November 28-December 4, 2016

1.  WEEKLY WALK-IN SERVICES IN THE GLC – last updated 11/28

– 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. DISCOVER ISLAM
Tuesday, Nov 29, 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.

3. GRAD ARTS COUNCIL: CUBE MIXER
Tuesday, Nov 29, 7:00-9:00pm, Moss Arts Center
Socialize and network with the VT arts community in the Cube, hosted by the Graduate Arts Council and co-sponsored by the English Graduate Student Organization. Live DJs, the opportunity to discover the Cube (a four story state of the art theatre and high tech laboratory housing 128 speakers), and a professional photographer onsite for headshots. There will also be food and networking opportunities, as well as information about future events and opportunities. For more info contact grad student Ana-Christina, acostaa@vt.edu.

4. PHOTO EXHIBIT: THE WORLD’S LARGEST ANNUAL PEACEFUL GATHERING
Wednesday-Friday, Nov 30-Dec 2, 10:00am-7:00pm, Squires Atrium second floor lobby
The Ahlul Bayt Student Association (ABSA) invites you to this photo exhibit that features tens of millions of people in the largest peaceful assembly in the world and in human history. See how people make it possible and how they stand for social justice, honor, and peace.  Photographs will feature individuals from various cultural backgrounds, religions, and health conditions. For more information contact vtabsa@gmail.com. Posted on behalf of grad student Mohammad Esfahani, esfahani@vt.edu.

5. INFO SESSION ABOUT MA IN EDUCATION, CURRICULUM & INSTRUCTION ESL CONCENTRATION
Thursday, Dec 1, 3:30-4:00pm, GLC Room G
If you are interested in working with people from around the world and considered teaching in the United States or internationally, consider attending this session about Virginia Tech’s master’s program in Education- Curriculum and Instruction, English as a Second Language concentration. For more information about this event contact Rebecca Raab, rrr3927@vt.edu.

6. GLC CAFÉ: HOLIDAY EDITION
Thursday, Dec 1, 3:30-5:00pm, GLC Reading Room
Enjoy a few minutes away from your books with some holiday crafts and coloring in addition to fueling your brain and body with caffeine and carbs. Usual coffee/tea and cookies as well as craft supplies provided.

7. LETTERS OF LOVE TO SYRIA
Friday, Dec 2, 1:30-3:30pm, GLC Lobby
Write a short note of support, love, and holiday greeting to the people displaced by violence in Syria. Photos of you and your message will be taken and posted to the Letters of Love Facebook Page at https://www.facebook.com/lettersoflove2017/, where they will be translated, printed, and sent to refugees. Warm drinks and cookies will be provided. Contact Natalie at natpat@vt.edu for more information.

8. AID SPEAKER EVENT: RAVI KUCHIMANCHI
Friday, Dec 2, 6:30pm, Brush Mountain A in Squires
The Association for India’s Development (AID), Blacksburg chapter invites you to a talk by keynote speaker Ravi Kuchimanchi, the founder of AID. He and his wife are inspirations behind the bollywood movie, Swades (2005). His talk will focus on sustainable grassroots development in India.  RSVP to aidblacksburg@gmail.com.

9. PAINTBALL AT WOLF’S RIDGE
Saturday, Dec 3, 10:30am-3:00pm
It is time for bonding fun, teamwork, collaboration, and stress-relieving physical activity. Rain or shine, run around outdoors and…paintball … ‘nuff said! Join your fellow grad students on a trip to Wolf’s Ridge Paintball south of Christiansburg. If you are interested, fill out this survey: http://survey.az1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_dbz4zLybQUaQPC5. Contact Erik Fendik at ef@vt.edu if you have any questions.

10. GRAD-UGRAD MENTORSHIP PROGRAM SEEKING MENTORS  – 2nd posting
The Grad–Undergrad Mentorship Program (GUMP) is seeking mentors from all fields to mentor undergrad students considering graduate school. Ugrads and grads are matched according to their area of study, allowing the undergrad to get a taste for graduate school and to ask questions of current graduate students. Each graduate mentor will be matched with 1–3 mentees, who will shadow them at convenient times during the spring semester. Mentoring can help build leadership skills and provide an experience to discuss with future employers. Graduate students will coordinate mentoring activities independently with their undergraduate mentees. GUMP is sponsored by the Graduate Student Association (GSA). For more information and to apply, visit tinyurl.com/VT-GUMP. If you have any questions, contact gump@vt.edu .

11. CALL FOR PROJECTS FOR ACC SMITHSONIAN CREATIVY & INNOVATION FESTIVAL – 2nd posting
VT and ICAT are hosting the inaugural ACC Smithsonian Creativity and Innovation Festival to be held at the Smithsonian Museum of American History in Washington, D.C., Oct 13-15, 2017 to showcase each ACC institution’s top projects that highlight creativity and innovation. The event may draw a crowd of 28,000.  Fully completed projects are sought, as the timeline does not allow for project development. Deadline for submission is Nov 28 at  https://docs.google.com/a/vt.edu/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf7xFwqpT95rCzgMlh4N78cptPPkdqkLQaBjwK3QkAjL-eBgw/viewform.

12. APPLICATIONS SOUGHT FOR BOUCHET HONOR SOCIETY – 2nd posting
Doctoral candidates are eligible to apply to be a part of the Edward Alexander Bouchet Graduate Honor Society that recognizes outstanding scholarly achievement and promotes diversity and excellence in doctoral education and the professoriate. Applications are due by end-of-day, Dec 2, 2016. http://graduateschool.vt.edu/about/diversity/bouchet-society.html Please contact dannette@vt.edu with questions.

13. NOMINATIONS OPEN FOR DIVERSITY SCHOLARS –  2nd posting
Learn more about the diversity scholars program and consider applying if you are a full-time graduate student in good standing and have a demonstrated commitment to inclusion and diversity. See http://graduateschool.vt.edu/about/diversity/diversity-scholars/how-to-apply.html for details. Contact Dannette@vt.edu with questions. Applications are due Dec 20.

14. PASSPORT APPLICATIONS NOW ACCEPTED IN SQUIRES – 3rd posting
The U.S. Department of State certified a new location on the first floor in Squires Student Center as a U.S. Passport Application Acceptance Facility.  The site offers the products and services needed for a first-time passport and renewal passport applications. Learn more at http://campuslife.vt.edu/Squires/passport-acceptance-facility.html.  

15. PROGRAM ASSISTANT WAGE POSITION OPENING – 2nd posting
The VT Language and Culture is seeking a program assistant to work primarily with 25 Argentine college students to coordinate transportation, travel, program calendar, and events; help lead trips and activities (mainly on weekends); process invoices and keep accurate program accounting records; maintain participant files; and collect data and documents for registration and reporting purposes. Position begins Jan 2 and ends Feb 29. Must have experience providing administrative or program support in a professional office environment; excellent interpersonal and communications skills to effectively work with faculty, staff and international students; working knowledge of VT policies and procedures; have acceptable and safe driving record. Should be able to drive a 12-passenger van. Hours are flexible, including evenings and weekends, up to 40 hours weekly. Hourly pay up to $15/hr. If interested, contact Ernesto Waines a1nesto@vt.edu for more information.

16. STUDENT AIDE WAGE POSITION OPENING – 2nd posting
VT LCI seeks a student aide to work closely with the Program Assistant and help 25 Argentine students adjust to their new surroundings in the US and on campus. The SA will accompany participants to area activities and trips, help students obtain ID cards, assist with shopping and understanding housing rules and regulations. Other duties include driving a state vehicle to events and assisting with administrative duties as needed. Position begins Jan 2 and ends Feb 29. Must have excellent interpersonal and communications skills; working knowledge of VT policies and procedures; have an acceptable and safe driving record and be able to drive a 12-passenger van. Flexible hours, including evenings and weekends, up to 40 hrs/wk, up to $11/hr. If interested, contact Ernesto Waines a1nesto@vt.edu for more information.

17. GRADUATE ASSISTANTSHIP OPENING IN BUDGET & FIN PLANNING – 2nd posting
The Office of Budget and Financial Planning is seeking an inter/grad assistant for the Auxiliary budget functions of the office for a 9-month assistantship with paid summer internship possibility to assist in budget development, monitoring and reporting processes. Position provides exposure to central financial and admin functions and offers insight into state budgeting process. Must have interest/focus in public budgeting, strong oral and written communication skills, analytical skills, experience with Excel, and ability to perform work of a varied difficulty to include data analysis and compilation and presentation of reports. If interested, submit cover letter, resume and 3 professional references to Jean Cumminsat Jeanc9@vt.edu.

18. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR MULTI-VIEW MANAGEMENT OF DATA STUDY – 1st posting
Participants are sought for a study to determine the best multi-view management of multivariate data from cognitive radio nodes’ spectrum in a 3D visualization on the web. Participants will be presented a series of image pairs and asked to answer questions about them. Participation takes about 30 minutes. Must be 18 or older and can see properly (not blind nor visually impaired). If interested, take this survey using your personal computer: https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_8vUsuvAlfr2d6YZ. The study session will last approximately 30 minutes. The results of the study may be published and used in a dissertation.  For more information contact Ayat Mohammed (maaayat@vt.edu(5405059317).

19. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR HEAD-WORN DISPLAY TECHNOLOGIES STUDY – 2nd posting
Participants are needed for a study assessing the use of head-worn display technologies in industry. Must be 18-65 years old; have no current or recent history (1 year) of musculoskeletal disorders. The project involves two lab-based experiments, and you will be invited to participate in one or both.  The first experiment involves navigating in a simulated warehouse environment using both a paper list and “smart” glasses in several experimental conditions in two sessions, a 1-hr preliminary and a 3.5-hr data collection. The second involves simulation of an order-picking task – retrieving boxes from shelves, loading/unloading boxes onto/from a hand cart, and maneuvering a hand cart.  Weights will range 10-35 lbs.  Completing the study requires two sessions: a training session (~1-1.5 hrs) and a data collection session (~1.5-2 hrs). Compensation = $10 per hour. Contact 540-557-7763 at sunwook@vt.edu if interested.

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

21. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR STUDY ON ASSESSING THE BIOMECHANICS OF HUMAN GAIT – 3rd  posting
Participants are sought for a research study on assessing the biomechanics of human gait. Participants will be asked to perform a set of tasks involving repeated walking. They should be 18-30 years old, no current or recent history of musculoskeletal problems (no Anterior Cruciate Ligament(ACL) injury and no knee/ankle surgery); exercise on a regular basis (2-3 times/wk). Experiments will take about 3-4 hours and will be conducted in the Locomotion Laboratory in the ISE department. The compensation will be $10/hour. Interested participants can contact Mr. Iman Mokhlespour by email at mokhles@vt.edu or call him at (540) 449-3805.

22. VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL MATH DAY – 3rd posting
The Math Department will host an event on Friday, Dec 2 that will bring middle school students to campus for a morning of math activities with the goal of encouraging girls to remain interested in math. Volunteers are needed to help lead or aid activities, guide students on campus, and help with other day-of tasks, including setting up starting at 8am and cleaning up finishing by 2pm. Volunteers do not need to stay for the entire event. If interested in volunteering, or would like more information about the event, email Mandy Welch at welcha1@vt.edu.

Upcoming events:

SPIRITUAL/WELLNESS CONNECT
Monday, Dec 5, 11:30am-1:00pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
The Graduate School’s Office of Recruitment & Diversity is hosting a Spiritual/Wellness Connect event — enjoy a relaxing space as the end of the semester nears. Some stress relief items will be provided. Rec Sports will host two 20-minute yoga sessions. Bring your own headphones to enjoy music that is most meaningful to you. Come and go as you please.

DECEMBER RECHARGE
Wednesday, Dec 7, 4:00-7:00pm, GLC Multipurpose Room

De-stress with the GLC Fellows before final exams begin! There will be healthy snacks and tea set up to enjoy while you relax by coloring, crafting, playing board games and more. The therapy dogs will also be making an appearance at 6 pm. If you have any questions, email Julia Vasquez at juliav@vt.edu.

BIG DATA SCIENCE WORKSHOP 2017
Thursday, Jan 12, 9:00am-4:30pm, Newman Library Multipurpose Room
In an era of Big Data, reproducible research and efficient workflows become vitally important to the research process. Graduate students are invited to join University Libraries and Advanced Research Computing at Virginia Tech, and the Center for Open Science for a workshop and discussion on Big Data and Data Science. Featuring sessions on big data workflows, data visualization, data publishing, and reproducible research practices, the 2017 Big Data Science Workshop will also incorporate a brainstorming/strategy session aimed at improving research workflows, a networking breakfast, lightning talks, and a poster reception. This workshop is offered with the support of partners from the University of Virginia. Breakfast and Lunch will be provided. Must register in advance at: goo.gl/rNwpum. For current information: https://researchinformatics.lib.vt.edu/project/big-data-science-workshop/

November 28-December 4, 2016

1.  WEEKLY WALK-IN SERVICES IN THE GLC – last updated 11/28

– 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. DISCOVER ISLAM
Tuesday, Nov 29, 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.

3. GRAD ARTS COUNCIL: CUBE MIXER
Tuesday, Nov 29, 7:00-9:00pm, Moss Arts Center
Socialize and network with the VT arts community in the Cube, hosted by the Graduate Arts Council and co-sponsored by the English Graduate Student Organization. Live DJs, the opportunity to discover the Cube (a four story state of the art theatre and high tech laboratory housing 128 speakers), and a professional photographer onsite for headshots. There will also be food and networking opportunities, as well as information about future events and opportunities. For more info contact grad student Ana-Christina, acostaa@vt.edu.

4. PHOTO EXHIBIT: THE WORLD’S LARGEST ANNUAL PEACEFUL GATHERING
Wednesday-Friday, Nov 30-Dec 2, 10:00am-7:00pm, Squires Atrium second floor lobby
The Ahlul Bayt Student Association (ABSA) invites you to this photo exhibit that features tens of millions of people in the largest peaceful assembly in the world and in human history. See how people make it possible and how they stand for social justice, honor, and peace.  Photographs will feature individuals from various cultural backgrounds, religions, and health conditions. For more information contact vtabsa@gmail.com. Posted on behalf of grad student Mohammad Esfahani, esfahani@vt.edu.

5. INFO SESSION ABOUT MA IN EDUCATION, CURRICULUM & INSTRUCTION ESL CONCENTRATION
Thursday, Dec 1, 3:30-4:00pm, GLC Room G
If you are interested in working with people from around the world and considered teaching in the United States or internationally, consider attending this session about Virginia Tech’s master’s program in Education- Curriculum and Instruction, English as a Second Language concentration. For more information about this event contact Rebecca Raab, rrr3927@vt.edu.

6. GLC CAFÉ: HOLIDAY EDITION
Thursday, Dec 1, 3:30-5:00pm, GLC Reading Room
Enjoy a few minutes away from your books with some holiday crafts and coloring in addition to fueling your brain and body with caffeine and carbs. Usual coffee/tea and cookies as well as craft supplies provided.

7. LETTERS OF LOVE TO SYRIA
Friday, Dec 2, 1:30-3:30pm, GLC Lobby
Write a short note of support, love, and holiday greeting to the people displaced by violence in Syria. Photos of you and your message will be taken and posted to the Letters of Love Facebook Page at https://www.facebook.com/lettersoflove2017/, where they will be translated, printed, and sent to refugees. Warm drinks and cookies will be provided. Contact Natalie at natpat@vt.edu for more information.

8. AID SPEAKER EVENT: RAVI KUCHIMANCHI
Friday, Dec 2, 6:30pm, Brush Mountain A in Squires
The Association for India’s Development (AID), Blacksburg chapter invites you to a talk by keynote speaker Ravi Kuchimanchi, the founder of AID. He and his wife are inspirations behind the bollywood movie, Swades (2005). His talk will focus on sustainable grassroots development in India.  RSVP to aidblacksburg@gmail.com.

9. PAINTBALL AT WOLF’S RIDGE
Saturday, Dec 3, 10:30am-3:00pm
It is time for bonding fun, teamwork, collaboration, and stress-relieving physical activity. Rain or shine, run around outdoors and…paintball … ‘nuff said! Join your fellow grad students on a trip to Wolf’s Ridge Paintball south of Christiansburg. If you are interested, fill out this survey: http://survey.az1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_dbz4zLybQUaQPC5. Contact Erik Fendik at ef@vt.edu if you have any questions.

10. GRAD-UGRAD MENTORSHIP PROGRAM SEEKING MENTORS  – 2nd posting
The Grad–Undergrad Mentorship Program (GUMP) is seeking mentors from all fields to mentor undergrad students considering graduate school. Ugrads and grads are matched according to their area of study, allowing the undergrad to get a taste for graduate school and to ask questions of current graduate students. Each graduate mentor will be matched with 1–3 mentees, who will shadow them at convenient times during the spring semester. Mentoring can help build leadership skills and provide an experience to discuss with future employers. Graduate students will coordinate mentoring activities independently with their undergraduate mentees. GUMP is sponsored by the Graduate Student Association (GSA). For more information and to apply, visit tinyurl.com/VT-GUMP. If you have any questions, contact gump@vt.edu .

11. CALL FOR PROJECTS FOR ACC SMITHSONIAN CREATIVY & INNOVATION FESTIVAL – 2nd posting
VT and ICAT are hosting the inaugural ACC Smithsonian Creativity and Innovation Festival to be held at the Smithsonian Museum of American History in Washington, D.C., Oct 13-15, 2017 to showcase each ACC institution’s top projects that highlight creativity and innovation. The event may draw a crowd of 28,000.  Fully completed projects are sought, as the timeline does not allow for project development. Deadline for submission is Nov 28 at  https://docs.google.com/a/vt.edu/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf7xFwqpT95rCzgMlh4N78cptPPkdqkLQaBjwK3QkAjL-eBgw/viewform.

12. APPLICATIONS SOUGHT FOR BOUCHET HONOR SOCIETY – 2nd posting
Doctoral candidates are eligible to apply to be a part of the Edward Alexander Bouchet Graduate Honor Society that recognizes outstanding scholarly achievement and promotes diversity and excellence in doctoral education and the professoriate. Applications are due by end-of-day, Dec 2, 2016. http://graduateschool.vt.edu/about/diversity/bouchet-society.html Please contact dannette@vt.edu with questions.

13. NOMINATIONS OPEN FOR DIVERSITY SCHOLARS –  2nd posting
Learn more about the diversity scholars program and consider applying if you are a full-time graduate student in good standing and have a demonstrated commitment to inclusion and diversity. See http://graduateschool.vt.edu/about/diversity/diversity-scholars/how-to-apply.html for details. Contact Dannette@vt.edu with questions. Applications are due Dec 20.

14. PASSPORT APPLICATIONS NOW ACCEPTED IN SQUIRES – 3rd posting
The U.S. Department of State certified a new location on the first floor in Squires Student Center as a U.S. Passport Application Acceptance Facility.  The site offers the products and services needed for a first-time passport and renewal passport applications. Learn more at http://campuslife.vt.edu/Squires/passport-acceptance-facility.html.  

15. PROGRAM ASSISTANT WAGE POSITION OPENING – 2nd posting
The VT Language and Culture is seeking a program assistant to work primarily with 25 Argentine college students to coordinate transportation, travel, program calendar, and events; help lead trips and activities (mainly on weekends); process invoices and keep accurate program accounting records; maintain participant files; and collect data and documents for registration and reporting purposes. Position begins Jan 2 and ends Feb 29. Must have experience providing administrative or program support in a professional office environment; excellent interpersonal and communications skills to effectively work with faculty, staff and international students; working knowledge of VT policies and procedures; have acceptable and safe driving record. Should be able to drive a 12-passenger van. Hours are flexible, including evenings and weekends, up to 40 hours weekly. Hourly pay up to $15/hr. If interested, contact Ernesto Waines a1nesto@vt.edu for more information.

16. STUDENT AIDE WAGE POSITION OPENING – 2nd posting
VT LCI seeks a student aide to work closely with the Program Assistant and help 25 Argentine students adjust to their new surroundings in the US and on campus. The SA will accompany participants to area activities and trips, help students obtain ID cards, assist with shopping and understanding housing rules and regulations. Other duties include driving a state vehicle to events and assisting with administrative duties as needed. Position begins Jan 2 and ends Feb 29. Must have excellent interpersonal and communications skills; working knowledge of VT policies and procedures; have an acceptable and safe driving record and be able to drive a 12-passenger van. Flexible hours, including evenings and weekends, up to 40 hrs/wk, up to $11/hr. If interested, contact Ernesto Waines a1nesto@vt.edu for more information.

17. GRADUATE ASSISTANTSHIP OPENING IN BUDGET & FIN PLANNING – 2nd posting
The Office of Budget and Financial Planning is seeking an inter/grad assistant for the Auxiliary budget functions of the office for a 9-month assistantship with paid summer internship possibility to assist in budget development, monitoring and reporting processes. Position provides exposure to central financial and admin functions and offers insight into state budgeting process. Must have interest/focus in public budgeting, strong oral and written communication skills, analytical skills, experience with Excel, and ability to perform work of a varied difficulty to include data analysis and compilation and presentation of reports. If interested, submit cover letter, resume and 3 professional references to Jean Cumminsat Jeanc9@vt.edu.

18. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR MULTI-VIEW MANAGEMENT OF DATA STUDY – 1st posting
Participants are sought for a study to determine the best multi-view management of multivariate data from cognitive radio nodes’ spectrum in a 3D visualization on the web. Participants will be presented a series of image pairs and asked to answer questions about them. Participation takes about 30 minutes. Must be 18 or older and can see properly (not blind nor visually impaired). If interested, take this survey using your personal computer: https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_8vUsuvAlfr2d6YZ. The study session will last approximately 30 minutes. The results of the study may be published and used in a dissertation.  For more information contact Ayat Mohammed (maaayat@vt.edu(5405059317).

19. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR HEAD-WORN DISPLAY TECHNOLOGIES STUDY – 2nd posting
Participants are needed for a study assessing the use of head-worn display technologies in industry. Must be 18-65 years old; have no current or recent history (1 year) of musculoskeletal disorders. The project involves two lab-based experiments, and you will be invited to participate in one or both.  The first experiment involves navigating in a simulated warehouse environment using both a paper list and “smart” glasses in several experimental conditions in two sessions, a 1-hr preliminary and a 3.5-hr data collection. The second involves simulation of an order-picking task – retrieving boxes from shelves, loading/unloading boxes onto/from a hand cart, and maneuvering a hand cart.  Weights will range 10-35 lbs.  Completing the study requires two sessions: a training session (~1-1.5 hrs) and a data collection session (~1.5-2 hrs). Compensation = $10 per hour. Contact 540-557-7763 at sunwook@vt.edu if interested.

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

21. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR STUDY ON ASSESSING THE BIOMECHANICS OF HUMAN GAIT – 3rd  posting
Participants are sought for a research study on assessing the biomechanics of human gait. Participants will be asked to perform a set of tasks involving repeated walking. They should be 18-30 years old, no current or recent history of musculoskeletal problems (no Anterior Cruciate Ligament(ACL) injury and no knee/ankle surgery); exercise on a regular basis (2-3 times/wk). Experiments will take about 3-4 hours and will be conducted in the Locomotion Laboratory in the ISE department. The compensation will be $10/hour. Interested participants can contact Mr. Iman Mokhlespour by email at mokhles@vt.edu or call him at (540) 449-3805.

22. VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL MATH DAY – 3rd posting
The Math Department will host an event on Friday, Dec 2 that will bring middle school students to campus for a morning of math activities with the goal of encouraging girls to remain interested in math. Volunteers are needed to help lead or aid activities, guide students on campus, and help with other day-of tasks, including setting up starting at 8am and cleaning up finishing by 2pm. Volunteers do not need to stay for the entire event. If interested in volunteering, or would like more information about the event, email Mandy Welch at welcha1@vt.edu.

Upcoming events:

SPIRITUAL/WELLNESS CONNECT
Monday, Dec 5, 11:30am-1:00pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
The Graduate School’s Office of Recruitment & Diversity is hosting a Spiritual/Wellness Connect event — enjoy a relaxing space as the end of the semester nears. Some stress relief items will be provided. Rec Sports will host two 20-minute yoga sessions. Bring your own headphones to enjoy music that is most meaningful to you. Come and go as you please.

DECEMBER RECHARGE
Wednesday, Dec 7, 4:00-7:00pm, GLC Multipurpose Room

De-stress with the GLC Fellows before final exams begin! There will be healthy snacks and tea set up to enjoy while you relax by coloring, crafting, playing board games and more. The therapy dogs will also be making an appearance at 6 pm. If you have any questions, email Julia Vasquez at juliav@vt.edu.

BIG DATA SCIENCE WORKSHOP 2017
Thursday, Jan 12, 9:00am-4:30pm, Newman Library Multipurpose Room
In an era of Big Data, reproducible research and efficient workflows become vitally important to the research process. Graduate students are invited to join University Libraries and Advanced Research Computing at Virginia Tech, and the Center for Open Science for a workshop and discussion on Big Data and Data Science. Featuring sessions on big data workflows, data visualization, data publishing, and reproducible research practices, the 2017 Big Data Science Workshop will also incorporate a brainstorming/strategy session aimed at improving research workflows, a networking breakfast, lightning talks, and a poster reception. This workshop is offered with the support of partners from the University of Virginia. Breakfast and Lunch will be provided. Must register in advance at: goo.gl/rNwpum. For current information: https://researchinformatics.lib.vt.edu/project/big-data-science-workshop/

November 21-27, 2016

1.  WEEKLY WALK-IN SERVICES IN THE GLC

Weekly services are on hiatus this week. All will return to regular schedule next week.

2. T-BREAK LUNCH 2016
Tuesday, Nov 22, 11:30am-1:00pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
You are not alone! Join others who don’t get to leave for Thanksgiving break for some soup (meat and vegetarian versions), dessert, games and conversation. Meet other graduate students, international students, and Grad School, Cranwell and Division of Student Affairs staff, and enjoy some good food in good company. Please sign up at https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1479136114978 to help us estimate the food that will be needed. This event is co-sponsored by the Graduate School and the Cranwell International Center.

3. GRAD-UGRAD MENTORSHIP PROGRAM SEEKING MENTORS  – 1st posting
The Grad–Undergrad Mentorship Program (GUMP) is seeking mentors from all fields to mentor undergrad students considering graduate school. Ugrads and grads are matched according to their area of study, allowing the undergrad to get a taste for graduate school and to ask questions of current graduate students. Each graduate mentor will be matched with 1–3 mentees, who will shadow them at convenient times during the spring semester. Mentoring can help build leadership skills and provide an experience to discuss with future employers. Graduate students will coordinate mentoring activities independently with their undergraduate mentees. GUMP is sponsored by the Graduate Student Association (GSA). For more information and to apply, visit tinyurl.com/VT-GUMP. If you have any questions, contact gump@vt.edu .

4. CALL FOR PROJECTS FOR ACC SMITHSONIAN CREATIVY & INNOVATION FESTIVAL
VT and ICAT are hosting the inaugural ACC Smithsonian Creativity and Innovation Festival to be held at the Smithsonian Museum of American History in Washington, D.C., Oct 13-15, 2017 to showcase each ACC institution’s top projects that highlight creativity and innovation. The event may draw a crowd of 28,000.  Fully completed projects are sought, as the timeline does not allow for project development. Deadline for submission is Nov 28 at  https://docs.google.com/a/vt.edu/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf7xFwqpT95rCzgMlh4N78cptPPkdqkLQaBjwK3QkAjL-eBgw/viewform.

5. APPLICATIONS SOUGHT FOR BOUCHET HONOR SOCIETY – 1st posting
Doctoral candidates are eligible to apply to be a part of the Edward Alexander Bouchet Graduate Honor Society that recognizes outstanding scholarly achievement and promotes diversity and excellence in doctoral education and the professoriate. Applications are due by end-of-day, Dec 2, 2016. http://graduateschool.vt.edu/about/diversity/bouchet-society.html Please contact dannette@vt.edu with questions.

6. NOMINATIONS OPEN FOR DIVERSITY SCHOLARS – 1st posting
Learn more about the diversity scholars program and consider applying if you are a full-time graduate student in good standing and have a demonstrated commitment to inclusion and diversity. See http://graduateschool.vt.edu/about/diversity/diversity-scholars/how-to-apply.html for details. Contact Dannette@vt.edu with questions. Applications are due Dec 20.

7. PASSPORT APPLICATIONS NOW ACCEPTED IN SQUIRES – 2nd posting
The U.S. Department of State certified a new location on the first floor in Squires Student Center as a U.S. Passport Application Acceptance Facility.  The site offers the products and services needed for a first-time passport and renewal passport applications. Learn more at http://campuslife.vt.edu/Squires/passport-acceptance-facility.html.  

8. NEW SPRING 2017 COURSE: STEM WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT (CRN 19497)
Learn more about construction workforce issues and engage with members of industry, policy makers, and researchers to discuss key professional development and labor issues in construction. Build new alliances, models and best practices for federal, regional, and local construction workforce initiatives through this graduate course. If you are interested, register for CRN 19497,  [W 1:25-4:00pm, 323 Bishop-Favrao Hall]. If you have questions, contact the instructor, Dr. Denise R Simmons, at densimm@vt.edu.

9. PROGRAM ASSISTANT WAGE POSITION OPENING – 1st posting
The VT Language and Culture is seeking a program assistant to work primarily with 25 Argentine college students to coordinate transportation, travel, program calendar, and events; help lead trips and activities (mainly on weekends); process invoices and keep accurate program accounting records; maintain participant files; and collect data and documents for registration and reporting purposes. Position begins Jan 2 and ends Feb 29. Must have experience providing administrative or program support in a professional office environment; excellent interpersonal and communications skills to effectively work with faculty, staff and international students; working knowledge of VT policies and procedures; have acceptable and safe driving record. Should be able to drive a 12-passenger van. Hours are flexible, including evenings and weekends, up to 40 hours weekly. Hourly pay up to $15/hr. If interested, contact Ernesto Waines a1nesto@vt.edu for more information.

10. STUDENT AIDE WAGE POSITION OPENING – 1st posting
VT LCI seeks a student aide to work closely with the Program Assistant and help 25 Argentine students adjust to their new surroundings in the US and on campus. The SA will accompany participants to area activities and trips, help students obtain ID cards, assist with shopping and understanding housing rules and regulations. Other duties include driving a state vehicle to events and assisting with administrative duties as needed. Position begins Jan 2 and ends Feb 29. Must have excellent interpersonal and communications skills; working knowledge of VT policies and procedures; have an acceptable and safe driving record and be able to drive a 12-passenger van. Flexible hours, including evenings and weekends, up to 40 hrs/wk, up to $11/hr. If interested, contact Ernesto Waines a1nesto@vt.edu for more information.

11. GRADUATE ASSISTANTSHIP OPENING IN BUDGET & FIN PLANNING – 1st posting
The Office of Budget and Financial Planning is seeking an inter/grad assistant for the Auxiliary budget functions of the office for a 9-month assistantship with paid summer internship possibility to assist in budget development, monitoring and reporting processes. Position provides exposure to central financial and admin functions and offers insight into state budgeting process. Must have interest/focus in public budgeting, strong oral and written communication skills, analytical skills, experience with Excel, and ability to perform work of a varied difficulty to include data analysis and compilation and presentation of reports. If interested, submit cover letter, resume and 3 professional references to Jean Cumminsat Jeanc9@vt.edu.

12. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR HEAD-WORN DISPLAY TECHNOLOGIES STUDY – 1st posting
Participants are needed for a study assessing the use of head-worn display technologies in industry. Must be 18-65 years old; have no current or recent history (1 year) of musculoskeletal disorders.

The project involves two lab-based experiments, and you will be invited to participate in one or both.  The first experiment involves navigating in a simulated warehouse environment using both a paper list and “smart” glasses in several experimental conditions in two sessions, a 1-hr preliminary and a 3.5-hr data collection. The second involves simulation of an order-picking task – retrieving boxes from shelves, loading/unloading boxes onto/from a hand cart, and maneuvering a hand cart.  Weights will range 10-35 lbs.  Completing the study requires two sessions: a training session (~1-1.5 hrs) and a data collection session (~1.5-2 hrs). Compensation = $10 per hour. Contact 540-557-7763 at sunwook@vt.edu if interested.

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

14. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR STUDY ON ASSESSING THE BIOMECHANICS OF HUMAN GAIT – 2nd posting
Participants are sought for a research study on assessing the biomechanics of human gait. Participants will be asked to perform a set of tasks involving repeated walking. Must be 18-30 years old, no current or recent history of musculoskeletal problems; exercise on a regular basis (2-3/wk). Experiments will take about 3-4 hours and will be conducted in the Locomotion Laboratory in the ISE department. Compensation:  $10/hour. If interested, contact Mr. Iman Mokhlespour by email at mokhles@vt.edu or call him at (540) 449-3805.

15. VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL MATH DAY – 2nd posting
The Math Department will host an event on Friday, Dec 2 that will bring middle school students to campus for a morning of math activities with the goal of encouraging girls to remain interested in math. Volunteers are needed to help lead or aid activities, guide students on campus, and help with other day-of tasks, including setting up starting at 8am and cleaning up finishing by 2pm. Volunteers do not need to stay for the entire event. If interested in volunteering, or would like more information about the event, email Mandy Welch at welcha1@vt.edu.

Upcoming events:

GRAD ARTS COUNCIL: CUBE MIXER
Tuesday, Nov 29, 7:00-9:00pm, Moss Arts Center
Socialize and network with the VT arts community in the Cube, hosted by the Graduate Arts Council and co-sponsored by the English Graduate Student Organization. Live DJs, the opportunity to discover the Cube (a four story state of the art theatre and high tech laboratory housing 128 speakers), and a professional photographer onsite for headshots. There will also be food and networking opportunities, as well as information about future events and opportunities. For more info contact grad student Ana-Christina, acostaa@vt.edu.

AID SPEAKER EVENT: RAVI KUCHIMANCHI
Friday, Dec 2, 6:30pm, Brush Mountain A in Squires
The Association for India’s Development (AID), Blacksburg chapter invites you to a talk by keynote speaker Ravi Kuchimanchi, the founder of AID. He and his wife are inspirations behind the bollywood movie, Swades (2005). His talk will focus on sustainable grassroots development in India.  RSVP to aidblacksburg@gmail.com.

PAINTBALL AT WOLF’S RIDGE
Saturday, Dec 3, 10:30am-3:00pm
It is time for bonding fun, teamwork, collaboration, and stress-relieving physical activity. Rain or shine, run around outdoors and…paintball … ‘nuff said! Join your fellow grad students on a trip to Wolf’s Ridge Paintball south of Christiansburg. If you are interested, fill out this survey: http://survey.az1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_dbz4zLybQUaQPC5. Contact Erik Fendik at ef@vt.edu if you have any questions.

SPIRITUAL/WELLNESS CONNECT
Monday, Dec 5, 11:30am-1:00pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
The Graduate School’s Office of Recruitment & Diversity is hosting a Spiritual/Wellness Connect event — enjoy a relaxing space as the end of the semester nears. Some stress relief items will be provided. Bring your own headphones to enjoy music that is most meaningful to you. Come and go as you please.

DECEMBER RECHARGE
Wednesday, Dec 7, 4:00-7:00pm, GLC Multipurpose Room

De-stress with the GLC Fellows before final exams begin! There will be healthy snacks and tea set up to enjoy while you relax by coloring, crafting, playing board games and more. The therapy dogs will also be making an appearance at 6 pm. If you have any questions, email Julia Vasquez at juliav@vt.edu.

November 21-27, 2016

1.  WEEKLY WALK-IN SERVICES IN THE GLC

Weekly services are on hiatus this week. All will return to regular schedule next week.

2. T-BREAK LUNCH 2016
Tuesday, Nov 22, 11:30am-1:00pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
You are not alone! Join others who don’t get to leave for Thanksgiving break for some soup (meat and vegetarian versions), dessert, games and conversation. Meet other graduate students, international students, and Grad School, Cranwell and Division of Student Affairs staff, and enjoy some good food in good company. Please sign up at https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1479136114978 to help us estimate the food that will be needed. This event is co-sponsored by the Graduate School and the Cranwell International Center.

3. GRAD-UGRAD MENTORSHIP PROGRAM SEEKING MENTORS  – 1st posting
The Grad–Undergrad Mentorship Program (GUMP) is seeking mentors from all fields to mentor undergrad students considering graduate school. Ugrads and grads are matched according to their area of study, allowing the undergrad to get a taste for graduate school and to ask questions of current graduate students. Each graduate mentor will be matched with 1–3 mentees, who will shadow them at convenient times during the spring semester. Mentoring can help build leadership skills and provide an experience to discuss with future employers. Graduate students will coordinate mentoring activities independently with their undergraduate mentees. GUMP is sponsored by the Graduate Student Association (GSA). For more information and to apply, visit tinyurl.com/VT-GUMP. If you have any questions, contact gump@vt.edu .

4. CALL FOR PROJECTS FOR ACC SMITHSONIAN CREATIVY & INNOVATION FESTIVAL
VT and ICAT are hosting the inaugural ACC Smithsonian Creativity and Innovation Festival to be held at the Smithsonian Museum of American History in Washington, D.C., Oct 13-15, 2017 to showcase each ACC institution’s top projects that highlight creativity and innovation. The event may draw a crowd of 28,000.  Fully completed projects are sought, as the timeline does not allow for project development. Deadline for submission is Nov 28 at  https://docs.google.com/a/vt.edu/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf7xFwqpT95rCzgMlh4N78cptPPkdqkLQaBjwK3QkAjL-eBgw/viewform.

5. APPLICATIONS SOUGHT FOR BOUCHET HONOR SOCIETY – 1st posting
Doctoral candidates are eligible to apply to be a part of the Edward Alexander Bouchet Graduate Honor Society that recognizes outstanding scholarly achievement and promotes diversity and excellence in doctoral education and the professoriate. Applications are due by end-of-day, Dec 2, 2016. http://graduateschool.vt.edu/about/diversity/bouchet-society.html Please contact dannette@vt.edu with questions.

6. NOMINATIONS OPEN FOR DIVERSITY SCHOLARS – 1st posting
Learn more about the diversity scholars program and consider applying if you are a full-time graduate student in good standing and have a demonstrated commitment to inclusion and diversity. See http://graduateschool.vt.edu/about/diversity/diversity-scholars/how-to-apply.html for details. Contact Dannette@vt.edu with questions. Applications are due Dec 20.

7. PASSPORT APPLICATIONS NOW ACCEPTED IN SQUIRES – 2nd posting
The U.S. Department of State certified a new location on the first floor in Squires Student Center as a U.S. Passport Application Acceptance Facility.  The site offers the products and services needed for a first-time passport and renewal passport applications. Learn more at http://campuslife.vt.edu/Squires/passport-acceptance-facility.html.  

8. NEW SPRING 2017 COURSE: STEM WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT (CRN 19497)
Learn more about construction workforce issues and engage with members of industry, policy makers, and researchers to discuss key professional development and labor issues in construction. Build new alliances, models and best practices for federal, regional, and local construction workforce initiatives through this graduate course. If you are interested, register for CRN 19497,  [W 1:25-4:00pm, 323 Bishop-Favrao Hall]. If you have questions, contact the instructor, Dr. Denise R Simmons, at densimm@vt.edu.

9. PROGRAM ASSISTANT WAGE POSITION OPENING – 1st posting
The VT Language and Culture is seeking a program assistant to work primarily with 25 Argentine college students to coordinate transportation, travel, program calendar, and events; help lead trips and activities (mainly on weekends); process invoices and keep accurate program accounting records; maintain participant files; and collect data and documents for registration and reporting purposes. Position begins Jan 2 and ends Feb 29. Must have experience providing administrative or program support in a professional office environment; excellent interpersonal and communications skills to effectively work with faculty, staff and international students; working knowledge of VT policies and procedures; have acceptable and safe driving record. Should be able to drive a 12-passenger van. Hours are flexible, including evenings and weekends, up to 40 hours weekly. Hourly pay up to $15/hr. If interested, contact Ernesto Waines a1nesto@vt.edu for more information.

10. STUDENT AIDE WAGE POSITION OPENING – 1st posting
VT LCI seeks a student aide to work closely with the Program Assistant and help 25 Argentine students adjust to their new surroundings in the US and on campus. The SA will accompany participants to area activities and trips, help students obtain ID cards, assist with shopping and understanding housing rules and regulations. Other duties include driving a state vehicle to events and assisting with administrative duties as needed. Position begins Jan 2 and ends Feb 29. Must have excellent interpersonal and communications skills; working knowledge of VT policies and procedures; have an acceptable and safe driving record and be able to drive a 12-passenger van. Flexible hours, including evenings and weekends, up to 40 hrs/wk, up to $11/hr. If interested, contact Ernesto Waines a1nesto@vt.edu for more information.

11. GRADUATE ASSISTANTSHIP OPENING IN BUDGET & FIN PLANNING – 1st posting
The Office of Budget and Financial Planning is seeking an inter/grad assistant for the Auxiliary budget functions of the office for a 9-month assistantship with paid summer internship possibility to assist in budget development, monitoring and reporting processes. Position provides exposure to central financial and admin functions and offers insight into state budgeting process. Must have interest/focus in public budgeting, strong oral and written communication skills, analytical skills, experience with Excel, and ability to perform work of a varied difficulty to include data analysis and compilation and presentation of reports. If interested, submit cover letter, resume and 3 professional references to Jean Cumminsat Jeanc9@vt.edu.

12. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR HEAD-WORN DISPLAY TECHNOLOGIES STUDY – 1st posting
Participants are needed for a study assessing the use of head-worn display technologies in industry. Must be 18-65 years old; have no current or recent history (1 year) of musculoskeletal disorders.

The project involves two lab-based experiments, and you will be invited to participate in one or both.  The first experiment involves navigating in a simulated warehouse environment using both a paper list and “smart” glasses in several experimental conditions in two sessions, a 1-hr preliminary and a 3.5-hr data collection. The second involves simulation of an order-picking task – retrieving boxes from shelves, loading/unloading boxes onto/from a hand cart, and maneuvering a hand cart.  Weights will range 10-35 lbs.  Completing the study requires two sessions: a training session (~1-1.5 hrs) and a data collection session (~1.5-2 hrs). Compensation = $10 per hour. Contact 540-557-7763 at sunwook@vt.edu if interested.

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

14. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR STUDY ON ASSESSING THE BIOMECHANICS OF HUMAN GAIT – 2nd posting
Participants are sought for a research study on assessing the biomechanics of human gait. Participants will be asked to perform a set of tasks involving repeated walking. Must be 18-30 years old, no current or recent history of musculoskeletal problems; exercise on a regular basis (2-3/wk). Experiments will take about 3-4 hours and will be conducted in the Locomotion Laboratory in the ISE department. Compensation:  $10/hour. If interested, contact Mr. Iman Mokhlespour by email at mokhles@vt.edu or call him at (540) 449-3805.

15. VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL MATH DAY – 2nd posting
The Math Department will host an event on Friday, Dec 2 that will bring middle school students to campus for a morning of math activities with the goal of encouraging girls to remain interested in math. Volunteers are needed to help lead or aid activities, guide students on campus, and help with other day-of tasks, including setting up starting at 8am and cleaning up finishing by 2pm. Volunteers do not need to stay for the entire event. If interested in volunteering, or would like more information about the event, email Mandy Welch at welcha1@vt.edu.

Upcoming events:

GRAD ARTS COUNCIL: CUBE MIXER
Tuesday, Nov 29, 7:00-9:00pm, Moss Arts Center
Socialize and network with the VT arts community in the Cube, hosted by the Graduate Arts Council and co-sponsored by the English Graduate Student Organization. Live DJs, the opportunity to discover the Cube (a four story state of the art theatre and high tech laboratory housing 128 speakers), and a professional photographer onsite for headshots. There will also be food and networking opportunities, as well as information about future events and opportunities. For more info contact grad student Ana-Christina, acostaa@vt.edu.

AID SPEAKER EVENT: RAVI KUCHIMANCHI
Friday, Dec 2, 6:30pm, Brush Mountain A in Squires
The Association for India’s Development (AID), Blacksburg chapter invites you to a talk by keynote speaker Ravi Kuchimanchi, the founder of AID. He and his wife are inspirations behind the bollywood movie, Swades (2005). His talk will focus on sustainable grassroots development in India.  RSVP to aidblacksburg@gmail.com.

PAINTBALL AT WOLF’S RIDGE
Saturday, Dec 3, 10:30am-3:00pm
It is time for bonding fun, teamwork, collaboration, and stress-relieving physical activity. Rain or shine, run around outdoors and…paintball … ‘nuff said! Join your fellow grad students on a trip to Wolf’s Ridge Paintball south of Christiansburg. If you are interested, fill out this survey: http://survey.az1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_dbz4zLybQUaQPC5. Contact Erik Fendik at ef@vt.edu if you have any questions.

SPIRITUAL/WELLNESS CONNECT
Monday, Dec 5, 11:30am-1:00pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
The Graduate School’s Office of Recruitment & Diversity is hosting a Spiritual/Wellness Connect event — enjoy a relaxing space as the end of the semester nears. Some stress relief items will be provided. Bring your own headphones to enjoy music that is most meaningful to you. Come and go as you please.

DECEMBER RECHARGE
Wednesday, Dec 7, 4:00-7:00pm, GLC Multipurpose Room

De-stress with the GLC Fellows before final exams begin! There will be healthy snacks and tea set up to enjoy while you relax by coloring, crafting, playing board games and more. The therapy dogs will also be making an appearance at 6 pm. If you have any questions, email Julia Vasquez at juliav@vt.edu.

November 14-20, 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. THE DIVINE: A PLAY FOR SARAH BERNHARDT
Monday-Thursday, Nov 7-17, Studio Theatre, Squires Student Center
Why revisit the past? Find out at The Divine, a compelling new play about the power of art in our lives, the horrors of censorship, lies and secrets, the destruction of innocence, and the oppression of the Church in early 1900s. This is the first U.S. production of the play and tickets are on sale now! More information at www.performingarts.vt.edu/thedivine. Contact MFA student Gabrielle Piazza at gpiazza3@vt.edu with any questions or group ticket inquiries.

3. FULBRIGHT INFO SESSIONS FOR US STUDENTS
Monday, Nov 14, 4:00pm, GLC Room G
In conjunction with International Education Week, a series of interactive workshops will be held about the Fulbright program that offers US citizens funding opportunities for independent research/study projects, graduate degree enrollment, and English teaching assistantships in more than 140 countries. Eligible applicants include graduating seniors, recent graduates, master’s and doctoral candidates, and young professionals with up to 5 years of professional study and/or experience. Students at all academic levels are welcome to attend. Potential applicants are strongly encouraged to begin planning their candidacy early. For more information, contact Betty Watts (bettyw@vt.edu; 231-7220).

4. LITTLE HOKIE HAND-ME-DOWN BABY/CHILD ITEMS FOR HOKIE FAMILIES
Tuesday, Nov 15, 12:00-6:00pm for students with families (and expecting!), GLC Multipurpose Room
Wednesday, Nov 16, 9:00am-12:00pm for faculty and staff

As featured on VTTV and in the Roanoke Times…. give what you can, take what you need! Peruse a large collection of donated items (toys, clothing, maternity items, breastfeeding equipment, bikes, car seats, and more!) at Little Hokie(TM) Hand-Me-Down, and take a large bag of goods and one extra-large item with you for free while supplies last! Just for attending, you’ll also be entered into a raffle for a gift certificate to a local family-oriented venue. Donations are still be accepted until Tuesday at 6pm. This event is brought to you by the Graduate School, the VT Women’s Center, and the Graduate Student Assembly. Email Kasey Richardson (kasey@vt.edu) with questions.

5. DISCOVER ISLAM
Tuesday, Nov 15, 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.

6. CREATING COMMUNITY IN A DIVERSE COLLEGE ENVIRONMENT
Wednesday, Nov 16, 9:30am-12:00pm, Owens Banquet Hall
Graduate Teaching Assistants are invited to this workshop by master diversity trainer Lee Mun Wah. There will also be a workshop just for students on “How to Have a Dialogue Across Cultures,” from 2:00-4:00 pm in Owens Ballroom.  Finally, there is a campus film viewing from 6:00-9:00 pm in GLC Auditorium.  Pre-registration for any or all of these events is encouraged: https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_88JzDHpZ9eJTFEp​.

7. PARENT SUPPORT LUNCH GROUP
Wednesday, Nov 16, 12:00-1:30pm, GLC Room G
Join fellow Hokie parents for a parent support group luncheon. Special guest Sarah Pahl, Youth Services Manager with the Blacksburg Library, will share information about programs that can benefit your family. Spouses and children are always welcome. Please sign up at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0e4fabaa28a1ff2-november to help organizers plan. Questions? Email childcare@vt.edu

8. INTL COFFEE HOUR – SAUDI ARABIA
Wednesday, Nov 16, 4:00-6:00pm, Cranwell Community Room in Harper Hall
Get free coffee and snacks, meet new friends, view displays of Saudi culture, get your name written in Arabic and take a photo in a photo booth. Posted on behalf of grad student Turki Al Zahrani.

9. RESEARCH A LA MODE: LUST, GREED, AND BUBBLES – A BRIEF INTRO TO VOLCANOES AND VOLATILE INFO IN THE GEOLOGIC RECORD
Wednesday, Nov 16, 5:30-6:30pm, 2062 Derring (the Museum)

Volcanoes are a physical expression of one of the most important geologic processes: degassing. Volcanic degassing gives us the air we breathe, the materials we extract from the ground, and hazards that threaten our existence. Thus how this happens is a mystery worth solving! Come for the talk and stay for free ice cream. Research a la Mode is a monthly venue for graduate students from different departments to come together and hear a talk by one of their peers. Posted on behalf of doctoral student Lisa Whalen, lashley@vt.edu.

10. GLC CAFÉ: PEANUT EDITION
Thursday, Nov 17, 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. Since fresh peanuts from the VT Agronomy Club are being delivered this week, we will sample Virginia Peanuts in different ways – raw, roasted, peanut brittle and more.

11. PASSPORT APPLICATIONS NOW ACCEPTED IN SQUIRES – 1st posting
The U.S. Department of State certified a new location on the first floor in Squires Student Center as a U.S. Passport Application Acceptance Facility.  The site offers the products and services needed for a first-time passport and renewal passport applications. Learn more at http://campuslife.vt.edu/Squires/passport-acceptance-facility.html.  

12. SUPER MOON CHALLENGE
Rise to the Super Moon challenge and take a picture of the Supermoon tonight with the Moon somewhere above the GLC. Send us the pic to grads@vt.edu or post it on the GLC facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/VirginiaTechGLC/. The best photos will earn the photographer(s) a moon pie!

13. GREEN GRADS OF TECH PROGRAM – 2nd posting
Graduate students are invited to participate in the Office of Sustainability’s “Green Graduates of Virginia Tech” program and receive a free green graduation cord.  If you are interested, fill out this survey at https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_1KZ1PpVD7VrM2tn or post how you pledge to support a sustainable world and a photo of yourself to the GGVT facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Green-Graduates-of-Virginia-Tech-465341976985523/timeline,  along with your name, major(s), and college(s) and receive a free green sustainability cord for graduation. Submit your pledges by Friday, Dec 9 and the office will coordinate with you to deliver the green cord prior to graduation. Posted on behalf of Katy Shepard, grad assistant in the Office of Sustainability. Contact Katy at kshepard@vt.edu with questions.

14. FEDERAL FINANCIAL AID APPLICATION NOW OPEN FOR 2017-18 – 2nd posting
The 2017-18 FAFSA is available now!  For 2017-18 the application will use your 2015 federal income tax information.  The VT Financial Aid office strongly recommends that you use the Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) to transfer your tax information from the IRS website to the FAFSA; uou will be given this option when you submit the 1718 FAFSA.  While there is no specific FAFSA deadline for graduate students, it is recommended that you complete the FAFSA as soon as possible to that Financial Aid has enough time to review and prepare your financial aid award for the upcoming year.  Posted on behalf of University Scholarship and Financial Aid office, sbreed@vt.edu.

15. FAFSA FRIDAYS – 2nd posting
While financial aid advisors e are always available to help with any FAFSA questions you may have, they have set aside specific days/times when additional staff will be available to help you get the FAFSA complete for 2017-18. They are available in the Student Services Building at the following days/times:  Dec 2, 3:00–5:00pm; Jan 6, 3:00–5:00pm.

16. FINANCIAL AID FOR WINTER SESSION – 2nd posting
If you have not used your full fall semester unsubsidized loan, you may use all or a portion of this loan for the Winter session.  If you have used your full fall semester unsubsidized loan, your only option for Winter aid would be the Federal Graduate PLUS loan or a Private/ Alternative loan.  Below are some links with more information about these two types of loans.   You must be registered for Winter session before your financial aid eligibility can be evaluated.  Graduate Loan – http://www.finaid.vt.edu/types_of_aid/loans/plus-grad/index.html  Private/Alternative Loan – http://www.finaid.vt.edu/types_of_aid/loans/alternative/index.html
Posted on behalf of University Scholarship and Financial Aid office, sbreed@vt.edu.

17. GSA "DR. RICH" CAP AND GOWN PROGRAM—LOTTERY SIGN-UP OPEN THROUGH NOV 18 – 3rd posting
Graduating in December but don’t want to purchase a cap and gown? GSA offers free caps and gowns on loan for commencement through the "Dr. Rich" Cap and Gown Program. Due to high demand, the system is lottery-based, and gowns are loaned out on a randomized basis. Find details and fill out the lottery sign-up at gsa.vt.edu/what-we-can-offer-you. Questions? Email Kasey Richardson, Administrative Director, kasey@vt.edu.

18. GSA ACCEPTING DONATIONS OF GENTLY USED GRADUATION GOWNS – 3rd posting
If you have an old Virginia Tech cap and gown sitting around, consider donating them to the GSA "Dr. Rich" Cap and Gown Program for loan to future graduate students participating in commencement. Find details about how to donate at gsa.vt.edu. Questions? Email Kasey Richardson, Administrative Director, kasey@vt.edu.

19. NEW SPRING 2017 COURSE: STEM WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT (CRN 19497)
Learn more about construction workforce issues and engage with members of industry, policy makers, and researchers to discuss key professional development and labor issues in construction. Build new alliances, models and best practices for federal, regional, and local construction workforce initiatives through this graduate course. If you are interested, register for CRN 19497,  [W 1:25-4:00pm, 323 Bishop-Favrao Hall]. If you have questions, contact the instructor, Dr. Denise R Simmons, at densimm@vt.edu.

20. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR STUDY ON ASSESSING THE BIOMECHANICS OF HUMAN GAIT – 1st posting
Participants are sought for a research study on assessing the biomechanics of human gait. Participants will be asked to perform a set of tasks involving repeated walking. Must be 18-30 years old, no current or recent history of musculoskeletal problems; exercise on a regular basis (2-3/wk). Experiments will take about 3-4 hours and will be conducted in the Locomotion Laboratory in the ISE department. Compensation:  $10/hour. If interested, contact Mr. Iman Mokhlespour by email at mokhles@vt.edu or call him at (540) 449-3805.

21. VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL MATH DAY – 1ST POSTING
The Math Department will host an event on Friday, Dec 2 that will bring middle school students to campus for a morning of math activities with the goal of encouraging girls to remain interested in math. Volunteers are needed to help lead or aid activities, guide students on campus, and help with other day-of tasks, including setting up starting at 8am and cleaning up finishing by 2pm. Volunteers do not need to stay for the entire event. If interested in volunteering, or would like more information about the event, email Mandy Welch at welcha1@vt.edu.

22. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR STUDY ON USER BEHAVIOR AND ATTITUDES DURING ONLINE SEARCH – 3rd posting
Participants are needed for a study assessing user behavior and attitudes while performing online web search.  This project involves a lab-based experiment during which participants carry out assigned search tasks online and answer questions regarding the nature of the tasks. Experiment time about 60 min. Must be at least 10 or older. If a minor (age 10-17) would like to participate, a parent will need to provide consent by signing a Parent’s Consent Form in addition to an Assent Form signed by the participant. For further information or to enroll, contact Sarang Joshi at sarang87@vt.edu  or send text message to  248-705-7830.

23. STUDENT VETERANS SOUGHT FOR INTERVIEW ABOUT THEIR TRANSITION FROM MILITARY TO COLLEGE – 3rd posting
Student veterans (both ugrad and grad) born after 1980 and attending a public or private four-year or two-year college in Virginia (doesn’t have to be VT), who have completed at least 9 hours each semester during the last two consecutive semesters (i.e. 9 credits each in Fall and Spring), are recruited to participate in a 45-60-minute interview to discuss their experience of transitioning from the military to college. Interviews are audio-recorded and will take place online at a convenient time for the veteran. Compensation for participation is a $10 Amazon Gift Card. For more information or to sign up, visit https://sites.google.com/a/vt.edu/militarytocollege/sign-up-screening-form or contact Chris Davidson at chrid13@vt.edu or 540-320-4880.

Upcoming events:

T-BREAK LUNCH 2016
Tuesday, Nov 22, 11:30am-1:00pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
You are not alone! Join others who don’t get to leave for Thanksgiving break for some soup (meat and vegetarian versions), dessert, games and conversation. Meet other graduate students, international students, and Grad School, Cranwell and Division of Student Affairs staff, and enjoy some good food in good company. Please sign up at https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1479136114978 to help us estimate the food that will be needed. This event is co-sponsored by the Graduate School and the Cranwell International Center.

GRAD ARTS COUNCIL: CUBE MIXER
Tuesday, Nov 29, 7:00-9:00pm, Moss Arts Center
Socialize and network with the VT arts community in the Cube, hosted by the Graduate Arts Council and co-sponsored by the English Graduate Student Organization. Live DJs, the opportunity to discover the Cube (a four story state of the art theatre and high tech laboratory housing 128 speakers), and a professional photographer onsite for headshots. There will also be food and networking opportunities, as well as information about future events and opportunities. For more info contact grad student Ana-Christina, acostaa@vt.edu.

AID SPEAKER EVENT: RAVI KUCHIMANCHI
Friday, Dec 2, 6:30pm, Brush Mountain A in Squires
The Association for India’s Development (AID), Blacksburg chapter invites you to a talk by keynote speaker Ravi Kuchimanchi, the founder of AID. He and his wife are inspirations behind the bollywood movie, Swades (2005). His talk will focus on sustainable grassroots development in India.  RSVP to aidblacksburg@gmail.com.

PAINTBALL AT WOLF’S RIDGE
Saturday, Dec 3, 10:30am-3:00pm
It is time for bonding fun, teamwork, collaboration, and stress-relieving physical activity. Rain or shine, run around outdoors and…paintball … ‘nuff said! Join your fellow grad students on a trip to Wolf’s Ridge Paintball south of Christiansburg. If you are interested, fill out this survey: http://survey.az1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_dbz4zLybQUaQPC5. Contact Erik Fendik at ef@vt.edu if you have any questions.

November 14-20, 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. THE DIVINE: A PLAY FOR SARAH BERNHARDT
Monday-Thursday, Nov 7-17, Studio Theatre, Squires Student Center
Why revisit the past? Find out at The Divine, a compelling new play about the power of art in our lives, the horrors of censorship, lies and secrets, the destruction of innocence, and the oppression of the Church in early 1900s. This is the first U.S. production of the play and tickets are on sale now! More information at www.performingarts.vt.edu/thedivine. Contact MFA student Gabrielle Piazza at gpiazza3@vt.edu with any questions or group ticket inquiries.

3. FULBRIGHT INFO SESSIONS FOR US STUDENTS
Monday, Nov 14, 4:00pm, GLC Room G
In conjunction with International Education Week, a series of interactive workshops will be held about the Fulbright program that offers US citizens funding opportunities for independent research/study projects, graduate degree enrollment, and English teaching assistantships in more than 140 countries. Eligible applicants include graduating seniors, recent graduates, master’s and doctoral candidates, and young professionals with up to 5 years of professional study and/or experience. Students at all academic levels are welcome to attend. Potential applicants are strongly encouraged to begin planning their candidacy early. For more information, contact Betty Watts (bettyw@vt.edu; 231-7220).

4. LITTLE HOKIE HAND-ME-DOWN BABY/CHILD ITEMS FOR HOKIE FAMILIES
Tuesday, Nov 15, 12:00-6:00pm for students with families (and expecting!), GLC Multipurpose Room
Wednesday, Nov 16, 9:00am-12:00pm for faculty and staff

As featured on VTTV and in the Roanoke Times…. give what you can, take what you need! Peruse a large collection of donated items (toys, clothing, maternity items, breastfeeding equipment, bikes, car seats, and more!) at Little Hokie(TM) Hand-Me-Down, and take a large bag of goods and one extra-large item with you for free while supplies last! Just for attending, you’ll also be entered into a raffle for a gift certificate to a local family-oriented venue. Donations are still be accepted until Tuesday at 6pm. This event is brought to you by the Graduate School, the VT Women’s Center, and the Graduate Student Assembly. Email Kasey Richardson (kasey@vt.edu) with questions.

5. DISCOVER ISLAM
Tuesday, Nov 15, 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.

6. CREATING COMMUNITY IN A DIVERSE COLLEGE ENVIRONMENT
Wednesday, Nov 16, 9:30am-12:00pm, Owens Banquet Hall
Graduate Teaching Assistants are invited to this workshop by master diversity trainer Lee Mun Wah. There will also be a workshop just for students on “How to Have a Dialogue Across Cultures,” from 2:00-4:00 pm in Owens Ballroom.  Finally, there is a campus film viewing from 6:00-9:00 pm in GLC Auditorium.  Pre-registration for any or all of these events is encouraged: https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_88JzDHpZ9eJTFEp​.

7. PARENT SUPPORT LUNCH GROUP
Wednesday, Nov 16, 12:00-1:30pm, GLC Room G
Join fellow Hokie parents for a parent support group luncheon. Special guest Sarah Pahl, Youth Services Manager with the Blacksburg Library, will share information about programs that can benefit your family. Spouses and children are always welcome. Please sign up at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0e4fabaa28a1ff2-november to help organizers plan. Questions? Email childcare@vt.edu

8. INTL COFFEE HOUR – SAUDI ARABIA
Wednesday, Nov 16, 4:00-6:00pm, Cranwell Community Room in Harper Hall
Get free coffee and snacks, meet new friends, view displays of Saudi culture, get your name written in Arabic and take a photo in a photo booth. Posted on behalf of grad student Turki Al Zahrani.

9. RESEARCH A LA MODE: LUST, GREED, AND BUBBLES – A BRIEF INTRO TO VOLCANOES AND VOLATILE INFO IN THE GEOLOGIC RECORD
Wednesday, Nov 16, 5:30-6:30pm, 2062 Derring (the Museum)

Volcanoes are a physical expression of one of the most important geologic processes: degassing. Volcanic degassing gives us the air we breathe, the materials we extract from the ground, and hazards that threaten our existence. Thus how this happens is a mystery worth solving! Come for the talk and stay for free ice cream. Research a la Mode is a monthly venue for graduate students from different departments to come together and hear a talk by one of their peers. Posted on behalf of doctoral student Lisa Whalen, lashley@vt.edu.

10. GLC CAFÉ: PEANUT EDITION
Thursday, Nov 17, 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. Since fresh peanuts from the VT Agronomy Club are being delivered this week, we will sample Virginia Peanuts in different ways – raw, roasted, peanut brittle and more.

11. PASSPORT APPLICATIONS NOW ACCEPTED IN SQUIRES – 1st posting
The U.S. Department of State certified a new location on the first floor in Squires Student Center as a U.S. Passport Application Acceptance Facility.  The site offers the products and services needed for a first-time passport and renewal passport applications. Learn more at http://campuslife.vt.edu/Squires/passport-acceptance-facility.html.  

12. SUPER MOON CHALLENGE
Rise to the Super Moon challenge and take a picture of the Supermoon tonight with the Moon somewhere above the GLC. Send us the pic to grads@vt.edu or post it on the GLC facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/VirginiaTechGLC/. The best photos will earn the photographer(s) a moon pie!

13. GREEN GRADS OF TECH PROGRAM – 2nd posting
Graduate students are invited to participate in the Office of Sustainability’s “Green Graduates of Virginia Tech” program and receive a free green graduation cord.  If you are interested, fill out this survey at https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_1KZ1PpVD7VrM2tn or post how you pledge to support a sustainable world and a photo of yourself to the GGVT facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Green-Graduates-of-Virginia-Tech-465341976985523/timeline,  along with your name, major(s), and college(s) and receive a free green sustainability cord for graduation. Submit your pledges by Friday, Dec 9 and the office will coordinate with you to deliver the green cord prior to graduation. Posted on behalf of Katy Shepard, grad assistant in the Office of Sustainability. Contact Katy at kshepard@vt.edu with questions.

14. FEDERAL FINANCIAL AID APPLICATION NOW OPEN FOR 2017-18 – 2nd posting
The 2017-18 FAFSA is available now!  For 2017-18 the application will use your 2015 federal income tax information.  The VT Financial Aid office strongly recommends that you use the Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) to transfer your tax information from the IRS website to the FAFSA; uou will be given this option when you submit the 1718 FAFSA.  While there is no specific FAFSA deadline for graduate students, it is recommended that you complete the FAFSA as soon as possible to that Financial Aid has enough time to review and prepare your financial aid award for the upcoming year.  Posted on behalf of University Scholarship and Financial Aid office, sbreed@vt.edu.

15. FAFSA FRIDAYS – 2nd posting
While financial aid advisors e are always available to help with any FAFSA questions you may have, they have set aside specific days/times when additional staff will be available to help you get the FAFSA complete for 2017-18. They are available in the Student Services Building at the following days/times:  Dec 2, 3:00–5:00pm; Jan 6, 3:00–5:00pm.

16. FINANCIAL AID FOR WINTER SESSION – 2nd posting
If you have not used your full fall semester unsubsidized loan, you may use all or a portion of this loan for the Winter session.  If you have used your full fall semester unsubsidized loan, your only option for Winter aid would be the Federal Graduate PLUS loan or a Private/ Alternative loan.  Below are some links with more information about these two types of loans.   You must be registered for Winter session before your financial aid eligibility can be evaluated.  Graduate Loan – http://www.finaid.vt.edu/types_of_aid/loans/plus-grad/index.html  Private/Alternative Loan – http://www.finaid.vt.edu/types_of_aid/loans/alternative/index.html
Posted on behalf of University Scholarship and Financial Aid office, sbreed@vt.edu.

17. GSA "DR. RICH" CAP AND GOWN PROGRAM—LOTTERY SIGN-UP OPEN THROUGH NOV 18 – 3rd posting
Graduating in December but don’t want to purchase a cap and gown? GSA offers free caps and gowns on loan for commencement through the "Dr. Rich" Cap and Gown Program. Due to high demand, the system is lottery-based, and gowns are loaned out on a randomized basis. Find details and fill out the lottery sign-up at gsa.vt.edu/what-we-can-offer-you. Questions? Email Kasey Richardson, Administrative Director, kasey@vt.edu.

18. GSA ACCEPTING DONATIONS OF GENTLY USED GRADUATION GOWNS – 3rd posting
If you have an old Virginia Tech cap and gown sitting around, consider donating them to the GSA "Dr. Rich" Cap and Gown Program for loan to future graduate students participating in commencement. Find details about how to donate at gsa.vt.edu. Questions? Email Kasey Richardson, Administrative Director, kasey@vt.edu.

19. NEW SPRING 2017 COURSE: STEM WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT (CRN 19497)
Learn more about construction workforce issues and engage with members of industry, policy makers, and researchers to discuss key professional development and labor issues in construction. Build new alliances, models and best practices for federal, regional, and local construction workforce initiatives through this graduate course. If you are interested, register for CRN 19497,  [W 1:25-4:00pm, 323 Bishop-Favrao Hall]. If you have questions, contact the instructor, Dr. Denise R Simmons, at densimm@vt.edu.

20. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR STUDY ON ASSESSING THE BIOMECHANICS OF HUMAN GAIT – 1st posting
Participants are sought for a research study on assessing the biomechanics of human gait. Participants will be asked to perform a set of tasks involving repeated walking. Must be 18-30 years old, no current or recent history of musculoskeletal problems; exercise on a regular basis (2-3/wk). Experiments will take about 3-4 hours and will be conducted in the Locomotion Laboratory in the ISE department. Compensation:  $10/hour. If interested, contact Mr. Iman Mokhlespour by email at mokhles@vt.edu or call him at (540) 449-3805.

21. VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL MATH DAY – 1ST POSTING
The Math Department will host an event on Friday, Dec 2 that will bring middle school students to campus for a morning of math activities with the goal of encouraging girls to remain interested in math. Volunteers are needed to help lead or aid activities, guide students on campus, and help with other day-of tasks, including setting up starting at 8am and cleaning up finishing by 2pm. Volunteers do not need to stay for the entire event. If interested in volunteering, or would like more information about the event, email Mandy Welch at welcha1@vt.edu.

22. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR STUDY ON USER BEHAVIOR AND ATTITUDES DURING ONLINE SEARCH – 3rd posting
Participants are needed for a study assessing user behavior and attitudes while performing online web search.  This project involves a lab-based experiment during which participants carry out assigned search tasks online and answer questions regarding the nature of the tasks. Experiment time about 60 min. Must be at least 10 or older. If a minor (age 10-17) would like to participate, a parent will need to provide consent by signing a Parent’s Consent Form in addition to an Assent Form signed by the participant. For further information or to enroll, contact Sarang Joshi at sarang87@vt.edu  or send text message to  248-705-7830.

23. STUDENT VETERANS SOUGHT FOR INTERVIEW ABOUT THEIR TRANSITION FROM MILITARY TO COLLEGE – 3rd posting
Student veterans (both ugrad and grad) born after 1980 and attending a public or private four-year or two-year college in Virginia (doesn’t have to be VT), who have completed at least 9 hours each semester during the last two consecutive semesters (i.e. 9 credits each in Fall and Spring), are recruited to participate in a 45-60-minute interview to discuss their experience of transitioning from the military to college. Interviews are audio-recorded and will take place online at a convenient time for the veteran. Compensation for participation is a $10 Amazon Gift Card. For more information or to sign up, visit https://sites.google.com/a/vt.edu/militarytocollege/sign-up-screening-form or contact Chris Davidson at chrid13@vt.edu or 540-320-4880.

Upcoming events:

T-BREAK LUNCH 2016
Tuesday, Nov 22, 11:30am-1:00pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
You are not alone! Join others who don’t get to leave for Thanksgiving break for some soup (meat and vegetarian versions), dessert, games and conversation. Meet other graduate students, international students, and Grad School, Cranwell and Division of Student Affairs staff, and enjoy some good food in good company. Please sign up at https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1479136114978 to help us estimate the food that will be needed. This event is co-sponsored by the Graduate School and the Cranwell International Center.

GRAD ARTS COUNCIL: CUBE MIXER
Tuesday, Nov 29, 7:00-9:00pm, Moss Arts Center
Socialize and network with the VT arts community in the Cube, hosted by the Graduate Arts Council and co-sponsored by the English Graduate Student Organization. Live DJs, the opportunity to discover the Cube (a four story state of the art theatre and high tech laboratory housing 128 speakers), and a professional photographer onsite for headshots. There will also be food and networking opportunities, as well as information about future events and opportunities. For more info contact grad student Ana-Christina, acostaa@vt.edu.

AID SPEAKER EVENT: RAVI KUCHIMANCHI
Friday, Dec 2, 6:30pm, Brush Mountain A in Squires
The Association for India’s Development (AID), Blacksburg chapter invites you to a talk by keynote speaker Ravi Kuchimanchi, the founder of AID. He and his wife are inspirations behind the bollywood movie, Swades (2005). His talk will focus on sustainable grassroots development in India.  RSVP to aidblacksburg@gmail.com.

PAINTBALL AT WOLF’S RIDGE
Saturday, Dec 3, 10:30am-3:00pm
It is time for bonding fun, teamwork, collaboration, and stress-relieving physical activity. Rain or shine, run around outdoors and…paintball … ‘nuff said! Join your fellow grad students on a trip to Wolf’s Ridge Paintball south of Christiansburg. If you are interested, fill out this survey: http://survey.az1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_dbz4zLybQUaQPC5. Contact Erik Fendik at ef@vt.edu if you have any questions.

November 7-13, 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. THE DIVINE: A PLAY FOR SARAH BERNHARDT
Monday-Thursday, Nov 7-17, Studio Theatre, Squires Student Center
Why revisit the past? Find out at The Divine, a compelling new play about the power of art in our lives, the horrors of censorship, lies and secrets, the destruction of innocence, and the oppression of the Church in early 1900s. This is the first U.S. production of the play and tickets are on sale now! More information at www.performingarts.vt.edu/thedivine. Contact MFA student Gabrielle Piazza at gpiazza3@vt.edu with any questions or group ticket inquiries.

3. DISCOVER ISLAM
Tuesday, Nov 8, 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. 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 week 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.

5. GLC CAFÉ: MAYBE SURPRISE EDITION
Thursday, Nov 10, 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. There might be a surprise this Thursday.

6. GRADUATE STUDENT TOWN HALL – PARKING AND TRANSPORTATION
Thursday, Nov 10, 5:00-6:30pm, GLC Room F
Join fellow graduate students to discuss the current and future climate surrounding parking and transportation at Virginia Tech. This meeting will be an opportunity for you to share first-hand experiences, needs, and unique opinions on how to better manage transportation across VT and the surrounding area in order to best accommodate graduate students. Potential policy for the fall semester will be produced from this meeting. Contact Chelsea Corkins (ccorkins@vt.edu) or Tara Reel (tdreel@vt.edu) with any questions.

7. GLC COMMUNITY GAME NIGHT
Thursday, Nov 10, 7:30-9:30pm, GLC Lounge
Unwind from a busy day/week with some good old-fashioned board games! The Graduate Fellows host a game night full of fun, food, and friendly competition. There will be Pictionary, Jenga, and Apples to Apples, just to name a few. If you have any questions, email Scarlet Soult at scarlet7@vt.edu.

8. DANCE MARATHON #FTK
Friday, Nov 11, 6:00pm-12:00am, Squires Student Center Old Dominion Ballroom
Do you love kids? Do you enjoy seeing their smiley faces? Do you like (or love) to dance? Join the dance marathon on November 11 to benefit the Children’s Miracle Network, and the Carilion Children’s Hospital in Roanoke. If you want to get involved or are looking for more information, contact master’s student Kelly Fomenko at kfomenko@vt.edu. Lear more at http://www.vthon.org/.

9. GREEN GRADS OF TECH PROGRAM – 1st posting
Graduate students are invited to participate in the Office of Sustainability’s “Green Graduates of Virginia Tech” program and receive a free green graduation cord.  If you are interested, fill out this survey at https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_1KZ1PpVD7VrM2tn or post how you pledge to support a sustainable world and a photo of yourself to the GGVT facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Green-Graduates-of-Virginia-Tech-465341976985523/timeline,  along with your name, major(s), and college(s) and receive a free green sustainability cord for graduation. Submit your pledges by Friday, Dec 9 and the office will coordinate with you to deliver the green cord prior to graduation. Posted on behalf of Katy Shepard, grad assistant in the Office of Sustainability. Contact Katy at kshepard@vt.edu with questions.

10. FEDERAL FINANCIAL AID APPLICATION NOW OPEN FOR 2017-18 – 1st posting
The 2017-18 FAFSA is available now!  For 2017-18 the application will use your 2015 federal income tax information.  The VT Financial Aid office strongly recommends that you use the Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) to transfer your tax information from the IRS website to the FAFSA; you will be given this option when you submit the 1718 FAFSA.  While there is no specific FAFSA deadline for graduate students, it is recommended that you complete the FAFSA as soon as possible to that Financial Aid has enough time to review and prepare your financial aid award for the upcoming year.  Posted on behalf of University Scholarship and Financial Aid office, sbreed@vt.edu.

11. FAFSA FRIDAYS – 1st posting
While financial aid advisors e are always available to help with any FAFSA questions you may have, they have set aside specific days/times when additional staff will be available to help you get the FAFSA complete for 2017-18. They are available in the Student Services Building at the following days/times:  Dec 2, 3:00–5:00pm; Jan 6, 3:00–5:00pm.

12. FINANCIAL AID FOR WINTER SESSION – 1st posting
If you have not used your full fall semester unsubsidized loan, you may use all or a portion of this loan for the Winter session.  If you have used your full fall semester unsubsidized loan, your only option for Winter aid would be the Federal Graduate PLUS loan or a Private/ Alternative loan.  Below are some links with more information about these two types of loans.   You must be registered for Winter session before your financial aid eligibility can be evaluated.  Graduate Loans: http://www.finaid.vt.edu/types_of_aid/loans/plus-grad/index.html;
Private/Alternative Loans: http://www.finaid.vt.edu/types_of_aid/loans/alternative/index.html. Posted on behalf of University Scholarship and Financial Aid office, sbreed@vt.edu.

13. CHRISTMAS STORE APPLICATIONS OPEN – 2nd posting
Low-income graduate students with children are invited to apply to shop at the Montgomery County Christmas Store. Review the website at www.mcchristmasstore.org for eligibility requirements and dates. For more information contact Molly McClintock at mollymcclintock235@gmail.com, 540/239-6432.

14. GSA "DR. RICH" CAP AND GOWN PROGRAM—LOTTERY SIGN-UP OPEN THROUGH NOV 18 – 2nd posting
Graduating in December but don’t want to purchase a cap and gown? GSA offers free caps and gowns on loan for commencement through the "Dr. Rich" Cap and Gown Program. Due to high demand, the system is lottery-based, and gowns are loaned out on a randomized basis. Find details and fill out the lottery sign-up at gsa.vt.edu/what-we-can-offer-you. Questions? Email Kasey Richardson, Administrative Director, kasey@vt.edu.

15. GSA ACCEPTING DONATIONS OF GENTLY USED GRADUATION GOWNS – 2nd posting
If you have an old Virginia Tech cap and gown sitting around, consider donating them to the GSA "Dr. Rich" Cap and Gown Program for loan to future graduate students participating in commencement. Find details about how to donate at gsa.vt.edu. Questions? Email Kasey Richardson, Administrative Director, kasey@vt.edu.

16. INTERIM OMBUDSPERSON AVAILABLE TO ASSIST GRADUATE STUDENTS
Dr. Anne McNabb, the Interim Ombudsperson in the Graduate School during the next few months, is available to assist graduate students until a permanent replacement for Monique McKay is on board.  Anne is available in the Graduate School in 120 GLC and can be reached at (540) 231-9573.  Call or email her at happy@vt.edu for an appointment.    

17. NEW SPRING 2017 COURSE: STEM WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT (CRN 19497)
Learn more about construction workforce issues and engage with members of industry, policy makers, and researchers to discuss key professional development and labor issues in construction. Build new alliances, models and best practices for federal, regional, and local construction workforce initiatives through this graduate course. If you are interested, register for CRN 19497,  [W 1:25-4:00pm, 323 Bishop-Favrao Hall]. If you have questions, contact the instructor, Dr. Denise R Simmons, at densimm@vt.edu.

18. GSA TRAVEL FUND REVIEW HELP (FREE FOOD) – NOV 4 and 11 – 3rd 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.

19. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR STUDY ON USER BEHAVIOR AND ATTITUDES DURING ONLINE SEARCH – 2nd posting
Participants are needed for a study assessing user behavior and attitudes while performing online web search.  This project involves a lab-based experiment during which participants carry out assigned search tasks online and answer questions regarding the nature of the tasks. Experiment time about 60 min. Must be at least 10 or older. If a minor (age 10-17) would like to participate, a parent will need to provide consent by signing a Parent’s Consent Form in addition to an Assent Form signed by the participant. For further information or to enroll, contact Sarang Joshi at sarang87@vt.edu  or send text message to  248-705-7830.

20. STUDENT VETERANS SOUGHT FOR INTERVIEW ABOUT THEIR TRANSITION FROM MILITARY TO COLLEGE – 2nd posting
Student veterans (both ugrad and grad) born after 1980 and attending a public or private four-year or two-year college in Virginia (doesn’t have to be VT), who have completed at least 9 hours each semester during the last two consecutive semesters (i.e. 9 credits each in Fall and Spring), are recruited to participate in a 45-60-minute interview to discuss their experience of transitioning from the military to college. Interviews are audio-recorded and will take place online at a convenient time for the veteran. Compensation for participation is a $10 Amazon Gift Card. For more information or to sign up, visit https://sites.google.com/a/vt.edu/militarytocollege/sign-up-screening-form or contact Chris Davidson at chrid13@vt.edu or 540-320-4880.

21. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR STUDY ON TRAVEL PATTERNS AND MOOD – 3rd 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/.

22. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR USER BEHAVIOR DURING ONLINE SEARCHES – 3rd 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.

Upcoming events:

FULBRIGHT INFO SESSIONS FOR US STUDENTS
Monday, Nov 14, 1:00, 2:30, and 4:00pm, GLC Room G
In conjunction with International Education Week, a series of interactive workshops will be held about the Fulbright program that offers US citizens funding opportunities for independent research/study projects, graduate degree enrollment, and English teaching assistantships in more than 140 countries. Eligible applicants include graduating seniors, recent graduates, master’s and doctoral candidates, and young professionals with up to 5 years of professional study and/or experience. Students at all academic levels are welcome to attend. Potential applicants are strongly encouraged to begin planning their candidacy early. For more information, contact Betty Watts (bettyw@vt.edu; 231-7220)

CREATING COMMUNITY IN A DIVERSE COLLEGE ENVIRONMENT
Wednesday, Nov 16, 9:30am-12:00pm, Owens Banquet Hall
Graduate Teaching Assistants are invited to this workshop by master diversity trainer Lee Mun Wah. There will also be a workshop just for students on “How to Have a Dialogue Across Cultures,” from 2:00-4:00 pm in Owens Ballroom.  Finally, there is a campus film viewing from 6:00-9:00 pm in GLC Auditorium.  Pre-registration for any or all of these events is encouraged: https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_88JzDHpZ9eJTFEp.

PARENT SUPPORT LUNCH GROUP
Wednesday, Nov 16, 12:00-1:30pm, GLC Room G
Join fellow Hokie parents for a parent support group luncheon. Special guest Sarah Pahl, Youth Services Manager with the Blacksburg Library, will share information about programs that can benefit your family. Spouses and children are always welcome. Please sign up at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0e4fabaa28a1ff2-november to help organizers plan. Questions? Email childcare@vt.edu

November 7-13, 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. THE DIVINE: A PLAY FOR SARAH BERNHARDT
Monday-Thursday, Nov 7-17, Studio Theatre, Squires Student Center
Why revisit the past? Find out at The Divine, a compelling new play about the power of art in our lives, the horrors of censorship, lies and secrets, the destruction of innocence, and the oppression of the Church in early 1900s. This is the first U.S. production of the play and tickets are on sale now! More information at www.performingarts.vt.edu/thedivine. Contact MFA student Gabrielle Piazza at gpiazza3@vt.edu with any questions or group ticket inquiries.

3. DISCOVER ISLAM
Tuesday, Nov 8, 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. 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 week 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.

5. GLC CAFÉ: MAYBE SURPRISE EDITION
Thursday, Nov 10, 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. There might be a surprise this Thursday.

6. GRADUATE STUDENT TOWN HALL – PARKING AND TRANSPORTATION
Thursday, Nov 10, 5:00-6:30pm, GLC Room F
Join fellow graduate students to discuss the current and future climate surrounding parking and transportation at Virginia Tech. This meeting will be an opportunity for you to share first-hand experiences, needs, and unique opinions on how to better manage transportation across VT and the surrounding area in order to best accommodate graduate students. Potential policy for the fall semester will be produced from this meeting. Contact Chelsea Corkins (ccorkins@vt.edu) or Tara Reel (tdreel@vt.edu) with any questions.

7. GLC COMMUNITY GAME NIGHT
Thursday, Nov 10, 7:30-9:30pm, GLC Lounge
Unwind from a busy day/week with some good old-fashioned board games! The Graduate Fellows host a game night full of fun, food, and friendly competition. There will be Pictionary, Jenga, and Apples to Apples, just to name a few. If you have any questions, email Scarlet Soult at scarlet7@vt.edu.

8. DANCE MARATHON #FTK
Friday, Nov 11, 6:00pm-12:00am, Squires Student Center Old Dominion Ballroom
Do you love kids? Do you enjoy seeing their smiley faces? Do you like (or love) to dance? Join the dance marathon on November 11 to benefit the Children’s Miracle Network, and the Carilion Children’s Hospital in Roanoke. If you want to get involved or are looking for more information, contact master’s student Kelly Fomenko at kfomenko@vt.edu. Lear more at http://www.vthon.org/.

9. GREEN GRADS OF TECH PROGRAM – 1st posting
Graduate students are invited to participate in the Office of Sustainability’s “Green Graduates of Virginia Tech” program and receive a free green graduation cord.  If you are interested, fill out this survey at https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_1KZ1PpVD7VrM2tn or post how you pledge to support a sustainable world and a photo of yourself to the GGVT facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Green-Graduates-of-Virginia-Tech-465341976985523/timeline,  along with your name, major(s), and college(s) and receive a free green sustainability cord for graduation. Submit your pledges by Friday, Dec 9 and the office will coordinate with you to deliver the green cord prior to graduation. Posted on behalf of Katy Shepard, grad assistant in the Office of Sustainability. Contact Katy at kshepard@vt.edu with questions.

10. FEDERAL FINANCIAL AID APPLICATION NOW OPEN FOR 2017-18 – 1st posting
The 2017-18 FAFSA is available now!  For 2017-18 the application will use your 2015 federal income tax information.  The VT Financial Aid office strongly recommends that you use the Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) to transfer your tax information from the IRS website to the FAFSA; you will be given this option when you submit the 1718 FAFSA.  While there is no specific FAFSA deadline for graduate students, it is recommended that you complete the FAFSA as soon as possible to that Financial Aid has enough time to review and prepare your financial aid award for the upcoming year.  Posted on behalf of University Scholarship and Financial Aid office, sbreed@vt.edu.

11. FAFSA FRIDAYS – 1st posting
While financial aid advisors e are always available to help with any FAFSA questions you may have, they have set aside specific days/times when additional staff will be available to help you get the FAFSA complete for 2017-18. They are available in the Student Services Building at the following days/times:  Dec 2, 3:00–5:00pm; Jan 6, 3:00–5:00pm.

12. FINANCIAL AID FOR WINTER SESSION – 1st posting
If you have not used your full fall semester unsubsidized loan, you may use all or a portion of this loan for the Winter session.  If you have used your full fall semester unsubsidized loan, your only option for Winter aid would be the Federal Graduate PLUS loan or a Private/ Alternative loan.  Below are some links with more information about these two types of loans.   You must be registered for Winter session before your financial aid eligibility can be evaluated.  Graduate Loans: http://www.finaid.vt.edu/types_of_aid/loans/plus-grad/index.html;
Private/Alternative Loans: http://www.finaid.vt.edu/types_of_aid/loans/alternative/index.html. Posted on behalf of University Scholarship and Financial Aid office, sbreed@vt.edu.

13. CHRISTMAS STORE APPLICATIONS OPEN – 2nd posting
Low-income graduate students with children are invited to apply to shop at the Montgomery County Christmas Store. Review the website at www.mcchristmasstore.org for eligibility requirements and dates. For more information contact Molly McClintock at mollymcclintock235@gmail.com, 540/239-6432.

14. GSA "DR. RICH" CAP AND GOWN PROGRAM—LOTTERY SIGN-UP OPEN THROUGH NOV 18 – 2nd posting
Graduating in December but don’t want to purchase a cap and gown? GSA offers free caps and gowns on loan for commencement through the "Dr. Rich" Cap and Gown Program. Due to high demand, the system is lottery-based, and gowns are loaned out on a randomized basis. Find details and fill out the lottery sign-up at gsa.vt.edu/what-we-can-offer-you. Questions? Email Kasey Richardson, Administrative Director, kasey@vt.edu.

15. GSA ACCEPTING DONATIONS OF GENTLY USED GRADUATION GOWNS – 2nd posting
If you have an old Virginia Tech cap and gown sitting around, consider donating them to the GSA "Dr. Rich" Cap and Gown Program for loan to future graduate students participating in commencement. Find details about how to donate at gsa.vt.edu. Questions? Email Kasey Richardson, Administrative Director, kasey@vt.edu.

16. INTERIM OMBUDSPERSON AVAILABLE TO ASSIST GRADUATE STUDENTS
Dr. Anne McNabb, the Interim Ombudsperson in the Graduate School during the next few months, is available to assist graduate students until a permanent replacement for Monique McKay is on board.  Anne is available in the Graduate School in 120 GLC and can be reached at (540) 231-9573.  Call or email her at happy@vt.edu for an appointment.    

17. NEW SPRING 2017 COURSE: STEM WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT (CRN 19497)
Learn more about construction workforce issues and engage with members of industry, policy makers, and researchers to discuss key professional development and labor issues in construction. Build new alliances, models and best practices for federal, regional, and local construction workforce initiatives through this graduate course. If you are interested, register for CRN 19497,  [W 1:25-4:00pm, 323 Bishop-Favrao Hall]. If you have questions, contact the instructor, Dr. Denise R Simmons, at densimm@vt.edu.

18. GSA TRAVEL FUND REVIEW HELP (FREE FOOD) – NOV 4 and 11 – 3rd 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.

19. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR STUDY ON USER BEHAVIOR AND ATTITUDES DURING ONLINE SEARCH – 2nd posting
Participants are needed for a study assessing user behavior and attitudes while performing online web search.  This project involves a lab-based experiment during which participants carry out assigned search tasks online and answer questions regarding the nature of the tasks. Experiment time about 60 min. Must be at least 10 or older. If a minor (age 10-17) would like to participate, a parent will need to provide consent by signing a Parent’s Consent Form in addition to an Assent Form signed by the participant. For further information or to enroll, contact Sarang Joshi at sarang87@vt.edu  or send text message to  248-705-7830.

20. STUDENT VETERANS SOUGHT FOR INTERVIEW ABOUT THEIR TRANSITION FROM MILITARY TO COLLEGE – 2nd posting
Student veterans (both ugrad and grad) born after 1980 and attending a public or private four-year or two-year college in Virginia (doesn’t have to be VT), who have completed at least 9 hours each semester during the last two consecutive semesters (i.e. 9 credits each in Fall and Spring), are recruited to participate in a 45-60-minute interview to discuss their experience of transitioning from the military to college. Interviews are audio-recorded and will take place online at a convenient time for the veteran. Compensation for participation is a $10 Amazon Gift Card. For more information or to sign up, visit https://sites.google.com/a/vt.edu/militarytocollege/sign-up-screening-form or contact Chris Davidson at chrid13@vt.edu or 540-320-4880.

21. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR STUDY ON TRAVEL PATTERNS AND MOOD – 3rd 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/.

22. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR USER BEHAVIOR DURING ONLINE SEARCHES – 3rd 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.

Upcoming events:

FULBRIGHT INFO SESSIONS FOR US STUDENTS
Monday, Nov 14, 1:00, 2:30, and 4:00pm, GLC Room G
In conjunction with International Education Week, a series of interactive workshops will be held about the Fulbright program that offers US citizens funding opportunities for independent research/study projects, graduate degree enrollment, and English teaching assistantships in more than 140 countries. Eligible applicants include graduating seniors, recent graduates, master’s and doctoral candidates, and young professionals with up to 5 years of professional study and/or experience. Students at all academic levels are welcome to attend. Potential applicants are strongly encouraged to begin planning their candidacy early. For more information, contact Betty Watts (bettyw@vt.edu; 231-7220)

CREATING COMMUNITY IN A DIVERSE COLLEGE ENVIRONMENT
Wednesday, Nov 16, 9:30am-12:00pm, Owens Banquet Hall
Graduate Teaching Assistants are invited to this workshop by master diversity trainer Lee Mun Wah. There will also be a workshop just for students on “How to Have a Dialogue Across Cultures,” from 2:00-4:00 pm in Owens Ballroom.  Finally, there is a campus film viewing from 6:00-9:00 pm in GLC Auditorium.  Pre-registration for any or all of these events is encouraged: https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_88JzDHpZ9eJTFEp.

PARENT SUPPORT LUNCH GROUP
Wednesday, Nov 16, 12:00-1:30pm, GLC Room G
Join fellow Hokie parents for a parent support group luncheon. Special guest Sarah Pahl, Youth Services Manager with the Blacksburg Library, will share information about programs that can benefit your family. Spouses and children are always welcome. Please sign up at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0e4fabaa28a1ff2-november to help organizers plan. Questions? Email childcare@vt.edu