Kara Otto and Elizabeth Sciaky of UC Santa Barbara’s Gevirtz School have been elected as campus-wide executive officers of the UCSB Graduate Students Association (GSA) for the 2010-11 academic year. Otto will serve as VP Communications while Sciaky will serve as VP External.
The Graduate Students Association is the elected representative government for UCSB graduate students. It works to: (1) ensure that graduate student concerns are addressed in campus and off-campus policy decisions, (2) provide graduate students with information concerning decisions that are relevant to student life, and (3) provide social activities for UCSB graduate students. The GSA articulates graduate student concerns to the campus administration and to campus-wide committees that deal with topics ranging from parking to long-range academic planning. It publishes a yearly document detailing graduate student issues and concerns for the campus community. This “GSA Agenda” guides the yearly efforts of the GSA and helps to inform the campus about graduate student concerns.
Kara Otto is heading into her second year as a doctoral student in Language, Literacy & Composition Studies under Dr. Charles Bazerman. As an undergraduate, Otto served as Vice President of Lambda Pi Eta, the Communication Honor Society at Florida State University. This new role will once again combine her love for service, student life, and interest in social organizations. Otto also plans to happily continue on as a Student Representative for the Graduate Student Association in Education (GSAE).
Elizabeth Sciaky is entering her second year of graduate study in Cultural Perspectives and Comparative Education. Aside from being a student, Sciaky teaches English as a Second Language to foreign students from around the world. Sciaky says, “I’m looking forward to a great year of involvement with the GSA and University of California Student Association!”
[Kara Otto and Elizabeth Sciaky are available for interviews; contact George Yatchisin at 805 893 5789]
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