Graduate Student Organization

The GSO Mission Statement

The Graduate Student Organization serves to provide guidance and direction for the graduate student community by advocating issues of concern; providing assistance to undergraduate students regarding graduate student life; and sponsoring social activities and other events to foster the development of the graduate student community as a whole. This organization shall provide a forum for discussion of issues pertinent to the well-being of graduate students at MSU and serve as a liaison between the graduate student body and the administration to encourage communication and cooperation throughout the MSU community.


Meeting Dates

Meetings will be held once a month from 4:45pm to 5:15pm. Please see below for Spring 2015 GSO Meeting dates and locations.

2/10/2015 (Tuesday) - University Hall 2008

3/17/2015 (Tuesday) - University Hall 2008

4/14/2015 (Tuesday) - University Hall 2008

5/5/2015 (Tuesday) - University Hall 2008

Executive Board Members

Megan Kearney

Welcome to the GSO homepage! My name is Megan Kearney and I am the Chair of the Graduate Student Organization. As a graduate student on campus I am currently working on my M.A. in Counseling, with a concentration in Student Affairs and Higher Education. In addition to being the Chair for the GSO, I am also a graduate assistant in the Dean’s office for the College of Education and Human Services, as well as an intern in the Office of Service Learning & Community Engagement. Throughout the semester, Alexa (Vice Chair) and I hope that you will become involved in this organization and we look forward to working with you. If you have any questions, please feel free to e-mail us at Thanks for visiting this page and I hope to hear from you soon!

Alexa Rubino‌
Vice Chair

‌Hi and welcome to the GSO website! My name is Alexa Rubino and I am serving as this years Vice-Chair and I could not be more ‌excited and honored to have this position! I am currently working on my Master's in Counseling with a concentration in School Counseling, however I have recently developed a passion for Student Affairs and Higher Education. Megan and I are extremely eager to work with the graduate population and hope to gain new members this year. Please feel free to email us with questions, comments or concerns at Thanks so much, and I am looking forward to a successful year!


College Ambassadors

College of the Arts - Alyssa Sceppaguercio

College of Education & Human Services - Christian Goebelbacker

College of Humanities & Social Sciences - Michelle Toledo

College of Science & Mathematics - Position Available!

School of Business - Position Available!

*Please e-mail with any college related inquiries. Your correspondence will be forwarded to the appropriate Ambassador.


Student Research & Conference Travel Funding

The Graduate Student Organization (GSO) provides funds to graduate students enrolled in degree programs to participate in professional development for the 2014-2015 academic year. Activities that will be funded include: presenting research at a conference, and/or travel for gathering data for research.

Any graduate student in good standing (as determined by The Graduate School) is eligible to submit a request for no more than half the expended amount (maximum $300) for reimbursement of expenses incurred. A graduate student is eligible to receive this award up to three times in their graduate career. Funding is limited and will be distributed on a first come, first served basis.

**NOTE: All funding for the 2014-2015 academic year has been distributed. Additional awards will not be granted until after July 1, 2015.

Student Research and Conference Travel Funding Application

Applications should be submitted at least one month prior to the scheduled Conference.

Spring 2015 Events

Linked-In Workshop

Tuesday, April 7th, 2015 from 4:15pm - 5:15pm

University Hall, room 1020

Find out how to maximize your network in this Graduate Student Organization seminar. Join Adam Mayer, from Career Services, as he hosts an introductory session on how to market yourself to future employers using Linked-In

LGBTQ Family Building Options (Co-Sponsored by the MSU LGBTQ Center)

Wednesday, April 15th, 2015 from 4:15pm - 5:15pm

University Hall, room 2006

Are you LGBTQA and interested in learning about family building options for your future? If so, this is the perfect program for you! Join Dr. Fechner of University Reproductive Associates Selecting for a presentation on using donor sperm, selecting and using donor eggs, the use of a gestational carrier, financial issues surrounding LGBT family building, assisted reproductive techniques (artificial insemination, IVF, etc), and adoption. Come have all your questions answered! For more information, visit:

Special Olympics Volunteer Event

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015 from 9:30am - 2:00pm

Brookdale Park, Bloomfield, NJ

The student-athletes at Montclair State University volunteer their time for a fun-filled day with the Special Olympics Team.  Come join us on Wednesday, April 22nd at Brookdale Park in Bloomfield, NJ to help us coordinate a fun and enjoyable morning full of track and field events. We are seeking volunteers to measure distances, keep times, facilitate interactions and encourage participation. Registration will take place between 9:30-9:45am at the Stone Stadium within the park. The events will occur between 10:00am-2:00pm. Please find Tara Rienecker near the tent on the stadium steps to pick up a colored T-shirt for your station.

Past Events

Career and Internship Fair: March 5, 2015 at 1:00pm

Safe Space Training with the LGBTQ Center: January 15, 2015 at 12:30pm

Resume Workshop with Career Services: November 24, 2014 at 4:00pm

Guest Lecture Series: Spirituality with Dr. Gainor: November 17th, 2014 at 6:30pm

Relay for Life: May 2nd, 2014 at 6:00pm

Safe Space Training: April 23rd, 2014 at 5:00pm

Habitat for Humanity: April 5th, 2014 at 8:30am

Interview Skills & Resume Writing Workshop: February 24th, 2014 at 5:00pm

Welcome Back Happy Hour: January 23rd, 2014 at 8:00pm

For those who would like to learn more about this organization, or would like to join the GSO, please send an e-mail to

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