Thursday, February 05, 2015

Graduate Student Organization Meeting Agenda
February 4, 2015
12pm, BRB381
1.     All-Hill update
a.     Sakai is changing help desk hours from 8-10 to 9-5… Let GSO or help desk know if this is a problem
b.    The Wellness Center has ended its Thursday extended hours due to loss of human power. Also, there are no more same-day appointments until April or they get the staffing problem fixed, whichever comes first.
c.     Submissions for the Pulse - always taking what he can get AND you can put it on your CV as a publication!!

2.     Women in Science
a.     OMSI to host happy hour with Women in Science in May, possibly to include OMSI after dark events

3.     Administration is seeking feedback on the Portal. Lilli Klug has volunteered to be student rep, so send any thoughts or feedback to her:

4.     Vote: GSO-hosted student breakfast during research week        
a.     Amount: $200
b.    Monday, May 4th, 9am
c.     Students, keynote speakers, and core speakers invited
d.    Coffee and light breakfast
e.     Voting next month

5.     Student center updates
a.     They will be showing Blazer games
b.    Closed for President’s day

6.     Career Development  Center
a.     CV/Resume Workshops in March – Look for emails
b.    Upcoming class on data and info management

7.     Upcoming events         
a.     Coffee Break on February 19th at 2pm
b.    Bowling night to be in April
c.     Spring Pubnight in early March

8.     Next Meeting: March 4th

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Graduate Student Organization Meeting Minutes

Graduate Student Organization Meeting Minutes
January 7, 2015
12pm, BRB381
1.     All-Hill update   
a.     We are still not allowed to carry concealed weapons on campus (why this matters I have no idea, but it came up)
b.    They will be putting blue emergency lights in the Schnitz lot soon - is there anywhere up here students do not feel safe?
                                          i.    There are 4 officers on duty at the waterfront and they respond to things in order of importance
c.     If you want to post anything in CLSB, you need to get permission from the Operations office
d.    They will be installing Comcast or AppleTV soon in the student lounge down there....
2.     The Pulse (student newsletter) is accepting submissions, anything!
a.     Contact David Edwards
3.     WIS     
a.     WIS is having a happy hour
                                          i.    Wednesday, January 28 @ NW Lucky Lab from 530-8pm
b.    Sat Acad Class, the topic of which is synaptic plasticity,
                                          i.     if anyone is interested in getting involved, contact Kayly

4.     Research Week Update
a.     Reminder that Student Day May 4th
                                          i.    Will include a Core Resource Extravaganza! to answer all your questions about core facilities/resources, poster session, keynote speaker
                                         ii.    Subcommittee is planning events. Contact Kayly with any ideas for programming
b.    Career Networking night will be on Wednesday, hosted by SOMAA

5.     Library Update  Jackie Wirz
a.     librarians in the BICC are now doing office hours and you can find those hours on their website or via email
b.    Open Science Happy Hour: January 21st, 4-6pm in MRB310
                                          i.    Discussion about the sharing of data
                                         ii.    Will have “refreshments” (read: beer and wine)

6.     Career Development center update         Jackie Wirz
a.     Resource for you to figure out what you are going to do when you grow up
b.    Provides skills, resume review, etc.
c.     Contact Jackie Wirz (503) 201-3543 day or night!

7.     Student Health Insurance update            Rick Goranflo
a.     No change until 9/1/15
b.    Individual Student Health Care will be merged with PSU
                                          i.    No real change to individual coverage
                                         ii.    PIs will save money
                                        iii.    Dental is not offered by PSU, but OHSU will cover
                                        iv.    Dependents not covered by PSU plan
1.     It is not resolved how dependents will be covered.
                                         v.    Rick will have another update at next month’s meeting
8.     Student Center Update
a.     Showing Ducks game on Jan 12 with refreshments and food
b.    Art Opening Jan 22 night, wine and beer

9.     Student Neuroscience interest Group Roundtable: Music, job satisfaction
a.     January 23 @ 2pm in the student center

10.  Coffee Break on January 15th at 2pm    

11.  Pub Night on December 11th went swimmingly well despite the wind!       
a.     We had, what, 36 people come? We ran out of money early, so we might want to do pitchers next time to regulate #'s of drinks so that way late comers have a chance. We could also just increase the budget for it too, either way. Suki's was super helpful and I think next time let's do a pubquiz!
b.    GSO buys food and drink until the money runs out

12.  Next Meeting: Feb 4th

113.  5 GSO Travel Awards Awarded: $400 each
a.     Apply 1 month before term ends
b.    Email
                                          i.    Include letter/registration for conference
                                         ii.    Good to apply after conference
                                        iii.    Seniority and how many times you have applied are factors

                                        iv.    More awards if requesting less than $400

Friday, December 12, 2014

Graduate Student Organization Meeting Minutes: December 3, 2014

Graduate Student Organization Meeting Minutes
December 3, 2014
12pm, BRB381

1.    Travel Awards: Deadline extended to December 19th. APPLY FOR FREE MONEY!

2.    All-Hill update 
a.    Ski Trip: Jan 16-17(MLKJr. Wknd)
                                          i.    $65/ students, $85/guest
                                         ii.    Questions? Contact Andrew Sloan or Kayly Lembke
b.    Holiday Movie: ELF, December 4th @ 5:30
c.    Security at CLSB: armed, cell security if feeling insecure at night at CLSB
d.    Student center gym closed Dec 15-28
e.    Student Health now has extended hours on Thursday: 7am-9pm

3.    WIS
a.    Brown Bag on December 2nd with Owen McCarty
b.    Programming to start up again in January

4.    Research Week Update/ Teaser       
a.    “The Path Traveled” = theme for RW2015
                                          i.    Want to highlight new faculty
b.    Student Day is May 4th
                                          i.    If you are interested in helping with planning, contact GSO about being on a committee

5.    Volunteer Opportunities
a.    Science Fair Judging in the spring open to grad students
                                          i.    Go to or contact Tyler Risom for more information

6.    Student Blog: WE NEED BLOGGERS
a.    Contact Tia Linder for more information
b.    Also, Pulse is still accepting, contact David Edwards

7.    Coffee Break on December 18th at 2pm
a.    Requests: Pecan Pie, Hannukah Doughnuts, Fruit

8.    Pub Night on December 11th at Suki’s, 5-7pm
a.    GSO buys food and drink until the money runs out

9.    No word on the fate of health care
a.    Contact Rick Goranflo for more information

10.  Next Meeting: January 7th

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Graduate Student Organization Meeting Minutes
November 5, 2014
12pm, BRB381
1.    Summary of Fall BBQ            :  about 700 people, huge success!   
2.    Women In Science (WIS) Update
a.    Semi-annual mixer/happy hour cosponsored by Women in Academic Medicine Faculty.
                                          i.    Tuesday, Nov 11th from 5:30 to 8:00 pm at the Lucky Lab in SE Portland (915 SE Hawthorne).
                                         ii.    Funding Request: WIS “Mixer”/HH, $50 for appetizers -- APPROVED       
b.    Inter-institutional career development program with OHSU, Reed, L&C, PSU PhD students and post-docs
                                          i.    Talk to Kayly Lembke ( for more information
3.    Research in Progress Seminar Series (RIPSS) introduction by Abby Dotson
a.    RIPSS is an organization run by postdoctoral researchers that serves to enhance the postdoctoral experience at OHSU. We will provide space to receive constructive scientific feedback, and well as networking opportunities and career transition seminars. While this group is geared toward postdoctoral researchers, we encourage clinical fellows and senior graduate students to participate as we will cover a wide variety of topics relevant to all researchers. 
b.    9am on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month
c.    We have scheduled several great speakers for the fall semester (please view the attached list) and ask that people please click on the following link to sign up for presentations for the spring semester
d.    Contact Abby for more information:
4.    All-Hill Update
a.    OHSU student group Blazer night: Friday November 21, Blazers vs. Bulls
                                          i.    Students get discounted tickets
                                         ii.    Visit, password: OHSUNIGHT
b.    All-hill Ski Trip happening January 16-17 (MLK weekend)
                                          i.    $65/ students, $85/ guests
                                         ii.    Need a grad studies student contact person who is planning to go—Volunteers? Contact GSO if you are interested or willing.
                                        iii.    Jan 31: Habitat for Humanity Volunteer day
5.    Next GSO Pub Night tentatively scheduled for December 2nd at Suki’s. Keep an eye out for announcements. Free food and beer!!!         
6.    Open Science Open house/ round table sponsored by the library to discuss the impacts of open access science.
a.    Food and Beer/wine!
b.    New date still TBD. Watch for announcements.
7.    Student Center Update          
a.    Probably going to show a Blazer Game on Wednesday November 12th at 6pm food provided, alcohol for sale.  Watch for confirmation on the Student Portal and emails.
b.    Gymnasium is closed all day on Friday, November 14th for the SOD vendor Fair, reopens Saturday 15th at 9am.
c.    No IM’s the week of Thanksgiving (24th-27th)
d.    Reduced Student Center Hrs during the week of Thanksgiving:
                                          i.    Wednesday, November 26th 6am-9pm (close one hour early)
                                         ii.    Thursday, November 27th Closed
                                        iii.    Friday, November 28th 9am-5pm
                                       iv.    Saturday, November 29th 9am-5pm
8.     Student Health Insurance update from Rick Goranflo
a.    Changes to student health insurance possibly happening next year: OHSU to eliminate student health plan
                                          i.    Graduate students that normally have their health insurance paid for will still be covered by the university (med, etc.students that got reduced insurance rates will now be covered by cover Oregon instead).
                                         ii.    SOM is finding a replacement for insurance coverage for graduate students
1.    Maybe employee health plan, but don’t want that to be taxed like income…
                                        iii.    There will not be a gap in coverage.
                                       iv.    Student Health center will not change.
b.    Changes will be decided by December.
c.    Contact Rick Goranflo for more information:
9.    Professional Development Center update by Jackie Wirz
a.    “Learning Lunch” in late November about the difference btwn a CV and a Resume. 

Thursday, October 02, 2014

First GSO meeting of 2014-2015

1.    Welcome/Intro: We are here to represent and serve you, the student population at OHSU (everyone but med, dental and nursing)
a.    Your officers for 2014-2015
                                          i.    Kelly Chacon: President
                                         ii.    Kayly Lembke: Vice Pres
                                        iii.    Lilli Klug: Secretary
                                       iv.    Monique Smith: Treasurer
2.    Student Portal: your resource for upcoming events and news
a.    Check the portal at:
3.    Cloud storage now available for OHSU students:
a.    10GB of secure storage free for every student
4.    All Hill Events
a.    All Hill is putting on a Dodgeball tournament on Oct. 9 6pm-9pm.
                                          i.    Students interested in joining a team should contact Michael Veraz:
                                         ii.    Send a Team name, contact info, and a roster of 6-10 players (minimum 2-women per team) to
b.    OHSU student group Blazer night: Friday November 21, Blazers vs. Bulls
                                          i.    Students get discounted tickets
                                         ii.    Visit, password: OHSUNIGHT
c.    All-Hill Halloween Party: Friday, October 31
                                          i.    FREE FOOD AND BEER
                                         ii.    Costumes are encouraged
5.    Reoccurring GSO events:
a.    Coffee Breaks: Every 3rd Thursday at 2pm in the old Synapse
                                          i.    FREE COFFEE, TEA, and SNACKS!
b.    Pub nights: usually once a term: FREE FOOD and BEER
                                          i.    Upcoming Pub night on November 11 at Suki’s on Barbur
1.    Look for posters/ emails/ Portal about details
c.    BBQ  Friday, October 3
                                          i.    Call for volunteers: volunteers get a FREE GSO T shirt
                                         ii.    Invite your PI! It won’t be awkward at all…
                                        iii.    New this year: Giant Jenga, Corn Hole
                                       iv.    Same time and place as the information fair
1.    Over 70 resources for you as a OHSU student
2.    Get your flu shot
3.    Get your pint glass!
6.    Research Week: May 4-8. Energizing the Scientific community at OHSU
a.    Student day on Monday, May 4 to kick off the week
                                          i.    Alumni career networking night hosted by SOM Alumni Association to happen again this year
                                         ii.    Welcoming ideas for sessions to include for student day, besides poster session, talks, panels
7.    Women in Science:
a.    Brown Bag Session discussing Institutional Leadership with Jeanette Mladenovic  and Mary Stenzel-Poore on Wednesday, October 15th from 12-1 pm in MRB 634 
b.    November 11: WIS-WAM Happy Hour at the Lucky Lab on Hawthorne
8.    March Wellness Update
a.    New policy about keeping things in day-use lockers all day
                                          i.    If there are problems with students that bike-commute, let the GSO know. We can fight for you.
b.    New class: High Intensity Interval Training Class on Tuesdays at 5PM
9.    Topics from last year: Goals for 2014-2015
a.    have council (all-hill, grad affairs steering) reps come to our meetings
b.    encourage representation from programs
c.    Need more outreach: 
                                          i.    Velo Cult wants to do more science pub events
1.    1st Thursday, 15min, low pressure, open to students
2.    Contact Monique Smith for more info
                                         ii.    On track OHSU: Talk with school kids about science and your path to grad school, info session next week
                                        iii.    NW Science Expo: every spring, help judge science fairs
1.    Contact Tyler Risom for more info
10.  Professional Development Center at OHSU
a.    Director: Jackie Wirz (
b.    Help students develop professional skills to get a job, including alternative careers
c.    Host events and workshops
d.    Consultations available, contact Jackie Wirz
11.  Jackie Wirz is also your Graduate Student Affairs Representative
a.    Come to her with ANY problems, she is your advocate!
12.  Option for students to purchase life and long-term disability insurance:
Potential rates are below (ballpark figures) and would not be covered by their mentor or the SOM. 
-        Life Insurance
o   $50,000 of life insurance
o   Additional $50,000 of accidental death & dismemberment benefit
o   Anticipated premium = $25 per year or  $2.08 per month
-        Long Term Disability insurance
o   Disability benefit of $1,500/month, regardless of current income level (GME may also qualify for $2,500 per month, if group is interested)
o   Includes student loan payoff benefit for loan up to $200,000
o   Cost of living benefit increases
o   Benefits payable for a “presumptive disability” for to exposure to HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis B or C
o   Convertible to an individual plan upon completion of OHSU program, regardless  of personal medical history
o   Anticipated premium = approximately $65 to $70 for a full year or $5 – 6 per month

The offers and premiums above are subject to underwriting department review of the GME student census, and are provided only as an example.  The rates are an estimate based on other OHSU program offerings.