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Graduate Student Association socialGSA Mission Statement

The mission of The Graduate Student Association (GSA) is to represent and support the interests of the University's current and future graduate student community by supporting scholarly activities and providing leadership, service and social opportunities for its members. The GSA exists to enrich the experience of the University's graduate students and interested undergraduate students. The GSA accomplishes these objectives by responding to the changing collective needs of our primary constituents. The GSA is designed to serve all UST students.

Objectives of GSA

We aim to meet the following objectives:

  1. Support the University's Catholic mission and vision.
  2. Promote a community among graduate students and their families.
  3. Promote community with the rest of the university including the  undergraduate students.
  4. Furnish accessible, reliable and valuable information, services and programs to current and prospective graduate students.
  5. Establish an influential network to aid in the professional development of students and alumni.
  6. Partner with corporations to increase awareness of UST graduates and promote GSA activities that are consistent with the GSA mission.
  7. Partner with charitable organizations to promote the GSA and the University's Catholic mission and vision.
  8. Identification and recruitment of professional academic certifications and programs such as CMA, CFP, CPA, LPC, etc. onto the UST campus.

GSA is composed of three components: the Graduate Senate, the Graduate Programming Board, and the Graduate Clubs System.

The Graduate Senate oversees the other components and represents graduate student concerns to the university. The Graduate Programming Board runs the flagship graduate social events. It also hosts events targeted at different graduate schools such as a business networking night. The Graduate Clubs System oversees individual graduate clubs and welcomes the creation of new ones.

GSA Officers per component

Grad Senate

Advisor: Lindsey McPherson

GSA President

John Skalko, Ph.D. Phil.


GSA Secretary

Daniel Wagner, Ph.D. Phil.


GSA Treasurer*

Allison Flake



Senator (Cameron School of Business)

Michael Wolf. MBA


Senator (CTS)

John Boyer, Ph.D. Phil.


Senator (Faith & Culture)

Butch Callegari


Senator (Theology)



Senator (MLA)

Alison Ruff


Senator (Education)

Hermethia D. Haynes


Senator (at large)

Mark Watson, MBA


Senator (at large)

Natalie Baker, MSA


Grad Programming Board

Advisor: Ramon Fernandez;

GSA Vice-President

Erica Savage Garcia, MBA


GSA Public Relations

Aldon Landers, MBA



GSA Purser

Ada Espinoza


Grad Clubs System

GSA Chancellor

Bridget Hardy, MAFC

Advisor: Dr. Adam Martinez,

GSA Vice Chancellor

Maureen Bielinski, Ph.D. Phil.;


GSA Treasurer*

Allison Flake


Judicial Council

Chief Justice

Elizabeth Kuncewicz

Graduate Student Justice


Graduate Student Justice

Michael Black

Graduate Student Justice* Austin Choate,
Undergraduate Student Justice Paul Gries
Undergraduate Student Justice Catherine Williams
Undergraduate Student Justice Justin Speight

*NOTE: all of these are first to be appointed by the Grad Student Senate by a majority vote, and approved by SGA


*GSA Treasurer is shared by both the Graduate Senate and the Graduate Clubs System.
  • per article Article VI, Section 4, E of the GSA Constitution one of the senator slots may be converted to an at-large position if it is unable to be filled.
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