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.  

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