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The Spring 2010 Elections are currently underway and your candidates for President, Vice President, Secretary, Senators, and University Faculty Senate Representative are listed below. The election will take place from April 14th at 8am to April 15th at 5pm. Link will be posted here as soon as the ballot is complete. SGA representatives will be posted at tables in the Reed Union Building and REDC on Wednesday and Thursday from 11am - 2pm for voting polls. Feel free to stop by and meet our current senate and cast your ballot!

CLICK HERE TO VOTE IN THE 2010 ELECTION!

In addition to voting for your student representatives, you will also be able to vote to change the name of Aquarius Drive! See our Facebook group
here.

President/Vice President Candidates

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Stephen Burger/Hannah White

6th Semester (both)

Finance/Biology

Platform: Our main objective for next year is to increase student involvement on campus through:

1.      Holding round table discussions weekly that all club executives are encouraged to attend.
2.   Promoting co-sponsored events involved to all students on behalf of all clubs and organizations. By doing this, each club and organization can fully utilize programs and funding provided by the school. With each club and organizations collaboratively working together, each organization can achieve maximum success. Also, if clubs and organizations work together, we can establish a more coherent and connected campus community.

Secretary Candidates

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Briana Newstrom

6th Semester

Psychology

Platform: My goal as Secretary next year is to increase involvement in the SGA Senate as well as other student groups on campus. I will do this by:

1.      Working with other students on the Senate and promoting club activities.

2.      I will do my best to help clubs and organizations promote their goals and activities in order to get more students interested.

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I will promote SGA as a whole and work with SGA senators to make SGA the best it can be.

University Faculty Senate Candidates

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Harshal Patel

2nd Semester

Supply Chain and Information Systems

Platform: I hope to be appointed University Faculty Senate Representative to become an advocate for Behrend students. I hope to alleviate issues between students and faculty if chosen, and also bring up topics of concern to better our career at college. I believe that Behrend needs someone to represent the student body in a positive light, and I believe I can do that and more. If I am granted this position, I will do all that I can to represent the Behrend student body in the best manner, make the relationship between faculty and students even more harmonious, and to bring up and solve matters that will make our experience at Behrend unforgettable.

Upperclassman Senator Candidates

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Devin Pierre

2nd Semester

Undecided

Platform: To ensure that the student body’s wants and needs are translated into SGA action.

 

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Almedina Alicusic

6th Semester

English Literature

Platform: Being a part of SGA in the past year helped me learn and helped me teach others about SGA while also showing and proving that our differences are what makes us (something I learned from my position as Diversity Director in SGA). I would like to show this same thing next year, more so I would like to represent, at least to part, that there are people on this campus that are not like the majority and I would like to give voice to them.

 

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Jake Randolph

6th Semester

Marketing

Platform: When I think of Student Government, I think of campus leaders being there to represent and fulfill the needs of the student body. I am a dedicated and hard working individual that wants to make Behrend the best place possible for our students. I believe I can help accomplish this by becoming a SGA Senator. I am a very outgoing individual who has a great relationship with faculty. If elected, I will dedicate the time and effort to satisfy the needs and wants of the student body.

 

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Aaron Morelli

2nd Semester

International Business

Platform: As an SGA Senator, I will make it my primary objective to place the interests of Penn State Behrend’s students and organizations at the top of SGA’s agenda. I believe myself to be a valuable asset to Penn State Behrend’s SGA because I can provide an unbiased opinion to all of the decisions made in SGA. Also, I promise to be as dedicated as possible, work with the other senators well, and work in two of the SGA committees to promote Penn State Behrend’s activities and events to all students. As Senator, I hope to improve Penn State Behrend.

 

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Rose Francois

2nd Semester

Accounting & International Business

Platform: I was a part of the Student Government during my freshmen year and I loved working with everyone on the panel. I was also the co-director of the diversity committee through which we (as a committee) put up different programs to promote diversity on campus. I want to keep on being a part of the SGA because I think that I have a lot more to offer. I want to be able to change Behrend for the better. I want to be able to vote on constitutions and legislations that I know will benefit Behrend. Therefore, I trust that you will make the right decisions in voting me as a SGA senator.

 

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Alli Heitzenrater

4th Semester

Creative Writing

Platform: I believe I would make a great senator for many reasons. I want to make every student’s college experience worthwhile. In addition, as a sister of Alpha Sigma Tau, I strive everyday to live by its motto, “Active, Self-Reliant, “Trustworthy”. If elected as a senator, I will continue to carry that motto while considering the student body. I am hard working and very organized. I am dedicated to everything I am involved with and will continue to do so as a senator. Because I would represent the voice of the student body, I vow to be as dedicated as possible.

 

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Cassie Kosmal

4th Semester

English

Platform: I am a student who has experience in Student Government and leadership. I want to assist in making decisions to help Penn State Behrend appeal to a wider audience. I would greatly appreciate your vote to keep serving in SGA.

 

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Urooj Fakhruddin

5th Semester

Accounting

Platform: I wish to empower and represent the student body by actively engaging all students’ questions, concerns, and suggestions to ensure their voice is heard. Such a leadership position requires an individual with whom students can relate to and who can inspire change. By acting as a bridge, I will do my part to guarantee this process and make my name a recognizable one to the entirety of the student body. As a member of the senate, I hope to enact change and address the wants and needs of the students at Penn State Behrend.

 

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Aharon Robinson

2nd Semester

Electrical Engineering

Platform: I believe that the SGA is not only responsible for building the campus community but maintains the ability to further the progression of the community outside of the boundaries of this university. As senator, I will make sure that the SGA will be proactive in raising awareness about service events outside of Behrend while continuing to advance campus life.

 

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Ryan Frankowski

2nd Semester

Industrial Engineering

Platform: Being a part of the Student Government Association this year has been a great, informative experience. The Student Government and I are able to stay connected on current topics related to Penn State Behrend; such as the future renovations to the Reed Union Building and potential plans for Dobbins Dining Hall. The student body is who I am trying to work for each week at SGA meetings. As a leader, I obtain information from activities on campus so that I can vote upon what I feel you, my peers, want to see changed on campus. I have endeavored in a multitude of activities here at Penn State Behrend. My curriculum includes engineering, participating in clubs, cross country, track & field, writing for the Behrend Beacon, and partaking in the Resident Assistant course. I feel I am a fully rounded Penn State student representative to take on the role of being an upperclassman senator.

 

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Andrew Sywyj

2nd Semester

Business

Platform: I believe you should vote for me because I want to better the Penn State Behrend community for both on and off campus students. I plan to help PSB create more activities for students to participate in on weeknights as well as weekends. Next year’s renovations of the Reed Union Building will definitely contribute to these efforts. I look forward to helping the SGA improve the opportunities for student involvement at Behrend.

 

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Jennifer Slane

2nd Semester

Psychology

Platform: I believe that I will be a well qualified SGA Senator because

1.      I am currently the co-chair of publicity for Concert Committee where I have gained experience with Student Activities as well as developing my skills of leadership & teamwork.

2.      If elected, I will work to make sure that SGA’s best interests is that of Penn State Behrend’s students.

3.      Also, I will work to promote SGA committees and activities to the Penn State Behrend community.

 

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Briana Newstrom

6th Semester

Psychology

Platform: My goal as an Upperclassman Senator next year is to increase involvement in SGA Senate as well as other groups on campus. I will promote SGA to students not on the senate by advertising SGA and giving out information. I will work with other SGA senators to help clubs create more interest from students. I will work hard to make SGA the best it can be.

 

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Ryan Voris

2nd Semester

Computer Science

Platform: I should be on SGA because I always look at things analytically and consider all options before making decisions. I would vote based on the ethics and beliefs of the student body as a whole. I can't promise to make your wildest dreams come true but I can definitely promise that I will do whatever I can to make the campus a better place to live, learn, and have fun.

Don't forget to cast your vote on April 14-15th!