Graduate Student Association

The Graduate Student Association (GSA) at the University of Northern Colorado (UNC) is a student-run organization that seeks to advance the interests of over 3,000 UNC graduate students through the representation of their needs and support of activities central to their graduate education.

The GSA organizes the distribution of the largest pool of research and conference grant funding available to graduate students at UNC. Grant applications are received over four  grant cycles throughout the year. All grant applications are reviewed and scored by a volunteer committee of graduate students. 

The GSA is also tasked with contributing to the well-being of graduate students. The GSA coordinates numerous social and professional development programs, develops campus and community partnerships, appoints graduate students to campus committees and provides general support to UNC graduate students.

The GSA provides representation for UNC graduate students by appointing students to participate in various councils, committees, and advisory panels including:

  • Graduate Academic Appeals Board
  • Graduate (Faculty) Council
  • Campus Recreation Center Advisory Board
  • GA/TA Office Space Committee
  • Student Senate
  • Campus Climate Initiative Work Group
  • Graduate Student Appreciation Week
  • Graduate Student of the Year
  • Research Day Planning Committee

The GSA is staffed by one 20-hour/week graduate assistant (the GSA Director) and a number of volunteer graduate students (GSA Council, activity coordinators, committee members, etc). 

2018 Events

Campus Climate Work Group
Wednesday, Feb. 14, 3-4:30 p.m.
NHS Conference Room, Gunter Hall
GSA Representatives David Shimokawa and Margaret Sebastian will be present.

Graduate Council Meeting
Thursday, Feb. 15, 3-5 p.m.
Council Room, University Center
GSA Representatives Amra Mohammed and Michelle Morgan will be present.

GSA Black Panther Movie Screening
Friday, Feb. 16, 6-10 p.m.
Cinemark Greeley Mall

The UNC Graduate Student Association is sponsoring an opening weekend screening of the superhero movie Black Panther. A limited number of tickets are free for UNC graduate students with guest tickets available for purchase (while supplies last). The GSA group will be meeting in the inner lobby of the Greeley Mall Cinemark theater on Friday, Feb. 16, at 6 p.m. The movie starts at 7 p.m. Reserve your ticket here. Questions? Contact MBS graduate student Imani Thomas (thom0094@bears.unco.edu) or HESAL Ph.D. student Margaret Sebastian (margaret.sebastian@unco.edu). 

GSA Intermediate-Level Yoga Class
Saturday, Feb. 17, 10-11 a.m.
Sacred Space Yoga (map)

Join the Graduate Student Association for this intermediate-level yoga class at Sacred Space Yoga. The event is free for UNC graduate students (space limited). Please register with activity coordinator Megan Jones (jone4748@bears.unco.edu). 

GSA Town Hall Meeting: Greeley
Tuesday, Feb. 20, noon-1:30 p.m.
Tobey-Kendel Dining Hall Meeting Room
GSA Director, GSA Council, Dean Linda Black and Assistant Dean Cindy Wesley will be present.

The GSA Director will be giving an update on the Graduate Student Association and Dr. Linda Black and Dr. Cindy Wesley will be present to answer questions that graduate students may have. Lunch provided for the first 30 attendees. No RSVP necessary; first come, first served. Open to all UNC grad students. Please send your questions for Dr. Black or Dr. Wesley ahead of time using this question form.

GSA Town Hall Meeting: Denver Lowry Center
Tuesday, Feb. 24, noon-1:30 p.m.
UNC Lowry Center Room #237
GSA Director, GSA Council, Dean Linda Black and Assistant Dean Cindy Wesley will be present.

The GSA Director will be giving an update on the Graduate Student Association and Dr. Linda Black and Dr. Cindy Wesley will be present to answer questions that graduate students may have. Lunch provided (while supplies last, BYOB). No RSVP necessary; first come, first served. Open to all UNC grad students. Please send your questions for Dr. Black or Dr. Wesley ahead of time using this question form.

Student Senate Meeting
Wednesday, Feb. 21, 5:30-7 p.m.
Panorama Room, University Center
GSA Director David Shimokawa will be present.

GSA Breakfast Club Meeting
Saturday, Feb. 24, 10 a.m.-noon
Roots Coffee (808 22nd Street Greeley, CO)

The UNC Graduate Student Association Breakfast Club is a monthly gathering of graduate students to enjoy breakfast and discuss graduate education. Students of all programs are welcome and the GSA Breakfast Club enjoys a diverse mix of graduate students of various ages, programs, ethnicities and professional backgrounds. Register for the GSA Breakfast Club here.

GSA Town Hall Meeting: Denver
Saturday, Feb. 24, noon-1:30 p.m.
UNC Lowry Center, Denver 
GSA Director, GSA Council, Dean Linda Black and Assistant Dean Cindy Wesley will be present. Open to all UNC grad students.

Campus Climate Work Group
Wednesday, Feb. 28, 3-4:30 p.m.
Graduate School Conference Room, Carter Hall
GSA Representatives David Shimokawa and Margaret Sebastian will be present.

Campus Climate Work Group
Wednesday, Mar. 7, 3-4:30 p.m.
NHS Conference Room, Gunter Hall
GSA Representatives David Shimokawa and Margaret Sebastian will be present.

Student Senate Meeting
Wednesday, Mar. 7, 5:30-7 p.m.
Panorama Room, University Center
GSA Director David Shimokawa will be present.

GSA Horseback Riding
Date/Time TBD
Sylvandale Ranch, Loveland 

Are there any graduate students interested in going horseback riding when the weather gets warmer this spring? A GSA activity coordinator is trying to determine interest in a two-hour, horseback trail ride at Sylvandale in Loveland. Cost for the activity would be approximately $65 per person. If interested, please contact Erika.feckova@unco.edu to tell her you’d like to be on the notification list.

Graduate Student Appreciation Week
April 2-6 (first week of April)

Stay tuned for GSA events. Inform your office/department of this special week! Interested in volunteering on this committee? Contact dannon.cox@unco.edu.

Getting Involved

The Graduate Student Association has a number of leadership positions available to graduate students. If you are interested in volunteering, please send an email to david.shimokawa@unco.edu.

  • GA/TA Office Space Committee
  • Graduate Student Appreciation Week Committee
  • Graduate Council Meeting Attendees
  • Research Day Planning Committee
  • GSA Intramural Sports, Team Captains
  • GSA Activity Coordinators
  • GSA Workshop Instructors

Fall 2017 Events

Welcome Back Mixer

GSA Social

City of Greeley Tour

 

Graduate Student Appreciation Week

Lunch at the Graduate School
 

Social at Stuft Burger Bar
 

 

Spring Welcome Back Social

Past GSA Events

2018

Jan. 27, GSA Breakfast Club at Cracker Barrel
Jan. 25, GSA Spring Welcome Back Mixer at 16th Street Tavern
Jan. 19, GSA Spring New Graduate Student Lunch
Jan. 17, Intro to GSA Grants workshop

2017

Nov. 30, GSA How to make an album workshop with SBST
Nov. 29, GSA meetup at UNC Holiday Dinner
Nov. 23, Thanksgiving Potluck with UNC Hawaii Club
Nov. 18, GSA team at UNC Military Challenge Race
Nov. 16, GSA Veteran/Military-related Research Symposium
Nov. 8, GSA Trivia Night at Broken Plow Brewery
Oct. 30, GSA Town Hall Meeting
Oct. 27, GSA Greeley Night Out at STUFT & Fritzler Corn Maze
Oct. 25, GSA flu shot clinic
Oct. 14, GSA Breakfast Club at IHOP
Oct. 11, GSA Trivia Night at Broken Plow Brewery
Oct. 2, GSA BBQ at Veterans Services
Sept. 29, Middle Eastern & North African graduate student meetup
Sept. 16-17, GSA Estes Park Overnight Trip
Sept. 13, GSA Trivia Night at Broken Plow Brewery
Sept. 7, GSA meetup at UNC DACA rally
Sept. 6, GSA meetup at UNC Cultural Services Extravaganza
Sept. 2, GSA meetup at UNC Football
Aug. 18, GSA meetup at Taste of UNC
Aug. 17, GSA City of Greeley Bus Tour
Aug. 16, GSA Beer in the Breezeway Mixer
Aug. 15, New Graduate Student Social at Broken Plow Brewery
Aug. 15, Fall New Graduate Student Lunch
Aug. 15, New Graduate Student Orientation