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2015-2016 Executive Committee

If you have questions about GSC, ideas for activities that GSC might sponsor or concerns you would like to see GSC address, please email
egsc@k-state.edu or contact a member. If you are interested in serving on a committee, please contact the committee chair.

NameTitleProgram
Amanda MartensPresidentPh.D. in Psychology
Tucker JonesPresident-ElectPh.D. in Psychology
Jan VosahlikSecretaryPh.D. in Civil Engineering
Michael ReichenbergerTreasurerPh.D. in Nuclear Engineering

Fundraising Committee

This committee is chaired by the treasurer and consists of members who volunteer to serve.

Chair:
Chelsea Mitchell

Awards & Recognition Committee

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

Chair:
Aaron Entringer

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.

Chair:
Morgan Bialas

Members:
Brian Anderson
Daniel Brecht-Haddad
Laura Schachtner
Chelsea Spencer
Alexander Wimmer

Health Insurance Committee

This committee works to identify health insurance needs of domestic and international graduate students.

Representative:
OPEN

International Graduate Student Affairs Committee

This committee is responsible for considering issues related to international graduate students and consists of members who volunteer to serve.

Chair:
Lilla Porubek

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.

Chair:
Amanda Fairbanks

Members:
Derek Lawson
Jorge Piocuda

 

Research Forums Committee

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:
Alan Mallory
Ziyi Linghu

Committee:
Derek Lawson
Karthik Pandalaneni
Jacob Lamb

Union Governing Board

For more information, see the website.

Representative:
Jan Vosahlik

Library Committee

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:
OPEN

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:
Tracee Watkins

State Relations Committee

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:
Sam Emerson

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.

Representative:
Elliott Dennis