Student Concerns Committee Update

 The Student Concerns Committee had their first meeting of the year on Wednesday, September 10th. The focus of the meeting was designing and planning a survey of graduate students to be fielded later in the semester. A full write up of the meeting can be found here (SCCMeetingReport091014 (2)). If there are any questions please contact the committee chair, Kevin Reuning at PSUGradConcern@gmail.com
The meetings are open to the public and so we invite everyone to our next Student Concerns Committee meeting on Wednesday September 24th, location to be determined.

Student Concerns Committee Meeting

For those interested in participating in the GPSA Student Concerns Committee, there will be a meeting tonight (Wednesday) at 7pm in Pattee W101A.  The committee will be identifying goals for the semester and identifying a timeline for achieving the goals.

 

 

First GPSA Assembly Meeting: Sept. 3rd

Don’t forget! Tonight is the first GPSA Assembly meeting at 6:00pm in the Executive Education Building/Oak Building. We welcome all graduate and professional students, including those who are interested in getting involved via a delegate position, our committees, etc.!

Open Paid Position – GPSA Office Manager

The Graduate and Professional Student Association is now taking applications for the position of Office Manager. The position pays $10 per hour and must be filled by someone NOT currently serving on the GPSA Assembly. 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 and will remain in State College over the 2015 summer.

Job Requirements:
- Must be physically present in the GPSA office for 15 hours per week;
- Responsible for maintaining GPSA email accounts and answering or forwarding correspondence where appropriate;
- Must be willing and able to assist GPSA Executive Board in the fulfillment of assigned tasks;
- Must be willing to work with the Executive Secretary & Publicity Committee to update the GPSA website;
- Must be willing to organize and maintain the GPSA office to reflect an inviting and professional environment;
- Must be willing to complete a weekly time sheet detailing work that is completed.
 
Qualifications:
Preferred candidates will possess the following skills:
- Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint, and Excel)
- Experience with updating websites
- Strong organization and time management skills
- Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work with others

If you are interested in applying for this position, please send your resume to Danielle Rhubart at GPSAoffice@gmail.edu by Thursday, August 21st. Should you have any questions about the position, please do not hesitate to ask.

 

LOT 10 Applications Due Today!

Don’t forget that TODAY is the last day to submit your applications for a Lot 10 Permit!

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 and professional students with the most need of a pass. Reasons why passes have been allocated in the past have been for health reasons, family concerns, and research purposes. gpsalot10@gmail.com.

You can download the application through this link: http://gpsa.psu.edu/resources/gpsa-resources/

Open Delegate Positions

For those who are interested in becoming involved in the Graduate and Professional Student Association, there are a variety of delegate positions open. In addition to at-large delegate seats, we also encourage those interested in becoming a delegate for any of the colleges below to come to our first meeting on Wednesday, September 3rd or email us at gpsaoffice@gmail.com.

Vacant Delegate Seats:  Agricultural Sciences  *  Art and Architecture  *  Education  *  Information Technology  *  International Affairs  *  Nursing  *  Eberly College of Science  *  White Course Apartments  *  Inter-College Degree Program

Student Trustee Unanimously Approved

UNIVERSITY PARK, PA – On Friday, June 13 2014, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett announced his nomination of Ms. Allison Goldstein to serve as the Student Trustee on the Penn State Board of Trustees. Ms. Goldstein will be succeeding Peter Khoury, who served as the Student Trustee from November 2011 through his graduation in May of 2014. On June 30, 2014, Ms. Goldstein was unanimously approved by the Pennsylvania Senate to serve in this capacity.

On behalf of the three Student Government Associations of the Pennsylvania State University, representing over 98,000 students, it is with great pleasure that we offer our support of Governor Corbett’s appointment of Ms. Goldstein, and are thrilled at the news of her unanimous Senate approval.

The selection of Ms. Goldstein marks a critical step for student representation on the Board. A Trustee Selection Committee comprised of student leaders and other University community members convened throughout the spring of 2014 to review applications, interview candidates, and provide a recommendation to the Governor for the Student Trustee appointment. After a comprehensive review process, the student selection committee unanimously decided to recommend Allison Goldstein to serve as the new Student Trustee.

Throughout the selection process, Ms. Goldstein demonstrated great poise, knowledge, and a thorough understanding of Penn State. Her experience in higher education, paired with her passion for Penn State, have equipped her to be successful in her new role of as the Student Trustee. Additionally, Goldstein’s experience as Chairperson of the National Association of College and University Residence Halls Incorporated shows her ability to represent the interest of students on a large scale, among a myriad of options and opinions.

The selection of Allison Goldstein by both the student-lead selection committee and Governor Corbett proves that a student-driven selection process is not only feasible, but also optimal for the best interest of the student body and the Board. We are grateful that Governor Corbett selected the candidate recommended by students, and we will continue to advocate for the codification of this process to ensure a permanent student-selected student trustee position in order to effectively guarantee that the student voice is always included on Penn State’s Board of Trustees.

Signed,

Anand R. Ganjam

President, University Park Undergraduate Association

Cell: 717.542.8987 | Email: arg222@psu.edu

John Shaffer

President, The Council of Commonwealth Student Governments

Cell: 814­421­1787 | Email: jbs5340@psu.edu

Danielle Rhubart

President, Graduate and Professional Student Association

Cell: 315­408­8637 Email: Rhubart@psu

Recent Healthcare Committee Letter to Administration

Healthcare Letter 6.30

On June 30th, the G(P)SA Healthcare Committee submitted this letter to Executive Vice President and Provost Nick Jones. To read the full letter, click here. We are still waiting for a response.

 

Celebrate 4th Fest with the GPSA!!

The GPSA is celebrating the birth of The United States of America in style by hosting a tailgate at 4th-Fest, open to all graduate and professional students and their families!

We will kick off the fun at 6PM and get everyone good and ready for the fireworks display which begins at 9:15PM. Snacks and drinks will be provided, but be sure to bring your chair or a blanket. Please RSVP here. Come out and enjoy the fun and indulge your inner patriot!

Welcome to our new website!!!

On July 1st we launched our new website in conjunction with the official change of our name from the Graduate Student Association to the Graduate and Professional Student Association (GPSA). Please take a look around our website for resources, upcoming events, and ways for you to get involved!

Sincerely,

Danielle C. Rhubart
GPSA President