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Happy Holidays from the GPSF! We hope that your exams/grading/projects went well and you’re getting ready to relax for the break. There are still some events happening so check out the Newsletter for more details!
We’ve been offering prizes to new Facebook and Twitter followers to start off the school year, and it’s been such a success that we’re going to keep rewarding our friends on social media! Every month we’ll pick a random Facebook or Twitter follower to win a $25 gift card to the UNC Student Stores. Follow @GPSFatUNC on Twitter or Like UNC GPSF on Facebook, and the next lucky winner could be you!
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Announcements and GPSF News

Continuous Enrollment Survey

The UNC-CH Graduate and Professional Student Federation (GPSF) is currently assessing the extent to which graduate students are affected by issues related to continuous enrollment. Continuous enrollment is defined by a policy stating that students maintain continuous enrollment from program entry until completion of degree requirements. We are merely obtaining information for the purposes of being informed about how graduate students are currently being affected at UNC. Please complete the following short survey.

2013-2014 Graduate Speaker Series

The LGBTQ Center is sponsoring this speaker series to share the work of graduate and professional students conducting research related to sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression. Events are open to the UNC community and all are invited to attend. Refreshments will be served but feel free to bring your own lunch. This series is being co-sponsored by the Graduate & Professional Student Federation, The Graduate School, and the Program in Sexuality Studies.
If you are a graduate or professional student conducting LGBTQ-related research and are interested in presenting as part of this series in the 2013-2014 school year, please email
Please contact Danny DePuy at if you require any reasonable accommodations for the event due to a mobility, hearing, visual, or other impairment.

GPSF Appropriations due Janary 5th

The GPSF seeks to fund programs, services, and interdisciplinary events which enhance the sense of community and which enrich the intellectual and social life of graduate and professional student at UNC-CH. The wider the scope of the activity and the more beneficial it is to the community, the more likely the event is to be funded. For events occurring after January 14th, 2014, requests must be submitted by January 5th, 2014. For more information on the process, please see the Appropriations page.

University Committee Appointments

GPSF has two external positions available in Spring 2014 (one spot on Student Fee Audit Committee, one on Committee on Student Conduct). If you are interested in applying, please email your application form and resume to GPSF VPEA, Xin Liu ( Following is the description of duties for the positions.
Student Fee Audit Committee
Approximate Meeting Frequency: Monthly
Description: The committee shall establish its own guidelines for working with the appropriate university administrators to oversee the levying and expenditure of all student fee dollars. The committee will pursue the goals of accounting specific fees for service and projecting long term growth patterns in student fees so that the appropriateness of fee revenue versus state and private revenue can be determined. It shall also be the duty of the committee to supervise the Student Activity Fund Office, and it shall have the power to inspect the financial records of any student organization receiving Student Activity Fee money. Any student may petition any committee member to commence such an inspection.

Committee on Student Conduct
Approximate Meeting Frequency: Monthly
Description: The responsibilities of the Committee on Student Conduct include the following:
1. To oversee the operation of the Instrument of Student Judicial Governance (Honor Code).
2. To propose changes to the Instrument appropriate to its increased effectiveness.
3. To receive proposed amendments and coordinate their study and disposition by the three constituencies.
4. To report annually and in writing to the Chancellor, Student Congress, and the Faculty Council.

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 is excited to announce the launch of the GPSF-Emergency Fund. 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

Better Know the GPSF Cabinet: Information Technology Chair, Sean Sanders

Name: Sean Sanders
Program: PhD Computer Science
Year: 3rd Year
Information Technology Blog

GPSF Initiatives/Involvement: Sean is currently a member of the Sakai Enhancements Committee, Mobile Applications Workgroup, Student Technology Advisory Board, and Instructional Technology Committee. In this capacity, Sean provides recommendations from a graduate student perspective on how the University should address campus issues including: 1) developing a strategy for mobile app development; 2) allocating publicly available student resources such as CCI printing services and student study space; and 3) developing a structured procedure to gather campus feedback and upgrade requests for campus software such as Sakai. Sean also works on developing, maintaining, and upgrading GPSF software.
Academic Summary: Sean is a PhD student in the Computer Science Department at UNC Chapel Hill. His primary research focus is using machine learning and advanced analytics techniques to gain insight from modern webpage traffic data.
GPSF Job Description: The IT policy chair serves as a domain expert on information technology issues within GPSF in addition to representing the graduate and professional student body on IT-related campus topics.

University, Social, Service, and Student Group Events

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 (

Carolina Women’s Center Events

Carolina Women’s Center “Money Matters”
Join the CWC for our brown bag “Money Matters” workshop series. All sessions will be held in the Stone Center’s Hitchcock Multipurpose Room, 12:15-1:15 pm. Topics addressed will include:
12/18: Retirement saving
All staff, students, and faculty are invited to attend! RSVP is appreciated at

University Awards for the Advancement of Women Nominations

The Carolina Women’s Center is accepting nominations for the 2014 University Awards for the Advancement of Women. This award recognizes contributions to the advancement of women at UNC-CH. Each year, three individuals— one faculty member, one staff member, and one undergraduate/graduate student/postdoctoral scholar— may be selected to receive the award. The faculty and staff recipients each receive $5000 and the undergraduate/graduate/postdoctoral scholar recipient receives $2500. Awardees will be honored in a ceremony on March 20th, 2014. For more information, please see: To submit a nomination, please use the online form at:

Prague Summer School 2014

The Prague Summer Schools are seven-day academic programs designed to bring together undergraduate and graduate students of various nationalities and academic backgrounds to enjoy their summer holidays in the unique academic and cultural environment.
When? 5-12 July 2014
Where? Summer Schools will take place in Prague, Czech Republic
We invite you to visit our website to discover the details about the upcoming programs. The website will direct you to the individual page of each summer program containing information on academics, logistics, photos, alumni feedback, guidelines to application process, and online application.
We also encourage students to submit their applications to Prague Summer Schools 2014 by Early Bird Application Deadline of January 31, 2014
. The Final Deadline is February 15, 2014.
Should you have any questions regarding the Prague Summer Schools or application process, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Carolina Digital Humanities Initiative Certificate in the Digital Humanities

The Carolina Digital Humanities Initiative invites graduate students to take part in our new graduate certificate program in the Digital Humanities. Students in this program will complete three courses (9 credit hours) in digital humanities courses at UNC, Duke and/or NC State. They will also complete a supervised field experience. Students will gain skills that are highly sought by employers. Recent years have seen a significant rise in academic job postings for emergent Ph.D.s with digital humanities experience across a range of subject areas. These experiences are also increasingly valued in other areas, such as cultural heritage organizations. The Certificate Program is open to UNC-CH graduate students across all departments in the College of Arts and Sciences, as well as students in the professional schools.

More information about requirements and eligibility can be found here. Available courses for Spring 2014 are here. Further questions should be directed to Julie Seifert (

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 (

International Student Events

Spring Course Offered by Preparing International Teaching Assistants Program
GRAD 811: Advanced Communicating in the American University Classroom
Course Description: This course is offered through the Graduate School at UNC Chapel Hill as part of the Preparing International Teaching Assistants Program (PITAP, GRAD 811 serves as a continuation course with GRAD 810 being a prerequisite. The course focuses on cross-cultural communication, English pronunciation, basic teaching skills, and topics necessary for effective interaction in the American classroom. The PITAP courses are professional development courses offered at no charge to the graduate student. For detailed syllabus or more information, please contact Warren Christian:

Health and Wellness

Counseling 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.

Transportation News

December Commuter News
Franklin Street Park & Ride Closed
Beginning January 1, 2014, UNC Park & Ride permits will no longer be valid in the Franklin Street Park & Ride lot at 1211 E. Franklin Street (by the Masonic Lodge). For other options, check out these local Park & Ride lots or these free regional lots served by Triangle Transit.

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!
UNC Master Bike Plan Update! Submit your comments ASAP!

Social Events

General GPSF Information

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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

JoEllen McBride
Secretary, UNC-CH Graduate and Professional Student Federation
Doctoral Candidate, Department of Physics and Astronomy, UNC-CH

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