Campus to celebrate its graduate students during April

They help with teaching, research, grant proposals, organizing and myriad other tasks on campus. To recognize the hard work of graduate students, Graduate Student Senate (GSS) has designated April as Graduate Student Recognition Month at BGSU.

The senate has planned a number of entertainment and scholarly events and activities throughout the month.

“The graduate student population is a valuable part of the BGSU community. Graduate Student Senate is excited to honor, celebrate and recognize all the hard work and dedication students provide to our university," said GSS President Jeannie Sabaroff.

April 17 is Graduate Assistant Appreciation Day. Those who would like to give their GAs a gift may choose the appreciation package offered by the senate. It includes Starbucks coffee or tea, a BGSU mug and candy for $15. Email GSS at to order.

The senate will sponsor a full-page ad in the BG News April 17 listing publications by graduate students. To be included, contact Sabaroff at by today (March 31) with your name, the title of the publication and where it can be found.

Graduate students who have been recognized for the Shanklin excellence awards will present their original work from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 15 in 201 Bowen-Thompson Student Union. 

GSS will honor graduate students who have made exceptional contributions in research and service at the annual Shanklin Awards, slated for 5:30 p.m. April 25 in the Lenhart Grand Ballroom of the union. The Charles E. Shanklin Award for Academic Excellence will be given to six students in the areas of arts and humanities, behavioral and social sciences and mathematics and science. In addition, the senate will present awards to outstanding graduate students, international students, administrative assistants and research assistants. Faculty members will be recognized with the Outstanding Contributor to Graduate Education Award, chosen by students.

Work by graduate students will also be displayed at the awards ceremony. To participate as a graduate program, coordinators should contact Sabaroff by today.

Just for fun, GSS is sponsoring Graduate Student Senate Game Night, beginning at 5 p.m. Friday (April 4) in the Black Swamp Pub. Students can play Wii, trivia, casino games and more, and enjoy free food and prizes.

PHD (Piled Higher and Deeper) comic creator Jorge Cham will speak on a topic well familiar to graduate students, “The Power of Procrastination," at 4:30 p.m. April 10 in 308 Union. He will also sign copies of his books. Visit to learn more about Cham’s humorous look at academic life.

March 31, 2008