The College of Communication and the Arts' Center for Graduate Studies is excited to announce the launch of the Communication and Arts Graduate Student Association (CAGSA). The CAGSA was founded in Fall 2017 to facilitate a fellowship of students who share solidarity in the common endeavor of earning a graduate degree in communication- and arts-related disciplines. The CAGSA’s inaugural event was a launch luncheon held after Graduate Student Orientation on August 26 and its first interest meeting was held on September 7.
Membership in the CAGSA is open to all graduate students in the College’s existing Strategic Communication, Public Relations, and Museum Professions programs. Members of the CAGSA are expected to be in good academic standing to participate. Events are projected to be held once a month and will provide networking opportunities across disciplines. These events will focus on serving graduate students through social, academic, and networking initiatives. Social events will include opportunities for students to engage with those in other programs in formal or informal settings. Academic-based events will strive to enhance students’ appreciation and understanding of scholarly success in their field through student and faculty interactions. Likewise, networking events will allow students to gain an understanding for career opportunities within their field by connecting with scholarly and professional contacts.
Ashley Halinski, a M.A in Museum Professions student, is excited for opportunities to meet her peers in different graduate programs. “I am looking forward to the networking opportunities this student association will provide,” explained Halinski. “As graduate students, everyone’s schedule is busy and it is challenging to bring people together to talk about our interests. I feel this association will provide innovative reasons to bring the student body together, while still keeping in tune with our academic and professional goals.”
The CAGSA has seven leadership opportunities open to students. These students will be considered Stewards of the association. Positions include Social, Academic, and Networking Stewards who will be responsible for organizing events. There will also be three Stewards who will represent each College graduate program. Lastly, the CAGSA will have a Graduate Assistant Steward who will serve as a liaison between College administration and the CAGSA.
Jennifer Hochuli, an incoming M.A. in Museum Professions student, is looking forward to getting involved on campus and expanding her horizons academically. “The CAGSA came at the perfect time for me. As a new student, I am looking for ways to get involved at Seton Hall, and this association provides the perfect opportunity for me to do so. I love the fact that there are many different leadership opportunities so I can take a break from academic work to have fun and add another experience to my resume. I can’t wait to see how the CAGSA unfolds,” said Hochuli.
Meetings between the Stewards will be held once a month and will be open to other College graduate students who wish to stay involved. Eileen Kiza, an M.A. in Strategic Communication student, is particularly eager to share her event ideas.
“Since I am expected to graduate in May 2018, I think it’s important to start networking with current professionals in the field,” explained Kiza. “I am excited that the association will provide the opportunity to gain further insight and advice from others. I also would love to see the association come together for events like Seton Hall basketball games because I think it’s important to have a fun day with peers outside of the classroom.”
The College currently offers three Master's-level programs, including Museum Professions, Strategic Communication, and Public Relations. In addition, four dual-degree options, including three accelerated B.A./M.A. programs and a dual M.A. degree with the School of Diplomacy and International Relations are offered. A Ph.D. program is currently under development.