GPSA News: November 2015

   
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ADVOCACY: Making positive changes at ASU, local, state, and federal levels.

Sparking Democracy, 11/2, 5:30-7:30pm, Old Main

On Monday, November 2nd, ASASU will be hosting our annual Sparking Democracy. This event allows for State Officials to connect and openly communicate with the student body of Arizona State. Sparking Democracy will allow students to ask questions, and build stronger relationships with members of the Arizona Legislature and University Administration. Sparking Democracy will kick off with a panel discussion on the topic of college access and college affordability pertaining to ASU. Following the panel discussion, we will be hosting a Barbecue for all the students and State Officials in attendance. Join us!

To have your question asked at the panel, fill out this form.

Join a University Board/Committee

Want an opportunity to effect change through ASU’s shared governance model? ASU’s many units have boards and committees. Students are invited to apply to be on these teams and collaborate by learning about the unit, voicing student concerns, and working to find solutions for issues that affect students. Meetings occur once a month and often around members’ schedules.

Current vacancies include (bold ones are a priority):
Commission on the Status of Women: 1 Poly
Committee on Campus Inclusion: 1 West
Sun Devil Fitness Board of Directors: 1 Poly, 1 West
MLK Jr Planning Committee: 1 Poly, 1 West
Public Safety Advisory Board: 1 West
International Student Concerns Committee: 1 Poly, 1 West

Apply by filling out this form and sending a cv and unofficial transcript to to dan.ashlock@asu.edu.

GPSA Assembly 13th Legislature in Session, many seats still available for student representatives

Graduate student government legislature continues, now with 25/38 students seated as members of the Assembly and 2/5 Supreme Court Justices seated. Check out these links if you’re interested in attending a meeting or becoming an assembly member!

Internship Survey for International Students

We are interested in learning more about your interests and experiences with internships during your study at ASU.
This survey will take you about 5-10 minutes. Your participation is voluntary. You can withdraw from the survey at any time. All the information you provide will be kept confidential.
This information will have great guidance for us to support your study at ASU. Thank you so much for your input in advance!

Please complete the survey via this link.

SUPPORT: Providing you the tools and assistance you need to be a successful student.

Individual & Group Travel Grant Program

The Individual & Group Travel Grant Program supports graduate students attending conferences for academic or professional development reasons. GPSA offers up to $950 to each graduate student selected for a travel award, per program (Individual and Group). You can apply as an individual, or if your conference necessitates group attendance, you can apply as a group. Both applications are due monthly on the 7th at MIDNIGHT. Visit https://gpsa.asu.edu/funding/travel/ for more details on the INDIVIDUAL travel grant and visit https://gpsa.asu.edu/funding/travel/group-travel-grant/ for more details on the GROUP travel grant. Reach out to gpsa.travel@gmail.com with any questions.

GPSA Wellness Grocery Store Training

Interested in learning about how to identify healthy items at the grocery store? Save the date for Friday, November 13th afternoon for a guided training in how to select healthier
items when shopping. We’ll help you scan through and learn about the different ingredients used in packaged foods. Learn about how to cook balanced meals at a lower cost. Additionally, we’ll pick out a few specialty items that we can all try together!
Additional Notes: This event is done in partnership with the School of Sustainability. Check out our flyer here.

Potential for CSA on campus- Fill out survey if you’re interested!!

We are currently working with the faculty at the ASU Farmer’s Market to gauge interest in creating a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) box program for students. This would begin in the Spring. It is a program where you can sign up in advance to get a box (share) of local produce. Please fill out this survey so we can assess current demand. Contact the Director of Wellness, Neda Movahed (with any further questions.)

UNITY: Creating and maintaining a social and professional community.

Coffee Tuesdays at Downtown

GPSA invites you to attend our weekly Coffee Tuesday events from 10-12pm at the Downtown Graduate Student Center (GSC) located in Room 136 of the Post Office. Come eat, drink, and mingle with other graduate students. GPSA hosts similar recurring events on each location. Share the news with friends and colleagues!

Coffee Tuesdays at Polytechnic

GPSA invites you to attend our weekly coffee Tuesday events from 10-12pm at the Poly Graduate Student Center (GSC) located at Sutton Hall Rooms 240A and 240B. Come eat, drink, and mingle with other graduate students. GPSA hosts similar recurring events on each location. Share the news with friends and colleagues!

Coffee Thursdays at Tempe
GPSA invites you to attend our weekly coffee Thursday events from 9-11am at the Tempe Graduate Student Center (GSC) located at the Center for Family Studies (CFS). Come eat, drink, and mingle with other graduate students. GPSA hosts similar recurring events on each location. Share the news with friends and colleagues!

Muffin Mondays at West

GPSA invites you to attend our weekly Muffin Monday events from 4-6pm at the West Graduate Student Center (GSC) located at FAB N174. Come eat, drink, and mingle with other graduate students. GPSA hosts similar recurring events on each location. Share the news with friends and colleagues!

Tea Time Groups for International Students

Tea Time is a gathering place for ASU international graduate students to connect, support, and discuss issues of common concern. Weekly: Tuesdays, 6:30-8:00pm for all international graduate students, and Wednesdays/Thursdays, 6-7:30pm all female groups. Refreshments provided.
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Are you a graduate international student? Are you interested in learning stress management skills? Ever wanted a space where you feel connected and learn about other international students’ experiences? If yes, I invite you to check out TEA TIME!

Tea Time is a gathering place for ASU international graduate students to connect, support, and discuss issues of common concern (e.g. balancing personal life with work, cross-cultural communication difficulties, academic and career issues, family pressures and expectations).

This group will meet every week on Tuesdays from 6:30pm to 8:00pm among all international graduate students, and Wednesdays and Thursdays from 6:00pm to 7:30pm among female students, in the Tempe Graduate Student Center (Center for Family Studies, 2nd floor meeting room).
We will provide a variety of tea and snacks and be here for you.

Professional Development for International Students

Are you an international graduate student? Are you interested in developing strong networking, interviewing, small talk, and negotiation skills? Are you interested in learning more about on-campus management intern opportunities (with benefits like tuition waiver) and career resources?

Find more information from the Fall 2015 Professional Development Series hosted by the GPSA International Student Concerns Committee, in collaboration with Career Services at ASU! These workshops are directed to international graduate students from all disciplines around ASU. We will have talks from experts and hands-on activities dedicated to the reinforcement of your skills for job search, effective networking, and negotiation, among other topics!
Upcoming Fall 2015 Professional Development Series include:
Negotiation Strategies -11/05/2015 (3:30pm-4:30pm) – RSVP
Career Information and Resources -11/12/2015 (3:30pm- 4:30pm) RSVP
Limited spots available! RSVP soon and mark these workshops down on your calendar!

Free weekly yoga sponsored GPSA Wellness & Bridging Stars

With our community partner, Bridging Stars, we are building a community of students interested in wellness and dedicated to positive growth. We hope to see you there!
For any questions, contact GPSA Director of Wellness, Neda Movahed . Please check out our flyer..

Culture Fest

Are you interested in meeting new friends on campus while sharing your culture? Wear the costume that represents your culture, bring an item that reminds you of your culture, or simply join us to at the Culture Fest! This will be a place for you try cuisines in various cultures, talk to students from different countries, sing, and dance with us!

Join us at Culture Fest on 11/20, Friday, from 5:30pm to 8pm at the third-floor Terrace at the ASU Art Museum! We look forward to meeting you soon! RSVP here .

The “I” in Solution: An Advocacy Workshop

Expect More Arizona is one of the most recognized organizations in the state in terms of forward thinking and pushing an Education for All agenda at all levels of governance. GPSA is very proud to partner with this leading institution in order to provide all graduate students with greater resources and tool to advance personal and professional goals for advocacy.

On November 20th, 10-2pm, we will be hosting the first part of an Advocacy training workshop titled: “The “I” in Solution”. We encourage all graduate student leaders with an interest in developing skills to advocate for any kind of issue affecting their communities to apply.

Expect More AZ will help us identifying, and developing our own personal stories in order to create a consistent and strong narrative for social change. Part two of this workshop will take place on Spring 2016. Don’t miss this unique opportunity!

For RSVP and to request more information, please email GPSA’s Director of Community Affairs, Azucena González azucena.gonzalez@asu.edu.

Peer Mentoring Program

As a way to address many concerns from our community of students facing various and diverse issues such as conflicts with advisors, dissatisfaction with program policies in their programs, or other grievances.

GPSA launched its Peer Mentor Program carried out by the Director of Advocacy to empower and provide support and guidance to students to be better advocates for themselves.

IF you are experiencing any kind of grievance, you can go to GPSA for support. Please contact email Tara Salehpour to schedule a meeting!

GPSA Fall Social: November 6

This year, we will be hosting the event at the ASU Downtown Mercado location from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Located across from the Arizona Science Center and easily accessible via campus shuttles and the light rail, make the evening an adventure. Try out some delicious Indian food, listen to live music, meet new people, explore the Arizona Science Center for free during their Adults Night Out, and while you’re downtown, dive into the amazing First Friday’s Art Crawl.

The first 75 people to RSVP get a free ASU t-shirt!

Check out the webpage for more information!

Public Speaking Workshop Lunch Series

Do you have an upcoming presentation, a new teaching assignment, or a conference looming on the horizon? Are you feeling nervous about speaking in front of groups? Join us for a speaking skills series during the Fall. Each session we will present a new set of skills to explore, try them out, and give you an opportunity to ask questions, apply them to your work, and have fun improving your public speaking technique.

Bring a lunch or snack during the noon-hour and join us at the Tempe Graduate Student Center (851 S. Forest Mall) for our first session of the year. Refreshments and light snacks will be provided. Please RSVP so we can get an approximate number of students in attendance, but please don’t let a forgotten RSVP get in the way of showing up and participating.

These speaking workshops will be held on Fridays throughout the Fall semester. Specifically, we will come together to work on our speaking skills on:
November 6, 2015: RSVP
November 20, 2015:RSVP

Contact Andy Waldron, VP.PD@asu.edu for more information and questions.

Monthly TA Chats

TA Chats are an opportunity for experienced and new Teaching Assistants (TAs) to share thoughts and advice about being a teaching assistant. Each TA Chat will feature a round table of experienced TAs on a teaching-related theme, followed by time for questions and conversation between TAs. TA Chats are hosted by GPSA’s Coffee Thursday’s from 10-11am on the third Thursday of each month at the Graduate Student Center (Tempe Campus). Coffee and bagels will be provided! Attending a TA Chat counts as one developmental experience for the Teaching Assistant Development (TAD) program.

Location: Tempe Graduate Student Center, 851 S. Forest Mall, Tempe

TA Chat dates and topics for 2015/2016:
November 19 – Creating & Administering Assessments
January 21 – Breaking Boredom: Spicing up the Classroom
February 18 – Writing Statements of Teaching Philosophy
March 17 – Technology in the Classroom
April 21 – Syllabus Creation & Lesson Planning

Contact Andy Waldron, VP.PD@asu.edu for more information and questions.