May 4-10, 2020

0. Ongoing Services – updated 4/27/20

This Week’s Events:

1. MEALS AND SNACKS: KEEP NUTRITIOUS BALANCE ON TRACK
2. VTGrATE VIRTUAL OFFICE HOURS FOR REST OF SPRING
3. FINAL ZOOM (LUNCHTIME) SESSIONS WITH DEAN KAREN P. DEPAUW
4. SCIENCE ON TAP, ONLINE: BREAD SCIENCE AND FOOD PANTRIES

Administrative Announcements:

5. GSA CAP AND GOWN PROGRAM – SPRING 2020 EDITION – 1st posting
6. FOOD SUPPLIES FOR GRADS BY GRADS  – 1st posting
7. FINANCIAL WELLNESS RESOURCE FOR STUDENTS – 1st posting
8. CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: MOSS ARTS CENTER “STUDENT ARTS SPOTLIGHT”
9. PROBLEM SOLVING FOR LEADING CHANGE GRADUATE CERTIFICATE – 1st posting
10. LITTLE HOKIE HANGOUT OPENING FOR SUMMER II AND FALL 2020 – 1st posting
11. NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR VIRTUAL CONFERENCE RELATED EXPENSES – 1st posting
12. CALL FOR GRADUATING STUDENTS FROM ASIAN CULTURAL ENGAGEMENT CTR – 2nd posting
13. GRADUATING STUDENTS EXIT SURVEY – 3rd posting
14. RESILIENCY WORKSHOPS CONTINUE ONLINE – 3rd posting
15. ENGAGEMENT OPPORTUNITY: VT CLIMATE ACTION COMMITMENT REVISION PROCESS – 3rd  posting
16. GRAD 5014 ACADEMIC INTEGRITY AND PLAGIARISM COURSE ONLINE IN SUMMER – 3rd  posting
17. REGISTER FOR GRAD 5124 (Fall 2020) – 3rd posting

Jobs:

18. 9-M ASSISTANTSHIP POSITION IN GLOBAL INITIATIVES – 1st posting

Volunteers and research participants sought:

19. SURVEY PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR EFFECTS OF COVID-19 PROJECT – 1st posting
20. INTL PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR ACADEMIC INTEGRITY ONLINE SURVEY – 2nd posting
21. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR TRUST IN ONLINE LEARNING SURVEY – 3rd posting
22. INTL STUDENT MOTHERS SOUGHT FOR RESEARCH PROJECT – 3rd posting

0. Ongoing Services – updated 4/27/20

  • ALL WEEKLY DROP-IN SERVICESHAVE BEEN SUSPENDED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
  • CAREER ADVISING: schedule virtual career advising appointment via Handshake
  • COOK COUNSELING: Contact McComas Hall offices at mailto:counseling@vt.edu or 540-231-6557.
  • IMMIGRATION ADVISING: email mailto:igss@vt.edu or call 540-231-8486.
  • WRITING CENTER SERVICES: Schedule an appointment at https://vt.mywconline.com/
  • GRADUATE OMBUDSPERSON: contact for appointment at mailto:gradstudentombud@vt.edu, 540-231-9573

This Week’s Events

1. MEALS AND SNACKS: KEEP NUTRITIOUS BALANCE ON TRACK
Monday, May 4, 12:00-1:00pm, Zoom: https://virginiatech.zoom.us/j/91902650161
Are you a parent trying to find the balance on how to keep your child(ren) healthy while at home? Maybe you need ideas of healthy snacks that are affordable and easy to make yet nutritious. Join Marin Riegger, Child Care Coordinator of the Graduate School, to discuss the importance of nutrition and receive tips to implement at home. For more information, contact the Office of Recruitment, Diversity, and Inclusion at mailto:ordi@vt.edu.

2. VTGrATE VIRTUAL OFFICE HOURS FOR REST OF SPRING
Mondays 12:00-1:00pm, Zoom
Wednesdays 3:00-4:00pm, Zoom
The VT Academy for GTA Excellence (VT GrATE) is hosting permanent virtual office hours for the rest of the semester. Join as often as you can, stay as long or as short as you’d like. This is a virtual space for all GTAs (not just VT GrATE members) who would like to chat, hang out, see other GTAs, ask questions; it is a space of support and VTGraTE members are happy to chat about whatever feels relevant to you in the moment. Join by Zoom: https://virginiatech.zoom.us/j/175471653pwd=ZS8rSU84Q1RESVZKZ3B6SkNuczdWQT09 or call in at 1-929-436-2866. Meeting ID: 175 471 653 Password: GoGoGTAs

3. FINAL ZOOM (LUNCHTIME) SESSIONS WITH DEAN KAREN P. DEPAUW
Tuesday, May 5 and Thursday, May 7, 12:00pm ET via Zoom
Join Dean Karen P. DePauw weekly on Tuesdays and/or Thursdays at 12:00pm ET via Zoom. Use these sessions to ask questions, express concerns, and be a part of our virtual graduate community. Zoom URL: https://virginiatech.zoom.us/j/126753356. For additional questions or information, email mailto:grads@vt.edu.

4. SCIENCE ON TAP, ONLINE: BREAD SCIENCE AND FOOD PANTRIES  
Thursday, May 7, 5:30-6:30pm,  Registration link: https://bit.ly/2YdLeLO
Learn about the wild world of food science with guest experts Erin McKenney and Lester Schonberger. After some science bingo and other warmup games, McKenney of the Wild Sourdough citizen science project will talk about the microbes that ferment our food around the world. After that, Schonberger will talk about how food pantries get their food, and why bread has been in short supply at our local food pantries. We’re asking that everyone donate what they would normally chip in for Science on Tap to one of our local food banks. Posted on behalf of grad student Susan Chen, mailto:schen518@vt.edu.

5. GSA CAP AND GOWN PROGRAM – SPRING 2020 EDITION – 1st posting
The GSA realizes that many are disappointed by the cancellation of the graduation ceremony this Spring, and that you’ll also miss out on the photo opportunities that go with that event. However, while we normally rent caps and gowns to graduates, this year we cannot guarantee that these caps and gowns can be cleaned and disinfected in a manner that protects all of us. To avoid concerns related to COVID-19, the GSA will be offering the sale of retired caps and gowns for $25 (Master’s gowns will have the old logo). Payment will only be accepted in cash or check. Please use the https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_dmuZUmb12T9ET2t to indicate your interest in this program by Friday, May 8. Direct questions to Sharon Stidham, Director of Programs, mailto:sharon62@vt.edu. We apologize for the late notice.

6. FOOD SUPPLIES FOR GRADS BY GRADS  – 1st posting
The Covid-19 pandemic has negatively impacted graduate students, causing financial burdens and in some cases food insecurity. To alleviate some of the difficulties faced by many, grad students are starting a Give-Food initiative to provide food supplies to students in need of them. Give Food is donations based, where those who are able can donate food supplies, and these supplies can be picked up by other students in need. Drop off non-perishable food items in the Graduate School lobby in the GLC, or stop by the lobby and pick up supplies you need. Students can drop off /pick up supplies at their own convenience while maintaining social distancing. You have 24/7 access to the building with your Hokie Passport (card readers are at the Otey Street and Bookstore side entrances). Posted on behalf of Chidubem Arachie, achid17@vt.edu.

7. FINANCIAL WELLNESS RESOURCE FOR STUDENTS – 1st posting
Do you have financial questions? Set up an appointment to discuss your financial wellness with Kevin Sutton, Assistant Director of Financial Wellness on the Hokie Wellness team. Kevin presents and meets with graduate and undergraduate students to discuss topics such as budgeting, credit scores, debt management, financial stress, and short-term financial planning. Contact Kevin by email at suttonkl@vt.edu to schedule an appointment around your schedule, including over the summer.

8. CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: MOSS ARTS CENTER “STUDENT ARTS SPOTLIGHT”
Celebrate creativity in the time of social distancing. The https://artscenter.vt.edu/ invites you to https://bit.ly/submit-student-art (video, audio, images, etc.) for a new showcase, the https://artscenter.vt.edu/exhibitions/student-arts-spotlight.html. Artistic inspiration is boundless, so we welcome graduate students of any discipline to participate. Create a painting, record a song, or choreograph a dance (we’ve seen some incredible creativity on TikTok!)—show off your passion and connect through art. Submissions accepted through Monday, June 1, 2020. Submitted materials should be appropriate for all ages. Works chosen for the spotlight will be featured on the Moss Arts Center’s website and social media accounts through summer 2020. Questions? Contact Jon at mailto:rjginn@vt.edu.

9. PROBLEM SOLVING FOR LEADING CHANGE GRADUATE CERTIFICATE – 1st posting 
Complete the Problem Solving for Leading Change graduate certificate by taking two courses online this summer and two courses online this fall. If you have any questions or would like additional information, please contact Dr. Curt Friedel (mailto:cfriedel@vt.edu) or go to https://www.alce.vt.edu/student-info/graduate/leadchange.html. You can view the flyer at https://tinyurl.com/y7mqvv9v.

10. LITTLE HOKIE HANGOUT OPENING FOR SUMMER II AND FALL 2020 – 1st posting
Families need more support now than ever, and LHH is planning to open Jul 8 to help families that need child care as they adjust to the constraints of working, studying and researching from home. Staff will be trained in heightened sanitization procedures, and will be wearing PPE at all times, for everyone’s protection. We will provide more details to enrolling families about measures that will be taken, and what you can and should do to contribute to a successful experience. Questions: Email mailto:childcare@vt.edu. Fall application will be made available next week.  For Summer II click https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfQT4tDlKbB_5RHI-BHSfWC9Ald5UrSCYgmzy03bDHvZVMMMw/viewform?usp=sf_link. Deadline is Jun 15.

11. NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR VIRTUAL CONFERENCE RELATED EXPENSES – 1st posting
The GSA Travel Fund Program is now excepting applications for students that had expenses related to a conference that went virtual due to COVID-19. Have you presented or plan to present at a conference between Feb 29 and Jun 30, 2020? The VT GSA Travel Fund Program (TFP) will partially support the monetary costs associated with presenting at conferences including travel, lodging, meals, and registration. Deadline for application is May 8, 2020. For further details, updates, and the application, see https://blogs.lt.vt.edu/graduatestudentassembly/what-we-can-offer-you/funding-opportunities/travel-fund-program/. For questions, support, or insights, please email mailto:VTGSATFP20192020@gmail.com.

12. CALL FOR GRADUATING STUDENTS FROM ASIAN CULTURAL ENGAGEMENT CTR – 2nd posting
If you are graduating this semester and would like to receive a cord as well as a certificate, please fill out this form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSe0rJi3N56dwzx8NTMKkXKBvAGXVJDh060W4T6CMo-isNxNKw/viewform. The ACEC is trying to create a virtual acknowledgement of all the graduating students. If you would like to participate, fill out this form https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfXkWMbKGvNskCzQ5ZaWGKY-V16mUZHYmHmTCsd4R0cCzr0tw/viewform. For more information, contact Dr. Nina Ha,  mailto:nha@vt.edu.

13. GRADUATING STUDENTS EXIT SURVEY – 3rd posting
All students planning to graduate this spring will find the Graduate School’s exit survey in their Graduate Student Checklist in HokieSPA. The Graduate School is gathering information about your experience at Virginia Tech and this survey helps better serve graduate students in the future by hearing directly from you. This survey should take less than 10 minutes and your responses will be anonymous and confidential; the link in HokieSPA is generic and not tied to you in any way. If you have any questions please contact Kacy at mailto:klawr5@vt.edu.

14. RESILIENCY WORKSHOPS CONTINUE ONLINE – 3rd posting
Developing Resiliency Workshop Series will continue to be offered virtually via zoom. While these are no true replacements for in-person gatherings, they do serve as a way to continue connecting and growing together. It can also provide some structure and resources for students to continue caring for their mental and emotional well-being. Developing Resiliency Workshops: https://hokiewellness.vt.edu/hokie-wellness-at-home/mental-health-at-home.html.

15. ENGAGEMENT OPPORTUNITY: VT CLIMATE ACTION COMMITMENT REVISION PROCESS – 3rd  posting
The VT community has an imperative role to play in reducing its environmental impact, educating others, and striving towards a more sustainable future. As part of the 2020 Virginia Techhttps://svpoa.vt.edu/index/VTCACRevision.html and Earth Week 2020, university and community members are invited to engage with the over 125 students, staff, faculty members, and other community members already involved in the revision process. Upcoming Climate Action Commitment engagement opportunities can be foundhttps://bit.ly/VTCACengage, including:

  • Climate Action Commitment subcommittee lightning videos to get you up to speed on revision efforts;
  • Climate Action Commitment Revision Engagement Survey
  • Registration details for Climate Action Commitment Revision Zoom Convenings between April 22-28

You can also share your feedback at https://svpoa.vt.edu/index/VTCACRevision/VTCAC-Convene.html.

16. GRAD 5014 ACADEMIC INTEGRITY AND PLAGIARISM COURSE ONLINE IN SUMMER – 3rd  posting
Are you interested in exploring more about academic integrity, responsible scholarly conduct, citation styles, and how they relate to the Graduate Honor System? Do you want to enroll in an online course over the summer and complete your program requirements early? If yes, consider enrolling in GRAD 5014 Academic Integrity and Plagiarism, which is a 2-credit, online course offered in the Pass/Fail grade option only. The course is module-based and asynchronous. For more information, contact Anurag Mantha (mailto:anuragm@vt.edu).

17. REGISTER FOR GRAD 5124 (Fall 2020) – 3rd posting
Take your research to the next level! Sign up in Hokie SPA for GRAD 5124: Research Skills for Graduate Students, a 1-credit, pass/fail, fully-online course offered by University Libraries in fall 2020. Five discipline-specific sections are offered: Agriculture, Veterinary Medicine, & Life Sciences; Engineering & Physical Sciences; Health Sciences; Social & Behavioral Sciences; and Arts & Humanities. Select the section that relates to your subject area. Questions? Contact Lisa Becksford at mailto:lisab5@vt.edu.

18. 9-M ASSISTANTSHIP POSITION IN GLOBAL INITIATIVES – 1st posting
The Global Initiatives unit (https://lci.vt.edu/global-initiatives.html), seeks a graduate student to work independently under the general direction of the two Associate Directors. Duties include identifying and tracking funding opportunities; maintain donor pipelines; conduct research; prepare budget proposals; coordinate exchange programs for students and scholars; overseas travel and other duties as assigned. Must have experience with grant writing and proposals; track record in writing wining proposals; good understanding of the technical terms of NOFOs, solicitations, and grants; excellent writing and editing skills; computer & communication skills, including social media; ability to juggle different projects;  experience in preparing budgets, preferably knowledge of SUMMIT; ability to represent unit in meetings and events; capacity to cultivate networks and relationships with different stakeholders; strong organizational and administrative skills. Email questions and application to Patricia Parera, patric7@vt.edu.

19. SURVEY PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR EFFECTS OF COVID-19 PROJECT – 1st posting
VT researchers seek to understand how large-scale disasters or tragedies affect smaller communities, specifically how close people feel to their community. The Effects of COVID-19 on Community Solidarity, Coping, and Identity” (IRB Protocol #20-378)  survey should take around 15 minutes to complete and will offer you the chance to be part of sociological research that could  help to develop ways of increasing community ties during future mass disasters or tragedies. Must be 18 or older and a currently enrolled student at the VT Blacksburg campus to participate. Upon submitting the survey, you will be entered into a drawing for one of ten $25 Amazon gift cards. If you are interested in more information or wish to complete the survey, go to https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_1ZdE2XMqOIErss5. Posted on behalf of grad student Whitney Hayes, mailto:wahayes@vt.edu.

20. INTL PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR ACADEMIC INTEGRITY ONLINE SURVEY – 2nd posting
A graduate student is seeking participants to complete an online survey regarding academic integrity in universities around the world, as part of a final project. The survey will take less than 5 minutes. Please answer based on the university you attended for undergrad. U.S. citizens who attended a foreign university for their undergrad are also eligible. Complete the survey at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScBJnSWM2cpCkUv-P4aPafm2BoH2bbzliKXheIiwQ-QyAKMHw/viewform?usp=sf_link. Posted on behalf of grad student Brianna Friedman, fbrianna@vt.edu.

21. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR TRUST IN ONLINE LEARNING SURVEY – 3rd posting
Researchers seek VT students to participate in a research study looking into trust in online learning and perceptions of effectiveness for a Psychosocial Human Factors class project. Participants will be asked to complete an anonymous online survey that should take approximately 10 minutes. Participants can complete the survey from their own online devices anonymously using the following link: https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_81FqxPulhETQrVr. For more information, contact Kiran Bagalkotkar (mailto:khorinko@vt.edu).

22. INTL STUDENT MOTHERS SOUGHT FOR RESEARCH PROJECT – 3rd posting
VT researchers are seeking international student mothers of children aged 0-5 years, who are living in a single or nuclear family setup. This research aims to design safe and productive applications which utilize screen media to act as a childcare assistant for international student mothers. Participation is voluntary and confidential. If you choose to participate, you will be contacted for an interview which can take up to 30 minutes and can be either by phone, internet call (Skype, Google Hangout, etc.,) over instant messaging chat (Facebook chat, Google Hangout, etc.), or through email. During the interview, you will be asked questions about your experience of using digital technology for engaging your children. With your permission, we will audio-record the interview for research purposes only. You may choose not to answer any questions for any reason, and may choose not to have your answers to specific questions recorded by asking us to pause the recording. You may also stop at any time and for any reason. You will be entered into a drawing for Amazon Fire tablet for participating in the interview. Odds for a participant being selected in the drawing are 1 in 30. For more information or obtaining screener form for participation  contact Neelma Bhatti at mailto:neelma@vt.edu. This research is protected under IRB # 20-016.

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