The 2017-2018 SAGE Team

PRESIDENT
Emily Crompton

I’ve worked on SAGE this past year as the creative rep and, after seeing all the interesting and important work done by Concordia graduate students, I’m looking to come back as your president. In this position, I would welcome incoming students, act as a liaison to the faculty and administration, and talk with you in the hallways. I am hoping to work on SAGE to continue to provide support to other graduate student initiatives, from Colloquium to Concordia Write Nights. In the face of changing academic culture, I want SAGE to be an unwavering ally to groups like the Committee for Equity and Visibility in the Academy. Although I don’t have all the skills to run SAGE alone, I am looking forward to working with a team that does.

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.

 

VP INTERNAL
Alex Custodio

Alex is a second year MA student in English literature at Concordia University where she is presently co-organizing the Concordia English Graduate Colloquium. Her research interests include fanfiction, video games, and queer theory. You can find her work in Spectra Journal, Soliloquies Anthology, and The Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies in Sexuality.

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.

 

17190679_10154504761661478_7750905373902353577_nVP Social
Shirin Shaghaghi

Hello! Thank you for the nomination. I think I’d be a good fit for VP Social because I have experience filling the position; I was VP of my student association in college and am familiar with the scene. I’m social, jubilant, determined and fun loving, and enjoy planning social gatherings, and will try to keep them fresh, enjoyable, safe, and accessible for all English grads.

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.

 

13413003_10208222868102916_281151456902745775_nTREASURER
Katheryne Morrissette

Katheryne is a second year MA student in English at Concordia University. Her research currently focuses on the development of colonialism in medieval literature, and her interests vary from the very old (looking at medieval uses of ancient Greek and Roman literature and mythology) to the very recent (thinking about portrayals of “medieval” periods in contemporary media). She works as a research and teaching assistant in the English and Irish Studies departments, and serves as co-organizer for the Concordia English Graduate Colloquium.

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.

sage-headshot-mccuaigVP ADMINISTRATION
Kaitlynn McCuaig

Kaitlynn McCuaig (me) is a prose writer from the Toronto area now in her first year of Concordia’s creative English MA, who is actively trying to make the most of an experience her (my) solitary, ground-squirrel nature would otherwise have me retreat from. She is fascinated with art as a cultural influence that brings like minds together, invested in issues of advocacy and representation in Canadian and North American contexts, and is working on her creative thesis exploring the long term implications of social violence and the ramifications of trauma, all through a novel about dog fighting. She’ll talk your ear off, if you let her, and is basically always online to be contacted for admin things & Instagram realness.

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; viii. Carry out any other duty the Council deems relevant to the VP Administration portfolio.


sage-grad-jenACADEMIC REP

Jen Tracy

My name is Jen and I am a first year MA student in the academic stream. A fierce lover of democracy, for this blurb I have decided to let the people speak for themselves:

“What, you want me to just describe you? Okay, um, Jen is a funny, kind person who I’ve known for 11 years and… is good at snowboarding…? I don’t know Jen, this is weird.” -my friend Lauren.

“She can be a little too, well, she needs to remember, there are certain dates and things she needs to remember to acknowledge in other people’s lives, like her mother’s and her sister’s birthdays.” -my mum, Harriet.

Recently, I asked for some feedback on the TA conference I lead. A number of students described the conference as “good” and “relaxed.” Other students had “nothing much to say.” One glowing review said that “Conference seems great. I haven’t had a lot of experience with which to compare it.” -anonymous

“Jean makes mean chai from scratch!” -my roommate, Laura.

Hopefully these testimonials convince you why I would be an outstanding choice for academic representative on the SAGE council. This I do promise, that I will not forget to go to faculty meetings like I have consistently forgotten my sister’s birthday. Thank you very much.

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.


Screenshot_2017-03-14-20-49-58CREATIVE REP

Emily Crompton (2!)

I am a student in the creative stream. While my personal focus is poetry, I will indiscriminately represent fiction and non-fiction writers, and any incoming to outgoing student who is interested in making new and lovely things to read. My past experiences include helping at weekly writing workshops, acting as an editor-in-chief for 7 Mondays, and sitting on the selection committee for the Graham Atlantic Creative Writing Prize in 2016. I’m looking forward to drawing on the skills I’ve developed during my undergraduate and am looking forward to participating in a larger departmental community as the creative rep.

6.8 The Creative 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 creative stream, in cooperation with the VP Internal; ii. Represent SAGE at the Department of English creative writing faculty meetings; iii. Sit on the Speakers’ Committee, to help determine speakers for various academic events; iv. Carry out any other duty the Council deems relevant to the Creative Rep portfolio.