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GPSO E-Newsletter: April 4, 2014

In this Issue:

From the President's Desk

Upcoming GPSO Events: Grad House Café, Grad Appreciation Week

SAAs Available: GPSO Communications and Community Development Coordinators

Deadline Extended: GPSO Faculty Mentor Award

Event: SustainIU Week

Information Session: Graduate Fellowship and Funding Resources

GPSO plans your weekend!

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From the President's Desk

  • Two GPSO Staff Positions are open.  The applications for Communications Coordinator and Community Development Coordinator are due on April 11th and can be found posted below
  • We have collaborated with the Office of International Services to increase the presence of GPSO at international student orientation.
  • The President’s Office is researching how to better get student input at the university level.  We have met to discuss possible options for increased involvement.
  • The Bloomington Faculty Council heard a student presentation about Open Source textbooks.  GPSO is in contact with this student organization to consider our level of support.

For more information on any of these points, please contact GPSO President Brady Harman.

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Upcoming GPSO Events

RIGHT NOW - Grad House Café

Shake off those lingering chills at the next GPSO Grad House Café! Stop by the Grad House between 8:30 and 10:30am today for FREE coffee and Bloomington Bagels.

Please save a tree and bring a mug, if possible.


Grad Appreciation Week

GPSO will be celebrating YOU, the graduate the professional students of IU, with a week of food, drink,entertainment, and more! Please share and RSVP via the links below.

Stay tuned to Facebook and next week's newsletter for more events to come!

Monday, April 14, 7-10pm - Martini Monday

Monday night kicks off our Grad Appreciation Week celebration, and we are starting things off with a relaxing evening of drinks and hors d'oeuvres. Don your swanky attire and join your fellow grad students for a elegant evening of 1/2 priced martinis at Serendipity Martini Bar! Formal wear is encouraged, but not required. 

Thursday, April 17, 8pm - Movie Night: American Hustle

The Whittenberger Auditorium in the Indiana Memorial Union has reserved space for the graduate students for a viewing of "American Hustle" starring Jennifer Lawrence, Christian Bale, and others.  Come enjoy a great movie and some classic concessions provided by the GPSO. The movie starts at 8:00, but come early to find a seat and grab your refreshments!

Friday, April 18, 6-9pm - Grad Bash

Join your fellow grad students for a night of music, food, and fun! There will be live music, tasty libations, and delicious food provided by FARM.

Saturday, April 19, 7pm - Night at the Opera

Join the GPSO and the Jacobs School opera program for a performance of Giuseppe Verdi's "La Traviata". The show stars at 8:00 PM, but there will be a pre-concert reception starting at 7:00 PM with snacks and drinks and information about the opera. Student tickets are only $10!

As was the case with the last opera event, please email to reserve your tickets. Tickets must be paid for in cash or check before the night of the opera. 

Fun Fact: The movie, "Moulin Rouge" was loosely modeled after "La Traviata".

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SAAs Available: GPSO Communications and Community Development Coordinators

GPSO seeks applicants for the positions of Communications and Community Development Coordinators for the 2014-2015 academic year. Read below for position details and application process. Please note that these are SAA positions for the full academic year.

Please refer to the individual position packets for descriptions of job responsibilities and required application materials.

Communications Coordinator

Community Development Coordinator

Deadline: April 11

Interested graduate students should direct any questions to

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Deadline Extended: GPSO Faculty Mentor Award

GPSO encourages all graduate and professional students to give their support to faculty members that they feel deserve special recognition for exemplary behavior by nominating them for the GPSO Faculty Mentor Award.


  • Faculty must be current or have retired within the current academic year.
  • Student must be current or have graduated within the last year
  • The award encompasses tenured and non-tenured faculty, including lecturers and adjuncts. Faculty status is not factored into the committee’s decision.
  • This is an award from the Graduate Student body of the IU Bloomington campus: candidates nominated must be faculty of the IU Bloomington campus.
  • The winners will be determined by the Awards Committee.
  • All nominated faculty will be issued a certificate of nomination from the GPSO.
  • Any student is free to nominate as many people as they would like. The quantity of letters received for a particular faculty member does not increase or decrease their chances of being selected.
  • Letters will be read only for the purpose of the GPSO Faculty Mentor Award and will not be disseminated for general access.
  • Letters should be no longer than 300 words.

For more information and to submit a nomination, visit our Faculty Mentor Award webpage.

Deadline: TOMORROW, April 5

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Event: SustainIU Week

SustainIU Week 2014 is almost here! There are a lot of exciting events that will take place from Saturday, April 5th to Saturday, April 12th. We are thrilled to make this year's SustainIU Week a success and highly encourage all members to attend as many events as they can. Spread the word and get excited for a week of celebrating sustainability at Indiana University!

Events to include:

  • Tabling for non-GMO Produce
  • RAIN Earthscape Design
  • Garden Workday
  • Water Blues, Green Solutions Film Screening and Panel
  • Keynote Speaker Will Allen
  • ENACTUS Fair Trade Banana Booth
  • E-Waste Workshop and Tour of CIB
  • Campus Garden Workday
  • RAIN Earthscape Design
  • Dunn's Woods Restoration Session
  • Spring into Gardening/Beekeeping Preparation Day

Read more online.

Some events have limited space and require registration. If you are interested in attending one of these events, click HERE.

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Information Session: Graduate Fellowship and Funding Resources

Learn about campus resources for finding scholarships and fellowships for domestic and international study, research and experiential activities and tips on preparing a competitive application. Awards for graduate students that will be highlighted include Fulbright, Fulbright Hays, Boren Fellowships and Critical Language Scholarships.

Three identical presentations throughout April (dates and times below). All of them will be held in the Great Room of the Hutton Honors College located at the corner of 7th St. and Woodlawn.

  • Thursday April 10 – 3:30 – 5:00
  • Tuesday April 15 – 3:30 – 5:00
  • Wednesday April 23 – 3:30 - 5:00

Direct questions about fellowships and awards for graduate students to the Grad Grants Center –; 812-855-5281

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GPSO plans your weekend!

April 4 - 6:

  • April 4, 9:30pm: IU Cinema presents "In the Time of the Butterflies" (IU Cinema, free but ticketed)
  • April 5, 8am: Hoosier Half Marathon and 5K (100 E. 17th St, $25 registration)
  • April 6, 4pm: University Singers present Haydn's "Mass in the Time of War" (200 S Jordan Ave, free)

Nothing look good to you?

Check out the ongoing exhibits featured in the sidebar or visit and for the full on- and off-campus scoop.


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Go have some fun!

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