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.