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The Graduate Student Senate (GSS) is the official representative body for graduate students at Texas Christian University, providing professional and financial support as well as open forums for discussing issues, events, and other matters pertinent to graduate students.

Share your GSS experiences on social media with #TCUGSS.

Fall 2017 Events

General Meetings
Thursday, August 31, 4:00-5:00 pm @ the Library’s Lizard Lounge (RSVP:
Monday, October 30, 4:00-5:00 pm @ the Library’s Lizard Lounge (RSVP:

GSS Happy Hours*
Thursday, October 12, 5:00-7:00 pm @ HG Sply Co (1621 River Run #176, Fort Worth, TX 76107)** (RSVP:
Wednesday, November 8, 5:00-7:00 pm @ The Woodshed (3201 Riverfront Dr, Fort Worth, TX 76107)** (RSVP:

*Students are responsible for drinks and/or meals
**Locations subject to change

Graduate Student Survival Dinner, hosted by the Koehler Center
Wednesday, September 6, 4:30-6:30 pm @ Koehler Center Lab: TCU Bookstore, Room 208
First come, first reserve. Make sure to RSVP here:

Football Tailgate—TCU vs West Virginia
Saturday, October 7
Details to come

Fall 2017 Calendar of Events (PDF): GSS-Fall-2017-Events

Spring 2017 Events

General Meetings
Wednesday, February 1, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm, Tucker 139
Thursday, March 23, 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm, BLUU Chambers (3rd floor)

Graduate Student Appreciation Week, March 27-31, 2017

GSAW Promo Tri-fold (PDF): GSAW_2017_Trifold

Rahr & Sons Happy Hour

Wednesday, April 19, 5:00-7:30pm, located at 701 Galveston Ave, Fort Worth, TX 76104

Fall 2016 Events

General Meetings
Tuesday, September 6, 11:30 am-12:30 pm, Lizard Lounge (1st floor, Library)
Tuesday, November 15, 11:00 am-12:00 pm, Lizard Lounge (1st floor, Library)

GSS Happy Hours
Wednesday, October 19, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm, Rahr Brewery (701 Galveston Ave)
Thursday, November 3, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm, Rock the Vote (location TBA)

Dinner and Conversation: A Spotlight on the TCU Graduate Student Experience, hosted by the TCU Koehler Center
Wednesday, October 5, 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm, Tucker 139

Football Tailgate, co-sponsored with MBA program, Neeley School of Business
Saturday, October 29, time TBA
TCU vs. Texas Tech

Fall 2016 Calendar of Events (PDF): GSS Fall Events 2016

Graduate Representatives

Did you miss the GSS Dinner and Conversation Event in October? You can still be a Graduate Representative. Send us your contact info at

Dinner & Conversation flyer (PDF): GSS.DinnerConvoFlyer

Membership Requirements

To be a student in a recognized TCU Graduate Program. No membership dues/fees are required.

GSS OrgSync requires a free account using your TCU login / password.



Contact GSS by emailing the executive board at or by directly emailing a board member.


2017-18 Graduate Student Senate Officers

President: Elizabeth Hood,

I am a second year full-time MBA student with a concentration in Marketing. I received my Bachelor’s degree from LSU in French Language and Literature with a minor in International Business. Prior to coming to TCU, I worked on multiple marketing projects for Footlocker Inc., managed a small juice bar in Dallas, and taught English in France for two years. It is an honor to serve as your president and I hope that we can work together to continue the efforts made by previous classes in order to better the experience of graduate students. I pledge to fiercely advocate for changes that address our specific needs and I am committed to increasing student involvement and collaboration among all of the graduate programs. Please, come to one of our meetings and/or events and see what GSS is all about! I look forward to getting to know you in the year ahead.



Vice President for Logistics: Sara Kelm,

I am a second year Ph.D. student in Rhetoric and Composition, with research interests in creative nonfiction, women writers, and composition pedagogy. I have taught at a variety of universities over the past five years, and I look forward to teaching at TCU in the fall. I have previous experience in graduate student leadership at Baylor University (don’t worry; my allegiances have changed!). While at TCU, I have been involved in many GSS events and departmental student groups, including serving as the Techretary for TCU’s chapter of the Rhetoric Society of America. When not doing schoolwork, I enjoy baking, riding my bicycle, and watching British television. I look forward to working for TCU’s graduate student population as the GSS vice-president of logistics.


Vice President for Student Engagement: Whitney James,

I am a second-year Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Composition with research interests in academic writing and genres, translingualism, community literacy, multimodality, and disability studies. I earned a B.A. in comparative literature from the University of California, Santa Barbara and an M.A. in publishing and writing from Emerson College. At Emerson, I served as VP of the Graduate Students for Publishing before becoming a a first-year writing instructor. As VP of Student Engagement, I am honored to represent our small, but vibrant community. TCU has welcomed me with open arms and I look forward further contributing to the graduate student community.


Vice President for Finance: Jon Gulbransen,

My name is Jon Gulbransen and I am a first-year MBA concentrating in Consulting and Finance. I have been active in the MBA program with case competitions, clubs and intramural activities throughout the first year of the program. My goal is to use the experience from my MBA activities and apply it to the broader graduate student population in the next year while building on the foundation of the previous senate representatives. I look forward to the opportunity to represent the graduate students at TCU.



Historian: Rosemary Brennan,

My name is Rosemary Brennan, and I am a first year full-time MBA student focusing on Healthcare and Operations. During the past year at TCU, I have participated in multiple leadership roles within the business school, such as New Student Liaison, Professional Development Center Coach, and MBA club leadership, and represented TCU in three case competitions around the country. This coming year, as your Historian, I will continue the work that previous cabinets have done to focus on what truly matters to graduate students at TCU. I look forward to meeting you in the coming year!



RichardsonKenAdviser: Ken Richardson, Ph.D.,
Professor Ken Richardson has taught in the Department of Mathematics at TCU since 1993 and is currently the director of the graduate program in this department. He received his Ph.D. from Rice University in 1993 and does research in differential geometry and global analysis, fields somewhat related to questions in quantum field theory and string theory from physics. He does research with collaborators at TCU and with professors at other universities in the U.S., Germany, Italy, Lebanon, Turkey, and South Korea. Dr. Richardson enjoys teaching undergrads and graduate students in diverse mathematics courses at TCU and has served as the faculty advisor of the Graduate Student Senate since 2010.