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Graduate Student Association

GSA Breakfast Club at Cranford's Tea Tavern in Downtown Greeley. Special Guest Jon Smail (Greeley City Councilperson; middle left).
GSA Welcome Back Professional Mixer
GSA Welcome Back Professional Mixer
Beer in the Breezeway following the Teaching Assistant orientation
Staying the weekend at UNC's Old Man Mountain cabins in Estes Park, Colorado
UNCO Graduate Students
Graduate Student Appreciation Week party at Cranford's Tea Tavern
Grad student and enrollment coach Bryson Kelly (Social Psychology of Sport)
Sport & Exercise Science grad students
Derrick Bomar (middle) Masters in Public Health program
MPH graduate students

 

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

The GSA is also tasked with contributing to the well-being of the graduate community. 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.


Volunteer with the GSA

If you are interested in volunteering with the GSA, please send an email to david.shimokawa@unco.edu. Positions include:

  • Faculty Research & Publications Board (FRPB) Representative
    • Faculty Research & Publications Board website
    • This board meets throughout the academic year. Responsibilities include recommending and assisting with policies directed at securing adequate financial support for faculty research, recommending policies regarding the assignment of faculty time and University facilities for research, soliciting applications for research proposals and artistic productions and to allocate funds available to the FRPB on the basis of project merit, soliciting nominations from the faculty at large for the Distinguished Scholar Award and selecting the outstanding faculty member(s) for this award.
    • The GSA selects one graduate student representative to serve on this board during the academic year. 
    • Interested candidates should contact GSA Director David Shimokawa.
  • GSA Activity & Event Coordinators
    • The GSA is always looking for volunteers to lead meet-ups and activities for graduate students. Activity coordinators typically have their own entertainment expenses covered by the GSA in exchange for planning, marketing, and leading activities for graduate students. 
    • The GSA is seeking coordinators from the Greeley, Loveland, Denver, and Colorado Springs campuses. 
    • Interested candidates should contact GSA Director David Shimokawa.
  • Graduate Academic Appeals Board (AAB)
    • AAB appointees and graduate faculty members review graduate student appeals on a case-by-case basis. Appeal hearings involve document reviews and/or full-board reviews.
    • The GSA selects up to 15 graduate student representatives to serve on this board during the academic year.
    • Interested volunteers should contact GSA Assistant Director of Graduate Student Rights & Appeals Nicholas Dix.  
  • Graduate (Faculty) Council
    • Graduate Council appointees study and recommend policy on matters regarding graduate faculty, graduate students and graduate studies at UNC. GSA appointees are members with full voting rights. Appointees are responsible for representing the interests of the graduate student population, taking notes at meetings, and reporting information to the GSA. Volunteers interested in serving on Graduate Council should contact GSA Director David Shimokawa.
  • Campus Recreation Center Advisory Board (CRAB) 
    • GSA appointees to the Campus Recreation Center Advisory Board meet periodically with Recreation Center staff members to recommend policy and address concerns regarding the UNC Campus Recreation Center. Appointees are responsible for representing the interests of the graduate student population, taking notes at meetings, and reporting information to the GSA. Volunteers interested in serving on Graduate Council should contact GSA Director David Shimokawa.
  • University Center Advisory Board (UCAB)
    • GSA appointees to the University Center Advisory Board meet periodically with University Center staff members to recommend policy and address concerns regarding the UNC University Center. Appointees are responsible for representing the interests of the graduate student population, taking notes at meetings, and reporting information to the GSA. Volunteers interested in serving on Graduate Council should contact GSA Director David Shimokawa
  • Student Senate
    • The Student Senate is an elected body of student representatives. UNC graduate students are eligible to run for Student Senate office and receive financial compensation for their service. Student Senate meetings are held bi-weekly at 5:30 p.m. in the University Center Council Room. The GSA is seeking graduate student volunteers to increase representation and lobbying efforts. Interested volunteers should contact GSA Assistant Director of Graduate Community & Climate Margaret Sebastian.  
  • Campus Climate Initiative Work Group
    • Graduate Student Association appointees to the Campus Climate Initiative Workgroup assist with carrying out recommendations obtained from the 2015 Campus Climate Assessment (Executive Summary of Assessment) at UNC. The GSA is seeking appointees for the 2018-2019 academic year. Interested volunteers should contact GSA Assistant Director of Graduate Community & Climate Margaret Sebastian.
  • Graduate Student Appreciation Week (GSAW)
    • Graduate Student Appreciation Week was founded under the current GSA administration in 2016-2017 and takes place annually during the first week of April. GSAW committee members plan and execute numerous activities for graduate students and encourage all members of the campus community to recognize and show appreciation for graduate students. The GSA is seeking members for 2020 Graduate Student Appreciation Week planning committee. Interested volunteers should contact GSA Assistant Director of Media Relations Dannon Cox
  • Research Day Planning Committee
    • The Graduate Student Association sponsors UNC's annual Research Day which allows graduate and undergraduate students to present their research to the campus community. GSA appointees on this committee assist with planning and are responsible for furthering the interests of graduate students with this event. The GSA is seeking members for 2020 Research Day planning committee. Interested volunteers should contact GSA Assistant Director of Graduate Research Katy LaFary

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).


Earn Additional Research/Conference Travel Grant Money

The GSA has several fundraising opportunities available for graduate students interested in making connections with local businesses and organizations. Commission only. Earned commissions will only go towards research and/or conference travel reimbursements for the graduate student (no cash distributions). For more information, contact david.shimokawa@unco.edu to schedule an interview.  


Past GSA Events and Activities 2018-2019

Spring 2019

May 7 CSU/UNC Graduate Researcher Exchange: Jonny Lisano (photos)
April 20 GSA Breakfast Club @ Doug's Diner
April 17 Grad Student vs. Faculty Basketball Game @ Campus Recreation Center
April 11 UNC Research Day @ University Center
April 5 Graduate Student Appreciation Week Social @ High Brau Taphouse (photos)
April 4 Yoga on the Lawn @ Gunter Green (photos)
April 4 Therapy Dogs @ Gunter Green (photos)
April 4 Therapy Dogs @ Michener Library (photos)
April 3 Public Health Trivia @ University Center (photos)
April 3 Professional Headshots @ Campus Commons (photos)
April 3 Public Health Discussion @ University Center (photos)
April 2 Archery Tag Tournament @ Campus Recreation Center
April 2 Wheelchair Basketball Tournament @ Campus Recreation Center (photos)
April 2 SpikeBall Tournament @ Gunter Green (photos)
April 1 Free group fitness classes @ Campus Recreation Center
April 1 Public Health Fair @ University Center (photos)
March 30 GSA Breakfast Club @ Loveland Starbucks
March 4 GSA Graduate Panel @ McNair Scholars
Feb. 23 GSA Breakfast Club @ IHOP Greeley (photos)
Feb. 9 Lunar New Year Celebration (photos)
Jan. 25 Graduate Teaching Assistant Town Hall @ Ross Hall
Jan. 16 Student Senate Town Hall @ University Center
Jan. 16 Intro to GSA Grants Workshop @ University Center
Jan. 15 GSA Spring Welcome Back Mixer @ Tower 56 Distilling (photos)
Jan. 11-13 GSA Estes Park Hiking Trip (photos)
Jan. 11 GSA New Graduate Student Lunch @ Holmes Dining Hall

Fall 2018

Dec. 1 GSA Breakfast Club @ Loveland Breakfast Club
Nov. 30 GSA Hockey Night @ Colorado Eagles
Oct. 27 GSA Breakfast Club @ Cranford's Tea Tavern (photos)
Oct. 26 GSA Lunch @ Holmes Dining Hall
Oct. 26 Graduate Student Breakfast w/ Andy Feinstein @ University Center
Oct. 25 Greeley Night Out @ Downtown Greeley
Oct. 18 GSA Town Hall @ Loveland Campus
Oct. 17 GSA Flu Shot Clinic @ Ross Hall
Oct. 12 GSA Town Hall @ Denver Lowry Center
Oct. 11 GSA BBQ Lunch @ Veterans Services Cottage (photos)
Sept. 29 GSA Breakfast Club @ https://crackerbarrel.com/
Sept. 27 Archery Tag @ Campus Recreation Center (photos)
Sept. 7 GSA movie screening: Crazy Rich Asians @ Cinemark Greeley Mall
Sept. 7 GSA Lunch @ TK Dining Hall
Aug. 29 GSA Grant Writing Workshop @ University Center
Aug. 19 UNC Local Business Fair @ Candelaria Lawn
Aug. 17 GSA meetup: RecFest @ Campus Recreation Center
Aug. 17 GSA meetup: Taste of UNC @ Turner Green (photos)
Aug. 15 GSA Fall Welcome Back Mixer @ 16th Street Tavern (photos)
Aug. 14 GSA New Graduate Student Lunch @ Holmes Dining Hall
Aug. 14 New Graduate Student Orientation @ McKee Hall
Aug. 8 GSA Family meetup @ Greeley Family Funplex
July 12 GSA Lunch with UNC President @ South Hall

Past GSA Events and Activities 2017-2018

Spring 2018

April 21 GSA Breakfast Club @ Dark Heart Coffee Bar
April 7 GSA meetup at Hawai'i Club Lu'au @ University Center
April 6 GSA Happy Hour Social @ Cranford's Tea Tavern (photos)
April 5 Sex Trivia with the MPH Program @ Brix Taphouse (photos)
April 5 Research Day @ University Center
April 4 Yoga on the Lawn @ Gunter Green (photos)
April 4 Free Group Fitness Classes for Grad Students @ Campus Recreation Center
April 3 Free Chair Massages for Graduate Students @ University Center
April 2 GSA Therapy Dog Playtime @ Michener Library (photos)
April 2 Graduate Student Appreciation Week
March 31 GSA Breakfast Club @ Egg & I
March 30 Grad Student Meet & Greet Lunch with Student Senate Candidates @ Grad School
March 8 Graduate Coordinators' Meeting @ University Center
March 7 Safe Spring Break @ Turner Green
March 7 GSA GA/TA Office Space Meeting 
Feb. 24 GSA Breakfast Club @ Cranford Cove (photos)
Feb. 24 GSA Town Hall: Denver Campus
Feb. 20 GSA Town Hall: Greeley Campus
Feb. 17 GSA Yoga Class @ Sacred Space Yoga
Feb. 16, GSA Black Panther Screening @ Cinemark Greeley Mall (photos)
Jan. 27, GSA Breakfast Club @ Cracker Barrel (photos)
Jan. 25, GSA Spring Welcome Back Mixer @ 16th Street Tavern (photos)
Jan. 19, GSA Spring New Graduate Student Lunch @ Holmes Dining Hall
Jan. 17, Intro to GSA Grants workshop @ University Center

Fall 2017

Nov. 30, GSA How to make an album workshop with SBST @ Frasier Hall (photos)
Nov. 29, GSA meetup: UNC Holiday Dinner @ Holmes Dining Hall  (photos)
Nov. 23, Thanksgiving Potluck with UNC Hawaii Club @ Kohl House (photos)
Nov. 18, GSA team at UNC Military Challenge Race @ Campus Recreation Center (photos)
Nov. 16, GSA Veteran/Military-related Research Symposium @ University Center
Nov. 8, GSA Trivia Night @ Broken Plow Brewery (photos)
Oct. 30, GSA Town Hall Meeting @ TK Dining Hall
Oct. 27, GSA Greeley Night Out @ STUFT & Fritzler Corn Maze
Oct. 25, GSA flu shot clinic @ Ross Hall (photos)
Oct. 14, GSA Breakfast Club @ IHOP (photos)
Oct. 11, GSA Trivia Night @ Broken Plow Brewery (photos)
Oct. 5, GSA Zero Waste Sustainability Workshop by Brittney Morgan @ Ross Hall (photos)
Oct. 2, GSA BBQ @ Veterans Services (photos)
Sept. 29, Middle Eastern & North African graduate student meetup @ University Center (photos)
Sept. 16-17, GSA Estes Park Overnight Trip (photos)
Sept. 13, GSA Trivia Night @ Broken Plow Brewery
Sept. 13, GSA meetup: UNC Taste of APASS @ Kohl House (photos)
Sept. 13, GSA meetup: UNC Free Speech Panel Discussion (photos)
Sept. 7, GSA meetup: UNC DACA rally @ Gunter Green (photos)
Sept. 6, GSA meetup: UNC Cultural Services Extravaganza @ Marcus Garvey Center
Sept. 2, GSA meetup: UNC Football @ Nottingham Field (photos)
Aug. 18, GSA meetup: Taste of UNC @ Turner Green (photos)
Aug. 17, GSA City of Greeley Bus Tour
Aug. 16, GSA Beer in the Breezeway Mixer @ McKee Hall Breezeway (photos)
Aug. 15, New Graduate Student Social @ Broken Plow Brewery (photos)
Aug. 15, GSA New Graduate Student Lunch @ Holmes Dining Hall (photos)
Aug. 15, New Graduate Student Orientation @ McKee Hall (photos)
May 27, GSA meetup at CSU's BBQ Showdown @ Stanley Hotel (photos)
April 21, GSA Colorado Rockies Baseball Game (photos)
April 14, GSA Professional Development Lunch @ University Center (photos)
April 7, GSA Graduate Student Appreciation Week Social @ Cranford Cove (photos)
April 4, Graduate Student Appreciation Week Lunch @ UNC Graduate School (photos)
March 9, Strong Bear Powerlifting Competition @ Campus Recreation Center (photos)
March 6, GSA meetu: UNC Jazz Thang @ Moxi Theater (photos)
March 3, Graduate Students at Biology Department Chili Cookoff (photos)
Feb. 14, GSA Bowling Night @ Chipper Lanes (photos)
Feb. 6, GSA meetup: UNC CSC / PASC Dessert Bake-Off @ University Center (photos)
Jan. 23, GSA Spring Welcome Back Mixer @ Weldwerks Brewing (photos)