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GPSO E-Newsletter: April 10, 2014

In this Issue:

From the President's Desk

Upcoming GPSO Events: Grad Appreciation Week, Research Compliance Workshop, Empowering Black Leaders Forum

SAAs Available: GPSO Communications and Community Development Coordinators

Feedback Needed: GPSO Travel Awards

Resource: National Graduate Student Crisis Line

Resource: WTS Summer Dissertation Write-In

Program: Crimson Cruisers

GPSO plans your weekend!

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From the President's Desk

  • The GPSO Assembly met for the last time this year.  It passed an important Inclusive Student Body Resolution calling for increased diversity awareness and education efforts and the examination of the efficacy of current efforts.
  • Today and tomorrow the Board of Trustees will meet in Franklin Hall.  At the business meeting tomorrow at 1:00 PM, I will be giving a student report to the Board.  These meetings are open to the public and I encourage anyone interested to attend.

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

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Upcoming GPSO Events

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, 8:30-10:30am- Grad House Café

Stop by the Grad House for FREE coffee and Bloomington Bagels. Please save a tree and bring a mug, if possible.

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".


Research Compliance Workshop - Tuesday, April 22, 6pm

Co-sponsored with the IU Office of Research, this event's topics will include responsible conduct of research and research integrity, research compliance (chemical/lab safety, Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee, etc.), and research misconduct. Don’t miss this opportunity to insure your valuable research time is legitimate and legal.

Snacks will be provided by the GPSO.

If you would like to attend, please RSVP here. Thank you!


Empowering Black Leaders Forum - Thursday, April 24, 7pm

Co-sponsored with BGSA, this event brings together university and community leaders to share their experiences, insight, and inspiration for achieving success.

Check out this event on Facebook.

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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: TOMORROW

Interested graduate students should direct any questions to

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Feedback Needed: GPSO Travel Awards

Please consider taking this very, very short survey regarding the GPSO Travel Awards

We are interested in why students do and do not apply for GPSO Travel Awards. Your responses to this survey are confidential, and will only be used to help us refine the GPSO Travel Award application process.

If you have any questions about this survey, please contact the GPSO Awards Officer at

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Resource: National Graduate Student Crisis Line

National Graduate and Professional Student Appreciation Week (April 7-11) celebrates the role of graduate students as TAs and RAs on campus today, as well as raising awareness to their future impact as leaders in academics, industry and government.

However, the path to completing a graduate degree can be difficult. The National Graduate Student Crisis Line (800-GRAD-HLP) (800-472-3457) is available 24/7 to listen, connect and assist you right now.

Grad Resources ( ) and the National Association of Graduate-Professional Students ( ) are available to support you throughout the rest of the year.

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Resource: WTS Summer Dissertation Write-In

Writing Tutorial Services (WTS) invites you to participate in our Summer 2014 Dissertation Write In! WTS would like to continue its very successful dissertation writers’ groups by facilitating an intensive, multi-day “Write In” for graduate students interested in devoting significant time to their dissertation during a 2-week period in early summer (May 12–May 23). The Write In offers a chance to write alongside other dissertators. Rather than a peer review group aimed at providing feedback it is a program intended to jump-start productive habits that writers can continue for the remainder of the summer.

We ask that all participants:

  • have successfully defended their dissertation proposal or be writing substantial portions of their actual dissertation as part of the proposal (advisor’s acknowledgement required)
  • commit to attendance for all required sessions (Monday–Thursday) for both weeks
  • fully complete application materials per instructions; unfortunately, we cannot consider incomplete applications

Participants will:

  • keep a writing log of their goals and progress
  • provide us with feedback about the program
  • arrive to WTS punctually and stay for the entirety of the session
  • attend all required meetings

Dissertation Group Facilitators will:

  • introduce strategies for goal setting
  • facilitate peer-review partners and groups upon request
  • help participants to remain on-task (and away from email, facebook, youtube, or other distractions)
  • be available to offer advice or feedback on the writing process

Application deadline: April 21

View more information and access the application on the Dissertation Write-In website.

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Program: Crimson Cruisers

Indiana University is launching a bike share pilot program for the summer!

With the help of the Office of Sustainability, Parking Operations and Outdoor Adventures the Transportation Working Group is pleased to present Crimson Cruisers. The pilot offers a summer long (FREE) bike checkout. Applications are now open for all faculty, students, and staff who would like to be a Crimson Cruisers Ambassador.

Please apply by visiting and checking out the Crimson Cruisers page!!

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GPSO plans your weekend!

April 11 - 13:

  • April 11, 6-8pm: IU MFA/BFA Spring Thesis Reception (Grunwald Gallery, free)
  • April 12, 3pm: IU Football Cream and Crimson Game (Memorial Stadium, free)
  • April 13, 12pm: Homeward Bound 5K Walk (Third Street Park, free)

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Go have some fun!

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