The October 2nd meeting began with a special presentation from Dr. Katharine c. Stanley from Penn State CAPS. She spoke to the assembly about the stress and pressure brought on by graduate school, and that sometimes students may hit their limits of coping abilities. Dr. Stanley emphasized the importance of referring students to CAPS when it seems that something is not right, and she also spoke about the extensive services offered by CAPS to students at Penn State.
In Executive Office Reports, President Claire Kelling addressed upcoming GPSA events including the professional exploration workshop as well as the food security summit in Harrisburg. Vice President Charles Tierney spoke about a new rule instituted by the National Labor Relations Board regarding graduate students at private school.
In New Business, seven new delegates were confirmed with unanimous consent. GPSA is excited to see what these new delegates will bring to the organization! Bills regarding GPSA Pottery Decorating, Fall Social Hour, and the Professional Headshot Fundraiser were passed, and these events are scheduled to take place soon. A resolution was proposed to change the voting rights of the GPSA faculty senator.
In committee reports, the various committees updated the assembly on various events and happenings, including the upcoming Penn State vs. Michigan State Blood Drive.