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

Well I guess we spoke too soon about the snow being over with in the last Newsletter. My bad!! Hope everyone stayed safe. GPSF is offering free bowling for the first 36 people that sign up! Plus, there are lots of other cool things going on this month so read on!
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

GPSF sponsored Bowling Night – Thursday, February 27th

Join the GPSF at Mardi Gras Bowling (6118 Farrington Rd, Chapel Hill) on Thursday February 27th at 8-10pm for two FREE hours of bowling! (Shoes not included, $3.79 total). The first 36 UNC graduate/professional students to sign up will reserve their spot. After the first 36 spots, you will be added to the wait list and notified in the event of cancellation.
Sign up with the link below- and please let us know ASAP in the event you cannot make it so that others who are waiting can fill your spot.

Apply to serve on the GPSF E-board

The Executive Officers implement and advocate the interests of graduate and professional students to the university administration and handle the day-to-day operations of the GPSF. You can learn more at our website. Email for an application! Applications are due by March 7th.

GPSF Graduate Mentorship Award

Mentorship occurs in a multitude of realms on the UNC-CH campus, facilitated by the diverse roles and responsibilities undertaken by graduate and professional students. Areas of mentorship include but are not limited to teaching, research, professional development or academic success. This award is established by the Graduate and Professional Student Federation (GPSF) to recognize graduate and professional students at UNC-Chapel Hill who exemplify excellence in mentoring other graduate and professional students. Deadline for nominations is February 28, 2014. Please see our website for more information.

University Committee Appointments

GPSF has one external position available in Spring 2014 (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.
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

University, Social, Service, and Student Group Events

Professional Development: Upcoming Events

Managing People: Peoplemap Training – Wednesday, February 19, 2014 3:00-5:00pm
Getting Your Article Published: Practical Hints and Tips – Wednesday, February 26, 2014 9:30-11:30am
Gender at Work: Barriers and Strategies – Wednesday, February 26, 2014 12:00-2:00pm

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

Spring Job & Internship Expo – Thursday February 27, 2014 – 12:00-4:00pm
Integrating Professional Skills Development with Undergraduate Liberal Arts Instruction – Friday, February 28, 2014 9:00am-1:00pm

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 (

Conference on Race, Class, Gender, and Ethnicity – February 22, 2014

Don’t miss this year’s Conference on Race, Class, Gender, and Ethnicity! This year, UNC School of Law’s Conference on Race, Class, Gender, and Ethnicity will explore the myriad social dynamics implicated by incarceration’s destabilized families, including both causes of the destabilization and their results. The conference will invite speakers from the law, the academy, and the advocacy world to share their expertise on diverse topics such as how our war on drugs has contributed to mass incarceration and the destabilization of poor families, the way our education system continues to fail children and adolescents, how incarceration further (and permanently) divides immigrant families, the psychological effect of solitary confinement on individuals and their families, the way incarceration destabilizes and reorders community and family economies, and how families of North Carolina prisoners will adapt in our new political and social climate.
Registration for the conference is now open. Participation is free for all area students, $20 for community members/non-area students/non-CLE attorneys (although no one will be turned away for lack of funds), and $100 for CLE applicants. The conference is worth 4.25 CLE hours.
To register and learn more visit:
Feel free to RSVP on our Facebook event as well:

Graduate Student SafeZone Training

February 21, 2014, 12-4 pm
The LGBTQ Center and Graduate School are sponsoring a Safe Zone training open to all graduate & professional students, instructors, and faculty. The Safe Zone 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
If you would like to participate in this special opportunity, please email Sarah at or visit our website at to register.

Call for Nominations for the Frank Porter Graham Graduate & Professional Student Honor Society

Founded in 1990 and named after the renowned former president of the University of North Carolina system and North Carolina Senator, the Frank Porter Graham Honor Society recognizes outstanding service provided to the University and community by graduate and professional students enrolled at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Further, it recognizes faculty, staff, and friends of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill who have made significant contributions to the development of graduate and professional student education at the University. Nominees are expected to be involved in activities above and beyond that which is required for their degree or position.
Nominations for the 2014 inductees are now being accepted online through March 1st. If you have questions regarding applications, please contact Michael Bertucci (

Third Annual Families Matter Summit – March 22, 2014

The OCRCC Sexual Violence Prevention Task Force invites you and your family to the Third Annual Families Matter Summit (un evento bilingue) on Saturday, March 22 from 9:00am-12:30pm. FREE event for families, helping you start the tough conversations. Visit our website to register and learn more: Visite a para aprender mas y registrarse.

Marci K. Campbell Dissertation Award

The UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center announces The Marci Kramish Campbell Dissertation Award, a competitive $5,000 award to recognize excellence in dissertation research focused on cancer and the population sciences. This cash award goes directly to the recipient and can be used for any purpose. Please see the following website for more information.

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

Discrimmination Study Participants

Have you ever experienced discrimination of any kind? We’d like to hear about your experiences.
Please contact us if you are a UNC Student (Graduate or Undergraduate) AND a person who has experienced discrimination.
Types of discrimination may include, but are not limited to, race or ethnicity, sex, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, disability, nationality, religion, income.
Participants will be asked to complete a 45-60 minute confidential interview.
This study is being conducted by graduate students from the UNC School of Public Health.

Please email for more information.

Leisure Time Activity Study

Younsuk Kong invites you to participate in this research study that examines leisure-time physical activity behavior of graduate students in order to identify factors that influence physical activity behavior. The questionnaire will take approximately 10 minutes to complete. Please follow the link below to complete the questionnaire and for any questions, contact: Younsuk Kong, Doctoral Candidate, Clemson University,

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

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

February 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!

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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