The Graduate Student Association hosts several events during the academic year for graduate students and their families. Read below or visit ExperienceWMU for more information.
April 30 12 p.m.
Celebrate YOU! End of the Year Bash
Date: Saturday, April 30, 2022 Time: 12 - 4 p.m. Location: Gibbs House
Graduate students and their friends and families are invited to join the GSA for an end of the year celebration! We'll have freshly grilled burgers and veggie burgers from Off the Cuff catering, a bungee run, blow up jousting, bounce house and other fun activities for kids, live music, free t-shirts, raffle prizes and more!
April 16 1 p.m.
Escape Rooms, Laser Tag and Bowling at Airway Lanes!
Date: Saturday, April 16, 2022 Time: 1 - 4 p.m. Location: Airway Lanes, 5626 Portage Rd Portage
Blow off a little steam before finals with the GSA! We will be having a blast at Airway Lanes in Portage with free escape rooms, laser tag, bowling (shoes included!) and a pizza buffet. The event is open to graduate students and their families/friends, BroncoID or proof of spring schedule required. If you need transportation, meet in front of the Bernhard Center at 12:30, where we'll have passenger vans available on a first come, first serve basis. Can't wait to see you there!
April 5 4:30 p.m.
School/Life Balance Workshop
Date: Tuesday, April 5, 2022 Time: 4:30 - 6 p.m. Location: 212 Bernhard Center
Between grad school, family, work, or an assistantship, we know you've got a lot going on. Join us for a workshop focused on finding a way to balance all of your responsibilities--without losing your mind. You'll learn tips and tricks for prioritizing your wants and needs, how to create an emotional budget, and how to say no, so that you can say yes! Leave this workshop feeling refreshed, energized and ready to to take on whatever life throws at you. Presentation by Christin Colon, MSW
March 24 9 a.m.
Student Resource Panel
Date: Thursday, March 24, 2022 Time: 9 - 10:30 a.m. Location: Online via Webex
The GSA is proud to announce that they will be hosting the inaugural Student Resource Panel! The panel will focus on presenting resources and programs that are available to WMU students. The resources/programs that will be highlighted are: various housing programs and resources, childcare programs, mental health programs and resources, substance use programs and resources, social well-being programs and resources, food assistance, emergency relief funds, help with textbooks, and more! We will be hosting the following panelists:
- Matt Ray: Pathway Home Manager, Open Doors
- Shawna Henry, BSW: Program Manager, Housing Resources Incorporated
- Darren Fox, MA: Case Manager, WMU Office of the Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students
- A representative from the WMU Office of Health Promotion and Education
March 25 6 p.m.
Resume/CV and Interviewing Workshop (Virtual)
Date: Friday, March 25, 2022 Time: 6 - 7:30 p.m. Location: Online Via Webex
Let the experts at Career and Student Engagement Services get you ready to job hunt! This workshop will take you all the way through the job search process: writing a resume/CV that stands out, the best ways to find job postings, and how to give a great interview.
March 15 7 p.m.
Virtual Trivia Night
Date: Tuesday, March 15, 2022 Time: 7 - 8:15 p.m. Location: Online via Zoom
Come show off your trivia skills with the GSA! Hosted by JAM Virtual Events, this trivia night will test your knowledge of random facts through fun and friendly competition. Top 3 participants will win a $50 Visa gift card!
March 5 3 p.m.
GSA Day at the Movies: Uncharted
Date: Saturday, March 5, 2022 Time: 3 p.m. Location: Kalamazoo 10
Join the GSA for a FREE afternoon at the movies! We will be renting a theater just for graduate students to see the movie Uncharted. Popcorn and small drink included. WMU student ID or proof of spring course schedule required for entry. Can't wait to see you there!
February 25 1 p.m.
February 24 4 p.m.
School/Life Balance Workshop
Tips and Tricks for Balancing it All
Date: Thursday, February 24, 2022 Time: 4 - 6 p.m. Location: 212 Bernhard Center
Between grad school, family, work, or an assistantship, we know you've got a lot going on. Join us for a workshop focused on finding a way to balance all of your responsibilities − without losing your mind. Leave this workshop feeling refreshed, energized and ready to take on whatever life throws at you.
February 19 1 p.m.
Bowling at Revel & Roll
Date: Saturday, February 19, 2022 Time: 1 - 4 p.m. Location: Revel & Roll
Lace up your bowling shoes and knock down some pins with the GSA! We will be paying for lanes, shoes and drinks for graduate students and their families. WMU ID or proof of spring schedule required.
February 11 2 p.m.
3-Minute Thesis Competition
Date: Friday, February 11, 2022 Time: 2 p.m. Location: 205 Bernhard Center or Online via Webex
Come watch your fellow grad students compete to see who can best explain their research in 3 minutes or less! Free food and door prizes, including an iPad, Nintendo Switch, and gift cards for local businesses!
February 9 1 p.m.
Grad Student Literacy: From Reading to Research
Date: Wednesday, February 9, 2022 Time: 1 - 2 p.m. Location: 205 Bernhard Center
Reading, writing and research look different at the graduate level. Papers are longer and need to be structured differently, academic research needs to be read in a certain way, and you need a whole different set of study skills than you used in undergrad. In this workshop, you'll learn reading, writing and general study skills that will help you be successful in your graduate courses. Enjoy lunch on us and let Kim Ballard of the Writing Center teach you how to rock grad school!
February 1 1 p.m.
WMU Academic Culture: Expectations and Strategies
Date: Tuesday, February 1, 2022 Time: 1 - 2 p.m. Location: 112 E Walwood Hall
Graduate school comes with a whole different set of expectations than undergraduate studies. You need to know how to read academic research, structure longer academic papers, and effectively communicate and collaborate with professors and colleagues. Let Kim Ballard and the Writing Center staff help you get the hang of it! In this workshop, you'll learn about graduate-level study skills, tips for reading and writing at the graduate level, tools to utilize and tools to avoid, and more! Come enjoy lunch on us and learn how to successfully navigate your graduate school experience.