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.