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GSA Newsletter: February 14, 2021

virtual office hours
GSA Office Hours to Remain Virtual Until Further Notice
Due to COVID-19, the Graduate Student Association (GSA) office hours will remain virtual until further notice. If you wish to schedule a meeting with the GSA Director or other members of the GSA, please email david.shimokawa@unco.edu.  



Mobile Food Pantry
Tuesday, Feb. 16
2–3:30 p.m.
NEW LOCATION: Y-Parking Lot (near Nottingham Field)
The Weld Food bank truck will be coming to campus to distribute free fresh produce and baked goods to members of the UNC campus community. Special thanks to UNC Libraries Professor Annie Epperson for rounding up a team of volunteers from UNC Libraries to assist with loading food into students’ vehicles.

This is a drive-up mobile food pantry. When arriving at the Y-parking lot in your vehicle, follow staff / signage and drive up to the Food Bank truck. Volunteers will load food donations into your vehicle trunk. There is no paperwork to fill out and there are no income verification checks, etc. for students wanting to pick up food. Even if you do not personally need to use this service, please help spread word to your fellow graduate students and undergraduate students. Y-parking lot is the large parking area northeast of Nottingham football field. 

If you have any questions or are looking to volunteer, contact GSA Administrative Assistant Francis.To@unco.edu 

Event Flyer (PDF) to share with students
Parking Lot Map
Weld Food Bank
Annie Epperson, UNC Libraries Professor
UNC Libraries


GSA Meeting with President Feinstein
Wednesday, Feb. 24
11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Via Zoom (registered guests only)

UNC President Andy Feinstein would like to meet regularly with graduate students to answer questions and receive feedback from the graduate student population. The GSA is scheduling monthly meetings with the President in Spring 2021 and would like to have members of all colleges and campuses (Greeley, Loveland, Denver, Online) in attendance.

Office of the President
UNC 2030 Strategic Vision Plan 
UNC Strategic Enrollment and Student Success (SESS) Plan

jeri-anne lyons 

Graduate School Town Hall
Tuesday, March 2
3–4 p.m.
Via Zoom (registered guests only)

The GSA is hosting a town hall meeting with the Graduate School. All graduate students are encouraged to attend to learn more about the state of graduate education at UNC.  Jeri-Anne Lyons, Ph.D., Dean of the Graduate School, will be present to meet with students and answer any questions.

UNC Graduate School
Graduate School 2018 Quality of Life Survey Results
Graduate School 2018-2019 Exit Survey Results

student senate 

Student Senate
The Graduate Student Association is appointing Teaching Diverse Learners, M.A., student Sami Roby to represent the GSA on Student Senate for spring 2021. Student Senate is a governing body of 23 student members that seeks to represent student interests in an equitable manner. If you have concerns for Sami to take to Student Senate, please contact gsa@unco.edu. Sami Roby will be taking the place of GSA Student Senate representative Johnathan Garcia-Ramos (Sport Administration, M.S.) who graduated in December 2020.

Student Government Association

campus rec 

Campus Rec Advisory Board
After a long hiatus, the Campus Rec Advisory Board (CRAB) looks to meet again later in the spring semester. The Graduate Student Association has appointed Sport Administration, Ph.D., student Alicia Romano to represent graduate students on this board. The CRAB initiates, reviews, and makes recommendations concerning the UNC Campus Recreation Center. If you have suggestions, complaints, proposals, etc. for the CRAB, please contact gsa@unco.edu

A reminder to all UNC graduate students that pay student fees, Campus Recreation Center access and use of Outdoor Pursuits is included with your student fees. This includes use of Outdoor Pursuits rental items in the Gear Shop.

UNC Campus Recreation Center
UNC Outdoor Pursuits 
UNC Gear Shop


Graduate Student Panel
Wednesday, Feb. 24
4–5 p.m.
The UNC Center for Human Enrichment (CHE) is looking for four to five graduate students to sit on a panel for undergraduate students. The theme of the workshop is pathways to graduate school and graduate school experiences from the perspective of a first-generation student. Panel moderator, Bryson Kelly, would like the panel to talk about their experiences with:

  • Application process
  • Selecting a program
  • Funding
  • Research
  • Relationship with advisors
  • Work-life balance in graduate school

First-generation students are preferred. If you would like to volunteer, please contact gsa@unco.edu 

research mentorship 

From Luke Steinman at the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs:

Graduate-Undergraduate Student Research Mentorship Program Survey
We are in the process of developing a Graduate-Undergraduate Student Research Mentorship Program. This program would work to not only facilitate research partnerships between graduate students, undergraduate students and faculty, but serve as an additional funding opportunity for students here at UNC. We would love your feedback regarding your potential interest and what you might like to see in such a program. If/when you have the time, please fill out the link below so we can incorporate your thoughts and feedback into shaping this program. If you have any questions, feel free to contact luke.steinman@unco.edu

Survey Link

grant funding 

GSA Grant Cycle 03
The application period for GSA Grant Cycle 03 closed on Friday, Jan. 29. Applications are currently under review. Funding decisions to be sent out by March 26, 2021. Application for GSA Grant Cycle 04 opens on May 1, 2021.

If you missed a grant cycle application deadline, you can still apply in a later grant cycle as long as your activity took place during the current fiscal year (between July 1,2020–June 30, 2021). For example, if you began a research project in December 2020, but missed the Cycle 02 and 03 application deadlines, you can still apply for research funding in Cycle 04.

Contact GSA@unco.edu with questions.

GSA Grant Funding

Lunar New Year 
Friday, Feb. 12
Happy Lunar New Year to everyone as we welcome the Year of the Ox (according to the Chinese zodiac). Best wishes to everyone as they celebrate this amazing holiday!

UNC Lunar New Year Activities and Events:

Lunar New Year Celebrations and Traditions from Around the World (pre-COVID-19):

 Wellness Workshop Series
wellness workshop series

intervarsity christian fellowship
From Emily Romero, Educational Psychology, Ph.D., student
Intervarsity Christian Fellowship Group
February 10 and 17
7:30 p.m.
Zoom Hangout
Bring your beverage of choice and join us for an evening of conversation and simply hanging out! Contact Sara Schuhardt @ 515-491-0182 for details. 

submit news
Graduate Student News Wanted
Do you have exciting news to share from your program or personal life? Been published or received an award? The GSA is looking for graduate achievements to mention in our newsletter and on our websites. Please send any info to GSA Administrative Assistant Francis.To@unco.edu