Please join the Graduate Student Association in congratulating the elected 2014-2015 General Assembly and UPAC Delegates. You may find a complete list at: http://www.pennstategsa.com/general-assembly.html
Come join us for GSA's Second Annual Grad Cup!
Date: April 27th (Sunday)
Cost is $10 per person which will cover the cost of your t-shirt and lunch. Teams can be 10 people or more. Join in the fun of competing against other colleges. There will also be an after-event social, location TBD.
Register here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1OzW4SyCl5WFiV3JgoA8cjX3rwKlM6D6_uBe3XBS90E4/viewform
(If you have any difficulty in registering, please copy the link and paste it in a new tab.)
Registration is due 4/15
Payment can be made by check or cash to the GSA office manager M/W/F 9-2 at HUB 315 or email email@example.com
The Office for Student Orientation and Transition Programs is now accepting applications for our NSO Check-In Crew. Applications are available NOW will be due on Tuesday, May 6 at 5 p.m.
As a part of the New Student Orientation staff, the NSO Check-In Crew plays a key role in providing a quality transitional experience for all incoming first-year students. Crewmembers will assist incoming Penn State students as well as their parents and family members in checking-in for their scheduled NSO.
Additionally, crewmembers will be tasked with assisting the facilitation of academic consultations. Crewmembers will work 10 or 15 hours a week with a wage of $8.50 per hour; crewmembers may hold additional employment or be enrolled in summer classes.
Interested applicants must be a current Penn State student (undergraduate or graduate) during Spring 2014 semester who plans to be enrolled in Fall 2014, and maintain a 2.5 or higher GPA. Check-in Crew members must be available for training May 18-20 and for all NSO programs from mid-May to late-July.
Interested applicants may apply through www.psu.jobs by searching for job #42662. For more information, contact Andrew Swan, NSO Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
OLs are the key to a successful orientation experience for new international students. As small group leaders, they will guide their small group in completing essential tasks throughout orientation; over shared meals and during sessions. OLs introduce new students to Penn State language and traditions as
well as provide room for discussions on living and renting in the U.S. and how to succeed in the American classroom.
The application deadline is Monday, April 14, 2014. APPLY NOW!
Benefits of being an OL
U.S. and international students alike enjoy assisting and supporting incoming international students in their transition to Penn State. Past OLs have felt like they were giving back to the community and building their own leadership skills.
OLs have the opportunity to:
Not to mention, OLs are paid a flat amount to cover their expenses during the Orientation week.
Important Dates and Time Commitment
Participating as an OL requires a large time commitment but worth it! Ask Dora and Vicky (see
Graduate OL Application Deadline April 14, 2014
The application deadline is April 14, 2014. APPLY NOW!
Email/call Felix Weigel at email@example.com and 814-863-8788.
Please join the Graduate Student Association in congratulating the following individuals on their election to the 2014-2015 GSA Executive Board:
PRESIDENT: Danielle Rhubart
VICE PRESIDENT OF INTERNAL AFFAIRS: Doug Whalen
VICE PRESIDENT OF EXTERNAL AFFAIRS: Anne Weiss
EXECUTIVE SECRETARY: Jeffrey Masko
TREASURER: Courtney Davis
FACULTY SENATE: Enica Castañeda
The 2014-2015 GSA Delegates receiving the most votes have been contacted and the results will be publicly announced once all delegates have responded.
Congratulations and good luck to all those who were elected in this week's election.
If you are unable to attend the event in the Auditorium of the Lewis Katz Building this evening, you can watch the event live online at:
Please email questions to firstname.lastname@example.org during the Q & A portion to contribute.
Also, there is a shuttle between Deike and the Kats building up until the start time for anyone who did not get the location change.
LOCATION CHANGE: Due to receiving RSVPs that outnumber the capacity of the original location, please note that the panel discussion will now be held in the Law Building Auditorium to accommodate the expected attendance.
Come hear the latest updates about the proposed healthcare plan from the administration.
Date: March 27th
Time: 6:00-7:00 PM
Location: Law School Building
If you are planning on attending, please fill out the RSVP at this link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1SW2Bs1wpyBPlQdGBB5aqt10gm5EY1jxeKyyXKpTs07Q/viewform
We are collecting questions beforehand in order to make sure the top questions get asked first, but we will have time at the end of the panel for attendees to ask for themselves.
Please inform your departments and colleges about this event; we would like the event to be standing room only to show the administration that graduate students are passionate about this topic!
Facts about the Student Healthcare Plan Next Year: The student healthcare at Penn State is provided by Aetna. High Utilization has caused our premiums to increase 30% for the next year. The Affordable Care Act has caused our benefits for 2014-2015 to decrease, including the percentages covered in-network/out-of-network. The changes in price will continue to be reviewed with utilization, but the price and benefits changes can be considered firm changes. Again, our benefits must be at 92% actuarial value under the ACA law due to being a fully-funded insurance plan. We have a multi-year contract with Aetna; therefore, we cannot get a different company to provide our healthcare for a few years. Our goal is to demonstrate to the administration the increased financial burden this plan will have on students. We also would like the University to consider helping financially with the burden. Some suggestions are to have the University: Pay more than the 80/70% subsidies for those students that are subsidized; Increase the stipends for graduate students and/or reevaluate minimum stipend levels; Create Health Reimbursement Accounts for students to help with out-of-pocket costs; Create an indexed premium structure to assist those on lowest levels of income; Increase funding for CAPS services at University Park to prevent the need for off campus care; Look into working with other universities to have a larger pool of students on one plan (long-term solution).
If you haven't registered yet for Capital Day, time is running out! Please join us on April 1 to "Speak Up for Penn State." State appropriations help keep tuition low and help support many graduate students in the form of Teaching Assistantships, so graduate and professional students should be sure to attend and help rally for the legislature's support!
Worried about what comes next after you turn your tassel and leave Penn State? There’s a movement happening on campus to help, and it’s all about engaged scholarship: out-of-classroom academic experiences that complement in-classroom learning.
Capstone projects, internships, study abroad opportunities – all of these count as engaged scholarship. In a time when landing the perfect job after graduation is increasingly difficult, engaged scholarship can be just what your resume needs for that extra pop!
Hear what other students have to say about their own engaged scholarship experiences, like Lunar Lion (the first-ever university-led mission to the moon) and The Affordable Greenhouses Venture with HESE (Humanitarian Engineering and Social Entrepreneurship). Attend the FREE Penn State Engaged Scholarship Symposium on March 25 at the Nittany Lion Inn.
You can come for all or part of the day, but if you get there at noon, lunch is included! Please RSVP by Tuesday, March 18: