May 15-21, 2017

1.  WEEKLY WALK-IN SERVICES IN THE GLC – last updated 5/8/2017

– Career Advising: on hiatus for the summer
– Cook Counseling: Th, F 1:00-5:00pm, Green Room
– Graduate School regular hours: 8:00am-5:00pm; summer hours of 9:00-4:00 begin 5/15/17
– Immigration advising hours: MWF 1:00-5:00pm, TTh 9:00am-12:00pm; summer hours begin 5/15
– Writing assistance: reserve appointment at http://www.lib.vt.edu/spaces/writing/.

2. OLYMPIC TAEKWONDO CLUB AT VIRGINIA TECH OPEN WORKOUT
Monday, May 15, 8:00pm-9:00pm, 915 Hethwood Boulevard
Ever wanted to try a martial art? Need a break from working on you research and thesis? Want to do something different this summer? Now’s your chance! The Olympic Taekwondo Club is holding an open workout for anyone who is interested in trying taekwondo. No experience is necessary and everyone is welcome. For more information, contact Casey Denham at cldenham@vt.edu .

3. GLC CAFÉ: JEGES KÁVÉ EDITION (LOOK IT UP)
Thursday, May 18, 3:30-5:00pm, Graduate School lobby
Enjoy free coffee, tea, and cookies in the company of fellow graduate students and Grad School staff; network, socialize, relax! Bring your own mug if you can. The café will move to the Graduate School lobby and patio for the summer while the elevator is being replaced.

4. GRADUATE SCHOOL SUMMER HOURS STARTING 5/15 – 2nd posting
Starting Monday, May 15, the Graduate School’s offices in the GLC will operate with summer hours, 9:00am-4:00pm daily, with student services opening at 9:30 on Wednesdays. Immigration walk-in advising hours in the summer are MWF 1:00-4:00pm, TTh 9:00am-12:00pm. The Graduate Life Center remains accessible 24/7 to all graduate students with a valid Hokie Passport. A secure drop box is available for form submissions immediately outside GLC 120.

5. COMMUNITY CHANGE LOOKING FOR EDITORIAL BOARD MEMBERS & PEER REVIEWERS – 2nd  posting
Community Change is an online, peer-reviewed, graduate student journal that seeks to explore multiple approaches to democratic community development and change. This interdisciplinary journal examines the practices, processes, and individual and collective struggles that produce change at all levels of society. Community Change adopts a broad definition of community development that includes issues relating to public policy, democratization, collective action, physical and social infrastructure developments, agency, and efficacy. Visit their website and view the first issue at communitychange.ipg.vt.edu. If you are interested in learning more about the journal and how to get involved, email communitychange@vt.edu .

6. GA POSITION IN GLOBAL EDUCATION OFFICE – 3rd posting
The VT Global Education Office is seeking a Graduate Assistant for the 2017–2018 academic year. The GA plays a vital role in achieving the mission of the office in expanding study abroad capacity and opportunities. The position is an excellent opportunity for students interested in a career in international education. For more information and to apply, see here:  http://www.globaleducation.vt.edu/?go=GAapplication.

7. WAGE POSITION: CLASSROOM HELPERS SOUGHT FOR LITTLE HOKIE HANGOUT – 3rd posting
Looking for a summer job? The Little Hokie Hangout is looking for a few Classroom Helpers! Good pay, and you’ll have a blast playing with kids all morning over the summer. Please email childcare@vt.edu <mailto:childcare@vt.edu>  if you are interested, and include some information about yourself that would be relevant to child care and/or early education.

8. VOLUNTEERS SOUGHT FOR BBURG FARMER’S MARKET – 2nd posting
Volunteers are needed at the Blacksburg Farmer’s Market during the summer to help run the information booth on market days of Wednesdays and Saturdays in 3-hour shifts. Wednesday the market is open 12:00-6:00pm; shifts are 12:00-3:00 and 3:00-6:00. Saturday the market is open 8:00 am-2:00pm; shifts are 8:00-11:00am and 11:00am-2:00pm. The Farmer’s Market is on the corner of Draper Road and Roanoke St. For more info or to sign up: https://signup.com/client/invitation/6775657374/1219389/false#!1219389/false/false . If you have any questions, contact grad student Aubrey Stephenson at aubb0b@vt.edu.

9. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR STUDY WITH CHILDREN WITH ASD – 2nd posting
Participants sought for research treatment study that targets both child language skills and parent stress. Researchers will teach language skills to children 1.5-6 year-old children using Pivotal Response Treatment (PRT), while adding either mindfulness-based techniques or psycho-education material to provide new ways to increase well-being. There will be a 50% chance of being placed in the mindfulness group. Parents and children will complete a pre-treatment screening visit, 15 treatment visits (11 group sessions 2 hours in length targeting PRT skills, 4 individual PRT sessions), a post-treatment visit and a follow-up visit. Only parents will attend the group meetings. There is slight risk to participating, due to time commitment required to learn and practice a new set of skills as well as a new environment for children. Participants will be compensated (up to $60) and may also benefit from learning new skills. If interested or want to learn more, email vatechprt@gmail.com.

10. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR SOCIAL ANXIETY DISORDER STUDY – 2nd posting
VT researchers seek young adults with Social Anxiety Disorder SAD for a treatment study. Participants will receive a new computer-based intervention with automated performance feedback with the goal to help people improve their ability to recognize and accurately interpret social signals in other people. Participants will be offered a no-cost experimental treatment and be compensated up to $80.00. Must be 18-29 of age; have a SAD diagnosis or strongly suspect SAD. Participants will take part in 1-2 assessment visits to confirm fit for study, lasting about 2 hrs. If eligible, complete 6 treatment sessions during which you will wear a HoloLens (i.e. virtual reality headset) to interact with a computerized program, like in a video-game. If interested or would like more information, contact the Child Study Center at (540) 231-8276 or at childstudycenter@gmail.com .

May 8-14, 2017

1.  WEEKLY WALK-IN SERVICES IN THE GLC – last updated 5/8/2017

– Career Advising: on hiatus for the summer
– Cook Counseling: Th, F 1:00-5:00pm, Green Room
– Graduate School regular hours: 8:00am-5:00pm; summer hours of 9:00-4:00 begin 5/15/17
– Immigration advising hours: MWF 1:00-5:00pm, TTh 9:00am-12:00pm; summer hours begin 5/15
– Writing assistance: reserve appointment at http://www.lib.vt.edu/spaces/writing/.

2. GRADUATE COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY
Thursday, May 11, 2:30pm, Cassell Coliseum
The Graduate School invites all graduating graduate students and their families to its spring commencement ceremony. The event will be streamed live on VT’s website. Learn more about commencement ceremonies at http://www.vt.edu/commencement/.

3. GLC CAFÉ
Thursday, May 11, 3:30-5:00pm, GLC Reading Room
Enjoy free coffee, tea, and cookies in the company of fellow graduate students and Grad School staff; network, socialize, relax! Bring your own mug if you can.

4. GRADUATE SCHOOL SUMMER HOURS STARTING 5/15 – 1st posting
Starting Monday, May 15, the Graduate School’s offices in the GLC will operate with summer hours, 9:00am-4:00pm daily, with student services opening at 9:30 on Wednesdays. Immigration walk-in advising hours in the summer are MWF 1:00-4:00pm, TTh 9:00am-12:00pm. The Graduate Life Center remains accessible 24/7 to all graduate students with a valid Hokie Passport. A secure drop box is available for form submissions immediately outside GLC 120.

5. COMMUNITY CHANGE LOOKING FOR EDITORIAL BOARD MEMBERS & PEER REVIEWERS – 1st posting
Community Change is an online, peer-reviewed, graduate student journal that seeks to explore multiple approaches to democratic community development and change. This interdisciplinary journal examines the practices, processes, and individual and collective struggles that produce change at all levels of society. Community Change adopts a broad definition of community development that includes issues relating to public policy, democratization, collective action, physical and social infrastructure developments, agency, and efficacy. Visit their website and view the first issue at communitychange.ipg.vt.edu. If you are interested in learning more about the journal and how to get involved, email communitychange@vt.edu.

6. GRADUATE RESEARCH ON VIOLENCE PROGRAM ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS – 3rd posting
The Center for Peace Studies and Violence Prevention (CPSVP) is accepting applications for the Graduate Research on Violence Program. The aim of this program is to provide graduate students support for conducting thesis or dissertation research pertaining to issues of violence. Proposals are welcome from students in all departments, centers, and programs at Virginia Tech.  The funded student is expected to be a full-time, graduate student in good standing, and the research/scholarship is expected to be grounded in the social sciences, humanities, or arts. Applications are due June 15, 2017. The Research on Violence Program anticipates making three awards in the range of $1,000 to $1,500. The research can address any aspect of inter-personal, institutional, group, collective, cultural, or structural violence.  For more information and the full Call for Applications, please contact amys@vt.edu.

7. GA POSITION IN CTR FOR INSTRUCTIONAL DEV & EDU RESEARCH (COMM/PR)– 1st posting
The Center for Instructional Development and Educational Research (CIDER) seeks a graduate student with strong organization and communication skills and an interest in promoting instructional development. Duties include planning and completion of communications projects; managing social media; website development and management; graphic design for marketing materials, educational modules, and online resources; and other duties as assigned.  Must have mature and professional demeanor, a positive and approachable attitude, and the ability to communicate with diverse groups of faculty, staff, and students; graphic design experience; ability to work independently and in a team, have strong organizational skills, and be flexible. Previous experience writing journalistic, public relations, and/or marketing pieces; managing social media; and designing online resources is desired.  9-month GA appointment, 20 hrs/wk, stipend (step 13). If interested, email cover letters and CVs by May 12, 2017 to Danielle Lusk, Associate Director, at dlusk@vt.edu. Indicate that you are applying for the communication/PR graduate assistantship in your email.

8. GA POSITION IN CTR FOR INSTRUCTIONAL DEV & EDU RESEARCH (ED RES)– 1st posting
The Center for Instructional Development and Educational Research (CIDER) seeks a graduate student with strong research skills and an interest in instructional development and research. Duties involve assisting faculty with scholarship of teaching and learning project; conducting literature reviews, researching and finding appropriate measures and tools, assisting with data collection and analysis; and other duties as assigned. Must have knowledge of and interest in the foundational principles of educational psychology, teaching and learning, and/or educational research; mature and professional demeanor, a positive and approachable attitude, and the ability to communicate with diverse groups of faculty, staff, and students. Strong written and oral communication skills are required, as well as ability to work both independently and in a team, have strong organizational skills, and be flexible. 9-month GA, 20 hours/week, stipend (step 13). If interested, email cover letters and CVs by May 12, 2017 to Danielle Lusk, Associate Director, at dlusk@vt.edu. Indicate that you are applying for the educational research graduate assistantship in your email.

9. GA POSITION IN GLOBAL EDUCATION OFFICE – 2nd posting
The VT Global Education Office is seeking a Graduate Assistant for the 2017–2018 academic year. The GA plays a vital role in achieving the mission of the office in expanding study abroad capacity and opportunities. The position is an excellent opportunity for students interested in a career in international education. For more information and to apply, see here:  http://www.globaleducation.vt.edu/?go=GAapplication.

10. WAGE POSITION: CLASSROOM HELPERS SOUGHT FOR LITTLE HOKIE HANGOUT – 2nd posting
Looking for a summer job? The Little Hokie Hangout is looking for a few Classroom Helpers! Good pay, and you’ll have a blast playing with kids all morning over the summer. Please email childcare@vt.edu if you are interested, and include some information about yourself that would be relevant to child care and/or early education.

11. WEB DESIGN AND DEVELOPMENT SUMMER WAGE POSITION – 2nd posting
VT’s Office of Academic Decision Support is looking for a graduate student for summer 2017.
Primary duties include designing and creating web site/web-application. Must have strong and verifiable UI/UX and web programming skills. Hours per week: 20-40/wk. Potential for fall assistantship for qualified candidate. Required qualifications: UI/UX design and development skills; knowledge of web markup and scripting languages: HTML5, CSS3, Javascript and jQuery with an understanding translating mockups to code; demonstrated evidence in UI/UX design and development; evidence of creativity and innovation; ability to work in collaborative environment; excellent interpersonal and communication skills. Preferred skills: knowledge of server-side CSS pre-processing platforms, such as LESS and SASS; experience with web frameworks/CMS; experience in Javascript/jQuery; web app design and/or development experience. To apply, email CV with links to supplementary materials such as sample websites/applications and code repositories along with names and contact information of 2-3 references to Daniel Hung, chung@vt.edu.

12. COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING GA OPENING IN IT – 2nd posting
The College of Engineering Dean’s Suite has a GA opening in IT, to help  maintain the Dean’s Suite IT assets, including helping student consultants in the Software Assistance and Triage and providing support for student labs (Ware Lab and Invents Lab). Apply by May 4 by sending a cover letter and resume via email to ipitadmin@vt.edu  in a single file including both your cover letter and resume in .pdf format. Name your file “lastname_firstname.pdf”.  Required Qualifications: Strong technical skills including in-depth knowledge of Windows and familiarity installing hardware; familiarity with a wide variety of Engineering software packages; excellent oral and written communication skills; detailed orientated and have strong problem solving skills; bust be able to develop and complete projects independently. Preferred: Comptia A+ or Microsoft certifications; experience troubleshooting and resolving technology related issues; previous experience using DeepFreeze, and providing technical support to users; familiarity with Mac Operating system.

13. GA POSITION IN UNIVERSITY LIBRARIES FOR 2017-18 – 3rd posting
The Research and Informatics Division of University Libraries has a full Graduate Assistant (GA) opening (20 hrs/wk) for the 2017-18 academic year. Position reports directly to the data and informatics consultant for the sciences. The position focuses on learning and assessing the needs and landscape of the growing area of health sciences at Virginia Tech relevant to health analytics. The ideal applicant will have experience and knowledge relevant to human studies (e.g. public health, human development, psychology encouraged) and/or higher education administration. Please see the application form for all responsibilities, required and preferred qualifications. Find the application here: https://goo.gl/forms/t2wNmXrcoza15x772.

14. GA POSITION IN GRAD SCHOOL FOR 2017-18 – 3rd posting
The Graduate School Student Services office is looking for a full-time graduate assistant (GA) to provide administrative and program-specific support for student services in the GLC. Duties include planning and executing orientation and educational programs, coordinating activities, managing communication, creating promotional materials, and assisting with other administrative duties as assigned. Excellent organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills (written and verbal) and ability to work independently as well as in a team are a must. Experience with program planning and execution and familiarity with GLC and VT services is preferred. Position to start on Aug 1. To apply, submit a resume and cover letter highlighting relevant organizational experiences, and one letter of reference to Graduate Student Services Office, grads@vt.edu;  120 GLC, Graduate School 0325, or by fax to 231-3714 by Friday, May 12. Selected applicants will be contacted for an interview in May.

15. VOLUNTEERS SOUGHT FOR BBURG FARMER’S MARKET – 1st posting
Volunteers are needed at the Blacksburg Farmer’s Market during the summer to help run the information booth on market days of Wednesdays and Saturdays in 3-hour shifts. Wednesday the market is open 12:00-6:00pm; shifts are 12:00-3:00 and 3:00-6:00. Saturday the market is open 8:00 am-2:00pm; shifts are 8:00-11:00am and 11:00am-2:00pm. The Farmer’s Market is on the corner of Draper Road and Roanoke St. For more info or to sign up: https://signup.com/client/invitation/6775657374/1219389/false#!1219389/false/false. If you have any questions, contact grad student Aubrey Stephenson at aubb0b@vt.edu.

16. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR STUDY WITH CHILDREN WITH ASD – 1st posting
Participants sought for research treatment study that targets both child language skills and parent stress. Researchers will teach language skills to children 1.5-6 year-old children using Pivotal Response Treatment (PRT), while adding either mindfulness-based techniques or psycho-education material to provide new ways to increase well-being. There will be a 50% chance of being placed in the mindfulness group. Parents and children will complete a pre-treatment screening visit, 15 treatment visits (11 group sessions 2 hours in length targeting PRT skills, 4 individual PRT sessions), a post-treatment visit and a follow-up visit. Only parents will attend the group meetings. There is slight risk to participating, due to time commitment required to learn and practice a new set of skills as well as a new environment for children. Participants will be compensated (up to $60) and may also benefit from learning new skills. If interested or want to learn more, email vatechprt@gmail.com <mailto:vatechprt@gmail.com> .

17. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR SOCIAL ANXIETY DISORDER STUDY – 1st posting
VT researchers seek young adults with Social Anxiety Disorder SAD for a treatment study. Participants will receive a new computer-based intervention with automated performance feedback with the goal to help people improve their ability to recognize and accurately interpret social signals in other people. Participants will be offered a no-cost experimental treatment and be compensated up to $80.00. Must be 18-29 of age; have a SAD diagnosis or strongly suspect SAD. Participants will take part in 1-2 assessment visits to confirm fit for study, lasting about 2 hrs. If eligible, complete 6 treatment sessions during which you will wear a HoloLens (i.e. virtual reality headset) to interact with a computerized program, like in a video-game. If interested or would like more information, contact the Child Study Center at (540) 231-8276 or at childstudycenter@gmail.com.

18. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR EYE GAZE AND EMOTIONS STUDY – 3rd posting
Is your child: Bold and fearless? Not worried about their behavior? Insensitive to others?  Uncaring? Join the Eye Gaze & Emotions (EGE) Study. 2 hour research study for children ages 6 to 10 with flexible scheduling. The child will play a feelings-matching game and a sticker sharing game. A parent will complete questionnaires about their child’s behavior. Parents will receive between $10-$30 and the child earns a small toy. For more information, call or email Lauren at: (540) 231-9735    EyeGazeEmotions@gmail.com <mailto:EyeGazeEmotions@gmail.com>  [IRB 15-575]

19. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR VTTI RESEARCH STUDY – 3rd posting
The Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI) is seeking drivers with a valid U.S. driver’s license who are 30-75 years of age and must meet the following criteria: drive one of the following types of vehicles: Lincoln, Cadillac, Audi, Lexus, Acura, Infiniti, Volvo, Tesla, VMW, or Mercedes, must be 2015 model or newer.  The project request two visits scheduled about a week apart. Session one is approximately 1.5 hours and session two is about 4 hours. The project pays $60 to fully participate in the first session and $120 for participation in the second session, for a possible total of $180.  If you are interested, please contact 540.231.0988 or email drivers@vtti.vt.edu <mailto:drivers@vtti.vt.edu> . Reference “the Emerald-36 study” in your message.

20. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR RESEARCH STUDY – 3rd posting
VT researches are currently seeking participants aged 18 and older for a research study involving making interactive decisions on a computer and completing surveys.  The study will take place in the VT Economics Laboratory in 2088 Derring Hall. The study will take about 1.5 to 2 hours to complete.  Participants will receive $10 and may receive up to an additional $25 depending on choices made by you and the other participants.  All compensation will be paid in cash at the conclusion of the experiment.  If you are interested in participating, or if you have any questions, please email vteconlab@gmail.com <mailto:vteconlab@gmail.com>  or contact Zhuncheng Li at 434.851.6920.

 

 

May 1-7, 2017

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

– Career Advising: W 2:00-5:00pm, Info kiosk in lobby
– Cook Counseling: Th, F 1:00-5:00pm, Green Room
– Graduate School regular hours: 8:00am-5:00pm;
– Immigration advising hours: MWF 1:00-5:00pm, TTh 9:00am-12:00pm;
– Writing assistance: reserve appointment at http://www.lib.vt.edu/spaces/writing/.
– Write-in with grads: Wednesdays 9:00-12:00, Room D

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

3. GLC CAFÉ: READING DAY TREATS
Thursday, May 4, 3:30-5:00pm, GLC Reading Room
Enjoy free coffee, tea, and cookies in the company of fellow graduate students and Grad School staff; network, socialize, relax! Bring your own mug if you can.

4. BEYOND THE PROFESSORIATE CONFERENCE GROUP TICKETS – 2nd posting
Interested in learning more about post-grad career paths?  Looking for more professional development opportunities?  Feel like you want to stay at home all day and network over the web?  If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, the Beyond the Professoriate Conference is for you!  Taking place on May 6th and May 13th, the conference will feature webinars on various career topics and professional development strategies, but these videos will be available to all registed attendees to watch for 21 days post conference.  The GSA is buying group tickets, reducing the rate to $40.  If you would like to purchase a group ticket, please fill out the following survey:  https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3mHwSfl1khWDVIN.  For more information, check out the Beyond the Professoriate Conference page online, or contact Kisha Gresham at kiwi@vt.edu.

5. GRADUATE RESEARCH ON VIOLENCE PROGRAM ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS – 2nd posting
The Center for Peace Studies and Violence Prevention (CPSVP) is accepting applications for the Graduate Research on Violence Program. The aim of this program is to provide graduate students support for conducting thesis or dissertation research pertaining to issues of violence. Proposals are welcome from students in all departments, centers, and programs at Virginia Tech.  The funded student is expected to be a full-time, graduate student in good standing, and the research/scholarship is expected to be grounded in the social sciences, humanities, or arts. Applications are due June 15, 2017. The Research on Violence Program anticipates making three awards in the range of $1,000 to $1,500. The research can address any aspect of inter-personal, institutional, group, collective, cultural, or structural violence.  For more information and the full Call for Applications, please contact amys@vt.edu  .

6. AEL MEMBERSHIP APPLICATIONS NOW ACCEPTED – 3rd posting
Alpha Epsilon Lambda (AEL) Graduate Honor Society for academic excellence and leadership is now accepting applications for new members. Graduate students may apply for membership based on their academic achievements and leadership experiences. Application is open until 5:00pm, May 1. An induction ceremony will be held in Fall 2017. Members will be informed of the induction date and place once accepted. Find the application at http://www.ael.graduateschool.vt.edu/application-process/. For more information about requirements and application process, visit the AEL website at   http://www.ael.graduateschool.vt.edu/ or contact Turki Al-Zahrani, President of AEL, at aelvtg@gmail.com for further questions or information.

7. GA POSITION IN GLOBAL EDUCATION OFFICE – 1st posting
The VT Global Education Office is seeking a Graduate Assistant for the 2017–2018 academic year. The GA plays a vital role in achieving the mission of the office in expanding study abroad capacity and opportunities. The position is an excellent opportunity for students interested in a career in international education. For more information and to apply, see here:  http://www.globaleducation.vt.edu/?go=GAapplication.

8. WAGE POSITION: CLASSROOM HELPERS SOUGHT FOR LITTLE HOKIE HANGOUT – 1st posting
Looking for a summer job? The Little Hokie Hangout is looking for a few Classroom Helpers! Good pay, and you’ll have a blast playing with kids all morning over the summer. Please email childcare@vt.edu <mailto:childcare@vt.edu>  if you are interested, and include some information about yourself that would be relevant to child care and/or early education.

9. WEB DESIGN AND DEVELOPMENT SUMMER WAGE POSITION – 1st posting
VT’s Office of Academic Decision Support is looking for a graduate student for summer 2017. Primary duties include designing and creating web site/web-application. Must have strong and verifiable UI/UX and web programming skills. Hours per week: 20-40/wk. Potential for fall assistantship for qualified candidate. Required qualifications: UI/UX design and development skills;knowledge of web markup and scripting languages: HTML5, CSS3, Javascript and jQuery with an understanding translating mockups to code; demonstrated evidence in UI/UX design and development; evidence of creativity and innovation; ability to work in collaborative environment; excellent interpersonal and communication skills. Preferred skills: knowledge of server-side CSS pre-processing platforms, such as LESS and SASS; experience with web frameworks/CMS; experience in Javascript/jQuery; web app design and/or development experience. To apply, email CV with links to supplementary materials such as sample websites/applications and code repositories along with names and contact information of 2-3 references to Daniel Hung, chung@vt.edu.

10. COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING GA OPENING IN IT – 1st posting
The College of Engineering Dean’s Suite has a GA opening in IT, to help  maintain the Dean’s Suite IT assets, including helping student consultants in the Software Assistance and Triage and providing support for student labs (Ware Lab and Invents Lab). Apply by May 4 by sending a cover letter and resume via email to ipitadmin@vt.edu <mailto:ipitadmin@vt.edu>  in a single file including both your cover letter and resume in .pdf format. Name your file “lastname_firstname.pdf”.  Required Qualifications: Strong technical skills including in-depth knowledge of Windows and familiarity installing hardware; familiarity with a wide variety of Engineering software packages; excellent oral and written communication skills; detailed orientated and have strong problem solving skills; bust be able to develop and complete projects independently. Preferred: Comptia A+ or Microsoft certifications; experience troubleshooting and resolving technology related issues; previous experience using DeepFreeze, and providing technical support to users; familiarity with Mac Operating system.

11. GA POSITION IN UNIVERSITY LIBRARIES FOR 2017-18 – 2nd posting
The Research and Informatics Division of University Libraries has a full Graduate Assistant (GA) opening (20 hrs/wk) for the 2017-18 academic year. Position reports directly to the data and informatics consultant for the sciences. The position focuses on learning and assessing the needs and landscape of the growing area of health sciences at Virginia Tech relevant to health analytics. The ideal applicant will have experience and knowledge relevant to human studies (e.g. public health, human development, psychology encouraged) and/or higher education administration. Please see the application form for all responsibilities, required and preferred qualifications. Find the application here: https://goo.gl/forms/t2wNmXrcoza15x772.

12. GA POSITION OPEN IN ACADEMIC DECISION SUPPORT – 2nd posting
VT’s Academic Decision Support office is looking for a Graduate Assistant for Summer and Fall 2017 to assist with the SQL-Server apps. Required skills include SQL, with ideally at least an awareness of SQL Server Reporting Services. Additionally experience with JavaScript and ASP.NET <http://asp.net/> , using C# or VB.NET <http://vb.net/>  would be great. Preferred skills include HTML, IIS, a fun personality, dependability, and good communication skills. Interested grad students can send their information to Daniel Hung, chung@vt.edu <mailto:chung@vt.edu>  by May 4, 2017, or until position is filled.

13. GA POSITION IN GRAD SCHOOL FOR 2017-18 – 2nd posting
The Graduate School Student Services office is looking for a full-time graduate assistant (GA) to provide administrative and program-specific support for student services in the GLC. Duties include planning and executing orientation and educational programs, coordinating activities, managing communication, creating promotional materials, and assisting with other administrative duties as assigned. Excellent organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills (written and verbal) and ability to work independently as well as in a team are a must. Experience with program planning and execution and familiarity with GLC and VT services is preferred. Position to start on Aug 1. To apply, submit a resume and cover letter highlighting relevant organizational experiences, and one letter of reference to Graduate Student Services Office, grads@vt.edu <mailto:grads@vt.edu> ;  120 GLC, Graduate School 0325, or by fax to 231-3714 by Friday, May 12. Selected applicants will be contacted for an interview in May.

14. STUDENT WAGE POSITION: ASST DATA ANALYST – 3rd posting
VT Enrollment and Degree Management is looking for a graduate student for a part-time wage position May 15 – Aug 15, 2017 to assist the Director of Enrollment Research and Analysis with enrollment data analysis projects. Ideal candidate would be a master’s or doctoral student in statistics, education research, or closely related field. Must haves: knowledge of basic quantitative methods for data analysis; experience estimating regression models using SAS or SPSS or R. Ability to conduct business-specific research, analyze data, and interpret results. 25-30 hours per week (negotiable); $15 – $20 per hour (commensurate with qualifications and experience). To apply, email resume to Dr. Lefter Daku, ldaku@vt.edu.

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

16. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR VTTI RESEARCH STUDY – 2nd posting
The Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI) is seeking drivers with a valid U.S. driver’s license who are 30-75 years of age and must meet the following criteria: drive one of the following types of vehicles: Lincoln, Cadillac, Audi, Lexus, Acura, Infiniti, Volvo, Tesla, VMW, or Mercedes, must be 2015 model or newer.  The project request two visits scheduled about a week apart. Session one is approximately 1.5 hours and session two is about 4 hours. The project pays $60 to fully participate in the first session and $120 for participation in the second session, for a possible total of $180.  If you are interested, please contact 540.231.0988 or email drivers@vtti.vt.edu <mailto:drivers@vtti.vt.edu> . Reference “the Emerald-36 study” in your message.

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

18. GSA TRAVEL FUND REVIEW HELP NEEDED (FREE FOOD) – April 25, 2017 – 3rd posting
Want free food? Want a shiny new line on your CV? The GSA needs your help reviewing applications to the Travel Fund Program. Reviewers are expected to volunteer for at least 2 hours and will be provided with lunch. If you are willing to be a reviewer, please fill out the following survey: http://tinyurl.com/TFP-Review-Sp17

19. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR STUDY ON TRANSPORT PATTERNS AND MOOD – 3rd posting
VT researchers in urban affairs & planning and psychology are seeking participants for a pilot study on mood states in transport environments. Participants will install an Android GPS app called Daynamica (only compatible with Android smartphones), answer an entry survey, and use the app to track transportation mode, route, and distance of your daily travel. Upon completing each trip, you will be asked to report your mood with a brief survey. Must be 18 or older. A $10 Amazon gift card will be awarded to each participant who completes an entrance survey and a trip survey for at least five trips for one week. If interested, visit the study website at http://uap.vt.edu/travelmood or contact Steve Hankey at hankey@vt.edu, (540) 231-7508.

20. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR ADOLESCENT RESEARCH STUDY – 3rd posting
Family participants are needed for a research study titled "Sibling Cooperation” in Human Development.  Family participants include (a) one sibling between the ages of 12 and 18, (b) one brother or sister between the ages of 5 and 18 who lives at home with the primary sibling, and (c) one parent or guardian. Participation requires completion of brief questionnaires and one 1-hour visit to Virginia Tech (Williams Hall). The primary sibling and parent will get $15 Target gift cards after the visit; the brother/sister will get a $5 gift card. Potential participants can contact Dr. Carolyn Shivers at vtsiblab@gmail.com <mailto:vtsiblab@gmail.com>  or 540-231-5434.

Upcoming events:

GRADUATE COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY
Thursday, May 11, 2:30pm, Cassell Coliseum
The Graduate School invites all graduating graduate students and their families to its spring commencement ceremony. The event will be streamed live on VT’s website. Learn more about commencement ceremonies at http://www.vt.edu/commencement/.

 

April 24-30, 2017

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

– Career Advising: W 2:00-5:00pm, Info kiosk in lobby
– Cook Counseling: Th, F 1:00-5:00pm, Green Room
– Graduate School regular hours: 8:00am-5:00pm;

– Immigration advising hours: MWF 1:00-5:00pm, TTh 9:00am-12:00pm;
– Writing assistance: reserve appointment at http://www.lib.vt.edu/spaces/writing/.

– Write-in with grads: Wednesdays 9:00-12:00, Room D

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

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

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

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

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

6. GLC CAFÉ
Thursday, Apr 27, 3:30-5:00pm, GLC Reading Room
Enjoy free coffee, tea, and cookies in the company of fellow graduate students and Grad School staff; network, socialize, relax! Bring your own mug if you can.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Upcoming events:

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

April 17-23, 2017

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

– Career Advising: W 2:00-5:00pm, Info kiosk in lobby
– Cook Counseling: Th, F 1:00-5:00pm, Green Room
– Graduate School regular hours: 8:00am-5:00pm;
– Immigration advising hours: MWF 1:00-5:00pm, TTh 9:00am-12:00pm;
– Writing assistance: reserve appointment at http://www.lib.vt.edu/spaces/writing/.
– Write-in with grads: Wednesdays 9:00-12:00, Room D

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

12. GLC CAFÉ: CUBICLE-FARM TIRAMISU
Thursday, Apr 20, 3:30-5:00pm, GLC Reading Room
Enjoy free coffee, tea, and cookies in the company of fellow graduate students and Grad School staff; network, socialize, relax! Bring your own mug if you can.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Upcoming events:

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

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

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

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

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

April 10-16, 2017

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

– Career Advising: W 2:00-5:00pm, Info kiosk in lobby
– Cook Counseling: Th, F 1:00-5:00pm, Green Room
– Graduate School regular hours: 8:00am-5:00pm;
– Immigration advising hours: MWF 1:00-5:00pm, TTh 9:00am-12:00pm;
– Writing assistance: reserve appointment at http://www.lib.vt.edu/spaces/writing/.
– Write-in with grads: Wednesdays 9:00-12:00, Room D

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

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

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

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

4. OPEN DATA WEEK APR 10-13
Open Data week offers opportunities to learn more about sharing, visualizing, finding, mining, and reusing data for research. Full schedule and more info: http://bit.ly/VTopendataweek2017. Registration is requested at http://guides.lib.vt.edu/OpenDataWeek/RSVP.

5. APPALACHIAN “MEET ‘N EAT”
Tuesday, Apr 11, 12:00-1:30pm, American Indian & Indigenous Community Center
All students, faculty and staff who identify as Appalachian are welcome to join for good pizza, good friends and good conversation. The center is located on the ground floor of Squires, to the left of the information desk. Bring a story, memory or object that reminds you of home and share your experiences with other members of the community! Interested participants should fill out a brief survey at http://tinyurl.com/appmeetneat4. For more information, contact grad student Amanda Halliburton (ahallibu@vt.edu).

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

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

8. GLC CAFÉ
Thursday, Apr 13, 3:30-5:00pm, GLC Reading Room
Enjoy free coffee, tea, and cookies in the company of fellow graduate students and Grad School staff; network, socialize, relax! Bring your own mug if you can.

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

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

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

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

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

14. HELP CREATE A THEME FOR BIANNUAL BLACK ALUMNI REUNION – 3rd posting
Students are invited to submit ideas for the celebration of Black Alumni Reunion, which this year marks 50 years of black organizations at VT, including 50th anniversary of Groove Phi Groove,
50th anniversary of the Human Relations Council, a celebration of 45 years of NPHC at VT, and 40th Anniversary of BSA. Help to create a theme for the reunion by submitting an entry to Latanya Walker, latanya@vt.edu. If your theme is chosen, you will receive a bag of Hokie gifts to add to your collection.

15. GSA "DR. RICH" CAP & GOWN PROGRAM FOR GRADS: LOTTERY OPEN MAR 27-APR 14 – 3rd posting
If you are graduating this spring and/or participating in commencement ceremonies, you are eligible to borrow a graduate cap and gown from the GSA for free! The "Dr. Rich" Cap & Gown Program loans a limited number of gowns and caps to grad students participating in Spring 2017 graduation ceremonies via a lottery. Caps and gowns must then be returned to the GSA in acceptable condition for cleaning and use by future graduating students. Enter the lottery at http://tinyurl.com/gsacapgown-spring17 by Friday, Apr 14 at 5pm EDT. Those chosen in the lottery will be notified no later than Apr 21, and must still purchase their own hoods, tassels, and any other required regalia. All items are used, but gowns have been dry cleaned and steamed, and caps have been disinfected. Questions? Email gsacapgown@gmail.com.

16. DISSERTATION INSTITUTE FOR UNDERREPRESENTED GRADS IN ENGINEERING – 3rd posting
The 2017 Dissertation Institute, an interactive workshop for underrepresented (African American, native American, Pacific Island and Hispanic American) graduate students in engineering, addresses issues that prolong completion times for those at the dissertation proposal preparation and dissertation completion stages. The Institute is funded by NSF and hosted by Old Dominion University and VT. The Dissertation Institute will take place June 11–16 at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County campus and focus on skills and strategies needed to successfully complete the dissertation process and provide networking opportunities to build connections for future collaborative career advancement. Participants will build writing habits, work on their dissertation or proposal, and learn skills that will help them continue making progress. Housing and meals provided; reimbursement for travel costs up to $500. Learn more at www.dissertationinstitute.com; send questions to dissertationinstitute@gmail.com. Posted on behalf of doctoral student Mayra Artiles.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

23. GSA GRAD RESEARCH DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM REVIEW HELP NEEDED – 3rd posting
Want to know the cutting-edge research graduate students are conducting here at VT? How about a new line on your CV? The GSA needs your help with reviewing applications for the Graduate Research Development Program (GRDP). Grad students in the social sciences, business, humanities, or education are needed to review applications.  If you are willing to be a reviewer, fill out this survey: https://tinyurl.com/GRDPreview, and the GRDP Chair will email you further instructions. If you want more details about what is entailed in reviewing or have any other questions, contact GRDP Chair Adwoa Baah-Dwomoh at gsaGRDP@gmail.com.

24. VOLUNTEERS SOUGHT FOR STUDY ON HEALTH, DIET & PHYSICAL ACTIVITY REWARDS – 3rd posting
Volunteers needed for a study examining whether delayed discounting (small reward now or larger reward later) is related to health, diet, and physical activity level. Must be: male or female, any race and ethnicity; ages of 18-65; Body Mass Index between 22-40 kg/m2; not trying to gain or lose weight; have not gained or lost weight in the past 6 months; willing to participate in two testing sessions (~ 5 hrs of time); willing to have blood drawn, body fat assessed, an oral glucose tolerance test, fill out questionnaires related to diet and physical activity, and wear a physical activity monitor for 4 days. Participants will receive information related to body composition, diet and physical activity level, and blood glucose and lipids (cholesterol).  The total amount possible for participation is $60.  If interested, contact the VT Skeletal Muscle Substrate Metabolism Lab: vtsmsmlab@gmail.com, 540-739-2522.

25. INVITATION TO PARTICIPATE IN STUDY ABOUT WEARABLE EXOSKELETONS – 3rd posting
Must be male or female; 18-55 years old; no current or recent history of musculoskeletal disorders. Experiment Details: participants will be asked to perform a simulated drilling task without and with three exoskeletons. Two experimental sessions (each ~3.5 hour) are required to complete the study. Compensation: $10/hour. If interested, call or email Saad Alabdulkarim at iesaad@vt.edu, (206-859- 9146).

26. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR STUDY OF CELEBRITY ENDORSED FOOD/DRINK PRODUCTS – 3rd   posting
A Ph.D. student conducting a study about celebrity endorsement for branded food and beverage products in the US is seeking male and female participants ages 23-36 who are US citizens, racially and ethnically diverse, including Latino/Hispanic, African and Asian American. The student has the majority of the participants she needs, but still needs male Asian Americans and African Americans and female Hispanic-Americans.The study involves completing three activities: celebrity recognition survey, celebrity picture card sort, and a post-card sort questionnaire, which will take no more than 60 minutes to complete. Participants will receive a $10.00-dollar Amazon gift card after completing all study activities. If interested, contact Mi Zhou at mi14@vt.edu.

Upcoming events:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

April 3-9, 2017

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

  • Career Advising: W 2:00-5:00pm, Info kiosk in lobby
  • Cook Counseling: Th, F 1:00-5:00pm, Green Room
  • Graduate School regular hours: 8:00am-5:00pm;
  • Immigration advising hours: MWF 1:00-5:00pm, TTh 9:00am-12:00pm;
  • Writing assistance: reserve appointment at http://www.lib.vt.edu/spaces/writing/.
  • Write-in with grads: Wednesdays 9:00-12:00, Room D

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

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

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

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

6. GLC CAFÉ
Thursday, Apr 6, 3:30-5:00pm, GLC Reading Room
Enjoy free coffee, tea, and cookies in the company of fellow graduate students and Grad School staff; network, socialize, relax! Bring your own mug if you can. 

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

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

9. HELP CREATE A THEME FOR BIANNUAL BLACK ALUMNI REUNION – 2nd posting
Students are invited to submit ideas for the celebration of Black Alumni Reunion, which this year marks 50 years of black organizations at VT, including 50th anniversary of Groove Phi Groove, 50th anniversary of the Human Relations Council, a celebration of 45 years of NPHC at VT, and 40th Anniversary of BSA. Help to create a theme for the reunion by submitting an entry to Latanya Walker, latanya@vt.edu <mailto:latanya@vt.edu> . If your theme is chosen, you will receive a bag of Hokie gifts to add to your collection.

10. GSA "DR. RICH" CAP & GOWN PROGRAM FOR GRADS: LOTTERY OPEN MAR 27-APR 14 – 2nd  posting
If you are graduating this spring and/or participating in commencement ceremonies, you are eligible to borrow a graduate cap and gown from the GSA for free! The "Dr. Rich" Cap & Gown Program loans a limited number of gowns and caps to grad students participating in Spring 2017 graduation ceremonies via a lottery. Caps and gowns must then be returned to the GSA in acceptable condition for cleaning and use by future graduating students. Enter the lottery at http://tinyurl.com/gsacapgown-spring17 by Friday, Apr 14 at 5pm EDT. Those chosen in the lottery will be notified no later than Apr 21, and must still purchase their own hoods, tassels, and any other required regalia. All items are used, but gowns have been dry cleaned and steamed, and caps have been disinfected. Questions? Email gsacapgown@gmail.com.

11. DISSERTATION INSTITUTE FOR UNDERREPRESENTED GRADS IN ENGINEERING – 2nd posting
The 2017 Dissertation Institute, an interactive workshop for underrepresented (African American, native American, Pacific Island and Hispanic American) graduate students in engineering, addresses issues that prolong completion times for those at the dissertation proposal preparation and dissertation completion stages. The Institute is funded by NSF and hosted by Old Dominion University and VT. The Dissertation Institute will take place June 11–16 at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County campus and focus on skills and strategies needed to successfully complete the dissertation process and provide networking opportunities to build connections for future collaborative career advancement. Participants will build writing habits, work on their dissertation or proposal, and learn skills that will help them continue making progress. Housing and meals provided; reimbursement for travel costs up to $500. Learn more at www.dissertationinstitute.com; send questions to dissertationinstitute@gmail.com. Posted on behalf of doctoral student Mayra Artiles.

12. NOMINATIONS INVITED FOR INNOVATIVE ETD AWARDS – 3rd posting
Virginia Tech is a member of the Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations (NDLTD), and NDLTD is seeking nominations for student awards. Several annual awards, each $1,000 are for innovative multimedia ETDs, or ETDs demonstrating innovation in other ways.  Current students whose ETDs will be produced later may want to keep this opportunity in mind as they undertake their research. See announcement at http://www.ndltd.org. Application deadline: May 31, 2017.

13. RETURNED PEACE CORPS VOLUNTEERS INVITED TO JOIN LOCAL GROUP – 3rd posting
Returned Peace Corps volunteer or staff are invited to join a growing local group of fellow volunteers and staff of over 70. Contacting peacecorps@vt.edu. Posted on behalf of grad student Rachael Kennedy.

14. ON-CAMPUS HOUSING FOR GRADUATE STUDENTS – 3rd posting
Housing & Residence Life is currently accepting students for on-campus housing for the 2017-2018 school year. The GLC at Donaldson Brown and Main Campbell Hall are open to graduate students interested in living in double or single rooms. For room rates and more information, visit: http://housing.vt.edu/contracts/apply/graduate_students.html or contact housing@vt.edu.

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

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

17.  FULL-TIME GA POSITION IN CONTROLLER’S OFFICE FOR 2017-18 – 3rd posting
The Controller’s Office is seeking a full-time (20 hrs/wk) graduate assistant to work in the areas of general accounting, payroll, and accounts payable. Position begins in Aug. Duties include working on Retirement System calculations and assisting with ensuring that the deductions are correct; assisting with the review, monitoring and follow-up of special faculty payments to ensure compliance with university policies; assisting with the documentation and implementation of the new version VT’s electronic timekeeping system; and other tasks. Additional info at https://drive.google.com/a/vt.edu/file/d/0B2lSMLVxGF10ZnR1dGU4RnN1TGM/view?usp=sharing.  Submit a cover letter, resume and three references at  https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_1TFlanV7PpVW12B. Contact Kim Linkous, 540-231-8560 or linkousk@vt.edu <mailto:linkousk@vt.edu>  with questions. 

18. GA OPENING IN STUDENT SUCCESS CENTER – 3rd posting
The graduate assistant (20 hours/week) reports to an Assistant Director in the SSC. The GA will be responsible for assisting with the planning and delivery of several academic support programs. Position requires a high level of initiative and strong interpersonal, organizational, leadership, and presentation skills. Weekly evening hours and occasional weekend work required. Interested applicants should submit a resume to Sachim@vt.edu <mailto:Sachim@vt.edu>   Resumes will be accepted until position is filled. For questions contact Sachiel Mondesir at Sachim@vt.edu <mailto:Sachim@vt.edu>   Full job description at  https://drive.google.com/file/d/0ByOlgAsl50HXQkZCSG91YnZremc/view?ths=true.

19. PT GRAD OPENING FOR PEACE COPRS RECRUITER POSITION – 3rd posting
The VT Office of International Research, Education, and Development (OIRED) is searching for a graduate student who is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer (RPCV) to serve as the Campus Peace Corps Recruiter part-time (20 hours/week). The recruiter will serve as the main point of contact at VT and other local universities for students and others interested in joining the Peace Corps. Position begins fall 2017 and runs through spring 2018. The successful candidate will receive graduate school tuition remission and a stipend equivalent to a graduate assistantship in his/her department. Application deadline: Friday, May 12. See more at :  http://www.oired.vt.edu/job-opportunities/campus-peace-corps-recruiter-part-time/ <http://www.oired.vt.edu/job-opportunities/campus-peace-corps-recruiter-part-time/> . 

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

21. GSA GRAD RESEARCH DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM REVIEW HELP NEEDED – 2nd posting
Want to know the cutting-edge research graduate students are conducting here at VT? How about a new line on your CV? The GSA needs your help with reviewing applications for the Graduate Research Development Program (GRDP). Grad students in the social sciences, business, humanities, or education are needed to review applications.  If you are willing to be a reviewer, fill out this survey: https://tinyurl.com/GRDPreview, and the GRDP Chair will email you further instructions. If you want more details about what is entailed in reviewing or have any other questions, contact GRDP Chair Adwoa Baah-Dwomoh at gsaGRDP@gmail.com <mailto:gsaGRDP@gmail.com>

22. VOLUNTEERS SOUGHT FOR STUDY ON HEALTH, DIET & PHYSICAL ACTIVITY REWARDS – 2nd posting
Volunteers needed for a study examining whether delayed discounting (small reward now or larger reward later) is related to health, diet, and physical activity level. Must be: male or female, any race and ethnicity; ages of 18-65; Body Mass Index between 22-40 kg/m2; not trying to gain or lose weight; have not gained or lost weight in the past 6 months; willing to participate in two testing sessions (~ 5 hrs of time); willing to have blood drawn, body fat assessed, an oral glucose tolerance test, fill out questionnaires related to diet and physical activity, and wear a physical activity monitor for 4 days. Participants will receive information related to body composition, diet and physical activity level, and blood glucose and lipids (cholesterol).  The total amount possible for participation is $60.  If interested, contact the VT Skeletal Muscle Substrate Metabolism Lab: vtsmsmlab@gmail.com, 540-739-2522.

23. INVITATION TO PARTICIPATE IN STUDY ABOUT WEARABLE EXOSKELETONS – 2nd posting
Must be male or female; 18-55 years old; no current or recent history of musculoskeletal disorders. Experiment Details: participants will be asked to perform a simulated drilling task without and with three exoskeletons. Two experimental sessions (each ~3.5 hour) are required to complete the study. Compensation: $10/hour. If interested, call or email Saad Alabdulkarim at iesaad@vt.edu <mailto:iesaad@vt.edu> , (206-859- 9146). 

24. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR STUDY OF CELEBRITY ENDORSED FOOD/DRINK PRODUCTS – 2nd  posting
A Ph.D. student conducting a study about celebrity endorsement for branded food and beverage products in the US is seeking 40 male and female participants ages 23-36 who are US citizens, racially and ethnically diverse, including Latino/Hispanic, African and Asian American. The study involves completing three activities: celebrity recognition survey, celebrity picture card sort, and a post-card sort questionnaire, which will take no more than 60 minutes to complete. Participants will receive a $10.00-dollar Amazon gift card after completing all study activities. If interested, contact Mi Zhou at mi14@vt.edu.

25. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR STUDY OF MOBILE AUGMENTED REALITY APPLICATIONS – 3rd posting
The Information Technology and Security Lab is conducting research on augmented reality and its personal and professional impact on awareness of threats to cybersecurity and privacy. Volunteers 18 or older are sought, with or without technical experience who are willing to use both AR and non-AR mobile applications to perform investigative tasks and answer questions about their experiences. Tasks involve walking in and around Newman Library. The entire survey will take approximately 60 minutes. Volunteers are assured that personal information will remain confidential and will never be published in any way. If interested in participating, contact Brendan Mattina at mbrend15@vt.edu, 603-953-7060.

26. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR STUDY OF MIDDLE EASTERN IMMIGRANT WOMEN – 3rd posting
Grad student Taysir Al Janabi is seeking participants for a capstone project research study regarding the perceptions of sexual assault and rape among Middle Eastern immigrant women in the southwest area of Virginia. Middle Eastern immigrant women who identify as Muslims and are interested in participating should email Taysir80@vt.edu   or call 540-251-1006.

Upcoming events:

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

OPEN DATA WEEK APR 10-13
Open Data week offers opportunities to learn more about sharing, visualizing, finding, mining, and reusing data for research. Full schedule and more info: http://bit.ly/VTopendataweek2017. Registration is requested at http://guides.lib.vt.edu/OpenDataWeek/RSVP.

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

APPALACHIAN “MEET ‘N EAT”
Tuesday, Apr 11, 12:00-1:30pm, American Indian & Indigenous Community Center
All students, faculty and staff who identify as Appalachian are welcome to join for good pizza, good friends and good conversation. The center is located on the ground floor of Squires, to the left of the information desk. Bring a story, memory or object that reminds you of home and share your experiences with other members of the community! Interested participants should fill out a brief survey at http://tinyurl.com/appmeetneat4. For more information, contact grad student Amanda Halliburton (ahallibu@vt.edu <mailto:ahallibu@vt.edu> ).

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

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

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

March 27-31, 2017

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

– Career Advising: W 2:00-5:00pm, Info kiosk in lobby
– Cook Counseling: Th, F 1:00-5:00pm, Green Room
– Graduate School regular hours: 8:00am-5:00pm;
– Immigration advising hours: MWF 1:00-5:00pm, TTh 9:00am-12:00pm;
– Writing assistance: reserve appointment at http://www.lib.vt.edu/spaces/writing/.
– Write-in with grads: Wednesdays 9:00-12:00, Room D

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

12. GLC CAFÉ: EXPLORE COFFEE AND TEA FROM AROUND THE WORLD
Thursday, Mar 30, 3:30-5:00pm, GLC Reading Room
Enjoy free coffee, tea, and cookies in the company of fellow graduate students and Grad School staff; network, socialize, relax! To follow the Grad Ed Week theme of Live.Learn.Explore., this weeks café will feature a variety of coffee, tea and cookies from around the world. Bring your own mug if you can.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Upcoming events:

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

APPALACHIAN “MEET ‘N EAT”
Tuesday, Arp 11, 12:00-1:30pm, American Indian & Indigenous Community Center
All students, faculty and staff who identify as Appalachian are welcome to join for good pizza, good friends and good conversation. The center is located on the ground floor of Squires, to the left of the information desk. Bring a story, memory or object that reminds you of home and share your experiences with other members of the community! Interested participants should fill out a brief survey at http://tinyurl.com/appmeetneat4. For more information, contact grad student Amanda Halliburton (ahallibu@vt.edu).

March 20-27, 2017

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

– Career Advising: W 2:00-5:00pm, Info kiosk in lobby
– Cook Counseling: Th, F 1:00-5:00pm, Green Room
– Graduate School regular hours: 8:00am-5:00pm;
– Immigration advising hours: MWF 1:00-5:00pm, TTh 9:00am-12:00pm;
– Writing assistance: reserve appointment at http://www.lib.vt.edu/spaces/writing/.
– Write-in with grads: Wednesdays 9:00-12:00, Room D

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

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

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

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

6. GLC CAFÉ
Thursday, Mar 23, 3:30-5:00pm, GLC Reading Room
Enjoy free coffee, tea, and cookies in the company of fellow graduate students and Grad School staff; network, socialize, relax! Bring your own mug if you can.

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

10. ASIAN COOKING CLASS 2: INDIAN

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

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

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

 

11. INTERVARSITY GRADUATE CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP SPRING RETREAT

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

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

 

12. GLC LASER TAG AT PANDAPAS POND (OUTDOOR)

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

19. SUBMISSIONS INVITED FOR TORGERSEN AWARD – 2nd posting

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

 

20. STUDENT ENGAGEMENT GRANTS – 2nd reposting

Through the generosity of many donors, the John E. Dooley Student Engagement Grant funds highly motivated students or student teams planning to implement community-based civic engagement projects.  There is up to $1,500 available in this year’s cycle. Either two awards of $750 or one $1,500 award will be granted. Learn more <http://engage.vt.edu/programs/grants_awards.html>  and apply by March 24.  Please contact Catherine Cotrupi with questions regarding JEDSEG at cotrupi@vt.edu <mailto:cotrupi@vt.edu>  or 540-231-9186.

 

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

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

 

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

The Graduate School invites submissions of art work and photography by graduate students for display in the GLC during Graduate Education Week (Mar 27-31) and beyond. Submissions are limited to three pieces (art and/or photography) per graduate student. This year’s theme: Live. Learn. Explore. Globally. Learn more at http://graduateschool.vt.edu/graduate-life-center/glc-art-and-photo-contest.html  Submission deadline: Thursday, Mar 22, 2017.

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

25. GA OPENING IN SUSTAINABILITY OFFICE – 1st posting

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

Upcoming events:

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

            Big Cook Out on Friday, 3/31

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

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

 

OPEN EDUCATION WEEK MAR 27-31

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

 

FINISH GRADUATE EDUCATION WEEK WITH GSA SPRING BEER & WINE SOCIAL

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

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

March 13-19, 2017

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

– Career Advising: W 2:00-5:00pm, Info kiosk in lobby
– Cook Counseling: Th, F 1:00-5:00pm, Green Room
– Graduate School regular hours: 8:00am-5:00pm;
– Immigration advising hours: MWF 1:00-5:00pm, TTh 9:00am-12:00pm;
– Writing assistance: reserve appointment at http://www.lib.vt.edu/spaces/writing/
– Write-in with grads: Wednesdays 9:00-12:00, Room D

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

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

4. APPALACHIAN “MEET ‘N EAT”
Tuesday, Mar 14, 12:00-1:30pm, American Indian & Indigenous Community Center, Squires ground floor
All who identify as being from Appalachia are welcome to join in the American Indian & Indigenous Community Center for good pizza, good friends and good conversation. The AI&IC Center is located on the ground floor of Squires, to the left of the information desk. Bring a story, memory or object that reminds you of home and share your experiences with other members of the community. For more information, contact grad student Amanda Halliburton (ahallibu@vt.edu <mailto:ahallibu@vt.edu> ).

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

5. COVER LETTERS
Tuesday, Mar 14, 4:00-5:00pm, GLC Room G
Learn how to write a concise, expressive, and attention-grabbing cover letter that will have employers taking notice. Find out how to customize your letter and practice the elements and language needed to land the job you want, regardless of your degree program. Contact grad assistant Natalie Patterson for more information natpat@vt.edu . 

6. OPEN MIC NIGHT
Tuesday, Mar 14, 5:00-7:00pm, GLC Student Lounge
Poets, musicians, storytellers and comedians, and their audience: celebrate Respect Week by sharing a part of your story through your medium of choice! Refreshments will be provided. Hosted by your GLC Fellows. For more information, contact Akhil Infant at akhil91@vt.edu <mailto:akhil91@vt.edu> .

7. GLC CAFÉ
Thursday, Mar 16, 3:30-5:00pm, GLC Reading Room
Enjoy free coffee, tea, and cookies in the company of fellow graduate students and Grad School staff; network, socialize, relax! Bring your own mug if you can.

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

9. OVER-30 GRADS INTEREST MEETING
Friday, Mar 17, 6:00pm, GLC Room D
Join other over-30 grads for some light refreshments and conversation and build your network of potentially like-minded students and colleagues. Fill out the survey to indicate your interest in attending this event and about your future availability for regularly scheduled events: https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_5bfugffqiMt6Ebr.  Join a google group to stay in touch: https://groups.google.com/a/vt.edu/d/forum/vt-grads-over-30-g. Posted on behalf of grad student Mahi Abdelbar, mohelmi@vt.edu <mailto:mohelmi@vt.edu> .

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

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

12. DISSERTATION BOOT CAMP
Sunday, Mar 19, 2:00-6:00pm, Writing Center
This workshop series provides three separate 4-hour sessions in the Writing Center for PhD students working on their dissertations. Attend the last of these sessions and give your dissertation-writing some focused time! During these meetings, students will have their own quiet space to work, and grad-level Writing Center coaches will be present to provide assistance. Light refreshments provided (think caffeine and carbs) Brought to you by the Writing Center and the Graduate School.

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

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

15. STUDENT ENGAGEMENT GRANTS – 1st reposting
Through the generosity of many donors, the John E. Dooley Student Engagement Grant funds highly motivated students or student teams planning to implement community-based civic engagement projects.  There is up to $1,500 available in this year’s cycle. Either two awards of $750 or one $1,500 award will be granted. Learn more <http://engage.vt.edu/programs/grants_awards.html>  and apply by March 24.  Please contact Catherine Cotrupi with questions regarding JEDSEG at cotrupi@vt.edu <mailto:cotrupi@vt.edu>  or 540-231-9186.

16. VT ENGAGE POSTER SHOWCASE – 1st reposting
Individuals or teams of students are encouraged to submit a poster proposal (see https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_bmvLBnC8U8JELd3)  that showcases their work in the areas of service learning, community-engaged learning, community outreach, and group service projects. Submission deadline: Friday, Mar 17. You will be notified by Tuesday, Mar 21 whether your proposal was accepted. Contact VT Engage with questions at engage@vt.edu <mailto:engage@vt.edu>  or 540-231-9798.

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

18. CITIZEN SCHOLAR APPLICATIONS OPEN NOW – 2nd re-posting
Have you used your research to benefit society in any way? Are you currently working, or have worked on a project in the past year, that has community impact, either locally or globally? If so, consider applying for the Citizen Scholar Award. If not, consider designing a Citizen Scholar Project! Program requirements are described on the CSE website:  http://graduateschool.vt.edu/transformative-graduate-education-experience/citizen-scholar-engagement/program-requirements.html. Applications are due 5 p.m. on Monday, March 13, 2017. For more information, email Helen Kamandhari at helen74@vt.edu.

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

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

21. SUBMISSIONS INVITED TO GLC PHOTO AND ART CONTEST – 3rd posting
The Graduate School invites submissions of art work and photography by graduate students for display in the GLC during Graduate Education Week (Mar 27-31) and beyond. Submissions are limited to three pieces (art and/or photography) per graduate student. This year’s theme: Live. Learn. Explore. Globally. Learn more at http://graduateschool.vt.edu/graduate-life-center/glc-art-and-photo-contest.html  Submission deadline: Thursday, Mar 22, 2017.

22. CALL FOR INTERDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH HONOR SOCIETY MEMBERS – 3rd posting
The Interdisciplinary Research Honor Society (Iota Delta Rho – IDR) invites applications for full or associate membership. IDR creates a thriving community of scholars across VT who work to integrate different disciplines, theories, methods, etc. Show how you integrate interdisciplinary research! Both graduate and undergraduate students who are heading their own projects are accepted.​ Apply by Apr 2, 2017. Learn more about IDR at: http://www.idrsociety.org/category/news/ The application can be found at: https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_8qwNOiSqY8KJffL. Contact Melissa Kenny (mck66@vt.edu) with questions.​​

23. UNION INNOVATION CHALLENGE 2017 – 3rd posting
Students are invited to submit proposals for the challenge to be help on Apr 6, 2017. Build an epic team, put your enterprising minds together and come up with an innovation tht could net you $7,500 to fund your project in an area such as equipment, fan engagement, stadium experience, security/safety, services, training, food & nutrition, wearables, and wellness applications. This year’s theme:  Sports and Fitness. Learn more and submit at:  http://www.apexcie.vt.edu/unionchallenge/.

24. NOMINATIONS ACCEPTED FOR GSA ELECTIONS 2017-18 – 3rd posting
Nominations for executive position in the Graduate Student Assembly (GSA) are due by 12pm on Mar 23, 2017. Candidates must self-nominate by emailing GSA Parliamentarian Steve Haring at sharing@vt.edu <mailto:sharing@vt.edu>  and are encouraged to attend the Mar 23 General Assembly meeting. Nominations received by the deadline will appear on the official ballot during the elections at the Apr 20 meeting, and candidates will have their written statements distributed to delegates in advance of elections. Nominations received after the deadline require majority approval of the assembly, and must be written in during the election. All current graduate students are eligible to run for office. Involvement with GSA leadership is a great way to build service credit for your CV, get involved with a cross-disciplinary community of graduate students, and meet students from across the university. Learn more at http://tinyurl.com/GSA-elections-2017. Email questions to sharing@vt.edu. Posted on behalf of the GSA Judicial and Electoral Affairs Committee.

25. BOV GRAD REP HOSTS PRESIDENT’S LUNCHEON: APPLY NOW! – 3rd posting
The graduate student representative to the Board of Visitors will be hosting a luncheon with President Sands, Provost Rikakis, and Dean DePauw on Mar 16 at noon at The Inn in Preston’s. If you are interested in participating, please fill out a brief survey at http://tinyurl.com/bovpreslunch. An email confirmation will be sent to you if selected to attend. Posted on behalf of current BOV grad rep Tara Reel, tdreel@vt.edu.

26. INTEREST POLL FOR SCIENTISTS’ MARCH ON WASHINGTON – 3rd posting
Are you interested in attending the Scientist’s March on Washington, Apr 22, 2017? Students are attempting to arrange a bus from VT campus to Washington DC, leaving campus at 5 am on the morning of April 22. If you are interested in riding the bus and attending the event, fill out the doodle poll at http://doodle.com/poll/kcp2nagd6wv5hpha so that organizers can gauge interest. Posted on behalf of grad student Allison Pekkanen, apekk@vt.edu.

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

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

29. GRAD STUDENT WAGE OPENING IN OIRED – 3rd posting
The Office of International Research, Education, and Development (OIRED) is looking for a graduate student (wage) to work up to 20 hours per week on projects and other initiatives, including providing support to project development and efforts to identify and respond to project funding opportunities. The graduate student will contribute to proposal preparation and help with the due diligence and preparation (research) that goes into responses to funding opportunities. S/he will support on-going project work as appropriate. Preference is for a student with experience and/or demonstrated interest in working internationally. If interested, submit resume and cover letter to Patricia S. Hughes at Tish50@vt.edu before Mar 22, 2017.

30. 2017-2018 GLC FELLOW POSITION OPENING – 3rd posting
Residence Life and the Graduate School are seeking a motivated graduate student who is committed to building graduate community for a GLC Fellow position for the 2017-18 academic year. An ideal candidate would have previous residence life and/or event planning experience, though it is not a requirement. Applicants must submit a formal cover letter and resume, and fully complete the following survey: https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_08rf9GDR6uKdG0B. Information about cover letter requirements is detailed in the survey and the full job description is at http://graduateschool.vt.edu/graduate-life-center.html. Apply by midnight on Monday, Mar 13, 2017. Contact Lauren Surface at lkeister@vt.edu <mailto:lkeister@vt.edu>  or Sam Harbison at samlh@vt.edu <mailto:samlh@vt.edu>   if you have questions.

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

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

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

34. VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR EXPERIENCES OF INTL TEACHING ASSISTANTS AT VT STUDY – 3rd  posting
VT researchers are conducting a study to understand the experiences of international teaching assistants (ITAs) at VT. You may be eligible to participate if you are a graduate teaching assistant in an engineering department at the university with an F-1 or a J-1 visa. The study involves 2-3 interviews lasting approximately 60-90 minutes each and weekly journal responses taking about 15-30 minutes each. As part of the study, researcher(s) will observe your in-class teaching for 4-5 class periods during Spring 2017. Compensation: $30 to be given in two equal installments, first in the beginning of the study and the second at completion of one month. Contact Ashish Agrawal in Engineering Education, 540-922-5125 or ashishag@vt.edu for more info.

Upcoming events:

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

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

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

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

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