August 31 – September 6, 2015

1.  WEEKLY WALK-IN SERVICES IN THE GLC – break schedule; updated 8/24

  • Career Services advising: on hiatus until Sep 23
  • Cook Counseling: Thursday & Friday 1:00-5:00pm, Green Room 
  • Graduate School regular hours: 8:00am-5:00pm
  • LISA Statistical Consulting: Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 10am-12pm, GLC Room A
  • Writing assistance: Thursdays, 5:30-8:30pm, GLC Room A

2. WRITING A WINNING RESUME
Monday, Aug 31, 5:30-6:30pm, GLC Room G
Having a well-polished resume is the most critical step toward getting an interview. Start early to be ready for fall career fairs and on-campus interviews. Sponsored by Career Services. Contact Amy McPherson if you have questions: amcphers@vt.edu

3. A CONVERSATION WITH BLACK FACULTY: NAVIGATING GRADUATE DEPARTMENTS
Tuesday, Sep 1, 11:30am-1:00pm, GLC Room B
Before you get stressed and overwhelmed, join a conversation with faculty members about being successful and strategic in your graduate programs. Light lunch will be served. RSVP at:  https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1440101147667.  Program sponsored by Multicultural Academic Opportunities Program (MAOP).

4. HOKIES4HIRE AND ON-CAMPUS INTERVIEWING
Tuesday, Sep 1, 5:30-6:30pm, GLC Room G
Hundreds of employers search our resume database for candidates each year. Learn how to use the Hokies4Hire system in your job search process. Sponsored by Career Services. Contact Amy McPherson if you have questions: amcphers@vt.edu

5. SENSORY PANEL ON DONUTS: CAN YOU IDENTIFY A DIFFERENT SAMPLE?
Wednesday, Sep 2, 9:00am-2:00pm, HABB1 Building, Rom 205 (corner of Duck Pond Drive and Washington St)
Stop by and take your friends to learn about the lab and participate in an intro panel. Takes about 10 minutes and you get snacks and earn points toward a gift card. Follow the VT Sensory Evaluation Lab on Facebook at facebook.com/VirginiaTechSensoryEvaluationLaboratory or email to vtechsensorylab@gmail.com with questions and comments. Posted on behalf of Kemia Amin, master’s student in food science and technology.

6. VT PAWS INTEREST MEETING
Wednesday, Sep 2, 12:00pm,  Room 102 at the Vet School
VT Helping PAWS (Pet Assisted Wellness Service) is a therapy animal program at the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine, through which veterinary students and their pets bring companionship and animal-assisted therapy to local facilities so that the community may benefit from human-animal interactions. This semester is the start of a new chapter to grow the organization to better serve the VT community, allowing individuals from VT, alumni, and locals to participate and get certified as Therapy Teams in their own communities. Attend this interest meeting to learn about the organization, the transition with Pet Partners, and hear handlers share a little about their experience. So if you’ve ever thought about wanting to have your dog or cat certified, join this event! Contact VT Paws at vthpaws@scholar.vt.edu for more information. Lunch will be provided.  Please fill out this survey if you can attend: https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1440791942267.

7. SHOULD WE TRUST SCIENCE? PERSPECTIVES FROM HISTORY AND PHILOSOPHY OF SCI
Wednesday, Sep 2, 4:00pm, Lyric Theatre
The Gobal Change Center at VT welcomes Harvard historian and author Dr. Naomi Oreskes for this distinguished lecture. This event is cosponsored by the Graduate School, Undergrad Research, History Department, WLPE Lecture Fund, Fralin Life Sci Institute and a number of interdisciplinary graduate education programs. Free and open to the public, grad students are invited!

8. WELCOME SOCIAL FOR OVER-30 GRADS
Wednesday, Sep 2, 5:00-6:00pm, GLC Room B
Join the group of 30 and over graduate students and find like-minded colleagues who can become part of your professional and social network while at Virginia Tech. Sign-up for this event at:  https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_cInF0p5filKGoJv. Light refreshments will be served.

9. INTERVARSITY GRADUATE CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP – 2nd  FALL MTG
Wednesday, Sep 2, 6:00pm, GLC Room G
InterVarsity Graduate Christian Fellowship <http://gcfvt.wordpress.com/>  meets weekly for a free dinner and interactive Bible discussion. The conversation theme this fall is “Encountering Jesus”. All are welcome!

10. OPEN AUDITIONS FOR “MELANCHOLY PLAY: A CONTEMPORARY FARCE
Wednesday, Sep 2, 6:00-10:00pm
Written by Sarah Ruhl, this play follows a banker who embodies and portrays all forms of melancholy. Her state of being makes other characters fall in love with her. The play moves through many forms: farce, direct audience address, self-narration, two-person scenes, poetry, and shared monologues to explore and reveal the effects of melancholy and happiness. It includes the cellist underscoring action and three songs the cast sings together. Sign up for an audition slot at Henderson Call Board or email to MFA student Kristin Kelly (director): krkelly@vt.edu or Katie Nguyen (Stage Manager): katien95@vt.edu.

11. THESIS THURSDAYS
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! This weekly gathering is for grad 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, plus multiple spots to sit and study alone or in groups. Stop in any time during study hours. Limited parking available. For more details, contact grad student Morgan Franke at fmorg14@vt.edu.

12. GET YOUR INTERVIEW SUIT AT CAREER OUTFITTERS, SMITH CAREER CTR ON CAMPUS
Thursday-Friday, Sep 3-4, Smith Career Center, Washington Street
Need an interview suit?  Visit Career Outfitters in the Smith Career to shop for a new or gently worn interview suit – FREE of charge!!  For times and more details, go to http://www.career.vt.edu/Events/Sept2015-CareerOutfitters-Shopping.pdf.

13. GLC CAFÉ
Thursday, Sep 3, 3:30-5:00pm, GLC Reading Room
The GLC Café is offered throughout the year with free coffee, tea, and cookies in the company of your graduate-student and Grad-School colleagues.

14. HOW TO MAKE ENDS MEET
Thursday, Sep 3, 5:00-6:00pm, GLC Room  B
Learn creative ways to live within a meager budget using money-saving strategies specific to the New River Valley.  Bring your own tips and tricks to share with the group.

14 ½. GOBBLERFEST 201
Friday, Sep 4, 4:00-8:00pm, Drillfield
Virginia Tech’s traditional annual kick-off festival of the year, showcasing student organizations, university departments, and local organizations and resources. Food, music, fun, and lots of information about what’s available to you! See more at http://www.gobblerfest.dsa.vt.edu/.

15. STUDENT HEALTH INSURANCE ENROLLMENT OPEN UNTIL SEP 11
The open-enrollment period for 2015-16 in the university-sponsored student health insurance plan by Aetna will end Sep 11. Review the insurance plan and enrollment details at http://www.co.vt.edu/Risk/studenthealthinsr/ and sign up by Sep 11 if you don’t have insurance coverage yet.

16. AUDITIONS FOR FALL SEMESTER PLAYS
General auditions will be held Wednesday, September 2nd between 6PM-10PM in the Liberal Arts Building for actors interested in performing in plays directed by MFA students. Sign up for an audition slot on the Call Board on the 2nd floor of Henderson Hall. Actors cast in "Melancholy Play" will rehearse in September and perform October 21-23 in Theatre 101. Actors cast in "Oh, the Humanity" will rehearse in October and perform November 17-19 in Theatre 101. All are encouraged to audition. No prior experience is required! Contact Thomas Murray at tjmurray@vt.edu with any questions.

17. PEO INTERNATIONAL SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION FOR 2015-16 AWARDS – 1st posting
Applications now accepted for P.E.O. Scholar Awards, which offer $15,000 for outstanding women in doctoral programs. Eligibility:  (1) on track to complete  doctoral degree between Apr 2017-Aug 2018; (2)  have at least one academic year remaining to complete program when award payment is made in Aug 2016; (3) demonstrates outstanding academic excellence with strong research path, publications, awards and service activities, maturity and seriousness of purpose; (4) has clearly defined career objectives, showing promise of making a significant impact on field or society; (5) FT student at an accredited university; (6) US or Canadian citizen. Local application deadline: Sep 20; send concise letter highlighting current work and career and resume to Rebecca Caldwell (rebec.caldwell@gmail.com). More info: www.peointernational.org/about-peo-scholar-awards-psa.

18. ENGLISH CONVERSATION GROUPS THROUGH CRANWELL INTL CENTER – 1st posting
These informal, volunteer-run groups provide an opportunity to practice English skills in a safe, informal environment.  They are open to Virginia Tech students, researchers, scholars, faculty, visitors and their dependents. Individuals can attend any number of classes per week. Cranwell conversation groups are free of charge and require no registration. See schedule at http://www.international.vt.edu/programs_and_activities/english_conversation_groups/index.html.

19. RESUMANIA – 1st posting
Get your resume ready for the upcoming career fairs.  Resumania includes Career Services’ regular 10-minute walking-in advising hours of M-F, 12:00–3:00pm and offers extended hours on Tuesdays and Wednesdays (8/31 – 9/18) from 10:00am-4:00pm.  For more information go to http://www.career.vt.edu/Events/Fall2015-Resumania.pdf.

20. FOLLOW THE GRADUATE STUDENT ASSEMBLY – 2nd posting
The officers of the Graduate Student Assembly (GSA) Executive Board wish you a happy and productive new academic year! Keep your eyes on this bulletin each week for GSA program and social event announcements; follow the GSA on Twitter, Instagram, and Google+ (@vtgsa), like them on Facebook (fb.com/VTGraduateStudentAssembly), and check out their website (tinyurl.com/vt-gsa). Send questions and comments to gsa@vt.edu..

21. VOLUNTEERS SOUGHT FOR VA SCIENCE FESTIVAL – 1st posting
Volunteers sought to help with the Virginia Science Festival in Blacksburg on Saturday, Sep 26, 10:00am-3:00pm.  Last year’s event attracted approximately 6,000 people. Organizers are looking for dynamic leaders, STEAM Enthusiast (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math), and hands-on volunteers to help with many aspects of this  event. Consider volunteering a portion of your Saturday and encourage your student organizations or professional organizations to get involved too! Sign up at http://www.cpe.vt.edu/sciencefestival/volunteers-app.html. Posted on behalf of grad student Casey Bailey, baileycs@vt.edu.

22. CHILDREN WITH FREQUENT TANTRUMS/TEMPER OUTBURSTS SOUGHT FOR TREATMENT STUDY – 1st 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.

23. GSA SEEKS 2015-2016 PROGRAM CHAIRS – 2nd posting
The GSA is currently accepting applications for this year’s program chairs! Chairs are interviewed and appointed by the Executive Board officers. Responsibilities include implementing the GSA’s programs, attending board and delegate meetings, and volunteering at GSA-sponsored events. Program chairs develop leadership skills and can add unique professional experiences to their CVs. Currently the GSA is seeking two Travel Fund Program chairs, two Research Symposium chairs, and one Events and Special Projects chair. All chairs will work under the supervision of the Executive Board. Position descriptions are available at http://tinyurl.com/gsa-chairs. To apply, email your CV, the name of the position to which you’re applying, and a brief letter of interest in Word format to Kasey Richardson, Administrative Director of the GSA, at kasey@vt.edu. No prior experience with the GSA is required. Deadline: Friday, 9/11 at 5pm.

24. VT ENGAGE AMERICORPS NETWORK MEMBERS SOUGHT – 2nd posting
Do you enjoy community service, but want to do more? Join the VT Engage AmeriCorps Network!  VTEngage is hiring 21 part-time members to start this fall. Members will serve with the American Red Cross and Smart Beginnings New River Valley to build awareness and capacity in the areas of disaster preparedness and early childhood literacy. AmeriCorps members are placed with these nonprofits to serve the New River Valley area for a national service term that can be completed over the course of the academic year or full year (September 2015-September 2016.) Learn more at http://www.engage.vt.edu/americorps/ and apply at https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_5mQ48wVtrFiYX4h. Contact Lindsey Gleason at engage@vt.edu or 540.231.9798 with questions.

25. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR PROGRAM FOR MOTHERS ON STRESS MANAGEMENT & HEALTHY EATING –  2nd posting
Participation involves attending four weekly meetings lasting 1.5 hours, a focus group, and a phone interview four weeks later. You will be asked to fill out surveys about your eating behavior and experience of stress at the beginning and end of the study, along with saliva samples and body measurements. The weekly sessions will focus on managing stress, slowing down, and healthy food. The focus group and interview will help researchers learn more about your experience in the program. You may be eligible to participate if you are: a mother 18 or older with a child 5 years or younger living in your home; not currently pregnant or breastfeeding; not participating in a weight loss program or diet. Participants will receive $10-85 based on level of participation. Date and time of program will be determined upon convenience for majority of participants. Contact Lauren by calling/texting (540)808.5358 or emailing slowdownvt@gmail.com.

26. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR SURVEY OF DOCTORAL STUDENTS’ EXPERIENCE WITH LIT REVIEW – 2nd posting
A VT research team is conducting a study regarding doctoral students’ experiences in working on a literature review. The survey includes questions about your program experiences while working on the literature review phase of your doctoral program. Participation in this study will inform researchers regarding ways to help make writing a literature review a better experience for students in the future. Participants must have already completed dissertation literature review to participate in the survey, which takes about 20 minutes to complete. Participation is voluntary and anonymous.  If you have any questions,  contact any member of the research team by emailing to literaturereviewvt@gmail.com. Complete the survey at  https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1429626948238 by Sep 23.

27. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR STUDY EXAMINING HEART RATE IN AUTISM – 2nd posting
Participants between the ages of 5-8 are sought for a research study investigating heart rate and restricted repetitive behaviors in autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Researchers are recruiting children with an ASD diagnosis as well as typically developing children. Participation requires a 1-hour laboratory visit from the participant and their parent. The child will be asked to watch a video while wearing a heart rate monitor and a parent will be asked to fill out a packet of questionnaires regarding their child’s health history and behavior. Participants will receive a $20.00 gift card as compensation for their 1-hour laboratory visit. If interested (IRB #: 14-1177), contact the Mind-Body Lab by email (VirginiaTechMBL@gmail.com or by phone (1-540-231-3630) for more information.

28. INTERLOPER MAGAZINE SEEKS CONTRIBUTORS – 3rd posting
The Interloper, Virginia Tech’s LGBT magazine, is looking for enthusiastic, hard-working contributors for its 4th issue. The magazine still needs editors, writers, artists, photographers, and designers. If you are interested in getting involved, please email Matty Bennett at theinterlopervt@gmail.com.

29. HEALTH CARE UTILIZATION SURVEY FOR INTL GRAD STUDENTS – 3rd posting
VT international graduate students are invited to participate in a public health practicum project by taking an anonymous online survey that takes about 5-6 minutes to complete. The information you provide will help researchers identify the barriers international graduate students face in accessing health care services, and help develop ways to address the barriers in order to facilitate student’s access to health services and increase the quality of the available services for current and future students. Access the survey at https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_0uYO5CFMHRWS4Kh. If you have any questions,  contact Fatemeh Zarghami at fatemehz@vt.edu or Dr. Kerry Redican at: kredican@vt.edu.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

INTERVIEWING SKILLS
Tuesday, Sep 8, 5:30-6:30pm, GLC Room G
Be prepared for initial screening interviews as well as on-site interviews. This seminar addresses interviewing basics, employer expectations, and insights into behavioral interviews. Sponsored by Career Services. Contact Amy McPherson if you have questions, amcphers@vt.edu.

PARENT SUPPORT GROUP LUNCHEON – register now!
Wednesday, Sep 9
Graduate students with children are invited to join this year’s first Parent Support Group Luncheon. This month participants will have the privilege of hearing from guest speaker Laurie Fritsch about Student Health Initiatives at Virginia Tech that can benefit your family. Lunch is provided, and spouses are welcome. Please register at www.SignUpGenius.com/go/20F0E4FABAA28A1FF2-september. For more information contact Marin Riegger at mriegger@vt.edu.

GUAC TALK WITH THE DEAN
Wednesday, Sep 9, 12:00-1:30pm, GLC Lounge
Stop by to chat with Karen DePauw, Vice President and Dean of the Graduate School, and fellow graduate students while enjoying some delicious guacamole and salsa! This event is come-and-go and free to all graduate students; hosted by the Graduate Student Assembly.

CAREER FAIR PREPARATION
Wednesday, Sep 9, 5:30-6:30pm, GLC Room G
Learn how to present yourself to an employer and what to ask at a job fair. Sponsored by Career Services. Contact Amy McPherson if you have questions, amcphers@vt.edu.

GROCERY BINGO
Thursday, Sep 10, 5:30-6:30pm, GLC Room B
Compete against other graduate students in Bingo for a chance to win free grocery items. Register for this event here: https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_1FeSAJhJYFiRVn7.

LATEX WORKSHOP
Thursday, Sep 10, 6:00-7:30pm, GLC Room C
Are you getting headaches when typing math in Word? Frustrated by Word’s restricted ability to manage equations? Wondering how others produce great-quality looking papers with less effort? If yes, time to learn LaTex, a document preparation system (see http://www.latex-project.org/ for details). This workshop is taught by grad student Shahram Amini, shahram@vt.edu. Bring your own laptop! 

KIDS NIGHT OUT – FREE WEEKLY DROP-IN CHILD CARE
Thursdays, starting Sep 10, 2015 6:00-8:30pm, Women’s Center
Need a break? Have to study or attend a lecture? Want to catch up on work? If you are a VT student with children, bring your kids aged 2-12 (must be toilet trained); no need to pre-register. Games, toys, books, crafts, homework help, and plenty of fun for participants. Childcare provided by the volunteers of Chi Delta Alpha sorority. KNO will be held every Thursday throughout the semester with the exception of breaks when classes are not in session. The Women’s Center is located at 206 Washington Street, enter up the stairs in the parking lot. For more information, contact Jessie Meltsner at jmelts@vt.edu or 231-7806.

WTS INTERNATIONAL STUDENT CHAPTER KICK OFF AT VTTI
Friday, Sep 11, 10:00am, VT Transportation Institute
Graduate students with an interest in the transportation field are invited to attend the student chapter kick off for WTS International at VTTI. VTTI conducts research to advance transportation through innovation and has impacted public policy on national and international levels. The event will feature keynote speaker, Ellen Partridge, U.S. DOT Deputy Assistant Secretary of Transportation, panel discussions with staff from VTTI, VTTI demos, and Smart Road tours. Plus, a free lunch! Transportation to the event will be provided. Reserve your spot today: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wts-international-student-chapter-kick-off-tickets-18100692659

WHAT HAVE I GOTTEN MYSELF INTO
Friday, Sep 11, 12:00-1:30pm, GLC Room D
If you are a graduate student who has asked yourself this question, you are not alone! Meet fellow graduate students to talk about graduate school as an exciting – but possibly overwhelming – life adventure! Pizza will be provided. Sign-up for this event at: https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_bvWBNmEpcksPfox.

HBCU CONNECT LUNCHEON
Wednesday, Sep 16, 12:00-1:00pm, GLC Room G
Did you attend an HBCU before pursuing graduate school at VT? Attend this lunch to network with other HBCU grads. Lunch will be provided by the Graduate School. Please sign up at https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_85OfldFMsnZUDY1 if you are planning to attend. If you have any questions, contact Dannette Gomez Beane at dannette@vt.edu.

August 31 – September 6, 2015

1.  WEEKLY WALK-IN SERVICES IN THE GLC – break schedule; updated 8/24

  • Career Services advising: on hiatus until Sep 23
  • Cook Counseling: Thursday & Friday 1:00-5:00pm, Green Room 
  • Graduate School regular hours: 8:00am-5:00pm
  • LISA Statistical Consulting: Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 10am-12pm, GLC Room A
  • Writing assistance: Thursdays, 5:30-8:30pm, GLC Room A

2. WRITING A WINNING RESUME
Monday, Aug 31, 5:30-6:30pm, GLC Room G
Having a well-polished resume is the most critical step toward getting an interview. Start early to be ready for fall career fairs and on-campus interviews. Sponsored by Career Services. Contact Amy McPherson if you have questions: amcphers@vt.edu

3. A CONVERSATION WITH BLACK FACULTY: NAVIGATING GRADUATE DEPARTMENTS
Tuesday, Sep 1, 11:30am-1:00pm, GLC Room B
Before you get stressed and overwhelmed, join a conversation with faculty members about being successful and strategic in your graduate programs. Light lunch will be served. RSVP at:  https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1440101147667.  Program sponsored by Multicultural Academic Opportunities Program (MAOP).

4. HOKIES4HIRE AND ON-CAMPUS INTERVIEWING
Tuesday, Sep 1, 5:30-6:30pm, GLC Room G
Hundreds of employers search our resume database for candidates each year. Learn how to use the Hokies4Hire system in your job search process. Sponsored by Career Services. Contact Amy McPherson if you have questions: amcphers@vt.edu

5. SENSORY PANEL ON DONUTS: CAN YOU IDENTIFY A DIFFERENT SAMPLE?
Wednesday, Sep 2, 9:00am-2:00pm, HABB1 Building, Rom 205 (corner of Duck Pond Drive and Washington St)
Stop by and take your friends to learn about the lab and participate in an intro panel. Takes about 10 minutes and you get snacks and earn points toward a gift card. Follow the VT Sensory Evaluation Lab on Facebook at facebook.com/VirginiaTechSensoryEvaluationLaboratory or email to vtechsensorylab@gmail.com with questions and comments. Posted on behalf of Kemia Amin, master’s student in food science and technology.

6. VT PAWS INTEREST MEETING
Wednesday, Sep 2, 12:00pm,  Room 102 at the Vet School
VT Helping PAWS (Pet Assisted Wellness Service) is a therapy animal program at the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine, through which veterinary students and their pets bring companionship and animal-assisted therapy to local facilities so that the community may benefit from human-animal interactions. This semester is the start of a new chapter to grow the organization to better serve the VT community, allowing individuals from VT, alumni, and locals to participate and get certified as Therapy Teams in their own communities. Attend this interest meeting to learn about the organization, the transition with Pet Partners, and hear handlers share a little about their experience. So if you’ve ever thought about wanting to have your dog or cat certified, join this event! Contact VT Paws at vthpaws@scholar.vt.edu for more information. Lunch will be provided.  Please fill out this survey if you can attend: https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1440791942267.

7. SHOULD WE TRUST SCIENCE? PERSPECTIVES FROM HISTORY AND PHILOSOPHY OF SCI
Wednesday, Sep 2, 4:00pm, Lyric Theatre
The Gobal Change Center at VT welcomes Harvard historian and author Dr. Naomi Oreskes for this distinguished lecture. This event is cosponsored by the Graduate School, Undergrad Research, History Department, WLPE Lecture Fund, Fralin Life Sci Institute and a number of interdisciplinary graduate education programs. Free and open to the public, grad students are invited!

8. WELCOME SOCIAL FOR OVER-30 GRADS
Wednesday, Sep 2, 5:00-6:00pm, GLC Room B
Join the group of 30 and over graduate students and find like-minded colleagues who can become part of your professional and social network while at Virginia Tech. Sign-up for this event at:  https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_cInF0p5filKGoJv. Light refreshments will be served.

9. INTERVARSITY GRADUATE CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP – 2nd  FALL MTG
Wednesday, Sep 2, 6:00pm, GLC Room G
InterVarsity Graduate Christian Fellowship <http://gcfvt.wordpress.com/>  meets weekly for a free dinner and interactive Bible discussion. The conversation theme this fall is “Encountering Jesus”. All are welcome!

10. OPEN AUDITIONS FOR “MELANCHOLY PLAY: A CONTEMPORARY FARCE
Wednesday, Sep 2, 6:00-10:00pm
Written by Sarah Ruhl, this play follows a banker who embodies and portrays all forms of melancholy. Her state of being makes other characters fall in love with her. The play moves through many forms: farce, direct audience address, self-narration, two-person scenes, poetry, and shared monologues to explore and reveal the effects of melancholy and happiness. It includes the cellist underscoring action and three songs the cast sings together. Sign up for an audition slot at Henderson Call Board or email to MFA student Kristin Kelly (director): krkelly@vt.edu or Katie Nguyen (Stage Manager): katien95@vt.edu.

11. THESIS THURSDAYS
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! This weekly gathering is for grad 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, plus multiple spots to sit and study alone or in groups. Stop in any time during study hours. Limited parking available. For more details, contact grad student Morgan Franke at fmorg14@vt.edu.

12. GET YOUR INTERVIEW SUIT AT CAREER OUTFITTERS, SMITH CAREER CTR ON CAMPUS
Thursday-Friday, Sep 3-4, Smith Career Center, Washington Street
Need an interview suit?  Visit Career Outfitters in the Smith Career to shop for a new or gently worn interview suit – FREE of charge!!  For times and more details, go to http://www.career.vt.edu/Events/Sept2015-CareerOutfitters-Shopping.pdf.

13. GLC CAFÉ
Thursday, Sep 3, 3:30-5:00pm, GLC Reading Room
The GLC Café is offered throughout the year with free coffee, tea, and cookies in the company of your graduate-student and Grad-School colleagues.

14. HOW TO MAKE ENDS MEET
Thursday, Sep 3, 5:00-6:00pm, GLC Room  B
Learn creative ways to live within a meager budget using money-saving strategies specific to the New River Valley.  Bring your own tips and tricks to share with the group.

14 ½. GOBBLERFEST 201
Friday, Sep 4, 4:00-8:00pm, Drillfield
Virginia Tech’s traditional annual kick-off festival of the year, showcasing student organizations, university departments, and local organizations and resources. Food, music, fun, and lots of information about what’s available to you! See more at http://www.gobblerfest.dsa.vt.edu/.

15. STUDENT HEALTH INSURANCE ENROLLMENT OPEN UNTIL SEP 11
The open-enrollment period for 2015-16 in the university-sponsored student health insurance plan by Aetna will end Sep 11. Review the insurance plan and enrollment details at http://www.co.vt.edu/Risk/studenthealthinsr/ and sign up by Sep 11 if you don’t have insurance coverage yet.

16. AUDITIONS FOR FALL SEMESTER PLAYS
General auditions will be held Wednesday, September 2nd between 6PM-10PM in the Liberal Arts Building for actors interested in performing in plays directed by MFA students. Sign up for an audition slot on the Call Board on the 2nd floor of Henderson Hall. Actors cast in "Melancholy Play" will rehearse in September and perform October 21-23 in Theatre 101. Actors cast in "Oh, the Humanity" will rehearse in October and perform November 17-19 in Theatre 101. All are encouraged to audition. No prior experience is required! Contact Thomas Murray at tjmurray@vt.edu with any questions.

17. PEO INTERNATIONAL SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION FOR 2015-16 AWARDS – 1st posting
Applications now accepted for P.E.O. Scholar Awards, which offer $15,000 for outstanding women in doctoral programs. Eligibility:  (1) on track to complete  doctoral degree between Apr 2017-Aug 2018; (2)  have at least one academic year remaining to complete program when award payment is made in Aug 2016; (3) demonstrates outstanding academic excellence with strong research path, publications, awards and service activities, maturity and seriousness of purpose; (4) has clearly defined career objectives, showing promise of making a significant impact on field or society; (5) FT student at an accredited university; (6) US or Canadian citizen. Local application deadline: Sep 20; send concise letter highlighting current work and career and resume to Rebecca Caldwell (rebec.caldwell@gmail.com). More info: www.peointernational.org/about-peo-scholar-awards-psa.

18. ENGLISH CONVERSATION GROUPS THROUGH CRANWELL INTL CENTER – 1st posting
These informal, volunteer-run groups provide an opportunity to practice English skills in a safe, informal environment.  They are open to Virginia Tech students, researchers, scholars, faculty, visitors and their dependents. Individuals can attend any number of classes per week. Cranwell conversation groups are free of charge and require no registration. See schedule at http://www.international.vt.edu/programs_and_activities/english_conversation_groups/index.html.

19. RESUMANIA – 1st posting
Get your resume ready for the upcoming career fairs.  Resumania includes Career Services’ regular 10-minute walking-in advising hours of M-F, 12:00–3:00pm and offers extended hours on Tuesdays and Wednesdays (8/31 – 9/18) from 10:00am-4:00pm.  For more information go to http://www.career.vt.edu/Events/Fall2015-Resumania.pdf.

20. FOLLOW THE GRADUATE STUDENT ASSEMBLY – 2nd posting
The officers of the Graduate Student Assembly (GSA) Executive Board wish you a happy and productive new academic year! Keep your eyes on this bulletin each week for GSA program and social event announcements; follow the GSA on Twitter, Instagram, and Google+ (@vtgsa), like them on Facebook (fb.com/VTGraduateStudentAssembly), and check out their website (tinyurl.com/vt-gsa). Send questions and comments to gsa@vt.edu..

21. VOLUNTEERS SOUGHT FOR VA SCIENCE FESTIVAL – 1st posting
Volunteers sought to help with the Virginia Science Festival in Blacksburg on Saturday, Sep 26, 10:00am-3:00pm.  Last year’s event attracted approximately 6,000 people. Organizers are looking for dynamic leaders, STEAM Enthusiast (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math), and hands-on volunteers to help with many aspects of this  event. Consider volunteering a portion of your Saturday and encourage your student organizations or professional organizations to get involved too! Sign up at http://www.cpe.vt.edu/sciencefestival/volunteers-app.html. Posted on behalf of grad student Casey Bailey, baileycs@vt.edu.

22. CHILDREN WITH FREQUENT TANTRUMS/TEMPER OUTBURSTS SOUGHT FOR TREATMENT STUDY – 1st 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.

23. GSA SEEKS 2015-2016 PROGRAM CHAIRS – 2nd posting
The GSA is currently accepting applications for this year’s program chairs! Chairs are interviewed and appointed by the Executive Board officers. Responsibilities include implementing the GSA’s programs, attending board and delegate meetings, and volunteering at GSA-sponsored events. Program chairs develop leadership skills and can add unique professional experiences to their CVs. Currently the GSA is seeking two Travel Fund Program chairs, two Research Symposium chairs, and one Events and Special Projects chair. All chairs will work under the supervision of the Executive Board. Position descriptions are available at http://tinyurl.com/gsa-chairs. To apply, email your CV, the name of the position to which you’re applying, and a brief letter of interest in Word format to Kasey Richardson, Administrative Director of the GSA, at kasey@vt.edu. No prior experience with the GSA is required. Deadline: Friday, 9/11 at 5pm.

24. VT ENGAGE AMERICORPS NETWORK MEMBERS SOUGHT – 2nd posting
Do you enjoy community service, but want to do more? Join the VT Engage AmeriCorps Network!  VTEngage is hiring 21 part-time members to start this fall. Members will serve with the American Red Cross and Smart Beginnings New River Valley to build awareness and capacity in the areas of disaster preparedness and early childhood literacy. AmeriCorps members are placed with these nonprofits to serve the New River Valley area for a national service term that can be completed over the course of the academic year or full year (September 2015-September 2016.) Learn more at http://www.engage.vt.edu/americorps/ and apply at https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_5mQ48wVtrFiYX4h. Contact Lindsey Gleason at engage@vt.edu or 540.231.9798 with questions.

25. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR PROGRAM FOR MOTHERS ON STRESS MANAGEMENT & HEALTHY EATING –  2nd posting
Participation involves attending four weekly meetings lasting 1.5 hours, a focus group, and a phone interview four weeks later. You will be asked to fill out surveys about your eating behavior and experience of stress at the beginning and end of the study, along with saliva samples and body measurements. The weekly sessions will focus on managing stress, slowing down, and healthy food. The focus group and interview will help researchers learn more about your experience in the program. You may be eligible to participate if you are: a mother 18 or older with a child 5 years or younger living in your home; not currently pregnant or breastfeeding; not participating in a weight loss program or diet. Participants will receive $10-85 based on level of participation. Date and time of program will be determined upon convenience for majority of participants. Contact Lauren by calling/texting (540)808.5358 or emailing slowdownvt@gmail.com.

26. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR SURVEY OF DOCTORAL STUDENTS’ EXPERIENCE WITH LIT REVIEW – 2nd posting
A VT research team is conducting a study regarding doctoral students’ experiences in working on a literature review. The survey includes questions about your program experiences while working on the literature review phase of your doctoral program. Participation in this study will inform researchers regarding ways to help make writing a literature review a better experience for students in the future. Participants must have already completed dissertation literature review to participate in the survey, which takes about 20 minutes to complete. Participation is voluntary and anonymous.  If you have any questions,  contact any member of the research team by emailing to literaturereviewvt@gmail.com. Complete the survey at  https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1429626948238 by Sep 23.

27. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR STUDY EXAMINING HEART RATE IN AUTISM – 2nd posting
Participants between the ages of 5-8 are sought for a research study investigating heart rate and restricted repetitive behaviors in autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Researchers are recruiting children with an ASD diagnosis as well as typically developing children. Participation requires a 1-hour laboratory visit from the participant and their parent. The child will be asked to watch a video while wearing a heart rate monitor and a parent will be asked to fill out a packet of questionnaires regarding their child’s health history and behavior. Participants will receive a $20.00 gift card as compensation for their 1-hour laboratory visit. If interested (IRB #: 14-1177), contact the Mind-Body Lab by email (VirginiaTechMBL@gmail.com or by phone (1-540-231-3630) for more information.

28. INTERLOPER MAGAZINE SEEKS CONTRIBUTORS – 3rd posting
The Interloper, Virginia Tech’s LGBT magazine, is looking for enthusiastic, hard-working contributors for its 4th issue. The magazine still needs editors, writers, artists, photographers, and designers. If you are interested in getting involved, please email Matty Bennett at theinterlopervt@gmail.com.

29. HEALTH CARE UTILIZATION SURVEY FOR INTL GRAD STUDENTS – 3rd posting
VT international graduate students are invited to participate in a public health practicum project by taking an anonymous online survey that takes about 5-6 minutes to complete. The information you provide will help researchers identify the barriers international graduate students face in accessing health care services, and help develop ways to address the barriers in order to facilitate student’s access to health services and increase the quality of the available services for current and future students. Access the survey at https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_0uYO5CFMHRWS4Kh. If you have any questions,  contact Fatemeh Zarghami at fatemehz@vt.edu or Dr. Kerry Redican at: kredican@vt.edu.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

INTERVIEWING SKILLS
Tuesday, Sep 8, 5:30-6:30pm, GLC Room G
Be prepared for initial screening interviews as well as on-site interviews. This seminar addresses interviewing basics, employer expectations, and insights into behavioral interviews. Sponsored by Career Services. Contact Amy McPherson if you have questions, amcphers@vt.edu.

PARENT SUPPORT GROUP LUNCHEON – register now!
Wednesday, Sep 9
Graduate students with children are invited to join this year’s first Parent Support Group Luncheon. This month participants will have the privilege of hearing from guest speaker Laurie Fritsch about Student Health Initiatives at Virginia Tech that can benefit your family. Lunch is provided, and spouses are welcome. Please register at www.SignUpGenius.com/go/20F0E4FABAA28A1FF2-september. For more information contact Marin Riegger at mriegger@vt.edu.

GUAC TALK WITH THE DEAN
Wednesday, Sep 9, 12:00-1:30pm, GLC Lounge
Stop by to chat with Karen DePauw, Vice President and Dean of the Graduate School, and fellow graduate students while enjoying some delicious guacamole and salsa! This event is come-and-go and free to all graduate students; hosted by the Graduate Student Assembly.

CAREER FAIR PREPARATION
Wednesday, Sep 9, 5:30-6:30pm, GLC Room G
Learn how to present yourself to an employer and what to ask at a job fair. Sponsored by Career Services. Contact Amy McPherson if you have questions, amcphers@vt.edu.

GROCERY BINGO
Thursday, Sep 10, 5:30-6:30pm, GLC Room B
Compete against other graduate students in Bingo for a chance to win free grocery items. Register for this event here: https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_1FeSAJhJYFiRVn7.

LATEX WORKSHOP
Thursday, Sep 10, 6:00-7:30pm, GLC Room C
Are you getting headaches when typing math in Word? Frustrated by Word’s restricted ability to manage equations? Wondering how others produce great-quality looking papers with less effort? If yes, time to learn LaTex, a document preparation system (see http://www.latex-project.org/ for details). This workshop is taught by grad student Shahram Amini, shahram@vt.edu. Bring your own laptop! 

KIDS NIGHT OUT – FREE WEEKLY DROP-IN CHILD CARE
Thursdays, starting Sep 10, 2015 6:00-8:30pm, Women’s Center
Need a break? Have to study or attend a lecture? Want to catch up on work? If you are a VT student with children, bring your kids aged 2-12 (must be toilet trained); no need to pre-register. Games, toys, books, crafts, homework help, and plenty of fun for participants. Childcare provided by the volunteers of Chi Delta Alpha sorority. KNO will be held every Thursday throughout the semester with the exception of breaks when classes are not in session. The Women’s Center is located at 206 Washington Street, enter up the stairs in the parking lot. For more information, contact Jessie Meltsner at jmelts@vt.edu or 231-7806.

WTS INTERNATIONAL STUDENT CHAPTER KICK OFF AT VTTI
Friday, Sep 11, 10:00am, VT Transportation Institute
Graduate students with an interest in the transportation field are invited to attend the student chapter kick off for WTS International at VTTI. VTTI conducts research to advance transportation through innovation and has impacted public policy on national and international levels. The event will feature keynote speaker, Ellen Partridge, U.S. DOT Deputy Assistant Secretary of Transportation, panel discussions with staff from VTTI, VTTI demos, and Smart Road tours. Plus, a free lunch! Transportation to the event will be provided. Reserve your spot today: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wts-international-student-chapter-kick-off-tickets-18100692659

WHAT HAVE I GOTTEN MYSELF INTO
Friday, Sep 11, 12:00-1:30pm, GLC Room D
If you are a graduate student who has asked yourself this question, you are not alone! Meet fellow graduate students to talk about graduate school as an exciting – but possibly overwhelming – life adventure! Pizza will be provided. Sign-up for this event at: https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_bvWBNmEpcksPfox.

HBCU CONNECT LUNCHEON
Wednesday, Sep 16, 12:00-1:00pm, GLC Room G
Did you attend an HBCU before pursuing graduate school at VT? Attend this lunch to network with other HBCU grads. Lunch will be provided by the Graduate School. Please sign up at https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_85OfldFMsnZUDY1 if you are planning to attend. If you have any questions, contact Dannette Gomez Beane at dannette@vt.edu.

August 24-30, 2015

1.  WEEKLY WALK-IN SERVICES IN THE GLC – break schedule; updated 8/24

  • Career Services advising: on hiatus until Sep 23
  • Cook Counseling: Thursday & Friday 1:00-5:00pm, Green Room 
  • Graduate School regular hours: 8:00am-5:00pm
  • LISA Statistical Consulting: Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 10am-12pm, GLC Room A
  • Writing assistance: Thursdays, 5:30-8:30pm, GLC Room A

2. FREE FOOD PARTY
Monday, Aug 24, 11:30-1:30, GLC Room D
Celebrate the beginning of the fall semester with some free food in the GLC, courtesy of Kroger. Cheese and meat trays, some vegetables, chips and water! No registration required, just stop by to grab some food (while supplies last).

3. THRIVING IN GRADUATE SCHOOL: A CONVERSATION ON SUCCESS
Monday, Aug 24, 6:30-8:00pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
Discover resources for academic and personal success at this free dinner, panel discussion, and community dialogue co-sponsored by InterVarsity Graduate Christian Fellowship and the Black Graduate Student Organization <http://www.bgso.org.vt.edu/index.php>  (BGSO).

4. ENGLISH CONVERSATION GROUPS
Tuesdays, starting Aug 25, 7:30-8:30pm, GLC Room C
This group provides a conversational opportunity for members of the VT international community who would like to improve their English skills. This fall the overall topic is the Hokie Bucket List.  Each week the discussion will revolve around a different item and why it is a significant experience for someone associated with VT or living in Blackburg. Sponsored by Cranwell International Center. For more information and a full schedule of our English conversation group offerings, visit http://www.international.vt.edu/programs_and_activities/english_conversation_groups/index.html.

5. FARMER’S MARKET TRIP
Wednesday, Aug 26, 2:30pm, Meet in the GLC Lobby
Current grad student Darren Maczka will walk students to the Blacksburg Farmer’s Market where you can shop for locally grown fresh produce and enjoy beverages, arts and crafts by local vendors. Bring cash to shop.

6. HEALTH SERVICES AND INSURANCE INFORMATION SESSION
Wednesday, Aug 26, 5:30pm, GLC Room F
Learn how to make the best of the offerings of the Schiffert Student Health Center and your Aetna health insurance plan. Representatives from both offices will provide some general information and answer questions you may have.

7. INTERVARSITY GRADUATE CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP – 1ST FALL MTG
Wednesday, Aug 26, 6:00pm, GLC Room B
InterVarsity Graduate Christian Fellowship <http://gcfvt.wordpress.com/>  meets weekly for a free dinner and interactive Bible discussion. All are welcome!

8. THESIS THURSDAYS
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! This weekly gathering is for grad 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, plus multiple spots to sit and study alone or in groups. Stop in any time during study hours. Limited parking available. For more details, contact grad student Morgan Franke at fmorg14@vt.edu.

9. GLC CAFÉ + ICE CREAM!
Thursday, Aug 27, 3:30-5:00pm, Student Lounge
Stop by this special edition of the weekly GLC café where there will be free ice cream with the exec board officers and Grad School staff. Co-sponsored by the GSA and the Graduate School. 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.

10. GAME NIGHT WITH QGP&A
Thursday, Aug 27, 5:30-8:00pm, GLC Room D
Join Queer Grads, Professionals, and Allies (QGP&A) for their welcome back game night. Enjoy an evening of board games and conversation in a relaxed and affirming environment for all identities including, but not limited to, LGBTQ+. Some form of food will be provided. Contact Darren <dmaczka@vt.edu> with questions.

11. CASCADES HIKE & PICNIC LUNCH
Saturday, Aug 29, 9:00am – Meet outside GLC lobby to carpool
Join this group for a leisurely hike to a local waterfall followed by a picnic lunch! Anyone is welcome, but space is limited, so please sign up at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0d48a4ab29aafe3-cascades3. Sponsored by InterVarsity Graduate Christian Fellowship.

12. VT LINUX LAPTOP ORCHESTRA RECRUITING NEW MEMBERS – 1st posting
The experimental ensemble is open as a 1-credit hour elective (MUS3314, listed under Prof. Bukvic, CRN 85300) to all VT students. Students engaging in the course will be given an opportunity to participate in a cutting-edge performance ensemble and explore latest technologies without the need of prior musical training. Class can accommodate up to 17 members; only a few spots left. Students interested in designing their own instruments and composing for the laptop orchestra will also have an opportunity to register for an independent study that also counts as a CS technical elective. If you are new to L2Ork and would like to learn more, please visit http://l2ork.icat.vt.edu. First meeting of the semester on Tue, Aug 25, 3:30-5:30pm, DISIS in Newman Library.

13. REGISTER FOR “GRAD” COURSES FOR FALL 2015
The Graduate School offers a wide array of courses to complement your major studies each semester. Open to all, no pre-requisites. Fall opportunities include:

  • GRAD 5014, Academic Integrity and Plagiarism – online course
  • GRAD 5104, Preparing the Future Professoriate – overview of higher ed & faculty roles
  • GRAD 5114, Contemporary Pedagogy
  • GRAD 5144, Communicating Science
  • GRAD 5124, Library Research Skills – online course; register for section by discipline
  • GRAD 5204, Citizen Scholar Seminar – apply your research interests for the good of society
  • GRAD 5214, Diversity for a Global Society – prepare to work effectively in contemporary society
  • GRAD 5224G, Advanced Global Aspects of Intellectual Property Law – controversial topics related to medicine, knowledge, biological materials
  • GRAD 5314, Future Industrial Professional in Science and Engineering – guidance for pursuing careers in business and industry.

For more information visit: http://graduateschool.vt.edu/gs/tge/fp_course.

14. PERFORMANCES SOUGHT FOR GOBBLERFEST – 2nd  posting
Gobblerfest, Virginia Tech’s perennial kick-off festival, is looking for student organizations, including international student organizations, to perform at Gobblerfest. Performances are to be 5-7 minutes maximum. Interested organizations are asked to reply to the email previously sent to them. Performances will be scheduled on a first-come first-served basis sometime between 5:00pm-7:00pm on Sep 4, 2015. Once all slots are filled, organizations will be contacted to set up specific time slots. Please direct all questions/concerns to Jaime Williams at jaimew@vt.edu.

15. SIGN UP NOW FOR PAYROLL DEDUCTION OF COMP FEES FOR GRAD ASSISTANTS – final posting
The registration system for paying comprehensive fees through payroll deduction is now open.  Graduate students on an assistantship must either pay their comprehensive fees or enroll for payroll deductions before the payment deadline.  To enroll in payroll deductions, first register for classes, then login to Hokie SPA, choose University Account Information menu, and click on Graduate Students on Assistantship, enroll in Payroll Deduction. You must enroll in payroll deduction each semester in which you wish to take advantage of this opportunity.  Learn more at http://graduateschool.vt.edu/financial/assistantships#Payroll%20Deduction%20of%20Comprehensive%20and%20Capital%20Fees%20for%20Graduate%20Assistants.

16. CONFERENCE REGISTRATION OPEN FOR NEXT GENERATION INFRASTRUCTURE –  3rd posting
Grad students are encouraged to take advantage of early registration for the third annual International Symposium for Next Generation Infrastructure (ISNGI) held in Washington, DC Sep 14-15, 2015. The symposium is hosted by the Global Forum for Urban and Regional Resilience (GFURR) and Virginia Bioinformatics Institute (VBI), two of VT’s premier research institutions. The Symposium provides an excellent opportunity to access and network with the best minds from across the world in the fields of both advanced infrastructure and resilience. Registering for the conference before Aug 14  qualifies participants for preferred registration rates: http://www.isngi.org/.

17. THREE 6-MONTH WAGE POSITION AS NEWS ANALYST – 1st posting
20 hrs/week, $20/hr, work-from-home/online position
The Discovery Analytics Center of VT Department of Computer Science is looking to fill 3 wage positions for news analysts. The duration is six months, Sep 2015 – Feb 2016, with possibility for an extension. News analysts will be responsible for reading news articles and extracting information from them. The news articles will be in Spanish, Portuguese, Arabic and Chinese and will focus specifically on political and national news. Requirements: 1) Proficiency with at least one of these four languages: Spanish, Portuguese, Arabic, and Chinese. 2) Knowledge of and interest in world and regional politics. Apply by Aug 26. For information about application procedure please contact parang@cs.vt.edu. 

18. GSA SEEKS 2015-2016 PROGRAM CHAIRS – 1st posting
The GSA is currently accepting applications for this year’s program chairs! Chairs are interviewed and appointed by the Executive Board officers. Responsibilities include implementing the GSA’s programs, attending board and delegate meetings, and volunteering at GSA-sponsored events. Program chairs develop leadership skills and can add unique professional experiences to their CVs. Currently the GSA is seeking two Travel Fund Program chairs, two Research Symposium chairs, and one Events and Special Projects chair. All chairs will work under the supervision of the Executive Board. Position descriptions are available on our website (tinyurl.com/gsa-chairs <http://tinyurl.com/gsa-chairs> ). To apply please email your CV, the name of the position to which you’re applying, and a brief letter of interest in Word format to Kasey Richardson, Administrative Director of the GSA, at kasey@vt.edu. No prior experience with the GSA is required. Applications must be received by Friday, 9/11 at 5pm.

19. VT ENGAGE AMERICORPS NETWORK MEMBERS SOUGHT – 1st posting
Do you enjoy community service, but want to do more? Join the VT Engage AmeriCorps Network!  VTEngage is hiring 21 part-time members to start this fall. Members will serve with the American Red Cross and Smart Beginnings New River Valley to build awareness and capacity in the areas of disaster preparedness and early childhood literacy. AmeriCorps members are placed with these nonprofits to serve the New River Valley area for a national service term that can be completed over the course of the academic year or full year (September 2015-September 2016.) Learn more at http://www.engage.vt.edu/americorps/ and apply at https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_5mQ48wVtrFiYX4h. Contact Lindsey Gleason at engage@vt.edu or 540.231.9798 with questions.

20. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR PROGRAM FOR MOTHERS ON STRESS MANAGEMENT & HEALTHY EATING – 1st posting
Participation involves attending four weekly meetings lasting 1.5 hours, a focus group, and a phone interview four weeks later. You will be asked to fill out surveys about your eating behavior and experience of stress at the beginning and end of the study, along with saliva samples and body measurements. The weekly sessions will focus on managing stress, slowing down, and healthy food. The focus group and interview will help researchers learn more about your experience in the program. You may be eligible to participate if you are: a mother 18 or older with a child 5 years or younger living in your home; not currently pregnant or breastfeeding; not participating in a weight loss program or diet. Participants will receive $10-85 based on level of participation. Date and time of program will be determined upon convenience for majority of participants. Contact Lauren by calling/texting (540)808.5358 or emailing slowdownvt@gmail.com.

21. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR SURVEY OF DOCTORAL STUDENTS’ EXPERIENCE WITH LIT REVIEW – 1st posting
A VT research team is conducting a study regarding doctoral students’ experiences in working on a literature review. The survey includes questions about your program experiences while working on the literature review phase of your doctoral program. Participation in this study will inform researchers regarding ways to help make writing a literature review a better experience for students in the future. Participants must have already completed dissertation literature review to participate in the survey, which takes about 20 minutes to complete. Participation is voluntary and anonymous. If you have any questions,  contact any member of the research team by emailing to literaturereviewvt@gmail.com. Complete the survey at  https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1429626948238 by Sep 23.

22. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR STUDY EXAMINING HEART RATE IN AUTISM – 1st posting
Participants between the ages of 5-8 are sought for a research study investigating heart rate and restricted repetitive behaviors in autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Researchers are recruiting children with an ASD diagnosis as well as typically developing children. Participation requires a 1-hour laboratory visit from the participant and their parent. The child will be asked to watch a video while wearing a heart rate monitor and a parent will be asked to fill out a packet of questionnaires regarding their child’s health history and behavior. Participants will receive a $20.00 gift card as compensation for their 1-hour laboratory visit. If interested (IRB #: 14-1177), contact the Mind-Body Lab by email (VirginiaTechMBL@gmail.com or by phone (1-540-231-3630) for more information.

23. INTERLOPER MAGAZINE SEEKS CONTRIBUTORS – 2nd posting
The Interloper, Virginia Tech’s LGBT magazine, is looking for enthusiastic, hard-working contributors for its 4th issue. The magazine still needs editors, writers, artists, photographers, and designers. If you are interested in getting involved, please email Matty Bennett at theinterlopervt@gmail.com.

24. HEALTH CARE UTILIZATION SURVEY FOR INTL GRAD STUDENTS – 2nd posting
VT international graduate students are invited to participate in a public health practicum project by taking an anonymous online survey that takes about 5-6 minutes to complete. The information you provide will help researchers identify the barriers international graduate students face in accessing health care services, and help develop ways to address the barriers in order to facilitate student’s access to health services and increase the quality of the available services for current and future students. Access the survey at https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_0uYO5CFMHRWS4Kh. If you have any questions,  contact Fatemeh Zarghami at fatemehz@vt.edu or Dr. Kerry Redican at: kredican@vt.edu.

25. MALE AND FEMALE PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR COFFEE RESEARCH STUDY – 3rd (updated) posting
Both male and female participants of 18-24 years of age are now being sought for a study examining the effects of caffeine on the mind and body. Must be: a healthy regular consumer of moderate amounts of coffee, a non-smoker, right-handed, free of neurological disorder or cardiovascular disease. Activities: Two morning sessions (~1 hour & 45 minutes each) and two afternoon sessions (~30 minutes each) involving collection of non-invasive physiological measures, standard laboratory tasks, and completion of questionnaires. Participant compensation is $25 per session, plus a $15 bonus for completion of all phases of the study, plus a $10 bonus for successful completion of memory tasks (up to $125 total). All subject information is kept anonymous and confidential. If you have any questions, would like to learn more or to see if you meet qualifications for the study, email Shara Grant at shara7g@vt.edu.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

A CONVERSATION WITH BLACK FACULTY: NAVIGATING GRADUATE DEPARTMENTS
Tuesday, Sep 1, 11:30am-1:00pm, GLC Room B
Before you get stressed and overwhelmed, join a conversation with faculty members about being successful and strategic in your graduate programs. Light lunch will be served. RSVP at:  https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1440101147667.  Program sponsored by Multicultural Academic Opportunities Program (MAOP).

PARENT SUPPORT GROUP LUNCHEON – register now!
Wednesday, Sep 9
Graduate students with children are invited to join this year’s first Parent Support Group Luncheon. This month participants will have the privilege of hearing from guest speaker Laurie Fritsch about Student Health Initiatives at Virginia Tech that can benefit your family. Lunch is provided, and spouses are welcome. Please register at www.SignUpGenius.com/go/20F0E4FABAA28A1FF2-september. For more information contact Marin Riegger at mriegger@vt.edu.

August 24-30, 2015

1.  WEEKLY WALK-IN SERVICES IN THE GLC – break schedule; updated 8/24

  • Career Services advising: on hiatus until Sep 23
  • Cook Counseling: Thursday & Friday 1:00-5:00pm, Green Room 
  • Graduate School regular hours: 8:00am-5:00pm
  • LISA Statistical Consulting: Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 10am-12pm, GLC Room A
  • Writing assistance: Thursdays, 5:30-8:30pm, GLC Room A

2. FREE FOOD PARTY
Monday, Aug 24, 11:30-1:30, GLC Room D
Celebrate the beginning of the fall semester with some free food in the GLC, courtesy of Kroger. Cheese and meat trays, some vegetables, chips and water! No registration required, just stop by to grab some food (while supplies last).

3. THRIVING IN GRADUATE SCHOOL: A CONVERSATION ON SUCCESS
Monday, Aug 24, 6:30-8:00pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
Discover resources for academic and personal success at this free dinner, panel discussion, and community dialogue co-sponsored by InterVarsity Graduate Christian Fellowship and the Black Graduate Student Organization <http://www.bgso.org.vt.edu/index.php>  (BGSO).

4. ENGLISH CONVERSATION GROUPS
Tuesdays, starting Aug 25, 7:30-8:30pm, GLC Room C
This group provides a conversational opportunity for members of the VT international community who would like to improve their English skills. This fall the overall topic is the Hokie Bucket List.  Each week the discussion will revolve around a different item and why it is a significant experience for someone associated with VT or living in Blackburg. Sponsored by Cranwell International Center. For more information and a full schedule of our English conversation group offerings, visit http://www.international.vt.edu/programs_and_activities/english_conversation_groups/index.html.

5. FARMER’S MARKET TRIP
Wednesday, Aug 26, 2:30pm, Meet in the GLC Lobby
Current grad student Darren Maczka will walk students to the Blacksburg Farmer’s Market where you can shop for locally grown fresh produce and enjoy beverages, arts and crafts by local vendors. Bring cash to shop.

6. HEALTH SERVICES AND INSURANCE INFORMATION SESSION
Wednesday, Aug 26, 5:30pm, GLC Room F
Learn how to make the best of the offerings of the Schiffert Student Health Center and your Aetna health insurance plan. Representatives from both offices will provide some general information and answer questions you may have.

7. INTERVARSITY GRADUATE CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP – 1ST FALL MTG
Wednesday, Aug 26, 6:00pm, GLC Room B
InterVarsity Graduate Christian Fellowship <http://gcfvt.wordpress.com/>  meets weekly for a free dinner and interactive Bible discussion. All are welcome!

8. THESIS THURSDAYS
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! This weekly gathering is for grad 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, plus multiple spots to sit and study alone or in groups. Stop in any time during study hours. Limited parking available. For more details, contact grad student Morgan Franke at fmorg14@vt.edu.

9. GLC CAFÉ + ICE CREAM!
Thursday, Aug 27, 3:30-5:00pm, Student Lounge
Stop by this special edition of the weekly GLC café where there will be free ice cream with the exec board officers and Grad School staff. Co-sponsored by the GSA and the Graduate School. 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.

10. GAME NIGHT WITH QGP&A
Thursday, Aug 27, 5:30-8:00pm, GLC Room D
Join Queer Grads, Professionals, and Allies (QGP&A) for their welcome back game night. Enjoy an evening of board games and conversation in a relaxed and affirming environment for all identities including, but not limited to, LGBTQ+. Some form of food will be provided. Contact Darren <dmaczka@vt.edu> with questions.

11. CASCADES HIKE & PICNIC LUNCH
Saturday, Aug 29, 9:00am – Meet outside GLC lobby to carpool
Join this group for a leisurely hike to a local waterfall followed by a picnic lunch! Anyone is welcome, but space is limited, so please sign up at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0d48a4ab29aafe3-cascades3. Sponsored by InterVarsity Graduate Christian Fellowship.

12. VT LINUX LAPTOP ORCHESTRA RECRUITING NEW MEMBERS – 1st posting
The experimental ensemble is open as a 1-credit hour elective (MUS3314, listed under Prof. Bukvic, CRN 85300) to all VT students. Students engaging in the course will be given an opportunity to participate in a cutting-edge performance ensemble and explore latest technologies without the need of prior musical training. Class can accommodate up to 17 members; only a few spots left. Students interested in designing their own instruments and composing for the laptop orchestra will also have an opportunity to register for an independent study that also counts as a CS technical elective. If you are new to L2Ork and would like to learn more, please visit http://l2ork.icat.vt.edu. First meeting of the semester on Tue, Aug 25, 3:30-5:30pm, DISIS in Newman Library.

13. REGISTER FOR “GRAD” COURSES FOR FALL 2015
The Graduate School offers a wide array of courses to complement your major studies each semester. Open to all, no pre-requisites. Fall opportunities include:

  • GRAD 5014, Academic Integrity and Plagiarism – online course
  • GRAD 5104, Preparing the Future Professoriate – overview of higher ed & faculty roles
  • GRAD 5114, Contemporary Pedagogy
  • GRAD 5144, Communicating Science
  • GRAD 5124, Library Research Skills – online course; register for section by discipline
  • GRAD 5204, Citizen Scholar Seminar – apply your research interests for the good of society
  • GRAD 5214, Diversity for a Global Society – prepare to work effectively in contemporary society
  • GRAD 5224G, Advanced Global Aspects of Intellectual Property Law – controversial topics related to medicine, knowledge, biological materials
  • GRAD 5314, Future Industrial Professional in Science and Engineering – guidance for pursuing careers in business and industry.

For more information visit: http://graduateschool.vt.edu/gs/tge/fp_course.

14. PERFORMANCES SOUGHT FOR GOBBLERFEST – 2nd  posting
Gobblerfest, Virginia Tech’s perennial kick-off festival, is looking for student organizations, including international student organizations, to perform at Gobblerfest. Performances are to be 5-7 minutes maximum. Interested organizations are asked to reply to the email previously sent to them. Performances will be scheduled on a first-come first-served basis sometime between 5:00pm-7:00pm on Sep 4, 2015. Once all slots are filled, organizations will be contacted to set up specific time slots. Please direct all questions/concerns to Jaime Williams at jaimew@vt.edu.

15. SIGN UP NOW FOR PAYROLL DEDUCTION OF COMP FEES FOR GRAD ASSISTANTS – final posting
The registration system for paying comprehensive fees through payroll deduction is now open.  Graduate students on an assistantship must either pay their comprehensive fees or enroll for payroll deductions before the payment deadline.  To enroll in payroll deductions, first register for classes, then login to Hokie SPA, choose University Account Information menu, and click on Graduate Students on Assistantship, enroll in Payroll Deduction. You must enroll in payroll deduction each semester in which you wish to take advantage of this opportunity.  Learn more at http://graduateschool.vt.edu/financial/assistantships#Payroll%20Deduction%20of%20Comprehensive%20and%20Capital%20Fees%20for%20Graduate%20Assistants.

16. CONFERENCE REGISTRATION OPEN FOR NEXT GENERATION INFRASTRUCTURE –  3rd posting
Grad students are encouraged to take advantage of early registration for the third annual International Symposium for Next Generation Infrastructure (ISNGI) held in Washington, DC Sep 14-15, 2015. The symposium is hosted by the Global Forum for Urban and Regional Resilience (GFURR) and Virginia Bioinformatics Institute (VBI), two of VT’s premier research institutions. The Symposium provides an excellent opportunity to access and network with the best minds from across the world in the fields of both advanced infrastructure and resilience. Registering for the conference before Aug 14  qualifies participants for preferred registration rates: http://www.isngi.org/.

17. THREE 6-MONTH WAGE POSITION AS NEWS ANALYST – 1st posting
20 hrs/week, $20/hr, work-from-home/online position
The Discovery Analytics Center of VT Department of Computer Science is looking to fill 3 wage positions for news analysts. The duration is six months, Sep 2015 – Feb 2016, with possibility for an extension. News analysts will be responsible for reading news articles and extracting information from them. The news articles will be in Spanish, Portuguese, Arabic and Chinese and will focus specifically on political and national news. Requirements: 1) Proficiency with at least one of these four languages: Spanish, Portuguese, Arabic, and Chinese. 2) Knowledge of and interest in world and regional politics. Apply by Aug 26. For information about application procedure please contact parang@cs.vt.edu. 

18. GSA SEEKS 2015-2016 PROGRAM CHAIRS – 1st posting
The GSA is currently accepting applications for this year’s program chairs! Chairs are interviewed and appointed by the Executive Board officers. Responsibilities include implementing the GSA’s programs, attending board and delegate meetings, and volunteering at GSA-sponsored events. Program chairs develop leadership skills and can add unique professional experiences to their CVs. Currently the GSA is seeking two Travel Fund Program chairs, two Research Symposium chairs, and one Events and Special Projects chair. All chairs will work under the supervision of the Executive Board. Position descriptions are available on our website (tinyurl.com/gsa-chairs <http://tinyurl.com/gsa-chairs> ). To apply please email your CV, the name of the position to which you’re applying, and a brief letter of interest in Word format to Kasey Richardson, Administrative Director of the GSA, at kasey@vt.edu. No prior experience with the GSA is required. Applications must be received by Friday, 9/11 at 5pm.

19. VT ENGAGE AMERICORPS NETWORK MEMBERS SOUGHT – 1st posting
Do you enjoy community service, but want to do more? Join the VT Engage AmeriCorps Network!  VTEngage is hiring 21 part-time members to start this fall. Members will serve with the American Red Cross and Smart Beginnings New River Valley to build awareness and capacity in the areas of disaster preparedness and early childhood literacy. AmeriCorps members are placed with these nonprofits to serve the New River Valley area for a national service term that can be completed over the course of the academic year or full year (September 2015-September 2016.) Learn more at http://www.engage.vt.edu/americorps/ and apply at https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_5mQ48wVtrFiYX4h. Contact Lindsey Gleason at engage@vt.edu or 540.231.9798 with questions.

20. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR PROGRAM FOR MOTHERS ON STRESS MANAGEMENT & HEALTHY EATING – 1st posting
Participation involves attending four weekly meetings lasting 1.5 hours, a focus group, and a phone interview four weeks later. You will be asked to fill out surveys about your eating behavior and experience of stress at the beginning and end of the study, along with saliva samples and body measurements. The weekly sessions will focus on managing stress, slowing down, and healthy food. The focus group and interview will help researchers learn more about your experience in the program. You may be eligible to participate if you are: a mother 18 or older with a child 5 years or younger living in your home; not currently pregnant or breastfeeding; not participating in a weight loss program or diet. Participants will receive $10-85 based on level of participation. Date and time of program will be determined upon convenience for majority of participants. Contact Lauren by calling/texting (540)808.5358 or emailing slowdownvt@gmail.com.

21. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR SURVEY OF DOCTORAL STUDENTS’ EXPERIENCE WITH LIT REVIEW – 1st posting
A VT research team is conducting a study regarding doctoral students’ experiences in working on a literature review. The survey includes questions about your program experiences while working on the literature review phase of your doctoral program. Participation in this study will inform researchers regarding ways to help make writing a literature review a better experience for students in the future. Participants must have already completed dissertation literature review to participate in the survey, which takes about 20 minutes to complete. Participation is voluntary and anonymous. If you have any questions,  contact any member of the research team by emailing to literaturereviewvt@gmail.com. Complete the survey at  https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1429626948238 by Sep 23.

22. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR STUDY EXAMINING HEART RATE IN AUTISM – 1st posting
Participants between the ages of 5-8 are sought for a research study investigating heart rate and restricted repetitive behaviors in autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Researchers are recruiting children with an ASD diagnosis as well as typically developing children. Participation requires a 1-hour laboratory visit from the participant and their parent. The child will be asked to watch a video while wearing a heart rate monitor and a parent will be asked to fill out a packet of questionnaires regarding their child’s health history and behavior. Participants will receive a $20.00 gift card as compensation for their 1-hour laboratory visit. If interested (IRB #: 14-1177), contact the Mind-Body Lab by email (VirginiaTechMBL@gmail.com or by phone (1-540-231-3630) for more information.

23. INTERLOPER MAGAZINE SEEKS CONTRIBUTORS – 2nd posting
The Interloper, Virginia Tech’s LGBT magazine, is looking for enthusiastic, hard-working contributors for its 4th issue. The magazine still needs editors, writers, artists, photographers, and designers. If you are interested in getting involved, please email Matty Bennett at theinterlopervt@gmail.com.

24. HEALTH CARE UTILIZATION SURVEY FOR INTL GRAD STUDENTS – 2nd posting
VT international graduate students are invited to participate in a public health practicum project by taking an anonymous online survey that takes about 5-6 minutes to complete. The information you provide will help researchers identify the barriers international graduate students face in accessing health care services, and help develop ways to address the barriers in order to facilitate student’s access to health services and increase the quality of the available services for current and future students. Access the survey at https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_0uYO5CFMHRWS4Kh. If you have any questions,  contact Fatemeh Zarghami at fatemehz@vt.edu or Dr. Kerry Redican at: kredican@vt.edu.

25. MALE AND FEMALE PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR COFFEE RESEARCH STUDY – 3rd (updated) posting
Both male and female participants of 18-24 years of age are now being sought for a study examining the effects of caffeine on the mind and body. Must be: a healthy regular consumer of moderate amounts of coffee, a non-smoker, right-handed, free of neurological disorder or cardiovascular disease. Activities: Two morning sessions (~1 hour & 45 minutes each) and two afternoon sessions (~30 minutes each) involving collection of non-invasive physiological measures, standard laboratory tasks, and completion of questionnaires. Participant compensation is $25 per session, plus a $15 bonus for completion of all phases of the study, plus a $10 bonus for successful completion of memory tasks (up to $125 total). All subject information is kept anonymous and confidential. If you have any questions, would like to learn more or to see if you meet qualifications for the study, email Shara Grant at shara7g@vt.edu.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

A CONVERSATION WITH BLACK FACULTY: NAVIGATING GRADUATE DEPARTMENTS
Tuesday, Sep 1, 11:30am-1:00pm, GLC Room B
Before you get stressed and overwhelmed, join a conversation with faculty members about being successful and strategic in your graduate programs. Light lunch will be served. RSVP at:  https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1440101147667.  Program sponsored by Multicultural Academic Opportunities Program (MAOP).

PARENT SUPPORT GROUP LUNCHEON – register now!
Wednesday, Sep 9
Graduate students with children are invited to join this year’s first Parent Support Group Luncheon. This month participants will have the privilege of hearing from guest speaker Laurie Fritsch about Student Health Initiatives at Virginia Tech that can benefit your family. Lunch is provided, and spouses are welcome. Please register at www.SignUpGenius.com/go/20F0E4FABAA28A1FF2-september. For more information contact Marin Riegger at mriegger@vt.edu.

August 17-23, 2015

1.  WEEKLY WALK-IN SERVICES IN THE GLC – break schedule; updated 8/3

  • Career Services advising: on hiatus until Sep 23
  • Cook Counseling: Fridays 1:00-5:00pm in the summer, Green Room 
  • Graduate School regular hours: 8:00am-5:00pm
  • LISA Statistical Consulting: Tuesdays,10:00-12:00 in Room A
  • Writing assistance: on hiatus until fall

2. INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS WELCOME RECEPTION
Monday, Aug 17, 7:00pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
Food, music and fun! This welcome social is co-hosted by the Cranwell International Center and the Council of International Student Organizations. Free and open to all.

3. HEALTH INSURANCE SIGN UP
Tuesday, Aug 18, 12:00-3:00, GLC Lobby
Thursday, Aug 20, 2:00-4:30, GLC Lobby
Friday, Aug 21, 10:00-1:00, GLC Lobby
Stop by the GLC Lobby to sign up for student health insurance with Aetna and ask representatives any questions you may have. For questions contact the Student Medical Insurance Office at smi@vt.edu.

4. UNDERREPRESENTED GRADUATE STUDENT LUNCHEON
Wednesday, Aug 19, 11:30am-1:00pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
The Graduate School invites students who identify as an underrepresented minority to attend a welcome luncheon to meet fellow students, faculty and staff. Sign up at https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0wWgNCFrz4rf1ul.

5. WELCOME BACK BBQ
Wednesday, Aug 19, 5:00-8:00pm, University Club (next to GLC)
The Graduate Student Assembly and VT Graduate School invite all new and returning graduate students to their annual Welcome Back BBQ. Catered by Hethwood Market, food options include barbecue pork, Italian chicken, vegetarian lasagna, as well as a variety of side dishes and dessert. Email Chelsea Corkins at ccorkins@vt.edu if you have any food restriction (religious, allergies, or otherwise). Various games will be available on the lawn throughout the event. This event is free and a great opportunity to meet new graduate students and have some fun before the semester begins. Registration is not required though encouraged at https://www.facebook.com/events/663369607096877/ to help organizers estimate food. If you are interested in volunteering at this event, contact Chelsea Corkins at ccorkins@vt.edu.

6. MAKE YOURSELF AT HOME IN BLACKSBURG
Thursday, Aug 20, 4:30-6pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
New and returning students are invited to connect with faculty, staff, students and resources that can help you succeed in graduate school and maintain a healthy life balance. Free food and door prizes! Please sign up at https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_9ZcImHWgGFaQKWN if you are planning to attend.

7. REGISTER FOR "GRAD" COURSES FOR FALL 2015
The Graduate School offers a wide array of courses to complement your major studies each semester. Open to all, no pre-requisites. Fall opportunities include:

  • GRAD 5014, Academic Integrity and Plagiarism – online course
  • GRAD 5104, Preparing the Future Professoriate – overview of higher ed & faculty roles
  • GRAD 5114, Contemporary Pedagogy
  • GRAD 5144, Communicating Science
  • GRAD 5124, Library Research Skills – online course; register for section by discipline
  • GRAD 5204, Citizen Scholar Seminar – apply your research interests for the good of society
  • GRAD 5214, Diversity for a Global Society – prepare to work effectively in contemporary society
  • GRAD 5224G, Advanced Global Aspects of Intellectual Property Law – controversial topics related to medicine, knowledge, biological materials
  • GRAD 5314, Future Industrial Professional in Science and Engineering – guidance for pursuing careers in business and industry.

For more details visit http://graduateschool.vt.edu/gs/tge/fp_courses.

8. PERFORMANCES SOUGHT FOR GOBBLERFEST – 1st posting     
Gobblerfest, Virginia Tech’s perennial kick-off festival, is looking for student organizations, including international student organizations, to perform at Gobblerfest. Performances are to be 5-7 minutes maximum. Interested organizations are asked to reply to the email previously sent to them. Performances will be scheduled on a first-come first-served basis sometime between 5:00pm-7:00pm on Sep 4, 2015. Once all slots are filled, organizations will be contacted to set up specific time slots. Please direct all questions/concerns to Jaime Williams at jaimew@vt.edu.

9. LITTLE HOKIE HANGOUT CHILDCARE FACILITY NOW ACCEPTING APLICATIONS – final posting
Now accepting applications for the Little Hokie Hangout! The LHH is a new part-day parent cooperative child care program that is run directly across the street from campus. The program director, Mariann Matson, is happy to schedule a time for you to walk through, answer any questions you might have, and provide you with an application form. You can reach her at mematson@vt.edu. This is a play-based program for children who are turning 2 through age 5, but spots are limited so don’t wait! Forms are due by Aug 15. Email childcare@vt.edu for more information.

10. SIGN UP NOW FOR PAYROLL DEDUCTION OF COMP FEES FOR GRAD ASSISTANTS – 4th posting
The registration system for paying comprehensive fees through payroll deduction is now open.  Graduate students on an assistantship must either pay their comprehensive fees or enroll for payroll deductions before the payment deadline.  To enroll in payroll deductions, first register for classes, then login to Hokie SPA, choose University Account Information menu, and click on Graduate Students on Assistantship, enroll in Payroll Deduction. You must enroll in payroll deduction each semester in which you wish to take advantage of this opportunity.  Learn more at http://graduateschool.vt.edu/financial/assistantships#Payroll%20Deduction%20of%20Comprehensive%20and%20Capital%20Fees%20for%20Graduate%20Assistants.

11. CONFERENCE REGISTRATION OPEN FOR NEXT GENERATION INFRASTRUCTURE –  2nd posting
Grad students are encouraged to take advantage of early registration for the third annual International Symposium for Next Generation Infrastructure (ISNGI) held in Washington, DC Sep 14-15, 2015. The symposium is hosted by the Global Forum for Urban and Regional Resilience (GFURR) and Virginia Bioinformatics Institute (VBI), two of VT’s premier research institutions. The Symposium provides an excellent opportunity to access and network with the best minds from across the world in the fields of both advanced infrastructure and resilience. Registering for the conference before Aug 14  qualifies participants for preferred registration rates: http://www.isngi.org/.

12. NEW GA POSITION IN VT SMART INFRASTRUCTURE LAB – 3rd posting
VTSIL is looking for highly motivated grad student help develop code for collecting and processing data from a data acquisition network. This is an opportunity to work with cutting edge data acquisition systems and a unique test bed, gain valuable experience with real-world data collection and data management, and collaborate with a multidisciplinary team of students and professors. The goal of the position is to develop a GUI that simplifies the use of an existing C++ code, which is designed to acquire data from a distributed data acquisition system throughout Goodwin Hall. Experience in programming in C++ is required; experience with data acquisition, instrumentation, Qt and MATLAB is desired. The expected duration of these positions is on-going and research credit could be offered if appropriate. For more information visit: http://scholar.lib.vt.edu/staff/zxie/GA_vtsil.pdf. If interested, please e-mail Dr. Tarazaga at pt@vt.edu or Dr. Xie at zhiwuxie@vt.edu.

13. NEW FT GA POSITION IN LIBRARY – WEB AND GRAPHIC DESIGNER – 3rd posting
Must have strong, verifiable web and graphic design skills; keen eye with experience and understanding of site architecture, user experience, color theory and color management on the web. Knowledge of current web markup or scripting languages: HTML, CSS, and JavaScript with a basic understanding of how mockups translate to code. Ability to learn new internet and authoring technologies relevant for website development. Demonstrated evidence in coding and creation of websites. Evidence of creativity and innovation. Experience in collaborative work environments. Excellent analytical, interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills. Demonstrated knowledge of trends in web and graphic design. Learn more about the position and application requirements at http://scholar.lib.vt.edu/staff/zxie/GA_web_designer.pdf. To apply, email all required application materials to zhiwuxie@vt.edu with "GA: Web Designer" as the subject.

14. VT CREW TEAM SEEKS COACH – 3rd posting
The VT Crew Team, sport club within Recreational Sports, is in search of a head varsity coach. This is a paid position for the 2015 Fall and 2016 Spring seasons. The program is student-run and all administrative and logistical issues are managed by the executive team. If you are interested, or know of any potential coaching candidates, contact Neill Frazier at neillf5@vt.edu or (703)-431-8113, or the VT Crew Team at virginiatechcrewteam@gmail.com. Learn more about the team at http://vtcrew.weebly.com/.

15. INSTRUCTIONAL DESIGNER WAGE POSITION OPEN – 3rd posting
The Division of Student Affairs Human Resources (DSA HR) office is searching for a graduate student to assist with instructional design and assessment work for training and development programs in the DSA. Duties include researching, coordinating, and developing talent-development content and presentation projects for various populations and learning formats, including online training. The position will also assist with general management and processing of assessment projects for the DSA HR office.  Preference given to candidates who have education and/or experience in education, training, adult learning, instruction design, or a related field. Experience with PowerPoint, Scholar, Canvas, Articulate Storyline, Baseline, and/or Qualtrics software is preferred. This is an hourly wage position that averages 10-15 hrs/wk. To apply, send a cover letter and resume to Greg Beecher at gbeecher@vt.edu by 5 pm on Friday, Sep 4. Anticipated start date is mid-September, 2015.

16. INTERLOPER MAGAZINE SEEKS CONTRIBUTORS – 1st posting
The Interloper, Virginia Tech’s LGBT magazine, is looking for enthusiastic, hard-working contributors for its 4th issue. The magazine still needs editors, writers, artists, photographers, and designers. If you are interested in getting involved, please email Matty Bennett at theinterlopervt@gmail.com.

17. HEALTH CARE UTILIZATION SURVEY FOR INTL GRAD STUDENTS – 1st posting
VT international graduate students are invited to participate in a public health practicum project by taking an anonymous online survey that takes about 5-6 minutes to complete. The information you provide will help researchers identify the barriers international graduate students face in accessing health care services, and help develop ways to address the barriers in order to facilitate student’s access to health services and increase the quality of the available services for current and future students. Access the survey at https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_0uYO5CFMHRWS4Kh. If you have any questions,  contact Fatemeh Zarghami at fatemehz@vt.edu or Dr. Kerry Redican at: kredican@vt.edu.

18. MALE PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR COFFEE RESEARCH STUDY – 2nd posting
Male participants of 18-24 years of age are sought for a study examining the effects of caffeine on the mind and body. Must be: a healthy regular consumer of moderate amounts of coffee, a non-smoker, right-handed, free of neurological disorder or cardiovascular disease. Activities: Two morning sessions (~1 hour & 45 minutes each) and two afternoon sessions (~30 minutes each) involving collection of non-invasive physiological measures, standard laboratory tasks, and completion of questionnaires. Participant compensation for time is $25 per session, plus a $15 bonus for completion of all phases of the study, plus a $10 bonus for successful completion of memory tasks (up to $125 total). All subject information is kept anonymous and confidential. If you have any questions, would like to learn more about the study or to see if you meet qualifications for the study, email Shara Grant at shara7g@vt.edu.

19. GRAD STUDENT VOLUNTEERS SOUGHT TO HELP WITH ORIENTATION – final posting
The Graduate School is looking for graduate student volunteers (graduate ambassadors) to assist with the Welcome Center and New Graduate Student Orientation in the GLC (Aug 17-21). Roles include: Welcome Center staffing; orientation crowd control; program set up, and more. If you are available and interested in assisting with any of these events, please fill out this short survey: https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1438028410495. Training will be offered to all grad ambassadors.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

THRIVING IN GRADUATE SCHOOL: A CONVERSATION ON SUCCESS
Monday, Aug 24, 6:30-8:00pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
Discover resources for academic and personal success at this free dinner, panel discussion, and community dialogue co-sponsored by InterVarsity Graduate Christian Fellowship <http://gcfvt.wordpress.com/>  and the Black Graduate Student Organization <http://www.bgso.org.vt.edu/index.php> (BGSO).

INTERVARSITY GRADUATE CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP – 1ST FALL MTG
Wednesday, Aug 26, 6:00pm, GLC (room TBA)
InterVarsity Graduate Christian Fellowship <http://gcfvt.wordpress.com/>  meets weekly for a free dinner and interactive Bible discussion. All are welcome!

INTERCULTURAL ENGAGEMENT FALL RECEPTIONS – register now!
Intercultural Engagement Center’s Fall 2015 Welcome Receptions are open to any new or returning student, faculty, and staff member who identifies with or would like to support these groups (Black and African-American, Asian and Asian-American, Hispanic and Latino, Veterans, Students with disabilities, Native American, First-generation, LGBT*Q). An RSVP through the Intercultural Engagement Center’s page on GobblerConnect is preferred for each reception. Learn more at http://www.vtnews.vt.edu/notices/072215-dsa-iecreceptions.html.

PARENT SUPPORT GROUP LUNCHEON – register now!
Wednesday, Sep 9
Graduate students with children are invited to join this year’s first Parent Support Group Luncheon. This month participants will have the privilege of hearing from guest speaker Laurie Fritsch about Student Health Initiatives at Virginia Tech that can benefit your family. Lunch is provided, and spouses are welcome. Please register at www.SignUpGenius.com/go/20F0E4FABAA28A1FF2-september. For more information contact Marin Riegger at mriegger@vt.edu.

August 17-23, 2015

1.  WEEKLY WALK-IN SERVICES IN THE GLC – break schedule; updated 8/3

  • Career Services advising: on hiatus until Sep 23
  • Cook Counseling: Fridays 1:00-5:00pm in the summer, Green Room 
  • Graduate School regular hours: 8:00am-5:00pm
  • LISA Statistical Consulting: Tuesdays,10:00-12:00 in Room A
  • Writing assistance: on hiatus until fall

2. INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS WELCOME RECEPTION
Monday, Aug 17, 7:00pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
Food, music and fun! This welcome social is co-hosted by the Cranwell International Center and the Council of International Student Organizations. Free and open to all.

3. HEALTH INSURANCE SIGN UP
Tuesday, Aug 18, 12:00-3:00, GLC Lobby
Thursday, Aug 20, 2:00-4:30, GLC Lobby
Friday, Aug 21, 10:00-1:00, GLC Lobby
Stop by the GLC Lobby to sign up for student health insurance with Aetna and ask representatives any questions you may have. For questions contact the Student Medical Insurance Office at smi@vt.edu.

4. UNDERREPRESENTED GRADUATE STUDENT LUNCHEON
Wednesday, Aug 19, 11:30am-1:00pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
The Graduate School invites students who identify as an underrepresented minority to attend a welcome luncheon to meet fellow students, faculty and staff. Sign up at https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0wWgNCFrz4rf1ul.

5. WELCOME BACK BBQ
Wednesday, Aug 19, 5:00-8:00pm, University Club (next to GLC)
The Graduate Student Assembly and VT Graduate School invite all new and returning graduate students to their annual Welcome Back BBQ. Catered by Hethwood Market, food options include barbecue pork, Italian chicken, vegetarian lasagna, as well as a variety of side dishes and dessert. Email Chelsea Corkins at ccorkins@vt.edu if you have any food restriction (religious, allergies, or otherwise). Various games will be available on the lawn throughout the event. This event is free and a great opportunity to meet new graduate students and have some fun before the semester begins. Registration is not required though encouraged at https://www.facebook.com/events/663369607096877/ to help organizers estimate food. If you are interested in volunteering at this event, contact Chelsea Corkins at ccorkins@vt.edu.

6. MAKE YOURSELF AT HOME IN BLACKSBURG
Thursday, Aug 20, 4:30-6pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
New and returning students are invited to connect with faculty, staff, students and resources that can help you succeed in graduate school and maintain a healthy life balance. Free food and door prizes! Please sign up at https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_9ZcImHWgGFaQKWN if you are planning to attend.

7. REGISTER FOR "GRAD" COURSES FOR FALL 2015
The Graduate School offers a wide array of courses to complement your major studies each semester. Open to all, no pre-requisites. Fall opportunities include:

  • GRAD 5014, Academic Integrity and Plagiarism – online course
  • GRAD 5104, Preparing the Future Professoriate – overview of higher ed & faculty roles
  • GRAD 5114, Contemporary Pedagogy
  • GRAD 5144, Communicating Science
  • GRAD 5124, Library Research Skills – online course; register for section by discipline
  • GRAD 5204, Citizen Scholar Seminar – apply your research interests for the good of society
  • GRAD 5214, Diversity for a Global Society – prepare to work effectively in contemporary society
  • GRAD 5224G, Advanced Global Aspects of Intellectual Property Law – controversial topics related to medicine, knowledge, biological materials
  • GRAD 5314, Future Industrial Professional in Science and Engineering – guidance for pursuing careers in business and industry.

For more details visit http://graduateschool.vt.edu/gs/tge/fp_courses.

8. PERFORMANCES SOUGHT FOR GOBBLERFEST – 1st posting     
Gobblerfest, Virginia Tech’s perennial kick-off festival, is looking for student organizations, including international student organizations, to perform at Gobblerfest. Performances are to be 5-7 minutes maximum. Interested organizations are asked to reply to the email previously sent to them. Performances will be scheduled on a first-come first-served basis sometime between 5:00pm-7:00pm on Sep 4, 2015. Once all slots are filled, organizations will be contacted to set up specific time slots. Please direct all questions/concerns to Jaime Williams at jaimew@vt.edu.

9. LITTLE HOKIE HANGOUT CHILDCARE FACILITY NOW ACCEPTING APLICATIONS – final posting
Now accepting applications for the Little Hokie Hangout! The LHH is a new part-day parent cooperative child care program that is run directly across the street from campus. The program director, Mariann Matson, is happy to schedule a time for you to walk through, answer any questions you might have, and provide you with an application form. You can reach her at mematson@vt.edu. This is a play-based program for children who are turning 2 through age 5, but spots are limited so don’t wait! Forms are due by Aug 15. Email childcare@vt.edu for more information.

10. SIGN UP NOW FOR PAYROLL DEDUCTION OF COMP FEES FOR GRAD ASSISTANTS – 4th posting
The registration system for paying comprehensive fees through payroll deduction is now open.  Graduate students on an assistantship must either pay their comprehensive fees or enroll for payroll deductions before the payment deadline.  To enroll in payroll deductions, first register for classes, then login to Hokie SPA, choose University Account Information menu, and click on Graduate Students on Assistantship, enroll in Payroll Deduction. You must enroll in payroll deduction each semester in which you wish to take advantage of this opportunity.  Learn more at http://graduateschool.vt.edu/financial/assistantships#Payroll%20Deduction%20of%20Comprehensive%20and%20Capital%20Fees%20for%20Graduate%20Assistants.

11. CONFERENCE REGISTRATION OPEN FOR NEXT GENERATION INFRASTRUCTURE –  2nd posting
Grad students are encouraged to take advantage of early registration for the third annual International Symposium for Next Generation Infrastructure (ISNGI) held in Washington, DC Sep 14-15, 2015. The symposium is hosted by the Global Forum for Urban and Regional Resilience (GFURR) and Virginia Bioinformatics Institute (VBI), two of VT’s premier research institutions. The Symposium provides an excellent opportunity to access and network with the best minds from across the world in the fields of both advanced infrastructure and resilience. Registering for the conference before Aug 14  qualifies participants for preferred registration rates: http://www.isngi.org/.

12. NEW GA POSITION IN VT SMART INFRASTRUCTURE LAB – 3rd posting
VTSIL is looking for highly motivated grad student help develop code for collecting and processing data from a data acquisition network. This is an opportunity to work with cutting edge data acquisition systems and a unique test bed, gain valuable experience with real-world data collection and data management, and collaborate with a multidisciplinary team of students and professors. The goal of the position is to develop a GUI that simplifies the use of an existing C++ code, which is designed to acquire data from a distributed data acquisition system throughout Goodwin Hall. Experience in programming in C++ is required; experience with data acquisition, instrumentation, Qt and MATLAB is desired. The expected duration of these positions is on-going and research credit could be offered if appropriate. For more information visit: http://scholar.lib.vt.edu/staff/zxie/GA_vtsil.pdf. If interested, please e-mail Dr. Tarazaga at pt@vt.edu or Dr. Xie at zhiwuxie@vt.edu.

13. NEW FT GA POSITION IN LIBRARY – WEB AND GRAPHIC DESIGNER – 3rd posting
Must have strong, verifiable web and graphic design skills; keen eye with experience and understanding of site architecture, user experience, color theory and color management on the web. Knowledge of current web markup or scripting languages: HTML, CSS, and JavaScript with a basic understanding of how mockups translate to code. Ability to learn new internet and authoring technologies relevant for website development. Demonstrated evidence in coding and creation of websites. Evidence of creativity and innovation. Experience in collaborative work environments. Excellent analytical, interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills. Demonstrated knowledge of trends in web and graphic design. Learn more about the position and application requirements at http://scholar.lib.vt.edu/staff/zxie/GA_web_designer.pdf. To apply, email all required application materials to zhiwuxie@vt.edu with "GA: Web Designer" as the subject.

14. VT CREW TEAM SEEKS COACH – 3rd posting
The VT Crew Team, sport club within Recreational Sports, is in search of a head varsity coach. This is a paid position for the 2015 Fall and 2016 Spring seasons. The program is student-run and all administrative and logistical issues are managed by the executive team. If you are interested, or know of any potential coaching candidates, contact Neill Frazier at neillf5@vt.edu or (703)-431-8113, or the VT Crew Team at virginiatechcrewteam@gmail.com. Learn more about the team at http://vtcrew.weebly.com/.

15. INSTRUCTIONAL DESIGNER WAGE POSITION OPEN – 3rd posting
The Division of Student Affairs Human Resources (DSA HR) office is searching for a graduate student to assist with instructional design and assessment work for training and development programs in the DSA. Duties include researching, coordinating, and developing talent-development content and presentation projects for various populations and learning formats, including online training. The position will also assist with general management and processing of assessment projects for the DSA HR office.  Preference given to candidates who have education and/or experience in education, training, adult learning, instruction design, or a related field. Experience with PowerPoint, Scholar, Canvas, Articulate Storyline, Baseline, and/or Qualtrics software is preferred. This is an hourly wage position that averages 10-15 hrs/wk. To apply, send a cover letter and resume to Greg Beecher at gbeecher@vt.edu by 5 pm on Friday, Sep 4. Anticipated start date is mid-September, 2015.

16. INTERLOPER MAGAZINE SEEKS CONTRIBUTORS – 1st posting
The Interloper, Virginia Tech’s LGBT magazine, is looking for enthusiastic, hard-working contributors for its 4th issue. The magazine still needs editors, writers, artists, photographers, and designers. If you are interested in getting involved, please email Matty Bennett at theinterlopervt@gmail.com.

17. HEALTH CARE UTILIZATION SURVEY FOR INTL GRAD STUDENTS – 1st posting
VT international graduate students are invited to participate in a public health practicum project by taking an anonymous online survey that takes about 5-6 minutes to complete. The information you provide will help researchers identify the barriers international graduate students face in accessing health care services, and help develop ways to address the barriers in order to facilitate student’s access to health services and increase the quality of the available services for current and future students. Access the survey at https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_0uYO5CFMHRWS4Kh. If you have any questions,  contact Fatemeh Zarghami at fatemehz@vt.edu or Dr. Kerry Redican at: kredican@vt.edu.

18. MALE PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR COFFEE RESEARCH STUDY – 2nd posting
Male participants of 18-24 years of age are sought for a study examining the effects of caffeine on the mind and body. Must be: a healthy regular consumer of moderate amounts of coffee, a non-smoker, right-handed, free of neurological disorder or cardiovascular disease. Activities: Two morning sessions (~1 hour & 45 minutes each) and two afternoon sessions (~30 minutes each) involving collection of non-invasive physiological measures, standard laboratory tasks, and completion of questionnaires. Participant compensation for time is $25 per session, plus a $15 bonus for completion of all phases of the study, plus a $10 bonus for successful completion of memory tasks (up to $125 total). All subject information is kept anonymous and confidential. If you have any questions, would like to learn more about the study or to see if you meet qualifications for the study, email Shara Grant at shara7g@vt.edu.

19. GRAD STUDENT VOLUNTEERS SOUGHT TO HELP WITH ORIENTATION – final posting
The Graduate School is looking for graduate student volunteers (graduate ambassadors) to assist with the Welcome Center and New Graduate Student Orientation in the GLC (Aug 17-21). Roles include: Welcome Center staffing; orientation crowd control; program set up, and more. If you are available and interested in assisting with any of these events, please fill out this short survey: https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1438028410495. Training will be offered to all grad ambassadors.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

THRIVING IN GRADUATE SCHOOL: A CONVERSATION ON SUCCESS
Monday, Aug 24, 6:30-8:00pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
Discover resources for academic and personal success at this free dinner, panel discussion, and community dialogue co-sponsored by InterVarsity Graduate Christian Fellowship <http://gcfvt.wordpress.com/>  and the Black Graduate Student Organization <http://www.bgso.org.vt.edu/index.php> (BGSO).

INTERVARSITY GRADUATE CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP – 1ST FALL MTG
Wednesday, Aug 26, 6:00pm, GLC (room TBA)
InterVarsity Graduate Christian Fellowship <http://gcfvt.wordpress.com/>  meets weekly for a free dinner and interactive Bible discussion. All are welcome!

INTERCULTURAL ENGAGEMENT FALL RECEPTIONS – register now!
Intercultural Engagement Center’s Fall 2015 Welcome Receptions are open to any new or returning student, faculty, and staff member who identifies with or would like to support these groups (Black and African-American, Asian and Asian-American, Hispanic and Latino, Veterans, Students with disabilities, Native American, First-generation, LGBT*Q). An RSVP through the Intercultural Engagement Center’s page on GobblerConnect is preferred for each reception. Learn more at http://www.vtnews.vt.edu/notices/072215-dsa-iecreceptions.html.

PARENT SUPPORT GROUP LUNCHEON – register now!
Wednesday, Sep 9
Graduate students with children are invited to join this year’s first Parent Support Group Luncheon. This month participants will have the privilege of hearing from guest speaker Laurie Fritsch about Student Health Initiatives at Virginia Tech that can benefit your family. Lunch is provided, and spouses are welcome. Please register at www.SignUpGenius.com/go/20F0E4FABAA28A1FF2-september. For more information contact Marin Riegger at mriegger@vt.edu.

August 10-16, 2015

1.  WEEKLY WALK-IN SERVICES IN THE GLC – break schedule; updated 8/3

  • Career Services advising: on hiatus until fall
  • Cook Counseling: Fridays 1:00-5:00pm in the summer, Green Room 
  • GLC Café: 3:30-5:00 every Thursday, Reading Room – continues through summer
  • Graduate School regular hours: 8:00am-5:00pm
  • LISA Statistical Consulting: Tuesdays,10:00-12:00 in Room A
  • Writing assistance: on hiatus until fall

 2. 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.

 

3. GLC CAFÉ: JUST THE USUAL

Thursday, Aug 13, 3:30-5:00pm, GLC Reading Room

The GLC Café is offered throughout the year with free coffee, tea, and cookies in the company of your graduate-student and Grad-School colleagues. There may be a special surprise for those who are doing their qualifying exams this week to keep their spirits up.

 

4. REGISTER FOR “GRAD” COURSES FOR FALL 2015

The Graduate School offers a wide array of courses to complement your major studies each semester. Open to all, no pre-requisites. Fall opportunities include:

  • GRAD 5014, Academic Integrity and Plagiarism – online course
  • GRAD 5104, Preparing the Future Professoriate – overview of higher ed & faculty roles
  • GRAD 5114, Contemporary Pedagogy
  • GRAD 5144, Communicating Science
  • GRAD 5124, Library Research Skills – online course; register for section by discipline
  • GRAD 5204, Citizen Scholar Seminar – apply your research interests for the good of society
  • GRAD 5214, Diversity for a Global Society – prepare to work effectively in contemporary society
  • GRAD 5224G, Advanced Global Aspects of Intellectual Property Law – controversial topics related to medicine, knowledge, biological materials
  • GRAD 5314, Future Industrial Professional in Science and Engineering – guidance for pursuing careers in business and industry.

http://graduateschool.vt.edu/gs/tge/fp_courses

 

5. LITTLE HOKIE HANGOUT CHILDCARE FACILITY NOW ACCEPTING APLICATIONS – 3rd posting

Now accepting applications for the Little Hokie Hangout! The LHH is a new part-day parent cooperative child care program that is run directly across the street from campus. The program director, Mariann Matson, is happy to schedule a time for you to walk through, answer any questions you might have, and provide you with an application form. You can reach her at mematson@vt.edu. This is a play-based program for children who are turning 2 through age 5, but spots are limited so don’t wait! Forms are due by Aug 15. Email childcare@vt.edu for more information.

 

6. 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!

 

7. SIGN UP NOW FOR PAYROLL DEDUCTION OF COMP FEES FOR GRAD ASSISTANTS – 4th posting

The registration system for paying comprehensive fees through payroll deduction is now open.  Graduate students on an assistantship must either pay their comprehensive fees or enroll for payroll deductions before the payment deadline.  To enroll in payroll deductions, first register for classes, then login to Hokie SPA, choose University Account Information menu, and click on Graduate Students on Assistantship, enroll in Payroll Deduction. You must enroll in payroll deduction each semester in which you wish to take advantage of this opportunity.  Learn more at http://graduateschool.vt.edu/financial/assistantships#Payroll%20Deduction%20of%20Comprehensive%20and%20Capital%20Fees%20for%20Graduate%20Assistants.

 

8. CONFERENCE REGISTRATION OPEN FOR NEXT GENERATION INFRASTRUCTURE –  1st posting

Grad students are encouraged to take advantage of early registration for the third annual International Symposium for Next Generation Infrastructure (ISNGI) held in Washington, DC Sep 14-15, 2015. The symposium is hosted by the Global Forum for Urban and Regional Resilience (GFURR) and Virginia Bioinformatics Institute (VBI), two of VT’s premier research institutions. The Symposium provides an excellent opportunity to access and network with the best minds from across the world in the fields of both advanced infrastructure and resilience. Registering for the conference before Aug 14  qualifies participants for preferred registration rates: http://www.isngi.org/.

 

9. NEW GA POSITION IN VT SMART INFRASTRUCTURE LAB – 2nd posting

VTSIL is looking for highly motivated grad student help develop code for collecting and processing data from a data acquisition network. This is an opportunity to work with cutting edge data acquisition systems and a unique test bed, gain valuable experience with real-world data collection and data management, and collaborate with a multidisciplinary team of students and professors. The goal of the position is to develop a GUI that simplifies the use of an existing C++ code, which is designed to acquire data from a distributed data acquisition system throughout Goodwin Hall. Experience in programming in C++ is required; experience with data acquisition, instrumentation, Qt and MATLAB is desired. The expected duration of these positions is on-going and research credit could be offered if appropriate. For more information visit: http://scholar.lib.vt.edu/staff/zxie/GA_vtsil.pdf. If interested, please e-mail Dr. Tarazaga at pt@vt.edu or Dr. Xie at zhiwuxie@vt.edu.

 

10. NEW FT GA POSITION IN LIBRARY – WEB AND GRAPHIC DESIGNER – 2nd posting

Must have strong, verifiable web and graphic design skills; keen eye with experience and understanding of site architecture, user experience, color theory and color management on the web. Knowledge of current web markup or scripting languages: HTML, CSS, and JavaScript with a basic understanding of how mockups translate to code. Ability to learn new internet and authoring technologies relevant for website development. Demonstrated evidence in coding and creation of websites. Evidence of creativity and innovation. Experience in collaborative work environments. Excellent analytical, interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills. Demonstrated knowledge of trends in web and graphic design. Learn more about the position and application requirements at http://scholar.lib.vt.edu/staff/zxie/GA_web_designer.pdf. To apply, email all required application materials to zhiwuxie@vt.edu with “GA: Web Designer” as the subject.

 

11. GA OPENING IN VT ENGAGE – 2nd posting

The Graduate Assistant for the Students Engaging and Responding through Volunteer Experiences Living Learning Community (SERVE LLC) is responsible for assisting the Assistant Director for Student Engagement at VT Engage: The Community Learning Collaborative in providing leadership for SERVE LLC programming initiatives, supporting instruction/evaluation in the associated LDRS 1015-1016 course series, facilitating group reflections, and mentoring/coaching student leaders throughout their SERVE experience. Additionally, the GA for SERVE will assist in program assessment, student evaluations, and will help represent SERVE in collaborations with other VT Engage staff, campus partners, and community organizations. The GA for SERVE is a 9-month position that does not require campus residency and is supervised by the Assistant Director for Student Engagement.  Learn more about the position and application requirements at http://www.engage.vt.edu/graduate-assistant-for-serve-llc/. Apply by Aug 12.

 

12. VT CREW TEAM SEEKS COACH – 2nd posting

The VT Crew Team, sport club within Recreational Sports, is in search of a head varsity coach. This is a paid position for the 2015 Fall and 2016 Spring seasons. The program is student-run and all administrative and logistical issues are managed by the executive team. If you are interested, or know of any potential coaching candidates, contact Neill Frazier at neillf5@vt.edu or (703)-431-8113, or the VT Crew Team at virginiatechcrewteam@gmail.com. Learn more about the team at

http://vtcrew.weebly.com/.

 

13. INSTRUCTIONAL DESIGNER WAGE POSITION OPEN – 2nd posting

The Division of Student Affairs Human Resources (DSA HR) office is searching for a graduate student to assist with instructional design and assessment work for training and development programs in the DSA. Duties include researching, coordinating, and developing talent-development content and presentation projects for various populations and learning formats, including online training. The position will also assist with general management and processing of assessment projects for the DSA HR office.  Preference given to candidates who have education and/or experience in education, training, adult learning, instruction design, or a related field. Experience with PowerPoint, Scholar, Canvas, Articulate Storyline, Baseline, and/or Qualtrics software is preferred. This is an hourly wage position that averages 10-15 hrs/wk. To apply, send a cover letter and resume to Greg Beecher at gbeecher@vt.edu by 5 pm on Friday, Sep 4. Anticipated start date is mid-September, 2015.

 

14. MENTORS SOUGHT IN BIOMED & BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES PROGRAM – 2nd posting

The Bridges to the Baccalaureate Scholars Program is looking for graduate students to serve as mentors for students interested in biomedical and behavioral sciences. This program is funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) as a means to promote diversity and inclusion in the biomedical and behavioral sciences. Students are paired with mentors for fall semester to help with acclimating to VT, discuss research as a potential avenue for a career option, and have conversations about setting goals and professional development. Mentors are given an introduction to the program with the mentor coordinator and a list of topics to cover for the semester. Mentors are required to meet in person bi-weekly with their mentees and check in via email on the off weeks. Mentors are paid $400 at the end of the semester for their services and are asked to participate in a post-mentoring survey to assess personal gains as a mentor and outcomes of the mentoring relationship. To apply, complete the application at http://tinyurl.com/phlnphy

by 11:59PM, Aug 12. Contact Dr. Nikki Lewis (snl@vt.edu) with any questions.

 

15. WAGE POSITION OPEN IN GLC: DIGITAL MEDIA CONTENT MANAGER – 3rd posting

The incumbent is responsible for managing digital sign, web and Facebook content, including content development and scheduling, screen and software maintenance, website maintenance, and communication and coordination with Grad School and GLC Service Desk staff. Must be FT grad student, have experience with any of the following software applications: Drupal, Dreamweaver, Macromedia Flash, Photoshop, MS PP, MS Paint, Samsung MagicNet Pro, flash converters. Preference will be given for: at least one semester of previous VT enrollment; web maintenance experience; knowledge of services, programs and events offered in the GLC. Must possess excellent communication skills and be able to work in a team environment. Submit cover letter and resume to grads@vt.edu. Position open until filled. Anticipated starting date: Aug 17 or later. $13/hr, approx. 10 hrs/wk.

 

16. MALE PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR COFFEE RESEARCH STUDY – 1st posting

Male participants of 18-24 years of age are sought for a study examining the effects of caffeine on the mind and body. Must be: a healthy regular consumer of moderate amounts of coffee, a non-smoker, right-handed, free of neurological disorder or cardiovascular disease. Activities: Two morning sessions (~1 hour & 45 minutes each) and two afternoon sessions (~30 minutes each) involving collection of non-invasive physiological measures, standard laboratory tasks, and completion of questionnaires. Participant compensation for time is $25 per session, plus a $15 bonus for completion of all phases of the study, plus a $10 bonus for successful completion of memory tasks (up to $125 total). All subject information is kept anonymous and confidential. If you have any questions, would like to learn more about the study or to see if you meet qualifications for the study, email Shara Grant at shara7g@vt.edu.

 

17. GRAD STUDENT VOLUNTEERS SOUGHT TO HELP WITH ORIENTATION – 3rd posting

The Graduate School is looking for graduate student volunteers (graduate ambassadors) to assist with international graduate student check-in (Aug 3-21), GTA training (Aug 17-18), the Welcome Center and New Graduate Student Orientation in the GLC (Aug 17-21). Roles include: check-in and registration assistance, information and guidance to attendees; Welcome Center staffing; orientation crowd control; program set up, and more. If you are available and interested in assisting with any of these events, please fill out this short survey: https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1438028410495. Training will be offered to all grad ambassadors.

 

18. VOLUNTEERS SOUGHT FOR MUSCLE FATIGUE AND RECORVERY STUDY – 3rd posting

Volunteers are sought for dissertation research study about the effects of different physical demands on muscle fatigue. Participants will perform a set of tasks, requiring forceful exertions of the hand, forearm, and/or upper arm.  Muscular strength will be measured by voluntary contraction and electrical stimulation of muscles.  Other measures will be related to performance and muscle fatigue by monitoring the muscle activity using EMG electrodes. Experiments will be conducted in the Safety Engineering Laboratory in the ISE department. The complete experiment involves up to 7 experimental sessions, each requiring about 4 hours. Participants are paid $10/hour and a $10 bonus after completing all sessions. Participation is voluntary and confidential. Must be age 18-30;  males and females; no current or recent history of a physical disorder affecting the hand/arm; exercise on a regular basis (2-3 times per week). Study protocols have been approved by the VT IRB (13-1160). Contact Ehsan Rashedi at rashedi@vt.edu, (540) 629-0297 with any questions or if interested in participating.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS:

 

WELCOME BACK BBQ

Wednesday, Aug 19, 5:00-8:00pm, University Club (next to GLC)

The Graduate Student Assembly and VT Graduate School invite all new and returning graduate students, and their family, to their annual Welcome Back BBQ. This event will be catered by Hethwood Market, with food options including barbecue pork, Italian chicken, and vegetarian lasagna, as well as a variety of side dishes and dessert. Email Chelsea Corkins at ccorkins@vt.edu if you have any food restriction (religious, allergies, or otherwise). Various games will be available on the lawn throughout the event. This event is free and a great opportunity to meet new graduate students and have some fun before the semester begins. This is a drop-in event, and registration is not required though encouraged at https://www.facebook.com/events/663369607096877/ to help organizers estimate food. If you are interested in volunteering at this event, contact Chelsea Corkins at ccorkins@vt.edu.

 

THRIVING IN GRADUATE SCHOOL: A CONVERSATION ON SUCCESS

Monday, Aug 24, 6:30-8:00pm, GLC Multipurpose Room

Discover resources for academic and personal success at this free dinner, panel discussion, and community dialogue co-sponsored by InterVarsity Graduate Christian Fellowship <http://gcfvt.wordpress.com/>  and the Black Graduate Student Organization <http://www.bgso.org.vt.edu/index.php> (BGSO).

 

INTERVARSITY GRADUATE CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP – 1ST FALL MTG

Wednesday, Aug 26, 6:00pm, GLC (room TBA)

InterVarsity Graduate Christian Fellowship <http://gcfvt.wordpress.com/>  meets weekly for a free dinner and interactive Bible discussion. All are welcome!

 

INTERCULTURAL ENGAGEMENT FALL RECEPTIONS – register now!

Intercultural Engagement Center’s Fall 2015 Welcome Receptions are open to any new or returning student, faculty, and staff member who identifies with or would like to support these groups (Black and African-American, Asian and Asian-American, Hispanic and Latino, Veterans, Students with disabilities, Native American, First-generation, LGBT*Q). An RSVP through the Intercultural Engagement Center’s page on GobblerConnect is preferred for each reception. Learn more at http://www.vtnews.vt.edu/notices/072215-dsa-iecreceptions.html.

 

PARENT SUPPORT GROUP LUNCHEON – register now!

Wednesday, Sep 9

Graduate students with children are invited to join this year’s first Parent Support Group Luncheon. This month participants will have the privilege of hearing from guest speaker Laurie Fritsch about Student Health Initiatives at Virginia Tech that can benefit your family. Lunch is provided, and spouses are welcome. Please register at www.SignUpGenius.com/go/20F0E4FABAA28A1FF2-september. For more information contact Marin Riegger at mriegger@vt.edu.

August 10-16, 2015

1.  WEEKLY WALK-IN SERVICES IN THE GLC – break schedule; updated 8/3

  • Career Services advising: on hiatus until fall
  • Cook Counseling: Fridays 1:00-5:00pm in the summer, Green Room 
  • GLC Café: 3:30-5:00 every Thursday, Reading Room – continues through summer
  • Graduate School regular hours: 8:00am-5:00pm
  • LISA Statistical Consulting: Tuesdays,10:00-12:00 in Room A
  • Writing assistance: on hiatus until fall

 2. 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.

 

3. GLC CAFÉ: JUST THE USUAL

Thursday, Aug 13, 3:30-5:00pm, GLC Reading Room

The GLC Café is offered throughout the year with free coffee, tea, and cookies in the company of your graduate-student and Grad-School colleagues. There may be a special surprise for those who are doing their qualifying exams this week to keep their spirits up.

 

4. REGISTER FOR “GRAD” COURSES FOR FALL 2015

The Graduate School offers a wide array of courses to complement your major studies each semester. Open to all, no pre-requisites. Fall opportunities include:

  • GRAD 5014, Academic Integrity and Plagiarism – online course
  • GRAD 5104, Preparing the Future Professoriate – overview of higher ed & faculty roles
  • GRAD 5114, Contemporary Pedagogy
  • GRAD 5144, Communicating Science
  • GRAD 5124, Library Research Skills – online course; register for section by discipline
  • GRAD 5204, Citizen Scholar Seminar – apply your research interests for the good of society
  • GRAD 5214, Diversity for a Global Society – prepare to work effectively in contemporary society
  • GRAD 5224G, Advanced Global Aspects of Intellectual Property Law – controversial topics related to medicine, knowledge, biological materials
  • GRAD 5314, Future Industrial Professional in Science and Engineering – guidance for pursuing careers in business and industry.

http://graduateschool.vt.edu/gs/tge/fp_courses

 

5. LITTLE HOKIE HANGOUT CHILDCARE FACILITY NOW ACCEPTING APLICATIONS – 3rd posting

Now accepting applications for the Little Hokie Hangout! The LHH is a new part-day parent cooperative child care program that is run directly across the street from campus. The program director, Mariann Matson, is happy to schedule a time for you to walk through, answer any questions you might have, and provide you with an application form. You can reach her at mematson@vt.edu. This is a play-based program for children who are turning 2 through age 5, but spots are limited so don’t wait! Forms are due by Aug 15. Email childcare@vt.edu for more information.

 

6. 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!

 

7. SIGN UP NOW FOR PAYROLL DEDUCTION OF COMP FEES FOR GRAD ASSISTANTS – 4th posting

The registration system for paying comprehensive fees through payroll deduction is now open.  Graduate students on an assistantship must either pay their comprehensive fees or enroll for payroll deductions before the payment deadline.  To enroll in payroll deductions, first register for classes, then login to Hokie SPA, choose University Account Information menu, and click on Graduate Students on Assistantship, enroll in Payroll Deduction. You must enroll in payroll deduction each semester in which you wish to take advantage of this opportunity.  Learn more at http://graduateschool.vt.edu/financial/assistantships#Payroll%20Deduction%20of%20Comprehensive%20and%20Capital%20Fees%20for%20Graduate%20Assistants.

 

8. CONFERENCE REGISTRATION OPEN FOR NEXT GENERATION INFRASTRUCTURE –  1st posting

Grad students are encouraged to take advantage of early registration for the third annual International Symposium for Next Generation Infrastructure (ISNGI) held in Washington, DC Sep 14-15, 2015. The symposium is hosted by the Global Forum for Urban and Regional Resilience (GFURR) and Virginia Bioinformatics Institute (VBI), two of VT’s premier research institutions. The Symposium provides an excellent opportunity to access and network with the best minds from across the world in the fields of both advanced infrastructure and resilience. Registering for the conference before Aug 14  qualifies participants for preferred registration rates: http://www.isngi.org/.

 

9. NEW GA POSITION IN VT SMART INFRASTRUCTURE LAB – 2nd posting

VTSIL is looking for highly motivated grad student help develop code for collecting and processing data from a data acquisition network. This is an opportunity to work with cutting edge data acquisition systems and a unique test bed, gain valuable experience with real-world data collection and data management, and collaborate with a multidisciplinary team of students and professors. The goal of the position is to develop a GUI that simplifies the use of an existing C++ code, which is designed to acquire data from a distributed data acquisition system throughout Goodwin Hall. Experience in programming in C++ is required; experience with data acquisition, instrumentation, Qt and MATLAB is desired. The expected duration of these positions is on-going and research credit could be offered if appropriate. For more information visit: http://scholar.lib.vt.edu/staff/zxie/GA_vtsil.pdf. If interested, please e-mail Dr. Tarazaga at pt@vt.edu or Dr. Xie at zhiwuxie@vt.edu.

 

10. NEW FT GA POSITION IN LIBRARY – WEB AND GRAPHIC DESIGNER – 2nd posting

Must have strong, verifiable web and graphic design skills; keen eye with experience and understanding of site architecture, user experience, color theory and color management on the web. Knowledge of current web markup or scripting languages: HTML, CSS, and JavaScript with a basic understanding of how mockups translate to code. Ability to learn new internet and authoring technologies relevant for website development. Demonstrated evidence in coding and creation of websites. Evidence of creativity and innovation. Experience in collaborative work environments. Excellent analytical, interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills. Demonstrated knowledge of trends in web and graphic design. Learn more about the position and application requirements at http://scholar.lib.vt.edu/staff/zxie/GA_web_designer.pdf. To apply, email all required application materials to zhiwuxie@vt.edu with “GA: Web Designer” as the subject.

 

11. GA OPENING IN VT ENGAGE – 2nd posting

The Graduate Assistant for the Students Engaging and Responding through Volunteer Experiences Living Learning Community (SERVE LLC) is responsible for assisting the Assistant Director for Student Engagement at VT Engage: The Community Learning Collaborative in providing leadership for SERVE LLC programming initiatives, supporting instruction/evaluation in the associated LDRS 1015-1016 course series, facilitating group reflections, and mentoring/coaching student leaders throughout their SERVE experience. Additionally, the GA for SERVE will assist in program assessment, student evaluations, and will help represent SERVE in collaborations with other VT Engage staff, campus partners, and community organizations. The GA for SERVE is a 9-month position that does not require campus residency and is supervised by the Assistant Director for Student Engagement.  Learn more about the position and application requirements at http://www.engage.vt.edu/graduate-assistant-for-serve-llc/. Apply by Aug 12.

 

12. VT CREW TEAM SEEKS COACH – 2nd posting

The VT Crew Team, sport club within Recreational Sports, is in search of a head varsity coach. This is a paid position for the 2015 Fall and 2016 Spring seasons. The program is student-run and all administrative and logistical issues are managed by the executive team. If you are interested, or know of any potential coaching candidates, contact Neill Frazier at neillf5@vt.edu or (703)-431-8113, or the VT Crew Team at virginiatechcrewteam@gmail.com. Learn more about the team at

http://vtcrew.weebly.com/.

 

13. INSTRUCTIONAL DESIGNER WAGE POSITION OPEN – 2nd posting

The Division of Student Affairs Human Resources (DSA HR) office is searching for a graduate student to assist with instructional design and assessment work for training and development programs in the DSA. Duties include researching, coordinating, and developing talent-development content and presentation projects for various populations and learning formats, including online training. The position will also assist with general management and processing of assessment projects for the DSA HR office.  Preference given to candidates who have education and/or experience in education, training, adult learning, instruction design, or a related field. Experience with PowerPoint, Scholar, Canvas, Articulate Storyline, Baseline, and/or Qualtrics software is preferred. This is an hourly wage position that averages 10-15 hrs/wk. To apply, send a cover letter and resume to Greg Beecher at gbeecher@vt.edu by 5 pm on Friday, Sep 4. Anticipated start date is mid-September, 2015.

 

14. MENTORS SOUGHT IN BIOMED & BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES PROGRAM – 2nd posting

The Bridges to the Baccalaureate Scholars Program is looking for graduate students to serve as mentors for students interested in biomedical and behavioral sciences. This program is funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) as a means to promote diversity and inclusion in the biomedical and behavioral sciences. Students are paired with mentors for fall semester to help with acclimating to VT, discuss research as a potential avenue for a career option, and have conversations about setting goals and professional development. Mentors are given an introduction to the program with the mentor coordinator and a list of topics to cover for the semester. Mentors are required to meet in person bi-weekly with their mentees and check in via email on the off weeks. Mentors are paid $400 at the end of the semester for their services and are asked to participate in a post-mentoring survey to assess personal gains as a mentor and outcomes of the mentoring relationship. To apply, complete the application at http://tinyurl.com/phlnphy

by 11:59PM, Aug 12. Contact Dr. Nikki Lewis (snl@vt.edu) with any questions.

 

15. WAGE POSITION OPEN IN GLC: DIGITAL MEDIA CONTENT MANAGER – 3rd posting

The incumbent is responsible for managing digital sign, web and Facebook content, including content development and scheduling, screen and software maintenance, website maintenance, and communication and coordination with Grad School and GLC Service Desk staff. Must be FT grad student, have experience with any of the following software applications: Drupal, Dreamweaver, Macromedia Flash, Photoshop, MS PP, MS Paint, Samsung MagicNet Pro, flash converters. Preference will be given for: at least one semester of previous VT enrollment; web maintenance experience; knowledge of services, programs and events offered in the GLC. Must possess excellent communication skills and be able to work in a team environment. Submit cover letter and resume to grads@vt.edu. Position open until filled. Anticipated starting date: Aug 17 or later. $13/hr, approx. 10 hrs/wk.

 

16. MALE PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR COFFEE RESEARCH STUDY – 1st posting

Male participants of 18-24 years of age are sought for a study examining the effects of caffeine on the mind and body. Must be: a healthy regular consumer of moderate amounts of coffee, a non-smoker, right-handed, free of neurological disorder or cardiovascular disease. Activities: Two morning sessions (~1 hour & 45 minutes each) and two afternoon sessions (~30 minutes each) involving collection of non-invasive physiological measures, standard laboratory tasks, and completion of questionnaires. Participant compensation for time is $25 per session, plus a $15 bonus for completion of all phases of the study, plus a $10 bonus for successful completion of memory tasks (up to $125 total). All subject information is kept anonymous and confidential. If you have any questions, would like to learn more about the study or to see if you meet qualifications for the study, email Shara Grant at shara7g@vt.edu.

 

17. GRAD STUDENT VOLUNTEERS SOUGHT TO HELP WITH ORIENTATION – 3rd posting

The Graduate School is looking for graduate student volunteers (graduate ambassadors) to assist with international graduate student check-in (Aug 3-21), GTA training (Aug 17-18), the Welcome Center and New Graduate Student Orientation in the GLC (Aug 17-21). Roles include: check-in and registration assistance, information and guidance to attendees; Welcome Center staffing; orientation crowd control; program set up, and more. If you are available and interested in assisting with any of these events, please fill out this short survey: https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1438028410495. Training will be offered to all grad ambassadors.

 

18. VOLUNTEERS SOUGHT FOR MUSCLE FATIGUE AND RECORVERY STUDY – 3rd posting

Volunteers are sought for dissertation research study about the effects of different physical demands on muscle fatigue. Participants will perform a set of tasks, requiring forceful exertions of the hand, forearm, and/or upper arm.  Muscular strength will be measured by voluntary contraction and electrical stimulation of muscles.  Other measures will be related to performance and muscle fatigue by monitoring the muscle activity using EMG electrodes. Experiments will be conducted in the Safety Engineering Laboratory in the ISE department. The complete experiment involves up to 7 experimental sessions, each requiring about 4 hours. Participants are paid $10/hour and a $10 bonus after completing all sessions. Participation is voluntary and confidential. Must be age 18-30;  males and females; no current or recent history of a physical disorder affecting the hand/arm; exercise on a regular basis (2-3 times per week). Study protocols have been approved by the VT IRB (13-1160). Contact Ehsan Rashedi at rashedi@vt.edu, (540) 629-0297 with any questions or if interested in participating.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS:

 

WELCOME BACK BBQ

Wednesday, Aug 19, 5:00-8:00pm, University Club (next to GLC)

The Graduate Student Assembly and VT Graduate School invite all new and returning graduate students, and their family, to their annual Welcome Back BBQ. This event will be catered by Hethwood Market, with food options including barbecue pork, Italian chicken, and vegetarian lasagna, as well as a variety of side dishes and dessert. Email Chelsea Corkins at ccorkins@vt.edu if you have any food restriction (religious, allergies, or otherwise). Various games will be available on the lawn throughout the event. This event is free and a great opportunity to meet new graduate students and have some fun before the semester begins. This is a drop-in event, and registration is not required though encouraged at https://www.facebook.com/events/663369607096877/ to help organizers estimate food. If you are interested in volunteering at this event, contact Chelsea Corkins at ccorkins@vt.edu.

 

THRIVING IN GRADUATE SCHOOL: A CONVERSATION ON SUCCESS

Monday, Aug 24, 6:30-8:00pm, GLC Multipurpose Room

Discover resources for academic and personal success at this free dinner, panel discussion, and community dialogue co-sponsored by InterVarsity Graduate Christian Fellowship <http://gcfvt.wordpress.com/>  and the Black Graduate Student Organization <http://www.bgso.org.vt.edu/index.php> (BGSO).

 

INTERVARSITY GRADUATE CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP – 1ST FALL MTG

Wednesday, Aug 26, 6:00pm, GLC (room TBA)

InterVarsity Graduate Christian Fellowship <http://gcfvt.wordpress.com/>  meets weekly for a free dinner and interactive Bible discussion. All are welcome!

 

INTERCULTURAL ENGAGEMENT FALL RECEPTIONS – register now!

Intercultural Engagement Center’s Fall 2015 Welcome Receptions are open to any new or returning student, faculty, and staff member who identifies with or would like to support these groups (Black and African-American, Asian and Asian-American, Hispanic and Latino, Veterans, Students with disabilities, Native American, First-generation, LGBT*Q). An RSVP through the Intercultural Engagement Center’s page on GobblerConnect is preferred for each reception. Learn more at http://www.vtnews.vt.edu/notices/072215-dsa-iecreceptions.html.

 

PARENT SUPPORT GROUP LUNCHEON – register now!

Wednesday, Sep 9

Graduate students with children are invited to join this year’s first Parent Support Group Luncheon. This month participants will have the privilege of hearing from guest speaker Laurie Fritsch about Student Health Initiatives at Virginia Tech that can benefit your family. Lunch is provided, and spouses are welcome. Please register at www.SignUpGenius.com/go/20F0E4FABAA28A1FF2-september. For more information contact Marin Riegger at mriegger@vt.edu.

Aug 3-9, 2015

1.  WEEKLY WALK-IN SERVICES IN THE GLC – break schedule; updated 8/3

– 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 regular hours: 8:00am-5:00pm

– 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. SHORT STAT COURSE: USING MIXED EFFECTS MODELS TO QUANTIFY DEPENDENCY AMONG REPEATED MEASURES

Wednesday, Aug 5, 4:00-6:00pm, Fralin Auditorium

Taught by Dr. Chris Franck, this short course will describe mixed effects models, which are a member of the broader class of hierarchical models. Upon completing the course, attendees will (a) be able to describe a mixed effects model including specification of fixed and random effects, (b) describe variance components and intraclass correlation, (c) implement software to fit mixed effects models, and (d) qualitatively contextualize the results of this analytic approach. See http://www.lisa.stat.vt.edu/?q=short_courses for instructions on how to register and to learn more.

 

4. 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.

 

5. GLC CAFÉ: JUST THE USUAL

Thursday, Aug 6, 3:30-5:00pm, GLC Reading Room

The GLC Café is offered throughout the year with free coffee, tea, and cookies in the company of your graduate-student and Grad-School colleagues.

 

6. STEP OUT THIS FRIDAY

Friday, Aug 7, 10:00am-11:00pm, Downtown Blacksburg

Instead of a Friday in the GLC, take part in Blacksburg’s annual music and arts street festival, Seppin’ Out. Learn more about the event and program schedule at http://www.blacksburgsteppinout.com/.

 

7. REGISTER FOR “GRAD” COURSES FOR FALL 2015 – drop/add opens 8/8

The Graduate School offers a wide array of courses to complement your major studies each semester. Open to all, no pre-requisites. Fall opportunities include:

GRAD 5014, Academic Integrity and Plagiarism – online course

GRAD 5104, Preparing the Future Professoriate – overview of higher ed & faculty roles

GRAD 5114, Contemporary Pedagogy

GRAD 5144, Communicating Science

GRAD 5124, Library Research Skills – online course; register for section by discipline

GRAD 5204, Citizen Scholar Seminar – apply your research interests for the good of society

GRAD 5214, Diversity for a Global Society – prepare to work effectively in contemporary society

GRAD 5224G, Advanced Global Aspects of Intellectual Property Law – controversial topics related to medicine, knowledge, biological materials

GRAD 5314, Future Industrial Professional in Science and Engineering – guidance for pursuing careers in business and industry.

http://graduateschool.vt.edu/gs/tge/fp_courses

 

8. LITTLE HOKIE HANGOUT CHILDCARE FACILITY NOW ACCEPTING APLICATIONS – 2nd posting

Now accepting applications for the Little Hokie Hangout! The LHH is a new part-day parent cooperative child care program that is run directly across the street from campus. The program director, Mariann Matson, is happy to schedule a time for you to walk through, answer any questions you might have, and provide you with an application form. You can reach her at mematson@vt.edu. This is a play-based program for children who are turning 2 through age 5, but spots are limited so don’t wait! Forms are due by Aug 15. Email childcare@vt.edu for more information.

 

9. NEW CONTINUOUS ENROLLMENT POLICY EFFECTIVE FALL 2015 – 3rd posting

University Council approved a resolution (2014-15H) which requires graduate students to be continuously enrolled in a minimum of three credit hours in all spring and fall semesters at VT from initial enrollment through graduation. Approved “in absentia” status (resolution 2014-15J) or Cooperative Education Program enrollment also satisfy the continuous enrollment requirement. Graduate students who need to break their continuous enrollment may apply for a leave of absence (resolution 2014-15I) or participate in programs and activities approved by the Graduate School that require absence from the University. Any graduate student failing to remain continuously enrolled without approved leave will be resigned from the University. Learn more about these requirements at https://secure.graduateschool.vt.edu/weblog/monthlymemo/2015/07/16/1437061440000.html.

 

10. 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!

 

11. SIGN UP NOW FOR PAYROLL DEDUCTION OF COMP FEES FOR GRAD ASSISTANTS – 3rd posting

The registration system for paying comprehensive fees through payroll deduction is now open.  Graduate students on an assistantship must either pay their comprehensive fees or enroll for payroll deductions before the payment deadline.  To enroll in payroll deductions, first register for classes, then login to Hokie SPA, choose University Account Information menu, and click on Graduate Students on Assistantship, enroll in Payroll Deduction. You must enroll in payroll deduction each semester in which you wish to take advantage of this opportunity.  Learn more at http://graduateschool.vt.edu/financial/assistantships#Payroll%20Deduction%20of%20Comprehensive%20and%20Capital%20Fees%20for%20Graduate%20Assistants.

 

12. NEW GA POSITION IN VT SMART INFRASTRUCTURE LAB – 1st posting

VTSIL is looking for highly motivated grad student help develop code for collecting and processing data from a data acquisition network. This is an opportunity to work with cutting edge data acquisition systems and a unique test bed, gain valuable experience with real-world data collection and data management, and collaborate with a multidisciplinary team of students and professors. The goal of the position is to develop a GUI that simplifies the use of an existing C++ code, which is designed to acquire data from a distributed data acquisition system throughout Goodwin Hall. Experience in programming in C++ is required; experience with data acquisition, instrumentation, Qt and MATLAB is desired. The expected duration of these positions is on-going and research credit could be offered if appropriate. For more information visit: http://scholar.lib.vt.edu/staff/zxie/GA_vtsil.pdf. If interested, please e-mail Dr. Tarazaga at pt@vt.edu or Dr. Xie at zhiwuxie@vt.edu.

 

13. NEW FT GA POSITION IN LIBRARY – WEB AND GRAPHIC DESIGNER – 1st posting

Must have strong, verifiable web and graphic design skills; keen eye with experience and understanding of site architecture, user experience, color theory and color management on the web. Knowledge of current web markup or scripting languages: HTML, CSS, and JavaScript with a basic understanding of how mockups translate to code. Ability to learn new internet and authoring technologies relevant for website development. Demonstrated evidence in coding and creation of websites. Evidence of creativity and innovation. Experience in collaborative work environments. Excellent analytical, interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills. Demonstrated knowledge of trends in web and graphic design. Learn more about the position and application requirements at http://scholar.lib.vt.edu/staff/zxie/GA_web_designer.pdf. To apply, email all required application materials to zhiwuxie@vt.edu with “GA: Web Designer” as the subject.

 

14. GA OPENING IN VT ENGAGE – 1st posting

The Graduate Assistant for the Students Engaging and Responding through Volunteer Experiences Living Learning Community (SERVE LLC) is responsible for assisting the Assistant Director for Student Engagement at VT Engage: The Community Learning Collaborative in providing leadership for SERVE LLC programming initiatives, supporting instruction/evaluation in the associated LDRS 1015-1016 course series, facilitating group reflections, and mentoring/coaching student leaders throughout their SERVE experience. Additionally, the GA for SERVE will assist in program assessment, student evaluations, and will help represent SERVE in collaborations with other VT Engage staff, campus partners, and community organizations. The GA for SERVE is a 9-month position that does not require campus residency and is supervised by the Assistant Director for Student Engagement.  Learn more about the position and application requirements at http://www.engage.vt.edu/graduate-assistant-for-serve-llc/. Apply by Aug 12.

 

15. VT CREW TEAM SEEKS COACH – 1st posting

The VT Crew Team, sport club within Recreational Sports, is in search of a head varsity coach. This is a paid position for the 2015 Fall and 2016 Spring seasons. The program is student-run and all administrative and logistical issues are managed by the executive team. If you are interested, or know of any potential coaching candidates, contact Neill Frazier at neillf5@vt.edu or (703)-431-8113, or the VT Crew Team at virginiatechcrewteam@gmail.com. Learn more about the team at

http://vtcrew.weebly.com/.

 

16. INSTRUCTIONAL DESIGNER WAGE POSITION OPEN – 1st posting

The Division of Student Affairs Human Resources (DSA HR) office is searching for a graduate student to assist with instructional design and assessment work for training and development programs in the DSA. Duties include researching, coordinating, and developing talent-development content and presentation projects for various populations and learning formats, including online training. The position will also assist with general management and processing of assessment projects for the DSA HR office.  Preference given to candidates who have education and/or experience in education, training, adult learning, instruction design, or a related field. Experience with PowerPoint, Scholar, Canvas, Articulate Storyline, Baseline, and/or Qualtrics software is preferred. This is an hourly wage position that averages 10-15 hrs/wk. To apply, send a cover letter and resume to Greg Beecher at gbeecher@vt.edu by 5 pm on Friday, Sep 4. Anticipated start date is mid-September, 2015.

 

17. MENTORS SOUGHT IN BIOMED & BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES PROGRAM – 1st posting

The Bridges to the Baccalaureate Scholars Program is looking for graduate students to serve as mentors for students interested in biomedical and behavioral sciences. This program is funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) as a means to promote diversity and inclusion in the biomedical and behavioral sciences. Students are paired with mentors for fall semester to help with acclimating to VT, discuss research as a potential avenue for a career option, and have conversations about setting goals and professional development. Mentors are given an introduction to the program with the mentor coordinator and a list of topics to cover for the semester. Mentors are required to meet in person bi-weekly with their mentees and check in via email on the off weeks. Mentors are paid $400 at the end of the semester for their services and are asked to participate in a post-mentoring survey to assess personal gains as a mentor and outcomes of the mentoring relationship. To apply, complete the application at http://tinyurl.com/phlnphy

by 11:59PM, Aug 12. Contact Dr. Nikki Lewis (snl@vt.edu) with any questions.

 

18. WAGE POSITION OPEN IN GLC: DIGITAL MEDIA CONTENT MANAGER – 2nd posting

The incumbent is responsible for managing digital sign, web and Facebook content, including content development and scheduling, screen and software maintenance, website maintenance, and communication and coordination with Grad School and GLC Service Desk staff. Must be FT grad student, have experience with any of the following software applications: Drupal, Dreamweaver, Macromedia Flash, Photoshop, MS PP, MS Paint, Samsung MagicNet Pro, flash converters. Preference will be given for: at least one semester of previous VT enrollment; web maintenance experience; knowledge of services, programs and events offered in the GLC. Must possess excellent communication skills and be able to work in a team environment. Submit cover letter and resume to grads@vt.edu. Position open until filled. Anticipated starting date: Aug 17 or later. $13/hr, approx. 10 hrs/wk.

 

19. GRAD STUDENT VOLUNTEERS SOUGHT TO HELP WITH ORIENTATION – 2nd posting

The Graduate School is looking for graduate student volunteers (graduate ambassadors) to assist with international graduate student check-in (Aug 3-21), GTA training (Aug 17-18), the Welcome Center and New Graduate Student Orientation in the GLC (Aug 17-21). Roles include: check-in and registration assistance, information and guidance to attendees; Welcome Center staffing; orientation crowd control; program set up, and more. If you are available and interested in assisting with any of these events, please fill out this short survey: https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1438028410495. Training will be offered to all grad ambassadors.

 

20. VOLUNTEERS SOUGHT FOR MUSCLE FATIGUE AND RECORVERY STUDY – 2nd posting

Volunteers are sought for dissertation research study about the effects of different physical demands on muscle fatigue. Participants will perform a set of tasks, requiring forceful exertions of the hand, forearm, and/or upper arm.  Muscular strength will be measured by voluntary contraction and electrical stimulation of muscles.  Other measures will be related to performance and muscle fatigue by monitoring the muscle activity using EMG electrodes. Experiments will be conducted in the Safety Engineering Laboratory in the ISE department. The complete experiment involves up to 7 experimental sessions, each requiring about 4 hours. Participants are paid $10/hour and a $10 bonus after completing all sessions. Participation is voluntary and confidential. Must be age 18-30;  males and females; no current or recent history of a physical disorder affecting the hand/arm; exercise on a regular basis (2-3 times per week). Study protocols have been approved by the VT IRB (13-1160). Contact Ehsan Rashedi at rashedi@vt.edu, (540) 629-0297 with any questions or if interested in participating.

 

21. MILITARY VETERANS SOUGHT FOR COMMUNITY INTEGRATION STUDY – 3rd posting

Male veterans, age 18-26, with PTSD are invited to participate in a study about technology for veterans to assist them with integration into their community after military service. Participation involves completing a short background workbook and then attending an interview session that is audio-recorded. Participation could range between 30 minutes and 2 hours and participants will be compensated $15/hr. For more information, contact Ali Haskins Lisle by email ptsdresearch@vt.edu or phone (540)-585-1588.   

 

UPCOMING EVENTS:

 

INTERCULTURAL ENGAGEMENT FALL RECEPTIONS – register now!

Intercultural Engagement Center’s Fall 2015 Welcome Receptions are open to any new or returning student, faculty, and staff member who identifies with or would like to support these groups (Black and African-American, Asian and Asian-American, Hispanic and Latino, Veterans, Students with disabilities, Native American, First-generation, LGBT*Q). An RSVP through the Intercultural Engagement Center’s page on GobblerConnect is preferred for each reception. Learn more at http://www.vtnews.vt.edu/notices/072215-dsa-iecreceptions.html.

 

PARENT SUPPORT GROUP LUNCHEON – register now!

Wednesday, Sep 9

Graduate students with children are invited to join this year’s first Parent Support Group Luncheon. This month participants will have the privilege of hearing from guest speaker Laurie Fritsch about Student Health Initiatives at Virginia Tech that can benefit your family. Lunch is provided, and spouses are welcome. Please register at www.SignUpGenius.com/go/20F0E4FABAA28A1FF2-september. For more information contact Marin Riegger at mriegger@vt.edu.

Aug 3-9, 2015

1.  WEEKLY WALK-IN SERVICES IN THE GLC – break schedule; updated 8/3

– 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 regular hours: 8:00am-5:00pm

– 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. SHORT STAT COURSE: USING MIXED EFFECTS MODELS TO QUANTIFY DEPENDENCY AMONG REPEATED MEASURES

Wednesday, Aug 5, 4:00-6:00pm, Fralin Auditorium

Taught by Dr. Chris Franck, this short course will describe mixed effects models, which are a member of the broader class of hierarchical models. Upon completing the course, attendees will (a) be able to describe a mixed effects model including specification of fixed and random effects, (b) describe variance components and intraclass correlation, (c) implement software to fit mixed effects models, and (d) qualitatively contextualize the results of this analytic approach. See http://www.lisa.stat.vt.edu/?q=short_courses for instructions on how to register and to learn more.

 

4. 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.

 

5. GLC CAFÉ: JUST THE USUAL

Thursday, Aug 6, 3:30-5:00pm, GLC Reading Room

The GLC Café is offered throughout the year with free coffee, tea, and cookies in the company of your graduate-student and Grad-School colleagues.

 

6. STEP OUT THIS FRIDAY

Friday, Aug 7, 10:00am-11:00pm, Downtown Blacksburg

Instead of a Friday in the GLC, take part in Blacksburg’s annual music and arts street festival, Seppin’ Out. Learn more about the event and program schedule at http://www.blacksburgsteppinout.com/.

 

7. REGISTER FOR “GRAD” COURSES FOR FALL 2015 – drop/add opens 8/8

The Graduate School offers a wide array of courses to complement your major studies each semester. Open to all, no pre-requisites. Fall opportunities include:

GRAD 5014, Academic Integrity and Plagiarism – online course

GRAD 5104, Preparing the Future Professoriate – overview of higher ed & faculty roles

GRAD 5114, Contemporary Pedagogy

GRAD 5144, Communicating Science

GRAD 5124, Library Research Skills – online course; register for section by discipline

GRAD 5204, Citizen Scholar Seminar – apply your research interests for the good of society

GRAD 5214, Diversity for a Global Society – prepare to work effectively in contemporary society

GRAD 5224G, Advanced Global Aspects of Intellectual Property Law – controversial topics related to medicine, knowledge, biological materials

GRAD 5314, Future Industrial Professional in Science and Engineering – guidance for pursuing careers in business and industry.

http://graduateschool.vt.edu/gs/tge/fp_courses

 

8. LITTLE HOKIE HANGOUT CHILDCARE FACILITY NOW ACCEPTING APLICATIONS – 2nd posting

Now accepting applications for the Little Hokie Hangout! The LHH is a new part-day parent cooperative child care program that is run directly across the street from campus. The program director, Mariann Matson, is happy to schedule a time for you to walk through, answer any questions you might have, and provide you with an application form. You can reach her at mematson@vt.edu. This is a play-based program for children who are turning 2 through age 5, but spots are limited so don’t wait! Forms are due by Aug 15. Email childcare@vt.edu for more information.

 

9. NEW CONTINUOUS ENROLLMENT POLICY EFFECTIVE FALL 2015 – 3rd posting

University Council approved a resolution (2014-15H) which requires graduate students to be continuously enrolled in a minimum of three credit hours in all spring and fall semesters at VT from initial enrollment through graduation. Approved “in absentia” status (resolution 2014-15J) or Cooperative Education Program enrollment also satisfy the continuous enrollment requirement. Graduate students who need to break their continuous enrollment may apply for a leave of absence (resolution 2014-15I) or participate in programs and activities approved by the Graduate School that require absence from the University. Any graduate student failing to remain continuously enrolled without approved leave will be resigned from the University. Learn more about these requirements at https://secure.graduateschool.vt.edu/weblog/monthlymemo/2015/07/16/1437061440000.html.

 

10. 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!

 

11. SIGN UP NOW FOR PAYROLL DEDUCTION OF COMP FEES FOR GRAD ASSISTANTS – 3rd posting

The registration system for paying comprehensive fees through payroll deduction is now open.  Graduate students on an assistantship must either pay their comprehensive fees or enroll for payroll deductions before the payment deadline.  To enroll in payroll deductions, first register for classes, then login to Hokie SPA, choose University Account Information menu, and click on Graduate Students on Assistantship, enroll in Payroll Deduction. You must enroll in payroll deduction each semester in which you wish to take advantage of this opportunity.  Learn more at http://graduateschool.vt.edu/financial/assistantships#Payroll%20Deduction%20of%20Comprehensive%20and%20Capital%20Fees%20for%20Graduate%20Assistants.

 

12. NEW GA POSITION IN VT SMART INFRASTRUCTURE LAB – 1st posting

VTSIL is looking for highly motivated grad student help develop code for collecting and processing data from a data acquisition network. This is an opportunity to work with cutting edge data acquisition systems and a unique test bed, gain valuable experience with real-world data collection and data management, and collaborate with a multidisciplinary team of students and professors. The goal of the position is to develop a GUI that simplifies the use of an existing C++ code, which is designed to acquire data from a distributed data acquisition system throughout Goodwin Hall. Experience in programming in C++ is required; experience with data acquisition, instrumentation, Qt and MATLAB is desired. The expected duration of these positions is on-going and research credit could be offered if appropriate. For more information visit: http://scholar.lib.vt.edu/staff/zxie/GA_vtsil.pdf. If interested, please e-mail Dr. Tarazaga at pt@vt.edu or Dr. Xie at zhiwuxie@vt.edu.

 

13. NEW FT GA POSITION IN LIBRARY – WEB AND GRAPHIC DESIGNER – 1st posting

Must have strong, verifiable web and graphic design skills; keen eye with experience and understanding of site architecture, user experience, color theory and color management on the web. Knowledge of current web markup or scripting languages: HTML, CSS, and JavaScript with a basic understanding of how mockups translate to code. Ability to learn new internet and authoring technologies relevant for website development. Demonstrated evidence in coding and creation of websites. Evidence of creativity and innovation. Experience in collaborative work environments. Excellent analytical, interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills. Demonstrated knowledge of trends in web and graphic design. Learn more about the position and application requirements at http://scholar.lib.vt.edu/staff/zxie/GA_web_designer.pdf. To apply, email all required application materials to zhiwuxie@vt.edu with “GA: Web Designer” as the subject.

 

14. GA OPENING IN VT ENGAGE – 1st posting

The Graduate Assistant for the Students Engaging and Responding through Volunteer Experiences Living Learning Community (SERVE LLC) is responsible for assisting the Assistant Director for Student Engagement at VT Engage: The Community Learning Collaborative in providing leadership for SERVE LLC programming initiatives, supporting instruction/evaluation in the associated LDRS 1015-1016 course series, facilitating group reflections, and mentoring/coaching student leaders throughout their SERVE experience. Additionally, the GA for SERVE will assist in program assessment, student evaluations, and will help represent SERVE in collaborations with other VT Engage staff, campus partners, and community organizations. The GA for SERVE is a 9-month position that does not require campus residency and is supervised by the Assistant Director for Student Engagement.  Learn more about the position and application requirements at http://www.engage.vt.edu/graduate-assistant-for-serve-llc/. Apply by Aug 12.

 

15. VT CREW TEAM SEEKS COACH – 1st posting

The VT Crew Team, sport club within Recreational Sports, is in search of a head varsity coach. This is a paid position for the 2015 Fall and 2016 Spring seasons. The program is student-run and all administrative and logistical issues are managed by the executive team. If you are interested, or know of any potential coaching candidates, contact Neill Frazier at neillf5@vt.edu or (703)-431-8113, or the VT Crew Team at virginiatechcrewteam@gmail.com. Learn more about the team at

http://vtcrew.weebly.com/.

 

16. INSTRUCTIONAL DESIGNER WAGE POSITION OPEN – 1st posting

The Division of Student Affairs Human Resources (DSA HR) office is searching for a graduate student to assist with instructional design and assessment work for training and development programs in the DSA. Duties include researching, coordinating, and developing talent-development content and presentation projects for various populations and learning formats, including online training. The position will also assist with general management and processing of assessment projects for the DSA HR office.  Preference given to candidates who have education and/or experience in education, training, adult learning, instruction design, or a related field. Experience with PowerPoint, Scholar, Canvas, Articulate Storyline, Baseline, and/or Qualtrics software is preferred. This is an hourly wage position that averages 10-15 hrs/wk. To apply, send a cover letter and resume to Greg Beecher at gbeecher@vt.edu by 5 pm on Friday, Sep 4. Anticipated start date is mid-September, 2015.

 

17. MENTORS SOUGHT IN BIOMED & BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES PROGRAM – 1st posting

The Bridges to the Baccalaureate Scholars Program is looking for graduate students to serve as mentors for students interested in biomedical and behavioral sciences. This program is funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) as a means to promote diversity and inclusion in the biomedical and behavioral sciences. Students are paired with mentors for fall semester to help with acclimating to VT, discuss research as a potential avenue for a career option, and have conversations about setting goals and professional development. Mentors are given an introduction to the program with the mentor coordinator and a list of topics to cover for the semester. Mentors are required to meet in person bi-weekly with their mentees and check in via email on the off weeks. Mentors are paid $400 at the end of the semester for their services and are asked to participate in a post-mentoring survey to assess personal gains as a mentor and outcomes of the mentoring relationship. To apply, complete the application at http://tinyurl.com/phlnphy

by 11:59PM, Aug 12. Contact Dr. Nikki Lewis (snl@vt.edu) with any questions.

 

18. WAGE POSITION OPEN IN GLC: DIGITAL MEDIA CONTENT MANAGER – 2nd posting

The incumbent is responsible for managing digital sign, web and Facebook content, including content development and scheduling, screen and software maintenance, website maintenance, and communication and coordination with Grad School and GLC Service Desk staff. Must be FT grad student, have experience with any of the following software applications: Drupal, Dreamweaver, Macromedia Flash, Photoshop, MS PP, MS Paint, Samsung MagicNet Pro, flash converters. Preference will be given for: at least one semester of previous VT enrollment; web maintenance experience; knowledge of services, programs and events offered in the GLC. Must possess excellent communication skills and be able to work in a team environment. Submit cover letter and resume to grads@vt.edu. Position open until filled. Anticipated starting date: Aug 17 or later. $13/hr, approx. 10 hrs/wk.

 

19. GRAD STUDENT VOLUNTEERS SOUGHT TO HELP WITH ORIENTATION – 2nd posting

The Graduate School is looking for graduate student volunteers (graduate ambassadors) to assist with international graduate student check-in (Aug 3-21), GTA training (Aug 17-18), the Welcome Center and New Graduate Student Orientation in the GLC (Aug 17-21). Roles include: check-in and registration assistance, information and guidance to attendees; Welcome Center staffing; orientation crowd control; program set up, and more. If you are available and interested in assisting with any of these events, please fill out this short survey: https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1438028410495. Training will be offered to all grad ambassadors.

 

20. VOLUNTEERS SOUGHT FOR MUSCLE FATIGUE AND RECORVERY STUDY – 2nd posting

Volunteers are sought for dissertation research study about the effects of different physical demands on muscle fatigue. Participants will perform a set of tasks, requiring forceful exertions of the hand, forearm, and/or upper arm.  Muscular strength will be measured by voluntary contraction and electrical stimulation of muscles.  Other measures will be related to performance and muscle fatigue by monitoring the muscle activity using EMG electrodes. Experiments will be conducted in the Safety Engineering Laboratory in the ISE department. The complete experiment involves up to 7 experimental sessions, each requiring about 4 hours. Participants are paid $10/hour and a $10 bonus after completing all sessions. Participation is voluntary and confidential. Must be age 18-30;  males and females; no current or recent history of a physical disorder affecting the hand/arm; exercise on a regular basis (2-3 times per week). Study protocols have been approved by the VT IRB (13-1160). Contact Ehsan Rashedi at rashedi@vt.edu, (540) 629-0297 with any questions or if interested in participating.

 

21. MILITARY VETERANS SOUGHT FOR COMMUNITY INTEGRATION STUDY – 3rd posting

Male veterans, age 18-26, with PTSD are invited to participate in a study about technology for veterans to assist them with integration into their community after military service. Participation involves completing a short background workbook and then attending an interview session that is audio-recorded. Participation could range between 30 minutes and 2 hours and participants will be compensated $15/hr. For more information, contact Ali Haskins Lisle by email ptsdresearch@vt.edu or phone (540)-585-1588.   

 

UPCOMING EVENTS:

 

INTERCULTURAL ENGAGEMENT FALL RECEPTIONS – register now!

Intercultural Engagement Center’s Fall 2015 Welcome Receptions are open to any new or returning student, faculty, and staff member who identifies with or would like to support these groups (Black and African-American, Asian and Asian-American, Hispanic and Latino, Veterans, Students with disabilities, Native American, First-generation, LGBT*Q). An RSVP through the Intercultural Engagement Center’s page on GobblerConnect is preferred for each reception. Learn more at http://www.vtnews.vt.edu/notices/072215-dsa-iecreceptions.html.

 

PARENT SUPPORT GROUP LUNCHEON – register now!

Wednesday, Sep 9

Graduate students with children are invited to join this year’s first Parent Support Group Luncheon. This month participants will have the privilege of hearing from guest speaker Laurie Fritsch about Student Health Initiatives at Virginia Tech that can benefit your family. Lunch is provided, and spouses are welcome. Please register at www.SignUpGenius.com/go/20F0E4FABAA28A1FF2-september. For more information contact Marin Riegger at mriegger@vt.edu.