October 19-25, 2015

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

  • Career Services advising: Wednesdays, 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. GLC 10-YEAR ANNIVERSARY 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). Clues are posted on our social media outlets throughout the week (https://www.facebook.com/VirginiaTechGLC and https://twitter.com/VTGradCommunity among others). 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 for the clues starting today. Good luck!

3. ENVISIONING VT: BEYOND BOUNDARIES
Monday, Oct 19, 7:30-8:30pm, Torgersen 1060
Virginia Tech is currently engaged in a campus-wide visioning initiative that will address two interrelated goals: advancing Virginia Tech as a global land-grant institution, and strategically addressing the challenges and opportunities presented by the changing landscape of higher education. Graduate students are invited to join project co-chair Rosemary Blieszner, committee member Karen DePauw, and Beyond Boundaries staff in a Graduate Student Input Session to share their ideas about the next generation of Virginia Tech.  Refreshments will be provided.

4. WORLD STATISTICS DAY: ENVISIONING THE 21ST CENTURY GLOBAL LAND GRANT TO BUILD RESEARCH CAPACITY IN DEVELOPING COUNTRIES
Tuesday, Oct 20, 5:00-7:00pm, Goodwin Hall Auditorium
VT’s Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Statistical Analysis (LISA) hosts this event to highlight its in-progress effort to teach statistical and data-science methods in developing countries in a bid to help scientists solve real-world problems and make true data-based decisions. Provost Thanassis Rikakis will provide opening remarks, followed by LISA Director Eric Vance. Additional speakers include Ian Crandell of Valley Center, California, and doctoral student in statistics who taught statistics in Nigeria, and Karl Markgraf, associate vice president of international affairs at Virginia Tech.

5. VA SCIENCE FESTIVAL PRESENTS: COMMUNICATING SCIENCE
Tuesday, Oct 20, 7:00-8:30pm, Alexander Black House (204 Draper Avenue)
Attend this exciting workshop, based on the “Communicating Science” program designed by Alan Alda to help scientists understand how to use theatre improv and other exercises to be better communicators. Audience members will be invited to participate in sample communication exercises. Contact Andrae Hash for more details hashas@vt.edu.

6. DISCOVER ISLAM
Tuesday, Oct 20, 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.

 

7. CRANWELL INT’L CTR GLOBAL AMBASSADOR PROGRAM INTEREST MEETINGS

Tuesday, Oct 20, 4:00pm, Cranwell’s Community Room in Harper Hall

Friday, Oct 30, 1:00pm, Cranwell’s Community Room in Harper Hall

The Global Ambassadors program is an engaging leadership development program designed for current VT students seeking to develop their global leadership skills. Global Ambassadors are charged with welcoming new international students to the VT community and continuing meaningful interactions with students and the community throughout the academic year. For more information, application and reference form, visit www. International.vt.edu.

8. SUMMON USABILITY STUDY
Wednesday, Oct 21, 11:00am-12:00pm, 3310 Torg (along the bridge)
Thursday, Oct 22, 1:00-2:00pm
Participate in the Library’s usability study on Summon, to help improve the search engine. No experience with Summon is necessary; come any time during the scheduled hour; takes 10 minutes or less. Participants will receive a gift bag. For more information contact Tracy Gilmore, tgilmore@vt.edu, at University Libraries.

9. 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.

10. 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.

11. 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.

12. MELANCHOLY PLAY: A CONTEMPORARY FARCE BY SARAH RUHL
Wednesday-Friday, Oct 21-23, 7:30pm, Theatre 101
Dive into a deep well of sadness with Tilly as every character falls in love with her melancholic outlook. Laugh, cry, and sing along with a play that connects us to the beauty of life and death. Free tickets may be reserved in advance online: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/melancholy-play-oct-21-23-free-tickets-18401143315. Directed by MFA grad student Kristin Rose Kelly.

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. 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!

15. GLC CAFÉ: DO NOT BRING YOUR OWN MUG; WE’LL GIVE YOU ONE!
Thursday, Oct 22, 3:30-5:00pm, GLC Multipurpose 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. This week, however, is extra special! Stop by the Multipurpose Room to get a special-edition anniversary mug, enjoy some freshly brewed coffee or tea from ABP along with their signature cookies, and 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!

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. 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.

18. 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.

19. 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/.

20. 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.

21. GRADUATE STUDENT TAILGATE
Saturday, Oct 24, 1:00-3:00PM, Lawn between GLC and University Club
Join your fellow graduate students for a VT vs. Duke football tailgate at the Graduate Life Center! 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.

22. DURGA PUJA AND DANCE NIGHT
Sunday, Oct 25, 2:00-9:30pm, Commonwealth Ballroom in Squires
The VT Indian Student Association and Bengali Student Association are coming together to have a mega celebration of Durga Puja and Dance Night. Durga Puja is a festival of Hindus celebrated by worshipping Goddess Durga, and marks the victory of Good over Evil. Dance Night celebrates Garba Dance of Gujarat (with Dandiya Sticks) along with all other types of Indian dances ranging from Bollywood to Freestyle. Details at https://www.facebook.com/events/805021026285478/. Posted on behalf of grad student Garima Malhotra.

23. FINANCIAL AID GRAD E-NEWSLETTER
Check out the latest edition of Scholarships & Financial Aid’s Grad E-news at http://www.finaid.vt.edu/Graduate-Students/Grad-Student-E-Newsletter-Oct-2015.pdf! Topics include scam aler, special message for those graduating in December, the impact of the continuous enrollment requirement on financial aid and more!

24. SIGN UP FOR THE CRANWELL COURIER – 1st posting
A key component of Cranwell International Center’s mission is to provide opportunities for intercultural engagement between the VT international community and Blacksburg’s residents from all backgrounds. In that spirit, they publish a weekly newsletter, the Cranwell Courier, which lists upcoming events that are focused on diversity, inclusion and global citizenship as well as a variety of fun local activities throughout the New River Valley. Subscribe online at http://international.us9.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=78700cc006b0eb4ee596c8572&id=ace51269ad, or view the latest edition at http://eepurl.com/bCx_l5.

25. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR CULTURAL SHOW FOR DIWALI – 1st posting
The Indian Students Association invites all interested students to participate and showcase their talent this Diwali season at Virginia Tech. Be a part of one of the biggest cultural shows on campus with singing, dancing, acting and entertaining! Students interested in participating at the Diwali cultural show should contact grad student Trisha Sanwal (trishas@vt.edu)  by Oct 23.

26. GSA TRAVEL FUND PROGRAM FALL APPLICATION CYCLE -1st posting
If you’re planning to travel or have traveled to present your research at a scholarly conference between Jul 1 and Dec 31, 2015, consider applying for the Graduate Student Assembly’s Travel Fund Program (TFP). Domestic/international travel by master’s/doctoral students are eligible. Applications accepted for the fall cycle from Monday, Oct 19 to Sunday, Nov 6, 2015 at 11:59 PM. Visit http://blogs.lt.vt.edu/graduatestudentassembly/travel-fund-program/ for details and to apply. New this cycle: must submit a certification letter signed by your advisor or  committee member or department head; this will replace the ‘proof of peer review’ requirement in previous application cycles. The certification letter will be posted on the TFP application site. Contact Marie Stettler Kleine or Omchand Mahdu, TFP Co-Chairs at gradtravelfund1516@vt.edu with questions.

27. APPLICATION LIVE – INTERNATIONAL STUDENT RESEARCH EXPERIENCE (IRES) IN U.K. – 2nd  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.

28. EVENING CHILD CARE NOW AVAILABLE! – 2nd 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.

29. NEW GRAD COURSE FOR SPRING ON STEM WORKFORCE POLICY – 2nd 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.

30. 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 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;

31. SUBMISSIONS INVITED FOR GLC ART & PHOTO CONTEST – deadline today!
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/.

32. PART-TIME WAGE POSITION OPENING IN OFFICE OF ALTERNATIVE TRANSPORTATION – 2nd 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.

33. TWO ASSISTANTSHIP OPENINGS IN TLOS – 3rd 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.

34. FORMER CO-TEACHERS SOUGHT FOR GRADUATE RESEARCH STUDY – 1st posting
Grad students in a qualitative methods in educational research class are conducting a study on co-teaching to explore the perceptions of interactions that take place during that experience. Anyone who has engaged in co-teaching at VT within the past two years may participate in a face-to-face interview of about 45-60 minutes. The interview will be audio-recorded and can occur in your office or another quiet area of your choice. Open-ended questions will be related to co-teaching experience, educational philosophy, and perceptions of your co-teaching partner’s approach to teaching. Participation is voluntary and confidential. For more information or to sign up, contact grad student John Morelock at morelock@vt.edu.

35. VOLUNTEERS SOUGHT FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL MATH DAY – 1st posting
The Math Department will be hosting an event this fall that will bring middle school students to campus for a morning of math activities with the goal of encouraging girls to remain interested in mathematics. Volunteers are needed for Friday, Nov 13 with visiting students arriving around 9:00am and leaving by 1:00pm (setup starting at 8 and cleanup until 2). Volunteers are needed to help lead or aid in activities, guide students on campus, and help with other day-of tasks, including set up and clean up. Volunteers do not need to stay for the entire event. If interested or would like to know more, email doctoral student Mandy Welch (welcha1@vt.edu).

36. CHILD PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR EYE GAZE & EMOTIONS PROJECT – 1st posting
The Eye Gaze & Emotions Project of VT’s Psychology Department is seeking children between ages of 6-9 to contribute to the understanding of how kids read emotion. Parents/legal guardians complete questionnaires and children complete in-lab        tasks and computer games. Receive between $10-$20 and a toy for your child! Contact Lauren at (540) 231-9735; EyeGazeEmotions@gmail.com if interested.

37. CHILD VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR GRADUATE TRAINING OPPORUTUNITY – 1st posting
The VT Clinical Psychology graduate program seeks parents with children between the ages 7–17 to participate in a volunteer child assessment. This is a training exercise for entry level doctoral students in the Clinical Psychology program. The assessment will consist of 3 sessions, each lasting approximately 2-3 hrs. The graduate student will administer cognitive, achievement, and behavioral assessments tests to your child. The parent will also be asked to complete a diagnostic interview with the student. If you are interested in volunteering your child for this assessment, contact Rachel Miller-Slough (rlm527@vt.edu) and provide your contact information (email and phone number) and a rough idea of when you would be available during October. A graduate student will then contact you to schedule the sessions. Assessments are conducted at the Child Study Center (460 Turner St.), supervised by Dr. Susan White (Dir of Child Assessment Clinic). Volunteers receive $30.

38. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR RESEARCH STUDY  – 2nd 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.

39. STUDENT CONDUCT COMMITTEES SEEK VOLUNTEERS – 2nd 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.

40. ONLINE SURVEY PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT – 2nd 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.

41. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR IN-PERSON INTERVIEWS ABOUT COLLEGE AVE PROMENADE IN DOWNTOWN BLACKSBURG – 2nd 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.

42. CHILDREN AGES 8-12 WITH TEMPER ISSUES SOUGHT FOR NEW TREATMENT STUDY – 3rd  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.

43. RESEARCH SUBJECTS NEEDED FOR BALANCE STUDY – 3rd 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:

NON-TRADITIONAL STUDENTS @VT FOCUS GROUP TO EXPLORE OPPORTUNITIES
Tuesday, Oct 27, 12:00-1:30pm, GLC Room F

If you consider yourself a non-traditional student (characterized by one or more of criteria including 30 or over for grads; have family and/or work responsibilities; first-generation; veteran; etc), join this focus group discussion hosted by grad student and citizen scholar Robin Atkins, as part of a Citizen Scholar Seminar project. The outcome of the focus group will inform the creation of a resource fair and panel discussion. For more information contact Robin at atkinsrw@vt.edu, 231-9457.

TOUR OF VIRGINIA TECH’S WARE LAB
Wednesday, Oct 28, 12:45pm, Meet in GLC Lobby
Join fellow graduate students for a behind-the-scene’s tour of Virginia Tech’s advanced engineering lab, the Ware Lab. Led by an engineering graduate student, the tour will feature current projects in the robotics lab, machine shop, Formula SAE lab, and more! Meet in the GLC lobby by the Welcome Center at 12:45 and walk over together. Space is limited, so please register at https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_6hU9stGeaLXXVkN in advance.

GLC MOVIE NIGHT
Wednesday, Oct 28, 7:00-9:00pm, GLC Lounge
Celebrate the season with a Halloween themed movie! The Graduate Fellows will be hosting a movie night full of fun, food, and frights. If you get scared, you can always hug the Donaldson Brown Bear. If you have any questions, email GLC Fellow Kevin Parker at kmpark07@vt.edu.

MY SISTER’S KEEPER: THRIVING IN A COMPETITIVE FIELD
Thursday, Nov 5, 11:00am, Owen’s Dining Roo
Join a conversation with Desiree Reed-Francois,  Executive Associate Athletics Director/SWA at Virginia Tech. Lunch will be served. Please register by Nov 1 at  http://goo.gl/forms/sRBP1z1sbH. Program sponsored by Multicultural Academic Opportunities Program (MAOP), and posted on behalf of grad student Delight Yokley, b18409y@vt.edu.

October 19-25, 2015

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

  • Career Services advising: Wednesdays, 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. GLC 10-YEAR ANNIVERSARY 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). Clues are posted on our social media outlets throughout the week (https://www.facebook.com/VirginiaTechGLC and https://twitter.com/VTGradCommunity among others). 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 for the clues starting today. Good luck!

3. ENVISIONING VT: BEYOND BOUNDARIES
Monday, Oct 19, 7:30-8:30pm, Torgersen 1060
Virginia Tech is currently engaged in a campus-wide visioning initiative that will address two interrelated goals: advancing Virginia Tech as a global land-grant institution, and strategically addressing the challenges and opportunities presented by the changing landscape of higher education. Graduate students are invited to join project co-chair Rosemary Blieszner, committee member Karen DePauw, and Beyond Boundaries staff in a Graduate Student Input Session to share their ideas about the next generation of Virginia Tech.  Refreshments will be provided.

4. WORLD STATISTICS DAY: ENVISIONING THE 21ST CENTURY GLOBAL LAND GRANT TO BUILD RESEARCH CAPACITY IN DEVELOPING COUNTRIES
Tuesday, Oct 20, 5:00-7:00pm, Goodwin Hall Auditorium
VT’s Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Statistical Analysis (LISA) hosts this event to highlight its in-progress effort to teach statistical and data-science methods in developing countries in a bid to help scientists solve real-world problems and make true data-based decisions. Provost Thanassis Rikakis will provide opening remarks, followed by LISA Director Eric Vance. Additional speakers include Ian Crandell of Valley Center, California, and doctoral student in statistics who taught statistics in Nigeria, and Karl Markgraf, associate vice president of international affairs at Virginia Tech.

5. VA SCIENCE FESTIVAL PRESENTS: COMMUNICATING SCIENCE
Tuesday, Oct 20, 7:00-8:30pm, Alexander Black House (204 Draper Avenue)
Attend this exciting workshop, based on the “Communicating Science” program designed by Alan Alda to help scientists understand how to use theatre improv and other exercises to be better communicators. Audience members will be invited to participate in sample communication exercises. Contact Andrae Hash for more details hashas@vt.edu.

6. DISCOVER ISLAM
Tuesday, Oct 20, 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.

 

7. CRANWELL INT’L CTR GLOBAL AMBASSADOR PROGRAM INTEREST MEETINGS

Tuesday, Oct 20, 4:00pm, Cranwell’s Community Room in Harper Hall

Friday, Oct 30, 1:00pm, Cranwell’s Community Room in Harper Hall

The Global Ambassadors program is an engaging leadership development program designed for current VT students seeking to develop their global leadership skills. Global Ambassadors are charged with welcoming new international students to the VT community and continuing meaningful interactions with students and the community throughout the academic year. For more information, application and reference form, visit www. International.vt.edu.

8. SUMMON USABILITY STUDY
Wednesday, Oct 21, 11:00am-12:00pm, 3310 Torg (along the bridge)
Thursday, Oct 22, 1:00-2:00pm
Participate in the Library’s usability study on Summon, to help improve the search engine. No experience with Summon is necessary; come any time during the scheduled hour; takes 10 minutes or less. Participants will receive a gift bag. For more information contact Tracy Gilmore, tgilmore@vt.edu, at University Libraries.

9. 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.

10. 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.

11. 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.

12. MELANCHOLY PLAY: A CONTEMPORARY FARCE BY SARAH RUHL
Wednesday-Friday, Oct 21-23, 7:30pm, Theatre 101
Dive into a deep well of sadness with Tilly as every character falls in love with her melancholic outlook. Laugh, cry, and sing along with a play that connects us to the beauty of life and death. Free tickets may be reserved in advance online: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/melancholy-play-oct-21-23-free-tickets-18401143315. Directed by MFA grad student Kristin Rose Kelly.

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. 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!

15. GLC CAFÉ: DO NOT BRING YOUR OWN MUG; WE’LL GIVE YOU ONE!
Thursday, Oct 22, 3:30-5:00pm, GLC Multipurpose 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. This week, however, is extra special! Stop by the Multipurpose Room to get a special-edition anniversary mug, enjoy some freshly brewed coffee or tea from ABP along with their signature cookies, and 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!

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. 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.

18. 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.

19. 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/.

20. 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.

21. GRADUATE STUDENT TAILGATE
Saturday, Oct 24, 1:00-3:00PM, Lawn between GLC and University Club
Join your fellow graduate students for a VT vs. Duke football tailgate at the Graduate Life Center! 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.

22. DURGA PUJA AND DANCE NIGHT
Sunday, Oct 25, 2:00-9:30pm, Commonwealth Ballroom in Squires
The VT Indian Student Association and Bengali Student Association are coming together to have a mega celebration of Durga Puja and Dance Night. Durga Puja is a festival of Hindus celebrated by worshipping Goddess Durga, and marks the victory of Good over Evil. Dance Night celebrates Garba Dance of Gujarat (with Dandiya Sticks) along with all other types of Indian dances ranging from Bollywood to Freestyle. Details at https://www.facebook.com/events/805021026285478/. Posted on behalf of grad student Garima Malhotra.

23. FINANCIAL AID GRAD E-NEWSLETTER
Check out the latest edition of Scholarships & Financial Aid’s Grad E-news at http://www.finaid.vt.edu/Graduate-Students/Grad-Student-E-Newsletter-Oct-2015.pdf! Topics include scam aler, special message for those graduating in December, the impact of the continuous enrollment requirement on financial aid and more!

24. SIGN UP FOR THE CRANWELL COURIER – 1st posting
A key component of Cranwell International Center’s mission is to provide opportunities for intercultural engagement between the VT international community and Blacksburg’s residents from all backgrounds. In that spirit, they publish a weekly newsletter, the Cranwell Courier, which lists upcoming events that are focused on diversity, inclusion and global citizenship as well as a variety of fun local activities throughout the New River Valley. Subscribe online at http://international.us9.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=78700cc006b0eb4ee596c8572&id=ace51269ad, or view the latest edition at http://eepurl.com/bCx_l5.

25. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR CULTURAL SHOW FOR DIWALI – 1st posting
The Indian Students Association invites all interested students to participate and showcase their talent this Diwali season at Virginia Tech. Be a part of one of the biggest cultural shows on campus with singing, dancing, acting and entertaining! Students interested in participating at the Diwali cultural show should contact grad student Trisha Sanwal (trishas@vt.edu)  by Oct 23.

26. GSA TRAVEL FUND PROGRAM FALL APPLICATION CYCLE -1st posting
If you’re planning to travel or have traveled to present your research at a scholarly conference between Jul 1 and Dec 31, 2015, consider applying for the Graduate Student Assembly’s Travel Fund Program (TFP). Domestic/international travel by master’s/doctoral students are eligible. Applications accepted for the fall cycle from Monday, Oct 19 to Sunday, Nov 6, 2015 at 11:59 PM. Visit http://blogs.lt.vt.edu/graduatestudentassembly/travel-fund-program/ for details and to apply. New this cycle: must submit a certification letter signed by your advisor or  committee member or department head; this will replace the ‘proof of peer review’ requirement in previous application cycles. The certification letter will be posted on the TFP application site. Contact Marie Stettler Kleine or Omchand Mahdu, TFP Co-Chairs at gradtravelfund1516@vt.edu with questions.

27. APPLICATION LIVE – INTERNATIONAL STUDENT RESEARCH EXPERIENCE (IRES) IN U.K. – 2nd  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.

28. EVENING CHILD CARE NOW AVAILABLE! – 2nd 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.

29. NEW GRAD COURSE FOR SPRING ON STEM WORKFORCE POLICY – 2nd 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.

30. 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 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;

31. SUBMISSIONS INVITED FOR GLC ART & PHOTO CONTEST – deadline today!
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/.

32. PART-TIME WAGE POSITION OPENING IN OFFICE OF ALTERNATIVE TRANSPORTATION – 2nd 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.

33. TWO ASSISTANTSHIP OPENINGS IN TLOS – 3rd 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.

34. FORMER CO-TEACHERS SOUGHT FOR GRADUATE RESEARCH STUDY – 1st posting
Grad students in a qualitative methods in educational research class are conducting a study on co-teaching to explore the perceptions of interactions that take place during that experience. Anyone who has engaged in co-teaching at VT within the past two years may participate in a face-to-face interview of about 45-60 minutes. The interview will be audio-recorded and can occur in your office or another quiet area of your choice. Open-ended questions will be related to co-teaching experience, educational philosophy, and perceptions of your co-teaching partner’s approach to teaching. Participation is voluntary and confidential. For more information or to sign up, contact grad student John Morelock at morelock@vt.edu.

35. VOLUNTEERS SOUGHT FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL MATH DAY – 1st posting
The Math Department will be hosting an event this fall that will bring middle school students to campus for a morning of math activities with the goal of encouraging girls to remain interested in mathematics. Volunteers are needed for Friday, Nov 13 with visiting students arriving around 9:00am and leaving by 1:00pm (setup starting at 8 and cleanup until 2). Volunteers are needed to help lead or aid in activities, guide students on campus, and help with other day-of tasks, including set up and clean up. Volunteers do not need to stay for the entire event. If interested or would like to know more, email doctoral student Mandy Welch (welcha1@vt.edu).

36. CHILD PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR EYE GAZE & EMOTIONS PROJECT – 1st posting
The Eye Gaze & Emotions Project of VT’s Psychology Department is seeking children between ages of 6-9 to contribute to the understanding of how kids read emotion. Parents/legal guardians complete questionnaires and children complete in-lab        tasks and computer games. Receive between $10-$20 and a toy for your child! Contact Lauren at (540) 231-9735; EyeGazeEmotions@gmail.com if interested.

37. CHILD VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR GRADUATE TRAINING OPPORUTUNITY – 1st posting
The VT Clinical Psychology graduate program seeks parents with children between the ages 7–17 to participate in a volunteer child assessment. This is a training exercise for entry level doctoral students in the Clinical Psychology program. The assessment will consist of 3 sessions, each lasting approximately 2-3 hrs. The graduate student will administer cognitive, achievement, and behavioral assessments tests to your child. The parent will also be asked to complete a diagnostic interview with the student. If you are interested in volunteering your child for this assessment, contact Rachel Miller-Slough (rlm527@vt.edu) and provide your contact information (email and phone number) and a rough idea of when you would be available during October. A graduate student will then contact you to schedule the sessions. Assessments are conducted at the Child Study Center (460 Turner St.), supervised by Dr. Susan White (Dir of Child Assessment Clinic). Volunteers receive $30.

38. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR RESEARCH STUDY  – 2nd 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.

39. STUDENT CONDUCT COMMITTEES SEEK VOLUNTEERS – 2nd 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.

40. ONLINE SURVEY PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT – 2nd 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.

41. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR IN-PERSON INTERVIEWS ABOUT COLLEGE AVE PROMENADE IN DOWNTOWN BLACKSBURG – 2nd 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.

42. CHILDREN AGES 8-12 WITH TEMPER ISSUES SOUGHT FOR NEW TREATMENT STUDY – 3rd  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.

43. RESEARCH SUBJECTS NEEDED FOR BALANCE STUDY – 3rd 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:

NON-TRADITIONAL STUDENTS @VT FOCUS GROUP TO EXPLORE OPPORTUNITIES
Tuesday, Oct 27, 12:00-1:30pm, GLC Room F

If you consider yourself a non-traditional student (characterized by one or more of criteria including 30 or over for grads; have family and/or work responsibilities; first-generation; veteran; etc), join this focus group discussion hosted by grad student and citizen scholar Robin Atkins, as part of a Citizen Scholar Seminar project. The outcome of the focus group will inform the creation of a resource fair and panel discussion. For more information contact Robin at atkinsrw@vt.edu, 231-9457.

TOUR OF VIRGINIA TECH’S WARE LAB
Wednesday, Oct 28, 12:45pm, Meet in GLC Lobby
Join fellow graduate students for a behind-the-scene’s tour of Virginia Tech’s advanced engineering lab, the Ware Lab. Led by an engineering graduate student, the tour will feature current projects in the robotics lab, machine shop, Formula SAE lab, and more! Meet in the GLC lobby by the Welcome Center at 12:45 and walk over together. Space is limited, so please register at https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_6hU9stGeaLXXVkN in advance.

GLC MOVIE NIGHT
Wednesday, Oct 28, 7:00-9:00pm, GLC Lounge
Celebrate the season with a Halloween themed movie! The Graduate Fellows will be hosting a movie night full of fun, food, and frights. If you get scared, you can always hug the Donaldson Brown Bear. If you have any questions, email GLC Fellow Kevin Parker at kmpark07@vt.edu.

MY SISTER’S KEEPER: THRIVING IN A COMPETITIVE FIELD
Thursday, Nov 5, 11:00am, Owen’s Dining Roo
Join a conversation with Desiree Reed-Francois,  Executive Associate Athletics Director/SWA at Virginia Tech. Lunch will be served. Please register by Nov 1 at  http://goo.gl/forms/sRBP1z1sbH. Program sponsored by Multicultural Academic Opportunities Program (MAOP), and posted on behalf of grad student Delight Yokley, b18409y@vt.edu.