GSU seeks more placement help
By CHRISTINE KRALY
Associate News Editor
Graduate Student Union (GSU) members discussed the need for more help in career placement and diversity programs in their meeting Tuesday night.
GSU president Maria Canalas told union members of a meeting she had with Russell Kitchner, associate director of Graduate Career Services, regarding the need for graduate interest in career and placement service programs.
"[The career and placement group provides] services to help graduate students get jobs," said Jacob Heidenreich, GSU vice president. Heidenreich will sit on an ad hoc committee established to help promote graduate cooperation and interest in career and placement services.
"We're looking for a little creativity as well," Heidenreich added, asking members for volunteers for the committee.
Human Diversity Committee chair Paige Dow told members of plans to celebrate diversity with programs such as the upcoming Martin Luther King Week and Christmas in April.
Member Beth Caniglia suggested that diversity services be centered more on campus rather than on help services like Christmas in April, which is an off-campus service program. She highlighted a human and gender diversity conference she helped organized a few years ago.
Canalas also updated members on the student advantage card, which offers college students discounts on services from stores and restaurants. The card, Canalas said, is "somewhat of a privacy issue" since the organization's contract requests student home and campus addresses.
Canalas said James Powell, associate dean for the graduate school, now has the contract under consideration.
Caniglia, the GSU's Kaneb Center representative, reminded union members of the services the Center provides for grad students. She reminded members to use the Center's library, which holds approximately 2,000 volumes and highlighted an interest in developing some sort of training program on campus for graduate students who want to go on to teach.
The members voted to pass amendments to the GSU constitution. These included an official acknowledgement of the union's University Village's non-voting representative.
The members also voted to appoint a systems administrator for the GSU office. The administrator would oversee and maintain the technological processes within the office.
In other GSU news:
¥The Information Technology committee representative reported that the recent computer sale was a success. The group might initiate another sale in the future.
¥A representative from the Quality of Life committee discussed University Village representation in the GSU and the reductions for graduate student teaching assistants from the bookstore.
All News Stories for Wednesday, November 3, 1999