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.