Brock’s Graduate Students’ Association (GSA) will be hosting their second iteration of their Starlight Gala in celebration of the continuous effort put out by graduate students at the university.
The Gala will be held on Friday, March 6 at Club Roma on 125 Vansickle Road in St. Catharines. It will run from 6:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. and is expected to see 225 students in attendance.
“Last year we saw 155 students attend our event and this year we’ve increased the number to the maximum possible capacity available which is 225 students. The concept behind it is really bringing [graduate students] together as a community to have fun and to share and network with each other,” said Reuben Plance, vice-president, internal for the GSA. “Most graduate students have their convocation in the winter, so it seemed to make the most sense to host the gala in March. We want to celebrate their hard work and give them a time where they can put down their books and just have fun. They deserve it.”
Those who attend the event will receive dinner, during which there will be select music performances. After the dinner, attendees will have the rest of the night to socialize and be entertained by DJ Dominoes. This format is brand new to the event as last year it followed a stricter schedule. Plance believes that the new format will encourage members of the graduate student population to be more social and connect with other students outside of their area of study.
In addition to the Starlight Gala, Brock’s GSA will be facilitating their own Mental Health First-Aid (MHFA) training for graduate students on March 21 inside of the Kenmore Centre. Graduate students who take this two-day course are expected to be well prepared to interact confidently about mental health with young people once they have completed it.
Brock’s GSA acts as a liaison between graduate students and the university and work to advocate for the interests of graduate students who are engaged with Brock at various levels. The association hosts a number of events throughout the year which can be found on ExperienceBU.
Students who desire to find out more information about the gala or MHFA training are encouraged to contact Plance at email@example.com. Tickets for the event can be purchased through the Brock Ticketing website, brock.universitytickets.com at a cost of $22 for currently registered graduate students and $30 for other students, members of staff and the general public.