GCAP Update

Welcome to May (almost)! May is going to be a big month for GCAP. We’re got both important and exciting stuff happening.

First, our speaker series, GCAP Presents, is proud to welcome Li Cunxin on 14 May in the G40 Auditorium. Mr Cunxin is Queensland’s “Australian of the Year” for 2014. He defected from China to the United States and eventually moved to Australia. He is the author of the best-selling book Mao’s Last Dancer. Mr Cunxin will tell his story and inspire you to work hard in order to achieve your goals. Pick up your FREE ticket at the Guild Office.

On May 30, GCAP will be hosting our Annual General Meeting. This is a very important event for us because GCAP is looking to adopt its inaugural constitution as well as hosting elections to see who will sit on the committee going forward. Please mark this date in your calendar. We’ll be releasing a formal notice soon enough with all the details. Don’t worry, there will be food!  🙂

We also have a camping trip going on this weekend being hosted by the GUGC Outdoor Adventure Club. For only $20, you can’t go wrong! Click here for the details!

As always, there are opportunities to socialise and network with your colleagues on campus. This Friday (May 2nd) we are putting on Social Drinks in the UniBar from 4:30pm onwards. We’ll bring in some pizza as well to make sure you have a bite to eat. Also, next week will be the first GCAP Breakfast! On Wednesday May 7th from 7:30am to 9:30am in the UniBar there’s a free breakfast for GCAP Members. Start your day right!

Also, it’s getting to the crunchy end of the semester. Remember that we are offering our Shut Up and Write program to help you get through those assignments as well as an Assignment Help program. Check our Academic Services page for more information.

Finally, for those of you who are international students, I’d encourage you to fill out the survey sent by the University (http://www.griffith.edu.au/international/student-barometer-survey). Please let them know about your experience as an international student. If nothing else, at least tell them how great GCAP is! GCAP depends on funding from the University and if the more positive news they hear about GCAP, the better it is for GCAP and, most importantly, for YOU!

That’s it for now. Hope to see you all for some pizza and a drink on Friday!

Geoff Schoenberg
GCAP President

GCAP Presents Li Cunxin

The Gold Coast Association of Postgraduates is excited to announce:

GCAP Presents

Queensland’s Australian of the Year 2014

Li Cunxin

Wednesday 14 May, 2014

7:00pm – 8:30pm

G40 Auditorium

Griffith University Gold Coast Campus

This is a FREE event for all Griffith University Gold Coast students and staff, supported by the Griffith University Gold Coast Student Guild

Li Cunxin (pronounced “Lee Schwin Sing”) is a remarkable man borne of a remarkable story. He is most well-known for his runaway bestselling autobiography, Mao’s Last Dancer.

His book is a unique story of determination, passion, integrity and love. His journey filled with dreams shattered and revitalized. It is an empowering tale with so many lessons.

As an inspirational speaker, Li will share his unique real life story about “how hard work, determination, courage and persistence can help you achieve goals.”

*Tickets are available now at the GUGC Student Guild*

Li Cunxin plasma

Memorial vigal and service for Sophie

On behalf of the Griffith University postgraduate community, the Gold Coast Association of Postgraduates sends it’s deepest sympathies to the family, friends and fellow students of Sophie Collombet.  The Griffith University Postgraduate Students Association (GUPSA) has assisted in arranging a memorial service at Nathan campus.  The following is taken from the GUPSA website.  More information is available at www.gupsa.org.au


A memorial service for Sophie Collombet will be held on Thursday 10 April from 3.30pm at the Nathan campus, Building N35 Centre for Interfaith and Cultural Dialogue (formerly known as the Multi Faith Centre) so that those who knew Sophie can honour her memory. Friends and classmates will be joined by GBS staff who had the privilege of knowing and teaching Sophie, as well as members of the University executive.

A candle light vigil, leaving from King George Square at 6.30pm, is also planned for the evening of Thursday 10 April. This vigil is being organised by postgraduate students from Griffith, QUT and UQ.

Ongoing support and counselling services are available to all students and staff with respect to this tragedy. Ms Lexie Mooney, Head, Counselling Service, is available for you to contact directly at l.mooney@griffith.edu.au if you would like to speak to her or arrange an appointment. Ms Julie Coles, Counsellor, is also available at j.coles@griffith.edu.au.

In addition, Ms Chris O’Brien, Manager of International Student Advisory Services at Nathan, is also available to meet with international students who may have concerns or issues they would like to address. Her email contact details are christine.obrien@griffith.edu.au.

The University Chaplain, Rev Dr Russell Briese, and his colleagues are available if you would like to speak to them. The Chaplaincy office does include chaplains fluent in Mandarin and Korean if needed. Dr Briese’s contact details are chaplain@griffith.edu.au.

Week Six Update – The Great Gatsby Soiree, GCAP Presents Dr Filo, and More!



We here at GCAP are getting very excited for the two big events coming up in the next seven days. On Saturday 12 April, it’s time to get some glitz and glam on as we re-live the decadence from the 1920s at “The Great Gatsby Soiree”. Hosted poolside at the Hilton hotel from 6pm until 10pm, guests will arrive on a red carpet, be entertained by DJs and live performers, and take advantage of our 3 hour VIP food and beverage package that includes a selection of canapés, beer, wine, and soft drinks. Tickets are $20 for GCAP members ($40 for their guests) and can be bought at the Student Guild office, but only until Wednesday 9 April.

On Monday 14 April, “GCAP Presents” will be running its second event. Dr Kevin Filo will be talking about his time working for LIVESTRONG, the foundation started by Lance Armstrong. In particular, Dr Filo was heavily involved in the yellow rubber wristband project. Nowadays, every cause seems to have a wristband, but the LIVESTRONG ones were the first and started the massive trend. Come listen to the inside story at 6pm in room G30_1.09. The event is FREE and there will be canapés and light refreshments served after.

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After all these great events, we do remember that there are studies to be done and assignments to be written. GCAP is running programs to help our fellow students. On Tuesday mornings in G11 3.61, we are running a “Shut Up and Write” program from 9am to 10am. We provide some tea, coffee and snacks, and you get an hour to focus on some writing.

Furthermore, on Thursdays and Fridays we offer a drop-in assignment help service. Swing by the Guild Office between 9am and 12pm with a printed off copy of your work and one of our experts will help you with structure, editing, and referencing. Check out the academic tab on the website for more information.

That’s it for now. Hope you have a great week. Work hard so you can party hard on Saturday!

-The GCAP Team

President’s Update

What’s Happening With GCAP?

Well it’s Week Five and we have had a very exciting start to the semester. Through the first four weeks GCAP has signed up almost 500 members, started two academic services programs, ran a variety of social events and launched the “GCAP Presents” speaker series. There is a lot more coming in the weeks ahead. Here’s what’s happening…


1 April: Free Networking Lunch at the Unibar Function Centre (12pm)

4 April: Social Function at the UniBar (4:30p to 7p)

12 April: The Great Gatsby Soiree at the Hilton Hotel (Tickets available at the Student Guild Office)

14 April: GCAP Presents Dr Kevin Filo at G30_1.09 (6p to 7:30p) “Lance Armstrong, cancer survivorship, and 57 million pieces of yellow silicone rubber: Lessons learned from the eye of the LIVESTRONG wristband storm.”

As we move into the assessment season I want to remind you of the academic support GCAP is offering all of our members. On Tuesday mornings we are running “Shut Up and Write” in Room G11_3.61 from 9am to 10am. The concept is simple. Come to the room, make a coffee or tea (on us!) say hello briefly and then, Shut Up and Write!

Also, GCAP offers an Assignment Help drop-in service on Thursdays and Fridays from 9am to midday at the Student Guild office. Bring some of your work and get feedback on sentence structure, grammar, referencing, and even some tips on self-editing. Both of these sessions are free to GCAP members!

Furthermore, if there is something specific you need some help with, contact us and we’ll use our knowledge of university programs to see if we can put in contact with a person or program that will solve your need. If we can’t, we might be able to organise something for you directly!

GCAP is continuing to grow, create, and innovate with the aim to make the Griffith University experience better for all postgraduate students. We’d love to hear from you with any feedback, comments, or questions. Comment below!

Hope to see you all soon!



GCAP President

GCAP Presents… “Is your future really in your hands? A talk from Dr Clarence Tan”

“Is your future really in your hands? Your future, your career, your dreams; are they secure?” Come and find out at – “GCAP Presents… Dr. Clarence Tan”, Ambassador for Singularity University (Australia/NZ), entrepreneur, Founder of Angel Investors Group, Gold Coast, MSC (ISE), MBA, PhD, Patent holder in mobility technology globally.

Dr. Tan will share his experiences about his time at the Singularity University (based at NASA Ames Research Park, Silicon Valley), and his meetings with luminaries like Steve Wozniak, Chris Anderson, Rey Kurzweil etc.

This may be once in a life time opportunity to meet such a visionary, so don’t let this opportunity pass by you. Dr. Tan will be talking on a wide range of topics, not limited to technology. So it will have something for everyone.

Tickets for GCAP Members are $5 in advance (from the Guild office), $10 at the door, and $10 for non-GCAP members with all proceeds going to KIVA charity (http://www.kiva.org)

13 March 2014
6:30pm – 7:30pm
G17 Theatre 3

Scholarships? Funding? Interested? Read on.

What makes your world go round? Hopefully not JUST money, but it sure does make it easier to do amazing things in the World. This is a call to all GCAP members that would like a bit more cash.

Are you altruistic? – Hard working? – Community-minded? – Promoting inclusiveness on campus? – Or just generally a great postgraduate student? If so, GCAP wants you to come and talk to us! We are passionate about giving you money to succeed, whether it’s the funds to go on overseas charity-work trips, or just a bit of motivation to try really hard in class, we want to provide for you.

This year we are offering some great funding opportunities. There’s up to $20,000 in scholarships, $40,000 in support for community and charity work, and $20,000 towards attending professional development and academic conferences. That’s plenty to go round so we want everyone to apply for something. All you need to be eligible for some type of financial award is to be enrolled here at Griffith University Gold Coast as a postgraduate student and be a GCAP member (for free!)

At this stage, you probably want to know more. Head on over to our Funding and Grants page to check out GCAP’s polices for the following programs:

Charity and Community Enhancement Fund (CCEF)
Professional Development and Conference Funding (PDAC)

Applications open during week one and close in week three (PDAC) and week four (scholarships and CCEF). Funding is going to be competitive, so we’ll ask you to provide a good demonstration that you deserve it – that’s fair enough right? Showing us you’ve got the goods could mean making up a specific resume for an award, getting a couple of reference letters together or answering the questions we want to know about you. This whole process has been made super simple though, with new online forms that allow you to upload documents and keep everything in one easy place.

I can’t think of a more rewarding thing than giving you the funds to make great stuff happen – I encourage you to go apply and make us proud.  2014 is yours with GCAP Funding and Grants!

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact Fleur at funding@gcap.org.au

Welcome to GCAP!

Welcome to GCAP for the 2014 academic year. It’s going to be an exciting year on campus and GCAP has lots in store for you. GCAP exists to serve postgraduate students enrolled on the Gold Coast Campus of Griffith University. Our aim is to provide GCAP members with social activities, academic support, funding and grants, and advocacy and education for equity groups.

It is FREE to become a member of GCAP. Membership entitles you to the following benefits:

  • Access to Academic support services like Assignment Help, Editing, Computer Skills and more
  • FREE GCAP Social Events like our lunches, breakfasts, and UniBar socials
  • You can apply for our scholarships, professional development and conference funding, and other funding opportunities
  • The ability to buy discounted tickets to major events like kickoff parties and internationally-famous speakers
  • And much more still to come…

Membership is open to all postgraduate students enrolled on the Gold Coast Campus at Griffith University. To join, all you need to do is bring your student card to any of our events, functions, or information sessions. We’ll ask you a few quick questions and then we’ll give you a sticker to put on the card and voila, you’re a member!

Make sure you like our Facebook page to get the latest GCAP news. Also, have a flick around our website. Check out the Events page to see what’s coming up. Look at the Funding and Grants page for information on scholarships and more. Find out how we can help you academically at the Academic Services page.

Read through the “About Us” section for information on the people behind the scenes at GCAP, what we’re up to, and how you can get involved.

Email us at info@gcap.org.au.