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Graduate Student Association

713-525-3576
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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

John Skalko, Ph.D. Phil.
ustgsa@gmail.com

 

GSA Secretary

Daniel Wagner, Ph.D. Phil.
wagnerdc@stthom.edu

 

GSA Treasurer*

Michael Ratinov
​mratinov1999@hotmail.com

 

Senator (Cameron School of Business)

Michael Wolf. MBA
MAWolf@spectraenergy.com

 

Senator (CTS)

John Boyer, Ph.D. Phil. 
boyerj@stthom.edu

 

Senator (Faith & Culture)

(open)

 

Senator (Theology)

(open)

 

Senator (MLA)

Alison Ruff
alisonbruff@gmail.com

 

Senator (Education)

Hermethia D. Haynes
hermethia@gmail.com

 

Senator (at large)

Mark Watson, MBA
mwatson@stthom.edu

 

Senator (at large)

Natalie Baker, MSA natalie.l.baker@gmail.com

 

Grad Programming Board

Advisor: Ramon Fernandez; ramonf@stthom.edu

GSA Vice-President

Erica Savage Garcia, MBA
savagee@stthom.edu

 

GSA Public Relations

Thomas Beavers; thomasbeavers3@gmail.com

 

GSA Purser

Ada Espinoza
espinoal@stthom.edu

 

Grad Clubs System

gsaclubs@gmail.com

GSA Chancellor

Bridget Hardy, MAFC
hardyb@stthom.edu

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

GSA Vice Chancellor

Maureen Bielinski, Ph.D. Phil.; bielinm@stthom.edu

 

GSA Treasurer*

Michael Ratinov
mratinov1999@hotmail.com

 

Tribunal

Graduate Chief Justice

(open)

Graduate Student Justice

(open)

Graduate Student Justice

(open)

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.
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