Officers and Committees

Graduate Student Council Officers and Committees 

Our Graduate Student Council(GSC) is made up of student officers and faculty advisers. These groups work together to improve and maintain a standard of excellence in the graduate student experience. Get to know our officers and find opportunities to get involved in different committees within the GSC.

GSC Officers

Asif Arshid
Ph.D. Student - Civil Engineering

Hello, this is Asif Arshid, an international 2nd year Ph.D. student in Civil Engineering. Pakistan is my home country, where I completed my undergraduate in 2007. I spent two years in Japan to earn my Masters. I joined NDSU in Fall-2015 and quickly became involved in many student organizations and advisory boards. Currently, I am President of Graduate Student Council (GSC) and Senator of Graduate Studies in Student Government. I made it to Homecoming Court 2016. I love outdoor activities, long drives, and camping/hiking.

Vickie Conner
Ph.D. Student - Occupational and Adult Education

Hello, I am Vickie. I received my Master’s from the University of Mary in Bismarck, ND, where I studied curriculum, instruction, and assessment in K-12. After teaching high school language arts for five years, I decided to transition from teaching in the K-12 system to preparing K-12 teachers, so my interests brought me to NDSU to obtain my Ph. D.  in education. My current interest of study is teacher preparation, curriculum/instruction in K-12, and education psychology. Currently, I am teaching one section of educational psychology and supervising student teachers, concurrent with my research on mindfulness and self-efficacy in new teachers. 

Swetha Thiyagarajan
Ph.D. Student - Pharmaceutical Sciences

Hello, I am Swetha. I am currently a graduate student in Pharmaceutical Sciences department. I am from Tamil Nadu, India and have started my Ph.D. program at NDSU in Spring-2016. My research is currently focused on understanding the role of a protein called ‘RAGE’ in cancer. During my undergraduate study, I was selected as a Semester abroad Student to do my final year project in University College Cork, Ireland. Also, I had volunteered and served for a non-governmental organization 'Green Nest' that promoted underprivileged children's right to education.

Corina Todoran
Ph.D. Student - Occupational and Adult Education

I am Corina, an international doctoral candidate in the School of Education, Occupational and Adult Education track. I am from Transylvania, Romania, and have started my Ph.D. program at NDSU in Fall 2013. Since then I have been a member of various student organizations and committees on campus. I am currently studying international doctoral students’ experiences in the U.S. academic and cultural setting, and how the relationships they develop with their faculty, advisors, and peers impact their learning journey and personal transformation.

GSC Advisers

Claudia Tomany
Dean, College of Graduate and Interdisciplinary Studies

Brandy A. Randall
Associate Dean, College of Graduate and Interdisciplinary Studies

Nonnie Tangen
Business and Operations Manager, College of Graduate and Interdisciplinary Studies

Paul Kelter
Director, Office of Teaching and Learning

Kelly Rusch
Vice President, Office of Research and Creative Activity

Margaret Fitzgerald
Dean, College of Human Development and Education

Jane Schuh
Professor, Microbiological Sciences; Director, Cellular and Molecular Biology

GSC Committees

The GSC has four different committees each with a specific goal to serve the graduate student body. You may join any of the GSC committees of your interest to get involved. Please contact the respective committee chair(s) for more information.


Strategic Planning Committee

Addresses issues related to the graduate student body, such as health insurance and student activity fees.

Committee Chairs:

Lindsey Leitner, Counselor Education and Supervision (Ph.D.)

Kenechukwu "Kenny" Ezekwem, Transportation and Logistics (Ph.D.)


Governance and Finance Committee

Supports and manages the budgetary planning and finances of the GSC and its committees.

Committee Chairs:

Drew Taylor, Electrical and Computer Engineering (Ph.D.)

Logeeshan Velmanickam, Electrical and Computer Engineering (Ph.D.)


Public Relations and Outreach Committee

Increases communication amongst graduate students across the NDSU community.

Committee Chairs:

Amanda Savitt, Emergency Management (Ph.D.)

Seseer Mou, Communication (Ph.D.)


Professional Development

Develops and carries programs that enhance learning and networking to graduate students.

Committee Chairs:

Alex Cyusa, Mass Communication (M.A.)

Karina Stott, Plant Pathology (Ph.D.)

Priyanka Swami, Pharmaceutical Sciences (Ph.D.)

Abdulaziz Alanazi, Software Engineering (Ph.D.)