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Graduate Student Association
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.
GSA in the news
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. 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
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 the Graduate Assistant for Community Service Programs in the Campus Life Center. She coordinates monthly Service Saturday events, advises six Community Service Interns, and plans a variety of other service events and programs throughout the year. 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.
Lauren Healey, Treasurer | firstname.lastname@example.org
Lauren Healey serves as the Treasurer of the University of South Carolina Graduate Student Association. Lauren hails from Land O’Lakes, FL and received a Bachelor of Music Degree in Vocal Performance from the Florida State University. While attending FSU, Lauren served in many leadership positions including Programming Coordinator for the Honors College, Assistant Director of Homecoming and Budget Chair for the Union. While at FSU, Lauren also worked as an Assistant Admissions Officer and a Peer Academic Advisor. Lauren is currently enrolled as a second-year graduate student in the Higher Education and Student Affairs (HESA) program at the University of South Carolina. At the University of South Carolina, Lauren also works as the Graduate Assistant to Student Organizations, Homecoming and Tigerburn. She also works as an Assistant Advisor at Midlands Technical College and as an Academic Mentor for the USC Athletic Department.
John Knox, Graduate Council Representative | email@example.com
John Knox serves as the Graduate Council Representative for the University of South Carolina’s Graduate Student Association. John has been a graduate student at USC since 2008 and is currently working on a PhD in British literature. Before being elected to serve as the Graduate Council Representative, John served as the GSA’s Health Insurance Liaison.
Jason Alston, Communications Liaison | firstname.lastname@example.org
Jason Alston serves as the communications liaison. Jason is originally from Warren County, North Carolina and is currently studying information policy as a PhD student in the School of Library and Information Sciences. Alston is very excited to be working with the Graduate Student Association at USC and looks forward – more than anything – to meeting the wonderful graduate students in various disciplines across our wonderful school.
Dominic Casali, Graduate Student Life Liaison | email@example.com
Dominic Casali serves as the Student Life Liaison. Dominic is from Melbourne, Florida and received a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering from Florida Institute of Technology. He is a Presidential Fellow at the University of South Carolina and is in his second year in the chemical engineering Ph.D. program, researching supercritical fluid sterilization. As Student Life Liaison, Dominic coordinates activities outside the lab and classroom, such as intramural sports and service events, to help graduate students maintain healthy and balanced lives.
David Cruz Vega, Graduate Assistant Liaison | firstname.lastname@example.org
Robynn MacKecknie, Health and Wellness Liaison | email@example.com
Julia McKinney, Teaching Assistant Liaison | firstname.lastname@example.org
Julia McKinney serves as the Teaching Assistant Liaison of the University of South Carolina Graduate Student Association. Julia received a Bachelor’s of Arts from Stanford University in 2007, majoring in International Relations and minoring in Spanish. Julia earned her Master’s of Arts in Linguistics from the University of South Carolina in December 2011. She is currently working on her PhD in Linguistics, specializing in sociolinguistics and linguistic anthropology. Her dissertation research is focused on older adult language and regional identity. She currently teaches for the First-Year English Program and has taught classes for the Linguistics Program as well.
Kristin Van De Griend, Strategic Initiatives Liaison | email@example.com
Kristin Van De Griend serves as 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.
Lauren Veraecke, Family and Spouse Liaison | firstname.lastname@example.org
Lauren Vervaecke serves as the Family and Spouse Liaison for the Graduate Student Association at the University of South Carolina. Lauren received her Bachelor of Science Degree from St. Ambrose University in Davenport, IA. While attending St. Ambrose, Lauren invested her time in research related to human performance and fitness and proceeded to present her findings at a National Research Convention. Lauren also spent her time working as a member of the Exercise Science Club and volunteering her time around the community. Lauren is currently enrolled as a second year graduate student in the Arnold School of Public Health in the Applied Physiology program at the University of South Carolina. Lauren also works as a Graduate Research Assistant for the School of Public Health as an Energy Flux Personal Trainer and she is involved in many other organizations such as the Deans Student Advisory Council, the Golden Key International Honor Society, and a member of both the NSCA and ACSM.
Brittany S. Walter, Programming Liaison | email@example.com
Brittany S. Walter serves as the Programming Liaison for the University of South Carolina Graduate Student Association. She is a PhD student and Presidential Fellow studying biological anthropology in the Department of Anthropology with research interests in bioarchaeology, paleoepidemiology, and forensic anthropology. Brittany received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Florida (Go Gators!) as a Florida Opportunity Scholar and her Master of Arts degree as a Deans Fellow from the University of Central Florida. Though her BA and MA research focused on forensic anthropology and conducting forensic casework, Brittany now participates in research concerning skeletons of the Black Death and bioarchaeological sites in both Egypt and Turkey.
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 and looks forward to becoming further involved during her time as Gamecock at the University of South Carolina.
Tatiana Y. Warren, Diversity Affairs Liaison | firstname.lastname@example.org
Tatiana Y. Warren serves as the Diversity Affairs Liaison of the University of South Carolina’s Graduate Student Association. Tatiana’s hometown is Brooklyn, NY. She received her Bachelors of Science and Masters of Science in Exercise Science from Syracuse University. Currently she is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Exercise Science. Tatiana has been the recipient of a research supplement from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. She has worked as a Graduate Research Assistant on research projects addressing health disparities in minority populations and in faith-based settings. Ultimately, she wishes to establish a program of research that not only informs public policy but eventually becomes a nationally disseminated model for improving health in populations most affected (e.g. elderly, women, and ethnic minority groups) by health disparities.