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Graduate Studies Calendar 2015-2016 Welcome Message from the GSA President
Message from the GSA President

As the outgoing President and a member of the graduate student community, I would like to welcome you with open arms to the University of Calgary. The Graduate Students’ Association (GSA) offers an abundance of experiences and support for the graduate student to accompany your student journey. I wish you academic success and hope you embrace the campus community and the support that is available to you.

It is an exciting time for the GSA as the association will be welcoming new executive members including a new president. We have worked relentlessly to maintain a high standard of conduct and representation, and look forward to maintaining these standards with the new executive board. It has been an absolute pleasure working with the GSA and representing the graduate student body over my term as president. I strongly encourage students to participate in the graduate student community and remember that the GSA operates for your well-being and altogether benefit. Keep an eye out for the weekly GSA News & Views and the Faculty of Graduate Studies GradPost newsletters for helpful information about services and opportunities throughout your graduate degree. I challenge you to embrace these new opportunities. Try something new by volunteering with the GSA and pursue your passions.

As the University of Calgary moves towards achieving its Eyes High objectives, each of you as graduate students of the University of Calgary play a pivotal role in the University’s goal to be one of the top five research universities in Canada. I look forward to seeing the strides we will make this year towards academic and personal excellence. The GSA knows that this cannot be done alone, and we are here to provide you with resources for academic and holistic support, as listed in the GSA section of the Graduate Calendar.

On behalf of the entire GSA executive, the GRC and all the GSA staff, welcome to the University of Calgary. We hope you have a wonderful and productive year. For more information, please check out our website at:

Sarah V. Akierman
GSA President 2013-15