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):

Deadline for FFAC Survey Extended!


Click on the image below to access the link to the survey!


College of Engineering Research Symposium: Call for Abstracts

Flier Abstract Submission 2015

On behalf of the Engineering Graduate Student Council (EGSC):Flier Abstract Submission 2015

Abstract submission (both paper and poster) for the 12th College of Engineering Research Symposium (CERS 2015) is now open. This is a wonderful opportunity to present research and receive peer review feedback WITHOUT sacrificing copyrights!
If you want to submit your work for CERS 2015, please take note of the following important dates:

CERS 2015 Abstract Deadline: Sunday, December 14, 2014
Paper Submission Deadline: Monday, February 23, 2015
Poster Submission Deadline: Friday, March 20, 2015
College of Engineering Research Symposium: Thursday, April 2, 2015

Submission page is:

This year we will be awarding up to $5,000 in student awards. These awards can be used to participate in scholarly activities, attend conferences, or to enhance your research agenda.

Please, do not hesitate to contact Pouria Fattahi ( if you need more information.

Tell us how to use your Facilities Fee!

Each semester, students at University Park pay a $120 Facility Fee. The facility fees are pooled together to be used on improvements and expansions to non-academic, recreational, and multi-use space for students. The usage of the fee is decided by the Facilities Fee Advisory Committee (FFAC).

We are now asking YOU to submit your ideas for how we should allocate this year’s funding. Submit your ideas here. The deadline for submitting your ideas is November 24th!

Donors Desperately Needed – GPSA blood drive, Pasquerilla Spiritual Center, Thursday 11-06-14

To schedule an appointment to donate visit For a more convenient way to schedule, American Red Cross now offers a free Blood Donor App for iPhone and Android on Walk-in donations are always welcome.

If you are not able to donate your blood please consider donating your time by volunteering at

The Graduate and Professional Student Association is co-sponsoring with Penn State Hillel a blood drive on November 6th, 2014 in the Pasquerilla Spiritual Center Memorial Lounge. It is part of the 21st annual Penn State – Michigan State Blood Challenge that is sponsored by GPSA. Penn State has won 13 years while Michigan State has won 7. Penn State’s goal is to collect 1,600 pints of blood this year. One pint is given during each donation and can help save up to three lives. All eligible donors are encouraged to join the cause and help Penn State achieve this goal. Presenting donors will receive a Penn State – Michigan State Challenge t-shirt, free pizza, and donors will also be able to enter to win a signed football from Coach James Franklin.

This drive has a goal of 59 units.  To achieve this, we need to recruit 70 donors.  As a sponsor of this drive, GPSA’s primary responsibility is donor recruitment.  Please donate at the drive or recruit someone to donor if you are not able to donate.  If every member of GPSA recruited 1 person we will be done.  Our secondary goal is ensuring volunteers for the drive setup, cleanup, and assisting donors.

Central Office for Commonwealth Student Activities Assistant Program Coordinator

The Central Office for Commonwealth Student Activities is seeking to fill the position of Assistant Program Coordinator. This office serves as the primary point of contact for the Student Life offices at the Commonwealth Campuses as well as The University Park Allocation Committee (UPAC) located at University Park. This position reports to the Assistant Director, Student Affairs/Union and Student Activities.

The position requires approximately 20 hours/week, which includes some evening (Tuesday evenings are mandatory) and weekend hours. The primary responsibilities as follows: Serve as member of the advising team for the UPAC; have an understanding of UPAC structure, policies, and procedures; assist in coordinating effective delivery of services while ensuring exemplary customer service; assist sub-committee chair in preparing weekly agenda, interpretation of policy and overall advising as needed during budget reviews; ensure website is updated regularly; assist in commonwealth campus programming and special assignments; hold regularly scheduled office hours; attend weekly staff meetings, monthly unit meetings, and staff retreats; other duties as assigned.

Required qualifications: Enrolled full-time in a graduate program, priority will be given to students in the Student Affairs/Higher Education programs. Candidates must be student-centered; possess excellent communication, interpersonal, technological and organizational skills; demonstrated ability to handle multiple tasks and responsibilities; interest in and ability to learn about individuals different than oneself and ability to learn about ideas different than one’s own. Experience in managing an office and/or student employees is preferred.

This position will be paid an hourly rate which will be negotiated based on experience. The appointment term will be the same as a standard graduate assistantship. For more information and contact specifics please see: GA Posting 14-15

Career Exploration Workshop

The Graduate School is hosting a Career Exploration Workshop on Saturday, October 18 from 9:00 a.m.–12:45 p.m. in 101 Thomas Building that is intended for currently-enrolled graduate students. Registration for the workshop is available via the Graduate School website and is required for all participants.

Workshop Schedule

9:00 – 9:30 a.m.   Registration

9:30 – 11:00 a.m.  “Developing Your Professional Self”

11:00 – 11:15 a.m.  Break

11:15 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.  “The Classroom of the Future”


Complete information and updates is available on the Graduate School website and Facebook page.

Task Force on Student Health Insurance Report Now Available; GPSA Seeking Feedback

The report of the task force is now available at the following link:

This report will be helpful in understanding both the process that led us to where we are and the areas where the university sees work needing to take place going forward on the issue of health insurance. The GPSA will be considering and responding to the report more fully in the coming weeks. Students interested in providing input regarding the report can contact the co-chairs of the GPSA Student Health Insurance Advisory Committee, Nathaniel Porter ( and Alison Franklin (