Meet this year’s SGA Senate candidates

These candidates responded to a CW survey about their campaigns:

 

Alex Ash
Freshman, Pre-Med
Running for Senator of the College of Arts and Sciences
Experience: Whether it was from participating in a community service project, or simply talking to fellow students, I have been involved since I stepped on the UA campus and this is another way I felt I could make a positive difference.
Goals: Represent the students of the College of Arts and Sciences in a positive manner and 6ensure every student’s voice and opinion is heard.
More info: Alex Ash for A&S Senate on Facebook.

 

Elizabeth (Kirkland) Back

Freshman, English
Running for Senator of the College of Arts and Sciences
Experience: This past year I had the pleasure of serving on the First Year Council as the Chairman of Academic Affairs, and as a member of the Community Service Board, have big plans for the campus for the spring!
Goals: If elected, I want to increase student accessibility to the Student Government Association, encourage the implementation of creative student movements throughout the Capstone, and provide a fresh, new voice for the College of Arts and Sciences in the Senate.
More info: KIRKLAND BACK for UA Senate on Facebook

 

Austin Barranco

Freshman, Studio Art and Business

Running for Senator of the College of Arts & Sciences

Experience: I feel that I am qualified to represent the College of Arts & Sciences as a senator because of my prior involvement in SGA, the Alabama Youth Legislative Convention, as well as my representation of the Alabama Forensic Council.

Goals: As a senator, my focus will be on many of the problems that the University faces today; however, much of this focus will be directed toward improving the parking situation and the public transportation system.

More info: Austin Barranco for Arts and Sciences Senate on Facebook

 

Will Barto
Sophomore, Accounting
Running for Senator of the College of Commerce and Business Administration
Experience: I am a commerce associate, fraternity treasurer and former First Year Council member.
Goals: As the business school grows I will work to ensure that every business student has the resources and technology they need to succeed.
More Info: Vote Will Barto for C&BA Senator on Facebook

 

Elliott Bell

Freshman, History

Running for Senator of the College of Arts and Sciences
Experience: I currently serve as V.P. of the Ridgecrest South Housing Council, I am a member of the University Singers, and I have worked to expand outreach beyond the borders of campus.

Goals: As a senator I will work to inspire the students of the University, for I feel that we can always better as a community, and I will always be available, allowing for their voices to be heard and their visions to be realized.

More info: youtube.com/BELLforSENATE2011

 

Matt Berryman
Freshman, Finance
Running for Senator of the College of Commerce and Business Administration
Experience: I have overseen scholarship policies in various campus organizations.
Goals: I will work to improve the quality of our academic discipline by meeting with the dean, professors and, most importantly, my constituents.
More info: twitter.com/#!/berrymanforCBA

 

Michael Bolus

Freshman, Chemical Engineering

Running for Senator of the College of Engineering

Experience: As the vice president of my high school’s student body last year, I was in charge of orchestrating the preparation for and running of our Homecoming Week events, so I know how critical organization, deadlines, and communication between team members are for student government.

Goals: As senator, I would like to work toward fixing problems such as fickle internet signal on parts of campus, but more generally, I would like the opportunity to serve the interests of my fellow students as issues arise on a day-to-day basis.

More info: Vote Michael Bolus for Senator (College of Engineering) on Facebook

 

John Brinkerhoff

Freshman, Political Science

Running for Senator of the College of Arts and Sciences

Experience: This past year, I have been able to serve the freshman class as the Financial Affairs Committee Chair on the First Year Council and as a columnist for the Crimson White.

Goals: As a senator, I would work to connect the individual needs of student organizations to the SGA’s potential by improving communication and reforming the Financial Affairs Committee process, continue to give a voice to students in University regulation and enforcement policies by revising the code of student conduct for ticket and alcohol violations, and finally, enhance the college experience for the entire student body by improving the campus Wi-Fi and reevaluating the Crimson Ride bus routes.

More info: Vote John Brinkerhoff for Arts and Sciences Senate on Facebook

 

Abby Grace Brown

Sophomore, Public Relations

Running for Senator of the College of Communications and Information Sciences

Experience: Over the past year, I have been involved in SGA activities, such as committees and events, and now I feel that I am ready to take the next step to serve in the Senate.

Goals: As a Senator, I would like to take this leadership opportunity to better both the College of Communications and Information Sciences and the Capstone as a whole by listening to the ideas and concerns of the entire student body and implement those ideas into actions, which benefit us all.

More info: Vote Abby Grace Brown for College of Communications Senate on Facebook

 

Michael DeNapoles
Freshman, Business Administration
Running for Senator of the College of Commerce and Business Administration
Experience: Four years of high school student government, Vice President of my high school. Senate assistant for Alan Rose this year.
Goals: As a senator I would like to voice the opinion of the student body, to enable them to get what they really want out of the University.

 

Tyler Evans

Freshman, Chemical Engineering

Running for Senator of the College of Engineering

Experience: Currently serves as a member of SGA First Year Council on the External Affairs Committee.

Goals: As a senator, I will continue the work I have started this year in addressing issues such as communication, service, and funding for student organizations and will make the SGA accessible, transparent, and helpful to YOU!

More Info: Vote Tyler Evans for SGA Senate (Engineering) on Facebook

 

Bryant “Bo” Evans

Sophomore, Marketing and Finance
Running for Senator for the College of Commerce and Business Administration

Experience: I was an SGA Representative for my Senior class at Prattville High School and I now serve as Treasurer for Alpha Sigma Phi fraternity.

Goals: As C&BA Senator I will do my best to represent the students in the College of Business and at The University of Alabama in working for better parking areas, lowering parking citations, and more student seating at sporting events.

More info: Bryant “Bo” Evans for C&BA Senator on Facebook

 

Carly Evans
Sophomore, Nursing
Running for Senator of the College of Nursing
Experience: I currently serve as an ambassador for the College of Nursing, which has given me an opportunity to expose myself to the different facets of the college and develop an understanding of the needs of nursing students.
Goals: As a senator, I want to make sure that the needs of the nursing are not overlooked in the SGA while serving as a voice for the concerns of both the faculty and the students; specifically the needs for better parking and dining options.
More info: Vote Carly Evans for Nursing Senator on Facebook

 

Ryan Flamerich

Sophomore, Chemical Engineering

Running for Senator of the College of Engineering

Experience: Currently an SGA senator; I have helped ensure student organizations in the College of Engineering have the resources they need to be successful.

Goals: In the coming year, I wish to bring ACTion Card enabled doorways to Hardaway and Housier halls.

More info: www.ryanflamerich.com

 

Swinton A. Griffith

Freshman, Biology

Running for Senator of the College of Arts and Sciences
Experience: I currently serve on the Board of Directors of a 501c(3) entity responsible for building schools in impoverished areas of Eastern Africa and am the Operations Director of the Bisate Building Project in Rwanda.

Goals: I want to be an advocate for students in A&S and work towards building a more inclusive student body that celebrates our unique and diverse backgrounds and respects all students at UA.

 

Carley Hallman

Freshman, Nursing

Running for Senator of the College of Nursing

Experience: I am currently serving on Freshman Forum, and my senior year I represented our high school as Miss Arab High School, Senior Class Vice President, Student Council Secretary, and Miss HOSA (Health Occupational Students of America).

Goals: If elected as Senator, I want to represent the College of Nursing to the best of my ability and lead my fellow students to great success along with bringing the students together through the passion they share for what they are working towards.

 

Lauren Hardison

Freshman, Finance, Swahili Minor, Global Business Specialization

Running for Senator of the College of Commerce & Business Administration

Experience: I am a member of the Honors College and am a University Fellow, serve on SGA First Year Council and as the Executive Secretary of Forza Financial Inc., and am a Student Instructor for The THINK Program (non-profit) and a member of the Honors College Assembly.

Goals: I will create and pass legislation most beneficial to Alabama’s high-achieving business students, seek to establish a safe bond with both the SGA and C&BA, and serve to promote the needs of both the college and its students in an ethical way.

More info: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=203165963028679.

 

Reid Harvey

Freshman, Biology

Running for Senator of the College of Arts and Sciences

Experience: I am risk management chair in my fraternity, and as a freshman, being a member of the Senate will not only kick off my leadership roles at the University but also begin my involvement in the SGA.

Goals: One thing I will do if elected Senate of the College of Arts and Sciences will be to push for the fine-tuning of ten Hoor Hall such as fixing air conditioners and providing benches.

 

Nicole Hood

Junior, Social Work

Running for Senator of the School of Social Work

Experience: My involvement in philanthropy events and community service projects that have helped better the campus has made me want to be more involved in the way the campus works and is run.

Goals: I wish to be a senator so that I can represent the School of Social Work while advocating for the best resources and programs available to the student body as a whole.

 

Fred Horn

Freshman, Accounting and Public Relations
Running for Senator of  the College of Commerce and Business Administration

Experience: I have been working 25 hours per week consistently for a year in the Bruno Business Library, I am an orientation leader for the university, and I am Financial chairperson of NAACP.

Goals: I would like to heavily focus on increasing Financial Affairs Committee funding for students, and allocating those funds to scholarships, student resources, and student organizations;furthermore, heavily focusing on the first year experience by providing more personal advising to incoming students.

More info: facebook.com/VOTEFredHorn2

 

Sean L. Hudson

Junior, Social Work

Running for Senator of the School of Social Work

Experience: Served as a clerk for the Student Judiciary Board for the Judicial Branch of SGA and an adviser for the State Youth Advisory Council for the Department of Human Resources Jefferson County Region

Goals: Increase the involvement of the School of Social Work by providing more opportunities for the students and to increase a partnership with the Student Government Association (SGA) and the School of Social Work.

 

Rachael Hughes

Junior, Mechanical Engineering and English

Running for Senator of the College of Engineering

Experience: I served as a Senate Assistant for the 2010-2011 school year.

Goals: As a senator, I want to serve the College of Engineering students with integrity, a strong voice, and their best interest in mind.

More info: Rachael Hughes for College of Engineering Senate on Facebook

 

Jay Humphries
Freshman, Business
Running for Senator of the College of Commerce and Business Administration
Experience: I am currently serving as the chairman of student affairs in First Year Council.
Goals: I want to unite the growing student body and ensure that each and every business student truly has a voice through the SGA by being open for any ideas and working tirelessly to implement them on campus.
More info: Vote JAY HUMPHRIES for C&BA Senate on Facebook

 

Ginny Jackson

Freshman, Art History

Running for Senator of the College of Arts and Sciences

Experience: In high school, I worked along with my student government to make sure that there were no biased opinions and that everyone had their voices heard.

Goals: As a senator, I want to do the best I can to improve the school for students and faculty, and to be able to let everyone’s voice be heard.

More info: Vote for Ginny Jackson for A&S Senate on Facebook

 

Brennan Johnson

Freshman, History

Running for Senator of the College of Arts and Sciences

Experience: Since I have been a student at the University of Alabama, I have had the opportunity to be involved in Freshman Forum, Moral Forum, and IFC Judicial Board, clearly demonstrating my interest in giving my time back to the University and the student body.

Goals: If I am fortunate enough to be elected as a senator for the College of Arts and Sciences, I will work diligently and participate proactively for issues facing the students of the college while at the same time researching each and every article of proposed legislation and how that will impact the school and the students.

More info: www.facebook.com/brennanj2

 

Andy Koonce

Sophomore, International Business
Running for Senator of the College of Commerce and Business Administration
Experience: Elected Senator last year and served as the Chairman of the Rules Committee
Goals Continue projects and relations I began this year
More info: Andy Koonce for C&BA Senate on Facebook

 

Hannah Lonza

Freshman, Secondary Education & English

Running for Senator of the College of Education

Experience: I had many leadership roles in high school, so I hope to carry those same qualities to SGA as senator.

Goals: If elected, I plan on actively engaging in student affairs associated with the College of Education by addressing student concerns and proposing appropriate solutions.

More info: @Hannah_Lonza on Twitter

 

Rebecca Rose Lutonsky

Grad Student, Educational Leadership/Child Development/Educational Psychology

Running for Senator of the Graduate School

Experience: I have seven years of extremely relevant and student-centered experience as a Graduate Senator who has advocated tirelessly for her constituents.

Goals:I want to continue to obtain benefits for graduate students as I have in the past, such as higher stipends for graduate assistants, more research and travel money, an even stronger collaborative relationship with the undergraduate Senate, increased celebration and dialogue of diversity; and I want to assure that the collective and individual voices of graduate students are heard, respected, and answered on this campus,

 

Meghan E. Moore
Sophomore, Restaurant and Hotel Management-Event Planning
Running for Senator of the College of Human Environmental Sciences
Experience: Phi Mu Phi Director, Assistant Phi Director, Phi Mu Rush Committee, SGA First Year Affairs Committee, SGA First Year Mentor, New Member Institute, Greek Emerging Leaders
Goals: I would love to get input from every group possible around campus and put their ideas into action, one step at a time!

More info: Meghan Moore for HES Senator on Facebook

 

Sydney Page

Freshman, History

Running for Senator of the College of Arts & Sciences

Experience: I represent the residents of my residence hall as a Blount Hall senator in the Residence Hall Association and I was elected as the 2010-11 Track 2 co-chair of Freshman Forum where I have had the opportunity to lead meetings, interact with other student leaders on campus and discuss topics that will help our members grow as individuals, leaders on campus and leaders in our community.

Goals: I want to listen to the concerns of students and student organizations and address those concerns by providing efficient, assertive and dedicated representation to move the College of Arts & Sciences forward and provide better resources to foster student success.

More info: electsydneypage.webs.com

 

Alexis Paine

Sophomore, English

Running for Senator of the College of Arts and Sciences Senate

Experience: This past year, I was a Director in the Student Government Association, a member of the Women’s Track and Field Team, Social Chair of Phi Eta Sigma, and held various other positions that have provided me with the leadership and organizational skills necessary for the Senate office.

Goals: As a senator, I hope to communicate the concerns and needs of all Arts and Sciences constituents in order for the Student Government Association to better serve every student at the University of Alabama.

More info: http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/event.php?eid=205884222755532

 

Will Pylant

Freshman, Political Science
Running for Senator of the College of Arts & Sciences
Experience: While serving on First Year Council, I have sponsored resolutions supporting homecoming week and serve as the rules committee chairman.
Goals: As your senator, my top three priorities will be fixing ResNet wireless internet, improving transparency in student government, and transforming our divided campus into a unified community.
More info: www.willpylant.com

Adam Rawlins

Sophomore, Political Science

Running for Senator of the College of Arts and Sciences

Experience: I’ve been active in campus affairs, organizations, and politics since August 2009.

Goals: If elected, my main goals will be to find solutions to problems such as parking and housing selection, establish a veteran’s center on campus, increase recycling opportunities on campus, and find ways to fund more scholarships for students.

More info: Adam Rawlins for A&S Senate on Facebook

 

Casey Rogers
Sophomore, Event Planning
Running for Senator of the College of Human Environmental Sciences
Experience: I participated on First Year Council as a freshman and served this past year as a senator for the College of C&IS.
Goals: I would be honored to serve the student body of this great university for another year as a senator because I enjoy being able to voice student opinion and concern, and promise to do so with the best of my ability.
More info: Casey Rogers for HES Senate on Facebook

 

Caroline Sanders

Freshman, Elementary Education

Running for Senator of the College of Education

Experience: I was a multi purpose representative in student government for four years during high school.

Goals: Because I am an approachable person, I would be able to act on my peer’s requests to change the College of Education for the better.

 

Caroline Shaw

Sophomore, Interior Design

Running for Senator of the College of Human Environmental Sciences

Goals: As senator, I would focus on better representing CHES on campus as well as improve the campuswide campaign to go green.

Join the Facebook Group “Caroline Shaw for HES Senate!”

 

Mary Sellers Shaw
Freshman, English
Running for Senator of the College of Arts and Sciences
Experience: I am currently President Pro Tempore of SGA’s First Year Council; through this I have had the opportunity to increase communication and involvement on campus through organizing the First Year Tailgate, working to redesign the Freshman Website, leading the development of an SGA project database, and many other projects.
Goals: I want to increase SGA communication with student publications and to set up school-wide information meetings where students can find out about our progress as well as make suggestions for future plans.
More info: Shaw for Senate on Facebook

 

Lindsey Smith
Graduate Student in Political Science
Running for Senator of the Graduate School
Experience: I have served the past year as a graduate school senator.
Goals: As a graduate student, my goal is to focus the senate to become a more inclusive and diverse body of students and to represent the voices of students all over campus.

 

Taylor Smith
Freshman, Computer Engineering and Mathematics
Experience: I served on the Alabama State Board of Key Club my senior year of high school and am currently serving on the First Year Council of the University of Alabama.
Goals: As a Senator, I would like to focus my actions on the academic side by researching the basic engineering courses whose class credit to hour ratios have recieved much complaints.

 

James Tarbox

First Year Law Student

Running for Senator of the Law School

Experience: I have been involved in many campus activities in the past including College Republicans, serving as an SGA Judicial Board Associate Justice, and am a fellow in the Blackburn Institute.

Goals: I hope to bring the perspective of having experience as both an undergrad and graduate student here at the University to discussions about how to better campus life for the entire campus community.

 

James Taylor

Freshman, Finance

Running for Senator of the College of Commerce and Business Administration

Experience: I am currently a member of the First Year Council where I have gained invaluable experience working with various parts of the Student Government Association.

Goals: As senator, I will resume my efforts from First Year Council to obtain a better connection between the university’s student body and student government.

 

Charlie Taylor

Freshman, Pre-Law

Running for Senator of the College of Arts and Sciences

Experience: Member of First Year Council, Fall Semester Deans List

Goals: As a member of the SGA Senate, I would like to offer a community service option in lieu of a parking citation payment, thus making a difference in the community, while also avoiding the high costs of a citation.

More info:

http://www.facebook.com/home.php?sk=group_168609409856936&ap=1

 

Jonathan Thompson

Graduate Student, History

Running for Senator of the Graduate School

Experience: I have served as a senator for one year, previously been on two SGA committees, and in numerous housing student leadership positions in RHA and in community.

Goals: If reelected, I want to continue to work to improve relations between the SGA and all students, as well as continue to make information more clear and to give more concern and voice to the needs of the graduate students, as well as all students, that attend the university.

 

Brad Tipper

Freshman, Political Science and Economics

Running for Senator of the College of Arts & Sciences

Experience: This past year I have gained SGA experience as a member of both First Year Council and Ideas to Action.

Goals: If elected, it would be my goal to work towards creating the best educational setting for every student by improving the campus wireless network, refining the bamacash/ dining dollars system, and encouraging initiatives that foster campus unity and diversity.

 

Davis Vaughn

Freshman, Communication Studies

Running for Senator of the College of Communication and Information Sciences

Experience: Over the past years, I have had the privilege of serving my fellow freshmen as Secretary of First Year Council, providing me with valuable experience in service, leadership, and the development of a solid work ethic.

Goals: As a Senator for the C & IS College, I would like to develop a 24-hour study room for C & IS majors, enhance the technology with more computers and printers in Reese Phifer, develop a plan to build a student lounge in the soon to be vacant 1st floor of Reese Phifer, enhance scholarship opportunities and financial aid benefits, and any other suggestions that my potential constituents may have.

More info: @davisvaughn on Twitter

 

Chandler Wright
First Year, Public Relations
Running for Senator of the College of Communication and Information Sciences
Experience: I am currently serving on SGA’s First Year Council. Additionally, I am a member of the University Honors College and the Blount Undergraduate Initiative.
Goals: I would love to work to improve the “green” recycling initiatives on campus and the wireless internet throughout campus.
More info: Vote Chandler Wright for C&IS Senate on Facebook

 

Philip Zicarelli

Freshman, Electrical Engineering

Running for Senator of the College of Engineering

Experience: Eagle Scout, Scholarship Chair for Pi Kappa Alpha, Key Club, four years of working a part time job.

Goals: If elected senator I will strive to expand the College of Engineering, work for additional funding, and be an active voice of the student body.

More info: Vote Philip Zicarelli For Engineering Senate