The Council of Graduate Students at Michigan State

This is the blog of the Council of Graduate Students at Michigan State University. Our goal is to connect you with the events, issues and discussions that matter to MSU graduate students. We hope this will allow us to foster greater communication, a broader dissemination of information and a tighter community of graduate students at MSU.

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The Council of Graduate Students is excited to make the move to Chittenden Hall! On 9/15/14, COGS will begin a 2-week, phased in move to Chittenden Hall. Please bare with us while we pack up our offices and our computers and phones are moved. We will try to respond to everyone in a timely manner but please be patient with us. Our copy center and office will be closed from 9/15 - 9/26. Please call or email ahead if you need to come to the office during that time so we can make sure someone is there and what building we will be in. The building dedication and official opening is scheduled for Friday, November 7, 2014 from 3:30pm - 6pm.

Fall 2014 Welcome Letter from COGS President, Emily Bank, and ASMSU President, James Conwell.

Fall Application online now!!!

MSU Child Care Grant

The MSU Child Care Grant program provides funds to students with children to assist in meeting the cost of licensed child care during the school year. The maximum award for the MSU Child Care Grant is $1,500 per semester per child.

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for the Child Care Grant, you must:

  • Be enrolled at least half-time in a degree granting program at MSU, the Agricultural Technology or Teacher Certification programs.
  • Be the parent of a child 12 years old or younger, or a child with special needs under the age of 19.
  • Incur child care expenses from services provided by a licensed provider.
  • Demonstrate financial need as established by your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).
  • Be making satisfactory academic progress as required by the university.
  • Use child care services because you are a single student, or if married, because your spouse is either a student or employed outside the home.

How to apply

Complete the following steps to apply for Fall Semester 2014:

  1. File the 2014-2015 FAFSA and have the results sent to MSU.
  2. Complete and submit the following forms, including all requested documentation:

Note: Please do NOT submit any application earlier than 30 days prior to the beginning of the semester for which you are applying.

Awarding of the grant

  • Applications are reviewed and awards are determined approximately 3 weeks into each semester to allow for confirmation of attendance.
  • The amount of grant is based on financial need, the number of children enrolled in licensed care, daycare costs, and available MSU funding.
  • The grant will be applied as a credit to your student account and will result in a refund if the account balance allows. It will be the student’s responsibility to use the refund as payment to the licensed child care provider.

COGS Childcare Endowment

Graduate students who would like to apply for COGS Childcare Endowment should check the box on the MSU Child Care Grant application indicating your interest in being considered for these funds. To maximize the number of students eligible for childcare assistance, priority will be given to students who are ineligible for the MSU Child Care Grant. Please note that students must be enrolled at least half time in a degree granting program and demonstrate financial need to be eligible for this program as well. This program is open to international graduate students, and law students.

Title: Navigating the Master’s Degree
Date: 9/6/2014 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Fee: None

Description: Navigating the Master’s Degree Workshop Series This interactive writing workshop, given at least once a semester, is designed to help students develop an individualized plan for understanding graduate school more generally and graduate writing more specifically. This workshop is designed for students in both the early and latter years of their master’s degree study. See below for the description. In this 3-hour workshop, the focus will be on understanding the transition from undergraduate to graduate school, navigating master’s degree coursework and graduation options (thesis, exams, portfolios, etc.), locating and using professional and personal support resources, and writing for degree and future job requirements. Participants will create academic timelines for their master’s work (coursework, conference presentations, internships, etc.) at MSU, and discuss technologies and habits that can help them stay on task. Participants will also discuss how to manage the stress that often pervades the life of master’s students, and how to select and work with a committee. The workshop will end by having participants explore and share their current writing practices, and writing and revision strategies, as well as sharing strategies for overcoming writer’s block and procrastination.

Presenter: Phil Bratta
Location: 300 Bessey Hall (The Writing Center)
434 Farm Ln, East Lansing MI 48824

Dear Students:

As you may be aware, the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs is engaged in a search for two Assistant/Associate Vice Presidents. The search committee has identified six candidates for on campus interviews; below please see the schedule for the visits with time and location for the public presentations.  We need your assistance in this important interview process. Your input is essential in finding the right individuals to fill these key roles for our campus and your experiences. We will provide a feedback form  for you to assist in selecting the new Assistant/Associate Vice Presidents.

In addition to the public presentation to be given by each candidates during the full day of interviews, there will be a specific time for students to meet with the candidates. For the first candidate this Friday, please come to 150 Student Services Building from 2:40 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.  We will forward additional dates and times when confirmed. 

Please find Drs. Younger and Osiris’ resumes on the Student Affairs website at: We hope you will join us for the important time and choice in the life of students, MSU and Student Affairs.

Please contact Toni Fredline  ( to inform her of your participation, so that we may appropriately accommodate everyone participating for each session.

We look forward to your involvement.

Denise B. Maybank, Ph.D.
Vice President for Student Affairs
Michigan State University
(517) 355-7535


June 26-27, 2014
Toyia Younger - Identity & Affinity
Assistant Provost, Division of Academic Affairs, Towson University, Towson, MD

* Friday, June 27, 2014, 1:00pm-2:30pm,
119 Psychology Building

July 1-2, 2014
Charles Osiris - Identity & Affinity
Executive Director, Inspire, Leadership, Educational, Accountability, Development Institute, Santa Maria, CA

* Wednesday, July 2, 2014, 1:00pm-2:30pm, 118 Psychology Building

July 2-3, 2014
Terrence Frazier - Identity & Affinity
Associate Vice President for Student Affairs, Alabama A&M University, Huntsville, AL

* Thursday, July 3, 2014, 1:00pm-2:30pm, 119 
Psychology Building

July 7-8, 2014
Edgar Berry - Health, Wellness & Safety
Vice President for Student Affairs, Albany State University, Albany, Georgia

* Tuesday, July 8, 2014, 1:30pm-3:00pm,
119 Psychology Building

July 8-9, 2014
Salvador Mena - Health, Wellness & Safety Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students, College of Staten island, City University of New York

* Wednesday, July 9, 2014, 2:30pm -4:00pm, 118 Psychology

July 9-10, 2014
Vernell Bennett - Identity & Affinity
Assistant Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion/Senior Advisor to Academic Affairs and Presidential Liaison, Kentucky State University

* Thursday, July 10, 2014, 1:00pm-2:30pm, 119 Psychology

Possibility for a seventh interview for a third candidate in the search for Health Wellness & Safety July 10th & 11th to be confirmed.


Check out the last COGS newsletter of the school year.