June 15, 2011

New website for graduate students

Posted in Uncategorized at 5:28 am by MNSU GSEA

Since some of you are fans of Prof Hacker, you may want to note that a similar site for graduate students has been launched by several Michigan State University grad students. Check out Grad Hacker.


May 3, 2011

Book Sale = Success!!

Posted in GSEA Events at 3:01 pm by hdayers

Much thanks to everyone who helped make this semester’s fundraiser a huge success! From those who donated books, and those who harassed their friends and relations for book donations, to setting up, taking down, sorting, pricing, more sorting, etc… We couldn’t have done it without you! Funds raised will help GSEA continue to support English graduate students at MSU through professional development opportunities and social activities. We raised over $500!

March 2, 2011

GRC Reminder

Posted in Conferences at 9:14 pm by hdayers

Anyone who’s planning on presenting at the MSU Graduate Research Conference, don’t forget that applications are due this Friday, March 4! The conference is April 11-12 (easy to remember – my birthday’s the 14th). This is a fantastic opportunity to add a conference presentation to your CV, as well as gain valuable experience if you plan on presenting at other conferences in the future. Applications and additional information are available at http://grad.mnsu.edu/research/grc/

February 17, 2011

Technology making life easier, again

Posted in Links or Tools, Uncategorized, Useful Websites at 4:43 pm by MNSU GSEA

Heya Folks,
Fast Company has released an amazing app for smart phone users. Once you’ve downloaded the app, you simply snap a photo of any book’s bar code and the app emails you the citation in whatever format you need (MLA, APA, etc). More details and the way to download the app can be found here

My question for you: Do you turn your students on to stuff like this? Or do you let them sort out their own technological short cuts? At this point, I’ve got my students using google chat/apps and dropbox, but I normally don’t clue them in to new technologies such as citation tools. But maybe I should? What are your thoughts?


February 16, 2011

GSEA sponsored panel for undergraduates

Posted in GSEA Events at 9:17 pm by MNSU GSEA

Grad Student Q&A for Undergrads
English Fields of Study Bios

The English marketing department has decided to try and recruit some new English majors, so we’ll be hosting an event or two this spring to help them. The first event will be held on Wednesday, February 23rd at 1pm in Armstrong 208 during our coffee hour. There will be five panelists representing each of the five tracks, and then any other graduate students are welcome to join in during the Q&A portion of the event. The more English majors we have, the better, so let us know if you have any good ideas for future events!

February 2, 2011

GSEA Meeting Notes 2/2/2011

Posted in Uncategorized at 8:46 pm by MNSU GSEA

GSEA Meeting Notes 2/2/2010

Attendees: Dana, Stacey, Lisa, Heather, Paul D., Seth W., Sara Johnson, Joe, Paula, Jessica

Start Time: 1:45pm

Orders of Business

1. Committee Development
a. English Committee Marketing Development

2. GSEA Elections
a. Chris McCarthy = President
b. Jessica Selleck = Vice President
c. Seth W. = Treasurer
d. Joe = Secretary
e. Jonathan = IT Person
f. Everyone all in favor of elections
i. Everyone needs to attend coffee hour and meet with current

3. Orientation for graduate students in the Fall
a. Brainstorm with new MFA and MA students
i. What is a committee? What is a chairperson?
b. Panel for inquiry
i. Speak with John about orientating new grad students
1. When should we do it? What will we cover?

4. Mock Panel
a. John Banschbach and Heather camp
b. People need to come to the panel
i. Joe, Sarah Johnson, Chris?,

5. Book Sale
a. Main hallway of CSU – mid April (Dana will speak with Chris about setting it up)

6. Graduation Application
a. February 18th – must be signed so do ASAP

7. Treats for next meeting
a. Joe

Meeting adjourned: 1:56

January 21, 2011

1/19 Meeting Notes

Posted in Uncategorized at 8:26 pm by MNSU GSEA

GSEA Meeting Notes

Date: January 19, 2011 (1:00-1:30ish)

Attendees: Lisa, Stacey, Paula, Sam, Heather, Connor, Sarah J., Seth, Jillian, Dana, Paul, Candice

1) Elections for GSEA officers are approaching – Dana handed out position descriptions and discussed the following:
– We are here to serve the student body
– The GSEA is designed to be of service to the English department
– We are a point of contact for other grad students

2) Mock Conference
– A mock conference will be held on Wednesday, March 16th at 2:00pm (directly following the weekly coffee hour).
– If you are interested in presenting at MSU’s GRC conference in April 11th -12th, the mock presentation will give you opportunity to practice and receive feedback.
– We hope to ask Dr. Banschbach, Dr. Bunkers, and Dr. Camp to sit in on the presentations and provide feedback.
– Dana will send out emails

January 20, 2011

Upcoming Elections

Posted in GSEA Business, GSEA Events at 7:32 pm by MNSU GSEA

Hello Folks!
The GSEA is happy to announce that we will be holding elections on Feb 2 during our Coffee Hour from 1-2p in AH208. The positions that are up for election are: President, Co-President, Secretary, Treasurer and IT Administrator. The term of office for each position is May 2011-May 2012.

Once elected, the new officers will spend the last few months of this semester shadowing the person who currently hold the position in order to learn the ins-and-outs of their job.

Here is a link to a google doc that describes the GSEA and the officer positions that are up for election.

Do not hesitate to email any of the officers with any questions about their positions or the GSEA in general.

All the best to you!

Dana and Stacey

January 12, 2011

Coffee Time

Posted in Uncategorized at 3:27 am by hdayers

GSEA’s weekly coffee hour returns tomorrow!



Be there.

(There will be coffee. There may be cookies. Ok, there will be cookies.)

GSEA Meeting Notes November 17, 2010

Posted in GSEA Business, GSEA Events at 3:20 am by hdayers

GSEA Meeting: November 17, 2010

Meeting Notes Recorded By: Heather Ayers (Treasurer)

Officers Present: Dana Bruhn, Stacey Amo, Heather Ayers, Lisa Lamor.


  • Next semester, coffee hour will be Wednesdays at 1:00 and will last approximately one hour. Business meetings will be held the last half hour of every other week.

Update: Arrangements were made with Kate Voight. Room AH208 is reserved from 12-2:50 each Wednesday.

  • End of semester party will be held at the WowZone Sunday, December 6th at 7pm. Paul Dobratz is making the arrangements.
  • No coffee hour the week of Thanksgiving (November 24th)
  • Lisa Lamor is “mapping the drive”.

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