April 24-30, 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. HELLO SWEAT, GOODBYE STRESS
Tuesday Apr 25, 2:00 to 4:00 pm, McComas Hall Studio B

VT Recreational Sports hosts this free stress management workshop open to all graduate and undergraduate students right before final exam week to provide students several techniques that they can use to manage their stress and maintain overall health and wellbeing while coping with the end of the semester. More information about the event at https://www.facebook.com/events/942802722488770/.  If you have  any questions, email aubb0b@vt.edu

3. MULTIDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH IN INTL DEVELOPMENT PRESENTATIONS
Tuesday, Apr 25, 2:30-4:00PM, International Affairs Offices, 526 Prices Fork Road
Grad students are invited a public presentation by applicants for the Graduate Certificate in Multidisciplinary Research in International Development. The certificate is designed to introduce students to the distinctive nature of international work, particularly as it relates to the field of international development and complements Virginia Tech’s engagement mission with an overarching goal of improving the quality of life for people both within the Commonwealth and throughout the world. For additional information, contact Betty Watts, bettyw@vt.edu, 231-7220.

4. FREE SUPPORT GROUP FOR ANXIETY/OCD
Wednesday, Apr 26, 6:30-7:30pm, GLC Room A
Do you need help dealing with your anxiety? With obsessive and/or compulsive symptoms?You don’t have to battle alone, join others struggling with these difficulties. Learn tools and strategies to properly manage your anxiety and/or OCD. Understand the role anxiety and discomfort may play in your life.  Email ladelk@vt.edu for more information. From the Virginia Tech Psychological Services Center.

5. TIE DYE AND TACOS
Thursday, Apr 27, 12-2pm, Graduate School Lawn             
Take an afternoon break, enjoy delicious tacos, and create a tie-dye masterpiece. Tie-dye materials will be provided, but please bring your own shirt (or other garment). Only one garment per person. Tie-dye works best with white cloth, but lightly colored material may work okay too. You must sign-up if you plan to attend so that we can get an accurate count for food and tie-dye materials: https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_51kwtAoSu9j0YRL Sponsored by the GLC Fellows.

6. GLC CAFÉ
Thursday, Apr 27, 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. CELEBRATING ARTISTRY: THE BEAUTY OF ASIA AND PACIFIC ISLANDS THROUGH THE EYES OF PEACE CORPS VOLUNTEERS
Thursday, Apr 27, 6:30-8:30pm, GLC Room C
This month Peace Corps celebrates the cultural traditions, ancestry, native languages, and unique experiences represented by the ethnic groups in Asia and Pacific Islands. Recent returned Peace Corps volunteer to the Philippines Amanda Martin will share her composite video of life in the Philippines. View art and more from these regions, and celebrate AAPI Peace Corps Volunteers. Posted on behalf of grad student Rachael Kennedy, kennedy3@vt.edu

8. 2ND ANNUAL BRING YOUR KIDS TO SCHOOL DAY!
Friday, Apr 28, 9:00-12:00 various locations, 11:15-11:30 Grad School lawn; 11:30-12:00 Drillfield
Help raise awareness of infant- and child-care needs on campus by taking your child(ren) to your office/lab/class or other work area (check with your department to ensure safe arrangements; departments have been invited to participate) in the morning, then join other participants on the Grad School lawn at 11:15 to march together to the Drillfield where the event will conclude in a family picnic and remark by Dr. Laura Sands. This event is sponsored by the Graduate School. Some festive supplies will be provided and participating children may leave their hand prints on a banner. Contact Marin Riegger at mriegger@vt.edu with any questions. “Nurture the Inventors of our Future!”

9. BEYOND THE PROFESSORIATE CONFERENCE GROUP TICKETS – 1st posting
Interested in learning more about post-grad career paths?  Looking for more professional development opportunities?  Feel like you want to stay at home all day and network over the web?  If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, the Beyond the Professoriate Conference is for you!  Taking place on May 6th and May 13th, the conference will feature webinars on various career topics and professional development strategies, but these videos will be available to all registed attendees to watch for 21 days post conference.  The GSA is buying group tickets, reducing the rate to $40.  If you would like to purchase a group ticket, please fill out the following survey:  https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3mHwSfl1khWDVIN.  For more information, check out the Beyond the Professoriate Conference page online, or contact Kisha Gresham at kiwi@vt.edu.

10. GRADUATE RESEARCH ON VIOLENCE PROGRAM ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS – 1st posting
The Center for Peace Studies and Violence Prevention (CPSVP) is accepting applications for the Graduate Research on Violence Program. The aim of this program is to provide graduate students support for conducting thesis or dissertation research pertaining to issues of violence. Proposals are welcome from students in all departments, centers, and programs at Virginia Tech.  The funded student is expected to be a full-time, graduate student in good standing, and the research/scholarship is expected to be grounded in the social sciences, humanities, or arts. Applications are due June 15, 2017. The Research on Violence Program anticipates making three awards in the range of $1,000 to $1,500. The research can address any aspect of inter-personal, institutional, group, collective, cultural, or structural violence.  For more information and the full Call for Applications, please contact amys@vt.edu.

11. AEL MEMBERSHIP APPLICATIONS NOW ACCEPTED – 2nd posting
Alpha Epsilon Lambda (AEL) Graduate Honor Society for academic excellence and leadership is now accepting applications for new members. Graduate students may apply for membership based on their academic achievements and leadership experiences. Application is open until 5:00pm, May 1. An induction ceremony will be held in Fall 2017. Members will be informed of the induction date and place once accepted. Find the application at  http://www.ael.graduateschool.vt.edu/application-process/. For more information about requirements and application process, visit the AEL website at   http://www.ael.graduateschool.vt.edu/ or contact Turki Al-Zahrani, President of AEL, at aelvtg@gmail.com for further questions or information.

12. CAREER AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT STUDENT ADVISORY BOARD APPLICATIONS-3rd  posting
Are you interested in having your voice heard on marketing, new events, software, services, and other aspects of Virginia Tech’s Career and Professional Development? Consider applying for the 2017-2018 Student Advisory Board, where students will gather once a month to give feedback on how our office can best serve the Virginia Tech community! We are specifically looking for masters and doctoral students across the university who will be able to bring diverse perspectives and represent their departments, colleges, and campus groups. If you are interested in participating in this great opportunity to become involved on campus and give back to your institution, please go to http://career.vt.edu/about/student-advisory-board.html for more information, or contact Mr. Steven White at whitesm@vt.edu. Applications are due Monday, April 17 at noon.

13. INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY SCHOLARS PROGRAM – 3rd posting
The Hume Center for National Security and Technology is accepting applications for its Intelligence Community Scholars Program. The IC Scholars Program is open to both current and admitted graduate and undergraduate students from any major. Recipients of these awards participate in the National Security Education Program (NSEP), giving them access to events and resources exclusively for NSEP members, while they conduct research projects related to the intelligence community or national security. Scholarships range from $1500 to $15,000 per year. Applications are due Monday, April 24. Applicants should be United States citizens with a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Applications and more information can be found at hume.vt.edu/scholars or by contacting Stephanie Plum at splum@vt.edu.

14. GA POSITION IN UNIVERSITY LIBRARIES FOR 2017-18 – 1st posting
The Research and Informatics Division of University Libraries has a full Graduate Assistant (GA) opening (20 hrs/wk) for the 2017-18 academic year. Position reports directly to the data and informatics consultant for the sciences. The position focuses on learning and assessing the needs and landscape of the growing area of health sciences at Virginia Tech relevant to health analytics. The ideal applicant will have experience and knowledge relevant to human studies (e.g. public health, human development, psychology encouraged) and/or higher education administration. Please see the application form for all responsibilities, required and preferred qualifications. Find the application here: https://goo.gl/forms/t2wNmXrcoza15x772.

15. GA POSITION OPEN IN ACADEMIC DECISION SUPPORT – 1st posting
VT’s Academic Decision Support office is looking for a Graduate Assistant for Summer and Fall 2017 to assist with the SQL-Server apps. Required skills include SQL, with ideally at least an awareness of SQL Server Reporting Services. Additionally experience with JavaScript and ASP.NET, using C# or VB.NET would be great. Preferred skills include HTML, IIS, a fun personality, dependability, and good communication skills. Interested grad students can send their information to Daniel Hung, chung@vt.edu by May 4, 2017, or until position is filled.

16. GA POSITION IN GRAD SCHOOL FOR 2017-18 – 1st posting
The Graduate School Student Services office is looking for a full-time graduate assistant (GA) to provide administrative and program-specific support for student services in the GLC. Duties include planning and executing orientation and educational programs, coordinating activities, managing communication, creating promotional materials, and assisting with other administrative duties as assigned. Excellent organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills (written and verbal) and ability to work independently as well as in a team are a must. Experience with program planning and execution and familiarity with GLC and VT services is preferred. Position to start on Aug 1. To apply, submit a resume and cover letter highlighting relevant organizational experiences, and one letter of reference to Graduate Student Services Office, grads@vt.edu;  120 GLC, Graduate School 0325, or by fax to 231-3714 by Friday, May 12. Selected applicants will be contacted for an interview in May.

17. STUDENT WAGE POSITION: ASST DATA ANALYST – 2nd posting
VT Enrollment and Degree Management is looking for a graduate student for a part-time wage position May 15 – Aug 15, 2017 to assist the Director of Enrollment Research and Analysis with enrollment data analysis projects. Ideal candidate would be a master’s or doctoral student in statistics, education research, or closely related field. Must haves: knowledge of basic quantitative methods for data analysis; experience estimating regression models using SAS or SPSS or R. Ability to conduct business-specific research, analyze data, and interpret results. 25-30 hours per week (negotiable); $15 – $20 per hour (commensurate with qualifications and experience). To apply, email resume to Dr. Lefter Daku, ldaku@vt.edu.

18. GA POSITION IN BLACK CULTURAL CENTER – 3rd posting
The Black Cultural Center is seeking one full-time (20 hours a week) graduate assistant to assist with the development and planning of center programs and initiatives.  Must be a self-starter with great initiative and strong interpersonal, organizational, leadership, and presentation skills; must be able to comfortably interact with all individuals in a diverse, multicultural environment. Occasional evening and weekend work is required. Interested applicants should submit a resume, cover letter, and references to Nicole Johnson at nicj712@vt.edu. Resumes will be accepted until the position is filled. 

19. ENGINEERING EDUCATION PAID INTERNSHIPS – 3rd posting
The Department of Engineering Education is seeking paid interns for the College of Engineering New Student Orientation. Position details and mandatory dates can be found at http://www.enge.vt.edu/_files/undergraduate/advising_internship.pdf and the application can be found here: https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0ex0XA7X1c5hfpP. If you have questions, contact Marlena Lester at marlenal@vt.edu. 

20. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR EYE GAZE AND EMOTIONS STUDY – 1st posting
Is your child: Bold and fearless? Not worried about their behavior? Insensitive to others?  Uncaring? Join the Eye Gaze & Emotions (EGE) Study. 2 hour research study for children ages 6 to 10 with flexible scheduling. The child will play a feelings-matching game and a sticker sharing game. A parent will complete questionnaires about their child’s behavior. Parents will receive between $10-$30 and the child earns a small toy. For more information, call or email Lauren at: (540) 231-9735    EyeGazeEmotions@gmail.com [IRB 15-575]

21. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR VTTI RESEARCH STUDY – 1st posting
T
he Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI) is seeking drivers with a valid U.S. driver’s license who are 30-75 years of age and must meet the following criteria: drive one of the following types of vehicles: Lincoln, Cadillac, Audi, Lexus, Acura, Infiniti, Volvo, Tesla, VMW, or Mercedes, must be 2015 model or newer.  The project request two visits scheduled about a week apart. Session one is approximately 1.5 hours and session two is about 4 hours. The project pays $60 to fully participate in the first session and $120 for participation in the second session, for a possible total of $180.  If you are interested, please contact 540.231.0988 or email drivers@vtti.vt.edu. Reference “the Emerald-36 study” in your message.

22. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR RESEARCH STUDY – 1st posting
VT researches are currently seeking participants aged 18 and older for a research study involving making interactive decisions on a computer and completing surveys.  The study will take place in the VT Economics Laboratory in 2088 Derring Hall. The study will take about 1.5 to 2 hours to complete.  Participants will receive $10 and may receive up to an additional $25 depending on choices made by you and the other participants.  All compensation will be paid in cash at the conclusion of the experiment.  If you are interested in participating, or if you have any questions, please email vteconlab@gmail.com or contact Zhuncheng Li at 434.851.6920.

23. GSA TRAVEL FUND REVIEW HELP NEEDED (FREE FOOD) – April 25, 2017 – 2nd posting
Want free food? Want a shiny new line on your CV? The GSA needs your help reviewing applications to the Travel Fund Program. Reviewers are expected to volunteer for at least 2 hours and will be provided with lunch. If you are willing to be a reviewer, please fill out the following survey: http://tinyurl.com/TFP-Review-Sp17

24. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR STUDY ON TRANSPORT PATTERNS AND MOOD – 2nd posting
VT researchers in urban affairs & planning and psychology are seeking participants for a pilot study on mood states in transport environments. Participants will install an Android GPS app called Daynamica (only compatible with Android smartphones), answer an entry survey, and use the app to track transportation mode, route, and distance of your daily travel. Upon completing each trip, you will be asked to report your mood with a brief survey. Must be 18 or older. A $10 Amazon gift card will be awarded to each participant who completes an entrance survey and a trip survey for at least five trips for one week. If interested, visit the study website at http://uap.vt.edu/travelmood or contact Steve Hankey at hankey@vt.edu, (540) 231-7508.

25. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR ADOLESCENT RESEARCH STUDY – 2nd posting
Family participants are needed for a research study titled "Sibling Cooperation” in Human Development.  Family participants include (a) one sibling between the ages of 12 and 18, (b) one brother or sister between the ages of 5 and 18 who lives at home with the primary sibling, and (c) one parent or guardian. Participation requires completion of brief questionnaires and one 1-hour visit to Virginia Tech (Williams Hall). The primary sibling and parent will get $15 Target gift cards after the visit; the brother/sister will get a $5 gift card. Potential participants can contact Dr. Carolyn Shivers at vtsiblab@gmail.com or 540-231-5434. 

26. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR VIDEO – 3rd posting
The Virginia Tech Graduate Academy for Teaching Assistant Excellence (VT GrATE) is proud to present “Valuing Knowledge: A VT GrATE Teach-In.” We will have the Teach-In on 18th April at the GLC. In preparing for the Teach-In, we are seeking participants for a video titled "Global Researcher, Global Learner Reflections". This video will be showcased in one of the sessions at the Teach-In on 18th April. Through this video, we hope to capture stories highlighting experiences of international graduate researchers and teaching assistants who work at Tech, and the faculty and peers that they work with. Specifically, we are looking for volunteers who are willing to share their experiences as international students and faculty, as well as faculty and graduate students who have worked/are working with international graduate students and/or faculty here at Virginia Tech. If you would like to contribute to this video, please fill up our short survey at: https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3U89DbmEn756AsJ. Additionally, you can also contact Michelle Soledad (msoled21@vt.edu) and Sreyoshi Bhaduri (sreyoshi@vt.edu) for more information.

27. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR RESEARCH STUDY – 3rd posting
Participants are needed for a research study for a student’s capstone class. The research is titled "Perceptions of Sexual Assault and Rape among Middle Eastern Immigrant Men in the Southwest Area of Virginia.” Participants should be Middle Eastern immigrant men, who identify as Muslims. The participants will get $10 Walmart gift card after the interviews. Potential participants can email Taysir Al Janabi at Taysir80@vt.edu or call him at 540-251-1006.

Upcoming events:

DIVERSITY SPOTLIGHT – Sign-up now!
Thursday, May 4, 12:00-1:30pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
The 2017 cohort of Graduate School Diversity Scholars will present their initiatives in a lightning-round format. You are invited to attend and learn about their work in inclusion and diversity. Please register at https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_80xaW5orOR7cQ17 by Friday, Apr 28. For a summary of projects, visit http://graduateschool.vt.edu/about/diversity/diversity-scholars/current-diversity-scholars.html. Contact Dannette Beane at gomezds@vt.edu with questions.

April 24-30, 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. HELLO SWEAT, GOODBYE STRESS
Tuesday Apr 25, 2:00 to 4:00 pm, McComas Hall Studio B

VT Recreational Sports hosts this free stress management workshop open to all graduate and undergraduate students right before final exam week to provide students several techniques that they can use to manage their stress and maintain overall health and wellbeing while coping with the end of the semester. More information about the event at https://www.facebook.com/events/942802722488770/.  If you have  any questions, email aubb0b@vt.edu

3. MULTIDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH IN INTL DEVELOPMENT PRESENTATIONS
Tuesday, Apr 25, 2:30-4:00PM, International Affairs Offices, 526 Prices Fork Road
Grad students are invited a public presentation by applicants for the Graduate Certificate in Multidisciplinary Research in International Development. The certificate is designed to introduce students to the distinctive nature of international work, particularly as it relates to the field of international development and complements Virginia Tech’s engagement mission with an overarching goal of improving the quality of life for people both within the Commonwealth and throughout the world. For additional information, contact Betty Watts, bettyw@vt.edu, 231-7220.

4. FREE SUPPORT GROUP FOR ANXIETY/OCD
Wednesday, Apr 26, 6:30-7:30pm, GLC Room A
Do you need help dealing with your anxiety? With obsessive and/or compulsive symptoms?You don’t have to battle alone, join others struggling with these difficulties. Learn tools and strategies to properly manage your anxiety and/or OCD. Understand the role anxiety and discomfort may play in your life.  Email ladelk@vt.edu for more information. From the Virginia Tech Psychological Services Center.

5. TIE DYE AND TACOS
Thursday, Apr 27, 12-2pm, Graduate School Lawn             
Take an afternoon break, enjoy delicious tacos, and create a tie-dye masterpiece. Tie-dye materials will be provided, but please bring your own shirt (or other garment). Only one garment per person. Tie-dye works best with white cloth, but lightly colored material may work okay too. You must sign-up if you plan to attend so that we can get an accurate count for food and tie-dye materials: https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_51kwtAoSu9j0YRL Sponsored by the GLC Fellows.

6. GLC CAFÉ
Thursday, Apr 27, 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. CELEBRATING ARTISTRY: THE BEAUTY OF ASIA AND PACIFIC ISLANDS THROUGH THE EYES OF PEACE CORPS VOLUNTEERS
Thursday, Apr 27, 6:30-8:30pm, GLC Room C
This month Peace Corps celebrates the cultural traditions, ancestry, native languages, and unique experiences represented by the ethnic groups in Asia and Pacific Islands. Recent returned Peace Corps volunteer to the Philippines Amanda Martin will share her composite video of life in the Philippines. View art and more from these regions, and celebrate AAPI Peace Corps Volunteers. Posted on behalf of grad student Rachael Kennedy, kennedy3@vt.edu

8. 2ND ANNUAL BRING YOUR KIDS TO SCHOOL DAY!
Friday, Apr 28, 9:00-12:00 various locations, 11:15-11:30 Grad School lawn; 11:30-12:00 Drillfield
Help raise awareness of infant- and child-care needs on campus by taking your child(ren) to your office/lab/class or other work area (check with your department to ensure safe arrangements; departments have been invited to participate) in the morning, then join other participants on the Grad School lawn at 11:15 to march together to the Drillfield where the event will conclude in a family picnic and remark by Dr. Laura Sands. This event is sponsored by the Graduate School. Some festive supplies will be provided and participating children may leave their hand prints on a banner. Contact Marin Riegger at mriegger@vt.edu with any questions. “Nurture the Inventors of our Future!”

9. BEYOND THE PROFESSORIATE CONFERENCE GROUP TICKETS – 1st posting
Interested in learning more about post-grad career paths?  Looking for more professional development opportunities?  Feel like you want to stay at home all day and network over the web?  If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, the Beyond the Professoriate Conference is for you!  Taking place on May 6th and May 13th, the conference will feature webinars on various career topics and professional development strategies, but these videos will be available to all registed attendees to watch for 21 days post conference.  The GSA is buying group tickets, reducing the rate to $40.  If you would like to purchase a group ticket, please fill out the following survey:  https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3mHwSfl1khWDVIN.  For more information, check out the Beyond the Professoriate Conference page online, or contact Kisha Gresham at kiwi@vt.edu.

10. GRADUATE RESEARCH ON VIOLENCE PROGRAM ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS – 1st posting
The Center for Peace Studies and Violence Prevention (CPSVP) is accepting applications for the Graduate Research on Violence Program. The aim of this program is to provide graduate students support for conducting thesis or dissertation research pertaining to issues of violence. Proposals are welcome from students in all departments, centers, and programs at Virginia Tech.  The funded student is expected to be a full-time, graduate student in good standing, and the research/scholarship is expected to be grounded in the social sciences, humanities, or arts. Applications are due June 15, 2017. The Research on Violence Program anticipates making three awards in the range of $1,000 to $1,500. The research can address any aspect of inter-personal, institutional, group, collective, cultural, or structural violence.  For more information and the full Call for Applications, please contact amys@vt.edu.

11. AEL MEMBERSHIP APPLICATIONS NOW ACCEPTED – 2nd posting
Alpha Epsilon Lambda (AEL) Graduate Honor Society for academic excellence and leadership is now accepting applications for new members. Graduate students may apply for membership based on their academic achievements and leadership experiences. Application is open until 5:00pm, May 1. An induction ceremony will be held in Fall 2017. Members will be informed of the induction date and place once accepted. Find the application at  http://www.ael.graduateschool.vt.edu/application-process/. For more information about requirements and application process, visit the AEL website at   http://www.ael.graduateschool.vt.edu/ or contact Turki Al-Zahrani, President of AEL, at aelvtg@gmail.com for further questions or information.

12. CAREER AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT STUDENT ADVISORY BOARD APPLICATIONS-3rd  posting
Are you interested in having your voice heard on marketing, new events, software, services, and other aspects of Virginia Tech’s Career and Professional Development? Consider applying for the 2017-2018 Student Advisory Board, where students will gather once a month to give feedback on how our office can best serve the Virginia Tech community! We are specifically looking for masters and doctoral students across the university who will be able to bring diverse perspectives and represent their departments, colleges, and campus groups. If you are interested in participating in this great opportunity to become involved on campus and give back to your institution, please go to http://career.vt.edu/about/student-advisory-board.html for more information, or contact Mr. Steven White at whitesm@vt.edu. Applications are due Monday, April 17 at noon.

13. INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY SCHOLARS PROGRAM – 3rd posting
The Hume Center for National Security and Technology is accepting applications for its Intelligence Community Scholars Program. The IC Scholars Program is open to both current and admitted graduate and undergraduate students from any major. Recipients of these awards participate in the National Security Education Program (NSEP), giving them access to events and resources exclusively for NSEP members, while they conduct research projects related to the intelligence community or national security. Scholarships range from $1500 to $15,000 per year. Applications are due Monday, April 24. Applicants should be United States citizens with a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Applications and more information can be found at hume.vt.edu/scholars or by contacting Stephanie Plum at splum@vt.edu.

14. GA POSITION IN UNIVERSITY LIBRARIES FOR 2017-18 – 1st posting
The Research and Informatics Division of University Libraries has a full Graduate Assistant (GA) opening (20 hrs/wk) for the 2017-18 academic year. Position reports directly to the data and informatics consultant for the sciences. The position focuses on learning and assessing the needs and landscape of the growing area of health sciences at Virginia Tech relevant to health analytics. The ideal applicant will have experience and knowledge relevant to human studies (e.g. public health, human development, psychology encouraged) and/or higher education administration. Please see the application form for all responsibilities, required and preferred qualifications. Find the application here: https://goo.gl/forms/t2wNmXrcoza15x772.

15. GA POSITION OPEN IN ACADEMIC DECISION SUPPORT – 1st posting
VT’s Academic Decision Support office is looking for a Graduate Assistant for Summer and Fall 2017 to assist with the SQL-Server apps. Required skills include SQL, with ideally at least an awareness of SQL Server Reporting Services. Additionally experience with JavaScript and ASP.NET, using C# or VB.NET would be great. Preferred skills include HTML, IIS, a fun personality, dependability, and good communication skills. Interested grad students can send their information to Daniel Hung, chung@vt.edu by May 4, 2017, or until position is filled.

16. GA POSITION IN GRAD SCHOOL FOR 2017-18 – 1st posting
The Graduate School Student Services office is looking for a full-time graduate assistant (GA) to provide administrative and program-specific support for student services in the GLC. Duties include planning and executing orientation and educational programs, coordinating activities, managing communication, creating promotional materials, and assisting with other administrative duties as assigned. Excellent organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills (written and verbal) and ability to work independently as well as in a team are a must. Experience with program planning and execution and familiarity with GLC and VT services is preferred. Position to start on Aug 1. To apply, submit a resume and cover letter highlighting relevant organizational experiences, and one letter of reference to Graduate Student Services Office, grads@vt.edu;  120 GLC, Graduate School 0325, or by fax to 231-3714 by Friday, May 12. Selected applicants will be contacted for an interview in May.

17. STUDENT WAGE POSITION: ASST DATA ANALYST – 2nd posting
VT Enrollment and Degree Management is looking for a graduate student for a part-time wage position May 15 – Aug 15, 2017 to assist the Director of Enrollment Research and Analysis with enrollment data analysis projects. Ideal candidate would be a master’s or doctoral student in statistics, education research, or closely related field. Must haves: knowledge of basic quantitative methods for data analysis; experience estimating regression models using SAS or SPSS or R. Ability to conduct business-specific research, analyze data, and interpret results. 25-30 hours per week (negotiable); $15 – $20 per hour (commensurate with qualifications and experience). To apply, email resume to Dr. Lefter Daku, ldaku@vt.edu.

18. GA POSITION IN BLACK CULTURAL CENTER – 3rd posting
The Black Cultural Center is seeking one full-time (20 hours a week) graduate assistant to assist with the development and planning of center programs and initiatives.  Must be a self-starter with great initiative and strong interpersonal, organizational, leadership, and presentation skills; must be able to comfortably interact with all individuals in a diverse, multicultural environment. Occasional evening and weekend work is required. Interested applicants should submit a resume, cover letter, and references to Nicole Johnson at nicj712@vt.edu. Resumes will be accepted until the position is filled. 

19. ENGINEERING EDUCATION PAID INTERNSHIPS – 3rd posting
The Department of Engineering Education is seeking paid interns for the College of Engineering New Student Orientation. Position details and mandatory dates can be found at http://www.enge.vt.edu/_files/undergraduate/advising_internship.pdf and the application can be found here: https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0ex0XA7X1c5hfpP. If you have questions, contact Marlena Lester at marlenal@vt.edu. 

20. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR EYE GAZE AND EMOTIONS STUDY – 1st posting
Is your child: Bold and fearless? Not worried about their behavior? Insensitive to others?  Uncaring? Join the Eye Gaze & Emotions (EGE) Study. 2 hour research study for children ages 6 to 10 with flexible scheduling. The child will play a feelings-matching game and a sticker sharing game. A parent will complete questionnaires about their child’s behavior. Parents will receive between $10-$30 and the child earns a small toy. For more information, call or email Lauren at: (540) 231-9735    EyeGazeEmotions@gmail.com [IRB 15-575]

21. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR VTTI RESEARCH STUDY – 1st posting
T
he Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI) is seeking drivers with a valid U.S. driver’s license who are 30-75 years of age and must meet the following criteria: drive one of the following types of vehicles: Lincoln, Cadillac, Audi, Lexus, Acura, Infiniti, Volvo, Tesla, VMW, or Mercedes, must be 2015 model or newer.  The project request two visits scheduled about a week apart. Session one is approximately 1.5 hours and session two is about 4 hours. The project pays $60 to fully participate in the first session and $120 for participation in the second session, for a possible total of $180.  If you are interested, please contact 540.231.0988 or email drivers@vtti.vt.edu. Reference “the Emerald-36 study” in your message.

22. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR RESEARCH STUDY – 1st posting
VT researches are currently seeking participants aged 18 and older for a research study involving making interactive decisions on a computer and completing surveys.  The study will take place in the VT Economics Laboratory in 2088 Derring Hall. The study will take about 1.5 to 2 hours to complete.  Participants will receive $10 and may receive up to an additional $25 depending on choices made by you and the other participants.  All compensation will be paid in cash at the conclusion of the experiment.  If you are interested in participating, or if you have any questions, please email vteconlab@gmail.com or contact Zhuncheng Li at 434.851.6920.

23. GSA TRAVEL FUND REVIEW HELP NEEDED (FREE FOOD) – April 25, 2017 – 2nd posting
Want free food? Want a shiny new line on your CV? The GSA needs your help reviewing applications to the Travel Fund Program. Reviewers are expected to volunteer for at least 2 hours and will be provided with lunch. If you are willing to be a reviewer, please fill out the following survey: http://tinyurl.com/TFP-Review-Sp17

24. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR STUDY ON TRANSPORT PATTERNS AND MOOD – 2nd posting
VT researchers in urban affairs & planning and psychology are seeking participants for a pilot study on mood states in transport environments. Participants will install an Android GPS app called Daynamica (only compatible with Android smartphones), answer an entry survey, and use the app to track transportation mode, route, and distance of your daily travel. Upon completing each trip, you will be asked to report your mood with a brief survey. Must be 18 or older. A $10 Amazon gift card will be awarded to each participant who completes an entrance survey and a trip survey for at least five trips for one week. If interested, visit the study website at http://uap.vt.edu/travelmood or contact Steve Hankey at hankey@vt.edu, (540) 231-7508.

25. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR ADOLESCENT RESEARCH STUDY – 2nd posting
Family participants are needed for a research study titled "Sibling Cooperation” in Human Development.  Family participants include (a) one sibling between the ages of 12 and 18, (b) one brother or sister between the ages of 5 and 18 who lives at home with the primary sibling, and (c) one parent or guardian. Participation requires completion of brief questionnaires and one 1-hour visit to Virginia Tech (Williams Hall). The primary sibling and parent will get $15 Target gift cards after the visit; the brother/sister will get a $5 gift card. Potential participants can contact Dr. Carolyn Shivers at vtsiblab@gmail.com or 540-231-5434. 

26. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR VIDEO – 3rd posting
The Virginia Tech Graduate Academy for Teaching Assistant Excellence (VT GrATE) is proud to present “Valuing Knowledge: A VT GrATE Teach-In.” We will have the Teach-In on 18th April at the GLC. In preparing for the Teach-In, we are seeking participants for a video titled "Global Researcher, Global Learner Reflections". This video will be showcased in one of the sessions at the Teach-In on 18th April. Through this video, we hope to capture stories highlighting experiences of international graduate researchers and teaching assistants who work at Tech, and the faculty and peers that they work with. Specifically, we are looking for volunteers who are willing to share their experiences as international students and faculty, as well as faculty and graduate students who have worked/are working with international graduate students and/or faculty here at Virginia Tech. If you would like to contribute to this video, please fill up our short survey at: https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3U89DbmEn756AsJ. Additionally, you can also contact Michelle Soledad (msoled21@vt.edu) and Sreyoshi Bhaduri (sreyoshi@vt.edu) for more information.

27. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR RESEARCH STUDY – 3rd posting
Participants are needed for a research study for a student’s capstone class. The research is titled "Perceptions of Sexual Assault and Rape among Middle Eastern Immigrant Men in the Southwest Area of Virginia.” Participants should be Middle Eastern immigrant men, who identify as Muslims. The participants will get $10 Walmart gift card after the interviews. Potential participants can email Taysir Al Janabi at Taysir80@vt.edu or call him at 540-251-1006.

Upcoming events:

DIVERSITY SPOTLIGHT – Sign-up now!
Thursday, May 4, 12:00-1:30pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
The 2017 cohort of Graduate School Diversity Scholars will present their initiatives in a lightning-round format. You are invited to attend and learn about their work in inclusion and diversity. Please register at https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_80xaW5orOR7cQ17 by Friday, Apr 28. For a summary of projects, visit http://graduateschool.vt.edu/about/diversity/diversity-scholars/current-diversity-scholars.html. Contact Dannette Beane at gomezds@vt.edu with questions.

April 17-23, 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. GSA GRAD JOBS WEEK
Monday-Friday, Apr 17-21
Are you feeling nervous about life after your degree? Join a week of talks, workshops, and career preparation. The first half of the week will feature VT Career Services, here to aid you with some resume-building skills and networking advice. The second half of the week will feature Maren Wood, PhD, who will focus on alternative careers outside of academia. For a schedule with more specific information about events, times, and locations, visit the Grad Jobs Week Facebook event page at http://tinyurl.com/fb-gradjobsweek.

3. VTGrATE: INFO SESSION: MIGRATING FROM SCHOLAR AND MORE
Monday, Apr 17, 10:30am-12pm, GLC Room G
As part of our theme for the month of April on Technology for use by Graduate Teaching Assistants, the VT Graduate Academy of Teaching Excellence presents an info session for GTAs on using Technology for teaching. Graduate Assistants from the College of Engineering’s Information Technology Team will help provide one-on-one assistance to your questions about technology use. Come by for help migrating from Scholar, using Canvas for large classes, etc.

4. PROFESSIONALIZING YOUR WRITING
Monday, Apr 17, 1:00-3:00pm, GLC Room C
Graduate student coaches from the writing center will provide guidance on understanding writing tasks rhetorically, exploring common writing mistakes and recognizing and fixing your own, and developing strategies for improving the clarity of your writing. Register at http://www.lib.vt.edu/spaces/writing if interested in attending.

5. GRADUATE HONOR SYSTEM PANELIST TRAINING
Monday, Apr 17, 3:30-4:30pm, GLC Room A
Friday, Apr 28, 9:00am
Do you think upholding academic integrity at Virginia Tech is important? If so, then you may want to serve as a panelist for the Graduate Honor System.  The GHS is looking for both faculty and students to join a volunteer team of panelists who serve on investigative and judicial panels and may hold information sessions/orientations to academic departments about the GHS.  To become a panelist, you must attend a one-hour training session, and then may start serving on judicial hearing panels. If you can’t attend this session, another one will be offered on Friday, April 28 at 9:00am. Email to ghs@vt.edu <mailto:ghs@vt.edu>  with any questions.

6. GSA GRAD JOBS WEEK
Monday, Apr 17 to Friday, Apr 21
Are you feeling nervous about life after your degree? Join us for a week of talks, workshops, and career preparation, all focused career-planning after your advanced degree. The second half of the week will feature Maren Wood, PhD, who will focus on alternative careers outside of academia. For a schedule with more specific information about events, times, and locations, visit the Grad Jobs Week Facebook event page at http://tinyurl.com/fb-gradjobsweek. Space at some events is limited. To RSVP, visit http://tinyurl.com/rsvp-gradjobsweek.

7. BEYOND BOUNDARIES: PRESIDENTIAL LECTURE SERIES
Tuesday, Apr 18, 3:00pm, Moss Arts Center
President Sands hosts a conversation with Sir David Greenaway, Vice Chancellor of University of Nottingham (UK) and Chair of the Russell Group, on the challenges and opportunities facing global higher education. The conversation will focus on how universities stimulate meaningful global, interdisciplinary and cross-sector partnerships, and the role of universities play in preparing students for an increasingly interconnected world in which they will live and work. The event is free and open to the community.

8. WII NIGHT WITH THE FELLOWS
Tuesday, Apr 18, 5-7pm, GLC Student Lounge
Take a break from studying and working on projects to challenge other students in a board game or game on the Nintendo Wii. Snacks will be provided. Sponsored by the GLC Fellows.

9. VALUING KNOWLEDGE: A VT GrATE TEACH-IN
Tuesday, Apr 18, 5:00-7:00pm, GLC Room F, 7:00-9:00pm, GLC Auditorium
The Virginia Tech Graduate Academy for Teaching Excellence (VT GrATE) is proud to present “Valuing Knowledge: A VT GrATE Teach-In.” As graduate students, instructors, and members of the Virginia Tech community, we affirm our commitment to valuing and respecting all forms of knowledge. We seek strength in diversity and believe that understanding across differences is necessary to build community both in and out of the classroom. Through interactive workshops, panel discussions, and presentations, we invite dialogue on topical issues ranging from communicating science to fostering inclusive classroom environments and beyond. Everyone is welcome at this non-partisan event. Light refreshments will be available. We also invite all participants to join VT GrATE and the Coalition for Justice at the Satellite March for Science on April 22nd, beginning at 4:30 PM on Henderson Lawn.

10. PARENT SUPPORT GROUP LUNCHEON – Sign up now!
Wednesday, Apr 19, 12-1pm, Blacksburg Community Center
Enjoy lunch from 12-1pm in the Community Room and learn about the many programs the Blacksburg Aquatic Center has to offer families.  After lunch, families can go have a swim for FREE at the Aquatic Center so bring your swimsuits and towels! Please sign-up for this luncheon at the survey link listed below, and indicate the number of people total who will be attending, including children. Contact childcare@vt.edu <mailto:childcare@vt.edu>  with questions. http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0e4fabaa28a1ff2-april

11. COMMUNITY CHANGE: LAUNCH EVENT
Thursday, Apr 20, 12:00-1:00pm, 201 W Roanoke St, Inst for Policy and Govn
Celebrate Community Change’s inaugural journal issue, an online, peer-reviewed, graduate student journal that seeks to explore multiple approaches to democratic community development and change. The inaugural issue unpacks the notion of ‘community change’—its complexities, transformations, and challenges in recent decades of intensified economic, environmental, and political instabilities. Visit www.communitychange.ipg.vt.edu <http://www.communitychange.ipg.vt.edu>  to access the journal and learn about opportunities to get involved.

12. GLC CAFÉ: CUBICLE-FARM TIRAMISU
Thursday, Apr 20, 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.

13. UndocuAlly TRAINING WORKSHOP
Thursday, Apr 20, 6:30-8:30pm, GLC Room G and GLC Room C
The mission of Tech DREAMers is to create a more inclusive environment for all undocumented students at Virginia Tech through education and advocacy. One of the ways we hope to achieve our mission is through “UndocuAlly” training sessions in which we invite faculty, staff and students at Virginia Tech to increase their knowledge of issues relating to undocumented students in Virginia. Snacks will be provided.  If you plan on participating, you must sign up – please only sign-up if you know you can attend: https://docs.google.com/a/vt.edu/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScbmv5HNHljeqnIWoOGT1XpvpZLHGDumJpUn7ilTluUZJmRbA/viewform?usp=sf_link

14. NAVIGATING THE JOB SEARCH IN THE U.S. – WORKSHOP FOR INTL STUDENTS
Friday, Apr 21, 3:30-4:30pm, Smith Career Ctr Room A
Specifically designed for international students, this workshop provides strategies on how to navigate the job search process. Open to both undergraduate and graduate students in collaboration between Career and Professional Development and the Cranwell International Center. Learn resources featuring work opportunities exclusively for VT students; identify international student friendly employers that have sponsored for H1B; ask questions about employment eligibility to a student immigration advisor.

15. UndocuAlly TRAINING WORKSHOP – Sign-up now!
Saturday, Apr 22, 12-4pm, Torgersen 1020
The mission of Tech DREAMers is to create a more inclusive environment for all undocumented students at Virginia Tech through education and advocacy. One of the ways to achieve this mission is through “UndocuAlly” training sessions in which faculty, staff and students at Virginia Tech are invited to increase their knowledge of issues relating to undocumented students in Virginia. Lunch will be provided.  If you plan on participating, you must sign up – please only sign-up if you know you can attend: https://docs.google.com/a/vt.edu/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScbmv5HNHljeqnIWoOGT1XpvpZLHGDumJpUn7ilTluUZJmRbA/viewform?usp=sf_link.

16. HIP HOP MEETS THE MUSIC OF INDIA
Sunday, Apr 23, 7:30pm, Burruss Auditorium
Grammy nominated Progressive Hip-Hop artist Christylez Bacon and prominent Indian classical violinist Nistha Raj along with Avi Shah (tabla), Brian Falkowski (flute and sax)  and Todd Simon (keys) will be performing at this fusion music concert sponsored by the Association for India’s Development (AID). More information can be found on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1810729489248434/.

17. AEL MEMBERSHIP APPLICATIONS NOW ACCEPTED – 1st posting
Alpha Epsilon Lambda (AEL) Graduate Honor Society for academic excellence and leadership is now accepting applications for new members. Graduate students may apply for membership based on their academic achievements and leadership experiences. Application is open until 5:00pm, May 1. An induction ceremony will be held in Fall 2017. Members will be informed of the induction date and place once accepted. Find the application at  http://www.ael.graduateschool.vt.edu/application-process/. For more information about requirements and application process, visit the AEL website at  http://www.ael.graduateschool.vt.edu/ or contact Turki Al-Zahrani, President of AEL, at aelvtg@gmail.com for further questions or information.

18. CAREER AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT STUDENT ADVISORY BOARD APPLICATIONS-2nd  posting
Are you interested in having your voice heard on marketing, new events, software, services, and other aspects of Virginia Tech’s Career and Professional Development? Consider applying for the 2017-2018 Student Advisory Board, where students will gather once a month to give feedback on how our office can best serve the Virginia Tech community! We are specifically looking for masters and doctoral students across the university who will be able to bring diverse perspectives and represent their departments, colleges, and campus groups. If you are interested in participating in this great opportunity to become involved on campus and give back to your institution, please go to http://career.vt.edu/about/student-advisory-board.html for more information, or contact Mr. Steven White at whitesm@vt.edu <mailto:whitesm@vt.edu> . Applications are due Monday, April 17 at noon.

19. INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY SCHOLARS PROGRAM – 2nd posting
The Hume Center for National Security and Technology is accepting applications for its Intelligence Community Scholars Program. The IC Scholars Program is open to both current and admitted graduate and undergraduate students from any major. Recipients of these awards participate in the National Security Education Program (NSEP), giving them access to events and resources exclusively for NSEP members, while they conduct research projects related to the intelligence community or national security. Scholarships range from $1500 to $15,000 per year. Applications are due Monday, April 24. Applicants should be United States citizens with a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Applications and more information can be found at hume.vt.edu/scholars or by contacting Stephanie Plum at splum@vt.edu <mailto:splum@vt.edu> .

20. GSA TRAVEL FUND PROGRAM APPLICATION – APR 4-11 – 3rd posting
The Graduate Student Assembly’s Travel Fund Program will open for applications on April 4th and close on April 11th at 11:59PM. The application guide is now available on the GSA website (http://tinyurl.com/GSATravelFund). This program can provide partial support for professional or conference travel occurring between January 1 and July 31, 2017. If you have questions, contact TFP Chair Zack Shiner at gsaTravelFund@gmail.com <mailto:gsaTravelFund@gmail.com>

21. STUDENT WAGE POSITION: ASST DATA ANALYST – 1st posting
VT Enrollment and Degree Management is looking for a graduate student for a part-time wage position May 15 – Aug 15, 2017 to assist the Director of Enrollment Research and Analysis with enrollment data analysis projects. Ideal candidate would be a master’s or doctoral student in statistics, education research, or closely related field. Must haves: knowledge of basic quantitative methods for data analysis; experience estimating regression models using SAS or SPSS or R. Ability to conduct business-specific research, analyze data, and interpret results. 25-30 hours per week (negotiable); $15 – $20 per hour (commensurate with qualifications and experience). To apply, email resume to Dr. Lefter Daku, ldaku@vt.edu.

22. GA POSITION IN BLACK CULTURAL CENTER – 2nd posting
The Black Cultural Center is seeking one full-time (20 hours a week) graduate assistant to assist with the development and planning of center programs and initiatives.  Must be a self-starter with great initiative and strong interpersonal, organizational, leadership, and presentation skills; must be able to comfortably interact with all individuals in a diverse, multicultural environment. Occasional evening and weekend work is required. Interested applicants should submit a resume, cover letter, and references to Nicole Johnson at nicj712@vt.edu <mailto:nicj712@vt.edu> . Resumes will be accepted until the position is filled.

23.  ENGINEERING EDUCATION PAID INTERNSHIPS – 2nd posting
The Department of Engineering Education is seeking paid interns for the College of Engineering New Student Orientation. Position details and mandatory dates can be found at http://www.enge.vt.edu/_files/undergraduate/advising_internship.pdf and the application can be found here: https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0ex0XA7X1c5hfpP. If you have questions, contact Marlena Lester at marlenal@vt.edu <mailto:marlenal@vt.edu> . 

24. TWO GA POSITIONS IN MAOP FOR 2017-18 – 3rd posting
The Multicultural Academic Opportunities Program is seeking two full time GAs for next year to assist with the planning, delivery and assessment of support programs. Must have high level of initiative and strong interpersonal, organizational, leadership, and presentation skills; must be able to comfortably interact with all individuals in a diverse, multicultural environment. Occasional evening and weekend work required. Must have regular office hours. Preference given to students in master’s program in education or related fields. Submit a resume and cover letter to Monica Hunter at monicah@vt.edu <mailto:monicah@vt.edu> .   Resumes will be accepted until position is filled. 

25. GSA TRAVEL FUND REVIEW HELP NEEDED (FREE FOOD) – April 25, 2017 – 1st posting
Want free food? Want a shiny new line on your CV? The GSA needs your help reviewing applications to the Travel Fund Program. Reviewers are expected to volunteer for at least 2 hours and will be provided with lunch. If you are willing to be a reviewer, please fill out the following survey: http://tinyurl.com/TFP-Review-Sp17

26. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR STUDY ON TRANSPORT PATTERNS AND MOOD – 1st posting
VT researchers in urban affairs & planning and psychology are seeking participants for a pilot study on mood states in transport environments. Participants will install an Android GPS app called Daynamica (only compatible with Android smartphones), answer an entry survey, and use the app to track transportation mode, route, and distance of your daily travel. Upon completing each trip, you will be asked to report your mood with a brief survey. Must be 18 or older. A $10 Amazon gift card will be awarded to each participant who completes an entrance survey and a trip survey for at least five trips for one week. If interested, visit the study website at http://uap.vt.edu/travelmood or contact Steve Hankey at hankey@vt.edu <mailto:hankey@vt.edu> , (540) 231-7508 <tel:%28540%29%20231-7508> .

27. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR ADOLESCENT RESEARCH STUDY – 1st posting
Family participants are needed for a research study titled "Sibling Cooperation”  in Human Development.  Family participants include (a) one sibling between the ages of 12 and 18, (b) one brother or sister between the ages of 5 and 18 who lives at home with the primary sibling, and (c) one parent or guardian. Participation requires completion of brief questionnaires and one 1-hour visit to Virginia Tech (Williams Hall). The primary sibling and parent will get $15 Target gift cards after the visit; the brother/sister will get a $5 gift card. Potential participants can contact Dr. Carolyn Shivers at vtsiblab@gmail.com <mailto:vtsiblab@gmail.com>  or 540-231-5434.

28. VOLUNTEERS SOUGHT FOR INTERNATIONAL STREET FAIR – 1st posting
The Cranwell International Center and the Council of International Student Organization are looking for volunteers for the 58th annual International Street Fair scheduled to take place Sunday, Apr 23 from 12:00 Noon to 5:00 PM on College Avenue near Squires Student Center. Volunteers are needed from Apr 20-23. Have questions? Contact Fawna Zwart  Fawna@vt.edu <mailto:Fawna@vt.edu>  or sign up now: http://www.volunteersignup.org/YKDK7.

29. TEACHER TRAINEES INVITED TO PARTICIPATE IN RESEARCH STUDY – 2nd posting
We are recruiting Seniors and Graduate Students interested in becoming urban teachers to provide us with feedback on an interactive training system (IVT) designed to give teachers practice interacting with disruptive animated characters in a virtual classroom environment. We Need Your Help To: 1. Identify usability problems with the training system 2. Improve the training system based on feedback. Students will participate in one Feedback Session (about 1-2 hours) in Whittemore Hall on Virginia Tech’s Blacksburg campus. Participants will be compensated $20/hour (prorated $10 for every half hour) for their participation. Appointments will likely be in the May 3 – 5th time frame. To learn more, please email Ali Haskins Lisle at ahaskins@vt.edu <mailto:ahaskins@vt.edu>

30. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR VIDEO – 2nd posting
The Virginia Tech Graduate Academy for Teaching Assistant Excellence (VT GrATE) is proud to present “Valuing Knowledge: A VT GrATE Teach-In.” We will have the Teach-In on 18th April at the GLC. In preparing for the Teach-In, we are seeking participants for a video titled "Global Researcher, Global Learner Reflections". This video will be showcased in one of the sessions at the Teach-In on 18th April. Through this video, we hope to capture stories highlighting experiences of international graduate researchers and teaching assistants who work at Tech, and the faculty and peers that they work with. Specifically, we are looking for volunteers who are willing to share their experiences as international students and faculty, as well as faculty and graduate students who have worked/are working with international graduate students and/or faculty here at Virginia Tech. If you would like to contribute to this video, please fill up our short survey at: https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3U89DbmEn756AsJ. Additionally, you can also contact Michelle Soledad (msoled21@vt.edu <mailto:msoled21@vt.edu> ) and Sreyoshi Bhaduri (sreyoshi@vt.edu <mailto:sreyoshi@vt.edu> ) for more information.

31. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR RESEARCH STUDY – 2nd posting
Participants are needed for a research study for a student’s capstone class. The research is titled "Perceptions of Sexual Assault and Rape among Middle Eastern Immigrant Men in the Southwest Area of Virginia.” Participants should be Middle Eastern immigrant men, who identify as Muslims. The participants will get $10 Walmart gift card after the interviews. Potential participants can email Taysir Al Janabi at Taysir80@vt.edu <mailto:Taysir80@vt.edu>  or call him at 540-251-1006.

Upcoming events:

HELLO SWEAT, GOODBYE STRESS
Tuesday Apr 25, 2:00 to 4:00 pm, McComas Hall Studio B
VT Recreational Sports hosts this free stress management workshop open to all graduate and undergraduate students right before final exam week to provide students several techniques that they can use to manage their stress and maintain overall health and wellbeing while coping with the end of the semester. More information about the event at https://www.facebook.com/events/942802722488770/.  If you have  any questions, email aubb0b@vt.edu <mailto:aubb0b@vt.edu> .

MULTIDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH IN INTL DEVELOPMENT PRESENTATIONS
Tuesday, Apr 25, 2:30-4:00PM, International Affairs Offices, 526 Prices Fork Road
Grad students are invited a public presentation by applicants for the Graduate Certificate in Multidisciplinary Research in International Development. The certificate is designed to introduce students to the distinctive nature of international work, particularly as it relates to the field of international development and complements Virginia Tech’s engagement mission with an overarching goal of improving the quality of life for people both within the Commonwealth and throughout the world. For additional information, contact Betty Watts, bettyw@vt.edu <mailto:bettyw@vt.edu> , 231-7220.

TIE DYE AND TACOS
Thursday, Apr 27, Graduate School Lawn            
Take an afternoon break, enjoy delicious tacos, and create a tie-dye masterpiece. Tie-dye materials will be provided, but please bring your own shirt (or other garment). Only one garment per person. Tie-dye works best with white cloth, but lightly colored material may work okay too. You must sign-up if you plan to attend so that we can get an accurate count for food and tie-dye materials: https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_51kwtAoSu9j0YRL Sponsored by the GLC Fellows.

2ND ANNUAL BRING YOUR KIDS TO SCHOOL DAY!
Friday, Apr 28, 9:00-12:00 various locations, 11:15-11:30 Grad School lawn; 11:30-12:00 Drillfield
Help raise awareness of infant- and child-care needs on campus by taking your child(ren) to your office/lab/class or other work area (check with your department to ensure safe arrangements; departments have been invited to participate) in the morning, then join other participants on the Grad School lawn at 11:15 to march together to the Drillfield where the event will conclude in a family picnic and remark by Dr. Laura Sands. This event is sponsored by the Graduate School. Some festive supplies will be provided and participating children may leave their hand prints on a banner. Contact Marin Riegger at mriegger@vt.edu <mailto:mriegger@vt.edu>  with any questions. “Nurture the Inventors of our Future!”

DIVERSITY SPOTLIGHT
Thursday, May 4, 12:00-1:30pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
The 2017 cohort of Graduate School Diversity Scholars will present their initiatives in a lightning-round format. You are invited to attend and learn about their work in inclusion and diversity. Please register at https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_80xaW5orOR7cQ17 by Friday, Apr 28. For a summary of projects, visit http://graduateschool.vt.edu/about/diversity/diversity-scholars/current-diversity-scholars.html. Contact Dannette Beane at gomezds@vt.edu <mailto:gomezds@vt.edu>  with questions.

April 17-23, 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. GSA GRAD JOBS WEEK
Monday-Friday, Apr 17-21
Are you feeling nervous about life after your degree? Join a week of talks, workshops, and career preparation. The first half of the week will feature VT Career Services, here to aid you with some resume-building skills and networking advice. The second half of the week will feature Maren Wood, PhD, who will focus on alternative careers outside of academia. For a schedule with more specific information about events, times, and locations, visit the Grad Jobs Week Facebook event page at http://tinyurl.com/fb-gradjobsweek.

3. VTGrATE: INFO SESSION: MIGRATING FROM SCHOLAR AND MORE
Monday, Apr 17, 10:30am-12pm, GLC Room G
As part of our theme for the month of April on Technology for use by Graduate Teaching Assistants, the VT Graduate Academy of Teaching Excellence presents an info session for GTAs on using Technology for teaching. Graduate Assistants from the College of Engineering’s Information Technology Team will help provide one-on-one assistance to your questions about technology use. Come by for help migrating from Scholar, using Canvas for large classes, etc.

4. PROFESSIONALIZING YOUR WRITING
Monday, Apr 17, 1:00-3:00pm, GLC Room C
Graduate student coaches from the writing center will provide guidance on understanding writing tasks rhetorically, exploring common writing mistakes and recognizing and fixing your own, and developing strategies for improving the clarity of your writing. Register at http://www.lib.vt.edu/spaces/writing if interested in attending.

5. GRADUATE HONOR SYSTEM PANELIST TRAINING
Monday, Apr 17, 3:30-4:30pm, GLC Room A
Friday, Apr 28, 9:00am
Do you think upholding academic integrity at Virginia Tech is important? If so, then you may want to serve as a panelist for the Graduate Honor System.  The GHS is looking for both faculty and students to join a volunteer team of panelists who serve on investigative and judicial panels and may hold information sessions/orientations to academic departments about the GHS.  To become a panelist, you must attend a one-hour training session, and then may start serving on judicial hearing panels. If you can’t attend this session, another one will be offered on Friday, April 28 at 9:00am. Email to ghs@vt.edu <mailto:ghs@vt.edu>  with any questions.

6. GSA GRAD JOBS WEEK
Monday, Apr 17 to Friday, Apr 21
Are you feeling nervous about life after your degree? Join us for a week of talks, workshops, and career preparation, all focused career-planning after your advanced degree. The second half of the week will feature Maren Wood, PhD, who will focus on alternative careers outside of academia. For a schedule with more specific information about events, times, and locations, visit the Grad Jobs Week Facebook event page at http://tinyurl.com/fb-gradjobsweek. Space at some events is limited. To RSVP, visit http://tinyurl.com/rsvp-gradjobsweek.

7. BEYOND BOUNDARIES: PRESIDENTIAL LECTURE SERIES
Tuesday, Apr 18, 3:00pm, Moss Arts Center
President Sands hosts a conversation with Sir David Greenaway, Vice Chancellor of University of Nottingham (UK) and Chair of the Russell Group, on the challenges and opportunities facing global higher education. The conversation will focus on how universities stimulate meaningful global, interdisciplinary and cross-sector partnerships, and the role of universities play in preparing students for an increasingly interconnected world in which they will live and work. The event is free and open to the community.

8. WII NIGHT WITH THE FELLOWS
Tuesday, Apr 18, 5-7pm, GLC Student Lounge
Take a break from studying and working on projects to challenge other students in a board game or game on the Nintendo Wii. Snacks will be provided. Sponsored by the GLC Fellows.

9. VALUING KNOWLEDGE: A VT GrATE TEACH-IN
Tuesday, Apr 18, 5:00-7:00pm, GLC Room F, 7:00-9:00pm, GLC Auditorium
The Virginia Tech Graduate Academy for Teaching Excellence (VT GrATE) is proud to present “Valuing Knowledge: A VT GrATE Teach-In.” As graduate students, instructors, and members of the Virginia Tech community, we affirm our commitment to valuing and respecting all forms of knowledge. We seek strength in diversity and believe that understanding across differences is necessary to build community both in and out of the classroom. Through interactive workshops, panel discussions, and presentations, we invite dialogue on topical issues ranging from communicating science to fostering inclusive classroom environments and beyond. Everyone is welcome at this non-partisan event. Light refreshments will be available. We also invite all participants to join VT GrATE and the Coalition for Justice at the Satellite March for Science on April 22nd, beginning at 4:30 PM on Henderson Lawn.

10. PARENT SUPPORT GROUP LUNCHEON – Sign up now!
Wednesday, Apr 19, 12-1pm, Blacksburg Community Center
Enjoy lunch from 12-1pm in the Community Room and learn about the many programs the Blacksburg Aquatic Center has to offer families.  After lunch, families can go have a swim for FREE at the Aquatic Center so bring your swimsuits and towels! Please sign-up for this luncheon at the survey link listed below, and indicate the number of people total who will be attending, including children. Contact childcare@vt.edu <mailto:childcare@vt.edu>  with questions. http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0e4fabaa28a1ff2-april

11. COMMUNITY CHANGE: LAUNCH EVENT
Thursday, Apr 20, 12:00-1:00pm, 201 W Roanoke St, Inst for Policy and Govn
Celebrate Community Change’s inaugural journal issue, an online, peer-reviewed, graduate student journal that seeks to explore multiple approaches to democratic community development and change. The inaugural issue unpacks the notion of ‘community change’—its complexities, transformations, and challenges in recent decades of intensified economic, environmental, and political instabilities. Visit www.communitychange.ipg.vt.edu <http://www.communitychange.ipg.vt.edu>  to access the journal and learn about opportunities to get involved.

12. GLC CAFÉ: CUBICLE-FARM TIRAMISU
Thursday, Apr 20, 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.

13. UndocuAlly TRAINING WORKSHOP
Thursday, Apr 20, 6:30-8:30pm, GLC Room G and GLC Room C
The mission of Tech DREAMers is to create a more inclusive environment for all undocumented students at Virginia Tech through education and advocacy. One of the ways we hope to achieve our mission is through “UndocuAlly” training sessions in which we invite faculty, staff and students at Virginia Tech to increase their knowledge of issues relating to undocumented students in Virginia. Snacks will be provided.  If you plan on participating, you must sign up – please only sign-up if you know you can attend: https://docs.google.com/a/vt.edu/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScbmv5HNHljeqnIWoOGT1XpvpZLHGDumJpUn7ilTluUZJmRbA/viewform?usp=sf_link

14. NAVIGATING THE JOB SEARCH IN THE U.S. – WORKSHOP FOR INTL STUDENTS
Friday, Apr 21, 3:30-4:30pm, Smith Career Ctr Room A
Specifically designed for international students, this workshop provides strategies on how to navigate the job search process. Open to both undergraduate and graduate students in collaboration between Career and Professional Development and the Cranwell International Center. Learn resources featuring work opportunities exclusively for VT students; identify international student friendly employers that have sponsored for H1B; ask questions about employment eligibility to a student immigration advisor.

15. UndocuAlly TRAINING WORKSHOP – Sign-up now!
Saturday, Apr 22, 12-4pm, Torgersen 1020
The mission of Tech DREAMers is to create a more inclusive environment for all undocumented students at Virginia Tech through education and advocacy. One of the ways to achieve this mission is through “UndocuAlly” training sessions in which faculty, staff and students at Virginia Tech are invited to increase their knowledge of issues relating to undocumented students in Virginia. Lunch will be provided.  If you plan on participating, you must sign up – please only sign-up if you know you can attend: https://docs.google.com/a/vt.edu/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScbmv5HNHljeqnIWoOGT1XpvpZLHGDumJpUn7ilTluUZJmRbA/viewform?usp=sf_link.

16. HIP HOP MEETS THE MUSIC OF INDIA
Sunday, Apr 23, 7:30pm, Burruss Auditorium
Grammy nominated Progressive Hip-Hop artist Christylez Bacon and prominent Indian classical violinist Nistha Raj along with Avi Shah (tabla), Brian Falkowski (flute and sax)  and Todd Simon (keys) will be performing at this fusion music concert sponsored by the Association for India’s Development (AID). More information can be found on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1810729489248434/.

17. AEL MEMBERSHIP APPLICATIONS NOW ACCEPTED – 1st posting
Alpha Epsilon Lambda (AEL) Graduate Honor Society for academic excellence and leadership is now accepting applications for new members. Graduate students may apply for membership based on their academic achievements and leadership experiences. Application is open until 5:00pm, May 1. An induction ceremony will be held in Fall 2017. Members will be informed of the induction date and place once accepted. Find the application at  http://www.ael.graduateschool.vt.edu/application-process/. For more information about requirements and application process, visit the AEL website at  http://www.ael.graduateschool.vt.edu/ or contact Turki Al-Zahrani, President of AEL, at aelvtg@gmail.com for further questions or information.

18. CAREER AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT STUDENT ADVISORY BOARD APPLICATIONS-2nd  posting
Are you interested in having your voice heard on marketing, new events, software, services, and other aspects of Virginia Tech’s Career and Professional Development? Consider applying for the 2017-2018 Student Advisory Board, where students will gather once a month to give feedback on how our office can best serve the Virginia Tech community! We are specifically looking for masters and doctoral students across the university who will be able to bring diverse perspectives and represent their departments, colleges, and campus groups. If you are interested in participating in this great opportunity to become involved on campus and give back to your institution, please go to http://career.vt.edu/about/student-advisory-board.html for more information, or contact Mr. Steven White at whitesm@vt.edu <mailto:whitesm@vt.edu> . Applications are due Monday, April 17 at noon.

19. INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY SCHOLARS PROGRAM – 2nd posting
The Hume Center for National Security and Technology is accepting applications for its Intelligence Community Scholars Program. The IC Scholars Program is open to both current and admitted graduate and undergraduate students from any major. Recipients of these awards participate in the National Security Education Program (NSEP), giving them access to events and resources exclusively for NSEP members, while they conduct research projects related to the intelligence community or national security. Scholarships range from $1500 to $15,000 per year. Applications are due Monday, April 24. Applicants should be United States citizens with a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Applications and more information can be found at hume.vt.edu/scholars or by contacting Stephanie Plum at splum@vt.edu <mailto:splum@vt.edu> .

20. GSA TRAVEL FUND PROGRAM APPLICATION – APR 4-11 – 3rd posting
The Graduate Student Assembly’s Travel Fund Program will open for applications on April 4th and close on April 11th at 11:59PM. The application guide is now available on the GSA website (http://tinyurl.com/GSATravelFund). This program can provide partial support for professional or conference travel occurring between January 1 and July 31, 2017. If you have questions, contact TFP Chair Zack Shiner at gsaTravelFund@gmail.com <mailto:gsaTravelFund@gmail.com>

21. STUDENT WAGE POSITION: ASST DATA ANALYST – 1st posting
VT Enrollment and Degree Management is looking for a graduate student for a part-time wage position May 15 – Aug 15, 2017 to assist the Director of Enrollment Research and Analysis with enrollment data analysis projects. Ideal candidate would be a master’s or doctoral student in statistics, education research, or closely related field. Must haves: knowledge of basic quantitative methods for data analysis; experience estimating regression models using SAS or SPSS or R. Ability to conduct business-specific research, analyze data, and interpret results. 25-30 hours per week (negotiable); $15 – $20 per hour (commensurate with qualifications and experience). To apply, email resume to Dr. Lefter Daku, ldaku@vt.edu.

22. GA POSITION IN BLACK CULTURAL CENTER – 2nd posting
The Black Cultural Center is seeking one full-time (20 hours a week) graduate assistant to assist with the development and planning of center programs and initiatives.  Must be a self-starter with great initiative and strong interpersonal, organizational, leadership, and presentation skills; must be able to comfortably interact with all individuals in a diverse, multicultural environment. Occasional evening and weekend work is required. Interested applicants should submit a resume, cover letter, and references to Nicole Johnson at nicj712@vt.edu <mailto:nicj712@vt.edu> . Resumes will be accepted until the position is filled.

23.  ENGINEERING EDUCATION PAID INTERNSHIPS – 2nd posting
The Department of Engineering Education is seeking paid interns for the College of Engineering New Student Orientation. Position details and mandatory dates can be found at http://www.enge.vt.edu/_files/undergraduate/advising_internship.pdf and the application can be found here: https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0ex0XA7X1c5hfpP. If you have questions, contact Marlena Lester at marlenal@vt.edu <mailto:marlenal@vt.edu> . 

24. TWO GA POSITIONS IN MAOP FOR 2017-18 – 3rd posting
The Multicultural Academic Opportunities Program is seeking two full time GAs for next year to assist with the planning, delivery and assessment of support programs. Must have high level of initiative and strong interpersonal, organizational, leadership, and presentation skills; must be able to comfortably interact with all individuals in a diverse, multicultural environment. Occasional evening and weekend work required. Must have regular office hours. Preference given to students in master’s program in education or related fields. Submit a resume and cover letter to Monica Hunter at monicah@vt.edu <mailto:monicah@vt.edu> .   Resumes will be accepted until position is filled. 

25. GSA TRAVEL FUND REVIEW HELP NEEDED (FREE FOOD) – April 25, 2017 – 1st posting
Want free food? Want a shiny new line on your CV? The GSA needs your help reviewing applications to the Travel Fund Program. Reviewers are expected to volunteer for at least 2 hours and will be provided with lunch. If you are willing to be a reviewer, please fill out the following survey: http://tinyurl.com/TFP-Review-Sp17

26. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR STUDY ON TRANSPORT PATTERNS AND MOOD – 1st posting
VT researchers in urban affairs & planning and psychology are seeking participants for a pilot study on mood states in transport environments. Participants will install an Android GPS app called Daynamica (only compatible with Android smartphones), answer an entry survey, and use the app to track transportation mode, route, and distance of your daily travel. Upon completing each trip, you will be asked to report your mood with a brief survey. Must be 18 or older. A $10 Amazon gift card will be awarded to each participant who completes an entrance survey and a trip survey for at least five trips for one week. If interested, visit the study website at http://uap.vt.edu/travelmood or contact Steve Hankey at hankey@vt.edu <mailto:hankey@vt.edu> , (540) 231-7508 <tel:%28540%29%20231-7508> .

27. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR ADOLESCENT RESEARCH STUDY – 1st posting
Family participants are needed for a research study titled "Sibling Cooperation”  in Human Development.  Family participants include (a) one sibling between the ages of 12 and 18, (b) one brother or sister between the ages of 5 and 18 who lives at home with the primary sibling, and (c) one parent or guardian. Participation requires completion of brief questionnaires and one 1-hour visit to Virginia Tech (Williams Hall). The primary sibling and parent will get $15 Target gift cards after the visit; the brother/sister will get a $5 gift card. Potential participants can contact Dr. Carolyn Shivers at vtsiblab@gmail.com <mailto:vtsiblab@gmail.com>  or 540-231-5434.

28. VOLUNTEERS SOUGHT FOR INTERNATIONAL STREET FAIR – 1st posting
The Cranwell International Center and the Council of International Student Organization are looking for volunteers for the 58th annual International Street Fair scheduled to take place Sunday, Apr 23 from 12:00 Noon to 5:00 PM on College Avenue near Squires Student Center. Volunteers are needed from Apr 20-23. Have questions? Contact Fawna Zwart  Fawna@vt.edu <mailto:Fawna@vt.edu>  or sign up now: http://www.volunteersignup.org/YKDK7.

29. TEACHER TRAINEES INVITED TO PARTICIPATE IN RESEARCH STUDY – 2nd posting
We are recruiting Seniors and Graduate Students interested in becoming urban teachers to provide us with feedback on an interactive training system (IVT) designed to give teachers practice interacting with disruptive animated characters in a virtual classroom environment. We Need Your Help To: 1. Identify usability problems with the training system 2. Improve the training system based on feedback. Students will participate in one Feedback Session (about 1-2 hours) in Whittemore Hall on Virginia Tech’s Blacksburg campus. Participants will be compensated $20/hour (prorated $10 for every half hour) for their participation. Appointments will likely be in the May 3 – 5th time frame. To learn more, please email Ali Haskins Lisle at ahaskins@vt.edu <mailto:ahaskins@vt.edu>

30. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR VIDEO – 2nd posting
The Virginia Tech Graduate Academy for Teaching Assistant Excellence (VT GrATE) is proud to present “Valuing Knowledge: A VT GrATE Teach-In.” We will have the Teach-In on 18th April at the GLC. In preparing for the Teach-In, we are seeking participants for a video titled "Global Researcher, Global Learner Reflections". This video will be showcased in one of the sessions at the Teach-In on 18th April. Through this video, we hope to capture stories highlighting experiences of international graduate researchers and teaching assistants who work at Tech, and the faculty and peers that they work with. Specifically, we are looking for volunteers who are willing to share their experiences as international students and faculty, as well as faculty and graduate students who have worked/are working with international graduate students and/or faculty here at Virginia Tech. If you would like to contribute to this video, please fill up our short survey at: https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3U89DbmEn756AsJ. Additionally, you can also contact Michelle Soledad (msoled21@vt.edu <mailto:msoled21@vt.edu> ) and Sreyoshi Bhaduri (sreyoshi@vt.edu <mailto:sreyoshi@vt.edu> ) for more information.

31. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR RESEARCH STUDY – 2nd posting
Participants are needed for a research study for a student’s capstone class. The research is titled "Perceptions of Sexual Assault and Rape among Middle Eastern Immigrant Men in the Southwest Area of Virginia.” Participants should be Middle Eastern immigrant men, who identify as Muslims. The participants will get $10 Walmart gift card after the interviews. Potential participants can email Taysir Al Janabi at Taysir80@vt.edu <mailto:Taysir80@vt.edu>  or call him at 540-251-1006.

Upcoming events:

HELLO SWEAT, GOODBYE STRESS
Tuesday Apr 25, 2:00 to 4:00 pm, McComas Hall Studio B
VT Recreational Sports hosts this free stress management workshop open to all graduate and undergraduate students right before final exam week to provide students several techniques that they can use to manage their stress and maintain overall health and wellbeing while coping with the end of the semester. More information about the event at https://www.facebook.com/events/942802722488770/.  If you have  any questions, email aubb0b@vt.edu <mailto:aubb0b@vt.edu> .

MULTIDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH IN INTL DEVELOPMENT PRESENTATIONS
Tuesday, Apr 25, 2:30-4:00PM, International Affairs Offices, 526 Prices Fork Road
Grad students are invited a public presentation by applicants for the Graduate Certificate in Multidisciplinary Research in International Development. The certificate is designed to introduce students to the distinctive nature of international work, particularly as it relates to the field of international development and complements Virginia Tech’s engagement mission with an overarching goal of improving the quality of life for people both within the Commonwealth and throughout the world. For additional information, contact Betty Watts, bettyw@vt.edu <mailto:bettyw@vt.edu> , 231-7220.

TIE DYE AND TACOS
Thursday, Apr 27, Graduate School Lawn            
Take an afternoon break, enjoy delicious tacos, and create a tie-dye masterpiece. Tie-dye materials will be provided, but please bring your own shirt (or other garment). Only one garment per person. Tie-dye works best with white cloth, but lightly colored material may work okay too. You must sign-up if you plan to attend so that we can get an accurate count for food and tie-dye materials: https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_51kwtAoSu9j0YRL Sponsored by the GLC Fellows.

2ND ANNUAL BRING YOUR KIDS TO SCHOOL DAY!
Friday, Apr 28, 9:00-12:00 various locations, 11:15-11:30 Grad School lawn; 11:30-12:00 Drillfield
Help raise awareness of infant- and child-care needs on campus by taking your child(ren) to your office/lab/class or other work area (check with your department to ensure safe arrangements; departments have been invited to participate) in the morning, then join other participants on the Grad School lawn at 11:15 to march together to the Drillfield where the event will conclude in a family picnic and remark by Dr. Laura Sands. This event is sponsored by the Graduate School. Some festive supplies will be provided and participating children may leave their hand prints on a banner. Contact Marin Riegger at mriegger@vt.edu <mailto:mriegger@vt.edu>  with any questions. “Nurture the Inventors of our Future!”

DIVERSITY SPOTLIGHT
Thursday, May 4, 12:00-1:30pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
The 2017 cohort of Graduate School Diversity Scholars will present their initiatives in a lightning-round format. You are invited to attend and learn about their work in inclusion and diversity. Please register at https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_80xaW5orOR7cQ17 by Friday, Apr 28. For a summary of projects, visit http://graduateschool.vt.edu/about/diversity/diversity-scholars/current-diversity-scholars.html. Contact Dannette Beane at gomezds@vt.edu <mailto:gomezds@vt.edu>  with questions.

April 10-16, 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. COMMUNITY VOICES PRESENTS: THE INDEPENDENCE OF THE INTL CIVIL SERVANT
Monday, Apr 10, 12:00-1:00pm

Francesco Manca, a retired senior United Nations official, is featured at this roundtable discussion on “The independence of the international civil servant:  a duty or an option?”.  The roundtable will be followed by a Trustees Without Boarders podcast interview.  The event is sponsored by the College of Architecture and Urban Studies, SPIA, the Division of Student Affairs, the Institute for Society, Culture and Environment, the Institute for Policy and Governance, OIRED, the Dept of Agricultural Leadership and Community Education, and Dean’s Advisory Committee on International Initiatives. Bring your own lunch or register for a $5 lunch at regina50@vt.edu. Admission is free.

3. RESEARCH A LA MODE PRESENTS: WHAT IS MOLECULAR PALEONTOLOGY?
Monday, Apr 10, 5:30-6:30pm, 2062 Derring

An overview of the relatively new subfield of molecular paleontology, which uses cutting-edge technology to examine organic preservation in fossils, a new way of studying the biology of extinct animals. Caitlin Colleary will share the results of the research that she have done on melanin preservation and identifying color and color patterning in extinct animals and the work she is doing now for her PhD on protein preservation. 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. The main idea is to give graduate students an opportunity to practice communicating their research to an audience that is unfamiliar with their discipline in order to cut down on reliance on jargon and to simplify and clarify their presentation skills. RALM aims to help graduate students become better teachers, researchers and communicators.

4. OPEN DATA WEEK APR 10-13
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.

5. APPALACHIAN “MEET ‘N EAT”
Tuesday, Apr 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).

6. START SMART: SALARY NEGOTIATION FOR WOMEN
Tuesday, Apr 11, 5:00-6:30pm, GLC Room C
This workshop is designed to empower women and provide them with the tools to negotiate salaries and benefits as they approach the job market. Participants work through some exercises to learn negotiation skills, understand the personal consequences of the gender wage gap, review how to benchmark salaries and benefits, and gain insight into their own bottom line and personal budget. Please register if you are planning to attend: https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0fhAKGIVwkz1Bw9.

7. US STUDENT FULBRIGHT INFORMATION SESSIONS
Thursday, Apr 13, 10am, 1pm, 2:30p, 5pm, and 6pm, GLC Room C
These interactive workshops will introduce participants to the US Student Fulbright program, which opened its application cycle on April 3 for grants to be awarded for the 2018 – 2019 academic year. The Fulbright program is an exchange initiative of the US State Department and offers US citizens funding opportunities for independent research/study projects, graduate degree enrollment, and English teaching assistantships in more than 140 countries. Eligible applicants include graduating seniors, recent graduates, master’s and doctoral candidates, and young professionals with up to 5 years of professional study and/or experience. Students at all academic levels are welcome to attend. Potential applicants are strongly encouraged to begin planning their candidacy early. The VT campus deadline is September 1, 2017.Students who are unable to attend this session can make an individual advising appointment.

8. GLC CAFÉ
Thursday, Apr 13, 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.

9. UndocuAlly TRAINING WORKSHOP
Thursday, Apr 13 AND Thursday, Apr 20 6:30-8:30pm, GLC Room G and GLC Room C
The mission of Tech DREAMers is to create a more inclusive environment for all undocumented students at Virginia Tech through education and advocacy. One of the ways we hope to achieve our mission is through “UndocuAlly” training sessions in which we invite faculty, staff and students at Virginia Tech to increase their knowledge of issues relating to undocumented students in Virginia. Snacks will be provided.  If you plan on participating, you must sign up – please only sign-up if you know you can attend: https://docs.google.com/a/vt.edu/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScbmv5HNHljeqnIWoOGT1XpvpZLHGDumJpUn7ilTluUZJmRbA/viewform?usp=sf_link

10. VTGrATE: WORKSHOP ON TECHNOLOGY
Friday, Apr 14, 1:30-2:30pm, GLC Room G
VT Graduate Academy of Teaching Excellence presents a workshop on Technology in the Classrooms. Liz Spingola from the College of Engineering’s Information Technology (Instructional Technology Team) will lead this workshop. She will give a short presentation on technologies which may be relevant to GTAs from 1:30-2:00, after which we will open the floor to specific questions/concerns of the attendees.

11. CAREER AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT STUDENT ADVISORY BOARD APPLICATIONS-1ST posting
Are you interested in having your voice heard on marketing, new events, software, services, and other aspects of Virginia Tech’s Career and Professional Development? Consider applying for the 2017-2018 Student Advisory Board, where students will gather once a month to give feedback on how our office can best serve the Virginia Tech community! We are specifically looking for masters and doctoral students across the university who will be able to bring diverse perspectives and represent their departments, colleges, and campus groups. If you are interested in participating in this great opportunity to become involved on campus and give back to your institution, please go to http://career.vt.edu/about/student-advisory-board.html for more information, or contact Mr. Steven White at whitesm@vt.edu. Applications are due Monday, April 17 at noon.

12. INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY SCHOLARS PROGRAM – 1st posting
The Hume Center for National Security and Technology is accepting applications for its Intelligence Community Scholars Program. The IC Scholars Program is open to both current and admitted graduate and undergraduate students from any major. Recipients of these awards participate in the National Security Education Program (NSEP), giving them access to events and resources exclusively for NSEP members, while they conduct research projects related to the intelligence community or national security. Scholarships range from $1500 to $15,000 per year. Applications are due Monday, April 24. Applicants should be United States citizens with a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Applications and more information can be found at hume.vt.edu/scholars or by contacting Stephanie Plum at splum@vt.edu.

13. GSA TRAVEL FUND PROGRAM APPLICATION – APR 4-11 – 2nd posting
The Graduate Student Assembly’s Travel Fund Program will open for applications on April 4th and close on April 11th at 11:59PM. The application guide is now available on the GSA website (http://tinyurl.com/GSATravelFund). This program can provide partial support for professional or conference travel occurring between January 1 and July 31, 2017. If you have questions, contact TFP Chair Zack Shiner at gsaTravelFund@gmail.com

14. HELP CREATE A THEME FOR BIANNUAL BLACK ALUMNI REUNION – 3rd 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. If your theme is chosen, you will receive a bag of Hokie gifts to add to your collection.

15. GSA "DR. RICH" CAP & GOWN PROGRAM FOR GRADS: LOTTERY OPEN MAR 27-APR 14 – 3rd 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.

16. DISSERTATION INSTITUTE FOR UNDERREPRESENTED GRADS IN ENGINEERING – 3rd 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; send questions to dissertationinstitute@gmail.com. Posted on behalf of doctoral student Mayra Artiles.

17. GA POSITION IN BLACK CULTURAL CENTER – 1st posting
The Black Cultural Center is seeking one full-time (20 hours a week) graduate assistant to assist with the development and planning of center programs and initiatives.  Must be a self-starter with great initiative and strong interpersonal, organizational, leadership, and presentation skills; must be able to comfortably interact with all individuals in a diverse, multicultural environment. Occasional evening and weekend work is required. Interested applicants should submit a resume, cover letter, and references to Nicole Johnson at nicj712@vt.edu. Resumes will be accepted until the position is filled. 

17.5 ENGINEERING EDUCATION PAID INTERNSHIPS – 1st posting
The Department of Engineering Education is seeking paid interns for the College of Engineering New Student Orientation. Position details and mandatory dates can be found at http://www.enge.vt.edu/_files/undergraduate/advising_internship.pdf and the application can be found here:
https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0ex0XA7X1c5hfpP. If you have questions, contact Marlena Lester at marlenal@vt.edu

18. TWO GA POSITIONS IN MAOP FOR 2017-18 – 2nd posting
The Multicultural Academic Opportunities Program is seeking two full time GAs for next year to assist with the planning, delivery and assessment of support programs. Must have high level of initiative and strong interpersonal, organizational, leadership, and presentation skills; must be able to comfortably interact with all individuals in a diverse, multicultural environment. Occasional evening and weekend work required. Must have regular office hours. Preference given to students in master’s program in education or related fields. Submit a resume and cover letter to Monica Hunter at monicah@vt.edu.   Resumes will be accepted until position is filled. 

19. GA POSITION IN GLOBAL ENGINEERING, ENGAGEMENT AND RESEARCH-2nd posting
The Office of Global Engineering, Engagement and Research in the College of Engineering has a graduate assistantship opening beginning Fall 2017. This is a full-time assistantship (20 hours per week) open to masters or PhD level students. The GA will support a number of international initiatives in the college. A background and interest in international education, study abroad program coordination, and international research is a plus. Interested students may submit their resume and a cover letter outlining their qualifications and interest in the position to April Keene at ipitadmin@vt.edu. Students should include “GEER GA” in the subject line of their email. Materials must be received by Wednesday, April 12, 2017.

20. TEACHER TRAINEES INVITED TO PARTICIPATE IN RESEARCH STUDY – 1st posting
We are recruiting Seniors and Graduate Students interested in becoming urban teachers to provide us with feedback on an interactive training system (IVT) designed to give teachers practice interacting with disruptive animated characters in a virtual classroom environment. We Need Your Help To: 1. Identify usability problems with the training system 2. Improve the training system based on feedback. Students will participate in one Feedback Session (about 1-2 hours) in Whittemore Hall on Virginia Tech’s Blacksburg campus. Participants will be compensated $20/hour (prorated $10 for every half hour) for their participation. Appointments will likely be in the May 3 – 5th time frame. To learn more, please email Ali Haskins Lisle at ahaskins@vt.edu

21. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR VIDEO – 1st posting
The Virginia Tech Graduate Academy for Teaching Assistant Excellence (VT GrATE) is proud to present “Valuing Knowledge: A VT GrATE Teach-In.” We will have the Teach-In on 18th April at the GLC. In preparing for the Teach-In, we are seeking participants for a video titled "Global Researcher, Global Learner Reflections". This video will be showcased in one of the sessions at the Teach-In on 18th April. Through this video, we hope to capture stories highlighting experiences of international graduate researchers and teaching assistants who work at Tech, and the faculty and peers that they work with. Specifically, we are looking for volunteers who are willing to share their experiences as international students and faculty, as well as faculty and graduate students who have worked/are working with international graduate students and/or faculty here at Virginia Tech. If you would like to contribute to this video, please fill up our short survey at: 
https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3U89DbmEn756AsJ. Additionally, you can also contact Michelle Soledad (msoled21@vt.edu) and Sreyoshi Bhaduri (sreyoshi@vt.edu) for more information.

22. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR RESEARCH STUDY – 1st posting
Participants are needed for a research study for a student’s capstone class.
The research is titled "Perceptions of Sexual Assault and Rape among Middle Eastern Immigrant Men in the Southwest Area of Virginia.” Participants should be Middle Eastern immigrant men, who identify as Muslims. The participants will get $10 Walmart gift card after the interviews. Potential participants can email Taysir Al Janabi at Taysir80@vt.edu or call him at 540-251-1006.

23. GSA GRAD RESEARCH DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM REVIEW HELP NEEDED – 3rd 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.

24. VOLUNTEERS SOUGHT FOR STUDY ON HEALTH, DIET & PHYSICAL ACTIVITY REWARDS – 3rd 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.

25. INVITATION TO PARTICIPATE IN STUDY ABOUT WEARABLE EXOSKELETONS – 3rd 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).

26. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR STUDY OF CELEBRITY ENDORSED FOOD/DRINK PRODUCTS – 3rd   posting
A Ph.D. student conducting a study about celebrity endorsement for branded food and beverage products in the US is seeking male and female participants ages 23-36 who are US citizens, racially and ethnically diverse, including Latino/Hispanic, African and Asian American. The student has the majority of the participants she needs, but still needs male Asian Americans and African Americans and female Hispanic-Americans.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.

Upcoming events:

VTGrATE: INFO SESSION: MIGRATING FROM SCHOLAR AND MORE
Monday, Apr 17, 10:30am-12pm, GLC Room G
As part of our theme for the month of April on Technology for use by Graduate Teaching Assistants, the VT Graduate Academy of Teaching Excellence presents an info session for GTAs on using Technology for teaching. Graduate Assistants from the College of Engineering’s Information Technology Team will help provide one-on-one assistance to your questions about technology use. Come by for help migrating from Scholar, using Canvas for large classes, etc.

PROFESSIONALIZING YOUR WRITING
Monday, Apr 17, 1:00-3:00pm, GLC Room C
Graduate student coaches from the writing center will provide guidance on understanding writing tasks rhetorically, exploring common writing mistakes and recognizing and fixing your own, and developing strategies for improving the clarity of your writing. Register at http://www.lib.vt.edu/spaces/writing if interested in attending.

GRADUATE HONOR SYSTEM PANELIST TRAINING
Monday, Apr 17, 3:30-4:30pm, GLC Room A
Do you think upholding academic integrity at Virginia Tech is important? If so, then you may want to serve as a panelist for the Graduate Honor System.  The GHS is looking for both faculty and students to join a volunteer team of panelists who serve on investigative and judicial panels and may hold information sessions/orientations to academic departments about the GHS.  To become a panelist, you must attend a one-hour training session, and then may start serving on judicial hearing panels. If you can’t attend this session, another one will be offered on Friday, April 28 at 9:00am. Email to ghs@vt.edu with any questions.

GSA GRAD JOBS WEEK
Monday, Apr 17 to Friday, Apr 21
Are you feeling nervous about life after your degree? Join us for a week of talks, workshops, and career preparation, all focused career-planning after your advanced degree. The second half of the week will feature Maren Wood, PhD, who will focus on alternative careers outside of academia. For a schedule with more specific information about events, times, and locations, visit the Grad Jobs Week Facebook event page at http://tinyurl.com/fb-gradjobsweek. Space at some events is limited. To RSVP, visit http://tinyurl.com/rsvp-gradjobsweek.

WII NIGHT WITH THE FELLOWS
Tuesday, Apr 18, 5-7pm, GLC Student Lounge

Take a break from studying and working on projects to challenge other students in a board game or game on the Nintendo Wii. Snacks will be provided. Sponsored by the GLC Fellows.

VALUING KNOWLEDGE: A VT GrATE TEACH-IN
Tuesday, Apr 18, 5:00-7:00pm, GLC Room F, 7:00-9:00pm, GLC Auditorium

The Virginia Tech Graduate Academy for Teaching Excellence (VT GrATE) is proud to present “Valuing Knowledge: A VT GrATE Teach-In.” As graduate students, instructors, and members of the Virginia Tech community, we affirm our commitment to valuing and respecting all forms of knowledge. We seek strength in diversity and believe that understanding across differences is necessary to build community both in and out of the classroom. Through interactive workshops, panel discussions, and presentations, we invite dialogue on topical issues ranging from communicating science to fostering inclusive classroom environments and beyond. Everyone is welcome at this non-partisan event. Light refreshments will be available. We also invite all participants to join VT GrATE and the Coalition for Justice at the Satellite March for Science on April 22nd, beginning at 4:30 PM on Henderson Lawn.

PARENT SUPPORT GROUP LUNCHEON – Sign up now!
Wednesday, Apr 19, 12-1pm, Blacksburg Community Center
Enjoy lunch from 12-1pm in the Community Room and learn about the many programs the Blacksburg Aquatic Center has to offer families.  After lunch, families can go have a swim for FREE at the Aquatic Center so bring your swimsuits and towels! Please sign-up for this luncheon at the survey link listed below, and indicate the number of people total who will be attending, including children. Contact childcare@vt.edu with questions. http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0e4fabaa28a1ff2-april

UndocuAlly TRAINING WORKSHOP – Sign-up now!
Saturday, Apr 22, 12-4pm, Torgersen 1020
The mission of Tech DREAMers is to create a more inclusive environment for all undocumented students at Virginia Tech through education and advocacy. One of the ways we hope to achieve our mission is through “UndocuAlly” training sessions in which we invite faculty, staff and students at Virginia Tech to increase their knowledge of issues relating to undocumented students in Virginia. Lunch will be provided.  If you plan on participating, you must sign up – please only sign-up if you know you can attend: https://docs.google.com/a/vt.edu/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScbmv5HNHljeqnIWoOGT1XpvpZLHGDumJpUn7ilTluUZJmRbA/viewform?usp=sf_link

HIP HOP MEETS THE MUSIC OF INDIA
Sunday, Apr 23, 7:30pm, Burruss Auditorium

Grammy nominated Progressive Hip-Hop artist Christylez Bacon and prominent Indian classical violinist Nistha Raj along with Avi Shah (tabla), Brian Falkowski (flute and sax)  and Todd Simon (keys) will be performing at this fusion music concert sponsored by the Association for India’s Development (AID). More information can be found on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1810729489248434/

2ND ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT CEREMONY – sign up now!
Thursday, May 11, 9:00-11:00am, GLC Auditorium
Graduating international students are invited to this ceremony to celebrate the achievements of undergraduate and graduate international students, and highlight the important contributions that international students make throughout the university and the broader community. The program will feature remarks from a keynote speaker as well as an undergrad and a grad student speaker. Participating students will receive a stole they are able to wear during the grad and undergrad commencement ceremonies. Registration is required at http://baseline.campuslabs.com/vpiasu/vtcac17 by April 15. If you have questions, contact international@vt.edu or call 231-6527.

April 10-16, 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. COMMUNITY VOICES PRESENTS: THE INDEPENDENCE OF THE INTL CIVIL SERVANT
Monday, Apr 10, 12:00-1:00pm

Francesco Manca, a retired senior United Nations official, is featured at this roundtable discussion on “The independence of the international civil servant:  a duty or an option?”.  The roundtable will be followed by a Trustees Without Boarders podcast interview.  The event is sponsored by the College of Architecture and Urban Studies, SPIA, the Division of Student Affairs, the Institute for Society, Culture and Environment, the Institute for Policy and Governance, OIRED, the Dept of Agricultural Leadership and Community Education, and Dean’s Advisory Committee on International Initiatives. Bring your own lunch or register for a $5 lunch at regina50@vt.edu. Admission is free.

3. RESEARCH A LA MODE PRESENTS: WHAT IS MOLECULAR PALEONTOLOGY?
Monday, Apr 10, 5:30-6:30pm, 2062 Derring

An overview of the relatively new subfield of molecular paleontology, which uses cutting-edge technology to examine organic preservation in fossils, a new way of studying the biology of extinct animals. Caitlin Colleary will share the results of the research that she have done on melanin preservation and identifying color and color patterning in extinct animals and the work she is doing now for her PhD on protein preservation. 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. The main idea is to give graduate students an opportunity to practice communicating their research to an audience that is unfamiliar with their discipline in order to cut down on reliance on jargon and to simplify and clarify their presentation skills. RALM aims to help graduate students become better teachers, researchers and communicators.

4. OPEN DATA WEEK APR 10-13
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.

5. APPALACHIAN “MEET ‘N EAT”
Tuesday, Apr 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).

6. START SMART: SALARY NEGOTIATION FOR WOMEN
Tuesday, Apr 11, 5:00-6:30pm, GLC Room C
This workshop is designed to empower women and provide them with the tools to negotiate salaries and benefits as they approach the job market. Participants work through some exercises to learn negotiation skills, understand the personal consequences of the gender wage gap, review how to benchmark salaries and benefits, and gain insight into their own bottom line and personal budget. Please register if you are planning to attend: https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0fhAKGIVwkz1Bw9.

7. US STUDENT FULBRIGHT INFORMATION SESSIONS
Thursday, Apr 13, 10am, 1pm, 2:30p, 5pm, and 6pm, GLC Room C
These interactive workshops will introduce participants to the US Student Fulbright program, which opened its application cycle on April 3 for grants to be awarded for the 2018 – 2019 academic year. The Fulbright program is an exchange initiative of the US State Department and offers US citizens funding opportunities for independent research/study projects, graduate degree enrollment, and English teaching assistantships in more than 140 countries. Eligible applicants include graduating seniors, recent graduates, master’s and doctoral candidates, and young professionals with up to 5 years of professional study and/or experience. Students at all academic levels are welcome to attend. Potential applicants are strongly encouraged to begin planning their candidacy early. The VT campus deadline is September 1, 2017.Students who are unable to attend this session can make an individual advising appointment.

8. GLC CAFÉ
Thursday, Apr 13, 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.

9. UndocuAlly TRAINING WORKSHOP
Thursday, Apr 13 AND Thursday, Apr 20 6:30-8:30pm, GLC Room G and GLC Room C
The mission of Tech DREAMers is to create a more inclusive environment for all undocumented students at Virginia Tech through education and advocacy. One of the ways we hope to achieve our mission is through “UndocuAlly” training sessions in which we invite faculty, staff and students at Virginia Tech to increase their knowledge of issues relating to undocumented students in Virginia. Snacks will be provided.  If you plan on participating, you must sign up – please only sign-up if you know you can attend: https://docs.google.com/a/vt.edu/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScbmv5HNHljeqnIWoOGT1XpvpZLHGDumJpUn7ilTluUZJmRbA/viewform?usp=sf_link

10. VTGrATE: WORKSHOP ON TECHNOLOGY
Friday, Apr 14, 1:30-2:30pm, GLC Room G
VT Graduate Academy of Teaching Excellence presents a workshop on Technology in the Classrooms. Liz Spingola from the College of Engineering’s Information Technology (Instructional Technology Team) will lead this workshop. She will give a short presentation on technologies which may be relevant to GTAs from 1:30-2:00, after which we will open the floor to specific questions/concerns of the attendees.

11. CAREER AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT STUDENT ADVISORY BOARD APPLICATIONS-1ST posting
Are you interested in having your voice heard on marketing, new events, software, services, and other aspects of Virginia Tech’s Career and Professional Development? Consider applying for the 2017-2018 Student Advisory Board, where students will gather once a month to give feedback on how our office can best serve the Virginia Tech community! We are specifically looking for masters and doctoral students across the university who will be able to bring diverse perspectives and represent their departments, colleges, and campus groups. If you are interested in participating in this great opportunity to become involved on campus and give back to your institution, please go to http://career.vt.edu/about/student-advisory-board.html for more information, or contact Mr. Steven White at whitesm@vt.edu. Applications are due Monday, April 17 at noon.

12. INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY SCHOLARS PROGRAM – 1st posting
The Hume Center for National Security and Technology is accepting applications for its Intelligence Community Scholars Program. The IC Scholars Program is open to both current and admitted graduate and undergraduate students from any major. Recipients of these awards participate in the National Security Education Program (NSEP), giving them access to events and resources exclusively for NSEP members, while they conduct research projects related to the intelligence community or national security. Scholarships range from $1500 to $15,000 per year. Applications are due Monday, April 24. Applicants should be United States citizens with a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Applications and more information can be found at hume.vt.edu/scholars or by contacting Stephanie Plum at splum@vt.edu.

13. GSA TRAVEL FUND PROGRAM APPLICATION – APR 4-11 – 2nd posting
The Graduate Student Assembly’s Travel Fund Program will open for applications on April 4th and close on April 11th at 11:59PM. The application guide is now available on the GSA website (http://tinyurl.com/GSATravelFund). This program can provide partial support for professional or conference travel occurring between January 1 and July 31, 2017. If you have questions, contact TFP Chair Zack Shiner at gsaTravelFund@gmail.com

14. HELP CREATE A THEME FOR BIANNUAL BLACK ALUMNI REUNION – 3rd 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. If your theme is chosen, you will receive a bag of Hokie gifts to add to your collection.

15. GSA "DR. RICH" CAP & GOWN PROGRAM FOR GRADS: LOTTERY OPEN MAR 27-APR 14 – 3rd 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.

16. DISSERTATION INSTITUTE FOR UNDERREPRESENTED GRADS IN ENGINEERING – 3rd 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; send questions to dissertationinstitute@gmail.com. Posted on behalf of doctoral student Mayra Artiles.

17. GA POSITION IN BLACK CULTURAL CENTER – 1st posting
The Black Cultural Center is seeking one full-time (20 hours a week) graduate assistant to assist with the development and planning of center programs and initiatives.  Must be a self-starter with great initiative and strong interpersonal, organizational, leadership, and presentation skills; must be able to comfortably interact with all individuals in a diverse, multicultural environment. Occasional evening and weekend work is required. Interested applicants should submit a resume, cover letter, and references to Nicole Johnson at nicj712@vt.edu. Resumes will be accepted until the position is filled. 

17.5 ENGINEERING EDUCATION PAID INTERNSHIPS – 1st posting
The Department of Engineering Education is seeking paid interns for the College of Engineering New Student Orientation. Position details and mandatory dates can be found at http://www.enge.vt.edu/_files/undergraduate/advising_internship.pdf and the application can be found here:
https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0ex0XA7X1c5hfpP. If you have questions, contact Marlena Lester at marlenal@vt.edu

18. TWO GA POSITIONS IN MAOP FOR 2017-18 – 2nd posting
The Multicultural Academic Opportunities Program is seeking two full time GAs for next year to assist with the planning, delivery and assessment of support programs. Must have high level of initiative and strong interpersonal, organizational, leadership, and presentation skills; must be able to comfortably interact with all individuals in a diverse, multicultural environment. Occasional evening and weekend work required. Must have regular office hours. Preference given to students in master’s program in education or related fields. Submit a resume and cover letter to Monica Hunter at monicah@vt.edu.   Resumes will be accepted until position is filled. 

19. GA POSITION IN GLOBAL ENGINEERING, ENGAGEMENT AND RESEARCH-2nd posting
The Office of Global Engineering, Engagement and Research in the College of Engineering has a graduate assistantship opening beginning Fall 2017. This is a full-time assistantship (20 hours per week) open to masters or PhD level students. The GA will support a number of international initiatives in the college. A background and interest in international education, study abroad program coordination, and international research is a plus. Interested students may submit their resume and a cover letter outlining their qualifications and interest in the position to April Keene at ipitadmin@vt.edu. Students should include “GEER GA” in the subject line of their email. Materials must be received by Wednesday, April 12, 2017.

20. TEACHER TRAINEES INVITED TO PARTICIPATE IN RESEARCH STUDY – 1st posting
We are recruiting Seniors and Graduate Students interested in becoming urban teachers to provide us with feedback on an interactive training system (IVT) designed to give teachers practice interacting with disruptive animated characters in a virtual classroom environment. We Need Your Help To: 1. Identify usability problems with the training system 2. Improve the training system based on feedback. Students will participate in one Feedback Session (about 1-2 hours) in Whittemore Hall on Virginia Tech’s Blacksburg campus. Participants will be compensated $20/hour (prorated $10 for every half hour) for their participation. Appointments will likely be in the May 3 – 5th time frame. To learn more, please email Ali Haskins Lisle at ahaskins@vt.edu

21. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR VIDEO – 1st posting
The Virginia Tech Graduate Academy for Teaching Assistant Excellence (VT GrATE) is proud to present “Valuing Knowledge: A VT GrATE Teach-In.” We will have the Teach-In on 18th April at the GLC. In preparing for the Teach-In, we are seeking participants for a video titled "Global Researcher, Global Learner Reflections". This video will be showcased in one of the sessions at the Teach-In on 18th April. Through this video, we hope to capture stories highlighting experiences of international graduate researchers and teaching assistants who work at Tech, and the faculty and peers that they work with. Specifically, we are looking for volunteers who are willing to share their experiences as international students and faculty, as well as faculty and graduate students who have worked/are working with international graduate students and/or faculty here at Virginia Tech. If you would like to contribute to this video, please fill up our short survey at: 
https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3U89DbmEn756AsJ. Additionally, you can also contact Michelle Soledad (msoled21@vt.edu) and Sreyoshi Bhaduri (sreyoshi@vt.edu) for more information.

22. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR RESEARCH STUDY – 1st posting
Participants are needed for a research study for a student’s capstone class.
The research is titled "Perceptions of Sexual Assault and Rape among Middle Eastern Immigrant Men in the Southwest Area of Virginia.” Participants should be Middle Eastern immigrant men, who identify as Muslims. The participants will get $10 Walmart gift card after the interviews. Potential participants can email Taysir Al Janabi at Taysir80@vt.edu or call him at 540-251-1006.

23. GSA GRAD RESEARCH DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM REVIEW HELP NEEDED – 3rd 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.

24. VOLUNTEERS SOUGHT FOR STUDY ON HEALTH, DIET & PHYSICAL ACTIVITY REWARDS – 3rd 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.

25. INVITATION TO PARTICIPATE IN STUDY ABOUT WEARABLE EXOSKELETONS – 3rd 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).

26. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR STUDY OF CELEBRITY ENDORSED FOOD/DRINK PRODUCTS – 3rd   posting
A Ph.D. student conducting a study about celebrity endorsement for branded food and beverage products in the US is seeking male and female participants ages 23-36 who are US citizens, racially and ethnically diverse, including Latino/Hispanic, African and Asian American. The student has the majority of the participants she needs, but still needs male Asian Americans and African Americans and female Hispanic-Americans.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.

Upcoming events:

VTGrATE: INFO SESSION: MIGRATING FROM SCHOLAR AND MORE
Monday, Apr 17, 10:30am-12pm, GLC Room G
As part of our theme for the month of April on Technology for use by Graduate Teaching Assistants, the VT Graduate Academy of Teaching Excellence presents an info session for GTAs on using Technology for teaching. Graduate Assistants from the College of Engineering’s Information Technology Team will help provide one-on-one assistance to your questions about technology use. Come by for help migrating from Scholar, using Canvas for large classes, etc.

PROFESSIONALIZING YOUR WRITING
Monday, Apr 17, 1:00-3:00pm, GLC Room C
Graduate student coaches from the writing center will provide guidance on understanding writing tasks rhetorically, exploring common writing mistakes and recognizing and fixing your own, and developing strategies for improving the clarity of your writing. Register at http://www.lib.vt.edu/spaces/writing if interested in attending.

GRADUATE HONOR SYSTEM PANELIST TRAINING
Monday, Apr 17, 3:30-4:30pm, GLC Room A
Do you think upholding academic integrity at Virginia Tech is important? If so, then you may want to serve as a panelist for the Graduate Honor System.  The GHS is looking for both faculty and students to join a volunteer team of panelists who serve on investigative and judicial panels and may hold information sessions/orientations to academic departments about the GHS.  To become a panelist, you must attend a one-hour training session, and then may start serving on judicial hearing panels. If you can’t attend this session, another one will be offered on Friday, April 28 at 9:00am. Email to ghs@vt.edu with any questions.

GSA GRAD JOBS WEEK
Monday, Apr 17 to Friday, Apr 21
Are you feeling nervous about life after your degree? Join us for a week of talks, workshops, and career preparation, all focused career-planning after your advanced degree. The second half of the week will feature Maren Wood, PhD, who will focus on alternative careers outside of academia. For a schedule with more specific information about events, times, and locations, visit the Grad Jobs Week Facebook event page at http://tinyurl.com/fb-gradjobsweek. Space at some events is limited. To RSVP, visit http://tinyurl.com/rsvp-gradjobsweek.

WII NIGHT WITH THE FELLOWS
Tuesday, Apr 18, 5-7pm, GLC Student Lounge

Take a break from studying and working on projects to challenge other students in a board game or game on the Nintendo Wii. Snacks will be provided. Sponsored by the GLC Fellows.

VALUING KNOWLEDGE: A VT GrATE TEACH-IN
Tuesday, Apr 18, 5:00-7:00pm, GLC Room F, 7:00-9:00pm, GLC Auditorium

The Virginia Tech Graduate Academy for Teaching Excellence (VT GrATE) is proud to present “Valuing Knowledge: A VT GrATE Teach-In.” As graduate students, instructors, and members of the Virginia Tech community, we affirm our commitment to valuing and respecting all forms of knowledge. We seek strength in diversity and believe that understanding across differences is necessary to build community both in and out of the classroom. Through interactive workshops, panel discussions, and presentations, we invite dialogue on topical issues ranging from communicating science to fostering inclusive classroom environments and beyond. Everyone is welcome at this non-partisan event. Light refreshments will be available. We also invite all participants to join VT GrATE and the Coalition for Justice at the Satellite March for Science on April 22nd, beginning at 4:30 PM on Henderson Lawn.

PARENT SUPPORT GROUP LUNCHEON – Sign up now!
Wednesday, Apr 19, 12-1pm, Blacksburg Community Center
Enjoy lunch from 12-1pm in the Community Room and learn about the many programs the Blacksburg Aquatic Center has to offer families.  After lunch, families can go have a swim for FREE at the Aquatic Center so bring your swimsuits and towels! Please sign-up for this luncheon at the survey link listed below, and indicate the number of people total who will be attending, including children. Contact childcare@vt.edu with questions. http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0e4fabaa28a1ff2-april

UndocuAlly TRAINING WORKSHOP – Sign-up now!
Saturday, Apr 22, 12-4pm, Torgersen 1020
The mission of Tech DREAMers is to create a more inclusive environment for all undocumented students at Virginia Tech through education and advocacy. One of the ways we hope to achieve our mission is through “UndocuAlly” training sessions in which we invite faculty, staff and students at Virginia Tech to increase their knowledge of issues relating to undocumented students in Virginia. Lunch will be provided.  If you plan on participating, you must sign up – please only sign-up if you know you can attend: https://docs.google.com/a/vt.edu/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScbmv5HNHljeqnIWoOGT1XpvpZLHGDumJpUn7ilTluUZJmRbA/viewform?usp=sf_link

HIP HOP MEETS THE MUSIC OF INDIA
Sunday, Apr 23, 7:30pm, Burruss Auditorium

Grammy nominated Progressive Hip-Hop artist Christylez Bacon and prominent Indian classical violinist Nistha Raj along with Avi Shah (tabla), Brian Falkowski (flute and sax)  and Todd Simon (keys) will be performing at this fusion music concert sponsored by the Association for India’s Development (AID). More information can be found on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1810729489248434/

2ND ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT CEREMONY – sign up now!
Thursday, May 11, 9:00-11:00am, GLC Auditorium
Graduating international students are invited to this ceremony to celebrate the achievements of undergraduate and graduate international students, and highlight the important contributions that international students make throughout the university and the broader community. The program will feature remarks from a keynote speaker as well as an undergrad and a grad student speaker. Participating students will receive a stole they are able to wear during the grad and undergrad commencement ceremonies. Registration is required at http://baseline.campuslabs.com/vpiasu/vtcac17 by April 15. If you have questions, contact international@vt.edu or call 231-6527.

April 3-9, 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. STUDENT ENGINEERS ABROAD COUNCIL POSTER SHOWCASE AND PANEL
Tuesday, Apr 4, 6:00pm, Surge 109
From 6-6:30pm, listen to a group of student panelists speak about internships, study abroad and international service followed by Q&A. From 6:30-7pm, the event will turn into an informal poster hall. Stay to check out student study abroad posters and enjoy free catered Sub Station!

3. THE FINAL PIECE: EVALUATING AND NEGOTIATING OFFERS
Wednesday, Apr 5, 5:30-6:30pm, Room F
It’s the call you’ve been waiting for: a job offer! What should you consider before you say yes? Attend this session to find out items to focus on as you review your offer and learn tips for salary negotiation. Please register in advance: https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_bNIIAbH4OQV2j2Z

4. ANXIETY/OCD SUPPORT GROUP
Wednesday, Apr 5, 6:30-7:30pm, GLC Room A
Do you need help dealing with your anxiety? With obsessive and/or compulsive symptoms? You don’t have to battle alone, join others struggling with these difficulties. Learn tools and strategies to properly manage your anxiety and/or OCD. Understand the role anxiety and discomfort may play in your life. Email Lauren Delk, from the Virginia Tech Psychological Services Center, at ladelk@vt.edu <mailto:ladelk@vt.edu>  for more information.

5. BREAKFAST WITH THE DEAN: ROANOKE EDITION
Thursday, Apr 6, 9:00am-11:00am, VTCRI Room 3012
Do you love breakfast as much as Ron Swanson? Are you a VT graduate student that lives and/or works in Roanoke? Do you have a topic you’re longing to discuss with Dean Karen DePauw of the Graduate School? If you said "yes" to any of these questions, then mark your calendars for a special Roanoke Edition of Breakfast with the Dean. This event is free to all graduate students, and will be held at the Virginia Tech Carillon Research Institute (VTCRI) in Room 3012. Breakfast will be provided. Contact kiwi@vt.edu with any additional questions.

6. GLC CAFÉ
Thursday, Apr 6, 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. STRESS MANAGEMENT FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
Friday, Apr 7, 2:00-3:30pm, GLC Room C
Are you stressed by the current political environment? Are you from a country that is impacted by recent executive orders? Cook Counseling Center is offering this group session for international students to help them manage their anxieties and develop coping techniques.

8. GSA TRAVEL FUND PROGRAM APPLICATION – APR 4-11 – 1st posting
The Graduate Student Assembly’s Travel Fund Program will open for applications on April 4th and close on April 11th at 11:59PM. The application guide is now available on the GSA website (http://tinyurl.com/GSATravelFund). This program can provide partial support for professional or conference travel occurring between January 1 and July 31, 2017. If you have questions, contact TFP Chair Zack Shiner at gsaTravelFund@gmail.com

9. HELP CREATE A THEME FOR BIANNUAL BLACK ALUMNI REUNION – 2nd 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.

10. GSA "DR. RICH" CAP & GOWN PROGRAM FOR GRADS: LOTTERY OPEN MAR 27-APR 14 – 2nd  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.

11. DISSERTATION INSTITUTE FOR UNDERREPRESENTED GRADS IN ENGINEERING – 2nd 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; send questions to dissertationinstitute@gmail.com. Posted on behalf of doctoral student Mayra Artiles.

12. NOMINATIONS INVITED FOR INNOVATIVE ETD AWARDS – 3rd 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.

13. RETURNED PEACE CORPS VOLUNTEERS INVITED TO JOIN LOCAL GROUP – 3rd 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.

14. ON-CAMPUS HOUSING FOR GRADUATE STUDENTS – 3rd 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.

15. TWO GA POSITIONS IN MAOP FOR 2017-18 – 1st posting
The Multicultural Academic Opportunities Program is seeking two full time GAs for next year to assist with the planning, delivery and assessment of support programs. Must have high level of initiative and strong interpersonal, organizational, leadership, and presentation skills; must be able to comfortably interact with all individuals in a diverse, multicultural environment. Occasional evening and weekend work required. Must have regular office hours. Preference given to students in master’s program in education or related fields. Submit a resume and cover letter to Monica Hunter at monicah@vt.eduResumes will be accepted until position is filled.

16. GA POSITION IN GLOBAL ENGINEERING, ENGAGEMENT AND RESEARCH-1st posting
The Office of Global Engineering, Engagement and Research in the College of Engineering has a graduate assistantship opening beginning Fall 2017. This is a full-time assistantship (20 hours per week) open to masters or PhD level students. The GA will support a number of international initiatives in the college. A background and interest in international education, study abroad program coordination, and international research is a plus. Interested students may submit their resume and a cover letter outlining their qualifications and interest in the position to April Keene at ipitadmin@vt.edu <mailto:ipitadmin@vt.edu> . Students should include “GEER GA” in the subject line of their email. Materials must be received by Wednesday, April 12, 2017.

17.  FULL-TIME GA POSITION IN CONTROLLER’S OFFICE FOR 2017-18 – 3rd 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. 

18. GA OPENING IN STUDENT SUCCESS CENTER – 3rd 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.

19. PT GRAD OPENING FOR PEACE COPRS RECRUITER POSITION – 3rd 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/ <http://www.oired.vt.edu/job-opportunities/campus-peace-corps-recruiter-part-time/> . 

20. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR ONLINE CARD SORTING STUDY – 1st posting
VT IT is conducting an online card sorting study to explore how best to organize information presented within the IT Service Catalog. Qualifying participants will receive $5 Jimmy John’s gift card.  Participants first complete a demographic questionnaire, then, use an online card sorting tool and get several cards, each of which will be printed with an element of the Service Catalog. You will then organize the cards into categories that make the most sense to you. The online session will last 30-40 minutes, anytime and anywhere at your convenience. The study will continue through April 7. Once you agree to participate, you will be sent the online card sorting link. Contact itee-ux@vt.edu <mailto:itee-UX@vt.edu>  for information or to participate.

21. GSA GRAD RESEARCH DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM REVIEW HELP NEEDED – 2nd 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>

22. VOLUNTEERS SOUGHT FOR STUDY ON HEALTH, DIET & PHYSICAL ACTIVITY REWARDS – 2nd 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.

23. INVITATION TO PARTICIPATE IN STUDY ABOUT WEARABLE EXOSKELETONS – 2nd 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 <mailto:iesaad@vt.edu> , (206-859- 9146). 

24. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR STUDY OF CELEBRITY ENDORSED FOOD/DRINK PRODUCTS – 2nd  posting
A 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.

25. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR STUDY OF MOBILE AUGMENTED REALITY APPLICATIONS – 3rd 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, 603-953-7060.

26. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR STUDY OF MIDDLE EASTERN IMMIGRANT WOMEN – 3rd 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   or call 540-251-1006.

Upcoming events:

COMMUNITY VOICES PRESENTS: THE INDEPENDENCE OF THE INTL CIVIL SERVANT
Monday, Apr 10, 12:00-1:00pm
Francesco Manca, a retired senior United Nations official, is featured at this roundtable discussion on “The independence of the international civil servant:  a duty or an option?”.  The roundtable will be followed by a Trustees Without Boarders podcast interview.  The event is sponsored by the College of Architecture and Urban Studies, SPIA, the Division of Student Affairs, the Institute for Society, Culture and Environment, the Institute for Policy and Governance, OIRED, the Dept of Agricultural Leadership and Community Education, and Dean’s Advisory Committee on International Initiatives. Bring your own lunch or register for a $5 lunch at regina50@vt.edu <mailto:regina50@vt.edu> . Admission is free.

OPEN DATA WEEK APR 10-13
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.

START SMART: SALARY NEGOTIATION FOR WOMEN
Tuesday, Apr 11, 5:00-6:30pm, GLC Room C
This workshop is designed to empower women and provide them with the tools to negotiate salaries and benefits as they approach the job market. Participants work through some exercises to learn negotiation skills, understand the personal consequences of the gender wage gap, review how to benchmark salaries and benefits, and gain insight into their own bottom line and personal budget. Please register if you are planning to attend: https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0fhAKGIVwkz1Bw9.

APPALACHIAN “MEET ‘N EAT”
Tuesday, Apr 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 <mailto:ahallibu@vt.edu> ).

PROFESSIONALIZING YOUR WRITING
Monday, Apr 17, 1:00-3:00pm, GLC Room C
Graduate student coaches from the writing center will provide guidance on understanding writing tasks rhetorically, exploring common writing mistakes and recognizing and fixing your own, and developing strategies for improving the clarity of your writing. Register at http://www.lib.vt.edu/spaces/writing if interested in attending.

VALUING KNOWLEDGE: A VT GrATE TEACH-IN
Tuesday, Apr 18, 5:00-7:00pm, GLC Room F, 7:00-9:00pm, GLC Auditorium
The Virginia Tech Graduate Academy for Teaching Excellence (VT GrATE) is proud to present “Valuing Knowledge: A VT GrATE Teach-In.” As graduate students, instructors, and members of the Virginia Tech community, we affirm our commitment to valuing and respecting all forms of knowledge. We seek strength in diversity and believe that understanding across differences is necessary to build community both in and out of the classroom. Through interactive workshops, panel discussions, and presentations, we invite dialogue on topical issues ranging from communicating science to fostering inclusive classroom environments and beyond. Everyone is welcome at this non-partisan event. Light refreshments will be available. We also invite all participants to join VT GrATE and the Coalition for Justice at the Satellite March for Science on April 22nd, beginning at 4:30 PM on Henderson Lawn. 

2ND ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT CEREMONY – sign up now!
Thursday, May 11, 9:00-11:00am, GLC Auditorium
Graduating international students are invited to this ceremony to celebrate the achievements of undergraduate and graduate international students, and highlight the important contributions that international students make throughout the university and the broader community. The program will feature remarks from a keynote speaker as well as an undergrad and a grad student speaker. Participating students will receive a stole they are able to wear during the grad and undergrad commencement ceremonies. Registration is required at http://baseline.campuslabs.com/vpiasu/vtcac17 by April 15. If you have questions, contact international@vt.edu <mailto:international@vt.edu>  or call 231-6527.

April 3-9, 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. STUDENT ENGINEERS ABROAD COUNCIL POSTER SHOWCASE AND PANEL
Tuesday, Apr 4, 6:00pm, Surge 109
From 6-6:30pm, listen to a group of student panelists speak about internships, study abroad and international service followed by Q&A. From 6:30-7pm, the event will turn into an informal poster hall. Stay to check out student study abroad posters and enjoy free catered Sub Station!

3. THE FINAL PIECE: EVALUATING AND NEGOTIATING OFFERS
Wednesday, Apr 5, 5:30-6:30pm, Room F
It’s the call you’ve been waiting for: a job offer! What should you consider before you say yes? Attend this session to find out items to focus on as you review your offer and learn tips for salary negotiation. Please register in advance: https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_bNIIAbH4OQV2j2Z

4. ANXIETY/OCD SUPPORT GROUP
Wednesday, Apr 5, 6:30-7:30pm, GLC Room A
Do you need help dealing with your anxiety? With obsessive and/or compulsive symptoms? You don’t have to battle alone, join others struggling with these difficulties. Learn tools and strategies to properly manage your anxiety and/or OCD. Understand the role anxiety and discomfort may play in your life. Email Lauren Delk, from the Virginia Tech Psychological Services Center, at ladelk@vt.edu <mailto:ladelk@vt.edu>  for more information.

5. BREAKFAST WITH THE DEAN: ROANOKE EDITION
Thursday, Apr 6, 9:00am-11:00am, VTCRI Room 3012
Do you love breakfast as much as Ron Swanson? Are you a VT graduate student that lives and/or works in Roanoke? Do you have a topic you’re longing to discuss with Dean Karen DePauw of the Graduate School? If you said "yes" to any of these questions, then mark your calendars for a special Roanoke Edition of Breakfast with the Dean. This event is free to all graduate students, and will be held at the Virginia Tech Carillon Research Institute (VTCRI) in Room 3012. Breakfast will be provided. Contact kiwi@vt.edu with any additional questions.

6. GLC CAFÉ
Thursday, Apr 6, 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. STRESS MANAGEMENT FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
Friday, Apr 7, 2:00-3:30pm, GLC Room C
Are you stressed by the current political environment? Are you from a country that is impacted by recent executive orders? Cook Counseling Center is offering this group session for international students to help them manage their anxieties and develop coping techniques.

8. GSA TRAVEL FUND PROGRAM APPLICATION – APR 4-11 – 1st posting
The Graduate Student Assembly’s Travel Fund Program will open for applications on April 4th and close on April 11th at 11:59PM. The application guide is now available on the GSA website (http://tinyurl.com/GSATravelFund). This program can provide partial support for professional or conference travel occurring between January 1 and July 31, 2017. If you have questions, contact TFP Chair Zack Shiner at gsaTravelFund@gmail.com

9. HELP CREATE A THEME FOR BIANNUAL BLACK ALUMNI REUNION – 2nd 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.

10. GSA "DR. RICH" CAP & GOWN PROGRAM FOR GRADS: LOTTERY OPEN MAR 27-APR 14 – 2nd  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.

11. DISSERTATION INSTITUTE FOR UNDERREPRESENTED GRADS IN ENGINEERING – 2nd 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; send questions to dissertationinstitute@gmail.com. Posted on behalf of doctoral student Mayra Artiles.

12. NOMINATIONS INVITED FOR INNOVATIVE ETD AWARDS – 3rd 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.

13. RETURNED PEACE CORPS VOLUNTEERS INVITED TO JOIN LOCAL GROUP – 3rd 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.

14. ON-CAMPUS HOUSING FOR GRADUATE STUDENTS – 3rd 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.

15. TWO GA POSITIONS IN MAOP FOR 2017-18 – 1st posting
The Multicultural Academic Opportunities Program is seeking two full time GAs for next year to assist with the planning, delivery and assessment of support programs. Must have high level of initiative and strong interpersonal, organizational, leadership, and presentation skills; must be able to comfortably interact with all individuals in a diverse, multicultural environment. Occasional evening and weekend work required. Must have regular office hours. Preference given to students in master’s program in education or related fields. Submit a resume and cover letter to Monica Hunter at monicah@vt.eduResumes will be accepted until position is filled.

16. GA POSITION IN GLOBAL ENGINEERING, ENGAGEMENT AND RESEARCH-1st posting
The Office of Global Engineering, Engagement and Research in the College of Engineering has a graduate assistantship opening beginning Fall 2017. This is a full-time assistantship (20 hours per week) open to masters or PhD level students. The GA will support a number of international initiatives in the college. A background and interest in international education, study abroad program coordination, and international research is a plus. Interested students may submit their resume and a cover letter outlining their qualifications and interest in the position to April Keene at ipitadmin@vt.edu <mailto:ipitadmin@vt.edu> . Students should include “GEER GA” in the subject line of their email. Materials must be received by Wednesday, April 12, 2017.

17.  FULL-TIME GA POSITION IN CONTROLLER’S OFFICE FOR 2017-18 – 3rd 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. 

18. GA OPENING IN STUDENT SUCCESS CENTER – 3rd 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.

19. PT GRAD OPENING FOR PEACE COPRS RECRUITER POSITION – 3rd 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/ <http://www.oired.vt.edu/job-opportunities/campus-peace-corps-recruiter-part-time/> . 

20. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR ONLINE CARD SORTING STUDY – 1st posting
VT IT is conducting an online card sorting study to explore how best to organize information presented within the IT Service Catalog. Qualifying participants will receive $5 Jimmy John’s gift card.  Participants first complete a demographic questionnaire, then, use an online card sorting tool and get several cards, each of which will be printed with an element of the Service Catalog. You will then organize the cards into categories that make the most sense to you. The online session will last 30-40 minutes, anytime and anywhere at your convenience. The study will continue through April 7. Once you agree to participate, you will be sent the online card sorting link. Contact itee-ux@vt.edu <mailto:itee-UX@vt.edu>  for information or to participate.

21. GSA GRAD RESEARCH DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM REVIEW HELP NEEDED – 2nd 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>

22. VOLUNTEERS SOUGHT FOR STUDY ON HEALTH, DIET & PHYSICAL ACTIVITY REWARDS – 2nd 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.

23. INVITATION TO PARTICIPATE IN STUDY ABOUT WEARABLE EXOSKELETONS – 2nd 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 <mailto:iesaad@vt.edu> , (206-859- 9146). 

24. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR STUDY OF CELEBRITY ENDORSED FOOD/DRINK PRODUCTS – 2nd  posting
A 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.

25. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR STUDY OF MOBILE AUGMENTED REALITY APPLICATIONS – 3rd 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, 603-953-7060.

26. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR STUDY OF MIDDLE EASTERN IMMIGRANT WOMEN – 3rd 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   or call 540-251-1006.

Upcoming events:

COMMUNITY VOICES PRESENTS: THE INDEPENDENCE OF THE INTL CIVIL SERVANT
Monday, Apr 10, 12:00-1:00pm
Francesco Manca, a retired senior United Nations official, is featured at this roundtable discussion on “The independence of the international civil servant:  a duty or an option?”.  The roundtable will be followed by a Trustees Without Boarders podcast interview.  The event is sponsored by the College of Architecture and Urban Studies, SPIA, the Division of Student Affairs, the Institute for Society, Culture and Environment, the Institute for Policy and Governance, OIRED, the Dept of Agricultural Leadership and Community Education, and Dean’s Advisory Committee on International Initiatives. Bring your own lunch or register for a $5 lunch at regina50@vt.edu <mailto:regina50@vt.edu> . Admission is free.

OPEN DATA WEEK APR 10-13
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.

START SMART: SALARY NEGOTIATION FOR WOMEN
Tuesday, Apr 11, 5:00-6:30pm, GLC Room C
This workshop is designed to empower women and provide them with the tools to negotiate salaries and benefits as they approach the job market. Participants work through some exercises to learn negotiation skills, understand the personal consequences of the gender wage gap, review how to benchmark salaries and benefits, and gain insight into their own bottom line and personal budget. Please register if you are planning to attend: https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0fhAKGIVwkz1Bw9.

APPALACHIAN “MEET ‘N EAT”
Tuesday, Apr 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 <mailto:ahallibu@vt.edu> ).

PROFESSIONALIZING YOUR WRITING
Monday, Apr 17, 1:00-3:00pm, GLC Room C
Graduate student coaches from the writing center will provide guidance on understanding writing tasks rhetorically, exploring common writing mistakes and recognizing and fixing your own, and developing strategies for improving the clarity of your writing. Register at http://www.lib.vt.edu/spaces/writing if interested in attending.

VALUING KNOWLEDGE: A VT GrATE TEACH-IN
Tuesday, Apr 18, 5:00-7:00pm, GLC Room F, 7:00-9:00pm, GLC Auditorium
The Virginia Tech Graduate Academy for Teaching Excellence (VT GrATE) is proud to present “Valuing Knowledge: A VT GrATE Teach-In.” As graduate students, instructors, and members of the Virginia Tech community, we affirm our commitment to valuing and respecting all forms of knowledge. We seek strength in diversity and believe that understanding across differences is necessary to build community both in and out of the classroom. Through interactive workshops, panel discussions, and presentations, we invite dialogue on topical issues ranging from communicating science to fostering inclusive classroom environments and beyond. Everyone is welcome at this non-partisan event. Light refreshments will be available. We also invite all participants to join VT GrATE and the Coalition for Justice at the Satellite March for Science on April 22nd, beginning at 4:30 PM on Henderson Lawn. 

2ND ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT CEREMONY – sign up now!
Thursday, May 11, 9:00-11:00am, GLC Auditorium
Graduating international students are invited to this ceremony to celebrate the achievements of undergraduate and graduate international students, and highlight the important contributions that international students make throughout the university and the broader community. The program will feature remarks from a keynote speaker as well as an undergrad and a grad student speaker. Participating students will receive a stole they are able to wear during the grad and undergrad commencement ceremonies. Registration is required at http://baseline.campuslabs.com/vpiasu/vtcac17 by April 15. If you have questions, contact international@vt.edu <mailto:international@vt.edu>  or call 231-6527.