Gradaute Student Association Elections

For President

It is with my belief that success is synergetic between personal development and collaborative efforts. This concept has been learned in my previous leadership experiences as executive board member holding various offices in several undergraduate organizations. Without perseverance, commitment, and community, success is merely longed for and not earned. The University of Central Florida has provided me with the drive to ensure that every member of the Knights community is afforded equal opportunity to grow as professionals and scholars. After all, it is with the contributions of these professionals and scholars beyond their time at this institution that truly define the pillars of excellence that we pride ourselves in. As president of the Graduate Student Association, I hope to foster connectivity and development in the graduate community, inspire leadership, and serve as an advocate for the needs of graduate students to ensure lifelong success beyond UCF.

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For Vice-President

My name is Andria Hill and I am a doctoral student in the Accounting PhD program. I believe my experience, personality, and determination will bring valuable insight to the Graduate Student Association. I will assists the members of the executive boards to the best of my ability and increase my knowledge through my service in the position. My 8 years of profession work experience and CPA certification compliment the duties of the Vice President’s position on the board. I am also an active participant in academic and professional organizations that promote inclusion and diversity within academia and the business profession. Thank you for your consideration for the position of Vice President and I look forward to the opportunity to serve on the GSA executive board.

As a current PhD student and a former MFA student at UCF, I understand how important the Graduate Student Association is to supporting student life and advocating for graduate student rights. In my role as president of a graduate RSO I helped our organization double in size, secure multiple grants, and initiated a successful series of scholarly research reviews. The past seven years here at UCF has helped me understand the campus and culture in unique and detailed ways. It has allowed me to explore the unique position of graduate students on this campus and the relationships with undergraduate students, faculty, and staff. I am dedicated to continuing to promote and support graduate student excellence in research and well-being at UCF.

As a current 3rd year doctoral student at UCF, I have had the privilege of being involved with GSA for about 2 years. In that time, I have served as the Assistant Director of the Graduate Involvement Task Force, Executive Director, and Vice President. Throughout my involvement, I have seen GSA face many challenges as well as make great strides. It is my hope that I am able to continue with GSA as it continues to grow and become as association which truly serves this university’s graduate student population. Specifically, I would like to support GSA by revisiting and regrouping around the strategic plan, developing and maintaining an engaged executive board and membership base, and placing GSA in a position to be sustainable as it transitions to its future leaders.

For Treasurer

As a current PhD student and a former MFA student at UCF, I understand how important the Graduate Student Association is to supporting student life and advocating for graduate student rights. In my role as president of a graduate RSO I helped our organization double in size, secure multiple grants, and initiated a successful series of scholarly research reviews. The past seven years here at UCF has helped me understand the campus and culture in unique and detailed ways. It has allowed me to explore the unique position of graduate students on this campus and the relationships with undergraduate students, faculty, and staff. I am dedicated to continuing to promote and support graduate student excellence in research and well-being at UCF.

I have worked several years in accounting roles and would like to bring that experience to the Executive Board for the Graduate Student Association. I believe my experience as a CPA will be an asset to the Treasurer position and would like to contribute my abilities to the position.

For Secretary

I am passionate about advocating for graduate students across diverse backgrounds since we are essential to UCF’s progress in research, outreach, and teaching. I offer experience representing graduate students in multiple capacities within the UCF community. I currently serve as the only doctoral student on the Student Development and Enrollment Services (SDES) Vice President’s Student Advisory Council. Additionally, I have held leadership positions with UCF’s Housing & Residence Life, the Office of Student Involvement (Graduate Outreach), Graduate Student Council, and Modeling & Simulation Knights. These positions allowed me to gain first-hand insight and knowledge regarding the unique opportunities and challenges we experience as graduate students.
I am a PhD student in the Modeling & Simulation program and I work as Graduate Research Assistant in the Interactive Systems and User Experience Research Lab. It would be an honor to represent and serve you as GSA Secretary.

Fellow Graduate Students,

The mission of the Graduate Student Association is to serve as the advocate and official representative of UCF graduate students and clubs at the University of Central Florida. As the Spring semester moves forward, the time has arrived to elect candidates for Graduate Student Association President, Vice President, Treasurer, and Secretary. Every full-time UCF graduate student in good academic standing is eligible for voting.
The election shall commence Monday, April 10 at 9:00 a.m. and will continue through 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 11.

Elected positions are: President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary
 
President shall
  • Supervise and control the activities of the organization.
  • Preside over all meetings and call all meetings to order.
  • Maintain communication with the Office of Student Involvement and ensure that all paperwork is current.
  • Maintain communication with the Office of Graduate Studies.
  • Be one of three signers on financial documents.
  • Be responsible for creating a budget at the beginning of each fall and spring semester, in conjunction with the Treasurer.
  • Coordinate all conferences.
  • Ensure all officers are performing their duties as defined in this constitution
  • Assign special projects to officers.
  • Keep advisor informed of activities and functions of the organization.
  • Be familiar with Robert’s Rules of Order to conduct meetings.
  • Assist newly elected officers in the transfer of power.
  • Provide all documents and records pertaining to his/her responsibilities to the newly-elected President.
Vice President shall
  • Assist the president in his/her duties.
  • Assume the president's responsibilities in his/her absence.
  • Keep accurate records of all meetings in the Secretary’s absence.
  • Plan and be responsible for all retreats, recruitments and training of the organization.
  • Perform an audit of all financial transactions of the organization once per semester.
  • Assist in special projects as assigned by the President.
  • Provide all documents and records pertaining to his/her responsibilities to the newly-elected Vice President.
The Treasurer shall
  • Keep an accurate account of all funds received and expended.
  • Be one of three signers on financial documents.
  • Be responsible for creating budget reports at the beginning of each fall and spring semester, in conjunction with the President.
  • Present a budget report of deposits and expenditures to the membership at least once per month, and as requested by the President, Vice President, advisor, or Office of Student Involvement.
  • Provide financial records sufficient to allow the Vice President to perform an audit.
  • Assist in special projects as assigned by the President.
  • Provide all documents and records pertaining to his/her responsibilities to the newly-elected Treasurer.
The Secretary shall
  • Notify members of meetings via e-mail and/or telephone at least 48 hours in advance.
  • Keep accurate minutes and records of all meetings.
  • Maintain accurate list of members and their contact information.
  • Perform a verbal roll call of all members and maintain an attendance record.
  • Prepare ballots for elections.
  • Keep a copy of the Constitution and have it available for members.
  • Check eligibility for potential officers, prior to annual elections.
  • Assist in special projects as assigned by the President.
  • Provide all documents and records pertaining to his/her responsibilities to the newly-elected Secretary.
Active campaigning begins after candidates are announced.  

For more information, please feel free to e-mail us at GSA@ucf.edu.