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Dear colleagues,

I guess it's really official now: a new semester and academic year has begun! While we might miss the bliss of the summer holidays, the English Graduate Student Association is excited to start another year full of wonderful events.

We also want to extend a very warm welcome (and trust us, you'll miss this warmth sooner than expected) to our new grad students! We are all excited to have you join our family here at Notre Dame and we look forward to getting to know you better.

This year we have a lot of great things planned for our students. So in order for us to keep you updated, we will be sending a newsletter every other week with information about our own events and anything else that might be of interest to you. And now,  without further ado, here are some of the events coming up really soon! 


This Week:

Welcome Back Potluck!
As you might have read from the different emails we've been circulating, THIS SATURDAY we have our first social event of the semester. What better way to kick off the back to school season than with an EGSA Potluck? Whether you're returning from wild adventures, finally emerging from your carrel, or joining us for the first time as newly accepted graduate students, we're excited to see you and enjoy food, frivolity, and friendship together. 

Date: Saturday, August 24th
Time: 6:30pm-10pm, 
Location: Jenny's house @ 1905 Inglewood Place South Bend 46616 

If you have not had the chance to sign up to bring food or drink to the potluck, you can do so on this doc:  
If anyone needs help finding a ride, please let Alissa know and we will make sure to coordinate car pool options. 

Hope to see you there! Friends, family, and significant others are invited and welcome as well! 
Visit our NEW Website!
Our amazing and wonderful Alissa Doroh has created a new website for EGSA, in the hopes that we can share information with you more easily. Here you will find information about our goals and even a copy of our constitution, keep up-to-date with our events by following our Google Calendar, find incredibly useful links and resources shared by our different chairs, and more!

Please, visit our new page through the following link:
EGSA Website
Meet the EGSA Board Members
In case you have not yet had the pleasure of meeting them, this incredible bunch of people will be the ones dedicated to serving you as members of the EGSA board for the 2019-2020 academic year. You can find more information about them in our website. And if you see them around, don't be afraid of reaching out to them and/or saying hi!
Laura Ortiz Mercado – President
Shela Raman McCabe – Vice President
Laura Ortiz Mercado
Shela Raman McCabe
Vice President 
Trish Bredar – Vice President
Dominique Vargas – Treasurer
Trish Bredar
Vice President
Dominique Vargas
Emily Donahoe – PhD Professionalization Chair
Scarlett Wardrop – MFA Professionalization Chair
Emily Donahoe
PhD Professionalization Chair
Scarlett Wardrop
MFA Professionalization Chair
Emily McLemore – Quality of Life Chair
Jennifer Thorup – Social Chair
Emily McLemore
Quality of Life Chair
Jenny Thorup
Social Chair
Joshua Wright – GSU Representative
Oliver Ortega – GSU Representative
Joshua Wright
GSU Representative 
Oliver Ortega
GSU Representative 
Town Hall and Board Meetings
This year, EGSA officers will be meeting every first Friday of the month from 1:00pm to 2:00pm, at Decio 235. The purpose of these meetings is mostly to organize our semester events. However, we will be using the first 15 minutes to serve as a town hall meeting, where every member of our department can come and talk to us, discuss any concerns they might have, and/or ask questions to the board.

Our first such meeting will take place on Friday, September 6th. So mark your calendars! 
We want to hear from you!
Do you have any announcements or messages you would like to share with all of us? Send our President, Laura Ortiz Mercado, a quick email so we can feature your announcement in our next newsletter.  
Those are all our announcements for now. If you have any questions, concerns, or comments, feel free to reach out to us any time. Follow us on Facebook too, where we will be posting updates and pictures of our activities. 

We hope to see you in all our events! 

The English Graduate Student Association Board
President: Laura M. Ortiz Mercado
Vice-President: Trish Bredar
Vice-President: Shela Raman McCabe
Treasurer: Dominique Vargas
PhD Professionalization Chair: Emily Donahoe
MFA Professionalization Chair: Scarlett Wardrop
Quality of Life Chair: Emily McLemore
Social Chair: Jennifer Thorup
GSU Representatives: Josua Wright & Oliver Ortega

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