UMASA Executive and Committee Positions & Departmental Committee Student Positions
There are many ways to get involved in UMASA or in the department as a student representative. Below is a listing of the current executive members and those holding committee positions. Elections for executive positions take place at the end of the academic year, while committee positions are elected in the fall. See Getting Involved, for more details about upcoming opportunities.
2020-2021 UMASA Executive
PRESIDENT: Brittany Guarino
Brittany Guarino first came to the University of Manitoba in 2016 initially with the hopes of pursuing psychology and Japanese for her studies. During 2017-2018 she took a year off school to spend a year living in New Zealand. While living there she discovered her passion for anthropology and sustainability. Since 2018 she has returned to pursue a major in environmental/cultural anthropology with a minor in history. Brittany is hoping to get into the program of marine and coastal management in the university center of Westfjord in Iceland. Her end goal is to have a career in environmental and cultural resource management. In the university she worked along with groups such as the sustainable working group under UMSU, UMEARTH as promotions director and is a member of the sustainability ambassador program. Some of the things she enjoys doing is playing piano, singing, painting, drawing and lastly hiking.
VICE PRESIDENT ( UNDERGRADUATE) : Madelaine Ricard
Madelaine Ricard enrolled at the University of Manitoba in the fall of 2018, after gaining direct entry in the Faculty of Arts, pursuing Anthropology. She is now in her third year of her undergraduate degree, and is enrolled in the Honours Anthropology program. She works as a work study student for Dr. H. Greenfield, after volunteering for a short time in the NEBAL lab in St.Paul's college. She looks forward to participating in field schools in the future and further pursuing her academic career in Graduate and PhD studies abroad. She hopes to aid the president of UMASA, Brittany Guarino in creating an inclusive community and to provide more exposure and opportunities for U of M students and the community to connect with the field of Anthropology and Archaeology.
COMMUNITY LIAISON COORDINATOR: Breanna Vitti
Alex Carriere is a senior undergraduate student who began his enrollment at the University of Manitoba in September, 2014. He first joined the Faculty of Arts as an Anthropology major with a focus in archaeology in 2016. Since 2016, Alex has been in attendance at several UMASA meetings and social events, and has attended Department of Anthropology candidate meeting(s), volunteered at the Anthropology booth at the university’s open house for high school students, and volunteers at NEBAL in St. Paul's College under Dr. H. Greenfield. Alex has also participated in the Tell es-Safi/Gath Archaeological Project in Israel for the full duration of the project's summer 2016 and 2017 excavation seasons.
TREASURER: Taylor Neustaeter
Danica enrolled in the University of Manitoba in September of 2015 and spent 2 years in the Faculty of Science before finding her passion for archaeology. She is now in her 3rd year in Anthropology as an undergrad and she hopes to find work in the field of CRM after she graduates. She gained experience in the field of archaeology during the U of M Archaeological Field School in the summer of 2019 and also participated in a CRM project at the Forks during the same summer. She joined UMASA during her first year in the Faculty of Arts and attended the meetings diligently for 2 years before finally deciding to be on the executive team as a treasurer.
SOCIAL AND FUNDRAISING DIRECTOR: Steven Smeltz
Steven is a fourth year undergraduate student at the University of Manitoba who enrolled through direct entry to Science in the fall of 2016. After spending a year in the program he realized he felt far more connected to Anthropology, and switched to an Honours Degree in the program, while using his Science experience in the form of a Biology minor. Steven hopes to find work in archaeology or forensic anthropology after graduating, and will be going to graduate school at some point to continue his education with a Masters degree. He has been a part of UMASA for two years, and decided to join the Executive Committee as the Social and Fundraising Director after returning from an exchange term at Cardiff University. Steven hopes to help UMASA continue to provide fun, safe, and successful social and fundraising events despite the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.
COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR: Bailey Palamar
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