COGS and Graduate Student Life and Wellness hosted a graduate/professional student-specific de-stress event in the Chittenden Hall Lounge from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM on December 10, 2018 during finals week. Students relaxed with chair massages and cuddled with therapy dogs, and enjoyed snacks, cookies and beverages. Free class yoga passes were available courtesy of Yoga State. We wish all students a successful finals week!
COGS helped to sponsor this year’s One Health Week, led by MSU Canadian Studies Center. One Health is an interdisciplinary approach to tackling global health problems facing people, animals, and the environment.
“Connect with One Health” Activities
October 30 – 31: Paint the Rock- Check out Canadian Studies Center events tab on Facebook for more detail, Students paint One Health Message to Campus Community
Thursday, Nov 1: Environmental Science & Policy Program (ESPP) Research Symposium, Watch for One Health session and related posters, Kellogg Center, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Friday, Nov 2: Breakfast Seminar & Poster Display – Key speaker, Dr. Mahesh Kumar, Zoetis Global Biologics R&D, 303 International Center, Zooming with Univ. of Saskatchewan, 9 – 11:30 a.m.
Sunday, Nov 4: Woldumar Nature Center Run-A-Munk 5k/10k, Community Collaboration with One Health Spartans – Register on line as a One Health Spartan
Monday, Nov 5: Dr. Heather Brake, Center for Disease Control & Prevention, Key speaker, 1:45 – 2:45 p.m., E100 Vet Med Center, 736 Wilson Road, Campus
The State News released a story on September 18 highlighting the COGS Mental Health Committee’s past and future efforts in raising awareness and advocating for mental health on campus. COGS, in partnership with MSU Counseling and Psychiatric Services (CAPS) and the Associated Students of Michigan State University (ASMSU), has planned to hold events for Mental Health Awareness Week from October 7-13, 2018.
“Events they have planned so far include an open house at CAPS headquarters with ice cream and planting irises, the official flower of mental illness, in front of Olin Health Center. Also planned for that week is trivia night at Red Cedar Spirits, therapy dogs at the MSU Library and sending cards to students in psychiatric hospitals.”
To see the full story in the State News, click here.
Daylong events included a coffee and information station near Wells Hall, an interactive exhibit at the Broad Art Museum, documentary screening of the film ‘The S Word’ followed by a discussion panel, and finally a dinner and reception. CAPS additionally provided free suicide prevention training sessions at Olin Health Center. Thank you to all who participated!
Last Friday, COGS finished up our semester-long Dialogue Series. Over three events, we discussed and tackled issues of diversity and campus climate. Thank you to all of our insightful graduate and professional students for presenting helpful solutions and participating in open discourse!
Dialogue Series 2018 Events:
- Open Space Dialogues
- Forum for Scholars’ Voices
- Dialogue Over Dinner
COGS hosted Graduate and Professional Student Appreciation Week (GPSAW) from April 1-7, offering free treats, giveaways and events for the graduate and professional student body.
Graduate and professional students enjoyed an opening-weekend Detroit Tigers game at Comerica Park on Sunday, April 1. On Monday, Sparty’s locations offered 50 cent small coffee or beverages with the use of a COGS coupon. Tuesday, COGS hosted Theatre Night, featuring a discounted showing of Ready Player One at NCG Cinemas. The theater was packed with 72 graduate and professional students. Harrison Roadhouse offered free wings and appetizers on Wednesday. 96 graduate and professional students enjoyed the event. Thursday, students relaxed in the Chittenden Hall Lounge with free 15-minute massages. On “Foodie Friday” the Eat-At-State food truck stationed itself outside of Chittenden Hall, offering $6 lunch combos to students. The COGS office also gave away free MSU Dairy Store ice cream coupons. GPSAW came to a close on Saturday, April 7 with free ice skating at Munn Ice Arena.
The MSU Department of Student Life awarded 2017-2018 COGS President Ashley Fuente with the title “Graduate Student Leader of the Year.” COGS Executive Board members Susanna Maingi and Clarice Esch joined Fuente to represent the organization at the 17th Annual Student Life Leadership Awards on April 18 at the Kellogg Center. The ceremony honored student organizations and leaders who have exhibited outstanding leadership excellence at MSU.
The Council of Graduate Students is an authorized student government on campus representing our graduate/professional students at various levels across Michigan State University. Our mission is to improve and advance graduate education in order to ensure the vitality of intellectual discovery.
Council of Graduate Students
Michigan State University
466 W. Circle Dr., Room 120
East Lansing, MI. 48824
120 Chittenden Hall
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