GPSCNews: Summer is Finally Here!

This Week

1. WEBINAR - Investments Planning: Planning for Financial Security

2. Retirement Planning Workshop (Presented by Lynn Ball and Benefits)

3. Duke University Bicyclist Appreciation Breakfast

4. Duke University Basic Bike Commuter Course

5. Duke G+P Habitat for Humanity Workday

Upcoming/Ongoing Events, Opportunities and more

MEDMentors at the Durham County Youth Home

Summer GPSC Funding Applications are OPEN

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IMPORTANT, PLEASE NOTE that we will be moving towards only one newsletter every two weeks given the low amount of events in the summer. This will take into effect next week (May 19th) and continue until the week of Aug 11th. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me!

OH has the temperature gone up this week!
Wonderful Classmates,
It's pool, beach and outside time!! Hope everyone is gearing up to embrace the summer (I know, I know, there's also work)....but who wants to think about that! let's talk about fun summer stuff!

And on that note, remember that the Summer Applications for GPSC Funding are open and check out the new GPSC Facebook Page for more info and updates on GPSC's activities this summer!!
Also to look forward to this week, Byciclist Appreciation breakfast, Duke's Basic Bike Commuter Course, and the Habitat for Humanity Workday.

Happy Monday Everyone!
Leonor Añó

This Week (5/12-5/18)

1. 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.

2. 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.

3. 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.

4. 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.

5. Duke Grad and Professional Habitat for Humanity Workday

When: Sat, May 17th: 8:30AM - 3:30PM
Location: Durham, NC
Contact: Andre Van Rynbach
Come build houses for Habitat for Humanity!  The volunteer shift is on May 17 from 12:30pm - 3:30pm.  Sign up by emailing Andre by Wednesday May 14 indicating you would like to volunteer.  Those who sign up will receive an email by Thursday with other pertinent details including directions to the worksite and information about carpooling.  Lunch will be provided at the site.  Co-Sponsored by GPSC.

Next Week (5/12-5/18)

6. Nasher Museum Public Tour
When: Thur, May 22nd: 6:00-7:00PM
Location: Nasher Museum of Art
Cost: FREE
Contact: Wendy Hower Livingston
Individuals , or groups of fewer than 10 people, may take a guided public tour of the Nasher Museum's current exhibitions. Guided tours are also offered Sundays at 2 PM. Tours are free of charge. Tours last approximately one hour. Phone: 684-3314

7. Exploration Station (at Duke Gardens)
When: Sar, May 24th: 1:00-3:00PM
Location: Sarah P. Duke Gardens
Cost: FREE. Parking Fees may apply
Explore the science of plants and animals with seasonal activities for you and your family at this activity station each Saturday in April and May, from 1-3 p.m. Look for the large "Exploration Station" umbrella in the Charlotte Brody Discovery Garden for demonstrations, stories, experiments and hands-on projects.Location: Charlotte Brody Discovery Garden.Fee: Free drop-in event. Parking fees apply.Information: 919-668-1707.

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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