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GSA Newsletter: September 30, 2020

virtual office hours
GSA Office Hours to Remain Virtual Until Further Notice
Due to COVID-19, the Graduate Student Association (GSA) office hours will remain virtual until further notice. If you wish to schedule a meeting with the GSA Director or other members of the GSA, please email david.shimokawa@unco.edu.  

UNC Virtual Commencement
Virtual Commencement: Graduate Student Input Wanted

Due to the current COVID-19 situation, UNC will be hosting virtual commencement ceremonies Dec. 11-13, 2020. To help UNC create the best possible celebratory experience, graduate students are invited to provide their input on this production effort. The GSA will be arranging a meeting with the Director of University Events in the next few days. Graduate students that are interested in sharing their thoughts and opinions should contact GSA Director David.Shimokawa@unco.edu as soon as possible to receive an invite to this online meeting. 

Need money for research expenses and/or conference registration?
The Graduate Student Association hosts a competitive grant process four times per fiscal year (July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021). GSA grants can be awarded to graduate students that are conducting research or presenting at / attending academic conferences. Due to COVID-19, per instruction from the Graduate School, UNC all student travel is suspended until further notice and will not be reimbursed. Graduate students are encouraged to look for opportunities to perform and present research at virtual conferences. Registration fees and expenses related to attending or presenting at virtual conferences are permitted. If you have questions about what conference and research expenses are allowed by the GSA, read through the GSA Grant Handbook or contact the GSA Grant Review Committee at gsa@unco.edu

grant application
GSA Grant Cycle 03
Application open Jan. 1, 2021
Application close Jan. 29, 2021

GSA Grant Cycle 03 is for graduate students who are starting research projects, presenting at conferences, or attending conferences between January 1 and April 30. Students that missed the GSA Grant Cycle 02 application deadline, or were denied funding in Cycle 02, may apply for a grant in Cycle 03. Per the Graduate School: Due to COVID-19, all UNC student travel is suspended until further notice and will not be reimbursed. Visit the GSA Grant Funding page for more information. 

single parent
GSA Parent / Family Survey

Are you a student / faculty / staff member with children / family to take care of? Please fill out this brief survey so the GSA is better able to advocate for graduate students with family responsibilities.
Graduate Student Parent / Family Survey link

For more information, contact Sami Roby at ches3753@bears.unco.edu.

emily royse
Coronavirus Task Force
Graduate student concerns were received by the GSA over the summer about face-to-face teaching, COVID sanitation, etc. Particular concern was voiced that graduate students were not represented in the COVID-19 Re-Entry task force. The GSA was able to get one student onto the Student Impacts Sub-Committee, Emily Royse (Biological Education, Ph.D.). Graduate students with concerns / suggestions about student impacts due to COVID-19 should contact emily.royse@unco.edu

Mobile Food Pantry
The GSA has met with several graduate students that have reported signing up for food assistance (food stamps) while in graduate school at UNC. To help graduate students (and undergraduates) facing food insecurity, the GSA is working on bringing a mobile food pantry from the Weld Food Bank to campus on a regular basis. The mobile food pantry will hopefully supplement the existing Bear Pantry food distribution and will be for the UNC campus community only. The GSA will need volunteers to assist with food distribution for this to happen. Offices, student clubs, athletic teams and fraternities / sororities are encouraged to contact the GSA to volunteer. Email david.shimokawa@unco.edu for more info.

danielle wong
GSA Grad Student / Undergrad Panels
GSA representative Danielle Wong (SES: Social Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity, Ph.D.) is currently a Faculty in Residence participant in Harrison Hall. She is planning a series of events for undergraduate residents to meet with graduate students to discuss graduate school, research and scholarship, and graduates’ professional experience. The goal is for undergraduate students to be able to ask as many questions as they want about graduate school or work in a professional field. If you have any graduate students interested in participating, please direct them to this information form: https://unco.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_8k0UH2fdebeCSIB or contact danielle.wong@unco.edu.

stop the bleed
Stop the Bleed
The GSA was awarded approximately $4,600 in funding to conduct “Stop the Bleed” training events at UNC this academic year. The program will bring in staff from Northern Colorado Medical Center to conduct training on stopping trauma-induced, life-threatening blood loss (e.g., gunshot wounds). The majority of the funding will be used to purchase and place emergency trauma / tourniquet kits in high-traffic locations on campus. This program is partnered with Cindy Vetter in Student Business Services. Planning for this training was initiated after graduate student concerns were voiced at a GSA-organized active shooter training class with UNC Police Department officer Larry Raimer in fall 2019. Graduate students have expressed desire for concealed-carry firearms training, but the GSA is not pursuing that option at this time. For more information: https://www.unco.edu/student-health-center/stop-the-bleed.aspx

gsa flu shot clinic
GSA Flu Shot Clinic
Due to COVID-19, the GSA will not be hosting a flu shot clinic this year. Graduate students are encouraged to get their free, annual flu shot at the Student Health Center.

local business fair
GSA Local Business Fair
Due to COVID-19, the GSA Local Business Fair was cancelled this year. The Local Business Fair is a GSA fundraising activity that brings businesses from the Greeley community onto campus to distribute information and product samples. Interested students / businesses can contact david.shimokawa@unco.edu for information about future events.

2030 Vision Sub-Committees
The President’s Leadership Council is resuming 2030 vision strategic planning. GSA appointees will be placed on the various sub-committees:

Students First Sub-Committee
David Agboola
Oluwagbenga David Agboola, Applied Statistics and Research Methods, Ph.D.
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Sami Roby, Teaching Diverse Learners, M.A.

Empower Inclusivity Sub-Committee
brittney morgan
Brittney Morgan, Chemical Education, Ph.D.
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David Shimokawa, SES: Sport Administration, Ph.D.

Enhance and Invest Sub-Committee
karina sanchez
Karina Sanchez, Biological Education, Ph.D.

tyler hajek
Tyler Hajek, SES: Sport Administration, Ph.D.

Innovate and Create Sub-Committee
letha mellman
Letha Mellman, Technology, Innovation, Pedagogy, Ph.D.

Connect and Celebrate Sub-Committee
nicholas harman
Nicholas Harman, SES: Exercise Physiology, Ph.D.

 Graduate Council GSA Appointees
letha mellman
Letha Mellman, Technology, Innovation, and Pedagogy, Ph.D.

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Mihye Kim, Music: Performance, Voice, D.A.

The Graduate Council is a representative faculty council established to act on behalf of the graduate faculty in the governance of graduate programs at the University of Northern Colorado. The overall purpose of the council is to study and recommend policy on matters regarding graduate faculty, graduate students and graduate studies at UNC. GSA appointees are graduate student members with full voting rights. 

The GSA is seeking one additional graduate student to serve on Graduate Council. Meetings generally take place on the third Thursday of the month from 3-5 p.m. Interested students should contact david.shimokawa@unco.edu

Jay Martyn
Jay Martin (left) with Alan Morse, Ph.D. (right) at the 2020 Global Sport Business Association Conference 

Jay Martyn published in the Journal of Intercollegiate Sport
Sport and Exercise Science: Sport Administration, Ph.D. student Jay Martyn was recently published in the Journal of Intercollegiate Sport. Jay's article, Investigating Multiplicity: Institutional Logics and Division II Commuter Student Athletes can be found here: https://journals.ku.edu/jis/article/view/12048/13361.

Jay successfully defended his dissertation, "Forming Institutional Values: An Exploratory Investigation of the Interinstitutional Logics System and National Collegiate Athletic Association Embedded Agents" on Sept. 11, 2020. Prior to attending UNC, Jay worked in the sport industry for 18 years with companies such as AEG, Spectra, UConn, MiLB, and Red Rocks Amphitheatre. Currently, Jay teaches at Metropolitan State University of Denver in the Department of Human Performance and Sport as well as at the University of Colorado at Denver in the Department of Marketing. Jay has taught courses such as: Sport and Entertainment Venue Management, Sport Law, Intro to Sport Management, Sport Marketing, Sport and Entertainment Sales, Negotiations and Contracts, as well as a contingent of other courses.

bomin paek
Bomin Paek published in Sport Management Review
University of Northern Colorado graduate student, Bomin Paek, was recently published in Sport Management Review. Her paper, “Examining the relationship for sport motives, relationship quality, and sport consumption intention” was co-authored with Alan Morse, Ph.D. (UNC, SES: Sport Administration) and Susan Hutchinson, Ph.D. (UNC, Applied Statistics & Research Methods).

As the sport industry becomes progressively competitive, most professional teams focus on ways to develop a long-term relationship with fans. One such strategy is sport marketing intended to enhance relationship quality between fans and teams, which may be related to high sport consumption. Accordingly, in this study the authors developed a model that explains the antecedents and outcomes of relationship quality initiatives in the context of professional sport. To this end, a sport fan motivation framework and a relationship quality model were used to explain fan behaviors within a professional volleyball league. Results showed that sport fan motives significantly affect relationship quality and behavioral intention regarding sport consumption, with emotional motivation exerting a considerable association. The study also demonstrated that relationship quality mediates the association between emotional motives and behavior intentions. The current research extends the sport management literature by empirically investigating the effects of emotionally driven sport motive on relationship quality and desired relational outcomes.

Bomin Paek is a doctoral candidate in the Sport and Exercise Science: Sport Administration program, where her research interests are relationship marketing in sport, digitalized consumption pattern in sport, and positive psychology for sport consumers and sport employees. Prior to attending UNC, Bomin worked for Korean Volleyball Association, Gwangju Universiade Committee and Incheon Asian Games Committee.  

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UNITE Program Looking for Graduate Student Participants
by Jacob Sutton at the Office of Global Engagement

UNITE (Understanding & Navigating Inclusion Through Education) is a program for undergraduate and graduate students to have conversations related to inclusion across various identities. Students can sign up to join this year's UNITE cohort here (please note that there will be more sections of the same sessions in spring if people cannot attend the fall sessions, dates are still TBD): https://www.unco.edu/equity-inclusion/unite/  

The program offers presentations on: 

  • Exploring Equity & Inclusion Foundations
  • Disability & Accessibility
  • DREAMer Zone
  • Examining Race Relations & Racism
  • Examining Socio-economic Status
  • Interfaith Engagement
  • International Experiences
  • Straight Facts About Queer Life
  • Sexism & Gender Justice
  • Vet Zone

We are very hopeful to have graduate students involved in the program, especially since so many also work in offices, academic departments and classrooms across campus.

Correction to August 30, 2020 GSA Newsletter
tyler hajek
Tyler Hajek was also a participant on the GSA panel discussions for new graduate students. Tyler is a student in the Sport and Exercise Science: Sport Administration, Ph.D. program, a GSA Council Representative, Academic Appeals Board appointee, and 2030 Vision Sub-Committee: Enhance and Invest representative.  

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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