Notes from the GSA meeting on 1/29/2015

Important notes on the GSA meeting:

Graduate Student Association meeting, Thursday, 1/29/2015

Announcements:

GSA election coming up!

Nominations for 2015-16 executive board currently being accepted. Election will be held in April. The four open positions are President, Vice President (VP) of Public Relations, VP of Finance, and VP of Programming. E-mail gsa@uncg.edu.

Interested in being a senator for the LIS Dept.?

LISSA is looking for student senators. In order for LIS students to be eligible for travel & research funding available through the GSA, the LIS department must have two designated GSA senators. Any enrolled LIS student can serve as a senator. At least one senator attends every GSA meeting, held monthly on campus. E-mail lissa.uncg@gmail.com.

Events

Finance Workshop. Wed., 2/18, 3:00pm, Bryan 205. Learn how to apply for funding to help with your research or conference travel needs. With Melle Elmes, VP of Finance.

Research Methodology Workshop. Mon., 3/2, 4:30pm, EUC Claxton Room. UNCG faculty will present a GSA-sponsored workshop titled “Beyond ANOVA and Focus Groups: Other Methodological Approaches to Research.”

Graduate School Networking Social. Thurs., 3/26, 5:00-6:30pm, EUC Kirkland Room. Come out and meet fellow grad students! Open to grad students from all departments.

News:

U. of North Carolina President’s Ouster Comes Amid Political Shift. The Chronicle of Higher Education, 1/16/2015.

http://chronicle.com/article/U-of-North-Carolina/151291/

Important news about UNC System President Tom Ross’s forced resignation. Mr. Ross has served as UNC president for 5 years. The system’s president is chosen by the 32-member UNC Board of Governors (BoG), which itself is appointed by the NC General Assembly. The BoG has not stated a reason for their decision. Critics declaim BoG’s lack of transparency and apparently arbitrary exercise of power. The big debate is whether, in a newly Republican-dominated state legislature, this decision was politically motivated. Ross is associated with the Democratic party. This is one story amid larger critical concerns about the downward trend of state political support for higher education in NC.

More on the story from the Daily Tar Heel, UNC-CH’s student newspaper:

·         Ross accepts resignation but “doesn’t want to leave.”

http://www.dailytarheel.com/article/2015/01/tom-ross-to-resign-as-president-of-unc-system

·         Letter: A statement on Ross removal by the BOG. From “UNC School of Law on behalf of the Concerned Faculty and Friends of UNC.”

http://www.dailytarheel.com/article/2015/01/letter-a-statement-on-ross-removal-by-the-bog

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