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Meadows Graduate Student Council

About MGSC

The Meadows Graduate Student Council (MGSC) is a student organization that provides financial assistance for the academic, artistic, and professional development of students in Meadows School of the Arts graduate programs.

MGSC Forms

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Download Project Proposal Form

Download Reimbursement Form

Download W-9 Form

MGSC Officers

President - Erin Piñon

Erin Piñon is a second-year M.A. student in the Department of Art History and a recent graduate of Tufts University where she received her B.A. in Art history and Latin American politics. Her research interests include medieval and early modern Armenian manuscripts and works on paper, cases of diaspora, genocide studies and the architecture of early Byzantium. Last summer Erin returned to Boston with the aid of SMU's Department of Art History and worked as the curatorial intern at the Armenian Library and Museum of America. There she researched the provenance of manuscripts that were looted during, and rediscovered after, the Armenian Genocide. Additionally, she curated an exhibition of miniature books and talismans (summer 2015). For this work she began her language studies in Classical and Modern Western Armenian.

Vice President - Emily Roberts

Emily Roberts, native of Augusta, Georgia, is currently in her second year at Meadows School of the Arts pursuing a Master of Music degree in Flute Performance. She is a recent graduate of the University of Georgia Hodgson School of Music where she received the Director's Excellence Award in 2013. While in Georgia, Ms. Roberts studied with Angela Jones-Reus, rotating principal flutist of the Grand Teton Music Festival, and earned bachelor's degrees in both music performance and music therapy. As a Meadows Artistic Scholarship recipient, she is now continuing her performance studies under the tutelage of Kara Kirkendoll Welch, flute, and Deborah Baron, piccolo, of the Dallas Symphony.

During her undergraduate career, Ms. Roberts had opportunities to study and perform across the United States as well as abroad in the countries of England, Italy, and Argentina. A highlight of these experiences included her participation in the Hodgson School of Music's Study Abroad Alessandria Program 2011 where she studied with Michael Hasel, flutist of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Equally notable was her participation in the Aspen Music Festival and School during the summer of 2012 where she was accepted into the studio of Nadine Asin, flutist in the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. Throughout the years Ms. Roberts has also been privileged to perform in master classes with flutists such as Emmanuel Pahud, Michel Bellavance, Bonita Boyd, and Mark Sparks.

This year Ms. Roberts has been named first-place winner of the Louisiana Flute Society Piccolo Competition as well as second-place winner of the Louisiana Flute Society Orchestral Flute Masterclass Competition. She was named a winner of the Meadows School of the Arts Concerto Competition where she performed the Martin Ballade. Ms. Roberts also attended the Chautauqua Music Festival in New York during the summer of 2014.

Outside of flute, Ms. Roberts works professionally as a Board-Certified Music Therapist. Since moving to Texas, she has enjoyed building her own private music therapy practice serving all populations in the Dallas metroplex.

Treasurer - Rachel Spradley

My name is Rachel Spradley and I am a second year master’s student in art history at SMU. I graduated in 2010 from The University of Texas at Austin, where I completed a double major in Plan II, an honors liberal arts program, and Spanish as well as a minor in art history. While at UT I studied art history abroad in Vienna, Austria during the summer of 2007 and Buenos Aires, Argentina in the spring semester of 2009, where I also studied Spanish language and Latin American literature. I wrote my Plan II undergraduate thesis, which earned a Model Thesis designation, on Islamic architecture in medieval Spain. My professional experience includes two years as a program officer for Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, where I helped coordinate the organization’s teacher institute program. I also spent several months working with a small art advisory firm in Houston prior to beginning my master’s degree. Over the past summer I worked as an intern in the education department at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. As a master’s student, I have continued to pursue the study of Islamic influence in the arts of medieval Spain.

Secretary - Asiel Sepúlveda

My name is Asiel Sepúlveda. I received a B.A in Art History from Florida International University in 2012. At this great institution I wrote my undergraduate thesis “ Barroquismo: The Eclectic Tension of Cuba’s Cultural Identities,” on which I focused on redefining barroquismo as a cultural/aesthetic tension adjacent to modernist practices. Before joining SMU, I also completed an internship as a curatorial assistant at the Patricia & Philip Frost Art Museum (2011-12). My academic interests are issues of identity in Modern Latin American Art, particularly the Cuban Vanguard movement.

Public Relations Chair - Rachel Peng

Rachel Peng is a second-year student in the Master of Advertising program at the Temerlin Advertising Institute. She completed her undergraduate study in finance, accounting and management from University of Nottingham.Her current academic and career interest is in consumer behavior research, brand strategy, social media, and data analytics. She is working as a research assistant to Dr. Hye Jin Yoon and collaborating with Dr. Yoon on a research paper on household saving motives and the influencing factors to household savings. She is also working on her own thesis about message framing and music in prosocial advertisements. She’s is honored to serve as the MGSC Public Relations Chair.

Staff/Faculty Advisor - Joe Hoselton, Director of Graduate Admissions & Strategic Enrollment Management

Contact MGSC

Questions or Concerns? Contact MGSC by email at mgsc@smu.edu.

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