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Student Affairs Graduate Association (SAGA)

The Student Affairs Graduate Association (SAGA) strives to empower graduate students to contribute to the enrichment of their education and program through active scholarship, community building, and professional networking. SAGA also strives to uphold the mission and values of GVSU and the college of education in all its functions and programming.

Some of the opportunities provided by SAGA include social events, professional development opportunities, CSAL orientation events, and community outreach in the greater Grand Rapids and Grand Valley communities.

SAGA also provides financial assistance to students in the CSAL program. Guidelines for funding are determined by SAGA and the Graduate Student Association (GSA). For a full list of GFC funding regulations please visit the GFC website at www.gvsu.edu/gsa

2016-2017 SAGA E-Board Members


President

2016 President

 

Executive Vice President

Executive Vice President

Celeste Velarde

Email: velardcl@gvsu.edu

Celeste is from beautiful Blythe, California, which is located in Southern California. She earned her degree in Psychology from California State University, Fullerton. Through many co-curricula’s during her undergraduate career, she discovered her love for student affairs and decided to pursue her graduate degree through GVSU. Celeste is a graduate assistant in the Dean of Students Office; however, she is also interested in academic advising and the Title IX Office. Celeste loves hiking, spending time with her family and friends, but mostly… watching the Food Network’s Chopped and eating Ben & Jerry’s Chunky Monkey ice cream with her roommates.

 

 

Melanie Barts

Email: bartsmel@gvsu.edu

Melanie earned a bachelor’s degree in communication and public relations from Michigan State University. After graduation, Melanie worked in college access as a college advisor in two rural high schools. This position encouraged her to pursue a graduate degree in higher education. Currently, Melanie is a graduate assistant in the College of Liberal Arts and Science Academic Advising Center. Her interests in higher education include academic advising, admissions, orientation, and TRiO programs. Melanie enjoys traveling, trying new things, and running.

Vice President of Finance

Vice President of Finance

 

Vice President of Programming

Vice President of Programming

Kelly Berg

Email: bergkell@gvsu.edu

Kelly is a Michigan native who attended Grand Valley State University where she obtained her bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science with an emphasis in Health Fitness Instruction. During her undergraduate experience, Kelly was involved in Greek life, Campus Recreation, and enjoyed working for the Office of Student Life at the 2020 Information Desk. Kelly loves to travel and to experience new cities she’s never been to. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with friends and family, running, and Michigan summers on the lake. She currently holds a Graduate Assistantship in the office of Financial Aid and Scholarships. Her academic research interests include health and wellness, retention, and first year experience.  

 

Meagan Mullen

Email: mullemea@gvsu.edu

From the Hoosier state, Meagan is from Lafayette, IN and attended Ball State University (chirp chirp!). She has a degree in Interpersonal Communication with emphasis in Organizational Communication and Leadership Studies. Meagan currently works as an Assistant Living Center Director in Housing & Residence Life and is the adviser for the Residence Housing Association. Outside of work or school, Meagan loves to read and have movie marathons, as well as hosting friends at her apartment.