Proposed Fiscal Year 2014 GPSO Budget

FY2014 Summary (PDF)

Fiscal Year 2013 GPSO Budget

Staff Total                                             $58,742.00
Academic Support Total                  $28,250.00
Community-Building Total              $7,000.00
Diversity Advocacy Total                       $250.00
Executive Discretionary Total         $2,000.00
Staff Resources Total                          $1,220.00

Total                                                  $97,462.00

2011-2012 GPSO Staff Report

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GPSO Fall 2011 General Report
LaNita Campbell, President

Fall 2011 semester goals

  • Goal: Make GPSO more sustainable.
    Accomplishments: Made a concerted effort to document important information regarding budgets, resolutions, and daily dealing of the organization. Budgeted and distributed appropriate moneys for research, conference, and travel grants.
  • Goal: Increase funding opportunities for graduate students.
    Accomplishments: Budgeted and distributed appropriate moneys for research, conference, and travel grants. Promoted other campus-wide funding opportunities to graduate students.
  • Goal: Promote graduate community coalition and address issues that are relevant to student well-being.
    Accomplishments: Proposed resolutions and pilot programs on campus safety. Developed better working relationships with the IUSA president and other IUSA branches.
  • Goal: Provide an ongoing mechanism for review and work on graduate student health care.
    Accomplishments: Identified a core group of graduate students that will work closely with the Benefits officer to create proposals to present to IU administration and Health Center Committee members.
  • Goal: Increase representation and communication among assembly members
    Accomplishments: Created an approachable and productive environment for Assembly members and students from the larger graduate student community to voice concerns.
  • Goal: Transparency in procedural steps and shared knowledge/information
    Accomplishments: Held representatives that serve on committees accountable for relaying information to GPSO Assembly members and graduate student at large. Shared voting, election, and hiring processes with Assembly members.

Additional work

  • With input from other officers, I have attempted to professionalize Assembly meetings while also making them more accessible.
  • We currently have only three unfilled committees of approximately 26 internal and campus-wide council/committees.
  • I began communication and created working relationships with other graduate organization presidents from IUPUI and MSU.
  • I am working with the IU Student Association (IUSA) to include more graduate and professional student issues and voices as they begin to work on the VOICE REPORT.
  • I am currently working with Stefan Fletcher (MSU) to create a pilot program that allows graduate organizations across the CIC to communicate more often and easier in order to share resources and knowledge.

Operations Coordinator Report
Jennylynn Vidas 

Fall 2011 semester goals

  • Offer a variety of events to reach the diverse graduate and professional student population at IUB
  • Attempt to keep costs under budget while increasing attendance (don’t overspend for events that won’t reach many people)
  • Partner with other departments/schools on campus as well as organizations/businesses in the community

Events summary

  • Orientation week events
    • Get Oriented @ IU Info Fair
      August 25th, 2011
      Attendance: 200
    • Health Insurance Q&A
      August 26th, 2011
      Attendance: 30
    • FARM Root Cellar social hour
      August 26th, 2011
      Attendance: 200
    • New Grad Student Picnic
      August 28th, 2011
      Attendance: 100
  • Social networking hours (Budget = $250 or less per event)
    • FARM Root Cellar
      July 22nd, 2011 (Attendance: 90)
      October 7th, 2011 (Attendance: 80)
      December 2nd, 2011 (Attendance: 100)
    • Nick’s English Pub
      September 9th, 2011
      Attendance: 75
    •  Yogi’s Grill & Bar
      November 4th, 2011
      Attendance: 75
  • Academic events (Budget = $100 or less per event; often no cost)
    • Library workshops
      October 28th, 2011 (Attendance: 7)
      November 11th, 2011 (Attendance: 11)
    • Kinsey Institute tour
      November 9th, 2011
      Attendance: 9
  • Family-friendly events (Budget = $50-250 per event)
    • WonderLab
      August 13th, 2011
      Attendance: 25
    • IMU Back Alley Bowling
      September 23rd, 2011
      Attendance: 80
  • Special events (Budget = $250 or less per event)
    • Oliver Winery tour
      October 2nd, 2011
      Attendance: 30
    • Bloomington Playwrights Project event: BOMB | SHELL
      October 13th, 2011
      Attendance: 45
    • GPSO Night at the Opera
      November 18th, 2011
      Attendance: 40

Spring 2012 semester goals

  • Continue to explore new and exciting event possibilities (venues, activities, workshop topics).
  • Increase partnerships for events within the University community.
  • Increase programming of relevant and innovative academic and professional development events.

Communications Coordinator Report
Anna Saraceno

Fall 2011 semester goals

  • Goal: Make new graduate students aware of GPSO’s mission, activities, and resources.
    Scheduled presentations by GPSO Executive Committee members at 27 graduate department orientation sessions, reaching over 1500 graduate students. Distributed GPSO brochures, fall calendars, and health insurance information.
  • Goal: Improve GPSO’s online presence.
    Revamped and started regularly using GPSO Facebook group and Twitter feed to disseminate news, resources, opportunities, and event information to IU graduate students in venues they regularly use. Updated a large amount of content on GPSO website. Started initial planning for complete website redesign.
  • Goal: Encourage participation in graduate student opportunities and events. 
    Distributed weekly e-newsletter to over 1400 IU graduate students with news, opportunities, and events from the IU and Bloomington communities. Solicited volunteers for research panels presented by the Office of Research Ethics, Education, and Policy. Assisted in communications and recruitment to fill graduate student positions on various campus committees. Established and facilitated planning committee to bring PHD Comics film to the IU Cinema, which was requested by many IU graduate students. Created and distributed Fall 2011 Graduate Student Survey.
  • Goal: Increase transparency of GPSO practices, processes, and actions.
    Accomplishments: Formed Graduate Student of the Month Committee to develop official criteria and process for choosing award recipients. Added GPSO Assembly agendas to website, available a week before each meeting. Created press release to announce Fall 2011 Travel Award recipients, including information about money allocation and selection processes.


  • Work with GPSO Executive Committee to analyze Fall 2011 Graduate Student Survey responses and formulate recommendations and plans for improving GPSO practices, advocacy, and events.
  • Collaborate with staff from the University Graduate School to redesign GPSO website and roll out a graduate student and alumni group on the Spirit of IU site.
  • Distribute Graduate Student of the Month judging criteria and solicit nominations from faculty in diverse graduate departments and programs.