University of Vermont

Rubenstein Graduate Student Association Update

March 2013

Eliese Dykstra and Christine Peterson at the graduate student Holiday Party
Eliese Dykstra and Christine Peterson at the graduate student Holiday Party

The Rubenstein Graduate Student Association (RGSA) is very happy to announce that participation in social events and our undergraduate mentoring program continues to go very well! We had a great turnout at the Holiday Party in December (see photo), and we will be hosting a Graduation BBQ on May 10th to celebrate another year behind us (and a final year of graduate school for many!).

We would love to see more faculty and staff at the monthly post-RSENR Seminar socials (recently held at Das Bierhaus and the ONE Pepper Grill) – and there are still some left to come this semester! Our next stop will be The Daily Planet on Thursday, March 21st at 5:30pm. We will have one more this semester on April 18th(location TBA).

Also – start looking up some of your favorite pie recipes (or think of some new exciting ones… bacon-lattice apple pie, anyone?) for the second annual Com-PIE-tition to be held on Wednesday, April 3rd. In the same spirit of the Chili Cook-Off, this will be your chance to strut your culinary stuff for the RSENR community – and for a small donation, you will be able to taste and rank your favorites.

Com-PIE-tition announcement

Later this semester, the RGSA will host the annual All-Members Meeting and Dean’s Forum. This is a chance for our entire RSENR graduate student community to come together and discuss the life and times of being a grad student in RSENR, and how we can continue to improve that experience. While the exact date is yet to be determined, we will pick an evening in late March or early April to gather graduate students over food to discuss some talking point to share with our Dean, Jon Erickson. We will then have a conversation with Jon and generate a list of action items that the RGSA can work on in the future. In closing, we will solicit nominations for our RGSA Executive Committee (yes – it could be you!), and we will follow-up with e-voting afterwards to announce next year’s Executive Committee.

Mini Grants: The RGSA offered additional support for graduate students this semester by distributing 5 mini-grants to aid in costs related to conducting their research. The recipients from the spring of 2013 include:

Ben DeJong - PhD, Natural Resources/Geology
Allison Gulka - MS, Forest and Wildlife Science
Kim McRae - PhD, Natural Resources/Native Americans and the Environment; Ecological Restoration on Native American reservations/territories
Robin Orr - MS, Natural Resources, Forest Science
Kate Ostroot - MS, Environmental Thought & Culture

If you have any questions or suggestions for the RGSA executive committee – feel free to e-mail us at