September 6-11, 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; reserve appointment at http://www.lib.vt.edu/spaces/writing/.

 2. 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!

3. 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.

4. INTERVARSITY GRADUATE CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP – 2ND FALL MTG
Wednesday, Sep 7, 6:00-8:00pm, GLC Room C
Join a free dinner and interactive Bible discussion on the gospel of John. All are welcome! For more information, visit http://gcfvt.wordpress.com/.

5. GRAD STUDENT BUBBLE BALL
Thursday, Sep 8, 11:00am-6:00pm, GLC Lawn
Have you ever wondered what it was like to experience a BubbleBall? New River BubbleBall will be displayed on the lawn of the GLC for all graduate students to try on. Student groups are encouraged to stop by and see if this is a team building activity that would be appropriate for their group. Contact nrvbubbleball@pemtel.net or dannette@vt.edu if you have questions.

6. GLC CAFÉ
Thursday, Sep 8, 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.

7. GRADUATE STUDENT TOWN HALL MTG
Thursday, Sep 8, 5:00-6:30pm, GLC Room B
Join the GSA, Graduate BOV representative, and Dean Karen DePauw as they host the first Graduate Student Town Hall. This event is an opportunity for graduate students to discuss topics pertinent to graduate life at Virginia Tech, as well as issues surrounding higher education as a whole. Information gathered from this event will assist the GSA and BOV representative in supporting graduate students at committees and commissions throughout Virginia Tech. All graduate students are welcome to join at this come and go event. Contact Chelsea Corkins (ccorkins@vt.edu) with any questions.

8. 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.

9. GLC COMMUNITY GAME NIGHT
Thursday, Sep 8, 7:30-9:30pm, GLC Lounge
Come unwind from a busy week with some good old-fashioned board games! The Graduate Fellows host a game night full of fun, food, and friendly competition. There will be Pictionary, Jenga, and Apples to Apples, just to name a few. If you have any questions, email Scarlet Soult at scarlet7@vt.edu.

10. 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. Sign-up here: https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_cN4UCKF5foJjyip

11. CASCADES HIKE & PICNIC LUNCH
Saturday, Sep 10 – Meet outside GLC lobby at 9:00am to carpool
Enjoy a leisurely hike to a local waterfall followed by a picnic lunch! Anyone is welcome, but space is limited, so please register here: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0d48a4ab29aafe3-cascades1. Sponsored by InterVarsity Graduate Christian Fellowship.

12. CALL FOR PROPOSALS FOR WOMEN AND MINORITY ARTISTS & SCHOLARS LECTURE SERIES – 1st posting
The Arts@VirginiaTech and the Office of the Provost has issued the annual call for proposals for the Women and Minority Artist and Scholars Lecture Series (WMASLS) for 2016-2017. The deadline for applications is Sept. 23, 2016. The fund provides up to $750 to supplement departmental or college funds in support of guest speakers or performances. Invited speakers may be from any discipline, gender, race, or ethnicity and their presentation must advance the goals of the WMASLS. For more information please visit – http://www.vt.edu/arts-at-vt/wmasls-lecture-series-call.html. Posted on behalf of MFA student Ryan McHugh.

13. GRAD STUDENT MENTORS SOUGHT FOR VT-VCCS B2B PROGRAM – 1st posting
Applications are accepted for VT graduate student mentors to VT-Virginia Community College System (VCCS) Bridges to the Baccalaureate Program (B2B program) to work with Virginia community colleges to increase the number of transfer students pursuing degrees and research career paths in biomedical and behavioral sciences and provide research experiences, skills development, activities and support. Mentors are paired with 1-2 undergraduates and will be expected to attend training, communicate with the students for min. 1 hr/m, attend 1 meeting/m (dates tentatively set for 9/16, 10/21 and 11/11, 4:30-8 pm on VT campus) and possible social events. Mentors will receive $400 for their time. If interested, fill out the survey at https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_5p7S3LpfCv4JBAN by Sep 9 5pm. Mentors will be chosen based on degree matching with undergraduate students (APSC, BIOS, FST, ENGR, PSYC), experience and desire to work with our students.

14. APPLICATIONS OPEN FOR BOREN FELLOWSHIP – 1st posting
Applications for Boren Fellowships are now open through Jan 31, 2017. This program provides up to $30,000 to U.S. graduate students to add an important international and language component to their graduate education through specialization in area study, language study, or increased language proficiency. Boren Fellowships support study and research in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests. In exchange for funding, Boren Fellows commit to working in the federal government for at least one year after graduation. For more information, contact Betty Watts (bettyw@vt.edu; 231-7220).

15. HOW OF HAPPINESS – 1st posting
This free program offered by Rec Sports Wellness meets once a week for 10 weeks to talk  other about different strategies to help make your life the life you want to live. The program is based on the book “The How of Happiness” by Sonja Lyubomirsky, provided to everyone in the group. The focus of the group is to learn strategies mentioned in the book, have open conversations together, and be in a place where you can talk about anything on your mind on a weekly basis to improve your well-being, even if you already consider yourself a happy person. Register online at  http://recsports.vt.edu/content/how-happiness-10-week-group if interested. For more info contact Aubrey Stephenson (aubb0b@vt.edu).

16. APPLICATIONS INVITED FOR ACADEMY FOR GTA EXCELLENCE – 2nd 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).

17. VTGrATE OFFICE HOURS – 2nd  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.

18. WRITING SUPPORT FOR GRADS – 2nd 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.

19. ENGLISH PRACTICE GROUPS OFFERED BY CRANWELL INTL CTR – 2nd 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.

20. BOOK DONATIONS SOUGHT FOR GAMBIA LIBRARY PROJECT – 2nd  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. Contact Sulayman if you have questions, sauln@vt.edu.  

21. ONLINE COURSE FOR NEW GRAD STUDENTS – 3rd 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.

22. WOMEN INFLUENCING ARTS SPEAKER SERIES ANNOUNCED – 2nd 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/. 

23. 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.

24. MEMBERS SOUGHT FOR STUDENT ADVISOR BOARD – 2nd 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. 

25. CONTRIBUTIONS SOUGHT FOR REFLECTIONS & EXPLORATIONS BLOG – 2nd 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.

26. PART-TIME ALTERNATIVE TRANSPORTATION ASSISTANT SOUGHT – 2nd 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.

27. MALE MILITARY VETERANS SOUGHT FOR INTERVIEW ABOUT TECHNOLOGY TO ASSIST WITH COMMUNITY INTEGRATION – 1st posting
Male military veterans aged 18-35 are recruited for a 2-hour interview to discuss requirements for a technology for veterans to use to help them integrate into their community. Interviews are audio-recorded and will take place at a location convenient for the veteran. Compensation for participation is $15/hr. For more information, contact Ali Haskins Lisle at ahaskins@vt.eduor by phone at (540)-585-1588.

28. VOLUNTEERS SOUGHT FOR BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS STEM MENTORING PROGRAM – 1st posting
Big Brothers Big Sisters and the VT Corporate Research Ctr are partnering up to launch a workplace mentoring program in August for children facing adversity in Montgomery County. Forty middle school aged children will come to the VTCRC and meet with their Bigs one day each week 4:00-5:00 pm for one year. To be a Big, or for more information, visit www.bigslittles.org or contact Natanis DeMascio at (540) 345-9604 or ndemascio@bigslittles.org.

29. MOSS ARTS CENTER LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEERS FOR PK12 PROGRAMS – 2nd 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.

30. PARENTS AND ADOLESCENTS SOUGHT FOR VT STUDY – 3rd 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.

31. INTERLOPER LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEER CONTRIBUTORS – 3rd 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.

Upcoming events:

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).

CAMPUS MASTER PLAN STUDENT OPEN FORUM
Tuesday, Sep 13, 6:30-8:00pm, New Classroom Bldg Room 26
Sasaki Associates, in conjunction with the Virginia Tech Office of Planning, is seeking feedback from all students at an open forum to discuss the master plan for Virginia Tech. Free food. If you have any questions, please contact the Board of Visitors graduate student representative, Tara Reel, at tdreel@vt.edu.

ACCESSING MATERIALS AT THE LIBRARIES
Friday, Sep 16, 10:00-11:00am, 207 Newman
Learn about the ways that the University Libraries at Virginia Tech support graduate students. Learn about finding and checking out books, technology lending, interlibrary loan, and printing. Light refreshments provided. Sign-up here: https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_cN4UCKF5foJjyip

September 6-11, 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; reserve appointment at http://www.lib.vt.edu/spaces/writing/.

 2. 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!

3. 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.

4. INTERVARSITY GRADUATE CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP – 2ND FALL MTG
Wednesday, Sep 7, 6:00-8:00pm, GLC Room C
Join a free dinner and interactive Bible discussion on the gospel of John. All are welcome! For more information, visit http://gcfvt.wordpress.com/.

5. GRAD STUDENT BUBBLE BALL
Thursday, Sep 8, 11:00am-6:00pm, GLC Lawn
Have you ever wondered what it was like to experience a BubbleBall? New River BubbleBall will be displayed on the lawn of the GLC for all graduate students to try on. Student groups are encouraged to stop by and see if this is a team building activity that would be appropriate for their group. Contact nrvbubbleball@pemtel.net or dannette@vt.edu if you have questions.

6. GLC CAFÉ
Thursday, Sep 8, 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.

7. GRADUATE STUDENT TOWN HALL MTG
Thursday, Sep 8, 5:00-6:30pm, GLC Room B
Join the GSA, Graduate BOV representative, and Dean Karen DePauw as they host the first Graduate Student Town Hall. This event is an opportunity for graduate students to discuss topics pertinent to graduate life at Virginia Tech, as well as issues surrounding higher education as a whole. Information gathered from this event will assist the GSA and BOV representative in supporting graduate students at committees and commissions throughout Virginia Tech. All graduate students are welcome to join at this come and go event. Contact Chelsea Corkins (ccorkins@vt.edu) with any questions.

8. 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.

9. GLC COMMUNITY GAME NIGHT
Thursday, Sep 8, 7:30-9:30pm, GLC Lounge
Come unwind from a busy week with some good old-fashioned board games! The Graduate Fellows host a game night full of fun, food, and friendly competition. There will be Pictionary, Jenga, and Apples to Apples, just to name a few. If you have any questions, email Scarlet Soult at scarlet7@vt.edu.

10. 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. Sign-up here: https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_cN4UCKF5foJjyip

11. CASCADES HIKE & PICNIC LUNCH
Saturday, Sep 10 – Meet outside GLC lobby at 9:00am to carpool
Enjoy a leisurely hike to a local waterfall followed by a picnic lunch! Anyone is welcome, but space is limited, so please register here: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0d48a4ab29aafe3-cascades1. Sponsored by InterVarsity Graduate Christian Fellowship.

12. CALL FOR PROPOSALS FOR WOMEN AND MINORITY ARTISTS & SCHOLARS LECTURE SERIES – 1st posting
The Arts@VirginiaTech and the Office of the Provost has issued the annual call for proposals for the Women and Minority Artist and Scholars Lecture Series (WMASLS) for 2016-2017. The deadline for applications is Sept. 23, 2016. The fund provides up to $750 to supplement departmental or college funds in support of guest speakers or performances. Invited speakers may be from any discipline, gender, race, or ethnicity and their presentation must advance the goals of the WMASLS. For more information please visit – http://www.vt.edu/arts-at-vt/wmasls-lecture-series-call.html. Posted on behalf of MFA student Ryan McHugh.

13. GRAD STUDENT MENTORS SOUGHT FOR VT-VCCS B2B PROGRAM – 1st posting
Applications are accepted for VT graduate student mentors to VT-Virginia Community College System (VCCS) Bridges to the Baccalaureate Program (B2B program) to work with Virginia community colleges to increase the number of transfer students pursuing degrees and research career paths in biomedical and behavioral sciences and provide research experiences, skills development, activities and support. Mentors are paired with 1-2 undergraduates and will be expected to attend training, communicate with the students for min. 1 hr/m, attend 1 meeting/m (dates tentatively set for 9/16, 10/21 and 11/11, 4:30-8 pm on VT campus) and possible social events. Mentors will receive $400 for their time. If interested, fill out the survey at https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_5p7S3LpfCv4JBAN by Sep 9 5pm. Mentors will be chosen based on degree matching with undergraduate students (APSC, BIOS, FST, ENGR, PSYC), experience and desire to work with our students.

14. APPLICATIONS OPEN FOR BOREN FELLOWSHIP – 1st posting
Applications for Boren Fellowships are now open through Jan 31, 2017. This program provides up to $30,000 to U.S. graduate students to add an important international and language component to their graduate education through specialization in area study, language study, or increased language proficiency. Boren Fellowships support study and research in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests. In exchange for funding, Boren Fellows commit to working in the federal government for at least one year after graduation. For more information, contact Betty Watts (bettyw@vt.edu; 231-7220).

15. HOW OF HAPPINESS – 1st posting
This free program offered by Rec Sports Wellness meets once a week for 10 weeks to talk  other about different strategies to help make your life the life you want to live. The program is based on the book “The How of Happiness” by Sonja Lyubomirsky, provided to everyone in the group. The focus of the group is to learn strategies mentioned in the book, have open conversations together, and be in a place where you can talk about anything on your mind on a weekly basis to improve your well-being, even if you already consider yourself a happy person. Register online at  http://recsports.vt.edu/content/how-happiness-10-week-group if interested. For more info contact Aubrey Stephenson (aubb0b@vt.edu).

16. APPLICATIONS INVITED FOR ACADEMY FOR GTA EXCELLENCE – 2nd 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).

17. VTGrATE OFFICE HOURS – 2nd  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.

18. WRITING SUPPORT FOR GRADS – 2nd 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.

19. ENGLISH PRACTICE GROUPS OFFERED BY CRANWELL INTL CTR – 2nd 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.

20. BOOK DONATIONS SOUGHT FOR GAMBIA LIBRARY PROJECT – 2nd  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. Contact Sulayman if you have questions, sauln@vt.edu.  

21. ONLINE COURSE FOR NEW GRAD STUDENTS – 3rd 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.

22. WOMEN INFLUENCING ARTS SPEAKER SERIES ANNOUNCED – 2nd 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/. 

23. 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.

24. MEMBERS SOUGHT FOR STUDENT ADVISOR BOARD – 2nd 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. 

25. CONTRIBUTIONS SOUGHT FOR REFLECTIONS & EXPLORATIONS BLOG – 2nd 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.

26. PART-TIME ALTERNATIVE TRANSPORTATION ASSISTANT SOUGHT – 2nd 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.

27. MALE MILITARY VETERANS SOUGHT FOR INTERVIEW ABOUT TECHNOLOGY TO ASSIST WITH COMMUNITY INTEGRATION – 1st posting
Male military veterans aged 18-35 are recruited for a 2-hour interview to discuss requirements for a technology for veterans to use to help them integrate into their community. Interviews are audio-recorded and will take place at a location convenient for the veteran. Compensation for participation is $15/hr. For more information, contact Ali Haskins Lisle at ahaskins@vt.eduor by phone at (540)-585-1588.

28. VOLUNTEERS SOUGHT FOR BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS STEM MENTORING PROGRAM – 1st posting
Big Brothers Big Sisters and the VT Corporate Research Ctr are partnering up to launch a workplace mentoring program in August for children facing adversity in Montgomery County. Forty middle school aged children will come to the VTCRC and meet with their Bigs one day each week 4:00-5:00 pm for one year. To be a Big, or for more information, visit www.bigslittles.org or contact Natanis DeMascio at (540) 345-9604 or ndemascio@bigslittles.org.

29. MOSS ARTS CENTER LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEERS FOR PK12 PROGRAMS – 2nd 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.

30. PARENTS AND ADOLESCENTS SOUGHT FOR VT STUDY – 3rd 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.

31. INTERLOPER LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEER CONTRIBUTORS – 3rd 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.

Upcoming events:

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).

CAMPUS MASTER PLAN STUDENT OPEN FORUM
Tuesday, Sep 13, 6:30-8:00pm, New Classroom Bldg Room 26
Sasaki Associates, in conjunction with the Virginia Tech Office of Planning, is seeking feedback from all students at an open forum to discuss the master plan for Virginia Tech. Free food. If you have any questions, please contact the Board of Visitors graduate student representative, Tara Reel, at tdreel@vt.edu.

ACCESSING MATERIALS AT THE LIBRARIES
Friday, Sep 16, 10:00-11:00am, 207 Newman
Learn about the ways that the University Libraries at Virginia Tech support graduate students. Learn about finding and checking out books, technology lending, interlibrary loan, and printing. Light refreshments provided. Sign-up here: https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_cN4UCKF5foJjyip