This week, I was invited to the final Student Government Association and Graduate Student Senate meeting of the year. Newly elected leaders were sworn in and 2011 Presidents presented awards to their top members. Amanda (the new UTK GSS president) and I were voted GSS members of the year for our work on various projects.
We were honored with our names on a plaque that will be displayed in the SGA office on campus.
I really enjoyed being the GSS representative for the College of Communication and Information Science this year. During the first semester of our PhD program, one of our professors told us to avoid all non-required "service" positions. Perhaps he was right because I spent a lot of time serving in this position that could have been spent on research but I was also appointed to the Council for Diversity and Interculturalism with deans from across campus. I now "know people" and get to work with folks that have the same goal in mind: equality for UTK students and staff despite race, gender, economic status and sexual orientation.
Outgoing Pres and VP and the incoming Pres and VP
The other major bonus? I have new (really smart) friends and I know how to get around the gorgeous law building on campus (where GSS would meet monthly).