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GSA Newsletter: August 29, 2021

GSA Office Hours
Graduate Student Association Office
Carter Hall #2007 (Google Maps)
Fall 2021 Hours: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Services available at the GSA Office:

If you wish to schedule a meeting with the GSA Director or other members of the GSA, please email david.shimokawa@unco.edu.  


shang chi

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings
UNC Private Screening
Friday, Sept. 3, 8 p.m. showtime
Cinemark Greeley Mall
Register for Tickets

The UNC private screening of Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings is brought to you by the UNC Graduate Student Association and the UNC Asian Pacific Islander Union. There are a limited number of tickets available. Please do not register if you are not guaranteed to attend. This registration form is for current UNC graduate & undergraduate students only. If you happen to register after all tickets have been reserved, you will be placed onto a waiting list and notified by email.

rockies baseball

College Nights at the Rockies
Thursday, Sept. 2, 6:40 p.m. $10 + $1 hot dog coupons (first 10,000 fans)
Friday, Sept. 3, 6:40 p.m. $12
Saturday, Sept. 4, 6:10 p.m. $12 + puffy vest giveaway (first 15,000 fans)
Buy your discounted Rockies tickets here

It's college nights at the Colorado Rockies! Feel free to attend this event with your family and friends or book tickets with your classmates for an evening out with your program! Tickets booked together can select seats together. For group purchases of 12 or more, contact ryan.tapp@rockies.com.

alicia Romano Arjun Ramani Charles Mukaida Salaheddin Sharif
Left to Right: Alicia Romano, Arjun Ramani, Charles Mukaida, Salaheddin Sharif

GSA Grant Cycle 01
Applications for the first grant cycle of the 2021-2022 fiscal year were accepted between July 1-16. Grant cycle 01 was for graduate students who attended conferences, submitted manuscripts or began research between July 1-Aug. 31. Four graduate students were awarded funding during this grant cycle:

    • Alicia Romano, Sport and Exercise Science: Sport Administration, Ph.D. program. Presentation grant. "Women employees in the sport industry: Organizational elements of workplace and job engagement." Virtual presentation at the 16th Asian Association for Sport Management Conference in Bangkok, Thailand, Aug. 19-20, 2021.Research advisor: Alan Morse
    • Arjun Ramani, Sport and Exercise Science: Exercise Physiology, Ph.D. program. Research grant. "Does kefir attenuate to doxorubicin mediated TLR-4 and pro-caspase 8 expression?" Research advisor: Laura Stewart
    • Charles Mukaida, Music: Vocal Performance, M.M. program. Professional development grant "Narnia Festival: Opera Program: leading role," in Narni, Umbria, Italy. 
    • Salaheddin SharifSport and Exercise Science: Exercise Physiology, Ph.D. program. Research grant. "Effects of Creatine Supplementation Protocols and Doxorubicin on Cardiac and Skeletal Muscle Phosphocreatine System." Research advisor: David Hydock.

active shooter defense

Active Shooter Defense Class
Wednesday, Sept. 8, 10-11 a.m.
UNC University Center: Second Floor Conference Rooms
No registration required

As students / civilians in the United States, mass shooting incidents are a reality that we must prepare for. The Graduate Student Association (GSA) has contacted UNC Police Office Lawrence Raimer to teach a class on active shooter situations and defensive tactics. Officer Raimer is a long-time veteran of the UNC Police Department. Over his career, Officer Raimer has dealt with his fair share of dangerous individuals and was on-hand when a shooter took hostages on the UNC campus many years ago.

In addition to hosting this class, the GSA has also won grant funding to provide the UNC campus with mass casualty trauma kits that you can find in high-traffic locations around campus.

self-defense class

Self-Defense Class
Saturday, Sept. 18, 3-5 p.m.
UNC Campus Recreation Center: Small gym
Register for Self-Defense Class

Register for a one-time, self-defense class on the UNC campus. Emphasis on ground-fighting and grappling techniques. Class taught by Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu instructor Bobby Ryan of Element Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in Eaton, CO. Participation fees covered by the UNC Graduate Student Association. Limited to 40 participants. Reserve your spot today.

support group

Graduate Student Support Group
Date / Time / Location TBD (pending interest)
970-351-2496 to register

The UNC Counseling Center is considering starting a graduate student support group to meet on a weekly basis via Zoom or in-person. In order to begin this group, students will need to call the Counseling Center (970-351-2496) to say that they are interested in the graduate counseling support group. The Counseling Center will then perform a screening process to ensure that each student is a good fit for this counseling service. For more information about the UNC Counseling Center, visit them here: https://www.unco.edu/counseling-center/

bear pantry

Bear Pantry
University Center 2166

From the Bear Pantry Website: UNC's Bear Pantry is a collaborative initiative on campus to assist students in our community who are faced with food insecurity. Bear Pantry supplements the food supply for any UNC students experiencing hunger and struggling to buy food. Bear Pantry hopes to minimize food insecurity while students work toward completing their education. Every UNC student, staff and faculty member is able to visit the pantry once per week and choose up to 10 items at no cost. Items available include non-perishables, perishables and personal hygiene products. There is no reservation required, simply stop by the pantry during open hours. Anyone with a current Bear ID Number is eligible (this includes UNC main & extended campus graduate students).

rental equiment

GSA Rental Equipment
Reservation Request Qualtrics Form
The following items are available for main campus graduate students to borrow:

  • Travel Poster Tubes (3 available)
  • Logitech Spotlight Remote Presenters (2 available)
  • 22,000mAH Power Bank
  • 26,800mAH Power Bank
  • 5,000mAH Power Bank
  • Double-Lavalier Microphones (mini-plug)
  • Tabletop Interview Microphone (USB plug)
  • USB Microphone (2 available)
  • 200v to 110v Travel Adapter & Power Converter
  • USB Transcription Foot Pedal (2 available)
  • Numeric Keypad (USB plug)
  • iPads (5 available)
  • USB-C to HDMI Adapter (3 available)
  • Lightning to Digital AV Adapter: HDMI & Lightning (3 available)
  • Airhook Device Holder
  • 6' Tablecloth with GSA Research Logo
  • Zhiyun DSLR Gimbal (camera not included)
  • Zhiyun Smartphone Gimbal (phone not included)
  • Steelseries Nimbus iPad Controller
  • Apeman m400 Portable Projector
  • Doxie go SE Portable Scanner

Equipment rental reservations will be accommodated in the order they are received, pending equipment availability and the ability of the GSA to process reservation requests. Making a reservation request does not guarantee that the equipment will be available for you to pick up immediately. Please try make requests at least one week ahead of time so that the GSA can get back to you with a response. If you have any questions or special requests (extensions, longer borrowing periods, etc.), please email GSA Director David Shimokawa.


UNC Library Rental Equipment

The following items are available for library-fee-paying graduate students to borrow (from Michener Library):

  • PC Laptop Computers
  • MacBook Pro Laptops
  • Snowball Microphones 
  • Lavalier Microphone (for use with smartphone)
  • Boom Pole for Microphone
  • Various chargers
  • DVD / Blu-Ray Players
  • Colorado State Parks Pass
  • Musical Instruments (at Skinner Music Library)

Full equipment list and checkout information

michener room rental

Reservable Study / Meeting Spaces for Graduate Students

high plains library

Services at the High Plains Library District

The High Plains Library District has seven branch libraries, bookmobile services, and six autonomous member libraries that serve Weld County. Get a virtual or permanent library card today. Of particular value to graduate students is the ability to print up to 200 b/w pages per month (or 100 color pages) with your library card. Quick print stations make it easy to plug in a USB drive and print PDF copies of journal articles. 


How to look up UNC salaries

Did you know you can look up the salary of every faculty or staff member at UNC? A print copy of the salary report is available for in-library use only in the reference section of Michener Library under the title "Staffing Pattern" (call number: LD4011 N269 A3). Previous years are available in Archives & Special Collections, located in the lower level of Michener Library. Call the Archives at (970) 351-2854 or email archives@unco.edu for more information. Information is also available from the UNC Faculty Senate: https://www.unco.edu/faculty-senate/salary-reports.aspx

Source: Bette Rathe, UNC Libraries FAQ

business cards

Business Cards, Name Badges, Laptops for Graduate Assistants:

Are you a graduate assistant or teaching assistant working for UNC? Check with your office administrator to see if they will provide you with a computer, business cards, name badge, and/or other supplies and equipment for your position. If they do not, you can purchase your own business cards through the GSA. UNC's official business card ordering portal may not be functioning so you can order through the Graduate Student Association's page here: UNC-Branded Business Card Order Form. You may pick up your cards in person from the GSA's printer or have them mailed to you for $10.00 shipping in the United States.


Campus Surplus
Parsons Hall
Wednesdays only 10-11:30 a.m.
Call for an appointment, 970-351-2446

Are you graduate / teaching assistant looking for additional furniture or supplies for your office? The UNC Campus Surplus houses used office furniture that has been discarded from various departments on campus. The surplus is open to the campus community every Wednesday from 10-11:30 a.m. and moving services will deliver selected furniture anywhere on campus. For more information, contact the Service Center at 351-2446.

salah sharif presentation

Congratulations to UNC Graduate Student Salaheddin Sharif

Sport and Exercise Science: Exercise Physiology doctoral student, Salaheddin "Salah" Sharif has recently accepted a research fellow position at the prestigious Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Salah will be working in the endocrinology lab conducting research on diabetic insulin resistance. 

Salah began his doctoral studies at UNC in fall of 2017 after obtaining his master's degree from the University of West Virginia. Originally from Libra, Salah now lives in the United States with his wife and three daughters. A well-known member of the UNC campus community, Salah was a lead student in forming the Middle East & North African Student Organization and he has volunteered with the Graduate Student Association since his arrival. Salah will defend his dissertation on Sept. 21. 

To share achievements (you or your classmates) in the GSA Newsletter, email stories to gsa@unco.edu

Brian Fowler Hoyoon Jung Jay Martyn
Left to Right: Brian Fowler, Hoyoon Jung, Jay Martin

 Kyle Brannigan Nicole Sellars Rammi Hazzaa
Left to Right: Kyle Brannigan, Nicole Sellars, Rammi Hazzaa

Sport & Exercise Science: Sport Administration, Ph.D. Students Accept Faculty Positions

Congratulations to recent SES: Sport Administration Ph.D. graduates on finishing their programs and accepting faculty positions around the U.S.:

To share achievements (you or your classmates) in the GSA Newsletter, email stories to gsa@unco.edu

grant funding

GSA Grant Cycle 02: Application Opens Sept. 1, 2021
Applications for grant cycle 02 will be accepted between Sept. 1-17. For more information, go to the GSA Grant Funding page. Students can apply for GSA grant funding to help with the following expenses:

  • Conducting research (equipment, travel, manpower expenses, printing, mailing, database access, etc.)
  • Submitting manuscripts for publication in academic journals (submission fees, printing, mailing, etc.)
  • Presenting at online conferences (registration, organization membership, equipment for presenting online, etc.)
  • Presenting at in-person conferences (registration, organization membership, travel expenses, etc.)
  • Attending in-person conferences (registration, organization membership, travel expenses, etc.)
  • Attending online conferences (registration, organization membership, equipment for online attendance, etc.)
  • Professional development (registration, in-state travel expenses, equipment, etc.)

If you missed a grant Cycle 01 application deadline earlier this year, you can still apply during grant cycle 02 as long as your purchase activity took place during the current fiscal year (between July 1, 2021- June 30, 2022). For example, if you began a research project in July 2021, but missed the Cycle 01 application deadline, you can apply for research funding in Cycle 02.

Contact GSA@unco.edu with questions. 

Complete list of Grant Winners 2020 - 2021 (Excel)

Link: GSA Grant Funding

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Dissertation Fellowship

The UNC Graduate School Dissertation Fellowship is a competitive program for doctoral students entering or currently in the dissertation stage of their program. The Dissertation Fellowship provides each winner with a $20,000 stipend and up to $8,220 in tuition waivers (up to $4,110 per semester based on the number of enrolled credits). This is the equivalent of six, 799 dissertation credits at the Colorado resident tuition rate. 

    • A $20,000 stipend
    • Up to $8,220 in tuition waiver (up to $4,110 per semester based on number of enrolled credits;
      this is the equivalent cost of 6 XXX 799 dissertation credits at the resident tuition rate) 

To qualify, a student must:

    • Be currently/continuously enrolled in a UNC doctoral program in CEBS, NHS or PVA that requires
      a dissertation
    • Have successfully completed both written and oral comprehensive exams (with the results
      recorded by the Graduate School)
    • Have a successful proposal on record in the Graduate School by the spring semester deadline
      prior to the start of the fellowship (students may apply for the fellowship in anticipation of
      meeting the proposal deadline)
    • Have an outstanding academic record
    • Have the enthusiastic support of faculty
    • Submit a completed fellowship application and all related documents by the deadline

Congratulations to the three graduate student Dissertation Fellowship winners for the 2021-2022 academic year:

  • Erin McEvoy, Counseling Psychology, Ph.D. program. College of Natural Health Sciences (EBS).
  • David Lyons, Biological Education, Ph.D. program. College of Natural and Health Sciences (NHS).
  • Tessa Espinosa, Music Performance, D.A. program. College of Performing & Visual Arts (PVA). 


GradCO Professional Development Series

Grad students and postdoctoral scholars from partnering Colorado institutions are invited to participate in these online professional development opportunities. See full schedule

Graduate Writing Accountability Group
The Writing Center is trying to figure out a time that works for graduate students to participate in a Writing Accountability Group (WAG) for the fall semester. A graduate assistant in the Writing Center, Ryland Townsend, will be helping to organize this semester’s WAG and he’s put together a Google Form to get information from those who are interested in attending and taking a poll of which times might work for them (and us). Keep in mind that all times listed are Mountain Time.
We want to get this WAG going as soon as possible, so please fill out the form at your earliest convenience. Also, feel free to forward this information on to any other graduate students and/or post this information on social media sites. If possible, we’d like to get something organized within the next week!


Contact Your Representatives / Leadership at UNC

UNC Graduate Student Association

UNC Student Senate

  • Senate Suggestion Box: https://unco.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_e4clN1zEtIIWyQl
  • Student Body President: Enrique Benavidez, enrique.benavidez@unco.edu  
  • Director of Campus Relations: Kendra Smits, contact info unavailable on Student Senate website
  • Director of Finance: Briauna McFaddenBriauna.Mcfadden@unco.edu 
  • Director of Student Affairs: Caterina Belle Azzarello, caterina.azzarello@unco.edu 
  • Election Commissioner / Parliamentarian: this position has been eliminated in 2021
  • Student Rights Advocate: this position has been eliminated in 2021
  • Student Trustee: Rasheeda Grant, contact info unavailable on Student Senate website
  • Senator, NHS: Gabi Swize, contact info unavailable on Student Senate website
  • Senator, NHS: Hannah Wilson, contact info unavailable on Student Senate website
  • Senator, NHS: Christa Harvey, contact info unavailable on Student Senate website
  • Senator, EBS: Jasmine Rodriguez, contact info unavailable on Student Senate website
  • Senator, EBS: Kyla Glenn, contact info unavailable on Student Senate website
  • Senator, EBS: Savannah Rivera, contact info unavailable on Student Senate website
  • Senator, HSS: Caitlin Haas, contact info unavailable on Student Senate website
  • Senator, HSS: Casey Randall, contact info unavailable on Student Senate website
  • Senator, HSS: Erin Pettorino, contact info unavailable on Student Senate website
  • Senator, MCB: Emmy Morgan Scott, contact info unavailable on Student Senate website
  • Senator, MCB: John Carter, contact info unavailable on Student Senate website
  • Senator, MCB: Andrew Gardalen, contact info unavailable on Student Senate website
  • Senator, PVA: Bailey Walder, contact info unavailable on Student Senate website
  • Senator, PVA: Chaya Jensen, contact info unavailable on Student Senate website

UNC Student Judiciary

UNC President's Leadership Council

Contact Your Representatives / Leadership in Government

Greeley City Council

U.S. Senate (Colorado)

U.S. House of Representatives (Colorado)

U.S. President
President Joe Biden https://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/ 

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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