March 28-April 3, 2016

1.  WEEKLY WALK-IN SERVICES IN THE GLC – updated 3/14/16

  • 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. UGANDA’S MELLOW MUSHROOM PERCENTAGE NIGHT
Monday, Mar 28, 5:00-9:00pm, Mellow Mushroom, Bburg
Come out to Mellow Mushroom and support the Uganda Project of Engineers Without Borders. All proceeds are going towards student travel this summer to work on solar panel systems at three site locations. You can dine in or get it to go, so no excuses; just tell them you’re participating in the EWB fundraiser! EWB-VT Uganda is a project that mainly focuses on solar power system installation in Central Uganda. Posted on behalf of grad student Tim Pierce, timomp13@vt.edu. See https://www.facebook.com/events/1678937005688618 for details.

3. DMV2GO MOBILE SERVICE ON CAMPUS
Tuesday, Wednesday, Mar 29-30, 9:00am-3:00pm, Litton Reeves parking lot
Take advantage of the DMV mobile unit coming to campus on Tuesday and Wednesday to get your DMV service needs taken care of without having to travel to Christiansburg.

4. ROANOKE GSA MEETING
Tuesday, Mar 29, 9:30am, VT Carilion Research Institute  R 3012
The Roanoke Graduate Assembly (RGSA) will be holding its first meeting on Tuesday at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute (VTCRI) in the third floor conference room, R3012. If you are graduate student working and/or living in Roanoke, you are encouraged to attend. If you have question, email Cameron Varano at cburk05@vt.edu.

5. DISCOVER ISLAM
Tuesday, Mar 29, 12:00-2:00pm, Info Booth A 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.

6. FINDING THE RIGHT FIT: TIPS FOR FINDING THE RIGHT ADVISOR AND MENTOR
Thursday, Mar 31, 12:15-1:30pm, GLC Room F
Facilitated by grad student ombudsperson Monique McKay, a panel of graduate students will discuss the ins and outs of finding the right advisor and mentor(s). Please register online at http://www.graduatelifecenter.vt.edu/ (registration will open Monday afternoon) if you are planning to attend.

7. GLC CAFÉ
Thursday, Mar 31, 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, and load up on caffeine and/or carbs. Bring your own mug if you can.

8. GRAPEVINE CONFERENCE: BEING BLACK IN WHITE SPACES
Thursday, Mar 31, 5:00pm, 335 Lavery Hall
The Grapevine Conference will host this student session with Dr. Stacey Pearson Wharton.  The program includes a light reception.  Please register at: http://survey.az1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_cAwX7fERni3yjch

9. FREE CIVIL WAR FILM SCREENING: THE RETRIEVAL
Saturday, Apr 2, 1:00-3:00pm, The Lyric
History grad student Kevin Caprice invites all grads to this civil war film screening, sponsored by the Virginia Center for Civil War Studies. Lear more about the event at http://www.civilwar.vt.edu/wordpress/events/. Contact Kevin at caprice3@vt.edu with any questions.

10. RECOVERY COMMUNITY AT VT PRESENTS: COSMIC BOWLING AND DINNER
Saturday, Apr 2, 8:00-10:00pm, Black Cultural Center and BREAKZone
Dinner from Moe’s will happen in the Black Cultural Center and bowling will follow in the BREAKzone. Please RSVP to vtrecovery@vt.edu. See details at https://drive.google.com/a/vt.edu/file/d/0B-d7QALF6SXYUmZLNkJib3pnVFU/view?usp=drive_web.

11. CALL FOR APPLICATIONS TO INTERDISCIPLINARY SOCIETY MEMBERSHIP – 1st posting
The Interdisciplinary Research Honor Society (IDR) is accepting applications for membership through Friday, Apr 8. IDR promotes and facilitates interdisciplinary cooperation, research, and networking at VT and other universities. Currently there are more than 20 active members and IDR offers opportunities to network with professionals and peers, present your own work at an annual poster day, and attend spotlight talks given by individuals heavily involved in interdisciplinary work. Food is served at meetings! Any students, grad or undergrad, who are actively involved in research combining multiple disciplines are invited to apply. Detailed information about the society, membership requirements, and the membership application can be found at http://www.idrsociety.org/membership/application. Direct questions to VP of Membership, Shabnam Kavousi, at shabnamk@vt.edu.

12. 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 academic regalia from the GSA through this program that loans a limited number of graduation gowns and caps to graduate students. Caps and gowns must then be returned to the GSA after the ceremonies. If interested, 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. All gowns have been dry cleaned but caps will not be cleaned due to their internal material. Questions? Contact GSA Events and Special Programs Chair Kisha Gresham kiwi@vt.edu.

13. NOMINATIONS ACCEPTED FOR CISO BOARD MEMBERSHIP – 2nd posting
Nominations are now open for Council of International Student Organizations (CISO) Board Members! To learn more about becoming a board member of CISO, the requirements, and to submit a nomination, visit: https://goo.gl/fbgLaz; nominations will be collected from Mar 14 through Apr 3. If you have any questions, contact Suzie Baker at sjbaker@vt.edu. 

14. GSA TRAVEL FUND SPRING CYCLE – deadline extended
If you’re planning to travel or have traveled to present your research at a scholarly conference between Jan 1 and Jun 30, 2016, consider applying for the Graduate Student Assembly’s Travel Fund Program (TFP). Master’s/doctoral students and domestic/international travel are all eligible. Applications accepted for the spring cycle through Sunday, Apr 3, 2016, 11:59pm. Visit the TFP website at http://blogs.lt.vt.edu/graduatestudentassembly/travel-fund-program/ for details and to apply. Read all the eligibility requirements and the FAQ and check out the GSA’s other programs and opportunities while you’re there! New this year: you will be required to submit a certification letter signed by your advisor, or committee member or department head, replacing the ‘proof of peer review’ requirement in previous application cycles. The certification letter will be provided by the TFP and posted on the application site.  Contact Marie Stettler Kleine or Omchand Mahdu, TFP Co-Chairs at gradtravelfund1516@vt.edu with questions.

15. CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS FOR THE GLC WEEKLY APRIL-1 SPECIAL EDITION!
Here is your opportunity to get published in a peer-viewed online weekly notice: Submit your fake event description, faux call for research subjects, and other nonexistent opportunities for graduate students for the April 1 special edition of the GLC weekly listserv posting. Exercise your imagination and writing skills and earn extra points (in the form of chocolates and candy in 117 GLC) for a creative event or research idea, succinct description, and completeness of details. Submission deadline: March 31, midnight. Send to gibsonm@vt.edu, with subject line: You are a fool.

16. 2016-17 GRADUATE ASSISTANT OPENING IN NEWMAN LIBRARY – 2nd posting
Newman Library is seeking one graduate assistant to work at the 2nd-floor Reference Assistance desk. The GA will work an average of 20 hours/week and receive a tuition waiver. Stipend will be determined by University Libraries. Hours determined upon hire. Must be able to work weekends and weeknights (until 12:00 midnight). Applications must include an application, current resume and cover letter. Submit to Lori Lee at ljlee@vt.edu by 5:00pm on Apr 15, 2016. Interviews will be scheduled in late April/early May.  Mandatory training of finalist will take place Aug 15-19, 2016.  A job description and application are online: https://graduateschool.vt.edu/financial/students.

17. 2016-17 REFERENCE LIBRARY ASSISTANT POSITION OPENINGS – 2nd posting
Newman Library is seeking 5-7 reference library assistants to work at the 2nd-floor Reference Assistance Desk. RLAs work an average of 8-12 hours per week at $15.00/hour. These wage positions do not include a tuition waiver. Hours will be determined upon hire. Must be able to work weekends and weeknights (until 12:00 midnight). Applications must include an application, current resume and cover letter. Submit to Lori Lee at ljlee@vt.edu by 5:00pm on Apr 15, 2016. Interviews will be scheduled in late April/early May. Mandatory training will take place August 15-19, 2016. A job description and application can be found here: https://graduateschool.vt.edu/financial/students. 

18. GRAD INTERN POSITION OPENING – 2nd posting
Advanced Research Computing (ARC) is seeking a grad intern to work with ARC scientists and corporate partner, Engility, to develop models and algorithms to support failure prediction on current High Performance Computing clusters within ARC. The successful candidate will work closely with research teams to understand different failure modes and derive statistical models and methods to predict failures. Duties will span from working with raw data to performing complex data analytics. Candidate will be responsible for: learning and using COTs analytic software as well as developing small applications to review data; provide project status updates and meeting pre-established deadlines. Must be self-starter and be able to work independently on projects and assignments. Internship to run Jun-Aug 2016. If interested, apply online at: https://careers-engility.icims.com/jobs/19041/high-performance-computing-%28hpc%29-researcher-intern/job.

19. INVITATION TO COMPLETE SURVEY ABOUT SHUTTLE BETWEEN BBURG AND NCR – 1st posting
The Office of Parking and Transportation in the Division of Administrative Services is asking all students, and employees, and community members to take a brief, five-question survey to help the university gauge interest in a shuttle from the Blacksburg campus to the National Capital Region. Complete the survey at https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_b42QgNsos4Hkt1z.

20. PARTICIPATE IN BIENNIAL COMMUTER SURVEY – 1st posting
The Office of Alternative Transportation is conducting the second biennial Commuter Survey, the results of which will be used to inform alternative transportation decisions on the Blacksburg campus. It is critical that a significant portion of the VT community respond to this survey so that results can be regarded as statistically significant and thus viable expressions of wants and needs on campus. This is your opportunity to get your voice heard! Take the survey at https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_9RmEIVGYUvFXyct. Send questions to office of Alternative Transportation at gettingaorund@vt.edu or (540) 231 2116.

21. CHILDREN 8-12 WITH FREQUENT TEMPER OUTBURSTS SOUGHT FOR 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.

22. INTERNATIONAL FEMALE PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR RESEARCH STUDY – 1st posting
Female international graduate students are sought for a VT IRB-approved research study regarding the individuals or groups that support you during the graduate school. Must be at least 18 years old to participate. The purpose of this study is to understand the communities of support for female international graduate students at VT.  Face-to-face interviews will be conducted in English and are expected to last between 45 and 60 minutes. If you are interested or have questions, contact graduate student Wejdan Almunive for more information at wejdan3@vt.edu or Dannette Beane at 540-231-6529.

23. THE BIG EVENT GRADUATE COMMUNITY TEAM – 2nd posting
The Big Event on Saturday, Apr 9 is a student-run community service effort where everyone comes together to complete hundreds of community service projects throughout Blacksburg, Christiansburg and the New River Valley to give a big thanks to the local community that always supports our university. This year the graduate fellows are putting together a team just for graduate students. If you would like to spend the day volunteering and giving back to the local community while meeting new graduate students,  join the "GLC Graduate Community" team by registering online at https://registration.vtbigevent.org/signup/index/joingroup/code/33086-00148 by Mar 31. If you have any questions, contact Scarlet Soult at scarlet7@vt.edu.

24. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR VALIDATING DIETARY ASSESSMENT METHODS – 2nd posting
HNFE’s Dietary Assessment Laboratory is conducting a study to determine the validity of new dietary intake assessment methods (questionnaires and biomarkers). Must be 18 or older to participate. The study involves 3 visits (over 2-week period) to the VT campus. Each visit will be less than 60 minutes. The study will include one blood draw and two 24-hour urine collections. Participants will be compensated a total of $75 upon successful completion of all study visits. For more information contact Emily in the Dietary Assessment Laboratory at 540-231-4386 or eamyers@vt.edu.

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. This semester all courses will also be available via WebEx for distance attendees. Remaining Spring 2016 Schedule:

  • 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.

AFRICANA STUDIES PRELIM
Monday, Apr 4, 9:00-11:00am, 566 BcBryde
Doctoral student Devon Lee invites you to his prelim exam, open to the public, on Black: history, perspectives and disciplinary considerations for Africana Studies. Concepts such as Afrocentricity, paradigm, interdisciplinarity and diaspora will be the focus of exam questions. Feel free to bring questions and conversation on Black history, identity, sexual politics and activism. Contact Devon at devonlee@vt.edu with questions.

JEWISH CULTURAL MONTH CONNECT LUNCH
Monday, Apr 4, 12:00-1:00pm, GLC Room G
Attend this luncheon to celebrate Jewish culture on VT campus and enjoy a space where graduate students, faculty, staff and administrators can fellowship, network and connect with one another. Visit https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_eFg6HKObE6r9hB3 to register. Contact Whitley Johnson at whitley09@vt.edu with questions.

DISTILLING YOUR MESSAGE: 5 YEARS OF RESEARCH IN 30 SECONDS!
Monday, Apr 4, 1:00-2:30PM, GLC Room B
At this workshop you’ll be invited to think about how a quick response to "what do you do?" can convey your enthusiasm, engage people’s interest, and lead to more conversation. You will participate in exercises designed to help you distill years of work into a short and vivid summary. Register online at https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3kJdMFs1tnHB189 if you are planning to attend. This event is part of the Graduate School’s spring professional development series.

VIRTUAL CAREER FAIR
Monday-Tuesday, Apr 4-5
SEC & ACC Schools work together to bring you this great opportunity to interact via chat sessions and meet employers recruiting talent across all majors and degrees!  Registration and participation are free! More details and registration available at https://www.careereco.com/events/secacc.

INTL FULBRIGHT OPPORTUNITIES INFO SESSIONS
Monday, Apr 4, 6:00–7:30pm, GLC Room C
Tuesday, Apr 5, 3:00–4:30pm, GLC room B
Wednesday, Apr 6, 9:00–10:30am, GLC room C
The Fulbright program offers US citizens funding opportunities for independent research/study projects, graduate degree enrollment, and English teaching assistantships in more than 130 countries. The application cycle opens Mar 31.  Eligible applicants include graduating seniors, recent graduates, master’s and doctoral candidates, and young professionals with up to 5 years of professional study and/or experience. Info sessions will be held For more information, contact Betty Watts (bettyw@vt.edu; 231-7220).

GLC MOVIE NIGHT: INCEPTION
Monday, Apr 4, 7:00-9:00pm, GLC Lounge
Come to the April Movie Night to watch "Inception"! The Graduate Fellows will be hosting the night of your dreams (HA!) with this amazing movie along with food, fun, and laughs. If you have any questions, email Kevin Parker at kmpark07@vt.edu.

MANAGING YOUR SCHOLARLY PUBLISHING CAREER
Tuesday, Apr 5, GLC 3:00-5:00pm, Room F
Learn the basics of scholarly research, writing and publishing. This workshop will cover a range of topics including data management, preparing a thesis or dissertation, getting published, and raising your scholarly profile. Register online at https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_cvWIsDL3DEIJAhv if you are planning to attend. Brought to you by VT Libraries, this event closes the Grad School’s spring professional development series.

HISPANIC/LATINO RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM – register now to present and/or attend
Wednesday, Apr 6, 12:00pm-5:00pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
The symposium features the research of Hispanic/Latino students and research topics that are related to Hispanic/Latino issues. Students, faculty, and staff attend and network around these topics and build a stronger sense of community. Refreshments available. Contact Dannette gomezds@vt.edu by Mar 30 if you’d like to present. Register to attend at https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_6llAMxdOQWNPhNb.

INVENTING YOUR FUTURE THROUGH YOUR PROFESSIONAL & PERSONAL BRAND
Wednesday, Apr 6, 6:00-7:00pm, Fralin Auditorium
Listen to and learn from experts in the fields of communications, marketing, and branding on how to develop your own brand and professional skills, no matter your field. For more information, visit www.career.vt.edu or call 540-231-6241.

GRAD STUDENT PLAY: SETNET
Thursday-Saturday, Apr 7-9, Theater 101
See an original play written and directed by MFA student Naphtali Leyland Fields. Setnet is the story of the fishermen on Wolf Island in remote Alaska, who are trying to survive another salmon season and each other. It is a raucous adventure play that includes a cappella singing. Bossman has been fishing on Wolf Island for 40 years, but nothing prepared him for the events of last summer. A fire burned down his cabin and his wife ran away. He, his daughter, and their greenhorn crew have to keep fishing through a season of bad luck, difficult weather, and ominous signs that maybe the misfortune they are encountering is not as accidental as it seems. Tickets are free but donations of non-perishable food items for the Blacksburg Food Pantry are encouraged. Reserve your tickets at: https://www.eventbrite.com/myevent?eid=22220921374.

GSA SPRING BEER AND WINE SOCIAL – register now!
Friday, Apr 8, 5:00-9:00pm, University Club
The GSA invites you to its spring beer and wine social, which will once again showcase local, national, and international beer and wine, while providing graduate students the opportunity to network among researchers and colleagues. Bring proper identification for those 21+ who wish to drink. Admission: $10 for general, $5 for GSA delegates, and $5 for non-drinking participants. This event is cash only and open to the public. Want to gain free admission? Volunteer to help with the event! If you are interested in volunteering, contact Chelsea Corkins at ccorkins@vt.edu. Registration is appreciated, though not required, at https://www.facebook.com/events/238875233115004/.

BRING YOUR KIDS TO SCHOOL DAY!
Friday, Apr 15, 8:00-11:00 various locations, 11:15-1:30 Grad School lawn to Drillfield
Help raise awareness of infant- and child-care needs on campus by taking your child(ren) to your office/lab/class or other work area (check with your department to ensure safe arrangements; departments have been invited to participate) in the morning, then join other participants on the Grad School lawn at 11:15 to march together to the Drillfield where the event will conclude in a family picnic and remark by Dr. Laura Sands. This event is sponsored by the Graduate School. Some festive supplies will be provided and participating children may leave their hand prints on a banner. Contact Marin Riegger at mriegger@vt.edu with any questions.

March 28-April 3, 2016

1.  WEEKLY WALK-IN SERVICES IN THE GLC – updated 3/14/16

  • 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. UGANDA’S MELLOW MUSHROOM PERCENTAGE NIGHT
Monday, Mar 28, 5:00-9:00pm, Mellow Mushroom, Bburg
Come out to Mellow Mushroom and support the Uganda Project of Engineers Without Borders. All proceeds are going towards student travel this summer to work on solar panel systems at three site locations. You can dine in or get it to go, so no excuses; just tell them you’re participating in the EWB fundraiser! EWB-VT Uganda is a project that mainly focuses on solar power system installation in Central Uganda. Posted on behalf of grad student Tim Pierce, timomp13@vt.edu. See https://www.facebook.com/events/1678937005688618 for details.

3. DMV2GO MOBILE SERVICE ON CAMPUS
Tuesday, Wednesday, Mar 29-30, 9:00am-3:00pm, Litton Reeves parking lot
Take advantage of the DMV mobile unit coming to campus on Tuesday and Wednesday to get your DMV service needs taken care of without having to travel to Christiansburg.

4. ROANOKE GSA MEETING
Tuesday, Mar 29, 9:30am, VT Carilion Research Institute  R 3012
The Roanoke Graduate Assembly (RGSA) will be holding its first meeting on Tuesday at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute (VTCRI) in the third floor conference room, R3012. If you are graduate student working and/or living in Roanoke, you are encouraged to attend. If you have question, email Cameron Varano at cburk05@vt.edu.

5. DISCOVER ISLAM
Tuesday, Mar 29, 12:00-2:00pm, Info Booth A 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.

6. FINDING THE RIGHT FIT: TIPS FOR FINDING THE RIGHT ADVISOR AND MENTOR
Thursday, Mar 31, 12:15-1:30pm, GLC Room F
Facilitated by grad student ombudsperson Monique McKay, a panel of graduate students will discuss the ins and outs of finding the right advisor and mentor(s). Please register online at http://www.graduatelifecenter.vt.edu/ (registration will open Monday afternoon) if you are planning to attend.

7. GLC CAFÉ
Thursday, Mar 31, 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, and load up on caffeine and/or carbs. Bring your own mug if you can.

8. GRAPEVINE CONFERENCE: BEING BLACK IN WHITE SPACES
Thursday, Mar 31, 5:00pm, 335 Lavery Hall
The Grapevine Conference will host this student session with Dr. Stacey Pearson Wharton.  The program includes a light reception.  Please register at: http://survey.az1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_cAwX7fERni3yjch

9. FREE CIVIL WAR FILM SCREENING: THE RETRIEVAL
Saturday, Apr 2, 1:00-3:00pm, The Lyric
History grad student Kevin Caprice invites all grads to this civil war film screening, sponsored by the Virginia Center for Civil War Studies. Lear more about the event at http://www.civilwar.vt.edu/wordpress/events/. Contact Kevin at caprice3@vt.edu with any questions.

10. RECOVERY COMMUNITY AT VT PRESENTS: COSMIC BOWLING AND DINNER
Saturday, Apr 2, 8:00-10:00pm, Black Cultural Center and BREAKZone
Dinner from Moe’s will happen in the Black Cultural Center and bowling will follow in the BREAKzone. Please RSVP to vtrecovery@vt.edu. See details at https://drive.google.com/a/vt.edu/file/d/0B-d7QALF6SXYUmZLNkJib3pnVFU/view?usp=drive_web.

11. CALL FOR APPLICATIONS TO INTERDISCIPLINARY SOCIETY MEMBERSHIP – 1st posting
The Interdisciplinary Research Honor Society (IDR) is accepting applications for membership through Friday, Apr 8. IDR promotes and facilitates interdisciplinary cooperation, research, and networking at VT and other universities. Currently there are more than 20 active members and IDR offers opportunities to network with professionals and peers, present your own work at an annual poster day, and attend spotlight talks given by individuals heavily involved in interdisciplinary work. Food is served at meetings! Any students, grad or undergrad, who are actively involved in research combining multiple disciplines are invited to apply. Detailed information about the society, membership requirements, and the membership application can be found at http://www.idrsociety.org/membership/application. Direct questions to VP of Membership, Shabnam Kavousi, at shabnamk@vt.edu.

12. 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 academic regalia from the GSA through this program that loans a limited number of graduation gowns and caps to graduate students. Caps and gowns must then be returned to the GSA after the ceremonies. If interested, 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. All gowns have been dry cleaned but caps will not be cleaned due to their internal material. Questions? Contact GSA Events and Special Programs Chair Kisha Gresham kiwi@vt.edu.

13. NOMINATIONS ACCEPTED FOR CISO BOARD MEMBERSHIP – 2nd posting
Nominations are now open for Council of International Student Organizations (CISO) Board Members! To learn more about becoming a board member of CISO, the requirements, and to submit a nomination, visit: https://goo.gl/fbgLaz; nominations will be collected from Mar 14 through Apr 3. If you have any questions, contact Suzie Baker at sjbaker@vt.edu. 

14. GSA TRAVEL FUND SPRING CYCLE – deadline extended
If you’re planning to travel or have traveled to present your research at a scholarly conference between Jan 1 and Jun 30, 2016, consider applying for the Graduate Student Assembly’s Travel Fund Program (TFP). Master’s/doctoral students and domestic/international travel are all eligible. Applications accepted for the spring cycle through Sunday, Apr 3, 2016, 11:59pm. Visit the TFP website at http://blogs.lt.vt.edu/graduatestudentassembly/travel-fund-program/ for details and to apply. Read all the eligibility requirements and the FAQ and check out the GSA’s other programs and opportunities while you’re there! New this year: you will be required to submit a certification letter signed by your advisor, or committee member or department head, replacing the ‘proof of peer review’ requirement in previous application cycles. The certification letter will be provided by the TFP and posted on the application site.  Contact Marie Stettler Kleine or Omchand Mahdu, TFP Co-Chairs at gradtravelfund1516@vt.edu with questions.

15. CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS FOR THE GLC WEEKLY APRIL-1 SPECIAL EDITION!
Here is your opportunity to get published in a peer-viewed online weekly notice: Submit your fake event description, faux call for research subjects, and other nonexistent opportunities for graduate students for the April 1 special edition of the GLC weekly listserv posting. Exercise your imagination and writing skills and earn extra points (in the form of chocolates and candy in 117 GLC) for a creative event or research idea, succinct description, and completeness of details. Submission deadline: March 31, midnight. Send to gibsonm@vt.edu, with subject line: You are a fool.

16. 2016-17 GRADUATE ASSISTANT OPENING IN NEWMAN LIBRARY – 2nd posting
Newman Library is seeking one graduate assistant to work at the 2nd-floor Reference Assistance desk. The GA will work an average of 20 hours/week and receive a tuition waiver. Stipend will be determined by University Libraries. Hours determined upon hire. Must be able to work weekends and weeknights (until 12:00 midnight). Applications must include an application, current resume and cover letter. Submit to Lori Lee at ljlee@vt.edu by 5:00pm on Apr 15, 2016. Interviews will be scheduled in late April/early May.  Mandatory training of finalist will take place Aug 15-19, 2016.  A job description and application are online: https://graduateschool.vt.edu/financial/students.

17. 2016-17 REFERENCE LIBRARY ASSISTANT POSITION OPENINGS – 2nd posting
Newman Library is seeking 5-7 reference library assistants to work at the 2nd-floor Reference Assistance Desk. RLAs work an average of 8-12 hours per week at $15.00/hour. These wage positions do not include a tuition waiver. Hours will be determined upon hire. Must be able to work weekends and weeknights (until 12:00 midnight). Applications must include an application, current resume and cover letter. Submit to Lori Lee at ljlee@vt.edu by 5:00pm on Apr 15, 2016. Interviews will be scheduled in late April/early May. Mandatory training will take place August 15-19, 2016. A job description and application can be found here: https://graduateschool.vt.edu/financial/students. 

18. GRAD INTERN POSITION OPENING – 2nd posting
Advanced Research Computing (ARC) is seeking a grad intern to work with ARC scientists and corporate partner, Engility, to develop models and algorithms to support failure prediction on current High Performance Computing clusters within ARC. The successful candidate will work closely with research teams to understand different failure modes and derive statistical models and methods to predict failures. Duties will span from working with raw data to performing complex data analytics. Candidate will be responsible for: learning and using COTs analytic software as well as developing small applications to review data; provide project status updates and meeting pre-established deadlines. Must be self-starter and be able to work independently on projects and assignments. Internship to run Jun-Aug 2016. If interested, apply online at: https://careers-engility.icims.com/jobs/19041/high-performance-computing-%28hpc%29-researcher-intern/job.

19. INVITATION TO COMPLETE SURVEY ABOUT SHUTTLE BETWEEN BBURG AND NCR – 1st posting
The Office of Parking and Transportation in the Division of Administrative Services is asking all students, and employees, and community members to take a brief, five-question survey to help the university gauge interest in a shuttle from the Blacksburg campus to the National Capital Region. Complete the survey at https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_b42QgNsos4Hkt1z.

20. PARTICIPATE IN BIENNIAL COMMUTER SURVEY – 1st posting
The Office of Alternative Transportation is conducting the second biennial Commuter Survey, the results of which will be used to inform alternative transportation decisions on the Blacksburg campus. It is critical that a significant portion of the VT community respond to this survey so that results can be regarded as statistically significant and thus viable expressions of wants and needs on campus. This is your opportunity to get your voice heard! Take the survey at https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_9RmEIVGYUvFXyct. Send questions to office of Alternative Transportation at gettingaorund@vt.edu or (540) 231 2116.

21. CHILDREN 8-12 WITH FREQUENT TEMPER OUTBURSTS SOUGHT FOR 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.

22. INTERNATIONAL FEMALE PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR RESEARCH STUDY – 1st posting
Female international graduate students are sought for a VT IRB-approved research study regarding the individuals or groups that support you during the graduate school. Must be at least 18 years old to participate. The purpose of this study is to understand the communities of support for female international graduate students at VT.  Face-to-face interviews will be conducted in English and are expected to last between 45 and 60 minutes. If you are interested or have questions, contact graduate student Wejdan Almunive for more information at wejdan3@vt.edu or Dannette Beane at 540-231-6529.

23. THE BIG EVENT GRADUATE COMMUNITY TEAM – 2nd posting
The Big Event on Saturday, Apr 9 is a student-run community service effort where everyone comes together to complete hundreds of community service projects throughout Blacksburg, Christiansburg and the New River Valley to give a big thanks to the local community that always supports our university. This year the graduate fellows are putting together a team just for graduate students. If you would like to spend the day volunteering and giving back to the local community while meeting new graduate students,  join the "GLC Graduate Community" team by registering online at https://registration.vtbigevent.org/signup/index/joingroup/code/33086-00148 by Mar 31. If you have any questions, contact Scarlet Soult at scarlet7@vt.edu.

24. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR VALIDATING DIETARY ASSESSMENT METHODS – 2nd posting
HNFE’s Dietary Assessment Laboratory is conducting a study to determine the validity of new dietary intake assessment methods (questionnaires and biomarkers). Must be 18 or older to participate. The study involves 3 visits (over 2-week period) to the VT campus. Each visit will be less than 60 minutes. The study will include one blood draw and two 24-hour urine collections. Participants will be compensated a total of $75 upon successful completion of all study visits. For more information contact Emily in the Dietary Assessment Laboratory at 540-231-4386 or eamyers@vt.edu.

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. This semester all courses will also be available via WebEx for distance attendees. Remaining Spring 2016 Schedule:

  • 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.

AFRICANA STUDIES PRELIM
Monday, Apr 4, 9:00-11:00am, 566 BcBryde
Doctoral student Devon Lee invites you to his prelim exam, open to the public, on Black: history, perspectives and disciplinary considerations for Africana Studies. Concepts such as Afrocentricity, paradigm, interdisciplinarity and diaspora will be the focus of exam questions. Feel free to bring questions and conversation on Black history, identity, sexual politics and activism. Contact Devon at devonlee@vt.edu with questions.

JEWISH CULTURAL MONTH CONNECT LUNCH
Monday, Apr 4, 12:00-1:00pm, GLC Room G
Attend this luncheon to celebrate Jewish culture on VT campus and enjoy a space where graduate students, faculty, staff and administrators can fellowship, network and connect with one another. Visit https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_eFg6HKObE6r9hB3 to register. Contact Whitley Johnson at whitley09@vt.edu with questions.

DISTILLING YOUR MESSAGE: 5 YEARS OF RESEARCH IN 30 SECONDS!
Monday, Apr 4, 1:00-2:30PM, GLC Room B
At this workshop you’ll be invited to think about how a quick response to "what do you do?" can convey your enthusiasm, engage people’s interest, and lead to more conversation. You will participate in exercises designed to help you distill years of work into a short and vivid summary. Register online at https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3kJdMFs1tnHB189 if you are planning to attend. This event is part of the Graduate School’s spring professional development series.

VIRTUAL CAREER FAIR
Monday-Tuesday, Apr 4-5
SEC & ACC Schools work together to bring you this great opportunity to interact via chat sessions and meet employers recruiting talent across all majors and degrees!  Registration and participation are free! More details and registration available at https://www.careereco.com/events/secacc.

INTL FULBRIGHT OPPORTUNITIES INFO SESSIONS
Monday, Apr 4, 6:00–7:30pm, GLC Room C
Tuesday, Apr 5, 3:00–4:30pm, GLC room B
Wednesday, Apr 6, 9:00–10:30am, GLC room C
The Fulbright program offers US citizens funding opportunities for independent research/study projects, graduate degree enrollment, and English teaching assistantships in more than 130 countries. The application cycle opens Mar 31.  Eligible applicants include graduating seniors, recent graduates, master’s and doctoral candidates, and young professionals with up to 5 years of professional study and/or experience. Info sessions will be held For more information, contact Betty Watts (bettyw@vt.edu; 231-7220).

GLC MOVIE NIGHT: INCEPTION
Monday, Apr 4, 7:00-9:00pm, GLC Lounge
Come to the April Movie Night to watch "Inception"! The Graduate Fellows will be hosting the night of your dreams (HA!) with this amazing movie along with food, fun, and laughs. If you have any questions, email Kevin Parker at kmpark07@vt.edu.

MANAGING YOUR SCHOLARLY PUBLISHING CAREER
Tuesday, Apr 5, GLC 3:00-5:00pm, Room F
Learn the basics of scholarly research, writing and publishing. This workshop will cover a range of topics including data management, preparing a thesis or dissertation, getting published, and raising your scholarly profile. Register online at https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_cvWIsDL3DEIJAhv if you are planning to attend. Brought to you by VT Libraries, this event closes the Grad School’s spring professional development series.

HISPANIC/LATINO RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM – register now to present and/or attend
Wednesday, Apr 6, 12:00pm-5:00pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
The symposium features the research of Hispanic/Latino students and research topics that are related to Hispanic/Latino issues. Students, faculty, and staff attend and network around these topics and build a stronger sense of community. Refreshments available. Contact Dannette gomezds@vt.edu by Mar 30 if you’d like to present. Register to attend at https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_6llAMxdOQWNPhNb.

INVENTING YOUR FUTURE THROUGH YOUR PROFESSIONAL & PERSONAL BRAND
Wednesday, Apr 6, 6:00-7:00pm, Fralin Auditorium
Listen to and learn from experts in the fields of communications, marketing, and branding on how to develop your own brand and professional skills, no matter your field. For more information, visit www.career.vt.edu or call 540-231-6241.

GRAD STUDENT PLAY: SETNET
Thursday-Saturday, Apr 7-9, Theater 101
See an original play written and directed by MFA student Naphtali Leyland Fields. Setnet is the story of the fishermen on Wolf Island in remote Alaska, who are trying to survive another salmon season and each other. It is a raucous adventure play that includes a cappella singing. Bossman has been fishing on Wolf Island for 40 years, but nothing prepared him for the events of last summer. A fire burned down his cabin and his wife ran away. He, his daughter, and their greenhorn crew have to keep fishing through a season of bad luck, difficult weather, and ominous signs that maybe the misfortune they are encountering is not as accidental as it seems. Tickets are free but donations of non-perishable food items for the Blacksburg Food Pantry are encouraged. Reserve your tickets at: https://www.eventbrite.com/myevent?eid=22220921374.

GSA SPRING BEER AND WINE SOCIAL – register now!
Friday, Apr 8, 5:00-9:00pm, University Club
The GSA invites you to its spring beer and wine social, which will once again showcase local, national, and international beer and wine, while providing graduate students the opportunity to network among researchers and colleagues. Bring proper identification for those 21+ who wish to drink. Admission: $10 for general, $5 for GSA delegates, and $5 for non-drinking participants. This event is cash only and open to the public. Want to gain free admission? Volunteer to help with the event! If you are interested in volunteering, contact Chelsea Corkins at ccorkins@vt.edu. Registration is appreciated, though not required, at https://www.facebook.com/events/238875233115004/.

BRING YOUR KIDS TO SCHOOL DAY!
Friday, Apr 15, 8:00-11:00 various locations, 11:15-1:30 Grad School lawn to Drillfield
Help raise awareness of infant- and child-care needs on campus by taking your child(ren) to your office/lab/class or other work area (check with your department to ensure safe arrangements; departments have been invited to participate) in the morning, then join other participants on the Grad School lawn at 11:15 to march together to the Drillfield where the event will conclude in a family picnic and remark by Dr. Laura Sands. This event is sponsored by the Graduate School. Some festive supplies will be provided and participating children may leave their hand prints on a banner. Contact Marin Riegger at mriegger@vt.edu with any questions.

March 21-25, 2016

1.  WEEKLY WALK-IN SERVICES IN THE GLC – updated 3/14/16

  • 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. GRADUATE EDUCATION WEEK 2016
Monday-Friday, Mar 21-15
The Graduate School salutes Virginia Tech’s outstanding graduate students, graduate advisors, and graduate and research faculty and staff for their contributions to quality graduate education. Check out the events of the week and attend what you can! http://graduateschool.vt.edu/GEW

3. INTERNATIONAL WEEK
Monday-Sunday, Mar 21-27
The Council of International Student Organizations (CISO) has partnered with VT’s international clubs to sponsor events and programs for this year’s International Week. Download the list of events at http://www.international.vt.edu/assets/docs/internationalweekposter.pdf.

4. GRAD STUDENT ART AND PHOTO CONTEST – all week
Vote on your favorite grad student art and photography displayed throughout the first floor of the GLC. Pick up voting sheets at the Welcome Desk. All members of the VT community may vote; grad student voters will receive a raffle ticket to win gift certificates to local restaurants and other great prizes.

5. REMOVING THE MYSTERY OF THE ETD REVIEW
Monday, Mar 21, 7:00-8:00pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
Learn how to format your electronic thesis/dissertation, use EndNote for citations, and what happens to your ETD after you submit it to the Graduate School. Bring your laptop and a pdf copy of your ETD.

6. THEOLOGY ON TAP: MORE THAN JUST HOLY SPIRITS
Monday, Mar 21, Sycamore Deli
Kick off event! 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 – everything on the menu is $5! Talk begins at 7pm, arrive 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 contact grad student Mary Claire Gibson (mcg226@vt.edu).

7. BREAKFAST SOCIAL AT NEWMAN LIBRARY – GRADUATE EDUCATION WEEK EVENT
Tuesday, Mar 22, 8:00-9:30am, Newman Library Multipurpose Room
Celebrate Graduate Education Week with Newman Library! Eat, relax, and meet dedicated librarians that can help with literature reviews, managing data, assessing scholarly impact, and using citation management software. Sign-up here: https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_byi63kMBwDICV5r

8. DISCOVER ISLAM
Tuesday, Mar 22, 12:00-2:00pm, Info Booth A 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.

9. GRAD MOVIE NIGHT AT THE LYRIC: The Revenant– GRADUATE EDUCATION WEEK EVENT
Tuesday, Mar 22, 7:00pm, The Lyric Theatre
Enjoy a night at the movies, compliments of the Graduate School and The Lyric.  Pick-up a free ticket at the GLC Welcome Center or in 120 GLC.

10. ZUMBA
Tuesday, Mar 22, 7:00pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
Bring your dance moves, both good and bad, to this free workout class. Zumba features exotic rhythms set mostly to Latin and international beats.

11. GSA RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM & EXPO – GRADUATE EDUCATION WEEK EVENT
Wednesday, Mar 23, 9:00am-5:00pm, Keynote at 7:00pm, GLC
With over 190 poster, oral, panel, roundtable, and creative presentations representing more than 55 departments and programs, this is the largest GSA symposium to date. See the work of your fellow grads, and take part in 3 featured workshops offered by the Interdisciplinary Research Honor Society, the Writing Center, and SafeZone. Then at 7pm attend the keynote address by Abhi Nemani, a writer, speaker, organizer, and technologist who most recently served as the first Chief Data Officer for the City of Los Angeles. More info on the presentations, keynote speaker, and workshop registration at https://blogs.lt.vt.edu/graduatestudentassembly/graduate-research-symposium/.

12. LINKED-IN LAB
Wednesday, Mar 23, 2:00-5:00pm, Graduate School Lobby
Have a free professional headshot photo taken for your LinkedIn profile and learn about how you can use LinkedIn for your job search. Career Services staff will assist you with a review of your profile. Wear appropriate shirt/top for your photo.

13. LADIES’ NIGHT IN THE WEIGHT ROOM
Wednesday, Mar 23, 5:00-7:00pm, McComas Hall Small Weight Room
Free event for women to experience the weight room in a comfortable, educational, and open setting. Female personal trainers will be available to answer questions, guide workouts, and offer support. Stop by anytime. *Free shirt to first 100 people*

14. BROGA (MALE-ONLY YOGA) CLASS
Wednesday, Mar 23, 5:15-6:15pm, McComas Hall Fitness Studio B
Free event for men to enjoy an hour of flexibility and balance training led by male yoga instructors. *Free tank for attending*

15. THE HEART OF RESEARCH: A CONVERSATION FOR EMERGING SCHOLARS
Wednesday, Mar 23, 6:00-7:30pm, GLC Room G
What’s the heart of your research? Join this interdisciplinary dialogue about the relationship between who we are and what we study. A free dinner will be served, and all are welcome. Sponsored by InterVarsity Graduate Christian Fellowship.

16. TEACH-IN AGAINST HATE
Wednesday, Mar 23, 6:00pm, 3100 Torgersen
VT faculty will offer critical responses to Charles Murray’s controversial work and will facilitate and open forum for students to ask questions or comment. Posted on behalf of grad student Stephanie House-Niamke, stepha4@vt.edu

17. RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM KEYNOTE: ABHI NEMANI
Wednesday, Mar 23, 7:00pm, GLC Auditorium
Abhi Nemani is a writer, speaker, organizer and technologist, who served as the first chief data officer for the city of Los Angeles.

18. GLC CAFÉ: GEW SPECIAL EDITION WITH GIFT RAFFLE
Thursday, Mar 24, 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, and load up on caffeine and/or carbs. Bring your own mug if you can. Gift raffle!

19. GRAD STUDENT GAME NIGHT
Thursday, Mar 24, 7:15-9:15pm, GLC Student Lounge
Join the GLC Fellows and other graduate students for a fun evening of games and snacks. Some games will be provided, but feel free to bring your own favorite game(s) to share.

20. MOONLIGHT BOWLING
Thursday, Mar 24, 8:00-11:00pm, BreakZONE, Squires Student Center
Enjoy free Moonlight Bowling with your fellow graduate students at the BreakZONE. Food, games, and shoes will be provided, but bring some cash if you’d like to play billiards, foosball, or any of the other games in the center. If you have any questions, email Laura at lkkoehle@vt.edu; register online at https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0jONMVHooIFwvR3.

21. MINDFULNESS STRESS MANAGEMENT TECHNIQUES
Friday, Mar 25, 1:00-2:00pm, GLC Room B
Participate in an interactive introduction to mindfulness-based stress management techniques and enjoy light refreshments.  Sponsored by Cook Counseling Center. Register online at https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_e8Qen6uM5QWhxxb. Gift raffle!

22. BIG COOKOUT
Friday, Mar 25, 4:30-6:30pm, Graduate School Lawn and GLC Multipurpose Room
As is our tradition, Graduate Education Week will wrap with the annual favorite big cookout on the lawn. All graduate students and their families are invited to enjoy free food (vegetarian and meat options), music, and games. This year’s specials: bubble blowing, temporary tattoos, beach balls and more. Bring a blanket!

23. HOKIE WORLD GAMES FEATURING FENCING
Friday, Mar 25, 5:00-7:00pm, McComas Hall Basketball Courts
Free event that lets you try the internationally popular sport of fencing! Join the VT Fencing Team to learn more about the sport and try out some fencing skills!

24. NOMINATIONS ACCEPTED FOR CISO BOARD MEMBERSHIP – 1st posting
Nominations are now open for Council of International Student Organizations (CISO) Board Members! To learn more about becoming a board member of CISO, the requirements, and to submit a nomination, visit: https://goo.gl/fbgLaz; nominations will be collected from Mar 14 through Apr 3. If you have any questions, contact Suzie Baker at sjbaker@vt.edu. 

25. GRAD STUDENT ASSEMBLY ELECTIONS FOR 2016-17 – NOMINATIONS ACCEPTED THROUGH MAR 24
If you are interested in leadership opportunities with the GSA, now is the time to nominate yourself or someone else for a position! Email Kasey Richardson, Admin Director (kasey@vt.edu) to do so electronically. Nominations received by 5pm 3/24 will appear on the ballot during the elections at the 4/28 meeting. Nominations received after deadline require approval of the assembly and must be written in. All graduate students are eligible to run for office. See position descriptions at http://tinyurl.com/gsa-elect. Posted on behalf of Stephanie Myrick and Daniel Wolozy, 2016 Elections Chairpersons.

26. GSA TRAVEL FUND PROGRAM OPENS FOR SPRING CYCLE – 2nd posting
The Graduate Student Assembly’s Travel Fund Program will open on Monday, Mar 14 and close on Sunday, Mar 27, 11:59PM. Apply during this period for funding to offset your costs for professional/conference travel between Jan 1–Jun 30, 2016. Final decisions will be emailed by April 30, 2016. If you have questions, contact Marie Stettler Kleine and Omchand Mahdu, GSA TFP Co-Chairs: gradtravelfund1516@vt.edu.

27. GRAD RESEARCH DEVELOPMENT FUNDING CYCLE NOW OPEN – 3rd posting
Do you have an awesome research idea that deserves funding?  Apply to the GSA’s Graduate Research Development Program, which provides monetary support for graduate student research twice each academic year. PhD students can be awarded up to $1,000 and master’s students up to $750 to conduct their projects. The spring cycle for applications is Mar 21-Apr 1, 2016, with winners announced in early May.  Get more information and apply online through the GSA website: https://blogs.lt.vt.edu/graduatestudentassembly/graduate-research-development-program/. Contact GRDP Chair Hannah Lane at hglane07@vt.edu with any questions.

28. GRADS GOT TALENT – SAVE THE DATE: APR 8 – 3rd posting
Grad students are invited to show off their 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. To sign up to perform your talent, fill out the following survey: https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1457624448088 For any questions, reach out to GLC Fellow Scarlet at scarlet7@vt.edu.

28 ½. CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS FOR THE GLC WEEKLY APRIL-1 SPECIAL EDITION!
Here is your opportunity to get published in a peer-viewed online weekly notice: Submit your fake event description, faux call for research subjects, and other nonexistent opportunities for graduate students for the April 1 special edition of the GLC weekly listserv posting. Exercise your imagination and writing skills and earn extra points (in the form of chocolates and candy in 117 GLC) for a creative event or research idea, succinct description, and completeness of details. Submission deadline: March 31, midnight. Send to gibsonm@vt.edu, with subject line: You are a fool.

29. 2016-17 GRADUATE ASSISTANT OPENING IN NEWMAN LIBRARY – 1st posting
Newman Library is seeking one graduate assistant to work at the 2nd-floor Reference Assistance desk. The GA will work an average of 20 hours/week and receive a tuition waiver. Stipend will be determined by University Libraries. Hours determined upon hire. Must be able to work weekends and weeknights (until 12:00 midnight). Applications must include an application, current resume and cover letter. Submit to Lori Lee at ljlee@vt.edu by 5:00pm on Apr 15, 2016. Interviews will be scheduled in late April/early May.  Mandatory training of finalist will take place Aug 15-19, 2016.  A job description and application are online: https://graduateschool.vt.edu/financial/students.

30. 2016-17 REFERENCE LIBRARY ASSISTANT POSITION OPENINGS – 1st posting
Newman Library is seeking 5-7 reference library assistants to work at the 2nd-floor Reference Assistance Desk. RLAs work an average of 8-12 hours per week at $15.00/hour. These wage positions do not include a tuition waiver. Hours will be determined upon hire. Must be able to work weekends and weeknights (until 12:00 midnight). Applications must include an application, current resume and cover letter. Submit to Lori Lee at ljlee@vt.edu by 5:00pm on Apr 15, 2016. Interviews will be scheduled in late April/early May. Mandatory training will take place August 15-19, 2016. A job description and application can be found here: https://graduateschool.vt.edu/financial/students. 

31. GRAD INTERN POSITION OPENING – 1st posting
Advanced Research Computing (ARC) is seeking a grad intern to work with ARC scientists and corporate partner, Engility, to develop models and algorithms to support failure prediction on current High Performance Computing clusters within ARC. The successful candidate will work closely with research teams to understand different failure modes and derive statistical models and methods to predict failures. Duties will span from working with raw data to performing complex data analytics. Candidate will be responsible for: learning and using COTs analytic software as well as developing small applications to review data; provide project status updates and meeting pre-established deadlines. Must be self-starter and be able to work independently on projects and assignments. Internship to run Jun-Aug 2016. If interested, apply online at: https://careers-engility.icims.com/jobs/19041/high-performance-computing-%28hpc%29-researcher-intern/job.

32. THE BIG EVENT GRADUATE COMMUNITY TEAM
The Big Event on Saturday, Apr 9 is a student-run community service effort where everyone comes together to complete hundreds of community service projects throughout Blacksburg, Christiansburg and the New River Valley to give a big thanks to the local community that always supports our university. This year the graduate fellows are putting together a team just for graduate students. If you would like to spend the day volunteering and giving back to the local community while meeting new graduate students,  join the "GLC Graduate Community" team by registering online at https://registration.vtbigevent.org/signup/index/joingroup/code/33086-00148 by Mar 31. If you have any questions, contact Scarlet Soult at scarlet7@vt.edu.

33. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR VALIDATING DIETARY ASSESSMENT METHODS – 1st posting
HNFE’s Dietary Assessment Laboratory is conducting a study to determine the validity of new dietary intake assessment methods (questionnaires and biomarkers). Must be 18 or older to participate. The study involves 3 visits (over 2-week period) to the VT campus. Each visit will be less than 60 minutes. The study will include one blood draw and two 24-hour urine collections. Participants will be compensated a total of $75 upon successful completion of all study visits. For more information contact Emily in the Dietary Assessment Laboratory at 540-231-4386 or eamyers@vt.edu.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

UGANDA’S MELLOW MUSHROOM PERCENTAGE NIGHT
Monday, Mar 28, 5:00-9:00pm, Mellow Mushroom, Bburg
Come out to Mellow Mushroom and support the Uganda Project of Engineers Without Borders. All proceeds are going towards student travel this summer to work on solar panel systems at three site locations. You can dine in or get it to go, so no excuses; just tell them you’re participating in the EWB fundraiser! EWB-VT Uganda is a project that mainly focuses on solar power system installation in Central Uganda. Posted on behalf of grad student Tim Pierce, timomp13@vt.edu.

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. This semester all courses will also be available via WebEx for distance attendees. Remaining Spring 2016 Schedule:

  • 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.

GRADUATE STUDENT WOMEN’S MONTH CONNECT LUNCH – Sign-up by 3/22!
Tuesday, Mar 29, 12:00-1:00pm, GLC Room G
Celebrate the achievements of women and female-identified individuals in our community and discuss our success and challenges on the Virginia Tech campus and in the New River Valley.  This lunch will be a space where graduate students, faculty, staff and administrators can fellowship, network, and connect with one another. Register at https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_81CuzSvBk4yWLCB by 5pm on Tuesday, Mar 22.  For questions, contact Whitley Johnson at whitley09@vt.edu.

FINDING THE RIGHT FIT: TIPS FOR FINDING THE RIGHT ADVISOR AND MENTOR
Thursday, Mar 31, 12:15-1:30pm, GLC Room F
Facilitated by grad student ombudsperson Monique McKay, a panel of graduate students will discuss the ins and outs of finding the right advisor and mentor(s). Please register online at http://www.graduatelifecenter.vt.edu/ (registration will open Monday afternoon) if you are planning to attend.

GRAPEVINE CONFERENCE: BEING BLACK IN WHITE SPACES
Thursday, Mar 31, 5:00pm, 335 Lavery Hall
The Grapevine Conference will host this student session with Dr. Stacey Pearson Wharton.  The program includes a light reception.  Please register at: http://survey.az1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_cAwX7fERni3yjch

CASCADES TRIP
Saturday, Apr 2, 10:00am-2:00pm, Pembroke, VA
Mark your calendars for a graduate student hike in early April. The GLC Fellows are planning to journey to the beautiful Cascades (pending good weather). In order to help organizers gauge interest and finalize the details of this event, fill out the following survey: https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1457713639094. Transportation may be provided but will be first come, first served. If you have any questions, email Kevin Parker at kmpark07@vt.edu.

HISPANIC/LATINO RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM – register now to present and/or attend
Wednesday, Apr 6, 12:00pm-5:00pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
The symposium features the research of Hispanic/Latino students and research topics that are related to Hispanic/Latino issues. Students, faculty, and staff attend and network around these topics and build a stronger sense of community. Refreshments available. Contact Dannette gomezds@vt.edu by Mar 30 if you’d like to present. Register to attend at https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_6llAMxdOQWNPhNb.

March 21-25, 2016

1.  WEEKLY WALK-IN SERVICES IN THE GLC – updated 3/14/16

  • 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. GRADUATE EDUCATION WEEK 2016
Monday-Friday, Mar 21-15
The Graduate School salutes Virginia Tech’s outstanding graduate students, graduate advisors, and graduate and research faculty and staff for their contributions to quality graduate education. Check out the events of the week and attend what you can! http://graduateschool.vt.edu/GEW

3. INTERNATIONAL WEEK
Monday-Sunday, Mar 21-27
The Council of International Student Organizations (CISO) has partnered with VT’s international clubs to sponsor events and programs for this year’s International Week. Download the list of events at http://www.international.vt.edu/assets/docs/internationalweekposter.pdf.

4. GRAD STUDENT ART AND PHOTO CONTEST – all week
Vote on your favorite grad student art and photography displayed throughout the first floor of the GLC. Pick up voting sheets at the Welcome Desk. All members of the VT community may vote; grad student voters will receive a raffle ticket to win gift certificates to local restaurants and other great prizes.

5. REMOVING THE MYSTERY OF THE ETD REVIEW
Monday, Mar 21, 7:00-8:00pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
Learn how to format your electronic thesis/dissertation, use EndNote for citations, and what happens to your ETD after you submit it to the Graduate School. Bring your laptop and a pdf copy of your ETD.

6. THEOLOGY ON TAP: MORE THAN JUST HOLY SPIRITS
Monday, Mar 21, Sycamore Deli
Kick off event! 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 – everything on the menu is $5! Talk begins at 7pm, arrive 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 contact grad student Mary Claire Gibson (mcg226@vt.edu).

7. BREAKFAST SOCIAL AT NEWMAN LIBRARY – GRADUATE EDUCATION WEEK EVENT
Tuesday, Mar 22, 8:00-9:30am, Newman Library Multipurpose Room
Celebrate Graduate Education Week with Newman Library! Eat, relax, and meet dedicated librarians that can help with literature reviews, managing data, assessing scholarly impact, and using citation management software. Sign-up here: https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_byi63kMBwDICV5r

8. DISCOVER ISLAM
Tuesday, Mar 22, 12:00-2:00pm, Info Booth A 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.

9. GRAD MOVIE NIGHT AT THE LYRIC: The Revenant– GRADUATE EDUCATION WEEK EVENT
Tuesday, Mar 22, 7:00pm, The Lyric Theatre
Enjoy a night at the movies, compliments of the Graduate School and The Lyric.  Pick-up a free ticket at the GLC Welcome Center or in 120 GLC.

10. ZUMBA
Tuesday, Mar 22, 7:00pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
Bring your dance moves, both good and bad, to this free workout class. Zumba features exotic rhythms set mostly to Latin and international beats.

11. GSA RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM & EXPO – GRADUATE EDUCATION WEEK EVENT
Wednesday, Mar 23, 9:00am-5:00pm, Keynote at 7:00pm, GLC
With over 190 poster, oral, panel, roundtable, and creative presentations representing more than 55 departments and programs, this is the largest GSA symposium to date. See the work of your fellow grads, and take part in 3 featured workshops offered by the Interdisciplinary Research Honor Society, the Writing Center, and SafeZone. Then at 7pm attend the keynote address by Abhi Nemani, a writer, speaker, organizer, and technologist who most recently served as the first Chief Data Officer for the City of Los Angeles. More info on the presentations, keynote speaker, and workshop registration at https://blogs.lt.vt.edu/graduatestudentassembly/graduate-research-symposium/.

12. LINKED-IN LAB
Wednesday, Mar 23, 2:00-5:00pm, Graduate School Lobby
Have a free professional headshot photo taken for your LinkedIn profile and learn about how you can use LinkedIn for your job search. Career Services staff will assist you with a review of your profile. Wear appropriate shirt/top for your photo.

13. LADIES’ NIGHT IN THE WEIGHT ROOM
Wednesday, Mar 23, 5:00-7:00pm, McComas Hall Small Weight Room
Free event for women to experience the weight room in a comfortable, educational, and open setting. Female personal trainers will be available to answer questions, guide workouts, and offer support. Stop by anytime. *Free shirt to first 100 people*

14. BROGA (MALE-ONLY YOGA) CLASS
Wednesday, Mar 23, 5:15-6:15pm, McComas Hall Fitness Studio B
Free event for men to enjoy an hour of flexibility and balance training led by male yoga instructors. *Free tank for attending*

15. THE HEART OF RESEARCH: A CONVERSATION FOR EMERGING SCHOLARS
Wednesday, Mar 23, 6:00-7:30pm, GLC Room G
What’s the heart of your research? Join this interdisciplinary dialogue about the relationship between who we are and what we study. A free dinner will be served, and all are welcome. Sponsored by InterVarsity Graduate Christian Fellowship.

16. TEACH-IN AGAINST HATE
Wednesday, Mar 23, 6:00pm, 3100 Torgersen
VT faculty will offer critical responses to Charles Murray’s controversial work and will facilitate and open forum for students to ask questions or comment. Posted on behalf of grad student Stephanie House-Niamke, stepha4@vt.edu

17. RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM KEYNOTE: ABHI NEMANI
Wednesday, Mar 23, 7:00pm, GLC Auditorium
Abhi Nemani is a writer, speaker, organizer and technologist, who served as the first chief data officer for the city of Los Angeles.

18. GLC CAFÉ: GEW SPECIAL EDITION WITH GIFT RAFFLE
Thursday, Mar 24, 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, and load up on caffeine and/or carbs. Bring your own mug if you can. Gift raffle!

19. GRAD STUDENT GAME NIGHT
Thursday, Mar 24, 7:15-9:15pm, GLC Student Lounge
Join the GLC Fellows and other graduate students for a fun evening of games and snacks. Some games will be provided, but feel free to bring your own favorite game(s) to share.

20. MOONLIGHT BOWLING
Thursday, Mar 24, 8:00-11:00pm, BreakZONE, Squires Student Center
Enjoy free Moonlight Bowling with your fellow graduate students at the BreakZONE. Food, games, and shoes will be provided, but bring some cash if you’d like to play billiards, foosball, or any of the other games in the center. If you have any questions, email Laura at lkkoehle@vt.edu; register online at https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0jONMVHooIFwvR3.

21. MINDFULNESS STRESS MANAGEMENT TECHNIQUES
Friday, Mar 25, 1:00-2:00pm, GLC Room B
Participate in an interactive introduction to mindfulness-based stress management techniques and enjoy light refreshments.  Sponsored by Cook Counseling Center. Register online at https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_e8Qen6uM5QWhxxb. Gift raffle!

22. BIG COOKOUT
Friday, Mar 25, 4:30-6:30pm, Graduate School Lawn and GLC Multipurpose Room
As is our tradition, Graduate Education Week will wrap with the annual favorite big cookout on the lawn. All graduate students and their families are invited to enjoy free food (vegetarian and meat options), music, and games. This year’s specials: bubble blowing, temporary tattoos, beach balls and more. Bring a blanket!

23. HOKIE WORLD GAMES FEATURING FENCING
Friday, Mar 25, 5:00-7:00pm, McComas Hall Basketball Courts
Free event that lets you try the internationally popular sport of fencing! Join the VT Fencing Team to learn more about the sport and try out some fencing skills!

24. NOMINATIONS ACCEPTED FOR CISO BOARD MEMBERSHIP – 1st posting
Nominations are now open for Council of International Student Organizations (CISO) Board Members! To learn more about becoming a board member of CISO, the requirements, and to submit a nomination, visit: https://goo.gl/fbgLaz; nominations will be collected from Mar 14 through Apr 3. If you have any questions, contact Suzie Baker at sjbaker@vt.edu. 

25. GRAD STUDENT ASSEMBLY ELECTIONS FOR 2016-17 – NOMINATIONS ACCEPTED THROUGH MAR 24
If you are interested in leadership opportunities with the GSA, now is the time to nominate yourself or someone else for a position! Email Kasey Richardson, Admin Director (kasey@vt.edu) to do so electronically. Nominations received by 5pm 3/24 will appear on the ballot during the elections at the 4/28 meeting. Nominations received after deadline require approval of the assembly and must be written in. All graduate students are eligible to run for office. See position descriptions at http://tinyurl.com/gsa-elect. Posted on behalf of Stephanie Myrick and Daniel Wolozy, 2016 Elections Chairpersons.

26. GSA TRAVEL FUND PROGRAM OPENS FOR SPRING CYCLE – 2nd posting
The Graduate Student Assembly’s Travel Fund Program will open on Monday, Mar 14 and close on Sunday, Mar 27, 11:59PM. Apply during this period for funding to offset your costs for professional/conference travel between Jan 1–Jun 30, 2016. Final decisions will be emailed by April 30, 2016. If you have questions, contact Marie Stettler Kleine and Omchand Mahdu, GSA TFP Co-Chairs: gradtravelfund1516@vt.edu.

27. GRAD RESEARCH DEVELOPMENT FUNDING CYCLE NOW OPEN – 3rd posting
Do you have an awesome research idea that deserves funding?  Apply to the GSA’s Graduate Research Development Program, which provides monetary support for graduate student research twice each academic year. PhD students can be awarded up to $1,000 and master’s students up to $750 to conduct their projects. The spring cycle for applications is Mar 21-Apr 1, 2016, with winners announced in early May.  Get more information and apply online through the GSA website: https://blogs.lt.vt.edu/graduatestudentassembly/graduate-research-development-program/. Contact GRDP Chair Hannah Lane at hglane07@vt.edu with any questions.

28. GRADS GOT TALENT – SAVE THE DATE: APR 8 – 3rd posting
Grad students are invited to show off their 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. To sign up to perform your talent, fill out the following survey: https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1457624448088 For any questions, reach out to GLC Fellow Scarlet at scarlet7@vt.edu.

28 ½. CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS FOR THE GLC WEEKLY APRIL-1 SPECIAL EDITION!
Here is your opportunity to get published in a peer-viewed online weekly notice: Submit your fake event description, faux call for research subjects, and other nonexistent opportunities for graduate students for the April 1 special edition of the GLC weekly listserv posting. Exercise your imagination and writing skills and earn extra points (in the form of chocolates and candy in 117 GLC) for a creative event or research idea, succinct description, and completeness of details. Submission deadline: March 31, midnight. Send to gibsonm@vt.edu, with subject line: You are a fool.

29. 2016-17 GRADUATE ASSISTANT OPENING IN NEWMAN LIBRARY – 1st posting
Newman Library is seeking one graduate assistant to work at the 2nd-floor Reference Assistance desk. The GA will work an average of 20 hours/week and receive a tuition waiver. Stipend will be determined by University Libraries. Hours determined upon hire. Must be able to work weekends and weeknights (until 12:00 midnight). Applications must include an application, current resume and cover letter. Submit to Lori Lee at ljlee@vt.edu by 5:00pm on Apr 15, 2016. Interviews will be scheduled in late April/early May.  Mandatory training of finalist will take place Aug 15-19, 2016.  A job description and application are online: https://graduateschool.vt.edu/financial/students.

30. 2016-17 REFERENCE LIBRARY ASSISTANT POSITION OPENINGS – 1st posting
Newman Library is seeking 5-7 reference library assistants to work at the 2nd-floor Reference Assistance Desk. RLAs work an average of 8-12 hours per week at $15.00/hour. These wage positions do not include a tuition waiver. Hours will be determined upon hire. Must be able to work weekends and weeknights (until 12:00 midnight). Applications must include an application, current resume and cover letter. Submit to Lori Lee at ljlee@vt.edu by 5:00pm on Apr 15, 2016. Interviews will be scheduled in late April/early May. Mandatory training will take place August 15-19, 2016. A job description and application can be found here: https://graduateschool.vt.edu/financial/students. 

31. GRAD INTERN POSITION OPENING – 1st posting
Advanced Research Computing (ARC) is seeking a grad intern to work with ARC scientists and corporate partner, Engility, to develop models and algorithms to support failure prediction on current High Performance Computing clusters within ARC. The successful candidate will work closely with research teams to understand different failure modes and derive statistical models and methods to predict failures. Duties will span from working with raw data to performing complex data analytics. Candidate will be responsible for: learning and using COTs analytic software as well as developing small applications to review data; provide project status updates and meeting pre-established deadlines. Must be self-starter and be able to work independently on projects and assignments. Internship to run Jun-Aug 2016. If interested, apply online at: https://careers-engility.icims.com/jobs/19041/high-performance-computing-%28hpc%29-researcher-intern/job.

32. THE BIG EVENT GRADUATE COMMUNITY TEAM
The Big Event on Saturday, Apr 9 is a student-run community service effort where everyone comes together to complete hundreds of community service projects throughout Blacksburg, Christiansburg and the New River Valley to give a big thanks to the local community that always supports our university. This year the graduate fellows are putting together a team just for graduate students. If you would like to spend the day volunteering and giving back to the local community while meeting new graduate students,  join the "GLC Graduate Community" team by registering online at https://registration.vtbigevent.org/signup/index/joingroup/code/33086-00148 by Mar 31. If you have any questions, contact Scarlet Soult at scarlet7@vt.edu.

33. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR VALIDATING DIETARY ASSESSMENT METHODS – 1st posting
HNFE’s Dietary Assessment Laboratory is conducting a study to determine the validity of new dietary intake assessment methods (questionnaires and biomarkers). Must be 18 or older to participate. The study involves 3 visits (over 2-week period) to the VT campus. Each visit will be less than 60 minutes. The study will include one blood draw and two 24-hour urine collections. Participants will be compensated a total of $75 upon successful completion of all study visits. For more information contact Emily in the Dietary Assessment Laboratory at 540-231-4386 or eamyers@vt.edu.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

UGANDA’S MELLOW MUSHROOM PERCENTAGE NIGHT
Monday, Mar 28, 5:00-9:00pm, Mellow Mushroom, Bburg
Come out to Mellow Mushroom and support the Uganda Project of Engineers Without Borders. All proceeds are going towards student travel this summer to work on solar panel systems at three site locations. You can dine in or get it to go, so no excuses; just tell them you’re participating in the EWB fundraiser! EWB-VT Uganda is a project that mainly focuses on solar power system installation in Central Uganda. Posted on behalf of grad student Tim Pierce, timomp13@vt.edu.

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. This semester all courses will also be available via WebEx for distance attendees. Remaining Spring 2016 Schedule:

  • 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.

GRADUATE STUDENT WOMEN’S MONTH CONNECT LUNCH – Sign-up by 3/22!
Tuesday, Mar 29, 12:00-1:00pm, GLC Room G
Celebrate the achievements of women and female-identified individuals in our community and discuss our success and challenges on the Virginia Tech campus and in the New River Valley.  This lunch will be a space where graduate students, faculty, staff and administrators can fellowship, network, and connect with one another. Register at https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_81CuzSvBk4yWLCB by 5pm on Tuesday, Mar 22.  For questions, contact Whitley Johnson at whitley09@vt.edu.

FINDING THE RIGHT FIT: TIPS FOR FINDING THE RIGHT ADVISOR AND MENTOR
Thursday, Mar 31, 12:15-1:30pm, GLC Room F
Facilitated by grad student ombudsperson Monique McKay, a panel of graduate students will discuss the ins and outs of finding the right advisor and mentor(s). Please register online at http://www.graduatelifecenter.vt.edu/ (registration will open Monday afternoon) if you are planning to attend.

GRAPEVINE CONFERENCE: BEING BLACK IN WHITE SPACES
Thursday, Mar 31, 5:00pm, 335 Lavery Hall
The Grapevine Conference will host this student session with Dr. Stacey Pearson Wharton.  The program includes a light reception.  Please register at: http://survey.az1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_cAwX7fERni3yjch

CASCADES TRIP
Saturday, Apr 2, 10:00am-2:00pm, Pembroke, VA
Mark your calendars for a graduate student hike in early April. The GLC Fellows are planning to journey to the beautiful Cascades (pending good weather). In order to help organizers gauge interest and finalize the details of this event, fill out the following survey: https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1457713639094. Transportation may be provided but will be first come, first served. If you have any questions, email Kevin Parker at kmpark07@vt.edu.

HISPANIC/LATINO RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM – register now to present and/or attend
Wednesday, Apr 6, 12:00pm-5:00pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
The symposium features the research of Hispanic/Latino students and research topics that are related to Hispanic/Latino issues. Students, faculty, and staff attend and network around these topics and build a stronger sense of community. Refreshments available. Contact Dannette gomezds@vt.edu by Mar 30 if you’d like to present. Register to attend at https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_6llAMxdOQWNPhNb.

March 14-20, 2016

1.  WEEKLY WALK-IN SERVICES IN THE GLC – updated 3/14/16

  • 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 5:30-8:30pm, Room A

2. OPEN EDUCATION WEEK 2016
Monday-Friday, Mar 14-18, Newman Library
Tuesday, Thursday & Friday events. Graduate students involved in teaching, the future professoriate, or those who want to share their original works with a wider audience without creating financial barriers for readers may be interested in attending the keynote, presentations and discussions. Keynote on Thursday, Mar 17, 12:30-1:45pm. More information and RSVP: http://www.lib.vt.edu/oer/oe-week/2016-oeweek.html.

3. DISCOVER ISLAM
Tuesday, Mar 15, 12:00-2:00pm, Info Booth A 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. SHORT STATS COURSE FOR GRADS: COMPARING MEANS AND OTHER MEASURES OF LOCATION B/W TWO POPULATIONS BY SIGNIFICANCE TESTS & EFFECT SIZE
Tuesday, Mar 15, 4:00-6:00pm, 1100 Torg
Taught by Ting Guan, in this short course participants will compare averages and other measures of location using significance tests and effect size estimates. In classical hypothesis testing, significance tests assume the null hypothesis is true. Then the probability that data as extreme as or more extreme than those observed is calculated. If this probability is very low, then we reject the null hypothesis. The Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Statistical Analysis provides these evening short courses to help graduate students use statistics in their research. See www.lisa.stat.vt.edu/?q=short_courses for instructions on how to register and to learn more.

 5. THE END OF GEOPOLITICS OF MIDDLE EAST OIL
Tuesday, Mar 15, 6:30-8:00pm, 146 Smyth Hall
Dr. Salehi-Isfahani, economics professor at Virginia Tech, will explore the economics and politics of oil in the Middle East and examine the future of the region based on the current oil situation. The event is sponsored by VT’s Economics Club, the Iranian Society, and Middle East Working Group. Posted on behalf of grad student Yousef Jalali.

6. UNDERSTANDING, NAVIGATING AND USING 4 EXISTING DATASETS (BLS, NCES, ASEE, Census) TO SUPPORT YOUR RESEARCH
Wednesday, Mar 16, 2:30-4:00pm, 207 Newman Library
Julia Ferrar will guest lecture and conduct a hands on session guiding you through 4 data bases. If you use or plan to use data from these data sources, you will find this session helpful. Seating is limited to the first 40 persons who register at https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_1KNfwrlxNUCk8It.

7. RESEARCH A LA MODE PRESENTS: EARTH’S HEAT IS LEAKING OUT INTO THE OCEANS
Wednesday, Mar 16, 5:30-6:30pm, Museum, 2062 Derring
Earth has abundant heat that is dissipating ever since its formation. One mode of heat flow is through the oceans, especially at the spreading mid-ocean ridges. This talk will be about how measurements are made and what it means. Posted on behalf of doctoral student Lisa Whalen, lashley@vt.edu.

8. ARE YOU LINKED IN?
Wednesday, Mar 16, 5:30-6:30pm, GLC Room G
Learn how to use LinkedIn effectively to build your professional network and harness its potential as you map your career. Presented by Career Services as part of the Graduate School’s professional development series.

9. WOMEN’S ALLIANCE MEETING
Thursday, Mar 17, 12:00-1:00pm, 2400 North End Center
The Virginia Tech community is welcome to join the conversation about critical needs of women at Virginia Tech. This is a great opportunity to have your voice heard and be involved in creating change and a more inclusive environment. RSVP to clyles@vt.edu. 

10. GLC CAFÉ
Thursday, Mar 17, 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, and load up on caffeine and/or carbs. Bring your own mug if you can.

 11. OUT AT WORK LGBTQ+ NETWORKING EVENT
Saturday, Mar 19, 4:00PM-6:00pm, Squires Brush Mountain A
Enjoy an afternoon of networking and hors d’oeuvres and listen to the keynote address by Christian Matheis, visiting assistant professor of Government and International Affairs.  This event connects students with professionals to explore topics related to LGBTQ+ issues in the workplace. Undergraduate and graduate students are encouraged to attend. Please register in advance at https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_dcIJaocB48FT4wZ. The event is free; Business casual/professional attire requested.  Direct questions to Latanya Walker at latanya@vt.edu.

12. NOROOZ PERSIAN NEW YEAR CELEBRATION
Saturday, Mar 19, 7:00-11:00pm, Owens Banquet Hall
Norooz (Nowruz, also known as Persian new year) is celebrated on the first day of spring in different countries such as Iran, Afghanistan, and Tajikistan. Norooz means new day, which brings the sense of renewal along with rich customs. The VT Iranian Society invites all grad students to join an evening full of presentation, music, and dance. Dinner will be served buffet style 7 to 8 pm. More information at: http://www.campuslife.vt.edu/tickets/events_and_tickets/index.html. Posted on behalf of grad student Yousef Jalali.

13. SNEAK PEAK OF GRAD ED WEEK DESIGN – 2nd posting
See the final logo and slogan for this year’s Grad Ed Week t-shirts and preview the upcoming programs at https://www.facebook.com/VirginiaTechGLC/ or http://graduateschool.vt.edu/GEW.

14. GSA TRAVEL FUND PROGRAM OPENS FOR SPRING CYCLE – 1st posting
The Graduate Student Assembly’s Travel Fund Program will open on Monday, Mar 14 and close on Sunday, Mar 27, 11:59PM. Apply during this period for funding to offset your costs for professional/conference travel between Jan 1–Jun 30, 2016. Final decisions will be emailed by April 30, 2016. If you have questions, contact Marie Stettler Kleine and Omchand Mahdu, GSA TFP Co-Chairs: gradtravelfund1516@vt.edu.

15.  DEADLINE EXTENDED FOR PROPOSALS FOR GRAD ART COUNCIL’S ART SHOWCASE
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 21 at http://goo.gl/forms/1ZdGAq0nzE. Contact Ana-Christina Acosta at acostaa@vt.edu with any questions.

16. JUMR MEMBER REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN – APPLY BY MAR 21
The Journal for Undergraduate Materials Research (see http://www.jumr.mse.vt.edu/) is a student-run online and print journal. The leadership is made up of mostly graduate students from all disciplines. Positions open to support the publication of Volume 6 include Layout Designer, Marketing and Finance, Staff Writers, Technical Editors and Support Staff positions. A listing of positions and descriptions along with a short application can be found at Organizational Structure for JUMR <https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B1VNaoSI4Gu8U2JTMFpSbzlmVFE/view?usp=sharing>  and Volume 6 Application for JUMR https://kmcnabb.typeform.com/to/yXkabX. Posted on behalf of grad student Kelly Stinson-Bagby.

17. JOIN THE WELLNESS PROGRAM, FITEX!
Help VT continue as the fittest college in America! Fit-Ex is an 8-week, online-facilitated healthy eating and physical activity program. Serve as a team captain and recruit 5 other people to join your team and together make goals to improve your health.  The overall goal of the program is for teams to “walk” across Virginia.  15 minutes of physical activity is equivalent to 1 FitEx “mile.” Progress is tracked weekly and participants can see how they match up against other teams. Nine evidence-based weekly newsletters help provide tips, motivation, fun recipes, and at-home exercises.  Registration opens March 20, 2016. The program will run Apr 3-May 28, 2016; http://www.fit-ex.org. Posted on behalf of HNFE grad student Alicia Everette.

18. GRAD RESEARCH DEVELOPMENT FUNDING CYCLE TO OPEN SOON – 2nd posting
Do you have an awesome research idea that deserves funding?  Apply to the GSA’s Graduate Research Development Program, which provides monetary support for graduate student research twice each academic year. PhD students can be awarded up to $1,000 and master’s students up to $750 to conduct their projects. The spring cycle for applications is Mar 21-Apr 1, 2016, with winners announced in early May.  Get more information and apply online through the GSA website: https://blogs.lt.vt.edu/graduatestudentassembly/graduate-research-development-program/. Contact GRDP Chair Hannah Lane at hglane07@vt.edu with any questions.

19. SUBMISSIONS INVITED TO GLC PHOTO AND ART CONTEST – deadline 3/16!
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.

20. GRADS GOT TALENT – SAVE THE DATE: APR 8 – 3rd posting
Grad students are invited to show off their 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. To sign up to perform your talent, fill out the following survey: https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1457624448088 For any questions, reach out to GLC Fellow Scarlet at scarlet7@vt.edu.

21. 2016-2017 GLC FELLOW POSITION OPENINGS – 3rd 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. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR RESEARCH STUDY ABOUT MENSTRUAL CYCLE AND FOOD CRAVINGS – 3rd 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.

23. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR RESEARCH STUDY ABOUT VIDEO CONFERENCING – 3rd 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.

24. GRAD STUDENTS INVITED TO PARTICIPATE IN THE BIG EVENT – 3rd 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.

25. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR SCISSOR DESIGN STUDY – 3rd 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.

26. SURVEY PARTICIPATION NEEDED FOR PILOT TO EASE PARKING AT VT – 3rd 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.

 UPCOMING EVENTS:

CREATE YOUR OWN BEACHY TERRARIUM – GRADUATE EDUCATION WEEK EVENT
Monday, Mar 21, 2pm, Horticulture Gardens
Learn about the VT Horticulture program while you create an easy-to-care-for miniature garden for your home or office.  Registration is limited so sign-up soon! https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_29OLJKFZWbwMus5

THEOLOGY ON TAP: MORE THAN JUST HOLY SPIRITS
Monday, Mar 21, Sycamore Deli
Kick off event! 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 – everything on the menu is $5! Talk begins at 7pm, arrive 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 contact grad student Mary Claire Gibson (mcg226@vt.edu).

BREAKFAST SOCIAL AT NEWMAN LIBRARY – GRADUATE EDUCATION WEEK EVENT
Tuesday, Mar 22, 8:00-9:30am, Newman Library Multipurpose Room
Celebrate Graduate Education Week with Newman Library! Eat, relax, and meet dedicated librarians that can help with literature reviews, managing data, assessing scholarly impact, and using citation management software. Sign-up here: https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_byi63kMBwDICV5r

 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. This semester all courses will also be available via WebEx for distance attendees. Spring 2016 Schedule:

  • 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.

GRAD MOVIE NIGHT AT THE LYRIC: The Revenant– GRADUATE EDUCATION WEEK EVENT
Tuesday, Mar 22, 7:00pm, The Lyric Theatre
Enjoy a night at the movies, compliments of the Graduate School and The Lyric.  Pick-up a free ticket at the GLC Welcome Center or in 120 GLC.

VT BLACK BEAR RESEARCH CENTER TOUR – GRADUATE EDUCATION WEEK EVENT
Wednesday, Mar 23, 8:15 and 9:00am, Meet in GLC Lobby
Take a tour of the VT Black Bear Research Center and learn how data is taken from the
bears. A van will leave the GLC at 8am and 8:45am and take students to the center and will also bring them back to the GLC. The tours start at 8:15 and 9:00 and are expected to last 30 minutes. Space is limited to 8-10 people per tour and registration is required. Register for the 8:15am tour here: https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_4T8Ijm0bhFk3nOB and the 9:00am tour here: https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_8pklX4CCmGB2RFz

GSA RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM & EXPO – GRADUATE EDUCATION WEEK EVENT
Wednesday, Mar 23, 9:00am-5:00pm, Keynote at 7:00pm, GLC
With over 190 poster, oral, panel, roundtable, and creative presentations representing more than 55 departments and programs, this is the largest GSA symposium to date. See the work of your fellow grads, and take part in 3 featured workshops offered by the Interdisciplinary Research Honor Society, the Writing Center, and SafeZone. Then at 7pm attend the keynote address by Abhi Nemani, a writer, speaker, organizer, and technologist who most recently served as the first Chief Data Officer for the City of Los Angeles. More info on the presentations, keynote speaker, and workshop registration at https://blogs.lt.vt.edu/graduatestudentassembly/graduate-research-symposium/.

MOONLIGHT BOWLING – GRADUATE EDUCATION WEEK EVENT
Thursday, Mar 24, 8:00-11:00pm, BreakZONE in Squires Student Center
Join fellow grad students for Moonlight Bowling to celebrate Graduate Education Week! Enjoy reserved lanes at the BreakZONE. Food, games, and shoes will be provided, but bring some cash if you’d like to play billiards, foosball, or any of the other games in the center. Register for the event at https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0jONMVHooIFwvR3. If you have any questions, email Laura Koehler at lkkoehle@vt.edu.

MINDFULNESS STRESS MANAGEMENT TECHNIQUES- GRADUATE EDUCATION WEEK EVENT
Friday, Mar 25, 1:00pm, GLC Room B
Participate in an interactive introduction to mindfulness-based stress management techniques and enjoy light refreshments.  Sponsored by Cook Counseling Center.  There will be a gift raffle! Sign-up here: https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_e8Qen6uM5QWhxxb

GRADUATE STUDENT WOMEN’S MONTH CONNECT LUNCH
Tuesday, Mar 29, 12:00-1:00pm, GLC Room G
Celebrate the achievements of women and female-identified individuals in our community and discuss our success and challenges on the Virginia Tech campus and in the New River Valley.  The Connect Lunch will be a space where graduate students, faculty, staff and administrators can fellowship, network, and connect with one another.  Registration will close at 5pm on Tuesday, March 22, 2016.  For questions, contact Whitley Johnson at whitley09@vt.edu. To register, please visit
https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_81CuzSvBk4yWLCB.

BEING BLACK IN WHITE SPACES
Thursday, Mar 31, 5:00pm, 335 Lavery Hall
The Grapevine Conference will host this student session with Dr. Stacey Pearson Wharton.  The program includes a light reception.  Please register at: http://survey.az1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_cAwX7fERni3yjch

CASCADES TRIP
Saturday, Apr 2, 10:00am-2:00pm, Pembroke, VA
Mark your calendars for a graduate student hike in early April. The GLC Fellows are planning to journey to the beautiful Cascades (pending good weather). In order to help organizers gauge interest and finalize the details of this event, fill out the following survey: https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1457713639094. Transportation may be provided but will be first come, first served. If you have any questions, email Kevin Parker at kmpark07@vt.edu.

 

 

March 7-13, 2016

1.  WEEKLY WALK-IN SERVICES IN THE GLC – updated 3/7/16

  • Career Services advising: on hiatus during spring break
  • 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: on hiatus during spring break
  • Writing assistance: on hiatus during spring break

2. DATA MANAGEMENT BOOTCAMP THIS WEEK – register now!
Faculty, graduate students, administrators, and staff interested in learning more about data management issues and best practices are invited to participate in a Data Management Bootcamp sponsored by seven Virginia institutions, Mar 9-10, 2016. This free collaborative event will feature experts from across the state and will provide opportunities for local, hands-on practical experience. Register now at https://docs.google.com/a/vt.edu/forms/d/12xvvL6faceMT0ggvdihhXTzlvhKKM_lL8WA7S1k_kJc/viewform?c=0&w=1. For more info contact Andi Ogier at alop@vt.edu.

3. GAME NIGHT
Wednesday, Mar 9, 6:30-9:00pm, GLC Lobby
It is spring break, but for many grad students that just means more time for research and a better parking spot. But you are not alone! Attend a game night in the GLC Lobby area, hosted by InterVarsity Graduate Christian Fellowship. Posted on behalf of doctoral student Renee Pietsch, rpietsch@vt.edu.

4. GLC CAFÉ: SPRING BREAK EDITION WITH HOME-MADE COOKIES
Thursday, Mar 10, 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, and load up on caffeine and/or carbs. Bring your own mug if you can. Celebrate spring break with home-made cookies (bring some of your favorites if you want to share!).

5. SPRING BREAK SUNDAES WITH LIVE MUSIC!
Friday, Mar 11, 2:00-3:30pm, Grad School lobby and lawn
You are not alone! Join others who are working through spring break and enjoy some ice cream sundaes and live music by your fellow grads. We bring the ice cream and toppings, you bring the music! If you have an instrument and willingness to share your talent, come and jam on the Grad School patio! Register online at https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1457382328731.

6. SNEAK PEAK OF GRAD ED WEEK DESIGN – 1st posting
See the final logo and slogan for this year’s Grad Ed Week t-shirts and preview the upcoming programs at https://www.facebook.com/VirginiaTechGLC/ or http://graduateschool.vt.edu/GEW.

7. LUNCH WITH PRESIDENT SANDS – APPLY BY MAR 11
The Graduate Representative to the Board of Visitors invites members of the graduate student community to have lunch with President Sands to engage in a conversation around graduate education and the graduate student experience. This is a unique opportunity to ask questions and get answers directly from VT leaders. If you are interested in attending a lunch on Thursday, Mar 17, complete this survey at https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1447790241698 by Friday, Mar 11. If you have any questions, contact Mohammed Seyam at seyam@vt.edu.

8. GRAD RESEARCH DEVELOPMENT FUNDING CYCLE TO OPEN SOON – 1st posting
Do you have an awesome research idea that deserves funding?  Apply to the GSA’s Graduate Research Development Program, which provides monetary support for graduate student research twice each academic year. PhD students can be awarded up to $1,000 and master’s students up to $750 to conduct their projects. The spring cycle for applications is Mar 21-Apr 1, 2016, with winners announced in early May.  Get more information and apply online through the GSA website: https://blogs.lt.vt.edu/graduatestudentassembly/graduate-research-development-program/. Contact GRDP Chair Hannah Lane at hglane07@vt.edu with any questions.

9. GLOBAL EDUCATION SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS INVITED – 3rd 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. 

10. SUBMISSIONS INVITED TO GLC PHOTO AND ART CONTEST – 3rd 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.

11. BBURG MEN’S RUGBY CLUB LOOKING FOR PLAYERS – 2nd 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.

12. GRADS GOT TALENT – SAVE THE DATE: APR 8 – 2nd 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.

13. 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.

14. RETURNED PEACE CORPS VOLUNTEER LISTSERV REGISTRATION – 3rd 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.

15. 3-MONTH WAGE POSITION OPENINGS FOR NEWS ANALYSTS – 1st posting
News analysts are responsible for reading news articles and extracting information from them. The list of news articles along with the guidelines for information extraction will be provided, and analysts will be trained on how to record the extracted information. Articles will be in Russian, Turkish, Arabic, Chinese and English languages, focusing specifically on political and national news. Read the full job posting and application requirements at http://dac.cs.vt.edu/job-opening/3-month-wage-position-as-news-analyst/. Apply by Mar 11. Contact Parag at parang@cs.vt.edu with questions.

16. 2016-2017 GLC FELLOW POSITION OPENINGS – 2nd 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.

17. TWO-YEAR GRA OPENING IN GENDER RESEARCH – 3rd 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.

18. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR RESEARCH STUDY ABOUT MENSTRUAL CYCLE AND FOOD CRAVINGS – 2nd  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.

19. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR RESEARCH STUDY ABOUT VIDEO CONFERENCING – 2nd 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.

20. GRAD STUDENTS INVITED TO PARTICIPATE IN THE BIG EVENT – 2nd 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.

21. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR SCISSOR DESIGN STUDY – 2nd 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.

22. SURVEY PARTICIPATION NEEDED FOR PILOT TO EASE PARKING AT VT – 2nd 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.

23. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR RESEARCH STUDY ABOUT SOCIAL JUSTICE THINKING – 3rd 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.

24. SURVEY PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR DIGITAL MEMORIALIZATION CONCEPT STUDY – 3rd  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).

UPCOMING EVENTS:

OPEN EDUCATION WEEK 2016
Monday-Friday, Mar 14-18, Newman Library
Tuesday, Thursday & Friday events. Graduate students involved in teaching, the future professoriate, or those who want to share their original works with a wider audience without creating financial barriers for readers may be interested in attending the keynote, presentations and discussions. Keynote on Thursday, Mar 17, 12:30-1:45pm. More information and RSVP: http://www.lib.vt.edu/oer/oe-week/2016-oeweek.html.

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. This semester all courses will also be available via WebEx for distance attendees. 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.

UNDERSTANDING, NAVIGATING AND USING 4 EXISTING DATASETS (BLS, NCES, ASEE, Census) TO SUPPORT YOUR RESEARCH
Wednesday, Mar 16, 2:30-4:00pm, 207 Newman Library
Julia Ferrar will guest lecture and conduct a hands on session guiding you through 4 data bases. If you use or plan to use data from these data sources, you will find this session helpful. Seating is limited to the first 40 persons who register at https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_1KNfwrlxNUCk8It.

ARE YOU LINKED IN?
Wednesday, Mar 16, 5:30-6:30pm, GLC Room G
Learn how to use LinkedIn effectively to build your professional network and harness its potential as you map your career. Presented by Career Services as part of the Graduate School’s professional development series.

WOMEN’S ALLIANCE MEETING
Thursday, Mar 17, 12:00-1:00pm, 2400 North End Center
The Virginia Tech community is welcome to join the conversation about critical needs of women at Virginia Tech. This is a great opportunity to have your voice heard and be involved in creating change and a more inclusive environment. RSVP to clyles@vt.edu. 

OUT AT WORK LGBTQ+ NETWORKING EVENT
Saturday, Mar 19, 4:00PM-6:00pm, Squires Brush Mountain A
Enjoy an afternoon of networking and hors d’oeuvres and listen to the keynote address by  Christian Matheis, visiting assistant professor of Government and International Affairs.  This event connects students with professionals to explore topics related to LGBTQ+ issues in the workplace. Undergraduate and graduate students are encouraged to attend. Please register in advance at https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_dcIJaocB48FT4wZ. The event is free; Business casual/professional attire requested.  Direct questions to Latanya Walker at latanya@vt.edu.

NORUUZ PERSIAN NEW YEAR CELEBRATION
Saturday, Mar 19, 7:00-11:00pm, Owens Banquet Hall
Norooz (Nowruz, also known as Persian new year) is celebrated on the first day of spring in different countries such as Iran, Afghanistan, and Tajikistan. Norooz means new day, which brings the sense of renewal along with rich customs. The VT Iranian Society invites all grad students to join an evening full of presentation, music, and dance. Dinner will be served buffet style 7 to 8 pm. More information at: http://www.campuslife.vt.edu/tickets/events_and_tickets/index.html. Posted on behalf of grad student Yousef Jalali.

 

March 7-13, 2016

1.  WEEKLY WALK-IN SERVICES IN THE GLC – updated 3/7/16

  • Career Services advising: on hiatus during spring break
  • 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: on hiatus during spring break
  • Writing assistance: on hiatus during spring break

2. DATA MANAGEMENT BOOTCAMP THIS WEEK – register now!
Faculty, graduate students, administrators, and staff interested in learning more about data management issues and best practices are invited to participate in a Data Management Bootcamp sponsored by seven Virginia institutions, Mar 9-10, 2016. This free collaborative event will feature experts from across the state and will provide opportunities for local, hands-on practical experience. Register now at https://docs.google.com/a/vt.edu/forms/d/12xvvL6faceMT0ggvdihhXTzlvhKKM_lL8WA7S1k_kJc/viewform?c=0&w=1. For more info contact Andi Ogier at alop@vt.edu.

3. GAME NIGHT
Wednesday, Mar 9, 6:30-9:00pm, GLC Lobby
It is spring break, but for many grad students that just means more time for research and a better parking spot. But you are not alone! Attend a game night in the GLC Lobby area, hosted by InterVarsity Graduate Christian Fellowship. Posted on behalf of doctoral student Renee Pietsch, rpietsch@vt.edu.

4. GLC CAFÉ: SPRING BREAK EDITION WITH HOME-MADE COOKIES
Thursday, Mar 10, 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, and load up on caffeine and/or carbs. Bring your own mug if you can. Celebrate spring break with home-made cookies (bring some of your favorites if you want to share!).

5. SPRING BREAK SUNDAES WITH LIVE MUSIC!
Friday, Mar 11, 2:00-3:30pm, Grad School lobby and lawn
You are not alone! Join others who are working through spring break and enjoy some ice cream sundaes and live music by your fellow grads. We bring the ice cream and toppings, you bring the music! If you have an instrument and willingness to share your talent, come and jam on the Grad School patio! Register online at https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1457382328731.

6. SNEAK PEAK OF GRAD ED WEEK DESIGN – 1st posting
See the final logo and slogan for this year’s Grad Ed Week t-shirts and preview the upcoming programs at https://www.facebook.com/VirginiaTechGLC/ or http://graduateschool.vt.edu/GEW.

7. LUNCH WITH PRESIDENT SANDS – APPLY BY MAR 11
The Graduate Representative to the Board of Visitors invites members of the graduate student community to have lunch with President Sands to engage in a conversation around graduate education and the graduate student experience. This is a unique opportunity to ask questions and get answers directly from VT leaders. If you are interested in attending a lunch on Thursday, Mar 17, complete this survey at https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1447790241698 by Friday, Mar 11. If you have any questions, contact Mohammed Seyam at seyam@vt.edu.

8. GRAD RESEARCH DEVELOPMENT FUNDING CYCLE TO OPEN SOON – 1st posting
Do you have an awesome research idea that deserves funding?  Apply to the GSA’s Graduate Research Development Program, which provides monetary support for graduate student research twice each academic year. PhD students can be awarded up to $1,000 and master’s students up to $750 to conduct their projects. The spring cycle for applications is Mar 21-Apr 1, 2016, with winners announced in early May.  Get more information and apply online through the GSA website: https://blogs.lt.vt.edu/graduatestudentassembly/graduate-research-development-program/. Contact GRDP Chair Hannah Lane at hglane07@vt.edu with any questions.

9. GLOBAL EDUCATION SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS INVITED – 3rd 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. 

10. SUBMISSIONS INVITED TO GLC PHOTO AND ART CONTEST – 3rd 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.

11. BBURG MEN’S RUGBY CLUB LOOKING FOR PLAYERS – 2nd 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.

12. GRADS GOT TALENT – SAVE THE DATE: APR 8 – 2nd 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.

13. 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.

14. RETURNED PEACE CORPS VOLUNTEER LISTSERV REGISTRATION – 3rd 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.

15. 3-MONTH WAGE POSITION OPENINGS FOR NEWS ANALYSTS – 1st posting
News analysts are responsible for reading news articles and extracting information from them. The list of news articles along with the guidelines for information extraction will be provided, and analysts will be trained on how to record the extracted information. Articles will be in Russian, Turkish, Arabic, Chinese and English languages, focusing specifically on political and national news. Read the full job posting and application requirements at http://dac.cs.vt.edu/job-opening/3-month-wage-position-as-news-analyst/. Apply by Mar 11. Contact Parag at parang@cs.vt.edu with questions.

16. 2016-2017 GLC FELLOW POSITION OPENINGS – 2nd 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.

17. TWO-YEAR GRA OPENING IN GENDER RESEARCH – 3rd 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.

18. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR RESEARCH STUDY ABOUT MENSTRUAL CYCLE AND FOOD CRAVINGS – 2nd  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.

19. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR RESEARCH STUDY ABOUT VIDEO CONFERENCING – 2nd 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.

20. GRAD STUDENTS INVITED TO PARTICIPATE IN THE BIG EVENT – 2nd 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.

21. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR SCISSOR DESIGN STUDY – 2nd 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.

22. SURVEY PARTICIPATION NEEDED FOR PILOT TO EASE PARKING AT VT – 2nd 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.

23. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR RESEARCH STUDY ABOUT SOCIAL JUSTICE THINKING – 3rd 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.

24. SURVEY PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR DIGITAL MEMORIALIZATION CONCEPT STUDY – 3rd  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).

UPCOMING EVENTS:

OPEN EDUCATION WEEK 2016
Monday-Friday, Mar 14-18, Newman Library
Tuesday, Thursday & Friday events. Graduate students involved in teaching, the future professoriate, or those who want to share their original works with a wider audience without creating financial barriers for readers may be interested in attending the keynote, presentations and discussions. Keynote on Thursday, Mar 17, 12:30-1:45pm. More information and RSVP: http://www.lib.vt.edu/oer/oe-week/2016-oeweek.html.

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. This semester all courses will also be available via WebEx for distance attendees. 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.

UNDERSTANDING, NAVIGATING AND USING 4 EXISTING DATASETS (BLS, NCES, ASEE, Census) TO SUPPORT YOUR RESEARCH
Wednesday, Mar 16, 2:30-4:00pm, 207 Newman Library
Julia Ferrar will guest lecture and conduct a hands on session guiding you through 4 data bases. If you use or plan to use data from these data sources, you will find this session helpful. Seating is limited to the first 40 persons who register at https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_1KNfwrlxNUCk8It.

ARE YOU LINKED IN?
Wednesday, Mar 16, 5:30-6:30pm, GLC Room G
Learn how to use LinkedIn effectively to build your professional network and harness its potential as you map your career. Presented by Career Services as part of the Graduate School’s professional development series.

WOMEN’S ALLIANCE MEETING
Thursday, Mar 17, 12:00-1:00pm, 2400 North End Center
The Virginia Tech community is welcome to join the conversation about critical needs of women at Virginia Tech. This is a great opportunity to have your voice heard and be involved in creating change and a more inclusive environment. RSVP to clyles@vt.edu. 

OUT AT WORK LGBTQ+ NETWORKING EVENT
Saturday, Mar 19, 4:00PM-6:00pm, Squires Brush Mountain A
Enjoy an afternoon of networking and hors d’oeuvres and listen to the keynote address by  Christian Matheis, visiting assistant professor of Government and International Affairs.  This event connects students with professionals to explore topics related to LGBTQ+ issues in the workplace. Undergraduate and graduate students are encouraged to attend. Please register in advance at https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_dcIJaocB48FT4wZ. The event is free; Business casual/professional attire requested.  Direct questions to Latanya Walker at latanya@vt.edu.

NORUUZ PERSIAN NEW YEAR CELEBRATION
Saturday, Mar 19, 7:00-11:00pm, Owens Banquet Hall
Norooz (Nowruz, also known as Persian new year) is celebrated on the first day of spring in different countries such as Iran, Afghanistan, and Tajikistan. Norooz means new day, which brings the sense of renewal along with rich customs. The VT Iranian Society invites all grad students to join an evening full of presentation, music, and dance. Dinner will be served buffet style 7 to 8 pm. More information at: http://www.campuslife.vt.edu/tickets/events_and_tickets/index.html. Posted on behalf of grad student Yousef Jalali.