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.