The 2018-2019 SAGE Team

Nicola Sibthorpe
PRESIDENT

Nicola Sibthorpe

Nicola is a Montreal born, Creative Writing MA student at Concordia. She is interested in Folktale and Mythology and the subversions that accompany them. Nicola is very excited to take over as the SAGE President for 2018-2019. Beyond spending her days writing, she is also a teacher and enjoys spending time with her cat and a good cup of tea.

6.2 The President shall: i. Act as Chairperson at the first regular fall Council meeting until the Council votes upon a Chairperson. Once voted upon, that person will act as Chairperson at all regular Council meetings and at the SAGE General Assemblies; ii. Arrange for the Annual General Assembly in April; iii. Oversee the day-to-day management of SAGE, and ensure all other Council members are performing their duties as defined below; iv. Direct the implementation of Council resolutions; v. Act as the liaison between SAGE and the GSA, the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, and all external organizations; vi. Be the official spokesperson of SAGE; vii. Publish an annual report summarizing SAGE’s achievements and activities during the President’s term; viii. Have authority to create committees and delegate unto them the powers and tasks they choose; ix. Represent SAGE at Department of English faculty meetings; x. Carry out any other duty the Council deems relevant to the President portfolio.

 

Marlene-Oeffinger
VP INTERNAL

Marlene Oeffinger

Marlene is a second year Creative Writing MA student at Concordia, a poet, and scientist living in Montreal. She has worked on the CSU Judicial Board while an undergraduate at Concordia and as representative of the post-doctoral association at Rockefeller University, focusing on fair-mindedness and equality in academic life. She works as a teaching assistant for the English department and was the assistant to the Writers Read Literary Series 2017-18. Her poetry can be found in found in Headlight Anthology.

6.3 The VP Internal shall: i. Assume responsibility over the academic and departmental direction of SAGE; ii. Represent SAGE at Department of English faculty meetings; iii. Serve as SAGE liaison with the faculty, staff, and undergraduate student associations within the Department of English for anything associated with the academic and creative streams; iv. Assume the responsibility of the President in the absence of the President; v. Support and aid the President in the course of their duties; vi. Appoint SAGE members as student representatives to committees within the department. vii. Carry out any other duty the Council deems relevant to the VP Internal portfolio.

 

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VP SOCIAL
Miles Forrester

Miles has experience working with similar committees during undergrad (he was was an executive member of the Visual Arts Student Association at York University) and after graduation, as an executive member of The White House Studio Project (artist-run center in Toronto’s Kensington Market).

6.4 The VP Social shall: i. Assume responsibility over the social events put on by SAGE; ii. Organize events that connect SAGE members to students in other universities as well as events with the Concordia Association of Students in English (CASE); iii. Support and aid the President in the course of their duties; iv. Mobilize the SAGE membership’s participation in GSA, Teaching and Research Assistants at Concordia (TRAC), and other pertinent social and political causes; v. Manage the Graduate Lounge; vi. Carry out any other duty the Council deems relevant to the VP Social portfolio.

 


Olivia Wood

TREASURER
Olivia Wood

Olivia is a second year MA student in English at Concordia University where she is a poetry editor for the Headlight Anthology. Her research focuses on conceptual writing, digital poetry, affect theory and performance studies. Her first chapbook, A Work No One Told You About was published by Metatron Press.

6.6 The Treasurer shall: i. Chair the Budget Committee meetings; ii. Be responsible for the custody of all records, ledgers, receipts, or documents dealing with the financial affairs of SAGE.; iii. Be responsible for the SAGE accounting process and for all receipts and disbursements; iv. Be responsible for the administration of funds according to SAGE and for the preparation of all financial statements; v. Carry out any other duty the Council deems relevant to the Treasurer portfolio.

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VP ADMINISTRATION
Sarah Gaspard

I believe that my familiarity and extensive involvement with the University and the English Department — especially my experience as CASE’s VP Academic for two years and as the lead coordinator for the sixth and seventh editions of the Literature Undergraduates’ Colloquium at Concordia — makes me a good fit for the SAGE team and this position.

6.5 The VP Administration shall: i. Record minutes at all Council meetings and General Assemblies; ii. Be the SAGE archivist and ensure the continuity of the association’s institutional memory; iii. Publish a newsletter twice per semester in the fall and winter semesters; iv. Develop online media and work with the media to advance the causes that Council deems important; v. Maintain the SAGE website including but not limited to updating current SAGE events, by-laws and minutes from Council meetings and General Assemblies; vi. Post relevant information on social media and maintain the SAGE social media accounts; vii. Liaison with the Graduate Program Assistant about SAGE events and affairs as well as CEVA; viii. Carry out any other duty the Council deems relevant to the VP Administration portfolio.


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ACADEMIC REP
Linzey Corridon

Some Caribbean kid is lost,
drifting Northwards, 
adding more two cents than ten
into his leaky memory bank.  
 

My literary interests are fiercely rooted in the LGBTQ experience of Caribbean peoples at home and in the diaspora. As a former English Literature undergraduate turned Concordia graduate student, I continue to advocate for positive and rewarding student experiences at the university. I am embarking on my third year as a bookseller and coordinator of the Concordia Solidarity Co-op Bookstore. My time spent at the store allows for me to foster a myriad of relationships with both students and faculty. I’ve learnt about the many accomplishments and strengths of our program, but I also listen to all of the different ways in which our department ought to continue to grow and improve. As your representative, I will continue to listen and contribute to these conversations.

6.7 The Academic Rep shall: i. Serve as the SAGE liaison with the faculty, staff, and undergraduate student associations within the Department of English for anything associated with the academic stream, in cooperation with the VP Internal; ii. Represent SAGE at Department of English faculty meetings; iii. Coordinate English graduate student representation on the University’s academic and administrative organs, along with the President; iv. Carry out any other duty the Council deems relevant to the Academic Rep portfolio.


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Ph.D. REP
Emily Wilson

I’m a third-year Ph.D. student, so I’ve been around (almost) as long as the program itself. I think I would be a great fit for this position because, of all the herbs, sage is a personal favorite. I’m also a Scorpio and am therefore very loyal, but willing to use my arachnid wiles to get things done. In all seriousness, I’ve been around to witness the doctoral program as it changes and evolves, for better or for worse, and think I can use this experience to advocate for students as the program continues to grow.

6.11 The Ph.D. Rep shall: i. Serve as the SAGE liaison with the faculty, staff, and undergraduate student associations within the Department of English for anything associated with the Ph.D. stream, in cooperation with the VP Internal; ii. Give an opinion to the hiring committee in case of new departmental hires; iii. Represent SAGE at the Department of English faculty meetings; iv. Carry out any other duty the Council deems relevant to the Creative Rep portfolio.

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