August 10-16, 2020

REVIEW THE FAQs REGARDING COVID-19 DIRECTIVES AT  https://graduateschool.vt.edu/covid-faqs.html.

Ongoing Services – updated 7/20/20

This Week’s Events:
1.CETL & TLOS FALL COURSE DESIGN CLINIC FOR GTAs AND INSTRUCTORS 
2. BEAT STRESS WITH FREE GUIDED MEDITATION
3. MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES FOR BLACK INDIVIDUALS OPEN ZOOM CONFERENCE

Administrative Announcements:
4. TLOS CLASSES – MANY SPOTS OPEN OVER NEXT FEW WEEKS – 1st posting
5. HOKIE READY APP AND STUDENT CHECKLIST – 1st posting
6. NEW EVENING ONLY (EO) PARKING PERMITS AVAILABLE – 1st posting
7. APPLICATIONS FOR GSA PROGRAM CHAIRS NOW OPEN – 1st posting
8. COMPREHENSIVE FEE PAYMENT PLAN FOR STUDENTS ON ASSISTANTSHIP – 2nd posting
9. MESSAGE FROM UNIVERSITY SCHOLARSHIPS AND FINANCIAL AID – 2nd posting
10. NEW PROCEDURES FOR REQUESTING REDUCED COMPREHENSIVE FEES – 2nd posting
11. TEAM SCIENCE CLASS, ALCE 5224 (FALL 2020) – 3rd posting
12. GTA WORKSHOP (GRAD 5004) REGISTRATION – 3rd posting

Jobs: 
13. GA OPPORTUNITY IN LIBRARY & CEE – 1st posting
14. REIMAGINING diVersiTY GRADUATE STUDENT WAGE POSITION – 2nd posting

Volunteers and research participants sought:
15. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR ONLINE DANCE CLASS – 1st posting

Upcoming Events:
16. INTRODUCTORY PROGRAMMING AND DATA SKILLS WORKSHOPS –week of Aug 17

0. Ongoing Services – updated 5/11/20
· ALL WEEKLY DROP-IN SERVICES HAVE BEEN SUSPENDED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE 
· CAREER ADVISING: schedule virtual career advising appointment via https://career.vt.edu/job-search/Handshake.html 
· COOK COUNSELING: Contact McComas Hall offices at mailto:counseling@vt.edu or 540-231-6557
· IMMIGRATION ADVISING: email mailto:international@vt.edu or call 540.231.6527. (updated) 
· WRITING CENTER SERVICES: Schedule an appointment at https://vt.mywconline.com/  
· GRADUATE OMBUDSPERSON: contact for appointment at mailto:gradstudentombud@vt.edu, 540-231-9573 

1. CETL & TLOS FALL COURSE DESIGN CLINIC FOR GTAs AND INSTRUCTORS
The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) and Technology Enhanced Learning and Online Strategies (TLOS) are offering course design clinics to help instructors and GTAs plan for an environment requiring flexibility between remote and face to face instruction. The workshops are being offered multiple times this summer. Please enroll at the links below to participate. Contact the VT Graduate Academy for Teaching Excellence (VTGrATE) if you have questions (mailto:vtgrate@vt.edu) or find us online at vtgrate.org. 
August 10th: https://profdev.tlos.vt.edu/courses/cetl11-081020
August 17th: https://profdev.tlos.vt.edu/courses/cetl11-081720 

2. BEAT STRESS WITH FREE GUIDED MEDITATION
Wednesdays in August, 6pm est, Online
Come release stress and experience some inner peace with a free weekly guided meditation. These meditation sessions, led by trained and experienced facilitators, are an effortless way to relax and take a break from this constant worrying mind of ours. Sponsored by the SKY Happiness Club.  Register here to receive a meeting invite:  https://forms.gle/shHyxTJY7G9usqfM6

3. MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES FOR BLACK INDIVIDUALS OPEN ZOOM CONFERENCE
Thursday, August 13, 6pm, Zoom  
The Psychology Department’s Stress and Coping Lab is working to provide more accessible and effective therapy and assessment services to black individuals at Virginia Tech and in the community at the Psychological Services Center (PSC). In order to provide more tailored and informed care, we want to hear from black individuals in the VT community about ideas they may have in order to make mental health services more accessible and helpful during an open Zoom conference led by Dr. Russell T. Jones and graduate student Brianna George. Please register ahead and join us on August 13th at 6pm at this link: https://virginiatech-hipaa.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJcvf–tpz4sH9Az4SNQpW11z7tvSPfRUbJP and/or fill out our survey at this link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1AssLOfaf5gqhLNw-zPFIN0cQLOBMWj0dFOynW90_ImY/edit?ts=5f28d6a3. Contact Brianna at georgeba@vt.edu for questions.

4. TLOS CLASSES – MANY SPOTS OPEN OVER NEXT FEW WEEKS – 1st posting
Technology-enhanced Learning and Online Strategies has spots open for many Professional Development Network courses over the next two weeks. Classes include “Zoom for Teaching”, “Fall Course Design Clinic,” “How to use iThenticate” and many more. Descriptions of the courses, as well as the link to enroll can be found here: https://profdev.tlos.vt.edu/

5. HOKIE READY APP AND STUDENT CHECKLIST – 1st posting
Students should check out the student checklist on the VT Ready website here https://vt.edu/ready/student-checklist.html This site includes links to the Hokie Ready app and a health survey.

6. NEW EVENING ONLY (EO) PARKING PERMITS AVAILABLE – 1st posting
Virginia Tech Transportation Services is offering a new Evening Only (EO) Permit that will provide faculty, staff, students, volunteers, and community members the opportunity to park on campus during evenings only (5 – 10 p.m.). These permits can now be purchased for $100 annually or $50 per semester in-person at Parking Services (505 Beamer Way).  The EO tag is currently not available for sale online. More information can be found here: https://vtnews.vt.edu/notices/parking-permits202021.html

7. APPLICATIONS FOR GSA PROGRAM CHAIRS NOW OPEN – 1st posting 
The Graduate Student Assembly is now accepting applications for 2020-2021 program chairs! All chairs will be selected by and work directly under the guidance of the Director of Programs and be part of the GSA Executive Council. Each position will have responsibilities related to implementing the GSA’s programs, attending meetings, and volunteering at GSA-sponsored events. This year, we are hiring multiple chairs to support and update our existing programs, including the Travel Fund Program, the Cap and Gown Program, and the annual Research Symposium and Exposition. Our 2020-21 Program Chair applications are open and online. Direct questions regarding these positions to the Director of Programs, Martina Svyantek via svyantek@vt.edu using the subject line “Program Chair Query”. Completed applications are due on September 9th, at 5:00pm.

8. COMPREHENSIVE FEE PAYMENT PLAN FOR STUDENTS ON ASSISTANTSHIP – 2nd posting
Graduate students on an assistantship contract may choose to pay their comprehensive and commonwealth facilities and equipment fees using the Graduate Comprehensive Fee Payment Plan. Enrollment in the plan is possible after an eligible student has registered for classes and the department has entered the tuition remission award. The plan is available during the fall and spring semesters at no cost, with a new application required each semester. Fall enrollment deadline: 9/29/20.

9. MESSAGE FROM UNIVERSITY SCHOLARSHIPS AND FINANCIAL AID – 2nd posting
If you applied for and were awarded financial aid, please remember to actively accept your Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan in Hokie SPA if you plan to use it.  If you plan to use it and do not accept, it will not appear as a payment on your university bill. You may find instructions for viewing your financial aid offer and accepting or declining your loan here. If you are a new borrower, you also need to complete Entrance Counseling and your Master Promissory Note at the Federal Student Aid website. Please take of these items as soon as possible.

10. NEW PROCEDURES FOR REQUESTING REDUCED COMPREHENSIVE FEES – 2nd posting
In recognition of students living and studying away from the Blacksburg campus, comprehensive fees may be reduced for students enrolled in an all virtual schedule or who have only research hours/ independent study not located on campus.  Students must certify that they will reside more than 50 miles from the Blacksburg campus for the entire semester.  More information can be found on the Bursar website.  To be considered, this form must be submitted by the last day to add courses each semester.

11. TEAM SCIENCE CLASS, ALCE 5224 (FALL 2020) – 3rd posting
Advance your skills for interdisciplinary teaming!  Sign up in Hokie SPA for ALCE 5224: Team Science, Cooperation, and Interdisciplinary Work (CRN 90609). This is only the second time the course has been offered, and we plan more focus on “extreme teaming.”  The learning opportunity will be enhanced with broad participation. If you have questions, contact Eric Kaufman, ekaufman@vt.edu

12. GTA WORKSHOP (GRAD 5004) REGISTRATION – 3rd posting
A reminder that students who will be teaching assistants this fall and who have not already successfully completed GRAD 5004 in previous semesters should be signed up for the GTA Workshop for fall, 2020. Remember that students cannot sign themselves up for this class; students should contact their department/program graduate coordinators and ask to be registered for the class. Deadline for registration for this fall is August 14. More information about the GTA Workshop, including the link to the signup page (for graduate coordinators only) can be found here: https://graduateschool.vt.edu/academics/courses-and-scheduling/graduate-school-courses/gta-workshop.html

13. GA OPPORTUNITY IN LIBRARY & CEE – 1st posting
University Libraries and Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering is seeking a Graduate Assistant to work on a research project related to vibration data streaming and analysis.The goal of the project is to create a real-time monitoring platform for the Goodwin Hall Smart building, which collects vibration data continuously from over 200 sensors. This includes data acquisition & processing, data management, and data visualization. This platform would enable users to interact with the building via a web interface, obtain real time information on building operation, and monitor structural response to various loads (wind, tremors, occupants). You will have broad flexibility in exploring other potential applications in the context of civil engineering (e.g. sustainability, smart cities). For details please see: https://drive.google.com/file/d/15YepdakAA7df5TsPJzix5W5oOgZM-z8l/view?usp=sharing Questions? Contact zhiwuxie@vt.edu and sarlo@vt.edu

14. REIMAGINING diVersiTY GRADUATE STUDENT WAGE POSITION – 2nd posting
Reimagining diVersiTy is a collaborative project comprised of researchers from Virginia Tech and is seeking a graduate student to improve university recruitment, retention, and outreach practices by participating in research projects, assisting with the development of training opportunities, and maintaining ongoing programs/activities. The applicant will work 15-20 hours per week at $20 per hour. Details about the qualifications, job duties, and to apply visit https://app.joinhandshake.com/jobs/3885818.  All applications must be submitted through Handshake by 5:00 pm on Friday, August 7, 2020. Only students shortlisted for the position will be contacted for an interview.  If you have questions related to the position description, please email us at reimagining-diversity@vt.edu.  

15. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR ONLINE DANCE CLASS – 1st posting
Has the quarantine got you down? Have you been isolated and sedentary for the past several months? Then get moving by joining us for a study looking at the effects of online movement classes on mood and social connection. To participate, you will take a survey before and after an online dance class offered through Zoom at New River Moving Arts (https://www.newrivermovingarts.com/). Each survey will take approximately 30 minutes. You will be able to choose from a variety of movement classes (e.g., ballet, jazz, or contemporary dance) lasting 45 minutes. As compensation, you will receive the movement class at no cost. If you are interested, please sign up at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0545aca72da4f58-nrmavt. For more information, email embodiedbrainlab@gmail.com.

16. INTRODUCTORY PROGRAMMING AND DATA SKILLS WORKSHOPS
Week of August 17
Get a jump start before classes start on learning the programming, version control and data skills you need for your classes and research with a two-day online Software Carpentry workshop through the University Libraries!  Workshops will take place the weeks of August 3rd and August 17th and involve interactive hands-on instruction by certified trainers with no experience necessary. We will cover foundations of working with the command prompt (Bash/Unix), version control (Git) and programming in either Python or R. Find out more and sign up at https://calendar.lib.vt.edu/calendar/events/. For questions or additional information, email Data Education Coordinator Nathaniel Porter (ndporter@vt.edu).

August 3-9, 2020

Ongoing Services – updated 7/20/20

This Week’s Events:

1.TLOS COURSES AVAILABLE
2. INTRODUCTORY PROGRAMMING AND DATA SKILLS WORKSHOPS
3. GRADUATE SCHOOL CERTIFICATE INFO SESSION
4. FIRST GENERATION PROFESSIONALS INITIATIVE
5. BEAT STRESS WITH FREE GUIDED MEDITATION
6. MOSS ARTS CENTER VIRTUAL SEASON PREVIEW

Administrative Announcements:
7. COMPREHENSIVE FEE PAYMENT PLAN FOR STUDENTS ON ASSISTANTSHIP – 1st posting
8. MESSAGE FROM UNIVERSITY SCHOLARSHIPS AND FINANCIAL AID – 1st posting
9. NEW PROCEDURES FOR REQUESTING REDUCED COMPREHENSIVE FEES – 1st posting
10. TEAM SCIENCE CLASS, ALCE 5224 (FALL 2020) – 2nd posting
11. GTA WORKSHOP (GRAD 5004) REGISTRATION – 2nd posting
12. GRADUATE STUDENTS INVITED TO SUBMIT WRITING – 3rd posting
13. SIGN-UP FOR GRAD 5124 (FALL 2020) – 3rd posting

Jobs: 
14. GA OPPORTUNITY IN SCHOOL OF EDUCATION – 1st posting
15. REIMAGINING diVersiTY GRADUATE STUDENT WAGE POSITION – 1st posting
16. BUILDING MANAGER POSTION AT THE GRADUATE LIFE CENTER FOR FALL 2020 – 3rd posting

Volunteers and research participants sought:
17. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR AUGMENTED REALITY SURVEY- 3rd posting
18. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR EVALUATING AUDITORY DISPLAY EXPERIMENT – 3rd  posting
19. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR BEVERAGE CONSUMPTION STUDY – 3rd posting

Upcoming Events:
20. CETL & TLOS FALL COURSE DESIGN CLINIC FOR GTAs AND INSTRUCTORS 

0. Ongoing Services – updated 5/11/20

· ALL WEEKLY DROP-IN SERVICES HAVE BEEN SUSPENDED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE 
· CAREER ADVISING: schedule virtual career advising appointment via https://career.vt.edu/job-search/Handshake.html 
· COOK COUNSELING: Contact McComas Hall offices at mailto:counseling@vt.edu or 540-231-6557
· IMMIGRATION ADVISING: email mailto:international@vt.edu or call 540.231.6527. (updated) 
· WRITING CENTER SERVICES: Schedule an appointment at https://vt.mywconline.com/  
· GRADUATE OMBUDSPERSON: contact for appointment at mailto:gradstudentombud@vt.edu, 540-231-9573 

1.TLOS COURSES AVAILABLE
Technology Enhanced Learning and Online Strategies (TLOS) has two courses with openings coming up. If you are interested in either of these courses, or would like to browse upcoming courses you can access our catalogue: https://profdev.tlos.vt.edu/ Contact Nikki Edwards at nikkie@vt.edu if you have questions. 
August 3 – How can I use iClicker in a hybrid or fully online course?  2:00pm -3:00pm
August 6 – TopHat’s Virtual Classroom Tool 2:00pm – 4:00pm 

2. INTRODUCTORY PROGRAMMING AND DATA SKILLS WORKSHOPS
Weeks of August 3 and August 17
Get a jump start before classes start on learning the programming, version control and data skills you need for your classes and research with a two-day online Software Carpentry workshop through the University Libraries!  Workshops will take place the weeks of August 3rd and August 17th and involve interactive hands-on instruction by certified trainers with no experience necessary. We will cover foundations of working with the command prompt (Bash/Unix), version control (Git) and programming in either Python or R. Find out more and sign up at https://calendar.lib.vt.edu/calendar/events/. For questions or additional information, email Data Education Coordinator Nathaniel Porter (ndporter@vt.edu).

3. GRADUATE SCHOOL CERTIFICATE INFO SESSION
Tuesday, August 4, 2020, 3-4pm
Join the Office of Recruitment, Diversity, and Inclusion for an information session on over 60 of our Graduate School Certificates! Learn about our resources, and how you can add credentials to your completed Bachelor’s or a Masters or Doctoral program. Please register here: https://slate.to/xpzgYAlK  Questions? Contact Dr. Shernita Lee at shernita@vt.edu.

4. FIRST GENERATION PROFESSIONALS INITIATIVE
Wednesday, August 5, 2-3pm
In partnership with the U.S. Department of Commerce’s First Generation Professionals Initiative, the Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) Program is hosting a virtual information session for first generation graduate students on our upcoming application cycle. The session will include an overview of the PMF Program, details on how to apply, and personal narratives from PMF alumni who identify as first generation students. First Generation students with advanced degrees (master’s or above) from all academic disciplines are encouraged to attend. Please help us spread the word to your students! Register in advance: https://pmf2021fgp.eventbrite.com 

5. BEAT STRESS WITH FREE GUIDED MEDITATION
Wednesdays in August, 6pm
Come release stress and experience some inner peace with a free weekly guided meditation. These meditation sessions, led by trained and experienced facilitators, are an effortless way to relax and take a break from this constant worrying mind of ours. Sponsored by the SKY Happiness Club.  Join the sessions here: http://tiny.cc/RelaxingWednesday

6. MOSS ARTS CENTER VIRTUAL SEASON PREVIEW
Thursday, August 6, 5:30-6:30pm, 
Are you curious about what the Moss Arts Center (https://artscenter.vt.edu/) will be presenting in the coming season? If so, tune-in to the first ever virtual Season Preview here: https://artscenter.vt.edu/performances/season-preview2020.html At this free, online event, learn about our planned 2020-2021 programs, enjoy a special guest performance, and chat with Executive Director Ruth Waalkes and Director of Programming Margaret Lawrence about the upcoming season. For more information, contact Jon at joncg@vt.edu.

7. COMPREHENSIVE FEE PAYMENT PLAN FOR STUDENTS ON ASSISTANTSHIP – 1st posting
Graduate students on an assistantship contract may choose to pay their comprehensive and commonwealth facilities and equipment fees using the Graduate Comprehensive Fee Payment Plan. Enrollment in the plan is possible after an eligible student has registered for classes and the department has entered the tuition remission award. The plan is available during the fall and spring semesters at no cost, with a new application required each semester. Fall enrollment deadline: 9/29/20.

8. MESSAGE FROM UNIVERSITY SCHOLARSHIPS AND FINANCIAL AID – 1st posting
If you applied for and were awarded financial aid, please remember to actively accept your Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan in Hokie SPA if you plan to use it.  If you plan to use it and do not accept, it will not appear as a payment on your university bill. You may find instructions for viewing your financial aid offer and accepting or declining your loan here. If you are a new borrower, you also need to complete Entrance Counseling and your Master Promissory Note at the Federal Student Aid website. Please take of these items as soon as possible.

9. NEW PROCEDURES FOR REQUESTING REDUCED COMPREHENSIVE FEES – 1st posting
In recognition of students living and studying away from the Blacksburg campus, comprehensive fees may be reduced for students enrolled in an all virtual schedule or who have only research hours/ independent study not located on campus.  Students must certify that they will reside more than 50 miles from the Blacksburg campus for the entire semester.  More information can be found on the Bursar website.  To be considered, this form must be submitted by the last day to add courses each semester.


10. TEAM SCIENCE CLASS, ALCE 5224 (FALL 2020) – 2nd posting
Advance your skills for interdisciplinary teaming!  Sign up in Hokie SPA for ALCE 5224: Team Science, Cooperation, and Interdisciplinary Work (CRN 90609). This is only the second time the course has been offered, and we plan more focus on “extreme teaming.”  The learning opportunity will be enhanced with broad participation. If you have questions, contact Eric Kaufman, ekaufman@vt.edu

11. GTA WORKSHOP (GRAD 5004) REGISTRATION – 2nd posting
A reminder that students who will be teaching assistants this fall and who have not already successfully completed GRAD 5004 in previous semesters should be signed up for the GTA Workshop for fall, 2020. Remember that students cannot sign themselves up for this class; students should contact their department/program graduate coordinators and ask to be registered for the class. Deadline for registration for this fall is August 14. More information about the GTA Workshop, including the link to the signup page (for graduate coordinators only) can be found here: https://graduateschool.vt.edu/academics/courses-and-scheduling/graduate-school-courses/gta-workshop.html

12. GRADUATE STUDENTS INVITED TO SUBMIT WRITING – 3rd posting
The online platform for graduate student essays, RE: Reflections and Explorations, offered through the VT Institute for Policy and Governance (VTIPG), is a great vehicle to share your research ideas and work with a broader audience and to hone your analytical and writing capabilities too. All VT graduate students are eligible to offer essays as long as they address a policy, politics or governance issue or concern. Please read the submission guidelines here: https://docs.google.com/document/u/0/d/1FkKKB8IDxpMLM-EnJvvNTfUqxsvLkVIwo-yCJ2T28ls/edit?usp=sharing&pli=1  Dr. Max Stephenson, Professor of Public and International Affairs and Director of VTIPG, serves as editor and final arbiter of all submissions. Sign up now for a time slot for publication that suits your schedule using this Google Spreadsheet. When you sign up, please also send a brief 100-150 word abstract outlining what topic or concern you believe you will be considering in your submission to Heather Parrish (parrish1@vt.edu). That effort should provide a working title and clearly treat what policy or governance issue you expect to consider and suggest why it is significant. Available dates will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Questions? Please contact Ms. Parrish at the Institute for Policy and Governance.

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

14. GA OPPORTUNITY IN SCHOOL OF EDUCATION – 1st posting
The ideal candidate will have skills in some of the following: data analysis/display, familiarity with Kaptura/Canvas, and knowledge about disability. 20 hours per week. Please contact Bonnie Billingsley at billingsley@vt.edu for more information.

15. REIMAGINING diVersiTY GRADUATE STUDENT WAGE POSITION – 1st posting
Reimagining diVersiTy is a collaborative project comprised of researchers from Virginia Tech and is seeking a graduate student to improve university recruitment, retention, and outreach practices by participating in research projects, assisting with the development of training opportunities, and maintaining ongoing programs/activities. The applicant will work 15-20 hours per week at $20 per hour. Details about the qualifications, job duties, and to apply visit https://app.joinhandshake.com/jobs/3885818.  All applications must be submitted through Handshake by 5:00 pm on Friday, August 7, 2020. Only students shortlisted for the position will be contacted for an interview.  If you have questions related to the position description, please email us at reimagining-diversity@vt.edu.  

16. BUILDING MANAGER POSTION AT THE GRADUATE LIFE CENTER FOR FALL 2020 – 3rd posting
SECL building managers oversee daily operations of the GLC by monitoring service, safety, and security of this space created for graduate students. Duties include walking rounds, responding to issues, and completing reports, in addition to the facilitation of the co-curricular and administrative programs of the student center services and their events. GLC building managers are directly responsible for event management bookings, opening & closing of the building, and submitting of facility work orders and daily reports. Building managers must possess strong communication and customer service skills, along with the ability to move event equipment (tables and chairs). Currently we are looking for flexible staff members that are willing to work at least two shifts a week and have weekend availability. Building managers are paid $12/hr. To apply, please visit Virginia Tech’s Handshake page https://career.vt.edu/job-search/Handshake.html .  Search for the “SECL – Graduate Life Center Building Manager” position.   If you have any questions, please email Steve Buchner (satlbuch@vt.edu). 

17. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR AUGMENTED REALITY SURVEY- 3rd posting
The 3D Interaction (3DI) research group at Virginia Tech invites you to participate in an online survey. Our team is investigating promising ways to interact with Augmented Reality displays in the future. In the survey, we would ask you to provide feedback on a video prototype we developed that showcases our visions of using Augmented Reality interfaces in everyday scenarios. The survey should take less than 30 minutes. Here is the link to the survey: https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_9t0ImMk5rCA9Gw5. Participants need to be at least 18 years of age and proficient English speakers. To participants who are students at Virginia Tech, your involvement in the study will not impact your grades or academic performance in any way. If you have any questions about the study, please contact Feiyu Lu at feiyulu@vt.edu. This experiment has been reviewed, as required, by the Virginia Tech Institutional Review Board under protocol #20-519.

18. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR EVALUATING AUDITORY DISPLAY EXPERIMENT – 3rd posting
Volunteers needed for the Mind Music Machine Lab’s study in evaluating in-vehicle auditory. This is a Virginia Tech research study (IRB Number: 19-642). The objective of this study is to evaluate usability and user perception on in-vehicle auditory displays. During the study, you will be asked to rate different auditory displays based on subjective measures. Eligibility: Normal or corrected-to-normal vision and hearing; you will be excluded if you are a minor, a prisoner or an adult not capable to consent on their own behalf. The study should take about 1 hour. Participation in this study is voluntary and confidential, you will not be compensated for taking part in this study. If you are interested in participating, please contact Chihab Nadri (cnadri@vt.edu).

19. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR BEVERAGE CONSUMPTION STUDY – 3rd posting
The Dietary Assessment Lab of Professor Valisa E. Hedrick, PhD., RDN., is conducting a study (Research Study: 20-237)to determine the effects of online social support on beverage consumption behaviors. You may be eligible to participate if you are 18 years of age or older, are an employee or paid graduate student of Virginia Tech, and have access to the internet through a mobile phone, computer or tablet. All study procedures will take place online and at your convenience. The study involves self-reported weight & height, as well as a short demographics survey. Participants will be asked to complete several questionnaires on topics such as beverage consumption and social media usage. Participants will be entered into a raffle with a 1 in 10 chance to win a $50 Visa gift card upon successful completion of all virtual study visits over a 12-week period. For more information and to complete eligibility screening, please contact PhD student researcher, Anna Fausnacht at annalg16@vt.edu

20. CETL & TLOS FALL COURSE DESIGN CLINIC FOR GTAs AND INSTRUCTORS
The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) and Technology Enhanced Learning and Online Strategies (TLOS) are offering course design clinics to help instructors and GTAs plan for an environment requiring flexibility between remote and face to face instruction. The workshops are being offered multiple times this summer. Please enroll at the links below to participate. Contact the VT Graduate Academy for Teaching Excellence (VTGrATE) if you have questions (mailto:vtgrate@vt.edu) or find us online at vtgrate.org. 
August 10th: https://profdev.tlos.vt.edu/courses/cetl11-081020
August 17th: https://profdev.tlos.vt.edu/courses/cetl11-081720 

July 27-August 2, 2020

REVIEW THE FAQs REGARDING COVID-19 DIRECTIVES AT https://graduateschool.vt.edu/covid-faqs.html.

Ongoing Services – updated 7/20/20

This Week’s Events:
1.VIRTUAL HEALING SPACES FOR THE BLACK COMMUNITY: UPLIFTING THE COMMUNITY AFTER A TRAGIC LOSS
2. CAREER ROUNDTABLE FOR RECENT GRADS
3. CHINESE STUDENT SUPPORT GROUP
4. NRV SCIENCE ON TAP: CELEBRATES BLACK SCIENTISTS

Administrative Announcements:
5. TEAM SCIENCE CLASS, ALCE 5224 (FALL 2020) – 1st posting
6. GTA WORKSHOP (GRAD 5004) REGISTRATION – 1st posting
7. HARVEST AND TAKE HOME VEGETABLES – 1st posting
8. GRADUATE STUDENTS INVITED TO SUBMIT WRITING – 2nd posting
9. SIGN-UP FOR GRAD 5124 (FALL 2020) – 2nd posting
10. P.E.O. SCHOLAR AWARD FOR 2020-2021 – 3rd posting

Jobs:
11. BUILDING MANAGER POSTION AT THE GRADUATE LIFE CENTER FOR FALL 2020 – 2nd posting
12. GA OPPORTUNITY: VIRGINIA TECH TRIO PROGRAMS – 3rd posting

Volunteers and research participants sought:
13. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR AUGMENTED REALITY SURVEY- 2nd posting
14. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR EVALUATING AUDITORY DISPLAY EXPERIMENT – 2nd posting
15. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR BEVERAGE CONSUMPTION STUDY – 2nd posting
16. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR TECHNOLOGY-MEDIATED RECREATION SURVEY – 3rd posting

Upcoming Events:

17. TLOS COURSES AVAILABLE
18. INTRODUCTORY PROGRAMMING AND DATA SKILLS WORKSHOPS
19. CETL & TLOS FALL COURSE DESIGN CLINIC FOR GTAs AND INSTRUCTORS

0. Ongoing Services – updated 5/11/20
· ALL WEEKLY DROP-IN SERVICES HAVE BEEN SUSPENDED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE 
· CAREER ADVISING: schedule virtual career advising appointment via https://career.vt.edu/job-search/Handshake.html
· COOK COUNSELING: Contact McComas Hall offices at mailto:counseling@vt.edu or 540-231-6557
· IMMIGRATION ADVISING: email mailto:international@vt.edu or call 540.231.6527. (updated)
· WRITING CENTER SERVICES: Schedule an appointment at https://vt.mywconline.com/ 
· GRADUATE OMBUDSPERSON: contact for appointment
at mailto:gradstudentombud@vt.edu, 540-231-9573

1. VIRTUAL HEALING SPACES FOR THE BLACK COMMUNITY: UPLIFTING THE COMMUNITY AFTER A TRAGIC LOSS
Tuesday, July 28, 6pm
This program focuses on unique ways in which the national crisis impacts students, a space to process emotions, an opportunity to learn self-care related skills, and community. Email yasmin18@vt.edu or camen@vt.edu of Cook Counseling Center for the zoom link.

2. CAREER ROUNDTABLE FOR RECENT GRADS
Wednesday, July 29, 12-1pm
Career and Professional Development is hosting a live Q&A webinar to address job search concerns from May and August 2020 graduates of Virginia Tech. We know searching for a job in the midst of a pandemic & recession is no easy task; that is why our panel of career advisors and employer relations experts are teaming up to answer your pressing questions about applying, interviewing, and negotiating your first post-graduate job. Register & submit your questions for the panel here: vt.joinhandshake.com/events/527264/share_preview. Questions about this event may be directed to Alyssa Rametta, Assistant Director for Career and Professional Development: alyssarametta@vt.edu

3. CHINESE STUDENT SUPPORT GROUP
Wednesday, July 29, 1:30-3:30pm
Dr. Claire Shen with Cook Counseling will be starting a weekly support group for Chinese students. This group will be using Mandarin Chinese. If you are a Chinese speaking student or know any Chinese speaking students, please sign-up and encourage others to do so! Sign-up here: https://tinyurl.com/y8685vgm

4. NRV SCIENCE ON TAP: CELEBRATES BLACK SCIENTISTS
Thursday, July 30, 5:30-6:30PM. Zoom
Join five Black scientists from different fields, institutions, and career levels as they share their experiences in science and academic professions. Each panelist will introduce themselves, their research passions, and their workplace concerns, and then we’ll hold an audience Q&A. Our panelists are Amber Wendler, Daniel Smith, Korin Jones, Dr. Emmanuel Frimpong, and Dr. Shaz Zamore. Register via Zoom at https://virginiatech.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJEvfu2urTssEtOVz_KBuIynSq0dMGxgQeEE

5. TEAM SCIENCE CLASS, ALCE 5224 (FALL 2020)- 1st posting
Advance your skills for interdisciplinary teaming!  Sign up in Hokie SPA for ALCE 5224: Team Science, Cooperation, and Interdisciplinary Work (CRN 90609). This is only the second time the course has been offered, and we plan more focus on “extreme teaming.”  The learning opportunity will be enhanced with broad participation. If you have questions, contact Eric Kaufman, ekaufman@vt.edu.

6. GTA WORKSHOP (GRAD 5004) REGISTRATION – 1st posting
A reminder that students who will be teaching assistants this fall and who have not already successfully completed GRAD 5004 in previous semesters should be signed up for the GTA Workshop for fall, 2020. Remember that students cannot sign themselves up for this class; students should contact their department/program graduate coordinators and ask to be registered for the class. Deadline for registration for this fall is August 14. More information about the GTA Workshop, including the link to the signup page (for graduate coordinators only) can be found here: https://graduateschool.vt.edu/academics/courses-and-scheduling/graduate-school-courses/gta-workshop.html

7. HARVEST AND TAKE HOME VEGETABLES – 1st posting
Help harvest vegetables at the Turfgrass Research Center and take home leafy greens, summer squash, cucumbers, and green beans. Harvest time is Thursdays at 6pm. Students should contact John Galbraith to arrange to meet at the garden and/or learn where/when to pick up the food. Contact John at 540.392.1184 or ttcf@vt.edu.

8. GRADUATE STUDENTS INVITED TO SUBMIT WRITING – 2nd posting
The online platform for graduate student essays, RE: Reflections and Explorations, offered through the VT Institute for Policy and Governance (VTIPG), is a great vehicle to share your research ideas and work with a broader audience and to hone your analytical and writing capabilities too. All VT graduate students are eligible to offer essays as long as they address a policy, politics or governance issue or concern. Please read the submission guidelines here: https://docs.google.com/document/u/0/d/1FkKKB8IDxpMLM-EnJvvNTfUqxsvLkVIwo-yCJ2T28ls/edit?usp=sharing&pli=1  Dr. Max Stephenson, Professor of Public and International Affairs and Director of VTIPG, serves as editor and final arbiter of all submissions. Sign up now for a time slot for publication that suits your schedule using this Google Spreadsheet. When you sign up, please also send a brief 100-150 word abstract outlining what topic or concern you believe you will be considering in your submission to Heather Parrish (parrish1@vt.edu). That effort should provide a working title and clearly treat what policy or governance issue you expect to consider and suggest why it is significant. Available dates will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Questions? Please contact Ms. Parrish at the Institute for Policy and Governance.

9. SIGN-UP FOR GRAD 5124 (FALL 2020) – 2nd posting
Take your research to the next level! Sign up in Hokie SPA for GRAD 5124: Research Skills for Graduate Students, a 1-credit, pass/fail, fully-online course offered by University Libraries in fall 2020. Five discipline-specific sections are offered: Agriculture, Veterinary Medicine, & Life Sciences; Engineering & Physical Sciences; Health Sciences; Social & Behavioral Sciences; and Arts & Humanities. Be sure to sign up for the section that relates to your subject area. Questions? Contact Lisa Becksford at lisab5@vt.edu.

10. P.E.O. SCHOLAR AWARD FOR 2020-2021 – 3rd posting
P.E.O. International is a philanthropic education organization that provides financial aid for the education of women. These merit-based scholarships offer $15,000 for outstanding women in doctoral programs. More information about the scholarship and the application process can be found here: https://graduateschool.vt.edu/funding/types-of-funding/funding-opportunities/PEO.html

11. BUILDING MANAGER POSTION AT THE GRADUATE LIFE CENTER FOR FALL 2020 – 2nd 
posting
SECL building managers oversee daily operations of the GLC by monitoring service, safety, and security of this space created for graduate students. Duties include walking rounds, responding to issues, and completing reports, in addition to the facilitation of the co-curricular and administrative programs of the student center services and their events. GLC building managers are directly responsible for event management bookings, opening & closing of the building, and submitting of facility work orders and daily reports. Building managers must possess strong communication and customer service skills, along with the ability to move event equipment (tables and chairs). Currently we are looking for flexible staff members that are willing to work at least two shifts a week and have weekend availability. Building managers are paid $12/hr. To apply, please visit Virginia Tech’s Handshake page https://career.vt.edu/job-search/Handshake.html .  Search for the “SECL – Graduate Life Center Building Manager” position.   If you have any questions, please email Steve Buchner (satlbuch@vt.edu). 

12. GA OPPORTUNITY: VIRGINIA TECH TRIO PROGRAMS – 3rd posting
Virginia Tech TRIO Programs is hiring a Graduate Assistant for the 2020-2021 academic year to assist the Upward Bound programs and Talent Search. These federally-funded educational opportunity programs help middle and high school students, veterans, and out-of-school clients overcome academic, social, and cultural barriers to postsecondary education. This is an academic year position (August to May) for 20 hours per week, and includes tuition remission and stipend (Step 10). Candidates must be able to successfully pass a criminal and driving background check, and will need to possess a valid driver’s license. Application review will begin on July 10th and will continue until the position is filled. Please apply through Handshake (#3732326 TRIO Programs Graduate Assistant).

13. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR AUGMENTED REALITY SURVEY- 2nd posting
The 3D Interaction (3DI) research group at Virginia Tech invites you to participate in an online survey. Our team is investigating promising ways to interact with Augmented Reality displays in the future. In the survey, we would ask you to provide feedback on a video prototype we developed that showcases our visions of using Augmented Reality interfaces in everyday scenarios. The survey should take less than 30 minutes. Here is the link to the survey: https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_9t0ImMk5rCA9Gw5. Participants need to be at least 18 years of age and proficient English speakers. To participants who are students at Virginia Tech, your involvement in the study will not impact your grades or academic performance in any way. If you have any questions about the study, please contact Feiyu Lu at feiyulu@vt.edu. This experiment has been reviewed, as required, by the Virginia Tech Institutional Review Board under protocol #20-519.

14. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR EVALUATING AUDITORY DISPLAY EXPERIMENT – 2nd posting
Volunteers needed for the Mind Music Machine Lab’s study in evaluating in-vehicle auditory. This is a Virginia Tech research study (IRB Number: 19-642). The objective of this study is to evaluate usability and user perception on in-vehicle auditory displays. During the study, you will be asked to rate different auditory displays based on subjective measures. Eligibility: Normal or corrected-to-normal vision and hearing; You will be excluded if you are a minor, a prisoner or an adult not capable to consent on their own behalf. The study should take about 1 hour. Participation in this study is voluntary and confidential, you will not be compensated for taking part in this study. If you are interested in participating, please contact Chihab Nadri (cnadri@vt.edu).

15. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR BEVERAGE CONSUMPTION STUDY – 2nd posting
The Dietary Assessment Lab of Professor Valisa E. Hedrick, PhD., RDN., is conducting a study (Research Study: 20-237)to determine the effects of online social support on beverage consumption behaviors. You may be eligible to participate if you are 18 years of age or older, are an employee or paid graduate student of Virginia Tech, and have access to the internet through a mobile phone, computer or tablet. All study procedures will take place online and at your convenience. The study involves self-reported weight & height, as well as a short demographics survey. Participants will be asked to complete several questionnaires on topics such as beverage consumption and social media usage. Participants will be entered into a raffle with a 1 in 10 chance to win a $50 Visa gift card upon successful completion of all virtual study visits over a 12-week period. For more information and to complete eligibility screening, please contact PhD student researcher, Anna Fausnacht at annalg16@vt.edu

16. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR TECHNOLOGY-MEDIATED RECREATION SURVEY – 3rd posting
Volunteers (aged 18 and up) are needed to take part in a Virginia Tech research study titled “Technology-mediated‌ ‌recreation‌ ‌-‌ ‌habits‌ ‌and‌ ‌perspectives‌ ‌before, during,‌ ‌and‌ ‌after‌ ‌COVID-19‌” (IRB Protocol #20-318). If you agree to be in this study you will be asked to complete an online survey.  This survey study aims to learn about strategies, habits, and perspectives, with respect to your current (and desired) approach to maintaining connections with nature and loved ones, through the use of technology, before, during, and after COVID-19. The survey will take between 20 minutes to 25 minutes to complete.  Participants will be entered into a drawing for one of four $25 Amazon gift cards (the approximate odds of being selected are 1 in 100). https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6VDruf5C5GmEDlj For more information, please email Derek Haqq at dhaqq@vt.edu.

17. TLOS COURSES AVAILABLETechnology Enhanced Learning and Online Strategies (TLOS) has two courses with openings coming up. If you are interested in either of these courses, or would like to browse upcoming courses you can access our catalogue: https://profdev.tlos.vt.edu/ Contact Nikki Edwards at nikkie@vt.edu if you have questions.
August 3 – How can I use iClicker in a hybrid or fully online course?  2:00pm -3:00pm
August 6 – TopHat’s Virtual Classroom Tool 2:00pm – 4:00pm

18. INTRODUCTORY PROGRAMMING AND DATA SKILLS WORKSHOPS 
Get a jump start before classes start on learning the programming, version control and data skills you need for your classes and research with a two-day online Software Carpentry workshop through the University Libraries!  Workshops will take place the weeks of August 3rd and August 17th and involve interactive hands-on instruction by certified trainers with no experience necessary. We will cover foundations of working with the command prompt (Bash/Unix), version control (Git) and programming in either Python or R. Find out more and sign up at https://calendar.lib.vt.edu/calendar/events/. For questions or additional information, email Data Education Coordinator Nathaniel Porter (ndporter@vt.edu).

19. CETL & TLOS FALL COURSE DESIGN CLINIC FOR GTAs AND INSTRUCTORS
The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) and Technology Enhanced Learning and Online Strategies (TLOS) are offering course design clinics to help instructors and GTAs plan for an environment requiring flexibility between remote and face to face instruction. The workshops are being offered multiple times this summer. Please enroll at the links below to participate. Contact the VT Graduate Academy for Teaching Excellence (VTGrATE) if you have questions (mailto:vtgrate@vt.edu) or find us online at vtgrate.org.
August 10th: https://profdev.tlos.vt.edu/courses/cetl11-081020
August 17th: https://profdev.tlos.vt.edu/courses/cetl11-081720

July 20-26, 2020

REVIEW THE FAQs REGARDING COVID-19 DIRECTIVES AT https://graduateschool.vt.edu/covid-faqs.html.

Ongoing Services – updated 7/20/20

This Week’s Events:
1.CHINESE STUDENT SUPPORT GROUP
2. PRESIDENT SANDS HOSTS GRADUATE EDUCATION TOWN HALL MEETING
3. MY VT GRADUATE SCHOOL EXPERIENCE
4. GENERAL BODY MEETING: SCIENCE POLICY EDUCATION AND ADVOCACY CLUB (SPEAC) AT VT
5. VIRTUAL HEALING SPACES FOR THE BLACK COMMUNITY: UPLIFTING THE COMMUNITY AFTER A TRAGIC LOSS – weekly in July

Administrative Announcements:
6. GRADUATE STUDENTS INVITED TO SUBMIT WRITING – 1st posting
7. SIGN-UP FOR GRAD 5124 (FALL 2020) – 1st posting
8. P.E.O. SCHOLAR AWARD FOR 2020-2021 – 2nd posting
9. FINANCIAL COACHING FOR GRAD STUDENTS- 3rd posting

Jobs:
10. BUILDING MANAGER POSTION AT THE GRADUATE LIFE CENTER FOR FALL 2020 – 1st posting
11. GA OPPORTUNITY: VIRGINIA TECH TRIO PROGRAMS – 2nd posting
12. GA OPPORTUNITY: VIRTUAL ENVIRONMENTS STUDIO -3rd posting

Volunteers and research participants sought:
13. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR AUGMENTED REALITY SURVEY- 1st posting
14. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR EVALUATING AUDITORY DISPLAY EXPERIMENT – 1st posting
15. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR BEVERAGE CONSUMPTION STUDY – 1st posting
16. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR TECHNOLOGY-MEDIATED RECREATION SURVEY – 2nd posting

Upcoming Events:
17. NRV SCIENCE ON TAP: CELEBRATES BLACK SCIENTISTS
18. CETL & TLOS FALL COURSE DESIGN CLINIC FOR GTAs AND INSTRUCTORS – August dates

0. Ongoing Services – updated 7/20/20
· ALL WEEKLY DROP-IN SERVICES HAVE BEEN SUSPENDED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE 
· CAREER ADVISING: schedule virtual career advising appointment via https://career.vt.edu/job-search/Handshake.html
· COOK COUNSELING: Contact McComas Hall offices at mailto:counseling@vt.edu or 540-231-6557
· IMMIGRATION ADVISING: email international@vt.edu or call 540.231.6527. (updated 7/20/20)
· WRITING CENTER SERVICES: Schedule an appointment at https://vt.mywconline.com/ 
· GRADUATE OMBUDSPERSON: contact for appointment at mailto:gradstudentombud@vt.edu, 540-231-9573

1. CHINESE STUDENT SUPPORT GROUP
Wednesdays, starting July 1, 1:30-3:30pm
Dr. Claire Shen with Cook Counseling will be starting a weekly support group for Chinese students. This group will be using Mandarin Chinese. If you are a Chinese speaking student or know any Chinese speaking students, please sign-up and encourage others to do so! Sign-up here: https://tinyurl.com/y8685vgm

2. PRESIDENT SANDS HOSTS GRADUATE EDUCATION TOWN HALL MEETING
Tuesday, July 21, 1pm, Online
President Sands will be joined by Provost Cyril Clarke, Vice President and Dean for Graduate Education Karen DePauw, and Interim Vice President for Research and Innovation Don Taylor. They will discuss and take questions related to Graduate Student education ahead of the return to campus for the fall 2020 semester. View the town hall here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9IeMFfzFl0U&feature=youtu.be Students can submit questions here: https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_8H5y2f2ngbP3dLD

3. MY VT GRADUATE SCHOOL EXPERIENCE
Wednesday, July 22, 3-4pm, Online
Join the Office of Recruitment, Diversity, and Inclusion for a Graduate Student led panel discussion. Receive first-hand feedback from exemplary members of our graduate community, gain perspective of valuable resources, and more! This event is for both current and prospective students. Please register here: https://slate.to/iA9N0dYS  Questions? Contact Dr. Shernita Lee at shernita@vt.edu.

4. GENERAL BODY MEETING: SCIENCE POLICY EDUCATION AND ADVOCACY CLUB (SPEAC) AT VT
Thursday, July 23rd, 5:00-6:00pm, Zoom
Curious about science policy? Attend SPEAC’s next meeting! We will be having an informal Q&A with guest speaker Dr. Megan O’Rourke. Dr. O’Rourke is an associate professor of Sustainable Food Production Systems at Virginia Tech. She has extensive policy experience through her work with the United States Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Services as the organization’s climate change advisor. She has also worked as a Foreign Service Officer for the United States Agency for International Development in Cambodia on food security and environmental programs. Please register for this event here: https://forms.gle/Doj8XBaSvMyTncL98. For more information or to join our Listserv, email speacvt@gmail.com. Also connect with us on Twitter and Facebook (@speacvt)!

5. VIRTUAL HEALING SPACES FOR THE BLACK COMMUNITY: UPLIFTING THE COMMUNITY AFTER A TRAGIC LOSS
Tuesdays, 6pm, (June 16th – July 28th)
This program focuses on unique ways in which the national crisis impacts students, a space to process emotions, an opportunity to learn self-care related skills, and community. Email yasmin18@vt.edu or camen@vt.edu of Cook Counseling Center for the zoom link.

6. GRADUATE STUDENTS INVITED TO SUBMIT WRITING – 1st posting
The online platform for graduate student essays, RE: Reflections and Explorations, offered through the VT Institute for Policy and Governance (VTIPG), is a great vehicle to share your research ideas and work with a broader audience and to hone your analytical and writing capabilities too. All VT graduate students are eligible to offer essays as long as they address a policy, politics or governance issue or concern. Please read the submission guidelines here:https://docs.google.com/document/u/0/d/1FkKKB8IDxpMLM-EnJvvNTfUqxsvLkVIwo-yCJ2T28ls/edit?usp=sharing&pli=1  Dr. Max Stephenson, Professor of Public and International Affairs and Director of VTIPG, serves as editor and final arbiter of all submissions. Sign up now for a time slot for publication that suits your schedule using this Google Spreadsheet. When you sign up, please also send a brief 100-150 word abstract outlining what topic or concern you believe you will be considering in your submission to Heather Parrish (parrish1@vt.edu). That effort should provide a working title and clearly treat what policy or governance issue you expect to consider and suggest why it is significant. Available dates will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Questions? Please contact Ms. Parrish at the Institute for Policy and Governance.

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

8. P.E.O. SCHOLAR AWARD FOR 2020-2021 – 2nd posting
P.E.O. International is a philanthropic education organization that provides financial aid for the education of women. These merit-based scholarships offer $15,000 for outstanding women in doctoral programs. More information about the scholarship and the application process can be found here: https://graduateschool.vt.edu/funding/types-of-funding/funding-opportunities/PEO.html

9. FINANCIAL COACHING FOR GRAD STUDENTS- 3rd posting
Financial questions or stress? Set up an appointment to discuss your financial wellness. Kevin Sutton, the Assistant Director of Financial Wellness on the Hokie Wellness team, presents and meets with both graduate and undergraduate students to discuss topics such as budgeting, credit scores, debt management strategies, financial stress, and short-term financial planning. Some potential topics for discussion include how to maximize your credit score without carrying a credit card balance as well as how you can use this summer to plan financially for end-of-year holiday expenses (they always come up so fast!) and for experiences you want to have next summer. You can contact Kevin by email to schedule an appointment around your schedule or sign up for an appointment here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c054eaeae22a7ff2-financial

10. BUILDING MANAGER POSTION AT THE GRADUATE LIFE CENTER FOR FALL 2020 – 1st posting
SECL building managers oversee daily operations of the GLC by monitoring service, safety, and security of this space created for graduate students. Duties include walking rounds, responding to issues, and completing reports, in addition to the facilitation of the co-curricular and administrative programs of the student center services and their events. GLC building managers are directly responsible for event management bookings, opening & closing of the building, and submitting of facility work orders and daily reports. Building managers must possess strong communication and customer service skills, along with the ability to move event equipment (tables and chairs). Currently we are looking for flexible staff members that are willing to work at least two shifts a week and have weekend availability. Building managers are paid $12/hr. To apply, please visit Virginia Tech’s Handshake page https://career.vt.edu/job-search/Handshake.html .  Search for the “SECL – Graduate Life Center Building Manager” position.   If you have any questions, please email Steve Buchner (satlbuch@vt.edu). 

11. GA OPPORTUNITY: VIRGINIA TECH TRIO PROGRAMS – 2nd posting
Virginia Tech TRIO Programs is hiring a Graduate Assistant for the 2020-2021 academic year to assist the Upward Bound programs and Talent Search. These federally-funded educational opportunity programs help middle and high school students, veterans, and out-of-school clients overcome academic, social, and cultural barriers to postsecondary education. This is an academic year position (August to May) for 20 hours per week, and includes tuition remission and stipend (Step 10). Candidates must be able to successfully pass a criminal and driving background check, and will need to possess a valid driver’s license. Application review will begin on July 10th and will continue until the position is filled. Please apply through Handshake (#3732326 TRIO Programs Graduate Assistant).

12. GA OPPORTUNITY: VIRTUAL ENVIRONMENTS STUDIO -3rd posting
The goal of this position is to help maintain, support, and grow the Virtual Environments Studio in Newman Library by teaching workshops, taking consultations from faculty and students about immersive environments, performing basic maintenance tasks, and assisting with AR/VR related projects associated with the University Libraries. Required qualifications include experience with VR/AR related software and hardware, excellent written and verbal communication skills, and good customer service skills. Preferred skills include experience with 3D modeling, game development and virtual reality hardware maintenance, experience conducting research involving augmented or virtual reality, supervisory experience, formal or informal teaching and tutoring experience. This is a 9-month appointment and the pay is $1523 a month. To apply, fill out this application and attach your resume to the end of it where prompted by July 31, 2020. If you have questions, please contact Jonathan Bradley at bradley1@vt.edu.

13. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR AUGMENTED REALITY SURVEY- 1st posting
The 3D Interaction (3DI) research group at Virginia Tech invites you to participate in an online survey. Our team is investigating promising ways to interact with Augmented Reality displays in the future. In the survey, we would ask you to provide feedback on a video prototype we developed that showcases our visions of using Augmented Reality interfaces in everyday scenarios. The survey should take less than 30 minutes. Here is the link to the survey: https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_9t0ImMk5rCA9Gw5. Participants need to be at least 18 years of age and proficient English speakers. To participants who are students at Virginia Tech, your involvement in the study will not impact your grades or academic performance in any way. If you have any questions about the study, please contact Feiyu Lu at feiyulu@vt.edu. This experiment has been reviewed, as required, by the Virginia Tech Institutional Review Board under protocol #20-519.

14. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR EVALUATING AUDITORY DISPLAY EXPERIMENT – 1st posting
Volunteers needed for the Mind Music Machine Lab’s study in evaluating in-vehicle auditory. This is a Virginia Tech research study (IRB Number: 19-642). The objective of this study is to evaluate usability and user perception on in-vehicle auditory displays. During the study, you will be asked to rate different auditory displays based on subjective measures. Eligibility: Normal or corrected-to-normal vision and hearing; You will be excluded if you are a minor, a prisoner or an adult not capable to consent on their own behalf. The study should take about 1 hour. Participation in this study is voluntary and confidential, you will not be compensated for taking part in this study. If you are interested in participating, please contact Chihab Nadri (cnadri@vt.edu).

15. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR BEVERAGE CONSUMPTION STUDY – 1st posting
The Dietary Assessment Lab of Professor Valisa E. Hedrick, PhD., RDN., is conducting a study (Research Study: 20-237) to determine the effects of online social support on beverage consumption behaviors. You may be eligible to participate if you are 18 years of age or older, are an employee or paid graduate student of Virginia Tech, and have access to the internet through a mobile phone, computer or tablet. All study procedures will take place online and at your convenience. The study involves self-reported weight & height, as well as a short demographics survey. Participants will be asked to complete several questionnaires on topics such as beverage consumption and social media usage. Participants will be entered into a raffle with a 1 in 10 chance to win a $50 Visa gift card upon successful completion of all virtual study visits over a 12-week period. For more information and to complete eligibility screening, please contact PhD student researcher, Anna Fausnacht at annalg16@vt.edu

16. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR TECHNOLOGY-MEDIATED RECREATION SURVEY – 2nd posting
Volunteers (aged 18 and up) are needed to take part in a Virginia Tech research study titled “Technology-mediated‌ ‌recreation‌ ‌-‌ ‌habits‌ ‌and‌ ‌perspectives‌ ‌before, during,‌ ‌and‌ ‌after‌ ‌COVID-19‌” (IRB Protocol #20-318). If you agree to be in this study you will be asked to complete an online survey.  This survey study aims to learn about strategies, habits, and perspectives, with respect to your current (and desired) approach to maintaining connections with nature and loved ones, through the use of technology, before, during, and after COVID-19. The survey will take between 20 minutes to 25 minutes to complete.  Participants will be entered into a drawing for one of four $25 Amazon gift cards (the approximate odds of being selected are 1 in 100). https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6VDruf5C5GmEDlj For more information, please email Derek Haqq at dhaqq@vt.edu.

17. NRV SCIENCE ON TAP: CELEBRATES BLACK SCIENTISTS
Thurs. July 30, 5:30-6:30PM. Zoom
Join five Black scientists from different fields, institutions, and career levels as they share their experiences in science and academic professions. Each panelist will introduce themselves, their research passions, and their workplace concerns, and then we’ll hold an audience Q&A. Our panelists are Amber Wendler, Daniel Smith, Korin Jones, Dr. Emmanuel Frimpong, and Dr. Shaz Zamore. Register via Zoom at https://virginiatech.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJEvfu2urTssEtOVz_KBuIynSq0dMGxgQeEE

18. CETL & TLOS FALL COURSE DESIGN CLINIC FOR GTAs AND INSTRUCTORS
The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) and Technology Enhanced Learning and Online Strategies (TLOS) are offering course design clinics to help instructors and GTAs plan for an environment requiring flexibility between remote and face to face instruction. The workshops are being offered multiple times this summer. Please enroll at the links below to participate. Contact the VT Graduate Academy for Teaching Excellence (VTGrATE) if you have questions (mailto:vtgrate@vt.edu) or find us online at vtgrate.org.
August 10th: https://profdev.tlos.vt.edu/courses/cetl11-081020
August 17th: https://profdev.tlos.vt.edu/courses/cetl11-081720

July 13-19, 2020

Ongoing Services – updated 5/11/20

This Week’s Events:
1. CHINESE STUDENT SUPPORT GROUP
2. CETL & TLOS FALL COURSE DESIGN CLINIC FOR GTAs AND INSTRUCTORS – multiple dates Jul-Aug
3. VIRTUAL HEALING SPACES FOR THE BLACK COMMUNITY: UPLIFTING THE COMMUNITY AFTER A TRAGIC LOSS – weekly in July

Administrative Announcements:
4. P.E.O. SCHOLAR AWARD FOR 2020-2021 – 1st posting
5. FINANCIAL COACHING FOR GRAD STUDENTS- 2nd posting
6. WOMEN’S CENTER SEEKS PROGRAMMING INPUT – 3rd posting
7. GTA INPUT SOUGHT ON TEACHING AND LEARNING NEEDS – 3rd posting
8. GTA WORKSHOP REGISTRATION NOW OPEN – 3rd posting

Jobs:
 9. GA OPPORTUNITY: VIRGINIA TECH TRIO PROGRAMS – 1st posting
10. GA OPPORTUNITY: VIRTUAL ENVIRONMENTS STUDIO -2nd posting

Volunteers and research participants sought:
11. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR TECHNOLOGY-MEDIATED RECREATION SURVEY – 1st posting
12.PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR HIBISCUS SURVEY – WATER IGEP PROJECT- 3rd posting

Upcoming Events:
13. GENERAL BODY MEETING: SCIENCE POLICY EDUCATION AND ADVOCACY CLUB (SPEAC) AT VT

0. Ongoing Services – updated 5/11/20
· ALL WEEKLY DROP-IN SERVICES HAVE BEEN SUSPENDED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE 
· CAREER ADVISING: schedule virtual career advising appointment via https://career.vt.edu/job-search/Handshake.html
· COOK COUNSELING: Contact McComas Hall offices at mailto:counseling@vt.edu or 540-231-6557
· IMMIGRATION ADVISING: email mailto:igss@vt.edu or call 540-231-8486; 9:00-4:00pm starting 5/18/20
· WRITING CENTER SERVICES: Schedule an appointment at https://vt.mywconline.com/ 
· GRADUATE OMBUDSPERSON: contact for appointment at mailto:gradstudentombud@vt.edu, 540-231-9573

1. CHINESE STUDENT SUPPORT GROUP
Wednesdays, starting July 1, 1:30-3:30pm
Dr. Claire Shen with Cook Counseling will be starting a weekly support group for Chinese students. This group will be using Mandarin Chinese. If you are a Chinese speaking student or know any Chinese speaking students, please sign-up and encourage others to do so! Sign-up here: https://tinyurl.com/y8685vgm

2. CETL & TLOS FALL COURSE DESIGN CLINIC FOR GTAs AND INSTRUCTORS
The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) and Technology Enhanced Learning and Online Strategies (TLOS) are offering course design clinics to help instructors and GTAs plan for an environment requiring flexibility between remote and face to face instruction. The workshops are being offered multiple times this summer. Please enroll at the links below to participate. Contact the VT Graduate Academy for Teaching Excellence (VTGrATE) if you have questions (mailto:vtgrate@vt.edu) or find us online at vtgrate.org.
July 13th: https://profdev.tlos.vt.edu/courses/cetl11-071320
August 10th: https://profdev.tlos.vt.edu/courses/cetl11-081020
August 17th: https://profdev.tlos.vt.edu/courses/cetl11-081720

3. VIRTUAL HEALING SPACES FOR THE BLACK COMMUNITY: UPLIFTING THE COMMUNITY AFTER A TRAGIC LOSS
Tuesdays, 6pm, (June 16th – July 28th)
This program focuses on unique ways in which the national crisis impacts students, a space to process emotions, an opportunity to learn self-care related skills, and community. Email yasmin18@vt.edu or camen@vt.edu of Cook Counseling Center for the zoom link

4. P.E.O. SCHOLAR AWARD FOR 2020-2021 – 1st posting
P.E.O. International is a philanthropic education organization that provides financial aid for the education of women. These merit-based scholarships offer $15,000 for outstanding women in doctoral programs. More information about the scholarship and the application process can be found here: https://graduateschool.vt.edu/funding/types-of-funding/funding-opportunities/PEO.html

5. FINANCIAL COACHING FOR GRAD STUDENTS- 2nd posting
Financial questions or stress? Set up an appointment to discuss your financial wellness. Kevin Sutton, the Assistant Director of Financial Wellness on the Hokie Wellness team, presents and meets with both graduate and undergraduate students to discuss topics such as budgeting, credit scores, debt management strategies, financial stress, and short-term financial planning. Some potential topics for discussion include how to maximize your credit score without carrying a credit card balance as well as how you can use this summer to plan financially for end-of-year holiday expenses (they always come up so fast!) and for experiences you want to have next summer. You can contact Kevin by email to schedule an appointment around your schedule or sign up for an appointment here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c054eaeae22a7ff2-financial

6. WOMEN’S CENTER SEEKS PROGRAMMING INPUT – 3rd posting
In order to meet the needs of our diverse VT community, the Women’s Center has created a short questionnaire to assess the needs of our students, faculty, and staff. We recognize that this upcoming Fall semester will be like no other that we have experienced before, and we want to ensure that our programming and education provides the support that our community needs during this time. Please take a few minutes to complete the survey at the following link. https://forms.gle/eebMHyJZhkeSEK2t5

7. GTA INPUT SOUGHT ON TEACHING AND LEARNING NEEDS – 3rd posting
The VT Graduate Academy for Teaching Excellence (VTGrATE) is dedicated to supporting graduate students that are involved in teaching. Given the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, they are seeking your input regarding your teaching and learning needs, and addressing your questions and concerns for the upcoming academic year. Please take a few minutes to answer this survey so that we can connect you with existing teaching resources available from partners around campus. Access the survey at https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0qXGpRVbVJAdPSd. If no such resources exist, VTGrATE will strive to create new quality content to address these needs. With questions and comments please email vtgrate@vt.edu or contact them through the “Ask a Fellow” on VTGrATE webpage (vtgrate.org/ask-a-fellow/).

8. GTA WORKSHOP REGISTRATION NOW OPEN – 3rd posting
All new GTAs are required to take this course and should be registered by their graduate coordinator (students cannot register themselves). If you will be a GTA in the future, or if you have earned an F grade in the course in the past, please contact your graduate coordinator to make sure that they register you for the upcoming GTA workshop. The Phase I fall workshop will take place beginning at 9 am on Tuesday, August 18, and will in part be synchronous. The other portions of the course will be a blend of synchronous and asynchronous, but all of it will be delivered by Zoom, online. All registered students must attend the synchronous workshop and also complete the remaining asynchronous portions of Phase I in order to pass the course.  A list (and where appropriate, a timetable) of the Phase II sessions from which students will select courses of interest to meet other GRAD 5004 requirements will be communicated to all students at a later date. Learn more about the workshop at https://graduateschool.vt.edu/academics/courses-and-scheduling/graduate-school-courses/gta-workshop.html.  

9. GA OPPORTUNITY: VIRGINIA TECH TRIO PROGRAMS – 1st posting
Virginia Tech TRIO Programs is hiring a Graduate Assistant for the 2020-2021 academic year to assist the Upward Bound programs and Talent Search. These federally-funded educational opportunity programs help middle and high school students, veterans, and out-of-school clients overcome academic, social, and cultural barriers to postsecondary education. This is an academic year position (August to May) for 20 hours per week, and includes tuition remission and stipend (Step 10). Candidates must be able to successfully pass a criminal and driving background check, and will need to possess a valid driver’s license. Application review will begin on July 10th and will continue until the position is filled. Please apply through Handshake (#3732326 TRIO Programs Graduate Assistant).

10. GA OPPORTUNITY: VIRTUAL ENVIRONMENTS STUDIO -2nd posting
The goal of this position is to help maintain, support, and grow the Virtual Environments Studio in Newman Library by teaching workshops, taking consultations from faculty and students about immersive environments, performing basic maintenance tasks, and assisting with AR/VR related projects associated with the University Libraries. Required qualifications include experience with VR/AR related software and hardware, excellent written and verbal communication skills, and good customer service skills. Preferred skills include experience with 3D modeling, game development and virtual reality hardware maintenance, experience conducting research involving augmented or virtual reality, supervisory experience, formal or informal teaching and tutoring experience. This is a 9-month appointment and the pay is $1523 a month. To apply, fill out this application and attach your resume to the end of it where prompted by July 31, 2020. If you have questions, please contact Jonathan Bradley at bradley1@vt.edu.

11. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR TECHNOLOGY-MEDIATED RECREATION SURVEY – 1st posting
Volunteers (aged 18 and up) are needed to take part in a Virginia Tech research study titled “Technology-mediated‌ ‌recreation‌ ‌-‌ ‌habits‌ ‌and‌ ‌perspectives‌ ‌before, during,‌ ‌and‌ ‌after‌ ‌COVID-19‌” (IRB Protocol #20-318). If you agree to be in this study you will be asked to complete an online survey.  This survey study aims to learn about strategies, habits, and perspectives, with respect to your current (and desired) approach to maintaining connections with nature and loved ones, through the use of technology, before, during, and after COVID-19. The survey will take between 20 minutes to 25 minutes to complete.  Participants will be entered into a drawing for one of four $25 Amazon gift cards (the approximate odds of being selected are 1 in 100). https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6VDruf5C5GmEDlj For more information, please email Derek Haqq at dhaqq@vt.edu.

12. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR HIBISCUS SURVEY – WATER IGEP PROJECT- 3rd posting
The Water INTERface Interdisciplinary Graduate Education Programs (IGEPs) is recruiting volunteers who are at least 18 years old to participate in an online survey on assessment of consumers’ knowledge/perception of hibiscus products (IRB-19-550). Participants will be asked if they have consumed hibiscus products, under which form they have consumed such products, and their previous taste experience of those products. Participants will be provided with information on the benefits of hibiscus and asked how likely they are to purchase hibiscus drink products. The link to access the survey is https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_8jeKpe5gAQTCPOJ and the time commitment to answer this survey is approximately 15 minutes. For more information please contact Dr. Valisa Hedrick (vhedrick@vt.edu) or Dr. Neill Clinton (cneill@vt.edu) or Oumoule Ndiaye (oumoule7@vt.edu).

13. GENERAL BODY MEETING: SCIENCE POLICY EDUCATION AND ADVOCACY CLUB (SPEAC) AT VT
Thursday, July 23rd, 5:00-6:00pm, Zoom
Curious about science policy? Attend SPEAC’s next meeting! We will be having an informal Q&A with guest speaker Dr. Megan O’Rourke. Dr. O’Rourke is an associate professor of Sustainable Food Production Systems at Virginia Tech. She has extensive policy experience through her work with the United States Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Services as the organization’s climate change advisor. She has also worked as a Foreign Service Officer for the United States Agency for International Development in Cambodia on food security and environmental programs. Please register for this event here: https://forms.gle/Doj8XBaSvMyTncL98. For more information or to join our Listserv, email speacvt@gmail.com. Also connect with us on Twitter and Facebook (@speacvt)!

July 6-12, 2020

REVIEW THE FAQs REGARDING COVID-19 DIRECTIVES AT https://graduateschool.vt.edu/covid-faqs.html.

Ongoing Services – updated 5/11/20

This Week’s Events:
1. CHINESE STUDENT SUPPORT GROUP
2. JUSTICE IN JUNE: A SPRINGBOARD FOR INTEGRATING JUSTICE IN PEDAGOGY
3. SUMMER INTERFAITH DIALOGUES – DEAN OF STUDENTS OFFICE

Administrative Announcements:
4. FINANCIAL COACHING FOR GRAD STUDENTS- 1st posting
5. WOMEN’S CENTER SEEKS PROGRAMMING INPUT – 2nd posting
6. GTA INPUT SOUGHT ON TEACHING AND LEARNING NEEDS – 2nd posting
7. GTA WORKSHOP REGISTRATION NOW OPEN – 2nd posting
8. SUMMER COURSES ON HOUSING AND DEVELOPMENT- 3rd posting

Jobs:
9. GA OPPORTUNITY: VIRTUAL ENVIRONMENTS STUDIO -1st posting

Volunteers and research participants sought:
10.PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR HIBISCUS SURVEY – WATER IGEP PROJECT- 2nd posting

Upcoming Events:
11. CETL & TLOS FALL COURSE DESIGN CLINIC FOR GTAs AND INSTRUCTORS – multiple dates Jul-Aug

0. Ongoing Services – updated 5/11/20

· ALL WEEKLY DROP-IN SERVICES HAVE BEEN SUSPENDED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE 
· CAREER ADVISING: schedule virtual career advising appointment via https://career.vt.edu/job-search/Handshake.html
· COOK COUNSELING: Contact McComas Hall offices at mailto:counseling@vt.edu or 540-231-6557
· IMMIGRATION ADVISING: email mailto:igss@vt.edu or call 540-231-8486; 9:00-4:00pm starting 5/18/20
· WRITING CENTER SERVICES: Schedule an appointment at https://vt.mywconline.com/ 
· GRADUATE OMBUDSPERSON: contact for appointment at mailto:gradstudentombud@vt.edu, 540-231-9573

1. CHINESE STUDENT SUPPORT GROUP
Wednesdays, starting July 1, 1:30-3:30pm
Dr. Claire Shen with Cook Counseling will be starting a weekly support group for Chinese students. This group will be using Mandarin Chinese. If you are a Chinese speaking student or know any Chinese speaking students, please sign-up and encourage others to do so! Sign-up here: https://tinyurl.com/y8685vgm

2. JUSTICE IN JUNE: A SPRINGBOARD FOR INTEGRATING JUSTICE IN PEDAGOGY
Mondays 3:00pm; Wednesdays 12:00pm; Fridays 10:00am until July 10
Please join VTGrATE to discuss “Justice in June” which is geared towards learners who are new to anti-racist literature and advocacy. Additional reading materials and resources are suggested during the sessions for ongoing learning and reflection. These sessions are open to anyone who wishes to engage in dialogue on racism, white supremacy, strategies for anti-racist pedagogy, and student engagement. Meeting details are available on our events calendar:  http://vtgrate.org/events/ These events are open to everyone, irrespective of their engagement with VTGrATE. Please contact us at vtgrate@vt.edu if you have questions, or find us online at http://vtgrate.org/.

3. SUMMER INTERFAITH DIALOGUES – DEAN OF STUDENTS OFFICE
Wednesdays bi-weekly, May 27-Jul 8, 5:30-7:00pm, Zoom
Spend your Summer in good company: participate in a dialogue with students from diverse worldviews. The Summer Interfaith Dialogues will happen over Zoom bi-weekly on Wednesdays 5:30 – 7pm, from May 27 to July 8. Everyone is welcome to participate. RSVP at https://dos.vt.edu/dialogue.  More info on the interfaith program at http://www.dos.vt.edu/interfaith.

4. FINANCIAL COACHING FOR GRAD STUDENTS- 1st posting
Financial questions or stress? Set up an appointment to discuss your financial wellness. Kevin Sutton, the Assistant Director of Financial Wellness on the Hokie Wellness team, presents and meets with both graduate and undergraduate students to discuss topics such as budgeting, credit scores, debt management strategies, financial stress, and short-term financial planning. Some potential topics for discussion include how to maximize your credit score without carrying a credit card balance as well as how you can use this summer to plan financially for end-of-year holiday expenses (they always come up so fast!) and for experiences you want to have next summer. You can contact Kevin by email to schedule an appointment around your schedule or sign up for an appointment here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c054eaeae22a7ff2-financial

5. WOMEN’S CENTER SEEKS PROGRAMMING INPUT – 2nd posting
In order to meet the needs of our diverse VT community, the Women’s Center has created a short questionnaire to assess the needs of our students, faculty, and staff. We recognize that this upcoming Fall semester will be like no other that we have experienced before, and we want to ensure that our programming and education provides the support that our community needs during this time. Please take a few minutes to complete the survey at the following link. https://forms.gle/eebMHyJZhkeSEK2t5

6. GTA INPUT SOUGHT ON TEACHING AND LEARNING NEEDS – 2nd posting
The VT Graduate Academy for Teaching Excellence (VTGrATE) is dedicated to supporting graduate students that are involved in teaching. Given the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, they are seeking your input regarding your teaching and learning needs, and addressing your questions and concerns for the upcoming academic year. Please take a few minutes to answer this survey so that we can connect you with existing teaching resources available from partners around campus. Access the survey at https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0qXGpRVbVJAdPSd. If no such resources exist, VTGrATE will strive to create new quality content to address these needs. With questions and comments please email vtgrate@vt.edu or contact them through the “Ask a Fellow” on VTGrATE webpage (vtgrate.org/ask-a-fellow/).

7. GTA WORKSHOP REGISTRATION NOW OPEN – 2nd posting
All new GTAs are required to take this course and should be registered by their graduate coordinator (students cannot register themselves). If you will be a GTA in the future, or if you have earned an F grade in the course in the past, please contact your graduate coordinator to make sure that they register you for the upcoming GTA workshop. The Phase I fall workshop will take place beginning at 9 am on Tuesday, August 18, and will in part be synchronous. The other portions of the course will be a blend of synchronous and asynchronous, but all of it will be delivered by Zoom, online. All registered students must attend the synchronous workshop and also complete the remaining asynchronous portions of Phase I in order to pass the course.  A list (and where appropriate, a timetable) of the Phase II sessions from which students will select courses of interest to meet other GRAD 5004 requirements will be communicated to all students at a later date. Learn more about the workshop at https://graduateschool.vt.edu/academics/courses-and-scheduling/graduate-school-courses/gta-workshop.html.  

8.SUMMER COURSES ON HOUSING AND DEVELOPMENT- 3rd posting
The Virginia Center for Housing Research is offering Summer courses (July 8-August 14) on housing and development, in areas like Construction, Data & Analysis, Design, Finance, Law, and Policy. The courses are all listed under GRAD 5984: SS: Housing Camp. Visit this link to watch a short video about the unique curriculum, or here for more information. Some key benefits for graduate students: Fully online, with both at-your-own-pace and real-time learning activities; Open to both professionals and graduate students, allowing you to build your network; 250 minute courses, each worth one third of a credit hour. You can choose which topics interest you most and bundle them together; Each course also earns you at least one VT micro-credential and an entry in a digital portfolio. You’ll have a dynamic, digital resume that sets you apart with future employers; Instructors are all VT faculty and industry professionals. Full course descriptions are available here. Please email any questions to Thomas Skuzinski at skuzinsk@vt.edu.

9. GA OPPORTUNITY: VIRTUAL ENVIRONMENTS STUDIO -1st posting
The goal of this position is to help maintain, support, and grow the Virtual Environments Studio in Newman Library by teaching workshops, taking consultations from faculty and students about immersive environments, performing basic maintenance tasks, and assisting with AR/VR related projects associated with the University Libraries. Required qualifications include experience with VR/AR related software and hardware, excellent written and verbal communication skills, and good customer service skills. Preferred skills include experience with 3D modeling, game development and virtual reality hardware maintenance, experience conducting research involving augmented or virtual reality, supervisory experience, formal or informal teaching and tutoring experience. This is a 9-month appointment and the pay is $1523 a month. To apply, fill out this application and attach your resume to the end of it where prompted by July 31, 2020. If you have questions, please contact Jonathan Bradley at bradley1@vt.edu.

10. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR HIBISCUS SURVEY – WATER IGEP PROJECT- 2nd posting
The Water INTERface Interdisciplinary Graduate Education Programs (IGEPs) is recruiting volunteers who are at least 18 years old to participate in an online survey on assessment of consumers’ knowledge/perception of hibiscus products (IRB-19-550). Participants will be asked if they have consumed hibiscus products, under which form they have consumed such products, and their previous taste experience of those products. Participants will be provided with information on the benefits of hibiscus and asked how likely they are to purchase hibiscus drink products. The link to access the survey is https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_8jeKpe5gAQTCPOJ and the time commitment to answer this survey is approximately 15 minutes. For more information please contact Dr. Valisa Hedrick (vhedrick@vt.edu) or Dr. Neill Clinton (cneill@vt.edu) or Oumoule Ndiaye (oumoule7@vt.edu).

11. CETL & TLOS FALL COURSE DESIGN CLINIC FOR GTAs AND INSTRUCTORS
The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) and Technology Enhanced Learning and Online Strategies (TLOS) are offering course design clinics to help instructors and GTAs plan for an environment requiring flexibility between remote and face to face instruction. The workshops are being offered multiple times this summer. Please enroll at the links below to participate. Contact the VT Graduate Academy for Teaching Excellence (VTGrATE) if you have questions (mailto:vtgrate@vt.edu) or find us online at vtgrate.org.
July 13th: https://profdev.tlos.vt.edu/courses/cetl11-071320
August 10th: https://profdev.tlos.vt.edu/courses/cetl11-081020
August 17th: https://profdev.tlos.vt.edu/courses/cetl11-081720

June 29-July 5, 2020

REVIEW THE FAQs REGARDING COVID-19 DIRECTIVES AT https://graduateschool.vt.edu/covid-faqs.html.

Ongoing Services – updated 5/11/20

This Week’s Events:
1. BLACK MATTERS: A TEACH-IN ON LANGUAGE, LITERATURE, RHETORIC, WRITING, AND VERBAL ART
2. JUSTICE IN JUNE: A SPRINGBOARD FOR INTEGRATING JUSTICE IN PEDAGOGY
3. SUMMER INTERFAITH DIALOGUES – DEAN OF STUDENTS OFFICE

Administrative Announcements:
4. WOMEN’S CENTER SEEKS PROGRAMMING INPUT – 1st posting
5. GTA INPUT SOUGHT ON TEACHING AND LEARNING NEEDS – 1st posting
6. GTA WORKSHOP REGISTRATION NOW OPEN – 1st posting
7. SUMMER COURSES ON HOUSING AND DEVELOPMENT- 2nd posting

Jobs:
None at this time.

Volunteers and research participants sought:
8.PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR HIBISCUS SURVEY – WATER IGEP PROJECT- 1st posting
9. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR STUDY ON TECHNOLOGY-MEDIATED RECREATION PRE/DURING/POST-COVID-19 – 3rd posting
10. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR MIND MUSIC MACHINE LAB PAINTING SONIFCATION PROJECT – 3rd posting

Upcoming Events:
11. CETL& TLOS FALL COURSE DESIGN CLINIC FOR GTAs AND INSTRUCTORS – multiple dates Jul-Aug

0. Ongoing Services – updated 5/11/20

· ALL WEEKLY DROP-IN SERVICES HAVE BEEN SUSPENDED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE 
· CAREER ADVISING: schedule virtual career advising appointment via https://career.vt.edu/job-search/Handshake.html
· COOK COUNSELING: Contact McComas Hall offices at mailto:counseling@vt.edu or 540-231-6557
· IMMIGRATION ADVISING: email mailto:igss@vt.edu or call 540-231-8486; 9:00-4:00pm starting 5/18/20
· WRITING CENTER SERVICES: Schedule an appointment at https://vt.mywconline.com/ 
· GRADUATE OMBUDSPERSON: contact for appointment at mailto:gradstudentombud@vt.edu, 540-231-9573

1. BLACK MATTERS: A TEACH-IN ON LANGUAGE, LITERATURE, RHETORIC, WRITING, AND VERBAL ART
Tue, June 30, 6-7:15pm, Zoom
This teach-in aims to demonstrate the interdisciplinary ways that the discipline of English and its sub-fields contained within the English department here at Virginia Tech (Linguistics, Literature, Rhetoric & Writing; & Creative Writing) interpret and engage with the historic and contemporary issues of “Black matters.” We define “Black matters” as issues regarding identity, language, personhood, citizenship, art, communication, and other dimensions of Black life in and outside the classroom. Our audience is broad and is intended to engage not just a community of academics here at VT, but the greater New River and Roanoke Valleys. Presenters include Nikki Giovanni, S. Moon Cassinelli, Katie Carmichael, Sheila Carter-Tod, Gena Chandler-Smith, Alexa Garvoille, Jennifer Sano-Franchini, and Lamar Wilson. Registration is required: https://virginiatech.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_8c1GEpzUS0GbU_u3LOaLwA

2. JUSTICE IN JUNE: A SPRINGBOARD FOR INTEGRATING JUSTICE IN PEDAGOGY
Mondays 3:00pm; Wednesdays 12:00pm; Fridays 10:00am until July 10
Please join VTGrATE to discuss “Justice in June” which is geared towards learners who are new to anti-racist literature and advocacy. Additional reading materials and resources are suggested during the sessions for ongoing learning and reflection. These sessions are open to anyone who wishes to engage in dialogue on racism, white supremacy, strategies for anti-racist pedagogy, and student engagement. Meeting details are available on our events calendar:  http://vtgrate.org/events/ These events are open to everyone, irrespective of their engagement with VTGrATE. Please contact us at vtgrate@vt.edu if you have questions, or find us online at http://vtgrate.org/.

3. SUMMER INTERFAITH DIALOGUES – DEAN OF STUDENTS OFFICE
Wednesdays bi-weekly, May 27-Jul 8, 5:30-7:00pm, Zoom
Spend your Summer in good company: participate in a dialogue with students from diverse worldviews. The Summer Interfaith Dialogues will happen over Zoom bi-weekly on Wednesdays 5:30 – 7pm, from May 27 to July 8. Everyone is welcome to participate. RSVP at https://dos.vt.edu/dialogue.  More info on the interfaith program at http://www.dos.vt.edu/interfaith.

4. WOMEN’S CENTER SEEKS PROGRAMMING INPUT – 1st posting
In order to meet the needs of our diverse VT community, the Women’s Center has created a short questionnaire to assess the needs of our students, faculty, and staff. We recognize that this upcoming Fall semester will be like no other that we have experienced before, and we want to ensure that our programming and education provides the support that our community needs during this time. Please take a few minutes to complete the survey at the following link. https://forms.gle/eebMHyJZhkeSEK2t5

5. GTA INPUT SOUGHT ON TEACHING AND LEARNING NEEDS – 1st posting
The VT Graduate Academy for Teaching Excellence (VTGrATE) is dedicated to supporting graduate students that are involved in teaching. Given the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, they are seeking your input regarding your teaching and learning needs, and addressing your questions and concerns for the upcoming academic year. Please take a few minutes to answer this survey so that we can connect you with existing teaching resources available from partners around campus. Access the survey at https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0qXGpRVbVJAdPSd. If no such resources exist, VTGrATE will strive to create new quality content to address these needs. With questions and comments please email vtgrate@vt.edu or contact them through the “Ask a Fellow” on VTGrATE webpage (vtgrate.org/ask-a-fellow/).

6. GTA WORKSHOP REGISTRATION NOW OPEN – 1st posting
All new GTAs are required to take this course and should be registered by their graduate coordinator (students cannot register themselves). If you will be a GTA in the future, or if you have earned an F grade in the course in the past, please contact your graduate coordinator to make sure that they register you for the upcoming GTA workshop. The Phase I fall workshop will take place beginning at 9 am on Tuesday, August 18, and will in part be synchronous. The other portions of the course will be a blend of synchronous and asynchronous, but all of it will be delivered by Zoom, online. All registered students must attend the synchronous workshop and also complete the remaining asynchronous portions of Phase I in order to pass the course.  A list (and where appropriate, a timetable) of the Phase II sessions from which students will select courses of interest to meet other GRAD 5004 requirements will be communicated to all students at a later date. Learn more about the workshop at https://graduateschool.vt.edu/academics/courses-and-scheduling/graduate-school-courses/gta-workshop.html.  

7. SUMMER COURSES ON HOUSING AND DEVELOPMENT- 2nd posting
The Virginia Center for Housing Research is offering Summer courses (July 8-August 14) on housing and development, in areas like Construction, Data & Analysis, Design, Finance, Law, and Policy. The courses are all listed under GRAD 5984: SS: Housing Camp. Visit this link to watch a short video about the unique curriculum, or here for more information. Some key benefits for graduate students: Fully online, with both at-your-own-pace and real-time learning activities; Open to both professionals and graduate students, allowing you to build your network; 250 minute courses, each worth one third of a credit hour. You can choose which topics interest you most and bundle them together; Each course also earns you at least one VT micro-credential and an entry in a digital portfolio. You’ll have a dynamic, digital resume that sets you apart with future employers; Instructors are all VT faculty and industry professionals. Full course descriptions are available here. Please email any questions to Thomas Skuzinski at skuzinsk@vt.edu.

8. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR HIBISCUS SURVEY – WATER IGEP PROJECT- 1st posting
The Water INTERface Interdisciplinary Graduate Education Programs (IGEPs) is recruiting volunteers who are at least 18 years old to participate in an online survey on assessment of consumers’ knowledge/perception of hibiscus products (IRB-19-550). Participants will be asked if they have consumed hibiscus products, under which form they have consumed such products, and their previous taste experience of those products. Participants will be provided with information on the benefits of hibiscus and asked how likely they are to purchase hibiscus drink products. The link to access the survey is https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_8jeKpe5gAQTCPOJ and the time commitment to answer this survey is approximately 15 minutes. For more information please contact Dr. Valisa Hedrick (vhedrick@vt.edu) or Dr. Neill Clinton (cneill@vt.edu) or Oumoule Ndiaye (oumoule7@vt.edu).

9. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR STUDY ON TECHNOLOGY-MEDIATED RECREATION PRE/DURING/POST-COVID-19 – 3rd posting
Volunteers 18 years or older sought to take part in a VT research study titled “Technology-mediated,,” (IRB Protocol #20-318). Participants will be asked to complete an online survey that will take 20-25 minutes.  This survey study aims to learn about strategies, habits, and perspectives, with respect to your current (and desired) approach to maintaining connections with nature and loved ones, through the use of technology, before, during, and after COVID-19. Participants will be entered into a drawing for one of four $25 Amazon gift cards (the approximate odds of being selected are 1 in 100). If you or other persons are interested in more information about this study the survey can be accessed here  https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6VDruf5C5GmEDlj. For more information, please email grad student Derek Haqq at mailto:dhaqq@vt.edu

10. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR MIND MUSIC MACHINE LAB PAINTING SONIFCATION PROJECT – 3rd posting
The Mind Music and Machine Lab at Virginia Tech is seeking individuals to participate in a research study to determine the effects of different image and data processing techniques on user perception of visual artworks. During the study, you will be asked to rate music that was generated from each painting along different subjective questions. This study will be conducted through an online survey. The study will last approximately one hour. Participants will not be compensated for taking part in this study. For more information and to participate in this study, please contact Chihab Nadri (mailto:cnadri@vt.edu). This study is being conducted under the supervision of Dr. Myounghoon Jeon (mailto:myounghoonjeon@vt.edu) and approved by the Virginia Tech IRB as IRB#19-098.  

11. CETL & TLOS FALL COURSE DESIGN CLINIC FOR GTAs AND INSTRUCTORS
The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) and Technology Enhanced Learning and Online Strategies (TLOS) are offering course design clinics to help instructors and GTAs plan for an environment requiring flexibility between remote and face to face instruction. The workshops are being offered multiple times this summer. Please enroll at the links below to participate. Contact the VT Graduate Academy for Teaching Excellence (VTGrATE) if you have questions (mailto:vtgrate@vt.edu) or find us online at vtgrate.org.
July 13th: https://profdev.tlos.vt.edu/courses/cetl11-071320
August 10th: https://profdev.tlos.vt.edu/courses/cetl11-081020
August 17th: https://profdev.tlos.vt.edu/courses/cetl11-081720

June 22-28, 2020

REVIEW THE FAQs REGARDING COVID-19 DIRECTIVES AT https://graduateschool.vt.edu/covid-faqs.html.

Ongoing Services – updated 5/11/20

This Week’s Events:
1. BEAT STRESS WITH HOLISTIC MEDITATION RETREAT JUN 26-28 (ONLINE)
2. JUSTICE IN JUNE: A SPRINGBOARD FOR INTEGRATING JUSTICE IN PEDAGOGY
3. SUMMER INTERFAITH DIALOGUES – DEAN OF STUDENTS OFFICE

Administrative Announcements:
4. SUMMER COURSES ON HOUSING AND DEVELOPMENT- 1st posting
5. GRADUATE EDUCATION VIRTUAL DISPLAY – 3rd posting
6. FREE ONE-ON-ONE VIRTUAL NUTRITION GUIDANCE – 3rd posting 
7. FOOD SUPPLIES FOR GRADS BY GRADS – 3rd posting 

Jobs:
8. COACHES NEEDED FOR THE VT CREW TEAM – 3rd posting
9. GA POSITION TO SUPPORT GRADUATE STUDENT ASSEMBLY FOR 2020-21 – 3rd posting

Volunteers and research participants sought:
10. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR STUDY ON TECHNOLOGY-MEDIATED RECREATION PRE/DURING/POST-COVID-19 – 2nd posting
11. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR MIND MUSIC MACHINE LAB PAINTING SONIFCATION PROJECT – 2nd posting
12. RESEARCH STUDY ON FACULTY EXPERIENCE OF STUDENT CONNECTION AND ENAGEMENT IN RESPONSE TO COVID-19 TEACHING CHANGES -3rd posting

Upcoming Events:
13. CETL & TLOS FALL COURSE DESIGN CLINIC FOR GTAs AND INSTRUCTORS – multiple dates Jul-Aug

0. Ongoing Services – updated 5/11/20

· ALL WEEKLY DROP-IN SERVICES HAVE BEEN SUSPENDED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE 
· CAREER ADVISING: schedule virtual career advising appointment via https://career.vt.edu/job-search/Handshake.html
· COOK COUNSELING: Contact McComas Hall offices at mailto:counseling@vt.edu or 540-231-6557
· IMMIGRATION ADVISING: email mailto:igss@vt.edu or call 540-231-8486; 9:00-4:00pm starting 5/18/20
· WRITING CENTER SERVICES: Schedule an appointment at https://vt.mywconline.com/ 
· GRADUATE OMBUDSPERSON: contact for appointment at mailto:gradstudentombud@vt.edu, 540-231-9573

  1. BEAT STRESS WITH HOLISTIC MEDITATION RETREAT JUN 26-28 (ONLINE)
    Participants will learn a breath-based meditation practice called SKY that has been scientifically documented to increase immunity, battle stress, and relieve anxiety and depression. This 9-hour long workshop will be led by trainers with thousands of hours of experience under their belts, and is available to VT students for a discounted fee of $60. Fill in the interest form: https://forms.gle/d6CNMExfBoK6ggr59; Read more about SKY: http://campushappiness.org/impact/#research. Posted on behalf of grad student Sarthak Gupta, president of SKY Happiness Club at VT (gsarthak@vt.edu).
  2. JUSTICE IN JUNE: A SPRINGBOARD FOR INTEGRATING JUSTICE IN PEDAGOGY
    Mondays 3:00pm; Wednesdays 12:00pm; Fridays 10:00am until July 10
    Please join VTGrATE to discuss “Justice in June” which is geared towards learners who are new to anti-racist literature and advocacy. Additional reading materials and resources are suggested during the sessions for ongoing learning and reflection. These sessions are open to anyone who wishes to engage in dialogue on racism, white supremacy, strategies for anti-racist pedagogy, and student engagement. Meeting details are available on our events calendar:  http://vtgrate.org/events/ These events are open to everyone, irrespective of their engagement with VTGrATE. Please contact us at vtgrate@vt.edu if you have questions, or find us online at http://vtgrate.org/.

3. SUMMER INTERFAITH DIALOGUES – DEAN OF STUDENTS OFFICE
Wednesdays bi-weekly, May 27-Jul 8, 5:30-7:00pm, Zoom
Spend your Summer in good company: participate in a dialogue with students from diverse worldviews. The Summer Interfaith Dialogues will happen over Zoom bi-weekly on Wednesdays 5:30 – 7pm, from May 27 to July 8. Everyone is welcome to participate. RSVP at https://dos.vt.edu/dialogue.  More info on the interfaith program at http://www.dos.vt.edu/interfaith.

4. SUMMER COURSES ON HOUSING AND DEVELOPMENT- 1st posting
The Virginia Center for Housing Research is offering Summer courses (July 8-August 14) on housing and development, in areas like Construction, Data & Analysis, Design, Finance, Law, and Policy. The courses are all listed under GRAD 5984: SS: Housing Camp. Visit this link to watch a short video about the unique curriculum, or here for more information. Some key benefits for graduate students: Fully online, with both at-your-own-pace and real-time learning activities; Open to both professionals and graduate students, allowing you to build your network; 250 minute courses, each worth one third of a credit hour. You can choose which topics interest you most and bundle them together; Each course also earns you at least one VT micro-credential and an entry in a digital portfolio. You’ll have a dynamic, digital resume that sets you apart with future employers; Instructors are all VT faculty and industry professionals. Full course descriptions are available here. Please email any questions to Thomas Skuzinski at skuzinsk@vt.edu.

5. GRADUATE EDUCATION VIRTUAL DISPLAY – 3rd posting
It’s time to pull out your camera or computer and create a submission for the Graduate Education Virtual Display! The display theme is “Virtual Show and Tell – My VT Experience.” We want you to reflect on the experience(s) that have shaped your time as a VT graduate student while also looking ahead at what the future holds.  Show and describe what being a member of the VT Graduate Community has been like for you or how your experience(s) will shape your future!  Graduate students can enter up to 3 image files along with image descriptions. Images must be your original work (i.e. photo you take or image you create).   Click the following link to upload your images and descriptions https://bit.ly/VTGradEdVirtualDisplay The deadline for all items is June 28th by midnight. For more information or accommodations related to disabilities, please email Dr. Justin Grimes at mailto:jgrimes18@vt.edu

6. FREE ONE-ON-ONE VIRTUAL NUTRITION GUIDANCE – 3rd posting 
Do you need nutrition guidance? Are you interested in learning how to make food choices that support a healthy lifestyle? Maybe you need help with skills for shopping and cooking to help you reach your wellness goals? If you have any of these concerns or others, graduate nutrition students can help you take the next steps toward building a healthier life. The Human Nutrition, Foods and Exercise Department at Virginia Tech provides FREE one-on-one nutrition counseling services via Zoom to any interested students, faculty, or staff. Just go to https://www.hnfe.vt.edu/nutrition_counseling.html and sign-up today!

7. FOOD SUPPLIES FOR GRADS BY GRADS – 3rd posting 
Non-perishable food supplies are available in the Graduate School lobby for students in need. Grad students are running this food initiative to provide food supplies to fellow grads. Pick up or drop off non-perishable food items in the Graduate School lobby in the GLC. You have 24/7 access to the building with your Hokie Passport (card readers are at the Otey Street and Bookstore side entrances). Posted on behalf of grad student Chidubem Arachie, achid17@vt.edu.

8. COACHES NEEDED FOR THE VT CREW TEAM – 3rd posting
The Virginia Tech Crew Team is seeking enthusiastic, dedicated coaches to join its staff for the fall 2020 season. The VT Crew Team is a student organization based in Blacksburg, VA that has been operating for 26 years. Rowers at VT have experience ranging from novice to 8+ years. Responsibilities: plan and execute an effective training regimen in order to prepare rowers for a competitive racing season; collaborate with student executives to help ensure a well-run program; work toward creating a culture of hard work and dedication among the team. Qualifications (ideal, not required): have adequate rowing or coaching experience at the collegiate, high school, or masters’ level. The VT Crew Team will provide coaches with coaches pay, a travel stipend for regattas, and opportunities to attend US Rowing coaching clinics. If interested, please reach out to Dylan Butler at mailto:dbutler9@vt.edu

9. GA POSITION TO SUPPORT GRADUATE STUDENT ASSEMBLY FOR 2020-21 – 3rd posting
The Graduate School is looking for a full-time graduate student to support the operation and initiatives of the Graduate Student Assembly (GSA) during the 2020-21 academic year. This FT 9-month GA position begins in Aug; some summer wage hours may be available. Primary duties include providing administrative and logistical support for GSA operations, assisting with small- and large-scale event planning and execution, and assisting GSA leaders with tasks related to their positions. Required qualifications: ability to work well independently and as a member of a team; strong oral and written communication skills; ability to manage multiple and ongoing tasks; proficiency with MS Office Suite; ability to work nights and weekends as needed; ability to deal 1with ambiguity and change. Apply online at https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_7WeG9cGokU9ANb7  by June 21, completing the form and uploading a resume. Email questions to file:///\\fileserver.graduateschool.tld\s.data\Student%20Services\GSSO\Graduate%20Life%20Center\Weekly%20listserv%20postings\gibsonm@vt.edu.

10. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR STUDY ON TECHNOLOGY-MEDIATED RECREATION PRE/DURING/POST-COVID-19 – 2nd posting
Volunteers 18 years or older sought to take part in a VT research study titled “Technology-mediated,,” (IRB Protocol #20-318). Participants will be asked to complete an online survey that will take 20-25 minutes.  This survey study aims to learn about strategies, habits, and perspectives, with respect to your current (and desired) approach to maintaining connections with nature and loved ones, through the use of technology, before, during, and after COVID-19. Participants will be entered into a drawing for one of four $25 Amazon gift cards (the approximate odds of being selected are 1 in 100). If you or other persons are interested in more information about this study the survey can be accessed here  https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6VDruf5C5GmEDlj. For more information, please email grad student Derek Haqq at mailto:dhaqq@vt.edu

11. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR MIND MUSIC MACHINE LAB PAINTING SONIFCATION PROJECT – 2nd posting
The Mind Music and Machine Lab at Virginia Tech is seeking individuals to participate in a research study to determine the effects of different image and data processing techniques on user perception of visual artworks. During the study, you will be asked to rate music that was generated from each painting along different subjective questions. This study will be conducted through an online survey. The study will last approximately one hour. Participants will not be compensated for taking part in this study. For more information and to participate in this study, please contact Chihab Nadri (mailto:cnadri@vt.edu). This study is being conducted under the supervision of Dr. Myounghoon Jeon (mailto:myounghoonjeon@vt.edu) and approved by the Virginia Tech IRB as IRB#19-098.  

12. RESEARCH STUDY ON FACULTY EXPERIENCE OF STUDENT CONNECTION AND ENAGEMENT IN RESPONSE TO COVID-19 TEACHING CHANGES -3rd posting
Many professors and instructors had to move unexpectedly into novel class formats this spring (2020).  Some brought considerable prior experience and some very little; some of this movement was consistent with your pedagogical goals and priorities and your images of university education and some of it was not. Your experiences and attitudes are needed for this research survey (IRB 20-432) in as much or as little detail as you can spare the time. Graduate students who have served as instructors are encouraged to complete the following survey and share with faculty members. https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_eCY7zlRWYklC9O5 Please contact mailto:dtatar@cs.vt.edu or mailto:chandani@vt.edu if you have questions.

13. CETL & TLOS FALL COURSE DESIGN CLINIC FOR GTAs AND INSTRUCTORS
The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) and Technology Enhanced Learning and Online Strategies (TLOS) are offering course design clinics to help instructors and GTAs plan for an environment requiring flexibility between remote and face to face instruction. The workshops are being offered multiple times this summer. Please enroll at the links below to participate. Contact the VT Graduate Academy for Teaching Excellence (VTGrATE) if you have questions (mailto:vtgrate@vt.edu) or find us online at vtgrate.org.
July 13th: https://profdev.tlos.vt.edu/courses/cetl11-071320
August 10th: https://profdev.tlos.vt.edu/courses/cetl11-081020
August 17th: https://profdev.tlos.vt.edu/courses/cetl11-081720

June 15-21, 2020

REVIEW THE FAQs REGARDING COVID-19 DIRECTIVES AT https://graduateschool.vt.edu/covid-faqs.html

 Ongoing Services – updated 5/11/20

 This Week’s Events:

1.  GENERAL BODY MEETING: SCIENCE POLICY EDUCATION AND ADVOCACY CLUB (SPEAC) AT VT
2. “JUSTICE IN JUNE” WITH VTGrATE
3. SUMMER INTERFAITH DIALOGUES – DEAN OF STUDENTS OFFICE
4. GRAD GATHER & GROAN 

Administrative Announcements:
5. GRADUATE EDUCATION VIRTUAL DISPLAY – 2nd posting
6. FREE ONE-ON-ONE VIRTUAL NUTRITION GUIDANCE – 2nd posting 
7. FOOD SUPPLIES FOR GRADS BY GRADS – 2nd posting 
8. GRADUATE STUDENTS MAY USE SSDE FOR PRELIMINARY EXAMS FOR SUMMER 2020 – 3rd posting
9. HOKIE MENTORSHIP CONNECT NOW OPEN TO GRADUATE STUDENTS – 3rd posting 

Jobs:
10. COACHES NEEDED FOR THE VT CREW TEAM – 2nd posting
11. GA POSITION TO SUPPORT GRADUATE STUDENT ASSEMBLY FOR 2020-21 – 2nd posting  

Volunteers and research participants sought:
12. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR STUDY ON TECHNOLOGY-MEDIATED RECREATION PRE/DURING/POST-COVID-19 – 1st posting
13. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR MIND MUSIC MACHINE LAB PAINTING SONIFCATION PROJECT – 1st posting
14. RESEARCH STUDY ON FACULTY EXPERIENCE OF STUDENT CONNECTION AND ENAGEMENT IN RESPONSE TO COVID-19 TEACHING CHANGES -2nd posting
15. INTERVIEW PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR A FAMILY REPRESENTATION STUDY – 3rd posting
16. NAVIGATING ONLINE ENVIRONMENTS DURING COVID 19 – 3rd posting 

Upcoming Events:
17.BEAT STRESS WITH HOLISTIC MEDITATION RETREAT JUN 26-28 (ONLINE)
18. CETL & TLOS FALL COURSE DESIGN CLINIC FOR GTAs AND INSTRUCTORS – multiple dates Jul-Aug

0. Ongoing Services – updated 5/11/20· ALL WEEKLY DROP-IN SERVICES HAVE BEEN SUSPENDED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE · CAREER ADVISING: schedule virtual career advising appointment via https://career.vt.edu/job-search/Handshake.html · COOK COUNSELING: Contact McComas Hall offices at mailto:counseling@vt.edu or 540-231-6557· IMMIGRATION ADVISING: email mailto:igss@vt.edu or call 540-231-8486; 9:00-4:00pm starting 5/18/20· WRITING CENTER SERVICES: Schedule an appointment at https://vt.mywconline.com/  · GRADUATE OMBUDSPERSON: contact for appointment at mailto:gradstudentombud@vt.edu, 540-231-9573  

1.  GENERAL BODY MEETING: SCIENCE POLICY EDUCATION AND ADVOCACY CLUB (SPEAC) AT VT Thurs, June 18, 5:00-6:00 pm, Zoom Curious about science policy? Attend SPEAC’s next meeting, with an informal Q&A with guest speaker Dr. Adriana Bankston. Dr. Bankston is a Principal Legislative Analyst in the University of California Office of Federal Governmental Relations. She currently serves as Vice-President of Future of Research, a non-profit organization that empowers early career scientists. She is also the Chief Outreach Officer for the Journal of Science Policy and Governance and was previously a Policy & Advocacy Fellow at The Society for Neuroscience. Register at https://forms.gle/1Ni2HaBUGT6c682Q6. For more information or to join SPEAC Listserv, email mailto:speactvt@gmail.com; connect on Twitter and Facebook (@speacvt). 

2. “JUSTICE IN JUNE” WITH VTGrATE Mondays 3:00pm; Wednesdays 12:00pm; Fridays 10:00amStarting June 8, engage with us to discuss “https://docs.google.com/document/d/1H-Vxs6jEUByXylMS2BjGH1kQ7mEuZnHpPSs1Bpaqmw0/preview?pru=AAABcp9NFa0*f8AD8USa0lsujNMhC3Itug” a compilation curated by https://twitter.com/Autumn_Bry/status/1267549639827324928, and help make sense of current events. We will meet on Mondays at 3 pm, Wednesdays at 12 pm, and Fridays at 10 am on Zoom. Meeting details are available on our events calendar: http://vtgrate.org/events/ These events are open to everyone, irrespective of their engagement with VTGrATE. Please contact us at mailto:vtgrate@vt.edu if you have questions, or find us online at http://vtgrate.org/

3. SUMMER INTERFAITH DIALOGUES – DEAN OF STUDENTS OFFICEWednesdays bi-weekly, May 27-Jul 8, 5:30-7:00pm, ZoomSpend your Summer in good company: participate in a dialogue with students from diverse worldviews. The Summer Interfaith Dialogues will happen over Zoom bi-weekly on Wednesdays 5:30 – 7pm, from May 27 to July 8. Everyone is welcome to participate. RSVP at https://dos.vt.edu/dialogue.  More info on the interfaith program at http://www.dos.vt.edu/interfaith

4. GRAD GATHER & GROANThursday, Jun 18, 3:30pmJoin a supportive space with other graduate students to talk about financial concerns, writing difficulties, issues with motivation, worries about next semester, or whatever else you are currently dealing with. Sign-up at tinyurl.com/vtggg. This event is offered by the Cook Counseling Center.

5. GRADUATE EDUCATION VIRTUAL DISPLAY – 2nd postingIt’s time to pull out your camera or computer and create a submission for the Graduate Education Virtual Display! The display theme is “Virtual Show and Tell – My VT Experience.” We want you to reflect on the experience(s) that have shaped your time as a VT graduate student while also looking ahead at what the future holds.  Show and describe what being a member of the VT Graduate Community has been like for you or how your experience(s) will shape your future!  Graduate students can enter up to 3 image files along with image descriptions. Images must be your original work (i.e. photo you take or image you create).   Click the following link to upload your images and descriptions https://bit.ly/VTGradEdVirtualDisplay The deadline for all items is June 28th by midnight. For more information or accommodations related to disabilities, please email Dr. Justin Grimes at mailto:jgrimes18@vt.edu.  

6. FREE ONE-ON-ONE VIRTUAL NUTRITION GUIDANCE – 2nd posting Do you need nutrition guidance? Are you interested in learning how to make food choices that support a healthy lifestyle? Maybe you need help with skills for shopping and cooking to help you reach your wellness goals? If you have any of these concerns or others, graduate nutrition students can help you take the next steps toward building a healthier life. The Human Nutrition, Foods and Exercise Department at Virginia Tech provides FREE one-on-one nutrition counseling services via Zoom to any interested students, faculty, or staff. Just go to https://www.hnfe.vt.edu/nutrition_counseling.html and sign-up today! 

7. FOOD SUPPLIES FOR GRADS BY GRADS – 2nd posting  Non-perishable food supplies are available in the Graduate School lobby for students in need. Grad students are running this food initiative to provide food supplies to fellow grads. Pick up or drop off non-perishable food items in the Graduate School lobby in the GLC. You have 24/7 access to the building with your Hokie Passport (card readers are at the Otey Street and Bookstore side entrances). Posted on behalf of grad student Chidubem Arachie, achid17@vt.edu. 

8. GRADUATE STUDENTS MAY USE SSDE FOR PRELIMINARY EXAMS FOR SUMMER 2020 – 3rd postingGraduate students who will take their preliminary examination this summer may utilize the Start of Semester Defense Exception (SSDE) form. The SSDE form should be submitted to the Graduate School no later than 3 weeks before the desired examination date to allow time for registering you and then submitting your examination request in the Electronic Signature System (ESS). Once SSDE is approved, the Graduate School will register you for the 1 credit hour registration. 

9. HOKIE MENTORSHIP CONNECT NOW OPEN TO GRADUATE STUDENTS – 3rd postingHokie Mentorship Connect is an online platform that unites Virginia Tech students with alums for career-related support. Graduate students are now able to participate in the program as mentees. Students can gain inside information from a professional about a career field, industry or specific company, have access to a professional network, participate in individual interactions with a professional, and much more. Learn more about this exciting platform here: https://mentoring.career.vt.edu/page/graduate-students. If you have questions, please contact mailto:cpdmentorship@vt.edu.  

10. COACHES NEEDED FOR THE VT CREW TEAM – 2nd postingThe Virginia Tech Crew Team is seeking enthusiastic, dedicated coaches to join its staff for the fall 2020 season. The VT Crew Team is a student organization based in Blacksburg, VA that has been operating for 26 years. Rowers at VT have experience ranging from novice to 8+ years. Responsibilities: plan and execute an effective training regimen in order to prepare rowers for a competitive racing season; collaborate with student executives to help ensure a well-run program; work toward creating a culture of hard work and dedication among the team. Qualifications (ideal, not required): have adequate rowing or coaching experience at the collegiate, high school, or masters’ level. The VT Crew Team will provide coaches with coaches pay, a travel stipend for regattas, and opportunities to attend US Rowing coaching clinics. If interested, please reach out to Dylan Butler at mailto:dbutler9@vt.edu

11. GA POSITION TO SUPPORT GRADUATE STUDENT ASSEMBLY FOR 2020-21 – 2nd posting The Graduate School is looking for a full-time graduate student to support the operation and initiatives of the Graduate Student Assembly (GSA) during the 2020-21 academic year. This FT 9-month GA position begins in Aug; some summer wage hours may be available. Primary duties include providing administrative and logistical support for GSA operations, assisting with small- and large-scale event planning and execution, and assisting GSA leaders with tasks related to their positions. Required qualifications: ability to work well independently and as a member of a team; strong oral and written communication skills; ability to manage multiple and ongoing tasks; proficiency with MS Office Suite; ability to work nights and weekends as needed; ability to deal 1with ambiguity and change. Apply online at https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_7WeG9cGokU9ANb7  by June 21, completing the form and uploading a resume. Email questions to file:///\\fileserver.graduateschool.tld\s.data\Student%20Services\GSSO\Graduate%20Life%20Center\Weekly%20listserv%20postings\gibsonm@vt.edu

12. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR STUDY ON TECHNOLOGY-MEDIATED RECREATION PRE/DURING/POST-COVID-19 – 1st postingVolunteers 18 years or older sought to take part in a VTresearch study titled “Technology-mediated,,” (IRB Protocol #20-318). Participants will be asked to complete an online survey that will take 20-25 minutes.  This survey study aims to learn about strategies, habits, and perspectives, with respect to your current (and desired) approach to maintaining connections with nature and loved ones, through the use of technology, before, during, and after COVID-19. Participants will be entered into a drawing for one of four $25 Amazon gift cards (the approximate odds of being selected are 1 in 100). If you or other persons are interested in more information about this study the survey can be accessed here  https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6VDruf5C5GmEDlj. For more information, please email grad student Derek Haqq at mailto:dhaqq@vt.edu

13. PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR MIND MUSIC MACHINE LAB PAINTING SONIFCATION PROJECT – 1st postingThe Mind Music and Machine Lab at Virginia Tech is seeking individuals to participate in a research study to determine the effects of different image and data processing techniques on user perception of visual artworks. During the study, you will be asked to rate music that was generated from each painting along different subjective questions. This study will be conducted through an online survey. The study will last approximately one hour. Participants will not be compensated for taking part in this study. For more information and to participate in this study, please contact Chihab Nadri (mailto:cnadri@vt.edu). This study is being conducted under the supervision of Dr. Myounghoon Jeon (mailto:myounghoonjeon@vt.edu) and approved by the Virginia Tech IRB as IRB#19-098.   

14. RESEARCH STUDY ON FACULTY EXPERIENCE OF STUDENT CONNECTION AND ENAGEMENT IN RESPONSE TO COVID-19 TEACHING CHANGES -2nd postingMany professors and instructors had to move unexpectedly into novel class formats this spring (2020).  Some brought considerable prior experience and some very little; some of this movement was consistent with your pedagogical goals and priorities and your images of university education and some of it was not. Your experiences and attitudes are needed for this research survey (IRB 20-432) in as much or as little detail as you can spare the time. Graduate students who have served as instructors are encouraged to complete the following survey and share with faculty members. https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_eCY7zlRWYklC9O5 Please contact mailto:dtatar@cs.vt.edu or mailto:chandani@vt.edu if you have questions. 

15. INTERVIEW PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR A FAMILY REPRESENTATION STUDY – 3rd postingThis telephone interview will be used for a research study exploring the impacts social media may have on young adults’ perception of family. Participants must be between the ages of 18-25. Telephone interview takes approximately 30 minutes to complete and a $5 Starbucks gift card is provided for all participants. Contact grad student Shawnice Johnson, mailto:shawnicej@vt.edu with questions and/or to schedule an interview. Please consider sharing with any undergraduate summer/ fall classes. 

16. NAVIGATING ONLINE ENVIRONMENTS DURING COVID 19 – 3rd postingThe Interdisciplinary Reimaging diVersiTy team is conducting research under IRB# 19-749 to better understand how students across varying demographics are coping with the online transition during the COVID-19 pandemic.  If you are interested in participating in the survey, please click this link and follow instructions: bit.ly/ReimaginingdiVersiTyCOVID 

17. BEAT STRESS WITH HOLISTIC MEDITATION RETREAT JUN 26-28 (ONLINE)Participants will learn a breath-based meditation practice called SKY that has been scientifically documented to increase immunity, battle stress, and relieve anxiety and depression. This 9-hour long workshop will be led by trainers with thousands of hours of experience under their belts, and is available to VT students for a discounted fee of $60. Fill in the interest form: https://forms.gle/d6CNMExfBoK6ggr59; Read more about SKY: http://campushappiness.org/impact/#research. Posted on behalf of grad student Sarthak Gupta, president of SKY Happiness Club at VT (gsarthak@vt.edu). 

18. CETL & TLOS FALL COURSE DESIGN CLINIC FOR GTAs AND INSTRUCTORSThe Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) and Technology Enhanced Learning and Online Strategies (TLOS) are offering course design clinics to help instructors and GTAs plan for an environment requiring flexibility between remote and face to face instruction. The workshops are being offered multiple times this summer. Please enroll at the links below to participate. Contact the VT Graduate Academy for Teaching Excellence (VTGrATE) if you have questions (mailto:vtgrate@vt.edu) or find us online at vtgrate.org. July 13th: https://profdev.tlos.vt.edu/courses/cetl11-071320
August 10th: https://profdev.tlos.vt.edu/courses/cetl11-081020
August 17th: https://profdev.tlos.vt.edu/courses/cetl11-081720

June 8-14, 2020

REVIEW THE FAQs REGARDING COVID-19 DIRECTIVES AT https://graduateschool.vt.edu/covid-faqs.html.

0. Ongoing Services – updated 5/11/20

This Week’s Events:
1. GSA COVID-19 AND FALL 2020 CONCERNS
2. “JUSTICE IN JUNE” WITH VTGrATE
3. SUMMER INTERFAITH DIALOGUES – DEAN OF STUDENTS OFFICE

Administrative Announcements:
4. GRADUATE EDUCATION VIRTUAL DISPLAY – 1st posting
5. FREE ONE-ON-ONE VIRTUAL NUTRITION GUIDANCE – 1st posting 
6. FOOD SUPPLIES FOR GRADS BY GRADS – 1st posting 
7. GRADUATE STUDENTS MAY USE SSDE FOR PRELIMINARY EXAMS FOR SUMMER 2020 – 2nd posting
8. HOKIE MENTORSHIP CONNECT NOW OPEN FOR GRADUATE STUDENTS – 2nd posting
9. DONATIONS SOUGHT TO HELP WEST BENGAL – 3rd posting

Jobs:
10. COACHES NEEDED FOR THE VT CREW TEAM – 1st posting
11. GA POSITION TO SUPPORT GRADUATE STUDENT ASSEMBLY FOR 2020-21 – 1st posting 

Volunteers and research participants sought:
12. RESEARCH STUDY ON FACULTY EXPERIENCE OF STUDENT CONNECTION AND ENAGEMENT IN RESPONSE TO COVID-19 TEACHING CHANGES -1st posting
13. INTERVIEW PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR A FAMILY REPRESENTATION STUDY – 2nd posting
14. NAVIGATING ONLINE ENVIRONMENTS DURING COVID 10 – 2nd posting

Upcoming Events:
15. GENERAL BODY MEETING: SCIENCE POLICY EDUCATION AND ADVOCACY CLUB (SPEAC) AT VT
16. CETL & TLOS FALL COURSE DESIGN CLINIC FOR GTAs AND INSTRUCTORS

0. Ongoing Services – updated 5/11/20
·   ALL WEEKLY DROP-IN SERVICES HAVE BEEN SUSPENDED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE 
·   CAREER ADVISING: schedule virtual career advising appointment via Handshake
·   COOK COUNSELING: Contact McComas Hall offices at counseling@vt.edu or 540-231-6557
·   IMMIGRATION ADVISING: email igss@vt.edu or call 540-231-8486; 9:00-4:00pm starting 5/18/20
·   WRITING CENTER SERVICES: Schedule an appointment at https://vt.mywconline.com/ 
·   GRADUATE OMBUDSPERSON: contact for appointment at gradstudentombud@vt.edu, 540-231-9573

1. GSA COVID-19 AND FALL 2020 CONCERNS
Wednesday, June 10, 11:00am, Zoom
Friday, June 12, 11:00am, Zoom
Life changed dramatically for Virginia Tech’s graduate students in March of 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic and its impacts on the school. Join us to express your concerns on our June calls, scheduled for 11am EST this Wednesday and Friday. The links to the Zoom calls and to our summary of our concerns can be found on our website. These calls will be recorded and posted to the gsa.vt.edu website. 

2. “JUSTICE IN JUNE” WITH VTGrATEStarting June 8, engage with us to discuss “Justice in June” a compilation curated by Bryanna Wallace & Autumn Gupta, and help make sense of current events. We will meet on Mondays at 3 pm, Wednesdays at 12 pm, and Fridays at 10 am on Zoom. Meeting details are available on our events calendar: http://vtgrate.org/events/ These events are open to everyone, irrespective of their engagement with VTGrATE. Please contact us at vtgrate@vt.edu if you have questions, or find us online at vtgrate.org.

3. SUMMER INTERFAITH DIALOGUES – DEAN OF STUDENTS OFFICE
Wednesdays bi-weekly, May 27-Jul 8, 5:30-7:00pm, Zoom
Spend your Summer in good company: participate in a dialogue with students from diverse worldviews. The Summer Interfaith Dialogues will happen over Zoom bi-weekly on Wednesdays 5:30 – 7pm, from May 27 to July 8. Everyone is welcome to participate. RSVP at dos.vt.edu/dialogue.  More info on the interfaith program at dos.vt.edu/interfaith.

4. GRADUATE EDUCATION VIRTUAL DISPLAY – 1st posting
It’s time to pull out your camera or computer and create a submission for the Graduate Education Virtual Display! The display theme is “Virtual Show and Tell – My VT Experience.” We want you to reflect on the experience(s) that have shaped your time as a VT graduate student while also looking ahead at what the future holds.  Show and describe what being a member of the VT Graduate Community has been like for you or how your experience(s) will shape your future!  Graduate students can enter up to 3 image files along with image descriptions. Images must be your original work (i.e. photo you take or image you create).   Click the following link to upload your images and descriptions https://bit.ly/VTGradEdVirtualDisplay The deadline for all items is June 28th by midnight. For more information or accommodations related to disabilities, please email Dr. Justin Grimes at jgrimes18@vt.edu

5. FREE ONE-ON-ONE VIRTUAL NUTRITION GUIDANCE – 1st posting 
Do you need nutrition guidance? Are you interested in learning how to make food choices that support a healthy lifestyle? Maybe you need help with skills for shopping and cooking to help you reach your wellness goals? If you have any of these concerns or others, graduate nutrition students can help you take the next steps toward building a healthier life. The Human Nutrition, Foods and Exercise Department at Virginia Tech provides FREE one-on-one nutrition counseling services via Zoom to any interested students, faculty, or staff. Just go to https://www.hnfe.vt.edu/nutrition_counseling.html and sign-up today!

6. FOOD SUPPLIES FOR GRADS BY GRADS – 1st posting 
Non-perishable food supplies are available in the Graduate School lobby for students in need. Grad students are running this food initiative to provide food supplies to fellow grads. Pick up or drop off non-perishable food items in the Graduate School lobby in the GLC. You have 24/7 access to the building with your Hokie Passport (card readers are at the Otey Street and Bookstore side entrances). Posted on behalf of grad student Chidubem Arachie, achid17@vt.edu.

7. GRADUATE STUDENTS MAY USE SSDE FOR PRELIMINARY EXAMS FOR SUMMER 2020 – 2nd posting
Graduate students who will take their preliminary examination this summer may utilize the Start of Semester Defense Exception (SSDE) form. The SSDE form should be submitted to the Graduate School no later than 3 weeks before the desired examination date to allow time for registering you and then submitting your examination request in the Electronic Signature System (ESS). Once SSDE is approved, the Graduate School will register you for the 1 credit hour registration.

8. HOKIE MENTORSHIP CONNECT NOW OPEN TO GRADUATE STUDENTS – 2nd posting
Hokie Mentorship Connect is an online platform that unites Virginia Tech students with alums for career-related support. Graduate students are now able to participate in the program as mentees. Students can gain inside information from a professional about a career field, industry or specific company, have access to a professional network, participate in individual interactions with a professional, and much more. Learn more about this exciting platform here: https://mentoring.career.vt.edu/page/graduate-students. If you have questions, please contact cpdmentorship@vt.edu

9. DONATIONS SOUGHT TO HELP WEST BENGAL – 3rd posting
The Indian state of West Bengal has been severely affected by a recent cyclonic storm “Amphan“. Millions of people in the coastal regions have been rendered homeless, adding further difficulties to an already difficult situation caused by the pandemic. The Bengali Students’ Association in Virginia Tech, most of whose members are from the areas worst hit by the storm, are organizing a donation campaign to help the local NGOs carry out relief operations and are requesting the help of graduate students who are willing and able to donate for this cause. Please assist if you can. Posted on behalf of grad student Ranit, mranit33@vt.edu.

10. COACHES NEEDED FOR THE VT CREW TEAM – 1st posting
The Virginia Tech Crew Team is seeking enthusiastic, dedicated coaches to join its staff for the fall 2020 season. The VT Crew Team is a student organization based in Blacksburg, VA that has been operating for 26 years. After great recent success this year and the promise for future excellence in the coming seasons, VT Crew is looking for coaches to expand its rapidly growing program. Rowers at VT have experience ranging from novice to 8+ years. Responsibilities: plan and execute an effective training regimen in order to prepare rowers for a competitive racing season; collaborate with student executives to help ensure a well-run program; work toward creating a culture of hard work and dedication among the team. Qualifications (ideal, not required): have adequate rowing or coaching experience at the collegiate, high school, or masters’ level. The VT Crew Team will provide coaches with coaches pay, a travel stipend for regattas, and opportunities to attend US Rowing coaching clinics. If interested, please reach out to Dylan Butler at dbutler9@vt.edu

11. GA POSITION TO SUPPORT GRADUATE STUDENT ASSEMBLY FOR 2020-21 – 1st posting
The Graduate School is looking for a full-time graduate student to support the operation and initiatives of the Graduate Student Assembly (GSA) during the 2020-21 academic year. This FT 9-month GA position begins in Aug; some summer wage hours may be available. Primary duties include providing administrative and logistical support for GSA operations, assisting with small- and large-scale event planning and execution, and assisting GSA leaders with tasks related to their positions. Required qualifications: ability to work well independently and as a member of a team; strong oral and written communication skills; ability to manage multiple and ongoing tasks; proficiency with MS Office Suite; ability to work nights and weekends as needed; ability to deal 1with ambiguity and change. Apply online at https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_7WeG9cGokU9ANb7  by June 21, completing the form and uploading a resume. Email questions to gibsonm@vt.edu.

12. RESEARCH STUDY ON FACULTY EXPERIENCE OF STUDENT CONNECTION AND ENAGEMENT IN RESPONSE TO COVID-19 TEACHING CHANGES – 1st posting
Many professors and instructors had to move unexpectedly into novel class formats this spring (2020).  Some brought considerable prior experience and some very little; some of this movement was consistent with your pedagogical goals and priorities and your images of university education and some of it was not. Your experiences and attitudes are needed for this research survey (IRB 20-432) in as much or as little detail as you can spare the time. Graduate students who have served as instructors are encouraged to complete the following survey and share with faculty members. https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_eCY7zlRWYklC9O5 Please contact dtatar@cs.vt.edu or chandani@vt.edu if you have questions.

13. INTERVIEW PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR A FAMILY REPRESENTATION STUDY – 2nd posting
This telephone interview will be used for a research study exploring the impacts social media may have on young adults’ perception of family. Participants must be between the ages of 18-25. Telephone interview takes approximately 30 minutes to complete and a $5 Starbucks gift card is provided for all participants. Contact grad student Shawnice Johnson, shawnicej@vt.edu with questions and/or to schedule an interview. Please consider sharing with any undergraduate summer/ fall classes.

14. NAVIGATING ONLINE ENVIRONMENTS DURING COVID 19 – 2nd posting
The Interdisciplinary Reimaging diVersiTy team is conducting research under IRB# 19-749 to better understand how students across varying demographics are coping with the online transition during the COVID-19 pandemic.  If you are interested in participating in the survey, please click this link and follow instructions: bit.ly/ReimaginingdiVersiTyCOVID

Upcoming Events:

15. GENERAL BODY MEETING: SCIENCE POLICY EDUCATION AND ADVOCACY CLUB (SPEAC) AT VT
Thurs, June 18, 5:00-6:00 pm, Zoom
Curious about science policy? Attend SPEAC’s next meeting! We will be having an informal Q&A with guest speaker, Dr. Adriana Bankston. Dr. Bankston is a Principal Legislative Analyst in the University of California Office of Federal Governmental Relations. She currently serves as Vice-President of Future of Research, a non-profit organization that empowers early career scientists. She is also the Chief Outreach Officer for the Journal of Science Policy and Governance and was previously a Policy & Advocacy Fellow at The Society for Neuroscience. Please register for this event here: https://forms.gle/1Ni2HaBUGT6c682Q6. For more information or to join our Listserv, email speacvt@gmail.com. Also connect with us on Twitter and Facebook (@speacvt).

16. CETL & TLOS FALL COURSE DESIGN CLINIC FOR GTAs AND INSTRUCTORS
The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) and Technology Enhanced Learning and Online Strategies (TLOS) are offering course design clinics to help instructors and GTAs plan for an environment requiring flexibility between remote and face to face instruction. The workshops are being offered multiple times this summer. Please enroll at the links below to participate. Contact the VT Graduate Academy for Teaching Excellence (VTGrATE) if you have questions (vtgrate@vt.edu) or find us online at vtgrate.org.
July 13th: https://profdev.tlos.vt.edu/courses/cetl11-071320
August 10th: https://profdev.tlos.vt.edu/courses/cetl11-081020
August 17th: https://profdev.tlos.vt.edu/courses/cetl11-081720

Make sure you read the Fall 2020 plan released today by President Sands: https://vt.edu/ready/home.html