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Graduate Student Association

  • Gannon University: Graduate Student Association (GSA)

    Gannon University Graduate Student Association Ruskin and ErieThe Erie, PA and Ruskin, FL campuses joined forces in early 2017 to review the importance of fostering a healthy graduate culture throughout each student’s educational journey. With the support of both the Vice President of Academic Affairs and the University Graduate Council, student, faculty and staff representatives were elected to develop the formal association. The Graduate Student Association (GSA) is the voice of graduate students (masters and doctoral) which serves to address graduate student related areas throughout the higher education experience. To learn more, please review the GSA mission, members, professional development, service-learning, and social information.


    The purpose of the Gannon University Graduate Student Association is to create an open environment for graduate students to engage in professional and personal growth. This purpose is executed through the following objectives:

    1. Encourage and recognize graduate student culture through outstanding scholarship and accomplishments of its members
    2. Promote the advancement of education and practice in the art and science of administration
    3. Create further awareness and understanding of the professions, including inter-professional communication and partnerships
    4. Collaborate with graduate and undergraduate students, faculty, and community members to improve the communities in which we live and work
    5. Advocate and represent Gannon University's mission when hosting campus guests, GU Alumni, and community members

    Professional Development

    GSA Students with Dr. Taylor

    The GSA will host and encourage participation in various professional development opportunities to members. Events may be on-campus or online in order to accommodate all populations of learners. Please visit our social media outlets to view upcoming events.

    Service Learning

    GSA Students at Service Learning Sites

    The GSA strongly advocates the university mission of service. Graduate students will lead service-learning initiatives throughout the academic year. Activities may correlate with university events or graduate programs.

    Social Media

    The Gannon University Graduate Student Association understands the importance of embracing technology and social media outlets in our current time. The GSA currently has presence on Facebook. Please visit our page to learn more about membership and upcoming events by clicking on the Facebook icon on this page or search Gannon University, Graduate Student Association.


    Membership shall be limited to students in good academic standing, as per the University's Graduate Catalog, in the Gannon University Graduate Programs. The Graduate Student Association (GSA) represents and welcomes students from all academic programs, at both university campuses (Erie and Ruskin), and our online student population.

    The GSA was founded by students, faculty and staff of the Erie, PA and Ruskin, FL campuses. Graduate students were nominated by their department faculty. Faculty and staff were chosen from Graduate Council and serve various roles for the university. Masters and Doctoral students from the College of Engineering and Business (CEB), College of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences (CHESS) and the Morosky College of Health Professions and Sciences (MCHPS) who embodied the student perspective. Faculty and staff from both campuses provided the essential university support and guidance throughout the association's development. The GSA founding members established bylaws, logos, formal processes, proposals, social media presence and service-learning initiatives.

    Founding Committee Members (Erie, PA)

    College of Engineering and Business

    • Amanda Kochirka - Public Administration

    College of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences

    • Athar Almadanat - Organizational Learning & Leadership
    • Angela Jeffery - Clinical Mental Health Counseling

    Morosky College of Health Professions and Sciences

    • Daniel Fromknecht - Physical Therapy
    • Mariah Hudson - Athletic Training

    Founding Committee Members (Ruskin, FL)

    Morosky College of Health Professions and Sciences

    • Jessica Boyd - Occupational Therapy
    • Rebecca Himes - Occupational Therapy

    Executive Committee Members

    Elections are held each year to identify a set of student leaders. They represent each university college:  College of Engineering and Business, College of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences, and Morosky College of Health Professions and Sciences. They also represent each university campus: Erie, PA and Ruskin, FL. Their role is to lead the GSA through a series of initiatives, while fostering relationships with their peers, faculty, staff, and the community.  

    Your 2020-2021 Representatives:

    • Ruskin Campus: Julia Berti (OT), Jessica O'Connor (OT)
    • Morosky College of Health Professions and Sciences: William Bays (PT), DeAnna Smith (OT)
    • College of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences:  Kathryn Straatman (MHA), Chris Theriault (MHA)
    • College of Engineering and Business: Korey MacIsaac (MPA), Furba Sherpa (MPA)

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