October GSA Newsletter

by Graduate Student Association, University of Nevada

My Fellow Graduate Students,

RJ Boyajian, GSA PresidentI hope this first blog entry finds you well. There are lots of exciting things happening on this campus and at GSA! I want to make sure you are always included in the discussion so first things first I wanted to mention the list serve that I’m starting. Though there are plenty other list serves from the University (Student Announcements), Graduate School and GSA that send you information regularly, most graduate students have reported that they don’t look to those e-mails for information and subsequently it gets discarded. We have tried to send out information in full force through our social media outlets, but it’s not enough. So I have decided to share regular updates with students who opt-in to be a part of the graduate student list serve. To sign up, send me an email at rboyajian@unr.edu or contact your elected council representative and we will add you on. You will receive the most current and up to date information.
Ultimately, it’s my goal to make sure all graduate students have a voice on this campus. Secondly, I remind all graduate students that they have an ally in GSA. I also encourage all of you to reach out to me directly or any of your elected council members to let us know how we can help you. We are a community here. We are the WolfPack of course, but we are also a community of graduate students.
You may also be thinking … ‘who is my elected council member?’ Well, it’s simple. We have their information organized by college here. Remember, we have been elected to represent you.
On the topic of our website, it’s always being updated with information. Our social media outlets are always current too. Mainly, I want to draw your attention to our programs: household items program, travel grants, medical and financial hardship grants, computer loans, capital improvement grants, childcare grants, and all of our Spring Awards which can be found here. Not to mention, we have weekly breakfasts for graduate students, socials throughout the semester, and an awesome study and computer lounge to share. Very soon, we will even offer free printing to graduate students in the GSA office. These are just some of the things that are going on.
Lastly, with this update and all future ones, I will include a section on current university updates. First and foremost, GSA, in collaboration with ASUN, are trying to get as much information passed on to all students about the E.L. Weigand Fitness Center and Field House proposal. At the bottom of this post you can find a video about the facilities.
You can also visit which is currently showing information about this project but will always be updated with current Nevada. Ultimately students will be asked to vote on whether or not they support the fees associated with the construction and membership of these buildings. Remember, without student support the university will not be able to move forward to receive approval from the Board of Regents. That’s a big deal!
A second item of note is that the University is moving to a smoke-free campus starting September 2014. The administration, along with GSA, is here to ask you what you would need to make this campaign a success. Please let us know.
Remember, GSA is here to make sure your voice is heard. We are also here to support you throughout your education. Please reach out!
Looking forward for the rest of this academic year!

Best wishes,
RJ Boyajian
Graduate Student Association
University of Nevada, Reno