10/25 Meeting Recap: Assembly hears presentation about CAPS, three event funding bills pass

The meeting opened with a special presentation from Dr. Ben Locke, the director of Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS). He informed the Assembly that they were able to expand due to recent increases in funding and now have three separate offices in the Student Health Center, Career Services Building, and the Allenway downtown (map). Dr. Locke emphasized that there are rapid access services to insure accessibility for immediate care. He finally noted that any student organization or department in the university can request a presentation from CAPS to help inform students about mental health resources and promote their services.

President Matt Krott gave his executive update reiterating the importance of taking the Penn State Values and Culture Survey. The deadline was extended to Oct. 31, so check your Penn State e-mail if you’re interested in taking it and making your voice heard. Vice President Brianne Pragg added that the functionality of the survey has been improved, and now provides more options so participants can provide a more accurate opinion.

Bill 67-18, “Climate Justice Panel Co-Sponsorship” was passed. GPSA is helping to provide refreshments to give participants interested in discussing climate change an opportunity to mingle. The event will take place on October 30 from at 6 PM in the HUB’s Freeman Auditorium.

Bill 67-19, “Graduate and Professional Student Mixer” was passed. On Nov. 14, GPSA will be hosting a mixer at Café 210 West, with more details to come.

Bill 67-20, “Ph.D.: The Movie Screening” was passed. This bill allows for the screening of PhD The Movie 1 and 2, with refreshments, and will take place in January.

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