WSIL Media Coverage on Student Healthcare – March 19, 2015
The SIU Student Health Initiative (SHI) is a public education and policy initiative dedicated to implementing the recommendations of the Student Insurance Task Force and to bringing the student insurance plan into full compliance with the Affordable Care Act of 2010. The SHI is organized by the students of Southern Illinois Carbondale — undergraduate and graduate, traditional and non-traditional, on-campus and commuter. Sign the SHI petition and check us out on Facebook!
During the fall of 2014, both the Undergraduate Student Government (USG) and Graduate and Professional Student Council (GPSC) passed resolutions calling on the Board of Trustees to bring ACA compliant healthcare to the students of SIU. These resolutions can be found here: USG Resolution & GPSC Resolution.
In the spring of 2015, additional resolutions have been passed by both the USG and GPSC calling on the Board of Trustees to approve the recommendation of the Student Health Insurance Taskforce. These resolutions can be found here: USG Resolution & GPSC Resolution.
Read a USG-GPSC Joint Letter to the Board of Trustees from July 22, 2014.
Check out these resources:
(1) SHI Position Statement
(2) SHI Benefit Comparison
(3) SHI Fact Sheet
(4) SHI Stories from Students
- University Housing Fee Increase – approved – 16 yeas, 0 nays, 1 abstention
- Facilities Maintenance Fee Increase – approved – 15 yeas, 1 nays, 1 abstention
- Health Insurance Fee Increase – approved – 17 yeas, 0 nays, 0 abstentions
To find more details about these fee increases and the vote, please see the February 24, 2015 meeting minutes by clicking here.
The members and leadership of the Graduate and Professional Student Council would like to send their most sincere condolences to the family and friends of Interim Chancellor Paul Sarvela.
Dr. Sarvela was a great role model for SIU’s student leaders. He was thoughtful and considerate of the issues affecting graduate education and open-minded when listening to student ideas and concerns. In meetings Dr. Sarvela often listened more than he spoke, and asked questions to make sure he understood the issue at hand. He felt that students should come first and that their concerns should help guide decisions made by university administrators. Dr. Sarvela was friendly, had a great sense of humor and was often smiling; his positive attitude put people at ease. These are characteristics of a great leader and as student leaders we will continue to learn from his example.
In the months that Dr. Sarvela was Chancellor, he worked hard to affect positive change which will benefit students and the university for many years to come. On behalf of the Graduate and Professional Student Council, we would like to thank Dr. Sarvela for his 28 years of service to the students of Southern Illinois University Carbondale. His passion for the university and the wider Carbondale community will not be forgotten.
Remembrance for Dr Sarvela PDF
OFFICE HOURS HAVE BEEN CHANGED TO (BY APPOINTMENT ONLY) FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE SEMESTER DUE TO THE UPCOMING FINALS. GPSC WILL STILL BE PROCESSING TRAVEL AND EVENT FUNDING, AND IF YOU HAVE AN IMMEDIATE NEED FOR A FACE TO FACE CONVERSATION PLEASE EMAIL USS AT GPSC@SIU.EDU TO SET UP AN APPOINTMENT. [ONE DAY NOTICE FOR APPOINTMENTS WOULD BE APPRECIATED, HOWEVER WE UNDERSTAND THAT EMERGENCIES HAPPEN]
Next week GPSC will have a copy of the STUDENT TRUSTEE 2014 SPECIAL ELECTION RULES AND PROCEDURES packet for those who are interested.
August 18, 19, & 20 = Advertise Availability of Petitions
August 18 = Petitions Available for Student Trustee
August 25 = Petitions Due to the DOS Office at 12 noon
August 25 = MANDATORY Candidate Meeting, 5:00 p.m.
August 26 = Campaigning Begins
August 27 = Candidate Debate
September 1 = Labor Day/No Classes
September 3 & 4 = Elections
September 10 & 11 = September Board Meeting = Edwardsville
After a long election night, your new GPSC elected officers are:
Matt Ryg – President
Patrick Hunn – Vice President for Administrative Affairs
Amanda Barnard – Vice President for Graduate School Affairs
Graduate Council Representatives
There were a tremendous amount of quality applications turned in and the decisions were tough. We thank all who applied and we congratulate the following recipients.
Alessandra Araujo, David Burkart, Trent Cameron, Charleve Carey, Jake Crandal, Anushka Dikshit, Benjamin Dory, Aniruddha Ghosh, Emi Hayashi, Jennifer Hewerdine, Kevin Horn, Savannah Howe, Patrick Hunn, Emily Isgur, Jessica Jolly, Jyoti Kapali, Chintia Kirana, Lucas Kirschman, Tim Knudson, Brandon LaBumbard, Chuangjun Liu, Josiah Maine, George Manning, Jaci McDole, Carlos Medina, Mohammed Abdulridha Merzah, Ann Munch, Natalie Nash, Jenny Paul, Severin Presswood, Shivakumar Rajamanickam, Artur Rombenso, Kristin Rosche, Julie Smirl, Genna Stodden, Ashley Suiter, Kevin Taylor, Jillian Thompson, Michelle Wood,
and Meiling Zhang.
The Graduate and Professional Student Council solicits opinions from its constituency, discusses, and takes positions on such issues as graduate assistant-ships, fee increases, grievance procedures, campus safety and other matters of relevance to graduate students. The GPSC President and Executive Board communicate constituency concerns to the campus administration and the Board of Trustees. The Council also serves as a resource for graduate and professional students regarding various university services.
- The GPSC constituency consists of all part and full-time graduate and professional students who are enrolled in course work during the current semester.
- There are more than 5,500 graduate and professional students enrolled in approximately 85 academic programs are represented by the Graduate and Professional Student Council.