Presidential News and Notes

Monday June 30, 2014

Hello Laurier Graduate Students!

If you thought that the month of May was exciting, then you will not believe what the Graduate Students’ Association has been able to accomplish during the month of June!


Have you noticed our social media blitz?! The GSA’s very own Social Media Programmer, Amanda Kohler, has been working tirelessly to connect all Graduate students with everything that is happening in the GSA! From day-to-day, to week-to-week, you can expect that our official GSA Facebook and Twitter accounts will keep you up to date on fun events, amazing professional development opportunities, and volunteer and employment opportunities with the GSA. Do not forget that our new website (so close to being finished), will also have important information for Graduate students, focused on enhancing your experience at Laurier.


Over the past month the Graduate Students’ Association has been working very closely with Vice President David McMurray to enhance the Graduate student experience by creating a strategic plan to develop a Scholarly Community Initiative. This initiative focuses on the development of a 365 day approach that will build a community of Graduate scholars, promoting Laurier research; connecting Faculty with Graduate students; providing skill development opportunities; and celebrating the success of our institution. The initiative will see the addition of three new scholarly community programs at Laurier, including a GSA conference, the Veritas Conference Series, and Professional Development workshops, in collaboration with Laurier’s current event Celebrate Laurier Research. Keep your eye on our newsletter for the development of these new events!


One of the most important events of the year for Graduate students is the Graduate & Professional Student Symposium. It is an event that is hosted by the GSA, with support from the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, Student Affairs, Educational Development and the Career Centre, which focuses on orientating new Graduate students, building our Graduate network and community, providing professional development opportunities, engaging all Graduate students in academic and social activities, and much more! This year GPSS has focused its symposium on four key concepts, Community, Academics, Resources, and Professionalization (C.A.R.P). As the Chairman of the GPSS Committee, it is with great excitement that I am able to announce that this year’s symposium will be taking place September 2nd and 3rd and registration will open up on July 10th! We look forward to seeing all at the symposium, and don’t forget to schedule the GSA Train event on Sept 2nd and our Patio Party on Sept 4th into your calendar!

Once again, these are only a few of the highlights from the month of June, but I think that it gives you a great idea of how the GSA is working hard to improve the Graduate student experience at Laurier.

Don’t forget to stop by Veritas Café for a nice cold beer on our patio!


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