents its annual celebration of one of India’s biggest and widely celebrated festivals – Durga Pujo. Durga Pujo transcends religion and worship, and is most importantly a time for friends and family to come together. The event will include a small ceremony, an acclaimed cultural program, and a gala Indian dinner which is sure to tickle your taste buds and leave you asking for more. Visit http://www.bengali.org.vt.edu/ for more information and dinner tickets (no tickets required for children under 10). Tickets are limited and usually don’t last long, so get yours soon. Email vtpujo@gmail.com with questions. Posted on behalf of grad student Arnab Gupta.

10. DANCE NIGHT 2014
Saturday, Oct 4, 5:30-10:00pm, Old Dominion Ballroom, Squires Student Center
The Indian Student Association at Virginia Tech invites you to their Dance Night 2014. The event will celebrate the Indian Season of Navaratri and will have the element of Garba Dance as well. Delicious Indian dinner will be provided by the famous Indian restaurant in Ronoake, Taaza. The ticket sales for dinner are open. Check Facebook for more details: https://www.facebook.com/events/286972738164452/?notif_t=plan_user_joined or http://www.isa.org.vt.edu/. Posted on behalf of Garima Malhotra.

11. SPEED-FRIENDING EVENT BY FREETHINKERS @VT
Sunday, Oct 5, 4:00-6:00pm, 342 Squires Student Center
The Freethinkers at Virginia Tech will be hosting a speed friending event for graduate students: speed-friending is the platonic version of speed dating, with 2-3 minute rounds for people to get to know each other before moving on to the next person. Come get a break from the grind of graduate school and talk to strangers! Please contact grad student Ozzie Lane at olane@vt.edu with any questions.

12. GSA TRAVEL FUND PROGRAM’S FALL APPLICATION CYCLE OCT 6-26 – 1st posting
If you’re planning to travel or have traveled to present your research at a scholarly conference between Jul 1 and Dec 31, 2014, consider applying for the Graduate Student Assembly’s Travel Fund Program (TFP). Last year, the TFP provided partial reimbursement of travel and registration expenses to over 200 graduate students. Masters/doctoral students and domestic/intl travel are all eligible. Applications accepted for the fall cycle from Mon, Oct 6 8:00am to Sun, Oct 26 5:00pm. (Reimbursement for travel Jan-Jun 2015 will take place this coming spring). Visit http://blogs.lt.vt.edu/graduatestudentassembly/travel-fund-program/ for details and to apply. Read all the eligibility requirements and the FAQ. Check out the GSA’s other programs and opportunities while you’re there! Contact Kasey Richardson, TFP Chair at tfp2014@vt.edu with questions.

13. PEO INTL PEACE SCHOLARSHIP FOR WOMEN – 1st posting
This scholarship is designed for international women who are working toward a graduate degree. Must have full year of coursework remaining and be enrolled/in residence for entire school year. For information about IPS policies, instructions and eligibility form, visit  http://www.peointernational.org/about-peo-international-peace-scholarship-ips.

14. SNAP CHALLENGE – 1st posting
Take the 2014 Blacksburg Farmers Market SNAP Challenge! Walk a mile in the shoes of hungry families in our community by pledging to live on a SNAP (Food Stamp) budget for one week, Oct 11-17, 2014. Learn how local families stretch their SNAP food budget with help from The Blacksburg Farmers Market by taking this challenge. Free tote bags for the first 100 people who sign up. Go to the Eat Smart, Move More blog http://goo.gl/6A4edy to take the pledge and learn more about the challenge.

15. SUBMISSIONS ARE INVITED FOR GLC ART AND PHOTO CONTEST – 3rd posting
The Graduate School invites submissions of art work and photography by graduate students for display in the GLC during GLC Open House on Oct 24, 2014 through end of March 2015. Submissions are limited to three pieces (art and/or photography) per graduate student. Photos may be submitted online to be printed by the Graduate School. Submission deadline: Monday, Oct 21, 5:00pm. Learn more at http://www.graduatelifecenter.vt.edu/contest/.

16. CALL FOR SHOW & TELL PRESENTATIONS AT GLC OPEN HOUSE – 3rd posting
Graduate students are sought for show & tell presentations during the fall GLC Open House on Friday, Oct 24. The purpose of these presentations is to showcase to other graduate students and the public the many ways in which graduate study and research can fun, exciting and intriguing. Demonstrations can be 10-30 minutes long, preferably highly visual and/or participatory, and should show something interesting to a general audience about your discipline, research, or materials/equipment you are working with. For examples, a chemistry student might demonstrate how to use liquid nitrogen to make ice cream; a mechanical engineering student may show how a Segway is used in research and allow the audience to test-drive one. The Graduate School may be able to assist with the purchase of supplies if needed.  Please complete this survey by Sep 30 if you are interested in participating: https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1410795455841.

17. STUDENT CONDUCT SEEKS APPLICANTS FOR COMMITTEE IN 2015-16 – 3rd posting
VT Student Conduct invites students to apply to serve on the Student Conduct Committee during the 2015-2016 academic year. The strength of the Hokie community and conduct process is defined significantly by students who serve in a committee role. Therefore, outstanding student leaders are sought to support and advance the educational mission of Student Conduct and Virginia Tech. Selected candidates will complete an eight-week training program during the Spring 2015 semester that equips new committee members with the leadership, conflict resolution, communication, and critical thinking skills needed to be a successful member of the team. Committee members will serve with a group of 3-4 other students during the 2015-2016 academic year. Attend an interest session on Wednesday, Sep 24, 6:00–7:00pm in Squires 300 to learn more, or visit  http://www.studentconduct.vt.edu; find the online application at https://gobblerconnect.vt.edu/form/start/49254. Deadline: 5:00pm, Oct 15, 2014. Contact Lexi Fisher at afisher4@ vt.edu with any questions. 

18. HR TRAINING ASSISTANT WAGE POSITION IN STUDENT AFFAIRS HR OFFICE – 3rd posting
The Division of Student Affairs HR office is looking for a graduate student for a wage position, 10-15 hrs/wk at about $10 per hour. The HR Training Assistant helps coordinate DSA HR training events, performs office administration duties including database entry, research, correspondence, listservs, reports and spreadsheets; electronic files and databases, and other duties. Qualifications: Instructional design, talent development, business school education and/or equivalent training and experience in office administration, business, and/or related experience. Previous experience with coordination of training or event planning; handling sensitive and confidential information, documents, and files; working in a customer service environment. Exceptional customer service skills with the ability to communicate in a professional and courteous manner; interact respectfully and comfortably with all individuals in a diverse, multicultural environment; exercising excellent judgment, discretion, initiative.  Demonstrated experience using computers including Windows, MSOffice suite and internet search engines for research. To Apply, email resume and cover letter to Greg Beecher, DSA Human Resources, gbeecher@vt.edu.

19. VOLUNTERS SOUGHT TO REVIEW UGRAD ESSAYS ON VT COMMON BOOK -1st posting
Dr. Megan O’Neill, Assoc. Director of First Year Experiences, is seeking graduate student reviewers to help review common-book short essays written by undergraduates. Information about the common book program can be found at http://www.commonbook.vt.edu/. Time commitment ranges from a few to several hours depending on reading speed, between Oct 15-Nov 1. Delivery will be online, using a rubric to score 1-2-page essays. No commenting needed. There is no monetary compensation; however, Megan will host an event to thank you and feed you some of Blacksburg’s finest cuisine. This also counts as service if you’re looking to build your CV. If you’re interested or have questions,  email Dr. O’Neill directly: oneill@vt.edu.

20. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR GOOGLE GLASS STUDY – 1st posting
Participants are sought for a study investigating the safety and health issues during order-picking using augmented reality technologies. Must be: 18-40 years old; no current or recent history (1 year) of physical disorder affecting shoulder, knee, lower back and ankle joints; no eyeglasses; exercise on a regular basis (2-3 times per week); must be able to lift up to 40 lbs. Participants will perform order-picking tasks (i.e., retrieving boxes from shelves, loading/unloading boxes onto/from a hand cart and maneuvering a hand cart) using a paper pick-list and a Google glass.  During data collection, participants will be asked to wear a wearable motion capture system. The weight of boxes will range 10-40 lbs. Compensation: 1-1.5 hour session, at $10/hour. If interested, call(text) or email Sunwook Kim: 540-557-7763, sunwook@vt.edu.

21. GOBBLERFEST SURVEY – 3rd posting (complete by 9/30)
Share your Gobblerfest 2014 experience by completing a short survey. If you attended Gobblerfest and respond to this survey, you can be entered to win two (2) tickets to see Chance the Rapper in concert on October 14th. Access the survey at http://studentvoice.com/vt/gobblerfest2014survey. The survey will remain open until Sep 30 at 11:59pm.

Upcoming Events:

GRADUATION 101 SERIES: GRADUATION GUIDELINES
Monday, Oct 6, 1:00-2:00pm, at your computer
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. October’s topic: Graduation Guidelines. Host: Marija Telbis-Forster. https://virginiatech.webex.com/virginiatech/j.php?ED=293561567&UID=508438147&RT=MiMxMQ%3D%3D; no password is required. For assistance contact Marija at mtelbisf@vt.edu.

SHORT STAT COURSES FOR GRADS BY LISA – FALL 2014 SCHEDULE
LISA (Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Statistical Analysis) is providing a series of evening short courses to help graduate students use statistics in their research. The focus of these two-hour courses is on teaching practical statistical techniques for analyzing or collecting data. See www.lisa.stat.vt.edu/?q=short_courses for instructions on how to register and to learn more. Fall 2014 Schedule:

  • Tuesday, Oct 7: Design of Experiments;
  • Tuesday, Oct 14: SQL in R;
  • Tuesday, Oct 21: Survey Design and Analysis;
  • Tuesday, Oct 28: Introduction to R;
  • Tuesday, Nov 4: Generalized Linear Models and Categorical Data Analysis in R;
  • Tuesday, Nov 11: Graphics in R;
  • Tuesday, Nov 18: A tutorial for shiny in R;
  • Tuesday, Dec 2: Data Analysis in SAS;

SHORT STAT COURSE: SAS – VISUAL ANALYTICS
Wednesday, Oct 15, 8:00am-12:00pm, Solitude Room, The Inn at Virginia Tech
Taught by Dr. Tom Bohannon, this short course will demo SAS Visual Analytics to show that you can explore all relevant data quickly and easily. You can look at more options, uncover hidden opportunities, identify key relationships and make more precise decisions faster than ever before. Self-service, ad hoc visual data discovery and exploration put lightning-fast insights within everyone’s reach. Absolutely no coding required. Sophisticated analytics, including decision trees, on-the-fly forecasting and scenario analysis, have been seamlessly integrated with ease-of-use features such as auto charting, "what does it mean" pop-ups, and drag-and-drop capabilities. To enroll visit: http://app.nli.tlos.vt.edu/registration/all_courses/?specificcourse=841 

SHORT STAT COURSE: SAS – MIXED MODELS
Wednesday, Oct 15, 8:00am-12:00pm, Torgersen 1100 (Learning Studio)
Taught by Dr. Michael Speed, this intro to mixed models uses SAS Enterprise Guide to analyze linear mixed models using PROC MIXED. Topics include analyzing data with random effects; learning how to determine what is being tested for the fixed effects; fitting random coefficient models; analyzing repeated measures data; and performing residual and influence diagnostic analysis. A case study will be presented to illustrate all of the concepts and procedures presented in the workshop. As part of the Global Academic Program at SAS, Michael Speed teaches classes for faculty and students and conducts research in linear models, generalized linear models, nonlinear mixed models, and data mining. Enroll at http://app.nli.tlos.vt.edu/registration/all_courses/?specificcourse=838.  Contact Anne Driscoll at agryan@vt.edu with any questions.

BLUE RIDGE FULBRIGHT ASSOCIATION FALL DINNER – register by 10/3
Friday, Oct 17, 6:30 pm, Holiday Inn Blacksburg
The local Fulbright chapter is honored to have Prof. Moira Baker from Radford University speak on “Experiencing the Academic Culture of Croatia”. (Cost: $28 / Students: $22 / Fulbright scholars: free). For more information and the official invitation email Tobias Ecker ecker@vt.edu or find them on facebook at http://www.facebook.com/FulbrightBlueRidgeVirginia. Reservations are due Oct 3.

September 22-28, 2014

1.  WEEKLY WALK-IN SERVICES IN THE GLC – FALL SCHEDULE

  • Career services: will start Oct 1, 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
  • Statistical consulting by LISA: Tu, Th, F, 10:00-12:00, Room A
  • Writing Center walk-in assistance: Tuesdays 6:00-8:00, Room A (additional hours in the Library)

 2. GSA GRADUATE AND PROFESSIONAL SCHOOL FAIR
Monday, Sept 22, 4:30-7:00pm, Squires Commonwealth Ballroom
Wondering what graduate programs might be right for you? Want to know what else is out there beyond your own program? The Graduate Student Assembly will host its annual Graduate and Professional School Fair with over one hundred graduate and professional schools from around the country. For a list of schools attending, visit:  http://blogs.lt.vt.edu/graduatestudentassembly/graduate-and-professional-school-fair/graduate-schools-and-institutions-attending-gpsf-2014/. If you have questions, please e-mail: jgooding@vt.edu.

3. PEACE CORPS GENERAL INTEREST MEETING
Monday, Sep 22, 6:30-7:30pm, GLC Room G
The world is waiting. What can you learn? What can you share? Serving in the Peace Corps is a great way to help a community develop sustainability, immerse yourself in a new culture, learn a new language, and have the experience of a lifetime. The Peace Corps has been dedicated to peace and global friendship since its inception in 1961. In this session, participants will learn about our new streamlined application process and how to apply their skills and knowledge in an international context. Open to all, contact PeaceCorps@vt.edu for information or connect on FB at Peace Corps at Virginia Tech.

4. FULBRIGHT OPPORTUNITIES INFO SESSIONS
Wednesday, Sep 24, 2:30–4:00pm, North End Center, Hampton Roads Room
Thursday, Sep 25, 11:00am–12:30pm, North End Center, Hampton Roads Room
The Office of the Senior Vice President and Provost, in conjunction with the Phi Beta Delta International Honor Society, will host two information sessions for students interested in learning more about Fulbright opportunities. Additionally, there will be a Fulbright networking reception on Wednesday, Sep 24, 4:30–6:30 at the Holtzman Alumni Center Gallery. RSVPs are appreciated; please contact Kathy Murphy, kathymm@vt.edu; 231-9987.

5. GLC CAFÉ
Thursday, Sep 25, 3:30-5:00pm, GLC Reading Room or GLC side patio (Bookstore side behind shrubs)
Take a break and enjoy coffee, tea, and cookies in the company of your graduate student and Grad School colleagues.

6. KIDS’ NIGHT OUT – FREE WEEKLY DROP IN CHILD CARE
Thursdays, 6:00-8:30pm, Women’s Center (206 Washington Street, enter up the stairs in the parking lot)
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 (must be toilet trained). No need to pre-register. Childcare provided by the volunteers of Chi Delta Alpha sorority. KNO will be held every Thursday throughout the semester with the exception of home football games and when classes are not in session. For more information, contact Jessie Meltsner at jmelts@vt.edu, 231-7806.

7. GLC GAME NIGHT
Thursday, Sep 25, 7:00-10:00pm, GLC Student Lounge
Join other graduate students in a night of board games and free food!  This is a great way to hang out with friends, meet new people, and escape the stresses of grad school.  Various board games will be available.  Not sure how to play one?  That’s fine; we’ll teach you!  This event is sponsored by the GLC Fellows.

8. GLC MOVIE NIGHT: OCEAN’S ELEVEN
Friday, Sep 26, 8:00pm, GLC
The GLC Fellows are hosting a movie night in the Graduate Life Center, and you selected the classis casino heist movie, Ocean’s Eleven. Refreshments will be provided, but space is limited, so be sure to get there early. For more information contact GLC Fellow George Elane at gle0001@vt.edu.

9. PATHFINDERS- CHRISTIAN STUDY GROUP FOR GRADUATE STUDENTS – 2nd posting
Sundays, 11:15am-12:15pm, Blacksburg Baptist Church Room 216
Join the group for Bible study and fellowship, as well as some organized fellowship activities (such as hiking, cookouts, and game night) throughout the semester. For more information contact Kay (kibbell@yahoo.com) or Jeanette (marie071@vt.edu).

10. SUBMISSIONS ARE INVITED FOR GLC ART AND PHOTO CONTEST – 2nd posting
The Graduate School invites submissions of art work and photography by graduate students for display in the GLC during GLC Open House on Oct 24, 2014 through end of March 2015. Submissions are limited to three pieces (art and/or photography) per graduate student. Photos may be submitted online to be printed by the Graduate School. Submission deadline: Monday, Oct 21, 5:00pm. Learn more at http://www.graduatelifecenter.vt.edu/contest/.

11. CALL FOR SHOW & TELL PRESENTATIONS AT GLC OPEN HOUSE – 2nd posting
Graduate students are sought for show & tell presentations during the fall GLC Open House on Friday, Oct 24. The purpose of these presentations is to showcase to other graduate students and the public the many ways in which graduate study and research can fun, exciting and intriguing. Demonstrations can be 10-30 minutes long, preferably highly visual and/or participatory, and should show something interesting to a general audience about your discipline, research, or materials/equipment you are working with. For examples, a chemistry student might demonstrate how to use liquid nitrogen to make ice cream; a mechanical engineering student may show how a Segway is used in research and allow the audience to test-drive one. The Graduate School may be able to assist with the purchase of supplies if needed.  Please complete this survey if you are interested in participating: https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1410795455841.

12. STUDENT CONDUCT SEEKS APPLICANTS FOR COMMITTEE IN 2015-16 – 2nd posting              
VT Student Conduct invites students to apply to serve on the Student Conduct Committee during the 2015-2016 academic year. The strength of the Hokie community and conduct process is defined significantly by students who serve in a committee role. Therefore, outstanding student leaders are sought to support and advance the educational mission of Student Conduct and Virginia Tech. Selected candidates will complete an eight-week training program during the Spring 2015 semester that equips new committee members with the leadership, conflict resolution, communication, and critical thinking skills needed to be a successful member of the team. Committee members will serve with a group of 3-4 other students during the 2015-2016 academic year. Attend an interest session on Wednesday, Sep 24, 6:00–7:00pm in Squires 300 to learn more, or visit  http://www.studentconduct.vt.edu; find the online application at https://gobblerconnect.vt.edu/form/start/49254. Deadline: 5:00pm, Oct 15, 2014. Contact Lexi Fisher at afisher4@ vt.edu with any questions. 

13. APPLICATIONS ACCEPTED FOR OPEN CON 2014 CONFERENCE SCHOLARSHIP – 3rd posting
Graduate students are invited to apply for one of two available travel scholarships to OpenCon 2014, the student and early-career researcher conference on Open Access, Open Education, and Open Data to be held Nov 15-17, 2014 in Washington, DC. The scholarships cover travel expenses, lodging, and some meals. One scholarship available for a graduate student, and one for a grad or undergrad student. Apply by Friday, Sep 26 at http://opencon2014.org/virginiatech. Learn more about the conference at http://opencon2014.org/program and at http://opencon2014.org/apply/faq. This international conference offers an unparalleled opportunity to learn about the growing culture of openness in academia and how to become a participant in it. The travel scholarships are sponsored by the Graduate School and the University Libraries’ Open Access Week committee. Winners will be selected on the basis of their answers to the application questions, and announced on October 3. For questions, contact Philip Young, pyoung1@vt.edu.

14. INVITATION TO JOIN INTERNATIONAL AGRICULTURAL EDUCATION ONLINE COMMUNITY OF PRACTICE – 3rd posting
Are you interested in agriculture education, either in the United States or internationally? Would you like to know what other agriculture educators are implementing around the world? The Department of Agricultural, Leadership, and Community Education and the Office of International Research, Education, and Development have partnered to develop an online community of practice for international agriculture education and training practitioners. The creation of this virtual community allows agriculture educators to collaborate by sharing information, knowledge, and resources, thereby supporting both students, local practitioners, and the general public. All are welcome to register, join, and be a part of this opportunity to connect with other agricultural practitioners around the world. Access to register is available at https://www.innovate-community.oired.vt.edu/welcome . For more questions or information, contact Amy Vu at avu@vt.edu.

15. GSA DELEGATES SOUGHT TO REPRESENT ACADEMIC DEPARTMENTS – 3rd posting
The Graduate Student Assembly (GSA) is seeking departmental delegates to represent the graduate student body. The GSA is a governance organization that: 1.) Provides representation and voice for all graduate students in university governance and administration; 2.) Provides support and funding opportunities to all graduate students for their academic pursuits; 3.) Organizes events such as the GSA Research Symposium that benefit the whole Graduate Student community.  Two graduate students from each department serve as representatives to the GSA. Departmental GSA delegates are responsible for: 1.) Bringing concerns and issues from their constituents to the GSA; 2.) Participating in discussions of issues during GSA delegate meetings, culminating in recommendation and resolutions; 3.) Informing their constituents of relevant policies, issues, events and funding opportunities; 4.) Participating in the planning and organization of GSA events and programs. If you would like to be a GSA delegate for your department, contact your department’s graduate coordinator and/or program director about your department’s policy on selecting delegates. If you have been chosen as a delegate, email Vice President of GSA Matt Chan (mychan@vt.edu) so you can be added to the delegate listserv.

16. HR TRAINING ASSISTANT WAGE POSITION IN STUDENT AFFAIRS HR OFFICE – 2nd posting
The Division of Student Affairs HR office is looking for a graduate student for a wage position, 10-15 hrs/wk at about $10 per hour. The HR Training Assistant helps coordinate DSA HR training events, performs office administration duties including database entry, research, correspondence, listservs, reports and spreadsheets; electronic files and databases, and other duties. Qualifications: Instructional design, talent development, business school education and/or equivalent training and experience in office administration, business, and/or related experience. Previous experience with coordination of training or event planning; handling sensitive and confidential information, documents, and files; working in a customer service environment. Exceptional customer service skills with the ability to communicate in a professional and courteous manner; interact respectfully and comfortably with all individuals in a diverse, multicultural environment; exercising excellent judgment, discretion, initiative.  Demonstrated experience using computers including Windows, MSOffice suite and internet search engines for research. To Apply, email resume and cover letter to Greg Beecher, DSA Human Resources, gbeecher@vt.edu.

17. GOBBLERFEST SURVEY – 2nd posting
Share your Gobblerfest 2014 experience by completing a short survey. If you attended Gobblerfest and respond to this survey, you can be entered to win two (2) tickets to see Chance the Rapper in concert on October 14th. Access the survey at http://studentvoice.com/vt/gobblerfest2014survey. The survey will remain open until Sep 30 at 11:59pm.

18. VT/LCI CONVERSATION PARTNERS PROGRAM SEEKS VOLUNTEERS – 2nd posting
Would you like to learn more about another country? Do you enjoy spending time with international students?  If so, you should consider becoming a conversation partner! It is difficult for international students to meet Americans with whom they can practice their English, but this is an opportunity to learn about each other’s countries and cultures. Students in the VT Language and Culture Institute can practice their English communication skills and learn about U.S. culture and college life, while you can learn about another country, another culture, and perhaps practice your foreign language skills. Conversation partners meet regularly throughout the semester, an hour a week, talk about mutual interests, or explore the New River Valley together. Must have English as the first language. If you would like to volunteer, contact Yara Haddad at yara125@vt.edu for an application before Sep 26.

19. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR SOCIAL MOOD AND RECALL STUDY – 3rd posting
Participants are sought for a study examining responses to a mood task. Phase I involves questionnaires related to background, mood, and health. If you decide to participate, you will be asked to respond to an online questionnaire expected to last 30-45 minutes. Based on your responses to the measures, you may or may not be contacted for participation in the second portion of the study, which would be in a lab setting. This will involve you thinking about mood states and expressing these mood states to another same-gendered participant. During these tasks, heart rate measures will be recorded from electrodes placed on your skin. A same-gendered experimenter will provide a tutorial to show you how to place the electrode strap around your torso. You will also be asked to complete a series of questionnaires about your emotional experiences. In the event that you are eligible for the second part of the study, you will be contacted by email and will be entered into a raffle to win one of three $50 gift cards, and receive extra credit, when applicable. Contact Jonathan Waldron, jwaldron22@vt.edu or call 540-231-2594 for more information. Complete the initial survey at https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_06Ptw2wFtt8X2CN.

Upcoming Events:

STUDENTS WITH CHILDREN CONNECT SOCIAL – KIDS ARE WELCOME
Friday, Oct 3, 3:30-5:00pm, GLC Room B, GLC
Join other graduate student parents to talk about the graduate student experience with kids or with expecting kids. RSVP at https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1408723983089. Contact Dannette Beane with questions at dannette@vt.edu. More information at https://graduateschool.vt.edu/connect_lunch.

SHORT STAT COURSE: SAS – VISUAL ANALYTICS
Wednesday, Oct 15, 8:00am-12:00pm, Solitude Room, The Inn at Virginia Tech
Taught by Dr. Tom Bohannon, this short course will demo SAS Visual Analytics to show that you can explore all relevant data quickly and easily. You can look at more options, uncover hidden opportunities, identify key relationships and make more precise decisions faster than ever before. Self-service, ad hoc visual data discovery and exploration put lightning-fast insights within everyone’s reach. Absolutely no coding required. Sophisticated analytics, including decision trees, on-the-fly forecasting and scenario analysis, have been seamlessly integrated with ease-of-use features such as auto charting, "what does it mean" pop-ups, and drag-and-drop capabilities. To enroll visit: http://app.nli.tlos.vt.edu/registration/all_courses/?specificcourse=841 .

SHORT STAT COURSE: SAS – MIXED MODELS
Wednesday, Oct 15, 8:00am-12:00pm, Torgersen 1100 (Learning Studio)
Taught by Dr. Michael Speed, this intro to mixed models uses SAS Enterprise Guide to analyze linear mixed models using PROC MIXED. Topics include analyzing data with random effects; learning how to determine what is being tested for the fixed effects; fitting random coefficient models; analyzing repeated measures data; and performing residual and influence diagnostic analysis. A case study will be presented to illustrate all of the concepts and procedures presented in the workshop. As part of the Global Academic Program at SAS, Michael Speed teaches classes for faculty and students and conducts research in linear models, generalized linear models, nonlinear mixed models, and data mining. Enroll at http://app.nli.tlos.vt.edu/registration/all_courses/?specificcourse=838.  Contact Anne Driscoll at agryan@vt.edu with any questions.

BLUE RIDGE FULBRIGHT ASSOCIATION FALL DINNER – register by 10/3
Friday, Oct 17, 6:30 pm, Holiday Inn Blacksburg
The local Fulbright chapter is honored to have Prof. Moira Baker from Radford University speak on “Experiencing the Academic Culture of Croatia”. (Cost: $28 / Students: $22 / Fulbright scholars: free). For more information and the official invitation email Tobias Ecker ecker@vt.edu or find them on facebook at http://www.facebook.com/FulbrightBlueRidgeVirginia. Reservations are due Oct 3.

September 22-28, 2014

1.  WEEKLY WALK-IN SERVICES IN THE GLC – FALL SCHEDULE

  • Career services: will start Oct 1, 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
  • Statistical consulting by LISA: Tu, Th, F, 10:00-12:00, Room A
  • Writing Center walk-in assistance: Tuesdays 6:00-8:00, Room A (additional hours in the Library)

 2. GSA GRADUATE AND PROFESSIONAL SCHOOL FAIR
Monday, Sept 22, 4:30-7:00pm, Squires Commonwealth Ballroom
Wondering what graduate programs might be right for you? Want to know what else is out there beyond your own program? The Graduate Student Assembly will host its annual Graduate and Professional School Fair with over one hundred graduate and professional schools from around the country. For a list of schools attending, visit:  http://blogs.lt.vt.edu/graduatestudentassembly/graduate-and-professional-school-fair/graduate-schools-and-institutions-attending-gpsf-2014/. If you have questions, please e-mail: jgooding@vt.edu.

3. PEACE CORPS GENERAL INTEREST MEETING
Monday, Sep 22, 6:30-7:30pm, GLC Room G
The world is waiting. What can you learn? What can you share? Serving in the Peace Corps is a great way to help a community develop sustainability, immerse yourself in a new culture, learn a new language, and have the experience of a lifetime. The Peace Corps has been dedicated to peace and global friendship since its inception in 1961. In this session, participants will learn about our new streamlined application process and how to apply their skills and knowledge in an international context. Open to all, contact PeaceCorps@vt.edu for information or connect on FB at Peace Corps at Virginia Tech.

4. FULBRIGHT OPPORTUNITIES INFO SESSIONS
Wednesday, Sep 24, 2:30–4:00pm, North End Center, Hampton Roads Room
Thursday, Sep 25, 11:00am–12:30pm, North End Center, Hampton Roads Room
The Office of the Senior Vice President and Provost, in conjunction with the Phi Beta Delta International Honor Society, will host two information sessions for students interested in learning more about Fulbright opportunities. Additionally, there will be a Fulbright networking reception on Wednesday, Sep 24, 4:30–6:30 at the Holtzman Alumni Center Gallery. RSVPs are appreciated; please contact Kathy Murphy, kathymm@vt.edu; 231-9987.

5. GLC CAFÉ
Thursday, Sep 25, 3:30-5:00pm, GLC Reading Room or GLC side patio (Bookstore side behind shrubs)
Take a break and enjoy coffee, tea, and cookies in the company of your graduate student and Grad School colleagues.

6. KIDS’ NIGHT OUT – FREE WEEKLY DROP IN CHILD CARE
Thursdays, 6:00-8:30pm, Women’s Center (206 Washington Street, enter up the stairs in the parking lot)
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 (must be toilet trained). No need to pre-register. Childcare provided by the volunteers of Chi Delta Alpha sorority. KNO will be held every Thursday throughout the semester with the exception of home football games and when classes are not in session. For more information, contact Jessie Meltsner at jmelts@vt.edu, 231-7806.

7. GLC GAME NIGHT
Thursday, Sep 25, 7:00-10:00pm, GLC Student Lounge
Join other graduate students in a night of board games and free food!  This is a great way to hang out with friends, meet new people, and escape the stresses of grad school.  Various board games will be available.  Not sure how to play one?  That’s fine; we’ll teach you!  This event is sponsored by the GLC Fellows.

8. GLC MOVIE NIGHT: OCEAN’S ELEVEN
Friday, Sep 26, 8:00pm, GLC
The GLC Fellows are hosting a movie night in the Graduate Life Center, and you selected the classis casino heist movie, Ocean’s Eleven. Refreshments will be provided, but space is limited, so be sure to get there early. For more information contact GLC Fellow George Elane at gle0001@vt.edu.

9. PATHFINDERS- CHRISTIAN STUDY GROUP FOR GRADUATE STUDENTS – 2nd posting
Sundays, 11:15am-12:15pm, Blacksburg Baptist Church Room 216
Join the group for Bible study and fellowship, as well as some organized fellowship activities (such as hiking, cookouts, and game night) throughout the semester. For more information contact Kay (kibbell@yahoo.com) or Jeanette (marie071@vt.edu).

10. SUBMISSIONS ARE INVITED FOR GLC ART AND PHOTO CONTEST – 2nd posting
The Graduate School invites submissions of art work and photography by graduate students for display in the GLC during GLC Open House on Oct 24, 2014 through end of March 2015. Submissions are limited to three pieces (art and/or photography) per graduate student. Photos may be submitted online to be printed by the Graduate School. Submission deadline: Monday, Oct 21, 5:00pm. Learn more at http://www.graduatelifecenter.vt.edu/contest/.

11. CALL FOR SHOW & TELL PRESENTATIONS AT GLC OPEN HOUSE – 2nd posting
Graduate students are sought for show & tell presentations during the fall GLC Open House on Friday, Oct 24. The purpose of these presentations is to showcase to other graduate students and the public the many ways in which graduate study and research can fun, exciting and intriguing. Demonstrations can be 10-30 minutes long, preferably highly visual and/or participatory, and should show something interesting to a general audience about your discipline, research, or materials/equipment you are working with. For examples, a chemistry student might demonstrate how to use liquid nitrogen to make ice cream; a mechanical engineering student may show how a Segway is used in research and allow the audience to test-drive one. The Graduate School may be able to assist with the purchase of supplies if needed.  Please complete this survey if you are interested in participating: https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1410795455841.

12. STUDENT CONDUCT SEEKS APPLICANTS FOR COMMITTEE IN 2015-16 – 2nd posting              
VT Student Conduct invites students to apply to serve on the Student Conduct Committee during the 2015-2016 academic year. The strength of the Hokie community and conduct process is defined significantly by students who serve in a committee role. Therefore, outstanding student leaders are sought to support and advance the educational mission of Student Conduct and Virginia Tech. Selected candidates will complete an eight-week training program during the Spring 2015 semester that equips new committee members with the leadership, conflict resolution, communication, and critical thinking skills needed to be a successful member of the team. Committee members will serve with a group of 3-4 other students during the 2015-2016 academic year. Attend an interest session on Wednesday, Sep 24, 6:00–7:00pm in Squires 300 to learn more, or visit  http://www.studentconduct.vt.edu; find the online application at https://gobblerconnect.vt.edu/form/start/49254. Deadline: 5:00pm, Oct 15, 2014. Contact Lexi Fisher at afisher4@ vt.edu with any questions. 

13. APPLICATIONS ACCEPTED FOR OPEN CON 2014 CONFERENCE SCHOLARSHIP – 3rd posting
Graduate students are invited to apply for one of two available travel scholarships to OpenCon 2014, the student and early-career researcher conference on Open Access, Open Education, and Open Data to be held Nov 15-17, 2014 in Washington, DC. The scholarships cover travel expenses, lodging, and some meals. One scholarship available for a graduate student, and one for a grad or undergrad student. Apply by Friday, Sep 26 at http://opencon2014.org/virginiatech. Learn more about the conference at http://opencon2014.org/program and at http://opencon2014.org/apply/faq. This international conference offers an unparalleled opportunity to learn about the growing culture of openness in academia and how to become a participant in it. The travel scholarships are sponsored by the Graduate School and the University Libraries’ Open Access Week committee. Winners will be selected on the basis of their answers to the application questions, and announced on October 3. For questions, contact Philip Young, pyoung1@vt.edu.

14. INVITATION TO JOIN INTERNATIONAL AGRICULTURAL EDUCATION ONLINE COMMUNITY OF PRACTICE – 3rd posting
Are you interested in agriculture education, either in the United States or internationally? Would you like to know what other agriculture educators are implementing around the world? The Department of Agricultural, Leadership, and Community Education and the Office of International Research, Education, and Development have partnered to develop an online community of practice for international agriculture education and training practitioners. The creation of this virtual community allows agriculture educators to collaborate by sharing information, knowledge, and resources, thereby supporting both students, local practitioners, and the general public. All are welcome to register, join, and be a part of this opportunity to connect with other agricultural practitioners around the world. Access to register is available at https://www.innovate-community.oired.vt.edu/welcome . For more questions or information, contact Amy Vu at avu@vt.edu.

15. GSA DELEGATES SOUGHT TO REPRESENT ACADEMIC DEPARTMENTS – 3rd posting
The Graduate Student Assembly (GSA) is seeking departmental delegates to represent the graduate student body. The GSA is a governance organization that: 1.) Provides representation and voice for all graduate students in university governance and administration; 2.) Provides support and funding opportunities to all graduate students for their academic pursuits; 3.) Organizes events such as the GSA Research Symposium that benefit the whole Graduate Student community.  Two graduate students from each department serve as representatives to the GSA. Departmental GSA delegates are responsible for: 1.) Bringing concerns and issues from their constituents to the GSA; 2.) Participating in discussions of issues during GSA delegate meetings, culminating in recommendation and resolutions; 3.) Informing their constituents of relevant policies, issues, events and funding opportunities; 4.) Participating in the planning and organization of GSA events and programs. If you would like to be a GSA delegate for your department, contact your department’s graduate coordinator and/or program director about your department’s policy on selecting delegates. If you have been chosen as a delegate, email Vice President of GSA Matt Chan (mychan@vt.edu) so you can be added to the delegate listserv.

16. HR TRAINING ASSISTANT WAGE POSITION IN STUDENT AFFAIRS HR OFFICE – 2nd posting
The Division of Student Affairs HR office is looking for a graduate student for a wage position, 10-15 hrs/wk at about $10 per hour. The HR Training Assistant helps coordinate DSA HR training events, performs office administration duties including database entry, research, correspondence, listservs, reports and spreadsheets; electronic files and databases, and other duties. Qualifications: Instructional design, talent development, business school education and/or equivalent training and experience in office administration, business, and/or related experience. Previous experience with coordination of training or event planning; handling sensitive and confidential information, documents, and files; working in a customer service environment. Exceptional customer service skills with the ability to communicate in a professional and courteous manner; interact respectfully and comfortably with all individuals in a diverse, multicultural environment; exercising excellent judgment, discretion, initiative.  Demonstrated experience using computers including Windows, MSOffice suite and internet search engines for research. To Apply, email resume and cover letter to Greg Beecher, DSA Human Resources, gbeecher@vt.edu.

17. GOBBLERFEST SURVEY – 2nd posting
Share your Gobblerfest 2014 experience by completing a short survey. If you attended Gobblerfest and respond to this survey, you can be entered to win two (2) tickets to see Chance the Rapper in concert on October 14th. Access the survey at http://studentvoice.com/vt/gobblerfest2014survey. The survey will remain open until Sep 30 at 11:59pm.

18. VT/LCI CONVERSATION PARTNERS PROGRAM SEEKS VOLUNTEERS – 2nd posting
Would you like to learn more about another country? Do you enjoy spending time with international students?  If so, you should consider becoming a conversation partner! It is difficult for international students to meet Americans with whom they can practice their English, but this is an opportunity to learn about each other’s countries and cultures. Students in the VT Language and Culture Institute can practice their English communication skills and learn about U.S. culture and college life, while you can learn about another country, another culture, and perhaps practice your foreign language skills. Conversation partners meet regularly throughout the semester, an hour a week, talk about mutual interests, or explore the New River Valley together. Must have English as the first language. If you would like to volunteer, contact Yara Haddad at yara125@vt.edu for an application before Sep 26.

19. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR SOCIAL MOOD AND RECALL STUDY – 3rd posting
Participants are sought for a study examining responses to a mood task. Phase I involves questionnaires related to background, mood, and health. If you decide to participate, you will be asked to respond to an online questionnaire expected to last 30-45 minutes. Based on your responses to the measures, you may or may not be contacted for participation in the second portion of the study, which would be in a lab setting. This will involve you thinking about mood states and expressing these mood states to another same-gendered participant. During these tasks, heart rate measures will be recorded from electrodes placed on your skin. A same-gendered experimenter will provide a tutorial to show you how to place the electrode strap around your torso. You will also be asked to complete a series of questionnaires about your emotional experiences. In the event that you are eligible for the second part of the study, you will be contacted by email and will be entered into a raffle to win one of three $50 gift cards, and receive extra credit, when applicable. Contact Jonathan Waldron, jwaldron22@vt.edu or call 540-231-2594 for more information. Complete the initial survey at https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_06Ptw2wFtt8X2CN.

Upcoming Events:

STUDENTS WITH CHILDREN CONNECT SOCIAL – KIDS ARE WELCOME
Friday, Oct 3, 3:30-5:00pm, GLC Room B, GLC
Join other graduate student parents to talk about the graduate student experience with kids or with expecting kids. RSVP at https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1408723983089. Contact Dannette Beane with questions at dannette@vt.edu. More information at https://graduateschool.vt.edu/connect_lunch.

SHORT STAT COURSE: SAS – VISUAL ANALYTICS
Wednesday, Oct 15, 8:00am-12:00pm, Solitude Room, The Inn at Virginia Tech
Taught by Dr. Tom Bohannon, this short course will demo SAS Visual Analytics to show that you can explore all relevant data quickly and easily. You can look at more options, uncover hidden opportunities, identify key relationships and make more precise decisions faster than ever before. Self-service, ad hoc visual data discovery and exploration put lightning-fast insights within everyone’s reach. Absolutely no coding required. Sophisticated analytics, including decision trees, on-the-fly forecasting and scenario analysis, have been seamlessly integrated with ease-of-use features such as auto charting, "what does it mean" pop-ups, and drag-and-drop capabilities. To enroll visit: http://app.nli.tlos.vt.edu/registration/all_courses/?specificcourse=841 .

SHORT STAT COURSE: SAS – MIXED MODELS
Wednesday, Oct 15, 8:00am-12:00pm, Torgersen 1100 (Learning Studio)
Taught by Dr. Michael Speed, this intro to mixed models uses SAS Enterprise Guide to analyze linear mixed models using PROC MIXED. Topics include analyzing data with random effects; learning how to determine what is being tested for the fixed effects; fitting random coefficient models; analyzing repeated measures data; and performing residual and influence diagnostic analysis. A case study will be presented to illustrate all of the concepts and procedures presented in the workshop. As part of the Global Academic Program at SAS, Michael Speed teaches classes for faculty and students and conducts research in linear models, generalized linear models, nonlinear mixed models, and data mining. Enroll at http://app.nli.tlos.vt.edu/registration/all_courses/?specificcourse=838.  Contact Anne Driscoll at agryan@vt.edu with any questions.

BLUE RIDGE FULBRIGHT ASSOCIATION FALL DINNER – register by 10/3
Friday, Oct 17, 6:30 pm, Holiday Inn Blacksburg
The local Fulbright chapter is honored to have Prof. Moira Baker from Radford University speak on “Experiencing the Academic Culture of Croatia”. (Cost: $28 / Students: $22 / Fulbright scholars: free). For more information and the official invitation email Tobias Ecker ecker@vt.edu or find them on facebook at http://www.facebook.com/FulbrightBlueRidgeVirginia. Reservations are due Oct 3.

September 15-21, 2014

1.  WEEKLY WALK-IN SERVICES IN THE GLC – FALL SCHEDULE

  • – Career services: will start Oct 1, 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
  • Statistical consulting by LISA: Tu, Th, F, 10:00-12:00, Room A
  • Writing Center walk-in assistance: Tuesdays 6:00-8:00, Room A (additional hours in the Library)

2. HISPANIC-LATINO CONNECT LUNCH
Wednesday, Sep 17, 12:00-1:00pm, GLC Room G
If you identify as Hispanic/Latino, you are encouraged to join the Hispanic/Latino Connect Lunch https://graduateschool.vt.edu/connect_lunch hosted by the Graduate School. Please RSVP at https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1408723747425. Contact Dannette Gomez Beane with questions at gomezds@vt.edu.

3. GLC CAFÉ
Thursday, Sep 18, 3:30-5:00pm, GLC Reading Room or GLC side patio (Bookstore side behind shrubs)
Take a break and enjoy coffee, tea, and cookies in the company of your graduate student and Grad School colleagues.

4. "BRIDGES AND BOUNDARIES" WORKSHOP WITH PAKISTANI AND U.S. BANDS
Thursday, Sep 18, 4:00-5:30pm, Anne and Ellen Fife Theatre, Moss Arts Center
In this workshop two bands, one Pakistani and one US, will share their stories and their passion to perform using traditional instruments to preserve and push the limits of the music they make. Khumariyaan, on tour as part of Center Stage, is keeping Pushtoon music alive, but they have had a challenging time finding acceptance and spaces to flourish. Local well-educated families often see this music as too low-brow and, because Pakistan has experienced a radical turn politically, the band, along with other musicians and craftspeople, have faced threats and violence. The Boston Boys do not face the same physical threats as Khumariyaan, but because their music crosses and blends many genres, defying easy classification, their music is less discoverable and harder to “place” in the vast digital landscape. Register at http://tinyurl.com/bostonboysandkhumariyaan.

5. FULBRIGHT STUDENTS, ALUMNI AND FRIENDS INTEREST MEETING
Thursday, Sep 18, 5:00-6:30pm, GLC Room D
Get to know fellow Fulbright Scholars (current, alumni & friends) at Virginia Tech and enjoy a couple of hours of conversation in a multicultural and diverse group with cookies and tea. Please RSVP at https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1409574105594. Contact Tobias Ecker at ecker@vt.edu, (202)870-9722 for questions and comments.

6. KIDS’ NIGHT OUT – FREE WEEKLY DROP IN CHILD CARE
Thursdays, 6:00-8:30pm, Women’s Center (206 Washington Street, enter up the stairs in the parking lot)
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 (must be toilet trained). No need to pre-register. Childcare provided by the volunteers of Chi Delta Alpha sorority. KNO will be held every Thursday throughout the semester with the exception of home football games and when classes are not in session. For more information, contact Jessie Meltsner at jmelts@vt.edu, 231-7806.

7. OVER-30 STUDENTS CONNECT LUNCH
Friday, Sep 19, 12-1pm, GLC Room B
Graduate students who are over 30 years old and interested in connecting with other non-traditional-age grads are invited to gather to discuss their graduate life experience at a connect lunch (https://graduateschool.vt.edu/connect_lunch). If you’re interested in joining the group, please sign-up here: https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1408723883921. For more information contact Dannette Gomez Beane at dannette@vt.edu.

8. PATHFINDERS- CHRISTIAN STUDY GROUP FOR GRADUATE STUDENTS – 2nd posting
Sundays, 11:15am-12:15pm, Blacksburg Baptist Church Room 216
Join the group for Bible study and fellowship, as well as some organized fellowship activities (such as hiking, cookouts, and game night) throughout the semester. For more information contact Kay (kibbell@yahoo.com) or Jeanette (marie071@vt.edu).

9. SUBMISSIONS ARE INVITED FOR GLC ART AND PHOTO CONTEST – 1st posting
The Graduate School invites submissions of art work and photography by graduate students for display in the GLC during GLC Open House on Oct 24, 2014 through end of March 2015. Submissions are limited to three pieces (art and/or photography) per graduate student. Photos may be submitted online to be printed by the Graduate School. Submission deadline: Monday, Oct 21, 5:00pm. Learn more at http://www.graduatelifecenter.vt.edu/contest/.

10. CALL FOR SHOW & TELL PRESENTATIONS AT GLC OPEN HOUSE – 1st posting
Graduate students are sought for show & tell presentations during the fall GLC Open House on Friday, Oct 24. The purpose of these presentations is to showcase to other graduate students and the public the many ways in which graduate study and research can fun, exciting and intriguing. Demonstrations can be 10-30 minutes long, preferably highly visual and/or participatory, and should show something interesting to a general audience about your discipline, research, or materials/equipment you are working with. For examples, a chemistry student might demonstrate how to use liquid nitrogen to make ice cream; a mechanical engineering student may show how a Segway is used in research and allow the audience to test-drive one. The Graduate School may be able to assist with the purchase of supplies if needed.  Please complete this survey if you are interested in participating: https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1410795455841.

11. STUDENT CONDUCT SEEKS APPLICANTS FOR COMMITTEE IN 2015-16 – 1st posting
Student Conduct invites students to apply to serve on the Student Conduct Committee during the 2015-2016 academic year. The strength of the Hokie community and conduct process is defined significantly by students who serve in a committee role. Therefore, outstanding student leaders are sought to support and advance the educational mission of Student Conduct and Virginia Tech. Selected candidates will complete an eight-week training program during the Spring 2015 semester that equips new committee members with the leadership, conflict resolution, communication, and critical thinking skills needed to be a successful member of the team. Committee members will serve with a group of 3-4 other students during the 2015-2016 academic year. Attend an interest session on Wednesday, Sep 24, 6:00–7:00pm in Squires 300 to learn more, or visit  http://www.studentconduct.vt.edu; find the online application at https://gobblerconnect.vt.edu/form/start/49254. Deadline: 5:00pm, Oct 15, 2014. Contact Lexi Fisher at afisher4@ vt.edu with any questions. 

12. APPLICATIONS ACCEPTED FOR OPEN CON 2014 CONFERENCE SCHOLARSHIP – 2nd posting
Graduate students are invited to apply for one of two available travel scholarships to OpenCon 2014, the student and early-career researcher conference on Open Access, Open Education, and Open Data to be held Nov 15-17, 2014 in Washington, DC. The scholarships cover travel expenses, lodging, and some meals. One scholarship available for a graduate student, and one for a grad or undergrad student. Apply by Friday, Sep 26 at http://opencon2014.org/virginiatech. Learn more about the conference at http://opencon2014.org/program and at http://opencon2014.org/apply/faq. This international conference offers an unparalleled opportunity to learn about the growing culture of openness in academia and how to become a participant in it. The travel scholarships are sponsored by the Graduate School and the University Libraries’ Open Access Week committee. Winners will be selected on the basis of their answers to the application questions, and announced on October 3. For questions, contact Philip Young, pyoung1@vt.edu.

13. SCIENCE AND TECHINICAL WRITING COURSE AVAILABLE – 2nd posting
The VT Language & Culture Institute offers a Science & Technical Writing course that is designed to help international students learn to write conference proposals, articles, and reports that are accepted for presentation & publication. The course meets on Wednesdays 6-9pm in GLC Room C. The fee for this course is $490 (not covered by the tuition scholarship that is part of assistantship benefit package) which includes the textbook. The instructor is a professor with a PhD in Literacy Studies with 16 years of university teaching with native and non-native speakers. While the course is primarily targeting international students, it is open to all. For questions or to enroll contact Michael Jernigan, mjern002@vt.edu, 540-231-9316.

14. MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION NOW OPEN FOR INTERDISCIPLINARY HONOR SOCIETY – 3rd posting
Iota Delta Rho, the Interdisciplinary Research Honor Society, will accept applications for membership through Monday, Sep 29, 2014. IDR was founded at Virginia Tech in 2011 by graduate students promoting interdisciplinary cooperation and research at VT and other colleges and universities. There are two levels of membership: full and associate. Both graduate and undergraduate members are welcome. Membership application, requirements for membership, and information about the society can be found at http://www.idrsociety.org/membership/application/. Questions should be directed to VP of Membership, Jie Ren, at jren4@vt.edu.

15. STATISTICAL CONSULTING WALK-IN HOURS AND LOCATIONS FOR FALL 2014 – 3rd posting
LISA (VT’s Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Statistical Analysis) walk-in consulting will be available every day classes are in session. During walk-in hours, a statistical consultant will be available to answer your quick questions or to help with research projects requiring less than 30 minutes of assistance. For more in-depth questions or longer projects, complete the LISA Collaboration Request Form at www.lisa.stat.vt.edu and a team of statistical collaborators will be assigned to work with you. Note: LISA does not assist with class projects or homework. Available times and locations:

  • Mon-Fri 1:00-3:00pm in the Old Security Building, Room 103
  • Mon 3:00-5:00pm in Port: Digital Research Commons on the Library side of Torgersen Bridge
  • Tue, Thu, Fri 10:00am-12:00pm in GLC Room A
  • Wed 10:00am-12:00pm in Hutcheson Hall, Room 403-J
  • Fri 10:00am-12:00pm – LISA Remote Consulting (see details below)
  • Virginia Tech Carilion Walk-In Consulting in Roanoke, VA – TBD

This semester LISA will offer Remote Consulting for VT researchers who are not located on the Blacksburg campus. On Friday mornings researchers can contact the LISA Skype account (lisacollab) to speak with a statistician. Discussions will still be limited to the 30 minutes of assistance and the consultant will try to let individuals know if they are currently with another remote visitor. For more information visit www.lisa.stat.vt.edu.

16. INVITATION TO JOIN INTERNATIONAL AGRICULTURAL EDUCATION ONLINE COMMUNITY OF PRACTICE – 2nd posting
Are you interested in agriculture education, either in the United States or internationally? Would you like to know what other agriculture educators are implementing around the world? The Department of Agricultural, Leadership, and Community Education and the Office of International Research, Education, and Development have partnered to develop an online community of practice for international agriculture education and training practitioners. The creation of this virtual community allows agriculture educators to collaborate by sharing information, knowledge, and resources, thereby supporting both students, local practitioners, and the general public. All are welcome to register, join, and be a part of this opportunity to connect with other agricultural practitioners around the world. Access to register is available at https://www.innovate-community.oired.vt.edu/welcome . For more questions or information, contact Amy Vu at avu@vt.edu.

17. GSA DELEGATES SOUGHT TO REPRESENT ACADEMIC DEPARTMENTS – 2nd  posting
The Graduate Student Assembly (GSA) is seeking departmental delegates to represent the graduate student body. The GSA is a governance organization that: 1.) Provides representation and voice for all graduate students in university governance and administration; 2.) Provides support and funding opportunities to all graduate students for their academic pursuits; 3.) Organizes events such as the GSA Research Symposium that benefit the whole Graduate Student community.  Two graduate students from each department serve as representatives to the GSA. Departmental GSA delegates are responsible for: 1.) Bringing concerns and issues from their constituents to the GSA; 2.) Participating in discussions of issues during GSA delegate meetings, culminating in recommendation and resolutions; 3.) Informing their constituents of relevant policies, issues, events and funding opportunities; 4.) Participating in the planning and organization of GSA events and programs. If you would like to be a GSA delegate for your department, contact your department’s graduate coordinator and/or program director about your department’s policy on selecting delegates. If you have been chosen as a delegate, email Vice President of GSA Matt Chan (mychan@vt.edu) so you can be added to the delegate listserv.

18. TRANSCRIBER WAGE POSITIONS OPEN – 1st posting
Drs. Holly Matusovich and Marie Paretti in the Department of Engineering Education are  seeking graduate or undergrad student to transcribe interviews associated with an NSF funded project entitled “Lifting the Barriers: Understanding and Enhancing Approaches to Teaching Communication and Teamwork Among Engineering Faculty”. The interviews are one-on-one and are approximately one hour long. The position will average approximately 10-20 hrs/wk at $10.00/hour. Experience with interview transcription is preferred but not required. Contact Kelly Cross (kellyc5@vt.edu) if interested or to seek additional information.

19. HR TRAINING ASSISTANT WAGE POSITION IN STUDENT AFFAIRS HR OFFICE – 1st posting
The Division of Student Affairs HR office is looking for a graduate student for a wage position, 10-15 hrs/wk at about $10 per hour. The HR Training Assistant helps coordinate DSA HR training events, performs office administration duties including database entry, research, correspondence, listservs, reports and spreadsheets; electronic files and databases, and other duties. Qualifications: Instructional design, talent development, business school education and/or equivalent training and experience in office administration, business, and/or related experience. Previous experience with coordination of training or event planning; handling sensitive and confidential information, documents, and files; working in a customer service environment. Exceptional customer service skills with the ability to communicate in a professional and courteous manner; interact respectfully and comfortably with all individuals in a diverse, multicultural environment; exercising excellent judgment, discretion, initiative.  Demonstrated experience using computers including Windows, MSOffice suite and internet search engines for research. To Apply, email resume and cover letter to Greg Beecher, DSA Human Resources, gbeecher@vt.edu.

20. GOBBLERFEST SURVEY – 1st posting
Share your Gobblerfest 2014 experience by completing a short survey. If you attended Gobblerfest and respond to this survey, you can be entered to win two (2) tickets to see Chance the Rapper in concert on October 14th. Access the survey at http://studentvoice.com/vt/gobblerfest2014survey. The survey will remain open until Sep 30 at 11:59pm.

21. VT/LCI CONVERSATION PARTNERS PROGRAM SEEKS VOLUNTEERS – 1st posting
Would you like to learn more about another country? Do you enjoy spending time with international students?  If so, you should consider becoming a conversation partner! It is difficult for international students to meet Americans with whom they can practice their English, but this is an opportunity to learn about each other’s countries and cultures. Students in the VT Language and Culture Institute can practice their English communication skills and learn about U.S. culture and college life, while you can learn about another country, another culture, and perhaps practice your foreign language skills. Conversation partners meet regularly throughout the semester, an hour a week, talk about mutual interests, or explore the New River Valley together. Must have English as the first language. If you would like to volunteer, contact Yara Haddad at yara125@vt.edu for an application before Sep 26.

22. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR SOCIAL MOOD AND RECALL STUDY – 2nd posting
Participants are sought for a study examining responses to a mood task. Phase I involves questionnaires related to background, mood, and health. If you decide to participate, you will be asked to respond to an online questionnaire expected to last 30-45 minutes. Based on your responses to the measures, you may or may not be contacted for participation in the second portion of the study, which would be in a lab setting. This will involve you thinking about mood states and expressing these mood states to another same-gendered participant. During these tasks, heart rate measures will be recorded from electrodes placed on your skin. A same-gendered experimenter will provide a tutorial to show you how to place the electrode strap around your torso. You will also be asked to complete a series of questionnaires about your emotional experiences. In the event that you are eligible for the second part of the study, you will be contacted by email and will be entered into a raffle to win one of three $50 gift cards, and receive extra credit, when applicable. Contact Jonathan Waldron, jwaldron22@vt.edu or call 540-231-2594 for more information. Complete the initial survey at https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_06Ptw2wFtt8X2CN.

23. GRAD RESEARCH DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM CHAIR SOUGHT FOR GSA – 3rd posting
The Graduate Student Assembly is seeking a program chair for the Graduate Research Development Program for the 2014-2015 academic year. The GRDP chair oversees the GSA funding program for graduate research. Program chairs receive a small stipend and excellent experience for their CV! More information about the program: http://blogs.lt.vt.edu/graduatestudentassembly/graduate-research-development-program/. If you are interested, e-mail a short letter of interest to Jenn Gooding, GSA executive assistant: jgooding@vt.edu.

Upcoming Events:

GLC GAME NIGHT
Thursday, Sep 25, 7:00-10:00pm, GLC Student Lounge
Join other graduate students in a night of board games and free food!  This is a great way to hang out with friends, meet new people, and escape the stresses of grad school.  Various board games will be available.  Not sure how to play one?  That’s fine; the Fellows will teach you!  This event is sponsored by the GLC Fellows.

GLC MOVIE NIGHT
Friday, Sep 26, 8:00pm, GLC
The GLC Fellows are hosting a movie night in the Graduate Life Center, and you get to decide what movie we watch!  Visit this link https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1410739496973 and fill out the survey; refreshments will be provided, but space is limited, so be sure to get there early. For more information contact GLC Fellow George Elane at gle0001@vt.edu.

BLUE RIDGE FULBRIGHT ASSOCIATION FALL DINNER – register by 10/3
Friday, Oct 17, 6:30 pm, Holiday Inn Blacksburg
The local Fulbright chapter is honored to have Prof. Moira Baker from Radford University speak on “Experiencing the Academic Culture of Croatia”. (Cost: $28 / Students: $22 / Fulbright scholars: free). For more information and the official invitation email Tobias Ecker ecker@vt.edu or find them on facebook at http://www.facebook.com/FulbrightBlueRidgeVirginia. Reservations are due Oct 3.

September 15-21, 2014

1.  WEEKLY WALK-IN SERVICES IN THE GLC – FALL SCHEDULE

  • – Career services: will start Oct 1, 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
  • Statistical consulting by LISA: Tu, Th, F, 10:00-12:00, Room A
  • Writing Center walk-in assistance: Tuesdays 6:00-8:00, Room A (additional hours in the Library)

2. HISPANIC-LATINO CONNECT LUNCH
Wednesday, Sep 17, 12:00-1:00pm, GLC Room G
If you identify as Hispanic/Latino, you are encouraged to join the Hispanic/Latino Connect Lunch https://graduateschool.vt.edu/connect_lunch hosted by the Graduate School. Please RSVP at https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1408723747425. Contact Dannette Gomez Beane with questions at gomezds@vt.edu.

3. GLC CAFÉ
Thursday, Sep 18, 3:30-5:00pm, GLC Reading Room or GLC side patio (Bookstore side behind shrubs)
Take a break and enjoy coffee, tea, and cookies in the company of your graduate student and Grad School colleagues.

4. "BRIDGES AND BOUNDARIES" WORKSHOP WITH PAKISTANI AND U.S. BANDS
Thursday, Sep 18, 4:00-5:30pm, Anne and Ellen Fife Theatre, Moss Arts Center
In this workshop two bands, one Pakistani and one US, will share their stories and their passion to perform using traditional instruments to preserve and push the limits of the music they make. Khumariyaan, on tour as part of Center Stage, is keeping Pushtoon music alive, but they have had a challenging time finding acceptance and spaces to flourish. Local well-educated families often see this music as too low-brow and, because Pakistan has experienced a radical turn politically, the band, along with other musicians and craftspeople, have faced threats and violence. The Boston Boys do not face the same physical threats as Khumariyaan, but because their music crosses and blends many genres, defying easy classification, their music is less discoverable and harder to “place” in the vast digital landscape. Register at http://tinyurl.com/bostonboysandkhumariyaan.

5. FULBRIGHT STUDENTS, ALUMNI AND FRIENDS INTEREST MEETING
Thursday, Sep 18, 5:00-6:30pm, GLC Room D
Get to know fellow Fulbright Scholars (current, alumni & friends) at Virginia Tech and enjoy a couple of hours of conversation in a multicultural and diverse group with cookies and tea. Please RSVP at https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1409574105594. Contact Tobias Ecker at ecker@vt.edu, (202)870-9722 for questions and comments.

6. KIDS’ NIGHT OUT – FREE WEEKLY DROP IN CHILD CARE
Thursdays, 6:00-8:30pm, Women’s Center (206 Washington Street, enter up the stairs in the parking lot)
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 (must be toilet trained). No need to pre-register. Childcare provided by the volunteers of Chi Delta Alpha sorority. KNO will be held every Thursday throughout the semester with the exception of home football games and when classes are not in session. For more information, contact Jessie Meltsner at jmelts@vt.edu, 231-7806.

7. OVER-30 STUDENTS CONNECT LUNCH
Friday, Sep 19, 12-1pm, GLC Room B
Graduate students who are over 30 years old and interested in connecting with other non-traditional-age grads are invited to gather to discuss their graduate life experience at a connect lunch (https://graduateschool.vt.edu/connect_lunch). If you’re interested in joining the group, please sign-up here: https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1408723883921. For more information contact Dannette Gomez Beane at dannette@vt.edu.

8. PATHFINDERS- CHRISTIAN STUDY GROUP FOR GRADUATE STUDENTS – 2nd posting
Sundays, 11:15am-12:15pm, Blacksburg Baptist Church Room 216
Join the group for Bible study and fellowship, as well as some organized fellowship activities (such as hiking, cookouts, and game night) throughout the semester. For more information contact Kay (kibbell@yahoo.com) or Jeanette (marie071@vt.edu).

9. SUBMISSIONS ARE INVITED FOR GLC ART AND PHOTO CONTEST – 1st posting
The Graduate School invites submissions of art work and photography by graduate students for display in the GLC during GLC Open House on Oct 24, 2014 through end of March 2015. Submissions are limited to three pieces (art and/or photography) per graduate student. Photos may be submitted online to be printed by the Graduate School. Submission deadline: Monday, Oct 21, 5:00pm. Learn more at http://www.graduatelifecenter.vt.edu/contest/.

10. CALL FOR SHOW & TELL PRESENTATIONS AT GLC OPEN HOUSE – 1st posting
Graduate students are sought for show & tell presentations during the fall GLC Open House on Friday, Oct 24. The purpose of these presentations is to showcase to other graduate students and the public the many ways in which graduate study and research can fun, exciting and intriguing. Demonstrations can be 10-30 minutes long, preferably highly visual and/or participatory, and should show something interesting to a general audience about your discipline, research, or materials/equipment you are working with. For examples, a chemistry student might demonstrate how to use liquid nitrogen to make ice cream; a mechanical engineering student may show how a Segway is used in research and allow the audience to test-drive one. The Graduate School may be able to assist with the purchase of supplies if needed.  Please complete this survey if you are interested in participating: https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1410795455841.

11. STUDENT CONDUCT SEEKS APPLICANTS FOR COMMITTEE IN 2015-16 – 1st posting
Student Conduct invites students to apply to serve on the Student Conduct Committee during the 2015-2016 academic year. The strength of the Hokie community and conduct process is defined significantly by students who serve in a committee role. Therefore, outstanding student leaders are sought to support and advance the educational mission of Student Conduct and Virginia Tech. Selected candidates will complete an eight-week training program during the Spring 2015 semester that equips new committee members with the leadership, conflict resolution, communication, and critical thinking skills needed to be a successful member of the team. Committee members will serve with a group of 3-4 other students during the 2015-2016 academic year. Attend an interest session on Wednesday, Sep 24, 6:00–7:00pm in Squires 300 to learn more, or visit  http://www.studentconduct.vt.edu; find the online application at https://gobblerconnect.vt.edu/form/start/49254. Deadline: 5:00pm, Oct 15, 2014. Contact Lexi Fisher at afisher4@ vt.edu with any questions. 

12. APPLICATIONS ACCEPTED FOR OPEN CON 2014 CONFERENCE SCHOLARSHIP – 2nd posting
Graduate students are invited to apply for one of two available travel scholarships to OpenCon 2014, the student and early-career researcher conference on Open Access, Open Education, and Open Data to be held Nov 15-17, 2014 in Washington, DC. The scholarships cover travel expenses, lodging, and some meals. One scholarship available for a graduate student, and one for a grad or undergrad student. Apply by Friday, Sep 26 at http://opencon2014.org/virginiatech. Learn more about the conference at http://opencon2014.org/program and at http://opencon2014.org/apply/faq. This international conference offers an unparalleled opportunity to learn about the growing culture of openness in academia and how to become a participant in it. The travel scholarships are sponsored by the Graduate School and the University Libraries’ Open Access Week committee. Winners will be selected on the basis of their answers to the application questions, and announced on October 3. For questions, contact Philip Young, pyoung1@vt.edu.

13. SCIENCE AND TECHINICAL WRITING COURSE AVAILABLE – 2nd posting
The VT Language & Culture Institute offers a Science & Technical Writing course that is designed to help international students learn to write conference proposals, articles, and reports that are accepted for presentation & publication. The course meets on Wednesdays 6-9pm in GLC Room C. The fee for this course is $490 (not covered by the tuition scholarship that is part of assistantship benefit package) which includes the textbook. The instructor is a professor with a PhD in Literacy Studies with 16 years of university teaching with native and non-native speakers. While the course is primarily targeting international students, it is open to all. For questions or to enroll contact Michael Jernigan, mjern002@vt.edu, 540-231-9316.

14. MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION NOW OPEN FOR INTERDISCIPLINARY HONOR SOCIETY – 3rd posting
Iota Delta Rho, the Interdisciplinary Research Honor Society, will accept applications for membership through Monday, Sep 29, 2014. IDR was founded at Virginia Tech in 2011 by graduate students promoting interdisciplinary cooperation and research at VT and other colleges and universities. There are two levels of membership: full and associate. Both graduate and undergraduate members are welcome. Membership application, requirements for membership, and information about the society can be found at http://www.idrsociety.org/membership/application/. Questions should be directed to VP of Membership, Jie Ren, at jren4@vt.edu.

15. STATISTICAL CONSULTING WALK-IN HOURS AND LOCATIONS FOR FALL 2014 – 3rd posting
LISA (VT’s Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Statistical Analysis) walk-in consulting will be available every day classes are in session. During walk-in hours, a statistical consultant will be available to answer your quick questions or to help with research projects requiring less than 30 minutes of assistance. For more in-depth questions or longer projects, complete the LISA Collaboration Request Form at www.lisa.stat.vt.edu and a team of statistical collaborators will be assigned to work with you. Note: LISA does not assist with class projects or homework. Available times and locations:

  • Mon-Fri 1:00-3:00pm in the Old Security Building, Room 103
  • Mon 3:00-5:00pm in Port: Digital Research Commons on the Library side of Torgersen Bridge
  • Tue, Thu, Fri 10:00am-12:00pm in GLC Room A
  • Wed 10:00am-12:00pm in Hutcheson Hall, Room 403-J
  • Fri 10:00am-12:00pm – LISA Remote Consulting (see details below)
  • Virginia Tech Carilion Walk-In Consulting in Roanoke, VA – TBD

This semester LISA will offer Remote Consulting for VT researchers who are not located on the Blacksburg campus. On Friday mornings researchers can contact the LISA Skype account (lisacollab) to speak with a statistician. Discussions will still be limited to the 30 minutes of assistance and the consultant will try to let individuals know if they are currently with another remote visitor. For more information visit www.lisa.stat.vt.edu.

16. INVITATION TO JOIN INTERNATIONAL AGRICULTURAL EDUCATION ONLINE COMMUNITY OF PRACTICE – 2nd posting
Are you interested in agriculture education, either in the United States or internationally? Would you like to know what other agriculture educators are implementing around the world? The Department of Agricultural, Leadership, and Community Education and the Office of International Research, Education, and Development have partnered to develop an online community of practice for international agriculture education and training practitioners. The creation of this virtual community allows agriculture educators to collaborate by sharing information, knowledge, and resources, thereby supporting both students, local practitioners, and the general public. All are welcome to register, join, and be a part of this opportunity to connect with other agricultural practitioners around the world. Access to register is available at https://www.innovate-community.oired.vt.edu/welcome . For more questions or information, contact Amy Vu at avu@vt.edu.

17. GSA DELEGATES SOUGHT TO REPRESENT ACADEMIC DEPARTMENTS – 2nd  posting
The Graduate Student Assembly (GSA) is seeking departmental delegates to represent the graduate student body. The GSA is a governance organization that: 1.) Provides representation and voice for all graduate students in university governance and administration; 2.) Provides support and funding opportunities to all graduate students for their academic pursuits; 3.) Organizes events such as the GSA Research Symposium that benefit the whole Graduate Student community.  Two graduate students from each department serve as representatives to the GSA. Departmental GSA delegates are responsible for: 1.) Bringing concerns and issues from their constituents to the GSA; 2.) Participating in discussions of issues during GSA delegate meetings, culminating in recommendation and resolutions; 3.) Informing their constituents of relevant policies, issues, events and funding opportunities; 4.) Participating in the planning and organization of GSA events and programs. If you would like to be a GSA delegate for your department, contact your department’s graduate coordinator and/or program director about your department’s policy on selecting delegates. If you have been chosen as a delegate, email Vice President of GSA Matt Chan (mychan@vt.edu) so you can be added to the delegate listserv.

18. TRANSCRIBER WAGE POSITIONS OPEN – 1st posting
Drs. Holly Matusovich and Marie Paretti in the Department of Engineering Education are  seeking graduate or undergrad student to transcribe interviews associated with an NSF funded project entitled “Lifting the Barriers: Understanding and Enhancing Approaches to Teaching Communication and Teamwork Among Engineering Faculty”. The interviews are one-on-one and are approximately one hour long. The position will average approximately 10-20 hrs/wk at $10.00/hour. Experience with interview transcription is preferred but not required. Contact Kelly Cross (kellyc5@vt.edu) if interested or to seek additional information.

19. HR TRAINING ASSISTANT WAGE POSITION IN STUDENT AFFAIRS HR OFFICE – 1st posting
The Division of Student Affairs HR office is looking for a graduate student for a wage position, 10-15 hrs/wk at about $10 per hour. The HR Training Assistant helps coordinate DSA HR training events, performs office administration duties including database entry, research, correspondence, listservs, reports and spreadsheets; electronic files and databases, and other duties. Qualifications: Instructional design, talent development, business school education and/or equivalent training and experience in office administration, business, and/or related experience. Previous experience with coordination of training or event planning; handling sensitive and confidential information, documents, and files; working in a customer service environment. Exceptional customer service skills with the ability to communicate in a professional and courteous manner; interact respectfully and comfortably with all individuals in a diverse, multicultural environment; exercising excellent judgment, discretion, initiative.  Demonstrated experience using computers including Windows, MSOffice suite and internet search engines for research. To Apply, email resume and cover letter to Greg Beecher, DSA Human Resources, gbeecher@vt.edu.

20. GOBBLERFEST SURVEY – 1st posting
Share your Gobblerfest 2014 experience by completing a short survey. If you attended Gobblerfest and respond to this survey, you can be entered to win two (2) tickets to see Chance the Rapper in concert on October 14th. Access the survey at http://studentvoice.com/vt/gobblerfest2014survey. The survey will remain open until Sep 30 at 11:59pm.

21. VT/LCI CONVERSATION PARTNERS PROGRAM SEEKS VOLUNTEERS – 1st posting
Would you like to learn more about another country? Do you enjoy spending time with international students?  If so, you should consider becoming a conversation partner! It is difficult for international students to meet Americans with whom they can practice their English, but this is an opportunity to learn about each other’s countries and cultures. Students in the VT Language and Culture Institute can practice their English communication skills and learn about U.S. culture and college life, while you can learn about another country, another culture, and perhaps practice your foreign language skills. Conversation partners meet regularly throughout the semester, an hour a week, talk about mutual interests, or explore the New River Valley together. Must have English as the first language. If you would like to volunteer, contact Yara Haddad at yara125@vt.edu for an application before Sep 26.

22. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR SOCIAL MOOD AND RECALL STUDY – 2nd posting
Participants are sought for a study examining responses to a mood task. Phase I involves questionnaires related to background, mood, and health. If you decide to participate, you will be asked to respond to an online questionnaire expected to last 30-45 minutes. Based on your responses to the measures, you may or may not be contacted for participation in the second portion of the study, which would be in a lab setting. This will involve you thinking about mood states and expressing these mood states to another same-gendered participant. During these tasks, heart rate measures will be recorded from electrodes placed on your skin. A same-gendered experimenter will provide a tutorial to show you how to place the electrode strap around your torso. You will also be asked to complete a series of questionnaires about your emotional experiences. In the event that you are eligible for the second part of the study, you will be contacted by email and will be entered into a raffle to win one of three $50 gift cards, and receive extra credit, when applicable. Contact Jonathan Waldron, jwaldron22@vt.edu or call 540-231-2594 for more information. Complete the initial survey at https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_06Ptw2wFtt8X2CN.

23. GRAD RESEARCH DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM CHAIR SOUGHT FOR GSA – 3rd posting
The Graduate Student Assembly is seeking a program chair for the Graduate Research Development Program for the 2014-2015 academic year. The GRDP chair oversees the GSA funding program for graduate research. Program chairs receive a small stipend and excellent experience for their CV! More information about the program: http://blogs.lt.vt.edu/graduatestudentassembly/graduate-research-development-program/. If you are interested, e-mail a short letter of interest to Jenn Gooding, GSA executive assistant: jgooding@vt.edu.

Upcoming Events:

GLC GAME NIGHT
Thursday, Sep 25, 7:00-10:00pm, GLC Student Lounge
Join other graduate students in a night of board games and free food!  This is a great way to hang out with friends, meet new people, and escape the stresses of grad school.  Various board games will be available.  Not sure how to play one?  That’s fine; the Fellows will teach you!  This event is sponsored by the GLC Fellows.

GLC MOVIE NIGHT
Friday, Sep 26, 8:00pm, GLC
The GLC Fellows are hosting a movie night in the Graduate Life Center, and you get to decide what movie we watch!  Visit this link https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1410739496973 and fill out the survey; refreshments will be provided, but space is limited, so be sure to get there early. For more information contact GLC Fellow George Elane at gle0001@vt.edu.

BLUE RIDGE FULBRIGHT ASSOCIATION FALL DINNER – register by 10/3
Friday, Oct 17, 6:30 pm, Holiday Inn Blacksburg
The local Fulbright chapter is honored to have Prof. Moira Baker from Radford University speak on “Experiencing the Academic Culture of Croatia”. (Cost: $28 / Students: $22 / Fulbright scholars: free). For more information and the official invitation email Tobias Ecker ecker@vt.edu or find them on facebook at http://www.facebook.com/FulbrightBlueRidgeVirginia. Reservations are due Oct 3.

September 1-7, 2014

1.  WEEKLY WALK-IN SERVICES IN THE GLC  – FALL SCHEDULE

  • Career services: will start Oct 1, 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
  • Statistical consulting by LISA: Tu, Th, F, 10:00-12:00, Room A
  • Writing Center walk-in assistance: Tuesdays 6:00-8:00, Room A (additional hours in the Library)

 2. DISCOVER ISLAM
Tuesday, Sep 2, 12:00-2:00pm, Info Booth A in Squires (across from ABP)
Islam is the fastest growing religion in the world. About 1.6 Billion people believe in Islam. Muslims come from almost every country in the world and speak almost every language. Come and learn more about Islam from your Muslim colleagues. Stop by, ask questions, get your free copy of Quran interpretation in English, watch Islamic art from different countries, get your name in Arabic, and enjoy tasting Arabian dates. This message is posted on behalf of doctoral student Haitham Elmarakeby; for more information contact him at marakeby@vt.edu.

3. HOKIES4HIRE AND ON-CAMPUS INTERVIEWING
Tuesday, Sep 2, 5:30-6:30pm, GLC Room G
Hundreds of employers search VT’s resume database for candidates each year. Learn how to use the system in your job search process and how to prepare for on-campus interviews. Presented by the Career Services Center.

4. COFFEE AND CONVERSATION IN NEWMAN LIBRARY
Wednesday, Sep 3, 8:30-10:30am, 416 Newman (Grad Study Lounge)
Jumpstart your school year with coffee and a continental breakfast at Newman Library.  This event will give you the opportunity to meet, chat, and have coffee with experts at the library who can help you with a number of things related to your research and teaching, including conducting literature reviews, managing data and citations, assessing scholarly impact, integrating research and information literacy into the classroom, and navigating the open access and publishing landscape.  Register at https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1406575971039 if you are planning to attend.

5. 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.

6. WRITING A WINNING RESUME
Wednesday, Sep 3, 5:30-6:30pm, GLC Room G
Having a well-polished resume is the most critical step toward getting an interview. Start early and be ready for fall career fairs and on-campus interviews. Brought to you by Career Services Center.

7. INTERVARSITY GRADUATE CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP
Wednesdays, Sep 3, 6:30pm, GLC Room G
InterVarsity Graduate Christian Fellowship (http://gcfvt.wordpress.com/) meets weekly for a free dinner and interactive Bible discussion. All are welcome!

8. FUTURE FORWARD MENTORING PROGRAM INFO SESSION
Wednesday, Sep 3, 6:30pm, GLC Room B
Are you looking for a way to get involved? Would you like to engage with a program that will and assist you to help others develop their academic, professional and social skills? If yes, consider contributing to the Future Forward Mentoring Program (https://www.facebook.com/groups/1460016357615461/), where thinking forward drives you toward a brighter future. Program staff invites you to participate in this info session to learn how you can be a mentor while enhancing your own professional development skills. Light Refreshments will be served. For more information contact Whitley Johnson at futureforwardvt@gmail.com, or at wmj22@vt.edu.

9. STUDENT DEBT CHALLENGES – DISCUSSION WITH SENATOR MARK WARNER
Thursday, Sep 4, 1:15-2:30pm, Squires Student Center Brush Mountain Room
US. Sen. Mark Warner will hold a forum about student debt challenges. Students, faculty, staff and administrators are welcome to attend. RSVP at www.markwarnerva.com/student-debt/vt/.

10. GLC CAFÉ
Thursday, Sep 4, 3:30-5:00pm, GLC Reading Room or GLC side patio (Bookstore side behind shrubs)
Take a break and enjoy coffee, tea, maybe fresh lemonade, and definitely cookies in the company of your graduate student and Grad School colleagues.

11. HOW TO MAKE ENDS MEET
Thursday, Sep 4, 5:00pm, GLC Room B
Learn creative ways to live within a meager budget using money-saving strategies specific to the New River Valley.

12. KIDS’ NIGHT OUT – FREE WEEKLY DROP IN CHILD CARE
Thursdays, starting Sep 4, 6:00-8:30pm, 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 (must be toilet trained). No need to pre-register. Childcare provided by the volunteers of Chi Delta Alpha sorority. KNO will be held every Thursday throughout the semester with the exception of home football games and when classes are not in session. For more information, contact Jessie Meltsner at jmelts@vt.edu, 231-7806.

13. GOBBLERFEST
Friday, Sep 5, 4:00-8:00pm, Drillfield
Gobblerfest is an annual festival intended to engage students in campus activities and connect with the surrounding community while inspiring curiosity, civility and self-understanding. Meet new students, explore common interests, and become a part of the Virginia Tech community, all in a healthy, alcohol-free setting. Student organizations, businesses, non-profit organizations, and Virginia Tech departments will offer food, games, free giveaways, and volunteer service information at booths around the Virginia Tech Drillfield: http://www.gobblerfest.dsa.vt.edu/.

14. INTERLOPER MAGAZINE GENERAL INTEREST MEETING
Saturday, Sep 6, 1:00pm, 370/380 Shanks Hall
The Interloper, Virginia Tech’s LGBT magazine, will have a general interest meeting this  Saturday. All are welcome to attend. The magazine is still looking for a features editor and more artists, photographers and writers. If you have any questions, email grad student and editor-in-chief Matty Bennett at theinterlopervt@gmail.com. You can check out the first issue at: http://www.issuu.com/theinterloper.

15. BGSO COOKOUT
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 jennlt8@vt.edu.

16. MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION NOW OPEN FOR INTERDISCIPLINARY HONOR SOCIETY – 1st posting
Iota Delta Rho, the Interdisciplinary Research Honor Society, will accept applications for membership through Monday, Sep 29, 2014. IDR was founded at Virginia Tech in 2011 by graduate students promoting interdisciplinary cooperation and research at VT and other colleges and universities. There are two levels of membership: full and associate. Both graduate and undergraduate members are welcome. Membership application, requirements for membership, and information about the society can be found at http://www.idrsociety.org/membership/application/. Questions should be directed to VP of Membership, Jie Ren, at jren4@vt.edu.

17. STATISTICAL CONSULTING WALK-IN HOURS AND LOCATIONS FOR FALL 2014
LISA (VT’s Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Statistical Analysis) walk-in consulting will be available every day classes are in session. During walk-in hours, a statistical consultant will be available to answer your quick questions or to help with research projects requiring less than 30 minutes of assistance. For more in-depth questions or longer projects, complete the LISA Collaboration Request Form at www.lisa.stat.vt.edu and a team of statistical collaborators will be assigned to work with you. Note: LISA does not assist with class projects or homework. Available times and locations:

  • Mon-Fri 1:00-3:00pm in the Old Security Building, Room 103
  • Mon 3:00-5:00pm in Port: Digital Research Commons on the Library side of Torgersen Bridge
  • Tue, Thu, Fri 10:00am-12:00pm in GLC Room A
  • Wed 10:00am-12:00pm in Hutcheson Hall, Room 403-J
  • Fri 10:00am-12:00pm – LISA Remote Consulting (see details below)
  • Virginia Tech Carilion Walk-In Consulting in Roanoke, VA – TBD

This semester LISA will offer Remote Consulting for VT researchers who are not located on the Blacksburg campus. On Friday mornings researchers can contact the LISA Skype account (lisacollab) to speak with a statistician. Discussions will still be limited to the 30 minutes of assistance and the consultant will try to let individuals know if they are currently with another remote visitor. For more information visit www.lisa.stat.vt.edu.

18. 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/.

19. 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. 

20. NSF GRFP APPLICATION PERIOD NOW OPEN – 3rd posting
NSF 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.

21. GRAD RESEARCH DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM CHAIR SOUGHT FOR GSA – 1st posting
The Graduate Student Assembly is seeking a program chair for the Graduate Research Development Program for the 2014-2015 academic year. The GRDP chair oversees the GSA funding program for graduate research. Program chairs receive a small stipend and excellent experience for their CV! More information about the program: http://blogs.lt.vt.edu/graduatestudentassembly/graduate-research-development-program/. If you are interested, e-mail a short letter of interest to Jenn Gooding, GSA executive assistant: jgooding@vt.edu.

 22. MENTORS SOUGHT FOR FUTURE FORWARD MENTORING PROGRAM – 2nd 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 wmj22@vt.edu for more information.

23. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR ONLINE SURVEY ABOUT ACADEMIC INTEGRITY – 3rd 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 svyantek@vt.edu.

24. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR “SLOW DOWN” PROGRAM FOR MOTHERS – 3rd 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, kennedy0@vt.edu or call/text 540-808-5358 for more information.

Upcoming Events:

MARTIAL ARTS EXPO
Saturday, Sep 13, 12:00-4:00pm, Old Dominion Ballroom, Squires
Come meet the many diverse martial arts clubs and see demonstrations at the Martial Arts Expo 2:00-4:00pm. This provides a unique opportunity, whether you are new to the martial arts and looking to learn something new or an experienced martial artist looking to further their training. Arts will include, Kodokan Akido, Kendo, Bushin-kan Karate, Tae Kwon Do, Tang Soo Do, Krav Maga, Mixed Martial Arts, Students for Creative Anachronism, and Bujinkan Taijutsu. These clubs offer low cost, high quality training from qualified instructors. The scope of martial arts at VT includes traditional study, sports, self-defense and combatives, and personal improvement. If you are interested in any of these things, come check it out! This message is posted on behalf of grad student William Monzel, jmonzel@vt.edu, president of the Martial Arts Council at VT.

 

September 1-7, 2014

1.  WEEKLY WALK-IN SERVICES IN THE GLC  – FALL SCHEDULE

  • Career services: will start Oct 1, 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
  • Statistical consulting by LISA: Tu, Th, F, 10:00-12:00, Room A
  • Writing Center walk-in assistance: Tuesdays 6:00-8:00, Room A (additional hours in the Library)

 2. DISCOVER ISLAM
Tuesday, Sep 2, 12:00-2:00pm, Info Booth A in Squires (across from ABP)
Islam is the fastest growing religion in the world. About 1.6 Billion people believe in Islam. Muslims come from almost every country in the world and speak almost every language. Come and learn more about Islam from your Muslim colleagues. Stop by, ask questions, get your free copy of Quran interpretation in English, watch Islamic art from different countries, get your name in Arabic, and enjoy tasting Arabian dates. This message is posted on behalf of doctoral student Haitham Elmarakeby; for more information contact him at marakeby@vt.edu.

3. HOKIES4HIRE AND ON-CAMPUS INTERVIEWING
Tuesday, Sep 2, 5:30-6:30pm, GLC Room G
Hundreds of employers search VT’s resume database for candidates each year. Learn how to use the system in your job search process and how to prepare for on-campus interviews. Presented by the Career Services Center.

4. COFFEE AND CONVERSATION IN NEWMAN LIBRARY
Wednesday, Sep 3, 8:30-10:30am, 416 Newman (Grad Study Lounge)
Jumpstart your school year with coffee and a continental breakfast at Newman Library.  This event will give you the opportunity to meet, chat, and have coffee with experts at the library who can help you with a number of things related to your research and teaching, including conducting literature reviews, managing data and citations, assessing scholarly impact, integrating research and information literacy into the classroom, and navigating the open access and publishing landscape.  Register at https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1406575971039 if you are planning to attend.

5. 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.

6. WRITING A WINNING RESUME
Wednesday, Sep 3, 5:30-6:30pm, GLC Room G
Having a well-polished resume is the most critical step toward getting an interview. Start early and be ready for fall career fairs and on-campus interviews. Brought to you by Career Services Center.

7. INTERVARSITY GRADUATE CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP
Wednesdays, Sep 3, 6:30pm, GLC Room G
InterVarsity Graduate Christian Fellowship (http://gcfvt.wordpress.com/) meets weekly for a free dinner and interactive Bible discussion. All are welcome!

8. FUTURE FORWARD MENTORING PROGRAM INFO SESSION
Wednesday, Sep 3, 6:30pm, GLC Room B
Are you looking for a way to get involved? Would you like to engage with a program that will and assist you to help others develop their academic, professional and social skills? If yes, consider contributing to the Future Forward Mentoring Program (https://www.facebook.com/groups/1460016357615461/), where thinking forward drives you toward a brighter future. Program staff invites you to participate in this info session to learn how you can be a mentor while enhancing your own professional development skills. Light Refreshments will be served. For more information contact Whitley Johnson at futureforwardvt@gmail.com, or at wmj22@vt.edu.

9. STUDENT DEBT CHALLENGES – DISCUSSION WITH SENATOR MARK WARNER
Thursday, Sep 4, 1:15-2:30pm, Squires Student Center Brush Mountain Room
US. Sen. Mark Warner will hold a forum about student debt challenges. Students, faculty, staff and administrators are welcome to attend. RSVP at www.markwarnerva.com/student-debt/vt/.

10. GLC CAFÉ
Thursday, Sep 4, 3:30-5:00pm, GLC Reading Room or GLC side patio (Bookstore side behind shrubs)
Take a break and enjoy coffee, tea, maybe fresh lemonade, and definitely cookies in the company of your graduate student and Grad School colleagues.

11. HOW TO MAKE ENDS MEET
Thursday, Sep 4, 5:00pm, GLC Room B
Learn creative ways to live within a meager budget using money-saving strategies specific to the New River Valley.

12. KIDS’ NIGHT OUT – FREE WEEKLY DROP IN CHILD CARE
Thursdays, starting Sep 4, 6:00-8:30pm, 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 (must be toilet trained). No need to pre-register. Childcare provided by the volunteers of Chi Delta Alpha sorority. KNO will be held every Thursday throughout the semester with the exception of home football games and when classes are not in session. For more information, contact Jessie Meltsner at jmelts@vt.edu, 231-7806.

13. GOBBLERFEST
Friday, Sep 5, 4:00-8:00pm, Drillfield
Gobblerfest is an annual festival intended to engage students in campus activities and connect with the surrounding community while inspiring curiosity, civility and self-understanding. Meet new students, explore common interests, and become a part of the Virginia Tech community, all in a healthy, alcohol-free setting. Student organizations, businesses, non-profit organizations, and Virginia Tech departments will offer food, games, free giveaways, and volunteer service information at booths around the Virginia Tech Drillfield: http://www.gobblerfest.dsa.vt.edu/.

14. INTERLOPER MAGAZINE GENERAL INTEREST MEETING
Saturday, Sep 6, 1:00pm, 370/380 Shanks Hall
The Interloper, Virginia Tech’s LGBT magazine, will have a general interest meeting this  Saturday. All are welcome to attend. The magazine is still looking for a features editor and more artists, photographers and writers. If you have any questions, email grad student and editor-in-chief Matty Bennett at theinterlopervt@gmail.com. You can check out the first issue at: http://www.issuu.com/theinterloper.

15. BGSO COOKOUT
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 jennlt8@vt.edu.

16. MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION NOW OPEN FOR INTERDISCIPLINARY HONOR SOCIETY – 1st posting
Iota Delta Rho, the Interdisciplinary Research Honor Society, will accept applications for membership through Monday, Sep 29, 2014. IDR was founded at Virginia Tech in 2011 by graduate students promoting interdisciplinary cooperation and research at VT and other colleges and universities. There are two levels of membership: full and associate. Both graduate and undergraduate members are welcome. Membership application, requirements for membership, and information about the society can be found at http://www.idrsociety.org/membership/application/. Questions should be directed to VP of Membership, Jie Ren, at jren4@vt.edu.

17. STATISTICAL CONSULTING WALK-IN HOURS AND LOCATIONS FOR FALL 2014
LISA (VT’s Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Statistical Analysis) walk-in consulting will be available every day classes are in session. During walk-in hours, a statistical consultant will be available to answer your quick questions or to help with research projects requiring less than 30 minutes of assistance. For more in-depth questions or longer projects, complete the LISA Collaboration Request Form at www.lisa.stat.vt.edu and a team of statistical collaborators will be assigned to work with you. Note: LISA does not assist with class projects or homework. Available times and locations:

  • Mon-Fri 1:00-3:00pm in the Old Security Building, Room 103
  • Mon 3:00-5:00pm in Port: Digital Research Commons on the Library side of Torgersen Bridge
  • Tue, Thu, Fri 10:00am-12:00pm in GLC Room A
  • Wed 10:00am-12:00pm in Hutcheson Hall, Room 403-J
  • Fri 10:00am-12:00pm – LISA Remote Consulting (see details below)
  • Virginia Tech Carilion Walk-In Consulting in Roanoke, VA – TBD

This semester LISA will offer Remote Consulting for VT researchers who are not located on the Blacksburg campus. On Friday mornings researchers can contact the LISA Skype account (lisacollab) to speak with a statistician. Discussions will still be limited to the 30 minutes of assistance and the consultant will try to let individuals know if they are currently with another remote visitor. For more information visit www.lisa.stat.vt.edu.

18. 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/.

19. 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. 

20. NSF GRFP APPLICATION PERIOD NOW OPEN – 3rd posting
NSF 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.

21. GRAD RESEARCH DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM CHAIR SOUGHT FOR GSA – 1st posting
The Graduate Student Assembly is seeking a program chair for the Graduate Research Development Program for the 2014-2015 academic year. The GRDP chair oversees the GSA funding program for graduate research. Program chairs receive a small stipend and excellent experience for their CV! More information about the program: http://blogs.lt.vt.edu/graduatestudentassembly/graduate-research-development-program/. If you are interested, e-mail a short letter of interest to Jenn Gooding, GSA executive assistant: jgooding@vt.edu.

 22. MENTORS SOUGHT FOR FUTURE FORWARD MENTORING PROGRAM – 2nd 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 wmj22@vt.edu for more information.

23. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR ONLINE SURVEY ABOUT ACADEMIC INTEGRITY – 3rd 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 svyantek@vt.edu.

24. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR “SLOW DOWN” PROGRAM FOR MOTHERS – 3rd 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, kennedy0@vt.edu or call/text 540-808-5358 for more information.

Upcoming Events:

MARTIAL ARTS EXPO
Saturday, Sep 13, 12:00-4:00pm, Old Dominion Ballroom, Squires
Come meet the many diverse martial arts clubs and see demonstrations at the Martial Arts Expo 2:00-4:00pm. This provides a unique opportunity, whether you are new to the martial arts and looking to learn something new or an experienced martial artist looking to further their training. Arts will include, Kodokan Akido, Kendo, Bushin-kan Karate, Tae Kwon Do, Tang Soo Do, Krav Maga, Mixed Martial Arts, Students for Creative Anachronism, and Bujinkan Taijutsu. These clubs offer low cost, high quality training from qualified instructors. The scope of martial arts at VT includes traditional study, sports, self-defense and combatives, and personal improvement. If you are interested in any of these things, come check it out! This message is posted on behalf of grad student William Monzel, jmonzel@vt.edu, president of the Martial Arts Council at VT.