GPSA’s Annual Winter Gala – Winter Masquerade Ball

Masquerade Ball Flier

Ready for fun, food, dancing and some community service?
GPSA will be holding a Winter Masquerade Ball at the Atherton Hotel from 6 to 10pm, with a dinner buffet, dancing and a silent auction to benefit CC Women’s Resource Center and CC PAWS.

Some general information about the event:
– You can NOT park at the Atherton Hotel, so please park on campus and walk down or take the bus!
– The dress code is business casual but we really want you all to dress in masquerade wear or costumes.
– There will be masquerade mask at the registration table for you to have/wear.
– We will have baskets to take donations for CC Paws and CC Women’s Resource Center.
-Bring your spare change to donate to your favorite animal from PAWS, as there will be centerpieces with photos of the animals PAWS is supporting.

The buffet will include:
Appetizer: Tossed Greens
3 Entrees:
o Pasta Primavera – Dairy Free
o Grilled Vegetable & 3 Cheese Lasagna – Vegetarian
o Grilled Chicken with Sun-dried Tomato Sauce – Gluten Free

Upcoming Events for Nov 9 to Nov 14

FIRST: GPSA Office Hours
GPSA Office Hours will be  2-5pm Tuesday November 10, 2015
We will be selling tickets for the Winter Masquerade Ball!

Ready for fun, food, dancing and some community service?
GPSA will be holding a Winter Masquerade Ball at the Atherton Hotel from 6 to 10pm, with a dinner buffet, dancing and a silent auction to benefit Centre County Women’s Resource Center and Centre County PAWS.

Second: Financial Literacy Workshop
Mortgages: The Financial Process of Owning a Home
Wednesday, November 11, 2015
5:30 PM-6:30 PM
Mann Assembly Room, Paterno Library

Buying a house is one of the most important financial decisions you would have to make in your life, and you cannot afford to be pushed into it before you fully understand the financial process of owning a home. In this workshop, Penn State’s Financial Literacy Manager, Dr. Daad Rizk will help you understand how to budget for the cost, calculate your mortgage amortization schedule, improve your chances of getting a mortgage, find a monthly payment you can afford, and more.
More information about this and other MoneyCounts monthly programs available here:

Please register here:

Borough Council to Consider Pro-Graduate Student Zoning Amendment

Thanks to years of advocacy from GPSA and graduate students past and present, the State College Borough Council is considering amending its zoning requirements to make it easier for graduate students to find affordable and desirable housing downtown.

Proposed by Councilwoman Sarah Klinetob Lowe, the amendment would remove PhD seeking students from zoning regulations. Here’s the full text of what will be proposed tonight from Councilwoman Klinetob Lowe:

I propose that persons enrolled in part- or full-time doctoral programs be exempt from the Borough Student Home Zoning Regulations. With information gathered from Penn State’s Graduate School and an online survey, I would argue that these persons are young professionals and young families and thus further removed from the characteristics of young students, which is displayed through a balance of three major categories:


According to Penn State’s Graduate School, the modal age for those currently enrolled in a doctoral program is 24-29. This age range correlates with the age range of those typically defined as young professionals. Additionally, this correlates to dramatically lower crime and nuisance violations in the Borough.


According to Penn State’s Graduate School, as well as the results of an online survey, the median time to completing a PhD program at Penn State is 5.0 years. Compared to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the National Median Employee Tenure for All Employees in the year 2000 was 3.6 years, and the median in the year 2014 was 4.5 years. Thus persons completing a PhD program at Penn State stay at their job, and thus in our community, longer than an average professional.


According to Penn State’s Graduate School, “almost all” persons enrolled in a PhD program receive a stipend. The average 10-month stipend is $18,500, and the average 12-month stipend is $22,450. The average 10-month stipend is 45% higher than minimum wage, and the average 12-month stipend is 49% higher than minimum wage of a working young professional in our community.

PLEASE CONSIDER ATTENDING TONIGHT’S BOROUGH COUNCIL MEETING AT 7 P.M. ON THE THIRD FLOOR OF THE MUNICIPAL BUILDING (243 S. Allen St.). While no vote will be taken, it is important for graduate students to be present and show that this issue matters. There will be an opportunity to speak at the beginning of the meeting. We encourage anyone who would be positively affected by this amendment to come and be heard.


GPSA Office Hours!

Good Morning!

Are you interested in buying tickets for the SBA & GPSA Halloween Party?
Buying tickets for the GPSA Winter Masquerade Ball?

Well you are in luck! Lily Hill, the GPSA Programming Chair will be in the GPSA office (315 HUB) during the following hours this week:
– TUESDAY (Oct.27) – 8:30am to 9:30am & 1 to 5pm
– WEDNESDAY (Oct. 28) – 10:30am to 12:30pm
– THURSDAY (Oct. 29) – 8:30am to 9:30am

See you then!

For the Halloween Party tickets, we are only accepting cash and for the Winter Masquerade Ball tickets, cash or checks made to Graduate and Professional Student Association or GPSA are acceptable.

Invited Speaker: Alexandra Levit – November 3

Alex Levit

Meet the Delegates Outreach – This Wednesday!

Do you want to meet the people representing your comments and concerns about graduate professional life to the administration?

GPSA will be having PIZZA to reach out to our constituents before GPSA’s fortnightly meetings!
Delegates will be present for you to speak to, especially about any big concerns or to just find out about what we do!
This WEDNESDAY at IST 209 at 5pm, the GPSA meeting will follow in 134 HUB.
So stop by for some conversation and refreshments.

Also if interested, purchase your ticket to the Winter Masquerade Ball!

GPSA Health Care Committee to Meet

The GPSA Health Care Committee will hold its first meeting of the semester this week on Thursday, October 1 from 12-1:30 PM in 315 HUB-Robeson. Please consider attending to assist in planning for the upcoming academic year. Events that the committee will be working on are healthcare/insurance informational workshops and a fun-filled health eating night! If you cannot attend this meeting, but are interested in being involved, contact Alison Franklin, the committee chair, at

Call for Graduate Council Nominations; Delegate Seats Available

The GPSA has significant representation on the Penn State Graduate Council – and there are 2 vacant seats available for interested graduate students willing to serve. Requirements for becoming a Grad Council representative are as follows: Must be a graduate student (Law School students are ineligible); must have attended two consecutive GPSA meetings; and only one graduate student per college may serve. Colleges already represented are Communications, Earth and Mineral Sciences, and Engineering. Duties of Grad Council members are outlined in Article II, section (F) of the GPSA By-laws.  The attendance policy for Grad Council representatives is the same all elected individuals in the GPSA.

Another way to be involved in your GPSA is to become a member of the Assembly as a voting delegate. Currently, there are several delegate seats available from a variety of different colleges. Open delegate seats may be viewed by visiting this link. Students interested in serving as a delegate must attend 2 consecutive meetings to be elected (Candidates are voted on by the Assembly at the second consecutive meeting attended). Responsibilities of Delegates are outlined in Article I of the GPSA By-laws.

Questions or nominations may be directed to the Executive Vice President, Anthony Christina ( or the GPSA Judiciary (

GPSA Welcome Back Event

Welcome Back Flier

Hello Grad & Professional Students and welcome back to the craziness of grad school.
To celebrate the beginning of what will be another great year, we will be having a Welcome Back Party at the Sunset Park Pavilion #1 (850 McKee St, State College, PA 16803) on September 18 from 6-8pm. Come have free food and mingle before home football games take over the campus on weekends! All graduate and professional students are invited and this will be family friendly & make sure to bring the new students in your department!

Join the event via Facebook:

PEO International Peace Scholarship for International Female Graduate Students

The PEO International Peace Scholarship is a $10,000 scholarship (renewable for a second year) for international graduate level women studying at universities in the United States and Canada. There are a few criteria for applicants:

· Must be a woman from countries other than the US and Canada
· Must be working toward a full-time graduate degree in an accredited university or college in the US or Canada
· Must be enrolled and in residence for the entire school year of the scholarship
· Student does not need to be enrolled at the time of the application
· New applicants must have a full year of course work remaining
· Maximum of $10,000 annually, depending on need
· May be renewed once
· Completed application forms will be accepted electronically in the IPS office only between September 15 and December 15, 2015 for the 2016 academic year.

The PEO Sisterhood is an international organization with broad philanthropic and cultural aims and an interest in furthering educational opportunities for women. It is entirely independent and has no affiliation with any fraternal or benevolent organization.

Eligibility must be established before application material is sent to applicants. The eligibility information is available from at any time, but the completed form will be accepted electronically in the IPS office only between September 15 and December 15, 2015.

If Penn State international women graduate students have further questions, they may contact: Jane Childs,

The PEO International website ( provides detailed information about the scholarship, dates, requirements and lists of current and previous awardees who are studying in the US.

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