October 24-30, 2016

1.  WEEKLY WALK-IN SERVICES IN THE GLC

– Career Advising: W 2:00-5:00pm, Info kiosk in lobby
– 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;
– Peer to peer support coaching: M 1:00-3:00pm, Room F, F 11:00am-1:00pm, Room A (email grads@vt.edu for more info)
– Writing assistance: Wednesdays, 2-4:30pm, Room A; reserve appointment at http://www.lib.vt.edu/spaces/writing/.

2. GLC PHOTO SCAVENGER HUNT
Monday-Friday, Oct 24-28
Participate in the  #GLCPlacetobe scavenger hunt all week for a chance to win a prize.  You can do any task at any point during the week – just be sure to post your photo to social media with the #GLCPlacetobe hashtag. You can also email your photo entry to grads@vt.edu if you prefer to not post online. The list of scavenger hunt items can be found online at   http://graduateschool.vt.edu/graduate-life-center/glc-scavenger-hunt.html The more tasks you complete, the better your chances are at winning a prize. Have fun and good luck!

3. OPEN ACCESS WEEK 2016
Monday-Sunday, Oct 24-30, times and locations vary
The University Libraries promote the value of open access and provide VT scholars with new open access options for showcasing their creative outputs. Providing access to everyone, not just institutions that can afford to purchase journal subscriptions, helps to inspire creativity, enable innovation and to accelerate the development of important new discoveries. Celebrate Open Access by participating in OAW events. See details at http://www.lib.vt.edu/openaccess/

4. HEALTHY HOKIE HALLOWEEN
Monday, Oct 24, 5:30-7:00pm, Foxridge Tennis Courts & rec Field
Doctoral student Cassie Mitchell of HNFE invites all grad students and their K-5 dependents to this healthy Hokie Halloween bash with games and prizes for caregivers, and pumpkin decorating, corn hole, freeze tag, piñata and snacks for the kids. For more info contact Cassie at casmitch@vt.edu.

5. AUDITIONS FOR MUSIC-THEATER PIECE IN MOSS ART CTR
Monday-Wednesday, Oct 24-26, 6:00-8:00pm
The Moss Art Center (MAC) is holding auditions for  (Be)Longing,  a new collaborative work to be performed in the Anne and Ellen Fife Theatre on Mar 17-18, 2017. If interested, call Morgan Ehresman at 540-526-3857 or contact mehres94@vt.edu with your name, phone number, and availability.  (Be)Longing,  featuring locally cast singers, beatboxers, and hip-hop artists, is about isolation, healing, and community.  The piece has been developed through ongoing research and creative residencies in Blacksburg and other locations since April 2014. Posted on behalf of grad student David Salmo, davidts@vt.edu.

6. COMMUNITY VOICES: BEYOND THE MARGINS – SIX TRANSITIONS TO BUILDING A HEALTHY ECONOMY FROM THE BOTTOM UP
Monday, Oct 24, 7:00pm, Alexander Black House – 204 Draper Road
Free and open to the public: guest speaker Anthony Flaccavento, sustainable community pioneer, organic farmer, and food system innovator will discuss his book on building a healthy economy. Posted on behalf of public & intl affairs grad student Heather Lyne, hlyne27@vt.edu.

7. LGBTQ+ LUNCHEON IN THE GLC
Tuesday, Oct 25, 11:30am-12:30pm, GLC Room F
The Graduate School’s Office of Recruitment and Diversity Initiatives offers a fellowship gathering every year to individuals who are part of the LGBTQ+ community. The keynote speaker for this event is Luis Garay the Assistant Director of the LGBTQ+ Center. Lunch will be provided. Please register at: https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_6QiNweyoyfrNou9.

8. DISCOVER ISLAM
Tuesday, Oct 25, 12:30-2:00pm, Info Booth A in Squires Student Center
Islam is the fastest growing religion in the world with more than 1.6 billion followers. Muslims come from almost every country in the world and speak almost every language. Learn more about Islam from your Muslim colleagues: stop by, ask questions, get your free copy of Quran interpretation in English, view Islamic art from different countries, get your name in Arabic, and enjoy tasty Arabian dates. Hosted by the Islamic Student Assembly (ISA). For more information contact grad student Haitham Elmarakeby, marakeby@vt.edu.

9. BREAKFAST WITH THE DEAN
Wednesday, Oct 26, 9:00am-10:15am, GLC Meeting Room C
The Graduate Student Assembly invites you to a Breakfast with the Dean! Eat delicious goodies (and drink energizing coffee) while engaging in a meaningful dialogue about graduate school. This event is free to all graduate students. Contact Sam at sjfried@vt.edu with any questions.

10. REMEMBERING AMERICA’S SECOND FOUNDING: RECONSTRUCTION AND PUBLIC HISTORY
Wednesday, Oct 26, 4:30pm, Room 103A Surge Space Bldg, Turner St
All are invited to this public lecture by Kate Masur of Northwestern U, part of the Legacies of Reconstruction series and supported by CLAHS, the Department of History, the Program in Material Culture and Public Humanities, and VCCWS. More information on the Virginia Center for Civil War Studies at www.civilwar.vt.edu; https://www.facebook.com/VCCWS; more on the event at http://www.roanoke.com/calendar/books_talks/legacies-of-reconstruction-lecture/event_6f605590-9711-11e6-99fd-5cb9017beffb.html. Posted on behalf of grad student Katelyn Brown, kateb17@vt.edu.

11. RED FLAG CAMPAIGN
Thursday, Oct 27, all day, VT campus
Wear red on Thursday to stand against relationship violence and show survivors that they are not alone. Tell the world that Hokies “Say Something”! Facebook/VTRFC Instagram: @womenscentervt Twitter: @VT_WC redflagcampaingvt@gmail.com.

12. MINGLE LIKE YOU MEAN IT
Thursday, Oct 27, 2:00-3:30pm, GLC Room B
How are you at networking when it comes to large receptions, conferences or other professional events? Feel like you need to get better? Improve your skills at mingling at this interactive session where you’ll practice introductions, opening lines and more with fellow graduate students. Please register online at  https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_4UUeDutInys0D6B if you are planning to attend.

13. GLC CAFÉ: CUBICLE FARM TIRAMISU EDITION
Thursday, Oct 27, 3:30-5:00pm, Reading Room
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. This week’s special is the GLC’s signature dessert just for grads: cubicle-farm tiramisu. If you’ve never had it, here is your chance to try it; it is American junk food at its best! And if you read short stories instead of watching Hokie football last Thursday, share a good one with your grad colleagues.

14. HALLOWEEN PARTY
Thursday, Oct 27, 7:00-9:00pm, Owens Banquet Hall
Come celebrate the spooky season with graduate and international students and scholars! Prizes for costumes, games, and light refreshments will be provided. Co-sponsored by International Support Services, Language and Culture Institute, Cranwell International Center, and the Graduate School. Contact Kristen Haas at kjhaas@vt.edu for more information. Please register online at https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_bHFZmF5bLIu2Qtf.

15. GOT LOST IN THE SHUFFLE
But at least you don’t have to try to find time for yet another event.

16. GLC OPEN HOUSE
Friday, Oct 28, 2-4pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
Enjoy coffee and light refreshments, meet and mingle with Graduate School staff, cast your vote in the art and photography contest, and participate in the #GLCPlacetobe scavenger hunt at the GLC Open House.

17. GSA FALL BEER & WINE SOCIAL
Friday, Oct 28, 5:00pm-9:00pm, University Club
Join the GSA for an autumnal beer & wine social and tasting! Admission will be $5, and a set of 6 tasting tickets will be an additional $5. Light refreshments and snacks will be free with admission; food trucks will be on-site with food for purchase, for those that want heavier meals. This social is for students 21 and over. Tickets will be sold at the event (and note that there will be an additional $1 charge for all tickets purchased by credit card). However, please register for the event on Facebook at tinyurl.com/beerandwine-fall2016, so that the GSA can have a rough idea of attendance.

18. ABRAHAM LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER – MOVIE SCREENING AND COSTUME CONTEST
Saturday, Oct 29, 1:00pm,  The Lyric Theatre, 135 College Ave
Join the Virginia Center for Civil War Studies for a free movie and learn all about Lincoln’s crusade against the vampires fighting to destroy the United States. (It’s not the Civil War history you’ll hear about in class!) The afternoon will conclude with a Historic Halloween costume contest. Wear your history-themed costumes and compete for Abe-tastic prizes! Learn more at Link to the event on Roanoke Times website: http://www.roanoke.com/calendar/arts/movie-screening-abraham-lincoln-vampire-hunter/event_f2f61e9c-970e-11e6-b2c4-5cb9017bb5bf.html. Posted on behalf of grad student Katelyn Brown, kateb17@vt.edu.

19. INTL RESEARCH EXPERIENCE SUMMER PROGRAM – 1st posting
Final week to apply for the International Research Experience for Students (IRES)! Paid summer research from May 22—Aug 4, 2017. (3 weeks at VT, 7 weeks abroad at the University of Nottingham, UK).  Must be a US citizen or permanent resident and a full-time graduate student (graduating after May 2017). Visit https://www.eng.vt.edu/international/ires for more information and to apply. Deadline: Oct 28, 2016. Email Heather Lyne at engabroad@vt.edu with complete application, letters or recommendation and any questions.

20. GSA TRAVEL FUND REVIEW HELP (FREE FOOD) – NOV 4 and 11 – 1st posting
Want free food? Want a shiny new line on your CV? The GSA needs your help reviewing applications to the Travel Fund Program. Reviewers are expect to volunteer for at least 2 hours over the two dates, and will be entered to win a $25 gift certificate. If you are willing to be a reviewer, please fill out the following survey: https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_0wApxMh2sswUXbL. If you have questions, contact TFP Chair Zack Shiner at gsaTravelFund@gmail.com.

21. GSA GRADUATE RESEARCH DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM NOW OPEN – OCT 23-29 – 1st posting
Do you have a research idea that could deserves funding? The GSA Graduate Research Development Program provides a research grant funds to support graduate research. PhD students may be awarded up to $1,000 and master’s students up to $750 to support their projects. The application is now open and will close on Oct 29 at 11:59pm. The application and more information may be found at tinyurl.com/grdp-fall2016. If you have questions, contact GRDP Chair Adwoa Baah-Dwomoh at gsaGRDP@gmail.com

22. DONATION DRIVE FOR HURRICANE MATTHEW VICTIMS – 1st posting
The American Indian and Indigenous Community Center (AIICC–122 Squires) is serving as drop-off point for a donation drive for Hurricane Matthew victims through Oct 26.  Donations will be delivered to North Carolina by Melissa Faircloth, AIICC Programming Assistant. Non-perishable food items, water, toiletries, first aid supplies, clothing and baby items are requested.  Posted on behalf of grad student Nevetha Ramesh, rnevetha@vt.edu.

23. LITTLE HOKIE(TM) HAND-ME-DOWN: DONATIONS ACCEPTED NOV 1-15 – 2nd posting
Give what you can, take what you need! Graduate students with families and children aged 0-10 (and expecting families, too!) are encouraged to participate in a free event to support fellow students with families. You and your family are allowed to peruse donated items in the GLC Multipurpose Room. Bags will be provided at the entrance and you can fill a large bag with as many items as will fit. Donations will be accepted November 1-15 at the GLC Welcome Center (front desk) or at the VT Women’s Center. Contact Dannette Beane (dannette@vt.edu) or Kasey Richardson (kasey@vt.edu) with questions.

24. PARKING CHANGES AT THE INN AT VT- UPDATED – 2nd posting
Students attending a luncheon or event at the Inn at Virginia Tech can park in F/S/V parking on the Inn side of the building with a valid University parking permit. If a student receives a citation, Parking Services can void it if the student has a valid parking permit and documentation for the event. So keep documentation of events you might attend at The Inn and refer to the appeal information on the citation, should you receive one.

25. SPRING 2017 GLC FELLOW POSITION OPENING – 3rd posting
Residence Life and the Graduate School are seeking a motivated graduate student who is committed to building graduate community, for a GLC Fellow position for Spring 2017. An ideal candidate would have previous residence life and/or event planning experience, though it is not a requirement. Applicants must submit a formal cover letter, resume and letter of recommendation, and fully complete the following survey: https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_etFlFGFfWtFVSyV Information about cover letter requirements is detailed in the survey and the full job description is at  http://graduateschool.vt.edu/graduate-life-center.html  Apply by midnight on Friday, Oct. 28, 2016. Contact Lauren Surface at lkeister@vt.edu or Sam Harbison at samlh@vt.edu if you have questions.

26. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR STUDY ON TRAVEL PATTERNS AND MOOD – 1st posting
VT researchers in urban affairs & planning and psychology are seeking participants for a pilot study on mood states in transport environments. Participants will first complete a short entry questionnaire in Qualtrics, then will be provided with a link to install an Android GPS app called Daynamica (only compatible with Android smartphones ) to track transportation mode, route, and distance of your daily travel. Upon completing each trip, you will be asked to report your mood with a brief survey. Must be 18 or older. Ten $50 Amazon gift cards will be awarded randomly to participants who complete a trip survey for at least five trips for one week. Raffle entry twice for completing trip survey for at least five trips for a second week. If interested, contact Steve Hankey at hankey@vt.edu, (540) 231-7508, or visit the study website at https://travelmoodsite.wordpress.com/.

27. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR USER BEHAVIOR DURING ONLINE SEARCHES – 1st posting
Participants are needed for a study assessing user behavior and attitudes while performing online search on the web. This project involves a laboratory-based experiment with assigned search tasks to be performed online. While performing these tasks, participants will be asked questions regarding the nature of the tasks. The approximate time for the study is 60 minutes. Must be 10 or older above. For minors (age 10-17) to participate, their parent will need to provide consent in addition to an Assent Form which would be signed by the participant. For further information or to enroll in the study, contact email sarang87@vt.edu  or send a text message to 248-705-7830.

28. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED – 2nd posting
Participants needed for a study investigating conflicts between school life and family life. Looking for students raising a child and enrolled in full-time graduate program for at least one year. Two meetings (one short meeting about 20~30 minutes, and one interview about an hour) will be needed for the study. If interested, please contact grad student Soo at soojeong@vt.edu.

29. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR EFFECTS OF INFO DISPLAY STUDY – 2nd posting
Participants are sought for a study on the effects of different types of information display (i.e. paper-based system, head-down, and head-up display) on walking behaviors. Participants will be asked to perform a cognitive task while walking on a treadmill. Different display types will also be used. Must be 18-35; no current or recent history (1 year) of musculoskeletal problems; normal or corrected to normal vision; fluent in English; have a smartphone or experience in using smartphones. Participants will be asked to perform walking tasks with different information presentation methods in a lab in the ISE department. Two sessions (one 30-min preliminary + one 2.5 hr data collection); compensation ($10 per hour). Call or email Mr. Alireza Sedighi if interested: (540) 394-8441, sedighia@vt.edu.

Upcoming events:

INTERDISCIPLINARY HONOR SOCIETY FALL EVENTS
Tuesday, Nov 1, 7:00pm, PKs
Monday, Nov 7, 12:00pm Moss Arts Center Learning Studio
The Interdisciplinary Honor Society, Iota Delta Rho (IDR), is hosting several events this fall and you’re invited! First is a social for current members and interested grad students on Nov 1 (appetizers provided); the second is part of the Speaker Spotlight Series and feature faculty member Meaghan Dee on Nov 7 as she discusses bridging the arts and sciences (lunch provided). Come out to network with fellow grads, to challenge your research perspectives, and to learn about becoming a member! Find IDR online at www.idrsociety.org for further info.

FALL ETIQUETTE DINNER – register now!
Wednesday, Nov 2, 5:00-7:30pm, Owens Banquet Room
Career and Professional Development’s annual etiquette dinner is an opportunity to learn and practice good table manners to assist you in being successful in your job and internship search and as a new professional. Register at the Hokies4Hire website: https://www.myinterfase.com/vt/Account/LogOn. Select “Career Events”, and then from drop-down menu choose “Dining Etiquette”, “Search” and then select “Dining Etiquette: A Networking and Fine Dining Experience.” Registration deadline is October 24 and the cost is $11.00. Email cpd@vt.edu if you have questions.

INTERVARSITY GRADUATE CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP FALL RETREAT
Friday-Sunday,  Nov 4-6, near Lexington, VA (1.5 hours from VT)
All VT graduate students are welcome to join in a weekend of new friendships, indoor/outdoor recreation, Bible study and prayer in a relaxed setting away from campus. Cost is $35 (scholarships are available). Space is limited to 25 participants. For more information and to register online, visit <https://gcfvt.wordpress.com/fall-retreat/>. Event starts at 8pm Friday and ends by 11am Sunday. Contact Robert Howe (robahowe@gmail.com) with any questions.

STEAM CARNIVAL (STEAM=STEM+ARTS)
Sunday, Nov 6, 1:30-4:00pm, Old Dominion Ballroom in Squires
STEAMup at VT, a carnival style event, is hosted by the Myers-Lawson School of Construction with 12 booths with fun and engaging activities for students grades K – 8 to make youth aware of the STEAM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) and develop a passion for one or more of the fields. Further information on Facebook at www.facebook.com/steamupvt or questions can be sent to at steamupvt@gmail.com. Posted on behalf of grad student Judson Duryea, jbduryea@vt.edu.

GLC COMMUNITY US PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION RESULTS SCREENING
Tuesday, Nov 8, 8:00-11:00pm, GLC Lounge
This is it! The long-awaited 2016 US Presidential Election concludes and the next commander in chief is… Who? Come to find out and unwind from a busy day by watching live TV coverage as various local results roll in. The Graduate Fellows host a screening night with light refreshments and friendly conversations. If you have any questions, email Erik Fendik at ef@vt.edu.

October 24-30, 2016

1.  WEEKLY WALK-IN SERVICES IN THE GLC

– Career Advising: W 2:00-5:00pm, Info kiosk in lobby
– 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;
– Peer to peer support coaching: M 1:00-3:00pm, Room F, F 11:00am-1:00pm, Room A (email grads@vt.edu for more info)
– Writing assistance: Wednesdays, 2-4:30pm, Room A; reserve appointment at http://www.lib.vt.edu/spaces/writing/.

2. GLC PHOTO SCAVENGER HUNT
Monday-Friday, Oct 24-28
Participate in the  #GLCPlacetobe scavenger hunt all week for a chance to win a prize.  You can do any task at any point during the week – just be sure to post your photo to social media with the #GLCPlacetobe hashtag. You can also email your photo entry to grads@vt.edu if you prefer to not post online. The list of scavenger hunt items can be found online at   http://graduateschool.vt.edu/graduate-life-center/glc-scavenger-hunt.html The more tasks you complete, the better your chances are at winning a prize. Have fun and good luck!

3. OPEN ACCESS WEEK 2016
Monday-Sunday, Oct 24-30, times and locations vary
The University Libraries promote the value of open access and provide VT scholars with new open access options for showcasing their creative outputs. Providing access to everyone, not just institutions that can afford to purchase journal subscriptions, helps to inspire creativity, enable innovation and to accelerate the development of important new discoveries. Celebrate Open Access by participating in OAW events. See details at http://www.lib.vt.edu/openaccess/

4. HEALTHY HOKIE HALLOWEEN
Monday, Oct 24, 5:30-7:00pm, Foxridge Tennis Courts & rec Field
Doctoral student Cassie Mitchell of HNFE invites all grad students and their K-5 dependents to this healthy Hokie Halloween bash with games and prizes for caregivers, and pumpkin decorating, corn hole, freeze tag, piñata and snacks for the kids. For more info contact Cassie at casmitch@vt.edu.

5. AUDITIONS FOR MUSIC-THEATER PIECE IN MOSS ART CTR
Monday-Wednesday, Oct 24-26, 6:00-8:00pm
The Moss Art Center (MAC) is holding auditions for  (Be)Longing,  a new collaborative work to be performed in the Anne and Ellen Fife Theatre on Mar 17-18, 2017. If interested, call Morgan Ehresman at 540-526-3857 or contact mehres94@vt.edu with your name, phone number, and availability.  (Be)Longing,  featuring locally cast singers, beatboxers, and hip-hop artists, is about isolation, healing, and community.  The piece has been developed through ongoing research and creative residencies in Blacksburg and other locations since April 2014. Posted on behalf of grad student David Salmo, davidts@vt.edu.

6. COMMUNITY VOICES: BEYOND THE MARGINS – SIX TRANSITIONS TO BUILDING A HEALTHY ECONOMY FROM THE BOTTOM UP
Monday, Oct 24, 7:00pm, Alexander Black House – 204 Draper Road
Free and open to the public: guest speaker Anthony Flaccavento, sustainable community pioneer, organic farmer, and food system innovator will discuss his book on building a healthy economy. Posted on behalf of public & intl affairs grad student Heather Lyne, hlyne27@vt.edu.

7. LGBTQ+ LUNCHEON IN THE GLC
Tuesday, Oct 25, 11:30am-12:30pm, GLC Room F
The Graduate School’s Office of Recruitment and Diversity Initiatives offers a fellowship gathering every year to individuals who are part of the LGBTQ+ community. The keynote speaker for this event is Luis Garay the Assistant Director of the LGBTQ+ Center. Lunch will be provided. Please register at: https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_6QiNweyoyfrNou9.

8. DISCOVER ISLAM
Tuesday, Oct 25, 12:30-2:00pm, Info Booth A in Squires Student Center
Islam is the fastest growing religion in the world with more than 1.6 billion followers. Muslims come from almost every country in the world and speak almost every language. Learn more about Islam from your Muslim colleagues: stop by, ask questions, get your free copy of Quran interpretation in English, view Islamic art from different countries, get your name in Arabic, and enjoy tasty Arabian dates. Hosted by the Islamic Student Assembly (ISA). For more information contact grad student Haitham Elmarakeby, marakeby@vt.edu.

9. BREAKFAST WITH THE DEAN
Wednesday, Oct 26, 9:00am-10:15am, GLC Meeting Room C
The Graduate Student Assembly invites you to a Breakfast with the Dean! Eat delicious goodies (and drink energizing coffee) while engaging in a meaningful dialogue about graduate school. This event is free to all graduate students. Contact Sam at sjfried@vt.edu with any questions.

10. REMEMBERING AMERICA’S SECOND FOUNDING: RECONSTRUCTION AND PUBLIC HISTORY
Wednesday, Oct 26, 4:30pm, Room 103A Surge Space Bldg, Turner St
All are invited to this public lecture by Kate Masur of Northwestern U, part of the Legacies of Reconstruction series and supported by CLAHS, the Department of History, the Program in Material Culture and Public Humanities, and VCCWS. More information on the Virginia Center for Civil War Studies at www.civilwar.vt.edu; https://www.facebook.com/VCCWS; more on the event at http://www.roanoke.com/calendar/books_talks/legacies-of-reconstruction-lecture/event_6f605590-9711-11e6-99fd-5cb9017beffb.html. Posted on behalf of grad student Katelyn Brown, kateb17@vt.edu.

11. RED FLAG CAMPAIGN
Thursday, Oct 27, all day, VT campus
Wear red on Thursday to stand against relationship violence and show survivors that they are not alone. Tell the world that Hokies “Say Something”! Facebook/VTRFC Instagram: @womenscentervt Twitter: @VT_WC redflagcampaingvt@gmail.com.

12. MINGLE LIKE YOU MEAN IT
Thursday, Oct 27, 2:00-3:30pm, GLC Room B
How are you at networking when it comes to large receptions, conferences or other professional events? Feel like you need to get better? Improve your skills at mingling at this interactive session where you’ll practice introductions, opening lines and more with fellow graduate students. Please register online at  https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_4UUeDutInys0D6B if you are planning to attend.

13. GLC CAFÉ: CUBICLE FARM TIRAMISU EDITION
Thursday, Oct 27, 3:30-5:00pm, Reading Room
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. This week’s special is the GLC’s signature dessert just for grads: cubicle-farm tiramisu. If you’ve never had it, here is your chance to try it; it is American junk food at its best! And if you read short stories instead of watching Hokie football last Thursday, share a good one with your grad colleagues.

14. HALLOWEEN PARTY
Thursday, Oct 27, 7:00-9:00pm, Owens Banquet Hall
Come celebrate the spooky season with graduate and international students and scholars! Prizes for costumes, games, and light refreshments will be provided. Co-sponsored by International Support Services, Language and Culture Institute, Cranwell International Center, and the Graduate School. Contact Kristen Haas at kjhaas@vt.edu for more information. Please register online at https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_bHFZmF5bLIu2Qtf.

15. GOT LOST IN THE SHUFFLE
But at least you don’t have to try to find time for yet another event.

16. GLC OPEN HOUSE
Friday, Oct 28, 2-4pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
Enjoy coffee and light refreshments, meet and mingle with Graduate School staff, cast your vote in the art and photography contest, and participate in the #GLCPlacetobe scavenger hunt at the GLC Open House.

17. GSA FALL BEER & WINE SOCIAL
Friday, Oct 28, 5:00pm-9:00pm, University Club
Join the GSA for an autumnal beer & wine social and tasting! Admission will be $5, and a set of 6 tasting tickets will be an additional $5. Light refreshments and snacks will be free with admission; food trucks will be on-site with food for purchase, for those that want heavier meals. This social is for students 21 and over. Tickets will be sold at the event (and note that there will be an additional $1 charge for all tickets purchased by credit card). However, please register for the event on Facebook at tinyurl.com/beerandwine-fall2016, so that the GSA can have a rough idea of attendance.

18. ABRAHAM LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER – MOVIE SCREENING AND COSTUME CONTEST
Saturday, Oct 29, 1:00pm,  The Lyric Theatre, 135 College Ave
Join the Virginia Center for Civil War Studies for a free movie and learn all about Lincoln’s crusade against the vampires fighting to destroy the United States. (It’s not the Civil War history you’ll hear about in class!) The afternoon will conclude with a Historic Halloween costume contest. Wear your history-themed costumes and compete for Abe-tastic prizes! Learn more at Link to the event on Roanoke Times website: http://www.roanoke.com/calendar/arts/movie-screening-abraham-lincoln-vampire-hunter/event_f2f61e9c-970e-11e6-b2c4-5cb9017bb5bf.html. Posted on behalf of grad student Katelyn Brown, kateb17@vt.edu.

19. INTL RESEARCH EXPERIENCE SUMMER PROGRAM – 1st posting
Final week to apply for the International Research Experience for Students (IRES)! Paid summer research from May 22—Aug 4, 2017. (3 weeks at VT, 7 weeks abroad at the University of Nottingham, UK).  Must be a US citizen or permanent resident and a full-time graduate student (graduating after May 2017). Visit https://www.eng.vt.edu/international/ires for more information and to apply. Deadline: Oct 28, 2016. Email Heather Lyne at engabroad@vt.edu with complete application, letters or recommendation and any questions.

20. GSA TRAVEL FUND REVIEW HELP (FREE FOOD) – NOV 4 and 11 – 1st posting
Want free food? Want a shiny new line on your CV? The GSA needs your help reviewing applications to the Travel Fund Program. Reviewers are expect to volunteer for at least 2 hours over the two dates, and will be entered to win a $25 gift certificate. If you are willing to be a reviewer, please fill out the following survey: https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_0wApxMh2sswUXbL. If you have questions, contact TFP Chair Zack Shiner at gsaTravelFund@gmail.com.

21. GSA GRADUATE RESEARCH DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM NOW OPEN – OCT 23-29 – 1st posting
Do you have a research idea that could deserves funding? The GSA Graduate Research Development Program provides a research grant funds to support graduate research. PhD students may be awarded up to $1,000 and master’s students up to $750 to support their projects. The application is now open and will close on Oct 29 at 11:59pm. The application and more information may be found at tinyurl.com/grdp-fall2016. If you have questions, contact GRDP Chair Adwoa Baah-Dwomoh at gsaGRDP@gmail.com

22. DONATION DRIVE FOR HURRICANE MATTHEW VICTIMS – 1st posting
The American Indian and Indigenous Community Center (AIICC–122 Squires) is serving as drop-off point for a donation drive for Hurricane Matthew victims through Oct 26.  Donations will be delivered to North Carolina by Melissa Faircloth, AIICC Programming Assistant. Non-perishable food items, water, toiletries, first aid supplies, clothing and baby items are requested.  Posted on behalf of grad student Nevetha Ramesh, rnevetha@vt.edu.

23. LITTLE HOKIE(TM) HAND-ME-DOWN: DONATIONS ACCEPTED NOV 1-15 – 2nd posting
Give what you can, take what you need! Graduate students with families and children aged 0-10 (and expecting families, too!) are encouraged to participate in a free event to support fellow students with families. You and your family are allowed to peruse donated items in the GLC Multipurpose Room. Bags will be provided at the entrance and you can fill a large bag with as many items as will fit. Donations will be accepted November 1-15 at the GLC Welcome Center (front desk) or at the VT Women’s Center. Contact Dannette Beane (dannette@vt.edu) or Kasey Richardson (kasey@vt.edu) with questions.

24. PARKING CHANGES AT THE INN AT VT- UPDATED – 2nd posting
Students attending a luncheon or event at the Inn at Virginia Tech can park in F/S/V parking on the Inn side of the building with a valid University parking permit. If a student receives a citation, Parking Services can void it if the student has a valid parking permit and documentation for the event. So keep documentation of events you might attend at The Inn and refer to the appeal information on the citation, should you receive one.

25. SPRING 2017 GLC FELLOW POSITION OPENING – 3rd posting
Residence Life and the Graduate School are seeking a motivated graduate student who is committed to building graduate community, for a GLC Fellow position for Spring 2017. An ideal candidate would have previous residence life and/or event planning experience, though it is not a requirement. Applicants must submit a formal cover letter, resume and letter of recommendation, and fully complete the following survey: https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_etFlFGFfWtFVSyV Information about cover letter requirements is detailed in the survey and the full job description is at  http://graduateschool.vt.edu/graduate-life-center.html  Apply by midnight on Friday, Oct. 28, 2016. Contact Lauren Surface at lkeister@vt.edu or Sam Harbison at samlh@vt.edu if you have questions.

26. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR STUDY ON TRAVEL PATTERNS AND MOOD – 1st posting
VT researchers in urban affairs & planning and psychology are seeking participants for a pilot study on mood states in transport environments. Participants will first complete a short entry questionnaire in Qualtrics, then will be provided with a link to install an Android GPS app called Daynamica (only compatible with Android smartphones ) to track transportation mode, route, and distance of your daily travel. Upon completing each trip, you will be asked to report your mood with a brief survey. Must be 18 or older. Ten $50 Amazon gift cards will be awarded randomly to participants who complete a trip survey for at least five trips for one week. Raffle entry twice for completing trip survey for at least five trips for a second week. If interested, contact Steve Hankey at hankey@vt.edu, (540) 231-7508, or visit the study website at https://travelmoodsite.wordpress.com/.

27. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR USER BEHAVIOR DURING ONLINE SEARCHES – 1st posting
Participants are needed for a study assessing user behavior and attitudes while performing online search on the web. This project involves a laboratory-based experiment with assigned search tasks to be performed online. While performing these tasks, participants will be asked questions regarding the nature of the tasks. The approximate time for the study is 60 minutes. Must be 10 or older above. For minors (age 10-17) to participate, their parent will need to provide consent in addition to an Assent Form which would be signed by the participant. For further information or to enroll in the study, contact email sarang87@vt.edu  or send a text message to 248-705-7830.

28. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED – 2nd posting
Participants needed for a study investigating conflicts between school life and family life. Looking for students raising a child and enrolled in full-time graduate program for at least one year. Two meetings (one short meeting about 20~30 minutes, and one interview about an hour) will be needed for the study. If interested, please contact grad student Soo at soojeong@vt.edu.

29. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR EFFECTS OF INFO DISPLAY STUDY – 2nd posting
Participants are sought for a study on the effects of different types of information display (i.e. paper-based system, head-down, and head-up display) on walking behaviors. Participants will be asked to perform a cognitive task while walking on a treadmill. Different display types will also be used. Must be 18-35; no current or recent history (1 year) of musculoskeletal problems; normal or corrected to normal vision; fluent in English; have a smartphone or experience in using smartphones. Participants will be asked to perform walking tasks with different information presentation methods in a lab in the ISE department. Two sessions (one 30-min preliminary + one 2.5 hr data collection); compensation ($10 per hour). Call or email Mr. Alireza Sedighi if interested: (540) 394-8441, sedighia@vt.edu.

Upcoming events:

INTERDISCIPLINARY HONOR SOCIETY FALL EVENTS
Tuesday, Nov 1, 7:00pm, PKs
Monday, Nov 7, 12:00pm Moss Arts Center Learning Studio
The Interdisciplinary Honor Society, Iota Delta Rho (IDR), is hosting several events this fall and you’re invited! First is a social for current members and interested grad students on Nov 1 (appetizers provided); the second is part of the Speaker Spotlight Series and feature faculty member Meaghan Dee on Nov 7 as she discusses bridging the arts and sciences (lunch provided). Come out to network with fellow grads, to challenge your research perspectives, and to learn about becoming a member! Find IDR online at www.idrsociety.org for further info.

FALL ETIQUETTE DINNER – register now!
Wednesday, Nov 2, 5:00-7:30pm, Owens Banquet Room
Career and Professional Development’s annual etiquette dinner is an opportunity to learn and practice good table manners to assist you in being successful in your job and internship search and as a new professional. Register at the Hokies4Hire website: https://www.myinterfase.com/vt/Account/LogOn. Select “Career Events”, and then from drop-down menu choose “Dining Etiquette”, “Search” and then select “Dining Etiquette: A Networking and Fine Dining Experience.” Registration deadline is October 24 and the cost is $11.00. Email cpd@vt.edu if you have questions.

INTERVARSITY GRADUATE CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP FALL RETREAT
Friday-Sunday,  Nov 4-6, near Lexington, VA (1.5 hours from VT)
All VT graduate students are welcome to join in a weekend of new friendships, indoor/outdoor recreation, Bible study and prayer in a relaxed setting away from campus. Cost is $35 (scholarships are available). Space is limited to 25 participants. For more information and to register online, visit <https://gcfvt.wordpress.com/fall-retreat/>. Event starts at 8pm Friday and ends by 11am Sunday. Contact Robert Howe (robahowe@gmail.com) with any questions.

STEAM CARNIVAL (STEAM=STEM+ARTS)
Sunday, Nov 6, 1:30-4:00pm, Old Dominion Ballroom in Squires
STEAMup at VT, a carnival style event, is hosted by the Myers-Lawson School of Construction with 12 booths with fun and engaging activities for students grades K – 8 to make youth aware of the STEAM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) and develop a passion for one or more of the fields. Further information on Facebook at www.facebook.com/steamupvt or questions can be sent to at steamupvt@gmail.com. Posted on behalf of grad student Judson Duryea, jbduryea@vt.edu.

GLC COMMUNITY US PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION RESULTS SCREENING
Tuesday, Nov 8, 8:00-11:00pm, GLC Lounge
This is it! The long-awaited 2016 US Presidential Election concludes and the next commander in chief is… Who? Come to find out and unwind from a busy day by watching live TV coverage as various local results roll in. The Graduate Fellows host a screening night with light refreshments and friendly conversations. If you have any questions, email Erik Fendik at ef@vt.edu.

October 17-23, 2016

1.  WEEKLY WALK-IN SERVICES IN THE GLC

– Career Advising: W 2:00-5:00pm, Info kiosk in lobby
– 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;
– Peer to peer support coaching: M 1:00-3:00pm, Room F, F 11:00am-1:00pm, Room A (email grads@vt.edu for more info)
– Writing assistance: Wednesdays, 2-4:30pm, Room A; reserve appointment at http://www.lib.vt.edu/spaces/writing/.

2. CONNECTION JOB FAIR
Tuesday, Oct 18, 10:00am-4:00pm, Squires Student Center
Over 100 employers representing various fields will attend this Connection Job Fair.  See the list of employers and information about the jobs they have and candidate qualifications they’re seeking at https://db.career.vt.edu/connection/EmployerList.asp?E=1692

3. DISCOVER ISLAM
Tuesday, Oct 18, 12:30-2:00pm, Info Booth A in Squires Student Center
Islam is the fastest growing religion in the world with more than 1.6 billion followers. Muslims come from almost every country in the world and speak almost every language. Learn more about Islam from your Muslim colleagues: stop by, ask questions, get your free copy of Quran interpretation in English, view Islamic art from different countries, get your name in Arabic, and enjoy tasty Arabian dates. Hosted by the Islamic Student Assembly (ISA). For more information contact grad student Haitham Elmarakeby, marakeby@vt.edu.

4. PARENT SUPPORT LUNCH GROUP
Wednesday, Oct 19, 12:00-1:30pm, GLC Room G
Join your fellow graduate student parents for a support group luncheon and hear from Jessie Meltsner of the VT Women’s Center about programs that can benefit your family.  Spouses and children are always welcome.  Sign-up at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0e4fabaa28a1ff2-october1 These lunches fill up fast so sign-up soon.  Contact childcare@vt.edu if you have questions.

5. GRADUATE STUDENT AND ADVISOR SOCIAL
Wednesday, Oct 19, 5:00-7:00pm, University Club
All graduate students and their advisors are invited to this social, hosted by the College of Engineering and the University Club. Enjoy good conversation and network with colleagues over a glass of wine or beer and light refreshments. Invite your advisor, committee member or other faculty to attend! Please complete this survey to register for the event and allow organizers to arrange the right amount of refreshments: https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_ablk0hCGngPGTJj.

6. RESEARCH A LA MODE PRESENTS: VIRGINIA VOLCANOES – EVIDENCE FOR A PASSIVE-AGGRESSIVE EASTERN NORTH AMERICAN MARGIN
Wednesday, Oct 19, 5:30-6:30pm, 2062 Derring (the museum)
After the break-up of the last super continent, Pangea, the Eastern North American segment developed in to what has been traditionally viewed as a passive margin, meaning tectonic activity is minimal. However, Virginia records two volcanic events after the break-up of Pangea, suggesting that the Eastern North American Margin should in fact be considered a "passive aggressive" margin. By studying the volcanoes of Virginia, we can start to better understand the complicated history associated with super continent break up from 200 million years ago to today. Come for the talk and stay for free ice cream! Posted on behalf of doctoral student Lisa Whalen, lashley@vt.edu.

7. BOREN AWARDS INFO SESSION
Thursday, Oct. 20, 10:00-11:00am, GLC Room F
Boren Scholarships and Fellowships provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. undergraduate and graduate students to study less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to U.S. interests, and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. A representative from the Boren awards program will hold this session followed by an informal q & a session from 11am-12pm.

8. GLC CAFÉ – CANCELLED DUE TO VT CLOSING EARLY
Thursday, Oct 20
There will not be a GLC Café this week, since football apparently trumps everything. To make up for it, there will be cubicle-farm tiramisu next week! For this week, read a short story instead, and if you find a really good one, share it with your colleagues next week.

9. GRADUATE ARTS COUNCIL: ART WALK
Friday, Oct 21, 5:30-7:00pm, Theatre 101
Interested in meeting graduate students from other departments? Want to know more about Blacksburg’s artistic scene? Please join the Graduate Arts Council (a campus organization dedicated to exploring, supporting, and expanding the arts in and around the Virginia Tech area) for an art-walk to Blacksburg’s galleries. The group will meet outside of Theatre 101 to begin the walking tour.

10. JOE’S TREES DAY TRIP
Saturday, Oct 22, 1:00pm-5:00pm
Join your fellow grad students on a trip to one of the New River Valley’s best kept secrets!  Joe’s Trees is a family owned business that runs a pumpkin patch each fall. There are plenty of fun activities including hay rides, pumpkin picking, and learning about local artisan craft work. Make sure to bring some cash in case you find any awesome crafts or yummy food to purchase! If you are interested in joining, fill out this survey: https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_d10xJrCrkTWnNSl. Contact Scarlet Soult at scarlet@vt.edu if you have any questions!

11. DIWALI 2016
Sunday, Oct 23, 5:00-9:30pm, Burruss Hall
Diwali, the festival of lights, is one of the most important festivals in the Indian calendar, signifying the victory of light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance, good over evil, and hope over despair. A cultural show will feature music, dance and stand up comedy, and conclude with fireworks on the Drillfield, to be followed by hearty, traditional Indian snacks, main courses and desserts, to keep away the fall chilliness in the Commonwealth Ballroom is Squires. Dinner tickets are $12 if you pre-order them,or $14 if you buy them on the spot. Learn more and register on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/events/1206297786080704/. Posted on behalf of grad student Disha Sardana.

12. REC SPORTS FREE WEEK OF SMALL GROUP TRAINING EXTENDED TO 10/21
Go and try any small group training format for free! Check out the schedule at http://recsports.vt.edu/content/small-group-training. Fall semester programs include GRIT™, Hokie RunFit, TRX, Crossfit, CrossFit Gymnastics, Intro to Olympic Lifting, Athletic Conditioning, Partner Yoga, and SUP (Stand-Up Paddleboard) Yoga.

13. LITTLE HOKIE(TM) HAND-ME-DOWN: DONATIONS ACCEPTED NOV 1-15 – 1st posting
Give what you can, take what you need! Little Hokie(TM) Hand-Me-Down (formerly Donate and Swap) is the graduate community’s goods exchange and giving initiative. Donations of new and gently used items for grad students with families and families-to-be will be collected Nov 1-15 at the GLC Welcome Desk and the VT Women’s Center during normal business hours. Donations may include maternity items, books, toys, games, clothing, bikes, car seats, strollers, and more! Goods will be available to students and their families in the GLC Welcome Center on Nov 15, 9:00a – 6:00p, and to staff and their families on Nov 16, 9:00a-12:00p. Bags will be provided. You are not required to donate in order to take advantage of this initiative. This drive is jointly sponsored by the Graduate School, the VT Women’s Center, and the Graduate Student Assembly. Questions? Email Kasey Richardson (kasey@vt.edu).

14. INVITATION TO BADMINTON TOURNAMENT
VT Badminton Club is organizing a Badminton Fall Tournament. You can take part in the tournament even if you have never played or if you are an advanced player; there is something in store for everyone. Sign up for the tournament at https://goo.gl/forms/aewIBtBtnjufLtr92 by 9:00pm, Oct 21. Contact bmt.club.vt@gmail.com if you have any questions or concerns. Posted on behalf of grad student Mayank Khurana.

15. PARKING CHANGES AT THE INN AT VT- UPDATED
Students attending a luncheon or event at the Inn at Virginia Tech can park in F/S/V parking on the Inn side of the building with a valid University parking permit. If a student receives a citation, Parking Services can void it if the student has a valid parking permit and documentation for the event. So keep documentation of events you might attend at The Inn and refer to the appeal information on the citation, should you receive one.

16. GSA TRAVEL FUND PROGRAM APPLICATION – OCT 16-22
The Graduate Student Assembly’s Travel Fund Program will open for applications on October 16 and close on October 22 at 11:59PM. The application guide is now available on the GSA website (http://tinyurl.com/GSATravelFund). This program can provide partial support for professional or conference travel occurring between July 1 and December 31, 2016. If you have questions, contact TFP Chair Zack Shiner at gsaTravelFund@gmail.com

17. BOARD OF VISITORS GRADUATE REPRESENTATIVE OFFICE HOURS-3rd posting
The BoV Graduate Representative, Tara Reel, has office hours this year. Have a concern? Schedule a meeting via the Google calendar: tinyurl.com/meetbovgradrep

18. PEO INTERNNATIONAL PEACE SCHOLARSHIP FOR INTL GRAD WOMEN – 3rd posting
This scholarship is designed for women who are qualified for admission to full-time graduate study, working toward a graduate degree in the college or university she will attend. Requirements: Applicants must not hold U.S. or Canadian citizenship or permanent residency; must have a full year of course-work remaining and be enrolled and on campus for the entire school year. Doctoral students who have completed coursework and are working on dissertation only are not eligible as first-time applicants. The maximum scholarship for one year of study is $12,500, based upon need (year runs from August to August). Complete details are available at http://www.peointernational.org/about-peo-international-peace-scholarship-ips.. Send questions to Terry Arthur at arthurt@cs.vt.edu.

19. OMICRON DELTA KAPPY ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS – 3rd posting
Omicron Delta Kappa is a national leadership honor society that recognizes the highest achieving individuals in different leadership areas at our university. Membership is extended to undergraduate juniors and seniors, graduate students, faculty, staff and alumni. Students must be in high academic standing and display qualities/achievements in one of five areas of leadership. To apply and for more information on membership, visit our website: http://www.odk.org.vt.edu/membership.php Contact Eileen Bui regarding any membership questions: ebui90@vt.edu

20. SUBMISSIONS INVITED TO GLC PHOTO AND ART CONTEST – final posting, deadline this week!
The Graduate School invites submissions of art work and photography by graduate students for display in the GLC during Fall Open House (Oct 28) and beyond. Submissions are limited to three pieces (art and/or photography) per graduate student. Learn more at http://graduateschool.vt.edu/graduate-life-center/glc-art-and-photo-contest.html  Submission deadline: Thursday, Oct 20, 2016.

21. SPRING 2017 GLC FELLOW POSITION OPENING – 2nd posting
Residence Life and the Graduate School are seeking a motivated graduate student who is committed to building graduate community, for a GLC Fellow position for Spring 2017. An ideal candidate would have previous residence life and/or event planning experience, though it is not a requirement. Applicants must submit a formal cover letter, resume and letter of recommendation, and fully complete the following survey: https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_etFlFGFfWtFVSyV Information about cover letter requirements is detailed in the survey and the full job description is at  http://graduateschool.vt.edu/graduate-life-center.html  Apply by midnight on Friday, Oct. 28, 2016. Contact Lauren Surface at lkeister@vt.edu or Sam Harbison at samlh@vt.edu if you have questions.

22. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED – 1st posting
Participants needed for a study investigating conflicts between school life and family life. Looking for students raising a child and enrolled in full-time graduate program for at least one year. Two meetings (one short meeting about 20~30 minutes, and one interview about an hour) will be needed for the study. If interested, please contact grad student Soo at soojeong@vt.edu.

23. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR EFFECTS OF INFO DISPLAY STUDY – 1st posting
Participants are sought for a study on the effects of different types of information display (i.e. paper-based system, head-down, and head-up display) on walking behaviors. Participants will be asked to perform a cognitive task while walking on a treadmill. Different display types will also be used. Must be 18-35; no current or recent history (1 year) of musculoskeletal problems; normal or corrected to normal vision; fluent in English; have a smartphone or experience in using smartphones. Participants will be asked to perform walking tasks with different information presentation methods in a lab in the ISE department. Two sessions (one 30-min preliminary + one 2.5 hr data collection); compensation ($10 per hour). Call or email Mr. Alireza Sedighi if interested: (540) 394-8441 sedighia@vt.edu.

24. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED – 3rd posting
Students are invited in a Virginia Tech study investigating the stability, comfort and usability of different arm brace designs.  Must be 18 years or older and not have current or recent (past 1 year) history of musculoskeletal injuries. Participants will be asked to perform simulated activities of daily living (e.g. opening an envelope) with five different arm braces.  One experimental (2-3 hours long) is required to complete the study. Compensation is $10/hour. Research protocols have been approved by the VT IRB. If interested, please contact Kristine Cantin at kdc14@vt.edu .

Upcoming events:

OPEN ACCESS WEEK 2016
Monday-Sunday, Oct 24-30, times and locations vary
The University Libraries promote the value of open access and provide VT scholars with new open access options for showcasing their creative outputs. Providing access to everyone, not just institutions that can afford to purchase journal subscriptions, helps to inspire creativity, enable innovation and to accelerate the development of important new discoveries. Celebrate Open Access by participating in OAW events. See details at http://www.lib.vt.edu/openaccess/

BRING YOUR OWN DATA WORKSHOP: HOW TO INCREASE THE IMPACT OF YOUR RESERCH
Tuesday, Oct 25, 11:00am-3:00pm, Newman Library Multipurpose Room, 1st floor
Attend this free, hands-on workshop co-hosted by the Center for Open Science and VT University Libraries and learn about resources and tools to increase the reuse and discoverability of your research by following F.A.I.R. data principles (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable). Lunch provided. Registration required at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeizQE8IDfk5Wo-D1SFH5ssNRbQQ8NYomkkDSvmt6HI0piqpQ/viewform?c=0&w=1.

LGBTQ+ LUNCHEON IN THE GLC
Tuesday, Oct 25, 11:30am-12:30pm, GLC Room F
The Graduate School’s Office of Recruitment and Diversity Initiatives offers a fellowship gathering every year to individuals who are part of the LGBTQ+ community. The keynote speaker for this event is Luis Garay the Assistant Director of the LGBTQ+ Center. Lunch will be provided. Please register at: https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_6QiNweyoyfrNou9.

BREAKFAST WITH THE DEAN
Wednesday, Oct 26, 9:00am-10:15am, GLC Meeting Room C
The Graduate Student Assembly invites you to a Breakfast with the Dean! Eat delicious goodies (and drink energizing coffee) while engaging in a meaningful dialogue about graduate school. This event is free to all graduate students. Contact Sam at sjfried@vt.edu with any questions.

AUDITIONS FOR MUSIC-THEATER PIECE IN MOSS ART CTR
Monday-Wednesday, Oct 24-26, 6:00-8:00pm
The Moss Art Center (MAC) is holding auditions for  (Be)Longing,  a new collaborative work to be performed in the Anne and Ellen Fife Theatre on Mar 17-18, 2017. If interested, call Morgan Ehresman at 540-526-3857 or contact mehres94@vt.edu with your name, phone number, and availability.  (Be)Longing,  featuring locally cast singers, beatboxers, and hip-hop artists, is about isolation, healing, and community.  The piece has been developed through ongoing research and creative residencies in Blacksburg and other locations since April 2014. Posted on behalf of grad student David Salmo, davidts@vt.edu.

MINGLE LIKE YOU MEAN IT
Thursday, Oct 27, 2:00-3:30pm, GLC Room B
How are you at networking when it comes to large receptions, conferences or other professional events? Feel like you need to get better? Improve your skills at mingling at this interactive session where you’ll practice introductions, opening lines and more with fellow graduate students. https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_4UUeDutInys0D6B.

HALLOWEEN PARTY
Thursday, Oct 27, 7:00-9:00pm, Owens Banquet Hall
Come celebrate the spooky season with other graduate students! Prizes for costumes, games, and light refreshments will be provided. Co-sponsored by International Support Services, Language and Culture Institute, Cranwell International Center, and the Graduate School. Contact Kristen Haas at kjhaas@vt.edu for more information. Please register online at https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_bHFZmF5bLIu2Qtf.

GSA FALL BEER & WINE SOCIAL
Friday, Oct 28, 5:00-9:00pm, University Club
Join the Graduate Student Assembly for an autumnal Beer & Wine Social and tasting! Admission will be $5, and a set of 6 tasting tickets will be an additional $5. Light refreshments and snacks will be free with admission; food trucks will be on-site with food for purchase, for those that want heavier meals. This social is for students 21 and over. Tickets will be sold at the event (and note that there will be an additional $1 charge for all tickets purchased by credit card). Register for the Beer & Wine Social event on Facebook at tinyurl.com/beerandwine-fall2016, so that the GSA can have a rough idea of attendance.

FALL ETIQUETTE DINNER – register now!
Wednesday, Nov 2, 5:00-7:30pm, Owens Banquet Room
Career and Professional Development’s annual etiquette dinner is an opportunity to learn and practice good table manners to assist you in being successful in your job and internship search and as a new professional. Register at the Hokies4Hire website: https://www.myinterfase.com/vt/Account/LogOn. Select “Career Events”, and then from drop-down menu choose “Dining Etiquette”, “Search” and then select “Dining Etiquette: A Networking and Fine Dining Experience.” Registration deadline is October 24 and the cost is $11.00. Email cpd@vt.edu if you have questions.

October 17-23, 2016

1.  WEEKLY WALK-IN SERVICES IN THE GLC

– Career Advising: W 2:00-5:00pm, Info kiosk in lobby
– 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;
– Peer to peer support coaching: M 1:00-3:00pm, Room F, F 11:00am-1:00pm, Room A (email grads@vt.edu for more info)
– Writing assistance: Wednesdays, 2-4:30pm, Room A; reserve appointment at http://www.lib.vt.edu/spaces/writing/.

2. CONNECTION JOB FAIR
Tuesday, Oct 18, 10:00am-4:00pm, Squires Student Center
Over 100 employers representing various fields will attend this Connection Job Fair.  See the list of employers and information about the jobs they have and candidate qualifications they’re seeking at https://db.career.vt.edu/connection/EmployerList.asp?E=1692

3. DISCOVER ISLAM
Tuesday, Oct 18, 12:30-2:00pm, Info Booth A in Squires Student Center
Islam is the fastest growing religion in the world with more than 1.6 billion followers. Muslims come from almost every country in the world and speak almost every language. Learn more about Islam from your Muslim colleagues: stop by, ask questions, get your free copy of Quran interpretation in English, view Islamic art from different countries, get your name in Arabic, and enjoy tasty Arabian dates. Hosted by the Islamic Student Assembly (ISA). For more information contact grad student Haitham Elmarakeby, marakeby@vt.edu.

4. PARENT SUPPORT LUNCH GROUP
Wednesday, Oct 19, 12:00-1:30pm, GLC Room G
Join your fellow graduate student parents for a support group luncheon and hear from Jessie Meltsner of the VT Women’s Center about programs that can benefit your family.  Spouses and children are always welcome.  Sign-up at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0e4fabaa28a1ff2-october1 These lunches fill up fast so sign-up soon.  Contact childcare@vt.edu if you have questions.

5. GRADUATE STUDENT AND ADVISOR SOCIAL
Wednesday, Oct 19, 5:00-7:00pm, University Club
All graduate students and their advisors are invited to this social, hosted by the College of Engineering and the University Club. Enjoy good conversation and network with colleagues over a glass of wine or beer and light refreshments. Invite your advisor, committee member or other faculty to attend! Please complete this survey to register for the event and allow organizers to arrange the right amount of refreshments: https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_ablk0hCGngPGTJj.

6. RESEARCH A LA MODE PRESENTS: VIRGINIA VOLCANOES – EVIDENCE FOR A PASSIVE-AGGRESSIVE EASTERN NORTH AMERICAN MARGIN
Wednesday, Oct 19, 5:30-6:30pm, 2062 Derring (the museum)
After the break-up of the last super continent, Pangea, the Eastern North American segment developed in to what has been traditionally viewed as a passive margin, meaning tectonic activity is minimal. However, Virginia records two volcanic events after the break-up of Pangea, suggesting that the Eastern North American Margin should in fact be considered a "passive aggressive" margin. By studying the volcanoes of Virginia, we can start to better understand the complicated history associated with super continent break up from 200 million years ago to today. Come for the talk and stay for free ice cream! Posted on behalf of doctoral student Lisa Whalen, lashley@vt.edu.

7. BOREN AWARDS INFO SESSION
Thursday, Oct. 20, 10:00-11:00am, GLC Room F
Boren Scholarships and Fellowships provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. undergraduate and graduate students to study less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to U.S. interests, and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. A representative from the Boren awards program will hold this session followed by an informal q & a session from 11am-12pm.

8. GLC CAFÉ – CANCELLED DUE TO VT CLOSING EARLY
Thursday, Oct 20
There will not be a GLC Café this week, since football apparently trumps everything. To make up for it, there will be cubicle-farm tiramisu next week! For this week, read a short story instead, and if you find a really good one, share it with your colleagues next week.

9. GRADUATE ARTS COUNCIL: ART WALK
Friday, Oct 21, 5:30-7:00pm, Theatre 101
Interested in meeting graduate students from other departments? Want to know more about Blacksburg’s artistic scene? Please join the Graduate Arts Council (a campus organization dedicated to exploring, supporting, and expanding the arts in and around the Virginia Tech area) for an art-walk to Blacksburg’s galleries. The group will meet outside of Theatre 101 to begin the walking tour.

10. JOE’S TREES DAY TRIP
Saturday, Oct 22, 1:00pm-5:00pm
Join your fellow grad students on a trip to one of the New River Valley’s best kept secrets!  Joe’s Trees is a family owned business that runs a pumpkin patch each fall. There are plenty of fun activities including hay rides, pumpkin picking, and learning about local artisan craft work. Make sure to bring some cash in case you find any awesome crafts or yummy food to purchase! If you are interested in joining, fill out this survey: https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_d10xJrCrkTWnNSl. Contact Scarlet Soult at scarlet@vt.edu if you have any questions!

11. DIWALI 2016
Sunday, Oct 23, 5:00-9:30pm, Burruss Hall
Diwali, the festival of lights, is one of the most important festivals in the Indian calendar, signifying the victory of light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance, good over evil, and hope over despair. A cultural show will feature music, dance and stand up comedy, and conclude with fireworks on the Drillfield, to be followed by hearty, traditional Indian snacks, main courses and desserts, to keep away the fall chilliness in the Commonwealth Ballroom is Squires. Dinner tickets are $12 if you pre-order them,or $14 if you buy them on the spot. Learn more and register on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/events/1206297786080704/. Posted on behalf of grad student Disha Sardana.

12. REC SPORTS FREE WEEK OF SMALL GROUP TRAINING EXTENDED TO 10/21
Go and try any small group training format for free! Check out the schedule at http://recsports.vt.edu/content/small-group-training. Fall semester programs include GRIT™, Hokie RunFit, TRX, Crossfit, CrossFit Gymnastics, Intro to Olympic Lifting, Athletic Conditioning, Partner Yoga, and SUP (Stand-Up Paddleboard) Yoga.

13. LITTLE HOKIE(TM) HAND-ME-DOWN: DONATIONS ACCEPTED NOV 1-15 – 1st posting
Give what you can, take what you need! Little Hokie(TM) Hand-Me-Down (formerly Donate and Swap) is the graduate community’s goods exchange and giving initiative. Donations of new and gently used items for grad students with families and families-to-be will be collected Nov 1-15 at the GLC Welcome Desk and the VT Women’s Center during normal business hours. Donations may include maternity items, books, toys, games, clothing, bikes, car seats, strollers, and more! Goods will be available to students and their families in the GLC Welcome Center on Nov 15, 9:00a – 6:00p, and to staff and their families on Nov 16, 9:00a-12:00p. Bags will be provided. You are not required to donate in order to take advantage of this initiative. This drive is jointly sponsored by the Graduate School, the VT Women’s Center, and the Graduate Student Assembly. Questions? Email Kasey Richardson (kasey@vt.edu).

14. INVITATION TO BADMINTON TOURNAMENT
VT Badminton Club is organizing a Badminton Fall Tournament. You can take part in the tournament even if you have never played or if you are an advanced player; there is something in store for everyone. Sign up for the tournament at https://goo.gl/forms/aewIBtBtnjufLtr92 by 9:00pm, Oct 21. Contact bmt.club.vt@gmail.com if you have any questions or concerns. Posted on behalf of grad student Mayank Khurana.

15. PARKING CHANGES AT THE INN AT VT- UPDATED
Students attending a luncheon or event at the Inn at Virginia Tech can park in F/S/V parking on the Inn side of the building with a valid University parking permit. If a student receives a citation, Parking Services can void it if the student has a valid parking permit and documentation for the event. So keep documentation of events you might attend at The Inn and refer to the appeal information on the citation, should you receive one.

16. GSA TRAVEL FUND PROGRAM APPLICATION – OCT 16-22
The Graduate Student Assembly’s Travel Fund Program will open for applications on October 16 and close on October 22 at 11:59PM. The application guide is now available on the GSA website (http://tinyurl.com/GSATravelFund). This program can provide partial support for professional or conference travel occurring between July 1 and December 31, 2016. If you have questions, contact TFP Chair Zack Shiner at gsaTravelFund@gmail.com

17. BOARD OF VISITORS GRADUATE REPRESENTATIVE OFFICE HOURS-3rd posting
The BoV Graduate Representative, Tara Reel, has office hours this year. Have a concern? Schedule a meeting via the Google calendar: tinyurl.com/meetbovgradrep

18. PEO INTERNNATIONAL PEACE SCHOLARSHIP FOR INTL GRAD WOMEN – 3rd posting
This scholarship is designed for women who are qualified for admission to full-time graduate study, working toward a graduate degree in the college or university she will attend. Requirements: Applicants must not hold U.S. or Canadian citizenship or permanent residency; must have a full year of course-work remaining and be enrolled and on campus for the entire school year. Doctoral students who have completed coursework and are working on dissertation only are not eligible as first-time applicants. The maximum scholarship for one year of study is $12,500, based upon need (year runs from August to August). Complete details are available at http://www.peointernational.org/about-peo-international-peace-scholarship-ips.. Send questions to Terry Arthur at arthurt@cs.vt.edu.

19. OMICRON DELTA KAPPY ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS – 3rd posting
Omicron Delta Kappa is a national leadership honor society that recognizes the highest achieving individuals in different leadership areas at our university. Membership is extended to undergraduate juniors and seniors, graduate students, faculty, staff and alumni. Students must be in high academic standing and display qualities/achievements in one of five areas of leadership. To apply and for more information on membership, visit our website: http://www.odk.org.vt.edu/membership.php Contact Eileen Bui regarding any membership questions: ebui90@vt.edu

20. SUBMISSIONS INVITED TO GLC PHOTO AND ART CONTEST – final posting, deadline this week!
The Graduate School invites submissions of art work and photography by graduate students for display in the GLC during Fall Open House (Oct 28) and beyond. Submissions are limited to three pieces (art and/or photography) per graduate student. Learn more at http://graduateschool.vt.edu/graduate-life-center/glc-art-and-photo-contest.html  Submission deadline: Thursday, Oct 20, 2016.

21. SPRING 2017 GLC FELLOW POSITION OPENING – 2nd posting
Residence Life and the Graduate School are seeking a motivated graduate student who is committed to building graduate community, for a GLC Fellow position for Spring 2017. An ideal candidate would have previous residence life and/or event planning experience, though it is not a requirement. Applicants must submit a formal cover letter, resume and letter of recommendation, and fully complete the following survey: https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_etFlFGFfWtFVSyV Information about cover letter requirements is detailed in the survey and the full job description is at  http://graduateschool.vt.edu/graduate-life-center.html  Apply by midnight on Friday, Oct. 28, 2016. Contact Lauren Surface at lkeister@vt.edu or Sam Harbison at samlh@vt.edu if you have questions.

22. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED – 1st posting
Participants needed for a study investigating conflicts between school life and family life. Looking for students raising a child and enrolled in full-time graduate program for at least one year. Two meetings (one short meeting about 20~30 minutes, and one interview about an hour) will be needed for the study. If interested, please contact grad student Soo at soojeong@vt.edu.

23. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR EFFECTS OF INFO DISPLAY STUDY – 1st posting
Participants are sought for a study on the effects of different types of information display (i.e. paper-based system, head-down, and head-up display) on walking behaviors. Participants will be asked to perform a cognitive task while walking on a treadmill. Different display types will also be used. Must be 18-35; no current or recent history (1 year) of musculoskeletal problems; normal or corrected to normal vision; fluent in English; have a smartphone or experience in using smartphones. Participants will be asked to perform walking tasks with different information presentation methods in a lab in the ISE department. Two sessions (one 30-min preliminary + one 2.5 hr data collection); compensation ($10 per hour). Call or email Mr. Alireza Sedighi if interested: (540) 394-8441 sedighia@vt.edu.

24. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED – 3rd posting
Students are invited in a Virginia Tech study investigating the stability, comfort and usability of different arm brace designs.  Must be 18 years or older and not have current or recent (past 1 year) history of musculoskeletal injuries. Participants will be asked to perform simulated activities of daily living (e.g. opening an envelope) with five different arm braces.  One experimental (2-3 hours long) is required to complete the study. Compensation is $10/hour. Research protocols have been approved by the VT IRB. If interested, please contact Kristine Cantin at kdc14@vt.edu .

Upcoming events:

OPEN ACCESS WEEK 2016
Monday-Sunday, Oct 24-30, times and locations vary
The University Libraries promote the value of open access and provide VT scholars with new open access options for showcasing their creative outputs. Providing access to everyone, not just institutions that can afford to purchase journal subscriptions, helps to inspire creativity, enable innovation and to accelerate the development of important new discoveries. Celebrate Open Access by participating in OAW events. See details at http://www.lib.vt.edu/openaccess/

BRING YOUR OWN DATA WORKSHOP: HOW TO INCREASE THE IMPACT OF YOUR RESERCH
Tuesday, Oct 25, 11:00am-3:00pm, Newman Library Multipurpose Room, 1st floor
Attend this free, hands-on workshop co-hosted by the Center for Open Science and VT University Libraries and learn about resources and tools to increase the reuse and discoverability of your research by following F.A.I.R. data principles (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable). Lunch provided. Registration required at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeizQE8IDfk5Wo-D1SFH5ssNRbQQ8NYomkkDSvmt6HI0piqpQ/viewform?c=0&w=1.

LGBTQ+ LUNCHEON IN THE GLC
Tuesday, Oct 25, 11:30am-12:30pm, GLC Room F
The Graduate School’s Office of Recruitment and Diversity Initiatives offers a fellowship gathering every year to individuals who are part of the LGBTQ+ community. The keynote speaker for this event is Luis Garay the Assistant Director of the LGBTQ+ Center. Lunch will be provided. Please register at: https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_6QiNweyoyfrNou9.

BREAKFAST WITH THE DEAN
Wednesday, Oct 26, 9:00am-10:15am, GLC Meeting Room C
The Graduate Student Assembly invites you to a Breakfast with the Dean! Eat delicious goodies (and drink energizing coffee) while engaging in a meaningful dialogue about graduate school. This event is free to all graduate students. Contact Sam at sjfried@vt.edu with any questions.

AUDITIONS FOR MUSIC-THEATER PIECE IN MOSS ART CTR
Monday-Wednesday, Oct 24-26, 6:00-8:00pm
The Moss Art Center (MAC) is holding auditions for  (Be)Longing,  a new collaborative work to be performed in the Anne and Ellen Fife Theatre on Mar 17-18, 2017. If interested, call Morgan Ehresman at 540-526-3857 or contact mehres94@vt.edu with your name, phone number, and availability.  (Be)Longing,  featuring locally cast singers, beatboxers, and hip-hop artists, is about isolation, healing, and community.  The piece has been developed through ongoing research and creative residencies in Blacksburg and other locations since April 2014. Posted on behalf of grad student David Salmo, davidts@vt.edu.

MINGLE LIKE YOU MEAN IT
Thursday, Oct 27, 2:00-3:30pm, GLC Room B
How are you at networking when it comes to large receptions, conferences or other professional events? Feel like you need to get better? Improve your skills at mingling at this interactive session where you’ll practice introductions, opening lines and more with fellow graduate students. https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_4UUeDutInys0D6B.

HALLOWEEN PARTY
Thursday, Oct 27, 7:00-9:00pm, Owens Banquet Hall
Come celebrate the spooky season with other graduate students! Prizes for costumes, games, and light refreshments will be provided. Co-sponsored by International Support Services, Language and Culture Institute, Cranwell International Center, and the Graduate School. Contact Kristen Haas at kjhaas@vt.edu for more information. Please register online at https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_bHFZmF5bLIu2Qtf.

GSA FALL BEER & WINE SOCIAL
Friday, Oct 28, 5:00-9:00pm, University Club
Join the Graduate Student Assembly for an autumnal Beer & Wine Social and tasting! Admission will be $5, and a set of 6 tasting tickets will be an additional $5. Light refreshments and snacks will be free with admission; food trucks will be on-site with food for purchase, for those that want heavier meals. This social is for students 21 and over. Tickets will be sold at the event (and note that there will be an additional $1 charge for all tickets purchased by credit card). Register for the Beer & Wine Social event on Facebook at tinyurl.com/beerandwine-fall2016, so that the GSA can have a rough idea of attendance.

FALL ETIQUETTE DINNER – register now!
Wednesday, Nov 2, 5:00-7:30pm, Owens Banquet Room
Career and Professional Development’s annual etiquette dinner is an opportunity to learn and practice good table manners to assist you in being successful in your job and internship search and as a new professional. Register at the Hokies4Hire website: https://www.myinterfase.com/vt/Account/LogOn. Select “Career Events”, and then from drop-down menu choose “Dining Etiquette”, “Search” and then select “Dining Etiquette: A Networking and Fine Dining Experience.” Registration deadline is October 24 and the cost is $11.00. Email cpd@vt.edu if you have questions.

October 10-16, 2016

1.  WEEKLY WALK-IN SERVICES IN THE GLC

  • Career Advising: W 2:00-5:00pm, Info kiosk in lobby
  • 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;
  • Peer to peer support coaching: M 1:00-3:00pm, Room F, F 11:00am-1:00pm, Room A (email grads@vt.edu for more info)
  • Writing assistance: Wednesdays, 2-4:30pm, Room A; reserve appointment at http://www.lib.vt.edu/spaces/writing/.

2. LAST WEEK FOR VOTER REGISTRATION
Tuesdays, Oct 11, 11:00am-12:00pm, GLC Lobby
Thursday, Oct 13, 5:00-6:00pm, GLC Lobby

This is the last week to register to vote in the November election! Voter Registration is offered in the GLC lobby on Tuesday and Thursday. Registering to vote takes only a minute. If you are already registered at a different address or in a different state, you can update your registration and avoid the difficulties of the absentee voting process. Remember, the last day to register to vote in Virginia is October 17–make sure your voice can be heard on Election Day!

3. DISCOVER ISLAM
Tuesday, Oct 11, 12:30-2:00pm, Info Booth A in Squires Student Center

Islam is the fastest growing religion in the world with more than 1.6 billion followers. Muslims come from almost every country in the world and speak almost every language. Learn more about Islam from your Muslim colleagues: stop by, ask questions, get your free copy of Quran interpretation in English, view Islamic art from different countries, get your name in Arabic, and enjoy tasty Arabian dates. Hosted by the Islamic Student Assembly (ISA). For more information contact grad student Haitham Elmarakeby, marakeby@vt.edu.

4. ELEMENTS OF A THESIS
Tuesday, Oct 11, 1:00-2:00pm, GLC Room B

Professor Jennifer Sano-Franchini will instruct students on what should be included in their thesis, how to structure information, and how to ensure EDT regulations are followed. Contact grad assistant Natalie Patterson for more information natpat@vt.edu. Register online at http://survey.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_di2Gxv0tpGcohnv if you are planning to attend.

5. OPTIONAL PRACTICAL TRAINING (OPT) WORKSHOP
Wednesday, Oct 12, 5:30-7:00pm, GLC Multipurpose Room

Learn about the OPT application process, including eligibility requirements, timing of application and other important details. Presented by IGSS immigration advisors. 

6. VT WELLNESS COOKING CLASS
Wednesday, Oct 12 or Thursday, Oct 13, 6:00-7:30pm, Wallace Hall 405
Wednesday, Nov 16 or Thursday, Nov 17, 6:00-7:30pm, Wallace Hall 405

VT Wellness Cooking class registration is open for October and November. It is a great time to de-stress and learn new recipes.  The October theme is Breakfast for Dinner and the November theme is Happy Healthy Thanksgiving.  Sign-ups are already open so secure your spot today by signing up here: https://connect.recsports.vt.edu/Course/Search.aspx?categoryId=674f0ef1-6f3c-4343-b98d-c5f3f843b5c5 Each class is $5.00 and you’ll get to enjoy a full meal that you get to cook. Email Aubrey at aubb0b@vt.edu if you have questions.

7. HUSSAIN DAY
Thursday, Oct 13, 10:00am-5:00pm, Library Plaza (in front of bookstore)

Join us for the "Hussain Day" presented by Ahlul Bayt Student Association (ABSA).

Hussain Day is an international campaign across universities to raise awareness about Peace and Justice. Free donuts and water bottles will be passed out with a tag attached that depicts a short message about Hussain, who he was and what he stood for. For more information contact vtabsa@gmail.com. Posted on behalf of grad student Mohammad Esfahani, esfahani@vt.edu

8. GLC CAFÉ
Thursday, Oct 13, 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.

9. 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.

10. ALPHA – INTERNATIONAL STUDENT GROUP
Thursdays, 7:00-9:00pm, 211A Washington Street

Alpha is a group specifically for international students. Enjoy a home cooked meal from a country outside of the US (often India, China, or Uganda). Then play an interactive game and watch a video based on answering some faith topic from a Christian perspective (Why pray? Do you think there is more to life? Who is Jesus? How does God guide us? etc.) After the video there is open and simple discussion where people are encouraged to share their honest thoughts on the materials presented in the video. This is a comfortable and fun environment to begin to explore some of life’s bigger questions. Sponsored by Chi Alpha Campus Ministry at Virginia Tech.

11. CHI ALPHA CAMPUS MINISTRY CAMPING TRIP
Friday-Saturday, Oct 15-16, Mt. Rodgers
Chi Alpha Campus Ministry is going on a camping trip over fall break to Mt. Rodgers.  The group will camp in tents and cook a meal by the fire on Friday night and hike Mt. Rodgers on Saturday during the day.  There is also an alternative day hike to Dragon’s Tooth and a scenic non-athletic trip to Sandstone Falls. Contact nickarakaky@gmail.com for more information.

12. DANDIYA NIGHT
Saturday, Oct 15, 6:30-9:00pm, Commonwealth Ballroom, Squires Student Center

The time of the year to pick up your dandiya sticks and dance away the night to traditional Indian beats is here again! So deck yourself out in your colorful best and join us for a night of dance, music and lots of fun! Dandiya sticks will be provided. Check out the event page for more details: https://www.facebook.com/events/193447641086508/. Contact Disha Sardana at dishas9@vt.edu if you have any questions. Sponsored by the Indian Students Association.

13 .CALL FOR SHOW & TELL PRESENTATIONS AT GLC OPEN HOUSE
Graduate students are sought for show & tell presentations during the fall GLC Open House on Friday, Oct 28. The purpose of these presentations is to showcase to other graduate students and the public the many ways in which graduate study and research can fun, exciting and intriguing. Demonstrations can be 10-30 minutes long, preferably highly visual and/or participatory, and should show something interesting to a general audience about your discipline, research, or materials/equipment you are working with. The Graduate School may be able to assist with the purchase of supplies if needed.  Please complete this survey by Friday, October 14 if you are interested in participating
https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_8bKtl9Rn2l8ckDP


14. GSA TRAVEL FUND PROGRAM APPLICATION – OCT 16-22

The Graduate Student Assembly’s Travel Fund Program will open for applications on October 16 and close on October 22 at 11:59PM. The application guide is now available on the GSA website (http://tinyurl.com/GSATravelFund). This program can provide partial support for professional or conference travel occurring between July 1 and December 31, 2016. If you have questions, contact TFP Chair Zack Shiner at gsaTravelFund@gmail.com


15. BOARD OF VISITORS GRADUATE REPRESENTATIVE OFFICE HOURS-2nd posting
The BoV Graduate Representative, Tara Reel, has office hours this year. Have a concern? Schedule a meeting via the Google calendar: tinyurl.com/meetbovgradrep

16. PEO INTERNNATIONAL PEACE SCHOLARSHIP FOR INTL GRAD WOMEN – 2nd posting
This scholarship is designed for women who are qualified for admission to full-time graduate study, working toward a graduate degree in the college or university she will attend. Requirements: Applicants must not hold U.S. or Canadian citizenship or permanent residency; must have a full year of course-work remaining and be enrolled and on campus for the entire school year. Doctoral students who have completed coursework and are working on dissertation only are not eligible as first-time applicants. The maximum scholarship for one year of study is $12,500, based upon need (year runs from August to August). Complete details are available at http://www.peointernational.org/about-peo-international-peace-scholarship-ips.. Send questions to Terry Arthur at arthurt@cs.vt.edu.

17. OMICRON DELTA KAPPY ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS – 2nd posting
Omicron Delta Kappa is a national leadership honor society that recognizes the highest achieving individuals in different leadership areas at our university. Membership is extended to undergraduate juniors and seniors, graduate students, faculty, staff and alumni. Students must be in high academic standing and display qualities/achievements in one of five areas of leadership. To apply and for more information on membership, visit our website: http://www.odk.org.vt.edu/membership.php Contact Eileen Bui regarding any membership questions: ebui90@vt.edu 

18. PAID SUMMER RESEARCH OPPORTUNITY – 3rd posting
International Research Experience for Students (IRES) – provides eligible VT engineering students with paid 2017 summer research (3 weeks at VT, 7 weeks abroad at the University of Nottingham, UK).  Must be US citizen or permanent resident and a full-time graduate student (graduating after May 2017). Visit https://www.eng.vt.edu/international/ires for more information and to apply. Deadline to apply: Oct 28, 2016. Email engabroad@vt.edu with any questions.

19. INTERIM GRADUATE OMBUDSPERSON AVAILABLE FOR GRAD STUDENTS – 3rd posting
Dr. Anne McNabb will serve as the Interim Ombudsperson in the Graduate School during the next few months until a permanent replacement for Monique McKay is on board.  Anne is an Emerita Professor of Biological Sciences and former Associate Dean of the Graduate School.  She will be in the Graduate School half time and can be reached at (540) 231-9573.  You can also leave a message or email her at happy@vt.edu, or ask for an appointment by calling (540) 231-8636.     

20. SUBMISSIONS INVITED TO GLC PHOTO AND ART CONTEST – 3rd posting
The Graduate School invites submissions of art work and photography by graduate students for display in the GLC during Fall Open House (Oct 28) and beyond. Submissions are limited to three pieces (art and/or photography) per graduate student. Learn more at
http://graduateschool.vt.edu/graduate-life-center/glc-art-and-photo-contest.html  Submission deadline: Thursday, Oct 20, 2016.

21. SPRING 2017 GLC FELLOW POSITION OPENING – 1st posting
Residence Life and the Graduate School are seeking a motivated graduate student who is committed to building graduate community, for a GLC Fellow position for Spring 2017. An ideal candidate would have previous residence life and/or event planning experience, though it is not a requirement. Applicants must submit a formal cover letter, resume and letter of recommendation, and fully complete the following survey:
https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_etFlFGFfWtFVSyV Information about cover letter requirements is detailed in the survey and the full job description is at  http://graduateschool.vt.edu/graduate-life-center.html  Apply by midnight on Friday, Oct. 28, 2016. Contact Lauren Surface at lkeister@vt.edu or Sam Harbison at samlh@vt.edu if you have questions.

22. WAGE POSITION OPENING FOR PT VT GITHUB COORDINATOR – 3rd posting
VT University Libraries seeking part-time GitHub Coordinator to collect, showcase, and preserve open source code written at VT. The coordinator will create and manage a central, public GitHub organization; offer git and GitHub and git-based workflow training; facilitate collaborations between GitHub-based projects; and ensure that VT code repositories are preserved for future data science research. Required qualifications: significant experience with git, GitHub, and teaching technical skills. Position ends May 17, 2017. $15/hour, working 10-30 hrs/wk with flexible schedule; some work can be done remotely, but at least half of the weekly hours must be done at the University Libraries between 8am to 5pm. Full position description at http://j.mp/vtul-gh-coord-ad. Apply anonymously at http://j.mp/vtul-gh-coord-app to be reviewed in a blind recruitment process.

23. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED – 2nd postin
Students are invited in a Virginia Tech study investigating the stability, comfort and usability of different arm brace designs.  Must be 18 years or older and not have current or recent (past 1 year) history of musculoskeletal injuries. Participants will be asked to perform simulated activities of daily living (e.g. opening an envelope) with five different arm braces.  One experimental (2-3 hours long) is required to complete the study. Compensation is $10/hour. Research protocols have been approved by the VT IRB. If interested, please contact Kristine Cantin at kdc14@vt.edu .

Upcoming events:

CONNECTION JOB FAIR
Tuesday, Oct 18, 10:00am-4:00pm, Squires Student Center

Over 100 employers representing various fields will attend this Connection Job Fair.  See the list of employers and information about the jobs they have and candidate qualifications they’re seeking at https://db.career.vt.edu/connection/EmployerList.asp?E=1692

PARENT SUPPORT LUNCH GROUP
Wednesday, Oct 19, 12:00-1:30pm, GLC Room G

Join your fellow graduate student parents for a support group luncheon and hear from Jessie Meltsner of the VT Women’s Center about programs that can benefit your family.  Spouses and children are always welcome.  Sign-up at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0e4fabaa28a1ff2-october1 These lunches fill up fast so sign-up soon.  Contact childcare@vt.edu if you have questions.

GRADUATE STUDENT AND ADVISOR SOCIAL
Wednesday, Oct 19, 5:00-7:00pm, University Club

Graduate students and their advisors are invited to a social, hosted this time by the College of Engineering and the University Club. Enjoy good conversation and network with colleagues over a glass of wine or beer and light refreshments. Invite your advisor, committee member or other faculty to attend! Please complete this survey to register for the event and allow organizers to arrange the right amount of refreshments: https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_ablk0hCGngPGTJj

BOREN AWARDS INFO SESSION
Thursday, Oct. 20, 10:00-11:00am, GLC Room F
Boren Scholarships and Fellowships provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. undergraduate and graduate students to study less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to U.S. interests, and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. A representative from the Boren awards program will hold this session followed by an informal q & a session from 11am-12pm.

GRADUATE ARTS COUNCIL: ART WALK
Friday, Oct 21, 5:30-7:00pm, Theatre 101

Interested in meeting graduate students from other departments? Want to know more about Blacksburg’s artistic scene? Please join the Graduate Arts Council (a campus organization dedicated to exploring, supporting, and expanding the arts in and around the Virginia Tech area) for an art-walk to Blacksburg’s galleries. We will meet outside of Theatre 101 to begin the walking tour. Hope to see you there!

JOE’S TREES DAY TRIP
Saturday, Oct 22, 1:00pm-5:00pm

Join your fellow grad students on a trip to one of the New River Valley’s best kept secrets!  Joe’s Trees is a family owned business that runs a pumpkin patch each fall. There are plenty of fun activities including hay rides, pumpkin picking, and learning about local artisan craft work. Make sure to bring some cash in case you find any awesome crafts or yummy food to purchase! If you are interested in joining, fill out this survey: https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_d10xJrCrkTWnNSl. Contact Scarlet Soult at scarlet@vt.edu if you have any questions!

BRING YOUR OWN DATA WORKSHOP: HOW TO INCREASE THE IMPACT OF YOUR RESERCH
Tuesday, Oct 25, 11:00am-3:00pm, Newman Library Multipurpose Room, 1st floor

Attend this free, hands-on workshop co-hosted by the Center for Open Science and VT University Libraries and learn about resources and tools to increase the reuse and discoverability of your research by following F.A.I.R. data principles (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable). Lunch provided. Registration required at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeizQE8IDfk5Wo-D1SFH5ssNRbQQ8NYomkkDSvmt6HI0piqpQ/viewform?c=0&w=1.

MINGLE LIKE YOU MEAN IT
Thursday, Oct 27, 2:00-3:30pm, GLC Room B

How are you at networking when it comes to large receptions, conferences or other professional events? Feel like you need to get better? Improve your skills at mingling at this interactive session where you’ll practice introductions, opening lines and more with fellow graduate students.

HALLOWEEN PARTY
Thursday, Oct 27, 7:00-9:00pm, Owens Banquet Hall
Come celebrate the spooky season with other graduate students! Prizes for costumes, games, and light refreshments will be provided. Co-sponsored by International Support Services, Language and Culture Institute, Cranwell International Center, and the Graduate School. Contact Kristen Haas at kjhaas@vt.edu for more information. 

GSA FALL BEER & WINE SOCIAL
Friday, Oct 28, 5:00-9:00pm, University Club

Join the Graduate Student Assembly for an autumnal Beer & Wine Social and tasting! Admission will be $5, and a set of 6 tasting tickets will be an additional $5. Light refreshments and snacks will be free with admission; food trucks will be on-site with food for purchase, for those that want heavier meals. This social is for students 21 and over. Tickets will be sold at the event (and note that there will be an additional $1 charge for all tickets purchased by credit card). However, please be sure to RSVP to the Beer & Wine Social event on Facebook at tinyurl.com/beerandwine-fall2016, so that the GSA can have a rough idea of attendance.

FALL ETIQUETTE DINNER – register now!
Wednesday, Nov 2, 5:00-7:30pm, Owens Banquet Room
Career and Professional Development’s annual etiquette dinner is an opportunity to learn and practice good table manners to assist you in being successful in your job and internship search and as a new professional. Register at the Hokies4Hire website: https://www.myinterfase.com/vt/Account/LogOn. Select “Career Events”, and then from drop-down menu choose “Dining Etiquette”, “Search” and then select “Dining Etiquette: A Networking and Fine Dining Experience.” Registration deadline is October 24 and the cost is $11.00. Email cpd@vt.edu if you have questions.