GPSCNews: It's GRAD time!

This Week

1. EGSC/CEE Student Seminar Series

2.The Duke Alumni #Duke2014 Send-Off

3. GPSC Event: Shooters Graduation Party

4. Forever Duke Commencement Party

5. LAST WEEK of the G+P Health Survey

Upcoming/Ongoing Events, Opportunities and more

MEDMentors at the Durham County Youth Home

Summer GPSC Funding Applications are OPEN

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It's a Week of Endings but Also of New Beginnings!
Wonderful Classmates,
It is Graduation week everyone! where has the year gone?! There are some great events going on this and next week related and non related to commencement. Also, Note that the Summer Applications for GPSC Funding open Monday May 5th, and check out the new GPSC Wiki site for info on housing, things to do on an off campus, safety, and more!

Also to look forward to this week, EGSC/CEE Student Seminar Series, a few of Graduation Parties, and don't forget that this is the LAST WEEK to fill out the G+P Health Survey.

Happy Monday Everyone!
Leonor Añó

This Week (5/5-5/11)

1. EGSC/CEE Student Seminar Series
When: Thur, May 8th: Starting at 12:00PM
Location: Ciemas Schiciano A
Cost: FREE - Lunch Provided!
Contact: Lily Kuo
Classes may be over, but learning from your peers is about to become more AWESOME: the last EGSC CEE Student Seminar  is coming up. We've got THREE incredible graduate students presenting, Mark Bartlett with "Deciphering and modeling interconnections in ecohydrology: The role of scale, thresholds, and stochastic storage processes", Sarah Diringer presenting "Connecting Mercury, Artisanal Gold Mining, and Global Health in Madre de Dios, Peru", and Andres Contreras with "Uncertainty quantification in elasticity imaging through the use of a surrogate model".  Come by for lunch at 11:50 am, and get excited to hear Mark, Sarah, and Andres speak at 12:00 pm!.

2. The Duke Alumni #Duke2014 Send-Off
When: Thur, May 8th: Starting at 12:00PM
Location: Bryan Center Plaza
Cost: $5 Cover - FREE for the first 200 People!
Contact: Grace Kohut
Come celebrate your transition from Duke Student to Duke Alum with your Duke Alumni Association! In a similar set up to the block party in the beginning of the year, there will be music, food, and tents were graduating students will be able to pick up their class gift (tote OR tie) and their personalized alumni card. This event is open to the entire class of 2014 (undergrads and grad/professional students).

3. GPSC EVENT: Shooters Graduation Party
When: Thur, May 8th: Starting at 10:00PM
Location: Shooters II
Cost: $5 Cover - FREE for the first 200 People!
Contact: Rachel Rothendler
It's Shooters. What more can we say? Celebrate the end of the year--and for some, the end of their time at Duke. And if you still haven't for whatever reason, ride the damn bull. Get there early for FREE drinks!

4. Forever Duke Commencement Party
When: Sat, May 10th: Starting at 9:00PM
Location: Blue Zone, IM2
Cost: FREE! No tickets needed!
All graduates, their families and guests are invited to celebrate their new status as Duke alumni. The party, in the first lot of the Blue Zone, will feature snacks, food trucks, beverages and a DJ. The event is sponsored by the Duke Alumni Association and Duke University Stores. The event will not take place if weather is inclement.

5. it's the LAST WEEK to fill out the Graduate and Professional Health Survey!
Contact: Abigail LaBella
Graduate and Professional students, we need your help! Let GPSC and the Duke Administration know how satisfied you are with the health insurance and health services offered at Duke. Fill out this 17 question survey (linked above) and you will be entered into a drawing for one of 40 $5 gift cards to Starbucks! You do not need to be enrolled in the Duke Student Health Insurance to complete the survey.

Next Week (5/12-5/18)

6. WEBINAR - Investments Planning: Planning for Financial Security (Presented by VALIC)

When:  -
Location: None
This webinar will discuss specific ideas on how to invest to meet your financial goals. Some of the exciting topics will center on the basics of investing, building an investment portfolio and creating a plan of action. Take charge of your future by attending the Investment Planning.

7. Retirement Planning Workshop (Presented by Lynn Ball and Benefits)
When: Weds, May 14th, 8:00-12:00PM
Location: Searle Center Lecture Hall
This four-hour workshop is designed to provide you with valuable information about the benefits available to you in retirement. The workshop covers critical issues such as determining how much savings you will need for retirement and investing strategies before and during retirement. Specific attention will be given to selecting a health plan, balancing investments, Social Security rules, tips on choosing a financial advisor, distribution options and estate planning. This event is part of Financial Fitness Week 2014.

8. Duke University Bicyclist Appreciation Breakfast
When: Fri, May 16th, 8:00-10:00AM
Location: Bryan Center Plaza
Contact: Alison Carpenter
On national Bike to Work Day, Duke Parking & Transportation Services and the Duke Sustainability Office will be co-sponsoring a bicyclist appreciation event to thank our campus bike commuters for committing to alternative transportation. Bike over to the Bryan Center Plaza on May 16 between 8-10AM to meet other cyclists, learn more about Duke's Bicycle Commuter Benefits program, and enjoy a complimentary breakfast and prize giveaways while they last.

9. Duke University Basic Bike Commuter Course
When: Sat, May 17th: 1:00-4:00PM
Location: Old Chemistry 123
Registration: email Alison Required before May 15th
Cost: FREE
Contact: Alison Carpenter
Duke Parking & Transportation Services will be hosting a bicycle commuter course on Saturday, May 17 to equip beginner bicyclists with the information you need to become a regular bike commuter. The course will cover basic bike maintenance and repair, NC bike laws, safe biking tips and techniques, how to carry gear and equipment, and an on-bike campus tour. Please bring a bike and helmet.
Upcoming/Ongoing Events, Opportunities and more

MEDMentors at the Durham County Youth Home: TUESDAYS and THURSDAYS
When: Every Tuesday 6:00-7:00PM and Every Thursday 6:00-7:00PM and 7:00-8:00PM
Location: Durham County Youth Home
Contact: MEDMentors
MEDMentors is an all volunteer, student led service organization founded by Duke University School of Medicine that aims to promote the long-term health and rehabilitation of adolescents at Durham's juvenile detention facility by providing health education, one-on-one tutoring, literacy classes, and job skills training several times a week. MEDMentors involves students from many different Duke graduate and professional schools. We're always open to volunteers from within the greater Duke Graduate School Community and would LOVE to add new members. A criminal background check and some simple paperwork is required before you volunteer.

Summer GPSC Funding Applications are Open
When: NOW until May 25th at 11:59PM
Contact: Yilin Liu
Have a great idea for summer event? Apply for funding through GPSC!!! Applications which serve the community, have academic value, raise awareness or JUST PLAIN ROCK are favored! The Executive Finance Committee will meet after application deadline (May 25, 11:59pm) and make the student group funding decisions.

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