Upcoming Talk on Sexual Violence and Sexual Responsibility!

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Health Care Literacy 101 Workshops Announced

The Graduate and Professional Student Association and The Graduate School invite all Penn State graduate students to attend Health Care Literacy 101, a workshop focused on the evolving health care landscape in the U.S. and its impact on graduate students. The 90-minute workshop will be offered on two dates: Monday, January 25, and Tuesday, January 26, 2016, beginning at 5:30 p.m. in Room 100, Life Sciences Building, at the University Park campus.

The workshop will also be live streamed on January 25 at


and on January 26 at


Health Care Literacy 101 will also be recorded and available for viewing at these same sites.


  • Introduction to Health Insurance and the U.S. Health Care System

          David J. Duncan, President and CEO, UPMC Altoona Regional Health Services; and

          Mary Beth Jenkins, Chief Operating Officer, UPMC Health Plan

  • How Health Insurance Works: A Case Study Comparison of Health Insurance Plans

          Karen Kline, Director, Student Health Insurance, Penn State

  • Services Provided by University Health Services: A Brief Overview

         Dr. Robin E. Oliver-Veronesi, Senior Director, University Health Services, Penn State

  • General Question-and-Answer Session with Presenters

At the conclusion of the formal presentations, the presenters will be available to answer more specific questions. Pizza and refreshments will be served.

Please register for the workshop by January 22 at:  http://bit.ly/1MTBZ2d

Thank you for your consideration of this important opportunity to engage in conversation with healthcare executives and University healthcare administrators.

Spring Lot 10 Parking Permit Applications

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 Spring 2015 semester must be submitted by the Saturday, January 17. Applications should be emailed togpsaoffice@gmail.com. Download here: Spring-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.

GPSA’s Annual Winter Gala – Winter Masquerade Ball

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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: https://financialliteracy.psu.edu/mortgages-the-financial-process-of-owning-a-home/

Please register here: http://survey.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_b14GlW9xiwF4cQJ

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

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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 amy125@psu.edu.

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