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GSC Legacy

2016-2017

Administrative

  1. Established committees for each chaired position for more general council involvement.
  2. Passed amendments to the GSC Constitution and Bylaws:
    • Updated the election procedure for executive and department representatives.
    • Added a clause for resignation of executive board members.
    • Added the duties of department representatives.
  3. Oversaw the commission and implementation of a grad social space.
  4. Sent a delegation of executive officers to the 14th Annual Ivy+ Summit at Brown University.

Communications

  1. Established the GSC Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
  2. Reformat the GSC website.

Academic

  1. Initiated the first annual 3 Minute Thesis Competition.
  2. Pilot GRAD tales

Student Life

  1. Initiated the campus-wide Mental Health Awareness Week.

Activities

  1. Conceptualized and designed the first “GSC welcome brochure” with orientation packets for incoming students in Fall ‘16.
  2. Facilitated cross-council collaborations with MEM for co-hosting/co-funding events.

 


2015-2016

Administrative

  1. GSC Rebranding Campaign and new GSC logo.
  2. Finalized graduate student meal plan.
  3. Inaugural Town Hall & Graduate Student Organization Fair.
  4. Initiated the executive board retreat and mid-year review process .
  5. Hosted the 13th Annual Ivy+ Summit for all Ivy Councils + MIT:
    1. Community Breakout Sessions:
      1. Brown: “Uniting Disparate Communities.”
      2. Cornell: “Communication: How Do You Let Them Know What’s Going On?”
      3. Harvard: “Harvard Unionization and Creating OneHarvard.”
    2.  Diversity Breakout Session:
      1. Princeton: “Diversity and Advocacy.”
      2. UPenn: “Facilitating Tough Conversations with Various University Stakeholders.”
      3. Yale: “Increasing Diversity in Academia.”
    3. Scholarship Breakout Sessions:
      1. Columbia: “A Review of Columbia’s Graduate Degree Termination Policies & Procedures.”

      2. Dartmouth: “Grad Students Role in Mentoring for Inclusivity.”

      3. MIT: “Developing Purpose-Driven Hackathons for Cross-School Collaboration.”

Finance

  1. Created the Dartmouth Student Support Fund for students with financial need.

Academic

  1. Restructured the Conference Travel Grant procedures.
  2. Collaborated with the Finance Committee chair to increased the Conference Travel Grant budget.

Student Life

  1. Began collaboration with the Dartmouth Bystander Initiative Grad Program.

Social 

  1. Gained access to a new social space: 1953 Commons.

 


2013-2014

Administrative

  1. Passed constitutional amendments to create and formalize the roles of Service Chair and Members-at-Large (e.g., Webteam Chair, DartGrad Weekly Co-Authors).
  2. A small contingency of GSC executive board members represented Dartmouth at the annual Ivy+ Summit held at Columbia in NYC in November 2013.
  3. Promoted the newly piloted evening extended bus route to graduate students (and petitioned Graduate Studies leadership to keep this service running into future school years).
  4. Met with President Phil Hanlon to discuss the needs and concerns of graduate students, and to foster a cooperative relationship with the new Dartmouth president.

Finance

  1. Maintained a balanced budget, despite the incredible (and awesome) growth of new student organizations all vying for block funding.

Academic

  1. Continued the popular "Nerd Nite" evening events wherein graduate students from across campus/departments present and listen to diverse scholarly and/or extracurricular topics being presented in a casual, inclusive environment.
  2. Awarded the fall and spring Conference Travel Grants to qualified recipients; these awards enable graduate students to more easily afford travel to conferences in which they are presenting their own scholarship/research.

Student Life

  1. Hosted new "Let's Talk" discussion forums that addressed topics of concern among graduate students (e.g, race/ethnicity, campus climate, etc.); encouraged open, inclusive, and respectful dialogue.
  2. Took part in the pilot program, "OneDartmouth," which brings undergraduates together with graduate students creating opportunities for mentoring and dialogue.

Service

  1. This year the Service Chair (formerly known as the leader of the Graduate Relief Team, who had no formal ties to the GSC executive board) was made an official member of the GSC's executive board via a constitutional amendment that was passed.
  2. The Service Chair saw some turnover mid-year, but both chairs hosted successful outreach/volunteer opportunities in the community; graduate students helped out at The Prouty, the Upper Valley Haven, and other area organizations.

Social

  1. The Social co-chairs, North Park Activities Coordinator, and Graduate Studies Activities Coordinator continued to hold wildly popular and successful social events, both large and small, that ranged from: the annual Halloween Dance, wine and cheese mixers, Friday night discounted skiing at Whaleback, the annual Winter Semi-formal (theme: masquerade), a new spring Kentucky Derby-themed party, a summer overnight camping trip to Storr's Pond, etc., etc.

Webteam

  1. The website went through a further make-over in spring 2014 with a new WordPress theme installed.
  2. The old Google events calendar was replaced with a built-in WordPress events calendar that has proven much easier to update and use.

 


2011-2012

Administrative

  1. Created a new, more user friendly GSC website.
  2. Increased the scope of block funding for GSC recognized student groups to encourage and facilitate more student involvement in smaller scale events.
  3. GSC invited to participate in the college wide Strategic Planning efforts.

Academic

  1. Instituted Nerd Nights at Dartmouth - a gathering of people, ideas and nerdiness with beer provided by the GSC's Homebrewers club.
  2. Instituted Grad Talks at Dartmouth - a grad student focused "TED" talk symposium.

Student Life

  1. Drew up a plan with the administration for a graduate student space on campus.

Social

  1. Bi-weekly breakfasts for grad students (organized by the GSAC and North Park coordinator).
  2. Monthly Monday Night Tea and desserts (organized by the IGMP)
  3. Tailgating series for Dartmouth home games (organized by the GSAC and NP coordinator).

Outreach

  1. GSC invited to participate in winter carnival activities like building the sculpture on the Green---a way to increase grad student visibility and involvement in college traditions.
  2. Increased student involvement and visibility of the Graduate Relief Team.
  3. Invited representatives from DCAL, Office of Outreach and the Upper Valley Haven to introduce students to outreach opportunities and how to get involved.
  4. Coordinated food-drives at the large social gatherings to benefit the Haven.
  5. Approved the Dartmouth Graduate Veteran's Association for GSC recognition.

 


2010-2011

Administrative

  1. Launched a new Graduate Studies logo
  2. Gazetteer founded - Weekly events newsletter from the GSC
  3. Increased communication with the President's Office, Alumni Council, GSM/TDI/Biomedical Research Council

Social Events

  1. Best attendance (>450 people) at the Prohibition-themed Winter Semi-formal
  2. Increased number of smaller scale events specifically with no alcohol
  3. Increased collaboration with the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth student council
  4. Rewards to designated drivers or “dedicated friends” continued
  5. Instituted monthly grad-student pub-nights

Outreach

  1. Increased visibility of A&S graduate students - we were mentioned during the Convocation
  2. Increased the activities of the Graduate Relief Team
  3. First ever invitation to participate in the Homecoming Parade
  4. Dartmouth Coop began selling Graduate Studies merchandise and diploma frames

 


2009-2010

Administrative

  1. Re-instated a graduate student representative on the HOP Student Advisory Committee.
  2. Passed the Infraction Clause to better regulate funding requests.
  3. Solidified relationship with the Dartmouth Graduate Senate and helped redefine its purpose.
  4. Joined the National Association of Graduate and Professional Students (NAGPS) to help push for initiatives on a national level; instated a NAGPS Rep on the GSC.

Academic

  1. PhD/MBA program approved.
  2. GSC sponsored conference grants made available to graduate students.

Student Life

  1. Discounted movie tickets at the Nugget subsidized by the GSC.
  2. 1st edition of OGRES (orientation guide for 1st-years) e-published.
  3. Founded the GSC Partners group; founded the Dartmouth Partners Board (includes partners reps from GSC, Geisel, and Tuck).
  4. Conducted Student Life Survey: Results  Recommendations  Appendices

Outreach

  1. Founded the GSC's Graduate Relief Team.
  2. Coordinated a graduate student body response to the tragedy of the 2010 Haiti Earthquake.