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Graduate Student Appreciation Week 2023

Graduate Student Appreciation Week (GSAW) is celebrated during the first week of April and will be observed April 3-7. This week recognizes the important contributions of graduate students in the UNC campus community. The Graduate Student Association invites all offices and departments at UNC to do something memorable for graduate students to show their appreciation during this special week. Looking for ideas? Check out some student appreciation ideas from UNC.

See what other institutions have done for their graduate students

2023 UNC Events:

axe throwing
Axe Throwing
(no registration necessary; walk-in)
Sponsored by the UNC Graduate Student Association
Monday, April 3
6-8 p.m.
Greeley Hatchet House (map)

The Graduate Student Association is buying out the facility for a private, axe-throwing event. Bring your own food/outside food allowed (but no outside drinks). Cash bar available. Closed-toe shoes required. Free for graduate students, domestic partners and dependents (must be 18+). To save time at the door, sign the safety e-waiver in advance: https://greeleyhatchethouse.com/safety 
Greeley Hatchet House on YouTube


ice haus
Ice Skating
(no registration necessary; walk-in)
Sponsored by the UNC Graduate Student Association
Tuesday, April 4
5:30-7 p.m.
Greeley Ice Haus (map)

The Graduate Student Association is buying out the Greeley Ice Haus for a private skate session. Skates are included. Free skates limited to the first 100 attendees (graduate students, domestic partners and children). Concession stand will be open for cash sales. Meet in the Ice Haus lobby at the cashier.


rage room
Rage Room
(no registration necessary; walk-in)
Sponsored by the UNC Graduate Student Association

Wednesday, April 5
6-9 p.m.
Shatter Rage Room, Fort Collins
Shatter on YouTube

The GSA is renting out Shatter Rage Room for three hours of private smashing time. If you have any items you'd like to smash, email David.Shimokawa@unco.edu first. Grad students can show up at any time during the three-hour window; participants will be spaced out according to Shatter Rage Room policy.


research day
UNC Research Day
(no registration necessary; walk-in)

Thursday, April 6
8 a.m.-4 p.m.
UNC University Center
Grad students and general public invited; no registration necessary

Come listen to the greatest graduate student research presentations and see the amazing assortment of graduate research posters. 


concert
UNC Spring Concert - Grad Student Meetup

Sponsored by the UNC Graduate Student Association
Friday, April 7
Time TBD
UNC Bank of Colorado Arena

More info coming soon…


gsa brunch
GSA Sunday Brunch
(no registration necessary; walk-in)

Sunday, April 9
11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Holmes Dining Hall
Grad students and guests invited; no registration necessary

Join your fellow graduate students for the GSA's weekly brunch in Holmes Dining Hall. Meet in the main entrance hallway at 11:30 a.m. to be swiped into the dining hall. Partners and/or children of graduate students welcome to attend. 


GSAW email signature logo

Add Graduate Student Appreciation Week Logo to Your Outlook Signature

GSAW Email Signature png

On Mac:

  • Start a new email.
  • Go to the “Draft” tab at top and select “Signatures” in the drop-down menu and then select “Manage Signatures.”
  • You should see a Signatures menu. Under “Signature name,” you may have a “Standard” signature. I would suggest creating a new signature, based on your current signature and then add the attached logo.
  • For “Choose default signature,” I would suggest having your new signature with the GSAW logo as the “New Messages” choice but have your standard signature for the “replies/forwards.”
  • Don’t forget to return to your standard signature after April 8.

On PC:

  • Start a new email. 
  • Go to the "Message" tab and go to the "Signature" drop-down menu in the "Include" section. Click "Signatures."
  • A "Signatures and Stationary" window should appear. Select a signature to edit or create a new signature. 
  • Above the signature text entry box, there is a image icon to the right of the "Business Card" icon. Click the image icon to enter the GSAW logo. 
  • For “Choose default signature,” I would suggest having your new signature with the GSAW logo as the “New Messages” choice but have your standard signature for the “replies/forwards.”
  • Don’t forget to return to your standard signature after April 8.

Participating UNC Offices ⁄ Programs 2023

Want to know if your office or program is participating in Graduate Student Appreciation Week? Keep checking back with this list here; we're adding updates as we receive them:

Participating:

  • College of Education and Behavioral Sciences
  • Graduate School
  • Graduate Student Association
  • President's Office
  • School of Psychological Sciences
  • UNC Libraries

Undecided:

  • Campus Recreation Center
  • College of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • College of Natural Health Sciences
  • College of Performing & Visual Arts
  • Monfort College of Business
  • UNC Bookstore
  • UNC Dining Services (Sodexho)
  • UNC Police

Not Participating:

  • ???

UNC Graduate Student Appreciation Week 2022

  • Bowling and Laser Tag with the GSA (photos)
  • Private Skate at the Ice Haus with the GSA (photos)
  • Hatchet House buyout with the GSA (photos)
  • Shatter Rage Room with the GSA (photos)
  • Topgolf with the GSA
  • Research Day food
  • Cake for Grad Students
  • EBS Dessert Bar
  • EBS Haiku Contest
  • EBS Online Gaming Event
  • EBS Therapy Dog visits
  • Spring Concert
  • Free Group Fitness Classes with Campus Rec

UNC Graduate Student Appreciation Week 2019

(last year of full in-person GSAW activities before COVID)

Photos from GSAW 2019:

  • SpikeBall Challenge @ Gunter Field
  • Wheelchair Basketball @ Campus Rec
  • Archery Tag @ Campus Rec
  • Free Professional Headshots by University Relations
  • Therapy Dogs @ Michener Library
  • Yoga on the Lawn @ Gunter Green
  • Free Group Fitness Classes @ Campus Rec
  • GSA Social @ Highbrau Taphouse