Video Tutorial: How to find the GSA Money

Hi everyone,

As the GSA Treasurer, I’ve gotten a lot of questions about how GSA handles its money. I am always proud to share information about our grants and other funding we give to support graduate students, but sometimes it is hard to remember everything. So, I have created a handy video tutorial that covers how to find the grants and other resources on our website.

The video goes over our most popular offerings, such as the PDG’s (Professional Development Grants) we give for attending conferences, as well as grants you may not have heard of before, such as the Research Funding Proposal.

Click here to see the movie, including the notes- which make finding what you need even easier.

Are there other tutorials you would like to see? Just leave us a comment below!

Warmest regards,


GSA Fall 2010: State of the Union overview

This is a brief summary of the accomplishments and tasks of the Executive Board. Each officer would be happy to expand on any of the items during office hours, or via email to



1)       Managed PDG applications and researched different solutions to summer disbursement

2)      Attended Open House events in the Fall

3)      Resolved problems that occurred from the previous year’s PDG disbursement/applications

4)      Updated filing system on computer and hard-copy files

5)      Purchased and set up refreshments for meetings


1)       Helped redesign the new website

2)      Managed RPA websites and contact

3)      Set up scheduling for events through Doodle

4)      Created marketing and logos for GSA events and website

5)      Coordinated activities with E-board members


1)       Attended meetings with Chancellor, Vice Provost, and Faculty Council

2)      Actively recruited new members to join GSA

3)      Planned and facilitated connections with RPA leaders

4)      Attended the Graduate Studies Showcase (Are you bringing cups/shirts/etc, btw?)

5)      Met with university staff to get carry forward released


1)       Helped redesign the new website

2)      Helped budget and organize the social events

3)      Attended Open House events in the Fall

4)      Managed RPA’s approval and budgets

5)      Managed the budget and financial records


Volunteer at the Boston Marathon April 18, 2011

Would you like the chance to volunteer at the Boston Marathon? This year, the marathon is on April 18, 2011. Registration to volunteer is open now! For more information, please email

Volunteer at the Boston Marahon

Thank you,

Debra Harris

Community Outreach Coordinator/ AmeriCorps*VISTA

Student Leadership and Community Engagement

University of Massachusetts Boston

Phone: (617) 287-7949

Opportunity for Volunteer Operational Experience

Opportunity for Volunteer Operational Experience:

“Red Jackets”,

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute’s Yawkey Center for Cancer Care

This is an opportunity to obtain real-time experience in operations at DFCI’s newest cancer treatment center.  “Red Jackets” are temporary volunteers trained to provide on-site, live support to staff and physicians who have questions or problems about patient flow, IT, clinical, and building operations as they transition to a new facility in January and February 2011.



  • The majority of the adult clinical and patient services currently available at the Dana Building on Binney Street will relocate to the new Yawkey building in January 2011, including adult exam and infusion disease areas, adult new patient registration, pharmacy, adult laboratory services, dining, chapel and other patient services.
  • Red Jackets, so named for their easily visible uniform, will be trained volunteers that are physically available on each floor of the new building to respond to, problem-solve and triage questions that may arise during the transition.
  • Red Jackets will be stationed throughout Yawkey in areas where staff are most likely to have questions (e.g. clinic floors, laboratory Services, registration).

Time commitment:

  • Shift – 4 hours shifts, 1-3 shifts a week depending on availability and interest
  • Hours – 7am to 8:30pm weekdays and/or selected weekends
  • Duration – available for 3-5 weeks, beginning January 29

Training (prior to January 30th):

  • Yawkey Orientation, including:

–        Tour of building

–        Education on workflows and equipment

–        Documentation of answers to likely questions or problems that may arise in your work area, who you should contact and how

  • Training will be in several forms:

–        Classroom, instructor-led training

–        On-site workflow training with mock patients

–        Informational handouts and job aids

Interested Parties:

  • Graduate students in business, management, public health, nursing and related fields would benefit from this operational experience
  • Interested should contact Tina at with a statement of interest and availability for January and early February.  Submissions will be accepted on a rolling basis until January 15, 2011.



Disclaimer: The Red jacket opportunity is strictly a volunteer experience.  This opportunity should be categorized solely as volunteer or community service on resumes and any professional documentation.  Volunteers may not use Dana-Farber Cancer Institute as a reference in future endeavors, including but not limited to job applications.


Non- GSA Sponsored Events: General MSU Meeting 10.25.2010

General MSU meeting Monday, Oct. 25, 3-4pm. UMass Boston, Campus Center, 2nd
fl, near club space 2003.05. If you can’t stay the entire time eat some
food, sign up for one more event, and sign a greater state of mind pledge.

Rough Agenda:
Meet the Student Trustee for UMB
Question 3 campaign – partnering with Unions
Greater State of Mind Campaign – partnering wtih PHENOM
Legislative Visits
Promoting our new Internship program
Events for the remainder of the semester, if funding has been awarded
Events for next semester that we’d like to plan
Start thinking about ballot initiatives, explain what they are, etc.
Review why our work is important to community and how we can inform people
about our ogranization


Serving as the voice of graduate students at University of Massachusetts Boston

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