Dear Friends and Cohorts,
As we near the Thanksgiving Week and Winter Break, I wanted to wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving. We have been hard at work in the GSA office, and I wanted to share with you some brief updates.
First, I wanted to encourage you to help GSA support our community by donating a gift for the Wish Tree. The gifts gathered from the Wish Tree will go to support the Washoe Innovations High School program where students come from low socio-economic backgrounds. How it works, is that you can visit any one of the trees (located on the 1st floor of the JCSU by Wells Fargo and on the 3rd floor at both the GSA and ASUN offices). Pick a tag, leave your information and tag information, and go! You can drop off the gift, which will be wrapped and presented to the child in need. The program runs from now until December 11th.
Second, the GSA Service Committee is organizing a blood drive on 01/31/2014 at the Knowledge Center Rotunda. Satyaki is looking for donors, so if you are interested in saving lives, then please email Satyaki for more information. Please give the gift of life and support our community.
Third, there have been some developments on the Fitness Center fee. As you know in my previous announcements, graduate students voted against the fee associated with the building of the fitness center and field houses, in addition to the universal membership, associated with them. Though overall students voted in favor of the measure, it will be presented as an opt-in membership for graduate students to the Board of Regents in the December meeting. The fee is comparable to what students pay now for membership, but is considerably more than the universal fee would have been.
Lastly, don’t forget about all the wonderful services and programs that GSA has. We continue to offer interest free computer loans, financial crisis grants, and travel awards. Additionally, keep a look out for our Spring Awards program which awards upwards of $55,000 to students.
Our next council meeting will be on December 3rd in the Rita Laden Senate Chambers in the JCSU at 7 pm. We will be in hiatus until the start of the Spring Semester on January 21st.
As always, you can e-mail me directly with questions or comments.