The meeting opened with a special presentation from Damon Sims, Vice President for Student Affairs. Sims began by discussing the consolidation of existing fees into one Student Fee and its impact. Vice President Sims then talked about how Student Affairs has been working on the healthcare issues which have been occurring within the last year, and that there is a continued effort to improve the process and involve graduate students in conversations about the student health insurance plan. Lastly, he reminded the Assembly to continue contacting their representatives as Penn State is still waiting for the passage of the Pennsylvania budget.
The main emphasis in President Matt Krott’s update was that the PSU Values and Culture survey is now available. The survey is a follow up to a 2013 survey which examined the culture at Penn State, particularly as it relates to community members’ ability to report wrongdoing without experiencing retaliation. He reinforced that this survey is completely anonymous, since Penn State used a third-party service to gather data and only receives the total data set, not individual responses. The survey can be found via a link sent to your Penn State email address. It takes 15-20 minutes to complete and can be taken between now and October 24th. Only 11% of graduate students filled out the 2013 survey – be sure to take it and make your voice heard!
Bill 67-16: Financial Literacy Seminars passed by unanimous consent. This bill permits GPSA to host three financial literacy classes in the fall, and five classes in the spring. Details on dates and locations are to follow.
Bill 67-17: 2017 Winter Gala passed by roll call. The annual Winter Gala will be held December 2, 2017 at the Nittany Lion Inn from 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. Some of the festivities to look forward to are a DJ, photo booth and a meal catered by the Nittany Lion Inn. Tickets to the Gala will be $15 per person.
As the Pennsylvania budget impasse continues, please continue to contact your state representatives to let them know that Penn State must receive its appropriation. To write a letter click here, and to a find phone number click here.