GSA Executives

President

  Isoken Ogumbor (Iso):  gsa.pres@uleth.ca  I completed my Honours B.Sc. with a specialization in Biopsychology at Queen's University in 2016. Presently, I am a third year Master of Counselling Student. I had the pleasure of serving the Graduate Students' Association in 2017-2018 and have enjoyed advocating and actively vocalizing the interests and opinions of graduate students. I am excited at the opportunity to strengthen my advocation efforts during the 2018-2019 school year as your GSA President.  I believe the best way to ensure effective change is to actively participate in the change effort. As your president, I will strive to ensure I am consistently placing the needs and desires of the graduate student body first. I will aim to cultivate a culture of C.A.R.E. for every graduate student. That is, a culture of Connections, Advocation, Resources, and Empowerment. I will aim to establish this culture through emphasizing and encouraging access to the numerous resources available on campus and working closely with my council members to organize and implement events aimed at supporting student wellness and flourishing meaningful connections and student support systems. Supporting and maintaining the mental health of all graduate students will be my passion. I welcome the opportunity to connect with graduate students; I would love to hear each of your nuanced opinions and suggestions regarding what the GSA can do better to support  you.

Isoken Ogumbor (Iso): gsa.pres@uleth.ca

I completed my Honours B.Sc. with a specialization in Biopsychology at Queen's University in 2016. Presently, I am a third year Master of Counselling Student. I had the pleasure of serving the Graduate Students' Association in 2017-2018 and have enjoyed advocating and actively vocalizing the interests and opinions of graduate students. I am excited at the opportunity to strengthen my advocation efforts during the 2018-2019 school year as your GSA President.

I believe the best way to ensure effective change is to actively participate in the change effort. As your president, I will strive to ensure I am consistently placing the needs and desires of the graduate student body first. I will aim to cultivate a culture of C.A.R.E. for every graduate student. That is, a culture of Connections, Advocation, Resources, and Empowerment. I will aim to establish this culture through emphasizing and encouraging access to the numerous resources available on campus and working closely with my council members to organize and implement events aimed at supporting student wellness and flourishing meaningful connections and student support systems. Supporting and maintaining the mental health of all graduate students will be my passion. I welcome the opportunity to connect with graduate students; I would love to hear each of your nuanced opinions and suggestions regarding what the GSA can do better to support you.

VP Student Life

  Courteney Hamilton:  gsa.internal@uleth.ca    My name is Courteney Hamilton and I am a second-year Master of Science (Kinesiology) student. I finished my B.Sc. in Kinesiology in 2017 here at the University of Lethbridge. I believe it is very important to maintain a balanced life as a graduate student. For me this includes physical activity and nutrition, socializing, and ensuring that I have enough time to relax outside of my work at the University of Lethbridge. I have been serving on the GSA since May 2018 as the Social Sciences representative and am excited to be VP Student Life for the remainder of the 2018-2019 year. As the VP Student Life I hope that I will be able to help other graduate students find a work/life balance that is suitable for them to succeed, as well as look forward to ensuring that the Meeting of the Minds engages graduate students from all disciplines. It is important to recognize all graduate students at the University of Lethbridge.

Courteney Hamilton: gsa.internal@uleth.ca

My name is Courteney Hamilton and I am a second-year Master of Science (Kinesiology) student. I finished my B.Sc. in Kinesiology in 2017 here at the University of Lethbridge. I believe it is very important to maintain a balanced life as a graduate student. For me this includes physical activity and nutrition, socializing, and ensuring that I have enough time to relax outside of my work at the University of Lethbridge. I have been serving on the GSA since May 2018 as the Social Sciences representative and am excited to be VP Student Life for the remainder of the 2018-2019 year. As the VP Student Life I hope that I will be able to help other graduate students find a work/life balance that is suitable for them to succeed, as well as look forward to ensuring that the Meeting of the Minds engages graduate students from all disciplines. It is important to recognize all graduate students at the University of Lethbridge.

VP Finance & Services

  Elizabeth Wanjiru (Betty):  gsa.finance@uleth.ca  A Master of Science, Management student at Dhillon School of Business (formerly Faculty of Management) at University of Lethbridge, I held the Graduate Student Association (GSA) International Representative position in the 2017-2018 year and proudly served on the GSA Council. In addition, as a University of Lethbridge GSA representative, I had the opportunity to serve as the Treasurer of the Alberta Graduate Provincial Advocacy Council (ab-GPAC 2017-2018) which advocates on behalf of Alberta graduate students. As I to continue to be part of a community that strongly advocates for its students, I consider it a privilege to serve the graduate students of University of Lethbridge through the GSA as VP Finance & Services, and I look forward to working for and with you all for a great graduate student experience!

Elizabeth Wanjiru (Betty): gsa.finance@uleth.ca

A Master of Science, Management student at Dhillon School of Business (formerly Faculty of Management) at University of Lethbridge, I held the Graduate Student Association (GSA) International Representative position in the 2017-2018 year and proudly served on the GSA Council. In addition, as a University of Lethbridge GSA representative, I had the opportunity to serve as the Treasurer of the Alberta Graduate Provincial Advocacy Council (ab-GPAC 2017-2018) which advocates on behalf of Alberta graduate students.
As I to continue to be part of a community that strongly advocates for its students, I consider it a privilege to serve the graduate students of University of Lethbridge through the GSA as VP Finance & Services, and I look forward to working for and with you all for a great graduate student experience!

 

General Graduate Representatives

GSA Council

Independant

  Nathir Haimoun:  nathir.haimoun@uleth.ca  Hello, Salut & مرحبا  My name is Nathir Haimoun. I am a first year MA student in Economics with a BSc in Economics and Political Science from the Lebanese American University, where I had been an international student for four years. Having an enriching cultural journey of living in Canada, the US, Lebanon, Syria and Saudi Arabia, I place credence in diversity, diplomacy and dialogue.  Having the desire to make a difference within the graduate student experience has driven me to be more involved within the GSA. My previous experience of being a representative for an array of students from different cultural backgrounds well acquainted me with tools that are conducive to facilitating the process of communicating and voicing out students’ concerns. I am greatly delighted to be your independent representative for this year, and look forward to helping make your experience a phenomenal one!

Nathir Haimoun: nathir.haimoun@uleth.ca

Hello, Salut & مرحبا

My name is Nathir Haimoun. I am a first year MA student in Economics with a BSc in Economics and Political Science from the Lebanese American University, where I had been an international student for four years. Having an enriching cultural journey of living in Canada, the US, Lebanon, Syria and Saudi Arabia, I place credence in diversity, diplomacy and dialogue.

Having the desire to make a difference within the graduate student experience has driven me to be more involved within the GSA. My previous experience of being a representative for an array of students from different cultural backgrounds well acquainted me with tools that are conducive to facilitating the process of communicating and voicing out students’ concerns. I am greatly delighted to be your independent representative for this year, and look forward to helping make your experience a phenomenal one!

Humanities

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Jacky Cheruiyot: jacklyne.cheruiyot@uleth.ca

My name is Jacklyne Cheruiyot, GSA representative for Humanities. I am a first year MA student in the Department of Women and Gender Studies.

Thank you for giving me the opportunity to serve you in this capacity. I hope to work with you to address all the challenges we face.

I look forward to a harmonious fruitful year with each one of you. Without you, no GSA.

Thank you.

Education

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Leanna Santangelo: leanna.santangelo@uleth.ca

Hello! My name is Leanna, and I am in my final year of the Masters of Counselling  Program. I have lived in Lethbridge my entire life, completing my BA in Psychology here at the University of Lethbridge. I have been involved in a variety of community organizations, as I have a passion to be a part of something bigger in order to make a difference, and give back to the individuals within these organizations and our surrounding community.

My involvement within the GSA would complement my desire to make a difference within the graduate student experience, allowing them to not only feel connected as a community, but to feel heard and represented as a student body. I am excited and honoured to be a part of your graduate student experience, and look forward to helping make this experience a positive one!

Health Sciences

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Kelsey Berg: kelsey.berg@uleth.ca

Hello! My name is Kelsey Berg, I am a PhD student in population studies in health and the Health Sciences GSA representative.

 My research focuses on policy solutions to address income as a determinant of health. In a broader sense, my interests include equity, research methodology, and contemplating the fate of the universe.

 I currently represent the GSA on a Student Awards Strategy Task Force, the Alcohol and Drug Awareness committee, and contribute to the Meeting of the Minds planning team. I also co-facilitate a graduate interdisciplinary research journal club on campus.

 Feel free to reach out with any ideas, questions or just to chat. I’m always happy to discuss research or other grad student projects. Take care!


 

Fine Arts

  Tyler Heaton:  tyler.heaton@uleth.ca  I am in the first year of my postgraduate studies working on an MFA in New Media. My research and practice explore immersive and interactive narrative experiences using virtual reality technology as a storytelling medium. I am fascinated by the convergence of media technology, art, design, communications, and psychology.  I am excited to work with the GSA Exec and Council to support students and research at the University. As Fine Arts representative, I want to highlight the "A" in STEAM, and raise awareness of artistic practice as research.

Tyler Heaton: tyler.heaton@uleth.ca

I am in the first year of my postgraduate studies working on an MFA in New Media. My research and practice explore immersive and interactive narrative experiences using virtual reality technology as a storytelling medium. I am fascinated by the convergence of media technology, art, design, communications, and psychology.

I am excited to work with the GSA Exec and Council to support students and research at the University. As Fine Arts representative, I want to highlight the "A" in STEAM, and raise awareness of artistic practice as research.

International

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Araba Sagoe: ap.sagoe@uleth.ca

Hello! My name is Araba Sagoe. I am currently finishing up my first year in Master of Biological Sciences. I completed my Bachelor of Science in Biology here at the University of Lethbridge, and as an international student myself, I have had a lot of experiences over the last couple of years. As the international representative for the next year, I hope to meet some needs of the international students and help answer questions you are itching to ask outside of academia (or anything I can help with really), as well as foster a great multi-cultural experience for you.

I look forward to meeting you.

Independent

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Rachel Dombowsky: rachel.dombowsky@uleth.ca

Hello all! I am M.Sc. student in the Neuroscience department studying the development of rodent vocalizations. I plan on completing my M.Sc. and start my PhD this summer. I completed my B.Sc. in Neuroscience here at University of Lethbridge. During my time here I have worked in many research labs in the neuroscience and physics department and spend my free time volunteering with Let's Talk Science.

I am dedicated to my research and community and will continue to bring this aspect to the 2018/19 GSA council. It is absolutely my pleasure and honour to continue to advocate for my fellow graduate students.

Indigenous

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Chloe Crosschild: chloe.crosschild@uleth.ca

My name is Iitaapii'tsankiiaki, Chloe Crosschild. I am Blackfoot, more specifically, from the Blood Tribe. I graduated from the University of Lethbridge in 2014 with a Bachelor of Nursing Degree and began working as a Public Health Nurse in Southwestern Alberta. I also work casually at the Kainai Continuing Care Facility and started teaching the Community Health Clinical Practice Rotation in 2016.

I am currently enrolled in the Master of Nursing program. My interests include: Indigenous Health, maternal/child health, health promotion/disease prevention/health protection. I am also very passionate about social justice within the health care system for Indigenous families and bridging gaps between traditional health practices and current standards of practice/policies to create better relationships. 

I am excited to be a part of the GSA Council this year and hope I can contribute and create a voice for the Indigenous community on campus :) 

 

Natural Science

  Nathan Hill:  nathan.hill@uleth.ca  Hello! I am a Ph.D. student in chemistry, and I study a class of compounds called 'redox non-innocent ligands', which is terribly interesting, I promise. Hit me up some time and I'll be happy to talk to your ear off about it.  I completed my B.Sc. here at the U of L, and I have had the privilege for the past year to serve as a representative on the GSA council. During that time I have been a part of a number of very interesting committees, including the selection of the dean of the new School of Liberal Education, and I spear-headed the creation of a new graduate student teaching award which will be implemented in the 2018/2019 academic year.  I am grateful to be entrusted again this year with a position representing the graduate students, and I am excited to continue working on your behalf.

Nathan Hill: nathan.hill@uleth.ca

Hello! I am a Ph.D. student in chemistry, and I study a class of compounds called 'redox non-innocent ligands', which is terribly interesting, I promise. Hit me up some time and I'll be happy to talk to your ear off about it.

I completed my B.Sc. here at the U of L, and I have had the privilege for the past year to serve as a representative on the GSA council. During that time I have been a part of a number of very interesting committees, including the selection of the dean of the new School of Liberal Education, and I spear-headed the creation of a new graduate student teaching award which will be implemented in the 2018/2019 academic year.

I am grateful to be entrusted again this year with a position representing the graduate students, and I am excited to continue working on your behalf.

Independent

  Priya Bhutani:  priya.bhutani@uleth.ca  Hi, I am MSc student in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. My research focuses on consequences of DNA damage, and I do this by using computational chemistry. I grew up in the Maritimes, and I moved to Lethbridge in the fall of 2017 after completing my BSc at the University of New Brunswick. When I'm not hiding in my lab, you might find me out for a run or playing board games.  As an independent representative for the GSA, I'm looking forward to get to know graduate students from all programs and help bridge the gap between the diverse set of programs we have here at the U of L.

Priya Bhutani: priya.bhutani@uleth.ca

Hi, I am MSc student in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. My research focuses on consequences of DNA damage, and I do this by using computational chemistry. I grew up in the Maritimes, and I moved to Lethbridge in the fall of 2017 after completing my BSc at the University of New Brunswick. When I'm not hiding in my lab, you might find me out for a run or playing board games.

As an independent representative for the GSA, I'm looking forward to get to know graduate students from all programs and help bridge the gap between the diverse set of programs we have here at the U of L.

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Samantha Krause: samantha.krause@uleth.ca

Hi there! My name is Sam and I am a MSc student studying animal communication behaviour in the Psychology department. I spent two months this spring tracking Adelaide's warblers (i.e. itsy bitsy yellow birds) around a wildlife refuge in Puerto Rico. Catch me in the halls sometime and I'll tell you all about it! Or if you have any bird-related questions, I can answer those too.

I am new to Lethbridge as of last fall and have enjoyed exploring Southern Alberta and meeting some pretty awesome people. This is a beautiful campus and great community. I was impressed by the involvement and dedication of the GSA council last year, so much so, I asked if I could be a part of this positive team of people for 2018/19. Luckily, there was a spot for me, and look forward to contributing to GSA initiatives and supporting our grad students here at U of L.

Management

  Moksidul Hoque:  m.hoque@uleth.ca  This is Moksidul Hoque, an MSc in MGT (major in Finance) student at UoL. After completing my undergrad and MBA from the University of Rajshahi, Bangladesh, I have been teaching at my home department since February, 2010. My research interest field is corporate finance specially the capital structure decisions and stakeholders behavior. In addition, volunteering works always attracted me. I have been actively involved with scouting, debating, blood donating, and with community clubs and organizations since my high school life. It was a great privileged to represent BSOUL, a club under GSA at UoL in 2017-‘18. Now, the privilege is extended to me with the representation of my Dhillon School Business in GSA council to endorse the voice of Business/Grad students in GSA council and to increase the participation of graduate students in GSA programs.

Moksidul Hoque: m.hoque@uleth.ca

This is Moksidul Hoque, an MSc in MGT (major in Finance) student at UoL. After completing my undergrad and MBA from the University of Rajshahi, Bangladesh, I have been teaching at my home department since February, 2010. My research interest field is corporate finance specially the capital structure decisions and stakeholders behavior. In addition, volunteering works always attracted me. I have been actively involved with scouting, debating, blood donating, and with community clubs and organizations since my high school life. It was a great privileged to represent BSOUL, a club under GSA at UoL in 2017-‘18. Now, the privilege is extended to me with the representation of my Dhillon School Business in GSA council to endorse the voice of Business/Grad students in GSA council and to increase the participation of graduate students in GSA programs.