Graduate Student Association
ATTENTION: Graduate Student Forum – What’s on your mind?
Wednesday, Nov. 6, 6-7:30 p.m.
Health Sciences Room 114
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The Graduate Student Association (GSA) is dedicated to the advancement and development of Graduate and Professional Students at USC. It serves to advocate on behalf of the interests of nearly 7000 graduate and professional students at the University of South Carolina. The GSA works closely with administrators, faculty and staff to achieve its goals.
The GSA’s executive officers (President, Vice President, Treasurer, and Graduate Council Representative) are elected by the USC Graduate Student Body and serve a one-year term beginning on May 1st of each year.
The GSA President recruits and appoints ten liaisons that represent various graduate student interests and special populations. Together, the executive officers and liaisons form a graduate student leadership team known as the GSA Executive Committee. The GSA Executive Committee holds monthly formal meetings which are open to all graduate students who wish to attend.
If you have any concerns that the GSA can help address, please feel free to contact any of the executive officers directly, via our email at email@example.com, by phone at 803-777-2631 or stop by the GSA Office in Russell House 227D.
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Danielle Schoffman, President | firstname.lastname@example.org
Danielle E. Schoffman serves as the President of the University of South Carolina Graduate Student Association and has the honor of serving and advocating on behalf of USC’s 7,000 graduate and professional students. A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, Danielle received a dual Bachelor of Arts Degree from Stanford University majoring in Human Biology and Anthropological Sciences. After graduation, Danielle worked as a project coordinator at the Stanford Prevention Research Center, managing clinical trials for behavioral weight management and assisting in data analysis. In the fall of 2011, she entered the Arnold School of Public Health’s Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior PhD program, and was awarded a Presidential Doctoral Fellowship. Danielle’s research interests include family interventions for obesity prevention and the use of mobile technologies in health behavior research. She is currently a Graduate Research Assistant for the USC Prevention Research Center, where she works on research projects related to community-engaged physical activity interventions and arthritis self-management. During her time at the USC, Danielle has served as a member of the Tobacco Free Task Force, the Provost’s Committee for Women’s Issues, and the Dean’s Student Advisory Committee for the Arnold School of Public Health. Danielle has served as the President of the GSA since December, 2012; prior to serving as the President of the GSA, Danielle held the positions of Graduate Assistant Liaison, Programming Liaison, and Vice President.
Campus Office: Russell House, 227D
Office Hours: By Appointment
Sadie Molinet, Vice President | email@example.com
Sadie Molinet serves as the Vice President of the Graduate Student Association at the University of South Carolina. She is from Land O’ Lakes, Florida and received her Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology and Religion, and a Certificate in Leadership Studies from Florida State University. Sadie is currently pursuing a Masters of Education degree in the Higher Education and Student Affairs program at South Carolina. She serves as a Graduate Assistant for the Office of Undergraduate Research. In her role, she advises undergraduate students on the ways in which they can get involved in research experiences on South Carolina’s campus, advises the Magellan Ambassadors, and helps coordinate Discovery Day. Sadie is also an Academic Mentor for student-athletes through the Academic Enrichment Center with University Athletics. Prior to serving as the Vice President, Sadie was the Special Events Liaison for the Graduate Student Association.
Meagan Conway, Treasurer | firstname.lastname@example.org
Meagan Conway serves as the Treasurer of the University of South Carolina Graduate Student Association. She started at USC in Fall 2012 as a PhD student studying archaeology in the Department of Anthropology with a focus on colonialism, community change, and household dynamics. She is from Newport News, Virginia and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology and English from the University of Notre Dame. She then received a Master of Arts degree in Historical Archaeology from the University of Massachusetts Boston. While there, she worked for the Research Center for Urban Cultural History, an interdisciplinary center founded to better understand the relationship between cities and urban culture. She currently serves as an assistant director of the Cultural Landscapes of the Irish Coast Archaeology Project. Prior to her election as Treasurer, Meagan served on the GSA Finance Committee.
Brittany S. Walter, Graduate Council Representative | email@example.com
Brittany S. Walter is the Graduate Council Representative for the University of South Carolina Graduate Student Association. Brittany is a PhD student and Presidential Fellow studying biological anthropology in the Department of Anthropology. She received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Florida as a Florida Opportunity Scholar and her Master of Arts degree as a Deans Fellow from the University of Central Florida. While at the University of South Carolina, Brittany has become a member of the Graduate Finance Committee, Provost’s Advisory Committee for Women’s Issues, and the Graduate Women’s Committee. She has also been chosen as a student spotlight in the No Limits campaign for USC.
Leia Cain, Teaching Assistant Liaison
Leia Cain serves as the Teaching Assistant Liaison of the University of South Carolina’s Graduate Student Association. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from East Carolina University, her Masters of Education in Educational Research and Measurement at the University of South Carolina, and is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Social Foundations of Education at the University of South Carolina. Her research interests include Anti-Oppressive Education, LGBT rights, and classroom assessment. Leia also volunteers with Sexual Trauma Services of the Midlands and has served on the Graduate School’s financial literacy committee.
Dominic Casali, Graduate Student Life Liaison
Dominic Casali serves as the Graduate Student Life Liaison for the GSA. Dom is from Melbourne, Florida and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the Florida Institute of Technology. He is a Presidential Fellow at the University of South Carolina and is in his third year in the Chemical Engineering Ph.D. program, researching supercritical fluid sterilization and decellularization. As Graduate Student Life Liaison, he coordinates intramural sports teams and other recreational activities outside the laboratory and classroom to help graduate students maintain healthy and balanced lives.
Katie Frank, Spouse and Family Liaison
Kathleen (Katie) B. Franke serves as the Spouse and Family Liaison of the University of South Carolina’s Graduate Student Association. Katie is from Daleville, Virginia, and she received a B.S. in Psychology and a B.A. in Romance Languages from Washington and Lee University in 2011. Before entering graduate school, she provided ABA therapy to children with autism for two years. She is a doctoral student in the School Psychology program at USC, and her research interests include positive psychology, particularly for children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorders. As the Spouse and Family Liaison, Katie advocates for the needs of graduate students with families and she also coordinates social events for graduate students and their families.
Emily Garnett, Communications Liaison
Emily Garnett is a third year doctoral student in the Neurolinguistics Lab in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of South Carolina. She received a B.S. in Psychology in 2005 and a M.S. in Speech Pathology in 2009, both from West Virginia University. She is an ASHA-certified Speech-Language Pathologist who uses behavioral and neurophysiological methods (e.g. fMRI and tDCS) to investigate speech production, specifically in disorders such as cluttering, stuttering, aphasia, and apraxia of speech. Emily is a 2012 recipient of the New Century Scholars Doctoral Scholarship from the America Speech Language Hearing Foundation. She also has received a SPARC Graduate Fellowship from USC for her dissertation work involving cortical stimulation in people who stutter. In her free time she plays French horn in the Columbia Community Concert Band. Emily is excited to be part of the GSA and is looking forward to contributing to its mission.
Cameron Horne, Diversity Affairs Liaison
Cameron Horne serves as the Diversity Affairs Liaison on the University of South Carolina’s Graduate Student Association. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Geography with a minor in Social & Economic Justice from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and is currently a first-year master’s student in the department of Geography, specifically under the Hazards Vulnerability Research Institute. His interests lie in Natural Disasters (especially hurricanes), Social Vulnerability as it pertains to the recovery phase particularly, and demographic changes that result. Cameron has completed prestigious research summer experiences under The University of Texas’s Population Research Center and The University of North Carolina Population Center. Interests in racial and class-based inequalities and combating them, as well as a passion for positively impacting younger populations also helps motivate Cam.
Brianna Hughes, Health Insurance Liaison
Brianna Hughes currently serves as the Health Insurance Liaison for the Graduate Student Association. She is originally from Baltimore, Maryland. Brianna received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music and History from St. Mary’s College of Maryland, in Southern Maryland. She is in her first year of the Library and Information Science program at USC and is pursuing her M.L.I.S. degree. Brianna is currently serving as the Graduate Assistant in the Distributed Learning Office at the School of Library and Information Science. She also works on Special Projects in the Digital Collections Department and the Irvin Department of Special Collections and Rare Books at USC. Before returning to pursue her Master’s degree, Brianna worked to coordinate health insurance for patients and clients at a small mental health clinic in Blacksburg, Virginia.
Lydie Marc, Organizational Outreach Liaison
Lydie Marc serves as the Organizational Outreach Liaison of the University of South Carolina’s Graduate Student Association. Prior to attending USC, Lydie worked as a Health Educator for nonprofit organizations providing HIV/AIDS prevention education in the Metro-Atlanta, GA area. She is originally from Boston, MA and is currently studying Health Services Policy and Management as a MPH student at the Arnold School of Public Health. She received her Bachelors of Science in Health Sciences in Community Health from Georgia Southern University. She is a Certified Health Education Specialist and interested in health disparities, community development, and health policy. As Organizational Outreach Liaison, Lydie will advocate on behalf of the needs expressed by specific graduate student populations and aid the GSA in partnering with various organizations on campus to bring trainings and awareness relevant to the needs of specific graduate student populations.
Jenna Rogers, Health and Wellness Liaison
Jenna Rogers serves as the Health and Wellness Liaison for the Graduate Student Association. Jenna, an Atlanta native, received her Bachelor of Science degree in Health Promotion and Behavior from the University of Georgia. During her undergraduate career she held several internships that were public health related and also participated in student organizations that were geared towards improving the health of the student population. Currently, Jenna is earning a Master of Health Administration degree in the Arnold School of Public Health’s Health Policy and Management Program. Jenna is extremely excited about working with the Graduate Student Association and looks forward to meeting and advocating for other graduate students.
Tiffany Rogers, Graduate Assistant Liaison
Tiffany Rogers serves as the Graduate Assistant Liaison of the Graduate Student Association at the University of South Carolina. Tiffany is from Eufaula, AL and attended college at Georgia Southern University, where she received both her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and her Master of Education degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. As a counselor, she has worked in an adolescent treatment facility, substance abuse treatment center for women, and a college counseling center. She is currently in her first year of pursuing her Ph.D. in Counselor Education and works as a Graduate Assistant for the Office of Assessment. Her research interests are women’s issues in counseling, sexual identity development, and gender identity development.
Michaela Schenkelberg, Events and Community Service Liaison
Michaela Schenkelberg serves as the Events and Community Service Liaison for the Graduate Student Association. A Nebraska native, she graduated from the University of Nebraska Omaha in 2011 with a Bachelor of Science in Education with an emphasis on Exercise Science and a minor in Spanish. Michaela earned her Master of Public Health degree with an emphasis on physical activity from Kansas State University and is currently pursuing her PhD through the Arnold School of Public Health’s Exercise Science department in the division of Health Aspects of Physical Activity. Michaela is a Graduate Research Assistant in the Children’s Physical Activity Research Group and her research interests include physical activity promotion of young children, the influence of parenting practices and teacher-child interactions on young children’s physical activity, and the influences on physical activity behaviors of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders.
Aubrey L. Stover, Military Affairs Liaison
Aubrey L. Stover serves as the Military Affairs Liaison for the Graduate Student Association. She is originally from Shamokin, Pennsylvania. Aubrey earned her A.A. in Letters, Arts, and Sciences in 2004, a B.A. in Sociology, a B.A. in History, and a minor in Information Systems-Statistical Analysis in 2007, and an M.Ed. in Teaching and Curriculum with a certificate of advanced study in Diversity and Community Relations in 2009—All from The Pennsylvania State University. She later earned her M.S.W. in Individuals, Families and Groups and her certificate of advanced studies in Women’s and Gender Studies in 2012 from Syracuse University. After her first semester at Penn State, she was deployed to Baghdad, Iraq with the 203D MI BN as an Intelligence Analyst during Operation Iraqi Freedom. On return from the Middle East, she was awarded the Joint Service Achievement Medal (JSAM) among others. Aubrey served 9 years in the military and attended basic training at Ft. Jackson. Aubrey is a licensed master social worker (LMSW) and a credentialed alcohol and substance abuse counselor (CASAC) in the State of New York. She is in the Counselor Education and Supervision Ph.D. program at USC. Aubrey’s research interests include addictions, at-risk youth, educational attainment, and LGBTQI populations.
Kristin Van De Griend, Strategic Initiatives Liaison
Kristin Van De Griend is the Strategic Initiatives Liaison of the University of South Carolina Graduate Student Association. Kristin received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology from the University of Northern Iowa and a Master of Public Health degree in Epidemiology from the University of Iowa. She worked as a youth education coordinator in violence prevention for three years before returning to school to pursue her PhD in the Arnold School of Public Health’s Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior program. Her research interests are gender-based violence, maternal and child health, and global health. During her time in South Carolina, Kristin has also served on the LGBTQ Intimate Partner Violence Task Force.