First GSC Meeting

On August 26, 2013 by Grad Forum

gsc_minutes_thumbnailThis month’s Graduate Student Council (GSC) meeting, held on Tuesday, August 6, was a great start to the 2013-2014 school year.

During the president’s report, the new president, Lisa Jackson, mentioned the accomplishments of the past year. These include the approval of BASIX Dental (organized and ultimately approved by Dartmouth administration), which will allow for graduate students to receive discounted dental services at participating dental providers. Another initiative, extending Advance Transit service, is currently being considered by the dean of graduate studies. Jackson also explained that a survey will soon be distributed to graduate programs in order to gauge the need for childcare services, another of the GSC’s current projects.

The Assistant Dean of Graduate Student Affairs Kerry Landers attended the meeting with news that the Graduate Studies Office is moving on August 23 to 37 Dewey Field Road. She also announced that starting in the fall, doctoral students will receive credit for attending professional development workshops and sessions. Landers reminded students that the fall job fair is September 24 and 25.

Other announcements included:

  • A Dartmouth chapter of the Make-a-Wish Foundation is just beginning and looking for graduate student participants. Interested students can contact Janine Leger.
  • A North Park Orientation and Wine and Cheese Mixer will be held on Saturday, September 14 to welcome new students. Returning students are welcome to attend.
  • September 7 is the summer Luau at the DOC house. All graduate students are welcome!
  • September 21 is the fall Semi-formal at Alumni Hall!
  • Nerd Nite will continue in the fall—dates and locations will be announced shortly.

The new vice president of GSC, Spencer Hatch (physics), was also elected during the meeting. The new student life chair, Meg Menon, discussed the launch of the program, OneDartmouth, a program aimed at bringing undergraduates and graduate students together. The program is seeking graduate volunteers, and if you are interested in becoming involved please contact Menon! Two new clubs were granted recognition during the meeting, including the Dartmouth Beekeeping Association and the Millennial Mentoring program. Contact Vivek Venkataraman for more information about the Dartmouth Beekeeping Association and Kelly Michaelsen to become involved in Millennial Mentoring.

If there are any other initiatives you are interested in seeing the GSC pursue, send an email to Lisa Jackson, or feel free to attend one of the GSC meetings, held the first Tuesday of every month at 5:30 pm in the Life Sciences Center.

by Britney Tappen

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