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GRAD ANNOUNCE, November 2015

Nov 17 2015


Monthly email brought to you by the Graduate Life Office of Stanford Student Affairs, Vice Provost for Graduate Education, Graduate Student Council & Graduate Student Programming Board. 


  1. Financial literacy workshops:  Mind Over Money
  2. Help resource for graduate students:  Ombuds Office.
  3. NEW course evaluation for CAs/TAs



  1. Management Matters   NEW!
  2. 12@12 / 12@6      NEW!
  3. Procrastination: A Workshop for Grad Students   NEW!
  4. How to Feel as Bright and Capable as They Think You Are
  5. Connecting with Leaders
  6. Quick Bytes / Breakfast Bytes
  7. Academic Chats
  8. Leadership Dinners
  9. Mind Over Money Financial Literacy Workshops   NEW!
  10. New Course Evaluations
  11. Hume Center for Writing and Speaking Resources For Graduate Students



  1. GSC Thanksgiving Dinner



  1. Brunch Bunch #7: Straw, Nov. 8
  2. Grad Trivia Night, Nov. 19
  3. Movie night: Spectre (James Bond), Nov. 19.
  4. Lottery Lunch at the Falafel Drive-In



1.  Mind over Money financial literacy workshops:  

  • 11:30am-12:30pm daily, Nov 11-17, at the Fire Truck House
  • Presentations made by Stanford student and alumni

Lunch will be served to the first 50 attendees! $100 in prizes will be awarded each day!

  • Nov 11 – Budgeting, Lucia Melgarejo Salvatierra, Class of 2015
  • Nov 12 - Graduate Student Finances, DeRonnie Pitts, BA ’00, MBA ’07;
  • Nov 13 - Credit and Banking, Shiyan Koh, BA, BS ’05
  • Nov 16 – Saving, Chris Andrews, BA ’04
  • Nov 17 – Loans, presenter TBD

RSVPs encouraged; walk ins welcome!

RSVP here:

Sponsored by Higher One and Stanford Federal Credit Union


2.  Helpful resource:  Stanford Ombuds Office.

 The services of the Stanford University Ombuds Office are available to all faculty, staff, post-docs, and students. The Ombuds Office was created in 1969 with the following mission:

“The Ombuds’ task is to protect the interests and rights of the members of the Stanford community from injustices or abuses of discretion, from gross inefficiency, from unnecessary delay and complication in the administration of university rules and regulations, and from inconsistency, unfairness, unresponsiveness and prejudice in the individual’s experience of university activities.”

The Ombuds works in a confidential, neutral and informal way to promote fair and just resolution of disputes and complaints arising within the Stanford community. The Ombuds sits apart from the usual administrative and decision-making structures of the university and is authorized to talk to all persons at the university in order to resolve problems. The Ombuds can coach and advise, offer options, educate about relevant policies, refer to useful resources within the community, make inquiries into situations, and facilitate difficult conversations.


3.  New Course Evaluations for TAs

This quarter, all teaching assistants (TAs) and course assistants (CAs) can be evaluated with the new end-quarter course evaluation system, even if they do not lead sections. The TA/CA evaluation is designed to elicit meaningful feedback on their teaching, which is important for their professional and career development. They also have the option to add questions of their own. Learn more at:



1.  Management Matters

Learn and practice skills to manage people – up, down, and across – that will help you in grad school and beyond.  Three Tuesdays: Jan. 26, Feb. 9 and 23, 4:30-7 PM. Space is limited. Application deadline: Fri., Jan. 8.


2.  12@12 / 12@6

Join a diverse group of grad students for interdisciplinary discussions over Winter and Spring quarters; choose a “classic” open-topic group or join a thematic group hosted by the McCoy Family Center for Ethics and Society or the Haas Center   for Public Service.


3.  Procrastination: A Workshop for Grad Students

Learn why we procrastinate and effective ways to restructure your life and schedule to minimize procrastination and increase motivation in this Grad Skills Workshop, offered by the Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning. Tues., Nov. 10, 4-5 PM. Register in advance.


4.  How to Feel as Bright and Capable as They Think You Are

Do you think that the success you’ve achieved is a fluke, luck, or good timing? You’re not the only one with these erroneous thoughts. Learn how to combat the impostor syndrome and increase your confidence at this lecture and workshop. Wed., Nov. 11, 4:30-6 PM. Register now.


5.  Connecting with Leaders: Knowledge, Wisdom, and Community Building

VPGE and the Distinguished Careers Institute have partnered to host a panel of distinguished leaders to discuss their thoughts on work-life balance, careers, and leadership. Tues., Nov. 17, 4:30-6:30 PM. Application deadline: Thurs., Nov. 12.


6.  Quick Bytes / Breakfast Bytes

Learn about campus resources and gain skills to succeed in grad school at these interactive workshops. Mentoring you and to Stanford Alumni Mentors: Thurs., Nov. 12, 12-1:15 PM; Setting Expectations and Communicating Effectively with your Advisor: Tues., Nov. 17, 12-1:15 PM. Winter workshops coming soon! Register in advance. Lunch provided.


7.  Academic Chats

Academic Chats are back! Explore faculty careers at these small group discussions. How to Explore Different Types of Academic Institutions to Find the Best Fit for You: Tues., Dec. 1. All sessions at 12 -1:15 PM. Register in advance. Lunch provided.


8.  Leadership Dinners

Discuss leadership and life paths with an inspiring leader in a small group setting over dinner at the Faculty Club. Wed., Jan. 20: Shane Kim, Board of Directors of GameStop. See other Winter and Spring dinners. All dinners 5-8 PM. Sign up early; space is limited.


9.  Mind Over Money Financial Literacy Workshops

Student Financial Services is offering workshops on personal finance, presented by students and alumni, Nov. 11-17: Graduate Student Finances: Thurs., Nov. 12, 11:30-12:30. RSVP in advance.


10.  New Course Evaluations for TAs and CAs

All teaching assistants (TAs) and course assistants (CAs) can now be evaluated with the new end-term course evaluations, even if they do not lead sections. Read more about how to customize your evaluations before the end of the quarter.


11.  Hume Center for Writing and Speaking Resources For Graduate Students


Individual Consultations

Working on a job letter or conference presentation?  Have a big interview coming up?  Stuck on a dissertation chapter?  Get FREE writing and speaking support at the Hume Center!

  • Tutoring Hours: Sun., 1-10 PM; Mon.-Wed. 10 AM – 10 PM; Thurs. 10 AM-8 PM; Fri. 10 AM-4 PM.


Dissertation Boot Camp

Boot Camp offers graduate students a focused two-week opportunity to make serious progress on your dissertation or other writing project.

  • Session 2: Nov. 9 –20, 7 AM – 10 AM
  • Registration begins Oct. 26, 10 AM in person in Hume


Writing and Oral Communication Workshops

Workshops provide graduate students from all disciplines with general strategies, as well as support for specific writing and speaking tasks, like research statements, journal articles, multimedia presentations, and more.

Our Autumn workshop series has concluded.  Check our website next month for Winter quarter workshops:

Oral Communication workshops are also organized for individual departments and programs. Contact


Oral Communication Courses



1.  GSC Thanksgiving Dinner! 

Save the date for this annual graduate student tradition on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 26.

The (free) dinner is generously funded by the Office of the Provost and logistically organized by the Graduate Student Council. There will be multiple seating times throughout the day and guests are welcome - look out for further information to come soon on the Graduate Student Council website and on our Facebook page. Send any questions to Gabby Badica and



1. Brunch Bunch #7: Straw SF

The next installment of the Brunch bunch is taking the show on the road. At 10:30 AM on Sunday, November 8th we will be taking 10 people to Straw ( in San Francisco with their signature "fried chicken and waffles monte cristo sandwich." While this Brunch Bunch is probably of interest to grad students who live in the SF area, anyone can enter the lottery to be chosen to attend. Participants will need to provide their own transportation, but we will help coordinate rides for those leaving from campus. As usual, theGSPB will cover $15/person towards food. Feel free to spend more, but remember you'll need to provide cash for anything over $15. To be eligible, fill out the survey below by 5 PM on Tuesday, November 3rd.  Winners will be contacted that night and have until noon on Friday, November 6th to confirm their spot.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Zach (


2. Grad Trivia Night

  • When: Thursday, November 19 from 8pm to 10pm
  • Where: The Havana Room in the Graduate Community Center

Grad Trivia Night is monthly! Seven rounds of questions, including a music round, with prizes for the winner of each round. Team registration starts at 7:30pm, and questions start promptly at 8pm. Come early to get a drink on us! There were will a food special as well, usually $5 nachos and $5 burgers. Proof of age is required for alcohol.


3. Movie night: Spectre (James Bond)

Join GSPB to watch the new James Bond film “Spectre" at the Cinemark 16 theater in Mountain View. We will get dinner beforehand at the world-famous In-n-Out. We will meet at the GCC to carpool to the event. Please sign up by Monday, November 16; lottery winners will be notified by email, and drivers may be given preference. We will try to attend an evening show between 8pm and 10pm, but the exact time will not be determined until the movie schedules are released.


4. Lottery Lunch at the Falafel Drive-In

  • Where: Falafel Drive-In (2301 Stevens Creek Boulevard, San Jose, CA 95128)
  • When: Sunday, Nov. 22nd at 1 PM

Join the GSPB for a trip to the Falafel Drive-In in San Jose on Sunday, Nov. 22nd.  This place is a combination of a classic American restaurant featuring a favorite Middle Eastern dish.  Their signature food item is a Falafel Sandwich and a banana shake (just check out their menu).  The place was also featured in an episode of Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.  We will be taking 20 graduate students and paying $15/person towards food and drink.  We will leave campus around 1230 to try and get to the restaurant around 1 PM.   To be eligible, enter the lottery by 5 PM on Tuesday, Nov. 17th using the link below:

Winners will be notified that night and have until 5 PM on Thursday, Nov. 19th to confirm their spots.  Since this place is a drive-in and located about 25 min away, those who enter the lottery and volunteer to drive may be given preference.  

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Zach ( or Cecilia (