GPSA Looking for a Chief of Staff

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Are you looking to get involved in the exciting world of student government to develop skills and build connections that will last a lifetime? The Graduate and Professional Student Association is now taking applications for the position of Chief of Staff. While all graduate and professional students are welcome to apply, preference will be given to applicants who are willing to serve for the entire 2014-2015 academic year. This volunteer position will require approximately 10 hours per week.

The job comes with the following responsibilities:

  • Assisting the GPSA Executive Board in the fulfillment of assigned tasks, including preparation for meetings.
  • Maintaining the GPSA Facebook and Twitter accounts (approximately one post per day).
  • Live tweeting the bi-weekly GPSA meetings (Wednesday nights in the HUB at 6 p.m. for approximately two hours).
  • Maintaining the GPSA email accounts and answering or forwarding correspondence where appropriate.
  • Updating the GPSA website (no coding knowledge required).
  • Organizing and maintaining the GPSA office to reflect and inviting and professional environment.
  • Being present in the GPSA office at least two days a week for several hours (you will get your own computer and desk).

Preferred candidates will possess the following skills:

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint, and Excel).
  • Strong organization and time management skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work with others.
  • Genuine interest in improving the life of graduate and professional students at Penn State.

If you are interested in applying for this position, please send your resume to GPSA President Kevin Horne at GPSAoffice@gmail.com by Sunday, August 23. Should you have any questions about the position, please do not hesitate to ask.

Fall Lot 10 Parking Permit Applications

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Every semester, GPSA allocates a limited number of parking permits to Lot 10. Lot 10 is located on West Campus past the IST Building. All applications are evaluated based upon a need basis to help graduate students in most need of a pass. Reasons why passes have been allocated in the past have been for health reasons, family concerns, and research purposes. All applications for Lot 10 permits for the Fall 2015 semester must be submitted by the Sunday, August 23. Applications should be emailed to gpsaoffice@gmail.com. Download here: Fall-Lot-10-Application

If you already submitted a Lot 10 Application during the summer months before this listing became available, you do not need to re-submit. Your application has been accepted.

NOTE: As of fall 2014, those who have a commuter pass including Lot 10 permit are not eligible for Ride For Five Program.

Join Us For Our 2015 Summer Bash

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We will host our annual GPSA Summer Bash on Saturday, June 6 from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m., on the patio at The Grove Apartments (850 Toftrees Ave.).

Food, drinks (non-alcoholic) and sports equipment will be provided. We will also have use the swimming pool, so dress appropriately if you’d like to swim. Feel free to bring your friends and other graduate students for a fun afternoon. The event is family friendly.

Please check in with Lily Hill upon arrival and she will direct you to get a wristband to use the amenities on Saturday. Any questions please contact Lily: lzh157@psu.edu. Please RSVP to our Facebook event.

This event was paid for using GPSA’s lump sum allocation from the student activity fee. Costs were held to a minimum ($500 or less), limited to food and drinks for everyone to enjoy.

Summer Lot 10 Parking Permit Applications

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Every year, GPSA allocates a limited number of parking permits to Lot 10. Lot 10 is located on West Campus past the IST Building. All applications are evaluated based upon a need basis to help graduate students in most need of a pass. Reasons why passes have been allocated in the past have been for health reasons, family concerns, and research purposes. All applications for Lot 10 permits for the Summer 2015 semester must be submitted by the Sunday, May 10. Applications should be emailed to gpsalot10@gmail.com. Download here: Summer-Lot-10-Application

NOTE: As of fall 2014, those who have a commuter pass including Lot 10 permit are not eligible for Ride For Five Program.

Expanded information on healthcare is now available

Did you miss the Financial Literacy Workshop? The GPSA has recently expanded information on healthcare on their website including FAQs on the 2015-16 Student Health Insurance policy, video and slides of our Healthcare financial literacy workshop, and a guide for students about the Affordable Care Act. Below are useful links for other healthcare information from the GPSA:

Healthcare Links: http://gpsa.psu.edu/healthcare/
Healthcare and Insurance FAQ: http://gpsa.psu.edu/healthcare/healthcare/
ACA and Student Health Insurance: http://gpsa.psu.edu/healthcare/aca/
Healthcare Financial Literacy: http://gpsa.psu.edu/healthcare/healthcare-financial-literacy/

Graduate & Professional Student Appreciation Week

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This week is Graduate and Professional Student Appreciation Week!!! We hope that everyone can take advantage of some of the fun! The GPSA appreciates all the hard work you do and your contributions to the University! Thank you! See the Facebook event for updates: https://www.facebook.com/events/667930803312138/

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Noteworthy:

Monday and Wednesday free Coffee, Tea, and Pastries at Webster’s (check flier for hours)Monday and Friday free Professional Photo Shoot: Signup: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0a4cacae23a2fb6-professionalTuesday: 10 minute Chair Massages in Smeal (first come, first served)

Wednesday: Mixer at Cafe 210

Thursday: Ice Cream Social under the Gateway Bridge (the bridge that connects the Chemistry and Life Sciences buildings – by the Eisenhower Auditorium). NB: This coincides with Bring Your Child to Work Day, so if your little (or big) one(s) will be on campus with you that day bring them by for ice cream!

 

Important Health Insurance Update

The GPSA is pleased to announce that Penn State has completed the negotiations with Aetna Student Health for the 2015-16 student health insurance contract and Vice President Damon Sims has approved. Of the multiple bids received, Aetna’s was the best able to address the needs of students at a reasonable cost. Thanks to the hard work of the Student Health Insurance Liaisons and all graduate and professional students who took part in the special insurance meetings, coverage of outpatient mental health has been improved, among other benefits. Full details of what we know so far are available at the link below, including premiums. Some details, including university subsidies for graduate assistant and fellows, remain to be finalized. Please direct questions to Student Health Insurance Committee co-chairs Nathaniel Porter (ndp135@psu.edu) and Alison Franklin (amy125@psu.edu)

2015-16 Student Health Insurance FAQs: http://gpsa.psu.edu/healthcare/healthcare/#2015

Graduate and Professional Student Leader Roundtable RSVP

The absolute deadline to RSVP for GPSA’s Graduate and Professional Student Leader Roundtable is tomorrow (Wednesday April 15, 2015) at 8am! This is an event that will be held on Monday April 20, 2015 at 8am in the Mount Nittany Room at the Nittany Lion Inn as part of the GPSA’s Graduate and Professional Student Appreciation Week! If your graduate student organization would like to send a representative to this event, please RSVP to gpsaoffice@gmail.com before tomorrow at 8am!

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Rescheduled Healthcare Finance Workshop This Thursday

The GPSA Student Health Insurance Committee is sponsoring a healthcare finance workshop open to everyone this Thursday (rescheduled from March) at 5:00 in 022 Deike Building. We have invited Dr. Daad Rizk, Penn State Financial Literacy Coordinator, to speak about the financial options that are available when dealing with healthcare services, healthcare providers and your insurance plan. Receive up-to-date information about financial assistance in the local area as well as services offered at Penn State and options to reduce taxes related to healthcare costs. There will also be an extended period to answer your questions about health insurance and healthcare costs.

What: Healthcare finance workshop
Where: 022 Deike
When: Thursday, April 16th, 5:00-6:00pm

Sexual Violence Awareness Week Events

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