October 19-25

1. WEEKLY SERVICES IN THE GLC

  • Writing support: Mondays (4-6pm) and Wednesdays (4-7pm), Student Lounge
  • Walk-in counseling: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, 1:00-5:00pm, Videoconference Room
  • Career services walk-in advising: Wednesdays, 1:30-5:00pm, GLC Study Room

2. NATIONAL DAY ON WRITING
Tuesday, Oct 20, 11:00-2:00 in Shanks 370/380
Jennifer Cover, GTA and composition program assistant invites you to celebrate this day dedicated to writing as recognized by Congress. Refreshments and displays starting at 11; at noon, a panel including Rachel Holloway, associate dean of undergraduate academic affairs; Clara Cox, director of university publications; Gail Billingsley, executive director of VT YMCA,  Matthew Vollmer, author and English instructor; and Sara Kajder in English education will talk about the importance of writing in our community. At 1:00, Virginia Tech writers will share their work. Learn more about this event and opportunities for participation.

3. WORKING MOMS’ SUPPORT GROUP
Tuesday, Oct 20, Noon-1:00pm, GLC Room C
Topic: Children & Books (recipe for the most special memories & kids who love to read); Speaker: Cathy Jacobs, VT Work/Life Office. This event provides an opportunity for working mothers to come together to share, vent, network, and support one another. For more information, contact Christine Dennis Smith. 

4. STAT SHORT COURSE—USING JMP: SPECIFIC EXAMPLES IN REGRESSION
Wednesday, Oct 21, 5:00-7:00pm, Fralin Auditorium
The goal of this session is to illustrate how to use JMP in linear regression analysis. The three main topics will be: (1) Exploratory data analysis, simple liner regression and polynomial regression; (2) How to fit a multiple regression model, how to fit a multiple regression model with interactions and how to generate and compare candidate models; (3) Regression diagnostics with focus on evaluating the assumptions of regression, and recommendations when assumptions have not been met.  Register and learn more.

5. DISSERTATION WRITING WORK GROUP
Wednesdays, next on Oct 21, 9:00am, Women’s Center Library
Designed for women graduate students and post-docs who are working on their dissertation or thesis, preparing for prelims or writing an article, to provide support, motivation, goal-setting, accountability, and a place to unwind during the research and writing phase. All are welcome! For more information, contact Anna Lomascolo.

6. FREE ZUMBA CLASS
Wednesday, Oct 21, 5:30-6:30pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
Get a free workout in the GLC Multipurpose Room through Zumba, a fusion of Latin and International music combined with aerobic dance themes that create a dynamic, exciting, effective fitness system. The routines feature aerobic/fitness interval training with a combination of fast and slow rhythms that tone and sculpt the body. Questions: contact Lindsay Moss. 

7. COMMUNICATING HONESTLY
Thursday, Oct 22, 5:30-6:30pm, GLC Room D
This one-hour workshop offers participants an opportunity to explore and practice a way of communicating that is powerful, honest and compassionate; an approach to interacting with themselves and others in a way that does not inflict emotional pain and does not lead to physical violence but rather leads to mutual understanding, respect and peace. Sponsored by the GLC Fellows.  Questions: contact Lindsay Moss. 

8. BRING YOUR FAVORITE PICTURE
Thursday, Oct 22, 6:00-7:00pm, GLC Room C
De-stress yourself by indulging in a creative craft, family-friendly event hosted by the GSA. Bring in your favorite picture and have an hour of fun, creating frames for your pictures. Glue, paper, scissors and other supplies will be provided. Contact Kristen Pujari, co-ordinator for the event, with questions.

9. MOVIE NIGHT IN THE GLC: GRAN TORINO
Friday, Oct 23, 7:00pm, GLC Student Lounge
Take a load off with other grad students and watch "Gran Torino." Free popcorn and refreshments provided. Contact Josey Chacko, GLC Resident Fellow, with questions.

10. PRE-HALLOWEEN SWING DANCE
Saturday, Oct 24, 7:00-11:30pm, Old Dominion Ballroom, Squires
Want to test out that Halloween Costume? Matt Bays, doctoral student in mechanical engineering invites you to join the VT Solely Swing Dance Club‘s Annual Pre-Halloween Swing Dance! Wear a costume or Halloween colors if you can, meet new friends, learn to dance, participate in a costume contest, and bring a carved pumpkin to be judged! No partner required.  Free lesson with cost of admission ($5)!

11. PUMPKIN FESTIVAL TRIP
Sunday, Oct 25, 1:00-4:00pm, meet in GLC Lobby
Enjoy the fall colors in Virginia at the Sinkland Farms Pumpkin Festival with your fellow grad students! Meet in the GLC lobby and carpool to Christiansburg for the pumpkin festival. If you are interested in joining, please complete this survey.  Contact Jeanne Mouton, GLC Resident Fellow, with questions.

12. SHORT COURSES IN STATISTICS
Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Statistical Analysis (LISA) offers a series of short courses to help graduate students use statistics in their research through teaching practical statistical techniques for analyzing or collecting data.  Registration required. Refreshments will be provided at the end of each short course! All courses will be held in Fralin Auditorium from 5:00-7:00pm. Remaining courses in the Fall 2009 schedule:

  • Tuesday, Oct 27: Cluster Analysis
  • Wednesday, Nov 4: Intro to SAS
  • Tuesday, Nov 10: How to Analyze Repeated Measures and Other Random Effects

LISA also provides free statistical collaboration and consulting by appointment. Free daily walk-in consulting service is also available from 12-2pm in 401 Hutcheson Hall.  

13. LEADERSHIP AND EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY
VT Residence Life is looking for new staff members for the 2010- 2011 academic year. Resident Advisor positions are available in every residence hall and open to both graduate and undergraduate students. Staff members often comment on the high level of leadership skills they develop and their increased sense of connection to the campus community. Resident Advisors receive a room scholarship and a semi-monthly pay check. Candidates must attend an interest session in order to apply. 

14. FLU VACCINE COVERAGE THROUGH GM SOUTHWEST
Students insured through the university-approved GM Southwest plan have coverage for the seasonal flue vaccine, as well as the H1N1 vaccine. Schiffert Health Center scheduled student vaccine clinics beginning Tuesday, Oct 27. See later postings for further details. Through a special arrangement between GM-Southwest and Intravene (the vaccine provider), students who receive the flu vaccines will not incur out-of-pocket expenses. Insured students will need to present their student insurance ID card to receive this benefit. Students who receive the vaccines from any other provider must file a claim.

15. UPCOMING EVENTS:

THE GREAT DEBATE
Tuesday, Oct 27, 7:00-9:00pm, GLC Auditorium
Sponsored by the Political Science Club, the great debate provides a forum for the College Republicans and the Young Democrats (both registered VT student organizations) to debate current issues before the upcoming election. The debate is open to the campus and local communities. Admission free.

October 19-25

1. WEEKLY SERVICES IN THE GLC

  • Writing support: Mondays (4-6pm) and Wednesdays (4-7pm), Student Lounge
  • Walk-in counseling: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, 1:00-5:00pm, Videoconference Room
  • Career services walk-in advising: Wednesdays, 1:30-5:00pm, GLC Study Room

2. NATIONAL DAY ON WRITING
Tuesday, Oct 20, 11:00-2:00 in Shanks 370/380
Jennifer Cover, GTA and composition program assistant invites you to celebrate this day dedicated to writing as recognized by Congress. Refreshments and displays starting at 11; at noon, a panel including Rachel Holloway, associate dean of undergraduate academic affairs; Clara Cox, director of university publications; Gail Billingsley, executive director of VT YMCA,  Matthew Vollmer, author and English instructor; and Sara Kajder in English education will talk about the importance of writing in our community. At 1:00, Virginia Tech writers will share their work. Learn more about this event and opportunities for participation.

3. WORKING MOMS’ SUPPORT GROUP
Tuesday, Oct 20, Noon-1:00pm, GLC Room C
Topic: Children & Books (recipe for the most special memories & kids who love to read); Speaker: Cathy Jacobs, VT Work/Life Office. This event provides an opportunity for working mothers to come together to share, vent, network, and support one another. For more information, contact Christine Dennis Smith. 

4. STAT SHORT COURSE—USING JMP: SPECIFIC EXAMPLES IN REGRESSION
Wednesday, Oct 21, 5:00-7:00pm, Fralin Auditorium
The goal of this session is to illustrate how to use JMP in linear regression analysis. The three main topics will be: (1) Exploratory data analysis, simple liner regression and polynomial regression; (2) How to fit a multiple regression model, how to fit a multiple regression model with interactions and how to generate and compare candidate models; (3) Regression diagnostics with focus on evaluating the assumptions of regression, and recommendations when assumptions have not been met.  Register and learn more.

5. DISSERTATION WRITING WORK GROUP
Wednesdays, next on Oct 21, 9:00am, Women’s Center Library
Designed for women graduate students and post-docs who are working on their dissertation or thesis, preparing for prelims or writing an article, to provide support, motivation, goal-setting, accountability, and a place to unwind during the research and writing phase. All are welcome! For more information, contact Anna Lomascolo.

6. FREE ZUMBA CLASS
Wednesday, Oct 21, 5:30-6:30pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
Get a free workout in the GLC Multipurpose Room through Zumba, a fusion of Latin and International music combined with aerobic dance themes that create a dynamic, exciting, effective fitness system. The routines feature aerobic/fitness interval training with a combination of fast and slow rhythms that tone and sculpt the body. Questions: contact Lindsay Moss. 

7. COMMUNICATING HONESTLY
Thursday, Oct 22, 5:30-6:30pm, GLC Room D
This one-hour workshop offers participants an opportunity to explore and practice a way of communicating that is powerful, honest and compassionate; an approach to interacting with themselves and others in a way that does not inflict emotional pain and does not lead to physical violence but rather leads to mutual understanding, respect and peace. Sponsored by the GLC Fellows.  Questions: contact Lindsay Moss. 

8. BRING YOUR FAVORITE PICTURE
Thursday, Oct 22, 6:00-7:00pm, GLC Room C
De-stress yourself by indulging in a creative craft, family-friendly event hosted by the GSA. Bring in your favorite picture and have an hour of fun, creating frames for your pictures. Glue, paper, scissors and other supplies will be provided. Contact Kristen Pujari, co-ordinator for the event, with questions.

9. MOVIE NIGHT IN THE GLC: GRAN TORINO
Friday, Oct 23, 7:00pm, GLC Student Lounge
Take a load off with other grad students and watch "Gran Torino." Free popcorn and refreshments provided. Contact Josey Chacko, GLC Resident Fellow, with questions.

10. PRE-HALLOWEEN SWING DANCE
Saturday, Oct 24, 7:00-11:30pm, Old Dominion Ballroom, Squires
Want to test out that Halloween Costume? Matt Bays, doctoral student in mechanical engineering invites you to join the VT Solely Swing Dance Club‘s Annual Pre-Halloween Swing Dance! Wear a costume or Halloween colors if you can, meet new friends, learn to dance, participate in a costume contest, and bring a carved pumpkin to be judged! No partner required.  Free lesson with cost of admission ($5)!

11. PUMPKIN FESTIVAL TRIP
Sunday, Oct 25, 1:00-4:00pm, meet in GLC Lobby
Enjoy the fall colors in Virginia at the Sinkland Farms Pumpkin Festival with your fellow grad students! Meet in the GLC lobby and carpool to Christiansburg for the pumpkin festival. If you are interested in joining, please complete this survey.  Contact Jeanne Mouton, GLC Resident Fellow, with questions.

12. SHORT COURSES IN STATISTICS
Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Statistical Analysis (LISA) offers a series of short courses to help graduate students use statistics in their research through teaching practical statistical techniques for analyzing or collecting data.  Registration required. Refreshments will be provided at the end of each short course! All courses will be held in Fralin Auditorium from 5:00-7:00pm. Remaining courses in the Fall 2009 schedule:

  • Tuesday, Oct 27: Cluster Analysis
  • Wednesday, Nov 4: Intro to SAS
  • Tuesday, Nov 10: How to Analyze Repeated Measures and Other Random Effects

LISA also provides free statistical collaboration and consulting by appointment. Free daily walk-in consulting service is also available from 12-2pm in 401 Hutcheson Hall.  

13. LEADERSHIP AND EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY
VT Residence Life is looking for new staff members for the 2010- 2011 academic year. Resident Advisor positions are available in every residence hall and open to both graduate and undergraduate students. Staff members often comment on the high level of leadership skills they develop and their increased sense of connection to the campus community. Resident Advisors receive a room scholarship and a semi-monthly pay check. Candidates must attend an interest session in order to apply. 

14. FLU VACCINE COVERAGE THROUGH GM SOUTHWEST
Students insured through the university-approved GM Southwest plan have coverage for the seasonal flue vaccine, as well as the H1N1 vaccine. Schiffert Health Center scheduled student vaccine clinics beginning Tuesday, Oct 27. See later postings for further details. Through a special arrangement between GM-Southwest and Intravene (the vaccine provider), students who receive the flu vaccines will not incur out-of-pocket expenses. Insured students will need to present their student insurance ID card to receive this benefit. Students who receive the vaccines from any other provider must file a claim.

15. UPCOMING EVENTS:

THE GREAT DEBATE
Tuesday, Oct 27, 7:00-9:00pm, GLC Auditorium
Sponsored by the Political Science Club, the great debate provides a forum for the College Republicans and the Young Democrats (both registered VT student organizations) to debate current issues before the upcoming election. The debate is open to the campus and local communities. Admission free.

October 12-18, 2009

1. WEEKLY SERVICES IN THE GLC:

  • Writing support: Mondays (4-6pm) and Wednesdays (4-7pm), Student Lounge
  • Walk-in counseling: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, 1:00-5:00pm, Videoconference Room
  • Career services walk-in advising: Wednesdays, 1:30-5:00pm, GLC Study Room

2. STAT SHORT COURSE: DESIGNING EXPERIMENTS
Tuesday, Oct 13, 5:00-7:00pm, Fralin Auditorium
Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Statistical Analysis (LISA) offers a series of short courses to help graduate students use statistics in their research through teaching practical statistical techniques for analyzing or collecting data.  Visit the LISA website to register or learn more. The goal of this session is to introduce methods for creating well-designed experiments, with focus on basic principles, terminology, and concepts such as: steps for planning, designing, and analyzing an experiment; the importance of replication, randomization, and controlling error; the difference between experimental and observational units; fixed versus random effects; sample size and power; the importance of the sequential process of carrying out experiments. The session will not cover how to do ANOVA or how to use any software packages.

3. WHY ARE WE DOING THIS?
Wednesday, Oct 14, 11:30am-12:30pm, GLC Room D
You’ve heard it before: your beliefs and attitudes affect your experience of life.  But how does this process work?  Physics, biology and psychology can lend some insights. Take the mystery out of the dynamic and explore how you can consciously co-create your experiences toward greater meaning and fulfillment.  Sponsored by the GLC Fellows.  Questions: Lindsay Moss. 

4. BALANCING ACT—HOW TO CREATE AND MAINTAIN HEALTHY RELATIONSHIPS IN GRAD SCHOOL 
Wednesday, Oct 14, 5:30-6:30pm, GLC Room C
Graduate students are often pulled in many different directions professionally, academically, and personally. Relationships with family and significant others frequently drop in priority. This interactive workshop will help participants create and maintain healthy relationships while also balancing the demands of graduate school. The workshop includes information on dynamics of healthy relationships, healthy interpersonal boundaries, and practical skills that can be used in real-life relationships. Sponsored by the GLC Fellows.  Questions: contact Lindsay Moss.

5. RETURNED PEACE CORPS PANEL
Thursday, Oct 15, 6:00-7:00pm, GLC Room G
If you are interested in the Peace Corps but have not had the opportunity to speak with a returned volunteer, here is your chance to speak with people in the Blacksburg area who have volunteered all over the world in a wide variety of projects including, agriculture, NGO development, water & sanitation, English teaching and business advising. Volunteers receive excellent language, cultural and programmatic training in over 73 countries. Take the first step in an adventure of a lifetime…learn about the joys and requirements of Peace Corps service as well as how to apply. Contact Alex Frane with questions and concerns.

6. STRONGER THAT WE THINK: SELF-EMPOWERING SKILLS THAT REDUCE THE RISK OF VIOLENCE
Thursday, Oct 15, 7:00pm, Smyth 146
The Center for Peace Studies and Violence Prevention and the Students for Non-Violence organization are hosting a public seminar featuring Dr. James Kenny, Professor of Criminal Justice from Fairleigh Dickinson University. The seminar will address identifying early warning signs, causes, and stages of violence, developing a proactive approach to personal safety, and discuss strategies to defuse dangerous situations.  This event is open to the entire Virginia Tech community.

7. DOCUMENTARY SERIES BY LATIN-AMERICAN/IBERIAN GRAD STUDENT ASSOCIATION
Saturday, Oct 17, 3:00pm, The Lyric
The Latin American and Iberian Graduate Student Association invites you to two movie presentations in The Lyric: on Oct 3, to the documentary “Hartos Evos Aqui Hay” directed by Manuel Ruiz; on Nov 14, to the documentary “En lo Escondido”, by Nicolas Rincon. Both movies are shown with English subtitles. Free and open to all.

8. GRADS GOT TALENT
Saturday, Oct 17, 6:00-8:00pm, Haymarket Theater, Squires
The GSA & GLC Fellows host "Grads Got Talent" to help raise funds for Relay for Life. Show your care and support: Bring all your pennies, dimes, bills and more! Help raise funds for Relay For Life. Donations accepted at the door. Contact Sruthi Atmakur, GSA Program Chair for Events, or Lindsay Moss, GSA VP of Programs,  with questions and concerns.

9. SHORT COURSES IN STATISTICS
Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Statistical Analysis (LISA) offers a series of short courses to help graduate students use statistics in their research through teaching practical statistical techniques for analyzing or collecting data.  Visit LISA’s website  to register or learn more. Refreshments will be provided at the end of each short course! All courses will be held in Fralin Auditorium from 5:00-7:00pm. Fall 2009 schedule:

Tuesday, Oct 13: Designing Experiments
Wednesday, Oct 21: Using JMP: Specific Examples in Regression
Tuesday, Oct 27: Cluster Analysis
Wednesday, Nov 4: Intro to SAS
Tuesday, Nov 10: How to Analyze Repeated Measures and Other Random Effects

LISA also provides free statistical collaboration and consulting by appointment. Free daily walk-in consulting service is also available from 12-2pm in 401 Hutcheson Hall. 

10. FLU VACCINE COVERAGE THROUGH GM SOUTHWEST
Students insured through the university-approved GM Southwest plan have coverage for the seasonal flue vaccine, as well as the H1N1 vaccine. Schiffert Health Center scheduled student vaccine clinics beginning Tuesday, Oct 27. See later postings for further details. Through a special arrangement between GM-Southwest and Intravene (the vaccine provider), students who receive the flu vaccines will not incur out-of-pocket expenses. Insured students will need to present their student insurance ID card to receive this benefit. Students who receive the vaccines from any other provider must file a claim.

11. NEW LIBRARY RESOURCE AVAILABLE
The University Libraries recently rejoined the Center for Research Libraries (CRL), a rich and growing supply of resources, especially from abroad. The Center offers rapid delivery and generous borrowing privileges for member institutions, including scanned copies of many materials. Learn more details about CRL and their offerings.You can identify CRL materials by searching their site or via the WorldCat union catalog.  Place your requests for physical materials through ILLiad, using the notes box to indicate that the work you request is a CRL resource to alert the Interlibrary Loan staff. Contact Edward Lener with any questions about this new service.

12. CAMPUS-WIDE COMMUNITY SERVICE PROJECT
Laura Pennington, a graduate student in political science, invites you to participate in VT Dress Drive, a community service project to collect gently used formalwear gowns to be donated to Caitlin’s Closet. This organization provides dresses to women who can’t afford to purchase their own to attend homecoming, prom, and other special high school events. This is a great way to clean out your closet and donate to a great cause! Gowns of any style, size, or color in good condition are accepted. If you have a dress or dresses to donate, please email Laura Pennington.

13. LEADERSHIP AND EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY
VT Residence Life is looking for new staff members for the 2010- 2011 academic year. Resident Advisor positions are available in every residence hall and open to both graduate and undergraduate students. Staff members often comment on the high level of leadership skills they develop and their increased sense of connection to the campus community. Resident Advisors receive a room scholarship and a semi-monthly pay check. Candidates must attend an interest session in order to apply.  Please find more information at: http://www.studentprograms.vt.edu/employment/resed/.

14. UPCOMING EVENTS:

PRE-HALLOWEEN SWING DANCE
Saturday, Oct 24, 7:00-11:30pm, Old Dominion Ballroom, Squires
Want to test out that Halloween Costume? Matt Bays, doctoral student in mechanical engineering invites you to join the VT Solely Swing Dance Club’s Annual Pre-Halloween Swing Dance! Wear a costume or Halloween colors if you can, meet new friends, learn to dance, participate in a costume contest, and bring a carved pumpkin to be judged! No partner required.  Free lesson with cost of admission ($5)! For more info visit http://www.swingin.org.vt.edu/

October 12-18, 2009

1. WEEKLY SERVICES IN THE GLC:

  • Writing support: Mondays (4-6pm) and Wednesdays (4-7pm), Student Lounge
  • Walk-in counseling: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, 1:00-5:00pm, Videoconference Room
  • Career services walk-in advising: Wednesdays, 1:30-5:00pm, GLC Study Room

2. STAT SHORT COURSE: DESIGNING EXPERIMENTS
Tuesday, Oct 13, 5:00-7:00pm, Fralin Auditorium
Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Statistical Analysis (LISA) offers a series of short courses to help graduate students use statistics in their research through teaching practical statistical techniques for analyzing or collecting data.  Visit the LISA website to register or learn more. The goal of this session is to introduce methods for creating well-designed experiments, with focus on basic principles, terminology, and concepts such as: steps for planning, designing, and analyzing an experiment; the importance of replication, randomization, and controlling error; the difference between experimental and observational units; fixed versus random effects; sample size and power; the importance of the sequential process of carrying out experiments. The session will not cover how to do ANOVA or how to use any software packages.

3. WHY ARE WE DOING THIS?
Wednesday, Oct 14, 11:30am-12:30pm, GLC Room D
You’ve heard it before: your beliefs and attitudes affect your experience of life.  But how does this process work?  Physics, biology and psychology can lend some insights. Take the mystery out of the dynamic and explore how you can consciously co-create your experiences toward greater meaning and fulfillment.  Sponsored by the GLC Fellows.  Questions: Lindsay Moss. 

4. BALANCING ACT—HOW TO CREATE AND MAINTAIN HEALTHY RELATIONSHIPS IN GRAD SCHOOL 
Wednesday, Oct 14, 5:30-6:30pm, GLC Room C
Graduate students are often pulled in many different directions professionally, academically, and personally. Relationships with family and significant others frequently drop in priority. This interactive workshop will help participants create and maintain healthy relationships while also balancing the demands of graduate school. The workshop includes information on dynamics of healthy relationships, healthy interpersonal boundaries, and practical skills that can be used in real-life relationships. Sponsored by the GLC Fellows.  Questions: contact Lindsay Moss.

5. RETURNED PEACE CORPS PANEL
Thursday, Oct 15, 6:00-7:00pm, GLC Room G
If you are interested in the Peace Corps but have not had the opportunity to speak with a returned volunteer, here is your chance to speak with people in the Blacksburg area who have volunteered all over the world in a wide variety of projects including, agriculture, NGO development, water & sanitation, English teaching and business advising. Volunteers receive excellent language, cultural and programmatic training in over 73 countries. Take the first step in an adventure of a lifetime…learn about the joys and requirements of Peace Corps service as well as how to apply. Contact Alex Frane with questions and concerns.

6. STRONGER THAT WE THINK: SELF-EMPOWERING SKILLS THAT REDUCE THE RISK OF VIOLENCE
Thursday, Oct 15, 7:00pm, Smyth 146
The Center for Peace Studies and Violence Prevention and the Students for Non-Violence organization are hosting a public seminar featuring Dr. James Kenny, Professor of Criminal Justice from Fairleigh Dickinson University. The seminar will address identifying early warning signs, causes, and stages of violence, developing a proactive approach to personal safety, and discuss strategies to defuse dangerous situations.  This event is open to the entire Virginia Tech community.

7. DOCUMENTARY SERIES BY LATIN-AMERICAN/IBERIAN GRAD STUDENT ASSOCIATION
Saturday, Oct 17, 3:00pm, The Lyric
The Latin American and Iberian Graduate Student Association invites you to two movie presentations in The Lyric: on Oct 3, to the documentary “Hartos Evos Aqui Hay” directed by Manuel Ruiz; on Nov 14, to the documentary “En lo Escondido”, by Nicolas Rincon. Both movies are shown with English subtitles. Free and open to all.

8. GRADS GOT TALENT
Saturday, Oct 17, 6:00-8:00pm, Haymarket Theater, Squires
The GSA & GLC Fellows host "Grads Got Talent" to help raise funds for Relay for Life. Show your care and support: Bring all your pennies, dimes, bills and more! Help raise funds for Relay For Life. Donations accepted at the door. Contact Sruthi Atmakur, GSA Program Chair for Events, or Lindsay Moss, GSA VP of Programs,  with questions and concerns.

9. SHORT COURSES IN STATISTICS
Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Statistical Analysis (LISA) offers a series of short courses to help graduate students use statistics in their research through teaching practical statistical techniques for analyzing or collecting data.  Visit LISA’s website  to register or learn more. Refreshments will be provided at the end of each short course! All courses will be held in Fralin Auditorium from 5:00-7:00pm. Fall 2009 schedule:

Tuesday, Oct 13: Designing Experiments
Wednesday, Oct 21: Using JMP: Specific Examples in Regression
Tuesday, Oct 27: Cluster Analysis
Wednesday, Nov 4: Intro to SAS
Tuesday, Nov 10: How to Analyze Repeated Measures and Other Random Effects

LISA also provides free statistical collaboration and consulting by appointment. Free daily walk-in consulting service is also available from 12-2pm in 401 Hutcheson Hall. 

10. FLU VACCINE COVERAGE THROUGH GM SOUTHWEST
Students insured through the university-approved GM Southwest plan have coverage for the seasonal flue vaccine, as well as the H1N1 vaccine. Schiffert Health Center scheduled student vaccine clinics beginning Tuesday, Oct 27. See later postings for further details. Through a special arrangement between GM-Southwest and Intravene (the vaccine provider), students who receive the flu vaccines will not incur out-of-pocket expenses. Insured students will need to present their student insurance ID card to receive this benefit. Students who receive the vaccines from any other provider must file a claim.

11. NEW LIBRARY RESOURCE AVAILABLE
The University Libraries recently rejoined the Center for Research Libraries (CRL), a rich and growing supply of resources, especially from abroad. The Center offers rapid delivery and generous borrowing privileges for member institutions, including scanned copies of many materials. Learn more details about CRL and their offerings.You can identify CRL materials by searching their site or via the WorldCat union catalog.  Place your requests for physical materials through ILLiad, using the notes box to indicate that the work you request is a CRL resource to alert the Interlibrary Loan staff. Contact Edward Lener with any questions about this new service.

12. CAMPUS-WIDE COMMUNITY SERVICE PROJECT
Laura Pennington, a graduate student in political science, invites you to participate in VT Dress Drive, a community service project to collect gently used formalwear gowns to be donated to Caitlin’s Closet. This organization provides dresses to women who can’t afford to purchase their own to attend homecoming, prom, and other special high school events. This is a great way to clean out your closet and donate to a great cause! Gowns of any style, size, or color in good condition are accepted. If you have a dress or dresses to donate, please email Laura Pennington.

13. LEADERSHIP AND EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY
VT Residence Life is looking for new staff members for the 2010- 2011 academic year. Resident Advisor positions are available in every residence hall and open to both graduate and undergraduate students. Staff members often comment on the high level of leadership skills they develop and their increased sense of connection to the campus community. Resident Advisors receive a room scholarship and a semi-monthly pay check. Candidates must attend an interest session in order to apply.  Please find more information at: http://www.studentprograms.vt.edu/employment/resed/.

14. UPCOMING EVENTS:

PRE-HALLOWEEN SWING DANCE
Saturday, Oct 24, 7:00-11:30pm, Old Dominion Ballroom, Squires
Want to test out that Halloween Costume? Matt Bays, doctoral student in mechanical engineering invites you to join the VT Solely Swing Dance Club’s Annual Pre-Halloween Swing Dance! Wear a costume or Halloween colors if you can, meet new friends, learn to dance, participate in a costume contest, and bring a carved pumpkin to be judged! No partner required.  Free lesson with cost of admission ($5)! For more info visit http://www.swingin.org.vt.edu/

October 5-11, 2009

0. LUNCH WITH THE PRESIDENT
Wednesday, Oct 14, 12:00pm, The Inn at Virginia Tech

Join President Steger, Provost McNamee, and Dean DePauw for the first graduate student lunch with university leaders at the Inn at Virginia Tech. This is an excellent opportunity to voice your questions and concerns to the administration at Virginia Tech through an informal discussion over lunch. Please fill out the following survey by Oct 7 to sign up. Space is limited to 20 students, so don’t wait! Please contact Rebecca French, VT Board of Visitors Graduate Student Representative, with any questions.

1. WEEKLY SERVICES IN THE GLC
– Writing support: Mondays (4-6pm) and Wednesdays (4-7pm), Student Lounge
– Walk-in counseling: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, 1:00-5:00pm, Videoconference Room
– Career services walk-in advising: Wednesdays, 1:30-5:00pm, GLC Study Room

2. YOGA FOR RELAXATION
Monday, Oct 5, 5:30-6:30pm, GLC Room F
Attend this program if you are interested in body health, stilling the mind and meditation practice. The program will include 30 min of relaxing and restorative yoga postures to use at the end of your workday or before bed; simple breath-work for health and calmness and an introduction to meditation for centering and stillness. Sponsored by the GLC Fellows. With questions contact Lindsay Moss. 

3. INTERNATIONAL FELLOWSHIP OPPORTUNITY INFO SESSIONS
Tuesday, Oct 6, 2:00pm and 5:30pm, GLC Room C
Funding opportunity for Ph.D. students conducting research in Latin America or the Caribbean! Come to one of two information sessions to learn about the Inter-American Foundation (IAF) Grassroots Development Fellowship that provides Ph.D. candidates funding for up to a year to conduct research on grassroots development issues in Latin America or the Caribbean, including round-trip international transportation, research and living allowances, health insurance, and attendance at a mid-year conference in a country in the region. Visit www.iie.org/iaf for specific benefits, eligibility requirements, and application instructions.

4. AUDITIONS FOR “GRADS GOT TALENT”
Tuesday, Oct 6, 5:00-7:00pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
Do you dance? Sing? Act? Or perform something better? Come and show it off at the auditions for Grads Got Talent. Please fill in the survey by October 2.  Once screened, perform for a cause at the HayMarket theater on October 17 to help raise funds for Relay for Life. Contact: Sruthi Atmakur, GSA Program Chair for Events, at satmakur@vt.edu (or) Lindsay Moss, GSA VP of programs.

5. GROOVE TO BOLLYWOOD MOVES
Tuesday, Oct 6, 7:00-8:00pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
GSA is hosting a Bollywood workshop every month during the fall semester. Burn a few calories in grace, style, and rhythm. Join a FREE dance session to spice up your personal dancing style by learning some classic Bollywood dance moves. Bring water and wear comfortable clothes and shoes. Add your personal twist: Dance barefoot and for the girls: style up by wearing a flowy skirts. Contact Sruthi Atmakur or Ranjana Mehta with questions.

6. DISSERTATION-WRITING WORK GROUP
Wednesdays, 9:00am in Women’s Center Library
Designed for women graduate students and post-docs working on their dissertation or thesis, preparing for prelims or writing an article, to provide support, motivation, goal-setting, accountability, and a place to simply unwind during the research and writing phase. All are welcome! For more information, contact Anna LoMascolo.

7. KIDS’ NIGHT OUT
Thursdays, 6:00-8:30pm in Women’s Center Conference Room
Take advantage of this free weekly drop-in evening child care program for kids (aged 2-12). Need a break? Have to study or attend a lecture?  Want to catch up on work? No need to pre-register. Childcare provided by the women of Chi Delta Alpha sorority. For more information, contact Jessie Meltsner.

8. CHANCELLOR’S GRADUATE STUDENT FELLOWSHIP
Wednesday, October 7:  1:30PM-4:00PM, GLC Room F
The Virginia Community College System (VCCS) Chancellor’s Graduate Student Fellowship program gives graduate students the opportunity to gain collegiate teaching experience while still in graduate school. This initiative creates statewide partnerships and aims to recruit students who represent varied ethnic, racial and social backgrounds who are interested in teaching careers. Come to this program to learn more about how you can become a teaching fellow and visit with representatives from New River and Virginia Western Community Colleges. Sponsored by the Graduate School Office of Recruitment and Diversity Initiatives. Register online.

9. ETD SERIES: COPYRIGHT ISSUES
Wednesday, Oct 7, 7:00-8:30pm in Room F in the GLC
Presented by Gail McMillan of University Libraries to help you with copyright matters as you prepare to write your thesis or dissertation. Learn more at the ETD Wiki on the Graduate School’s website.  

10. TOWN COUNCIL GRAD RECEPTION
Wednesday, Oct 7, 8:30-9:30pm, GLC Student Lounge
Join the candidates running for Town Council for coffee and conversation: This is your opportunity find out what town decisions are going to affect your time here at VT.  Find out more about the candidates at: http://www.citizensfirstforblacksburg.org/node. Sponsored by the GLC Fellows.  Questions or concerns, please contact Lindsay Moss.

11. PEACE CORPS INFORMATION SESSION
Thursday, Oct 8, 6:00-7:00pm, Squires Room 342
Learn more about Peace Corps service at this special information session! Presenters will review the variety of projects and countries that Peace Corps serves in, and the qualifications and process of becoming a volunteer.  There will be a video presentation featuring the experiences and projects of a variety of volunteers in their host countries, followed by a Q&A session. Contact
graduate student and former PC volunteer Alex Frane with questions.

12. GSA HAPPY HOUR
Friday, Oct 9, 5:00-7:00pm in the GLC Student Lounge (across from Auditorium)
The GSA will host its only Happy Hour of the semester! All graduate students and faculty are invited to come and have a good time. $5.00 at the door is good for 2 brews and snacks ($2.00 for those not drinking alcohol). Make sure to bring your ID! Contact Sruthi Atmakur, GSA Program Chair for Events, with questions and concerns.

13. OUTDOOR CLUB WHITEWATER RAFTING-REGISTER BY OCT 7
Sunday, Oct 11, 6:30am to 6:30pm
The Outdoor Club (OCVT) is organizing a whitewater rafting trip on the entire Gauley, upper and lower; 23 miles of river, over 100 rapids, in 1 day. Participate in one of the best whitewater rafting experiences in the country.  Rafters have to be at base camp in WV at 6:30am and will finish rafting at 6:30 pm.  There will be an orientation/safety briefing before rafting. For detailed trip information and costs please check the OCVT website. Must know how to swim. Sign up by October 7.  Contact Nimal Lobo with questions.

14. SHORT COURSES IN STATISTICS
Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Statistical Analysis (LISA) offers a series of short courses to help graduate students use statistics in their research through teaching practical statistical techniques for analyzing or collecting data.  Visit their website
 to register or learn more. Refreshments will be provided at the end of each short course! All courses will be held in Fralin Auditorium from 5:00-7:00pm. Fall 2009 schedule:

  • Tuesday, Oct 13: Designing Experiments
  • Wednesday, Oct 21: Using JMP: Specific Examples in Regression
  • Tuesday, Oct 27: Cluster Analysis
  • Wednesday, Nov 4: Intro to SAS
  • Tuesday, Nov 10: How to Analyze Repeated Measures and Other Random Effects

LISA also provides free statistical collaboration and consulting by appointment. Free daily walk-in consulting service is also available from 12-2pm in 401 Hutcheson Hall. 

13. GRAD STUDENT JOB SEARCH CLUB
Recognizing the challenges and frustrations of job searching, Career Services is offering a unique opportunity for you to join a Job Search Club. Club members share one common link: a need or desire to obtain a job. For the next six weeks, this Club for graduate students will meet weekly to discuss and practice job search skills, techniques and strategies. Space is limited, so please only register if you can commit to the 6-week session and if you plan to graduate in Dec ’09 or May ’10, or if you will seek summer internships. Meetings weekly on Tuesdays, Oct 6–Nov 3, 3:30–5:00pm, 1st Floor Smith Career Center Meeting Room A. Register online.

16. PRESIDENTIAL MANAGEMENT FELLOWS (PMF) SOUGHT
The PMF Program is designed to attract to the Federal service outstanding students from a variety of academic disciplines who have a clear interest in and commitment to excellence in the leadership and management of public policies and programs. The two-year paid fellowship includes 160 hours of formal classroom training, challenging assignments, potential for accelerated promotions, developmental assignments, and networking opportunities. Fellows are hired by Federal Agencies and engage in solving domestic and/or international issues in areas such as public administration, engineering, technology, science, criminal justice, health, and financial management. For the PMF Class of 2010, students who complete a graduate degree doctoral-level degree during the 2009-10 academic year (September 1, 2009 – August 31, 2010) are eligible for consideration. Apply online by  Oct 15, 2009. Send your Nomination Form 1300 to: Karen P. DePauw, VP and Dean for Graduate Education, grads@vt.edu, 540-231-4558. For more information and to apply, visit www.pmf.opm.gov.

17. GRADUATE SCHOOL FEATURED GRADUATE STUDENT
Nominate yourself, a friend, or fellow graduate student to be recognized on the Graduate School website as a Featured Graduate Student! This program is designed to showcase the diversity of perspectives graduate students bring to our community and to present a more personal side of graduate student life.
View the Graduate School‘s current Featured Graduate Student and to nominate a graduate student!

18. GRADUATE RESEARCH DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM: OPEN NOW!
The GRDP, administered by the GSA, provides monetary support for degree-contingent research conducted by graduate students. This funding opportunity is available to graduate students in two cycles:

  • *Cycle I: Jul 1 – Dec 31 (2009) (submit application between Aug 31 and Oct 9)
  • *Cycle II: Jan 1 – Jun 30 (2010) (submit application between Jan 25 and Feb 26)

If you have any question, please send an email to the program chair: Amine Chigani.

19. GSA TRAVEL FUND APPLICATION: OPEN NOW!
The GSA Travel Fund Program (TFP) offers awards to support the cost of presenting your research at conferences. Master’s students can apply for up to $350 and PhD students up to $500.  The application period (Cycle I) for travel between Jul 1 and Dec 31 will be open from Sep 7 to Oct 16. Questions? Please contact Lora Cavuoto, the TFP Chair.

20. UPCOMING EVENTS:

WHY ARE WE DOING THIS?
Wednesday, Oct 14, 11:30am-12:30pm, GLC Room D
You’ve heard it before: your beliefs and attitudes affect your experience of life.  But how does this process work?  Physics, biology and psychology can lend some insights. Take the mystery out of the dynamic and explore how you can consciously co-create your experiences toward greater meaning and fulfillment.  Sponsored by the GLC Fellows.  Questions: Lindsay Moss. 

October 5-11, 2009

0. LUNCH WITH THE PRESIDENT
Wednesday, Oct 14, 12:00pm, The Inn at Virginia Tech

Join President Steger, Provost McNamee, and Dean DePauw for the first graduate student lunch with university leaders at the Inn at Virginia Tech. This is an excellent opportunity to voice your questions and concerns to the administration at Virginia Tech through an informal discussion over lunch. Please fill out the following survey by Oct 7 to sign up. Space is limited to 20 students, so don’t wait! Please contact Rebecca French, VT Board of Visitors Graduate Student Representative, with any questions.

1. WEEKLY SERVICES IN THE GLC
– Writing support: Mondays (4-6pm) and Wednesdays (4-7pm), Student Lounge
– Walk-in counseling: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, 1:00-5:00pm, Videoconference Room
– Career services walk-in advising: Wednesdays, 1:30-5:00pm, GLC Study Room

2. YOGA FOR RELAXATION
Monday, Oct 5, 5:30-6:30pm, GLC Room F
Attend this program if you are interested in body health, stilling the mind and meditation practice. The program will include 30 min of relaxing and restorative yoga postures to use at the end of your workday or before bed; simple breath-work for health and calmness and an introduction to meditation for centering and stillness. Sponsored by the GLC Fellows. With questions contact Lindsay Moss. 

3. INTERNATIONAL FELLOWSHIP OPPORTUNITY INFO SESSIONS
Tuesday, Oct 6, 2:00pm and 5:30pm, GLC Room C
Funding opportunity for Ph.D. students conducting research in Latin America or the Caribbean! Come to one of two information sessions to learn about the Inter-American Foundation (IAF) Grassroots Development Fellowship that provides Ph.D. candidates funding for up to a year to conduct research on grassroots development issues in Latin America or the Caribbean, including round-trip international transportation, research and living allowances, health insurance, and attendance at a mid-year conference in a country in the region. Visit www.iie.org/iaf for specific benefits, eligibility requirements, and application instructions.

4. AUDITIONS FOR “GRADS GOT TALENT”
Tuesday, Oct 6, 5:00-7:00pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
Do you dance? Sing? Act? Or perform something better? Come and show it off at the auditions for Grads Got Talent. Please fill in the survey by October 2.  Once screened, perform for a cause at the HayMarket theater on October 17 to help raise funds for Relay for Life. Contact: Sruthi Atmakur, GSA Program Chair for Events, at satmakur@vt.edu (or) Lindsay Moss, GSA VP of programs.

5. GROOVE TO BOLLYWOOD MOVES
Tuesday, Oct 6, 7:00-8:00pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
GSA is hosting a Bollywood workshop every month during the fall semester. Burn a few calories in grace, style, and rhythm. Join a FREE dance session to spice up your personal dancing style by learning some classic Bollywood dance moves. Bring water and wear comfortable clothes and shoes. Add your personal twist: Dance barefoot and for the girls: style up by wearing a flowy skirts. Contact Sruthi Atmakur or Ranjana Mehta with questions.

6. DISSERTATION-WRITING WORK GROUP
Wednesdays, 9:00am in Women’s Center Library
Designed for women graduate students and post-docs working on their dissertation or thesis, preparing for prelims or writing an article, to provide support, motivation, goal-setting, accountability, and a place to simply unwind during the research and writing phase. All are welcome! For more information, contact Anna LoMascolo.

7. KIDS’ NIGHT OUT
Thursdays, 6:00-8:30pm in Women’s Center Conference Room
Take advantage of this free weekly drop-in evening child care program for kids (aged 2-12). Need a break? Have to study or attend a lecture?  Want to catch up on work? No need to pre-register. Childcare provided by the women of Chi Delta Alpha sorority. For more information, contact Jessie Meltsner.

8. CHANCELLOR’S GRADUATE STUDENT FELLOWSHIP
Wednesday, October 7:  1:30PM-4:00PM, GLC Room F
The Virginia Community College System (VCCS) Chancellor’s Graduate Student Fellowship program gives graduate students the opportunity to gain collegiate teaching experience while still in graduate school. This initiative creates statewide partnerships and aims to recruit students who represent varied ethnic, racial and social backgrounds who are interested in teaching careers. Come to this program to learn more about how you can become a teaching fellow and visit with representatives from New River and Virginia Western Community Colleges. Sponsored by the Graduate School Office of Recruitment and Diversity Initiatives. Register online.

9. ETD SERIES: COPYRIGHT ISSUES
Wednesday, Oct 7, 7:00-8:30pm in Room F in the GLC
Presented by Gail McMillan of University Libraries to help you with copyright matters as you prepare to write your thesis or dissertation. Learn more at the ETD Wiki on the Graduate School’s website.  

10. TOWN COUNCIL GRAD RECEPTION
Wednesday, Oct 7, 8:30-9:30pm, GLC Student Lounge
Join the candidates running for Town Council for coffee and conversation: This is your opportunity find out what town decisions are going to affect your time here at VT.  Find out more about the candidates at: http://www.citizensfirstforblacksburg.org/node. Sponsored by the GLC Fellows.  Questions or concerns, please contact Lindsay Moss.

11. PEACE CORPS INFORMATION SESSION
Thursday, Oct 8, 6:00-7:00pm, Squires Room 342
Learn more about Peace Corps service at this special information session! Presenters will review the variety of projects and countries that Peace Corps serves in, and the qualifications and process of becoming a volunteer.  There will be a video presentation featuring the experiences and projects of a variety of volunteers in their host countries, followed by a Q&A session. Contact
graduate student and former PC volunteer Alex Frane with questions.

12. GSA HAPPY HOUR
Friday, Oct 9, 5:00-7:00pm in the GLC Student Lounge (across from Auditorium)
The GSA will host its only Happy Hour of the semester! All graduate students and faculty are invited to come and have a good time. $5.00 at the door is good for 2 brews and snacks ($2.00 for those not drinking alcohol). Make sure to bring your ID! Contact Sruthi Atmakur, GSA Program Chair for Events, with questions and concerns.

13. OUTDOOR CLUB WHITEWATER RAFTING-REGISTER BY OCT 7
Sunday, Oct 11, 6:30am to 6:30pm
The Outdoor Club (OCVT) is organizing a whitewater rafting trip on the entire Gauley, upper and lower; 23 miles of river, over 100 rapids, in 1 day. Participate in one of the best whitewater rafting experiences in the country.  Rafters have to be at base camp in WV at 6:30am and will finish rafting at 6:30 pm.  There will be an orientation/safety briefing before rafting. For detailed trip information and costs please check the OCVT website. Must know how to swim. Sign up by October 7.  Contact Nimal Lobo with questions.

14. SHORT COURSES IN STATISTICS
Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Statistical Analysis (LISA) offers a series of short courses to help graduate students use statistics in their research through teaching practical statistical techniques for analyzing or collecting data.  Visit their website
 to register or learn more. Refreshments will be provided at the end of each short course! All courses will be held in Fralin Auditorium from 5:00-7:00pm. Fall 2009 schedule:

  • Tuesday, Oct 13: Designing Experiments
  • Wednesday, Oct 21: Using JMP: Specific Examples in Regression
  • Tuesday, Oct 27: Cluster Analysis
  • Wednesday, Nov 4: Intro to SAS
  • Tuesday, Nov 10: How to Analyze Repeated Measures and Other Random Effects

LISA also provides free statistical collaboration and consulting by appointment. Free daily walk-in consulting service is also available from 12-2pm in 401 Hutcheson Hall. 

13. GRAD STUDENT JOB SEARCH CLUB
Recognizing the challenges and frustrations of job searching, Career Services is offering a unique opportunity for you to join a Job Search Club. Club members share one common link: a need or desire to obtain a job. For the next six weeks, this Club for graduate students will meet weekly to discuss and practice job search skills, techniques and strategies. Space is limited, so please only register if you can commit to the 6-week session and if you plan to graduate in Dec ’09 or May ’10, or if you will seek summer internships. Meetings weekly on Tuesdays, Oct 6–Nov 3, 3:30–5:00pm, 1st Floor Smith Career Center Meeting Room A. Register online.

16. PRESIDENTIAL MANAGEMENT FELLOWS (PMF) SOUGHT
The PMF Program is designed to attract to the Federal service outstanding students from a variety of academic disciplines who have a clear interest in and commitment to excellence in the leadership and management of public policies and programs. The two-year paid fellowship includes 160 hours of formal classroom training, challenging assignments, potential for accelerated promotions, developmental assignments, and networking opportunities. Fellows are hired by Federal Agencies and engage in solving domestic and/or international issues in areas such as public administration, engineering, technology, science, criminal justice, health, and financial management. For the PMF Class of 2010, students who complete a graduate degree doctoral-level degree during the 2009-10 academic year (September 1, 2009 – August 31, 2010) are eligible for consideration. Apply online by  Oct 15, 2009. Send your Nomination Form 1300 to: Karen P. DePauw, VP and Dean for Graduate Education, grads@vt.edu, 540-231-4558. For more information and to apply, visit www.pmf.opm.gov.

17. GRADUATE SCHOOL FEATURED GRADUATE STUDENT
Nominate yourself, a friend, or fellow graduate student to be recognized on the Graduate School website as a Featured Graduate Student! This program is designed to showcase the diversity of perspectives graduate students bring to our community and to present a more personal side of graduate student life.
View the Graduate School‘s current Featured Graduate Student and to nominate a graduate student!

18. GRADUATE RESEARCH DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM: OPEN NOW!
The GRDP, administered by the GSA, provides monetary support for degree-contingent research conducted by graduate students. This funding opportunity is available to graduate students in two cycles:

  • *Cycle I: Jul 1 – Dec 31 (2009) (submit application between Aug 31 and Oct 9)
  • *Cycle II: Jan 1 – Jun 30 (2010) (submit application between Jan 25 and Feb 26)

If you have any question, please send an email to the program chair: Amine Chigani.

19. GSA TRAVEL FUND APPLICATION: OPEN NOW!
The GSA Travel Fund Program (TFP) offers awards to support the cost of presenting your research at conferences. Master’s students can apply for up to $350 and PhD students up to $500.  The application period (Cycle I) for travel between Jul 1 and Dec 31 will be open from Sep 7 to Oct 16. Questions? Please contact Lora Cavuoto, the TFP Chair.

20. UPCOMING EVENTS:

WHY ARE WE DOING THIS?
Wednesday, Oct 14, 11:30am-12:30pm, GLC Room D
You’ve heard it before: your beliefs and attitudes affect your experience of life.  But how does this process work?  Physics, biology and psychology can lend some insights. Take the mystery out of the dynamic and explore how you can consciously co-create your experiences toward greater meaning and fulfillment.  Sponsored by the GLC Fellows.  Questions: Lindsay Moss. 

September 28-October 4, 2009

1. GRADUATE AND PROFESSIONAL SCHOOL FAIR
Monday, Sep 28, 12:00-4:00pm in Commonwealth Ballroom, Squires
The Graduate Student Assembly presents the 2009 Graduate and Professional School Fair with over 120 graduate schools and professional programs to talk to you or your undergraduate students interested in graduate education! Free pizza!

2. AMERICAN WATER RESOURCES ASSOCIATION MTG
Monday, Sep 28, 4:00pm, in McBryde 136
If you are interest in water related issues or research, the VT Student Chapter of the American Water Resources Association is for you. If you are unable to attend this first meeting but are interested in membership, please contact Tammy Parece, MS/GEOG, at  and she will add you to their listserv for notices on meeting and activity dates.

3. WRITING SUPPORT FOR GRADS IN THE GLC: M-W
Free writing assistance is available in the Writing Center: call for appointment at 231-5436, or drop by 340 Shanks, 9-5 M-F. Assistance is also available on Mondays (4-6pm) and Wednesdays (4-7pm) in the GLC Student Lounge, provided by Jeremy Henry, a graduate student and writing coach. If you need help with your writing, stop by the Writing Center or see Jeremy in the GLC Grad Student Lounge (Rm 30 across from the Auditorium). You may e-mail him to set up an appointment as well. Receive assistance with personal statements, resumes, theses, research proposals, and more.

4. COUNSELING SUPPORT IN THE GLC
Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, 1:00-5:00pm, GLC Videoconference Room
The Cook Counseling Center provides counseling support specifically to graduate students in the GLC. No appointment necessary. Feel free to take advantage of this if you are stressed, anxious, need to develop better study habits, or just need someone to talk to. Resource materials are also available in the Reading Room for your perusal.

5. CAREER SERVICES WALK-IN ADVISING
Wednesday, Sep 23, 1:30-5:00pm, GLC Study Room
Amy McPherson, Associate Director of Career Services, is available to graduate students on Wednesdays (except during Thanksgiving Break) to assist with career preparation questions, resume review and more. No appointment necessary.

6. GRADS GOT TALENT! – REGISTER BY OCT 2
Do you dance? Sing? Act? Or perform something better? Would you like to showcase your talent for a cause? GSA & GLC fellows host "Grads Got Talent" on October 17 in Haymarket Theater is Squires to help raise funds for Relay for Life. Please complete a short survey by Friday to list your interest in participation and the type of performance you would like to showcase. Screening of all performances will be held on October 6th. Performers will be contacted through contact information provided in the survey. Contact Sruthi Atmakur, GSA Program Chair for Events if you have any questions.

7. HOKIE HOP SWING DANCE
Saturday, Oct 3, 7:00-11:30pm, Old Dominion Ballroom, Squires
Need a break from your adviser, classes or research? Join the VT Solely Swing Dance Club‘s Annual Hokie Hop Swing Dance! Wear orange & maroon/VT attire if you can, meet new friends, learn to dance, and have some fun with a live band! No partner required.  Free lesson with cost of admission ($10)!

8. OUTDOOR CLUB WHITEWATER RAFTING-REGISTER BY OCT 7
Sunday, Oct 11, 6:30am to 6:30pm
The Outdoor Club (OCVT) is organizing a whitewater rafting trip on the entire Gauley, upper and lower; 23 miles of river, over 100 rapids, in 1 day. Participate in one of the best whitewater rafting experiences in the country.  Rafters have to be at base camp in WV at 6:30am and will finish rafting at 6:30 pm.  There will be an orientation/safety briefing before rafting. For detailed trip information and costs please check the OCVT website. Must know how to swim. Sign up by October 7.  Contact Nimal Lobo with questions. 

9. STUDY PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT – 1st posting
Do you have a child or children currently in childcare? VT researchers are exploring how information is documented, accessed, and made secure at your childcare provider. The study runs in September and October, with interviewing parents and compensating $10.00 for 20-30 minutes of your time. The researchers can meet you wherever is most comfortable. If you are interested, please contact Zalia Shams.

10. GRADUATE SCHOOL FEATURED GRADUATE STUDENT
Nominate yourself, a friend, or fellow graduate student to be recognized on the Graduate School website as a Featured Graduate Student! This program is designed to showcase the diversity of perspectives graduate students bring to our community and to present a more personal side of graduate student life.
View the Graduate School‘s current Featured Graduate Student and to nominate a graduate student!

11. GRADUATE RESEARCH DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM: OPEN NOW!
The GRDP, administered by the GSA, provides monetary support for degree-contingent research conducted by graduate students. This funding opportunity is available to graduate students in two cycles:

  • *Cycle I: Jul 1 – Dec 31 (2009) (submit application between Aug 31 and Oct 9)
  • *Cycle II: Jan 1 – Jun 30 (2010) (submit application between Jan 25 and Feb 26)

If you have any question, please send an email to the program chair: Amine Chigani.

12. GSA TRAVEL FUND APPLICATION: OPEN NOW!
The GSA Travel Fund Program (TFP) offers awards to support the cost of presenting your research at conferences. Master’s students can apply for up to $350 and PhD students up to $500.  The application period (Cycle I) for travel between Jul 1 and Dec 31 will be open from Sep 7 to Oct 16. Questions? Please contact Lora Cavuoto, the TFP Chair.

13. GRAD STUDENT JOB SEARCH CLUB
Recognizing the challenges and frustrations of job searching, Career Services is offering a unique opportunity for you to join a Job Search Club. Club members share one common link: a need or desire to obtain a job. For the next six weeks, this Club for graduate students will meet weekly to discuss and practice job search skills, techniques and strategies. Space is limited, so please only register if you can commit to the 6-week session and if you plan to graduate in Dec ’09 or May ’10, or if you will seek summer internships. Meetings weekly on Tuesdays, Oct 6–Nov 3, 3:30–5:00pm, 1st Floor Smith Career Center Meeting Room A. Register online.

14. UPCOMING EVENTS:

YOGA FOR RELAXATION
Monday, Oct 5, 5:30-6:30pm, GLC Room F
Attend this program if you are interested in body health, stilling the mind and meditation practice. The program will include 30 min of relaxing and restorative yoga postures to use at the end of your workday or before bed; simple breath-work for health and calmness and an introduction to meditation for centering and stillness. Sponsored by the GLC Fellows. With questions contact Lindsay Moss. 

INTL FELLOWSHIP OPPORTUNITY INFO SESSIONS
Tuesday, Oct 6, 2:00pm and 5:30pm, GLC Room C
Funding opportunity for Ph.D. students conducting research in Latin America or the Caribbean! Come to one of two information sessions to learn about the Inter-American Foundation (IAF) Grassroots Development Fellowship that provides Ph.D. candidates funding for up to a year to conduct research on grassroots development issues in Latin America or the Caribbean, including round-trip international transportation, research and living allowances, health insurance, and attendance at a mid-year conference in a country in the region. Visit www.iie.org/iaf for specific benefits, eligibility requirements, and application instructions.

AUDITIONS FOR “GRADS GOT TALENT”
Tuesday, Oct 6, 5:00-7:00pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
Do you dance? Sing? Act? Or perform something better? Come and show it off at the auditions for Grads Got Talent. Please fill in the survey by October 2.  Once screened, perform for a cause at the HayMarket theater on October 17 to help raise funds for Relay for Life. Contact: Sruthi Atmakur, GSA Program Chair for Events, at satmakur@vt.edu (or) Lindsay Moss, GSA VP of programs.

CHANCELLOR’S GRADUATE STUDENT FELLOWSHIP
Wednesday, October 7:  1:30PM-4:00PM, GLC Room F
The Virginia Community College System (VCCS) Chancellor’s Graduate Student Fellowship program gives graduate students the opportunity to gain collegiate teaching experience while still in graduate school. This initiative creates statewide partnerships and aims to recruit students who represent varied ethnic, racial and social backgrounds who are interested in teaching careers. Come to this program to learn more about how you can become a teaching fellow and visit with representatives from New River and Virginia Western Community Colleges. Sponsored by the Graduate School Office of Recruitment and Diversity Initiatives. Register online.

ETD SERIES: COPYRIGHT ISSUES
Wednesday, Oct 7, 7:00-8:30pm in Room F in the GLC
Presented by Gail McMillan of University Libraries to help you with copyright matters as you prepare to write your thesis or dissertation. Learn more at the ETD Wiki on the Graduate School’s website.  

TOWN COUNCIL GRAD RECEPTION
Wednesday, Oct 7, 8:30-9:30pm, GLC Student Lounge
Join the candidates running for Town Council for coffee and conversation: This is your opportunity find out what town decisions are going to affect your time here at VT.  Find out more about the candidates at: http://www.citizensfirstforblacksburg.org/node. Sponsored by the GLC Fellows.  Questions or concerns, please contact Lindsay Moss.

 

September 28-October 4, 2009

1. GRADUATE AND PROFESSIONAL SCHOOL FAIR
Monday, Sep 28, 12:00-4:00pm in Commonwealth Ballroom, Squires
The Graduate Student Assembly presents the 2009 Graduate and Professional School Fair with over 120 graduate schools and professional programs to talk to you or your undergraduate students interested in graduate education! Free pizza!

2. AMERICAN WATER RESOURCES ASSOCIATION MTG
Monday, Sep 28, 4:00pm, in McBryde 136
If you are interest in water related issues or research, the VT Student Chapter of the American Water Resources Association is for you. If you are unable to attend this first meeting but are interested in membership, please contact Tammy Parece, MS/GEOG, at  and she will add you to their listserv for notices on meeting and activity dates.

3. WRITING SUPPORT FOR GRADS IN THE GLC: M-W
Free writing assistance is available in the Writing Center: call for appointment at 231-5436, or drop by 340 Shanks, 9-5 M-F. Assistance is also available on Mondays (4-6pm) and Wednesdays (4-7pm) in the GLC Student Lounge, provided by Jeremy Henry, a graduate student and writing coach. If you need help with your writing, stop by the Writing Center or see Jeremy in the GLC Grad Student Lounge (Rm 30 across from the Auditorium). You may e-mail him to set up an appointment as well. Receive assistance with personal statements, resumes, theses, research proposals, and more.

4. COUNSELING SUPPORT IN THE GLC
Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, 1:00-5:00pm, GLC Videoconference Room
The Cook Counseling Center provides counseling support specifically to graduate students in the GLC. No appointment necessary. Feel free to take advantage of this if you are stressed, anxious, need to develop better study habits, or just need someone to talk to. Resource materials are also available in the Reading Room for your perusal.

5. CAREER SERVICES WALK-IN ADVISING
Wednesday, Sep 23, 1:30-5:00pm, GLC Study Room
Amy McPherson, Associate Director of Career Services, is available to graduate students on Wednesdays (except during Thanksgiving Break) to assist with career preparation questions, resume review and more. No appointment necessary.

6. GRADS GOT TALENT! – REGISTER BY OCT 2
Do you dance? Sing? Act? Or perform something better? Would you like to showcase your talent for a cause? GSA & GLC fellows host "Grads Got Talent" on October 17 in Haymarket Theater is Squires to help raise funds for Relay for Life. Please complete a short survey by Friday to list your interest in participation and the type of performance you would like to showcase. Screening of all performances will be held on October 6th. Performers will be contacted through contact information provided in the survey. Contact Sruthi Atmakur, GSA Program Chair for Events if you have any questions.

7. HOKIE HOP SWING DANCE
Saturday, Oct 3, 7:00-11:30pm, Old Dominion Ballroom, Squires
Need a break from your adviser, classes or research? Join the VT Solely Swing Dance Club‘s Annual Hokie Hop Swing Dance! Wear orange & maroon/VT attire if you can, meet new friends, learn to dance, and have some fun with a live band! No partner required.  Free lesson with cost of admission ($10)!

8. OUTDOOR CLUB WHITEWATER RAFTING-REGISTER BY OCT 7
Sunday, Oct 11, 6:30am to 6:30pm
The Outdoor Club (OCVT) is organizing a whitewater rafting trip on the entire Gauley, upper and lower; 23 miles of river, over 100 rapids, in 1 day. Participate in one of the best whitewater rafting experiences in the country.  Rafters have to be at base camp in WV at 6:30am and will finish rafting at 6:30 pm.  There will be an orientation/safety briefing before rafting. For detailed trip information and costs please check the OCVT website. Must know how to swim. Sign up by October 7.  Contact Nimal Lobo with questions. 

9. STUDY PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT – 1st posting
Do you have a child or children currently in childcare? VT researchers are exploring how information is documented, accessed, and made secure at your childcare provider. The study runs in September and October, with interviewing parents and compensating $10.00 for 20-30 minutes of your time. The researchers can meet you wherever is most comfortable. If you are interested, please contact Zalia Shams.

10. GRADUATE SCHOOL FEATURED GRADUATE STUDENT
Nominate yourself, a friend, or fellow graduate student to be recognized on the Graduate School website as a Featured Graduate Student! This program is designed to showcase the diversity of perspectives graduate students bring to our community and to present a more personal side of graduate student life.
View the Graduate School‘s current Featured Graduate Student and to nominate a graduate student!

11. GRADUATE RESEARCH DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM: OPEN NOW!
The GRDP, administered by the GSA, provides monetary support for degree-contingent research conducted by graduate students. This funding opportunity is available to graduate students in two cycles:

  • *Cycle I: Jul 1 – Dec 31 (2009) (submit application between Aug 31 and Oct 9)
  • *Cycle II: Jan 1 – Jun 30 (2010) (submit application between Jan 25 and Feb 26)

If you have any question, please send an email to the program chair: Amine Chigani.

12. GSA TRAVEL FUND APPLICATION: OPEN NOW!
The GSA Travel Fund Program (TFP) offers awards to support the cost of presenting your research at conferences. Master’s students can apply for up to $350 and PhD students up to $500.  The application period (Cycle I) for travel between Jul 1 and Dec 31 will be open from Sep 7 to Oct 16. Questions? Please contact Lora Cavuoto, the TFP Chair.

13. GRAD STUDENT JOB SEARCH CLUB
Recognizing the challenges and frustrations of job searching, Career Services is offering a unique opportunity for you to join a Job Search Club. Club members share one common link: a need or desire to obtain a job. For the next six weeks, this Club for graduate students will meet weekly to discuss and practice job search skills, techniques and strategies. Space is limited, so please only register if you can commit to the 6-week session and if you plan to graduate in Dec ’09 or May ’10, or if you will seek summer internships. Meetings weekly on Tuesdays, Oct 6–Nov 3, 3:30–5:00pm, 1st Floor Smith Career Center Meeting Room A. Register online.

14. UPCOMING EVENTS:

YOGA FOR RELAXATION
Monday, Oct 5, 5:30-6:30pm, GLC Room F
Attend this program if you are interested in body health, stilling the mind and meditation practice. The program will include 30 min of relaxing and restorative yoga postures to use at the end of your workday or before bed; simple breath-work for health and calmness and an introduction to meditation for centering and stillness. Sponsored by the GLC Fellows. With questions contact Lindsay Moss. 

INTL FELLOWSHIP OPPORTUNITY INFO SESSIONS
Tuesday, Oct 6, 2:00pm and 5:30pm, GLC Room C
Funding opportunity for Ph.D. students conducting research in Latin America or the Caribbean! Come to one of two information sessions to learn about the Inter-American Foundation (IAF) Grassroots Development Fellowship that provides Ph.D. candidates funding for up to a year to conduct research on grassroots development issues in Latin America or the Caribbean, including round-trip international transportation, research and living allowances, health insurance, and attendance at a mid-year conference in a country in the region. Visit www.iie.org/iaf for specific benefits, eligibility requirements, and application instructions.

AUDITIONS FOR “GRADS GOT TALENT”
Tuesday, Oct 6, 5:00-7:00pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
Do you dance? Sing? Act? Or perform something better? Come and show it off at the auditions for Grads Got Talent. Please fill in the survey by October 2.  Once screened, perform for a cause at the HayMarket theater on October 17 to help raise funds for Relay for Life. Contact: Sruthi Atmakur, GSA Program Chair for Events, at satmakur@vt.edu (or) Lindsay Moss, GSA VP of programs.

CHANCELLOR’S GRADUATE STUDENT FELLOWSHIP
Wednesday, October 7:  1:30PM-4:00PM, GLC Room F
The Virginia Community College System (VCCS) Chancellor’s Graduate Student Fellowship program gives graduate students the opportunity to gain collegiate teaching experience while still in graduate school. This initiative creates statewide partnerships and aims to recruit students who represent varied ethnic, racial and social backgrounds who are interested in teaching careers. Come to this program to learn more about how you can become a teaching fellow and visit with representatives from New River and Virginia Western Community Colleges. Sponsored by the Graduate School Office of Recruitment and Diversity Initiatives. Register online.

ETD SERIES: COPYRIGHT ISSUES
Wednesday, Oct 7, 7:00-8:30pm in Room F in the GLC
Presented by Gail McMillan of University Libraries to help you with copyright matters as you prepare to write your thesis or dissertation. Learn more at the ETD Wiki on the Graduate School’s website.  

TOWN COUNCIL GRAD RECEPTION
Wednesday, Oct 7, 8:30-9:30pm, GLC Student Lounge
Join the candidates running for Town Council for coffee and conversation: This is your opportunity find out what town decisions are going to affect your time here at VT.  Find out more about the candidates at: http://www.citizensfirstforblacksburg.org/node. Sponsored by the GLC Fellows.  Questions or concerns, please contact Lindsay Moss.

 

September 21-27, 2009

1. WHAT IS PEACE?
Monday, Sep 21, 12:30-1:30pm, GLC Room C
Change your lunch routine in honor of International Peace Day! Explore what peace means in the world and in our hearts this moment. Take this time to discover a personal obstacle to greater peace for you and walk out of the room with a lighter step. Facilitated by Sandy Burg. Event sponsored by GSA. Questions? Contact: Sruthi Atmakur 

2. ABOARD THE PEACE TRAIN
Monday, Sep 21, 7:15-8:15pm, GLC Room C
"You can argue with a philosopher, but you can’t argue with a good song." ~ Yusuf (Cat Stevens). Celebrate International Peace Day through expressions of poetry and song.  Feel free to bring a musical instrument as well as the words to a favorite poem or song that celebrate peace for you! Facilitated by Sandy Burg. Event sponsored by GSA. Questions? Contact: Sruthi Atmakur.

 3. GRAD FITNESS FAIR
Tuesday, Sep 22, 4:00-7:00pm in GLC Multipurpose Room
FREE to all graduate students who want to learn about their fitness levels and the programs that can help them reach their fitness goals. Seven health-related components will be measured by trained staff members from Rec Sports to establish your fitness level: cardio-respiratory endurance; body composition; muscular strength; muscular endurance; flexibility; resting heart rate; and blood pressure. Stop by the GLC anytime between 4pm and 7pm. For a list of all VT Rec Sports special events visit http://www.recsports.vt.edu/special/.

4. COUNSELING SUPPORT IN THE GLC
Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, 1:00-5:00pm, GLC Videoconference Room
The Cook Counseling Center provides counseling support specifically to graduate students in the GLC. No appointment necessary. Feel free to take advantage of this if you are stressed, anxious, need to develop better study habits, or just need someone to talk to. Resource materials are also available in the Reading Room for your perusal.

5. SLOW FOODS, LOCAL FOODS
Wednesday, Sep 23, 12:00-1:00pm, Room D in the GLC
Get the scoop on the local sustainable food movement! Slow Foods Board Member Megan Foster will facilitate an informational discussion on how, where, and why access to local healthy food is easier than you’d think. Sponsored by the GLC Fellows. Questions: Lindsay Moss. 

6. CAREER SERVICES WALK-IN ADVISING
Wednesday, Sep 23, 1:30-5:00pm, GLC Study Room
Amy McPherson, Associate Director of Career Services, is available to graduate students on Wednesdays (except during Thanksgiving Break) to assist with career preparation questions, resume review and more. No appointment necessary.

7. GTA/FACULTY WORKSHOP: PREVENTING CAMPUS VIOLENCE
Thursday, Sep 24, 3:00-5:00pm, The Inn – Latham Ballroom
This workshop, led by national threat-assessment expert Dr. Marisa Randazzo, will help attendees learn how to recognize signs of distress in students, address when interventions are necessary, and offer advice on diffusing conflict situations.  Virginia Tech Dean Emeritus Jerry Niles and Deputy Chief of Police Gene Deisinger will provide information about support services on campus.  A question-and-answer session will follow the presentation. Register at http://tinyurl.com/assessthreat. This workshop can be used to satisfy GTA Phase II credit requirements (to take credit, sign up at https://www.fdi.vt.edu/public/?term_pk1=8440).

8. HONOR SYSTEM PANELIST TRAINING SESSION
Thursday, Sep 24, 5:30-6:30pm in Room D in the GLC
Attend a one-hour training session to become an Graduate Honor System (GHS) panelist: the GHS is seeking new student and faculty panelists to work with the Honor System to help improve and uphold academic integrity at Virginia Tech. Send questions to ghs@vt.edu.

9. GEOGRAPHIC SOCIETY FIRST MEETING
Thursday, Sep 24, 7:00pm, in McBryde 136
If you are interest in physical geography, human geography or the interaction of the environment and humans, this is the organization for you: participate in recycling events, stream clean ups, International GIS Day and Geographic Awareness week and more. If you are unable to attend this first meeting but are interested in membership, please let contact Tammy Parece, MS/GEOG, and she will add you to their listserve for notices on meeting and activity dates.

10. HISPANIC/LATINO HERITAGE MONTH LUNCH
Friday, Sep 25, 11:30am-1:30pm, GLC Room F
The Graduate School Office of Diversity Initiatives is celebrating Hispanic/Latino Heritage Month by sponsoring a CONNECT lunch for graduate students and faculty in our Hispanic/Latino campus community as well as undergraduate seniors interested in attending the Graduate School.  Register online by Wednesday, Sep 23. For more information contact Jane Rorrer at 231-2494.

11. FALL SOCIAL
Friday, Sep 25, 6:00-9:00pm in GLC Multipurpose Room

Meet your fellow graduate students and unwind with playing giant twister, dancing to good music and more! GSA hosts Fall Social 2009. An evening filled with fun games, music and food. Please RSVP if you plan on attending this event
. For more information contact Sruthi Atmakur, GSA Program Chair for Events. 

12. RAS GARBA 2009: INDIAN DANCE NIGHT
Sunday, Sep 27, 5:00-8:00pm in Commonwealth Ballroom in Squires.
The Indian Students Association at VT and Indian Cultural Society of the NRV invite you "Ras Garba 2009", a celebratory evening of dancing and dining. Learn to sway to traditional Indian music from trained dancers. Event followed by dinner ($5 ticket for dinner). Questions and comments or to RSVP for dinner ticket: Email isa@vt.edu or call 216-225-5077.

13. GRADUATE SCHOLARS SOCIETY REGISTRATION STILL OPEN
The Graduate Scholars Society encourages and facilitates lively and interdisciplinary discussions on current topics and events. The topics this semester range from Understanding Islam, Healthcare Reform, Ethics in Education, to Sustainable Agriculture.  Sign up or learn more at the GSS website. If you’d like more information, contact Eric Hodges.

14. TECHNICAL WRITING WORKSHOP: REGISTER BY OCT 1
Register to participate in a technical writing workshop for faculty, postdocs, and graduate students. This free workshop will take place on Saturday, Oct 24, in Fralin Auditorium. Registration required: contact Dr. Janet Webster, 231-1957. Learn how to write and publish a scientific paper, review university resources, explore scientific ethics, grammar, and proofreading strategies and more.

15. GRADS GOT TALENT! – REGISTER BY OCT 2
Do you dance? Sing? Act? Or perform something better? Would you like to showcase your talent for a cause? GSA & GLC fellows host "Grads Got Talent" on October 17 in Haymarket Theater is Squires to help raise funds for Relay for Life. Please complete a short survey to list your interest in participation and the type of performance you would like to showcase. Screening of all performances will be held on October 6th. Performers will be contacted through contact information provided in the survey. Contact Sruthi Atmakur, GSA Program Chair for Events.

16. OUTDOOR CLUB WHITEWATER RAFTING-REGISTER BY OCT 7
Sunday, Oct 11, 6:30am to 6:30pm
The Outdoor Club (OCVT) is organizing a whitewater rafting trip on the entire Gauley, upper and lower; 23 miles of river, over 100 rapids, in 1 day. Participate in one of the best whitewater rafting experiences in the country.  Rafters have to be at base camp in WV at 6:30am and will finish rafting at 6:30 pm.  There will be an orientation/safety briefing before rafting. For detailed trip information and costs please check the OCVT website. Must know how to swim. Sign up: https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1253026168617 Contact Nimal Lobo with questions.

17. GLC ROOM RESERVATIONS
Graduate students and graduate student organizations may reserve meeting rooms in the GLC at no charge. Major venue spaces are also available at a small fee. Some rooms are equipped with computer and projector, others have whiteboards. To make a reservation, call 231-6500 or email to glc@vt.edu. Learn more about available spaces and reservation guidelines on the GLC website.

18. GRADUATE SCHOOL FEATURED GRADUATE STUDENT
Nominate yourself, a friend, or fellow graduate student to be recognized on the Graduate School website as a Featured Graduate Student! This program is designed to showcase the diversity of perspectives graduate students bring to our community and to present a more personal side of graduate student life. View the Graduate School‘s current Featured Graduate Student or nominate a graduate student!

19. LEARNING CPR – SURVEY OF INTEREST
According to the American Heart Association, about 80% of cardiac arrests occur in private residential settings, so being trained to perform CPR can mean the difference between life and death for a loved one. Knowing CPR is an invaluable skill and GLC Resident Fellows are working on bringing a CPR class to the GLC. To express your interest in possibly participating in a CPR class, please complete the survey. If you have any questions, contact Josey Chacko.

20. GRADUATE RESEARCH DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM: OPEN NOW!
The GRDP, administered by the GSA, provides monetary support for degree-contingent research conducted by graduate students. This funding opportunity is available to graduate students in two cycles:

  • Cycle I: Jul 1-Dec 31 (2009) (submit application between Aug 31 and Oct 9)
  • Cycle II: Jan 1-Jun 30 (2010) (submit application between Jan 25 and Feb 26)

For more information, visit: http://www.gsa.uusa.vt.edu/programs/research_program. If you have any question, please send an email to the program chair, Amine Chigani.

21. GSA TRAVEL FUND APPLICATION: OPEN NOW!
The GSA Travel Fund Program (TFP) offers awards to support the cost of presenting your research at conferences. Master’s students can apply for up to $350 and PhD students up to $500.  The application period (Cycle I) for travel between Jul 1 and Dec 31 will be open from Sep 7 to Oct 16. Visit http://www.gsa.uusa.vt.edu/programs/travel_fund for instructions on how to apply.  Questions? Please contact Lora Cavuoto, the TFP Chair.

22. WRITING SUPPORT FOR GRADS IN THE GLC
Free writing assistance is available in the Writing Center: call for appointment at 231-5436, or drop by 340 Shanks, 9-5 M-F.  Assistance is also available on Mondays (4-6pm) and Wednesdays (4-7pm) in the GLC Student Lounge, provided by Jeremy Henry, a graduate student and writing coach. If you need help with your writing, stop by the Writing Center or see Jeremy in the GLC Grad Student Lounge (Rm 30 across from the Auditorium). You may e-mail him to set up an appointment as well. Receive assistance with personal statements, resumes, theses, research proposals, and more.

23. UPCOMING EVENTS:

GRADUATE AND PROFESSIONAL SCHOOL FAIR
Monday, Sep 28, 12:00-4:00pm in Commonwealth Ballroom, Squires
The Graduate Student Assembly presents the 2009 Graduate and Professional School Fair with over 100 graduate schools and professional programs to talk to you or your undergraduate students interested in graduate education! List of schools attending: http://www.gsa.uusa.vt.edu/programs/school_fair/participating_school Free pizza!

AMERICAN WATER RESOURCES ASSOCIATION MTG
Monday, Sep 28, 4:00pm, in McBryde 136
If you are interest in water related issues or research, the VT Student Chapter of the American Water Resources Association is for you. If you are unable to attend this first meeting but are interested in membership, please let contact Tammy Parece, MS/GEOG, and she will add you to their listserve for notices on meeting and activity dates.

HOKIE HOP SWING DANCE
Saturday, Oct 3, 7:00-11:30pm, Old Dominion Ballroom, Squires
Need a break from your adviser, classes or research? Join the VT Solely Swing Dance Club‘s Annual Hokie Hop Swing Dance! Wear orange & maroon/VT attire if you can, meet new friends, learn to dance, and have some fun with a live band! No partner required.  Free lesson with cost of admission ($10)!

 AUDITIONS FOR “GRADS GOT TALENT”
Tuesday, Oct 6, 5:00-7:00pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
Do you dance? Sing? Act? Or perform something better? Come and show it off at the auditions for Grads Got Talent. Please complete the survey.Once screened, perform for a cause at the HayMarket theater on October 17 to help raise funds for Relay for Life. Contact: Sruthi Atmakur, GSA Program Chair for Events, or Lindsay Moss, GSA VP of programs.

For a complete calendar of events visit: http://www.glc.vt.edu/ . Please contact Monika Gibson if you have any questions.

 

September 21-27, 2009

1. WHAT IS PEACE?
Monday, Sep 21, 12:30-1:30pm, GLC Room C
Change your lunch routine in honor of International Peace Day! Explore what peace means in the world and in our hearts this moment. Take this time to discover a personal obstacle to greater peace for you and walk out of the room with a lighter step. Facilitated by Sandy Burg. Event sponsored by GSA. Questions? Contact: Sruthi Atmakur 

2. ABOARD THE PEACE TRAIN
Monday, Sep 21, 7:15-8:15pm, GLC Room C
"You can argue with a philosopher, but you can’t argue with a good song." ~ Yusuf (Cat Stevens). Celebrate International Peace Day through expressions of poetry and song.  Feel free to bring a musical instrument as well as the words to a favorite poem or song that celebrate peace for you! Facilitated by Sandy Burg. Event sponsored by GSA. Questions? Contact: Sruthi Atmakur.

 3. GRAD FITNESS FAIR
Tuesday, Sep 22, 4:00-7:00pm in GLC Multipurpose Room
FREE to all graduate students who want to learn about their fitness levels and the programs that can help them reach their fitness goals. Seven health-related components will be measured by trained staff members from Rec Sports to establish your fitness level: cardio-respiratory endurance; body composition; muscular strength; muscular endurance; flexibility; resting heart rate; and blood pressure. Stop by the GLC anytime between 4pm and 7pm. For a list of all VT Rec Sports special events visit http://www.recsports.vt.edu/special/.

4. COUNSELING SUPPORT IN THE GLC
Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, 1:00-5:00pm, GLC Videoconference Room
The Cook Counseling Center provides counseling support specifically to graduate students in the GLC. No appointment necessary. Feel free to take advantage of this if you are stressed, anxious, need to develop better study habits, or just need someone to talk to. Resource materials are also available in the Reading Room for your perusal.

5. SLOW FOODS, LOCAL FOODS
Wednesday, Sep 23, 12:00-1:00pm, Room D in the GLC
Get the scoop on the local sustainable food movement! Slow Foods Board Member Megan Foster will facilitate an informational discussion on how, where, and why access to local healthy food is easier than you’d think. Sponsored by the GLC Fellows. Questions: Lindsay Moss. 

6. CAREER SERVICES WALK-IN ADVISING
Wednesday, Sep 23, 1:30-5:00pm, GLC Study Room
Amy McPherson, Associate Director of Career Services, is available to graduate students on Wednesdays (except during Thanksgiving Break) to assist with career preparation questions, resume review and more. No appointment necessary.

7. GTA/FACULTY WORKSHOP: PREVENTING CAMPUS VIOLENCE
Thursday, Sep 24, 3:00-5:00pm, The Inn – Latham Ballroom
This workshop, led by national threat-assessment expert Dr. Marisa Randazzo, will help attendees learn how to recognize signs of distress in students, address when interventions are necessary, and offer advice on diffusing conflict situations.  Virginia Tech Dean Emeritus Jerry Niles and Deputy Chief of Police Gene Deisinger will provide information about support services on campus.  A question-and-answer session will follow the presentation. Register at http://tinyurl.com/assessthreat. This workshop can be used to satisfy GTA Phase II credit requirements (to take credit, sign up at https://www.fdi.vt.edu/public/?term_pk1=8440).

8. HONOR SYSTEM PANELIST TRAINING SESSION
Thursday, Sep 24, 5:30-6:30pm in Room D in the GLC
Attend a one-hour training session to become an Graduate Honor System (GHS) panelist: the GHS is seeking new student and faculty panelists to work with the Honor System to help improve and uphold academic integrity at Virginia Tech. Send questions to ghs@vt.edu.

9. GEOGRAPHIC SOCIETY FIRST MEETING
Thursday, Sep 24, 7:00pm, in McBryde 136
If you are interest in physical geography, human geography or the interaction of the environment and humans, this is the organization for you: participate in recycling events, stream clean ups, International GIS Day and Geographic Awareness week and more. If you are unable to attend this first meeting but are interested in membership, please let contact Tammy Parece, MS/GEOG, and she will add you to their listserve for notices on meeting and activity dates.

10. HISPANIC/LATINO HERITAGE MONTH LUNCH
Friday, Sep 25, 11:30am-1:30pm, GLC Room F
The Graduate School Office of Diversity Initiatives is celebrating Hispanic/Latino Heritage Month by sponsoring a CONNECT lunch for graduate students and faculty in our Hispanic/Latino campus community as well as undergraduate seniors interested in attending the Graduate School.  Register online by Wednesday, Sep 23. For more information contact Jane Rorrer at 231-2494.

11. FALL SOCIAL
Friday, Sep 25, 6:00-9:00pm in GLC Multipurpose Room

Meet your fellow graduate students and unwind with playing giant twister, dancing to good music and more! GSA hosts Fall Social 2009. An evening filled with fun games, music and food. Please RSVP if you plan on attending this event
. For more information contact Sruthi Atmakur, GSA Program Chair for Events. 

12. RAS GARBA 2009: INDIAN DANCE NIGHT
Sunday, Sep 27, 5:00-8:00pm in Commonwealth Ballroom in Squires.
The Indian Students Association at VT and Indian Cultural Society of the NRV invite you "Ras Garba 2009", a celebratory evening of dancing and dining. Learn to sway to traditional Indian music from trained dancers. Event followed by dinner ($5 ticket for dinner). Questions and comments or to RSVP for dinner ticket: Email isa@vt.edu or call 216-225-5077.

13. GRADUATE SCHOLARS SOCIETY REGISTRATION STILL OPEN
The Graduate Scholars Society encourages and facilitates lively and interdisciplinary discussions on current topics and events. The topics this semester range from Understanding Islam, Healthcare Reform, Ethics in Education, to Sustainable Agriculture.  Sign up or learn more at the GSS website. If you’d like more information, contact Eric Hodges.

14. TECHNICAL WRITING WORKSHOP: REGISTER BY OCT 1
Register to participate in a technical writing workshop for faculty, postdocs, and graduate students. This free workshop will take place on Saturday, Oct 24, in Fralin Auditorium. Registration required: contact Dr. Janet Webster, 231-1957. Learn how to write and publish a scientific paper, review university resources, explore scientific ethics, grammar, and proofreading strategies and more.

15. GRADS GOT TALENT! – REGISTER BY OCT 2
Do you dance? Sing? Act? Or perform something better? Would you like to showcase your talent for a cause? GSA & GLC fellows host "Grads Got Talent" on October 17 in Haymarket Theater is Squires to help raise funds for Relay for Life. Please complete a short survey to list your interest in participation and the type of performance you would like to showcase. Screening of all performances will be held on October 6th. Performers will be contacted through contact information provided in the survey. Contact Sruthi Atmakur, GSA Program Chair for Events.

16. OUTDOOR CLUB WHITEWATER RAFTING-REGISTER BY OCT 7
Sunday, Oct 11, 6:30am to 6:30pm
The Outdoor Club (OCVT) is organizing a whitewater rafting trip on the entire Gauley, upper and lower; 23 miles of river, over 100 rapids, in 1 day. Participate in one of the best whitewater rafting experiences in the country.  Rafters have to be at base camp in WV at 6:30am and will finish rafting at 6:30 pm.  There will be an orientation/safety briefing before rafting. For detailed trip information and costs please check the OCVT website. Must know how to swim. Sign up: https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1253026168617 Contact Nimal Lobo with questions.

17. GLC ROOM RESERVATIONS
Graduate students and graduate student organizations may reserve meeting rooms in the GLC at no charge. Major venue spaces are also available at a small fee. Some rooms are equipped with computer and projector, others have whiteboards. To make a reservation, call 231-6500 or email to glc@vt.edu. Learn more about available spaces and reservation guidelines on the GLC website.

18. GRADUATE SCHOOL FEATURED GRADUATE STUDENT
Nominate yourself, a friend, or fellow graduate student to be recognized on the Graduate School website as a Featured Graduate Student! This program is designed to showcase the diversity of perspectives graduate students bring to our community and to present a more personal side of graduate student life. View the Graduate School‘s current Featured Graduate Student or nominate a graduate student!

19. LEARNING CPR – SURVEY OF INTEREST
According to the American Heart Association, about 80% of cardiac arrests occur in private residential settings, so being trained to perform CPR can mean the difference between life and death for a loved one. Knowing CPR is an invaluable skill and GLC Resident Fellows are working on bringing a CPR class to the GLC. To express your interest in possibly participating in a CPR class, please complete the survey. If you have any questions, contact Josey Chacko.

20. GRADUATE RESEARCH DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM: OPEN NOW!
The GRDP, administered by the GSA, provides monetary support for degree-contingent research conducted by graduate students. This funding opportunity is available to graduate students in two cycles:

  • Cycle I: Jul 1-Dec 31 (2009) (submit application between Aug 31 and Oct 9)
  • Cycle II: Jan 1-Jun 30 (2010) (submit application between Jan 25 and Feb 26)

For more information, visit: http://www.gsa.uusa.vt.edu/programs/research_program. If you have any question, please send an email to the program chair, Amine Chigani.

21. GSA TRAVEL FUND APPLICATION: OPEN NOW!
The GSA Travel Fund Program (TFP) offers awards to support the cost of presenting your research at conferences. Master’s students can apply for up to $350 and PhD students up to $500.  The application period (Cycle I) for travel between Jul 1 and Dec 31 will be open from Sep 7 to Oct 16. Visit http://www.gsa.uusa.vt.edu/programs/travel_fund for instructions on how to apply.  Questions? Please contact Lora Cavuoto, the TFP Chair.

22. WRITING SUPPORT FOR GRADS IN THE GLC
Free writing assistance is available in the Writing Center: call for appointment at 231-5436, or drop by 340 Shanks, 9-5 M-F.  Assistance is also available on Mondays (4-6pm) and Wednesdays (4-7pm) in the GLC Student Lounge, provided by Jeremy Henry, a graduate student and writing coach. If you need help with your writing, stop by the Writing Center or see Jeremy in the GLC Grad Student Lounge (Rm 30 across from the Auditorium). You may e-mail him to set up an appointment as well. Receive assistance with personal statements, resumes, theses, research proposals, and more.

23. UPCOMING EVENTS:

GRADUATE AND PROFESSIONAL SCHOOL FAIR
Monday, Sep 28, 12:00-4:00pm in Commonwealth Ballroom, Squires
The Graduate Student Assembly presents the 2009 Graduate and Professional School Fair with over 100 graduate schools and professional programs to talk to you or your undergraduate students interested in graduate education! List of schools attending: http://www.gsa.uusa.vt.edu/programs/school_fair/participating_school Free pizza!

AMERICAN WATER RESOURCES ASSOCIATION MTG
Monday, Sep 28, 4:00pm, in McBryde 136
If you are interest in water related issues or research, the VT Student Chapter of the American Water Resources Association is for you. If you are unable to attend this first meeting but are interested in membership, please let contact Tammy Parece, MS/GEOG, and she will add you to their listserve for notices on meeting and activity dates.

HOKIE HOP SWING DANCE
Saturday, Oct 3, 7:00-11:30pm, Old Dominion Ballroom, Squires
Need a break from your adviser, classes or research? Join the VT Solely Swing Dance Club‘s Annual Hokie Hop Swing Dance! Wear orange & maroon/VT attire if you can, meet new friends, learn to dance, and have some fun with a live band! No partner required.  Free lesson with cost of admission ($10)!

 AUDITIONS FOR “GRADS GOT TALENT”
Tuesday, Oct 6, 5:00-7:00pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
Do you dance? Sing? Act? Or perform something better? Come and show it off at the auditions for Grads Got Talent. Please complete the survey.Once screened, perform for a cause at the HayMarket theater on October 17 to help raise funds for Relay for Life. Contact: Sruthi Atmakur, GSA Program Chair for Events, or Lindsay Moss, GSA VP of programs.

For a complete calendar of events visit: http://www.glc.vt.edu/ . Please contact Monika Gibson if you have any questions.