March 27-31, 2017

1.  WEEKLY WALK-IN SERVICES IN THE GLC – last updated 3/13/2017

– 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. OPEN EDUCATION WEEK MAR 27-31
Open Education Week sponsored by VT Libraries features events for faculty, future faculty and anyone who teaches. More information at: http://www.lib.vt.edu/oer/oe-week/2017-oeweek.html. Two events might be of particular interest to graduate students: (1) Seven Platforms You Should Know About: Share, Find, Author, or Adapt Creative Commons-Licensed Resources and (2) The Potential of Open Educational Resources: Virginia Tech Faculty & Student Panel Discussion.

3. CITIZEN SCHOLAR RECOGNITION CEREMONY
Monday, Mar 27, 4:00pm, GLC Room F
Listen to the presentations of grad students who put theory into practice for the advancement of a community.

4. PROFESSIONAL WOMEN’S PANEL DISCUSSION
Monday, Mar 27, 5:00-7:00pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
Hear from faculty and staff around the university about their experiences as women in the professional world. Learn strategies and hear suggestions for navigating and balancing the workplace and life, and get your own questions answered. Register at https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_a5yqlM01mZhwB25.

5. REMOVING THE MYSTERY OF THE ETD REVIEW – 1st posting
Tuesday, Mar 28, 7:00pm, GLC Multipurpose room
Learn how to format your Electronic Thesis/Dissertation (ETD), what Graduate School staff look for in their review, and what happens to it after you submit it to the Graduate School.  Bring your laptop and a PDF copy of your ETD.

6. GRAD MOVIE NIGHT AT THE LYRIC: THE SALESMAN
Tuesday, Mar 28, 7:00pm and 9:30pm, The Lyric Theatre
Enjoy free a night at the movies, compliments of the Graduate School and The Lyric.  Pick up a free ticket at the GLC Welcome Center or in 120 GLC. Learn more about the movie http://www.thelyric.com/event/the-salesman/.

7. GSA RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM AND EXPO
Wednesday, Mar 29, 9:00am-4:00pm, GLC Multipurpose Room and meeting rooms
Review the latest in graduate research at this interactive networking forum and poster session sponsored by the Graduate Student Assembly.

8. LINKEDIN LAB
Wednesday, Mar 29, 2:00-5:00pm, Graduate School Lobby
Have a free professional headshot photograph taken and learn about how you can use LinkedIn in your job search, and have your profile reviewed by Career and Professional Development staff.  Wear appropriate shirt/top.

9. GSA SYMPOSIUM KEYNOTE: EDWARD TENNER
Wednesday, Mar 29, 6:00pm, GLC Auditorium
Edward Tenner is a historian who discusses the unintended outcomes of science and technology and the indirect paths that people take toward making discoveries. Sponsored by the Graduate Student Assembly.

10. BREAKFAST WITH THE DEAN
Thursday, Mar 30, 8:00am-9:00am, Graduate Life Center Lounge
Celebrate Grad Ed Week with this March installment of the Breakfast with the Dean! The GSA will provide the food; you provide the questions and conversation. RSVP on Facebook at http://tinyurl.com/deanbreakfast-march2017.

11. CULTURAL CENTERS TOUR
Thursday, Mar 30, 12:00-1:00pm, Meet at the GLC Welcome Center Desk
Learn about the five different cultural centers housed in Squires Student Center, what is offered in each, and how students can reserve the space. Meet at the GLC Welcome Center desk and walk to Squires together for the tour, which will end in the Black Cultural Center with a pizza lunch.  Register at https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3a60e7t3DAfdyjr. Sponsored by the GLC Fellows and the Intercultural Engagement Center <http://iec.vt.edu/advocacy/Cultural_Community_Centers.html> .

12. GLC CAFÉ: EXPLORE COFFEE AND TEA FROM AROUND THE WORLD
Thursday, Mar 30, 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! To follow the Grad Ed Week theme of Live.Learn.Explore., this weeks café will feature a variety of coffee, tea and cookies from around the world. Bring your own mug if you can.

13. MINDFULNESS STRESS MANAGEMENT TECHNIQUES
Friday, Mar 31, 1:00pm, GLC Room B
Participate in an interactive introduction to mindfulness-based stress management techniques and enjoy light refreshments. Topics covered will include Imposter Syndrome and interacting with advisors. Sign up here: https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_9MszSLpk6oZlUFf.

14. BIG COOK OUT
Friday, Mar 31, 4:30-6:30, Grad School Lawn and GLC Multipurpose Room
Graduate students and their families are invited to enjoy food, music and games at this Grad-School-sponsored closing event of Graduate Education Week.  DJ sponsored by the Graduate Student Assembly.

15. NATIVE AT VT SPRING POWWOW
Saturday, Apr 1, 12:00-6:00pm, GLC Lawn
Hosted by Native at Virginia Tech student organization, this is a Native American cultural event to create visibility of an underrepresented group on campus and engage the campus in cultural education. All are welcome, attendance free. Rain Location: Old Dominion Ballroom (Squires). Posted on behalf of grad student Melissa Faircloth, missy86@vt.edu.

16. FINISH GRADUATE EDUCATION WEEK WITH GSA SPRING BEER & WINE SOCIAL
Saturday, Apr 1, 3:00pm-7:00pm, University Club
Join the GSA to celebrate the conclusion of Graduate Education Week with the annual Spring Beer & Wine Social and Tasting. Buy advance tickets online for $8 through Mar 24, or for $10 online Mar 25-31. Tickets at the door will be $12; non-drinking tickets will be $5, and there will be a $1 at-door fee for credit card transactions. Light refreshments and snacks will be free with admission. This social is for students 21 and over only. Check out the event at http://tinyurl.com/beer-wine-spring2017-fb and RSVP and share! Email Kisha (kiwi@vt.edu <mailto:kiwi@vt.edu> ) with questions.

17. HELP CREATE A THEME FOR BIANNUAL BLACK ALUMNI REUNION – 1st posting
Students are invited to submit ideas for the celebration of Black Alumni Reunion, which this year marks 50 years of black organizations at VT, including 50th anniversary of Groove Phi Groove, 50th anniversary of the Human Relations Council, a celebration of 45 years of NPHC at VT, and 40th Anniversary of BSA. Help to create a theme for the reunion by submitting an entry to Latanya Walker, latanya@vt.edu <mailto:latanya@vt.edu> . If your theme is chosen, you will receive a bag of Hokie gifts to add to your collection.

18. GSA "DR. RICH" CAP & GOWN PROGRAM FOR GRADS: LOTTERY OPEN MAR 27-APR 14 – 1st posting
If you are graduating this spring and/or participating in commencement ceremonies, you are eligible to borrow a graduate cap and gown from the GSA for free! The "Dr. Rich" Cap & Gown Program loans a limited number of gowns and caps to grad students participating in Spring 2017 graduation ceremonies via a lottery. Caps and gowns must then be returned to the GSA in acceptable condition for cleaning and use by future graduating students. Enter the lottery at http://tinyurl.com/gsacapgown-spring17 by Friday, Apr 14 at 5pm EDT. Those chosen in the lottery will be notified no later than Apr 21, and must still purchase their own hoods, tassels, and any other required regalia. All items are used, but gowns have been dry cleaned and steamed, and caps have been disinfected. Questions? Email gsacapgown@gmail.com <mailto:gsacapgown@gmail.com> .

19. DISSERTATION INSTITUTE FOR UNDERREPRESENTED GRADS IN ENGINEERING – 1st posting
The 2017 Dissertation Institute, an interactive workshop for underrepresented (African American, native American, Pacific Island and Hispanic American) graduate students in engineering, addresses issues that prolong completion times for those at the dissertation proposal preparation and dissertation completion stages. The Institute is funded by NSF and hosted by Old Dominion University and VT. The Dissertation Institute will take place June 11–16 at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County campus and focus on skills and strategies needed to successfully complete the dissertation process and provide networking opportunities to build connections for future collaborative career advancement. Participants will build writing habits, work on their dissertation or proposal, and learn skills that will help them continue making progress. Housing and meals provided; reimbursement for travel costs up to $500. Learn more at www.dissertationinstitute.com <http://www.dissertationinstitute.com/> ; send questions to dissertationinstitute@gmail.com <mailto:dissertationinstitute@gmail.com> . Posted on behalf of doctoral student Mayra Artiles.

20. CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS FOR THE GLC WEEKLY APRIL-1 SPECIAL EDITION – 2nd posting
Get published in a peer-viewed online weekly notice: Submit your fake event description, faux call for research subjects, and other nonexistent opportunities for graduate students for the April 1 special edition of the GLC weekly listserv posting. Exercise your imagination and writing skills and earn extra points (in the form of chocolates and candy in 117 GLC) for a creative event or research idea, succinct description, and completeness of details. Submission deadline: March 31, 6:00pm. Send to gibsonm@vt.edu, with subject line: You are a fool.

21. NOMINATIONS INVITED FOR INNOVATIVE ETD AWARDS – 2nd posting
Virginia Tech is a member of the Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations (NDLTD), and NDLTD is seeking nominations for student awards. Several annual awards, each $1,000 are for innovative multimedia ETDs, or ETDs demonstrating innovation in other ways.  Current students whose ETDs will be produced later may want to keep this opportunity in mind as they undertake their research. See announcement at http://www.ndltd.org. Application deadline: May 31, 2017.

22. RETURNED PEACE CORPS VOLUNTEERS INVITED TO JOIN LOCAL GROUP – 2nd posting
Returned Peace Corps volunteer or staff are invited to join a growing local group of fellow volunteers and staff of over 70. Contacting peacecorps@vt.edu. Posted on behalf of grad student Rachael Kennedy.

23. ON-CAMPUS HOUSING FOR GRADUATE STUDENTS – 2nd posting
Housing & Residence Life is currently accepting students for on-campus housing for the 2017-2018 school year. The GLC at Donaldson Brown and Main Campbell Hall are open to graduate students interested in living in double or single rooms. For room rates and more information, visit: http://housing.vt.edu/contracts/apply/graduate_students.html or contact housing@vt.edu <mailto:housing@vt.edu> .

24. VIRGINIA GOVERNOR’S FELLOWS PROGRAM – 3rd posting
For graduate students interested in learning more about the administration of state government: full information at https://governor.virginia.gov/fellows/.  A minimum $2000 stipend is available through Career and Professional Development for any selected VT student.  Contact Amy McPherson at amcphers@vt.edu <mailto:amcphers@vt.edu>  for more information about the stipend. Application deadline: Mar 31, 2017.

25. SUBMISSIONS INVITED FOR TORGERSEN AWARD – 3rd posting
The submission are accepted for the Paul E. Torgersen Awards, aimed at highlighting the top research performed in the College of Engineering. To be eligible, you must be graduating in the calendar year of 2017. Submissions include an abstract on your research, written such that a general audience could understand it. Submissions are due to Ms. Crawford (bcrawfrd@vt.edu <mailto:bcrawfrd@vt.edu> ) by Mar 31 by 11:59pm. More information at http://www.gsc.eng.vt.edu/PET.htm.  <http://www.gsc.eng.vt.edu/PET.html>

26. FULL-TIME GA POSITION IN CONTROLLER’S OFFICE FOR 2017-18 – 2nd posting
The Controller’s Office is seeking a full-time (20 hrs/wk) graduate assistant to work in the areas of general accounting, payroll, and accounts payable. Position begins in Aug. Duties include working on Retirement System calculations and assisting with ensuring that the deductions are correct; assisting with the review, monitoring and follow-up of special faculty payments to ensure compliance with university policies; assisting with the documentation and implementation of the new version VT’s electronic timekeeping system; and other tasks. Additional info at https://drive.google.com/a/vt.edu/file/d/0B2lSMLVxGF10ZnR1dGU4RnN1TGM/view?usp=sharing.  Submit a cover letter, resume and three references at  https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_1TFlanV7PpVW12B. Contact Kim Linkous, 540-231-8560 or linkousk@vt.edu <mailto:linkousk@vt.edu>  with questions.

27. GA OPENING IN STUDENT SUCCESS CENTER – 2nd posting
The graduate assistant (20 hours/week) reports to an Assistant Director in the SSC. The GA will be responsible for assisting with the planning and delivery of several academic support programs. Position requires a high level of initiative and strong interpersonal, organizational, leadership, and presentation skills. Weekly evening hours and occasional weekend work required. Interested applicants should submit a resume to Sachim@vt.edu <mailto:Sachim@vt.edu>   Resumes will be accepted until position is filled. For questions contact Sachiel Mondesir at Sachim@vt.edu <mailto:Sachim@vt.edu>   Full job description at  https://drive.google.com/file/d/0ByOlgAsl50HXQkZCSG91YnZremc/view?ths=true.

28. GA OPENING IN SUSTAINABILITY OFFICE – 2nd posting
The Office of Sustainability in the Facilities Department is seeking a Graduate Assistant to support efforts to educate the VT community about how to live a more sustainable and low-impact lifestyle. Applicants must have previous work experience and/or extracurricular activities experience in fields relating to sustainability. For more information, see http://facilities.vt.edu/content/dam/facilities_vt_edu/office-of-sustainability-graduate-assistant.pdf. Applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, and complete the following survey: https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_6D0xQ8tqjEhJBHv&Q_JFE=0. For full consideration, apply before 5:00 p.m. on Friday, Mar 31. Contact Karlee Siepierski at skarlee3@vt.edu <mailto:skarlee3@vt.edu>  with questions.

29. PT GRAD OPENING FOR PEACE COPRS RECRUITER POSITION – 2nd posting
The VT Office of International Research, Education, and Development (OIRED) is searching for a graduate student who is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer (RPCV) to serve as the Campus Peace Corps Recruiter part-time (20 hours/week). The recruiter will serve as the main point of contact at VT and other local universities for students and others interested in joining the Peace Corps. Position begins fall 2017 and runs through spring 2018. The successful candidate will receive graduate school tuition remission and a stipend equivalent to a graduate assistantship in his/her department. Application deadline: Friday, May 12. See more at :  http://www.oired.vt.edu/job-opportunities/campus-peace-corps-recruiter-part-time/.

30. GSA GRAD RESEARCH DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM REVIEW HELP NEEDED – 1st posting
Want to know the cutting-edge research graduate students are conducting here at VT? How about a new line on your CV? The GSA needs your help with reviewing applications for the Graduate Research Development Program (GRDP). Grad students in the social sciences, business, humanities, or education are needed to review applications.  If you are willing to be a reviewer, fill out this survey: https://tinyurl.com/GRDPreview, and the GRDP Chair will email you further instructions. If you want more details about what is entailed in reviewing or have any other questions, contact GRDP Chair Adwoa Baah-Dwomoh at gsaGRDP@gmail.com <mailto:gsaGRDP@gmail.com> .

31. VOLUNTEERS SOUGHT FOR STUDY ON HEALTH, DIET & PHYSICAL ACTIVITY REWARDS – 1st posting
Volunteers needed for a study examining whether delayed discounting (small reward now or larger reward later) is related to health, diet, and physical activity level. Must be: male or female, any race and ethnicity; ages of 18-65; Body Mass Index between 22-40 kg/m2; not trying to gain or lose weight; have not gained or lost weight in the past 6 months; willing to participate in two testing sessions (~ 5 hrs of time); willing to have blood drawn, body fat assessed, an oral glucose tolerance test, fill out questionnaires related to diet and physical activity, and wear a physical activity monitor for 4 days. Participants will receive information related to body composition, diet and physical activity level, and blood glucose and lipids (cholesterol).  The total amount possible for participation is $60.  If interested, contact the VT Skeletal Muscle Substrate Metabolism Lab: vtsmsmlab@gmail.com , 540-739-2522.

32. INVITATION TO PARTICIPATE IN STUDY ABOUT WEARABLE EXOSKELETONS – 1st posting
Must be male or female; 18-55 years old; no current or recent history of musculoskeletal disorders. Experiment Details: participants will be asked to perform a simulated drilling task without and with three exoskeletons. Two experimental sessions (each ~3.5 hour) are required to complete the study. Compensation: $10/hour. If interested, call or email Saad Alabdulkarim at iesaad@vt.edu, (206-859- 9146).

33. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR STUDY OF CELEBRITY ENDORSED FOOD/DRINK PRODUCTS – 1st posting
Ph.D. student conducting a study about celebrity endorsement for branded food and beverage products in the US is seeking 40 male and female participants ages 23-36 who are US citizens, racially and ethnically diverse, including Latino/Hispanic, African and Asian American. The study involves completing three activities: celebrity recognition survey, celebrity picture card sort, and a post-card sort questionnaire, which will take no more than 60 minutes to complete. Participants will receive a $10.00-dollar Amazon gift card after completing all study activities. If interested, contact Mi Zhou at mi14@vt.edu.

34. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR STUDY OF MOBILE AUGMENTED REALITY APPLICATIONS – 2nd posting
The Information Technology and Security Lab is conducting research on augmented reality and its personal and professional impact on awareness of threats to cybersecurity and privacy. Volunteers 18 or older are sought, with or without technical experience who are willing to use both AR and non-AR mobile applications to perform investigative tasks and answer questions about their experiences. Tasks involve walking in and around Newman Library. The entire survey will take approximately 60 minutes. Volunteers are assured that personal information will remain confidential and will never be published in any way. If interested in participating, contact Brendan Mattina at mbrend15@vt.edu <mailto:mbrend15@vt.edu> , 603-953-7060.

35. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR STUDY OF MIDDLE EASTERN IMMIGRANT WOMEN – 2nd posting
Grad student Taysir Al Janabi is seeking participants for a capstone project research study regarding the perceptions of sexual assault and rape among Middle Eastern immigrant women in the southwest area of Virginia. Middle Eastern immigrant women who identify as Muslims and are interested in participating should email Taysir80@vt.edu <mailto:Taysir80@vt.edu>  or call 540-251-1006.

36. STUDENTS SOUGHT TO ASSIST WITH PRE-DEPARTURE ORIENTATION PROGRAMS – 3rd posting
Grad students who has spent time in the following countries or are international students from: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, China, Iceland, Ireland, Japan, South Africa, South Korea, Netherlands, Puerto Rico, Sweden or Thailand are sought by VT Global Education to assist with pre-departure orientation programs scheduled for Tuesday, Apr 18, Goodwin Hall, 8:00pm – 9:30pm for students who will be leaving soon to study abroad in Summer/Fall 2017.  A vital part of this program is hearing from students who are from or familiar with the above listed countries during break-out sessions, which are often the most helpful and enjoyable part of the event. Contact Laura Castle if you are willing to help: lecastle@vt.edu <mailto:lecastle@vt.edu> .

Upcoming events:

OPEN DATA WEEK APR 10-1
Open Data week offers opportunities to learn more about sharing, visualizing, finding, mining, and reusing data for research. Full schedule and more info: http://bit.ly/VTopendataweek2017. Registration is requested at http://guides.lib.vt.edu/OpenDataWeek/RSVP.

APPALACHIAN “MEET ‘N EAT”
Tuesday, Arp 11, 12:00-1:30pm, American Indian & Indigenous Community Center
All students, faculty and staff who identify as Appalachian are welcome to join for good pizza, good friends and good conversation. The 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! Interested participants should fill out a brief survey at http://tinyurl.com/appmeetneat4. For more information, contact grad student Amanda Halliburton (ahallibu@vt.edu).

March 27-31, 2017

1.  WEEKLY WALK-IN SERVICES IN THE GLC – last updated 3/13/2017

– 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. OPEN EDUCATION WEEK MAR 27-31
Open Education Week sponsored by VT Libraries features events for faculty, future faculty and anyone who teaches. More information at: http://www.lib.vt.edu/oer/oe-week/2017-oeweek.html. Two events might be of particular interest to graduate students: (1) Seven Platforms You Should Know About: Share, Find, Author, or Adapt Creative Commons-Licensed Resources and (2) The Potential of Open Educational Resources: Virginia Tech Faculty & Student Panel Discussion.

3. CITIZEN SCHOLAR RECOGNITION CEREMONY
Monday, Mar 27, 4:00pm, GLC Room F
Listen to the presentations of grad students who put theory into practice for the advancement of a community.

4. PROFESSIONAL WOMEN’S PANEL DISCUSSION
Monday, Mar 27, 5:00-7:00pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
Hear from faculty and staff around the university about their experiences as women in the professional world. Learn strategies and hear suggestions for navigating and balancing the workplace and life, and get your own questions answered. Register at https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_a5yqlM01mZhwB25.

5. REMOVING THE MYSTERY OF THE ETD REVIEW – 1st posting
Tuesday, Mar 28, 7:00pm, GLC Multipurpose room
Learn how to format your Electronic Thesis/Dissertation (ETD), what Graduate School staff look for in their review, and what happens to it after you submit it to the Graduate School.  Bring your laptop and a PDF copy of your ETD.

6. GRAD MOVIE NIGHT AT THE LYRIC: THE SALESMAN
Tuesday, Mar 28, 7:00pm and 9:30pm, The Lyric Theatre
Enjoy free a night at the movies, compliments of the Graduate School and The Lyric.  Pick up a free ticket at the GLC Welcome Center or in 120 GLC. Learn more about the movie http://www.thelyric.com/event/the-salesman/.

7. GSA RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM AND EXPO
Wednesday, Mar 29, 9:00am-4:00pm, GLC Multipurpose Room and meeting rooms
Review the latest in graduate research at this interactive networking forum and poster session sponsored by the Graduate Student Assembly.

8. LINKEDIN LAB
Wednesday, Mar 29, 2:00-5:00pm, Graduate School Lobby
Have a free professional headshot photograph taken and learn about how you can use LinkedIn in your job search, and have your profile reviewed by Career and Professional Development staff.  Wear appropriate shirt/top.

9. GSA SYMPOSIUM KEYNOTE: EDWARD TENNER
Wednesday, Mar 29, 6:00pm, GLC Auditorium
Edward Tenner is a historian who discusses the unintended outcomes of science and technology and the indirect paths that people take toward making discoveries. Sponsored by the Graduate Student Assembly.

10. BREAKFAST WITH THE DEAN
Thursday, Mar 30, 8:00am-9:00am, Graduate Life Center Lounge
Celebrate Grad Ed Week with this March installment of the Breakfast with the Dean! The GSA will provide the food; you provide the questions and conversation. RSVP on Facebook at http://tinyurl.com/deanbreakfast-march2017.

11. CULTURAL CENTERS TOUR
Thursday, Mar 30, 12:00-1:00pm, Meet at the GLC Welcome Center Desk
Learn about the five different cultural centers housed in Squires Student Center, what is offered in each, and how students can reserve the space. Meet at the GLC Welcome Center desk and walk to Squires together for the tour, which will end in the Black Cultural Center with a pizza lunch.  Register at https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3a60e7t3DAfdyjr. Sponsored by the GLC Fellows and the Intercultural Engagement Center <http://iec.vt.edu/advocacy/Cultural_Community_Centers.html> .

12. GLC CAFÉ: EXPLORE COFFEE AND TEA FROM AROUND THE WORLD
Thursday, Mar 30, 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! To follow the Grad Ed Week theme of Live.Learn.Explore., this weeks café will feature a variety of coffee, tea and cookies from around the world. Bring your own mug if you can.

13. MINDFULNESS STRESS MANAGEMENT TECHNIQUES
Friday, Mar 31, 1:00pm, GLC Room B
Participate in an interactive introduction to mindfulness-based stress management techniques and enjoy light refreshments. Topics covered will include Imposter Syndrome and interacting with advisors. Sign up here: https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_9MszSLpk6oZlUFf.

14. BIG COOK OUT
Friday, Mar 31, 4:30-6:30, Grad School Lawn and GLC Multipurpose Room
Graduate students and their families are invited to enjoy food, music and games at this Grad-School-sponsored closing event of Graduate Education Week.  DJ sponsored by the Graduate Student Assembly.

15. NATIVE AT VT SPRING POWWOW
Saturday, Apr 1, 12:00-6:00pm, GLC Lawn
Hosted by Native at Virginia Tech student organization, this is a Native American cultural event to create visibility of an underrepresented group on campus and engage the campus in cultural education. All are welcome, attendance free. Rain Location: Old Dominion Ballroom (Squires). Posted on behalf of grad student Melissa Faircloth, missy86@vt.edu.

16. FINISH GRADUATE EDUCATION WEEK WITH GSA SPRING BEER & WINE SOCIAL
Saturday, Apr 1, 3:00pm-7:00pm, University Club
Join the GSA to celebrate the conclusion of Graduate Education Week with the annual Spring Beer & Wine Social and Tasting. Buy advance tickets online for $8 through Mar 24, or for $10 online Mar 25-31. Tickets at the door will be $12; non-drinking tickets will be $5, and there will be a $1 at-door fee for credit card transactions. Light refreshments and snacks will be free with admission. This social is for students 21 and over only. Check out the event at http://tinyurl.com/beer-wine-spring2017-fb and RSVP and share! Email Kisha (kiwi@vt.edu <mailto:kiwi@vt.edu> ) with questions.

17. HELP CREATE A THEME FOR BIANNUAL BLACK ALUMNI REUNION – 1st posting
Students are invited to submit ideas for the celebration of Black Alumni Reunion, which this year marks 50 years of black organizations at VT, including 50th anniversary of Groove Phi Groove, 50th anniversary of the Human Relations Council, a celebration of 45 years of NPHC at VT, and 40th Anniversary of BSA. Help to create a theme for the reunion by submitting an entry to Latanya Walker, latanya@vt.edu <mailto:latanya@vt.edu> . If your theme is chosen, you will receive a bag of Hokie gifts to add to your collection.

18. GSA "DR. RICH" CAP & GOWN PROGRAM FOR GRADS: LOTTERY OPEN MAR 27-APR 14 – 1st posting
If you are graduating this spring and/or participating in commencement ceremonies, you are eligible to borrow a graduate cap and gown from the GSA for free! The "Dr. Rich" Cap & Gown Program loans a limited number of gowns and caps to grad students participating in Spring 2017 graduation ceremonies via a lottery. Caps and gowns must then be returned to the GSA in acceptable condition for cleaning and use by future graduating students. Enter the lottery at http://tinyurl.com/gsacapgown-spring17 by Friday, Apr 14 at 5pm EDT. Those chosen in the lottery will be notified no later than Apr 21, and must still purchase their own hoods, tassels, and any other required regalia. All items are used, but gowns have been dry cleaned and steamed, and caps have been disinfected. Questions? Email gsacapgown@gmail.com <mailto:gsacapgown@gmail.com> .

19. DISSERTATION INSTITUTE FOR UNDERREPRESENTED GRADS IN ENGINEERING – 1st posting
The 2017 Dissertation Institute, an interactive workshop for underrepresented (African American, native American, Pacific Island and Hispanic American) graduate students in engineering, addresses issues that prolong completion times for those at the dissertation proposal preparation and dissertation completion stages. The Institute is funded by NSF and hosted by Old Dominion University and VT. The Dissertation Institute will take place June 11–16 at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County campus and focus on skills and strategies needed to successfully complete the dissertation process and provide networking opportunities to build connections for future collaborative career advancement. Participants will build writing habits, work on their dissertation or proposal, and learn skills that will help them continue making progress. Housing and meals provided; reimbursement for travel costs up to $500. Learn more at www.dissertationinstitute.com <http://www.dissertationinstitute.com/> ; send questions to dissertationinstitute@gmail.com <mailto:dissertationinstitute@gmail.com> . Posted on behalf of doctoral student Mayra Artiles.

20. CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS FOR THE GLC WEEKLY APRIL-1 SPECIAL EDITION – 2nd posting
Get published in a peer-viewed online weekly notice: Submit your fake event description, faux call for research subjects, and other nonexistent opportunities for graduate students for the April 1 special edition of the GLC weekly listserv posting. Exercise your imagination and writing skills and earn extra points (in the form of chocolates and candy in 117 GLC) for a creative event or research idea, succinct description, and completeness of details. Submission deadline: March 31, 6:00pm. Send to gibsonm@vt.edu, with subject line: You are a fool.

21. NOMINATIONS INVITED FOR INNOVATIVE ETD AWARDS – 2nd posting
Virginia Tech is a member of the Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations (NDLTD), and NDLTD is seeking nominations for student awards. Several annual awards, each $1,000 are for innovative multimedia ETDs, or ETDs demonstrating innovation in other ways.  Current students whose ETDs will be produced later may want to keep this opportunity in mind as they undertake their research. See announcement at http://www.ndltd.org. Application deadline: May 31, 2017.

22. RETURNED PEACE CORPS VOLUNTEERS INVITED TO JOIN LOCAL GROUP – 2nd posting
Returned Peace Corps volunteer or staff are invited to join a growing local group of fellow volunteers and staff of over 70. Contacting peacecorps@vt.edu. Posted on behalf of grad student Rachael Kennedy.

23. ON-CAMPUS HOUSING FOR GRADUATE STUDENTS – 2nd posting
Housing & Residence Life is currently accepting students for on-campus housing for the 2017-2018 school year. The GLC at Donaldson Brown and Main Campbell Hall are open to graduate students interested in living in double or single rooms. For room rates and more information, visit: http://housing.vt.edu/contracts/apply/graduate_students.html or contact housing@vt.edu <mailto:housing@vt.edu> .

24. VIRGINIA GOVERNOR’S FELLOWS PROGRAM – 3rd posting
For graduate students interested in learning more about the administration of state government: full information at https://governor.virginia.gov/fellows/.  A minimum $2000 stipend is available through Career and Professional Development for any selected VT student.  Contact Amy McPherson at amcphers@vt.edu <mailto:amcphers@vt.edu>  for more information about the stipend. Application deadline: Mar 31, 2017.

25. SUBMISSIONS INVITED FOR TORGERSEN AWARD – 3rd posting
The submission are accepted for the Paul E. Torgersen Awards, aimed at highlighting the top research performed in the College of Engineering. To be eligible, you must be graduating in the calendar year of 2017. Submissions include an abstract on your research, written such that a general audience could understand it. Submissions are due to Ms. Crawford (bcrawfrd@vt.edu <mailto:bcrawfrd@vt.edu> ) by Mar 31 by 11:59pm. More information at http://www.gsc.eng.vt.edu/PET.htm.  <http://www.gsc.eng.vt.edu/PET.html>

26. FULL-TIME GA POSITION IN CONTROLLER’S OFFICE FOR 2017-18 – 2nd posting
The Controller’s Office is seeking a full-time (20 hrs/wk) graduate assistant to work in the areas of general accounting, payroll, and accounts payable. Position begins in Aug. Duties include working on Retirement System calculations and assisting with ensuring that the deductions are correct; assisting with the review, monitoring and follow-up of special faculty payments to ensure compliance with university policies; assisting with the documentation and implementation of the new version VT’s electronic timekeeping system; and other tasks. Additional info at https://drive.google.com/a/vt.edu/file/d/0B2lSMLVxGF10ZnR1dGU4RnN1TGM/view?usp=sharing.  Submit a cover letter, resume and three references at  https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_1TFlanV7PpVW12B. Contact Kim Linkous, 540-231-8560 or linkousk@vt.edu <mailto:linkousk@vt.edu>  with questions.

27. GA OPENING IN STUDENT SUCCESS CENTER – 2nd posting
The graduate assistant (20 hours/week) reports to an Assistant Director in the SSC. The GA will be responsible for assisting with the planning and delivery of several academic support programs. Position requires a high level of initiative and strong interpersonal, organizational, leadership, and presentation skills. Weekly evening hours and occasional weekend work required. Interested applicants should submit a resume to Sachim@vt.edu <mailto:Sachim@vt.edu>   Resumes will be accepted until position is filled. For questions contact Sachiel Mondesir at Sachim@vt.edu <mailto:Sachim@vt.edu>   Full job description at  https://drive.google.com/file/d/0ByOlgAsl50HXQkZCSG91YnZremc/view?ths=true.

28. GA OPENING IN SUSTAINABILITY OFFICE – 2nd posting
The Office of Sustainability in the Facilities Department is seeking a Graduate Assistant to support efforts to educate the VT community about how to live a more sustainable and low-impact lifestyle. Applicants must have previous work experience and/or extracurricular activities experience in fields relating to sustainability. For more information, see http://facilities.vt.edu/content/dam/facilities_vt_edu/office-of-sustainability-graduate-assistant.pdf. Applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, and complete the following survey: https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_6D0xQ8tqjEhJBHv&Q_JFE=0. For full consideration, apply before 5:00 p.m. on Friday, Mar 31. Contact Karlee Siepierski at skarlee3@vt.edu <mailto:skarlee3@vt.edu>  with questions.

29. PT GRAD OPENING FOR PEACE COPRS RECRUITER POSITION – 2nd posting
The VT Office of International Research, Education, and Development (OIRED) is searching for a graduate student who is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer (RPCV) to serve as the Campus Peace Corps Recruiter part-time (20 hours/week). The recruiter will serve as the main point of contact at VT and other local universities for students and others interested in joining the Peace Corps. Position begins fall 2017 and runs through spring 2018. The successful candidate will receive graduate school tuition remission and a stipend equivalent to a graduate assistantship in his/her department. Application deadline: Friday, May 12. See more at :  http://www.oired.vt.edu/job-opportunities/campus-peace-corps-recruiter-part-time/.

30. GSA GRAD RESEARCH DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM REVIEW HELP NEEDED – 1st posting
Want to know the cutting-edge research graduate students are conducting here at VT? How about a new line on your CV? The GSA needs your help with reviewing applications for the Graduate Research Development Program (GRDP). Grad students in the social sciences, business, humanities, or education are needed to review applications.  If you are willing to be a reviewer, fill out this survey: https://tinyurl.com/GRDPreview, and the GRDP Chair will email you further instructions. If you want more details about what is entailed in reviewing or have any other questions, contact GRDP Chair Adwoa Baah-Dwomoh at gsaGRDP@gmail.com <mailto:gsaGRDP@gmail.com> .

31. VOLUNTEERS SOUGHT FOR STUDY ON HEALTH, DIET & PHYSICAL ACTIVITY REWARDS – 1st posting
Volunteers needed for a study examining whether delayed discounting (small reward now or larger reward later) is related to health, diet, and physical activity level. Must be: male or female, any race and ethnicity; ages of 18-65; Body Mass Index between 22-40 kg/m2; not trying to gain or lose weight; have not gained or lost weight in the past 6 months; willing to participate in two testing sessions (~ 5 hrs of time); willing to have blood drawn, body fat assessed, an oral glucose tolerance test, fill out questionnaires related to diet and physical activity, and wear a physical activity monitor for 4 days. Participants will receive information related to body composition, diet and physical activity level, and blood glucose and lipids (cholesterol).  The total amount possible for participation is $60.  If interested, contact the VT Skeletal Muscle Substrate Metabolism Lab: vtsmsmlab@gmail.com , 540-739-2522.

32. INVITATION TO PARTICIPATE IN STUDY ABOUT WEARABLE EXOSKELETONS – 1st posting
Must be male or female; 18-55 years old; no current or recent history of musculoskeletal disorders. Experiment Details: participants will be asked to perform a simulated drilling task without and with three exoskeletons. Two experimental sessions (each ~3.5 hour) are required to complete the study. Compensation: $10/hour. If interested, call or email Saad Alabdulkarim at iesaad@vt.edu, (206-859- 9146).

33. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR STUDY OF CELEBRITY ENDORSED FOOD/DRINK PRODUCTS – 1st posting
Ph.D. student conducting a study about celebrity endorsement for branded food and beverage products in the US is seeking 40 male and female participants ages 23-36 who are US citizens, racially and ethnically diverse, including Latino/Hispanic, African and Asian American. The study involves completing three activities: celebrity recognition survey, celebrity picture card sort, and a post-card sort questionnaire, which will take no more than 60 minutes to complete. Participants will receive a $10.00-dollar Amazon gift card after completing all study activities. If interested, contact Mi Zhou at mi14@vt.edu.

34. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR STUDY OF MOBILE AUGMENTED REALITY APPLICATIONS – 2nd posting
The Information Technology and Security Lab is conducting research on augmented reality and its personal and professional impact on awareness of threats to cybersecurity and privacy. Volunteers 18 or older are sought, with or without technical experience who are willing to use both AR and non-AR mobile applications to perform investigative tasks and answer questions about their experiences. Tasks involve walking in and around Newman Library. The entire survey will take approximately 60 minutes. Volunteers are assured that personal information will remain confidential and will never be published in any way. If interested in participating, contact Brendan Mattina at mbrend15@vt.edu <mailto:mbrend15@vt.edu> , 603-953-7060.

35. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR STUDY OF MIDDLE EASTERN IMMIGRANT WOMEN – 2nd posting
Grad student Taysir Al Janabi is seeking participants for a capstone project research study regarding the perceptions of sexual assault and rape among Middle Eastern immigrant women in the southwest area of Virginia. Middle Eastern immigrant women who identify as Muslims and are interested in participating should email Taysir80@vt.edu <mailto:Taysir80@vt.edu>  or call 540-251-1006.

36. STUDENTS SOUGHT TO ASSIST WITH PRE-DEPARTURE ORIENTATION PROGRAMS – 3rd posting
Grad students who has spent time in the following countries or are international students from: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, China, Iceland, Ireland, Japan, South Africa, South Korea, Netherlands, Puerto Rico, Sweden or Thailand are sought by VT Global Education to assist with pre-departure orientation programs scheduled for Tuesday, Apr 18, Goodwin Hall, 8:00pm – 9:30pm for students who will be leaving soon to study abroad in Summer/Fall 2017.  A vital part of this program is hearing from students who are from or familiar with the above listed countries during break-out sessions, which are often the most helpful and enjoyable part of the event. Contact Laura Castle if you are willing to help: lecastle@vt.edu <mailto:lecastle@vt.edu> .

Upcoming events:

OPEN DATA WEEK APR 10-1
Open Data week offers opportunities to learn more about sharing, visualizing, finding, mining, and reusing data for research. Full schedule and more info: http://bit.ly/VTopendataweek2017. Registration is requested at http://guides.lib.vt.edu/OpenDataWeek/RSVP.

APPALACHIAN “MEET ‘N EAT”
Tuesday, Arp 11, 12:00-1:30pm, American Indian & Indigenous Community Center
All students, faculty and staff who identify as Appalachian are welcome to join for good pizza, good friends and good conversation. The 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! Interested participants should fill out a brief survey at http://tinyurl.com/appmeetneat4. For more information, contact grad student Amanda Halliburton (ahallibu@vt.edu).

March 20-27, 2017

1.  WEEKLY WALK-IN SERVICES IN THE GLC – last updated 3/13/2017

– 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. FILMS ABOUT CONTEMPORARY LIFE IN SOUTH ASIA
Monday, Mar 20, 6:00pm, Newman Library Multipurpose Room, showing Taqwacore
Tuesday, Mar 21, 6:00pm, Newman Library Multipurpose Room, showing Aligarh
Join the South Asia Studies Group for two nights of films about contemporary life in South Asia and its presence around the world. Snacks will be provided so come hungry. See facebook for details at: https://www.facebook.com/events/1155131377942199/. Posted on behalf of doctoral student Anthony Szczurek, anthos9@vt.edu <mailto:anthos9@vt.edu> .

3. HANDLING ACADEMIC DISHONESTY IN THE CLASSROOM
Tuesday, March 21st, 6pm-7pm, GLC Meeting Room F
VTGrATE invites you to hang out and discuss common scenarios that might come up in the classroom regarding academic dishonesty, and explore the ways you may identify and handle academic dishonesty in the classroom. Posted on behalf of grad student Joseph Slagel, slagelj@vt.edu.

4. EXPLORE THE ART OF TEACHING: FORUM WITH ELIZABETH COLEMAN
Tuesday, Mar 21, 7:30pm, Moss Arts Center
Hosted by the Academy of Teaching Excellence, this event features Elizabeth Coleman, a visionary educator and former president of Bennington College, who will present a talk on the noble art of teaching. See details at http://liberalarts.vt.edu/college-news/elizabeth-coleman.html.

5. COMMUNITY VOICES: DEMOCRATIC DECONSOLIDATION IN TURKEY
Thursday, Mar 23, 12:00pm, GLC Room C; 7:00pm Room G
Join a roundtable luncheon with Turkish Journalist Mahir Zeynalov to discuss the role of deteriorating media freedoms in Turkey’s drift from its democratic principles, or an evening presentation and conversation at 7pm about the monumental shift of Turkey from a flawed democracy to a full-fledged autocracy in a few years.

6. GLC CAFÉ
Thursday, Mar 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.

7. UPLIFTING BLACK MEN CONFERENCE – register now!
Friday, Mar 24, 8:30am- 5:30pm, The Inn and Skelton Conference Center
Grad students are invited to the 2nd Annual Uplifting Black Men Conference hosted by the VT Black Male Excellence Network. This year the focus is on empowering Black men through the sharing of stories of persistence from several successful Virginia Tech alumni. All ethnic groups are welcome with the goal of providing insight into lived experience of Black males to a multitude of cultural and ethnic backgrounds. Registration is free but required for attendance; see conference website: https://vtbmen.com/2017-conference/. With questions contact Carley Wilson, carlmw1@exchange.vt.edu <mailto:carlmw1@exchange.vt.edu>  or Mordecai Harvey, mordie02@vt.edu <mailto:mordie02@vt.edu> .

8. HIGH-PERFORMANCE COMPUTING DAY
Friday, Mar 24, 10:00am-5:00pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
Advanced Research Computing will host the 4th annual HPC day with featured presentations, machine learning workshop, and faculty and student presentations. Full agenda at https://secure.hosting.vt.edu/www.arc.vt.edu/hpc_day_2017/.

 

9. GRAD ARTS COUNCIL PRESENTS: 2ND ANNUAL ART SHOWCASE

Friday, Mar 24, 7:00pm in Theatre 101 (200 College Ave)

This evening of live performance and diverse curated displays will feature graduate work in performance, reading and visual art from graduate students of Hollins, Radford, and Virginia Tech. This event is free and open to the public and will be followed up with a display at the GLC that will run through March 31. Posted on behalf of grad student Ana-Christina, acostaa@vt.edu.

 

10. ASIAN COOKING CLASS 2: INDIAN

Friday, Mar 24, 6:30-8:30pm, 203 Otey Street – Indian recipes

Friday, Mar 31, 6:30-8:30pm, 203 Otey Street – Korean/Laotian recipes

Three Asian cooking classes will be offered in March.  Limited to 16 participants, $5 participation fee required. Sign up at http <http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f044badac2da5fd0-indian> :// <http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f044badac2da5fd0-indian> www.signupgenius.com/go/20f044badac2da5fd0-indian <http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f044badac2da5fd0-indian>  or at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f044badac2da5fd0-koreanlaotian for the session of your choice. Posted on behalf of doctoral student Soo Jeong Jo, soojeong@vt.edu.

 

11. INTERVARSITY GRADUATE CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP SPRING RETREAT

Friday, Mar 24, 8:00pm – Sunday, Mar 26, 11:00am near Lexington, VA (1.5 hours from VT)

All VT graduate students are welcome to join in a restful weekend of new friendships, indoor/outdoor recreation, Bible study and prayer in a relaxed setting away from campus. Cost is $35 (scholarships are available). For more information and to register online, visit <https://gcfvt.wordpress.com/spring-retreat/>. Contact Robert Howe (robahowe@gmail.com <mailto:robahowe@gmail.com> ) with any questions.

 

12. GLC LASER TAG AT PANDAPAS POND (OUTDOOR)

Saturday, Mar 25, 12:30pm-4:30pm

It is time for bonding fun, teamwork collaboration, and stress relief physical activity. Rain or shine, run around outdoors and…laser tag, ‘nuff said! Join your fellow grad students on a free trip to Pandapas Pond. This event is hosted by your GLC fellows and LCAT: Laser Tag Club at Virginia Tech. Fill out this survey to sign up: http://survey.az1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_7WJs8kad2VVOe1L. Contact GLC fellow Erik Fendik at ef@vt.edu <mailto:ef@vt.edu>  if you have any questions.

 

13. CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS FOR THE GLC WEEKLY APRIL-1 SPECIAL EDITION – 1st posting

Get published in a peer-viewed online weekly notice: Submit your fake event description, faux call for research subjects, and other nonexistent opportunities for graduate students for the April 1 special edition of the GLC weekly listserv posting. Exercise your imagination and writing skills and earn extra points (in the form of chocolates and candy in 117 GLC) for a creative event or research idea, succinct description, and completeness of details. Submission deadline: March 31, 6:00pm. Send to gibsonm@vt.edu <mailto:gibsonm@vt.edu> , with subject line: You are a fool.

 

14. NOMINATIONS INVITED FOR INNOVATIVE ETD AWARDS – 1st posting

Virginia Tech is a member of the Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations (NDLTD), and NDLTD is seeking nominations for student awards. Several annual awards, each $1,000 are for innovative multimedia ETDs, or ETDs demonstrating innovation in other ways.  Current students whose ETDs will be produced later may want to keep this opportunity in mind as they undertake their research. See announcement at http://www.ndltd.org. Application deadline: May 31, 2017.

 

15. RETURNED PEACE CORPS VOLUNTEERS INVITED TO JOIN LOCAL GROUP – 1st posting

Returned Peace Corps volunteer or staff are invited to join a growing local group of fellow volunteers and staff of over 70. Contacting peacecorps@vt.edu <mailto:peacecorps@vt.edu> . Posted on behalf of grad student Rachael Kennedy.

 

16. THINKING ABOUT RUNNING FOR OFFICE IN THE GSA? TALK TO AN OFFICER! – 1st posting

If you’re considering running for office in the GSA, current Executive Board members are happy to meet with you to answer your questions and talk to you about their experiences as officers. Schedule a meeting with any officer or Joe, the advisor, to discuss your ambitions. Officers will set appointments based on mutual availability between Mar 20-23 (cutoff for electronic nominations is noon), or may be available by phone/videoconference during that window as well. Email gsa@vt.edu <mailto:gsa@vt.edu>  with the position you’re interested in, and the appropriate officer will get in touch with you directly. Learn more about GSA elections at http://tinyurl.com/GSA-elections-2017.

 

17. ON-CAMPUS HOUSING FOR GRADUATE STUDENTS – 1st posting

Housing & Residence Life is currently accepting students for on-campus housing for the 2017-2018 school year. The GLC at Donaldson Brown and Main Campbell Hall are open to graduate students interested in living in double or single rooms. For room rates and more information, visit: http://housing.vt.edu/contracts/apply/graduate_students.html or contact housing@vt.edu <mailto:housing@vt.edu> .

 

18. VIRGINIA GOVERNOR’S FELLOWS PROGRAM – 2nd posting

For graduate students interested in learning more about the administration of state government: full information at https://governor.virginia.gov/fellows/.  A minimum $2000 stipend is available through Career and Professional Development for any selected VT student.  Contact Amy McPherson at amcphers@vt.edu <mailto:amcphers@vt.edu>  for more information about the stipend. Application deadline: Mar 31, 2017.

 

19. SUBMISSIONS INVITED FOR TORGERSEN AWARD – 2nd posting

The submission are accepted for the Paul E. Torgersen Awards, aimed at highlighting the top research performed in the College of Engineering. To be eligible, you must be graduating in the calendar year of 2017. Submissions include an abstract on your research, written such that a general audience could understand it. Submissions are due to Ms. Crawford (bcrawfrd@vt.edu <mailto:bcrawfrd@vt.edu> ) by Mar 31 by 11:59pm. More information at http://www.gsc.eng.vt.edu/PET.htm.  <http://www.gsc.eng.vt.edu/PET.html>

 

20. STUDENT ENGAGEMENT GRANTS – 2nd reposting

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.  There is up to $1,500 available in this year’s cycle. Either two awards of $750 or one $1,500 award will be granted. Learn more <http://engage.vt.edu/programs/grants_awards.html>  and apply by March 24.  Please contact Catherine Cotrupi with questions regarding JEDSEG at cotrupi@vt.edu <mailto:cotrupi@vt.edu>  or 540-231-9186.

 

21. GSA GRAD RESEARCH DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM APPLICATIONS ACCEPTED – MAR 14-22 – 2nd  posting

Do you have a research idea that deserves funding? The GSA Graduate Research Development Program provides research grant funds to support graduate research. PhD students may be awarded up to $1,000 and master’s students up to $750 to support their projects. The application deadline: Mar 22, 11:59pm. The application and more information may be found at tinyurl.com/vtgrdp <http://tinyurl.com/vtgrdp> . If you have questions, contact GRDP Chair Adwoa Baah-Dwomoh at gsaGRDP@gmail.com <mailto:gsaGRDP@gmail.com> .

 

22. SUBMISSIONS INVITED TO GLC PHOTO AND ART CONTEST – final 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.

 

23. FULL-TIME GA POSITION IN CONTROLLER’S OFFICE FOR 2017-18 – 1st posting

The Controller’s Office is seeking a full-time (20 hrs/wk) graduate assistant to work in the areas of general accounting, payroll, and accounts payable. Position begins in Aug. Duties include working on Retirement System calculations and assisting with ensuring that the deductions are correct; assisting with the review, monitoring and follow-up of special faculty payments to ensure compliance with university policies; assisting with the documentation and implementation of the new version VT’s electronic timekeeping system; and other tasks. Additional info at https://drive.google.com/a/vt.edu/file/d/0B2lSMLVxGF10ZnR1dGU4RnN1TGM/view?usp=sharing.  Submit a cover letter, resume and three references at  https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_1TFlanV7PpVW12B. Contact Kim Linkous, 540-231-8560 or linkousk@vt.edu <mailto:linkousk@vt.edu>  with questions.

 

24. GA OPENING IN STUDENT SUCCESS CENTER – 1st posting

The graduate assistant (20 hours/week) reports to an Assistant Director in the SSC. The GA will be responsible for assisting with the planning and delivery of several academic support programs. Position requires a high level of initiative and strong interpersonal, organizational, leadership, and presentation skills. Weekly evening hours and occasional weekend work required. Interested applicants should submit a resume to Sachim@vt.edu <mailto:Sachim@vt.edu>   Resumes will be accepted until position is filled. For questions contact Sachiel Mondesir at Sachim@vt.edu <mailto:Sachim@vt.edu>   Full job description at  https://drive.google.com/file/d/0ByOlgAsl50HXQkZCSG91YnZremc/view?ths=true.

 

25. GA OPENING IN SUSTAINABILITY OFFICE – 1st posting

The Office of Sustainability in the Facilities Department is seeking a Graduate Assistant to support efforts to educate the VT community about how to live a more sustainable and low-impact lifestyle. Applicants must have previous work experience and/or extracurricular activities experience in fields relating to sustainability. For more information, see http://facilities.vt.edu/content/dam/facilities_vt_edu/office-of-sustainability-graduate-assistant.pdf. Applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, and complete the following survey: https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_6D0xQ8tqjEhJBHv&Q_JFE=0. For full consideration, apply before 5:00 p.m. on Friday, Mar 31. Contact Karlee Siepierski at skarlee3@vt.edu <mailto:skarlee3@vt.edu>  with questions.

 

26. PT GRAD OPENING FOR PEACE COPRS RECRUITER POSITION – 1st posting

The VT Office of International Research, Education, and Development (OIRED) is searching for a graduate student who is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer (RPCV) to serve as the Campus Peace Corps Recruiter part-time (20 hours/week). The recruiter will serve as the main point of contact at VT and other local universities for students and others interested in joining the Peace Corps. Position begins fall 2017 and runs through spring 2018. The successful candidate will receive graduate school tuition remission and a stipend equivalent to a graduate assistantship in his/her department. Application deadline: Friday, May 12. See more at :  http://www.oired.vt.edu/job-opportunities/campus-peace-corps-recruiter-part-time/.

 

27. GRADUATE RESIDENTIAL FELLOW OPENINGS IN WEST AJ – 3rd posting

VT residential college is seeking three graduate residential fellows for 2017-18. This is not a graduate assistantship, but it provides free housing and a free on-campus meal plan, so it can be supplemental to traditional funding. Graduate fellows are expected to add to the intellectual/ academic life of the Residential College at West AJ. All disciplines are encouraged to apply. More information about the position at https://docs.google.com/document/d/1OwssvFS6ezbKx6uctmnOpawxPy0U8Ov-qPXT8jC2vc8/edit?usp=sharing. Posted on behalf of faculty principal of residential college at West AJ Matthew Gabriel.

 

28. GA OPPORTUNITY IN OIRED FOR 2017-18 – 3rd posting

The Women and Gender in International Development (WGD) program at the Office of International Research, Education, and Development (OIRED) (www.oired.vt.edu/wgd <http://www.oired.vt.edu/wgd> ) is seeking a Graduate Assistant to support organizing events and other administrative aspects, literature searches, writing and editing, and managing media posts surrounding WGD activities. The WGD program ensures a gender-sensitive approach to all projects and raises awareness at VT about gender and international development issues. Academic-year funding including tuition and stipend. Must have a background in geography, sociology, agricultural economics, gender studies, or a related field; demonstrated interest in international development and gender issues; and research experience. Only the most qualified applicants will be contacted. See http://www.oired.vt.edu/job-opportunities/wgd-ga/ for details.

 

29. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR STUDY OF MOBILE AUGMENTED REALITY APPLICATIONS – 1st posting

The Information Technology and Security Lab is conducting research on augmented reality and its personal and professional impact on awareness of threats to cybersecurity and privacy. Volunteers 18 or older are sought, with or without technical experience who are willing to use both AR and non-AR mobile applications to perform investigative tasks and answer questions about their experiences. Tasks involve walking in and around Newman Library. The entire survey will take approximately 60 minutes. Volunteers are assured that personal information will remain confidential and will never be published in any way. If interested in participating, contact Brendan Mattina at mbrend15@vt.edu <mailto:mbrend15@vt.edu> , 603-953-7060.

 

30. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR STUDY OF MIDDLE EASTERN IMMIGRANT WOMEN – 1st posting

Grad student Taysir Al Janabi is seeking participants for a capstone project research study regarding the perceptions of sexual assault and rape among Middle Eastern immigrant women in the southwest area of Virginia. Middle Eastern immigrant women who identify as Muslims and are interested in participating should email Taysir80@vt.edu <mailto:Taysir80@vt.edu>  or call 540-251-1006.

 

31. STUDENTS SOUGHT TO ASSIST WITH PRE-DEPARTURE ORIENTATION PROGRAMS – 2nd posting

Grad students who has spent time in the following countries or are international students from: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, China, Iceland, Ireland, Japan, South Africa, South Korea, Netherlands, Puerto Rico, Sweden or Thailand are sought by VT Global Education to assist with pre-departure orientation programs scheduled for Tuesday, Apr 18, Goodwin Hall, 8:00pm – 9:30pm for students who will be leaving soon to study abroad in Summer/Fall 2017.  A vital part of this program is hearing from students who are from or familiar with the above listed countries during break-out sessions, which are often the most helpful and enjoyable part of the event. Contact Laura Castle if you are willing to help: lecastle@vt.edu <mailto:lecastle@vt.edu> .

 

32. VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: GSA RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM – MAR 29 – 2nd posting

The GSA Research Symposium is coming up on Mar 29 with the theme of FUSION – Diversifying, connecting and amalgamating perspectives across disciplines. All volunteers will receive food and drink on the day of the event and free entry to the GSA Beer and Wine Social. Please fill out the survey at the following link by Wednesday, Mar 15: tinyurl.com/GSARSvolunteer <http://tinyurl.com/GSARSvolunteer>  to apply. Posted on behalf of Gary Nave, gknave@vt.edu.

 

33. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR 15-MIN ONLINE SURVEY – 3rd posting

Are you or have you recently been in a relationship with someone you met online? If so, VT researcher would love to hear from you. Grad student Dana Riger is conducting research on the stories people tell about meeting their partners online. Participants must be 18 or older and currently (or within the past 5 years) in a relationship with someone they met online. In the context of this study, online may include traditional dating sites, apps, and online personal ads, as well as online gaming or social media.  In exchange for your time, you may enter a drawing to win one of three $50 Amazon gift cards (with a 1 in 20 odds). If interested, take this anonymous 15-minute survey at

https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_6DtIq7rBfU57asZ. Posted on behalf of Dana Riger, driger@vt.edu.

 

Upcoming events:

 

MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR GRADUATE EDUCATION WEEK 2017: Mar 27-31

Attend professional development events and GSA research symposium, watch a free movie at the lyric, enjoy a free breakfast with the dean or coffee and tea from around the world, and finish the week with the big cook out on the Grad School lawn.  Some highlights:

            Professional Women’s Panel on Monday, 3/27, sign up online

            Removing the Mystery of the ETD Review; and Grad Night at the Lyric on Tuesday, 3/28

            GSA Research Symposium and Expo and LinkedIn Lab on Wednesday, 3/29

            Breakfast with the Dean (http://tinyurl.com/deanbreakfast-march2017) and GLC Café on Thursday, 3/30

            Big Cook Out on Friday, 3/31

            GSA spring beer & wine social 4/1 (no kidding)

See http://graduateschool.vt.edu/student-life/graduate-education-week.html for a full schedule of events and online registration.

 

OPEN EDUCATION WEEK MAR 27-31

Open Education Week sponsored by VT Libraries features events for faculty, future faculty and anyone who teaches. More information at: http://www.lib.vt.edu/oer/oe-week/2017-oeweek.html. Two events might be of particular interest to graduate students: (1) Seven Platforms You Should Know About: Share, Find, Author, or Adapt Creative Commons-Licensed Resources and (2) The Potential of Open Educational Resources: Virginia Tech Faculty & Student Panel Discussion.

 

FINISH GRADUATE EDUCATION WEEK WITH GSA SPRING BEER & WINE SOCIAL

Saturday, Apr 1, 3:00pm-7:00pm, University Club

Join the GSA to celebrate the conclusion of Graduate Education Week with the annual Spring Beer & Wine Social and Tasting. Buy advance tickets online for $8 through Mar 24, or for $10 online Mar 25-31. Tickets at the door will be $12; non-drinking tickets will be $5, and there will be a $1 at-door fee for credit card transactions. Light refreshments and snacks will be free with admission. This social is for students 21 and over only. Check out the event at http://tinyurl.com/beer-wine-spring2017-fb and RSVP and share! Email Kisha (kiwi@vt.edu <mailto:kiwi@vt.edu> ) with questions.

March 20-27, 2017

1.  WEEKLY WALK-IN SERVICES IN THE GLC – last updated 3/13/2017

– 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. FILMS ABOUT CONTEMPORARY LIFE IN SOUTH ASIA
Monday, Mar 20, 6:00pm, Newman Library Multipurpose Room, showing Taqwacore
Tuesday, Mar 21, 6:00pm, Newman Library Multipurpose Room, showing Aligarh
Join the South Asia Studies Group for two nights of films about contemporary life in South Asia and its presence around the world. Snacks will be provided so come hungry. See facebook for details at: https://www.facebook.com/events/1155131377942199/. Posted on behalf of doctoral student Anthony Szczurek, anthos9@vt.edu <mailto:anthos9@vt.edu> .

3. HANDLING ACADEMIC DISHONESTY IN THE CLASSROOM
Tuesday, March 21st, 6pm-7pm, GLC Meeting Room F
VTGrATE invites you to hang out and discuss common scenarios that might come up in the classroom regarding academic dishonesty, and explore the ways you may identify and handle academic dishonesty in the classroom. Posted on behalf of grad student Joseph Slagel, slagelj@vt.edu.

4. EXPLORE THE ART OF TEACHING: FORUM WITH ELIZABETH COLEMAN
Tuesday, Mar 21, 7:30pm, Moss Arts Center
Hosted by the Academy of Teaching Excellence, this event features Elizabeth Coleman, a visionary educator and former president of Bennington College, who will present a talk on the noble art of teaching. See details at http://liberalarts.vt.edu/college-news/elizabeth-coleman.html.

5. COMMUNITY VOICES: DEMOCRATIC DECONSOLIDATION IN TURKEY
Thursday, Mar 23, 12:00pm, GLC Room C; 7:00pm Room G
Join a roundtable luncheon with Turkish Journalist Mahir Zeynalov to discuss the role of deteriorating media freedoms in Turkey’s drift from its democratic principles, or an evening presentation and conversation at 7pm about the monumental shift of Turkey from a flawed democracy to a full-fledged autocracy in a few years.

6. GLC CAFÉ
Thursday, Mar 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.

7. UPLIFTING BLACK MEN CONFERENCE – register now!
Friday, Mar 24, 8:30am- 5:30pm, The Inn and Skelton Conference Center
Grad students are invited to the 2nd Annual Uplifting Black Men Conference hosted by the VT Black Male Excellence Network. This year the focus is on empowering Black men through the sharing of stories of persistence from several successful Virginia Tech alumni. All ethnic groups are welcome with the goal of providing insight into lived experience of Black males to a multitude of cultural and ethnic backgrounds. Registration is free but required for attendance; see conference website: https://vtbmen.com/2017-conference/. With questions contact Carley Wilson, carlmw1@exchange.vt.edu <mailto:carlmw1@exchange.vt.edu>  or Mordecai Harvey, mordie02@vt.edu <mailto:mordie02@vt.edu> .

8. HIGH-PERFORMANCE COMPUTING DAY
Friday, Mar 24, 10:00am-5:00pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
Advanced Research Computing will host the 4th annual HPC day with featured presentations, machine learning workshop, and faculty and student presentations. Full agenda at https://secure.hosting.vt.edu/www.arc.vt.edu/hpc_day_2017/.

 

9. GRAD ARTS COUNCIL PRESENTS: 2ND ANNUAL ART SHOWCASE

Friday, Mar 24, 7:00pm in Theatre 101 (200 College Ave)

This evening of live performance and diverse curated displays will feature graduate work in performance, reading and visual art from graduate students of Hollins, Radford, and Virginia Tech. This event is free and open to the public and will be followed up with a display at the GLC that will run through March 31. Posted on behalf of grad student Ana-Christina, acostaa@vt.edu.

 

10. ASIAN COOKING CLASS 2: INDIAN

Friday, Mar 24, 6:30-8:30pm, 203 Otey Street – Indian recipes

Friday, Mar 31, 6:30-8:30pm, 203 Otey Street – Korean/Laotian recipes

Three Asian cooking classes will be offered in March.  Limited to 16 participants, $5 participation fee required. Sign up at http <http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f044badac2da5fd0-indian> :// <http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f044badac2da5fd0-indian> www.signupgenius.com/go/20f044badac2da5fd0-indian <http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f044badac2da5fd0-indian>  or at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f044badac2da5fd0-koreanlaotian for the session of your choice. Posted on behalf of doctoral student Soo Jeong Jo, soojeong@vt.edu.

 

11. INTERVARSITY GRADUATE CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP SPRING RETREAT

Friday, Mar 24, 8:00pm – Sunday, Mar 26, 11:00am near Lexington, VA (1.5 hours from VT)

All VT graduate students are welcome to join in a restful weekend of new friendships, indoor/outdoor recreation, Bible study and prayer in a relaxed setting away from campus. Cost is $35 (scholarships are available). For more information and to register online, visit <https://gcfvt.wordpress.com/spring-retreat/>. Contact Robert Howe (robahowe@gmail.com <mailto:robahowe@gmail.com> ) with any questions.

 

12. GLC LASER TAG AT PANDAPAS POND (OUTDOOR)

Saturday, Mar 25, 12:30pm-4:30pm

It is time for bonding fun, teamwork collaboration, and stress relief physical activity. Rain or shine, run around outdoors and…laser tag, ‘nuff said! Join your fellow grad students on a free trip to Pandapas Pond. This event is hosted by your GLC fellows and LCAT: Laser Tag Club at Virginia Tech. Fill out this survey to sign up: http://survey.az1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_7WJs8kad2VVOe1L. Contact GLC fellow Erik Fendik at ef@vt.edu <mailto:ef@vt.edu>  if you have any questions.

 

13. CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS FOR THE GLC WEEKLY APRIL-1 SPECIAL EDITION – 1st posting

Get published in a peer-viewed online weekly notice: Submit your fake event description, faux call for research subjects, and other nonexistent opportunities for graduate students for the April 1 special edition of the GLC weekly listserv posting. Exercise your imagination and writing skills and earn extra points (in the form of chocolates and candy in 117 GLC) for a creative event or research idea, succinct description, and completeness of details. Submission deadline: March 31, 6:00pm. Send to gibsonm@vt.edu <mailto:gibsonm@vt.edu> , with subject line: You are a fool.

 

14. NOMINATIONS INVITED FOR INNOVATIVE ETD AWARDS – 1st posting

Virginia Tech is a member of the Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations (NDLTD), and NDLTD is seeking nominations for student awards. Several annual awards, each $1,000 are for innovative multimedia ETDs, or ETDs demonstrating innovation in other ways.  Current students whose ETDs will be produced later may want to keep this opportunity in mind as they undertake their research. See announcement at http://www.ndltd.org. Application deadline: May 31, 2017.

 

15. RETURNED PEACE CORPS VOLUNTEERS INVITED TO JOIN LOCAL GROUP – 1st posting

Returned Peace Corps volunteer or staff are invited to join a growing local group of fellow volunteers and staff of over 70. Contacting peacecorps@vt.edu <mailto:peacecorps@vt.edu> . Posted on behalf of grad student Rachael Kennedy.

 

16. THINKING ABOUT RUNNING FOR OFFICE IN THE GSA? TALK TO AN OFFICER! – 1st posting

If you’re considering running for office in the GSA, current Executive Board members are happy to meet with you to answer your questions and talk to you about their experiences as officers. Schedule a meeting with any officer or Joe, the advisor, to discuss your ambitions. Officers will set appointments based on mutual availability between Mar 20-23 (cutoff for electronic nominations is noon), or may be available by phone/videoconference during that window as well. Email gsa@vt.edu <mailto:gsa@vt.edu>  with the position you’re interested in, and the appropriate officer will get in touch with you directly. Learn more about GSA elections at http://tinyurl.com/GSA-elections-2017.

 

17. ON-CAMPUS HOUSING FOR GRADUATE STUDENTS – 1st posting

Housing & Residence Life is currently accepting students for on-campus housing for the 2017-2018 school year. The GLC at Donaldson Brown and Main Campbell Hall are open to graduate students interested in living in double or single rooms. For room rates and more information, visit: http://housing.vt.edu/contracts/apply/graduate_students.html or contact housing@vt.edu <mailto:housing@vt.edu> .

 

18. VIRGINIA GOVERNOR’S FELLOWS PROGRAM – 2nd posting

For graduate students interested in learning more about the administration of state government: full information at https://governor.virginia.gov/fellows/.  A minimum $2000 stipend is available through Career and Professional Development for any selected VT student.  Contact Amy McPherson at amcphers@vt.edu <mailto:amcphers@vt.edu>  for more information about the stipend. Application deadline: Mar 31, 2017.

 

19. SUBMISSIONS INVITED FOR TORGERSEN AWARD – 2nd posting

The submission are accepted for the Paul E. Torgersen Awards, aimed at highlighting the top research performed in the College of Engineering. To be eligible, you must be graduating in the calendar year of 2017. Submissions include an abstract on your research, written such that a general audience could understand it. Submissions are due to Ms. Crawford (bcrawfrd@vt.edu <mailto:bcrawfrd@vt.edu> ) by Mar 31 by 11:59pm. More information at http://www.gsc.eng.vt.edu/PET.htm.  <http://www.gsc.eng.vt.edu/PET.html>

 

20. STUDENT ENGAGEMENT GRANTS – 2nd reposting

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.  There is up to $1,500 available in this year’s cycle. Either two awards of $750 or one $1,500 award will be granted. Learn more <http://engage.vt.edu/programs/grants_awards.html>  and apply by March 24.  Please contact Catherine Cotrupi with questions regarding JEDSEG at cotrupi@vt.edu <mailto:cotrupi@vt.edu>  or 540-231-9186.

 

21. GSA GRAD RESEARCH DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM APPLICATIONS ACCEPTED – MAR 14-22 – 2nd  posting

Do you have a research idea that deserves funding? The GSA Graduate Research Development Program provides research grant funds to support graduate research. PhD students may be awarded up to $1,000 and master’s students up to $750 to support their projects. The application deadline: Mar 22, 11:59pm. The application and more information may be found at tinyurl.com/vtgrdp <http://tinyurl.com/vtgrdp> . If you have questions, contact GRDP Chair Adwoa Baah-Dwomoh at gsaGRDP@gmail.com <mailto:gsaGRDP@gmail.com> .

 

22. SUBMISSIONS INVITED TO GLC PHOTO AND ART CONTEST – final 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.

 

23. FULL-TIME GA POSITION IN CONTROLLER’S OFFICE FOR 2017-18 – 1st posting

The Controller’s Office is seeking a full-time (20 hrs/wk) graduate assistant to work in the areas of general accounting, payroll, and accounts payable. Position begins in Aug. Duties include working on Retirement System calculations and assisting with ensuring that the deductions are correct; assisting with the review, monitoring and follow-up of special faculty payments to ensure compliance with university policies; assisting with the documentation and implementation of the new version VT’s electronic timekeeping system; and other tasks. Additional info at https://drive.google.com/a/vt.edu/file/d/0B2lSMLVxGF10ZnR1dGU4RnN1TGM/view?usp=sharing.  Submit a cover letter, resume and three references at  https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_1TFlanV7PpVW12B. Contact Kim Linkous, 540-231-8560 or linkousk@vt.edu <mailto:linkousk@vt.edu>  with questions.

 

24. GA OPENING IN STUDENT SUCCESS CENTER – 1st posting

The graduate assistant (20 hours/week) reports to an Assistant Director in the SSC. The GA will be responsible for assisting with the planning and delivery of several academic support programs. Position requires a high level of initiative and strong interpersonal, organizational, leadership, and presentation skills. Weekly evening hours and occasional weekend work required. Interested applicants should submit a resume to Sachim@vt.edu <mailto:Sachim@vt.edu>   Resumes will be accepted until position is filled. For questions contact Sachiel Mondesir at Sachim@vt.edu <mailto:Sachim@vt.edu>   Full job description at  https://drive.google.com/file/d/0ByOlgAsl50HXQkZCSG91YnZremc/view?ths=true.

 

25. GA OPENING IN SUSTAINABILITY OFFICE – 1st posting

The Office of Sustainability in the Facilities Department is seeking a Graduate Assistant to support efforts to educate the VT community about how to live a more sustainable and low-impact lifestyle. Applicants must have previous work experience and/or extracurricular activities experience in fields relating to sustainability. For more information, see http://facilities.vt.edu/content/dam/facilities_vt_edu/office-of-sustainability-graduate-assistant.pdf. Applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, and complete the following survey: https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_6D0xQ8tqjEhJBHv&Q_JFE=0. For full consideration, apply before 5:00 p.m. on Friday, Mar 31. Contact Karlee Siepierski at skarlee3@vt.edu <mailto:skarlee3@vt.edu>  with questions.

 

26. PT GRAD OPENING FOR PEACE COPRS RECRUITER POSITION – 1st posting

The VT Office of International Research, Education, and Development (OIRED) is searching for a graduate student who is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer (RPCV) to serve as the Campus Peace Corps Recruiter part-time (20 hours/week). The recruiter will serve as the main point of contact at VT and other local universities for students and others interested in joining the Peace Corps. Position begins fall 2017 and runs through spring 2018. The successful candidate will receive graduate school tuition remission and a stipend equivalent to a graduate assistantship in his/her department. Application deadline: Friday, May 12. See more at :  http://www.oired.vt.edu/job-opportunities/campus-peace-corps-recruiter-part-time/.

 

27. GRADUATE RESIDENTIAL FELLOW OPENINGS IN WEST AJ – 3rd posting

VT residential college is seeking three graduate residential fellows for 2017-18. This is not a graduate assistantship, but it provides free housing and a free on-campus meal plan, so it can be supplemental to traditional funding. Graduate fellows are expected to add to the intellectual/ academic life of the Residential College at West AJ. All disciplines are encouraged to apply. More information about the position at https://docs.google.com/document/d/1OwssvFS6ezbKx6uctmnOpawxPy0U8Ov-qPXT8jC2vc8/edit?usp=sharing. Posted on behalf of faculty principal of residential college at West AJ Matthew Gabriel.

 

28. GA OPPORTUNITY IN OIRED FOR 2017-18 – 3rd posting

The Women and Gender in International Development (WGD) program at the Office of International Research, Education, and Development (OIRED) (www.oired.vt.edu/wgd <http://www.oired.vt.edu/wgd> ) is seeking a Graduate Assistant to support organizing events and other administrative aspects, literature searches, writing and editing, and managing media posts surrounding WGD activities. The WGD program ensures a gender-sensitive approach to all projects and raises awareness at VT about gender and international development issues. Academic-year funding including tuition and stipend. Must have a background in geography, sociology, agricultural economics, gender studies, or a related field; demonstrated interest in international development and gender issues; and research experience. Only the most qualified applicants will be contacted. See http://www.oired.vt.edu/job-opportunities/wgd-ga/ for details.

 

29. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR STUDY OF MOBILE AUGMENTED REALITY APPLICATIONS – 1st posting

The Information Technology and Security Lab is conducting research on augmented reality and its personal and professional impact on awareness of threats to cybersecurity and privacy. Volunteers 18 or older are sought, with or without technical experience who are willing to use both AR and non-AR mobile applications to perform investigative tasks and answer questions about their experiences. Tasks involve walking in and around Newman Library. The entire survey will take approximately 60 minutes. Volunteers are assured that personal information will remain confidential and will never be published in any way. If interested in participating, contact Brendan Mattina at mbrend15@vt.edu <mailto:mbrend15@vt.edu> , 603-953-7060.

 

30. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR STUDY OF MIDDLE EASTERN IMMIGRANT WOMEN – 1st posting

Grad student Taysir Al Janabi is seeking participants for a capstone project research study regarding the perceptions of sexual assault and rape among Middle Eastern immigrant women in the southwest area of Virginia. Middle Eastern immigrant women who identify as Muslims and are interested in participating should email Taysir80@vt.edu <mailto:Taysir80@vt.edu>  or call 540-251-1006.

 

31. STUDENTS SOUGHT TO ASSIST WITH PRE-DEPARTURE ORIENTATION PROGRAMS – 2nd posting

Grad students who has spent time in the following countries or are international students from: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, China, Iceland, Ireland, Japan, South Africa, South Korea, Netherlands, Puerto Rico, Sweden or Thailand are sought by VT Global Education to assist with pre-departure orientation programs scheduled for Tuesday, Apr 18, Goodwin Hall, 8:00pm – 9:30pm for students who will be leaving soon to study abroad in Summer/Fall 2017.  A vital part of this program is hearing from students who are from or familiar with the above listed countries during break-out sessions, which are often the most helpful and enjoyable part of the event. Contact Laura Castle if you are willing to help: lecastle@vt.edu <mailto:lecastle@vt.edu> .

 

32. VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: GSA RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM – MAR 29 – 2nd posting

The GSA Research Symposium is coming up on Mar 29 with the theme of FUSION – Diversifying, connecting and amalgamating perspectives across disciplines. All volunteers will receive food and drink on the day of the event and free entry to the GSA Beer and Wine Social. Please fill out the survey at the following link by Wednesday, Mar 15: tinyurl.com/GSARSvolunteer <http://tinyurl.com/GSARSvolunteer>  to apply. Posted on behalf of Gary Nave, gknave@vt.edu.

 

33. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR 15-MIN ONLINE SURVEY – 3rd posting

Are you or have you recently been in a relationship with someone you met online? If so, VT researcher would love to hear from you. Grad student Dana Riger is conducting research on the stories people tell about meeting their partners online. Participants must be 18 or older and currently (or within the past 5 years) in a relationship with someone they met online. In the context of this study, online may include traditional dating sites, apps, and online personal ads, as well as online gaming or social media.  In exchange for your time, you may enter a drawing to win one of three $50 Amazon gift cards (with a 1 in 20 odds). If interested, take this anonymous 15-minute survey at

https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_6DtIq7rBfU57asZ. Posted on behalf of Dana Riger, driger@vt.edu.

 

Upcoming events:

 

MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR GRADUATE EDUCATION WEEK 2017: Mar 27-31

Attend professional development events and GSA research symposium, watch a free movie at the lyric, enjoy a free breakfast with the dean or coffee and tea from around the world, and finish the week with the big cook out on the Grad School lawn.  Some highlights:

            Professional Women’s Panel on Monday, 3/27, sign up online

            Removing the Mystery of the ETD Review; and Grad Night at the Lyric on Tuesday, 3/28

            GSA Research Symposium and Expo and LinkedIn Lab on Wednesday, 3/29

            Breakfast with the Dean (http://tinyurl.com/deanbreakfast-march2017) and GLC Café on Thursday, 3/30

            Big Cook Out on Friday, 3/31

            GSA spring beer & wine social 4/1 (no kidding)

See http://graduateschool.vt.edu/student-life/graduate-education-week.html for a full schedule of events and online registration.

 

OPEN EDUCATION WEEK MAR 27-31

Open Education Week sponsored by VT Libraries features events for faculty, future faculty and anyone who teaches. More information at: http://www.lib.vt.edu/oer/oe-week/2017-oeweek.html. Two events might be of particular interest to graduate students: (1) Seven Platforms You Should Know About: Share, Find, Author, or Adapt Creative Commons-Licensed Resources and (2) The Potential of Open Educational Resources: Virginia Tech Faculty & Student Panel Discussion.

 

FINISH GRADUATE EDUCATION WEEK WITH GSA SPRING BEER & WINE SOCIAL

Saturday, Apr 1, 3:00pm-7:00pm, University Club

Join the GSA to celebrate the conclusion of Graduate Education Week with the annual Spring Beer & Wine Social and Tasting. Buy advance tickets online for $8 through Mar 24, or for $10 online Mar 25-31. Tickets at the door will be $12; non-drinking tickets will be $5, and there will be a $1 at-door fee for credit card transactions. Light refreshments and snacks will be free with admission. This social is for students 21 and over only. Check out the event at http://tinyurl.com/beer-wine-spring2017-fb and RSVP and share! Email Kisha (kiwi@vt.edu <mailto:kiwi@vt.edu> ) with questions.

March 13-19, 2017

1.  WEEKLY WALK-IN SERVICES IN THE GLC – last updated 3/13/2017

– 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. RESEARCH A LA MODE PRESENTS: WHAT FUNCTIONS DO MINERALS FULFILL IN ANIMALS?
Monday, Mar 13, 5:30-6:30pm, Museum, 2062 Derring
In animals, bio-minerals make up hardened structures such as bones, teeth, shells, etc. As part of these different body parts, bio-minerals serve a wide variety of purposes that include filtering light and food, acting as compasses, and conferring material strength. This talk is about the example of bio-minerals inside the exoskeletons of crabs and lobsters and their possible function. Come for the talk and stay for free ice cream! Research a la Mode is a monthly venue for graduate students from different departments to come together and hear a talk by one of their peers, practice communicating their research to an audience that is unfamiliar with their discipline, and simplify and clarify their presentation skills. Posted on behalf of doctoral student Lisa Whalen, lashley@vt.edu.

3. VT MASTER PLAN STUDENT FORUM
Monday, Mar 13, 7:30-9:00pm, Squires Commonwealth Ballroom
Sasaki Associates and University Planning will host this student forum with a special breakout session for graduate students. A Town Hall forum will be held on Mar 14. More details for that event will be released via VTNews. Find more details about the student forum here: http://tinyurl.com/vtmasterplan2. Posted on behalf of BOV Grad Rep Tara Reel, tdreel@vt.edu.

4. 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 <mailto:ahallibu@vt.edu> ).

3.14 PIE DAY CAFÉ SPECIAL EDITION
Tuesday, Mar 14, 3:00-4:00pm, GLC Reading Room
Enjoy free coffee and tea and some pie in honor of 3/14.

5. 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 . 

6. 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 <mailto:akhil91@vt.edu> .

7. GLC CAFÉ
Thursday, Mar 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! Bring your own mug if you can.

8. MARCH MADNESS BRACKET CHALLENGE: VT GAME 1
Thursday, Mar 16, GLC TV Lounge (across from the Auditorium)
Join the GLC Fellows in the March Madness Bracket Challenge! A prize will be awarded to the top bracket at the end of the tournament. The GLC Fellows will be screening Virginia Tech vs. Wisconsin game, as well as the tournament final! (Times/Dates TBD). Brackets must be filled out by tip-off of the first game on Mar 16. Contact Julia Vasquez at juliav@vt.edu  with any questions. To join the ESPN bracket group, go to: https://tinyurl.com/h793q3m.

9. OVER-30 GRADS INTEREST MEETING
Friday, Mar 17, 6:00pm, 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> .

10. SPRING BADMINTON TOURNAMENT
Friday-Saturday, Mar 17-18 and 24-25, War Memorial Gym 125
Grad student Meghna Verma invites you to this badminton tournament. Keep a healthy balance between studies, work and physical activities and have some fun! Register at http://bit.ly/2mHvIFN (last day to register Mar 17, 6:00pm). Contact: bmt.club.vt@gmail.com <mailto:bmt.club.vt@gmail.com>  for more info. Posted on behalf of Meghna Verma, meghna89@vt.edu.

11. ASIAN COOKING CLASS 1: CHINESE
Friday, Mar 17, 6:30-8:30pm, 203 Otey Street
Friday, Mar 24, 6:30-8:30pm, 203 Otey Street – Indian recipes
Three Asian cooking classes will be offered in March. The first session is Chinese cooking.  Limited to 16 participants, $5 participation fee required. Please sign up here: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f044badac2da5fd0-chinese/ or at http http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f044badac2da5fd0-indian for Indian. Posted on behalf of doctoral student Soo Jeong Jo, soojeong@vt.edu.

12. DISSERTATION BOOT CAMP
Sunday, 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. Attend the last of these sessions and give your dissertation-writing some focused time! During these meetings, students will have their own quiet space to work, and grad-level Writing Center coaches will be present to provide assistance. Light refreshments provided (think caffeine and carbs) Brought to you by the Writing Center and the Graduate School.

13. VIRGINIA GOVERNOR’S FELLOWS PROGRAM – 1st posting
For graduate students interested in learning more about the administration of state government: full information at https://governor.virginia.gov/fellows/.  A minimum $2000 stipend is available through Career and Professional Development for any selected VT student.  Contact Amy McPherson at amcphers@vt.edu <mailto:amcphers@vt.edu>  for more information about the stipend. Application deadline: Mar 31, 2017.

14. SUBMISSIONS INVITED FOR TORGERSEN AWARD – 1st posting
The submission are accepted for the Paul E. Torgersen Awards, aimed at highlighting the top research performed in the College of Engineering. To be eligible, you must be graduating in the calendar year of 2017. Submissions include an abstract on your research, written such that a general audience could understand it. Submissions are due to Ms. Crawford (bcrawfrd@vt.edu <mailto:bcrawfrd@vt.edu> ) by Mar 31 by 11:59pm. More information at http://www.gsc.eng.vt.edu/PET.htm.  <http://www.gsc.eng.vt.edu/PET.html>

15. STUDENT ENGAGEMENT GRANTS – 1st reposting
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.  There is up to $1,500 available in this year’s cycle. Either two awards of $750 or one $1,500 award will be granted. Learn more <http://engage.vt.edu/programs/grants_awards.html>  and apply by March 24.  Please contact Catherine Cotrupi with questions regarding JEDSEG at cotrupi@vt.edu <mailto:cotrupi@vt.edu>  or 540-231-9186.

16. VT ENGAGE POSTER SHOWCASE – 1st reposting
Individuals or teams of students are encouraged to submit a poster proposal (see 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. Submission deadline: Friday, Mar 17. You will be notified by Tuesday, Mar 21 whether your proposal was accepted. Contact VT Engage with questions at engage@vt.edu <mailto:engage@vt.edu>  or 540-231-9798.

17. MARCH MADNESS BRACKET CHALLENGE – 2nd posting
Join the GLC Fellows in the March Madness Bracket Challenge! A prize will be awarded to the top bracket at the end of the tournament. The GLC Fellows will be screening Virginia Tech vs. Wisconsin game this Thursday, Mar 16 in the GLC TV Lounge, as well as the tournament final! (Times/Dates TBD). Brackets must be filled out by tip-off of the first game on Mar 16. Contact Julia Vasquez at juliav@vt.edu <mailto:juliav@vt.edu>  with any questions. To join the ESPN bracket group, go to: https://tinyurl.com/h793q3m.

18. CITIZEN SCHOLAR APPLICATIONS OPEN NOW – 2nd re-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.

19. FAIR USE WEEK CONTEST SUBMISSIONS INVITED – 2nd posting
VT Libraries invites grad students for this contest. See guidelines & entry form at http://guides.lib.vt.edu/fairuseweek/contest. VT students, staff, & faculty are eligible to submit entries. Prizes are Amazon Gift Cards: 1st – $100; 2nd – $75; 3rd – $50. Submit your entry by Mar 13, 2017 in any format (from an art piece or blog post draft to an audio work, essay, or educational material: (1) create something to inform or engage others in thinking about Fair Use, or (2) share an example of how you’ve benefited from Fair Use along with a Fair Use Analysis. Get support to develop your submission: fairuseweek-g@vt.edu or sign up to attend a Submission Development Workshop: https://goo.gl/forms/5sx7QizMkRk8mFUv1. Posted on behalf of Ginny Pannabecker, vpannabe@vt.edu.

20. GSA GRAD RESEARCH DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM APPLICATIONS ACCEPTED – MAR 14-22 – 2nd  posting
Do you have a research idea that deserves funding? The GSA Graduate Research Development Program provides research grant funds to support graduate research. PhD students may be awarded up to $1,000 and master’s students up to $750 to support their projects. The application is now open and will close on March 22 at 11:59pm. The application and more information may be found at tinyurl.com/vtgrdp <http://tinyurl.com/vtgrdp> . If you have questions, contact GRDP Chair Adwoa Baah-Dwomoh at gsaGRDP@gmail.com .

21. SUBMISSIONS INVITED TO GLC PHOTO AND ART CONTEST – 3rd posting
The Graduate School invites submissions of art work and photography by graduate students for display in the GLC during 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.

22. CALL FOR INTERDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH HONOR SOCIETY MEMBERS – 3rd 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) with questions.​​

23. UNION INNOVATION CHALLENGE 2017 – 3rd 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/.

24. NOMINATIONS ACCEPTED FOR GSA ELECTIONS 2017-18 – 3rd 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.

25. BOV GRAD REP HOSTS PRESIDENT’S LUNCHEON: APPLY NOW! – 3rd 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.

26. INTEREST POLL FOR SCIENTISTS’ MARCH ON WASHINGTON – 3rd 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.

27. GRADUATE RESIDENTIAL FELLOW OPENINGS IN WEST AJ – 2nd posting
VT residential college is seeking three graduate residential fellows for 2017-18. This is not a graduate assistantship, but it provides free housing and a free on-campus meal plan, so it can be supplemental to traditional funding. Graduate fellows are expected to add to the intellectual/ academic life of the Residential College at West AJ. All disciplines are encouraged to apply. More information about the position at https://docs.google.com/document/d/1OwssvFS6ezbKx6uctmnOpawxPy0U8Ov-qPXT8jC2vc8/edit?usp=sharing. Posted on behalf of faculty principal of residential college at West AJ Matthew Gabriel.

28. GA OPPORTUNITY IN OIRED FOR 2017-18 – 2nd posting
The Women and Gender in International Development (WGD) program at the Office of International Research, Education, and Development (OIRED) (www.oired.vt.edu/wgd <http://www.oired.vt.edu/wgd> ) is seeking a Graduate Assistant to support organizing events and other administrative aspects, literature searches, writing and editing, and managing media posts surrounding WGD activities. The WGD program ensures a gender-sensitive approach to all projects and raises awareness at VT about gender and international development issues. Academic-year funding including tuition and stipend. Must have a background in geography, sociology, agricultural economics, gender studies, or a related field; demonstrated interest in international development and gender issues; and research experience. Only the most qualified applicants will be contacted. See http://www.oired.vt.edu/job-opportunities/wgd-ga/ for details.

29. GRAD STUDENT WAGE OPENING IN OIRED – 3rd 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.

30. 2017-2018 GLC FELLOW POSITION OPENING – 3rd posting
Residence Life and the Graduate School are seeking a motivated graduate student who is committed to building graduate community for a GLC Fellow position for 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.

31. STUDENTS SOUGHT TO ASSIST WITH PRE-DEPARTURE ORIENTATION PROGRAMS – 1st posting
Grad students who has spent time in the following countries or are international students from: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, China, Iceland, Ireland, Japan, South Africa, South Korea, Netherlands, Puerto Rico, Sweden or Thailand are sought by VT Global Education to assist with pre-departure orientation programs scheduled for Tuesday, Apr 18, Goodwin Hall, 8:00pm – 9:30pm for students who will be leaving soon to study abroad in Summer/Fall 2017.  A vital part of this program is hearing from students who are from or familiar with the above listed countries during break-out sessions, which are often the most helpful and enjoyable part of the event. Contact Laura Castle if you are willing to help: lecastle@vt.edu.

32. VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: GSA RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM – MAR 29 – 1st posting
The GSA Research Symposium is coming up on Mar 29 with the theme of FUSION – Diversifying, connecting and amalgamating perspectives across disciplines. All volunteers will receive food and drink on the day of the event and free entry to the GSA Beer and Wine Social. Please fill out the survey at the following link by Wednesday, Mar 15: tinyurl.com/GSARSvolunteer <http://tinyurl.com/GSARSvolunteer>  to apply. Posted on behalf of Gary Nave, gknave@vt.edu.

33. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR 15-MIN ONLINE SURVEY – 2nd posting
Are you or have you recently been in a relationship with someone you met online? If so, VT researcher would love to hear from you. Grad student Dana Riger is conducting research on the stories people tell about meeting their partners online. Participants must be 18 or older and currently (or within the past 5 years) in a relationship with someone they met online. In the context of this study, online may include traditional dating sites, apps, and online personal ads, as well as online gaming or social media.  In exchange for your time, you may enter a drawing to win one of three $50 Amazon gift cards (with a 1 in 20 odds). If interested, take this anonymous 15-minute survey at https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_6DtIq7rBfU57asZ. Posted on behalf of Dana Riger, driger@vt.edu.

34. VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR EXPERIENCES OF INTL TEACHING ASSISTANTS AT VT STUDY – 3rd  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.

Upcoming events:

EXPLORE THE ART OF TEACHING: FORUM WITH ELIZABETH COLEMAN
Tuesday, Mar 21, 7:30pm, Moss Arts Center
Hosted by the Academy of Teaching Excellence, this event features Elizabeth Coleman, a visionary educator and former president of Bennington College, who will present a talk on the noble art of teaching. See details at http://liberalarts.vt.edu/college-news/elizabeth-coleman.html.

UPLIFTING BLACK MEN CONFERENCE – register now!
Friday, Mar 24, 8:30am- 5:30pm, The Inn and Skelton Conference Center
Grad students are invited to the 2nd Annual Uplifting Black Men Conference hosted by the VT Black Male Excellence Network. This year the focus is on empowering Black men through the sharing of stories of persistence from several successful Virginia Tech alumni. All ethnic groups are welcome with the goal of providing insight into lived experience of Black males to a multitude of cultural and ethnic backgrounds. Registration is free but required for attendance; see conference website: https://vtbmen.com/2017-conference/. With questions contact Carley Wilson, carlmw1@exchange.vt.edu or Mordecai Harvey, mordie02@vt.edu.

INTERVARSITY GRADUATE CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP SPRING RETREAT
Friday, Mar 24, 8:00pm – Sunday, Mar 26, 11:00am near Lexington, VA (1.5 hours from VT)
All VT graduate students are welcome to join in a restful weekend of new friendships, indoor/outdoor recreation, Bible study and prayer in a relaxed setting away from campus. Cost is $35 (scholarships are available). For more information and to register online, visit <https://gcfvt.wordpress.com/spring-retreat/>. Contact Robert Howe (robahowe@gmail.com) with any questions.

GLC LASER TAG AT PANDAPAS POND (OUTDOOR)
Saturday, Mar 25, 12:30pm-4:30pm
It is time for bonding fun, teamwork collaboration, and stress relief physical activity. Rain or shine, run around outdoors and…laser tag, ‘nuff said! Join your fellow grad students on a free trip to Pandapas Pond. This event is hosted by your GLC fellows and LCAT: Laser Tag Club at Virginia Tech. Fill out this survey to sign up: http://survey.az1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_7WJs8kad2VVOe1L. Contact GLC fellow Erik Fendik at ef@vt.edu if you have any questions.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR GRADUATE EDUCATION WEEK 2017: Mar 27-31
Attend professional development events and GSA research symposium, watch a free movie at the lyric, enjoy a free breakfast with the dean or coffee and tea from around the world, and finish the week with the big cook out on the Grad School lawn. See http://graduateschool.vt.edu/student-life/graduate-education-week.html for a full schedule of events. Some may require registration.

March 13-19, 2017

1.  WEEKLY WALK-IN SERVICES IN THE GLC – last updated 3/13/2017

– 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. RESEARCH A LA MODE PRESENTS: WHAT FUNCTIONS DO MINERALS FULFILL IN ANIMALS?
Monday, Mar 13, 5:30-6:30pm, Museum, 2062 Derring
In animals, bio-minerals make up hardened structures such as bones, teeth, shells, etc. As part of these different body parts, bio-minerals serve a wide variety of purposes that include filtering light and food, acting as compasses, and conferring material strength. This talk is about the example of bio-minerals inside the exoskeletons of crabs and lobsters and their possible function. Come for the talk and stay for free ice cream! Research a la Mode is a monthly venue for graduate students from different departments to come together and hear a talk by one of their peers, practice communicating their research to an audience that is unfamiliar with their discipline, and simplify and clarify their presentation skills. Posted on behalf of doctoral student Lisa Whalen, lashley@vt.edu.

3. VT MASTER PLAN STUDENT FORUM
Monday, Mar 13, 7:30-9:00pm, Squires Commonwealth Ballroom
Sasaki Associates and University Planning will host this student forum with a special breakout session for graduate students. A Town Hall forum will be held on Mar 14. More details for that event will be released via VTNews. Find more details about the student forum here: http://tinyurl.com/vtmasterplan2. Posted on behalf of BOV Grad Rep Tara Reel, tdreel@vt.edu.

4. 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 <mailto:ahallibu@vt.edu> ).

3.14 PIE DAY CAFÉ SPECIAL EDITION
Tuesday, Mar 14, 3:00-4:00pm, GLC Reading Room
Enjoy free coffee and tea and some pie in honor of 3/14.

5. 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 . 

6. 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 <mailto:akhil91@vt.edu> .

7. GLC CAFÉ
Thursday, Mar 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! Bring your own mug if you can.

8. MARCH MADNESS BRACKET CHALLENGE: VT GAME 1
Thursday, Mar 16, GLC TV Lounge (across from the Auditorium)
Join the GLC Fellows in the March Madness Bracket Challenge! A prize will be awarded to the top bracket at the end of the tournament. The GLC Fellows will be screening Virginia Tech vs. Wisconsin game, as well as the tournament final! (Times/Dates TBD). Brackets must be filled out by tip-off of the first game on Mar 16. Contact Julia Vasquez at juliav@vt.edu  with any questions. To join the ESPN bracket group, go to: https://tinyurl.com/h793q3m.

9. OVER-30 GRADS INTEREST MEETING
Friday, Mar 17, 6:00pm, 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> .

10. SPRING BADMINTON TOURNAMENT
Friday-Saturday, Mar 17-18 and 24-25, War Memorial Gym 125
Grad student Meghna Verma invites you to this badminton tournament. Keep a healthy balance between studies, work and physical activities and have some fun! Register at http://bit.ly/2mHvIFN (last day to register Mar 17, 6:00pm). Contact: bmt.club.vt@gmail.com <mailto:bmt.club.vt@gmail.com>  for more info. Posted on behalf of Meghna Verma, meghna89@vt.edu.

11. ASIAN COOKING CLASS 1: CHINESE
Friday, Mar 17, 6:30-8:30pm, 203 Otey Street
Friday, Mar 24, 6:30-8:30pm, 203 Otey Street – Indian recipes
Three Asian cooking classes will be offered in March. The first session is Chinese cooking.  Limited to 16 participants, $5 participation fee required. Please sign up here: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f044badac2da5fd0-chinese/ or at http http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f044badac2da5fd0-indian for Indian. Posted on behalf of doctoral student Soo Jeong Jo, soojeong@vt.edu.

12. DISSERTATION BOOT CAMP
Sunday, 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. Attend the last of these sessions and give your dissertation-writing some focused time! During these meetings, students will have their own quiet space to work, and grad-level Writing Center coaches will be present to provide assistance. Light refreshments provided (think caffeine and carbs) Brought to you by the Writing Center and the Graduate School.

13. VIRGINIA GOVERNOR’S FELLOWS PROGRAM – 1st posting
For graduate students interested in learning more about the administration of state government: full information at https://governor.virginia.gov/fellows/.  A minimum $2000 stipend is available through Career and Professional Development for any selected VT student.  Contact Amy McPherson at amcphers@vt.edu <mailto:amcphers@vt.edu>  for more information about the stipend. Application deadline: Mar 31, 2017.

14. SUBMISSIONS INVITED FOR TORGERSEN AWARD – 1st posting
The submission are accepted for the Paul E. Torgersen Awards, aimed at highlighting the top research performed in the College of Engineering. To be eligible, you must be graduating in the calendar year of 2017. Submissions include an abstract on your research, written such that a general audience could understand it. Submissions are due to Ms. Crawford (bcrawfrd@vt.edu <mailto:bcrawfrd@vt.edu> ) by Mar 31 by 11:59pm. More information at http://www.gsc.eng.vt.edu/PET.htm.  <http://www.gsc.eng.vt.edu/PET.html>

15. STUDENT ENGAGEMENT GRANTS – 1st reposting
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.  There is up to $1,500 available in this year’s cycle. Either two awards of $750 or one $1,500 award will be granted. Learn more <http://engage.vt.edu/programs/grants_awards.html>  and apply by March 24.  Please contact Catherine Cotrupi with questions regarding JEDSEG at cotrupi@vt.edu <mailto:cotrupi@vt.edu>  or 540-231-9186.

16. VT ENGAGE POSTER SHOWCASE – 1st reposting
Individuals or teams of students are encouraged to submit a poster proposal (see 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. Submission deadline: Friday, Mar 17. You will be notified by Tuesday, Mar 21 whether your proposal was accepted. Contact VT Engage with questions at engage@vt.edu <mailto:engage@vt.edu>  or 540-231-9798.

17. MARCH MADNESS BRACKET CHALLENGE – 2nd posting
Join the GLC Fellows in the March Madness Bracket Challenge! A prize will be awarded to the top bracket at the end of the tournament. The GLC Fellows will be screening Virginia Tech vs. Wisconsin game this Thursday, Mar 16 in the GLC TV Lounge, as well as the tournament final! (Times/Dates TBD). Brackets must be filled out by tip-off of the first game on Mar 16. Contact Julia Vasquez at juliav@vt.edu <mailto:juliav@vt.edu>  with any questions. To join the ESPN bracket group, go to: https://tinyurl.com/h793q3m.

18. CITIZEN SCHOLAR APPLICATIONS OPEN NOW – 2nd re-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.

19. FAIR USE WEEK CONTEST SUBMISSIONS INVITED – 2nd posting
VT Libraries invites grad students for this contest. See guidelines & entry form at http://guides.lib.vt.edu/fairuseweek/contest. VT students, staff, & faculty are eligible to submit entries. Prizes are Amazon Gift Cards: 1st – $100; 2nd – $75; 3rd – $50. Submit your entry by Mar 13, 2017 in any format (from an art piece or blog post draft to an audio work, essay, or educational material: (1) create something to inform or engage others in thinking about Fair Use, or (2) share an example of how you’ve benefited from Fair Use along with a Fair Use Analysis. Get support to develop your submission: fairuseweek-g@vt.edu or sign up to attend a Submission Development Workshop: https://goo.gl/forms/5sx7QizMkRk8mFUv1. Posted on behalf of Ginny Pannabecker, vpannabe@vt.edu.

20. GSA GRAD RESEARCH DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM APPLICATIONS ACCEPTED – MAR 14-22 – 2nd  posting
Do you have a research idea that deserves funding? The GSA Graduate Research Development Program provides research grant funds to support graduate research. PhD students may be awarded up to $1,000 and master’s students up to $750 to support their projects. The application is now open and will close on March 22 at 11:59pm. The application and more information may be found at tinyurl.com/vtgrdp <http://tinyurl.com/vtgrdp> . If you have questions, contact GRDP Chair Adwoa Baah-Dwomoh at gsaGRDP@gmail.com .

21. SUBMISSIONS INVITED TO GLC PHOTO AND ART CONTEST – 3rd posting
The Graduate School invites submissions of art work and photography by graduate students for display in the GLC during 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.

22. CALL FOR INTERDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH HONOR SOCIETY MEMBERS – 3rd 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) with questions.​​

23. UNION INNOVATION CHALLENGE 2017 – 3rd 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/.

24. NOMINATIONS ACCEPTED FOR GSA ELECTIONS 2017-18 – 3rd 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.

25. BOV GRAD REP HOSTS PRESIDENT’S LUNCHEON: APPLY NOW! – 3rd 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.

26. INTEREST POLL FOR SCIENTISTS’ MARCH ON WASHINGTON – 3rd 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.

27. GRADUATE RESIDENTIAL FELLOW OPENINGS IN WEST AJ – 2nd posting
VT residential college is seeking three graduate residential fellows for 2017-18. This is not a graduate assistantship, but it provides free housing and a free on-campus meal plan, so it can be supplemental to traditional funding. Graduate fellows are expected to add to the intellectual/ academic life of the Residential College at West AJ. All disciplines are encouraged to apply. More information about the position at https://docs.google.com/document/d/1OwssvFS6ezbKx6uctmnOpawxPy0U8Ov-qPXT8jC2vc8/edit?usp=sharing. Posted on behalf of faculty principal of residential college at West AJ Matthew Gabriel.

28. GA OPPORTUNITY IN OIRED FOR 2017-18 – 2nd posting
The Women and Gender in International Development (WGD) program at the Office of International Research, Education, and Development (OIRED) (www.oired.vt.edu/wgd <http://www.oired.vt.edu/wgd> ) is seeking a Graduate Assistant to support organizing events and other administrative aspects, literature searches, writing and editing, and managing media posts surrounding WGD activities. The WGD program ensures a gender-sensitive approach to all projects and raises awareness at VT about gender and international development issues. Academic-year funding including tuition and stipend. Must have a background in geography, sociology, agricultural economics, gender studies, or a related field; demonstrated interest in international development and gender issues; and research experience. Only the most qualified applicants will be contacted. See http://www.oired.vt.edu/job-opportunities/wgd-ga/ for details.

29. GRAD STUDENT WAGE OPENING IN OIRED – 3rd 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.

30. 2017-2018 GLC FELLOW POSITION OPENING – 3rd posting
Residence Life and the Graduate School are seeking a motivated graduate student who is committed to building graduate community for a GLC Fellow position for 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.

31. STUDENTS SOUGHT TO ASSIST WITH PRE-DEPARTURE ORIENTATION PROGRAMS – 1st posting
Grad students who has spent time in the following countries or are international students from: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, China, Iceland, Ireland, Japan, South Africa, South Korea, Netherlands, Puerto Rico, Sweden or Thailand are sought by VT Global Education to assist with pre-departure orientation programs scheduled for Tuesday, Apr 18, Goodwin Hall, 8:00pm – 9:30pm for students who will be leaving soon to study abroad in Summer/Fall 2017.  A vital part of this program is hearing from students who are from or familiar with the above listed countries during break-out sessions, which are often the most helpful and enjoyable part of the event. Contact Laura Castle if you are willing to help: lecastle@vt.edu.

32. VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: GSA RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM – MAR 29 – 1st posting
The GSA Research Symposium is coming up on Mar 29 with the theme of FUSION – Diversifying, connecting and amalgamating perspectives across disciplines. All volunteers will receive food and drink on the day of the event and free entry to the GSA Beer and Wine Social. Please fill out the survey at the following link by Wednesday, Mar 15: tinyurl.com/GSARSvolunteer <http://tinyurl.com/GSARSvolunteer>  to apply. Posted on behalf of Gary Nave, gknave@vt.edu.

33. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR 15-MIN ONLINE SURVEY – 2nd posting
Are you or have you recently been in a relationship with someone you met online? If so, VT researcher would love to hear from you. Grad student Dana Riger is conducting research on the stories people tell about meeting their partners online. Participants must be 18 or older and currently (or within the past 5 years) in a relationship with someone they met online. In the context of this study, online may include traditional dating sites, apps, and online personal ads, as well as online gaming or social media.  In exchange for your time, you may enter a drawing to win one of three $50 Amazon gift cards (with a 1 in 20 odds). If interested, take this anonymous 15-minute survey at https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_6DtIq7rBfU57asZ. Posted on behalf of Dana Riger, driger@vt.edu.

34. VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR EXPERIENCES OF INTL TEACHING ASSISTANTS AT VT STUDY – 3rd  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.

Upcoming events:

EXPLORE THE ART OF TEACHING: FORUM WITH ELIZABETH COLEMAN
Tuesday, Mar 21, 7:30pm, Moss Arts Center
Hosted by the Academy of Teaching Excellence, this event features Elizabeth Coleman, a visionary educator and former president of Bennington College, who will present a talk on the noble art of teaching. See details at http://liberalarts.vt.edu/college-news/elizabeth-coleman.html.

UPLIFTING BLACK MEN CONFERENCE – register now!
Friday, Mar 24, 8:30am- 5:30pm, The Inn and Skelton Conference Center
Grad students are invited to the 2nd Annual Uplifting Black Men Conference hosted by the VT Black Male Excellence Network. This year the focus is on empowering Black men through the sharing of stories of persistence from several successful Virginia Tech alumni. All ethnic groups are welcome with the goal of providing insight into lived experience of Black males to a multitude of cultural and ethnic backgrounds. Registration is free but required for attendance; see conference website: https://vtbmen.com/2017-conference/. With questions contact Carley Wilson, carlmw1@exchange.vt.edu or Mordecai Harvey, mordie02@vt.edu.

INTERVARSITY GRADUATE CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP SPRING RETREAT
Friday, Mar 24, 8:00pm – Sunday, Mar 26, 11:00am near Lexington, VA (1.5 hours from VT)
All VT graduate students are welcome to join in a restful weekend of new friendships, indoor/outdoor recreation, Bible study and prayer in a relaxed setting away from campus. Cost is $35 (scholarships are available). For more information and to register online, visit <https://gcfvt.wordpress.com/spring-retreat/>. Contact Robert Howe (robahowe@gmail.com) with any questions.

GLC LASER TAG AT PANDAPAS POND (OUTDOOR)
Saturday, Mar 25, 12:30pm-4:30pm
It is time for bonding fun, teamwork collaboration, and stress relief physical activity. Rain or shine, run around outdoors and…laser tag, ‘nuff said! Join your fellow grad students on a free trip to Pandapas Pond. This event is hosted by your GLC fellows and LCAT: Laser Tag Club at Virginia Tech. Fill out this survey to sign up: http://survey.az1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_7WJs8kad2VVOe1L. Contact GLC fellow Erik Fendik at ef@vt.edu if you have any questions.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR GRADUATE EDUCATION WEEK 2017: Mar 27-31
Attend professional development events and GSA research symposium, watch a free movie at the lyric, enjoy a free breakfast with the dean or coffee and tea from around the world, and finish the week with the big cook out on the Grad School lawn. See http://graduateschool.vt.edu/student-life/graduate-education-week.html for a full schedule of events. Some may require registration.