Welcome new graduate students -- Fall 2014

New MGSA Executive Board 2014-2015

Andrew Nynka - Doctoral Co-President

Allene Abrahamian  -- Master’s Co-President

Saranaz Barforoush -- Treasurer

Brittany Britto -- Press Secretary

Tanya Lokot -- Social Secretary

Courtney Mabeus -- Recording Secretary

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Challenges

The MGSA is chartered to address the needs of both doctoral and master's students at Merrill College. Both groups are equally busy but the texture of their respective curricula makes it hard to overlap them for MGSA meetings and activities. The MGSA is discussing the challenge how to keep the two programs coordinated in our mutual interests while giving each group the slack to self-organize in the easiest way possible. We plan to address these issues and get the best ideas to work on the issue this fall.

A second struggle involves playtime. Our unofficial motto has us working hard and playing hard, too, but our attempt to find the right time and sometimes the right activities for free entertainment had a few successes but more misses. We had a decent turnout for the movie screening of "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" and a pre-Oscar showing of "The Social Network" but otherwise little attendance. We still think there is a place and time for entertainment that can bond a diverse group of students with diverse interests. We need your ideas how to make events worthwhile for you.

Future Projects

In 2012, the MGSA started to collect Merrill College graduate students' accomplishments to put on our website. It requires your participation to succeed, meaning you will have to fight off your natural humility, if only for a moment.

"The idea," said then MGSA doctoral co-president Stine Eckert, "is that we establish a current running account of what interesting things Merrill graduates do -- for PhD students this could be research projects, conference presentations and publications; for master's students journalism projects, scholarships, and interesting trips etc."

The MGSA will publish the information in alphabetical order on its website.

MGSA Officer Descriptions (Preliminary)

 

Social & Service Secretary: organize social and service events; in the past this has included participating in the grad student kickball tournament, attending Maryland football and basketball games, participating in America Reads Day, and happy hours

Press Secretary: promote events via website, Facebook, e-mails to the college, FYI list and posters, update website, write press releases to summarize each event, write semester summary of MGSA achievements & activities, promote MGSA for elections

Recording Secretary: attend and write protocol for two required MGSA executive board meetings per semester and additional meetings

Treasurer: pay money we earned into account, set up student account in campus system, update Google spreadsheets about costs and income, attend MGSA board meeting

Master's Co-President: check MGSA e-mail, schedule and moderate two required MGSA executive board meetings per semester, keep in touch with Caryn as liaison to college, make sure events are organized properly, send welcome letters to incoming students, attend College Assembly and other committees such as PCC, raise money, schedule brown bag lunch with Dean Klose, represent MGSA if needed, keep in touch with master student concerns, be addressee for any concerns coming up for MGSA as first point of contact

Doctoral Co-President: check MGSA e-mail, schedule and moderate two required MGSA executive board meetings per semester, keep in touch with Caryn as liaison to college, make sure events are organized properly, send welcome letters to incoming students, attend College Assembly and other committees such as PCC, raise money, schedule brown bag lunch with Dean Klose, represent MGSA if needed, keep in touch with doctoral student concerns, be addressee for any concerns coming up for MGSA as first point of contact

All: Help with and contribute to events e.g. bake sale, movie nights, BBQs, lectures, come up with ideas for MGSA, promote MGSA and engage others