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.

Meet the candidates for 2015-16

Andrew Fogner, President
Andrew Fogner is a master candidate in the Department of Epidemiology in the Arnold School of Public Health and has served as the University Affairs Liaison for GSA this past year. Andrew earned a B.S. in Chemistry and Spanish in 2014 from the University of South Carolina. His current research interests include global health and infectious disease. His focus is in international health disparities. He is currently a Graduate Assistant for the Department of Health and Environmental Control in the Department of Chronic Disease. He is a native of South Carolina and originally from the small town of Conway. Andrew has assisted the GSA with collaborative initiatives and communication between the GSA, the Undergraduate Student Government, and Student Life.

It would be an honor to represent the graduate student community as President of the Graduate Student Association. I look forward to honoring the voice of the students and continue to serve the graduate population of the University of South Carolina through the GSA. My current liaison position was partly created to insure graduate students were aware of the vast opportunities USC has to offer. In serving as your President, I pledge to increase resources to represent the diverse nature of the interests of graduate students.

I plan to be actively involved in continuing with the current joint initiatives between the Student Government and the Graduate Student Association. Having been involved with the GSA throughout this process, I am well acquainted with the current goals of the association, and I look forward to ensuring that these effective policies are implemented in the coming year. I want to increase the proactivity of the GSA as an organization, and I pledge to work diligently with the graduate students and the administration. I am confident that I possess the necessary attributes to effectively act as an unyielding advocate on behalf of the graduate student community. Thank you.

Aubrey L. Sejuit, Vice President
Aubrey L. Sejuit is a doctoral candidate in the Counselor Education and Supervision Ph.D. program and has served as the Military Affairs Liaison for the GSA for the last two years. Aubrey earned her A.A. in Letters, Arts, and Sciences in 2004, a B.A. in Sociology and a B.A. in History in 2007, and an M.Ed. in Teaching and Curriculum in 2009—all from Penn State. She earned her M.S.W. in Social Work in 2012 from Syracuse University. She deployed to Baghdad, Iraq with the 203D MI BN as an Intelligence Analyst during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Aubrey is a licensed master social worker (LMSW) in NY and a credentialed alcohol and substance abuse counselor (CASAC). She is the Ritual Advisor for the Lambda Theta Chapter of Phi Mu, Doctoral Student at-Large of Chi Sigma Iota (counseling honor society), and Vice President of the Columbia Alumnae Panhellenic. Aubrey is on the Provost Advisory Committee on Women’s Issues, Disability Affairs Committee, Veteran Student Services Advisory Committee, and University Libraries Committee. She is a recipient of University of South Carolina’s Leadership Pin and Penn State’s Outstanding Young Alumni award. Aubrey’s research interests include military affairs, addictions, at-risk youth, educational attainment, and LGBTQI populations.

Representing the graduate student community as Vice President of the GSA is a privilege that I would be honored to undertake. I look forward to continuing to serve the students of the University of South Carolina through my involvement with the GSA. I was approached by the President of the GSA back in the fall of 2013 to be the first graduate student ever to represent the military population on the GSA in a newly appointed position as military affairs liaison due to my military background and interest in this special population. With permission of the executive officers, I was able to help create the position description for this position. I have worked to serve as a bridge between students and faculty regarding military issues. I plan to be actively involved with the incoming graduate student orientation as my role of Vice President. Like the executive officers before me, I have established many connections with the administration, student organizations, and overall student body. Because of my participation with helping plan and organize GSA events, I can continue to provide continuity to the office of Vice-President. I intend to enhance the graduate school experience and better serve our students. Thank you.

Mark VanDriel, Treasurer
Mark VanDriel is originally from Greeley Colorado, and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from the University of Northern Colorado in 2009. He came to the University of South Carolina in 2011 as a Ph.D. Student in History and was awarded a Presidential Doctoral Fellowship. His research examines the growth of consumer culture and a consumerism for newborn infants in the United States since World War II, and has broad interests in consumerism, family planning, and technology working in the family throughout recent history. He has served on the Graduate Finance Council, the Library Supervisory Council, and as president of the Graduate History Association student organization while a student at USC. For the last two years he has been the Graduate Assistant for the History Center. In his free time he enjoys racquetball, hiking, and cooking.

I have experience that prepares me for the critical elements of GSA Treasurer. I have managed the budget for the History Center for the last two years, and through this work have become familiar with the universities policies, policies and expectations regarding finance. As someone who has served as a member on the Graduate Finance Committee, I am familiar with its operations and ready for the responsibility of running those meetings. Through my time at USC I have successfully forged relationships with graduate students from a variety of programs, which better helps me appreciate the diverse needs of different graduate students. I believe that I am suitably qualified for this position, and I am eager to serve as an advocate for all of our graduate student body as a member of the Graduate Student Association.

Brittany Walter, Graduate Council Representative
Brittany Walter is a third year doctoral student and Presidential Fellow studying biological anthropology in the Department of Anthropology. Her research interests include bioarchaeology, paleodemography, Medieval England, and forensic anthropology. Brittany’s dissertation research focuses on evaluating the effects of urbanization on the mortality of medieval London using paleodemographic and biochemical approaches. 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.
Brittany has served as both the Graduate Council Representative and President of the GSA. While at the University of South Carolina, Brittany has served as a member of the Graduate Finance Committee, several University committees, and has assisted with events and policies for graduate students at USC through the GSA. She was also chosen as a student spotlight in the No Limits campaign for USC.

The position of the Graduate Council Representative is to serve as the voice of the graduate student body to the administration. Being the single graduate student vote on the Graduate Council is a responsibility that I am excited to undertake for a second time. I will actively communicate and ensure that the administration appreciates the ideas of the student body and incorporates them into their current development of a more efficient graduate structure. Through my current position as President, I have established several connections with the administration, facilitating efficient communication for the needs and concerns of graduate students.
Since 2012, I have been an active voice in the restructuring of the GSA to create a more involved organization. This past year the GSA has developed several innovative plans and policies that will create a more proactive graduate student organization to increase involvement from all the graduate programs within the university. I am well acquainted with the present trajectory of the GSA and have been working with the current officers to develop an improved system. By staying involved as an Executive Officer, I will ensure that these new policies and ideas are successfully implemented in the coming year and into the future.

2014-2015 GSA Mission Statement

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 a Cabinet of graduate students that represent various interests and special populations. Together, the Executive Officers and Cabinet form a graduate student leadership team known as the GSA Executive Committee. The GSA Executive Committee holds biweekly 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 sogsa@mailbox.sc.edu or by phone at 803-777-2631.

GSA Social Media

GSA in the news

Q and A with GSA President Brittany Walter for The Graduate School Magazine
USC Times profile of Former GSA President Danielle Schoffman (2013-2014) | Full Issue
Graduate Student Association on a mission: To make life better for grad students

Officers

Brittany S. Walter, President | walterbs@email.sc.edu
Brittany Walter is the President of the Graduate Student Association and a third year doctoral student studying biological anthropology in the Department of Anthropology. Her research involves investigating the effects of urbanization on past populations of medieval London using skeletal remains. Before coming to USC as a Presidential Fellow in 2012, Brittany received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Florida as a Florida Opportunity Scholar and her Master of Arts degree as a Dean’s Fellow from the University of Central Florida. She was also chosen as a student spotlight for the USC No Limits campaign.

Brittany has served as the Graduate Council Representative, Programming Liaison, and also as member of the Graduate Finance Committee. She is a member of the Provost’s Advisory Committee on Women’s Issues, Graduate Women’s Committee, and has assisted with several events and policies for graduate students at USC through the GSA since her entrance to USC. Upon her election as President, Brittany has pledged to represent and work on behalf of the diverse and unique nature of graduate student interests, and to build on the legacy GSA has recreated thus far. She looks forward to ensuring that current, effective policies are maintained and that new, exciting ideas are successfully implemented in the coming year.

Meagan Conway, Vice President | conwaymk@email.sc.edu
Meagan Conway is a third year doctoral student in the Department of Anthropology. Her current research interests include colonialism and cultural change, materialization of identity, and household dynamics in frontier spaces. She is originally from Newport News, VA, and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology and English from the University of Notre Dame. She received a Master of Arts degree in Historical Archaeology from the University of Massachusetts Boston. Meagan has served as GSA Treasurer, and also on the Finance Committee. Through this role, she has worked on many different events and programs. She also serves as supervisory staff on the Cultural Landscapes of the Irish Coast Archaeology Project, which explores thousands of years of island heritage through archaeological excavations, archival work, and oral histories.

Brianna E. Hughes, Treasurer | behughes@email.sc.edu
Brianna Hughes currently serves as the Treasurer for the University of South Carolina Graduate Student Association. She is originally from Baltimore, Maryland and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music and History from St. Mary’s College of Maryland, in Southern Maryland. Brianna is in the Library and Information Science program at USC and is pursuing her MLIS degree with a concentration in archives and digital collections. Additionally, she is working towards completion of the Museum Management Certificate. Brianna is the recipient of the Martha Jane Zachert Scholarship and also serves as the graduate student representative to the South Carolina Archival Association and the Thomas Cooper Society. Brianna currently is serving as the Graduate Assistant in the Folklife Resource Center at McKissick Museum. In that role, she is working on the digitization of the Center’s vast oral history collection. She is also a Special Projects Assistant in the Digital Collections Department and the Irvin Department of Special Collections and Rare Books at USC. Prior to her election as treasurer, Brianna served as the Student Health Insurance Liaison.

Danielle E. Schoffman, Graduate Council Representative | schoffmd@email.sc.edu

Danielle E. Schoffman currently serves as the Graduate Council Representative of the USC GSA. 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. 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 a Graduate Research Assistant for the USC Prevention Research Center, where she works on research projects related to community-engaged physical activity interventions. Danielle has been involved in GSA leadership for the past 3 years; prior to serving as the Graduate Council Representative, Danielle held the positions of President (1.5 years), Graduate Assistant Liaison (1 year), Programming Liaison (5 months), and Vice President (1 month).

The Cabinet

The GSA Cabinet is a leadership team of graduate students for graduate students, and is comprised of graduate students who devote their advocacy initiatives to specific areas of the graduate experience. The Cabinet meets twice a month to discuss initiatives, plan events, and relay opportunities specific to their position focus.

If you have a question or a concern, any of our Cabinet members are happy to help. Email addresses for each position can be found below.

Secretary
Michaela Schenkelberg
schenkm@email.sc.edu
Michaela Schenkelberg serves as Secretary for the Graduate Student Association (GSA) as well as the GSA Liaison for the Arnold School of Public Health’s Dean’s Student Advisory Council. Prior to these roles, she served as the Events and Community Service Liaison. A Nebraska native, Michaela 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. She earned her Master of Public Health degree with an emphasis on physical activity from Kansas State University and is currently a second year doctoral student in Exercise Science – Health Aspects of Physical Activity. In the summer of 2014 she served as the Physical Activity Director for Camp P.A.L.S., a camp for individuals with social skills deficits, which she helped develop with a post-doctoral fellow in Psychology. Michaela is also a volunteer with the Columbia Council for Internationals, a non-profit organization, which offers assistance to international students in Columbia and surrounding areas.


Financial Committee Chair
Ryan M. LaMonica
rml@email.sc.edu
Ryan M. LaMonica is a second year student in the Moore School’s Professional MBA Program, focusing his studies with a concentration in international business. Hailing from Niceville, Florida, Ryan attended the University of Notre Dame as a Coca-Cola Scholar and Naval R.O.T.C. Scholarship recipient where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering. Attaining the rank of Lieutenant as a nuclear propulsion officer in the Navy’s submarine force, Ryan was certified as a Chief Nuclear Engineer by the U.S. Department of Energy. He served in numerous leadership capacities during his time aboard the USS Alabama (SSBN-731) while also earning his Master’s degree in Engineering Management from Old Dominion University. After leaving active duty, Ryan managed multiple aspects of commercial nuclear energy projects for URS Corporation. Since 2011, he has overseen the risk portfolio for SCANA’s New Nuclear Deployment in Jenkinsville, SC and is a member of the Risk Management Society (RIMS). Ryan resides in the Irmo area with his wife, Millie and their two beautiful children.


Communications Coordinator
Emily Garnett
garnette@email.sc.edu
Emily Garnett is a fourth year PhD student in the Neurolinguistics Lab in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders. 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 HD-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 received a SPARC Graduate Fellowship from USC and a grant from the National Stuttering Association for her work involving cortical stimulation in people who stutter. Emily received an Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant Award from The Graduate School in 2014. She teaches undergraduate and master’s courses at USC, and will be an Adjunct Instructor at Winthrop University in the Fall. In her free time she plays French horn in the Columbia Community Concert Band.


Diversity Affairs Liaison
Katina “Andie” Bridgeman
katina@email.sc.edu
Katina “Andie” Bridgeman serves as the Diversity Affairs Liaison for the Graduate Student Association. She is originally from Pembroke, North Carolina and received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from North Carolina State University. Andie is a first year student in the Master of Social Work program with a specialty in Military and Veteran Communities. She also currently serves as a Graduate Assistant in South Carolina Department of Social Services with USC’s Center for Child and Family Studies. During her undergraduate career at NC State, she worked with a student ran group, The Movement, that advocated the education and awareness of interpersonal violence such as sexual assault, rape, domestic violence, and stalking within college campuses and hopes to continue that workout throughout the military community. As a the spouse of an Active Duty Airman, she hopes her current research on military sexual assault and rape reporting, or lack thereof, will assist in better programming and resources for survivors in the military communities.


Health Liaison
Courtney Schrock
courtneyschrock@msn.com
Courtney Schrock is the Health Liaison member of the Graduate Student Association and the chair of the Health Task Force. She is a first-year Master’s student in the Arnold School of Public Health in the department of Health Promotion, Education and Behavior. Courtney graduated from Washington and Jefferson College with a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and before coming to USC she served as a Peace Corps volunteer for two years in Ukraine. Courtney is a member of the USC IHI Open School Chapter and volunteers with the Eat Smart Move More Coalition in Columbia. She is also a member of the Graduate Students and Community Engagement Steering Committee. Upon her selection as Health Liaison and Chair of the Health Task Force, Courtney has pledged to act accordingly on behalf of the entire graduate student body at USC and will uphold the rules and the reputation that the GSA has established thus far. She looks forward to an exciting and successful year.


Graduate Assistant Liaison
Bailey Sanford
sanforj2@email.sc.edu
Bailey Sanford serves as the GSA Graduate Assistant Liason. Bailey is a first year Masters of Teaching student in Special Education. He is originally from Pineville, North Carolina and graduated from the University of South Carolina with a BA in Religious Studies. Bailey is employed as a Graduate Assistant with the CarolinaLIFE program at USC. After graduation, Bailey hopes to pursue in a career in public policy concentrating on disability rights and educational law. He enjoys traveling, being outdoors, and public radio.


Teaching Assistant Liaison
Dot Collins
dorothyc@email.sc.edu
Dot Collins is a first year doctoral student in Sport Management and Presidential Fellow at USC. Prior to coming to USC she earned her BA in Comparative Religious Studies from Lawrence University in Appleton, WI and a second Bachelor’s in English Literature from Southwest Minnesota State University. During the last 15 years she has worked in communications and as a full time swim coach. In 2012, she returned to school at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA to pursue a Master’s degree in Sport Management. Her primary research interest is fan identification, in particular in non-local fans. At the completion of her Ph.D. Dot hopes to secure a faculty position that will allow her to be an active researcher, while also sharing my passion for sport management with the next generation of students. When not working, Dot volunteers around the pool and enjoys spending time with her partner, Jim, and their three children.


Event Coordinator
Dominic Casali
casali@email.sc.edu
Dominic Casali serves as the Event Coordinator 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 fourth year in the chemical engineering Ph.D. program, researching biomedical applications for supercritical fluids. Previously, Dom has served for a year and a half as the GSA’s Graduate Student Life Liaison. Now, as Event Coordinator, Dom helps to organize the GSA’s various recreational and professional events and intramural sports teams.


Military Affairs Liaison
Aubrey L. Sejuit
astover@email.sc.edu
Aubrey L. Sejuit is a doctoral candidate in the Counselor Education and Supervision Ph.D. program and serves as the Military Affairs Liaison for the GSA. Aubrey earned her A.A. in Letters, Arts, and Sciences in 2004, a B.A. in Sociology and a B.A. in History in 2007, and an M.Ed. in Teaching and Curriculum in 2009—all from Penn State. She earned her M.S.W. in Social Work in 2012 from Syracuse University. She deployed to Baghdad, Iraq with the 203D MI BN as an Intelligence Analyst during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Aubrey is a licensed master social worker (LMSW) and a credentialed alcohol and substance abuse counselor (CASAC) in New York. She is the Ritual Advisor for the Lambda Theta Chapter of Phi Mu and the Doctoral Student at-Large of Chi Sigma Iota, the counseling honor society. Aubrey’s research interests include addictions, military affairs, at-risk youth, educational attainment, and LGBTQI populations.


International Affairs Liaison
Md Hassan Zamir
zamir@email.sc.edu
Md Hassan Zamir serves as the International Affairs Liaison of University of South Carolina Graduate Student Association. He is originally from Bangladesh. He is currently pursuing his PhD in the School of Library and Information Science as a “Cultural Heritage Informatics Fellow” awarded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). His research areas revolve around information retrieval, social informatics and data mining. He has earned his Undergraduate and Master degree in the Library and Information Science from Bangladesh. Prior to joining the PhD program, he worked in the digital libraries and information technology departments in various reputed multinational organizations. Currently he is involved with the analyses of tweets with a focus to find more convenient ways of organization, classification and user-need based retrievals of these social media data. Previously Zamir was the GSA Secretary was primarily responsible for composing the meeting agendas, recording minutes and updating the GSA website and social media accordingly. With his new position he is involved with bridging connections between the USC international students and the Graduate School.


Social Media Coordinator
Anais Parada
paradaa@email.sc.edu
Anais Parada serves as the Social Media Liaison for the University of South Carolina Graduate Student Association. She is a first year doctoral student in cultural anthropology in the Department of Anthropology, and working toward completion of her master’s thesis. Her research interests include the anthropology of fashion and dress, cultural property and indigenous identity, appropriation and authenticity, social media, transnational movement and memory. Her previous fieldwork was conducted in Quito, Ecuador. Before coming to USC as a master’s candidate she received her BA in Anthropology at the University of Illinois. Anais has also served as the co-president of the Anthropology Graduate Organization for Research, Action and Ethics. In this role she organized off campus conferences, facilitated a strong relationship with the undergraduate association and the community, and initiated a new lecture series. She is looking forward to working with GSA and expanding their social media reach.


Spouse and Family Liaison
Morgan Rackley
rackleym09@gmail.com
Morgan Rackley serves as the Spouse & Family Liaison for the University of South Carolina Graduate Student Association. She is a first year Master of Health Administration student in the Department of Health Services Policy & Management. Morgan is from Charlotte, North Carolina and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Health from East Carolina University in May of 2013. During the year between completing her Bachelor’s degree and beginning her Master’s program, she was a middle & high school physical education/health teacher. Her other campus involvements include being a student member of the American College of Healthcare Executives, as well as the Healthcare Executive Student Association. Her interests include fitness, community wellness, and health care program management. At ECU, Morgan was a member of the Eta Sigma Gamma Honor Society, as well as the Iota Rho Chapter of Zeta Tau Alpha. As the Spouse & Family Liaison, Morgan will provide support to graduate students who are spouses and/or parents during their time at USC, as well as plan activities that are centered on creating a welcoming atmosphere for the spouses & children of graduate students at USC.


University Affairs Liaison
Andrew Fogner
fogner@email.sc.edu
Andrew Fogner is a first year master student in the Department of Epidemiology in the Arnold School of Public Health. This is his first year serving as the GSA University Affairs Liaison. His current research interests include HIV/AIDS and infectious disease in Latino populations. He is originally from Conway, South Carolina, and received a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and a Bachelor of Science in Spanish from the University of South Carolina. He looks forward to working with GSA in assisting with collaborative initiatives and communication between GSA, the Undergraduate Student Government and Student Life.


Graduate Organization Liaison
Sara Rhodes
rhodess3@email.sc.edu
Sara Rhodes serves as the Graduate Organizations Liaison and is a first year master’s student in the College of Social Work. While earning her MSW, she is specializing in Health and Mental Health and earning a certificate in Military Members, Veterans, and Families. Prior to attending the University, Sara served with AmeriCorps State and National in Austin, Texas serving at-risk youth. Sara is originally from West Virginia and earned her bachelor’s degree in social work from West Virginia University. Currently, Sara serves as secretary for the Social Work Student Association. In her free time, she enjoys camping, volunteering for 4-H, and her dog, Babs.​


Community Service Officer
Sandra Greene
sandra@schc.sc.edu
Sandra Greene is a first year graduate student in the Higher Education and Student Affairs program and a graduate assistant in University 101 Programs. Sandy is from New York City, New York and received a Bachelor of Arts in History and History of Science, Medicine, and Technology from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. She has served as an AmeriCorps*VISTA at the University of South Carolina and as an AmeriCorps State/National member at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Sandy is interested in the relationship that institutions of higher education have with surrounding communities. Sandy is excited to promote community service opportunities and to start working with the GSA.


Professional Development Liaison
Nathan Cornwell
nathanfc4@gmail.com
Nathan Cornwell was born in Seattle, Washington. He says, “My family moved to Eugene, Oregon when I was three. I lived there until I left to attend Franciscan University of Steubenville. After graduating with a B.A. in philosophy, I remained there to take some graduate courses in philosophy and worked as an assistant to two members of the philosophy department, one of whom was also the editor of the journal the department publishes. I got married in May of this year to my wonderful wife, Kelsey, in her hometown of Brainerd, Minnesota–in fact, we moved here by driving a little over 2,000 miles, from Steubenville to Brainerd to Columbia, in her ‘92 Honda Accord! I have four younger siblings, three brothers and a sister. In my free time, I enjoy all sorts of outdoor activities, especially hiking, camping, and birdwatching. Finally, I am very excited to be pursuing my Ph.D. in philosophy here.”

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