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Graduate Student Association

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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
guthmanl@stthom.edu

GSA President

Maureen Bielinski
Current Program of Study: Ph.D. Phil

 

 

GSA Secretary

Abby Milam
Current Program of Study: MBA

 

 

GSA Treasurer*

Sousan Sawaqed
Current Program of Study: MSA

 

 

 

Senator
(Cameron School of Business)

Michael Wolf
Current Program of Study: MBA

 

 

Senator
(CTS)

John Boyer,
boyerj@stthom.edu
Current Program of Study:  Ph.D. Phil.
 

 

Senator
(Faith & Culture)

Chris Collins    

 

 

Senator
(Theology)

(open)

 

Senator
(MLA)

(open)

 

Senator
(Education)

Tabita Rudder
Current Program of Study: M.Ed.

 

 

Senator
(at large)

Jeffrey Coburn
Current Program of Study: MSF

 

 

Senator
(at large)

(open)

 

Grad Programming Board

Advisor: Ramon Fernandez; ramonf@stthom.edu

GSA Vice-President

John Skalko
ustgsa@gmail.com
Current Program of Study: PhD Phil
 

 

 

GSA Public Relations

Isabella Ybirin

 

GSA Purser

Ada Espinoza
espinoal@stthom.edu

 

Grad Clubs System

gsaclubs@gmail.com

GSA Chancellor

Bridget Hardy
hardyb@stthom.edu
Current Program of Study: MAFC

Advisor: Dr. Adam Martinez, martinag@stthom.edu

GSA Vice Chancellor

Ally Montillo
montila@stthom.edu

 

GSA Treasurer*

Sousan Sawaqed
sawaqes@stthom.edu

 

Judicial Council (Tribunal)

Chief Justice

Catherine Williams
williace1@stthom.edu

Graduate Student Justice

(open)

Graduate Student Justice

(open)

Graduate Student Justice* (open)
   

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

 

Notes:
*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.

Graduate Clubs

Graduate Association for Accounting Professionals Club (GAAP)

  • Provides additional networking opportunities in the evening for individuals interested in the accounting profession
  • Enhances the foundation of professionalism deemed necessary in order to smooth the transition of its members from students to professionals
  • Educate members about pertinent accounting trends and changes and enhance members' leadership skills, credibility and ethics
  • Contact us on Facebook: facebook.com/GAAPust; by email: gaapust@gmail.com

Business Ethics Society

  • Goal is building ethics in society through leadership, service and integrity
  • Network with the business community and build professional relationships to facilitate career paths
  • Create ethical leaders
  • Contact us at bes@stthom.edu

Faith and Culture Graduate Club

  • Weave UST education in programs affiliated with the Center for Faith and Culture through club events, prayer sessions and everyday life.
  • Meets individuals where they are to transcend the self in love through our various activities.
  • Incorporates all faiths and breaks down cultural barriers to build an all-inclusive community who challenges individuals to let go of the teachings of the world and better understand what we are truly here for.
  • Contact us at gstokes@stthom.edu.

Finance Consortium

  • Committed to ensuring students are well informed in their decision to pursue a career in finance through finance counseling, tutoring and internship help will be given to any member who requires assistance.
  • Seeks to enhance the overall educational experience through supplemental workshops, book scholarship award and book of the month program.
  • Networking and social endeavors aim to provide an avenue for current students to connect to the ever-growing alumni base, and create a network with their current peers.
  • Contact us at ustfinanceconsortium@gmail.com.

Toastmasters

  • An international nonprofit educational organization that teaches public speaking and leadership skills through a worldwide network of clubs.
  • Helps people of all backgrounds build confidence as speakers and leaders by offering a learn-by-doing opportunity that has been proven to create confident, charismatic negotiators.
  • Provide a mutually supportive and positive learning environment in which every individual member has the opportunity to develop oral communication and leadership skills, which in turn foster self-confidence and personal growth.
  • Contact us at toastmasters@sttom.edu.

Gather Round the Thomists (Graduate Philosophy Club)

  • Creates a forum for philosophical discussion outside the classroom among students and professors.
  • Offers philosophy graduate students opportunities to present their work before their peers for critical evaluation and further discussion.
  • Hones the public speaking, debate, and critical thinking skills of club members.
  • Contact GRTT President Joe Cherny at chernyj@stthom.edu.
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