Officers

President Samuel Belknap

Office Hours – By Appointment

Email: umainegsgpresident@gmail.com

Hometown: Damariscotta, Maine

Degree Program(s): Anthropology and Environmental Policy (PhD)

Year in School: 3rd

Future Plans: Working for a State or non-profit organization dealing with climate change and community issues in coastal Maine.

Hobbies/Fun Fact: Spent over 20 years as a Maine lobstermen

Where did you complete your undergraduate studies? UMaine, I’m a Black Bear all the way!

Are you also involved in other clubs/organizations? If so, which one(s)? I was involved in UMaine’s anthropology club, but have stepped aside to dedicate myself to the Graduate Student Government. I am also a member of several academic honors societies (PHI BETTA KAPPA, PHI KAPPA PHI, and LAMDA ALPHA)

Why did you choose to be a part of the GSG? I wanted to become involved in the discussions regarding the future of graduate education at UMaine. The GSG has a strong track record of creating meaningful change at UMaine and I wanted to be part of that moving into the future. The GSG and our involvement with UMaine’s Graduate School enables graduate students from all discipline to have their voices heard and serves as an advocate for those pursuing advanced degrees at UMaine.

What is one goal you have for the GSG? In addition to being an advocate for UMaine’s graduate students, I hope to use my time as GSG president to address issues of declining graduate student enrollment. UMaine is a great institution providing world-class graduate educations. We need to make sure that we continue to attract intelligent, motivated leaders to continue placing UMaine’s mark of the world stage.

 

Vice President Elisa Sance    

Office Hours – By Appointment

Email: elisa.sanceATmaineDOTedu

Hometown: Château-Thierry, France

Degree Program(s): Ph.D in History

Year in School: 1st Year

Future Plans: Teach at the University level and promote the learning of modern languages.

Hobbies/Fun Fact: I recently discovered how to edit short videos, and I hope to incorporate this knew skill into my work

Where did you complete your undergraduate studies? At Université Picardie Jules Verne, in Amiens, France, and at Université d’Angers, France. I have two undergraduate degrees, one in Archival Sciences and one in International Business and Languages.

Are you also involved in other clubs/organizations? If so, which one(s)? Centre de la Francophonie des Amériques, and I run a conversation table in Orono: https://www.facebook.com/FrenchTableOronoME.

Why did you choose to be a part of the GSG? Through its meetings, workshops, social events, Grad Expo and volunteer opportunities, I have learned useful skills and met lots of interesting people. This would have been much harder without having such an organization on campus. Becoming an officer allows me to make sure other graduate students will benefit from such opportunities. It’s my way to give back to the community.

What is one goal you have for the GSG? Continue to improve our communication tools to reach out to as many graduate students as possible.

 

Treasurer Sky HellerTresurer

Office Hours: By Appointment

Email: gsgtreasurer@gmail.com

Hometown: Little Marsh, PA

Degree Program(s): Anthropology and Environmental Policy PhD, A2C2 IGERT Fellow

Year in School: 2nd Year PhD.  I also have a MS in Quaternary and Climate Studies from UMaine.

Future Plans: I would like to spend my life gleaning as much information as possible from endangered archaeological sites before they disappear forever.

Hobbies/Fun Fact: I like to quilt, watch football, and play video games.

Where did you complete your undergraduate studies? I double-majored in Anthropology and Religious Studies at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Are you also involved in other clubs/organizations? Besides GSG and my IGERT activities, I focus on my research.

Why did you choose to be a part of the GSG? The student government has provided me with a lot during my time here at UMaine, I felt it was time I did something in return.

What is one goal you have for the GSG? I simply want to ensure that we can continue to provide the same fun and services from which I was able to benefit.  GSG provides an invaluable forum for graduate students to take their time at the University of Maine into their own hands and make the most of it.

 

Secretary Meghan Sills

Office Hours – By Appointment

Email: gsgsecretary@gmail.com

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Grants Officer Jennifer Stiles

Office Hours – By Appointment

Emailumaine.gsg.grants@gmail.com

Hometown: Kalama, Washington

Degree Program(s): M.S. in Sustainable Agriculture

Year in School: 2nd year

Future Plans: I am considering going for a Ph.D after I finish my Master’s program.  I hope to work with a university’s extension program to directly serve farmers.

Where did you complete your undergraduate studies? I studied Environmental Science with an emphasis in Toxicology at Western Washington University.

Are you also involved in other clubs/organizations? If so, which one(s)? I am happy to be a part of the University of Maine Food Systems Alliance (UMe Food).

Why did you choose to be a part of the GSG? When I came to the University of Maine, I was interested in learning more about what was going on in the campus community, so I started attending GSG meetings.  I was given the opportunity to represent the School of Food and Agriculture and to be a part of the Grants Committee.

What is one goal you have for the GSG? I hope that we are able to be a model for students who are passionate about their education and that we can continue to strengthen our outreach into the wider community.

 

 

Outreach and Professional Development Officer Spencer Wood

Office Hours – By Appointment

Email: gsgopdofficer@gmail.com

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Board of Trustees Representative Charles Rodda

Office Hours – By Appointment

Email: Charles.Rodda@umit.maine.edu

Hometown: Shorewood, MN. I moved to Maine (Penobscot) within a week of my 18th birthday, though.

Degree Program(s): I am a PhD Student in the Climate Change Institute.

Year in School: Second year in my PhD program.

Future Plans: I am interested in helping to craft scientifically-informed international climate policy.

Hobbies/Fun Fact: Perhaps not surprising for a climate scientist, I enjoy spending as much time outside as I can – hiking and camping, paddling, cycling, running, hunting and fishing. gardening, anything. Fun fact: I used to take part in lumberjack competitions as a member of the University of Maine Woodsmen Team.

Where did you complete your undergraduate studies? : I studied Structural Geology and International Environmental Politics and Policy at Bates College in Lewiston, ME and came to UMaine to do a Masters in Geophysics.

Are you also involved in other clubs/organizations? If so, which one(s)? As part of my position as the Representative to the Board of Trustees, I serve as the Chair of the system-wide Student Representatives Caucus. I am a member of the Graduate School’s Strategic Planning group. I am also a regular presenter at MOFGA Low Impact Forestry demonstrations.

Why did you choose to be a part of the GSG? In short, I am a proud member of the University of Maine community, and believe that it is critical to give back to that group in any way I can. As one who has been around the University of Maine for a relatively long time (for a student, anyways) I feel that taking a leadership role in the Graduate Students’ official governing body is a place where my experience and institutional knowledge can be put to good use.

What is one goal you have for the GSG? I am excited to see the GSG continue to serve as the voice of the UMaine Graduate Student body, and expand our influence on-campus, within the University of Maine System, and in our state. In the last decade our role in shared governance and campus planning has increased substantially, based on our demonstrated interest and abilities. I am optimistic that it will continue to expand.