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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.

ChairAlex Howe

  • Christopher A. Austin
  • Beth A. Barker
  • Patricia Snarski
  • Blake Willoughby
  • Jesse Wyatt
  • Athena Bouras
  • Michael Leahy
  • Ben Vega

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: Glenn Baker

  • Tipparat Udmuangpia
  • Tushar Kanta Das Nakini
  • Taher Hajilounezhad
  • Ayleen A Cabas Mijares
  • Leonardo Montes Alvarez
  • Samantha Jones
  • Nkem Okoye

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: Ryan Hines

  • Aaron Sullivan
  • Eryn J. Adams
  • Kendal L. Lowrey
  • Kaleb C. Sellers
  • Christal Hamilton
  • Stephanie Link
  • Alexandra Moore
  • Arianna Soldati
  • 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: Alek Willsey

  • Elizabeth M. Gammel
  • Christopher J. Glover
  • Johanna Klein
  • Christina H. Wang
  • Olivia M. Meyer
  • Christopher Lee
  • Joe LaRose
  • Alek Pickett
  • Rachel Harris
  • June Preast
  • Laura Browning
  • Rachel Lomonaco-Benzing
  • Dalisha D. Herring
  • Brandon Wolak

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: Kristen Kalz

  • Alexander T. Jackson
  • Nicholas L. Brothers
  • Catherine Seidu
  • Laura Reans
  • Caroline Thompson
  • Kristine Mallinson
  • Nicholas Eovaldi
  • Sidharth Sen

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: Rebekah Holtsclaw

  • Douglas R. Valentine
  • Alexandra M. Moore
  • Xin Wei
  • Rebecca Pelky
  • Joshua Karnowski

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: Japheth Knopp

  • Matt Burch
  • Benton R. Berigan
  • Kristofferson Culmer
  • Courtney Chendler
  • Thomas Jurrissen

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

  • Michael Borucke
  • Rachel K. Owen
  • Fouad Alsammarrie
  • Nathan Beckett
  • Hailong Song
  • Jamie Phelps
  • Erin E. Niederberger

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 Rachel Lomonaco-Benzing
Campus Mediation Services Jamie Phelps
Campus Parking and Transportation Dalisha D Herring
Campus Recreation Committee Christopher J Glover
Campus Safety Committee Alexandra M Moore
Campus Smokeless Tobacco Committee Alec Pickett
Campus Space Utilization Committee Blake A Willoughby
Capital Financing Advisory Committee Nicholas Eovaldi
Capital Review Committee Sidharth Sen
CGW Liaison Eric Scott
Chancellor’s Task Force on Pregnant and Parenting Policies Douglas R Valentine
VACANT
Committee on Committees Rebecca Pelky
Concerts Committee Xin Wei
Digital Accessibility Advisory Board Nathan Beckett
Environmental Affairs and Sustainability Committee Elizabeth M Gammel
Family Friendly Campus Committee Arrianna Soldati
Intercollegiate Athletics Committee Kristofferson Culmer
Learning Spaces Committee Samantha Jones
Lectures Committee Eryn J Adams
Minority Affairs Committee Brandon T Wolak
Missouri Unions Committee Patricia Snarski
MSA Senate Liaisons Matthew Riehn
MU Informational Technology Committee Tushar Kanta Das Nakini
Nkem Okoye
MU Student Union Advisory Council Kaleb C Sellers
VACANT
Non-Tenure Track Faculty Committee Members Kristine Mallinson
Persons with Disabilities Committee Oona Fontanella-Hothom
Residence for Tuition Purposes Committee Ayleen A Cabas Mijares
Residential Life Committee Christopher Lee
Resource Allocation Model Committee Erin E Niederberger
Jonathon Sun
Retiree, Health and Other Benefits Advisory Committee Joanna Klein
Status of Women Committee Christina H Wang
Strategic Enrollment Doug Valentine
Taher Hajilounezhad
Michael Leahy
Alexander T. Jackson
Leonardo Montes Alvarez
Student Fee Capital Improvements Committee Nicholas L Brothers
VACANT
Student Financial Aid Committee Christopher A Austin
Student Health Services Advisory Council June Preast
Crystal Hamilton
VACANT
VACANT
VACANT
VACANT
Student Organizations Allocation Committee (SOAC) Jesse W Wyatt
Student Organizations, Governments, and Activities (SOGA) Benjamin S Vega
Olivia M Meyer
Student Publications Committee Stephanie Link
Title IX Advisory Committee Tipparat Udmuangpia
Rachel K Owen
VACANT
Traffic Appeals Committee Catherine Seidu
University Libraries Student Advisory Council Beth A Barker
Fouad Alsammarrie
Kendal L Lowrey
VACANT
Task force on International Teaching Assistant Program VACANT