April 25 – May 1, 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. ANDREA GIBSON: POETRY, GENDER NORMS, SOCIAL JUSTICE
Monday, Apr 25, 7:00pm, Haymarket Theater, Squires
Poet and activist Andrea Gibson discusses gender norms, social justice concerns, LGBTQA+ issues and obstacles. “Gibson has headlined prestigious performance venues coast to coast with powerful readings on war, class, gender, bullying, white privilege, sexuality, love, and spirituality. Her work has been featured on the BBC, Air America, C-SPAN, Free Speech TV and in 2010 was read by a state representative in lieu of morning prayer at the Utah State Legislature. Brought to you by Virginia Tech Union.

3. DISCOVER ISLAM
Tuesday, Apr 26, 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. GMOs AND YOU: A SCIENCE-BASED PANEL DISCUSSION ON GENETICALLY MODIFIED ORGANISMS
Tuesday, Apr 26, 6:00-7:30pm, Litton Reaves Hall 1670 (main auditorium)
The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Graduate Student Council is hosting this panel on genetically modified organisms. Food and refreshments will be provided. Learn the facts from Virginia Tech faculty experts about how the use of genetically modified organisms affect your diet, animals, the environment, and social and economic health! Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1722797324602671/. Posted on behalf of grad student Lily Yang.

5. COKIE ROBERTS LECTURE & BOOK SIGNING: CAPITAL DAMES – THE CIVIL WAR AND WOMEN OF WASHINGTON
Tuesday, Apr 26, 7:30-9:30pm, The Lyric
Join history grad student Kevin Caprice and Dr. Quigley for this free lecture sponsored by the Virginia Center for Civil War Studies. The lecture will be followed by a Q&A and book signing. For more information visit http://www.civilwar.vt.edu/wordpress/events/. Posted on behalf of Kevin Caprice, caprice3@vt.edu.

6. SHORT STATS COURSE FOR GRADS: ITRO TO MULTIVARIATE ANALYSIS OF VARIANCE (MANOVA) IN JMP
Tuesday, Apr 26, 4:00-6:00pm; 1100 Torgersen Hall
MANOVA is a way to test hypothesis on two or more dependent variables. Taught by Sumin Shen, the goal of this short course is to provide a guide to MANOVA for researches who are interested in multivariate method analysis. MANOVA is an extension of ANOVA in terms of the number of dependent variables. When there are more than one dependent variable, MANOVA is one of the methods to be considered. The JMP software will be used in this course. Visit http://www.lisa.stat.vt.edu/?q=short_courses to learn more and register.

7. GSA BREAKZONE EVENT: FREE BOWLING, POOL, PING PONG, AND VIDEOGAMES
Tuesday, Apr 26, 5:00-8:00pm, BreakZone in Squires Student Center
Free event! Join the Graduate Student Assembly for a free night of bowling, pool, ping pong, and videogames! Bring your Hokie ID and enjoy unlimited play throughout BreakZone. This event is open to all VT graduate and undergraduate students. For more details, check out the Facebook event at https://www.facebook.com/events/177593815967752/ or email Chelsea Corkins at ccorkins@vt.edu.

8. GSA SPRING EVENT: PHD MOVIE & PHD MOVIE 2!
Wednesday, Apr 27, 7:00-10:00pm, GLC Auditorium
Love reading the PhD comics? Want to take a night off from study/research and laugh at how ridiculously hilarious graduate school can be at times? If yes, this event is for you! The GSA invites you to its showings of the PhD Movie (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SpZ5rS4KhOA) and PhD Movie 2 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yb2y_a7hL5M). The first movie begins at 7pm with the second movie beginning approximately at 8:30pm. A short intermission will be held between the two movies. Admission is free. Contact Chelsea Corkins at ccorkins@vt.edu with questions.

9. TILAPA FILET SENSORY STUDY
Thursday, Apr 28, 10:00am-4:00pm, Sensory Lab, HABB 1 (1230 Washington Street)
VT food science researchers are conducting sensory evaluation to determine the consumer acceptability of healthier and nutritionally improved tilapia fillet. Participants must taste small portions of two different cooked tilapia fillets and determine how they prefer a sample over another, and whether one has stronger off-flavor than another. More than 60 people are needed to participate. Panels will take approximately 5-15 minutes to complete. Participants will receive free snacks after the completion. Must not have seafood sensitivity or known allergies to fish; must be 18 or older and regularly consumes white fish. For more information, email Hyun Sik S. Chu @ hyunsikc@vt.edu.

10. GLC CAFÉ
Thursday, Apr 28, 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. LAST KIDS’ NIGHT OUT OF THE SEMESTER
Thursday, Apr 28, 6:00-8:30pm, Women’s Center (206 Washington St)
Any 2-12-year-old  child of a VT student (must be toilet trained) pay participate. Games, snacks and activities provided! Contact Jessie Meltsner  (jmelts@vt.edu) for more information.

12. SURVIVING YOUR FIRST JOB OR INTERNSHIP
Thursday, Apr 28, 6:00-7:00pm, Room 110 Smith Career Center
Career Services hosts these workshops to share some not-so-obvious tips and advice on being professional, while incorporating real stories of employer feedback and previous Hokies who have had “unique” experiences on the job. Whether a job or internship has been secured or not — all students are welcome!

13. WOMEN’S AND GENDER STUDIES CONFERENCE: DIGITAL FEMINISMS
Friday, Apr 29, 9:00am-5:00pm, 310 Kelly Hall
You are invited to the free Women’s and Gender Studies Conference – come support your fellow graduate students as they present original research on the topic of feminism in the digital age! Breakfast will be available beginning at 8 am, lunch is also provided. Full schedule at www.twitter.com/katrinapowell; www.facebook.com/wgsatvt. Posted on behalf of grad student Katie Ayers.

14. GRAD ART COUNCIL ART SHOWCASE
Friday, Apr 29, 8:00pm, Theatre 101 (200 College Ave–across from Gillie’s)
The Graduate Arts Council is proud to present its First Annual Art Showcase! This evening of live performance and diverse curated displays will feature graduate work in film, theatre, experimental performance and installation art, print media, 3D art, readings and paintings. There will even be a magic show! This event is free and open to the public and will be followed up with a display at the GLC.

15. GRADUATE STUDENT RESEARCH PICTURES NEEDED – 1st posting
The Graduate School is creating slideshows to display before and during commencement on the video boards in Cassell Coliseum. Photos are needed that show graduate students in action and shares your graduate student experience – anything from research to graduate student life. Email photographs to grads@vt.edu by Friday, Apr 29.

16. APPLICATIONS INVITED FOR GRAD HONOR SYSTEM CHIEF JUSTICE POSITION – 1st posting
The Graduate Honor System is searching for a new chief justice for the 2016-17 academic year. Applicants must meet the following criteria: (1) be a graduate student in good standing who has been in residence for a minimum of one semester; (2) be able to serve as Chief Justice for at least one year while enrolled full-time in the Blacksburg campus. Preferably applicants should have experience as a GHS investigator or panelist. To apply, submit a statement of interest, resume, and one letter of reference to gibsonm@vt.edu by Monday, May 16. The new Chief Justice will be selected by a committee and ratified by the Graduate Student Assembly and the Commission on Graduate Studies and Policies before final appointment by the president.

17. INTERLOPER SEEKING CONTRIBUTORS – 1st posting
The Interloper, Virginia Tech’s LGBT magazine, is looking for enthusiastic, hard-working contributors for its 5th issue. Editors, writers, artists, photographers, and designers are needed. If you are interested in getting involved, please email Maggie Nanney at theinterlopervt@gmail.com.

18. CALL FOR PLEDGES OF SUPPORT TO “GREEN GRADS OF VT” – 1st posting
If you would like to participate in the Office of Sustainability’s program “Green Graduates of Virginia Tech,” send a quick blurb of how you pledge to support a sustainable world and a photo of yourself (think “Humans of New York” project or just your standard selfie) to the “Green Graduates of Virginia Tech” facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Green-Graduates-of-Virginia-Tech-465341976985523/timeline or to kshepard@vt.edu and they will post the photo for you, along with your name, major(s), and college(s). Participants will receive a free green sustainability cord for graduation! Green cord pickup will be available Tue-Thu May 10-12, Squires Info Desk A  10:00am-2:00pm as well as at the Grad Bash on Wed May 11, 3:00-6:00pm. Posted on behalf of grad student Katy Shepard.

20. SUMMER AND FALL REGISTRATION OPEN FOR GRAD CHILD CARE COOP – 2nd posting
The Little Hokie Hangout cooperative child care center is now enrolling for Summer and Fall 2016. Spaces are limited for this summer term, and are expected to fill quickly, so please don’t wait! Students enrolled in Summer session have priority for Fall enrollment. Please email Marin Riegger, Child Care Coordinator, at mriegger@vt.edu with any questions or to schedule a tour.

21. CALL FOR NOMATIONS FOR ETD INNOVATION AND ETD LEADERSHIP AWARDS – 2nd posting
Nominations are accepted for both the ETD innovation award and the ETD Leadership award. Online nomination forms available at http://goo.gl/forms/LfISsu5ccl for ETD innovation and at http://goo.gl/forms/cRz6T1mf5O for ETD leadership. The innovation award is now available to current students working on a thesis or dissertation in hopes that the award can assist in the creation of innovative ETDs. For the complete criteria visit: http://www.ndltd.org/ndltd-awards/award-nominations. Deadline for nominations is May 31, 2016.

22. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR STUDY ON MUSCLE METABOLISM & DIET – 1st posting
Volunteers are needed for a study examining how diet influences muscle metabolism. Must be: 18-40 years old; females must be on monophasic oral contraceptive and not pregnant; not currently taking any medications (other than above); non-smokers; without any major medical problems; willing to eat a high fat diet for 5 days. Participants will receive extensive health information and up to $400 to compensate for your time.  If you meet the above requirements and are interested in participating, contact Mary Elizabeth Baugh or Elaina Marinik at the VT Human Integrative Physiology Laboratory: westerndiet@gmail.com  website: https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_eKX222gpcgRqZLv.

23. TEENAGE PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR SURVEY ON ADOLESCENT STRESS – 1st posting
The VT Sibling Research Lab is conducting a survey on adolescent stress for teens (ages 12-18) who live at home with at least one brother or sister. The survey takes 15-20 minutes to complete and is accessible at https://redcap.vtc.vt.edu/surveys/?s=FXHFAPTFDF. Participants may receive an Amazon gift card. Contact Dr. Carolyn Shivers (shivercm@vt.edu) if you have any questions.

24. GRADUATE EDUCATION WEEK SURVEY INVITATION FOR GRADS – 1st posting
Do you have great ideas for events that can be included in Graduate Education Week in the future? Did you participate in Graduate Education Week this semester and have useful suggestions or feedback for the Graduate School? Please help us plan for next year’s events by participating in our survey and giving us your valued ideas and feedback at https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_e537pTqwa3EEN9z

25. FEMALE STEM GRAD STUDENTS SOUGHT AS PRESENTERS FOR SUMMER CAMP IN ROANOKE – 1st posting
The Science Museum of Western Virginia (SMWV) in downtown Roanoke is hosting two summer camps for female students in grades K-5 to promote women in STEM fields. SMWV seeks women professionals actively involved in STEM disciplines as guest lecturers or presenters to provide a 45-60 minute presentation and hands on activity. Camp dates: Girls K-2 Jun 13-17; Girls grades 3-5 Jun 27-Jul 1. SMWV is seeking women who are willing to work with the museum’s educators to present topics in a way that would allow students to grasp the information, serve as female role models actively involved in a STEM field with a secondary goal of conveying the fundamentals of some STEM disciplines. If interested, contact Hannah Weiss, hweiss@smwv.org.

26. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR INFO DISPLAY STUDY – 1st posting
The effects of different types of information display (i.e. paper-based system, head-down, and head-up display) on walking behaviors will be investigated. Participants will be asked to perform a cognitive task while walking on a treadmill. Different display types will be also used. Must be age 18-35; no current or recent history (1 year) of musculoskeletal problems; must have normal or corrected to normal vision; fluent in English; have a smartphone or experience in using smartphones. Participants will be asked to perform walking tasks with different information presentation methods in a laboratory setting in the ISE department. Two sessions (preliminary & data collection).         Compensation: $10/hr, ~ 30 min for preliminary session; ~2.5 hrs in experimental sessions. Call or email Mr. Alireza Sedighi if interested: 540-394-8441; sedighia@vt.edu.

27. ALTERNATIVE TRANSPORTATION COMMUTER SURVEY STILL OPEN – 1st posting
The VT Alternative Transportation office is conducting a biennial Commuter Survey, the results of which will inform transportation decisions on the Blacksburg campus. Make your opinions and needs heard, take the survey and share it widely: https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_9RmEIVGYUvFXyct. Send questions to gettingaround@vt.edu or call (540) 231 2701.

28. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR STUDY ON USER EXPERIENCE IN WEB-BASED IMMERSIVE ENVIRONMENT – 2nd posting
Participants are sought for a comparative pilot study on user experience for navigation and object selection in web-based immersive environment. The study involves one 60-min session per participant; 20 minutes for actual usability testing and 40 minutes for briefing, training and filling out required forms. Participants will have a chance to win a  $10 Campus Bookstore gift card (a winning chance of 1 in 10). Must be 18 years or older. For further information and scheduling, contact: Chandani Shrestha at chandani@vt.edu.

29. LIBRARY SURVEY INVITATION FOR GRADS – 3rd posting
Do you use the on-campus library? What about the Graduate Student Lounge on the 4th floor? Did you know it exists? The Library Committee is asking graduate students to respond to a very short survey at https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1459363094757 to share how this space is used and how it can be improved. The survey will close on Apr 25.

30. STEM GRAD STUDENT TRAINING & CAREER OPPORTUNITIES STUDY PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT – 3rd posting
STEM grad students are invited to complete a survey to help researchers at Harvard figure out how training and employment goals of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) students and postdoctoral fellows can be addressed through programs and job creation. The survey takes 10-20 minutes to complete and the survey is available at https://harvard.az1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_3wIMLGNvgeFfYUd&school=Virgina%20Tech. Participants may enter in a lottery for one of ten $100 Amazon gift cards through a link at the end of the survey. Information provided for the lottery will not be linked to your study responses and will be deleted after winners have been contacted. Researchers hope to publish survey results to help advise governments and education institutions regarding the creation of programs and jobs for STEM graduates like you. For more information contact Dr. Joey Pakes Nelson, pakes@fasmail.harvard.edu.

31. ANIMAL SUPPLIES AND ITEMS SOUGHT FOR VET SCHOOL FUNDRAISER – 3rd posting
Graduate student Stamps Scholars at the vet school are collecting animal supplies and new or gently used shoes to benefit the Giles Animal Rescue. Rabbit bedding and food, cat litter, litter boxes, leashes, collars, harnesses, towels, and paper towels can be dropped off in the vet school cafeteria or in front of the main office in CMMID through Apr 15. The shoes will be used as a fundraiser in partnership with funds2orgs (funds2orgs.com) and can be dropped off at designated bins at: the vet school cafeteria, the lobby of Life Sciences 1, the lobby of ILSB at the CRC, or the main hall at CMMID through May 15. For more information, or to arrange pick up of any of these items, contact Anne Nichols (annen@vt.edu).

UPCOMING EVENTS:

TECHNICAL SEMINAR WITH DIAVOLO – ARCHITECTURE IN MOTION
Wednesday, May 4, 1:30-2:30pm, Balcony Lobby, Moss Arts Center
Speak with the artists of Diavolo|Architecture in Motion as they lead an in depth discussion about the inspiration, design, construction, and mechanics of the elaborate architectural pieces at the center of their work. To register email Donna Thompson at tdonna27@vt.edu.

DIVERSITY SPOTLIGHT: DIVERSITY SCHOLARS PRESENTATIONS
Thursday, May 5, 12:00-1:30pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
The Graduate School is hosting the 6th Annual Diversity Spotlight event featuring Diversity Scholar projects. Lunch is provided so please register at https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_eyrIV2bZEV6XfOR#sthash.KgxGLdCq.dpuf. Contact Dannette Beane at gomezds@vt.edu for more information.

April 25 – May 1, 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. ANDREA GIBSON: POETRY, GENDER NORMS, SOCIAL JUSTICE
Monday, Apr 25, 7:00pm, Haymarket Theater, Squires
Poet and activist Andrea Gibson discusses gender norms, social justice concerns, LGBTQA+ issues and obstacles. “Gibson has headlined prestigious performance venues coast to coast with powerful readings on war, class, gender, bullying, white privilege, sexuality, love, and spirituality. Her work has been featured on the BBC, Air America, C-SPAN, Free Speech TV and in 2010 was read by a state representative in lieu of morning prayer at the Utah State Legislature. Brought to you by Virginia Tech Union.

3. DISCOVER ISLAM
Tuesday, Apr 26, 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. GMOs AND YOU: A SCIENCE-BASED PANEL DISCUSSION ON GENETICALLY MODIFIED ORGANISMS
Tuesday, Apr 26, 6:00-7:30pm, Litton Reaves Hall 1670 (main auditorium)
The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Graduate Student Council is hosting this panel on genetically modified organisms. Food and refreshments will be provided. Learn the facts from Virginia Tech faculty experts about how the use of genetically modified organisms affect your diet, animals, the environment, and social and economic health! Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1722797324602671/. Posted on behalf of grad student Lily Yang.

5. COKIE ROBERTS LECTURE & BOOK SIGNING: CAPITAL DAMES – THE CIVIL WAR AND WOMEN OF WASHINGTON
Tuesday, Apr 26, 7:30-9:30pm, The Lyric
Join history grad student Kevin Caprice and Dr. Quigley for this free lecture sponsored by the Virginia Center for Civil War Studies. The lecture will be followed by a Q&A and book signing. For more information visit http://www.civilwar.vt.edu/wordpress/events/. Posted on behalf of Kevin Caprice, caprice3@vt.edu.

6. SHORT STATS COURSE FOR GRADS: ITRO TO MULTIVARIATE ANALYSIS OF VARIANCE (MANOVA) IN JMP
Tuesday, Apr 26, 4:00-6:00pm; 1100 Torgersen Hall
MANOVA is a way to test hypothesis on two or more dependent variables. Taught by Sumin Shen, the goal of this short course is to provide a guide to MANOVA for researches who are interested in multivariate method analysis. MANOVA is an extension of ANOVA in terms of the number of dependent variables. When there are more than one dependent variable, MANOVA is one of the methods to be considered. The JMP software will be used in this course. Visit http://www.lisa.stat.vt.edu/?q=short_courses to learn more and register.

7. GSA BREAKZONE EVENT: FREE BOWLING, POOL, PING PONG, AND VIDEOGAMES
Tuesday, Apr 26, 5:00-8:00pm, BreakZone in Squires Student Center
Free event! Join the Graduate Student Assembly for a free night of bowling, pool, ping pong, and videogames! Bring your Hokie ID and enjoy unlimited play throughout BreakZone. This event is open to all VT graduate and undergraduate students. For more details, check out the Facebook event at https://www.facebook.com/events/177593815967752/ or email Chelsea Corkins at ccorkins@vt.edu.

8. GSA SPRING EVENT: PHD MOVIE & PHD MOVIE 2!
Wednesday, Apr 27, 7:00-10:00pm, GLC Auditorium
Love reading the PhD comics? Want to take a night off from study/research and laugh at how ridiculously hilarious graduate school can be at times? If yes, this event is for you! The GSA invites you to its showings of the PhD Movie (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SpZ5rS4KhOA) and PhD Movie 2 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yb2y_a7hL5M). The first movie begins at 7pm with the second movie beginning approximately at 8:30pm. A short intermission will be held between the two movies. Admission is free. Contact Chelsea Corkins at ccorkins@vt.edu with questions.

9. TILAPA FILET SENSORY STUDY
Thursday, Apr 28, 10:00am-4:00pm, Sensory Lab, HABB 1 (1230 Washington Street)
VT food science researchers are conducting sensory evaluation to determine the consumer acceptability of healthier and nutritionally improved tilapia fillet. Participants must taste small portions of two different cooked tilapia fillets and determine how they prefer a sample over another, and whether one has stronger off-flavor than another. More than 60 people are needed to participate. Panels will take approximately 5-15 minutes to complete. Participants will receive free snacks after the completion. Must not have seafood sensitivity or known allergies to fish; must be 18 or older and regularly consumes white fish. For more information, email Hyun Sik S. Chu @ hyunsikc@vt.edu.

10. GLC CAFÉ
Thursday, Apr 28, 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. LAST KIDS’ NIGHT OUT OF THE SEMESTER
Thursday, Apr 28, 6:00-8:30pm, Women’s Center (206 Washington St)
Any 2-12-year-old  child of a VT student (must be toilet trained) pay participate. Games, snacks and activities provided! Contact Jessie Meltsner  (jmelts@vt.edu) for more information.

12. SURVIVING YOUR FIRST JOB OR INTERNSHIP
Thursday, Apr 28, 6:00-7:00pm, Room 110 Smith Career Center
Career Services hosts these workshops to share some not-so-obvious tips and advice on being professional, while incorporating real stories of employer feedback and previous Hokies who have had “unique” experiences on the job. Whether a job or internship has been secured or not — all students are welcome!

13. WOMEN’S AND GENDER STUDIES CONFERENCE: DIGITAL FEMINISMS
Friday, Apr 29, 9:00am-5:00pm, 310 Kelly Hall
You are invited to the free Women’s and Gender Studies Conference – come support your fellow graduate students as they present original research on the topic of feminism in the digital age! Breakfast will be available beginning at 8 am, lunch is also provided. Full schedule at www.twitter.com/katrinapowell; www.facebook.com/wgsatvt. Posted on behalf of grad student Katie Ayers.

14. GRAD ART COUNCIL ART SHOWCASE
Friday, Apr 29, 8:00pm, Theatre 101 (200 College Ave–across from Gillie’s)
The Graduate Arts Council is proud to present its First Annual Art Showcase! This evening of live performance and diverse curated displays will feature graduate work in film, theatre, experimental performance and installation art, print media, 3D art, readings and paintings. There will even be a magic show! This event is free and open to the public and will be followed up with a display at the GLC.

15. GRADUATE STUDENT RESEARCH PICTURES NEEDED – 1st posting
The Graduate School is creating slideshows to display before and during commencement on the video boards in Cassell Coliseum. Photos are needed that show graduate students in action and shares your graduate student experience – anything from research to graduate student life. Email photographs to grads@vt.edu by Friday, Apr 29.

16. APPLICATIONS INVITED FOR GRAD HONOR SYSTEM CHIEF JUSTICE POSITION – 1st posting
The Graduate Honor System is searching for a new chief justice for the 2016-17 academic year. Applicants must meet the following criteria: (1) be a graduate student in good standing who has been in residence for a minimum of one semester; (2) be able to serve as Chief Justice for at least one year while enrolled full-time in the Blacksburg campus. Preferably applicants should have experience as a GHS investigator or panelist. To apply, submit a statement of interest, resume, and one letter of reference to gibsonm@vt.edu by Monday, May 16. The new Chief Justice will be selected by a committee and ratified by the Graduate Student Assembly and the Commission on Graduate Studies and Policies before final appointment by the president.

17. INTERLOPER SEEKING CONTRIBUTORS – 1st posting
The Interloper, Virginia Tech’s LGBT magazine, is looking for enthusiastic, hard-working contributors for its 5th issue. Editors, writers, artists, photographers, and designers are needed. If you are interested in getting involved, please email Maggie Nanney at theinterlopervt@gmail.com.

18. CALL FOR PLEDGES OF SUPPORT TO “GREEN GRADS OF VT” – 1st posting
If you would like to participate in the Office of Sustainability’s program “Green Graduates of Virginia Tech,” send a quick blurb of how you pledge to support a sustainable world and a photo of yourself (think “Humans of New York” project or just your standard selfie) to the “Green Graduates of Virginia Tech” facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Green-Graduates-of-Virginia-Tech-465341976985523/timeline or to kshepard@vt.edu and they will post the photo for you, along with your name, major(s), and college(s). Participants will receive a free green sustainability cord for graduation! Green cord pickup will be available Tue-Thu May 10-12, Squires Info Desk A  10:00am-2:00pm as well as at the Grad Bash on Wed May 11, 3:00-6:00pm. Posted on behalf of grad student Katy Shepard.

20. SUMMER AND FALL REGISTRATION OPEN FOR GRAD CHILD CARE COOP – 2nd posting
The Little Hokie Hangout cooperative child care center is now enrolling for Summer and Fall 2016. Spaces are limited for this summer term, and are expected to fill quickly, so please don’t wait! Students enrolled in Summer session have priority for Fall enrollment. Please email Marin Riegger, Child Care Coordinator, at mriegger@vt.edu with any questions or to schedule a tour.

21. CALL FOR NOMATIONS FOR ETD INNOVATION AND ETD LEADERSHIP AWARDS – 2nd posting
Nominations are accepted for both the ETD innovation award and the ETD Leadership award. Online nomination forms available at http://goo.gl/forms/LfISsu5ccl for ETD innovation and at http://goo.gl/forms/cRz6T1mf5O for ETD leadership. The innovation award is now available to current students working on a thesis or dissertation in hopes that the award can assist in the creation of innovative ETDs. For the complete criteria visit: http://www.ndltd.org/ndltd-awards/award-nominations. Deadline for nominations is May 31, 2016.

22. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR STUDY ON MUSCLE METABOLISM & DIET – 1st posting
Volunteers are needed for a study examining how diet influences muscle metabolism. Must be: 18-40 years old; females must be on monophasic oral contraceptive and not pregnant; not currently taking any medications (other than above); non-smokers; without any major medical problems; willing to eat a high fat diet for 5 days. Participants will receive extensive health information and up to $400 to compensate for your time.  If you meet the above requirements and are interested in participating, contact Mary Elizabeth Baugh or Elaina Marinik at the VT Human Integrative Physiology Laboratory: westerndiet@gmail.com  website: https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_eKX222gpcgRqZLv.

23. TEENAGE PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR SURVEY ON ADOLESCENT STRESS – 1st posting
The VT Sibling Research Lab is conducting a survey on adolescent stress for teens (ages 12-18) who live at home with at least one brother or sister. The survey takes 15-20 minutes to complete and is accessible at https://redcap.vtc.vt.edu/surveys/?s=FXHFAPTFDF. Participants may receive an Amazon gift card. Contact Dr. Carolyn Shivers (shivercm@vt.edu) if you have any questions.

24. GRADUATE EDUCATION WEEK SURVEY INVITATION FOR GRADS – 1st posting
Do you have great ideas for events that can be included in Graduate Education Week in the future? Did you participate in Graduate Education Week this semester and have useful suggestions or feedback for the Graduate School? Please help us plan for next year’s events by participating in our survey and giving us your valued ideas and feedback at https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_e537pTqwa3EEN9z

25. FEMALE STEM GRAD STUDENTS SOUGHT AS PRESENTERS FOR SUMMER CAMP IN ROANOKE – 1st posting
The Science Museum of Western Virginia (SMWV) in downtown Roanoke is hosting two summer camps for female students in grades K-5 to promote women in STEM fields. SMWV seeks women professionals actively involved in STEM disciplines as guest lecturers or presenters to provide a 45-60 minute presentation and hands on activity. Camp dates: Girls K-2 Jun 13-17; Girls grades 3-5 Jun 27-Jul 1. SMWV is seeking women who are willing to work with the museum’s educators to present topics in a way that would allow students to grasp the information, serve as female role models actively involved in a STEM field with a secondary goal of conveying the fundamentals of some STEM disciplines. If interested, contact Hannah Weiss, hweiss@smwv.org.

26. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR INFO DISPLAY STUDY – 1st posting
The effects of different types of information display (i.e. paper-based system, head-down, and head-up display) on walking behaviors will be investigated. Participants will be asked to perform a cognitive task while walking on a treadmill. Different display types will be also used. Must be age 18-35; no current or recent history (1 year) of musculoskeletal problems; must have normal or corrected to normal vision; fluent in English; have a smartphone or experience in using smartphones. Participants will be asked to perform walking tasks with different information presentation methods in a laboratory setting in the ISE department. Two sessions (preliminary & data collection).         Compensation: $10/hr, ~ 30 min for preliminary session; ~2.5 hrs in experimental sessions. Call or email Mr. Alireza Sedighi if interested: 540-394-8441; sedighia@vt.edu.

27. ALTERNATIVE TRANSPORTATION COMMUTER SURVEY STILL OPEN – 1st posting
The VT Alternative Transportation office is conducting a biennial Commuter Survey, the results of which will inform transportation decisions on the Blacksburg campus. Make your opinions and needs heard, take the survey and share it widely: https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_9RmEIVGYUvFXyct. Send questions to gettingaround@vt.edu or call (540) 231 2701.

28. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR STUDY ON USER EXPERIENCE IN WEB-BASED IMMERSIVE ENVIRONMENT – 2nd posting
Participants are sought for a comparative pilot study on user experience for navigation and object selection in web-based immersive environment. The study involves one 60-min session per participant; 20 minutes for actual usability testing and 40 minutes for briefing, training and filling out required forms. Participants will have a chance to win a  $10 Campus Bookstore gift card (a winning chance of 1 in 10). Must be 18 years or older. For further information and scheduling, contact: Chandani Shrestha at chandani@vt.edu.

29. LIBRARY SURVEY INVITATION FOR GRADS – 3rd posting
Do you use the on-campus library? What about the Graduate Student Lounge on the 4th floor? Did you know it exists? The Library Committee is asking graduate students to respond to a very short survey at https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1459363094757 to share how this space is used and how it can be improved. The survey will close on Apr 25.

30. STEM GRAD STUDENT TRAINING & CAREER OPPORTUNITIES STUDY PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT – 3rd posting
STEM grad students are invited to complete a survey to help researchers at Harvard figure out how training and employment goals of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) students and postdoctoral fellows can be addressed through programs and job creation. The survey takes 10-20 minutes to complete and the survey is available at https://harvard.az1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_3wIMLGNvgeFfYUd&school=Virgina%20Tech. Participants may enter in a lottery for one of ten $100 Amazon gift cards through a link at the end of the survey. Information provided for the lottery will not be linked to your study responses and will be deleted after winners have been contacted. Researchers hope to publish survey results to help advise governments and education institutions regarding the creation of programs and jobs for STEM graduates like you. For more information contact Dr. Joey Pakes Nelson, pakes@fasmail.harvard.edu.

31. ANIMAL SUPPLIES AND ITEMS SOUGHT FOR VET SCHOOL FUNDRAISER – 3rd posting
Graduate student Stamps Scholars at the vet school are collecting animal supplies and new or gently used shoes to benefit the Giles Animal Rescue. Rabbit bedding and food, cat litter, litter boxes, leashes, collars, harnesses, towels, and paper towels can be dropped off in the vet school cafeteria or in front of the main office in CMMID through Apr 15. The shoes will be used as a fundraiser in partnership with funds2orgs (funds2orgs.com) and can be dropped off at designated bins at: the vet school cafeteria, the lobby of Life Sciences 1, the lobby of ILSB at the CRC, or the main hall at CMMID through May 15. For more information, or to arrange pick up of any of these items, contact Anne Nichols (annen@vt.edu).

UPCOMING EVENTS:

TECHNICAL SEMINAR WITH DIAVOLO – ARCHITECTURE IN MOTION
Wednesday, May 4, 1:30-2:30pm, Balcony Lobby, Moss Arts Center
Speak with the artists of Diavolo|Architecture in Motion as they lead an in depth discussion about the inspiration, design, construction, and mechanics of the elaborate architectural pieces at the center of their work. To register email Donna Thompson at tdonna27@vt.edu.

DIVERSITY SPOTLIGHT: DIVERSITY SCHOLARS PRESENTATIONS
Thursday, May 5, 12:00-1:30pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
The Graduate School is hosting the 6th Annual Diversity Spotlight event featuring Diversity Scholar projects. Lunch is provided so please register at https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_eyrIV2bZEV6XfOR#sthash.KgxGLdCq.dpuf. Contact Dannette Beane at gomezds@vt.edu for more information.

April 18-24, 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. DIALOGUE WITH THE CREATORS OF “(BE)LONGING”
Monday, Apr 18, 2016, 5:30-7:00PM, Moss Arts Ctr, Merryman Family Learning Studio
Join guest artists Byron Au Yong (composer) and Aaron Jafferis (playwright) for this informal public dialogue and learn about their new project, (Be)longing, to be locally cast and presented by the center in March 2017. (Be)longing and related curricular and community activities will reflect on violence and school shootings and consider deeper ways to connect and build communities of safety and support. The team has conducted creative research in Blacksburg and in other locations for the past two years, with the center as a co-commissioner of the new work. Space for the Apr 18 dialogue is limited, so please register online at: http://tinyurl.com/belongingdialogue if you are planning to attend.

3. DISCOVER ISLAM
Tuesday, Apr 19, 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. TORGERSEN RESEARCH AWARD RECEPTION & PRESENTATIONS
Tuesday, Apr 19, GLC Multipurpose Room
Learn about the latest cutting-edge research in the College of Engineering at the Torgersen Graduate Student Research Excellence Award Ceremony and ask the researchers all your questions. Poster presentations 2:00-4:30pm, followed by an open reception at 5:00. The official ceremony is carded for 5:30-7:30pm and includes presentations by keynote speaker Dr. Michael Friedlander, and the competition finalists. For more information see http://www.gsc.eng.vt.edu/PET.html.

5. GLC CAFÉ
Thursday, Apr 21, 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.

6. LIVING IN THE ANTHROPOCENE: SCIENCE SUSTAINABILITY AND SOCIETY
Thursday, Apr 21, 4:45-5:45pm, The Lyric
Dr. Josh Tewksbury is an ecologist, conservation biologist, and planetary health scientist with experience in academia and civil society. His work is focused on major global change issues, including the impacts of climate change on biodiversity  and the impacts of species loss on ecosystem functions. This event is hosted by the Global Change Center at Virginia Tech. For more information contact Gloria Schoenholtz at schoeng@vt.edu.

7. VT PAWS SPECIAL EDITION @ GLC
Thursday, Apr 21, 6:30-7:30pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
The GLC Fellows invite you to come relieve some stress with the amazing VT PAWS Therapy animals. Students from the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine will be there with their dogs and cats. Come hang out, spend some time with the animals, take a break from studying, and relax! To learn more about VT PAWS, visit their facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/VTHelpingPAWS/?fref=ts or their website,  http://www.vetmed.vt.edu/vthelpingpaws/.  If you have any questions, contact Shiwani Dewal at shiwanid@vt.edu.

8. SPRING RETREAT: "TRANSITIONS: WALKING IN FAITH THROUGH LIFE’S CHANGES"
Friday, Apr 22, 8:00pm through Sunday, Apr 24, 11:00am near Lexington, VA (1.5 hours from VT)
All VT graduate students are welcome to join a weekend of new friendships, indoor/outdoor recreation, Bible study and prayer in a relaxed setting away from campus. Cost is $35 (scholarships are available). Space is limited to 25 participants. Hosted by InterVarsity Graduate Christian Fellowship. For more information and to register online, visit <http://goo.gl/forms/3VV35LcWq2>. Contact Robert Howe at robahowe@gmail.com with any questions.

9. MARTIAL ARTS COUNCIL AND HELP SAVE THE NEXT GIRL PRESENT: SELF DEFENSE SEMINAR
Sunday, Apr 24, 5:00-8:00pm, Dance Room in War Memorial Gym
The seminar will touch on awareness, avoidance, body and fight mechanics, self-defense techniques, legal considerations, and dealing with the aftermath. The course will be co-taught by instructors from Bujinkan Taijutsu, Kodokan Aikido, MMA, and TaeKwonDo clubs. Bring exercise clothes and a water bottle. Gobblerconnect event: https://gobblerconnect.vt.edu/organization/mac/calendar/details/941804; Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1524793471163795/. Posted on behalf of doctoral student Jacob Monzel, jmonzel@vt.edu.

10. SUMMER AND FALL REGISTRATION OPEN FOR GRAD CHILD CARE COOP – 1st posting
The Little Hokie Hangout cooperative child care center is now enrolling for Summer and Fall 2016. Spaces are limited for this summer term, and are expected to fill quickly, so please don’t wait! Students enrolled in Summer session have priority for Fall enrollment. Please email Marin Riegger, Child Care Coordinator, at mriegger@vt.edu with any questions or to schedule a tour.

11. CALL FOR NOMATIONS FOR ETD INNOVATION AND ETD LEADERSHIP AWARDS – 1st posting
Nominations are accepted for both the ETD innovation award and the ETD Leadership award. Online nomination forms available at http://goo.gl/forms/LfISsu5ccl for ETD innovation and at http://goo.gl/forms/cRz6T1mf5O for ETD leadership. The innovation award is now available to current students working on a thesis or dissertation in hopes that the award can assist in the creation of innovative ETDs. For the complete criteria visit: http://www.ndltd.org/ndltd-awards/award-nominations. Deadline for nominations is May 31, 2016.

12. CALL FOR PAPERS FOR SPECTRA – 2nd posting
SPECTRA: the ASPECT journal is currently seeking initial abstracts for Issue 5.2 with the theme "Crisis and Transformation." Submissions may include digitized paintings, photographs, collages, podcasts, poems, short stories, internet-hosted texts, comics, videos, and other media with which to broadly engage topics of crisis and transformation– as well as traditional essay abstracts. Initial project descriptions/samples due Friday, Apr 15. Details can be found here: https://spectrajournal.org/index.php/SPECTRA/announcement/view/14. Posted on behalf of ASPECT student Jordan Laney.

13. GA OPENING IN OOIA FOR 2016-17 – 2nd posting
The Office of Outreach and International Affairs is looking for a graduate student for the 2016-17 academic year to work up to 20 hrs/wk on implementing programs and projects that will support the vision of the associate VP for implementing international strategies, collaborations and programs, working collaboratively with a variety of individuals across the university. Preference given for a current master’s or doctoral student, excellent communication and writing skills; interest in international education administration, the ability to work effectively with faculty, staff and administrators; experience working with people of diverse cultures and nations; and the ability to organize, prioritize and leverage resources for multiple projects.  To view the full position description and apply, go to https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_cCjLnm9UKlabkVv.  Applications are being accepted through Apr 22. 

14. PAID PRACTICUM/INTERNSHIP POSITION IN ENGINEERING EDUCATION – 3rd posting
The Department of Engineering Education is seeking applications for an advising practicum or internship student for the summer. Wage appointment. See minimum requirements, job duties and application details at: http://www.enge.vt.edu/_files/undergraduate/advising_internship.pdf. 

15. SUMMER INTERNSHIP OPENING IN MAOP – 3rd posting
The Multicultural Academic Opportunities Program (MAOP) is hiring 2 program assistants to provide support to the summer research internship program and work closely with MAOP staff. Assistants will also be assigned a group of interns to work with as first point of contact. Responsibilities:  Prepare notebooks for incoming interns; Transport students to and from the airport or bus station; assist with check in/out of residence hall; Ensure interns attend classes and workshops; Make presentations to interns about graduate; and more. Pay: $14/hr, approx. 20 hrs/wk plus additional programs. Must be U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents. Apply online at: https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_5pQfheuNuHGPnyB. Contact Jody Thompson Marshall with questions at jodyt@vt.edu.

16. ICTAS LOOKING FOR PT WEB AND GRAPHIC DESIGN ASSISTANT – 3rd posting
This position will provide web and design support for energy and materials initiatives at ICTAS, reporting to the faculty director and working closely with the communications team. Responsibilities include creation and maintenance of websites; development of scientific graphics for proposals; some graphic design work on printed materials; and related duties as assigned. The design assistant will work with colleagues to ensure that all materials maintain consistent design standards, and are compliant with VT branding policies. Flexible hours based on project needs, max 20 hrs/wk, $10/hour. Must have experience with WordPress and similar content-management platforms; basic familiarity with Adobe Creative Suite programs; ability to meet tight deadlines; great attention to detail; strong proof-reading skills; and an interest in conveying scientific information in an accurate and compelling manner. If interested, submit current resumé and three samples of work (including at least one website) to Jennifer Cacciola at jcacciola@vt.edu.

17. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR STUDY ON USER EXPERIENCE IN WEB-BASED IMMERSIVE ENVIRONMENT – 1st posting
Participants are sought for a comparative pilot study on user experience for navigation and object selection in web-based immersive environment. The study involves one 60-min session per participant; 20 minutes for actual usability testing and 40 minutes for briefing, training and filling out required forms. Participants will have a chance to win a  $10 Campus Bookstore gift card (a winning chance of 1 in 10). Must be 18 years or older. For further information and scheduling, contact: Chandani Shrestha at chandani@vt.edu.

18. LIBRARY SURVEY INVITATION FOR GRADS – 2nd posting
Do you use the on-campus library? What about the Graduate Student Lounge on the 4th floor? Did you know it exists? The Library Committee is asking graduate students to respond to a very short survey at https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1459363094757 to share how this space is used and how it can be improved. The survey will close on Apr 25.

19. STEM GRAD STUDENT TRAINING & CAREER OPPORTUNITIES STUDY PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT – 2nd posting
STEM grad students are invited to complete a survey to help researchers at Harvard figure out how training and employment goals of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) students and postdoctoral fellows can be addressed through programs and job creation. The survey takes 10-20 minutes to complete and the survey is available at https://harvard.az1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_3wIMLGNvgeFfYUd&school=Virgina%20Tech. Participants may enter in a lottery for one of ten $100 Amazon gift cards through a link at the end of the survey. Information provided for the lottery will not be linked to your study responses and will be deleted after winners have been contacted. Researchers hope to publish survey results to help advise governments and education institutions regarding the creation of programs and jobs for STEM graduates like you. For more information contact Dr. Joey Pakes Nelson, pakes@fasmail.harvard.edu.

20. ANIMAL SUPPLIES AND ITEMS SOUGHT FOR VET SCHOOL FUNDRAISER – 2nd posting
Graduate student Stamps Scholars at the vet school are collecting animal supplies and new or gently used shoes to benefit the Giles Animal Rescue. Rabbit bedding and food, cat litter, litter boxes, leashes, collars, harnesses, towels, and paper towels can be dropped off in the vet school cafeteria or in front of the main office in CMMID through Apr 15. The shoes will be used as a fundraiser in partnership with funds2orgs (funds2orgs.com) and can be dropped off at designated bins at: the vet school cafeteria, the lobby of Life Sciences 1, the lobby of ILSB at the CRC, or the main hall at CMMID through May 15. For more information, or to arrange pick up of any of these items, contact Anne Nichols (annen@vt.edu).

21. GRADUATE TEACHING ASSISTANTS SOUGHT FOR STUDY PARTICIPATION – 3rd posting
Current or past Virginia Tech GTAs are sought to complete this 20-minute online survey about Autism Spectrum Disorders. Must be at least 18 years old to participate. Access survey at https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_8AkFupnszC4wZkF. For more information, please contact Tyler Hassenfeldt at thassen@vt.edu. This message is posted on behalf of Reina Factor, rfactor@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 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.

ASIAN PACIFIC AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH GRAD CONNECT LUNCH – register now!
Monday, Apr 25, 12:00-1:00pm, GLC Room G
Attendees will be able to connect with other students, professionals and community members that either identify with an Asian and/or Pacific Islander population or appreciate the various Asian and/or Pacific Islander populations. Attendees will be able to make connections and celebrate cultural accomplishments at Virginia Tech and in the New River Valley. Register online at https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_6Klv7KM4K9wpiLz before 5pm on Monday, Apr 18. For questions, contact Whitley Johnson at whitley09@vt.edu.

GSA SPRING EVENT: PHD MOVIE & PHD MOVIE 2!
Wednesday, Apr 27, 7:00-10:00pm, GLC Auditorium
Love reading the PhD comics? Want to take a night off from study/research and laugh at how ridiculously hilarious graduate school can be at times? If yes, this event is for you! The GSA invites you to its showings of the PhD Movie (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SpZ5rS4KhOA) and PhD Movie 2 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yb2y_a7hL5M). The first movie begins at 7pm with the second movie beginning approximately at 8:30pm. A short intermission will be held between the two movies. Admission is free. Contact Chelsea Corkins at ccorkins@vt.edu with questions.

SURVIVING YOUR FIRST JOB OR INTERNSHIP
Thursday, Apr 28, 6:00-7:00pm, Room 110 Smith Career Center
Career Services hosts these workshops to share some not-so-obvious tips and advice on being professional, while incorporating real stories of employer feedback and previous Hokies who have had “unique” experiences on the job. Whether a job or internship has been secured or not — all students are welcome!

VT INTERCOM FACILITATOR TRAINING: DIALOGUES FOR SOCIAL CHANGE – register by 4/18!
Thursday-Sunday, May 19-22, 9:00am-5:00pm daily
The Intercultural Engagement Center invites applications for skill-based facilitator training with VTInterCom, a program that provides group dialogue opportunities for the VT campus and surrounding community. Facilitators will gain knowledge, strategies, and practice at facilitating discussions around inclusion, equity, oppression, institutional discrimination, social inequalities, and a broad range of contemporary issues such as sexism, racism, trans*phobia, heterosexism, ableism, poverty, cultural intolerance, and more. Participants receive facilitator curriculum, mentoring from trainers, and will be invited to remain part of the VTInterCom facilitator collective. Apply online at http://tinyurl.com/zw4fwpv  by 12:00pm, Monday, Apr 18.

April 18-24, 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. DIALOGUE WITH THE CREATORS OF “(BE)LONGING”
Monday, Apr 18, 2016, 5:30-7:00PM, Moss Arts Ctr, Merryman Family Learning Studio
Join guest artists Byron Au Yong (composer) and Aaron Jafferis (playwright) for this informal public dialogue and learn about their new project, (Be)longing, to be locally cast and presented by the center in March 2017. (Be)longing and related curricular and community activities will reflect on violence and school shootings and consider deeper ways to connect and build communities of safety and support. The team has conducted creative research in Blacksburg and in other locations for the past two years, with the center as a co-commissioner of the new work. Space for the Apr 18 dialogue is limited, so please register online at: http://tinyurl.com/belongingdialogue if you are planning to attend.

3. DISCOVER ISLAM
Tuesday, Apr 19, 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. TORGERSEN RESEARCH AWARD RECEPTION & PRESENTATIONS
Tuesday, Apr 19, GLC Multipurpose Room
Learn about the latest cutting-edge research in the College of Engineering at the Torgersen Graduate Student Research Excellence Award Ceremony and ask the researchers all your questions. Poster presentations 2:00-4:30pm, followed by an open reception at 5:00. The official ceremony is carded for 5:30-7:30pm and includes presentations by keynote speaker Dr. Michael Friedlander, and the competition finalists. For more information see http://www.gsc.eng.vt.edu/PET.html.

5. GLC CAFÉ
Thursday, Apr 21, 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.

6. LIVING IN THE ANTHROPOCENE: SCIENCE SUSTAINABILITY AND SOCIETY
Thursday, Apr 21, 4:45-5:45pm, The Lyric
Dr. Josh Tewksbury is an ecologist, conservation biologist, and planetary health scientist with experience in academia and civil society. His work is focused on major global change issues, including the impacts of climate change on biodiversity  and the impacts of species loss on ecosystem functions. This event is hosted by the Global Change Center at Virginia Tech. For more information contact Gloria Schoenholtz at schoeng@vt.edu.

7. VT PAWS SPECIAL EDITION @ GLC
Thursday, Apr 21, 6:30-7:30pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
The GLC Fellows invite you to come relieve some stress with the amazing VT PAWS Therapy animals. Students from the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine will be there with their dogs and cats. Come hang out, spend some time with the animals, take a break from studying, and relax! To learn more about VT PAWS, visit their facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/VTHelpingPAWS/?fref=ts or their website,  http://www.vetmed.vt.edu/vthelpingpaws/.  If you have any questions, contact Shiwani Dewal at shiwanid@vt.edu.

8. SPRING RETREAT: "TRANSITIONS: WALKING IN FAITH THROUGH LIFE’S CHANGES"
Friday, Apr 22, 8:00pm through Sunday, Apr 24, 11:00am near Lexington, VA (1.5 hours from VT)
All VT graduate students are welcome to join a weekend of new friendships, indoor/outdoor recreation, Bible study and prayer in a relaxed setting away from campus. Cost is $35 (scholarships are available). Space is limited to 25 participants. Hosted by InterVarsity Graduate Christian Fellowship. For more information and to register online, visit <http://goo.gl/forms/3VV35LcWq2>. Contact Robert Howe at robahowe@gmail.com with any questions.

9. MARTIAL ARTS COUNCIL AND HELP SAVE THE NEXT GIRL PRESENT: SELF DEFENSE SEMINAR
Sunday, Apr 24, 5:00-8:00pm, Dance Room in War Memorial Gym
The seminar will touch on awareness, avoidance, body and fight mechanics, self-defense techniques, legal considerations, and dealing with the aftermath. The course will be co-taught by instructors from Bujinkan Taijutsu, Kodokan Aikido, MMA, and TaeKwonDo clubs. Bring exercise clothes and a water bottle. Gobblerconnect event: https://gobblerconnect.vt.edu/organization/mac/calendar/details/941804; Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1524793471163795/. Posted on behalf of doctoral student Jacob Monzel, jmonzel@vt.edu.

10. SUMMER AND FALL REGISTRATION OPEN FOR GRAD CHILD CARE COOP – 1st posting
The Little Hokie Hangout cooperative child care center is now enrolling for Summer and Fall 2016. Spaces are limited for this summer term, and are expected to fill quickly, so please don’t wait! Students enrolled in Summer session have priority for Fall enrollment. Please email Marin Riegger, Child Care Coordinator, at mriegger@vt.edu with any questions or to schedule a tour.

11. CALL FOR NOMATIONS FOR ETD INNOVATION AND ETD LEADERSHIP AWARDS – 1st posting
Nominations are accepted for both the ETD innovation award and the ETD Leadership award. Online nomination forms available at http://goo.gl/forms/LfISsu5ccl for ETD innovation and at http://goo.gl/forms/cRz6T1mf5O for ETD leadership. The innovation award is now available to current students working on a thesis or dissertation in hopes that the award can assist in the creation of innovative ETDs. For the complete criteria visit: http://www.ndltd.org/ndltd-awards/award-nominations. Deadline for nominations is May 31, 2016.

12. CALL FOR PAPERS FOR SPECTRA – 2nd posting
SPECTRA: the ASPECT journal is currently seeking initial abstracts for Issue 5.2 with the theme "Crisis and Transformation." Submissions may include digitized paintings, photographs, collages, podcasts, poems, short stories, internet-hosted texts, comics, videos, and other media with which to broadly engage topics of crisis and transformation– as well as traditional essay abstracts. Initial project descriptions/samples due Friday, Apr 15. Details can be found here: https://spectrajournal.org/index.php/SPECTRA/announcement/view/14. Posted on behalf of ASPECT student Jordan Laney.

13. GA OPENING IN OOIA FOR 2016-17 – 2nd posting
The Office of Outreach and International Affairs is looking for a graduate student for the 2016-17 academic year to work up to 20 hrs/wk on implementing programs and projects that will support the vision of the associate VP for implementing international strategies, collaborations and programs, working collaboratively with a variety of individuals across the university. Preference given for a current master’s or doctoral student, excellent communication and writing skills; interest in international education administration, the ability to work effectively with faculty, staff and administrators; experience working with people of diverse cultures and nations; and the ability to organize, prioritize and leverage resources for multiple projects.  To view the full position description and apply, go to https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_cCjLnm9UKlabkVv.  Applications are being accepted through Apr 22. 

14. PAID PRACTICUM/INTERNSHIP POSITION IN ENGINEERING EDUCATION – 3rd posting
The Department of Engineering Education is seeking applications for an advising practicum or internship student for the summer. Wage appointment. See minimum requirements, job duties and application details at: http://www.enge.vt.edu/_files/undergraduate/advising_internship.pdf. 

15. SUMMER INTERNSHIP OPENING IN MAOP – 3rd posting
The Multicultural Academic Opportunities Program (MAOP) is hiring 2 program assistants to provide support to the summer research internship program and work closely with MAOP staff. Assistants will also be assigned a group of interns to work with as first point of contact. Responsibilities:  Prepare notebooks for incoming interns; Transport students to and from the airport or bus station; assist with check in/out of residence hall; Ensure interns attend classes and workshops; Make presentations to interns about graduate; and more. Pay: $14/hr, approx. 20 hrs/wk plus additional programs. Must be U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents. Apply online at: https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_5pQfheuNuHGPnyB. Contact Jody Thompson Marshall with questions at jodyt@vt.edu.

16. ICTAS LOOKING FOR PT WEB AND GRAPHIC DESIGN ASSISTANT – 3rd posting
This position will provide web and design support for energy and materials initiatives at ICTAS, reporting to the faculty director and working closely with the communications team. Responsibilities include creation and maintenance of websites; development of scientific graphics for proposals; some graphic design work on printed materials; and related duties as assigned. The design assistant will work with colleagues to ensure that all materials maintain consistent design standards, and are compliant with VT branding policies. Flexible hours based on project needs, max 20 hrs/wk, $10/hour. Must have experience with WordPress and similar content-management platforms; basic familiarity with Adobe Creative Suite programs; ability to meet tight deadlines; great attention to detail; strong proof-reading skills; and an interest in conveying scientific information in an accurate and compelling manner. If interested, submit current resumé and three samples of work (including at least one website) to Jennifer Cacciola at jcacciola@vt.edu.

17. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR STUDY ON USER EXPERIENCE IN WEB-BASED IMMERSIVE ENVIRONMENT – 1st posting
Participants are sought for a comparative pilot study on user experience for navigation and object selection in web-based immersive environment. The study involves one 60-min session per participant; 20 minutes for actual usability testing and 40 minutes for briefing, training and filling out required forms. Participants will have a chance to win a  $10 Campus Bookstore gift card (a winning chance of 1 in 10). Must be 18 years or older. For further information and scheduling, contact: Chandani Shrestha at chandani@vt.edu.

18. LIBRARY SURVEY INVITATION FOR GRADS – 2nd posting
Do you use the on-campus library? What about the Graduate Student Lounge on the 4th floor? Did you know it exists? The Library Committee is asking graduate students to respond to a very short survey at https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1459363094757 to share how this space is used and how it can be improved. The survey will close on Apr 25.

19. STEM GRAD STUDENT TRAINING & CAREER OPPORTUNITIES STUDY PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT – 2nd posting
STEM grad students are invited to complete a survey to help researchers at Harvard figure out how training and employment goals of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) students and postdoctoral fellows can be addressed through programs and job creation. The survey takes 10-20 minutes to complete and the survey is available at https://harvard.az1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_3wIMLGNvgeFfYUd&school=Virgina%20Tech. Participants may enter in a lottery for one of ten $100 Amazon gift cards through a link at the end of the survey. Information provided for the lottery will not be linked to your study responses and will be deleted after winners have been contacted. Researchers hope to publish survey results to help advise governments and education institutions regarding the creation of programs and jobs for STEM graduates like you. For more information contact Dr. Joey Pakes Nelson, pakes@fasmail.harvard.edu.

20. ANIMAL SUPPLIES AND ITEMS SOUGHT FOR VET SCHOOL FUNDRAISER – 2nd posting
Graduate student Stamps Scholars at the vet school are collecting animal supplies and new or gently used shoes to benefit the Giles Animal Rescue. Rabbit bedding and food, cat litter, litter boxes, leashes, collars, harnesses, towels, and paper towels can be dropped off in the vet school cafeteria or in front of the main office in CMMID through Apr 15. The shoes will be used as a fundraiser in partnership with funds2orgs (funds2orgs.com) and can be dropped off at designated bins at: the vet school cafeteria, the lobby of Life Sciences 1, the lobby of ILSB at the CRC, or the main hall at CMMID through May 15. For more information, or to arrange pick up of any of these items, contact Anne Nichols (annen@vt.edu).

21. GRADUATE TEACHING ASSISTANTS SOUGHT FOR STUDY PARTICIPATION – 3rd posting
Current or past Virginia Tech GTAs are sought to complete this 20-minute online survey about Autism Spectrum Disorders. Must be at least 18 years old to participate. Access survey at https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_8AkFupnszC4wZkF. For more information, please contact Tyler Hassenfeldt at thassen@vt.edu. This message is posted on behalf of Reina Factor, rfactor@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 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.

ASIAN PACIFIC AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH GRAD CONNECT LUNCH – register now!
Monday, Apr 25, 12:00-1:00pm, GLC Room G
Attendees will be able to connect with other students, professionals and community members that either identify with an Asian and/or Pacific Islander population or appreciate the various Asian and/or Pacific Islander populations. Attendees will be able to make connections and celebrate cultural accomplishments at Virginia Tech and in the New River Valley. Register online at https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_6Klv7KM4K9wpiLz before 5pm on Monday, Apr 18. For questions, contact Whitley Johnson at whitley09@vt.edu.

GSA SPRING EVENT: PHD MOVIE & PHD MOVIE 2!
Wednesday, Apr 27, 7:00-10:00pm, GLC Auditorium
Love reading the PhD comics? Want to take a night off from study/research and laugh at how ridiculously hilarious graduate school can be at times? If yes, this event is for you! The GSA invites you to its showings of the PhD Movie (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SpZ5rS4KhOA) and PhD Movie 2 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yb2y_a7hL5M). The first movie begins at 7pm with the second movie beginning approximately at 8:30pm. A short intermission will be held between the two movies. Admission is free. Contact Chelsea Corkins at ccorkins@vt.edu with questions.

SURVIVING YOUR FIRST JOB OR INTERNSHIP
Thursday, Apr 28, 6:00-7:00pm, Room 110 Smith Career Center
Career Services hosts these workshops to share some not-so-obvious tips and advice on being professional, while incorporating real stories of employer feedback and previous Hokies who have had “unique” experiences on the job. Whether a job or internship has been secured or not — all students are welcome!

VT INTERCOM FACILITATOR TRAINING: DIALOGUES FOR SOCIAL CHANGE – register by 4/18!
Thursday-Sunday, May 19-22, 9:00am-5:00pm daily
The Intercultural Engagement Center invites applications for skill-based facilitator training with VTInterCom, a program that provides group dialogue opportunities for the VT campus and surrounding community. Facilitators will gain knowledge, strategies, and practice at facilitating discussions around inclusion, equity, oppression, institutional discrimination, social inequalities, and a broad range of contemporary issues such as sexism, racism, trans*phobia, heterosexism, ableism, poverty, cultural intolerance, and more. Participants receive facilitator curriculum, mentoring from trainers, and will be invited to remain part of the VTInterCom facilitator collective. Apply online at http://tinyurl.com/zw4fwpv  by 12:00pm, Monday, Apr 18.

April 11-17, 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. DISCOVER ISLAM
Tuesday, Apr 12, 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.

3. GSA SPRING EVENT: PHD MOVIE & PHD MOVIE 2 SHOWINGS!
Tuesday, Apr 12, 7:00-10:00pm, GLC Auditorium
Love reading the PhD comics? Want to take a night off from study/research and laugh at how ridiculously hilarious graduate school can be at times? If yes, this event is for you! The GSA invites you to its showings of the PhD Movie (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SpZ5rS4KhOA) and PhD Movie 2 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yb2y_a7hL5M). The first movie begins at 7pm with the second movie beginning approximately at 8:30pm. A short intermission will be held between the two movies. This event will be repeated on Apr 27. Admission is free. Contact Chelsea Corkins at ccorkins@vt.edu with questions and check out the facebook event for more information: https://www.facebook.com/events/1173974775954419/.

4. PARENT SUPPORT LUNCH
Wednesday, Apr 13, 12:00-1:30pm, GLC Room G
Participants will hear from Dr. Elena Serrano, an expert in food systems and how they impact our ability to feed our families. As always, children are more than welcome, and spaces are limited, so please register at www.SignUpGenius.com/go/20F0E4FABAA28A1FF2-april as soon as possible. If you have any questions, email childcare@vt.edu.

5. RESEARCH A LA MODE PRESENTS: DEBUNKING FOOD & FOOD-SAFETY MYTHS
101
5:30-6:30 pm in the Museum, 2062 Derring
While Mark Twain is credited with saying that, “[t]he secret of success in life is to eat what you like and let the food fight it out inside,” realistically speaking, foodborne pathogens have the horrifying capabilities of wreaking havoc on your insides, your livelihood, and your life. There is a lot of information out there about food, but what are actually truths and what are myths? In this interactive talk, food-science graduate student Lily Yang will discuss the common misconceptions, truths, and myths surrounding food and food safety in order to keep yourself and your loved ones safe! Come for the talk and stay for free ice cream! Posted on behalf of doctoral student Lisa Whalen, lashley@vt.edu.

6. FREE PLAY: "COCK" BY MIKE BARTLETT
Wednesday-Friday, Apr 13-15, 7:30pm, Theatre 101 (200 College Ave.)
Directed by MFA candidate Thomas Murray. When John takes a break from his longtime relationship with his boyfriend, he accidentally falls in love with a woman. Torn between the two, John doesn’t know which way to turn. As both his boyfriend and his girlfriend fight to keep him, this comedy around identity and sexuality ultimately asks, who is John? And what will his decision be? FREE tickets are available first-come, first-served nightly at Theatre 101.

7. TURN YOUR PRESENTATION INTO AN ARTICLE: A WRITER’S WORKSHOP
Thursday, Apr 14, 9:00-10:30am, 3310 TORG
Friday, Apr 15, 1:00-2:30pm, 3310 TORG
The Writing Center is hosting these workshops to help graduate students turn their conference presentations into a journal article. The workshop will explore the similarities and differences of presentations and journal articles. You will then have the opportunity to turn your presentation into an article draft with guided support. Bring your presentation and laptop ready to work! Spaces are limited, so register early by emailing to Becky Morrison beckymor@vt.edu.

8. TIE DYE AND TACOS
Thursday, Apr 14, 12:00-2:00pm, Graduate School Lawn
Join the GLC Fellows for tacos from Moe’s and tie-dye a shirt. Tacos and tie-dye materials will be provided but please bring your own shirt. If you are interested, register at: https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_cxam6YWnUWz6wnj to help organizers plan the logistics more effectively. For any questions, contact Shiwani Dewal at shiwanid@vt.edu.

9. GLC CAFÉ
Thursday, Apr 14, 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.

10. 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.

11. LOAN REPAYMENT INFO SESSION
Friday, Apr 15, 12:00-1:00pm, GLC Room D or F (depending on interest)
Graduating in May?  Have questions about student loan repayment? Stephanie Breeding from VT University Scholarships and Financial Aid will discuss the loan repayment process as well as information on different repayment plans. Attend this session to learn about your options and try to make the best plan for the repayment of your student loans!

12. INTERNATIONAL STREET FAIR
Sunday, Apr 17, 12:00-5:00pm, College Ave/Downtown Blacksburg
The International Street Fair is presented by Cranwell International Center and the Council of International Student Organizations.  It celebrates the diversity of cultures present in our community by offering the sights, sounds, and tastes of the countries of origin of Virginia Tech’s students and scholars.  Rain or shine, festivities will be on College Avenue, Draper Road, and Henderson Lawn.

13. VT POLO MATCH – 2ND ANNUAL MERCEDES CUP
Sunday, Apr 17, 1:00-5:00pm, Alphin-Stuart Livestock Arena
The Polo Club is hosting the 2nd Annual Mercedes Cup, an exhibition polo match and wine tasting. Watch the Hokies take on the University of Virginia Cavaliers; experience the fast and furious game of polo, local wine and beer, and a variety of student organizations. Tickets are $10 with the wine tasting, $5 without. Doors open at 1:00pm with the main match starting at 2:00. The Polo Club is proud of all that they have accomplished, and hopes they can share the sport they love with the Blacksburg community. http://vtpoloclub.weebly.com/mercedes-cup.html. This message is posted on behalf of grad student Alie Lyon, lyonad@vt.edu.

14. CALL FOR PAPERS FOR SPECTRA – 1st posting
SPECTRA: the ASPECT journal is currently seeking initial abstracts for Issue 5.2 with the theme "Crisis and Transformation." Submissions may include digitized paintings, photographs, collages, podcasts, poems, short stories, internet-hosted texts, comics, videos, and other media with which to broadly engage topics of crisis and transformation– as well as traditional essay abstracts. Initial project descriptions/samples due Friday, Apr 15. Details can be found here: https://spectrajournal.org/index.php/SPECTRA/announcement/view/14. Posted on behalf of ASPECT student Jordan Laney.

15. CALL FOR APPLICATIONS TO INTERDISCIPLINARY SOCIETY MEMBERSHIP – 3rd 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.

16. GA OPENING IN OOIA FOR 2016-17 – 1st posting
The Office of Outreach and International Affairs is looking for a graduate student for the 2016-17 academic year to work up to 20 hrs/wk on implementing programs and projects that will support the vision of the associate VP for implementing international strategies, collaborations and programs, working collaboratively with a variety of individuals across the university. Preference given for a current master’s or doctoral student, excellent communication and writing skills; interest in international education administration, the ability to work effectively with faculty, staff and administrators; experience working with people of diverse cultures and nations; and the ability to organize, prioritize and leverage resources for multiple projects.  To view the full position description and apply, go to https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_cCjLnm9UKlabkVv.  Applications are being accepted through Apr 22. 

17. PAID PRACTICUM/INTERNSHIP POSITION IN ENGINEERING EDUCATION – 2nd posting
The Department of Engineering Education is seeking applications for an advising practicum or internship student for the summer. Wage appointment. See minimum requirements, job duties and application details at: http://www.enge.vt.edu/_files/undergraduate/advising_internship.pdf. 

18. GA OPENING IN GRAD SCHOOL OFFICE OF RECRUITMENT AND DIVERSITY INITIATIVES – 2nd posting
The ORDI in the Graduate School seeks a full time graduate assistant to manage tours, email in response to inquiries, and plan events. Must have evidence of delivering excellent customer service, experience in managing events, strong communication skills, valid driver’s license and eligibility to drive fleet services vehicles, a strong attention to detail. Must be able to work Fridays and be able to start no later than Aug 10, 2016. Send resume/CV and cover letter addressing the above mentioned requirements to dannette@vt.edu by Tuesday Apr 12. 

19. SUMMER INTERNSHIP OPENING IN MAOP – 2nd posting
The Multicultural Academic Opportunities Program (MAOP) is hiring 2 program assistants to provide support to the summer research internship program and work closely with MAOP staff. Assistants will also be assigned a group of interns to work with as first point of contact. Responsibilities:  Prepare notebooks for incoming interns; Transport students to and from the airport or bus station; assist with check in/out of residence hall; Ensure interns attend classes and workshops; Make presentations to interns about graduate; and more. Pay: $14/hr, approx. 20 hrs/wk plus additional programs. Must be U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents. Apply online at: https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_5pQfheuNuHGPnyB. Contact Jody Thompson Marshall with questions at jodyt@vt.edu.

20. ICTAS LOOKING FOR PT WEB AND GRAPHIC DESIGN ASSISTANT – 2nd posting
This position will provide web and design support for energy and materials initiatives at ICTAS, reporting to the faculty director and working closely with the communications team. Responsibilities include creation and maintenance of websites; development of scientific graphics for proposals; some graphic design work on printed materials; and related duties as assigned. The design assistant will work with colleagues to ensure that all materials maintain consistent design standards, and are compliant with VT branding policies. Flexible hours based on project needs, max 20 hrs/wk, $10/hour. Must have experience with WordPress and similar content-management platforms; basic familiarity with Adobe Creative Suite programs; ability to meet tight deadlines; great attention to detail; strong proof-reading skills; and an interest in conveying scientific information in an accurate and compelling manner. If interested, submit current resumé and three samples of work (including at least one website) to Jennifer Cacciola at jcacciola@vt.edu.

21. LIBRARY SURVEY INVITATION FOR GRADS – 1st posting
Do you use the on-campus library? What about the Graduate Student Lounge on the 4th floor? Did you know it exists? The Library Committee is asking graduate students to respond to a very short survey at https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1459363094757 to share how this space is used and how it can be improved. The survey will close on Apr 25.

22. STEM GRAD STUDENT TRAINING & CAREER OPPORTUNITIES STUDY PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT – 1st posting
STEM grad students are invited to complete a survey to help researchers at Harvard figure out how training and employment goals of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) students and postdoctoral fellows can be addressed through programs and job creation. The survey takes 10-20 minutes to complete and the survey is available at https://harvard.az1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_3wIMLGNvgeFfYUd&school=Virgina%20Tech. Participants may enter in a lottery for one of ten $100 Amazon gift cards through a link at the end of the survey. Information provided for the lottery will not be linked to your study responses and will be deleted after winners have been contacted. Researchers hope to publish survey results to help advise governments and education institutions regarding the creation of programs and jobs for STEM graduates like you. For more information contact Dr. Joey Pakes Nelson, pakes@fasmail.harvard.edu.

23. ANIMAL SUPPLIES AND ITEMS SOUGHT FOR VET SCHOOL FUNDRAISER – 1st posting
Graduate student Stamps Scholars at the vet school are collecting animal supplies and new or gently used shoes to benefit the Giles Animal Rescue. Rabbit bedding and food, cat litter, litter boxes, leashes, collars, harnesses, towels, and paper towels can be dropped off in the vet school cafeteria or in front of the main office in CMMID through Apr 15. The shoes will be used as a fundraiser in partnership with funds2orgs (funds2orgs.com) and can be dropped off at designated bins at: the vet school cafeteria, the lobby of Life Sciences 1, the lobby of ILSB at the CRC, or the main hall at CMMID through May 15. For more information, or to arrange pick up of any of these items, contact Anne Nichols (annen@vt.edu).

24. GRADUATE TEACHING ASSISTANTS SOUGHT FOR STUDY PARTICIPATION – 2nd posting
Current or past Virginia Tech GTAs are sought to complete this 20-minute online survey about Autism Spectrum Disorders. Must be at least 18 years old to participate. Access survey at https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_8AkFupnszC4wZkF. For more information, please contact Tyler Hassenfeldt at thassen@vt.edu. This message is posted on behalf of Reina Factor, rfactor@vt.edu.

25. INVITATION TO COMPLETE SURVEY ABOUT SHUTTLE BETWEEN BBURG AND NCR – 3rd 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.

 26. PARTICIPATE IN BIENNIAL COMMUTER SURVEY – 3rd 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.

27. CHILDREN 8-12 WITH FREQUENT TEMPER OUTBURSTS SOUGHT FOR TREATMENT STUDY – 3rd  posting
Children ages 8-12 are currently being enrolled for a free treatment study for anger and frequent temper outbursts. The treatment is designed to teach children to regulate their emotions, and will be conducted in 13 weekly sessions. Families will also receive $70 for completing assessment sessions for the study. If interested in enrolling your child in this study, contact Amber at MoodReg@gmail.com or call 540-231-9735 for more information.

28. INTERNATIONAL FEMALE PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR RESEARCH STUDY – 3rd 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.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS:

 

SURVIVING YOUR FIRST JOB OR INTERNSHIP

Monday, Apr 18, 11:00am-12:00pm, Room 110 Smith Career Center

Thursday, Apr 28, 6:00-7:00pm, Room 110 Smith Career Center

Career Services hosts these workshops to share some not-so-obvious tips and advice on being professional, while incorporating real stories of employer feedback and previous Hokies who have had “unique” experiences on the job. Whether a job or internship has been secured or not — all students are welcome!

 

DIALOGUE WITH THE CREATORS OF “(BE)LONGING”

Monday, Apr 18, 2016, 5:30-7:00PM, Moss Arts Ctr, Merryman Family Learning Studio

Join guest artists Byron Au Yong (composer) and Aaron Jafferis (playwright) for this informal public dialogue and learn about their new project, (Be)longing, to be locally cast and presented by the center in March 2017. (Be)longing and related curricular and community activities will reflect on violence and school shootings and consider deeper ways to connect and build communities of safety and support. The team has conducted creative research in Blacksburg and in other locations for the past two years, with the center as a co-commissioner of the new work. Space for the Apr 18 dialogue is limited, so please register online at: http://tinyurl.com/belongingdialogue if you are planning to attend.

 

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 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.

 

TORGERSEN RESEARCH AWARD RECEPTION & PRESENTATIONS

Tuesday, Apr 19, GLC Multipurpose Room

Learn about the latest cutting-edge research in the College of Engineering at the Torgersen Graduate Student Research Excellence Award Ceremony and ask the researchers all your questions. Poster presentations 2:00-4:30pm, followed by an open reception at 5:00. The official ceremony is carded for 5:30-7:30pm and includes presentations by keynote speaker Dr. Michael Friedlander, and the competition finalists. For more information see http://www.gsc.eng.vt.edu/PET.html.

 

LIVING IN THE ANTHROPOCENE: SCIENCE SUSTAINABILITY AND SOCIETY

Thursday, Apr 21, 4:45-5:45pm, The Lyric

Dr. Josh Tewksbury is an ecologist, conservation biologist, and planetary health scientist with experience in academia and civil society. His work is focused on major global change issues, including the impacts of climate change on biodiversity  and the impacts of species loss on ecosystem functions. This event is hosted by the Global Change Center at Virginia Tech. For more information contact Gloria Schoenholtz at schoeng@vt.edu.

 

SPRING RETREAT: "TRANSITIONS: WALKING IN FAITH THROUGH LIFE’S CHANGES"

Friday, Apr 22, 8:00pm through Sunday, Apr 24, 11:00am near Lexington, VA (1.5 hours from VT)

All VT graduate students are welcome to join a weekend of new friendships, indoor/outdoor recreation, Bible study and prayer in a relaxed setting away from campus. Cost is $35 (scholarships are available). Space is limited to 25 participants. Hosted by InterVarsity Graduate Christian Fellowship. For more information and to register online, visit <http://goo.gl/forms/3VV35LcWq2>. Contact Robert Howe at robahowe@gmail.com with any questions.

 

MARTIAL ARTS COUNCIL AND HELP SAVE THE NEXT GIRL PRESENT: SELF DEFENSE SEMINAR

Sunday, Apr 24, 5:00-8:00pm, Dance Room in War Memorial Gym

The seminar will touch on awareness, avoidance, body and fight mechanics, self-defense techniques, legal considerations, and dealing with the aftermath. The course will be co-taught by instructors from Bujinkan Taijutsu, Kodokan Aikido, MMA, and TaeKwonDo clubs. Bring exercise clothes and a water bottle. Gobblerconnect event:

https://gobblerconnect.vt.edu/organization/mac/calendar/details/941804; Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1524793471163795/. Posted on behalf of doctoral student Jacob Monzel, jmonzel@vt.edu.

 

ASIAN PACIFIC AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH GRAD CONNECT LUNCH – register now!

Monday, Apr 25, 12:00-1:00pm, GLC Room G

Attendees will be able to connect with other students, professionals and community members that either identify with an Asian and/or Pacific Islander population or appreciate the various Asian and/or Pacific Islander populations. Attendees will be able to make connections and celebrate cultural accomplishments at Virginia Tech and in the New River Valley. Register online at https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_6Klv7KM4K9wpiLz before 5pm on Monday, Apr 18. For questions, contact Whitley Johnson at whitley09@vt.edu.

 

VT INTERCOM FACILITATOR TRAINING: DIALOGUES FOR SOCIAL CHANGE – register now!

Thursday-Sunday, May 19-22, 9:00am-5:00pm daily

The Intercultural Engagement Center invites applications for skill-based facilitator training with VTInterCom, a program that provides group dialogue opportunities for the VT campus and surrounding community. Facilitators will gain knowledge, strategies, and practice at facilitating discussions around inclusion, equity, oppression, institutional discrimination, social inequalities, and a broad range of contemporary issues such as sexism, racism, trans*phobia, heterosexism, ableism, poverty, cultural intolerance, and more. Participants receive facilitator curriculum, mentoring from trainers, and will be invited to remain part of the VTInterCom facilitator collective. Apply online at http://tinyurl.com/zw4fwpv  by 12:00pm, Monday, Apr 18.

 

April 11-17, 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. DISCOVER ISLAM
Tuesday, Apr 12, 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.

3. GSA SPRING EVENT: PHD MOVIE & PHD MOVIE 2 SHOWINGS!
Tuesday, Apr 12, 7:00-10:00pm, GLC Auditorium
Love reading the PhD comics? Want to take a night off from study/research and laugh at how ridiculously hilarious graduate school can be at times? If yes, this event is for you! The GSA invites you to its showings of the PhD Movie (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SpZ5rS4KhOA) and PhD Movie 2 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yb2y_a7hL5M). The first movie begins at 7pm with the second movie beginning approximately at 8:30pm. A short intermission will be held between the two movies. This event will be repeated on Apr 27. Admission is free. Contact Chelsea Corkins at ccorkins@vt.edu with questions and check out the facebook event for more information: https://www.facebook.com/events/1173974775954419/.

4. PARENT SUPPORT LUNCH
Wednesday, Apr 13, 12:00-1:30pm, GLC Room G
Participants will hear from Dr. Elena Serrano, an expert in food systems and how they impact our ability to feed our families. As always, children are more than welcome, and spaces are limited, so please register at www.SignUpGenius.com/go/20F0E4FABAA28A1FF2-april as soon as possible. If you have any questions, email childcare@vt.edu.

5. RESEARCH A LA MODE PRESENTS: DEBUNKING FOOD & FOOD-SAFETY MYTHS
101
5:30-6:30 pm in the Museum, 2062 Derring
While Mark Twain is credited with saying that, “[t]he secret of success in life is to eat what you like and let the food fight it out inside,” realistically speaking, foodborne pathogens have the horrifying capabilities of wreaking havoc on your insides, your livelihood, and your life. There is a lot of information out there about food, but what are actually truths and what are myths? In this interactive talk, food-science graduate student Lily Yang will discuss the common misconceptions, truths, and myths surrounding food and food safety in order to keep yourself and your loved ones safe! Come for the talk and stay for free ice cream! Posted on behalf of doctoral student Lisa Whalen, lashley@vt.edu.

6. FREE PLAY: "COCK" BY MIKE BARTLETT
Wednesday-Friday, Apr 13-15, 7:30pm, Theatre 101 (200 College Ave.)
Directed by MFA candidate Thomas Murray. When John takes a break from his longtime relationship with his boyfriend, he accidentally falls in love with a woman. Torn between the two, John doesn’t know which way to turn. As both his boyfriend and his girlfriend fight to keep him, this comedy around identity and sexuality ultimately asks, who is John? And what will his decision be? FREE tickets are available first-come, first-served nightly at Theatre 101.

7. TURN YOUR PRESENTATION INTO AN ARTICLE: A WRITER’S WORKSHOP
Thursday, Apr 14, 9:00-10:30am, 3310 TORG
Friday, Apr 15, 1:00-2:30pm, 3310 TORG
The Writing Center is hosting these workshops to help graduate students turn their conference presentations into a journal article. The workshop will explore the similarities and differences of presentations and journal articles. You will then have the opportunity to turn your presentation into an article draft with guided support. Bring your presentation and laptop ready to work! Spaces are limited, so register early by emailing to Becky Morrison beckymor@vt.edu.

8. TIE DYE AND TACOS
Thursday, Apr 14, 12:00-2:00pm, Graduate School Lawn
Join the GLC Fellows for tacos from Moe’s and tie-dye a shirt. Tacos and tie-dye materials will be provided but please bring your own shirt. If you are interested, register at: https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_cxam6YWnUWz6wnj to help organizers plan the logistics more effectively. For any questions, contact Shiwani Dewal at shiwanid@vt.edu.

9. GLC CAFÉ
Thursday, Apr 14, 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.

10. 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.

11. LOAN REPAYMENT INFO SESSION
Friday, Apr 15, 12:00-1:00pm, GLC Room D or F (depending on interest)
Graduating in May?  Have questions about student loan repayment? Stephanie Breeding from VT University Scholarships and Financial Aid will discuss the loan repayment process as well as information on different repayment plans. Attend this session to learn about your options and try to make the best plan for the repayment of your student loans!

12. INTERNATIONAL STREET FAIR
Sunday, Apr 17, 12:00-5:00pm, College Ave/Downtown Blacksburg
The International Street Fair is presented by Cranwell International Center and the Council of International Student Organizations.  It celebrates the diversity of cultures present in our community by offering the sights, sounds, and tastes of the countries of origin of Virginia Tech’s students and scholars.  Rain or shine, festivities will be on College Avenue, Draper Road, and Henderson Lawn.

13. VT POLO MATCH – 2ND ANNUAL MERCEDES CUP
Sunday, Apr 17, 1:00-5:00pm, Alphin-Stuart Livestock Arena
The Polo Club is hosting the 2nd Annual Mercedes Cup, an exhibition polo match and wine tasting. Watch the Hokies take on the University of Virginia Cavaliers; experience the fast and furious game of polo, local wine and beer, and a variety of student organizations. Tickets are $10 with the wine tasting, $5 without. Doors open at 1:00pm with the main match starting at 2:00. The Polo Club is proud of all that they have accomplished, and hopes they can share the sport they love with the Blacksburg community. http://vtpoloclub.weebly.com/mercedes-cup.html. This message is posted on behalf of grad student Alie Lyon, lyonad@vt.edu.

14. CALL FOR PAPERS FOR SPECTRA – 1st posting
SPECTRA: the ASPECT journal is currently seeking initial abstracts for Issue 5.2 with the theme "Crisis and Transformation." Submissions may include digitized paintings, photographs, collages, podcasts, poems, short stories, internet-hosted texts, comics, videos, and other media with which to broadly engage topics of crisis and transformation– as well as traditional essay abstracts. Initial project descriptions/samples due Friday, Apr 15. Details can be found here: https://spectrajournal.org/index.php/SPECTRA/announcement/view/14. Posted on behalf of ASPECT student Jordan Laney.

15. CALL FOR APPLICATIONS TO INTERDISCIPLINARY SOCIETY MEMBERSHIP – 3rd 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.

16. GA OPENING IN OOIA FOR 2016-17 – 1st posting
The Office of Outreach and International Affairs is looking for a graduate student for the 2016-17 academic year to work up to 20 hrs/wk on implementing programs and projects that will support the vision of the associate VP for implementing international strategies, collaborations and programs, working collaboratively with a variety of individuals across the university. Preference given for a current master’s or doctoral student, excellent communication and writing skills; interest in international education administration, the ability to work effectively with faculty, staff and administrators; experience working with people of diverse cultures and nations; and the ability to organize, prioritize and leverage resources for multiple projects.  To view the full position description and apply, go to https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_cCjLnm9UKlabkVv.  Applications are being accepted through Apr 22. 

17. PAID PRACTICUM/INTERNSHIP POSITION IN ENGINEERING EDUCATION – 2nd posting
The Department of Engineering Education is seeking applications for an advising practicum or internship student for the summer. Wage appointment. See minimum requirements, job duties and application details at: http://www.enge.vt.edu/_files/undergraduate/advising_internship.pdf. 

18. GA OPENING IN GRAD SCHOOL OFFICE OF RECRUITMENT AND DIVERSITY INITIATIVES – 2nd posting
The ORDI in the Graduate School seeks a full time graduate assistant to manage tours, email in response to inquiries, and plan events. Must have evidence of delivering excellent customer service, experience in managing events, strong communication skills, valid driver’s license and eligibility to drive fleet services vehicles, a strong attention to detail. Must be able to work Fridays and be able to start no later than Aug 10, 2016. Send resume/CV and cover letter addressing the above mentioned requirements to dannette@vt.edu by Tuesday Apr 12. 

19. SUMMER INTERNSHIP OPENING IN MAOP – 2nd posting
The Multicultural Academic Opportunities Program (MAOP) is hiring 2 program assistants to provide support to the summer research internship program and work closely with MAOP staff. Assistants will also be assigned a group of interns to work with as first point of contact. Responsibilities:  Prepare notebooks for incoming interns; Transport students to and from the airport or bus station; assist with check in/out of residence hall; Ensure interns attend classes and workshops; Make presentations to interns about graduate; and more. Pay: $14/hr, approx. 20 hrs/wk plus additional programs. Must be U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents. Apply online at: https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_5pQfheuNuHGPnyB. Contact Jody Thompson Marshall with questions at jodyt@vt.edu.

20. ICTAS LOOKING FOR PT WEB AND GRAPHIC DESIGN ASSISTANT – 2nd posting
This position will provide web and design support for energy and materials initiatives at ICTAS, reporting to the faculty director and working closely with the communications team. Responsibilities include creation and maintenance of websites; development of scientific graphics for proposals; some graphic design work on printed materials; and related duties as assigned. The design assistant will work with colleagues to ensure that all materials maintain consistent design standards, and are compliant with VT branding policies. Flexible hours based on project needs, max 20 hrs/wk, $10/hour. Must have experience with WordPress and similar content-management platforms; basic familiarity with Adobe Creative Suite programs; ability to meet tight deadlines; great attention to detail; strong proof-reading skills; and an interest in conveying scientific information in an accurate and compelling manner. If interested, submit current resumé and three samples of work (including at least one website) to Jennifer Cacciola at jcacciola@vt.edu.

21. LIBRARY SURVEY INVITATION FOR GRADS – 1st posting
Do you use the on-campus library? What about the Graduate Student Lounge on the 4th floor? Did you know it exists? The Library Committee is asking graduate students to respond to a very short survey at https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1459363094757 to share how this space is used and how it can be improved. The survey will close on Apr 25.

22. STEM GRAD STUDENT TRAINING & CAREER OPPORTUNITIES STUDY PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT – 1st posting
STEM grad students are invited to complete a survey to help researchers at Harvard figure out how training and employment goals of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) students and postdoctoral fellows can be addressed through programs and job creation. The survey takes 10-20 minutes to complete and the survey is available at https://harvard.az1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_3wIMLGNvgeFfYUd&school=Virgina%20Tech. Participants may enter in a lottery for one of ten $100 Amazon gift cards through a link at the end of the survey. Information provided for the lottery will not be linked to your study responses and will be deleted after winners have been contacted. Researchers hope to publish survey results to help advise governments and education institutions regarding the creation of programs and jobs for STEM graduates like you. For more information contact Dr. Joey Pakes Nelson, pakes@fasmail.harvard.edu.

23. ANIMAL SUPPLIES AND ITEMS SOUGHT FOR VET SCHOOL FUNDRAISER – 1st posting
Graduate student Stamps Scholars at the vet school are collecting animal supplies and new or gently used shoes to benefit the Giles Animal Rescue. Rabbit bedding and food, cat litter, litter boxes, leashes, collars, harnesses, towels, and paper towels can be dropped off in the vet school cafeteria or in front of the main office in CMMID through Apr 15. The shoes will be used as a fundraiser in partnership with funds2orgs (funds2orgs.com) and can be dropped off at designated bins at: the vet school cafeteria, the lobby of Life Sciences 1, the lobby of ILSB at the CRC, or the main hall at CMMID through May 15. For more information, or to arrange pick up of any of these items, contact Anne Nichols (annen@vt.edu).

24. GRADUATE TEACHING ASSISTANTS SOUGHT FOR STUDY PARTICIPATION – 2nd posting
Current or past Virginia Tech GTAs are sought to complete this 20-minute online survey about Autism Spectrum Disorders. Must be at least 18 years old to participate. Access survey at https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_8AkFupnszC4wZkF. For more information, please contact Tyler Hassenfeldt at thassen@vt.edu. This message is posted on behalf of Reina Factor, rfactor@vt.edu.

25. INVITATION TO COMPLETE SURVEY ABOUT SHUTTLE BETWEEN BBURG AND NCR – 3rd 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.

 26. PARTICIPATE IN BIENNIAL COMMUTER SURVEY – 3rd 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.

27. CHILDREN 8-12 WITH FREQUENT TEMPER OUTBURSTS SOUGHT FOR TREATMENT STUDY – 3rd  posting
Children ages 8-12 are currently being enrolled for a free treatment study for anger and frequent temper outbursts. The treatment is designed to teach children to regulate their emotions, and will be conducted in 13 weekly sessions. Families will also receive $70 for completing assessment sessions for the study. If interested in enrolling your child in this study, contact Amber at MoodReg@gmail.com or call 540-231-9735 for more information.

28. INTERNATIONAL FEMALE PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR RESEARCH STUDY – 3rd 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.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS:

 

SURVIVING YOUR FIRST JOB OR INTERNSHIP

Monday, Apr 18, 11:00am-12:00pm, Room 110 Smith Career Center

Thursday, Apr 28, 6:00-7:00pm, Room 110 Smith Career Center

Career Services hosts these workshops to share some not-so-obvious tips and advice on being professional, while incorporating real stories of employer feedback and previous Hokies who have had “unique” experiences on the job. Whether a job or internship has been secured or not — all students are welcome!

 

DIALOGUE WITH THE CREATORS OF “(BE)LONGING”

Monday, Apr 18, 2016, 5:30-7:00PM, Moss Arts Ctr, Merryman Family Learning Studio

Join guest artists Byron Au Yong (composer) and Aaron Jafferis (playwright) for this informal public dialogue and learn about their new project, (Be)longing, to be locally cast and presented by the center in March 2017. (Be)longing and related curricular and community activities will reflect on violence and school shootings and consider deeper ways to connect and build communities of safety and support. The team has conducted creative research in Blacksburg and in other locations for the past two years, with the center as a co-commissioner of the new work. Space for the Apr 18 dialogue is limited, so please register online at: http://tinyurl.com/belongingdialogue if you are planning to attend.

 

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 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.

 

TORGERSEN RESEARCH AWARD RECEPTION & PRESENTATIONS

Tuesday, Apr 19, GLC Multipurpose Room

Learn about the latest cutting-edge research in the College of Engineering at the Torgersen Graduate Student Research Excellence Award Ceremony and ask the researchers all your questions. Poster presentations 2:00-4:30pm, followed by an open reception at 5:00. The official ceremony is carded for 5:30-7:30pm and includes presentations by keynote speaker Dr. Michael Friedlander, and the competition finalists. For more information see http://www.gsc.eng.vt.edu/PET.html.

 

LIVING IN THE ANTHROPOCENE: SCIENCE SUSTAINABILITY AND SOCIETY

Thursday, Apr 21, 4:45-5:45pm, The Lyric

Dr. Josh Tewksbury is an ecologist, conservation biologist, and planetary health scientist with experience in academia and civil society. His work is focused on major global change issues, including the impacts of climate change on biodiversity  and the impacts of species loss on ecosystem functions. This event is hosted by the Global Change Center at Virginia Tech. For more information contact Gloria Schoenholtz at schoeng@vt.edu.

 

SPRING RETREAT: "TRANSITIONS: WALKING IN FAITH THROUGH LIFE’S CHANGES"

Friday, Apr 22, 8:00pm through Sunday, Apr 24, 11:00am near Lexington, VA (1.5 hours from VT)

All VT graduate students are welcome to join a weekend of new friendships, indoor/outdoor recreation, Bible study and prayer in a relaxed setting away from campus. Cost is $35 (scholarships are available). Space is limited to 25 participants. Hosted by InterVarsity Graduate Christian Fellowship. For more information and to register online, visit <http://goo.gl/forms/3VV35LcWq2>. Contact Robert Howe at robahowe@gmail.com with any questions.

 

MARTIAL ARTS COUNCIL AND HELP SAVE THE NEXT GIRL PRESENT: SELF DEFENSE SEMINAR

Sunday, Apr 24, 5:00-8:00pm, Dance Room in War Memorial Gym

The seminar will touch on awareness, avoidance, body and fight mechanics, self-defense techniques, legal considerations, and dealing with the aftermath. The course will be co-taught by instructors from Bujinkan Taijutsu, Kodokan Aikido, MMA, and TaeKwonDo clubs. Bring exercise clothes and a water bottle. Gobblerconnect event:

https://gobblerconnect.vt.edu/organization/mac/calendar/details/941804; Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1524793471163795/. Posted on behalf of doctoral student Jacob Monzel, jmonzel@vt.edu.

 

ASIAN PACIFIC AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH GRAD CONNECT LUNCH – register now!

Monday, Apr 25, 12:00-1:00pm, GLC Room G

Attendees will be able to connect with other students, professionals and community members that either identify with an Asian and/or Pacific Islander population or appreciate the various Asian and/or Pacific Islander populations. Attendees will be able to make connections and celebrate cultural accomplishments at Virginia Tech and in the New River Valley. Register online at https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_6Klv7KM4K9wpiLz before 5pm on Monday, Apr 18. For questions, contact Whitley Johnson at whitley09@vt.edu.

 

VT INTERCOM FACILITATOR TRAINING: DIALOGUES FOR SOCIAL CHANGE – register now!

Thursday-Sunday, May 19-22, 9:00am-5:00pm daily

The Intercultural Engagement Center invites applications for skill-based facilitator training with VTInterCom, a program that provides group dialogue opportunities for the VT campus and surrounding community. Facilitators will gain knowledge, strategies, and practice at facilitating discussions around inclusion, equity, oppression, institutional discrimination, social inequalities, and a broad range of contemporary issues such as sexism, racism, trans*phobia, heterosexism, ableism, poverty, cultural intolerance, and more. Participants receive facilitator curriculum, mentoring from trainers, and will be invited to remain part of the VTInterCom facilitator collective. Apply online at http://tinyurl.com/zw4fwpv  by 12:00pm, Monday, Apr 18.

 

April 4-10, 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. 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.

3. 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).

4. 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.

5. DISCOVER ISLAM
Tuesday, Apr 5, 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. 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.

7. 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.

8. 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.

9. LISTENING TO BELIEF: LIVING IN AN INTERFAITH SOCIETY
Wednesday, Apr 6, 7:15-8:30pm, McBryde 328
Join a dialogue about living in an interfaith society. Hosted by Freethinkers at Virginia Tech and co-sponsored by InterVarsity Graduate Christian Fellowship.

10. GLC CAFÉ
Thursday, Apr 7, 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. 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.

12. GSA SPRING BEER AND WINE SOCIAL
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. Contact Chelsea Corkins at ccorkins@vt.edu with any questions. RSVPs are appreciated, though not required, at https://www.facebook.com/events/238875233115004/.

13. GRADS GOT TALENT
Friday Apr 8, 6:00pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
Come out and cheer on your fellow graduate students as they perform their special talents. Acts range from singing to magic tricks. Snacks and refreshments will be available with a small donation. All proceeds will benefit Relay for Life so be sure to bring some cash to donate to this great cause! Students interested in performing can sign-up at the following link until Wednesday at 5pm: https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1457624448088. For any questions, reach out to GLC Fellow Scarlet at scarlet7@vt.edu.

14. CALL FOR APPLICATIONS TO INTERDISCIPLINARY SOCIETY MEMBERSHIP – 2nd 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.

15. PAID PRACTICUM/INTERNSHIP POSITION IN ENGINEERING EDUCATION – 1st posting
The Department of Engineering Education is seeking applications for an advising practicum or internship student for the summer. Wage appointment. See minimum requirements, job duties and application details at: http://www.enge.vt.edu/_files/undergraduate/advising_internship.pdf. 

16. GA OPENING IN GRAD SCHOOL OFFICE OF RECRUITMENT AND DIVERSITY INITIATIVES – 1st posting
The ORDI in the Graduate School seeks a full time graduate assistant to manage tours, email in response to inquiries, and plan events. Must have evidence of delivering excellent customer service, experience in managing events, strong communication skills, valid driver’s license and eligibility to drive fleet services vehicles, a strong attention to detail. Must be able to work Fridays and be able to start no later than Aug 10, 2016. Send resume/CV and cover letter addressing the above mentioned requirements to dannette@vt.edu by Tuesday Apr 12. 

17. SUMMER INTERNSHIP OPENING IN MAOP – 1st posting
The Multicultural Academic Opportunities Program (MAOP) is hiring 2 program assistants to provide support to the summer research internship program and work closely with MAOP staff. Assistants will also be assigned a group of interns to work with as first point of contact. Responsibilities:  Prepare notebooks for incoming interns; Transport students to and from the airport or bus station; assist with check in/out of residence hall; Ensure interns attend classes and workshops; Make presentations to interns about graduate; and more. Pay: $14/hr, approx. 20 hrs/wk plus additional programs. Must be U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents. Apply online at: https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_5pQfheuNuHGPnyB. Contact Jody Thompson Marshall with questions at jodyt@vt.edu.

18. ICTAS LOOKING FOR PT WEB AND GRAPHIC DESIGN ASSISTANT – 1st posting
This position will provide web and design support for energy and materials initiatives at ICTAS, reporting to the faculty director and working closely with the communications team. Responsibilities include creation and maintenance of websites; development of scientific graphics for proposals; some graphic design work on printed materials; and related duties as assigned. The design assistant will work with colleagues to ensure that all materials maintain consistent design standards, and are compliant with VT branding policies. Flexible hours based on project needs, max 20 hrs/wk, $10/hour. Must have experience with WordPress and similar content-management platforms; basic familiarity with Adobe Creative Suite programs; ability to meet tight deadlines; great attention to detail; strong proof-reading skills; and an interest in conveying scientific information in an accurate and compelling manner. If interested, submit current resumé and three samples of work (including at least one website) to Jennifer Cacciola at jcacciola@vt.edu.

19. 2016-17 GRADUATE ASSISTANT OPENING IN NEWMAN LIBRARY – 3rd 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.

20. 2016-17 REFERENCE LIBRARY ASSISTANT POSITION OPENINGS – 3rd 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. 

21. GRAD INTERN POSITION OPENING – 3rd 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.

22. SENSORY PANEL PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR TILAPIA FILLET EVALUATION
Tuesday, Apr 5, 10:00am-4:00pm, Sensory Lab, HABB 1 (Washington Street)
VT food science researchers are conducting sensory evaluation to determine the consumer acceptability of healthier and nutritionally improved tilapia fillet. Participants must taste small portions of two different cooked tilapia fillets and determine how they prefer a sample over another, and whether one has stronger off-flavor than another. More than 60 people are needed to participate. Panels will take approximately 15-20 minutes to complete. Participants will receive free snacks after the completion. Must not have seafood sensitivity or known allergies to fish; must be 18 or older and regularly consumes white fish. For more information, email Hyun Sik S. Chu @ hyunsikc@vt.edu.

23. GRADUATE TEACHING ASSISTANTS SOUGHT FOR STUDY PARTICIPATION – 1st posting
Current or past Virginia Tech GTAs are sought to complete this 20-minute online survey about Autism Spectrum Disorders. Must be at least 18 years old to participate. Access survey at https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_8AkFupnszC4wZkF. For more information, please contact Tyler Hassenfeldt at thassen@vt.edu. This message is posted on behalf of Reina Factor, rfactor@vt.edu.

24. INVITATION TO COMPLETE SURVEY ABOUT SHUTTLE BETWEEN BBURG AND NCR – 2nd 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.

25. PARTICIPATE IN BIENNIAL COMMUTER SURVEY – 2nd 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.

26. CHILDREN 8-12 WITH FREQUENT TEMPER OUTBURSTS SOUGHT FOR TREATMENT STUDY – 2nd posting
Children ages 8-12 are currently being enrolled for a free treatment study for anger and frequent temper outbursts. The treatment is designed to teach children to regulate their emotions, and will be conducted in 13 weekly sessions. Families will also receive $70 for completing assessment sessions for the study. If interested in enrolling your child in this study, contact Amber at MoodReg@gmail.com or call 540-231-9735 for more information.

27. INTERNATIONAL FEMALE PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR RESEARCH STUDY – 2nd 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.

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 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.

FULBRIGHT RECEPTION
Tuesday, Apr 12, 4:30–6:30 pm, University Club
The Office of the Provost and the Office of the VP for Outreach and International Affairs are hosting a Fulbright reception for all returned and current Fulbright scholars and students, as well as anyone interested in learning more about Fulbright opportunities. The Fulbright Program provides funding for US and foreign students, scholars, and professionals to undertake graduate study, advanced research, and teaching opportunities. The event is open to everyone but registration is required. Contact Betty Watts for more information or to RSVP by Friday, Apr 8 (bettyw@vt.edu), 231-7220.

GSA SPRING EVENT: PHD MOVIE & PHD MOVIE 2 SHOWINGS!
Tuesday, Apr 12, 7:00-10:00pm, GLC Auditorium
Love reading the PhD comics? Want to take a night off from study/research and laugh at how ridiculously hilarious graduate school can be at times? If yes, this event is for you! The GSA invites you to its showings of the PhD Movie (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SpZ5rS4KhOA) and PhD Movie 2 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yb2y_a7hL5M). The first movie begins at 7pm with the second movie beginning approximately at 8:30pm. A short intermission will be held between the two movies. This event will be repeated on Apr 27. Admission is free. Contact Chelsea Corkins at ccorkins@vt.edu with questions and check out the facebook event for more information: https://www.facebook.com/events/1173974775954419/.

PARENT SUPPORT LUNCH
Wednesday, Apr 13, 12:00-1:30pm, GLC Room G
Participants will hear from Dr. Elena Serrano, an expert in food systems and how they impact our ability to feed our families. As always, children are more than welcome, and spaces are limited, so please register at www.SignUpGenius.com/go/20F0E4FABAA28A1FF2-april as soon as possible. If you have any questions, email childcare@vt.edu.

FREE PLAY: "COCK" BY MIKE BARTLETT
Wednesday-Friday, Apr 13-15, 7:30pm, Theatre 101 (200 College Ave.)
Directed by MFA candidate Thomas Murray. When John takes a break from his longtime relationship with his boyfriend, he accidentally falls in love with a woman. Torn between the two, John doesn’t know which way to turn. As both his boyfriend and his girlfriend fight to keep him, this comedy around identity and sexuality ultimately asks, who is John? And what will his decision be? FREE tickets are available first-come, first-served nightly at Theatre 101.

TIE DYE AND TACOS
Thursday, Apr 14, 12:00-2:00pm, Graduate School Lawn
Join the GLC Fellows for tacos from Moe’s and tie-dye a shirt. Tacos and tie-dye materials will be provided but please bring your own shirt. If you are interested, register at: https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_cxam6YWnUWz6wnj to help organizers plan the logistics more effectively. For any questions, contact Shiwani Dewal at shiwanid@vt.edu.

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.

LOAN REPAYMENT INFO SESSION
Friday, Apr 15, 12:00-1:00pm, GLC Room D or F (depending on interest)
Graduating in May?  Have questions about student loan repayment? Stephanie Breeding from VT University Scholarships and Financial Aid will discuss the loan repayment process as well as information on different repayment plans. Attend this session to learn about your options and try to make the best plan for the repayment of your student loans!

VT POLO MATCH – 2ND ANNUAL MERCEDES CUP
Sunday, Apr 17, 1:00-5:00pm, Alphin-Stuart Livestock Arena
The Polo Club is hosting the 2nd Annual Mercedes Cup, an exhibition polo match and wine tasting. Watch the Hokies take on the University of Virginia Cavaliers; experience the fast and furious game of polo, local wine and beer, and a variety of student organizations. Tickets are $10 with the wine tasting, $5 without. Doors open at 1:00pm with the main match starting at 2:00. The Polo Club is proud of all that they have accomplished, and hopes they can share the sport they love with the Blacksburg community. http://vtpoloclub.weebly.com/mercedes-cup.html. This message is posted on behalf of grad student Alie Lyon, lyonad@vt.edu.

ASIAN PACIFIC AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH GRAD CONNECT LUNCH – register now!
Monday, Apr 25, 12:00-1:00pm, GLC Room G
Attendees will be able to connect with other students, professionals and community members that either identify with an Asian and/or Pacific Islander population or appreciate the various Asian and/or Pacific Islander populations. Attendees will be able to make connections and celebrate cultural accomplishments at Virginia Tech and in the New River Valley. Register online at https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_6Klv7KM4K9wpiLz before 5pm on Monday, Apr 18. For questions, contact Whitley Johnson at whitley09@vt.edu.

April 4-10, 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. 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.

3. 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).

4. 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.

5. DISCOVER ISLAM
Tuesday, Apr 5, 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. 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.

7. 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.

8. 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.

9. LISTENING TO BELIEF: LIVING IN AN INTERFAITH SOCIETY
Wednesday, Apr 6, 7:15-8:30pm, McBryde 328
Join a dialogue about living in an interfaith society. Hosted by Freethinkers at Virginia Tech and co-sponsored by InterVarsity Graduate Christian Fellowship.

10. GLC CAFÉ
Thursday, Apr 7, 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. 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.

12. GSA SPRING BEER AND WINE SOCIAL
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. Contact Chelsea Corkins at ccorkins@vt.edu with any questions. RSVPs are appreciated, though not required, at https://www.facebook.com/events/238875233115004/.

13. GRADS GOT TALENT
Friday Apr 8, 6:00pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
Come out and cheer on your fellow graduate students as they perform their special talents. Acts range from singing to magic tricks. Snacks and refreshments will be available with a small donation. All proceeds will benefit Relay for Life so be sure to bring some cash to donate to this great cause! Students interested in performing can sign-up at the following link until Wednesday at 5pm: https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1457624448088. For any questions, reach out to GLC Fellow Scarlet at scarlet7@vt.edu.

14. CALL FOR APPLICATIONS TO INTERDISCIPLINARY SOCIETY MEMBERSHIP – 2nd 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.

15. PAID PRACTICUM/INTERNSHIP POSITION IN ENGINEERING EDUCATION – 1st posting
The Department of Engineering Education is seeking applications for an advising practicum or internship student for the summer. Wage appointment. See minimum requirements, job duties and application details at: http://www.enge.vt.edu/_files/undergraduate/advising_internship.pdf. 

16. GA OPENING IN GRAD SCHOOL OFFICE OF RECRUITMENT AND DIVERSITY INITIATIVES – 1st posting
The ORDI in the Graduate School seeks a full time graduate assistant to manage tours, email in response to inquiries, and plan events. Must have evidence of delivering excellent customer service, experience in managing events, strong communication skills, valid driver’s license and eligibility to drive fleet services vehicles, a strong attention to detail. Must be able to work Fridays and be able to start no later than Aug 10, 2016. Send resume/CV and cover letter addressing the above mentioned requirements to dannette@vt.edu by Tuesday Apr 12. 

17. SUMMER INTERNSHIP OPENING IN MAOP – 1st posting
The Multicultural Academic Opportunities Program (MAOP) is hiring 2 program assistants to provide support to the summer research internship program and work closely with MAOP staff. Assistants will also be assigned a group of interns to work with as first point of contact. Responsibilities:  Prepare notebooks for incoming interns; Transport students to and from the airport or bus station; assist with check in/out of residence hall; Ensure interns attend classes and workshops; Make presentations to interns about graduate; and more. Pay: $14/hr, approx. 20 hrs/wk plus additional programs. Must be U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents. Apply online at: https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_5pQfheuNuHGPnyB. Contact Jody Thompson Marshall with questions at jodyt@vt.edu.

18. ICTAS LOOKING FOR PT WEB AND GRAPHIC DESIGN ASSISTANT – 1st posting
This position will provide web and design support for energy and materials initiatives at ICTAS, reporting to the faculty director and working closely with the communications team. Responsibilities include creation and maintenance of websites; development of scientific graphics for proposals; some graphic design work on printed materials; and related duties as assigned. The design assistant will work with colleagues to ensure that all materials maintain consistent design standards, and are compliant with VT branding policies. Flexible hours based on project needs, max 20 hrs/wk, $10/hour. Must have experience with WordPress and similar content-management platforms; basic familiarity with Adobe Creative Suite programs; ability to meet tight deadlines; great attention to detail; strong proof-reading skills; and an interest in conveying scientific information in an accurate and compelling manner. If interested, submit current resumé and three samples of work (including at least one website) to Jennifer Cacciola at jcacciola@vt.edu.

19. 2016-17 GRADUATE ASSISTANT OPENING IN NEWMAN LIBRARY – 3rd 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.

20. 2016-17 REFERENCE LIBRARY ASSISTANT POSITION OPENINGS – 3rd 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. 

21. GRAD INTERN POSITION OPENING – 3rd 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.

22. SENSORY PANEL PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR TILAPIA FILLET EVALUATION
Tuesday, Apr 5, 10:00am-4:00pm, Sensory Lab, HABB 1 (Washington Street)
VT food science researchers are conducting sensory evaluation to determine the consumer acceptability of healthier and nutritionally improved tilapia fillet. Participants must taste small portions of two different cooked tilapia fillets and determine how they prefer a sample over another, and whether one has stronger off-flavor than another. More than 60 people are needed to participate. Panels will take approximately 15-20 minutes to complete. Participants will receive free snacks after the completion. Must not have seafood sensitivity or known allergies to fish; must be 18 or older and regularly consumes white fish. For more information, email Hyun Sik S. Chu @ hyunsikc@vt.edu.

23. GRADUATE TEACHING ASSISTANTS SOUGHT FOR STUDY PARTICIPATION – 1st posting
Current or past Virginia Tech GTAs are sought to complete this 20-minute online survey about Autism Spectrum Disorders. Must be at least 18 years old to participate. Access survey at https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_8AkFupnszC4wZkF. For more information, please contact Tyler Hassenfeldt at thassen@vt.edu. This message is posted on behalf of Reina Factor, rfactor@vt.edu.

24. INVITATION TO COMPLETE SURVEY ABOUT SHUTTLE BETWEEN BBURG AND NCR – 2nd 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.

25. PARTICIPATE IN BIENNIAL COMMUTER SURVEY – 2nd 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.

26. CHILDREN 8-12 WITH FREQUENT TEMPER OUTBURSTS SOUGHT FOR TREATMENT STUDY – 2nd posting
Children ages 8-12 are currently being enrolled for a free treatment study for anger and frequent temper outbursts. The treatment is designed to teach children to regulate their emotions, and will be conducted in 13 weekly sessions. Families will also receive $70 for completing assessment sessions for the study. If interested in enrolling your child in this study, contact Amber at MoodReg@gmail.com or call 540-231-9735 for more information.

27. INTERNATIONAL FEMALE PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR RESEARCH STUDY – 2nd 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.

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 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.

FULBRIGHT RECEPTION
Tuesday, Apr 12, 4:30–6:30 pm, University Club
The Office of the Provost and the Office of the VP for Outreach and International Affairs are hosting a Fulbright reception for all returned and current Fulbright scholars and students, as well as anyone interested in learning more about Fulbright opportunities. The Fulbright Program provides funding for US and foreign students, scholars, and professionals to undertake graduate study, advanced research, and teaching opportunities. The event is open to everyone but registration is required. Contact Betty Watts for more information or to RSVP by Friday, Apr 8 (bettyw@vt.edu), 231-7220.

GSA SPRING EVENT: PHD MOVIE & PHD MOVIE 2 SHOWINGS!
Tuesday, Apr 12, 7:00-10:00pm, GLC Auditorium
Love reading the PhD comics? Want to take a night off from study/research and laugh at how ridiculously hilarious graduate school can be at times? If yes, this event is for you! The GSA invites you to its showings of the PhD Movie (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SpZ5rS4KhOA) and PhD Movie 2 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yb2y_a7hL5M). The first movie begins at 7pm with the second movie beginning approximately at 8:30pm. A short intermission will be held between the two movies. This event will be repeated on Apr 27. Admission is free. Contact Chelsea Corkins at ccorkins@vt.edu with questions and check out the facebook event for more information: https://www.facebook.com/events/1173974775954419/.

PARENT SUPPORT LUNCH
Wednesday, Apr 13, 12:00-1:30pm, GLC Room G
Participants will hear from Dr. Elena Serrano, an expert in food systems and how they impact our ability to feed our families. As always, children are more than welcome, and spaces are limited, so please register at www.SignUpGenius.com/go/20F0E4FABAA28A1FF2-april as soon as possible. If you have any questions, email childcare@vt.edu.

FREE PLAY: "COCK" BY MIKE BARTLETT
Wednesday-Friday, Apr 13-15, 7:30pm, Theatre 101 (200 College Ave.)
Directed by MFA candidate Thomas Murray. When John takes a break from his longtime relationship with his boyfriend, he accidentally falls in love with a woman. Torn between the two, John doesn’t know which way to turn. As both his boyfriend and his girlfriend fight to keep him, this comedy around identity and sexuality ultimately asks, who is John? And what will his decision be? FREE tickets are available first-come, first-served nightly at Theatre 101.

TIE DYE AND TACOS
Thursday, Apr 14, 12:00-2:00pm, Graduate School Lawn
Join the GLC Fellows for tacos from Moe’s and tie-dye a shirt. Tacos and tie-dye materials will be provided but please bring your own shirt. If you are interested, register at: https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_cxam6YWnUWz6wnj to help organizers plan the logistics more effectively. For any questions, contact Shiwani Dewal at shiwanid@vt.edu.

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.

LOAN REPAYMENT INFO SESSION
Friday, Apr 15, 12:00-1:00pm, GLC Room D or F (depending on interest)
Graduating in May?  Have questions about student loan repayment? Stephanie Breeding from VT University Scholarships and Financial Aid will discuss the loan repayment process as well as information on different repayment plans. Attend this session to learn about your options and try to make the best plan for the repayment of your student loans!

VT POLO MATCH – 2ND ANNUAL MERCEDES CUP
Sunday, Apr 17, 1:00-5:00pm, Alphin-Stuart Livestock Arena
The Polo Club is hosting the 2nd Annual Mercedes Cup, an exhibition polo match and wine tasting. Watch the Hokies take on the University of Virginia Cavaliers; experience the fast and furious game of polo, local wine and beer, and a variety of student organizations. Tickets are $10 with the wine tasting, $5 without. Doors open at 1:00pm with the main match starting at 2:00. The Polo Club is proud of all that they have accomplished, and hopes they can share the sport they love with the Blacksburg community. http://vtpoloclub.weebly.com/mercedes-cup.html. This message is posted on behalf of grad student Alie Lyon, lyonad@vt.edu.

ASIAN PACIFIC AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH GRAD CONNECT LUNCH – register now!
Monday, Apr 25, 12:00-1:00pm, GLC Room G
Attendees will be able to connect with other students, professionals and community members that either identify with an Asian and/or Pacific Islander population or appreciate the various Asian and/or Pacific Islander populations. Attendees will be able to make connections and celebrate cultural accomplishments at Virginia Tech and in the New River Valley. Register online at https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_6Klv7KM4K9wpiLz before 5pm on Monday, Apr 18. For questions, contact Whitley Johnson at whitley09@vt.edu.