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Announcements and GPSF News

GPSF Diversity Summit: We need you to attend!

The GPSF Diversity Summit is approaching this September 20th, and the GPSF is looking for individuals from all departments and programs to participate. Register today! 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! Lunch will be provided to all participants. Follow the Facebook Event here.

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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.

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Apply for GPSF Travel Awards

  GPSF is now accepting applications to fund travel that has occurred since July 1 or will occur before September 30. Travel Awards are offered by the Graduate and Professional Student Federation to assist with conference and research travel expenses for graduate and professional students, intended for those without other financial support for travel. Please see the GPSF Travel Awards Website for more information and application. Applications are due by September 5th.

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GPSF Appropriations

  Applications for appropriation funds from GPSF are due by September 16th. For guidelines please see the Appropriations Website. Questions can be sent to gpsfappropriations@unc.edu.

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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. – GTISTransportation 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.

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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.

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University, Social, Service, and Student Group Events

UNC Adopts New University Policy on Sexual Violence and Discrimination

  The University Policy comes from a 22-member task force that included undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, staff and community members. The committee reviewed all aspects of institutional policy and process ranging from reporting, support and response, investigation, adjudication and appeals. To learn more about the policy, procedures, you can learn more about the new policy at http://sexualassaultanddiscriminationpolicy.unc.edu/. Additional resources on interpersonal violence awareness and prevention can be found at SAFE@UNC.

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UNC Women in Science and Engineering (UNC WISE) Welcome-Back Social

  UNC Women in Science and Engineering (UNC WISE) invites graduate and professional students to its welcome-back social to be held on Monday, September 9, 2014 from 5-6PM at Old Chicago Pizza and Taproom on Franklin Street in Chapel Hill. All individuals interested in the mission of WISE are encouraged to come socialize and meet other likeminded graduate and professional students. Look for the WISE owl to find us! Light appetizers will be provided by WISE.

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Carolina Seminar on Behavioral Research with Ethnic and Racial Minority Populations

  On behalf of the Carolina Seminar on Behavioral Research with Ethnic and Racial Minority Populations (Minority Seminar) committee, we invite you to attend the first meeting of the year. Adam Hoffman and Katie Perkins, doctoral students in UNC’s Department of Psychology will present from 3:30 pm to 4:45 pm on Tuesday, August 26 in Davie Hall 261. The title of their presentations are: “Race Centrality Development in Black Youth and Parents” and “Middle School Teachers’ Ability Perceptions as Predictors of High School Honors Course Enrollment among African American Youth​,” respectively. Refreshments are served at every meeting. If you are interested in joining the Minority Seminar listserv, please email Lori Shamblin at Lori_Shamblin@unc.edu.

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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)

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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

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Diversity in Higher Education- Creating an Inclusive Climate for Female Faculty in the Sciences

  September 23 | 3:30 – 5:00 pm Location: Toy Lounge, Dey Hall Diversity and Multicultural Affairs in partnership with the Carolina Women’s Center and Women’s History Month is hosting this seminar as part of their Diversity in Higher Education seminar series. The event will feature a panel and facilitated discussion with leading female scientists at UNC about promising practices and also challenges that female faculty face in higher education with regards to increasing female enrollment, degree attainment and faculty recruitment in the Sciences. The seminar will feature panelists Clara Lee, MD, MPP (Associate Professor of Surgery, Director of Research – Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, UNC Department of Surgery), Anna Maria Siega-Riz, PhD, (Professor, Epidemiology Nutrition and Epidemiology), Valerie Ashby, PhD, (Professor & Department Chair, Chemistry) and Pamela Johnson Rowsey, PhD, RN, (Associate Professor and Coordinator of Student Diversity and Recruitment, School of Nursing). The panel will be moderated by Dr. Silvia Tomášková (Associate Professor, Anthropology and Women’s and Gender Studies) The seminar is free and open to all but we request registration. Refreshments will be provided. Learn more at http://diversity.unc.edu/seminars.

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Join the UNC Dissertation Writing Group

  Want to get more writing done in a supportive environment that will help keep you focused? Join a writing group of like-minded students from different departments. You’ll get an email each week asking you to check which days/times you want to write that week. Any time that enough people commit to will be added to the schedule. To sign up, send an email to beth.fischer@unc.edu.

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7th annual Cleft Palate Gallop 5K run/walk

  Come join us at the 7th annual Cleft Palate Gallop 5K run/walk on Saturday, September 20th, 2014 at 9 AM. The race start location is the Old Well on the UNC-Chapel Hill campus. An approximate address is: 180 E. Cameron Ave., Chapel Hill, NC 27514. The Cleft Palate Gallop is organized by students of the UNC School of Dentistry. All profits from the race will be donated to the UNC Craniofacial Center to help cover the treatment costs of children with cleft lip or cleft palate. The cost for pre-registration is $20 for the 5K and $15 for the fun walk. Visit cleftpalategallop.com to register today!

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10th Annual Aging in Stride 5K Run/Walk

  Join the Carolina Association of Pharmacy Students on Saturday, November 1st at 9:00am at the UNC Bell Tower for a morning of fun and activity benefiting the Orange County Aging in Place Fund! Prizes for Overall and Age-group winners! Register online at http://aginginstride.weebly.com. Be sure to register early, rates will increase on October 1st. Register by October 24th to be guaranteed a t-shirt on race day! Questions? Contact Dana Billock or Cynthia Lee at aginginstride@gmail.com

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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)

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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. Below are the dates for Summer/Fall 2014 semester. Register NOW to reserve a spot in one of our trainings! Wednesday, September 3rd 3-7 pm Tuesday, September 9th 4-8 pm Friday, September 19th 12-4 pm Wednesday, October 22nd 4-8 pm Tuesday, November 11th 3-7 pm If you would like to participate in Safe Zone training, please email Adrianne at adrigibi@email.unc.edu or via our website, lgbtq.unc.edu (on the Safe Zone page, under the “Programs and Services” tab)

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Safe Zone Refresher Course

  Tuesday, September 23rd, 3:30-5:00 p.m., Union 3203 If it’s been awhile since you went Safe Zone this workshop is for you! There have been substantial changes in policies, language use, and resources in the past five years and we want to make sure all Safe Zone Allies are current with the latest information. This 1 ½ hour workshop is open to anyone who has previously attended Safe Zone at UNC-CH or at a previous institution. To register, please contact Adrianne Gibilisco at 919-843-5376 or adrigibi@email.unc.edu and ask to be enrolled in the Safe Zone Refresher course. Please let Adrianne know upon enrollment if you need reasonable accommodations for the training due to a mobility, hearing, visual, or other impairment.

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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.

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