Graduate Student Organization | Springfield College

Graduate Student Organization

Want to connect with other graduate students?

Get involved with the Graduate Student Organization (GSO), a student-run group designed to represent and serve the graduate students of Springfield College.

Graduate students at a barbecue event at East Campus of Springfield College

In representation of the graduate class, the GSO identifies and protects the rights and interests of graduate students as a liaison to Springfield College administration. In service to the graduate class, the GSO creates and facilitates both academic and social co-curricular activities to enhance the experiences of graduate students at Springfield College.

The Graduate Student Association holds numerous social events, like barbecues and planned socials, throughout the academic year to create a community for graduate students. The GSO seeks to financially support graduate students in their professional development, in addition to connecting students with resources available for them. These resources include the graduate student support group at the Counseling Center and the Pride Pantry.  


The Graduate Student Organization (GSO) represents all graduate students enrolled at Springfield College. All Springfield College graduate students who pay the required student activities fee are members of the GSO. As a member of the GSO, graduate students are allowed to take advantage of GSO services and participate in GSO activities. All members of the GSO are also eligible to serve as an officer of the GSO and may serve on any GSO committee.

Contact the GSO with any questions, comments, concerns, or requests at

Meet Your E-Board


Samantha "Sam" Scott

Year: 3rd-year
Program: Ph.D. Teaching & Administration
Graduate Fellowship/Assistantship: Athletic Training
Master's Institution: Indiana University '16
Master's Major: Athletic Training
Undergraduate Institution: Springfield College '11
Undergraduate Major: Athletic Training
Interests: Anything outdoors: Hiking, running, cycling, yoga. Sam also loves a good book and enjoys cooking for her friends and family. 

Samantha Scott
Director of Operations

Laura Cafaro

Year: 2nd-year graduate student
Program: Master of Education in Student Affairs Administration
Graduate Assistantship/Fellowship: Office of Student Activities
Undergraduate Institution: Western New England University, '20
Undergraduate Major: Communications; Public Relations
Interests: Throughout my life, I have held on to a few interests that allow me to take time for myself and relax. These interests include painting, reading, and hiking. You can usually find me enjoying one of these every weekend. What I enjoy most is spending time with family and friends to recharge and make memories. 

Laura Cafaro
Vice President

Luke Pelton

Year: 3rd-year PhD student
Program: Exercise Physiology
Graduate Assistantship/Fellowship: Research and Statistics
Masters Institution: Hofstra University
Masters Program: Sports Science
Undergraduate Institution: Hofstra University
Undergraduate Major: Exercise Science
Interests: Lifting, my wife, my dogs, all-you-can-eat sushi, reading for pleasure when I get the chance, good movies (Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, anything scifi/fantasy/adventure), history.

Luke Pelton
Director of Communications

Tina Riordan

Year: 2nd-year PhD student
Program: Sport and Exercise Psychology
Graduate Assistantship/Fellowship: Athletic Training
Masters Institution: West Chester University '20 
Masters Major: Post-Professional Athletic Training
Undergraduate Institution: Westfield State University '17
Undergraduate Major: Athletic Training
Interests: I love sunny days spent outdoors either adventuring, hiking, or posting up in a hammock with a good book. I am an avid ice cream and coffee shop lover, so please let me know of any recommendations you may have. 

Tina Riordan



Learn more about GSO from former President James Kashian