February 15-21, 2010

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

2. SNOWDEAN CHALLENGE 2010
What would the dean of the Graduate School look like if she were a snow(wo)man? Build your image of the dean into a snowman on the GLC lawn. Some props may be available through the Graduate School. Challenge stands until all the snow melts or Monika retires, whichever comes first. Best snowdean entries will be photographed with the real dean (she doesn’t know it yet; we’ll see if she reads the Monday postings…) and the photos displayed on the Grad School website. The creator of the best entry will receive a box of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream in the flavor of his/her own choosing.

3. HONOR SYSTEM PANELIST TRAINING SESSION
Tuesday, Feb 16, 5:30pm in GLC Room C
The Graduate Honor System (GHS), charged with enforcing the Graduate Honor Code and improving and upholding academic integrity at Virginia Tech, is seeking new student and faculty panelists to work with the Honor System in this academic year and beyond. To become a panelist, attend one of the hour-long training sessions. To learn more about the GHS and its role in the University community, please visit the GHS site or send questions to ghs@vt.edu.

4. GRAD FAIR
Wednesday, Feb 17, 11:30am–7:30pm, Holtzman Alumni Center
Get all your graduation needs in one location: cap and gown, graduation announcements, commencement information, diploma frames, class rings and more. 
Free pizza and drinks! Plus iTunes and University Bookstore Gift Card Drawings.

5. FREE FITNESS ASSESSMENT
Wednesday, Feb 17, 4:00-7:00pm, 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.

6. ETD SERIES: COPYRIGHT
Thursday, Feb 18, 7:00-8:30pm, GLC Room F
Presenter Gail McMillan of University Libraries will help you with copyright matters as you prepare to write your thesis or dissertation.
 
7. GALILEO SKETCH COMEDY SHOW
Friday, Feb 19, 8:00pm in GLC Auditorium
Come out for a great laugh by the renowned sketch comedy group- Galileo Players. "I laughed so hard I cried. I especially liked the intellectual content of the show. Whoever said science isn’t funny obviously has never seen the Galileo Players," said a 2007 VT grad student. Get your tickets early online , stop by the GSA office or purchase them at the door for just $5.00. Get them early before they sell out! Questions?Contact Lindsay Moss
 
8. SUPPORT/COUNSELING GROUP FOR GRADS
Tuesdays, Feb 8-Apr 19, 5:30-6:30pm, GLC Room D
Do you have a loss of drive or passion for things personally and professionally? Do you have many doubts? Are you finding it hard to make decisions? Are you having a tough time balancing career, family, and friends? If you are 21-29 of age and ask these or similar questions of yourself, this group may be just for you. If you are interested in attending the support/counseling group or have any questions, please contact Jodie Kern-Bowen by email or 540-231-1719 on VT campus.

9. SIGN UP FOR GRADUATE SCHOLARS SOCIETY SPRING 2010
It’s not too late to join one of the GSS discussion groups if you are interested in exploring important issues outside of your discipline. This semester’s topics include Haiti, Islam, Free Speech and Political Correctness, and the Changing Nature of Higher Education in the 21st Century. Sign up online  or email Eric Hodges.

10. GRADUATE STUDENT PHOTO & ART CONTEST 2010 – enter by March 10
Help us decorate the GLC and win an award during Grad Ed Week! The Graduate School seeks submissions of photographs and artwork by graduate students for display in the Graduate Life Center. All selected entries will be displayed in the GLC on a temporary, rotating basis. Enter by March 10. This year’s theme: The NRV through Graduate Students’ Eyes. The new set of photos and artwork will be unveiled during Graduate Education Week, March 22-26. More information>>

11. ETHICS BOWL 2010-sign up now
Test your sense of ethics, communication and critical thinking skills during the 3rd annual Ethics Bowl organized by the Graduate School. Consider, discuss and resolve case-study based ethical dilemmas with fellow students and faculty on Tuesday, March 2, 3:00-4:30pm in the GLC Multipurpose Room. You may sign up as a team of 3-4, or as an individual and be assigned to a team by the organizers. Teams may include current VT students, faculty or staff, but team leaders must be graduate students. Register by Friday, Feb 26, 12:00 noon.

12. GLC RESIDENT FELLOW POSITIONS OPEN FOR 2010-2011
Residence Life and the Graduate School are seeking motivated graduate students to live in the GLC and take on Residence Life and programming duties. An ideal candidate would have previous Residence Life experience. Compensation includes a free room in the GLC, a monthly stipend and a partial tuition waiver. Application materials must be turned in to the Graduate Student Services office (110 GLC – Lauren Keister) by noon on Friday, Feb 26. For more information contact Katie Greenleaf, 231-5691 or Lauren Keister, 231-9561.  Download application here.

13. GRADUATE ASSISTANTSHIP POSITION AVAILABLE 2010-11
Assessment coordinator graduate assistantship position available for the next academic year in the Division of Student Affairs’ Communications & Marketing Department in New Hall West. The position reports to the Associate Director of Administration for Communications and to the Chief of Staff. Duties include developing and implementing assessment strategies that lead to continuous improvement of programs and services that support the division’s mission.  Must have master’s degree; experience working with assessment of student affairs programs; understanding of accreditation criteria and standards; collaborative attitude; data collection, management and analysis skills; ability to write and present clear and concise reports.  The position would likely pay at step 13. Contact Kimberle Badinelli, badinell@vt.edu or 1-5258 to apply or for further information.  Apply by March 1.

14. SUSTAINABILITY SPEAKER SERIES
The GLC Speaker Series is looking for volunteers wishing to present their work in an inter-disciplinary environment pertaining to sustainability. Sustainability, in this context, is broadly defined and submissions are welcome from all disciplines. If you wish to relate issues of sustainability to the earthquake in Haiti, this is a welcoming forum to do so. If interested, please submit a brief statement of your research/talk to Meredith Katz at mekatz@vt.edu. Speaker series will run throughout the Spring 2010 semester.

15. GSA TRAVEL FUND APPLICATIONS ACCEPTED NOW
The GSA Travel Fund Program (TFP) offers awards to support the cost of presenting at a conference.  Master’s students may receive up to $350 and doctoral students up to $500.  The application period for travel between January 1 and June 30 will be open from February 1 to March 5.  Visit the GSA website for instructions on how to apply.  Please contact Lora Cavuoto at lcavuoto@vt.edu with any questions.

16. GRADUATE RESEARCH DEVELOPMENT FUNDS AVAILABLE

Cycle II of the Gradate Research Development Program (GRDP) is now open through Feb 26, 2010. GRDP is a competitive research funding program administered by the GSA to support qualified research and innovative ideas proposed by VT graduate students. Applications go through a rigorous review process by a panel of graduate students and faculty. Visit the GSA website to learn more about this opportunity. All questions should be directed to the program chair, Mr. Amine Chigani, achigani@vt.edu.

17. AEL GRAD HONOR SOCIETY SEEKING NEW MEMBERS – 2nd posting

Application are accepted for the AEL Grad Honor Society: Alpha Epsilon Lambda (AEL) is the academic excellence and leadership honor society of graduate and professional school students. Graduate students may become members based on their academic achievements and leadership experiences. Apply online by Feb 26. The induction ceremony for new members will take place during Graduate Education Week, Mar 22-26.

18. LEADERSHIP HONOR SOCIETY SEEKS MEMBERS
Omicron Delta Kappa is a national leadership honor society that recognizes the highest achieving individuals in different leadership areas at our university.  The Alpha Omicron Circle at VT began in 1933. Every VT president has been a member of Omicron Delta Kappa, along with other highly regarded students, faculty, staff, and alumni. Join this long standing tradition and apply for membership by Feb 17. Applications: http://odk.org/audience/prospective_members/membership_application_form. Send  questions to odkmembership@vt.edu or visit www.odk.org.vt.edu for more information.

19. CALL FOR ABSTRACTS FOR GSA RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM

Abstract submission deadline Feb 26. The 26th Annual GSA Research Symposium will be held on Mar 24 in the Graduate Life Center, and the GLC Plaza. The symposium includes poster and oral presentations and video and performance categories. Students from the National Capital Region will participate through video-Conferencing. $9500 in prizes will be awarded! The keynote speaker is 2007 Nobel Laureate Dr. Andrew Weaver, a lead author of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Please visit www.gsasymposium2010.uusa.vt.edu for more information. If you have questions, please contact the GSA Research Symposium Chair, Ganesh Balasubramanian, at bganesh@vt.edu.

20. GSA STUDENT FEES COMMITTEE NEEDS YOUR FEEDBACK
The GSA Student Fees Committee was established a couple of years ago to address the issues and concerns regarding graduate student fees at VT. The comprehensive fees have increased in recent years while assistantship stipends have not. This committee is committed to helping explore possible solutions to this growing problem but they need your help. Please fill out a brief survey to give feedback about your concerns and needs on this topic. If you have any questions please contact the GSA Fees Committee Chair, Sonal Mazumder at sonalm08@vt.edu.

21. GET INVOLVED WITH CITIZEN SCHOLARS

Does your research benefit the local or global community?  Would you like to
help out Haiti but aren’t sure how? Learn more about how to get involved with the Citizen Scholar Experience project. Email Eric Hodges at hodgeseb@vt.edu any questions or concerns.

22. REGISTER FOR CONFERENCE ON HIGHER EDUCATION PEDAGOGY
Register now for this free conference on Feb 18-19 at The Inn at Virginia Tech. This annual conference is focused on teaching excellence and the scholarship of teaching and learning in higher education, featuring two invited keynote speakers (Lisa Lattuca and Mary Taylor Huber), 42 research- and practice-based sessions, and over 40 posters. Registration is open to faculty, administrators, and graduate students. Conference attendance is free and includes lunch both days as well as a printed copy of the conference proceedings to be distributed following the conference. For more information and registration, visit http://www.cider.vt.edu/conference/.

23. APPLICATIONS SOUGHT FOR GOVERNER’S FELLOWS PROGRAM

Applications are sought for the 2010 Virginia Governor’s Fellows Program. Applicants must be graduating seniors or enrolled as degree candidates in a graduate or professional program. Application and selection procedures are available at: www.governor.virginia.gov/ServingVirginia/Fellows.cfm. Selection is based on merit without regard to race, sex, national origin, religion, age, disability, or political affiliation. Fellows will be required to work full-time in the Virginia state government from Jun 7 through Jul 30, 2010. Virginia Tech provides a stipend to support selected fellows. Online applications and submission by mail of two recommendations and an official transcript must be received in the governor’s office by Friday, Mar 5, 2010. For additional information please call (540) 231-6272.

24. UPCOMING EVENTS:

EATING ISSUES AND BODY IMAGE AWARENESS WEEK
A series of activities and events will mark the eating issues and awareness week of Feb 22-26. For a full listing of programs, visit www.healthcenter.vt.edu/he/eventcalendar/eibiaw.htm. The keynote address will be on Tuesday, Feb 23, 7:00pm in the GLC Auditorium.

LaTeX WORKSHOP II
Tuesday and Wednesday, Feb 23 and 24, 5:30-7:30pm, GLC Room F
This workshop is designed to address intermediate level concerns of LaTeX users. It will cover more extensive preamble options (e.g. creating and renewing commands, page layout, title/author information, internal/external referencing), environments (e.g. equations, tables, figures and floats in general), creating a final LaTeX file from multiple LaTeX files, and a brief introduction to citation management (BibTeX) and presentations (via the beamer package). The presentation will leave some time for a Q&A session. Questions: Jonathan Duggins at dugginsj@vt.edu.

BLACK HISTORY MONTH LUNCH
Wednesday, February 24th, 11:30-1:30, GLC Room F
Join the Graduate School Office of Recruitment and Diversity Initiatives for lunch on Wednesday, February 24, 2010, in celebration of Black History Month.  Meet and greet fellow African American graduate students and faculty as well as the Graduate School deans.  This is also an opportunity to share ideas and discuss issues related to the African American community at Virginia Tech.  If you are interested in attending, please sign up for the lunch at: https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1265741099573.  For more information, please contact Jane Rorrer by e-mail jrorrer@vt.edu or by phone (540) 231-2494.

FROM VINTAGE TO VELOUR: PARTYING THROUGH THE DECADES – NEW DATE!!!
Friday, Feb 26, 7-9pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
The party is back on! Break out your poodle skirts, go-go boots, leg warmers, and skinny jeans for this welcome back party sponsored by the GLC Fellows. Dress up in fashion from your favorite decade, listen to a variety of music from old-school until now, and enjoy snacks and refreshments. Bring a picture of yourself from the past to share! It will be a totally cool and rad event. Be there or be square!

LUNCH WITH THE PRESIDENT
Monday, Mar 1, 12:00-1:30pm, The Inn at Virginia Tech
Chat with President Steger, Provost McNamee, and Dean DePauw! Lunch will be provided. All graduate students are invited to attend. Sign up by Feb 22 at: https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1265902593844 Questions? Contact Rebecca French, Grad Rep to VT BOV at rafbovgradrep@vt.edu.

February 15-21, 2010

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

2. SNOWDEAN CHALLENGE 2010
What would the dean of the Graduate School look like if she were a snow(wo)man? Build your image of the dean into a snowman on the GLC lawn. Some props may be available through the Graduate School. Challenge stands until all the snow melts or Monika retires, whichever comes first. Best snowdean entries will be photographed with the real dean (she doesn’t know it yet; we’ll see if she reads the Monday postings…) and the photos displayed on the Grad School website. The creator of the best entry will receive a box of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream in the flavor of his/her own choosing.

3. HONOR SYSTEM PANELIST TRAINING SESSION
Tuesday, Feb 16, 5:30pm in GLC Room C
The Graduate Honor System (GHS), charged with enforcing the Graduate Honor Code and improving and upholding academic integrity at Virginia Tech, is seeking new student and faculty panelists to work with the Honor System in this academic year and beyond. To become a panelist, attend one of the hour-long training sessions. To learn more about the GHS and its role in the University community, please visit the GHS site or send questions to ghs@vt.edu.

4. GRAD FAIR
Wednesday, Feb 17, 11:30am–7:30pm, Holtzman Alumni Center
Get all your graduation needs in one location: cap and gown, graduation announcements, commencement information, diploma frames, class rings and more. 
Free pizza and drinks! Plus iTunes and University Bookstore Gift Card Drawings.

5. FREE FITNESS ASSESSMENT
Wednesday, Feb 17, 4:00-7:00pm, 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.

6. ETD SERIES: COPYRIGHT
Thursday, Feb 18, 7:00-8:30pm, GLC Room F
Presenter Gail McMillan of University Libraries will help you with copyright matters as you prepare to write your thesis or dissertation.
 
7. GALILEO SKETCH COMEDY SHOW
Friday, Feb 19, 8:00pm in GLC Auditorium
Come out for a great laugh by the renowned sketch comedy group- Galileo Players. "I laughed so hard I cried. I especially liked the intellectual content of the show. Whoever said science isn’t funny obviously has never seen the Galileo Players," said a 2007 VT grad student. Get your tickets early online , stop by the GSA office or purchase them at the door for just $5.00. Get them early before they sell out! Questions?Contact Lindsay Moss
 
8. SUPPORT/COUNSELING GROUP FOR GRADS
Tuesdays, Feb 8-Apr 19, 5:30-6:30pm, GLC Room D
Do you have a loss of drive or passion for things personally and professionally? Do you have many doubts? Are you finding it hard to make decisions? Are you having a tough time balancing career, family, and friends? If you are 21-29 of age and ask these or similar questions of yourself, this group may be just for you. If you are interested in attending the support/counseling group or have any questions, please contact Jodie Kern-Bowen by email or 540-231-1719 on VT campus.

9. SIGN UP FOR GRADUATE SCHOLARS SOCIETY SPRING 2010
It’s not too late to join one of the GSS discussion groups if you are interested in exploring important issues outside of your discipline. This semester’s topics include Haiti, Islam, Free Speech and Political Correctness, and the Changing Nature of Higher Education in the 21st Century. Sign up online  or email Eric Hodges.

10. GRADUATE STUDENT PHOTO & ART CONTEST 2010 – enter by March 10
Help us decorate the GLC and win an award during Grad Ed Week! The Graduate School seeks submissions of photographs and artwork by graduate students for display in the Graduate Life Center. All selected entries will be displayed in the GLC on a temporary, rotating basis. Enter by March 10. This year’s theme: The NRV through Graduate Students’ Eyes. The new set of photos and artwork will be unveiled during Graduate Education Week, March 22-26. More information>>

11. ETHICS BOWL 2010-sign up now
Test your sense of ethics, communication and critical thinking skills during the 3rd annual Ethics Bowl organized by the Graduate School. Consider, discuss and resolve case-study based ethical dilemmas with fellow students and faculty on Tuesday, March 2, 3:00-4:30pm in the GLC Multipurpose Room. You may sign up as a team of 3-4, or as an individual and be assigned to a team by the organizers. Teams may include current VT students, faculty or staff, but team leaders must be graduate students. Register by Friday, Feb 26, 12:00 noon.

12. GLC RESIDENT FELLOW POSITIONS OPEN FOR 2010-2011
Residence Life and the Graduate School are seeking motivated graduate students to live in the GLC and take on Residence Life and programming duties. An ideal candidate would have previous Residence Life experience. Compensation includes a free room in the GLC, a monthly stipend and a partial tuition waiver. Application materials must be turned in to the Graduate Student Services office (110 GLC – Lauren Keister) by noon on Friday, Feb 26. For more information contact Katie Greenleaf, 231-5691 or Lauren Keister, 231-9561.  Download application here.

13. GRADUATE ASSISTANTSHIP POSITION AVAILABLE 2010-11
Assessment coordinator graduate assistantship position available for the next academic year in the Division of Student Affairs’ Communications & Marketing Department in New Hall West. The position reports to the Associate Director of Administration for Communications and to the Chief of Staff. Duties include developing and implementing assessment strategies that lead to continuous improvement of programs and services that support the division’s mission.  Must have master’s degree; experience working with assessment of student affairs programs; understanding of accreditation criteria and standards; collaborative attitude; data collection, management and analysis skills; ability to write and present clear and concise reports.  The position would likely pay at step 13. Contact Kimberle Badinelli, badinell@vt.edu or 1-5258 to apply or for further information.  Apply by March 1.

14. SUSTAINABILITY SPEAKER SERIES
The GLC Speaker Series is looking for volunteers wishing to present their work in an inter-disciplinary environment pertaining to sustainability. Sustainability, in this context, is broadly defined and submissions are welcome from all disciplines. If you wish to relate issues of sustainability to the earthquake in Haiti, this is a welcoming forum to do so. If interested, please submit a brief statement of your research/talk to Meredith Katz at mekatz@vt.edu. Speaker series will run throughout the Spring 2010 semester.

15. GSA TRAVEL FUND APPLICATIONS ACCEPTED NOW
The GSA Travel Fund Program (TFP) offers awards to support the cost of presenting at a conference.  Master’s students may receive up to $350 and doctoral students up to $500.  The application period for travel between January 1 and June 30 will be open from February 1 to March 5.  Visit the GSA website for instructions on how to apply.  Please contact Lora Cavuoto at lcavuoto@vt.edu with any questions.

16. GRADUATE RESEARCH DEVELOPMENT FUNDS AVAILABLE

Cycle II of the Gradate Research Development Program (GRDP) is now open through Feb 26, 2010. GRDP is a competitive research funding program administered by the GSA to support qualified research and innovative ideas proposed by VT graduate students. Applications go through a rigorous review process by a panel of graduate students and faculty. Visit the GSA website to learn more about this opportunity. All questions should be directed to the program chair, Mr. Amine Chigani, achigani@vt.edu.

17. AEL GRAD HONOR SOCIETY SEEKING NEW MEMBERS – 2nd posting

Application are accepted for the AEL Grad Honor Society: Alpha Epsilon Lambda (AEL) is the academic excellence and leadership honor society of graduate and professional school students. Graduate students may become members based on their academic achievements and leadership experiences. Apply online by Feb 26. The induction ceremony for new members will take place during Graduate Education Week, Mar 22-26.

18. LEADERSHIP HONOR SOCIETY SEEKS MEMBERS
Omicron Delta Kappa is a national leadership honor society that recognizes the highest achieving individuals in different leadership areas at our university.  The Alpha Omicron Circle at VT began in 1933. Every VT president has been a member of Omicron Delta Kappa, along with other highly regarded students, faculty, staff, and alumni. Join this long standing tradition and apply for membership by Feb 17. Applications: http://odk.org/audience/prospective_members/membership_application_form. Send  questions to odkmembership@vt.edu or visit www.odk.org.vt.edu for more information.

19. CALL FOR ABSTRACTS FOR GSA RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM

Abstract submission deadline Feb 26. The 26th Annual GSA Research Symposium will be held on Mar 24 in the Graduate Life Center, and the GLC Plaza. The symposium includes poster and oral presentations and video and performance categories. Students from the National Capital Region will participate through video-Conferencing. $9500 in prizes will be awarded! The keynote speaker is 2007 Nobel Laureate Dr. Andrew Weaver, a lead author of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Please visit www.gsasymposium2010.uusa.vt.edu for more information. If you have questions, please contact the GSA Research Symposium Chair, Ganesh Balasubramanian, at bganesh@vt.edu.

20. GSA STUDENT FEES COMMITTEE NEEDS YOUR FEEDBACK
The GSA Student Fees Committee was established a couple of years ago to address the issues and concerns regarding graduate student fees at VT. The comprehensive fees have increased in recent years while assistantship stipends have not. This committee is committed to helping explore possible solutions to this growing problem but they need your help. Please fill out a brief survey to give feedback about your concerns and needs on this topic. If you have any questions please contact the GSA Fees Committee Chair, Sonal Mazumder at sonalm08@vt.edu.

21. GET INVOLVED WITH CITIZEN SCHOLARS

Does your research benefit the local or global community?  Would you like to
help out Haiti but aren’t sure how? Learn more about how to get involved with the Citizen Scholar Experience project. Email Eric Hodges at hodgeseb@vt.edu any questions or concerns.

22. REGISTER FOR CONFERENCE ON HIGHER EDUCATION PEDAGOGY
Register now for this free conference on Feb 18-19 at The Inn at Virginia Tech. This annual conference is focused on teaching excellence and the scholarship of teaching and learning in higher education, featuring two invited keynote speakers (Lisa Lattuca and Mary Taylor Huber), 42 research- and practice-based sessions, and over 40 posters. Registration is open to faculty, administrators, and graduate students. Conference attendance is free and includes lunch both days as well as a printed copy of the conference proceedings to be distributed following the conference. For more information and registration, visit http://www.cider.vt.edu/conference/.

23. APPLICATIONS SOUGHT FOR GOVERNER’S FELLOWS PROGRAM

Applications are sought for the 2010 Virginia Governor’s Fellows Program. Applicants must be graduating seniors or enrolled as degree candidates in a graduate or professional program. Application and selection procedures are available at: www.governor.virginia.gov/ServingVirginia/Fellows.cfm. Selection is based on merit without regard to race, sex, national origin, religion, age, disability, or political affiliation. Fellows will be required to work full-time in the Virginia state government from Jun 7 through Jul 30, 2010. Virginia Tech provides a stipend to support selected fellows. Online applications and submission by mail of two recommendations and an official transcript must be received in the governor’s office by Friday, Mar 5, 2010. For additional information please call (540) 231-6272.

24. UPCOMING EVENTS:

EATING ISSUES AND BODY IMAGE AWARENESS WEEK
A series of activities and events will mark the eating issues and awareness week of Feb 22-26. For a full listing of programs, visit www.healthcenter.vt.edu/he/eventcalendar/eibiaw.htm. The keynote address will be on Tuesday, Feb 23, 7:00pm in the GLC Auditorium.

LaTeX WORKSHOP II
Tuesday and Wednesday, Feb 23 and 24, 5:30-7:30pm, GLC Room F
This workshop is designed to address intermediate level concerns of LaTeX users. It will cover more extensive preamble options (e.g. creating and renewing commands, page layout, title/author information, internal/external referencing), environments (e.g. equations, tables, figures and floats in general), creating a final LaTeX file from multiple LaTeX files, and a brief introduction to citation management (BibTeX) and presentations (via the beamer package). The presentation will leave some time for a Q&A session. Questions: Jonathan Duggins at dugginsj@vt.edu.

BLACK HISTORY MONTH LUNCH
Wednesday, February 24th, 11:30-1:30, GLC Room F
Join the Graduate School Office of Recruitment and Diversity Initiatives for lunch on Wednesday, February 24, 2010, in celebration of Black History Month.  Meet and greet fellow African American graduate students and faculty as well as the Graduate School deans.  This is also an opportunity to share ideas and discuss issues related to the African American community at Virginia Tech.  If you are interested in attending, please sign up for the lunch at: https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1265741099573.  For more information, please contact Jane Rorrer by e-mail jrorrer@vt.edu or by phone (540) 231-2494.

FROM VINTAGE TO VELOUR: PARTYING THROUGH THE DECADES – NEW DATE!!!
Friday, Feb 26, 7-9pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
The party is back on! Break out your poodle skirts, go-go boots, leg warmers, and skinny jeans for this welcome back party sponsored by the GLC Fellows. Dress up in fashion from your favorite decade, listen to a variety of music from old-school until now, and enjoy snacks and refreshments. Bring a picture of yourself from the past to share! It will be a totally cool and rad event. Be there or be square!

LUNCH WITH THE PRESIDENT
Monday, Mar 1, 12:00-1:30pm, The Inn at Virginia Tech
Chat with President Steger, Provost McNamee, and Dean DePauw! Lunch will be provided. All graduate students are invited to attend. Sign up by Feb 22 at: https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1265902593844 Questions? Contact Rebecca French, Grad Rep to VT BOV at rafbovgradrep@vt.edu.

February 8-14, 2010

1. WEEKLY SERVICES IN THE GLC

  • Walk-in counseling: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, 1:00-5:00pm, Green Room (across from G)
  • Career services walk-in advising: Wednesdays, 1:30-5:00pm, GLC Study Room

2. JOB SEARCH CLUB SPRING 2010
Tuesdays, 3:30-5:00pm in GLC Room C
Career Services offers a unique opportunity for you to join a Job Search Club.  Members share one common link – a need or desire to obtain a job.  For six weeks, the Job Search Club members will meet weekly to discuss and practice job search skills, techniques and strategies. The graduate student club will meet on the following dates:  February 2, 16, 23 and March 2, 16, and 23. Registration is required.  To register, fill out this survey. If you have questions about the job search club, contact Amy McPherson at amcphers@vt.edu.

3. QUARTER-LIFE CRISIS SUPPORT/COUNSELING GROUP FOR GRADS
Tuesdays, Feb 8-Apr 19, 5:30-6:30pm, GLC Room D
Do you have a loss of drive or passion for things personally and professionally? Do you have many doubts? Are you finding it hard to make decisions? Are you having a tough time balancing career, family, and friends? If you are 21-29 of age and ask these or similar questions of yourself, this group may be just for you. If you are interested in attending the support/counseling group or have any questions, please contact Jodie Kern-Bowen at jkern5@radford.edu or 540-231-1719 on VT campus.

4. LaTeX WORKSHOP I
Tuesday and Wednesday, Feb 9 and 10, 5:30-7:30pm, GLC Room F
This workshop is designed to give an introduction to the world of LaTeX, a type-setting program for creating professional scientific documents.  It will cover the different compilers and front-ends, where to obtain them, how to install them and how to create a basic document (document classes, the basic preamble, basic environments and sectioning).  The presentation will leave time for a Q&A session.  For more advanced interests, please see the announcement for LaTeX Workshop II (Feb 23-24).  Questions: contact Jonathan Duggins.

5. PEACE CORPS INFORMATION SESSION
Tuesday, Feb 9, 5:30-6:30pm, Squires Student Center, Room 219
Participate in a special info session to learn more about Peace Corps service. A video presentation will feature the experiences and projects of a variety of volunteers in their host countries, followed by a question and answer session. Presenters will review the variety of Peace Corps projects, including agriculture, English teaching, water & sanitation, NGO development, business advising, and youth development. Don’t miss this chance to get an in depth review of the qualifications and process of becoming a volunteer. For more information contact Alex Frane, peacecorps@vt.edu.

6. PANEL DISCUSSION ON HAITI: LESSONS FROM THE PAST, CHALLENGES AHEAD
Wednesday, Feb 10, 7:00pm, GLC Auditorium
Phi Beta Delta International Honor Society hosts this panel discussion on Haiti and the road to recovery from the recent earthquake, with support from Hokies Helping Haiti and the GSA. Panelists will share first-hand experiences in Haiti, including Patrick Guilbaud, the director of a Haitian exchange program; Laura Zanotti, a political science professor; Chris Strock, a doctoral candidate who was working in Haiti at the time of the earthquake; and Inesse Semeah, a representative from the office of equity and inclusion. For more information contact Betty Watts, bettyw@vt.edu in the Office of International Research, Education, and Development. 

7. GSA FAMILY GAME NIGHT

Thursday, Feb 11, 6:00-8:00pm, GLC Room F
Get ready to buy Boardwalk in Monopoly, know whodunnit in Clue, and retire in Life with the Graduate Student Assembly, your family and friends! Hosted by the GSA, game night is complete with many family games, pizza and other snacks. The event will be held on. Please RSVP https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1265600767161) and bring your family and friends! If you have any questions, feel free to contact Jenna Rae Vercillo (vercillo@vt.edu) or Lindsay Moss, VP Programs (lcmoss@vt.edu).

8. SIGN UP FOR GRADUATE SCHOLARS SOCIETY SPRING 2010
It’s not too late to join one of the GSS discussion groups if you are interested in exploring important issues outside of your discipline. This semester’s topics include Haiti, Islam, Free Speech and Political Correctness, and the Changing Nature of Higher Education in the 21st Century. Sign up through this survey or email Eric Hodges at hodgeseb@vt.edu.

9. JOURNAL ARTICLE SUBMISSION DEADLINE FEB 12

Peer-reviewed articles for the new student journal Public Knowledge Journal are due Friday, Feb 12. The theme is Public Information in a Democracy. For more information see our website at www.pkjournal.org or email editor@pkjournal.org.

10. INVITATION TO EBONY AFFAIR
The Black Graduate Student Organization invites you to the 13th Annual Ebony Affair, a semi-formal banquet that recognizes outstanding faculty and students and serves as an opportunity to recruit potential graduate students, provide exposure to various cultural expressions, and facilitate networking opportunities among faculty, staff, and students. Purchase tickets for $25 by Feb 10 or for $30 after Feb 10 online at www.bgso.org.vt.edu or during office hours in the BGSO office in GLC Room 23B 4m-5pm Monday-Friday. Contact Krystal Lewis klewis@vt.edu with questions.

11. GRADUATE ASSISTANTSHIP POSITION AVAILABLE 2010-11
Assessment coordinator graduate assistantship position available for the next academic year in the Division of Student Affairs’ Communications & Marketing Department in New Hall West. The position reports to the Associate Director of Administration for Communications and to the Chief of Staff. Duties include developing and implementing assessment strategies that lead to continuous improvement of programs and services that support the division’s mission.  Must have master’s degree; experience working with assessment of student affairs programs; understanding of accreditation criteria and standards; collaborative attitude; data collection, management and analysis skills; ability to write and present clear and concise reports.  The position would likely pay at step 13. Contact Kimberle Badinelli, badinell@vt.edu or 1-5258 to apply or for further information.  Apply by March 1.

12. GSA TRAVEL FUND APPLICATIONS ACCEPTED NOW
The GSA Travel Fund Program (TFP) offers awards to support the cost of presenting at a conference.  Master’s students may receive up to $350 and doctoral students up to $500.  The application period for travel between January 1 and June 30 will be open from February 1 to March 5.  Visit http://www.gsa.uusa.vt.edu/programs/travel_fund for instructions on how to apply.  Please contact Lora Cavuoto at lcavuoto@vt.edu with any questions.

13. HAITI RELIEF: FILL THE JAR OR THE BAG BY FRIDAY!

The Graduate School has placed a change jar in the Information and Registration area (120 GLC) to collect support for Haiti. The Graduate School deans will match your donation for whatever is collected by Friday, Feb 12! Checks can be made out to Hokies United or to Partners in Health (tax deductable). If you are interested in donating a health kit, the bags with instructions can also be picked up in 120 GLC. For more information please contact Dannette Beane at dannette@vt.edu.

14. AEL GRAD HONOR SOCIETY SEEKING NEW MEMBERS
Application are accepted for the AEL Grad Honor Society: Alpha Epsilon Lambda (AEL) is the academic excellence and leadership honor society of graduate and professional school students. Graduate students may become members based on their academic achievements and leadership experiences. Apply by February 26. The induction ceremony for new members will take place during Graduate Education Week, Mar 22-26.

15. NANOVT STUDENT ORGANIZATION

NanoVT, a new student organization, is pleased to announce the launch of its website: http://www.nanovt.org.vt.edu. NanoVT is committed to supporting students at Virginia Tech in all research aspects of micro and nanotechnology and hopes to create a new bridge between students, faculty, research laboratories as well as local companies. The group also hopes to recruit undergraduates and incoming graduate students by exposing them to motivational speakers in different areas of micro- and nano- technologies.

16. STUDENT LEADERSHIP AWARD APPLICATIONS AVAILABLE NOW
Visit Student Activities to download your application. All materials must be received by Monday, Feb 15 at 5:00pm for consideration. The awards ceremony will be on Apr 29. These awards recognize individual students and student organizations for their achievements.

17. GSA RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM ABSTRACT SUBMISSIONS NOW OPEN
The 26th Annual GSA Research Symposium will be held on Mar 24 in the Graduate Life Center, and the GLC Plaza. The symposium includes poster and oral presentations and video and performance categories. Students from the National Capital Region will participate through video-Conferencing. $9500 in prizes will be awarded! The keynote speaker is 2007 Nobel Laureate Dr. Andrew Weaver, a lead author of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Abstract submissions begin January 31, 2010. Please visit the symposium website for more information. If you have questions, please contact the GSA Research Symposium Chair, Ganesh Balasubramanian.

18. GET INVOLVED WITH CITIZEN SCHOLARS
Does your research benefit the local or global community?  Would you like to
help out Haiti but aren’t sure how? Learn more about how to get involved with the Citizen Scholar Experience project. Email Eric Hodges any questions or concerns.

19. FREE TAX ASSISTANCE
New River Community Action offers free assistance with taxes for VT employees, including graduate students, whose income is less than $49,000. Appointments required – call 231-3213 or email to worklife@vt.edu to schedule one. Service offered in New Hall West on Mondays, 1:00-5:00pm, Feb 1-Apr 15.

20. REGISTER FOR CONFERENCE ON HIGHER EDUCATION PEDAGOGY
Register now for this free conference on Feb 18-19 at The Inn at Virginia Tech. This annual conference is focused on teaching excellence and the scholarship of teaching and learning in higher education, featuring two invited keynote speakers (Lisa Lattuca and Mary Taylor Huber), 42 research- and practice-based sessions, and over 40 posters. Registration is open to faculty, administrators, and graduate students. Conference attendance is free and includes lunch both days as well as a printed copy of the conference proceedings to be distributed following the conference.

21. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR EVALUATION OF ASSESSMENT TOOL – 3rd posting
A doctoral student in the School of Education is looking for graduate students to evaluate a learning assessment tool. The procedure includes (1) reading training materials of the assessment agent system, (2) trying out the assessment agent system, and (3) completing a questionnaire to present your ratings, comments and suggestions about the system. The entire process can be done in approximately 1 hour. The evaluation will be conducted online at the time and place of participant’s choice. If interested or have questions, please email to Jianhua Liu.

22. APPLICATIONS SOUGHT FOR GOVERNER’S FELLOWS PROGRAM
Applications are sought for the 2010 Virginia Governor’s Fellows Program. Applicants must be graduating seniors or enrolled as degree candidates in a graduate or professional program. Application and selection procedures. Selection is based on merit without regard to race, sex, national origin, religion, age, disability, or political affiliation. Fellows will be required to work full-time in the Virginia state government from Jun 7 through Jul 30, 2010. Virginia Tech provides a stipend to support selected fellows. Online applications and submission by mail of two recommendations and an official transcript must be received in the governor’s office by Friday, Mar 5, 2010. For additional information please call (540) 231-6272.

23. UPCOMING EVENTS:

HONOR SYSTEM PANELIST TRAINING SESSION
Tuesday, Feb 16, 5:30pm in GLC Room C
The Graduate Honor System (GHS), charged with enforcing the Graduate Honor Code and improving and upholding academic integrity at Virginia Tech, is seeking new student and faculty panelists to work with the Honor System in this academic year and beyond. To become a panelist, attend one of the hour-long training sessions. Learn more about the GHS and its role in the University community, or send questions to ghs@vt.edu.

FITNESS ASSESSMENT
Wednesday, Feb 17, 4:00-7:00pm, 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.
 
GALILEO SKETCH COMEDY SHOW
Friday, Feb 19, 8:00pm in GLC Auditorium
Come out for a great laugh by the renowned sketch comedy group- Galileo Players. "I laughed so hard I cried. I especially liked the intellectual content of the show. Whoever said science isn’t funny obviously has never seen the Galileo Players," said a 2007 VT grad student. Tickets are just $5 available through the GSA. Buy your ticket today before they sell out!  Contact: gsa@vt.edu.  

BLACK HISTORY MONTH LUNCH
Wednesday, February 24th, 11:30-1:30, GLC Room F
Join the Graduate School Office of Recruitment and Diversity Initiatives for lunch on Wednesday, February 24, 2010, in celebration of Black History Month.  Meet and greet fellow African American graduate students and faculty as well as the Graduate School deans.  This is also an opportunity to share ideas and discuss issues related to the African American community at Virginia Tech.  If you are interested in attending, please sign up for the lunch.  For more information, please contact Jane Rorrer by e-mail  or by phone (540) 231-2494.

February 8-14, 2010

1. WEEKLY SERVICES IN THE GLC

  • Walk-in counseling: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, 1:00-5:00pm, Green Room (across from G)
  • Career services walk-in advising: Wednesdays, 1:30-5:00pm, GLC Study Room

2. JOB SEARCH CLUB SPRING 2010
Tuesdays, 3:30-5:00pm in GLC Room C
Career Services offers a unique opportunity for you to join a Job Search Club.  Members share one common link – a need or desire to obtain a job.  For six weeks, the Job Search Club members will meet weekly to discuss and practice job search skills, techniques and strategies. The graduate student club will meet on the following dates:  February 2, 16, 23 and March 2, 16, and 23. Registration is required.  To register, fill out this survey. If you have questions about the job search club, contact Amy McPherson at amcphers@vt.edu.

3. QUARTER-LIFE CRISIS SUPPORT/COUNSELING GROUP FOR GRADS
Tuesdays, Feb 8-Apr 19, 5:30-6:30pm, GLC Room D
Do you have a loss of drive or passion for things personally and professionally? Do you have many doubts? Are you finding it hard to make decisions? Are you having a tough time balancing career, family, and friends? If you are 21-29 of age and ask these or similar questions of yourself, this group may be just for you. If you are interested in attending the support/counseling group or have any questions, please contact Jodie Kern-Bowen at jkern5@radford.edu or 540-231-1719 on VT campus.

4. LaTeX WORKSHOP I
Tuesday and Wednesday, Feb 9 and 10, 5:30-7:30pm, GLC Room F
This workshop is designed to give an introduction to the world of LaTeX, a type-setting program for creating professional scientific documents.  It will cover the different compilers and front-ends, where to obtain them, how to install them and how to create a basic document (document classes, the basic preamble, basic environments and sectioning).  The presentation will leave time for a Q&A session.  For more advanced interests, please see the announcement for LaTeX Workshop II (Feb 23-24).  Questions: contact Jonathan Duggins.

5. PEACE CORPS INFORMATION SESSION
Tuesday, Feb 9, 5:30-6:30pm, Squires Student Center, Room 219
Participate in a special info session to learn more about Peace Corps service. A video presentation will feature the experiences and projects of a variety of volunteers in their host countries, followed by a question and answer session. Presenters will review the variety of Peace Corps projects, including agriculture, English teaching, water & sanitation, NGO development, business advising, and youth development. Don’t miss this chance to get an in depth review of the qualifications and process of becoming a volunteer. For more information contact Alex Frane, peacecorps@vt.edu.

6. PANEL DISCUSSION ON HAITI: LESSONS FROM THE PAST, CHALLENGES AHEAD
Wednesday, Feb 10, 7:00pm, GLC Auditorium
Phi Beta Delta International Honor Society hosts this panel discussion on Haiti and the road to recovery from the recent earthquake, with support from Hokies Helping Haiti and the GSA. Panelists will share first-hand experiences in Haiti, including Patrick Guilbaud, the director of a Haitian exchange program; Laura Zanotti, a political science professor; Chris Strock, a doctoral candidate who was working in Haiti at the time of the earthquake; and Inesse Semeah, a representative from the office of equity and inclusion. For more information contact Betty Watts, bettyw@vt.edu in the Office of International Research, Education, and Development. 

7. GSA FAMILY GAME NIGHT

Thursday, Feb 11, 6:00-8:00pm, GLC Room F
Get ready to buy Boardwalk in Monopoly, know whodunnit in Clue, and retire in Life with the Graduate Student Assembly, your family and friends! Hosted by the GSA, game night is complete with many family games, pizza and other snacks. The event will be held on. Please RSVP https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1265600767161) and bring your family and friends! If you have any questions, feel free to contact Jenna Rae Vercillo (vercillo@vt.edu) or Lindsay Moss, VP Programs (lcmoss@vt.edu).

8. SIGN UP FOR GRADUATE SCHOLARS SOCIETY SPRING 2010
It’s not too late to join one of the GSS discussion groups if you are interested in exploring important issues outside of your discipline. This semester’s topics include Haiti, Islam, Free Speech and Political Correctness, and the Changing Nature of Higher Education in the 21st Century. Sign up through this survey or email Eric Hodges at hodgeseb@vt.edu.

9. JOURNAL ARTICLE SUBMISSION DEADLINE FEB 12

Peer-reviewed articles for the new student journal Public Knowledge Journal are due Friday, Feb 12. The theme is Public Information in a Democracy. For more information see our website at www.pkjournal.org or email editor@pkjournal.org.

10. INVITATION TO EBONY AFFAIR
The Black Graduate Student Organization invites you to the 13th Annual Ebony Affair, a semi-formal banquet that recognizes outstanding faculty and students and serves as an opportunity to recruit potential graduate students, provide exposure to various cultural expressions, and facilitate networking opportunities among faculty, staff, and students. Purchase tickets for $25 by Feb 10 or for $30 after Feb 10 online at www.bgso.org.vt.edu or during office hours in the BGSO office in GLC Room 23B 4m-5pm Monday-Friday. Contact Krystal Lewis klewis@vt.edu with questions.

11. GRADUATE ASSISTANTSHIP POSITION AVAILABLE 2010-11
Assessment coordinator graduate assistantship position available for the next academic year in the Division of Student Affairs’ Communications & Marketing Department in New Hall West. The position reports to the Associate Director of Administration for Communications and to the Chief of Staff. Duties include developing and implementing assessment strategies that lead to continuous improvement of programs and services that support the division’s mission.  Must have master’s degree; experience working with assessment of student affairs programs; understanding of accreditation criteria and standards; collaborative attitude; data collection, management and analysis skills; ability to write and present clear and concise reports.  The position would likely pay at step 13. Contact Kimberle Badinelli, badinell@vt.edu or 1-5258 to apply or for further information.  Apply by March 1.

12. GSA TRAVEL FUND APPLICATIONS ACCEPTED NOW
The GSA Travel Fund Program (TFP) offers awards to support the cost of presenting at a conference.  Master’s students may receive up to $350 and doctoral students up to $500.  The application period for travel between January 1 and June 30 will be open from February 1 to March 5.  Visit http://www.gsa.uusa.vt.edu/programs/travel_fund for instructions on how to apply.  Please contact Lora Cavuoto at lcavuoto@vt.edu with any questions.

13. HAITI RELIEF: FILL THE JAR OR THE BAG BY FRIDAY!

The Graduate School has placed a change jar in the Information and Registration area (120 GLC) to collect support for Haiti. The Graduate School deans will match your donation for whatever is collected by Friday, Feb 12! Checks can be made out to Hokies United or to Partners in Health (tax deductable). If you are interested in donating a health kit, the bags with instructions can also be picked up in 120 GLC. For more information please contact Dannette Beane at dannette@vt.edu.

14. AEL GRAD HONOR SOCIETY SEEKING NEW MEMBERS
Application are accepted for the AEL Grad Honor Society: Alpha Epsilon Lambda (AEL) is the academic excellence and leadership honor society of graduate and professional school students. Graduate students may become members based on their academic achievements and leadership experiences. Apply by February 26. The induction ceremony for new members will take place during Graduate Education Week, Mar 22-26.

15. NANOVT STUDENT ORGANIZATION

NanoVT, a new student organization, is pleased to announce the launch of its website: http://www.nanovt.org.vt.edu. NanoVT is committed to supporting students at Virginia Tech in all research aspects of micro and nanotechnology and hopes to create a new bridge between students, faculty, research laboratories as well as local companies. The group also hopes to recruit undergraduates and incoming graduate students by exposing them to motivational speakers in different areas of micro- and nano- technologies.

16. STUDENT LEADERSHIP AWARD APPLICATIONS AVAILABLE NOW
Visit Student Activities to download your application. All materials must be received by Monday, Feb 15 at 5:00pm for consideration. The awards ceremony will be on Apr 29. These awards recognize individual students and student organizations for their achievements.

17. GSA RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM ABSTRACT SUBMISSIONS NOW OPEN
The 26th Annual GSA Research Symposium will be held on Mar 24 in the Graduate Life Center, and the GLC Plaza. The symposium includes poster and oral presentations and video and performance categories. Students from the National Capital Region will participate through video-Conferencing. $9500 in prizes will be awarded! The keynote speaker is 2007 Nobel Laureate Dr. Andrew Weaver, a lead author of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Abstract submissions begin January 31, 2010. Please visit the symposium website for more information. If you have questions, please contact the GSA Research Symposium Chair, Ganesh Balasubramanian.

18. GET INVOLVED WITH CITIZEN SCHOLARS
Does your research benefit the local or global community?  Would you like to
help out Haiti but aren’t sure how? Learn more about how to get involved with the Citizen Scholar Experience project. Email Eric Hodges any questions or concerns.

19. FREE TAX ASSISTANCE
New River Community Action offers free assistance with taxes for VT employees, including graduate students, whose income is less than $49,000. Appointments required – call 231-3213 or email to worklife@vt.edu to schedule one. Service offered in New Hall West on Mondays, 1:00-5:00pm, Feb 1-Apr 15.

20. REGISTER FOR CONFERENCE ON HIGHER EDUCATION PEDAGOGY
Register now for this free conference on Feb 18-19 at The Inn at Virginia Tech. This annual conference is focused on teaching excellence and the scholarship of teaching and learning in higher education, featuring two invited keynote speakers (Lisa Lattuca and Mary Taylor Huber), 42 research- and practice-based sessions, and over 40 posters. Registration is open to faculty, administrators, and graduate students. Conference attendance is free and includes lunch both days as well as a printed copy of the conference proceedings to be distributed following the conference.

21. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR EVALUATION OF ASSESSMENT TOOL – 3rd posting
A doctoral student in the School of Education is looking for graduate students to evaluate a learning assessment tool. The procedure includes (1) reading training materials of the assessment agent system, (2) trying out the assessment agent system, and (3) completing a questionnaire to present your ratings, comments and suggestions about the system. The entire process can be done in approximately 1 hour. The evaluation will be conducted online at the time and place of participant’s choice. If interested or have questions, please email to Jianhua Liu.

22. APPLICATIONS SOUGHT FOR GOVERNER’S FELLOWS PROGRAM
Applications are sought for the 2010 Virginia Governor’s Fellows Program. Applicants must be graduating seniors or enrolled as degree candidates in a graduate or professional program. Application and selection procedures. Selection is based on merit without regard to race, sex, national origin, religion, age, disability, or political affiliation. Fellows will be required to work full-time in the Virginia state government from Jun 7 through Jul 30, 2010. Virginia Tech provides a stipend to support selected fellows. Online applications and submission by mail of two recommendations and an official transcript must be received in the governor’s office by Friday, Mar 5, 2010. For additional information please call (540) 231-6272.

23. UPCOMING EVENTS:

HONOR SYSTEM PANELIST TRAINING SESSION
Tuesday, Feb 16, 5:30pm in GLC Room C
The Graduate Honor System (GHS), charged with enforcing the Graduate Honor Code and improving and upholding academic integrity at Virginia Tech, is seeking new student and faculty panelists to work with the Honor System in this academic year and beyond. To become a panelist, attend one of the hour-long training sessions. Learn more about the GHS and its role in the University community, or send questions to ghs@vt.edu.

FITNESS ASSESSMENT
Wednesday, Feb 17, 4:00-7:00pm, 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.
 
GALILEO SKETCH COMEDY SHOW
Friday, Feb 19, 8:00pm in GLC Auditorium
Come out for a great laugh by the renowned sketch comedy group- Galileo Players. "I laughed so hard I cried. I especially liked the intellectual content of the show. Whoever said science isn’t funny obviously has never seen the Galileo Players," said a 2007 VT grad student. Tickets are just $5 available through the GSA. Buy your ticket today before they sell out!  Contact: gsa@vt.edu.  

BLACK HISTORY MONTH LUNCH
Wednesday, February 24th, 11:30-1:30, GLC Room F
Join the Graduate School Office of Recruitment and Diversity Initiatives for lunch on Wednesday, February 24, 2010, in celebration of Black History Month.  Meet and greet fellow African American graduate students and faculty as well as the Graduate School deans.  This is also an opportunity to share ideas and discuss issues related to the African American community at Virginia Tech.  If you are interested in attending, please sign up for the lunch.  For more information, please contact Jane Rorrer by e-mail  or by phone (540) 231-2494.

February 1-7, 2010

1. LUNCH WITH THE DEAN – SIGN UP NOW!
Thursday, Feb 4, 12:00-1:00pm, GLC Room C
Meet Graduate School Dean Dr. Karen DePauw and several graduate student leaders at this free lunch and learn about the latest in graduate education. Share your perspectives in a casual setting. Sign up here.

2. STITCH ‘N B*TCH: A KNITTING GROUP AT THE GLC
Monday, Feb 1, 5:00-6:00pm, Room B in the GLC
Ever been interested in learning how to knit?  Already knit but want to connect with other knitters at VT? SNB is open to all levels of knitters from the very beginner to the pro.  Gatherings every 2 weeks.  If you’re interested in attending, please fill out this short survey  or contact GLC Fellow Jeanne Mouton. Sponsored by the GLC Fellows.

3. JOB SEARCH CLUB SPRING 2010
Tuesdays, 3:30-5:00pm in GLC Room C
Career Services offers a unique opportunity for you to join a Job Search Club.  Members share one common link – a need or desire to obtain a job.  For six weeks, the Job Search Club members will meet weekly to discuss and practice job search skills, techniques and strategies. The graduate student club will meet on the following dates:  February 2, 16, 23 and March 2, 16, and 23. Registration is required.  To register, fill out this survey. If you have questions about the job search club, contact Amy McPherson.

4. HONOR SYSTEM PANELIST TRAINING SESSIONS
Tuesday, Feb 2, 5:15-6:15pm, Room D in the GLC
Wednesday, Feb 3, 9:00-10:00am, Room D in the GLC
The Graduate Honor System (GHS), charged with enforcing the Graduate Honor Code and improving and upholding academic integrity at Virginia Tech, is seeking new student and faculty panelists to work with the Honor System in this academic year and beyond. To become a panelist, attend one of the hour-long training sessions. Learn more about the GHS and its role in the University community, or send questions to the chief justice.

5. GRADUATE SCHOLARS SOCIETY INTEREST MEETING
Wednesday, Feb 3, 12:30 in GLC Room G
If you are interested in exploring important issues outside of your discipline, consider joining the Graduate Scholar Society (GSS). This semester’s topics include Haiti, Islam, Free Speech and Political Correctness, and the Changing Nature of Higher Education in the 21st Century. Attend the interest meeting this Wednesday with free lunch. Learn more and/or sign up for the interest meeting, or email Eric Hodges if you have any questions.

 6. CAREER SERVICES WALK-IN ADVISING AND OTHER ASSISTANCE
Wednesdays, 1:30-5:00pm, GLC Study Room
Amy McPherson, Associate Director of Career Services, is available to graduate students every Wednesday (except during spring break) to assist with career preparation questions, resume review and more. No appointment necessary. Review career services highlights for graduate students

7. YOUR FIRST REAL JOB: ENTERING THE WORK FORCE
Wednesday, Feb 3, 3:00-5:00pm, Holtzman Alumni Center Assembly Hall
This event is offered by the Alumni Association to provide practical information to students who are seeking their first full-time career position. Topics include workplace 101, money and other financial considerations, and building a successful career. Door prizes available. Presented by Experts in Action. Contact Gwen Harrington if you have any questions.

8. EFFECTIVE READING WORKSHOP
Wednesday, Feb 3, 5:30-6:30pm, GLC Room C
Educational researchers estimate that at best we retain only about 10 percent of the information that we read. Want to improve on that estimate in your academic reading? The key to becoming a more effective reader is first to learn how academic information in published papers is structured and then to discipline one’s self to hunt for information actively rather than passively wait for the information to appear on the page. This workshop will describe how one can read more actively and purposely in order to locate needed information, increase comprehension of that information, and boast retention of it for later use.

9. KIDS’ NIGHT OUT
Thursdays, 6:00-8:30pm, Women’s Center conference room
A free weekly drop-in evening child care program for kids 2-12, provided by the women of Chi Delta Alpha sorority. No need to pre-register. Take a break, study or attend a lecture, or catch up on work while your kid(s) are watched in a safe and fun environment.

10. STUDENT AFFAIRS JOB SEARCH WORKSHOP

Job Interview Simulation: Friday, Feb 5, 1:00–5:00PM; GLC Room F (tentative)
Are you ready to get your dream job in Student Affairs? Do you need more help to prepare for the search and interview process? From deciding on jobs that fit you to preparing for the placement conferences and on-campus interviews, all the way to accepting that perfect position, these workshops will provide a vigorous preparation and interview simulation to make sure you are prepared for your Job Search in Student Affairs. For more information or to register as a “candidate in training,” please contact Kelley Woods, Assistant Director for Residence Life at kjwoods@vt.edu  or 540-231-9812.

11. EXPECTANT GRADUATE STUDENTS SUPPORT GROUP

Graduate students are starting a new group to support pregnant graduate students and graduate students’ spouses through the sharing of ideas, resources, and moral support. If you are interested in joining such a group, please fill out this short survey. A meeting will be scheduled shortly for those who complete the survey.

12. GSA TRAVEL FUND APPLICATIONS ACCEPTED NOW
The GSA Travel Fund Program (TFP) offers awards to support the cost of presenting at a conference.  Master’s students may receive up to $350 and doctoral students up to $500.  The application period for travel between January 1 and June 30 will be open from February 1 to March 5.  Visit http://www.gsa.uusa.vt.edu/programs/travel_fund for instructions on how to apply.  Please contact Lora Cavuoto with any questions.

13. HAITI RELIEF: FILL THE JAR OR THE BAG
The Graduate School has placed a change jar in the Information and Registration area (120 GLC). Please help fill the jar (change, cash, or checks are welcome!) and the Graduate School deans will match your donation! Checks can be made out to Hokies United or to Partners in Health (tax deductable). If you are interested in donating a health kit, the bags with instructions can also be picked up in 120 GLC. For more information please contact Dannette Beane.

15. APPLICATIONS FOR GRAD BOV REP POSITION ACCEPTED
Apply to be the 2010-2011 Graduate Student Representative to the Board of Visitors! Represent your fellow graduate students to the administration of Virginia Tech and “Be the change!” The application can be found at http://www.bovgradrep.grads.vt.edu/. Questions? Contact Rebecca French at rafbovgradrep@vt.edu.

16. GRADUATE STUDENT AWARDS 2010 – deadline Feb 5

A number of prestigious awards are granted to graduate students each year, carrying a monetary prize ($500-$1000 each) and award certificate. Consider applying or discuss the possibility of your nomination by your advisor/department for any of the following awards that will be given out during our annual awards banquet on March 25, 2010:
Students must be nominated for:
– Outstanding Dissertation in (1) math, sciences and engineering, and (2) in social sciences and humanities
– Graduate Student Teaching Excellence
– Graduate Student Service Excellence
Students must apply for:
– Graduate Man and Woman of the Year
For additional information on the specifics and requirements for each award, visit our website.  Nomination/Application deadline is February 5, 2010.

16. STUDENT LEADERSHIP AWARD APPLICATIONS AVAILABLE NOW

Visit UUSA’s website to download your application. All materials must be received by Monday, Feb 15 at 5:00pm for consideration. The awards ceremony will be on Apr 29. These awards recognize individual students and student organizations for their achievements.

17. GSA RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM ABSTRACT SUBMISSIONS NOW OPEN
The 26th Annual GSA Research Symposium will be held on Mar 24 in the Graduate Life Center, and the GLC Plaza. The symposium includes poster and oral presentations and video and performance categories. Students from the National Capital Region will participate through video-Conferencing. $9500 in prizes will be awarded! The keynote speaker is 2007 Nobel Laureate Dr. Andrew Weaver, a lead author of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Abstract submissions begin January 31, 2010. Learn more about the symposium or contact the GSA Research Symposium Chair, Ganesh Balasubramanian with questions.

18. GET INVOLVED WITH CITIZEN SCHOLARS

Does your research benefit the local or global community?  Would you like to
help out Haiti but aren’t sure how? Learn more about how to get involved with the Citizen Scholar Experience project or email Eric Hodges any questions or concerns.

19. FREE TAX ASSISTANCE
New River Community Action offers free assistance with taxes for VT employees, including graduate students, whose income is less than $49,000. Appointments required – call 231-3213 or email to worklife@vt.edu to schedule one. Service offered in New Hall West on Mondays, 1:00-5:00pm, Feb 1-Apr 15.

20. REGISTER FOR CONFERENCE ON HIGHER EDUCATION PEDAGOGY
Register now for this free conference on Feb 18-19 at The Inn at Virginia Tech. This annual conference is focused on teaching excellence and the scholarship of teaching and learning in higher education, featuring two invited keynote speakers (Lisa Lattuca and Mary Taylor Huber), 42 research- and practice-based sessions, and over 40 posters. Registration is open to faculty, administrators, and graduate students. Conference attendance is free and includes lunch both days as well as a printed copy of the conference proceedings to be distributed following the conference.

21. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR YOGURT SENSORY STUDY – 2nd posting
Food Science master’s student seeks 100+ subjects to participate in a 10 minute online attitudes survey and 15 minute sensory taste panel for a new flavor of low fat yogurt enriched with healthy fats.  Read a detailed description of the project.  If not interested in tasting please fill out the survey!  If you have questions contact Marnie Rognlien.

22. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR EVALUATION OF ASSESSMENT TOOL – 2nd posting
A doctoral student in the School of Education is looking for graduate students to evaluate a learning assessment tool. The procedure includes (1) reading training materials of the assessment agent system, (2) trying out the assessment agent system, and (3) completing a questionnaire to present your ratings, comments and suggestions about the system. The entire process can be done in approximately 1 hour. The evaluation will be conducted online at the time and place of participant’s choice. If interested or have questions, please email to Jianhua Liu.

23. UPCOMING EVENTS:

LaTeX WORKSHOP I

Tuesday and Wednesday, Feb 9 and 10, 5:30-7:30pm, GLC Room F
This workshop is designed to give an introduction to the world of LaTeX, a type-setting program for creating professional scientific documents.  It will cover the different compilers and front-ends, where to obtain them, how to install them and how to create a basic document (document classes, the basic preamble, basic environments and sectioning).  The presentation will leave time for a Q&A session.  For more advanced interests, please see the announcement for LaTeX Workshop II.  Questions: Jonathan Duggins at dugginsj@vt.edu.

GALILEO SKETCH COMEDY SHOW
Friday, Feb 19, 8:00pm in GLC AUDITORIUM
Come out for a great laugh by the renowned sketch comedy group- Galileo Players. "I laughed so hard I cried. I especially liked the intellectual content of the show. Whoever said science isn’t funny obviously has never seen the Galileo Players," said a 2007 VT grad student. Tickets are just $5 available through the GSA. Buy your ticket today before they sell out!  Contact: gsa@vt.edu.  

February 1-7, 2010

1. LUNCH WITH THE DEAN – SIGN UP NOW!
Thursday, Feb 4, 12:00-1:00pm, GLC Room C
Meet Graduate School Dean Dr. Karen DePauw and several graduate student leaders at this free lunch and learn about the latest in graduate education. Share your perspectives in a casual setting. Sign up here.

2. STITCH ‘N B*TCH: A KNITTING GROUP AT THE GLC
Monday, Feb 1, 5:00-6:00pm, Room B in the GLC
Ever been interested in learning how to knit?  Already knit but want to connect with other knitters at VT? SNB is open to all levels of knitters from the very beginner to the pro.  Gatherings every 2 weeks.  If you’re interested in attending, please fill out this short survey  or contact GLC Fellow Jeanne Mouton. Sponsored by the GLC Fellows.

3. JOB SEARCH CLUB SPRING 2010
Tuesdays, 3:30-5:00pm in GLC Room C
Career Services offers a unique opportunity for you to join a Job Search Club.  Members share one common link – a need or desire to obtain a job.  For six weeks, the Job Search Club members will meet weekly to discuss and practice job search skills, techniques and strategies. The graduate student club will meet on the following dates:  February 2, 16, 23 and March 2, 16, and 23. Registration is required.  To register, fill out this survey. If you have questions about the job search club, contact Amy McPherson.

4. HONOR SYSTEM PANELIST TRAINING SESSIONS
Tuesday, Feb 2, 5:15-6:15pm, Room D in the GLC
Wednesday, Feb 3, 9:00-10:00am, Room D in the GLC
The Graduate Honor System (GHS), charged with enforcing the Graduate Honor Code and improving and upholding academic integrity at Virginia Tech, is seeking new student and faculty panelists to work with the Honor System in this academic year and beyond. To become a panelist, attend one of the hour-long training sessions. Learn more about the GHS and its role in the University community, or send questions to the chief justice.

5. GRADUATE SCHOLARS SOCIETY INTEREST MEETING
Wednesday, Feb 3, 12:30 in GLC Room G
If you are interested in exploring important issues outside of your discipline, consider joining the Graduate Scholar Society (GSS). This semester’s topics include Haiti, Islam, Free Speech and Political Correctness, and the Changing Nature of Higher Education in the 21st Century. Attend the interest meeting this Wednesday with free lunch. Learn more and/or sign up for the interest meeting, or email Eric Hodges if you have any questions.

 6. CAREER SERVICES WALK-IN ADVISING AND OTHER ASSISTANCE
Wednesdays, 1:30-5:00pm, GLC Study Room
Amy McPherson, Associate Director of Career Services, is available to graduate students every Wednesday (except during spring break) to assist with career preparation questions, resume review and more. No appointment necessary. Review career services highlights for graduate students

7. YOUR FIRST REAL JOB: ENTERING THE WORK FORCE
Wednesday, Feb 3, 3:00-5:00pm, Holtzman Alumni Center Assembly Hall
This event is offered by the Alumni Association to provide practical information to students who are seeking their first full-time career position. Topics include workplace 101, money and other financial considerations, and building a successful career. Door prizes available. Presented by Experts in Action. Contact Gwen Harrington if you have any questions.

8. EFFECTIVE READING WORKSHOP
Wednesday, Feb 3, 5:30-6:30pm, GLC Room C
Educational researchers estimate that at best we retain only about 10 percent of the information that we read. Want to improve on that estimate in your academic reading? The key to becoming a more effective reader is first to learn how academic information in published papers is structured and then to discipline one’s self to hunt for information actively rather than passively wait for the information to appear on the page. This workshop will describe how one can read more actively and purposely in order to locate needed information, increase comprehension of that information, and boast retention of it for later use.

9. KIDS’ NIGHT OUT
Thursdays, 6:00-8:30pm, Women’s Center conference room
A free weekly drop-in evening child care program for kids 2-12, provided by the women of Chi Delta Alpha sorority. No need to pre-register. Take a break, study or attend a lecture, or catch up on work while your kid(s) are watched in a safe and fun environment.

10. STUDENT AFFAIRS JOB SEARCH WORKSHOP

Job Interview Simulation: Friday, Feb 5, 1:00–5:00PM; GLC Room F (tentative)
Are you ready to get your dream job in Student Affairs? Do you need more help to prepare for the search and interview process? From deciding on jobs that fit you to preparing for the placement conferences and on-campus interviews, all the way to accepting that perfect position, these workshops will provide a vigorous preparation and interview simulation to make sure you are prepared for your Job Search in Student Affairs. For more information or to register as a “candidate in training,” please contact Kelley Woods, Assistant Director for Residence Life at kjwoods@vt.edu  or 540-231-9812.

11. EXPECTANT GRADUATE STUDENTS SUPPORT GROUP

Graduate students are starting a new group to support pregnant graduate students and graduate students’ spouses through the sharing of ideas, resources, and moral support. If you are interested in joining such a group, please fill out this short survey. A meeting will be scheduled shortly for those who complete the survey.

12. GSA TRAVEL FUND APPLICATIONS ACCEPTED NOW
The GSA Travel Fund Program (TFP) offers awards to support the cost of presenting at a conference.  Master’s students may receive up to $350 and doctoral students up to $500.  The application period for travel between January 1 and June 30 will be open from February 1 to March 5.  Visit http://www.gsa.uusa.vt.edu/programs/travel_fund for instructions on how to apply.  Please contact Lora Cavuoto with any questions.

13. HAITI RELIEF: FILL THE JAR OR THE BAG
The Graduate School has placed a change jar in the Information and Registration area (120 GLC). Please help fill the jar (change, cash, or checks are welcome!) and the Graduate School deans will match your donation! Checks can be made out to Hokies United or to Partners in Health (tax deductable). If you are interested in donating a health kit, the bags with instructions can also be picked up in 120 GLC. For more information please contact Dannette Beane.

15. APPLICATIONS FOR GRAD BOV REP POSITION ACCEPTED
Apply to be the 2010-2011 Graduate Student Representative to the Board of Visitors! Represent your fellow graduate students to the administration of Virginia Tech and “Be the change!” The application can be found at http://www.bovgradrep.grads.vt.edu/. Questions? Contact Rebecca French at rafbovgradrep@vt.edu.

16. GRADUATE STUDENT AWARDS 2010 – deadline Feb 5

A number of prestigious awards are granted to graduate students each year, carrying a monetary prize ($500-$1000 each) and award certificate. Consider applying or discuss the possibility of your nomination by your advisor/department for any of the following awards that will be given out during our annual awards banquet on March 25, 2010:
Students must be nominated for:
– Outstanding Dissertation in (1) math, sciences and engineering, and (2) in social sciences and humanities
– Graduate Student Teaching Excellence
– Graduate Student Service Excellence
Students must apply for:
– Graduate Man and Woman of the Year
For additional information on the specifics and requirements for each award, visit our website.  Nomination/Application deadline is February 5, 2010.

16. STUDENT LEADERSHIP AWARD APPLICATIONS AVAILABLE NOW

Visit UUSA’s website to download your application. All materials must be received by Monday, Feb 15 at 5:00pm for consideration. The awards ceremony will be on Apr 29. These awards recognize individual students and student organizations for their achievements.

17. GSA RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM ABSTRACT SUBMISSIONS NOW OPEN
The 26th Annual GSA Research Symposium will be held on Mar 24 in the Graduate Life Center, and the GLC Plaza. The symposium includes poster and oral presentations and video and performance categories. Students from the National Capital Region will participate through video-Conferencing. $9500 in prizes will be awarded! The keynote speaker is 2007 Nobel Laureate Dr. Andrew Weaver, a lead author of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Abstract submissions begin January 31, 2010. Learn more about the symposium or contact the GSA Research Symposium Chair, Ganesh Balasubramanian with questions.

18. GET INVOLVED WITH CITIZEN SCHOLARS

Does your research benefit the local or global community?  Would you like to
help out Haiti but aren’t sure how? Learn more about how to get involved with the Citizen Scholar Experience project or email Eric Hodges any questions or concerns.

19. FREE TAX ASSISTANCE
New River Community Action offers free assistance with taxes for VT employees, including graduate students, whose income is less than $49,000. Appointments required – call 231-3213 or email to worklife@vt.edu to schedule one. Service offered in New Hall West on Mondays, 1:00-5:00pm, Feb 1-Apr 15.

20. REGISTER FOR CONFERENCE ON HIGHER EDUCATION PEDAGOGY
Register now for this free conference on Feb 18-19 at The Inn at Virginia Tech. This annual conference is focused on teaching excellence and the scholarship of teaching and learning in higher education, featuring two invited keynote speakers (Lisa Lattuca and Mary Taylor Huber), 42 research- and practice-based sessions, and over 40 posters. Registration is open to faculty, administrators, and graduate students. Conference attendance is free and includes lunch both days as well as a printed copy of the conference proceedings to be distributed following the conference.

21. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR YOGURT SENSORY STUDY – 2nd posting
Food Science master’s student seeks 100+ subjects to participate in a 10 minute online attitudes survey and 15 minute sensory taste panel for a new flavor of low fat yogurt enriched with healthy fats.  Read a detailed description of the project.  If not interested in tasting please fill out the survey!  If you have questions contact Marnie Rognlien.

22. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR EVALUATION OF ASSESSMENT TOOL – 2nd posting
A doctoral student in the School of Education is looking for graduate students to evaluate a learning assessment tool. The procedure includes (1) reading training materials of the assessment agent system, (2) trying out the assessment agent system, and (3) completing a questionnaire to present your ratings, comments and suggestions about the system. The entire process can be done in approximately 1 hour. The evaluation will be conducted online at the time and place of participant’s choice. If interested or have questions, please email to Jianhua Liu.

23. UPCOMING EVENTS:

LaTeX WORKSHOP I

Tuesday and Wednesday, Feb 9 and 10, 5:30-7:30pm, GLC Room F
This workshop is designed to give an introduction to the world of LaTeX, a type-setting program for creating professional scientific documents.  It will cover the different compilers and front-ends, where to obtain them, how to install them and how to create a basic document (document classes, the basic preamble, basic environments and sectioning).  The presentation will leave time for a Q&A session.  For more advanced interests, please see the announcement for LaTeX Workshop II.  Questions: Jonathan Duggins at dugginsj@vt.edu.

GALILEO SKETCH COMEDY SHOW
Friday, Feb 19, 8:00pm in GLC AUDITORIUM
Come out for a great laugh by the renowned sketch comedy group- Galileo Players. "I laughed so hard I cried. I especially liked the intellectual content of the show. Whoever said science isn’t funny obviously has never seen the Galileo Players," said a 2007 VT grad student. Tickets are just $5 available through the GSA. Buy your ticket today before they sell out!  Contact: gsa@vt.edu.  

Jan 25-31, 2010

1. LUNCH WITH THE DEAN – SIGN UP NOW!
Jan 26 and Feb 4, 12:00-1:00pm, GLC Room C
Meet Graduate School Dean Dr. Karen DePauw and several graduate student leaders at this free lunch and learn about the latest in graduate education. Share your perspectives in a casual setting.
Sign up for the January 26 lunch 
Sign up for the February 4 lunch
 
2. CAREER SERVICES WALK-IN ADVISING
Wednesdays, starting Jan 27, 1:30-5:00pm, GLC Study Room
Amy McPherson, Associate Director of Career Services, is available to graduate students every Wednesday (except during spring break) to assist with career preparation questions, resume review and more. No appointment necessary.
 
3. EXPECTANT GRADUATE STUDENTS INTEREST MEETING
Wednesday, Jan 27, 5:00-6:00pm, Room D in the GLC
Interested graduate students are starting a new group to support pregnant graduate students and graduate students’ spouses through the sharing of ideas, resources, and moral support. The Graduate School supports this initiative and will provide some initial resources to get the group started. If you are interested in joining such a group, please attend this interest meeting and/or fill out this short survey.

4. PEACE CORPS INFO SESSION
Wednesday, Jan 27, 6:30-7:30pm, 236 Squires
This information session gives an overview of the experiences of volunteers in some of the 70+ countries served by the Peace Corps. Presenters will discuss a variety of projects, including agriculture, health and HIV awareness, English as a second language, environmental education, and more. They will also review the necessary qualifications and process of becoming a volunteer. A video presentation will be followed by discussion and Q&A. Contact Alex Frane, graduate student and former PC volunteer, for further information.

5. GSA DELEGATE MEETING
Thursday, Jan 28, 5:30-7pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
Want to know what the Graduate Student Assembly is and how it works? Are you intrigued by those fancy, fun, and educational events they host? Maybe you made a New Year’s resolution to become more involved this semester? Whatever your reason(s), come to this GSA Delegate meeting to learn more about the GSA and how you could become involved. This meeting is mandatory for all GSA Delegate members and open to ALL graduate students. Contact Michelle McLeese, VP of Membership, if you have questions.

6. CINEMATECH SCREENING SERIES
Thursday, Jan 28, 7:00pm in 1045 Pamplin
The School of Performing Arts & Cinema kicks of this semester with the new CinemaTech screening series: each film will be introduced and discussed by a Cinema faculty member. Please contact doctoral student Anja Haelg Bieri for more information about this series.
Last Thursdays every month:
Jan 28: Paul Harrill presents “Best Years of Our Lives”
Feb 25: Stephen Prince presents “Throne of Blood”
Mar 25: Karl Precoda presents “ Hell’s Hinges”
Apr 29: Ashley Maynor presents “Playtime”.

7. TOWN OF BLACKSBURG TOUR
Friday, Jan 29, 9:45am, GLC Lobby
Join your fellow graduate students and their friends and family on a tour of Blacksburg that focuses on the history of the town, beginning with the reasons it was formed in the first place through the development of the town as an educational center. The tour will cover the oldest buildings in the downtown area from the mid 1700’s through today. Depart from the GLC Lobby promptly at 9:50am for an hour long tour. Register online for this event at https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1263228147946.  Questions: Lindsay Moss at lcmoss@vt.edu

8. GRADUATE NETWORK FOR COMMUNITY-ENGAGED SCHOLARSHIP
Friday, Jan 29, 12:00-1:00pm, Room G in the GLC
Keynote speaker Jim Dubinsky, Director for Student Engagement & Community Partnerships. All graduate students interested in becoming involved with graduate student engagement in service and community are invited to attend. Have a slice of pizza, learn about opportunities for community service or community-engaged scholarship in your research, and network with other graduate students and groups. Spring semester meetings will be held on the last Friday in February and March, culminating in April with a poster session highlighting graduate student community-engaged scholarship. Sponsored by  CSECP- Center for Student Engagement & Community Partnerships. To learn more, contact Leigh Lally.

9. COFFEE AND CONVERSATION
Friday, Jan 29, 1:00-2:00pm, GLC Student Lounge
Meet other new graduate students and enjoy refreshments and good conversation with Graduate School staff members and graduate student leaders who will answer any lingering questions on your mind.

10. DIVERSITY SUMMIT – REGISTER NOW
Friday, Jan 29, 2:00-5:00pm
The theme for the 13th Annual Diversity Summit is: Insight and Perspective into the Asian/Asian American Community at Virginia Tech. The summit provides VT community members a unique opportunity to engage with each other on issues of diversity and inclusion through a range of interactive and informative activities.  The Diversity Summit is open to all VT students, staff, faculty, administrators and members of the local community. Please register if you plan to attend by completing the survey.

11. STUDENT AFFAIRS JOB SEARCH WORKSHOPS
The Job Search Process: Friday, Jan 29,1:00–5:00PM; GLC Room F (tentative)
Job Interview Simulation: Friday, Feb 5, 1:00–5:00PM; GLC Room F (tentative)
Are you ready to get your dream job in Student Affairs? Do you need more help to prepare for the search and interview process? From deciding on jobs that fit you to preparing for the placement conferences and on-campus interviews, all the way to accepting that perfect position, these workshops will provide a vigorous preparation and interview simulation to make sure you are prepared for your Job Search in Student Affairs. For more information or to register as a “candidate in training,” please contact Kelley Woods, Assistant Director for Residence Life at kjwoods@vt.edu  or 540-231-9812.

12. FROM VINTAGE TO VELOUR: PARTYING THROUGH THE DECADES
Friday, Jan 29, 7:00-9:00pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
Break out your poodle skirts, go-go boots, leg warmers, and skinny jeans for this welcome back party sponsored by the GLC Fellows. Dress up in fashion from your favorite decade, listen to a variety of music from old-school until now, and enjoy snacks and refreshments. Bring a picture of yourself from the past to share! It will be a totally cool and rad event. Be there or be square!

13. NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION RUN
January 31, 2:00pm, Meet in the GLC Lobby
Keep that New Year’s resolution to burn more calories and join us for a run! Meet in the GLC Lobby and we will run the Huckleberry Trail. Sponsored by the GLC Fellows. Contact Mike Sage with any questions or concerns.

14. HAITI RELIEF: FILL THE JAR OR THE BAG
The Graduate School has placed a change jar in the Information and Registration area (120 GLC). Please help fill the jar (change, cash, or checks are welcome!) and the Graduate School deans will match your donation! Checks can be made out to Hokies United or to Partners in Health (tax deductable). If you are interested in donating a health kit, the bags with instructions can also be picked up in 120 GLC. For more information please contact Dannette Beane.

15. SPEED DATING: WHERE ARE THE LADIES?
Register now for a speed dating evening on Friday, Feb 5: https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1262972128921 The men are lining up around the corner to talk to single ladies! Back by popular demand, the 2nd annual speed dating event begins at 7:00pm in the GLC Multipurpose Room. A set of jewelry from Henebry’s will be raffled off to one lucky lady. There is a limit on registrations, so please sign up soon. Direct your questions and comments to Lindsay Moss, VP of Programs. 

16. APPLICATIONS FOR GRAD BOV REP POSITION NOW ACCEPTED
Apply to be the 2010-2011 Graduate Student Representative to the Board of Visitors! Represent your fellow graduate students to the administration of Virginia Tech and “Be the change!”  Download the application or contact Rebecca French for more information.

17. CALL FOR NOMINATIONS FOR GRADUATE STUDENT AWARDS 2010
A number of prestigious awards are granted to graduate students each year, carrying a monetary prize ($500-$1000 each) and award certificate. Consider applying or discuss the possibility of your nomination by your advisor/department for any of the following awards that will be given out during our annual awards banquet on March 25, 2010:
– Outstanding Dissertation in (1) math, sciences and engineering, and (2) in social sciences and humanities
– Graduate Student Teaching Excellence
– Graduate Student Service Excellence
– Graduate Man and Woman of the Year
– Outstanding master’s and doctoral student in each college
Additional information on the specifics and requirements for each award are on the Graduate School’s website.  Nomination/Application deadline is February 5, 2010.

18. GSA RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM ABSTRACT SUBMISSIONS OPEN JAN 31
The 26th Annual GSA Research Symposium will be held on Mar 24 in the Graduate Life Center, and the GLC Plaza.
The symposium includes poster and oral presentations and video and performance categories. Students from the National Capital Region will participate through video-Conferencing. $9500 in prizes will be awarded! The keynote speaker is 2007 Nobel Laureate Dr. Andrew Weaver, a lead author of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Abstract submissions begin January 31, 2010. Please visit the symposium website for more information. If you have questions, please contact the GSA Research Symposium Chair, Ganesh Balasubramanian.

19. GRADUATE SCHOLARS SOCIETY SPRING 2010 GROUPS
If you are interested in exploring important issues outside of your discipline, consider joining the Graduate Scholar Society (GSS). This semester’s topics include Haiti, Islam, Free Speech and Political Correctness, and the Changing Nature of Higher Education in the 21st Century. There will be an interest meeting on Wednesday, Feb 3, at 12:30 in GLC Room G. Lunch provided.  Learn more and/or sign up for the interest meeting, or email Eric Hodges for more information.

20. GET INVOLVED WITH CITIZEN SCHOLARS
Does your research benefit the local or global community?  Would you like to
help out Haiti but aren’t sure how? Learn more about how to get involved with the Citizen Scholar Experience project:  Email Eric Hodges any questions or concerns.

21. FREE TAX ASSISTANCE
New River Community Action offers free assistance with taxes for VT employees, including graduate students, whose income is less than $49,000. Appointments required – call 231-3213 or email to worklife@vt.edu to schedule one. Service offered in New Hall West on Mondays, 1:00-5:00pm, Feb 1-Apr 15.

22. REGISTER FOR CONFERENCE ON HIGHER EDUCATION PEDAGOGY
Register now for this free conference on Feb 18-19 at The Inn at Virginia Tech. This annual conference is focused on teaching excellence and the scholarship of teaching and learning in higher education, featuring two invited keynote speakers (Lisa Lattuca and Mary Taylor Huber), 42 research- and practice-based sessions, and over 40 posters. Registration is open to faculty, administrators, and graduate students. Conference attendance is free and includes lunch both days as well as a printed copy of the conference proceedings to be distributed following the conference.

23. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR YOGURT SENSORY STUDY – 1st posting
Food Science master’s student seeks 100+ subjects to participate in a 10 minute online attitudes survey and 15 minute sensory taste panel for a new flavor of low fat yogurt enriched with healthy fats.  If not interested in tasting, please fill out the survey!  Review a detailed description of the project or contact Marnie Rognlien with any questions.

24. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR EVALUATION OF ASSESSMENT TOOL – 1st posting
A doctoral student in the School of Education is looking for graduate students to evaluate a learning assessment tool. The procedure includes (1) reading training materials of the assessment agent system, (2) trying out the assessment agent system, and (3) completing a questionnaire to present your ratings, comments and suggestions about the system. The entire process can be done in approximately 1 hour. The evaluation will be conducted online at the time and place of participant’s choice. If interested or have questions, please email to Jianhua Liu.

25. JOB SEARCH CLUB SPRING 2010
Career Services offers a unique opportunity for you to join a Job Search Club.  Members share one common link – a need or desire to obtain a job.  For six weeks, the Job Search Club members will meet weekly to discuss and practice job search skills, techniques and strategies. The graduate student club will meet on Tuesdays 3:30-5:00pm in GLC Room C on the following dates:  February 2, 16, 23 and March 2, 16, and 23. Registration is required.  To register, fill out this survey. If you have questions about the job search club, contact Amy McPherson.

26. SPRING 2010 INTERDISCIPLINARY & GENERAL INTEREST COURSE OFFERINGS:

—GLOBAL AND ETHICAL IMPACT OF EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES
Taught by an interdisciplinary group of faculty from engineering, business, liberal arts and human sciences colleges, Institute for Critical Technology andApplied Science (ICTAS), and office of academic assessment, this course will provide an overview of historical, technological, cultural, and scientific factors that influence the development of emerging technologies. Students will examine the influence of emerging technologies on contemporary life within and beyond the United States;  explore various theoretical frameworks for making ethical decisions for ensuring responsible technological development; and examine the role of policy and regulation in a globalized society. ENGE 5984, CRN 18252, 9:00-11:00 W, 3 credits. Learn more

—INTERDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH IN SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING
This course is of special value to students considering or already engaged in interdisciplinary research. Faculty from civil engineering, geosciences, biological sciences, chemistry, physics, and psychology will lead the course, complemented by guest lectures from individuals around campus. Students will hear about successful and not-so-successful interdisciplinary endeavors, consider how this growing and vital approach to science and engineering is impacting career opportunities, and develop team grant-writing skills, all while exploring the cultural and discipline-specific factors that impact successful interdisciplinary efforts. GRAD 5134, MW 11:15am-12:30pm, GLC. 

—FREE MARKETS AND INDIVIDUAL FREEDOM
The Finance Department offers this free elective course that explains the underlying ideas and principles of capitalism and the free market economy. It is NOT a technical finance/economics course filled with equations and graphs, but rather a thoughtful discussion of Capitalism that provides a comparison to the other "isms," Socialism, Fascism, and Communism along with a discussion of contemporary economic issues. For example, the course will explore subjects such as the economic and political reasons for the “housing crisis,” and the subsequent economic panic; the pros and cons of nationalized health care, the efficacy of the “stimulus package,” and more. Instructor: Douglas Patterson. FIN 5284, CRN 18094: TTh 12:30-1:45pm, or CRN 18494: TTh 2:00-3:15pm.

—ALTERNATIVE APPROACHES TO WELLNESS-SPRING 2010 COURSE
Taught by Dr. Douglas K Lindner, this course examines several mind-body practices primarily related to the Ayurveda medicine and the yoga tradition. Examples of these practices include hatha yoga, breath work, meditation, Ayurveda medicine, herbs, and art therapy. Students will also examine a general philosophical framework for understanding the function of these practices, and discuss their historical place in the development of South Asian religions, their impact on health and well being, and  their relationship to conventional western medicine. Guest lecturers will cover many of these topics. Students will be required to adopt two practices and report on the impact of these practices. EDCI 5784, CRN 17772, 5:00-6:15pm TTh, 3 Credits.

27. UPCOMING EVENTS:

STITCH ‘N B*TCH: A KNITTING GROUP AT THE GLC
Monday, Feb 1, 5:00-6:00pm, Room B in the GLC
Ever been interested in learning how to knit?  Already knit but want to connect with other knitters at VT? SNB is open to all levels of knitters from the very beginner to the pro.  We will be having gatherings every 2 weeks.  If you’re interested in attending, please fill out this short survey at https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1264029046910 or contact GLC Fellow Jeanne Mouton. Sponsored by the GLC Fellows.

HONOR SYSTEM PANELIST TRAINING SESSIONS
The Graduate Honor System (GHS), charged with enforcing the Graduate Honor Code and improving and upholding academic integrity at Virginia Tech, is seeking new student and faculty panelists to work with the Honor System in this academic year and beyond. To become a panelist, you just need to attend one of the hour-long training sessions. Learn more about the GHS and its role in the University community,  or send questions to ghs@vt.edu. Training sessions:

  • Tuesday, Feb 2, 5:15-6:15pm, Room D in the GLC
  • Wednesday, Feb 3, 9:00-10:00am, Room D in the GLC

EFFECTIVE READING
Wednesday, Feb 3, 5:30-6:30pm, GLC Room C
Educational researchers estimate that at best we retain only about 10 percent of the information that we read. Want to improve on that estimate in your academic reading? The key to becoming a more effective reader is first to learn how academic information in published papers is structured and then to discipline one’s self to hunt for information actively rather than passively wait for the information to appear on the page. This workshop will describe how one can read more actively and purposely in order to locate needed information, increase comprehension of that information, and boast retention of it for later use.
 
GSA SPEED DATING
February 5, 7pm-?, GLC Multipurpose Room
Are you complaining that you can never meet anyone? Looking for that Blacksburg Beau/Beauty? Well have no fear; the Graduate Student Assembly is hosting the “back by popular demand” 2nd Annual Speed Dating event! The festivities begin at 7pm in the GLC Multi-Purpose Room and plan to head downtown at the conclusion of the event! There will be a cap on the number of registrants, so register online soon at: https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1262972128921 Contact Lindsay Moss, Vice President of Programs, at lcmoss@vt.edu with any questions or comments.

Jan 25-31, 2010

1. LUNCH WITH THE DEAN – SIGN UP NOW!
Jan 26 and Feb 4, 12:00-1:00pm, GLC Room C
Meet Graduate School Dean Dr. Karen DePauw and several graduate student leaders at this free lunch and learn about the latest in graduate education. Share your perspectives in a casual setting.
Sign up for the January 26 lunch 
Sign up for the February 4 lunch
 
2. CAREER SERVICES WALK-IN ADVISING
Wednesdays, starting Jan 27, 1:30-5:00pm, GLC Study Room
Amy McPherson, Associate Director of Career Services, is available to graduate students every Wednesday (except during spring break) to assist with career preparation questions, resume review and more. No appointment necessary.
 
3. EXPECTANT GRADUATE STUDENTS INTEREST MEETING
Wednesday, Jan 27, 5:00-6:00pm, Room D in the GLC
Interested graduate students are starting a new group to support pregnant graduate students and graduate students’ spouses through the sharing of ideas, resources, and moral support. The Graduate School supports this initiative and will provide some initial resources to get the group started. If you are interested in joining such a group, please attend this interest meeting and/or fill out this short survey.

4. PEACE CORPS INFO SESSION
Wednesday, Jan 27, 6:30-7:30pm, 236 Squires
This information session gives an overview of the experiences of volunteers in some of the 70+ countries served by the Peace Corps. Presenters will discuss a variety of projects, including agriculture, health and HIV awareness, English as a second language, environmental education, and more. They will also review the necessary qualifications and process of becoming a volunteer. A video presentation will be followed by discussion and Q&A. Contact Alex Frane, graduate student and former PC volunteer, for further information.

5. GSA DELEGATE MEETING
Thursday, Jan 28, 5:30-7pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
Want to know what the Graduate Student Assembly is and how it works? Are you intrigued by those fancy, fun, and educational events they host? Maybe you made a New Year’s resolution to become more involved this semester? Whatever your reason(s), come to this GSA Delegate meeting to learn more about the GSA and how you could become involved. This meeting is mandatory for all GSA Delegate members and open to ALL graduate students. Contact Michelle McLeese, VP of Membership, if you have questions.

6. CINEMATECH SCREENING SERIES
Thursday, Jan 28, 7:00pm in 1045 Pamplin
The School of Performing Arts & Cinema kicks of this semester with the new CinemaTech screening series: each film will be introduced and discussed by a Cinema faculty member. Please contact doctoral student Anja Haelg Bieri for more information about this series.
Last Thursdays every month:
Jan 28: Paul Harrill presents “Best Years of Our Lives”
Feb 25: Stephen Prince presents “Throne of Blood”
Mar 25: Karl Precoda presents “ Hell’s Hinges”
Apr 29: Ashley Maynor presents “Playtime”.

7. TOWN OF BLACKSBURG TOUR
Friday, Jan 29, 9:45am, GLC Lobby
Join your fellow graduate students and their friends and family on a tour of Blacksburg that focuses on the history of the town, beginning with the reasons it was formed in the first place through the development of the town as an educational center. The tour will cover the oldest buildings in the downtown area from the mid 1700’s through today. Depart from the GLC Lobby promptly at 9:50am for an hour long tour. Register online for this event at https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1263228147946.  Questions: Lindsay Moss at lcmoss@vt.edu

8. GRADUATE NETWORK FOR COMMUNITY-ENGAGED SCHOLARSHIP
Friday, Jan 29, 12:00-1:00pm, Room G in the GLC
Keynote speaker Jim Dubinsky, Director for Student Engagement & Community Partnerships. All graduate students interested in becoming involved with graduate student engagement in service and community are invited to attend. Have a slice of pizza, learn about opportunities for community service or community-engaged scholarship in your research, and network with other graduate students and groups. Spring semester meetings will be held on the last Friday in February and March, culminating in April with a poster session highlighting graduate student community-engaged scholarship. Sponsored by  CSECP- Center for Student Engagement & Community Partnerships. To learn more, contact Leigh Lally.

9. COFFEE AND CONVERSATION
Friday, Jan 29, 1:00-2:00pm, GLC Student Lounge
Meet other new graduate students and enjoy refreshments and good conversation with Graduate School staff members and graduate student leaders who will answer any lingering questions on your mind.

10. DIVERSITY SUMMIT – REGISTER NOW
Friday, Jan 29, 2:00-5:00pm
The theme for the 13th Annual Diversity Summit is: Insight and Perspective into the Asian/Asian American Community at Virginia Tech. The summit provides VT community members a unique opportunity to engage with each other on issues of diversity and inclusion through a range of interactive and informative activities.  The Diversity Summit is open to all VT students, staff, faculty, administrators and members of the local community. Please register if you plan to attend by completing the survey.

11. STUDENT AFFAIRS JOB SEARCH WORKSHOPS
The Job Search Process: Friday, Jan 29,1:00–5:00PM; GLC Room F (tentative)
Job Interview Simulation: Friday, Feb 5, 1:00–5:00PM; GLC Room F (tentative)
Are you ready to get your dream job in Student Affairs? Do you need more help to prepare for the search and interview process? From deciding on jobs that fit you to preparing for the placement conferences and on-campus interviews, all the way to accepting that perfect position, these workshops will provide a vigorous preparation and interview simulation to make sure you are prepared for your Job Search in Student Affairs. For more information or to register as a “candidate in training,” please contact Kelley Woods, Assistant Director for Residence Life at kjwoods@vt.edu  or 540-231-9812.

12. FROM VINTAGE TO VELOUR: PARTYING THROUGH THE DECADES
Friday, Jan 29, 7:00-9:00pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
Break out your poodle skirts, go-go boots, leg warmers, and skinny jeans for this welcome back party sponsored by the GLC Fellows. Dress up in fashion from your favorite decade, listen to a variety of music from old-school until now, and enjoy snacks and refreshments. Bring a picture of yourself from the past to share! It will be a totally cool and rad event. Be there or be square!

13. NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION RUN
January 31, 2:00pm, Meet in the GLC Lobby
Keep that New Year’s resolution to burn more calories and join us for a run! Meet in the GLC Lobby and we will run the Huckleberry Trail. Sponsored by the GLC Fellows. Contact Mike Sage with any questions or concerns.

14. HAITI RELIEF: FILL THE JAR OR THE BAG
The Graduate School has placed a change jar in the Information and Registration area (120 GLC). Please help fill the jar (change, cash, or checks are welcome!) and the Graduate School deans will match your donation! Checks can be made out to Hokies United or to Partners in Health (tax deductable). If you are interested in donating a health kit, the bags with instructions can also be picked up in 120 GLC. For more information please contact Dannette Beane.

15. SPEED DATING: WHERE ARE THE LADIES?
Register now for a speed dating evening on Friday, Feb 5: https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1262972128921 The men are lining up around the corner to talk to single ladies! Back by popular demand, the 2nd annual speed dating event begins at 7:00pm in the GLC Multipurpose Room. A set of jewelry from Henebry’s will be raffled off to one lucky lady. There is a limit on registrations, so please sign up soon. Direct your questions and comments to Lindsay Moss, VP of Programs. 

16. APPLICATIONS FOR GRAD BOV REP POSITION NOW ACCEPTED
Apply to be the 2010-2011 Graduate Student Representative to the Board of Visitors! Represent your fellow graduate students to the administration of Virginia Tech and “Be the change!”  Download the application or contact Rebecca French for more information.

17. CALL FOR NOMINATIONS FOR GRADUATE STUDENT AWARDS 2010
A number of prestigious awards are granted to graduate students each year, carrying a monetary prize ($500-$1000 each) and award certificate. Consider applying or discuss the possibility of your nomination by your advisor/department for any of the following awards that will be given out during our annual awards banquet on March 25, 2010:
– Outstanding Dissertation in (1) math, sciences and engineering, and (2) in social sciences and humanities
– Graduate Student Teaching Excellence
– Graduate Student Service Excellence
– Graduate Man and Woman of the Year
– Outstanding master’s and doctoral student in each college
Additional information on the specifics and requirements for each award are on the Graduate School’s website.  Nomination/Application deadline is February 5, 2010.

18. GSA RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM ABSTRACT SUBMISSIONS OPEN JAN 31
The 26th Annual GSA Research Symposium will be held on Mar 24 in the Graduate Life Center, and the GLC Plaza.
The symposium includes poster and oral presentations and video and performance categories. Students from the National Capital Region will participate through video-Conferencing. $9500 in prizes will be awarded! The keynote speaker is 2007 Nobel Laureate Dr. Andrew Weaver, a lead author of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Abstract submissions begin January 31, 2010. Please visit the symposium website for more information. If you have questions, please contact the GSA Research Symposium Chair, Ganesh Balasubramanian.

19. GRADUATE SCHOLARS SOCIETY SPRING 2010 GROUPS
If you are interested in exploring important issues outside of your discipline, consider joining the Graduate Scholar Society (GSS). This semester’s topics include Haiti, Islam, Free Speech and Political Correctness, and the Changing Nature of Higher Education in the 21st Century. There will be an interest meeting on Wednesday, Feb 3, at 12:30 in GLC Room G. Lunch provided.  Learn more and/or sign up for the interest meeting, or email Eric Hodges for more information.

20. GET INVOLVED WITH CITIZEN SCHOLARS
Does your research benefit the local or global community?  Would you like to
help out Haiti but aren’t sure how? Learn more about how to get involved with the Citizen Scholar Experience project:  Email Eric Hodges any questions or concerns.

21. FREE TAX ASSISTANCE
New River Community Action offers free assistance with taxes for VT employees, including graduate students, whose income is less than $49,000. Appointments required – call 231-3213 or email to worklife@vt.edu to schedule one. Service offered in New Hall West on Mondays, 1:00-5:00pm, Feb 1-Apr 15.

22. REGISTER FOR CONFERENCE ON HIGHER EDUCATION PEDAGOGY
Register now for this free conference on Feb 18-19 at The Inn at Virginia Tech. This annual conference is focused on teaching excellence and the scholarship of teaching and learning in higher education, featuring two invited keynote speakers (Lisa Lattuca and Mary Taylor Huber), 42 research- and practice-based sessions, and over 40 posters. Registration is open to faculty, administrators, and graduate students. Conference attendance is free and includes lunch both days as well as a printed copy of the conference proceedings to be distributed following the conference.

23. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR YOGURT SENSORY STUDY – 1st posting
Food Science master’s student seeks 100+ subjects to participate in a 10 minute online attitudes survey and 15 minute sensory taste panel for a new flavor of low fat yogurt enriched with healthy fats.  If not interested in tasting, please fill out the survey!  Review a detailed description of the project or contact Marnie Rognlien with any questions.

24. PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR EVALUATION OF ASSESSMENT TOOL – 1st posting
A doctoral student in the School of Education is looking for graduate students to evaluate a learning assessment tool. The procedure includes (1) reading training materials of the assessment agent system, (2) trying out the assessment agent system, and (3) completing a questionnaire to present your ratings, comments and suggestions about the system. The entire process can be done in approximately 1 hour. The evaluation will be conducted online at the time and place of participant’s choice. If interested or have questions, please email to Jianhua Liu.

25. JOB SEARCH CLUB SPRING 2010
Career Services offers a unique opportunity for you to join a Job Search Club.  Members share one common link – a need or desire to obtain a job.  For six weeks, the Job Search Club members will meet weekly to discuss and practice job search skills, techniques and strategies. The graduate student club will meet on Tuesdays 3:30-5:00pm in GLC Room C on the following dates:  February 2, 16, 23 and March 2, 16, and 23. Registration is required.  To register, fill out this survey. If you have questions about the job search club, contact Amy McPherson.

26. SPRING 2010 INTERDISCIPLINARY & GENERAL INTEREST COURSE OFFERINGS:

—GLOBAL AND ETHICAL IMPACT OF EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES
Taught by an interdisciplinary group of faculty from engineering, business, liberal arts and human sciences colleges, Institute for Critical Technology andApplied Science (ICTAS), and office of academic assessment, this course will provide an overview of historical, technological, cultural, and scientific factors that influence the development of emerging technologies. Students will examine the influence of emerging technologies on contemporary life within and beyond the United States;  explore various theoretical frameworks for making ethical decisions for ensuring responsible technological development; and examine the role of policy and regulation in a globalized society. ENGE 5984, CRN 18252, 9:00-11:00 W, 3 credits. Learn more

—INTERDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH IN SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING
This course is of special value to students considering or already engaged in interdisciplinary research. Faculty from civil engineering, geosciences, biological sciences, chemistry, physics, and psychology will lead the course, complemented by guest lectures from individuals around campus. Students will hear about successful and not-so-successful interdisciplinary endeavors, consider how this growing and vital approach to science and engineering is impacting career opportunities, and develop team grant-writing skills, all while exploring the cultural and discipline-specific factors that impact successful interdisciplinary efforts. GRAD 5134, MW 11:15am-12:30pm, GLC. 

—FREE MARKETS AND INDIVIDUAL FREEDOM
The Finance Department offers this free elective course that explains the underlying ideas and principles of capitalism and the free market economy. It is NOT a technical finance/economics course filled with equations and graphs, but rather a thoughtful discussion of Capitalism that provides a comparison to the other "isms," Socialism, Fascism, and Communism along with a discussion of contemporary economic issues. For example, the course will explore subjects such as the economic and political reasons for the “housing crisis,” and the subsequent economic panic; the pros and cons of nationalized health care, the efficacy of the “stimulus package,” and more. Instructor: Douglas Patterson. FIN 5284, CRN 18094: TTh 12:30-1:45pm, or CRN 18494: TTh 2:00-3:15pm.

—ALTERNATIVE APPROACHES TO WELLNESS-SPRING 2010 COURSE
Taught by Dr. Douglas K Lindner, this course examines several mind-body practices primarily related to the Ayurveda medicine and the yoga tradition. Examples of these practices include hatha yoga, breath work, meditation, Ayurveda medicine, herbs, and art therapy. Students will also examine a general philosophical framework for understanding the function of these practices, and discuss their historical place in the development of South Asian religions, their impact on health and well being, and  their relationship to conventional western medicine. Guest lecturers will cover many of these topics. Students will be required to adopt two practices and report on the impact of these practices. EDCI 5784, CRN 17772, 5:00-6:15pm TTh, 3 Credits.

27. UPCOMING EVENTS:

STITCH ‘N B*TCH: A KNITTING GROUP AT THE GLC
Monday, Feb 1, 5:00-6:00pm, Room B in the GLC
Ever been interested in learning how to knit?  Already knit but want to connect with other knitters at VT? SNB is open to all levels of knitters from the very beginner to the pro.  We will be having gatherings every 2 weeks.  If you’re interested in attending, please fill out this short survey at https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1264029046910 or contact GLC Fellow Jeanne Mouton. Sponsored by the GLC Fellows.

HONOR SYSTEM PANELIST TRAINING SESSIONS
The Graduate Honor System (GHS), charged with enforcing the Graduate Honor Code and improving and upholding academic integrity at Virginia Tech, is seeking new student and faculty panelists to work with the Honor System in this academic year and beyond. To become a panelist, you just need to attend one of the hour-long training sessions. Learn more about the GHS and its role in the University community,  or send questions to ghs@vt.edu. Training sessions:

  • Tuesday, Feb 2, 5:15-6:15pm, Room D in the GLC
  • Wednesday, Feb 3, 9:00-10:00am, Room D in the GLC

EFFECTIVE READING
Wednesday, Feb 3, 5:30-6:30pm, GLC Room C
Educational researchers estimate that at best we retain only about 10 percent of the information that we read. Want to improve on that estimate in your academic reading? The key to becoming a more effective reader is first to learn how academic information in published papers is structured and then to discipline one’s self to hunt for information actively rather than passively wait for the information to appear on the page. This workshop will describe how one can read more actively and purposely in order to locate needed information, increase comprehension of that information, and boast retention of it for later use.
 
GSA SPEED DATING
February 5, 7pm-?, GLC Multipurpose Room
Are you complaining that you can never meet anyone? Looking for that Blacksburg Beau/Beauty? Well have no fear; the Graduate Student Assembly is hosting the “back by popular demand” 2nd Annual Speed Dating event! The festivities begin at 7pm in the GLC Multi-Purpose Room and plan to head downtown at the conclusion of the event! There will be a cap on the number of registrants, so register online soon at: https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1262972128921 Contact Lindsay Moss, Vice President of Programs, at lcmoss@vt.edu with any questions or comments.

Jan 18-24, 2010

1. COFFEE AND CONVERSATION
Wednesday, Jan 20, 5:00-6:00pm, GLC Student Lounge
Friday, Jan 29, 1:00-2:00pm, GLC Student Lounge
Meet other new graduate students and enjoy refreshments and good conversation along with Graduate School staff members and graduate student leaders who will answer any lingering questions on your mind.

2. EXPECTANT GRADUATE STUDENTS INTEREST MEETINGS
Thursday, Jan 21, 5:00-6:00pm, Room D in the GLC
Wednesday, Jan 27, 5:00-6:00pm, Room D in the GLC
There seems to be an interest in starting a new group to support pregnant graduate students and graduate students’ spouses through the sharing of ideas, resources, and moral support. The Graduate School supports this initiative and will provide some initial resources to get the group started, if there is sufficient interest among graduate students. If you are interested in joining such a group, please attend one of the interest meetings and/or fill out this short survey.

3. TOWN OF BLACKSBURG TOUR

Friday, Jan 22, 10:00am, meet in the GLC Lobby at 9:45am
Ever wonder how Blacksburg evolved into what it is today? Join your fellow graduate students and their friends and family on a tour of Blacksburg that focuses on the history of the town, beginning with the reasons it was formed through the development of the town as an educational center. The tour will cover the oldest buildings in the downtown area from the mid 1700’s through today! If you have questions please contact Lindsay Moss.
 
4. GRADUATE NETWORK FOR COMMUNITY-ENGAGED SCHOLARSHIP
Friday, Jan 22, 12:00-1:00pm, Room G in the GLC
Keynote speaker Jim Dubinsky, Director for Student Engagement & Community Partnerships. All graduate students interested in becoming involved with graduate student engagement in service and community are invited to attend. Have a slice of pizza, learn about opportunities for community service or community-engaged scholarship in your research, and network with other graduate students and groups. Spring semester meetings will be held on the last Friday in February and March, culminating in April with a poster session highlighting graduate student community-engaged scholarship. Sponsored by  CSECP- Center for Student Engagement & Community Partnerships. To learn more, contact Leigh Lally.

5. GSA HAPPY HOUR
Friday, Jan 22, 5:00-7:00pm, GLC Student Lounge
GSA is hosting this "Welcome Back" happy hour! All graduate students, post-docs 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).

6. APPLICATIONS FOR GRAD BOV REP POSITION NOW ACCEPTED
Apply to be the 2010-2011 Graduate Student Representative to the Board of Visitors! Represent your fellow graduate students to the administration of Virginia Tech and “Be the change!” Visit the BOV Grad Rep website for the application or more information, or contact Rebecca French.

7. CALL FOR NOMINATIONS FOR GRADUATE STUDENT AWARDS 2010
A number of prestigious awards are granted to graduate students each year, carrying a monetary prize ($500-$1000 each) and award certificate. Consider applying or discuss the possibility of your nomination by your advisor/department for any of the following awards that will be given out during our annual awards banquet on March 25, 2010:
– Outstanding Dissertation in (1) math, sciences and engineering, and (2) in social sciences and humanities
– Graduate Student Teaching Excellence
– Graduate Student Service Excellence
– Graduate Man and Woman of the Year
– Outstanding master’s and doctoral student in each college
Visit the Graduate School’s website for additional information on the specifics and requirements for each award.  Nomination/Application deadline is February 5, 2010.

8. GRAD OMBUDSPERSON OFFICE IN NEW LOCATION

The Graduate Student Ombudsperson, Ennis McCrery, has moved! Come visit the new office in Room 114, in the Graduate Life Center. If you are more comfortable meeting elsewhere, however, the ombudsperson is willing to meet with you at other locations. Appointments are recommended: please call 540-231-9573 or email grdombud@vt.edu.  For more information, visit www.graduate.ombudsman.vt.edu.

9. FREE TAX ASSISTANCE
New River Community Action offers free assistance with taxes for VT employees, including graduate students, whose income is less than $49,000. Appointments required – call 231-3213 or email  to schedule one. Service offered in New Hall West on Mondays, 1:00-5:00pm, Feb 1-Apr 15.

10. REGISTER FOR CONFERENCE ON HIGHER EDUCATION PEDAGOGY

Register now for this free conference on Feb 18-19 at The Inn at Virginia Tech. This annual conference is focused on teaching excellence and the scholarship of teaching and learning in higher education, featuring two invited keynote speakers (Lisa Lattuca and Mary Taylor Huber), 42 research- and practice-based sessions, and over 40 posters. Registration is open to faculty, administrators, and graduate students. Conference attendance is free and includes lunch both days as well as a printed copy of the conference proceedings to be distributed following the conference. For more information and registration, visit the conference website.

11. SPRING 2010 INTERDISCIPLINARY & GENERAL INTEREST COURSE OFFERINGS:

—GLOBAL AND ETHICAL IMPACT OF EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES
Taught by an interdisciplinary group of faculty from engineering, business, liberal arts and human sciences colleges, Institute for Critical Technology andApplied Science (ICTAS), and office of academic assessment, this course will provide an overview of historical, technological, cultural, and scientific factors that influence the development of emerging technologies. Students will examine the influence of emerging technologies on contemporary life within and beyond the United States;  explore various theoretical frameworks for making ethical decisions for ensuring responsible technological development; and examine the role of policy and regulation in a globalized society. ENGE 5984, CRN 18252, 9:00-11:00 W, 3 credits. Learn more

—INTERDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH IN SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING
This course is of special value to students considering or already engaged in interdisciplinary research. Faculty from civil engineering, geosciences, biological sciences, chemistry, physics, and psychology will lead the course, complemented by guest lectures from individuals around campus. Students will hear about successful and not-so-successful interdisciplinary endeavors, consider how this growing and vital approach to science and engineering is impacting career opportunities, and develop team grant-writing skills, all while exploring the cultural and discipline-specific factors that impact successful interdisciplinary efforts. GRAD 5134, MW 11:15am-12:30pm, GLC. 

—FREE MARKETS AND INDIVIDUAL FREEDOM
The Finance Department offers this free elective course that explains the underlying ideas and principles of capitalism and the free market economy. It is NOT a technical finance/economics course filled with equations and graphs, but rather a thoughtful discussion of Capitalism that provides a comparison to the other "isms," Socialism, Fascism, and Communism along with a discussion of contemporary economic issues. For example, the course will explore subjects such as the economic and political reasons for the “housing crisis,” and the subsequent economic panic; the pros and cons of nationalized health care, the efficacy of the “stimulus package,” and more. Instructor: Douglas Patterson. FIN 5284, CRN 18094: TTh 12:30-1:45pm, or CRN 18494: TTh 2:00-3:15pm.

—ALTERNATIVE APPROACHES TO WELLNESS-SPRING 2010 COURSE
Taught by Dr. Douglas K Lindner, this course examines several mind-body practices primarily related to the Ayurveda medicine and the yoga tradition. Examples of these practices include hatha yoga, breath work, meditation, Ayurveda medicine, herbs, and art therapy. Students will also examine a general philosophical framework for understanding the function of these practices, and discuss their historical place in the development of South Asian religions, their impact on health and well being, and  their relationship to conventional western medicine. Guest lecturers will cover many of these topics. Students will be required to adopt two practices and report on the impact of these practices. EDCI 5784, CRN 17772, 5:00-6:15pm TTh, 3 Credits.

12. UPCOMING EVENTS:

LUNCH WITH THE DEAN – SIGN UP NOW!
Jan 26 and Feb 4, 12:00-1:00pm, GLC Room C
Meet Graduate School Dean Dr. Karen DePauw and several graduate student leaders at this free lunch and learn about the latest in graduate education. Share your perspectives in a casual setting.
Sign up for the January 26 Lunch
Sign up for the February 4 Lunch
 
STUDENT AFFAIRS JOB SEARCH WORKSHOPS
The Job Search Process: Friday, Jan 29,1:00–5:00PM; GLC Room F (tentative)
Job Interview Simulation: Friday, Feb 5, 1:00–5:00PM; GLC Room F (tentative)
Are you ready to get your dream job in Student Affairs? Do you need more help to prepare for the search and interview process? From deciding on jobs that fit you to preparing for the placement conferences and on-campus interviews, all the way to accepting that perfect position, these workshops will provide a vigorous preparation and interview simulation to make sure you are prepared for your Job Search in Student Affairs. For more information or to register as a “candidate in training,” please contact Kelley Woods, Assistant Director for Residence Life, 540-231-9812.

FROM VINTAGE TO VELOUR: PARTYING THROUGH THE DECADES

Friday, Jan 29, 7:00-9:00pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
Break out your poodle skirts, go-go boots, leg warmers, and skinny jeans for this welcome back party sponsored by the GLC Fellows. Dress up in fashion from your favorite decade, listen to a variety of music from old-school until now, and enjoy snacks and refreshments. Bring a picture of yourself from the past to share! It will be a totally cool and rad event. Be there or be square!

Jan 18-24, 2010

1. COFFEE AND CONVERSATION
Wednesday, Jan 20, 5:00-6:00pm, GLC Student Lounge
Friday, Jan 29, 1:00-2:00pm, GLC Student Lounge
Meet other new graduate students and enjoy refreshments and good conversation along with Graduate School staff members and graduate student leaders who will answer any lingering questions on your mind.

2. EXPECTANT GRADUATE STUDENTS INTEREST MEETINGS
Thursday, Jan 21, 5:00-6:00pm, Room D in the GLC
Wednesday, Jan 27, 5:00-6:00pm, Room D in the GLC
There seems to be an interest in starting a new group to support pregnant graduate students and graduate students’ spouses through the sharing of ideas, resources, and moral support. The Graduate School supports this initiative and will provide some initial resources to get the group started, if there is sufficient interest among graduate students. If you are interested in joining such a group, please attend one of the interest meetings and/or fill out this short survey.

3. TOWN OF BLACKSBURG TOUR

Friday, Jan 22, 10:00am, meet in the GLC Lobby at 9:45am
Ever wonder how Blacksburg evolved into what it is today? Join your fellow graduate students and their friends and family on a tour of Blacksburg that focuses on the history of the town, beginning with the reasons it was formed through the development of the town as an educational center. The tour will cover the oldest buildings in the downtown area from the mid 1700’s through today! If you have questions please contact Lindsay Moss.
 
4. GRADUATE NETWORK FOR COMMUNITY-ENGAGED SCHOLARSHIP
Friday, Jan 22, 12:00-1:00pm, Room G in the GLC
Keynote speaker Jim Dubinsky, Director for Student Engagement & Community Partnerships. All graduate students interested in becoming involved with graduate student engagement in service and community are invited to attend. Have a slice of pizza, learn about opportunities for community service or community-engaged scholarship in your research, and network with other graduate students and groups. Spring semester meetings will be held on the last Friday in February and March, culminating in April with a poster session highlighting graduate student community-engaged scholarship. Sponsored by  CSECP- Center for Student Engagement & Community Partnerships. To learn more, contact Leigh Lally.

5. GSA HAPPY HOUR
Friday, Jan 22, 5:00-7:00pm, GLC Student Lounge
GSA is hosting this "Welcome Back" happy hour! All graduate students, post-docs 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).

6. APPLICATIONS FOR GRAD BOV REP POSITION NOW ACCEPTED
Apply to be the 2010-2011 Graduate Student Representative to the Board of Visitors! Represent your fellow graduate students to the administration of Virginia Tech and “Be the change!” Visit the BOV Grad Rep website for the application or more information, or contact Rebecca French.

7. CALL FOR NOMINATIONS FOR GRADUATE STUDENT AWARDS 2010
A number of prestigious awards are granted to graduate students each year, carrying a monetary prize ($500-$1000 each) and award certificate. Consider applying or discuss the possibility of your nomination by your advisor/department for any of the following awards that will be given out during our annual awards banquet on March 25, 2010:
– Outstanding Dissertation in (1) math, sciences and engineering, and (2) in social sciences and humanities
– Graduate Student Teaching Excellence
– Graduate Student Service Excellence
– Graduate Man and Woman of the Year
– Outstanding master’s and doctoral student in each college
Visit the Graduate School’s website for additional information on the specifics and requirements for each award.  Nomination/Application deadline is February 5, 2010.

8. GRAD OMBUDSPERSON OFFICE IN NEW LOCATION

The Graduate Student Ombudsperson, Ennis McCrery, has moved! Come visit the new office in Room 114, in the Graduate Life Center. If you are more comfortable meeting elsewhere, however, the ombudsperson is willing to meet with you at other locations. Appointments are recommended: please call 540-231-9573 or email grdombud@vt.edu.  For more information, visit www.graduate.ombudsman.vt.edu.

9. FREE TAX ASSISTANCE
New River Community Action offers free assistance with taxes for VT employees, including graduate students, whose income is less than $49,000. Appointments required – call 231-3213 or email  to schedule one. Service offered in New Hall West on Mondays, 1:00-5:00pm, Feb 1-Apr 15.

10. REGISTER FOR CONFERENCE ON HIGHER EDUCATION PEDAGOGY

Register now for this free conference on Feb 18-19 at The Inn at Virginia Tech. This annual conference is focused on teaching excellence and the scholarship of teaching and learning in higher education, featuring two invited keynote speakers (Lisa Lattuca and Mary Taylor Huber), 42 research- and practice-based sessions, and over 40 posters. Registration is open to faculty, administrators, and graduate students. Conference attendance is free and includes lunch both days as well as a printed copy of the conference proceedings to be distributed following the conference. For more information and registration, visit the conference website.

11. SPRING 2010 INTERDISCIPLINARY & GENERAL INTEREST COURSE OFFERINGS:

—GLOBAL AND ETHICAL IMPACT OF EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES
Taught by an interdisciplinary group of faculty from engineering, business, liberal arts and human sciences colleges, Institute for Critical Technology andApplied Science (ICTAS), and office of academic assessment, this course will provide an overview of historical, technological, cultural, and scientific factors that influence the development of emerging technologies. Students will examine the influence of emerging technologies on contemporary life within and beyond the United States;  explore various theoretical frameworks for making ethical decisions for ensuring responsible technological development; and examine the role of policy and regulation in a globalized society. ENGE 5984, CRN 18252, 9:00-11:00 W, 3 credits. Learn more

—INTERDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH IN SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING
This course is of special value to students considering or already engaged in interdisciplinary research. Faculty from civil engineering, geosciences, biological sciences, chemistry, physics, and psychology will lead the course, complemented by guest lectures from individuals around campus. Students will hear about successful and not-so-successful interdisciplinary endeavors, consider how this growing and vital approach to science and engineering is impacting career opportunities, and develop team grant-writing skills, all while exploring the cultural and discipline-specific factors that impact successful interdisciplinary efforts. GRAD 5134, MW 11:15am-12:30pm, GLC. 

—FREE MARKETS AND INDIVIDUAL FREEDOM
The Finance Department offers this free elective course that explains the underlying ideas and principles of capitalism and the free market economy. It is NOT a technical finance/economics course filled with equations and graphs, but rather a thoughtful discussion of Capitalism that provides a comparison to the other "isms," Socialism, Fascism, and Communism along with a discussion of contemporary economic issues. For example, the course will explore subjects such as the economic and political reasons for the “housing crisis,” and the subsequent economic panic; the pros and cons of nationalized health care, the efficacy of the “stimulus package,” and more. Instructor: Douglas Patterson. FIN 5284, CRN 18094: TTh 12:30-1:45pm, or CRN 18494: TTh 2:00-3:15pm.

—ALTERNATIVE APPROACHES TO WELLNESS-SPRING 2010 COURSE
Taught by Dr. Douglas K Lindner, this course examines several mind-body practices primarily related to the Ayurveda medicine and the yoga tradition. Examples of these practices include hatha yoga, breath work, meditation, Ayurveda medicine, herbs, and art therapy. Students will also examine a general philosophical framework for understanding the function of these practices, and discuss their historical place in the development of South Asian religions, their impact on health and well being, and  their relationship to conventional western medicine. Guest lecturers will cover many of these topics. Students will be required to adopt two practices and report on the impact of these practices. EDCI 5784, CRN 17772, 5:00-6:15pm TTh, 3 Credits.

12. UPCOMING EVENTS:

LUNCH WITH THE DEAN – SIGN UP NOW!
Jan 26 and Feb 4, 12:00-1:00pm, GLC Room C
Meet Graduate School Dean Dr. Karen DePauw and several graduate student leaders at this free lunch and learn about the latest in graduate education. Share your perspectives in a casual setting.
Sign up for the January 26 Lunch
Sign up for the February 4 Lunch
 
STUDENT AFFAIRS JOB SEARCH WORKSHOPS
The Job Search Process: Friday, Jan 29,1:00–5:00PM; GLC Room F (tentative)
Job Interview Simulation: Friday, Feb 5, 1:00–5:00PM; GLC Room F (tentative)
Are you ready to get your dream job in Student Affairs? Do you need more help to prepare for the search and interview process? From deciding on jobs that fit you to preparing for the placement conferences and on-campus interviews, all the way to accepting that perfect position, these workshops will provide a vigorous preparation and interview simulation to make sure you are prepared for your Job Search in Student Affairs. For more information or to register as a “candidate in training,” please contact Kelley Woods, Assistant Director for Residence Life, 540-231-9812.

FROM VINTAGE TO VELOUR: PARTYING THROUGH THE DECADES

Friday, Jan 29, 7:00-9:00pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
Break out your poodle skirts, go-go boots, leg warmers, and skinny jeans for this welcome back party sponsored by the GLC Fellows. Dress up in fashion from your favorite decade, listen to a variety of music from old-school until now, and enjoy snacks and refreshments. Bring a picture of yourself from the past to share! It will be a totally cool and rad event. Be there or be square!