December 22-January 4, 2015

1.  WEEKLY WALK-IN SERVICES IN THE GLC – updated 12/22

  • No walk-in GLC services during winter break. Services will resume after Jan 20, 2015
  • GLC Café: 3:30-5:00 every Thursday, Reading Room – returns Jan 8, 2015

2. GRADUATE SCHOOL WINTER-BREAK CLOSING
The Graduate School will be closed from 12:00pm Dec 24, through Jan 4, 2015. We will reopen with regular business hours at 8:00am on Monday, Jan 5. While our offices are closed, international students with travel emergencies (for example, emergency travel due to a family critical illness or death) are advised to call 540-231-8486 and state their name and student ID number clearly, as well as the nature of the emergency and the phone number where they may be reached. Voicemail will be checked once a day between Dec 24-Jan 4 and an immigration advisor will respond to the emergency as needed. International students should refer to http://graduateschool.vt.edu/igss/travel/reentry for instructions about travel and reentry to the U.S.

3. SPRING ENROLLMENT IN AETNA HEALTH INSURANCE – 1st posting
Spring open enrollment period for the university-sponsored plan by Aetna is Dec 19-Jan 31. Visit the Student Medical Insurance Office website at http://www.co.vt.edu/Risk/studenthealthinsr/ for instructions on enrollment, plan details and more. If you have questions, please contact SMI at 231-6226.

4. REGISTRATION OPEN FOR PAYROLL DEDUCTION OF COMP FEES FOR GRAD ASSISTANTS – 1st posting
The registration system for paying comprehensive fees through payroll deduction for spring 2015 is now open.  Graduate students on an assistantship must either pay their comprehensive fees or enroll for payroll deductions by the payment deadline set by the Bursar’s Office.  To enroll in payroll deductions, 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. 

5. CALL FOR APPLICATIONS FOR GRADUATE STUDENT REP TO BOARD OF VISITORS – 2nd posting
Applications for Graduate Student Representative to the VT Board of Visitors are accepted until Feb 13, 2015. All currently enrolled graduate students in good standing are encouraged to consider this great leadership and service opportunity to represent graduate students’ voices, needs and interest on the VT Board of Visitors. Learn more at http://www.dsa.vt.edu/BOV/apply.php.

6. CALL FOR NOMINATIONS FOR EXCELLENCE IN GRADUATE ACADEMIC ADVISING – deadline Jan 9
Virginia Tech sponsors three Exemplary Academic Advising awards annually in an effort to recognize the outstanding efforts of faculty and the role they play in retaining students and developing an advising partnership. More information is available at http://www.advising.vt.edu/index.php/advising-awards . At this time the nomination form is the only item being accepted. After the deadline, the nominee’s department head will be notified in order to solicit their support in submitting a complete dossier to be reviewed by the selection committee. For the Alumni Award for Excellence in Graduate Academic Advising, the nominee must be a full-time faculty member and must hold the rank of professor, associate professor, assistant professor or instructor. The Advising Award committee reviews nominations made by students, alumni, faculty, departments, or self-nominations, and selects a recipient. Send any questions regarding the nomination submission process to advising@vt.edu.

7. CALL FOR ABSTRACTS FOR INTERDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH DAY POSTER SESSION – 2nd posting
The Interdisciplinary Research Honor Society (IDR) invites you to submit an abstract for the poster session during the Annual Interdisciplinary Research Day, to be held at The Inn at Virginia Tech on Feb, 26, 2015. Abstracts showing an integration of interdisciplinary research are welcome in all categories. If your research integrates work from different disciplines, consider sharing your work. Submission deadline is Jan 30, 2015. Instructions and submission form are at: https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1386293281414. Contact Rachael Kennedy (kennedy3@vt.edu) or Souvick Chatterjee (souvick8@vt.edu) with questions.

8. NOMINATIONS FOR GRADUATE STUDENT AWARDS NOW OPEN – 3rd posting
A number of prestigious awards are granted to graduate students each year, carrying a monetary prize ($200-$1000 each) and award certificate. Discuss the possibility of your nomination by your advisor/department for any of the following awards that will be given out during the Graduate School’s annual awards banquet on March 26, 2015:

  • Outstanding Dissertation in (1) math, sciences and engineering, and (1) in social sciences, business and humanities
  • Preston Society Master’s Thesis Award
  • Graduate Student Teaching Excellence (1) for GTA instructor of record (1) GTA instructor assistant
  • Graduate Student Service Excellence
  • Graduate Student of the Year (up to three awards given)
  • Outstanding master’s and doctoral student in each college and in interdisciplinary programs.

More information about criteria, forms, and process for nomination are at: http://graduateschool.vt.edu/academics/awards/2014_2015.

9. GSA SEEKS TRAVEL FUND PROGRAM VICE CHAIR – 1st posting
The Graduate Student Assembly is seeking a vice chair for the Travel Fund Program for the spring 2015 semester who will co-manage the program with the current chair. The TFP is a small grants program which partially reimburses eligible graduate students’ travel when presenting their research at conferences. The vice chair will receive a small stipend and excellent experience for their CV! The ideal candidate will be strongly interested in serving as the program chair in the 2015-2016 academic year. Previous program management/GSA involvement preferred, but not required. More information about the program: http://blogs.lt.vt.edu/graduatestudentassembly/travel-fund-program/. If you are interested, e-mail a short letter of interest and your vita to kasey@vt.edu by Fri, Jan 23 2015 5pm.

10. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR STUDY ON CONSUMER SOCIALIZATION METHODS THAT PARENTS USE – 1st posting
Participants are needed for a study on the ways in which parents socialize their child(ren) into consumer roles. Parents will discuss the ways in which they teach and train their children about spending and saving money, shopping, and the value of money. The study consists of a single interview that will take approximately one hour or less. To be eligible, participants must be a currently-married mother of a child aged 11-15 with whom they reside for at least half of each month. Participants will receive a $20 gift card in appreciation of their participation. If interested, contact George Batten at gpb2c@vt.edu for further details.

11. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR RESEARCH PROJECT ON WORK AND FAMILY IN FAMILY BUSINESSES – 2nd posting
Researchers in the VT Department of Human Development are conducting a study to investigate work and family in family businesses. They are looking for individuals who are (1) age 18 and older, (2) in a romantically involved, committed relationship for at least 1 year, and (3) both members of the relationship are involved in a family business. Participation would include a one-time survey that asks demographic information and completion of seven daily diaries that take about 30 minutes to complete. Participants are compensated $20.00 each for their time. If you are eligible and interested, contact the Co-Principal Investigator: Andrea Swenson at  aswenson@vt.edu. This study is approved by the Virginia Tech Institutional Review Board.

12. SURVEY PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR DIGITAL TO-DO LIST RESEARCH – 3rd posting
Sheriff Jolaoso, master’s student in computer science, is looking for participants for his research on engagement with digital to-do tools such as calendars, to-do list apps, and email. Participation consists of completing a 22-question survey that asks questions about the digital to-do list tools you use and how you use them. Participants must be over 18 and use calendars, emails, and/or to-do list apps to maintain things you need to do in the future. If interested, complete the survey at https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_cYzQARJJdur6lLf. If you have any questions about this research study, contact Sheriff Jolaoso, email: sheriff1@vt.edu.

December 22-January 4, 2015

1.  WEEKLY WALK-IN SERVICES IN THE GLC – updated 12/22

  • No walk-in GLC services during winter break. Services will resume after Jan 20, 2015
  • GLC Café: 3:30-5:00 every Thursday, Reading Room – returns Jan 8, 2015

2. GRADUATE SCHOOL WINTER-BREAK CLOSING
The Graduate School will be closed from 12:00pm Dec 24, through Jan 4, 2015. We will reopen with regular business hours at 8:00am on Monday, Jan 5. While our offices are closed, international students with travel emergencies (for example, emergency travel due to a family critical illness or death) are advised to call 540-231-8486 and state their name and student ID number clearly, as well as the nature of the emergency and the phone number where they may be reached. Voicemail will be checked once a day between Dec 24-Jan 4 and an immigration advisor will respond to the emergency as needed. International students should refer to http://graduateschool.vt.edu/igss/travel/reentry for instructions about travel and reentry to the U.S.

3. SPRING ENROLLMENT IN AETNA HEALTH INSURANCE – 1st posting
Spring open enrollment period for the university-sponsored plan by Aetna is Dec 19-Jan 31. Visit the Student Medical Insurance Office website at http://www.co.vt.edu/Risk/studenthealthinsr/ for instructions on enrollment, plan details and more. If you have questions, please contact SMI at 231-6226.

4. REGISTRATION OPEN FOR PAYROLL DEDUCTION OF COMP FEES FOR GRAD ASSISTANTS – 1st posting
The registration system for paying comprehensive fees through payroll deduction for spring 2015 is now open.  Graduate students on an assistantship must either pay their comprehensive fees or enroll for payroll deductions by the payment deadline set by the Bursar’s Office.  To enroll in payroll deductions, 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. 

5. CALL FOR APPLICATIONS FOR GRADUATE STUDENT REP TO BOARD OF VISITORS – 2nd posting
Applications for Graduate Student Representative to the VT Board of Visitors are accepted until Feb 13, 2015. All currently enrolled graduate students in good standing are encouraged to consider this great leadership and service opportunity to represent graduate students’ voices, needs and interest on the VT Board of Visitors. Learn more at http://www.dsa.vt.edu/BOV/apply.php.

6. CALL FOR NOMINATIONS FOR EXCELLENCE IN GRADUATE ACADEMIC ADVISING – deadline Jan 9
Virginia Tech sponsors three Exemplary Academic Advising awards annually in an effort to recognize the outstanding efforts of faculty and the role they play in retaining students and developing an advising partnership. More information is available at http://www.advising.vt.edu/index.php/advising-awards . At this time the nomination form is the only item being accepted. After the deadline, the nominee’s department head will be notified in order to solicit their support in submitting a complete dossier to be reviewed by the selection committee. For the Alumni Award for Excellence in Graduate Academic Advising, the nominee must be a full-time faculty member and must hold the rank of professor, associate professor, assistant professor or instructor. The Advising Award committee reviews nominations made by students, alumni, faculty, departments, or self-nominations, and selects a recipient. Send any questions regarding the nomination submission process to advising@vt.edu.

7. CALL FOR ABSTRACTS FOR INTERDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH DAY POSTER SESSION – 2nd posting
The Interdisciplinary Research Honor Society (IDR) invites you to submit an abstract for the poster session during the Annual Interdisciplinary Research Day, to be held at The Inn at Virginia Tech on Feb, 26, 2015. Abstracts showing an integration of interdisciplinary research are welcome in all categories. If your research integrates work from different disciplines, consider sharing your work. Submission deadline is Jan 30, 2015. Instructions and submission form are at: https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1386293281414. Contact Rachael Kennedy (kennedy3@vt.edu) or Souvick Chatterjee (souvick8@vt.edu) with questions.

8. NOMINATIONS FOR GRADUATE STUDENT AWARDS NOW OPEN – 3rd posting
A number of prestigious awards are granted to graduate students each year, carrying a monetary prize ($200-$1000 each) and award certificate. Discuss the possibility of your nomination by your advisor/department for any of the following awards that will be given out during the Graduate School’s annual awards banquet on March 26, 2015:

  • Outstanding Dissertation in (1) math, sciences and engineering, and (1) in social sciences, business and humanities
  • Preston Society Master’s Thesis Award
  • Graduate Student Teaching Excellence (1) for GTA instructor of record (1) GTA instructor assistant
  • Graduate Student Service Excellence
  • Graduate Student of the Year (up to three awards given)
  • Outstanding master’s and doctoral student in each college and in interdisciplinary programs.

More information about criteria, forms, and process for nomination are at: http://graduateschool.vt.edu/academics/awards/2014_2015.

9. GSA SEEKS TRAVEL FUND PROGRAM VICE CHAIR – 1st posting
The Graduate Student Assembly is seeking a vice chair for the Travel Fund Program for the spring 2015 semester who will co-manage the program with the current chair. The TFP is a small grants program which partially reimburses eligible graduate students’ travel when presenting their research at conferences. The vice chair will receive a small stipend and excellent experience for their CV! The ideal candidate will be strongly interested in serving as the program chair in the 2015-2016 academic year. Previous program management/GSA involvement preferred, but not required. More information about the program: http://blogs.lt.vt.edu/graduatestudentassembly/travel-fund-program/. If you are interested, e-mail a short letter of interest and your vita to kasey@vt.edu by Fri, Jan 23 2015 5pm.

10. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR STUDY ON CONSUMER SOCIALIZATION METHODS THAT PARENTS USE – 1st posting
Participants are needed for a study on the ways in which parents socialize their child(ren) into consumer roles. Parents will discuss the ways in which they teach and train their children about spending and saving money, shopping, and the value of money. The study consists of a single interview that will take approximately one hour or less. To be eligible, participants must be a currently-married mother of a child aged 11-15 with whom they reside for at least half of each month. Participants will receive a $20 gift card in appreciation of their participation. If interested, contact George Batten at gpb2c@vt.edu for further details.

11. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR RESEARCH PROJECT ON WORK AND FAMILY IN FAMILY BUSINESSES – 2nd posting
Researchers in the VT Department of Human Development are conducting a study to investigate work and family in family businesses. They are looking for individuals who are (1) age 18 and older, (2) in a romantically involved, committed relationship for at least 1 year, and (3) both members of the relationship are involved in a family business. Participation would include a one-time survey that asks demographic information and completion of seven daily diaries that take about 30 minutes to complete. Participants are compensated $20.00 each for their time. If you are eligible and interested, contact the Co-Principal Investigator: Andrea Swenson at  aswenson@vt.edu. This study is approved by the Virginia Tech Institutional Review Board.

12. SURVEY PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR DIGITAL TO-DO LIST RESEARCH – 3rd posting
Sheriff Jolaoso, master’s student in computer science, is looking for participants for his research on engagement with digital to-do tools such as calendars, to-do list apps, and email. Participation consists of completing a 22-question survey that asks questions about the digital to-do list tools you use and how you use them. Participants must be over 18 and use calendars, emails, and/or to-do list apps to maintain things you need to do in the future. If interested, complete the survey at https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_cYzQARJJdur6lLf. If you have any questions about this research study, contact Sheriff Jolaoso, email: sheriff1@vt.edu.

December 15-21, 2014

1.  WEEKLY WALK-IN SERVICES IN THE GLC – updated 12/5
Most walk-in services are now on hiatus for the winter break and will be back again after spring semester begins.

  • Counseling by Cook: Thursdays and Fridays, 1:00-5:00pm, Green Room
  • GLC Café: 3:30-5:00 every Thursday, Reading Room – final cafe of 2014 on Dec 18
  • Graduate School business hours: M,Tu,Th,F: 8:00am-5:00pm; W: 9:30am-5:00pm

2. FREE FINALS WEEK FITNESS
Friday, Dec 12 through Wednesday, Dec 17, War Memorial Gym and McComas Hall
All Rec Sports classes are free and open to everyone, no pass required during exams. Try any of the classes, relieve stress, enjoy a work out! Review the free week schedule at: http://recsports.vt.edu/fitness/groupx.

3. VT PAWS
Monday, Dec 15, 6:00-7:00pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
The GLC Fellows invite you to come relieve some finals stress with the VT Helping PAWS therapy animals. Students from the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine will be on hand with their dogs and cats.  Come hang out, spend some time with the animals, take a break from studying, and relax!  To learn more about VT Helping PAWS, you can visit their website here:  http://www.vetmed.vt.edu/vthelpingpaws/.

4. NEW AFFORDABLE CHILDCARE INFO SESSION
Monday, Dec 15, 7:00pm, GLC Room F
Attend this information session to learn more about the Graduate School’s new Parent Cooperative Playgroup initiative, starting in January 2015. This program will operate across the street from campus out of the Lutheran Memorial Lutheran Church, and will provide part-time childcare at an affordable rate to student families.

5. DISSERTATION WRITING SUPPORT GROUP
Tuesdays bi-weekly, Dec 16, 12:00-1:30pm, GLC Room D
Do you need some support with staying on track with your writing? Could you use some advice on managing your relationship with your advisor/committee? Would you share some of your experiences with fellow grad students who are going through the same process? Do you need a safe place to decompress from the stress of your dissertation? Join the second meeting of this newly forming dissertation support group and see how it may support your progress. Bring your own lunch!  Contact Monika Gibson at gibsonm@vt.edu for more information. This is the last meeting of the year. Regular bi-weekly meetings will resume on Jan 13, 2015.

6. PARENT SUPPORT GROUP MEETING MONTHLY
Wednesday, Dec 17, 12:00-1:30pm, GLC Room F
The Parent Support Group is a new opportunity for graduate students and their spouses who have or are expecting children, designed to provide a place to connect and build community. The group will be meeting this Wednesday in the GLC. Lunch will be served and spouses and children are welcome! Please RSVP at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0e4fabaa28a1ff2-december, and email childcare@vt.edu with any questions.

7. GLC CAFÉ: BOOK SWAP EDITION
Thursday, Dec 18, 3:30-5:00pm, GLC Reading Room or Lobby
Celebrate the end of the semester and the end of the year with the final café of 2014, combined with a book swap. Bring books and take some, or just take books to read during the break. Share your favorite titles with grad students and Grad School colleagues over coffee, tea, hot chocolate, hot cider, and cookies. Bring your own mug if you can. The café will be on a break on Dec 25 and Jan 1, but will return on Jan 8, 2015!

8. GRADUATE COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY
Friday, Dec 19, 3:00pm, Cassell Coliseum
Join in the celebration of our graduating master’s and doctoral students and certificate recipients. For details visit http://graduateschool.vt.edu/academics/commencement_info. This event will be live streamed.

9. CALL FOR APPLICATIONS FOR GRADUATE STUDENT REP TO BOARD OF VISITORS – 1st posting
Applications for Graduate Student Representative to the VT Board of Visitors are accepted until Feb 13, 2015. All currently enrolled graduate students in good standing are encouraged to consider this great leadership and service opportunity to represent graduate students’ voices, needs and interest on the VT Board of Visitors. Learn more at http://www.dsa.vt.edu/BOV/apply.php.

10. CALL FOR NOMINATIONS FOR EXCELLENCE IN GRADUATE ACADEMIC ADVISING – deadline Jan 9
Virginia Tech sponsors three Exemplary Academic Advising awards annually in an effort to recognize the outstanding efforts of faculty and the role they play in retaining students and developing an advising partnership. More information is available at http://www.advising.vt.edu/index.php/advising-awards . At this time the nomination form is the only item being accepted. After the deadline, the nominee’s department head will be notified in order to solicit their support in submitting a complete dossier to be reviewed by the selection committee. For the Alumni Award for Excellence in Graduate Academic Advising, the nominee must be a full-time faculty member and must hold the rank of professor, associate professor, assistant professor or instructor. The Advising Award committee reviews nominations made by students, alumni, faculty, departments, or self-nominations, and selects a recipient. Send any questions regarding the nomination submission process to advising@vt.edu.

11. CALL FOR ABSTRACTS FOR INTERDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH DAY POSTER SESSION – 1st posting
The Interdisciplinary Research Honor Society (IDR) invites you to submit an abstract for the poster session during the Annual Interdisciplinary Research Day, to be held at The Inn at Virginia Tech on Feb, 26, 2015. Abstracts showing an integration of interdisciplinary research are welcome in all categories. If your research integrates work from different disciplines, consider sharing your work. Submission deadline is Jan 30, 2015. Instructions and submission form are at: https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1386293281414. Contact Rachael Kennedy (kennedy3@vt.edu) or Souvick Chatterjee (souvick8@vt.edu) with questions.

12. NOMINATIONS FOR GRADUATE STUDENT AWARDS NOW OPEN – 2nd posting
A number of prestigious awards are granted to graduate students each year, carrying a monetary prize ($200-$1000 each) and award certificate. Discuss the possibility of your nomination by your advisor/department for any of the following awards that will be given out during the Graduate School’s annual awards banquet on March 26, 2015:

  • Outstanding Dissertation in (1) math, sciences and engineering, and (1) in social sciences, business and humanities
  • Preston Society Master’s Thesis Award
  • Graduate Student Teaching Excellence (1) for GTA instructor of record (1) GTA instructor assistant
  • Graduate Student Service Excellence
  • Graduate Student of the Year (up to three awards given)
  • Outstanding master’s and doctoral student in each college and in interdisciplinary programs. 

More information about criteria, forms, and process for nomination are at: http://graduateschool.vt.edu/academics/awards/2014_2015.

13. VIDEO AVAILABLE OF “GRADUATION 101: ETD REVIEW” WEBINAR
A video is available online for those who missed the ETD review webinar in November. Access the video at iTunes U, http://itunes.apple.com/itunes-u/graduate-school/id465646313?mt=10 or via YouTube at http://youtu.be/sbm0Bh841tU. For more information on degree completion guidelines and deadlines, see Graduate School website http://graduateschool.vt.edu/academics/degree_completion.  

14. VIDEO AVAILABLE OF “PREPARING FOR GRADUATION – FINAL STEPS TO DEGREE”
A video is available for those who missed the December webinar on preparing for graduation webinar. The video may be downloaded at  iTunes U  http://itunes.apple.com/itunes-u/graduate-school/id465646313?mt=10 or via YouTube  http://youtu.be/6LV0BcvxLxM. For more information on degree completion guidelines and deadlines see Graduate School website http://graduateschool.vt.edu/academics/degree_completion. 

15. WAGE POSITION IN ACADEMIC COACHING – 3rd posting
Academic coaches working University Studies meet with 10-15 students 3-4 times per semester. Each coach will collaborate with his or her students to create individualized goals and educational plans for the semester, focusing on time management, use of existing campus resources, and problem solving. Coaches will also aid students in exploring majors and introduce them to the Pathways Planner tool. Responsibilities include: 1) Participating in training and/or meetings the week before classes begin (January 8 & 9); 2) Attending group meetings the week before and during week 1 of spring semester; 3) Scheduling individual meetings with students during weeks 3-4, 5-6 and 13-14 and assessing academic progress at each meeting; 4) Utilizing supplied materials and/or developing new materials; 5) Referring students to appropriate campus resources and advisors; 6) documenting meetings and communicating with program coordinator and advisors. Applicants should be graduate students in good academic standing. To apply, send resume and cover letter to Nick Sano-Franchini via email: nicks5@vt.edu by December 10, 2014.

16. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR RESEARCH PROJECT ON WORK AND FAMILY IN FAMILY BUSINESSES – 1st posting
Researchers in the VT Department of Human Development are conducting a study to investigate work and family in family businesses. They are looking for individuals who are (1) age 18 and older, (2) in a romantically involved, committed relationship for at least 1 year, and (3) both members of the relationship are involved in a family business. Participation would include a one-time survey that asks demographic information and completion of seven daily diaries that take about 30 minutes to complete. Participants are compensated $20.00 each for their time. If you are eligible and interested, contact the Co-Principal Investigator: Andrea Swenson at  aswenson@vt.edu. This study is approved by the Virginia Tech Institutional Review Board.

17. SURVEY PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR DIGITAL TO-DO LIST RESEARCH – 2nd posting
Sheriff Jolaoso, master’s student in computer science, is looking for participants for his research on engagement with digital to-do tools such as calendars, to-do list apps, and email. Participation consists of completing a 22-question survey that asks questions about the digital to-do list tools you use and how you use them. Participants must be over 18 and use calendars, emails, and/or to-do list apps to maintain things you need to do in the future. If interested, complete the survey at https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_cYzQARJJdur6lLf. If you have any questions about this research study, contact Sheriff Jolaoso, email: sheriff1@vt.edu.

Upcoming Events:

GRADUATE SCHOOL WINTER-BREAK CLOSING
The Graduate School will be closed from 12:00pm Dec 24, through Jan 4, 2015. We will reopen with regular business hours at 8:00am on Monday, Jan 5.

December 15-21, 2014

1.  WEEKLY WALK-IN SERVICES IN THE GLC – updated 12/5
Most walk-in services are now on hiatus for the winter break and will be back again after spring semester begins.

  • Counseling by Cook: Thursdays and Fridays, 1:00-5:00pm, Green Room
  • GLC Café: 3:30-5:00 every Thursday, Reading Room – final cafe of 2014 on Dec 18
  • Graduate School business hours: M,Tu,Th,F: 8:00am-5:00pm; W: 9:30am-5:00pm

2. FREE FINALS WEEK FITNESS
Friday, Dec 12 through Wednesday, Dec 17, War Memorial Gym and McComas Hall
All Rec Sports classes are free and open to everyone, no pass required during exams. Try any of the classes, relieve stress, enjoy a work out! Review the free week schedule at: http://recsports.vt.edu/fitness/groupx.

3. VT PAWS
Monday, Dec 15, 6:00-7:00pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
The GLC Fellows invite you to come relieve some finals stress with the VT Helping PAWS therapy animals. Students from the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine will be on hand with their dogs and cats.  Come hang out, spend some time with the animals, take a break from studying, and relax!  To learn more about VT Helping PAWS, you can visit their website here:  http://www.vetmed.vt.edu/vthelpingpaws/.

4. NEW AFFORDABLE CHILDCARE INFO SESSION
Monday, Dec 15, 7:00pm, GLC Room F
Attend this information session to learn more about the Graduate School’s new Parent Cooperative Playgroup initiative, starting in January 2015. This program will operate across the street from campus out of the Lutheran Memorial Lutheran Church, and will provide part-time childcare at an affordable rate to student families.

5. DISSERTATION WRITING SUPPORT GROUP
Tuesdays bi-weekly, Dec 16, 12:00-1:30pm, GLC Room D
Do you need some support with staying on track with your writing? Could you use some advice on managing your relationship with your advisor/committee? Would you share some of your experiences with fellow grad students who are going through the same process? Do you need a safe place to decompress from the stress of your dissertation? Join the second meeting of this newly forming dissertation support group and see how it may support your progress. Bring your own lunch!  Contact Monika Gibson at gibsonm@vt.edu for more information. This is the last meeting of the year. Regular bi-weekly meetings will resume on Jan 13, 2015.

6. PARENT SUPPORT GROUP MEETING MONTHLY
Wednesday, Dec 17, 12:00-1:30pm, GLC Room F
The Parent Support Group is a new opportunity for graduate students and their spouses who have or are expecting children, designed to provide a place to connect and build community. The group will be meeting this Wednesday in the GLC. Lunch will be served and spouses and children are welcome! Please RSVP at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0e4fabaa28a1ff2-december, and email childcare@vt.edu with any questions.

7. GLC CAFÉ: BOOK SWAP EDITION
Thursday, Dec 18, 3:30-5:00pm, GLC Reading Room or Lobby
Celebrate the end of the semester and the end of the year with the final café of 2014, combined with a book swap. Bring books and take some, or just take books to read during the break. Share your favorite titles with grad students and Grad School colleagues over coffee, tea, hot chocolate, hot cider, and cookies. Bring your own mug if you can. The café will be on a break on Dec 25 and Jan 1, but will return on Jan 8, 2015!

8. GRADUATE COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY
Friday, Dec 19, 3:00pm, Cassell Coliseum
Join in the celebration of our graduating master’s and doctoral students and certificate recipients. For details visit http://graduateschool.vt.edu/academics/commencement_info. This event will be live streamed.

9. CALL FOR APPLICATIONS FOR GRADUATE STUDENT REP TO BOARD OF VISITORS – 1st posting
Applications for Graduate Student Representative to the VT Board of Visitors are accepted until Feb 13, 2015. All currently enrolled graduate students in good standing are encouraged to consider this great leadership and service opportunity to represent graduate students’ voices, needs and interest on the VT Board of Visitors. Learn more at http://www.dsa.vt.edu/BOV/apply.php.

10. CALL FOR NOMINATIONS FOR EXCELLENCE IN GRADUATE ACADEMIC ADVISING – deadline Jan 9
Virginia Tech sponsors three Exemplary Academic Advising awards annually in an effort to recognize the outstanding efforts of faculty and the role they play in retaining students and developing an advising partnership. More information is available at http://www.advising.vt.edu/index.php/advising-awards . At this time the nomination form is the only item being accepted. After the deadline, the nominee’s department head will be notified in order to solicit their support in submitting a complete dossier to be reviewed by the selection committee. For the Alumni Award for Excellence in Graduate Academic Advising, the nominee must be a full-time faculty member and must hold the rank of professor, associate professor, assistant professor or instructor. The Advising Award committee reviews nominations made by students, alumni, faculty, departments, or self-nominations, and selects a recipient. Send any questions regarding the nomination submission process to advising@vt.edu.

11. CALL FOR ABSTRACTS FOR INTERDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH DAY POSTER SESSION – 1st posting
The Interdisciplinary Research Honor Society (IDR) invites you to submit an abstract for the poster session during the Annual Interdisciplinary Research Day, to be held at The Inn at Virginia Tech on Feb, 26, 2015. Abstracts showing an integration of interdisciplinary research are welcome in all categories. If your research integrates work from different disciplines, consider sharing your work. Submission deadline is Jan 30, 2015. Instructions and submission form are at: https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1386293281414. Contact Rachael Kennedy (kennedy3@vt.edu) or Souvick Chatterjee (souvick8@vt.edu) with questions.

12. NOMINATIONS FOR GRADUATE STUDENT AWARDS NOW OPEN – 2nd posting
A number of prestigious awards are granted to graduate students each year, carrying a monetary prize ($200-$1000 each) and award certificate. Discuss the possibility of your nomination by your advisor/department for any of the following awards that will be given out during the Graduate School’s annual awards banquet on March 26, 2015:

  • Outstanding Dissertation in (1) math, sciences and engineering, and (1) in social sciences, business and humanities
  • Preston Society Master’s Thesis Award
  • Graduate Student Teaching Excellence (1) for GTA instructor of record (1) GTA instructor assistant
  • Graduate Student Service Excellence
  • Graduate Student of the Year (up to three awards given)
  • Outstanding master’s and doctoral student in each college and in interdisciplinary programs. 

More information about criteria, forms, and process for nomination are at: http://graduateschool.vt.edu/academics/awards/2014_2015.

13. VIDEO AVAILABLE OF “GRADUATION 101: ETD REVIEW” WEBINAR
A video is available online for those who missed the ETD review webinar in November. Access the video at iTunes U, http://itunes.apple.com/itunes-u/graduate-school/id465646313?mt=10 or via YouTube at http://youtu.be/sbm0Bh841tU. For more information on degree completion guidelines and deadlines, see Graduate School website http://graduateschool.vt.edu/academics/degree_completion.  

14. VIDEO AVAILABLE OF “PREPARING FOR GRADUATION – FINAL STEPS TO DEGREE”
A video is available for those who missed the December webinar on preparing for graduation webinar. The video may be downloaded at  iTunes U  http://itunes.apple.com/itunes-u/graduate-school/id465646313?mt=10 or via YouTube  http://youtu.be/6LV0BcvxLxM. For more information on degree completion guidelines and deadlines see Graduate School website http://graduateschool.vt.edu/academics/degree_completion. 

15. WAGE POSITION IN ACADEMIC COACHING – 3rd posting
Academic coaches working University Studies meet with 10-15 students 3-4 times per semester. Each coach will collaborate with his or her students to create individualized goals and educational plans for the semester, focusing on time management, use of existing campus resources, and problem solving. Coaches will also aid students in exploring majors and introduce them to the Pathways Planner tool. Responsibilities include: 1) Participating in training and/or meetings the week before classes begin (January 8 & 9); 2) Attending group meetings the week before and during week 1 of spring semester; 3) Scheduling individual meetings with students during weeks 3-4, 5-6 and 13-14 and assessing academic progress at each meeting; 4) Utilizing supplied materials and/or developing new materials; 5) Referring students to appropriate campus resources and advisors; 6) documenting meetings and communicating with program coordinator and advisors. Applicants should be graduate students in good academic standing. To apply, send resume and cover letter to Nick Sano-Franchini via email: nicks5@vt.edu by December 10, 2014.

16. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR RESEARCH PROJECT ON WORK AND FAMILY IN FAMILY BUSINESSES – 1st posting
Researchers in the VT Department of Human Development are conducting a study to investigate work and family in family businesses. They are looking for individuals who are (1) age 18 and older, (2) in a romantically involved, committed relationship for at least 1 year, and (3) both members of the relationship are involved in a family business. Participation would include a one-time survey that asks demographic information and completion of seven daily diaries that take about 30 minutes to complete. Participants are compensated $20.00 each for their time. If you are eligible and interested, contact the Co-Principal Investigator: Andrea Swenson at  aswenson@vt.edu. This study is approved by the Virginia Tech Institutional Review Board.

17. SURVEY PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR DIGITAL TO-DO LIST RESEARCH – 2nd posting
Sheriff Jolaoso, master’s student in computer science, is looking for participants for his research on engagement with digital to-do tools such as calendars, to-do list apps, and email. Participation consists of completing a 22-question survey that asks questions about the digital to-do list tools you use and how you use them. Participants must be over 18 and use calendars, emails, and/or to-do list apps to maintain things you need to do in the future. If interested, complete the survey at https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_cYzQARJJdur6lLf. If you have any questions about this research study, contact Sheriff Jolaoso, email: sheriff1@vt.edu.

Upcoming Events:

GRADUATE SCHOOL WINTER-BREAK CLOSING
The Graduate School will be closed from 12:00pm Dec 24, through Jan 4, 2015. We will reopen with regular business hours at 8:00am on Monday, Jan 5.

December 8-14, 2014

1.  WEEKLY WALK-IN SERVICES IN THE GLC – updated 12/1

  • Career services: Wednesdays, 2:30-5:00pm, GLC Lobby
  • Counseling by Cook: Thursdays and Fridays, 1:00-5:00pm, Green Room
  • Financial aid advising: Tuesdays 3:30-5:00, Room A
  • GLC Café: 3:30-5:00 every Thursday, Reading Room – year round!
  • Graduate School business hours: M,Tu,Th,F: 8:00am-5:00pm; W: 9:30am-5:00pm
  • 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. FINALS EXTRAVAGANZA
Wednesday, Dec 10, 11:00AM-2:00PM, McComas Hall Lobby
The Cook Counseling Center is offering a fall “Finals Extravaganza” in collaboration with Schiffert Health Center, Health Education, Rec Sports, the Women’s Center, College Alcohol Abuse Prevention Center and the Student Success Center, to help students learn how to cope with the stress of finals.  There will be served snacks and other refreshments, opportunities to participate in fun activities and the CCC therapy dogs will be available to interact with students.  In addition, participants will have the opportunity to learn study tips for finals and how to relax in 15 minutes.  For more information contact Charlotte Amenkhienan at camen@vt.edu  or 231-6557.

3. MANDATORY TITLE IX WORKSHOP FOR ALL STUDENT EMPLOYEES – register now!
Thursday, Dec 11, 8:30-10:00am in Room F and 1:30-3:00pm in GLC Auditorium
The university is requiring that all employees and graduate- and undergraduate students in any student employment category complete a Title IX and Retaliation workshop by the end of January 2015. Although there are other ways to satisfy this requirement, the Graduate School has arranged two presentations so that you can become familiar with the responsibilities and obligations that you have concerning what to do if a student discloses sexual harassment, sexual violence (rape and other non-consensual sexual activity) or if an allegation of retaliation is made for having reported such activity. Pre-registration is required at https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1418050857775 if you plan to attend one of the sessions. Registration will close if all seats are filled. Attendance will be recorded by Hokie Passport swipe, so please bring your HP with you to the session. To complete the training online, go to Coursewhere at www.training.vt.edu; use PID and password; create a “profile” in Coursewhere; register; watch.)

4. GLC CAFÉ
Thursday, Dec 11, 3:30-5:00pm, GLC Reading Room
Take a break and enjoy coffee, tea, and cookies in the company of your graduate student and Grad School colleagues. Maybe there will be hot chocolate, too.

5. HOT CHOCOLATE EXAM BREAK
Friday, Dec 12, 12:00-2:00pm, GLC Lobby
As finals week begins, swing by the GLC and grab a cup of hot chocolate.  This treat is sure to keep you warm and relaxed as the semester comes to an end.  This event is sponsored by the GLC Fellows.

6. NOMINATIONS FOR GRADUATE STUDENT AWARDS NOW OPEN – 1st posting
A number of prestigious awards are granted to graduate students each year, carrying a monetary prize ($200-$1000 each) and award certificate. Discuss the possibility of your nomination by your advisor/department for any of the following awards that will be given out during the Graduate School’s annual awards banquet on March 26, 2015:

  • Outstanding Dissertation in (1) math, sciences and engineering, and (1) in social sciences, business and humanities
  • Preston Society Master’s Thesis Award
  • Graduate Student Teaching Excellence (1) for GTA instructor of record (1) GTA instructor assistant
  • Graduate Student Service Excellence
  • Graduate Student of the Year (up to three awards given)
  • Outstanding master’s and doctoral student in each college and in interdisciplinary programs.

More information about criteria, forms, and process for nomination are at: http://graduateschool.vt.edu/academics/awards/2014_2015.

7. VIDEO AVAILABLE OF “GRADUATION 101: ETD REVIEW” WEBINAR
A video is available online for those who missed the ETD review webinar in November. Access the video at iTunes U, http://itunes.apple.com/itunes-u/graduate-school/id465646313?mt=10 or via YouTube at http://youtu.be/sbm0Bh841tU. For more information on degree completion guidelines and deadlines, see Graduate School website http://graduateschool.vt.edu/academics/degree_completion.  

8. VIDEO AVAILABLE OF “PREPARING FOR GRADUATION – FINAL STEPS TO DEGREE”
A video is available for those who missed the December webinar on preparing for graduation webinar. The video may be downloaded at  iTunes U  http://itunes.apple.com/itunes-u/graduate-school/id465646313?mt=10 or via YouTube  http://youtu.be/6LV0BcvxLxM. For more information on degree completion guidelines and deadlines see Graduate School website http://graduateschool.vt.edu/academics/degree_completion. 

9. WAGE POSITION IN ACADEMIC COACHING – 2nd posting
Academic coaches working University Studies meet with 10-15 students 3-4 times per semester. Each coach will collaborate with his or her students to create individualized goals and educational plans for the semester, focusing on time management, use of existing campus resources, and problem solving. Coaches will also aid students in exploring majors and introduce them to the Pathways Planner tool. Responsibilities include: 1) Participating in training and/or meetings the week before classes begin (January 8 & 9); 2) Attending group meetings the week before and during week 1 of spring semester; 3) Scheduling individual meetings with students during weeks 3-4, 5-6 and 13-14 and assessing academic progress at each meeting; 4) Utilizing supplied materials and/or developing new materials; 5) Referring students to appropriate campus resources and advisors; 6) documenting meetings and communicating with program coordinator and advisors. Applicants should be graduate students in good academic standing. To apply, send resume and cover letter to Nick Sano-Franchini via email: nicks5@vt.edu by December 10, 2014.

10. FT GRADUATE ASSISTANTSHIP OPENING FOR SPRING 2015 AND BEYOND – 3rd posting
Graduate assistantship for inVenTs Living-Learning communities (http://www.science.vt.edu/llc/) beginning Spring 2015; 9 or 12-m, renewable for at least two years; great opportunity for a natural-science-major graduate student looking for experience in STEM education and outreach; students with teaching experience and pedagogy training preferred; must be willing to be trained in large-equipment use  (MediaScape, 3D printer, laser cutter; microscope, milling router, ModelMaker). Responsibilities include staffing studio 10hr/wk during M-Th 4-9p; Sa-Su 1-6p; organize and attend meetings; help run studio events; assist with recruitment of companies, etc. To apply, submit CV, cover letter, and contact information for two professional references to Asst. Provost Jill Sible (siblej@vt.edu). Applications will be reviewed until the position is filled.

11. GRA OPENING IN ADVANCED RESEARCH COMPUTING – 3rd posting
Advanced Research Computing (ARC) has an open graduate research assistant position for web development, beginning Spring 2015, to replace the current website (www.arc.vt.edu) with a Drupal-based CMS. The GRA will assist with transitioning the prototype site into production and integrating with other HPC web services; updating the website;  solving web problems. Must have strong written and oral communication skills; experience in the Linux operating system environment; expertise in web programming languages (e.g. php, html, xml); motivation to work in a fast-paced, results-oriented environment; ability to work independently on assigned projects. Preferred Qualifications: experience with Drupal; interest in High Performance Computing; knowledge of RESTful API design; experience with SQL databases (mysql, postgres); graphic design experience. If interested, send a resume to Brian Marshall, mimarsh2@vt.edu.

12. SURVEY PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR DIGITAL TO-DO LIST RESEARCH – 1st posting
Sheriff Jolaoso, master’s student in computer science, is looking for participants for his research on engagement with digital to-do tools such as calendars, to-do list apps, and email. Participation consists of completing a 22-question survey that asks questions about the digital to-do list tools you use and how you use them. Participants must be over 18 and use calendars, emails, and/or to-do list apps to maintain things you need to do in the future. If interested, complete the survey at https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_cYzQARJJdur6lLf. If you have any questions about this research study, contact Sheriff Jolaoso, email: sheriff1@vt.edu.

Upcoming Events:

VT PAWS
Monday, Dec 15, 6:00-7:00pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
The GLC Fellows invite you to come relieve some finals stress with the VT Helping PAWS therapy animals. Students from the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine will be on hand with their dogs and cats.  Come hang out, spend some time with the animals, take a break from studying, and relax!  To learn more about VT Helping PAWS, you can visit their website here:  http://www.vetmed.vt.edu/vthelpingpaws/.

GLC CAFÉ: BOOK SWAP EDITION
Thursday, Dec 18, 3:30-5:00pm, GLC Reading Room or Lobby
Celebrate the end of the semester and the end of the year with the final café of 2014, combined with a book swap. Bring books and take some, or just take books to read during the break. Share your favorite titles with grad students and Grad School colleagues over coffee, tea, hot chocolate, hot cider, and cookies. Bring your own mug if you can. The café will be on a break on Dec 25 and Jan 1, but will return on Jan 8, 2015!

GRADUATE COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY
Friday, Dec 19, 3:00pm, Cassell Coliseum
Join in the celebration of our graduating master’s and doctoral students and certificate recipients. For details visit http://graduateschool.vt.edu/academics/commencement_info. This event will be live streamed.

December 8-14, 2014

1.  WEEKLY WALK-IN SERVICES IN THE GLC – updated 12/1

  • Career services: Wednesdays, 2:30-5:00pm, GLC Lobby
  • Counseling by Cook: Thursdays and Fridays, 1:00-5:00pm, Green Room
  • Financial aid advising: Tuesdays 3:30-5:00, Room A
  • GLC Café: 3:30-5:00 every Thursday, Reading Room – year round!
  • Graduate School business hours: M,Tu,Th,F: 8:00am-5:00pm; W: 9:30am-5:00pm
  • 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. FINALS EXTRAVAGANZA
Wednesday, Dec 10, 11:00AM-2:00PM, McComas Hall Lobby
The Cook Counseling Center is offering a fall “Finals Extravaganza” in collaboration with Schiffert Health Center, Health Education, Rec Sports, the Women’s Center, College Alcohol Abuse Prevention Center and the Student Success Center, to help students learn how to cope with the stress of finals.  There will be served snacks and other refreshments, opportunities to participate in fun activities and the CCC therapy dogs will be available to interact with students.  In addition, participants will have the opportunity to learn study tips for finals and how to relax in 15 minutes.  For more information contact Charlotte Amenkhienan at camen@vt.edu  or 231-6557.

3. MANDATORY TITLE IX WORKSHOP FOR ALL STUDENT EMPLOYEES – register now!
Thursday, Dec 11, 8:30-10:00am in Room F and 1:30-3:00pm in GLC Auditorium
The university is requiring that all employees and graduate- and undergraduate students in any student employment category complete a Title IX and Retaliation workshop by the end of January 2015. Although there are other ways to satisfy this requirement, the Graduate School has arranged two presentations so that you can become familiar with the responsibilities and obligations that you have concerning what to do if a student discloses sexual harassment, sexual violence (rape and other non-consensual sexual activity) or if an allegation of retaliation is made for having reported such activity. Pre-registration is required at https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1418050857775 if you plan to attend one of the sessions. Registration will close if all seats are filled. Attendance will be recorded by Hokie Passport swipe, so please bring your HP with you to the session. To complete the training online, go to Coursewhere at www.training.vt.edu; use PID and password; create a “profile” in Coursewhere; register; watch.)

4. GLC CAFÉ
Thursday, Dec 11, 3:30-5:00pm, GLC Reading Room
Take a break and enjoy coffee, tea, and cookies in the company of your graduate student and Grad School colleagues. Maybe there will be hot chocolate, too.

5. HOT CHOCOLATE EXAM BREAK
Friday, Dec 12, 12:00-2:00pm, GLC Lobby
As finals week begins, swing by the GLC and grab a cup of hot chocolate.  This treat is sure to keep you warm and relaxed as the semester comes to an end.  This event is sponsored by the GLC Fellows.

6. NOMINATIONS FOR GRADUATE STUDENT AWARDS NOW OPEN – 1st posting
A number of prestigious awards are granted to graduate students each year, carrying a monetary prize ($200-$1000 each) and award certificate. Discuss the possibility of your nomination by your advisor/department for any of the following awards that will be given out during the Graduate School’s annual awards banquet on March 26, 2015:

  • Outstanding Dissertation in (1) math, sciences and engineering, and (1) in social sciences, business and humanities
  • Preston Society Master’s Thesis Award
  • Graduate Student Teaching Excellence (1) for GTA instructor of record (1) GTA instructor assistant
  • Graduate Student Service Excellence
  • Graduate Student of the Year (up to three awards given)
  • Outstanding master’s and doctoral student in each college and in interdisciplinary programs.

More information about criteria, forms, and process for nomination are at: http://graduateschool.vt.edu/academics/awards/2014_2015.

7. VIDEO AVAILABLE OF “GRADUATION 101: ETD REVIEW” WEBINAR
A video is available online for those who missed the ETD review webinar in November. Access the video at iTunes U, http://itunes.apple.com/itunes-u/graduate-school/id465646313?mt=10 or via YouTube at http://youtu.be/sbm0Bh841tU. For more information on degree completion guidelines and deadlines, see Graduate School website http://graduateschool.vt.edu/academics/degree_completion.  

8. VIDEO AVAILABLE OF “PREPARING FOR GRADUATION – FINAL STEPS TO DEGREE”
A video is available for those who missed the December webinar on preparing for graduation webinar. The video may be downloaded at  iTunes U  http://itunes.apple.com/itunes-u/graduate-school/id465646313?mt=10 or via YouTube  http://youtu.be/6LV0BcvxLxM. For more information on degree completion guidelines and deadlines see Graduate School website http://graduateschool.vt.edu/academics/degree_completion. 

9. WAGE POSITION IN ACADEMIC COACHING – 2nd posting
Academic coaches working University Studies meet with 10-15 students 3-4 times per semester. Each coach will collaborate with his or her students to create individualized goals and educational plans for the semester, focusing on time management, use of existing campus resources, and problem solving. Coaches will also aid students in exploring majors and introduce them to the Pathways Planner tool. Responsibilities include: 1) Participating in training and/or meetings the week before classes begin (January 8 & 9); 2) Attending group meetings the week before and during week 1 of spring semester; 3) Scheduling individual meetings with students during weeks 3-4, 5-6 and 13-14 and assessing academic progress at each meeting; 4) Utilizing supplied materials and/or developing new materials; 5) Referring students to appropriate campus resources and advisors; 6) documenting meetings and communicating with program coordinator and advisors. Applicants should be graduate students in good academic standing. To apply, send resume and cover letter to Nick Sano-Franchini via email: nicks5@vt.edu by December 10, 2014.

10. FT GRADUATE ASSISTANTSHIP OPENING FOR SPRING 2015 AND BEYOND – 3rd posting
Graduate assistantship for inVenTs Living-Learning communities (http://www.science.vt.edu/llc/) beginning Spring 2015; 9 or 12-m, renewable for at least two years; great opportunity for a natural-science-major graduate student looking for experience in STEM education and outreach; students with teaching experience and pedagogy training preferred; must be willing to be trained in large-equipment use  (MediaScape, 3D printer, laser cutter; microscope, milling router, ModelMaker). Responsibilities include staffing studio 10hr/wk during M-Th 4-9p; Sa-Su 1-6p; organize and attend meetings; help run studio events; assist with recruitment of companies, etc. To apply, submit CV, cover letter, and contact information for two professional references to Asst. Provost Jill Sible (siblej@vt.edu). Applications will be reviewed until the position is filled.

11. GRA OPENING IN ADVANCED RESEARCH COMPUTING – 3rd posting
Advanced Research Computing (ARC) has an open graduate research assistant position for web development, beginning Spring 2015, to replace the current website (www.arc.vt.edu) with a Drupal-based CMS. The GRA will assist with transitioning the prototype site into production and integrating with other HPC web services; updating the website;  solving web problems. Must have strong written and oral communication skills; experience in the Linux operating system environment; expertise in web programming languages (e.g. php, html, xml); motivation to work in a fast-paced, results-oriented environment; ability to work independently on assigned projects. Preferred Qualifications: experience with Drupal; interest in High Performance Computing; knowledge of RESTful API design; experience with SQL databases (mysql, postgres); graphic design experience. If interested, send a resume to Brian Marshall, mimarsh2@vt.edu.

12. SURVEY PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR DIGITAL TO-DO LIST RESEARCH – 1st posting
Sheriff Jolaoso, master’s student in computer science, is looking for participants for his research on engagement with digital to-do tools such as calendars, to-do list apps, and email. Participation consists of completing a 22-question survey that asks questions about the digital to-do list tools you use and how you use them. Participants must be over 18 and use calendars, emails, and/or to-do list apps to maintain things you need to do in the future. If interested, complete the survey at https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_cYzQARJJdur6lLf. If you have any questions about this research study, contact Sheriff Jolaoso, email: sheriff1@vt.edu.

Upcoming Events:

VT PAWS
Monday, Dec 15, 6:00-7:00pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
The GLC Fellows invite you to come relieve some finals stress with the VT Helping PAWS therapy animals. Students from the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine will be on hand with their dogs and cats.  Come hang out, spend some time with the animals, take a break from studying, and relax!  To learn more about VT Helping PAWS, you can visit their website here:  http://www.vetmed.vt.edu/vthelpingpaws/.

GLC CAFÉ: BOOK SWAP EDITION
Thursday, Dec 18, 3:30-5:00pm, GLC Reading Room or Lobby
Celebrate the end of the semester and the end of the year with the final café of 2014, combined with a book swap. Bring books and take some, or just take books to read during the break. Share your favorite titles with grad students and Grad School colleagues over coffee, tea, hot chocolate, hot cider, and cookies. Bring your own mug if you can. The café will be on a break on Dec 25 and Jan 1, but will return on Jan 8, 2015!

GRADUATE COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY
Friday, Dec 19, 3:00pm, Cassell Coliseum
Join in the celebration of our graduating master’s and doctoral students and certificate recipients. For details visit http://graduateschool.vt.edu/academics/commencement_info. This event will be live streamed.

December 1-7, 2014

1.  WEEKLY WALK-IN SERVICES IN THE GLC – updated 12/1

  • Career services: Wednesdays, 2:30-5:00pm, GLC Lobby
  • Counseling by Cook: Thursdays and Fridays, 1:00-5:00pm, Green Room
  • Financial aid advising: Tuesdays 3:30-5:00, Room A
  • GLC Café: 3:30-5:00 every Thursday, Reading Room – year round!
  • Graduate School business hours: M,Tu,Th,F: 8:00am-5:00pm; W: 9:30am-5:00pm
  • 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. DISSERTATION WRITING SUPPORT GROUP
Tuesdays bi-weekly, Dec 2, 12:00-1:30pm, GLC Room D
Do you need some support with staying on track with your writing? Could you use some advice on managing your relationship with your advisor/committee? Would you share some of your experiences with fellow grad students who are going through the same process? Do you need a safe place to decompress from the stress of your dissertation? Join the second meeting of this newly forming dissertation support group and see how it may support your progress. Bring your own lunch!  Contact Monika Gibson at gibsonm@vt.edu for more information.

3. DISCOVER ISLAM
Tuesday, Dec 2, 12:00-2:00pm, Info Booth A in Squires (across from ABP)
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. 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 tasty Arabian dates. Hosted by the Islamic Student Assembly (ISA); contact grad student Haitham Elmarakeby at marakeby@vt.edu with any questions.

4. PRAY FOR FERGUSON
Wednesday, Dec 3, 5:30-6:30pm, War Memorial Chapel Pylons
Join with other graduate students and community members in a prayerful response to the recent Ferguson grand jury decision. Co-sponsored by InterVarsity Graduate Christian Fellowship and the Black Graduate Student Organization (BGSO).

5. HEALTHY YOU: AN EXCLUSIVE EVENT FOR INTERNATIONAL GRAD STUDENTS
Thursday, Dec 4, 6:00pm-8:00pm, GLC Room C
The GLC Fellows are teaming up with Public Health students to bring all international graduate students an exclusive health training geared towards developing healthy nutritional and exercise habits. Attend this two-hour event filled with helpful tips, fun games, food, and more! Students will learn about what resources Virginia Tech has to offer, and will have the opportunity to speak to fellow international students. Register at https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1415994362341. If you have any questions, email GLD Fellow Laura Koehler at lkkoehle@vt.edu.

6. NOMINATIONS SOUGHT FOR GRAD SCHOOL DIVERSITY SCHOLARS 2014-15 COHORT – 3rd  posting
The Graduate School invites nominations for the 2014-2015 Diversity Scholars cohort. Diversity Scholars are graduate students who specialize in and advocate for the awareness, knowledge and skills associated with diversity and inclusion. More information at http://graduateschool.vt.edu/diversity/scholars_program. Deadline: Dec 10, 2014. For more information contact Dannette Gomez Beane, gomezds@vt.edu.

7. VIDEO AVAILABLE OF “GRADUATION 101: ETD REVIEW” WEBINAR
A video is available online for those who missed the ETD review webinar in November. Access the video at iTunes U, http://itunes.apple.com/itunes-u/graduate-school/id465646313?mt=10 or via YouTube at http://youtu.be/sbm0Bh841tU. For more information on degree completion guidelines and deadlines, see Graduate School website http://graduateschool.vt.edu/academics/degree_completion.  

8. WAGE POSITION IN ACADEMIC COACHING – 1st posting
Academic coaches working University Studies meet with 10-15 students 3-4 times per semester. Each coach will collaborate with his or her students to create individualized goals and educational plans for the semester, focusing on time management, use of existing campus resources, and problem solving. Coaches will also aid students in exploring majors and introduce them to the Pathways Planner tool. Responsibilities include: 1) Participating in training and/or meetings the week before classes begin (January 8 & 9); 2) Attending group meetings the week before and during week 1 of spring semester; 3) Scheduling individual meetings with students during weeks 3-4, 5-6 and 13-14 and assessing academic progress at each meeting; 4) Utilizing supplied materials and/or developing new materials; 5) Referring students to appropriate campus resources and advisors; 6) documenting meetings and communicating with program coordinator and advisors. Applicants should be graduate students in good academic standing. To apply, send resume and cover letter to Nick Sano-Franchini via email: nicks5@vt.edu by December 10, 2014.

9. FT GRADUATE ASSISTANTSHIP OPENING FOR SPRING 2015 AND BEYOND – 2nd posting
Graduate assistantship for inVenTs Living-Learning communities (http://www.science.vt.edu/llc/) beginning Spring 2015; 9 or 12-m, renewable for at least two years; great opportunity for a natural-science-major graduate student looking for experience in STEM education and outreach; students with teaching experience and pedagogy training preferred; must be willing to be trained in large-equipment use  (MediaScape, 3D printer, laser cutter; microscope, milling router, ModelMaker). Responsibilities include staffing studio 10hr/wk during M-Th 4-9p; Sa-Su 1-6p; organize and attend meetings; help run studio events; assist with recruitment of companies, etc. To apply, submit CV, cover letter, and contact information for two professional references to Asst. Provost Jill Sible (siblej@vt.edu). Applications will be reviewed until the position is filled.

10. GRA OPENING IN ADVANCED RESEARCH COMPUTING – 2nd posting
Advanced Research Computing (ARC) has an open graduate research assistant position for web development, beginning Spring 2015, to replace the current website (www.arc.vt.edu) with a Drupal-based CMS. The GRA will assist with transitioning the prototype site into production and integrating with other HPC web services; updating the website;  solving web problems. Must have strong written and oral communication skills; experience in the Linux operating system environment; expertise in web programming languages (e.g. php, html, xml); motivation to work in a fast-paced, results-oriented environment; ability to work independently on assigned projects. Preferred Qualifications: experience with Drupal; interest in High Performance Computing; knowledge of RESTful API design; experience with SQL databases (mysql, postgres); graphic design experience. If interested, send a resume to Brian Marshall, mimarsh2@vt.edu.

11. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR ONLINE SURVEY ABOUT COMPOSITION SKILLS – corrected posting
VT graduate students are sought to complete an anonymous, 5-minute online survey developed by a grad student in English about the transferability of writing skills learned during undergraduate studies in composition courses. Participants must be at least 18 and have completed at least one(1) composition course as an undergrad. This study examines how well university composition courses prepare students for working in their field of study, both academically and professionally, by providing skills such as: critical thinking, critical communicating, writing, and researching. The results from the survey will be used to assess undergraduate composition courses and how well they prepare students for their intended majors and professional fields. Access the survey at https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1415050141380. For more information, contact Natalie Richoux at nchambe7@vt.edu <mailto:nchambe7@vt.edu> .

12. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR STUDY ON LESBIAN, GAY, BISEXUAL EXPERIENCES IN STUDY ABROAD – 3rd posting
Participants are sought for a study examining lesbian, gay, and bisexual experiences studying abroad. The data gathered from this study will describe the overall study abroad experience of LGB individuals and investigate how well the study abroad office is meeting students’ needs. This will involve one 1-2 hours interview at a time and location convenient and comfortable for participants. All interviews are confidential and voluntary. Participants must be 18 or older; self-identify as lesbian, gay, or bisexual, though it is it not necessary to be out; and have studied abroad through Virginia Tech in the past five years. All collected data will be for researcher’s thesis and resulting publications. IRB approved (IRB #14-900). Contact Megan Nanney at mnanney@vt.edu for more information.

December 1-7, 2014

1.  WEEKLY WALK-IN SERVICES IN THE GLC – updated 12/1

  • Career services: Wednesdays, 2:30-5:00pm, GLC Lobby
  • Counseling by Cook: Thursdays and Fridays, 1:00-5:00pm, Green Room
  • Financial aid advising: Tuesdays 3:30-5:00, Room A
  • GLC Café: 3:30-5:00 every Thursday, Reading Room – year round!
  • Graduate School business hours: M,Tu,Th,F: 8:00am-5:00pm; W: 9:30am-5:00pm
  • 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. DISSERTATION WRITING SUPPORT GROUP
Tuesdays bi-weekly, Dec 2, 12:00-1:30pm, GLC Room D
Do you need some support with staying on track with your writing? Could you use some advice on managing your relationship with your advisor/committee? Would you share some of your experiences with fellow grad students who are going through the same process? Do you need a safe place to decompress from the stress of your dissertation? Join the second meeting of this newly forming dissertation support group and see how it may support your progress. Bring your own lunch!  Contact Monika Gibson at gibsonm@vt.edu for more information.

3. DISCOVER ISLAM
Tuesday, Dec 2, 12:00-2:00pm, Info Booth A in Squires (across from ABP)
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. 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 tasty Arabian dates. Hosted by the Islamic Student Assembly (ISA); contact grad student Haitham Elmarakeby at marakeby@vt.edu with any questions.

4. PRAY FOR FERGUSON
Wednesday, Dec 3, 5:30-6:30pm, War Memorial Chapel Pylons
Join with other graduate students and community members in a prayerful response to the recent Ferguson grand jury decision. Co-sponsored by InterVarsity Graduate Christian Fellowship and the Black Graduate Student Organization (BGSO).

5. HEALTHY YOU: AN EXCLUSIVE EVENT FOR INTERNATIONAL GRAD STUDENTS
Thursday, Dec 4, 6:00pm-8:00pm, GLC Room C
The GLC Fellows are teaming up with Public Health students to bring all international graduate students an exclusive health training geared towards developing healthy nutritional and exercise habits. Attend this two-hour event filled with helpful tips, fun games, food, and more! Students will learn about what resources Virginia Tech has to offer, and will have the opportunity to speak to fellow international students. Register at https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1415994362341. If you have any questions, email GLD Fellow Laura Koehler at lkkoehle@vt.edu.

6. NOMINATIONS SOUGHT FOR GRAD SCHOOL DIVERSITY SCHOLARS 2014-15 COHORT – 3rd  posting
The Graduate School invites nominations for the 2014-2015 Diversity Scholars cohort. Diversity Scholars are graduate students who specialize in and advocate for the awareness, knowledge and skills associated with diversity and inclusion. More information at http://graduateschool.vt.edu/diversity/scholars_program. Deadline: Dec 10, 2014. For more information contact Dannette Gomez Beane, gomezds@vt.edu.

7. VIDEO AVAILABLE OF “GRADUATION 101: ETD REVIEW” WEBINAR
A video is available online for those who missed the ETD review webinar in November. Access the video at iTunes U, http://itunes.apple.com/itunes-u/graduate-school/id465646313?mt=10 or via YouTube at http://youtu.be/sbm0Bh841tU. For more information on degree completion guidelines and deadlines, see Graduate School website http://graduateschool.vt.edu/academics/degree_completion.  

8. WAGE POSITION IN ACADEMIC COACHING – 1st posting
Academic coaches working University Studies meet with 10-15 students 3-4 times per semester. Each coach will collaborate with his or her students to create individualized goals and educational plans for the semester, focusing on time management, use of existing campus resources, and problem solving. Coaches will also aid students in exploring majors and introduce them to the Pathways Planner tool. Responsibilities include: 1) Participating in training and/or meetings the week before classes begin (January 8 & 9); 2) Attending group meetings the week before and during week 1 of spring semester; 3) Scheduling individual meetings with students during weeks 3-4, 5-6 and 13-14 and assessing academic progress at each meeting; 4) Utilizing supplied materials and/or developing new materials; 5) Referring students to appropriate campus resources and advisors; 6) documenting meetings and communicating with program coordinator and advisors. Applicants should be graduate students in good academic standing. To apply, send resume and cover letter to Nick Sano-Franchini via email: nicks5@vt.edu by December 10, 2014.

9. FT GRADUATE ASSISTANTSHIP OPENING FOR SPRING 2015 AND BEYOND – 2nd posting
Graduate assistantship for inVenTs Living-Learning communities (http://www.science.vt.edu/llc/) beginning Spring 2015; 9 or 12-m, renewable for at least two years; great opportunity for a natural-science-major graduate student looking for experience in STEM education and outreach; students with teaching experience and pedagogy training preferred; must be willing to be trained in large-equipment use  (MediaScape, 3D printer, laser cutter; microscope, milling router, ModelMaker). Responsibilities include staffing studio 10hr/wk during M-Th 4-9p; Sa-Su 1-6p; organize and attend meetings; help run studio events; assist with recruitment of companies, etc. To apply, submit CV, cover letter, and contact information for two professional references to Asst. Provost Jill Sible (siblej@vt.edu). Applications will be reviewed until the position is filled.

10. GRA OPENING IN ADVANCED RESEARCH COMPUTING – 2nd posting
Advanced Research Computing (ARC) has an open graduate research assistant position for web development, beginning Spring 2015, to replace the current website (www.arc.vt.edu) with a Drupal-based CMS. The GRA will assist with transitioning the prototype site into production and integrating with other HPC web services; updating the website;  solving web problems. Must have strong written and oral communication skills; experience in the Linux operating system environment; expertise in web programming languages (e.g. php, html, xml); motivation to work in a fast-paced, results-oriented environment; ability to work independently on assigned projects. Preferred Qualifications: experience with Drupal; interest in High Performance Computing; knowledge of RESTful API design; experience with SQL databases (mysql, postgres); graphic design experience. If interested, send a resume to Brian Marshall, mimarsh2@vt.edu.

11. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR ONLINE SURVEY ABOUT COMPOSITION SKILLS – corrected posting
VT graduate students are sought to complete an anonymous, 5-minute online survey developed by a grad student in English about the transferability of writing skills learned during undergraduate studies in composition courses. Participants must be at least 18 and have completed at least one(1) composition course as an undergrad. This study examines how well university composition courses prepare students for working in their field of study, both academically and professionally, by providing skills such as: critical thinking, critical communicating, writing, and researching. The results from the survey will be used to assess undergraduate composition courses and how well they prepare students for their intended majors and professional fields. Access the survey at https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1415050141380. For more information, contact Natalie Richoux at nchambe7@vt.edu <mailto:nchambe7@vt.edu> .

12. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR STUDY ON LESBIAN, GAY, BISEXUAL EXPERIENCES IN STUDY ABROAD – 3rd posting
Participants are sought for a study examining lesbian, gay, and bisexual experiences studying abroad. The data gathered from this study will describe the overall study abroad experience of LGB individuals and investigate how well the study abroad office is meeting students’ needs. This will involve one 1-2 hours interview at a time and location convenient and comfortable for participants. All interviews are confidential and voluntary. Participants must be 18 or older; self-identify as lesbian, gay, or bisexual, though it is it not necessary to be out; and have studied abroad through Virginia Tech in the past five years. All collected data will be for researcher’s thesis and resulting publications. IRB approved (IRB #14-900). Contact Megan Nanney at mnanney@vt.edu for more information.