GSA member Katlin Bowman is currently signed up to judge at State Science Day on May 5th at The Ohio State University and was recently informed that more volunteers are needed.
All graduate students would be eligible as judges and project topics range from chemistry, biology, environmental science, physics, math, psychology, etc. Parking for the event is free to judges. Details included below and judges can sign up at the Ohio Academy of Science’s website.
Sign up: http://www.ohiosci.org/ssdjudge.htm
Learn more about: http://www.ohiosci.org/ssd.htm
Email WSUgsa@gmail.com with any questions.
Destination ImagiNation is a creative problem solving competition for kids that encourages students to get involved in and enjoy intellectual pursuits. (See http://www.idodi.org/index.php.) These events are a lot of fun and the local Destination Imagination region is looking for volunteers for their local competition. Click here for general information about the event happening in March.
Volunteers are needed on Saturday, March 17, 2012 at Sinclair Community College from 8AM to 5PM and will be helping to judge competitors. All volunteers will also need to be at training on Saturday, March 3, 2012, at Sinclair Community College from 8AM to 12PM. (You must participate both days if you would like to volunteer for the event.)
If you are interested please fill out the appraiser form by clicking here. Send it to Barb Proehl, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Click here to view a preview of the different challenges. (Also, keep in mind that that the structural and fine arts challenges are especially in need of volunteers.) Please send responses as soon as possible. If you have any question please let me know.
Galen Crawford of our very own GSA is spending three exciting weeks interning in Cambridge, England at Anglia Rusking University. His stay began on the 6th of this month and he’ll be there through the 28th of November.
His goal while in England is to explore higher education in the UK, specifically how the UK’s Division of Student Affairs differs from American Divisions of Student Affairs. The big project he’ll be working on during his internship is the integration of student development theories into Anglia Rusking University’s Training Matrix and Learning Outcomes for Staff Development.
This is a wonderful opportunity for Galen professionally but it will also provide him with a great experience traveling outside the U.S. To learn more about his time abroad and the projects he’ll be working on, please follow his own blog which will chronicle his stay in Cambridge!
On the weekend of April 16th and 17th two of our GSA members, Galen Crawford and Elizabeth McGregor, attended the National Association of Graduate and Professional Students Midwest Regional Conference, held this year at the University of Cincinnati. Activities consisted of presentations covering such topics as locating resources for graduate students as well as addressing the difficulties graduate students and their dependents face in obtaining health insurance.
The University of Cincinnati’s graduate dean was the conference’s keynote speaker. He emphasized the increasing numbers of those in higher education due to our knowledge based economy. But he also indicated administrative politics are a fact of life and the budget must be cut somewhere, noting this often happens to graduate student programs and services. Galen points out graduate students make up less than 25% of Wright State University’s student population but that this very group contributes to making both deans and department heads look good. Graduate students provide untold amounts of innovation and scholastic achievement to universities. This is why it is so important for GSA to advocate on behalf of Wright State’s graduate students. Joining NAGPS would provide many benefits such as an annual conference in Boulder, CO to help promote a strong support network for students. It also has a contract with Amazon.com to provide book deals to members.
Elizabeth mentioned attendees discussed graduate programs in general and specifically how they can be improved. She also noted everyone at the conference was incredibly friendly and seemed genuinely interested in following up after the conference. Overall, Elizabeth felt it was a great networking opportunity. The two received advice and ideas from students who were in new or less established graduate student groups because they understood how difficult it is to put down roots in a new organization. Elizabeth loved the community-building ideas she took away from the event such as wine tasting activities and a graduate student orientation.
Both Elizabeth and Galen came away from the conference energized. Since it appears next year’s NAGPS conference in the Midwest will be held at Northwestern University near Chicago, IL, Elizabeth and Galen are already discussing carpooling options for GSA members. Galen anticipates being able to obtain even more money for next year’s event so that hotel costs along with the conference fees would be covered for any GSA member looking to attend. The National Association of Graduate and Professional Students Midwest Regional Conference was an excellent networking and learning opportunity for Elizabeth and Galen both professionally and personally, and it has helped give them several ideas for improving and expanding GSA! Great job, you two!