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Graduate Association of French and Italian Students

GAFIS Symposium 2016

The Graduate Association of French and Italian Students at the University of Wisconsin - Madison represents the graduate students in departmental committees, on the UW-Madison campus, and in the greater academic community. The primary mission of GAFIS is to be a resource for graduate students as they progress through their degree requirements. In addition, GAFIS has developed a national reputation through the annual GAFIS Symposium; a two-day conference each spring that welcomes fellow graduate students from across the US. The organization meets regularly to propose improvements in the graduate program, discuss the implications of departmental policy decisions, plan and promote the Symposium, and organize social events throughout the year. 

Officers of the Graduate Association of French and Italian Students

GAFIS Co-presidents
Tessa Sermet, Jarmila Sawicka

Graduate Student Symposium Co-chairs
Jeffrey Thomas, Lauren Surovi

GAFIS Secretaries
Katie Terry, Charles Kilian 

Department Committee Representatives
Katie Terry, Hilary Emerson 

French Instructional Committee Representatives
Nik Koehler (Undergraduate)
Kimberly Rooney (Graduate)

Italian Instructional Committee Representatives
Giordano Mazza (Undergraduate)
Debora Bellinzani (Graduate)

Social Events Organizers
French - Kimberly Rooney
Italian - Rommel Jimenez

Prospective Student Liaisons
French - Sarah Gamalinda
Italian - Caitlin Schaer 

FRIT Library Collections Representatives
French - Peter Russella
Italian - Corie Marshall

TAA Stewards
French - Nathan Germain
Italian - 

TA Review Committee Representatives
French - Jarmila Sawicka
Italian - Aniello Di Iorio 

Professional Development Coordinators
French - Maggie Hughes
Italian - Lauren Surovi 

Outreach Committee Representatives
Lindsey Smith, Samantha Mattocci

Lectures & Colloquium Committee Representatives
Charles Kilian, Samantha Mattocci

Roles of the Graduate Association of French and Italian Students officers

GAFIS Co-presidents: Organize GAFIS meeting agenda, coordinate the activities of officials and meet regularly with the Department Chair. Address any problems or suggestions of the membership. The Co-presidents are the contact people for all graduate students for any concern regarding GAFIS activities or those of the Department. 

Graduate Student Symposium Co-chairs: Co-chairs organize the annual French and Italian Graduate Student Symposium. Responsibilities include applying for funding, defining the theme, inviting a keynote speaker, and coordinating volunteers. 

GAFIS Secretaries: One of the two secretaries must attend all GAFIS meetings, record the minutes and send them to the GAFIS membership. They are also in charge of collecting minutes from other representatives (IIC, DEPT, FGSC, TAA) and e-mailing them to the membership. (There are two in the event that one person cannot attend.)

Department Committee Representatives: Represent the GAFIS membership in departmental meetings. Record Department meeting minutes and submit them to GAFIS Secretaries for Meeting Minutes.

French Instructional Committee Representatives: Work as liaison between French graduate students and the French Faculty. Particiate in French Graduate Studies Committee meetings. After each meeting, they write minutes to be communicated to French Graduate Students and submit them to the Secretaries.

Italian Instructional Committee Representatives: Represent the GAFIS membership in Italian Instructional Committee meetings and report to GAFIS membership. Meet regularly with Associate Chair for Italian. Solicit questions from Italian graduate students and present them to the Italian faculty in IIC meetings. Work to maintain an official communication channel between the Italian graduate students and Italian faculty. Record IIC meeting minutes and submit them to the GAFIS Secretaries.

Social Events Organizers: By planning informal activities, the Social Events Organizers seek to foster a sense of community among French and Italian graduate students. Annual events include a social hour at the opening of each semester (to which faculty are invited) and at the closing of semesters. In addition, the organizers work with the Co-chairs of the GAFIS symposium to schedule a post-symposium event.

Prospective Student Liaisons: Assist the graduate coordinator in organizing visits for prospective students. Help prospective students get in touch with other students from the Department who share their interests.

FRIT Library Collections Representatives: Will serve as a conduit of information between the FRIT Collections and GAFIS.

TAA Stewards: The TAA Stewards attend all TAA General Membership Meetings as well as Stewards' Meetings. They keep the GAFIS membership informed of contract negotiations and answer questons regarding contract terms. If any graduate student has a question regarding healthcare, working conditions, hours or dues, see the Stewards.

TA Review Committee Representatives: If any problems or complaints should arise regarding TA performance, this representative participates in the departmental committee that reviews the issue.

Professional Development Coordinators: Plan and organize at least one professional development workshop per semester. The GAFIS Professional Development Coordinators are responsible for soliciting ideas for these workshops from the GAFIS membership. 

Outreach Committee Representatives: Participate in all Outreach Committee meetings. Represent the GAFIS membership while there and record minutes from these meetings. Report back to the GAFIS membership at the monthly GAFIS meetings. Maintain the bulletin boards located on the 6th floor.

Lectures & Colloquium Committee Representatives: Participate in the Department's Lecture Committee meetings that select outside speakers to give talks in the department or at the French House. Solicits suggestions for speakers from the GAFIS membership.