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Graduate Student Organization

The purpose of the organization is to enhance professional development opportunities for the graduate students in Communication Studies at SIUC.


  1. Getting our department and program out into the SIU community
  2. Assisting the Communication Studies Department: Financially and Volunteering
  3. Having a vote (and voice) in the CMST Faculty Meetings and assisting with faculty searches and meeting with interested graduate students
  4. Bringing guest speakers to the SIU Community

Graduate students in the Communication Studies Department at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.


As stated in the Constitution and Bylaws

President – Shelby Swafford will preside at general meetings, executive committee meetings, and any special meetings of the SCO. The president will also serve as the graduate student representative at the department faculty meetings.

Vice President – Caleb McKinley-Portee will take over the President's responsibilities in his/her/hir absence, serve as Parliamentarian at any meetings of the SCO, and lead fundraising efforts for the John T. Warren Memorial Scholarship fund.

Secretary – Janine Armstrong will post a blank agenda after each regular meeting in order to allow members and officers to contribute business items and will distribute minutes of each meeting within two (2) school days.

Treasurer – OJ Duncan will keep track of accounts payable and accounts receivable for the SCO and will initiate fundraising efforts throughout the academic year.

Librarian – Alex Lockwood will be responsible for maintaining the Graduate Library, will serve as chair of the Library Committee, and archive graduate student accomplishments.

Social Director – Dianah McGreehan will initiate and advertise social events for the graduate students.

Intercultural Relations Officer – Maddie Wiles will serve as liaison between varying intra-/inter-departmental communities and will work with the SCO to bring a guest speaker to campus each academic year.

Committee Members

Undergraduate Committee - Kenny Beeker
Graduate Committee - Scott Jarmon and Maddie Wiles
GPSC - OJ Duncan & Ryan Freels
Planning & Development - Devin Collins
Personnel - Anna Wilcoxen & Kenny Beeker
College of Liberal Arts (COLA) Council - Janine Armstrong
Graduate Assistants United (GAU) Departmental Steward - OJ Duncan