February 29 – March 6, 2016

1.  WEEKLY WALK-IN SERVICES IN THE GLC – updated 1/25/16

  • Career Services advising: Wednesdays 2:00-5:00pm, GLC Lobby
  • Cook Counseling: ThF 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: TTh 11:00-1:00, F 10:00-12:00, Room A
  • Writing assistance: Th 5:30-8:30, Room A

 2. LGBTQ+ENGINEERING CONNECT LUNCH
Tuesday, Mar 1, 12:00pm, Kelly Hall’s Café X
Join for a catered lunch and free-form dialogue on the LGBTQ+ experience in the College of Engineering with Dean DePauw, Vice President and Dean for Graduate Education, and Dr. Pratt-Clarke, Vice Provost for Inclusion and Diversity and Vice President for Strategic Affairs. Come to connect, share, and learn more about engineering specific initiatives from out in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (oSTEM) and Queer Grads, Professionals and Allies (QGPA). Discretion and privacy respected. Location has single occupancy restrooms. All undergrads, grads, faculty, and staff welcomed. Sponsored by the College of Engineering Diversity Committee. Questions about the event, dietary offerings, and/or accessibility? Email: oSTEM.vt@gmail.com. Learn more at https://www.facebook.com/events/1514745195487367/.

3. DISCOVER ISLAM
Tuesday, Mar 1, 12:00-2:00pm, Info Booth B 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). Contact grad student Haitham Elmarakeby (marakeby@vt.edu) for more information.

4. ADULTS WITH ADHD SUPPORT GROUP
First Tuesdays, Mar 1, 4:30-5:30pm, McComas Hall Rec Sports Classroom 198
Hokie Wellness is hosting a support group for adults with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). The group is held on the first Tuesday of the month. This group is available to VT undergraduate students, graduate students, and faculty/staff.

5. FREE ANXIETY/OCD SUPPORT GROUP
Tuesdays, Mar 1, Apr 5, May 3, 6:30-7:30pm, GLC Room A
The Psychological Services Center is providing a free support group with monthly meetings for those struggling with anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). The group meets on the first Tuesday of every month from 6:30-7:30pm. This group is available for undergraduate and graduate students.  Call the Psychological Services Center at 540-231-6914 with any questions.

6. 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.

7. GLC CAFÉ
Thursday, Mar 3, 3:30-5:00pm, GLC Reading Room
Enjoy free coffee, tea and cookies in the company of your grad student and Grad School colleagues. Relax, network, get caffeinated. Bring your own mug if you can. Celebrate the arrival of March with some special cookies this week!

8. GRADUATE ARTS COUNCIL PRESENTS: MIXER IN THE CUBE!
Thursday, Mar 3, 6:00-9:00pm, Moss Arts Center
Stop by the Moss Arts Center for some free food and music! The evening will be DJ’d by one of our very own, Ryan McHugh, spatialized over 134 loudspeakers in the Cube! Master’s students from various graduate programs will be there. Feel free to bring a friend. This is a great opportunity to explore the Cube, and also meet MFA colleagues and expand your network of friends and potential future collaborators.

9. KIDS NIGHTS OUT– NOTE TEMPORARY NEW LOCATION!
Thursdays, 6:00-8:30pm, Luther Memorial Church classroom, 600 Prices Fork Rd
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 is held every Thursday throughout the semester when classes are in session.  Park in the lower parking lot (on Prices Fork Road) and go up the stairs. Enter the building through the door (with “Little Hokie Hangout” sign) at the top of the hill with the long access ramp. Children should wash their hands in the bathroom before entering the room. Until renovations are completed at the Women’s Center, KNO will meet at the new location.  For more information, contact Jessie Meltsner at jmelts@vt.edu or 231-7806.

10. SPRING 2016 APPLICATION FOR DEGREE DEADLINE MAR 1
Spring 2016 graduates must electronically submit the Degree or Certificate Conferral Request online (in HokieSpa under Degree Menu) by Mar 1, 2016 for your name to appear in the Commencement Bulletin. PhD and EdD students must also include their dissertation title when submitting the Degree or Certificate Conferral Request for their name to appear in the bulletin. Without this title, your name will not be listed. The information entered electronically is used to order your diploma, so please ensure that the information is correct. A Degree or Certificate Conferral Request fee ($25.00) will be assessed to your student account after you submit your application for degree.

11. GSA GRADUATION CAP & GOWN RENTAL PROGRAM – closes Apr 8
Are you graduating with a master’s or doctoral degree this spring?  If yes, you might be eligible to borrow a free graduate cap and gown from the GSA! This program loans a limited number of graduation gowns and caps to graduate students participating in Spring 2016 graduation ceremonies. Caps and gowns must then be returned to the GSA after the ceremonies. Interested students should fill out a survey at https://blogs.lt.vt.edu/graduatestudentassembly/special-programs/gsa-graduation-gown-rental-program/ by Friday, Apr 8 at 5pm (EST) to be entered into a lottery. Rental recipients will be notified no later than Apr 13. Please note that all gowns have been dry cleaned but caps will not be cleaned due to their internal material. Contact GSA Events and Special Programs Chair Kisha Gresham at kiwi@vt.edu with questions.

12. GLOBAL EDUCATION SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS INVITED – 2nd posting
Virginia Tech’s Global Education Office is now accepting need-based scholarship applications for study abroad program participation in Summer and Fall semester 2016.  Visit www.globaleducation.vt.edu for more information on deadlines and the application process. 

13. SUBMISSIONS INVITED TO GLC PHOTO AND ART CONTEST – 2nd posting
The Graduate School invites submissions of art work and photography by graduate students for display in the GLC during Graduate Education Week (Mar 21-25) and beyond. Submissions are limited to three pieces (art and/or photography) per graduate student. Learn more at http://www.graduatelifecenter.vt.edu/contest/.  Submission deadline: Wednesday, Mar 16, 2016.

14. VOTE ON YOUR FAVORITE SLOGAN FOR GRAD ED WEEK 2016!
Vote on your favorite slogan or submit a new one at https://www.facebook.com/events/1677127289236409/. The slogan may appear on limited edition Graduate Education Week 2016 t-shirts and in other GEW advertisement materials.

15. BBURG MEN’S RUGBY CLUB LOOKING FOR PLAYERS – 1st posting
The Blacksburg Men’s Rugby Club is looking for new and experienced players. The Blacksburg Rugby Football Club (Blacksburg RFC) is a rugby union club that primarily draws players from the Blacksburg/Christiansburg/Radford region and competes at the Men’s Division III club level within the Capital Rugby Union. Players range broadly in terms of playing experience, athletic background, age, and level of commitment, so all interested players are very welcome to participate. If you are interested in seeing if the club would be right for you, contact president@blacksburgrugby.com and someone will get back in touch with you. Posted on behalf of doctoral student Sebastien Corner, scorner@vt.edu.

16. GRADS GOT TALENT – SAVE THE DATE: APR 8 – 1st posting
Grad students are invited to show off your talent(s)! The GLC Fellows are hosting a talent competition in early April. Mark your calendars, figure out your act, start practicing, and get ready for an awesome evening. For any questions, reach out to GLC Fellow Scarlet at scarlet7@vt.edu.

17. GRADUATE STUDENT ASSEMBLY ELECTIONS FOR 2016-2017: INQUIRE NOW!
If you are interested in student leadership and service, professional preparation, and networking opportunities outside your discipline, consider running for office in the Graduate Student Assembly! The GSA is the student government organization that advocates for all 7000+ graduate and professional students and provides representation to university leadership, small grants funding, an annual competitive research symposium, and social programming. Previous experience with the GSA is not required, and any main campus graduate student is eligible to run for office. If interested, you must declare your candidacy in person at the 3/17/16 meeting. Elections will be held during the 4/28/16 mtg. Officers begin their terms on 6/1/16. For a list of Executive Board positions/descriptions, times/dates of information sessions with current Officers, and more, visit http://tinyurl.com/gsa-elect. Contact gsa@vt.edu with questions.

18. RETURNED PEACE CORPS VOLUNTEER LISTSERV REGISTRATION – 2nd posting
The Campus Peace Corps Recruiter is currently updating the Returned Peace Corps listserv for the NRV. If you or anyone you know served in the Peace Corps and is living in the area, please have them fill out the following form so they will be invited to events in the area and might be able to serve on a panel to answer questions for new applicants: http://goo.gl/forms/wfm2xMdCKj or contact Cathie Bukowski, RPCV Honduras 2006-2009 at peacecorps@vt.edu.

19. PERFORMANCES INVITED FOR INTERNATIONAL STREET FAIR IN APR – 3rd posting
The performance sign up for the International Street Fair is now open! The Fair will be held on Sunday, Apr 17, 12:00-5:00pm. Please complete this online survey to sign up to perform:  https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_1TwSxhmjTprEpmt.

20. INVITATION TO ACROSSBORDERS@VT INTL LGBTQ+ GROUP – 3rd posting
AcrossBorders@VT is a group of international LGBTQ+ students/faculty/affiliates of Virginia Tech. The aim of the group is to provide a friendly space for the international LGBTQ+ population to discuss concerns about their sexuality and coming out, and support one another. Given that the international population comes from cultures different from the one(s) in the USA, the group aims to provide a more customized support to the international LGBTQ+ population. The group also ensures confidentiality and privacy of all members. If you are interested in attending meetings and/or events, or have questions, contact acrossborders.vt@gmail.com. Email us to join the secret Facebook group to connect with other international LGBTQ+ people.

21. 2016-2017 GLC FELLOW POSITION OPENINGS – 1st posting
Residence Life and the Graduate School are seeking motivated graduate students who are committed to building graduate community, for GLC Fellow positions for the 2016-17 academic year. An ideal candidate would have previous residence life and/or event planning experience, though it is not a requirement. Applicants must submit a formal cover letter, resume and letter of recommendation, and fully complete the following survey: https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_8j2LrGqsi4kv4cB. Information about cover letter requirements is detailed in the survey and the full job description is at www.graduatelifecenter.vt.edu.  Apply by midnight on Sunday, Mar 27, 2016. Contact Lauren Surface at lkeister@vt.edu or Caraline Moholland at cmoholla@vt.edu  if you have questions.

22. TWO-YEAR GRA OPENING IN GENDER RESEARCH – 2nd posting
Applications are invited for a two-year Graduate Research Assistantship position beginning fall 2016 for a master’s student to support gender research in an international agricultural research project. The student must be accepted by the Graduate School and the Geography Department or the School of Public and International Affairs; must have background in social sciences; and be a US citizen. Application deadline: Apr 8. See details at: http://www.oired.vt.edu/job-listings/GraduateResearchAsst-WGD-JobListing2016.html.

23. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR RESEARCH STUDY ABOUT MENSTRUAL CYCLE AND FOOD CRAVINGS – 1st posting
Participants between the ages of 18-30 years, female, not currently taking hormonal birth control, not pregnant, have self-reported “regular” menstrual cycles are currently being sought for an IRB approved study on the relationship between the menstrual cycle and food cravings using the phone app Clue. Participants will be entered to receive $20 Kroger gift card in compensation. To participate or for more information contact Meredith Young at mjyoung@vt.edu.

24. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR RESEARCH STUDY ABOUT VIDEO CONFERENCING – 1st posting
Participants are sought for an IRB-approved study about video as a medium of communication, and specifically from the perspective of the feedback image. Must be at least 18 years old to participate. If you are interested, please contact grad student Shiwani Dewal for more information at shiwanid@vt.edu.

25. GRAD STUDENTS INVITED TO PARTICIPATE IN THE BIG EVENT – 1st posting
John Tedesco and Tristen Asrejadid, co-directors of Student Outreach for VT’s The Big Event, invite graduate students to participate. The Big Event is a student-run community service effort that has grown into the second largest event of its kind in the nation. This year the event will be on Apr 9, and organizers set out a goal to recruit 10,000 volunteers. This is a great way to get involved and have fun with other graduate students (or undergrads!) while also working to help the local Blacksburg community. To make a team, go to http://vtbigevent.org/volunteer and follow the steps to create a team. Once the team is set up, you can share the name of your team (or the provided access code) with the rest of your friends or fellow graduate students for them to join. Contact the organizers at studentoutreach@vtbigevent.org with any questions.

26. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR SCISSOR DESIGN STUDY – 1st posting
Participants are needed for a study on the "Impact of Different Scissor Designs on Physical Demands and Performance." The experiment involves two sessions (one training ~1 hr, and one data collection ~2 hrs), and participants will be compensated $10/hr. Requirements: 18 -35 years old, right-handed only, must have normal or corrected to normal vision, and no current or recent (past 1 year) musculoskeletal injuries or other health conditions. For further information and scheduling, contact 786-450-0509 or aanuolu@vt.edu.

27. SURVEY PARTICIPATION NEEDED FOR PILOT TO EASE PARKING AT VT – 1st posting
Student researchers are trying to prototype a mobile application to ease the Commuter/Student parking on Virginia Tech campus. Please fill this 15 seconds survey to help with the process. Link: http://goo.gl/forms/vsVsqG41qf. For more information contact master’s student Namitha at snamitta@vt.edu.

28. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR RESEARCH STUDY ABOUT SOCIAL JUSTICE THINKING – 2nd  posting
Graduate students who are self-proclaimed social justice thinkers are invited to share their insights for an important study. Participation consists of a one-hour, confidential interview at the location of your choice. To participate in this study, please contact Veronica van Montfrans at vanmonv@vt.edu. Participants must be 18 years or older.

29. SURVEY PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR DIGITAL MEMORIALIZATION CONCEPT STUDY – 2nd posting
Participants are sought for an IRB-approved survey for a study on the concept of digital memorialization. What happens to digital artifacts after the owners or the originators have passed away? How can one best make use of the Internet to preserve the memories of loved ones? Digital artifacts may include social networking profiles, e-mail exchanges, blog posts, photographs, or even online repositories of scholarly work. If interested, access the survey online: https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_8qUmQXks6SdQDMV.  Responses are completely confidential. Some questions might be personal in nature. You may choose to skip the questions that you are not comfortable with. The investigators for this project are Dr. Deborah Tatar (dtatar@cs.vt.edu) and Amna Rafiq (amna@vt.edu).

30. VIOLINIST SOUGHT FOR GRAD STUDENT BAND – 3rd posting
A band made of a group of graduate students is looking for a violinist with experience with modern music. The band meets up every Thursday at 6:30pm and practices for a couple of hours. This band consists of a vocal, a drummer, a bass player and a key player; it does not adhere to any genre and members welcome all inputs as to what to jam next. Requirement: Must be able to meet every Thursday at 6:30pm; must have some experience with modern music; experience with improvisation is preferred; it would be even better if you have an electric violin. If interested, contact Ethan Smith, ethands@vt.edu.

31. SURVEY PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT ABOUT INVOLVEMENT IN STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS – 3rd posting
Would you like the chance to win a $25.00 gift card? Take this survey at http://tinyurl.com/Precareer for your chance to win!  A VT faculty member is seeking to know more about what activities you and other VT students choose to participate in.  In taking this survey you are helping with the extensive research of how your activities affect your life after college.  Any student in any major at VT can respond to the survey.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

SHORT STAT COURSES FOR GRADS BY LISA – SPRING SCHEDULE
LISA (Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Statistical Analysis) provides a series of evening short courses to help graduate students use statistics in their research. These two-hour courses teach practical statistical techniques for analyzing or collecting data. See www.lisa.stat.vt.edu/?q=short_courses for instructions on how to register and to learn more.
Spring 2016 Schedule:

  • Tuesday, Mar 15, 4:00-6:00 pm: Comparing Means and Other Measures of Location between Two Populations by Significance Tests and Effect Size;
  • Tuesday, Mar 22, 4:00-6:00 pm: Data Analytics – Classification;
  • Tuesday, Mar 29, 4:00-6:00 pm: Basics of R;
  • Tuesday, Apr 5, 4:00-6:00 pm: Statistical Analysis Using R;
  • Tuesday, Apr 12, 4:00-6:00 pm: Better Data Visualization in R Using the ggplot2 Package;
  • Tuesday, Apr 19, 4:00-6:00 pm: Introduction to Web Scraping in R;
  • Tuesday, Apr 26, 4:00-6:00 pm: Introduction to Multivariate Analysis of Variance (MANOVA) in JMP.

Follow LISA on Facebook (www.facebook.com/Statistical.collaboration) or Twitter (www.twitter.com/LISA_VT) to be the first to know about LISA events! Learn more at www.lisa.stat.vt.edu.

SOME SPRING BREAK EVENT FOR GRADS
One day next week, Mar 7-11, sometime between 8:00am-5:00, somewhere in or around the GLC
Next week is spring break, not that grad students will notice it much, other than for easier parking. But maybe you should take at least 30 minutes to an hour to relax and have fun with your grad student colleagues. What should the event be? Send your ideas and requests to Monika at gibsonm@vt.edu by Friday, Mar 4, and she will make something happen.

February 29 – March 6, 2016

1.  WEEKLY WALK-IN SERVICES IN THE GLC – updated 1/25/16

  • Career Services advising: Wednesdays 2:00-5:00pm, GLC Lobby
  • Cook Counseling: ThF 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: TTh 11:00-1:00, F 10:00-12:00, Room A
  • Writing assistance: Th 5:30-8:30, Room A

 2. LGBTQ+ENGINEERING CONNECT LUNCH
Tuesday, Mar 1, 12:00pm, Kelly Hall’s Café X
Join for a catered lunch and free-form dialogue on the LGBTQ+ experience in the College of Engineering with Dean DePauw, Vice President and Dean for Graduate Education, and Dr. Pratt-Clarke, Vice Provost for Inclusion and Diversity and Vice President for Strategic Affairs. Come to connect, share, and learn more about engineering specific initiatives from out in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (oSTEM) and Queer Grads, Professionals and Allies (QGPA). Discretion and privacy respected. Location has single occupancy restrooms. All undergrads, grads, faculty, and staff welcomed. Sponsored by the College of Engineering Diversity Committee. Questions about the event, dietary offerings, and/or accessibility? Email: oSTEM.vt@gmail.com. Learn more at https://www.facebook.com/events/1514745195487367/.

3. DISCOVER ISLAM
Tuesday, Mar 1, 12:00-2:00pm, Info Booth B 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). Contact grad student Haitham Elmarakeby (marakeby@vt.edu) for more information.

4. ADULTS WITH ADHD SUPPORT GROUP
First Tuesdays, Mar 1, 4:30-5:30pm, McComas Hall Rec Sports Classroom 198
Hokie Wellness is hosting a support group for adults with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). The group is held on the first Tuesday of the month. This group is available to VT undergraduate students, graduate students, and faculty/staff.

5. FREE ANXIETY/OCD SUPPORT GROUP
Tuesdays, Mar 1, Apr 5, May 3, 6:30-7:30pm, GLC Room A
The Psychological Services Center is providing a free support group with monthly meetings for those struggling with anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). The group meets on the first Tuesday of every month from 6:30-7:30pm. This group is available for undergraduate and graduate students.  Call the Psychological Services Center at 540-231-6914 with any questions.

6. 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.

7. GLC CAFÉ
Thursday, Mar 3, 3:30-5:00pm, GLC Reading Room
Enjoy free coffee, tea and cookies in the company of your grad student and Grad School colleagues. Relax, network, get caffeinated. Bring your own mug if you can. Celebrate the arrival of March with some special cookies this week!

8. GRADUATE ARTS COUNCIL PRESENTS: MIXER IN THE CUBE!
Thursday, Mar 3, 6:00-9:00pm, Moss Arts Center
Stop by the Moss Arts Center for some free food and music! The evening will be DJ’d by one of our very own, Ryan McHugh, spatialized over 134 loudspeakers in the Cube! Master’s students from various graduate programs will be there. Feel free to bring a friend. This is a great opportunity to explore the Cube, and also meet MFA colleagues and expand your network of friends and potential future collaborators.

9. KIDS NIGHTS OUT– NOTE TEMPORARY NEW LOCATION!
Thursdays, 6:00-8:30pm, Luther Memorial Church classroom, 600 Prices Fork Rd
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 is held every Thursday throughout the semester when classes are in session.  Park in the lower parking lot (on Prices Fork Road) and go up the stairs. Enter the building through the door (with “Little Hokie Hangout” sign) at the top of the hill with the long access ramp. Children should wash their hands in the bathroom before entering the room. Until renovations are completed at the Women’s Center, KNO will meet at the new location.  For more information, contact Jessie Meltsner at jmelts@vt.edu or 231-7806.

10. SPRING 2016 APPLICATION FOR DEGREE DEADLINE MAR 1
Spring 2016 graduates must electronically submit the Degree or Certificate Conferral Request online (in HokieSpa under Degree Menu) by Mar 1, 2016 for your name to appear in the Commencement Bulletin. PhD and EdD students must also include their dissertation title when submitting the Degree or Certificate Conferral Request for their name to appear in the bulletin. Without this title, your name will not be listed. The information entered electronically is used to order your diploma, so please ensure that the information is correct. A Degree or Certificate Conferral Request fee ($25.00) will be assessed to your student account after you submit your application for degree.

11. GSA GRADUATION CAP & GOWN RENTAL PROGRAM – closes Apr 8
Are you graduating with a master’s or doctoral degree this spring?  If yes, you might be eligible to borrow a free graduate cap and gown from the GSA! This program loans a limited number of graduation gowns and caps to graduate students participating in Spring 2016 graduation ceremonies. Caps and gowns must then be returned to the GSA after the ceremonies. Interested students should fill out a survey at https://blogs.lt.vt.edu/graduatestudentassembly/special-programs/gsa-graduation-gown-rental-program/ by Friday, Apr 8 at 5pm (EST) to be entered into a lottery. Rental recipients will be notified no later than Apr 13. Please note that all gowns have been dry cleaned but caps will not be cleaned due to their internal material. Contact GSA Events and Special Programs Chair Kisha Gresham at kiwi@vt.edu with questions.

12. GLOBAL EDUCATION SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS INVITED – 2nd posting
Virginia Tech’s Global Education Office is now accepting need-based scholarship applications for study abroad program participation in Summer and Fall semester 2016.  Visit www.globaleducation.vt.edu for more information on deadlines and the application process. 

13. SUBMISSIONS INVITED TO GLC PHOTO AND ART CONTEST – 2nd posting
The Graduate School invites submissions of art work and photography by graduate students for display in the GLC during Graduate Education Week (Mar 21-25) and beyond. Submissions are limited to three pieces (art and/or photography) per graduate student. Learn more at http://www.graduatelifecenter.vt.edu/contest/.  Submission deadline: Wednesday, Mar 16, 2016.

14. VOTE ON YOUR FAVORITE SLOGAN FOR GRAD ED WEEK 2016!
Vote on your favorite slogan or submit a new one at https://www.facebook.com/events/1677127289236409/. The slogan may appear on limited edition Graduate Education Week 2016 t-shirts and in other GEW advertisement materials.

15. BBURG MEN’S RUGBY CLUB LOOKING FOR PLAYERS – 1st posting
The Blacksburg Men’s Rugby Club is looking for new and experienced players. The Blacksburg Rugby Football Club (Blacksburg RFC) is a rugby union club that primarily draws players from the Blacksburg/Christiansburg/Radford region and competes at the Men’s Division III club level within the Capital Rugby Union. Players range broadly in terms of playing experience, athletic background, age, and level of commitment, so all interested players are very welcome to participate. If you are interested in seeing if the club would be right for you, contact president@blacksburgrugby.com and someone will get back in touch with you. Posted on behalf of doctoral student Sebastien Corner, scorner@vt.edu.

16. GRADS GOT TALENT – SAVE THE DATE: APR 8 – 1st posting
Grad students are invited to show off your talent(s)! The GLC Fellows are hosting a talent competition in early April. Mark your calendars, figure out your act, start practicing, and get ready for an awesome evening. For any questions, reach out to GLC Fellow Scarlet at scarlet7@vt.edu.

17. GRADUATE STUDENT ASSEMBLY ELECTIONS FOR 2016-2017: INQUIRE NOW!
If you are interested in student leadership and service, professional preparation, and networking opportunities outside your discipline, consider running for office in the Graduate Student Assembly! The GSA is the student government organization that advocates for all 7000+ graduate and professional students and provides representation to university leadership, small grants funding, an annual competitive research symposium, and social programming. Previous experience with the GSA is not required, and any main campus graduate student is eligible to run for office. If interested, you must declare your candidacy in person at the 3/17/16 meeting. Elections will be held during the 4/28/16 mtg. Officers begin their terms on 6/1/16. For a list of Executive Board positions/descriptions, times/dates of information sessions with current Officers, and more, visit http://tinyurl.com/gsa-elect. Contact gsa@vt.edu with questions.

18. RETURNED PEACE CORPS VOLUNTEER LISTSERV REGISTRATION – 2nd posting
The Campus Peace Corps Recruiter is currently updating the Returned Peace Corps listserv for the NRV. If you or anyone you know served in the Peace Corps and is living in the area, please have them fill out the following form so they will be invited to events in the area and might be able to serve on a panel to answer questions for new applicants: http://goo.gl/forms/wfm2xMdCKj or contact Cathie Bukowski, RPCV Honduras 2006-2009 at peacecorps@vt.edu.

19. PERFORMANCES INVITED FOR INTERNATIONAL STREET FAIR IN APR – 3rd posting
The performance sign up for the International Street Fair is now open! The Fair will be held on Sunday, Apr 17, 12:00-5:00pm. Please complete this online survey to sign up to perform:  https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_1TwSxhmjTprEpmt.

20. INVITATION TO ACROSSBORDERS@VT INTL LGBTQ+ GROUP – 3rd posting
AcrossBorders@VT is a group of international LGBTQ+ students/faculty/affiliates of Virginia Tech. The aim of the group is to provide a friendly space for the international LGBTQ+ population to discuss concerns about their sexuality and coming out, and support one another. Given that the international population comes from cultures different from the one(s) in the USA, the group aims to provide a more customized support to the international LGBTQ+ population. The group also ensures confidentiality and privacy of all members. If you are interested in attending meetings and/or events, or have questions, contact acrossborders.vt@gmail.com. Email us to join the secret Facebook group to connect with other international LGBTQ+ people.

21. 2016-2017 GLC FELLOW POSITION OPENINGS – 1st posting
Residence Life and the Graduate School are seeking motivated graduate students who are committed to building graduate community, for GLC Fellow positions for the 2016-17 academic year. An ideal candidate would have previous residence life and/or event planning experience, though it is not a requirement. Applicants must submit a formal cover letter, resume and letter of recommendation, and fully complete the following survey: https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_8j2LrGqsi4kv4cB. Information about cover letter requirements is detailed in the survey and the full job description is at www.graduatelifecenter.vt.edu.  Apply by midnight on Sunday, Mar 27, 2016. Contact Lauren Surface at lkeister@vt.edu or Caraline Moholland at cmoholla@vt.edu  if you have questions.

22. TWO-YEAR GRA OPENING IN GENDER RESEARCH – 2nd posting
Applications are invited for a two-year Graduate Research Assistantship position beginning fall 2016 for a master’s student to support gender research in an international agricultural research project. The student must be accepted by the Graduate School and the Geography Department or the School of Public and International Affairs; must have background in social sciences; and be a US citizen. Application deadline: Apr 8. See details at: http://www.oired.vt.edu/job-listings/GraduateResearchAsst-WGD-JobListing2016.html.

23. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR RESEARCH STUDY ABOUT MENSTRUAL CYCLE AND FOOD CRAVINGS – 1st posting
Participants between the ages of 18-30 years, female, not currently taking hormonal birth control, not pregnant, have self-reported “regular” menstrual cycles are currently being sought for an IRB approved study on the relationship between the menstrual cycle and food cravings using the phone app Clue. Participants will be entered to receive $20 Kroger gift card in compensation. To participate or for more information contact Meredith Young at mjyoung@vt.edu.

24. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR RESEARCH STUDY ABOUT VIDEO CONFERENCING – 1st posting
Participants are sought for an IRB-approved study about video as a medium of communication, and specifically from the perspective of the feedback image. Must be at least 18 years old to participate. If you are interested, please contact grad student Shiwani Dewal for more information at shiwanid@vt.edu.

25. GRAD STUDENTS INVITED TO PARTICIPATE IN THE BIG EVENT – 1st posting
John Tedesco and Tristen Asrejadid, co-directors of Student Outreach for VT’s The Big Event, invite graduate students to participate. The Big Event is a student-run community service effort that has grown into the second largest event of its kind in the nation. This year the event will be on Apr 9, and organizers set out a goal to recruit 10,000 volunteers. This is a great way to get involved and have fun with other graduate students (or undergrads!) while also working to help the local Blacksburg community. To make a team, go to http://vtbigevent.org/volunteer and follow the steps to create a team. Once the team is set up, you can share the name of your team (or the provided access code) with the rest of your friends or fellow graduate students for them to join. Contact the organizers at studentoutreach@vtbigevent.org with any questions.

26. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR SCISSOR DESIGN STUDY – 1st posting
Participants are needed for a study on the "Impact of Different Scissor Designs on Physical Demands and Performance." The experiment involves two sessions (one training ~1 hr, and one data collection ~2 hrs), and participants will be compensated $10/hr. Requirements: 18 -35 years old, right-handed only, must have normal or corrected to normal vision, and no current or recent (past 1 year) musculoskeletal injuries or other health conditions. For further information and scheduling, contact 786-450-0509 or aanuolu@vt.edu.

27. SURVEY PARTICIPATION NEEDED FOR PILOT TO EASE PARKING AT VT – 1st posting
Student researchers are trying to prototype a mobile application to ease the Commuter/Student parking on Virginia Tech campus. Please fill this 15 seconds survey to help with the process. Link: http://goo.gl/forms/vsVsqG41qf. For more information contact master’s student Namitha at snamitta@vt.edu.

28. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR RESEARCH STUDY ABOUT SOCIAL JUSTICE THINKING – 2nd  posting
Graduate students who are self-proclaimed social justice thinkers are invited to share their insights for an important study. Participation consists of a one-hour, confidential interview at the location of your choice. To participate in this study, please contact Veronica van Montfrans at vanmonv@vt.edu. Participants must be 18 years or older.

29. SURVEY PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR DIGITAL MEMORIALIZATION CONCEPT STUDY – 2nd posting
Participants are sought for an IRB-approved survey for a study on the concept of digital memorialization. What happens to digital artifacts after the owners or the originators have passed away? How can one best make use of the Internet to preserve the memories of loved ones? Digital artifacts may include social networking profiles, e-mail exchanges, blog posts, photographs, or even online repositories of scholarly work. If interested, access the survey online: https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_8qUmQXks6SdQDMV.  Responses are completely confidential. Some questions might be personal in nature. You may choose to skip the questions that you are not comfortable with. The investigators for this project are Dr. Deborah Tatar (dtatar@cs.vt.edu) and Amna Rafiq (amna@vt.edu).

30. VIOLINIST SOUGHT FOR GRAD STUDENT BAND – 3rd posting
A band made of a group of graduate students is looking for a violinist with experience with modern music. The band meets up every Thursday at 6:30pm and practices for a couple of hours. This band consists of a vocal, a drummer, a bass player and a key player; it does not adhere to any genre and members welcome all inputs as to what to jam next. Requirement: Must be able to meet every Thursday at 6:30pm; must have some experience with modern music; experience with improvisation is preferred; it would be even better if you have an electric violin. If interested, contact Ethan Smith, ethands@vt.edu.

31. SURVEY PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT ABOUT INVOLVEMENT IN STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS – 3rd posting
Would you like the chance to win a $25.00 gift card? Take this survey at http://tinyurl.com/Precareer for your chance to win!  A VT faculty member is seeking to know more about what activities you and other VT students choose to participate in.  In taking this survey you are helping with the extensive research of how your activities affect your life after college.  Any student in any major at VT can respond to the survey.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

SHORT STAT COURSES FOR GRADS BY LISA – SPRING SCHEDULE
LISA (Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Statistical Analysis) provides a series of evening short courses to help graduate students use statistics in their research. These two-hour courses teach practical statistical techniques for analyzing or collecting data. See www.lisa.stat.vt.edu/?q=short_courses for instructions on how to register and to learn more.
Spring 2016 Schedule:

  • Tuesday, Mar 15, 4:00-6:00 pm: Comparing Means and Other Measures of Location between Two Populations by Significance Tests and Effect Size;
  • Tuesday, Mar 22, 4:00-6:00 pm: Data Analytics – Classification;
  • Tuesday, Mar 29, 4:00-6:00 pm: Basics of R;
  • Tuesday, Apr 5, 4:00-6:00 pm: Statistical Analysis Using R;
  • Tuesday, Apr 12, 4:00-6:00 pm: Better Data Visualization in R Using the ggplot2 Package;
  • Tuesday, Apr 19, 4:00-6:00 pm: Introduction to Web Scraping in R;
  • Tuesday, Apr 26, 4:00-6:00 pm: Introduction to Multivariate Analysis of Variance (MANOVA) in JMP.

Follow LISA on Facebook (www.facebook.com/Statistical.collaboration) or Twitter (www.twitter.com/LISA_VT) to be the first to know about LISA events! Learn more at www.lisa.stat.vt.edu.

SOME SPRING BREAK EVENT FOR GRADS
One day next week, Mar 7-11, sometime between 8:00am-5:00, somewhere in or around the GLC
Next week is spring break, not that grad students will notice it much, other than for easier parking. But maybe you should take at least 30 minutes to an hour to relax and have fun with your grad student colleagues. What should the event be? Send your ideas and requests to Monika at gibsonm@vt.edu by Friday, Mar 4, and she will make something happen.

February 22-28, 2016

1.  WEEKLY WALK-IN SERVICES IN THE GLC – updated 1/25/16

  • Career Services advising: Wednesdays 2:00-5:00pm, GLC Lobby
  • Cook Counseling: ThF 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: TTh 11:00-1:00, F 10:00-12:00, Room A
  • Writing assistance: Th 5:30-8:30, Room A

2. LGBTQ+ RESTORATIVE SPACE WITH JORDAN HARRISON
Wednesdays, Feb 24, Mar 16, Mar 30, Apr 13, Apr 27, 4:00-5:00pm, Squires 140 Conference Room
These drop-in hours are presented by the Cook Counseling Center and the Intercultural Engagement Center.

3. GLC MOVIE NIGHT
Wednesday, Feb 24, 7:45-9:45 PM, GLC Room F
Need some time to unwind before midterms? Take a break and come watch the newest Disney classic, Inside Out! The Graduate Fellows will provide snacks to enjoy during the movie so get there early to grab some snacks and secure your seat! If you have any questions, email Scarlet Soult at scarlet7@vt.edu.

4. 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.

5. CAMEO ENGINEERING CAREER FAIR
Thursday, Feb 25, 10:00am-4:00pm, Squires Commonwealth Ballroom
Safran is recruiting software engineers at the Cameo Engineering Career Fair. For more info on the Career Fair visit http://cameovt.wix.com/cameo#!careerfair/cpfc. For more info on Safran employment opportunities, see http://usa.morpho.com/talent. Posted on behalf of grad student Heather Lyne.

6. GLC CAFÉ
Thursday, Feb 25, 3:30-5:00pm, GLC Reading Room
Enjoy free coffee, tea and cookies in the company of your grad student and Grad School colleagues. Relax, network, get caffeinated. Bring your own mug if you can.

7. KIDS NIGHTS OUT– NOTE TEMPORARY NEW LOCATION!
Thursdays, 6:00-8:30pm, Luther Memorial Church classroom, 600 Prices Fork Rd
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 is held every Thursday throughout the semester when classes are in session.  Park in the lower parking lot (on Prices Fork Road) and go up the stairs. Enter the building through the door (with “Little Hokie Hangout” sign) at the top of the hill with the long access ramp. Children should wash their hands in the bathroom before entering the room. Until renovations are completed at the Women’s Center, KNO will meet at the new location.  For more information, contact Jessie Meltsner at jmelts@vt.edu or 231-7806.

8. FAFSA HELP ON FRIDAYS
Friday, Feb 26, 3:00-7:00pm, Student Services Building
Students who need assistance with filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) are invited to take advantage of University Scholarships and Financial Aid extended hours to file the FAFSA (open to U.S. citizens and permanent residents only). More information is also available online at www.finaid.vt.edu. 

9. NEW YOU IN THE NRV
Saturday, Feb 27, 12:00-3:00pm, Blacksburg Rec Ctr, 725 Patrick Henry Drive
The Blacksburg Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. invites you to their event that provides free (1) health screenings, including blood pressure, blood glucose, and BMI; (2) fitness classes, including boot camp, Zumba and yoga; (3) smoothie demonstration; (4) treatment and consultation from certified and licensed massage therapist, chiropractor and acupuncturist; (5) health related giveaways! For more info contact bacdst@yahoo.com or visit www.bacdst13.org. Posted on behalf of BSE grad student Teneil Sivells.

10. ROTARACT GALA AND FUNDRAISER
Saturday, Feb 27, 12:00-4:00pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
Win cash prizes at bingo (games begin at 1 and 2pm); stop by the raffle booth for a chance to win – final drawing at 3:30pm, $1 raffle tickets. Gift card auction!  Learn more about Rotaract at https://gobblerconnect.vt.edu/organization/rotaractvt/about.

11. SPRING 2016 APPLICATION FOR DEGREE DEADLINE MAR 1
Spring 2016 graduates must electronically submit the Degree or Certificate Conferral Request online (in HokieSpa under Degree Menu) by Mar 1, 2016 for your name to appear in the Commencement Bulletin. PhD and EdD students must also include their dissertation title when submitting the Degree or Certificate Conferral Request for their name to appear in the bulletin. Without this title, your name will not be listed. The information entered electronically is used to order your diploma, so please ensure that the information is correct. A Degree or Certificate Conferral Request fee ($25.00) will be assessed to your student account after you submit your application for degree.

12. GLOBAL EDUCATION SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS INVITED – 1st posting
Virginia Tech’s Global Education Office is now accepting need-based scholarship applications for study abroad program participation in Summer and Fall semester 2016.  Visit www.globaleducation.vt.edu for more information on deadlines and the application process. 

13. SUBMISSIONS INVITED TO GLC PHOTO AND ART CONTEST – 1st posting
The Graduate School invites submissions of art work and photography by graduate students for display in the GLC during Graduate Education Week (Mar 21-25) and beyond. Submissions are limited to three pieces (art and/or photography) per graduate student. Learn more at http://www.graduatelifecenter.vt.edu/contest/.  Submission deadline: Wednesday, Mar 16, 2016.

14. VOTE ON YOUR FAVORITE SLOGAN FOR GRAD ED WEEK 2016!
Vote on your favorite slogan or submit a new one at https://www.facebook.com/events/1677127289236409/. The slogan may appear on limited edition Graduate Education Week 2016 t-shirts and in other GEW advertisement materials.

15. RETURNED PEACE CORPS VOLUNTEER LISTSERV REGISTRATION
The Campus Peace Corps Recruiter is currently updating the Returned Peace Corps listserv for the NRV. If you or anyone you know served in the Peace Corps and is living in the area, please have them fill out the following form so they will be invited to events in the area and might be able to serve on a panel to answer questions for new applicants: http://goo.gl/forms/wfm2xMdCKj or contact Cathie Bukowski, RPCV Honduras 2006-2009 at peacecorps@vt.edu.

16. PERFORMANCES INVITED FOR INTERNATIONAL STREET FAIR IN APR – 2nd posting
The performance sign up for the International Street Fair is now open! The Fair will be held on Sunday, Apr 17, 12:00-5:00pm. Please complete this online survey to sign up to perform:  https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_1TwSxhmjTprEpmt.

17. INVITATION TO ACROSSBORDERS@VT INTL LGBTQ+ GROUP – 2nd posting
AcrossBorders@VT is a group of international LGBTQ+ students/faculty/affiliates of Virginia Tech. The aim of the group is to provide a friendly space for the international LGBTQ+ population to discuss concerns about their sexuality and coming out, and support one another. Given that the international population comes from cultures different from the one(s) in the USA, the group aims to provide a more customized support to the international LGBTQ+ population. The group also ensures confidentiality and privacy of all members. If you are interested in attending meetings and/or events, or have questions, contact acrossborders.vt@gmail.com. Email us to join the secret Facebook group to connect with other international LGBTQ+ people.

18. CALL FOR PROPOSALS FOR GRADUATE ART COUNCIL’S ART SHOWCASE – 3rd posting
Are you a graduate student with an interest in the arts? Do you make sculptures out of recyclables, play the banjo, or write comedic poetry? Whatever your artistic talent and regardless of your field of study, the Graduate Arts Council (a campus organization dedicated to exploring, supporting, and expanding the arts in and around Virginia Tech) invites you to participate in its First Annual Art Showcase! The showcase, to be held on Ap 28 (time and location TBA), will feature exciting live performances as well as a diverse exhibit of artwork to peruse. This curated event is free and open to the public and will be followed up with a gallery display running from Apr 28-May 2. Submit proposals by Mar 14 at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1ua9GFDZ2U7Ft058WtO778PIZqJODsmnxXynkpdFqdVE/viewform?c=0&w=1. Contact Ana-Christina Acosta at acostaa@vt.edu with any questions.

19. CITIZEN SCHOLAR APPLICATIONS INVITED – still posting
Have you used your research to benefit society in any way? Are you currently working, or have worked on a project in the past year, that has community impact, either locally or globally? If so, consider applying for the Citizen Scholar Engagement recognition.  If not, consider designing a Citizen Scholar project! Program requirements are described on the CSE website, http://graduateschool.vt.edu/gs/tge/cse. Applications are due Mar 14.  For more information, email Shelby Ward, shelby08@vt.edu.

20. TWO-YEAR GRA OPENING IN GENDER RESEARCH – 1st posting
Applications are invited for a two-year Graduate Research Assistantship position beginning fall 2016 for a master’s student to support gender research in an international agricultural research project. The student must be accepted by the Graduate School and the Geography Department or the School of Public and International Affairs; must have background in social sciences; and be a US citizen. Application deadline: Apr 8. See details at: http://www.oired.vt.edu/job-listings/GraduateResearchAsst-WGD-JobListing2016.html.

21. Don’t look for it here. 21 is under a pile of snow. Maybe it will be back next week if the snow piles finally melt?

22. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR RESEARCH STUDY ABOUT SOCIAL JUSTICE THINKING – 1st posting
Graduate students who are self-proclaimed social justice thinkers are invited to share their insights for an important study. Participation consists of a one-hour, confidential interview at the location of your choice. To participate in this study, please contact Veronica van Montfrans at vanmonv@vt.edu. Participants must be 18 years or older.

23. SURVEY PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR DIGITAL MEMORIALIZATION CONCEPT STUDY – 1st posting
Participants are sought for an IRB-approved survey for a study on the concept of digital memorialization. What happens to digital artifacts after the owners or the originators have passed away? How can one best make use of the Internet to preserve the memories of loved ones? Digital artifacts may include social networking profiles, e-mail exchanges, blog posts, photographs, or even online repositories of scholarly work. If interested, access the survey online: https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_8qUmQXks6SdQDMV.  Responses are completely confidential. Some questions might be personal in nature. You may choose to skip the questions that you are not comfortable with. The investigators for this project are Dr. Deborah Tatar (dtatar@cs.vt.edu) and Amna Rafiq (amna@vt.edu).

24. VIOLINIST SOUGHT FOR GRAD STUDENT BAND – 2nd posting
A band made of a group of graduate students is looking for a violinist with experience with modern music. The band meets up every Thursday at 6:30pm and practices for a couple of hours. This band consists of a vocal, a drummer, a bass player and a key player; it does not adhere to any genre and members welcome all inputs as to what to jam next. Requirement: Must be able to meet every Thursday at 6:30pm; must have some experience with modern music; experience with improvisation is preferred; it would be even better if you have an electric violin. If interested, contact Ethan Smith, ethands@vt.edu.

25. SURVEY PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT ABOUT INVOLVEMENT IN STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS – 2nd posting
Would you like the chance to win a $25.00 gift card? Take this survey at http://tinyurl.com/Precareer for your chance to win!  A VT faculty member is seeking to know more about what activities you and other VT students choose to participate in.  In taking this survey you are helping with the extensive research of how your activities affect your life after college.  Any student in any major at VT can respond to the survey.

26. GRADUATE TEACHING ASSISTANTS SOUGHT FOR STUDY PARTICIPATION – 3rd posting
Current or past VT GTAs are sought to complete a 20-minute online survey about Autism Spectrum Disorders. Must be at least 18 years old to participate. Access survey here: https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_8AkFupnszC4wZkF. For more information contact Tyler Hassenfeldt at thassen@vt.edu.

27. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR RESEARCH ON LANGUAGE TRENDS – 3rd posting
Participants ages 18 to 75, male or female, and native English speakers (international students whose first language is not English will not be considered) are currently being sought for an IRB approved study on how well general populations can identify and define current language trends and determine when this language is being used in a threatening manner. No prior knowledge of language trends is required. By clicking on the link and taking the survey at https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_esuRrqQKdNhhlid, you are consenting to use of your answers in a master’s thesis. If you have any questions, please contact Natalie Richoux at nchambe7@vt.edu

UPCOMING EVENTS:

LGBTQ+ENGINEERING CONNECT LUNCH
Tuesday, Mar 1, 12:00pm, Kelly Hall’s Café X
Join for a catered lunch and free-form dialogue on the LGBTQ+ experience in the College of Engineering with Dean DePauw, Vice President and Dean for Graduate Education, and Dr. Pratt-Clarke, Vice Provost for Inclusion and Diversity and Vice President for Strategic Affairs. Come to connect, share, and learn more about engineering specific initiatives from out in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (oSTEM) and Queer Grads, Professionals and Allies (QGPA). Discretion and privacy respected. Location has single occupancy restrooms. All undergrads, grads, faculty, and staff welcomed. Sponsored by the College of Engineering Diversity Committee. Questions about the event, dietary offerings, and/or accessibility? Email: oSTEM.vt@gmail.com. Learn more at https://www.facebook.com/events/1514745195487367/.

MINGLE LIKE YOU MEAN IT
Tuesday, Mar 1, 12:00-1:30pm, GLC Room B
This workshop will teach you the nuances of professional networking in informal but professional settings, such as large receptions, conferences, etc. Registration is required and seats are limited, so sign up online at  https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_87frWjscurcySIl. Email Laura Koehler at lkkoehle@vt.edu if you have any questions. This event is part of the Graduate School’s Professional Development Series.

ADULTS WITH ADHD SUPPORT GROUP
First Tuesdays, Mar 1, 4:30-5:30pm, McComas Hall Rec Sports Classroom 198
Hokie Wellness is hosting a support group for adults with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). The group is held on the first Tuesday of the month. This group is available to VT undergraduate students, graduate students, and faculty/staff.

GRADUATE STUDENT & ADVISOR SOCIAL
Tuesday, Mar 1, 5:00-6:30pm, University Club
Graduate students and their advisors are invited to this social, jointly hosted by the Graduate School and the University Club. Enjoy good conversation and network with colleagues over a glass of wine or beer and light refreshments. Please register online at https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1455231081691. For information about this event contact Monika Gibson, gibsonm@vt.edu.

FREE ANXIETY/OCD SUPPORT GROUP
Tuesdays, Mar 1, Apr 5, May 3, 6:30-7:30pm, GLC Room A
The Psychological Services Center is providing a free support group with monthly meetings for those struggling with anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). The group meets on the first Tuesday of every month from 6:30-7:30pm. This group is available for undergraduate and graduate students.  Call the Psychological Services Center at 540-231-6914 with any questions.

February 22-28, 2016

1.  WEEKLY WALK-IN SERVICES IN THE GLC – updated 1/25/16

  • Career Services advising: Wednesdays 2:00-5:00pm, GLC Lobby
  • Cook Counseling: ThF 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: TTh 11:00-1:00, F 10:00-12:00, Room A
  • Writing assistance: Th 5:30-8:30, Room A

2. LGBTQ+ RESTORATIVE SPACE WITH JORDAN HARRISON
Wednesdays, Feb 24, Mar 16, Mar 30, Apr 13, Apr 27, 4:00-5:00pm, Squires 140 Conference Room
These drop-in hours are presented by the Cook Counseling Center and the Intercultural Engagement Center.

3. GLC MOVIE NIGHT
Wednesday, Feb 24, 7:45-9:45 PM, GLC Room F
Need some time to unwind before midterms? Take a break and come watch the newest Disney classic, Inside Out! The Graduate Fellows will provide snacks to enjoy during the movie so get there early to grab some snacks and secure your seat! If you have any questions, email Scarlet Soult at scarlet7@vt.edu.

4. 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.

5. CAMEO ENGINEERING CAREER FAIR
Thursday, Feb 25, 10:00am-4:00pm, Squires Commonwealth Ballroom
Safran is recruiting software engineers at the Cameo Engineering Career Fair. For more info on the Career Fair visit http://cameovt.wix.com/cameo#!careerfair/cpfc. For more info on Safran employment opportunities, see http://usa.morpho.com/talent. Posted on behalf of grad student Heather Lyne.

6. GLC CAFÉ
Thursday, Feb 25, 3:30-5:00pm, GLC Reading Room
Enjoy free coffee, tea and cookies in the company of your grad student and Grad School colleagues. Relax, network, get caffeinated. Bring your own mug if you can.

7. KIDS NIGHTS OUT– NOTE TEMPORARY NEW LOCATION!
Thursdays, 6:00-8:30pm, Luther Memorial Church classroom, 600 Prices Fork Rd
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 is held every Thursday throughout the semester when classes are in session.  Park in the lower parking lot (on Prices Fork Road) and go up the stairs. Enter the building through the door (with “Little Hokie Hangout” sign) at the top of the hill with the long access ramp. Children should wash their hands in the bathroom before entering the room. Until renovations are completed at the Women’s Center, KNO will meet at the new location.  For more information, contact Jessie Meltsner at jmelts@vt.edu or 231-7806.

8. FAFSA HELP ON FRIDAYS
Friday, Feb 26, 3:00-7:00pm, Student Services Building
Students who need assistance with filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) are invited to take advantage of University Scholarships and Financial Aid extended hours to file the FAFSA (open to U.S. citizens and permanent residents only). More information is also available online at www.finaid.vt.edu. 

9. NEW YOU IN THE NRV
Saturday, Feb 27, 12:00-3:00pm, Blacksburg Rec Ctr, 725 Patrick Henry Drive
The Blacksburg Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. invites you to their event that provides free (1) health screenings, including blood pressure, blood glucose, and BMI; (2) fitness classes, including boot camp, Zumba and yoga; (3) smoothie demonstration; (4) treatment and consultation from certified and licensed massage therapist, chiropractor and acupuncturist; (5) health related giveaways! For more info contact bacdst@yahoo.com or visit www.bacdst13.org. Posted on behalf of BSE grad student Teneil Sivells.

10. ROTARACT GALA AND FUNDRAISER
Saturday, Feb 27, 12:00-4:00pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
Win cash prizes at bingo (games begin at 1 and 2pm); stop by the raffle booth for a chance to win – final drawing at 3:30pm, $1 raffle tickets. Gift card auction!  Learn more about Rotaract at https://gobblerconnect.vt.edu/organization/rotaractvt/about.

11. SPRING 2016 APPLICATION FOR DEGREE DEADLINE MAR 1
Spring 2016 graduates must electronically submit the Degree or Certificate Conferral Request online (in HokieSpa under Degree Menu) by Mar 1, 2016 for your name to appear in the Commencement Bulletin. PhD and EdD students must also include their dissertation title when submitting the Degree or Certificate Conferral Request for their name to appear in the bulletin. Without this title, your name will not be listed. The information entered electronically is used to order your diploma, so please ensure that the information is correct. A Degree or Certificate Conferral Request fee ($25.00) will be assessed to your student account after you submit your application for degree.

12. GLOBAL EDUCATION SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS INVITED – 1st posting
Virginia Tech’s Global Education Office is now accepting need-based scholarship applications for study abroad program participation in Summer and Fall semester 2016.  Visit www.globaleducation.vt.edu for more information on deadlines and the application process. 

13. SUBMISSIONS INVITED TO GLC PHOTO AND ART CONTEST – 1st posting
The Graduate School invites submissions of art work and photography by graduate students for display in the GLC during Graduate Education Week (Mar 21-25) and beyond. Submissions are limited to three pieces (art and/or photography) per graduate student. Learn more at http://www.graduatelifecenter.vt.edu/contest/.  Submission deadline: Wednesday, Mar 16, 2016.

14. VOTE ON YOUR FAVORITE SLOGAN FOR GRAD ED WEEK 2016!
Vote on your favorite slogan or submit a new one at https://www.facebook.com/events/1677127289236409/. The slogan may appear on limited edition Graduate Education Week 2016 t-shirts and in other GEW advertisement materials.

15. RETURNED PEACE CORPS VOLUNTEER LISTSERV REGISTRATION
The Campus Peace Corps Recruiter is currently updating the Returned Peace Corps listserv for the NRV. If you or anyone you know served in the Peace Corps and is living in the area, please have them fill out the following form so they will be invited to events in the area and might be able to serve on a panel to answer questions for new applicants: http://goo.gl/forms/wfm2xMdCKj or contact Cathie Bukowski, RPCV Honduras 2006-2009 at peacecorps@vt.edu.

16. PERFORMANCES INVITED FOR INTERNATIONAL STREET FAIR IN APR – 2nd posting
The performance sign up for the International Street Fair is now open! The Fair will be held on Sunday, Apr 17, 12:00-5:00pm. Please complete this online survey to sign up to perform:  https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_1TwSxhmjTprEpmt.

17. INVITATION TO ACROSSBORDERS@VT INTL LGBTQ+ GROUP – 2nd posting
AcrossBorders@VT is a group of international LGBTQ+ students/faculty/affiliates of Virginia Tech. The aim of the group is to provide a friendly space for the international LGBTQ+ population to discuss concerns about their sexuality and coming out, and support one another. Given that the international population comes from cultures different from the one(s) in the USA, the group aims to provide a more customized support to the international LGBTQ+ population. The group also ensures confidentiality and privacy of all members. If you are interested in attending meetings and/or events, or have questions, contact acrossborders.vt@gmail.com. Email us to join the secret Facebook group to connect with other international LGBTQ+ people.

18. CALL FOR PROPOSALS FOR GRADUATE ART COUNCIL’S ART SHOWCASE – 3rd posting
Are you a graduate student with an interest in the arts? Do you make sculptures out of recyclables, play the banjo, or write comedic poetry? Whatever your artistic talent and regardless of your field of study, the Graduate Arts Council (a campus organization dedicated to exploring, supporting, and expanding the arts in and around Virginia Tech) invites you to participate in its First Annual Art Showcase! The showcase, to be held on Ap 28 (time and location TBA), will feature exciting live performances as well as a diverse exhibit of artwork to peruse. This curated event is free and open to the public and will be followed up with a gallery display running from Apr 28-May 2. Submit proposals by Mar 14 at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1ua9GFDZ2U7Ft058WtO778PIZqJODsmnxXynkpdFqdVE/viewform?c=0&w=1. Contact Ana-Christina Acosta at acostaa@vt.edu with any questions.

19. CITIZEN SCHOLAR APPLICATIONS INVITED – still posting
Have you used your research to benefit society in any way? Are you currently working, or have worked on a project in the past year, that has community impact, either locally or globally? If so, consider applying for the Citizen Scholar Engagement recognition.  If not, consider designing a Citizen Scholar project! Program requirements are described on the CSE website, http://graduateschool.vt.edu/gs/tge/cse. Applications are due Mar 14.  For more information, email Shelby Ward, shelby08@vt.edu.

20. TWO-YEAR GRA OPENING IN GENDER RESEARCH – 1st posting
Applications are invited for a two-year Graduate Research Assistantship position beginning fall 2016 for a master’s student to support gender research in an international agricultural research project. The student must be accepted by the Graduate School and the Geography Department or the School of Public and International Affairs; must have background in social sciences; and be a US citizen. Application deadline: Apr 8. See details at: http://www.oired.vt.edu/job-listings/GraduateResearchAsst-WGD-JobListing2016.html.

21. Don’t look for it here. 21 is under a pile of snow. Maybe it will be back next week if the snow piles finally melt?

22. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR RESEARCH STUDY ABOUT SOCIAL JUSTICE THINKING – 1st posting
Graduate students who are self-proclaimed social justice thinkers are invited to share their insights for an important study. Participation consists of a one-hour, confidential interview at the location of your choice. To participate in this study, please contact Veronica van Montfrans at vanmonv@vt.edu. Participants must be 18 years or older.

23. SURVEY PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR DIGITAL MEMORIALIZATION CONCEPT STUDY – 1st posting
Participants are sought for an IRB-approved survey for a study on the concept of digital memorialization. What happens to digital artifacts after the owners or the originators have passed away? How can one best make use of the Internet to preserve the memories of loved ones? Digital artifacts may include social networking profiles, e-mail exchanges, blog posts, photographs, or even online repositories of scholarly work. If interested, access the survey online: https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_8qUmQXks6SdQDMV.  Responses are completely confidential. Some questions might be personal in nature. You may choose to skip the questions that you are not comfortable with. The investigators for this project are Dr. Deborah Tatar (dtatar@cs.vt.edu) and Amna Rafiq (amna@vt.edu).

24. VIOLINIST SOUGHT FOR GRAD STUDENT BAND – 2nd posting
A band made of a group of graduate students is looking for a violinist with experience with modern music. The band meets up every Thursday at 6:30pm and practices for a couple of hours. This band consists of a vocal, a drummer, a bass player and a key player; it does not adhere to any genre and members welcome all inputs as to what to jam next. Requirement: Must be able to meet every Thursday at 6:30pm; must have some experience with modern music; experience with improvisation is preferred; it would be even better if you have an electric violin. If interested, contact Ethan Smith, ethands@vt.edu.

25. SURVEY PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT ABOUT INVOLVEMENT IN STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS – 2nd posting
Would you like the chance to win a $25.00 gift card? Take this survey at http://tinyurl.com/Precareer for your chance to win!  A VT faculty member is seeking to know more about what activities you and other VT students choose to participate in.  In taking this survey you are helping with the extensive research of how your activities affect your life after college.  Any student in any major at VT can respond to the survey.

26. GRADUATE TEACHING ASSISTANTS SOUGHT FOR STUDY PARTICIPATION – 3rd posting
Current or past VT GTAs are sought to complete a 20-minute online survey about Autism Spectrum Disorders. Must be at least 18 years old to participate. Access survey here: https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_8AkFupnszC4wZkF. For more information contact Tyler Hassenfeldt at thassen@vt.edu.

27. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR RESEARCH ON LANGUAGE TRENDS – 3rd posting
Participants ages 18 to 75, male or female, and native English speakers (international students whose first language is not English will not be considered) are currently being sought for an IRB approved study on how well general populations can identify and define current language trends and determine when this language is being used in a threatening manner. No prior knowledge of language trends is required. By clicking on the link and taking the survey at https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_esuRrqQKdNhhlid, you are consenting to use of your answers in a master’s thesis. If you have any questions, please contact Natalie Richoux at nchambe7@vt.edu

UPCOMING EVENTS:

LGBTQ+ENGINEERING CONNECT LUNCH
Tuesday, Mar 1, 12:00pm, Kelly Hall’s Café X
Join for a catered lunch and free-form dialogue on the LGBTQ+ experience in the College of Engineering with Dean DePauw, Vice President and Dean for Graduate Education, and Dr. Pratt-Clarke, Vice Provost for Inclusion and Diversity and Vice President for Strategic Affairs. Come to connect, share, and learn more about engineering specific initiatives from out in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (oSTEM) and Queer Grads, Professionals and Allies (QGPA). Discretion and privacy respected. Location has single occupancy restrooms. All undergrads, grads, faculty, and staff welcomed. Sponsored by the College of Engineering Diversity Committee. Questions about the event, dietary offerings, and/or accessibility? Email: oSTEM.vt@gmail.com. Learn more at https://www.facebook.com/events/1514745195487367/.

MINGLE LIKE YOU MEAN IT
Tuesday, Mar 1, 12:00-1:30pm, GLC Room B
This workshop will teach you the nuances of professional networking in informal but professional settings, such as large receptions, conferences, etc. Registration is required and seats are limited, so sign up online at  https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_87frWjscurcySIl. Email Laura Koehler at lkkoehle@vt.edu if you have any questions. This event is part of the Graduate School’s Professional Development Series.

ADULTS WITH ADHD SUPPORT GROUP
First Tuesdays, Mar 1, 4:30-5:30pm, McComas Hall Rec Sports Classroom 198
Hokie Wellness is hosting a support group for adults with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). The group is held on the first Tuesday of the month. This group is available to VT undergraduate students, graduate students, and faculty/staff.

GRADUATE STUDENT & ADVISOR SOCIAL
Tuesday, Mar 1, 5:00-6:30pm, University Club
Graduate students and their advisors are invited to this social, jointly hosted by the Graduate School and the University Club. Enjoy good conversation and network with colleagues over a glass of wine or beer and light refreshments. Please register online at https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1455231081691. For information about this event contact Monika Gibson, gibsonm@vt.edu.

FREE ANXIETY/OCD SUPPORT GROUP
Tuesdays, Mar 1, Apr 5, May 3, 6:30-7:30pm, GLC Room A
The Psychological Services Center is providing a free support group with monthly meetings for those struggling with anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). The group meets on the first Tuesday of every month from 6:30-7:30pm. This group is available for undergraduate and graduate students.  Call the Psychological Services Center at 540-231-6914 with any questions.

February 16-21, 2016

1.  WEEKLY WALK-IN SERVICES IN THE GLC – updated 1/25/16

  • Career Services advising: Wednesdays 2:00-5:00pm, GLC Lobby
  • Cook Counseling: ThF 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: TTh 11:00-1:00, F 10:00-12:00, Room A
  • Writing assistance: Th 5:30-8:30, Room A

 2. 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.

3. GLC CAFÉ
Thursday, Feb 18, 3:30-5:00pm, GLC Reading Room
Enjoy free coffee, tea and cookies in the company of your grad student and Grad School colleagues. Relax, network, get caffeinated. Bring your own mug if you can.

4. KIDS NIGHTS OUT RETURNS FOR SPRING – NOTE NEW LOCATION!
Thursdays, starting Jan 28, 6:00-8:30pm, Luther Memorial Church classroom, 600 Prices Fork Rd
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 is held every Thursday throughout the semester when classes are in session.  Park in the lower parking lot (on Prices Fork Road) and go up the stairs. Enter the building through the door (with “Little Hokie Hangout” sign) at the top of the hill with the long access ramp. Children should wash their hands in the bathroom before entering the room. Until renovations are completed at the Women’s Center, KNO will meet at the new location.  For more information, contact Jessie Meltsner at jmelts@vt.edu or 231-7806.

5. LOVE AROUND THE WORLD
Friday, Feb 19, 7:30-8:30pm, Dessert and Conversations, 8:30-9:30pm, Cajun Square Dance Commonwealth Ballroom in Squires
The Cranwell International Center presents this evening of intercultural connection to share traditions of expressing love in one’s own culture. Join for dessert and conversations with fellow students, and VT’s international and local communities. Learn more and indicate attendance at https://www.facebook.com/events/652306731575878/.

6. GAY AT GILLIES
Friday, Feb 19, 10:30pm, Gillies Restaurant on College Ave
All identities welcome. Must be 18+ to party, 21+ to drink. Suggested donation $5.00. Proceeds benefit Queer Grads, Professionals and Allies (QGPA). Please send questions and comments to qgpavt@gmail.com. Posted on behalf of grad student Marjorie Willner.

7. MIX @ THE MAC RECEPTION
Saturday, Feb 20, 6:00-7:00pm, Moss Arts Center Cube
Graduate students are invited to Mix #attheMAC, a “young professionals” event in conjunction with a performance called Vocalosity. $25 per person includes complimentary drink, hors d’oeuvres, and ticket to Vocalosity: The Aca-perfect Musical Experience at 7:30pm. For tickets, call or visit the box office at 540-231-5300 on M–F, 10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m. or Saturday, 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m., or go online to https://www.artscenter.vt.edu/Online/article/mixatthemacvocalosity.

8. PERFORMANCES INVITED FOR INTERNATIONAL STREET FAIR IN APR – 1st posting
The performance sign up for the International Street Fair is now open! The Fair will be held on Sunday, Apr 17, 12:00-5:00pm. Please complete this online survey to sign up to perform: https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_1TwSxhmjTprEpmt.

9. INVITATION TO ACROSSBORDERS@VT INTL LGBTQ+ GROUP – 1st posting
AcrossBorders@VT is a group of international LGBTQ+ students/faculty/affiliates of Virginia Tech. The aim of the group is to provide a friendly space for the international LGBTQ+ population to discuss concerns about their sexuality and coming out, and support one another. Given that the international population comes from cultures different from the one(s) in the USA, the group aims to provide a more customized support to the international LGBTQ+ population. The group also ensures confidentiality and privacy of all members. If you are interested in attending meetings and/or events, or have questions, contact acrossborders.vt@gmail.com. Email us to join the secret Facebook group to connect with other international LGBTQ+ people.

10. CALL FOR PROPOSALS FOR GRADUATE ART COUNCIL’S ART SHOWCASE – 2nd posting
Are you a graduate student with an interest in the arts? Do you make sculptures out of recyclables, play the banjo, or write comedic poetry? Whatever your artistic talent and regardless of your field of study, the Graduate Arts Council (a campus organization dedicated to exploring, supporting, and expanding the arts in and around Virginia Tech) invites you to participate in its First Annual Art Showcase! The showcase, to be held on Ap 28 (time and location TBA), will feature exciting live performances as well as a diverse exhibit of artwork to peruse. This curated event is free and open to the public and will be followed up with a gallery display running from Apr 28-May 2. Submit proposals by Mar 14 at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1ua9GFDZ2U7Ft058WtO778PIZqJODsmnxXynkpdFqdVE/viewform?c=0&w=1. Contact Ana-Christina Acosta at acostaa@vt.edu with any questions.

11. CITIZEN SCHOLAR APPLICATIONS INVITED – 3rd posting
Have you used your research to benefit society in any way? Are you currently working, or have worked on a project in the past year, that has community impact, either locally or globally? If so, consider applying for the Citizen Scholar Engagement recognition.  If not, consider designing a Citizen Scholar project! Program requirements are described on the CSE website, http://graduateschool.vt.edu/gs/tge/cse. Applications are due Mar 14.  For more information, email Shelby Ward, shelby08@vt.edu.

12. VIOLINIST SOUGHT FOR GRAD STUDENT BAND – 1st posting
A band made of a group of graduate students is looking for a violinist with experience with modern music. The band meets up every Thursday at 6:30pm and practices for a couple of hours. This band consists of a vocal, a drummer, a bass player and a key player; it does not adhere to any genre and members welcome all inputs as to what to jam next. Requirement: Must be able to meet every Thursday at 6:30pm; must have some experience with modern music; experience with improvisation is preferred; it would be even better if you have an electric violin. If interested, contact Ethan Smith, ethands@vt.edu.

13. SURVEY PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT ABOUT INVOLVEMENT IN STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS – 1st posting
Would you like the chance to win a $25.00 gift card? Take this survey at http://tinyurl.com/Precareer for your chance to win!  A VT faculty member is seeking to know more about what activities you and other VT students choose to participate in.  In taking this survey you are helping with the extensive research of how your activities affect your life after college.  Any student in any major at VT can respond to the survey.

14. GRADUATE TEACHING ASSISTANTS SOUGHT FOR STUDY PARTICIPATION – 2nd posting
Current or past VT GTAs are sought to complete a 20-minute online survey about Autism Spectrum Disorders. Must be at least 18 years old to participate. Access survey here: https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_8AkFupnszC4wZkF. For more information contact Tyler Hassenfeldt at thassen@vt.edu.

15. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR RESEARCH ON LANGUAGE TRENDS – 2nd posting
Participants ages 18 to 75, male or female, and native English speakers (international students whose first language is not English will not be considered) are currently being sought for an IRB approved study on how well general populations can identify and define current language trends and determine when this language is being used in a threatening manner. No prior knowledge of language trends is required. By clicking on the link and taking the survey at https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_esuRrqQKdNhhlid, you are consenting to use of your answers in a master’s thesis. If you have any questions, please contact Natalie Richoux at nchambe7@vt.edu

16. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR RESEARCH STUDY ABOUT LGBQ INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS – 3rd posting
International students who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, queer, homosexual, unsure, questioning, etc are invited to share their stories. Participation consists of confidential interviews and journals reflecting on your experiences. Participants will receive $15-$50 amazon gift card in compensation. To participate, contact CICOstories@gmail.com. For more information, see: https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_beGzllp5wS4d5rL. Posted on behalf of doctoral student Hoa Nguyen.

17. VOLUNTEERS SOUGHT FOR MOSS ART CTR SCHOOL-DAY PERFORMANCES – 3rd posting
The Moss Art Center (MAC) is seeking volunteers to assist with school-day performances that bring students, teachers, parents and chaperones to K-12 arts activities at the MAC. The first event, Blair Thomas & Co. Puppet Theater, is quickly approaching. If you are interested in helping, please email Donna Thompson at tdonna27@vt.edu.

18. CHILDREN AGES 8-12 WITH FREQUENT TEMPER OUTBURSTS SOUGHT FOR NEW TREATMENT STUDY – 3rd posting
Children ages 8-12 are currently being enrolled for a free treatment study for anger and frequent temper outbursts. 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, contact Amber at MoodReg@gmail.com or call 540-231-9735 for more information.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

LGBTQ+ENGINEERING CONNECT LUNCH
Tuesday, Mar 1, 12:00pm, Kelly Hall’s Café X
Join for a catered lunch and free-form dialogue on the LGBTQ+ experience in the College of Engineering with Dean DePauw, Vice President and Dean for Graduate Education, and Dr. Pratt-Clarke, Vice Provost for Inclusion and Diversity and Vice President for Strategic Affairs. Come to connect, share, and learn more about engineering specific initiatives from out in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (oSTEM) and Queer Grads, Professionals and Allies (QGPA). Discretion and privacy respected. Location has single occupancy restrooms. All undergrads, grads, faculty, and staff welcomed. Sponsored by the College of Engineering Diversity Committee. Questions about the event, dietary offerings, and/or accessibility? Email: oSTEM.vt@gmail.com. Learn more at https://www.facebook.com/events/1514745195487367/.

GRADUATE STUDENT & ADVISOR SOCIAL
Tuesday, Mar 1, 5:00-6:30pm, University Club
Graduate students and their advisors are invited to this social, jointly hosted by the Graduate School and the University Club. Enjoy good conversation and network with colleagues over a glass of wine or beer and light refreshments. Please register online at https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1455231081691. For information about this event contact Monika Gibson, gibsonm@vt.edu.

February 16-21, 2016

1.  WEEKLY WALK-IN SERVICES IN THE GLC – updated 1/25/16

  • Career Services advising: Wednesdays 2:00-5:00pm, GLC Lobby
  • Cook Counseling: ThF 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: TTh 11:00-1:00, F 10:00-12:00, Room A
  • Writing assistance: Th 5:30-8:30, Room A

 2. 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.

3. GLC CAFÉ
Thursday, Feb 18, 3:30-5:00pm, GLC Reading Room
Enjoy free coffee, tea and cookies in the company of your grad student and Grad School colleagues. Relax, network, get caffeinated. Bring your own mug if you can.

4. KIDS NIGHTS OUT RETURNS FOR SPRING – NOTE NEW LOCATION!
Thursdays, starting Jan 28, 6:00-8:30pm, Luther Memorial Church classroom, 600 Prices Fork Rd
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 is held every Thursday throughout the semester when classes are in session.  Park in the lower parking lot (on Prices Fork Road) and go up the stairs. Enter the building through the door (with “Little Hokie Hangout” sign) at the top of the hill with the long access ramp. Children should wash their hands in the bathroom before entering the room. Until renovations are completed at the Women’s Center, KNO will meet at the new location.  For more information, contact Jessie Meltsner at jmelts@vt.edu or 231-7806.

5. LOVE AROUND THE WORLD
Friday, Feb 19, 7:30-8:30pm, Dessert and Conversations, 8:30-9:30pm, Cajun Square Dance Commonwealth Ballroom in Squires
The Cranwell International Center presents this evening of intercultural connection to share traditions of expressing love in one’s own culture. Join for dessert and conversations with fellow students, and VT’s international and local communities. Learn more and indicate attendance at https://www.facebook.com/events/652306731575878/.

6. GAY AT GILLIES
Friday, Feb 19, 10:30pm, Gillies Restaurant on College Ave
All identities welcome. Must be 18+ to party, 21+ to drink. Suggested donation $5.00. Proceeds benefit Queer Grads, Professionals and Allies (QGPA). Please send questions and comments to qgpavt@gmail.com. Posted on behalf of grad student Marjorie Willner.

7. MIX @ THE MAC RECEPTION
Saturday, Feb 20, 6:00-7:00pm, Moss Arts Center Cube
Graduate students are invited to Mix #attheMAC, a “young professionals” event in conjunction with a performance called Vocalosity. $25 per person includes complimentary drink, hors d’oeuvres, and ticket to Vocalosity: The Aca-perfect Musical Experience at 7:30pm. For tickets, call or visit the box office at 540-231-5300 on M–F, 10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m. or Saturday, 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m., or go online to https://www.artscenter.vt.edu/Online/article/mixatthemacvocalosity.

8. PERFORMANCES INVITED FOR INTERNATIONAL STREET FAIR IN APR – 1st posting
The performance sign up for the International Street Fair is now open! The Fair will be held on Sunday, Apr 17, 12:00-5:00pm. Please complete this online survey to sign up to perform: https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_1TwSxhmjTprEpmt.

9. INVITATION TO ACROSSBORDERS@VT INTL LGBTQ+ GROUP – 1st posting
AcrossBorders@VT is a group of international LGBTQ+ students/faculty/affiliates of Virginia Tech. The aim of the group is to provide a friendly space for the international LGBTQ+ population to discuss concerns about their sexuality and coming out, and support one another. Given that the international population comes from cultures different from the one(s) in the USA, the group aims to provide a more customized support to the international LGBTQ+ population. The group also ensures confidentiality and privacy of all members. If you are interested in attending meetings and/or events, or have questions, contact acrossborders.vt@gmail.com. Email us to join the secret Facebook group to connect with other international LGBTQ+ people.

10. CALL FOR PROPOSALS FOR GRADUATE ART COUNCIL’S ART SHOWCASE – 2nd posting
Are you a graduate student with an interest in the arts? Do you make sculptures out of recyclables, play the banjo, or write comedic poetry? Whatever your artistic talent and regardless of your field of study, the Graduate Arts Council (a campus organization dedicated to exploring, supporting, and expanding the arts in and around Virginia Tech) invites you to participate in its First Annual Art Showcase! The showcase, to be held on Ap 28 (time and location TBA), will feature exciting live performances as well as a diverse exhibit of artwork to peruse. This curated event is free and open to the public and will be followed up with a gallery display running from Apr 28-May 2. Submit proposals by Mar 14 at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1ua9GFDZ2U7Ft058WtO778PIZqJODsmnxXynkpdFqdVE/viewform?c=0&w=1. Contact Ana-Christina Acosta at acostaa@vt.edu with any questions.

11. CITIZEN SCHOLAR APPLICATIONS INVITED – 3rd posting
Have you used your research to benefit society in any way? Are you currently working, or have worked on a project in the past year, that has community impact, either locally or globally? If so, consider applying for the Citizen Scholar Engagement recognition.  If not, consider designing a Citizen Scholar project! Program requirements are described on the CSE website, http://graduateschool.vt.edu/gs/tge/cse. Applications are due Mar 14.  For more information, email Shelby Ward, shelby08@vt.edu.

12. VIOLINIST SOUGHT FOR GRAD STUDENT BAND – 1st posting
A band made of a group of graduate students is looking for a violinist with experience with modern music. The band meets up every Thursday at 6:30pm and practices for a couple of hours. This band consists of a vocal, a drummer, a bass player and a key player; it does not adhere to any genre and members welcome all inputs as to what to jam next. Requirement: Must be able to meet every Thursday at 6:30pm; must have some experience with modern music; experience with improvisation is preferred; it would be even better if you have an electric violin. If interested, contact Ethan Smith, ethands@vt.edu.

13. SURVEY PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT ABOUT INVOLVEMENT IN STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS – 1st posting
Would you like the chance to win a $25.00 gift card? Take this survey at http://tinyurl.com/Precareer for your chance to win!  A VT faculty member is seeking to know more about what activities you and other VT students choose to participate in.  In taking this survey you are helping with the extensive research of how your activities affect your life after college.  Any student in any major at VT can respond to the survey.

14. GRADUATE TEACHING ASSISTANTS SOUGHT FOR STUDY PARTICIPATION – 2nd posting
Current or past VT GTAs are sought to complete a 20-minute online survey about Autism Spectrum Disorders. Must be at least 18 years old to participate. Access survey here: https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_8AkFupnszC4wZkF. For more information contact Tyler Hassenfeldt at thassen@vt.edu.

15. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR RESEARCH ON LANGUAGE TRENDS – 2nd posting
Participants ages 18 to 75, male or female, and native English speakers (international students whose first language is not English will not be considered) are currently being sought for an IRB approved study on how well general populations can identify and define current language trends and determine when this language is being used in a threatening manner. No prior knowledge of language trends is required. By clicking on the link and taking the survey at https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_esuRrqQKdNhhlid, you are consenting to use of your answers in a master’s thesis. If you have any questions, please contact Natalie Richoux at nchambe7@vt.edu

16. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR RESEARCH STUDY ABOUT LGBQ INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS – 3rd posting
International students who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, queer, homosexual, unsure, questioning, etc are invited to share their stories. Participation consists of confidential interviews and journals reflecting on your experiences. Participants will receive $15-$50 amazon gift card in compensation. To participate, contact CICOstories@gmail.com. For more information, see: https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_beGzllp5wS4d5rL. Posted on behalf of doctoral student Hoa Nguyen.

17. VOLUNTEERS SOUGHT FOR MOSS ART CTR SCHOOL-DAY PERFORMANCES – 3rd posting
The Moss Art Center (MAC) is seeking volunteers to assist with school-day performances that bring students, teachers, parents and chaperones to K-12 arts activities at the MAC. The first event, Blair Thomas & Co. Puppet Theater, is quickly approaching. If you are interested in helping, please email Donna Thompson at tdonna27@vt.edu.

18. CHILDREN AGES 8-12 WITH FREQUENT TEMPER OUTBURSTS SOUGHT FOR NEW TREATMENT STUDY – 3rd posting
Children ages 8-12 are currently being enrolled for a free treatment study for anger and frequent temper outbursts. 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, contact Amber at MoodReg@gmail.com or call 540-231-9735 for more information.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

LGBTQ+ENGINEERING CONNECT LUNCH
Tuesday, Mar 1, 12:00pm, Kelly Hall’s Café X
Join for a catered lunch and free-form dialogue on the LGBTQ+ experience in the College of Engineering with Dean DePauw, Vice President and Dean for Graduate Education, and Dr. Pratt-Clarke, Vice Provost for Inclusion and Diversity and Vice President for Strategic Affairs. Come to connect, share, and learn more about engineering specific initiatives from out in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (oSTEM) and Queer Grads, Professionals and Allies (QGPA). Discretion and privacy respected. Location has single occupancy restrooms. All undergrads, grads, faculty, and staff welcomed. Sponsored by the College of Engineering Diversity Committee. Questions about the event, dietary offerings, and/or accessibility? Email: oSTEM.vt@gmail.com. Learn more at https://www.facebook.com/events/1514745195487367/.

GRADUATE STUDENT & ADVISOR SOCIAL
Tuesday, Mar 1, 5:00-6:30pm, University Club
Graduate students and their advisors are invited to this social, jointly hosted by the Graduate School and the University Club. Enjoy good conversation and network with colleagues over a glass of wine or beer and light refreshments. Please register online at https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1455231081691. For information about this event contact Monika Gibson, gibsonm@vt.edu.

February 8-14, 2016

1.  WEEKLY WALK-IN SERVICES IN THE GLC – updated 1/25/16

  • Career Services advising: Wednesdays 2:00-5:00pm, GLC Lobby
  • Cook Counseling: ThF 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: TTh 11:00-1:00, F 10:00-12:00, Room A
  • Writing assistance: Th 5:30-8:30, Room A

2. BLACK HISTORY MONTH EVENTS FEB 1-29
Check out a list of events for Black History Month at http://www.iec.vt.edu! You can download any of the events directly to your calendar from Intercultural Engagement Center’s (IEC) google calendar http://www.iec.vt.edu or find details on the university’s online calendar.

3. VALENTINE’S DAY CARD MAKING
Monday, Feb 8, 1:30-3:30
Tuesday-Wednesday, Feb 9-10, 10:00am-12:00pm
Stop by the Welcome Center in the GLC Lobby this week to make Valentine’s Day cards for someone special. The GLC Fellows will have plenty of craft supplies available for you to help spread the love!

4. DISCOVER ISLAM
Tuesday, Feb 9, 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). Contact grad student Haitham Elmarakeby (marakeby@vt.edu) for more information.

5. BARNSTORM FOR BERNIE
Wednesday, Feb 10, 6:00-8:00pm, GLC Room F
Interested in learning more about presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders? Want to get involved with the grassroots movement to get Bernie elected? Join Students for Sanders at Virginia Tech (S4S@VT) as they host a campaign-sponsored organizational meeting where you’ll learn how easy it is to become a part of the political revolution here in Blacksburg! RSVP at https://go.berniesanders.com/page/event/detail/barnstorm/4pk7. For more information about S4S@VT, contact doctoral student Sarah Mazza (mazza@vt.edu).

6. 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.

7. WRITING CENTER INFORMATION SESSIONS ON FORMING WRITING SUPPORT GROUPS
Thursday, Feb 11, 12:30-1:00, GLC Room A
Friday, Feb 12, 12:30-1:00, GLC Room B
Do you need some support with writing your thesis, dissertation, journal articles, and more? Would you like some help finding other graduate students to form a writing support group? The Writing Center and the Graduate School are facilitating the forming of writing support groups. Attend one of these information sessions to learn how a writing group may help you stay on task, how to become a member of a writing group, and other techniques that may help you along the way.

8. DMV CONNECT – MOBILE DMV SERVICES IN THE GLC!
Thursday, Feb 11, 9:00am-4:00pm, GLC Room D
Friday, Feb 12, 9:00am-2:00pm, GLC Room D
If you don’t have time to travel to the DMV in Christiansburg, here is your chance to get DMV business done in the GLC! Get your state ID, veteran’s ID, driver’s license, disabled parking placard, vehicle title and registration and more.

9. GLC CAFÉ: PBJ EDITION
Thursday, Feb 11, 3:30-5:00pm, GLC Reading Room
Enjoy free coffee, tea and cookies in the company of your grad student and Grad School colleagues. Relax, network, get caffeinated. This week’s special: the quintessential American childhood favorite: peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwiches! If you never had it, here is an opportunity to try! Bring your own mug if you can.

10. GROCERY BINGO
Thursday, Feb 11, 5:30-6:30pm, GLC Room G
Compete against other graduate students in Bingo for a chance to win free grocery items! Register online at https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_6D6wXh9pg1kSRQ9 if you are planning to attend.

11. KIDS NIGHTS OUT RETURNS FOR SPRING – NOTE NEW LOCATION!
Thursdays, starting Jan 28, 6:00-8:30pm, Luther Memorial Church classroom, 600 Prices Fork Rd
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 is held every Thursday throughout the semester when classes are in session.  Park in the lower parking lot (on Prices Fork Road) and go up the stairs. Enter the building through the door (with “Little Hokie Hangout” sign) at the top of the hill with the long access ramp. Children should wash their hands in the bathroom before entering the room. Until renovations are completed at the Women’s Center, KNO will meet at the new location.  For more information, contact Jessie Meltsner at jmelts@vt.edu or 231-7806.

12. HIGH QUALITY OPEN ED RESOURCES: DEVELOPMENT, USE CASES, ADAPTATION, EFFICACY
Friday, Feb 12, 2:15-3:30pm, Newman Library Room 207A
Open Education Resources (OER) are used in at least one in five US colleges and universities, but are they high quality? Are they effective? This presentation by Nicole Finkbeiner of OpenStax College <https://openstaxcollege.org/>  will cover the basics of OER, how the development process has evolved to ensure quality, how faculty are using OER in their courses, options for adapting OER and using OER in creative ways, and the latest empirical research on the effectiveness of OER in the classroom. Q&A to follow. Email to Anita Walz arwalz@vt.edu to register.

13. VOTER REGISRATION DEADLINE TODAY TO VOTE IN VA PRIMARIES
Today is the last day to register to vote in Virginia to be eligible to vote in the primaries on Mar 1. This is also the last day to change your address to Blacksburg if you are already registered in Virginia. You do not need to register for a specific party to vote in the VA primaries. Go to https://vote.elections.virginia.gov/Registration/Eligibility for more information.

14. CALL FOR PROPOSALS FOR GRADUATE ART COUNCIL’S ART SHOWCASE – 1st posting
Are you a graduate student with an interest in the arts? Do you make sculptures out of recyclables, play the banjo, or write comedic poetry? Whatever your artistic talent and regardless of your field of study, the Graduate Arts Council (a campus organization dedicated to exploring, supporting, and expanding the arts in and around Virginia Tech) invites you to participate in its First Annual Art Showcase! The showcase, to be held on Ap 28 (time and location TBA), will feature exciting live performances as well as a diverse exhibit of artwork to peruse. This curated event is free and open to the public and will be followed up with a gallery display running from Apr 28-May 2. Submit proposals by Mar 14 at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1ua9GFDZ2U7Ft058WtO778PIZqJODsmnxXynkpdFqdVE/viewform?c=0&w=1. Contact Ana-Christina Acosta at acostaa@vt.edu with any questions.

15. CITIZEN SCHOLAR APPLICATIONS INVITED – 2nd posting
Have you used your research to benefit society in any way? Are you currently working, or have worked on a project in the past year, that has community impact, either locally or globally? If so, consider applying for the Citizen Scholar Engagement recognition.  If not, consider designing a Citizen Scholar project! Program requirements are described on the CSE website, http://graduateschool.vt.edu/gs/tge/cse. Applications are due Mar 14.  For more information, email Shelby Ward, shelby08@vt.edu.

16. FAFSA APPLICATION ASSISTANCE SESSIONS IN FEBRUARY – 2nd posting
Do you need assistance filing your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)?  If so, the VT Financial Aid office is here to help!  University Scholarships and Financial Aid will be open and available to assist students in filing the FAFSA every Friday in February. Mark your calendar for the following dates and times:  Feb 5 and 19 3-5 p.m; Feb 12 and 26 3-7 p.m. More information is available online at http://www.finaid.vt.edu. 

17. HOMECOMING BOARD POSITIONS OPEN – 3rd posting
Homecoming Board is looking for hard working undergrad and grad students to apply to be on the board for the 2016-2017 school year. There are many positions available including, Parade VP, PR/Marketing VP (and assistants), Decorations committee, and Event Planning positions. This is a great opportunity to add your mark to a long-standing VT  tradition while gaining skills in areas that might be helpful for future jobs. The application is on GobblerConnect at https://gobblerconnect.vt.edu/form/start/89396. Direct any questions to Abigail Lewis (abigail4@vt.edu).

18. CALL FOR APPLICATIONS FOR GRADUATE STUDENT REP TO BOARD OF VISITORS – deadline Friday!
Applications for Graduate Student Representative to the VT Board of Visitors are accepted until Feb 12, 2016. All currently enrolled graduate students in good standing are encouraged to consider this great leadership and service opportunity to represent graduate students’ voices, needs and interest on the VT Board of Visitors. Learn more at http://www.dsa.vt.edu/BOV/apply.php.

19. GUITARIST SOUGHT FOR GRAD STUDENT BAND – 2nd posting
A small music band made of VT grad students is looking for a guitarist. The band meets every Thursday night 6:30pm and practices for couple of hours. There is a drummer, bass player, key player and a lead female vocal. This band doesn’t adhere to any particular style or music genre so any suggestion on what to jam next is highly welcomed. Requirement: must have an electric guitar or an electric acoustic guitar and be able to meet on a regular basis on Thursday night, 6:30pm. Contact: Han Chen, hansolo@vt.edu.

20. WAGE POSITION IN THE LANGUAGE AND CULTURE INSTITUTE – 1st posting
The VT Language and Culture Institute seeks a graduate student employee to work up to 20/hour per week.  Position would start as soon as possible and go through August 15, 2016.  Duties: Plan, market and attend activities for international students in the Intensive English Program.  Assist with other LCI events such as orientation, graduation and possibly fairs and campus events.  Other administrative/LCI duties as assigned.  Requirements: Must be culturally sensitive and willing and able to work with diverse populations.  Must have a valid driver’s license and be willing and able to drive students in a 12-passenger van.  Must be willing to work some evenings and weekends.  Social media/marketing experience is a plus.  Up to $15/hour DOQ.  For more information or to apply, email your resume and qualifications to Sondra Schreiber, sondra3@vt.edu  by Feb. 15.

21. PT JAVA DEVELOPER WAGE OPENING AT VT LIBRARIES – 2nd posting
Seeking a smart and reliable developer who values open source and open sharing of knowledge to help customize the VTechWorks system at http://vtechworks.lib.vt.edu and to contribute to the codebase of the DSpace digital library software that runs VTechWorks and many other repositories worldwide. Duties: fix bugs in and develop new features for VTechWorks; contribute code to the open source DSpace project. Minimum required: familiarity with Java, XML, HTML, CSS, and virtual machines such as VirtualBox. Preferred: git, GitHub, XSLT, SQL, PostGres, Apache, and Vagrant. Wage: $15/hr. To apply, fill out an application from a public computer in Newman Library in the Student Employee Application System at http://seas.lib.vt.edu, then write Dr. Amanda French at alfrench@vt.edu indicating that you would like to be considered for the part-time VTechWorks Java Developer position. Applications due:  Feb 12, 2016. Read more at http://j.mp/vtechworks-java-dev.

22. GRADUATE TEACHING ASSISTANTS SOUGHT FOR STUDY PARTICIPATION – 1st posting
Current or past VT GTAs are sought to complete a 20-minute online survey about Autism Spectrum Disorders. Must be at least 18 years old to participate. Access survey here: https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_8AkFupnszC4wZkF. For more information contact Tyler Hassenfeldt at thassen@vt.edu.

23. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR RESEARCH ON LANGUAGE TRENDS – 1st posting
Participants ages 18 to 75, male or female, and native English speakers (international students whose first language is not English will not be considered) are currently being sought for an IRB approved study on how well general populations can identify and define current language trends and determine when this language is being used in a threatening manner. No prior knowledge of language trends is required. By clicking on the link and taking the survey at https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_esuRrqQKdNhhlid, you are consenting to use of your answers in a master’s thesis. If you have any questions, please contact Natalie Richoux at nchambe7@vt.edu

24. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR RESEARCH STUDY ABOUT LGBQ INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS – 2nd posting
International students who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, queer, homosexual, unsure, questioning, etc are invited to share their stories. Participation consists of confidential interviews and journals reflecting on your experiences. Participants will receive $15-$50 amazon gift card in compensation. To participate, contact CICOstories@gmail.com. For more information, see: https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_beGzllp5wS4d5rL. Posted on behalf of doctoral student Hoa Nguyen.

25. VOLUNTEERS SOUGHT FOR MOSS ART CTR SCHOOL-DAY PERFORMANCES – 2nd posting
The Moss Art Center (MAC) is seeking volunteers to assist with school-day performances that bring students, teachers, parents and chaperones to K-12 arts activities at the MAC. The first event, Blair Thomas & Co. Puppet Theater, is quickly approaching. If you are interested in helping, please email Donna Thompson at tdonna27@vt.edu.

26. CHILDREN AGES 8-12 WITH FREQUENT TEMPER OUTBURSTS SOUGHT FOR NEW TREATMENT STUDY – 2nd posting
Children ages 8-12 are currently being enrolled for a free treatment study for anger and frequent temper outbursts. 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, contact Amber at MoodReg@gmail.com or call 540-231-9735 for more information.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

THEOLOGY ON TAP: MORE THAN JUST HOLY SPIRITS
Monday, Feb 15, 7:00pm, Sycamore Deli
Having faith as a young adult, finding the middle ground between Saturday night and Sunday morning. From breweries to bible studies, small groups to socializing, how can you be radically faithful in the day to day?  Don’t miss out on the Blacksburg area’s first Theology on Tap at Sycamore Deli – Monday, Feb 15 – all sandwiches on the menu are $5! Talk begins at 7pm, come early for dinner and drinks, stay late for discussion. Chris Hitzelberger, Director of VT Catholic Campus Ministry will speak on how to integrate your faith with everyday life, followed by Q&A. For more information please contact grad student Mary Claire Gibson at mcg226@vt.edu.

DINING ETIQUETTE WORSKHOP
Tuesday, Feb 16, 5:30-7:00pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
Learn how to conduct yourself during a formal meal in a professional setting, whether the dinner is part of an interview, a conference, or other engagement. The program will include a presentation, helpful props and tips, and an informal meal during which you can network with graduate students. Pizza or other similar food will be served; unfortunately we are unable to entertain dietary restrictions beyond meat/vegetarian. Registration required: https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_bK1yxMTLDRlEQg5.

LOVE AROUND THE WORLD
Friday, Feb 19, 7:30-8:30pm, Dessert and Conversations, 8:30-9:30pm, Cajun Square Dance Commonwealth Ballroom in Squires
The Cranwell International Center presents this evening of intercultural connection to share traditions of expressing love in one’s own culture. Join for dessert and conversations with fellow students, and VT’s international and local communities.

February 8-14, 2016

1.  WEEKLY WALK-IN SERVICES IN THE GLC – updated 1/25/16

  • Career Services advising: Wednesdays 2:00-5:00pm, GLC Lobby
  • Cook Counseling: ThF 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: TTh 11:00-1:00, F 10:00-12:00, Room A
  • Writing assistance: Th 5:30-8:30, Room A

2. BLACK HISTORY MONTH EVENTS FEB 1-29
Check out a list of events for Black History Month at http://www.iec.vt.edu! You can download any of the events directly to your calendar from Intercultural Engagement Center’s (IEC) google calendar http://www.iec.vt.edu or find details on the university’s online calendar.

3. VALENTINE’S DAY CARD MAKING
Monday, Feb 8, 1:30-3:30
Tuesday-Wednesday, Feb 9-10, 10:00am-12:00pm
Stop by the Welcome Center in the GLC Lobby this week to make Valentine’s Day cards for someone special. The GLC Fellows will have plenty of craft supplies available for you to help spread the love!

4. DISCOVER ISLAM
Tuesday, Feb 9, 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). Contact grad student Haitham Elmarakeby (marakeby@vt.edu) for more information.

5. BARNSTORM FOR BERNIE
Wednesday, Feb 10, 6:00-8:00pm, GLC Room F
Interested in learning more about presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders? Want to get involved with the grassroots movement to get Bernie elected? Join Students for Sanders at Virginia Tech (S4S@VT) as they host a campaign-sponsored organizational meeting where you’ll learn how easy it is to become a part of the political revolution here in Blacksburg! RSVP at https://go.berniesanders.com/page/event/detail/barnstorm/4pk7. For more information about S4S@VT, contact doctoral student Sarah Mazza (mazza@vt.edu).

6. 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.

7. WRITING CENTER INFORMATION SESSIONS ON FORMING WRITING SUPPORT GROUPS
Thursday, Feb 11, 12:30-1:00, GLC Room A
Friday, Feb 12, 12:30-1:00, GLC Room B
Do you need some support with writing your thesis, dissertation, journal articles, and more? Would you like some help finding other graduate students to form a writing support group? The Writing Center and the Graduate School are facilitating the forming of writing support groups. Attend one of these information sessions to learn how a writing group may help you stay on task, how to become a member of a writing group, and other techniques that may help you along the way.

8. DMV CONNECT – MOBILE DMV SERVICES IN THE GLC!
Thursday, Feb 11, 9:00am-4:00pm, GLC Room D
Friday, Feb 12, 9:00am-2:00pm, GLC Room D
If you don’t have time to travel to the DMV in Christiansburg, here is your chance to get DMV business done in the GLC! Get your state ID, veteran’s ID, driver’s license, disabled parking placard, vehicle title and registration and more.

9. GLC CAFÉ: PBJ EDITION
Thursday, Feb 11, 3:30-5:00pm, GLC Reading Room
Enjoy free coffee, tea and cookies in the company of your grad student and Grad School colleagues. Relax, network, get caffeinated. This week’s special: the quintessential American childhood favorite: peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwiches! If you never had it, here is an opportunity to try! Bring your own mug if you can.

10. GROCERY BINGO
Thursday, Feb 11, 5:30-6:30pm, GLC Room G
Compete against other graduate students in Bingo for a chance to win free grocery items! Register online at https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_6D6wXh9pg1kSRQ9 if you are planning to attend.

11. KIDS NIGHTS OUT RETURNS FOR SPRING – NOTE NEW LOCATION!
Thursdays, starting Jan 28, 6:00-8:30pm, Luther Memorial Church classroom, 600 Prices Fork Rd
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 is held every Thursday throughout the semester when classes are in session.  Park in the lower parking lot (on Prices Fork Road) and go up the stairs. Enter the building through the door (with “Little Hokie Hangout” sign) at the top of the hill with the long access ramp. Children should wash their hands in the bathroom before entering the room. Until renovations are completed at the Women’s Center, KNO will meet at the new location.  For more information, contact Jessie Meltsner at jmelts@vt.edu or 231-7806.

12. HIGH QUALITY OPEN ED RESOURCES: DEVELOPMENT, USE CASES, ADAPTATION, EFFICACY
Friday, Feb 12, 2:15-3:30pm, Newman Library Room 207A
Open Education Resources (OER) are used in at least one in five US colleges and universities, but are they high quality? Are they effective? This presentation by Nicole Finkbeiner of OpenStax College <https://openstaxcollege.org/>  will cover the basics of OER, how the development process has evolved to ensure quality, how faculty are using OER in their courses, options for adapting OER and using OER in creative ways, and the latest empirical research on the effectiveness of OER in the classroom. Q&A to follow. Email to Anita Walz arwalz@vt.edu to register.

13. VOTER REGISRATION DEADLINE TODAY TO VOTE IN VA PRIMARIES
Today is the last day to register to vote in Virginia to be eligible to vote in the primaries on Mar 1. This is also the last day to change your address to Blacksburg if you are already registered in Virginia. You do not need to register for a specific party to vote in the VA primaries. Go to https://vote.elections.virginia.gov/Registration/Eligibility for more information.

14. CALL FOR PROPOSALS FOR GRADUATE ART COUNCIL’S ART SHOWCASE – 1st posting
Are you a graduate student with an interest in the arts? Do you make sculptures out of recyclables, play the banjo, or write comedic poetry? Whatever your artistic talent and regardless of your field of study, the Graduate Arts Council (a campus organization dedicated to exploring, supporting, and expanding the arts in and around Virginia Tech) invites you to participate in its First Annual Art Showcase! The showcase, to be held on Ap 28 (time and location TBA), will feature exciting live performances as well as a diverse exhibit of artwork to peruse. This curated event is free and open to the public and will be followed up with a gallery display running from Apr 28-May 2. Submit proposals by Mar 14 at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1ua9GFDZ2U7Ft058WtO778PIZqJODsmnxXynkpdFqdVE/viewform?c=0&w=1. Contact Ana-Christina Acosta at acostaa@vt.edu with any questions.

15. CITIZEN SCHOLAR APPLICATIONS INVITED – 2nd posting
Have you used your research to benefit society in any way? Are you currently working, or have worked on a project in the past year, that has community impact, either locally or globally? If so, consider applying for the Citizen Scholar Engagement recognition.  If not, consider designing a Citizen Scholar project! Program requirements are described on the CSE website, http://graduateschool.vt.edu/gs/tge/cse. Applications are due Mar 14.  For more information, email Shelby Ward, shelby08@vt.edu.

16. FAFSA APPLICATION ASSISTANCE SESSIONS IN FEBRUARY – 2nd posting
Do you need assistance filing your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)?  If so, the VT Financial Aid office is here to help!  University Scholarships and Financial Aid will be open and available to assist students in filing the FAFSA every Friday in February. Mark your calendar for the following dates and times:  Feb 5 and 19 3-5 p.m; Feb 12 and 26 3-7 p.m. More information is available online at http://www.finaid.vt.edu. 

17. HOMECOMING BOARD POSITIONS OPEN – 3rd posting
Homecoming Board is looking for hard working undergrad and grad students to apply to be on the board for the 2016-2017 school year. There are many positions available including, Parade VP, PR/Marketing VP (and assistants), Decorations committee, and Event Planning positions. This is a great opportunity to add your mark to a long-standing VT  tradition while gaining skills in areas that might be helpful for future jobs. The application is on GobblerConnect at https://gobblerconnect.vt.edu/form/start/89396. Direct any questions to Abigail Lewis (abigail4@vt.edu).

18. CALL FOR APPLICATIONS FOR GRADUATE STUDENT REP TO BOARD OF VISITORS – deadline Friday!
Applications for Graduate Student Representative to the VT Board of Visitors are accepted until Feb 12, 2016. All currently enrolled graduate students in good standing are encouraged to consider this great leadership and service opportunity to represent graduate students’ voices, needs and interest on the VT Board of Visitors. Learn more at http://www.dsa.vt.edu/BOV/apply.php.

19. GUITARIST SOUGHT FOR GRAD STUDENT BAND – 2nd posting
A small music band made of VT grad students is looking for a guitarist. The band meets every Thursday night 6:30pm and practices for couple of hours. There is a drummer, bass player, key player and a lead female vocal. This band doesn’t adhere to any particular style or music genre so any suggestion on what to jam next is highly welcomed. Requirement: must have an electric guitar or an electric acoustic guitar and be able to meet on a regular basis on Thursday night, 6:30pm. Contact: Han Chen, hansolo@vt.edu.

20. WAGE POSITION IN THE LANGUAGE AND CULTURE INSTITUTE – 1st posting
The VT Language and Culture Institute seeks a graduate student employee to work up to 20/hour per week.  Position would start as soon as possible and go through August 15, 2016.  Duties: Plan, market and attend activities for international students in the Intensive English Program.  Assist with other LCI events such as orientation, graduation and possibly fairs and campus events.  Other administrative/LCI duties as assigned.  Requirements: Must be culturally sensitive and willing and able to work with diverse populations.  Must have a valid driver’s license and be willing and able to drive students in a 12-passenger van.  Must be willing to work some evenings and weekends.  Social media/marketing experience is a plus.  Up to $15/hour DOQ.  For more information or to apply, email your resume and qualifications to Sondra Schreiber, sondra3@vt.edu  by Feb. 15.

21. PT JAVA DEVELOPER WAGE OPENING AT VT LIBRARIES – 2nd posting
Seeking a smart and reliable developer who values open source and open sharing of knowledge to help customize the VTechWorks system at http://vtechworks.lib.vt.edu and to contribute to the codebase of the DSpace digital library software that runs VTechWorks and many other repositories worldwide. Duties: fix bugs in and develop new features for VTechWorks; contribute code to the open source DSpace project. Minimum required: familiarity with Java, XML, HTML, CSS, and virtual machines such as VirtualBox. Preferred: git, GitHub, XSLT, SQL, PostGres, Apache, and Vagrant. Wage: $15/hr. To apply, fill out an application from a public computer in Newman Library in the Student Employee Application System at http://seas.lib.vt.edu, then write Dr. Amanda French at alfrench@vt.edu indicating that you would like to be considered for the part-time VTechWorks Java Developer position. Applications due:  Feb 12, 2016. Read more at http://j.mp/vtechworks-java-dev.

22. GRADUATE TEACHING ASSISTANTS SOUGHT FOR STUDY PARTICIPATION – 1st posting
Current or past VT GTAs are sought to complete a 20-minute online survey about Autism Spectrum Disorders. Must be at least 18 years old to participate. Access survey here: https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_8AkFupnszC4wZkF. For more information contact Tyler Hassenfeldt at thassen@vt.edu.

23. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR RESEARCH ON LANGUAGE TRENDS – 1st posting
Participants ages 18 to 75, male or female, and native English speakers (international students whose first language is not English will not be considered) are currently being sought for an IRB approved study on how well general populations can identify and define current language trends and determine when this language is being used in a threatening manner. No prior knowledge of language trends is required. By clicking on the link and taking the survey at https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_esuRrqQKdNhhlid, you are consenting to use of your answers in a master’s thesis. If you have any questions, please contact Natalie Richoux at nchambe7@vt.edu

24. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR RESEARCH STUDY ABOUT LGBQ INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS – 2nd posting
International students who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, queer, homosexual, unsure, questioning, etc are invited to share their stories. Participation consists of confidential interviews and journals reflecting on your experiences. Participants will receive $15-$50 amazon gift card in compensation. To participate, contact CICOstories@gmail.com. For more information, see: https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_beGzllp5wS4d5rL. Posted on behalf of doctoral student Hoa Nguyen.

25. VOLUNTEERS SOUGHT FOR MOSS ART CTR SCHOOL-DAY PERFORMANCES – 2nd posting
The Moss Art Center (MAC) is seeking volunteers to assist with school-day performances that bring students, teachers, parents and chaperones to K-12 arts activities at the MAC. The first event, Blair Thomas & Co. Puppet Theater, is quickly approaching. If you are interested in helping, please email Donna Thompson at tdonna27@vt.edu.

26. CHILDREN AGES 8-12 WITH FREQUENT TEMPER OUTBURSTS SOUGHT FOR NEW TREATMENT STUDY – 2nd posting
Children ages 8-12 are currently being enrolled for a free treatment study for anger and frequent temper outbursts. 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, contact Amber at MoodReg@gmail.com or call 540-231-9735 for more information.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

THEOLOGY ON TAP: MORE THAN JUST HOLY SPIRITS
Monday, Feb 15, 7:00pm, Sycamore Deli
Having faith as a young adult, finding the middle ground between Saturday night and Sunday morning. From breweries to bible studies, small groups to socializing, how can you be radically faithful in the day to day?  Don’t miss out on the Blacksburg area’s first Theology on Tap at Sycamore Deli – Monday, Feb 15 – all sandwiches on the menu are $5! Talk begins at 7pm, come early for dinner and drinks, stay late for discussion. Chris Hitzelberger, Director of VT Catholic Campus Ministry will speak on how to integrate your faith with everyday life, followed by Q&A. For more information please contact grad student Mary Claire Gibson at mcg226@vt.edu.

DINING ETIQUETTE WORSKHOP
Tuesday, Feb 16, 5:30-7:00pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
Learn how to conduct yourself during a formal meal in a professional setting, whether the dinner is part of an interview, a conference, or other engagement. The program will include a presentation, helpful props and tips, and an informal meal during which you can network with graduate students. Pizza or other similar food will be served; unfortunately we are unable to entertain dietary restrictions beyond meat/vegetarian. Registration required: https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_bK1yxMTLDRlEQg5.

LOVE AROUND THE WORLD
Friday, Feb 19, 7:30-8:30pm, Dessert and Conversations, 8:30-9:30pm, Cajun Square Dance Commonwealth Ballroom in Squires
The Cranwell International Center presents this evening of intercultural connection to share traditions of expressing love in one’s own culture. Join for dessert and conversations with fellow students, and VT’s international and local communities.

February 1-7, 2016

1.  WEEKLY WALK-IN SERVICES IN THE GLC – updated 1/25/16

  • Career Services advising: Wednesdays 2:00-5:00pm, GLC Lobby
  • Cook Counseling: ThF 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: TTh 11:00-1:00, F 10:00-12:00, Room A
  • Writing assistance: Th 5:30-8:30, Room A

2. BLACK HISTORY MONTH EVENTS FEB 1-29
Check out a list of events for Black History Month at http://www.iec.vt.edu! You can download any of the events directly to your calendar from Intercultural Engagement Center’s (IEC) google calendar http://www.iec.vt.edu or find details on the university’s online calendar.

3. NAVIGATING VT/AMERICAN ACADEMIC CULTURE
Tuesday, Feb 2, 12:00-1:00pm, GLC Room C       
Are you a new student adjusting to academic life at Virginia Tech? Attend this Q&A to learn about the intricacies of studying in the U.S. and at Virginia Tech. Bring any questions or concerns you may have and Grad School staff and fellow students will help you find your way here. Lunch provided, please sign up online at https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_2cvEwrmIDRLsuvX

4. DISCOVER ISLAM
Tuesday, Feb 2, 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). Contact grad student Haitham Elmarakeby (marakeby@vt.edu) for more information.

5. ADULTS WITH ADHD SUPPORT GROUP
Tuesday, Feb 2, 4:30-5:30pm, McComas Hall, Rec Sports Classroom 198
Hokie Wellness is hosting a support group for adults with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). All VT students and employees are eligible. The group meeting is held on the first Tuesday of the month (Feb 2, Mar 1) from 4:30-5:30pm in McComas Hall Rec Sports classroom 198.

6. FREE MONTHLY ANXIETY/OCD SUPPORT GROUP FOR VT STUDENTS
Tuesday, Feb 2, 6:30-7:30pm, GLC Room A
The Psychological Services Center is providing a free support group for those struggling with anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). The group meets on the first Tuesday of every month from 6:30-7:30pm at the Graduate Life Center, Meeting Room A. This group is available for undergraduate and graduate students. Group dates: Feb 2, Mar 1, Apr 5, May 3. Call the Psychological Services Center at 540-231-6914 with any questions.

7. INTERVIEWING SKILLS WORKSHOP
Wednesday, Feb 3, 5:30-6:30pm, GLC Room G
Be prepared for initial screening interviews as well as on-site interviews. This seminar addresses interviewing basics, employer expectations, and insights into behavioral interviews. Brought to you by Career Services.

8. 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.

9. WHAT HAVE I GOTTEN MYSELF INTO?
Thursday, Feb 4, 12:00-1:30pm, GLC Room D
If you asked yourself this question as a grad student, you are not alone! Meet fellow graduate students, new and returning, to talk about graduate school as an exciting but sometimes potentially overwhelming adventure. Pizza will be served. Sign up online at https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_ahsqyZPiReI8rVH.

10. GLC CAFÉ
Thursday, Feb 4, 3:30-5:00pm, GLC Reading Room
Enjoy all kinds of hot beverages and cookies in the company of your grad student and Grad School colleagues. Relax, network, and fill up with empty carbs. Bring your own mug if you can!

11. WELCOME SOCIAL
Friday, Feb 5, 5:00-7:00pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
Kick off the spring semester at the welcome social hosted by the Graduate Fellows! This is a great opportunity to network, socialize, and have some fun with your peers. This Hokie Spirit themed event will include games, a silly Hokie photo shoot, and food catered by Due South. There will be a prize for the student with the most Hokie Spirit given away at 6pm, so bring you best Tech gear and show it off! Please register if you plan to come at http://tinyurl.com/WelcomeBackSocialSurvey. Email the GLC Fellows any questions: Kevin at kmpark07@vt.edu, Scarlet at scarlet7@vt.edu, or Shiwani at shiwanid@vt.edu.

12. KIDS NIGHTS OUT RETURNS FOR SPRING – NOTE NEW LOCATION!
Thursdays, starting Jan 28, 6:00-8:30pm, Luther Memorial Church classroom, 600 Prices Fork Rd
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 is held every Thursday throughout the semester when classes are in session.  Park in the lower parking lot (on Prices Fork Road) and go up the stairs. Enter the building through the door (with “Little Hokie Hangout” sign) at the top of the hill with the long access ramp. Children should wash their hands in the bathroom before entering the room. Until renovations are completed at the Women’s Center, KNO will meet at the new location.  For more information, contact Jessie Meltsner at jmelts@vt.edu or 231-7806.

13. THE MESSENGER – DOCUMENTARY SCREENING
Thursday, Feb 4, 7:30- 9:10pm, Christiansburg, Regal New River Valley Stadium 14
Cost: $11 per ticket, buy online at: https://tugg.com/events/80304. This documentary about the decline of songbirds due to human actions such as climate change and pipelines recently came out with limited release, with a special showing scheduled at the Regal theater in Christiansburg. This contemplative documentary explores our deep-seated connection to birds and warns that the uncertain fate of songbirds might mirror our own. The Messenger is about what the birds have to tell us about the state of our planet and our shared future. This event is posted on behalf of doctoral student Lisa Whalen.

14. CITIZEN SCHOLAR APPLICATIONS INVITED – 1st posting
Have you used your research to benefit society in any way? Are you currently working, or have worked on a project in the past year, that has community impact, either locally or globally? If so, consider applying for the Citizen Scholar Engagement recognition.  If not, consider designing a Citizen Scholar project! Program requirements are described on the CSE website, http://graduateschool.vt.edu/gs/tge/cse. Applications are due Mar 14.  For more information, email Shelby Ward, shelby08@vt.edu.

15. FAFSA APPLICATION ASSISTANCE SESSIONS IN FEBRUARY
Do you need assistance filing your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)?  If so, the VT Financial Aid office is here to help!  University Scholarships and Financial Aid will be open and available to assist students in filing the FAFSA every Friday in February. Mark your calendar for the following dates and times:  Feb 5 and 19 3-5 p.m; Feb 12 and 26 3-7 p.m. More information is available online at http://www.finaid.vt.edu. 

16. HOMECOMING BOARD POSITIONS OPEN – 2nd posting
Homecoming Board is looking for hard working undergrad and grad students to apply to be on the board for the 2016-2017 school year. There are many positions available including, Parade VP, PR/Marketing VP (and assistants), Decorations committee, and Event Planning positions. This is a great opportunity to add your mark to a long-standing VT  tradition while gaining skills in areas that might be helpful for future jobs. The application is on GobblerConnect at https://gobblerconnect.vt.edu/form/start/89396. Direct any questions to Abigail Lewis (abigail4@vt.edu).

17. ENGLISH CONVERSATION GROUPS AT CRANWELL – 3rd posting
The Cranwell International Center offers multiple classes per week for anyone who wishes to improve their English and learn more about the local culture. They are open to Virginia Tech students, researchers, scholars, faculty, visitors and their dependents. Individuals can attend any number of classes per week. If you have any questions, email international@vt.edu. The conversation groups are free of charge and require no registration. See schedule:  http://www.international.vt.edu/programs_and_activities/english_conversation_groups/index.html.

18. CALL FOR APPLICATIONS FOR GRADUATE STUDENT REP TO BOARD OF VISITORS – deadline next week
Applications for Graduate Student Representative to the VT Board of Visitors are accepted until Feb 12, 2016. All currently enrolled graduate students in good standing are encouraged to consider this great leadership and service opportunity to represent graduate students’ voices, needs and interest on the VT Board of Visitors. Learn more at http://www.dsa.vt.edu/BOV/apply.php.

19. GUITARIST SOUGHT FOR GRAD STUDENT BAND – 1st posting
A small music band made of VT grad students is looking for a guitarist. The band meets every Thursday night 6:30pm and practices for couple of hours. There is a drummer, bass player, key player and a lead female vocal. This band doesn’t adhere to any particular style or music genre so any suggestion on what to jam next is highly welcomed. Requirement: must have an electric guitar or an electric acoustic guitar and be able to meet on a regular basis on Thursday night, 6:30pm. Contact: Han Chen, hansolo@vt.edu.

20. PT JAVA DEVELOPER WAGE OPENING AT VT LIBRARIES – 1st posting
Seeking a smart and reliable developer who values open source and open sharing of knowledge to help customize the VTechWorks system at http://vtechworks.lib.vt.edu and to contribute to the codebase of the DSpace digital library software that runs VTechWorks and many other repositories worldwide. Duties: fix bugs in and develop new features for VTechWorks; contribute code to the open source DSpace project. Minimum required: familiarity with Java, XML, HTML, CSS, and virtual machines such as VirtualBox. Preferred: git, GitHub, XSLT, SQL, PostGres, Apache, and Vagrant. Wage: $15/hr. To apply, fill out an application from a public computer in Newman Library in the Student Employee Application System at http://seas.lib.vt.edu, then write Dr. Amanda French at alfrench@vt.edu indicating that you would like to be considered for the part-time VTechWorks Java Developer position. Applications due:  Feb 12, 2016. Read more at http://j.mp/vtechworks-java-dev.

21. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR RESEARCH STUDY ABOUT LGBQ INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS – 1st posting
International students who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, queer, homosexual, unsure, questioning, etc are invited to share their stories. Participation consists of confidential interviews and journals reflecting on your experiences. Participants will receive $15-$50 amazon gift card in compensation. To participate, contact CICOstories@gmail.com. For more information, see: https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_beGzllp5wS4d5rL. Posted on behalf of doctoral student Hoa Nguyen.

22. VOLUNTEERS SOUGHT FOR MOSS ART CTR SCHOOL-DAY PERFORMANCES – 1st posting
The Moss Art Center (MAC) is seeking volunteers to assist with school-day performances that bring students, teachers, parents and chaperones to K-12 arts activities at the MAC. The first event, Blair Thomas & Co. Puppet Theater, is quickly approaching. If you are interested in helping, please email Donna Thompson at tdonna27@vt.edu.

23. CHILDREN AGES 8-12 WITH FREQUENT TEMPER OUTBURSTS SOUGHT FOR NEW TREATMENT STUDY – 1st posting
Children ages 8-12 are currently being enrolled for a free treatment study for anger and frequent temper outbursts. 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, contact Amber at MoodReg@gmail.com or call 540-231-9735 for more information.

24. VOLUNTEERS SOUGHT FOR STUDY ON SIMULATED AUTOMOBILE ASSEMBLY TASKS – 3rd  posting
Requirements: Age 18-30; females only; no current or recent history (1 year) of musculoskeletal problems. 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 in a laboratory setting in the ISE department. Four sessions (one training + three data collection), compensation: $10 per hour for about 3 hours in each of four sessions + $20 bonus after completion. Contact Alireza Sedighi at 540-394-8441 or sedighia@vt.edu if interested.

25. VT HELPING PAWS IS RECRUITING VOLUNTEERS – 3rd posting
VT Helping PAWS (Pet Assisted Wellness Service) is a therapy animal program at the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine that provides an opportunity for students/faculty/staff and their pets to bring companionship and animal-assisted therapy for the community. The group visits Newman Library, Squires Student Center, and other places around campus on a regular basis. Join the organization and become a therapy team through Pet Partners, a national pet therapy organization.  The current focus includes dogs & cats, but there is potential for other species such as rats, rabbits, & guinea pigs to be evaluated through Pet Partners.  Volunteers who do not have their own pet are still welcome to help with training classes and at events! If interested, complete this survey: https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1452557426692. There will be a Meet & Greet on  Tuesday, Feb 2 at 6:00pm at the CMMID barn on Prices Fork Rd for the pets & their handlers interested in joining this semester’s training class.  Contact Sara Boyle at petluv15@vt.edu with questions.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

SPEED INTERVIEWING
Tuesday, Feb 9, 5:30-7:30pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
Looking to practice your interviewing skills? Take advantage of the opportunity to practice interviewing in a low-key environment and receive immediate feedback from career advisors and VT staff. Every 6 minutes you rotate from one interviewer to the next, answering a different question each time. Register for a one-hour time slot: 5:30–6:30pm or 6:30–7:30pm online at https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_06XWdFGVRmazDlH. Space is very limited; only register if you are committed to come! Accepted registrations and time slots will be confirmed by email. If you cannot attend after registering, please email to hdanya@vt.edu so that your spot can be reassigned to a fellow graduate student.

DMV CONNECT – MOBILE DMV SERVICES IN THE GLC!
Thursday, Feb 11, 9:00am-4:00pm, GLC Room D
Friday, Feb 12, 9:00am-2:00pm, GLC Room DIf you don’t have time to travel to the DMV in Christiansburg, here is your chance to get DMV business done in the GLC! Get your state ID, veteran’s ID, driver’s license, disabled parking placard, vehicle title and registration and more.

THEOLOGY ON TAP: MORE THAN JUST HOLY SPIRITS
Monday, Feb 15, 7:00pm, Sycamore Deli
Having faith as a young adult, finding the middle ground between Saturday night and Sunday morning. From breweries to bible studies, small groups to socializing, how can you be radically faithful in the day to day?  Don’t miss out on the Blacksburg area’s first Theology on Tap at Sycamore Deli – Monday, Feb 15 – all sandwiches on the menu are $5! Talk begins at 7pm, come early for dinner and drinks, stay late for discussion. Chris Hitzelberger, Director of VT Catholic Campus Ministry will speak on how to integrate your faith with everyday life, followed by Q&A. For more information please contact grad student Mary Claire Gibson at mcg226@vt.edu.

February 1-7, 2016

1.  WEEKLY WALK-IN SERVICES IN THE GLC – updated 1/25/16

  • Career Services advising: Wednesdays 2:00-5:00pm, GLC Lobby
  • Cook Counseling: ThF 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: TTh 11:00-1:00, F 10:00-12:00, Room A
  • Writing assistance: Th 5:30-8:30, Room A

2. BLACK HISTORY MONTH EVENTS FEB 1-29
Check out a list of events for Black History Month at http://www.iec.vt.edu! You can download any of the events directly to your calendar from Intercultural Engagement Center’s (IEC) google calendar http://www.iec.vt.edu or find details on the university’s online calendar.

3. NAVIGATING VT/AMERICAN ACADEMIC CULTURE
Tuesday, Feb 2, 12:00-1:00pm, GLC Room C       
Are you a new student adjusting to academic life at Virginia Tech? Attend this Q&A to learn about the intricacies of studying in the U.S. and at Virginia Tech. Bring any questions or concerns you may have and Grad School staff and fellow students will help you find your way here. Lunch provided, please sign up online at https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_2cvEwrmIDRLsuvX

4. DISCOVER ISLAM
Tuesday, Feb 2, 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). Contact grad student Haitham Elmarakeby (marakeby@vt.edu) for more information.

5. ADULTS WITH ADHD SUPPORT GROUP
Tuesday, Feb 2, 4:30-5:30pm, McComas Hall, Rec Sports Classroom 198
Hokie Wellness is hosting a support group for adults with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). All VT students and employees are eligible. The group meeting is held on the first Tuesday of the month (Feb 2, Mar 1) from 4:30-5:30pm in McComas Hall Rec Sports classroom 198.

6. FREE MONTHLY ANXIETY/OCD SUPPORT GROUP FOR VT STUDENTS
Tuesday, Feb 2, 6:30-7:30pm, GLC Room A
The Psychological Services Center is providing a free support group for those struggling with anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). The group meets on the first Tuesday of every month from 6:30-7:30pm at the Graduate Life Center, Meeting Room A. This group is available for undergraduate and graduate students. Group dates: Feb 2, Mar 1, Apr 5, May 3. Call the Psychological Services Center at 540-231-6914 with any questions.

7. INTERVIEWING SKILLS WORKSHOP
Wednesday, Feb 3, 5:30-6:30pm, GLC Room G
Be prepared for initial screening interviews as well as on-site interviews. This seminar addresses interviewing basics, employer expectations, and insights into behavioral interviews. Brought to you by Career Services.

8. 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.

9. WHAT HAVE I GOTTEN MYSELF INTO?
Thursday, Feb 4, 12:00-1:30pm, GLC Room D
If you asked yourself this question as a grad student, you are not alone! Meet fellow graduate students, new and returning, to talk about graduate school as an exciting but sometimes potentially overwhelming adventure. Pizza will be served. Sign up online at https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_ahsqyZPiReI8rVH.

10. GLC CAFÉ
Thursday, Feb 4, 3:30-5:00pm, GLC Reading Room
Enjoy all kinds of hot beverages and cookies in the company of your grad student and Grad School colleagues. Relax, network, and fill up with empty carbs. Bring your own mug if you can!

11. WELCOME SOCIAL
Friday, Feb 5, 5:00-7:00pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
Kick off the spring semester at the welcome social hosted by the Graduate Fellows! This is a great opportunity to network, socialize, and have some fun with your peers. This Hokie Spirit themed event will include games, a silly Hokie photo shoot, and food catered by Due South. There will be a prize for the student with the most Hokie Spirit given away at 6pm, so bring you best Tech gear and show it off! Please register if you plan to come at http://tinyurl.com/WelcomeBackSocialSurvey. Email the GLC Fellows any questions: Kevin at kmpark07@vt.edu, Scarlet at scarlet7@vt.edu, or Shiwani at shiwanid@vt.edu.

12. KIDS NIGHTS OUT RETURNS FOR SPRING – NOTE NEW LOCATION!
Thursdays, starting Jan 28, 6:00-8:30pm, Luther Memorial Church classroom, 600 Prices Fork Rd
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 is held every Thursday throughout the semester when classes are in session.  Park in the lower parking lot (on Prices Fork Road) and go up the stairs. Enter the building through the door (with “Little Hokie Hangout” sign) at the top of the hill with the long access ramp. Children should wash their hands in the bathroom before entering the room. Until renovations are completed at the Women’s Center, KNO will meet at the new location.  For more information, contact Jessie Meltsner at jmelts@vt.edu or 231-7806.

13. THE MESSENGER – DOCUMENTARY SCREENING
Thursday, Feb 4, 7:30- 9:10pm, Christiansburg, Regal New River Valley Stadium 14
Cost: $11 per ticket, buy online at: https://tugg.com/events/80304. This documentary about the decline of songbirds due to human actions such as climate change and pipelines recently came out with limited release, with a special showing scheduled at the Regal theater in Christiansburg. This contemplative documentary explores our deep-seated connection to birds and warns that the uncertain fate of songbirds might mirror our own. The Messenger is about what the birds have to tell us about the state of our planet and our shared future. This event is posted on behalf of doctoral student Lisa Whalen.

14. CITIZEN SCHOLAR APPLICATIONS INVITED – 1st posting
Have you used your research to benefit society in any way? Are you currently working, or have worked on a project in the past year, that has community impact, either locally or globally? If so, consider applying for the Citizen Scholar Engagement recognition.  If not, consider designing a Citizen Scholar project! Program requirements are described on the CSE website, http://graduateschool.vt.edu/gs/tge/cse. Applications are due Mar 14.  For more information, email Shelby Ward, shelby08@vt.edu.

15. FAFSA APPLICATION ASSISTANCE SESSIONS IN FEBRUARY
Do you need assistance filing your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)?  If so, the VT Financial Aid office is here to help!  University Scholarships and Financial Aid will be open and available to assist students in filing the FAFSA every Friday in February. Mark your calendar for the following dates and times:  Feb 5 and 19 3-5 p.m; Feb 12 and 26 3-7 p.m. More information is available online at http://www.finaid.vt.edu. 

16. HOMECOMING BOARD POSITIONS OPEN – 2nd posting
Homecoming Board is looking for hard working undergrad and grad students to apply to be on the board for the 2016-2017 school year. There are many positions available including, Parade VP, PR/Marketing VP (and assistants), Decorations committee, and Event Planning positions. This is a great opportunity to add your mark to a long-standing VT  tradition while gaining skills in areas that might be helpful for future jobs. The application is on GobblerConnect at https://gobblerconnect.vt.edu/form/start/89396. Direct any questions to Abigail Lewis (abigail4@vt.edu).

17. ENGLISH CONVERSATION GROUPS AT CRANWELL – 3rd posting
The Cranwell International Center offers multiple classes per week for anyone who wishes to improve their English and learn more about the local culture. They are open to Virginia Tech students, researchers, scholars, faculty, visitors and their dependents. Individuals can attend any number of classes per week. If you have any questions, email international@vt.edu. The conversation groups are free of charge and require no registration. See schedule:  http://www.international.vt.edu/programs_and_activities/english_conversation_groups/index.html.

18. CALL FOR APPLICATIONS FOR GRADUATE STUDENT REP TO BOARD OF VISITORS – deadline next week
Applications for Graduate Student Representative to the VT Board of Visitors are accepted until Feb 12, 2016. All currently enrolled graduate students in good standing are encouraged to consider this great leadership and service opportunity to represent graduate students’ voices, needs and interest on the VT Board of Visitors. Learn more at http://www.dsa.vt.edu/BOV/apply.php.

19. GUITARIST SOUGHT FOR GRAD STUDENT BAND – 1st posting
A small music band made of VT grad students is looking for a guitarist. The band meets every Thursday night 6:30pm and practices for couple of hours. There is a drummer, bass player, key player and a lead female vocal. This band doesn’t adhere to any particular style or music genre so any suggestion on what to jam next is highly welcomed. Requirement: must have an electric guitar or an electric acoustic guitar and be able to meet on a regular basis on Thursday night, 6:30pm. Contact: Han Chen, hansolo@vt.edu.

20. PT JAVA DEVELOPER WAGE OPENING AT VT LIBRARIES – 1st posting
Seeking a smart and reliable developer who values open source and open sharing of knowledge to help customize the VTechWorks system at http://vtechworks.lib.vt.edu and to contribute to the codebase of the DSpace digital library software that runs VTechWorks and many other repositories worldwide. Duties: fix bugs in and develop new features for VTechWorks; contribute code to the open source DSpace project. Minimum required: familiarity with Java, XML, HTML, CSS, and virtual machines such as VirtualBox. Preferred: git, GitHub, XSLT, SQL, PostGres, Apache, and Vagrant. Wage: $15/hr. To apply, fill out an application from a public computer in Newman Library in the Student Employee Application System at http://seas.lib.vt.edu, then write Dr. Amanda French at alfrench@vt.edu indicating that you would like to be considered for the part-time VTechWorks Java Developer position. Applications due:  Feb 12, 2016. Read more at http://j.mp/vtechworks-java-dev.

21. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR RESEARCH STUDY ABOUT LGBQ INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS – 1st posting
International students who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, queer, homosexual, unsure, questioning, etc are invited to share their stories. Participation consists of confidential interviews and journals reflecting on your experiences. Participants will receive $15-$50 amazon gift card in compensation. To participate, contact CICOstories@gmail.com. For more information, see: https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_beGzllp5wS4d5rL. Posted on behalf of doctoral student Hoa Nguyen.

22. VOLUNTEERS SOUGHT FOR MOSS ART CTR SCHOOL-DAY PERFORMANCES – 1st posting
The Moss Art Center (MAC) is seeking volunteers to assist with school-day performances that bring students, teachers, parents and chaperones to K-12 arts activities at the MAC. The first event, Blair Thomas & Co. Puppet Theater, is quickly approaching. If you are interested in helping, please email Donna Thompson at tdonna27@vt.edu.

23. CHILDREN AGES 8-12 WITH FREQUENT TEMPER OUTBURSTS SOUGHT FOR NEW TREATMENT STUDY – 1st posting
Children ages 8-12 are currently being enrolled for a free treatment study for anger and frequent temper outbursts. 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, contact Amber at MoodReg@gmail.com or call 540-231-9735 for more information.

24. VOLUNTEERS SOUGHT FOR STUDY ON SIMULATED AUTOMOBILE ASSEMBLY TASKS – 3rd  posting
Requirements: Age 18-30; females only; no current or recent history (1 year) of musculoskeletal problems. 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 in a laboratory setting in the ISE department. Four sessions (one training + three data collection), compensation: $10 per hour for about 3 hours in each of four sessions + $20 bonus after completion. Contact Alireza Sedighi at 540-394-8441 or sedighia@vt.edu if interested.

25. VT HELPING PAWS IS RECRUITING VOLUNTEERS – 3rd posting
VT Helping PAWS (Pet Assisted Wellness Service) is a therapy animal program at the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine that provides an opportunity for students/faculty/staff and their pets to bring companionship and animal-assisted therapy for the community. The group visits Newman Library, Squires Student Center, and other places around campus on a regular basis. Join the organization and become a therapy team through Pet Partners, a national pet therapy organization.  The current focus includes dogs & cats, but there is potential for other species such as rats, rabbits, & guinea pigs to be evaluated through Pet Partners.  Volunteers who do not have their own pet are still welcome to help with training classes and at events! If interested, complete this survey: https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1452557426692. There will be a Meet & Greet on  Tuesday, Feb 2 at 6:00pm at the CMMID barn on Prices Fork Rd for the pets & their handlers interested in joining this semester’s training class.  Contact Sara Boyle at petluv15@vt.edu with questions.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

SPEED INTERVIEWING
Tuesday, Feb 9, 5:30-7:30pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
Looking to practice your interviewing skills? Take advantage of the opportunity to practice interviewing in a low-key environment and receive immediate feedback from career advisors and VT staff. Every 6 minutes you rotate from one interviewer to the next, answering a different question each time. Register for a one-hour time slot: 5:30–6:30pm or 6:30–7:30pm online at https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_06XWdFGVRmazDlH. Space is very limited; only register if you are committed to come! Accepted registrations and time slots will be confirmed by email. If you cannot attend after registering, please email to hdanya@vt.edu so that your spot can be reassigned to a fellow graduate student.

DMV CONNECT – MOBILE DMV SERVICES IN THE GLC!
Thursday, Feb 11, 9:00am-4:00pm, GLC Room D
Friday, Feb 12, 9:00am-2:00pm, GLC Room DIf you don’t have time to travel to the DMV in Christiansburg, here is your chance to get DMV business done in the GLC! Get your state ID, veteran’s ID, driver’s license, disabled parking placard, vehicle title and registration and more.

THEOLOGY ON TAP: MORE THAN JUST HOLY SPIRITS
Monday, Feb 15, 7:00pm, Sycamore Deli
Having faith as a young adult, finding the middle ground between Saturday night and Sunday morning. From breweries to bible studies, small groups to socializing, how can you be radically faithful in the day to day?  Don’t miss out on the Blacksburg area’s first Theology on Tap at Sycamore Deli – Monday, Feb 15 – all sandwiches on the menu are $5! Talk begins at 7pm, come early for dinner and drinks, stay late for discussion. Chris Hitzelberger, Director of VT Catholic Campus Ministry will speak on how to integrate your faith with everyday life, followed by Q&A. For more information please contact grad student Mary Claire Gibson at mcg226@vt.edu.