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Here are a list of the current offices, with the people holding those positions and brief descriptions of their jobs.

President

Member:

  • Richard Wagner

The president basically makes his/her own job. For example, he/she can be a liason between the physics graduate students and the physics department head, helping communicate and resolve issues for the graduate students. The president also runs the elections.

You must have passed the qualifiers to hold this office.

Vice President

Member:

  • Kyle Lynch-Klarup

The only official duties are running the elections and recording who gets elected to what office. Running the elections includes learning how to use the iClickers, arranging for them to be available at the elections, and getting the election to run smoothly with them.

This person is also a second-in-command for the president, and should keep up to date on what's going on in the department (especially what the president is doing in fulfillment of his/her office).

You must have passed the qualifiers to hold this office.

Curriculum Committee

Members:

  • Dileep Reddy
  • Roger Smith
  • Wesley Erickson

2 members (with a possible extra)

Works with the faculty on the curriculum committee, which decides on the undergraduate curriculum.

You must have passed the qualifiers to be on this committee.

Graduate Studies Committee

Members:

  • Dileep Reddy
  • Chris Jackson
  • Kyle Welch

3 members

Works with the faculty on the graduate education committee, deciding what classes should be offered/required.

You must have passed the qualifiers to be on this committee.

Faculty Committee

Members:

  • Herbie Grotewohl
  • David Grych

2 members

Sits in on faculty meetings, offering input when requested. Records what happens in the meetings (especially any entertaining faculty outbursts) and reports back to the graduate students.

You must have passed the qualifiers to be on this committee.

Admissions Committee

Members:

  • Liza Brost
  • George de Coster
  • Wes Erickson

3 members

Only works during the few weeks that new graduate student applications are being reviewed. Members spend several hours per week reviewing applications, and have some input over who gets admitted during weekly meetings. These meetings typically last a few hours.

You must have passed the qualifiers to be on this committee.

Computer Controller

Member:

  • John Myers

Deals with all things pertaining to the computers in the Binney Lounge. Includes maintenance, replacement, and removal.

Invited Speaker Coordinators

Members:

  • Kyle Welch
  • Yasin Karim

Also known as the Minister of Propaganda.

The graduate students get to invite a few speakers for the colloquiums. This person is in charge of soliciting input on who to invite from the graduate students, making the selection, and notifying the department of that selection.

Lounge Lizards

Members:

  • Andy Hammond
  • Caleb Holt
  • Jon Ruffin
  • Peter Lindstrom

This office was formerly known as Lounge Lord, but the name changed when the duties changed.

Gets newpapers from the EMU and delivers them to the Binney Lounge, arranges to have the lounge and refrigerator cleaned up when needed, and talks with the office staff about procuring new swag for the lounge.

List Master

Member:

  • Erik Keever

Maintains physgradlist, the email list for the physics graduate students. This involves list configuration and maintenance, adding/removing new members, moderating (if desired), and handling bounced messages. Responsible for seeking out new member addresses for adding to the list. Also responsible for managing a current committee members webpage.

Colloquium Lunch Committee

Members:

  • Kentaro Hoeger
  • Jordan Chess

2 members

Arranges the lunches with colloquium speakers. The faculty usually arrange for the speaker to have lunch with graduate students, but it doesn't hurt to check. This committee makes sure a room is reserved for the event, sets the room up beforehand if necessary, cleans up afterwards, makes sure the speaker gets on to the next meeting in a timely fashion, advertises the lunch (sends out an email beforehand), and is responsible for food (typically ordering pizza and buying drinks beforehand), cups, plates, etc. Food may be billed to a personal credit card, and the department will reimburse afterwards.

Finally, during the lunch, the committee members are expected to greet the speaker, show them their seat, and make sure they get pizza, drinks, and in general know the flow of things. The committee members should also have a few questions prepared in case the conversation lags. These do not need to be directed at the speaker, but may be directed at the graduate students as well.

Graduate Student Seminar (GSS) Committee

Members:

  • Erin Mondloch
  • Ben Strickland
  • Julian Smith

3 members

Schedules and runs the GSS's. Responsible for getting speakers, reserving a room and time, advertising (email, posters, and running the webpage), and room setup/cleanup. This includes getting snacks, for which the department will reimburse you.

The committee is recommended to reserve the room for an hour and a half, as sometimes GSS's run overtime.

Refreshments Committee

No members.

There is no more refreshments committee as the pre-colloquium refreshments are now handled by UO Catering.

GTFF Stewards

Members:

  • Eryn Cook
  • Tyler Harvey
  • Wes Miller
  • Blake Parris
  • Tristan Hormel
  • Ian Snyder
  • Richard Wagner

About a tenth of the physics graduate student population

These are physics graduate students selected to represent the physics department in the graduate students' union.

Recruiting Committee

Members:

  • Maira Amezcua (Chair)
  • Liza Brost
  • Blake Parris
  • Michael Dillard
  • Kevin Walton
  • Paul Schale
  • John Myers
  • Fehmi Yasin
  • Erik Keever
  • Savannah Logan
  • Julian Smith
  • Yasin Karim
  • Peter Morse
  • Kyle Welch
  • Caleb Holt
  • David Miller
  • Andrew Blaikie
  • Ben Strickland
  • Alex Trevelyan

Many members

Works with the faculty recruiting committee to plan and run the recruiting weekend in the spring. Involves a few planning meetings before the event, and typically takes a lot of work during the actual weekend, ferrying prospective students around, talking to them, and making sure things run smoothly and that they have fun. Members get a lot of free food and drinks. All members will be expected to get certified to drive a van, with rare exceptions. Chair must have passed the qualifying and have been on this committee for at least one other time.

Orientation Committee

Members:

  • Michael Dillard
  • Blake Parris
  • Tyler Harvey
  • David Miller
  • Fehmi Yasin
  • Brian Hake

At least 4 people, ideally 6.

Works with the faculty orientation coordinator, grad programs coordinator and graduate advisor beginning Spring term. Plans and administers the training activities for summer undergraduate TAs. Plans and administers the teaching-related and grad-life related portions of the first year orientation. Gauges the effectiveness of the training via surveys and feedback sessions. Keeps the Physics GTF wiki and its child pages (common physics GTF position descriptions and orientation materials) updated. After orientation, members of this committee act as a resource for incoming physics GTFs. May recruit additional volunteers for orientation training sessions as necessary.

Fall Picnic Planning Committee

Members:

  • Peter Morse (Chair)
  • Maira Amezcua
  • Herbie Grotewohl
  • Chris Newby

The more the merrier.

Plans the annual Fall Picnic held at the beginning of the fall term. Chair must have passed qualifying exam.

Holiday Party Planning Committee

Members:

  • Emily Hommerding (Chair)
  • John Myers
  • Rick Montgomery
  • Peter Morse
  • Maira Amezcua
  • Brian Hake
  • Alex Trevelyan
  • Blake Parris
  • Ian Pilgrim
  • Herbie Grotewohl

The more the merrier.

Plans the annual Holiday Party held at the end of fall term. Chair must have passed qualifying exam.

Wanton Mechanics Planning Comittee

Members:

  • Richard Wagner (Co-chair)
  • David Grych (Co-chair)
  • Jon Ruffin
  • Liza Brost
  • Caleb Holt
  • Blake Parris
  • Chris Newby
  • Herbie Grotewohl
  • Bill Watterson

The more the merrier.

Plan the annual physics department anti-talent show held near the beginning of spring term, usually after the qualifiers are taken but before the results are in. Need to reserve the space (usually Agate Hall) early. 

Chair must have passed qualifying exam.

The committee usually puts on at least one of the acts.

 

Summer Outings Committee

Members:

  • John Myers (Chair)
  • Caleb Holt
  • David MIller
  • Savannah Logan
  • Ben Strickland
  • Julian Smith

The more the merrier.

Plans at least one social outing for graduate students, faculty, and others involved with the physics department during the summer.

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