Health & Kinesiology Grad Student Organization

A graduate education in the HK department prepares individuals to become future leaders in their fields and facilitators for the betterment of society. The Health and Kinesiology Graduate Student Organization (HKGSO) serves as a resource for current graduate students to build upon the foundation of their education with leadership, service, and social opportunities. The HKGSO is run by the graduate students and, as such, represents all individuals pursuing graduate study in the department whether they are enrolled full- or part-time and whether they are employed by the department, employed by other agencies on or off campus, or financing their own education.

The HKGSO includes all HK graduate students. Board members are elected in December and fulfill various responsibilities within the HKGSO. Also, there is a student representative to the HK Graduate Faculty that communicates regularly with the Director of Graduate Studies and attends HK Graduate Faculty Meetings to provide voice for student issues.


The HKGSO traditionally functions in several ways that ultimately work to promote peer interaction on a personal and professional level, as well as facilitate communication and interaction between faculty, staff, and the graduate student body. Student officers deliver the concerns of graduate students and suggestions for improving the day-to-day workings of the department to members of the University who can elicit change.

Continuous input from graduate students via the HKGSO is a well recognized asset that enhances the role HK graduate students play in the department and university.


Annual and individual projects include a departmental t-shirt design contest and fundraiser, plenty of social activities, development of criteria for graduate student and faculty awards, promoting and supporting graduate student research, and hosting an annual community 5K walk/run. New ideas to enhance the experience of graduate students in the department and throughout graduate study are always welcomed.

Professional Development Grant

The Health and Kinesiology Graduate Student Organization has allocated $300 in funds to assist graduate student professional development. The aim is to augment some of the cost for travel, conference registrations, or other relevant expenses. Grants are awarded on a competitive basis and all HK graduate students are eligible and encouraged to apply.

2018-2019 Officers

  • President - Lucas Rooney
  • Vice President - Mitchell Tillman
  • Secretary/Treasurer - Marissa Munoz-Ruiz
  • PGSG Representative - Josh Liddy
  • HK Faculty Representative - Jordan Kurth


HKGSO Constitution

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