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. NEED INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR HONORS/AWARDS/SCHOLARSHIPS for 2009-10
Every year since 2004-05 the Graduate School has published Graduate Students of Distinction, an online document listing awards, honors, fellowships and scholarships received by graduate students. Please let us know of any honors, awards, etc. that you have received since April 2009 by completing this quick, simple survey by April 15.
3. JEWISH STUDENT UNION EXEC BOARD INTEREST MEETINGS
Monday and Tuesday, Apr 5 and 6, 5:00pm, Multicultural Ctr, Squires
The Jewish Student Union (JSU) will hold two interest meetings regarding the upcoming JSU executive board elections. Both meetings will cover the same information – attend one of these sessions to find out more about JSU and leadership opportunities in its exec board. JSU serves as a unifying body for its constituent organizations and coordinates their efforts, including AEPi, CEI, Friends of Israel, Hillel, Kesher, Mazon, SAEPi, and Teva. Open positions include President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer. Contact Rachel Lamanna for more information.
4. SHORT COURSES IN STATISTICS: GENERAL LINEAR MODELS
Tuesday, Apr 6, 5:00-7:00pm, Fralin Auditorium
This mini course focuses on appropriate model building using generalized linear models, introducing attendees to linear models used for non-Normal data, with an emphasis on categorical response data such as binary or count. The most common way to analyze a binary response (Y/N or 0/1 outcomes) is the Logistic regression model; to analyze a count response (whole numbers) is the Poisson regression model. The course will explain these two models in detail, how to interpret the results, and work through examples of the application of each model using statistical package JMP. All produced output will also be explained. LISA (Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Statistical Analysis) provides this series of evening short courses to help graduate students use statistics in their research. The focus of these two-hour courses is on teaching practical statistical techniques for analyzing or collecting data. Refreshments will be provided at the end of each short course! All courses are held in Fralin Auditorium from 5-7PM. Rest of Spring 2010 Schedule:
- April 12, Monday, Nels Johnson and Matt Williams – Multivariate Regression
- April 20, Tuesday, Dr. Eric Vance – Analyzing Real Data
5. PEACE CORPS INFORMATION SESSION
Wednesday, Apr 7, 6:00-7:00pm, Squires Student Center, Room 342
Attend this special info session to learn more about Peace Corps service! A video presentation featuring the experiences and projects of a variety of volunteers in their host countries will be followed by a Q&A session. Presenters will review a variety of Peace Corps projects, including agriculture, English teaching, water & sanitation, NGO development, and 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. Contact Alex Frane for more info.
6. FREE FUNDRAISER YOGA CLASSES AT IN BALANCE YOGA STUDIO
Thursday, Apr 8, 4:00pm, In Balance Yoga Studio, downtown Blacksburg
Suggested donation $10/class (donations over $10 are entered into raffle). Money raised will be donated to Bike the US for MS as they collect funds to donate to a Multiple Sclerosis Clinic in Charlottesville, VA. Bike the US for MS organizes yearly cross-country bike trips during the summer to fundraise and volunteer to raise awareness and money for Multiple Sclerosis clinics and research. To sign up for the yoga classes, please call In Balance Yoga Studio, 961-1030. Find out more about Bike the US for MS. This message is posted on behalf of vet med student Carmen Ledesma.
7. KIDS’ NIGHT OUT
Thursday, Apr 8, 6:00-8:30pm, Women’s Center Conference Room
Weekly drop-in evening child care program for kids: If you need a break, must catch up on work or want to attend a lecture, drop off your kids aged 2-12 at the Women’s Center for a couple of hours. Childcare provided by the women of Chi Delta Alpha sorority. Additional April dates are 4/15, 4/22, and 4/29. For more information, contact Jessie Meltsner.
8. FULBRING AFTERNOON TEA SERIES
Friday, Apr 9, 23 and 30, 3:00-4:30pm, Hillcrest Livingroom
If you are interested in traveling, exploring other cultures, and applying for a Fulbright Scholarship, attend some of the weekly Fulbright Fridays Afternoon Tea. Come when you can, leave when you need to. Remaining topics: Apr 9: Mary Marchant – Italy; Apr 23: Robin Panneton –Canada; Apr 30 – Matthew McMullen – Germany.
9. STEM CELL BONE MARROW DRIVE FOR RECENT GRAD STUDENT
Friday, Apr 9, 3:00-9:00pm, 124 War Memorial
A recent graduate students and TA in the biology department needs a bone marrow donor. He was recently diagnosed with a rare form of blood cancer, multiple myeloma. He needs a transplant and neither of his sisters is a match. There will be another bone marrow drive through the Be A Match registry at the same time as Relay For Life to help him and others needing a match. An information booth will be in at the Relay event on the Drillfield, and the drive will be in War Memorial. Questions, contact Addie Sanders at 704-942- 6971 or Paul Stevens.
10. BIKE TO UGANDA ON APR 10 – FUNDRAISER
Saturday, Apr 10, 12:00-5:00pm, Weight Club in University Mall
A grad student-led organization, Poverty Awareness Coalition for Equality (PACE), and the Weight Club will host the second annual Bike to Uganda event for members of VT and the surrounding community to collectively bike the distance to Uganda, and for each mile raise money to build a school in Uganda. Sign up today for a vigorous spin class for a great cause (you do not need to be a weight club member to participate). Register here. For registering and meeting your minimum fundraising goal ($25/ first hour, $10/each additional hour) you will get a free T-shirt, a raffle ticket for a chance to win great local prizes, and an after party with free food at the Weight Club. Prize for the top fund-raiser is a brand new Trek FX 7.3 bike from East Coasters! Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com for more information, or visit onepace.org for details about PACE and events.
11. CROC TOURS AVAILABLE NOW – THIS IS NOT AN APRIL FOOL’S PRANK
Based on popular demand, CROC tours that were advertised in our April Fool’s edition are becoming a reality. CROC inmates are making their cell available for public viewing. If you are interested in visiting the Coolest Room On Campus (CROC) [as advertised on April 1, 2010] please register for a guided tour. Surely you have 20 minutes to spare this week to be dazzled by the CROC!
12. JOB OPENING IN SCHOLARSHIPS & FINANCIAL AID (OSFA)
OSFA is looking for a Community Service Coordinator to work with the off-campus federal work-study program, including the Literacy Corp Program and direct supervision of the Literacy Corp Coordinator(s). Incumbent is responsible for supervision of two work-study Literacy Corp Coordinators; serves as main contact for students and employers for the Community Service Federal Work Study Program; processes all paperwork for this program; actively works with the Asst Director to increase the number of Community Service agencies that hire VT federal work-study students and other duties. The successful candidate must be enrolled in (or accepted into) a masters or doctoral program, have strong communication and organizational skills, be able to work well with the public and undergraduate students, be able to work independently, and have basic skills in Access, Excel and Word. Preference will be given to candidates who have experience in community service work and some supervision experience. Begins in Fall 2010 as a FWS hourly wage position, but has the potential to turn into a Graduate Assistantship as of Spring 2011. Pay rate: $15/hr, 20 hours a week, M-F. To apply, call for an appointment: Wendy Meehan, 231-1447.
13. SUMMER JOB OPPORTUNITY
University Studies is seeking orientation assistants to work with academic advisors Jul 7-23. Approximately 1500 new students and their families will participate in Summer Orientation in July. Orientation assistants help with check-in process at the Math Emporium, direct flow of traffic and answer parent questions, support advisors, help students w/ Hokie SPA and timetable, and other support as needed. Must be able to work 7:45am-12:00pm Tue-Fri and on other days and times for training, must have excellent interpersonal and communication skills, and be able to lift up to 15 lbs. Send resume and cover letter to Jennie Kelly by Apr 19, 117 Femoyer Hall.
14. PUBLIC KNOWLEDGE JOURNAL EDITORIAL BOARD CALL FOR APPLICATIONS
Are you looking for an opportunity to serve the graduate student community in a scholarly fashion and build experience working with a peer-reviewed scholarly journal? If yes, consider applying for a position on the Editorial Board of the interdisciplinary student journal Public Knowledge Journal (ISSN 1948-3511). Contact the current Editor-in-Chief to learn more about the available positions, or read about each position on the editor recruitment page. The deadline for applications (statement of interest, CV, and contact information) is April 15, 2010. Please contact Kim Carlson with questions or concerns.
15. CITIZEN SCHOLAR APPLICATIONS ACCEPTED NOW
Have you used your research to benefit society in any way? If so, consider applying for the Citizen Scholar award. Applications are due April 22, and program requirements can be found on the CSE website. For more information, email Eric Hodges at firstname.lastname@example.org.
16. NEED PARTICIPANTS FOR STROLLER SURVEY – 1st posting
Data is needed from stroller users to apply to a new design as part of a VT research project. The estimated time to complete this survey is approximately ten minutes. There is no risk to survey participants. The survey is anonymous and the questions are created to simply gain stroller-user feedback. Participation in this research is completely voluntary. Complete the survey.
17. PARTICIPANTS WANTED FOR FOOD CHOICE STUDY – 1st posting
Parents and their children (ages 9 – 15) are sought to participate in hour-long interviews about their food choices. Families will be compensated $100. Contact email@example.com for more information.
18. RESEARCH SUBJECTS NEEDED FOR BIOMECHANICS STUDY – 2nd posting
Research subjects are needed for a study to investigate various aspects of balance in the Kevin P. Granata Biomechanics Lab. Subjects must be aged 18-28, and will be paid $10/hour for their participation. If you are interested, please email Sara Matrangola and include the following information in the body of the email: name, age, gender, height, weight.
19. iPHONE STUDY PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT – 3rd posting
Participants sought for a study on mobile information in everyday human activity to explore how iPhone users look up and capture information with their device in their everyday activities. The study consists of three parts, including a short questionnaire, a diary study, and a follow-up interview. Two $25 gift cards will be raffled off among active participants in the diary study, those who participate in the follow-up interview get a $10 gift card. Must be at least 18 years old, own and use an iPhone for at least 6 months, and have an unlimited data plan from your wireless provider. Please contact Ricardo for more details.
20. STUDY PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT TO EVALUATE LEARNING ASSESSMENT TOOL – 3rd posting
Doctoral student in the VT School of Education is looking for graduate students to evaluate a learning assessment tool developed as part of a dissertation research. The evaluation is one-on-one, conducted in the Educational Technology Lab in 220 War Memorial Hall. The entire process can be completed in about 1.5 hours. If you are interested or have questions, please email to Jianhua Liu.
21. GRAD STUDENTS SOUGHT FOR LEADERSHIP PROGRAM – 3rd posting
The Department of Student Activities is seeking graduate students to serve as small group facilitators for an undergraduate leadership development program, Leadership Tech. Facilitators will work in teams of two or three to guide a group of 10-15 junior and/or senior students organized around one of the following issues: Environmental Sustainability, Community Vitality, Social Justice, Global Issues, Multiculturalism, and Health and Wellness. Positions open until filled. Submit your resume to Allison Dunn, firstname.lastname@example.org, and complete the application. An interview will be scheduled for those who meet minimum qualifications. Questions: contact Allison Dunn.
22. GRADUATE STUDENT WAITLIST FOR 2010-11 HOUSING AVAILABLE NOW – 2nd posting
Graduate students interested in living on-campus in either the Graduate Life Center or in Main Campbell Hall will need to sign up on the waitlist online in order to be considered for housing. Room and board rates for next year are not yet available, but they will be posted as soon as possible. Offers to eligible students will be sent every 2-3 weeks via email until all of the beds are filled.
23. CALL FOR PROPOSALS – 2nd posting
The VT Center for Peace Studies and Violence Prevention is accepting proposals for the first ACCIAC Student Research Symposium, Cultivating Peace: A Symposium for Violence Prevention, to take place on Nov 12–14, 2010, on campus in conjunction with VT’s International Summit on Transdisciplinary Approaches to Violence Prevention. Proposals may include both individual and collaborative work from diverse fields and in a range of presentation formats, such as papers, oral or poster presentations, and multi-media projects. Topics of particular interest include: campus violence prevention and university community partnerships, violence prevention in socioeconomic and cultural context, sustainable development and peace, social media and violence, and creatively fostering nonviolence: peace, the arts, and literature. Individuals and teams should submit one-page proposals for review by April 30, 2010. Please contact Dr. Marc Lucht, with any questions.
24. UPCOMING EVENTS:
MOVIE NIGHT IN THE GLC: UP
Friday, Apr 16, 7:30-9:00pm, GLC Student Lounge
The GLC Fellows will be showing UP, a heartwarming animated movie. Join your fellow graduate students to watch this movie and relax at the end of a long week. If you are interested in attending, please fill out this survey to help organizers plan for popcorn and lemonade. If you have any questions, contact Josey Chacko.
BOB DUNCAN 5K RUN/WALK
Saturday, Apr 17, 11:00am, VT Cross Country Course
Registration: $20 before Apr 3. Join veterinary students and support the Vet School and the Diagnostic Pathology Scholarship. Entry fee includes t-shirt, race support, finish-line food, music, and great door prizes. Visit the event site for more information or contact Ellen Binder with questions
“WHAT EDITORS REALLY WANT” WORKSHOP
Wednesday, Apr 21, 9:00am-4:00pm, Fralin Auditorium
This workshop is offered to faculty, researchers, postdocs, and graduate students to teach them how to select the right journal for their papers, how to manage citations, how to respond to reviewers’ comments, do’s and don’ts of manuscript submission, writing a cover letter and more. Register by April 16 by contacting Dr. Janet Webster, 231-9547.