Weekly Announcements, May 23–30

GSA Announcements:

  1. Temporary Housing Request
  2. North Carolina HB2 student opposition Form Letter
  3. UCSA Graduate Student Funding Letter
  4. GSA Yoga & Zumba
  5. Last Bar Night of the Year, June 1
  6. Last Coffee Bagel Donut Day, May 27


  1. Professors for the Future Spring Reception

Funding & Fellowships:

  1. 2016-17 Carbon Neutrality Initiative Student Engagement Fellowships

Professional Development:

  1. Interdisciplinary Instruction: Designing a Course, Creating a Syllabus
  2. Getting It Done: Individual and Group Strategies for Overcoming Writing Blocks and Maximizing Your Writing Productivity
  3. Getting a Jump Start on Your Job Search
  4. Careers in Community Based Non-Profits
  5. Info Session: Los Rios Faculty Diversity Internship 

GSA Announcements:

1. Temporary Housing Request

A new international graduate student from Spain is seeking temporary housing from August 20–September 1. Please contact Javier Alfonso Garrido, javial1993@hotmail.com.

2. North Carolina HB2 student opposition Form Letter

Dear Student,

A form letter campaign organized by the National Association of Graduate and Professional Students allows undergraduate and graduate students to express their opposition to House Bill 2. The text of the form letter, available here, bullets out the issues with the legislation. If you agree with these points, please fill out the short form and tell the Governor and General Assembly why you oppose HB2. The individual letters will be printed out with each student’s name, university, and message and delivered to the Governor of North Carolina.

Thank you for your response,

Daniel P Keeley
Director of Legislative Affairs (Southeast Region)
National Association of Graduate and Professional Students (NAGPS)

3. UCSA Graduate Student Funding Letter

Pressure the Legislature & Governor to Support Grad Students in the Final 2016 Budget!

The 2016 budget is due to the Governor’s desk by June 15. The UC has requested $6M from the State to enroll 600 new graduate students in order to support graduate student success and meet the enrollment and instruction needs of incoming undergraduates. The CA Senate included the $6M in their budget, but the Assembly did not. So, UCSA is collecting letters in advance of the Conference Committee when the final budget will be debated!

We are calling on UC graduate students to fill out this online form to be sent as a letter to your representative.

4. GSA Yoga & Zumba

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5. Last Bar Night of the Year, June 1

Bar Night_2_Gravity_SMALLBring your friends to The Graduate for our last bar night of the academic year! Open to all graduate and professional students. Post-docs and significant others are welcome also.

June 1, 8:30pm-10:30 PM

Please Note: There will be a showing of the Rocky Horror Picture show going on at the same time as bar night. Please arrive before 9:30 p.m to avoid being charged the cover for the event. We will gather in the patio area for bar night.

Drink Specials!

$2 off Singles, Doubles, and Pints
$3 off Big Beers
$6 off Pitchers

6. Last Coffee Bagel Donut Day, May 27


Come by between 8:30-10:30am to enjoy coffee, donuts, and bagels! We’ll also be featuring fruit and cupcakes so make sure to drop by.

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1709987339256738/


1. Professors for the Future Spring Reception

Wednesday, June 1, 2016 | 4:00-6:00 p.m., AGR Hall, Buehler Alumni Center

Dean and Vice Provost Prasant Mohapatra and Associate Dean JP Delplanque will give opening remarks and each fellow will present a poster about his or her campus project.  The 2016-2017 class of PFTF fellows will be introduced by program co-director, Teresa Dillinger.

PFTF 2015-2016 Fellows and their projects

Please Register Online  by May 27, 2016

Funding & Fellowships:

1. 2016-17 Carbon Neutrality Initiative Student Engagement Fellowships

To encourage student engagement in the CNI and general sustainability efforts at UC Davis, and to support the important work that students are doing to advance sustainable practices on the UC Davis campus, up to four selected students will be awarded $3,000 each in the form of fellowship funds for two research-based fellowships and two engagement-based fellowships. All students (undergraduate, graduate and professional) are encouraged to apply.

To be eligible for consideration students must continue to be enrolled through spring quarter 2017 and be in good academic standing. Engagement projects must be completed by June 30, 2017.

All of the awardees are expected to work with the UC Davis Office of Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability. The appointed fellows will serve as the CNI student engagement liaisons for UC Davis. Responsibilities include:

  • Learn about UC climate and sustainability programs, policies and opportunities to advance the goal of student engagement in the CNI and other sustainability programs
  • Promote student awareness of the CNI and campus student fellow projects.
  • Network and/or help assist with publicizing campus events related to sustainability activities.
  • Support efforts to rollout outcomes from the GCLC and CNI working groups.
  • Join monthly CNI Fellows system-wide conference calls.
  • Attend local in-person GCLC leadership meetings.
  • Provide information to the GCLC Student Engagement Working Group about the progress of student engagement efforts, student feedback, and needs on campuses.
  • Contribute regularly to the GCLC Student Representative Blog and other communication platforms.

The expectation is that the awardees will provide a minimum of 8 hours per week of effort towards research and/or engagement activities in collaboration with other students and staff working on sustainability and carbon neutrality initiatives. The engagement fellows will contribute through planning and enacting activities, presentations, campus events tabling; creating various outreach materials; and communicating through social media and other student engagement platforms, among other activities.

Applications are due on or before 1:00 p.m., Tuesday, May 24, 2016. Applications must be complete and include the required three elements specified. Submit completed application as a single PDF file to: sustainability@ucdavis.edu.

See attachment for more information.

Professional Development:

1. Interdisciplinary Instruction: Designing a Course, Creating a Syllabus

Roundtable Discussion: 10:00-11:00 am, Tuesday, May 24th
Course Design Workshop: 10-11:30am, Thursday May 26th

Location for Both Sessions: 266 Everson Hall

Interdisciplinary instruction is a hot trend in academic teaching circles, as both a pedagogical tool and a subject of educational research. In this two-part workshop series, participants will be exposed to some of the basic philosophies and techniques that underpin this unique approach to education in order to increase their awareness of (a) how to define “interdisciplinary instruction” and (b) the benefits and challenges of this unique approach to education.

Part I: The Roundtable Discussion will feature both facilitated and open Q&A from UC Davis professors currently teaching interdisciplinary courses. Discussion will focus on (a) experiences with course design and (b) the unexpected benefits and challenges of interdisciplinary instruction. Attendees are encouraged to bring questions of their own to add to the discussion. The featured speakers for this event include:

  • Diane Ullman, Professor of Entomology, Co-Founder of the UC Davis Art/Science Fusion Project
  • Terry Nathan, Professor of Atmospheric Science, “Photography: Bridging Art and Science” Course
  • Ian Faloona, Associate Professor of LAWR/Bio-micrometeorologist, Dance/Meteorology Course
  • Sarah Messbauer, Doctoral Candidate in Ethnomusicology, Discussion Facilitator

Part 2: The Course Design Workshop will assist participants as they (a) brainstorm interdisciplinary course ideas (b) outline a syllabus for their course using backwards design; and (c) explore resources for further developing, proposing, and teaching their courses at UC Davis and elsewhere.

Participants are welcome to attend one or both sessions! Refreshments will be provided. 

Series Organizer: Sarah Messbauer, PhD Candidate in Ethnomusicology, Art/Science Fusion Enthusiast, and Professors for the Future fellow (smessbauer@ucdavis.edu)

2. Getting It Done: Individual and Group Strategies for Overcoming Writing Blocks and Maximizing Your Writing Productivity

Tuesday, May 24, 2016
Noon-1:30am | Voorhies 126

Do you experience “white page” anxiety? Does dusting your bookshelves suddenly seem like an interesting thing to do every time you sit down to write? Are you afraid that writing blocks and procrastination will prevent you from making progress on your dissertation this summer? Then this workshop is for you. After a brief discussion of what writing blocks are and why writers experience them, we will explore a number of strategies that writers can employ to overcome writing blocks. These will include individual tactics as well as group-oriented strategies, such as forming a writing group or finding a writing partner. Workshop participants will learn how to engage in a writing process that takes the agony out of composing, organize a writing group, give effective feedback to writing partners, and create a plan of action for getting the dissertation done.

Alison Bright earned her Ph.D. in education from UC Santa Barbara, her MA in English from Sonoma State University, and her BA in Spanish literature from UC Santa Cruz. She teaches a variety of upper division composition courses in the University Writing Program, including writing in elementary and secondary education, business writing, writing for social justice, and writing in the health professions. Her research interests include writing centers, writing tutor and teacher identity, and the preparation of writing teachers.

Melissa Bender, PhD. (English, UC Davis) is a lecturer in the University Writing Program and a consultant with the Writing Across the Curriculum program of UC Davis. She has taught English and composition courses for over twenty years at universities in the U.S. and in France. At UC Davis, Melissa teaches courses in advanced composition, scientific writing, writing in the health professions, technical writing, and visual rhetoric, as well as freshmen seminars on Cold War films and international education. She is the co-author of Writing Assignments in Context, forthcoming from McFarland in 2016

3. Getting a Jump Start on Your Job Search

Monday, June 13, 2016| 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Free, but registration is required:  https://icc.ucdavis.edu/mpp/registration/jumpstart.htm

This comprehensive, one-day workshop is designed to give graduate students and postdoctoral scholars the basic tools to conduct an effective job search for industry, non-profit and/or government sector positions.

Workshop schedule:

Part 1 – Getting Started: Self-assessment and identifying transferable skills

8:30am-9:30am              Part 2 – Job Search Strategies: Developing a target company list

9:30am-10:20am Part 3 – Personal Power Statements and Networking: Professional “pitch” and informational interviews

LUNCH BREAK (on your own)

Part 4 – Application Materials and Your Online Presence: Social media, resume and cover letters

Part 5 – Interviewing Tips and Techniques: In-person, online (Skype), phone and screening

Part 6 – Negotiating the Job Offer: Salary and non-financial considerations

Questions? Contact Gwynn Benner (wlbenner@ucdavis.edu).

4. Careers in Community Based Non-Profits

unnamedMonday May 23, 2016 | 6:30pm-8:00pm |PES 3001

A free event, but *Please* RSVP here as food will be served

Interested in learning more about job opportunities in the non-profit sector?

This career panel will include professionals and leaders who are working with Community (institutions and organizations supporting the aspirations, empowerment and promotion of underrepresented communities).

Panelists will share their narrative about their paths, what skills they use on a day-to-day basis, what motivates their work, engages their time, and helps propel creative momentum resulting in meaningful work. Panelist will share their vision for how UC Davis students and postdoctoral scholars can engage, explore, and serve as change agents and suggests tips for finding and successfully applying to positions within the non-profit sector.

Confirmed Panelists:

Dondy Marie Maxey-Moreland, Development Officer, PICO California Project

PICO California is the state’s largest faith-based community organizing network. Established in 1994, PICO California brings together clergy and community leaders from throughout California to affect meaningful budget and policy change at the state level.

Dennis Dingesman, Director, Hattie Weber Museum

The Hattie Weber Museum features exhibits depicting the history and heritage of Davis, California, and the surrounding area.

Kathy Harryman, President, Yolo County Historical Society

The Yolo County Historical Society strives to preserve, protect, and acknowledge the diverse history of the county through education, communication, and advocacy.

Michele Beyer, Communications Coordinator, Opening Doors Inc.

Opening Doors Inc. seeks to empower refugees, immigrants, human trafficking survivors, and underserved Sacramento area residents to achieve self-sufficiency by accessing opportunities to mainstream economic and social systems. They do this by providing safe places, skills development, business loans, and connections to community resources, assisting our clients to build financial and personal assets while maintaining their cultural identity and individual goals.

Questions? Contact, Jeanelle Hope (iccmpphss@ucdavis.edu), Peer Adviser, UC Davis Internship & Career Center. For more details on all ICC upcoming workshops, events, on-campus recruiting, and company information sessions, please visit http://icc.ucdavis.edu/graduates/Events.htm.

5. Info Session: Los Rios Faculty Diversity Internship

Tuesday, May 24th, 3:30pm-5:00pm, 114 South Hall

Join us for this information session with staff from Los Rios Community College to learn more about the Faculty Diversity Internship Program.

The Faculty Diversity Internship Program is designed to recruit qualified individuals from all disciplines. It provides hands-on experience in an educational setting with a faculty mentor and instruction–at no cost to the participant–on curriculum, instruction, assessment, theory, practice, effective teaching, classroom communication, and meeting the needs of diverse learning styles in a community college teaching environment.

Questions? Contact Gwynn Benner (wlbenner@ucdavis.edu), Internship & Career Center.

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