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GSA Newsletter: February 6, 2022

Student Senate Calls for Accessible Teaching Practices at UNC

Official Statement from UNC Student Senate (link):

January 20th, 2022

Hello Bears!

On behalf of the Student Senate team, we hope that you have all had a great start to your semester, and that you are all staying safe and healthy on campus! Over the course of the past two weeks, it has been brought to our attention that there are increasing concerns regarding the rise of cases, UNC’s mask mandate and classroom accessibility. UNC Students should not experience an interruption in their educational instruction due to quarantine or other COVID-19 complications.

There is a need to provide accessible teaching practices to ensure Students are receiving the material and information to be successful students. These teaching practices can include, but are not limited to using Zoom, Panopto, PearDeck, or other assistive technology to record lectures. The need for these alternative options is to accommodate students who are sick, in quarantine, or facing unexpected life emergencies.

The Student Senate is actively working on and hopes to see progress within the coming weeks. The Student Senate is involved in ongoing conversations with Professional and Administrative Staff at the University. We do call on more Student Voice involvement. You can share your voice with student.voice@unco.edu. We also call on the administration to include more Student Voice in the decisions being made that create an impact on Students at the University.

The Student Senate stands with Students in their desire to have accessibility to educational resources. We call on the Administration to execute a plan to fulfill Student needs.

The Student Senate meets weekly on Wednesdays, at 5:30 PM, via Zoom. The link to the Zoom can be found on the Student Government Association website.

Sko Bears!
The Student Senate
2021 – 2022

The GSA is collecting graduate student feedback on this topic. Please use the Feedback on Student Senate's Call for Accessible Instruction Qualtrics form if you would like to participate. The survey closes Sunday, Feb. 13, 2022.

Provost Candidates Visiting UNC

For those of you that were not able to attend open forums with the first three provost candidates, here is some information on each candidate:

Laura Delbrugge (Curriculum Vitae)
2019-present: Dean of College of Arts & Sciences, Clarion University of Pennsylvania
Ph.D., Spanish Linguistics & Medieval Literature, Pennsylvania State University
M.A., Spanish Linguistics, Pennsylvania State University
Google Scholar Links
Google Video Links (search terms: "Laura Delbrugge Clarion")
Google News Links (search terms: "Laura Delbrugge Clarion")

Carol Parker (Curriculum Vitae)
2019-2022: Provost & Senior VP for Academic Affairs, New Mexico State University
Juris Doctor, Wayne State University Law School
M.S., Information, University of Michigan
Google Scholar Profile
Google Video Links (search terms: "Carol Parker New Mexico")
Google News Links (search terms: "Carol Parker New Mexico")

Kristen Porter-Utley (Curriculum Vitae)
2016-present: Dean of Bartlett College of Science & Mathematics, Bridgewater State University
Ph.D., Botany, University of Florida
M.S., Botany, University of Florida
Google Scholar Links
YouTube Channel
Google Video Links (search terms: "Kristen Porter-Utley")
Google News Links (search terms: "Kristen Porter-Utley")

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UNC Lunar New Year Event

Saturday, Feb. 12
12:30 p.m.
Campus Commons Multipurpose Room
From Melissa Escalera

Hey Bears!
The Asian Pacific American Student Services is so excited to bring our annual Lunar New Year event back to campus! On Saturday, Feb. 12, we will have a children’s carnival, Asian cuisine, and a Lion Dance performance! Doors will open at 12:30 pm. Please register for this event ahead of time here or using this link: bit.ly/LNY-2022.

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Students vs. Staff Basketball Game

Tuesday, Feb. 22
7 p.m.
Bank of Colorado Arena @ Butler-Hancock

UNC undergraduate students will be taking on the UNC staff (grad students, faculty, staff, admin) team at the first-ever UNC Students vs. Staff Basketball game on Tuesday, Feb. 22, at 7 p.m. in the Bank of Colorado Arena. Admission is free for students and the public. Graduate students interested in playing should contact gsa@unco.edu.

GradCO Meetings
Professional development events for graduate students:

Feb. 2 | Noon-1:30 p.m.
Interviewing Tips: Phone, Video, In-person
Hosted by CSU | Register at https://col.st/HsVPf

Feb. 3 | Feb. 17 | March 10 | March 24
Preparing for Inclusive Teaching Workshop Series
Hosted by UNC | Learn more at https://www.unco.edu
To register email Genevieve.altomare@unco.edu

Feb. 9 | Noon-1 p.m.
Proposal Writing 101 for Postdocs & Graduate Students
Hosted by CU Boulder | Register at https://col.st/Evb65

Feb. 9 | Noon-1:15 p.m.
From A to Z: An Amazing Array of Awesome Antidotes for Zoom Fatigue
Hosted by UCCS | Register at https://tinyurl.com/2p83w564

Feb. 9 or Feb. 17 | Noon-1:30 p.m.
Introduction to LaTeX with Overleaf
Hosted by Mines | Register at https://libcal.mines.edu/event/8491672 or https://libcal.mines.edu/event/8491681

Feb.10 | Noon-1:30 p.m.
Writing your First Paper
Hosted by Mines
Register at https://libcal.mines.edu/event/8491680

Feb. 17 | Noon-1 p.m.
Imposter Syndrome in Graduate School & Beyond
Hosted by CU Boulder | Register at https://col.st/a9yqD

March 9 | 1-2:30 p.m.
Informational Interviewing
Hosted by CU Anschutz | Register at https://col.st/e5R71

March 10 | Noon-1 p.m.
Mastering Your Habitual Tendencies
Hosted by CU Boulder | Register at https://col.st/HZ0vZ

March 16 | Noon-1:30 p.m.
Getting Started with GitHub
Hosted by Mines
Register at https://libcal.mines.edu/event/8611899

March 24 | Noon-1 p.m.
Academic Job Search & Application Experiences Panel
Hosted by CSU | Register at https://col.st/HsVPf

March 29 | Noon-1:30 p.m.
Career Experiences & Advice: Federal Agency
Hosted by CSU | Register at https://col.st/HsVPf

April 5 | Noon-1:30 p.m.
Career Experiences & Advice: Postdoctoral Fellows
Hosted by CSU | Register at https://col.st/HsVPf

April 12 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Leveraging LinkedIn
Hosted by CU Anschutz | Register at https://col.st/kBveD

April 13 | 2-3:30 p.m.
Career Experiences & Advice: Faculty and Researchers off the Tenure Track
Hosted by CSU | Register at https://col.st/HsVPf

Cross-Cultural Buddies Peer Mentoring

Join the Cross-Cultural Buddies, a peer mentoring program! One of the main issues international students in the United States face is difficulty meeting domestic students. We are hoping to address this by providing students a variety of opportunities to connect through the Buddies program.

Once you sign up, you are asked to attend an orientation session and are then paired up with other students. As part of the program, you can go to events together, sign up for activities, and generally get to know each other! The idea is to facilitate authentic and lasting cross-cultural connection and engagement, while allowing students to share their life experiences and stories with other students and increase cultural awareness. This program is open to students of any level (undergraduates and graduates), as well as faculty and staff. 

If you are interested in becoming a Cross-Cultural Buddy, please fill out the Cross-Cultural Buddy Program survey to sign up.

If you have any questions about the program, please reach out to Chloe Johnson, at the Office of Global Engagement, at chloe.johnson@unco.edu.

GSA Meeting with President Feinstein

Tuesday, March 22
10:30-11:30 a.m.
Location: Zoom meeting
Registration Form

Monthly graduate student meetings with President Feinstein have been cancelled. The March 22 meeting will be the last graduate student meeting with the President this semester. Ask questions and bring up your concerns. All graduate programs are encouraged to have at least one representative present.

Notes from the January 12, 2022, GSA Meeting with President Feinstein:
In attendance: President Feinstein, Dan Maxey (chief of staff), Jeri-Anne Lions (Dean of Grad School), Amanda Jacobs (Educational Psychology, Ph.D.), Caterina Azzarello (Educational Psychology, Ph.D.), Danielle Wong (SES: Social Psychology of Sport & Physical Activity, Ph.D.), David Shimokawa (SES: Sport Administration, Ph.D.), Tyler Hajek (SES: Sport Administration, Ph.D.).

  • Deadline for dissertation fellowship applications Feb. 18.
  • 3-Minute-Thesis competition looking for contestants.
  • 80 rooms available for COVID quarrantine on UNC campus. Only 11 currently in use (as of 1/12).
  • President Feinstein asked the Provost and Graduate School Dean to investigate if graduate assistant stipends need to be adjusted for next year. Current $250 bonus is to recognize graduate assistant effort. 
  • Provost Search: Five finalists from pool of 60-70 candidates. Plans to bring finalists to campus for one to two days to spend time interviewing with various constituencies. Would like candidates to meet with students, faculty and staff in small groups and town hall environments. Want new Provost to begin by July 1, 2022. Search committee is trying to find the best fit for President Feinstein, the President's Leadership Team and the culture of UNC. See Provost's org chart here (page 4)

Additional upcoming meetings with President Feinstein:

  • Tuesday, Feb 22: 10:30-11:30 a.m. (CANCELLED)
  • Wednesday, April 20: 2-3 p.m. (CANCELLED)

NoCo 3MT® (3-Minute Thesis)
Tuesday, Feb. 22
5-7 p.m. (MT)

NoCo 3MT® is a professional development competition that spotlights the dissertation projects of doctoral students at the University of Northern Colorado. Students completing dissertations in any UNC doctoral program are eligible to submit a 3MT proposal. The competition supports the capacity of graduate students to present their dissertation projects in three minutes, in language that can be easily understood by a public audience. This event is sponsored by the UNC Graduate School. The winner of the NoCo 3MT will receive a monetary prize and will go on to compete in the Colorado Graduate Schools 3MT in spring 2022 semester.

Please visit the NoCo 3MT® Competition webpage for more information. 

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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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GSA Stickers

Order free graduate student stickers

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

UNC Student Legal Services

From Student Legal Services webpage

Student Legal Services provides UNC students three free legal consultations each academic year. Mr. Brandon Houtchens, Attorney at Law, is available by appointment only. If you have questions about Student Legal Services, please send them to dos@unco.edu or call 970-351-2001. Legal Services is a student fee funded program.

UNC Police Reports
Daily Crime Logs: Oct. 31, 2021-Jan. 31, 2022
2021 UNC Campus Security & Fire Safety Report

student senate
Student Senate Report

GSA Director, David Shimokawa (SES: Sport Administration, Ph.D. program), attended the Student Senate business meeting on Jan. 26, on behalf of graduate students. There are no graduate students serving as senators for their college at this time.

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Faculty Senate Report
Meeting minutes from August 30, 2021

Meeting minutes from September 13, 2021

Meeting minutes from September 27, 2021

Meeting minutes from October 11, 2021

Meeting minutes from October 25, 2021

Meeting minutes from November 8, 2021

Meeting minutes from November 22, 2021

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


Contact Your Representatives / Leadership at UNC

UNC Graduate Student Association

UNC Student Senate

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