UNDER CONSTRUCTION

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

  Dorothea Morrison:  gsa.internal@uleth.ca  Hello fellow Graduate Students, and I thank you for allowing me to serve!  I am excited about the coming year, both because I think that the past GSA council has set up a firm foundation for us to launch from, and because the people we have involved are amazing.  We have found that social media is vital to participation of Graduate students in our various events, and I want to utilize it to build relationships between and among students, but also to help connect Graduate students with the community of Lethbridge at large. One of the leading causes of depression is the feeling of isolation, and Grad school can be overwhelming with its multiple demands on our time and attention; with a strong sense of community, I hope that the GSA can alleviate some of the anxiety and stress through our events and by representing the best interests of Graduate students in everything we do.  Also, please know that I am open to feedback and suggestions; feel free to send me an email or stop me in the hall if you see me as I want to continue the open accessibility and accountability established by our previous GSA Executive.  I look forward to hearing from you, and to serving as your VP Student Life this year as we continue the work to establish ourselves as an organization with the resiliency and strength to endure and help our members flourish.

Dorothea Morrison: gsa.internal@uleth.ca

Hello fellow Graduate Students, and I thank you for allowing me to serve!

I am excited about the coming year, both because I think that the past GSA council has set up a firm foundation for us to launch from, and because the people we have involved are amazing.

We have found that social media is vital to participation of Graduate students in our various events, and I want to utilize it to build relationships between and among students, but also to help connect Graduate students with the community of Lethbridge at large. One of the leading causes of depression is the feeling of isolation, and Grad school can be overwhelming with its multiple demands on our time and attention; with a strong sense of community, I hope that the GSA can alleviate some of the anxiety and stress through our events and by representing the best interests of Graduate students in everything we do.  Also, please know that I am open to feedback and suggestions; feel free to send me an email or stop me in the hall if you see me as I want to continue the open accessibility and accountability established by our previous GSA Executive.

I look forward to hearing from you, and to serving as your VP Student Life this year as we continue the work to establish ourselves as an organization with the resiliency and strength to endure and help our members flourish.

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

Social Sciences

  Courteney Hamilton:  courteney.hamilton@uleth.ca  Hi! My name is Courteney Hamilton and I am a second-year Master of Science student in Kinesiology. I completed undergraduate Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology with honors and great distinction here at the University of Lethbridge. Academically I have always had many interests- I've worked in a physics lab, completed my honors thesis in biomechanics, worked in two physiology labs, and now my current thesis is a mixture between nutrition and exercise physiology. After my MSc I hope to go on to complete a PhD. Outside of academia you can find me running in the coulees training for ultramarathons, hanging out with my dog and two cats, and generally relaxing.  My goals for being a part of the GSA is to aid in my development of social and communication skills, as well as to do my part to ensure graduate students here at the University of Lethbridge are receiving the best program possible.  Thank you for the opportunity!

Courteney Hamilton: courteney.hamilton@uleth.ca

Hi! My name is Courteney Hamilton and I am a second-year Master of Science student in Kinesiology. I completed undergraduate Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology with honors and great distinction here at the University of Lethbridge. Academically I have always had many interests- I've worked in a physics lab, completed my honors thesis in biomechanics, worked in two physiology labs, and now my current thesis is a mixture between nutrition and exercise physiology. After my MSc I hope to go on to complete a PhD. Outside of academia you can find me running in the coulees training for ultramarathons, hanging out with my dog and two cats, and generally relaxing.

My goals for being a part of the GSA is to aid in my development of social and communication skills, as well as to do my part to ensure graduate students here at the University of Lethbridge are receiving the best program possible.

Thank you for the opportunity!

Humanities

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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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Florian Dieker: florian.dieker@uleth.ca

Hey! My name is Florian Dieker and I'm a Ph.D. student in Potato Science. I've started my studies at the U of L in January so I'm fairly new to the city even though I've been working in Southern Alberta in 2010 and partially from 2013 to 2015. My home is Germany where I've completed my B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Crop Science some years ago. Between my M.Sc. and Ph.D. I traveled parts of North and South America as well as Africa for three years to get to know crop production systems around the world and to understand the food production by commercial and small-scale farmers.

I'm joining the GSA because I'm standing behind the goal to improve the student's life on campus and to represent their needs. Also, bringing people together from all over the country and far beyond Canadian borders is a great opportunity to meet new people and to have insights in different cultures.

It is my pleasure to represent the graduate students and I'll do my best to get your voice out there.
 

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 2017/18 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.

Independent

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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

Moksidul Hoque: m.hoque@uleth.ca