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GSA Newsletter: September 13, 2021

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If You Have Not Done So Already, Make Sure to Submit Your COVID Vaccination Records or Exemption Requests

If you are a graduate student that has not submitted your COVID vaccination record or exemption request, check your BearMail and your UNC first.last email accounts for instructions on how to submit these forms. A reminder was emailed to you from Cindy Vetter on Friday, Sept. 10.


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VP for Student Affairs Candidate Public Forum: Eileen Sullivan
Monday, Sept. 13, 4-4:50 p.m.
Campus Commons Prosperity Room

This is an open forum for students to meet with one of the candidates for UNC’s next vice president for Student Affairs. Graduate students are encouraged to attend and ask questions so that graduate student interests are represented.

From the Division of Student Affairs webpage:
The Division of Student Affairs believes that, together, we are uniquely situated to remove barriers, create belonging and support student success. We support you in a co-curricular environment and provide an experience that inspires you academically, intellectually, socially and emotionally. With the diversity of our campus community in mind, we use a career readiness approach and social justice framework to foster a culture and climate of care. With equity-minded practices at our core we strengthen your learning experience and provide a transformative education experience. 
https://www.unco.edu/student-affairs/our-division/


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VP for Student Affairs Candidate Public Forum: Enrique Romo
Tuesday, Sept. 14, 4-4:50 p.m.
Campus Commons Prosperity Room

This is an open forum for students to meet with one of the candidates for UNC’s next vice president for Student Affairs. Graduate students are encouraged to attend and ask questions so that graduate student interests are represented.

From the Division of Student Affairs webpage:
The Division of Student Affairs believes that, together, we are uniquely situated to remove barriers, create belonging and support student success. We support you in a co-curricular environment and provide an experience that inspires you academically, intellectually, socially and emotionally. With the diversity of our campus community in mind, we use a career readiness approach and social justice framework to foster a culture and climate of care. With equity-minded practices at our core we strengthen your learning experience and provide a transformative education experience. 
https://www.unco.edu/student-affairs/our-division/


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GSA Grant Application Workshop
Wednesday, Sept. 15, 11 a.m.-noon
Carter Hall, room 2010 (Graduate School meeting room)

Learn more about the types of projects and expenses that qualify for Graduate Student Association funding. Participants will be walked through at least one of the current grant cycle's applications (presentation, research, publication, etc.) and will have the opportunity to ask questions. No registration necessary.


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UNC Police Department Bicycle Auction
Wednesday, Sept. 15, 11 a.m. 
Outside of Turner Hall

The UNC Police Department will continue the tradition of selling abandoned bikes. More than 110 bikes will be available for bid and anyone from the Greeley community is welcome to attend. Previous auctions raised anywhere from $1,000 to $3,000 for the department, which goes toward campus safety improvements.

Bikes left on campus starting on the Monday after Spring Finals Week are considered abandoned. UNC Police officers are encouraging students, faculty and staff to register their bike through Parking Services, that way if their bike is stolen or mistakenly left on campus, it can be easily returned through registration records.


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GSA Lunches / Dinners
Lunches, 11:30 a.m. Wednesdays: Sept. 29, Oct. 20, Nov. 17
Dinners, 5:30 p.m. Wednesdays: Sept. 15, Oct. 6, Nov. 10
Holmes Dining Hall
Register Here

Join your fellow graduate students for lunch or dinner. Meals provided by the GSA for registered graduate students (tickets limited). All meals hosted by Biological Education, Ph.D. student Karina.Sanchez@unco.edu. Next lunch is Wednesday, Sept. 15.


Graduate Writing Accountability Group
Mondays, beginning Sept. 13, 9 a.m.-noon
Zoom Meeting

The Writing Center is beginning a writing accountability group for graduate students. The group will be meeting through Zoom. All UNC graduate students are eligible to attend. For more info, email writingcenter@unco.edu


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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. Open to all UNC graduate and undergraduate students, faculty and staff. Reserve your spot today.


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GSA Stickers
Order free graduate student stickers

Free stickers and free shipping within the U.S. for current UNC graduate students. Limited availability.


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Research Mentorship Program Taking Graduate Student Applicants
Submitted by Luke.Steinman@unco.edu(Counseling Psychology, Ph.D. program)

Graduate Students and Faculty,  

After completion of a successful pilot program this summer, the Undergraduate Research Mentorship Program is now accepting applications for the 2021-22 academic year. We are seeking graduate students with a passion for research and mentorship who will guide undergraduate students through the practice and nuances of academic research or independent creative endeavors. The program will support graduate students who would like mentor undergraduate research or creative works experiences with opportunity for funding and mentor training. The program offers two options: graduate students may mentor undergrads on graduate-student-led research projects or they may provide oversight and mentorship on the undergraduate student's independent research projects. Specific application requirements such as research proposals or writing samples may vary depending on the route you elect to pursue. Application deadline for graduate students is Sept. 20. Undergraduate student application deadline is Oct. 8 and will include information about the available graduate-student-led projects.

More information and the application may be found at https://www.unco.edu/office-undergraduate-research/undergraduate-research-mentorship-program/


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UNITE
Submitted by Adam.Zhao@unco.edu(Clinical Mental Health Counseling, M.A. program)

UNITE is a series of diversity and inclusivity workshops offered every academic year to UNC students. Created in collaboration with campus leaders, these workshops highlight important considerations around identity through liberation pedagogy and critical dialogues. Through UNITE, folx will be able to build more awareness around topics of diversity and advocacy while also building a strong campus community around shared values of growth and empathy. Anyone that would like space to learn is encouraged to join! Students will receive certification for workshops they have completed and students that complete the full series of trainings will be recognized at an end of the year celebration. For more information, please visit unco.edu/unite

Read the following comments about the UNITE program from a current UNC doctoral student:

Why I did/do UNITE: I first came across UNITE during the Fall of 2018 during our New Graduate Student Orientation. I was immediately attracted to the opportunity due to my interest in diversity and more specifically creating equitable environments for all not only in academics but also my day to day activities. I have had prior exposure and education relating to cultural competence and counseling and quickly realized how much I still didn't know. UNITE provided me the opportunity to continue to grow and raise my awareness and application of cultural inclusivity. 

The Impact of the Program: The impact of the program - so far - has been incredibly valuable. I was extremely excited to start this process, but also very nervous because I knew I had a long way to go to achieve an understanding and comprehension of the program topics relating to diversity, equity and creating and inclusive space for others. Personally, I am so grateful for the program to exist and the connections I made throughout the program to build my resources across campus to rely on and inquire more information on certain topics when they arise during my teaching. The program does a wonderful job presenting information in an interactive way that is personal to raise awareness and how to apply the content in a meaningful way. Finally, I would also like to express my gratitude for all the instructors and other attendees for creating such a wonderful learning environment that is very welcoming and encouraging, which was very helpful for me to utilize the program to grow and become more knowledgeable.


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Bear Pantry at UNC
Submitted by Nicholas.Hyland@unco.edu(School Counseling, M.A. program)

The Bear Pantry is a collaborative initiative on campus designed to assist students in our community who are faced with food insecurity by supplementing food and other items to support students in completing their education.Every UNC student, staff and faculty member with a current Bear ID Number is welcome to visit the pantry once per week and choose up to 10 items at no cost. Popular items include: Eggs, milk, pasta, pasta sauce, peanut butter, jelly, bread, cereal, fruit and vegetables, frozen meals, cooking oil, toothpaste, shampoo, tide-pods and more!

Bear Pantry Hours of Operation:

  • Monday: 2-5 p.m.
  • Tuesday: 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • Wednesday: 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • Thursday: 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • Friday: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Volunteer and Donations
Volunteers and donations are crucial in enabling the Bear Pantry to successfully achieve our mission and support students! Any interested volunteers are encouraged to complete the volunteer survey located at https://www.unco.edu/bear-pantry/get-involved.aspx. If you would like to donate items, please visit the Bear Pantry during our hours of operation and we will be happy to assist you! Thank you for your continuous support and we look forward to seeing you soon!


Free Webinar: Building Equitable Partnerships in International Research
Submitted by Maria Lahman, Ph.D. (Applied Statistics and Research Methods)
Thursday, Oct. 21, 9 a.m.
Register Here

How can we partner in international research in ethical, respectful ways? This webinar was recommended to UNC graduate students by Applied Statistics and Research Methods professor, and Methodspace Mentor in Residence, Maria Lahman, Ph.D. This free webinar (registration required) features the following panelists:

  • Nchangwi Syntia Munung is a postdoctoral Fellow in Bioethics at the Division of Human Genetics, University of Cape Town, South Africa.
  • Doris Schroeder is the Director of Centre for Professional Ethics at the UCLan School of Sport and Health Sciences, UK.
  • Samuel Ujewe is a Senior Research Ethics Advisor at the Canadian Institutes of Health Research in Ottawa, Canada.
  • Charles Weijer is Professor of Medicine, Epidemiology & Biostatistics, and Philosophy at Western University in London, Canada.

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UNC Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Club
Submitted by Derrick Betting (School Counseling, M.A. program)

Hello all,

I am so excited to announce that the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Club is going to start meeting again! I know that we had some time off due to precautions taken during the pandemic, however we feel that we are in a place now where we can start meeting again and train safely.

For those of you who don't know me, my name is Derrick. I have been training for the last five years, have experience in the competition scene and am currently an instructor for Easton Training Center in Longmont. Additionally, I am the new president of the club. Teaching and instructing Jiu-Jitsu has become my passion and I am so excited to share what knowledge I have with all of you as well as excited to get the chance to learn from you.

Classes will be structured very similarly to how a class is structured at any Jiu-Jitsu academy. I'll take a moment at the beginning of class to outline some expectations and rules, after which we will start training.

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me directly at derrick.betting@unco.edu. 

UNC Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Club Schedule
UNC Campus Recreation Center Lower Group Fitness Room

  • Monday, 6-7:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, 6-7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, 4-5:30 p.m.

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UNC Police Reports

Daily Crime Logs: May 31-Aug. 31
2020 UNC Campus Security & Fire Safety Report


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UNC Police Escort Program
The UNC Police Department offers an after-hours escort program available to anyone on campus. These escorts are provided by police officers and student security officers during hours of darkness for persons walking on campus. To request an escort, call the UNC Police at (970) 351-2245.


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Personal Protective Equipment and Cleaning Supplies for Grad Students

If you have an assistantship that deals with the public (e.g., meeting with students during office hours) you can request Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and cleaning supplies from Facilities Management. Just submit a work order request to order your supplies. Supplies include: masks, vinyl gloves, disposable wipes, face shields and cleaning supplies. You will be emailed when supplies are ready to be picked up from Parsons Hall. If allowed by your department, you can also submit a mileage reimbursement form for your transportation expense to get to and from Parsons Hall.


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How and When to Report COVID-19 Exposures, Symptoms and Positive Tests

Fully vaccinated, exposed to COVID, but asymptomatic:
No need to report but recommended to get a COVID test 3–5 days after exposure and wear a mask in public indoor settings for 14 days or until you receive a negative test.

Fully vaccinated, exposed to COVID, and showing symptoms:
Do not come to campus. Submit the COVID-19 Report Form. Stay at home until released by a UNC COVID Response Team member or a Public Health Official to return to work or class.

Fully vaccinated and received positive COVID test:
Go into isolation. Submit the COVID-19 Report Form. Stay at home until released by a UNC COVID Response Team member or a Public Health Official to return to work or class. Close contacts should monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 during the 14-day period after exposure. Close contacts should immediately isolate, report and get tested if they develop symptoms or test positive.

Not vaccinated / not fully vaccinated and exposed:
Go into quarantine. Submit the COVID-19 Report Form. Stay at home until released by a UNC COVID Response Team member or a Public Health Official to return to work or class.

Not vaccinated / not fully vaccinated and symptomatic:
Go into isolation. Submit the COVID-19 Report Form. Stay at home until released by a UNC COVID Response Team member or a Public Health Official to return to work or class.

Not vaccinated / not fully vaccinated and received positive COVID test:
Go into isolation. Submit the COVID-19 Report Form. Stay at home until released by a UNC COVID Response Team member or a Public Health Official to return to work or class.


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Latinx Heritage Month Celebration Kick-Off 2021
Friday, Sept. 17, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
César Chávez Cultural Center (1410 20th Street)

Join the César Chávez Cultural Center (CCCC) and collaborators in the celebration of Latinx Heritage Month! Meet new people and explore clubs and organizations. Free food, music, live entertainment and giveaways. Tour the César Chávez Cultural Center and meet the staff! Don't miss out! For more information on this event and other upcoming events, please visit the Chávez Center website.


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Student Senate Report
Meeting Minutes from Sept. 1, 2021

GSA Director, David Shimokawa (SES: Sport Administration, Ph.D. program), attended the Student Senate business meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 1, on behalf of graduate students. 


Faculty Senate Report

GSA representative, Yohan Lee (SES: Sport Administration, Ph.D. program), attended the Faculty Senate meeting on Monday, Aug. 30, on behalf of graduate students. Meeting minutes are still pending.


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Graduate Student Support Group
Date / Time / Location TBD (pending interest)
Call 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 at https://www.unco.edu/counseling-center/


UNCO Graduate Cru
Friday, 5-6:30 p.m.
Email Alicia.Romano@unco.edu for location (changes weekly)

UNCO Graduate Cru is a community of students who would love to help you on your spiritual journey through weekly gatherings, Bible studies and authentic relationships. Graduate Cru bible studies will be held every Friday at 5 pm. Contact Alicia Romano at alicia.romano@unco.edu for more information. Also, follow us on instagram (@unco_cru) to get updates on events.


Graduate Student Accomplishments and Publications:

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Logan Schuetz (SES: Sport Administration, Ph.D. program)

  • $1,650 grant from the North American Society for Sport Management for his research, "From the ground-up: Empowering employee decision-making."
  • Authors: Kim, Minjung, Zvosec, Claire C., Oja, Brent D., & Schuetz, Logan. "Contextualizing grit in sport: The development of the sport employee work grit model." Accepted in European Sport Management Quarterly. Article link: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/16184742.2021.1936114
  • Abstract: Research question: Sport management scholars have recently taken a greater interest in the psychological processes of sport employees in order to generate well-being among sport employees. One source of well-being for sport employees could be work grit, which is an internal resource that can be utilized by the employee and, by extension, the organization for goal achievement. This study was designed to explore how work grit is experienced by sport employees through the lens of the positive organizational behavior paradigm. Research methods: Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 22 full-time American sport employees to gain insight into strategies for goal attainment as well as their purpose for working in sport. Utilizing both inductive and deductive processes as part of a thematic analysis process, a conceptualization of sport employee grit was developed. Results and findings: The analysis of the data helped to develop a model of sport employee work grit. The model contains two integrated elements of sport employee work grit (goal achievement and fulfillment through sport) and proposed outcomes (perseverance, performance and psychological wellbeing). Implications: This study introduces work grit theory and its application within the sport management discipline. The findings of this study also suggest that work grit has the potential to advance sport employee well-being and positive organizational behavior theory within sport management literature. It is further suggested that grit can assist sport practitioners in designing effective human resource management strategies to simultaneously help sport employees and the sport organizations for which they work.

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Logan Schuetz and Bomin Paek (SES: Sport Administration, Ph.D. program)

  • Authors: Schuetz, Logan, Paek, Bomin, Oja, Brent D., & Kim, Minjung. "Developing flourishing among employees in the sport workplace." Accepted in Sport, Business, Management: An International Journal.
  • Abstract: Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to explore how flourishing is achieved among sport employees working at intercollegiate sport organizations in the U.S. To do so, a model is constructed that examines the impact of pride and path-goal leadership on job engagement and then flourishing. The model is grounded in the Human Resource Development (HRD) paradigm to extend the literature on positive performance outcomes in sport organizations. Design/methodology/approach – Quantitative methods were used to analyze the data. Altogether, 282 useable surveys were completed by sport employees working in intercollegiate athletics departments. The hypotheses were examined with structural equation modeling to provide robust calculations of the relationships within the model. Findings – The findings of this study demonstrated that both path-goal leadership and pride enabled job engagement, which in turn supported flourishing among intercollegiate athletics employees (e.g., equipment, marketing or facility/event positions). Job engagement is positioned as an important variable as it linked path goal leadership and pride with flourishing. Originality/value – This study examined mechanisms (i.e., path-goal leadership, pride) to enhance intercollegiate athletics employees’ personal resources (i.e., job engagement, flourishing) through the HRD paradigm. The HRD framework posits that improved employee functioning leads to a superior organizational performance and has yet to be assessed within intercollegiate athletics. The findings add to the HRD literature by focusing on employees’ workplace experiences and generating pathways to improved job engagement and the subsequent influence on intercollegiate athletics employees’ ability to flourish, which is also understudied.

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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