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Academic and professional development, wellness, and social events for graduate students and postdoctoral scholars are regularly offered by TTU Libraries, the TLPDC, IT Technology Support, the Ethics Center, the Women's Studies program, the Office of the Vice President for Research, the University Career Center, Worldwide eLearning, the Graduate School, and the Graduate Student Advisory Council.

You can explore the opportunities from here! For event details, click on the event title in the calendar or scroll through the events list under the calendar. Click to view a  larger version of this calendar.

* Attendance fulfills part of the requirement for receiving Graduate School travel or fellowship funding
+ Graduate students can attend online and/or later access a recording from the Distance Education Resources page

 

Distance Graduate Students: Events with an available or pending recording or livestream are indicated with a plus (+) before the title in the monthly calendar and in the event list below. Links are provided in the event details as soon as they become available and on the Distance Education Resources page

Graduate School Travel Fund and Fellowship Recipients: As a requirement for receiving travel and/or fellowship funding from the Graduate School, you must attend at least three professional development workshops (one for part-time fellowship recipients) sponsored or co-sponsored by the Graduate School. These events are indicated with an asterisk (*) before the title in the monthly calendar and with a red title in the event list below the calendar. Distance graduate students can attend events marked with an asterisk (*) and a plus (+) as well as view archived events for professional development credit.

Once you attend an event, you must record your attendance with the Graduate School through the following link: http://ttu.mobi/travel.

 

February 2016 Events

*Conference Prep Workshop: A How-To Workshop for Submitting Your Proposal
Wednesday, February 3, 2016 from 12-1 p.m.
TLPDC, Texas Tech University Library, Room 153

Registration: http://events.tlpd.ttu.edu/View/Member/ShowAllEvents.aspx

Have you ever wanted to submit a proposal to a Conference but were unsure of what to submit or how to go about doing it? Has your proposal ever been declined and you wanted to know why? These and other questions will be discussed at this workshop. Faculty, staff and student panelists will be on hand to answer questions and provide feedback. Participants will also have a chance to learn best practices
in writing an abstract, sorting through their research, and perfecting their elevator pitch to network more effectively.

As the February 5, 2016 submission deadline for the 32nd Annual Conference on the Advancement of Women approaches, the Women's Studies Program will host workshops in the Fall and Spring semesters to help students discuss potential submissions to the conference. A number of Texas Tech undergraduate and graduate students have been particularly successful at the Women's Studies Program's annual spring conference in recent years, and this will be a great opportunity to work on paper ideas or unfinished projects.

Presenter: Patricia Earl, patricia.a.earl@ttu.edu, Unit Coordinator of the Women's Studies Program. For more Women's Studies Program events, see their calendar at https://www.depts.ttu.edu/wstudies/EventCalendar.php

*+How to Work a Job Fair (Webinar)
Wednesday, February 3, 2016 from 1-1:30 p.m.
Online

Registration: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5014733267716046081

Attend this online workshop and acquire the information necessary to highlight yourself during that brief initial impression with potential employers!

Find more career resources for graduate students at http://www.depts.ttu.edu/careercenter/gradstudents/index.php on the University Career Center (UCC) website. Visit the UCC in the Graduate Center, Room 43C (in the west-wing of the Administration Building) on Thursdays 2-3 p.m. For more information about UCC services for graduate students, email nicole.noble@ttu.edu 

*Microsoft PowerPoint ShortCourse
Wednesday, February 3, 2016 from 2-4 p.m.
Advanced Technology Learning Center (ATLC), PC1 Lab (Room #23) in the University Library basement

Registration: Click on the course title in the ShortCourses list at http://www.depts.ttu.edu/itts/training/shortcourses/index.php, then click "Register online"

This course introduces the basics of creating a PowerPoint presentation using outlining, graphing, and drawing tools and creating a Web page from the presentation. Topics included are ways to deliver a PowerPoint presentation including self-running presentation.

Instructor: Shannon Fleming

*Basics of Library Research
Wednesday, February 3, 2016 from 3-4 p.m.
Texas Tech University Library, Lab Room 150

Registration: none required

This workshop is a general introduction to the Library's resources, which could include a tour at the end, if time allows. Get tips on how to find articles and books. Learn how to expand and limit search results in databases. Create your free Document Delivery account. Access style guides online. Forget what you think you know. Rediscover the library.

Presenter: Kimberly Vardeman

Graduate Student Peer Support Group
Wednesday, February 3, 2016 from 5:15-6:15 p.m.
Graduate Center Conference Room in the Administration Building west basement

Registration: none required

Have you ever wondered how others juggle the many demands of grad school? Maybe you are experiencing an issue with your advisor, dissertation committee, etc., but aren't sure who you can talk to. Or maybe you just feel like connecting with fellow graduate students.

Whatever the reason, we welcome you to join us for our supportive discussion group for graduate students on Wednesdays from 5:15 - 6:15 p.m.! The group is open and free for any and all graduate students and there is no time commitment - come as often as you like. Topics may include work-life balance, research and teaching demands, advisor issues, etc. Although Nancy and Jackie will be facilitating the group to create a safe space, this is an informal support group, not official group therapy.

The Graduate Center is in the west side (President's side) basement of the Administration Building. For directions, see http://www.gsac.ttu.edu/directions-to-the-graduate-center/. You will need to swipe your student ID to enter.

If you have any questions about the group, feel free to email Nancy at nancy.robinson@ttu.edu or Jackie at jacqueline.caston@ttu.edu.

Raising Digital Citizens ShortCourse
Thursday, February 4, 2016 from 12-1 p.m.
Advanced Technology Learning Center (ATLC), PC1 Lab (Room #23) in the University Library basement

Registration: Click on the course title in the ShortCourses list at http://www.depts.ttu.edu/itts/training/shortcourses/index.php, then click "Register online"

Technology is constantly evolving, and so are the risks. This presentation provides parents with an overview of today's threats and suggestions for safely raising their children in a digital world. Topics include: Online manners, Age-specific recommendations for online activities, Overview of apps, cyberbullying and other risks, General safety, awareness and protection tips, and Online resources.

Instructor: Britta Tye

*+Managing Anxiety in the Job Search Process (Webinar)
Thursday, February 4, 2016 from 2-2:30 p.m.
Online

Registration: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5874753670776507393

Feeling overwhelmed about finding a job? Attend this webinar to learn techniques to manage this anxiety in order to conquer your job search process!

Find more career resources for graduate students at http://www.depts.ttu.edu/careercenter/gradstudents/index.php on the University
Career Center (UCC) website. Visit the UCC in the Graduate Center, Room 43C (in the west-wing of the Administration Building) on Thursdays 2-3 p.m. For more information about UCC services for graduate students, email nicole.noble@ttu.edu

*+External Fellowships Information Session
Thursday, February 4, 2016 from 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Graduate Center Commons in the Administration Building west-wing basement

Registration: not required

In this workshop, Dr. Tim Dallas, Associate Dean of the Graduate School, provides information on how to search and apply for external fellowships that will support your graduate education and scholarly activity.

External fellowships for graduate and postdoctoral studies are available from many organizations outside Texas Tech University, including state and federal agencies, private foundations, non-profit groups, and international organizations. A variety of support is offered, from one-time awards to multi-year support for living expenses, educational fees, conference travel and/or research for beginning to advanced graduate student and postdoctoral levels. In addition to helping fund your education, external grants and fellowships are a great academic honor and help distinguish your academic scholarship.

The Graduate Center is in the west side (President's side) basement of the Administration Building. For directions, see http://www.depts.ttu.edu/gradcenter/Pages/directions.php. You will need to swipe your Student ID to enter.

+This workshop will be recorded and made available at http://www.depts.ttu.edu/gradschool/students/current/distance_education.php within
a week of its presentation.

Presenter: Tim Dallas, Associate Dean

*Publishing Your Research
Friday, February 5, 2016 from 2-4 p.m.
Texas Tech University Library, Room 150

Registration: none required

This is a general introductory workshop for those who are interested in getting their research published in scholarly journals and books. It covers such fundamental topics as where to get ideas, how to tell if an idea is worth developing, and how to find appropriate outlets for your work. Those who attend will be given suggestions for how to approach and work with editors, navigating the publishing process, dealing with revisions or rejection, and many other important considerations. This is an ideal workshop to attend if you have never published in the scholarly literature and want to learn more about what is involved. The workshop is taught by academic authors with extensive records of publication who will draw on their own experiences in working with editors and publishers and speak candidly about what it is really like.

Presenters: Brian Quinn & Jon Hufford

TTU Web 101 ShortCourse
Monday, February 8, 2016 from 2-4 p.m.
Advanced Technology Learning Center (ATLC), PC1 Lab (Room #23) in the University Library basement

Registration: Click on the course title in the ShortCourses list at http://www.depts.ttu.edu/itts/training/shortcourses/index.php, then click "Register online"

This ShortCourse is designed to be a primer for anyone working with Texas Tech University websites. TTU Web 101 provides an introduction to the policies and best practices that all TTU web pages should incorporate. Topics covered include University Policies, Identity Guidelines, Hosting Options, Accessibility, Search Engine Optimization, and Help Resources. Although this class is open to anyone
interested, the material covered will be tailored to the unique conditions of the TTU web environment.

Instructor: Jeff Luman

*CV / Résumé Information
Monday, February 8, 2016 from 2-3 p.m.
Graduate Center in the Administration Building west-wing basement

Registration: not required

Learn how to build your CV and/or résumé for an academic and/or non-academic job search. Designed for graduate students, this workshop will help you

* Gain information about the essential elements of a CV & Resume
* Find out about the order of headings on CV & Resume
* Learn about the document critique services offered at the TTU Career Center

The Graduate Center is in the west side (President's side) basement of the Administration Building. For directions, see http://www.depts.ttu.edu/gradcenter/Pages/directions.php. You will need to swipe your student ID to enter.

Contact Nicole Noble at nicole.noble@ttu.edu for more information about this event or other University Career Center (UCC) services for graduate students. Visit the UCC in the Graduate Center, Room 43C (in the west-wing of the Administration Building) on Thursdays 2-3 p.m. Find more career resources for graduate students at http://www.depts.ttu.edu/careercenter/gradstudents/index.php on the UCC website.

*+CV & Résumé Critiques
Monday, February 8, 2016 from 3-5 p.m.
Graduate Center in the Administration Building west-wing basement

Registration: not required

The University Career Center satellite office in the Graduate Center is hosting this résumé and CV critique opportunity. Bring a hard copy of your documents (résumés, CVs, cover letters, etc.) and have them critiqued by UCC career counselor who will help you

* Establish areas for improvement on your CV and/or résumé organization
* Identify areas for improvement on your CV and/or résumé consistency
* Highlight experience, education, and achievements on the CV & résumé

The Graduate Center is in the west side (President's side) basement of the Administration Building. For directions, see http://www.depts.ttu.edu/gradcenter/Pages/directions.php. You will need to swipe your student ID to enter.

+Distance graduate students may email Nicole Noble at nicole.noble@ttu.edu to schedule a CV or résumé critique.

Contact Nicole Noble at nicole.noble@ttu.edu for more information about this event or other University Career Center (UCC) services for graduate students. Visit the UCC in the Graduate Center, Room 43C (in the west-wing of the Administration Building) on Thursdays 2-3 p.m. Find more career resources for graduate students at http://www.depts.ttu.edu/careercenter/gradstudents/index.php on the UCC website.

Independent Writing Hours at the Graduate Student Writing Center
Monday, February 8, 2016 from 3-5 p.m.
Graduate Center, Room 43, in the Administration Building west-wing basement

Registration: not required

Writing your dissertation, thesis, or other academic project? Join your fellow graduate students at the Graduate Student Writing Center (GSWC) for Independent Writing Hours on Mondays from 3-5 p.m. During these hours, graduate students may use the writing center as a workspace and ask questions as they arise of on-duty writing consultants.

The Graduate Student Writing Center is open to all graduate students and is located in Room 43 of the Graduate Center. The Graduate Center is in the west side (President's side) basement of the Administration Building. For directions, see http://www.depts.ttu.edu/gradcenter/Pages/directions.php. You will need to swipe your student ID to enter.

Individual tutoring sessions at the GSWC will be by appointment on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. To schedule a session, go to https://ttu.mywconline.com/ and click on "here" in the sign in box.

Have questions? Contact Dr. Kristin Messuri, GSWC Director, at kristin.messuri@ttu.edu

*+Networking with LinkedIn (Webinar)
Monday, February 8, 2016 from 3-3:30 p.m.
Online

Registration: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/627613703169034241

Networking with LinkedIn is a webinar that presents an overview of how to create a LinkedIn profile that will appeal to companies and recruiters. Basic information about creating a profile is presented with suggestions for utilizing LinkedIn in your own job search.

*+Research Poster Design Workshop
Tuesday, February 9, 2016 from 10-11 a.m.
TLPDC, Texas Tech University Library, Room 152

Registration: http://events.tlpd.ttu.edu/View/Member/ShowAllEvents.aspx

Workshops on how to design posters for scholarly conferences will be held at the TLPDC in the University Library on these dates:

* Tuesday, February 9, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
* Wednesday, February 10, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
* Thursday, February 11, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Workshops cover design using Microsoft PowerPoint. Each session covers the same information.

+This workshop will be recorded and made available at http://www.depts.ttu.edu/gradschool/students/current/distance_education.php within
a week of its presentation.

Graduate Student Research Poster Competition

The 2016 Graduate Student Research Poster Competition will be held at the Museum of Texas Tech University on March 25th. Participating students will demonstrate their engagement in high quality research with an ability to present this research professionally and communicate it effectively to a non-specialist audience.

Online Abstract Submission
* Abstract submission link: https://portal.gradschool.ttu.edu/_layouts/PosterCompetition/Registration.aspx
* The abstract submission portal closes at 11:59 p.m. on February, 26, 2016.
* Abstracts are limited to 150-200 words and should contain a brief description of the research.

Eligibility
* Current Texas Tech Graduate Students (including students in distance programs)
* Posters based on any basic or applied research conducted by the graduate student as part of his/her graduate education.
* Poster presentations may contain information that has been presented at other regional or national meetings.
* Poster presentations cannot contain material previously used in this competition.

Volunteer Judges:
* Judges will work in 90-minute shifts between 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. on March 25, 2016.
* To volunteer as a judge, please fill out this Judge Registration Form.

For more information, see http://www.depts.ttu.edu/gradschool/Poster_Competition.php.

Have questions? Contact one of the Event Coordinators: Carleigh Smith at carleigh.smith@ttu.edu or Jeannie Bennett at jeannie.bennett@ttu.edu.

*How to Work a Career Fair
Tuesday, February 9, 2016 from 1-2 p.m.
Graduate Center in the Administration Building west-wing basement

Registration: not required

Join us in the Graduate Center for a workshop on how to successfully network at a career fair presented by Dr. Nicole Noble, University Career Center counselor. Designed for graduate students, this workshop will help you

* Describe reasons for attending career fairs
* Determine activities to prepare for career fairs
* Identify the actions you should take before, during and after career fair

The Graduate Center is in the west side (President's side) basement of the Administration Building. For directions, see http://www.depts.ttu.edu/gradcenter/Pages/directions.php. You will need to swipe your student ID to enter.

Contact Nicole Noble at nicole.noble@ttu.edu for more information about this event or other University Career Center (UCC) services for graduate students. Visit the UCC in the Graduate Center, Room 43C (in the west-wing of the Administration Building) on Thursdays 2-3 p.m. Find more career resources for graduate students at http://www.depts.ttu.edu/careercenter/gradstudents/index.php on the UCC website.

*Microsoft Excel Formulas & Functions ShortCourse
Tuesday, February 9, 2016 from 2-4 p.m.
Advanced Technology Learning Center (ATLC), PC1 Lab (Room #23) in the University Library basement

Registration: Click on the course title in the ShortCourses list at http://www.depts.ttu.edu/itts/training/shortcourses/index.php, then click "Register online"

In this ShortCourse you will learn how to create formulas in Excel 2013. How to use Excel's built-in, predefined formulas, called functions, to make quick work of complex calculations. Several financial, mathematical, and statistical functions will be introduced.

Instructor: Heide Mansouri

*Mock Interview Seminar
Tuesday, February 9, 2016 from 2-3 p.m.
Graduate Center in the Administration Building west-wing basement

Registration: not required

Join us in the Graduate Center to prepare for job interviews with Dr. Nicole Noble, University Career Center counselor. Designed for graduate students, this seminar will help you

* Identify appropriate non-verbal communication skills and techniques for an interview
* Recognize areas for practice and improvement for an interview
* Develop confidence in interview skills

The Graduate Center is in the west side (President's side) basement of the Administration Building. For directions, see http://www.depts.ttu.edu/gradcenter/Pages/directions.php. You will need to swipe your student ID to enter.

Contact Nicole Noble at nicole.noble@ttu.edu for more information about this event or other University Career Center (UCC) services for graduate students. Visit the UCC in the Graduate Center, Room 43C (in the west-wing of the Administration Building) on Thursdays 2-3 p.m. Find more career resources for graduate students at http://www.depts.ttu.edu/careercenter/gradstudents/index.php on the UCC website.

*TEACH Talk Discussion Series: Active Learning
Tuesday, February 9, 2016 from 2-3 p.m.
TLPDC, Texas Tech University Library, Room 152

Registration: http://events.tlpd.ttu.edu/View/Member/ShowAllEvents.aspx

Active learning refers to activities done to help students interact with material. It consists of anything besides listening to a lecture or reading material, and it is borne out by research. Whether as a warm-up or a wrap-up, active learning strategies can help students practice process class material through writing, speaking, or other activities. Join us for a discussion of various active learning strategies and how you can integrate it into your class, whether it's a lecture, a discussion, or a lab. Be prepared to be active!

Presenter: Adam Smith

*+Research Poster Design Workshop
Wednesday, February 10, 2016 from 10-11 a.m.
TLPDC, Texas Tech University Library, Room 152

Registration: http://events.tlpd.ttu.edu/View/Member/ShowAllEvents.aspx

Workshops on how to design posters for scholarly conferences will be held at the TLPDC in the University Library on these dates:

* Tuesday, February 9, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
* Wednesday, February 10, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
* Thursday, February 11, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Workshops cover design using Microsoft PowerPoint. Each session covers the same information.

+This workshop will be recorded and made available at http://www.depts.ttu.edu/gradschool/students/current/distance_education.php within
a week of its presentation.

Graduate Student Research Poster Competition

The 2016 Graduate Student Research Poster Competition will be held at the Museum of Texas Tech University on March 25th. Participating students will demonstrate their engagement in high quality research with an ability to present this research professionally and communicate it effectively to a non-specialist audience.

Online Abstract Submission
* Abstract submission link: https://portal.gradschool.ttu.edu/_layouts/PosterCompetition/Registration.aspx
* The abstract submission portal closes at 11:59 p.m. on February, 26, 2016.
* Abstracts are limited to 150-200 words and should contain a brief description of the research.

Eligibility
* Current Texas Tech Graduate Students (including students in distance programs)
* Posters based on any basic or applied research conducted by the graduate student as part of his/her graduate education.
* Poster presentations may contain information that has been presented at other regional or national meetings.
* Poster presentations cannot contain material previously used in this competition.

Volunteer Judges:
* Judges will work in 90-minute shifts between 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. on March 25, 2016.
* To volunteer as a judge, please fill out this Judge Registration Form

For more information, see http://www.depts.ttu.edu/gradschool/Poster_Competition.php.

Have questions? Contact one of the Event Coordinators: Carleigh Smith at carleigh.smith@ttu.edu or Jeannie Bennett at jeannie.bennett@ttu.edu.

*3-D Printing ShortCourse
Wednesday, February 10, 2016 from 2-3 p.m.
Advanced Technology Learning Center (ATLC), PC1 Lab (Room #23) in the University Library basement

Registration: Click on the course title in the ShortCourses list at http://www.depts.ttu.edu/itts/training/shortcourses/index.php, then click "Register online"

3D-Printing workshop is designed to introduce you to the Basics of 3D-Printers. In this short workshop, you will learn how a 3D-Printer work, what are the different types of printers and materials you can use, what can you print with a 3D-printer, and how expensive it is to use a 3D Printer? This introductory workshop will provide you with an overview of modern 3D-Printing processes. Specifically, we will discuss several forms of 3D printing, the types of software used to render 3D-Print files, and use cases for 3D printing, both Academic and Commercial. We will discuss 3D-Printing Services and Resources available on TTU campus, including services available through the ATLC. Additional topics include Best Practices for 3D-Design, Submission and Production, specific to fused Deposition Modeling and Additive Printing. This course will include a Live Demo of a Makerbot Replicator 2 3D-Printer.

Instructor: Rebecca Massey

*EndNote Software for Citation Management
Wednesday, February 10, 2016 from 3-4 p.m.
Texas Tech University Library, Lab 150

Registration: not required

This workshop will instruct students on the tools and features of EndNote, a software provided by the University Library for managing and citing references in papers. Participants will create their own EndNote account and install the software. They will learn how to collect and organize references, share them with others, and how to create a formatted bibliography. Finally, they will see how to insert in-text citations and reference lists in Microsoft Word documents using the Cite While You Write plug-in. Participants are encouraged to bring their own
laptops or devices on which they want to install the software.

Presenters: Ian Barba & Kimberly Vardeman

*Getting Started Developing an Online Course
Wednesday, February 10, 2016 from 3-4 p.m.
TLPDC, Texas Tech University Library, Room 151

Registration: http://events.tlpd.ttu.edu/View/Member/ShowAllEvents.aspx

This session introduces the foundation for ensuring that the online student gets the same great learning experience that you provide for your face-to-face-class.

Presenter: Tom Dolan

*Online Reputation Management ShortCourse
Wednesday, February 10, 2016 from 4-5 p.m.
Advanced Technology Learning Center (ATLC), PC1 Lab (Room #23) in the University Library basement

Registration: Click on the course title in the ShortCourses list at http://www.depts.ttu.edu/itts/training/shortcourses/index.php, then click "Register online"

This workshop will teach you how to Manage Your Online Reputation. First impressions are no longer always made face-to-face with a handshake. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and other up-and-coming social media platforms have changed the way reputations are made ??? and ruined. With literally billions of people on social media, sharing, tagging and tweeting, it is important to be aware
of your online reputation and to actively manage it. Topics for this workshop include why your online reputation matters, how to manage it and what we can learn from others who had to learn about online reputation management the hard way. This information is relevant to TTU faculty, staff and students in their roles at Texas Tech, and also in their roles as friends and family members.

Instructor: Britta Tye

GRADUATE STUDENT PEER SUPPORT GROUP
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2016 FROM 5:15-6:15 P.M.
GRADUATE CENTER CONFERENCE ROOM IN THE ADMINISTRATION BUILDING WEST BASEMENT

Registration: none required

Have you ever wondered how others juggle the many demands of grad school? Maybe you are experiencing an issue with your advisor, dissertation committee, etc., but aren't sure who you can talk to. Or maybe you just feel like connecting with fellow graduate students.

Whatever the reason, we welcome you to join us for our supportive discussion group for graduate students on Wednesdays from 5:15 - 6:15 p.m.! The group is open and free for any and all graduate students and there is no time commitment - come as often as you like. Topics may include work-life balance, research and teaching demands, advisor issues, etc. Although Nancy and Jackie will be facilitating the group to create a safe space, this is an informal support group, not official group therapy.

The Graduate Center is in the west side (President's side) basement of the Administration Building. For directions, see http://www.gsac.ttu.edu/directions-to-the-graduate-center/. You will need to swipe your student ID to enter.

If you have any questions about the group, feel free to email Nancy at nancy.robinson@ttu.edu or Jackie at jacqueline.caston@ttu.edu.

Business Career Fair
Thursday, February 11, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Lubbock Memorial Civic Center, 1501 Mac Davis Lane

Registration: no required

The Career Expo allows students to network with companies looking for all majors and disciplines within the Rawls College of Business. At the Career Expo, students can learn about specific full-time employment and internship opportunities. The Career Expo also provides students a chance to practice their networking skills and develop a base of contacts to use in the future. For more information visit:
http://www.depts.ttu.edu/rawlsbusiness/about/cmc/expo.php.

*Accessibility for the Web ShortCourse
Thursday, February 11, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Advanced Technology Learning Center (ATLC), PC1 Lab (Room #23) in the University Library basement

Registration: Click on the course title in the ShortCourses list at http://www.depts.ttu.edu/itts/training/shortcourses/index.php, then click "Register online"

Accessibility is a key component of any web design. Taking into consideration standards and practices that maximize the usefulness of your site to the widest variety of publics possible is not just a good idea but in many cases it is mandatory. This course will cover some basic information about how to meet accessibility guidelines and keep your web site compliant with various regulations. We will cover who accessibility affects as well as some techniques to create accessible images, tables and layouts.

Instructor: Jeff Luman

Microsoft OneNote ShortCourse
Thursday, February 11, 2016 from 2-4 p.m.
Advanced Technology Learning Center (ATLC), PC1 Lab (Room #23) in the University Library basement

Registration: Click on the course title in the ShortCourses list at http://www.depts.ttu.edu/itts/training/shortcourses/index.php, then click "Register online"

Microsoft Office OneNote is a note-taking software. With OneNote you have the ability to assign "tags" to your notes, copy and drag from any application, webpage, and PDF into a OneNote page, create Outlook tasks or appointments, even contacts directly from the notes. You can record audio and/or video directly into a note page, you can draw, highlight, email, use the Windows key + S to screen clip
any area of your desktop without losing the mouse focus on a menu or highlighted item! A powerful feature of OneNote is the ability to convert handwritten text into type.

Instructor: Heide Mansouri

*+Research Poster Design Workshop
Thursday, February 11, 2016 from 2-3 p.m.
TLPDC, Texas Tech University Library, Room 152

Registration: http://events.tlpd.ttu.edu/View/Member/ShowAllEvents.aspx

Workshops on how to design posters for scholarly conferences will be held at the TLPDC in the University Library on these dates:

* Tuesday, February 9, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
* Wednesday, February 10, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
* Thursday, February 11, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Workshops cover design using Microsoft PowerPoint. Each session covers the same information.

+This workshop will be recorded and made available at http://www.depts.ttu.edu/gradschool/students/current/distance_education.php within
a week of its presentation.

Graduate Student Research Poster Competition

The 2016 Graduate Student Research Poster Competition will be held at the Museum of Texas Tech University on March 25th. Participating students will demonstrate their engagement in high quality research with an ability to present this research professionally and communicate it effectively to a non-specialist audience.

Online Abstract Submission
* Abstract submission link: https://portal.gradschool.ttu.edu/_layouts/PosterCompetition/Registration.aspx
* The abstract submission portal closes at 11:59 p.m. on February, 26, 2016.
* Abstracts are limited to 150-200 words and should contain a brief description of the research.

Eligibility
* Current Texas Tech Graduate Students (including students in distance programs)
* Posters based on any basic or applied research conducted by the graduate student as part of his/her graduate education.
* Poster presentations may contain information that has been presented at other regional or national meetings.
* Poster presentations cannot contain material previously used in this competition.

Volunteer Judges:
* Judges will work in 90-minute shifts between 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. on March 25, 2016.
* To volunteer as a judge, please fill out this Judge Registration Form

For more information, see http://www.depts.ttu.edu/gradschool/Poster_Competition.php.

Have questions? Contact one of the Event Coordinators: Carleigh Smith at carleigh.smith@ttu.edu or Jeannie Bennett at jeannie.bennett@ttu.edu.

*+Graduate School: Thesis/Dissertation Formatting Workshop
Friday, February 12, 2016 from 9-11 a.m.
TLPDC, Texas Tech University Library, Room 151

Registration: http://events.tlpd.ttu.edu/View/Member/ShowAllEvents.aspx

This workshop is designed to help students prepare their thesis and dissertation documents for electronic submission. Basic concepts of document design and use of software for preparing documents is covered. It is recommended for those in the beginning stages of writing and formatting their documents.

+This workshop will be recorded and made available at http://www.depts.ttu.edu/gradschool/students/current/distance_education.php within
a week of its presentation.

Presenters: Becky Davidson & Jeannie Bennett

*From Idea to Print: Poster Design Workshop
Friday, February 12, 2016 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Graduate Center Commons in the Administration Building west-wing basement

Registration: not required

Presented by Andrea Bilkey, Head of the Design School of Theatre and Dance, this workshop will help you

• Learn basic design principles and apply them to poster creation
• Develop best practices for presenting information graphically
• Build the necessary skills to present academic research meaningfully

The Graduate Center is in the west side (President's side) basement of the Administration Building. For directions, see http://www.gsac.ttu.edu/directions-to-the-graduate-center/

*Science Databases Workshop
Friday, February 12, 2016 from 12-1 p.m.
Texas Tech University Library, Lab 150

Registration: not required

Texas Tech University Library provides access to Web of Science and Scopus databases, excellent multidisciplinary citation databases. Continuing research is dependent on previous work, especially in the scientific fields. Learn advanced search techniques that will help you perform better research. Take advantage of these comprehensive science indexes to the fullest extent by learning to search and
use what you find to broaden your understanding about the topics you are studying. Learn how to use indexed metadata to retrieve results that pertain to your research and eliminate wasted time. Evaluate fields of study, researchers, or research topics using database analytics tools. Get access to the full-text article by searching library databases or requesting items through interlibrary loan.

Presenters: Jessica Simpson & Innocent Awasom

*Mediasite ShortCourse
Friday, February 12, 2016 from 2-4 p.m.
Advanced Technology Learning Center (ATLC), PC1 Lab (Room #23) in the University Library basement

Registration: Click on the course title in the ShortCourses list at http://www.depts.ttu.edu/itts/training/shortcourses/index.php, then click "Register online"

Mediasite is a video delivery system that can help automate the recording, distribution, management, and analytics of video and multimedia presentations. This ShortCourse covers basic audio video tips, use of the Mediasite version 6 management portal, how to use Mediasite with Blackboard, and how to upload any video content for secure streaming via TTU systems. A Mediasite recorder and AV setup will be present for some hands-on training with the device.

Instructor: Ian Wilkinson

Microsoft Outlook ShortCourse
Monday, February 15, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Advanced Technology Learning Center (ATLC), PC1 Lab (Room #23) in the University Library basement

Registration: Click on the course title in the ShortCourses list at http://www.depts.ttu.edu/itts/training/shortcourses/index.php, then click "Register online"

Microsoft Outlook is an electronic planner. In this ShortCourse, you will learn the basics of using Outlook: how to move between Outlook folders, how to sort each folder and change your view of it, how to access files through Outlook, and how to use Outlook Today.

Instructor: Shannon Fleming

*+Advancing Your Career: Informational Interviewing (Webinar)
Monday, February 15, 2016 from 2-2:30 p.m.
Online

Registration: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7191860848712693761

Informational interviewing can help you explore career options and network with professionals in your industry. In this webinar we will give you some tips and tricks for conducting informational interviews that will help you explore jobs as well as develop lasting relationships and expand your professional network!

Independent Writing Hours at the Graduate Student Writing Center
Monday, February 15, 2016 from 3-5 p.m.
Graduate Center, Room 43, in the Administration Building west-wing basement

Registration: not required

Writing your dissertation, thesis, or other academic project? Join your fellow graduate students at the Graduate Student Writing Center (GSWC) for Independent Writing Hours on Mondays from 3-5 p.m. During these hours, graduate students may use the writing center as a workspace and ask questions as they arise of on-duty writing consultants.

The Graduate Student Writing Center is open to all graduate students and is located in Room 43 of the Graduate Center. The Graduate Center is in the west side (President's side) basement of the Administration Building. For directions, see http://www.depts.ttu.edu/gradcenter/Pages/directions.php. You will need to swipe your student ID to enter.

Individual tutoring sessions at the GSWC will be by appointment on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. To schedule a session, go to https://ttu.mywconline.com/ and click on "here" in the sign in box.

Have questions? Contact Dr. Kristin Messuri, GSWC Director, at kristin.messuri@ttu.edu

*+So You Want to Be a Consultant (Webinar)
Monday, February 15, 2016 from 3-3:30 p.m.
Online

Registration: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/3733150210961962497

This webinar provides basic information about consulting skills preferred by employers.

*Résumé / CV Critique Day
Tuesday, February 16, 2016 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
University Career Center, Wiggins Complex, 3211 18th Street

Registration: not required

The University Career Center is hosting a day-long resume and CV critique opportunity. Bring a hard copy of your documents (résumés, CVs, cover letters, etc.) anytime between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. and have them critiqued by UCC career counselors.

Find more career resources for graduate students at http://www.depts.ttu.edu/careercenter/gradstudents/index.php on the University
Career Center (UCC) website. Visit the UCC in the Graduate Center, Room 43C (in the west-wing of the Administration Building) on Thursdays 2-3 p.m. For more information about UCC services for graduate students, email nicole.noble@ttu.edu

*Mock Interviews
Tuesday, February 16, 2016 from 2-3 p.m.
Graduate Center in the Administration Building west-wing basement

Registration: not required

Join us in the Graduate Center to prepare for job interviews with Dr. Nicole Noble, University Career Center counselor. Designed for graduate students, a mock interview will help you

* Demonstrate appropriate non-verbal communication skills throughout mock interview
* Determine areas for improvement in interviewing skills during mock interview
* Display confidence throughout mock interview

The Graduate Center is in the west side (President's side) basement of the Administration Building. For directions, see http://www.gsac.ttu.edu/directions-to-the-graduate-center/. You will need to swipe your student ID to enter.

Contact Nicole Noble at nicole.noble@ttu.edu for more information about this event or other University Career Center (UCC) services for graduate students. Visit the UCC in the Graduate Center, Room 43C (in the west-wing of the Administration Building) on Thursdays 2-3 p.m. Find more career resources for graduate students at http://www.depts.ttu.edu/careercenter/gradstudents/index.php on the UCC website.

*Cite It Right!
Tuesday, February 16, 2016 from 6-7 p.m.
Texas Tech University Library, Room 150

Registration: not required

This presentation will explain what plagiarism is, show examples of correct and incorrect ways to paraphrase and quote material, and provide strategies for avoiding plagiarism. The session will provide guidance in accessing Library citation guides, as well as additional resources for formatting citations and writing annotated bibliographies. There will also be a demonstration of how Turnitin employs a technological solution to checking documents for potential plagiarism. This session will primarily interest novice researchers who want to
gain basic skills in correctly citing resources.

Presenter: Kimberly Vardeman

Whitacre College of Engineering Job Fair
Wednesday, February 17, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Lubbock Memorial Civic Center, 1501 Mac Davis Lane

Registration: not required

You may not realize this, but finding your dream job is actually a full-time job in and of itself. Sending resumes, applying, researching the companies, and preparing for interviews is a time-intensive process. That's why the College of Engineering has two job fairs every year. We bring the companies to you! Our goal isn't just to give you one of the best educations in the world. We want to ensure that when you
complete your studies, you can properly showcase what you've learned by getting the job that will put you on the path to success.

Meet the Companies

"Meet the companies," is probably the most important piece of advice students can hear when looking for a job, but many students don't take enough opportunities to follow through.

The Whitacre College of Engineering Job Fair is the perfect chance to meet companies looking for Texas Tech engineers. Whether you are a graduating senior looking for a full-time position, a sophomore or junior looking for an internship or co-op, or a freshman just curious about the future, come to the Engineering Job Fair, meet the companies, and find out what careers in engineering are all about.

Secure Your Future

It's not too early to start getting ready! Have your résumés ready ahead of time and research the companies. Know who you want to talk to and have a game plan. Study for the Job Fair like you would study for a test. This is your moment to show what you know! Print your own company list by logging into Job Grid at http://www.depts.ttu.edu/coe/careers/students/jobgrid.php.

Plan to stay all day. We will have a FREE SHUTTLE service running to and from the Civic Center. Look for the Job Fair Shuttle outside the Frazier Alumni Pavilion. Students will also be served a FREE LUNCH from Noon to 1:30 p.m.

Don't Forget
• Print your own list
• Research ahead of time
• Bring your updated résumé
• Dress professionally

*External Fellowships Information Session
Wednesday, February 17, 2016 from 12-1 p.m.
Graduate Center Commons in the Administration Building west-wing basement

Registration: not required

In this workshop, Dr. Tim Dallas, Associate Dean of the Graduate School, provides information on how to search and apply for external fellowships that will support your graduate education and scholarly activity.

External fellowships for graduate and postdoctoral studies are available from many organizations outside Texas Tech University, including state and federal agencies, private foundations, non-profit groups, and international organizations. A variety of support is offered, from one-time awards to multi-year support for living expenses, educational fees, conference travel and/or research for beginning to advanced graduate student and postdoctoral levels. In addition to helping fund your education, external grants and fellowships are a great academic honor and help distinguish your academic scholarship.

The Graduate Center is in the west side (President's side) basement of the Administration Building. For directions, see http://www.depts.ttu.edu/gradcenter/Pages/directions.php. You will need to swipe your Student ID to enter.

+This workshop will be recorded and made available at http://www.depts.ttu.edu/gradschool/students/current/distance_education.php within
a week of its presentation.

Presenter: Tim Dallas, Associate Dean

*Adobe Photoshop II ShortCourse
Wednesday, February 17, 2016 from 2-4 p.m.
Advanced Technology Learning Center (ATLC), PC2 Lab (Room #21) in the UniversityLibrary basement

Registration: Click on the course title in the ShortCourses list at http://www.depts.ttu.edu/itts/training/shortcourses/index.php, then click "Register online"

In this advanced course you will learn how to correct torn photos, remove unwanted items, and perform simple lighting corrections. You will also learn how to use some tools that will enable you to turn an ordinary or dull image into an image that will stand out and capture the attention of the viewer.

Instructor: Joshua Pia

*SAS - I ShortCourse
Wednesday, February 17, 2016 from 2-4 p.m.
Advanced Technology Learning Center (ATLC), PC1 Lab (Room #23) in the University Library basement

Registration: Click on the course title in the ShortCourses list at http://www.depts.ttu.edu/itts/training/shortcourses/index.php, then click "Register online"

SAS (pronounced saas) is a computer application that can be used to perform statistical analyses. This Shortcourse will introduce you to SAS Syntax-based programming. It is intended to familiarize new SAS users for Windows interface, and teach the basic programming skills needed to perform elementary data manipulation and analytical tasks in SAS.

This Shortcourse assumes that the users are familiar with elementary statistics.

Instructor: Heide Mansouri

*Cite It Right!
Wednesday, February 17, 2016 from 3-4 p.m.
Texas Tech University Library, Room 150

Registration: not required

This presentation will explain what plagiarism is, show examples of correct and incorrect ways to paraphrase and quote material, and provide strategies for avoiding plagiarism. The session will provide guidance in accessing Library citation guides, as well as additional resources for formatting citations and writing annotated bibliographies. There will also be a demonstration of how Turnitin employs a technological solution to checking documents for potential plagiarism. This session will primarily interest novice researchers who want to
gain basic skills in correctly citing resources.

Presenter: Kimberly Vardeman

GRADUATE STUDENT PEER SUPPORT GROUP
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2016 FROM 5:15-6:15 P.M.
GRADUATE CENTER CONFERENCE ROOM IN THE ADMINISTRATION BUILDING WEST BASEMENT

Registration: none required

Have you ever wondered how others juggle the many demands of grad school? Maybe you are experiencing an issue with your advisor, dissertation committee, etc., but aren't sure who you can talk to. Or maybe you just feel like connecting with fellow graduate students.

Whatever the reason, we welcome you to join us for our supportive discussion group for graduate students on Wednesdays from 5:15 - 6:15 p.m.! The group is open and free for any and all graduate students and there is no time commitment - come as often as you like. Topics may include work-life balance, research and teaching demands, advisor issues, etc. Although Nancy and Jackie will be facilitating the group to create a safe space, this is an informal support group, not official group therapy.

The Graduate Center is in the west side (President's side) basement of the Administration Building. For directions, see http://www.gsac.ttu.edu/directions-to-the-graduate-center/. You will need to swipe your student ID to enter.

If you have any questions about the group, feel free to email Nancy at nancy.robinson@ttu.edu or Jackie at jacqueline.caston@ttu.edu.

*Adobe Dreamweaver ShortCourse
Thursday, February 18, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Advanced Technology Learning Center (ATLC), PC1 Lab (Room #23) in the University Library basement

Registration: Click on the course title in the ShortCourses list at http://www.depts.ttu.edu/itts/training/shortcourses/index.php, then click "Register online"

Dreamweaver is a powerful tool that makes creating your own website easy. In this class, you will learn how to use Dreamweaver to edit and format text, create links, and work with images. We will also explore some of the basics of the CSS panel to help establish a consistent design for your website.

Instructor: Jeff Luman

*Creating an Effective Syllabus
Thursday, February 18, 2016 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.
TLPDC, Texas Tech University Library, Room 153

Registration: http://events.tlpd.ttu.edu/View/Member/ShowAllEvents.aspx

Writing a syllabus seems like it should be a straightforward endeavor, but anyone who has ever done so knows that there is much more to an effective syllabus than a few dates, times, and assignments! Even for classes you've taught many times, there is always room for reflection and improvement. Join us for a look at the required, recommended, and optional elements in a learner-centered syllabus, with plenty of time to start preparing your summer and fall syllabi!

Presenter: Allison Boye

*MATLAB ShortCourse
Thursday, February 18, 2016 from 2-4 p.m.
Advanced Technology Learning Center (ATLC), PC1 Lab (Room #23) in the University Library basement

Registration: Click on the course title in the ShortCourses list at http://www.depts.ttu.edu/itts/training/shortcourses/index.php, then click "Register online"

This ShortCourse provides an introduction to the MATLAB technical computing environment. The course is intended for beginning users. Topics include: Working with the MATLAB user interface, Entering commands and creating variables, Analyzing vectors and matrices, and Visualizing vector and matrix data.

Prerequisites: Undergraduate-level mathematics and experience with basic computer operations is assumed for this ShortCourse.

Instructor: Heide Mansouri

*Managing Your Citations Workshop
Thursday, February 18, 2016 from 2-3 p.m.
Graduate Center Commons in the Administration Building west-wing basement

Registration: not required

Presented by TTU Librarians Kimberly Vardeman and Ian Barba, this workshop provides an overview of four citation managers available to Texas Tech students and faculty (EndNote Web, Mendeley, Zotero, and Colwiz). Based on what you learn at this workshop, you can decide which one will best meet your individual research needs. Please bring your laptop!

The Graduate Center is in the west side (President's side) basement of the Administration Building. For directions, see http://www.gsac.ttu.edu/directions-to-the-graduate-center/. You will need to swipe your student ID to enter.

*+Nonverbal Communication in the Interview (Webinar)
Thursday, February 18, 2016 from 2-2:30 p.m.
Online

Registration: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5012536443485288450

Interested in learning more about how others perceive you? Uncertain about the reasons behind your perceptions of others? Attend this webinar to gain greater insight into the meaning behind nonverbal cues!

*+The Gift of Gab or Lack Thereof (Webinar)
Thursday, February 18, 2016 from 3-3:30 p.m.
Online

Registration: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4101429431663617794

Because networking is much more than showing up, eating food, and gathering business cards!

Etiquette Dinner
Thursday, February 18, 2016 from 5:30-8 p.m.
McKenzie-Merket Alumni Center, 17th Street

Registration: To register for the event, (1) Login to http://www.hireredraiders.ttu.edu. (2) Click on "Events" in the top menu bar. (3) Find and click on this event. (4) Click "Register for Event." (5) Click "Save."

Enjoy a 3-course meal while practicing professional etiquette with an etiquette specialist from the Lubbock community. This free event will be held in the McKenzie-Merket Alumni Center from 5:30-8:00 pm. Please register for this event at http://www.hireredraiders.ttu.edu.

Please call the University Career Center at 806.742.2210 if you have any questions or need more information about this event.

The Truth about Copyright & Fair Use: Myths and Misconceptions Meet Reality
Friday, February 19, 2016 from 9:30-11 a.m.
TLPDC, Texas Tech University Library, Room 151

Registration: http://events.tlpd.ttu.edu/View/Member/ShowAllEvents.aspx

In "The Truth about Copyright and Fair Use," ten of the most common myths and misconceptions will be explored. Is it possible to copyright an idea? If a use is educational, it is also a fair use – right? As long as I include a citation, I'm protected. If I do commit an infringement, the university will get sued – not me. If it's free, it is in the public domain. Learn the truth about these and other copyright and fair use issues and questions.

Presenters: Suzanne Tapp & Linda Enghagen

*+Battling Writer's Block Workshop
Friday, February 19, 2016 from 12-1 p.m.
GraduAte Center Commons in the Administration Building west-wing basement

Registration: Email Kristin Messuri, Associate Writing Center Director, at kristin.messuri@ttu.edu to register.

Many writers suffer from writer's block, the feeling of being unable to write. This workshop will help participants analyze their own writing processes and offer advice for beginning writing projects and maximizing productivity.

The Graduate Student Writing Center (GSWC) is open to all graduate students and is located in Room 43 of the Graduate Center. The Graduate Center is in the west side (President's side) basement of the Administration Building. For directions, see http://www.depts.ttu.edu/gradcenter/Pages/directions.php. You will need to swipe your student ID to enter.

+A Skype for Business meeting link will be sent to registered online students. Graduate students in distance programs need to ask for online access in their email registration. First-time users of TTU's Lync (Skype for Business) can download it free from eRaider:
1. Login to eRaider at http://eraider.ttu.edu/.
2. Look for "Software Download" on the white main screen and select Macintosh or Windows link.
3. Look for "Lync 2011 for Mac OS X" or "Lync 2013 for Windows" and click Download link.
If this download doesn't respond to your eRaider username and pword, you probably have to contact IT at 806-742-4357 (HELP) or ithelpcentral@ttu.edu.

Individual tutoring sessions at the GSWC will be by appointment on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. To schedule a session, go to https://ttu.mywconline.com/ and click on "here" in the sign in box.

Independent Writing Hours are held every Monday from 3-5 p.m. in the GSWC. During these hours, graduate students may use the writing center as a workspace and ask questions as they arise of on-duty writing consultants.

Have questions? Contact Dr. Kristin Messuri, GSWC Director, at kristin.messuri@ttu.edu.

*Poster Presentation Workshop
Friday, February 19, 2016 from 2-4 p.m.
Texas Tech University Library, Room 150

Registration: none required

Creating a poster for presentation at a scholarly conference can be challenging. There are many factors that go into the conception and execution of an outstanding poster, one that stands out from the competition. In this workshop, those who attend will learn the importance of defining your audience, as well as the intricacies and aesthetics of poster design and information layout. You will learn about graphics, color, typography, and other key elements that go into the creation of an award-winning design. The significance of rehearsal and presentation
strategies and what factors to consider in effective poster assessment are additional topics that will be covered. This workshop will help to demystify the poster creation and presentation process and provide participants with the skills that they need to produce and showcase an outstanding poster that demands attention.

Presenters: Brian Quinn, Jon Hufford, & Jake Syma

Microsoft Word ShortCourse
Monday, February 22, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Advanced Technology Learning Center (ATLC), PC1 Lab (Room #23) in the University Library basement

Registration: Click on the course title in the ShortCourses list at http://www.depts.ttu.edu/itts/training/shortcourses/index.php, then click "Register online"

Topics will include menu structure, formatting information, working with margins and orientation, editing, managing files, printing, page numbering, columns, creating and using tables, adding Table of Contents, and customizing a Word Document. Also, adding Videos, and Charts to a document, Tracking Changes of a document, and inserting Comments into a document.

Instructor: Shannon Fleming

*TEACH Program Series: Book Discussion: Stephen Brookfield's The Skillful Teacher and the False Dichotomy of Lecture vs. Discussion
Monday, February 22, 2016 from 12-1 p.m.
TLPDC, Texas Tech University Library, Room 153

Registration: http://events.tlpd.ttu.edu/View/Member/ShowAllEvents.aspx

"Lectures are not by definition oppressive and authoritarian and lecturers are not, by definition, demagogues. Similarly, discussions are not, by definition, liberating and spontaneous and discussion leaders are not, by definition, democratically student centered" (Brookfield, 2015, p. 69). According to Stephen Brookfield, lectures must contain critical inquiry and openness to participation, and discussions benefit from some elements of structure and guidance. Join us for a discussion of Chapters 6 ("Lecturing Creatively") and 7 ("Using Discussion Methods") of Stephen Brookfield's The Skillful Teacher.

Presenter: Adam Smith

Independent Writing Hours at the Graduate Student Writing Center
Monday, February 22, 2016 from 3-5 p.m.
Graduate Center, Room 43, in the Administration Building west-wing basement

Registration: not required

Writing your dissertation, thesis, or other academic project? Join your fellow graduate students at the Graduate Student Writing Center (GSWC) for Independent Writing Hours on Mondays from 3-5 p.m. During these hours, graduate students may use the writing center as a workspace and ask questions as they arise of on-duty writing consultants.

The Graduate Student Writing Center is open to all graduate students and is located in Room 43 of the Graduate Center. The Graduate Center is in the west side (President's side) basement of the Administration Building. For directions, see http://www.depts.ttu.edu/gradcenter/Pages/directions.php. You will need to swipe your student ID to enter.

Individual tutoring sessions at the GSWC will be by appointment on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. To schedule a session, go to https://ttu.mywconline.com/ and click on "here" in the sign in box.

Have questions? Contact Dr. Kristin Messuri, GSWC Director, at kristin.messuri@ttu.edu

*Accessibility in a Nutshell
Monday, February 22, 2016 from 3-4 p.m.
TLPDC, Texas Tech University Library, Room 152

Registration: http://events.tlpd.ttu.edu/View/Member/ShowAllEvents.aspx

Part of the TTU Worldwide eLearning "Steps to Online Accessibility" Series. This lecture will go over the federal guidelines instructors need to know to keep their courses accessible. Instructors will leave with a check list of items to implement into their courses and learn about the resources at Worldwide eLearning.

Presenter: Jackie Luft

*+Managing Anxiety in the Job Search Process (Webinar)
Tuesday, February 23, 2016 from 1-1:30 p.m.
Online

Registration: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1054383643933625090

Feeling overwhelmed about finding a job? Attend this webinar to learn techniques to manage this anxiety in order to conquer your job search process!

*Making Your Word Documents Accessible
Tuesday, February 23, 2016 from 1:30-2:30 p.m.
TLPDC, Texas Tech University Library, Room 152

Registration: http://events.tlpd.ttu.edu/View/Member/ShowAllEvents.aspx

Part of the TTU Worldwide eLearning "Steps to Online Accessibility" Series. This workshop teaches you simple steps to make word documents accessible to students who utilize screen readers. Learners will receive instruction and guided time to practice their new skills.

Presenter: Jackie Luft

*Microsoft Excel PivotTable ShortCourse
Tuesday, February 23, 2016 from 2-4 p.m.
Advanced Technology Learning Center (ATLC), PC1 Lab (Room #23) in the University Library basement

Registration: Click on the course title in the ShortCourses list at http://www.depts.ttu.edu/itts/training/shortcourses/index.php, then click "Register online"

Excel PivotTables, are a great way to summarize, analyze, explore, and present your data. You can also use PivotTables to make comparisons, detect patterns and relationships, and discover trends. In this ShortCourse you will learn how to create, format, and print PivotTables.

Participants should have basic knowledge of Microsoft Excel 2013 to gain the most from this ShortCourse.

Instructor: Heide Mansouri

*How to Work a Job Fair Workshop
Tuesday, February 23, 2016 from 2-3 p.m.
University Career Center, Wiggins Complex, 3211 18th Street

Registration: not required

Attend this workshop and acquire the information necessary to highlight yourself during that brief initial impression with potential employers!

Find more career resources for graduate students at http://www.depts.ttu.edu/careercenter/gradstudents/index.php on the University
Career Center (UCC) website. Visit the UCC in the Graduate Center, Room 43C (in the west-wing of the Administration Building) on Thursdays 2-3 p.m. For more information about UCC services for graduate students, email nicole.noble@ttu.edu

*Accessible PowerPoints
Tuesday, February 23, 2016 from 3-4 p.m.
TLPDC, Texas Tech University Library, Room 152

Registration: http://events.tlpd.ttu.edu/View/Member/ShowAllEvents.aspx

Part of the TTU Worldwide eLearning "Steps to Online Accessibility" Series. This workshop teaches you simple steps to make your PowerPoints accessible. Learners will receive instruction and guided time to practice their new skills. Please bring a PowerPoint to work on.

Presenter: Jackie Luft

*Cyber Security 101 ShortCourse
Tuesday, February 23, 2016 from 4-5 p.m.
Advanced Technology Learning Center (ATLC), PC1 Lab (Room #23) in the University Library basement

Registration: Click on the course title in the ShortCourses list at http://www.depts.ttu.edu/itts/training/shortcourses/index.php, then click "Register online"

Cyber security is the practice of keeping our personal information secure, as well as protecting our personal safety online. This workshop will teach the basics of cyber security. Topics include identity theft, phishing scams, malware, passwords, WiFi, apps, social media, online reputation, and cyber bullying. This information is relevant to TTU faculty, staff and students in their roles at Texas Tech, and also in their roles as friends and family members.

Instructor: Britta Tye

Mocktail Party
Tuesday, February 23, 2016 from 5-7 p.m.
McKenzie-Merket Alumni Center, 17th Street

Registration: To register for the event, (1) Login to http://www.hireredraiders.ttu.edu. (2) Click on "Events" in the top menu bar. (3) Find and click on this event. (4) Click "Register for Event." (5) Click "Save."

Join us for the UCC Mocktail Party! Practice socializing in a reception environment; for example, how to shake hands while holding a plate of food and a beverage. You never know who you are going to meet so practice your networking skills at the Mocktail Party.

Please call the University Career Center at 806.742.2210 if you have any questions or need more information about this event.

CASNR Career Expo
Wednesday, February 24, 2016 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Texas Tech Student Union Ballroom

Registration: To register for the event, (1) Login to http://www.hireredraiders.ttu.edu. (2) Click on "Events" in the top menu bar. (3) Find and click on this event. (4) Click "Register for Event." (5) Click "Save."

The College of Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources (CASNR) will host a Career Expo on February 24, 2016. A list of registered businesses will be available at http://www.hireredraiders.ttu.edu

*SAS - II ShortCourse
Wednesday, February 24, 2016 from 2-4 p.m.
Advanced Technology Learning Center (ATLC), PC1 Lab (Room #23) in the University Library basement

Registration: Click on the course title in the ShortCourses list at http://www.depts.ttu.edu/itts/training/shortcourses/index.php, then click "Register online"

In this ShortCourse you will learn more about SAS Syntax-based programming in Windows environment. Some SAS mathematical and statistical functions, as well as, some popular statistical procedures such as PROC TTEST, PROC CORR, and PROC REG will be discussed also.

In this ShortCourse it is assumed that you are familiar with elementary statistics and you have already taken SAS ShortCourse - Part I.

Instructor: Heide Mansouri

*Presenting Your Research to a Lay Audience
Wednesday, February 24, 2016 from 2:30-3:30 p.m.
Graduate Center Commons in the Administration Building west-wing basement

Registration: not required

Learn how to present your research to a lay audience from Dr. Clifford Fedler, Graduate School Associate Dean! A professor in the Department of Civil, Environmental, and Construction Engineering, Dr. Fedler has twice received Top Paper awards in Transactions of the ASABE. He has also received the Technical Paper and Presentation Award from the American Society for Engineering and been named Engineer of the Year for the Texas Section of ASABE.

The Graduate Center is in the west side (President's side) basement of the Administration Building. For directions, see http://www.gsac.ttu.edu/directions-to-the-graduate-center/. You will need to swipe your student ID to enter.

*+Translating Military Skills Into Civilian Language: Resumes and Interviewing (Webinar)
Wednesday, February 24, 2016 from 3-3:30 p.m.
Online

Registration: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5597192955462376450

Learn how to translate military service into an effective resume that matches the needs of the organizations looking to hire. Learn how to articulate military experience into highly sought after civilian skills in an interview setting.

GRADUATE STUDENT PEER SUPPORT GROUP
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2016 FROM 5:15-6:15 P.M.
GRADUATE CENTER CONFERENCE ROOM IN THE ADMINISTRATION BUILDING WEST BASEMENT

Registration: none required

Have you ever wondered how others juggle the many demands of grad school? Maybe you are experiencing an issue with your advisor, dissertation committee, etc., but aren't sure who you can talk to. Or maybe you just feel like connecting with fellow graduate students.

Whatever the reason, we welcome you to join us for our supportive discussion group for graduate students on Wednesdays from 5:15 - 6:15 p.m.! The group is open and free for any and all graduate students and there is no time commitment - come as often as you like. Topics may include work-life balance, research and teaching demands, advisor issues, etc. Although Nancy and Jackie will be facilitating the group to create a safe space, this is an informal support group, not official group therapy.

The Graduate Center is in the west side (President's side) basement of the Administration Building. For directions, see http://www.gsac.ttu.edu/directions-to-the-graduate-center/. You will need to swipe your student ID to enter.

If you have any questions about the group, feel free to email Nancy at nancy.robinson@ttu.edu or Jackie at jacqueline.caston@ttu.edu.

*Microsoft PowerPoint ShortCourse
Thursday, February 25, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Advanced Technology Learning Center (ATLC), PC1 Lab (Room #23) in the University Library basement

Registration: Click on the course title in the ShortCourses list at http://www.depts.ttu.edu/itts/training/shortcourses/index.php, then click "Register online"

This course introduces the basics of creating a PowerPoint presentation using outlining, graphing, and drawing tools and creating a Web page from the presentation. Topics included are ways to deliver a PowerPoint presentation including self-running presentation.

Instructor: Shannon Fleming

*Using Adobe Acrobat Pro to Make Accessible PDFs
Thursday, February 25, 2016 from 1:30-2:30 p.m.
TLPDC, Texas Tech University Library, Room 152

Registration: http://events.tlpd.ttu.edu/View/Member/ShowAllEvents.aspx

Part of the TTU Worldwide eLearning "Steps to Online Accessibility" Series. Learners will receive instruction and guided time using Adobe Acrobat Pro to create accessible PDFs. The training includes time to practice new skills.

Presenter: Jackie Luft

*Little Things Make All the Difference
Thursday, February 25, 2016 from 3-4 p.m.
TLPDC, Texas Tech University Library, Room 152

Registration: http://events.tlpd.ttu.edu/View/Member/ShowAllEvents.aspx

Part of the TTU Worldwide eLearning "Steps to Online Accessibility" Series. Learners will receive instruction and guided time to incorporate the following to make their online courses/website accessible: fonts, navigation, color contrast, hyperlink titles, text emphasis, flashing/blinking content and exit disclaimer. The training includes time to practice new skills.

Presenter: Jackie Luft

*+So You Want to Be a Project Manager: Tracking Time, Money, and People (Webinar)
Thursday, February 25, 2016 from 3-3:30 p.m.
Online

Registration: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3869985532551874306

This webinar is aimed at students who want to gain a basic knowledge of project management skills.

*Time Management Workshop
Friday, February 26, 2016 from 10-11 p.m.
Graduate Center Commons in the Administration Building west-wing basement

Registration: not required

Workshop participants will be provided a general overview of how to identify poor time management skills and develop the necessary skills to make you a more effective time manager. Specific areas to be covered will be academic writing and studying. Time-control issues (such as email, interruptions, and procrastination) will be discussed as well.

Presented by Gabriella Grimaldo, a Clinical Psychology doctoral student, this workshop will help you
* Develop skills to improve time management
* Apply critical thinking to personal and professional time management
* Become an efficient and effective time manager
* Improve academic writing and study with time management applications
* Learn to avoid distractions and procrastination

The Graduate Center is in the west side (President's side) basement of the Administration Building. For directions, see http://www.gsac.ttu.edu/directions-to-the-graduate-center/. You will need to swipe your student ID to enter.

*Managing Your Citations Workshop
Friday, February 26, 2016 from 2-4 p.m.
Texas Tech University Library, Room 150

Registration: not required

This workshop provides an overview of four citation managers available to Texas Tech students and faculty (EndNote Web, Mendeley, Zotero, and Colwiz). Based on what you learn at this workshop, you can decide which one will best meet your individual research needs.

Presenters: Kimberly Vardeman, Jon Hufford, & Brian Quinn

+Graduate Student Poster Competition Abstract Proposals Deadline
Friday, February 26, 2016 at 11:59 p.m.
Online

The 2016 Graduate Student Research Poster Competition, which will be held at the Museum of Texas Tech University on March 25th, is now accepting proposals online through February 26th at 11:59pm. Participating students will demonstrate their engagement in high quality research with an ability to present this research professionally and communicate it effectively to a non-specialist audience.

Eligibility
* Current Texas Tech Graduate Students (including students in distance programs)
* Posters based on any basic or applied research conducted by the graduate student as part of his/her graduate education.
* Poster presentations may contain information that has been presented at other regional or national meetings.
* Poster presentations cannot contain material previously used in this competition.

Online Abstract Submission
* Abstract submission link: https://portal.gradschool.ttu.edu/_layouts/PosterCompetition/Registration.aspx
* The abstract submission portal closes at 11:59 p.m. on February, 26, 2016.
* Abstracts are limited to 150-200 words and should contain a brief description of the research.

Poster Design Workshops
* Workshops on how to design posters for scholarly conferences will be held at the TLPDC in the University Library on these dates: Tuesday, February 9th, 10-11 a.m; Wednesday, February 10th, 10-11 a.m.; and Thursday, February 11th, 2-3 p.m.
* Register at http://events.tlpd.ttu.edu/View/Member/ShowAllEvents.aspx on the TLPDC website
* At least one workshop will be recorded and made available at http://www.depts.ttu.edu/gradschool/students/current/distance_education.php within a week of its presentation.

Volunteer Judges:
* Judges will work in 90-minute shifts between 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. on March 25, 2016.
* To volunteer as a judge, please fill out this Judge Registration Form.

For more information, see http://www.depts.ttu.edu/gradschool/Poster_Competition.php.

Have questions? Contact one of the Event Coordinators: Carleigh Smith at carleigh.smith@ttu.edu or Jeannie Bennett at jeannie.bennett@ttu.edu.

+February GSAC Meeting and Open Forum
Sunday, February 28, 2016 from 5-7 p.m.
Graduate Center Commons in the Administration Building west-wing basement

Come to the next GSAC Meeting and Open Forum on Sunday, February 28th, 5-7 p.m. Graduate students are especially invited to attend the meeting and voice their own questions, ideas, and concerns during the 15-minute Open Forum, which occurs during the first hour.

Our monthly meetings are held in the Graduate Center in the west wing basement of the Administration Building. For directions to the Graduate Center, please see http://www.gsac.ttu.edu/directions-to-the-graduate-center/

Distance graduate students and those unable to attend in person can use the following link to join the meeting online: https://meet.ttu.edu/jacek.jonca/GSDQY7T5 or call +1 (855) 834-4888 and use Conference ID: 4652349.

First-time users of TTU's Lync (Skype for Business) can find links to download from your eRaider:
1. Login to eRaider at http://eraider.ttu.edu/
2. Look for "Software Download" on the white main screen and select Macintosh or Windows link.
3. Look for "Lync 2011 for Mac OS X" or "Lync 2013 for Windows" and click Download link.
If this download doesn't respond to your eRaider username and pword, you probably have to contact IT at 806-742-4357 (HELP) or ithelpcentral@ttu.edu.

Past meeting minutes and the upcoming agenda will be found on the GSAC website at http://www.gsac.ttu.edu/publications/ a day or two prior to the meeting.

If you can't attend the meeting but want to share with us your thoughts about improving graduate student life, please email at gsac@ttu.edu.

*Résumé / CV Critique Day
Monday, February 29, 2016 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
University Career Center, Wiggins Complex, 3211 18th Street

Registration: not required

The University Career Center is hosting a day-long resume and CV critique opportunity. Bring a hard copy of your documents (résumés, CVs, cover letters, etc.) anytime between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. and have them critiqued by UCC career counselors.

Find more career resources for graduate students at http://www.depts.ttu.edu/careercenter/gradstudents/index.php on the University
Career Center (UCC) website. Visit the UCC in the Graduate Center, Room 43C (in the west-wing of the Administration Building) on Thursdays 2-3 p.m. For more information about UCC services for graduate students, including those in distance programs, email nicole.noble@ttu.edu

Independent Writing Hours at the Graduate Student Writing Center
Monday, February 29, 2016 from 3-5 p.m.
Graduate Center, Room 43, in the Administration Building west-wing basement

Registration: not required

Writing your dissertation, thesis, or other academic project? Join your fellow graduate students at the Graduate Student Writing Center (GSWC) for Independent Writing Hours on Mondays from 3-5 p.m. During these hours, graduate students may use the writing center as a workspace and ask questions as they arise of on-duty writing consultants.

The Graduate Student Writing Center is open to all graduate students and is located in Room 43 of the Graduate Center. The Graduate Center is in the west side (President's side) basement of the Administration Building. For directions, see http://www.depts.ttu.edu/gradcenter/Pages/directions.php. You will need to swipe your student ID to enter.

Individual tutoring sessions at the GSWC will be by appointment on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. To schedule a session, go to https://ttu.mywconline.com/ and click on "here" in the sign in box.

Have questions? Contact Dr. Kristin Messuri, GSWC Director, at kristin.messuri@ttu.edu

*+Professional Etiquette for the US Job Market (Webinar)
Monday, February 29, 2016 from 3-3:30 p.m.
Online

Registration: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/9072737116234460674

This webinar presents an overview of US business etiquette expectations and is an excellent resource for both domestic and international students, alumni, and staff. Information about networking and interviewing is presented, along with explanations of customs such as body language and dress. Also included is an explanation of appropriate manners for networking events where food is served.

 

March 2016 Events

*Basics of Library Research
Tuesday, March 1, 2016 from 2-3 p.m.
Texas Tech University Library, Lab Room 150

Registration: not required

Save time and money. Your personal librarian will get you started with library resources and services. Get tips on how to find articles and books. Learn how to expand and limit search results in databases. Create your free Document Delivery account. Access style guides online. Forget what you think you know. Rediscover the library.

Presenter: Donell Callender

*+Dress to Impress (Webinar)
Tuesday, March 1, 2016 from 2-2:30 p.m.
Online

Registration: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5812358584925196034

Suit up with Raider Red and the University Career Center!

All Majors Job Fair
Wednesday, March 2, 2016 from 12-4 p.m.
Texas Tech Student Union Ballroom

Registration: not required

This event will include employers from across the country who are looking for Texas Tech graduates and alumni for full time opportunities; students for summer internships opportunities; and local employers who offer students flexible part time positions while attending Tech!

Students are required to dress professionally and bring their resume. If you need assistance with your resume, please contact University Career Center at 806.742.2210 or check out the resume tips at www.careercenter.ttu.edu.

*MATLAB ShortCourse
Wednesday, March 2, 2016 from 2-4 p.m.
Advanced Technology Learning Center (ATLC), PC1 Lab (Room #23) in the University Library basement

Registration: Click on the course title in the ShortCourses list at http://www.depts.ttu.edu/itts/training/shortcourses/index.php, then click "Register online"

This ShortCourse provides an introduction to the MATLAB technical computing environment. The course is intended for beginning users. Topics include: Working with the MATLAB user interface, Entering commands and creating variables, Analyzing vectors and matrices, and Visualizing vector and matrix data.

Prerequisites: Undergraduate-level mathematics and experience with basic computer operations is assumed for this ShortCourse.

Instructor: Heide Mansouri

Raising Digital Citizens ShortCourse
Wednesday, March 2, 2016 from 5:15-6:15 p.m.
Advanced Technology Learning Center (ATLC), PC1 Lab (Room #23) in the University Library basement

Registration: Click on the course title in the ShortCourses list at http://www.depts.ttu.edu/itts/training/shortcourses/index.php, then click "Register online"

Technology is constantly evolving, and so are the risks. This presentation provides parents with an overview of today's threats and suggestions for safely raising their children in a digital world. Topics include: Online manners, Age-specific recommendations for online activities, Overview of apps, cyberbullying and other risks, General safety, awareness and protection tips, and Online resources.

Instructor: Britta Tye

GRADUATE STUDENT PEER SUPPORT GROUP
WEDNESDAY, March 2, 2016 FROM 5:15-6:15 P.M.
GRADUATE CENTER CONFERENCE ROOM IN THE ADMINISTRATION BUILDING WEST BASEMENT

Registration: none required

Have you ever wondered how others juggle the many demands of grad school? Maybe you are experiencing an issue with your advisor, dissertation committee, etc., but aren't sure who you can talk to. Or maybe you just feel like connecting with fellow graduate students.

Whatever the reason, we welcome you to join us for our supportive discussion group for graduate students on Wednesdays from 5:15 - 6:15 p.m.! The group is open and free for any and all graduate students and there is no time commitment - come as often as you like. Topics may include work-life balance, research and teaching demands, advisor issues, etc. Although Nancy and Jackie will be facilitating the group to create a safe space, this is an informal support group, not official group therapy.

The Graduate Center is in the west side (President's side) basement of the Administration Building. For directions, see http://www.gsac.ttu.edu/directions-to-the-graduate-center/. You will need to swipe your student ID to enter.

If you have any questions about the group, feel free to email Nancy at nancy.robinson@ttu.edu or Jackie at jacqueline.caston@ttu.edu.

*+Graduate School: Thesis/Dissertation Formatting Workshop
Thursday, March 3, 2016 from 9-11 a.m.
TLPDC, Texas Tech University Library, Room 151

Registration: http://events.tlpd.ttu.edu/View/Member/ShowAllEvents.aspx

This workshop is designed to help students prepare their thesis and dissertation documents for electronic submission. Basic concepts of document design and use of software for preparing documents is covered. It is recommended for those in the beginning stages of writing and formatting their documents.

+This workshop will be recorded and made available at http://www.depts.ttu.edu/gradschool/students/current/distance_education.php within a week of its presentation.

Presenters: Becky Davidson & Jeannie Bennett

*Transferable Skills from Academics to Industry
Thursday, March 3, 2016 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Graduate Center Commons in the Administration west-wing basement

Registration: not required

Join us in the Graduate Center for a workshop on how to transfer your academic skills to an industry career presented by Dr. Nicole Noble, University Career Center counselor. Designed for graduate students, this workshop will help you

* Identify transferable skills from academic experiences to industry positions
* Gain information concerning employers preferences on employee skill sets
* Demonstrate ability to articulate transferable skills

The Graduate Center is in the west side (President's side) basement of the Administration Building. For directions, see http://www.depts.ttu.edu/gradcenter/Pages/directions.php. You will need to swipe your student ID to enter.

Contact Nicole Noble at nicole.noble@ttu.edu for more information about this event or other University Career Center (UCC) services for graduate students. Visit the UCC in the Graduate Center, Room 43C (in the west-wing of the Administration Building) on Thursdays 2-3 p.m. Find more career resources for graduate students at http://www.depts.ttu.edu/careercenter/gradstudents/index.php on the UCC website.

*Cyber Security 101 ShortCourse
Thursday, March 3, 2016 from 12-1 p.m.
Advanced Technology Learning Center (ATLC), PC1 Lab (Room #23) in the University Library basement

Registration: Click on the course title in the ShortCourses list at http://www.depts.ttu.edu/itts/training/shortcourses/index.php, then click "Register online"

Cyber security is the practice of keeping our personal information secure, as well as protecting our personal safety online. This workshop will teach the basics of cyber security. Topics include identity theft, phishing scams, malware, passwords, WiFi, apps, social media, online reputation, and cyber bullying. This information is relevant to TTU faculty, staff and students in their roles at Texas Tech, and also in their roles as friends and family members.

Instructor: Britta Tye

*SPSS - I ShortCourse
Thursday, March 3, 2016 from 2-4 p.m.
Advanced Technology Learning Center (ATLC), PC1 Lab (Room #23) in the University Library basement

Registration: Click on the course title in the ShortCourses list at http://www.depts.ttu.edu/itts/training/shortcourses/index.php, then click "Register online"

SPSS provides a powerful statistical analysis and data management system in a graphical environment, using descriptive menus and simple dialog boxes to do most of the work for you. Most tasks can be accomplished simply by pointing and clicking the mouse. This ShortCourse will cover basic statistical procedures with IBM SPSS Statistics, the Statistical software for the Social Sciences.

This ShortCourse assumes that you are familiar with elementary statistics.

Instructor: Heide Mansouri

Annual Advancing Teaching and Learning Conference: Teaching for Critical Thinking
Friday, March 4, 2016 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Overton Hotel & Conference Center, 2322 Mac Davis Lane

Registration: For a direct link to registration, please go to http://bit.ly/ATLC2016rgstr. All sessions are free of charge, but registration is greatly appreciated and sessions may fill quickly as seating is limited.

The Teaching, Learning and Professional Development Center is pleased to announce that registration for the 12th Annual Advancing Teaching and Learning Conference is now open! The conference will be held on Friday, March 4th at the Overton Hotel. This year's keynote presentation will feature Dr. Stephen Brookfield, John Ireland Endowed Chair in Education at the University of St. Thomas.

With the keynote luncheon presentation focusing on "Teaching for Critical Thinking," seven other conference sessions offered will provide insight into the teaching and learning process and will include presentations such as "Putting Critical Thinking into Action" (also presented by Brookfield), "Online Course Design: A Focus on Ease of Navigation and Constructivism," "Student-Centered Learning Strategies in a Flipped Course," and "Teaching as Creative Process."

For more information about the conference, including the complete conference schedule, please go to http://bit.ly/ATLC2016.

If you have any questions about the conference, please contact Micah Logan at micah.m.logan@ttu.edu or 806-742-0133.

*Identifying Grants for Research and Project Funding Workshop
Friday, March 4, 2016 from 2-4 p.m.
Texas Tech University Library, Room 150

Registration: not required

This workshop targets faculty, researchers, and graduate students at Texas Tech University who are interested in identifying grant opportunities. Hands-on experience is offered using the database: COS Pivot. Pivot assists in finding funding opportunities and in supporting collaboration in research development. It combines the most comprehensive, editorially maintained database of funding opportunities worth an estimated $33 billion with a unique database of 3 million scholar profiles, drawing from Community of Scholars and Community of Science profiles.

Presenters: Jon Hufford, Jessie Simpson, & Brian Quinn

*Assessment and Outcomes Reporting in Blackboard
Monday, March 7, 2016 from 10:30-11:30 a.m.
TLPDC, Texas Tech University Library, Room 153

Registration: http://events.tlpd.ttu.edu/View/Member/ShowAllEvents.aspx

Assessment of student outcomes has become a critical part of higher education. This presentation will give an overview of Blackboard tools that can be used to report student performance on learning outcomes and core curriculum objectives. We will primarily review the Rubrics tool, but we will also discuss other tools in Blackboard for assessment of student performance.

Presenters: Suzanne Tapp & Kristina Mitchell

Microsoft Expression Web ShortCourse
Monday, March 7, 2016 from 2-4 p.m.
Advanced Technology Learning Center (ATLC), PC1 Lab (Room #23) in the University Library basement

Registration: Click on the course title in the ShortCourses list at http://www.depts.ttu.edu/itts/training/shortcourses/index.php, then click "Register online"

This course covers the basics of Microsoft Expression Web. Expression Web is a web site designing software from Microsoft. It is a tool for building and enhancing Web sites with design elements such as cascading style sheets. Instead of being part of the Office suite, Expression Web is part of the Expression suite. Microsoft Expression Web gives you all the tools you'll need to produce high-quality Web sites the way you want them. Expression Web enables you to design, develop, and maintain exceptional standards-based Web sites.

Instructor: Jeff Luman

*Negotiate Your Salary
Monday, March 7, 2016 from 2-3 p.m.
Graduate Center Commons in the Administration Building west-wing basement

Registration: not required

Join us in the Graduate Center for a workshop on how to negotiate your salary presented by Dr. Nicole Noble, University Career Center counselor. Designed for graduate students, this workshop will help you

* Recognize when to discuss salary
* Learn where to research salary information
* Identify techniques for negotiating salary

The Graduate Center is in the west side (President's side) basement of the Administration Building. For directions, see http://www.depts.ttu.edu/gradcenter/Pages/directions.php. You will need to swipe your student ID to enter.

Contact Nicole Noble at nicole.noble@ttu.edu for more information about this event or other University Career Center (UCC) services for graduate students. Visit the UCC in the Graduate Center, Room 43C (in the west-wing of the Administration Building) on Thursdays 2-3 p.m. Find more career resources for graduate students at http://www.depts.ttu.edu/careercenter/gradstudents/index.php on the UCC website.

Independent Writing Hours at the Graduate Student Writing Center
Monday, March 7, 2016 from 3-5 p.m.
Graduate Center, Room 43, in the Administration Building west-wing basement

Registration: not required

Writing your dissertation, thesis, or other academic project? Join your fellow graduate students at the Graduate Student Writing Center (GSWC) for Independent Writing Hours on Mondays from 3-5 p.m. During these hours, graduate students may use the writing center as a workspace and ask questions as they arise of on-duty writing consultants.

The Graduate Student Writing Center is open to all graduate students and is located in Room 43 of the Graduate Center. The Graduate Center is in the west side (President's side) basement of the Administration Building. For directions, see http://www.depts.ttu.edu/gradcenter/Pages/directions.php. You will need to swipe your student ID to enter.

Individual tutoring sessions at the GSWC will be by appointment on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. To schedule a session, go to https://ttu.mywconline.com/ and click on "here" in the sign in box.

Have questions? Contact Dr. Kristin Messuri, GSWC Director, at kristin.messuri@ttu.edu

*Accessibility for the Web ShortCourse
Tuesday, March 8, 2016 from 2-4 p.m.
Advanced Technology Learning Center (ATLC), PC1 Lab (Room #23) in the University Library basement

Registration: Click on the course title in the ShortCourses list at http://www.depts.ttu.edu/itts/training/shortcourses/index.php, then click "Register online"

Accessibility is a key component of any web design. Taking into consideration standards and practices that maximize the usefulness of your site to the widest variety of publics possible is not just a good idea but in many cases it is mandatory. This course will cover some basic information about how to meet accessibility guidelines and keep your web site compliant with various regulations. We will cover who accessibility affects as well as some techniques to create accessible images, tables and layouts.

Instructor: Jeff Luman

*+Know Your Core: Attitudes, Beliefs and Values in the Workplace (Webinar)
Tuesday, March 8, 2016 from 2-2:30 p.m.
Online

Registration: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6362888454999250690

This webinar is designed to help international students become familiar with the culture of any work environment. They are encouraged to examine business culture from their own frame of reference, taking into account their cultural values and personality.

*+Professional Etiquette for the US Job Market (Webinar)
Tuesday, March 8, 2016 from 3-3:30 p.m.
Online

Registration: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/9072737116234460674

This webinar presents an overview of US business etiquette expectations and is an excellent resource for both domestic and international students, alumni, and staff. Information about networking and interviewing is presented, along with explanations of customs such as body language and dress. Also included is an explanation of appropriate manners for networking events where food is served.

*Microsoft Excel ShortCourse
Tuesday, March 8, 2016 from 4-6 p.m.
Advanced Technology Learning Center (ATLC), PC1 Lab (Room #23) in the University Library basement

Registration: Click on the course title in the ShortCourses list at http://www.depts.ttu.edu/itts/training/shortcourses/index.php, then click "Register online"

In this ShortCourse, you will become familiar with the fundamentals of Excel 2013. Topics include navigating within a spreadsheet, using worksheets and workbooks, entering information, using formulas, using functions, formatting information, printing, auto formatting, filling in information, sorting, and filtering.

Instructor: Heide Mansouri

*SAS Enterprise Guide - I ShortCourse
Wednesday, March 9, 2016 from 2-4 p.m.
Advanced Technology Learning Center (ATLC), PC1 Lab (Room #23) in the University Library basement

Registration: Click on the course title in the ShortCourses list at http://www.depts.ttu.edu/itts/training/shortcourses/index.php, then click "Register online"

SAS Enterprise Guide (EG) is the most powerful module in SAS. It is a project-oriented Windows application designed to be used by novice SAS users as well as researchers and business decision makers who are already familiar with SAS programming for exporting data and results to other applications and creating reports, queries, and charts. As you access data and build tasks, SAS Enterprise Guide generates SAS code for you.

For this ShortCourse, it is assumed that you have completed the Base SAS ShortCourse or already know how to create SAS data sets. It is also assumed that you are familiar with Elementary Statistics.

Instructor: Heide Mansouri

*+How to Resolve Conflict with Your Advisor (Webinar)
Wednesday, March 9, 2016 from 2-2:30 p.m.
Online

Registration: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5342972672981283330

Experiencing an uncomfortable conflict with an advisor, professor, or colleague? Attend this webinar to work toward resolving the issue and learn resources available to students.

*+Ethical Dilemma: Answering This Tough Interview Question (Webinar)
Wednesday, March 9, 2016 from 3-3:30 p.m.
Online

Registration: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4447540298925220354

Have you ever been asked about an ethical dilemma in an interview? In this webinar we will briefly define ethics, then give some tips and examples on what employers are looking for in this response.

*Online Reputation Management ShortCourse
Wednesday, March 9, 2016 from 4-5 p.m.
Advanced Technology Learning Center (ATLC), PC1 Lab (Room #23) in the University Library basement

Registration: Click on the course title in the ShortCourses list at http://www.depts.ttu.edu/itts/training/shortcourses/index.php, then click "Register online"

This workshop will teach you how to Manage Your Online Reputation. First impressions are no longer always made face-to-face with a handshake. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and other up-and-coming social media platforms have changed the way reputations are made ??? and ruined. With literally billions of people on social media, sharing, tagging and tweeting, it is important to be aware of your online reputation and to actively manage it. Topics for this workshop include why your online reputation matters, how to manage it and what we can learn from others who had to learn about online reputation management the hard way. This information is relevant to TTU faculty, staff and students in their roles at Texas Tech, and also in their roles as friends and family members.

Instructor: Britta Tye

*SPSS - II ShortCourse
Thursday, March 10, 2016 from 2-4 p.m.
Advanced Technology Learning Center (ATLC), PC1 Lab (Room #23) in the University Library basement

Registration: Click on the course title in the ShortCourses list at http://www.depts.ttu.edu/itts/training/shortcourses/index.php, then click "Register online"

This ShortCourse will cover more of Statistical Analyses such as T Tests, ANOVA, and Linear Regression, using SPSS software.

In this ShortCourse it is assumed that you are familiar with elementary statistics and you have already taken SPSS - I ShortCourse.

Instructor: Heide Mansouri

*+Soft Skills: How the Interview is About More Than Your Content Knowledge (Webinar)
Thursday, March 10, 2016 from 2-2:30 p.m.
Online

Registration: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7803239891473240833

Sometimes the person with the most technical knowledge doesn't always get the job. Why? Attend this webinar and learn how to enhance your soft skills to make you the clear candidate for the positions you want!

*3-D Printing ShortCourse
Thursday, March 10, 2016 from 5-6 p.m.
Advanced Technology Learning Center (ATLC), PC1 Lab (Room #23) in the University Library basement

Registration: Click on the course title in the ShortCourses list at http://www.depts.ttu.edu/itts/training/shortcourses/index.php, then click "Register online"

3D-Printing workshop is designed to introduce you to the Basics of 3D-Printers. In this short workshop, you will learn how a 3D-Printer works, what are the different types of printers and materials you can use, what can you print with a 3D-printer, and how expensive it is to use a 3D Printer. This introductory workshop will provide you with an overview of modern 3D-Printing processes. Specifically, we will discuss several forms of 3D printing, the types of software used to render 3D-Print files, and use cases for 3D printing, both Academic and Commercial. We will discuss 3D-Printing Services and Resources available on TTU campus, including services available through the ATLC. Additional topics include Best Practices for 3D-Design, Submission and Production, specific to fused Deposition Modeling and Additive Printing. This course will include a Live Demo of a Makerbot Replicator 2 3D-Printer.

Instructor: Rebecca Massey

*Predatory Publishing: What It Is and What You Can Do to Protect Your Academic Reputation
Friday, March 11, 2016 from 2-4 p.m.
Texas Tech University Library, Lab 150

Registration: not needed

With the rise of open access publishing, some publishers now charge author fees as a way to finance the cost of publishing articles without having to charge subscription fees. However, some publishers have begun to take advantage of the author pays model and require payment from authors without providing adequate editorial services. The result is that articles are often solicited and accepted for publication in new journals without the customary peer review and editing that is characteristic of established journals. These predatory journals often have scientific names and list prominent academics on their editorial boards without their permission, making them difficult to distinguish from legitimate journals and publishers. In this workshop, we will analyze the characteristics of predatory journals and outline strategies that scholars can take to identify them and ensure that their research is only submitted to quality journals and reputable publishers.

Presenters: Brian Quinn & Jon Hufford

*Adobe Dreamweaver ShortCourse
Monday, March 21, 2016 from 2-4 p.m.
Advanced Technology Learning Center (ATLC), PC1 Lab (Room #23) in the University Library basement

Registration: Click on the course title in the ShortCourses list at http://www.depts.ttu.edu/itts/training/shortcourses/index.php, then click "Register online"

Dreamweaver is a powerful tool that makes creating your own website easy. In this class, you will learn how to use Dreamweaver to edit and format text, create links, and work with images. We will also explore some of the basics of the CSS panel to help establish a consistent design for your website.

Instructor: Jeff Luman

Independent Writing Hours at the Graduate Student Writing Center
Monday, March 21, 2016 from 3-5 p.m.
Graduate Center, Room 43, in the Administration Building west-wing basement

Registration: not required

Writing your dissertation, thesis, or other academic project? Join your fellow graduate students at the Graduate Student Writing Center (GSWC) for Independent Writing Hours on Mondays from 3-5 p.m. During these hours, graduate students may use the writing center as a workspace and ask questions as they arise of on-duty writing consultants.

The Graduate Student Writing Center is open to all graduate students and is located in Room 43 of the Graduate Center. The Graduate Center is in the west side (President's side) basement of the Administration Building. For directions, see http://www.depts.ttu.edu/gradcenter/Pages/directions.php. You will need to swipe your student ID to enter.

Individual tutoring sessions at the GSWC will be by appointment on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. To schedule a session, go to https://ttu.mywconline.com/ and click on "here" in the sign in box.

Have questions? Contact Dr. Kristin Messuri, GSWC Director, at kristin.messuri@ttu.edu

Teacher Job Fair
Tuesday, March 22, 2016 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Lubbock Memorial Civic Center, 1501 Mac Davis Lane

Registration: To register for the event, (1) Login to http://www.hireredraiders.ttu.edu. (2) Click on "Events" in the top menu bar. (3) Find and click on this event. (4) Click "Register for Event." (5) Click "Save."

We would like to invite you to attend the Texas Tech University Spring '16 Teacher Job Fair! This event will be held on Tuesday, March 22, 2016 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center. This day has been designated as a Non-Student Teaching Day to allow for your full participation! A list of registered employers is available at http://www.hireredraiders.ttu.edu

If you have any questions, please feel free to call Amanda Perez with University Career Center at 806-742-2210.

Skype for Business ShortCourse
Tuesday, March 22, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Advanced Technology Learning Center (ATLC), PC1 Lab (Room #23) in the University Library basement

Registration: Click on the course title in the ShortCourses list at http://www.depts.ttu.edu/itts/training/shortcourses/index.php, then click "Register online"

Microsoft Skype for Business is the client application for real-time (synchronous) communications. In this course, you will learn how to use Skype for Business to improve your efficiency by communicating quickly and easily using instant messaging (IM), voice, and video. View presence information about other users and initiate real-time communication from within an Outlook message, avoiding the need to switch applications and search for users. You will also learn how to control incoming communications with alerts, automatic call forwarding and the ability to manually set your status. This course will also cover Skype for Business's integration with Outlook scheduling, how to share applications, desktop, documents, as well as video & voice - giving you many different ways to communicate with others using a consistent and simple user interface.

Instructor: Shannon Fleming

*Adobe Photoshop I ShortCourse
Tuesday, March 22, 2016 from 2-4 p.m.
Advanced Technology Learning Center (ATLC), PC1 Lab (Room #23) in the University Library basement

Registration: Click on the course title in the ShortCourses list at http://www.depts.ttu.edu/itts/training/shortcourses/index.php, then click "Register online"

In this course you will learn about some of the basic tools and palettes in Photoshop. Topics will include selecting; transforming; layers; masking; text, including special effects; and using the gradient tool in making montages. Specific examples will be used in the class to help in the learning process. You will receive all the files and materials you need for the class.

Instructor: Joshua Pia

*+Social Media: Is it Helping or Hurting Your Career? (Webinar)
Tuesday, March 22, 2016 from 3-3:30 p.m.
Online

Registration: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4165854215982128642

Utilizing social media to define your personal brand, engage target audiences, and protect your online reputation.

*SAS Enterprise Guide - II ShortCourse
Wednesday, March 23, 2016 from 2-4 p.m.
Advanced Technology Learning Center (ATLC), PC1 Lab (Room #23) in the University Library basement

Registration: Click on the course title in the ShortCourses list at http://www.depts.ttu.edu/itts/training/shortcourses/index.php, then click "Register online"

In this ShortCourse, you will learn how to use SAS Enterprise Guide to create Graphs, Reports and Queries.

In this ShortCourse, it is assumed that you have completed the Base SAS ShortCourse and SAS Enterprise Guide -I or already know how to create SAS data sets. This ShortCourse also assumes a familiarity with Elementary Statistics and Microsoft Access Queries.

Instructor: Heide Mansouri

*Mediasite ShortCourse
Wednesday, March 23, 2016 from 4-6 p.m.
Advanced Technology Learning Center (ATLC), PC1 Lab (Room #23) in the University Library basement

Registration: Click on the course title in the ShortCourses list at http://www.depts.ttu.edu/itts/training/shortcourses/index.php, then click "Register online"

Mediasite is a video delivery system that can help automate the recording, distribution, management, and analytics of video and multimedia presentations. This ShortCourse covers basic audio video tips, use of the Mediasite version 6 management portal, how to use Mediasite with Blackboard, and how to upload any video content for secure streaming via TTU systems. A Mediasite recorder and AV setup will be present for some hands-on training with the device.

Instructor: Ian Wilkinson

Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and Web Analytics ShortCourse
Thursday, March 24, 2016 from 2-4 p.m.
Advanced Technology Learning Center (ATLC), PC1 Lab (Room #23) in the University Library basement

Registration: Click on the course title in the ShortCourses list at http://www.depts.ttu.edu/itts/training/shortcourses/index.php, then click "Register online"

This ShortCourse for Texas Tech University web editors and developers is designed to assist in creating web pages that are properly constructed using the best practices to insure they are optimized for modern search engines. In the first hour of the course we cover the basics of Search Engine Optimization (SEO) including tagging, images and links, proper headings, meta information, and content relevance. The techniques are all explored within the OmniUpdate environment. In the second hour we cover web analytics, learning how to measure collect and analyze your web traffic. We will cover the what kinds of information one can get from analytics in addition to what information is important and how to use things like bounce rate, page hits, and demographics to help improve your overall site.

Instructor: Jeff Luman

*How to Dress Professionally
Thursday, March 24, 2016 from 2-3 p.m.
Graduate Center Commons in the Administration Building west-wing basement

Registration: not required

Join us in the Graduate Center for a workshop on how to dress professionally presented by Dr. Nicole Noble, University Career Center lead counselor. Designed for graduate students, this workshop will help you

* Understand the importance of a first impression
* Describe appropriate dress for a job interview and why
* Identify appropriate dress after you have been hired

The Graduate Center is in the west side (President's side) basement of the Administration Building. For directions, see http://www.gsac.ttu.edu/directions-to-the-graduate-center/. You will need to swipe your student ID to enter.

Contact Nicole Noble at nicole.noble@ttu.edu for more information about this event or other University Career Center (UCC) services for graduate students. Visit the UCC in the Graduate Center, Room 43C (in the west-wing of the Administration Building) on Thursdays 2-3 p.m. Find more career resources for graduate students at http://www.depts.ttu.edu/careercenter/gradstudents/index.php on the UCC website.

*30-Minute Miracle: Technology in the Classroom
Thursday, March 24, 2016 from 3-3:30 p.m.
TLPDC, Texas Tech University Library, Room 153

Registration: http://events.tlpd.ttu.edu/View/Member/ShowAllEvents.aspx

How do you incorporate technology in the classroom? Do you have an "epic fail" story? We've ALL been there! This informative, highly interactive session will introduce how to use technology such as tablets, animations, "clickers," PowerPoint™, Prezi™ and other technologies more appropriately and EFFECTIVELY, to turn those fails into SUCCESSES!

Presenter: Ken Griffith

*SAS - I ShortCourse
Thursday, March 24, 2016 from 4-6 p.m.
Advanced Technology Learning Center (ATLC), PC1 Lab (Room #23) in the University Library basement

Registration: Click on the course title in the ShortCourses list at http://www.depts.ttu.edu/itts/training/shortcourses/index.php, then click "Register online"

SAS (pronounced saas) is a computer application that can be used to perform statistical analyses. This ShortCourse will introduce you to SAS Syntax-based programming. It is intended to familiarize new SAS users for Windows interface, and teach the basic programming skills needed to perform elementary data manipulation and analytical tasks in SAS.

This ShortCourse assumes that the users are familiar with elementary statistics.

Instructor: Heide Mansouri

+March GSAC Meeting & Open Forum
Thursday, March 24, 2016 from 6-8 p.m.
Graduate Center Commons in the Administration Building west-wing basement

Come to the next GSAC Meeting and Open Forum on Thursday, March 24th, 6-8 p.m. Graduate students are especially invited to attend the meeting and voice their own questions, ideas, and concerns during the 15-minute Open Forum, which occurs during the first hour.

Our monthly meetings are held in the Graduate Center in the west wing basement of the Administration Building. For directions to the Graduate Center, please see http://www.gsac.ttu.edu/directions-to-the-graduate-center/

Distance graduate students and those unable to attend in person can use the following link to join the meeting online: https://meet.ttu.edu/jacek.jonca/GSDQY7T5 or call +1 (855) 834-4888 and use Conference ID: 4652349.

First-time users of TTU's Lync (Skype for Business) can find links to download from your eRaider:
1. Login to eRaider at http://eraider.ttu.edu/
2. Look for "Software Download" on the white main screen and select Macintosh or Windows link.
3. Look for "Lync 2011 for Mac OS X" or "Lync 2013 for Windows" and click Download link.
If this download doesn't respond to your eRaider username and pword, you probably have to contact IT at 806-742-4357 (HELP) or ithelpcentral@ttu.edu.

Past meeting minutes and the upcoming agenda will be found on the GSAC website at http://www.gsac.ttu.edu/publications/ a day or two prior to the meeting.

If you can't attend the meeting but want to share with us your thoughts about improving graduate student life, please email at gsac@ttu.edu.

*+Graduate Student Poster Competition
Friday, March 25, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Museum of Texas Tech University, Helen DeVitt Jones Sculpture Court, 3301 4th Street

Registration: not required

The 2016 Graduate Student Research Poster Competition will be held at the Museum of Texas Tech University on March 25th. Participating students will demonstrate their engagement in high quality research with an ability to present this research professionally and communicate it effectively to a non-specialist audience. The Texas Tech community is welcome to attend and learn more about graduate student research.

Eligibility
* Current Texas Tech Graduate Students (including students in distance programs)
* Posters based on any basic or applied research conducted by the graduate student as part of his/her graduate education.
* Poster presentations may contain information that has been presented at other regional or national meetings.
* Poster presentations cannot contain material previously used in this competition.
* Abstract proposals should be submitted to https://portal.gradschool.ttu.edu/_layouts/PosterCompetition/Registration.aspx by 11:59 p.m. on February, 26, 2016.

Poster Set-up
Posters should be completely set-up on Thursday, March 24th between 2 and 5 p.m. in the Museum of Texas Tech University Helen DeVitt Jones Sculpture Court.

Poster Presentations
* Judges will view posters on Friday, April 10th beginning at 10:00 a.m. at the Sculpture Court in the Texas Tech University Museum (off of 4th and Indiana Ave.).
* Judges review posters with the contestant present. Participants should be prepared to answer questions from judges and attendees concerning objectives, methods, design, results and interpretation of research presented.
* To volunteer as a judge, please fill out this form: http://goo.gl/forms/qKRhw1ASFZ

For more information, see http://www.depts.ttu.edu/gradschool/Poster_Competition.php.

Have questions? Contact one of the Event Coordinators: Carleigh Smith at carleigh.smith@ttu.edu or Jeannie Bennett at jeannie.bennett@ttu.edu.

*+Academic Writing for Multilingual Writers
Friday, March 25, 2016 from 12-1 p.m.
GraduAte Center Commons in the Administration Building west-wing basement

Registration: Email Kristin Messuri, Associate Writing Center Director, at kristin.messuri@ttu.edu to register.

Academic writing can be difficult for all graduate students. However, multilingual writers have several unique challenges and advantages when undertaking academic writing projects in English. This workshop addresses conventions of American scholarly writing as well as a few common grammatical errors.

The Graduate Student Writing Center (GSWC) is open to all graduate students and is located in Room 43 of the Graduate Center. The Graduate Center is in the west side (President's side) basement of the Administration Building. For directions, see http://www.depts.ttu.edu/gradcenter/Pages/directions.php. You will need to swipe your student ID to enter.

+A Skype for Business meeting link will be sent to registered online students. Graduate students in distance programs need to ask for online access in their email registration. First-time users of TTU's Lync (Skype for Business) can download it free from eRaider:
1. Login to eRaider at http://eraider.ttu.edu/
2. Look for "Software Download" on the white main screen and select Macintosh or Windows link.
3. Look for "Lync 2011 for Mac OS X" or "Lync 2013 for Windows" and click Download link.
If this download doesn't respond to your eRaider username and pword, you probably have to contact IT at 806-742-4357 (HELP) or ithelpcentral@ttu.edu.

Individual tutoring sessions at the GSWC will be by appointment on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. To schedule a session, go to https://ttu.mywconline.com/ and click on "here" in the sign in box.

Independent Writing Hours are held every Monday from 3-5 p.m. in the GSWC. During these hours, graduate students may use the writing center as a workspace and ask questions as they arise of on-duty writing consultants.

Have questions? Contact Dr. Kristin Messuri, GSWC Director, at kristin.messuri@ttu.edu.

*Managing Your Research Data
Friday, March 25, 2016 from 2-4 p.m.
Texas Tech University Library, Room 150

Registration: none required

This workshop will provide an overview of how to facilitate the access and reuse of your data, how to comply with institutional and funding agency policies on data management and how to properly secure your data. Topics include organizing and naming data files, backing up data, data management plans, and managing sensitive data subject to intellectual property law or human subject protection.

Presenters: Brian Quinn & Jon Hufford

*+How to Be a Good Mentor (Webinar)
Monday, March 28, 2016 from 2-2:30 p.m.
Online

Registration: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6947100764278751490

Interested in becoming a better mentor or a better mentee? Attend this webinar!

*Online Reputation Management ShortCourse
Tuesday, March 29, 2016 from 12-1 p.m.
Advanced Technology Learning Center (ATLC), PC1 Lab (Room #23) in the University Library basement

Registration: Click on the course title in the ShortCourses list at http://www.depts.ttu.edu/itts/training/shortcourses/index.php, then click "Register online"

This workshop will teach you how to Manage Your Online Reputation. First impressions are no longer always made face-to-face with a handshake. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and other up-and-coming social media platforms have changed the way reputations are made ??? and ruined. With literally billions of people on social media, sharing, tagging and tweeting, it is important to be aware of your online reputation and to actively manage it. Topics for this workshop include why your online reputation matters, how to manage it and what we can learn from others who had to learn about online reputation management the hard way. This information is relevant to TTU faculty, staff and students in their roles at Texas Tech, and also in their roles as friends and family members.

Instructor: Britta Tye

*Adobe Photoshop II ShortCourse
Tuesday, March 29, 2016 from 2-4 p.m.
Advanced Technology Learning Center (ATLC), PC2 Lab (Room #21) in the University Library basement

Registration: Click on the course title in the ShortCourses list at http://www.depts.ttu.edu/itts/training/shortcourses/index.php, then click "Register online"

In this advanced course you will learn how to correct torn photos, remove unwanted items, and perform simple lighting corrections. You will also learn how to use some tools that will enable you to turn an ordinary or dull image into an image that will stand out and capture the attention of the viewer.

Instructor: Joshua Pia

*Microsoft Excel Formulas & Functions ShortCourse
Tuesday, March 29, 2016 from 2-4 p.m.
Advanced Technology Learning Center (ATLC), PC1 Lab (Room #23) in the University Library basement

Registration: Click on the course title in the ShortCourses list at http://www.depts.ttu.edu/itts/training/shortcourses/index.php, then click "Register online"

In this ShortCourse you will learn how to create formulas in Excel 2013. How to use Excel's built -in , predefined formulas, called functions, to make quick work of complex calculations. Several financial, mathematical, and statistical functions will be introduced.

Instructor: Heide Mansouri

*TEACH Talk Discussion Series: Using Group Work Effectively
Wednesday, March 30, 2016 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.
TLPDC, Texas Tech University Library, Room 153

Registration: http://events.tlpd.ttu.edu/View/Member/ShowAllEvents.aspx

Group work/collaborative learning can be incredibly valuable in the classroom, encouraging our students to engage with each other, think critically, and integrate a variety of viewpoints and experiences. However, group work also brings its own challenges! Have you thought about trying group work in your class, but aren't sure how your students might respond? Or do you love using collaborative learning in your classroom and want to share some new ideas with others? Join us for this discussion-based session in which we will consider the benefits and trials of incorporating effective group work in the higher ed classroom, and share our own experiences with the process.

Presenter: Allison Boye

Microsoft OneNote ShortCourse
Wednesday, March 30 from 2-4 p.m.
Advanced Technology Learning Center (ATLC), PC1 Lab (Room #23) in the University Library basement

Registration: Click on the course title in the ShortCourses list at http://www.depts.ttu.edu/itts/training/shortcourses/index.php, then click "Register online"

Microsoft Office OneNote is a note-taking software. With OneNote you have the ability to assign "tags" to your notes, copy and drag from any application, webpage, and PDF into a OneNote page, create Outlook tasks or appointments, even contacts directly from the notes. You can record audio and/or video directly into a note page, you can draw, highlight, email, use the Windows key + S to screen clip any area of your desktop without losing the mouse focus on a menu or highlighted item! A powerful feature of OneNote is the ability to convert handwritten text into type.

Instructor: Heide Mansouri

*+Volunteer Opportunities: Preparing for the Non-profit Fair (Webinar)
Wednesday, March 30, 2016 from 2-2:30 p.m.
Online

Registration: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/3821410208348806914

Looking to explore career options, internships, and shadowing opportunities in the non-profit sector? Attend this webinar and learn ways to get involved!

The University Career Center will host a Non-Profit Fair on April 6, 2016 from 2-4 p.m. in the SUB Ballroom. For more information, see the 4/6/2016 Non-Profit Fair calendar entry.

*+Applicant Tracking System: What You Need to Know to Get Your Resume Noticed (Webinar)
Thursday, March 31, 2016 from 3-3:30 p.m.
Online

Registration: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7553157071067114498

Ever uploaded a resume or job application to a website to apply for a specific job? Then you have used an Applicant Tracking System. These software programs are used by companies to vet resumes before the documents are sent to a human for evaluation. This webinar will present information you need to create a usable resume that will meet the requirements of the Applicant Tracking System and, hopefully, get to a human for further evaluation.

*SAS - II ShortCourse
Thursday, March 31, 2016 from 4-6 p.m.
Advanced Technology Learning Center (ATLC), PC1 Lab (Room #23) in the University Library basement

Registration: Click on the course title in the ShortCourses list at http://www.depts.ttu.edu/itts/training/shortcourses/index.php, then click "Register online"

In this ShortCourse you will learn more about SAS Syntax-based programming in Windows environment. Some SAS mathematical and statistical functions, as well as, some popular statistical procedures such as PROC TTEST, PROC CORR, and PROC REG will be discussed also.

In this ShortCourse it is assumed that you are familiar with elementary statistics and you have already taken SAS ShortCourse - Part I.

Instructor: Heide Mansouri

 

April 2016 Events

*Using Case Studies to Teach Science
Friday, April 1, 2016 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
TLPDC, Texas Tech University Library, Room 151

Registration: http://events.tlpd.ttu.edu/View/Member/ShowAllEvents.aspxPlease register only if you can commit to attend all of this full day workshop!

Case Studies have been used to teach students in law and business schools for over a hundred years. These cases are stories with an educational message. Case study instruction has been used in medicine under the terminology of Problem Based Learning where each patient is a case to be diagnosed and treated. The value of the case approach in the classroom is that it puts the subject matter in context rather than presenting the material as a series of isolated facts and abstract principles. When information is put into story form it is easier to learn and remember. It has particular appeal for students put off by science taught in the traditional lecture style.

The purpose of the Case Study Workshop is to teach faculty about the different types of case study methods of instruction along with their strengths and weaknesses, how to teach with case studies, and how to write cases and teaching notes so that other individuals can use them This is a highly interactive workshop where participants experience case study teaching from the student's viewpoint first, then they will write their own cases which they can take home and use in their classes. An independent survey of several hundred faculty who have attended our case study workshops indicates that virtually all instructors report higher student satisfaction with this method of presentation compared to traditional lecture method, as well as greater student attendance, and higher grades.

Note: All faculty intending to participate in this workshop will need to read the case study on the website entitled: "Torn at the Genes"
http://ublib.buffalo.edu/libraries/projects/cases/torn_at_the_genes.html

Presenter: Dr. Clyde Freeman Herreid holds the State University of New York's title of Distinguished Teaching Professor. He was trained as a biologist at Johns Hopkins University and Pennsylvania State University, and he has held positions at the University of Alaska, Duke University and the University of Nairobi. He has won every major teaching award at the University at Buffalo, and he established the
university's Teaching Assistant Training Program. He founded the National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science 20 years ago. The National Science Foundation and The Pew Charitable Trusts have supported the Center for many years. Its web site is located at http://ublib.buffalo.edu/libraries/projects/cases/case.html where there are over 550 peer-reviewed cases published in all science disciplines including engineering and math. Dr. Herreid writes a regular column on case teaching in the Journal of College Science Teaching. He has written and edited three books on case studies by the National Science Teachers Association: "Start with a Story," is considered a classic in case study teaching. This was followed by "Science Stories: Using Case Studies to Teach Critical Thinking" and "Science Stories You Can Count On: Case Studies with Quantitative Reasoning in Biology."

For more information, please contact Suzanne Tapp at suzanne.tapp@ttu.edu.

*Altmetrics Workshop
Friday, April 1, 2016 from 2-4 p.m.
Texas Tech University Library, Room 150

Registration: not required

With the widespread adoption of information technology, the behavior of scholars has changed in recent years. Traditional measures of scholarly impact have come under increasing criticism for being inadequate. How can we measure the influence of scholarly work in the newly emerging online environment? This workshop focuses on the rise of altmetrics, alternative measures of scholarly influence. Alternative
resources for measuring research impact will be introduced and discussed and their advantages and disadvantages will be noted. Attendees will learn how to monitor personal and institutional research impact in new ways, track research significance and influence in a more timely and comprehensive manner, and achieve a better understanding of how the scholarly landscape may change in the years ahead.

Presenters: Brian Quinn & Innocent Awasom

Independent Writing Hours at the Graduate Student Writing Center
Monday, April 4, 2016 from 3-5 p.m.
Graduate Center Commons in the Administration Building west-wing basement

Registration: not required

Writing your dissertation, thesis, or other academic project? Join your fellow graduate students at the Graduate Student Writing Center (GSWC) for Independent Writing Hours on Mondays from 3-5 p.m. During these hours, graduate students may use the writing center as a workspace and ask questions as they arise of on-duty writing consultants.

The Graduate Student Writing Center is open to all graduate students and is located in Room 43 of the Graduate Center. The Graduate Center is in the west side (President's side) basement of the Administration Building. For directions, see
http://www.depts.ttu.edu/gradcenter/Pages/directions.php. You will need to swipe your student ID to enter.

Individual tutoring sessions at the GSWC will be by appointment on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 9-5 p.m. To schedule a session, go to https://ttu.mywconline.com/ and click on "here" in the sign in box.

Have questions? Contact Dr. Kristin Messuri, GSWC Director, at kristin.messuri@ttu.edu

*+Networking with LinkedIn (Webinar)
Monday, April 4, 2016 from 3-3:30 p.m.
Online

Registration: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4327789189009504002

Networking with LinkedIn is a webinar that presents an overview of how to create a LinkedIn profile that will appeal to companies and recruiters. Basic information about creating a profile is presented with suggestions for utilizing LinkedIn in your own job search.

*3-D Printing ShortCourse
Tuesday, April 5, 2016 from 10-11 a.m.
Advanced Technology Learning Center (ATLC), PC1 Lab (Room #23) in the University Library basement

Registration: Click on the course title in the ShortCourses list at http://www.depts.ttu.edu/itts/training/shortcourses/index.php, then click "Register online"

3D-Printing workshop is designed to introduce you to the Basics of 3D-Printers. In this short workshop, you will learn how a 3D-Printer work, what are the different types of printers and materials you can use, what can you print with a 3D-printer, and how expensive it is to use a 3D Printer? This introductory workshop will provide you with an overview of modern 3D-Printing processes. Specifically, we will discuss several forms of 3D printing, the types of software used to render 3D-Print files, and use cases for 3D printing, both Academic and Commercial. We will discuss 3D-Printing Services and Resources available on TTU campus, including services available through the ATLC. Additional topics include Best Practices for 3D-Design, Submission and Production, specific to fused Deposition Modeling and Additive Printing. This course will include a Live Demo of a Makerbot Replicator 2 3D-Printer.

Instructor: Rebecca Massey

*Microsoft Excel ShortCourse
Tuesday, April 5, 2016 from 2-4 p.m.
Advanced Technology Learning Center (ATLC), PC1 Lab (Room #23) in the University Library basement

Registration: Click on the course title in the ShortCourses list at http://www.depts.ttu.edu/itts/training/shortcourses/index.php, then click "Register online"

In this ShortCourse, you will become familiar with the fundamentals of Excel 2013. Topics include navigating within a spreadsheet, using worksheets and workbooks, entering information, using formulas, using functions, formatting information, printing, auto formatting, filling in information, sorting, and filtering.

Instructor: Heide Mansouri

*+Basic Salary Negotiations: Set Your Sights High (Webinar)
Tuesday, April 5, 2016 from 3-3:30 p.m.
Online

Registration: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/384640325130400002

Basic Salary Negotiations: Set Your Sights High is a basic webinar that helps students understand the critical factors involved in negotiating for salary commensurate with one's skills. It also highlights benefits derived from employment and who is responsible to pay them.

Microsoft SharePoint ShortCourse
Wednesday, April 6, 2016 from 2-4 p.m.
Advanced Technology Learning Center (ATLC), PC1 Lab (Room #23) in the University Library basement

Registration: Click on the course title in the ShortCourses list at http://www.depts.ttu.edu/itts/training/shortcourses/index.php, then click "Register online"

Microsoft SharePoint is a web application platform that makes it easier for people to work together. You can use sites to share documents, collaborate on projects, and share information. SharePoint 2010 works seamlessly with Office 2010 products to make your organizations workflow much easier to manage. Although the most common use of SharePoint is document management, it can be easily customized to fit the needs of your organization through use of shared calendars, task lists, and other features.

This starter course is designed for people who are inexperienced with SharePoint and to help them learn how to understand the roles of SharePoint 2010, how to access and navigate through a SharePoint site, and how to integrate with Office 2010 applications.

Instructor: Ian Wilkinson

Non-Profit Fair
Wednesday, April 6, 2016 from 2-4 p.m.
Texas Tech Student Union Ballroom

Registration: not required

Are you interested in internships, practicum opportunities, or a full-time job in a Non-Profit Organization? The University Career Center invites you to attend the Non-Profit Fair.

Non-Profit organizations from Lubbock will be in attendance! Students interested in acquiring practicum experience, internships, or even full-time employment in a Non-Profit organization will have the opportunity to talk with representatives and pick up valuable information about various organizations.

Students are encouraged to dress professionally and bring copies of their resume. If you need assistance with your resume, please contact the University Career Center at 806-724-2210.

For more event information please visit http://www.careercenter.ttu.edu or call the University Career Center office at 806-742-2210.

*30-Minute Miracle Series: Note-taking: Why We Shouldn't Ban Laptops
Wednesday, April 6, 2016 from 2-2:30 p.m.
TLPDC, Texas Tech University Library, Room 153

Registration: http://events.tlpd.ttu.edu/View/Member/ShowAllEvents.aspx

In this session we will discuss the cognitive processes involved in note-taking, processing, studying, and remembering lecture information. Many instructors have policies that ban laptops in the classroom, but new research suggests that this generation of students may benefit from note-taking via technology. We will discuss the processes behind learning lecture information and how to maximize benefits of note-taking using technology.

Presenter: Eevin Akers

*MATLAB ShortCourse
Wednesday, April 6, 2016 from 4-6 p.m.
Advanced Technology Learning Center (ATLC), PC1 Lab (Room #23) in the University Library basement

Registration: Click on the course title in the ShortCourses list at http://www.depts.ttu.edu/itts/training/shortcourses/index.php, then click "Register online"

This ShortCourse provides an introduction to the MATLAB technical computing environment. The course is intended for beginning users. Topics include: Working with the MATLAB user interface, Entering commands and creating variables, Analyzing vectors and matrices, and Visualizing vector and matrix data.

Prerequisites: Undergraduate-level mathematics and experience with basic computer operations is assumed for this ShortCourse.

Instructor: Heide Mansouri

*Cyber Security 101 ShortCourse
Thursday, April 7, 2016 from 12-1 p.m.
Advanced Technology Learning Center (ATLC), PC1 Lab (Room #23) in the University Library basement

Registration: Click on the course title in the ShortCourses list at http://www.depts.ttu.edu/itts/training/shortcourses/index.php, then click "Register online"

Cyber security is the practice of keeping our personal information secure, as well as protecting our personal safety online. This workshop will teach the basics of cyber security. Topics include identity theft, phishing scams, malware, passwords, WiFi, apps, social media, online reputation, and cyber bullying. This information is relevant to TTU faculty, staff and students in their roles at Texas Tech, and also in their roles as friends and family members.

Instructor: Britta Tye

*Adobe Photoshop I ShortCourse
Thursday, April 7, 2016 from 2-4 p.m.
Advanced Technology Learning Center (ATLC), PC2 Lab (Room #21) in the University Library basement

Registration: Click on the course title in the ShortCourses list at http://www.depts.ttu.edu/itts/training/shortcourses/index.php, then click "Register online"

In this course you will learn about some of the basic tools and palettes in Photoshop. Topics will include selecting; transforming; layers; masking; text, including special effects; and using the gradient tool in making montages. Specific examples will be used in the class to help in the learning process. You will receive all the files and materials you need for the class.

Instructor: Joshua Pia

*+Professional Etiquette for the US Job Market (Webinar)
Thursday, April 7, 2016 from 3-3:30 p.m.
Online

Registration: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7405030864573213698

This webinar presents an overview of US business etiquette expectations and is an excellent resource for both domestic and international students, alumni, and staff. Information about networking and interviewing is presented, along with explanations of customs such as body language and dress. Also included is an explanation of appropriate manners for networking events where food is served.

*TEACH Program Series: Balancing Teaching, Research, and Home Life: A Discussion
Friday, April 8, 2016 from 12-1 p.m.
TLPDC, Texas Tech University Library, Room 153

Registration: http://events.tlpd.ttu.edu/View/Member/ShowAllEvents.aspx

While the flexibility of an academic career might seem ideal, the reality is that an academic's work is never done! It can be challenging to strike the right balance between being a great teacher, completing excellent research, and still having a rewarding personal life. During this discussion, we will share experiences in meeting this challenge and ideas about strategies that might help us prioritize multiple obligations to find a healthy balance in the sometimes not-so-healthy academic lifestyle.

Presenter: Allison Boye

Independent Writing Hours at the Graduate Student Writing Center
Monday, April 11, 2016 from 3-5 p.m.
Graduate Center, Room 43, in the Administration Building west-wing basement

Registration: not required

Writing your dissertation, thesis, or other academic project? Join your fellow graduate students at the Graduate Student Writing Center (GSWC) for Independent Writing Hours on Mondays from 3-5 p.m. During these hours, graduate students may use the writing center as a workspace and ask questions as they arise of on-duty writing consultants.

The Graduate Student Writing Center is open to all graduate students and is located in Room 43 of the Graduate Center. The Graduate Center is in the west side (President's side) basement of the Administration Building. For directions, see http://www.depts.ttu.edu/gradcenter/Pages/directions.php. You will need to swipe your student ID to enter.

Individual tutoring sessions at the GSWC will be by appointment on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 9-5 p.m. To schedule a session, go to https://ttu.mywconline.com/ and click on "here" in the sign in box.

Have questions? Contact Dr. Kristin Messuri, GSWC Director, at kristin.messuri@ttu.edu,

*Microsoft Excel PivotTable ShortCourse
Tuesday, April 12, 2016 from 2-4 p.m.
Advanced Technology Learning Center (ATLC), PC1 Lab (Room #23) in the University Library basement

Registration: Click on the course title in the ShortCourses list at http://www.depts.ttu.edu/itts/training/shortcourses/index.php, then click "Register online"

Excel PivotTables, are a great way to summarize, analyze, explore, and present your data. You can also use PivotTables to make comparisons, detect patterns and relationships, and discover trends. In this ShortCourse you will learn how to create, format, and print PivotTables.

Participants should have basic knowledge of Microsoft Excel 2013 to gain the most from this ShortCourse.

Instructor: Heide Mansouri

*Online Reputation Management ShortCourse
Tuesday, April 12, 2016 from 4-5 p.m.
Advanced Technology Learning Center (ATLC), PC1 Lab (Room #23) in the University Library basement

Registration: Click on the course title in the ShortCourses list at http://www.depts.ttu.edu/itts/training/shortcourses/index.php, then click "Register online"

This workshop will teach you how to Manage Your Online Reputation. First impressions are no longer always made face-to-face with a handshake. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and other up-and-coming social media platforms have changed the way reputations are made ??? and ruined. With literally billions of people on social media, sharing, tagging and tweeting, it is important to be aware of your online reputation and to actively manage it. Topics for this workshop include why your online reputation matters, how to manage it and what we can learn from others who had to learn about online reputation management the hard way. This information is relevant to TTU faculty, staff and students in their roles at Texas Tech, and also in their roles as friends and family members.

Instructor: Britta Tye

Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and Web Analytics ShortCourse
Wednesday, April 13, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Advanced Technology Learning Center (ATLC), PC1 Lab (Room #23) in the University Library basement

Registration: Click on the course title in the ShortCourses list at http://www.depts.ttu.edu/itts/training/shortcourses/index.php, then click "Register online"

This ShortCourse for Texas Tech University web editors and developers is designed to assist in creating web pages that are properly constructed using the best practices to insure they are optimized for modern search engines. In the first hour of the course we cover the basics of Search Engine Optimization (SEO) including tagging, images and links, proper headings, meta information, and content
relevance. The techniques are all explored within the OmniUpdate environment. In the second hour we cover web analytics, learning how to measure collect and analyze your web traffic. We will cover the what kinds of information one can get from analytics in addition to what information is important and how to use things like bounce rate, page hits, and demographics to help improve your overall site.

Instructor: Jeff Luman

*Microsoft Excel Data Analysis ShortCourse
Wednesday, April 13, 2016 from 2-4 p.m.
Advanced Technology Learning Center (ATLC), PC1 Lab (Room #23) in the University Library basement

Registration: Click on the course title in the ShortCourses list at http://www.depts.ttu.edu/itts/training/shortcourses/index.php, then click "Register online"

This ShortCourse will cover some of the statistical analysis functions built into Excel, as well as those included with the Analysis ToolPak. In this course, you will learn how to use Excel 2013 for Descriptive and Inferential statistics, t-Test, ANOVA, Correlation, and Regression.

This course assumes the basic knowledge of Excel 2013 and knowledge of basic college level statistics.

Instructor: Heide Mansouri

*Conflict Resolution at the Workplace
Wednesday, April 13, 2016 from 2-3 p.m.
Graduate Center Commons in the Administration Building west-wing basement

Registration: not required

Join us in the Graduate Center for a workshop on conflict resolution at work and school. Designed for graduate students, this workshop will help you

* Identify types of conflict and strategies to avoid conflicts
* Learn techniques to assist students during conflicts
* Determine ways to discuss conflicts in interviews

The Graduate Center is in the west side (President's side) basement of the Administration Building. For directions, see http://www.depts.ttu.edu/gradcenter/Pages/directions.php. You will need to swipe your student ID to enter.

Contact Nicole Noble at nicole.noble@ttu.edu for more information about this event or other University Career Center (UCC) services for graduate students. Visit the UCC in the Graduate Center, Room 43C (in the west-wing of the Administration Building) on Thursdays 2-3 p.m. Find more career resources for graduate students at http://www.depts.ttu.edu/careercenter/gradstudents/index.php on the UCC website.

Raising Digital Citizens ShortCourse
Thursday, April 14, 2016 from 12-1 p.m.
Advanced Technology Learning Center (ATLC), PC1 Lab (Room #23) in the University Library basement

Registration: Click on the course title in the ShortCourses list at http://www.depts.ttu.edu/itts/training/shortcourses/index.php, then click "Register online"

Technology is constantly evolving, and so are the risks. This presentation provides parents with an overview of today's threats and suggestions for safely raising their children in a digital world. Topics include: Online manners, Age-specific recommendations for online activities, Overview of apps, cyberbullying and other risks, General safety, awareness and protection tips, and Online resources.

Instructor: Britta Tye

*Vocal and Energetic Engagement in the Classroom
Thursday, April 14, 2016 from 1-2 p.m.
TLPDC, Texas Tech University Library, Room 153

Registration: http://events.tlpd.ttu.edu/View/Member/ShowAllEvents.aspx

This workshop will focus on the relationship between your voice and physical presence in the classroom. Are you being heard? Are your students engaged? Are you "present" energetically in the classroom? Are you breathing? You will discover new tools for expanding the vocal palette, learn how to "gain" your students' attention, and begin to develop a self-awareness of your own physical and energetic state - in the moment - and how that might be influencing communication with your students.

Presenter: Allison Boye

*Adobe Photoshop II ShortCourse
Thursday, April 14, 2016 from 2-4 p.m.
Advanced Technology Learning Center (ATLC), PC1 Lab (Room #23) in the University Library basement

Registration: Click on the course title in the ShortCourses list at http://www.depts.ttu.edu/itts/training/shortcourses/index.php, then click "Register online"

In this advanced course you will learn how to correct torn photos, remove unwanted items, and perform simple lighting corrections. You will also learn how to use some tools that will enable you to turn an ordinary or dull image into an image that will stand out and capture the attention of the viewer.

Instructor: Joshua Pia

*Adobe Photoshop II ShortCourse
Thursday, April 14, 2016 from 2-4 p.m.
Advanced Technology Learning Center (ATLC), PC2 Lab (Room #21) in the University Library basement

Registration: Click on the course title in the ShortCourses list at http://www.depts.ttu.edu/itts/training/shortcourses/index.php, then click "Register online"

In this advanced course you will learn how to correct torn photos, remove unwanted items, and perform simple lighting corrections. You will also learn how to use some tools that will enable you to turn an ordinary or dull image into an image that will stand out and capture the attention of the viewer.

Instructor: Joshua Pia

*+Illegal Interview Questions and How to Handle Them (Webinar)
Thursday, April 14, 2016 from 3-3:30 p.m.
Online

Registration: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2962931320590824962

In the United States, there are laws governing data that can be gathered and information that can be considered in hiring decisions. Most interviewers have been trained not to ask these questions in an interview. However, you might have a job interview where illegal questions are asked. This 30-minute webinar will identify illegal questions and provide suggestions to handle them professionally.

Conference on the Advancement of Women: Pre-Conference Event
Thursday, April 14, 2016 from 6-8 p.m.
Location TBA

Registration: Starting February 1, 2016, you can register for this conference at http://www.depts.ttu.edu/wstudies/AWHE_registration.php. Students can attend panels for free, pay $15 during early registration to also get meals, or volunteer to work at the conference and get meals for free.

The 32nd Annual Conference on the Advancement of Women, sponsored by the Women's Studies program at Texas Tech, will take place April 14-15, 2016 in the Student Union Building. This year's conference theme is "Contesting Multiple Margins: From Local to Global and Back Again."

The conference begins on Thursday evening with a pre-conference event: a screening of the documentary "Get Together Girls." Guest speakers on Friday are Manisha Desai, Associate Professor of Sociology and Women's Studies at the University of Connecticut, and Carrie Hessler-Radelet, Director, Peace Corps. See http://www.depts.ttu.edu/wstudies/AWHE_keynote16.php for more information on these
keynote speakers.

Proposals to present on one of Friday's session panels will be accepted through February 5th. See the conference website for additional information about the conference as it develops: http://www.depts.ttu.edu/wstudies/AWHE_2016.php.

Conference on the Advancement of Women
Friday, April 15, 2016 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
TTU Student Union Building

Registration: Starting February 1, 2016, you can register for this conference at http://www.depts.ttu.edu/wstudies/AWHE_registration.php. Students can attend panels for free, pay $15 during early registration to also get meals, or volunteer to work at the conference and get meals for free.

The 32nd Annual Conference on the Advancement of Women, sponsored by the Women's Studies program at Texas Tech, will take place April 14-15, 2016 in the Student Union Building. This year's conference theme is "Contesting Multiple Margins: From Local to Global and Back Again."

The conference begins on Thursday evening with a pre-conference event: a screening of the documentary "Get Together Girls." Guest speakers on Friday are Manisha Desai, Associate Professor of Sociology and Women's Studies at the University of Connecticut, and Carrie Hessler-Radelet, Director, Peace Corps. See http://www.depts.ttu.edu/wstudies/AWHE_keynote16.php for more information on these
keynote speakers.

Proposals to present on one of Friday's session panels will be accepted through February 5th. See the conference website for additional information about the conference as it develops: http://www.depts.ttu.edu/wstudies/AWHE_2016.php.

*+Grant Writing
Friday, April 15, 2016 from 12-1 p.m.
Graduate Center Commons in the Administration Building west-wing basement

Registration: Email Kristin Messuri, Associate Writing Center Director, at kristin.messuri@ttu.edu to register

This workshop addresses the basics of grant writing, including the parts of a grant proposal and common pitfalls. Participants will learn to tailor their grant proposals to specific audiences and to use precise language.

The Graduate Student Writing Center (GSWC) is open to all graduate students and is located in Room 43 of the Graduate Center. The Graduate Center is in the west side (President's side) basement of the Administration Building. For directions, see http://www.depts.ttu.edu/gradcenter/Pages/directions.php. You will need to swipe your student ID to enter.

+A Skype for Business meeting link will be sent to registered online students. Graduate students in distance programs need to ask for online access in their email registration. First-time users of TTU's Lync (Skype for Business) can download it free from eRaider:
1. Login to eRaider at http://eraider.ttu.edu/
2. Look for "Software Download" on the white main screen and select Macintosh or Windows link.
3. Look for "Lync 2011 for Mac OS X" or "Lync 2013 for Windows" and click Download link.
If this download doesn't respond to your eRaider username and pword, you probably have to contact IT at 806-742-4357 (HELP) or ithelpcentral@ttu.edu.

Individual tutoring sessions at the GSWC will be by appointment on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. To schedule a session, go to https://ttu.mywconline.com/ and click on "here" in the sign in box.

Independent Writing Hours are held every Monday from 3-5 p.m. in the GSWC. During these hours, graduate students may use the writing center as a workspace and ask questions as they arise of on-duty writing consultants.

Have questions? Contact Dr. Kristin Messuri, GSWC Director, at kristin.messuri@ttu.edu.

+April GSAC Meeting & Open Forum
Sunday, April 17, 2016 from 5-7 p.m.
Graduate Center Commons in the Administration Building west-wing basement

Come to the last GSAC Meeting and Open Forum of 2015-16 on Sunday, April 17th, 5-7 p.m. Graduate students are especially invited to attend the meeting and voice their own questions, ideas, and concerns during the 15-minute Open Forum, which occurs during the first hour.

Our monthly meetings are held in the Graduate Center in the west wing basement of the Administration Building. For directions to the Graduate Center, please see http://www.gsac.ttu.edu/directions-to-the-graduate-center/.

Distance graduate students and those unable to attend in person can use the following link to join the meeting online: https://meet.ttu.edu/jacek.jonca/GSDQY7T5 or call +1 (855) 834-4888 and use Conference ID: 4652349.

First-time users of TTU's Lync (Skype for Business) can find links to download from your eRaider:
1. Login to eRaider at http://eraider.ttu.edu/
2. Look for "Software Download" on the white main screen and select Macintosh or Windows link.
3. Look for "Lync 2011 for Mac OS X" or "Lync 2013 for Windows" and click Download link.
If this download doesn't respond to your eRaider username and pword, you probably have to contact IT at 806-742-4357 (HELP) or ithelpcentral@ttu.edu.

Past meeting minutes and the upcoming agenda will be found on the GSAC website at http://www.gsac.ttu.edu/publications/ a day or two prior to the meeting.

If you can't attend the meeting but want to share with us your thoughts about improving graduate student life, please email at gsac@ttu.edu.

Independent Writing Hours at the Graduate Student Writing Center
Monday, April 18, 2016 from 3-5 p.m.
Graduate Center, Room 43, in the Administration Building west-wing basement

Registration: not required

Writing your dissertation, thesis, or other academic project? Join your fellow graduate students at the Graduate Student Writing Center (GSWC) for Independent Writing Hours on Mondays from 3-5 p.m. During these hours, graduate students may use the writing center as a workspace and ask questions as they arise of on-duty writing consultants.

The Graduate Student Writing Center is open to all graduate students and is located in Room 43 of the Graduate Center. The Graduate Center is in the west side (President's side) basement of the Administration Building. For directions, see http://www.depts.ttu.edu/gradcenter/Pages/directions.php. You will need to swipe your student ID to enter.

Individual tutoring sessions at the GSWC will be by appointment on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 9-5 p.m. To schedule a session, go to https://ttu.mywconline.com/ and click on "here" in the sign in box.

Have questions? Contact Dr. Kristin Messuri, GSWC Director, at kristin.messuri@ttu.edu.

*TEACH Talk Discussion Series: Dealing With Grade Disputes
Thursday, April 21, 2016 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.
TLPDC, Texas Tech University Library, Room 152

Registration: http://events.tlpd.ttu.edu/View/Member/ShowAllEvents.aspx

"But, I have to get an A!" No matter the desired outcome, when the stakes are so high, it is likely that you will hear this or similar statements. Join us for a discussion on the best practices of addressing grade disputes in your courses. There will be "extra credit" if it is a lively discussion...

Presenter: Ken Griffith

*+Applicant Tracking System: What You Need to Know to Get Your Resume Noticed (Webinar)
Thursday, April 21, 2016 from 3-3:30 p.m.
Online

Registration: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6030010210178989058

Ever uploaded a resume or job application to a website to apply for a specific job? Then you have used an Applicant Tracking System. These software programs are used by companies to vet resumes before the documents are sent to a human for evaluation. This webinar will present information you need to create a usable resume that will meet the requirements of the Applicant Tracking System and,
hopefully, get to a human for further evaluation.

Independent Writing Hours at the Graduate Student Writing Center
Monday, April 25, 2016 from 3-5 p.m.
Graduate Center, Room 43, in the Administration Building west-wing basement

Registration: not required

Writing your dissertation, thesis, or other academic project? Join your fellow graduate students at the Graduate Student Writing Center (GSWC) for Independent Writing Hours on Mondays from 3-5 p.m. During these hours, graduate students may use the writing center as a workspace and ask questions as they arise of on-duty writing consultants.

The Graduate Student Writing Center is open to all graduate students and is located in Room 43 of the Graduate Center. The Graduate Center is in the west side (President's side) basement of the Administration Building. For directions, see http://www.depts.ttu.edu/gradcenter/Pages/directions.php. You will need to swipe your student ID to enter.

Individual tutoring sessions at the GSWC will be by appointment on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 9-5 p.m. To schedule a session, go to https://ttu.mywconline.com/ and click on "here" in the sign in box.

Have questions? Contact Dr. Kristin Messuri, GSWC Director, at kristin.messuri@ttu.edu.

*+Illegal Interview Questions and How to Handle Them (Webinar)
Thursday, April 28, 2016 from 3-3:30 p.m.
Online

Registration: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3709993396571613442

In the United States, there are laws governing data that can be gathered and information that can be considered in hiring decisions. Most interviewers have been trained not to ask these questions in an interview. However, you might have a job interview where illegal questions are asked. This 30-minute webinar will identify illegal questions and provide suggestions to handle them professionally.

 

May 2016 Events

Independent Writing Hours at the Graduate Student Writing Center
Monday, May 2, 2016 from 3-5 p.m.
Graduate Center, Room 43, in the Administration Building west-wing basement

Registration: not required

Writing your dissertation, thesis, or other academic project? Join your fellow graduate students at the Graduate Student Writing Center (GSWC) for Independent Writing Hours on Mondays from 3-5 p.m. During these hours, graduate students may use the writing center as a workspace and ask questions as they arise of on-duty writing consultants.

The Graduate Student Writing Center is open to all graduate students and is located in Room 43 of the Graduate Center. The Graduate Center is in the west side (President's side) basement of the Administration Building. For directions, see http://www.depts.ttu.edu/gradcenter/Pages/directions.php. You will need to swipe your student ID to enter.

Individual tutoring sessions at the GSWC will be by appointment on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 9-5 p.m. To schedule a session, go to https://ttu.mywconline.com/ and click on "here" in the sign in box.

Have questions? Contact Dr. Kristin Messuri, GSWC Director, at kristin.messuri@ttu.edu.

Independent Writing Hours at the Graduate Student Writing Center
Monday, May 9, 2016 from 3-5 p.m.
Graduate Center, Room 43, in the Administration Building west-wing basement

Registration: not required

Writing your dissertation, thesis, or other academic project? Join your fellow graduate students at the Graduate Student Writing Center (GSWC) for Independent Writing Hours on Mondays from 3-5 p.m. During these hours, graduate students may use the writing center as a workspace and ask questions as they arise of on-duty writing consultants.

The Graduate Student Writing Center is open to all graduate students and is located in Room 43 of the Graduate Center. The Graduate Center is in the west side (President's side) basement of the Administration Building. For directions, see http://www.depts.ttu.edu/gradcenter/Pages/directions.php. You will need to swipe your student ID to enter.

Individual tutoring sessions at the GSWC will be by appointment on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 9-5 p.m. To schedule a session, go to https://ttu.mywconline.com/ and click on "here" in the sign in box.

Have questions? Contact Dr. Kristin Messuri, GSWC Director, at kristin.messuri@ttu.edu.

*Managing Your Online Course
Tuesday, May 11, 2016 from 2:30-4 p.m.
TLPDC, Texas Tech University Library, Room 151

Registration: http://events.tlpd.ttu.edu/View/Member/ShowAllEvents.aspx

Since your online student isn't sitting in front of you and get a quick answer to a question, it is essential that procedural and technical information be provide upfront. Doing so will make yours - and the students' lives easier and allow you to focus on what you do best – teaching the subject.

Presenter: Brian Ditmer

*Leadership in the Work Setting
Wednesday, May 18, 2016 from 2-3 p.m.
Graduate Center Commons in the Administration Building west-wing basement

Registration: not required

Join us in the Graduate Center for a workshop on leadership in the workplace presented by Dr. Nicole Noble, University Career Center counselor. Designed for graduate students, this workshop will help you

* Reflect on personal leadership practices and cultural perspectives
* Identify techniques for building a working relationship
* Assist students in managing stressful situations and conflicts

The Graduate Center is in the west side (President's side) basement of the Administration Building. For directions, see http://www.depts.ttu.edu/gradcenter/Pages/directions.php. You will need to swipe your student ID to enter.

Contact Nicole Noble at nicole.noble@ttu.edu for more information about this event or other University Career Center (UCC) services for graduate students. Visit the UCC in the Graduate Center, Room 43C (in the west-wing of the Administration Building) on Thursdays 2-3 p.m. Find more career resources for graduate students at http://www.depts.ttu.edu/careercenter/gradstudents/index.php on the UCC website.

*Personal/Professional Branding
Thursday, May 19, 2016 from 2-3 p.m.
Graduate Center Commons in the Administration Building west-wing basement

Registration: not required

Join us in the Graduate Center for a workshop on personal and professional branding presented by Dr. Nicole Noble, University Career Center counselor. Designed for graduate students, this workshop will help you

* Understand necessary elements for professional branding
* Establish goals for professional branding
* Identify strategies to network and increase professional branding

The Graduate Center is in the west side (President's side) basement of the Administration Building. For directions, see http://www.depts.ttu.edu/gradcenter/Pages/directions.php. You will need to swipe your student ID to enter.

Contact Nicole Noble at nicole.noble@ttu.edu for more information about this event or other University Career Center (UCC) services for graduate students. Visit the UCC in the Graduate Center, Room 43C (in the west-wing of the Administration Building) on Thursdays 2-3 p.m. Find more career resources for graduate students at http://www.depts.ttu.edu/careercenter/gradstudents/index.php on the UCC website.

+Graduate School Commencement
Friday, May 20, 2016 from 7-9 p.m.
United Supermarkets Arena, 1701 Indiana Avenue

This ceremony is for Masters and Doctoral students who have submitted an application to graduate for the spring term.

All Students should arrive no later than 5:30 p.m. Students will enter through the drive-in bay entry at the north end of the arena (ramp located in the middle of the parking lot on the north side). Upon arrival, students will check in at the tables located at the entrance. Students will receive a reader card (printed with student's name and a seat number). Students should proceed into the Practice Court and locate the matching seat number as indicated on the reader card. Please keep your card in hand at all times prior to and during the ceremony. Doctoral candidates will carry their hoods and be formally hooded by their major professor(s). Master's candidates will wear their hoods. Professor(s) hooding doctoral candidates should be in the Practice Court by at least 6 p.m.

DO NOT BRING purses, keys, or cameras to the Practice Court. Students may not have any type of decoration on their caps (mortar boards). Caps that have any type of decor will be exchanged for a plain cap.

All diplomas will be given out to attendees in the City Bank Room upstairs in the arena AFTER the ceremony. Any students who have not met all graduation requirements will not be able to pick up their diplomas. Even though the ceremony is on the 20th, diplomas will be dated May 21st, 2016 as that is the actual graduation date. 

+All commencement ceremonies are livestreamed via http://www.ttu.edu/livestream/.

Additional information related to commencement can be found at https://www.depts.ttu.edu/provost/commencement/.

 

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