Newsletter 9/13/16

Intro to the collective GSA! Our first meeting is less than a week away!

Leadership Opportunities

The collective GSA is looking for members of its election board, a committee which looks at policy around electing collective GSA and is active toward the middle and end of the Spring semester.

“The Election Committee of the GSA is a standing committee that decides about the GSA election procedures and ensures that all participants follow the election code. Members are appointed annually by November and membership is open to all enrolled graduate students who have paid their GSA fee.
Those who have volunteered to serve on the Election Committee have found the work to be rewarding for a number of reasons: it provides experience working with a non-profit organization and fills a vital function in the proper functioning of the GSA. People who have served on the Election Committee have moved on to become GSA Officers or stipended staff.
The GSA E-Board will call for new volunteers to serve on the 2016-17 Election Committee at the October 5, 2016 Senate meeting (6:30 pm in the SU Theater). Anybody interested in serving on the Election Committee should attend the October Senate meeting. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the President, Tanja Aho, before the Senate meeting.”


The first meeting of the SSW GSA will be on Monday, September 19th in Baldy 560. Come to learn more about provided services, put voices and faces to the names of your officers, and to meet other students. If you cannot attend this meeting but would like to join via Skype, please contact If you cannot attend, including via Skype, meeting minutes will be made available on our website within a couple days of the meeting.

Conversation Project

Please contact Rob Brandon if you are unable to make any of these workshop dates but are still interested.

The collective GSA has the following events this month:


Collective GSA News


The collective GSA also offered the following introduction to their services for this week. Please note that the newsletter referred to in this email consists of the information in the above updates list and the events list.


Welcome (back) to UB from your Graduate Student Association!

Before the semester goes into full swing we wanted to reach out and let you know that we, the Graduate Student Association, are here for you – with a number of services, funding opportunities, events, and support!

Below you will find a detailed list of everything we have to offer, from conference and research funding to free tickets for the Distinguished Speaker Series to our free editorial service. If you have problems with your department or the university, we can advocate for you. Even though you are also part of your department’s GSA group and should be getting our newsletter through your officers, there a number of ways to stay in touch with us and everything we do:

Like our Facebook page:

Visit our Website:

Sign up for our opt-in email list:

We hope you have a great start into the new school year and hope to see you soon!

The GSA E-Board,

Tanja, Amy, and Anastasia


310 Student Union, North Campus, Phone: 716-645-2960, Fax: 716-645-7333

302 Abbott Hall (Health Sciences Library), South Campus, Tuesdays ONLY




  • Apply for Conference Funding to present your work at an academic conference:

o   Ph.D. students are eligible for up to $550

o   Masters students are eligible for up to $350

o   Any grad student can get up to $200 to attend a conference.


  • Apply for a Mark Diamond Research Fund Grant for research expenses related to your thesis or dissertation:

o   Ph.D. students are eligible for up to $2,500

o   M.F.A. students are eligible for up to $2,000

o   Masters students are eligible for up to $1,500


In addition, your GSA club can also organize an academic symposium, fund a special event, or even start a new publication.  Check out our website for more information!



The GSA isn’t just about money.  Check out some of the other services we offer:

  • FREE Editorial Assistance Program: Let our Editors help you improve the quality of your papers, thesis, or dissertation.
  • Advocacy: A truly intangible benefit of the GSA – we have access to every University official and represent our student body on most major committees on campus.  Issues within your department or with professors can be brought to us as well.


The GSA offers a variety of academic and social programs.  Most events are free or subsidized to keep the cost low. Examples of some of our events include:

  • UB Distinguished Speaker Series – This year’s graduate student choice speaker is Roxane Gay.
  • Concerts, Musicals, Sports tickets, and Beer or Wine Tastings
  • Java Junction – The first Friday of every month you can meet the E-board and fellow grad students for free coffee and doughnuts in the GSA office.
  • Trips, Parties, and Cruises – We host parties for the winter holidays, and offer a variety of other events to highlight all that Western New York has to offer.



You are automatically a part of a Departmental GSA club – FIND YOUR OFFICERS!  In addition, the GSA supports the formation, growth, and activities of clubs that benefit the graduate student community with services not already being provided by the GSA or Departmental Clubs.  There are currently 8 International clubs and 14 Special Interest clubs who share common interests.  Any student is eligible for ANY of these clubs.  Can’t find a club for your interests?  Find some friends who share it and start one!

Your SSWGSA Officers

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