Announcement: News from the Graduate and Professional Student Senate

News from the Graduate and Professional Student Senate January 25th, 2013

1. Speed Dating and LGBTQ Mixer

2. Science Communication Workshops

3. Lobby Day

4. Husky Career Network and the UW Alumni Association 5. GPSS Diversity Committee Networking Opportunity

1. Speed Dating & LGBTQ Mixer, January 28th and January 31st Join us for our annual Speed Dating event! GPSS will host two evenings of drinks, dating, and fun. Both events will be held in Gould Hall<>.

Monday, January 28th, will be Heterosexual Speed Dating only, and Thursday, January 31st will be a split event, with an LGBTQ Mixer and Heterosexual Speed Dating. All events start at 7pm, and require pre-registration. You can find the event on our web site <>, and register through our online form<>.

Please email Vera Giampietro, GPSS Treasurer, with any questions or concerns –

2. Science Communication Workshops

“What exactly do you do?” Are you stumped when people ask you this question? Do you have difficulty explaining your research to non-scientists? Want to know how to communicate the importance of your research to policy-makers?  Maybe you have been invited to a Lobby Day event but want to know how to translate your research a into language that others will understand?  The GPSS is offering two opportunities to learn how to COMMUNICATE YOUR SCIENCE EFFECTIVELY: January 29th from 5-6pm in the Vista Cafe or 2-3pm on February 5th in the HUB room 334.  We had so much interest we are offering it twice.  Hope to see you there!

3. Lobby Day; Friday, Feb 15th, 9am-5pm

State funding for the UW has dropped by about 50% since 2009. This has led to a pay freeze for faculty and staff, large hikes in graduate tuition, cuts to financial aid, and less funds available for TA positions. But you can help reverse this trend. Once a year students from across campus come together and travel to Olympia to tell our legislators why higher education is so important. Lobby Day 2013 is on Friday, February 15th, and GPSS will provide transportation and food for the day. There will also be a student poster session at the Capitol. To reserve your spot on the bus (and get free lunch) you need to register by February 8th. Register at If you have any questions, contact Brian Moe at

4. Husky Career Network and the UW Alumni Association The UW Alumni Association wants you to know that 330,000 alumni have got your back!  One of our University’s greatest resources is our alumni.  By signing up with the Husky Career Network you can gain access to alumni who are eager share their professional experiences and knowledge with students on a range of topics like background information on their industry, job-search tips, and guidance to those just beginning or looking for new

career.   Register now for free with the UW Alumni Association to get great

benefits and connect with alumni across the country. You’ll also get:


– Unlimited use of the Husky Career


is coming soon!) which is an online career tool to help you network

with alumni.

– Access to the Pirq UWAA


immediate discounts at local businesses all over the U District and


– Invitations to UW community events around town, including

opening-night movie showings, concerts and more.


Every student who registers before the end of winter quarter 2013 will be entered to win a Washington bicycle!  Register for free at <>.

5. GPSS Diversity Committee Networking Opportunity:

The GPSS Diversity Committee would like to get information from you about what sort of diversity efforts are happening within your department, school or on-campus?  If you have a diversity committee within your school or department please send Kristen Hosey, the GPSS Secretary  ( with their information so that we can reach out to them and try to network diversity groups across campus.


The Graduate and Professional Student Senate is the official student government for all graduate and professional students at the University of Washington’s Seattle campus. GPSS is here to represent your interests at the University and with lawmakers in Olympia and Washington, D.C. We also organize social and policy events that are free to all graduate and professional students.


Graduate and Professional Student Senate University of Washington

(206) 543-8576;


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