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Officers and Committees

If you have questions about the Graduate Student Council, are interested in joining a committee, or have ideas you would like to share with us, please email us at egsc@k-state.edu

2019-2020 Executive Committee

manzamasso

Manzamasso Hodjo

PresidentPhD in Agricultural Economics 

 hannah

Hannah Shear

President-electPhD in Agricultural Economics 

 kaylee

Kaylee Goss

SecretaryMS in Family Studies and Human Services, Applied Family Science 

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Olabisi Ekong

TreasurerPhD in Agricultural Economics

Billy Croslow

GSC-SGA LiaisonPhD in History

Graduate Student Council Committees

Awards & Recognition

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

Chair:
Emily Pascoe

Members:
Eiman Aiyash
Kanchana Samarakoon
Yvonne Wikander
Pallikonda Arachchige Wickramasinghe


Fundraising

The fundraising committee coordinates events to raise funds for supporting GSC operating expenses.

Co-Chairs:
Narmadha "Meenu" Mohankumar
Becatien Yao

Members:
Sylvester Badua
Hassan Birinci
Amanda Buckwalter
David Invergo
Gabriela Perez Quesada
Yvonne Wikander

Professional Development

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.

Chair:
Abbey Gilliland-King

Members:
James Lin
Victoria Loza
Sidonia Mckenzie
 

Public Relations

Public Relations is a standing committee within the GSC. This committee is responsible for promoting GSC initiatives and activities through weekly emails to the graduate student body and social media. This committee also develops materials to promote events and activities coordinated by other committees.

Co-Chairs:
Jessie Piper
Holly Speck

Research Forums

This committee is primarily responsible for organizing and promoting graduate and undergraduate research through the K-State Research Forum, Research and the State and the Capitol Graduate Research Summit.

Co-Chairs:
Nicholas Neumann
Tej Man Tamang

Members:
Tahmineh Azizi
Sidonia Mckenzi
Patil Tawidian
Jeffrey Williams

Student Affairs

The Student Affairs Committee is part of the Graduate School Council seeking to provide student support and services, engage students through events and activities, and enhance student growth and development. We provide programming through social events and offer activities geared for improving the well-being of all graduate students. This committee is also responsible for considering issues related to international graduate students.

Co-Chairs:
Nirupama Kotian
Naomi Manu

Members:

University Representatives 

Diversity Advocate

This representative works to promote K-State diversity initiatives to graduate students and facilitate diversity-related activities and discussions within the GSC.

Representative:

Governmental Relations 

Chaired by the Governmental Relations Director, 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 administrative members of the President's Cabinet. The committee meets 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.

Representative:
Claudia Hissong

Health Insurance

This representative works to keep graduate students informed on changes to the Kansas Board of Regents Student Injury and Sickness health insurance plan.

Representative:
OPEN

Housing

This representative works to keep graduate students informed of pertinent housing updates and issues.

Representative:
Keisha Clark

LGBTQIA+ Advocates

These representatives promote equity, respect, and social justice for all graduate students. 

Representative:
Destiny Bell

K-State Libraries

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

Representative:
Audrey Opoku-Acheampong

Military and Veteran Affairs

This representative serves to address the needs of military and veteran graduate students.

Representative:
Billy Croslow

Parent and Guardian Advocate

This representative works to address the needs of graduate student parents and guardians.

Representative:

Recreation Services 

One graduate student appointed by the GSC serves on a 12-member voting council with the purpose of the Recreational Services Council being to serve as a general governing and policymaking body for the Recreational Services Department. The Council is responsible to the assistant vice president of Institutional Advancement, and is charged with overseeing the Recreational Services program for: Students, Faculty/Staff, Alumni, Guests, and others as authorized by council.

Representative:
Alayna Colburn

Union Governing Board

For more information, see the website.

Representative:
James Lin

Women of K-State

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.

Representative:

Graduate Student Senators
  • Yemane Belaineh
  • Abbey Gilliland-King
  • Marcus Kidd
  • Camila Rivera
  • OPEN
  • OPEN
  • OPEN
  • OPEN
Honor Council
  • Judith Bautista
  • Alexis Carpenter
  • Trenton Colburn
  • Hilary Dalton
  • Candace Gatson
  • Matthew Harder
  • Jin Kim
  • Christopher Satterfield
  • Nicholas Sevart
  • Danielle Sutter
  • Jana Thomas
  • Tracee Watkins
  • Christina Wilson