GSC January Meeting Highlights
Happy New Year from the Graduate Student Council! The first meeting of 2014 was a great way to start off the year.
Some of the highlights of the meeting include:
In large part due to the growing number of GSC recognized groups, an increase of $10 to the student activity fee was voted on and approved by an overwhelming number of department representatives. The increase brings the activity fee to $60 for each graduate student in the Arts and Sciences, Thayer, and TDI next school year. Graduate Studies Dean Jon Kull and Assistant Dean of Graduate Student Affairs Kerry Landers ultimately approved this funding increase and will see that it is implemented across all graduate departments and programs in the 2014-2015 school year. The Graduate Student Council’s yearly operating budget is comprised entirely of this activity fee paid by each graduate student. The fees paid enable the GSC to fund all of its events and activities through the school year and summer months, including those events hosted by the increasing number of graduate student groups.
- A few GSC leaders are stepping down from their positions due to academic commitments, so opportunities are open for those who are interested in getting involved. Both the webteam and the service committees are in need of new leaders as soon as possible. Any graduate student interested (whether they are currently involved with the GSC or not) should email GSC President Lisa Jackson.
- The newly started graduate intramural basketball league had an amazing number of participants sign up; games will take place during the winter term and are set to begin next week.
- The theme of the winter semi-formal to be held on Saturday, February 1 at 8:00 pm in Alumni Hall will be “masquerade.”
- Representatives approved a funding request for the Grad Student Winter Weekend at Smugglers’ Notch Ski Resort in Vermont. The event will take place the weekend of February 28-March 2. Sign up begins this Friday; make sure to sign up quickly as there are only 40 spots! More information can be found online here.
Other upcoming events include:
- January 20 is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, but there are many events going on at Dartmouth throughout the month to commemorate his legacy. As part of the MLK celebration, come hear graduate students speak at the Student Forum on Global Learning on January 20 as well.
- The first Nerd Nite of the term will be held on Thursday, January 23. Note that there is a time change for this event; it will now be later from 7:30-9:30 pm in One Wheelock. Anyone can give a short talk (approximately 10 minutes) about something they are an expert in or are nerdy about. Contact GSC Academic Chair Anna Prescott for information about how to sign up to speak.
- There will be a social and gender inequality symposium on January 24 and 25. Contact GSC Service Chair Marie Onakomaiya for more information.
- GSC Student Life Chair Meg Menon is planning the next Let’s Talk: Graduate Student Diversity Wellness event. She anticipates that it will take place in February or March.
- Keep your calendar open for Graduate Appreciation Week, which will take place the week of April 7.
As always, the Graduate Student Council meets the first Tuesday of the month in the Life Sciences Center at 5:30 pm. The meetings are open to non-representatives as well. Remember to check the website, the Graduate Forum, and the Facebook page to stay up-to-date on all of the events!
by Britney Tappen