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Iowa State University. Graduate and Professional Student Senate records

 Record Group — Multiple Containers
Identifier: RS 22/1/5

Scope and Content

This collection (1965-2009, undated) contains the records and activities of the Graduate and Professional Student Senate including bills, resolutions, agendas, meeting minutes, correspondence, newspaper clippings, committee activities, materials, planning documents, and other related documents.

Dates

  • 1965-2009, undated

Language of Materials

English

Access Restrictions

Open for research.

Use/Re-use Restrictions

Consult Special Collections and University Archives

Biography/Profile

The Graduate and Professional Student Senate (GPSS) represents the graduate and professional students' perspective on campus issues and serves as a liaison between graduate and professional students and the university administration. Each department is permitted to have at least one GPSS representative.



In 1969, the Graduate Student Senate (GSS) was established by a group of graduate students interested in forming a graduate student organization. It later changed its name to the Graduate Student Steering Committee.



The Graduate and Professional Student Senate has three main purposes:



First, GPSS is responsible for allocating money to graduate students either through a graduate or professional organization or through Professional Advancement Grants (PAGs). This money is available for traveling to conferences and for research projects outside of the student’s thesis area. Money may also be used to help cover childcare costs of graduate students at conferences.

Second, GPSS acts as a liaison between students and the ISU administration. GPSS works to express the general views of graduate and professional students through resolutions which are delivered to the ISU administration and other Iowa State University legislative bodies.



Third, GPSS plans social gatherings for graduate and professional students and their families. Each August, GPSS hosts a back-to-school picnic and plans at least one more social event during the year.

Each department is entitled to one Senator per 50 graduate and professional students, up to a maximum of 5 senators per department. Interdepartmental programs are usually eligible to have a Senator as well. General elections are held each March.

Extent

10.29 Linear Feet (24 document boxes, 1 half-document box)

Abstract

The Graduate and Professional Student Senate (GPSS) represents the graduate and professional students' perspective on campus issues and serves as a liaison between graduate and professional students and the university administration. GPSS was originally organized in 1969 as the Graduate Student Senate. This collection contains bills, resolutions, agendas, meeting minutes, correspondence, newspaper clippings, committee materials, planning documents, and other related records.

Arrangement

This collection is organized Chronologically.

Items in related collections

RS 22/1. Iowa State University. Government of the Student Body records

Processing Information

Released on 2018-11-01.

Title
RS 22/1/5. Iowa State University. Graduate and Professional Student Senate records, 1965-2009, undated
Date
January 23, 2019
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
English

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives Repository

Contact:
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Iowa State University
Ames Iowa 50011-2102 United States
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