Representing the Braniff graduate student body
The Braniff Graduate Student Association (BGSA) of the University of Dallas was established
to further the interests of the student body of the Braniff Graduate School of Liberal
Arts within the University of Dallas community. All students enrolled in the Braniff
Graduate School are members of the BGSA.
The BGSA is comprised of a Senate and an Executive Board. The Senate consists of six
Senators, who represent the interests of the members of the BGSA on all matters concerning
school policy and student life. The Senate as a whole serves as a forum for BGSA participation
in the larger University community. Consisting of the President, the Treasurer, and
the Secretary, the Executive Board administers the activities of the BGSA and serves
as the official voice of the BGSA to the students, faculty, staff, and administration
of the University.
Executive Board, 2018-2019:
Braniff Undergraduate Conference in the Liberal Arts: The Good Life | Oct. 5-6, 2018
Keynote Address: "Pietas" by Dr. Susan Hanssen | University of Dallas, History Department
This conference aimed to recover and renew the Western heritage of liberal arts and
the Christian intellectual tradition in pursuit of eudaimonia, the good life. There were panels made up of upper level undergraduate students from
across the country as well as a number of UD undergraduate students. Braniff graduate
students served as moderators. All events took place in the Catholic Foundation Board
Room of Cardinal Farrell Hall.
5th Annual Braniff Conference in the Liberal Arts: Scripture and the Disciplines |
Feb. 15-16, 2019
Each year the Braniff Graduate Student Association organizes a conference that reflects
the unique interdisciplinary nature of the Braniff Graduate School and its emphases
on classical education and contemporary scholarship.
Discover more about this year's conference.
Guest Lecture by Dr. Peter Kreeft | Feb. 23, 2019
Dr. Peter Kreeft, well-known author and professor of philosophy at Boston College
and The King's College, delivered a lecture entitled, "A Trinitarian Psychology of
the Creative Imagination: Mind, Will and Heart" at the University of Dallas. This
event was sponsored by the Provost's Office and the BGSA.
You may watch Dr. Kreeft's lecture here.
Professional Development Workshop on Pedagogy | Mar. 2, 2019
Dr. William "Bill" Frank and Dr. Christopher Mirus from the Philosophy Department
spoke on how beginning instructors ought to prepare a syllabus and design a course.
Dr. John Peterson (IPS Politics) and Kimberly Heil (IPS Philosophy) spoke on how to
lecture and how to use Socratic circles.
Click here for the workshop handout and here for an article by Dr. Frank on liberal education and UD's Core.
Professional Development Workshop on Resumes and Publishing | Apr. 6, 2019
Esther Moon (IPS Literature) will discuss how to strengthen a resume and how to prepare
a submission for publication in an academic journal.