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Internal Committees

In order to facilitate the operations of GPC, members of the General Assembly are required to serve on one of several internal committees. These committees are designed to target specific, campus-wide issues that are of importance to graduate and professional students. All representatives are required to participate on GPC committees as a way of serving their constituents.

Constitutional and Bylaws Review Committee

The primary purpose of the Constitutional and Bylaws Review Committee is the monitoring and review of the Graduate Professional Council Constitution and Bylaws as they exist for that operating year. Members of this committee are selected by the President and include whomever is selected as Parliamentarian of the Graduate Professional Council. Members of this committee aid the President in reviewing the operating guidelines of the Graduate and Professional Council and make recommendations for revisions and amendments to the Constitution and Bylaws at a minimum of every two years.

ChairRachel Bauer

  • Benjamin Vega
  • Chris Austin
  • Onye Obi-Okoye
  • Jesse Wyatt
  • Blake Willoughby
  • Hemanth Modadugu

Academic Affairs Committee

The primary purpose of the Academic Affairs Committee is the monitoring of academic issues on campus. Members of this committee are selected by the Vice-President to serve on various student-faculty committees that monitor the academic life of the university. Members of this committee aid the Vice-President in planning the annual Gold Chalk Awards, which honor excellence in professors who instruct graduate and professional students. The committee also serves as the advisory body to the General Assembly on campus-wide academic issues (e.g. the raising of minimum admissions standards for the Graduate School).

Chair: Jacqueline Gamboa Varela

  • Hai Nguyen
  • Joe LaRose
  • Doug Valentine
  • Hailong Song
  • Samantha Jones
  • David You
  • Tipparat Udmuangpia
  • Molly Peterson
  • Trey Ayala
  • Mary Decker

Student Affairs Committee

The primary purpose of the Student Affairs Committee is the monitoring of student issues on campus. As opposed to the Academic Affairs Committee, Student Affairs addresses issues that improve the quality of student life on campus (e.g. the quality of on-campus housing for graduate and professional students). Members of this committee are selected by the Vice-President to serve on student-faculty committees that address a wide variety of issues important to the campus life of the student body.

Chair: Glenn Baker

  • Kate Busselle
  • Nicholas Brothers
  • Kristin Gamez-Torres
  • Brigid Marriott
  • Corbin Beastrom
  • Anna Provo
  • Pengkun Zhou
  • Emily Prosch
  • Matthew Riehn

Finance Committee

The primary function of the Financial Committee is the monitoring of the finances of GPC. Recommendations regarding the support or dismissal of a funding request to the body of the General Assembly come from this body of students. The most important program that the Finance Committee oversees is the Travel Awards program for graduate and professional students.

Chair: Alex Howe

  • Eddie Pluhar
  • Rokeshia Ashley
  • Dalisha Herring
  • Chris Glover
  • Stuart Kenderes
  • Oona Fontanella-Nothom
  • Calli Breil
  • Ian Cost
  • Eric Scott
  • Whitney Collins
  • Johanna Klein
  • Adelaide Akers
  • Rachel Harris
  • Nkem Okoye
  • Athena Bouras
  • Michael Logan
  • Alek Willsey
  • William George
  • Chris Lee

Programming Committee

The primary function of the Programming Committee is the planning of GPC activities. They not only help to plan and publicize but also help in the implementation of their plans and publications. The most important program that the Programming Committee oversees is the Research and Creative Activities Forum, a competitive, intra-campus academic conference for graduate and professional students usually held in the spring.

Chair: Abott Henderson

  • William Wills
  • Rhiannon Koehler
  • Nurir Rohmah
  • Sidharth Sen
  • Rebekah Holtsclaw
  • Christal Hamilton
  • Jamie Phelps

Communication Committee

The primary function of this committee is to publicize the activities and accomplishments of the Graduate Professional Council. Members will work with the GPC Director of Communication to develop and implement social media campaigns, improve the GPC website, and disseminate promotional materials throughout campus. Additionally, the committee will write and distribute press releases documenting the advocacy efforts and resolutions of the organization.

Chair: Josh Bolton

  • Edward A. Ramirez
  • Joe Robinett
  • Josh Bramlett
  • Joseph Moore
  • Rachel Straughn-Navarro
  • June Preast

National Affairs Committee

The primary function of the National Affairs Committee is to advocate on behalf of graduate, professional, post-baccalaureate, and postdoctoral students at the University of Missouri at the regional and national level. The committee monitors and recommends legislation, coordinates advocacy efforts, issues policy statements, and provides analysis.

Chair: Kevin Kaifer

  • Kristofferson Culmer
  • Japheth Knopp
  • Matthew Burch
  • Daniel Quintanilla
  • Kodjo Atiso
  • Zoe Koestel
  • Colwayne Morris

State Affairs Committee

The primary function of the State Affairs Committee is to advocate on behalf of graduate, professional, post-baccalaureate, and postdoctoral students at the University of Missouri at the state and local level. The committee monitors and recommends legislation, coordinates advocacy efforts, issues policy statements, and provides analysis.

ChairMike Hendricks

  • Erin Niederberger
  • Ben Brown
  • Laura Browning
  • Nathan Beckett
  • Rachel K. Owen
  • Drew Amidei
  • Stephanie Link

External Committees

Members of the GPC General Assembly are required to join one or more of the following committees and report back to the assembly.  Many of these committees are part of MU’s standing committees appointed by the Chancellor; others are MSA/GPC committees, professional association committees, or special task forces which arise out of need.

Committee Name
Campus Facilities Planning Committee Calli Breil
Campus Parking and Transportation Chris Lee
Campus Recreation Committee Edward A. Ramirez
Campus Safety Committee June Preast
Campus Space Utilization Committee David You
Capital Review Committee Corbin Beastrom
Committee on Committees Rokeshia R. Ashley
Concerts Committee William Wills
Energy Strategies Student Advisory Group Wolfgang Black
Sidharth Sen
Whitney Collins
Environmental Affairs and Sustainability Committee Stuart Kenderes
Family Friendly Campus Committee Hai Nguyen
Adelaide Akers
Grievances Committee Nicholas Brothers
Emily Prosch
Colwayne Morris
Matthew Riehn
(VACANT)
Intercollegiate Athletics Committee Kristofferson Culmer
Lectures Committee Joel Robinett
Library Committee Joe LaRose
Minority Affairs Committee Kristin Gamez-Torres
Missouri Unions Committee Daniel Quintanilla
MSA Campus & Community Relations Committee Rebekah Holtsclaw
MSA Department of Student Activities Abbot Henderson
MSA Department of Student Services Christal Hamilton
MSA Senate Liaisons Josephine Smiley
(VACANT)
MU Informational Technology Committee Nkem Okoye
Mary Decker
MU Student Union Advisory Council Blake Willoughby
Rachel K. Owen
Persons with Disabilities Committee Molly Peterson
Residence for Tuition Purposes Committee Athena Bouras
Residential Life Committee (VACANT)
Status of Women Committee Brigid Marriott
Student Conduct/Discipline Committee Anna Provo
Benjamin Vega
Kate Busselle
Dalisha Herring
Doug Valentine
Student Fee Capital Improvements Committee Eddie Pluhar
Eric Scott
Student Financial Aid Committee Chris Austin
Student Health Services Advisory Council Nathan Becket
Nurir Rohmah
Rhiannon Koehler
Japheth Knopp
Michael Logan
Laura Browning
Student Organizations Committee (VACANT)
Student Fee Review Committee Alex Howe
Student Organizations Allocation Committee Jesse Wyatt
Student Organizations, Governments, and Activities (SOGA) Onye Obi-Okoye
Ben Brown
Student Publications Committee Joseph Moore
Title IX Advisory Committee Tipparat Udmuangpia
Oona Fontanella-Nothom
Samantha Jones
Traffic Appeals Committee Pengkun Zhou
University Libraries Student Advisory Council Erin Niederberger
Hailong Song
Ian Cost
Alek Willsey