Introducing Your New GSAC Officers

The iSchool Graduate Student Advisory Council (GSAC) held elections during our September meeting, and we are pleased to introduce your newest slate of officers.

GSAC serves as a bridge between iSchool students, administration, and faculty. Our mission is to enhance graduate student life through social events and professional development opportunities. All iSchool students are automatically members and welcome to attend any of our events. If you are interested in getting involved with GSAC, please reach out to Lauren Zollinger at lzolling@kent.edu.

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Lauren Zollinger, President

My name is Lauren Zollinger. I am entering my second year in the iSchool, with an interest in public and health libraries. I have an undergraduate degree in journalism from Northwestern University and currently work for a Chicago-based company that develops corporate information solutions for healthcare clients.

I believe the secret to a fulfilling life is forming meaningful connections with other people, continually working on a better version of yourself, and contributing to something bigger than yourself. GSAC is a wonderful platform for all three. I am excited to serve in this role and hope to establish new channels of communication to help students feel more connected to each other and the program. In my free time, I enjoy volunteering for hospice and other local nonprofits, hiking, listening to live music and spending time with my husband and two daughters in North Canton, Ohio. I look forward to getting to know all of you better and hearing your ideas on ways we can leverage GSAC to improve the iSchool experience.

EMAIL: LZOLLING@KENT.EDU

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Brenna Hubschman, Vice President of Communications

My name is Brenna Hubschman, and I am a second year LIS student at the iSchool with a focus on information access and discovery and information organization. I live in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio with my rabbit and cat, Winnie and Pixie. I am originally from Columbus, where I received my BA in English from Ohio State. 

I currently work as a graduate assistant at the iSchool, and I am also Vice President of Kent State’s ALA Student Chapter and Student Representative for the Ohio Library Council. In my free time I like to sew, cook, garden, and check out thrift stores. I am honored to be a member of GSAC this semester, and I look forward to working together to better connect and support the students of the iSchool.

EMAIL: BHUBSCHM@KENT.EDU

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Natalie Groff, Vice President of Student Outreach

My name is Natalie Groff and I am in my third semester in the LIS program. While my primary interest is in the public library, I am open to exploring other possibilities! My undergraduate degree is in English/Creative Writing from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania. I live in Virginia Beach, Virginia with my husband and our three sons. By day I homeschool our little men and by night I am a library assistant at Wave Leadership College.

I have enjoyed being a member of GSAC for the last two semesters and feel privileged to take on a leadership role. In my elusive free time I am a freelance writer and proofreader and enjoy reading and singing, much to the annoyance of my children.

EMAIL: NGROFF3@KENT.EDU

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Tess Kienzle, Student Representative Officer

My name is Tess Kienzle and I’m in my third semester in the LIS program. I’m focusing on youth engagement, with a particular interest in teen programming at public libraries. I earned my BA in English Literature from Ohio State University. I currently work for Columbus Metropolitan Libraries in youth services.

 I’m thrilled to be a member of GSAC this year. Serving as a Student Representative Officer gives me the opportunity to be more involved with the iSchool student community and advocate for the student body; I can’t wait to see what we accomplish both as a group and as a school this year! In my free-time, I enjoy hiking, sewing, and baking. I live in Columbus, OH with my partner and our basset hound, Arlo.

EMAIL: TKIENZLE@KENT.EDU

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Molly McGirr Norris, Secretary

My Name is Molly McGirr Norris, and I am a Library and Information Science student in the iSchool. My areas of interest are management and leadership of information institutions. I received my undergraduate degree in English from Kent State University, and am excited to have returned to my alma mater for my graduate studies.

I currently work at two public libraries, Lakewood Public Library and Rocky River Public Library. Through my experiences at these institutions I gained a passion for advocating for intellectual freedom and equity of access for all users, and particularly for underserved populations. I believe those in leadership roles are uniquely placed to advocate for individual groups. This is true for myself and the other officers of the iSchool Graduate Student Advisory Council, and I look forward to working with them to advocate for iSchool students’ needs. I reside in Lakewood, Ohio with my husband, Daniel, and our dog, Berkeley, with whom we enjoy spending our free time.

EMAIL: MMCGIRR@KENT.EDU

iSchool Virtual Yearbook – Spring 2020

GSAC would like to congratulate all students who completed the program this spring. To celebrate, we partnered with the ALA Student Chapter to compile a Virtual Yearbook. To watch the video, please click here or below. PDF slides (with links to professional profiles) are also available.

Please join us in wishing all graduating students the best in their future endeavors. We look forward to seeing how you shape the world of information!

GSAC Virtual Game Night on May 6

iSchool students are invited to join GSAC on Wednesday, May 6, 2020 at 8pm for Jackbox games and conversation as we celebrate the end of the semester. You’ll need one device for Zoom (i.e. a laptop) and another one to participate in the games (i.e. a mobile phone or tablet). Participation is optional; you can be in the “audience” if you prefer.

Please contact Lauren Zollinger for the Zoom link or RSVP through the Events section of our new Facebook Group

iSchool Town Hall

All current iSchool students are invited to an iSchool Town Hall on Wednesday, April 22 at 7pm (EDT). This open forum will provide a space for students to ask questions and participate in a live discussion with Dr. Kendra Albright and Dr. Meghan Harper, the new interim program director of the iSchool. To attend this virtual event, please contact iSchool Graduate Student Advisory Council (GSAC) President Julia Stone at jstone36@kent.edu for a Zoom link. If you cannot attend the event, but would still like to submit a question, please send your question to jstone36@kent.edu. GSAC will be posting a recording of the event on this site.