February 27 – March 5, 2017

1.  WEEKLY WALK-IN SERVICES IN THE GLC – last updated 1/23/2017

  • 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;
  • Writing assistance: reserve appointment at http://www.lib.vt.edu/spaces/writing/.
  • Write-in with grads: Wednesdays 9:00-12:00, Room D

2. QT STUDY HALL
Monday, Feb 27, 5:00-7:00pm, LGBTQ+ Resource Center
Need some dedicated time and some quiet space to study? Attend this study hall open to ugrads and grads. Snacks provided.

3. PEACE CORPS CELEBRATION WEEK
Tuesday, Feb 28, 10:00-11:00am, Global Education Office – Uzbekistan tea ceremony
Wednesday, Mar 1, 6:30-8:00pm, GLC Room G – Girls Leading Our World multi-media presentation
Friday, Mar 3, 6:00-8:00pm, Lefty’s – Socialize with RPCVs
Each year around Mar 1, the declaration of Peace Corps is celebrated with events highlighting the work of Peace Corps Volunteers and Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs). You are invited to these events and more. Throughout the week learn from RPCVs who blog on Facebook about the "hospitality" in the countries where they served. Learn more: https://www.facebook.com/VTPeaceCorps/. Posted on behalf of grad student Rachel Kennedy, kennedy3@vt.edu.

4. ACADEMY FOR GTA EXCELLENCE PRESENTS: MORE WAYS OF PRACTICING SELF CARE
Tuesday, Feb 28, 6:15-8:00pm, GLC Room G
February is self-care month in the academy, some events are coming up that will help GTAs examine their current self-care practices and learn some new ones. At this session the group will discuss current self-care practices and why self-care is important for GTAs. Then, Amanda will host a “mindful moment” in which you will learn and practice some basic mindfulness exercises and discuss how mindfulness can be beneficial for your teaching and research. Posted on behalf of grad student Amanda Halliburton, ahallibu@vt.edu.

5. WEEKLY WRITE-IN SESSIONS FOR GRADS
Wednesdays, 9:00am-12:00pm, GLC Room D
Do you need to focus on writing your thesis, dissertation or journal article? This weekly write-in session supported by the Writing Center might be just the place for you! A writing coach will be available for brief feedback, but the purpose of this time is to offer you a quiet and supportive place to establish a writing routine. You are free to come for all or part of the time. Reserve your spot online on the schedule at http://www.lib.vt.edu/spaces/writing/graduate.html.

6. MY SISTER’S KEEPER PRESENTS: FINDING MY PATH
Wednesday, Mar 1, 11:30am, Owens Banquet Hall (registration begins at 10:45 am)
Dr. Kelly Oaks, Assistant VP for the Office of Equity and Accessibility  will share her journey working in higher education and the lessons she has learned along the way. Register online at https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3ds7stjcoCT3Sp7. "My Sister’s Keeper" was created to promote networking and professional development opportunities among diverse graduate and faculty women, and to enhance scholarship, positive thinking and social and academic adjustment within the Virginia Tech community.

7. INFORMATICS LAB IN UNIVERSITY LIBRARIES
Wednesdays, 1:00-3:00pm, Port Commons (Torg 3320)
The Informatics Lab in the University Libraries aims to help researchers effectively find, transform, model, visualize and share research data. Walk-in consultations are available in Port Commons (Torg 3320), Wednesdays 1-3 pm. General questions can be asked through the contact form https://researchinformatics.lib.vt.edu/contact/?utm_source=GLC%20Weekly%20Email&utm_medium=Contact%20Form, or contact our consultants directly at https://researchinformatics.lib.vt.edu/people/?utm_source=GLC%20Weekly%20Email&utm_medium=Direct%20Contact.

8. CAREERS IN SCIENCE COMMUNICATION
Thursday, Mar 2, 2:00-3:00pm, 311 Latham
NPR Science Correspondent Joe Palca and assistant producer Madeline Sofia, along with American Scientist editor Katie Burke will meet with graduate students to discuss alternative career paths. Posted on behalf of Carrie Kroehler, associate director of Center for Communicating Science.

9. GLC CAFÉ
Thursday, Mar 2, 3:30-5:00pm, GLC Reading Room
Enjoy free coffee, tea, and cookies in the company of fellow graduate students and Grad School staff; network, socialize, relax! Bring your own mug if you can.

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

11. UNDER THE WING
Thursdays, 6:30-8:30pm, Cooper House, 305 Washington St, SW
Join for fellowship, fun and a free dinner. Under the Wing is a safe gathering for Christians seeking refuge and fellowship in a welcoming and supportive environment. Geared towards graduate and non-traditional students, veterans, and young professionals, and inspired by the Light of Christ, the group  strives to deepen relationship with Jesus and each other. Find out more at  https://www.facebook.com/groups/1659953097566451/ or contact grad student Jaimie Edwards at jedwar35@vt.edu.

12. SUBMISSIONS INVITED TO GLC PHOTO AND ART CONTEST – 1st posting
The Graduate School invites submissions of art work and photography by graduate students for display in the GLC during Graduate Education Week (Mar 27-31) and beyond. Submissions are limited to three pieces (art and/or photography) per graduate student. This year’s theme: Live. Learn. Explore. Globally. Learn more at http://graduateschool.vt.edu/graduate-life-center/glc-art-and-photo-contest.html  Submission deadline: Thursday, Mar 22, 2017.

13. PASSPORT APPLICATIONS ACCEPTED IN SQUIRES – 1st posting
Did you know that on the first floor in Squires Student Center is 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. 

14. CALL FOR INTERDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH HONOR SOCIETY MEMBERS – 1st posting
The Interdisciplinary Research Honor Society (Iota Delta Rho – IDR) invites applications for full or associate membership. IDR creates a thriving community of scholars across VT who work to integrate different disciplines, theories, methods, etc. Show how you integrate interdisciplinary research! Both graduate and undergraduate students who are heading their own projects are accepted.​ Apply by Apr 2, 2017. Learn more about IDR at: http://www.idrsociety.org/category/news/ The application can be found at: https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_8qwNOiSqY8KJffL. Contact Melissa Kenny(mck66@vt.edu <mailto:mck66@vt.edu> ) with questions.​​

15. UNION INNOVATION CHALLENGE 2017 – 1st posting
Students are invited to submit proposals for the challenge to be help on Apr 6, 2017. Build an epic team, put your enterprising minds together and come up with an innovation tht could net you $7,500 to fund your project in an area such as equipment, fan engagement, stadium experience, security/safety, services, training, food & nutrition, wearables, and wellness applications. This year’s theme:  Sports and Fitness. Learn more and submit at:  http://www.apexcie.vt.edu/unionchallenge/.

16. NOMINATIONS ACCEPTED FOR GSA ELECTIONS 2017-18 – 1st posting
Nominations for executive position in the Graduate Student Assembly (GSA) are due by 12pm on Mar 23, 2017. Candidates must self-nominate by emailing GSA Parliamentarian Steve Haring at sharing@vt.edu <mailto:sharing@vt.edu>  and are encouraged to attend the Mar 23 General Assembly meeting. Nominations received by the deadline will appear on the official ballot during the elections at the Apr 20 meeting, and candidates will have their written statements distributed to delegates in advance of elections. Nominations received after the deadline require majority approval of the assembly, and must be written in during the election. All current graduate students are eligible to run for office. Involvement with GSA leadership is a great way to build service credit for your CV, get involved with a cross-disciplinary community of graduate students, and meet students from across the university. Learn more at http://tinyurl.com/GSA-elections-2017. Email questions to sharing@vt.edu. Posted on behalf of the GSA Judicial and Electoral Affairs Committee.

17. BOV GRAD REP HOSTS PRESIDENT’S LUNCHEON: APPLY NOW! – 1st posting
The graduate student representative to the Board of Visitors will be hosting a luncheon with President Sands, Provost Rikakis, and Dean DePauw on Mar 16 at noon at The Inn in Preston’s. If you are interested in participating, please fill out a brief survey at http://tinyurl.com/bovpreslunch. An email confirmation will be sent to you if selected to attend. Posted on behalf of current BOV grad rep Tara Reel, tdreel@vt.edu.

18. OMICRON DELTA KAPPA INVITES APPLICATIONS – 1st posting
ODK is a national leadership honor society that recognizes the highest achieving individuals in different leadership areas. Membership is extended to undergraduate juniors and seniors, graduate students, faculty, staff and alumni. Students must be in high academic standing and display qualities/achievements in one of five areas of leadership. Learn more and apply by Mar 12 at http://www.odk.org.vt.edu/membership.php. Send membership questions to Eileen Bui at ebui90@vt.edu <mailto:ebui90@vt.edu> .

19. STUDY ABROAD OPPORTUNITIES OPEN FOR GRADS – 1st posting
Several programs are still enrolling for Summer 2017, but deadlines are quickly approaching. The Comparative Study of Agricultural and Life Sciences in Morocco <http://www.globaleducation.vt.edu/?go=CALSMorocco>  program offers students the opportunity to explore topics related to agricultural and life sciences in Morocco. The  Teaching and Learning in Zambia <http://www.globaleducation.vt.edu/?go=CLAHSZambia>  program gives participants an opportunity to learn through working with Zambian students and teachers in high schools or colleges, immersion into the local socio-cultural environment to learn the context, trends and issues affecting education and skills development, and a service project benefiting the local community. Weekly walk-in advising hours are held at the Global Education Office <http://www.globaleducation.vt.edu/> : MWF 11:00am-2:00pm; T Th 9:00am-12:00pm. Contact Rommelyn Coffren at rconde@vt.edu with questions.

20. INTEREST POLL FOR SCIENTISTS’ MARCH ON WASHINGTON – 1st posting
Are you interested in attending the Scientist’s March on Washington, Apr 22, 2017? Students are attempting to arrange a bus from VT campus to Washington DC, leaving campus at 5 am on the morning of April 22. If you are interested in riding the bus and attending the event, fill out the doodle poll at http://doodle.com/poll/kcp2nagd6wv5hpha so that organizers can gauge interest. Posted on behalf of grad student Allison Pekkanen, apekk@vt.edu.

21. NOMINATIONS FOR UNIVERSITY STUDENT LEADERSHIP AWARDS (USLA) NOW OPEN – 2nd  posting
The USLAs are sponsored by Student Engagement & Campus Life. These awards recognize individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to the Virginia Tech campus and community. The USLAs celebrate accomplishments of undergraduate and graduate clubs, organizations, programs, individuals, and service projects. More information about awards, criteria, forms, and process for nomination are at: http://campuslife.vt.edu/Student_Orgs/Awards_and_Honors/USLA.html. Submit nominations by Mar 3,  5:00pm.

22. CALL FOR PROPOSALS FOR GRADUATE ART COUNCIL’S ART SHOWCASE – 2nd posting
Are you a graduate student with an interest in the arts? Do you sketch, write, or perform? Whatever your artistic talent and regardless of your field of study, the Graduate Arts Council (a campus organization dedicated to exploring, supporting, and expanding the arts in and around VT) invites you to participate in its Second Annual Art Showcase! Last year’s curated showcase featured everything from beautiful paintings to a dynamic magic show. The showcase will be held on Friday evening, Mar 24 (location TBA) and will be free and open to the public. Submit proposals by Mar 1 at https://docs.google.com/a/vt.edu/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScYg4gDLfGNnaY1_iyPja8rxrnobNNaAqW84gb2fa5Q-xAfzg/viewform?c=0&w=1.  Contact grad student Ana-Christina at acostaa@vt.edu with any questions.

23. TICKETS ON SALE FOR 19TH ANNUAL EBONY AFFAIR -2nd posting
The Black Graduate Student Organization’s 19th Annual Ebony Affair: “Unite. Inspire. Excel. An All Black Experience" is a formal banquet acknowledging, celebrating, and reflecting on outstanding faculty members, students, and community members who actively engage in our motto, “Lifting As We Climb”. The keynote address will be given by Dr. Menah Pratt-Clarke. Tickets are available at: vtebonyaffair.eventbrite.com <http://vtebonyaffair.eventbrite.com> . Posted on behalf of grad student Corey Miles, coreymiles@vt.edu .

24. STUDENT ENGAGEMENT GRANTS – 3rd posting
Through the generosity of many donors, the John E. Dooley Student Engagement Grant funds highly motivated students or student teams planning to implement community-based civic engagement projects. Up to $1,500 is available in this year’s cycle. Either two awards of $750 or one $1,500 award will be granted. Learn more at http://engage.vt.edu/programs/grants_awards.html and apply by Mar 24. Contact Catherine Cotrupi with questions regarding JEDSEG at cotrupi@vt.edu <mailto:cotrupi@vt.edu>  or 540-231-9186.

25. VT ENGAGE POSTER SHOWCASE – 3rd posting
Are you doing a project in the community that aligns with VT Engage’s core values (see http://engage.vt.edu/about/mission.html)? Individuals or teams of students are invited to submit a poster proposal at https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_bmvLBnC8U8JELd3 that showcases their work in the areas of service learning, community-engaged learning, community outreach, and group service projects. Proposal submission deadline: Friday, Mar 17. If you submit before the deadline, you will be notified within two weeks of submission whether or not your proposal has been accepted. If you submit on or close to the deadline, you will be notified by Tuesday, Mar 21. Contact VT Engage with questions regarding the event at engage@vt.edu or 540-231-9798.

26. SIGN UP FOR “INTERNATIONAL VOICES” – 3rd posting
The Cranwell International Center is launching International VOICES (Valuable Opportunities for Intercultural Communication, Education, and Sharing) to showcase VT’s global diversity and facilitate opportunities for international students to share their culture, global perspectives, and life experiences with the broader community. International students are matched with campus and community partners who wish to invite speakers for presentations, small group conversations, and panel discussions. The program provides international students with opportunities to: talk to interested audiences; help break down stereotypes and prejudices; improve public-speaking skills; form relationships with people on campus and in the community; contribute to open and accepting campus and community; help prepare global citizens; and add a meaningful experience to their resume. Public-speaking training and support provided as needed. Learn more and sign up at http://international.vt.edu/advocacyandsupport/international-voices-.html. Direct questions to Cranwell Intl Ctr, 540.231.6527 or international@vt.edu <mailto:intenraitonal@vt.edu> .

27. APPLICATIONS INVITED FOR EARLY CAREER DATA SHARE FELLOWSHIP – 3rd posting
The US region of the Research Data Alliance (RDA/US) invites applications from doctoral students and postdocs for its Early Career Data Share fellowship program. Successful Fellows will engage with RDA through carrying out self-proposed projects with RDA groups and through extensive networking and communication with the RDA community. Data Services in VT University Libraries is involved with the RDA and would welcome the opportunity to work with you in support of this fellowship. Contact dataservices@vt.edu <mailto:dataservices@vt.edu>  for assistance. Application deadline: Mar 7. Details and applications:  http://us.rd-alliance.org/2017-2018-rdaus-call-fellows. Posted on behalf of Jonathan Petters, Data Services, University Libraries.

28. GRAD STUDENT WAGE OPENING IN OIRED – 1st posting
The Office of International Research, Education, and Development (OIRED) is looking for a graduate student (wage) to work up to 20 hours per week on projects and other initiatives, including providing support to project development and efforts to identify and respond to project funding opportunities. The graduate student will contribute to proposal preparation and help with the due diligence and preparation (research) that goes into responses to funding opportunities. S/he will support on-going project work as appropriate. Preference is for a student with experience and/or demonstrated interest in working internationally. If interested, submit resume and cover letter to Patricia S. Hughes at Tish50@vt.edu before Mar 22, 2017.

29. 2017-2018 GLC FELLOW POSITION OPENING – 1st posting
Residence Life and the Graduate School are seeking a motivated graduate student who is committed to building graduate community for a GLC Fellow position for the 2017-18 academic year. An ideal candidate would have previous residence life and/or event planning experience, though it is not a requirement. Applicants must submit a formal cover letter and resume, and fully complete the following survey: https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_08rf9GDR6uKdG0B. Information about cover letter requirements is detailed in the survey and the full job description is at http://graduateschool.vt.edu/graduate-life-center.html. Apply by midnight on Monday, Mar 13, 2017. Contact Lauren Surface at lkeister@vt.edu <mailto:lkeister@vt.edu>  or Sam Harbison at samlh@vt.edu <mailto:samlh@vt.edu>   if you have questions.

30. GA POSITION FOR 2017-18 FOR GRADUATE LIFE CENTER OPERATIONS – 3rd posting
Student Engagement and Campus Life is looking for a full-time graduate student to serve as a Graduate Assistant for GLC Operations. This nine-month position begins in August.  Primary duties include personnel management and supervision of GLC student staff, assisting with daily management of GLC building operations, event services assistance and collaboration with GLC partners. Full position description available at http://graduateschool.vt.edu/content/dam/graduateschool_vt_edu/grad_assistant_graduate_life_center.pdf. To apply, submit a resume and cover letter by Mar 3 to Steve Buchner, Operations Coordinator, satlbuch@vt.edu <mailto:satlbuch@vt.edu> .

31. VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR EXPERIENCES OF INTL TEACHING ASSISTANTS AT VT STUDY – 1st posting
VT researchers are conducting a study to understand the experiences of international teaching assistants (ITAs) at VT. You may be eligible to participate if you are a graduate teaching assistant in an engineering department at the university with an F-1 or a J-1 visa. The study involves 2-3 interviews lasting approximately 60-90 minutes each and weekly journal responses taking about 15-30 minutes each. As part of the study, researcher(s) will observe your in-class teaching for 4-5 class periods during Spring 2017. Compensation: $30 to be given in two equal installments, first in the beginning of the study and the second at completion of one month. Contact Ashish Agrawal in Engineering Education, 540-922-5125 or ashishag@vt.edu for more info.

32. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR BIOFEEDBACK STUDY – 2nd posting
VT researchers are inviting participants for a research project to gain information from biofeedback collected by galvanic skin response (GSR)* and electroencephalogram (EEG)** sensors while using an information system. Participants will have a headset that has EEG sensors and two finger bands that have GSR sensors to wear while using an information system. The experiment will be recorded by two video cameras. The recorded footage will be used for analyzing participants’ physical movements. Participants will also answer a questionnaire regarding their experience during the experiment. The total amount of time for participation is around 60 minutes. There is no direct benefit from participating in the study. The study will be published and participation is voluntary and confidential. Contact Kibong Song at gibbs@vt.edu for more information.

33. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR STUDY OF AUGMENTED REALITY – 2nd posting
The Information Technology and Security Lab is conducting research on augmented reality and how it can assist cybersecurity professionals and improve the cybersecurity industry. Seeking volunteers 18 or older who are willing to use mobile augmented reality applications to perform investigative tasks and answer questions about their experiences. Tasks involve moving between four buildings and moving throughout the second floor of Newman Library. The entire survey will not take longer than 30 minutes. Volunteers are assured that personal information will remain confidential and will never be published in any way. If interested, contact Brendan Mattina at mbrend15@vt.edu, 603-953-7060.

Upcoming events:

DATA MANAGEMENT WORKSHOP
Tuesday, Mar 7, 9:00am-4:00pm, Scale-Up Room (101S) Newman Library
This workshop will give attendees practical hands-on experience to improve their research data management by making research datasets FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable).  Following FAIR practices for thoughtful and well-planned research data management can increase project efficiency, smooth the research process, improve the soundness of research results, and maximize the reusability of the data. The workshop is limited to 50 participants, so register today at http://bit.ly/FAIRData.

SPRING BREAK
Saturday-Sunday, Mar 4-12, VT campus
Send your spring break requests and ideas to gibsonm@vt.edu with “what spring break” as your subject line. Graduate School offices will be open with regular hours.

APPALACHIAN “MEET ‘N EAT”
Tuesday, Mar 14, 12:00-1:30pm, American Indian & Indigenous Community Center, Squires ground floor
All who identify as being from Appalachia are welcome to join in the American Indian & Indigenous Community Center for good pizza, good friends and good conversation. The AI&IC Center is located on the ground floor of Squires, to the left of the information desk. Bring a story, memory or object that reminds you of home and share your experiences with other members of the community. For more information, contact grad student Amanda Halliburton (ahallibu@vt.edu).

COVER LETTERS
Tuesday, Mar 14, 4:00-5:00pm, GLC Room G
Learn how to write a concise, expressive, and attention-grabbing cover letter that will have employers taking notice. Find out how to customize your letter and practice the elements and language needed to land the job you want, regardless of your degree program. Contact grad assistant Natalie Patterson for more information natpat@vt.edu

OPEN MIC NIGHT
Tuesday, Mar 14, 5:00-7:00pm, GLC Student Lounge
Poets, musicians, storytellers and comedians, and their audience: celebrate Respect Week by sharing a part of your story through your medium of choice! Refreshments will be provided. Hosted by your GLC Fellows. For more information, contact Akhil Infant at akhil91@vt.edu.

February 27 – March 5, 2017

1.  WEEKLY WALK-IN SERVICES IN THE GLC – last updated 1/23/2017

  • 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;
  • Writing assistance: reserve appointment at http://www.lib.vt.edu/spaces/writing/.
  • Write-in with grads: Wednesdays 9:00-12:00, Room D

2. QT STUDY HALL
Monday, Feb 27, 5:00-7:00pm, LGBTQ+ Resource Center
Need some dedicated time and some quiet space to study? Attend this study hall open to ugrads and grads. Snacks provided.

3. PEACE CORPS CELEBRATION WEEK
Tuesday, Feb 28, 10:00-11:00am, Global Education Office – Uzbekistan tea ceremony
Wednesday, Mar 1, 6:30-8:00pm, GLC Room G – Girls Leading Our World multi-media presentation
Friday, Mar 3, 6:00-8:00pm, Lefty’s – Socialize with RPCVs
Each year around Mar 1, the declaration of Peace Corps is celebrated with events highlighting the work of Peace Corps Volunteers and Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs). You are invited to these events and more. Throughout the week learn from RPCVs who blog on Facebook about the "hospitality" in the countries where they served. Learn more: https://www.facebook.com/VTPeaceCorps/. Posted on behalf of grad student Rachel Kennedy, kennedy3@vt.edu.

4. ACADEMY FOR GTA EXCELLENCE PRESENTS: MORE WAYS OF PRACTICING SELF CARE
Tuesday, Feb 28, 6:15-8:00pm, GLC Room G
February is self-care month in the academy, some events are coming up that will help GTAs examine their current self-care practices and learn some new ones. At this session the group will discuss current self-care practices and why self-care is important for GTAs. Then, Amanda will host a “mindful moment” in which you will learn and practice some basic mindfulness exercises and discuss how mindfulness can be beneficial for your teaching and research. Posted on behalf of grad student Amanda Halliburton, ahallibu@vt.edu.

5. WEEKLY WRITE-IN SESSIONS FOR GRADS
Wednesdays, 9:00am-12:00pm, GLC Room D
Do you need to focus on writing your thesis, dissertation or journal article? This weekly write-in session supported by the Writing Center might be just the place for you! A writing coach will be available for brief feedback, but the purpose of this time is to offer you a quiet and supportive place to establish a writing routine. You are free to come for all or part of the time. Reserve your spot online on the schedule at http://www.lib.vt.edu/spaces/writing/graduate.html.

6. MY SISTER’S KEEPER PRESENTS: FINDING MY PATH
Wednesday, Mar 1, 11:30am, Owens Banquet Hall (registration begins at 10:45 am)
Dr. Kelly Oaks, Assistant VP for the Office of Equity and Accessibility  will share her journey working in higher education and the lessons she has learned along the way. Register online at https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3ds7stjcoCT3Sp7. "My Sister’s Keeper" was created to promote networking and professional development opportunities among diverse graduate and faculty women, and to enhance scholarship, positive thinking and social and academic adjustment within the Virginia Tech community.

7. INFORMATICS LAB IN UNIVERSITY LIBRARIES
Wednesdays, 1:00-3:00pm, Port Commons (Torg 3320)
The Informatics Lab in the University Libraries aims to help researchers effectively find, transform, model, visualize and share research data. Walk-in consultations are available in Port Commons (Torg 3320), Wednesdays 1-3 pm. General questions can be asked through the contact form https://researchinformatics.lib.vt.edu/contact/?utm_source=GLC%20Weekly%20Email&utm_medium=Contact%20Form, or contact our consultants directly at https://researchinformatics.lib.vt.edu/people/?utm_source=GLC%20Weekly%20Email&utm_medium=Direct%20Contact.

8. CAREERS IN SCIENCE COMMUNICATION
Thursday, Mar 2, 2:00-3:00pm, 311 Latham
NPR Science Correspondent Joe Palca and assistant producer Madeline Sofia, along with American Scientist editor Katie Burke will meet with graduate students to discuss alternative career paths. Posted on behalf of Carrie Kroehler, associate director of Center for Communicating Science.

9. GLC CAFÉ
Thursday, Mar 2, 3:30-5:00pm, GLC Reading Room
Enjoy free coffee, tea, and cookies in the company of fellow graduate students and Grad School staff; network, socialize, relax! Bring your own mug if you can.

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

11. UNDER THE WING
Thursdays, 6:30-8:30pm, Cooper House, 305 Washington St, SW
Join for fellowship, fun and a free dinner. Under the Wing is a safe gathering for Christians seeking refuge and fellowship in a welcoming and supportive environment. Geared towards graduate and non-traditional students, veterans, and young professionals, and inspired by the Light of Christ, the group  strives to deepen relationship with Jesus and each other. Find out more at  https://www.facebook.com/groups/1659953097566451/ or contact grad student Jaimie Edwards at jedwar35@vt.edu.

12. SUBMISSIONS INVITED TO GLC PHOTO AND ART CONTEST – 1st posting
The Graduate School invites submissions of art work and photography by graduate students for display in the GLC during Graduate Education Week (Mar 27-31) and beyond. Submissions are limited to three pieces (art and/or photography) per graduate student. This year’s theme: Live. Learn. Explore. Globally. Learn more at http://graduateschool.vt.edu/graduate-life-center/glc-art-and-photo-contest.html  Submission deadline: Thursday, Mar 22, 2017.

13. PASSPORT APPLICATIONS ACCEPTED IN SQUIRES – 1st posting
Did you know that on the first floor in Squires Student Center is 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. 

14. CALL FOR INTERDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH HONOR SOCIETY MEMBERS – 1st posting
The Interdisciplinary Research Honor Society (Iota Delta Rho – IDR) invites applications for full or associate membership. IDR creates a thriving community of scholars across VT who work to integrate different disciplines, theories, methods, etc. Show how you integrate interdisciplinary research! Both graduate and undergraduate students who are heading their own projects are accepted.​ Apply by Apr 2, 2017. Learn more about IDR at: http://www.idrsociety.org/category/news/ The application can be found at: https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_8qwNOiSqY8KJffL. Contact Melissa Kenny(mck66@vt.edu <mailto:mck66@vt.edu> ) with questions.​​

15. UNION INNOVATION CHALLENGE 2017 – 1st posting
Students are invited to submit proposals for the challenge to be help on Apr 6, 2017. Build an epic team, put your enterprising minds together and come up with an innovation tht could net you $7,500 to fund your project in an area such as equipment, fan engagement, stadium experience, security/safety, services, training, food & nutrition, wearables, and wellness applications. This year’s theme:  Sports and Fitness. Learn more and submit at:  http://www.apexcie.vt.edu/unionchallenge/.

16. NOMINATIONS ACCEPTED FOR GSA ELECTIONS 2017-18 – 1st posting
Nominations for executive position in the Graduate Student Assembly (GSA) are due by 12pm on Mar 23, 2017. Candidates must self-nominate by emailing GSA Parliamentarian Steve Haring at sharing@vt.edu <mailto:sharing@vt.edu>  and are encouraged to attend the Mar 23 General Assembly meeting. Nominations received by the deadline will appear on the official ballot during the elections at the Apr 20 meeting, and candidates will have their written statements distributed to delegates in advance of elections. Nominations received after the deadline require majority approval of the assembly, and must be written in during the election. All current graduate students are eligible to run for office. Involvement with GSA leadership is a great way to build service credit for your CV, get involved with a cross-disciplinary community of graduate students, and meet students from across the university. Learn more at http://tinyurl.com/GSA-elections-2017. Email questions to sharing@vt.edu. Posted on behalf of the GSA Judicial and Electoral Affairs Committee.

17. BOV GRAD REP HOSTS PRESIDENT’S LUNCHEON: APPLY NOW! – 1st posting
The graduate student representative to the Board of Visitors will be hosting a luncheon with President Sands, Provost Rikakis, and Dean DePauw on Mar 16 at noon at The Inn in Preston’s. If you are interested in participating, please fill out a brief survey at http://tinyurl.com/bovpreslunch. An email confirmation will be sent to you if selected to attend. Posted on behalf of current BOV grad rep Tara Reel, tdreel@vt.edu.

18. OMICRON DELTA KAPPA INVITES APPLICATIONS – 1st posting
ODK is a national leadership honor society that recognizes the highest achieving individuals in different leadership areas. Membership is extended to undergraduate juniors and seniors, graduate students, faculty, staff and alumni. Students must be in high academic standing and display qualities/achievements in one of five areas of leadership. Learn more and apply by Mar 12 at http://www.odk.org.vt.edu/membership.php. Send membership questions to Eileen Bui at ebui90@vt.edu <mailto:ebui90@vt.edu> .

19. STUDY ABROAD OPPORTUNITIES OPEN FOR GRADS – 1st posting
Several programs are still enrolling for Summer 2017, but deadlines are quickly approaching. The Comparative Study of Agricultural and Life Sciences in Morocco <http://www.globaleducation.vt.edu/?go=CALSMorocco>  program offers students the opportunity to explore topics related to agricultural and life sciences in Morocco. The  Teaching and Learning in Zambia <http://www.globaleducation.vt.edu/?go=CLAHSZambia>  program gives participants an opportunity to learn through working with Zambian students and teachers in high schools or colleges, immersion into the local socio-cultural environment to learn the context, trends and issues affecting education and skills development, and a service project benefiting the local community. Weekly walk-in advising hours are held at the Global Education Office <http://www.globaleducation.vt.edu/> : MWF 11:00am-2:00pm; T Th 9:00am-12:00pm. Contact Rommelyn Coffren at rconde@vt.edu with questions.

20. INTEREST POLL FOR SCIENTISTS’ MARCH ON WASHINGTON – 1st posting
Are you interested in attending the Scientist’s March on Washington, Apr 22, 2017? Students are attempting to arrange a bus from VT campus to Washington DC, leaving campus at 5 am on the morning of April 22. If you are interested in riding the bus and attending the event, fill out the doodle poll at http://doodle.com/poll/kcp2nagd6wv5hpha so that organizers can gauge interest. Posted on behalf of grad student Allison Pekkanen, apekk@vt.edu.

21. NOMINATIONS FOR UNIVERSITY STUDENT LEADERSHIP AWARDS (USLA) NOW OPEN – 2nd  posting
The USLAs are sponsored by Student Engagement & Campus Life. These awards recognize individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to the Virginia Tech campus and community. The USLAs celebrate accomplishments of undergraduate and graduate clubs, organizations, programs, individuals, and service projects. More information about awards, criteria, forms, and process for nomination are at: http://campuslife.vt.edu/Student_Orgs/Awards_and_Honors/USLA.html. Submit nominations by Mar 3,  5:00pm.

22. CALL FOR PROPOSALS FOR GRADUATE ART COUNCIL’S ART SHOWCASE – 2nd posting
Are you a graduate student with an interest in the arts? Do you sketch, write, or perform? Whatever your artistic talent and regardless of your field of study, the Graduate Arts Council (a campus organization dedicated to exploring, supporting, and expanding the arts in and around VT) invites you to participate in its Second Annual Art Showcase! Last year’s curated showcase featured everything from beautiful paintings to a dynamic magic show. The showcase will be held on Friday evening, Mar 24 (location TBA) and will be free and open to the public. Submit proposals by Mar 1 at https://docs.google.com/a/vt.edu/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScYg4gDLfGNnaY1_iyPja8rxrnobNNaAqW84gb2fa5Q-xAfzg/viewform?c=0&w=1.  Contact grad student Ana-Christina at acostaa@vt.edu with any questions.

23. TICKETS ON SALE FOR 19TH ANNUAL EBONY AFFAIR -2nd posting
The Black Graduate Student Organization’s 19th Annual Ebony Affair: “Unite. Inspire. Excel. An All Black Experience" is a formal banquet acknowledging, celebrating, and reflecting on outstanding faculty members, students, and community members who actively engage in our motto, “Lifting As We Climb”. The keynote address will be given by Dr. Menah Pratt-Clarke. Tickets are available at: vtebonyaffair.eventbrite.com <http://vtebonyaffair.eventbrite.com> . Posted on behalf of grad student Corey Miles, coreymiles@vt.edu .

24. STUDENT ENGAGEMENT GRANTS – 3rd posting
Through the generosity of many donors, the John E. Dooley Student Engagement Grant funds highly motivated students or student teams planning to implement community-based civic engagement projects. Up to $1,500 is available in this year’s cycle. Either two awards of $750 or one $1,500 award will be granted. Learn more at http://engage.vt.edu/programs/grants_awards.html and apply by Mar 24. Contact Catherine Cotrupi with questions regarding JEDSEG at cotrupi@vt.edu <mailto:cotrupi@vt.edu>  or 540-231-9186.

25. VT ENGAGE POSTER SHOWCASE – 3rd posting
Are you doing a project in the community that aligns with VT Engage’s core values (see http://engage.vt.edu/about/mission.html)? Individuals or teams of students are invited to submit a poster proposal at https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_bmvLBnC8U8JELd3 that showcases their work in the areas of service learning, community-engaged learning, community outreach, and group service projects. Proposal submission deadline: Friday, Mar 17. If you submit before the deadline, you will be notified within two weeks of submission whether or not your proposal has been accepted. If you submit on or close to the deadline, you will be notified by Tuesday, Mar 21. Contact VT Engage with questions regarding the event at engage@vt.edu or 540-231-9798.

26. SIGN UP FOR “INTERNATIONAL VOICES” – 3rd posting
The Cranwell International Center is launching International VOICES (Valuable Opportunities for Intercultural Communication, Education, and Sharing) to showcase VT’s global diversity and facilitate opportunities for international students to share their culture, global perspectives, and life experiences with the broader community. International students are matched with campus and community partners who wish to invite speakers for presentations, small group conversations, and panel discussions. The program provides international students with opportunities to: talk to interested audiences; help break down stereotypes and prejudices; improve public-speaking skills; form relationships with people on campus and in the community; contribute to open and accepting campus and community; help prepare global citizens; and add a meaningful experience to their resume. Public-speaking training and support provided as needed. Learn more and sign up at http://international.vt.edu/advocacyandsupport/international-voices-.html. Direct questions to Cranwell Intl Ctr, 540.231.6527 or international@vt.edu <mailto:intenraitonal@vt.edu> .

27. APPLICATIONS INVITED FOR EARLY CAREER DATA SHARE FELLOWSHIP – 3rd posting
The US region of the Research Data Alliance (RDA/US) invites applications from doctoral students and postdocs for its Early Career Data Share fellowship program. Successful Fellows will engage with RDA through carrying out self-proposed projects with RDA groups and through extensive networking and communication with the RDA community. Data Services in VT University Libraries is involved with the RDA and would welcome the opportunity to work with you in support of this fellowship. Contact dataservices@vt.edu <mailto:dataservices@vt.edu>  for assistance. Application deadline: Mar 7. Details and applications:  http://us.rd-alliance.org/2017-2018-rdaus-call-fellows. Posted on behalf of Jonathan Petters, Data Services, University Libraries.

28. GRAD STUDENT WAGE OPENING IN OIRED – 1st posting
The Office of International Research, Education, and Development (OIRED) is looking for a graduate student (wage) to work up to 20 hours per week on projects and other initiatives, including providing support to project development and efforts to identify and respond to project funding opportunities. The graduate student will contribute to proposal preparation and help with the due diligence and preparation (research) that goes into responses to funding opportunities. S/he will support on-going project work as appropriate. Preference is for a student with experience and/or demonstrated interest in working internationally. If interested, submit resume and cover letter to Patricia S. Hughes at Tish50@vt.edu before Mar 22, 2017.

29. 2017-2018 GLC FELLOW POSITION OPENING – 1st posting
Residence Life and the Graduate School are seeking a motivated graduate student who is committed to building graduate community for a GLC Fellow position for the 2017-18 academic year. An ideal candidate would have previous residence life and/or event planning experience, though it is not a requirement. Applicants must submit a formal cover letter and resume, and fully complete the following survey: https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_08rf9GDR6uKdG0B. Information about cover letter requirements is detailed in the survey and the full job description is at http://graduateschool.vt.edu/graduate-life-center.html. Apply by midnight on Monday, Mar 13, 2017. Contact Lauren Surface at lkeister@vt.edu <mailto:lkeister@vt.edu>  or Sam Harbison at samlh@vt.edu <mailto:samlh@vt.edu>   if you have questions.

30. GA POSITION FOR 2017-18 FOR GRADUATE LIFE CENTER OPERATIONS – 3rd posting
Student Engagement and Campus Life is looking for a full-time graduate student to serve as a Graduate Assistant for GLC Operations. This nine-month position begins in August.  Primary duties include personnel management and supervision of GLC student staff, assisting with daily management of GLC building operations, event services assistance and collaboration with GLC partners. Full position description available at http://graduateschool.vt.edu/content/dam/graduateschool_vt_edu/grad_assistant_graduate_life_center.pdf. To apply, submit a resume and cover letter by Mar 3 to Steve Buchner, Operations Coordinator, satlbuch@vt.edu <mailto:satlbuch@vt.edu> .

31. VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR EXPERIENCES OF INTL TEACHING ASSISTANTS AT VT STUDY – 1st posting
VT researchers are conducting a study to understand the experiences of international teaching assistants (ITAs) at VT. You may be eligible to participate if you are a graduate teaching assistant in an engineering department at the university with an F-1 or a J-1 visa. The study involves 2-3 interviews lasting approximately 60-90 minutes each and weekly journal responses taking about 15-30 minutes each. As part of the study, researcher(s) will observe your in-class teaching for 4-5 class periods during Spring 2017. Compensation: $30 to be given in two equal installments, first in the beginning of the study and the second at completion of one month. Contact Ashish Agrawal in Engineering Education, 540-922-5125 or ashishag@vt.edu for more info.

32. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR BIOFEEDBACK STUDY – 2nd posting
VT researchers are inviting participants for a research project to gain information from biofeedback collected by galvanic skin response (GSR)* and electroencephalogram (EEG)** sensors while using an information system. Participants will have a headset that has EEG sensors and two finger bands that have GSR sensors to wear while using an information system. The experiment will be recorded by two video cameras. The recorded footage will be used for analyzing participants’ physical movements. Participants will also answer a questionnaire regarding their experience during the experiment. The total amount of time for participation is around 60 minutes. There is no direct benefit from participating in the study. The study will be published and participation is voluntary and confidential. Contact Kibong Song at gibbs@vt.edu for more information.

33. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR STUDY OF AUGMENTED REALITY – 2nd posting
The Information Technology and Security Lab is conducting research on augmented reality and how it can assist cybersecurity professionals and improve the cybersecurity industry. Seeking volunteers 18 or older who are willing to use mobile augmented reality applications to perform investigative tasks and answer questions about their experiences. Tasks involve moving between four buildings and moving throughout the second floor of Newman Library. The entire survey will not take longer than 30 minutes. Volunteers are assured that personal information will remain confidential and will never be published in any way. If interested, contact Brendan Mattina at mbrend15@vt.edu, 603-953-7060.

Upcoming events:

DATA MANAGEMENT WORKSHOP
Tuesday, Mar 7, 9:00am-4:00pm, Scale-Up Room (101S) Newman Library
This workshop will give attendees practical hands-on experience to improve their research data management by making research datasets FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable).  Following FAIR practices for thoughtful and well-planned research data management can increase project efficiency, smooth the research process, improve the soundness of research results, and maximize the reusability of the data. The workshop is limited to 50 participants, so register today at http://bit.ly/FAIRData.

SPRING BREAK
Saturday-Sunday, Mar 4-12, VT campus
Send your spring break requests and ideas to gibsonm@vt.edu with “what spring break” as your subject line. Graduate School offices will be open with regular hours.

APPALACHIAN “MEET ‘N EAT”
Tuesday, Mar 14, 12:00-1:30pm, American Indian & Indigenous Community Center, Squires ground floor
All who identify as being from Appalachia are welcome to join in the American Indian & Indigenous Community Center for good pizza, good friends and good conversation. The AI&IC Center is located on the ground floor of Squires, to the left of the information desk. Bring a story, memory or object that reminds you of home and share your experiences with other members of the community. For more information, contact grad student Amanda Halliburton (ahallibu@vt.edu).

COVER LETTERS
Tuesday, Mar 14, 4:00-5:00pm, GLC Room G
Learn how to write a concise, expressive, and attention-grabbing cover letter that will have employers taking notice. Find out how to customize your letter and practice the elements and language needed to land the job you want, regardless of your degree program. Contact grad assistant Natalie Patterson for more information natpat@vt.edu

OPEN MIC NIGHT
Tuesday, Mar 14, 5:00-7:00pm, GLC Student Lounge
Poets, musicians, storytellers and comedians, and their audience: celebrate Respect Week by sharing a part of your story through your medium of choice! Refreshments will be provided. Hosted by your GLC Fellows. For more information, contact Akhil Infant at akhil91@vt.edu.

February 20-26, 2017

1.  WEEKLY WALK-IN SERVICES IN THE GLC – last updated 1/23/2017

  • 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;
  • Writing assistance: reserve appointment at http://www.lib.vt.edu/spaces/writing/.
  • Write-in with grads: Wednesdays 9:00-12:00, Room D

2. FAIR USE WEEK EVENTS IN THE LIBRARY
Monday-Friday, Feb 20-24, various times and locations
Fair Use Week Festivities start today at VT University Libraries! Join intriguing conversations and get ready to submit your entry for the Fair Use Week Contest. NLI credit is available for several of the week’s events. Learn how to preserve and share disappearing government information; listen in on a panel discussion about fair use and copyright in academic research, publishing and teaching; watch a film screening on information guerilla warefare; and more. Details online at http://guides.lib.vt.edu/fairuseweek.

3. DINING ETIQUETTE – register by 6pm today!
Tuesday, Feb 21, 5:30-7PM, GLC Multipurpose Room
Learn how to conduct yourself during a formal meal in a professional setting, whether the dinner is part of an interview, a conference, or other engagement. The program will include a presentation, helpful props and tips, and an informal meal during which you can network with graduate students and VT staff. Pizza or other similar food will be served; unfortunately we are unable to entertain dietary restrictions beyond meat/vegetarian. Must register at https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_727wBQbvoa3ranP to attend.

4. CONVERSATION WITH AND FOR WOMEN DOCTORAL STUDENTS
Wednesday, Feb 22, 8:30am, Owens Banquet Hall
The VT Women’s Alliance and the VP for Strategic Affairs/Vice Provost for Inclusion and Diversity, invite you to a conversation with and for women doctoral students. The conversation will provide an opportunity to share ideas and suggestions related to promoting and enhancing the success of women at VT. Your perspectives will inform the development of specific follow up strategies. Register at https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_6Gv0YeazTkuemJn if planning to attend.

5. WEEKLY WRITE-IN SESSIONS FOR GRADS
Wednesdays, 9:00am-12:00pm, GLC Room D
Do you need to focus on writing your thesis, dissertation or journal article? This weekly write-in session supported by the Writing Center might be just the place for you! A writing coach will be available for brief feedback, but the purpose of this time is to offer you a quiet and supportive place to establish a writing routine. You are free to come for all or part of the time. Reserve your spot online on the schedule at http://www.lib.vt.edu/spaces/writing/graduate.html.

6. APPALACHIAN STUDENT GROUP INTEREST MEETING
Wednesday, Feb 22, 11:30am-12:30pm, Multicultural Center, Squires
Are you a student from Appalachia? Are you the first person in your family to attend college or graduate school? Would you like to share your experiences, exchange ideas, and network with others in contributing to a greater appreciation of Appalachian cultures at Virginia Tech? Bring your lunch and join a “brown bag” interest meeting to establish an Appalachian student gathering. Discuss fun things you can do as a group on campus (and beyond) and tips for navigating potential problems sometimes faced by students from Appalachia. For more information, contact grad student Amanda Halliburton at ahallibu@vt.edu.

7. INFORMATICS LAB IN UNIVERSITY LIBRARIES
Wednesdays, 1:00-3:00pm, Port Commons (Torg 3320)
The Informatics Lab in the University Libraries aims to help researchers effectively find, transform, model, visualize and share research data. Walk-in consultations are available in Port Commons (Torg 3320), Wednesdays 1-3 pm. General questions can be asked through the contact form https://researchinformatics.lib.vt.edu/contact/?utm_source=GLC%20Weekly%20Email&utm_medium=Contact%20Form, or contact our consultants directly at https://researchinformatics.lib.vt.edu/people/?utm_source=GLC%20Weekly%20Email&utm_medium=Direct%20Contact.

8. ACADEMY FOR GTA EXCELLENCE PRESENTS: WAYS OF PRACTICING SELF CARE
Wednesday, Feb 22, 6:15-8:00pm, GLC Room G
February is self-care month in the academy, some events are coming up that will help GTAs examine their current self-care practices and learn some new ones. Explore Massage will give a short demo on massaging techniques from 6:15-6:45 after which they will stick around to offer some free massages until 7:30! There will be a brown bag discussion on wellness from 7:00-8:00pm.

 

9. OPT WORKSHOP FOR F-1 STUDENTS

Wednesday, Feb 22, 5:30-7:00pm, GLC Multipurpose Room



Learn about the OPT application process, including eligibility requirements, timing of application and other important details. This workshop is most relevant to F-1 students who are expecting to graduate in May or this summer. Presented by IGSS immigration advisors, igss@vt.edu, 231-8486.

10. GLC CAFÉ
Thursday, Feb 23, 3:30-5:00pm, GLC Reading Room
Enjoy free coffee, tea, and cookies in the company of fellow graduate students and Grad School staff; network, socialize, relax! Bring your own mug if you can.

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

12. DISSERTATION BOOT CAMP
Sundays, Feb 26 and Mar 19, 2:00-6:00pm, Writing Center
This workshop series provides three separate 4-hour sessions in the Writing Center for PhD students working on their dissertations. During these meetings, students will have their own quiet space to work, and grad-level Writing Center coaches will be present to provide assistance. Free coffee and carbs provided! Brought to you by the Writing Center and the Graduate School.

13. NOMINATIONS FOR UNIVERSITY STUDENT LEADERSHIP AWARDS (USLA) NOW OPEN – 1st posting
The USLAs are sponsored by Student Engagement & Campus Life. These awards recognize individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to the Virginia Tech campus and community. The USLAs celebrate accomplishments of undergraduate and graduate clubs, organizations, programs, individuals, and service projects. More information about awards, criteria, forms, and process for nomination are at: http://campuslife.vt.edu/Student_Orgs/Awards_and_Honors/USLA.html. Submit nominations by Mar 3,  5:00pm.

14. CALL FOR PROPOSALS FOR GRADUATE ART COUNCIL’S ART SHOWCASE – 1st posting
Are you a graduate student with an interest in the arts? Do you sketch, write, or perform? Whatever your artistic talent and regardless of your field of study, the Graduate Arts Council (a campus organization dedicated to exploring, supporting, and expanding the arts in and around VT) invites you to participate in its Second Annual Art Showcase! Last year’s curated showcase featured everything from beautiful paintings to a dynamic magic show. The showcase will be held in late March (exact date and location TBA) and will be free and open to the public. Submit proposals by Mar 1 at https://docs.google.com/a/vt.edu/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScYg4gDLfGNnaY1_iyPja8rxrnobNNaAqW84gb2fa5Q-xAfzg/viewform?c=0&w=1.  Contact grad student Ana-Christina at acostaa@vt.edu with any questions.

15. TICKETS ON SALE FOR 19TH ANNUAL EBONY AFFAIR
The Black Graduate Student Organization’s 19th Annual Ebony Affair: “Unite. Inspire. Excel. An All Black Experience" is a formal banquet acknowledging, celebrating, and reflecting on outstanding faculty members, students, and community members who actively engage in our motto, “Lifting As We Climb”. The keynote address will be given by Dr. Menah Pratt-Clarke. Tickets are available at: vtebonyaffair.eventbrite.com. Posted on behalf of grad student Corey Miles, coreymiles@vt.edu.

16. STUDENT ENGAGEMENT GRANTS – 2nd posting
Through the generosity of many donors, the John E. Dooley Student Engagement Grant funds highly motivated students or student teams planning to implement community-based civic engagement projects. Up to $1,500 is available in this year’s cycle. Either two awards of $750 or one $1,500 award will be granted. Learn more at http://engage.vt.edu/programs/grants_awards.html and apply by Mar 24. Contact Catherine Cotrupi with questions regarding JEDSEG at cotrupi@vt.edu or 540-231-9186.

17. VT ENGAGE POSTER SHOWCASE – 2nd posting
Are you doing a project in the community that aligns with VT Engage’s core values (see http://engage.vt.edu/about/mission.html)? Individuals or teams of students are invited to submit a poster proposal at https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_bmvLBnC8U8JELd3 that showcases their work in the areas of service learning, community-engaged learning, community outreach, and group service projects. Proposal submission deadline: Friday, Mar 17. If you submit before the deadline, you will be notified within two weeks of submission whether or not your proposal has been accepted. If you submit on or close to the deadline, you will be notified by Tuesday, Mar 21. Contact VT Engage with questions regarding the event at engage@vt.edu or 540-231-9798.

18. SIGN UP FOR “INTERNATIONAL VOICES” – 2nd posting
The Cranwell International Center is launching International VOICES (Valuable Opportunities for Intercultural Communication, Education, and Sharing) to showcase VT’s global diversity and facilitate opportunities for international students to share their culture, global perspectives, and life experiences with the broader community. International students are matched with campus and community partners who wish to invite speakers for presentations, small group conversations, and panel discussions. The program provides international students with opportunities to: talk to interested audiences; help break down stereotypes and prejudices; improve public-speaking skills; form relationships with people on campus and in the community; contribute to open and accepting campus and community; help prepare global citizens; and add a meaningful experience to their resume. Public-speaking training and support provided as needed. Learn more and sign up at http://international.vt.edu/advocacyandsupport/international-voices-.html. Direct questions to Cranwell Intl Ctr, 540.231.6527 or international@vt.edu.

19. APPLICATIONS INVITED FOR EARLY CAREER DATA SHARE FELLOWSHIP – 2nd posting
The US region of the Research Data Alliance (RDA/US) invites applications from doctoral students and postdocs for its Early Career Data Share fellowship program. Successful Fellows will engage with RDA through carrying out self-proposed projects with RDA groups and through extensive networking and communication with the RDA community. Data Services in VT University Libraries is involved with the RDA and would welcome the opportunity to work with you in support of this fellowship. Contact dataservices@vt.edu for assistance. Application deadline: Mar 7. Details and applications:  http://us.rd-alliance.org/2017-2018-rdaus-call-fellows. Posted on behalf of Jonathan Petters, Data Services, University Libraries.

20. GA POSITION FOR 2017-18 FOR GRADUATE LIFE CENTER OPERATIONS – 2nd posting
Student Engagement and Campus Life is looking for a full-time graduate student to serve as a Graduate Assistant for GLC Operations. This nine-month position begins in August.  Primary duties include personnel management and supervision of GLC student staff, assisting with daily management of GLC building operations, event services assistance and collaboration with GLC partners. Full position description available at http://graduateschool.vt.edu/content/dam/graduateschool_vt_edu/grad_assistant_graduate_life_center.pdf. To apply, submit a resume and cover letter by Mar 3 to Steve Buchner, Operations Coordinator, satlbuch@vt.edu.

21. GA POSITION TO SUPPORT GRADUATE STUDENT ASSEMBLY FOR 2017-18 – 3rd posting
Student Engagement and Campus Life and the Graduate School are looking for a full-time graduate student to support the GSA during the 2017-18 academic year. This 12-month position begins in May. Primary duties include advising members of the GSA Executive Board and Executive Council, providing logistics support for GSA events and operation,  and assisting with small- and large-scale event planning throughout the year. Full position description available at http://gsa.vt.edu/how-to-get-involved/gsa-graduate-assistant/. Apply by Feb 21 at 5pm by sending a letter of interest and CV in PDF format to jedens@vt.edu. Email questions to kasey@vt.edu.

22. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR BIOFEEDBACK STUDY – 1st posting
VT researchers are inviting participants for a research project to gain information from biofeedback collected by galvanic skin response(GSR)* and electroencephalogram(EEG)** sensors while using an information system. Participants will have a headset that has EEG sensors and two finger bands that have GSR sensors to wear while using an information system. The experiment will be recorded by two video cameras. The recorded footage will be used for analyzing participants’ physical movements. Participants will also answer a questionnaire regarding their experience during the experiment. The total amount of time for participation is around 60 minutes. There is no direct benefit from participating in the study. The study will be published and participation is voluntary and confidential. Contact Kibong Song at gibbs@vt.edu for more information.

23. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR STUDY OF AUGMENTED REALITY – 1st posting
The Information Technology and Security Lab is conducting research on augmented reality and how it can assist cybersecurity professionals and improve the cybersecurity industry. Seeking volunteers 18 or older who are willing to use mobile augmented reality applications to perform investigative tasks and answer questions about their experiences. Tasks involve moving between four buildings and moving throughout the second floor of Newman Library. The entire survey will not take longer than 30 minutes. Volunteers are assured that personal information will remain confidential and will never be published in any way.  If interested, contact Brendan Mattina at mbrend15@vt.edu, 603-953-7060. 

Upcoming events:

ACADEMY FOR GTA EXCELLENCE PRESENTS: MORE WAYS OF PRACTICING SELF CARE
Wednesday, Feb 28, 6:15-8:00pm, GLC Room G
February is self-care month in the academy, some events are coming up that will help GTAs examine their current self-care practices and learn some new ones. At this session the group will discuss current self-care practices and why self-care is important for GTAs. Then, Amanda will host a “mindful moment” in which you will learn and practice some basic mindfulness exercises and discuss how mindfulness can be beneficial for your teaching and research. Posted on behalf of grad student Amanda Halliburton, ahallibu@vt.edu.

MY SISTER’S KEEPER PRESENTS: FINDING MY PATH
Wednesday, Mar 1, 11:30am, Owens Banquet Hall (registration begins at 10:45 am)

Dr. Kelly Oaks, Assistant VP for the Office of Equity and Accessibility  will share her journey working in higher education and the lessons she has learned along the way. Register online at https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3ds7stjcoCT3Sp7. "My Sister’s Keeper" was created to promote networking and professional development opportunities among diverse graduate and faculty women, and to enhance scholarship, positive thinking and social and academic adjustment within the Virginia Tech community.

CAREERS IN SCIENCE COMMUNICATION
Thursday, Mar 2, 3:00pm, 311 Latham
NPR Science Correspondent Joe Palca and assistant producer Madeline Sofia, along with American Scientist editor Katie Burke will meet with graduate students to discuss alternative career paths. Posted on behalf of Carrie Kroehler, associate director of Center for Communicating Science.

DATA MANAGEMENT WORKSHOP
Tuesday, Mar 7, 9:00am-4:00pm, Scale-Up Room (101S) Newman Library
This workshop will give attendees practical hands-on experience to improve their research data management by making research datasets FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable).  Following FAIR practices for thoughtful and well-planned research data management can increase project efficiency, smooth the research process, improve the soundness of research results, and maximize the reusability of the data.The workshop is limited to 50 participants, so register today at http://bit.ly/FAIRData.

February 20-26, 2017

1.  WEEKLY WALK-IN SERVICES IN THE GLC – last updated 1/23/2017

  • 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;
  • Writing assistance: reserve appointment at http://www.lib.vt.edu/spaces/writing/.
  • Write-in with grads: Wednesdays 9:00-12:00, Room D

2. FAIR USE WEEK EVENTS IN THE LIBRARY
Monday-Friday, Feb 20-24, various times and locations
Fair Use Week Festivities start today at VT University Libraries! Join intriguing conversations and get ready to submit your entry for the Fair Use Week Contest. NLI credit is available for several of the week’s events. Learn how to preserve and share disappearing government information; listen in on a panel discussion about fair use and copyright in academic research, publishing and teaching; watch a film screening on information guerilla warefare; and more. Details online at http://guides.lib.vt.edu/fairuseweek.

3. DINING ETIQUETTE – register by 6pm today!
Tuesday, Feb 21, 5:30-7PM, GLC Multipurpose Room
Learn how to conduct yourself during a formal meal in a professional setting, whether the dinner is part of an interview, a conference, or other engagement. The program will include a presentation, helpful props and tips, and an informal meal during which you can network with graduate students and VT staff. Pizza or other similar food will be served; unfortunately we are unable to entertain dietary restrictions beyond meat/vegetarian. Must register at https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_727wBQbvoa3ranP to attend.

4. CONVERSATION WITH AND FOR WOMEN DOCTORAL STUDENTS
Wednesday, Feb 22, 8:30am, Owens Banquet Hall
The VT Women’s Alliance and the VP for Strategic Affairs/Vice Provost for Inclusion and Diversity, invite you to a conversation with and for women doctoral students. The conversation will provide an opportunity to share ideas and suggestions related to promoting and enhancing the success of women at VT. Your perspectives will inform the development of specific follow up strategies. Register at https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_6Gv0YeazTkuemJn if planning to attend.

5. WEEKLY WRITE-IN SESSIONS FOR GRADS
Wednesdays, 9:00am-12:00pm, GLC Room D
Do you need to focus on writing your thesis, dissertation or journal article? This weekly write-in session supported by the Writing Center might be just the place for you! A writing coach will be available for brief feedback, but the purpose of this time is to offer you a quiet and supportive place to establish a writing routine. You are free to come for all or part of the time. Reserve your spot online on the schedule at http://www.lib.vt.edu/spaces/writing/graduate.html.

6. APPALACHIAN STUDENT GROUP INTEREST MEETING
Wednesday, Feb 22, 11:30am-12:30pm, Multicultural Center, Squires
Are you a student from Appalachia? Are you the first person in your family to attend college or graduate school? Would you like to share your experiences, exchange ideas, and network with others in contributing to a greater appreciation of Appalachian cultures at Virginia Tech? Bring your lunch and join a “brown bag” interest meeting to establish an Appalachian student gathering. Discuss fun things you can do as a group on campus (and beyond) and tips for navigating potential problems sometimes faced by students from Appalachia. For more information, contact grad student Amanda Halliburton at ahallibu@vt.edu.

7. INFORMATICS LAB IN UNIVERSITY LIBRARIES
Wednesdays, 1:00-3:00pm, Port Commons (Torg 3320)
The Informatics Lab in the University Libraries aims to help researchers effectively find, transform, model, visualize and share research data. Walk-in consultations are available in Port Commons (Torg 3320), Wednesdays 1-3 pm. General questions can be asked through the contact form https://researchinformatics.lib.vt.edu/contact/?utm_source=GLC%20Weekly%20Email&utm_medium=Contact%20Form, or contact our consultants directly at https://researchinformatics.lib.vt.edu/people/?utm_source=GLC%20Weekly%20Email&utm_medium=Direct%20Contact.

8. ACADEMY FOR GTA EXCELLENCE PRESENTS: WAYS OF PRACTICING SELF CARE
Wednesday, Feb 22, 6:15-8:00pm, GLC Room G
February is self-care month in the academy, some events are coming up that will help GTAs examine their current self-care practices and learn some new ones. Explore Massage will give a short demo on massaging techniques from 6:15-6:45 after which they will stick around to offer some free massages until 7:30! There will be a brown bag discussion on wellness from 7:00-8:00pm.

 

9. OPT WORKSHOP FOR F-1 STUDENTS

Wednesday, Feb 22, 5:30-7:00pm, GLC Multipurpose Room



Learn about the OPT application process, including eligibility requirements, timing of application and other important details. This workshop is most relevant to F-1 students who are expecting to graduate in May or this summer. Presented by IGSS immigration advisors, igss@vt.edu, 231-8486.

10. GLC CAFÉ
Thursday, Feb 23, 3:30-5:00pm, GLC Reading Room
Enjoy free coffee, tea, and cookies in the company of fellow graduate students and Grad School staff; network, socialize, relax! Bring your own mug if you can.

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

12. DISSERTATION BOOT CAMP
Sundays, Feb 26 and Mar 19, 2:00-6:00pm, Writing Center
This workshop series provides three separate 4-hour sessions in the Writing Center for PhD students working on their dissertations. During these meetings, students will have their own quiet space to work, and grad-level Writing Center coaches will be present to provide assistance. Free coffee and carbs provided! Brought to you by the Writing Center and the Graduate School.

13. NOMINATIONS FOR UNIVERSITY STUDENT LEADERSHIP AWARDS (USLA) NOW OPEN – 1st posting
The USLAs are sponsored by Student Engagement & Campus Life. These awards recognize individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to the Virginia Tech campus and community. The USLAs celebrate accomplishments of undergraduate and graduate clubs, organizations, programs, individuals, and service projects. More information about awards, criteria, forms, and process for nomination are at: http://campuslife.vt.edu/Student_Orgs/Awards_and_Honors/USLA.html. Submit nominations by Mar 3,  5:00pm.

14. CALL FOR PROPOSALS FOR GRADUATE ART COUNCIL’S ART SHOWCASE – 1st posting
Are you a graduate student with an interest in the arts? Do you sketch, write, or perform? Whatever your artistic talent and regardless of your field of study, the Graduate Arts Council (a campus organization dedicated to exploring, supporting, and expanding the arts in and around VT) invites you to participate in its Second Annual Art Showcase! Last year’s curated showcase featured everything from beautiful paintings to a dynamic magic show. The showcase will be held in late March (exact date and location TBA) and will be free and open to the public. Submit proposals by Mar 1 at https://docs.google.com/a/vt.edu/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScYg4gDLfGNnaY1_iyPja8rxrnobNNaAqW84gb2fa5Q-xAfzg/viewform?c=0&w=1.  Contact grad student Ana-Christina at acostaa@vt.edu with any questions.

15. TICKETS ON SALE FOR 19TH ANNUAL EBONY AFFAIR
The Black Graduate Student Organization’s 19th Annual Ebony Affair: “Unite. Inspire. Excel. An All Black Experience" is a formal banquet acknowledging, celebrating, and reflecting on outstanding faculty members, students, and community members who actively engage in our motto, “Lifting As We Climb”. The keynote address will be given by Dr. Menah Pratt-Clarke. Tickets are available at: vtebonyaffair.eventbrite.com. Posted on behalf of grad student Corey Miles, coreymiles@vt.edu.

16. STUDENT ENGAGEMENT GRANTS – 2nd posting
Through the generosity of many donors, the John E. Dooley Student Engagement Grant funds highly motivated students or student teams planning to implement community-based civic engagement projects. Up to $1,500 is available in this year’s cycle. Either two awards of $750 or one $1,500 award will be granted. Learn more at http://engage.vt.edu/programs/grants_awards.html and apply by Mar 24. Contact Catherine Cotrupi with questions regarding JEDSEG at cotrupi@vt.edu or 540-231-9186.

17. VT ENGAGE POSTER SHOWCASE – 2nd posting
Are you doing a project in the community that aligns with VT Engage’s core values (see http://engage.vt.edu/about/mission.html)? Individuals or teams of students are invited to submit a poster proposal at https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_bmvLBnC8U8JELd3 that showcases their work in the areas of service learning, community-engaged learning, community outreach, and group service projects. Proposal submission deadline: Friday, Mar 17. If you submit before the deadline, you will be notified within two weeks of submission whether or not your proposal has been accepted. If you submit on or close to the deadline, you will be notified by Tuesday, Mar 21. Contact VT Engage with questions regarding the event at engage@vt.edu or 540-231-9798.

18. SIGN UP FOR “INTERNATIONAL VOICES” – 2nd posting
The Cranwell International Center is launching International VOICES (Valuable Opportunities for Intercultural Communication, Education, and Sharing) to showcase VT’s global diversity and facilitate opportunities for international students to share their culture, global perspectives, and life experiences with the broader community. International students are matched with campus and community partners who wish to invite speakers for presentations, small group conversations, and panel discussions. The program provides international students with opportunities to: talk to interested audiences; help break down stereotypes and prejudices; improve public-speaking skills; form relationships with people on campus and in the community; contribute to open and accepting campus and community; help prepare global citizens; and add a meaningful experience to their resume. Public-speaking training and support provided as needed. Learn more and sign up at http://international.vt.edu/advocacyandsupport/international-voices-.html. Direct questions to Cranwell Intl Ctr, 540.231.6527 or international@vt.edu.

19. APPLICATIONS INVITED FOR EARLY CAREER DATA SHARE FELLOWSHIP – 2nd posting
The US region of the Research Data Alliance (RDA/US) invites applications from doctoral students and postdocs for its Early Career Data Share fellowship program. Successful Fellows will engage with RDA through carrying out self-proposed projects with RDA groups and through extensive networking and communication with the RDA community. Data Services in VT University Libraries is involved with the RDA and would welcome the opportunity to work with you in support of this fellowship. Contact dataservices@vt.edu for assistance. Application deadline: Mar 7. Details and applications:  http://us.rd-alliance.org/2017-2018-rdaus-call-fellows. Posted on behalf of Jonathan Petters, Data Services, University Libraries.

20. GA POSITION FOR 2017-18 FOR GRADUATE LIFE CENTER OPERATIONS – 2nd posting
Student Engagement and Campus Life is looking for a full-time graduate student to serve as a Graduate Assistant for GLC Operations. This nine-month position begins in August.  Primary duties include personnel management and supervision of GLC student staff, assisting with daily management of GLC building operations, event services assistance and collaboration with GLC partners. Full position description available at http://graduateschool.vt.edu/content/dam/graduateschool_vt_edu/grad_assistant_graduate_life_center.pdf. To apply, submit a resume and cover letter by Mar 3 to Steve Buchner, Operations Coordinator, satlbuch@vt.edu.

21. GA POSITION TO SUPPORT GRADUATE STUDENT ASSEMBLY FOR 2017-18 – 3rd posting
Student Engagement and Campus Life and the Graduate School are looking for a full-time graduate student to support the GSA during the 2017-18 academic year. This 12-month position begins in May. Primary duties include advising members of the GSA Executive Board and Executive Council, providing logistics support for GSA events and operation,  and assisting with small- and large-scale event planning throughout the year. Full position description available at http://gsa.vt.edu/how-to-get-involved/gsa-graduate-assistant/. Apply by Feb 21 at 5pm by sending a letter of interest and CV in PDF format to jedens@vt.edu. Email questions to kasey@vt.edu.

22. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR BIOFEEDBACK STUDY – 1st posting
VT researchers are inviting participants for a research project to gain information from biofeedback collected by galvanic skin response(GSR)* and electroencephalogram(EEG)** sensors while using an information system. Participants will have a headset that has EEG sensors and two finger bands that have GSR sensors to wear while using an information system. The experiment will be recorded by two video cameras. The recorded footage will be used for analyzing participants’ physical movements. Participants will also answer a questionnaire regarding their experience during the experiment. The total amount of time for participation is around 60 minutes. There is no direct benefit from participating in the study. The study will be published and participation is voluntary and confidential. Contact Kibong Song at gibbs@vt.edu for more information.

23. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR STUDY OF AUGMENTED REALITY – 1st posting
The Information Technology and Security Lab is conducting research on augmented reality and how it can assist cybersecurity professionals and improve the cybersecurity industry. Seeking volunteers 18 or older who are willing to use mobile augmented reality applications to perform investigative tasks and answer questions about their experiences. Tasks involve moving between four buildings and moving throughout the second floor of Newman Library. The entire survey will not take longer than 30 minutes. Volunteers are assured that personal information will remain confidential and will never be published in any way.  If interested, contact Brendan Mattina at mbrend15@vt.edu, 603-953-7060. 

Upcoming events:

ACADEMY FOR GTA EXCELLENCE PRESENTS: MORE WAYS OF PRACTICING SELF CARE
Wednesday, Feb 28, 6:15-8:00pm, GLC Room G
February is self-care month in the academy, some events are coming up that will help GTAs examine their current self-care practices and learn some new ones. At this session the group will discuss current self-care practices and why self-care is important for GTAs. Then, Amanda will host a “mindful moment” in which you will learn and practice some basic mindfulness exercises and discuss how mindfulness can be beneficial for your teaching and research. Posted on behalf of grad student Amanda Halliburton, ahallibu@vt.edu.

MY SISTER’S KEEPER PRESENTS: FINDING MY PATH
Wednesday, Mar 1, 11:30am, Owens Banquet Hall (registration begins at 10:45 am)

Dr. Kelly Oaks, Assistant VP for the Office of Equity and Accessibility  will share her journey working in higher education and the lessons she has learned along the way. Register online at https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3ds7stjcoCT3Sp7. "My Sister’s Keeper" was created to promote networking and professional development opportunities among diverse graduate and faculty women, and to enhance scholarship, positive thinking and social and academic adjustment within the Virginia Tech community.

CAREERS IN SCIENCE COMMUNICATION
Thursday, Mar 2, 3:00pm, 311 Latham
NPR Science Correspondent Joe Palca and assistant producer Madeline Sofia, along with American Scientist editor Katie Burke will meet with graduate students to discuss alternative career paths. Posted on behalf of Carrie Kroehler, associate director of Center for Communicating Science.

DATA MANAGEMENT WORKSHOP
Tuesday, Mar 7, 9:00am-4:00pm, Scale-Up Room (101S) Newman Library
This workshop will give attendees practical hands-on experience to improve their research data management by making research datasets FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable).  Following FAIR practices for thoughtful and well-planned research data management can increase project efficiency, smooth the research process, improve the soundness of research results, and maximize the reusability of the data.The workshop is limited to 50 participants, so register today at http://bit.ly/FAIRData.

February 13-19, 2017

1.  WEEKLY WALK-IN SERVICES IN THE GLC – last updated 1/23/2017

  • 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;
  • Writing assistance: reserve appointment at http://www.lib.vt.edu/spaces/writing/.
  • Write-in with grads: Wednesdays 9:00-12:00, Room D

2. NAVIGATING YOUR PHD PROGRAM: CREATE A PERSONAL PLAN FOR WRITING
Monday, Feb 13, 3:00-5:00pm, GLC Room B
These interactive writing workshops are designed to help grad students create a personal plan for writing, with particular attention to comprehensive exams and dissertations/theses. The Feb 13 session is targeted for students in the latter stage of their doctoral studies. Brought to you by the Writing Center.

3. WEEKLY WRITE-IN SESSIONS FOR GRADS
Wednesdays, 9:00am-12:00pm, GLC Room D
Do you need to focus on writing your thesis, dissertation or journal article? This weekly write-in session supported by the Writing Center might be just the place for you! A writing coach will be available for brief feedback, but the purpose of this time is to offer you a quiet and supportive place to establish a writing routine. You are free to come for all or part of the time. Reserve your spot online on the schedule at http://www.lib.vt.edu/spaces/writing/graduate.html.

4. PARENT SUPPORT LUNCHEON
Wednesday, Feb 15, 12:00-1:00pm, GLC Room G
Join the next parent support lunch and enjoy food, meet other grad student parents, and have a good discussion about parenting. This month participants will be hearing from Candy Beers-Kim, an expert in pediatric sleep. Learn some tips on mindful parenting and relaxation that will help you and baby get more sleep! Children are welcome. Register at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0e4fabaa28a1ff2-february and remember that in a room full of hungry graduate students, the food goes fast. Posted on behalf of Marin Riegger, child care coordinator, mriegger@vt.edu.

5. OVER-30 GRADS INTEREST MEETING
Wednesday, Feb 15, 3:00-4:30pm, GLC Room D
Join other over-30 grads for some light refreshments and conversation and build your network of potentially like-minded students and colleagues. Fill out the survey to indicate your interest in attending this event and about your future availability for regularly scheduled events: https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_5bfugffqiMt6Ebr.  Join a google group to stay in touch: https://groups.google.com/a/vt.edu/d/forum/vt-grads-over-30-g. Posted on behalf of grad student Mahi Abdelbar, mohelmi@vt.edu <mailto:mohelmi@vt.edu> .

6. GSA TOWN HALL: FEDERAL GOVERNMENT ACTIONS AND POTENTIAL IMPACTS ON HIGHER EDUCATION
Wednesday, Feb 15, 5:00-7:00pm, GLC Auditorium
Guests will include Dean Karen DePauw, Kay Heidbreder of University Legal Counsel, and Diana Miller of Student Legal Services. Topics of discussion include any and all matters pertaining to graduate student realities in the current administration, including the immigration ban, impacts of EPA funding, academic freedom, public perceptions of the liberal arts and sciences, the Affordable Care Act and student health care, Planned Parenthood, Title IX and campus sexual assault, and the future of public education.

7. GLC CAFÉ: CUBICLE FARM TIRAMISU EDITION
Thursday, Feb 16, 3:30-5:00pm, GLC Reading Room
Enjoy free coffee, tea, and cookies in the company of fellow graduate students and Grad School staff; network, socialize, relax! Cubicle farm tiramisu will be back by popular demand. Stop by to experience the pinnacle of junk food you can make out of things from vending machines! Bring your own mug if you can.

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

9. DISSERTATION BOOT CAMP
Sundays, Feb 19, 26 and Mar 19, 2:00-6:00pm, Writing Center
This workshop series provides three separate 4-hour sessions in the Writing Center for PhD students working on their dissertations. During these meetings, students will have their own quiet space to work, and grad-level Writing Center coaches will be present to provide assistance. Brought to you by the Writing Center.

10. STUDENT ENGAGEMENT GRANTS – 1st posting
Through the generosity of many donors, the John E. Dooley Student Engagement Grant funds highly motivated students or student teams planning to implement community-based civic engagement projects. Up to $1,500 is available in this year’s cycle. Either two awards of $750 or one $1,500 award will be granted. Learn more at http://engage.vt.edu/programs/grants_awards.html and apply by Mar 24. Contact Catherine Cotrupi with questions regarding JEDSEG at cotrupi@vt.edu <mailto:cotrupi@vt.edu>  or 540-231-9186.

11. VT ENGAGE POSTER SHOWCASE – 1st posting
Are you doing a project in the community that aligns with VT Engage’s core values (see http://engage.vt.edu/about/mission.html)? Individuals or teams of students are invited to submit a poster proposal at https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_bmvLBnC8U8JELd3 that showcases their work in the areas of service learning, community-engaged learning, community outreach, and group service projects. Proposal submission deadline: Friday, Mar 17. If you submit before the deadline, you will be notified within two weeks of submission whether or not your proposal has been accepted. If you submit on or close to the deadline, you will be notified by Tuesday, Mar 21. Contact VT Engage with questions regarding the event at engage@vt.edu <mailto:engage@vt.edu>  or 540-231-9798.

12. SIGN UP FOR “INTERNATIONAL VOICES” – 1st posting
The Cranwell International Center is launching International VOICES (Valuable Opportunities for Intercultural Communication, Education, and Sharing) to showcase VT’s global diversity and facilitate opportunities for international students to share their culture, global perspectives, and life experiences with the broader community. International students are matched with campus and community partners who wish to invite speakers for presentations, small group conversations, and panel discussions. The program provides international students with opportunities to: talk to interested audiences; help break down stereotypes and prejudices; improve public-speaking skills; form relationships with people on campus and in the community; contribute to open and accepting campus and community; help prepare global citizens; and add a meaningful experience to their resume. Public-speaking training and support provided as needed. Learn more and sign up at http://international.vt.edu/advocacyandsupport/international-voices-.html. Direct questions to Cranwell Intl Ctr, 540.231.6527 or international@vt.edu <mailto:intenraitonal@vt.edu> .

13. APPLICATIONS INVITED FOR EARLY CAREER DATA SHARE FELLOWSHIP – 1st posting
The US region of the Research Data Alliance (RDA/US) invites applications from doctoral students and postdocs for its Early Career Data Share fellowship program. Successful Fellows will engage with RDA through carrying out self-proposed projects with RDA groups and through extensive networking and communication with the RDA community. Data Services in VT University Libraries is involved with the RDA and would welcome the opportunity to work with you in support of this fellowship. Contact dataservices@vt.edu <mailto:dataservices@vt.edu>  for assistance. Application deadline: Mar 7. Details and applications:  http://us.rd-alliance.org/2017-2018-rdaus-call-fellows. Posted on behalf of Jonathan Petters, Data Services, University Libraries.

14. RESEARCH A LA MODE INVITES SPEAKER APPLICATIONS – 3rd posting
Want to give a talk on your research? 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. This is an opportunity to practice communicating your research to an audience unfamiliar with your discipline, and help you cut down on reliance on jargon and simplify and clarify your points and delivery. Use RALM to become better teachers, researchers and communicators!Talks are usually around 30 minutes. Email LASHLEY@VT.EDU <mailto:LASHLEY@VT.EDU>  if interested in joining the ranks of RALM presenters.

15. CITIZEN SCHOLAR APPLICATIONS OPEN NOW – 3rd posting
Have you used your research to benefit society in any way? Are you currently working, or have worked on a project in the past year, that has community impact, either locally or globally? If so, consider applying for the Citizen Scholar Award. If not, consider designing a Citizen Scholar Project! Program requirements are described on the CSE website:  http://graduateschool.vt.edu/transformative-graduate-education-experience/citizen-scholar-engagement/program-requirements.html. Applications are due 5 p.m. on Monday, March 13, 2017. For more information, email Helen Kamandhari at helen74@vt.edu <mailto:helen74@vt.edu> .

16. GA POSITION FOR 2017-18 FOR GRADUATE LIFE CENTER OPERATIONS – 1st posting
Student Engagement and Campus Life is looking for a full-time graduate student to serve as a Graduate Assistant for GLC Operations. This nine-month position begins in August.  Primary duties include personnel management and supervision of GLC student staff, assisting with daily management of GLC building operations, event services assistance and collaboration with GLC partners. Full position description available at http://graduateschool.vt.edu/content/dam/graduateschool_vt_edu/grad_assistant_graduate_life_center.pdf. To apply, submit a resume and cover letter by Mar 3 to Steve Buchner, Operations Coordinator, satlbuch@vt.edu <mailto:satlbuch@vt.edu> .

17. GA POSITION TO SUPPORT GRADUATE STUDENT ASSEMBLY FOR 2017-18 – 2nd posting
Student Engagement and Campus Life and the Graduate School are looking for a full-time graduate student to support the GSA during the 2017-18 academic year. This 12-month position begins in May. Primary duties include advising members of the GSA Executive Board and Executive Council, providing logistics support for GSA events and operation,  and assisting with small- and large-scale event planning throughout the year. Full position description available at http://gsa.vt.edu/how-to-get-involved/gsa-graduate-assistant/. Apply by Feb 21 at 5pm by sending a letter of interest and CV in PDF format to jedens@vt.edu <mailto:jedens@vt.edu> . Email questions to kasey@vt.edu <mailto:kasey@vt.edu> .

18. VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR MUSCLE METABOLISM STUDY – 3rd posting
Volunteers needed for a study examining how diet influences muscle metabolism. Must be:
Between ages 18-40; females must be on monophasic oral contraceptive and not pregnant; not currently taking any medications (other than above); non-smokers; without any major medical problems; willing to eat a high fat diet for 5 days. Participants will receive extensive health information and may receive up to $400 in compensation. If you meet these requirements and are interested in participating, contact the VT Human Integrative Physiology Laboratory at westerndiet@gmail.com <mailto:westerndiet@gmail.com> . website: https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_eKX222gpcgRqZLv.

Upcoming events:

DINING ETIQUETTE – register now!
Tuesday, 2/21, 5:30-7PM, GLC Multipurpose Room
Learn how to conduct yourself during a formal meal in a professional setting, whether the dinner is part of an interview, a conference, or other engagement. The program will include a presentation, helpful props and tips, and an informal meal during which you can network with graduate students and VT staff. Pizza or other similar food will be served; unfortunately we are unable to entertain dietary restrictions beyond meat/vegetarian. Must register at https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_727wBQbvoa3ranP to attend.

CONVERSATION WITH AND FOR WOMEN DOCTORAL STUDENTS
Wednesday, Feb 22, 8:30am, Owens Banquet Hall
The VT Women’s Alliance and the VP for Strategic Affairs/Vice Provost for Inclusion and Diversity, invite you to a conversation with and for women doctoral students. The conversation will provide an opportunity to share ideas and suggestions related to promoting and enhancing the success of women at VT. Your perspectives will inform the development of specific follow up strategies. Register at https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_6Gv0YeazTkuemJn if planning to attend.

CAREERS IN SCIENCE COMMUNICATION
Thursday, Mar 2, 3:00pm, 311 Latham
NPR Science Correspondent Joe Palca and assistant producer Madeline Sofia, along with American Scientist editor Katie Burke will meet with graduate students to discuss alternative career paths. Posted on behalf of Carrie Kroehler, associate director of Center for Communicating Science.

DATA MANAGEMENT WORKSHOP
Tuesday, Mar 7, 9:00am-4:00pm, Scale-Up Room (101S) Newman Library
This workshop will give attendees practical hands-on experience to improve their research data management by making research datasets FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable).  Following FAIR practices for thoughtful and well-planned research data management can increase project efficiency, smooth the research process, improve the soundness of research results, and maximize the reusability of the data. The workshop is limited to 50 participants, so register today at http://bit.ly/FAIRData.

February 13-19, 2017

1.  WEEKLY WALK-IN SERVICES IN THE GLC – last updated 1/23/2017

  • 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;
  • Writing assistance: reserve appointment at http://www.lib.vt.edu/spaces/writing/.
  • Write-in with grads: Wednesdays 9:00-12:00, Room D

2. NAVIGATING YOUR PHD PROGRAM: CREATE A PERSONAL PLAN FOR WRITING
Monday, Feb 13, 3:00-5:00pm, GLC Room B
These interactive writing workshops are designed to help grad students create a personal plan for writing, with particular attention to comprehensive exams and dissertations/theses. The Feb 13 session is targeted for students in the latter stage of their doctoral studies. Brought to you by the Writing Center.

3. WEEKLY WRITE-IN SESSIONS FOR GRADS
Wednesdays, 9:00am-12:00pm, GLC Room D
Do you need to focus on writing your thesis, dissertation or journal article? This weekly write-in session supported by the Writing Center might be just the place for you! A writing coach will be available for brief feedback, but the purpose of this time is to offer you a quiet and supportive place to establish a writing routine. You are free to come for all or part of the time. Reserve your spot online on the schedule at http://www.lib.vt.edu/spaces/writing/graduate.html.

4. PARENT SUPPORT LUNCHEON
Wednesday, Feb 15, 12:00-1:00pm, GLC Room G
Join the next parent support lunch and enjoy food, meet other grad student parents, and have a good discussion about parenting. This month participants will be hearing from Candy Beers-Kim, an expert in pediatric sleep. Learn some tips on mindful parenting and relaxation that will help you and baby get more sleep! Children are welcome. Register at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0e4fabaa28a1ff2-february and remember that in a room full of hungry graduate students, the food goes fast. Posted on behalf of Marin Riegger, child care coordinator, mriegger@vt.edu.

5. OVER-30 GRADS INTEREST MEETING
Wednesday, Feb 15, 3:00-4:30pm, GLC Room D
Join other over-30 grads for some light refreshments and conversation and build your network of potentially like-minded students and colleagues. Fill out the survey to indicate your interest in attending this event and about your future availability for regularly scheduled events: https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_5bfugffqiMt6Ebr.  Join a google group to stay in touch: https://groups.google.com/a/vt.edu/d/forum/vt-grads-over-30-g. Posted on behalf of grad student Mahi Abdelbar, mohelmi@vt.edu <mailto:mohelmi@vt.edu> .

6. GSA TOWN HALL: FEDERAL GOVERNMENT ACTIONS AND POTENTIAL IMPACTS ON HIGHER EDUCATION
Wednesday, Feb 15, 5:00-7:00pm, GLC Auditorium
Guests will include Dean Karen DePauw, Kay Heidbreder of University Legal Counsel, and Diana Miller of Student Legal Services. Topics of discussion include any and all matters pertaining to graduate student realities in the current administration, including the immigration ban, impacts of EPA funding, academic freedom, public perceptions of the liberal arts and sciences, the Affordable Care Act and student health care, Planned Parenthood, Title IX and campus sexual assault, and the future of public education.

7. GLC CAFÉ: CUBICLE FARM TIRAMISU EDITION
Thursday, Feb 16, 3:30-5:00pm, GLC Reading Room
Enjoy free coffee, tea, and cookies in the company of fellow graduate students and Grad School staff; network, socialize, relax! Cubicle farm tiramisu will be back by popular demand. Stop by to experience the pinnacle of junk food you can make out of things from vending machines! Bring your own mug if you can.

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

9. DISSERTATION BOOT CAMP
Sundays, Feb 19, 26 and Mar 19, 2:00-6:00pm, Writing Center
This workshop series provides three separate 4-hour sessions in the Writing Center for PhD students working on their dissertations. During these meetings, students will have their own quiet space to work, and grad-level Writing Center coaches will be present to provide assistance. Brought to you by the Writing Center.

10. STUDENT ENGAGEMENT GRANTS – 1st posting
Through the generosity of many donors, the John E. Dooley Student Engagement Grant funds highly motivated students or student teams planning to implement community-based civic engagement projects. Up to $1,500 is available in this year’s cycle. Either two awards of $750 or one $1,500 award will be granted. Learn more at http://engage.vt.edu/programs/grants_awards.html and apply by Mar 24. Contact Catherine Cotrupi with questions regarding JEDSEG at cotrupi@vt.edu <mailto:cotrupi@vt.edu>  or 540-231-9186.

11. VT ENGAGE POSTER SHOWCASE – 1st posting
Are you doing a project in the community that aligns with VT Engage’s core values (see http://engage.vt.edu/about/mission.html)? Individuals or teams of students are invited to submit a poster proposal at https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_bmvLBnC8U8JELd3 that showcases their work in the areas of service learning, community-engaged learning, community outreach, and group service projects. Proposal submission deadline: Friday, Mar 17. If you submit before the deadline, you will be notified within two weeks of submission whether or not your proposal has been accepted. If you submit on or close to the deadline, you will be notified by Tuesday, Mar 21. Contact VT Engage with questions regarding the event at engage@vt.edu <mailto:engage@vt.edu>  or 540-231-9798.

12. SIGN UP FOR “INTERNATIONAL VOICES” – 1st posting
The Cranwell International Center is launching International VOICES (Valuable Opportunities for Intercultural Communication, Education, and Sharing) to showcase VT’s global diversity and facilitate opportunities for international students to share their culture, global perspectives, and life experiences with the broader community. International students are matched with campus and community partners who wish to invite speakers for presentations, small group conversations, and panel discussions. The program provides international students with opportunities to: talk to interested audiences; help break down stereotypes and prejudices; improve public-speaking skills; form relationships with people on campus and in the community; contribute to open and accepting campus and community; help prepare global citizens; and add a meaningful experience to their resume. Public-speaking training and support provided as needed. Learn more and sign up at http://international.vt.edu/advocacyandsupport/international-voices-.html. Direct questions to Cranwell Intl Ctr, 540.231.6527 or international@vt.edu <mailto:intenraitonal@vt.edu> .

13. APPLICATIONS INVITED FOR EARLY CAREER DATA SHARE FELLOWSHIP – 1st posting
The US region of the Research Data Alliance (RDA/US) invites applications from doctoral students and postdocs for its Early Career Data Share fellowship program. Successful Fellows will engage with RDA through carrying out self-proposed projects with RDA groups and through extensive networking and communication with the RDA community. Data Services in VT University Libraries is involved with the RDA and would welcome the opportunity to work with you in support of this fellowship. Contact dataservices@vt.edu <mailto:dataservices@vt.edu>  for assistance. Application deadline: Mar 7. Details and applications:  http://us.rd-alliance.org/2017-2018-rdaus-call-fellows. Posted on behalf of Jonathan Petters, Data Services, University Libraries.

14. RESEARCH A LA MODE INVITES SPEAKER APPLICATIONS – 3rd posting
Want to give a talk on your research? 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. This is an opportunity to practice communicating your research to an audience unfamiliar with your discipline, and help you cut down on reliance on jargon and simplify and clarify your points and delivery. Use RALM to become better teachers, researchers and communicators!Talks are usually around 30 minutes. Email LASHLEY@VT.EDU <mailto:LASHLEY@VT.EDU>  if interested in joining the ranks of RALM presenters.

15. CITIZEN SCHOLAR APPLICATIONS OPEN NOW – 3rd posting
Have you used your research to benefit society in any way? Are you currently working, or have worked on a project in the past year, that has community impact, either locally or globally? If so, consider applying for the Citizen Scholar Award. If not, consider designing a Citizen Scholar Project! Program requirements are described on the CSE website:  http://graduateschool.vt.edu/transformative-graduate-education-experience/citizen-scholar-engagement/program-requirements.html. Applications are due 5 p.m. on Monday, March 13, 2017. For more information, email Helen Kamandhari at helen74@vt.edu <mailto:helen74@vt.edu> .

16. GA POSITION FOR 2017-18 FOR GRADUATE LIFE CENTER OPERATIONS – 1st posting
Student Engagement and Campus Life is looking for a full-time graduate student to serve as a Graduate Assistant for GLC Operations. This nine-month position begins in August.  Primary duties include personnel management and supervision of GLC student staff, assisting with daily management of GLC building operations, event services assistance and collaboration with GLC partners. Full position description available at http://graduateschool.vt.edu/content/dam/graduateschool_vt_edu/grad_assistant_graduate_life_center.pdf. To apply, submit a resume and cover letter by Mar 3 to Steve Buchner, Operations Coordinator, satlbuch@vt.edu <mailto:satlbuch@vt.edu> .

17. GA POSITION TO SUPPORT GRADUATE STUDENT ASSEMBLY FOR 2017-18 – 2nd posting
Student Engagement and Campus Life and the Graduate School are looking for a full-time graduate student to support the GSA during the 2017-18 academic year. This 12-month position begins in May. Primary duties include advising members of the GSA Executive Board and Executive Council, providing logistics support for GSA events and operation,  and assisting with small- and large-scale event planning throughout the year. Full position description available at http://gsa.vt.edu/how-to-get-involved/gsa-graduate-assistant/. Apply by Feb 21 at 5pm by sending a letter of interest and CV in PDF format to jedens@vt.edu <mailto:jedens@vt.edu> . Email questions to kasey@vt.edu <mailto:kasey@vt.edu> .

18. VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR MUSCLE METABOLISM STUDY – 3rd posting
Volunteers needed for a study examining how diet influences muscle metabolism. Must be:
Between ages 18-40; females must be on monophasic oral contraceptive and not pregnant; not currently taking any medications (other than above); non-smokers; without any major medical problems; willing to eat a high fat diet for 5 days. Participants will receive extensive health information and may receive up to $400 in compensation. If you meet these requirements and are interested in participating, contact the VT Human Integrative Physiology Laboratory at westerndiet@gmail.com <mailto:westerndiet@gmail.com> . website: https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_eKX222gpcgRqZLv.

Upcoming events:

DINING ETIQUETTE – register now!
Tuesday, 2/21, 5:30-7PM, GLC Multipurpose Room
Learn how to conduct yourself during a formal meal in a professional setting, whether the dinner is part of an interview, a conference, or other engagement. The program will include a presentation, helpful props and tips, and an informal meal during which you can network with graduate students and VT staff. Pizza or other similar food will be served; unfortunately we are unable to entertain dietary restrictions beyond meat/vegetarian. Must register at https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_727wBQbvoa3ranP to attend.

CONVERSATION WITH AND FOR WOMEN DOCTORAL STUDENTS
Wednesday, Feb 22, 8:30am, Owens Banquet Hall
The VT Women’s Alliance and the VP for Strategic Affairs/Vice Provost for Inclusion and Diversity, invite you to a conversation with and for women doctoral students. The conversation will provide an opportunity to share ideas and suggestions related to promoting and enhancing the success of women at VT. Your perspectives will inform the development of specific follow up strategies. Register at https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_6Gv0YeazTkuemJn if planning to attend.

CAREERS IN SCIENCE COMMUNICATION
Thursday, Mar 2, 3:00pm, 311 Latham
NPR Science Correspondent Joe Palca and assistant producer Madeline Sofia, along with American Scientist editor Katie Burke will meet with graduate students to discuss alternative career paths. Posted on behalf of Carrie Kroehler, associate director of Center for Communicating Science.

DATA MANAGEMENT WORKSHOP
Tuesday, Mar 7, 9:00am-4:00pm, Scale-Up Room (101S) Newman Library
This workshop will give attendees practical hands-on experience to improve their research data management by making research datasets FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable).  Following FAIR practices for thoughtful and well-planned research data management can increase project efficiency, smooth the research process, improve the soundness of research results, and maximize the reusability of the data. The workshop is limited to 50 participants, so register today at http://bit.ly/FAIRData.

February 6-12, 2017

1.  WEEKLY WALK-IN SERVICES IN THE GLC – last updated 1/23/2017

  • 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;
  • Writing assistance: reserve appointment at http://www.lib.vt.edu/spaces/writing/.
  • Write-in with grads: Wednesdays 9:00-12:00, Room D

2. NAVIGATING YOUR PHD PROGRAM: CREATE A PERSONAL PLAN FOR WRITING
Monday, Feb 6, 3:00-5:00pm, GLC Room B
Monday, Feb 13, 3:00-5:00pm, GLC Room B
These interactive writing workshops are designed to help grad students create a personal plan for writing, with particular attention to comprehensive exams and dissertations/theses. Session is designed for students in the early stages of their program; session 2 is targeted for students in the latter stage of their doctoral studies. Brought to you by the Writing Center.

3. CAREER FAIR PREPARATION
Tuesday, Feb 7, 4:00-5:00pm, GLC Room G
Learn the ins and outs of how to approach a career fair. This event will be excellent practice for those attending the Career and Professional Development Connection Job Fair the week of Feb 20 or other career fairs. Led by a Career & Professional Development Career Advisor. Register online at https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_6D9gmNz6m4tdFmB. This event is part of the Graduate School’s professional development series. 

4. WEEKLY WRITE-IN SESSIONS FOR GRADS
Wednesdays, 9:00am-12:00pm, GLC Room D
Do you need to focus on writing your thesis, dissertation or journal article? This weekly write-in session supported by the Writing Center might be just the place for you! A writing coach will be available for brief feedback, but the purpose of this time is to offer you a quiet and supportive place to establish a writing routine. You are free to come for all or part of the time. Reserve your spot online on the schedule at http://www.lib.vt.edu/spaces/writing/graduate.html.

5. INFO SESSION ON RECENT EXECUTIVE ORDER ON IMMIGRATION
Wednesday, Feb 8, 4:30-6:00pm, Haymarket Theater, Squires Student Center
The Graduate School, Division of Student Affairs and Outreach and International Affairs will hold an open information session for the larger graduate community and Virginia Tech faculty, staff and students on the recent executive order on immigration and travel. Virginia Tech experts will be on hand to provide accurate information and updates and answer questions about the executive order and its impact on university students, employees and visitors. The event will be live-streamed; watch it online at http://gs.vt.edu/live.

6. GROCERY BINGO
Wednesday, Feb 8, 5:30pm, GLC Room G
Compete against other graduate students in Bingo for a chance to win free grocery items.  Sign-up here: https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_5pr4TTnet8d23qJ. Brought to you by Graduate Student Services.

7. GLC CAFÉ
Thursday, Feb 9, 3:30-5:00pm, GLC Reading Room
Enjoy free coffee, tea, and cookies in the company of fellow graduate students and Grad School staff; network, socialize, relax! Bring your own mug if you can.

8. H-1B (WORK VISA) AND PERMANENT RESIDENCY WORKSHOP FOR INTL GRAD STUDENTS
Thursday, Feb 9, 5:30-7:00pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
Learn about work visa and employment-based permanent residency options at this workshop presented by immigration attorneys. This workshop is most relevant for international students in F-1 status who are planning to graduate this spring and seek OPT and/or H-1B employment after graduation.

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

10. “GLC CARES” CALL FOR YOUR SUPPORT
Many of our graduate students are struggling as a result of the executive order put in place last Friday. Some students are unable to travel, unable to conduct research, and are afraid to speak to officials.  Through Wednesday, Feb 8, the Graduate Life Center will display flags of the countries our international students represent and a banner to show support for our colleagues. There are sticky notes at the GLC Welcome Center you can use to leave a message attached to the banner. You may also record and affirming message with the camera set up in the lobby. Please contact Dannette Gomez Beane at gomezds@vt.edu <mailto:gomezds@vt.edu>  if you have any questions.

11. RESEARCH A LA MODE INVITES SPEAKER APPLICATIONS – 2nd posting
Want to give a talk on your research? 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. This is an opportunity to practice communicating your research to an audience unfamiliar with your discipline, and help you cut down on reliance on jargon and simplify and clarify your points and delivery. Use RALM to become better teachers, researchers and communicators!Talks are usually around 30 minutes. Email LASHLEY@VT.EDU <mailto:LASHLEY@VT.EDU>  if interested in joining the ranks of RALM presenters.

12. CITIZEN SCHOLAR APPLICATIONS OPEN NOW – 2nd posting
Have you used your research to benefit society in any way? Are you currently working, or have worked on a project in the past year, that has community impact, either locally or globally? If so, consider applying for the Citizen Scholar Award. If not, consider designing a Citizen Scholar Project! Program requirements are described on the CSE website:  http://graduateschool.vt.edu/transformative-graduate-education-experience/citizen-scholar-engagement/program-requirements.html. Applications are due 5 p.m. on Monday, March 13, 2017. For more information, email Helen Kamandhari at helen74@vt.edu <mailto:helen74@vt.edu> .

13. GA POSITION TO SUPPORT GRADUATE STUDENT ASSEMBLY FOR 2017-18 – 1st posting
Student Engagement and Campus Life and the Graduate School are looking for a full-time graduate student to support the GSA during the 2017-18 academic year. This 12-month position begins in May. Primary duties include advising members of the GSA Executive Board and Executive Council, providing logistics support for GSA events and operation,  and assisting with small- and large-scale event planning throughout the year. Full position description available at http://gsa.vt.edu/how-to-get-involved/gsa-graduate-assistant/. Apply by Feb 21 at 5pm by sending a letter of interest and CV in PDF format to jedens@vt.edu <mailto:jedens@vt.edu> . Email questions to kasey@vt.edu <mailto:kasey@vt.edu> .

14. GA POSITION FOR SPRING 2017 IN LEARNING EXPERIENCE DESIGN – 3rd posting
Learning Experience Design (LED) in TLOS is seeking a graduate assistant for Spring 2017 to provide assistance with programming and data management associated with the development of digital and web-based learning objects, assessment matrices, and machine-directed learning.  Programing and data management include knowledge of Python and Java, Google analytics, programming for ‘hot spots’ linking to information and resources, and programming for user interfaces and interactivity.  Personalized, machine-directed learning include data point identification, algorithm development and application, data mining and analysis, data visualization, and system interoperability. To apply, submit a resume and cover letter to Dr. Lujean Baab, Senior Director, lbaab@vt.edu <mailto:lbaab@vt.edu> . Review of applications will begin immediately.  Position to be filled as soon as possible.

15. GA OPENING IN INSTITUTIONAL RESEARCH FOR SPRING 2017 – 3rd posting
The Institutional Research & Effectiveness office is seeking a GA to carry out data analysis and web applications/visualizations development. Applicants must have strong and verifiable programming skills; knowledge of scripting languages: Javascript, jQuery, Python, SQL, HTML, and CSS with ability to translate mockups to working code; knowledge of open source visualization tools like D3, Charts.js etc; demonstrated evidence in web application programming;  experience in collaborative work environments; creativity and innovation; good communication skills. Preferred: experience in Javascript, JQuery, D3, Python, SQL, open source visualization libraries; knowledge of SAS statistical software; software application development experience. To apply, email CV with links to supplementary materials such as sample websites/applications, software projects in code repositories to: Daniel Hung @ chung@vt.edu <mailto:chung@vt.edu> . Position open until filled.

16. VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR MUSCLE METABOLISM STUDY – 2nd posting
Volunteers needed for a study examining how diet influences muscle metabolism. Must be:
Between ages 18-40; females must be on monophasic oral contraceptive and not pregnant; not currently taking any medications (other than above); non-smokers; without any major medical problems; willing to eat a high fat diet for 5 days. Participants will receive extensive health information and may receive up to $400 in compensation. If you meet these requirements and are interested in participating, contact the VT Human Integrative Physiology Laboratory at westerndiet@gmail.com <mailto:westerndiet@gmail.com> . website: https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_eKX222gpcgRqZLv.

Upcoming events:

BICYCLE DOCUDRAMA: "THE RIGHT OF WAY"
Saturday, Feb 11, 2:00pm, Theatre 101 (200 College Ave.)
Written and directed by MFA candidate Thomas Murray. In 2013, 28 year-old Hector Avalos was riding his bicycle home from work when he was struck and killed by a drunk driver on Chicago’s West Side. Composed from interviews with Avalos’s family, transportation experts, urban planners, lawyers, automobile historians, and bicycling activists, this documentary play asks who really has the right of way on city streets – and how those ideas may be changing. Event is FREE.

OVER-30 GRADS INTEREST MEETING
Wednesday, Feb 15, 3:00-4:30pm, GLC Room D
Join other over-30 grads for some light refreshments and conversation and build your network of potentially like-minded students and colleagues. Fill out the survey to indicate your interest in attending this event and about your future availability for regularly scheduled events: https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_5bfugffqiMt6Ebr.  Join a google group to stay in touch: https://groups.google.com/a/vt.edu/d/forum/vt-grads-over-30-g. Posted on behalf of grad student Mahi Abdelbar, mohelmi@vt.edu

SPEED INTERVIEWING – register now!
Wednesday, Feb 15, 5:30-7:30pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
Looking to practice your interviewing skills? Take advantage of the opportunity to practice interviewing in a low-key environment and receive immediate feedback from career advisors and VT staff. Every 6 minutes you rotate from one interviewer to the next, answering a different question each time. Register for a one-hour time slot: 5:30–6:30pm or 6:30–7:30pm online at https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_6yxL3D3NRXSjAQR. Space is very limited; only register if you are committed to come! Accepted registrations and time slots will be confirmed by email. If you cannot attend after registering, please email to marge12@vt.edu <mailto:marge12@vt.edu>  so that your spot can be reassigned to a fellow grad on wait list.

DISSERTATION BOOT CAMP
Sundays, Feb 19, 26 and Mar 19, 2:00-6:00pm, Writing Center
This workshop series provides three separate 4-hour sessions in the Writing Center for PhD students working on their dissertations. During these meetings, students will have their own quiet space to work, and grad-level Writing Center coaches will be present to provide assistance. Brought to you by the Writing Center.

DINING ETIQUETTE
Tuesday, 2/21, 5:30-7PM, GLC Multipurpose Room
Learn how to conduct yourself during a formal meal in a professional setting, whether the dinner is part of an interview, a conference, or other engagement. The program will include a presentation, helpful props and tips, and an informal meal during which you can network with graduate students and VT staff. Pizza or other similar food will be served; unfortunately we are unable to entertain dietary restrictions beyond meat/vegetarian. Must register at https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_727wBQbvoa3ranP to attend.

CONVERSATION WITH AND FOR WOMEN DOCTORAL STUDENTS
Wednesday, Feb 22, 8:30am, Owens Banquet Hall
The VT Women’s Alliance and the VP for Strategic Affairs/Vice Provost for Inclusion and Diversity, invite you to a conversation with and for women doctoral students. The conversation will provide an opportunity to share ideas and suggestions related to promoting and enhancing the success of women at VT. Your perspectives will inform the development of specific follow up strategies. Register at https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_6Gv0YeazTkuemJn if planning to attend.

DATA MANAGEMENT WORKSHOP
Tuesday, Mar 7, 9:00am-4:00pm, Scale-Up Room (101S) Newman Library
This workshop will give attendees practical hands-on experience to improve their research data management by making research datasets FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable).  Following FAIR practices for thoughtful and well-planned research data management can increase project efficiency, smooth the research process, improve the soundness of research results, and maximize the reusability of the data. The workshop is limited to 50 participants, so register today at bit.li/FAIRData <http://bit.li/FAIRData> .

February 6-12, 2017

1.  WEEKLY WALK-IN SERVICES IN THE GLC – last updated 1/23/2017

  • 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;
  • Writing assistance: reserve appointment at http://www.lib.vt.edu/spaces/writing/.
  • Write-in with grads: Wednesdays 9:00-12:00, Room D

2. NAVIGATING YOUR PHD PROGRAM: CREATE A PERSONAL PLAN FOR WRITING
Monday, Feb 6, 3:00-5:00pm, GLC Room B
Monday, Feb 13, 3:00-5:00pm, GLC Room B
These interactive writing workshops are designed to help grad students create a personal plan for writing, with particular attention to comprehensive exams and dissertations/theses. Session is designed for students in the early stages of their program; session 2 is targeted for students in the latter stage of their doctoral studies. Brought to you by the Writing Center.

3. CAREER FAIR PREPARATION
Tuesday, Feb 7, 4:00-5:00pm, GLC Room G
Learn the ins and outs of how to approach a career fair. This event will be excellent practice for those attending the Career and Professional Development Connection Job Fair the week of Feb 20 or other career fairs. Led by a Career & Professional Development Career Advisor. Register online at https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_6D9gmNz6m4tdFmB. This event is part of the Graduate School’s professional development series. 

4. WEEKLY WRITE-IN SESSIONS FOR GRADS
Wednesdays, 9:00am-12:00pm, GLC Room D
Do you need to focus on writing your thesis, dissertation or journal article? This weekly write-in session supported by the Writing Center might be just the place for you! A writing coach will be available for brief feedback, but the purpose of this time is to offer you a quiet and supportive place to establish a writing routine. You are free to come for all or part of the time. Reserve your spot online on the schedule at http://www.lib.vt.edu/spaces/writing/graduate.html.

5. INFO SESSION ON RECENT EXECUTIVE ORDER ON IMMIGRATION
Wednesday, Feb 8, 4:30-6:00pm, Haymarket Theater, Squires Student Center
The Graduate School, Division of Student Affairs and Outreach and International Affairs will hold an open information session for the larger graduate community and Virginia Tech faculty, staff and students on the recent executive order on immigration and travel. Virginia Tech experts will be on hand to provide accurate information and updates and answer questions about the executive order and its impact on university students, employees and visitors. The event will be live-streamed; watch it online at http://gs.vt.edu/live.

6. GROCERY BINGO
Wednesday, Feb 8, 5:30pm, GLC Room G
Compete against other graduate students in Bingo for a chance to win free grocery items.  Sign-up here: https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_5pr4TTnet8d23qJ. Brought to you by Graduate Student Services.

7. GLC CAFÉ
Thursday, Feb 9, 3:30-5:00pm, GLC Reading Room
Enjoy free coffee, tea, and cookies in the company of fellow graduate students and Grad School staff; network, socialize, relax! Bring your own mug if you can.

8. H-1B (WORK VISA) AND PERMANENT RESIDENCY WORKSHOP FOR INTL GRAD STUDENTS
Thursday, Feb 9, 5:30-7:00pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
Learn about work visa and employment-based permanent residency options at this workshop presented by immigration attorneys. This workshop is most relevant for international students in F-1 status who are planning to graduate this spring and seek OPT and/or H-1B employment after graduation.

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

10. “GLC CARES” CALL FOR YOUR SUPPORT
Many of our graduate students are struggling as a result of the executive order put in place last Friday. Some students are unable to travel, unable to conduct research, and are afraid to speak to officials.  Through Wednesday, Feb 8, the Graduate Life Center will display flags of the countries our international students represent and a banner to show support for our colleagues. There are sticky notes at the GLC Welcome Center you can use to leave a message attached to the banner. You may also record and affirming message with the camera set up in the lobby. Please contact Dannette Gomez Beane at gomezds@vt.edu <mailto:gomezds@vt.edu>  if you have any questions.

11. RESEARCH A LA MODE INVITES SPEAKER APPLICATIONS – 2nd posting
Want to give a talk on your research? 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. This is an opportunity to practice communicating your research to an audience unfamiliar with your discipline, and help you cut down on reliance on jargon and simplify and clarify your points and delivery. Use RALM to become better teachers, researchers and communicators!Talks are usually around 30 minutes. Email LASHLEY@VT.EDU <mailto:LASHLEY@VT.EDU>  if interested in joining the ranks of RALM presenters.

12. CITIZEN SCHOLAR APPLICATIONS OPEN NOW – 2nd posting
Have you used your research to benefit society in any way? Are you currently working, or have worked on a project in the past year, that has community impact, either locally or globally? If so, consider applying for the Citizen Scholar Award. If not, consider designing a Citizen Scholar Project! Program requirements are described on the CSE website:  http://graduateschool.vt.edu/transformative-graduate-education-experience/citizen-scholar-engagement/program-requirements.html. Applications are due 5 p.m. on Monday, March 13, 2017. For more information, email Helen Kamandhari at helen74@vt.edu <mailto:helen74@vt.edu> .

13. GA POSITION TO SUPPORT GRADUATE STUDENT ASSEMBLY FOR 2017-18 – 1st posting
Student Engagement and Campus Life and the Graduate School are looking for a full-time graduate student to support the GSA during the 2017-18 academic year. This 12-month position begins in May. Primary duties include advising members of the GSA Executive Board and Executive Council, providing logistics support for GSA events and operation,  and assisting with small- and large-scale event planning throughout the year. Full position description available at http://gsa.vt.edu/how-to-get-involved/gsa-graduate-assistant/. Apply by Feb 21 at 5pm by sending a letter of interest and CV in PDF format to jedens@vt.edu <mailto:jedens@vt.edu> . Email questions to kasey@vt.edu <mailto:kasey@vt.edu> .

14. GA POSITION FOR SPRING 2017 IN LEARNING EXPERIENCE DESIGN – 3rd posting
Learning Experience Design (LED) in TLOS is seeking a graduate assistant for Spring 2017 to provide assistance with programming and data management associated with the development of digital and web-based learning objects, assessment matrices, and machine-directed learning.  Programing and data management include knowledge of Python and Java, Google analytics, programming for ‘hot spots’ linking to information and resources, and programming for user interfaces and interactivity.  Personalized, machine-directed learning include data point identification, algorithm development and application, data mining and analysis, data visualization, and system interoperability. To apply, submit a resume and cover letter to Dr. Lujean Baab, Senior Director, lbaab@vt.edu <mailto:lbaab@vt.edu> . Review of applications will begin immediately.  Position to be filled as soon as possible.

15. GA OPENING IN INSTITUTIONAL RESEARCH FOR SPRING 2017 – 3rd posting
The Institutional Research & Effectiveness office is seeking a GA to carry out data analysis and web applications/visualizations development. Applicants must have strong and verifiable programming skills; knowledge of scripting languages: Javascript, jQuery, Python, SQL, HTML, and CSS with ability to translate mockups to working code; knowledge of open source visualization tools like D3, Charts.js etc; demonstrated evidence in web application programming;  experience in collaborative work environments; creativity and innovation; good communication skills. Preferred: experience in Javascript, JQuery, D3, Python, SQL, open source visualization libraries; knowledge of SAS statistical software; software application development experience. To apply, email CV with links to supplementary materials such as sample websites/applications, software projects in code repositories to: Daniel Hung @ chung@vt.edu <mailto:chung@vt.edu> . Position open until filled.

16. VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR MUSCLE METABOLISM STUDY – 2nd posting
Volunteers needed for a study examining how diet influences muscle metabolism. Must be:
Between ages 18-40; females must be on monophasic oral contraceptive and not pregnant; not currently taking any medications (other than above); non-smokers; without any major medical problems; willing to eat a high fat diet for 5 days. Participants will receive extensive health information and may receive up to $400 in compensation. If you meet these requirements and are interested in participating, contact the VT Human Integrative Physiology Laboratory at westerndiet@gmail.com <mailto:westerndiet@gmail.com> . website: https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_eKX222gpcgRqZLv.

Upcoming events:

BICYCLE DOCUDRAMA: "THE RIGHT OF WAY"
Saturday, Feb 11, 2:00pm, Theatre 101 (200 College Ave.)
Written and directed by MFA candidate Thomas Murray. In 2013, 28 year-old Hector Avalos was riding his bicycle home from work when he was struck and killed by a drunk driver on Chicago’s West Side. Composed from interviews with Avalos’s family, transportation experts, urban planners, lawyers, automobile historians, and bicycling activists, this documentary play asks who really has the right of way on city streets – and how those ideas may be changing. Event is FREE.

OVER-30 GRADS INTEREST MEETING
Wednesday, Feb 15, 3:00-4:30pm, GLC Room D
Join other over-30 grads for some light refreshments and conversation and build your network of potentially like-minded students and colleagues. Fill out the survey to indicate your interest in attending this event and about your future availability for regularly scheduled events: https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_5bfugffqiMt6Ebr.  Join a google group to stay in touch: https://groups.google.com/a/vt.edu/d/forum/vt-grads-over-30-g. Posted on behalf of grad student Mahi Abdelbar, mohelmi@vt.edu

SPEED INTERVIEWING – register now!
Wednesday, Feb 15, 5:30-7:30pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
Looking to practice your interviewing skills? Take advantage of the opportunity to practice interviewing in a low-key environment and receive immediate feedback from career advisors and VT staff. Every 6 minutes you rotate from one interviewer to the next, answering a different question each time. Register for a one-hour time slot: 5:30–6:30pm or 6:30–7:30pm online at https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_6yxL3D3NRXSjAQR. Space is very limited; only register if you are committed to come! Accepted registrations and time slots will be confirmed by email. If you cannot attend after registering, please email to marge12@vt.edu <mailto:marge12@vt.edu>  so that your spot can be reassigned to a fellow grad on wait list.

DISSERTATION BOOT CAMP
Sundays, Feb 19, 26 and Mar 19, 2:00-6:00pm, Writing Center
This workshop series provides three separate 4-hour sessions in the Writing Center for PhD students working on their dissertations. During these meetings, students will have their own quiet space to work, and grad-level Writing Center coaches will be present to provide assistance. Brought to you by the Writing Center.

DINING ETIQUETTE
Tuesday, 2/21, 5:30-7PM, GLC Multipurpose Room
Learn how to conduct yourself during a formal meal in a professional setting, whether the dinner is part of an interview, a conference, or other engagement. The program will include a presentation, helpful props and tips, and an informal meal during which you can network with graduate students and VT staff. Pizza or other similar food will be served; unfortunately we are unable to entertain dietary restrictions beyond meat/vegetarian. Must register at https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_727wBQbvoa3ranP to attend.

CONVERSATION WITH AND FOR WOMEN DOCTORAL STUDENTS
Wednesday, Feb 22, 8:30am, Owens Banquet Hall
The VT Women’s Alliance and the VP for Strategic Affairs/Vice Provost for Inclusion and Diversity, invite you to a conversation with and for women doctoral students. The conversation will provide an opportunity to share ideas and suggestions related to promoting and enhancing the success of women at VT. Your perspectives will inform the development of specific follow up strategies. Register at https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_6Gv0YeazTkuemJn if planning to attend.

DATA MANAGEMENT WORKSHOP
Tuesday, Mar 7, 9:00am-4:00pm, Scale-Up Room (101S) Newman Library
This workshop will give attendees practical hands-on experience to improve their research data management by making research datasets FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable).  Following FAIR practices for thoughtful and well-planned research data management can increase project efficiency, smooth the research process, improve the soundness of research results, and maximize the reusability of the data. The workshop is limited to 50 participants, so register today at bit.li/FAIRData <http://bit.li/FAIRData> .