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).