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GSA Newsletter: January 12, 2022

Spring Semester COVID Update
From UNC Coronavirus email, Dec. 30, 2021

While we are watching the situation closely, UNC’s plans for the spring semester remain unchanged at this time and there is currently no intention of pivoting to remote instruction. We look forward to bringing our community together safely for another semester of in-person instruction, activities and events on campus. The university’s indoor mask mandate, which has been effective at limiting the spread of the virus, will remain in effect for the foreseeable future. When the university reopens next week, employees should plan to work on campus or in the hybrid manner that was previously communicated by their supervisors as no new changes or restrictions to on-campus work are being implemented at this time. UNC’s free drive thru COVID-19 testing site also remains available seven days a week from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Colorado’s COVID-19 mobile vaccination bus will be on campus (south of Campus Commons) Jan. 7-10, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

GSA Meeting with President Feinstein

Wednesday, Jan. 12
2-3 p.m.
Location: Zoom meeting
Registration Form

The GSA is hosting monthly meetings for graduate students with President Feinstein. Ask questions and bring up your concerns. All graduate programs are encouraged to have at least one representative present.

Additional upcoming meetings with President Feinstein:

  • Tuesday, Feb. 15: 10:30-11:30 a.m.
  • Tuesday, March 22: 10:30-11:30 a.m.
  • Wednesday, April 20: 2-3 p.m.

UNC Winter Welcome Events

  • Saturday, Jan. 8, 8 p.m. Movie Night: "In the Heights" @Campus Commons Performance Hall
  • Tuesday, Jan. 11, 7 p.m. Winter Welcome Basketball Game (Postponed) 
  • Wednesday, Jan. 12, 11:30 a.m. Welcome Back Jamboree @Jaccaud House
  • Wednesday, Jan. 12, 7 p.m. How I Met Your Bestie (Speed Friending) @UC Fireside Lounge
  • Thursday, Jan. 13, 6 p.m. New Year Rec-Solutions @Campus Recreation Center
  • Friday, Jan. 14, 7 p.m. Silent Disco @Campus Commons
  • Saturday, Jan. 15, 1 p.m. UNC Athletics Winter Welcome Back Game @Bank of Colorado Arena
  • Tuesday, Jan. 18, 7 p.m. Bearlogio Casino Night @UC Ballrooms
  • Thursday, Jan. 20, 4 p.m. Winter Recognized Student Organizations Night @UC Ballrooms

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GSA Grant Cycle 03: Applications Accepted Jan. 1-28, 2022

Applications for grant cycle 03 will be accepted between Jan. 1-28 (5:00 p.m. MT cutoff). For more information, go to the GSA Grant Funding page. Students can apply for GSA grant funding to help with the following expenses:

  • Conducting research (equipment, travel, manpower expenses, printing, mailing, database access, etc.)
  • Submitting manuscripts for publication in academic journals (submission fees, printing, mailing, etc.)
  • Presenting at online conferences (registration, organization membership, equipment for presenting online, etc.)
  • Presenting at in-person conferences (registration, organization membership, travel expenses, etc.)
  • Attending in-person conferences (registration, organization membership, travel expenses, etc.)
  • Attending online conferences (registration, organization membership, equipment for online attendance, etc.)
  • Professional development (registration, in-state travel expenses, equipment, etc.)

If you conducted scholarly / professional activity during grant cycle 02, but missed the cycle 02 application deadline, you can still apply during grant cycle 03 as long as your purchase activity took place during the current fiscal year (between July 1, 2021- June 30, 2022). For example, if you began a research project in October 2021, but missed the Cycle 02 application deadline, you can apply for research funding in Cycle 03. Contact GSA@unco.edu with questions. 

Complete list of Grant Winners 2020 - 2021 (Excel)
Link: GSA Grant Funding


GSA Grant Writing Workshop

Wednesday, Jan. 19
11 a.m.-noon 
Carter Hall #2010 Conference Room
Registration Link

Learn more about the types of projects and expenses that qualify for Graduate Student Association funding. Participants will be walked through at least one of the current grant cycle's applications (presentation, research, publication, etc.) and will have the opportunity to ask questions.

NoCo 3MT® (3-Minute Thesis)

NoCo 3MT® is a professional development competition that spotlights the dissertation projects of doctoral students at the University of Northern Colorado. Students completing dissertations in any UNC doctoral program are eligible to submit a 3MT proposal. The competition supports the capacity of graduate students to present their dissertation projects in three minutes, in language that can be easily understood by a public audience. This event is sponsored by the UNC Graduate School. The winner of the NoCo 3MT will receive a monetary prize and will go on to compete in the Colorado Graduate Schools 3MT in spring 2022 semester.

Please visit the NoCo 3MT® Competition webpage for more information.

Request Free COVID-19 At-Home Tests

To help ensure Coloradans have access to COVID-19 testing, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is offering free at-home COVID-19 test kits. This program uses Abbott BinaxNOW rapid antigen tests that show results in 15 minutes. Graduate students may use the following link to order tests for themselves or their organization: https://covid19.colorado.gov/covid-19-testing-at-home 

Graduate Teaching Assistant Pay Bonus
from UNC President Andy Feinstein's email, Dec. 12, 2021

Beginning Jan. 1, 2022, we will be implementing compensation adjustments for all faculty and staff. Full-time faculty and staff will receive a $1,500 increase to their base salary; this increase will be prorated for part-time employees. The minimum wage for staff will be increased to $15/hour and the minimum wage for student employees will be increased to $14/hour. Adjunct faculty and graduate teaching assistants will receive a one-time payment of $250 as well. Additional investments will be made in units that support the health, safety and well-being of our students, faculty and staff — those details will be developed in the spring. The total investment in faculty, staff and student employee compensation increases is approximately $3.2M. We have created an FAQ page with more details.

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GSA Student-Faculty Lunches
Registration Form

The GSA is providing meal swipes to take your advisor to lunch at Holmes Dining Hall. Meals are provided for one or two graduate students and one faculty advisor. Student-Faculty lunches are an excellent time to discuss academic and career topics with your faculty member(s). This opportunity is available to all registered UNC graduate students (including the Loveland Center, Denver-Lowry Center and online).

Registrations are first-come, first-served, pending availability of the GSA meal card. If you check-out the GSA meal card, be sure to return it as soon as possible so that the next graduate student can use it. If you have questions, contact GSA Administrative Assistant Francis.To@unco.edu.

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GSA Stickers

Order free graduate student stickers

Free stickers and free shipping within the U.S. for current UNC graduate students. Limited availability.

UNC Student Legal Services

From Student Legal Services webpage

Student Legal Services provides UNC students three free legal consultations each academic year. Mr. Brandon Houtchens, Attorney at Law, is available by appointment only. If you have questions about Student Legal Services, please send them to dos@unco.edu or call 970-351-2001. Legal Services is a student fee funded program.

UNC Police Reports
Daily Crime Logs: Sept. 22, 2021 - Dec. 22, 2021
2021 UNC Campus Security & Fire Safety Report

student senate
Student Senate Report
Minutes from Oct. 13 unavailable from Student Senate at this time
Minutes from Oct. 27 unavailable from Student Senate at this time
Minutes from Nov. 10 unavailable from Student Senate at this time
Minutes from Dec. 1 unavailable from Student Senate at this time

GSA Director, David Shimokawa (SES: Sport Administration, Ph.D. program), attended the Student Senate business meetings on Oct. 13, Oct. 27, Nov. 10, and Dec. 1, on behalf of graduate students. There are no graduate students serving as senators for their college at this time.

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Faculty Senate Report
Meeting minutes from August 30, 2021

Meeting minutes from September 13, 2021

Meeting minutes from September 27, 2021

Meeting minutes from October 11, 2021

Meeting minutes from October 25, 2021

Meeting minutes from November 8, 2021

GSA representative, Yohan Lee (SES: Sport Administration, Ph.D. program), attends Faculty Senate meetings on behalf of graduate students. There are no graduate students serving as official representatives on Faculty Senate at this time.

Bomin Paek Accepts Faculty Position at University of Kansas

Bomin Paek will be joining the University of Kansas as an Assistant Professor of Sport Management in Fall 2022. The University of Kansas was ranked at #122 in the 2022 US News & World Report College Rankings (UNC is ranked between #299-#391). 

Bomin is a UNC Sport & Exercise Science: Sport Administration, Ph.D. student and has served on UNC's Graduate Council as a representative for the Graduate Student Association

Bomin Paek's publications on Google Scholar


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Greeley City Council

U.S. Senate (Colorado)

U.S. House of Representatives (Colorado)

U.S. President
President Joe Biden https://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/ 

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Graduate Student News Wanted
Do you have exciting news to share from your program or personal life? Been published or received an award? The GSA is looking for graduate achievements to mention in our newsletter and on our websites. Please send any info to GSA Administrative Assistant Francis.To@unco.edu