Graduate Student Newsletter November 2012
* Flynt to lecture on civil rights at November Colloquium
* Senators OK $5 fee; proposal to go before Trustees
* Graduate Student Appreciation Week is Nov. 26-30
* Donate to the Beat Bama Food Drive
* New dining options come to Auburn’s campus
* SGA pursuing facility/construction channel
* Parking enforcement changes in PC lots
* Deadline to run for SGA senator is Nov. 27
* UVA English Dept. requests abstracts for conference
* National Corn Growers Association offering scholarship
* GEM seeks minority fellowship applicants
* Jack Kent Cooke Foundation announces 2013 fellowship
* Year of East Asia to conclude with WuDunn lecture
* Tickets available for International Thanksgiving Dinner
* Graduate School, GSC starting ‘Holiday Hosts’ program
Flynt to lecture on civil rights at November Colloquium
Wayne Flynt will speak about Alabama’s role in the civil rights movement when the Graduate Student Council’s Colloquium series continues Tuesday, Nov. 27. Flynt, a noted author, historian and professor emeritus in the Department of History, will talk about the civil rights movement’s beginnings in Montgomery and how it spread across the Southeast, eventually culminating in the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The Colloquium will be from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in Ballroom A of the Student Center. A free pizza lunch will be served.
Senators OK $5 fee; proposal to go before Trustees
During the Graduate Student Council’s Oct. 30 meeting, senators passed a proposal that would establish a $5 per semester graduate student fee. Proceeds from the fee would be used to enhance programming for graduate students and supplement the Graduate Travel Grant budget. The Board of Trustees must also approve the proposal before it can be enacted. If approved, the fee would likely take effect in summer 2013. For more information on the proposed fee, click here or contact your department’s senator. The GSC Senate will next meet on Tuesday, Nov. 27, at 7 p.m. in room 2223 of the Student Center. Visit the GSC website or read the meeting minutes for more information.
Graduate Student Appreciation Week is Nov. 26-30
This semester’s Graduate Student Appreciation Week will be held the week after Thanksgiving break, Nov. 26-30. Events include breakfasts for graduate students, coffee breaks, along with the Colloquium. Look for more details to come on the Graduate Student Council’s Facebook page.
Donate to the Beat Bama Food Drive
Help feed hungry mouths by donating cans of food to the Food Bank of East Alabama during the Beat Bama Food Drive. Donation bins can be found around campus. The goal is to collect 315,000 pounds of food this year. The drive runs through Monday, Nov. 19. Click here to find out more about the Beat Bama Food Drive.
New dining options come to Auburn’s campus
Two new dining trucks and four new eateries are among the new dining options on campus. Food trucks Mac the Cheese and Mighty Meatballs join new eateries JoAnn’s Kitchen (1st floor of the Student Center), Honeysuckle Gelato (Village Dining), Tiger Wok (Village Dining) and Lowder Lounge Coffee Shop. Additionally, you can now use your Tiger Card at Jordan-Hare Stadium during football games. A new Tiger Dining app is also available for the iPhone and Android, featuring hours of operation, a map showing where food trucks are located and other dining information.
SGA pursuing facility/construction channel
SGA is working to create a campus facility/construction channel on AU Access. Students will also begin seeing orange bikes around campus. These bikes are part of a campus bike sharing program called War Eagle Wheels.
Parking enforcement changes in PC lots
Preferred Commuter parking lot enforcement is now only from 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. each day. After 2:30 p.m., any other car with a hang tag may freely park in the PC lots. Parking Services also recently held an open forum. A PowerPoint presentation from the forum can be seen here.
Deadline to run for SGA senator is Nov. 27
Students interested in becoming the next SGA Graduate School senator must file a Declaration of Intent to run by Tuesday, Nov. 27. The position is open to any and all graduate students, regardless of current involvement on campus. Those with questions should contact the current SGA Graduate School senator, Kristi Jones, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
GRADUATE SCHOOL NEWS
UVA English Dept. requests abstracts for conference
The University of Virginia Department of English is requesting abstracts for its 2013 graduate conference, entitled “Subject to Change: Nature, Text, and the Limits of the Human.” The conference is interdisciplinary and welcomes submissions from a variety of fields. Applicants are asked to send an abstract (of up to 350 words), including name and institutional affiliation, to email@example.com. Abstracts are due by Friday, Nov. 30. The conference will take place March 22-24, 2013. Click here for more information, including subjects of interest.
National Corn Growers Association offering scholarship
The National Corn Growers Association and BASF Corp. will offer five $1,000 scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students pursuing a degree in an agriculture-related field during the 2013-14 school year. Applicants for the NCGA Academic Excellence in Agriculture Scholarship Program must be an NCGA member or have a parent/guardian that is a member. Scholarship applications must be postmarked on or before Friday, Dec. 7. Click here for more information.
GEM seeks minority fellowship applicants
The National GEM Consortium is looking for underrepresented minority students in plant sciences to apply for its annual fellowship program. The application deadline is Thursday, Nov. 15. GEM is a coalition of universities and employers that support minorities in graduate science and engineering education and the technical workforce. Click here for more information.
Jack Kent Cooke Foundation announces 2013 fellowship
The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation is seeking applicants for the 2013 Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Dissertation Fellowship. The foundation, whose mission is to support high-achieving, low-income students in attaining their educational goals, plans to award four fellowships of up to $25,000 in 2013. Prospective applicants can come from a wide range of disciplines, but their research must be tied to the foundation’s mission. While applicants must be doctoral candidates, they do not need to be U.S. citizens. The application deadline is Monday, Feb. 4, 2013. Click here for more information.
More fellowship and grant opportunities are listed in the most recent newsletter from the Office of Sponsored Programs. Find the latest Graduate School news by following the Facebook and Twitter pages.
Year of East Asia to conclude with WuDunn lecture
The Office of International Programs will conclude its Year of East Asia programs on Tuesday, Nov. 13, with a lecture from Sheryll WuDunn, the first Asian-American to win a Pulitzer Prize. WuDunn is the co-author of three best-selling books, including “Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide,” which is the subject of her lecture. The lecture will begin at 6 p.m. in The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center. A reception and book signing will follow at 7:15 p.m. Click here to learn more about WuDunn.
Tickets available for International Thanksgiving Dinner
All international students and scholars and their families are invited to the annual International Student Thanksgiving Dinner to be held Wednesday, Nov. 14. The event, sponsored by the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs and the Office of International Programs, will take place at 5:30 p.m. at The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center Ballroom A. Tickets are free, but all attendees, except children under the age of 5, must have a ticket. A limited number of tickets are available. Tickets can be picked up at the Office of International Programs front desk in Foy Hall before Friday, Nov. 9. For more information, contact Patsy Carter at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Graduate School, GSC starting ‘Holiday Hosts’ program
The Graduate School and the Graduate Student Council are initiating a new “Holiday Hosts” program to strengthen ties in the graduate community. American graduate students who live within driving distance are encouraged to invite one or more international graduate students home for the Thanksgiving holiday. If interested, students are asked to check first with their families and then contact Len Vining at email@example.com. Students should list the names of those they would like to invite home for the holiday; otherwise, Vining can provide names of those who would like to participate. After Thanksgiving, Vining will follow up with students to get their feedback on the program.
This area is designated for graduate students in all disciplines to submit any news or announcements from their departments to be added to the monthly newsletter. Students can add announcements to this section by sending them to firstname.lastname@example.org. Announcements should be limited to one paragraph. Deadline for submissions will be the last Tuesday of every month. Sorry, no exceptions for late entries.
Last day for doctoral final defense and submission for Form Z; last day for Non-Thesis Masters’ (Form 8) final oral examinations
Classes end for semester
Created On: Nov 05, 2012
Last Updated: Nov 05, 2012