News For and About Graduate Students
The Graduate Student Advisory Council Welcomes You to Fall 2012!
A Welcome From the GSAC Vice President
Welcome to the Texas Tech University Graduate School! My name is John R. Middleton, and I am a doctoral candidate in the College of Education and the Internal Vice-President of the Graduate Student Advisory Council (GSAC). If you are like I was when I first began my graduate career, you probably have many questions that need to be answered about your new environment. The purpose of the Graduate Student Advisory Council is to help answer those questions and to increase the welfare and well-being of graduate student life. Our mission is to enhance the condition of graduate student life through the work of the council itself, its commissions dedicated to specific issues of concern, and through the representation of graduate students to the university administration.
Our council is dedicated to you and ensuring that your experience and time as a Texas Tech University graduate student is enjoyable. We want to see positive changes at Texas Tech, and we need your help. I encourage all of you to be active with GSAC by joining any of the eight standing commissions that work to improve graduate student life. You do not have to be a GSAC representative to do this, and we encourage all graduate students to participate. Throughout the year, you will be invited to many GSAC-sponsored events which focus primarily on graduate students and these are great opportunities to meet other graduate students as well as professors and administration. We want to increase opportunities for you, but we cannot do it without you. The graduate student body has a voice in GSAC, and we must work to ensure that we are heard.
If you have any questions, concerns, or issues that need to be answered, do not hesitate to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or any GSAC member. We all look forward to a productive and enjoyable year! Wreck Em’ Tech!!!
You can find the GSAC website at http://www.depts.ttu.edu/gsac/
John Middleton is a doctoral candidate in the College of Education and the Internal Vice President of the Graduate Student Advisory Council. His duties as Internal Vice-President are to maintain and uphold the goals of Texas Tech University within the internal operations of the Graduate Student Advisory Council; this includes budgeting, financial allocations, and maintaining a clear line of communication with the University administration, and the Student Government Association concerning the needs of graduate students.
Recent Graduate Wins Award
Danielle Winchester received a Ph.D. in Personal Financial Planning from Texas Tech University in the spring of 2011. Her dissertation entitled, "Three Essays on the Impact of Financial Advice," explores the impact and value of financial advice on the financial decision making and behaviors of individuals.
Dr. Winchester is currently an Assistant Professor of Finance in the School of Business and Economics at North Carolina A&T State University. In addition to teaching traditional finance courses, she also teaches courses in personal finance and has aspirations of starting a personal financial planning concentration within the finance department. Her primary research area is behavioral finance, more expressly the financial decision making of individuals and households, financial literacy, and the financial advisor-client relationship.
The Robert O. Herrmann Ph.D. Dissertation Award was established to identify and recognize outstanding graduate student research which addresses issues relevant to the well-being of consumers and meets the research guidelines of the Journal of Consumer Affairs. The research may focus on consumer policy, consumer economics, consumer behavior and/or consumer education, may be theoretical, empirical, philosophical and/or historical in perspective, and must have clear implications for government, households and/or business. The research must clearly focus on consumer well-being.
||Drs. Sandra Huston and Danielle Winchester at ACCI Awards Presentation, April 2011 in Memphis, TN.
Call for Abstracts: Second Arts and Humanities Graduate Research Conference
2nd Annual Arts and Humanities Graduate Research Conference Preliminary Call for Abstracts:
The Texas Tech University Graduate School is pleased to announce the second annual Arts and Humanities Graduate Research Conference, which will feature paper presentations by TTU graduate students. This conference, highlighting the research of graduate students working in the arts and humanities will be held October 25-27, 2012.
Fields primarily defined as Arts and Humanities include (but are not limited to):
· Communication Studies
· Mass Communications
· Foreign Language
· Political Science
Complementary work in the fields of Human Sciences, Design, Architecture, Anthropology, Sociology, Education, Psychology, or work from other fields that is cross-disciplinary with Liberal Arts is also welcome.
Abstracts may be submitted online up until September 14th.
LIMIT ONE ABSTRACT SUBMISSION PER STUDENT (all submissions subsequent to an initial submission by the same student will be disqualified).
If you have questions please contact: email@example.com.
For more information about abstract submission, see: http://www.depts.ttu.edu/gradschool/news/CallForPapers.php.
Highlight on the Humanities
In honor of our upcoming Second Arts and Humanities Graduate Research Conference, we'd like to highlight just a few of the most recent accomplishments of some of our very many, very talented and very hardworking humanities graduate students.
Rebecca Howell, a creative writing Ph.D. student, has won the Colorado State University Poetry Center's First Book Prize for her poetry collection Render, which will be out in February 2013.
Literature Ph.D. student Maria O'Connell has had a poem translation, "Zapato/Shoe," accepted for publication in Open to Interpretation: Intimate Landscapes, which will be published in November 2012. This was a collaboration with Dr. Mario Beruvides.
Recent M.A. graduate Louis Maraj published an article, "A New Transcription of Surrey's 'Love that doth raine," in Notes and Queries, due to appear in December 2012.
Congratulations to you all!
The Graduate School created this newsletter in Fall 2011 specifically for graduate students and faculty. We want each of you to feel free to send news items for consideration, and we want to create a publication that is informative, interesting, and personal for each of you. Please send item suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org. Our winter newsletter deadline is October 1, 2012.
The Office of Graduate and International Admissions is pleased to report that the Fall 2012 application cycle ended with more than 5,150 applications, resulting in more than 2,200 admitted students. We would like to extend our sincere thanks to the academic departments for their efforts in processing and reviewing so many applications. A breakdown of the Fall 2012 application cycle information is available in PDF format. Please email us at email@example.com if you would like a copy. As the Spring 2012 application cycle is now underway, we are pleased to announce that there is a report designed to give departments more detailed information about their deferred applicants. The report is called “DD Detailed Report for Departmental Use”. It is available in the TTU Graduate School folder in Cognos. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like additional information.
Family Night Out is a social event for graduate students and their families. The event provides an opportunity to build a sense of community and cohesion among graduate students and staff. Family Night Out will be held on October 20th. Registration for the event will open in October. Please visit our website at http://www.depts.ttu.edu/gradschool/grdschInfo/news.php#Events for further details and registration as they become available.