The UMGSA office staff members are here to assist you with any and all needs you may have as a graduate student. Please feel free to ask any questions you might have about the UMGSA, our resources, or anything about graduate student life. If you have a question we can’t answer, we will do our best to point you in the right direction.

Ruth Prokesch, Office Manager | 204-474-9181

Ruth Prokesch, UMGSA Office Manager

Welcome Grad Students!

I would like to introduce myself to those of you who are new to the UMGSA.

I’m the Office Manager, and in times when our actions are no longer determined by COVID-19, I will probably be the first face you see when you come by the office at room 221 UMSU University Centre (right above the Bookstore). Check out all the services that the UMGSA has to offer you. If you have attended a conference, and have applied for a Conference Grant, I will be the person to see to get your cheque.

I love grad students, and learning about who you are, and where you come from.

The UMGSA Office is YOUR office. Once the office is open again, you are always welcome to come by to use the computers, printer, or scanner. You can study, use the microwave, eat your lunch, or just relax and admire our jungle! We have floor to ceiling windows, and wall-to-wall plants! It is bright and welcoming, and a relatively quiet space and we encourage you to use it. (And we sometimes have baby plants to give away, so if you’re interested, just ask.)

I am looking forward to meeting you….

Julia Minarik, Governance & Communications Coordinator

Julia Minarik, Governance and Communications Coordinator

Hello Grad Students! I’m Julia Minarik, a M.A. Student in Philosophy at the U of M and your UMGSA Governance and Communications Coordinator.

I manage the UMGSA Social Media, send out the newsletters and put together the UMGSA Handbook. I also lovingly tend to the UMGSA ‘Greenhouse’ and have a passion for sustainability!

To offer a brief and academic centric self-portrait: I graduated with a B.A. (Hons) in Philosophy & Economics in 2018. I’m currently finishing up my M.A. program with a focus on philosophy of art, where I am researching tattoos and aesthetic obligation (shout-out to my amazing advisor Prof. Carl Matheson for humouring my philosophical excursions without hesitation). My side reading includes an ever-dependable stack of metaphysics and gothic fiction, and has more recently seen the addition of some well-known science fiction that I have heretofore criminally neglected. My one and only dream is to teach philosophy in some capacity.

I am thrilled to meet you, and assist you in any way that I can.