Meet Your Graduate Student Senate Representative
Hello fellow graduate students,
My name is Derek Birch. I am currently pursuing an MEd in Counselor Education and am proud to be serving as the graduate student representative to the Plymouth State University Student Senate. I decided to become involved with our student government association because there was no representation for graduate students. The graduate student community is ever expanding – we are a voice which is valuable and deserves to be heard. I promise that I will keep our best interests in mind and will represent you with honor and pride.
This inaugural issue of the e-newsletter is the first step in connecting our graduate community. I would like to thank the College of Graduate Studies team for making this outreach effort a reality. I would also like to thank my fellow PSU Student Senate officers for the fine work they have done so far this year and for welcoming me as part of their team. Over the past four months, the PSU Student Senate has been involved in a variety of initiatives, including coordinating the Presidential Lecture Series, World Series safe celebrations, and the LEADS leadership workshops.
I encourage everyone to take advantage of the many perks PSU has to offer graduate students:
- Free use of athletic facilities and fitness rooms
- Lamson Library and Learning Commons resources and facilities
- Plymouth Academic Support Services (PASS)
- Writing Center
- Counseling and Human Relations Center
All it takes is a flash of your student ID card. In addition to on-campus services, PSU students receive discounts at area businesses. Students can climb at the Rock Barn in Plymouth for $5 on Wednesday nights, and any current PSU student can ski at Cannon Mountain for only $8 a day. You can also save money on ski lessons, rental equipment, and tickets for your friends and family. What are you waiting for? Get up to Cannon Mountain and take advantage of these deals!
As a campus community, we have faced some tough challenges, yet we have also been fortunate to have had many moments of glory:
- The MBA program’s Small Business Institute® received local and national honors
- Faculty members were awarded numerous research grants
- Faculty initiated international exchange programs
- The Two Pillsbury Street location in Concord has experienced tremendous growth
- PSU’s football team won the Eastern College Athletic Conference title
I am currently serving on the Student Senate Finance Committee, the Conference, Event, and Activity (CEA) Funding Committee, and the Credit Systems Taskforce, which is examining whether a change to the PSU credit system would be beneficial. One of the reasons I joined the Credit Systems Taskforce was to be a voice for graduate students and to understand if and how we would be affected by any changes. I will keep you posted on developments as they arise.
I look forward to representing the graduate student population for the remainder of this academic year. As your representative, I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or in the HUB Student Senate office. If you would like to set up an appointment to discuss any issues or concerns, feel free to e-mail me at any time. Good luck to you in your academic pursuits.
Derek J. Birch
PSU Student Senate