Hello Graduate Students,
The Sacred Heart University Council of Graduate Students, also referred to as COGS, is an extra-curricular organization that fosters support and interaction among graduate students, faculty, the University, and community at large through intellectual and social events. It provides a voice for graduate students by embracing the academic, social, cultural, and general diversity of its members.
Membership to COGS is open to all part-time and full-time graduate students looking to become more involved within the graduate student body on campus. COGS meetings take place every other Wednesday at 8PM. Regardless of the amount of time you can contribute to COGS, there are numerous ways to have an active role on the council. Remember, it’s never too late to join!
Every month, COGS sponsors a Pub Night for graduate students at the Outpost Pub on campus. Free food, $2 drafts, live music, and Bingo with prizes are some of the attractions. It’s a fun way to reconnect with classmates outside of the classroom, and also meet other graduate students from different programs. In addition to this, COGS organizes at least one Happy Hour a month at local restaurants and bars, so that members can continue bonding in an off-campus setting. Our most popular social event is the COGS semi-formal Dinner Dance in the spring that is open to all graduate students and their dates, as well as faculty and administration. It’s an elegant celebration of the ending academic year enjoyed with cocktails, dinner, and dancing.
COGS also provides financial assistance to each graduate level academic program for use towards conferences, guest lecturers, and career development events.
As President, my main goal this year is to create a more consistent dialogue among the graduate student population, and also between graduate students and the University. I hope to increase COGS awareness and participation by organizing a variety of social and networking events that appeal to graduate students of all ages and backgrounds.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I hope to meet you soon at a COGS meeting or event!