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2015-16 USUSA Candidates

President

Miles D. Brooks

Email: m.d.brooks@aggiemail.usu.edu
Cell Phone: 435 705-9296
Gender: Male
Class Rank: Senior
Hometown: Cedar City
Years at USU: 4
Twitter Handle: @milesdbrooks
Majors: Biochemistry

Qualifications:

  • Gained the ability to delegate as the Director of Rookie Ambassadors (2014-2015)
  • Learned value of serving USU students as the Director and Co-Director of Aggie Health in the Val R. Christensen Service Center (2013-15)
  • Gained the ability to plan and execute projects as a USU Ambassador (2009-10, 2012-15)
  • An understanding of university organizations through various volunteer work
  • Developed a proactive mindset as the founder and host of Big Open Mic Nights (2014-15)

Goal and/or Plans for Office:

  • Increase ties between USUSA and student organizations by creating a council consisting of leaders from each group that would meet monthly to discuss initiatives and goals.
  • Increase student voice by holding a USUSA town hall twice a semester with student services faulty.
  • Create a monthly scholarship fund to be awarded to students by nomination.
  • Increase student safety, possibly with a mobile safety app that works directly through USU Police.
  • Increase event planning convenience by adjusting current laws on outside catering in the TSC.

Campaign Platform:

The best way to improve student life is by working more between organizations. I promise to do this and build on the amenities we have at Utah State University.


Trevor Sean Olsen

Email: t.sean.olsen@aggiemail.usu.edu
Cell: 435.757.5847
Gender: Male
Class Rank: Senior
Hometown: Tremonton, UT
Year at USU: 4
Twitter handle: @tseanolsen
Majors: International Business and Finance

Qualifications:

  • Member of the A-Team during 2013
  • USUSA Administrative Assistant for the 2013-2014 School Year
  • True Blue Pledge Aggie
  • Lover of all things Utah State
  • A strong desire to improve the university

Goal and/or Plans for Office:

  • Work with Dining Service to provide dining options that better represent what students desire.
  • Work with University Administration to help them be more visible and accessible to the student body
  • Increase alumni/student relationships through mentoring and job shadowing programs
  • Create a website that centralizes all involvement and research opportunities for students

Campaign Platform:

Helping Utah State students get more involved on campus and better preparing them for post-graduate life.


Executive VP

Thomas Buttars

Email: thomas.buttars@gmail.com
Phone: 435-535-6131
Gender: Male
Twitter Handle: @ThomasButtars
Major: Management Information Systems
Minor: Operations Management

Qualifications

  • Facilitated orientation for new incoming students and familiarized them with Utah State as a member of the 2014 and 2015 A-Team.
  • Help, consult, and advise students as a Peer Adviser in the USU Academic Resource Center.
  • Lobby, met, learned from, and networked with elected government officials, school administrators, and lobbyists as a member of the 2014-15 USU Government Relations Council.
  • Assisted USUSA’s Student Body President with his responsibilities as a member of the 2013-14 President’s Cabinet.
  • Disneyland Season Passholder.

Goals and/or Plans for Office

  • Create greater transparency in student fees.
  • Work effectively with and be an advocate for the Academic Senate.
  • Help contribute to creating a welcoming atmosphere within and around USUSA.
  • Improve the instructor evaluation platform.
  • Effectively execute and fulfill the duties of the Executive Vice President.

Campaign Platform

I want to help students enjoy their time at Utah State both academically and socially by creating greater transparency of student fees and always being an advocate for the student.


Nickoles Clason

Email: Nickoles.clason@gmail.com
Phone: 702-505-3459
Gender: Male
Year: Senior
Hometown: Las Vegas, NV
Years at USU: 3
Twitter Handle: @Nick_Clason
Major (s): Political Science and Economics

Qualifications:

  • USUSA College of Humanities and Social Sciences Senator
  • Member of the TSC, Aggie Shuttle, Blue Goes Green, Aggie Blue Bikes and Building Fee Committees
  • A-Team Peer Mentor (January 2014 to December 2014)
  • Alpha Tau Omega Alumni Relations Chairman Public Relations Chairman (January 2014 to December 2014)
  • USU Government Relations Council Administrative Assistant
  • Why Should I Care Chairman

Goals and/or Plans for Office:

  • More enforcement of the No Test Week (Dead Week) Policy
  • Work with Career Services to create a course for students with 30+ credits or more without a declared major that serves as a Career Exploration Course for these students to assist them in selecting a major.
  • Raise awareness of the Academic Senate through a public relations campaign highlighting the work of college senators
  • Work to create a section on the USUSA Website dedicated to Student Fees where students can find out where their fees go as well as learn more about fee increases and fee board.
  • Create an Awareness Campaign that focuses on making students more aware in regards to what services they have access to in regards to Student Fees.

Campaign Platform :​

I believe that the Executive Vice President should institute effective change. I will do so by making improvements to the Academic Senate and by increasing the transparency of student fees.


Student Advocate

Nadir Tekarli

Email: ntekarli@gmail.com
Cell phone: (801) 634-1317
Gender: Male
Class Rank: Sophomore
Hometown: Sandy, Utah
Years at USU: 2
Twitter Handle: @NadirTekarli
Major(s): Business Administration & Marketing
Minor(s): Accounting

Qualifications:

  • Government Relations Council Lobbying Co-Chair
  • President’s Cabinet (2 years)
  • Student Fee Board
  • USUSA Programming Volunteer Coordinator
  • SAA Traditions Committee (2 years)

Goals and/or Plans for Office:

  • Increase advocacy for off-campus student housing concerns by promoting resources, the rights of tenants, and by facilitating better communication.
  • Build on the Your Aggie Advocate brand and the myVoice platform to provide a clear channel for student needs and wants to be heard and addressed.
  • Revitalize the administrator-student relationship by creating opportunities for students to speak directly to decision makers in town halls, forums, and focus groups.

Campaign Platform:

Through my extensive involvement, I have experience working with faculty, administration and government while advocating for students needs. I have learned the processes and am passionate about students’ rights.


Ashley Waddoups

E-mail: ashleybwaddoups@gmail.com
Phone: (435) 705-4221
Gender: Female
Class Rank: Sophomore
Hometown: St. George, UT
Years at USU: 2
Major: English
Minor: Communication Studies

Qualifications:

  • USUSA Involvement: I have been a member of President’s Cabinet, (2014-15) Education Council, (2014-2015) and Government Relations Council (2013-2014)
  • Involvement with Students: I have had the opportunity to get to know a wide variety of students and their needs through working as a writing tutor, a public speaking TA, and as a leader of TEA Time (A group at USU that helps ESL students build language skills).
  • Passion for Political Involvement: Currently, I work at STRATA as a student researcher and am always striving through my research and personal efforts to be a more informed and involved citizen.
  • Confidence in Debate/Articulating Views: In high school, I was a two-time State Champion for 3A schools in Lincoln Douglas Debate. Most recently, I helped represent the USU Debate team at the College of Southern Idaho— taking first in IPDA Debate out of the 36 teams present.
  • Deep Love for USU: As a new member of USU’s A-Team, I am continually amazed to learn more about our university, and the student leadership that makes our school the place it is.

Goals/Plans for Office:

  • Transparency: Students need to know more about how their money is being spent. As Student Advocate, I would ensure that students had access to the breakdown of USUSA’s budget spending. Along with this, I would also strive to give students easy-access to student fee board reports and decisions.
  • Awareness: I will increase students’ understanding and awareness of the legal advising program USU provides. Currently, I don’t think enough students take advantage of this great opportunity.
  • MyVoice Improvement: I will improve MyVoice response times. I plan to do this through strengthening unity among the different departments of USU, and increasing officer training.
  • Increase Political Activism: I will increase students’ awareness of voting opportunities through aggressive social media campaigning. I also want to connect USU’s students to our local government through government relations council’s (GRC) involvement in town hall meetings.
  • Connect all USU Students to the Capitol: Every year, members of government relations council get the opportunity to travel to the capitol to meet with legislators to encourage funding for USU. I would like to film these student to legislature interviews. I would also like to give all students the opportunity to personally write their representative and the GRC will hand-deliver their message.

Campaign Platform:

Increased opportunity for all USU students through increased Transparency, Awareness, Program Improvement, and Passionate Leadership.


Programming VP

Nate Dukatz

Email: natedukatz@gmail.com
Cell phone: 801-703-4348
Hometown: Sandy, Utah
Major(s): Management Information Systems
Minor(s): Computer Science
Gender: Male
Class Rank: Senior
Years at USU: 4
Twitter Handle: @ndukatz

Qualifications

  • As Aggie Radio’s current event coordinator I have organized many concerts and events including Logan City Limits Music Festival in the spring of 2014 which had approximately 2,000 students in attendance, and the most recent Homecoming concert which was attended by approximately 1,0000 students.
  • I am also currently the Assistant Manager for Aggie Radio and played an integral part in raising club attendance by over 100% since last school year – largely due to a reorganization of management structure and hierarchy. I participate in the weekly planning and organizing of club meetings and assist in leading the Aggie Radio Board of Directors.
  • Through my event planning experience, I am very familiar with the process of booking and working with bands and other talent. Additionally, I have been playing music and performing with bands since I was 12 years old, and doing radio shows for the past 3 years, which has helped me gain a strong knowledge of stage set-ups and sound equipment. I also have a strong connection with, and knowledge of, the Utah Music scene.
  • I have experience Marketing for many on and off campus events as well as with promoting Aggie Radio in general. I am also familiar with TSC and other on-campus policies and have worked with Facilities Management, many USU organizations, and other sponsors in order to hold successful events on many occasions.
  • I have previous experience working with the Programming Office, so I know how the office works and I am very familiar with many of the specifics of most USUSA events.

Goals and/or Plans for Office

  • As Programming VP, I plan to have a very hands on approach when it comes to planning and organizing events. I want to be involved in as many aspects of the directors’ events as possible.
  • In order to increase the percentage of students that regularly participate in USUSA events, I plan to be very innovative with this position. I will do things with the annual events that haven’t been done before. I will also introduce new events and activities, and involve many on-campus organizations in this process.
  • Through quick on-site event surveys, Student Media, online surveys, and other processes, I will make it very easy for students to give feedback regarding previous and upcoming events. The opinions of all students are very important to me.
  • I plan to be very particular when it comes to the allocation of funds for events. I know where it makes sense to spend money and I have specific ideas for how to save for bigger events, like End of Year Bash.
  • Based on my experience both as a poor college student, and as a club manager, I have a lot of insight and opinions when it comes to my involvement with Fee Board and TSC Policies. I have seen both sides and plan to make educated and informed decisions.

Sawyer Hemsley

Email: hemsleysawyer@gmail.com
Cell phone: 208-406-3358
Gender: Male
Class Rank: Junior
Hometown: Preston, Idaho
Years at USU: 2
Twitter Handle: @sawyerhemsley
Major(s): Communication Studies
Minor(s): PR, Marketing

Qualifications:

  • Event Coordinator Assistant (Franklin County Medical Center 2007-current)
  • New Student Orientation Peer Mentor (A-Team 2014-2015)
  • Member of the USU Presidents Cabinet (2013–2014)
  • Student Body President – Preston High School (2009-2010)
  • Volunteer President (Franklin County Medical Center, 2007–2010)

Goals and/or Plans for Office:

  • Create the opportunity for students to feel more involved with planning and executing activities. I would love to see everyone work together!
  • Incorporate new activities all throughout the semester to keep students active, involved, and excited. I would like to amp up existing activities and increase student attendance.
  • Emphasize and focus on USU traditions and help student gain a better understanding of their importance.
  • Work closely with Pubic Relations and Marketing directors to help students always be aware of each program and activity held on campus.
  • Lead with kindness and a genuine spirit so volunteers can continue having the desire to help, serve, strengthen and better the university.

Campaign Platform:

I plan to emphasize USU traditions and create the opportunity for students to be a part of planning, executing and participating in activities/programs. Let’s work together!


Athletics & Campus Recreation VP

Justin A. Miller

Email: justin.a.miller@aggiemail.usu.edu
Cell phone: (406) 207-3918
Gender: Male
Class Rank: Junior
Hometown: Florence, Montana
Years at USU: 3
Twitter Handle: @justin_amiller
Major(s): Political Science and Economics

Qualifications:

  • President of the Utah State Hurd since April 2014
  • Member of the Hurd Committee since December 2012
  • Member of the Aggie Marching Band Pep Bands since August 2012
  • Resident Assistant for Utah State University Housing and Residence Life since April 2014

Goals and/or Plans for Office:

  • Create a week-long, university-wide recognition event for Cancer Awareness and Military Appreciation that culminates in the home football games
  • Address and implement new student football ticket distribution ideas for the upcoming 2015 season
  • Develop new ways of fundraising for Club Sport travelling expenditures and expanding Club Sports
  • Create a smoother process for registering and participating in Club sports
  • Address and facilitate policy issues with Campus Recreation regarding the new Aggie Recreation Center (ARC)

Campaign Platform:

To further the reach and impact of the Utah State Hurd within USU and the Aggie community, as well as facilitating events and activities that create cohesion with USU Athletics.


Thomas Rogers

Email: Thomas.rogers@aggiemail.usu.edu
Phone: 801-718-1754
Gender: Male
Class Rank: Sophomore
Hometown: Sandy, UT
Years at USU: 4
Twitter Handle: @Thomas_TFlow6
Major: Business Administration/Marketing

Qualifications

  • Possess deep, practical understanding of USU/SA policies and procedures from serving as the 2013-14 USU/SA Programming Vice President.
  • Served on Fee Board to assist in the purposeful and frugal selection of student fees to better university programs.
  • Maintain a working and personal relationship with Athletic Department administration through athletics marketing internship.
  • Understand the functions, responsibilities and goals of the HURD by serving on the HURD Committee.
  • Extensive knowledge of university policies, structure and history by facilitating new student orientation and peer-mentoring University Connections classes on the A-Team for three years

Goals/Plans for office

  • Help grow the recent alumni relationship with Utah State University by working with the USU Athletics Department to give recent graduates discounted tickets to a home game.
  • Create a Campus Recreation committee for students to work with Campus Recreation and gain leadership opportunities by being closely involved with the Campus Recreation department.
  • Increase marketing on campus with signs, flyers and large pep rallies by working with student athletes to promote Athletics and Campus Rec events.
  • Work with coaches to maximize HURD and athletic relations. Partner with athletic directors to have new events for the student body.
  • Help market the new Aggie Recreation Center and ensure students know how to fully utilize the Aggie Recreation Center.

Platform

Promote athletics and wellness at USU by bridging the gap between the student body and our NCAA athletes. Represent the voice of student opinion for the new Aggie Recreation Center.


Organizations & Campus Diversity

Alexander Aburto

Email: alexander.aburto1@gmail.com
Cell Phone: (208) 420-1399
Gender: Male
Class Rank: Senior
Hometown: Kimberly, ID
Years at USU: 4
Twitter Handle: @AlexanderAburto
Major: Accounting
Minor: Management

Qualifications:

  • Utah State University Ambassador (2013-2015)
  • Business Council-Professional Development Representative (2014-2015)
  • A-Team Peer Mentor (2013-2014)
  • Latino Student Union President (2012-2013)
  • Multicultural Recruitment Council (2012-2013)

Goals and/or Plans for Office:

  • Serve as a more prominent resource to the Access & Diversity Center by helping students be involved with the many opportunities that if offers
  • Bring students together by encouraging more interaction between all different types of groups on campus, as well as creating a more impactful connection between USU’s campus and the community
  • Launch campus events that promote cultural awareness and traditions and that also invite students from other campuses
  • Ensuring precise supervision and allocation of club/organization budgets and spending
  • Establish a strong and effective relationship between CISCO leadership and its members

Campaign Platform:

Utah State University is the place where diversity is established through unity.


Luis Armenta

Email: luis.armenta@aggiemail.usu.edu
Cell phone: (801)558-6179
Gender: Male
Class Rank: Junior
Hometown: South Jordan
Years at USU: 3
Twitter Handle: N/A
Major: Business Administration

Qualifications:

  • I am actually diverse and can relate to those from a diverse background
  • I have developed leadership skills from being an Ambassador, Student Alumni Business Rep, and a supervisor at my current club
  • I treat everyone equal and see no one less than me — I am a friend to all
  • I have learned that you succeed in this life as you help others succeed and want to help those around me achieve their goals
  • I honestly believe that I can make a difference in this position and help create a better Aggie experience

Goals and/or plans for office:

  • Provide the clubs with more opportunities to shine
  • Personally with the clubs and the Access and Diversity Center work with organizations such as RHA, ambassadors, A-Team, Greeks, SAA, etc. To provide a greater network amongst the students and better the each other
  • Continue to work on what the current Diversity VP Geoff has been working on with the canvas system to help students know what clubs are out there and an easy way for students to sign up for clubs
  • Help clubs reorganize themselves to be more productive, efficient, organized and be a greater asset to the university

Campaign Platform:

I want to deepen the aggie experience by giving the clubs and the Access and Diversity Center the support and necessities they need to succeed!


Service VP

Leah Calder

Email: leahcalder9@gmail.com
Phone: (801) 696-4006
Gender: Female
Twitter: @leaheliza9
Hometown: Salt Lake City
Year in school: Senior
Years at USU: 4
Major(s): Business Administration and Marketing

Qualifications:

  • Current Service Vice President (Senior year)
  • Director of Alternative Breaks (Junior year)
  • Council Member for Service Center (Sophomore year)
  • Board member for Friends of the Elderly and Best Buddies (Freshman year)
  • A-Team Peer Mentor (Junior year)

Goals and/or Plans for Office:

  • Physically make the Service Center more appealing and inviting
  • Develop strong community partnerships with community partners
  • Create a more streamlined process for students to get involved
  • Actively work to educate groups on campus about service opportunities
  • Increase on campus involvement of the Service Center

Campaign Platform:

I will strive to develop and expand the reach of the Service Center through stronger campus relationships and community engagement. I will also strive to make the Service Center sustainable.


College Of Agriculture & Applied Science Senator


Calee Lott

Email: lottcalee@gmail.com
Cell Phone: (435) 659-4638
Gender: Female
Class Rank: Junior
Hometown: Oakley, UT
Years at USU: 3
Twitter Handle: @CaleeLott
Major(s): Plant Science
Minor(s): Animal Science

Qualifications:

  • Ability to act as a voice and representative of a large group
  • Passion for Agriculture and Agricultural Advocacy
  • Experience working in professional environments
  • Skills in Budgeting for University Sponsored Activities
  • Training and a working knowledge of Parliamentary Procedure

Goals and/or Plans for Office:

  • Ensure a worthwhile education for students
  • Implement more recruitment opportunities for college Ambassadors
  • Enhance student pride and retention by creating more opportunities
  • Utilize CAAS Council to enhance student retention
  • Secure funding for College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences Council Activities

Campaign Platform:

​We have a duty to ensure that every student is receiving an education that will enhance career options and help students feel prepared for their chosen occupation. ​


Caine College Of The Arts Senator

Sam Meredith

Email: sammeredith@comcast.net
Phone: (801)842-6814
Gender: Male
Class Rank: Junior
Hometown: Salt Lake City
Years at USU: 2.5
Twitter Handle: @samuelemeredith
Major(s): Music (Vocal Performance)

Qualifications

  • A-team Peer Mentor
  • 3.97 GPA
  • Skyline High School Student Body President
  • Co-founder of USU Choral Scholars
  • Chief content writer of weekly events Email from office of Student Orientation and Transition Services

Goals and/or Plans for Office

  • Achieve a greater feeling of unity between the different departments at the Caine College of the Arts by encouraging more collaboration in scheduling and event planning
  • Improve advertising and marketing of events at the Caine College of the Arts
  • Create more resume-building opportunities for Caine College of the Arts students
  • Create a stronger relationship between the Caine College of the Arts and local organizations that support the arts
  • Continue to bring students from other colleges on campus to the Caine College of the Arts through events such as Arts Week and Artoberfest

Campaign Platform

To create more unity within the Caine College of the Arts and use that unity to build meaningful relationships with individuals and organizations outside our college.


Kimberly (Robbins) Muhlestein

Email: kimberly.muhlestein@aggiemail.usu.edu
Cell phone: (801) 707-7676
Hometown: Salt Lake City
Major(s): Vocal Performance
Gender: Female
Class Rank: Junior
Years at USU: Year 3
Twitter Handle: @kmuhle5
Minor(s): Theatre

Qualifications:

  • Caine College of the Arts Scholar
  • An advocate for the college for three years (Member of Opera Outreach quartet)
  • Collaborated with multiple department heads of the Caine College of the Arts
  • Music Coordinator for religious meetings
  • Full-time student with two part-time jobs while participating in plays and concerts

Goals and/or Plans for Office:

  • Increase publicity for our college events as well as University and community events
  • Creating more opportunities to observe, and display the arts
  • Advocate for visiting artists/professionals
  • Keep students informed about internships, jobs and service opportunities in Logan and beyond
  • Fundraising for scholarship funds and scholarship opportunities

Campaign Platform:

Increase publicity for the Caine College of the Arts and provide students better opportunities to perform, present and apply what they learn. Remember: Publicity, Performance, Presentation, and Practical Application.


Jon M. Huntsman School Of Business Senator

Aaron Bytendorp

Email: a.bytendorp@gmail.com
Cell Phone: 801 232-3405
Gender: Male
Class Rank: Senior
Hometown: Sandy, Utah
Years at USU: 4
Twitter Handle: @aaronbytendorp
Majors: Marketing

Qualifications:

  • Planned for and led groups through experience as an ORP Trip Leader and as Island Adventure Guide at Camp Cherry Valley (2012-2014)
  • Strong marketing experience through HMA events and competitions, as well as through work as a social media manager for the College of Agriculture and Applied Science (2014-2015)
  • Organized and ran events through volunteer time both as a Cotopaxi Brand Ambassador and with USUSA (2014-2015)
  • Passionate about the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business and dedicated to helping the school and its students
  • Gained an understanding of how USUSA operates through volunteering at programming events and as a facilitator at Aggie B.L.U.E. (2014-2015)

Goals:

  • Improve transparency on the subject of differential tuition
  • Diversify the committee for differential tuition to include students from all walks of life
  • Create a channel for students to voice their concerns and suggestions. Ideally, something similar to MyVoice but specifically for business students
  • Have a “club fair” event separate from Day on the Quad and Business Week, to show students all of the great ways to get involved within the school of business
  • Increase out of class participation in activities by marketing events to all students in the Huntsman School of Business

Campaign Platform:

The Huntsman School of Business is constantly changing and improving. Let’s make sure that we keep moving up. As your Business Senator, I’ll work with you to make this happen.


Ben Vera

Email: benjamin.vera11@gmail.com
Cell Phone: 435 840-5158
Gender: Male
Class Rank: Junior
Hometown: Grantsville, UT
Years at USU: 3
Twitter Handle: @benha_vera
Major: Marketing
Minor: Finance

Qualifications:

  • Two years experience on the business council. Currently serving as the VP of Professional Development
  • Currently serving as the VP of Finance on the HMA
  • Planned and executed multiple events for students to network and develop necessary skills to be successful in the work field
  • Served on the 2014-2015 USU Student Fee Board

Goals and/or plans for office:

  • Help students strategically network more effectively with alumni, specifically recent graduates, to help current students pave a path to a career and increase the Huntsman Alumni connections
  • Expand the role of the Business Council in multiple ways, one example would be by taking responsibility to network and strengthen relationships with employers to assist in placing students and to support the FJ Management Center’s goals
  • Provide more opportunities and events to educate and use the many resources for student success the Huntsman School provides
  • Continue and expand the work started to raise awareness of job placements of Huntsman students and foster more student-to-student interaction for success
  • Provide consistency for clubs and organizations, from the Business Council by consistently implementing the club liaison program

Campaign Platform:

As Business Senator I plan to increase the progress in career development, by putting into action my plans and goals to place more students in front of more employers.


CHASS Senator

Antonio Lopez

Email: antonio.lopez15@aggiemail.usu.edu
Cell Phone: 208-316-0967
Gender: Male
Class Rank: Junior
Hometown: Rupert, Idaho
Years at USU: 3
Major: Political Science
Minor: International Studies

Qualifications:

  • Currently the President of CHaSS Council
  • Involved with the Political Science Department
  • Met several times with previous CHaSS Senators about expectations and responsibilities, and participate in monthly meetings with CHaSS ambassadors and Associate Dean Kirby
  • Involved on campus, and have held other leadership positions (Diversity Director under Clubs and Organizations and Diversity VP, Latino Student Union Vice-President, leadership roles within the Greek Community etc.)

Goals/Plans for Office:

  • I seek to incorporate all departments and unify the college by diversifying CHaSS Council through selection of members from all the departments in order to give everyone in CHaSS a stronger voice
  • I want to make the office of CHaSS Senator more accessible and visible to all students
  • I want make it easier for students to give me any concerns and ideas they may have
  • Define what CHaSS means to students and increase awareness of who we truly are to students all over campus. I will accomplish this by more effectively promoting CHaSS events
  • My hope is to give CHaSS a face and definition since we currently do not have a building

Campaign Platform:

Unite and increase awareness of CHaSS’s capabilities. I want to show how diverse and unique CHaSS is. The best way to explain our uniqueness is to define our college together.


Brooke McDonald

Email: brookemcdonald91@gmail.com
Cell Phone: 801-473-9550
Gender: Female
Class Rank: Junior
Hometown: Highland, UT
Years at USU: 1
Twitter Handle: @McDonaldUSUSA
Major: Communications
Minor: Spanish

Qualifications:

  • Senator of the Associated Student Government at Western Wyoming Community College
  • Vice President of Phi Theta Kappa Sigma Xi Chapter, 2011-2012 (Honors Society)
  • Member of Leadership Council LDSSA
  • Member of Honors Program
  • Captain of WWCC women’s soccer team, 2010-2012

Goals/Plans for Office:

  • Connecting students with faculty and college to create feeling of “family”
  • Create and maintain a new scholarship to help benefit the students
  • Personally meet every student in the college of CHaSS, to listen, understand and support them
  • Greater involvement, awareness and participation of students
  • Create a one-credit networking course to provide students with the opportunity to connect with important and influential people in their specific area of study, and to learn from their successes

Campaign Platform:

You are here to make a difference and change the world. To transform and become. To reach your dreams, goals and potential. Become who you were meant to be. Vote McDonald for CHaSS Senator.


Aaron Oborn

Email: apoborn@gmail.com
Cell Phone: 435-760-0839
Gender: Male
Class Rank: Junior
Hometown: Nibley, Utah
Years at USU: 3
Twitter Handle: @obornation
Majors: Law & Constitutional Studies, Spanish

Qualifications:

  • CHaSS Council Programming V.P. for the 2014-2015 academic year
  • Program Director for Spanish Ambassadors in the USU Service Center for the 2014-2015 academic year
  • Co-President of the USU Democrats for the 2014-2015 academic year

Goals/Plans for Office:

  • Make CHaSS Week successful and well attended, and work to feature events and activities that interest students and represent the all branches of CHaSS
  • Work with faculty towards securing the funds necessary for a new CHaSS Building
  • Increase funding for the CHaSS Student-to-Student scholarship
  • Create a CHaSS Council that represents the students of CHaSS and their diverse needs and interests
  • Increase transparency of the use of CHaSS funds, so that students are aware of what their money is used for

Campaign Platform:

I will promote communication between faculty and the students of CHASS, while advocating for the resources necessary for academic success and a better student environment, including scholarships and research opportunities.


Jennipher Sibal

Email: mgmsesxrar5@gmail.com
Cell phone: (435)881-3896
Gender: Female
Class Rank: Junior
Hometown: Arcadia, California
Years at USU: 3
Twitter Handle: N/A
Major(s): International Studies/ Global Communication
Minor(s): Economics

Qualifications:

  • Active member of FASA Area council
  • Currently the Secretary for Global Communication Club
  • VP/President of WISM 2011-2013
  • Extensive experience renewing/modifying legislation and bylaws, as well as performing judicial review
  • Extensive experience running meetings, setting and achieving goals, and coordinating events

Goals/Plans for Office:

  • Become an effective student advocate by taking the Initiative to go out, meet club leaders, volunteers, researchers and individual students, to find their individual and general concerns
  • Improve communication between students and administrative faculty
  • Improving the individual student’s involvement by creating clubs, seminars, events and service projects that create a united environment
  • Help improve academic research by making it easier on all levels, from how to get started, where to go and how to get grants and funding for a project

Campaign Platform:

I believe every student here at USU has a need, therefore I need to be active by interacting and getting to know a person on an individual basis so I could better accommodate all students.


Jeff Sonderegger

Email: jeff.sonderegger@aggiemail.usu.edu
Cell phone: (435)760-6365
Gender: Male
Class Rank: Junior
Hometown: Santaquin, UT
Years at USU: 3
Twitter Handle: @JeffSonderegger
Major(s): Religious Studies, German
Minor(s): Military Science

Qualifications:

  • Leadership experience in school, athletics, military service and the work field
  • A good work ethic as a product of a hard-labor background
  • Empathy for others and their situations
  • A personable disposition that makes me very approachable
  • An “anything is possible” attitude that allows me to step outside my comfort zone to accomplish any task

Goals/Plans for Office:

  • Dispel negative stigmas about CHaSS degrees/students
  • Gain better working relationship with other colleges
  • Create a motivated and well-respected CHaSS Council
  • Raise overall campus awareness about CHaSS events and opportunities
  • Attain funding for Debate Team, and raise awareness about Debate and USU ROTC programs

Campaign Platform:

The biggest advantage I can bring to the table is relatability. As a husband, father, serviceman and student, I have the experience to relate to and represent many students’ situations.


Emma Eccles Jones College Of Education And Human Services

Steven Christensen

Email: steven.christensen@aggiemail.usu.edu
Cell phone: 435-230-0891
Gender: Male
Class Rank: Sophomore
Hometown: Tremonton, Utah
Years at USU: Two
Twitter Handle: @StevenJChristen
Major: Human Movement Science

Qualifications:

  • Student Body Officer in High School
  • Pre-Med Club Member here at Utah State
  • Volunteer @ Logan Regional Hospital weekly
  • Responsible, Efficient, and Flexible
  • 2 Year full-time service in conjunction with LDS church in Dallas, Texas

Goals and/or Plans for Office:

  • Make the clubs and other activities within the College of Education more accessible to students.
  • Make research opportunities with professors to be organized on a website for students to access and help out.
  • Unite students, professors, and advisers with common goals on which classes to take for each semester.
  • Bring Departments within College of Education together through activities and other means, to unify the college.
  • Have students from the College bring ideas on how to better the college at monthly Education Council meetings.

Campaign Platform:

I want to find a way to create a website, or a page within the college website, which research opportunities and clubs can be found.


Jennifer Dutdut

Email: jen.dutdut@hotmail.com
Cell phone: 801.673.5821
Gender: Female
Class Rank: Sophomore
Hometown: Lawa’i, Kaua’i
Years at USU: Two
Twitter Handle: @jenners122
Major: Elementary Education and Deaf Education

Qualifications:

  • Val R. Christensen Service Center’s Storytellers Director 2014-2015
  • Val R. Christensen Service Center’s Storytellers Committee Member-Tutoring Chair 2013-2014
  • Val R. Christensen Service Center’s Storytellers Member and Tutor at Sunrise Elementary School 2013-2014
  • Deaf Education Student Association Member 2013-2014

Goals and/or Plans for Office:

  • Assemble 3 social events per semester for the departments associated with the Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services (EEJCEHS).
  • Assemble 2 service activities per semester for the departments associated with EEJCEHS.
  • Organize a dynamic council where each department within the EEJCEHS is effectively represented.
  • Design an online forum where students within the College of Education and Human Services can go for discussions, ask questions, communicate with council members, and find upcoming events.
  • Effectively use social media to increase awareness about EEJCEHS and the events that will be held.

Campaign Platform:

Easy as 1, 2, 3. Simple as DUT. Diversify the activities and events held within the EEJCEHS. Unify the departments of EEJCEHS. Together, we can accomplish these goals and more.


College Of Engineering Senator

Orrin Pope

Email: orrin.pope@gmail.com
Cell Phone: 801-745-7887
Gender: Male
Class Rank: Junior
Hometown: Layton, UT
Years at USU: 3
Twitter Handle: @OrrinPope
Major: Mechanical Engineering – Aerospace Emphasis

Qualifications

  • Leadership – President of USU ASME Student Section, former Vice President, Chairman (3 Years Total)
  • Academic Dedication – Member of Tau Beta Pi (National Engineering Honors Society)
  • Work Experience – Former intern for Northrop Grumman, Autoliv, and current intern for Raytheon
  • Student Support – USU Honors Program Board Member, representing the College of Engineering
  • College Support – Undergraduate researcher for engineering education developing resources to help future USU engineering students learn more effectively

Goals and/or Plans for Office:

  • Facilitate transparency between faculty/students for the implementation of differential tuition in the College of Engineering with a focus on smaller class sizes and increased course availability.
  • Guarantee important software such as Microsoft Visual Studios is up-to-date, accessible, and working in the engineering building labs.
  • Continue to pursue and lobby for Interdisciplinary capstone design projects.
  • Better connect students with employers (from freshman on up) by creating more opportunities for job shadows, internships, and training from the College level.
  • Help students get the most out of their education/tuition by increasing awareness and accessibility to the resources and opportunities available to them in the College of Engineering (e.g. machine shops, labs, 3D printers)

Campaign Platform:

As Engineering Senator I would better connect students to employers, progress interdisciplinary senior design projects, and ensure the implementation of differential tuition is transparent and utilized to reduce class sizes.


Zeke Villarreal

E-mail: Zeke.vlr@gmail.com
Phone: 435-764-1549
Gender: Male
Class rank: Junior
Hometown: Providence
Years at USU: 3
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Minor: Mathematics

Qualifications:

  • Current member of Engineering-Council
  • WAMA (high school governing student body) president
  • Air Force JROTC Flight commander
  • Math and Thermodynamics tutor
  • Various religious leadership and organizational positions

Goals and/or Plans for Office:

  • Provide markers and erasers that can be checked out from the advising center for use in the third floor study area.
  • Improve quality and supplies of labs through use of differential tuition
  • Ensure clubs receive funding and advertising needed
  • Continue current senator’s action of organizing trips to visit potential employers
  • Do all within my power to ensure your voice is heard on important issues like class sizes

Campaign Platform:

I plan to help you succeed by increasing employment and involvement opportunities, making myself available to you, and making sure you’re heard in what matters.


Graduate Studies Senator

Ty Aller

Email: ty.aller@aggiemail.usu.edu
Cell Phone: 435 890-0193
Gender: Male
Class Rank: Graduate Student
Years at USU: 5
Twitter Handle:
Majors: Marriage and Family Therapy

Qualifications:

  • Director of Graduate Research, a position under the Graduate Studies Senator, (2014-2015)
  • Graduate Vice President for the EEJ CEHS student council for the (2013-2014)
  • Graduate Student Council for the Department of FCHD (2012-2014)
  • Student-at-Large on the USU Fee Board (2014-2015)
  • I was the Graduate Student Liaison for the Marriage and Family Therapy Student Association (2013-2015)

Goals and/or Plans for Office:

  • Increase awareness of mental health services available on campus and in the community for our graduate student body.
  • Increase communication and transparency between the School of Research and Graduate Studies and graduate student body on issues that affect students (specifically funding issues).
  • Increase communication and networking between graduate students throughout the entire university.

Campaign Platform:

I am running to advocate for the needs of the graduate student body at Utah State University with the goal of creating a more fulfilling graduate school experience for all.

College Of Natural Resources Senator

Patrick Adams

Cell phone: 208-921-1059
Gender: Male
Class Rank: Junior
Hometown: Meridian, Idaho
Years at USU: 3
Twitter Handle: @PatrickJnAdams
Major(s): Environmental Studies & Economics

Qualifications:

  • 2013-14 College of Natural Resources Student Council President
  • Three years of student involvement and service for the CNR
  • CNR Quinney Scholar
  • Naturally Resourceful

Goals and/or Plans for Office:

  • Increase CNR student involvement in academic, professional, and research development opportunities.
  • Enlarge the scope and excitement of Natural Resources Week.
  • Work with department heads and the Academic Service Center to collect higher quality and more frequent student feedback to continually improve our programs.
  • Be an approachable student leader who is seen as a resource that all CNR students can use for help.
  • Advocate for sustainability and a natural resource related initiatives on a university-wide level.

Campaign Platform:

I want to improve the educational experience for each individual CNR student by increasing academic, professional, and research opportunities, as well as using student feedback to continually improve our programs.


Darren Bingham

Email: Darren.bingham@aggiemail.usu.edu
Cell phone: (330) 635 3188
Gender: Male
Class Rank: Junior
Hometown: Cleveland, OH
Years at USU: 2
Twitter Handle: @darrenbusu
Major(s): Environmental Studies
Minor(s): Sustainable Systems & Entrepreneurship

Qualifications:

  • Active member of various clubs, programs and initiatives on campus that promote sustainability
  • Vice President of SOSNR and talk show host for AggieRadio on environmental awareness
  • Received an associates of science from USU last spring.
  • Managerial Skills developed over 2 years of on the job training.
  • Eagle Scout

Goals and/or Plans for Office:

  • Help build upon the reputation of the CNR for being the ecological leader on campus.
  • Provide more opportunities for undergraduate students to meet/access faculty, staff and graduate students for guidance.
  • Develop ways that the college can combat the effects of climate change and environmental degradation.
  • Be progressive in adopting measures that protect and conserve our ecosystems.
  • Collaborate with other colleges on campus that will promote the ideals and message of the CNR.

Campaign Platform:

Help Me, Help You. My aim is to leave this place better than I found it. I believe each of us have the opportunity to do great things and now is your chance.


College Of Science Senator

Joe Day

Email: joseph.day@aggiemail.usu.edu
Cell phone: 435-881-8233
Gender: Male
Class Rank: Junior
Hometown: Logan, Utah
Years at USU: 2
Twitter Handle: N/A
Major(s): Biology (Pre-Dental)
Minor(s): Chemistry

Qualifications:

  • Social Service Chairman of the Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity
  • Member of the Math Club, Science Club, Pre – Dental Club, and a Spanish Ambassador
  • National Honor Society and Dean’s List

Goals and/or Plans for Office:

  • Hold activities to improve the relations between professors and students.
  • Help all science students stay informed and get involved by creating a College of Science Calendar.
  • 3. Advertise science week even better and get more students involved in clubs and internships and research opportunities.
  • 4. Advocate for more internship, scholarship, and research opportunities from the university and other businesses.

Campaign Platform:

I want to promote academic success through better communication between faculty and students, while advocating for more internship, scholarship, and research opportunities, and helping all science students get involved.


Marcos Garcia

Email: 21marcos12@gmail.com
Cell phone: (801)-946-7245
Hometown: West Jordan, Utah
Major: Biology
Minor: Psychology
Class Rank: Junior
Years at USU: 1.5 Years

Qualifications

  • Currently serving as a College of Science Ambassador
  • Volunteer for Student Nutritional Access Center, also serving on the committee, as the Administrative Assistant
  • Active volunteer for USUSA’s Student Traditions, Activities, and Arts Board (1.5 years)
  • Familiar with programming, implementing and marketing of events (3 years experience)
  • Active member of Utah State’s Chapter of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars

Goals and/or Plans for Office:

  • Main goal is to create more opportunities available for students pertaining to leadership, research, and volunteering within the College of Science
  • Taking on a Chemistry Tutoring center as first initiative
  • Include student volunteers as tutors, as well as SI leaders, Teachers Assistants, UTFs, and possibly any wiling graduate students
  • Unify the Science Council and Ambassadors, along with Science clubs, to have proper representation within the Science Council, in order to receive a diverse amount of feedback from students
  • I would like to implement an online “Research Posting” for graduate students and faculty members, to help them find the Laboratory Assistants they need for their research
  • making it easier for undergraduate students to get their foot in the door of undergraduate research
  • Ensure my office hours are easily accessed by students, so they can voice their opinion

Campaign Platform:

To help students reach their post-graduation goals, by easing their path into extra-curricular activities; and being approachable enough to hear what else they would like to improve regarding the college.