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GRAD ANNOUNCE, December 2016

GRAD ANNOUNCE, December 2016 

Monthly email brought to you by the Graduate Life Office of Stanford Student Affairs, Vice Provost for Graduate Education, Graduate Student Council & Graduate Student Programming Board.


1.     Important Resource for Graduate Students: The Stanford University Ombuds Office

2.     Apply to perform in Stanford, I Screwed Up! 2017



1.     Explore More Courses this Winter or Spring Quarter

2.     Management Matters

3.     Negotiation Matters: Part II

4.     Resilience: How to Bounce Back

5.     Seven Secrets of Highly Successful Research Students

6.     Turbocharge Your Writing

7.     Quick Bytes

8.     Academic Chats

9.     Leadership Dinners

10. 2017 CalTrain Go Passes

11. Hume Center for Writing and Speaking: Resources for Graduate Students



1.     GSC Calendar

2.     GSC and the EVCAs Present Silent Night Party!

3.     GSC Needs a New Webmaster!

4.     Questions, comments, concerns?



1.     Spikeball Tournament, Dec. 4

2.     The Final Qwakedown: Embrace the Burpee, Dec. 8

3.     Feuerzangenbowle, Dec. 9

4.     GSPB goes Santa Con, Dec. 10

5.     Nutcracker: San Francisco Ballet, Dec. 13

6.     Churras (Brazilian BBQ), Dec. 16

7.     Welcome Back Party: The Latin in You, Jan. 13

8.     Jose Gonzalez and The Goteborg String Theory, Mar. 2




1. Important Resource for Graduate Students: The Stanford University Ombuds Office

The services of the Ombuds Office are available to all faculty, students, and staff.  The ombuds seeks fair and just resolutions of disputes and complaints through confidential, neutral and informal processes.  The ombuds sits apart from the usual administrative and decision making structures of the university and is authorized to talk to all persons at the university in order to resolve problems. The ombuds can gather information, research relevant policies, coach and advise, offer options, refer to useful resources within the community, make inquiries, mediate and facilitate conversations. 


Graduate students use the office as a confidential resource for addressing concerns involving advisors and professors, colleagues, ethical questions, roommates, university offices, and a variety of other issues connected to academic and student life at Stanford.

The web site describing the Ombuds Office’s services for faculty, staff and students is:  


The ombuds is also available to speak to faculty, student and staff groups about the Ombuds Office’s services or to speak on topics related to conflict resolution and communication. 


Contact: David Rasch

University Ombuds


Location: Rm 201, The Nitery, 514 Lasuen Mall - near the Old Union



2. Apply to perform in Stanford, I Screwed Up! 2017

What is STANFORD, I SCREWED UP! you ask? It is a live performance in Meyer Green where students share personal narratives of failure and resilience through: spoken word, comedy, video, dance, poetry, music...or any genre that brings the story to the stage.


This year, SISU 2017 will be held on Thursday, April 6, 2017.


If you want the chance to share your story with Stanford, and participate in one of the most supportive and uplifting events on campus--APPLY NOW!


You can also check out last year's show!


If you have any questions, please send an e-mail to




1. Explore More Courses this Winter or Spring Quarter

Broaden your knowledge, learn new skills, and widen your network by taking advantage of Stanford’s open course enrollment culture. Courses align with our Graduate Professional Development (GPD) Framework, or our Preparing for Faculty Careers or Interdisciplinary Learning portfolios.


2. Management Matters

Managing people matters, whether you’re managing up, down, or across. This comprehensive, three-session workshop focuses on simple principles to communicate with and effectively manage others. Three Tuesdays: Jan. 31 and Feb. 14 and 28, 4:30-7 PM. Application deadline: Mon., Jan. 16.


3. Negotiation Matters: Part II

An advanced negotiation workshop. Whether you’ve done our first Negotiation Matters series or not, this interactive workshop will give you more practice and theory to build your skills. Three Wednesdays: Jan. 25, Feb. 1, and Feb. 8, 4:30-7 PM. Application deadline: Mon., Jan. 16.


4. Resilience: How to Bounce Back

Gain key insights from the emerging field of resilience research to learn about and practice skills that allow you to bounce back more quickly and effectively. Two consecutive Mondays: Feb. 6 and 13, 9 AM – 12 PM. Application deadline: Tues., Jan. 24.


5. Seven Secrets of Highly Successful Research Students

Come learn and practice what research students do to finish on time; overcome isolation, doubt, and writer’s block; and enjoy the process. Thurs., Mar. 2, 9:00-11:30 AM. Registration deadline: Sun., Feb. 26.


6. Turbo Charge Your Writing

Uncover the secrets to high-output, low-stress scholarly writing. You will learn clear, practical strategies derived from a large body of research that can greatly increase your writing productivity. Thurs., Mar. 2, 4:30-6:30 PM. Registration deadline: Sun., Feb. 26.


7. Quick Bytes

Get valuable nuggets of professional development wisdom over lunch or breakfast at Quick Bytes interactive workshops. Wed., Jan. 18, 9-10:15 AM: Vocal Yoga: Lift Your Voice and Raise Your Spirit; Thurs., Feb. 2, 9-10:15 AM: Speaking Up Without Freaking Out; Tues., Feb. 14, 12-1:15 PM: Developing Your Professional Digital Presence. Register in advance; breakfast or lunch provided.


8. Academic Chats

Wondering if a faculty career might be in your future? Explore the many pieces to this question in small group discussions, featuring faculty from Stanford and other campuses. Tues., Jan. 24, 12-1:15 PM: Differences Across the Disciplines – How Teaching and Research Vary Across Departments and Schools; Wed., Feb. 15, 12-1:15 PM: The Role of the Department Chair – What New Faculty Need to Know. Register in advance; lunch provided.


9. Leadership Dinners

Which leaders would you want to invite to dinner? Discuss leadership and life paths with an inspiring leader in a small group setting over dinner at the Faculty Club. Tues., Jan. 17, 5:30-8 PM: Richard Swanson, Founder of SunPower; Wed., Jan. 25, 6-8 PM: James Ambroise, VP of Finance at Intersection; Thurs., Feb. 2, 5:30-7:30 PM: Becky Morgan, President of the Morgan Family Foundation. Sign up early; space is limited.


10. 2017 CalTrain GoPasses

For eligible, off-campus grad students only. Pick up your free 2017 CalTrain Go Pass starting Dec 1. Confirm your eligibility in advance and check Parking & Transportation Services’ website for distribution locations and times before Winter Break. You must use a 2017 Go Pass on CalTrain starting Jan. 1!


11. Hume Center for Writing and Speaking: Resources for Graduate Students

Individual Consultations:

Working on a job letter or conference presentation? Have a big interview coming up? Stuck on a dissertation chapter? The Hume Center offers FREE writing and speaking support for grad students!


Tutoring Hours: Sun., 1-10 PM; Mon.-Wed. 10 AM – 10 PM; Thurs. 10 AM-8 PM; Fri. 10 AM-4 PM.


Dissertation Boot Camp:

Dissertation Boot Camp offers graduate students a focused two-week opportunity to make serious progress on your dissertation or other writing project. Note that the registration period has been shortened to one week. Please plan accordingly.


Dissertation Boot Camp “After Dark”—session 3

·      Registration begins: Mon., Jan. 9

·      Camp: Mon., Jan. 23 – Fri., Feb. 3 (weekdays), 5-9 PM


Dissertation Boot Camp—session 4

·      Registration begins: Mon., Feb. 6

·      Camp: Mon., Feb. 20 – Fri., Mar. 3 (weekdays), 9 AM – 1 PM


Writing and Oral Communication Workshops:

Workshops provide graduate students from all disciplines with general strategies, as well as support for specific writing and speaking tasks, such as research statements, journal articles, multimedia presentations, and more. Please visit the Hume website for the most up-to-date workshop schedule.


Winter Quarter workshops will be announced in January’s Grad Announce that will go out Friday, January 6.


Writing Group Consultations:

Are you interested in starting a writing group? Or find yourself in a writing group that just isn’t as productive as it could be? Contact to request a consultation to help your group meet its writing goals.


Oral Communication Courses




1. GSC Calendar

·      Filled with the events supported by your Graduate Student Activities Fee

·      Lots of opportunities for food, fun and new friends!


2. GSC and the EVCAs Present Silent Night Party!

·      The Graduate Student Council (GSC) is teaming up with the EV Community Associate Program (EV CA) to offer a new event: Silent Night Party!

·      Next Friday, Dec 9, 5 pm – 8 pm at Terman Fountain

·      It is a ‘silent’ dance party – the DJ will broadcast directly to a pair of headphones you will receive for the event and return before you leave; the headphones have lights that reflect which of three channels you are listening to

·      There will also be appetizers, hot chocolate/cider/coffee, a photobooth and most importantly, the chance to relax with your friends and make new ones!

·      Space is limited; you need to register for the event by filling out this form (

·      Any questions about the event can go to Gabby Badica, and Todd Chapman,


3.  GSC Needs a New Webmaster!

·      Do you have experience managing a website?

·      We need a new Webmaster as our current one is graduating!

·      Apply here! (Previous website management strongly encouraged)

·      This is a paid position.


4. Questions, comments, concerns?

Reach us at or join us at our meetings every Wednesday starting at 6 pm in the Nairobi Room (2nd Floor) GCC


1. Spikeball Tournament

·      When: Sunday, Dec. 4, 12pm - 3pm

·      Where: Wilbur Field

·      Signup:

·      Contact: Ashton Meginnis (


Play spikeball in a heated tournament, there will be only one winner.



2. The Final Qwakedown: Embrace the Burpee

·      When: Thursday, Dec. 8, 7:30am - 8:30am

·      Where: Meyer Green Library 

·      Contact: Harrison Glotman (


You probably don't like early mornings. The alarm rings and you hit snooze about 5 times before finally rolling out of bed to catch the late morning. I get it. But I promise you the Qwake will change that... at least on Thursday mornings.


Inspired by the November Project, the Qwake is a group of graduate students that meet weekly for a high intensity outdoor workout. The exercises vary from pushups to sprints to other creative exercises involving body weight and the rest of the group. Everyone can do it, it is designed for all levels and we are all very encouraging. There will be lots of high fives, sweat, and good tunes. While we usually just meet for Qwoffee at Coupa after, this time there will be free breakfast. Here is a link to our Facebook page to prove that we are all happy and smiling, even at 7:30 AM!


Let's feel alive and forget dead week!



3. Feuerzangenbowle

·      When: Friday, Dec. 9, 7pm - 9pm

·      Where: Fairclough Lounge, Rains

·      Signup:

·      Contact: Martina, Lars and Timon (


Join us for this German tradition that (usually at universities all over the country) takes place each year before Christmas! We will watch the Feuerzangenbowle (a famous German movie from the 1940s - a classic older than all of us) and, as tradition demands, drink lots of Feuerzangenbowle with it to warm and brighten up our evening! If you are not quite sure what that is: It's a more delicious version of mulled wine - and also considerably more fun to make! Make sure to be on time to not miss all the fun ;) (We will also have non-alcoholic hot spiced wine to warm up the people that don't like alcohol :))



4. GSPB goes Santa Con

·      When: Saturday, Dec. 10, 12pm - 8pm

·      Where: California Avenue Caltrain Station

·      Signup:

·      Contact: Sebastiano Bea (


Come and enjoy SantaCon with your GSPB friends.


We will meet at 12 (midday) on Saturday 10th December at the Cal Ave Caltrain station to go to Santacon in SF together by train.

if you don't know about SantaCon, check it out here:

Return time to Palo Alto is up to you.


By submitting the sign up form, you will be entered in a lottery to win a Santa costume, to wear for Santa Con!

If you don't win, dress up and come along anyway!


P.S. costume haven't been decided yet. If no available costume will be found within budget range, then GSPB will cover the train ticket cost to SF.



5. Nutcracker: San Francisco Ballet

·      When: Tuesday, Dec. 13, 12pm - 7pm

·      Where: War memorial opera house in SF

·      Signup:

·      Contact: Anne-Laure Strong (Cuvilliez) (


Please join GSPB and your fellow grad students to watch the Nutcracker in San Francisco by SF Ballet! It is one of the best production of the Nutcracker in my opinion and a Christmas tradition!


"On Christmas Eve 1944, the audience at San Francisco’s War Memorial Opera House experienced the American premiere of Nutcracker. An instant sensation, the ballet launched a national holiday tradition.


This holiday season, join us as the lights dim, the music soars, snowflakes swirl, flowers dance, and a little girl dreams about a whole new world in a Nutcracker that is as unique as it is magical. And it's only at SF Ballet. "


The location is at the War memorial opera House in SF


We will be watching the Tuesday, December 13th performance starting at 2:00pm. We will meet at 12:00pm *sharp* in front of the GCC to distribute tickets and arrange carpools. If you want to go to the opera directly please let me know, but you will have to wait there for tickets.


If you are interested, please sign up to participate in the lottery! The deadline for signups is Thursday Dec.8th, for the initial lottery ( you can still be considered for the wait-list after this date). **Only winners of the lottery will be notified**. Drivers have priority and a much higher chance to be selected!


Lottery winners will have to submit a $31 +$7 for gas and parking (unless you are driving) copay by paypal or venmo. Please do so by the indicated timeline, otherwise, your spot will be given to people in the waiting list. If there is no way that will work out for you, please contact me. Please note that the GSPB reserves the right to place people who don't drop off their copays without notifying the organizer in advance in a short probation.


You may request to bring a guest if you want. Guests need to be Stanford graduate students or registered spouses.


For any questions:



6. Churras (Brazilian BBQ)

·      When: Friday, Dec. 16, 12:30pm - 5:30pm

·      Where: Willis Lounge / Kennedy Grill

·      Signup:

·      Contact: Dan Zylberglejd (


Are you curious about why Brazilians are such an amazing people? Why are they so happy all the time? Well, part of the reason is their ability to cook a good Churrasco and enjoy some great Caipirinhas.


Come join us for a full afternoon (Brazilian style) churrasco, with plenty of caipirinha, coconut water, pagode, samba, sertanejo, and so on.


There will be a copayment of $5 in order to provide the best quality original supplies.


Please sign up soon. Winners of the lottery will be notified, and there will be more information about how to make the copayment.



7. Welcome Back Party: The Latin in You

·      When: Friday, Jan. 13, 8pm - 12am

·      Where: TBD

·      Contact: George Rosa-Acosta (


Latin beats, food and drinks (including EANABS). Come enjoy all this and mingle with your fellow graduate students.



8. Jose Gonzalez and The Goteborg String Theory

·      When: Thursday, Mar. 2, 7:30pm - 9pm

·      Where: Stanford's Bing Concert Hall

·      Signup:

·      Contact: Kate Lindsey (


Come with fellow music lovers to see Jose Gonzalez and the Goteborg String Theory at Bing Concert Hall! This concert will sell out, so make sure to sign up with us to see it for a copay of just $5! We will take the first 30 to sign up.


Just take a listen to one of my favorite songs by Jose Gonzalez: Heartbeats or Stay Alive


From Bing Concert Hall: Indie pop artist Jose Gonzalez is a little bit of everything, and so is the ensemble he performs with, The Goteborg String Theory. His parents are Argentenian but he was born in Sweden. He writes the music he performs and sings the songs he writes. His influences include Paul Simon, bossa nova, classical music, and Nick Drake. The ensuing sound is as free ranging as the influences but manages to add up to a seamless swath. Gonzalez and The String Theory are intriguing signposts on music's road ahead.