Graduate Students Get Involved!
Jenn, could you talk about your role at Plymouth State and your involvement with the graduate programs?
For the past 10 years, I have worked in higher education. Prior to coming to Plymouth State, I was in admissions at Stephens College. Here at Plymouth, I began in the Student Activities Office (housed in the Hartman Union Building) as a graduate assistant, providing general advisement to student groups as well as serving as the co-advisor for Student Senate and Greek Life. Following my graduate assistantship, I was hired as the assistant director for student activities: student government.
Currently, I am nearing the completion of my course work in the MEd in Mental Health Counseling program and plan on beginning my internship this December.
What kinds of activities or services are available to graduate students through the HUB and Student Activities?
All graduate students are eligible for the following while they are enrolled in classes:
- Ski Package – all students have the opportunity to vote on packages submitted by local mountains. The student body chooses one option and, provided students are enrolled in a class during the ski season, they can take advantage of significantly discounted lift tickets, lessons, and rentals.
- Recreation Programs – the fitness facilities in the HUB, including the cardio theatre, the weight room, personal training sessions, and Group Exercise (Group X) classes offered throughout the year are open to graduate students.
- Silver Center for the Arts – with a valid student ID card, graduate students are eligible for discounted tickets to events.
- Discounted or free on-campus movies – scheduled by PACE, movies are offered throughout the year.
Are graduate students eligible to participate in student organizations?
Graduate students are eligible to participate in ANY recognized student organization on campus. We currently have more than 80 groups to choose from, including Student Senate. Some groups are associated with particular academic majors, such as the Early Childhood group. There are also several social groups that are open to all who wish to join, such as Ending Genocide Around the World (EGAW) and ALSO, a GLBTQ support and social community. Finally, there are a variety of club sports ranging from gymnastics to rugby, and a Snowboarding Club.
The Student Senate is an active legislative body that oversees the recognition process of all student organizations, the annual student organization allocation process, the ratification of the annual ski package vote, voter registration events, the Presidential Election Series held during the Presidential Primaries, and appoints student representatives to faculty and staff committees.
Currently, the Student Senate is seeking a graduate student representative to serve as a student senator and represent graduate students’ interests. This position requires a time commitment of approximately five hours per week. Responsibilities include attendance at the weekly Sunday night Senate meeting, one office hour per week, and participation on one of the following senate internal committees: Finance Committee, Judicial Committee, Student Life Committee, or Communications Committee.
We understand that a Graduate Student Organization (GSO) was proposed and approved in 2004, but is now defunct. How could students revive the GSO? Who should they contact?
Anyone wishing to revive the GSO should contact me so we can setup a brief meeting to discuss the process. My office is located in HUB in the Student Activities Office and I can be reached at (603) 535-3014 or firstname.lastname@example.org.