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 gpsfsecretary@unc.edu.
 

I've been told that the most important announcement in this newsletter that you can't miss is your opportunity to enjoy FREE ice cream. Read on to learn more about where and when to find it! Also, be aware that during the summer months, the GPSF Newsletter will be published monthly. Do email us with your announcements, though! We can spread the word about your events through Facebook, Twitter, and our Website.

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


Contents

Announcements and GPSF News

GPSF Free Ice Cream Social: Friday May 2nd: 4-6pm ( Outside Phillips Hall )

Mark your calendars for the 3rd annual End-of-year GPSF Ice Cream Social! Free Maple View ice cream will be provided to you by the GPSF outside of Phillips Hall to celebrate your efforts this year! In the event of rain, you're invited to enjoy free ice cream at the Graduate Student Center.

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 (hartblay@live.unc.edu), JP (balmonte@email.unc.edu), or your GPSF ♖ Senator to find out how you can be part of the conversation!

Student Grievance Committee – Graduate Committee Members

The Student Grievance Committee is staffed by student, faculty and staff volunteers.  The charge of the committee is to hear complaints, issue determinations, and select sanctions (where appropriate), for reports of harassment and discrimination as outlined in the “Policy on Prohibited Harassment, including Sexual Misconduct, and Discrimination”.  Note: This committee most often hears complainants of harassment, sexual misconduct, or relationship violence or stalking.  The position is a year-long appointment.

We are seeking up to two graduate students to serve on this committee.  Trainings for the committee are scheduled for late April or early May, 2013.  We hope the candidate will have some availability to serve on hearing panels during the Summer 2014, as well as be able to serve through the 2014-15 academic year. Committee members should be in good standing with the community.

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 kgreeves@email.unc.edu.

University, Social, Service, and Student Group Events

Carolina Union Survey: Win Prizes!

The Carolina Union is conducting a survey and would love to receive more feedback from UNC Graduate and Professional Students. Complete the Union survey and share your feedback. Prizes will be given away daily and include: UNC sweatshirts, cupcakes, phone and computer accessories, and Alpine gift certificates. You can take the survey here.

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 listmanager@listserv.unc.edu 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 (amy_blackburn@unc.edu) or by scheduling an appointment (http://careers.unc.edu/resources/schedule-appointment.html).

UNC Basketball Analytics Summit: May 2 and 3

The Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise is hosting UNC’s first Basketball Analytics Summit this May 2 and 3. The summit features UNC alum and former NBA coach George Karl, ESPN’s Dean Oliver, Ken Pomeroy, the Charlotte Bobcats Analytics staff, and more! Friday evening will feature an opening town hall and all day Saturday we’ll explore basketball analytics across a variety of different functions including fan engagement, sport science, individual performance, and marketing/ticketing. Please register here, follow us @KISportUNC for summit updates, and email KISport@unc.edu with questions. Interested in exhibiting your basketball research? Please email Bri Arey (barey@live.unc.edu) for additional details. 

Young Science Professionals of RTP: May 12

Young Science Professionals of RTP, was created to provide networking and job search training to scientists in the Triangle area. The first networking event will be a happy hour in RTP on May 12.  For more information, visit the organization's website at www.youngscienceprofessionals.org

Run for Science! NC DNA Day 5K - May 17

Run for Science! ♞ The second annual NC DNA Day 5K and Science Festival will take place May 17, 2014 on UNC’s campus. All proceeds from the 5K run will support science outreach and education in North Carolina. Immediately following the run there will be a science festival titled: Running Experiments: Investigating the Science of Life, where exhibitors from UNC and beyond will have hands-on demonstrations and activities. Register for the 5K HERE: http://ncdnaday.org/5k/ Science-themed costumes highly encouraged! All registrants get a cool t- shirt with our super cool logo, and did we mention there would be prizes?

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 (erincarter@unc.edu).

Health and Wellness

Safe Zone Training:  Graduate and Professional Students, Instructors and Faculty

Tuesday, May 13th, 10a-2p, Student Union

The LGBTQ Center is sponsoring a Safe Zone training open to all graduate & professional students, instructors, and faculty. The SafeZone Ally program is a symbol of this University's efforts to increase awareness about and inclusion of the diverse gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ) communities. The purpose of the Graduate & Professional Student Safe Zone training is to address the ways that topics related to sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression come up in classroom settings, curriculum design, and interactions with faculty members and colleagues. Specific topics include:

·        Issues faced by LGBTQ individuals in classroom/academe

·        Current LGBTQ terminology

·        Information about campus climate, policies, and resources

·        Strategies for being an ally to LGBTQ persons

To register for this training  please Register Here or contact our Graduate Assistant.

 
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 (aleach@email.unc.edu) at 919-966-3658 to schedule a pre-group meeting.
For more information about this and other group therapy sessions please visit http://campushealth.unc.edu/caps/group-therapy.

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.

CHT and TTA Holiday Bus Schedule Information
Information about UNC and Town of Chapel Hill Park and Ride Lots.
Chapel Hill Transit and Triangle Transit Authority route changes effective August 19th. Sign up for TTA and CHT alerts!

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 gpsfsecretary@unc.edu.

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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 gpsfsecretary@unc.edu.

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