CALS Council of Graduate Advisors
The mission of the CALS Council of Graduate Advisors (CCOGA) is to sustain and develop a network of graduate advising staff by sharing knowledge, best practices and resources to foster the success of graduate students and programs.
The council hosts six business meetings a year with guest speakers, social and outreach events, and ongoing networking. Business meetings are at rotating locations held on the second Wednesday of the month from 9-10:30 a.m. A video link to view the meetings is provided.
Council members are staff within a CALS academic unit who possess job duties related to graduate students, including advising and the academic processes. Members serve on a CCOGA Committee and attend at least 25% of CCOGA meetings and activities. Members provide information to students and faculty regarding graduate programs and certificates both in person and online. Affiliate members are faculty within CALS or staff from UF/IFAS Research and Education Centers or other UF colleges. Affiliate member job duties include assisting graduate students or the academic processes and advising.
To receive email updates for business meetings and announcements, contact CCOGA’s recording secretary, Cynthia Hight, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Gain access to the council’s SharePoint site, which includes resources, presentations from guest speakers and more.
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEMBERS (July 2018 – June 2019)
President, Karen Bray (School of Natural Resources and Environment)
President Elect, Greg Henderschiedt (Family, Youth and Community Sciences)
Recording Secretary and Past President, Cynthia Hight (Agronomy)
Recording Secretary Elect, Eliana Kampf (Plant Molecular Cellular Biology)
Best Practices Committee Chair, Nicole Sloan (Family, Youth and Community Sciences -- Distance Education)
Mentors Committee Chair, Jessi Ulloa (Plant Pathology)
Social/Outreach Committee, Elena Alyanaya (Plant Medicine)
Ex-Officio Advisor, Joel Brendemuhl (CALS Associate Dean)
CCOGA 2018-2019 Members and Affiliate Members
Agricultural and Biological Engineering
Agricultural Education and Communication
Career Connections Center
Entomology and Nematology
Family, Youth and Community Sciences
Food Science and Human Nutrition
Microbiology and Cell Science
Plant Molecular and Cellular Biology
School of Forest Resources and Conservation
School of Natural Resources and Environment
Soil and Water Sciences
The CCOGA members. Photo Credit: Tyler L. Jones, IFAS Communications.
CCOGA organized and sponsored a spring Financial Planning professional development activity for all UF graduate students with Dr. Marti Gillen. Each student discovered one’s spending "style" and set financial goals.
Professional development opportunities abound among CCOGA members as they share resources, ideas and tools. Cory Graf, affiliate member and staff in the UF Career Connections Center, facilitates a networking workshop with students and staff.
CCOGA members pose, with M.S. students from Haiti. In December 2016, UF/IFAS Global sent a CCOGA member to Port-au-Prince, Haiti to present informational sessions on UF admissions processes and CALS graduate offerings and majors. In the following year, CCOGA members worked together in the admission processes to recruit over twenty of these students. This photo is a visual cornerstone of our mission and genesis in forming CCOGA as an official group. Photo Credit: Tyler L. Jones, IFAS Communications.