EGO minutes 11/7/11

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Spring 2012 PDS topics

  • Advisory Session PDS, Areas PDS, Job Market PDS (spearheaded by Joe Black and Jocelyn Almeida-Beveridge), Summer Jobs PDS, Managing Research PDS
  • Department-sponsored (mixed faculty/grad students) or regular PDS format (only graduate students)? A PDS-like “supersession” workshop, co-led by students and professors: trying to get department to provide a space for talking about important department issues applicable to all.
  • CO-DEPT/EGO SUPERSESSION TOPICS: advisory session and areas, job market, a day in the life of a professor


  • The Voice: Grad student Newspaper is now soliciting articles that pertain to graduate student life.
  • GSS meeting updates: increase in graduate fee passed, constitution ratified. Healthcare Rally, pharmacy closed/UHS hours reduced.
  • GEO increase in graduate stipend ($21.24)

Fall Events

  • Last PDS: Attending Conferences (Mon, 11/14)
  • Conference Committee Bake Sale (Mon, 11/21)
  • End of semester party (Ye Olde Watering Hole 7 pm December 8th, 2011)

Graduate Studies Committe Follow-Up

  • COURSES: Fall 2012 mostly 700s, Spring 2013 mostly 800s.
  • Advisory session doesn’t have to include period requirements
  • Department Website Recommendations: department can offer a graduate student assistantship?; EGO should have a stronger web presence with more prominent link to EGO on website; current and previous graduate student list; graduate students’ achievements, recent dissertation titles and committee chairs

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