Welcome back GCAP members!

Well, well, well,  – GCAP enters its third year in action and I get to man the sails…

The Gold Coast Association of Postgraduates is in place to better the postgraduate experience for YOU.

We offer academic services, outdoorsy trips and sports games; we give financial reward through our funding scholarships, that extra monetary boost to go overseas as a postgraduate or do something really worthwhile at home with our Charity and Community Enhancement Fund and Professional Development and Academic Conference programs. Not to mention we throw some blindingly good social events for you to meet and network with other Postgraduates you’d never have had the chance to ordinarily.

We have a huge community of Postgraduates here at Griffith Gold Coast – and we’re aiming to engage with more of you than ever before in 2015 – I want to make friends with all of you! Go on, widen the horizons of a little neuroscience PhD student and get your GCAP member sticker today. Just come and speak to our wonderful committee at our next free lunch or event to sign up for free.

Speaking of which, I cannot wait for You to begin meeting our new Executive Committee at events; we have a fantastic team. Get GCAP-ing!

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Fleur McLeary
GCAP President


GCAP COMMITTEE Semester 1, 2015



Call for Nominations – GCAP Executive Officers

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.
As GCAP is a young organisation, there is a lot that can be done and we’re looking for self-motivated
people with a vision to put our resources to good use. In this document, you’ll get the information
you need to know what position might suit you, what you’d be expected to do, what is in it for you,
and how you can get involved.

Positions Available:


Director Academic Services

Director Events

Director Funding and Grants

To apply click the link below and submit your application by Friday 7 November.

If you have any questions feel free to contact GCAP Secretary, Steve Harris – s.harris@griffith.edu.au

Click below to apply:


Welcome back to Semester 2!

Welcome back to semester 2 at Griffith University Gold Coast Campus. Coming off a great start to the year, we have some exciting new things happening with GCAP while continuing to offer many of our programs from the past. We will continue to offer you more than $25,000 in funding and grants this semester, weekly assignment review services, and of course some great social events on and off campus. This semester we are happy to introduce a series of weekend tours called “Explore Australia” which will take you around to see some beautiful places on the Gold Coast and beyond. In September we will also start “Sunday Funday” as a way to get out to the beautiful Gold Coast beaches and meet some fellow postgrads. And finally, we encourage you to take a break from all of your hard work and come out every Tuesday evening from 5:00 – 8:00pm for some Social Sport at the Gold Coast campus courts. Most of the programs we are offering are free or at heavily discounted rates especially for you. Click on the links to check out these amazing new programs exclusive to GCAP members. Be sure to “like” our facebook page (www.facebook.com/GCAPGriffith) to keep updated on all things GCAP. We wish you all the best this semester and hope to see you around at one of the many GCAP events soon.

An exciting announcement…

Thank you to all who attended the GCAP AGM on Friday 30 May. We, the GCAP Committee, greatly appreciated you taking time out of your day to help us with some important tasks. With the AGM completed we are happy make a few announcements. Firstly, the GCAP Constitution has been officially approved and will take effect 1 July 2014. Secondly, the GCAP Committee for 2014/2015 has started to take shape. The GCAP General Secretary convened an appointment committee to determine the Executive Officers for the upcoming year. The positions that have been filled are:

  • President: Eric Sweeney
  • Director (Funding and Grants): Fleur McLeary
  • Director (Equity): Saeed Shaeri

During the AGM, an election was held for the seven general representatives on the GCAP Committee. We had three nominations and are pleased to announce all elected. Joining the Executive Officers in forming the GCAP Committee are:

  • Nelson Buthapathi
  • Niluka Gunawardena
  • Alireza Jolfaei

These six people have shown great enthusiasm for GCAP and our mission. Each brings their own set of unique skills and perspectives.

Our new committee still needs more help. We are still looking to fill two Executive Officer positions [Director (Events) and Director (Academic Services)]. If an Executive Officer position is too much commitment for you, we are also looking for people to be general committee members. Want to know more about these roles? Please contact Steve Harris (s.harris@griffith.edu.au) with any questions.

As we welcome a new committee, we also say thank you to those who have served their time. Over the last year the work of outgoing committee members Michael Ansong, Jenna Daniels, Dan Donner, Lan Kien Ho, Halley Kirkpatrick, Oscar Moreno, Vishal Rana, Grant South, and Mengzhu Wang all helped to build the foundation of GCAP. Through creative ideas, policy discussion, and engaging the membership, these committee members found ways to help GCAP students improve their Griffith experience. I personally thank each one of them for time and commitment they showed to the organisation and I hope they will continue to either (a) engage in GCAP events; or (b) graduate and enjoy the ‘real world’.

Good luck with your exams, your thesis, or whatever else you might be working on as we get to the business end of the semester. I hope to see you all out on Friday night for our GCAP Social drinks (3:30p to 6p @ the UniBar).

GCAP President

GCAP AGM Announced!

The Griffith University Gold Coast Association of Postgraduates hereby gives notice of its Annual General Meeting (AGM).

The AGM shall be held:

G16 1.09/1.10

30 May 2014


The business to be conducted is as follows:

  1. The President’s Report;
  2. The General Secretary’s Report;
  3. The Election of the 2014/2015 GCAP Committee Members;
  4. The Announcement of the 2014/2015 GCAP Executive Officers;
  5. The Approval of the Constitution; and
  6. Any other business submitted by a Member in accordance with the process outlined below.

A light lunch will be provided.

Documentation related to this AGM includes and is available at the following links:

  1. A nomination form for elections to the GCAP Committee
  2. A call for nominations for GCAP Executive Officers
  3. The draft of the GCAP Constitution

Members wishing to advise of General Business for discussion at the AGM must do so in writing to the GCAP General Secretary (s.harris@griffith.edu.au) prior to 3:00pm Friday 23 May, 2014.


A Big Week Ahead!!

Hey GCAP members! Hope things are going well and you remembered to call your mom for Mother’s Day! A few big things are happening this week for GCAP. In this post there will be more information about GCAP Present Li Cunxin, our AGM, and the appointment process for new Executive Officers for GCAP!

Firstlclick-here-buttony, it is time for GCAP to begin the process of transitioning to a new leadership team. The GCAP Executive Officers [President, Director (Acadmic Services), Director (Equity), Director (Events), and Director (Funding and Grants)] ar
e the people who drive and create a lot of the events and programs you’ve come to know and love. We’re looking for people who want to get involved and help sustain the incredible work that GCAP has been doing. It’s a lot of fun, a lot of work, and a lot of learning. For more details on how to apply to join the GCAP Executive Officer team, click here or email Steve Harris at s.harris@griffith.edu.au.Li Cunxin Poster

Secondly, GCAP Presents Li Cunxin is happening this Wednesday. We’ve already given away more than 400 tickets!!! If you haven’t got yours yet, head to the Student Guild office to grab your free ticket. Already have a ticket, but want to bring a friend? Feel free to come by and grab another ticket or two. Remember, seating is not guaranteed so be sure to be there early. Doors open at 6:30p, event starts at 7p and there will be a cash bar and some nibbles following the event for your enjoyment.

Thirdly, we know this time of year can be stressful. Did you know meditation can be a great stress reliever? We’ve organised a small event to head to a Buddhist Temple this Sunday to learn about meditation and Buddhism. For more details contact Eric at events@gcap.org.au.

Fourthly, for those of you still working on assignments, please pop by Shut Up and Write to get some writing done or use our Assignment Help service for some professional help with editing, referencing and other issues.

Finally, I hope you’ve already put May 30th in your calendar. If you haven’t, please do so now. The GCAP AGM is happening that day. This will be a big day for GCAP as we will be holding elections for Committee members as well as approving our constitution. And, of course, there will be food! Stay tuned for the formal notice of the event and we hope you can make it.

As always, feel free to get in touch with us at info@gcap.org.au. Have a great week and I hope to see you Wednesday.

GCAP President




Executive Officer Appointments

GCAP is pleased to announce its call for nominations for the leadership team next year. We are looking for applicants for the following roles:

  • President
  • Director (Academic Services)
  • Director (Equity)
  • Director (Events)
  • Director (Funding and Grants)

Applications are due to s.harris@griffith.edu.au by 4pm on 22 May 2014. Applications should include a two page CV and a one page letter responding to the questions in the Call for Nominations. The full details can be found by clicking the button below.


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*

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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.