Graduate Student Organization February 10, 2009
UIC College of Nursing, Rm. 615 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
I. Meeting called to order at 12:05 p.m.
II. No minutes to approve.
III. Open officer positions: Secretary, Treasurer
a. HPSC rep: next meeting Thursday, Feb. 11, 2009, 5-6:30 pm
i. Jen to look at schedule; may be available to attend IV. Officer reports
a. Rowena, President – None
b. Jen, V.P.
sti. Chicago Food Depository, Jan 31: fun times! Join us next year.
ii. Donation drives
1. Lakeview pantry – we collected many items. Thank you!
th2. Belize drive – last day to donate February 13; Rowena to
send out reminder email.
iii. GSO Calendar: Please don’t forget to check the GSO Calendar
(link from the GSO homepage) for lectures, workshops, important
dates at the College of Nursing)
c. Nusara and Rowena, HPSC
i. Library IT assessment fee will modernize our libraries. Librarians
have requested $1.5 mil over 3 years. Project to be completed by
ii. Contact John Katsis email@example.com, VP of HPSC, regarding
iii. School of Public Health event: Minority Health Conference on
d. Anne and Yoko, GSC
i. Travel grants available for presenters in Feb, Mar, and April
ii. See GSC website:
iii. Feb. 12 – GSC dissertation/thesis writing series. RSVP!
iv. GSC meeting tonight; will report back any news e. Nusara and Noi, International reps
i. Dr. McElmurray requesting help with promoting and welcoming
Dr. Jean Yan from WHO. Focus on global primary health care.
th ii. Will be here on April 8
iii. Need posters and food (?)
iv. Noi to email Rowena about details
V. Old business
a. PhD curriculum changes
i. New Dean Barbara Dancy may have more info
VI. New business
a. APN job search info session, Rowena
i. Confirmed date March 4, 2009 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
ii. Question for speaker: “In our current economic state, what can we
do to stay ahead of the game?”
b. Relaxation Event, Jen
i. Possibly at the end of April
stii. Location on 1 floor to catch more people
1. UIC massage therapy
2. Professors to present posters doing research on stress
3. Nutrition – dieticians from UIC?
4. Music, food
5. Email Jen with any other ideas
c. UIC student issues (Health/Dental coverage)
i. Rowena: Heard some issues with the dental “discount program”
provided through CampusCare/UHP, including unkempt clinics,
dirty/broken tools, recommending extra (unnecessary) procedures.
Also, difficulty finding a good provider.
ii. Olivia: There has been much talk about this amongst GEP
students. We use google groups.
iii. Anne and Jen have both found great providers
iv. Jen: We could use the GSO Blackboard site to start a discussion
board to rate and review dentists; need student name, netid, and
birth date to enroll in GSO Bb site.
v. Anne: As per the GSC meeting- Students who are fellows and
some RAs/TAs may be eligible for the Graduate Assistant Dental
Program (GADP). I believe that cleanings are free and that dental
work is discounted to a greater extent than the discount offered by
the United Health Program, which is offered in conjunction with
campus care to cover dental.
The number for information about GADP is 312-355-1401.
Students can call this number to see if they are eligible for the
program. It's important to note that with the GADP program, the
providers are faculty members or fourth-year dental students. vi. The customer service number for the dental coverage that students
have if they pay for Campus Care is 800-290-7602. With this
program, students can select a provider from a list of dentists who
accept this discount program
d. Commencement – May 7, 2009, 1pm
i. http://www.uic.edu/nursing/students/commencement.shtml ii. Faculty and staff awards
1. Jen and Rachael: Nomination for Melissa Hernandez, staff iii. Photos for program (send to Jen) – preferably pics of student
socializing outside of CON, per commencement committee
iv. Budget: $400
1. Need to buy flowers in bouquet.
v. Need 2-3 volunteers
1. Email Rowena if interested
e. Speaker for CON Research Day 2010
i. Rowena to follow up with Dr. Piano and Sue Littau
VII. Elections for 2009-2010 exec. Board
a. During April meeting
b. Please contact current officers with any questions
VIII. Other discussion
th floor near a. GSO Travel awards, due March 1 to Rowena (mailbox on 7
i. See GSO website for guidelines and application form
thb. Thai New Year, April 13
i. Hold in conjunction with stress day?
IX. Next meeting: March 17 or March 25
X. Meeting adjourned at 12:35 p.m.
Thurs. February 12 GSC Dissertation/Thesis Writing Series Wed. March 4, 9a-12:30p - Arts Day
Fri. March 6 - Research Day
March 24–28 - Spring vacation. No classes.