The Graduate and Professional Student Federation (GPSF) Newsletter is sent out twice per month to communicate information about social and intellectual events on campus, funding opportunities, public service opportunities, and more, to the graduate and professional student population at UNC-Chapel Hill.  If you have questions regarding content or use of the list, please email

This month's GPSF newsletter will be a little shorter than usual, but hopefully just as enjoyable as the others. Remember, that the GPSF newsletter is published monthly during the summer, so if you are interested in advertising through the newsletter, plan accordingly!

Again, hidden in the newsletter will be two chess pieces! This month, try to find the following pieces: ♖, ♞!

An online version of the Newsletter can be found here.


Announcements and GPSF News
University, Social, Service, and Student Group Events
General GPSF Information

Announcements and GPSF News

GPSD Diversity Summit: Visit the Website!

The GPSF Diversity Summit has recently launched a website to keep community members up-to-date on progress leading to the first ever GPSF Diversity Summit this September. Read more about the Diversity Summit Objectives and how you can get involved. Contact Cassandra (, JP (, or your GPSF ♖ Senator to find out how you can be part of the conversation!

GPSF Emergency Fund now open

Do you have recent, emergency medical bills? Have you recently needed to replace belongings due to theft or fire? You may now apply to have these and other emergency costs reimbursed.
The GPSF Emergency Fund was created to assist graduate and professional students at UNC-CH affected by unforeseen financial circumstances that could hinder their ability to complete their graduate career. To see if your emergency needs qualify for funding or to fill out an application, visit the Emergency Fund website online. Students are encouraged to apply concurrently to the UNC Student Emergency Fund when applying to the Graduate and Professional Student Emergency Fund.

If you have any questions, please contact the GPSF Student Opportunity Advocate, Kyle Reeves at

University, Social, Service, and Student Group Events

26th Annual Carolina Blood Drive

Consider signing up to donate blood on Tuesday, June 3rd between 7AM and 6PM. Blood donations will be held at the Dean E. Smith Center. To make your appointment, visit and enter code: UNC or call 1-800-RED-CROSS. More information can be found at . All participants will receive a FREE t-shirt!

The School-to-Prison Pipeline: From Perceptions to Solutions

Tuesday, June 3rd, 1:30-4 pm, Tate-Turner-Kuralt School of Social Work Auditorium
The Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs and the Gillings School of Public Health invite you to attend the 20th National Health Equity Research Webcast. This live-audience webcast is an annual interactive, live-streamed symposium that explores the intersection of health, policy, and diversity through expert panel discussions with a question-and-answer segment. Registration to view the webcast is required. For more information on the speakers, schedule of events, partnering organization and other ways to participate, visit

Outreach Opportunity: SciREN Triangle

SciREN (scientific research and education network) is calling all STEM students and researchers to participate in an education workshop on November 13th, 2014 at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh. The evening workshop will bring together researchers and K-12 educators, allowing them to exchange ideas and feedback. Scientists will prepare a lesson plan based on their research that meets state standards and present it informally during the workshop. The goal of the workshop is to find ways to get new and exciting research into local classrooms and provide an informal setting for scientists to network with educators. The event is open to any and all STEM scientists, researchers, students, and educators who wish to learn and work on their scientific communication abilities. For more information, or to sign up, ♖ visit or contact Justin Baumann (

Professional Development: Upcoming Events

Please refer to the GSPD Events website for more upcoming events in the month of September. Events and resources are announced through the GSPD listserv. Join the Graduate Student Professional Development list by sending an e-mail to with "subscribe gradevelopment" in the body of the message, leaving the subject field blank.

Career Services: Upcoming Events

Please refer to the Career Services Events website for more upcoming events in the month of September. Questions about Career Services opportunities and events should be directed to Amy Blackburn via email ( or by scheduling an appointment (

Know somewhere on campus that doesn't have a WiFi signal?

ITS is currently looking for places to upgrade Wifi on campus. If you find anywhere on campus without a wireless signal, please notify our graduate representative on STAB Erin Carter (

Health and Wellness

Safe Zone Training
The Safe Zone Ally program is a symbol of this University's efforts to increase awareness and acceptance of the diverse gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer community. The Safe Zone training is a four-hour program open to all UNC-CH community members. The next regularly scheduled summer training is August 6th, 12-4. However, if you are interested in attending a training session in June, please contact To learn more about Safe Zone training, visit (on the Safe Zone page, under the "Programs and Services" tab)

Counselling and Psychological Services (CAPS): Courage Group for Survivors of Sexual Assault
Open to survivors seeking support from others as they journey through sexual assault recovery.
Meets Thursdays 12:30-1:30.
Contact Amy Leach ( at 919-966-3658 to schedule a pre-group meeting.
For more information about this and other group therapy sessions please visit

International Student Support Group
Thursdays, 2:00-3:15pm - Student Union Annex Building 2511
The adjustment to a new environment and academic setting can be challenging in many ways. This weekly drop-in group provides an opportunity for international students to meet one another, obtain support and guidance, and discuss their experiences. Facilitator: Preeti Vidwans, PsyD.

Sister Talk
Sister Talk is a group for women of color who would like to discuss any relational, transitional change that is impacting their ability to successfully be the best they can be. The group will discuss such topics as relationships, self-care, work/life balance, academic success, managing stress, self-image, and other topics that the group feels would be pertinent to their personal success and achievement.
Time: Every other Wednesday 12 noon - 1p
Location: Frank Porter Graham Student Union, Room 3102
Facilitator: DeVetta Holman-Nash, MPH

Transportation News

New License Plate Office in Orange County
Orange County's new License Plate office will be located in the Gateway Commons shopping center at 1704 E. Franklin St, Chapel Hill, NC.

New Point-to-Point (P2P) Summer Express
P2P Summer Express vans will operate 7 days a week from May to August when summer school is in session, frequently serving stops from 7pm to 4am. See map of route.

Chapel Hill Transit Summer Break Schedule
Chapel Hill Transit will operate on a summer break schedule from Saturday, May 10th through Friday, August 15th. During this time, the weekday NU route will end at 8:29pm and the Safe Rides and Saturday/Sunday U and NU routes will not operate. Full service will resume on Saturday, August 16th. ♞ Please note that the CM, CW, D and J routes will maintain regular schedules throughout the summer.

Relax on your way to work. Join a vanpool!
Check out these UNC vanpools and see if one matches your commute. Become one of the lucky vanpool riders who get to sleep, read and relax during their commute. Once you try it, you'll never want to go back to driving alone!

Construction Projects Affecting Local Traffic

General GPSF Information

The "gpsf-news" listserv was set up to deliver news relevant to the UNC graduate and professional student population. If you have questions regarding content or use of the list, please email

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Newsletter Schedule & Deadlines

The GPSF Newsletter is published on the 1st and 15th of each month. To publish an announcement on the 1st, the announcement must be sent in by the 28th. To be published on the 15th, it must be sent in by the 12th. During the summer, the newsletter is published once a month on the 1st. Send announcements (no more than 100-150 words, please) to

Kyle G. Reeves
Secretary, UNC-CH Graduate and Professional Student Federation
Doctoral Candidate, Department of Chemistry