Important Health Insurance Update

The GPSA is pleased to announce that Penn State has completed the negotiations with Aetna Student Health for the 2015-16 student health insurance contract and Vice President Damon Sims has approved. Of the multiple bids received, Aetna’s was the best able to address the needs of students at a reasonable cost. Thanks to the hard work of the Student Health Insurance Liaisons and all graduate and professional students who took part in the special insurance meetings, coverage of outpatient mental health has been improved, among other benefits. Full details of what we know so far are available at the link below, including premiums. Some details, including university subsidies for graduate assistant and fellows, remain to be finalized. Please direct questions to Student Health Insurance Committee co-chairs Nathaniel Porter ( and Alison Franklin (

2015-16 Student Health Insurance FAQs:

Graduate and Professional Student Leader Roundtable RSVP

The absolute deadline to RSVP for GPSA’s Graduate and Professional Student Leader Roundtable is tomorrow (Wednesday April 15, 2015) at 8am! This is an event that will be held on Monday April 20, 2015 at 8am in the Mount Nittany Room at the Nittany Lion Inn as part of the GPSA’s Graduate and Professional Student Appreciation Week! If your graduate student organization would like to send a representative to this event, please RSVP to before tomorrow at 8am!

GPSA Student Leader Roundtable Invitation 2015

Rescheduled Healthcare Finance Workshop This Thursday

The GPSA Student Health Insurance Committee is sponsoring a healthcare finance workshop open to everyone this Thursday (rescheduled from March) at 5:00 in 022 Deike Building. We have invited Dr. Daad Rizk, Penn State Financial Literacy Coordinator, to speak about the financial options that are available when dealing with healthcare services, healthcare providers and your insurance plan. Receive up-to-date information about financial assistance in the local area as well as services offered at Penn State and options to reduce taxes related to healthcare costs. There will also be an extended period to answer your questions about health insurance and healthcare costs.

What: Healthcare finance workshop
Where: 022 Deike
When: Thursday, April 16th, 5:00-6:00pm

Sexual Violence Awareness Week Events



Grad Cup Update

We have had many inquiries about extending registration for Grad Cup as teams need a little more time to get an extra person or two. We will extend registration until Thursday, April, 9 at 5 p.m. This is the latest we can take registration or edits to your teams as we have to order the shirts Friday morning to have them here on time. Feel free to post in the comments if you are looking for a few more members or a team. Remember: You don’t all have to be from the same department or college!

Registration link:…/1n1lHGfF4He5zPp1b-b9IpYB…/viewform

2015 Election Results Available

The 2015 GPSA election results are available and may be found by clicking on the link provided. GPSA Election Results 2015

Congratulation to Our Newly Elected Executive Officers!

The following group of elected members will lead the GPSA in the 2015-2016 academic year.

President: Kevin Horne

Executive Vice President: Anthony Christina

Vice President of External Affairs: Nicole Benevento

Executive Secretary: Courtney Davis

Treasurer: Ayla Gafni

Faculty Senator: Azita Ranjbar

Grad Councilers:

Colleen Unroe (Ag Sciences)
Kathryn Falvo (Liberal Arts)
Jeffery Masko (Communications)
Morteza Karimzadeh (Earth and Mineral Sciences)
Brad Sottile (Engineering)

GPSA Elections April 1-2

Don’t forget to vote in the GPSA 2015 Election, being held today and tomorrow. To vote, go to To find out more information about the candidates who are running, go to:…/candidates-for-2015-elections/

GPSA Annual Survey

Elected members of the GPSA have crafted an annual survey that we invite you to complete. Your responses will help inform future efforts and endeavors to best support, represent, and advocate for graduate and professional students. To access the survey, click here. The survey should only take 5 minutes of your time.

Student Government Report – A Year In Review at the March 20, 2015 Board of Trustees Meeting

At the Board of Trustees Meeting on March 20, 2015 Student Government Leaders gave their annual report. Watch the video here: