1. Important Information for EAD Students about the Application Process for Scholarships

PLEASE ASK FACULTY Members FOR RECOMMENDATIONS BY Monday, Dec. 13, 2010. Specify those awards for which you will be applying and indicate if the faculty member is being asked to submit the electronic recommendation or to write a supplemental letter of recommendation.

Deadline to Apply to College and Department: Friday, January 14, 2011, 5:00 P.M.

We encourage all EAD students to consider carefully the various scholarships and fellowships available to current students. College guidelines about scholarships as well as application instructions are available at the following sites:
To review the different criteria for each scholarship, see Web site:
The on-line application site is located at:

Attached is the complete list of scholarships.

2. The Graduate School is excited to announce that several students have successfully submitted their Masters Theses and Doctoral Dissertations via ProQuest and we continue to receive electronic submissions daily!

Detailed formatting and submission information for preparing electronic documents is available from the Graduate School website, http://grad.msu.edu/etd/

During Fall 2010, traditional submission of unbound printed documents will continue to be an option, but only electronic documents will be accepted after December 17th, 2010.

Please note that the deadline date of December 17th, 2010 means that a document must be reviewed prior to this date AND all necessary paperwork submitted to the Graduate School in order to be successfully submitted for final approval. Simply ‘submitting’ a document on December 17th does not necessarily mean that it will be successfully submitted for the Fall 2010 deadline. All corrections and revisions as well as paperwork must be in our office before 5:00 pm on December 17th to be a Fall 2010 graduate.

3. Graduate Wellness activities sponsored by the Graduate School (just got this info!):

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

11am-1pm: Grad Student Coffee Hour in 110 Student Services­Free coffee, tea, hot chocolate and make your own trail mix.
12:30pm2pm: Public Skating at Munn Ice Arena ($4/students; $2 Skate Rental)
11:30am 1:30pm: (15 minute massages for MSU employees in Nisbet Building)

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

8:45am9:45am: Foster Community Center-Learn how to improve balance, body strength and meet people.
11am1pm: Grad Student Coffee Hour in 110 Student Services­Free coffee, tea, hot chocolate and make your own trail mix.
5:30pm7pm: Free Yoga in the Tower Room, 4th floor, of MSU Union (MSU Medical Yoga Club)

Graduate Student Late Night Breakfast: A Stress Reducing Study Break
· 7pm-9pm: Graduate Student Late Night Breakfast, Room 6, 110 Student Services Building (basement) (pancakes, bacon, eggs, & hash browns-First come, first serve!)
FREE Giveaways (One 30 minute Massage to Creative Wellness, One 30-minute Massage to Massage & Wellness, One of Four $20 Gift Certificates to Foods for Living, Tickets for two to Connxtions Comedy Club)
Graduate Student Coffee Hours (Make your own trail mix!)
On- and Off-Campus Stress Reducing Study Break Activities

First come, first serve. No registration necessary.

Sponsored by: The Graduate School’s Graduate Student Life & Wellness program & the Council of Graduate Students

Thursday, December 2, 2010

12:10pm 12:50pm: Understanding Mood (EAP) – East Fee Hall, Room 11

Friday, December 3, 2010

4pm-6:30pm - International Coffee Hour, Spartan Room B & C, International Center

Saturday, December 4, 2010

12pm8pm: Old Town Dicken’s Village – Family friendly activities!
·1pm4pm: Winter Bowl Soup & Chili Cook-Off (Downtown East Lansing )

For more:
Visit: www.grad.msu.edu/wellness
Facebook: Graduate Wellness at Michigan State University

4. Mexican Consulate Research Fellowship Program for Students of Mexican Decent (IME Becas)

The Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS) and the Chicano/Latino Studies Program (CLS) at Michigan State University were recently awarded the 2010-2011 IME-Becas Higher Education Grant, sponsored by the Government of Mexico (Instituto de los Mexicanos en el Exterior/IME) and the University of California-Berkeley (http://imebecas.berkeley.edu/ ).

The purpose of this newly awarded 2010-11 IME-Becas Fellowship Program is to enable exceptional MSU students (undergraduate and graduate) of Mexican decent to undertake research and complete their degrees. We anticipate awarding approximately eight scholarships of up to $2,500 each.
The first round of MSU student applications will be due December 10, 2010 by noon.
The 2011 Graduate Academic Conference will be held

5. (from COGS) The 2011 Graduate Academic Conference will be held Friday, March 25th.
Cash prizes will be awarded for exceptional research.

Deadline for applications is December 20th, 2010.

The Graduate Academic Conference (GAC) is a forum for MSU graduate and
professional students to present their academic work to the larger MSU
community. Organized and implemented by the MSU Council of Graduate Students
(COGS) with the support of MSU colleges and stakeholders, the GAC provides a
way for graduate and professional students from different disciplines to
share ideas and practice presentation skills.

The goal of the GAC is to showcase both completed and ongoing research
conducted at MSU. Already completed research projects will be presented in
poster and short oral presentation format at the conference. In addition,
ongoing research will also be presented as posters or short oral
presentations. Graduate students are challenged to translate what might be
highly technical language into a description that is easily under

stood by members of the general public who may be less familiar with
their research area. The GAC awards several monetary prizes that reflect the
graduate student?s success at this translation. Several monetary prizes (a
total of $5,000) will be awarded to the top participants, as rated by
faculty and student judges.

All MSU graduate and professional students are welcome to apply. The
research to be presented must have been conducted by the graduate student
while he/she was enrolled at MSU. Graduate and professional students may
collaborate with others on a single entry. Benefits of participating in the
GAC include:

Increasing professional skills in presentation and communication
Sharing ideas with the MSU community
Building curriculum vitae for future career opportunities
Competing for monetary prizes

Apply <http://www.msugac.com/index.html>

6.COGS Graduate Student Health Care Update by Adam Lovgren

At the November 3rd full council meeting, COGS voted on a resolution to
drastically alter the structure of graduate student health insurance. In
short, the resolution requests the university pool all graduate and
professional students, their spouses and children onto a single plan with a
single premium. The rationale for this was as follows.

First, from the survey we conducted last spring on student health insurance
that had over 2000 respondents, we found that the current student base plan
insurance offered to those students without assistantships was ranked the
lowest of all possible insurance types in terms of satisfaction. The primary
reason given for the low satisfaction levels was the poor coverage levels
provided. The graduate assistant plan currently negotiated by the Graduate
Employees Union, however, was found to be average in terms of satisfaction
with the most common comment being that the current coverage levels were

acceptable. In this regard, we have requested the university allow
those without assistantships to be able to purchase the assistant plan as it
is obviously the preferred choice.

Second, from our survey results we found that 91% of respondents felt the
university should provide affordable coverage for spouses and dependents.
Yet, 67% of those without access to employer or parental insurance said they
did not purchase the MSU plan available to them because it was too
expensive. In fact, the cost of the spouse's premium for the same level of
coverage is nearly $3000 more than the student's premium. The reason given
by the university and insurance provider Aetna was this is due to adverse
selection. Put simply, since the spouse's insurance is an optional add-on,
there is a relatively higher probability that a spouse who buys insurance
will incur higher medical costs, due primarily to becoming pregnant, than
what is associated with a student who purchases insurance. This creates a vicious circle where
the insurance company charges more for the spousal insurance, and because of
the high cost creates a self-fulfilling prophecy where only those who expect
to have higher medical costs purchase the insurance. However, adverse
selection can be overcome with what is known in economics as a pooling

This is where all members pay the same rate and if the percentage of those
who are expected to incur the higher than average medical costs is low
enough, the risk is spread out well enough amongst the pool such that the
premiums can still be kept low and spouses not planning to become pregnant
or otherwise incur high costs will join in as well.

From our survey work and analysis on past years' medical utilization, we
found that if a pooling premium were to be offered the cost of spousal
insurance could be reduced by 60%.

Finally given the very high amount of premiums Aetna is retaining
for itself and not paying on medical costs currently (estimated to be about
44% of the total premiums collected), this plan could be implemented not
only at no extra cost, but at a significant reduction in the current
premiums charged for graduate assistants. This would not only benefit all
the students, spouses and dependents who could now purchase a high quality
plan at a reduced rate, but also could save the university well over a
million dollars. There is some concern that given the thin nature of the
insurance market in Michigan, where Aetna and Blue Cross/Blue Shield
dominate in a monopolistic fashion, these insurance companies might not want
to give up the three million in profits they could make each year off of
students. However, we feel this is not a just reason to prevent such a plan
from going forward and recommend the university investigate self-insurance
if no suitable provider can be found.

7. Department of Educational Administration
Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education (HALE) Program
Cordially Invites You To A Research Presentation

Documenting the Impact of Academic Capitalism on the Public Good: College Affordability and Faculty Work in Engineering
By Pilar Mendoza, Ed.D.
Assistant Professor
Higher Education Administration
University of Florida

Wednesday, December 1, 2010
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Rm. 252 Erickson Hall

Academic capitalism has been promoted by the federal and state governments since the 1980s through a series of policies and laws meant to encourage postsecondary institutions to seek alternative sources of revenue while promoting markets of students, faculty, and research grants. In this presentation I outline my efforts to empirically document the effects of academic capitalism on students and faculty within the frame of postsecondary institutions for the public good. In particular, I will focus on two aspects: faculty work in engineering and college affordability.

Dr. Mendoza is a candidate for a position in the Department of Educational Administration
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