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Department Announces New Student Organization



Updated: 04-5-2014


 Kate Crye Shelby Hatcher  Britt Edwards  Dayana Aparicio
 Britt Edwards
Shelby Hatcher
Vice President 
Kate Crye
Dayana Aparico


The Department of Government and Sociology is pleased to announce a new student organization, Government and Sociology Student Association (GSSA). Founding officer, Katherine Crye, Secretary and Political Science major notes that, “GSSA has been created as a link between students and faculty within the department.  We hope to better communicate opportunities for them to work closely together in areas like academic research, seeking internships and studying abroad. Our ultimate goal is to strengthen the department by better accommodating students.” Fellow founding officer, Vice President and Criminal Justice major Shelby Hatcher, adds, “When GSSA reaches its full potential, it will be able to provide information about internships, research opportunities and connect the students closer to the department faculty.”

GSSA’s first project is assisting with the organization of the department’s annual awards luncheon. This will be the first time in the history of the department that students will be directly involved with all aspects of the planning and execution of the event. The planning team will gain invaluable experience during the entire process.

GSSA President, Brittan Edwards, Political Science major,  is “honored to be a founding member of this unifying organization.”  She looks forward to transforming her leadership knowledge into an authentic experience for the students of the department. Ms. Crye is excited to be part of an organization that encourages students to be active on campus and take advantage of the available resources. Dayana Aparicio, Sociology major and GSSA’s Treasurer indicates that “I look forward to help take the Department of Government and Sociology in a new and exciting direction. Students will become vested in bettering their department knowing that they will benefit as well.”

“This is an exceptional opportunity for our students, faculty and the department.  It will allow for a way to integrate and support some of the existing student organizations (Pi Sigma Alpha-Political Science, Debunkers-Sociology, Criminal Justice Honor Society-Criminal Justice and Pre-Law Society that are affiliated with our programs.   We look forward to working closely with the GSSA” said Dr. Costas Spirou, Department Chair.

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