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GSA Newsletter: November 14, 2021


President Feinstein's Leadership Council Changes

Leaving President Andy Feinstein's Leadership Council:

  • Shawanna Kimbrough-Hayward (Director of the Center for Human Enrichment)
  • Kyle Nelson (Professor of Sociology)
  • Brett Naber (Interim Assistant VP of Enrollment Management)
  • Dan Satriana (VP & General Council; leaving January 2022)

Recently Joined President Andy Feinstein's Leadership Council:

  • Lisa Vollendorf (Interim Provost and Chief Academic Officer)
  • Lyndsey Crum (Interim AVP of Marketing and Communications and AVP for Alumni Relations)

coffee and donuts
GSA Coffee & Donuts
Every Wednesday (except Thanksgiving week)
2:30-3 p.m.
University Center: Second Floor Fireplace Area

Meet up with GSA rep Zachary McCarver (SES: Social Psychology of Sport, Ph.D. program) every Wednesday at the University Center. Free coffee and donuts for graduate students while supplies last. Last Coffee and Donuts date this semester is Dec. 8. 

GSA Meals

Lunch: Wednesday, Nov. 17, 11:30 a.m.
Holmes Dining Hall
Registration Form

Join your fellow graduate students for a meal at Holmes Dining Hall. All GSA lunches and dinners are hosted by Biological Education, Ph.D. student Karina Sanchez. Meals provided by the GSA.

Basketball at the Bank

Thursday, Nov. 18
7-9 p.m.
UNC Bank of Colorado Arena

Calling all graduate students and graduate faculty. The Graduate Student Association has reserved the Bank of Colorado Arena — home of the UNC Bears — for a scored basketball game (7:15 p.m. tipoff) along with mini-games such as lightning and dribble knockout, time permitting. Feel free to come hang out if you don't want to play. Pizza and a chance for prizes will be provided!

Contact GSA Rep Tyler Hajek to RSVP and/or ask any questions at tyler.hajek@unco.edu.

faculty-student lunch
GSA Student-Faculty Lunches
Registration Form

The GSA is providing meal swipes to take your advisor to lunch at Holmes Dining Hall. Meals are provided for one or two graduate students and one faculty advisor. Student-Faculty lunches are an excellent time to discuss academic and career topics with your faculty member(s). This opportunity is available to all registered UNC graduate students (including the Loveland Center, Denver-Lowry Center and online).

Registrations are first-come, first-served, pending availability of the GSA meal card. If you check-out the GSA meal card, be sure to return it as soon as possible so that the next graduate student can use it. If you have questions, contact GSA Administrative Assistant Francis.To@unco.edu.

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UNC Selects New Assistant Vice President for Enrollment Management

Reposted from UNC Today

UNC has chosen Peter (Pete) Lien as the university's new assistant vice president for Enrollment Management. Lien, who was selected through a national search the university launched in late June, will start his position on Jan. 3, 2022.  

“We are delighted to have Pete join UNC as our assistant vice president for Enrollment Management,” said Senior Vice President for Administration/CFO Michelle Quinn. “He brings an excellent approach to leadership, solid recruiting expertise, real creativity and genuine enthusiasm for working with students. I hope everyone will join me in welcoming him into our community of UNC Bears.”

Lien brings more than a decade of higher education experience to UNC including most recently at the University of Idaho. Under Pete’s leadership, increases in first-year and transfer undergraduate enrollment were seen in three out of the last four years, with the fall 2021 cohort being the largest incoming class since 2016.

Note from the GSA: There was no Graduate Student Association or Graduate School representation on the search committee for the AVP of Enrollment Management, but the GSA Director (David Shimokawa) and various Graduate School staff attended staff open forums and submitted feedback on candidates.

UNC Bear Pantry in New Location
Submitted by Nick Hyland (Graduate Assistant, Bear Pantry)
University Center 2166

The Bear Pantry has made the transition to a new location! However, we did not venture far! The Bear Pantry is still within the 2166 offices, but we are now occupying the eastern and western offices. When entering the hallway to visit the Bear Pantry, we are now the first door on the right! Please email us or give us a call if there are any questions, and we look forward to seeing you soon!

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 (source).

Fall Semester Hours:

  • 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.

UNC 2021 Fall Census Report
From UNC Institutional Reporting Dept. 


  • Total enrollment: 9,881 students (down 1,101 from Fall 2020)
  • Undergraduate enrollment: 6,979 (down 1,156 from Fall 2020)
  • Graduate enrollment: 2,902 (up 55 from Fall 2020)

Graduate students by degree type:

  • Master's students: 1,987
  • Doctoral students: 587
  • Specialist students: 150
  • Licensure/Certificate students: 113
  • Non-Degree students: 65

Ethnicity (graduate student population)

  • White: 2,015
  • Latinx/Hispanic: 347
  • African American: 88
  • Asian: 62
  • Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 6
  • Native American: 9
  • Multi-Racial: 80

See the full Fall 2021 Census Report Here

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Campus Recreation Center Suggestions / Concerns

Suggestions received after Oct. 24 GSA newsletter:

  • A sauna/steam room would be an excellent addition to the Rec center. https://www.healthline.com/health/steam-room-benefits.
  • Free admission for spouse of graduate student to Rec Center: We are more likely than undergrads to have spouses so that benefit would be great!
  • No fee associated with forgetting ones Student ID to enter Rec Center
  • Graduate student only fitness classes.
  • No fees for group classes for graduate students.
  • Extended hours for Outdoor Pursuits. With our busy schedule at time the hours of 11-5/6 are not sufficient, open hours on the weekends, or some extended hours would make it easier to pick up and drop off gear.
  • Graduate student outdoor activities and hikes planned with the Outdoor Pursuits makes it easier to make connections and friends when the people are all around the same age going for higher education and are graduate students than with those who are young undergrads

GSA Campus Rec Advisory Board representative, Alicia Romano (SES: Sport Administration, Ph.D.), met with Campus Rec administration on Thursday, Oct. 28, at 9 a.m. to discuss graduate students interests at the Rec Center. Here are the issues/suggestions that were discussed, and responses from the Rec Center administration:

  • Graduate student fitness classes or activities:
    • Fitness classes and/or activities specifically for graduate students can be done, but the Rec Center staff has been waiting for several months for a new hire to arrive from another country. No idea when that staff member will arrive and begin work.
  • Free admission to the Rec Center for graduate student partners and/or children. 
    • The Rec Center cannot make this decision. They suggest that the GSA discusses with UNC AVP of Finance.  
  • Eliminating fees for Outdoor Pursuits trips.
    • The Rec Center cannot make this decision. They suggest that the GSA discusses with the AVP of Finance.  
  • Eliminating fees for Group Fitness passes. 
    • The Rec Center cannot make this decision. Fees are used to pay for instructors and additional revenue goes back to the university. They suggest that the GSA discusses with the AVP of Finance.
  • Extended hours for Outdoor Pursuits/Gear Shop
    • The Rec Center may be able to extend operating times by an hour or so, but they do not have the budget to pay for additional hours. They are lenient with returns and pickups so that gives students additonal time to borrow/return equipment. 
  • Equipment requests (ping pong, billiards, pop-a-shot basketball game, sauna, steam room)
    • A capital project request would need to be granted to purchase/build new facilities. The Rec Center is redoing flooring, paint and purchasing workout equipment first.

To obtain more data on what students want at the Rec Center, GSA Director David Shimokawa will be presenting Alicia Romano's findings to Student Senate and requesting that they assist with campus-wide distribution of a Rec Center survey to see if students support/oppose the various graduate student requests: UNC Campus Recreation Center Survey.

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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.

GSA Meetings with President Feinstein

Registration Form
Upcoming Meetings:

  • Monday, Nov. 29: 1:45-2:45 p.m.
  • Monday, Dec. 13: 1-2 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Jan. 12: 2-3 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Feb. 15: 10:30-11:30 a.m.
  • Tuesday, March 22: 10:30-11:30 a.m.
  • Wednesday, April 20: 2-3 p.m.

The GSA is hosting monthly meetings for graduate students with President Feinstein. Ask questions and bring up your concerns. All graduate programs are encouraged to have at least one representative present. Thank you to the following graduate students that attended the last GSA Meeting with President Feinstein on Oct. 21:

  • Ahmad Kandari, Music Performance
  • Ashley McMunigal, Nursing
  • Caterina Azzarello, Educational Psychology, Ph.D.
  • David Shimokawa, SES: Sport Administration, Ph.D.
  • Ian Bonine, Rehabilitation Counseling, M.A.
  • Patrick Wilson, Chemical Education, Ph.D.
  • Tessa Heller, Special Education: Deaf/Hard of Hearing, M.A.

International Education Week Schedule

Submitted by Chloe Johnson (Grad Assistant, Office of Global Engagement)

International Education Week is almost here! From Nov. 15-19, the Office of Global Engagement will be hosting a number of events, focusing on multiculturism and cultural awareness.

International Education Week (IEW), Nov. 15-19, is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. This joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education is part of our efforts to promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn and exchange experiences. More information about this initiative is available at: https://iew.state.gov/

Monday, Nov. 15
Global Perspective and Insights: A UNC International Staff and Faculty Panel 
1-2 p.m., Campus Commons 2300

Whether from the U.S. or abroad, each panel member has a unique perspective on how working and traveling abroad has impacted their lives. Questions will be pre-determined and, if time permits, participants will be able to ask some questions. Light refreshments will be provided.

Swag Your Ramen and World Trivia
5-7 p.m., Campus Commons, Multi-Purpose Room

Participants will learn about the history of the college student's favorite food, ramen. Originally from China, you will learn how it gained popularity in Japan, how various broths are made and how to eat ramen "properly." In addition, participation in our World Trivia game gives you the opportunity to win some swag!

Tuesday, Nov. 16
Interracial Adoptee Workshop
10:30 a.m.-noon, Campus Commons 2201

International, Transracial and Interracial are all terms to describe individuals who have been adopted into a family and culture that is not their own. Join us to find out what they want you to know, statistics around interracial adoption and how to become a knowledgeable ally. Bo Parrish, adopted from Korea as a child, will speak about her experience and resources, followed by a Q&A.

Brazilian Zouk Culture and Dance
3-4:30 p.m., Upper Group Fitness Room, Campus Recreation Center

Brazilian Zouk is a Latin dance style that became popular in the 1990s. Its style is similar to Lambada, with other dance styles mixed in. The music that is used is a mixture of Samba-Reggae, Caribbean Zouk, Gypsy Kings and various other genres and styles. Participants will have a chance to learn the basics of Brazilian Zouk, learn about the Brazilian culture and experience a private Brazilian Zouk dance demonstration. Please bring a pair of socks and be ready to dance!

Wednesday, Nov. 17
Study Abroad 101
10-10:30 a.m., Campus Commons 2201

During Study Abroad 101, participants will learn about the basics of education abroad including types of programs offered, academics on an approved program and what the steps are to apply.

Funding Education Abroad
10:30-11 a.m., Campus Commons 2201

Following Study Abroad 101, participants will learn more about how to fund their education abroad experience, including where to find scholarships and tips on applying for them.

Spirited Away Film Screening
7 p.m., Lindou Auditorium, Lower Level Michener Library

Come and enjoy the animated supernatural fan favorite, Spirited Away. Directed by Hayao Miyakzaki, the story film revolves around 10-year-old Chihiro and her family after discovering an abandoned amusement park. If you enjoy fantasy, supernatural beings and magic, come on by! Popcorn and sodas will be provided.

Thursday, Nov. 18
Arts and Crafts: Astrological Animals of Myanmar

1-3 p.m., Campus Commons 2201

In Myanmar, astrology is based on the eight days of the week (Wednesdays are split between Wednesday morning and Wednesday afternoon). Each day has its own set of characteristics, as well as an animal sign. Come learn about your astrological animal, create a symbol of your animal and learn about Myanmar culture.

UNITE International Student Experiences
4-6 p.m., Campus Commons 2300

Through this workshop participants will learn about the unique challenges international students, immigrants and refugees face navigating transitions to the United States. We will also discuss ways participants can address bias toward immigrant populations
and improve cross-cultural communication.

Friday, Nov. 19
Coffee, Tea, and CIE

8:30-10:30 a.m., CIE Office
1110 University Center (next to Subway)

Come and meet the team behind the Office of Global Engagement and how they support our international peers. Three varieties of coffee will be provided — Dalgona, Affogato and Cafe de Olla.

UNC Police Reports
Daily Crime Logs: July 14-Nov. 7, 2021
2021 UNC Campus Security & Fire Safety Report

student senate
Student Senate Report
Minutes from Oct. 13 unavailable from Student Senate at this time
Minutes from Oct. 27 unavailable from Student Senate at this time

GSA Director, David Shimokawa (SES: Sport Administration, Ph.D. program), attended the Student Senate business meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 27, on behalf of graduate students. There are no graduate students serving as senators for their college at this time.

faculty senate
Faculty Senate Report
Meeting minutes from September 27, 2021
Meeting minutes from October 11, 2021
Meeting minutes from Oct. 25, unavailable from Faculty Senate at this time

GSA representative, Yohan Lee (SES: Sport Administration, Ph.D. program), attended the Faculty Senate meeting on Monday, Nov. 8, on behalf of graduate students. There are no graduate students serving as official representatives on Faculty Senate at this time.

Spring 2022 Learning Communities
Submitted by Jenna Altomare (Grad Assistant, Center for the Enhancement of Teaching & Learning)

Spring 2022 Learning Communities: CETL is hosting three learning communities in the spring semester. All learning communities are open to full- and part-time instructors and graduate students. Participants are asked to attend all community sessions. 

  1. Teaching Climate Change Across the DisciplinesLed by Cindy Shellito, Ph.D., Melissa Weinrich, Ph.D., and Emily Holt, Ph.D. 
  2. Free to Students (F2S): (Re)Designing Courses with No-Cost Materials Led by Jen Mayer, MLIS, Associate Professor and Head of Library Research Services, University Libraries 
  3. Writing Pedagogy Led by Tara Wood, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Writing Program Administrator, English

New Graduate / Undergraduate Class
Submitted by Dannon Cox, Ph.D.
CH505: Health Communication and the Media
Thursdays, 5-7:50 p.m.
Gunter Hall #2530
CRN#: 24391

Need an elective next Spring? Why the Health don’t you enroll in CH 505?! Media is the driving force of information in today’s fast-paced world. From podcasts to cat videos, we consume and often produce media everyday — maybe sometimes too much!

CH 505, Health Communication and the Media, will explore the various types of digital media that can be used to design, produce and evaluate within a health education/promotion lens. Learn how to critically approach media and storytelling techniques while producing your own content via videos, photographs, podcasts, animations and more! Open to all graduate students as well as juniors and seniors with a GPA of 3.0+.

Colorado Psychological Association

The Colorado Psychological Association is looking to expand their membership. Students in M.A. or Ph.D. psychology programs can contact Michelle Dawson if they would like to receive more information about the Colorado Psychological Association.

Campus and Community Events (Nov. 15-Dec. 5)

Monday, Nov. 15
Swag Your Ramen and World Trivia, 5-7 p.m.
Folk and Bluegrass Department Recital, 7:30-9:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Nov.16
Oral Comprehensive Examination, Melissa Marie Anozie, Nursing Education, 11:00 a.m.
Defense of Scholarly Project – Abigail Eileen Hayes, Audiology, 2:30 p.m.
Brazilian Zouk Culture and Dance, 3-4:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 17
Research & Writing Lab, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
GSA Lunch, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
SUP Yoga, 6-7 p.m.
Spirited Away Film Screening, 7-9:30 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 18
Arts and Crafts: Astrological Animals of Myanmar, 1-3 p.m.
Faculty of Color Community Network, 2:30-3:30 p.m.
Research & Writing Lab, 5-6:30 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 19
Wellness Workshop Series, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Coffee, Tea, and CIE, 8:30-10:30 a.m.
Arts Exhibition: LEO TANGUMA: CHICANO MURALIST, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 20
Student Recital: Dee Dee Flanagan, Piano, 5-6 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 21
The Threepenny Opera, 2-4 p.m.

Monday, Nov. 22
Student Recital: Cash Globe, Piano & Jase Conley, Bass, 12:20-1:10 p.m.
Student Recital: Kayla Stoneburner, Euphonium, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 23
Student Recital: Yuan Li, Piano, 5-6 p.m.
Student Recital: Ian Sawyer, Trumpet, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 24
Thanksgiving Holiday (no classes)

Thursday, Nov. 25
Thanksgiving Holiday (university closed)

Friday, Nov. 26
Thanksgiving Holiday (university closed)

Saturday, Nov. 27

Sunday, Nov. 28

Monday, Nov. 29
Student Recital: Levi Carpman, Drums, 12:20-1:10 p.m.
Student Recital: Garrett Dutcher, Oboe, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 30
Preparing for Inclusive Teaching Workshop Series: Inclusive Course Delivery 2, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Vocal Coaching Recital, 5-6 p.m.
UNC Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band & Concert Band, 7:30-9:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 1
Research & Writing Lab, 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Oral Comprehensive Examination, Amanda Crim Rossley, 2 p.m.

Thursday, Dec. 2
Research & Writing Lab, 5-6:30 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 3
Course Withdrawal Deadline

Saturday, Dec. 4

Sunday, Dec. 5


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