Welcome Back! As we start back in this New Year, I wanted to wish you a Happy New Year and a great start to the Spring Semester. There are a lot of things coming up this semester.
First, Spring Awards Banquet is a chance for graduate students to shine and receive scholarships and grants for their work. There is over $55,000 in awards to be given out! Please look at our website and apply! On the same note, we are always looking for faculty and staff members to judge the application process. Please help us spread the word to your departments.
Second, GSA programs and services are always working for graduate students. Travel grants, for example, are being accepted now through February 3rd for travel through May 15th. If you are traveling to a conference, I encourage you to apply. Also, the household items program is always looking for donations but also has lots of great furniture too! Contact email@example.com to set up a donation or to request furniture. As always, we continue to offer interest free computer loans, economic hardship grants and others. Please visit our website for more information.
Third, the university is considering mandatory health insurance for all graduate students. This would mean that you would be required to have the university student health insurance unless you can provide proof of other coverage. This is known as mandatory health insurance with a hard waiver. You could waive out only if you’re covered by other means. This could lower the cost of premiums and to ensure that the university can continue to pay for health insurance premiums for those on assistantships. Your GSA council representatives will have more information for you. We will also invite speakers on this subject to our GSA council meetings. If you are interested, please keep an eye out for the agenda and contact your GSA council representative.
Lastly, the GSA Service Committee is organizing a blood drive on 01/31/2014 at the Knowledge Center Rotunda from 10:30 am – 4:00 pm. To check if you qualify as a donor, please read this document . If you have any questions about scheduling appointments for the blood drive, please call Liz McFarland at 775-203-4755 or email Satyaki Kanjilal (SK). Please give the gift of life and support our community.
There will also be a number of social events planned this semester. Separate announcement e-mails will go out. I will also post them in the newsletter for the month. Our next council meeting will be on February 4th in the Rita Laden Senate Chambers in the JCSU at 7 pm. As always, you can e-mail me directly with questions or comments.