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GSG Update
Michael Cook, GSG President

Graduate Student Government: 2012-13

Welcome, graduate students! 

Another school year has begun, and the Graduate Student Government (GSG) is in full swing.  The GSG is keen not to squander the momentum of a successful 2011-2012 academic year—our government’s first year as an independent representative body specifically charged with addressing graduate student needs and concerns.  In AY 2011-2012, the GSG hosted the annual fall and spring picnics, with some 200 attendees in the spring, and continued to strengthen its relationships with NAU constituents, the Arizona Students’ Association, and the National Association of Graduate-Professional Students (NAGPS).  Indeed, the NAGPS accepted the GSG bid at the national NAGPS meeting last October to host the Western Regional Conference at the Native American Cultural Center.  Representatives from schools across the western U.S. participated in networking, articulating concerns unique to the western region, and crafting a vision for the future.  The GSG is again preparing to send another delegation of graduate student leaders to the national meeting of NAGPS in November.       

Already this year, the GSG has held its first three general meetings, initiated the fall travel awards funding cycle, hosted the fall graduate student picnic—with dozens of attendees—and started to tackle this year’s agenda items including revamping the grievance policy, founding a professional writing workshop, and planning various social activities.  Consistent with our mission to ensure that graduate student voices are heard, the GSG invited Dr. Laura Huenneke, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, to the October 9th meeting.  Officers and representatives—speaking on behalf of Extended Campuses, online students, and Flagstaff Mountain colleges—engaged in a meaningful dialogue with Dr. Huenneke about graduate programs across NAU including evaluation of existing programs, the development of relationships vis-à-vis teaching with other Arizona college and universities, and research activity.  The GSG looks forward to meeting with other NAU administrators in the coming months and next semester. 

As we are here to serve graduate students, please don’t hesitate to contact us at gsg@nau.edu.  Keep your eyes peeled for notifications about travel funding, social events, and elections in the spring.  The GSG also has organizational allotments available for registered organizations and clubs that are primarily tailored to graduate students.  In addition, the GSG has funds budgeted for special funding requests.  In the past, the GSG has supported NAU on-campus conferences and guests lecturers from off campus.  Information about funding can be found on the GSG Web site at http://nau.edu/Student-Orgs/Graduate-Student-Government/.

The GSG is excited about the prospect of another productive academic year.  Officers and representatives hope to see the continued engagement of graduate students at NAU.  Best of luck for a successful year!

Sincerely,

Michael Cook
President, Graduate Student Government