June 27-July 4, 2016

1.  WEEKLY WALK-IN SERVICES IN THE GLC – updated 6/13/16

  • Career Services advising: on hiatus for the summer
  • Cook Counseling: ThF 1:00-5:00pm, Green Room
  • Graduate School regular hours: 8:00am-5:00pm; summer hours of 9:00am-4:00pm to begin 5/16/16
  • Immigration advising hours: MWF 1:00-5:00pm, TTh 9:00am-12:00pm; summer hours begin 5/16/16
  • Writing assistance: on hiatus for the summer

2. ROANOKE GRADUATE STUDENT ASSEMBLY MEETING
Wednesday, Jun 29, 12:30-1:30pm, VTCRI Room 3012
Join the Roanoke Graduate Student Assembly (RGSA) for its second meeting and hear from Monique McKay, Graduate Ombudsperson, about her role and resources for graduate students. Organizational structure and nomination of chairs for RGSA will also be discussed. Lunch will be provided – please indicate your interest in attending by emailing to Libbie Sonnier-Netto at libbie78@vt.edu by Jun 27.

3. TIE-DYE, TOSTITOES, WATERMELON AND MORE!
Wednesday, Jun 29, 2:00-4:00pm, Graduate School Lawn
Third time is the charm for tie-dye and tostitos! We’ll try again this Wednesday, and add some watermelon to the festivities. Take an afternoon break, enjoy some chips and salsa and/or watermelon, create a tie-dye masterpiece, or just sit on the Grad School patio for a while and enjoy some good conversation.  Tie-dye materials will be provided, but please bring your own shirt or other garment. White cloth tends to work best for tie-dye, but light colored materials might be okay too.

4. GLC CAFÉ: SUMMER EDITION AMERICANA
Thursday, Jun 30, 3:30-5:00pm, GLC Reading Room or West Patio (Bookstore side behind the shrubs)
The weekly GLC café is offered every Thursday when VT is open. Summer café may be on the West Patio when the weather is nice, complete with a game of cornhole or giant Jenga. Enjoy free coffee, tea and cookies and the occasional fresh lemonade or other surprises in the company of your grad student friends and colleagues. Relax, network, meet new people. Prepare for July 4 with testing your knowledge of American geography and history! Would you be able to pass a citizenship test?

5. VT RECREATIONAL SPORTS: SMALL GROUP TRAINING- GRIT – 1st posting
Small group training combines group exercise with personal training. The Les Mills GRIT™ Series is a 30 minute fitness program that takes cutting edge High Intensity Interval Training and combines it with powerful music and inspirational coaches. Summer Session II will run July 5- August 11 on Tuesdays and Thursdays 5:30-6:15PM in McComas Studio B. That’s 12 sessions for $100. You do NOT need to have a McComas membership to participate. Sign up today until July 12. Contact Alicia Everette ealicia7@vt.edu if you have any questions. More information and sign up at: https://www.recsports.vt.edu/content/small-group-training.

6. FEDERAL DIRECT LOAN ELIGIBILITY REMINDER – 1st posting
You must be enrolled in at least 5 credits in the fall/spring semesters to use Federal Direct Student Loans. If you enroll for less than 5 credits, Financial Aid will not be able to process your loans. Please notify the VT financial aid office of your enrollment by emailing to finaid@vt.edu if this is the case. In addition, if your enrollment will be less than 9 credits, your loan amount will be reduced accordingly.

7. DATA SCIENCE FELLOWSHIP APPLICATIONS ACCEPTED – 2nd posting
The Data Incubator is an intensive 8-week fellowship that prepares master’s and doctoral students and postdocs in STEM + social science fields seeking industry careers as data scientists. The program is free for Fellows and supported by sponsorships from hundreds of employers across multiple industries. There will be an in-person (in NYC, DC, SF) and online section from Sep 6, 2016-Oct 28, 2016. Application Link: https://www.thedataincubator.com/fellowship.html#apply. Anyone within one year of graduating from a master’s or doctoral program or who has already obtained a master’s or PhD is welcome to apply. Applications from international students are welcome.

8. CHILD-CARE SPOTS AVAILABLE IN LITTLE HOKIE HANGOUT FOR FALL – 2nd posting
The Little Hokie Hangout child care cooperative exists as a resource to graduate student families. This fall families may enroll for more than 1 session each day, which means your children can stay longer if you need them to. Also, parents may buy out their cooperative work requirement if desired. If you want to explore options not found on the application, such as buying out a portion of your work requirement, or having a child attend 8 sessions per week, please contact Marin Riegger, child care coordinator, for assistance, childcare@vt.edu. 

9. WAGE POSITION I IN TLOS: SUPPORT ASSISTANT WITH NEXTGENLMS PROGRAM – 2nd posting
TLOS’s Next Generation LMS Program is seeking applications for part-time wage workers for summer 2016 and the 2016-17 academic year. Read full job description at https://goo.gl/oPWa7I. To apply, submit a brief cover letter, resume, and list of three references using the online application here: https://goo.gl/Bwjilx. Applications will be reviewed as they are received and will be accepted until the positions are filled. Contact Kayla at kmcnabb@vt.edu or 540-231-6821 with questions.

10. WAGE POSITION II IN TLOS: LEAD SUPPORT ASSISTANT AND WORKSHOP FACILITATOR – 2nd  posting
TLOS’s Next Generation LMS Program is seeking applications for part-time wage workers for summer 2016 and the 2016-17 academic year. Read full job description at https://goo.gl/OQZH57. To apply, submit a brief cover letter, resume, and list of three references using the online application here: https://goo.gl/Bwjilx. Applications will be reviewed as they are received and will be accepted until the position is filled. Contact Kayla at kmcnabb@vt.edu or 540-231-6821 with questions.

11. 6-M WAGE POSITION FOR ARABIC-SPEAKING US CITIZENS – 2nd posting
Discovery Analytics Center at VT Department of Computer Science is looking to fill 2 wage positions for News Analysts. The positions are restricted to Arabic-speaking US citizens; 20 hrs/wk, online, work-from-home; $20/hr. News analysts will be responsible for reading Arabic news articles from Middle East and extracting information from them. Will be trained on how to record the extracted information. Requirements: proficiency with Arabic; knowledge of and interest in world- and Middle-East politics; excellent written and spoken communication skills. Email application by Jun 30 to parang@cs.vt.edu  with a subject line: Application for Arabic News Analyst, including detailed CV; list of languages you know, along with your proficiency level; brief note (300 words max) on why are you interested in this opportunity. Complete info at: http://dac.cs.vt.edu/job-opening/6-month-wage-position-as-news-analyst/ or http://goo.gl/UzDDB4. Position only for US citizens and VT affiliates.

12. SUMMER WAGE AND 2016-17 GA POSITION IN OFFICE OF BUDGET AND FINANCIAL PLANNING 2nd  posting
The Office of Budget and Financial Planning is hiring an intern/graduate assistant with the Auxiliary budget functions of the office to assist in the budget development, monitoring, and reporting processes for the university’s budgets. Position responsibilities will provide exposure to the central financial and administrative functions of the university and offer insight into the state’s budgeting process. The ideal candidate will have an interest/focus in public budgeting, strong oral and written communication skills, strong analytical skills, experience with MS Excel, the ability to perform work of varied difficulty including the collection and analysis of complex data, and experience compiling and presenting reports. May also be involved in ad-hoc projects and other tasks. Summer hourly wage, full assistantship during academic year. To apply,  submit cover letter, resume, and 3 professional references to Jean Cummins at jeanc9@vt.edu.

13. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR RUNNING STUDY – 2nd posting
Graduate students are invited to participate in a running study conducted by the Kevin P. Granata Biomechanics Lab to investigate how the asymmetry between the left and right side of a runner’s body is affected by exhaustion from longer distances. Volunteers between ages 18-35 may  participate if:  they run at least 10 miles per week; have not had an injury in the past 12 months that has kept them from running for more than 2 days, and have not had an injury within the past 2 months. Eligible subjects will run two runs: a short, two-mile run, and a long, four-mile run, spaced at least a week apart. Data collected from the study will be used to see if differences in asymmetry patterns exist in an outdoor training environment between long and short runs, and if differences in asymmetry patterns exist between males and females. Contact Mackenzie Wenrick at mackwen@vt.edu or (540) 231-4294 if you are interested in participating.

14. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR ACHILLES TAPING STUDY – 2nd posting
Graduate students are invited to participate in an Achilles taping study conducted by the Kevin P. Granata Biomechanics Lab. This study tests the effects of a specific Achilles taping technique during running and jumping tasks. Subjects will be outfitted with 3D motion capture markers in order to measure movement and loading during the tasks. Eligible subjects must be between ages 18-35, must participate in athletic activities at least 3 times per week, and have had no leg injuries in the past six months that have kept them from performing athletic activities for more than two days, and no leg injuries at all in the last two months. Testing will take place during one session in the Granata Lab and will last 60-90 minutes. Contact the Granata Lab at granata-lab-g@vt.edu or (540) 231-4294 if you are interested.

15. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR STUDY ON RECALL OF LOCATION-BASED TO-DO TASKS – 2nd posting
Yao Wang, a PhD student in HCI invites you to participate in a study (IRB #15676) on how people remember and recall location-based to-do tasks. The study consists of two sessions: the first session takes no more than 20 minutes; the second session takes about 30 minutes. Both the sessions will be conducted in Usability Lab E at McBryde 133. The second session will be scheduled 3 days after the first session at your convenience. In the first session, you will be asked to remember a list of to-do tasks. Three days later, in the second session, you will be asked to come back and recall these tasks. If you are interested in this study, contact Yao yxw5167@vt.edu. 

UPCOMING EVENTS:

INDEPENDENCE DAY – NO CLASSES, VT CLOSED
Monday, Jul 4, all day, all campuses
The university will be closed in observance of the federal holiday.

June 27-July 4, 2016

1.  WEEKLY WALK-IN SERVICES IN THE GLC – updated 6/13/16

  • Career Services advising: on hiatus for the summer
  • Cook Counseling: ThF 1:00-5:00pm, Green Room
  • Graduate School regular hours: 8:00am-5:00pm; summer hours of 9:00am-4:00pm to begin 5/16/16
  • Immigration advising hours: MWF 1:00-5:00pm, TTh 9:00am-12:00pm; summer hours begin 5/16/16
  • Writing assistance: on hiatus for the summer

2. ROANOKE GRADUATE STUDENT ASSEMBLY MEETING
Wednesday, Jun 29, 12:30-1:30pm, VTCRI Room 3012
Join the Roanoke Graduate Student Assembly (RGSA) for its second meeting and hear from Monique McKay, Graduate Ombudsperson, about her role and resources for graduate students. Organizational structure and nomination of chairs for RGSA will also be discussed. Lunch will be provided – please indicate your interest in attending by emailing to Libbie Sonnier-Netto at libbie78@vt.edu by Jun 27.

3. TIE-DYE, TOSTITOES, WATERMELON AND MORE!
Wednesday, Jun 29, 2:00-4:00pm, Graduate School Lawn
Third time is the charm for tie-dye and tostitos! We’ll try again this Wednesday, and add some watermelon to the festivities. Take an afternoon break, enjoy some chips and salsa and/or watermelon, create a tie-dye masterpiece, or just sit on the Grad School patio for a while and enjoy some good conversation.  Tie-dye materials will be provided, but please bring your own shirt or other garment. White cloth tends to work best for tie-dye, but light colored materials might be okay too.

4. GLC CAFÉ: SUMMER EDITION AMERICANA
Thursday, Jun 30, 3:30-5:00pm, GLC Reading Room or West Patio (Bookstore side behind the shrubs)
The weekly GLC café is offered every Thursday when VT is open. Summer café may be on the West Patio when the weather is nice, complete with a game of cornhole or giant Jenga. Enjoy free coffee, tea and cookies and the occasional fresh lemonade or other surprises in the company of your grad student friends and colleagues. Relax, network, meet new people. Prepare for July 4 with testing your knowledge of American geography and history! Would you be able to pass a citizenship test?

5. VT RECREATIONAL SPORTS: SMALL GROUP TRAINING- GRIT – 1st posting
Small group training combines group exercise with personal training. The Les Mills GRIT™ Series is a 30 minute fitness program that takes cutting edge High Intensity Interval Training and combines it with powerful music and inspirational coaches. Summer Session II will run July 5- August 11 on Tuesdays and Thursdays 5:30-6:15PM in McComas Studio B. That’s 12 sessions for $100. You do NOT need to have a McComas membership to participate. Sign up today until July 12. Contact Alicia Everette ealicia7@vt.edu if you have any questions. More information and sign up at: https://www.recsports.vt.edu/content/small-group-training.

6. FEDERAL DIRECT LOAN ELIGIBILITY REMINDER – 1st posting
You must be enrolled in at least 5 credits in the fall/spring semesters to use Federal Direct Student Loans. If you enroll for less than 5 credits, Financial Aid will not be able to process your loans. Please notify the VT financial aid office of your enrollment by emailing to finaid@vt.edu if this is the case. In addition, if your enrollment will be less than 9 credits, your loan amount will be reduced accordingly.

7. DATA SCIENCE FELLOWSHIP APPLICATIONS ACCEPTED – 2nd posting
The Data Incubator is an intensive 8-week fellowship that prepares master’s and doctoral students and postdocs in STEM + social science fields seeking industry careers as data scientists. The program is free for Fellows and supported by sponsorships from hundreds of employers across multiple industries. There will be an in-person (in NYC, DC, SF) and online section from Sep 6, 2016-Oct 28, 2016. Application Link: https://www.thedataincubator.com/fellowship.html#apply. Anyone within one year of graduating from a master’s or doctoral program or who has already obtained a master’s or PhD is welcome to apply. Applications from international students are welcome.

8. CHILD-CARE SPOTS AVAILABLE IN LITTLE HOKIE HANGOUT FOR FALL – 2nd posting
The Little Hokie Hangout child care cooperative exists as a resource to graduate student families. This fall families may enroll for more than 1 session each day, which means your children can stay longer if you need them to. Also, parents may buy out their cooperative work requirement if desired. If you want to explore options not found on the application, such as buying out a portion of your work requirement, or having a child attend 8 sessions per week, please contact Marin Riegger, child care coordinator, for assistance, childcare@vt.edu. 

9. WAGE POSITION I IN TLOS: SUPPORT ASSISTANT WITH NEXTGENLMS PROGRAM – 2nd posting
TLOS’s Next Generation LMS Program is seeking applications for part-time wage workers for summer 2016 and the 2016-17 academic year. Read full job description at https://goo.gl/oPWa7I. To apply, submit a brief cover letter, resume, and list of three references using the online application here: https://goo.gl/Bwjilx. Applications will be reviewed as they are received and will be accepted until the positions are filled. Contact Kayla at kmcnabb@vt.edu or 540-231-6821 with questions.

10. WAGE POSITION II IN TLOS: LEAD SUPPORT ASSISTANT AND WORKSHOP FACILITATOR – 2nd  posting
TLOS’s Next Generation LMS Program is seeking applications for part-time wage workers for summer 2016 and the 2016-17 academic year. Read full job description at https://goo.gl/OQZH57. To apply, submit a brief cover letter, resume, and list of three references using the online application here: https://goo.gl/Bwjilx. Applications will be reviewed as they are received and will be accepted until the position is filled. Contact Kayla at kmcnabb@vt.edu or 540-231-6821 with questions.

11. 6-M WAGE POSITION FOR ARABIC-SPEAKING US CITIZENS – 2nd posting
Discovery Analytics Center at VT Department of Computer Science is looking to fill 2 wage positions for News Analysts. The positions are restricted to Arabic-speaking US citizens; 20 hrs/wk, online, work-from-home; $20/hr. News analysts will be responsible for reading Arabic news articles from Middle East and extracting information from them. Will be trained on how to record the extracted information. Requirements: proficiency with Arabic; knowledge of and interest in world- and Middle-East politics; excellent written and spoken communication skills. Email application by Jun 30 to parang@cs.vt.edu  with a subject line: Application for Arabic News Analyst, including detailed CV; list of languages you know, along with your proficiency level; brief note (300 words max) on why are you interested in this opportunity. Complete info at: http://dac.cs.vt.edu/job-opening/6-month-wage-position-as-news-analyst/ or http://goo.gl/UzDDB4. Position only for US citizens and VT affiliates.

12. SUMMER WAGE AND 2016-17 GA POSITION IN OFFICE OF BUDGET AND FINANCIAL PLANNING 2nd  posting
The Office of Budget and Financial Planning is hiring an intern/graduate assistant with the Auxiliary budget functions of the office to assist in the budget development, monitoring, and reporting processes for the university’s budgets. Position responsibilities will provide exposure to the central financial and administrative functions of the university and offer insight into the state’s budgeting process. The ideal candidate will have an interest/focus in public budgeting, strong oral and written communication skills, strong analytical skills, experience with MS Excel, the ability to perform work of varied difficulty including the collection and analysis of complex data, and experience compiling and presenting reports. May also be involved in ad-hoc projects and other tasks. Summer hourly wage, full assistantship during academic year. To apply,  submit cover letter, resume, and 3 professional references to Jean Cummins at jeanc9@vt.edu.

13. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR RUNNING STUDY – 2nd posting
Graduate students are invited to participate in a running study conducted by the Kevin P. Granata Biomechanics Lab to investigate how the asymmetry between the left and right side of a runner’s body is affected by exhaustion from longer distances. Volunteers between ages 18-35 may  participate if:  they run at least 10 miles per week; have not had an injury in the past 12 months that has kept them from running for more than 2 days, and have not had an injury within the past 2 months. Eligible subjects will run two runs: a short, two-mile run, and a long, four-mile run, spaced at least a week apart. Data collected from the study will be used to see if differences in asymmetry patterns exist in an outdoor training environment between long and short runs, and if differences in asymmetry patterns exist between males and females. Contact Mackenzie Wenrick at mackwen@vt.edu or (540) 231-4294 if you are interested in participating.

14. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR ACHILLES TAPING STUDY – 2nd posting
Graduate students are invited to participate in an Achilles taping study conducted by the Kevin P. Granata Biomechanics Lab. This study tests the effects of a specific Achilles taping technique during running and jumping tasks. Subjects will be outfitted with 3D motion capture markers in order to measure movement and loading during the tasks. Eligible subjects must be between ages 18-35, must participate in athletic activities at least 3 times per week, and have had no leg injuries in the past six months that have kept them from performing athletic activities for more than two days, and no leg injuries at all in the last two months. Testing will take place during one session in the Granata Lab and will last 60-90 minutes. Contact the Granata Lab at granata-lab-g@vt.edu or (540) 231-4294 if you are interested.

15. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR STUDY ON RECALL OF LOCATION-BASED TO-DO TASKS – 2nd posting
Yao Wang, a PhD student in HCI invites you to participate in a study (IRB #15676) on how people remember and recall location-based to-do tasks. The study consists of two sessions: the first session takes no more than 20 minutes; the second session takes about 30 minutes. Both the sessions will be conducted in Usability Lab E at McBryde 133. The second session will be scheduled 3 days after the first session at your convenience. In the first session, you will be asked to remember a list of to-do tasks. Three days later, in the second session, you will be asked to come back and recall these tasks. If you are interested in this study, contact Yao yxw5167@vt.edu. 

UPCOMING EVENTS:

INDEPENDENCE DAY – NO CLASSES, VT CLOSED
Monday, Jul 4, all day, all campuses
The university will be closed in observance of the federal holiday.

June 20-26, 2016

1.  WEEKLY WALK-IN SERVICES IN THE GLC – updated 6/13/16

  • Career Services advising: on hiatus for the summer
  • Cook Counseling: ThF 1:00-5:00pm, Green Room
  • Graduate School regular hours: 8:00am-5:00pm; summer hours of 9:00am-4:00pm to begin 5/16/16
  • Immigration advising hours: MWF 1:00-5:00pm, TTh 9:00am-12:00pm; summer hours begin 5/16/16
  • Writing assistance: on hiatus for the summer

2. GLC CAFÉ: SUMMER EDITION – VIRGIN MOJITO DAY!
Thursday, Jun 23, 3:30-5:00pm, GLC Reading Room or West Patio (Bookstore side behind the shrubs)
The weekly GLC café is offered every Thursday when VT is open. Summer café may be on the West Patio when the weather is nice, complete with a game of cornhole or giant Jenga. Enjoy free coffee, tea and cookies and some virgin Mojitos this week in the company of your grad student friends and colleagues. Relax, network, meet new people. The GLC baseline record for Giant Jenga is set at 38 levels. It’s up to you to set a new record!

3. TIE-DYE AND TOSTITOES – rescheduled from last week, registration requested
Friday, Jun 24, 2:00-4:00pm, Graduate School Lawn
Since the weather didn’t cooperate this past Friday, we’re going to try this event again this coming Friday. Take an afternoon break, enjoy some chips and salsa, and create a tie-dye masterpiece.  Tie-dye materials will be provided, but please bring your own shirt or other garment. White cloth tends to work best for tie-dye, but light colored materials might be okay too. Sign-up here: https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_6FIJml0jskPMuyh.

4. DATA SCIENCE FELLOWSHIP APPLICATIONS ACCEPTED – 1st posting
The Data Incubator is an intensive 8-week fellowship that prepares master’s and doctoral students and postdocs in STEM + social science fields seeking industry careers as data scientists. The program is free for Fellows and supported by sponsorships from hundreds of employers across multiple industries. There will be an in-person (in NYC, DC, SF) and online section from Sep 6, 2016-Oct 28, 2016. Application Link: https://www.thedataincubator.com/fellowship.html#apply. Anyone within one year of graduating from a master’s or doctoral program or who has already obtained a master’s or PhD is welcome to apply. Applications from international students are welcome.

5. CHILD-CARE SPOTS AVAILABLE IN LITTLE HOKIE HANGOUT FOR FALL – 1st posting
The Little Hokie Hangout child care cooperative exists as a resource to graduate student families. This fall families may enroll for more than 1 session each day, which means your children can stay longer if you need them to. Also, parents may buy out their cooperative work requirement if desired. If you want to explore options not found on the application, such as buying out a portion of your work requirement, or having a child attend 8 sessions per week, please contact Marin Riegger, child care coordinator, for assistance, childcare@vt.edu. 

6. LCI SEEKS PEER COLLABORATORS – 3rd posting
The VT Language and Culture Institute (LCI) is seeking peer collaborators to interact with Fellows from the Mandela Washington Fellowship. Fellows are ages 25-35 and the purpose of the peer collaborator is to provide each Fellow with the opportunity to get to know about the life of someone in the U.S. who is close to their age, and to share experiences. The only requirement is to commit to meet at least once to have a conversation with one or more of the Fellows. Then, you can meet again if you like, or attend one or more of the social events throughout the summer. The ideal is to meet with the partner once weekly during the 6 weeks the Fellows are here, but that doesn’t always work with schedules. Learn more about the program at https://yali.state.gov/washington-fellowship/. For more information, contact Pete Smith at pete1@vt.edu and put "Peer Collaborator" in the subject line.

7. WAGE POSITION I IN TLOS: SUPPORT ASSISTANT WITH NEXTGENLMS PROGRAM – 1st posting
TLOS’s Next Generation LMS Program is seeking applications for part-time wage workers for summer 2016 and the 2016-17 academic year. Read full job description at https://goo.gl/oPWa7I. To apply, submit a brief cover letter, resume, and list of three references using the online application here: https://goo.gl/Bwjilx. Applications will be reviewed as they are received and will be accepted until the positions are filled. Contact Kayla at kmcnabb@vt.edu or 540-231-6821 with questions.

8. WAGE POSITION II IN TLOS: LEAD SUPPORT ASSISTANT AND WORKSHOP FACILITATOR – 1st posting
TLOS’s Next Generation LMS Program is seeking applications for part-time wage workers for summer 2016 and the 2016-17 academic year. Read full job description at https://goo.gl/OQZH57. To apply, submit a brief cover letter, resume, and list of three references using the online application here: https://goo.gl/Bwjilx. Applications will be reviewed as they are received and will be accepted until the position is filled. Contact Kayla at kmcnabb@vt.edu or 540-231-6821 with questions.

9. 6-M WAGE POSITION FOR ARABIC-SPEAKING US CITIZENS – 1st posting
Discovery Analytics Center at VT Department of Computer Science is looking to fill 2 wage positions for News Analysts. The positions are restricted to Arabic-speaking US citizens; 20 hrs/wk, online, work-from-home; $20/hr. News analysts will be responsible for reading Arabic news articles from Middle East and extracting information from them. Will be trained on how to record the extracted information. Requirements: proficiency with Arabic; knowledge of and interest in world- and Middle-East politics; excellent written and spoken communication skills. Email application by Jun 30 to parang@cs.vt.edu  with a subject line: Application for Arabic News Analyst, including detailed CV; list of languages you know, along with your proficiency level; brief note (300 words max) on why are you interested in this opportunity. Complete info at: http://dac.cs.vt.edu/job-opening/6-month-wage-position-as-news-analyst/ or http://goo.gl/UzDDB4. Position only for US citizens and VT affiliates.

10. SUMMER WAGE AND 2016-17 GA POSITION IN OFFICE OF BUDGET AND FINANCIAL PLANNING 1st posting
The Office of Budget and Financial Planning is hiring an intern/graduate assistant with the Auxiliary budget functions of the office to assist in the budget development, monitoring, and reporting processes for the university’s budgets. Position responsibilities will provide exposure to the central financial and administrative functions of the university and offer insight into the state’s budgeting process. The ideal candidate will have an interest/focus in public budgeting, strong oral and written communication skills, strong analytical skills, experience with MS Excel, the ability to perform work of varied difficulty including the collection and analysis of complex data, and experience compiling and presenting reports. May also be involved in ad-hoc projects and other tasks. Summer hourly wage, full assistantship during academic year. To apply,  submit cover letter, resume, and 3 professional references to Jean Cummins at jeanc9@vt.edu.

11. FULL-TIME GA POSITION IN CONTROLLER’S OFFICE FOR 2016-17 – 3rd posting
The Controller’s Office is seeking a full-time (20 hrs/wk) graduate assistant to assist in Accounting Operations. The GA will concentrate on two projects and other tasks as needed: 1) Research state income tax requirements for VT employees working in other states and communicate research results to Associate Controller of Accounting Operations and Payroll Manager, and propose implementation process for paying a third party to do remittances, payroll filings, and quarterly/annual reporting for the university. 2) Convert online training for the campus community on general accounting from Scholar to Adobe Captivate. Additional information at https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B2lSMLVxGF10TVpZd2play1VVDA/view?usp=sharing. To apply, submit a cover letter, resume and three references to linkousk@vt.edu, Kim Linkous, Manager of Financial Policies & Analysis, 540-231-8560. Review of applications begins in Jul.

12. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR RUNNING STUDY – 1st posting
Graduate students are invited to participate in a running study conducted by the Kevin P. Granata Biomechanics Lab to investigate how the asymmetry between the left and right side of a runner’s body is affected by exhaustion from longer distances. Volunteers between ages 18-35 may  participate if:  they run at least 10 miles per week; have not had an injury in the past 12 months that has kept them from running for more than 2 days, and have not had an injury within the past 2 months. Eligible subjects will run two runs: a short, two-mile run, and a long, four-mile run, spaced at least a week apart. Data collected from the study will be used to see if differences in asymmetry patterns exist in an outdoor training environment between long and short runs, and if differences in asymmetry patterns exist between males and females. Contact Mackenzie Wenrick at mackwen@vt.edu or (540) 231-4294 if you are interested in participating.

13. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR ACHILLES TAPING STUDY – 1st posting
Graduate students are invited to participate in an Achilles taping study conducted by the Kevin P. Granata Biomechanics Lab. This study tests the effects of a specific Achilles taping technique during running and jumping tasks. Subjects will be outfitted with 3D motion capture markers in order to measure movement and loading during the tasks. Eligible subjects must be between ages 18-35, must participate in athletic activities at least 3 times per week, and have had no leg injuries in the past six months that have kept them from performing athletic activities for more than two days, and no leg injuries at all in the last two months. Testing will take place during one session in the Granata Lab and will last 60-90 minutes. Contact the Granata Lab at granata-lab-g@vt.edu or (540) 231-4294 if you are interested.

14. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR STUDY ON RECALL OF LOCATION-BASED TO-DO TASKS – 1st posting
Yao Wang, a PhD student in HCI invites you to participate in a study (IRB #15676) on how people remember and recall location-based to-do tasks. The study consists of two sessions: the first session takes no more than 20 minutes; the second session takes about 30 minutes. Both the sessions will be conducted in Usability Lab E at McBryde 133. The second session will be scheduled 3 days after the first session at your convenience. In the first session, you will be asked to remember a list of to-do tasks. Three days later, in the second session, you will be asked to come back and recall these tasks. If you are interested in this study, contact Yao yxw5167@vt.edu. 

15. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR SURVEY ON TECHNOLOGY INNOVATION IMPLEMENTATION – 3rd posting
Graduate students are invited to complete a survey by June 25 (sooner is better) on factors contributing to the successful implementation of technology innovations. This field study data is part of a dissertation research into the conditions that facilitate the implementation of instructional innovations, like Canvas. The survey contains 49 short statements, and a short set of demographic questions at the end; it should take about 10-15 minutes to complete. Participation is voluntary and anonymous. Access the survey at https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_dnwan5IA758cc7P. If you have questions or comments about this research project or the survey, contact Heidi Dickens heidi1@vt.edu or Dr. Ken Potter kpotter@vt.edu . IRB#16-004.

16. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR WEARABLE EXOSKELETON STUDY – 3rd posting
Grad students are invited to participate in a study about a wearable exoskeleton. Participants will be asked to perform simulated assembly tasks (e.g., manual drilling and wiring), both with and without the upper-extremity exoskeleton. Two experimental sessions (~3-4 hour long) are required to complete the study. Compensation: $10/hour. Requirements: male or female, age 18-55 years, no current or recent history of musculoskeletal disorders. If interested, please call or email Saad Alabdulkarim at iesaad@vt.edu (206-859-9146).

June 20-26, 2016

1.  WEEKLY WALK-IN SERVICES IN THE GLC – updated 6/13/16

  • Career Services advising: on hiatus for the summer
  • Cook Counseling: ThF 1:00-5:00pm, Green Room
  • Graduate School regular hours: 8:00am-5:00pm; summer hours of 9:00am-4:00pm to begin 5/16/16
  • Immigration advising hours: MWF 1:00-5:00pm, TTh 9:00am-12:00pm; summer hours begin 5/16/16
  • Writing assistance: on hiatus for the summer

2. GLC CAFÉ: SUMMER EDITION – VIRGIN MOJITO DAY!
Thursday, Jun 23, 3:30-5:00pm, GLC Reading Room or West Patio (Bookstore side behind the shrubs)
The weekly GLC café is offered every Thursday when VT is open. Summer café may be on the West Patio when the weather is nice, complete with a game of cornhole or giant Jenga. Enjoy free coffee, tea and cookies and some virgin Mojitos this week in the company of your grad student friends and colleagues. Relax, network, meet new people. The GLC baseline record for Giant Jenga is set at 38 levels. It’s up to you to set a new record!

3. TIE-DYE AND TOSTITOES – rescheduled from last week, registration requested
Friday, Jun 24, 2:00-4:00pm, Graduate School Lawn
Since the weather didn’t cooperate this past Friday, we’re going to try this event again this coming Friday. Take an afternoon break, enjoy some chips and salsa, and create a tie-dye masterpiece.  Tie-dye materials will be provided, but please bring your own shirt or other garment. White cloth tends to work best for tie-dye, but light colored materials might be okay too. Sign-up here: https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_6FIJml0jskPMuyh.

4. DATA SCIENCE FELLOWSHIP APPLICATIONS ACCEPTED – 1st posting
The Data Incubator is an intensive 8-week fellowship that prepares master’s and doctoral students and postdocs in STEM + social science fields seeking industry careers as data scientists. The program is free for Fellows and supported by sponsorships from hundreds of employers across multiple industries. There will be an in-person (in NYC, DC, SF) and online section from Sep 6, 2016-Oct 28, 2016. Application Link: https://www.thedataincubator.com/fellowship.html#apply. Anyone within one year of graduating from a master’s or doctoral program or who has already obtained a master’s or PhD is welcome to apply. Applications from international students are welcome.

5. CHILD-CARE SPOTS AVAILABLE IN LITTLE HOKIE HANGOUT FOR FALL – 1st posting
The Little Hokie Hangout child care cooperative exists as a resource to graduate student families. This fall families may enroll for more than 1 session each day, which means your children can stay longer if you need them to. Also, parents may buy out their cooperative work requirement if desired. If you want to explore options not found on the application, such as buying out a portion of your work requirement, or having a child attend 8 sessions per week, please contact Marin Riegger, child care coordinator, for assistance, childcare@vt.edu. 

6. LCI SEEKS PEER COLLABORATORS – 3rd posting
The VT Language and Culture Institute (LCI) is seeking peer collaborators to interact with Fellows from the Mandela Washington Fellowship. Fellows are ages 25-35 and the purpose of the peer collaborator is to provide each Fellow with the opportunity to get to know about the life of someone in the U.S. who is close to their age, and to share experiences. The only requirement is to commit to meet at least once to have a conversation with one or more of the Fellows. Then, you can meet again if you like, or attend one or more of the social events throughout the summer. The ideal is to meet with the partner once weekly during the 6 weeks the Fellows are here, but that doesn’t always work with schedules. Learn more about the program at https://yali.state.gov/washington-fellowship/. For more information, contact Pete Smith at pete1@vt.edu and put "Peer Collaborator" in the subject line.

7. WAGE POSITION I IN TLOS: SUPPORT ASSISTANT WITH NEXTGENLMS PROGRAM – 1st posting
TLOS’s Next Generation LMS Program is seeking applications for part-time wage workers for summer 2016 and the 2016-17 academic year. Read full job description at https://goo.gl/oPWa7I. To apply, submit a brief cover letter, resume, and list of three references using the online application here: https://goo.gl/Bwjilx. Applications will be reviewed as they are received and will be accepted until the positions are filled. Contact Kayla at kmcnabb@vt.edu or 540-231-6821 with questions.

8. WAGE POSITION II IN TLOS: LEAD SUPPORT ASSISTANT AND WORKSHOP FACILITATOR – 1st posting
TLOS’s Next Generation LMS Program is seeking applications for part-time wage workers for summer 2016 and the 2016-17 academic year. Read full job description at https://goo.gl/OQZH57. To apply, submit a brief cover letter, resume, and list of three references using the online application here: https://goo.gl/Bwjilx. Applications will be reviewed as they are received and will be accepted until the position is filled. Contact Kayla at kmcnabb@vt.edu or 540-231-6821 with questions.

9. 6-M WAGE POSITION FOR ARABIC-SPEAKING US CITIZENS – 1st posting
Discovery Analytics Center at VT Department of Computer Science is looking to fill 2 wage positions for News Analysts. The positions are restricted to Arabic-speaking US citizens; 20 hrs/wk, online, work-from-home; $20/hr. News analysts will be responsible for reading Arabic news articles from Middle East and extracting information from them. Will be trained on how to record the extracted information. Requirements: proficiency with Arabic; knowledge of and interest in world- and Middle-East politics; excellent written and spoken communication skills. Email application by Jun 30 to parang@cs.vt.edu  with a subject line: Application for Arabic News Analyst, including detailed CV; list of languages you know, along with your proficiency level; brief note (300 words max) on why are you interested in this opportunity. Complete info at: http://dac.cs.vt.edu/job-opening/6-month-wage-position-as-news-analyst/ or http://goo.gl/UzDDB4. Position only for US citizens and VT affiliates.

10. SUMMER WAGE AND 2016-17 GA POSITION IN OFFICE OF BUDGET AND FINANCIAL PLANNING 1st posting
The Office of Budget and Financial Planning is hiring an intern/graduate assistant with the Auxiliary budget functions of the office to assist in the budget development, monitoring, and reporting processes for the university’s budgets. Position responsibilities will provide exposure to the central financial and administrative functions of the university and offer insight into the state’s budgeting process. The ideal candidate will have an interest/focus in public budgeting, strong oral and written communication skills, strong analytical skills, experience with MS Excel, the ability to perform work of varied difficulty including the collection and analysis of complex data, and experience compiling and presenting reports. May also be involved in ad-hoc projects and other tasks. Summer hourly wage, full assistantship during academic year. To apply,  submit cover letter, resume, and 3 professional references to Jean Cummins at jeanc9@vt.edu.

11. FULL-TIME GA POSITION IN CONTROLLER’S OFFICE FOR 2016-17 – 3rd posting
The Controller’s Office is seeking a full-time (20 hrs/wk) graduate assistant to assist in Accounting Operations. The GA will concentrate on two projects and other tasks as needed: 1) Research state income tax requirements for VT employees working in other states and communicate research results to Associate Controller of Accounting Operations and Payroll Manager, and propose implementation process for paying a third party to do remittances, payroll filings, and quarterly/annual reporting for the university. 2) Convert online training for the campus community on general accounting from Scholar to Adobe Captivate. Additional information at https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B2lSMLVxGF10TVpZd2play1VVDA/view?usp=sharing. To apply, submit a cover letter, resume and three references to linkousk@vt.edu, Kim Linkous, Manager of Financial Policies & Analysis, 540-231-8560. Review of applications begins in Jul.

12. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR RUNNING STUDY – 1st posting
Graduate students are invited to participate in a running study conducted by the Kevin P. Granata Biomechanics Lab to investigate how the asymmetry between the left and right side of a runner’s body is affected by exhaustion from longer distances. Volunteers between ages 18-35 may  participate if:  they run at least 10 miles per week; have not had an injury in the past 12 months that has kept them from running for more than 2 days, and have not had an injury within the past 2 months. Eligible subjects will run two runs: a short, two-mile run, and a long, four-mile run, spaced at least a week apart. Data collected from the study will be used to see if differences in asymmetry patterns exist in an outdoor training environment between long and short runs, and if differences in asymmetry patterns exist between males and females. Contact Mackenzie Wenrick at mackwen@vt.edu or (540) 231-4294 if you are interested in participating.

13. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR ACHILLES TAPING STUDY – 1st posting
Graduate students are invited to participate in an Achilles taping study conducted by the Kevin P. Granata Biomechanics Lab. This study tests the effects of a specific Achilles taping technique during running and jumping tasks. Subjects will be outfitted with 3D motion capture markers in order to measure movement and loading during the tasks. Eligible subjects must be between ages 18-35, must participate in athletic activities at least 3 times per week, and have had no leg injuries in the past six months that have kept them from performing athletic activities for more than two days, and no leg injuries at all in the last two months. Testing will take place during one session in the Granata Lab and will last 60-90 minutes. Contact the Granata Lab at granata-lab-g@vt.edu or (540) 231-4294 if you are interested.

14. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR STUDY ON RECALL OF LOCATION-BASED TO-DO TASKS – 1st posting
Yao Wang, a PhD student in HCI invites you to participate in a study (IRB #15676) on how people remember and recall location-based to-do tasks. The study consists of two sessions: the first session takes no more than 20 minutes; the second session takes about 30 minutes. Both the sessions will be conducted in Usability Lab E at McBryde 133. The second session will be scheduled 3 days after the first session at your convenience. In the first session, you will be asked to remember a list of to-do tasks. Three days later, in the second session, you will be asked to come back and recall these tasks. If you are interested in this study, contact Yao yxw5167@vt.edu. 

15. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR SURVEY ON TECHNOLOGY INNOVATION IMPLEMENTATION – 3rd posting
Graduate students are invited to complete a survey by June 25 (sooner is better) on factors contributing to the successful implementation of technology innovations. This field study data is part of a dissertation research into the conditions that facilitate the implementation of instructional innovations, like Canvas. The survey contains 49 short statements, and a short set of demographic questions at the end; it should take about 10-15 minutes to complete. Participation is voluntary and anonymous. Access the survey at https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_dnwan5IA758cc7P. If you have questions or comments about this research project or the survey, contact Heidi Dickens heidi1@vt.edu or Dr. Ken Potter kpotter@vt.edu . IRB#16-004.

16. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR WEARABLE EXOSKELETON STUDY – 3rd posting
Grad students are invited to participate in a study about a wearable exoskeleton. Participants will be asked to perform simulated assembly tasks (e.g., manual drilling and wiring), both with and without the upper-extremity exoskeleton. Two experimental sessions (~3-4 hour long) are required to complete the study. Compensation: $10/hour. Requirements: male or female, age 18-55 years, no current or recent history of musculoskeletal disorders. If interested, please call or email Saad Alabdulkarim at iesaad@vt.edu (206-859-9146).

June 13-19, 2016

1.  WEEKLY WALK-IN SERVICES IN THE GLC – updated 5/9/16

  • Career Services advising: on hiatus for the summer
  • Cook Counseling: ThF 1:00-5:00pm, Green Room
  • Graduate School regular hours: 8:00am-5:00pm; summer hours of 9:00am-4:00pm to begin 5/16/16
  • Immigration advising hours: MWF 1:00-5:00pm, TTh 9:00am-12:00pm; summer hours begin 5/16/16
  • Writing assistance: on hiatus for the summer

2. GLC CAFÉ: SUMMER EDITION — SET A NEW GLC GIANT JENGA RECORD!  Thursday, Jun 16, 3:30-5:00pm, GLC Reading Room or West Patio (Bookstore side behind the shrubs)
The weekly GLC café is offered every Thursday when VT is open. Summer café may be on the West Patio when the weather is nice, complete with a game of cornhole or giant Jenga. Enjoy free coffee, tea and cookies and the occasional fresh lemonade or other surprises in the company of your grad student friends and colleagues. Relax, network, meet new people. The GLC baseline record for Giant Jenga was set at 38 levels last week. Help break the record and come by to play some Giant Jenga!

3. TIE-DYE AND TOSTITOES – registration requested
Friday, Jun 17, 2:00-4:00pm, Graduate School Lawn
Take an afternoon break, enjoy some chips and salsa, and create a tie-dye masterpiece.  Tie-dye materials will be provided, but please bring your own shirt or other garment. White cloth tends to work best for tie-dye, but light colored materials might be okay too. Sign-up here: https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_6FIJml0jskPMuyh

4.  EVENT EVALUATION SURVEY FOR GRAD/ADVISOR SOCIAL LAST WEEK
If you attended the grad student-advisor social at the University Club last week, you are invited to to share your experience about the event. Please complete a simple online survey to let organizers know about your opinions: http://www.uclub.vt.edu/survey. Please feel free to forward the survey invitation to any guest you invited/registered for the event.

5. LCI SEEKS PEER COLLABORATORS – 2nd posting
The VT Language and Culture Institute (LCI) is seeking peer collaborators to interact with Fellows from the Mandela Washington Fellowship. Fellows are ages 25-35 and the purpose of the peer collaborator is to provide each Fellow with the opportunity to get to know about the life of someone in the U.S. who is close to their age, and to share experiences. The only requirement is to commit to meet at least once to have a conversation with one or more of the Fellows. Then, you can meet again if you like, or attend one or more of the social events throughout the summer. The ideal is to meet with the partner once weekly during the 6 weeks the Fellows are here, but that doesn’t always work with schedules. Learn more about the program at https://yali.state.gov/washington-fellowship/. For more information, contact Pete Smith at pete1@vt.edu and put "Peer Collaborator" in the subject line.

6. WTS CALL FOR ABSTRACTS – 3rd posting
The Women’s Transportation Seminar (WTS) Virginia Tech Student Chapter is currently organizing an event as part of the 5th International Symposium on Naturalistic Driving Research in conjunction with the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI). WTS is currently seeking student abstracts for poster presentations for the event to be held Aug 31-Sep 1. WTS promotes an inclusive environment and welcome both male and female students to submit abstracts by Jun 17. Details can be found here: http://bit.ly/1Vef1w7. For more information contact Tara Reel at treel@vtti.vt.edu.

7. LOCAL HOSTS SOUGHT FOR SAUDI COLLEGE STUDENTS FOR JUL 29-31 – 3rd posting
Graduate students are invited to apply to host Saudi college students who will visit Virginia Tech for a week of programs related to community engagement and social entrepreneurship.  Students spend 1 week in DC, 1 week on campus, and 1 week back in DC before returning home to Saudi Arabia.  Hosts are only sought for the weekend of July 29-31, the rest of the week the Saudi students will stay on campus. Students, individuals, couples, and families (traditional and non-traditional) welcome to apply! Read more about hosting these students at http://www.engage.vt.edu/host-international-students/.

8. GA OPENING IN APEX SYSTEMS CTR FOR INNOVATION AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP – 2nd posting
The Apex Systems Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship is seeking applications for a graduate assistant for 2016-17 academic year. The GA maintains, monitors, and assists with programming for the Innovate Living Learning Community (LLC). The Living-Learning Communities range from first-year experiences and academic disciplines to 2nd, 3rd and 4th-year experience. Report directly to the Director of Innovate, while maintaining a strong working relationship with the Residence Life Coordinator of the residence hall assigned. Some of the duties include but are not limited to assisting in program development and management of residence hall, and with faculty/staff advisers in teaching sections. To apply, send cover letter, resume, and letters of reference to Holly McClung by mail or email by Jun 15; Pamplin College of Business, Pamplin Hall (0209), 880 West Campus Drive, Blacksburg, VA 24061; hmcclung@vt.edu; 540-231-1328.

9. GRA OPENING IN APEX SYSTEMS CTR FOR INNOVATION AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP – 2nd  posting
The Apex Systems Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship is seeking applications for a Graduate Assistant for 2016-17 academic year. The GA position assists the Academic Director with a variety of aspects related to research, teaching, mentoring, and grading. To apply, send cover letter, resume, and letters of reference to Holly McClung by mail or email by Jun 15. Pamplin College of Business, Pamplin Hall (0209), 880 West Campus Drive, Blacksburg, VA 24061; hmcclung@vt.edu; 540-231-1328.

10. GA OPENING IN APEX SYSTEMS CTR FOR INNOVATION AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP – 2nd posting
The Apex Systems Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship is seeking applications for GAs for 2016-17 academic year. The GA position assists the Executive Director and Program Coordinator with programming, marketing, photography, videography, and more. To apply, send cover letter, resume, and letters of reference to Holly McClung by mail or email by Jun 15. Pamplin College of Business, Pamplin Hall (0209), 880 West Campus Drive, Blacksburg, VA 24061; hmcclung@vt.edu; 540-231-1328.

11. FULL-TIME GA OPENING IN STUDENT SUCCESS CENTER (SSC) FOR 2016-17 – 2nd posting
The Student Success Center is hiring full-time (20 hrs/wk) graduate assistant for the 2016-17 academic year, reporting to the Associate Director of SSC. The GA will be responsible for assisting with the development, implementation and assessment of the Peer Academic Coaching Program and the Seminar Series on Academic Success and will co-teach and then teach UNIV 1004: College Success Strategies and work individually with students on academic skills and habits. Preference will be given to students pursuing a PhD or Master’s degree in education, counseling or a related field, but others with related experiences will be considered. For a full position description and application instructions visit https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B_N5IHTf9vl9WkZObnZoTXhHTjQ/view?usp=sharing. Direct  questions to Dana McGuire at dana.mcguire@vt.edu or 540-231-5499.

12. FULL-TIME GA POSITION IN CONTROLLER’S OFFICE FOR 2016-17 – 2nd posting
The Controller’s Office is seeking a full-time (20 hrs/wk) graduate assistant to assist in Accounting Operations. The GA will concentrate on two projects and other tasks as needed: 1) Research state income tax requirements for VT employees working in other states and communicate research results to Associate Controller of Accounting Operations and Payroll Manager, and propose implementation process for paying a third party to do remittances, payroll filings, and quarterly/annual reporting for the university. 2) Convert online training for the campus community on general accounting from Scholar to Adobe Captivate. Additional information at https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B2lSMLVxGF10TVpZd2play1VVDA/view?usp=sharing. To apply, submit a cover letter, resume and three references to linkousk@vt.edu, Kim Linkous, Manager of Financial Policies & Analysis, 540-231-8560. Review of applications begins in Jul.

13. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR SURVEY ON TECHNOLOGY INNOVATION IMPLEMENTATION – 2nd  posting
Graduate students are invited to complete a survey by June 25 (sooner is better) on factors contributing to the successful implementation of technology innovations. This field study data is part of a dissertation research into the conditions that facilitate the implementation of instructional innovations, like Canvas. The survey contains 49 short statements, and a short set of demographic questions at the end; it should take about 10-15 minutes to complete. Participation is voluntary and anonymous. Access the survey at https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_dnwan5IA758cc7P. If you have questions or comments about this research project or the survey, contact Heidi Dickens heidi1@vt.edu or Dr. Ken Potter kpotter@vt.edu . IRB#16-004.

14. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR WEARABLE EXOSKELETON STUDY – 2nd posting
Grad students are invited to participate in a study about a wearable exoskeleton. Participants will be asked to perform simulated assembly tasks (e.g., manual drilling and wiring), both with and without the upper-extremity exoskeleton. Two experimental sessions (~3-4 hour long) are required to complete the study. Compensation: $10/hour. Requirements: male or female, age 18-55 years, no current or recent history of musculoskeletal disorders. If interested, please call or email Saad Alabdulkarim at iesaad@vt.edu (206-859-9146).

June 13-19, 2016

1.  WEEKLY WALK-IN SERVICES IN THE GLC – updated 5/9/16

  • Career Services advising: on hiatus for the summer
  • Cook Counseling: ThF 1:00-5:00pm, Green Room
  • Graduate School regular hours: 8:00am-5:00pm; summer hours of 9:00am-4:00pm to begin 5/16/16
  • Immigration advising hours: MWF 1:00-5:00pm, TTh 9:00am-12:00pm; summer hours begin 5/16/16
  • Writing assistance: on hiatus for the summer

2. GLC CAFÉ: SUMMER EDITION — SET A NEW GLC GIANT JENGA RECORD!  Thursday, Jun 16, 3:30-5:00pm, GLC Reading Room or West Patio (Bookstore side behind the shrubs)
The weekly GLC café is offered every Thursday when VT is open. Summer café may be on the West Patio when the weather is nice, complete with a game of cornhole or giant Jenga. Enjoy free coffee, tea and cookies and the occasional fresh lemonade or other surprises in the company of your grad student friends and colleagues. Relax, network, meet new people. The GLC baseline record for Giant Jenga was set at 38 levels last week. Help break the record and come by to play some Giant Jenga!

3. TIE-DYE AND TOSTITOES – registration requested
Friday, Jun 17, 2:00-4:00pm, Graduate School Lawn
Take an afternoon break, enjoy some chips and salsa, and create a tie-dye masterpiece.  Tie-dye materials will be provided, but please bring your own shirt or other garment. White cloth tends to work best for tie-dye, but light colored materials might be okay too. Sign-up here: https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_6FIJml0jskPMuyh

4.  EVENT EVALUATION SURVEY FOR GRAD/ADVISOR SOCIAL LAST WEEK
If you attended the grad student-advisor social at the University Club last week, you are invited to to share your experience about the event. Please complete a simple online survey to let organizers know about your opinions: http://www.uclub.vt.edu/survey. Please feel free to forward the survey invitation to any guest you invited/registered for the event.

5. LCI SEEKS PEER COLLABORATORS – 2nd posting
The VT Language and Culture Institute (LCI) is seeking peer collaborators to interact with Fellows from the Mandela Washington Fellowship. Fellows are ages 25-35 and the purpose of the peer collaborator is to provide each Fellow with the opportunity to get to know about the life of someone in the U.S. who is close to their age, and to share experiences. The only requirement is to commit to meet at least once to have a conversation with one or more of the Fellows. Then, you can meet again if you like, or attend one or more of the social events throughout the summer. The ideal is to meet with the partner once weekly during the 6 weeks the Fellows are here, but that doesn’t always work with schedules. Learn more about the program at https://yali.state.gov/washington-fellowship/. For more information, contact Pete Smith at pete1@vt.edu and put "Peer Collaborator" in the subject line.

6. WTS CALL FOR ABSTRACTS – 3rd posting
The Women’s Transportation Seminar (WTS) Virginia Tech Student Chapter is currently organizing an event as part of the 5th International Symposium on Naturalistic Driving Research in conjunction with the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI). WTS is currently seeking student abstracts for poster presentations for the event to be held Aug 31-Sep 1. WTS promotes an inclusive environment and welcome both male and female students to submit abstracts by Jun 17. Details can be found here: http://bit.ly/1Vef1w7. For more information contact Tara Reel at treel@vtti.vt.edu.

7. LOCAL HOSTS SOUGHT FOR SAUDI COLLEGE STUDENTS FOR JUL 29-31 – 3rd posting
Graduate students are invited to apply to host Saudi college students who will visit Virginia Tech for a week of programs related to community engagement and social entrepreneurship.  Students spend 1 week in DC, 1 week on campus, and 1 week back in DC before returning home to Saudi Arabia.  Hosts are only sought for the weekend of July 29-31, the rest of the week the Saudi students will stay on campus. Students, individuals, couples, and families (traditional and non-traditional) welcome to apply! Read more about hosting these students at http://www.engage.vt.edu/host-international-students/.

8. GA OPENING IN APEX SYSTEMS CTR FOR INNOVATION AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP – 2nd posting
The Apex Systems Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship is seeking applications for a graduate assistant for 2016-17 academic year. The GA maintains, monitors, and assists with programming for the Innovate Living Learning Community (LLC). The Living-Learning Communities range from first-year experiences and academic disciplines to 2nd, 3rd and 4th-year experience. Report directly to the Director of Innovate, while maintaining a strong working relationship with the Residence Life Coordinator of the residence hall assigned. Some of the duties include but are not limited to assisting in program development and management of residence hall, and with faculty/staff advisers in teaching sections. To apply, send cover letter, resume, and letters of reference to Holly McClung by mail or email by Jun 15; Pamplin College of Business, Pamplin Hall (0209), 880 West Campus Drive, Blacksburg, VA 24061; hmcclung@vt.edu; 540-231-1328.

9. GRA OPENING IN APEX SYSTEMS CTR FOR INNOVATION AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP – 2nd  posting
The Apex Systems Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship is seeking applications for a Graduate Assistant for 2016-17 academic year. The GA position assists the Academic Director with a variety of aspects related to research, teaching, mentoring, and grading. To apply, send cover letter, resume, and letters of reference to Holly McClung by mail or email by Jun 15. Pamplin College of Business, Pamplin Hall (0209), 880 West Campus Drive, Blacksburg, VA 24061; hmcclung@vt.edu; 540-231-1328.

10. GA OPENING IN APEX SYSTEMS CTR FOR INNOVATION AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP – 2nd posting
The Apex Systems Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship is seeking applications for GAs for 2016-17 academic year. The GA position assists the Executive Director and Program Coordinator with programming, marketing, photography, videography, and more. To apply, send cover letter, resume, and letters of reference to Holly McClung by mail or email by Jun 15. Pamplin College of Business, Pamplin Hall (0209), 880 West Campus Drive, Blacksburg, VA 24061; hmcclung@vt.edu; 540-231-1328.

11. FULL-TIME GA OPENING IN STUDENT SUCCESS CENTER (SSC) FOR 2016-17 – 2nd posting
The Student Success Center is hiring full-time (20 hrs/wk) graduate assistant for the 2016-17 academic year, reporting to the Associate Director of SSC. The GA will be responsible for assisting with the development, implementation and assessment of the Peer Academic Coaching Program and the Seminar Series on Academic Success and will co-teach and then teach UNIV 1004: College Success Strategies and work individually with students on academic skills and habits. Preference will be given to students pursuing a PhD or Master’s degree in education, counseling or a related field, but others with related experiences will be considered. For a full position description and application instructions visit https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B_N5IHTf9vl9WkZObnZoTXhHTjQ/view?usp=sharing. Direct  questions to Dana McGuire at dana.mcguire@vt.edu or 540-231-5499.

12. FULL-TIME GA POSITION IN CONTROLLER’S OFFICE FOR 2016-17 – 2nd posting
The Controller’s Office is seeking a full-time (20 hrs/wk) graduate assistant to assist in Accounting Operations. The GA will concentrate on two projects and other tasks as needed: 1) Research state income tax requirements for VT employees working in other states and communicate research results to Associate Controller of Accounting Operations and Payroll Manager, and propose implementation process for paying a third party to do remittances, payroll filings, and quarterly/annual reporting for the university. 2) Convert online training for the campus community on general accounting from Scholar to Adobe Captivate. Additional information at https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B2lSMLVxGF10TVpZd2play1VVDA/view?usp=sharing. To apply, submit a cover letter, resume and three references to linkousk@vt.edu, Kim Linkous, Manager of Financial Policies & Analysis, 540-231-8560. Review of applications begins in Jul.

13. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR SURVEY ON TECHNOLOGY INNOVATION IMPLEMENTATION – 2nd  posting
Graduate students are invited to complete a survey by June 25 (sooner is better) on factors contributing to the successful implementation of technology innovations. This field study data is part of a dissertation research into the conditions that facilitate the implementation of instructional innovations, like Canvas. The survey contains 49 short statements, and a short set of demographic questions at the end; it should take about 10-15 minutes to complete. Participation is voluntary and anonymous. Access the survey at https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_dnwan5IA758cc7P. If you have questions or comments about this research project or the survey, contact Heidi Dickens heidi1@vt.edu or Dr. Ken Potter kpotter@vt.edu . IRB#16-004.

14. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR WEARABLE EXOSKELETON STUDY – 2nd posting
Grad students are invited to participate in a study about a wearable exoskeleton. Participants will be asked to perform simulated assembly tasks (e.g., manual drilling and wiring), both with and without the upper-extremity exoskeleton. Two experimental sessions (~3-4 hour long) are required to complete the study. Compensation: $10/hour. Requirements: male or female, age 18-55 years, no current or recent history of musculoskeletal disorders. If interested, please call or email Saad Alabdulkarim at iesaad@vt.edu (206-859-9146).

June 6-12, 2016

1.  WEEKLY WALK-IN SERVICES IN THE GLC – updated 5/9/16

  • Career Services advising: on hiatus for the summer
  • Cook Counseling: ThF 1:00-5:00pm, Green Room
  • Graduate School regular hours: 8:00am-5:00pm; summer hours of 9:00am-4:00pm to begin 5/16/16
  • Immigration advising hours: MWF 1:00-5:00pm, TTh 9:00am-12:00pm; summer hours begin 5/16/16
  • LISA Statistical Consulting: on hiatus for the summer
  • Writing assistance: on hiatus for the summer

2. GRADUATE STUDENT-ADVISOR SUMMER SOCIAL – register by 6/6
Wednesday, Jun 8, 5:00-7:00pm, University Club
Graduate students and their advisors are invited to a social, hosted this time by the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and the University Club. Enjoy good conversation and network with colleagues over a glass of wine or beer and light refreshments. Invite your advisor, committee member or other faculty to attend! Please complete this survey to register for the event and allow organizers to arrange the right amount of refreshments: https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1464025675410.

3. GLC CAFÉ: SUMMER EDITION
T
hursday, Jun 9, 3:30-5:00pm, GLC Reading Room or West Patio (Bookstore side behind the shrubs)
The weekly GLC café is offered every Thursday when VT is open. Summer café may be on the West Patio when the weather is nice, complete with a game of cornhole or giant Jenga. Enjoy free coffee, tea and cookies and the occasional fresh lemonade or other surprises in the company of your grad student friends and colleagues. Relax, network, meet new people, join a game of corn hole or jenga.

4. LCI SEEKS PEER COLLABORATORS – 1st posting
The VT Language and Culture Institute (LCI) is seeking peer collaborators to interact with Fellows from the Mandela Washington Fellowship. Fellows are ages 25-35 and the purpose of the peer collaborator is to provide each Fellow with the opportunity to get to know about the life of someone in the U.S. who is close to their age, and to share experiences. The only requirement is to commit to meet at least once to have a conversation with one or more of the Fellows. Then, you can meet again if you like, or attend one or more of the social events throughout the summer. The ideal is to meet with the partner once weekly during the 6 weeks the Fellows are here, but that doesn’t always work with schedules. Learn more about the program at https://yali.state.gov/washington-fellowship/. For more information, contact Pete Smith at pete1@vt.edu and put "Peer Collaborator" in the subject line.

5. WTS CALL FOR ABSTRACTS – 2nd posting
The Women’s Transportation Seminar (WTS) Virginia Tech Student Chapter is currently organizing an event as part of the 5th International Symposium on Naturalistic Driving Research in conjunction with the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI). WTS is currently seeking student abstracts for poster presentations for the event to be held Aug 31-Sep 1. WTS promotes an inclusive environment and welcome both male and female students to submit abstracts by Jun 17. Details can be found here: http://bit.ly/1Vef1w7. For more information contact Tara Reel at treel@vtti.vt.edu.

6. LOCAL HOSTS SOUGHT FOR SAUDI COLLEGE STUDENTS FOR JUL 29-31 – 2nd posting
Graduate students are invited to apply to host Saudi college students who will visit Virginia Tech for a week of programs related to community engagement and social entrepreneurship.  Students spend 1 week in DC, 1 week on campus, and 1 week back in DC before returning home to Saudi Arabia.  Hosts are only sought for the weekend of July 29-31, the rest of the week the Saudi students will stay on campus. Students, individuals, couples, and families (traditional and non-traditional) welcome to apply! Read more about hosting these students at http://www.engage.vt.edu/host-international-students/.

7. 2016 SUMMER WRITING SUPPORT – 3rd posting
Doing some writing this summer? Writing Center coaches can help at every stage of the writing process. They are available between May 23-Aug 11; M-Th 2-5pm (Check the schedule– dates and times will vary!) at the Newman Library, 2nd floor (by reference desk). To make an appointment visit the Writing Center online at http://www.vt.mywconline.com/. For more information, visit http://www.lib.vt.edu/spaces/writing/index.html.

8. GRANT APPLICATIONS ACCEPTED IN CTR FOR PEACE STUDIES AND VIOLENCE PREVENTION – 3rd posting
The CPSVP will provide support for graduate students whose thesis or dissertation research applies to issues of violence, with funded activities leading to the completion of a thesis or dissertation. Recipients are required to participate in various university-sponsored research conferences and professional conferences appropriate for their field of study. Proposals must address thematic research areas related to the study and prevention of violence, with special interest in the research of the causes, consequences, treatment, management, and/or prevention of violence. Research can focus on issues of violence at the individual, family, organizational, community, institutional, or societal level. Three awards available ranging $1,000-$1,500. Proposals are welcome from students in all VT departments, centers, and programs. Funded students must be full-time graduate students in good standing, and the research/scholarship is expected to be grounded in the social sciences, humanities, or arts. Email application to amys@vt.edu by Jun 15, including cover sheet; 200-word abstract; project narrative of up to four pages; itemized budget sheet and justification; and letter of support from main academic advisor. For more information contact Dr. James Hawdon, hawdonj@vt.edu.

9. GA OPENING IN APEX SYSTEMS CTR FOR INNOVATION AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP – 1st posting
The Apex Systems Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship is seeking applications for a graduate assistant for 2016-17 academic year. The GA maintains, monitors, and assists with programming for the Innovate Living Learning Community (LLC). The Living-Learning Communities range from first-year experiences and academic disciplines to 2nd, 3rd and 4th-year experience. Report directly to the Director of Innovate, while maintaining a strong working relationship with the Residence Life Coordinator of the residence hall assigned. Some of the duties include but are not limited to assisting in program development and management of residence hall, and with faculty/staff advisers in teaching sections. To apply, send cover letter, resume, and letters of reference to Holly McClung by mail or email by Jun 15; Pamplin College of Business, Pamplin Hall (0209), 880 West Campus Drive, Blacksburg, VA 24061; hmcclung@vt.edu; 540-231-1328.

10. GRA OPENING IN APEX SYSTEMS CTR FOR INNOVATION AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP – 1st posting
The Apex Systems Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship is seeking applications for a Graduate Assistant for 2016-17 academic year. The GA position assists the Academic Director with a variety of aspects related to research, teaching, mentoring, and grading. To apply, send cover letter, resume, and letters of reference to Holly McClung by mail or email by Jun 15. Pamplin College of Business, Pamplin Hall (0209), 880 West Campus Drive, Blacksburg, VA 24061; hmcclung@vt.edu; 540-231-1328.

11. GA OPENING IN APEX SYSTEMS CTR FOR INNOVATION AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP – 1st posting
The Apex Systems Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship is seeking applications for GAs for 2016-17 academic year. The GA position assists the Executive Director and Program Coordinator with programming, marketing, photography, videography, and more. To apply, send cover letter, resume, and letters of reference to Holly McClung by mail or email by Jun 15. Pamplin College of Business, Pamplin Hall (0209), 880 West Campus Drive, Blacksburg, VA 24061; hmcclung@vt.edu; 540-231-1328.

12. FULL-TIME GA OPENING IN STUDENT SUCCESS CENTER (SSC) FOR 2016-17 – 1st posting
The Student Success Center is hiring full-time (20 hrs/wk) graduate assistant for the 2016-17 academic year, reporting to the Associate Director of SSC. The GA will be responsible for assisting with the development, implementation and assessment of the Peer Academic Coaching Program and the Seminar Series on Academic Success and will co-teach and then teach UNIV 1004: College Success Strategies and work individually with students on academic skills and habits. Preference will be given to students pursuing a PhD or Master’s degree in education, counseling or a related field, but others with related experiences will be considered. For a full position description and application instructions visit https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B_N5IHTf9vl9WkZObnZoTXhHTjQ/view?usp=sharing. Direct  questions to Dana McGuire at dana.mcguire@vt.edu or 540-231-5499.

13. FULL-TIME GA POSITION IN CONTROLLER’S OFFICE FOR 2016-17 – 1st posting
The Controller’s Office is seeking a full-time (20 hrs/wk) graduate assistant to assist in Accounting Operations. The GA will concentrate on two projects and other tasks as needed: 1) Research state income tax requirements for VT employees working in other states and communicate research results to Associate Controller of Accounting Operations and Payroll Manager, and propose implementation process for paying a third party to do remittances, payroll filings, and quarterly/annual reporting for the university. 2) Convert online training for the campus community on general accounting from Scholar to Adobe Captivate. Additional information at https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B2lSMLVxGF10TVpZd2play1VVDA/view?usp=sharing. To apply, submit a cover letter, resume and three references to linkousk@vt.edu, Kim Linkous, Manager of Financial Policies & Analysis, 540-231-8560. Review of applications begins in Jul.

14. VT CREW TEAM SEEKING HEAD COACH  – 3rd posting
The VT Crew Team is a student organization based in Blacksburg, VA that has been operating for 23 years. After great success this spring and the promise for future excellence next year, the crew is looking for coaches to expand its rapidly growing program. Rowers at VT have experience ranging from novice to 8+ years. Responsibilities: plan and execute an effective training regimen to prepare rowers for a competitive racing season; collaborate with student executives to help ensure a well-run program; work towards creating a culture of hard work and dedication among the team. Qualifications: adequate rowing or coaching experience at the collegiate, high school, or masters level; Applicable references. If interested, contact Neill Frazier at neillf5@vt.edu or 703-431-8113.

15. GTA OPENINGS IN ENGLISH DEPARTMENT – 3rd posting
The Department of English is seeking applications for GTAs for 2016-17 to teach in the First-Year Writing Program. Applicants must have completed at least 18 hours of graduate work in English or a related discipline to qualify. Appointed students must enroll in 12 hrs of graduate credit per semester, 3 of which should be practicum credits; must also participate in English department’s GTA mentoring program, which includes required activities before the semester begins. Appointed students may be required to take ENGL 5004, Composition Theory and Practice, during fall semester 2016. To apply, send electronic copies of your CV, a one-page Letter of Application, and two reference letters to Joseph Eska, chair of the Department of English, eska@vt.edu. Review of applications will begin June 24, 2016, and continue until positions are filled.

16. SUMMER WEB DEVELOPER NEEDED FOR VT ARTWORKS – 3rd posting
VTArtWorks seeks a part-time summer website developer to begin preliminary development of an innovative news and communication website for the arts. Position begins immediately and ends on July 31 for approximately 20 hrs/week. Competitive pay. Possibility of extension as a GRA in the 2016-2017 academic year. Apply at http://goo.gl/forms/QUmh4qM9fr.

17. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR SURVEY ON TECHNOLOGY INNOVATION IMPLEMENTATION – 1st posting
Graduate students are invited to complete a survey by June 25 (sooner is better) on factors contributing to the successful implementation of technology innovations. This field study data is part of a dissertation research into the conditions that facilitate the implementation of instructional innovations, like Canvas. The survey contains 49 short statements, and a short set of demographic questions at the end; it should take about 10-15 minutes to complete. Participation is voluntary and anonymous. Access the survey at https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_dnwan5IA758cc7P. If you have questions or comments about this research project or the survey, contact Heidi Dickens heidi1@vt.edu or Dr. Ken Potter kpotter@vt.edu . IRB#16-004.

18. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR WEARABLE EXOSKELETON STUDY – 1st posting
Grad students are invited to participate in a study about a wearable exoskeleton. Participants will be asked to perform simulated assembly tasks (e.g., manual drilling and wiring), both with and without the upper-extremity exoskeleton. Two experimental sessions (~3-4 hour long) are required to complete the study. Compensation: $10/hour. Requirements: male or female, age 18-55 years, no current or recent history of musculoskeletal disorders. If interested, please call or email Saad Alabdulkarim at iesaad@vt.edu (206-859-9146).

19. SURVEY FOR VT TEACHERS ON WORKING WITH STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES – 3rd posting
Current and past Virginia Tech GTAs and other campus educators are sought to complete a survey to determine level of confidence in working with students with disabilities and to gauge interest and preferences for new educational materials on this topic. The survey should take no more than 10 minutes to complete, and responses will be confidential and anonymous. Access the survey here: https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_1IbXeZdTstwgFCZ. Contact Amber Turner at trebma@vt.edu with questions or concerns.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

TIE-DYE AND TOSTITOS
Friday, Jun 17, 2:00-4:00pm, Graduate School Lawn
Take an afternoon break, enjoy some chips and salsa, and create a tie-dye masterpiece.  Tie-dye materials will be provided, but please bring your own shirt or other garment. White cloth tends to work best for tie-dye, but light colored materials might be okay too. Sign-up here: https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_6FIJml0jskPMuyh

June 6-12, 2016

1.  WEEKLY WALK-IN SERVICES IN THE GLC – updated 5/9/16

  • Career Services advising: on hiatus for the summer
  • Cook Counseling: ThF 1:00-5:00pm, Green Room
  • Graduate School regular hours: 8:00am-5:00pm; summer hours of 9:00am-4:00pm to begin 5/16/16
  • Immigration advising hours: MWF 1:00-5:00pm, TTh 9:00am-12:00pm; summer hours begin 5/16/16
  • LISA Statistical Consulting: on hiatus for the summer
  • Writing assistance: on hiatus for the summer

2. GRADUATE STUDENT-ADVISOR SUMMER SOCIAL – register by 6/6
Wednesday, Jun 8, 5:00-7:00pm, University Club
Graduate students and their advisors are invited to a social, hosted this time by the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and the University Club. Enjoy good conversation and network with colleagues over a glass of wine or beer and light refreshments. Invite your advisor, committee member or other faculty to attend! Please complete this survey to register for the event and allow organizers to arrange the right amount of refreshments: https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1464025675410.

3. GLC CAFÉ: SUMMER EDITION
T
hursday, Jun 9, 3:30-5:00pm, GLC Reading Room or West Patio (Bookstore side behind the shrubs)
The weekly GLC café is offered every Thursday when VT is open. Summer café may be on the West Patio when the weather is nice, complete with a game of cornhole or giant Jenga. Enjoy free coffee, tea and cookies and the occasional fresh lemonade or other surprises in the company of your grad student friends and colleagues. Relax, network, meet new people, join a game of corn hole or jenga.

4. LCI SEEKS PEER COLLABORATORS – 1st posting
The VT Language and Culture Institute (LCI) is seeking peer collaborators to interact with Fellows from the Mandela Washington Fellowship. Fellows are ages 25-35 and the purpose of the peer collaborator is to provide each Fellow with the opportunity to get to know about the life of someone in the U.S. who is close to their age, and to share experiences. The only requirement is to commit to meet at least once to have a conversation with one or more of the Fellows. Then, you can meet again if you like, or attend one or more of the social events throughout the summer. The ideal is to meet with the partner once weekly during the 6 weeks the Fellows are here, but that doesn’t always work with schedules. Learn more about the program at https://yali.state.gov/washington-fellowship/. For more information, contact Pete Smith at pete1@vt.edu and put "Peer Collaborator" in the subject line.

5. WTS CALL FOR ABSTRACTS – 2nd posting
The Women’s Transportation Seminar (WTS) Virginia Tech Student Chapter is currently organizing an event as part of the 5th International Symposium on Naturalistic Driving Research in conjunction with the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI). WTS is currently seeking student abstracts for poster presentations for the event to be held Aug 31-Sep 1. WTS promotes an inclusive environment and welcome both male and female students to submit abstracts by Jun 17. Details can be found here: http://bit.ly/1Vef1w7. For more information contact Tara Reel at treel@vtti.vt.edu.

6. LOCAL HOSTS SOUGHT FOR SAUDI COLLEGE STUDENTS FOR JUL 29-31 – 2nd posting
Graduate students are invited to apply to host Saudi college students who will visit Virginia Tech for a week of programs related to community engagement and social entrepreneurship.  Students spend 1 week in DC, 1 week on campus, and 1 week back in DC before returning home to Saudi Arabia.  Hosts are only sought for the weekend of July 29-31, the rest of the week the Saudi students will stay on campus. Students, individuals, couples, and families (traditional and non-traditional) welcome to apply! Read more about hosting these students at http://www.engage.vt.edu/host-international-students/.

7. 2016 SUMMER WRITING SUPPORT – 3rd posting
Doing some writing this summer? Writing Center coaches can help at every stage of the writing process. They are available between May 23-Aug 11; M-Th 2-5pm (Check the schedule– dates and times will vary!) at the Newman Library, 2nd floor (by reference desk). To make an appointment visit the Writing Center online at http://www.vt.mywconline.com/. For more information, visit http://www.lib.vt.edu/spaces/writing/index.html.

8. GRANT APPLICATIONS ACCEPTED IN CTR FOR PEACE STUDIES AND VIOLENCE PREVENTION – 3rd posting
The CPSVP will provide support for graduate students whose thesis or dissertation research applies to issues of violence, with funded activities leading to the completion of a thesis or dissertation. Recipients are required to participate in various university-sponsored research conferences and professional conferences appropriate for their field of study. Proposals must address thematic research areas related to the study and prevention of violence, with special interest in the research of the causes, consequences, treatment, management, and/or prevention of violence. Research can focus on issues of violence at the individual, family, organizational, community, institutional, or societal level. Three awards available ranging $1,000-$1,500. Proposals are welcome from students in all VT departments, centers, and programs. Funded students must be full-time graduate students in good standing, and the research/scholarship is expected to be grounded in the social sciences, humanities, or arts. Email application to amys@vt.edu by Jun 15, including cover sheet; 200-word abstract; project narrative of up to four pages; itemized budget sheet and justification; and letter of support from main academic advisor. For more information contact Dr. James Hawdon, hawdonj@vt.edu.

9. GA OPENING IN APEX SYSTEMS CTR FOR INNOVATION AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP – 1st posting
The Apex Systems Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship is seeking applications for a graduate assistant for 2016-17 academic year. The GA maintains, monitors, and assists with programming for the Innovate Living Learning Community (LLC). The Living-Learning Communities range from first-year experiences and academic disciplines to 2nd, 3rd and 4th-year experience. Report directly to the Director of Innovate, while maintaining a strong working relationship with the Residence Life Coordinator of the residence hall assigned. Some of the duties include but are not limited to assisting in program development and management of residence hall, and with faculty/staff advisers in teaching sections. To apply, send cover letter, resume, and letters of reference to Holly McClung by mail or email by Jun 15; Pamplin College of Business, Pamplin Hall (0209), 880 West Campus Drive, Blacksburg, VA 24061; hmcclung@vt.edu; 540-231-1328.

10. GRA OPENING IN APEX SYSTEMS CTR FOR INNOVATION AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP – 1st posting
The Apex Systems Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship is seeking applications for a Graduate Assistant for 2016-17 academic year. The GA position assists the Academic Director with a variety of aspects related to research, teaching, mentoring, and grading. To apply, send cover letter, resume, and letters of reference to Holly McClung by mail or email by Jun 15. Pamplin College of Business, Pamplin Hall (0209), 880 West Campus Drive, Blacksburg, VA 24061; hmcclung@vt.edu; 540-231-1328.

11. GA OPENING IN APEX SYSTEMS CTR FOR INNOVATION AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP – 1st posting
The Apex Systems Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship is seeking applications for GAs for 2016-17 academic year. The GA position assists the Executive Director and Program Coordinator with programming, marketing, photography, videography, and more. To apply, send cover letter, resume, and letters of reference to Holly McClung by mail or email by Jun 15. Pamplin College of Business, Pamplin Hall (0209), 880 West Campus Drive, Blacksburg, VA 24061; hmcclung@vt.edu; 540-231-1328.

12. FULL-TIME GA OPENING IN STUDENT SUCCESS CENTER (SSC) FOR 2016-17 – 1st posting
The Student Success Center is hiring full-time (20 hrs/wk) graduate assistant for the 2016-17 academic year, reporting to the Associate Director of SSC. The GA will be responsible for assisting with the development, implementation and assessment of the Peer Academic Coaching Program and the Seminar Series on Academic Success and will co-teach and then teach UNIV 1004: College Success Strategies and work individually with students on academic skills and habits. Preference will be given to students pursuing a PhD or Master’s degree in education, counseling or a related field, but others with related experiences will be considered. For a full position description and application instructions visit https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B_N5IHTf9vl9WkZObnZoTXhHTjQ/view?usp=sharing. Direct  questions to Dana McGuire at dana.mcguire@vt.edu or 540-231-5499.

13. FULL-TIME GA POSITION IN CONTROLLER’S OFFICE FOR 2016-17 – 1st posting
The Controller’s Office is seeking a full-time (20 hrs/wk) graduate assistant to assist in Accounting Operations. The GA will concentrate on two projects and other tasks as needed: 1) Research state income tax requirements for VT employees working in other states and communicate research results to Associate Controller of Accounting Operations and Payroll Manager, and propose implementation process for paying a third party to do remittances, payroll filings, and quarterly/annual reporting for the university. 2) Convert online training for the campus community on general accounting from Scholar to Adobe Captivate. Additional information at https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B2lSMLVxGF10TVpZd2play1VVDA/view?usp=sharing. To apply, submit a cover letter, resume and three references to linkousk@vt.edu, Kim Linkous, Manager of Financial Policies & Analysis, 540-231-8560. Review of applications begins in Jul.

14. VT CREW TEAM SEEKING HEAD COACH  – 3rd posting
The VT Crew Team is a student organization based in Blacksburg, VA that has been operating for 23 years. After great success this spring and the promise for future excellence next year, the crew is looking for coaches to expand its rapidly growing program. Rowers at VT have experience ranging from novice to 8+ years. Responsibilities: plan and execute an effective training regimen to prepare rowers for a competitive racing season; collaborate with student executives to help ensure a well-run program; work towards creating a culture of hard work and dedication among the team. Qualifications: adequate rowing or coaching experience at the collegiate, high school, or masters level; Applicable references. If interested, contact Neill Frazier at neillf5@vt.edu or 703-431-8113.

15. GTA OPENINGS IN ENGLISH DEPARTMENT – 3rd posting
The Department of English is seeking applications for GTAs for 2016-17 to teach in the First-Year Writing Program. Applicants must have completed at least 18 hours of graduate work in English or a related discipline to qualify. Appointed students must enroll in 12 hrs of graduate credit per semester, 3 of which should be practicum credits; must also participate in English department’s GTA mentoring program, which includes required activities before the semester begins. Appointed students may be required to take ENGL 5004, Composition Theory and Practice, during fall semester 2016. To apply, send electronic copies of your CV, a one-page Letter of Application, and two reference letters to Joseph Eska, chair of the Department of English, eska@vt.edu. Review of applications will begin June 24, 2016, and continue until positions are filled.

16. SUMMER WEB DEVELOPER NEEDED FOR VT ARTWORKS – 3rd posting
VTArtWorks seeks a part-time summer website developer to begin preliminary development of an innovative news and communication website for the arts. Position begins immediately and ends on July 31 for approximately 20 hrs/week. Competitive pay. Possibility of extension as a GRA in the 2016-2017 academic year. Apply at http://goo.gl/forms/QUmh4qM9fr.

17. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR SURVEY ON TECHNOLOGY INNOVATION IMPLEMENTATION – 1st posting
Graduate students are invited to complete a survey by June 25 (sooner is better) on factors contributing to the successful implementation of technology innovations. This field study data is part of a dissertation research into the conditions that facilitate the implementation of instructional innovations, like Canvas. The survey contains 49 short statements, and a short set of demographic questions at the end; it should take about 10-15 minutes to complete. Participation is voluntary and anonymous. Access the survey at https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_dnwan5IA758cc7P. If you have questions or comments about this research project or the survey, contact Heidi Dickens heidi1@vt.edu or Dr. Ken Potter kpotter@vt.edu . IRB#16-004.

18. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR WEARABLE EXOSKELETON STUDY – 1st posting
Grad students are invited to participate in a study about a wearable exoskeleton. Participants will be asked to perform simulated assembly tasks (e.g., manual drilling and wiring), both with and without the upper-extremity exoskeleton. Two experimental sessions (~3-4 hour long) are required to complete the study. Compensation: $10/hour. Requirements: male or female, age 18-55 years, no current or recent history of musculoskeletal disorders. If interested, please call or email Saad Alabdulkarim at iesaad@vt.edu (206-859-9146).

19. SURVEY FOR VT TEACHERS ON WORKING WITH STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES – 3rd posting
Current and past Virginia Tech GTAs and other campus educators are sought to complete a survey to determine level of confidence in working with students with disabilities and to gauge interest and preferences for new educational materials on this topic. The survey should take no more than 10 minutes to complete, and responses will be confidential and anonymous. Access the survey here: https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_1IbXeZdTstwgFCZ. Contact Amber Turner at trebma@vt.edu with questions or concerns.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

TIE-DYE AND TOSTITOS
Friday, Jun 17, 2:00-4:00pm, Graduate School Lawn
Take an afternoon break, enjoy some chips and salsa, and create a tie-dye masterpiece.  Tie-dye materials will be provided, but please bring your own shirt or other garment. White cloth tends to work best for tie-dye, but light colored materials might be okay too. Sign-up here: https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_6FIJml0jskPMuyh