GSA Job Postings: Application Deadline July 23rd

The GSA is currently hiring student staff positions for the 2015-2016 academic year. Descriptions of the various positions available are attached below. If you are interested in any of these postings, please email the required materials listed to the GSA Vice President, Amy Miu, at gsa-vicepresident@buffalo.edu by Thursday, July 23rd at 4:00pm in order to be considered. Positions will begin on August 1st, 2015 and will run through July 31st, 2016. Applicants must be currently enrolled graduate students and must be able to serve for the full term of the position.

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Notice: Recreation Fee Rescinded

Dear Graduate Students:

I am pleased to announce that the new recreation fee implemented on June 1, 2015, has been cancelled and anyone who has already paid the fee can go to Alumni Arena to obtain a refund. All graduate students should now have access to UB Recreation facilities.

Like many of you, I was not happy when the recreation fee appeared out of nowhere. I have been working for the last few weeks to try to eliminate the new fee. UB Recreation should have made an argument to justify any new fee prior to implementation so that we would have had an opportunity to voice our concerns. After numerous meetings with UB administrators, I discovered that there is a formal fee approval process that must be followed to validate new revenue streams. The recreation fee did not follow the formal process and that fact has led to its cancellation.

I want to thank all of the grad students who contacted GSA to voice their concerns. The Graduate Student Association is here to represent your interests and we will do our best to make sure that your concerns are adequately addressed by UB. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you think we can be of assistance. The GSA works for you.

Sincerely,

Christopher Atkinson

GSA President

GSA Election and Referendum Results

The GSA Election Committee is pleased to announce the results of the 2015-2016 GSA Officer Elections and Referendum:

President:

Christopher Atkinson: 299 votes
Kristin Slonsky: 241 votes
(89 abstentions)

Vice President:

Amy Miu: 498 votes (131 abstentions)

Treasurer:

Karl Reza Sarvestani: 515 votes (114 abstentions)

These elected candidates will officially take office as of June 1, 2015.

Referendum Results:

Mandatory: 415

Voluntary: 214

Thank you to all of the students who voted!

Sincerely,

GSA Election Committee

Kevin Stout (EC Chair)
Joshua Flaccavento (EC)
Alison Vitale (EC)
Juhi Roy (EC)
Luis Ulloa (EC)

GSA Officer Elections and Referendum Vote- April 6th-9th

A “Mandatory” vote will maintain all GSA funding and services for graduate students.
A “Voluntary” vote will end all funding and services- GSA will no longer exist!

Have you ever applied for GSA conference funding? Has your student or department club held an event you enjoyed? Have you received free help from the Editorial Assistance program? Been to SBI Legal Assistance or the Student Medical Insurance office? Then you have benefited from the Graduate Mandatory Student Activity Fee! This fee funds GSA and Sub Board I services.

The State University of New York (SUNY) Board of Trustees Guidelines requires all student governments to hold a referendum bi-annually for students to decide whether to continue the Mandatory Student Activity Fee, or to switch to a voluntary fee. A voluntary fee will mean that there isn’t enough money to fund these essential student services.

On April 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th graduate students can vote “mandatory” to keep these services alive. The mandatory student activity fee is collected from graduate students and then distributed to graduate students in the form of club funding, academic support, social events and other services. The GSA is currently funding more than 60 Departmental clubs, 10 International clubs and 15 Special Interest clubs. The current fee will not be raised as done in the past.

Please, help us to keep a well inter-connected graduate student community at UB by ensuring our future with your “MANDATORY” vote.

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Voting will take place online via a link on the GSA website from 12:00am on Monday, April 6th through 11:59pm on Thursday, April 9th. You will just need your UB-IT name and password in order to log-in. Please cast your vote!

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