The Graduate Student Association is the representative body that represents and supports the interests of the University's current and future graduate student community through scholarly activities and by providing leadership, service, and social opportunities. The GSA exists to enrich the experience of the University's graduate students, all of whom are members of the GSA, and to accomplish the following goals:
  • To connect graduate students across disciplines
  • To represent the interests of the graduate school community
  • To provide a forum to acquire and disseminate information to all UD graduate students
  • To provide student engagement in service, social, professional development
  • To assist graduate students in understanding campus resources & services
  • To provide opportunities for networking and collaboration

Central leadership of the GSA will be through the GSA Executive Board, in collaboration with the GSA Advisor. In addition to the GSA Executive Board, the following standing committees will be established: the Professional Development & Funding Resource Committee; the Social Committee; the Mission, Identity & Civic Engagement Committee; and the International & Diverse Student Population Committee. Ad hoc committees and sub-committees may be appointed from time-to-time as necessary. In addition a temporary Elections Committee will be appointed on an annual basis to facilitate the election of GSA officers and for the identification of suitable candidates to serve on the University of Dayton’s Academic Senate and Graduate Leadership Council.


Hello Everyone! I am Abdullah Alghafis from Saudi Arabia. Currently, I am a first year graduate student in the Renewable and Clean Energy. I have been in the United States for more than a year. Before attending the University of Dayton, I traveled to more than 40 countries as a tourist. I am the President of the Graduate Student Association and the Senate Representative of Graduate Students. I hope that the other board members and graduate students have many ideas as well and are equally passionate, so we as a group can make decisions. My favorite proverb from Young's Law "All is great discoveries are made by mistake".

Vice President

Hello, I am Jeremy Mlazovsky.  My relationship with the University of Dayton began when I attended the University of Dayton as an undergrad in Fall 1995. I spent five semesters as a co-op student working for UD's central IT department, which eventually evolved into a full-time staff position here at UD. Recently I was accepted into the University of Dayton's Masters of Computer Science program. I am attending these classes while I continue to work full-time as the IT Director for the College of Arts and Sciences. As an undergrad, I was actively involved in multiple student organizations, including two years with Flyer News (Web Editor and Network Administrator), one year as Special Events Coordinator for the Campus Activities Board, five years with UD's chapter of Habitat for Humanity (three years as Web Editor, two years as Treasurer, one year as Secretary, one year as Vice President), and two years in one of the church choirs for services at the Chapel of the Immaculate Conception.  I enjoyed my involvement with student organizations as an undergrad and I am excited to be involved with the Graduate Student Association. I attended many of the initial GSA formation committee meetings and I am now serving as the Vice President for the 2013-2014 term.


Hello, I am Rachel McNeish. I grew up in the Appalachian Mountains in northeastern Pennsylvania where I enjoyed hiking throughout the Appalachian region. I started my higher education at Millersville University, Millersville, PA where I obtained my B.S. in Biology. While at MU, I was involved in undergraduate research and quickly became attracted to studying plants and streams. I first came to the University of Dayton as a Master’s student in biology and conducted research with the goal of trying to understand ecological connections between streams and forests. I have since decided to continue my Master’s research as a doctoral student at UD, with a future career goal of a tenured track position as a research professor. My goals for the GSA are to increase awareness of our organization so that graduate students will know that they have a place to share their concerns, ask questions, get involved, and learn more about each other.


Hello, I am Yingxi Huang. I have been studying in UD for one and half years. During this period, UD opens a colorful window for my studying abroad and helps me understand a real America. And also, UD's graduate school and MBA program imparts abundant academic knowledge to me and lets me know more details about the graduate life. I think it is the time thank and return UD's graduate school. As a Treasurer,  I would like to practice my academic knowledge into the GSA daily operation.

Public Relations & Event Coordinator

Hello, I am Jamie Rippey. A second year graduate student in the Community Counseling/ Mental Health Counseling Program and a graduate assistant for the Graduate Student Services. Prior to working for the Graduate Student Services, I worked as a Program Assistant for the UD-Upward Bound Program. I received a bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications from Bennett College for Women in Greensboro, North Carolina. My goals for GSA are to collaborate with the executive team and all graduate students to provide events and workshop and events that enrich the lives of all graduate students. Upon graduation, I would like to continue to work as a mental health counselor at a college or university. One of my favorite quotes by Cathy Ferguson " Ninety-eight percent of success is in the head and the heart." Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions, suggestions or concerns. 

Graduate Leadership Council

Elizabeth Montgomery


Diane Helmick- Assistant Director Operations and Graduate Student Services, Graduate, Professional and Continuing Education

The executive board also has four standing committees: Professional Development & Funding Resources, and Social, Mission and Identity & Civil Engagement, and the International & Diverse Student Population.

 Professional Development & Funding Resources Committee- Eilis Wasserman

 Social Committee- Ahmad Fallatah

 Mission, Identity & Civil Engagement Committee- Shiqi Wang

 Diverse Student Population Committee-Fatema Albalooshi

The executive board is also comprised of student representatives from each school and college. The representatives serve as an advocate, and a contact person for each program. Please feel free to contact your college and school student representative to share any concerns or suggestions. 

 College of Arts & Sciences Representative-Wensen Zhu

 School of Business Administration Representative-Yumeng Miao

 School of Engineering Representative-Hadil Issa

 School of Education and Health Sciences Representative-Michelle Turic


The Graduate Student Association is looking for individuals who want to serve the graduate student community for the 2014-2015. As a graduate student you are already a member of the GSA. If you would like to get involved in the GSA and serve on the executive board we have a position for you!

 We have the following position(s) open for the Spring Semester:
  • President
  • Vice-President
  • Treasurer 
  • School Representatives 
  • Committee Chair
  • Academic Senate 
  • Graduate Leadership Council

 All graduate students are welcome to apply for a position. The application deadline is Sunday, March 30, 2014. Please complete the election application packet that is listed under the for more infomation section.


Graduate Academic Affairs

Law School

Campus Recreation - The RecPlex

The department of Campus Recreation provides a variety of recreational programs, services and facilities for the UD community to exercise your body, mind and spirit. Our state of the art facilities include a 125,470 sq. ft. recreation complex and a 5.5 acre turf field; both offering opportunity for endless recreational pursuits. Also a variety of fitness programs designed just for you.

Student Organizations 

 The Student Life and Kennedy Union offers over 200 student organizations such as a variety of clubs and organizations. Feel free to learn more about all the student organziation and if you like start your own club!

Counseling Center

The Counseling Center offers a variety of services to all students workshops, personal, career and group counseling to ensure students achieve a healthy well-being and academic success.

Write Place 

Write Place offers free peer writing consultant to assist graduate and doctoral students in all stages of the writing process and workshops.


Do you have additional questions? Contact GSA member to submit your question!

General Graduate Student Association questions?

  • What does the Graduate Student Associaion do?

An association that represents and supports the interest of the University’s graduate student community by providing social, service, & leadership opportunities.

  • Who can join GSA?

All current enrolled good standing graduate students are already a member!

  • When are meetings held?

Graduate Student Association public meetings are held throughout the semester at various locations on campus.  All graduate students are welcome to attend our open meetings to share their concerns, suggestions and ideas. All closed meetings are for executive and committee members only.

  • How will I know about upcoming meetings and events?

 All information regarding upcoming events, workshops and meetings are posted on Porches under the Graduate School Tab and also are advertisted on Facebook, Twitter and under sponsored events.

  • How can I get involved in the Graduate Student Association?

 Contact a executive member or attend one of our meetings and or send us a email at

  • Do I have to pay a fee to join the GSA?


  • How can I contact the Graduate Student Association directly?

Feel free to contact us via email, phone or just fill out a contact us form to share your concerns, ideas or suggestion.

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Graduate Student Association

300 College Park
Dayton, OH 45469-1620

Phone: 937-229-1707

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