The GSA is made up entirely of volunteers, including the officers, department representatives, committee members, etc. Therefore, the GSA is always seeking out new volunteers to help with the many issues that the GSA deals with.
The GSA offers a point system as a reward for volunteers that can be used for the students’ benefit. A student may earn an unlimited number of points. The points may be applied to any of the following benefits:
- additional points to the travel grant applications
- A maximum of 10 points may be applied toward each application. For more information, refer to the Travel Grant Submission Guidelines.
- free/discounted tickets for NMT paid events (i.e. PAS dinners)
- 1 point = $2 toward a paid event
- There is no limit on how many points may be applied to tickets
- volunteer hours toward SGA clubs
- 1 point = 1 volunteer hour
- A maximum of 5 points may be transferred toward SA volunteer hours per semester, per individual.
- The student must fill out, sign, and obtain a GSA officer signature on a point transfer form for the SA. The SA will NOT accept point transfers otherwise.
- Spring Picnic prize raffle entries
- 1 point = 1 raffle ticket submission
- There is no limit on how many points may be used for raffle tickets.
The point system can be broken down into the following categories:
|GSA Officer position||4 pts/semester (2 pts in Summer semester)|
|Department Representative||2.5 pts/semester (1.25 pts in Summer semester)|
|Committee member||2 pts/committee|
|Certain GSA or SGA Events||2 pts/event|
|Meeting attendance||0.25 pts/meeting|
Some basic rules:
- A student may earn unlimited number of points.
- The points are NOT transferable to other students.
- A GSA officer must verify that the student completed the task he/she set out to volunteer for. Please refer to [some info page] on the various responsibilities for the categories above.
- It is plausible that records of points earned are incomplete. Current GSA records start from Summer 2011. If the student feels that his/her points were omitted in the GSA records the student should contact GSA (firstname.lastname@example.org) with proof (written, email, pictures, etc) that he/she volunteered for the above categories listed. There is no date limit to how far back in time the points may be used.
- Points can only be spent once (cannot be used multiple times).
- Grandfather Clause: In the past the volunteer points were never considered “spent” when used toward a travel grant application. Any currently accrued points that may have been applied to a grant in the past remain recorded in the GSA volunteer log and will be available for the student to be spent. From this point forward, all points can only be “spent” once.
At the end of the school year the GSA also hands out awards; 1 to an outstanding student and 1 to an outstanding faculty/staff. The award generally includes a plaque and a gift. Those recognized must have shown an examplary participation and contribution to the GSA and the graduate student body.