1. WEEKLY WALK-IN SERVICES IN THE GLC – last updated 9/25/2017
– Career Advising: Wednesday, 2:00-5:00pm, Info kiosk in lobby
– GTA Walk-In Advising: Tuesday and Wednesday, GLC Room A, 4:00-6:00pm
– Cook Counseling: Thursdays and Fridays, 1:00-5:00pm, Green Room
– Graduate School hours: MTThF 8:00-5:00pm, W 9:30-5
– Immigration advising hours: MWF 1:00-4:00pm, TTh 9:00am-12:00pm Room 120
– Writing assistance: reserve appointment at https://www.lib.vt.edu/spaces/writing-center.html
2. GTA WALK-IN ADVISING
Tuesday & Wednesday, Oct 10 & 11, GLC Room A, 4:00-6:00pm
Do you have questions about teaching or grading? Are you experiencing a challenge in the classroom that you don’t know how to resolve? Drop by to chat, share experiences, and get advice from Fellows of the Graduate Academy for Teaching Excellence. Light refreshments will be provided, bring you own mug if you can.
3. GRAD MINDFULNESS
Wednesday, Oct 11, 11:00-11:30am, 5071 Derring Hall
Meets every Wednesday. At each meeting there will be a short guided mindfulness exercise followed by time to practice on your own. You don’t need to stay for the whole time. Feel free to just drop in, just take care to not disturb others. Here is a link to a cool free mindfulness app! Email email@example.com with any questions.
4. OCTOBER PARENT SUPPORT LUNCHEON
Wednesday, Oct 11, 12:00pm, GLC Room F
Join guest speakers from the department of Psychology and Clinical Science to discuss behavioral and developmental issues: What to look out for, when to ask for help, and how to handle those most difficult parenting moments. The guest speaker will highlight awareness of autism factors, as well as other developmental red flags. As always, partners and children are welcome at these events. RSVP is required. .
5. NAVIGATING GRADUATE SCHOOL: SETTING ACHIEVABLE EDUCATIONAL GOALS
Wednesday, October 11, 4:00-5:15, GLC Room C (NEW DATE/TIME/PLACE)
Professor Jennifer Sano-Franchini will guide a small group of students in developing achievable educational goals. Students will learn to express why they have chosen their current profession, how they plan to be successful in graduate school, and ultimately plan for a successful future beyond. Participants will be learn how to express their strengths and weaknesses through writing, and finish the session knowing a bit more about themselves. Register here.
6. WORKSHOP: DEVISED DANCE THEATER WITH LUCKY PLUSH PRODUCTIONS
Thursday, Oct 12, 11:00am-12:15pm, Theatre 101 (rm.201) 200 College Ave
Designed for intermediate to experienced dancers and actors, this workshop explores the ensemble-based creative methods behind Lucky Plush Productions’ nationally acclaimed dance-theater work. Following a simple warm-up that includes improvisation and vocal exercises, participants are led through a collaborative devising process in which they turn actions, movements, and stories into short group compositions. The workshop culminates in a very informal sharing of participants’ dance-theater experiments. Free admission. Limited availability. Registration recommended to hold your spot. Questions? Contact Caroline at firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit https://luckyplush.eventbrite.com for more information.
7. GLC CAFÉ
Thursday, Oct 12, 3:30-5:00pm, GLC Reading Room
Enjoy free coffee, tea, and cookies in the company of fellow grad students and Grad School staff; network, socialize, relax! Bring your own mug if you can.
8. KIDS’ NIGHT OUT – FREE WEEKLY DROP IN CHILD CARE
Thursday, Oct 12, 6:00-8:30pm, Women’s Center, 206 Washington St., Bburg.
Need a break? Have to study or attend a lecture? Want to catch up on work? If you are a VT student with children, bring your kids aged 2-12 (must be toilet trained) on Thursdays from 6:00-8:30pm, at the Women’s Center. No need to pre-register. We have games, toys, books, crafts, homework help, and plenty of FUN! Childcare provided by the volunteers of Chi Delta Alpha sorority. KNO will be held every Thursday throughout the semester with the exception of breaks when classes are not in session. The Women’s Center is located at 206 Washington Street, enter up the stairs in the parking lot. For more information, contact Jessie Meltsner at email@example.com or 231-7806.
9.MID-ATLANTIC COLLEGIATE RECOVERY CONFERENCE
Friday & Saturday, Oct 13-14, GLC
The Mid-Atlantic Collegiate Recovery Conference brings together Collegiate Recovery Communities (CRC’s) from across D.C., Delaware, Maryland, North Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia to learn from each other and address some of the issues that are common in CRC’s as well as hear from professionals in the field. We also invite faculty and staff from the New River Valley to attend as well and learn how they can support the Collegiate Recovery Communities of Virginia Tech and Radford. For more information or to register, please check out our website www.collegiatesrecover.org.
10. PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT POLL – PLEASE TAKE SURVEY – 1st posting
The Graduate Professional Development series for Spring 2018 is currently being developed and we need your help. Please go here to take part in a two minute survey. Thanks!
11. INTRO SESSIONS INSPIRED BY SOFTWARE CARPENTRY – REGISTRATION OPEN – 1st posting
A group of graduate students will be offering software carpentry-inspired sessions on Git and the Unix Shell.
Oct 20: The Unix Shell (9:00am – Noon), Oct 31: The Unix Shell (10:00-11:30am), and Nov 9: Git (12:30pm-3:30pm). Registration is now open at this link.
12. GSA GRADUATE RESEARCH DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM (GRDP) – 1st posting
Wednesday, Oct 18 at 12:00am – Wednesday, Oct 25 at 11:59pm
Do you have a research idea that deserves funding? The GSA Graduate Research Development Program (GRDP) provides research grant funds to support graduate research. PhD students may be awarded up to $1,000 and Master’s students up to $750 to support their projects. The application will open at 12:00am on October 18, and will close on October 25 at 11:59pm. The application guidelines and more information can be found at bit.ly/GRDP-fall2017. If you have questions, contact the GRDP Chair at gsaGRDP@gmail.com.
13. SIGN UP FOR “INTERNATIONAL VOICES” – 1st posting
The Cranwell International Center runs International VOICES (Valuable Opportunities for Intercultural Communication, Education, and Sharing) to showcase VT’s global diversity and facilitate opportunities for international students to share their culture, perspectives, and life experiences with the broader community. International students are matched with campus and community partners who wish to invite speakers for presentations, small group conversations, and panel discussions. The program provides international students with opportunities to: talk to interested audiences; help break down stereotypes and prejudices; improve public-speaking skills; form relationships on campus and in the community; contribute to open and accepting community; help prepare global citizens; and add a meaningful experience to their resume. Public-speaking training and support provided as needed. Learn more and sign up at http://international.vt.edu/advocacyandsupport/international-voices-.html. Direct questions to Cranwell Intl Ctr, 540.231.6527 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
14. OPEN EDUCATION TEACHING INQUIRY GROUP – 2nd posting
Faculty and future faculty interested in exploring the potential of open educational practices are invited to join a Teaching Inquiry Group. Practices important to open education include: sharing your work, feedback/transparency, ideas & agency, licenses/giving credit/ethics, and students as central. The group will meet to discuss readings related to open education, Creative Commons licensing, creation of open educational resources with (and without) students, understanding the various "opens," application of open source philosophy to teaching & learning, and related topics and readings identified by the group. Meetings will be scheduled for 1-2 times per month. Fall 2017 meetings are scheduled for Oct. 5, 12, 26, Nov 2, 30, and Dec 7. Please contact Anita Walz email@example.com from the University Libraries to express interest and to obtain updated location information.
15. SUBMISSIONS INVITED TO GLC PHOTO AND ART CONTEST – 3rd posting
The Graduate School invites submissions of art work and photography by graduate students for display in the GLC during Fall Open House (Oct 28) and beyond. Submissions are limited to three pieces (art and/or photography) per graduate student. To learn more and for the link to submission go to https://graduatelifecenter.vt.edu/glc-art-and-photo-contest.html. Submission deadline: Friday, Oct 20, 2017.
16. GRADUATE SCHOOL PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT 2017 – 3rd posting
The Grad School’s Fall 2017 Professional Development schedule is ready! Details for the first two session are listed in the upcoming events below. To see the full schedule, go to the link here.
17. HOURLY WAGE RESEARCH ASSISTANT FOR NIH-FUNDED PROJECT – 3rd posting
An hourly wage research assistant position is available to assist on an NIH-funded project examining heat exposure in urban and rural communities in Alabama. This approximately 15 hr. per week position will run from Nov 1, 2017 – Jun 30, 2018, paying $17.00 per hour. Job responsibilities include data organization, data preparation, and help with statistical analysis of data collected; literature search and tabular summary on heat exposure metrics and heat-air pollution-health epidemiology studies; help plan and develop agendas and survey instruments for workshops and presentation (written and oral) of findings to research group. Candidates will have excellent written communication and organizational skills; ability to pay attention to detail, work independently, and meet deadlines; basic statistical analysis skills with mixed effects (repeated measures) regression analysis experience preferred. This position could lead to a Graduate Research Assistantship. If you are interested, please email your cover letter and resume by Oct 15 to Julia Gohlke at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Volunteers and research participants sought
18. VOLUNTEER FOR ECONOMIC STUDY – EARN MONEY FOR MAKING DECISIONS – 1st posting
Virginia Tech researchers are currently seeking participants aged 18 and older for a research study. The study involves making interactive decisions on a computer and completing surveys. The study takes place in the Virginia Tech Economics Laboratory in 2088 Derring Hall. The study will take about 1.5 to 2 hours to complete. Participants receive $10 and may receive an additional $25 depending on choices made by you and the other participants. All compensation will be paid in cash at the conclusion of the experiments. If interested, sign up for an experiment session at https://vteconlab.sona-systems.com. Questions? Email email@example.com.
19. SEEKING PARTICIPANTS FOR “SIT-STAND” DESK STUDY – 2nd posting
During this study participants will be asked to perform general office tasks using a sit-stand desk. Participants will also be expected to bring a laptop to perform office tasks of their choice during the time of the experiment. Three experimental sessions of about 4.5 hours each are required. During this study body posture and muscle activity will be assessed using non-invasive methods. Participants must be ages 18-40 years, have no current or recent (past one year) history of low-back pain or other musculoskeletal injuries, and use a computer for at least four hours/day. Compensation is $10/hr. If interested, call or email Jang-Ho Park at 703-463-6638 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
20. VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR OSTEOPATHIC ASSESSMENT STUDY – 2nd posting
The Kevin P. Granata Lab is seeking volunteers for a study examining osteopathic assessment and manipulation. Participation in the study would include an osteopathic assessment and a biomechanical assessment; osteopathic manipulation and a second biomechanical assessment may also be included in participation. Volunteers must be between 18 and 35 years of age and have no past or current lower extremity injuries that required medical care. If you meet these requirements and are interested in participating, please contact Cherice Hughes-Oliver at email@example.com or (540) 231-4294.
21. FEMALE RUNNERS NEEDS FOR SYMMETRY STUDY – 3rd posting
The Granata Lab is recruiting female runners for a study looking at side-to-side symmetry. Participants much be able to complete a 4 mile outdoor run. This study requires two visits that are less than 1 hour. If you are interested in participating please contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org or (540) 231-4294.
22. PARTICIPANTS NEED FOR A WALKING AND RUNNING STUDY – 3rd posting
The Granata Lab is recruiting participants for a short indoor walking and running study. The research session is expected to last approximately 45 minutes and involved 10 minutes of walking and running at various paces and inclines. If you are interested in participating please contact us at: email@example.com or (540) 231-4294.
PANEL DISCUSSION ON LGBTQ+ EXPERIENCES IN AGRICULTURE FIELD
Wednesday, Oct 18, 5:00-6:00pm, Newman Library, Scale-Up Classroom (1st floor behind the cafe)
Students for Cultivating Change presents a panel discussion on LGBTQ+ student experiences in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Virginia Tech. Students and alumni with diverse backgrounds, identities, current university affiliation and experiences will talk about being LGBTQ+ in the diverse fields of agriculture. Following the panel there will be an interest meeting for undergraduate and graduate students to form a club of those individuals who identify as LGBTQ+ or their allies in CALS. Doors open at 4:30pm and refreshments will be provided. Questions can be sent to Ryan Amaral (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Dr. Donna Westfall-Rudd (email@example.com).
Wednesday, Oct 18, 5:30-7:00pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
Learn how to conduct yourself during a formal meal in a professional setting, whether the dinner is part of an interview, a conference, or other engagement. The program will include a presentation, helpful tips, and a pizza meal during which you can network with graduate students. Register here.
WOMEN’S ALLIANCE WORKSHOP: BUDGETING & FINANCE FOR THE FEMALE GRAD STUDENT
Thursday, Oct 19 12-1:30pm in GLC Room C
The graduate committee of the Women’s Alliance invites you to bring your lunch for a workshop themed around finances and budgeting as a female graduate student. Further, we will discuss strategies and resources for negotiation of your future salary. RSVP here:
INTERNATIONAL CAFÉ HOUR: MALAYSIA
Friday, Oct 20, 4:00-5:30pm, Deet’s Place, Dietrick Dining Center
The International Café Hour is an opportunity for all to engage in conversations, create friendships, share their culture, and to connect with the VT community in a casual and comfortable environment. The program is designed to be both social and educational so join us. This program is a wonderful opportunity for students to connect and learn across cultures! This month’s café hour is sponsored by The Malaysian Student Organization. For more info, see our webpage: International Café Hour.
JOE’S TREES DAY TRIP
Sunday, Oct 22, 12:00pm-4:00pm
Join your fellow grad students and the Graduate Fellows on a trip to one of the New River Valley’s best kept secrets! Joe’s Trees is a family owned business that runs a pumpkin patch each fall. There are tons of fun activities including hay rides, pumpkin picking, a corn maze, and bubble ball, as well as great food. Make sure to bring some cash in order to participate in these awesome activities or in case you find any good smelling food. If you are interested in joining, fill out this survey before it closes on Wednesday, October 18th. Contact Danielle Lewis at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions!
WORKING IN INTERNATIONAL CONTEXTS: WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW?
Monday, Oct 23, 5:00-6:30pm, GLC Room F
Interested in learning about to working abroad or in international/diverse contexts, with international colleagues and populations? The panel presenters will discuss intercultural communication, their experiences of conducting research and working abroad, and how students can learn to be open to different ways of working in the world. Register here.
USING BODY LANGUAGE TO COMMUNICATE YOUR RESEARCH
Tuesday, Oct 24, 4:30-6:00pm, GLC Room F
The way research and work is communicated is just as important as the information itself. This session will cover basic tips and strategies for learning open and clear body language that supports, not distracts from, communicating your research. Register here.
PROFESSIONALIZE YOUR WRITING
Thursday, Oct 26, 6:00-7:00pm, GLC Room F
This session will teach participants topnotch writing skills, while helping promote groundbreaking research and innovative ideas. Students will be guided through specific practices that can immediately apply to current and future projects. Whether aiming for publication or preparing a thesis/dissertation, this workshop will provide strategies and resources to help participants elevate writing and meet goals. Take away information to improve a manuscript’s language, sentence-level structure, and clarity. Register here.
BGSO HALLOWEEN COSTUME PARTY
Saturday, Oct 28, 10:00pm-2:00am, The Reserve, 204 Draper Rd., Blacksburg
Issa costume party!!!! Enjoy a night of music and Halloween fun with BGSO. Fellow graduate student, Courtney "DJ King Court" Lawrence will be spinning all night. There will be cash prizes for the most creative and original costumes, so come dressed to impress. Tickets are $5.00 and can be purchased at https://bgsohalloween.eventbrite.com