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GSA Newsletter: Jan. 7, 2019


GSA Spring Welcome Back Mixer
Tuesday, Jan. 15
6 - 7 p.m. 
Tower 56 Distilling (map)
825 9th Street, Unit B, Greeley

Join your fellow graduate students at the annual GSA Spring Welcome Back Mixer. We’ll be heading to Tower 56 Distilling for an evening of good food, craft drinks, and great company. Live jazz music provided by the Dave Baker Trio (Video). Tower 56 is closing their doors to the public for this private GSA event, so please bring your UNC student ID card for admission. Food provided by the GSA (while supplies last). Questions? Bringing a guest? Email david.shimokawa@unco.edu 


GSA Grant Cycle 2: Top Applications

While the last GSA newsletter published a list of all the graduate students that won grant funding from the GSA in Grant Cycle 2, the following students had the top rated grant applications of the cycle.

  • Christie Toliver (presentation application)
    Program: Educational Leadership, Ed.D.
    Presentation Title: Black Teacher Exodus: A phenomenological study of the dynamics underpinning and undermining black teachers’ longevity
  • Golriz Shayani (presentation application)
    Program: Music: Instrumental Performance: Strings, MM 
    Presentation Title: No One Wants to Listen to Us: The Challenges of Female Iranian Musicians Performing Western Classical Music
  • Nathan Robey (research application)
    Program: Sport & Exercise Science: Biomechanics, Ph.D.
    Project Title: Visual disruption and its effect on ACL re-injury
  • Roberta Ballard (presentation application)
    Program: Educational Leadership, Ed.D.
    Presentation Title: Black Teacher Exodus: A phenomenological study of the dynamics underpinning and undermining black teachers’ longevity
  • Samantha Estrada Aguilera (presentation application)
    Program: Applied Statistics & Research Methods, Ph.D.
    Presentation Title: Evaluating the Online Learning Self-Efficacy Scale (OLSES): Optimizing rating scale effectiveness
  • Victoria Flores (research application)
    Program: Sport & Exercise Science: Exercise Physiology, Ph.D.
    Project Title: The Effects of Physical Activity on Brain Health in Active Cancer Survivors


GSA Estes Park Trip

Friday-Sunday, Jan. 11-13, 2019
UNC Old Man Mountain Cabins

Join the Graduate Student Association for a weekend in beautiful Estes Park, Colorado. GSA Council Representatives Amanda Jacobs and Katy LaFary will be leading a two-night stay filled with snow-shoeing, hiking, cooking, board/card games and visiting the sites of Downtown Estes Park. This free trip is limited to 24 UNC graduate students. Priority reservations go to students that volunteer with planning/coordinating meals, activities, hikes and/or transportation. Can't stay the entire time? Let Katy or Amanda know and maybe you can just stop by for an activity or two. Contact Katy or Amanda today!

task force meeting 

Attend the UNC Task Force Open Forum on Jan. 8, 2019

Graduate students are encouraged to attend the UNC Task Force Open Forum from 2-4 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 8, in the UC Ballrooms to learn more about Task Force recommendations as well as to provide additional feedback on the recommendations. After the event, the collected feedback and recommendations will be reviewed by the President’s Leadership Council, which will then make a final recommendation to the president. The decisions will guide implementation strategies to commence in spring 2019.

The Graduate Programs Task Force Committee is charged with making recommendations on the criteria UNC should use for discontinuing or restructuring existing programs as well as adding new programs.

The campus community will also be able to send feedback through an online survey which will be available after Dec. 10 through the Task Force website at: www.unco.edu/president/leadership-council/task-force-committee/


Message from the Office of Global Engagement Cross-Cultural Events & Outreach Assistant GA: Gabrielle Stanton

The UNC Ambassador Program is a simple way to be involved with the international student community on campus. This program matches domestic students with international ones to facilitate friendships and culture sharing. The program also offers fun events to promote greater interaction between the students. This year, I would love to see greater involvement of graduate students in the program! The time commitment is low and the benefits are immeasurable. Through this program, you can meet other dedicated students and develop an international perspective on research and global issues. Please contact me at gabrielle.stanton@unco.edu for more information and applications.


Account Reps Wanted: UNC Off-Campus Housing Fair

The GSA is seeking graduate students interested in earning additional research/travel grant funding by working as account representatives for the UNC Off-Campus Housing Fair. Participating graduate students will be responsible for soliciting local property management and housing services companies to participate in the annual UNC Off-Campus Housing Fair. A portion of each sale that a graduate student makes will be allocated for their own research/conference reimbursement use. Interested students must email david.shimokawa@unco.edu by Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019 by 5:00 p.m. to participate in this opportunity.  

The UNC Off-Campus Housing Fair will be held on the first floor of the University Center on Wednesday, February 13, 2019 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.


GSA Volunteer Positions Available:
Graduate Council, GSA Representative

The GSA is currently seeking a representative to attend and report on UNC Graduate Council meetings. The function of the student members of the Council is to present the perspectives, information items, action items andrecommendations of the university's graduate students. This position will begin in January 2019. Interested candidates should contact the Assistant Director of Graduate Community & Climate as soon as possible.