Monthly Archives: March 2014

Call for Submissions: A Salute to Women Veterans and Military Servicewomen Arts Contest

 Call for Submissions

A Salute to Women Veterans and Military Servicewomen Arts Contest

The Virginia Tech Veterans Support Initiative launches the 3rd annual “A Salute to Women Veterans and Military Servicewomen” arts contest to engage Virginia Tech students in recognizing and celebrating the contributions of military and veteran women throughout our community. This contest is open to all currently enrolled Virginia Tech students.

There will be a monetary award given to the winner in each of four categories –

spoken word art (e.g., poetry, short story, etc.), new media/digital art (e.g., involving technology, video, multi-media, photography), performance art (e.g., dance, music, acting) and fine art (e.g., traditional arts like sculpture and painting). Judging will take place during the week of April 14th, 2014 and the contest will culminate in a reception on April 23rd, 2014.

Military and Women Veterans: Did you know?

  • As of October 2013, the total veteran population in the United States and Puerto Rico was approximately 21 million. Of that, the population of women veterans numbered 2,271,222.
  • Virginia ranks 4th in total number of women veterans. Women veterans numbered at 134,150 as of October 2013. As a ratio of total veterans, Virginia ranks 2nd to Alaska with women comprising 16% of our total veteran population.
  •  In FY 2009 and FY 2010, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, hypertension, and depression were the top three diagnostic categories for women veterans treated by VHA.
  • About 1 in 5 women seen in VHA respond “Yes” when screened for Military Sexual Trauma (MST).
  • The largest group of women veterans today served in the Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) and Operation New Dawn (OND). Seventy percent (70%) of Virginia’s women veterans served during the gulf war era, compared with 44% of male veterans.

Contest Rules:

  • This contest is open to all currently enrolled Virginia Tech students.
  • Participants should submit entries that salute/honor military servicewomen and women veterans while illuminating the unique issues these women may face.
  • Submissions must fall within one of four categories: spoken word art, new media/digital art, performance art, and fine art.
  • Each student may submit only one entry.
  • Each participant must include his/her name, academic level, major, email address and phone number with his/her submission.


  • Spoken word art (e.g., poetry, short story, etc.) should be no longer than 750 words. If your submission is written in a language other than English, you will be contacted for translation. 
  • New media/digital art (involving technology, video, multi-media, photography) should be no more than three (3) minutes in length.
  • Performance art (e.g., dance, music, acting) should be no more than five (5) minutes in length. 
  • Fine art (traditional arts like sculpture and painting) should be portable for display.

• All fine art submissions should be submitted to Anna LoMascolo in the Women’s Center no later than Friday, April 11th at 5:00pm. All spoken word, new media/digital, and performance art submissions should be emailed to Alicia Cohen at no later than Friday, April 11th at 5:00pm. All video, vocal, and performance submissions should be recorded and uploaded to YouTube with the link sent to Alicia Cohen at no later than Friday, April 11th at 5:00pm.

• No contest submission will be accepted after April 11th, 2014.

• All submissions become the property of the Virginia Tech Veterans Support Initiative.

• Any alleged violations of the University Acceptable Use Policy will be referred to the Office of Student Conduct.

Judging criteria:  Entries will be judged by a panel on three equally weighted criteria: originality, stylistic merit, and attention to our theme of recognizing and saluting military and veteran women.

An award of $200 will be given for the first place winner in each of the four broad categories.

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Want to be a Tutor? Apply Now!

The Student Success Center (SSC) is seeking qualified students for tutoring positions for the 2014-15 academic year.  The SSC Tutoring Program is certified by the College Reading and Learning Association and provides individual and group tutoring for a variety of 1000 and 2000 level courses and a limited number of upper level courses. Tutors are principally needed in the following areas: math, chemistry, BIT, physics, accounting and select engineering courses.

Being an SSC tutor is an excellent way to supplement your income and many tutors find helping their peers to be successful in their courses to be very rewarding. Tutoring also provides an opportunity for you to utilize your academic expertise, develop effective communication skills and work in a friendly environment. New tutors start at $8.50 per hour and receive pay increases based on certification status and experience.

Tutor qualifications include the following: 1) Full-time Virginia Tech student; 2) Cumulative GPA 3.2+; 3) At least sophomore status by Fall 2014


Two INFORMATION SESSIONS will be held for student interested in being a SSC Tutor:

  • Thursday, April 3, 5:00-5:45 PM
  • Monday, April 7, 3:00-3:45 PM

All sessions will be held in 111 Femoyer Hall

If you cannot attend an information session, please visit The Student Success Center website at for additional information about the tutoring program and application process.

Below, you will find a copy of the SSC Tutor Application. Please read the instructions carefully. The deadline for submitting an application is Friday, April 18. Faculty endorsement forms are due Friday, April 25.


Completed applications will be reviewed as they are received and qualified applicants will be contacted to schedule a personal interview.

Please contact me at or call 231-5499 if you have any questions or concerns about the application process or the program in general. I hope you will consider becoming a tutor!


Dana McGuire

The Student Success Center Tutoring Program Coordinator

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Gateway to Ag Careers

aglogoAgGateway, the agriculture industry’s eBusiness solutions organization, is offering an exciting opportunity for your students. As a non-profit organization that highly values eBusiness education, we will be selecting students to attend our annual conference – ‘Cultivating eBusiness for Global Success’ – in Phoenix, AZ on November 10th-13th, 2014. We are primarily interested in high achieving, mature students from Ag and/or IT departments who will benefit from the experience of meeting major eBusiness drivers in American Agriculture.

More information: Gateway To Ag Careers Information – 2014

Nomination form: Gateway To Ag Careers Nomination – 2014

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Summer REU opportunity in Virginia Barrier Islands

The Coastal Environmental Change Laboratory at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill (UNC-CH) and the Coastal Plant Ecology Lab at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) are looking for a motivated and energetic undergraduate student to participate as a research assistant in an interdisciplinary study of coastal dune dynamics during the summer of 2014.

This project is an investigation of the interactions between coastal dune grasses and sediment transport that give rise to coastal dune formation, as well as the impacts of climate change on coastal dune and barrier island systems.

The research assistant position is a National Science Foundation Research Opportunity for Undergraduates (NSF-REU) funded through the Long-term Ecological Research program at the Virginia Coast Reserve (LTER-VCR). The successful applicant will spend 10 weeks living and working at the Anheuser-Busch Coastal Research Center at the VCR on Virginia’s Eastern Shore. During this time the student will work and interact with project principal investigators and faculty members Drs. Laura Moore (UNC-CH, Geological Sciences), John Bruno (UNC-CH, Biology), and Don Young (VCU,

Biology) as well as with Theo Jass, an M.S. candidate in Dr. Moore’s group, who will serve as the student’s most immediate mentor.

The successful candidate will gain exposure to interdisciplinary scientific research and experience using field and computational techniques often employed in the study of ecology and geomorphology, including monitoring of plant growth, measurements of topography and sand accretion rates as well as data entry and basic GIS applications.

Primary responsibilities will include collecting, entering and analyzing measurements from field experiments designed to understand the role of vegetation in dune building. The student will also have opportunities to work on related interdisciplinary research projects, potentially including use of numerical modeling.

Eligibility: Interested rising college juniors and seniors with some classroom, lab or field experience in environmental science, biology and/or geological science. Must be a U.S. citizen, or permanent resident (including possessions/territories) and willing to live in a remote location, able to walk and carry equipment in a hot, humid environment and work long hours outside.

Additional Beneficial Qualifications: Experience in data analysis, modeling, statistics, photography and/or GIS as well as experience camping or working in a rugged outdoor environment, are beneficial but not necessary.

Timing: The research assistantship extends 10 weeks, ideally from June 2 – August 8, 2014 and carries a stipend of $4500. Housing is provided.

Food and travel to/from the field station are responsibility of the student.

To Apply: Submit the following documents as PDF files to Theo Jass (

1) A cover letter summarizing your background and interest in the position and including contact information for two references (preferably faculty members)

2) a resume or CV

3) transcript(s) (can be unofficial),

4) a statement of research and career interests.

Application review will begin immediately.

Contact info:

Theo Jass

University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill M.S. Geological Sciences, 2015 Coastal Environmental Change Lab

Phone: 641-230-0637


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2014 Virginia Young Professionals Summit

You are invited to the 4th annual Virginia Young Professionals Summit to be held on Saturday, March 29th, at Lane Stadium on the campus of Virginia Tech. Hosted by Senator Mark R. Warner, Virginia Tech and Radford University, the YP summit will provide a forum for Virginia’s next generation of leaders from across the Commonwealth to connect, build relationships, and exchange ideas on leading topics.

Saturday will include a conversation with Senator Warner, featured speakers Jack Andraka, John Boyer, and Justin Graves, a special session on social media campaigning by Donna Wertalik, a networking luncheon, and workshops covering topics such as personal branding, resume and interview tips, how to connect with YPs in your area and more! Following the summit, Virginia Tech and Radford University invite you to a Networking Happy Hour in the President’s Box.

The summit is free to attend but registration is required.

CLICK HERE to visit the summit website for additional information and to register.

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2014 University Studies Orientation Assistant Positions

Will you be in Blacksburg this summer? 

Are you looking for a summer job?

The University Academic Advising Center is hiring University Studies Orientation

Assistants for VT Freshmen Orientation in July. 


See the position description below for more information

and instructions on how to apply.

2014 Orientation Assistant Job Description

We look forward to hearing from you!!!!

 Questions should be directed to Janice Chatham at or 231-844

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Virginia Grain Producers Association Scholarship

A $1,000.00 scholarship for a current or future full-time student (as of Fall 2014) at a Virginia institution of higher education. Applicants must be closely associated with members of the Virginia Grain Producers Association (VGPA), including: members (or dependents of a member) in good standing of the VGPA, or an active employee (or dependent of an active employee), employed at least one year, by a member in good standing of the VGPA.

2014 VGPA Scholarship Application


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