Aug 29-Sep 4, 2016

1.  WEEKLY WALK-IN SERVICES IN THE GLC – updated 8/22/16

  • Cook Counseling: Th, F 1:00-5:00pm, Green Room
  • Graduate School regular hours: 8:00am-5:00pm;
  • Immigration advising hours: MWF 1:00-5:00pm, TTh 9:00am-12:00pm;
  • Writing assistance: Wednesdays, 2-4:30pm, Room A

2. WRITING A WINNING RESUME
Monday, Aug 29, 5:30-6:30pm, GLC Room F
Having a well-polished resume is the most critical step toward getting an interview. Start early to be ready for fall career fairs and on campus interviews. Learn the ins and outs from a career services professional.

3. INAUGURAL WOMEN IN TRANSPORTATION SEMINAR
Aug 31-Sep 1
The Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI) and the Women’s Transportation Seminar (WTS) VT Student Chapter will be hosting the Women in Transportation Seminar – The Future of Transportation with a dinner on Aug 31 and panel discussions on Sep 1, directly following the Fifth International Symposium on Naturalistic Driving Research. The event will be held at the Inn at Virginia Tech. The WTS promotes an inclusive environment and welcomes students of all genders to attend the seminar. Meals will be provided both days. Learn more and register at http://www.vtti.vt.edu/NDRS/wts.html. Contact vtwtsi@gmail.com with questions.

4. GLC CAFÉ
Thursday, Sep 1, 3:30-5:00pm, GLC Reading Room or West Patio if the weather is nice
Enjoy free coffee, tea and cookies in the company of your grad student and Grad School colleagues. Relax, network, and load up on caffeine and/or carbs. Bring your own mug if you can.

5. QGPA WELCOME BACK GAME NIGHT
Thursday, Sep 1, 6:00pm, GLC Room B
Join queer grads, professionals and allies (QGPA) for their first meeting of the semester. There will be an assortment of games and dinner. Questions, food and/or accessibility concerns? Email qgpavt@gmail.com.

6. KIDS’ NIGHT OUT – FREE WEEKLY DROP IN CHILD CARE
Thursdays, starting Sep 1, 6:00-8:30pm, VT Women’s Center (206 Washington St)
Need a break? Have to study or attend a lecture? Want to catch up on work? If you are a VT student with children, bring your kids aged 2-12 (must be toilet trained). No need to pre-register. There are games, toys, books, crafts, homework help, and plenty of fun with childcare provided by the volunteers of Chi Delta Alpha sorority. KNO will be held every Thursday throughout the semester with the exception of breaks when classes are not in session. For more information, contact Jessie Meltsner at jmelts@vt.edu  or 231-7806.

7. OVER-30 GRADS MEET-UP AT THE GLC
Friday, Sep 2, 3:00pm, GLC Room B
Join other over-30 grads for some light refreshments and conversation and build your network of potentially like-minded students and colleagues. Please sign up if you are planning on attending, or if you can’t come but would like to be added to the group:  https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1471885739262.

8. GOBBLERFEST 2016
Friday, Sep 2, 4:00-8:00pm, Drillfield
Join the annual university-wide celebration of the beginning of the academic year and connect with fellow students and the local community. For details visit http://www.gobblerfest.dsa.vt.edu/.

9. HEALTH CARE AND PSYCHOLOGICAL COUNSELING AT VT
Friday, Sep 2, 7:30pm, Basement of Blacksburg Baptist Church, 550 N. Main St.
VT Association of Chinese Students and Scholars and the Chinese Bible Study group of Blacksburg are co-hosting this seminar in Chinese about the health care and psychological counseling at VT. Dr. Jianfeng Zheng from Schiffert Health Center and Dr. Claire Shen from Cook Counseling Center will be guest speakers. Posted on behalf of graduate student Yu Zhou, zhouyu23@vt.edu.

10. APPLICATIONS INVITED FOR ACADEMY FOR GTA EXCELLENCE – 1st posting
VTGrATE (Academy for Graduate Teaching Assistant Excellence) welcomes applications for Member, Associate, and Fellow in its Learning Community. VTGrATE provides opportunities for graduate students to receive advanced education and training in innovative teaching and learning strategies. It also provides a space to recognize excellence in teaching by graduate students. Membership is open to all graduate and professional students at all VT campuses. Apply at https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_1LCFvGakg53cY9D; nomination and recommendation form is at https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_a3pzAvaPFa0OxJr. Both are due Saturday, Sep 17.  For questions contact Nicole J. Johnson (nicj712@vt.edu).

11. VTGrATE OFFICE HOURS – 1st posting
VTGrATE Fellows have office hours to meet with you to discuss successes, challenges, and philosophy about teaching and pedagogy this fall. You can find them in the GLC on Tuesdays 3:00-5:00pm in Room A and Wednesdays 12:00-4:00pm in Room A or F.

12. WRITING SUPPORT FOR GRADS – 1st posting
Free writing support is offered in the VT Writing Center, 2nd floor Newman Library. Lots of appointment times available. Additional hours are offered in Meeting Room A, GLC, on Wednesdays 2:00-4:30. See website to make an appointment: http://www.lib.vt.edu/spaces/writing/. Graduate Writing Groups are forming now for the 2016-2017 school year! Sign up at  https://goo.gl/forms/Em8WofKPYxVeqAMn1.

13. ENGLISH PRACTICE GROUPS OFFERED BY CRANWELL INTL CTR – 1st posting
The Cranwell International Center offers multiple EPGs per week for anyone who wishes to improve their English and learn more about local culture. They are open to VT students, researchers, scholars, faculty, visitors and their dependents. Individuals can attend any number of EPGs per week. If you have any questions, email international@vt.edu. Cranwell practice groups are free of charge and require no registration. Fall schedule will begin the week of Aug 22 and conclude on Dec 15. For schedule and details visit http://international.vt.edu/interculturalinitiatives/english_practice_groups.html.

14. BOOK DONATIONS SOUGHT FOR GAMBIA LIBRARY PROJECT – 1st posting
Book donations to The Gambia are requested by Friday, Sep 2. Bring books (any reading level) to office 240 Graduate School to contribute to a library fellow grad student Sulayman Njie is building in The Gambia. Books will be picked up at 4pm on Friday, Sep 2 to be sent. Contact Sulayman if you have questions, sauln@vt.edu.  

15. ONLINE COURSE FOR NEW GRAD STUDENTS – 2nd posting
All new graduate students need to complete Haven Plus, an online course on the important issues of sexual harassment, sexual assault, relationship violence, and stalking. This course is part of the university’s comprehensive gender-based violence prevention program and meets the requirements of the federal Campus SaVE Act. The deadline is Sep 15.  Students who do not complete the course may have a registration hold placed on their student accounts.  New students will receive more information via email or can access the course and additional information about the requirement here: http://www.dsa.vt.edu/onlineprograms/graduate.php.

16. THE GRADUATE STUDENT ASSEMBLY WELCOMES YOU TO A NEW YEAR – 3rd posting
The Executive Board of the Graduate Student Assembly (GSA) would like you wish you a successful and enjoyable new year and extend special greetings to new students. The GSA is the student leadership body that advocates for you, provides you with opportunities for networking and socializing with fellow grad students, and can offer small grant funding for your research endeavors and conference travel. In the past few years, student participation in the GSA’s activities and programs has soared to new heights, and they hope to continue this trend, so look out for announcements from them on this bulletin. Also, check out their community web space (gsa.vt.edu), and like them on Facebook (@VTGraduateStudentAssembly), follow them on Twitter and Instagram (@vtgsa)! If you have questions/concerns or are interested in getting involved, email gsa@vt.edu.

17. PAYROLL-DEDUCTION REGISTRATION OPEN FOR GRAD ASSISTANTS – still posting
Grad students on assistantship appointment may pay their comp and CFE fees through payroll deduction. Enrollment for this option is now open on Hokie SPA. Lear more at http://graduateschool.vt.edu/financial/assistantships#Payroll%20Deduction%20of%20Comprehensive%20and%20Capital%20Fees%20for%20Graduate%20Assistants.

18. WOMEN INFLUENCING ARTS SPEAKER SERIES ANNOUNCED – 1st posting
Women Influencing the Arts speaker series provides a safe space for women artists and arts leaders to discuss and share challenges and triumphs faced by women in the field with young women studying the arts and/or those interested in pursuing a career in the arts. The goal is to foster honest and open dialogues in a productive environment. Each event will be hosted at the VT Women’s Center starting at 5:30pm. Seating is limited and reservations are required. Register at https://womeninfluencingthearts.wordpress.com/speakerseries/. More information: https://womeninfluencingthearts.wordpress.com/. 

19. RESUMANIA
Get your resume ready for the upcoming career fairs.  From Aug 22 – Sep 14, Career and Professional Development is extending its regular 10-minute walk-in advising to 10:00am – 4:00pm M-F. (Beginning Sep 15, daily 10-minute walk-in advising hours of noon – 3:00pm will resume.) Location – Smith Career Center, corner of Washington St. and West Campus Dr. Please bring a printed copy of your resume.

20. MEMBERS SOUGHT FOR STUDENT ADVISOR BOARD – 1st posting
Career and Professional Development is seeking applications for its Student Advisory Board. Board members generate ideas, feedback and suggestions about a wide range of topics related to the office mission and involving programming, technology, policies, outreach, etc.  Information about the advisory board and the application are located here: http://career.vt.edu/about/student-advisory-board.html The application deadline is noon on Monday, Sep 12. 

21. CONTRIBUTIONS SOUGHT FOR REFLECTIONS & EXPLORATIONS BLOG – 1st posting
A few spots remain for graduate students to participate in the student column, Reflections and Explorations (RE), offered through the VT Institute for Policy and Governance. Past articles have focused on a broad array of issues linked to sustainability, the arts, democratic policy, and governance. Reflections and Explorations is a great vehicle to share your research ideas and theories with a broader audience. Submissions from across disciplines and critical reflections and explorations of current events, ideologies, acts of resistance and oppression, and beyond are encouraged and valued. The RE column appears weekly and everyone who signs up is responsible for writing one article on the topic of your choosing in about 1,000 words during the fall semester. The first article will appear on Thursday, Sep 1 and the last will be published on Thursday, Dec 8. Slots will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Sign up at http://doodle.com/poll/ecf3reyx9ksu82ig. Send any questions to doctoral student Mary Ryan at maryryan@vt.edu.

22. PART-TIME ALTERNATIVE TRANSPORTATION ASSISTANT SOUGHT – 1st posting
The VT Office of Alternative Transportation is hiring a part-time Alternative Transportation Assistant. Check out the job posting and application details online at https://listings.jobs.vt.edu/postings/68181. Posted on behalf of former grad student and current bike programs coordinator Mackenzie Jarvis, Office of Alternative Transportation.

23. MOSS ARTS CENTER LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEERS FOR PK12 PROGRAMS – 1st posting
Volunteers are asked to arrive one (1) hour prior to the performance to assist with greeting schools and families, checking people in, guiding bus drop-off, and making guests feel welcome. Volunteers receive short orientation materials prior to the day of the performance and participate in a brief orientation on the morning of the performance. All are welcome to stay and watch the performances. Schedule: Sep 23, 10:00-11:00am (volunteers arrive at 9:00) Havana Cuba All-Stars (music); Oct 7, 10:00-11:00am (volunteers arrive at 9:00) – Harlem Quartet (music); Jan 27, 7:00-9:00pm (volunteers arrive at 6:00) – Raisin’ Cane: A Harlem Renaissance Odyssey (theatre, music); Mar 23, 10:00-11:15am (volunteers arrive at 9:00) – Kid Koala’s Nufonia Must Fall (film, music, puppetry). If interested, email David Salmo, grad assistant, at davidts@vt.edu with the performance(s) you would like to assist with.

24. PARENTS AND ADOLESCENTS SOUGHT FOR VT STUDY – 2nd posting
Parents and adolescents (ages 13-18)  needed for Virginia Tech study of social and academic experiences.  With their parent and a same-gender close friend, teens will be asked to complete questionnaires, conversation tasks, and a speech task. Participation should last 1.5 hours.  Study is located on VT Blacksburg campus. Teens, their participating friend, and participating parent are each given $10 gift certificate. Interested?  Call the Virginia Tech Social Development Lab at 231-8179 or e-mail rlm527@vt.edu.

25. INTERLOPER LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEER CONTRIBUTORS – 2nd posting
The Interloper, Virginia Tech’s LGBTQ magazine, is looking for enthusiastic, hard-working contributors for its 5th issue. Still need editors, writers, artists, photographers, and designers. If you are interested in getting involved, please email Maggie Nanney at theinterlopervt@gmail.com.

26. VT HELPING PAWS IS RECRUITING VOLUNTEERS – 3rd posting
VT Helping PAWS (Pet Assisted Wellness Service) is a therapy animal program at the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine that provides an opportunity for students/faculty/staff and their pets to bring companionship and animal-assisted therapy for the community. The group visits Newman Library, Squires Student Center, and other places around campus on a regular basis. Join the organization and become a therapy team through Pet Partners, a national pet therapy organization.  The current focus includes dogs & cats, but there is potential for other species such as rats, rabbits, guinea pigs, & birds to join through Pet Partners.  Volunteers who do not have their own pet are still welcome to help with training classes and at events!  There will be an Interest Meeting at the Blacksburg Library on Tuesday Aug 30, 6:00pm; register at www.tinyurl.com/vthpaws. Contact Sara Boyle at vthelpingpaws@vt.edu with questions.

27. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR DIETARY STUDY IN HNFE – 3rd posting
Participants are sought for a study to determine the validity of an updated dietary intake assessment method (questionnaire). Must be 18 years of age or older to participate. The study involves 3 visits (over a one month period) to the VT campus. Each visit will be less than 30 minutes and will include 3 urine samples to measure hydration status and a short demographics survey. Participants will be asked to complete several questionnaires on beverage intake frequency, leisure-time physical activity, and health literacy level. The study will also include 2 dietary recalls by phone, each lasting between 10 to 15 minutes. Participants will be compensated a total of $15 upon successful completion of all study visits. For more information contact Anna in the Dietary Assessment Laboratory at 540-231-4386 or annalg16@vt.edu.

28. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR ATHLETIC PERFORMANCE STUDY – 3rd posting
Graduate students are invited to participate in an athletic performance study conducted by the Kevin P. Granata Biomechanics Lab. This study will examine landing mechanics in healthy control subjects. Subjects will perform several jumping/landing and hopping tasks while equipped with 3D motion capture markers and in-shoe pressure sensors. Must be between the ages of 18-35, must participate in athletic activities at least 3 times per week, and will 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 in the Granata Lab during two separate sessions one week apart. The first session will take 60-90 minutes to complete and the second session will take 30 minutes to complete. Email to granata-lab-g@vt.edu or call (540) 231-4294 if you are interested in participating in this study.

Upcoming events:

CAREER FAIR PREPARATION

Tuesday, Sep 6, 5:30-6:30pm, GLC Room F

Learn how to present yourself to an employer and what to ask at a job fair. Just in time for fall career fairs!

 

VT GrATE FALL SOCIAL AND INFORMATIONAL

Wednesday, Sep 7, 5:30-7:30pm, University Club

Meet and mingle with current members of the Academy for Graduate Teaching Assistant Excellence and learn more about GrATE.  RSVP by 5:00pm Sep 1 at https://docs.google.com/a/vt.edu/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSckYL-nonIs0UXnnh1jCsr4TM4GQDyTJbk80Ge_AZnuXh-mTg/viewform. If you have any questions, contact Nicole Johnson (nicj712@vt.edu).

 

INTERVIEWING SKILLS WORKSHOP

Wednesday, Sep 7, 5:30-6:30pm, GLC Room F

Be prepared for initial screening interviews as well as on-site interviews. This seminar addresses interviewing basics, employer expectations, and insights into behavioral interviews.

 

HBCU GAME NIGHT – register now!

Thursday, Sep 8, 6:00-8:00pm, Graduate School Lawn

The Office of Recruitment and Diversity Initiatives invites you to the HBCU Game Night to bring together graduate students, faculty, and staff who have graduated from a Historically Black College or University. Wear your school colors or logo to the event if you have it. Feel free to bring a game of your choosing (some will be provided).  Food by Due South BBQ. REgister by Sep 1, 5:00 pm at https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3eKT5Nsixgmxd6R. 

 

RESEARCH RESOURCES AT NEWMAN LIBRARY

Friday, Sep 9, 10:00-11:00am, 207 Newman

Learn about the ways that VT Libraries support graduate students. Explore research resources, including databases, library liaisons, citation managers, GRAD 5124, and resources for teaching. Light refreshments provided.

 

MANAGING THE HILLS AND VALLEYS OF GRADUATE SCHOOL: A DISCUSSION WITH FACULTY OF COLOR

Tuesday, Sep 13, 11:30am-1:00pm, GLC Room G

Light lunch will be provided.  Please register by Sep 9 at https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_eICl03XvO3USifr.  Program sponsored by Multicultural Academic Opportunities Program (MAOP).

 

Aug 29-Sep 4, 2016

1.  WEEKLY WALK-IN SERVICES IN THE GLC – updated 8/22/16

  • Cook Counseling: Th, F 1:00-5:00pm, Green Room
  • Graduate School regular hours: 8:00am-5:00pm;
  • Immigration advising hours: MWF 1:00-5:00pm, TTh 9:00am-12:00pm;
  • Writing assistance: Wednesdays, 2-4:30pm, Room A

2. WRITING A WINNING RESUME
Monday, Aug 29, 5:30-6:30pm, GLC Room F
Having a well-polished resume is the most critical step toward getting an interview. Start early to be ready for fall career fairs and on campus interviews. Learn the ins and outs from a career services professional.

3. INAUGURAL WOMEN IN TRANSPORTATION SEMINAR
Aug 31-Sep 1
The Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI) and the Women’s Transportation Seminar (WTS) VT Student Chapter will be hosting the Women in Transportation Seminar – The Future of Transportation with a dinner on Aug 31 and panel discussions on Sep 1, directly following the Fifth International Symposium on Naturalistic Driving Research. The event will be held at the Inn at Virginia Tech. The WTS promotes an inclusive environment and welcomes students of all genders to attend the seminar. Meals will be provided both days. Learn more and register at http://www.vtti.vt.edu/NDRS/wts.html. Contact vtwtsi@gmail.com with questions.

4. GLC CAFÉ
Thursday, Sep 1, 3:30-5:00pm, GLC Reading Room or West Patio if the weather is nice
Enjoy free coffee, tea and cookies in the company of your grad student and Grad School colleagues. Relax, network, and load up on caffeine and/or carbs. Bring your own mug if you can.

5. QGPA WELCOME BACK GAME NIGHT
Thursday, Sep 1, 6:00pm, GLC Room B
Join queer grads, professionals and allies (QGPA) for their first meeting of the semester. There will be an assortment of games and dinner. Questions, food and/or accessibility concerns? Email qgpavt@gmail.com.

6. KIDS’ NIGHT OUT – FREE WEEKLY DROP IN CHILD CARE
Thursdays, starting Sep 1, 6:00-8:30pm, VT Women’s Center (206 Washington St)
Need a break? Have to study or attend a lecture? Want to catch up on work? If you are a VT student with children, bring your kids aged 2-12 (must be toilet trained). No need to pre-register. There are games, toys, books, crafts, homework help, and plenty of fun with childcare provided by the volunteers of Chi Delta Alpha sorority. KNO will be held every Thursday throughout the semester with the exception of breaks when classes are not in session. For more information, contact Jessie Meltsner at jmelts@vt.edu  or 231-7806.

7. OVER-30 GRADS MEET-UP AT THE GLC
Friday, Sep 2, 3:00pm, GLC Room B
Join other over-30 grads for some light refreshments and conversation and build your network of potentially like-minded students and colleagues. Please sign up if you are planning on attending, or if you can’t come but would like to be added to the group:  https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1471885739262.

8. GOBBLERFEST 2016
Friday, Sep 2, 4:00-8:00pm, Drillfield
Join the annual university-wide celebration of the beginning of the academic year and connect with fellow students and the local community. For details visit http://www.gobblerfest.dsa.vt.edu/.

9. HEALTH CARE AND PSYCHOLOGICAL COUNSELING AT VT
Friday, Sep 2, 7:30pm, Basement of Blacksburg Baptist Church, 550 N. Main St.
VT Association of Chinese Students and Scholars and the Chinese Bible Study group of Blacksburg are co-hosting this seminar in Chinese about the health care and psychological counseling at VT. Dr. Jianfeng Zheng from Schiffert Health Center and Dr. Claire Shen from Cook Counseling Center will be guest speakers. Posted on behalf of graduate student Yu Zhou, zhouyu23@vt.edu.

10. APPLICATIONS INVITED FOR ACADEMY FOR GTA EXCELLENCE – 1st posting
VTGrATE (Academy for Graduate Teaching Assistant Excellence) welcomes applications for Member, Associate, and Fellow in its Learning Community. VTGrATE provides opportunities for graduate students to receive advanced education and training in innovative teaching and learning strategies. It also provides a space to recognize excellence in teaching by graduate students. Membership is open to all graduate and professional students at all VT campuses. Apply at https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_1LCFvGakg53cY9D; nomination and recommendation form is at https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_a3pzAvaPFa0OxJr. Both are due Saturday, Sep 17.  For questions contact Nicole J. Johnson (nicj712@vt.edu).

11. VTGrATE OFFICE HOURS – 1st posting
VTGrATE Fellows have office hours to meet with you to discuss successes, challenges, and philosophy about teaching and pedagogy this fall. You can find them in the GLC on Tuesdays 3:00-5:00pm in Room A and Wednesdays 12:00-4:00pm in Room A or F.

12. WRITING SUPPORT FOR GRADS – 1st posting
Free writing support is offered in the VT Writing Center, 2nd floor Newman Library. Lots of appointment times available. Additional hours are offered in Meeting Room A, GLC, on Wednesdays 2:00-4:30. See website to make an appointment: http://www.lib.vt.edu/spaces/writing/. Graduate Writing Groups are forming now for the 2016-2017 school year! Sign up at  https://goo.gl/forms/Em8WofKPYxVeqAMn1.

13. ENGLISH PRACTICE GROUPS OFFERED BY CRANWELL INTL CTR – 1st posting
The Cranwell International Center offers multiple EPGs per week for anyone who wishes to improve their English and learn more about local culture. They are open to VT students, researchers, scholars, faculty, visitors and their dependents. Individuals can attend any number of EPGs per week. If you have any questions, email international@vt.edu. Cranwell practice groups are free of charge and require no registration. Fall schedule will begin the week of Aug 22 and conclude on Dec 15. For schedule and details visit http://international.vt.edu/interculturalinitiatives/english_practice_groups.html.

14. BOOK DONATIONS SOUGHT FOR GAMBIA LIBRARY PROJECT – 1st posting
Book donations to The Gambia are requested by Friday, Sep 2. Bring books (any reading level) to office 240 Graduate School to contribute to a library fellow grad student Sulayman Njie is building in The Gambia. Books will be picked up at 4pm on Friday, Sep 2 to be sent. Contact Sulayman if you have questions, sauln@vt.edu.  

15. ONLINE COURSE FOR NEW GRAD STUDENTS – 2nd posting
All new graduate students need to complete Haven Plus, an online course on the important issues of sexual harassment, sexual assault, relationship violence, and stalking. This course is part of the university’s comprehensive gender-based violence prevention program and meets the requirements of the federal Campus SaVE Act. The deadline is Sep 15.  Students who do not complete the course may have a registration hold placed on their student accounts.  New students will receive more information via email or can access the course and additional information about the requirement here: http://www.dsa.vt.edu/onlineprograms/graduate.php.

16. THE GRADUATE STUDENT ASSEMBLY WELCOMES YOU TO A NEW YEAR – 3rd posting
The Executive Board of the Graduate Student Assembly (GSA) would like you wish you a successful and enjoyable new year and extend special greetings to new students. The GSA is the student leadership body that advocates for you, provides you with opportunities for networking and socializing with fellow grad students, and can offer small grant funding for your research endeavors and conference travel. In the past few years, student participation in the GSA’s activities and programs has soared to new heights, and they hope to continue this trend, so look out for announcements from them on this bulletin. Also, check out their community web space (gsa.vt.edu), and like them on Facebook (@VTGraduateStudentAssembly), follow them on Twitter and Instagram (@vtgsa)! If you have questions/concerns or are interested in getting involved, email gsa@vt.edu.

17. PAYROLL-DEDUCTION REGISTRATION OPEN FOR GRAD ASSISTANTS – still posting
Grad students on assistantship appointment may pay their comp and CFE fees through payroll deduction. Enrollment for this option is now open on Hokie SPA. Lear more at http://graduateschool.vt.edu/financial/assistantships#Payroll%20Deduction%20of%20Comprehensive%20and%20Capital%20Fees%20for%20Graduate%20Assistants.

18. WOMEN INFLUENCING ARTS SPEAKER SERIES ANNOUNCED – 1st posting
Women Influencing the Arts speaker series provides a safe space for women artists and arts leaders to discuss and share challenges and triumphs faced by women in the field with young women studying the arts and/or those interested in pursuing a career in the arts. The goal is to foster honest and open dialogues in a productive environment. Each event will be hosted at the VT Women’s Center starting at 5:30pm. Seating is limited and reservations are required. Register at https://womeninfluencingthearts.wordpress.com/speakerseries/. More information: https://womeninfluencingthearts.wordpress.com/. 

19. RESUMANIA
Get your resume ready for the upcoming career fairs.  From Aug 22 – Sep 14, Career and Professional Development is extending its regular 10-minute walk-in advising to 10:00am – 4:00pm M-F. (Beginning Sep 15, daily 10-minute walk-in advising hours of noon – 3:00pm will resume.) Location – Smith Career Center, corner of Washington St. and West Campus Dr. Please bring a printed copy of your resume.

20. MEMBERS SOUGHT FOR STUDENT ADVISOR BOARD – 1st posting
Career and Professional Development is seeking applications for its Student Advisory Board. Board members generate ideas, feedback and suggestions about a wide range of topics related to the office mission and involving programming, technology, policies, outreach, etc.  Information about the advisory board and the application are located here: http://career.vt.edu/about/student-advisory-board.html The application deadline is noon on Monday, Sep 12. 

21. CONTRIBUTIONS SOUGHT FOR REFLECTIONS & EXPLORATIONS BLOG – 1st posting
A few spots remain for graduate students to participate in the student column, Reflections and Explorations (RE), offered through the VT Institute for Policy and Governance. Past articles have focused on a broad array of issues linked to sustainability, the arts, democratic policy, and governance. Reflections and Explorations is a great vehicle to share your research ideas and theories with a broader audience. Submissions from across disciplines and critical reflections and explorations of current events, ideologies, acts of resistance and oppression, and beyond are encouraged and valued. The RE column appears weekly and everyone who signs up is responsible for writing one article on the topic of your choosing in about 1,000 words during the fall semester. The first article will appear on Thursday, Sep 1 and the last will be published on Thursday, Dec 8. Slots will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Sign up at http://doodle.com/poll/ecf3reyx9ksu82ig. Send any questions to doctoral student Mary Ryan at maryryan@vt.edu.

22. PART-TIME ALTERNATIVE TRANSPORTATION ASSISTANT SOUGHT – 1st posting
The VT Office of Alternative Transportation is hiring a part-time Alternative Transportation Assistant. Check out the job posting and application details online at https://listings.jobs.vt.edu/postings/68181. Posted on behalf of former grad student and current bike programs coordinator Mackenzie Jarvis, Office of Alternative Transportation.

23. MOSS ARTS CENTER LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEERS FOR PK12 PROGRAMS – 1st posting
Volunteers are asked to arrive one (1) hour prior to the performance to assist with greeting schools and families, checking people in, guiding bus drop-off, and making guests feel welcome. Volunteers receive short orientation materials prior to the day of the performance and participate in a brief orientation on the morning of the performance. All are welcome to stay and watch the performances. Schedule: Sep 23, 10:00-11:00am (volunteers arrive at 9:00) Havana Cuba All-Stars (music); Oct 7, 10:00-11:00am (volunteers arrive at 9:00) – Harlem Quartet (music); Jan 27, 7:00-9:00pm (volunteers arrive at 6:00) – Raisin’ Cane: A Harlem Renaissance Odyssey (theatre, music); Mar 23, 10:00-11:15am (volunteers arrive at 9:00) – Kid Koala’s Nufonia Must Fall (film, music, puppetry). If interested, email David Salmo, grad assistant, at davidts@vt.edu with the performance(s) you would like to assist with.

24. PARENTS AND ADOLESCENTS SOUGHT FOR VT STUDY – 2nd posting
Parents and adolescents (ages 13-18)  needed for Virginia Tech study of social and academic experiences.  With their parent and a same-gender close friend, teens will be asked to complete questionnaires, conversation tasks, and a speech task. Participation should last 1.5 hours.  Study is located on VT Blacksburg campus. Teens, their participating friend, and participating parent are each given $10 gift certificate. Interested?  Call the Virginia Tech Social Development Lab at 231-8179 or e-mail rlm527@vt.edu.

25. INTERLOPER LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEER CONTRIBUTORS – 2nd posting
The Interloper, Virginia Tech’s LGBTQ magazine, is looking for enthusiastic, hard-working contributors for its 5th issue. Still need editors, writers, artists, photographers, and designers. If you are interested in getting involved, please email Maggie Nanney at theinterlopervt@gmail.com.

26. VT HELPING PAWS IS RECRUITING VOLUNTEERS – 3rd posting
VT Helping PAWS (Pet Assisted Wellness Service) is a therapy animal program at the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine that provides an opportunity for students/faculty/staff and their pets to bring companionship and animal-assisted therapy for the community. The group visits Newman Library, Squires Student Center, and other places around campus on a regular basis. Join the organization and become a therapy team through Pet Partners, a national pet therapy organization.  The current focus includes dogs & cats, but there is potential for other species such as rats, rabbits, guinea pigs, & birds to join through Pet Partners.  Volunteers who do not have their own pet are still welcome to help with training classes and at events!  There will be an Interest Meeting at the Blacksburg Library on Tuesday Aug 30, 6:00pm; register at www.tinyurl.com/vthpaws. Contact Sara Boyle at vthelpingpaws@vt.edu with questions.

27. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR DIETARY STUDY IN HNFE – 3rd posting
Participants are sought for a study to determine the validity of an updated dietary intake assessment method (questionnaire). Must be 18 years of age or older to participate. The study involves 3 visits (over a one month period) to the VT campus. Each visit will be less than 30 minutes and will include 3 urine samples to measure hydration status and a short demographics survey. Participants will be asked to complete several questionnaires on beverage intake frequency, leisure-time physical activity, and health literacy level. The study will also include 2 dietary recalls by phone, each lasting between 10 to 15 minutes. Participants will be compensated a total of $15 upon successful completion of all study visits. For more information contact Anna in the Dietary Assessment Laboratory at 540-231-4386 or annalg16@vt.edu.

28. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR ATHLETIC PERFORMANCE STUDY – 3rd posting
Graduate students are invited to participate in an athletic performance study conducted by the Kevin P. Granata Biomechanics Lab. This study will examine landing mechanics in healthy control subjects. Subjects will perform several jumping/landing and hopping tasks while equipped with 3D motion capture markers and in-shoe pressure sensors. Must be between the ages of 18-35, must participate in athletic activities at least 3 times per week, and will 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 in the Granata Lab during two separate sessions one week apart. The first session will take 60-90 minutes to complete and the second session will take 30 minutes to complete. Email to granata-lab-g@vt.edu or call (540) 231-4294 if you are interested in participating in this study.

Upcoming events:

CAREER FAIR PREPARATION

Tuesday, Sep 6, 5:30-6:30pm, GLC Room F

Learn how to present yourself to an employer and what to ask at a job fair. Just in time for fall career fairs!

 

VT GrATE FALL SOCIAL AND INFORMATIONAL

Wednesday, Sep 7, 5:30-7:30pm, University Club

Meet and mingle with current members of the Academy for Graduate Teaching Assistant Excellence and learn more about GrATE.  RSVP by 5:00pm Sep 1 at https://docs.google.com/a/vt.edu/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSckYL-nonIs0UXnnh1jCsr4TM4GQDyTJbk80Ge_AZnuXh-mTg/viewform. If you have any questions, contact Nicole Johnson (nicj712@vt.edu).

 

INTERVIEWING SKILLS WORKSHOP

Wednesday, Sep 7, 5:30-6:30pm, GLC Room F

Be prepared for initial screening interviews as well as on-site interviews. This seminar addresses interviewing basics, employer expectations, and insights into behavioral interviews.

 

HBCU GAME NIGHT – register now!

Thursday, Sep 8, 6:00-8:00pm, Graduate School Lawn

The Office of Recruitment and Diversity Initiatives invites you to the HBCU Game Night to bring together graduate students, faculty, and staff who have graduated from a Historically Black College or University. Wear your school colors or logo to the event if you have it. Feel free to bring a game of your choosing (some will be provided).  Food by Due South BBQ. REgister by Sep 1, 5:00 pm at https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3eKT5Nsixgmxd6R. 

 

RESEARCH RESOURCES AT NEWMAN LIBRARY

Friday, Sep 9, 10:00-11:00am, 207 Newman

Learn about the ways that VT Libraries support graduate students. Explore research resources, including databases, library liaisons, citation managers, GRAD 5124, and resources for teaching. Light refreshments provided.

 

MANAGING THE HILLS AND VALLEYS OF GRADUATE SCHOOL: A DISCUSSION WITH FACULTY OF COLOR

Tuesday, Sep 13, 11:30am-1:00pm, GLC Room G

Light lunch will be provided.  Please register by Sep 9 at https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_eICl03XvO3USifr.  Program sponsored by Multicultural Academic Opportunities Program (MAOP).

 

August 22-28, 2016

1.  WEEKLY WALK-IN SERVICES IN THE GLC – updated 8/22/16

  • Cook Counseling: Th, F 1:00-5:00pm, Green Room
  • Graduate School regular hours: 8:00am-5:00pm;
  • Immigration advising hours: MWF 1:00-5:00pm, TTh 9:00am-12:00pm;
  • Writing assistance: Wednesdays, 2-4:30pm, Room A

2. THRIVING IN GRADUATE SCHOOL: A CONVERSATION ON SUCCESS
Monday, Aug 22, 6-7:30pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
Discover resources for academic and personal success at this free dinner and community dialogue co-sponsored by InterVarsity Graduate Christian Fellowship, the Black Graduate Student Organization (BGSO), and the Graduate School.

3. HEALTH SERVICES AND INSURANCE INFORMATION SESSION
Wednesday, Aug 24, 5:30pm, GLC Room F
Representatives from the Student Medical Insurance office and Schiffert Health Center will discuss how to enroll in the university-sponsored insurance, what the plan covers, and what services are offered at the health center.

4. INTERVARSITY GRADUATE CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP – 1st FALL MEETING
Wednesday, Aug 24, 6:00-8:00pm, GLC Room C
Join InterVarsity Graduate Christian Fellowship <http://gcfvt.wordpress.com/> for a free dinner and interactive Bible discussion. All are welcome!

5. HEALTHCARE.GOV INFORMATION SESSION
Thursday, Aug 25, 12-1pm, GLC Room C
The ACA Health Insurance Marketplace is a way to find health coverage that fits your budget and meets your needs. SVLAS/Enroll Virginia provides free assistance to identify options and learn whether you are eligible for coverage.  Every health plan in the Marketplace offers the same set of essential health benefits, including doctor visits, preventive care, hospitalization, prescriptions, and more.

6. GRADUATE STUDENT ASSEMBLY’S ICE CREAM SOCIAL
Thursday, Aug 25, 1:30-3:00pm, GLC Lounge
Hang out in the GLC Lounge with the GSA officers, your fellow graduate students, and Graduate School staff and enjoy the GSA’s annual mini-festival of ice cream and refreshments to celebrate the first week of classes! This event will be held just before the weekly GLC Cafe, so be sure to stop there too while you’re in the area and have some tea, coffee, and snacks with your pals. No RSVP required. Questions? Email kasey@vt.edu.

7. GLC CAFÉ
Thursday, Aug 25, 3:30-5:00pm, GLC Reading Room or West Patio if the weather is nice
Enjoy free coffee, tea and cookies in the company of your grad student and Grad School colleagues. Relax, network, and load up on caffeine and/or carbs. Bring your own mug if you can.

8. VT RECREATIONAL SPORTS: GRIT™SMALL GROUP 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. Fall session I will run August 29- October 7 in McComas. That’s 12 sessions for $100. Try it and other group exercise classes out during the FREE week of fitness from August 22-28. Schedule: https://recsports.vt.edu/sites/drupal.recsports.vt.edu/files/pages/2016-08-12%2012%3A26/Free%20Week%20Schedule%202016.pdf#overlay-context=fitness/groupx. For more information on GRIT™sign up: https://www.recsports.vt.edu/content/small-group-training.

9. ONLINE COURSE FOR NEW GRAD STUDENTS
All new graduate students need to complete Haven Plus, an online course on the important issues of sexual harassment, sexual assault, relationship violence, and stalking. This course is part of the university’s comprehensive gender-based violence prevention program and meets the requirements of the federal Campus SaVE Act. The deadline is Sep 15.  Students who do not complete the course may have a registration hold placed on their student accounts.  New students will receive more information via email or can access the course and additional information about the requirement here: http://www.dsa.vt.edu/onlineprograms/graduate.php.

10. GRAD 5124: GRAD LIBRARY RESEARCH SKILLS
Skills needed to succeed in the current information environment including the ethical use of information, the process of information retrieval, and the landscape of scholarly communication. Literature reviews, data management, grant requirements, citation management, and selection of appropriate resources. (1 cr, online, different sections for different disciplines)

11. GRAD 5204: CITIZEN SCHOLAR SEMINAR
Understanding the value of being a citizen-scholar, elucidating the connection between scholarship and citizenship in the contemporary global society, and encouraging engagement in public scholarship, i.e., scholarship in the service to community, the region, the state, and the world. (3 cr, Wed. 10:10-12:05, GLC B)

12. GRAD 5214: DIVERSITY FOR GLOBAL SOCIETY
Research on diversity and inclusion for a global society from a multi-disciplinary perspective. Examination of misconceptions about diversity and inclusion, benefits of diverse and inclusive organizations, legal requirements, international perspectives on diversity and inclusion, and applications to research and professional practice. (3cr, Tues. 5:30-8:30)

13. GRAD 5224G: ADVANCED GLOBAL ASPECTS OF INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW
Comparative study of international intellectual property systems; international treaty arrangements for copyrights, patents and trademarks; protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights in foreign markets; policy analysis of the globalized intellectual property system. (3 cr, M & W 4-5:15, Saunders 408)

14. GRAD 5314: FUTURE INDUSTRIAL PROFESSIONAL IN SCI & ENG
Provides guidance for M.S. and Ph.D. students who plan on industrial science and/or engineering careers. Consists of a series of lectures and practical exercises to prepare students for entering an industrial technology (research and development) environment. Performance in industrial interviews, personal evaluations, team projects, career pathways, intellectual property information and description and application of widely used project management tools and evaluation methods will be integrated into the course. Differences in career opportunities between large established companies and small start-up companies will be discussed. (3 cr, Mon 2:30-5:15)

15. GRAD 5144: COMMUNICATING SCIENCE COURSE OFFERED – 2nd posting
The course uses theatre improvisational games and interview and writing exercises to help participants become more comfortable with and effective at communicating their research to those outside their specialties. Although its emphasis is on communication to non-scientists, students who have completed this course report that their presentations for committee meetings, lab meetings, and professional association conferences improve as well. To accommodate the cycle of work in grad students’ lives at the beginning and end of the semester, the course (2 credits) is compressed into ten sessions. This fall, both an afternoon section and an evening section are available. Contact Carrie Kroehler (cjkroehl@vt.edu) if you have questions.

16. GRAD 5984: PROFESSIONAL DIGITAL IDENTITY SEMINAR – 2nd posting
Have you been meaning to create a personal website but don’t know how to get started? Intimidated by the thought of publishing your scholarship online? Unsure about how to manage your social media presence when you begin looking for a job? If so, read on! A new 2-credit course will meet once a week (Thu 6-8 pm) to discuss readings about “the digital self,” identify best practices for maintaining an online identity in your fields, and get hands-on experience with web publishing and social media tools. You don’t need to have any special technical skills to take the course. This course can be used as elective credits for the Preparing the Future Professoriate certificate, and you can choose a graded or pass/fail option. If you have any questions before you register, contact Quinn Warnick: qwarnick@vt.edu.

17. THE GRADUATE STUDENT ASSEMBLY WELCOMES YOU TO A NEW YEAR – 2nd posting
The Executive Board of the Graduate Student Assembly (GSA) would like you wish you a successful and enjoyable new year and extend special greetings to new students. The GSA is the student leadership body that advocates for you, provides you with opportunities for networking and socializing with fellow grad students, and can offer small grant funding for your research endeavors and conference travel. In the past few years, student participation in the GSA’s activities and programs has soared to new heights, and they hope to continue this trend, so look out for announcements from them on this bulletin. Also, check out their community web space (gsa.vt.edu), and like them on Facebook (@VTGraduateStudentAssembly), follow them on Twitter and Instagram (@vtgsa)! If you have questions/concerns or are interested in getting involved, email gsa@vt.edu.

18. APPLICATIONS ACCEPTED FOR TRAVEL SCHOLARSHIP FOR OPENCON2016 – 3rd posting
The Graduate School and University Libraries are co-sponsoring a travel scholarship to attend OpenCon 2016, Nov 12-14 in Washington, DC. Learn more about the application and apply by Sep 20 at https://secure.opencon2016.org/referral/virginiatech. OpenCon is a conference focused on learning about open access, open data, and open education.  The current application process is only for Virginia Tech graduate students; if you applied through the conference-wide process that ended July 11 but were not accepted, you will be automatically included in this round, which closes September 20.  Two recipients will be selected based on their responses by the scholarship sponsors, the VT Graduate School and the VT Libraries.

19. PAYROLL-DEDUCTION REGISTRATION OPEN FOR GRAD ASSISTANTS – still posting
Grad students on assistantship appointment may pay their comp and CFE fees through payroll deduction. Enrollment for this option is now open on Hokie SPA. Lear more at http://graduateschool.vt.edu/financial/assistantships#Payroll%20Deduction%20of%20Comprehensive%20and%20Capital%20Fees%20for%20Graduate%20Assistants

20. WAGE POSITION IN LITTLE HOKIE HANGOUT  – 2nd posting
Little Hokie Hangout is now hiring students who meet the Virginia DSS requirements for child care instruction to join the team as Lead Teachers, Substitute Teachers and as Classroom Aides. All applicants must complete a background check and training module upon being hired, and become CPR certified prior to starting work (course will be arranged). Email childcare@vt.edu to learn more about minimum criteria required for each position, as well as hours and pay.

21. MANAGING EDITOR WAGE POSITION IN REVIEW OF MIDDLE EAST STUDIES – 3rd posting
Part-time, independent contractor position with a flexible schedule and commitment max. 20 hrs/wk for hourly wage dependent on experience. Position ends Jun 30, 2017. The Review of Middle East Studies (RoMES) is a biannual entirely electronic publication of the Middle East Studies Association of North America, Inc. RoMES, through Cambridge University Press Journals (http://journals.cambridge.org/action/ displayJournal?jid=RMS. RoMES is headquartered at the Department of Religion and Culture at Virginia Tech. The Managing Editor will oversee the daily operation of the editorial office and assist the editor in the publication of the biannual journal, including managing the office, the review and article submission process, the journal’s production, and other administrative and editorial tasks as requested by the editor. View https://goo.gl/yLAe8Q for a detailed job description and application information.

22. PARENTS AND ADOLESCENTS SOUGHT FOR VT STUDY – 1st posting
Parents and adolescents (ages 13-18)  needed for Virginia Tech study of social and academic experiences.  With their parent and a same-gender close friend, teens will be asked to complete questionnaires, conversation tasks, and a speech task. Participation should last 1.5 hours.  Study is located on VT Blacksburg campus. Teens, their participating friend, and participating parent are each given $10 gift certificate. Interested?  Call the Virginia Tech Social Development Lab at 231-8179 or e-mail rlm527@vt.edu.

23. INTERLOPER LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEER CONTRIBUTORS – 1st posting
The Interloper, Virginia Tech’s LGBTQ magazine, is looking for enthusiastic, hard-working contributors for its 5th issue. Still need editors, writers, artists, photographers, and designers. If you are interested in getting involved, please email Maggie Nanney at theinterlopervt@gmail.com.

24. VT HELPING PAWS IS RECRUITING VOLUNTEERS – 2nd posting
VT Helping PAWS (Pet Assisted Wellness Service) is a therapy animal program at the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine that provides an opportunity for students/faculty/staff and their pets to bring companionship and animal-assisted therapy for the community. The group visits Newman Library, Squires Student Center, and other places around campus on a regular basis. Join the organization and become a therapy team through Pet Partners, a national pet therapy organization.  The current focus includes dogs & cats, but there is potential for other species such as rats, rabbits, guinea pigs, & birds to join through Pet Partners.  Volunteers who do not have their own pet are still welcome to help with training classes and at events!  There will be an Interest Meeting at the Blacksburg Library on Tuesday Aug 30, 6:00pm; register at www.tinyurl.com/vthpaws. Contact Sara Boyle at vthelpingpaws@vt.edu with questions.

25. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR DIETARY STUDY IN HNFE – 2nd posting
Participants are sought for a study to determine the validity of an updated dietary intake assessment method (questionnaire). Must be 18 years of age or older to participate. The study involves 3 visits (over a one month period) to the VT campus. Each visit will be less than 30 minutes and will include 3 urine samples to measure hydration status and a short demographics survey. Participants will be asked to complete several questionnaires on beverage intake frequency, leisure-time physical activity, and health literacy level. The study will also include 2 dietary recalls by phone, each lasting between 10 to 15 minutes. Participants will be compensated a total of $15 upon successful completion of all study visits. For more information contact Anna in the Dietary Assessment Laboratory at 540-231-4386 or annalg16@vt.edu.

26. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR ATHLETIC PERFORMANCE STUDY – 2nd posting
Graduate students are invited to participate in an athletic performance study conducted by the Kevin P. Granata Biomechanics Lab. This study will examine landing mechanics in healthy control subjects. Subjects will perform several jumping/landing and hopping tasks while equipped with 3D motion capture markers and in-shoe pressure sensors. Must be between the ages of 18-35, must participate in athletic activities at least 3 times per week, and will 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 in the Granata Lab during two separate sessions one week apart. The first session will take 60-90 minutes to complete and the second session will take 30 minutes to complete. Email to granata-lab-g@vt.edu or call (540) 231-4294 if you are interested in participating in this study.

Upcoming events:

COMPUTING AND MOBILE DEVICE HELP
Monday, Aug. 29, 3-5pm, GLC Room G
A member of 4Help, the department at VT that assists with computing and answering information technology service questions, will help students learn about connecting devices to wireless, two-factor authentication, where to get software, backup options, and much more. Bring your device and your questions!

WRITING A WINNING RESUME
Monday, Aug 29, 5:30-6:30pm, GLC Room F
Having a well-polished resume is the most critical step toward getting an interview. Start early to be ready for fall career fairs and on campus interviews. Learn the ins and outs from a career services professional.

INAUGURAL WOMEN IN TRANSPORTATION SEMINAR
Aug 31-Sep 1
The Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI) and the Women’s Transportation Seminar (WTS) VT Student Chapter will be hosting the Women in Transportation Seminar – The Future of Transportation with a dinner on Aug 31 and panel discussions on Sep 1, directly following the Fifth International Symposium on Naturalistic Driving Research. The event will be held at the Inn at Virginia Tech. The WTS promotes an inclusive environment and welcomes students of all genders to attend the seminar. Meals will be provided both days. Learn more and register at http://www.vtti.vt.edu/NDRS/wts.html. Contact vtwtsi@gmail.com with questions.

OVER-30 GRADS MEET-UP AT THE GLC
Friday, Sep 2, 3:00pm, GLC Room B
Join other over-30 grads for some light refreshments and conversation and build your network of potentially like-minded students and colleagues. Please sign up if you are planning on attending, or if you can’t come but would like to be added to the group:  https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1471885739262.

HEALTH CARE AND PSYCHOLOGICAL COUNSELING AT VT
Friday, Sep 2, 7:30pm, Basement of Blacksburg Baptist Church, 550 N. Main St.
VT Association of Chinese Students and Scholars and the Chinese Bible Study group of Blacksburg are co-hosting this seminar in Chinese about the health care and psychological counseling at VT. Dr. Jianfeng Zheng from Schiffert Health Center and Dr. Claire Shen from Cook Counseling Center will be guest speakers. Posted on behalf of graduate student Yu Zhou, zhouyu23@vt.edu.

August 22-28, 2016

1.  WEEKLY WALK-IN SERVICES IN THE GLC – updated 8/22/16

  • Cook Counseling: Th, F 1:00-5:00pm, Green Room
  • Graduate School regular hours: 8:00am-5:00pm;
  • Immigration advising hours: MWF 1:00-5:00pm, TTh 9:00am-12:00pm;
  • Writing assistance: Wednesdays, 2-4:30pm, Room A

2. THRIVING IN GRADUATE SCHOOL: A CONVERSATION ON SUCCESS
Monday, Aug 22, 6-7:30pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
Discover resources for academic and personal success at this free dinner and community dialogue co-sponsored by InterVarsity Graduate Christian Fellowship, the Black Graduate Student Organization (BGSO), and the Graduate School.

3. HEALTH SERVICES AND INSURANCE INFORMATION SESSION
Wednesday, Aug 24, 5:30pm, GLC Room F
Representatives from the Student Medical Insurance office and Schiffert Health Center will discuss how to enroll in the university-sponsored insurance, what the plan covers, and what services are offered at the health center.

4. INTERVARSITY GRADUATE CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP – 1st FALL MEETING
Wednesday, Aug 24, 6:00-8:00pm, GLC Room C
Join InterVarsity Graduate Christian Fellowship <http://gcfvt.wordpress.com/> for a free dinner and interactive Bible discussion. All are welcome!

5. HEALTHCARE.GOV INFORMATION SESSION
Thursday, Aug 25, 12-1pm, GLC Room C
The ACA Health Insurance Marketplace is a way to find health coverage that fits your budget and meets your needs. SVLAS/Enroll Virginia provides free assistance to identify options and learn whether you are eligible for coverage.  Every health plan in the Marketplace offers the same set of essential health benefits, including doctor visits, preventive care, hospitalization, prescriptions, and more.

6. GRADUATE STUDENT ASSEMBLY’S ICE CREAM SOCIAL
Thursday, Aug 25, 1:30-3:00pm, GLC Lounge
Hang out in the GLC Lounge with the GSA officers, your fellow graduate students, and Graduate School staff and enjoy the GSA’s annual mini-festival of ice cream and refreshments to celebrate the first week of classes! This event will be held just before the weekly GLC Cafe, so be sure to stop there too while you’re in the area and have some tea, coffee, and snacks with your pals. No RSVP required. Questions? Email kasey@vt.edu.

7. GLC CAFÉ
Thursday, Aug 25, 3:30-5:00pm, GLC Reading Room or West Patio if the weather is nice
Enjoy free coffee, tea and cookies in the company of your grad student and Grad School colleagues. Relax, network, and load up on caffeine and/or carbs. Bring your own mug if you can.

8. VT RECREATIONAL SPORTS: GRIT™SMALL GROUP 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. Fall session I will run August 29- October 7 in McComas. That’s 12 sessions for $100. Try it and other group exercise classes out during the FREE week of fitness from August 22-28. Schedule: https://recsports.vt.edu/sites/drupal.recsports.vt.edu/files/pages/2016-08-12%2012%3A26/Free%20Week%20Schedule%202016.pdf#overlay-context=fitness/groupx. For more information on GRIT™sign up: https://www.recsports.vt.edu/content/small-group-training.

9. ONLINE COURSE FOR NEW GRAD STUDENTS
All new graduate students need to complete Haven Plus, an online course on the important issues of sexual harassment, sexual assault, relationship violence, and stalking. This course is part of the university’s comprehensive gender-based violence prevention program and meets the requirements of the federal Campus SaVE Act. The deadline is Sep 15.  Students who do not complete the course may have a registration hold placed on their student accounts.  New students will receive more information via email or can access the course and additional information about the requirement here: http://www.dsa.vt.edu/onlineprograms/graduate.php.

10. GRAD 5124: GRAD LIBRARY RESEARCH SKILLS
Skills needed to succeed in the current information environment including the ethical use of information, the process of information retrieval, and the landscape of scholarly communication. Literature reviews, data management, grant requirements, citation management, and selection of appropriate resources. (1 cr, online, different sections for different disciplines)

11. GRAD 5204: CITIZEN SCHOLAR SEMINAR
Understanding the value of being a citizen-scholar, elucidating the connection between scholarship and citizenship in the contemporary global society, and encouraging engagement in public scholarship, i.e., scholarship in the service to community, the region, the state, and the world. (3 cr, Wed. 10:10-12:05, GLC B)

12. GRAD 5214: DIVERSITY FOR GLOBAL SOCIETY
Research on diversity and inclusion for a global society from a multi-disciplinary perspective. Examination of misconceptions about diversity and inclusion, benefits of diverse and inclusive organizations, legal requirements, international perspectives on diversity and inclusion, and applications to research and professional practice. (3cr, Tues. 5:30-8:30)

13. GRAD 5224G: ADVANCED GLOBAL ASPECTS OF INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW
Comparative study of international intellectual property systems; international treaty arrangements for copyrights, patents and trademarks; protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights in foreign markets; policy analysis of the globalized intellectual property system. (3 cr, M & W 4-5:15, Saunders 408)

14. GRAD 5314: FUTURE INDUSTRIAL PROFESSIONAL IN SCI & ENG
Provides guidance for M.S. and Ph.D. students who plan on industrial science and/or engineering careers. Consists of a series of lectures and practical exercises to prepare students for entering an industrial technology (research and development) environment. Performance in industrial interviews, personal evaluations, team projects, career pathways, intellectual property information and description and application of widely used project management tools and evaluation methods will be integrated into the course. Differences in career opportunities between large established companies and small start-up companies will be discussed. (3 cr, Mon 2:30-5:15)

15. GRAD 5144: COMMUNICATING SCIENCE COURSE OFFERED – 2nd posting
The course uses theatre improvisational games and interview and writing exercises to help participants become more comfortable with and effective at communicating their research to those outside their specialties. Although its emphasis is on communication to non-scientists, students who have completed this course report that their presentations for committee meetings, lab meetings, and professional association conferences improve as well. To accommodate the cycle of work in grad students’ lives at the beginning and end of the semester, the course (2 credits) is compressed into ten sessions. This fall, both an afternoon section and an evening section are available. Contact Carrie Kroehler (cjkroehl@vt.edu) if you have questions.

16. GRAD 5984: PROFESSIONAL DIGITAL IDENTITY SEMINAR – 2nd posting
Have you been meaning to create a personal website but don’t know how to get started? Intimidated by the thought of publishing your scholarship online? Unsure about how to manage your social media presence when you begin looking for a job? If so, read on! A new 2-credit course will meet once a week (Thu 6-8 pm) to discuss readings about “the digital self,” identify best practices for maintaining an online identity in your fields, and get hands-on experience with web publishing and social media tools. You don’t need to have any special technical skills to take the course. This course can be used as elective credits for the Preparing the Future Professoriate certificate, and you can choose a graded or pass/fail option. If you have any questions before you register, contact Quinn Warnick: qwarnick@vt.edu.

17. THE GRADUATE STUDENT ASSEMBLY WELCOMES YOU TO A NEW YEAR – 2nd posting
The Executive Board of the Graduate Student Assembly (GSA) would like you wish you a successful and enjoyable new year and extend special greetings to new students. The GSA is the student leadership body that advocates for you, provides you with opportunities for networking and socializing with fellow grad students, and can offer small grant funding for your research endeavors and conference travel. In the past few years, student participation in the GSA’s activities and programs has soared to new heights, and they hope to continue this trend, so look out for announcements from them on this bulletin. Also, check out their community web space (gsa.vt.edu), and like them on Facebook (@VTGraduateStudentAssembly), follow them on Twitter and Instagram (@vtgsa)! If you have questions/concerns or are interested in getting involved, email gsa@vt.edu.

18. APPLICATIONS ACCEPTED FOR TRAVEL SCHOLARSHIP FOR OPENCON2016 – 3rd posting
The Graduate School and University Libraries are co-sponsoring a travel scholarship to attend OpenCon 2016, Nov 12-14 in Washington, DC. Learn more about the application and apply by Sep 20 at https://secure.opencon2016.org/referral/virginiatech. OpenCon is a conference focused on learning about open access, open data, and open education.  The current application process is only for Virginia Tech graduate students; if you applied through the conference-wide process that ended July 11 but were not accepted, you will be automatically included in this round, which closes September 20.  Two recipients will be selected based on their responses by the scholarship sponsors, the VT Graduate School and the VT Libraries.

19. PAYROLL-DEDUCTION REGISTRATION OPEN FOR GRAD ASSISTANTS – still posting
Grad students on assistantship appointment may pay their comp and CFE fees through payroll deduction. Enrollment for this option is now open on Hokie SPA. Lear more at http://graduateschool.vt.edu/financial/assistantships#Payroll%20Deduction%20of%20Comprehensive%20and%20Capital%20Fees%20for%20Graduate%20Assistants

20. WAGE POSITION IN LITTLE HOKIE HANGOUT  – 2nd posting
Little Hokie Hangout is now hiring students who meet the Virginia DSS requirements for child care instruction to join the team as Lead Teachers, Substitute Teachers and as Classroom Aides. All applicants must complete a background check and training module upon being hired, and become CPR certified prior to starting work (course will be arranged). Email childcare@vt.edu to learn more about minimum criteria required for each position, as well as hours and pay.

21. MANAGING EDITOR WAGE POSITION IN REVIEW OF MIDDLE EAST STUDIES – 3rd posting
Part-time, independent contractor position with a flexible schedule and commitment max. 20 hrs/wk for hourly wage dependent on experience. Position ends Jun 30, 2017. The Review of Middle East Studies (RoMES) is a biannual entirely electronic publication of the Middle East Studies Association of North America, Inc. RoMES, through Cambridge University Press Journals (http://journals.cambridge.org/action/ displayJournal?jid=RMS. RoMES is headquartered at the Department of Religion and Culture at Virginia Tech. The Managing Editor will oversee the daily operation of the editorial office and assist the editor in the publication of the biannual journal, including managing the office, the review and article submission process, the journal’s production, and other administrative and editorial tasks as requested by the editor. View https://goo.gl/yLAe8Q for a detailed job description and application information.

22. PARENTS AND ADOLESCENTS SOUGHT FOR VT STUDY – 1st posting
Parents and adolescents (ages 13-18)  needed for Virginia Tech study of social and academic experiences.  With their parent and a same-gender close friend, teens will be asked to complete questionnaires, conversation tasks, and a speech task. Participation should last 1.5 hours.  Study is located on VT Blacksburg campus. Teens, their participating friend, and participating parent are each given $10 gift certificate. Interested?  Call the Virginia Tech Social Development Lab at 231-8179 or e-mail rlm527@vt.edu.

23. INTERLOPER LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEER CONTRIBUTORS – 1st posting
The Interloper, Virginia Tech’s LGBTQ magazine, is looking for enthusiastic, hard-working contributors for its 5th issue. Still need editors, writers, artists, photographers, and designers. If you are interested in getting involved, please email Maggie Nanney at theinterlopervt@gmail.com.

24. VT HELPING PAWS IS RECRUITING VOLUNTEERS – 2nd posting
VT Helping PAWS (Pet Assisted Wellness Service) is a therapy animal program at the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine that provides an opportunity for students/faculty/staff and their pets to bring companionship and animal-assisted therapy for the community. The group visits Newman Library, Squires Student Center, and other places around campus on a regular basis. Join the organization and become a therapy team through Pet Partners, a national pet therapy organization.  The current focus includes dogs & cats, but there is potential for other species such as rats, rabbits, guinea pigs, & birds to join through Pet Partners.  Volunteers who do not have their own pet are still welcome to help with training classes and at events!  There will be an Interest Meeting at the Blacksburg Library on Tuesday Aug 30, 6:00pm; register at www.tinyurl.com/vthpaws. Contact Sara Boyle at vthelpingpaws@vt.edu with questions.

25. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR DIETARY STUDY IN HNFE – 2nd posting
Participants are sought for a study to determine the validity of an updated dietary intake assessment method (questionnaire). Must be 18 years of age or older to participate. The study involves 3 visits (over a one month period) to the VT campus. Each visit will be less than 30 minutes and will include 3 urine samples to measure hydration status and a short demographics survey. Participants will be asked to complete several questionnaires on beverage intake frequency, leisure-time physical activity, and health literacy level. The study will also include 2 dietary recalls by phone, each lasting between 10 to 15 minutes. Participants will be compensated a total of $15 upon successful completion of all study visits. For more information contact Anna in the Dietary Assessment Laboratory at 540-231-4386 or annalg16@vt.edu.

26. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR ATHLETIC PERFORMANCE STUDY – 2nd posting
Graduate students are invited to participate in an athletic performance study conducted by the Kevin P. Granata Biomechanics Lab. This study will examine landing mechanics in healthy control subjects. Subjects will perform several jumping/landing and hopping tasks while equipped with 3D motion capture markers and in-shoe pressure sensors. Must be between the ages of 18-35, must participate in athletic activities at least 3 times per week, and will 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 in the Granata Lab during two separate sessions one week apart. The first session will take 60-90 minutes to complete and the second session will take 30 minutes to complete. Email to granata-lab-g@vt.edu or call (540) 231-4294 if you are interested in participating in this study.

Upcoming events:

COMPUTING AND MOBILE DEVICE HELP
Monday, Aug. 29, 3-5pm, GLC Room G
A member of 4Help, the department at VT that assists with computing and answering information technology service questions, will help students learn about connecting devices to wireless, two-factor authentication, where to get software, backup options, and much more. Bring your device and your questions!

WRITING A WINNING RESUME
Monday, Aug 29, 5:30-6:30pm, GLC Room F
Having a well-polished resume is the most critical step toward getting an interview. Start early to be ready for fall career fairs and on campus interviews. Learn the ins and outs from a career services professional.

INAUGURAL WOMEN IN TRANSPORTATION SEMINAR
Aug 31-Sep 1
The Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI) and the Women’s Transportation Seminar (WTS) VT Student Chapter will be hosting the Women in Transportation Seminar – The Future of Transportation with a dinner on Aug 31 and panel discussions on Sep 1, directly following the Fifth International Symposium on Naturalistic Driving Research. The event will be held at the Inn at Virginia Tech. The WTS promotes an inclusive environment and welcomes students of all genders to attend the seminar. Meals will be provided both days. Learn more and register at http://www.vtti.vt.edu/NDRS/wts.html. Contact vtwtsi@gmail.com with questions.

OVER-30 GRADS MEET-UP AT THE GLC
Friday, Sep 2, 3:00pm, GLC Room B
Join other over-30 grads for some light refreshments and conversation and build your network of potentially like-minded students and colleagues. Please sign up if you are planning on attending, or if you can’t come but would like to be added to the group:  https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1471885739262.

HEALTH CARE AND PSYCHOLOGICAL COUNSELING AT VT
Friday, Sep 2, 7:30pm, Basement of Blacksburg Baptist Church, 550 N. Main St.
VT Association of Chinese Students and Scholars and the Chinese Bible Study group of Blacksburg are co-hosting this seminar in Chinese about the health care and psychological counseling at VT. Dr. Jianfeng Zheng from Schiffert Health Center and Dr. Claire Shen from Cook Counseling Center will be guest speakers. Posted on behalf of graduate student Yu Zhou, zhouyu23@vt.edu.

August 15-21, 2016

1.  WEEKLY WALK-IN SERVICES IN THE GLC – updated 7/18/16

  • Career Services advising: on hiatus for the summer
  • Cook Counseling: F 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. GSA WELCOME BACK BBQ
Wednesday, Aug 17, 5:00-8:00pm, GLC Lawn
The Graduate Student Assembly invites you to its annual barbecue for new and returning graduate students and their families! This year’s barbecue will be catered by the Hethwood Market. Vegetarian options will be available. The Welcome Back BBQ is a great opportunity to meet graduate students from other fields, make new friends, and play cornhole and other fun outdoor games. Contact Kisha Gresham at kiwi@vt.edu with any additional questions.

3. OVERLEAF WORKSHOP
Wednesday, Aug 17, 10:00-11:00am and 2:00-3:00pm, Newman Library Classroom 207A
Overleaf is an online tool for creating, editing, and sharing scientific research. The University Libraries are considering a proposal from Overleaf to provide free Overleaf Pro accounts to all VT students, faculty, and staff. VT would have its own institutional portal, VT Overleaf Commons, just like those at Caltech, Stanford, and Purdue. If you are a current Overleaf user or want to learn about this powerful LaTeX-based writing and publishing tool, attend one of the workshops on Aug 17 led by representatives of Overleaf. Pick the time that works best for you, learn more about Overleaf, and give the library your feedback! For more information, please contact Peter Potter (pjp33@vt.edu). Register here: https://goo.gl/forms/hAgb1YVwoLM1I0ss2.

4. HEALTH INSURANCE SIGN-UP
Thursday, Aug 18, 2-4:30pm, GLC Lobby
Friday, Aug 19, 10am-1pm, GLC Lobby
Stop by the GLC Lobby to sign-up for student health insurance with Aetna and ask representatives any questions you may have.

5. MAKE YOURSELF AT HOME
Thursday, Aug 18, 4:30-6pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
Attend this relaxed social event to connect with faculty, staff, new and returning students and resources that can help you succeed in graduate school and maintain a healthy life balance. Free refreshments for all; door prizes for new students! Sign up online at https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_bjvHXPnt2hGor1b if you are planning to attend. This event replaces the weekly GLC café just this one time. The café will return next week on its regular 3:30-5:00 schedule.

6. GRAD 5144: COMMUNICATING SCIENCE COURSE OFFERED – 1st posting
The course uses theatre improvisational games and interview and writing exercises to help participants become more comfortable with and effective at communicating their research to those outside their specialties. Although its emphasis is on communication to non-scientists, students who have completed this course report that their presentations for committee meetings, lab meetings, and professional association conferences improve as well. To accommodate the cycle of work in grad students’ lives at the beginning and end of the semester, the course (2 credits) is compressed into ten sessions. This fall, both an afternoon section and an evening section are available. Contact Carrie Kroehler (cjkroehl@vt.edu) if you have questions.

7. GRAD 5984: PROFESSIONAL DIGITAL IDENTITY SEMINAR
Have you been meaning to create a personal website but don’t know how to get started? Intimidated by the thought of publishing your scholarship online? Unsure about how to manage your social media presence when you begin looking for a job? If so, read on! A new 2-credit course will meet once a week (Thu 6-8 pm) to discuss readings about “the digital self,” identify best practices for maintaining an online identity in your fields, and get hands-on experience with web publishing and social media tools. You don’t need to have any special technical skills to take the course. This course can be used as elective credits for the Preparing the Future Professoriate certificate, and you can choose a graded or pass/fail option. If you have any questions before you register, contact Quinn Warnick: qwarnick@vt.edu.

8. THE GRADUATE STUDENT ASSEMBLY WELCOMES YOU TO A NEW YEAR
The Executive Board of the Graduate Student Assembly (GSA) would like you wish you a successful and enjoyable new year and extend special greetings to new students. The GSA is the student leadership body that advocates for you, provides you with opportunities for networking and socializing with fellow grad students, and can offer small grant funding for your research endeavors and conference travel. In the past few years, student participation in the GSA’s activities and programs has soared to new heights, and they hope to continue this trend, so look out for announcements from them on this bulletin. Also, check out their community web space (gsa.vt.edu), and like them on Facebook (@VTGraduateStudentAssembly), follow them on Twitter and Instagram (@vtgsa)! If you have questions/concerns or are interested in getting involved, email gsa@vt.edu.

9. APPLICATIONS ACCEPTED FOR TRAVEL SCHOLARSHIP FOR OPENCON2016 – 2nd posting
The Graduate School and University Libraries are co-sponsoring a travel scholarship to attend OpenCon 2016, Nov 12-14 in Washington, DC. Learn more about the application and apply by Sep 20 at https://secure.opencon2016.org/referral/virginiatech. OpenCon is a conference focused on learning about open access, open data, and open education.  The current application process is only for Virginia Tech graduate students; if you applied through the conference-wide process that ended July 11 but were not accepted, you will be automatically included in this round, which closes September 20.  Two recipients will be selected based on their responses by the scholarship sponsors, the VT Graduate School and the VT Libraries.

10. ON-CAMPUS GRAD HOUSING STILL AVAILABLE – 3rd posting
On-campus Graduate housing and dining options are still available! Email housing@vt.edu to request a contract for a space in the residential section of the Graduate Life Center. Spots are limited! Graduate housing offers are made from the waitlist on a first-come, first-served basis until the spaces are filled. Please contact the Housing and Residence Life office at (540)231-6205 or housing@vt.edu for any questions or to request graduate on-campus housing.

11. GSA SEEKING 2016-17 PROGRAM CHAIRS – 3rd posting
The GSA is currently accepting applications for this year’s program chairs! Chairs are interviewed and appointed by the Executive Board officers. Responsibilities include implementing the GSA’s programs, attending board and delegate meetings, and volunteering at GSA-sponsored events. Program chairs develop leadership skills and can add unique professional experiences to their CVs. Currently the GSA is seeking one Travel Fund Program chair, two Research Symposium chairs, one Graduate Research Development Program chair, and one Funding Programs chair. All chairs will work under the supervision of the Executive Board. Position descriptions are available at tinyurl.com/gsa-chairs. To apply, email your CV, the name of the position to which you’re applying, and a brief (1 page or less) letter of interest in Word format to Kasey Richardson, Administrative Director, at kasey@vt.edu. No prior experience with the GSA is required. Applications must be received by Friday, 8/19 at 5pm.

12. PAYROLL-DEDUCTION REGISTRATION OPEN FOR GRAD ASSISTANTS – still posting
Grad students on assistantship appointment may pay their comp and CFE fees through payroll deduction. Enrollment for this option is now open on Hokie SPA. Lear more at http://graduateschool.vt.edu/financial/assistantships#Payroll%20Deduction%20of%20Comprehensive%20and%20Capital%20Fees%20for%20Graduate%20Assistants.

13. WAGE POSITION IN LITTLE HOKIE HANGOUT  -1st posting
Little Hokie Hangout is now hiring students who meet the Virginia DSS requirements for child care instruction to join the team as Lead Teachers, Substitute Teachers and as Classroom Aides. All applicants must complete a background check and training module upon being hired, and become CPR certified prior to starting work (course will be arranged). Email childcare@vt.edu to learn more about minimum criteria required for each position, as well as hours and pay.

14. MANAGING EDITOR WAGE POSITION IN REVIEW OF MIDDLE EAST STUDIES – 2nd posting
Part-time, independent contractor position with a flexible schedule and commitment max. 20 hrs/wk for hourly wage dependent on experience. Position ends Jun 30, 2017. The Review of Middle East Studies (RoMES) is a biannual entirely electronic publication of the Middle East Studies Association of North America, Inc. RoMES, through Cambridge University Press Journals (http://journals.cambridge.org/action/ displayJournal?jid=RMS. RoMES is headquartered at the Department of Religion and Culture at Virginia Tech. The Managing Editor will oversee the daily operation of the editorial office and assist the editor in the publication of the biannual journal, including managing the office, the review and article submission process, the journal’s production, and other administrative and editorial tasks as requested by the editor. View https://goo.gl/yLAe8Q for a detailed job description and application information.

15. DUAL CAREER ASSISTANT PT WAGE POSITION IN HR – 2nd posting
The Dual Career Program assists the senior leadership in hiring top academic and administrative talent by providing assistance with employment resources for the spouses and partners of key academic leaders, and other employees who fill critical roles at the institution. The dual career program assistant will support client intake and correspondence, data entry, social media applications, job research and customer service in working with dual career applicants. Interested applicants can apply on-line at www.jobs.vt.edu , posting #SW0160583. The review of applications will begin on 8/19/2016.

16. GRAD STUDENTS SOUGHT FOR PAID SOCCER COACHING POSITIONS – 3rd posting
New River United Soccer Club seeks experienced soccer players and coaches to work as club coaching staff for Blacksburg-based youth soccer club.  Duties include practice planning and execution and game coaching.  Coaching experience preferred, but not required.  Looking for individuals who enjoy working with youth and have a background in the game of soccer.  Compensation based on experience.  Interested parties should contact Matt Gwilliam, Director of Coaching at doc@nrusa.org.

17. VT HELPING PAWS IS RECRUITING VOLUNTEERS – 1st posting
VT Helping PAWS (Pet Assisted Wellness Service) is a therapy animal program at the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine that provides an opportunity for students/faculty/staff and their pets to bring companionship and animal-assisted therapy for the community. The group visits Newman Library, Squires Student Center, and other places around campus on a regular basis. Join the organization and become a therapy team through Pet Partners, a national pet therapy organization.  The current focus includes dogs & cats, but there is potential for other species such as rats, rabbits, guinea pigs, & birds to join through Pet Partners.  Volunteers who do not have their own pet are still welcome to help with training classes and at events!  There will be an Interest Meeting at the Blacksburg Library on Tuesday Aug 30, 6:00pm; register at www.tinyurl.com/vthpaws. Contact Sara Boyle at vthelpingpaws@vt.edu with questions.

18. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR DIETARY STUDY IN HNFE –  1st posting
Participants are sought for a study to determine the validity of an updated dietary intake assessment method (questionnaire). Must be 18 years of age or older to participate. The study involves 3 visits (over a one month period) to the VT campus. Each visit will be less than 30 minutes and will include 3 urine samples to measure hydration status and a short demographics survey. Participants will be asked to complete several questionnaires on beverage intake frequency, leisure-time physical activity, and health literacy level. The study will also include 2 dietary recalls by phone, each lasting between 10 to 15 minutes. Participants will be compensated a total of $15 upon successful completion of all study visits. For more information contact Anna in the Dietary Assessment Laboratory at 540-231-4386 or annalg16@vt.edu.

19. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR ATHLETIC PERFORMANCE STUDY – 1st posting
Graduate students are invited to participate in an athletic performance study conducted by the Kevin P. Granata Biomechanics Lab. This study will examine landing mechanics in healthy control subjects. Subjects will perform several jumping/landing and hopping tasks while equipped with 3D motion capture markers and in-shoe pressure sensors. Must be between the ages of 18-35, must participate in athletic activities at least 3 times per week, and will 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 in the Granata Lab during two separate sessions one week apart. The first session will take 60-90 minutes to complete and the second session will take 30 minutes to complete. Email to granata-lab-g@vt.edu or call (540) 231-4294 if you are interested in participating in this study.

Upcoming events:

THRIVING IN GRADUATE SCHOOL: A CONVERSATION ON SUCCESS

Monday, Aug 22, 6-7:30pm, GLC Multipurpose Room

Discover resources for academic and personal success at this free dinner and community dialogue co-sponsored by InterVarsity Graduate Christian Fellowship, the Black Graduate Student Organization (BGSO), and the Graduate School.

 

HEALTH SERVICES AND INSURANCE INFORMATION SESSION

Wednesday, Aug 24, 5:30pm, GLC Room F

Representatives from the Student Medical Insurance office and Schiffert Health Center will discuss how to enroll in the university-sponsored insurance, what the plan covers, and what services are offered at the health center.

 

INTERVARSITY GRADUATE CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP – 1st FALL MEETING

Wednesday, Aug 24, 6:00-8:00pm, GLC (room TBA)

Join InterVarsity Graduate Christian Fellowship <http://gcfvt.wordpress.com/> for a free dinner and interactive Bible discussion. All are welcome!

 

HEALTHCARE.GOV INFORMATION SESSION

Thursday, Aug 25, 12-1pm, GLC Room C

Check back for details in next week’s posting.

 

GRADUATE STUDENT ASSEMBLY’S ICE CREAM SOCIAL

Thursday, Aug 25, 1:30-3:00pm, GLC Lounge

Hang out in the GLC Lounge with the GSA officers, your fellow graduate students, and Graduate School staff and enjoy the GSA’s annual mini-festival of ice cream and refreshments to celebrate the first week of classes! This event will be held just before the weekly GLC Cafe, so be sure to stop there too while you’re in the area and have some tea, coffee, and snacks with your pals. No RSVP required. Questions? Email kasey@vt.edu.

 

COMPUTING AND MOBILE DEVICE HELP

Monday, Aug. 29, 3-5pm, GLC Room G

A member of 4Help, the department at VT that assists with computing and answering information technology service questions, will help students learn about connecting devices to wireless, two-factor authentication, where to get software, backup options, and much more. Bring your device and your questions!

 

INAUGURAL WOMEN IN TRANSPORTATION SEMINAR

Aug 31-Sep 1

The Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI) and the Women’s Transportation Seminar (WTS) VT Student Chapter will be hosting the Women in Transportation Seminar – The Future of Transportation with a dinner on Aug 31 and panel discussions on Sep 1, directly following the Fifth International Symposium on Naturalistic Driving Research. The event will be held at the Inn at Virginia Tech. The WTS promotes an inclusive environment and welcomes students of all genders to attend the seminar. Meals will be provided both days. Learn more and register at http://www.vtti.vt.edu/NDRS/wts.html. Contact vtwtsi@gmail.com with questions.

August 15-21, 2016

1.  WEEKLY WALK-IN SERVICES IN THE GLC – updated 7/18/16

  • Career Services advising: on hiatus for the summer
  • Cook Counseling: F 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. GSA WELCOME BACK BBQ
Wednesday, Aug 17, 5:00-8:00pm, GLC Lawn
The Graduate Student Assembly invites you to its annual barbecue for new and returning graduate students and their families! This year’s barbecue will be catered by the Hethwood Market. Vegetarian options will be available. The Welcome Back BBQ is a great opportunity to meet graduate students from other fields, make new friends, and play cornhole and other fun outdoor games. Contact Kisha Gresham at kiwi@vt.edu with any additional questions.

3. OVERLEAF WORKSHOP
Wednesday, Aug 17, 10:00-11:00am and 2:00-3:00pm, Newman Library Classroom 207A
Overleaf is an online tool for creating, editing, and sharing scientific research. The University Libraries are considering a proposal from Overleaf to provide free Overleaf Pro accounts to all VT students, faculty, and staff. VT would have its own institutional portal, VT Overleaf Commons, just like those at Caltech, Stanford, and Purdue. If you are a current Overleaf user or want to learn about this powerful LaTeX-based writing and publishing tool, attend one of the workshops on Aug 17 led by representatives of Overleaf. Pick the time that works best for you, learn more about Overleaf, and give the library your feedback! For more information, please contact Peter Potter (pjp33@vt.edu). Register here: https://goo.gl/forms/hAgb1YVwoLM1I0ss2.

4. HEALTH INSURANCE SIGN-UP
Thursday, Aug 18, 2-4:30pm, GLC Lobby
Friday, Aug 19, 10am-1pm, GLC Lobby
Stop by the GLC Lobby to sign-up for student health insurance with Aetna and ask representatives any questions you may have.

5. MAKE YOURSELF AT HOME
Thursday, Aug 18, 4:30-6pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
Attend this relaxed social event to connect with faculty, staff, new and returning students and resources that can help you succeed in graduate school and maintain a healthy life balance. Free refreshments for all; door prizes for new students! Sign up online at https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_bjvHXPnt2hGor1b if you are planning to attend. This event replaces the weekly GLC café just this one time. The café will return next week on its regular 3:30-5:00 schedule.

6. GRAD 5144: COMMUNICATING SCIENCE COURSE OFFERED – 1st posting
The course uses theatre improvisational games and interview and writing exercises to help participants become more comfortable with and effective at communicating their research to those outside their specialties. Although its emphasis is on communication to non-scientists, students who have completed this course report that their presentations for committee meetings, lab meetings, and professional association conferences improve as well. To accommodate the cycle of work in grad students’ lives at the beginning and end of the semester, the course (2 credits) is compressed into ten sessions. This fall, both an afternoon section and an evening section are available. Contact Carrie Kroehler (cjkroehl@vt.edu) if you have questions.

7. GRAD 5984: PROFESSIONAL DIGITAL IDENTITY SEMINAR
Have you been meaning to create a personal website but don’t know how to get started? Intimidated by the thought of publishing your scholarship online? Unsure about how to manage your social media presence when you begin looking for a job? If so, read on! A new 2-credit course will meet once a week (Thu 6-8 pm) to discuss readings about “the digital self,” identify best practices for maintaining an online identity in your fields, and get hands-on experience with web publishing and social media tools. You don’t need to have any special technical skills to take the course. This course can be used as elective credits for the Preparing the Future Professoriate certificate, and you can choose a graded or pass/fail option. If you have any questions before you register, contact Quinn Warnick: qwarnick@vt.edu.

8. THE GRADUATE STUDENT ASSEMBLY WELCOMES YOU TO A NEW YEAR
The Executive Board of the Graduate Student Assembly (GSA) would like you wish you a successful and enjoyable new year and extend special greetings to new students. The GSA is the student leadership body that advocates for you, provides you with opportunities for networking and socializing with fellow grad students, and can offer small grant funding for your research endeavors and conference travel. In the past few years, student participation in the GSA’s activities and programs has soared to new heights, and they hope to continue this trend, so look out for announcements from them on this bulletin. Also, check out their community web space (gsa.vt.edu), and like them on Facebook (@VTGraduateStudentAssembly), follow them on Twitter and Instagram (@vtgsa)! If you have questions/concerns or are interested in getting involved, email gsa@vt.edu.

9. APPLICATIONS ACCEPTED FOR TRAVEL SCHOLARSHIP FOR OPENCON2016 – 2nd posting
The Graduate School and University Libraries are co-sponsoring a travel scholarship to attend OpenCon 2016, Nov 12-14 in Washington, DC. Learn more about the application and apply by Sep 20 at https://secure.opencon2016.org/referral/virginiatech. OpenCon is a conference focused on learning about open access, open data, and open education.  The current application process is only for Virginia Tech graduate students; if you applied through the conference-wide process that ended July 11 but were not accepted, you will be automatically included in this round, which closes September 20.  Two recipients will be selected based on their responses by the scholarship sponsors, the VT Graduate School and the VT Libraries.

10. ON-CAMPUS GRAD HOUSING STILL AVAILABLE – 3rd posting
On-campus Graduate housing and dining options are still available! Email housing@vt.edu to request a contract for a space in the residential section of the Graduate Life Center. Spots are limited! Graduate housing offers are made from the waitlist on a first-come, first-served basis until the spaces are filled. Please contact the Housing and Residence Life office at (540)231-6205 or housing@vt.edu for any questions or to request graduate on-campus housing.

11. GSA SEEKING 2016-17 PROGRAM CHAIRS – 3rd posting
The GSA is currently accepting applications for this year’s program chairs! Chairs are interviewed and appointed by the Executive Board officers. Responsibilities include implementing the GSA’s programs, attending board and delegate meetings, and volunteering at GSA-sponsored events. Program chairs develop leadership skills and can add unique professional experiences to their CVs. Currently the GSA is seeking one Travel Fund Program chair, two Research Symposium chairs, one Graduate Research Development Program chair, and one Funding Programs chair. All chairs will work under the supervision of the Executive Board. Position descriptions are available at tinyurl.com/gsa-chairs. To apply, email your CV, the name of the position to which you’re applying, and a brief (1 page or less) letter of interest in Word format to Kasey Richardson, Administrative Director, at kasey@vt.edu. No prior experience with the GSA is required. Applications must be received by Friday, 8/19 at 5pm.

12. PAYROLL-DEDUCTION REGISTRATION OPEN FOR GRAD ASSISTANTS – still posting
Grad students on assistantship appointment may pay their comp and CFE fees through payroll deduction. Enrollment for this option is now open on Hokie SPA. Lear more at http://graduateschool.vt.edu/financial/assistantships#Payroll%20Deduction%20of%20Comprehensive%20and%20Capital%20Fees%20for%20Graduate%20Assistants.

13. WAGE POSITION IN LITTLE HOKIE HANGOUT  -1st posting
Little Hokie Hangout is now hiring students who meet the Virginia DSS requirements for child care instruction to join the team as Lead Teachers, Substitute Teachers and as Classroom Aides. All applicants must complete a background check and training module upon being hired, and become CPR certified prior to starting work (course will be arranged). Email childcare@vt.edu to learn more about minimum criteria required for each position, as well as hours and pay.

14. MANAGING EDITOR WAGE POSITION IN REVIEW OF MIDDLE EAST STUDIES – 2nd posting
Part-time, independent contractor position with a flexible schedule and commitment max. 20 hrs/wk for hourly wage dependent on experience. Position ends Jun 30, 2017. The Review of Middle East Studies (RoMES) is a biannual entirely electronic publication of the Middle East Studies Association of North America, Inc. RoMES, through Cambridge University Press Journals (http://journals.cambridge.org/action/ displayJournal?jid=RMS. RoMES is headquartered at the Department of Religion and Culture at Virginia Tech. The Managing Editor will oversee the daily operation of the editorial office and assist the editor in the publication of the biannual journal, including managing the office, the review and article submission process, the journal’s production, and other administrative and editorial tasks as requested by the editor. View https://goo.gl/yLAe8Q for a detailed job description and application information.

15. DUAL CAREER ASSISTANT PT WAGE POSITION IN HR – 2nd posting
The Dual Career Program assists the senior leadership in hiring top academic and administrative talent by providing assistance with employment resources for the spouses and partners of key academic leaders, and other employees who fill critical roles at the institution. The dual career program assistant will support client intake and correspondence, data entry, social media applications, job research and customer service in working with dual career applicants. Interested applicants can apply on-line at www.jobs.vt.edu , posting #SW0160583. The review of applications will begin on 8/19/2016.

16. GRAD STUDENTS SOUGHT FOR PAID SOCCER COACHING POSITIONS – 3rd posting
New River United Soccer Club seeks experienced soccer players and coaches to work as club coaching staff for Blacksburg-based youth soccer club.  Duties include practice planning and execution and game coaching.  Coaching experience preferred, but not required.  Looking for individuals who enjoy working with youth and have a background in the game of soccer.  Compensation based on experience.  Interested parties should contact Matt Gwilliam, Director of Coaching at doc@nrusa.org.

17. VT HELPING PAWS IS RECRUITING VOLUNTEERS – 1st posting
VT Helping PAWS (Pet Assisted Wellness Service) is a therapy animal program at the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine that provides an opportunity for students/faculty/staff and their pets to bring companionship and animal-assisted therapy for the community. The group visits Newman Library, Squires Student Center, and other places around campus on a regular basis. Join the organization and become a therapy team through Pet Partners, a national pet therapy organization.  The current focus includes dogs & cats, but there is potential for other species such as rats, rabbits, guinea pigs, & birds to join through Pet Partners.  Volunteers who do not have their own pet are still welcome to help with training classes and at events!  There will be an Interest Meeting at the Blacksburg Library on Tuesday Aug 30, 6:00pm; register at www.tinyurl.com/vthpaws. Contact Sara Boyle at vthelpingpaws@vt.edu with questions.

18. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR DIETARY STUDY IN HNFE –  1st posting
Participants are sought for a study to determine the validity of an updated dietary intake assessment method (questionnaire). Must be 18 years of age or older to participate. The study involves 3 visits (over a one month period) to the VT campus. Each visit will be less than 30 minutes and will include 3 urine samples to measure hydration status and a short demographics survey. Participants will be asked to complete several questionnaires on beverage intake frequency, leisure-time physical activity, and health literacy level. The study will also include 2 dietary recalls by phone, each lasting between 10 to 15 minutes. Participants will be compensated a total of $15 upon successful completion of all study visits. For more information contact Anna in the Dietary Assessment Laboratory at 540-231-4386 or annalg16@vt.edu.

19. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR ATHLETIC PERFORMANCE STUDY – 1st posting
Graduate students are invited to participate in an athletic performance study conducted by the Kevin P. Granata Biomechanics Lab. This study will examine landing mechanics in healthy control subjects. Subjects will perform several jumping/landing and hopping tasks while equipped with 3D motion capture markers and in-shoe pressure sensors. Must be between the ages of 18-35, must participate in athletic activities at least 3 times per week, and will 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 in the Granata Lab during two separate sessions one week apart. The first session will take 60-90 minutes to complete and the second session will take 30 minutes to complete. Email to granata-lab-g@vt.edu or call (540) 231-4294 if you are interested in participating in this study.

Upcoming events:

THRIVING IN GRADUATE SCHOOL: A CONVERSATION ON SUCCESS

Monday, Aug 22, 6-7:30pm, GLC Multipurpose Room

Discover resources for academic and personal success at this free dinner and community dialogue co-sponsored by InterVarsity Graduate Christian Fellowship, the Black Graduate Student Organization (BGSO), and the Graduate School.

 

HEALTH SERVICES AND INSURANCE INFORMATION SESSION

Wednesday, Aug 24, 5:30pm, GLC Room F

Representatives from the Student Medical Insurance office and Schiffert Health Center will discuss how to enroll in the university-sponsored insurance, what the plan covers, and what services are offered at the health center.

 

INTERVARSITY GRADUATE CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP – 1st FALL MEETING

Wednesday, Aug 24, 6:00-8:00pm, GLC (room TBA)

Join InterVarsity Graduate Christian Fellowship <http://gcfvt.wordpress.com/> for a free dinner and interactive Bible discussion. All are welcome!

 

HEALTHCARE.GOV INFORMATION SESSION

Thursday, Aug 25, 12-1pm, GLC Room C

Check back for details in next week’s posting.

 

GRADUATE STUDENT ASSEMBLY’S ICE CREAM SOCIAL

Thursday, Aug 25, 1:30-3:00pm, GLC Lounge

Hang out in the GLC Lounge with the GSA officers, your fellow graduate students, and Graduate School staff and enjoy the GSA’s annual mini-festival of ice cream and refreshments to celebrate the first week of classes! This event will be held just before the weekly GLC Cafe, so be sure to stop there too while you’re in the area and have some tea, coffee, and snacks with your pals. No RSVP required. Questions? Email kasey@vt.edu.

 

COMPUTING AND MOBILE DEVICE HELP

Monday, Aug. 29, 3-5pm, GLC Room G

A member of 4Help, the department at VT that assists with computing and answering information technology service questions, will help students learn about connecting devices to wireless, two-factor authentication, where to get software, backup options, and much more. Bring your device and your questions!

 

INAUGURAL WOMEN IN TRANSPORTATION SEMINAR

Aug 31-Sep 1

The Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI) and the Women’s Transportation Seminar (WTS) VT Student Chapter will be hosting the Women in Transportation Seminar – The Future of Transportation with a dinner on Aug 31 and panel discussions on Sep 1, directly following the Fifth International Symposium on Naturalistic Driving Research. The event will be held at the Inn at Virginia Tech. The WTS promotes an inclusive environment and welcomes students of all genders to attend the seminar. Meals will be provided both days. Learn more and register at http://www.vtti.vt.edu/NDRS/wts.html. Contact vtwtsi@gmail.com with questions.

August 8-14, 2016

1.  WEEKLY WALK-IN SERVICES IN THE GLC – updated 7/18/16

– Career Services advising: on hiatus for the summer

– Cook Counseling: F 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. OPEN SCIENCE FRAMEWORK FOR INSTITUTIONS DEMO

Thursday, Aug 11, 1:30-3:30pm, Newman Library Classroom 207A

The Open Science Framework (OSF) is a free, open source web application that connects and supports the research workflow, enabling scientists to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of their research. Researchers use the OSF to collaborate, document, archive, share, and register research projects, materials, and data. The Center for Open Science, which created this product, has invited VT to be part of a pilot for the new OSF for Institutions (OSF4I). Matt Spitzer from the Center for Open Science will give this demo. For more information, contact Andi Ogier (alop@vt.edu). Register at https://docs.google.com/a/vt.edu/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfrTr4phmfBFYfqDFO_FEeItyMKuDBuZAIon-TdF-t-Pm_Xzg/viewform?pli=1. 

 

3. GLC CAFÉ: WATERMELON EDITION

Thursday, Aug 11, 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. This week’s special: watermelon!

 

4. APPLICATIONS ACCEPTED FOR TRAVEL SCHOLARSHIP FOR OPENCON2016 – 1st  posting

The Graduate School and University Libraries are co-sponsoring a travel scholarship to attend OpenCon 2016, Nov 12-14 in Washington, DC. Learn more about the application and apply by Sep 20 at https://secure.opencon2016.org/referral/virginiatech. OpenCon is a conference focused on learning about open access, open data, and open education.  The current application process is only for Virginia Tech graduate students; if you applied through the conference-wide process that ended July 11 but were not accepted, you will be automatically included in this round, which closes September 20.  Two recipients will be selected based on their responses by the scholarship sponsors, the VT Graduate School and the VT Libraries.

 

5. ON-CAMPUS GRAD HOUSING STILL AVAILABLE – 2nd posting

On-campus Graduate housing and dining options are still available! Email housing@vt.edu to request a contract for a space in the residential section of the Graduate Life Center. Spots are limited! Graduate housing offers are made from the waitlist on a first-come, first-served basis until the spaces are filled. Please contact the Housing and Residence Life office at (540)231-6205 or housing@vt.edu for any questions or to request graduate on-campus housing.

 

6. GSA SEEKING 2016-17 PROGRAM CHAIRS – 2nd posting

The GSA is currently accepting applications for this year’s program chairs! Chairs are interviewed and appointed by the Executive Board officers. Responsibilities include implementing the GSA’s programs, attending board and delegate meetings, and volunteering at GSA-sponsored events. Program chairs develop leadership skills and can add unique professional experiences to their CVs. Currently the GSA is seeking one Travel Fund Program chair, two Research Symposium chairs, one Graduate Research Development Program chair, and one Funding Programs chair. All chairs will work under the supervision of the Executive Board. Position descriptions are available at tinyurl.com/gsa-chairs. To apply, email your CV, the name of the position to which you’re applying, and a brief (1 page or less) letter of interest in Word format to Kasey Richardson, Administrative Director, at kasey@vt.edu. No prior experience with the GSA is required. Applications must be received by Friday, 8/19 at 5pm.

 

7. RESERVED PARKING LOTTERY FOR GRAD ASSISTANTS FOR 2016-17 – 3rd posting

The Office of Parking and Transportation has developed a new pilot program based on recommendations from the GSA for 2016-17 that will allow up to 75 eligible graduate students to sign up for reserved parking spaces in Perry Street Lot 3. The annual cost is $296 and participants may use payroll deduction to take advantage of the pre-tax savings. Eligible graduate students who wish to participate should register for the lottery drawing by sending an email to parking@vt.edu with the eligible individual’s last name and student ID number, before 11:59 p.m. on Aug 10. Learn more at http://vtnews.vt.edu/notices/adm-ptgradstudentpilot.html.

 

8. PEO INTERNATIONAL SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION FOR 2017-18 AWARDS – 3rd  posting

Applications now accepted for P.E.O. Scholar Awards, which offer $15,000 for outstanding women in doctoral programs. Eligibility: (1) on track to complete doctoral degree between Apr 2018 and Aug 2019; (2) have at least one academic year remaining to complete program when award payment is made in Aug 2017: (3) demonstrates outstanding academic excellence with strong research path, publications, awards and service activities, maturity and seriousness of purpose: (4) has clearly defined career objectives, showing promise of making a significant impact on field or society: (5) FT student at an accredited US or Canadian college or university: (6) US or Canadian citizen or legal permanent resident: (7) must be nominated by a local P.E.O. Chapter. Local Application deadline: Sep 09: send concise letter highlighting current work and career goals and resume to Pat Miller at P.O.Box 10415, Blacksburg, VA 24062-0415 or sonomapm@aol.com. More info: www.peointernational.org/about-peo-scholar-awards-psa.

 

9. PAYROLL-DEDUCTION REGISTRATION OPEN FOR GRAD ASSISTANTS – still posting

Grad students on assistantship appointment may pay their comp and CFE fees through payroll deduction. Enrollment for this option is now open on Hokie SPA. Lear more at

http://graduateschool.vt.edu/financial/assistantships#Payroll%20Deduction%20of%20Comprehensive%20and%20Capital%20Fees%20for%20Graduate%20Assistants.

 

10. MANAGING EDITOR WAGE POSITION IN REVIEW OF MIDDLE EAST STUDIES – 1st posting

Part-time, independent contractor position with a flexible schedule and commitment max. 20 hrs/wk for hourly wage dependent on experience. Position ends Jun 30, 2017. The Review of Middle East Studies (RoMES) is a biannual entirely electronic publication of the Middle East Studies Association of North America, Inc. RoMES, through Cambridge University Press Journals (http://journals.cambridge.org/action/ displayJournal?jid=RMS. RoMES is headquartered at the Department of Religion and Culture at Virginia Tech. The Managing Editor will oversee the daily operation of the editorial office and assist the editor in the publication of the biannual journal, including managing the office, the review and article submission process, the journal’s production, and other administrative and editorial tasks as requested by the editor. View https://goo.gl/yLAe8Q for a detailed job description and application information.

 

11. DUAL CAREER ASSISTANT PT WAGE POSITION IN HR – 1st posting

The Dual Career Program assists the senior leadership in hiring top academic and administrative talent by providing assistance with employment resources for the spouses and partners of key academic leaders, and other employees who fill critical roles at the institution. The dual career program assistant will support client intake and correspondence, data entry, social media applications, job research and customer service in working with dual career applicants. Interested applicants can apply on-line at www.jobs.vt.edu , posting #SW0160583. The review of applications will begin on 8/19/2016.

 

12. GRAD STUDENTS SOUGHT FOR PAID SOCCER COACHING POSITIONS – 2nd posting

New River United Soccer Club seeks experienced soccer players and coaches to work as club coaching staff for Blacksburg-based youth soccer club.  Duties include practice planning and execution and game coaching.  Coaching experience preferred, but not required.  Looking for individuals who enjoy working with youth and have a background in the game of soccer.  Compensation based on experience.  Interested parties should contact Matt Gwilliam, Director of Coaching at doc@nrusa.org.

 

13. FULL-TIME 12-MONTH GRA OPENING IN ENTERPRISE GIS OF VT FOR 2016-17 – 3rd posting

The Enterprise GIS units of VT’s central IT seeks graduate student with GIS programming, GIS analysis and/or web design skills to support projects in a technical team environment. Tasks include: developing scripts to automate GIS data management and server administration tasks; mapping and analysis; developing and maintaining GIS-enabled web applications. Required experience: Python programming, Tools and APIs related to the ESRI ArcGIS platform. Other relevant experience, in descending order of preference: working in a distributed team environment; ESRI GIS software, including ArcGIS Desktop, ArcGIS Server and ArcGIS Online; Revision control, especially Git; REST/SOAP Service-oriented Architecture; Web application programming: HTML, CSS, JavaScript; JavaScript libraries, especially Dojo; Bootstrap and mobile-first design principles; open-source GIS server tools (e.g., GeoServer, PostGIS, Geoportal Server); security, safety and/or facilities management application domains; SQL ( MySQL/ PostgreSQL /Oracle); PHP. To apply, send current resume and cover letter explaining interest in and qualification for position as soon as possible to egisjobs@bev.vt.edu.

 

14. GRAD STUDENT VOLUNTEERS SOUGHT TO HELP WITH ORIENTATION – 3rd posting

The Graduate School is looking for graduate student volunteers (graduate ambassadors) to assist with international graduate student check-in (Aug 1-19), GTA training (Aug 16), the Welcome Center and New Graduate Student Orientation in the GLC (Aug 15-19). Roles include: check-in and registration assistance, information and guidance to attendees; Welcome Center staffing; orientation crowd control; program set up, and more. If you are available and interested in assisting with any of these events, please fill out this short survey: https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1469472286978. Training will be offered to all grad ambassadors.

 

Upcoming events:

 

GSA WELCOME BACK BBQ

Wednesday, Aug 17, 5:00-8:00pm, GLC Lawn

The Graduate Student Assembly invites you to its annual barbecue for new and returning graduate students and their families! This year’s barbecue will be catered by the Hethwood Market. Vegetarian options will be available. The Welcome Back BBQ is a great opportunity to meet graduate students from other fields, make new friends, and play cornhole and other fun outdoor games. Contact Kisha Gresham at kiwi@vt.edu with any additional questions.

 

OVERLEAF WORKSHOP

Wednesday, Aug 17, 10:00-11:00am and 2:00-3:00pm, Newman Library Classroom 207A

Overleaf is an online tool for creating, editing, and sharing scientific research. The University Libraries are considering a proposal from Overleaf to provide free Overleaf Pro accounts to all VT students, faculty, and staff. VT would have its own institutional portal, VT Overleaf Commons, just like those at Caltech, Stanford, and Purdue. If you are a current Overleaf user or want to learn about this powerful LaTeX-based writing and publishing tool, attend one of the workshops on Aug 17 led by representatives of Overleaf. Pick the time that works best for you, learn more about Overleaf, and give the library your feedback! For more information, please contact Peter Potter (pjp33@vt.edu). Register here: https://goo.gl/forms/hAgb1YVwoLM1I0ss2. 

 

INAUGURAL WOMEN IN TRANSPORTATION SEMINAR

Aug 31-Sep 1

The Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI) and the Women’s Transportation Seminar (WTS) VT Student Chapter will be hosting the Women in Transportation Seminar – The Future of Transportation with a dinner on Aug 31 and panel discussions on Sep 1, directly following the Fifth International Symposium on Naturalistic Driving Research. The event will be held at the Inn at Virginia Tech. The WTS promotes an inclusive environment and welcomes students of all genders to attend the seminar. Meals will be provided both days. Learn more and register at http://www.vtti.vt.edu/NDRS/wts.html. Contact vtwtsi@gmail.com with questions.

August 8-14, 2016

1.  WEEKLY WALK-IN SERVICES IN THE GLC – updated 7/18/16

– Career Services advising: on hiatus for the summer

– Cook Counseling: F 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. OPEN SCIENCE FRAMEWORK FOR INSTITUTIONS DEMO

Thursday, Aug 11, 1:30-3:30pm, Newman Library Classroom 207A

The Open Science Framework (OSF) is a free, open source web application that connects and supports the research workflow, enabling scientists to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of their research. Researchers use the OSF to collaborate, document, archive, share, and register research projects, materials, and data. The Center for Open Science, which created this product, has invited VT to be part of a pilot for the new OSF for Institutions (OSF4I). Matt Spitzer from the Center for Open Science will give this demo. For more information, contact Andi Ogier (alop@vt.edu). Register at https://docs.google.com/a/vt.edu/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfrTr4phmfBFYfqDFO_FEeItyMKuDBuZAIon-TdF-t-Pm_Xzg/viewform?pli=1. 

 

3. GLC CAFÉ: WATERMELON EDITION

Thursday, Aug 11, 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. This week’s special: watermelon!

 

4. APPLICATIONS ACCEPTED FOR TRAVEL SCHOLARSHIP FOR OPENCON2016 – 1st  posting

The Graduate School and University Libraries are co-sponsoring a travel scholarship to attend OpenCon 2016, Nov 12-14 in Washington, DC. Learn more about the application and apply by Sep 20 at https://secure.opencon2016.org/referral/virginiatech. OpenCon is a conference focused on learning about open access, open data, and open education.  The current application process is only for Virginia Tech graduate students; if you applied through the conference-wide process that ended July 11 but were not accepted, you will be automatically included in this round, which closes September 20.  Two recipients will be selected based on their responses by the scholarship sponsors, the VT Graduate School and the VT Libraries.

 

5. ON-CAMPUS GRAD HOUSING STILL AVAILABLE – 2nd posting

On-campus Graduate housing and dining options are still available! Email housing@vt.edu to request a contract for a space in the residential section of the Graduate Life Center. Spots are limited! Graduate housing offers are made from the waitlist on a first-come, first-served basis until the spaces are filled. Please contact the Housing and Residence Life office at (540)231-6205 or housing@vt.edu for any questions or to request graduate on-campus housing.

 

6. GSA SEEKING 2016-17 PROGRAM CHAIRS – 2nd posting

The GSA is currently accepting applications for this year’s program chairs! Chairs are interviewed and appointed by the Executive Board officers. Responsibilities include implementing the GSA’s programs, attending board and delegate meetings, and volunteering at GSA-sponsored events. Program chairs develop leadership skills and can add unique professional experiences to their CVs. Currently the GSA is seeking one Travel Fund Program chair, two Research Symposium chairs, one Graduate Research Development Program chair, and one Funding Programs chair. All chairs will work under the supervision of the Executive Board. Position descriptions are available at tinyurl.com/gsa-chairs. To apply, email your CV, the name of the position to which you’re applying, and a brief (1 page or less) letter of interest in Word format to Kasey Richardson, Administrative Director, at kasey@vt.edu. No prior experience with the GSA is required. Applications must be received by Friday, 8/19 at 5pm.

 

7. RESERVED PARKING LOTTERY FOR GRAD ASSISTANTS FOR 2016-17 – 3rd posting

The Office of Parking and Transportation has developed a new pilot program based on recommendations from the GSA for 2016-17 that will allow up to 75 eligible graduate students to sign up for reserved parking spaces in Perry Street Lot 3. The annual cost is $296 and participants may use payroll deduction to take advantage of the pre-tax savings. Eligible graduate students who wish to participate should register for the lottery drawing by sending an email to parking@vt.edu with the eligible individual’s last name and student ID number, before 11:59 p.m. on Aug 10. Learn more at http://vtnews.vt.edu/notices/adm-ptgradstudentpilot.html.

 

8. PEO INTERNATIONAL SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION FOR 2017-18 AWARDS – 3rd  posting

Applications now accepted for P.E.O. Scholar Awards, which offer $15,000 for outstanding women in doctoral programs. Eligibility: (1) on track to complete doctoral degree between Apr 2018 and Aug 2019; (2) have at least one academic year remaining to complete program when award payment is made in Aug 2017: (3) demonstrates outstanding academic excellence with strong research path, publications, awards and service activities, maturity and seriousness of purpose: (4) has clearly defined career objectives, showing promise of making a significant impact on field or society: (5) FT student at an accredited US or Canadian college or university: (6) US or Canadian citizen or legal permanent resident: (7) must be nominated by a local P.E.O. Chapter. Local Application deadline: Sep 09: send concise letter highlighting current work and career goals and resume to Pat Miller at P.O.Box 10415, Blacksburg, VA 24062-0415 or sonomapm@aol.com. More info: www.peointernational.org/about-peo-scholar-awards-psa.

 

9. PAYROLL-DEDUCTION REGISTRATION OPEN FOR GRAD ASSISTANTS – still posting

Grad students on assistantship appointment may pay their comp and CFE fees through payroll deduction. Enrollment for this option is now open on Hokie SPA. Lear more at

http://graduateschool.vt.edu/financial/assistantships#Payroll%20Deduction%20of%20Comprehensive%20and%20Capital%20Fees%20for%20Graduate%20Assistants.

 

10. MANAGING EDITOR WAGE POSITION IN REVIEW OF MIDDLE EAST STUDIES – 1st posting

Part-time, independent contractor position with a flexible schedule and commitment max. 20 hrs/wk for hourly wage dependent on experience. Position ends Jun 30, 2017. The Review of Middle East Studies (RoMES) is a biannual entirely electronic publication of the Middle East Studies Association of North America, Inc. RoMES, through Cambridge University Press Journals (http://journals.cambridge.org/action/ displayJournal?jid=RMS. RoMES is headquartered at the Department of Religion and Culture at Virginia Tech. The Managing Editor will oversee the daily operation of the editorial office and assist the editor in the publication of the biannual journal, including managing the office, the review and article submission process, the journal’s production, and other administrative and editorial tasks as requested by the editor. View https://goo.gl/yLAe8Q for a detailed job description and application information.

 

11. DUAL CAREER ASSISTANT PT WAGE POSITION IN HR – 1st posting

The Dual Career Program assists the senior leadership in hiring top academic and administrative talent by providing assistance with employment resources for the spouses and partners of key academic leaders, and other employees who fill critical roles at the institution. The dual career program assistant will support client intake and correspondence, data entry, social media applications, job research and customer service in working with dual career applicants. Interested applicants can apply on-line at www.jobs.vt.edu , posting #SW0160583. The review of applications will begin on 8/19/2016.

 

12. GRAD STUDENTS SOUGHT FOR PAID SOCCER COACHING POSITIONS – 2nd posting

New River United Soccer Club seeks experienced soccer players and coaches to work as club coaching staff for Blacksburg-based youth soccer club.  Duties include practice planning and execution and game coaching.  Coaching experience preferred, but not required.  Looking for individuals who enjoy working with youth and have a background in the game of soccer.  Compensation based on experience.  Interested parties should contact Matt Gwilliam, Director of Coaching at doc@nrusa.org.

 

13. FULL-TIME 12-MONTH GRA OPENING IN ENTERPRISE GIS OF VT FOR 2016-17 – 3rd posting

The Enterprise GIS units of VT’s central IT seeks graduate student with GIS programming, GIS analysis and/or web design skills to support projects in a technical team environment. Tasks include: developing scripts to automate GIS data management and server administration tasks; mapping and analysis; developing and maintaining GIS-enabled web applications. Required experience: Python programming, Tools and APIs related to the ESRI ArcGIS platform. Other relevant experience, in descending order of preference: working in a distributed team environment; ESRI GIS software, including ArcGIS Desktop, ArcGIS Server and ArcGIS Online; Revision control, especially Git; REST/SOAP Service-oriented Architecture; Web application programming: HTML, CSS, JavaScript; JavaScript libraries, especially Dojo; Bootstrap and mobile-first design principles; open-source GIS server tools (e.g., GeoServer, PostGIS, Geoportal Server); security, safety and/or facilities management application domains; SQL ( MySQL/ PostgreSQL /Oracle); PHP. To apply, send current resume and cover letter explaining interest in and qualification for position as soon as possible to egisjobs@bev.vt.edu.

 

14. GRAD STUDENT VOLUNTEERS SOUGHT TO HELP WITH ORIENTATION – 3rd posting

The Graduate School is looking for graduate student volunteers (graduate ambassadors) to assist with international graduate student check-in (Aug 1-19), GTA training (Aug 16), the Welcome Center and New Graduate Student Orientation in the GLC (Aug 15-19). Roles include: check-in and registration assistance, information and guidance to attendees; Welcome Center staffing; orientation crowd control; program set up, and more. If you are available and interested in assisting with any of these events, please fill out this short survey: https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1469472286978. Training will be offered to all grad ambassadors.

 

Upcoming events:

 

GSA WELCOME BACK BBQ

Wednesday, Aug 17, 5:00-8:00pm, GLC Lawn

The Graduate Student Assembly invites you to its annual barbecue for new and returning graduate students and their families! This year’s barbecue will be catered by the Hethwood Market. Vegetarian options will be available. The Welcome Back BBQ is a great opportunity to meet graduate students from other fields, make new friends, and play cornhole and other fun outdoor games. Contact Kisha Gresham at kiwi@vt.edu with any additional questions.

 

OVERLEAF WORKSHOP

Wednesday, Aug 17, 10:00-11:00am and 2:00-3:00pm, Newman Library Classroom 207A

Overleaf is an online tool for creating, editing, and sharing scientific research. The University Libraries are considering a proposal from Overleaf to provide free Overleaf Pro accounts to all VT students, faculty, and staff. VT would have its own institutional portal, VT Overleaf Commons, just like those at Caltech, Stanford, and Purdue. If you are a current Overleaf user or want to learn about this powerful LaTeX-based writing and publishing tool, attend one of the workshops on Aug 17 led by representatives of Overleaf. Pick the time that works best for you, learn more about Overleaf, and give the library your feedback! For more information, please contact Peter Potter (pjp33@vt.edu). Register here: https://goo.gl/forms/hAgb1YVwoLM1I0ss2. 

 

INAUGURAL WOMEN IN TRANSPORTATION SEMINAR

Aug 31-Sep 1

The Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI) and the Women’s Transportation Seminar (WTS) VT Student Chapter will be hosting the Women in Transportation Seminar – The Future of Transportation with a dinner on Aug 31 and panel discussions on Sep 1, directly following the Fifth International Symposium on Naturalistic Driving Research. The event will be held at the Inn at Virginia Tech. The WTS promotes an inclusive environment and welcomes students of all genders to attend the seminar. Meals will be provided both days. Learn more and register at http://www.vtti.vt.edu/NDRS/wts.html. Contact vtwtsi@gmail.com with questions.