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: http://sites.psu.edu/tfonshi/report/

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 (ndp135@psu.edu) and Alison Franklin (amy125@psu.edu).

Register to Vote

The deadline for voter registration is Monday, October 6 at 8 pm. The GPSA office has voter registration forms available. Stop by our office in 315 HUB Robeson Center on Wednesday (between 11am and 3pm) and on Friday (between Noon and 2:30pm) to fill out a voter registration form!

Open Position – VP of External Affairs

GPSA currently has an opening for the Vice President of External Affairs. Nominations, or intentions to run need to be reported to the Judiciary <judiciaryGPSA@gmail.com> by 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, September 23rd.

The Vice President of External Affairs of the Graduate Student Association works with each of the GPSA liaisons to ensure that graduate students are connected with and informed about the many decisions and activities taking place at Penn State. The Vice President of External Affairs also serves on several committees including the Facility Fee Advisory Council and the Graduate School Alumni Society.

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.!

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