Officers and Committees

The Graduate Student Council Executive Committee 2014-2015

Feel free to contact the members if you have questions about GSC, ideas for activities that GSC might sponsor, or concerns you would like to see GSC address. The email address for the Graduate Student Council is


Amanda Fairbanks



Student Affairs in Higher Education

Amanda Martens




Michael Reichenberger



Nuclear Engineering

Lauren Reiter



Apparel and Textiles

Allocations Committee

This committee is chaired by the Treasurer, GSC and consists of members who volunteer to serve. The primary responsibility of this committee is overseeing the Travel Grant process.

If you are interested in serving on this committee, contact the committee.

Kavitha Penugonda
Phil Schumm
Phillip Defoe
Prashant Wani
Han Wen

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Recognitions is a standing committee within the GSC. The committee works together to recognize graduate students for their achievements.

Aaron Entringer
Faith Thanji

Campus Master Plan Committee

The charge will be to assess and document facility needs on the Manhattan campus for the next 15 years and determine the potential need for additional
buildings. The task force would work with the Advisory Committee on Campus Planning and Development to review and update the campus master
plan to include potential new building sites and associated infrastructure.

Pinakin Sukthankar

Student Affairs Committee

This committee oversees a multitude of student affairs, such as conducting surveys of student concerns and needs and reporting these to the GSC officers and advisors, and composing and distributing the GSC newsletter.


Health Insurance Committee

This committee works towards identifying the health insurance needs of graduate students, both domestic and international.
If you are interested in serving on this committee

Jaren Nyagol

International Graduate Student Affairs Committee

This committee is responsible for taking into consideration issues dealing with International Graduate Students and consists of members who volunteer to serve. If you are interested in serving on this committee, contact the GSC officers:


Professional Development Seminar Committee

GSC strives to provide informational meetings, workshops and forums that enhance the professional development of graduate students. The council promotes interdisciplinary activities to enrich graduate students' education beyond their own disciplines. The council also sends out information on various seminars held across campus every week to the Council members, to be shared with their graduate student groups. If you have any questions, contact the GSC officers:

Jan Vosahlik
Hannah Miller

Macy Warburton
Olivia Miller

Research Forums Committee

This committee consists of members who volunteer to serve. This committee is primarily responsible for organizing and promoting Graduate and Undergraduate Research - The K-State Research Forum (KRF), Research and the State, and The Capitol Graduate Research Summit (CGRS). If you are interested in serving on this committee, contact the GSC officers:

Allen Mallory
Prashant Wani

Anastasia M.W. Cooper
Jacob Lamb
Joshua Melander
Tucker Jones
Karthik Pandalaneni

Union Governing Board

For more information, see the website.

Kris Grinter

Library Committee

One graduate student represents the GSC on a committee formed by K-State Libraries which meets to discuss how the K-State Libraries can better serve K-State students, faculty, and staff.

Caleb Garten

Women of K-State

The women of K-State is an initiative that coordinates the efforts for the recruitment, retention and advancement of the women of K-State.

The mission is to create a structure and support system that helps K-State provide a superlative environment for the growth and advancement of all women. For more information see About the Women of K-State.

Tracee Watkins

State Relations Committee

Chaired by the Governmental Relations Director (Sue Peterson), this committee is comprised of campus community interest group representatives - such as the Faculty Senate President, SGA leadership or representatives, a GSC representative, deans from the colleges, and other adminstrative members of the President's Cabinet. They meet weekly in the spring to hear an update of the happenings in the Kansas Legislature and of those items of interest to K-State and higher education.

Kris Grinter

8020 Committee

This committee meets periodically throughout the academic year to help steer lobbying and general activities to connect K-State to the State and Federal governments. The committee is made up of the Governmental Relations office, representatives from the SGA (the President, Head of the Senate, and the Governmental Relations committee chair), the Classified Senate, and Faculty Senate. Duties mainly consist of attending the meetings and representing the Graduate Student Council and relaying back requests for information or participation. There is a lot of opportunity for networking as they hold meetings with other student leaders in the fall, and commonly make one or two trips to the state legislature in the spring. Trips to the Federal level are taken by the Governmental Relations office but are discussed before hand to establish any particular approaches that should be taken to help Higher Education as a whole and K-State in particular.

Kris Grinter