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


Get ready for an information avalanche! Orange County finally has a new license plate office, the address is in the Transportation section. GPSF is hosting a social event, a service event and is giving away money (if you meet certain elligibility requirements), so read on! Don’t forget to Follow @GPSFatUNC on Twitter and Like UNC GPSF on Facebook for your chance to win a $25 gift certificate to the UNC Student Stores! We’re picking a new winner from each site every month. Plus, by following and liking us, you’ll get the added bonus of getting the inside scoop about GPSF and UNC opportunities and events!
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Announcements and GPSF News

SAGE Graduate Education Summit

Student Advocates for Graduate Education, GPSF and the Science Policy Advocacy Group are sponsoring a campus wide event to discuss the current status and future of graduate and professional education in North Carolina and the US. The event will be held November 1st, 2013 at the Sonja Haynes Stone Center Theater from 3-5pm. More information on format and invited panellists can be found here

GPSF Social Event: Tyler’s Taproom/Speakeasy

Wednesday, Oct 16 join us at Tyler’s Taproom/Speakeasy in Carrboro at 8:30 for pool, fooseball, and a good time. Will be lots of fun and good company!

GPSF Volunteer Opportunity: Ronald McDonald House

Join GPSF in a fun volunteer event at the Ronald McDonald House of Chapel Hill. We will be cooking and serving Sunday brunch to the families on Sunday, November 3 at 10:15am, so we will arrive around 9am to cook onsite. The best part of the event is that we get to sit down with the families to enjoy the meal with them! We will additionally clean up after everyone eats. Anyone interested in helping out should sign up using the link below. There are only 8 volunteer spots available, so please only sign up if you know you can and will be there! Information regarding what to bring and how to get there will be sent out by email before the event. Email any questions to Kim at

GPSF Travel Awards applications now open

Travel awards for research and conference travel are offered by the GPSF through a competitive application process. The second funding cycle for the GPSF Travel Awards application has just been opened for travel occurring between October 1st and December 31st, 2013. Applications are due by 11:59pm on Friday, November 1st. For more information and the application, please see:

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

Graduate and Professional Student Input needed

The Student Advocates for Graduate Education (SAGE) are soliciting graduate and professional student stories detailing how the Shutdown and/or Sequestration have affected their graduate careers. These stories will be compiled and shared in a SAGE position paper that will be sent out to federal representatives in the Senate and House. Personal anecdotes may be sent to JoEllen McBride at by 5pm Saturday October 19th.

Better Know The GPSF Cabinet: TA/RA Advocate, Shelby Eden Dawkins-Law

Program: Education: Policy, Leadership & School Improvement
Year Admitted: 2013
Follow Me @theGRADvocate
About Shelby: This is my seventh year as a student at Carolina (Go Heels, Go America!). I earned a BA in Psychology as a proud member of the class of 2011. Afterwards I got my MA in Education with a concentration in Culture, Curriculum & Change. So if you ever need to know anything about ANYTHING Carolina, I’m your gal!
GPSF Initiatives/Involvement: Student Advisory Committee to the Chancellor, Graduate and Professional Honor Court, Committee on Scholarships, Awards, and Student Aid, Center for Faculty Excellence Advisory Board, University Residency Appeals Hearing Board, Graduate Professional Student Development Advisory Board, & Web-Based Course Instruction Committee. I am the former GPSF Senator for the School of Education which is how I became involved with more committees and appointments to the Cabinet and the the Residency Appeals Board. I also volunteer as an advisor in the Pre-Graduate Education Advising Program.
Academic Summary: My research interests is in the redefinition of what “public” education means to contemporary society, specifically with the growth of school choice options (charter schools, vouchers, etc.). The narrow focus of my research is on the barriers to minority students’ (race, class, language & physical and learning ability) access to these public options and how they contribute to resegregation in public schools.
GPSF Job Description: I see my role as helping connect students to resources and to one another. As 39% of this university I want to advocate on your behalf to key leaders in the university community to make sure our unique needs are met. If you ever want to air a concern, become involved with an initiative, or just want to share some ideas to help make our university a better place feel free to contact me at anytime.

University, Social, Service, and Student Group Events

Professional Development: Upcoming Events

Dissertation Writing Boot Camp – Session A – October 14-18, 9:00am-1:00pm
Establishing NC Residency for Tuition Purposes – October 15, 12:00-1:00pm
NIH F31 proposal workshop – October 17, 10:30-12:00pm
Resume Rescue for STEM fields – October 21 or 22, 12:00-2:00pm
Resume Rescue for Public Health – October 23, 24 or 25, 11:30-1:30pm
Creating a Teaching Statement & Portfolio – October 23, 12:00-1:30pm
Establishing NC Residency for Tuition Purposes – October 24, 12:00-1:00pm
Writing a Research Statement – October 24, 10:00-11:00am
Preparing for a Comprehensive Job Search – October 29, 12:00-1:00pm

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

Networking & Social Media – October 8, 3:30-5:00pm
Career Panel/Networking Night for Graduate Students in the Humanities – October 15, 5:00-7:00pm
Career Symposium – November 2nd, 8:30am-4:00pm

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 (

3rd Annual UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School Healthcare Conference

When: Friday, November 15th, 2013
Where: UNC Kenan-Flagler

  • Keynote from Lou Lange, General Partner, Asset Management Venture Fund
  • Panelists from Ascension Health Venture, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Eli Lilly Intuit Health, Johnson & Johnson, Liposcience, McKesson, Safer Healthcare, Transenterix, and UNC Healthcare System
  • Post-event happy hour and networking reception

Register today!

Questions/concerns please contact: or

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:
10/16: Maximizing money for your budget
11/20: Financial goal setting
12/18: Retirement saving
All staff, students, and faculty are invited to attend! RSVP is appreciated at

Carolina Women’s Center Safety Series
Join the CWC for a series of workshops led by UNC’s Department of Public Safety. RSVP is appreciated at Topics include:
10/29: Intro. to Self-Defense, 4:00-5:00 pm, Hitchcock Multipurpose Room, Stone Center
The R.A.D. system is a comprehensive women’s only course of instruction on self defense training. This system develops and enhances the options of self defense, so such options become viable considerations to women who might be attacked.This session in an introductory course. *Please wear comfortable clothing and tennis shoes.
11/11: Social Media/Online Safety, 4:00-5:00 pm, Hitchcock Multipurpose Room, Stone Center
Learn about ways to maximize online safety, including financial security, social media, and web browsing.

UNC-CH Library Workshops

10/17: Reputation Management and Citation Searching with Scopus
10-11:30 a.m.,Davis Library, Room 214
1-2:30 p.m., Health Sciences Library, Room 307

Registration required:
Two free workshops on Oct. 17 will teach faculty, students and community researchers to use advanced features of the powerful citation and abstracting tool Scopus. Learn how to manage your author profile, track citations, create visual displays of publication information, and more.
10/22: Open Access: Getting More Reach for Your Research Program with Heather Joseph, Executive Director of SPARC, 2 – 4 p.m., Pleasants Family Assembly Room, Wilson Library
Free and open to the public
Heather Joseph, executive director of the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC), will discuss how routine decisions about publishing outlets, copyright transfers, and licensing options can help to increase the reach of your research.

Graduate Speaker Series: Call for Submissions

The LGBTQ Center is currently looking for graduate and professional students conducting research related to sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression. 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 Sarah at Events will take place throughout the year depending on speakers’ schedules and availability.

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

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.

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!
Participate in the UNC Master Bike Plan!

Social Events

Graduate Social Hour and a Half
Tuesday, October 22nd, 5-6:30 pm, Weaver Street Markert, Carrboro (101 E. Weaver Street)
Take a break with us and connect with folks from different departments at our monthly social hour and a half for graduate & professional students – friends and partners welcome! We will plan on hanging out outside but in the event of crummy weather, we will move across the parking lot to the Tiger Room. Email Sarah at if you have any questions or for directions.
Frank Porter Graham Honor Society: Trivia and Service Event
Monday, November 11th, 8:00pm, Linda’s 203 East Franklin Street – Chapel Hill – NC – 27514

The Frank Porter Graham Honor Society is hosting a Trivia night at Linda’s to raise donations for the Ronald McDonald House. Donations are not required to attend but your team can earn extra points on their trivia score by bringing 3 unopened, standard sized boxes of cereal to donate to the Ronald McDonald House.

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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