GSA’s New Associate Director of Operations

GSA would like to welcome Diane Staly to the GSA Team!  Diane was recently hired as the GSA’s new Associate Director of Operations and will be working to assist students and clubs with all of their needs.  Diane spent many years working at Sub Board I, Inc. before moving over to FSA in order to assist with the UB student governments’ transition to the new fiscal agent in 2019.  We hope you all will join us in offering her a very warm welcome!

GSA Summer Hours

Please note that as of Monday, May 10th GSA will be on summer hours:

Monday – Thursday 8:30am – 4:00pm, closed on Friday (closed for lunch daily 1:00 – 2:00pm)

Regular business hours will resume with the start of the Fall semester on Monday, August 30th.

GSA Job Postings: Application Deadline June 18th

The GSA is currently hiring student staff positions for the 2021-2022 academic year.  Please see the descriptions of the Programming Coordinator and Hourly Associate Editor positions.  If you are interested in either of these postings, please email the required materials listed to the GSA Vice President, El Novak, at by Friday, June 18th in order to be considered.  Applicants must be currently enrolled graduate students who have paid their mandatory student activity fee and must be able to serve for the full term of the position.


Application Deadline Extended: GSA Job Posting for MDRF Director

The GSA is currently hiring an MDRF Director for the 2021-2022 academic year.  A detailed description of the position is attached.  If you are interested, please email the required materials listed to the GSA Vice President, Emily Novak, at by Friday, April 23rd in order to be considered.  Training for the position will begin in early May and run through June.  The position will begin on July 1st, 2021 and will run through July 31st, 2022.  Applicants must be currently enrolled graduate students and must be able to serve for the full term of the position.

GSA Officer Election Results

The GSA Election Committee is pleased to announce the results of the 2021-2022 GSA Officer Elections:

J Coley: 197
(32 abstentions)

Vice President:
Jennifer Schechter Powrie: 195
(34 abstentions)

Joshua Joseph: 203
(26 abstentions)

These elected candidates will officially take office on June 1, 2021.

Thank you to all of the graduate students who participated in the vote!


GSA Election Committee

Daniel Duran (EC Chair)
Tania Islam (EC)
Xingyu Chen (EC)
Mi Jin Jung (EC)
Gursimran Singh (EC)

Happy Retirement Gena!

As of April 1st, Gena Zimmerman has officially retired from the Graduate Student Association.  We would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Gena and thank her for her 46 years of dedicated service to the organization.  The help and guidance she has provided to graduate students over the course of her career has been invaluable.  We wish her all the best as she starts this new chapter in her life!

Until further notice, please send all GSA related correspondence to Stephanie George at, or to any of the GSA E-board members if you need assistance.  Thank you.

New GSA Editorial Chat!

Do you have a quick question for a copyeditor that doesn’t require submitting a full document? GSA Editorial is now offering a free live chat feature on our website. Staffed by our editors, this chat can be used for:

The chat is live! You should receive an answer to your editorial question within five minutes.

Want to chat with us? You can find us here:

Available to all graduate students who have paid the mandatory GSA activity fee.

(Chat hours starting March 16, 2021)

GSA Candidates and Officer Election Information

GSA Officer Elections will take place online April 12th – 15th, 2021 via a link on the GSA website (

Your Candidates for 2021-2022 GSA E-Board are:

For President:

J Coley- J for UB GSA President: Providing Leadership, Experience, and Dedication in a time of Uncertainty

For Vice President:

Jennifer Schechter Powrie– A tested and excellent student leader with experience and passion for the job.

For Treasurer:

Joshua Joseph– Bank on me I’ll treasure your vote! Turning cents into dollars, it all adds up!

The official Candidate Q&A will take place during the Wednesday, April 7th Board of Directors Meeting at 6:30pm, which will be live streamed via YouTube.

Vacancy Notice and Call for Nominations

Due to the resignation of Connor Walters as Vice President, there is a vacancy in the Graduate Student Association’s Executive Committee.

Please note as stated in the GSA By Laws:

“In the case of removal or resignation of any officer, said officer shall be replaced by a vote of the Board from any willing graduate students in attendance who have attended and signed in at two Board meetings within the past twelve months during the meeting at which the replacement election is held.”

Effective immediately, there is a call for nominations to permanently fill this position through the end of the current term, which is May 31, 2021.

Please send all nominations to the GSA President, J Coley at