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Graduate Peers' Schedules

Summer 2015
Peer Advisor Availability

Professional Development Peer
Shawn Warner-Garcia

Mon-Thu: 10 a.m.-noon

Writing Peer & Funding Peer
Kyle Crocco

Mon, Wed: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Communications Peer
Melissa Rapp

Mon: 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Wed: 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Diversity Peer
Charles Williams

By appointment

The peers sometimes hold events or attend meetings during their regular office hours. To assure you connect with your Graduate Peer Advisor, we encourage you to contact them by email and make an appointment.



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Grad Students Keep Fit at the 2015 Gaucho Gallop Race

Graduate Division runners celebrating the race at Giovanni's. Photo courtesy of Kyle CroccoTo help promote the ideal of healthy living and wellness for our grad students, the Graduate Division sponsored 12 students for the 5k Gaucho Gallop and the Gaucho Challenge, which took place on Saturday, April 25.

Here are the total and per mile times for the runners and the Gaucho Challenge team's result.

Congratulations to all of the graduate students who participated. Keep running and stay healthy.

Runner Name/Total Time/Per Mile Time

Stephanie Fronk,  21:01,  6:46

Kyle Crocco, 22:05,  7:07

John Retterer-Moore, 23:14,  7:29

Ryan Dippre, 23:29,  7:34

Marc Steele, 23:30,  7:34

Stephanie Griffin, 25:10,  8:06

Iris Shin, 26:11,  8:26

Sarah Harris, 28:43,  9:15

Emma Parker, 31:34, 10:10

Danielle Guerra, 33:08, 10:40

Amanda Hurley, 33:09, 10:41

Gaucho Challenge Team (41:49)

Sarah Grundeen

Elmer Guzman

Start training now for the 2016 Gaucho Gallop race! Downtown Santa Barbara's Nite Moves series would be a great start. Or make use of our on campus recreation classes and facilities.


Cool Stuff to do in Santa Barbara Just a Click Away

Grads, are you looking for something fun to do? Or would you like to try something fun that is uniquely Santa Barbaran? Then you should click on the Visit Santa Barbara site.

On their site, you can find all the information you need on special offers, food and drink, beaches and parks, wine, outdoor recreation, a calendar of events, and everything that makes Santa Barbara special from food to film festivals.

Check it out now and thank me later.


Library Survey for NEW Grad Student Study Room Could Change Your Life

Did you know the Davidson Library renovation and expansion includes a project with dedicated space for graduate students?

The library is currently seeking input from graduate students like yourself about how they can best meet our needs for the new Graduate Student Study Room.

If you want your voice heard, please take the time to complete a very brief survey so the library can plan a space that will serve us well.

If you're interested in offering more detailed feedback, please include your name and e-mail address at the end of the survey. You may be contacted about setting up a focus group.

Davidson Library renovationYour study room will be in this building. Image courtesy of the Davidson Library


GradPost Peers Say Farewell to Arts & Lectures Karna Hughes

The GradPost said farewell and thanks to UCSB Arts & Lectures publicist Karna Hughes at the Roy Restaurant on Thursday, March 12.

She brought the life to our Life section. Thanks to her, we and other grad students were able to experience concerts like the Avett Brothers, film festivals like the Banff Mountain Film Festival, and comedians like W. Kamau Bell.

Karna Hughes will be moving on to her new position as Director of Communications at Visit Santa Barbara.

We wish you the best of luck in your new position.

Karna Hughes and Funding Peer Kyle Crocco at the Roy restaurant on March 12.



Grad Student Participants Sought for 'Life after Graduation' Program

The Faculty in Residence program at UCSB's Manzanita Village and San Rafael residence halls invites graduate students to share their experiences with undergraduate students who are interested in graduate school. The program aims to introduce undergraduate students to the grad school application process.

The "Life after Graduation" program will be held on Thursday, April 16, from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Loma Pelona Center (LPC). Graduate student guests will be invited to dinner at the Carrillo Dining Commons and then join the discussion at the LPC.

Graduate students who are interested in participating should email the program.  


Applications Now Open for UCSB Grad Student Housing

The application process for continuing students for the San Clemente Villages apartments is now open. (Check out the brochure here.) These apartments are available to all single continuing graduate students. (Students with families should submit an application for Family Student Housing.) The complex offers 2 and 4-bedroom apartments with each bedroom occupied by one person (single occupancy).

2 and 4 bedroom apartments with each bedroom occupied by one person (single occupancy.) First come-first serve availability for the room type of your preference. - See more at:

To find out more and to fill out an application, click here. For more information on campus housing options for grad students, click here.


Banff Mountain Film Festival Inspires 

Banff Mountain Film Festival. Photo Courtesy of UCSB Arts & LecturesOn Thursday, Feb. 26, UCSB Arts & Lectures delivered another sold-out event at the Arlington Theatre in downtown Santa Barbara. It was so popular, there was not a seat to be found and these two reporters had to stand in the back to watch some of these amazing films.

With a stated mission of "Inspiring Creativity," the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour delivered on their promise.

While the event mostly attracted outdoor adventure enthusiasts, even the stereotypical bookish graduate student could find some life inspiration from these films.

The film "Into The Empty Quarter" contrasted the busy city life of Dubai with the emptiness of the Arabian peninsula: In an urban setting, adventure can be found just a few miles away. Moreover, travel is not a science experiment. It is not a replicable event, yet so much can be learned from it.

Other films were technically inventive but not as inspiring. The film "Drawn" tried to sell the spirit of carpe diem, as friends traveled the world and climbed mountains to honor a friend who died in a mountain accident. However, after a good start, the film fell flat, and was only saved by its production value of including creative animated sequences.

That said, all the films made us want to put our books down and get outside, if only for a study break.

The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour was presented by National Geographic and The North Face and was also sponsored by Deuter, Cushe, Clif Bar & Company, Bergans of Norway, and Icebreaker Merino Clothing with support from Petzl, Kicking Horse Coffee, World Expeditions, The Lake Louise Ski Resort and Summer Gondola, and Mammut.

 Communications Peer Melissa Rapp wrote a whole lot of this review.


Hashtag Fun for Academics and Grads

Twitter logoNeed some academic amusement? Have a cat? Some bad academic advice? Want to know how to stop an academic conversation dead on a date? Then check out the responses to these academic hashtags on Twitter.

#AcademicsWithCats, #BadAdviceForYoungAcademics, #RuinADateWithAnAcademicinFiveWords, and #FailaPhDinThreeWords.

To learn more about the academic behind these hashags, check out The Chronicle of Higher Education article "Meet the 26-Year-Old Behind Academic Twitter’s Most Popular Hashtags."


GSA's "Moshertime" Happy Hour is a Good Time for Grad Students

Grad Student on the rooftop sky terraceGrad students having a Moshertime. Credit: Kyle CroccoUCSB's Graduate Student Association (GSA) has a new happy hour and it's called "Moshertime."

Once a month, from 5 to 7 p.m., you can enjoy free drinks, tasty snacks, and stimulating conversation with your fellow grad students at the Mosher Alumni House.

Last week's Moshertime provided great atmosphere. From the Rooftop Sky Terrace, grad students enjoyed stunning panoramic views of the UCSB campus and Santa Barbara airport.

There was also something for everyone--three kinds of beers for beer lovers, multiple non-alcoholic drinks, salty and sweet snacks in easy reach, and plenty of grad students to connect with from various departments.

If you haven't Moshertimed yet, your next chance to Mosher is Thursday, March 19.

Please note, in order to attend you must provide a valid government issued ID to show you are 21 or over and a UCSB ID to show you are a graduate student.

Fast Facts:

When: Thursday, March 19, 5 to 7 p.m.

Where: Mosher Alumni House Roofdeck

Who: UCSB graduate students 21+ with valid ID

Cost: FREE



Avett Brothers Put on the Best Concert of the Year

The Avett Brothers lit up the Arlington Theatre on Tuesday night. Credit: UCSB Arts & LecturesIf you haven't seen the Avett Brothers in concert, then put it on your bucket list. This band knows how to put on a show.

The band, formed around the nucleus of brothers Scott Avett (banjo) and Seth Avett (guitar), had the audience on their feet and dancing for most of the UCSB Arts & Lectures concert at the Arlington Theatre on the night of Tuesday, Feb. 10.

The audience loved every minute of it, from the Santa Barbara hipsters, to the barefoot dancers, to our very own Associate Dean of Student Affairs Don Lubach and the Graduate Division's Director of Graduate Student Professional Development Robert Hamm.

The stage show set the bar high for concert entertainment. They had great lighting, a clear sound mix, and a dramatic, yet authentic, stage presence you don't often have a chance to witness.

Their ingredients for success were a banjo to lift your grad student blues and the kinship of two brothers who were so comfortable with one another that Scott was actually giving Seth a back massage during his guitar solo.

Avett Brothers band. Photo courtesy of the Avett BrothersAdd a cellist (Joe Kwon) who never lets his cello hit the ground, a hot fiddler (Tania Elizabeth) to add enchanting melody lines, a steady rock rhythm beat of a bassist (Bob Crawford) and a drummer (Mike Marsh) to keep you on your feet and dancing, and the keyboard fills (Paul Defiglia), and you have yourself a show you won't forget.

If you were looking for boring, you came to the wrong address. There was always something going on. These musicians never stayed in one place. They bounced and danced around over the entire stage, or even bowed down, in the case of Marsh's drum solo.

As Hamm summed it up, "How great was that concert? I can't recall seeing a better show." My thoughts exactly, Dr. Hamm.

Communications Peer Melissa Rapp contributed a whole bunch of stuff to this review.