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Announcements and GPSF News


Health Policy Survey


Complete this survey before Tuesday, September 30th to be entered into a drawing for a gift card to the UNC Student Stores, also usable at the Daily Grind!

To better understand the needs of the graduate and professional student body, the GPSF will send a new survey each month asking about important issues. These surveys are anonymous and should take less than 10 minutes to complete. All information provided in these surveys is collected solely for the use of the GPSF in determining which issues are most relevant to graduate and professional students. Names and e-mail addresses are only requested for the purpose of the gift card drawings, and will not be associated with survey responses.



Come Enjoy a Night of Baseball With GPSF!!!!


Come Join the GPSF for a night of baseball! Before the year gets too busy, come enjoy $1 Concessions (hotdogs, drinks, or fries) at the Durham Bulls vs. Norfolk game. The game will be held at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park on Thursday, August 21st beginning at 7:05PM.

20 Tickets Will Be Provided For Free!!! (First-come, first-served. Sign up via this Google doc)

Other tickets can be purchased for $6-10. Questions? Email the GPSF Social Chair



Serve on the Search Committee for the Director of Housing and Residential Education


Please consider serving on the search committee to identify a new Director of Housing and Residential Education. The majority of the committee work will begin in mid-September and end prior to Thanksgiving. Ray Angle, the Director of University Career Services, has been appointed as the search chair. Volunteers must be an on-campus resident. If you are interested in serving on the search committee as a graduate/professional student representative, please contact the GPSF Secretary.




Graduate Tuition Incentive Scholarship and Graduate Student Transportation Grant


The online applications for the Graduate Tuition Incentive Scholarship and Graduate Student Transportation Grant are now open and can be accessed at the links below.


Transportation Grant

Students should review the eligibility guidelines for both awards prior to submitting an application. There is no limit to the number of students who may apply for either award, and no formal departmental nomination is required. Departments will be notified when students complete an application and should review and submit the application to the Graduate School for review and approval.

Applications for the GTIS are due September 30, 2015. There is no deadline for Transportation Grants, and applications are reviewed and approved on a rolling basis.


GPSF Diversity Summit: Consider Attending!

The GPSF Diversity Summit is approaching this September 20th, and the GPSF is looking for individuals from all departments and programs to participate. Read more about the Diversity Summit Objectives and how you can get involved. All students are welcome and invited. 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!




GPSF Emergency Fund 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, Justin Johnson at gpsfopportunity@unc.edu.




University, Social, Service, and Student Group Events


Harnessing Technology for Democracy, Development & Human Rights –[GPSF-SPONSORED]

The Role of Open Innovation & Entrepreneurship PolicyAugust 27, 2014, 12pmWilson Library

Join the Science Policy and Advocacy Group (SPAG) and Materials Research Society (MRS) in welcoming Jason Cross, PhD, JD for an engaging discussion on the intersection between technology and policy. Pizza and refreshments will be served at 11:45am.
For more information see the online flyer.



Financial Literacy Workshops

Maintain and gain financial health this semester by taking a financial literacy workshop through the Office of the Dean of Students and The Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid. Learn important budgeting skills, gain an understanding of financial aid, obtain tips and tricks for smart spending, and more.

Sign up today for a workshop on 08/19, 08/21, 08/26, or 08/28!





Photo Exhibit and Fish Fry Fundraiser

The Center for the Study of the American South for a photo exhibit, a Southern Cultures issue release party, and a fish fry fundraiser on Friday, September 12 from 5:30-7:30OM to benefit our favorite southern journal!

Fish and an Ish Fundraiser
Local seafood plate prepared by Chef Ricky Moore of Durham’s Saltbox Seafood Joint + special water issue of Southern Cultures, featuring “An Eye for Mullet” photo essay. (Tickets starting at $20 available here.)

An Eye for Mullet: Art @ the Center Reception
Historian David Cecelski on Charles Farrell’s photographs of Brown’s Island Mullet Camp, 1938 + live music by Wayne Martin & friends. (Free & open to the public)







The Student Physical Therapy Association 9th Annual Golf Tournament



Please help UNC’s Physical Therapy Department by playing golf! The Student Physical Therapy Association is having their 9th Annual Golf Tournament, which raises money for the Foundation for Physical Therapy. The Foundation for Physical Therapy is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing grants and scholarships to support research and development in physical therapy. When: Friday, September 12, 2014. Registration starts at 10:45 am. Shotgun start at 12:30 pm. Where: Chapel Ridge Golf Club in Pittsboro, NC. Cost: $90/player before Aug. 29; $105/player after Aug. 29. This entry fee includes a box lunch, green fees, golf cart, range balls, award ceremony and BBQ dinner. If you have any questions please contact Mark Boles: (336)-972-8988; mark_boles@med.unc.edu





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 http://sciren.web.unc.edu/triangle/ or contact Justin Baumann (baumannj@live.unc.edu)





CAP registration: OPEN

CAP registration began on Friday, July 18th for the upcoming academic year, 8/15/14 – 8/14/15. The Commuter Alternative Program (CAP) rewards employees and students who give up their parking permit for a more sustainable way of travel. To join CAP, visit dps.unc.edu/CAP.



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.






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