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Graduate students’ guide to campus government elections

Graduate students’ guide to campus government elections

April 26
19:06 2016

Alexandria Reeves | Staff Writer

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For graduate students interested in electing student government leaders, let this be your guide.

The election will close with a barbeque from 3 to 6 p.m Wednesday at the Food Pavilion near Sage Hall. Students will be able to vote on site and receive a free meal, the Graduate Student Council said. Voting ends at midnight Wednesday.

Go here to cast your ballot. See all of their video biographies here.

Candidates for president

Seth Ketron

Seth Ketron

Seth Ketron is a marketing graduate student who has served as a GSC senator in fall 2015 before securing his position as director of programming in December 2015.

As a part of the National Association of Graduate-Professional Students, Ketron traveled to Washington, D.C., to advocate for for graduate student research funding, open access of research for dissertations, in-state processing of visas for international students as well as lower interest rates on graduate student loans, according to his candidate profile.  These visits are bi-annual and Ketron plans to be persistent in his national lobbying efforts.
“The more research that is presented to [Congress], the more likely it is that we will get change at the  national level,” Ketron said.

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Jacquie Cheun

Jacquie Cheun, a sociology graduate student, has served as the director of programming and outreach in previous years as well as the vice president of programming and outreach for GSC.

Cheun plans to promote transparency, increase travel funds for graduate students and hopes to build a stronger community among graduate students. Cheun is also passionate about introducing a more family oriented policy unique to the needs of graduate students.

“Graduate students are also employees of the department, we balance the line between both professor and student,” Cheun said.
Cheun’s policy will aim to provide maternity leave or childcare to aid graduate students who are also teaching fellows.

Vice president of administration and finance

Kent Souriyasak, a public administration graduate student, currently works at the Toulouse graduate school where he

Kent Souriyasak

Kent Souriyasak

assists professional development workshops for graduate students and helps host dissertation bootcamps.

Souriyasak said his experience in working closely with graduate students has familiarized him with their needs from UNT. His degree has a focus on local government, which he plans to employ if elected.

“In my program we talk a lot about how to manage cities and work with budgets, I feel like it could be really relevant information that I could use if I were elected to be VP,” Souriyasak said.
His main goals for GSC are to encourage more engagement amongst graduate students, make the research funding process easier, and to better connect graduate students to the university and its resources.

Vice president of communications and marketing

John Fergurson

John Fergurson

John Fergurson is a marketing graduate student who has served as a GSC senator for the past year.

Fergurson plans to facilitate communication for the graduate student body and ensure events on campus are relevant to their needs. He also plans on utilizing social media in order to better inform students and keep them connected to other organizations.

“I feel like the position itself is vital to the success of the graduate student council,” Fergurson said.

Vice president of programming and outreach

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Giselle Greenidge

Giselle Greenidge, a sociology graduate student, has served as a GSC senator and is a member of multiple organizations, including the Black Graduate Student Association, UNT sociology club and the UNICEF Campus Initiative club.

With her multiple memberships, Greenidge plans to fill the responsibility of connecting graduate student organizations to GSC and any resources that are available to them.
“I would continue to empower, advocate, and connect graduate students on campus,” Greenidge said.

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