November 19, 2019

Fall 2012 SGA candidates information

AT LARGE SENATORS

Debora Aberastury

Position: At-Large Senator
Enrollment status: Junior
Area of study: Arts and Sciences
Major: International Relations and Spanish

Intent to run:
I’m running for the position of Senator-at-large for the 2012-2013 school year. Having had little time at my junior college before transferring, I have yet to make an impact within a college. Part of why I am running is so I’m able to make some good change before I graduate, especially to Webster that I hold near and dear to my heart. I believe that I’m qualified for this position because I have the passion; I have the open mind; I have the drive to fully fulfill the obligations that this position holds.

Statement of goals:
My goal is to increase the communication between organizations and students. Far too often, students hear about events at the last minute or occasionally the events don’t appeal to them enough to attend. I feel that increasing the communication will bring Webster closer together. Also, being a transfer student myself, I’ve recognized the cons of starting a new school. My other goal is the increase the flow of information to transfer students, especially those who transfer in during the spring, to make the transition much smoother.

Reasons for Running:
I am running so I can make some good change before I graduate, especially to Webster that I hold near and dear to my heart.

Qualifications:
I believe that I’m qualified because I have the passion, the open mind, and the drive to fully fulfill the obligations of this position.

 

 

Yinka Akinwusi

Position: At-Large Senator
Enrollment status: Graduate Student
Area of study: Business and Technology
Major: Computer Science

Intent to run:
My name is Yinka Peter Akinwusi, I am a graduate student at Webster Univeristy, pursuing a degree in Computer Science. I would like to run for Senator-At-Large in the Student government Association for 2012/2013 school year. During my undergraduate years, I was the Inaugural Secretary of “Life Vanguard” a Non-Government Organization that focuses on serving Nigerian’s youth. I was also the founding president of an NGO, The Zenith Club, that focused on youth empowerment in my country. Currently, I am the Regional coordinator of Borgen Project in St Louis, Missouri and also member of African Student Association and International Student Association. My experience serving people, innovating ideas, and making positive changes for people will make me an ideal candidate for this position. As an International student, I shall bring diversity and global experience to SGA. I would like to encourage my fellow students to vote for me.

Statement of goals:
Moving the unheard heard, the unseen seen and representing the views of every group of students to ensure that student views are taken into consideration will be a priority. I will be the student’s eyes and voice in the process of making decision that affects them. As the senator at Large I will have the opportunity to work with various departments, it will be my primary interest to make sure all students voices are heard.

Reasons for Running:
Making the unheard heard, the unseen seen and representing the views of every group of students will be a priority.

 

 

Drew Crask

Position: At-Large Senator
Enrollment status: Freshman
Area of study: Business and Technology
Major: Business Administration

Intent to run:
I am running for a Senator at Large position in the Student Government Association. I’m outgoing, dedicated, honest, friendly, and assertive, which are all qualities I believe a good leader should possess. I have held leadership positions with my former youth group, and hope to further my experience. As a freshman this year at Webster I look forward to meeting all of you, and to make sure that your voice is heard. I would love to make a difference not only for me, but for everyone, so that we can all enjoy the best experience possible at Webster University.

Statement of goals:
As Senator at Large of the Student Government Association I intend to voice my fellow classmates’ opinions from all over campus. Where change is needed, change should happen and I strongly believe that with good leadership, there are no problems too big or too small to be solved. If elected I will work my hardest to better the Student Body. As students we know what’s best.

Reason for Running:
I am running for a Senator ar large position because I am eager to make a change for the better in all students’ lives at Webster. Whether they be commuters or residents, students deserve the best experience possible and that’s what I’m sure the SGA board can make happen. I am excited to become involved at Webster, and with this year being my first year, I thnk that SGA is a great place for me to make my first mark. I am also excited to meet all of my peers, and discover what Webster has to offer.

Qualifications:
I am a hard working, dedicated, assertive individual who always thinks positively in any given situation. I believe that I possess good leadership qualities, which in turn better qualify me for this position. I am very enthusiastic and I also love to work together as a team. I am also very outgoing and willing to get out of my comfort zone. As a student at Webster I believe I can properly balance my academic, social and work life as well, which I believe is crucial.

 

 

Carolina Duenas

Position: At-Large Senator
Enrollment status: Senior
Area of study: Communications
Major: Advertising and Marketing Communications

Intent to run:
I am running for Senator for the 2012-2013 SGA position. My experience includes having being an SGA in Geneva, Switzerland while studying abroad. Moreover, I was also very involved in student government activities at my high school in Ecuador, which helped improve my social and leadership skills. I believe I am a strong candidate SGA senator given myoutgoing personality, international experience, and ability to relate to people.

Statement of goals:
As a senior, I have seen how SGA works and helps students with the concerns and problems they may have at Webster University. My goals would be: To improve student life on campus by being that one student who hears students’ issues, and then communicates them to faculty to find the best solution according to the situation. I will also bring innovative ideas to the group, enriching the program and contributing to the SGA group as a whole.

Reasons for Running:
As an international student, I will bring my background and culture to the group; increasing uniqueness and diversity to Webster University.

Qualifications:
My major in Communications has taught me how to communicate effectively with people, maintain good relations, and to be warm and welcoming.

 

 

Warren Ferguson

Position: At-Large Senator
Enrollment status: Sophomore
Area of study: Arts and Sciences
Major: Psychology

Intent to run:
I want to learn more about what goes on behind the scenes at Webster University. As a student I only get one view point which to view. I would like to join SGA not only to better help my school but to understand what it takes to run. I have previous experience in student government, as i was treasurer for all four years. My friend Javier Cardenas is currently in SGA, he has given me insight that made me interested in joining. I feel that my opinion would be an asset to SGA. My intent is too better the student body in a way that will be effective not just to a portion but the whole student body.

Statement of goals:
Help Organizations who have to make their own funds, get some from SGA. Help the students feel more involved in their school. Put forth ideas that students would actually want to participate in. Make Campus activities that would make the commuters and the on campus students be one student body. Greet and meet. Possibly start a Fraternity on campus for the males. Help SGA stay on what they were started for the students.

Reasons for Running:
Strong Interest for what goes on behind the scenes. To give voice to the students who feel that they have none.

Qualifications:
In High School I was the class treasure for all four years. Ive held leadership positions like that throughout my life.

 

 

Robert Franklin

Position: At-Large Senator
Enrollment status: Junior
Area of study: Arts and Sciences
Major: International Human Rights and International Studies

Intent to run:
Hello everyone, my name is Robert Franklin. Hi everyone I am a junior International Human Rights major and also and International Studies major here at Webster University. Some of my qualities that I have that would allow me to be perfect for this position are that I am a hard worker, intelligent, happy, fun and loving person, articulate, and honest. For me some of the traits that I really value are honesty and compassion. I have both of these traits, which will allow me to be a great Senator because these are very important traits. Some of the experience that I possess are that I have worked as a Orientation Leader (OL) and Resident Assistant (RA), I have worked with other departments on campus and I believe that I am a well connect person. I also have experience working in tough situations, and also the training on how to deal with these types of situations. With all of my qualification I believe that I will be an excellent choice for this position.

Statement of goals:
Everybody has goals for their lives and for others lives. My personal goals that I would like to see happen to improve Webster is for, Webster to open a campus somewhere in Latin America. My next goal for Webster would be to see another housing facility opened in Webster. Some of the other things that I would like to work on are student health insurance, housing, parking, student administration communication, and to work on commuter-resident relations.

Reasons for Running:
The reason that I am for SGA is to help improve the Webster community. I would also like to add a different prospective to the group.

Qualifications:
The qualifications that I have for this job would be that I am a hard worker, ability to organize, prioritize and strong leadership skills.

 

 

Drake Jamali

Position: At-Large Senator
Enrollment status: Freshman
Area of study: Arts and Sciences
Major: International Studies

Intent to run:
I believe that serving as an At-Large Senator at Webster University would provide me with a very valuable opportunity to hone my interpersonal and leadership skills. The role of At-Large Senator fits well with my personal goal of being able to effectively communicate with people from wide-ranging backgrounds. Serving the university in this capacity would afford me the opportunity to meet peers from across the country and learn from my interactions with them. I feel certain that I would be successful in such a position and that I could gradually gain additional leadership skills while representing Webster University. I think it would be very exciting to work alongside other students selected for this important work and contribute to the organization’s unique role at the institution. I have worked diligently to be an effective member of my community by participating in extracurricular activities and volunteering for various causes. I believe that my exposure to a variety of world cultures augments my qualifications to serve as an At-Large Senator. I am very interested in meeting new people and sharing my knowledge and experiences at Webster University while creating a positive experience for fellow students.

Statement of goals:
If elected as an At-Large Senator for the Student Government Association, I would work painstakingly to not only represent the interests of the student body as a whole but would also want to help further the involvement of the Freshmen class in campus activities. I would be very interested in expanding the clubs, organizations, and societies that are offered on campus so that we could create an even more friendly environment for fellow students to get involved in campus activities, especially for commuter students. My mission is to make Webster an even more pleasant and electrifying campus for fellow students.

Reasons for Running:
If elected as an At-Large Senator I would further develop the unique atmosphere that makes up Webster University though multiple avenues.

Qualifications:
Enthusiastic student with excellent interpersonal and leadership skills who is interested in utilizing such skills to help fellow Gorloks

 

 

Antonio Sanchez

Position: At-Large Senator
Enrollment status: Senior
Area of study: Arts and Sciences
Major: Philosophy

Intent to run:
I am running for the position of SGA Senator-At-Large. In my time at Webster I have served in many leadership positions on campus, specifically, I have been in RHA and NRHH as a voice for student residents on campus and in FYE as a Connection Leader and Orientation Leader serving as one of the faces of Webster to new freshmen. I have strong leadership skills, work well with others, and love serving the greater Webster University community in any way I can. I feel that serving as an SGA senator is the next logical step in my mission to help make Webster a more enjoyable and prosperous place for students to grow as individuals, as well as helping in my own further development as a leader on campus. I also have experience working with SGA through Programming Pool requests and starting on campus organizations such as Webster Quidditch Club. I love Webster University and I hope I can attain this position so that I might better serve our wonderful Webster community,

Statement of Goals:
I would like to help improve the Webster community in any way possible, but I do have some ideas that i think could help make us a stronger university. One idea that I would like to propose or support the proposal of is to institute some form of transportation for injured or sick students who have no way to get to a doctor and do not have money for cabs. This has been a pressing issue for many on campus, whether they be international students or simply students with no proper means of transportation or funds.

Reasons for Running:
I feel that serving as an SGA senator is the next step in my mission to make Webster a prosperous place for students to grow as individuals

Qualifications:
2 yrs RHA, NRHH VP Mem. & Recg., Co-founder Webster Quidditch, 3 yrs Connection leader, 2 yrs Orientation leader. Various other positions.

 

 

Victoria Schnepf

Position: At-Large Senator
Enrollment status: Sophomore
Area of study: School of Communications
Major: Undecided/Journalism

Intent to run:
I have decided to run for the Senator at Large position for Webster’s SGA. Throughout my school years before college I was an active member of student council, and during my high school career I was the vice president of my class. These experiences gave me the leadership skills that are vital to possess in a student government position and setting. Communication is also an important skill to have. I believe that I am able to communicate openly and effectively to those around me. I put my whole effort into all my endeavors, and I am not satisfied unless I am sure that I have produced work that is of substantial quality. I am more than willing to learn, and listen to the ideas of others as well as contributing my own to the group.

Statement of goals:
As a transfer student at Webster, I want to do more to better accommodate transfer/commuter students here on campus. I would be interesting in working with campus organizations such as the Commuter Council and the Dining Advisory board to improve transfer/commuter student life. One of my goals is to create more groups that focus on getting transfer students who live on or near the St. Louis campus involved with Webster.

Reasons for Running:
I want to share my ideas and give new perspective to SGA, as well as make new connections here at Webster.

Qualifications:
Hard-working, yet imaginative. I am an excellent and open communicator as well as a listener.

 


Marybeth St. Peters

Position: At-Large Senator
Enrollment status: Sophomore
Area of study: School of Communications
Major: Public Relations

Intent to run:
My intention as a Senator at Large is to work towards helping the betterment of the student body and the campus itself by communicating these needs to those that can make a change. I also want to better myself as a leader by not only participating in SGA, but also learning how to be a better leader from fellow senators as well as the executive board. There are several things that I feel I could bring to the table as senator. I am a very positive, outgoing person that is easy to get along with and to approach. I also have a passion for Webster and want to be part of bettering our Gorlok community.

Statement of goals:
My goals as Senator at Large is to widen my views of Webster through seeing things that people collectively would like to make better. I also want to better my knowledge of Webster and gain a better understanding of the inner-workings of SGA and all that is included in being apart of the Student Government Association. In addition, I feel like this could be a start to being more involved in student organizations on campus and help prepare myself for the future.

Reasons for Running:
To be a part of fixing issues that arise on campus and to better myself as a leader while becoming more involved with the Webster community.

Qualifications:
I was vice-president of my senior class, so I have handled leadership before. I am aware of what will be asked of me as a member of the SGA.

 

 

Jonathan Strauser

Position: At-Large Senator
Enrollment status: Freshman
Area of study: Business and Technology
Major: Management with an emphasis in International Business

Intent to run:
Hello my name is Jonathan Strauser. As you know, I’m running for the position of At-Large Senator. Because of my wonderful leadership skills, good listening abilities, and open mindedness, i think i would be a great choice for SGA.

Statement of goals:
Heres a list of things id like to improve: 1.Webster Wifi 2.Actual Homecoming Dance

Reasons for Running:
I took interest from the second i heard about the job. I want a chance to be a vital part of Webster and take in all it has in store for me.

Qualifications:
Vice president of 4H for two consecutive years. Involved in Campus Ministry, Ecology Club, and Tennis Club

 

 

Taijun Waters

Position: At-Large Senator
Enrollment status: Freshman
Area of study: Communications
Major: Video Production/Music Production

Intent to run:
I am running for Senator At-Large. I am more than qualified for this position because I will do more than the minimum required. My high level of dedication towards anything that I have do compliments my vigorous work ethic and outgoing charisma. In high school I was Treasurer of a club for a year, I participated in The Literary Club, I was student director of a stage play, and a member of the Principal’s Advisory. I do not plan to stop my roles & traits of leadership there. I feel like I was only getting warmed up. Currently, I am a campaign member for the 2012 election. Moreover, I hold my duty in a role of power serious enough to make change – because we all are balanced with power and equality. If change is ONLY the minimum of my effect, then it is worth it, because I hold myself responsible to not only change things, but change things for the better of my student body. This includes by every limb: environmentally, socially, education, safety, and any concern as small as one sheep leaving the flock off 99. I am here to serve.

Statement of goals:
s Senator At-Large I intend to impact Webster University at a high level of energy. Energy is what drives anything towards its component or goal. My goals include: make environmental clubs more of an impact in SGA; gather cultural clubs to be heard and seen; and to present or aid in presenting any idea or innovation towards Webster University in such a way that everyone can be more connected towards an opportunity to impact Webster, as a body.

Reasons for Running:
I hold it serious enough to make change, and better change for the student body. Everyone should be heard and seen to impact Webster Univ.

Qualifications:
• Campaigning in 2012 Pres. Election
• Freshman with Energy & Direction
• Articulate & Dedicated
• Environmentalist
• Treasurer
• Director

 


SCHOOL OF COMMUNICATIONS

Henry Coleman

Position: Senator, School of Communications
Enrollment Status: Sophomore
Area of Study: Communications
Major: Audio Production

Intent to Run:
I am running for the position of Senator of the School of Communications. I feel that I am qualified for this important position because of my previous experiences in the field of music and arts. I was section leader of my high school band, which constituted of over 200 band members. I also built my own amateur recording studio in my bedroom, where I produced and remixed musical pieces. Since I came to college, I have successfully promoted my brand (No Fro) around the different colleges in the St. Louis area. I have been able to manage my young career effectively by already performing in various events as a DJ. Apart from my musical career I have also participated in debate conferences nation wide, such as, Model United Nations in Illinois. These achievements of mine have prepared me to be your Senator of Communications.

Statement of Goals:
As Senator of Communications my primary goal would be to improve the facilities and infrastructure of Webster University. I believe that we need to update our classrooms to meet the demand of current and future students. Apart from this I would push for greater incorporation of our student body into campus activities. A healthy university student body has to have, in my opinion, high levels of pride and spirit because we are what represents our university nation wide.

Reasons for Running:
I wish to improve the facilities of my fellow students, infrastructure has to be improved to meet the demand of my fellow scholars.

Qualifications:
I’ve been in many leadership positions in my life, such as band section leader, and MUN delegate, as well as managing my DJ career.

 


SCHOOL OF EDUCATION

Dawn Emmons

Position: Senator, School of Education
Enrollment Status: Sophomore
Area of Study: Education
Major: Special Education

Intent to Run:
I am running for the School of Education Senator. I would be good for this position because I am involved with a lot of clubs on campus.

Statement of Goals:
I would represent Webster students by being a voice for them and by letting SGA know what the students think.

Reasons for Running:
I am running because I want to get more involved on campus.

Qualifications:
I am qualified for this position because I am involved on campus and I am part of many different student organizations.

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