New GSC Service Chair, David Strickland
Elections were held in May for the Graduate Student Council (GSC) executive officers. The Graduate Forum is highlighting the newly elected executive board members in a series of profiles to introduce them to the graduate community.
The newly elected service chair for the GSC is David Strickland, a first-year graduate student in the Molecular and Cellular Biology (MCB) Program. Hailing from the Finger Lakes region of western New York, Strickland came to Dartmouth to pursue his interest in the biological sciences. Having just joined the Griffin lab, Strickland will be using the model organism C. elegans to research the function of PAR-1, a gene involved in embryonic development that ultimately determines cell fates.
As the service chair, Strickland will be in charge of the Graduate Relief Team (GRT), the service committee of the GSC. In years past, the GRT has been involved in many community service projects and outreach activities including the Prouty, the CHaD HERO half marathon, the Dartmouth Day of Service, Habitat for Humanity, Students Fighting Hunger (SFH), Good Neighbor Health Clinic, and others. As chair, Strickland is responsible for appropriating funding, engaging volunteers, and helping out where needed.
Having held numerous leadership positions in the past, and serving as the interim service chair on the GSC for several months this past school year, Strickland is fully equipped to take on this new role. He has already played a part in collaborating with the Geisel Community Service Committee, which resulted in an extremely successful Dartmouth Day of Service in April; over 60 graduate students volunteered at local organizations throughout the Upper Valley. Strickland is confident that the GRT will continue to do great work, especially because of the enthusiasm of the GRT’s members. “Committee members take charge and spearhead a particular project,” Strickland states, “and they’re the ones who make these events a success.”
Although this is the first year that the service chair is an official position on the GSC’s executive board, Strickland has clearly wasted no time in getting things off the ground. Next year, he is eager to join forces with other graduate community service groups; he is also motivated to expand the current GRT member base. In the immediate future, Strickland is already busy arranging volunteer efforts for the Prouty this July and looking for anyone interested in helping!
We wish Strickland the best of luck as service chair, and urge readers to contact him if interested in volunteering at any of the upcoming service events.
by Pinar Gurel