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.

VP ADMINISTRATION
Miles Forrester

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

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.


ACADEMIC REP

Jennifer Breaux

As an undergraduate at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Jennifer was a part of the undergraduate honors association for English majors titled “Sigma Tau Delta,” where responsibilities included attending departmental meetings that concerned undergraduates. As a result, Jennifer was able to familiarize herself with the instructors within my department. Also, under Sigma Tau Delta, she shadowed the EGSA (English Graduate Student Association) specifically concerning their organizing the Global South Conference, a local academic conference held in Louisiana. She was then able to see the process of approving papers for presentation at the conference as well as the organization of panels up close.  Lastly, she was also a member of the sorority Gamma Rho Lambda, and once a month she attended a meeting with the Student Government Association, an undergraduate organization that involves all student-led organizations to vote on various issues such as funding attendance to conferences for undergraduates, amendments to the students’ bill of rights, and approval for organizations to program campus events. Jennifer enjoyed this work as an undergraduate, and is excited to be the academic representative for SAGE.

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.

CREATIVE REP
Melanie Power

Melanie Power is a poet based in Montreal, Québec in her first year of graduate studies in the creative stream at Concordia University. She works as a transcriber and tutor at the university’s Access Centre, as well as an academic coach at the Student Success Centre. Additionally, she is a teaching assistant for the English department. She enjoys helping others and fostering community. Her poetry has been published in places such as Southword Journal, Prairie Fire, parenthetical, Headlight Anthology, Crannóg, Metatron Press’s ÖMËGÄ, and Soliloquies Anthology.

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.

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