Graduate Student Organizations

COMMGrads  |   Chelóna RSA

COMMGrads is the graduate student organization for the Department of Communication, offering leadership and representation to deaprtment graduate students.

The Association of Communication Graduate Students at Maryland (COMMGrads) was established for the expressed purpose of developing social and academic support for communication graduate students as they pursue their scholarly and professional interests. The primary goal of this organization is to assist its members in the development of professional and academic success by advocating communication graduate student needs and concerns.

2016-2017 COMMGrads Board members:

  • President: Jaclyn Bruner
  • Vice President: Hagar Attia
  • Secretary/Treasurer: Yiwen Dai
  • Departmental Assembly Rep: Yvonne Slosarski
  • ARHU Graduate Student Advisory Committee Rep: Nora Murphy
  • Graduate Student Government (GSG) Rep:
  • Graduate Studies Committee Rep: Morgan Hess 
  • Undergraduate Studies Committee Rep: Kim Hannah-Prater
  • Fundraising/Philanthropy Coordinator: Jaclyn Bruner
  • Social Committee: Megan Fitzmaurice & Brooke Fowler
  • Faculty Appreciation Committee Chair: Sifan Xu
  • UAM Rep: Janna Soeder
  • IRB Rep: Yiwen Dai

Cheló̱na RSA--The University of Maryland’s graduate student chapter of the Rhetoric Society of America. Cheló̱na (the Greek, χελώνα) means “turtle.” Terp pride! RSA is dedicated to bringing scholars of rhetoric together across traditional university and field boundaries, and it is our mission to do the same at Maryland.
Along with our parent organization, we strive to make scholarly and pedagogical collaboration between Communication and English rhetoricians not only possible, but regular. Through various programs, workshops, colloquia, and other initiatives, we hope to foster an academic climate in rhetoric that supports the interests, needs, and desires of our graduate students at Maryland. Read more about Cheló̱na RSA at