October 12-18, 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. STUDENT SELFIES NEEDED FOR GLC BROCHURE
Monday, Oct 12, 3:00-4:00pm, Meet in GLC Lobby
The Graduate School is working a University Relations graphic designer on a new GLC map/brochure which will also include "selfie" photos of graduate students at various locations in the building. The Grad School needs your help! If you are interested in being in a "photoshoot" this afternoon and potentially have your picture in the print product, please meet in the GLC Lobby by the Welcome Center at 3:00pm. Selfies will be taken at selected spots throughout the building with the guidance of the graphic designer leading the project. You bring your smile, and we will bring you free coffee!

3. MILK SENSORY PANELS
Monday 10/12: 10:00am-5:00pm- Carol Lee Donut Super Snack
Tuesday 10/13: 10:00am-5:00pm- DOUBLE gift card points
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. Contact master’s student Hayley Potts at hpotts45@vt.edu for more information.

4. 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.

5. DISCOVER ISLAM
Tuesday, Oct 13, 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.

6. PARENT SUPPORT GROUP LUNCHEON
Wednesday, Oct 14, 12:00-1:30pm, GLC Room D
Join fellow Hokie parents for this monthly meeting. As always, lunch is provided, and spouses/partners and children are more than welcome. This month’s speaker is Jessica Wirgau, president of Smart Beginnings, who will talk about programs and initiatives in the area relevant to families with young children, and the importance of quality early childhood education. Please email childcare@vt.edu with any questions. Register at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0e4fabaa28a1ff2-october if you plan to attend.

7. ARABIC COFFEE HOUR
Wednesday, Oct 14, 4:30-5:30, Major Williams Atrium
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). Participants will have a chance to learn about VT Arabic Oman for summer 2016, VT’s first Arabic study abroad program, with guest speacker Rachel Fitzgerald form the Global Education Office who will discuss different scholarships available and explain the application process of VT Arabic Oman. Learn more about this opportunity to visit the Middle East, improve your Arabic language skills, and experience Arabic culture. Free snacks and sweets available. 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. WHY DID PANGEA BREAK UP? – A RESEARCH A LA MODE PRESENTATION
Wednesday, Oct 14, 5:30-6:30pm, 2062 Derring (Museum of Geosciences)
250 million years ago all the continents were together as the supercontinent of Pangea, but after 50 million years Pangea began to rift apart forming the continents of today. There have been many suggestions for what caused the rifting of Pangea, but none so far really fit with all the geologic data. In this talk graduate student Lisa Whalen discusses the latest idea for why Pangea may have broken up and some interesting things about Pangea she discovered along the way. Come support graduate students learning to communicate their science and enjoy free ice cream after the workshop. Send questions to Lisa at lashley@vt.edu.

9. BABY NIGHT AT THE LYRIC
Wednesday, Oct 14, 7:00pm, The Lyric Theatre
Enjoy an evening out with no cooking, dishes, or a babysitter! Baby night is a chance for new parents to get out and see a movie they want to see, not just an animated or children’s film, without having to leave your baby at home. All babies and grown-ups are welcome (recommended for babies age 1 and under)! Dimmed lighting, reduced volume, changing facilities in the auditorium, stroller parking in the lobby.

10. 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.

11. OVER 30 THURSDAYS
Thursdays, starting Oct 8, 12:30-3:30pm, Room D
Did you know? The Grads Over 30 group has reserved space in the GLC (Room D) for each Thursday this semester for those wanting a space to study, meet other students or just hang out. No formal agenda, just an open space to get work done!

12. GLC CAFÉ: GLC-10TH ANNIVERSARY PROJECT
Thursday, Oct 15, 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. Stop by this week to add your mark to a community art project celebrating the 10th anniversary of the opening of the GLC. Leave your fingerprint on our canvas and forever be part of the GLC!

13. 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.

14. GLC HAPPY HOUR
Friday, Oct 16, 4:00-6:00pm, GLC side patio (Bookstore side behind the shrubs), or GLC student lounge in case of rain
Celebrate fall break at the 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. Cash or credit card accepted. Contact Monika Gibson at gibsonm@vt.edu with questions.

15. SALT MARSH SUITE – INSTALLATION AND PERFORMANCE
Member opening: Friday, Oct 16, 5:00-9:00pm, 7:00 and 7:15pm; tickets are $10
Gallery performances: Saturday, Oct 24, 12:00-2:00; free and open to the public
Salt Marsh Suite, an installation and performance co-directed by Virginia Tech’s Carol Burch-Brown and Ann Kilkelly, is showing at the Taubman Museum in Roanoke, Virginia from October 3 through January 10. Details are at: http://www.taubmanmuseum.org/main/exhibitions/salt-marsh-suite. All grad students are invited! Posted on behalf of ICAT grad assistant Kristin Kelly, krkelly@vt.edu.

16. APPLICATION LIVE – INTERNATIONAL STUDENT RESEARCH EXPERIENCE (IRES) IN U.K. – 1st posting
Open to VT engineering students (ugrad, or graduate student graduating after May 2016) in ECE, ISE, ME, MME or MSE or students in other disciplines who have taken course work in power electronics or human factors. Minimum GPA of 3.0 in major. Must be a U.S. citizen/permanent resident. Apply by Oct 30, 2015. The application can be found online at www.eng.vt.edu/international/ires/. Must provide an official transcript(s), personal statement and two letters of recommendation. Submit application and required documents and any questions to: Heather Lyne engabroad@vt.edu.

17. EVENING CHILD CARE NOW AVAILABLE! – 1st posting
The Little Hokie Hangout is offering evening slots starting 10/13. These slots will be for Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings from 4-7pm. The Little Hokie Hangout is a parent cooperative child care program being offered by the Graduate School to Virginia Tech families. For a registration form and more information please email childcare@vt.edu.

18. NEW GRAD COURSE FOR SPRING ON STEM WORKFORCE POLICY – 1st posting
Dr. Denise Simmons, assistant professor in the VT Myers-Lawson School of Construction, is offering a new graduate course in spring 2016 on STEM workforce policy. Would you like to develop a policy brief and a program informed by policy? Ever wonder how policy impacts STEM initiatives? If so, visit https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_40oCAP1ozuKuE3r to learn more about the course and indicate your interest and availability. For more information contact Dr. Simmons at densimm@vt.edu.

19. SUBMISSIONS INVITED FOR GRAD JOURNAL ‘SPECTRA’ – 2nd posting
Spectra, the ASPECT (Alliance for Social, Political, Ethical, and Cultural Thought) graduate journal, is currently seeking submissions for its next issue.  Submissions on research at the intersections of the social sciences, the natural sciences, the humanities, and the arts are especially encouraged.  Potential submissions can include essays, reflection pieces, book reviews, and multimedia.  Abstracts for consideration are due by Oct 15.  For more info go to https://spectrajournal.org/index.php/SPECTRA/announcement/view/6.  Email any questions to Jordan Laney and Anthony Szczurek at editor@spectrajournal.org.

20. PEO INTERNNATIONAL PEACE SCHOLARSHIP FOR INTL GRAD WOMEN – 3rd 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.

21. 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. Remaining Fall 2015 Schedule:

  • 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;

22. INTERDISCIPLINARY HONOR SOCIETY NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS – 3rd 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.

23. SUBMISSIONS INVITED FOR GLC ART & PHOTO CONTEST – one more week to go!
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/.

24. PART-TIME WAGE POSITION OPENING IN OFFICE OF ALTERNATIVE TRANSPORTATION – 1st posting
The Alternative Transportation Assistant will provide customer service to patrons, including  instructing patrons in bicycle maintenance and repair, registering bikes for faculty, staff, and students, answering questions about alternative transportation programs offered by the university, as well as assisting visitors with daily visitor parking permits and staffing the customer service desk. Learn more at https://listings.jobs.vt.edu/postings/60463. International students may not be eligible for this position if it requires more than 20 hrs/wk of work.

25. TWO ASSISTANTSHIP OPENINGS IN TLOS – 2nd posting
Learning Experience Design (LED), a  unit of Technology-enhanced Learning and Online Strategies (TLOS) (www.tlos.vt.edu)  is seeking two Graduate Assistants to work with the instructional design and course development, digital media, video editing and production, graphics and web development, digital imaging, assessment, project management and research staff of the unit. These GAs will provide direct support to faculty developing courses and will also be focused on the transition of courses from Scholar to Canvas and adherence to accessibility requirements. Graduate students with experience in any of the above areas are encouraged to submit a resume or CV attached to an email to lbaab@vt.edu, describing how their talents and abilities could contribute to the work of the unit.

26. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR RESEARCH STUDY  – 1st posting
VT researchers seek mostly female and some male participants for a 2-hr study on performing push trim tasks. The study simulates an industrial task to establish acceptable limits of dynamic forces that will be very important to predict industrial recommendations. Participants will be asked to perform a repetitive task simulating automotive trim assembly, involving striking activities with the hand/fist. The experiment will be done a laboratory setting in the ISE department. Must be age 18-30, female or male, no current or recent history of musculoskeletal problems. Participants will be paid $10/hr. For more information contact Helen Nogueira at nogueira@vt.edu.

27. STUDENT CONDUCT COMMITTEES SEEK VOLUNTEERS – 1st posting
The Office of Student Conduct is seeking graduate students to serve on Student Conduct Committees that adjudicate hearings for behavioral, non-academic interventions of individuals and organizations in the Virginia Tech community. Qualified candidates should demonstrate ethical decision-making, the ability to work as part of a team, and a commitment to Virginia Tech’s values and the Student Code of Conduct. Students who participate develop listening skills, empathy, and a deeper knowledge of the various facets of student experience at Virginia Tech. The office is especially interested in graduate student volunteers, as well as international and other underrepresented minority volunteers. Apply at https://gobblerconnect.vt.edu/form/start/81556 or contact Cathryn Schwing at cschwing@vt.edu. This message is sponsored by the Graduate Student Assembly.

28. ONLINE SURVEY PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT – 1st posting
A VT faculty member is seeking to know more about what activities you and other VT students choose to participate in. Participating in activities outside the classroom can help students develop critical professional skills, and this survey aims to find out if this is true for VT students. Complete the survey at https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_2fpqCVFIhCCylOl and encouraging others to do it as well. The link provides instructions for survey takers; explains consent, your rights, drawings for gift cards, age requirements; and lists contact persons. Any student in any major at VT can respond to the survey. For more information contact Dr. Denise Simmons at densimm@vt.edu.

29. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR IN-PERSON INTERVIEWS ABOUT COLLEGE AVE PROMENADE IN DOWNTOWN BLACKSBURG – 1st posting
A team of Qualitative Research graduate students is conducting research to describe how the College Avenue Promenade creates places for gathering that engage VT graduate students and facilitates social interactions. The College Avenue Promenade (CAP) area is located outdoors on College Avenue in downtown Blacksburg and runs from the edge of the Virginia Tech campus near Squires to the Cellar restaurant. Qualification for the interview: VT graduate students who are at least 18 and have used the CAP at least once. Participants will be asked to take part in a 45-60 minute audio recorded interview at the Graduate Life Center. If you are interested in participating or have any questions, contact Karen Gilbert at karengilbert@vt.edu, 540-231-0722.

30. CHILDREN AGES 8-12 WITH TEMPER ISSUES SOUGHT FOR NEW TREATMENT STUDY – 2nd posting
Children ages 8-12 are currently being enrolled for a free treatment study for anger and 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. RESEARCH SUBJECTS NEEDED FOR BALANCE STUDY – 2nd posting
Graduate student researchers are conducting a study to investigate how specific actions affect balance. The study takes approximately 15-20 minutes and will involve standing still for two minutes and performing one of several actions, such as silently counting. Qualifications are: 18-30 years of age, no problems balancing, no history of dizziness, no recent knee or ankle injuries, and no concussions within the previous year. You will be compensated $10 for participating. The protocols in this study have been approved by the VT IRB (IRB#15-795). If interested, contact Peter Fino, 559 Whittemore Hall, fino@vt.edu.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

GLC PHOTO SCAVENGER HUNT
Monday-Friday, Oct 19-23
Graduate students are invited to participate in the hunt and win prizes (Kindle Fire, fitbit, and more). Submissions are accepted in three forms: photos via social media or by email to grads@vt.edu, or raffle ticket submissions. Check our social media outlets (https://www.facebook.com/VirginiaTechGLC, and https://twitter.com/VTGradCommunity for the clues starting next Monday!

NATIVE AMERICAN CONNECT LUNCH
Wednesday, Oct 21, 12:00-1:00pm, 238 GLC (Graduate School conference room, 2nd floor GLC)
Would you like to connect with other graduate students and faculty/ staff that identify with the Native American community? If yes, don’t miss out on this great opportunity. The Graduate School hosts this luncheon to facilitate dialogue and fellowship. Register at https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_1NXbQu1hn93OmC9 if you plan to attend. If you have any questions, contact Whitley Johnson at whitley09@vt.edu.

WAR, WHAT IS IT GOOD FOR? – AN EVENING OF PROTEST MUSIC
Wednesday, Oct 21, 7:00pm, P. Buckley Moss Museum, Gilbert St, Bburg
Part of #BigReadNRV. For the featured music event of the NRV’s Big Read, Mark and Jeff will play songs of protest against war, from "Johnny I Hardly Knew Ye" to "Devils and Dust,” complete with superb coffee from local roaster/brewer: Strange Coffee. Join for a night of music, discussion, and great conversation in a lovely venue. Suggested donation $15 VETERANS IN SOCIETY FUNDRAISER. http://monkeyhouseconcerts.net/upcoming_concerts__reservations. Posted on behalf of grad student Heather Lyne, hlyne27@vt.edu.

NAPPY EDGES & GOLDY LOCKS: THE RACE AND GENDER POLITICS OF HAIR
Wednesday, Oct 21, 7:30pm, 3100 Torg
For African Americans, attitudes toward and responses to hair go beyond “big hair” and a “bad hair day.” This presentation examines the complex racial and gender identity politics of head hair. From Barbie, Britney, and Rapunzel to Pocahontas and Beyoncé, Lester shows how a national controversy was generated around the issue of African American hair in a children’s book, Carolivia Herron’s Nappy Hair, and how the issue of hair is central to certain ideals of beauty and femininity. An interactive presentation, this one uses dolls, folklore, music, literature, advertisements, and commercials to interrogate the extent to which African Americans have and have not moved from internalized problematic notions of “good” and “bad” hair. This event is posted on behalf of doctoral student Devon Lee, devonlee@vt.edu.

OPEN ACCESS KEYNOTE: SCHOLARLY COMMUNICATION IN THE ERA OF BIG DATA AND BIG COMPUTATION
Thursday, Oct 22, 7:00pm, Davidson 281
Featured speaker Dr. Victoria Stodden from the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, offers this keynote address as part of Open Access Week 2015. All graduate students are welcome and encouraged to attend.

GLC 10TH ANNIVERSARY CAFÉ
Thursday, Oct 22, 3:30-5:00pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
Celebrate the 10th anniversary of the opening of the GLC with a special weekly café in the Multipurpose Room. Get a special-edition GLC mug (while supplies last!), and enjoy coffee and refreshments from ABP, our GLC partner. Add your fingerprint to our canvas and forever become part of the GLC! Learn more about our anniversary events at http://www.graduatelifecenter.vt.edu/GLC10.html.

GLC 10th ANNIVERSARY RECEPTION
Friday, Oct 23, 3:30-5:00pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
Join the Graduate School, Housing and Residence Life, and Student Engagement and Campus Life, and other supporters and friends of the GLC to commemorate the opening of the Graduate Life Center in 2005. Enjoy a display of the building’s history, view the newest entries in our traditional graduate student photo and art contest, add your finger mark to a GLC canvas, and enjoy some refreshments. Short remarks at 4:00pm. Please register by emailing to grads@vt.edu; add GLC 10 in the subject line. See http://www.graduatelifecenter.vt.edu/GLC10.html for more details.

GSA FALL BEER AND WINE SOCIAL
Friday, Oct 23, 5:00-9:00pm, University Club
The GSA invites you to its fall beer and wine social, which will once again showcase local, national, and international beer and wine, while providing graduate students the opportunity to network among researchers and colleagues. Bring proper identification for those 21+ who wish to drink. Admission: $10 for general, $5 for GSA delegates, and $5 for non-drinking participants. This event is cash only and open to the public. Want to gain free admission? Volunteer to help with the event! If you are interested in volunteering, contact Chelsea Corkins at ccorkins@vt.edu. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/1619367071647599/.

INTERVARSITY GRADUATE CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP FALL RETREAT – register now!
Friday, Oct 23, 8:00pm – Sunday, Oct 25, 12:00pm, near Lexington, VA (1.5 hours from VT)
All VT graduate students are welcome to join in a weekend of new friendships, indoor/outdoor recreation, Bible study and prayer in a relaxed setting away from campus. Cost is $30 (scholarships are available). Space is limited to 25 participants. For more information and to register online, visit <https://gcfvt.wordpress.com/fall-retreat/>. Contact Robert Howe (robahowe@gmail.com) with any questions.

GRADUATE STUDENT TAILGATE
Saturday, Oct 24, Start time TBA, Lawn between GLC and University Club
Join your fellow graduate students for a VT vs. Duke football tailgate at the Graduate Life Center! The game time has not been announced, but the tailgate will start two hours before kick-off. Music, lawn games, some snacks and drinks provided. We hope to see you there! If you have questions, email grads@vt.edu. Sponsored by the GLC Fellows.

October 12-18, 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. STUDENT SELFIES NEEDED FOR GLC BROCHURE
Monday, Oct 12, 3:00-4:00pm, Meet in GLC Lobby
The Graduate School is working a University Relations graphic designer on a new GLC map/brochure which will also include "selfie" photos of graduate students at various locations in the building. The Grad School needs your help! If you are interested in being in a "photoshoot" this afternoon and potentially have your picture in the print product, please meet in the GLC Lobby by the Welcome Center at 3:00pm. Selfies will be taken at selected spots throughout the building with the guidance of the graphic designer leading the project. You bring your smile, and we will bring you free coffee!

3. MILK SENSORY PANELS
Monday 10/12: 10:00am-5:00pm- Carol Lee Donut Super Snack
Tuesday 10/13: 10:00am-5:00pm- DOUBLE gift card points
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. Contact master’s student Hayley Potts at hpotts45@vt.edu for more information.

4. 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.

5. DISCOVER ISLAM
Tuesday, Oct 13, 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.

6. PARENT SUPPORT GROUP LUNCHEON
Wednesday, Oct 14, 12:00-1:30pm, GLC Room D
Join fellow Hokie parents for this monthly meeting. As always, lunch is provided, and spouses/partners and children are more than welcome. This month’s speaker is Jessica Wirgau, president of Smart Beginnings, who will talk about programs and initiatives in the area relevant to families with young children, and the importance of quality early childhood education. Please email childcare@vt.edu with any questions. Register at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0e4fabaa28a1ff2-october if you plan to attend.

7. ARABIC COFFEE HOUR
Wednesday, Oct 14, 4:30-5:30, Major Williams Atrium
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). Participants will have a chance to learn about VT Arabic Oman for summer 2016, VT’s first Arabic study abroad program, with guest speacker Rachel Fitzgerald form the Global Education Office who will discuss different scholarships available and explain the application process of VT Arabic Oman. Learn more about this opportunity to visit the Middle East, improve your Arabic language skills, and experience Arabic culture. Free snacks and sweets available. 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. WHY DID PANGEA BREAK UP? – A RESEARCH A LA MODE PRESENTATION
Wednesday, Oct 14, 5:30-6:30pm, 2062 Derring (Museum of Geosciences)
250 million years ago all the continents were together as the supercontinent of Pangea, but after 50 million years Pangea began to rift apart forming the continents of today. There have been many suggestions for what caused the rifting of Pangea, but none so far really fit with all the geologic data. In this talk graduate student Lisa Whalen discusses the latest idea for why Pangea may have broken up and some interesting things about Pangea she discovered along the way. Come support graduate students learning to communicate their science and enjoy free ice cream after the workshop. Send questions to Lisa at lashley@vt.edu.

9. BABY NIGHT AT THE LYRIC
Wednesday, Oct 14, 7:00pm, The Lyric Theatre
Enjoy an evening out with no cooking, dishes, or a babysitter! Baby night is a chance for new parents to get out and see a movie they want to see, not just an animated or children’s film, without having to leave your baby at home. All babies and grown-ups are welcome (recommended for babies age 1 and under)! Dimmed lighting, reduced volume, changing facilities in the auditorium, stroller parking in the lobby.

10. 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.

11. OVER 30 THURSDAYS
Thursdays, starting Oct 8, 12:30-3:30pm, Room D
Did you know? The Grads Over 30 group has reserved space in the GLC (Room D) for each Thursday this semester for those wanting a space to study, meet other students or just hang out. No formal agenda, just an open space to get work done!

12. GLC CAFÉ: GLC-10TH ANNIVERSARY PROJECT
Thursday, Oct 15, 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. Stop by this week to add your mark to a community art project celebrating the 10th anniversary of the opening of the GLC. Leave your fingerprint on our canvas and forever be part of the GLC!

13. 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.

14. GLC HAPPY HOUR
Friday, Oct 16, 4:00-6:00pm, GLC side patio (Bookstore side behind the shrubs), or GLC student lounge in case of rain
Celebrate fall break at the 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. Cash or credit card accepted. Contact Monika Gibson at gibsonm@vt.edu with questions.

15. SALT MARSH SUITE – INSTALLATION AND PERFORMANCE
Member opening: Friday, Oct 16, 5:00-9:00pm, 7:00 and 7:15pm; tickets are $10
Gallery performances: Saturday, Oct 24, 12:00-2:00; free and open to the public
Salt Marsh Suite, an installation and performance co-directed by Virginia Tech’s Carol Burch-Brown and Ann Kilkelly, is showing at the Taubman Museum in Roanoke, Virginia from October 3 through January 10. Details are at: http://www.taubmanmuseum.org/main/exhibitions/salt-marsh-suite. All grad students are invited! Posted on behalf of ICAT grad assistant Kristin Kelly, krkelly@vt.edu.

16. APPLICATION LIVE – INTERNATIONAL STUDENT RESEARCH EXPERIENCE (IRES) IN U.K. – 1st posting
Open to VT engineering students (ugrad, or graduate student graduating after May 2016) in ECE, ISE, ME, MME or MSE or students in other disciplines who have taken course work in power electronics or human factors. Minimum GPA of 3.0 in major. Must be a U.S. citizen/permanent resident. Apply by Oct 30, 2015. The application can be found online at www.eng.vt.edu/international/ires/. Must provide an official transcript(s), personal statement and two letters of recommendation. Submit application and required documents and any questions to: Heather Lyne engabroad@vt.edu.

17. EVENING CHILD CARE NOW AVAILABLE! – 1st posting
The Little Hokie Hangout is offering evening slots starting 10/13. These slots will be for Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings from 4-7pm. The Little Hokie Hangout is a parent cooperative child care program being offered by the Graduate School to Virginia Tech families. For a registration form and more information please email childcare@vt.edu.

18. NEW GRAD COURSE FOR SPRING ON STEM WORKFORCE POLICY – 1st posting
Dr. Denise Simmons, assistant professor in the VT Myers-Lawson School of Construction, is offering a new graduate course in spring 2016 on STEM workforce policy. Would you like to develop a policy brief and a program informed by policy? Ever wonder how policy impacts STEM initiatives? If so, visit https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_40oCAP1ozuKuE3r to learn more about the course and indicate your interest and availability. For more information contact Dr. Simmons at densimm@vt.edu.

19. SUBMISSIONS INVITED FOR GRAD JOURNAL ‘SPECTRA’ – 2nd posting
Spectra, the ASPECT (Alliance for Social, Political, Ethical, and Cultural Thought) graduate journal, is currently seeking submissions for its next issue.  Submissions on research at the intersections of the social sciences, the natural sciences, the humanities, and the arts are especially encouraged.  Potential submissions can include essays, reflection pieces, book reviews, and multimedia.  Abstracts for consideration are due by Oct 15.  For more info go to https://spectrajournal.org/index.php/SPECTRA/announcement/view/6.  Email any questions to Jordan Laney and Anthony Szczurek at editor@spectrajournal.org.

20. PEO INTERNNATIONAL PEACE SCHOLARSHIP FOR INTL GRAD WOMEN – 3rd 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.

21. 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. Remaining Fall 2015 Schedule:

  • 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;

22. INTERDISCIPLINARY HONOR SOCIETY NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS – 3rd 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.

23. SUBMISSIONS INVITED FOR GLC ART & PHOTO CONTEST – one more week to go!
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/.

24. PART-TIME WAGE POSITION OPENING IN OFFICE OF ALTERNATIVE TRANSPORTATION – 1st posting
The Alternative Transportation Assistant will provide customer service to patrons, including  instructing patrons in bicycle maintenance and repair, registering bikes for faculty, staff, and students, answering questions about alternative transportation programs offered by the university, as well as assisting visitors with daily visitor parking permits and staffing the customer service desk. Learn more at https://listings.jobs.vt.edu/postings/60463. International students may not be eligible for this position if it requires more than 20 hrs/wk of work.

25. TWO ASSISTANTSHIP OPENINGS IN TLOS – 2nd posting
Learning Experience Design (LED), a  unit of Technology-enhanced Learning and Online Strategies (TLOS) (www.tlos.vt.edu)  is seeking two Graduate Assistants to work with the instructional design and course development, digital media, video editing and production, graphics and web development, digital imaging, assessment, project management and research staff of the unit. These GAs will provide direct support to faculty developing courses and will also be focused on the transition of courses from Scholar to Canvas and adherence to accessibility requirements. Graduate students with experience in any of the above areas are encouraged to submit a resume or CV attached to an email to lbaab@vt.edu, describing how their talents and abilities could contribute to the work of the unit.

26. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR RESEARCH STUDY  – 1st posting
VT researchers seek mostly female and some male participants for a 2-hr study on performing push trim tasks. The study simulates an industrial task to establish acceptable limits of dynamic forces that will be very important to predict industrial recommendations. Participants will be asked to perform a repetitive task simulating automotive trim assembly, involving striking activities with the hand/fist. The experiment will be done a laboratory setting in the ISE department. Must be age 18-30, female or male, no current or recent history of musculoskeletal problems. Participants will be paid $10/hr. For more information contact Helen Nogueira at nogueira@vt.edu.

27. STUDENT CONDUCT COMMITTEES SEEK VOLUNTEERS – 1st posting
The Office of Student Conduct is seeking graduate students to serve on Student Conduct Committees that adjudicate hearings for behavioral, non-academic interventions of individuals and organizations in the Virginia Tech community. Qualified candidates should demonstrate ethical decision-making, the ability to work as part of a team, and a commitment to Virginia Tech’s values and the Student Code of Conduct. Students who participate develop listening skills, empathy, and a deeper knowledge of the various facets of student experience at Virginia Tech. The office is especially interested in graduate student volunteers, as well as international and other underrepresented minority volunteers. Apply at https://gobblerconnect.vt.edu/form/start/81556 or contact Cathryn Schwing at cschwing@vt.edu. This message is sponsored by the Graduate Student Assembly.

28. ONLINE SURVEY PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT – 1st posting
A VT faculty member is seeking to know more about what activities you and other VT students choose to participate in. Participating in activities outside the classroom can help students develop critical professional skills, and this survey aims to find out if this is true for VT students. Complete the survey at https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_2fpqCVFIhCCylOl and encouraging others to do it as well. The link provides instructions for survey takers; explains consent, your rights, drawings for gift cards, age requirements; and lists contact persons. Any student in any major at VT can respond to the survey. For more information contact Dr. Denise Simmons at densimm@vt.edu.

29. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR IN-PERSON INTERVIEWS ABOUT COLLEGE AVE PROMENADE IN DOWNTOWN BLACKSBURG – 1st posting
A team of Qualitative Research graduate students is conducting research to describe how the College Avenue Promenade creates places for gathering that engage VT graduate students and facilitates social interactions. The College Avenue Promenade (CAP) area is located outdoors on College Avenue in downtown Blacksburg and runs from the edge of the Virginia Tech campus near Squires to the Cellar restaurant. Qualification for the interview: VT graduate students who are at least 18 and have used the CAP at least once. Participants will be asked to take part in a 45-60 minute audio recorded interview at the Graduate Life Center. If you are interested in participating or have any questions, contact Karen Gilbert at karengilbert@vt.edu, 540-231-0722.

30. CHILDREN AGES 8-12 WITH TEMPER ISSUES SOUGHT FOR NEW TREATMENT STUDY – 2nd posting
Children ages 8-12 are currently being enrolled for a free treatment study for anger and 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. RESEARCH SUBJECTS NEEDED FOR BALANCE STUDY – 2nd posting
Graduate student researchers are conducting a study to investigate how specific actions affect balance. The study takes approximately 15-20 minutes and will involve standing still for two minutes and performing one of several actions, such as silently counting. Qualifications are: 18-30 years of age, no problems balancing, no history of dizziness, no recent knee or ankle injuries, and no concussions within the previous year. You will be compensated $10 for participating. The protocols in this study have been approved by the VT IRB (IRB#15-795). If interested, contact Peter Fino, 559 Whittemore Hall, fino@vt.edu.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

GLC PHOTO SCAVENGER HUNT
Monday-Friday, Oct 19-23
Graduate students are invited to participate in the hunt and win prizes (Kindle Fire, fitbit, and more). Submissions are accepted in three forms: photos via social media or by email to grads@vt.edu, or raffle ticket submissions. Check our social media outlets (https://www.facebook.com/VirginiaTechGLC, and https://twitter.com/VTGradCommunity for the clues starting next Monday!

NATIVE AMERICAN CONNECT LUNCH
Wednesday, Oct 21, 12:00-1:00pm, 238 GLC (Graduate School conference room, 2nd floor GLC)
Would you like to connect with other graduate students and faculty/ staff that identify with the Native American community? If yes, don’t miss out on this great opportunity. The Graduate School hosts this luncheon to facilitate dialogue and fellowship. Register at https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_1NXbQu1hn93OmC9 if you plan to attend. If you have any questions, contact Whitley Johnson at whitley09@vt.edu.

WAR, WHAT IS IT GOOD FOR? – AN EVENING OF PROTEST MUSIC
Wednesday, Oct 21, 7:00pm, P. Buckley Moss Museum, Gilbert St, Bburg
Part of #BigReadNRV. For the featured music event of the NRV’s Big Read, Mark and Jeff will play songs of protest against war, from "Johnny I Hardly Knew Ye" to "Devils and Dust,” complete with superb coffee from local roaster/brewer: Strange Coffee. Join for a night of music, discussion, and great conversation in a lovely venue. Suggested donation $15 VETERANS IN SOCIETY FUNDRAISER. http://monkeyhouseconcerts.net/upcoming_concerts__reservations. Posted on behalf of grad student Heather Lyne, hlyne27@vt.edu.

NAPPY EDGES & GOLDY LOCKS: THE RACE AND GENDER POLITICS OF HAIR
Wednesday, Oct 21, 7:30pm, 3100 Torg
For African Americans, attitudes toward and responses to hair go beyond “big hair” and a “bad hair day.” This presentation examines the complex racial and gender identity politics of head hair. From Barbie, Britney, and Rapunzel to Pocahontas and Beyoncé, Lester shows how a national controversy was generated around the issue of African American hair in a children’s book, Carolivia Herron’s Nappy Hair, and how the issue of hair is central to certain ideals of beauty and femininity. An interactive presentation, this one uses dolls, folklore, music, literature, advertisements, and commercials to interrogate the extent to which African Americans have and have not moved from internalized problematic notions of “good” and “bad” hair. This event is posted on behalf of doctoral student Devon Lee, devonlee@vt.edu.

OPEN ACCESS KEYNOTE: SCHOLARLY COMMUNICATION IN THE ERA OF BIG DATA AND BIG COMPUTATION
Thursday, Oct 22, 7:00pm, Davidson 281
Featured speaker Dr. Victoria Stodden from the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, offers this keynote address as part of Open Access Week 2015. All graduate students are welcome and encouraged to attend.

GLC 10TH ANNIVERSARY CAFÉ
Thursday, Oct 22, 3:30-5:00pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
Celebrate the 10th anniversary of the opening of the GLC with a special weekly café in the Multipurpose Room. Get a special-edition GLC mug (while supplies last!), and enjoy coffee and refreshments from ABP, our GLC partner. Add your fingerprint to our canvas and forever become part of the GLC! Learn more about our anniversary events at http://www.graduatelifecenter.vt.edu/GLC10.html.

GLC 10th ANNIVERSARY RECEPTION
Friday, Oct 23, 3:30-5:00pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
Join the Graduate School, Housing and Residence Life, and Student Engagement and Campus Life, and other supporters and friends of the GLC to commemorate the opening of the Graduate Life Center in 2005. Enjoy a display of the building’s history, view the newest entries in our traditional graduate student photo and art contest, add your finger mark to a GLC canvas, and enjoy some refreshments. Short remarks at 4:00pm. Please register by emailing to grads@vt.edu; add GLC 10 in the subject line. See http://www.graduatelifecenter.vt.edu/GLC10.html for more details.

GSA FALL BEER AND WINE SOCIAL
Friday, Oct 23, 5:00-9:00pm, University Club
The GSA invites you to its fall beer and wine social, which will once again showcase local, national, and international beer and wine, while providing graduate students the opportunity to network among researchers and colleagues. Bring proper identification for those 21+ who wish to drink. Admission: $10 for general, $5 for GSA delegates, and $5 for non-drinking participants. This event is cash only and open to the public. Want to gain free admission? Volunteer to help with the event! If you are interested in volunteering, contact Chelsea Corkins at ccorkins@vt.edu. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/1619367071647599/.

INTERVARSITY GRADUATE CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP FALL RETREAT – register now!
Friday, Oct 23, 8:00pm – Sunday, Oct 25, 12:00pm, near Lexington, VA (1.5 hours from VT)
All VT graduate students are welcome to join in a weekend of new friendships, indoor/outdoor recreation, Bible study and prayer in a relaxed setting away from campus. Cost is $30 (scholarships are available). Space is limited to 25 participants. For more information and to register online, visit <https://gcfvt.wordpress.com/fall-retreat/>. Contact Robert Howe (robahowe@gmail.com) with any questions.

GRADUATE STUDENT TAILGATE
Saturday, Oct 24, Start time TBA, Lawn between GLC and University Club
Join your fellow graduate students for a VT vs. Duke football tailgate at the Graduate Life Center! The game time has not been announced, but the tailgate will start two hours before kick-off. Music, lawn games, some snacks and drinks provided. We hope to see you there! If you have questions, email grads@vt.edu. Sponsored by the GLC Fellows.