December 7-13, 2015

1.  WEEKLY WALK-IN SERVICES IN THE GLC

  • 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. FINANCIAL AID LOAN REPAYMENT INFO SESSION
Monday, Dec 7, 12:00-1:30pm, GLC Room G
If you are graduating in the near future and having to start repaying students loans is looming around the corner, this info session might be just what you need! Financial Aid staff will walk you through the repayment planning process and discuss all the things you need to know! After the info session they will offer one-on-one advising in the GLC on Wednesday and Thursday 8:30-12 and Friday 1-5.

3. FINANCIAL AID LOAN REPAYMENT ONE-ON-ONE ADVISING SESSIONS
Wednesday, Dec 9, 8:30-12:00, Room F
Thursday, Dec 10, 8:30-12:00, Room D
Friday, Dec 11, 1:00-5:00, Room A
Stop by to see an advisor from University Scholarships and Financial Aid office and discuss your particular options for loan repayment. For more information contact Stephanie Breeding at sbreed@vt.edu.

4. PARENT SUPPORT LUNCHEON
Wednesday, Dec 9, 12:00-1:30pm, GLC Room D
Join fellow Hokie parents and a representative from NRVCares to talk about programs in the community that might be valuable to graduate student families. Please register at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0e4fabaa28a1ff2-december1 if planning to attend.

5. 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.

6. OVER 30 THURSDAYS
Thursdays, 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!

7. GLC CAFÉ: MORE WHIPPED CREAM
Thursday, Dec 10, 3:30-5:00pm, 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. Enjoy some coffee or hot chocolate with whipped cream galore!

8. WORK/LIFE BALANCE WORKSHOP FOR GRADUATE STUDENTS
Thursday, Dec 10, 4:00-6:00pm, GLC Room C
Stressed over the end of the semester? As a part of the Graduate School’s professional development series, a team of graduate students in the Department of Population Health Sciences is facilitating a work/life balance training program that focuses on sleep, time management, and work/life stress. Learn about effective time-management practices aimed at improving physical, mental, and professional health. Light refreshments will be provided. Please register at https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1449453565417 if planning to attend.

9. GLC COMMUNITY GAME NIGHT
Thursday, Dec 10, 7:00-9:00pm, GLC Lounge
Unwind before finals week with some good old-fashioned board games! The GLC Fellows host a game night full of fun, food, and friendly competition. There will be Pictionary, Giant Jenga, and Apples to Apples, just to name a few. If you have any questions, email Scarlet Soult at scarlet7@vt.edu.

10. GRAD-UGRAD MENTORING PROGRAM SEEKING MENTORS – 1st posting
The Graduate–Undergraduate Mentorship Program (GUMP) is seeking mentors from all fields! This program allows graduate students to mentor undergraduate students considering graduate school. Undergraduates and graduates are matched according to their area of study, allowing the undergraduate to get a taste for graduate school and to ask questions of current graduate students. Each mentor is matched with 1–2 mentees, who will shadow/meet with them at times convenient for the graduate mentor during the Spring semester. Mentoring can help build leadership skills and provide an experience to discuss with future employers. GUMP is sponsored by the Graduate Student Assembly(GSA). Email to gump@vt.edu with any questions. If interested, apply at https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1448905481133.

11. ACADEMY FOR GTA EXCELLENCE APPLICATIONS NOW ACCEPTED – 1st posting
The Academy for GTA Excellence (https://blogs.lt.vt.edu/jwrgrad/academy-for-advanced-teaching-and-transforming-learning-aattl/) invites applications for Academy member, Associate, and Fellow in its Learning Community. The Academy provides opportunities for graduate students to receive advanced education and training in innovative teaching and learning strategies. It also provides a space to recognize excellence in teaching by graduate students. Membership is open to graduate students at all VT campuses. Applications are available at https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_3Vsd1V1nnizMkqp; and nominations or recommendation form at https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_4PzjmrgAFGhBQUt; both are due Saturday, Jan 30. For questions about the Academy, contact VP and Dean for Graduate Education Karen P. DePauw (kpdepauw@vt.edu) or Nicole J. Johnson (nicj712@vt.edu).

13. GSA RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM ABSTRACT SUBMISSION OPEN THROUGH JANUARY 1
The 32nd Annual Graduate Student Assembly (GSA) Research Symposium and Exposition will take place on March 23, 2016 in the Graduate Life Center. Graduate and advanced undergraduate students are invited to submit an abstract for this event between November 8, 2015 and January 1, 2016 at 11:59pm (EST). Visit the Research Symposium website at http://blogs.lt.vt.edu/graduatestudentassembly/graduate-research-symposium/ for details and to submit an abstract. Please read all information and see resources available for tailoring your abstract to this event in order to communicate your research to a broad audience. Contact the Research Symposium and Exposition Chairs (Anthony Carno and Yesim Keskin) at gsa.syposium16@gmail.com with any questions.

14. GSA WEEKLY UPDATES AVAILABLE ONLINE
The Graduate Student Assembly (GSA) is the governing body representing all graduate students. GSA strives to improve campus life, support scholarly pursuits, and encourage graduate student community. Every week, GSA sends out announcements about upcoming events and opportunities. Check out http://blogs.lt.vt.edu/graduatestudentassembly/blog/ for weekly updates. Email gsa@vt.edu with any questions.

15. WAGE POSITION AS NEWS ANALYST AVAILABLE –  1st posting
The Discovery Analytics Center of the VT Department of Computer Science in Arlington is looking to fill 3 wage positions for News Analysts. This is a 20-hrs/week, online, work from home position paying $20/hr. News Analysts will be responsible for reading news articles in Arabic, Portuguese and Spanish and extracting information from them. Analysts are trained on how to record the extracted information. Requirements: proficiency with at least one of these three languages; knowledge of and interest in world and regional politics; excellent written and spoken communication skills. Email application by EOD Dec 9 to parang@cs.vt.edu with a subject line: Application for News Analyst, including detailed CV; list of languages you know, along with your proficiency level; brief note (300 words max) on why are you interested in this opportunity. Complete info at http://dac.cs.vt.edu/job-opening/6-month-onlinework-from-home-wage-position-at-discovery-analytics-center-department-of-computer-science-vt/. Some restrictions may apply for employment of international students.

16. GRAD WAGE POSITION OPEN IN OIRED – 3rd posting
Office of International Research, Education, and Development (OIRED) is looking for a graduate student (wage) to work up to 20 hrs/wk on projects and initiatives, including providing support to project development and efforts to identify and respond to project funding opportunities. The grad student will contribute to proposal preparation and help with the due diligence and research that goes into responses to funding opportunities.  S/he will support ongoing project work as appropriate. Preference is for a student with experience and/or demonstrated interest in working internationally. To apply, send your resume to Lia Kelinsky, liak9@vt.edu by Dec 11, 2015.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

GLC CAFÉ: BOOK SWAP EDITION
Thursday, Dec 17, 3:30-5:00pm, GLC Reading Room or Lobby
Celebrate the end of the semester and the end of the year with the final café of 2015, combined with a book swap. Bring books and take some, or just take books to read during the break. Share your favorite titles with grad students and Grad School colleagues over coffee, tea, hot chocolate, hot cider, and cookies. The café will be on a break on Dec 24 and 31, but will return on Jan 7, 2016!

GRADUATE COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY
Friday, Dec 18, 3:00pm, Cassell Coliseum
Join in the celebration of our graduating master’s and doctoral students and certificate recipients. For details visit http://graduateschool.vt.edu/academics/commencement_info. This event will be live streamed.

December 7-13, 2015

1.  WEEKLY WALK-IN SERVICES IN THE GLC

  • 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. FINANCIAL AID LOAN REPAYMENT INFO SESSION
Monday, Dec 7, 12:00-1:30pm, GLC Room G
If you are graduating in the near future and having to start repaying students loans is looming around the corner, this info session might be just what you need! Financial Aid staff will walk you through the repayment planning process and discuss all the things you need to know! After the info session they will offer one-on-one advising in the GLC on Wednesday and Thursday 8:30-12 and Friday 1-5.

3. FINANCIAL AID LOAN REPAYMENT ONE-ON-ONE ADVISING SESSIONS
Wednesday, Dec 9, 8:30-12:00, Room F
Thursday, Dec 10, 8:30-12:00, Room D
Friday, Dec 11, 1:00-5:00, Room A
Stop by to see an advisor from University Scholarships and Financial Aid office and discuss your particular options for loan repayment. For more information contact Stephanie Breeding at sbreed@vt.edu.

4. PARENT SUPPORT LUNCHEON
Wednesday, Dec 9, 12:00-1:30pm, GLC Room D
Join fellow Hokie parents and a representative from NRVCares to talk about programs in the community that might be valuable to graduate student families. Please register at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0e4fabaa28a1ff2-december1 if planning to attend.

5. 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.

6. OVER 30 THURSDAYS
Thursdays, 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!

7. GLC CAFÉ: MORE WHIPPED CREAM
Thursday, Dec 10, 3:30-5:00pm, 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. Enjoy some coffee or hot chocolate with whipped cream galore!

8. WORK/LIFE BALANCE WORKSHOP FOR GRADUATE STUDENTS
Thursday, Dec 10, 4:00-6:00pm, GLC Room C
Stressed over the end of the semester? As a part of the Graduate School’s professional development series, a team of graduate students in the Department of Population Health Sciences is facilitating a work/life balance training program that focuses on sleep, time management, and work/life stress. Learn about effective time-management practices aimed at improving physical, mental, and professional health. Light refreshments will be provided. Please register at https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1449453565417 if planning to attend.

9. GLC COMMUNITY GAME NIGHT
Thursday, Dec 10, 7:00-9:00pm, GLC Lounge
Unwind before finals week with some good old-fashioned board games! The GLC Fellows host a game night full of fun, food, and friendly competition. There will be Pictionary, Giant Jenga, and Apples to Apples, just to name a few. If you have any questions, email Scarlet Soult at scarlet7@vt.edu.

10. GRAD-UGRAD MENTORING PROGRAM SEEKING MENTORS – 1st posting
The Graduate–Undergraduate Mentorship Program (GUMP) is seeking mentors from all fields! This program allows graduate students to mentor undergraduate students considering graduate school. Undergraduates and graduates are matched according to their area of study, allowing the undergraduate to get a taste for graduate school and to ask questions of current graduate students. Each mentor is matched with 1–2 mentees, who will shadow/meet with them at times convenient for the graduate mentor during the Spring semester. Mentoring can help build leadership skills and provide an experience to discuss with future employers. GUMP is sponsored by the Graduate Student Assembly(GSA). Email to gump@vt.edu with any questions. If interested, apply at https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1448905481133.

11. ACADEMY FOR GTA EXCELLENCE APPLICATIONS NOW ACCEPTED – 1st posting
The Academy for GTA Excellence (https://blogs.lt.vt.edu/jwrgrad/academy-for-advanced-teaching-and-transforming-learning-aattl/) invites applications for Academy member, Associate, and Fellow in its Learning Community. The Academy provides opportunities for graduate students to receive advanced education and training in innovative teaching and learning strategies. It also provides a space to recognize excellence in teaching by graduate students. Membership is open to graduate students at all VT campuses. Applications are available at https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_3Vsd1V1nnizMkqp; and nominations or recommendation form at https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_4PzjmrgAFGhBQUt; both are due Saturday, Jan 30. For questions about the Academy, contact VP and Dean for Graduate Education Karen P. DePauw (kpdepauw@vt.edu) or Nicole J. Johnson (nicj712@vt.edu).

13. GSA RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM ABSTRACT SUBMISSION OPEN THROUGH JANUARY 1
The 32nd Annual Graduate Student Assembly (GSA) Research Symposium and Exposition will take place on March 23, 2016 in the Graduate Life Center. Graduate and advanced undergraduate students are invited to submit an abstract for this event between November 8, 2015 and January 1, 2016 at 11:59pm (EST). Visit the Research Symposium website at http://blogs.lt.vt.edu/graduatestudentassembly/graduate-research-symposium/ for details and to submit an abstract. Please read all information and see resources available for tailoring your abstract to this event in order to communicate your research to a broad audience. Contact the Research Symposium and Exposition Chairs (Anthony Carno and Yesim Keskin) at gsa.syposium16@gmail.com with any questions.

14. GSA WEEKLY UPDATES AVAILABLE ONLINE
The Graduate Student Assembly (GSA) is the governing body representing all graduate students. GSA strives to improve campus life, support scholarly pursuits, and encourage graduate student community. Every week, GSA sends out announcements about upcoming events and opportunities. Check out http://blogs.lt.vt.edu/graduatestudentassembly/blog/ for weekly updates. Email gsa@vt.edu with any questions.

15. WAGE POSITION AS NEWS ANALYST AVAILABLE –  1st posting
The Discovery Analytics Center of the VT Department of Computer Science in Arlington is looking to fill 3 wage positions for News Analysts. This is a 20-hrs/week, online, work from home position paying $20/hr. News Analysts will be responsible for reading news articles in Arabic, Portuguese and Spanish and extracting information from them. Analysts are trained on how to record the extracted information. Requirements: proficiency with at least one of these three languages; knowledge of and interest in world and regional politics; excellent written and spoken communication skills. Email application by EOD Dec 9 to parang@cs.vt.edu with a subject line: Application for News Analyst, including detailed CV; list of languages you know, along with your proficiency level; brief note (300 words max) on why are you interested in this opportunity. Complete info at http://dac.cs.vt.edu/job-opening/6-month-onlinework-from-home-wage-position-at-discovery-analytics-center-department-of-computer-science-vt/. Some restrictions may apply for employment of international students.

16. GRAD WAGE POSITION OPEN IN OIRED – 3rd posting
Office of International Research, Education, and Development (OIRED) is looking for a graduate student (wage) to work up to 20 hrs/wk on projects and initiatives, including providing support to project development and efforts to identify and respond to project funding opportunities. The grad student will contribute to proposal preparation and help with the due diligence and research that goes into responses to funding opportunities.  S/he will support ongoing project work as appropriate. Preference is for a student with experience and/or demonstrated interest in working internationally. To apply, send your resume to Lia Kelinsky, liak9@vt.edu by Dec 11, 2015.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

GLC CAFÉ: BOOK SWAP EDITION
Thursday, Dec 17, 3:30-5:00pm, GLC Reading Room or Lobby
Celebrate the end of the semester and the end of the year with the final café of 2015, combined with a book swap. Bring books and take some, or just take books to read during the break. Share your favorite titles with grad students and Grad School colleagues over coffee, tea, hot chocolate, hot cider, and cookies. The café will be on a break on Dec 24 and 31, but will return on Jan 7, 2016!

GRADUATE COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY
Friday, Dec 18, 3:00pm, Cassell Coliseum
Join in the celebration of our graduating master’s and doctoral students and certificate recipients. For details visit http://graduateschool.vt.edu/academics/commencement_info. This event will be live streamed.