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Results of 2013 Graduate Students’ Association election announced

UToday HomeMarch 14, 2013

From left: Christina Johnston, Colin Martin, Sarah Akierman and Liam Cummings are the new executive team members of the Graduate Students’ Association.From left: Christina Johnston, Colin Martin, Sarah Akierman and Liam Cummings are the new executive team members of the Graduate Students’ Association.Graduate students at the University of Calgary elected a new team of student leaders for 2013-14.

The Graduate Students’ Association elections, held March 11-12, welcome Sarah Akierman, Liam Cummings, Colin Martin and Tina Johnston to the executive team.

Akierman, an MSc student in Biological Sciences and current co-chair of the GSA’s governance and inclusivity committee, is the 2013-14 GSA president (acclaimed).

Cummings, a MPlan student in EVDS and longstanding senior volunteer with the GSA, is the 2013-14 vice-president (academic) (acclaimed).

Martin, a PhD candidate in English and current GSA council speaker, is the 2013-14 vice-president (finance and services) (acclaimed).

The position of vice-president (student life) had two candidates running: Christina (Tina) Johnston and Aamir Rafiq.

After many days of campaigning, Johnston won the student life position with 60.1 per cent of the votes cast. This year 258 students voted.

Outgoing president Franco Rizzuti welcomes and congratulates the new team, saying: “The GSA is excited to have such a dedicated group of student leaders entering executive roles for 2013-14. This group brings diverse leadership and student engagement experience from across the campus.”

Newly-elected leaders will be busy right away shadowing their outgoing counterparts, ensuring the incoming team has a smooth transition.

“This is an exciting time to be a student leader,” president-elect Akierman says. “I hope to engage our graduate students and highlight the amazing work they do at this university.

“My team and I will be working collaboratively with the university and government to ensure that graduate students at the University of Calgary have a top five graduate experience. We are keen to hit the ground running!”

At the Graduate Representative Council held on April 30, each newly-elected director will take the oath of office and be presented to the GRC. The new executives will begin their roles May 1.

Selection of GSA senior volunteers will be ongoing through April and May.

To learn more visit: gsa.ucalgary.ca/about/elections.html

 

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