GSA Election and Referendum Results

The GSA Election Committee is pleased to announce the results of the 2015-2016 GSA Officer Elections and Referendum:


Christopher Atkinson: 299 votes
Kristin Slonsky: 241 votes
(89 abstentions)

Vice President:

Amy Miu: 498 votes (131 abstentions)


Karl Reza Sarvestani: 515 votes (114 abstentions)

These elected candidates will officially take office as of June 1, 2015.

Referendum Results:

Mandatory: 415

Voluntary: 214

Thank you to all of the students who voted!


GSA Election Committee

Kevin Stout (EC Chair)
Joshua Flaccavento (EC)
Alison Vitale (EC)
Juhi Roy (EC)
Luis Ulloa (EC)

GSA Officer Elections and Referendum Vote- April 6th-9th

A “Mandatory” vote will maintain all GSA funding and services for graduate students.
A “Voluntary” vote will end all funding and services- GSA will no longer exist!

Have you ever applied for GSA conference funding? Has your student or department club held an event you enjoyed? Have you received free help from the Editorial Assistance program? Been to SBI Legal Assistance or the Student Medical Insurance office? Then you have benefited from the Graduate Mandatory Student Activity Fee! This fee funds GSA and Sub Board I services.

The State University of New York (SUNY) Board of Trustees Guidelines requires all student governments to hold a referendum bi-annually for students to decide whether to continue the Mandatory Student Activity Fee, or to switch to a voluntary fee. A voluntary fee will mean that there isn’t enough money to fund these essential student services.

On April 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th graduate students can vote “mandatory” to keep these services alive. The mandatory student activity fee is collected from graduate students and then distributed to graduate students in the form of club funding, academic support, social events and other services. The GSA is currently funding more than 60 Departmental clubs, 10 International clubs and 15 Special Interest clubs. The current fee will not be raised as done in the past.

Please, help us to keep a well inter-connected graduate student community at UB by ensuring our future with your “MANDATORY” vote.


Voting will take place online via a link on the GSA website from 12:00am on Monday, April 6th through 11:59pm on Thursday, April 9th. You will just need your UB-IT name and password in order to log-in. Please cast your vote!

Referndum Flyer

GSA Winter Break Schedule

Please note the GSA Office’s Schedule for the Winter Break:

December 8th – 12th: Regular Business Hours (Monday – Friday 8:30am – 4:30pm)

December 15th – 18th: Summer Hours (Monday – Thursday 8:30am – 4:00pm)

GSA Office will be closed from December 19th until January 12th

January 12th – 22nd: Summer Hours (Monday – Thursday 8:30am – 4:00pm)

GSA Office will be closed on Monday, January 19th for Martin Luther King Jr. Day observance

Regular Business Hours resume on January 26th




Jingle Jangle Jam this Friday!

11th Annual Jingle Jangle Jam Semi-Formal


Holiday Martini

WHEN: Friday, December 5th from 8pm to 12am

WHERE: Embassy Suites Hotel (200 Delaware Ave. in Downtown Buffalo)


Tickets on sale now at the SBI Ticket Offices (221 Student Union and 350 Harriman Hall) for $25 each/$30 at the door (if tickets are still available). 2 per UB ID. Limited quantity available. First come, first served

The first 50 people to buy tickets will be entered into a raffle for a chance to win two Sabres tickets! Additional prizes will be raffled off throughout the night.

*Please remember to bring photo ID as proof of age to the event. EVERYONE WILL BE CARDED AT THE DOOR!

Message from the GSA President

Fellow students,

Please note that the Graduate Student Association office will be closed until Monday due both to the University closing today and concerns for the safety and well-being of our staff members who are currently snowed in. We will reassess the situation over the weekend as needed and keep you updated on any more delays or closings for the office should they be deemed necessary.

We understand that our closing has been inconvenient to many of you, but your officers continue to remain reachable via email. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me at I will answer as I am able.

Thank you for all your love and support at this time. Please keep yourselves safe and warm, and we hope to see you next week.

-President Gorman