July 13-19, 2015

1.  WEEKLY WALK-IN SERVICES IN THE GLC – break schedule; updated 5/26

  • Career Services advising: on hiatus until fall
  • Cook Counseling: Fridays 1:00-5:00pm in the summer, starting 5/29, Green Room 
  • GLC Café: 3:30-5:00 every Thursday, Reading Room – continues through summer
  • Graduate School summer hours May 18-Jul 31: 9:00am-4:00pm
  • LISA Statistical Consulting: Tuesdays,10:00-12:00 in Room A
  • Writing assistance: on hiatus until fall

2. BOLLYWOOD DANCE CLASSES THIS SUMMER
Mondays and Tuesdays, 3:00-4:00pm, War Memorial Dance Room
Want to look really cool and learn something new at the same time? Join Bollywood Dance Classes this summer and surprise your friends once the semester starts. The classes will cover many other Indian dance forms and are free and open to all. It’s time to grab your dancing shoes! This message is posted on behalf of grad student Garima Malhotra, garima@vt.edu.

3. HAM RADIO LICENSE EXAM SESSION
Wednesday, Jul 15, 2:00pm, Space@VT Building (1901 Innovation Drive, Blacksburg)The Virginia Tech Amateur Radio Association will administer amateur radio exam in the Space@VT building located in the Corporate Research Center at 1901 Innovation Drive, Blacksburg.  All levels of license exams will be given. The exam fee is $15, and candidates must bring ID and the Social Security Number of FCC Registration Number.  For more information, including links to study and practice materials, visit http://www.vtara.org.vt.edu/?q=node/5 or contact grad student Nathaniel Frissell at nafrissell@vt.edu

4. INTERVARSITY GRADUATE CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP: SUMMER BIBLE STUDY – BACK AGAIN THIS WEEK!
Wednesday, Jul 15, 6:30-8:30pm, 107 Church St. SE (3 blocks from GLC)
The group meets weekly for an interactive Bible discussion. All are welcome! For directions and more information visit http://gcfvt.wordpress.com/.

5. THESIS THURSDAY
Thursdays, 8:30am – 3:30pm
Need a quiet space to work on your thesis, dissertation, or course work? Gotta study for exams? Absolutely have to get that article out, like, yesterday? Thesis Thursday is your answer! Thesis Thursday is a weekly gathering of graduate students who want to keep accountable to a regular work time and need a guaranteed quiet place to work. Meet each Thursday just a few blocks off campus at 107 Church Street – 2nd floor of the State Farm office (entrance on Church Street). Free coffee and wi-fi provided, plus multiple spots to sit and study alone or in groups. Plus, there’s a lobby area to take a quick break or talk through a problem with a fellow grad! Stop in any time during study hours. Limited parking available. For more details, please contact grad student Tana M. Schiewer at tanas@vt.edu.

6. GLC CAFÉ: JUST THE USUAL
Thursday, Jul 16, 3:30-5:00pm, GLC Reading Room or side patio
The GLC Café is offered throughout the year with free coffee, tea, and cookies in the company of your graduate-student and Grad-School colleagues. If it’s sunny and not too warm, we might be on the side-patio (near Bookstore side entrance behind the shrubs).

7. FRIDAYS IN THE GLC: SWEET TEA AND CORNHOLE
Friday, Jul 17, 2:00-4:00pm, GLC Side Patio (grassy area surrounded by shrubs between bookstore and the GLC)
Take on your fellow graduate students in a game of corn hole, cool off with a glass of sweet tea, and munch on light refreshments all while enjoying some time away from your research. Grab your friend from the lab and bring him/her with you! If raining, snacks will be moved inside in the GLC Student Lounge.

8. SHARE INSPIRING/FUN SHORT VIDEO ADVICE FOR NEW GRAD STUDENTS! – still posting
What advice do you wish someone had shared with you when you first started as a grad student at Virginia Tech? What little tidbit of information made your first year better, more successful, more fun? Use your smartphone or camera to record a quick video and share your insight(s) with new graduate students; in the video, hold up or stand in front of a sign that has your first name,  academic level, and department/program (for example, <Monika,  master’s in hotel management>. Clips may be up to 20 seconds long and must be in MPEG4 format. See examples and upload your video at https://drive.google.com/a/vt.edu/folderview?id=0B34tzO_IExZDfjl2anNMLUtJdGFfV2lUcXhSM2h6YUQ0YVVCUjFFb3JBdHZKYWh3NkFlNFk&usp=sharing_eid. The best submissions will be compiled into a short video that will be presented during new graduate student orientation and on the Graduate School’s website. Be creative!

9. SUBMISSIONS SOUGHT FOR EXHIBITION OF CULTURES AT SCHOOL OF ARCH+DESIGN – 1st posting
Grad student Shabnam Kavousi invites you to contribute to an Exhibition of Cultures at the School of Architecture + Design to display the cultural diversity in the School of A+D. In this exhibition graduate and undergraduate students from various countries and from different parts of the United States bring creative works or objects demonstrating the art and craftsmanship of their respective countries (various media – pottery, calligraphy, fabric, etc.). You can register the craft example by the Sep 19 at: http://goo.gl/forms/ETnfYpmkz6. See more at: http://graduateschool.vt.edu/CAUS_Exhibition_of_Cultures.

10. GRADUATE PREFERRED PARKING PILOT PROGRAM –  3rd posting
VT Parking and Transportation is offering a pilot program for the 2015-16 academic year for Graduate Teaching Assistants, Graduate Research Assistants, and Graduate Assistants who are in a salaried assistantship appointment position. The program will feature specific spaces in Perry Street Lot 3, and the yearly permit will be $284. The pilot will be offered as a lottery to students who have pre-registered by August 10th. For more information, see https://www.parking.vt.edu (see program description under Announcements). 

11. SUMMER SHORT STATS COURSES BY LISA
LISA (Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Statistical Analysis) provides a series of evening short courses to help graduate students use statistics in their research and teach practical statistical techniques for analyzing or collecting data. See http://www.lisa.stat.vt.edu/?q=short_courses for instructions on how to register and to learn more. Summer 2015 Schedule:

Wednesday, Jul 15: Graphics in R;

Wednesday, Jul 22: Multivariate Clustering in R;

Wednesday, Jul 29: Sample Size Calculations;

Wednesday, Aug 5: Using mixed effects models to quantify dependency among repeated measures. Follow LISA on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/Statistical.collaboration) to be the first to know about LISA events! For more info, visit www.lisa.stat.vt.edu.

12. SUMMER WALK-IN STATISTICAL CONSULTING BY LISA – 2nd posting
VT’s Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Statistical Analysis (LISA) walk-in consulting will be available until Aug 14. A statistical consultant is available 1:00-3:00pm Monday through Friday when classes are in session to answer 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 request form and a team of statistical collaborators will be assigned to work with you. Note: LISA does not assist with class projects or homework. Locations are:

  • 1:00-3:00pm Monday-Friday, 103 Old Security Building
  • 10:00am-12:00pm Tuesday, Graduate Life Center Meeting Room A
  • 10:00am-12:00pm Wednesday, 403-J Hutcheson Hall

For more information about walk-in consulting and LISA’s other services, visit www.lisa.stat.vt.edu.

13. GA OPENING IN THE COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING FOR 2015-16 – 1st posting
The College of Engineering Dean’s Office is accepting applications for a FT (20 hrs/wk) graduate assistantship for the 2015-16 academic year. The GA will be working with the Learning Services Specialist on specific tasks and duties, including working with Distance Learning Specialist to implement strategies to develop a sense of community among off-campus students, update and manage website related to distance learning sense of community in the College of Engineering, create and maintain relationships with students off the Blacksburg campus, answer student inquiries- working in conjunction with the Learning Services Specialist. The GA will also have administrative tasks including liaising with University partners to facilitate student registration and enrollment, resolving student issues as they arise, working with VT staff on ensuring that courses are listed in timetable, and conducting market research analysis to determine trends in areas of distance learning. Must be full-time graduate student, have the ability to learn and adapt to changing responsibilities, and have professional communication skills, including public speaking and group presentations, experience with managing projects, ability to work with a team, excellent organizational skills and a high level of attention to detail. For more information contact April Keene at ipitadmin@vt.edu. To apply: submit resume and a cover letter outlining qualifications and interest in the position to April Keene at ipitadmin@vt.edu by Wednesday, Jul 22.

14. PT GENERAL MANAGER SOUGHT FOR EDUCATIONAL MEDIA CO. AT VT – 2nd posting
The part-time General Manager serves in an emergency capacity as the Chief Operating Officer of the current Educational Media Company at Virginia Tech, a non-profit corporation with its principal offices on campus.  Max 20 hours/wk with max pay of $20/hr, no benefits.  Primary responsibilities: provide administrative, organizational and financial guidance to the company; serve as team leader to the Management and Advisory Team, the daily supervision team for the six divisions of the company; assist in developing and administering budgets for each division of the company. Qualifications: relevant courses in business, English, journalism and accounting; basic understanding of print, broadcast and photography; excellent communication skills. To apply, contact Lynn Nystrom at tansy@vt.edu. EMCVT web site:  http://www.collegemedia.com/.

15. CHILD PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR EYE, GAZE & EMOTIONS TREATMENT STUDY – 1st posting
If you are a parent or legal guardian of a child/children who are having problems with all of the following: * breaking rules, arguing or fighting; * seem insensitive to punishment; * lack concern or empathy for others, contact VT researchers about a free IRB-approved research study on the VT campus for children ages 6-9. Parents/legal guardians complete questionnaires and children complete in-lab tasks and computer games.  Receive between $10-$30 per assessment session, up to $100 total. Contact Lauren at (540) 231-9735; Email: EyeGazeEmotions@gmail.com.

16. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR EVALUATING WEB-BASED KNOWLEDGE ASSESSMENT TOOL – 1st posting
Participants are sought for helping evaluate a web-based knowledge assessment tool based on concept maps from the student user perspective. The evaluation can be done online and  will take less than 1 hour. The evaluation tasks include: learning the online materials, registering in the system, logging in the system, completing three concept map questions, requesting the report, and completing a survey. There is no direct benefit for participating in the evaluation. If interested in participating, go to http://jupiter.cs.vt.edu/cm/evaluate.jsp  for the online evaluation of the tool. For further information contact Congwu Tao by email tcongwu@vt.edu or mobile 540 838 5482.

17. CHILDREN WITH FREQUENT TANTRUMS/TEMPER OUTBURSTS SOUGHT FOR TREATMENT STUDY – 2nd posting
Children ages 8-12 are currently being enrolled for a free treatment study for frequent tantrums/temper outbursts and chronic irritability. The treatment is designed to teach children to regulate their emotions, and will be conducted in 13 weekly sessions. Families will also receive $70 for completing assessment sessions for the study. If interested in enrolling your child in this study, please contact Amber at MoodReg@gmail.com or call 540-231-9735 for more information.

18. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR GEOSPATIAL DATA RESEARCH STUDY – 2nd posting
5-15 participants sought for a month-long research study focusing on the question “how might we provide mobile users with a way to explore, interact with, and analyze their personal geospatial data.” Participants will be optionally given an Android device to interact with and visualize their personal location-based data and will be asked to complete one 15-minute survey per week for four weeks to give investigators insight on their use of the application. At the end of the four-week study, you will be asked to participate in a 30-minute interview and return the device. Participation is voluntary and all data collected will be confidential. If you are interested, email clidwin@vt.edu to schedule an initial 30-minute meeting about the project, participation, consenting, and device distribution. Contact Christina at clidwin@vt.edu with questions.

 

July 13-19, 2015

1.  WEEKLY WALK-IN SERVICES IN THE GLC – break schedule; updated 5/26

  • Career Services advising: on hiatus until fall
  • Cook Counseling: Fridays 1:00-5:00pm in the summer, starting 5/29, Green Room 
  • GLC Café: 3:30-5:00 every Thursday, Reading Room – continues through summer
  • Graduate School summer hours May 18-Jul 31: 9:00am-4:00pm
  • LISA Statistical Consulting: Tuesdays,10:00-12:00 in Room A
  • Writing assistance: on hiatus until fall

2. BOLLYWOOD DANCE CLASSES THIS SUMMER
Mondays and Tuesdays, 3:00-4:00pm, War Memorial Dance Room
Want to look really cool and learn something new at the same time? Join Bollywood Dance Classes this summer and surprise your friends once the semester starts. The classes will cover many other Indian dance forms and are free and open to all. It’s time to grab your dancing shoes! This message is posted on behalf of grad student Garima Malhotra, garima@vt.edu.

3. HAM RADIO LICENSE EXAM SESSION
Wednesday, Jul 15, 2:00pm, Space@VT Building (1901 Innovation Drive, Blacksburg)The Virginia Tech Amateur Radio Association will administer amateur radio exam in the Space@VT building located in the Corporate Research Center at 1901 Innovation Drive, Blacksburg.  All levels of license exams will be given. The exam fee is $15, and candidates must bring ID and the Social Security Number of FCC Registration Number.  For more information, including links to study and practice materials, visit http://www.vtara.org.vt.edu/?q=node/5 or contact grad student Nathaniel Frissell at nafrissell@vt.edu

4. INTERVARSITY GRADUATE CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP: SUMMER BIBLE STUDY – BACK AGAIN THIS WEEK!
Wednesday, Jul 15, 6:30-8:30pm, 107 Church St. SE (3 blocks from GLC)
The group meets weekly for an interactive Bible discussion. All are welcome! For directions and more information visit http://gcfvt.wordpress.com/.

5. THESIS THURSDAY
Thursdays, 8:30am – 3:30pm
Need a quiet space to work on your thesis, dissertation, or course work? Gotta study for exams? Absolutely have to get that article out, like, yesterday? Thesis Thursday is your answer! Thesis Thursday is a weekly gathering of graduate students who want to keep accountable to a regular work time and need a guaranteed quiet place to work. Meet each Thursday just a few blocks off campus at 107 Church Street – 2nd floor of the State Farm office (entrance on Church Street). Free coffee and wi-fi provided, plus multiple spots to sit and study alone or in groups. Plus, there’s a lobby area to take a quick break or talk through a problem with a fellow grad! Stop in any time during study hours. Limited parking available. For more details, please contact grad student Tana M. Schiewer at tanas@vt.edu.

6. GLC CAFÉ: JUST THE USUAL
Thursday, Jul 16, 3:30-5:00pm, GLC Reading Room or side patio
The GLC Café is offered throughout the year with free coffee, tea, and cookies in the company of your graduate-student and Grad-School colleagues. If it’s sunny and not too warm, we might be on the side-patio (near Bookstore side entrance behind the shrubs).

7. FRIDAYS IN THE GLC: SWEET TEA AND CORNHOLE
Friday, Jul 17, 2:00-4:00pm, GLC Side Patio (grassy area surrounded by shrubs between bookstore and the GLC)
Take on your fellow graduate students in a game of corn hole, cool off with a glass of sweet tea, and munch on light refreshments all while enjoying some time away from your research. Grab your friend from the lab and bring him/her with you! If raining, snacks will be moved inside in the GLC Student Lounge.

8. SHARE INSPIRING/FUN SHORT VIDEO ADVICE FOR NEW GRAD STUDENTS! – still posting
What advice do you wish someone had shared with you when you first started as a grad student at Virginia Tech? What little tidbit of information made your first year better, more successful, more fun? Use your smartphone or camera to record a quick video and share your insight(s) with new graduate students; in the video, hold up or stand in front of a sign that has your first name,  academic level, and department/program (for example, <Monika,  master’s in hotel management>. Clips may be up to 20 seconds long and must be in MPEG4 format. See examples and upload your video at https://drive.google.com/a/vt.edu/folderview?id=0B34tzO_IExZDfjl2anNMLUtJdGFfV2lUcXhSM2h6YUQ0YVVCUjFFb3JBdHZKYWh3NkFlNFk&usp=sharing_eid. The best submissions will be compiled into a short video that will be presented during new graduate student orientation and on the Graduate School’s website. Be creative!

9. SUBMISSIONS SOUGHT FOR EXHIBITION OF CULTURES AT SCHOOL OF ARCH+DESIGN – 1st posting
Grad student Shabnam Kavousi invites you to contribute to an Exhibition of Cultures at the School of Architecture + Design to display the cultural diversity in the School of A+D. In this exhibition graduate and undergraduate students from various countries and from different parts of the United States bring creative works or objects demonstrating the art and craftsmanship of their respective countries (various media – pottery, calligraphy, fabric, etc.). You can register the craft example by the Sep 19 at: http://goo.gl/forms/ETnfYpmkz6. See more at: http://graduateschool.vt.edu/CAUS_Exhibition_of_Cultures.

10. GRADUATE PREFERRED PARKING PILOT PROGRAM –  3rd posting
VT Parking and Transportation is offering a pilot program for the 2015-16 academic year for Graduate Teaching Assistants, Graduate Research Assistants, and Graduate Assistants who are in a salaried assistantship appointment position. The program will feature specific spaces in Perry Street Lot 3, and the yearly permit will be $284. The pilot will be offered as a lottery to students who have pre-registered by August 10th. For more information, see https://www.parking.vt.edu (see program description under Announcements). 

11. SUMMER SHORT STATS COURSES BY LISA
LISA (Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Statistical Analysis) provides a series of evening short courses to help graduate students use statistics in their research and teach practical statistical techniques for analyzing or collecting data. See http://www.lisa.stat.vt.edu/?q=short_courses for instructions on how to register and to learn more. Summer 2015 Schedule:

Wednesday, Jul 15: Graphics in R;

Wednesday, Jul 22: Multivariate Clustering in R;

Wednesday, Jul 29: Sample Size Calculations;

Wednesday, Aug 5: Using mixed effects models to quantify dependency among repeated measures. Follow LISA on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/Statistical.collaboration) to be the first to know about LISA events! For more info, visit www.lisa.stat.vt.edu.

12. SUMMER WALK-IN STATISTICAL CONSULTING BY LISA – 2nd posting
VT’s Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Statistical Analysis (LISA) walk-in consulting will be available until Aug 14. A statistical consultant is available 1:00-3:00pm Monday through Friday when classes are in session to answer 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 request form and a team of statistical collaborators will be assigned to work with you. Note: LISA does not assist with class projects or homework. Locations are:

  • 1:00-3:00pm Monday-Friday, 103 Old Security Building
  • 10:00am-12:00pm Tuesday, Graduate Life Center Meeting Room A
  • 10:00am-12:00pm Wednesday, 403-J Hutcheson Hall

For more information about walk-in consulting and LISA’s other services, visit www.lisa.stat.vt.edu.

13. GA OPENING IN THE COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING FOR 2015-16 – 1st posting
The College of Engineering Dean’s Office is accepting applications for a FT (20 hrs/wk) graduate assistantship for the 2015-16 academic year. The GA will be working with the Learning Services Specialist on specific tasks and duties, including working with Distance Learning Specialist to implement strategies to develop a sense of community among off-campus students, update and manage website related to distance learning sense of community in the College of Engineering, create and maintain relationships with students off the Blacksburg campus, answer student inquiries- working in conjunction with the Learning Services Specialist. The GA will also have administrative tasks including liaising with University partners to facilitate student registration and enrollment, resolving student issues as they arise, working with VT staff on ensuring that courses are listed in timetable, and conducting market research analysis to determine trends in areas of distance learning. Must be full-time graduate student, have the ability to learn and adapt to changing responsibilities, and have professional communication skills, including public speaking and group presentations, experience with managing projects, ability to work with a team, excellent organizational skills and a high level of attention to detail. For more information contact April Keene at ipitadmin@vt.edu. To apply: submit resume and a cover letter outlining qualifications and interest in the position to April Keene at ipitadmin@vt.edu by Wednesday, Jul 22.

14. PT GENERAL MANAGER SOUGHT FOR EDUCATIONAL MEDIA CO. AT VT – 2nd posting
The part-time General Manager serves in an emergency capacity as the Chief Operating Officer of the current Educational Media Company at Virginia Tech, a non-profit corporation with its principal offices on campus.  Max 20 hours/wk with max pay of $20/hr, no benefits.  Primary responsibilities: provide administrative, organizational and financial guidance to the company; serve as team leader to the Management and Advisory Team, the daily supervision team for the six divisions of the company; assist in developing and administering budgets for each division of the company. Qualifications: relevant courses in business, English, journalism and accounting; basic understanding of print, broadcast and photography; excellent communication skills. To apply, contact Lynn Nystrom at tansy@vt.edu. EMCVT web site:  http://www.collegemedia.com/.

15. CHILD PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR EYE, GAZE & EMOTIONS TREATMENT STUDY – 1st posting
If you are a parent or legal guardian of a child/children who are having problems with all of the following: * breaking rules, arguing or fighting; * seem insensitive to punishment; * lack concern or empathy for others, contact VT researchers about a free IRB-approved research study on the VT campus for children ages 6-9. Parents/legal guardians complete questionnaires and children complete in-lab tasks and computer games.  Receive between $10-$30 per assessment session, up to $100 total. Contact Lauren at (540) 231-9735; Email: EyeGazeEmotions@gmail.com.

16. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR EVALUATING WEB-BASED KNOWLEDGE ASSESSMENT TOOL – 1st posting
Participants are sought for helping evaluate a web-based knowledge assessment tool based on concept maps from the student user perspective. The evaluation can be done online and  will take less than 1 hour. The evaluation tasks include: learning the online materials, registering in the system, logging in the system, completing three concept map questions, requesting the report, and completing a survey. There is no direct benefit for participating in the evaluation. If interested in participating, go to http://jupiter.cs.vt.edu/cm/evaluate.jsp  for the online evaluation of the tool. For further information contact Congwu Tao by email tcongwu@vt.edu or mobile 540 838 5482.

17. CHILDREN WITH FREQUENT TANTRUMS/TEMPER OUTBURSTS SOUGHT FOR TREATMENT STUDY – 2nd posting
Children ages 8-12 are currently being enrolled for a free treatment study for frequent tantrums/temper outbursts and chronic irritability. The treatment is designed to teach children to regulate their emotions, and will be conducted in 13 weekly sessions. Families will also receive $70 for completing assessment sessions for the study. If interested in enrolling your child in this study, please contact Amber at MoodReg@gmail.com or call 540-231-9735 for more information.

18. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR GEOSPATIAL DATA RESEARCH STUDY – 2nd posting
5-15 participants sought for a month-long research study focusing on the question “how might we provide mobile users with a way to explore, interact with, and analyze their personal geospatial data.” Participants will be optionally given an Android device to interact with and visualize their personal location-based data and will be asked to complete one 15-minute survey per week for four weeks to give investigators insight on their use of the application. At the end of the four-week study, you will be asked to participate in a 30-minute interview and return the device. Participation is voluntary and all data collected will be confidential. If you are interested, email clidwin@vt.edu to schedule an initial 30-minute meeting about the project, participation, consenting, and device distribution. Contact Christina at clidwin@vt.edu with questions.