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.
Over the past four years, I’ve been extensively involved with extracurricular activities in Concordia’s English department. As an undergraduate student pursuing my degree in English literature and creative writing, I served as the Vice President of Academic Affairs for CASE (the undergrad SAGE) where, in addition to coordinating the fifth annual Literature Undergraduates’ Colloquium at Concordia (LUCC), I organized a series of workshops to promote the academic and professional success of undergraduates in the department and represented their scholastic interests. My work as an editor for LUCC Proceedings, Soliloquies Anthology and, most recently, Headlight Anthology, speaks to my desire to encourage and facilitate the publication and dissemination of academic and creative work by students in the department. As co-chair of this year’s successful (if I do say so myself) English Graduate Colloquium, “The Sincerest Form of Flattery,” I spearheaded the founding and production of our inaugural conference proceedings in order to offer graduate students a platform for their academic work and to archive their brilliant research. I’ve also been moonlighting as the graphic designer for SAGE and Writers Read, so you may have seen a poster or two (or twelve) of mine haunting the halls.
I am dedicated, hardworking, and excited by projects graduate students have initiated and been part of. My extracurricular record has left me familiar with the workings of the department and on excellent terms with faculty and staff, many of whom I’ve worked closely with over these last few years. Finally, I’m a Taurus, so you know that once my mind’s set on a project, come hell or high water, it’s going to get done—and spectacularly at that.
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.
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.
Being that Concordia’s English department has been my second home for nigh on four years now, I am quite familiar with its sundry quirks. My involvement in past events like the Literature Undergraduates’ Colloquium at Concordia and in this year’s English Graduate Colloquium enabled me to develop an understanding of how events are run, allowing for a clear sense of the administrative heavy-lifting required. Intensely attentive to detail, I can spot a typo, improper line spacing, or a misplaced decimal point from as far away as my glasses allow. My meticulousness will serve well any funding applications that cross my desk, which will benefit from the critical skillset acquired through years of writing argumentatively and persuasively. With an almost fetishistic appreciation for organization and planning, I look forward to many opportunities to play with spreadsheets and numbers, and to discussing at meetings the wheres, hows, and whys of various funding decisions. As Treasurer, my organization kink, Post-It collection, and appreciation for the finer things in life (like Googling how to do that thing in Excel) would prove themselves invaluable assets.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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