Elections

Elections will close on Monday, April 3rd at 12 pm.

Candidate Statements

President  Candidate Statements (2)

Mitchell Haines            College of Medicine and Life Sciences

I am running for President of the GSA because I am passionate about student advocacy and believe the voice of the student body is essential to the growth of UT in a positive direction. I look to build upon previous leadership efforts to expand the GSA’s presence at the University of Toledo. I will continue to facilitate efforts in travel reimbursement, scholarship sponsorship, and advocacy to the administration on behalf of students on both campuses.
Prior to UT, I graduated from the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program at Ohio State where I attained valuable experience in my respective profession, but also as a graduate student within a large, state institution. I understand the major concerns of graduate students and the need for effective communication amongst students and administrators. I currently serve the GSA as Communication Specialist and Recruitment Coordinator for the MGRS. I am excited for the future of the GSA and would appreciate your vote as the next GSA President.

 What is your current GSA membership status? Current Officer: Communication Specialist

How long have you been involved in GSA?  One year

Have you served on any committees? Chair of Social Events, MGRS Recruitment Coordinator

Are you committed to fulfilling the duties and responsibilities of that position?  Yes

 

 

Lindsay Roberts                    College of Languages, Literatures, and Social Sciences

My name is Lindsay Roberts and I’m a 5th year PhD student in the Department of Psychology. Over the past 5 years, I’ve been involved in the GSA as an active member, representative, and chair/co-chair of the Professional Development and Research & Development Committees. I was instrumental in revising the GSA’s constitution to reflect our recent growth, including the creation of the R&D and Budget Review Committees. Additionally, my work for MGRS over the past 3 years has increased the efficiency of the check-in and judging procedures; I’ve also employed feedback surveys to improve MGRS. As president, I will continue to work with COGS to demonstrate the value of graduate education and highlight everything we bring to UT. Advocating for graduate needs/priorities, improving collaboration opportunities, and increasing transparency and representative involvement are all specific ways I plan to achieve these goals. I believe in the GSA and would be proud to serve as your president next year!

 What is your current GSA membership status? Active Member, Former Representative

How long have you been involved in GSA?  Five years

Have you served on any committees? Professional Development, Research and Development

Are you committed to fulfilling the duties and responsibilities of that position?  Yes

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Vice-President  Candidate Statements (1)

Alisa Nammavong     College of Nursing

Throughout the previous semester, I have demonstrated my dedication to GSA through my work with the Communication Specialist, as College of Nursing rep, active member, and with MGRS as Judge Coordinator. I believe I have the skills and drive necessary to lead GSA and MGRS to achieving their full potential while assisting members and Eboard. The inter-collegiate nature of GSA needs a strong, open, compassionate VP, and I know I can be that woman!

What is your current GSA membership status? Current Representative, Active Member

How long have you been involved in GSA?  One year

Have you served on any committees? Social Events, Public Relations

Are you committed to fulfilling the duties and responsibilities of that position?  Yes

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Treasurer Candidate Statements (2)

Geethika Liyanage                 College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

I am a Third year PhD student in the department of Physics & Astronomy. Over the past three years of my career as a Graduate Student, I have been actively involved with GSA serving several leadership roles in the GSA body. Throughout this involvement, I have served as a GSA representative for the College of Natural Sciences & Mathematics, the chair of several GSA external committees, coordinator of the MGRS steering committee, and an officer of the GSA E-board. With all my experience and knowledge in the working system of GSA, I believe I can set a solid foundation to the upcoming GSA E-board and continue to advocate for the Graduate students. Currently, I am holding the position of GSA Treasurer and I am strongly capable of serving as the Treasurer of GSA for the upcoming year.

What is your current GSA membership status? Current Officer: Treasurer, Committee Chair, Former Representative

How long have you been involved in GSA?  Three years

Have you served on any committees? Travel Reimbursement, Social Events, Research and Development

Are you committed to fulfilling the duties and responsibilities of that position?  Yes

 

Nam Tran                         College of Business and Innovation

Hi, I’m Nam and I’m a first year MBA student in Operation Management. Through my first year at GSA, I have been involved with the organization as a representative for COBI and a member of the Budget Review Committee. I also help with coordinating volunteer for the MGRS. As a Budget Review Committee member, I got to serve GSA members by reviewing budget proposal and making sure that the college, or organization requesting the budget, meet all criteria and is likely to be approved and have a successful event. After carefully reading the offices and responsivities section from the constitution, I think I’m ready to serve on GSA executive board as the treasurer for the 2017-2018 school year. My goal is to maintain the Travel Reimbursement process that’s proven beneficial to our members. Also, my background as a business major will prove helpful in the handling of financial and budget matters. I’m confident in my ability to produce financial reports and make forecasts to serve GSA needs.

 What is your current GSA membership status? Current Representative, Active Member

How long have you been involved in GSA?  One year

Have you served on any committees? Have not served on a committee.

Are you committed to fulfilling the duties and responsibilities of that position?  Yes

 

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Communications Specialist Candidate Statement (1)

Christopher Arnst        College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

I am running for communication specialist to promote awareness of opportunities for students at UT. I will accomplish this by focusing on three major goals. My first focus will be facilitating communication within the GSA to promote institutional organization and to better keep the GSA internally informed of its own progress and activities. My second focus will be to get that information into the hands of the student body in every capacity I can. It is essential that students be exposed to the various GSA sponsored activities and that we promote continued involvement of the student body in the GSA. I believe it is important that that information be given to the students concisely and with clarity. My third focus will be to expand formal mechanisms for feedback from students at GSA events. I believe it is essential that the GSA make every attempt to poll students to gauge the effectiveness of our approach to professional development.
-Chris Arnst

What is your current GSA membership status? : Active Member, Inactive Member

How long have you been involved in GSA?  Two years

Have you served on any committees? Research and Development

Are you committed to fulfilling the duties and responsibilities of that position?  Yes

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Health Science Campus Secretary Candidate Statements (1)

 

Angelique Nyinawabera            College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

I have been at UT for almost 2 years now and I love this institution. Therefore, I would love to get more involved through serving as a secretary for the health sciences campus. This position will give me more opportunities to get involved not only with GSA but also with the University of Toledo community. I will add on to the already diverse GSA leadership committee. In the past, I served as a secretary for the international students organization at Wofford College during my undergraduate studies. I had pretty much the same responsibilities( reserving rooms for meetings, updating the calendar, taking notes at every meeting just to name a few).This will provide me an opportunity to get involved more in extracurricular activities at UT. I will work with GSA (leaders as well as members) to ensure more graduate students on the Health Sciences campus get engaged in GSA and other graduate students activities.

What is your current GSA membership status? Active Member

How long have you been involved in GSA?  Two years

Have you served on any committees? Have not served on a committee.

Are you committed to fulfilling the duties and responsibilities of that position?  Yes

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Main Campus Secretary Candidate Statement (1)

Lilli Fishman                       College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

I’ve been involved with GSA since my first year of my Ph.D. (2013). Throughout this time, I’ve developed an understanding of GSA’s rules and regulations. I’ve been involved at multiple levels, including volunteering at events, such as undergraduate information panels, working on the professional development committee, and finally as a representative.

Due to the nature of my area of focus, biology, I excel in record keeping and am especially organized, characteristics that will allow me to be an effective GSA MC secretary.

In addition, I have successfully lead several groups in my undergrad and graduate career. Most recently, I cofounded and am president of the Careers in Science (CiS) committee – an organization that helps grad students find jobs after graduation, which shows my commitment to graduate students and my involvement in our community. As I will be handing off the CiS presidency this year, I am excited at the prospect of new responsibilities as GSA MC secretary!

 What is your current GSA membership status? Current Representative, Active Member

How long have you been involved in GSA?  Four years

Have you served on any committees? Professional Development

Are you committed to fulfilling the duties and responsibilities of that position?  Yes

 

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