World Suicide Prevention Day and R U OK? DAY

World Suicide Prevention Day 2015 is Thursday 10 September. It is also R U OK? Day in Australia.

In 2015, the international theme of World Suicide Prevention Day is Preventing Suicide: Reaching Out and Saving Lives.’

It is speaking up to reduce the stigma around talking about suicide prevention safely. It is about standing up to make a positive impact on our mental health and well-being. It is about being self informed and aware of support and services available to all those touched by suicide and those building a resilient community to prevent suicide.

GCAP and the Student Guild are aware that all of you face many stresses throughout your time at University.  It’s important that we all support each other.  In an effort to show we care, we encourage all students and staff to stop into the Gold Coast campus Coffee Bug or Providore University to grab 2 for 1 coffees and ask “are you ok”?  (valid only Thursday 10 September 2015)

Some ideas of how to strike up the conversation are here – https://ruok.org.au/how-to-ask

We are working with MYMINDGC on the #stopstigma campaign – to get us all talking about mental illness (or mental health more generally) with the aim of squashing the stigma that surrounds it.  They have kindly donated a gift voucher for the most creative pledge photo uploaded with the #stopstigma  and tag MYMINDGC.

If you need any support, help is available through any of the links below:

Griffith University Student Services

MymindGC

Headspace Southport

Livin’ 

Beyond Blue

Lifeline

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3 Exciting Event Announcements!

Dear GCAP members,

Your GCAP Committee is excited to bring you 3 major events in the first week of September.  Building from our first successful set of GCAP Presents events in 2014, we are excited to announce that Michael Houlihan and Bonnie Harvey, the founders of Barefoot Wines which is the largest wine brand in the world will be doing two keynote speaking engagements exclusive to Griffith University students and staff.

1. GCAP Presents: Michael Houlihan and Bonnie Harvey, founders of Barefoot Wines – An Exclusive Keynote Address
Thursday 3 September 6:30pm, Griffith University Gold Coast
Get your FREE tickets HERE

2. GCAP Presents: Winemakers Charity Luncheon with special guests, Michael Houlihan and Bonnie Harvey, founders of Barefoot Wines
Friday 4 September 11:30am – 2:00pm
Students $20, Staff $35 – includes keynote address, 3 course lunch, wine tasting and copy of bestselling book “The Barefoot Spirit”
*Proceeds from this event go to the Griffith University Gold Coast Relay for Life – www.relayforlife.org.au 

The third major event is our 2nd Annual Cocktails in the Sky party at the Q1 Observation Deck
Exclusive VIP access to the Q1 for GCAP members and guests
Saturday 5 September
7:30pm – 11:30pm
GCAP members $25, GCAP guests $40
Get your tickets here

We hope to see you out soon at one of these great events. Also, don’t forget that our Academic Services program is up and running – Assignment Help, Academic Workshops and Shut Up and Write!

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GCAP Academic Workshop Announcement

Dear postgraduates,

We are pleased to announce a launch of our new GCAP workshop series, developed to help you master those necessary academic skills and achieve academic success! From week 2 of this Semester, we are offering workshops to help you develop strategies to successfully balance life and postgraduate study as well as strategies to advance your academic reading and writing skills. Writing Research Project Grant Applications is a presentation not to miss as it will be delivered by the Office for Research staff, so prepare all your questions! On the other hand, if you need to develop your IT skills, our Microsoft excel workshop will provide a valuable insight into managing research quant and qual data. Shut Up & Write sessions are back by a popular demand and we are looking forward to writing with you. No space for writing blocks in the GCAP world, so join us every second Tuesday during this semester. Workshop info, days and times are all available on this website, so don`t forget to register by filling out the online registration forms. We are genuinely excited about the academic program planned for Semester 2 2015 and we hope you will enjoy the workshops, find them useful and provide a valuable feedback so we keep this academic program growing!

Yours,

GCAP Academic Services Team

http://gcap.org.au/academic-workshops/

GCAP Update from the President

Welcome over to Semester Two, or welcome to the University for our new students!
I’d like to preface by extending an invitation to our next major social event, the second annual Cocktails in the Sky to be held at the Q1 SkyPoint Observation Deck on – grab your calendars, Saturday September 5th. A great big social evening to network with other Postgraduates, and good times won’t stop there…
Back by popular demand will be free coffees, lunches and monthly social drinks (beginning this Friday July 31st!). The current round of Funding and Grants has launched, so get onto www.gcap.org.au to apply for a scholarship, charity/community endeavour or professional development opportunity.  Finally, keep watching for excursions to popular tourist locations and attractions to be announced… there is plenty to get amongst. It has been great to already have met some of you at club-sign-on this week, and see the association gaining momentum after the break.
Academic services is about to boom with a  packed semester booked; six more of the popular Shut Up and Write events, and a myriad of workshops on life management, software, and research already in the works.
I invite all of you to keep in touch with your GCAP community and make it out to as many events you can. We have a fantastic 13-strong Executive Committee this term – a team of players stoked to meet you.
Let’s settle in for a bumper semester of great postgraduate student experiences ahead,
Fleur McLeary    
GCAP President

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Join the GCAP team!

Are you interested in making a difference at Griffith University while gaining valuable experience? The GCAP Committee runs the day-to-day operations of GCAP and the Executive Officers are each responsible for specific parts to make sure GCAP runs efficiently.

GCAP is a new and growing organisation that has made a significant impact in its first year and a half of operations on campus. You have the opportunity to help shape GCAP and give it direction for the future. Being involved as an Executive Officer of GCAP can offer the following benefits:

  • Skill development – Through working in GCAP you will gain program planning and implementation experience, organisational skills, budgeting skills, and more

  • The opportunity to make a difference – GCAP can really make Griffith University Gold Coast a better place to be a postgraduate student

  • Tangible dot points for a CV – Real programs, real money figures, real outcomes. All of these things that add context when you say you have “organisational skills” or “event experience”

  • Potential to travel and learn – Executive Officers may be able to attend relevant conferences, CAPA meetings, and GCAP team-building retreats

In this round of nominations we are looking to fill the role of President as well as all Director positions. Each of these positions has a specific profile in relation to the GCAP mission.  First, the key duties of the specific positions are described followed the roles and responsibilities of members of the Executive. Each of these positions will be for the period of 1 July 2015 to 30 June 2016 with the ability to nominate and apply for a second term.

Positions:

  • President

  • Director Events

  • Director Academic Services

  • Director Funding and Grants

  • Director Equity

For more information or to apply, go to http://gcap.org.au/about-us/executive-officer-appointments/

Applications are due Thursday 11 June by 4:00pm

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Update from the President – 2015 Annual General Meeting

May already! ‘May’ I start out by saying how fantastically the semester has been panning out… GCAP beach days, a big round of Funding distributed and a rewarding Casino Royale party are a few things showcasing the associations’ engagement with postgraduates.  What a ‘may-gnificent’ start!

This month is GCAP’s most pivotal official event – our Annual General Meeting, which will be run by me in the shiny new Uni Bar Function Centre on the 21st of this month. This is open to all our members to attend and have a say in approving the GCAP budget, goals and other policies, and to elect new general members to the Executive Committee. So here is an open call to potential team members – if getting involved in bettering the experience of postgraduates appeals to you go to our website for more information.

Thank you to all of you who have already made donation to support victims of the Nepal Earthquake. This month we are asking you for a gold coin donation, at our FREE Lunch events with all collections going to UNICEF to support their Children of Nepal appeal.  Yet another reason to turn out and mingle – with a purpose.

See you there,

Your GCAPtain,

Fleur McLeary

 

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Make a gold coin donation to help support victims of the Nepal Earthquake

FREE LUNCH…not this week! The GCAP Committee will be asking all of you for a gold coin donation this week at the Free lunch on Tuesday and the Social drinks on Friday. All donations will go to the UNICEF Australia Nepal Earthquake Children’s Appeal. For many of you that have enjoyed many free lunches and free drinks over the past 2 years, we don’t think a gold coin is too much to ask. Please have your donation and student ID ready at the door.

A devastating 7.9 magnitude earthquake has struck Nepal, causing severe destruction and loss of life in Kathmandu and surrounding areas. An earthquake of this size can be deadly, toppling buildings, and destroying roads and infrastructure.

Hospitals are overcrowded, treating people in the streets and running out of emergency supplies. The power is out and communications are badly affected and we don’t yet have a full picture of the devastation. UNICEF fears the disaster, which is reported to have already killed hundreds of people, will have a severe impact on children.

UNICEF is on the ground, evaluating what needs to be done to urgently respond to children’s emergency needs for protection, water and sanitation, health and nutrition.

Your donation will fund UNICEF’s emergency response to the Nepal Earthquake Children’s Appeal. Should the funds raised exceed the programming needs, your donation will be used to fund other life-saving UNICEF emergency programs.

 

An update from the Vice-President

Hello GCAP members!

I wanted to start by highlighting the great start to the year GCAP has had with 479 new members already signing up and we are only a few weeks into the new academic year. There have also been fantastic turn outs to our GCAP events so far with Sunday Funday being one of my personal highlights. 

I hope you are all getting excited for the GCAP Casino Royale at the Hilton Hotel! All ticket sales for the upcoming event will be conducted online. Tickets are selling fast so make sure you get in quick and don’t miss out! Click on the below image for tickets.

I wish you all the best for the academic year and look forward to meeting some of you at our upcoming events.

Sincerely,
Toheed Nasir
GCAP Vice-President