Monday, March 21, 2011

March 20th Presidential Roundup

UPPSA Board Elections- This past week the democratic process was once again fulfilled and now begins the peaceful transition of power for the UPPSA executive board. UPPSA is excited to announce the Academic Year 2011 UPPSA board—Your new President…..Vice President…Treasurer… and Secretary…. This was a tremendous election with a historic level of participation. Thank you to everyone who voted and thank you to everyone who ran for a position. Congratulations to the new board—President-elect Whitney Panneton, Vice President-elect Rebecca Geissler, Treasurer-elect Michael Carney, and Secretary-elect Jack Eskin. Congratulations and thank you for all the candidate, voter and support staff participation.
· UPP Next: Presentation Skills Event Friday, March 31st- Prepare for your next class presentation, job interview or presentation at a community meeting by attending the next UPP Next event focusing on presentations skills. Led by Max Dieber and Nina Savar, this event is sure to be chock full of ideas, tips and a few funny jokes. Join us on Friday, March 31st (time TBD) and get ready to be a better presenter.
· Part-time MUPPs, let us know what you think!- In order to best represent all MUPPs UPPSA put together a survey to better capture the part-time student experience. Please take a few minutes to let us know your opinion on the status of part-time and currently practicing students at the following link
· Chicago Loop Alliance Looking for April 5-8 Conference Volunteers- Chicago Loop Alliance is looking to provide some highly capable students interested in a wonderful volunteer opportunity. April 5-8 we are hosting the International Downtown Association (IDA) Spring Conference throughout the Loop. It will bring together some of the world’s premier urban planners, architects, designers, real estate developers, government officials and more for a week of workshops, city tours and networking receptions showcasing our world-class city. The conference—themed “Policy’s Role in Shaping Place”—will feature intensive and interactive dialogue among national and international delegates to explore the vital issues that affect our city centers, including transportation, technology, social issues, public/private collaborations and effective management.
If interested, individuals should email Dillon Goodson at with their name, email, cell phone # and availability (Tu-Fri). For more information on the event, visit or call Dillon at 312-782-9160.
· Academic or Assistantship Advocacy- Any MUPPs with concerns about department-wide academic issues are encouraged to contact UPPSA at with your feedback about the program. The Board of UPPSA meets regularly with the UPP department and the Dean of CUPPA. Let us be your advocate. Also, for those students with assistantships, UPPSA President Bob Fuller is also the Graduate Employee Organization (GEO) steward for CUPPAH. If you feel you have been treated unfairly in your assistantship (Teaching, Graduate or Research) feel free to contact him at to get connected with the GEO’s grievance resources.
· If you have important news for fellow MUPPs and you would like it included in the President’s Weekly Roundup and/or on the UPPSA website email by 2 p.m. each Sunday.

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