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GSA Newsletter: April 12, 2019

Graduate Student Appreciation Week!
Thank you to all the members of the campus community that attended various events for Graduate Student Appreciation Week / National Public Health Week (April 1-5). Over the course of the week, more than 600 members of the campus community participated in 14 different events and many more were exposed to the Graduate Student Association and the Colorado School of Public Health. Special thanks to all the organizations that contributed to this great week: Colorado School of Public Health, Campus Recreation CenterOffice of Health Promotion, Graduate School & International Admissions, Bear Pantry, Assault Survivors Advocacy Program, Center for Women & Gender Equity, Office of Global Engagement, Gender & Sexuality Resource Center, Meditation Club, Active Schools Institute, UNC Nutrition & Dietetics, University Libraries, Pie Café, University Relations and Veterans Services.

Hopefully all of your programs and workplaces did something for their graduate students and graduate student employees.

Please help us track program response by filling out this one-minute survey: https://unco.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0lGbv454eGkJnlX 

Help Find Dannon Cox

We need your help to thank Graduate Student Appreciation Week Chairperson Dannon Cox (SES: Sport Pedagogy, Ph.D.) for being the driving force in the effort to recognize and appreciate graduate students at UNC over the past three years. In his efforts to see that graduate students are recognized and appreciated at UNC, Dannon’s work often flies under the radar. It is important to realize that out of over 3,000 graduate students at UNC, just one person was the catalyst for Graduate Student Appreciation Week. If you see Dannon, I'd like you to take a moment to thank him for the time and effort he has put into this annual celebration.

Earn up to $6,000 per Academic Year Working for Student Senate
Applications Due: Monday, April 15, 5 p.m.

All graduate students are eligible to apply for jobs with UNC Student Senate. Open positions include Administrative Assistant, Election Commissioner / Parliamentarian, Student Rights Advocate and MCB Student Senators. These are all paid positions ($6,000 or $2,000 stipend) that run during the academic year and require a few hours per week. Get an application at the Student Activities Office in the University Center or apply online through UNC Handshake, https://unco.joinhandshake.com. Want to know more about what it's like to serve on Student Senate, contact NHS senator Zachary McCarver (SES: Social Psychology of Sport, Ph.D.) at zachary.mccarver@unco.edu

GSA Photo Album: Graduate Student Appreciation Week
Check out the photos from this year’s Graduate Student Appreciation Week. Therapy Dog Playtime, yoga on the Lawn, GSA Social, Public Health Fair, Wheelchair Basketball, Archery Tag, SpikeBall and Professional Headshots.
Link to Photos: https://www.facebook.com/pg/UNCGSA/photos/?tab=album&album_id=2159721954106353 
Photos courtesy of Amanda Jacobs (Educational Psychology, Ph.D.) and Dannon Cox (SES: Sport Pedagogy, Ph.D.)

GSA Door Prize Winners
Congratulations to the following students who attended events during Graduate Student Appreciation Week! If you attended an event during GSAW, keep checking the GSA newsletter and GSA Facebook page to see if you’re a winner!

  • Nastaran SoleimaniBarzi Mues (Biological Education, Ph.D.)
    Water-resistant Bluetooth Speaker

Grad Student vs. Faculty Basketball Game
Wednesday, April 17
6:30 p.m.
UNC Campus Recreation Center

A team of faculty athletes has thrown down a challenge to take on any team that UNC graduate students can put together. Interested graduate student athletes should contact Bryson Kelly (SES: Social Psychology of Sport, M.S.) at Bryson.Kelly@unco.edu to join the team. Current team members include: 

  • Seth Baskett
  • Kennidi Cobbley
  • Kevin Imhof
  • Richard "Rico" Montoya
  • Lucas Wilbur
  • Kendrick Johnson

GSA Breakfast Club
Saturday, April 20
Time and Location: TBD (check the GSA Facebook page next week for updates: https://www.facebook.com/UNCGSA/)
Contact: Margaret.Sebastian@unco.edu

Join the GSA Council Rep Margaret Sebastian for the GSA’s monthly breakfast gathering. Food and drinks provided while supplies last.

Congratulations Doc Students!
Congratulations to Nastaran SoleimaniBarzi Mues for passing her dissertation defense for Biological Education! Nastaran will be pursuing a career in research related to genetics and stem cells. 

Are you (or another doc student you know) graduating this May? Send your announcements to GSA Director David.Shimokawa@unco.edu for inclusion in an upcoming newsletter.

Board of Trustees Meeting Notes: April 10
Link to Notes
Thanks to GSA rep Anthony Azari (Criminal Justice, M.A.) for attending this special Board of Trustees meeting to take notes. This meeting was held to approve the list of donors who contributed to the construction of the Campus Commons.   

 Join Anthony Azari and Elizabeth Shmikler at the next regularly scheduled Board of Trustees meeting on Friday, June 14, 8:30 a.m. in the University Center Panorama Room.

GSA Faculty Research & Publications Board Representative
FRPB Website: https://www.unco.edu/research/about-us/councils-committees-board/faculty-research-publications-board.aspx
Congratulations to Michelle Morgan (Math Education, Ph.D.) for being named as the GSA’s representative to the UNC Faculty Research & Publications Board (FRPB). The FRPB regularly reviews and votes on faculty research funding proposals.

The Bear Necessities
Thursday, April 18
6:30–8:30 p.m.
University Center Panorama Room
$10 students
$30 guests
$200 per 8-person table
Contact: Charlette.Flanders@unco.edu

The UNC Bear Pantry will be hosting a formal event to spread awareness regarding food insecurity among college campuses. This event will feature served appetizers, a buffet dinner, and a dessert bar. To learn more about the UNC Bear Pantry, check out their website: https://www.unco.edu/bear-pantry/ 

Upcoming Class Announcement: ENTS 495 / ENST 595
Constructive Project Design and Planning
Chelsie L. Romulo, Ph.D. (Chelsie.romulo@unco.edu)

The purpose of this course is to equip students with the skills necessary for effective adaptive management for natural resources. The course is based on the Conservation Measures Partnership’s Open Standards for the Practice of Conservation, a collaborative effort of major conservation NGOs to standardize the process of adaptive management. The steps outlined in the Open Standards provide a framework for planning, monitoring, implementing, analyzing, learning from and adapting conservation projects. Knowledge of these steps is becoming essential for current and emerging conservation practitioners.

Submit your news to the GSA Newsletter! Email GSA Director David.Shimokawa@unco.edu