New committee applications, and nominations for awards in Spring ’16

Wilson-DeBlois Award Nominations:

Submit nominations for the Wilson-DeBlois Award using this form. The Brown University Graduate Student Council confers the Wilson-DeBlois Award annually to an individual who has made outstanding contributions to graduate students and the Graduate School. Nominations must be submitted by Sunday, February 28th at midnight.

Become a Commencement Speaker for Master’s or PhD students:

Apply here if you are interested in being the Commencement Speaker for either the PhD or Master’s degree ceremonies. Applications must be submitted by Sunday, February 28th at midnight.

Interested in serving on a university committee? Apply to any of the below committees by midnight on Wednesday, February 10th:

  1. Apply here to the Campus Life Advisory Board: The CLAB discusses issues surrounding student life and makes recommendations for the improvement of student resources and services on campus.
  2. Apply here to the Graduate Student Observers to the Faculty Meetings: Observers provide valuable information to the GSC about the current line of thought of the faculty and is an interesting look at faculty governance (2 positions).
  3. Apply here to the Mental Health Community Council: The MHCC discusses mental health issues and makes recommendations for the improvement of mental health resources on campus.
  4. Apply here to the NEH Next Generation Humanities Grant Planning Committee: This program will provide Brown University with an opportunity to develop programming and policies that focus on student outcomes and catalyze a culture change in humanities graduate education (open to PhD students in Humanities for next academic year)

GSC November 2015 General Body Meeting

GSC November 2015 General Body Meeting

Wednesday, November 4th, 7:00PM in the Graduate Student Lounge


ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • 2015—2016 GSC Executive Board: Congratulations to the new executive board for 2015—2016!
    President: Aislinn Rowan
    VP of Advocacy: Anni Pullagura
    Treasurer: Samantha Gates
    Nominations Officer: Alastair Tulloch
    International Graduate Student Representative: Kavosh Asadi
    Technology Officer: Kevin Cannon
    VP of Social: Lauren Watts
    VP of Social: Adrien Stoloff
    Master’s Student Advocate: Wes Bemus

SUBMIT

  • The Graduate School has launched a new campaign, “Master Words,” to highlight Master’s student visibility. The
    third theme is “precision.” Videos are due November 23rd. See here for more information!

APPLY

  • VACANCY: The GSC Executive Board is searching for a new Communications Officer. You would be responsible for
    maintaining the department representative roster and attendance, as well as managing official communications
    with help from the Communications Committee and the Technology Officer.
  • VACANCY: The Nominations Committee is looking for a graduate student member.
  • DEPARTMENT REBATES: If your department is in good standing with the GSC, you are eligible to request
    department rebates to fund department activities or events.

 

AGENDA

  • Title IX Office
    The Title IX Office has resources available for graduate and medical students. If you have questions about these resources, or
    if you would like to request Title IX training for your program, please contact Sara Matthiesen.
  • GSC Executive Officers Reports
    • The Graduate School Holiday Food Drive will be accepting donations until November 20th! You can donate at the food bank boxes at the Graduate School, the School of Engineering, the School of Public Health, Population Studies & Training Center, the Arnold Lab, or the Graduate Student Lounge.
    • The Library Advisory Board shared numerous resources available for graduate students, including the Brown Digital Repository, document delivery scans of Brown-owned material, easyBorrow and ILLiad, LibGuides, managing class material through OCRA, as well as reserving lockers and study carrels. Visit the library website for more information.
    • You should now be able to use BearSync to search for graduate student groups!

 

EVENTS

  • The GSC’s Pub Trivia Night: Thanksgiving Edition is Friday, November 13th at 7:30PM in the Graduate Student Lounge!
    Space is still available to compete and win prizes! Food and drink will be provided. Register teams here!
  • GradCon 2015 will be held Saturday, November 14. Registration is still open! Find out more here.
  • Stay tuned for more information on the GSC Winter Formal, planned for Friday, December 4th from 9PM—1AM!

 

NEXT GSC MEETING: Wednesday, December 2nd @ 7PM, Graduate Student Lounge

GSC’s Pub Trivia Night: Thanksgiving Edition

 

The GSC invites you to join us in the Fall Semester’s edition of our Pub Trivia Night Series! Come show off some of that seemingly useless knowledge that you’ve accrued and win some quick cash before the Holiday Season takes off!

The event will be held Friday, November 13th in the Graduate Student Lounge. Doors will open at 7:30pm and trivia will begin promptly at 8:00pm. Food and drink will be provided and prizes will be awarded to the members of the winning team.

Eligible teams will consist of 3-6 members. Significant others, friends, etc from outside the graduate school are welcomed to join a team, but we ask that each team consist of atleast 3 Brown Graduate Students. As space is limited, participation at this event will be on a first come, first served basis. So reserve your teams place TODAY and make sure you don’t miss out on all the fun!

Team Registration Form: http://goo.gl/forms/N6YITkwTwq

*Reservations will remain open until November 6th. After 12 teams are registered, subsequent teams will be placed on a waiting list. On the occassion that registered teams drop out of the event, the waiting list will be used to fill these slots.

GSC October 2015 Bulletin


Announcements

  • SURVEYS:
    • The GSC survey on the Open Graduate Program is available here. The Provost has asked for feedback about the benefits and future of the program. Collected data will allow for productive conversations about the best ways to support interdisciplinary and collaborative graduate student work at Brown. If you have any questions, please contact Ali.
    • The Brown University Community Council plans to discuss racial inequalities and how Brown might be propagating or reducing them. Please email Sveta Milusheva with your thoughts on this issue so she may relate more graduate student perspectives.
    • The Information Technology Advisory Board makes recommendations for the implementation and use of technology throughout Brown’s campus. Please complete this short survey to share with your thoughts on graduate student research computing needs. If you have questions, email Brandon Welch.
  • SUBMISSIONS:
    • The new GSC newsletter will highlight graduate student resources, announcements, interviews, and guest editorials. If you are interested in writing a short article or would like to advertise a resource, group, or program, please contact Anni. Submissions will be accepted until Wednesday, October 14th.
    • The Graduate School has launched a new campaign, “Master Words,” to highlight Master’s student visibility in the Brown community. The second theme is “creativity.” If you are a Master’s student, submit a one-minute video explaining what “creativity” means to you. Videos are due October 27th. See here for more information.
  • APPLY: There are currently seven graduate student vacancies on external committees. All applications are due Wednesday, October 14th. Contact Torrey with any questions.
    • VACANCY: The Committee on Refugee Response is exploring opportunities to respond to the recent influx of refugees from torn areas, like Syria, in ways that are central to Brown’s mission. The GSC is seeking 1 graduate student to serve on this committee.
    • VACANCY: The Campus Life Advisory Board Subcommittee on Alcohol and Other Drugs is concerned with the use and misuse of alcohol and drugs on campus, as well the relationship between substance abuse and academic lives. The GSC is seeking 1 graduate student to serve on this committee.
    • VACANCIES: The Graduate Student Study Space Committee will advise the University Librarian on decisions regarding the design, layout, and usage of the Graduate Student Study Area that will be created on the second floor of the Rockefeller Library.  The GSC is seeking 5 graduate students to serve on this committee.

Agenda

  • Approval of the Fall 2015 Budget
    • The GSC approved the fall 2015 budget. You can find the budget here. If you have any questions, please contact Samantha.
  • GSC Executive Officers Reports
    • The GSC is working closely with the Graduate School in the search for a new Dean of Master’s Students, a position that is now vacant. If you have questions or concerns about the search for a new dean, please contact Wes.
    • The GSC Executive Board elections are in November. If you are thinking of serving, please contact the current executive board member for the interested position to learn more about the responsibilities and expectations.

Addendum

  • EVENTS:
    • The annual GSC Halloween Social will be Friday, October 23rd at 9PM at Hanley’s Ale House. Prizes will be awarded to the three best costumes of the night! More details forthcoming. If you have questions, contact Lauren and Maria.
    • The 2015 Graduate Career Options Conference (“GradCon”) will be held on Saturday, November 14. Register here!

 


NEXT GSC MEETING: Wednesday, November 4th @ 7PM, Graduate Student Lounge

External Committee Positions

We’re looking for graduate students to serve on the following Brown committees:

Committee on Refugee Response:
Brown is exploring opportunities to respond to the recent influx of refugees from torn areas, like Syria, in ways that are central to our mission. The GSC is seeking 1 graduate student to serve on this committee. Applications due Wednesday, October 14.

Campus Life Advisory Board Subcommittee on Alcohol and Other Drugs:
concerned with the use and misuse of alcohol and drugs on campus by students and their guests, as well the relationship between substance abuse and their academic lives. The GSC is seeking 1 graduate student to serve on this committee. Applications due Wednesday, October 14.

Graduate Student Study Space Committee:
The committee will advise the University Librarian on decisions regarding the design, layout, and usage of the Graduate Student Study Area that will be created on the second floor of the Rockefeller Library. The GSC is seeking several graduate students to serve on this committee. Applications due Wednesday, October 14.

Be a Mentor for First-Gens@Brown

Are you a first-generation graduate student? Sign up to be a mentor for First-Gens@Brown!

First-Gens@Brown aims to serve as a community and resource for Brown students who are the first in their families to attend college. Our peer mentorship program will pair Brown students to build a cohesive community among those who share the first-gen identity. First-gens have a separate and unique need that is not catered to by any other current advising system. We will focus on learning how to ask for help and building relationships with faculty and grad students who share our same background. As a student-driven initiative, mentors and mentees will work together to focus on each other’s success – not only at Brown, but outside of Brown as well.

The mentor application can be found here, and is open until Monday, October 5th at 11:59pm. If you have any questions or comments, please send an email to natalie_asalgado@brown.edu.