Sep 28-Oct 4, 2015

1.  WEEKLY WALK-IN SERVICES IN THE GLC – break schedule; updated 9/21

  • Career Services advising: Wednesdays (starting Sep 23), 2:00-5:00 GLC Lobby
  • Cook Counseling: Thursday & Friday 1:00-5:00pm, Green Room 
  • Graduate School regular hours: 8:00am-5:00pm
  • Immigration advising hours: MWF 1:00-5:00pm, TTh 9:00am-12:00pm
  • LISA Statistical Consulting: Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 10am-12pm, GLC Room A
  • Writing assistance: Thursdays, 5:30-8:30pm, GLC Room A

2. MILK SENSORY PANELS
Monday 9/28: 10:00am-5:00pm
Tuesday 9/29: 10:00am-5:00pm

All at HABB1 Bldg, Rm 205, corner of Duck Pond Dr and Washington St SW
Sensory evaluation on milk – see if you can identify different samples. Only takes ~15 minutes. Come and bring your friends! 144 panelists needed each day. Anyone 18+ years old who does not have milk allergies is encouraged to participate. Get free snacks every day for participating including Carol Lee Donuts, ice cream, home made cookies and more. Contact master’s student Hayley Potts at hpotts45@vt.edu for more information.

3. INTERNATIONAL FULBRIGHT OPPORTUNITIES
Monday, Sep 28, 6:30pm, GLC Room G
Dr. Daniel Kramer, director of US student Fulbright programs, will be visiting the Blacksburg campus to discuss international opportunities. The Fulbright program is the flagship exchange program of the US State Department and offers funding for independent research/study projects, graduate degree enrollment, and English teaching assistantships in more than 130 countries. Special awards include Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Storytelling, Fulbright mtvU, and  Fulbright-Clinton fellowships. More information can be found at http://us.fulbrightonline.org/about/types-of-grants. Students at all levels of their academic careers are invited to attend. RSVPs to Betty Watts (bettyw@vt.edu) are appreciated.

4. DISCOVER ISLAM
Tuesday, Sep 29, 12:00-2:00pm, Info Booth A in front of Au Bon Pain at Squires
Islam is the fastest growing religion in the world with more than 1.6 billion followers. Muslims come from almost every country in the world and speak almost every language. Learn more about Islam from your Muslim colleagues: stop by, ask questions, get your free copy of Quran interpretation in English, view Islamic art from different countries, get your name in Arabic, and enjoy tasty Arabian dates. Hosted by the Islamic Student Assembly (ISA). Posted on behalf of grad student Amr Nabil, anabil@vt.edu.

5. SHORT STATS COURSE FOR GRADS: BASICS OF R
Tuesday, Sep 29, 5:15-6:45pm, 1080 Torgersen Hall
R is a powerful, versatile, and free statistical programming language, which has become increasingly popular among industrial and academic data analysts. Taught by Ana Ortega, this introductory course covers programming basics in R, including the definition and manipulation of data objects, importing/exporting data, simple data summaries, simple graphs and if time permits, simple linear regression. The course format includes lecture and computer laboratory components and attendees will have the opportunity to write, modify, and execute R codes for these data. Register and learn more at  www.lisa.stat.vt.edu.

6. VT-ANS, OFFICIAL MEETING (FREE PIZZA)
Tuesday, Sep 29, 6:00-7:00pm, Randolph 117A
The officers of the Virginia Tech student section of the American Nuclear Society (VT-ANS) are pleased to announce the first official meeting of the Fall 2015 semester.  The meeting will include free pizza, a short introduction to VT-ANS, and a presentation from Dr. Mark Pierson, director of the VT Nuclear Engineering Program. This will be a great opportunity to learn more about nuclear technology and opportunities at VT. Posted on behalf of grad student Micah Esmond, mesmond@gmail.com.

7. GLC COMMUNITY MOVIE NIGHT
Tuesday, Sep 29, 7:45-9:45pm, GLC Room F
Need a break from studying? Come hang out and watch a ’90s classic, The Wedding Singer. The Graduate Fellows will provide snacks to enjoy during the movie so get there early to grab some snacks and secure your seat! If you have any questions, email Scarlet Soult at scarlet7@vt.edu.

8. DMV2GO – MOBILE DMV SERVICES IN THE GLC!
Wednesday, Sep 30, 9:00am-3:00pm, GLC Room D
If you don’t have time to travel to the DMV in Christiansburg, here is your chance to get DMV business done in the GLC! Get your state ID, veteran’s ID, driver’s license, disabled parking placard, vehicle title and registration and more.

9. HISPANIC-LATINO CONNECT LUNCH
Wednesday, Sep 30, 12:00-1:00pm, GLC Room G
Would you like to connect with other graduate students and faculty/ staff that identify with the Hispanic/Latino community? If yes, don’t miss out on this great opportunity. The Graduate School hosts this luncheon to facilitate dialogue and fellowship. Register at http://graduateschool.vt.edu/connect_lunch if you plan to attend. If you have any questions, contact Dannette Gomez Beane at dannette@vt.edu.

10. ARABIC COFFEE HOUR
Wednesday, Sep 30, 4:30-5:30pm, Major Williams Atrium
Join the VT Arabic Language Club and the Arabic Program for their first Arabic coffee hour of the semester. During this informal gathering, students, faculty, and anyone interested in Arabic will have the chance to  enjoy Arabic coffee and sweets, practice their Arabic, and learn more about the Arabic program (particularly the new Arabic minor). This free event is hosted by the Arabic Language Club and the Arabic Program. This message is posted on behalf of grad student Turki Al Zahrani, turki82@vt.edu.

11. OVER-30 GRADS MEET-UP AT THE CELLAR
Wednesday, Sep 30, 6:00pm, The Cellar (302 N Main, Bburg)
Join other over-30 grads at the Cellar for some drinks and conversation. Meet at the Cellar entrance at 6:00pm.

12. DISTINGUISHED LECTURE: DIGITAL MEDIA USE AND THE EXPERIENCE OF CHILDHOOD IN THE 21ST CENTURY
Wednesday, Oct 7, 7:00-8:00pm, Fife Theatre, Moss Arts Center
This presentation by Amy Jordan explores the role of media technologies in defining the experience of childhood. Jordan holds a teaching appointment at the Annenberg School for Communication of the University of Pennsylvania, where she is also Director of Graduate Student Professional Development. Her expertise is in the area of youth and media, with a particular interest in health outcomes. Her work has been funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Institute of Child Health and Development, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Free and open to the public. Posted on behalf of grad student Anjelica Smith, anjelica@vt.edu <mailto:anjelica@vt.edu> .

13. 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.

14. GLC CAFÉ
Thursday, Oct 1, 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. Have you ever heard of/tried cubicle-farm tiramisu? If not, here is your opportunity! Live dangerously – give it a try.

15. 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.

16. QGPA HAPPY HOUR AND DARTS AND CHAMPS SPORTS BAR
Thursday Oct 1, 7:00-9:00pm, Champs Sportsbar and Cafe, Top Floor, 111 N Main St join Join the Queer Grads, Professionals, and Allies (QGPA) for a fun evening of conversation, darts and drinks. Posted on behalf of Nazana Weeks at nazana9@vt.edu.

17. ENGINEERING EDUCATION OPEN HOUSE
Friday, Oct 2
The Department of Engineering Education at VT is hosting open house on Oct 2 and Nov 6. Stop by to talk with current faculty, attend the weekly seminar, and learn more about the new and emerging field of engineering education. For more information or to register for the October or November Open House, please email Lindawh@vt.edu; visit the program at www.enge.vt.edu.

18. JOURNAL ARTICLE SUBMISSIONS SOUGHT FOR SPECTRA -1st posting
Spectra, the ASPECT (Alliance for Social, Political, Ethical, and Cultural Thought) graduate journal, is currently seeking submissions for its next issue, especially about research at the intersections of the social sciences, the natural sciences, the humanities, and the arts.  Potential submissions can include essays, reflection pieces, book reviews, and multimedia.  Abstracts for consideration are due by Oct 15. For more information visit: https://spectrajournal.org/index.php/SPECTRA/announcement/view/6.  Email any questions to Jordan Laney and Anthony Szczurek at editor@spectrajournal.org.

19. PEO INTERNNATIONAL PEACE SCHOLARSHIP FOR INTL GRAD WOMEN – 1st posting
This scholarship is designed for women who are qualified for admission to full-time graduate study, working toward a graduate degree in the college or university she will attend. Requirements: Applicants must not hold U.S. or Canadian citizenship or permanent residency; must submit a witnessed statement certifying that upon completion of degree program, she will return to her own country to pursue her professional career; must have a full year of course-work remaining and be enrolled and on campus for the entire school year. Doctoral students who have completed coursework and are working on dissertation only are not eligible as first-time applicants. The maximum scholarship for one year of study is $10,000, based upon need (year runs from August to August). Complete details are available at http://www.peointernational.org/about-peo-international-peace-scholarship-ips. Send questions to Terry Arthur at arthurt@cs.vt.edu.

20. SHORT STATS COURSES FOR GRADS BY LISA
LISA (Virginia Tech’s Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Statistical Analysis) is providing a series of evening short courses to help graduate students use statistics in their research. Visit the LISA website at http://www.lisa.stat.vt.edu for instructions on how to register and to learn more. Fall 2015 Schedule:

  • Tuesday, Sep 29, 5:15-6:45 pm: Basics of R;
  • Tuesday, Oct 6, 4:30-6:30 pm: T-tests and ANOVA;
  • Tuesday, Oct 13, 4:30-6:30 pm: Calculating Sample Sizes and Power for Research;
  • Tuesday, Oct 20, 5:00-7:00 pm: World Statistics Day Celebration: Re-envisioning the 21st Century Global Land Grant University to Build Research Capacity in Developing Countries;
  • Tuesday, Oct 27, 4:30-6:30 pm: Multivariate Clustering Analysis;
  • Tuesday, Nov 3, 4:30-6:30 pm: Intro to SAS University Edition;
  • Tuesday, Nov 10, 4:30-6:30 pm: Comparing Means and Other Measures of Location between Two Populations by Significance Tests and Effect Size;
  • Tuesday, Nov 17, 4:30-6:30 pm: Data Analytics – Classification;
  • Tuesday, Dec 1, 4:30-6:30 pm: Visualizing and Analyzing Spatial Data with R;

21. INTERDISCIPLINARY HONOR SOCIETY NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS – 1st posting
The Interdisciplinary Research Honor Society (IDR) is accepting new applications for membership up through Friday, Nov 20. IDR was founded at Virginia Tech in 2011 by graduate students to promote and facilitate interdisciplinary cooperation, research, and networking at VT and other universities. Currently there are more than 20 active members and the society offers opportunities to network with professionals and peers, present your own work at an annual poster day, and attend spotlight talks given by individuals heavily involved in interdisciplinary work. Plus, there is food at meetings! Any students, graduate or undergraduate, who are actively involved in research combining multiple disciplines, including science, engineering, business, or education, are encouraged to apply. More details about the society, membership requirements, and the membership application can be found at http://www.idrsociety.org/membership/application. Direct questions to VP of membership, Shabnam Kavousi, at shabnamk@vt.edu.

22. CHILDCARE SPACES STILL AVAILABLE FOR FALL AND SPRING – 2nd posting
The Little Hokie Hangout still has space available! If you are interested in learning more about the Parent Cooperative CHILD CARE option offered through the Graduate School, email childcare@vt.edu for information or to express interest. This conveniently-located program is for children approaching 2 years of age through 5 years of age, and is designed to fit your scheduling needs! Schedule a visit to take a look at the Little Hokie Hangout!

23. PAPERS, WORKSHOPS, PERFORMANCE PIECES AND PANEL PROPOSALS INVITED – 2nd posting
Scholars, activists, and artists from the humanities, social and natural sciences, visual and performing arts, life sciences, disability studies, STEM fields, and queer and feminist science studies are invited to submit papers, panels, workshops, new media, art, and performance pieces that explore the intersections of gender, bodies & technology in contexts ranging from virtual reality labs and engineering classrooms to grassroots movements and queer and feminist hacking spaces. Proposals should be submitted by Nov 15, 2015 to genbodtech@gmail.edu. See complete CFP at: http://www.cpe.vt.edu/gbt/. The “Gender, Bodies & Technology: (In)Visible Futures” event will take place in The Hotel Roanoke, Apr 21-23, 2016. For more information or questions contact Christine Labuski, GBT Coordinator and Conference Director, chrislab@vt.edu. Posted on behalf of grad student Rayanne Streeter, streetrc@vt.edu.

24. SUBMISSIONS INVITED FOR 10TH ANNIVERSARY GLC ART & PHOTO CONTEST – 3rd posting
Celebrate the 10th anniversary of the opening of the GLC  by participating in the next GLC photo and art contest! Theme: (Snapshots) of Graduate Student Life. Get creative and submit whatever depicts you as a grad student. Submissions are limited to three pieces (art and/or photography) per graduate student. Photos may be submitted online at https://secure.graduateschool.vt.edu/imageupload/ to be printed by the Graduate School. Submission deadline: Monday, Oct 19.  Learn more at http://www.graduatelifecenter.vt.edu/contest/.

25 CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS FOR EXHIBITION OF CULTURES – 3rd posting
An Exhibition of Cultures at the School of Architecture + Design is organized to display the great diversity of creative works  from various countries and from different parts of the United States. Undergrad and graduate students are asked to bring creative works or objects demonstrating the art and craftsmanship of their respective countries and communities (various media – pottery, calligraphy, fabric, etc.). Register your craft example by Oct 19 at: http://goo.gl/forms/ETnfYpmkz6. See more at: http://graduateschool.vt.edu/CAUS_Exhibition_of_Cultures. This message is posted on behalf of grad student organizer Shabnam Kavousi, shabnamk@vt.edu.

26. FUNDRAISER FOR VT RESEARCH TEAM WORKING ON FLINT WATER STUDY – 3rd posting
The VT research team behind FlintWaterStudy (www.flintwaterstudy.org) is fundraising on GoFundMe to help the economically disadvantaged people of Flint, MI, protect themselves from lead in their water, by buying and giving away NSF certified lead filters. Consider donating for the cause. For more details on the campaign and to donate, visit http://www.gofundme.com/safewater4flint. Posted on behalf of grad student Anurag Mantha, anuragm@vt.edu.

27. GRAD STUDENT WAGE POSITIONS OPEN  IN ARTS & TECHNOLOGIES RESEARCH PROJECT – 1st posting
VT University Libraries and the School of Performing Arts are seeking enthusiastic students to fill multiple positions on a funded research project. Positions start Oct 1, for 10-20 hrs/wk and continue through the end of the semester (possibly beyond). Competitive pay. The VTArtWorks project seeks to develop a prototype of a new online platform to encourage connection and communication among members of the performing arts community. Positions will: research how arts and community building organizations are currently using technology, social media, and different web programs to document, archive, communicate, and share their work; connect with professionals in the field and collect information about their documentation needs, their current processes, and how they interact online; work closely with Bob Leonard and visiting guest artists. Applicants with at least one of the following qualifications are particularly encouraged to apply: interest in helping to create a prototype that combines features designed to encourage communication and connection within the field of community cultural development; experience and skills for understanding how people use software systems, including HCI methods such as interviewing, surveys, participant observation, logs analysis, and competitive analysis; experience studying and/or using online or collaborative software; experience with web design, web development, digital libraries/archives, and/or content management systems; skill with creating wireframes and mockups, prototyping, and creating usable, attractive user interfaces. To apply, email a resume and a short cover letter (1 page max) to: Andi Ogier, University Libraries, alop@vt.edu. Review begins Sep 21.

28. GA OPENING FOR 2015-16 – 3rd posting
The Office of First Year Experiences has an immediate graduate assistantship opening for the 2015-2016 academic year. The GA works closely with the Director of First Year Academic Initiatives in the array of responsibilities associated with the university-wide first year experience programs, faculty, staff and partners. Required qualifications: earned Master’s degree in education or related discipline; evidence of strong oral and written communication skills; ability to work both independently and in collaboration with FYE collaborators; experience with quantitative and qualitative data analysis. Preferred qualifications: enrollment in an education or related discipline PhD program and experience with assessment of educational programs. If interested, submit a current CV, cover letter describing your interest in First Year Experiences and 3 professional references to Jennifer Culhane, Director of First Year Academic Initiatives, at jculhane@vt.edu.  

29. SCHOOL-DAY PERFORMANCE VOLUNTEERS NEEDED – 2nd posting
Since the Center for the Arts’ opening in 2013, nearly 8,000 students, teachers, parents, and chaperones have participated in Kindergarten-12 arts activities at the Moss Arts Center (MAC). School-day performances are here again and volunteers are needed to ensure that the students’ experience is top notch. If you are interested in helping, please email Donna Thompson at tdonna27@vt.edu for more information and schedule.

30. CHILD PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR EYE, GAZE & EMOTIONS TREATMENT STUDY – 2nd posting
If you are a parent or legal guardian of a child/children who are having problems with all of the following: * breaking rules, arguing or fighting; * seem insensitive to punishment; * lack concern or empathy for others, contact VT researchers about a free IRB-approved research study on the VT campus for children ages 6-9. Parents/legal guardians complete questionnaires and children complete in-lab tasks and computer games.  Receive between $10-$30 per assessment session, up to $100 total. Contact Lauren at (540) 231-9735; Email:EyeGazeEmotions@gmail.com.

31. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR SOCIAL ANXIETY STUDY – 2nd posting
Free confidential research study for eligible individuals who are anxious or nervous in social situations; struggle with talking to members of the opposite sex; constantly concerned that they may do or say something that will embarrass them. Participants must be ages 18-55; research study involves brain imaging in social anxiety. If you are interested, or would like more information, contact the VT Social-Cognitive-Affective-Neuroscience Laboratory at (540) 231-8504 or email to  VT.scanlab@gmail.com.

32. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR STUDY OF CHILDREN’S CONNECTIONS WITH THEIR FRIENDS – 3rd posting
Can your (pre)teens help with a VT research project, Colisten? The ThirdLab at VT is recruiting children aged 9-15 to participate in a research study about children feeling connected with each other. Participating children will bring a friend (also aged 9-15) and try out an app to listen to music together and talk about their schoolwork and social lives. Participants will be compensated. This is an IRB-approved research study (# 14-709), and results may be published. Contact Michael Stewart at tgm@vt.edu to participate.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

MY SISTER’S KEEPER: FINDING YOUR PATH
Wednesday, Oct 7, 8:00am, Virginia Tech Inn, Latham Ballroom D
Join a conversation with Dr. Bevlee Watford, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs in the College of Engineering, who will share her journey through the academy and lessons she has learned along the way. Breakfast will be served. Register by Oct 1 at http://goo.gl/forms/A9NfQjlfDl.  Program sponsored by Multicultural Academic Opportunities Program (MAOP) and the Provost Office. For more information contact grad student Delight Yokley, b18409y@vt.edu.

LGBTQ CONNECT LUNCH
Wednesday, Oct 7, 12:00-1:00pm, GLC Room F
Would you like to connect and network with other graduate students and faculty/staff that identify with the LGBTQ community or are community allies? If yes, don’t miss out on this great opportunity. The Graduate School hosts this luncheon to facilitate dialogue and fellowship. Register at http://graduateschool.vt.edu/connect_lunch if you plan to attend. If you have any questions, contact Dannette Gomez Beane at dannette@vt.edu.

DANCE OF NATIONS AUDITIONS
The Council of Intl Student Organizations (CISO) invites groups to participate in the annual Dance of Nations program to be held Nov 11 in the GLC Auditorium, showcasing a variety of solo to large group performances from around the world. Auditions will be held Mon, Oct 12, 6-8pm; Tue, Oct 13, 5.30-7.30pm; Fri, Oct 16, 6-8pm. Fill out this online form at http://goo.gl/forms/A4YYXnBxsQ by Oct 10 to be scheduled for an audition slot. Slots are limited and will be allotted first come, first served. Send questions to Haseeb Chaudhry at haseeb7@vt.edu.

FREE ANXIETY AND OCD SUPPORT GROUP
Tuesday, Oct 13, 7:00pm, GLC Student Org Suite conference area
Are you feeling overwhelmed by anxiety? Do you struggle with OCD? A free monthly support group meets the second Tuesday of every month. Join the group to learn more about anxiety disorders and OCD, hear success stories from those who have worked to overcome their anxiety and OCD, and receive support in an informal setting. Family members and significant others are also welcome. If you have questions or would like more information, please contact the Psychological Services Center at 231-6914, visit www.psyc.vt.edu/outreach/psc or email ajsmith1@vt.edu.

GRADUATE STUDENT TRIP TO JOE’S TREES
Saturday, Oct 17, 10:00am – 1:00pm, Meet in the GLC Lobby
Join the GLC Fellows for a fun-filled trip to Joe’s Trees. It’s their Farm Festival Weekend, with exciting activities such as a hayride to the pumpkin patch, corn maze, horse rides, awesome jellies and jams, and much more. Registration required at: https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1443151974781. Transportation is limited, so sign-up soon! Be sure to bring money for lunch, pumpkins or whatever else you want to buy. For more information about Joe’s Trees, check-out their website at http://joestrees.com/. If you have questions, e-mail GLC Fellows at kmpark07@vt.edu or scarlet7@vt.edu.

Sep 28-Oct 4, 2015

1.  WEEKLY WALK-IN SERVICES IN THE GLC – break schedule; updated 9/21

  • Career Services advising: Wednesdays (starting Sep 23), 2:00-5:00 GLC Lobby
  • Cook Counseling: Thursday & Friday 1:00-5:00pm, Green Room 
  • Graduate School regular hours: 8:00am-5:00pm
  • Immigration advising hours: MWF 1:00-5:00pm, TTh 9:00am-12:00pm
  • LISA Statistical Consulting: Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 10am-12pm, GLC Room A
  • Writing assistance: Thursdays, 5:30-8:30pm, GLC Room A

2. MILK SENSORY PANELS
Monday 9/28: 10:00am-5:00pm
Tuesday 9/29: 10:00am-5:00pm

All at HABB1 Bldg, Rm 205, corner of Duck Pond Dr and Washington St SW
Sensory evaluation on milk – see if you can identify different samples. Only takes ~15 minutes. Come and bring your friends! 144 panelists needed each day. Anyone 18+ years old who does not have milk allergies is encouraged to participate. Get free snacks every day for participating including Carol Lee Donuts, ice cream, home made cookies and more. Contact master’s student Hayley Potts at hpotts45@vt.edu for more information.

3. INTERNATIONAL FULBRIGHT OPPORTUNITIES
Monday, Sep 28, 6:30pm, GLC Room G
Dr. Daniel Kramer, director of US student Fulbright programs, will be visiting the Blacksburg campus to discuss international opportunities. The Fulbright program is the flagship exchange program of the US State Department and offers funding for independent research/study projects, graduate degree enrollment, and English teaching assistantships in more than 130 countries. Special awards include Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Storytelling, Fulbright mtvU, and  Fulbright-Clinton fellowships. More information can be found at http://us.fulbrightonline.org/about/types-of-grants. Students at all levels of their academic careers are invited to attend. RSVPs to Betty Watts (bettyw@vt.edu) are appreciated.

4. DISCOVER ISLAM
Tuesday, Sep 29, 12:00-2:00pm, Info Booth A in front of Au Bon Pain at Squires
Islam is the fastest growing religion in the world with more than 1.6 billion followers. Muslims come from almost every country in the world and speak almost every language. Learn more about Islam from your Muslim colleagues: stop by, ask questions, get your free copy of Quran interpretation in English, view Islamic art from different countries, get your name in Arabic, and enjoy tasty Arabian dates. Hosted by the Islamic Student Assembly (ISA). Posted on behalf of grad student Amr Nabil, anabil@vt.edu.

5. SHORT STATS COURSE FOR GRADS: BASICS OF R
Tuesday, Sep 29, 5:15-6:45pm, 1080 Torgersen Hall
R is a powerful, versatile, and free statistical programming language, which has become increasingly popular among industrial and academic data analysts. Taught by Ana Ortega, this introductory course covers programming basics in R, including the definition and manipulation of data objects, importing/exporting data, simple data summaries, simple graphs and if time permits, simple linear regression. The course format includes lecture and computer laboratory components and attendees will have the opportunity to write, modify, and execute R codes for these data. Register and learn more at  www.lisa.stat.vt.edu.

6. VT-ANS, OFFICIAL MEETING (FREE PIZZA)
Tuesday, Sep 29, 6:00-7:00pm, Randolph 117A
The officers of the Virginia Tech student section of the American Nuclear Society (VT-ANS) are pleased to announce the first official meeting of the Fall 2015 semester.  The meeting will include free pizza, a short introduction to VT-ANS, and a presentation from Dr. Mark Pierson, director of the VT Nuclear Engineering Program. This will be a great opportunity to learn more about nuclear technology and opportunities at VT. Posted on behalf of grad student Micah Esmond, mesmond@gmail.com.

7. GLC COMMUNITY MOVIE NIGHT
Tuesday, Sep 29, 7:45-9:45pm, GLC Room F
Need a break from studying? Come hang out and watch a ’90s classic, The Wedding Singer. The Graduate Fellows will provide snacks to enjoy during the movie so get there early to grab some snacks and secure your seat! If you have any questions, email Scarlet Soult at scarlet7@vt.edu.

8. DMV2GO – MOBILE DMV SERVICES IN THE GLC!
Wednesday, Sep 30, 9:00am-3:00pm, GLC Room D
If you don’t have time to travel to the DMV in Christiansburg, here is your chance to get DMV business done in the GLC! Get your state ID, veteran’s ID, driver’s license, disabled parking placard, vehicle title and registration and more.

9. HISPANIC-LATINO CONNECT LUNCH
Wednesday, Sep 30, 12:00-1:00pm, GLC Room G
Would you like to connect with other graduate students and faculty/ staff that identify with the Hispanic/Latino community? If yes, don’t miss out on this great opportunity. The Graduate School hosts this luncheon to facilitate dialogue and fellowship. Register at http://graduateschool.vt.edu/connect_lunch if you plan to attend. If you have any questions, contact Dannette Gomez Beane at dannette@vt.edu.

10. ARABIC COFFEE HOUR
Wednesday, Sep 30, 4:30-5:30pm, Major Williams Atrium
Join the VT Arabic Language Club and the Arabic Program for their first Arabic coffee hour of the semester. During this informal gathering, students, faculty, and anyone interested in Arabic will have the chance to  enjoy Arabic coffee and sweets, practice their Arabic, and learn more about the Arabic program (particularly the new Arabic minor). This free event is hosted by the Arabic Language Club and the Arabic Program. This message is posted on behalf of grad student Turki Al Zahrani, turki82@vt.edu.

11. OVER-30 GRADS MEET-UP AT THE CELLAR
Wednesday, Sep 30, 6:00pm, The Cellar (302 N Main, Bburg)
Join other over-30 grads at the Cellar for some drinks and conversation. Meet at the Cellar entrance at 6:00pm.

12. DISTINGUISHED LECTURE: DIGITAL MEDIA USE AND THE EXPERIENCE OF CHILDHOOD IN THE 21ST CENTURY
Wednesday, Oct 7, 7:00-8:00pm, Fife Theatre, Moss Arts Center
This presentation by Amy Jordan explores the role of media technologies in defining the experience of childhood. Jordan holds a teaching appointment at the Annenberg School for Communication of the University of Pennsylvania, where she is also Director of Graduate Student Professional Development. Her expertise is in the area of youth and media, with a particular interest in health outcomes. Her work has been funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Institute of Child Health and Development, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Free and open to the public. Posted on behalf of grad student Anjelica Smith, anjelica@vt.edu <mailto:anjelica@vt.edu> .

13. 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.

14. GLC CAFÉ
Thursday, Oct 1, 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. Have you ever heard of/tried cubicle-farm tiramisu? If not, here is your opportunity! Live dangerously – give it a try.

15. 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.

16. QGPA HAPPY HOUR AND DARTS AND CHAMPS SPORTS BAR
Thursday Oct 1, 7:00-9:00pm, Champs Sportsbar and Cafe, Top Floor, 111 N Main St join Join the Queer Grads, Professionals, and Allies (QGPA) for a fun evening of conversation, darts and drinks. Posted on behalf of Nazana Weeks at nazana9@vt.edu.

17. ENGINEERING EDUCATION OPEN HOUSE
Friday, Oct 2
The Department of Engineering Education at VT is hosting open house on Oct 2 and Nov 6. Stop by to talk with current faculty, attend the weekly seminar, and learn more about the new and emerging field of engineering education. For more information or to register for the October or November Open House, please email Lindawh@vt.edu; visit the program at www.enge.vt.edu.

18. JOURNAL ARTICLE SUBMISSIONS SOUGHT FOR SPECTRA -1st posting
Spectra, the ASPECT (Alliance for Social, Political, Ethical, and Cultural Thought) graduate journal, is currently seeking submissions for its next issue, especially about research at the intersections of the social sciences, the natural sciences, the humanities, and the arts.  Potential submissions can include essays, reflection pieces, book reviews, and multimedia.  Abstracts for consideration are due by Oct 15. For more information visit: https://spectrajournal.org/index.php/SPECTRA/announcement/view/6.  Email any questions to Jordan Laney and Anthony Szczurek at editor@spectrajournal.org.

19. PEO INTERNNATIONAL PEACE SCHOLARSHIP FOR INTL GRAD WOMEN – 1st posting
This scholarship is designed for women who are qualified for admission to full-time graduate study, working toward a graduate degree in the college or university she will attend. Requirements: Applicants must not hold U.S. or Canadian citizenship or permanent residency; must submit a witnessed statement certifying that upon completion of degree program, she will return to her own country to pursue her professional career; must have a full year of course-work remaining and be enrolled and on campus for the entire school year. Doctoral students who have completed coursework and are working on dissertation only are not eligible as first-time applicants. The maximum scholarship for one year of study is $10,000, based upon need (year runs from August to August). Complete details are available at http://www.peointernational.org/about-peo-international-peace-scholarship-ips. Send questions to Terry Arthur at arthurt@cs.vt.edu.

20. SHORT STATS COURSES FOR GRADS BY LISA
LISA (Virginia Tech’s Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Statistical Analysis) is providing a series of evening short courses to help graduate students use statistics in their research. Visit the LISA website at http://www.lisa.stat.vt.edu for instructions on how to register and to learn more. Fall 2015 Schedule:

  • Tuesday, Sep 29, 5:15-6:45 pm: Basics of R;
  • Tuesday, Oct 6, 4:30-6:30 pm: T-tests and ANOVA;
  • Tuesday, Oct 13, 4:30-6:30 pm: Calculating Sample Sizes and Power for Research;
  • Tuesday, Oct 20, 5:00-7:00 pm: World Statistics Day Celebration: Re-envisioning the 21st Century Global Land Grant University to Build Research Capacity in Developing Countries;
  • Tuesday, Oct 27, 4:30-6:30 pm: Multivariate Clustering Analysis;
  • Tuesday, Nov 3, 4:30-6:30 pm: Intro to SAS University Edition;
  • Tuesday, Nov 10, 4:30-6:30 pm: Comparing Means and Other Measures of Location between Two Populations by Significance Tests and Effect Size;
  • Tuesday, Nov 17, 4:30-6:30 pm: Data Analytics – Classification;
  • Tuesday, Dec 1, 4:30-6:30 pm: Visualizing and Analyzing Spatial Data with R;

21. INTERDISCIPLINARY HONOR SOCIETY NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS – 1st posting
The Interdisciplinary Research Honor Society (IDR) is accepting new applications for membership up through Friday, Nov 20. IDR was founded at Virginia Tech in 2011 by graduate students to promote and facilitate interdisciplinary cooperation, research, and networking at VT and other universities. Currently there are more than 20 active members and the society offers opportunities to network with professionals and peers, present your own work at an annual poster day, and attend spotlight talks given by individuals heavily involved in interdisciplinary work. Plus, there is food at meetings! Any students, graduate or undergraduate, who are actively involved in research combining multiple disciplines, including science, engineering, business, or education, are encouraged to apply. More details about the society, membership requirements, and the membership application can be found at http://www.idrsociety.org/membership/application. Direct questions to VP of membership, Shabnam Kavousi, at shabnamk@vt.edu.

22. CHILDCARE SPACES STILL AVAILABLE FOR FALL AND SPRING – 2nd posting
The Little Hokie Hangout still has space available! If you are interested in learning more about the Parent Cooperative CHILD CARE option offered through the Graduate School, email childcare@vt.edu for information or to express interest. This conveniently-located program is for children approaching 2 years of age through 5 years of age, and is designed to fit your scheduling needs! Schedule a visit to take a look at the Little Hokie Hangout!

23. PAPERS, WORKSHOPS, PERFORMANCE PIECES AND PANEL PROPOSALS INVITED – 2nd posting
Scholars, activists, and artists from the humanities, social and natural sciences, visual and performing arts, life sciences, disability studies, STEM fields, and queer and feminist science studies are invited to submit papers, panels, workshops, new media, art, and performance pieces that explore the intersections of gender, bodies & technology in contexts ranging from virtual reality labs and engineering classrooms to grassroots movements and queer and feminist hacking spaces. Proposals should be submitted by Nov 15, 2015 to genbodtech@gmail.edu. See complete CFP at: http://www.cpe.vt.edu/gbt/. The “Gender, Bodies & Technology: (In)Visible Futures” event will take place in The Hotel Roanoke, Apr 21-23, 2016. For more information or questions contact Christine Labuski, GBT Coordinator and Conference Director, chrislab@vt.edu. Posted on behalf of grad student Rayanne Streeter, streetrc@vt.edu.

24. SUBMISSIONS INVITED FOR 10TH ANNIVERSARY GLC ART & PHOTO CONTEST – 3rd posting
Celebrate the 10th anniversary of the opening of the GLC  by participating in the next GLC photo and art contest! Theme: (Snapshots) of Graduate Student Life. Get creative and submit whatever depicts you as a grad student. Submissions are limited to three pieces (art and/or photography) per graduate student. Photos may be submitted online at https://secure.graduateschool.vt.edu/imageupload/ to be printed by the Graduate School. Submission deadline: Monday, Oct 19.  Learn more at http://www.graduatelifecenter.vt.edu/contest/.

25 CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS FOR EXHIBITION OF CULTURES – 3rd posting
An Exhibition of Cultures at the School of Architecture + Design is organized to display the great diversity of creative works  from various countries and from different parts of the United States. Undergrad and graduate students are asked to bring creative works or objects demonstrating the art and craftsmanship of their respective countries and communities (various media – pottery, calligraphy, fabric, etc.). Register your craft example by Oct 19 at: http://goo.gl/forms/ETnfYpmkz6. See more at: http://graduateschool.vt.edu/CAUS_Exhibition_of_Cultures. This message is posted on behalf of grad student organizer Shabnam Kavousi, shabnamk@vt.edu.

26. FUNDRAISER FOR VT RESEARCH TEAM WORKING ON FLINT WATER STUDY – 3rd posting
The VT research team behind FlintWaterStudy (www.flintwaterstudy.org) is fundraising on GoFundMe to help the economically disadvantaged people of Flint, MI, protect themselves from lead in their water, by buying and giving away NSF certified lead filters. Consider donating for the cause. For more details on the campaign and to donate, visit http://www.gofundme.com/safewater4flint. Posted on behalf of grad student Anurag Mantha, anuragm@vt.edu.

27. GRAD STUDENT WAGE POSITIONS OPEN  IN ARTS & TECHNOLOGIES RESEARCH PROJECT – 1st posting
VT University Libraries and the School of Performing Arts are seeking enthusiastic students to fill multiple positions on a funded research project. Positions start Oct 1, for 10-20 hrs/wk and continue through the end of the semester (possibly beyond). Competitive pay. The VTArtWorks project seeks to develop a prototype of a new online platform to encourage connection and communication among members of the performing arts community. Positions will: research how arts and community building organizations are currently using technology, social media, and different web programs to document, archive, communicate, and share their work; connect with professionals in the field and collect information about their documentation needs, their current processes, and how they interact online; work closely with Bob Leonard and visiting guest artists. Applicants with at least one of the following qualifications are particularly encouraged to apply: interest in helping to create a prototype that combines features designed to encourage communication and connection within the field of community cultural development; experience and skills for understanding how people use software systems, including HCI methods such as interviewing, surveys, participant observation, logs analysis, and competitive analysis; experience studying and/or using online or collaborative software; experience with web design, web development, digital libraries/archives, and/or content management systems; skill with creating wireframes and mockups, prototyping, and creating usable, attractive user interfaces. To apply, email a resume and a short cover letter (1 page max) to: Andi Ogier, University Libraries, alop@vt.edu. Review begins Sep 21.

28. GA OPENING FOR 2015-16 – 3rd posting
The Office of First Year Experiences has an immediate graduate assistantship opening for the 2015-2016 academic year. The GA works closely with the Director of First Year Academic Initiatives in the array of responsibilities associated with the university-wide first year experience programs, faculty, staff and partners. Required qualifications: earned Master’s degree in education or related discipline; evidence of strong oral and written communication skills; ability to work both independently and in collaboration with FYE collaborators; experience with quantitative and qualitative data analysis. Preferred qualifications: enrollment in an education or related discipline PhD program and experience with assessment of educational programs. If interested, submit a current CV, cover letter describing your interest in First Year Experiences and 3 professional references to Jennifer Culhane, Director of First Year Academic Initiatives, at jculhane@vt.edu.  

29. SCHOOL-DAY PERFORMANCE VOLUNTEERS NEEDED – 2nd posting
Since the Center for the Arts’ opening in 2013, nearly 8,000 students, teachers, parents, and chaperones have participated in Kindergarten-12 arts activities at the Moss Arts Center (MAC). School-day performances are here again and volunteers are needed to ensure that the students’ experience is top notch. If you are interested in helping, please email Donna Thompson at tdonna27@vt.edu for more information and schedule.

30. CHILD PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR EYE, GAZE & EMOTIONS TREATMENT STUDY – 2nd posting
If you are a parent or legal guardian of a child/children who are having problems with all of the following: * breaking rules, arguing or fighting; * seem insensitive to punishment; * lack concern or empathy for others, contact VT researchers about a free IRB-approved research study on the VT campus for children ages 6-9. Parents/legal guardians complete questionnaires and children complete in-lab tasks and computer games.  Receive between $10-$30 per assessment session, up to $100 total. Contact Lauren at (540) 231-9735; Email:EyeGazeEmotions@gmail.com.

31. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR SOCIAL ANXIETY STUDY – 2nd posting
Free confidential research study for eligible individuals who are anxious or nervous in social situations; struggle with talking to members of the opposite sex; constantly concerned that they may do or say something that will embarrass them. Participants must be ages 18-55; research study involves brain imaging in social anxiety. If you are interested, or would like more information, contact the VT Social-Cognitive-Affective-Neuroscience Laboratory at (540) 231-8504 or email to  VT.scanlab@gmail.com.

32. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR STUDY OF CHILDREN’S CONNECTIONS WITH THEIR FRIENDS – 3rd posting
Can your (pre)teens help with a VT research project, Colisten? The ThirdLab at VT is recruiting children aged 9-15 to participate in a research study about children feeling connected with each other. Participating children will bring a friend (also aged 9-15) and try out an app to listen to music together and talk about their schoolwork and social lives. Participants will be compensated. This is an IRB-approved research study (# 14-709), and results may be published. Contact Michael Stewart at tgm@vt.edu to participate.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

MY SISTER’S KEEPER: FINDING YOUR PATH
Wednesday, Oct 7, 8:00am, Virginia Tech Inn, Latham Ballroom D
Join a conversation with Dr. Bevlee Watford, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs in the College of Engineering, who will share her journey through the academy and lessons she has learned along the way. Breakfast will be served. Register by Oct 1 at http://goo.gl/forms/A9NfQjlfDl.  Program sponsored by Multicultural Academic Opportunities Program (MAOP) and the Provost Office. For more information contact grad student Delight Yokley, b18409y@vt.edu.

LGBTQ CONNECT LUNCH
Wednesday, Oct 7, 12:00-1:00pm, GLC Room F
Would you like to connect and network with other graduate students and faculty/staff that identify with the LGBTQ community or are community allies? If yes, don’t miss out on this great opportunity. The Graduate School hosts this luncheon to facilitate dialogue and fellowship. Register at http://graduateschool.vt.edu/connect_lunch if you plan to attend. If you have any questions, contact Dannette Gomez Beane at dannette@vt.edu.

DANCE OF NATIONS AUDITIONS
The Council of Intl Student Organizations (CISO) invites groups to participate in the annual Dance of Nations program to be held Nov 11 in the GLC Auditorium, showcasing a variety of solo to large group performances from around the world. Auditions will be held Mon, Oct 12, 6-8pm; Tue, Oct 13, 5.30-7.30pm; Fri, Oct 16, 6-8pm. Fill out this online form at http://goo.gl/forms/A4YYXnBxsQ by Oct 10 to be scheduled for an audition slot. Slots are limited and will be allotted first come, first served. Send questions to Haseeb Chaudhry at haseeb7@vt.edu.

FREE ANXIETY AND OCD SUPPORT GROUP
Tuesday, Oct 13, 7:00pm, GLC Student Org Suite conference area
Are you feeling overwhelmed by anxiety? Do you struggle with OCD? A free monthly support group meets the second Tuesday of every month. Join the group to learn more about anxiety disorders and OCD, hear success stories from those who have worked to overcome their anxiety and OCD, and receive support in an informal setting. Family members and significant others are also welcome. If you have questions or would like more information, please contact the Psychological Services Center at 231-6914, visit www.psyc.vt.edu/outreach/psc or email ajsmith1@vt.edu.

GRADUATE STUDENT TRIP TO JOE’S TREES
Saturday, Oct 17, 10:00am – 1:00pm, Meet in the GLC Lobby
Join the GLC Fellows for a fun-filled trip to Joe’s Trees. It’s their Farm Festival Weekend, with exciting activities such as a hayride to the pumpkin patch, corn maze, horse rides, awesome jellies and jams, and much more. Registration required at: https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1443151974781. Transportation is limited, so sign-up soon! Be sure to bring money for lunch, pumpkins or whatever else you want to buy. For more information about Joe’s Trees, check-out their website at http://joestrees.com/. If you have questions, e-mail GLC Fellows at kmpark07@vt.edu or scarlet7@vt.edu.

September 21-27, 2015

1.  WEEKLY WALK-IN SERVICES IN THE GLC – break schedule; updated 9/21

  • Career Services advising: Wednesdays (starting Sep 23), 2:00-5:00 GLC Lobby
  • Cook Counseling: Thursday & Friday 1:00-5:00pm, Green Room 
  • Graduate School regular hours: 8:00am-5:00pm
  • Immigration advising hours: MWF 1:00-5:00pm, TTh 9:00am-12:00pm
  • LISA Statistical Consulting: Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 10am-12pm, GLC Room A
  • Writing assistance: Thursdays, 5:30-8:30pm, GLC Room A

2. GSA 2015 GRADUATE AND PROFESSIONAL SCHOOL FAIR
Monday, Sep 21, 4:30-7:00pm, Squires Commonwealth Ballroom
The GSA’s annual graduate and professional school fair brings 115 recruiters from various universities, law schools, medical schools, and professional institutes across the country will be available to answer your questions about admissions requirements, applications, financial aid, and your future career options. All undergrad and grad students considering a graduate or professional program are invited to attend. Email Kasey Richardson at kasey@vt.edu with any questions or visit http://tinyurl.com/vt-gpsf  for more information. Attendance free.

3. DISCOVER ISLAM
Tuesday, Sep 22, 12:00-2:00pm, Info Booth A in front of Au Bon Pain at Squires
Islam is the fastest growing religion in the world with more than 1.6 billion followers. Muslims come from almost every country in the world and speak almost every language. Learn more about Islam from your Muslim colleagues: stop by, ask questions, get your free copy of Quran interpretation in English, view Islamic art from different countries, get your name in Arabic, and enjoy tasty Arabian dates. Hosted by the Islamic Student Assembly (ISA). Posted on behalf of grad student Haitham Elmarakeby, marakeby@vt.edu.

4. MILK SENSORY PANELS

  • Wednesday 9/23: 11:00am-5:00pm
  • Thursday 9/24: 10:00am-5:00pm
  • Monday 9/28: 10:00am-5:00pm
  • Tuesday 9/29: 10:00am-5:00pm

All at HABB1 Bldg, Rm 205, corner of Duck Pond Dr and Washington St SW
Sensory evaluation on milk – see if you can identify different samples. Only takes ~15 minutes. Come and bring your friends! 144 panelists needed each day. Anyone 18+ years old who does not have milk allergies is encouraged to participate. Get free snacks every day for participating including Carol Lee Donuts, ice cream, home made cookies and more. Contact master’s student Hayley Potts at hpotts45@vt.edu for more information.

5. H1-B1 WORKSHOP FOR GRADUATING INTL STUDENTS
Wednesday, Sep 23, 5:00-6:30pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
This workshop is offered for international graduate students who are interested in learning more about legal employment options after they graduate and exhaust their Optional Practical Training time. Learn the details from immigration attorneys and ask questions at the end. Brought to you by the International Graduate Student Services office.

6. HUMAN SEXUALITY: A CHRISTIAN PERSPECTIVE
Wednesday, Sep 23, 6:00-7:30pm, GLC Room B
How does our sexuality relate to our spirituality? How should we relate to others whose views on sexuality are different from our own? Come explore these and similar topics through this free community dinner and dialogue. All questions and perspectives are welcome. Sponsored by InterVarsity Graduate Christian Fellowship <http://gcfvt.wordpress.com/>.

7. 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.

8. GLC CAFÉ
Thursday, Sep 24, 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.

9. 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.

10. GLC COMMUNITY GAME NIGHT
Thursday, Sep 24, 6:30-8:30pm, GLC Lounge
Come unwind from a busy week with some good old-fashioned board games! The Graduate Fellows host a game night full of fun, food, and friendly competition. There will be Pictionary, Giant Jenga, and Battleship, just to name a few. Do you have what it takes to beat the Graduate Fellows? Join to find out! If you have any questions, email Kevin Parker at kmpark07@vt.edu.

11. GLC HAPPY HOUR
Friday, Sep 25, 4:00-6:00pm, GLC side patio (Bookstore side behind the shrubs)
Attend the first ever GLC happy hour on the GLC side patio. Graduate students and faculty are invited to enjoy good conversation over a glass of wine or beer and light snacks. Cash bar: wine $5/glass; beer $4/bottle; soft drinks $2; light snacks provided by the Graduate School. The weather promises to be perfect for such an event outside! Contact Monika Gibson at gibsonm@vt.edu with questions.

12. BOOK CLUB — DEAR WHITE AMERICA: A LETTER TO THE NEW MINORITY – 1st posting
The Graduate School will host this book club for up to 20 students to participate in a 5-week, one-hour, Tuesday lunch discussion around issues of race and privilege.  Lunch will be provided. First 10 to commit to the book club will receive a free copy of the book. The discussion will be facilitated by Dannette Gomez Beane, director, Office of Recruitment and Diversity Initiatives, dannette@vt.edu. Sign up here https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_4IxdIMtQ5wRBVkN.

13. CHILDCARE SPACES STILL AVAILABLE FOR FALL AND SPRING – 1st posting
The Little Hokie Hangout still has space available! If you are interested in learning more about the Parent Cooperative CHILD CARE option offered through the Graduate School, email childcare@vt.edu for information or to express interest. This conveniently-located program is for children approaching 2 years of age through 5 years of age, and is designed to fit your scheduling needs! Schedule a visit to take a look at the Little Hokie Hangout!

14. FACILITATOR TRAINING FOR GROUP DIALOGUE AVAILABLE – APPLY NOW
The Intercultural Engagement Center invites you to apply for skill-based facilitator training with VT InterCom, a new program that will provide group dialogue opportunities for the Virginia Tech campus and surrounding community. Human Relations and Group Dialogue Two-Day Facilitator Training 9am-5pm on Saturday, October 3rd and Sunday, October 4th. Apply at https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_dgSGk6OElVlQW2x. You will be notified if your application is accepted.

15. PAPERS, WORKSHOPS, PERFORMANCE PIECES AND PANEL PROPOSALS INVITED – 1st posting
Scholars, activists, and artists from the humanities, social and natural sciences, visual and performing arts, life sciences, disability studies, STEM fields, and queer and feminist science studies are invited to submit papers, panels, workshops, new media, art, and performance pieces that explore the intersections of gender, bodies & technology in contexts ranging from virtual reality labs and engineering classrooms to grassroots movements and queer and feminist hacking spaces. Proposals should be submitted by Nov 15, 2015 to genbodtech@gmail.edu. See complete CFP at: http://www.cpe.vt.edu/gbt/. The “Gender, Bodies & Technology: (In)Visible Futures” event will take place in The Hotel Roanoke, Apr 21-23, 2016. For more information or questions contact Christine Labuski, GBT Coordinator and Conference Director, chrislab@vt.edu. Posted on behalf of grad student Rayanne Streeter, streetrc@vt.edu.

16. SUBMISSIONS INVITED FOR 10TH ANNIVERSARY GLC ART & PHOTO CONTEST – 2nd posting
Celebrate the 10th anniversary of the opening of the GLC  by participating in the next GLC photo and art contest! Theme: (Snapshots) of Graduate Student Life. Get creative and submit whatever depicts you as a grad student. Submissions are limited to three pieces (art and/or photography) per graduate student. Photos may be submitted online at https://secure.graduateschool.vt.edu/imageupload/ to be printed by the Graduate School. Submission deadline: Monday, Oct 19.  Learn more at http://www.graduatelifecenter.vt.edu/contest/.

17. CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS FOR EXHIBITION OF CULTURES – 2nd posting
An Exhibition of Cultures at the School of Architecture + Design is organized to display the great diversity of creative works  from various countries and from different parts of the United States. Undergrad and graduate students are asked to bring creative works or objects demonstrating the art and craftsmanship of their respective countries and communities (various media – pottery, calligraphy, fabric, etc.). Register your craft example by Oct 19 at: http://goo.gl/forms/ETnfYpmkz6. See more at: http://graduateschool.vt.edu/CAUS_Exhibition_of_Cultures. This message is posted on behalf of grad student organizer Shabnam Kavousi, shabnamk@vt.edu.

18. FUNDRAISER FOR VT RESEARCH TEAM WORKING ON FLINT WATER STUDY – 2nd posting
The VT research team behind FlintWaterStudy (www.flintwaterstudy.org) is fundraising on GoFundMe to help the economically disadvantaged people of Flint, MI, protect themselves from lead in their water, by buying and giving away NSF certified lead filters. Consider donating for the cause. For more details on the campaign and to donate, visit http://www.gofundme.com/safewater4flint. Posted on behalf of grad student Anurag Mantha, anuragm@vt.edu.

19. APPLICATIONS ACCEPTED FOR TRAVEL SCHOLARSHIP FOR OPENCON2015 – 3rd posting
The Graduate School and University Libraries are co-sponsoring a travel scholarship to attend OpenCon 2015 in Nov 2015 in Brussels, Belgium. Apply by Sep 21 at http://www.opencon2015.org/virginia_tech. Learn more about the scholarship and the conference at https://blogs.lt.vt.edu/openvt/2015/09/02/grad-students-travel-to-brussels-to-learn-about-openness/.

20. CALL FOR APPLICATIONS FOR ACADEMY FOR GTA EXCELLENCE – 3rd posting
The Academy for GTA Excellence (see https://blogs.lt.vt.edu/jwrgrad/academy-for-advanced-teaching-and-transforming-learning-aattl/)  invites applications for members and associates in its Learning Community. The Academy provides opportunities for graduate students to receive advanced education and training in innovative teaching and learning strategies. It also provides a space to recognize excellence in teaching by graduate students. Membership is open to graduate students at all VT campuses. Applications are at https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_1ZUiW1qhOevG45L; nominations or recommendations at https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_6SbE2P349wuPv9z; both are due Saturday, Oct 3. For questions about the Academy, contact Vice President and Dean for Graduate Education Karen P. DePauw (kpdepauw@vt.edu) or Nicole J. Johnson (nicj712@vt.edu).

21. JOIN 30-AND-OVER GRAD GROUP – 3rd posting
Welcome to all VT 30-and-over students who sometimes feel out of place in the traditional social circles of school. This group is intended to be social, fun and non-serious. Coffee date? OK. Hiking in the Blue Ridge? Fantastic! Bowling? I’m up for it! Planned events can be accessed through our GoogleGroups site https://groups.google.com/d/forum/VT-over-30. If you are part of a sub group (parents, athletic enthusiast, hikers, etc) let the group know and organize events within this sub-group.

22. GA OPENING FOR 2015-16 – 2nd posting
The Office of First Year Experiences has an immediate graduate assistantship opening for the 2015-2016 academic year. The GA works closely with the Director of First Year Academic Initiatives in the array of responsibilities associated with the university-wide first year experience programs, faculty, staff and partners. Required qualifications: earned Master’s degree in education or related discipline; evidence of strong oral and written communication skills; ability to work both independently and in collaboration with FYE collaborators; experience with quantitative and qualitative data analysis. Preferred qualifications: enrollment in an education or related discipline PhD program and experience with assessment of educational programs. If interested, submit a current CV, cover letter describing your interest in First Year Experiences and 3 professional references to Jennifer Culhane, Director of First Year Academic Initiatives, at jculhane@vt.edu.  

23. SCHOOL-DAY PERFORMANCE VOLUNTEERS NEEDED – 1st posting
Since the Center for the Arts’ opening in 2013, nearly 8,000 students, teachers, parents, and chaperones have participated in Kindergarten-12 arts activities at the Moss Arts Center (MAC). School-day performances are here again and volunteers are needed to ensure that the students’ experience is top notch. If you are interested in helping, please email Donna Thompson at tdonna27@vt.edu for more information and schedule.

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

25. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR SOCIAL ANXIETY STUDY – 1st posting
Free confidential research study for eligible individuals who are anxious or nervous in social situations; struggle with talking to members of the opposite sex; constantly concerned that they may do or say something that will embarrass them. Participants must be ages 18-55; research study involves brain imaging in social anxiety. If you are interested, or would like more information, contact the VT Social-Cognitive-Affective-Neuroscience Laboratory at (540) 231-8504 or email to  VT.scanlab@gmail.com.

26. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR STUDY OF CHILDREN’S CONNECTIONS WITH THEIR FRIENDS – 2nd posting
Can your (pre)teens help with a VT research project, Colisten? The ThirdLab at VT is recruiting children aged 9-15 to participate in a research study about children feeling connected with each other. Participating children will bring a friend (also aged 9-15) and try out an app to listen to music together and talk about their schoolwork and social lives. Participants will be compensated. This is an IRB-approved research study (# 14-709), and results may be published. Contact Michael Stewart at tgm@vt.edu to participate.

27. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR ASSESSING ERGONOMICS & MANUFACTURING PRODUCTIVITY – 3rd posting
Participants are needed for a VT research study investigating effects of ergonomic designs and interventions on manufacturing quality and productivity. Requirements: must be 18–35 years old; have normal vision, and no self-reported current or recent (past 1 year) musculoskeletal injuries or other health conditions. The experiment involves two sessions (one training, and one data collection) in which you will be asked to perform a simulated drilling task using three different workstation configurations.  Each session will require ~3 hours, and you will be compensated $10/hr for participation. For further information and scheduling contact 206-859-9146 or iesaad@vt.edu.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

INTERNATIONAL FULBRIGHT OPPORTUNITIES
Monday, Sep 28, 6:30pm, GLC Room G
Dr. Daniel Kramer, director of US student Fulbright programs, will be visiting the Blacksburg campus to discuss international opportunities. The Fulbright program is the flagship exchange program of the US State Department and offers funding for independent research/study projects, graduate degree enrollment, and English teaching assistantships in more than 130 countries. Special awards include Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Storytelling, Fulbright mtvU, and  Fulbright-Clinton fellowships. More information can be found at http://us.fulbrightonline.org/about/types-of-grants. Students at all levels of their academic careers are invited to attend. RSVPs to Betty Watts (bettyw@vt.edu) are appreciated.

GLC COMMUNITY MOVIE NIGHT
Tuesday, Sep 29, 7:45-9:45pm, GLC Room F
Need a break from studying? Come hang out and watch a ’90s classic, The Wedding Singer. The Graduate Fellows will provide snacks to enjoy during the movie so get there early to grab some snacks and secure your seat! If you have any questions, email Scarlet Soult at scarlet7@vt.edu.

HISPANIC-LATINO CONNECT LUNCH
Wednesday, Sep 30, 12:00-1:00pm, GLC Room G
Would you like to connect with other graduate students and faculty/ staff that identify with the Hispanic/Latino community? If yes, don’t miss out on this great opportunity. The Graduate School hosts this luncheon to facilitate dialogue and fellowship. Register at http://graduateschool.vt.edu/connect_lunch if you plan to attend. If you have any questions, contact Dannette Gomez Beane at dannette@vt.edu.

OVER-30 GRADS MEET-UP AT THE CELLAR
Wednesday, Sep 30, 6:00pm, The Cellar (302 N Main, Bburg)
Join other over-30 grads at the Cellar for some drinks and conversation.

MY SISTER’S KEEPER: FINDING YOUR PATH
Wednesday, Oct 7, 8:00am, Virginia Tech Inn, Latham Ballroom D
Join a conversation with Dr. Bevlee Watford, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs in the College of Engineering, who will share her journey through the academy and lessons she has learned along the way. Breakfast will be served. Register by Oct 1 at http://goo.gl/forms/A9NfQjlfDl.  Program sponsored by Multicultural Academic Opportunities Program (MAOP) and the Provost Office. For more information contact grad student Delight Yokley, b18409y@vt.edu.

LGBTQ CONNECT LUNCH
Wednesday, Oct 7, 12:00-1:00pm, GLC Room F
Would you like to connect and network with other graduate students and faculty/staff that identify with the LGBTQ community or are community allies? If yes, don’t miss out on this great opportunity. The Graduate School hosts this luncheon to facilitate dialogue and fellowship. Register at http://graduateschool.vt.edu/connect_lunch if you plan to attend. If you have any questions, contact Dannette Gomez Beane at dannette@vt.edu.

 

September 21-27, 2015

1.  WEEKLY WALK-IN SERVICES IN THE GLC – break schedule; updated 9/21

  • Career Services advising: Wednesdays (starting Sep 23), 2:00-5:00 GLC Lobby
  • Cook Counseling: Thursday & Friday 1:00-5:00pm, Green Room 
  • Graduate School regular hours: 8:00am-5:00pm
  • Immigration advising hours: MWF 1:00-5:00pm, TTh 9:00am-12:00pm
  • LISA Statistical Consulting: Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 10am-12pm, GLC Room A
  • Writing assistance: Thursdays, 5:30-8:30pm, GLC Room A

2. GSA 2015 GRADUATE AND PROFESSIONAL SCHOOL FAIR
Monday, Sep 21, 4:30-7:00pm, Squires Commonwealth Ballroom
The GSA’s annual graduate and professional school fair brings 115 recruiters from various universities, law schools, medical schools, and professional institutes across the country will be available to answer your questions about admissions requirements, applications, financial aid, and your future career options. All undergrad and grad students considering a graduate or professional program are invited to attend. Email Kasey Richardson at kasey@vt.edu with any questions or visit http://tinyurl.com/vt-gpsf  for more information. Attendance free.

3. DISCOVER ISLAM
Tuesday, Sep 22, 12:00-2:00pm, Info Booth A in front of Au Bon Pain at Squires
Islam is the fastest growing religion in the world with more than 1.6 billion followers. Muslims come from almost every country in the world and speak almost every language. Learn more about Islam from your Muslim colleagues: stop by, ask questions, get your free copy of Quran interpretation in English, view Islamic art from different countries, get your name in Arabic, and enjoy tasty Arabian dates. Hosted by the Islamic Student Assembly (ISA). Posted on behalf of grad student Haitham Elmarakeby, marakeby@vt.edu.

4. MILK SENSORY PANELS

  • Wednesday 9/23: 11:00am-5:00pm
  • Thursday 9/24: 10:00am-5:00pm
  • Monday 9/28: 10:00am-5:00pm
  • Tuesday 9/29: 10:00am-5:00pm

All at HABB1 Bldg, Rm 205, corner of Duck Pond Dr and Washington St SW
Sensory evaluation on milk – see if you can identify different samples. Only takes ~15 minutes. Come and bring your friends! 144 panelists needed each day. Anyone 18+ years old who does not have milk allergies is encouraged to participate. Get free snacks every day for participating including Carol Lee Donuts, ice cream, home made cookies and more. Contact master’s student Hayley Potts at hpotts45@vt.edu for more information.

5. H1-B1 WORKSHOP FOR GRADUATING INTL STUDENTS
Wednesday, Sep 23, 5:00-6:30pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
This workshop is offered for international graduate students who are interested in learning more about legal employment options after they graduate and exhaust their Optional Practical Training time. Learn the details from immigration attorneys and ask questions at the end. Brought to you by the International Graduate Student Services office.

6. HUMAN SEXUALITY: A CHRISTIAN PERSPECTIVE
Wednesday, Sep 23, 6:00-7:30pm, GLC Room B
How does our sexuality relate to our spirituality? How should we relate to others whose views on sexuality are different from our own? Come explore these and similar topics through this free community dinner and dialogue. All questions and perspectives are welcome. Sponsored by InterVarsity Graduate Christian Fellowship <http://gcfvt.wordpress.com/>.

7. 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.

8. GLC CAFÉ
Thursday, Sep 24, 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.

9. 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.

10. GLC COMMUNITY GAME NIGHT
Thursday, Sep 24, 6:30-8:30pm, GLC Lounge
Come unwind from a busy week with some good old-fashioned board games! The Graduate Fellows host a game night full of fun, food, and friendly competition. There will be Pictionary, Giant Jenga, and Battleship, just to name a few. Do you have what it takes to beat the Graduate Fellows? Join to find out! If you have any questions, email Kevin Parker at kmpark07@vt.edu.

11. GLC HAPPY HOUR
Friday, Sep 25, 4:00-6:00pm, GLC side patio (Bookstore side behind the shrubs)
Attend the first ever GLC happy hour on the GLC side patio. Graduate students and faculty are invited to enjoy good conversation over a glass of wine or beer and light snacks. Cash bar: wine $5/glass; beer $4/bottle; soft drinks $2; light snacks provided by the Graduate School. The weather promises to be perfect for such an event outside! Contact Monika Gibson at gibsonm@vt.edu with questions.

12. BOOK CLUB — DEAR WHITE AMERICA: A LETTER TO THE NEW MINORITY – 1st posting
The Graduate School will host this book club for up to 20 students to participate in a 5-week, one-hour, Tuesday lunch discussion around issues of race and privilege.  Lunch will be provided. First 10 to commit to the book club will receive a free copy of the book. The discussion will be facilitated by Dannette Gomez Beane, director, Office of Recruitment and Diversity Initiatives, dannette@vt.edu. Sign up here https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_4IxdIMtQ5wRBVkN.

13. CHILDCARE SPACES STILL AVAILABLE FOR FALL AND SPRING – 1st posting
The Little Hokie Hangout still has space available! If you are interested in learning more about the Parent Cooperative CHILD CARE option offered through the Graduate School, email childcare@vt.edu for information or to express interest. This conveniently-located program is for children approaching 2 years of age through 5 years of age, and is designed to fit your scheduling needs! Schedule a visit to take a look at the Little Hokie Hangout!

14. FACILITATOR TRAINING FOR GROUP DIALOGUE AVAILABLE – APPLY NOW
The Intercultural Engagement Center invites you to apply for skill-based facilitator training with VT InterCom, a new program that will provide group dialogue opportunities for the Virginia Tech campus and surrounding community. Human Relations and Group Dialogue Two-Day Facilitator Training 9am-5pm on Saturday, October 3rd and Sunday, October 4th. Apply at https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_dgSGk6OElVlQW2x. You will be notified if your application is accepted.

15. PAPERS, WORKSHOPS, PERFORMANCE PIECES AND PANEL PROPOSALS INVITED – 1st posting
Scholars, activists, and artists from the humanities, social and natural sciences, visual and performing arts, life sciences, disability studies, STEM fields, and queer and feminist science studies are invited to submit papers, panels, workshops, new media, art, and performance pieces that explore the intersections of gender, bodies & technology in contexts ranging from virtual reality labs and engineering classrooms to grassroots movements and queer and feminist hacking spaces. Proposals should be submitted by Nov 15, 2015 to genbodtech@gmail.edu. See complete CFP at: http://www.cpe.vt.edu/gbt/. The “Gender, Bodies & Technology: (In)Visible Futures” event will take place in The Hotel Roanoke, Apr 21-23, 2016. For more information or questions contact Christine Labuski, GBT Coordinator and Conference Director, chrislab@vt.edu. Posted on behalf of grad student Rayanne Streeter, streetrc@vt.edu.

16. SUBMISSIONS INVITED FOR 10TH ANNIVERSARY GLC ART & PHOTO CONTEST – 2nd posting
Celebrate the 10th anniversary of the opening of the GLC  by participating in the next GLC photo and art contest! Theme: (Snapshots) of Graduate Student Life. Get creative and submit whatever depicts you as a grad student. Submissions are limited to three pieces (art and/or photography) per graduate student. Photos may be submitted online at https://secure.graduateschool.vt.edu/imageupload/ to be printed by the Graduate School. Submission deadline: Monday, Oct 19.  Learn more at http://www.graduatelifecenter.vt.edu/contest/.

17. CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS FOR EXHIBITION OF CULTURES – 2nd posting
An Exhibition of Cultures at the School of Architecture + Design is organized to display the great diversity of creative works  from various countries and from different parts of the United States. Undergrad and graduate students are asked to bring creative works or objects demonstrating the art and craftsmanship of their respective countries and communities (various media – pottery, calligraphy, fabric, etc.). Register your craft example by Oct 19 at: http://goo.gl/forms/ETnfYpmkz6. See more at: http://graduateschool.vt.edu/CAUS_Exhibition_of_Cultures. This message is posted on behalf of grad student organizer Shabnam Kavousi, shabnamk@vt.edu.

18. FUNDRAISER FOR VT RESEARCH TEAM WORKING ON FLINT WATER STUDY – 2nd posting
The VT research team behind FlintWaterStudy (www.flintwaterstudy.org) is fundraising on GoFundMe to help the economically disadvantaged people of Flint, MI, protect themselves from lead in their water, by buying and giving away NSF certified lead filters. Consider donating for the cause. For more details on the campaign and to donate, visit http://www.gofundme.com/safewater4flint. Posted on behalf of grad student Anurag Mantha, anuragm@vt.edu.

19. APPLICATIONS ACCEPTED FOR TRAVEL SCHOLARSHIP FOR OPENCON2015 – 3rd posting
The Graduate School and University Libraries are co-sponsoring a travel scholarship to attend OpenCon 2015 in Nov 2015 in Brussels, Belgium. Apply by Sep 21 at http://www.opencon2015.org/virginia_tech. Learn more about the scholarship and the conference at https://blogs.lt.vt.edu/openvt/2015/09/02/grad-students-travel-to-brussels-to-learn-about-openness/.

20. CALL FOR APPLICATIONS FOR ACADEMY FOR GTA EXCELLENCE – 3rd posting
The Academy for GTA Excellence (see https://blogs.lt.vt.edu/jwrgrad/academy-for-advanced-teaching-and-transforming-learning-aattl/)  invites applications for members and associates in its Learning Community. The Academy provides opportunities for graduate students to receive advanced education and training in innovative teaching and learning strategies. It also provides a space to recognize excellence in teaching by graduate students. Membership is open to graduate students at all VT campuses. Applications are at https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_1ZUiW1qhOevG45L; nominations or recommendations at https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_6SbE2P349wuPv9z; both are due Saturday, Oct 3. For questions about the Academy, contact Vice President and Dean for Graduate Education Karen P. DePauw (kpdepauw@vt.edu) or Nicole J. Johnson (nicj712@vt.edu).

21. JOIN 30-AND-OVER GRAD GROUP – 3rd posting
Welcome to all VT 30-and-over students who sometimes feel out of place in the traditional social circles of school. This group is intended to be social, fun and non-serious. Coffee date? OK. Hiking in the Blue Ridge? Fantastic! Bowling? I’m up for it! Planned events can be accessed through our GoogleGroups site https://groups.google.com/d/forum/VT-over-30. If you are part of a sub group (parents, athletic enthusiast, hikers, etc) let the group know and organize events within this sub-group.

22. GA OPENING FOR 2015-16 – 2nd posting
The Office of First Year Experiences has an immediate graduate assistantship opening for the 2015-2016 academic year. The GA works closely with the Director of First Year Academic Initiatives in the array of responsibilities associated with the university-wide first year experience programs, faculty, staff and partners. Required qualifications: earned Master’s degree in education or related discipline; evidence of strong oral and written communication skills; ability to work both independently and in collaboration with FYE collaborators; experience with quantitative and qualitative data analysis. Preferred qualifications: enrollment in an education or related discipline PhD program and experience with assessment of educational programs. If interested, submit a current CV, cover letter describing your interest in First Year Experiences and 3 professional references to Jennifer Culhane, Director of First Year Academic Initiatives, at jculhane@vt.edu.  

23. SCHOOL-DAY PERFORMANCE VOLUNTEERS NEEDED – 1st posting
Since the Center for the Arts’ opening in 2013, nearly 8,000 students, teachers, parents, and chaperones have participated in Kindergarten-12 arts activities at the Moss Arts Center (MAC). School-day performances are here again and volunteers are needed to ensure that the students’ experience is top notch. If you are interested in helping, please email Donna Thompson at tdonna27@vt.edu for more information and schedule.

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

25. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR SOCIAL ANXIETY STUDY – 1st posting
Free confidential research study for eligible individuals who are anxious or nervous in social situations; struggle with talking to members of the opposite sex; constantly concerned that they may do or say something that will embarrass them. Participants must be ages 18-55; research study involves brain imaging in social anxiety. If you are interested, or would like more information, contact the VT Social-Cognitive-Affective-Neuroscience Laboratory at (540) 231-8504 or email to  VT.scanlab@gmail.com.

26. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR STUDY OF CHILDREN’S CONNECTIONS WITH THEIR FRIENDS – 2nd posting
Can your (pre)teens help with a VT research project, Colisten? The ThirdLab at VT is recruiting children aged 9-15 to participate in a research study about children feeling connected with each other. Participating children will bring a friend (also aged 9-15) and try out an app to listen to music together and talk about their schoolwork and social lives. Participants will be compensated. This is an IRB-approved research study (# 14-709), and results may be published. Contact Michael Stewart at tgm@vt.edu to participate.

27. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR ASSESSING ERGONOMICS & MANUFACTURING PRODUCTIVITY – 3rd posting
Participants are needed for a VT research study investigating effects of ergonomic designs and interventions on manufacturing quality and productivity. Requirements: must be 18–35 years old; have normal vision, and no self-reported current or recent (past 1 year) musculoskeletal injuries or other health conditions. The experiment involves two sessions (one training, and one data collection) in which you will be asked to perform a simulated drilling task using three different workstation configurations.  Each session will require ~3 hours, and you will be compensated $10/hr for participation. For further information and scheduling contact 206-859-9146 or iesaad@vt.edu.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

INTERNATIONAL FULBRIGHT OPPORTUNITIES
Monday, Sep 28, 6:30pm, GLC Room G
Dr. Daniel Kramer, director of US student Fulbright programs, will be visiting the Blacksburg campus to discuss international opportunities. The Fulbright program is the flagship exchange program of the US State Department and offers funding for independent research/study projects, graduate degree enrollment, and English teaching assistantships in more than 130 countries. Special awards include Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Storytelling, Fulbright mtvU, and  Fulbright-Clinton fellowships. More information can be found at http://us.fulbrightonline.org/about/types-of-grants. Students at all levels of their academic careers are invited to attend. RSVPs to Betty Watts (bettyw@vt.edu) are appreciated.

GLC COMMUNITY MOVIE NIGHT
Tuesday, Sep 29, 7:45-9:45pm, GLC Room F
Need a break from studying? Come hang out and watch a ’90s classic, The Wedding Singer. The Graduate Fellows will provide snacks to enjoy during the movie so get there early to grab some snacks and secure your seat! If you have any questions, email Scarlet Soult at scarlet7@vt.edu.

HISPANIC-LATINO CONNECT LUNCH
Wednesday, Sep 30, 12:00-1:00pm, GLC Room G
Would you like to connect with other graduate students and faculty/ staff that identify with the Hispanic/Latino community? If yes, don’t miss out on this great opportunity. The Graduate School hosts this luncheon to facilitate dialogue and fellowship. Register at http://graduateschool.vt.edu/connect_lunch if you plan to attend. If you have any questions, contact Dannette Gomez Beane at dannette@vt.edu.

OVER-30 GRADS MEET-UP AT THE CELLAR
Wednesday, Sep 30, 6:00pm, The Cellar (302 N Main, Bburg)
Join other over-30 grads at the Cellar for some drinks and conversation.

MY SISTER’S KEEPER: FINDING YOUR PATH
Wednesday, Oct 7, 8:00am, Virginia Tech Inn, Latham Ballroom D
Join a conversation with Dr. Bevlee Watford, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs in the College of Engineering, who will share her journey through the academy and lessons she has learned along the way. Breakfast will be served. Register by Oct 1 at http://goo.gl/forms/A9NfQjlfDl.  Program sponsored by Multicultural Academic Opportunities Program (MAOP) and the Provost Office. For more information contact grad student Delight Yokley, b18409y@vt.edu.

LGBTQ CONNECT LUNCH
Wednesday, Oct 7, 12:00-1:00pm, GLC Room F
Would you like to connect and network with other graduate students and faculty/staff that identify with the LGBTQ community or are community allies? If yes, don’t miss out on this great opportunity. The Graduate School hosts this luncheon to facilitate dialogue and fellowship. Register at http://graduateschool.vt.edu/connect_lunch if you plan to attend. If you have any questions, contact Dannette Gomez Beane at dannette@vt.edu.

 

September 14-20, 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. THE HOW OF HAPPINESS – LEARN STRATEGIES
Opt 1: Mondays, Sep 14-Nov 16, 5:30-6:30pm, 198 McComas
Opt 2: Fridays, Sep 18-Nov 20, 11:15am-12:00pm, 198 McComas
Explore with a group how to incorporate happiness strategies in your life, learn new ways of thinking, and work to realize your potential for joy. Build confidence, self-esteem, embrace a healthy body image, and adopt a personal action plan. Register online at recsports.vt.edu. This message is posted on behalf of doctoral student Wei-Ning Chang, weiningc@vt.edu.

3. MILK SENSORY PANELS: CAN YOU IDENTIFY DIFFERENT SAMPLES?
Day 3:  Monday 9/14, 10:00am-5:00pm
Day 4:  Wednesday 9/16, 10:00am-5:00pm
Day 5:  Thursday 9/17, 10:00am-5:00pm
Day 6:  Friday 9/18 10:00am-5:00pm
All at HABB1 Building, Rm 205 (corner of Duck Pond Dr. and Washington, St.) It takes only 15 minutes of your time. Bring a friend! Must be 18 or older with no milk allergy; need 128 panelists for each day. Earn "stamps" toward gift cards ($10 value) at each panel you attend. Email to vtechsensorylab@gmail.com with any questions.

4. HUMMUS SENSORY EVALUATION
Tuesday, Sep 15, 10:00am-4:00pm
To participate, you should be a hummus consumer (eating hummus at least once per month), healthy, and at least 18 years of age. Need at least 100 panelists, so bring friends.  What you get: As panels run throughout the semester, you will earn "stamps" toward gift cards ($10 value) at selected retail locations. Each panel you attend you will receive 2 stamps. Need 10 stamps to earn a gift card! If you bring a friend, you get an extra point. Each time you participate in a sensory panel, you will also receive a snack as a token of appreciation. Additionally, every time you complete a panel, you will be entered into a raffle for a $100 gift card. We are also giving $100 to a club or organization with the most participates. All participants who complete at least 4 hummus panels will receive coupons toward the purchase of hummus. Email to vtechsensorylab@gmail.com with any questions.

5. VT MANRRS GENERAL BODY MEETING
Tuesday, Sep 15, 5:30-6:30pm, Litton-Reaves 1810
VT MANRRS will host its first general body meeting — learn about how you can be a part of exciting career development, networking, and community service activities this semester offered through Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Related Sciences (MANRRS) student chapter at Virginia Tech. This message is posted on behalf of doctoral student Shavonn Reezale Whiten, shavonnw@vt.edu.

6. 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.

7. ANNUAL ACTIVE COMMUTE CELEBRATION
Wednesday, Sep 16, 8:00am –1:00pm,  Squires Student Center Plaza
Hosted by the Office of Alternative Transportation as part of Sustainability Week, this event highlights the benefits and viability of active transportation and reward those who use it regularly. VT Police will help with bicycle registrations and representatives of the Master Plan will be distributing access to their planning app. Blacksburg Transit, VT Office of Energy and Sustainability, the Blacksburg Office of Sustainability, Healthy Hokies, VT Bicycle Ambassadors, Zipcar and VT Environmental Coalition will also have tables with activities, giveaways (including bike bells and stickers), and free food from Panera Bread! Contact grad student Mackenzie Jarvis at mrj14@vt.edu,  (540) 231 2701 with any questions.

8. OVER-30 POTLUCK PICNIC
Wednesday, Sep 16, 6:00pm, GLC side lawn (behind the shrubs on the Bookstore side)
Bring a dish and join other grad students who are (or feel) 30 or over for a casual picnic and networking opportunity. The Graduate School will provide paper goods and drinks. Please sign up at https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1441719550687 if you are planning to attend.

9. 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.

10. GLC CAFÉ: CUBICLE-FARM TIRAMISU IS BACK!
Thursday, Sep 17, 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. Have you ever heard of/tried cubicle-farm tiramisu? If not, here is your opportunity! Live dangerously – give it a try.

11. 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.

12. ASLA FALL CONFERENCE: FACILITATING CHANGE IN THE DESIGNED ENVIRONMENT
Friday-Saturday, Sep 18-19, School of Architecture + Design
The conference focuses on facilitating change in the designed environment by providing local educational field trips, a campus sketch crawl, and presentations on current campus and municipal planning strategies and therapeutic concepts for park and facility planning. It will also investigate how the preparation of a master plan can facilitate change over an extended period. Friday: student portfolio review, sketch crawl around campus, poster exhibition, reception and lecture titled "And the Pursuit of Happiness:  Community + Craft + Nature" with Peter O’Shea. Free and open for all. Saturday: poster exhibition and educational sessions. Saturday events require registration. Learn more at http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07eb8t1dguc68ab4cb&llr=7rm8y7bab. Posted on behalf of grad student Armaghan Behzad Behbahani, abehzad@vt.edu.

13. SUBMISSIONS INVITED FOR 10TH ANNIVERSARY GLC ART & PHOTO CONTEST – 1st posting
Celebrate the 10th anniversary of the opening of the GLC  by participating in the next GLC photo and art contest! Theme: (Snapshots) of Graduate Student Life. Get creative and submit whatever depicts you as a grad student. Submissions are limited to three pieces (art and/or photography) per graduate student. Photos may be submitted online at https://secure.graduateschool.vt.edu/imageupload/ to be printed by the Graduate School. Submission deadline: Monday, Oct 19.  Learn more at http://www.graduatelifecenter.vt.edu/contest/.

14. CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS FOR EXHIBITION OF CULTURES – 1st posting
An Exhibition of Cultures at the School of Architecture + Design is organized to display the great diversity of creative works  from various countries and from different parts of the United States. Undergrad and graduate students are asked to bring creative works or objects demonstrating the art and craftsmanship of their respective countries and communities (various media – pottery, calligraphy, fabric, etc.). Register your craft example by Sep 19 at: http://goo.gl/forms/ETnfYpmkz6.  See more at: http://graduateschool.vt.edu/CAUS_Exhibition_of_Cultures. This message is posted on behalf of grad student organizer Shabnam Kavousi, shabnamk@vt.edu.

15. FUNDRAISER FOR VT RESEARCH TEAM WORKING ON FLINT WATER STUDY – 1st posting
The VT research team behind FlintWaterStudy (www.flintwaterstudy.org) is fundraising on GoFundMe to help the economically disadvantaged people of Flint, MI, protect themselves from lead in their water, by buying and giving away NSF certified lead filters. Consider donating for the cause. For more details on the campaign and to donate, visit http://www.gofundme.com/safewater4flint. Posted on behalf of grad student Anurag Mantha, anuragm@vt.edu.

16. APPLICATIONS ACCEPTED FOR TRAVEL SCHOLARSHIP FOR OPENCON2015 – 2nd posting
The Graduate School and University Libraries are co-sponsoring a travel scholarship to attend OpenCon 2015 in Nov 2015 in Brussels, Belgium. Apply by Sep 21 at http://www.opencon2015.org/virginia_tech. Learn more about the scholarship and the conference at https://blogs.lt.vt.edu/openvt/2015/09/02/grad-students-travel-to-brussels-to-learn-about-openness/.

17. CALL FOR APPLICATIONS FOR ACADEMY FOR GTA EXCELLENCE – 2nd posting
The Academy for GTA Excellence (see https://blogs.lt.vt.edu/jwrgrad/academy-for-advanced-teaching-and-transforming-learning-aattl/)  invites applications for members and associates in its Learning Community. The Academy provides opportunities for graduate students to receive advanced education and training in innovative teaching and learning strategies. It also provides a space to recognize excellence in teaching by graduate students. Membership is open to graduate students at all VT campuses. Applications are at https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_1ZUiW1qhOevG45L; nominations or recommendations at https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_6SbE2P349wuPv9z; both are due Saturday, Oct 3. For questions about the Academy, contact Vice President and Dean for Graduate Education Karen P. DePauw (kpdepauw@vt.edu) or Nicole J. Johnson (nicj712@vt.edu).

18. JOIN 30-AND-OVER GRAD GROUP – 2nd posting
Welcome to all VT 30-and-over students who sometimes feel out of place in the traditional social circles of school. This group is intended to be social, fun and non-serious. Coffee date? OK. Hiking in the Blue Ridge? Fantastic! Bowling? I’m up for it! Planned events can be accessed through our GoogleGroups site https://groups.google.com/d/forum/VT-over-30. If you are part of a sub group (parents, athletic enthusiast, hikers, etc) let the group know and organize events within this sub-group.

19. PEO INTERNATIONAL SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION FOR 2015-16 AWARDS – 3rd 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.

20. ENGLISH CONVERSATION GROUPS THROUGH CRANWELL INTL CENTER –  3rd 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.

21. RESUMANIA – 3rd 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.

22. GA OPENING FOR 2015-16 – 1st posting
The Office of First Year Experiences has an immediate graduate assistantship opening for the 2015-2016 academic year. The GA works closely with the Director of First Year Academic Initiatives in the array of responsibilities associated with the university-wide first year experience programs, faculty, staff and partners. Required qualifications: earned Master’s degree in education or related discipline; evidence of strong oral and written communication skills; ability to work both independently and in collaboration with FYE collaborators; experience with quantitative and qualitative data analysis. Preferred qualifications: enrollment in an education or related discipline PhD program and experience with assessment of educational programs. If interested, submit a current CV, cover letter describing your interest in First Year Experiences and 3 professional references to Jennifer Culhane, Director of First Year Academic Initiatives, at jculhane@vt.edu.  

23. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR STUDY OF CHILDREN’S CONNECTIONS WITH THEIR FRIENDS – 1st posting
Can your (pre)teens help with a VT research project, Colisten? The ThirdLab at VT is recruiting children aged 9-15 to participate in a research study about children feeling connected with each other. Participating children will bring a friend (also aged 9-15) and try out an app to listen to music together and talk about their schoolwork and social lives. Participants will be compensated. This is an IRB-approved research study (# 14-709), and results may be published. Contact Michael Stewart at tgm@vt.edu to participate.

24. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR ASSESSING ERGONOMICS & MANUFACTURING PRODUCTIVITY – 2nd posting
Participants are needed for a VT research study investigating effects of ergonomic designs and interventions on manufacturing quality and productivity. Requirements: must be 18–35 years old; have normal vision, and no self-reported current or recent (past 1 year) musculoskeletal injuries or other health conditions. The experiment involves two sessions (one training, and one data collection) in which you will be asked to perform a simulated drilling task using three different workstation configurations.  Each session will require ~3 hours, and you will be compensated $10/hr for participation. For further information and scheduling contact 206-859-9146 or iesaad@vt.edu.

25. VOLUNTEERS SOUGHT FOR VA SCIENCE FESTIVAL – 3rd 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.

26. CHILDREN WITH FREQUENT TANTRUMS/TEMPER OUTBURSTS SOUGHT FOR TREATMENT STUDY – 3rd 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.

UPCOMING EVENTS: 

GSA 2015 GRADUATE AND PROFESSIONAL SCHOOL FAIR
Monday, Sep 21, 4:30-7:00pm, Squires Commonwealth Ballroom
The GSA’s annual graduate and professional school fair brings 115 recruiters from various universities, law schools, medical schools, and professional institutes across the country will be available to answer your questions about admissions requirements, applications, financial aid, and your future career options. All undergrad and grad students considering a graduate or professional program are invited to attend. Email Kasey Richardson at kasey@vt.edu with any questions or visit http://tinyurl.com/vt-gpsf  for more information. Attendance free.

GLC COMMUNITY GAME NIGHT
Thursday, Sep 24, 6:30-8:30pm, GLC Lounge
Come unwind from a busy week with some good old-fashioned board games! The Graduate Fellows host a game night full of fun, food, and friendly competition. There will be Pictionary, Giant Jenga, and Battleship, just to name a few. Do you have what it takes to beat the Graduate Fellows? Join to find out! If you have any questions, email Kevin Parker at kmpark07@vt.edu.

HISPANIC-LATINO CONNECT LUNCH
Wednesday, Sep 30, 12:00-1:00pm, GLC Room G
Would you like to connect with other graduate students and faculty/ staff that identify with the Hispanic/Latino community? If yes, don’t miss out on this great opportunity. The Graduate School hosts this luncheon to facilitate dialogue and fellowship. Register at http://graduateschool.vt.edu/connect_lunch if you plan to attend. If you have any questions, contact Dannette Gomez Beane at dannette@vt.edu.

LGBTQ CONNECT LUNCH
Wednesday, Oct 7, 12:00-1:00pm, GLC Room F
Would you like to connect and network with other graduate students and faculty/staff that identify with the LGBTQ community or are community allies? If yes, don’t miss out on this great opportunity. The Graduate School hosts this luncheon to facilitate dialogue and fellowship. Register at http://graduateschool.vt.edu/connect_lunch if you plan to attend. If you have any questions, contact Dannette Gomez Beane at dannette@vt.edu.

September 14-20, 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. THE HOW OF HAPPINESS – LEARN STRATEGIES
Opt 1: Mondays, Sep 14-Nov 16, 5:30-6:30pm, 198 McComas
Opt 2: Fridays, Sep 18-Nov 20, 11:15am-12:00pm, 198 McComas
Explore with a group how to incorporate happiness strategies in your life, learn new ways of thinking, and work to realize your potential for joy. Build confidence, self-esteem, embrace a healthy body image, and adopt a personal action plan. Register online at recsports.vt.edu. This message is posted on behalf of doctoral student Wei-Ning Chang, weiningc@vt.edu.

3. MILK SENSORY PANELS: CAN YOU IDENTIFY DIFFERENT SAMPLES?
Day 3:  Monday 9/14, 10:00am-5:00pm
Day 4:  Wednesday 9/16, 10:00am-5:00pm
Day 5:  Thursday 9/17, 10:00am-5:00pm
Day 6:  Friday 9/18 10:00am-5:00pm
All at HABB1 Building, Rm 205 (corner of Duck Pond Dr. and Washington, St.) It takes only 15 minutes of your time. Bring a friend! Must be 18 or older with no milk allergy; need 128 panelists for each day. Earn "stamps" toward gift cards ($10 value) at each panel you attend. Email to vtechsensorylab@gmail.com with any questions.

4. HUMMUS SENSORY EVALUATION
Tuesday, Sep 15, 10:00am-4:00pm
To participate, you should be a hummus consumer (eating hummus at least once per month), healthy, and at least 18 years of age. Need at least 100 panelists, so bring friends.  What you get: As panels run throughout the semester, you will earn "stamps" toward gift cards ($10 value) at selected retail locations. Each panel you attend you will receive 2 stamps. Need 10 stamps to earn a gift card! If you bring a friend, you get an extra point. Each time you participate in a sensory panel, you will also receive a snack as a token of appreciation. Additionally, every time you complete a panel, you will be entered into a raffle for a $100 gift card. We are also giving $100 to a club or organization with the most participates. All participants who complete at least 4 hummus panels will receive coupons toward the purchase of hummus. Email to vtechsensorylab@gmail.com with any questions.

5. VT MANRRS GENERAL BODY MEETING
Tuesday, Sep 15, 5:30-6:30pm, Litton-Reaves 1810
VT MANRRS will host its first general body meeting — learn about how you can be a part of exciting career development, networking, and community service activities this semester offered through Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Related Sciences (MANRRS) student chapter at Virginia Tech. This message is posted on behalf of doctoral student Shavonn Reezale Whiten, shavonnw@vt.edu.

6. 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.

7. ANNUAL ACTIVE COMMUTE CELEBRATION
Wednesday, Sep 16, 8:00am –1:00pm,  Squires Student Center Plaza
Hosted by the Office of Alternative Transportation as part of Sustainability Week, this event highlights the benefits and viability of active transportation and reward those who use it regularly. VT Police will help with bicycle registrations and representatives of the Master Plan will be distributing access to their planning app. Blacksburg Transit, VT Office of Energy and Sustainability, the Blacksburg Office of Sustainability, Healthy Hokies, VT Bicycle Ambassadors, Zipcar and VT Environmental Coalition will also have tables with activities, giveaways (including bike bells and stickers), and free food from Panera Bread! Contact grad student Mackenzie Jarvis at mrj14@vt.edu,  (540) 231 2701 with any questions.

8. OVER-30 POTLUCK PICNIC
Wednesday, Sep 16, 6:00pm, GLC side lawn (behind the shrubs on the Bookstore side)
Bring a dish and join other grad students who are (or feel) 30 or over for a casual picnic and networking opportunity. The Graduate School will provide paper goods and drinks. Please sign up at https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1441719550687 if you are planning to attend.

9. 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.

10. GLC CAFÉ: CUBICLE-FARM TIRAMISU IS BACK!
Thursday, Sep 17, 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. Have you ever heard of/tried cubicle-farm tiramisu? If not, here is your opportunity! Live dangerously – give it a try.

11. 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.

12. ASLA FALL CONFERENCE: FACILITATING CHANGE IN THE DESIGNED ENVIRONMENT
Friday-Saturday, Sep 18-19, School of Architecture + Design
The conference focuses on facilitating change in the designed environment by providing local educational field trips, a campus sketch crawl, and presentations on current campus and municipal planning strategies and therapeutic concepts for park and facility planning. It will also investigate how the preparation of a master plan can facilitate change over an extended period. Friday: student portfolio review, sketch crawl around campus, poster exhibition, reception and lecture titled "And the Pursuit of Happiness:  Community + Craft + Nature" with Peter O’Shea. Free and open for all. Saturday: poster exhibition and educational sessions. Saturday events require registration. Learn more at http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07eb8t1dguc68ab4cb&llr=7rm8y7bab. Posted on behalf of grad student Armaghan Behzad Behbahani, abehzad@vt.edu.

13. SUBMISSIONS INVITED FOR 10TH ANNIVERSARY GLC ART & PHOTO CONTEST – 1st posting
Celebrate the 10th anniversary of the opening of the GLC  by participating in the next GLC photo and art contest! Theme: (Snapshots) of Graduate Student Life. Get creative and submit whatever depicts you as a grad student. Submissions are limited to three pieces (art and/or photography) per graduate student. Photos may be submitted online at https://secure.graduateschool.vt.edu/imageupload/ to be printed by the Graduate School. Submission deadline: Monday, Oct 19.  Learn more at http://www.graduatelifecenter.vt.edu/contest/.

14. CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS FOR EXHIBITION OF CULTURES – 1st posting
An Exhibition of Cultures at the School of Architecture + Design is organized to display the great diversity of creative works  from various countries and from different parts of the United States. Undergrad and graduate students are asked to bring creative works or objects demonstrating the art and craftsmanship of their respective countries and communities (various media – pottery, calligraphy, fabric, etc.). Register your craft example by Sep 19 at: http://goo.gl/forms/ETnfYpmkz6.  See more at: http://graduateschool.vt.edu/CAUS_Exhibition_of_Cultures. This message is posted on behalf of grad student organizer Shabnam Kavousi, shabnamk@vt.edu.

15. FUNDRAISER FOR VT RESEARCH TEAM WORKING ON FLINT WATER STUDY – 1st posting
The VT research team behind FlintWaterStudy (www.flintwaterstudy.org) is fundraising on GoFundMe to help the economically disadvantaged people of Flint, MI, protect themselves from lead in their water, by buying and giving away NSF certified lead filters. Consider donating for the cause. For more details on the campaign and to donate, visit http://www.gofundme.com/safewater4flint. Posted on behalf of grad student Anurag Mantha, anuragm@vt.edu.

16. APPLICATIONS ACCEPTED FOR TRAVEL SCHOLARSHIP FOR OPENCON2015 – 2nd posting
The Graduate School and University Libraries are co-sponsoring a travel scholarship to attend OpenCon 2015 in Nov 2015 in Brussels, Belgium. Apply by Sep 21 at http://www.opencon2015.org/virginia_tech. Learn more about the scholarship and the conference at https://blogs.lt.vt.edu/openvt/2015/09/02/grad-students-travel-to-brussels-to-learn-about-openness/.

17. CALL FOR APPLICATIONS FOR ACADEMY FOR GTA EXCELLENCE – 2nd posting
The Academy for GTA Excellence (see https://blogs.lt.vt.edu/jwrgrad/academy-for-advanced-teaching-and-transforming-learning-aattl/)  invites applications for members and associates in its Learning Community. The Academy provides opportunities for graduate students to receive advanced education and training in innovative teaching and learning strategies. It also provides a space to recognize excellence in teaching by graduate students. Membership is open to graduate students at all VT campuses. Applications are at https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_1ZUiW1qhOevG45L; nominations or recommendations at https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_6SbE2P349wuPv9z; both are due Saturday, Oct 3. For questions about the Academy, contact Vice President and Dean for Graduate Education Karen P. DePauw (kpdepauw@vt.edu) or Nicole J. Johnson (nicj712@vt.edu).

18. JOIN 30-AND-OVER GRAD GROUP – 2nd posting
Welcome to all VT 30-and-over students who sometimes feel out of place in the traditional social circles of school. This group is intended to be social, fun and non-serious. Coffee date? OK. Hiking in the Blue Ridge? Fantastic! Bowling? I’m up for it! Planned events can be accessed through our GoogleGroups site https://groups.google.com/d/forum/VT-over-30. If you are part of a sub group (parents, athletic enthusiast, hikers, etc) let the group know and organize events within this sub-group.

19. PEO INTERNATIONAL SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION FOR 2015-16 AWARDS – 3rd 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.

20. ENGLISH CONVERSATION GROUPS THROUGH CRANWELL INTL CENTER –  3rd 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.

21. RESUMANIA – 3rd 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.

22. GA OPENING FOR 2015-16 – 1st posting
The Office of First Year Experiences has an immediate graduate assistantship opening for the 2015-2016 academic year. The GA works closely with the Director of First Year Academic Initiatives in the array of responsibilities associated with the university-wide first year experience programs, faculty, staff and partners. Required qualifications: earned Master’s degree in education or related discipline; evidence of strong oral and written communication skills; ability to work both independently and in collaboration with FYE collaborators; experience with quantitative and qualitative data analysis. Preferred qualifications: enrollment in an education or related discipline PhD program and experience with assessment of educational programs. If interested, submit a current CV, cover letter describing your interest in First Year Experiences and 3 professional references to Jennifer Culhane, Director of First Year Academic Initiatives, at jculhane@vt.edu.  

23. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR STUDY OF CHILDREN’S CONNECTIONS WITH THEIR FRIENDS – 1st posting
Can your (pre)teens help with a VT research project, Colisten? The ThirdLab at VT is recruiting children aged 9-15 to participate in a research study about children feeling connected with each other. Participating children will bring a friend (also aged 9-15) and try out an app to listen to music together and talk about their schoolwork and social lives. Participants will be compensated. This is an IRB-approved research study (# 14-709), and results may be published. Contact Michael Stewart at tgm@vt.edu to participate.

24. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR ASSESSING ERGONOMICS & MANUFACTURING PRODUCTIVITY – 2nd posting
Participants are needed for a VT research study investigating effects of ergonomic designs and interventions on manufacturing quality and productivity. Requirements: must be 18–35 years old; have normal vision, and no self-reported current or recent (past 1 year) musculoskeletal injuries or other health conditions. The experiment involves two sessions (one training, and one data collection) in which you will be asked to perform a simulated drilling task using three different workstation configurations.  Each session will require ~3 hours, and you will be compensated $10/hr for participation. For further information and scheduling contact 206-859-9146 or iesaad@vt.edu.

25. VOLUNTEERS SOUGHT FOR VA SCIENCE FESTIVAL – 3rd 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.

26. CHILDREN WITH FREQUENT TANTRUMS/TEMPER OUTBURSTS SOUGHT FOR TREATMENT STUDY – 3rd 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.

UPCOMING EVENTS: 

GSA 2015 GRADUATE AND PROFESSIONAL SCHOOL FAIR
Monday, Sep 21, 4:30-7:00pm, Squires Commonwealth Ballroom
The GSA’s annual graduate and professional school fair brings 115 recruiters from various universities, law schools, medical schools, and professional institutes across the country will be available to answer your questions about admissions requirements, applications, financial aid, and your future career options. All undergrad and grad students considering a graduate or professional program are invited to attend. Email Kasey Richardson at kasey@vt.edu with any questions or visit http://tinyurl.com/vt-gpsf  for more information. Attendance free.

GLC COMMUNITY GAME NIGHT
Thursday, Sep 24, 6:30-8:30pm, GLC Lounge
Come unwind from a busy week with some good old-fashioned board games! The Graduate Fellows host a game night full of fun, food, and friendly competition. There will be Pictionary, Giant Jenga, and Battleship, just to name a few. Do you have what it takes to beat the Graduate Fellows? Join to find out! If you have any questions, email Kevin Parker at kmpark07@vt.edu.

HISPANIC-LATINO CONNECT LUNCH
Wednesday, Sep 30, 12:00-1:00pm, GLC Room G
Would you like to connect with other graduate students and faculty/ staff that identify with the Hispanic/Latino community? If yes, don’t miss out on this great opportunity. The Graduate School hosts this luncheon to facilitate dialogue and fellowship. Register at http://graduateschool.vt.edu/connect_lunch if you plan to attend. If you have any questions, contact Dannette Gomez Beane at dannette@vt.edu.

LGBTQ CONNECT LUNCH
Wednesday, Oct 7, 12:00-1:00pm, GLC Room F
Would you like to connect and network with other graduate students and faculty/staff that identify with the LGBTQ community or are community allies? If yes, don’t miss out on this great opportunity. The Graduate School hosts this luncheon to facilitate dialogue and fellowship. Register at http://graduateschool.vt.edu/connect_lunch if you plan to attend. If you have any questions, contact Dannette Gomez Beane at dannette@vt.edu.

September 8-13, 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. DISCOVERING ISLAM
Tuesday, Sep 8, 12:00-2:00pm, ‘Information Booth A’ in front of Au Bon Pain in Squires
Islam is the fastest growing religion in the world with more than 1.6 billion followers. Muslims come from almost every country in the world and speak almost every language. Learn more about Islam from your Muslim colleagues: stop by, ask questions, get your free copy of Quran interpretation in English, view Islamic art from different countries, get your name in Arabic, and enjoy tasty Arabian dates. Hosted by the Islamic Student Assembly (ISA). Contact grad student Haitham Elmarakeby at marakeby@vt.edu with any questions.

3. 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.

4. FREE ANXIETY AND OCD SUPPORT GROUP
Tuesday, Sep 8, 7:00pm, GLC Meeting Room D
Are you feeling overwhelmed by anxiety? Do you struggle with OCD? A free monthly support group meets the second Tuesday of every month. Join the group at the Graduate Life Center to learn more about anxiety disorders and OCD, hear success stories from those who have worked to overcome their anxiety and OCD, and receive support in an informal setting. Family members and significant others are also welcome. If you have questions or would like more information, contact the Psychological Services Center at 231-6914, visit http://www.psyc.vt.edu/outreach/psc, or email grad student Andrew Smith at ajsmith1@vt.edu. 

5. PARENT SUPPORT GROUP LUNCHEON
Wednesday, Sep 9, 12:00-1:30, GLC Room D
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.

6. 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.

7. ARABIC COFFEE HOUR
Wednesday, Sep 9, 4:30-5:30pm, Major Williams Atrium
Join the VT Arabic Language Club and the Arabic Program for their first Arabic coffee hour of the semester. During this informal gathering, students, faculty, and anyone interested in Arabic will have the chance to  enjoy Arabic coffee and sweets, practice their Arabic, and learn more about the Arabic program (particularly the new Arabic minor). This free event is hosted by the Arabic Language Club and the Arabic Program. This message is posted on behalf of grad student Turki Al Zahrani, turki82@vt.edu.

8. COMMUNICATE YOUR SCIENCE: RESEARCH A LA MODE COMMUNICATION WORKSHOP
Wednesday, Sep 9, 5:00m-7:00pm, Museum of Geosciences, 2062 Derring Hall
What do theatre improvisation exercises have to do with communicating science? While actor Alan Alda was hosting a TV science series, he discovered that scientists go into “lecture” mode and their vocabulary, body language, and even tone of voice can exclude and confuse public audiences. He also discovered that theatre improv games and exercises can help scientists learn to engage with their audiences in a different way. Virginia Tech is in its fifth year of offering an Alda-style Communicating Science course for science and engineering graduate students. Get a taste of this course at a workshop presented by Research à la Mode and take home some communication skills. Instructor Carrie Kroehler (cjkroehl@vt.edu) will lead participants through "distilling your message" and other exercises used in the full course. Enjoy ice cream after the workshop! Register by e-mailing doctoral student Lisa Whalen at lashley@vt.edu.

9. 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.

10. INTERVARSITY GRADUATE CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP – 3rd FALL MTG
Wednesday, Sep 9, 6:00pm, GLC Room B
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!

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. JESUS & BUSINESS
Thursday, Sep 10, 12:15-1:00pm, Johnston Student Center 304
How does Christian faith intersect with business practice? All graduate students, faculty, and staff are invited to join in this conversational interest meeting. A light lunch will be provided. Sign up at http://goo.gl/forms/GxHQ2jZb2U to help the organizers order enough food. Sponsored by InterVarsity Graduate Christian Fellowship.

13. GLC CAFÉ
Thursday, Sep 10, 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. 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

15. 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. Please register at https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1441297787512 if you are planning to attend. Bring your own laptop! 

16. 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.

17. 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

18. 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.

19. INTEREST MEETING FOR ASSOCIATION FOR INDIA’S DEVELOPMENT (AID)
Saturday, Sep 12, 5:00pm, Room 345 in Squires Student Center
The Association for India’s Development (AID) is organizing an orientation for students interested in learning more about the organization. Members will share the objectives and the activities of AID. Free refreshments will be served and AID t-shirts will be provided to those who register for the event. To register, email to Wrik Mallik at wrik@vt.edu.

20. APPLICATIONS ACCEPTED FOR TRAVEL SCHOLARSHIP FOR OPENCON2015 – 1st posting
The Graduate School and University Libraries are co-sponsoring a travel scholarship to attend OpenCon 2015 in Nov 2015 in Brussels, Belgium. Apply by Sep 21 at http://www.opencon2015.org/virginia_tech. Learn more about the scholarship and the conference at https://blogs.lt.vt.edu/openvt/2015/09/02/grad-students-travel-to-brussels-to-learn-about-openness/.

21. CALL FOR APPLICATIONS FOR ACADEMY FOR GTA EXCELLENCE – 1st posting
The Academy for GTA Excellence (see https://blogs.lt.vt.edu/jwrgrad/academy-for-advanced-teaching-and-transforming-learning-aattl/)  invites applications for members and associates in its Learning Community. The Academy provides opportunities for graduate students to receive advanced education and training in innovative teaching and learning strategies. It also provides a space to recognize excellence in teaching by graduate students. Membership is open to graduate students at all VT campuses. Applications are at https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_1ZUiW1qhOevG45L; nominations or recommendations at https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_6SbE2P349wuPv9z; both are due Saturday, Oct 3. For questions about the Academy, contact Vice President and Dean for Graduate Education Karen P. DePauw (kpdepauw@vt.edu) or Nicole J. Johnson (nicj712@vt.edu).

22. JOIN 30-AND-OVER GRAD GROUP – 1st posting
Welcome to all VT 30-and-over students who sometimes feel out of place in the traditional social circles of school. This group is intended to be social, fun and non-serious. Coffee date? OK. Hiking in the Blue Ridge? Fantastic! Bowling? I’m up for it! Planned events can be accessed through our GoogleGroups site https://groups.google.com/d/forum/VT-over-30. If you are part of a sub group (parents, athletic enthusiast, hikers, etc) let the group know and organize events within this sub-group.

23. 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.

24. PEO INTERNATIONAL SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION FOR 2015-16 AWARDS – 2nd 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.

25. ENGLISH CONVERSATION GROUPS THROUGH CRANWELL INTL CENTER –  2nd 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.

26. RESUMANIA – 2nd 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.

27. FOLLOW THE GRADUATE STUDENT ASSEMBLY – 3rd 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.

28. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR ASSESSING ERGONOMICS & MANUFACTURING PRODUCTIVITY – 1st posting
Participants are needed for a VT research study investigating effects of ergonomic designs and interventions on manufacturing quality and productivity. Requirements: must be 18–35 years old; have normal vision, and no self-reported current or recent (past 1 year) musculoskeletal injuries or other health conditions. The experiment involves two sessions (one training, and one data collection) in which you will be asked to perform a simulated drilling task using three different workstation configurations.  Each session will require ~3 hours, and you will be compensated $10/hr for participation. For further information and scheduling contact 206-859-9146 or iesaad@vt.edu.

29. VOLUNTEERS SOUGHT FOR VA SCIENCE FESTIVAL – 2nd 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.

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

31. GSA SEEKS 2015-2016 PROGRAM CHAIRS – 3rd 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.

32. VT ENGAGE AMERICORPS NETWORK MEMBERS SOUGHT – 3rd 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.

33. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR PROGRAM FOR MOTHERS ON STRESS MANAGEMENT & HEALTHY EATING –  3rd 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.

34. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR SURVEY OF DOCTORAL STUDENTS’ EXPERIENCE WITH LIT REVIEW – 3rd 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.

35. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR STUDY EXAMINING HEART RATE IN AUTISM – 3rd 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.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

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.

ANNUAL ACTIVE COMMUTE CELEBRATION
Wednesday, Sep 16, 8:00am –1:00pm,  Squires Student Center Plaza
Hosted by the Office of Alternative Transportation as part of Sustainability Week, this event highlights the benefits and viability of active transportation and reward those who use it regularly. VT Police will help with bicycle registrations and representatives of the Master Plan will be distributing access to their planning app. Blacksburg Transit, VT Office of Energy and Sustainability, the Blacksburg Office of Sustainability, Healthy Hokies, VT Bicycle Ambassadors, Zipcar and VT Environmental Coalition will also have tables with activities, giveaways (including bike bells and stickers), and free food from Panera Bread! Contact grad student Mackenzie Jarvis at mrj14@vt.edu,  (540) 231 2701 with any questions.

OVER-30 POTLUCK PICNIC
Wednesday, Sep 16, 6:00pm, GLC side lawn (behind the shrubs on the Bookstore side)
Bring a dish and join other grad students who are (or feel) 30 or over for a casual picnic and networking opportunity. The Graduate School will provide paper goods and drinks. Please sign up at https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1441719550687 if you are planning to attend.

GSA 2015 GRADUATE AND PROFESSIONAL SCHOOL FAIR
Monday, Sep 21, 4:30-7:00pm, Squires Commonwealth Ballroom
The GSA’s annual graduate and professional school fair brings 115 recruiters from various universities, law schools, medical schools, and professional institutes across the country will be available to answer your questions about admissions requirements, applications, financial aid, and your future career options. All undergrad and grad students considering a graduate or professional program are invited to attend. Email Kasey Richardson at kasey@vt.edu with any questions or visit http://tinyurl.com/vt-gpsf  for more information. Attendance free.

HISPANIC-LATINO CONNECT LUNCH
Wednesday, Sep 30, 12:00-1:00pm, GLC Room G
Would you like to connect with other graduate students and faculty/ staff that identify with the Hispanic/Latino community? If yes, don’t miss out on this great opportunity. The Graduate School hosts this luncheon to facilitate dialogue and fellowship. Register at http://graduateschool.vt.edu/connect_lunch if you plan to attend. If you have any questions, contact Dannette Gomez Beane at dannette@vt.edu.

September 8-13, 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. DISCOVERING ISLAM
Tuesday, Sep 8, 12:00-2:00pm, ‘Information Booth A’ in front of Au Bon Pain in Squires
Islam is the fastest growing religion in the world with more than 1.6 billion followers. Muslims come from almost every country in the world and speak almost every language. Learn more about Islam from your Muslim colleagues: stop by, ask questions, get your free copy of Quran interpretation in English, view Islamic art from different countries, get your name in Arabic, and enjoy tasty Arabian dates. Hosted by the Islamic Student Assembly (ISA). Contact grad student Haitham Elmarakeby at marakeby@vt.edu with any questions.

3. 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.

4. FREE ANXIETY AND OCD SUPPORT GROUP
Tuesday, Sep 8, 7:00pm, GLC Meeting Room D
Are you feeling overwhelmed by anxiety? Do you struggle with OCD? A free monthly support group meets the second Tuesday of every month. Join the group at the Graduate Life Center to learn more about anxiety disorders and OCD, hear success stories from those who have worked to overcome their anxiety and OCD, and receive support in an informal setting. Family members and significant others are also welcome. If you have questions or would like more information, contact the Psychological Services Center at 231-6914, visit http://www.psyc.vt.edu/outreach/psc, or email grad student Andrew Smith at ajsmith1@vt.edu. 

5. PARENT SUPPORT GROUP LUNCHEON
Wednesday, Sep 9, 12:00-1:30, GLC Room D
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.

6. 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.

7. ARABIC COFFEE HOUR
Wednesday, Sep 9, 4:30-5:30pm, Major Williams Atrium
Join the VT Arabic Language Club and the Arabic Program for their first Arabic coffee hour of the semester. During this informal gathering, students, faculty, and anyone interested in Arabic will have the chance to  enjoy Arabic coffee and sweets, practice their Arabic, and learn more about the Arabic program (particularly the new Arabic minor). This free event is hosted by the Arabic Language Club and the Arabic Program. This message is posted on behalf of grad student Turki Al Zahrani, turki82@vt.edu.

8. COMMUNICATE YOUR SCIENCE: RESEARCH A LA MODE COMMUNICATION WORKSHOP
Wednesday, Sep 9, 5:00m-7:00pm, Museum of Geosciences, 2062 Derring Hall
What do theatre improvisation exercises have to do with communicating science? While actor Alan Alda was hosting a TV science series, he discovered that scientists go into “lecture” mode and their vocabulary, body language, and even tone of voice can exclude and confuse public audiences. He also discovered that theatre improv games and exercises can help scientists learn to engage with their audiences in a different way. Virginia Tech is in its fifth year of offering an Alda-style Communicating Science course for science and engineering graduate students. Get a taste of this course at a workshop presented by Research à la Mode and take home some communication skills. Instructor Carrie Kroehler (cjkroehl@vt.edu) will lead participants through "distilling your message" and other exercises used in the full course. Enjoy ice cream after the workshop! Register by e-mailing doctoral student Lisa Whalen at lashley@vt.edu.

9. 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.

10. INTERVARSITY GRADUATE CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP – 3rd FALL MTG
Wednesday, Sep 9, 6:00pm, GLC Room B
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!

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. JESUS & BUSINESS
Thursday, Sep 10, 12:15-1:00pm, Johnston Student Center 304
How does Christian faith intersect with business practice? All graduate students, faculty, and staff are invited to join in this conversational interest meeting. A light lunch will be provided. Sign up at http://goo.gl/forms/GxHQ2jZb2U to help the organizers order enough food. Sponsored by InterVarsity Graduate Christian Fellowship.

13. GLC CAFÉ
Thursday, Sep 10, 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. 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

15. 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. Please register at https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1441297787512 if you are planning to attend. Bring your own laptop! 

16. 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.

17. 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

18. 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.

19. INTEREST MEETING FOR ASSOCIATION FOR INDIA’S DEVELOPMENT (AID)
Saturday, Sep 12, 5:00pm, Room 345 in Squires Student Center
The Association for India’s Development (AID) is organizing an orientation for students interested in learning more about the organization. Members will share the objectives and the activities of AID. Free refreshments will be served and AID t-shirts will be provided to those who register for the event. To register, email to Wrik Mallik at wrik@vt.edu.

20. APPLICATIONS ACCEPTED FOR TRAVEL SCHOLARSHIP FOR OPENCON2015 – 1st posting
The Graduate School and University Libraries are co-sponsoring a travel scholarship to attend OpenCon 2015 in Nov 2015 in Brussels, Belgium. Apply by Sep 21 at http://www.opencon2015.org/virginia_tech. Learn more about the scholarship and the conference at https://blogs.lt.vt.edu/openvt/2015/09/02/grad-students-travel-to-brussels-to-learn-about-openness/.

21. CALL FOR APPLICATIONS FOR ACADEMY FOR GTA EXCELLENCE – 1st posting
The Academy for GTA Excellence (see https://blogs.lt.vt.edu/jwrgrad/academy-for-advanced-teaching-and-transforming-learning-aattl/)  invites applications for members and associates in its Learning Community. The Academy provides opportunities for graduate students to receive advanced education and training in innovative teaching and learning strategies. It also provides a space to recognize excellence in teaching by graduate students. Membership is open to graduate students at all VT campuses. Applications are at https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_1ZUiW1qhOevG45L; nominations or recommendations at https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_6SbE2P349wuPv9z; both are due Saturday, Oct 3. For questions about the Academy, contact Vice President and Dean for Graduate Education Karen P. DePauw (kpdepauw@vt.edu) or Nicole J. Johnson (nicj712@vt.edu).

22. JOIN 30-AND-OVER GRAD GROUP – 1st posting
Welcome to all VT 30-and-over students who sometimes feel out of place in the traditional social circles of school. This group is intended to be social, fun and non-serious. Coffee date? OK. Hiking in the Blue Ridge? Fantastic! Bowling? I’m up for it! Planned events can be accessed through our GoogleGroups site https://groups.google.com/d/forum/VT-over-30. If you are part of a sub group (parents, athletic enthusiast, hikers, etc) let the group know and organize events within this sub-group.

23. 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.

24. PEO INTERNATIONAL SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION FOR 2015-16 AWARDS – 2nd 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.

25. ENGLISH CONVERSATION GROUPS THROUGH CRANWELL INTL CENTER –  2nd 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.

26. RESUMANIA – 2nd 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.

27. FOLLOW THE GRADUATE STUDENT ASSEMBLY – 3rd 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.

28. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR ASSESSING ERGONOMICS & MANUFACTURING PRODUCTIVITY – 1st posting
Participants are needed for a VT research study investigating effects of ergonomic designs and interventions on manufacturing quality and productivity. Requirements: must be 18–35 years old; have normal vision, and no self-reported current or recent (past 1 year) musculoskeletal injuries or other health conditions. The experiment involves two sessions (one training, and one data collection) in which you will be asked to perform a simulated drilling task using three different workstation configurations.  Each session will require ~3 hours, and you will be compensated $10/hr for participation. For further information and scheduling contact 206-859-9146 or iesaad@vt.edu.

29. VOLUNTEERS SOUGHT FOR VA SCIENCE FESTIVAL – 2nd 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.

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

31. GSA SEEKS 2015-2016 PROGRAM CHAIRS – 3rd 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.

32. VT ENGAGE AMERICORPS NETWORK MEMBERS SOUGHT – 3rd 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.

33. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR PROGRAM FOR MOTHERS ON STRESS MANAGEMENT & HEALTHY EATING –  3rd 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.

34. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR SURVEY OF DOCTORAL STUDENTS’ EXPERIENCE WITH LIT REVIEW – 3rd 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.

35. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR STUDY EXAMINING HEART RATE IN AUTISM – 3rd 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.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

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.

ANNUAL ACTIVE COMMUTE CELEBRATION
Wednesday, Sep 16, 8:00am –1:00pm,  Squires Student Center Plaza
Hosted by the Office of Alternative Transportation as part of Sustainability Week, this event highlights the benefits and viability of active transportation and reward those who use it regularly. VT Police will help with bicycle registrations and representatives of the Master Plan will be distributing access to their planning app. Blacksburg Transit, VT Office of Energy and Sustainability, the Blacksburg Office of Sustainability, Healthy Hokies, VT Bicycle Ambassadors, Zipcar and VT Environmental Coalition will also have tables with activities, giveaways (including bike bells and stickers), and free food from Panera Bread! Contact grad student Mackenzie Jarvis at mrj14@vt.edu,  (540) 231 2701 with any questions.

OVER-30 POTLUCK PICNIC
Wednesday, Sep 16, 6:00pm, GLC side lawn (behind the shrubs on the Bookstore side)
Bring a dish and join other grad students who are (or feel) 30 or over for a casual picnic and networking opportunity. The Graduate School will provide paper goods and drinks. Please sign up at https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1441719550687 if you are planning to attend.

GSA 2015 GRADUATE AND PROFESSIONAL SCHOOL FAIR
Monday, Sep 21, 4:30-7:00pm, Squires Commonwealth Ballroom
The GSA’s annual graduate and professional school fair brings 115 recruiters from various universities, law schools, medical schools, and professional institutes across the country will be available to answer your questions about admissions requirements, applications, financial aid, and your future career options. All undergrad and grad students considering a graduate or professional program are invited to attend. Email Kasey Richardson at kasey@vt.edu with any questions or visit http://tinyurl.com/vt-gpsf  for more information. Attendance free.

HISPANIC-LATINO CONNECT LUNCH
Wednesday, Sep 30, 12:00-1:00pm, GLC Room G
Would you like to connect with other graduate students and faculty/ staff that identify with the Hispanic/Latino community? If yes, don’t miss out on this great opportunity. The Graduate School hosts this luncheon to facilitate dialogue and fellowship. Register at http://graduateschool.vt.edu/connect_lunch if you plan to attend. If you have any questions, contact Dannette Gomez Beane at dannette@vt.edu.