Financial Literacy and Healthcare Workshop March 5th!

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Date: March 5, 2015
Time: 5:00-6:-00pm
Location: Willard Building 265

The GPSA has invited Dr. Daad Rizk, financial literacy coordinator, to offer a presentation on Healthcare & Finance at Penn State. It will cover everything from how to save money by going to the right doctor first to health savings options and financial assistance. Come join us and invite your friends, too! RSVP on Facebook or just show up.

Learn about financial options that are available when dealing with health care services, different health care providers and your health insurance plan. Receive up-to-date information about financial assistance in the local area as well as services offered at Penn State.

The workshop will focus on tools and strategies that will apply regardless of what next year’s health insurance contract looks like, and will not discuss upcoming changes to student health insurance. For updates on the 2015-16 student health insurance and more information on student health insurance in general, visit the FAQ.

Applications Available for Student Trustee Position & Selection Group

 Undergraduate, graduate, and professional students at any Penn State campus with an interest in being a member of the University’s Board of Trustees are being asked to submit an application for the post by February 27. In addition, students who would like to be part of the process to interview candidates have an opportunity to submit an application, by February 15, for consideration to become an at-large member of the selection group. Applications can be found below:

Feminist Communities in Theory and Practice Conference

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14th annual conference hosted by The Women’s Studies Graduate Organization.


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2015-16 Student Health Insurance Update

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On behalf of the Graduate and Professional Student Association, we would like to make you aware of developments concerning student health insurance at Penn State beginning in the 2015-2016 academic year.

The purpose of this meeting will be two-fold:
(1) To provide up-to-date information on possible changes to student health insurance for 2015-2016 and the following years and
(2) To give graduate and professional students the opportunity to influence important decisions in creating the new policy.

In order to ensure we have adequate space, please RSVP by Tuesday, February 10.

This year we have the opportunity to provide input on a new health insurance contract, but the time frame for providing feedback is limited. Thus student involvement is urgently needed. Additional changes in health insurance law mean that important changes will occur in the policy for 2015-2016.

If you cannot attend the special meeting but would like to provide commentary, you can email the chairs of the GPSA health insurance committee, Nathaniel Porter <> and Alison Franklin <>. Click “more” to see the full Special FAQ for the meeting, including a summary of potential changes and the topics that will be considered at the meeting. For even more information on student healthcare, view our recently updated GPSA Healthcare FAQ.

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National Engineers Week Events Announced

National Engineers Week Events
hosted by EGSC, EUC, and Penn State Engineering Alumni Society

Trivia Night
Date: Wednesday, February 25, 7 pm to 9 pm
Location: Robb Hall, Hintz Family Alumni Center
Sign up:

Think you are pretty smart?
Come out to Trivia Night held in celebration of Engineers Week to test your knowledge. Food and drink will be provided, prizes will be awarded to the top teams, and participating is free.

The event will be held on University Park campus on Wednesday, February 25, 7pm – 9pm, Robb Hall in Hintz Alumni Center. Team Trivia will be hosting the event!
You do not have to be an engineer to participate.
Maximum of five people per team.
Your team may include faculty, staff, or undergraduate and graduate students from various departments.
If you do not register a full team of 5 people, additional single participants may be added to fill your team the day of the event.
If you are registering as a single participant, you will be assigned a team upon your arrival to the event.
The trivia questions will not be all engineering related.
Engineering’s Got Talent 2015 Walk-In Audition
Date: Thursday, February 26, 11 am to 4 pm
Location: Kunkle Lounge
Sign up: Audition Reservation

Engineering’s Got Talent is an annual event organized by Engineering Graduate Student Council in each fall semester. It is comprised of Exhibition and Performance two parts. Exhibition embraces paintings, drawings, photography, sculpture, crafts, etc. Performance includes singing, dancing, instruments, bands, magic shows, stand-up comedies, etc.

As part of National Engineers Week, we are presenting a Walk-In Audition. It is aimed for collecting possible candidates for Engineering’s Got Talent 2015. But most importantly, it is a chance for you to let it go and have some fun! Just walk in and perform as you want it. Or you can sign up to reserve a spot! We can’t wait to see you there!

GPSA’s Spring Dissertation Bootcamp dates have been posted!

All Penn State graduate students  are welcome to join us for the
GPSA Dissertation and Thesis Boot Camp
February 16, 2015 – February 20, 2015

Fretting over whether you can make your dissertation or thesis deadlines?
Worried about finding a quiet, distraction-free place to write?
The Graduate and Professional Student Association’s Professional Development Committee can help!

The PDC is hosting a Dissertation and Thesis Boot Camp for graduate students who are writing their dissertations and theses!

The Dissertation and Thesis Boot Camp is offered for students who would like additional support while writing. It aims to build healthy writing habits that students can continue on their own. The week-long event will be held in a quiet section of the library and will include informational workshops on issues related to writing, as well dedicated writing time.

The cost is only $20 and covers a light breakfast, lunch, workshops, and dedicated writing space in the library all week. There will also be a $40 deposit due that will be returned at the end of the week.

Please follow the link below and fill out this online application:

Applications are due by midnight Friday, February 6, 2015

You will be notified of acceptance by February 13, 2015. Applicants will be accepted on the basis of which candidates are closest to graduation and are furthest along in their writing process.

Thank you!
The Professional Development Committee of the GPSA

UPUA Establishes Commission on Student Fees that is to include representatives from GPSA and CCSG

The Commission on Student Fees has been established by the University Park Undergraduate Association (UPUA), and is to include representatives from the Graduate and Professional Student Association (GPSA), and the Council of Commonwealth Student Government (CCSG). This Commission serves to help establish a formal process for the creation and removal of Student Activity Fees, IT Fees, and Facilities Fees by:

  1. Researching and analyzing fee creation processes at peer institutions.
  2. Identify areas of improvement for the current fee structure at Penn State.
  3. Provide a recommendation to the fee creation and removal process at Penn State.

Board of Trustees Presentations Praise the Accomplishments of Graduate and Professional Student Programs

At the Board of Trustees Meeting on January 16, 2015 both Provost Jones, and Dean Younken, of the Graduate School gave presentations praising the accomplishments of Penn State’s Graduate and Professional students and programs.

For Provost Jones’ presentation, skip to 1:00:05.

For Dean Younken’s presentation, skip to 1:13:00.


Hammond Building, Kunkle Lounge, Penn State University
Thursday, January, 22, 2015
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Your donation will benefit THON!

For each Whole Blood Unit donated the Red Cross will donate $2 on behalf of GPSA and for each Double Red donation they will donate $4.

You can donate if you have not donated WHOLE BLOOD since 11/27/14
You can donate if you have not donated DOUBLE RED since 10/02/14

To SIGN UP, please follow these simple steps in order:

  1. Check for available appointment times:  Click here for donation times
  2. Sign up for your time: Click here to make an appointment

Your commitment to donating blood is extremely important.  The need for blood is constant and only volunteer donors can fulfill that need for patients in our community.  This drive is hosted by The Penn State Engineering Graduate Student Council (EGSC), The Society of Women Engineers (SWE), The Graduate and Professional Student Association (GPSA), and the American Red Cross.

If you are unable to donate blood please consider donating your time as a volunteer!  You can sign up to vounteer at this drive through the Penn State volunteer website at:

Questions about the drive can be directed to

Thanks for your support!
Brittany Banik, Cassandra Baum, and Jesse Scott
Blood Drive Coordinators

PA New Child Protective Services Law goes into effect December 31, 2014

PA New Child Protective Services Law goes into effect December 31, 2014
All Penn State University employees who will have  “routine contact” with children (defined as anyone under the age of 18) will be required to undergo a three-part background check.
Further details can be found by accessing the Faculty Senate Meeting from December 9th (the relevant portions of which run from 34:45-1:01:50):