February 3-9, 2014

1.  WEEKLY SERVICES IN THE GLC

  • Career Services walk-in advising: Wednesdays 2:00-5:00pm, GLC Lobby
  • Cook Counseling walk-in services: Thursdays and Fridays 1:00-5:00pm, Green Room
  • GLC Café: 3:30-5:00 every Thursday, Reading Room – year round!
  • Graduate School business hours: M,Tu,Th,F: 8:00am-5:00pm; W: 9:30am-5:00pm
  • Writing Center walk-in assistance: Thursdays 4:30-7:30, Room D (additional hours in the Library)

 2. VT ARAB FEST
Monday-Friday, Feb 3-7, times and locations vary
Celebrate Arab culture through five days of events that include arts and fashion show, coffee night, trivia night, panel discussion and dance. See http://vtarabfest.weebly.com/ for event details, or contact doctoral student Noha ElSherbiny at noha@vt.edu for more information.

3. STARTUP CHATUP @ VT
Tuesday and Wednesday, Feb 4-5. South Lounge in Johnston Student Ctr.
Discuss your entrepreneurial aspirations on campus with Jim Flowers, executive director of VT KnowledgeWorks.  Register for a time slot on February 4 or 5 at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080B4CA4AD28A75-startup1. Free to anyone with a Hokie passport.

4. A CONVERSATION ON RACE: DIVERSITY & UNITY ON CAMPUS
Tuesday, Feb 4, 7:00-8:15pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
What’s your experience of racial, ethnic, and cultural diversity at Virginia Tech? Join fellow graduate students seeking a healthier campus climate through this interactive panel discussion and table dialogue. Dessert will be served! Sponsored by InterVarsity Graduate Christian Fellowship, http://gcfvt.wordpress.com.

5. POSITIONING YOU FOR SUCCESS WITH MORRIS MORRISON
Tuesday, Feb 4, 7:00pm, Squires Haymarket Theater Motivational speaker and entrepreneur Morris Morrison will share his insights. Free iPad giveaway, reception afterwards. This event is sponsored by BSA and VT SWAGG. For more information contact grad student Tommy Amal, tamal2@vt.edu.

6. WOMEN’S CENTER OPEN HOUSE & ART EXHIBIT
Wednesday, Feb 5, 4:00-6:00pm, 206 Washington Street
Join Women’s Center staff and students as they launch their 20th anniversary celebration. Enjoy conversation, refreshments and the beautiful work of local artist Diane Relf. The Women’s Center supports graduate students through many programs, including kids’ night out, working mom’s support group, dissertation writing work group, and more http://www.womenscenter.vt.edu/Outreach/Support.html.

7. GLC CAFÉ
Thursday, Feb 6, 3:30-5:00pm, GLC Reading Room
The GLC Café is offered throughout the year with free coffee, tea, and cookies in the company of your graduate-student and Grad-School colleagues. Bring your own mug if you can.

8. CROSS-CULTURAL BUSINESS COMMUNICATION
Thursdays, 5:30-6:30pm, GLC Room C
A six-week highly participatory course in which students from various cultures meet and discuss the social skills and non-verbal behaviors from their respective cultures. This group is taught by Nico Wood.  Sponsored by the Cranwell International Center. For more information email Karen Howe at khowe@vt.edu.

9. WELCOME SOCIAL
Friday, Feb 7, 4:00-7:00pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
Enjoy food, games, and great conversation at this welcome social sponsored by the GLC Fellows. Learn about several graduate student organizations on campus and how you can be involved. Meat and vegetarian food options will be available. Open to all graduate students and their families.

10. CALL FOR POSTER ABSTRACTS FOR INTERDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH DAY – 2nd posting
Submission deadline extended to Wed, Jan 29. Want to present your research to fellow students? Want to practice showcasing your research to a broad audience? Submit an abstract for the IDR Day poster session! All grad and ugrad students are eligible to enter. Prizes will be given. Notification date: Feb 8, 2014. IDR Day: Feb 27(2 poster sessions in the afternoon). For more information and submission guidelines: http://www.idrsociety.org/idr-day-2014/call-for-abstracts/. To submit an abstract, please fill out the form at:  https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1386293281414.

11. APPLY NOW FOR BOV GRAD REPRESENTATIVE POSITION  – 2nd posting Applications for the graduate representative for the Board of Visitors (BOV) are accepted now. Download the application at http://www.dsa.vt.edu/BOV/apply.php. The graduate student representative to the BOV serves as a liaison between graduate students and the board. The position provides a great leadership experience, as well as an opportunity to learn about the university’s governance structure and decision-making process. Please consider the position or encourage deserving peers to apply.  Contact Nick Warrington at nick.warrington@vt.edu with any questions.

12. INTERDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH HONOR SOCIETY ACCEPTING APPS NOW – 2nd posting
Iota Delta Rho, the Interdisciplinary Research Honor Society, is accepting applications for membership from Monday, Jan 27 through midnight on Sunday, Feb 17.  IDR was founded at Virginia Tech in 2011 by graduate students promoting interdisciplinary cooperation and research at Virginia Tech and all other colleges and universities. Two levels of membership: full and associate.   Membership application and information about IDR: http://www.idrsociety.org/membership/application/.  Direct all questions to Tammy Parece at tammyep@vt.edu.

13. VT KNOWLEDGEWORKS STUDENT BUSINESS CONCEPT CHALLENGE – 3rd posting
Competition is open to all full-time registered VT students. Average team age must be 27 or less. The competition encourages students to develop their entrepreneurial ideas, enhance understanding of requirements for a successful business venture, and showcase the creativity of students at Virginia Tech. Must register by Feb 14, 2014. Learn more at http://www.vtknowledgeworks.com/echallenge/studentcompetition2014.

14. JEAN B. DUERR MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP – 2nd posting
This is a scholarship for women who plan to attend, or are already enrolled in, an accredited college or university for the entire 2014-2015 academic year. Awards of $2000 will be given to those applicants who best demonstrate academic achievement and community service. – See more at: http://graduateschool.vt.edu/financial/funding/students/duerr.

15. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR MANUAL MATERIAL HANDLING STUDY – 1st posting
Participants are needed for a study on manual material handling tasks.  The study consists of two sessions for about 1-2 and 3-4 hours, respectively.  Requirements: male or female with no recent history of musculoskeletal disorders within the age range of 18-40.  Participants will be compensated $10/hr.  If interested, please contact Alireza Sedighi at sedighia@vt.edu for further details.

16. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR METABOLISM STUDY – 1st posting
Volunteers are needed for a study examining how cocoa influences metabolism in individuals with pre-diabetes (high glucose levels). Participants must be: adults between the ages of 40-75; overweight or obese (body mass index 25-40); not currently taking any blood pressure or diabetes medications; non-smokers; without any major medical problems; willing to eat a controlled study diet for 4 weeks; Pregnant women or those who plan to become pregnant or have taken antibiotics in the past 3 months are not eligible for this study. Participants will receive information about glucose and cholesterol levels, body composition, and blood pressure, and may receive up to $300 compensation for their time. If you meet the above requirements and are interested in participating in this research study, please contact Karen at the Human Integrative Physiology Laboratory at Virginia Tech by email: heartlab@vt.edu. 

17. SURVEY PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT – 1st posting
Clemson-University doctoral student Younsuk Kong invites you to participate in this research study that examines leisure-time physical activity behavior of graduate students in order to identify factors that influence physical activity behavior. The questionnaire will take approximately 10 minutes to complete: https://qtrial.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_6DXcU3PdFlLtQSp. Contact Younsuk Kong at younsuk@clemson.edu with questions.

18. VT LGBT JOURNAL, THE INTERLOPER, SEEKING WRITERS, EDITORS, STAFF  – 3rd posting
The Interloper’s focus is to provide advocates of the queer community a platform to express their otherwise overlooked opinions and perspectives. With this focus in mind, The Interloper is determined to present progressive content through a queer lens by challenging what is often deemed “socially acceptable.” For the Spring 2014 semester, the journal is looking for progressive, sassy, talented staffers for the following positions: (a) Editorial: features editor, writers (for articles, creative pieces, etc.), copy editors, fact checkers (b) Visuals: art director, photography director, illustrators/artists, photographers. To apply for a position, send 2-3 samples of your writing, photography, and/or art to matthew@vt.edu by Friday, Jan 24. Include a paragraph detailing the position you are applying for and why you think you will be a good fit for The Interloper.

19. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR STUDY ON MOTHERS AND CHILDREN – 3rd  posting
Are you a mother who sometimes worries or has fears? Do you have a child between 7 and 12 years of age? An ongoing study is investigating how mothers and children interpret situations in their day-to-day lives. The study is being conducted at the Child Study Center at 460 Turner Street, Suite 207, Blacksburg. For more information please contact Kristin Austin at momanxiety@vt.edu or call 540-231-8276. Compensation: $50.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

‘I LOVE BLACK HISTORY MONTH’ SPEED NETWORKING LUNCH
Monday, Feb 10, 12:00-1:00pm, Multipurpose Room All graduate students, faculty, and staff are invited to this luncheon hosted by the Black Graduate Student Organization and the Graduate School. Please RSVP by Thursday, February 6th at https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1389381294334

HOW TO MAKE ENDS MEET
Monday, Feb 10, 5:00pm, GLC Room D
Learn creative ways to live within a meager budget using money-saving strategies specific to the New River Valley. Contact Lauren Surface at lkeister@vt.edu if you have questions.

GRADUATION FAIR
Wednesday, Feb 12, 11:30am-7:30pm,
Holtzman Alumni Center Tour the Alumni Center, enjoy free pizza and drinks, and get your graduation supplies: announcements, commencement info, caps and gowns, diploma frames and more. For more information contact Gwen Harrington, gwharrin@vt.edu.

WHAT HAVE I GOTTEN MYSELF INTO?
Tuesday, Feb 11, 12:00-1:30pm, GLC Room D
If you’re a new (or returning) graduate student who has asked yourself this question, the Graduate School wants you to know that you are not alone! Meet fellow graduate students, new and returning, to talk about graduate school as an exciting-but possibly overwhelming-life adventure. There will be pizza! Complete this survey if you plan to attend: https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1390838381481

LUNCH WITH THE DEAN – registration required
Wednesday, February 12, 12-1pm, GLC Room C
Meet Graduate School Dean Dr. Karen DePauw and several graduate student leaders at a free lunch. Learn about the latest in graduate education and share your perspectives in a casual setting. Sign-up here: https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1389213455685

BEHIND THE SCENES TOUR OF MOSS CENTER FOR THE ARTS
Wednesday, Feb 12, 1:00-2:00pm, meet at Grand Lobby of Center for the Arts
This is an exclusive opportunity for graduate students to tour the newly opened Moss Center for the Arts here at Virginia Tech. Look behind the scenes and feel the inspiration! Space is limited and the tour is free. Register at https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1389211704974.

CAREER FAIR PREPARATION
Wednesday, Feb 12, 5:30-6:30pm, GLC Room G
Learn how to present yourself to an employer and what to ask at a job fair. Sponsored by Career Services. Contact Amy McPherson at amcphers@vt.edu if you have questions.

INTL SPRING SOCIAL: LOVE AROUND THE WORLD – registration required
Friday, Feb 14, 6:00–8:00pm, GLC Multipurpose Room The Cranwell International Center and the Campus Alcohol and Abuse Prevention Center (CAAPC) are partnering to present the annual international spring social with food and drinks from across the globe and an opportunity to interact with others from around the world.  This event requires pre-registration at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/70A0C4EADAE2CA13-love and only those who register will be admitted to the event.  For more info contact the Cranwell International Center at international@vt.edu.

January 27 – February 2, 2014

1.  WEEKLY SERVICES IN THE GLC

  • Career Services walk-in advising: Wednesdays 2:00-5:00pm, GLC Lobby
  • Cook Counseling walk-in services: Thursdays and Fridays 1:00-5:00pm, Green Room
  • GLC Café: 3:30-5:00 every Thursday, Reading Room – year round!
  • Graduate School business hours: M,Tu,Th,F: 8:00am-5:00pm; W: 9:30am-5:00pm
  • Writing Center walk-in assistance: Thursdays 4:30-7:30, Room D (additional hours in the Library)

2. RESUME 101 FOR INTL STUDENTS
Tuesday, January 28, 4:00 – 5:00pm, Cranwell International Center Learn how to write a resume that highlights your international experience. No registration required.  Students with questions should email Katie Steuer at ksteuer@vt.edu.

3. FREE ANXIETY AND OCD SUPPORT GROUP AVAILABLE
Tuesday, Jan 28, 7:00pm, VT Psychological Services Center (3110 Prices Fork Road) Are you feeling overwhelmed by anxiety? Do you struggle with OCD? A free monthly support group meets the last Tuesday of every month. Join the group to learn more about anxiety disorders and OCD, hear success stories from those who have worked to overcome their anxiety and OCD, and receive support in an informal setting. Family members and significant others are also welcome. If you have questions or would like more information, please contact the Psychological Services Center at 231-6914, visit http://www.psyc.vt.edu/outreach/psc, or email doctoral student Brenna Maddox at bmaddox7@vt.edu.

4. CAREER FAIR PREP FOR INTL STUDENTS
Wednesday, Jan 29, 4:00-5:00pm, Cranwell International Center Learn the basics to be successful at a career fair including: how to research companies beforehand, what to wear, what to do when you arrive at a career fair, creating an elevator pitch and using it, and how to follow up with companies you meet.  No registration required.  Students with questions should email Katie Steuer at ksteuer@vt.edu.

5. RESUME WRITING WORKSHOP
Wednesday, Jan 29, 5:30-6:30pm, GLC Room G
Having a well-polished resume is the most critical step toward getting an interview. Start early to be ready for fall career fairs and on-campus interviews. Sponsored by Career Services. Contact Amy McPherson at amcphers@vt.edu if you have questions.

6. INTERVARSITY GRAD CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP
Wednesdays, 6:30pm, GLC Room B InterVarsity Graduate Christian Fellowship meets weekly for a free dinner and interactive Bible discussion. All are welcome! Learn more: http://gcfvt.wordpress.com/.

7. HONOR SYSTEM PANELIST TRAININGS
Thursday, Jan 30, 11:00am-12:00pm, GLC Room D The Graduate Honor System is recruiting student and faculty volunteers to serve as panelists who, once trained, hear and decide on cases of academic and research integrity. Interested individuals need to attend a single one-hour training session and are then able to serve on panels as their schedule allows. If you are interested, contact Jordan Booker, doctoral student and chief justice of the GHS, at ghs@vt.edu. Other scheduled training sessions:

  • Friday, Jan 31, 1:00-2:00pm, GLC Room D

8. LUNCH WITH THE DEAN – REGISTRATION REQUIRED
Thursday, Jan 30, 12:00-1:00pm, GLC Room C
Meet Graduate School Dean Kr. Karen DePauw as well as several graduate student leaders at this free lunch and learn about the Dean’s latest plans for graduate education. Share your perspective in a casual, intimate setting. Register at https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1389723744595.

9. GLC CAFÉ
Thursday, Jan 30, 3:30-5:00pm, GLC Reading Room
The GLC Café is offered throughout the year with free coffee, tea, and cookies in the company of your graduate-student and Grad-School colleagues. Bring your own mug if you can.

10. GLOBAL GAMES NIGHT
Thursday, Jan 30, 6:00-8:00pm, Squires Student Center BreakZONE
The Gamma Omega chapter of the Phi Beta Delta international honor society is hosting a ‘Global Games Night.’ Light refreshments will be served. Join this free social event to meet international students, VT students returning from overseas, and anyone interested in international education and opportunities. For more information contact Betty Watts (bettyw@vt.edu; 231-6452).

11. THEORIES OF THE STATE IN THE SHI’ITE LAW
Thursday, Jan 30, 6:00-8:00pm, 108 Surge Building
The Iranian Society at VT invites you to this discussion lead by Dr. Mohsen Kadivar. Please contact grad student Nahid Farhady Ghalaty at farhady@vt.edu if you have any questions about this event.

12. WHAT IS NON-VIOLENCE AND WHY DOES IT MATTER?
Friday, Jan 31, 3:00pm, 209 Norris
Dr. Marian Mollin will be facilitating a discussion on what is non-violence and why it matters. Questions and ideas from participants will be encouraged, so bring questions to share! Contact grad student Lucy Adams at lucya@vt.edu if you have any questions. 

13. INCLUSIVE PRAXIS SESSION: A PEDAGOGY OF COMMUNITY
Friday, Jan 31, 3:00pm, 116 Burruss Hall (VT Engage classroom) Anthony Kwame Harrison teaches undergraduate classes on African American studies, cultural anthropology, and sociology.  His courses typically bring together diverse groups of students who spend the semester examining and discussing issues of racial and cultural difference. Dr. Harrison will share the philosophies and best-practices through which he strives to build community in the classroom.  Dr. Harrison believes developing a sense of community across differences allows him to better present and generate (co-create) course content that resonates with students beyond both the classroom and the 15-week semester. Sign up to participate at: http://www.cider.vt.edu

14. MLK-DAY CELEBRATION DINNER
Friday, Jan 31, 6:00pm, Wesley Foundation (209 W Roanoke St)
Participate in this dinner and discuss over food the civil rights struggle  in the world today. Please register if you are planning to attend: https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1386688879211. Contact grad student Lucy Adams at lucya@vt.edu if you have any questions. 

15. LAST DAY TO REGISTER FOR ONE-CREDIT ONLINE ETHICS COURSE
The Graduate School is offering a new online course this spring on Academic Integrity and Plagiarism. Taught by Dr. Karen DePauw and Jen Henderson, this course will explore our understanding of academic integrity, research conduct, plagiarism, and different disciplinary practices. Sign up for GRAD 5014 if you are interested! (CRN 19677)

16. LAST DAY TO REGISTER FOR ONE-CREDIT INTRO TO R PROGRAMMING
R is a powerful, versatile, and free statistical programming language, which has become increasingly popular among industrial and academic data analysts. This introductory course assumes no previous coding experiences in R or any other language. The intended audience for this course includes students who want to gain basic exposure to R. Instructor: Denisa Anca Olteanu Roberts. STAT 4094, CRN 20252, Monday 4:00-4:50pm, 209 Hutcheson Hall. Prerequisites: STAT 3615. This course requires a basic background in statistics. Previous experience with basic computer programming is ideal but is not assumed. More at (www.stat.vt.edu/news/Articles/2013-12-19-Intro-to-R.html) and register via Hokie Spa.

17. ENGLISH CONVERSATION GROUPS
Are you interested in learning more about American culture? Or developing new friendships with people from around the world? Or would you like an opportunity to share about your home country’s traditions and stories? If so, join an English Conversation Group! Each group focuses on a different topic including: American culture, folklore, travel, cross-cultural business communication, women only groups, and more. Registration is not required and the groups are open to everyone.  For a full schedule visit http://www.international.vt.edu/programs_and_activities/english_conversation_groups/index.html or contact the Cranwell International Center at international@vt.edu.

18. CALL FOR POSTER ABSTRACTS FOR INTERDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH DAY Submission deadline extended to Wed, Jan 29. Want to present your research to fellow students? Want to practice showcasing your research to a broad audience? Submit an abstract for the IDR Day poster session! All grad and ugrad students are eligible to enter. Prizes will be given. Notification date: Feb 8, 2014. IDR Day: Feb 27(2 poster sessions in the afternoon). For more information and submission guidelines: http://www.idrsociety.org/idr-day-2014/call-for-abstracts/. To submit an abstract, please fill out the form at:  https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1386293281414.

19. NOMINATIONS FOR GRADUATE STUDENT AWARDS OPEN UNTIL JAN 31
A number of prestigious awards are granted to graduate students each year, carrying a monetary prize ($200-$1000 each) and award certificate. Discuss the possibility of your nomination by your advisor/department for any of the following awards that will be given out during the Graduate School’s annual awards banquet on March 27, 2014:

  • Outstanding Dissertation in (1) math, sciences and engineering, and (1) in social sciences, business and humanities
  • Preston Society Master’s Thesis Award
  • Graduate Student Teaching Excellence (1) for GTA instructor of record (1) GTA instructor assistant
  • Graduate Student Service Excellence
  • Graduate Student of the Year (up to three awards given)
  • Outstanding master’s and doctoral student in each college and in interdisciplinary programs

More information about criteria, forms, and process for nomination are at: http://graduateschool.vt.edu/awards.

20. APPLY NOW FOR BOV GRAD REPRESENTATIVE POSITION  – 1st posting Applications for the graduate representative for the Board of Visitors (BOV) are accepted now. Download the application at http://www.dsa.vt.edu/BOV/apply.php. The graduate student representative to the BOV serves as a liaison between graduate students and the board. The position provides a great leadership experience, as well as an opportunity to learn about the university’s governance structure and decision-making process. Please consider the position or encourage deserving peers to apply.  Contact Nick Warrington at nick.warrington@vt.edu with any questions.

21. INTERDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH HONOR SOCIETY ACCEPTING APPS NOW – 1st posting
Iota Delta Rho, the Interdisciplinary Research Honor Society, is accepting applications for membership from Monday, Jan 27 through midnight on Sunday, Feb 17.  IDR was founded at Virginia Tech in 2011 by graduate students promoting interdisciplinary cooperation and research at Virginia Tech and all other colleges and universities. Two levels of membership: full and associate.   Membership application and information about IDR: http://www.idrsociety.org/membership/application/.  Direct all questions to Tammy Parece at tammyep@vt.edu.

22. VT KNOWLEDGEWORKS STUDENT BUSINESS CONCEPT CHALLENGE – 2nd posting
Competition is open to all full-time registered VT students. Average team age must be 27 or less. The competition encourages students to develop their entrepreneurial ideas, enhance understanding of requirements for a successful business venture, and showcase the creativity of students at Virginia Tech. Must register by Feb 14, 2014. Learn more at http://www.vtknowledgeworks.com/echallenge/studentcompetition2014.

23. JEAN B. DUERR MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP – 1st posting
This is a scholarship for women who plan to attend, or are already enrolled in, an accredited college or university for the entire 2014-2015 academic year. Awards of $2000 will be given to those applicants who best demonstrate academic achievement and community service. – See more at: http://graduateschool.vt.edu/financial/funding/students/duerr.

24. WAGE POSITION OPEN IN DIVISION OF STUDENT AFFAIRS HR – 3rd posting Graduate student applications are invited for a student wage position as HR Training Event Assistant in the Division of Student Affairs. Assistant will help with coordination of HR training sessions and other events, and with data entry, research, correspondence, reports, and other clerical duties. 10-15 hrs/wk, approx.. $10/hr. Must have some office/administrative experience and customer service skills. If interested or need more information, email letter of interest and resume to Greg Beecher, gbeecher@vt.edu.

25. VT LGBT JOURNAL, THE INTERLOPER, SEEKING WRITERS, EDITORS, STAFF  – 2nd posting
The Interloper’s focus is to provide advocates of the queer community a platform to express their otherwise overlooked opinions and perspectives. With this focus in mind, The Interloper is determined to present progressive content through a queer lens by challenging what is often deemed “socially acceptable.” For the Spring 2014 semester, the journal is looking for progressive, sassy, talented staffers for the following positions: (a) Editorial: features editor, writers (for articles, creative pieces, etc.), copy editors, fact checkers (b) Visuals: art director, photography director, illustrators/artists, photographers. To apply for a position, send 2-3 samples of your writing, photography, and/or art to matthew@vt.edu by Friday, Jan 24. Include a paragraph detailing the position you are applying for and why you think you will be a good fit for The Interloper.

26. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR STUDY ON MOTHERS AND CHILDREN – 2nd posting
Are you a mother who sometimes worries or has fears? Do you have a child between 7 and 12 years of age? An ongoing study is investigating how mothers and children interpret situations in their day-to-day lives. The study is being conducted at the Child Study Center at 460 Turner Street, Suite 207, Blacksburg. For more information please contact Kristin Austin at momanxiety@vt.edu or call 540-231-8276. Compensation: $50.

27. RESEARCH PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR INTERFACE EVALUATION STUDY – 3rd posting
Participants are needed for an interface evaluation study (about Mobile Augmented Reality (MAR) guidance application, IRB number: 13-236).  The study will last about 1 hour and take place in 530 Whittemore Hall. Compensation $10 for 1 hr. Requirements: Must be age 18-49; and must have used a touch-screen smartphone before. Your response will help in designing a MAR application that better fits your needs. If you’re interested, please contact Na Mi by phone at 540-577-9153 or by e-mail na8@vt.edu.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

WOMEN’S CENTER OPEN HOUSE & ART EXHIBIT
Wednesday, Feb 5, 4:00-6:00pm, 206 Washington Street Join Women’s Center staff and students as they launch their 20th anniversary celebration. Enjoy conversation, refreshments and the beautiful work of local artist Diane Relf. The Women’s Center supports graduate students through many programs, including kids’ night out, working mom’s support group, dissertation writing work group, and more http://www.womenscenter.vt.edu/Outreach/Support.html.

WELCOME SOCIAL
Friday, Feb 7, 4:00-7:00pm, GLC Multipurpose Room Enjoy food, games, and great conversation at this welcome social sponsored by the GLC Fellows. Learn about several graduate student organizations on campus and how you can be involved. Meat and vegetarian food options will be available. Open to all graduate students and their families.

‘I LOVE BLACK HISTORY MONTH’ SPEED NETWORKING LUNCH
Monday, Feb 10, 12:00-1:00pm, Multipurpose Room All graduate students, faculty, and staff are invited to this luncheon hosted by the Black Graduate Student Organization and the Graduate School. Please RSVP by Thursday, February 6th at https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1389381294334

WHAT HAVE I GOTTEN MYSELF INTO?
Tuesday, Feb 11, 12:00-1:30pm, GLC Room D
If you’re a new (or returning) graduate student who has asked yourself this question, the Graduate School wants you to know that you are not alone! Meet fellow graduate students, new and returning, to talk about graduate school as an exciting-but possibly overwhelming-life adventure. There will be pizza! Complete this survey if you plan to attend: https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1390838381481

BEHIND THE SCENES TOUR OF MOSS CENTER FOR THE ARTS
Wednesday, Feb 12, 1:00-2:00pm, meet at Grand Lobby of Center for the Arts
This is an exclusive opportunity for graduate students to tour the newly opened Moss Center for the Arts here at Virginia Tech. Look behind the scenes and feel the inspiration! Space is limited and the tour is free. Register at https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1389211704974.

CAREER FAIR PREPARATION
Wednesday, Feb 12, 5:30-6:30pm, GLC Room G
Learn how to present yourself to an employer and what to ask at a job fair. Sponsored by Career Services. Contact Amy McPherson at amcphers@vt.edu if you have questions.

January 21-26, 2014

1.  WEEKLY SERVICES IN THE GLC

  • Career Services walk-in advising: Wednesdays 2:00-5:00pm, GLC Lobby
  • Cook Counseling walk-in services: Thursdays and Fridays 1:00-5:00pm, Green Room
  • GLC Café: 3:30-5:00 every Thursday, Reading Room – year round!
  • Graduate School business hours: M,Tu,Th,F: 8:00am-5:00pm; W: 9:30am-5:00pm
  • Writing Center walk-in assistance: Thursdays 4:30-7:30, Room D (additional hours in the Library)

 2. INTERVARSITY GRAD CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP
Wednesdays, 6:30pm, GLC Room B
InterVarsity Graduate Christian Fellowship meets weekly for a free dinner and interactive Bible discussion. All are welcome! Learn more: http://gcfvt.wordpress.com/.

3. QUEER GRADS, PROFESSIONALS AND ALLIES (QGPA) TOWN HALL MTG
Wednesday, Jan 22, 8:00pm, GLC Room C
All are welcome. Stop by to ask questions, share information and experiences, and meet new people. Email qgpavt@gmail.com with any questions.

4. GLC CAFÉ: FEATURING GRAD BOV REP
Thursday, Jan 23, 3:30-5:00pm, GLC Reading Room
The GLC Café is offered throughout the year with free coffee, tea, and cookies in the company of your graduate-student and Grad-School colleagues. This week’s special: Nick Warrington, grad rep to the Board of Visitors will be available to chat and answer questions. Bring your own mug if you can.

5. CROSS-CULTURAL BUSINESS COMMUNICATION
Thursday, Jan 23, 5:30-6:30pm, GLC Room C
A six week highly participatory course in which students from various cultures meet and discuss the social skills and non-verbal behaviors from their respective cultures. This group is taught by Nico Wood.  Sponsored by the Cranwell International Center. For more information email Karen Howe at khowe@vt.edu.

6. FREE DINNER AND GAME NIGHT
Friday, Jan 24, 6:30-9:00pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
Join fellow grad students for an evening of free food and fun! There will be a variety of card games, board games, video games and more. All are welcome, and you can come anytime. Sponsored by InterVarsity Graduate Christian Fellowship.

7. REGISTER FOR ONE-CREDIT ONLINE ETHICS COURSE
The Graduate School is offering a new online course this spring on Academic Integrity and Plagiarism. Taught by Dr. Karen DePauw and Jen Henderson, this course will explore our understanding of academic integrity, research conduct, plagiarism, and different disciplinary practices. Sign up for GRAD 5014 if you are interested! (CRN 19677)

8. REGISTER NOW FOR ONE-CREDIT INTRO TO R PROGRAMMING
R is a powerful, versatile, and free statistical programming language, which has become increasingly popular among industrial and academic data analysts. This introductory course assumes no previous coding experiences in R or any other language. The intended audience for this course includes students who want to gain basic exposure to R. Instructor: Denisa Anca Olteanu Roberts. STAT 4094, CRN 20252, Monday 4:00-4:50pm, 209 Hutcheson Hall. Prerequisites: STAT 3615. This course requires a basic background in statistics. Previous experience with basic computer programming is ideal but is not assumed. More at (www.stat.vt.edu/news/Articles/2013-12-19-Intro-to-R.html) and register via Hokie Spa.

9. REGISTER FOR GRAD COURSES FOR SPRING – 3rd posting
The Graduate School offers a number of interdisciplinary courses that broaden graduate students’ perspective on various subjects. Register now for a course on:

  • Career development for the future professional (GRAD 5304)
  • Research in international contexts (GRAD 5404)

or other courses. See full list and descriptions at http://graduateschool.vt.edu/node/5857.

10. ENGLISH CONVERSATION GROUPS
Are you interested in learning more about American culture? Or developing new friendships with people from around the world? Or would you like an opportunity to share about your home country’s traditions and stories? If so, join an English Conversation Group! Each group focuses on a different topic including: American culture, folklore, travel, cross-cultural business communication, women only groups, and more. Registration is not required and the groups are open to everyone.  For a full schedule visit http://www.international.vt.edu/programs_and_activities/english_conversation_groups/index.html or contact the Cranwell International Center at international@vt.edu.

11. CALL FOR ABSTRACTS FOR FOREST RESOURCES/ENVIRON CONSERVATION GRAD SYMPOSIUM – 3rd posting
Held on Apr 1, 2014, the 6th annual forest resource and environmental conservation research symposium brings together graduate students from VT and other colleges and universities to communicate within and across disciplines and to build relationships with future colleagues and potential employers. Accommodations will be provided for presenters at the Inn at Virginia Tech. Abstracts are invited in the following areas: Forest Biometrics and Geomatics; Forest Ecology and Silviculture; Forest Economics and Policy; Urban Forestry; Forest Operations and Business; Forest Soils and Hydrology; Human Dimensions; Forest Genetics and Biotechnology. Submission deadline: Midnight, Jan 10, 2014. Abstracts can be up to 250 words and should include objectives and methods and will be judged based on relevancy to the symposium. Visit http://frec.vt.edu/grs/ for further information. Abstracts can be submitted through the website or at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/K7BKJ5H. Contact Beth Avera at bavera@vt.edu with any questions.

12. REGISTRATION IS OPEN FOR PAYROLL DEDUCTION OF COMP FEES FOR GRAD ASSISTANTS
The registration system for paying comprehensive fees through payroll deduction for spring 2014 is now open.  Graduate students on an assistantship must either pay their comprehensive fees or enroll for payroll deductions by the payment deadline set by the Bursar’s Office.  To enroll in payroll deductions, login to Hokie SPA, choose University Account Information menu, and click on Graduate Students on Assistantship, enroll in Payroll Deduction. You must enroll in payroll deduction each semester in which you wish to take advantage of this opportunity. 

13. NOMINATIONS FOR GRADUATE STUDENT AWARDS OPEN UNTIL JAN 31
A number of prestigious awards are granted to graduate students each year, carrying a monetary prize ($200-$1000 each) and award certificate. Discuss the possibility of your nomination by your advisor/department for any of the following awards that will be given out during the Graduate School’s annual awards banquet on March 27, 2014:

  • Outstanding Dissertation in (1) math, sciences and engineering, and (1) in social sciences, business and humanities
  • Preston Society Master’s Thesis Award
  • Graduate Student Teaching Excellence (1) for GTA instructor of record (1) GTA instructor assistant
  • Graduate Student Service Excellence
  • Graduate Student of the Year (up to three awards given)
  • Outstanding master’s and doctoral student in each college and in interdisciplinary programs

More information about criteria, forms, and process for nomination are at: http://graduateschool.vt.edu/awards.

14. APPLICATIONS SOON TO OPEN FOR BOV GRAD REPRESENTATIVE POSITION
Applications for the graduate representative for the Board of Visitors (BOV) will be accepted starting next week. The graduate student representative to the BOV serves as a liaison between graduate students and the board. The position provides a great leadership experience, as well as an opportunity to learn about the university’s governance structure and decision-making process. Nick Warrington, the current BOV grad rep will be at the GLC café on Thursday, Jan 23, to answer any questions. Please consider the position or encourage deserving peers to apply.  Contact Nick Warrington at nick.warrington@vt.edu with any questions.

15. VT KNOWLEDGEWORKS STUDENT BUSINESS CONCEPT CHALLENGE
Competition is open to all full-time registered VT students. Average team age must be 27 or less. The competition encourages students to develop their entrepreneurial ideas, enhance understanding of requirements for a successful business venture, and showcase the creativity of students at Virginia Tech. Must register by Feb 14, 2014. Learn more at http://www.vtknowledgeworks.com/echallenge/studentcompetition2014.

16. WAGE POSITION OPEN IN DIVISION OF STUDENT AFFAIRS HR – 2nd posting
Graduate student applications are invited for a student wage position as HR Training Event Assistant in the Division of Student Affairs. Assistant will help with coordination of HR training sessions and other events, and with data entry, research, correspondence, reports, and other clerical duties. 10-15 hrs/wk, approx.. $10/hr. Must have some office/administrative experience and customer service skills. If interested or need more information, email letter of interest and resume to Greg Beecher, gbeecher@vt.edu.

17. VT LGBT JOURNAL, THE INTERLOPER, SEEKING WRITERS, EDITORS, STAFF  – 1st posting
The Interloper’s focus is to provide advocates of the queer community a platform to express their otherwise overlooked opinions and perspectives. With this focus in mind, The Interloper is determined to present progressive content through a queer lens by challenging what is often deemed “socially acceptable.” For the Spring 2014 semester, the journal is looking for progressive, sassy, talented staffers for the following positions: (a) Editorial: features editor, writers (for articles, creative pieces, etc.), copy editors, fact checkers (b) Visuals: art director, photography director, illustrators/artists, photographers. To apply for a position, send 2-3 samples of your writing, photography, and/or art to matthew@vt.edu by Friday, Jan 24. Include a paragraph detailing the position you are applying for and why you think you will be a good fit for The Interloper.

18. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR STUDY ON MOTHERS AND CHILDREN – 1st posting
Are you a mother who sometimes worries or has fears? Do you have a child between 7 and 12 years of age? An ongoing study is investigating how mothers and children interpret situations in their day-to-day lives. The study is being conducted at the Child Study Center at 460 Turner Street, Suite 207, Blacksburg. For more information please contact Kristin Austin at momanxiety@vt.edu or call 540-231-8276. Compensation: $50.

19. RESEARCH PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR INTERFACE EVALUATION STUDY – 2nd posting
Participants are needed for an interface evaluation study (about Mobile Augmented Reality (MAR) guidance application, IRB number: 13-236).  The study will last about 1 hour and take place in 530 Whittemore Hall. Compensation $10 for 1 hr. Requirements: Must be age 18-49; and must have used a touch-screen smartphone before. Your response will help in designing a MAR application that better fits your needs. If you’re interested, please contact Na Mi by phone at 540-577-9153 or by e-mail na8@vt.edu.

20. VOLUNTEERS SOUGHT FOR KIDS’ TECH UNIVERSITY PROGRAM – 3rd posting
The Virginia Bioinformatics Institute, Virginia 4-H, and other members of the VT community are asking for volunteers to assist with logistics of the spring 2014 Kids’ Tech University program (http://kidstechuniversity.vbi.vt.edu/), which brings about 450 kids ages 9-12 to VT to spark their  interest in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM disciplines). Volunteers are needed on any or all of the following days: Jan 25, Feb 22, Mar 22, and Apr 5, 2014 from 9:00am to 4:00pm. In the morning, there will be an interactive session followed by Q & A, a lunch break, then hands-on activities. If you can only be there for a portion of the time please let organizers know. If interested in volunteering, fill out this survey: https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1381347633696. Contact KTU’s volunteer coordinator, Ms. Maria Laubenbacher, maria@vbi.vt.edu, with questions.

21. CALL FOR RESEARCH PARTICIPANTS FOR LIFESTYLE AND CARDIOVASCULAR HEALTH STUDY – 3rd posting
Men and women 18-35 years old, who are sedentary or recreationally active are invited to participate in a cross-sectional study examining how lifestyle factors influence arterial health. 1-2 lab visits for a total of ~2 hours would be required. Measures include anthropometrics and body composition, surveys, a blood draw, and measurement of arterial health with an ultrasound and a small probe. Participants receive $50 upon study completion. E-mail Tanya (tanyamh@vt.edu) for more information.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

HONOR SYSTEM PANELIST TRAININGS
The Graduate Honor System is recruiting student and faculty volunteers to serve as panelists who, once trained, hear and decide on cases of academic and research integrity. Interested individuals need to attend a single one-hour training session and are then able to serve on panels as their schedule allows. If you are interested, contact Jordan Booker, doctoral student and chief justice of the GHS, at ghs@vt.edu. Scheduled training sessions:

  • Monday, Jan 27, 11:00am-12:00pm, GLC Room D
  • Thursday, Jan 30, 11:00am-12:00pm, GLC Room D
  • Friday, Jan 31, 1:00-2:00pm, GLC Room D

FREE ANXIETY AND OCD SUPPORT GROUP AVAILABLE
Tuesday, Jan 28, 7:00pm, VT Psychological Services Center (3110 Prices Fork Road)
Are you feeling overwhelmed by anxiety? Do you struggle with OCD? A free monthly support group meets the last Tuesday of every month. Join the group to learn more about anxiety disorders and OCD, hear success stories from those who have worked to overcome their anxiety and OCD, and receive support in an informal setting. Family members and significant others are also welcome. If you have questions or would like more information, please contact the Psychological Services Center at 231-6914, visit http://www.psyc.vt.edu/outreach/psc, or email doctoral student Brenna Maddox at bmaddox7@vt.edu.

RESUME WRITING WORKSHOP
Wednesday, Jan 29, 5:30-6:30pm, GLC Room G
Having a well-polished resume is the most critical step toward getting an interview. Start early to be ready for fall career fairs and on-campus interviews. Sponsored by Career Services. Contact Amy McPherson at amcphers@vt.edu if you have questions.

LUNCH WITH THE DEAN – REGISTRATION REQUIRED
Thursday, Jan 30, 12:00-1:00pm, GLC Room C
Meet Graduate School Dean Kr. Karen DePauw as well as several graduate student leaders at this free lunch and learn about the Dean’s latest plans for graduate education. Share your perspective in a casual, intimate setting. Register at https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1389723744595.

GLOBAL GAMES NIGHT
Thursday, Jan 30, 6:00-8:00pm, Squires Student Center BreakZONE
The Gamma Omega chapter of the Phi Beta Delta international honor society is hosting a ‘Global Games Night.’ Light refreshments will be served. Join this free social event to meet international students, VT students returning from overseas, and anyone interested in international education and opportunities. For more information contact Betty Watts (bettyw@vt.edu; 231-6452).

January 13-20, 2014

1.  WEEKLY SERVICES IN THE GLC
Our weekly services are on hiatus and will return when the spring semester begins on Jan 21. However, the GLC Café is still on on Thursdays 3:30-5:00pm, Reading Room

2. GLC CAFE
Thursday, Jan 16, 3:30-5:00pm, GLC Reading Room The GLC Café is offered throughout the year with free coffee, tea, and cookies in the company of your graduate-student and Grad-School colleagues. Bring your own mug if you can.

3. NEW STUDENT ORIENTATION CAFÉ
Friday, Jan 17, 3:30-5:00pm, GLC Lobby
Join new graduate students and enjoy free coffee, tea and snacks. Bring your own mug if you can!

4. REGISTER FOR GRAD COURSES FOR SPRING – 2nd posting
The Graduate School offers a number of interdisciplinary courses that broaden graduate students’ perspective on various subjects. Register now for a course on:

  • Academic integrity and plagiarism – online (GRAD 5014)
  • Career development for the future professional (GRAD 5304)
  • Research in international contexts (GRAD 5404)
  • or other courses.

See full list and descriptions at http://graduateschool.vt.edu/node/5857.

5. CALL FOR ABSTRACTS FOR FOREST RESOURCES/ENVIRON CONSERVATION GRAD SYMPOSIUM – 2nd posting
Held on Apr 1, 2014, the 6th annual forest resource and environmental conservation research symposium brings together graduate students from VT and other colleges and universities to communicate within and across disciplines and to build relationships with future colleagues and potential employers. Accommodations will be provided for presenters at the Inn at Virginia Tech. Abstracts are invited in the following areas: Forest Biometrics and Geomatics; Forest Ecology and Silviculture; Forest Economics and Policy; Urban Forestry; Forest Operations and Business; Forest Soils and Hydrology; Human Dimensions; Forest Genetics and Biotechnology. Submission deadline: Midnight, Jan 10, 2014. Abstracts can be up to 250 words and should include objectives and methods and will be judged based on relevancy to the symposium. Visit http://frec.vt.edu/grs/ for further information. Abstracts can be submitted through the website or at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/K7BKJ5H. Contact Beth Avera at bavera@vt.edu with any questions.

6. REGISTRATION IS OPEN FOR PAYROLL DEDUCTION OF COMP FEES FOR GRAD ASSISTANTS – 3rd posting
The registration system for paying comprehensive fees through payroll deduction for spring 2014 is now open.  Graduate students on an assistantship must either pay their comprehensive fees or enroll for payroll deductions by the payment deadline set by the Bursar’s Office.  To enroll in payroll deductions, login to Hokie SPA, choose University Account Information menu, and click on Graduate Students on Assistantship, enroll in Payroll Deduction. You must enroll in payroll deduction each semester in which you wish to take advantage of this opportunity. 

7. NOMINATIONS FOR GRADUATE STUDENT AWARDS OPEN UNTIL JAN 31
A number of prestigious awards are granted to graduate students each year, carrying a monetary prize ($200-$1000 each) and award certificate. Discuss the possibility of your nomination by your advisor/department for any of the following awards that will be given out during the Graduate School’s annual awards banquet on March 27, 2014:

  • Outstanding Dissertation in (1) math, sciences and engineering, and (1) in social sciences, business and humanities
  • Preston Society Master’s Thesis Award
  • Graduate Student Teaching Excellence (1) for GTA instructor of record (1) GTA instructor assistant
  • Graduate Student Service Excellence
  • Graduate Student of the Year (up to three awards given)
  • Outstanding master’s and doctoral student in each college and in interdisciplinary programs

More information about criteria, forms, and process for nomination are at: http://graduateschool.vt.edu/awards.

8. WAGE POSITION OPEN IN DIVISION OF STUDENT AFFAIRS HR – 1st posting
Graduate student applications are invited for a student wage position as HR Training Event Assistant in the Division of Student Affairs. Assistant will help with coordination of HR training sessions and other events, and with data entry, research, correspondence, reports, and other clerical duties. 10-15 hrs/wk, approx.. $10/hr. Must have some office/administrative experience and customer service skills. If interested or need more information, email letter of interest and resume to Greg Beecher, gbeecher@vt.edu.

9. RESEARCH PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR INTERFACE EVALUATION STUDY – 1st posting
Participants are needed for an interface evaluation study (about Mobile Augmented Reality (MAR) guidance application, IRB number: 13-236).  The study will last about 1 hour and take place in 530 Whittemore Hall. Compensation $10 for 1 hr. Requirements: Must be age 18-49; and must have used a touch-screen smartphone before. Your response will help in designing a MAR application that better fits your needs. If you’re interested, please contact Na Mi by phone at 540-577-9153 or by e-mail na8@vt.edu.

10. VOLUNTEERS SOUGHT FOR KIDS’ TECH UNIVERSITY PROGRAM – 2nd posting
The Virginia Bioinformatics Institute, Virginia 4-H, and other members of the VT community are asking for volunteers to assist with logistics of the spring 2014 Kids’ Tech University program (http://kidstechuniversity.vbi.vt.edu/), which brings about 450 kids ages 9-12 to VT to spark their  interest in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM disciplines). Volunteers are needed on any or all of the following days: Jan 25, Feb 22, Mar 22, and Apr 5, 2014 from 9:00am to 4:00pm. In the morning, there will be an interactive session followed by Q & A, a lunch break, then hands-on activities. If you can only be there for a portion of the time please let organizers know. If interested in volunteering, fill out this survey: https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1381347633696. Contact KTU’s volunteer coordinator, Ms. Maria Laubenbacher, maria@vbi.vt.edu, with questions.

11. CALL FOR RESEARCH PARTICIPANTS FOR LIFESTYLE AND CARDIOVASCULAR HEALTH STUDY – 2nd posting
Men and women 18-35 years old, who are sedentary or recreationally active are invited to participate in a cross-sectional study examining how lifestyle factors influence arterial health. 1-2 lab visits for a total of ~2 hours would be required. Measures include anthropometrics and body composition, surveys, a blood draw, and measurement of arterial health with an ultrasound and a small probe. Participants receive $50 upon study completion. E-mail Tanya (tanyamh@vt.edu) for more information.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

LUNCH WITH THE DEAN – REGISTRATION REQUIRED
Friday, Jan 24, 12:00-1:00pm, GLC Room C Meet Graduate School Dean Kr. Karen DePauw as well as several graduate student leaders at this free lunch and learn about the Dean’s latest plans for graduate education. Share your perspective in a casual, intimate setting. Register at https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1389213123668.

 

HONOR SYSTEM PANELIST TRAININGS

The Graduate Honor System is recruiting student and faculty volunteers to serve as panelists who, once trained, hear and decide on cases of academic and research integrity. Interested individuals need to attend a single one-hour training session and are then able to serve on panels as their schedule allows. If you are interested, contact Jordan Booker, doctoral student and chief justice of the GHS, at ghs@vt.edu. Scheduled training sessions:

– Monday, Jan 27, 11:00am-12:00pm, GLC Room D

– Thursday, Jan 30, 11:00am-12:00pm, GLC Room D

– Friday, Jan 31, 1:00-2:00pm, GLC Room D

January 6-12, 2014

1.  WEEKLY SERVICES IN THE GLC
Our weekly services are on hiatus and will return when the spring semester begins on Jan 21. However, the GLC Café is still on on Thursdays 3:30-5:00pm, Reading Room

2. GLC CAFE
Thursday, Jan 9, 3:30-5:00pm, GLC Reading Room The GLC Café is offered throughout the year with free coffee, tea, and cookies in the company of your graduate-student and Grad-School colleagues. Bring your own mug if you can. This week’s special: hot chocolate!

3. REGISTER FOR GRAD COURSES FOR SPRING – 1st posting
The Graduate School offers a number of interdisciplinary courses that broaden graduate students’ perspective on various subjects. Register now for a course on Academic integrity and plagiarism (GRAD 5014) Career development for the future professional (GRAD 5304) Research in international contexts (GRAD 5404) or other courses. See full list and descriptions at http://graduateschool.vt.edu/node/5857.

4. REGISTER FOR RAPE AGGRESSION DEFENSE SYSTEM COURSE – 1st posting Cranwell International Center and VT Police Department have partnered to offer a practical self-defense program taught by all female instructors. The Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) System is a 12 hour course for women only and is a comprehensive course that includes both classroom and practical components. In the classroom you will learn important information about awareness, prevention, risk reduction and avoidance. The practical component of the course teaches the basics of hands-on defense training. The RAD System is dedicated to teaching women defensive concepts and techniques against various type of assault, by utilizing easy, effective and proven self-defense/martial arts tactics. This class is taught over three days: Jan 27, Feb 3, and Feb 6, 6:30–9:30pm. To register for the RAD course, sign up at: https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1386796002692.

5. CALL FOR ABSTRACTS FOR FOREST RESOURCES/ENVIRON CONSERVATION GRAD SYMPOSIUM – 1st posting
Held on Apr 1, 2014, the 6th annual forest resource and environmental conservation research symposium brings together graduate students from VT and other colleges and universities to communicate within and across disciplines and to build relationships with future colleagues and potential employers. Accommodations will be provided for presenters at the Inn at Virginia Tech. Abstracts are invited in the following areas: Forest Biometrics and Geomatics; Forest Ecology and Silviculture; Forest Economics and Policy; Urban Forestry; Forest Operations and Business; Forest Soils and Hydrology; Human Dimensions; Forest Genetics and Biotechnology. Submission deadline: Midnight, Jan 10, 2014. Abstracts can be up to 250 words and should include objectives and methods and will be judged based on relevancy to the symposium. Visit http://frec.vt.edu/grs/ for further information. Abstracts can be submitted through the website or at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/K7BKJ5H. Contact Beth Avera at bavera@vt.edu with any questions.

6. REGISTRATION IS OPEN FOR PAYROLL DEDUCTION OF COMP FEES FOR GRAD ASSISTANTS – 2nd posting
The registration system for paying comprehensive fees through payroll deduction for spring 2014 is now open.  Graduate students on an assistantship must either pay their comprehensive fees or enroll for payroll deductions by the payment deadline set by the Bursar’s Office.  To enroll in payroll deductions, login to Hokie SPA, choose University Account Information menu, and click on Graduate Students on Assistantship, enroll in Payroll Deduction. You must enroll in payroll deduction each semester in which you wish to take advantage of this opportunity. 

7. NOMINATIONS FOR GRADUATE STUDENT AWARDS OPEN UNTIL JAN 31
A number of prestigious awards are granted to graduate students each year, carrying a monetary prize ($200-$1000 each) and award certificate. Discuss the possibility of your nomination by your advisor/department for any of the following awards that will be given out during the Graduate School’s annual awards banquet on March 27, 2014:

  • Outstanding Dissertation in (1) math, sciences and engineering, and (1) in social sciences, business and humanities
  • Preston Society Master’s Thesis Award
  • Graduate Student Teaching Excellence (1) for GTA instructor of record (1) GTA instructor assistant
  • Graduate Student Service Excellence
  • Graduate Student of the Year (up to three awards given)
  • Outstanding master’s and doctoral student in each college and in interdisciplinary programs

More information about criteria, forms, and process for nomination are at: http://graduateschool.vt.edu/awards.

8. JOIN NRV SINGLES FACEBOOK GROUP – 3rd posting
Join the New River Valley Singles Group on Facebook – a place where you can post event information and welcome others to join you, or look for events and meet new people. The group is open to all people in the area, not just Hokies, and there is no speed dating or formality behind it, just a way to get to know others. View the group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/nrvsingles/. This invitation is posted on behalf of grad student Chris Frisina, chrisfrisina@gmail.com.

9. VEHICLE REPAIR GROUP –  3rd posting
Got a vehicle to repair? This group works on them about once a month, and eat and drink while they do it. From water pumps to timing belts; from head gaskets to oil changes, there are vehicles, and they need work here and there. Chris has the majority of the tools, diagnostics tools, with some specialty ones, and connections to those that have the real oddball ones.  Start a discussion or get advice! View the Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/vtcarrepair/. This invitation is posted on behalf of grad student Chris Frisina, chrisfrisina@gmail.com.

10. CALL FOR ABSTRACTS FOR INTERDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH DAY POSTER SESSION – 3rd posting
The Interdisciplinary Research Honor Society (IDR) invites you to submit a 400-word abstract to take part in a poster session during the Annual Interdisciplinary Research Day, to be held at The Inn at Virginia Tech on Feb 27, 2014. Abstracts will be selected primarily based on the integration of interdisciplinary research into the author’s work. Submission deadline: Jan 25, 2014. To submit an abstract, fill out the form at https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1386293281414. Instruction for abstracts is available in this link. Abstract notifications will be sent on Feb 8. Contact Shelley Cooke (slcooke@vt.edu) or Souvick Chatterjee (souvick8@vt.edu) with any questions.

11. VOLUNTEERS SOUGHT FOR KIDS’ TECH UNIVERSITY PROGRAM – 1st posting
The Virginia Bioinformatics Institute, Virginia 4-H, and other members of the VT community are asking for volunteers to assist with logistics of the spring 2014 Kids’ Tech University program (http://kidstechuniversity.vbi.vt.edu/), which brings about 450 kids ages 9-12 to VT to spark their  interest in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM disciplines). Volunteers are needed on any or all of the following days: Jan 25, Feb 22, Mar 22, and Apr 5, 2014 from 9:00am to 4:00pm. In the morning, there will be an interactive session followed by Q & A, a lunch break, then hands-on activities. If you can only be there for a portion of the time please let organizers know. If interested in volunteering, fill out this survey: https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1381347633696. Contact KTU’s volunteer coordinator, Ms. Maria Laubenbacher, maria@vbi.vt.edu, with questions.

12. CALL FOR RESEARCH PARTICIPANTS FOR LIFESTYLE AND CARDIOVASCULAR HEALTH STUDY – 1st posting
Men and women 18-35 years old, who are sedentary or recreationally active are invited to participate in a cross-sectional study examining how lifestyle factors influence arterial health. 1-2 lab visits for a total of ~2 hours would be required. Measures include anthropometrics and body composition, surveys, a blood draw, and measurement of arterial health with an ultrasound and a small probe. Participants receive $50 upon study completion. E-mail Tanya (tanyamh@vt.edu) for more information.

December 16-20, 2013

1.  WEEKLY SERVICES IN THE GLC

Our weekly services are on hiatus and will return when the spring semester begins on Jan 21. However, the GLC Café is still on (except for Dec 26)!

2. GLC CAFÉ AND BOOKS SWAP – NOTE SPECIAL LOCATION!
Thursday, Dec 19, 3:30-5:00pm, GLC Lobby
Celebrate the end of the semester and the end of the year with the final café of 2013, combined with a book swap. Bring books and take some, or just take books to read during the break. Share your favorite titles with grad students and Grad School colleagues over coffee, tea, hot chocolate, hot cider, and cookies. Bring your own mug if you can. The café will be on a break on Dec 26, but will return on Jan 2!

3. END-OF-SEMESTER SURVIVAL GUIDE
Check out Student Centers and Activities at http://www.studentcenters.vt.edu/ for a listing of events, services and techniques that can help you get through the last and possibly most stressful week of the semester.

4. REGISTRATION IS OPEN FOR PAYROLL DEDUCTION OF COMP FEES FOR GRAD ASSISTANTS – 1st posting
The registration system for paying comprehensive fees through payroll deduction for spring 2014 is now open.  Graduate students on an assistantship must either pay their comprehensive fees or enroll for payroll deductions by the payment deadline set by the Bursar’s Office.  To enroll in payroll deductions, login to Hokie SPA, choose University Account Information menu, and click on Graduate Students on Assistantship, enroll in Payroll Deduction. You must enroll in payroll deduction each semester in which you wish to take advantage of this opportunity. 

5. INVITATION TO SERVE ON LIBRARY ADVISORY BOARD – 1st posting
Do you have opinions about the VT Library? Are there things that you would like to see more of? Things you’d want to change? Apply to join the inaugural Library Student Advisory Board so you can give feedback on current and prospective library programs, services, web pages, and extensive renovations. The library is currently seeking twenty students (u grad and grad) to help envision future directions of the library. Monthly meetings (including dinner) will begin February 2014. More info: http://www.lib.vt.edu/libnews/2013/2013-12-22.html.

6. JOIN NRV SINGLES FACEBOOK GROUP – 2nd posting
Join the New River Valley Singles Group on Facebook – a place where you can post event information and welcome others to join you, or look for events and meet new people. The group is open to all people in the area, not just Hokies, and there is no speed dating or formality behind it, just a way to get to know others. View the group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/nrvsingles/. This invitation is posted on behalf of grad student Chris Frisina, chrisfrisina@gmail.com.

7. VEHICLE REPAIR GROUP –  2nd posting
Got a vehicle to repair? This group works on them about once a month, and eat and drink while they do it. From water pumps to timing belts; from head gaskets to oil changes, there are vehicles, and they need work here and there. Chris has the majority of the tools, diagnostics tools, with some specialty ones, and connections to those that have the real oddball ones.  Start a discussion or get advice! View the Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/vtcarrepair/. This invitation is posted on behalf of grad student Chris Frisina, chrisfrisina@gmail.com.

8. CALL FOR ABSTRACTS FOR INTERDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH DAY POSTER SESSION – 2nd posting
The Interdisciplinary Research Honor Society (IDR) invites you to submit a 400-word abstract to take part in a poster session during the Annual Interdisciplinary Research Day, to be held at The Inn at Virginia Tech on Feb 27, 2014. Abstracts will be selected primarily based on the integration of interdisciplinary research into the author’s work. Submission deadline: Jan 25, 2014. To submit an abstract, fill out the form at https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1386293281414. Instruction for abstracts is available in this link. Abstract notifications will be sent on Feb 8. Contact Shelley Cooke (slcooke@vt.edu) or Souvick Chatterjee (souvick8@vt.edu) with any questions.

9. NOMINATIONS FOR GRADUATE STUDENT AWARDS NOW OPEN – 3rd posting
A number of prestigious awards are granted to graduate students each year, carrying a monetary prize ($200-$1000 each) and award certificate. Discuss the possibility of your nomination by your advisor/department for any of the following awards that will be given out during the Graduate School’s annual awards banquet on March 27, 2014:

  • Outstanding Dissertation in (1) math, sciences and engineering, and (1) in social sciences, business and humanities
  • Preston Society Master’s Thesis Award
  • Graduate Student Teaching Excellence (1) for GTA instructor of record (1) GTA instructor assistant
  • Graduate Student Service Excellence
  • Graduate Student of the Year (up to three awards given)
  • Outstanding master’s and doctoral student in each college and in interdisciplinary programs

More information about criteria, forms, and process for nomination are at: http://graduateschool.vt.edu/awards.

10. GRADUATE RESIDENTIAL FELLOW OPENING IN WEST AJ – 1st posting
Responsibilities: provide a strong presence in the "house" and the larger residential college; know each student living in West AJ; coordinate activities and experiences that facilitate an "ethos" of involvement, engagement, and community; serve as a role model; offer students friendship and mentorship; liaise between the house team, house council, and larger community of leadership in the residential college; serve as advisor for the House Council; conduct the room selection process for the house for returning students. Must invest min. 10hrs/wk in house community, be in good academic standing and have affinity for working with people and the residential experience. Compensation: receive single room at no cost in AJ. Email letter of interest, resume and names and contact of three references by Dec 18 to Joe Wilder, Student Life Coordinator, wilder@vt.edu, 231-0429.

11. CALL FOR SURVEY PARTICIPATION ON ADVANCED IN-VEHICLE TECHNOLOGY USE – 2nd posting
The Center for Sustainable Mobility at VT Transportation Institute initiated a survey to help with their research on future in-vehicle technology development. The survey is live at http://bit.ly/csmsurvey2013; please take a few minutes to complete it. Contact researchers at 540-231-8777 or via email (rkishore@vt.edu) if you have any questions or comments about the survey. Estimated survey burden is 3 to 5 minutes. All survey participants must be at least 18 years old.

12. CALL FOR RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM WEBSITE DESIGNER – 3rd posting
The GSA is looking for a web designer for the research symposium website.  Candidates should be proficient in Drupal and PHP coding and must be a VT student. Submit your resume and cover letter to Mordecai Harvey at mordie02@vt.edu by the end of Dec 9, 2013. 

UPCOMING EVENTS:

GLC CAFÉ 2014
Thursday, Jan 2, 3:30-5:00pm, Grad School lobby
The GLC café will return as soon as the university reopens after the holidays. Your usual coffee, tea, cookies, and maybe some other treats will await those who are around in early January.

FREE GRANT-WRITING WORKSHOP  — sign up now!
Friday, Jan 31, 2014, 1:00-4:00pm
Learn more about this introductory workshop at http://www.engage.vt.edu/event/free-grant-writing-workshop/, sponsored by Remember-Serve-Learn initiative. It is open to students and community partners interested in learning more about the grants process. In addition to grant writing, the process of finding and applying for grads will be covered, and available local grants will be discussed. Don’t wait to register! Space is limited to 30 people. For more info, contact Jessi at JessiLP2@vt.edu or (540) 231-0691. www. engage.vt.edu.

November 25 – December 1, 2013

1.  THANKSGIVING BREAK BUSINESS HOURS:

Graduate School hours:

  • Mon, Nov 25: 8:00am-5:00pm
  • Tue, Nov 26: 8:00am-5:00pm
  • Wed, Nov 27: 8:00am-12:00 noon

GLC hours: the GLC is closed for the break. Graduate students may access the first floor of the building with their valid Hokie passports.

2.  WEEKLY SERVICES IN THE GLC – on hiatus during the break 

3.  T-BREAK CHILI LUNCHEON
Monday, Nov 25, 11:30-1:00 in the GLC Multipurpose Room
You are not alone! Join others who don’t get to leave for Thanksgiving break and enjoy some wholesome home-cooked food (meat and vegetarian options) and conversation. The menu includes chili, rice and corn bread, brownies and banana pudding, brought to you by your friendly and caring GLC- and Grad-School staff.  80 people registered by Friday morning, but we cooked for 120. If you haven’t signed up yet but would like to come, please register here: https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1384783338781.

4. PIE DAY AT CRANWELL INTL CENTER
Tuesday, Nov 26,  12:00-2:00pm, Cranwell International Center
Pie Day is an annual tradition at the Cranwell International Center that fosters a feeling of community, friendship, and full stomachs! Join Cranwell staff for a meal of delicious pies, both savory and sweet. This event is open to everyone, with a special invitation to the international community for an opportunity to experience traditional foods and experiences of the Thanksgiving holiday. Contact Karen Howe at khowe@vt.edu with any questions.

5. START-UP CLASS FOR STUDENTS AND STUDENT TEAMS – 2nd posting
The StartUp Class is a semester-long course for teams of students who are interested in learning to become technology leaders and innovators through a structured curriculum that focuses on the development of a business model through customer discovery and assessment of product market fit. Teams will receive structured mentoring and have the opportunity to connect to professionals and fellow entrepreneurs.  This is not a lecture class; participants work on or form their own start up idea. This is a 3-credit elective for those who want to learn more about their own startup/business, open to any major and both grad and ugrad students. Offered Wednesdays, 4-7pm at the new incubator space in Collegiate Square (below the Next Door Bakery). If you are interested, contact startup@vt.edu.

6. CALL FOR APPLICATIONS FOR AEL NATIONAL GRAD HONOR SOCIETY – 2nd posting
Alpha Epsilon Lambda (AEL) was founded in 1990 specifically to honor academic excellence and leadership among graduate students.  The mission of AEL is to: confer distinction for high achievement; promote leadership development and scholarship; encourage intellectual development; enrich the intellectual environment of graduate education institutions; and encourage high standards of ethical behavior. Qualifications for membership are: (1) academic achievement in the top 35th percentile of the member’s degree program; (2) successful completion of 12 graduate credits and active enrollment in a degree program; (3) demonstrated leadership through involvement in on-campus or off-campus activities while a graduate student. Download application form at http://www.ael.graduateschool.vt.edu/application-process/ and email it to Marwa Abdel Latif at mka3@vt.edu. Submit your completed application by Jan 20.

7. CALL FOR NOMINATIONS FOR XCALIBER AWARD – 2nd posting
The XCaliber award recognizes faculty, graduate teaching assistants, and teams (faculty/ staff/ students) who have made notable contributions to integrating innovative technology in teaching and learning in a course or in a significant technology-enriched project. All graduate students and faculty are eligible for the award. If you know of someone who has done outstanding technology-enriched teaching and learning in 2013, or if you know of a group of individuals who have contributed to a significant technology-enriched project, please complete the online nomination form by Dec 6, 2013. Self-nominations are also welcome. For more information and to access the online nomination form, visit http://tlos.vt.edu/xcaliber_awards/.

8. CALL FOR GRAD DIVERSITY SCHOLAR NOMINATIONS – 3rd posting
Diversity scholars are graduate students who specialize in and advocate for the awareness, knowledge, and skills associated with diversity and inclusion. To learn more about the program, visit http://graduateschool.vt.edu/graduate_school/diversity/diversityscholars.html. Nominations are due by December 10, 2013 at https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1378238446124. Contact Dannette Beane with questions at dannette@vt.edu.

9. SIGN UP FOR LUNCH WITH UNIVERSITY ADMINS:  DEC 9
Over the course of the academic year the graduate representative to the Board of Visitors, Nick Warrington, hosts luncheons that bring graduate students and university administration together to have some dialog around graduate student needs/issues and the vision for Virginia Tech. In attendance at the luncheon are: President Steger, the provost, VP/dean of graduate education, and VP for student affairs. The final luncheon for this semester will be held on Monday, Dec 9. If you are interested in attending, please complete this survey: https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1382473967355.

10. DEANS FORUM ON GLOBAL ENGAGEMENT SURVEY – 1st posting
The Deans’ Forum on Global Engagement will be held March 25–27, 2014. Because this overlaps with the GSA’s Research Symposium on March 26, the Deans’ Forum organizing committee is looking to partner with the GSA by providing a parallel session focused on international careers. Organizers of the forum invite you to complete a short survey regarding your potential interest in a parallel session; your input will help guide the planning of the program. Access the survey at: https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_8HvS9KdeUJIGsER. For questions or feedback, contact: Kim Lester at kimml61@vt.edu.

11. RESEARCH SUBJECTS NEEDED FOR TRIP, FALL AND CATCH STUDY – 1st posting
Graduate student researchers are conducting a study to investigate tripping during normal walking while carrying a tool, and the subsequent fall. The study will take approximately 2 hours and will involve walking while carrying a load and a randomly induced trip. Separately, participants will fall onto a padded mat while their movements are recorded with motion tracking cameras. Finally, subjects will fall a short distance onto a hard surface to study how people catch themselves. Preferred qualifications are 35-60 years old, BMI >25, and able to carry a 40lb tool in hands. Additional participants outside of the parameters will also be accepted as space allows. Exclusion criteria are any chronic wrist, elbow, or shoulder injuries or any injuries to the wrist, elbow, or shoulder in the past year. Participants will be compensated $10 per hour. The protocols in this study have been approved by the VT IRB (13-505). If you are interested, please contact Peter Fino, 559 Whittemore Hall, fino@vt.edu.

12. SURVEY ON RELATION BETWEEN TRAFFIC CONTROL TECHNOLOGY AND SOCIAL IMPACTS – 1st posting
You are invited to complete a short survey about the relation between traffic control technology (e.g., traffic light) and social impacts (e.g., the effect on fulfilling your needs, the effect on fulfilling your rights, etc.). The information will be used for research purpose only, to help researchers determine social perspectives for designing control technology for self-driving vehicles. The survey should take you approximately 7 minutes and is available https://docs.google.com/forms/ d/1iQY_ Y1DaU9PHhC8chehn6N4S81KQRMr6DF 2OBOtPEXk/viewform. Your participation in this study is completely voluntary, and there are no more than minimal risks associated with participation. Your survey responses will be anonymous and confidential. Participants must be at least 18. If you have questions, contact Milos at 540-553-5949 or via email milosm@vt.edu.

13. MCPS SCHOOL LUNCH SURVEY FOR PARENTS OF K-5 CHILDREN – 2nd posting
If you are a parent of a child who attends public elementary school (pre-K through 5th grade) in Montgomery County, researchers are interested in your opinions about school lunches and packed lunches and how they affect your decision to participate in the National School Lunch Program. Complete the following short on-line survey at:  http://tinyurl.com/MCPSlunch, and you will be entered into a drawing for a $50 gift-card to Target or Wal-Mart.  For questions/comments please contact Alisha Farris at alisha@vt.edu or 501-358-9264. 

14. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR STUDY ON MOTHERS AND CHILDREN – 2nd posting
Are you a mother who sometimes worries or has fears? Do you have a child between 7 and 12 years of age? An ongoing study is investigating how mothers and children interpret situations in their day-to-day lives. The study is being conducted at the Child Study Center at 460 Turner Street, Suite 207, Blacksburg. For more information please contact Kristin Austin at momanxiety@vt.edu or call 540-231-8276. Compensation: $50.

15. VT CREW TEAM LOOKING FOR COACHES – 3rd posting
The Virginia Tech Crew Team is looking for dedicated and passionate individuals as coaches who are willing to coach a group of highly motivated students in Spring 2014.  Rowing or coxing experience is required, coaching experience is preferred but not required.  Contact virginiatechcrewteam@gmail.com for additional information.

16. INTERNATIONAL STUDENT PARTICIPANTS NEEDED TO COMPLETE SURVEY _ 3rd posting
International students are needed to complete a survey to help a graduate student collect data for a class assignment. The survey should take no more than 8-10 minutes of your time. The survey is about eating habits of international students in the U.S. compared to their eating habits in their country of origin. Complete the survey here: https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1382990524428. If you have questions, contact Christopher Plum, cplum004@vt.edu.

17. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR COUPLES, TALK AND TECHNOLOGY STUDY – 3rd posting
You are invited to participate in a study to investigate and explore how people talk with their partners about things that matter to them. Researchers will ask you and your partner to talk about something you disagree about, in one of several technological conditions. The study takes two hours to complete. The available time slots are every weekday, one session 3:00-5:00pm and another 5:30-7:30pm. If interested, email Samantha Yglesias at ygles07@vt.edu for more information, to request any of the available slots, or to request a different time slot. The study takes place in McBryde 133. Participating couples will be compensated $20.00 per person ($40.00 per couple).

18. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR FOCUS GROUP ON EATING HABITS – 3rd posting
Participants are sought for a focus group (Photovoice) to help researchers learn more about you and your family’s eating habits. Participants must attend one introduction meeting and three focus group discussions. You will take pictures of your weekly eating experiences using your cell phone camera or a camera that researchers could provide. Each focus group meeting should take between 60-90 minutes. Lunch will be provided. Participants will receive a total of $50 in a Target gift card for participating in and completing the study. Must be 18+, work part- or full-time, be a non-student, and have one child between the ages of 3-5. For more information or to sign up, please contact Lauren Kennedy (kennedy0@vt.edu) or (540)808-5358.

19. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR MANUAL MATERIAL HANDLING STUDY – 3rd posting
The study is about physical demands associated with panelized wall handling. Participants will be asked to perform different types of manual material handling tasks (e.g., lift, lower, carry), during which measurements of body motions and muscle activities will be obtained. The study includes 1 preliminary and 1 data collection session. The data collection session will last about ~4 hours. The compensation will be $10 per hour and plus $10 after completion. If interested in participating, contact Sunwook Kim at sunwook@vt.edu, 540-557-7763.

20. CHINESE AND INDIAN PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR DECISION MOTIVATIONS STUDY- 3rd posting
Are you an international student studying abroad or completing your degree at Virginia Tech? Were there specific motivations that affected your decision?  Researchers are interested in why Chinese and Indian students decide to attend Virginia Tech. The study consists of a 5-10 minute online survey where one (1) participant will be randomly selected to receive a $10 iTunes Card.  The online survey is available at https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_5cAJdXfY6utIwTz. If you have any questions regarding the questionnaire, please contact one of the co-researchers, Meghan Beardsley, at cinemeg2@vt.edu.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

GLC GAME NIGHT WITH CUPCAKES
Tuesday, Dec 3, 8:00pm, GLC Student Lounge
This is going to be a night of fun, games, more fun, and more games. If none of those appeal to you, then there will be cupcakes too. Come ready to make some friends, play games, and eat cupcakes. If you think you’ll be able to stop by, please sign up at https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1385092153597 to help organizers estimate food amounts.

September 2-8, 2013

1. WEEKLY SERVICES IN THE GLC

  • Career Services walk-in advising: Wednesdays 2:00-5:00pm, GLC Lobby
  • Cook Counseling walk-in services: Thursdays 1:00-5:00pm, Green Room
  • GLC Café: 3:30-5:00 every Thursdays, Reading Room – year round!
  • Writing Center walk-in assistance:  Thursdays 2-5pm, GLC Room D (additional hours available in the library)

 2. HOW TO MAKE ENDS MEET
Tuesday, Sep 3, 5:00-6:00pm, GLC Room D
Learn creative ways to live within a meager budget using money-saving strategies specific to the NRV.

3. JESUS & SCIENCE: A SCIENTIST’S JOURNEY OF FAITH
Tuesday, Sep 3, 7:00-8:00pm, Fralin Hall Auditorium
This lecture and dialogue will explore common ground between contemporary scientific inquiry and the story of Jesus of Nazareth. The presentation by Dr. Matthew Fleenor, associate professor of physics and astronomy at Roanoke College, will be followed by a dessert reception. Sponsored by InterVarsity Graduate Christian Fellowship.

4. FREETHINKERS AT VT MEETINGS
Tuesdays, starting Sep 3, 7:00pm, Squires Brush Mountain Room B
Freethinkers at VT is a student organization comprised of individuals interested in promoting and applying free thought. In addition to social outings to interesting movies, speakers, and debates, club members meet every Tuesday to hold lively discussions on religious, scientific, and philosophical topics. The club is open to grads, undergrads, faculty and staff. Current active members include approx. 30% graduate students. Freethinkers meetings are held every Tuesday at 7pm. At this meeting physics instructor Dr. Zack Lewis will be giving a presentation entitled "Secrets that Scientists Don’t Want You to Know About" discussing the ways that science is misappropriated in the public sphere. If interested, follow the group on Facebook or sign up for the Freethinkers listserv, "FREETHINKERS@listserv.vt.edu" or visit http://www.freeatvt.org/.

5. WORKING MOMS’ SUPPORT GROUP
Wednesday, Sep 4, 12:00pm, GLC Room C
This is an opportunity for working mothers to come together to share, vent, network, and support one another. September’s topic is: “Back to School”. To sign up for the listserv or for more information, contact Christine Dennis Smith at cdennis@vt.edu.

6. RESUME WRITING WORKSHOP
Wednesday, Sep 4, 5:30pm, GLC Room G
Having a well-polished resume is one of the most critical steps toward getting a job interview. Start early to ready for fall career fairs and on-campus interviews. Brought to you by the Smith Career Center, amcphers@vt.edu.

7. INTERVARSITY GRADUATE CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP
Wednesdays, starting Aug 28, 6:30pm, GLC Room B
InterVarsity Graduate Christian Fellowship meets weekly for a free dinner and interactive Bible discussion. All are welcome! Learn more at http://gcfvt.wordpress.com/.

8. DISSERTATION WRITING WORK GROUP (DWG)
Thursdays bi-weekly, starting Sep 5, 9:30am, Women’s Center
Organized by the Women’s Center, this work group is designed for women graduate students and post-docs who are working dissertation/thesis, preparing for prelim, or writing an article, and need some support, motivation, goal-setting, accountability, and a place to simply unwind during the research and writing phase. All are welcome! The Center has limited parking available. The fall DWG will meet on Thursday mornings @ 9:30AM at the Women’s Center on the following dates: 9/5, 9/19, 10/3, 10/17, 10/31, 11/14, 12/5.  If you have questions about the group, please contact Anna LoMascolo at 231-7806.

9. GLC CAFÉ
Thursday, Sep 5, 3:30-5:00pm GLC Reading Room or side patio if it’s not threatening rain
The GLC Café is offered throughout the year with free coffee, tea, and cookies in the company of your graduate-student and Grad-School colleagues.

10. CAREER FAIR PREPARATION WORKSHOP
Thursday, Sep 5, 5:30pm, GLC Room G
Learn how to present yourself to an employer and what to ask at a job fair. Contact Amy McPherson with any questions at amcphers@vt.edu.

11. HOW TO GET EXTERNAL FELLOWSHIPS IN HUMANITIES, SOCIAL & HUMAN SCIENCES & EDUCATION
Friday, Sep 6, 11:00am-1:00pm, GLC Room G
This information session is led by VT faculty from the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences: Tom Ewing, Erika Grafsky, Melanie Kiechle, and Petra Rivera-Rideau, and will include presentations by past holders of graduate fellowships from the Ford Foundation, Social Science Research Council, NIH, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the National Academy of Education / Spencer Foundation. Following the faculty presentations (11-12), the second part of the session (12-1) will provide additional information about locating fellowships, determining eligibility, and preparing proposals. Open to all graduate students. Registration is requested>>.  Direct questions to CLAHS Associate Dean Tom Ewing.

12. LUNCH WITH THE DEAN – REGISTER BY SEP 3
Friday, Sep 6, 12:00-1:00pm, GLC Room C
Meet Graduate School Dean Kr. Karen DePauw as well as several graduate student leaders at this free lunch and learn about the Dean’s latest plans for graduate education. Share your perspectives in a casual, intimate setting. Register by Tuesday, Sep 3.

13. GOBBLERFEST 2013
Friday, Sep 6, 4:00-8:00pm, Drillfield
Learn about VT organizations, the community of Blacksburg and local resources, and enjoy food, games and live music at this university-wide event that kicks off the new academic year.

14. FREE 2013-14 GRAD SCHOOL HANDBOOK AND PLANNERS IN GLC READING ROOM
Graduate students may pick up their free copy of the 2013-14 Graduate Student Handbook and Planner in the GLC Reading Room while supplies last. The planner includes 30 pages of customized information about graduate student life and resources, as well as monthly and weekly calendars for the year.

15. APPLICATIONS ACCEPTED TO INTERDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH HONOR SOCIETY -1st posting
Iota Delta Rho, the Interdisciplinary Research Honor Society at VT is accepting applications for membership from Monday, Sep 2 through midnight on Sunday, Sep 22.  IDR was founded at Virginia Tech in 2011 by graduate students promoting interdisciplinary cooperation and research at VT and all other colleges and universities. There are two levels of membership: full and associate.  Find membership application and information about the society online. Any questions about our memberships, the application package, or assistance with your application can be directed to Tammy Parece.

16. REGISTER NOW FOR TEAM DESIGN CONTEST FOR GRAD HOUSING COMPLEX – 2nd posting
Exercise your imagination and creativity in a short design contest (charrette) based on a real-world project that’s coming to Blacksburg. The challenge includes generating conceptual design and naming ideas for a new grad housing complex. Teams of up to three may compete for $100 gift certificates to local restaurants. Background in architecture, landscape architecture or construction is helpful but not required; interdisciplinary teams are encouraged. Paper, sketching tools and some modeling materials will be provided; teams may also use any tools and supplies they bring. The contest will take place on Friday, Sep 20, 1-5pm. Register online>> . Contact Monika Gibson with questions.

17. P.E.O. SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION FOR 2014-15 – 2nd posting
Local application deadline is Sep 16, 2013 for this merit-based $15K award for women in doctoral programs. Eligibility requirements: (1) must be nominated by a local P.E.O. chapter and must be a citizen of the US or Canada; (2) must be within two years of completing doctoral degree and have one full academic year of work left at the time of award payment (Aug 1, 2014); (3) must be enrolled full time in degree program at accredited college or university; (4) must demonstrate academic excellence, with a strong research path, publications, awards and service activities, have clearly defined career objectives, unique academic and global experiences, maturity,  and show promise of making a significant contribution to her field. Local application components: (1) 1-2 pg letter of application highlighting current work and career goals. (2) Resume. Send application to: Elva Miller, 205 Woods Edge Court, Blacksburg, VA 24060.  Questions: elva.miller@comcast.net or 951-8407.

18. REGISTER BY SEP 6 FOR PAYROLL DEDUCTION OF COMP FEES FOR GRAD ASSISTANTS
The registration system for paying comprehensive fees through payroll deduction now open.  Graduate students on an assistantship must either pay their comprehensive fees or enroll for payroll deductions no later than Sep 6, 2013.  To enroll in payroll deductions, login to Hokie SPA, choose University Account Information menu, and click on Graduate Students on Assistantship, enroll in Payroll Deduction. You must enroll in payroll deduction each semester in which you wish to take advantage of this opportunity. 

19. OPEN ENROLLMENT FOR STUDENT MEDICAL INSURANCE FOR 2013-14
Enroll now in the VT-sponsored student medical insurance plan through Aetna: the open enrollment period is from Jul 26-Sep 30. Read more at http://www.co.vt.edu/Risk/studenthealthinsr/.

20. REGISTER NOW FOR "COMMUNICATING SCIENCE" WORKSHOP
Learn more about effectively communicating your work to propel your research and career forward at this free event led by experts in scientific communication. This workshop will be on Oct. 18 (fall break), from 9:00am-2:00pm in the GLC Multipurpose Room. It is sponsored by the Science and Technology Policy Initiative and the Graduate Student Assembly and is open to all graduate students. Sessions will examine the topics of science communication techniques, science writing, science and the media, and communicating with policymakers.  Lunch will be provided.  Reserve your space by completing this short survey. Contact Anne Hyman at vtmaroon@vt.edu with any questions.

21. SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY POLICY INITIATIVE (STPI) FALL DISCUSSION SERIES
Join the STPI for lunch and learn how your work can have a broader impact on society at this brown bag science policy discussion series. Bring your lunch and join in on lively discussions led by experts on topics such as science graduate education policy; water quality and the CDC/EPA; science, intellectual property and innovation policy; and cognitive enhancements, ethics, and policy implications. These lunches will be on the second Tuesday of each month during the fall semester (Sep 10, Oct 8, Nov 12, and Dec 10), 12:00-1:00pm in GLC Room C.  Contact Anne Hyman at  vtmaroon@vt.edu with any questions.

22. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR DRIVING SIMULATOR STUDY – 1st posting
VT-SCORE (VT Signal Control & Operation Research and Education Systems lab) is conducting a driving simulator study to investigate driver behavior, performance, and attention when encountering the yellow light at signalized intersections. This is a multi-state study that looks at the effect of driver experience on driver behavior near traffic signals. The study will take no more than an hour, and your participation can contribute to the development of more intelligent control systems that could reduce crashes at signalized intersections and ultimately save lives. Participation is completely voluntary, and you will get a first-hand experience dealing with interesting driving simulation equipment. You can opt out of the experiment at any time. Must be licensed drivers and at least 18. Researchers are particularly interested in recruiting participants who are originally from VA, MD, and PA. Data obtained from the simulator will be confidential. If interested or have questions, contact grad student Sahar at 540-200-7560 or via email at sahargh@vt.edu.

23. FOUR- TO FOUR-AND-A-HALF-YEAR-OLD CHILDREN SOUGHT FOR STUDY – 1st posting
The VT C.A.P. Lab in the Psychology Department is conducting a new study focusing on children’s developing ability to control their actions during games like Simon Says. Researchers are looking for 4- to 4.5-year-old children to visit the lab for one to two hours. During this visit, researchers will play some fun word and movement games with participants. In addition to the games, they are interested in collecting information about the physiological components of the children’s abilities to control their actions.  If you are interested in this study, please contact Amanda Watson by phone (research lab-231-2320) or by e-mail (watsonaj@vt.edu).

24. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR STUDY ON PSYCHOLOGY OF MUSIC PREFERENCES – 2nd posting
This study aims to develop the fullest picture to date of people’s likes and dislikes in the field of music, examining music genre; the emotions that music arouse and personality, and how all these variables inter-relate. This study is the first to bring all of the variables together, allowing researchers to understand the relationships among variables and their impact. This study is organized by Queen’s University, an Irish University partnered with VT. Participation involves completing a number of questionnaires that are designed to measure a number of personal characteristics. Participation is voluntary and anonymous, and you can withdraw at any stage. It takes about 20 minutes to complete. If interested, please contact Gerard Breaden-Madden, postgraduate research student,  to participate or to request more information. This study is closing soon and participants are needed urgently.

25. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR “iGENERATION: THINKING ABOUT OURSELVES” STUDY – 2nd posting
Graduate students are needed for an anonymous online survey about their self-care and self-harm behaviors. The survey will be open through the end of the fall semester and takes approximately 45 minutes to complete. All participants must be 18 or older. Students not eligible for Sona extra credit will receive entry into a raffle for a chance to win one of four $20 cash prizes. To access the survey, visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/8MNR3PH. Please contact vtpilab@gmail.com with any questions or concerns.

26. PARTICIPATE IN GRAD HOUSING PREFERENCES SURVEY – 2nd posting
Dedicated graduate student and graduate family housing has been a concern of graduate students, the GSA and the Graduate School for several years now. The Graduate School was contacted by local developers for thoughts and suggestions about ways to improve the variety and availability of graduate housing within the Town of Blacksburg. We have developed this survey to inquire about your interest and needs for graduate housing. A site has already been identified and the local developers intend to begin construction of new housing in the South Main Kroger vicinity within the next 18-24 months. The survey will take approximately 10-12 minutes to complete. The information you provide will help us better understand the housing needs of our current and future graduate student community. Access the survey>>  

27. VT CREW TEAM SEEKS COACHES – 2nd posting
The VT Crew team is a club sport organization, run by students through the VT Recreational Sports Department.  Currently they are looking for coaches for the upcoming seasons. Must have coxing/rowing experience; coaching experience not required. If interested, please contact snolta92@vt.edu for more information.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

LIBRARY POWER HOUR
Tuesday, Sep 10, sessions at 10:00am and 2:00pm, Library Grad Lounge (416)
Regardless of your area of study, this session is an excellent opportunity to learn more about the variety of library resources and services available to grad students. Meet subject librarians, ask questions and gain key library orientation info. Sing up online https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1373565189378.

VOLUNTEER RECRUITMENT FAIR
Wednesday, Sep 11, 10:00am-1:00pm, Eggleston Quad outside Owens
                                       2:00pm, Squires Brush Mountain A, Speaker Dwight Vick
VT Engage invites all graduate students to pledge 20 hours of service between the National Day of Service (9/11) and the VT Day of Remembrance (4/16). Remembering, serving and learning is a way for the VT community to honor individuals affected by tragedies and to make a positive impact. For more information visit www.engage.vt.edu.

WHAT HAVE I GOTTEN MYSELF INTO?
Friday, Sep 13, 12:00-1:00pm, GLC Room D
If you’re a new graduate student who has asked yourself this question, the Graduate School wants you to know that you are not alone!  Come meet fellow graduate students, new and returning, to talk about graduate school as an exciting—but possibly overwhelming—life adventure. There will be pizza! If you plan to attend, please complete this survey.

December 2-8, 2013

1.  WEEKLY SERVICES IN THE GLC

  • Career Services walk-in advising: Wednesdays 2:00-5:00pm, GLC Lobby
  • Cook Counseling walk-in services: Thursdays and Fridays 1:00-5:00pm, Green Room
  • GLC Café: 3:30-5:00 every Thursday, Reading Room – year round!
  • Graduate School business hours: M,Tu,Th,F: 8:00am-5:00pm; W: 9:30am-5:00pm
  • Writing Center walk-in assistance:  Thursdays 2-5pm, GLC Room D (additional hours available in the library)

 2. EARN YOUR AMATEUR/HAM RADIO LICENSE
Tuesday, Dec 3, 7:00pm, Dogwood Room of Squires Student Center
The VT Amateur Radio Association (VTARA) will be giving amateur radio license exams for a fee of $15. For more information, visit http://www.vtara.org.vt.edu/?q=node/5 or contact Nathaniel Frissell at nafrissell@vt.edu. If you want to learn more about ham radio in general, visit http://www.arrl.org.

3. GLC GAME NIGHT WITH CUPCAKES
Tuesday, Dec 3, 8:00pm, GLC Student Lounge
This is going to be a night of fun, games, more fun, and more games. If none of those appeal to you, then there will be cupcakes too. Come ready to make some friends, play games, and eat cupcakes. If you think you’ll be able to stop by, please sign up at https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1385092153597 to help organizers estimate food amounts.

4. DOCUMENTARY FILM: SOMM
Wednesday, Dec 4, 7:00pm, theater in West Ambler Johnston
The Phi Beta Delta international honor society will show a documentary movie about four sommeliers who attempt to pass the Master Sommelier exam, a test with one of the lowest pass rates in the world. Following the screening there will be an international wine tasting at the Continental Divide. Both events are free but attendance is limited to 50 participants, so reservations are necessary. Please email Betty Watts at bettyw@vt.edu to RSVP or if additional information is required.

5. GLC CAFÉ: NOTHING SPECIAL THURSDAY
Thursday, Dec 5, 3:30-5:00pm GLC Reading Room
The GLC Café is offered throughout the year with free coffee, tea, and cookies in the company of your graduate-student and Grad-School colleagues.

6. NOMINATIONS FOR GRADUATE STUDENT AWARDS NOW OPEN – 1st posting
A number of prestigious awards are granted to graduate students each year, carrying a monetary prize ($200-$1000 each) and award certificate. Discuss the possibility of your nomination by your advisor, department or fellow student for any of the following awards that will be given out during the Graduate School’s annual awards banquet on March 27, 2014:

  • Outstanding Dissertation in (1) math, sciences and engineering, and (1) in social sciences, business and humanities
  • Preston Society Master’s Thesis Award
  • Graduate Student Teaching Excellence (1) for GTA instructor of record (1) GTA instructor assistant
  • Graduate Student Service Excellence
  • Graduate Student of the Year (up to three awards given)
  • Outstanding master’s and doctoral student in each college and in interdisciplinary programs

More information about criteria, forms, and process for nomination are at: http://graduateschool.vt.edu/awards.

7. CALL FOR RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM WEBSITE DESIGNER – 1st posting
The GSA is looking for a web designer for the research symposium website.  Candidates should be proficient in Drupal and PHP coding and must be a VT student. Submit your resume and cover letter to Mordecai Harvey at mordie02@vt.edu by the end of Dec 9, 2013. 

8. START-UP CLASS FOR STUDENTS AND STUDENT TEAMS – 3rd posting
The StartUp Class is a semester-long course for teams of students who are interested in learning to become technology leaders and innovators through a structured curriculum that focuses on the development of a business model through customer discovery and assessment of product market fit. Teams will receive structured mentoring and have the opportunity to connect to professionals and fellow entrepreneurs.  This is not a lecture class; participants work on or form their own start up idea. This is a 3-credit elective for those who want to learn more about their own startup/business, open to any major and both grad and ugrad students. Offered Wednesdays, 4-7pm at the new incubator space in Collegiate Square (below the Next Door Bakery). If you are interested, contact startup@vt.edu.

9. CALL FOR APPLICATIONS FOR AEL NATIONAL GRAD HONOR SOCIETY – 3rd posting
Alpha Epsilon Lambda (AEL) was founded in 1990 specifically to honor academic excellence and leadership among graduate students.  The mission of AEL is to: confer distinction for high achievement; promote leadership development and scholarship; encourage intellectual development; enrich the intellectual environment of graduate education institutions; and encourage high standards of ethical behavior. Qualifications for membership are: (1) academic achievement in the top 35th percentile of the member’s degree program; (2) successful completion of 12 graduate credits and active enrollment in a degree program; (3) demonstrated leadership through involvement in on-campus or off-campus activities while a graduate student. Download application form at http://www.ael.graduateschool.vt.edu/application-process/ and email it to Marwa Abdel Latif at mka3@vt.edu. Submit your completed application by Jan 20.

10. CALL FOR NOMINATIONS FOR XCALIBER AWARD – 3rd posting
The XCaliber award recognizes faculty, graduate teaching assistants, and teams (faculty/ staff/ students) who have made notable contributions to integrating innovative technology in teaching and learning in a course or in a significant technology-enriched project. All graduate students and faculty are eligible for the award. If you know of someone who has done outstanding technology-enriched teaching and learning in 2013, or if you know of a group of individuals who have contributed to a significant technology-enriched project, please complete the online nomination form by Dec 6, 2013. Self-nominations are also welcome. For more information and to access the online nomination form, visit http://tlos.vt.edu/xcaliber_awards/.

11. DEANS FORUM ON GLOBAL ENGAGEMENT SURVEY – 2nd posting
The Deans’ Forum on Global Engagement will be held March 25–27, 2014. Because this overlaps with the GSA’s Research Symposium on March 26, the Deans’ Forum organizing committee is looking to partner with the GSA by providing a parallel session focused on international careers. Organizers of the forum invite you to complete a short survey regarding your potential interest in a parallel session; your input will help guide the planning of the program. Access the survey at: https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_8HvS9KdeUJIGsER. For questions or feedback, contact: Kim Lester at kimml61@vt.edu.

12. RESEARCH SUBJECTS NEEDED FOR TRIP, FALL AND CATCH STUDY – 2nd posting
Graduate student researchers are conducting a study to investigate tripping during normal walking while carrying a tool, and the subsequent fall. The study will take approximately 2 hours and will involve walking while carrying a load and a randomly induced trip. Separately, participants will fall onto a padded mat while their movements are recorded with motion tracking cameras. Finally, subjects will fall a short distance onto a hard surface to study how people catch themselves. Preferred qualifications are 35-60 years old, BMI >25, and able to carry a 40lb tool in hands. Additional participants outside of the parameters will also be accepted as space allows. Exclusion criteria are any chronic wrist, elbow, or shoulder injuries or any injuries to the wrist, elbow, or shoulder in the past year. Participants will be compensated $10 per hour. The protocols in this study have been approved by the VT IRB (13-505). If you are interested, please contact Peter Fino, 559 Whittemore Hall, fino@vt.edu.

13. SURVEY ON RELATION BETWEEN TRAFFIC CONTROL TECHNOLOGY AND SOCIAL IMPACTS – 2nd posting
You are invited to complete a short survey about the relation between traffic control technology (e.g., traffic light) and social impacts (e.g., the effect on fulfilling your needs, the effect on fulfilling your rights, etc.). The information will be used for research purpose only, to help researchers determine social perspectives for designing control technology for self-driving vehicles. The survey should take you approximately 7 minutes and is available online. Your participation in this study is completely voluntary, and there are no more than minimal risks associated with participation. Your survey responses will be anonymous and confidential. Participants must be at least 18. If you have questions, contact Milos at 540-553-5949 or via email milosm@vt.edu.

14. MCPS SCHOOL LUNCH SURVEY FOR PARENTS OF K-5 CHILDREN – 3rd posting
If you are a parent of a child who attends public elementary school (pre-K through 5th grade) in Montgomery County, researchers are interested in your opinions about school lunches and packed lunches and how they affect your decision to participate in the National School Lunch Program. Complete the following short on-line survey at:  http://tinyurl.com/MCPSlunch, and you will be entered into a drawing for a $50 gift-card to Target or Wal-Mart.  For questions/comments please contact Alisha Farris at alisha@vt.edu or 501-358-9264. 

15. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR STUDY ON MOTHERS AND CHILDREN – 3rd posting
Are you a mother who sometimes worries or has fears? Do you have a child between 7 and 12 years of age? An ongoing study is investigating how mothers and children interpret situations in their day-to-day lives. The study is being conducted at the Child Study Center at 460 Turner Street, Suite 207, Blacksburg. For more information please contact Kristin Austin at momanxiety@vt.edu or call 540-231-8276. Compensation: $50.