August 21-27, 2017

0.  WEEKLY WALK-IN SERVICES IN THE GLC – last updated 8/14/2017
– Career Advising: on hiatus for the summer
– Cook Counseling: on hiatus for the summer
– Graduate School hours: 8:00-5:00 begin 8/14/17
– Immigration advising hours: MWF 1:00-4:00pm, TTh 9:00am-12:00pm
– Writing assistance: reserve appointment at https://www.lib.vt.edu/spaces/writing-center.html

1.  US STUDENT FULBRIGHT INFO SESSION
Wednesday, Aug 23, 10:00am, GLC Room C
This interactive workshop introduces participants to the Fulbright program that offers US citizens funding opportunities to research or study abroad in more than 140 countries.

2.  LYRIC THEATRE TOUR
Wednesday, Aug 23, 4:00pm
Tour the Lyric Theatre to experience the 1930s design and learn about opportunities to volunteer. All participants will receive a free movie pass. Arrive at The Lyric by 3:55p at the latest.

3.  WELCOME BACK BBQ HOSTED BY THE GRADUATE STUDENT ASSEMBLY
Wednesday, Aug 23, 5:00-8:00pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
New and returning graduate students are invited by the VT Graduate Student Assembly to their annual Welcome Back BBQ. Weather permitting, the event will take place inside and on the GLC Lawn as well. Food from Hethwood Market, with vegetarian options available. See the official Facebook event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/1946208605651706/ , and some colorful flyers.

4.  HEALTH INSURANCE SIGN-UP
Thursday, Aug 24, 2:00-4:30pm, GLC Lobby
Stop by the GLC lobby to sign up for student health insurance with Aetna and ask representatives any questions you may have.

5. GLC CAFÉ IS REPLACED BY “MAKE YOURSELF AT HOME IN BBURG”
Thursday, Aug 24
Just this week the GLC Café is replaced by a welcome event for our new and returning students. Stop by for free refreshments and community.

6.  MAKE YOURSELF AT HOME
Thursday, Aug 24, 4:30-6:00pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
Attend this relaxed social event to connect with faculty, staff, new and returning students and resources that can help you succeed in graduate school and maintain a healthy life balance. Free refreshments for all; door prizes for new students! Sign up online if you are planning to attend: https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_a8XPyVVMAKV1Scd. This event replaces the weekly GLC café just this one time. The café will return next week on its regular 3:30-5:00 schedule in the Reading Room.

7.  NEW GRADUATE STUDENT ORIENTATION
Friday, Aug 25, 9:00am, GLC Auditorium
New students are invited to this information session and meet Graduate School and university leaders and learn about graduate education and the graduate community at Virginia Tech. Returning students are welcome to join at 11:00 to enjoy some light refreshments and mingle with new students.

8.  HEALTH INSURANCE SIGN-UP
Friday, Aug 25, 10:00am-1:00pm, GLC Lobby
Stop by the GLC lobby to sign up for student health insurance with Aetna and ask representatives any questions you may have.

9.  LAIGSA WELCOME BACK BBQ
Saturday, Aug 26, 5:00pm, Duckpond
Grad students are invited to the Latin American and Iberian Grad Students Association Welcome Back BBQ. Enjoy beach volleyball and fried yucca, plantains and more. 

10.  GRADUATE PREFERRED PARKING LOTTERY SIGN UP OPEN – 1st posting
The lottery sign up for the Graduate Preferred Parking Program started by GSA is open. Up to 75 graduate students will receive a graduate preferred parking permit to park in the assigned spaces in the Perry Street Lot 3. Students with the graduate preferred permit may also park in any C/G parking. Cost this year is $312. To register for the lottery, email parking@vt.edu with the eligible student’s first and last name and PID by next Wednesday, Aug 23, 5:00pm. Winners will be notified via email shortly thereafter. Questions? Call Parking and Transportation at 540-231-3200 or email parking@vt.edu.

11.  TRAVEL SCHOLARSHIP TO OPENCON CONFERENCE – 1st posting
Graduate students are encouraged to apply for a travel scholarship, sponsored by the University Libraries and the Graduate School, to OpenCon, a conference for early career researchers on open access, open data, and open education.  One Virginia Tech graduate student will be selected to attend the conference, which will be held in Berlin, Germany on November 11-13.  Read reports from Virginia Tech attendees in 2014, 2015, and 2016.  Apply by Sep 5 at bit.ly/VTOpenCon2017.

12.  IMPROVE YOUR RESEARCH SKILLS – 1ST posting
GRAD 5124, Research Skills for Graduate Students, is a 1-credit, fully-online course offered by University Libraries in Fall 2017. Five discipline-specific sections are offered. Sign up in HokieSpa for the one that relates to your subject area! Questions? Contact Lisa Becksford at lisab5@vt.edu.

13.  STUDENTS INVITED TO JOIN INTERNATIONAL LGBTQ+ GROUP – 1st posting
AcrossBorders@VT provides a friendly group and space for international LGBTQ+ students/faculty/affiliates of Virginia Tech  to discuss concerns about their sexuality and coming out, and support one another. Given that the international population comes from cultures different from the one(s) in the US, the group aims to provide a more customized support to the international LGBTQ+ population. The group ensures confidentiality and privacy of all members. If interested or have questions, contact acrossborders.vt@gmail.com. Email to join the confidential Facebook group to connect with other international LGBTQ+ people.

14.  LITTLE HOKIE HANGOUT STILL ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS – 2nd posting
Little Hokie Hangout, the Graduate School Child Care Center, is still accepting applications for Fall 2017. Morning sessions are almost full, but there are some spots left for afternoons (11:30am-2:30pm) and evenings (2:30pm-6:00pm). For information and applications please email childcare@vt.edu

15.  SCHOLARSHIPS FOR WOMEN PURSUING A PhD – 2nd posting
The P.E.O. Scholar Award is open for women pursuing a PhD. The competitive merit-based scholarships offer $15,000 for outstanding women in the final two years of their program. Awardees must demonstrate a strong research path, publications, awards, and service activities showing maturity, seriousness of purpose, and clearly defined research objectives. The local application consisting of a concise 1-2 page letter and resume deadline is Sep 6, 2017. Send to Verlyn Stromberg, 2506 Manchester St, Blacksburg, VA 24060 or verlyn@vt.edu. If you have any questions, email or call (540) 239-0253.

16.  CREATIVE STUDENTS SOUGHT FOR MAGAZINE – 2nd posting
The Interloper, Virginia Tech’s LGBTQ Magazine, is now accepting writers, editors, photographers, and artists for Issue #7 this fall. There will be an interest meeting on Sunday, Sep 10 at 4:00pm in the Intercultural Engagement Center. All are welcome to participate. If interested or have questions, email Maggie at theinterlopervt@gmail.com.

17.  INTERNATIONAL TEACHING ASSISTANTS NEEDED FOR STUDY – 1st posting
VT researchers are conducting a longitudinal study during Fall 2017 to understand the experiences of international teaching assistants (ITAs) at Virginia Tech. Participants must be graduate teaching assistants in an engineering department at the university with an F-1 or a J-1 visa. The study involves 3 interviews lasting approximately 45-60 minutes each and weekly journal responses taking about 10-15 minutes each. $20 Kroger gift card upon completion of each interview. Weekly reflection prompt response enters you in raffle for $25 Kroger gift card. Contact Ashish Agrawa, Dept. of Engineering Education at 540-922-5125 or ashishag@vt.edu for more info.

18.  VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR MUSCULOSKELETAL STUDY – 1ST posting
Participants are needed for a research study about metabolic cost of lifting with and without a wearable exoskeleton. Must be 18-65 years old with no recent or prior musculoskeletal disorders or back injuries. A weight range of 155 – 190 lbs is preferred. Should be able to comfortably lift about 25% of bodyweight from the floor to waist height. Will perform a variety of lifting tasks both with and without the exoskeleton during two experimental sessions. Compensation: $10/hour. If interested, email Mehdi Alemi at malemi@vt.edu or call at 317-473-1736.

19.  PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR VIRTUAL REALITY STUDY –  2nd posting
The 3DI group is seeking volunteers to participate in a research study with virtual reality (VR) technologies. The team is investigating how VR can help researchers to better understand complex scientific data. The project will make use of state-of-the-art VR equipment. If you are interested in participating, contact Wallace Lages at wlages@vt.edu for more details.

20.  PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR VR INTERACTION STUDY – 2nd posting
Participants sought for a user study between 8/20 and 9/2 in a project called “Object Manipulation in Virtual Reality” at the Moss Arts Center. The participants in the study will have a chance to experience the latest technology of Virtual Reality, including head-mounted display and hand tracking input devices. Open to anyone 18+ with normal vision (corrected or uncorrected) and normal range of arm/hand motion. Compensation:  $10 . If interested, contact Run Yu (runyu@vt.edu) .

21.  VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR DIET STUDY – 2nd posting
Volunteers needed for a study examining how diet influences muscle metabolism. Participants must be: between the ages of 18-40; females on monophasic oral contraceptive and not pregnant; not currently taking any medications (other than above); non-smokers; no major medical problems; and willing to eat a high fat diet for 5 days. You will receive extensive health information and may receive up to $400 in compensation. If interested, contact the Human Integrative Physiology Laboratory at Virginia Tech. e-mail: westerndiet@gmail.com website: https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_eKX222gpcgRqZL.

Upcoming events:

COMPUTING AND MOBILE DEVICE HELP – 1st posting
Monday, Aug 28, 5:00pm, GLC Room B
A staff member from 4Help (VT’s IT assistance department) will be on hand to help you learn about connecting your devices to wireless, figuring out two-factor authentication, where to get software, backup options and more. Bring your device(s) and your questions!

INTERVARSITY GRADUATE CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP: 9/1 – 1st posting
Friday, Sep 1, 6:00-8:00pm, GLC Room B
A diverse, welcoming, student-led community that explores how Christian faith informs academic and professional work invites you to join. They gather regularly for Bible study, shared meals, and mutual encouragement through the ups and downs of graduate school. All are welcome for a free dinner at the first monthly gathering. For more info, visit: http://gcfvt.wordpress.com/.

BLACK GRADUATE STUDENT COMMUNITY WELCOME BACK COOK OUT – 1st posting
Saturday, Sep 2, 4:00-dusk, Bburg Municipal Park, shelter II
Celebrate the end of summer and the beginning of the semester with BGSO.  Eat, play some games, vibe to the music and bask in the melinated greatness of the VT Black graduate student community.  This is a family friendly event.  If you would like to be added to the BGSO listserv and/or become involved with BGSO, email to Cheryl Montgomery at clmontgo@vt.edu w/ "BGSO" in the subject.

LEARN ABOUT THE BOOK OF MORMON – note date change!
Sunday, Sep 10, 6:30pm, 1408 Jennelle Rd., Blacksburg.
Have you ever wondered what the Book of Mormon is about? Perhaps you’ve heard of the Broadway play, or what some call the "Mormon Bible"? On behalf of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, grad student Kevin Watson invites you to attend an evening event all about the Book of Mormon. All are welcome to attend! Questions? Contact Kevin at wk223@vt.edu.

August 21-27, 2017

0.  WEEKLY WALK-IN SERVICES IN THE GLC – last updated 8/14/2017
– Career Advising: on hiatus for the summer
– Cook Counseling: on hiatus for the summer
– Graduate School hours: 8:00-5:00 begin 8/14/17
– Immigration advising hours: MWF 1:00-4:00pm, TTh 9:00am-12:00pm
– Writing assistance: reserve appointment at https://www.lib.vt.edu/spaces/writing-center.html

1.  US STUDENT FULBRIGHT INFO SESSION
Wednesday, Aug 23, 10:00am, GLC Room C
This interactive workshop introduces participants to the Fulbright program that offers US citizens funding opportunities to research or study abroad in more than 140 countries.

2.  LYRIC THEATRE TOUR
Wednesday, Aug 23, 4:00pm
Tour the Lyric Theatre to experience the 1930s design and learn about opportunities to volunteer. All participants will receive a free movie pass. Arrive at The Lyric by 3:55p at the latest.

3.  WELCOME BACK BBQ HOSTED BY THE GRADUATE STUDENT ASSEMBLY
Wednesday, Aug 23, 5:00-8:00pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
New and returning graduate students are invited by the VT Graduate Student Assembly to their annual Welcome Back BBQ. Weather permitting, the event will take place inside and on the GLC Lawn as well. Food from Hethwood Market, with vegetarian options available. See the official Facebook event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/1946208605651706/ , and some colorful flyers.

4.  HEALTH INSURANCE SIGN-UP
Thursday, Aug 24, 2:00-4:30pm, GLC Lobby
Stop by the GLC lobby to sign up for student health insurance with Aetna and ask representatives any questions you may have.

5. GLC CAFÉ IS REPLACED BY “MAKE YOURSELF AT HOME IN BBURG”
Thursday, Aug 24
Just this week the GLC Café is replaced by a welcome event for our new and returning students. Stop by for free refreshments and community.

6.  MAKE YOURSELF AT HOME
Thursday, Aug 24, 4:30-6:00pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
Attend this relaxed social event to connect with faculty, staff, new and returning students and resources that can help you succeed in graduate school and maintain a healthy life balance. Free refreshments for all; door prizes for new students! Sign up online if you are planning to attend: https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_a8XPyVVMAKV1Scd. This event replaces the weekly GLC café just this one time. The café will return next week on its regular 3:30-5:00 schedule in the Reading Room.

7.  NEW GRADUATE STUDENT ORIENTATION
Friday, Aug 25, 9:00am, GLC Auditorium
New students are invited to this information session and meet Graduate School and university leaders and learn about graduate education and the graduate community at Virginia Tech. Returning students are welcome to join at 11:00 to enjoy some light refreshments and mingle with new students.

8.  HEALTH INSURANCE SIGN-UP
Friday, Aug 25, 10:00am-1:00pm, GLC Lobby
Stop by the GLC lobby to sign up for student health insurance with Aetna and ask representatives any questions you may have.

9.  LAIGSA WELCOME BACK BBQ
Saturday, Aug 26, 5:00pm, Duckpond
Grad students are invited to the Latin American and Iberian Grad Students Association Welcome Back BBQ. Enjoy beach volleyball and fried yucca, plantains and more. 

10.  GRADUATE PREFERRED PARKING LOTTERY SIGN UP OPEN – 1st posting
The lottery sign up for the Graduate Preferred Parking Program started by GSA is open. Up to 75 graduate students will receive a graduate preferred parking permit to park in the assigned spaces in the Perry Street Lot 3. Students with the graduate preferred permit may also park in any C/G parking. Cost this year is $312. To register for the lottery, email parking@vt.edu with the eligible student’s first and last name and PID by next Wednesday, Aug 23, 5:00pm. Winners will be notified via email shortly thereafter. Questions? Call Parking and Transportation at 540-231-3200 or email parking@vt.edu.

11.  TRAVEL SCHOLARSHIP TO OPENCON CONFERENCE – 1st posting
Graduate students are encouraged to apply for a travel scholarship, sponsored by the University Libraries and the Graduate School, to OpenCon, a conference for early career researchers on open access, open data, and open education.  One Virginia Tech graduate student will be selected to attend the conference, which will be held in Berlin, Germany on November 11-13.  Read reports from Virginia Tech attendees in 2014, 2015, and 2016.  Apply by Sep 5 at bit.ly/VTOpenCon2017.

12.  IMPROVE YOUR RESEARCH SKILLS – 1ST posting
GRAD 5124, Research Skills for Graduate Students, is a 1-credit, fully-online course offered by University Libraries in Fall 2017. Five discipline-specific sections are offered. Sign up in HokieSpa for the one that relates to your subject area! Questions? Contact Lisa Becksford at lisab5@vt.edu.

13.  STUDENTS INVITED TO JOIN INTERNATIONAL LGBTQ+ GROUP – 1st posting
AcrossBorders@VT provides a friendly group and space for international LGBTQ+ students/faculty/affiliates of Virginia Tech  to discuss concerns about their sexuality and coming out, and support one another. Given that the international population comes from cultures different from the one(s) in the US, the group aims to provide a more customized support to the international LGBTQ+ population. The group ensures confidentiality and privacy of all members. If interested or have questions, contact acrossborders.vt@gmail.com. Email to join the confidential Facebook group to connect with other international LGBTQ+ people.

14.  LITTLE HOKIE HANGOUT STILL ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS – 2nd posting
Little Hokie Hangout, the Graduate School Child Care Center, is still accepting applications for Fall 2017. Morning sessions are almost full, but there are some spots left for afternoons (11:30am-2:30pm) and evenings (2:30pm-6:00pm). For information and applications please email childcare@vt.edu

15.  SCHOLARSHIPS FOR WOMEN PURSUING A PhD – 2nd posting
The P.E.O. Scholar Award is open for women pursuing a PhD. The competitive merit-based scholarships offer $15,000 for outstanding women in the final two years of their program. Awardees must demonstrate a strong research path, publications, awards, and service activities showing maturity, seriousness of purpose, and clearly defined research objectives. The local application consisting of a concise 1-2 page letter and resume deadline is Sep 6, 2017. Send to Verlyn Stromberg, 2506 Manchester St, Blacksburg, VA 24060 or verlyn@vt.edu. If you have any questions, email or call (540) 239-0253.

16.  CREATIVE STUDENTS SOUGHT FOR MAGAZINE – 2nd posting
The Interloper, Virginia Tech’s LGBTQ Magazine, is now accepting writers, editors, photographers, and artists for Issue #7 this fall. There will be an interest meeting on Sunday, Sep 10 at 4:00pm in the Intercultural Engagement Center. All are welcome to participate. If interested or have questions, email Maggie at theinterlopervt@gmail.com.

17.  INTERNATIONAL TEACHING ASSISTANTS NEEDED FOR STUDY – 1st posting
VT researchers are conducting a longitudinal study during Fall 2017 to understand the experiences of international teaching assistants (ITAs) at Virginia Tech. Participants must be graduate teaching assistants in an engineering department at the university with an F-1 or a J-1 visa. The study involves 3 interviews lasting approximately 45-60 minutes each and weekly journal responses taking about 10-15 minutes each. $20 Kroger gift card upon completion of each interview. Weekly reflection prompt response enters you in raffle for $25 Kroger gift card. Contact Ashish Agrawa, Dept. of Engineering Education at 540-922-5125 or ashishag@vt.edu for more info.

18.  VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR MUSCULOSKELETAL STUDY – 1ST posting
Participants are needed for a research study about metabolic cost of lifting with and without a wearable exoskeleton. Must be 18-65 years old with no recent or prior musculoskeletal disorders or back injuries. A weight range of 155 – 190 lbs is preferred. Should be able to comfortably lift about 25% of bodyweight from the floor to waist height. Will perform a variety of lifting tasks both with and without the exoskeleton during two experimental sessions. Compensation: $10/hour. If interested, email Mehdi Alemi at malemi@vt.edu or call at 317-473-1736.

19.  PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR VIRTUAL REALITY STUDY –  2nd posting
The 3DI group is seeking volunteers to participate in a research study with virtual reality (VR) technologies. The team is investigating how VR can help researchers to better understand complex scientific data. The project will make use of state-of-the-art VR equipment. If you are interested in participating, contact Wallace Lages at wlages@vt.edu for more details.

20.  PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR VR INTERACTION STUDY – 2nd posting
Participants sought for a user study between 8/20 and 9/2 in a project called “Object Manipulation in Virtual Reality” at the Moss Arts Center. The participants in the study will have a chance to experience the latest technology of Virtual Reality, including head-mounted display and hand tracking input devices. Open to anyone 18+ with normal vision (corrected or uncorrected) and normal range of arm/hand motion. Compensation:  $10 . If interested, contact Run Yu (runyu@vt.edu) .

21.  VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR DIET STUDY – 2nd posting
Volunteers needed for a study examining how diet influences muscle metabolism. Participants must be: between the ages of 18-40; females on monophasic oral contraceptive and not pregnant; not currently taking any medications (other than above); non-smokers; no major medical problems; and willing to eat a high fat diet for 5 days. You will receive extensive health information and may receive up to $400 in compensation. If interested, contact the Human Integrative Physiology Laboratory at Virginia Tech. e-mail: westerndiet@gmail.com website: https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_eKX222gpcgRqZL.

Upcoming events:

COMPUTING AND MOBILE DEVICE HELP – 1st posting
Monday, Aug 28, 5:00pm, GLC Room B
A staff member from 4Help (VT’s IT assistance department) will be on hand to help you learn about connecting your devices to wireless, figuring out two-factor authentication, where to get software, backup options and more. Bring your device(s) and your questions!

INTERVARSITY GRADUATE CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP: 9/1 – 1st posting
Friday, Sep 1, 6:00-8:00pm, GLC Room B
A diverse, welcoming, student-led community that explores how Christian faith informs academic and professional work invites you to join. They gather regularly for Bible study, shared meals, and mutual encouragement through the ups and downs of graduate school. All are welcome for a free dinner at the first monthly gathering. For more info, visit: http://gcfvt.wordpress.com/.

BLACK GRADUATE STUDENT COMMUNITY WELCOME BACK COOK OUT – 1st posting
Saturday, Sep 2, 4:00-dusk, Bburg Municipal Park, shelter II
Celebrate the end of summer and the beginning of the semester with BGSO.  Eat, play some games, vibe to the music and bask in the melinated greatness of the VT Black graduate student community.  This is a family friendly event.  If you would like to be added to the BGSO listserv and/or become involved with BGSO, email to Cheryl Montgomery at clmontgo@vt.edu w/ "BGSO" in the subject.

LEARN ABOUT THE BOOK OF MORMON – note date change!
Sunday, Sep 10, 6:30pm, 1408 Jennelle Rd., Blacksburg.
Have you ever wondered what the Book of Mormon is about? Perhaps you’ve heard of the Broadway play, or what some call the "Mormon Bible"? On behalf of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, grad student Kevin Watson invites you to attend an evening event all about the Book of Mormon. All are welcome to attend! Questions? Contact Kevin at wk223@vt.edu.

August 14-20, 2017

0. WEEKLY WALK-IN SERVICES IN THE GLC – last updated 8/14//2017
– Career Advising: on hiatus for the summer
– Cook Counseling: on hiatus for the summer
– Graduate School hours: 8:00-5:00 beginning 8/14/17
– Immigration advising hours: MWF 1:00-4:00pm, TTh 9:00am-12:00pm
– Writing assistance: reserve appointment at http://www.lib.vt.edu/spaces/writing-center.html

1. COMMUNITY GATHERING IN SOLIDARITY WITH CHARLOTTESVILLE
Monday, Aug 14, 4:00pm, Black Cultural Center
The staff in the Cultural and Community Centers stand in solidarity with Charlottesville against racism and hate. In light of the weekend events, they are hosting a gathering to allow students, faculty, and staff a community space for reflection and sharing and to discuss responses and opportunities for action. All students and university community members are invited to attend. Pizza and drinks will be available. If you are in need of support, the Dean of Students office in East Eggleston and the Cook Counseling Center in Schiffert are available to help. In addition, the staff in the Cultural and Community Centers can provide advocacy, support, and a listening ear.

2. GLC CAFÉ
Thursday, Aug 17, 3:30-5:00pm, Graduate School lobby
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. The café will move to the Graduate School lobby and patio for the summer while the elevator is being replaced.

3. MATERIALS REQUESTED FOR WELCOME WEEK INFORMATION FAIR – 2nd posting Do you provide a service (editing? catering?) other grad students would be interested in? Looking for a new drummer for your band? Is your student organization recruiting new members? Send the Graduate School your flyers (quarter- or half-page only) by August 16 and they will be placed on information tables in the GLC for Graduate Student Welcome Week (August 21-25). Materials can be sent by campus mail to Graduate School 0325 or dropped off at 120 GLC. Contact Anthony Szczurek (anthos9@vt.edu) if you have any questions.

4. GRAD 5024 DATA MANAGEMENT SKILLS 1 CR CLASS OPEN – 3rd posting Virginia Tech Libraries is offering an 8-week version of GRAD 5024 this fall in collaboration with James Madison University. The class will begin on 8/31 and end on 10/19, and is offered pass/fail. Class times are 10am-12pm on Thursdays. Enrollment is open and 11 more seats remain. Topics will include: Data Management Plans (DMPs), data security, data organization, data citations, ethical use of data, publishing datasets, and metrics of impact. Register through HokieSPA drop/add (note that the course listing incorrectly shows this as a full-semester class

5. LITTLE HOKIE HANGOUT STILL ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS – 1ST posting
Little Hokie Hangout, the Graduate School Child Care Center, is still accepting applications for Fall 2017. Morning sessions are almost full, but there are some spots left for afternoons (11:30am-2:30pm) and evenings (2:30pm-6:00pm). For information and applications please email [childcare@vt.edu%20]childcare@vt.edu

6. SCHOLARSHIPS FOR WOMEN PURSUING A PhD – 1st posting
The P.E.O. Scholar Award is open for women pursuing a PhD. The competitive merit-based scholarships offer $15,000 for outstanding women in the final two years of their program. Awardees must demonstrate a strong research path, publications, awards, and service activities showing maturity, seriousness of purpose, and clearly defined research objectives. The local application consisting of a concise 1-2 page letter and resume deadline is September 6, 2017. Send to Verlyn Stromberg, 2506 Manchester St, Blacksburg, VA 24060 or verlyn@vt.edu. If you have any questions, email or call (540) 239-0253.

7. GA POSITION IN ENGINEERING EDUCATION – 2nd posting
The Department of Engineering Education is seeking applications for an academic advising graduate assistant for the 2017-18 academic year. Specific details can be found at: http://enge.vt.edu/content/dam/enge_vt_edu/undergraduate/ga.pdf.

8. GA OPENING IN OFFICE OF ACADEMIC DECISION SUPPORT II – 3rd posting
VT’s Office of Academic Decision Support is looking for a Graduate Assistant for Fall 2017 to assist with the development and maintaining of SQL-Server apps. Must have expertise in SQL, T-SQL, SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) and excellent work ethic, dependable, and good oral and written communication skills. Preferred skills: experience with JavaScript and ASP.NET, using C# or VB.NET, HTML, and IIS. Interested graduate students can send their information to Daniel Hung, [chung@vt.edu%20]chung@vt.edu by Aug 20, 2017, or until position is filled.

9. VOLUNTEER AT THE BBURG FARMER’S MARKET – 3rd posting
Volunteers are needed at the Blacksburg Farmer’s Market to help run the information booth on market days during the summer. The market days are Wednesdays and Saturdays and shifts are three hours each. Wednesday, the market is open 12:00 to 6:00 pm and the shifts are 12:00 to 3:00 pm and 3:00 to 6:00 pm. Saturday, the market is open from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm and the shifts are 8:00 am to 11:00 am and 11:00 am to 2:00 pm. The Farmer’s Market is near Squires and the GLC. More information is on the sign up link at https://signup.com/client/invitation/6775657374/1219389/false#!1219389/false/false. Email grad student Aubrey Stephenson aubb0b@vt.edu with questions.

10. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR VIRTUAL REALITY STUDY – 1st posting
The 3DI group is seeking volunteers to participate in a research study with virtual reality (VR) technologies. The team is investigating how VR can help researchers to better understand complex scientific data. The project will make use of state-of-the-art VR equipment. If you are interested in participating, please contact Wallace Lages at wlages@vt.edu for more details.

11. CREATIVE STUDENTS SOUGHT FOR MAGAZINE – 1st posting
The Interloper, Virginia Tech’s LGBTQ Magazine, is now accepting writers, editors, photographers, and artists for Issue #7 this fall. There will be an interest meeting on Sunday, Sep 10 at 4:00pm in the Intercultural Engagement Center. All are welcome to participate. If you have any questions or are interested in joining, email Maggie at theinterlopervt@gmail.com.

12. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR VR INTERACTION STUDY – 1st posting
Participants sought for a user study between 8/20 and 9/2 in a project called “Object Manipulation in Virtual Reality” at the Moss Arts Center. The participants in the study will have a chance to experience the latest technology of Virtual Reality, including head-mounted display and hand tracking input devices. Open to anyone 18+ with normal vision (corrected or uncorrected) and normal range of arm/hand motion. Compensation: $10 . If interested, contact Run Yu (runyu@vt.edu) .

13. VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR DIET STUDY – 1st posting
Volunteers needed for a study examining how diet influences muscle metabolism. Participants must be: between the ages of 18-40; females on monophasic oral contraceptive and not pregnant; not currently taking any medications (other than above); non-smokers; no major medical problems; and willing to eat a high fat diet for 5 days. You will receive extensive health information and may receive up to $400 in compensation. If interested, contact the Human Integrative Physiology Laboratory at Virginia Tech. e-mail: westerndiet@gmail.com website: https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_eKX222gpcgRqZL.

Upcoming events:

SOLAR ECLIPSE VIEWING PARTY
Monday, Aug 21, 1:00-4:00pm, Grad School Lawn
Kick off welcome week by viewing the solar eclipse in the company of fellow grads. Initial coverage of the sun will begin at 1:08pm with maximum coverage at 2:37pm. Fifty viewing glasses will be available (while supplies last). Snacks and supplies to make your own viewing projector will be provided.

ROANOKE STUDENT LIFE SHOWCASE
Monday, Aug 21, 2:00 – 5:00 pm, Atrium of VTCarilion Research Institute, 2 Riverside Circle, Roanoke, VA 24016.
Join current and new graduate students and medical students to see all that Roanoke has to offer at the first annual Roanoke Student Life Showcase hosted by the Roanoke Graduate Student Association. There will be local vendors, giveaways, and ice cream! For questions, email Jordan Darden at jdarden@vt.edu.

US STUDENT FULBRIGHT INFO SESSION
Wednesday, Aug 23, 10:00am, GLC Room C
This interactive workshop introduces participants to the Fulbright program that offers US citizens funding opportunities to research or study abroad in more than 140 countries.

WELCOME BACK BBQ HOSTED BY THE GRADUATE STUDENT ASSEMBLY Wednesday, Aug 23, 5:00-8:00pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
New and returning graduate students are invited by the VT Graduate Student Assembly to their annual Welcome Back BBQ. Weather permitting, the event will take place inside and on the GLC Lawn as well. Food from Hethwood Market, with vegetarian options available. Stay tuned for the official Facebook event page, and some colorful flyers.

MAKE YOURSELF AT HOME Thursday, Aug 24, 4:30-6:00pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
Attend this relaxed social event to connect with faculty, staff, new and returning students and resources that can help you succeed in graduate school and maintain a healthy life balance. Free refreshments for all; door prizes for new students! Sign up online if you are planning to attend: https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_a8XPyVVMAKV1Scd. This event replaces the weekly GLC café just this one time. The café will return next week on its regular 3:30-5:00 schedule in the Reading Room.

LEARN ABOUT THE BOOK OF MORMON Sunday, Sep 3, 6:30pm, 1408 Jennelle Rd., Blacksburg.
Have you ever wondered what the Book of Mormon is about? Perhaps you’ve heard of the Broadway play, or what some call the "Mormon Bible"? On behalf of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, grad student Kevin Watson invites you to attend an evening event all about the Book of Mormon. All are welcome to attend! Questions? Contact Kevin at wk223@vt.edu.

August 14-20, 2017

0. WEEKLY WALK-IN SERVICES IN THE GLC – last updated 8/14//2017
– Career Advising: on hiatus for the summer
– Cook Counseling: on hiatus for the summer
– Graduate School hours: 8:00-5:00 beginning 8/14/17
– Immigration advising hours: MWF 1:00-4:00pm, TTh 9:00am-12:00pm
– Writing assistance: reserve appointment at http://www.lib.vt.edu/spaces/writing-center.html

1. COMMUNITY GATHERING IN SOLIDARITY WITH CHARLOTTESVILLE
Monday, Aug 14, 4:00pm, Black Cultural Center
The staff in the Cultural and Community Centers stand in solidarity with Charlottesville against racism and hate. In light of the weekend events, they are hosting a gathering to allow students, faculty, and staff a community space for reflection and sharing and to discuss responses and opportunities for action. All students and university community members are invited to attend. Pizza and drinks will be available. If you are in need of support, the Dean of Students office in East Eggleston and the Cook Counseling Center in Schiffert are available to help. In addition, the staff in the Cultural and Community Centers can provide advocacy, support, and a listening ear.

2. GLC CAFÉ
Thursday, Aug 17, 3:30-5:00pm, Graduate School lobby
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. The café will move to the Graduate School lobby and patio for the summer while the elevator is being replaced.

3. MATERIALS REQUESTED FOR WELCOME WEEK INFORMATION FAIR – 2nd posting Do you provide a service (editing? catering?) other grad students would be interested in? Looking for a new drummer for your band? Is your student organization recruiting new members? Send the Graduate School your flyers (quarter- or half-page only) by August 16 and they will be placed on information tables in the GLC for Graduate Student Welcome Week (August 21-25). Materials can be sent by campus mail to Graduate School 0325 or dropped off at 120 GLC. Contact Anthony Szczurek (anthos9@vt.edu) if you have any questions.

4. GRAD 5024 DATA MANAGEMENT SKILLS 1 CR CLASS OPEN – 3rd posting Virginia Tech Libraries is offering an 8-week version of GRAD 5024 this fall in collaboration with James Madison University. The class will begin on 8/31 and end on 10/19, and is offered pass/fail. Class times are 10am-12pm on Thursdays. Enrollment is open and 11 more seats remain. Topics will include: Data Management Plans (DMPs), data security, data organization, data citations, ethical use of data, publishing datasets, and metrics of impact. Register through HokieSPA drop/add (note that the course listing incorrectly shows this as a full-semester class

5. LITTLE HOKIE HANGOUT STILL ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS – 1ST posting
Little Hokie Hangout, the Graduate School Child Care Center, is still accepting applications for Fall 2017. Morning sessions are almost full, but there are some spots left for afternoons (11:30am-2:30pm) and evenings (2:30pm-6:00pm). For information and applications please email [childcare@vt.edu%20]childcare@vt.edu

6. SCHOLARSHIPS FOR WOMEN PURSUING A PhD – 1st posting
The P.E.O. Scholar Award is open for women pursuing a PhD. The competitive merit-based scholarships offer $15,000 for outstanding women in the final two years of their program. Awardees must demonstrate a strong research path, publications, awards, and service activities showing maturity, seriousness of purpose, and clearly defined research objectives. The local application consisting of a concise 1-2 page letter and resume deadline is September 6, 2017. Send to Verlyn Stromberg, 2506 Manchester St, Blacksburg, VA 24060 or verlyn@vt.edu. If you have any questions, email or call (540) 239-0253.

7. GA POSITION IN ENGINEERING EDUCATION – 2nd posting
The Department of Engineering Education is seeking applications for an academic advising graduate assistant for the 2017-18 academic year. Specific details can be found at: http://enge.vt.edu/content/dam/enge_vt_edu/undergraduate/ga.pdf.

8. GA OPENING IN OFFICE OF ACADEMIC DECISION SUPPORT II – 3rd posting
VT’s Office of Academic Decision Support is looking for a Graduate Assistant for Fall 2017 to assist with the development and maintaining of SQL-Server apps. Must have expertise in SQL, T-SQL, SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) and excellent work ethic, dependable, and good oral and written communication skills. Preferred skills: experience with JavaScript and ASP.NET, using C# or VB.NET, HTML, and IIS. Interested graduate students can send their information to Daniel Hung, [chung@vt.edu%20]chung@vt.edu by Aug 20, 2017, or until position is filled.

9. VOLUNTEER AT THE BBURG FARMER’S MARKET – 3rd posting
Volunteers are needed at the Blacksburg Farmer’s Market to help run the information booth on market days during the summer. The market days are Wednesdays and Saturdays and shifts are three hours each. Wednesday, the market is open 12:00 to 6:00 pm and the shifts are 12:00 to 3:00 pm and 3:00 to 6:00 pm. Saturday, the market is open from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm and the shifts are 8:00 am to 11:00 am and 11:00 am to 2:00 pm. The Farmer’s Market is near Squires and the GLC. More information is on the sign up link at https://signup.com/client/invitation/6775657374/1219389/false#!1219389/false/false. Email grad student Aubrey Stephenson aubb0b@vt.edu with questions.

10. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR VIRTUAL REALITY STUDY – 1st posting
The 3DI group is seeking volunteers to participate in a research study with virtual reality (VR) technologies. The team is investigating how VR can help researchers to better understand complex scientific data. The project will make use of state-of-the-art VR equipment. If you are interested in participating, please contact Wallace Lages at wlages@vt.edu for more details.

11. CREATIVE STUDENTS SOUGHT FOR MAGAZINE – 1st posting
The Interloper, Virginia Tech’s LGBTQ Magazine, is now accepting writers, editors, photographers, and artists for Issue #7 this fall. There will be an interest meeting on Sunday, Sep 10 at 4:00pm in the Intercultural Engagement Center. All are welcome to participate. If you have any questions or are interested in joining, email Maggie at theinterlopervt@gmail.com.

12. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR VR INTERACTION STUDY – 1st posting
Participants sought for a user study between 8/20 and 9/2 in a project called “Object Manipulation in Virtual Reality” at the Moss Arts Center. The participants in the study will have a chance to experience the latest technology of Virtual Reality, including head-mounted display and hand tracking input devices. Open to anyone 18+ with normal vision (corrected or uncorrected) and normal range of arm/hand motion. Compensation: $10 . If interested, contact Run Yu (runyu@vt.edu) .

13. VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR DIET STUDY – 1st posting
Volunteers needed for a study examining how diet influences muscle metabolism. Participants must be: between the ages of 18-40; females on monophasic oral contraceptive and not pregnant; not currently taking any medications (other than above); non-smokers; no major medical problems; and willing to eat a high fat diet for 5 days. You will receive extensive health information and may receive up to $400 in compensation. If interested, contact the Human Integrative Physiology Laboratory at Virginia Tech. e-mail: westerndiet@gmail.com website: https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_eKX222gpcgRqZL.

Upcoming events:

SOLAR ECLIPSE VIEWING PARTY
Monday, Aug 21, 1:00-4:00pm, Grad School Lawn
Kick off welcome week by viewing the solar eclipse in the company of fellow grads. Initial coverage of the sun will begin at 1:08pm with maximum coverage at 2:37pm. Fifty viewing glasses will be available (while supplies last). Snacks and supplies to make your own viewing projector will be provided.

ROANOKE STUDENT LIFE SHOWCASE
Monday, Aug 21, 2:00 – 5:00 pm, Atrium of VTCarilion Research Institute, 2 Riverside Circle, Roanoke, VA 24016.
Join current and new graduate students and medical students to see all that Roanoke has to offer at the first annual Roanoke Student Life Showcase hosted by the Roanoke Graduate Student Association. There will be local vendors, giveaways, and ice cream! For questions, email Jordan Darden at jdarden@vt.edu.

US STUDENT FULBRIGHT INFO SESSION
Wednesday, Aug 23, 10:00am, GLC Room C
This interactive workshop introduces participants to the Fulbright program that offers US citizens funding opportunities to research or study abroad in more than 140 countries.

WELCOME BACK BBQ HOSTED BY THE GRADUATE STUDENT ASSEMBLY Wednesday, Aug 23, 5:00-8:00pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
New and returning graduate students are invited by the VT Graduate Student Assembly to their annual Welcome Back BBQ. Weather permitting, the event will take place inside and on the GLC Lawn as well. Food from Hethwood Market, with vegetarian options available. Stay tuned for the official Facebook event page, and some colorful flyers.

MAKE YOURSELF AT HOME Thursday, Aug 24, 4:30-6:00pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
Attend this relaxed social event to connect with faculty, staff, new and returning students and resources that can help you succeed in graduate school and maintain a healthy life balance. Free refreshments for all; door prizes for new students! Sign up online if you are planning to attend: https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_a8XPyVVMAKV1Scd. This event replaces the weekly GLC café just this one time. The café will return next week on its regular 3:30-5:00 schedule in the Reading Room.

LEARN ABOUT THE BOOK OF MORMON Sunday, Sep 3, 6:30pm, 1408 Jennelle Rd., Blacksburg.
Have you ever wondered what the Book of Mormon is about? Perhaps you’ve heard of the Broadway play, or what some call the "Mormon Bible"? On behalf of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, grad student Kevin Watson invites you to attend an evening event all about the Book of Mormon. All are welcome to attend! Questions? Contact Kevin at wk223@vt.edu.

August 7-13, 2017

1.  WEEKLY WALK-IN SERVICES IN THE GLC – last updated 5/29/2017

– Career Advising: on hiatus for the summer
– Cook Counseling: on hiatus for the summer
– Graduate School summer hours: 9:00-4:00 begin 5/15/17
– Immigration advising hours: MWF 1:00-4:00pm, TTh 9:00am-12:00pm
– Writing assistance: reserve appointment at http://www.lib.vt.edu/spaces/writing/.

2. GLC CAFÉ
Thursday, Aug 10, 3:30-5:00pm, Graduate School lobby
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. The café will move to the Graduate School lobby and patio for the summer while the elevator is being replaced.

3. MATERIALS REQUESTED FOR WELCOME WEEK INFORMATION FAIR – 1st posting
Do you provide a service (editing? catering?) other grad students would be interested in?  Looking for a new drummer for your band? Is your student organization recruiting new members? Here’s your chance to spread the word!  Send the Graduate School your flyers (quarter- or half-page only) by August 16 and they will be placed on information tables in the GLC for Graduate Student Welcome  Week (August 21-25). Materials can be sent by campus mail to Graduate School 0325 or dropped off at 120 GLC. Contact Anthony Szczurek (anthos9@vt.edu <mailto:anthos9@vt.edu> ) if you have any questions. 

4. HOW TO CELEBRATE SOLAR ECLIPSE – 1st posting
There are grad students for whom the solar eclipse represents a wonderful research opportunity, but if you are not one of them, how would you celebrate this rare occurrence? Share your ideas by emailing to grads@vt.edu <mailto:grads@vt.edu>  with “Solar Eclipse” in the subject line, and see if the Graduate School can make it happen on Monday, Aug 21.

5. GRAD 5024 DATA MANAGEMENT SKILLS 1 CR CLASS OPEN – 2nd posting
Virginia Tech Libraries is offering an 8-week version of GRAD 5024 this fall in collaboration with James Madison University. The class will begin on 8/31  and end on 10/19, and is offered pass/fail.  Class times are 10am-12pm on Thursdays. Enrollment is open and 11 more seats remain. Topics will include: Data Management Plans (DMPs), data security, data organization, data citations, ethical use of data, publishing datasets, and metrics of impact. Register through HokieSPA drop/add (note that the course listing incorrectly shows this as a full-semester class).

6. GA POSITION IN ENGINEERING EDUCATION – 1st posting
The Department of Engineering Education is seeking applications for an academic advising graduate assistant for the 2017-18 academic year. Specific details can be found at: http://enge.vt.edu/content/dam/enge_vt_edu/undergraduate/ga.pdf. 

7. GA OPENING IN OFFICE OF ACADEMIC DECISION SUPPORT II – 2nd posting
VT’s Office of Academic Decision Support is looking for a Graduate Assistant for Fall 2017 to assist with the development and maintaining of SQL-Server apps. Must have expertise in SQL, T-SQL, SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) and excellent work ethic, dependable, and good oral and written communication skills. Preferred skills: experience with JavaScript and ASP.NET, using C# or VB.NET, HTML, and IIS. Interested graduate students can send their information to Daniel Hung, chung@vt.edu by Aug 20, 2017, or until position is filled.

8. GA OPENING IN OFFICE OF ACADEMIC DECISION SUPPORT I – 3rd posting
VT’s Office of Academic Decision Support is looking for a Graduate Assistant for Fall 2017, 20 hrs/wk. Responsibilities include: designing and developing (UI/UX) web-applications. Must have: strong and verifiable UI/UX design and web programming skills; knowledge of web markup and scripting languages: HTML5, CSS3, Javascript and jQuery; experience in translating mockups to code; demonstrated evidence in UI/UX design and development; evidence of creativity and innovation; ability to work in collaborative environment; excellent interpersonal and communication skills. Preferred skills: knowledge of server-side CSS pre-processing platforms, such as LESS and SASS; experience with web frameworks; web app design and development experience. If interested, email CV with links to supplementary materials such as sample websites/applications and code repositories along with names and contact information of 2-3 references to Daniel Hung @ chung@vt.edu.

9. HOURLY WAGE JOB AS WORDPRESS DEVELOPER – 3rd posting
University Libraries is seeking a graduate student to fill an hourly wage position as WordPress developer. If you have WordPress experience, like designing websites and working with fun people, consider applying for this job. Learn more at https://goo.gl/forms/1pqYYlKaNUYRuaaJ3. Posted on behalf of Andi Ogier, alop@vt.edu <mailto:alop@vt.edu> .

10. FULL TIME GA POSITION IN ALUMNI ASSOCIATION – INCLUSION & DIVERSITY – 3rd posting
Position supports the Director of Alumni Relations for Diversity and Inclusion, planning and implementing alumni events, communicating professionally with alumni and other stakeholders, managing volunteers, and other office tasks as assigned. GA will also assist with event data collection, social media management, and basic website maintenance. Minimum Qualifications: Proficiency in MS Office Suite; available to work 20 office hrs/wk, mornings and afternoons with some evening and weekend hours during events; strong organization and event/project management skills; excellent written and oral communication skills; ability to work independently and as a member of a team. To apply, submit resume and three references to Latanya Walker at latanya@vt.edu <mailto:latanya@vt.edu> , and complete this brief application: https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_e3d6soDmGUyFjVz.

11. VOLUNTEER AT THE BBURG FARMER’S MARKET – 2nd posting
Volunteers are needed at the Blacksburg Farmer’s Market to help run the information booth on market days during the summer. The market days are Wednesdays and Saturdays and shifts are three hours each. Wednesday, the market is open 12:00 to 6:00 pm and the shifts are 12:00 to 3:00 pm and 3:00 to 6:00 pm. Saturday, the market is open from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm and the shifts are 8:00 am to 11:00 am and 11:00 am to 2:00 pm. The Farmer’s Market is near Squires and the GLC. More information is on the sign up link at https://signup.com/client/invitation/6775657374/1219389/false#!1219389/false/false. Email grad student Aubrey Stephenson aubb0b@vt.edu with questions.

12. GRAD STUDENT VOLUNTEERS SOUGHT FOR WELCOME WEEK AND ORIENTATION – 3rd posting
The Graduate School is looking for graduate student volunteers (graduate ambassadors) to assist with international graduate student check-in (Aug 7-25), GTA training (Aug 22), the Welcome Center and New Graduate Student Orientation in the GLC (Aug 21-25). Roles include: check-in and registration assistance; information and guidance to attendees; Welcome Center staffing; orientation crowd control; student panel in orientation; program set up, and more. If you are available and interested in assisting with any of these events, please fill out this short survey: https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_eL0jJBsHpJ7Qsdf. Training will be offered to all grad ambassadors.

13. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR WEARABLE EXOSKELETON STUDY – 3rd posting
Students are invited to participate in a study about a wearable exoskeleton. Participants will be asked to perform simulated assembly tasks (e.g., manual drilling and wiring), both with and without the upper-extremity exoskeleton. Two experimental sessions (~3-4 hour long) are required to complete the study. Compensation: $10/hour. Requirements: male or female, age 18-55 years, no current or recent history of musculoskeletal disorders. If interested, please call or email Mehdi Alemi at malemi@vt.edu  (317-473-1736).

Upcoming events:

WELCOME BACK BBQ HOSTED BY THE GRADUATE STUDENT ASSEMBLY
Wednesday, Aug 23, 5:00-8:00pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
New and returning graduate students are invited by the VT Graduate Student Assembly to their annual Welcome Back BBQ. Weather permitting, the event will take place inside and on the GLC Lawn as well. Food from Hethwood Market, with vegetarian options available. Stay tuned for the official Facebook event page, and some colorful flyers.

August 7-13, 2017

1.  WEEKLY WALK-IN SERVICES IN THE GLC – last updated 5/29/2017

– Career Advising: on hiatus for the summer
– Cook Counseling: on hiatus for the summer
– Graduate School summer hours: 9:00-4:00 begin 5/15/17
– Immigration advising hours: MWF 1:00-4:00pm, TTh 9:00am-12:00pm
– Writing assistance: reserve appointment at http://www.lib.vt.edu/spaces/writing/.

2. GLC CAFÉ
Thursday, Aug 10, 3:30-5:00pm, Graduate School lobby
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. The café will move to the Graduate School lobby and patio for the summer while the elevator is being replaced.

3. MATERIALS REQUESTED FOR WELCOME WEEK INFORMATION FAIR – 1st posting
Do you provide a service (editing? catering?) other grad students would be interested in?  Looking for a new drummer for your band? Is your student organization recruiting new members? Here’s your chance to spread the word!  Send the Graduate School your flyers (quarter- or half-page only) by August 16 and they will be placed on information tables in the GLC for Graduate Student Welcome  Week (August 21-25). Materials can be sent by campus mail to Graduate School 0325 or dropped off at 120 GLC. Contact Anthony Szczurek (anthos9@vt.edu <mailto:anthos9@vt.edu> ) if you have any questions. 

4. HOW TO CELEBRATE SOLAR ECLIPSE – 1st posting
There are grad students for whom the solar eclipse represents a wonderful research opportunity, but if you are not one of them, how would you celebrate this rare occurrence? Share your ideas by emailing to grads@vt.edu <mailto:grads@vt.edu>  with “Solar Eclipse” in the subject line, and see if the Graduate School can make it happen on Monday, Aug 21.

5. GRAD 5024 DATA MANAGEMENT SKILLS 1 CR CLASS OPEN – 2nd posting
Virginia Tech Libraries is offering an 8-week version of GRAD 5024 this fall in collaboration with James Madison University. The class will begin on 8/31  and end on 10/19, and is offered pass/fail.  Class times are 10am-12pm on Thursdays. Enrollment is open and 11 more seats remain. Topics will include: Data Management Plans (DMPs), data security, data organization, data citations, ethical use of data, publishing datasets, and metrics of impact. Register through HokieSPA drop/add (note that the course listing incorrectly shows this as a full-semester class).

6. GA POSITION IN ENGINEERING EDUCATION – 1st posting
The Department of Engineering Education is seeking applications for an academic advising graduate assistant for the 2017-18 academic year. Specific details can be found at: http://enge.vt.edu/content/dam/enge_vt_edu/undergraduate/ga.pdf. 

7. GA OPENING IN OFFICE OF ACADEMIC DECISION SUPPORT II – 2nd posting
VT’s Office of Academic Decision Support is looking for a Graduate Assistant for Fall 2017 to assist with the development and maintaining of SQL-Server apps. Must have expertise in SQL, T-SQL, SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) and excellent work ethic, dependable, and good oral and written communication skills. Preferred skills: experience with JavaScript and ASP.NET, using C# or VB.NET, HTML, and IIS. Interested graduate students can send their information to Daniel Hung, chung@vt.edu by Aug 20, 2017, or until position is filled.

8. GA OPENING IN OFFICE OF ACADEMIC DECISION SUPPORT I – 3rd posting
VT’s Office of Academic Decision Support is looking for a Graduate Assistant for Fall 2017, 20 hrs/wk. Responsibilities include: designing and developing (UI/UX) web-applications. Must have: strong and verifiable UI/UX design and web programming skills; knowledge of web markup and scripting languages: HTML5, CSS3, Javascript and jQuery; experience in translating mockups to code; demonstrated evidence in UI/UX design and development; evidence of creativity and innovation; ability to work in collaborative environment; excellent interpersonal and communication skills. Preferred skills: knowledge of server-side CSS pre-processing platforms, such as LESS and SASS; experience with web frameworks; web app design and development experience. If interested, email CV with links to supplementary materials such as sample websites/applications and code repositories along with names and contact information of 2-3 references to Daniel Hung @ chung@vt.edu.

9. HOURLY WAGE JOB AS WORDPRESS DEVELOPER – 3rd posting
University Libraries is seeking a graduate student to fill an hourly wage position as WordPress developer. If you have WordPress experience, like designing websites and working with fun people, consider applying for this job. Learn more at https://goo.gl/forms/1pqYYlKaNUYRuaaJ3. Posted on behalf of Andi Ogier, alop@vt.edu <mailto:alop@vt.edu> .

10. FULL TIME GA POSITION IN ALUMNI ASSOCIATION – INCLUSION & DIVERSITY – 3rd posting
Position supports the Director of Alumni Relations for Diversity and Inclusion, planning and implementing alumni events, communicating professionally with alumni and other stakeholders, managing volunteers, and other office tasks as assigned. GA will also assist with event data collection, social media management, and basic website maintenance. Minimum Qualifications: Proficiency in MS Office Suite; available to work 20 office hrs/wk, mornings and afternoons with some evening and weekend hours during events; strong organization and event/project management skills; excellent written and oral communication skills; ability to work independently and as a member of a team. To apply, submit resume and three references to Latanya Walker at latanya@vt.edu <mailto:latanya@vt.edu> , and complete this brief application: https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_e3d6soDmGUyFjVz.

11. VOLUNTEER AT THE BBURG FARMER’S MARKET – 2nd posting
Volunteers are needed at the Blacksburg Farmer’s Market to help run the information booth on market days during the summer. The market days are Wednesdays and Saturdays and shifts are three hours each. Wednesday, the market is open 12:00 to 6:00 pm and the shifts are 12:00 to 3:00 pm and 3:00 to 6:00 pm. Saturday, the market is open from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm and the shifts are 8:00 am to 11:00 am and 11:00 am to 2:00 pm. The Farmer’s Market is near Squires and the GLC. More information is on the sign up link at https://signup.com/client/invitation/6775657374/1219389/false#!1219389/false/false. Email grad student Aubrey Stephenson aubb0b@vt.edu with questions.

12. GRAD STUDENT VOLUNTEERS SOUGHT FOR WELCOME WEEK AND ORIENTATION – 3rd posting
The Graduate School is looking for graduate student volunteers (graduate ambassadors) to assist with international graduate student check-in (Aug 7-25), GTA training (Aug 22), the Welcome Center and New Graduate Student Orientation in the GLC (Aug 21-25). Roles include: check-in and registration assistance; information and guidance to attendees; Welcome Center staffing; orientation crowd control; student panel in orientation; program set up, and more. If you are available and interested in assisting with any of these events, please fill out this short survey: https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_eL0jJBsHpJ7Qsdf. Training will be offered to all grad ambassadors.

13. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR WEARABLE EXOSKELETON STUDY – 3rd posting
Students are invited to participate in a study about a wearable exoskeleton. Participants will be asked to perform simulated assembly tasks (e.g., manual drilling and wiring), both with and without the upper-extremity exoskeleton. Two experimental sessions (~3-4 hour long) are required to complete the study. Compensation: $10/hour. Requirements: male or female, age 18-55 years, no current or recent history of musculoskeletal disorders. If interested, please call or email Mehdi Alemi at malemi@vt.edu  (317-473-1736).

Upcoming events:

WELCOME BACK BBQ HOSTED BY THE GRADUATE STUDENT ASSEMBLY
Wednesday, Aug 23, 5:00-8:00pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
New and returning graduate students are invited by the VT Graduate Student Assembly to their annual Welcome Back BBQ. Weather permitting, the event will take place inside and on the GLC Lawn as well. Food from Hethwood Market, with vegetarian options available. Stay tuned for the official Facebook event page, and some colorful flyers.